Who are you? Are you a renegade?
Me? I am a fighty, obstinate renegade.
I reject the conventional box I’m “supposed” to fit into.
I’ve been entrepreneurial since I was a kid.
I started lifting weights when someone told me I couldn’t do it.
I cloth diapered, wore my babies, breastfed, and still refuse to follow conventional medicine.
If I don’t like the rules or the standard quo, I challenge them, ask why, and look to change them.
I’m Libertarian at heart.
I created my own business because I want to do what I want to do.
I believe in a world that’s abundant and beautiful and good.
If you do what you love, what you’re here to do, the universe will support you.
And I believe in a world where every single person is here with a gift that the world needs.
Maybe some of these ideas resonate with you.
Maybe you’re a renegade, too.
If so, you need a different set of business rules.
#10 – Bet on Yourself
You’ve got to believe in yourself. Know your value.
You matter. You are here for a purpose. The world NEEDS the gift you’ve got. Stop hiding.
Take the risks.
You can succeed. You WILL succeed.
Get help from neuroscience if you need it, and rewire your brain.
Hire a coach. Find a mastermind.
Get whatever support you need so that you can bet on yourself.
Rule #10: Be brave enough, passionate enough, and confident enough to bet on yourself.Click to tweet
#9 – Dive into Mastery
Never be okay with mediocrity.
Study your craft. Dive into it. Embrace learning.
Don’t read one book or watch one video and call it done.
Read 10 books. Watch 5 documentaries.
Find someone who’s successful and cyber-stalk them. Okay, not really. But watch everything they do and how they do it. Learn.
Look for the patterns, the maps, the consistent elements that allow you to understand the subject at a deeper level.
When you understand the underlying principles you know how to create a system that will work for you.
Always seek continual improvement.
The Japanese call it Kaizen – continual improvement and change for the better.
Do #9 and you’ll find #10 is easier. There’s a confidence that comes when you know your stuff.
#8 – Momentum
It’s cliche but true. The first step is the hardest.
Once you’re off the couch, don’t sit back down!
Get into momentum – daily action, consistency, habits…
If something isn’t working, change it. But don’t quit moving!
#7 – Know When to Say No
Successful people know when to say no.
Look at your to do list and for every item on it, ask yourself…
- Is this actually necessary? What if it doesn’t get it done? Cross it off and forget it.
- Is there another way to get it done? Automate, outsource, get creative.
- Do I have to handle this personally, or can someone else handle this for me? Delegate it.
Be ruthless with how you spend your time.
Think about what you’re doing. Make smart choices.
What matters most to you? Align the way you spend your time with your values. Say no to everything that’s out of alignment.
#6 – Focus on Action
You can only control you.
Don’t focus on goals that are out of your control.
Set a goal based on ACTION and don’t let yourself off the hook – ever.
What are the daily actions that move you consistently towards your goals?
What are the steps you need to take to reach a goal? Break it down, then focus on the actions.
Rule #6: Break your goals down into action steps, then focus on the actions you can control.Click to tweet
#5 – Learn to Love the Grind
Enough with the “7-Minute” systems.
Stop looking for the “easy button” or the magical answer.
You want a profitable business? Grab a hammer and BUILD it.
You want to get in shape? Do the d*mn work.
Don’t look for 7-minute solutions. Stop being afraid of the P90X version of your grind.
I didn’t drop 80 lbs and get my blood sugar, blood pressure and hormones under control by spending 7-minutes a day exercising and continuing to eat crap because it’s easier. I took massive action and changed my life – from what I ate to how I spent my time. For 60 days I spent 90 minutes a day on an elliptical machine. And then I did Insanity. Twice. Obsessive? Maybe. Results? Like people couldn’t believe.
Now I’ve got abs and can leg press 1,000+ lbs. Not because I do a 7-minute a day DVD. But because I’m at the gym 5 days a week for at least an hour, doing cardio I hate, lifting I love, and choosing to mostly skip the carbs (because pizza isn’t always worth it, but sometimes it is and no rule is absolute). The point? I’ve embraced the grind. I fell in love with the hard work it takes to achieve the results I want.
#4 – Take Care of Your Body
Exercise. Eat right. Get enough sleep.
Taking care of your body is the only way to keep yourself functioning at optimal levels.
You can’t think clearly, you can’t brainstorm creatively, you can’t do your best work, if you don’t take care of your body.
Create healthy habits. Build them into your daily routine.
Draw “non-negotiable” lines in the sand of what the essentials are that you WILL complete each day.
Rule #4: Peak performance requires intentional care of your physical & emotional well-being.Click to tweet
#3 – Challenge Yourself
Set timers, cut your deadlines in half, challenge yourself to get things done faster.
Tasks expand to take the amount of time we allow.
I taught myself to speed read. Because knowledge is power.
I spent hours practicing with typing programs. Now I type nearly 100 wpm.
These are things anyone can do, if they choose to.
Don’t give yourself a pass – improve the skills that allow you to improve.
Challenge yourself at every turn.
Rule #3: Set timers, cut your deadlines in half, challenge yourself to get things done faster.Click to tweet
#2 – Passion Not Perfection
Stop trying to get things perfect. They’ll never ever be perfect.
Instead, go after what you’re passionate about.
Let your passion keep you fueled and motivated.
And let it shine through in everything you do.
Because THAT is what will attract the right people, opportunities and business to you.
Rule #2: Forget about perfection, focus on passion to attract the right people & opportunities.Click to tweet
#1 – Forget the Rules
Don’t follow the rules. Question them.
Sure, there are certain lines you’ll always want to color inside of (mostly with things like, you know, the IRS…).
But question any other “shoulds” or “musts” or “gotta do it this way, in this order.”
Why do you need to follow the rules and someone else’s process?
You’re a renegade.
You know deep down what works for you.
You know deep down what you need to do right now.
You already KNOW what to do to succeed!
So, why aren’t you doing it yet?
What’s stopping you?
If you’re ready to have the uncomfortable conversation about where you’re at vs. where you know you’re destined to be – get on my calendar and let’s chat about how I can give you the kick in the pants you’re ready for.