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It’s a losing bet to wait until you feel ready.

~Mel Robbins

Have you ever hesitated or put off a task that you KNOW is important, but you can’t seem to push forward? Maybe you believe it’s the lack of confidence or your bad habits of procrastination.

On Lewis Howes’ School of Greatness, he interviews Mel Robbins, a bestselling author and the most booked female speaker in the world. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing her speak on stage multiple times and she’s blown me away every time. I highly recommend you check out the interview below where you’ll learn:

  • How habits (good and bad) will determine your level of success
  • The significance of controlling your thoughts vs. your feelings
  • Why people continue to be stuck EVEN though they know what to do to move forward
  • The power of the 5 Second Rule and how it will help you gain confidence

As the year comes to a close and we spend our last days of 2016 with our friends, families, and loved ones, I want you to begin to think about how the last 365 days went for you.

No matter how “good” or “bad” you think you did this year, there’s value in taking an honest look at the results you created (or didn’t) WITHOUT judging yourself.

~Lewis Howes

In order to continue to grow, you must look at what worked and what didn’t.

Here are three things for you to do before 2017 arrives.

1. Reflect

It’s easy to get lost in your fast-paced life as you strive to achieve your goals, so it’s critical that you take a break to look back at your year. Here are some questions to ponder as you reflect on how you spent your time.

  • Did you make the most of the year or did you let the year slip by?
  • Did you do the things you set out to do?
  • Did you enjoy the moments or were you overstressed and overworked?
  • Did you take care of your health or did you neglect and abuse it?
  • Did you travel to the places you wanted to visit or did you waste time sitting on the couch at home watching TV?
  • Did you put yourself out there to meet new people and build stronger relationships with those you already know or did you let fear of rejection hold you back?

Take note of the feelings that you’re having. Think about what went well and what didn’t. Think about what didn’t go as planned and how you want to change that for the coming year.

2. Acknowledge

We often look for recognition from external sources, but we don’t look inward for self-acknowledgement. It’s time to acknowledge yourself for everything you created. If you achieved any of your goals, celebrate that. Most people dwell too long on what they didn’t achieve, and don’t acknowledge themselves for the amazing things they’ve done.

Acknowledge the progress you made this year. Write down 5 things you are most proud of that you did this year. Whether you achieved your goals or not, write down what you DID accomplish.

3. Express Gratitude

There have been so many people that have supported you this year, so let’s express our gratitude for their presence in our lives. I want you to send 10 messages to thank these people for helping you along your journey. These could be handwritten notes, video messages, emails, something that’s personal or intimate.

Gratitude will fill you up and it supports your heart. It will encourage you to bring in more into your life and live a life of abundance instead of scarcity.

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I was inspired by the latest podcast episode of Lewis Howes’ School of Greatness to write this post, and I hope you find value in this as well. Please share this with your friends and family, so that everyone can finish strong for the year and get a head start on the next.

One of my strongest core beliefs is that if you want to elevate your game in anything, elevate your circle of influence. Yesterday, I found myself spending the day working out with one of my awesome friends who also happens to be an elite OCR athlete. With more than 20 podium finishes under her belt, she’s definitely someone I would want in my OCR circle of influence.

For the workout, she said that we would “take it easy”. What was a nice and chill workout for her was a very sweaty and challenging workout for me to say the least. I knew ahead of time that this was going to be difficult, but had it not been for two voices in my ear, I don’t know if I would’ve made it.

Lewis Howes had one of the leading behavioral and mindset experts in the world on his podcast, The School of Greatness. His guest has two NY Times bestsellers and has built five multi-million dollar companies. John Assaraf and Lewis Howes had an amazing conversation on how we can retrain our brains to transform our beliefs in order for us to reach success.

Don’t focus on the behaviors, focus on the beliefs that drive those behaviors.

~John Assaraf

One of the key takeaways that I got from listening to this during the workout was how my current beliefs limited my actions. I had never run more than 3 miles without taking walk breaks until yesterday. So I had a belief that I wouldn’t be able to do anymore than that during the workout, but something flipped in my mind and my beliefs changed. I was able to tack on 2.5 more miles than I normally would be able to!

I remembered WHY I wanted to push myself and train with a top athlete. I remembered WHY I was willing to endure the pain and the challenge. Once I remembered my WHY, I realized that I was only living on the edge of my potential. So I made a decision that I will not live on the edge of my potential anymore, but instead will fully leap into it.

I hope you enjoy this episode and have a major breakthrough as I have. I’ve already watched and re-listened to this episode three times! It’s been a mind-opening conversation for myself, and I hope you find value in this interview, too.

You are what you eat. You are what you read. You are what you think. And you are what you hear. Everything you allow into your life shapes or influences the person you are in some way, so it’s important to be in control of what’s coming in. A great way to control what you hear is through awesome podcasts which can be listened to in place of music when you’re driving or working. Below is a list of my favorite podcasts that have added a ton of value to my life and many others.

1. Entrepreneur on Fire

EOFire is a 7 day per week podcast hosted by John Lee Dumas. Value bombs are dropped everyday as JLD interviews entrepreneurs big and small to learn about their story and share their experiences of building a business. I love EOFire because of the amazing stories and wide range of people from different backgrounds and industries. It’s a podcast that you can plug into daily to stay inspired.


2. The Charged Life

The Charged Life is one of the top self-help and personal development podcasts. Brendon Burchard delivers massive value on motivation, high performance, success, and how to live a fully charged life. Brendon is a #1 NY Times Bestselling author, a thought leader in the personal development industry, and has amassed over 4.7 million followers on Facebook. Brendon has taught me to bring the joy and passion into everything I do.

 

3. The School of Greatness

Lewis Howes is a former professional football player turned lifestyle entrepreneur. Each week he interviews amazing guests such as Tony Robbins, Arianna Huffington, and Elizabeth Gilbert. Not only does he interview entrepreneurs and people in the personal development space, but he also interviews actors, athletes, and artists. Lewis and his guests will share their inspiring story and message to help you unlock your inner greatness!

 

4. The Model Health Show

The Model Health Show will help you take your health and your mindset about health to the next level. Shawn Stevenson and his co-host Jade Harrell are a dynamic duo that will entertain and more importantly educate you on the latest in health. Shawn is a top fitness & nutrition expert who can help you lead a more productive life by keeping your health in check. Mixed with a little flavor of personal development wisdom, this podcast must be a part of your audio arsenal.

 

5. Young Entrepreneur Lifestyle 2.0

YEL 2.0 is a podcast dedicated to helping millennials step up their game in the new economy. Author, speaker, and serial entrepreneur, Peter Voogd, will give you value without any fluff. His bluntness will light a fire under you to get you to start living life on your terms. Not only will he motivate you, but he’ll give you actionable strategies that you can implement to take your business and life to the next level.

 

6. The Secret to Success

Top motivational speaker, Eric Thomas, and his CEO, Carlas Quinney Jr. (aka CJ) bring you a more urban element to personal development and motivation. From their discussions about the latest in sports to sharing their struggles of their past, ET and CJ are able to teach valuable lessons in living authentically and conquering obstacles during your journey to success. This podcast will help you defy the odds so that you can create the life you deserve.

 

7 Network Marketing Pro

Eric Worre is on a mission to elevate the profession and industry of network marketing. For those that are looking to take their network marketing business to the next level, this podcast will teach you the fundamentals on how to build and develop leaders within yourself and your team. Eric will not only teach you how he’s built his legacy through network marketing, but also will interview guests who have surpassed the million dollar mark in their business.

 

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In the comments section below, share some of your favorite podcasts that have brought value to you!