Coach Michael Taylor is an entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker and radio show host who has dedicated his life to empowering men and women to reach their full potential.
He knows first hand how to overcome adversity and build a rewarding and fulfilling life and he is sharing his knowledge and wisdom with others to support them in creating the life of their dreams.
“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” ~Carl Jung
1. What You Focus on Expands
What you focus on will expand, and if you aren’t intentional about what you are focusing on, you may wake up and realize that you don’t like the life that you have created.
If you set the wrong goals and focused on the wrong things, you may wake up one day, wealthy, healthy, with plenty of “notches” on your belt and completely miserable.
Instead of focusing on being wealthy, focus on first being happy.
Instead of focusing on becoming the next Arnold, focus on being comfortable in your body and feeling alive and energetic when you wake up.
Instead of focusing on sleeping with loads of women, focus on deeply connecting with many women.
Be intentional about where you set your focus.
If you aren’t, you are setting yourself up for failure.
2. Use Life’s Challenges as Stepping Stones
Challenges are a chance for you to learn and grow.
Instead of seeing them as this negative and terrible thing, choose to view challenges as an opportunity for you to mold yourself into the man that you want to be.
See them as a way that you can strengthen yourself and equip yourself for the future.
If you approach every challenge with this attitude, you will find that challenges become fun.
They become something you look forward to, not something that you dread.
3. You are 100% Responsible for Your Life
Until you accept this truth, you will never achieve success.
If you have the technology to read this article and listen to this podcast right now and you are not where you want to be in life, it is your fault.
End of story.
If you are out of shape, in a miserable relationship (or no relationship), broke, or unhappy, it is your fault and no one else’s.
You have the power in every moment to take responsibility for yourself and make the changes necessary to become the person you want.
4. Leave Your Comfort Zone Far Behind
Life is not lived in your comfort zone.
It is lived whenever you are out to sea with no shore in sight, no boat, and no clue what is going on.
Life is lived whenever you do things that scare you half to death and make you question yourself.
Whenever you are willing to take the leap, jump off the edge, and build an airplane on the way down.
The more you get out of your comfort zone, the more you will uncover your own strength and the quicker you will achieve your goals.
5. You Must Have a Positive Mental Attitude
Look, life can suck.
It’s that simple, there will be days when nothing goes right, when the world seems like it is conspiring against you to make your life a living hell.
It is during times like these that your attitude is everything.
You have to maintain a positive focus and be willing to see the good in every situation.
If you can do this, any adversity will become something positive, and there is no limit to what you can achieve.
Derek Doepker is the founder of Excuse Proof Fitness, a #1 bestselling fitness author, and an Independent Team Beachbody Coach.
He started his journey eating fast food every single night and hating exercise.
After learning simple strategies to reprogram his habits and stay fit on a busy schedule and limited budget, he made it his mission to share the clever and cutting edge insights he’s discovered with others striving to get and stay fit for life.
“We must suffer one of two pains, either the pain of discipline or the pain of regret and disappointment.”
1. Life Will Change Around You
Most people get comfortable.
They get into a rhythm with their job or fitness or relationships and continue taking the same actions that they have taken for years, thinking that they will continue getting the improvements that they used to get.
The problem is that unless you are actively and intentionally growing yourself, you are dying.
You have to intentionally seek out opportunities to grow yourself in all areas of life, or you will come to the end and look back on your life with regrets realizing that you played it safe instead of taking the bold actions that could have lead to unbelievable results.
2. Success Requires that You Invest in Yourself
If you want to be successful, you have to invest in yourself.
There is no way around it.
You need to be willing to spend thousands on books, seminars, meetups, live events, and online courses related to your goals.
If you do not, you will never achieve success.
Do not be afraid of making bad investments either. Learn to value lessons more than successes and you will succeed at a level you never thought possible.
3. Focus on What You Can Give Not What You Can Get
Whenever people get started in a business or in a relationship, their first thought is “what can I get”.
This is a backwards way of approaching things.
You only receive in proportion to what you give.
If you want to “get” lots of money, then you need to give loads of value.
If you want to “get” love and loyalty then you need to give it first.
Shift your focus from getting to giving and your life will never be the same.
4. You Need to Have a Long Term Focus
If you only focus on the short term you will never succeed.
With a short term focus, none of the actions required to be successful make sense.
Going to the gym, waking up early, working your ass off on your business, and getting over your fear of talking with women are hard in the short term. They are painful and scary.
But in the long term they will pay off.
You need to start thinking for the long term.
Ask yourself “What action can I take today that I will thank myself for in 10 years.”
5. Momentum Generates Motivation
If you want to become successful, don’t change everything at once.
Start small and build momentum and before you know it, you will be blowing your goals out of the water.
If you want to get fit, work out ten minutes a day.
If you want to grow a business, take only one action a day to build your company.
If you want to get good with women, approach only one girl every few days.
The more you do these small actions, the more motivated you will become and the more succcess you will ultimately have.
Zachary Stockill is a writer, developer, podcaster, and lifelong student.
His work has been featured on The Huffington Post, The Art of Charm, and ManTalks among many others.
The so-called meaning of life opened up before me, it turned out to be infinitely simple, give love and seek no reward reciprocal love is your reward and the meaning of life in its entirety.” ~ Andrei Gavrilov
1. Generosity without Expectation is Sexy
There is a lot of focus in the modern “pick up” and dating advice world on making sure that you are always giving less in your relationships than you are receiving.
While this advice may have some foundation if you are looking for nothing other than a one-night stand or a slew of unfulfilling sexual experiences, it holds no water if you are looking for fulfillment in relationships.
If you want to have the most fulfilling relationships possible, you need to give love without expectation.
That is the key.
Give and don’t expect anything in return. Give because you want to, not because you are expecting sex or love to be reciprocated.
2. Tell Your Truth No Matter What
If you are struggling in your relationships, odds are, you are withholding your truth from your woman.
You need to open up, tell her the truth, be honest with her without fear of outcome and without any neediness from her.
This is the only way that you can overcome issues together and break through jealousy.
3. You Need to be Aware of Women’s Sexuality
Odds are, if you are struggling with jealousy, at least a small part of the issue is that you are not celebrating women’s sexuality.
Like men, women enjoy sex. They find it exciting and (hopefully) satisfying. And this is a beautiful thing.
Instead of sitting around in your relationships getting caught up on the men who came before you, celebrate the fact that you are in a relationship with a beautiful sexual being, and learn to be ok with the fact that you probably weren’t her first and may not be her last.
4. Jealousy is About You, not Your Partner
Anyone who is struggling with jealousy on a large scale is almost definitely struggling with their own personal development.
Jealousy stems from your own limiting beliefs.
Your belief that you are not good enough, that you will never find a woman as good as your current girlfriend, or that other men will be able to care for her and satisfy her better than you will.
If you are struggling with these thoughts, then man up and take action.
Start taking care of yourself first. Master your own personal growth and become a man of high value who has options, and you will be able to sit back and enjoy as the
5. Maintain Your Life Outside of Relationships
The key to a healthy relationship is highly counter-intuitive.
Focus on your life outside of your relationship.
If you give up on your friends, quit pursuing your hobbies, and drop all of the things that made her fall in love with you in the first place, then your relationship is doomed.
You need to remember that you have a life outside of your woman. This will help keep you grounded whenever your relationship hits rocky ground (which is will).
Shawne Merriman, nicknamed “Lights Out”, is a former American football player who was a linebacker in the NFL from 2005 to 2012. He was among the top linebackers in the NFL in his first three seasons with the San Diego Chargers, where he was a three-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection.
Merriman was drafted 12th overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 2005 NFL Draft. He earned NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in his first season and recorded 39 1⁄2 quarterback sacks in his first three seasons
“Keep working and everything else will fall into place”
1. Don’t Do Anything Unless You Want to be Great
We live in a world that is filled with mediocrity.
People are willing to simply show up, do the bare minimum, and then head off.
This cannot be you.
If you want to succeed at life and live with passion, fulfillment, and joy, then you need to only do things if you want to be great.
Don’t compete to be good, compete to be the best.
2. There is Always Light at the End of the Tunnel
No matter how difficult your life is right now, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
We all struggle through hard times, some of us more so than others. Just remember that this too will end and when you push through it, it will be better on the other side.
3. Get Out of Your Own Way
If you want to succeed, then you need to drop your ego and get out of your own way.
Be willing to take advice, listen to mentors who are wiser than you, get out of your comfort zone and be willing to take the action necessary to succeed.
4. Hustle Like You’ve Never Achieved Success
No matter how successful you are, you need to keep hustling like you have never even tasted success.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a multi-millionaire, a titan of your industry, or the leader in your field, the day you stop hustling is the day that you die.
5. Remember the Babysteps
Whenever you are stuck in life and feel like you cannot move forward, you need to remember to focus on the babysteps.
If you are struggling to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be, then take a step back and focus on the small things.
Just lay 4-5 bricks a day in your business, health, wealth, and relationships and one year from now, you will have built yourself an incredible home.
Rich Litvin is a high-performance coach who helps Olympic athletes, presidential candidates, and special forces members achieve more in their life, business, and relationships.
He is also the Co-author of the bestselling book “The Prosperous Coach.”
“Confidence is a result, n0t a requirement”
1. You Need to Live a Life of Integrity
If you want to be respected in life and succeed at the highest level, then you must be a man of integrity.
This does not simply mean that you keep your word when you make a promise.
It means that your thoughts, words, and actions are all in congruence.
You don’t lie and blow smoke to appease others, you don’t hold your tongue to avoid pissing people off, and you don’t live a life that is incongruent with what you want to make others happy.
You live a life of congruence where everything is in line.
This is the pathway to true power.
2. If You Want to Live Life Fully Kill the Nice Guy
Most men play life small.
Why? Because they are nice.
Or at least, that’s how they appear on the surface.
They are agreeable, amiable, and work very hard to make others happy, but in reality, they are living a lie.
They say yes when they want to say no, they suppress emotions, and they do all of it out of selfishness, hoping that their perceived niceness will result in some sort of gain.
To live fully, to live a powerful life, and be a grounded man, you have to kill the nice guy.
Speak your truth, live in integrity, and do not set out to appease others.
Be kind, of course, but do it from a place of abundance, where you are giving to the world because you are already so full, not from a place of scarcity where you are kind because you want something in return.
3. You Need to Burn Your Bridges
Want to succeed?
Burn your bridges.
While everyone has their own path, one of the quickest ways to ensure success is to cut off all chances of failure.
If you quit your job, move to a new city, leave a relationship, or sell a home, that’s it.
There is no turning back.
When you give yourself no choice but to succeed, you will find that you are stronger than you ever thought.
4. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
Something interesting about high achievers is that the actions that got them to where they are today will not get them to where they want to be.
Everything you have done to become successful in the past will hold you back from becoming successful today
Life is in a constant state of change, and when you are doing the same actions you were doing years ago, odds are you are playing it small.
You need to have powerful men, coaches, and mentors in your life who can call you on your bullshit and help you step things up.
You will never become a billionaire doing what you did to become a millionaire.
5. You Need to Improve Only 4%
Most people think they need to improve 100% to achieve their dream lives.
The truth is, they only need to improve about 4% in the right area of life.
If you can find that critical 4% in your dating, health, and business, your life can change completely.
The key is, once again, finding people who can help you to pinpoint that critical 4% and help you on the path to its achievement.
Master Business, Relationship, and Success Coach, TV/Radio Host, Author of 9 Books, Inspirational Speaker
David began his career in the health and fitness industry and quickly was named “Mr. Motivation” by Lifetime Television and “The Master of Motivation” by American Fitness magazine.
“Every action into the uncomfortable ensures our success in life”
1. You Have to become Uncomfortable
Life is not lived within your comfort zone.
If you want to achieve success, you cannot sit on your couch and visualize it, you have to get up off your butt and go after it.
Want to get shredded?
Get yourself to the gym, lift weights, and track your diet.
Want to make more money?
Work 80 hours a week intentionally on your business for 90 days and see what your results are.
The only way to succeed is to do the things that are uncomfrotable and painful.
2. We Cannot Live for Instant Gratification
If you are living for instant gratification, you will never acheive fulfillment.
You must learn to delay gratification, giving up what you want now for what you ultimately want.
It might not be fun to wake up early and workout or miss partying with friends to grind it out on your business, but you will thank yourself in the years to come.
3. The Path to Success Rarely Feels Good
Success can suck.
It’s just that simple.
Getting up early isn’t fun.
Working 12 hour days isn’t fun.
Cutting off unhealthy friendships isn’t fun.
But it is worth it.
Success requires you to be in pain, it is that simple.
The sooner you accept that, the easier the pain will be.
4. What You Think About You Do Not Bring About
Thinking about something day after day does nothing to move you closer to its attainment.
If you want something, then go and get it.
Don’t wish for it or visualize it, GO AND GET IT!
Work for it.
Sweat, cry, and bleed for it.
Then and only then can you truly acheive the things that you want.
5. Success in 80% Action 20% Mentality
For all of this talk bashing the law of attraction and visualization, the principles behind the psycholgy of success do have some merit.
If you want to boost the speed with which you achieve success, then using visualization techniques, affirmations, and other pop psychology tactics work when used in conjunction with massive action.
Your goal should be to devote 80% of your time to taking action and 20% of your time to mastering your psychology.
Kute Blackson is an influential thought leader, a transformational coach, and author of You Are the One.
He has spent the past several years of his life dedicated to helping men and women live lives of true purpose. Discovering who they really are and how they can share their gifts with the world.
He has appeared on the Larry King show and has been endorsed by influencers Jack Canfield, Rhonda Britten, Lisa Nichols, and John Gray among many others.
“The real does not die, and the unreal never lived” ~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.
1. Be in Constant Surrender
Life is unpredictable.
The more you end up trying to control it, the more it ends up controlling you.
One of the keys to living a truly happy and fulfilled life is to learn to surrender to the flow of life.
Allow life to happen. Understand that things happen for a reason. Do not try and force life, rather surrender to life and you will be amazed at what it brings to you.
2. You Need to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone
Life is meant to be lived.
If you are staying in your comfort zone, you are not living.
You need to constantly push yourself to do new and exciting things. Things that scare you, things that make you unsure of yourself, and things that you are unsure you can accomplish.
Because the funny thing is, you will be just fine.
You will survive, and likely thrive, and the more often you push yourself to do things outside of the normal for you, the more you will grow and the more confidence you will have.
3. You Have to Question and Feel yourself
There is an old saying that “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
You need to question yourself, question your life, question the decisions that you have made and your assumptions about who you are and what your identity is.
The more you question your life, the more you will realize the beauty and power of your life.
Once you have begun upon this realization, you need to feel yourself.
You need to feel who you truly are. Not who society says you are, not who your parents say you are, and not even who you say you are.
You need to feel into who you truly are.
Once you can do this, you will be amazed at how your life will change.
4. You Are Not Your Thoughts
You are not your mind.
You are not your thoughts.
You are much deeper than that.
You are an infinite being that is part of an infinite universe, and you have to learn to accept that fact and see your life as it really is.
Your thoughts are merely a vessel for a tiny part of you that is on this great journey called life.
Learn to disassociate from your thoughts and witness them instead of being a slave to them.
5. Happiness is About Truth
There is no happiness when you are living in a lie.
If you want to live a life of total fulfillment and genuine joy and happiness, you have to start telling the truth.
Tell the truth to the people in your life, yes, but more importantly, tell the truth to yourself.
Stop lying to yourself and get real.
The sooner you can do this, the better your life will be.
Businessman and Life Coach, Aaron Walker, has inspired many through his leadership, mentorship, and consistent pursuit of excellence.
He enjoys helping others and believes experience is a great teacher. 36 years of entrepreneurship and marriage have given Aaron a wealth of experience. Aaron continues to reach new heights and broaden his perspective of the terrain by examining his experiences and growing from them.
“Can’t couldn’t do it and could did it all”
“Fear missing an opportunity more than you fear failure”
1. Remove the Word “Can’t” from Your Vocabulary
There is a famous quote from Henry Ford that states “Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you are right.”
And nothing could be more true.
Whatever you set out to accomplish in your life, business, health, or realtionships, is within your reach.
But you have to believe in yourself.
You have to crush limiting beliefs and make the definite decision that the word “can’t” will no longer be a part of your vocabulary.
Decide that from now on, you will find a way or make one, and you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
2. You Need to Have Purpose and Meaning in Your Life
So many people in our society want to retire and live the “good life” of no work, golfing all day, and having ultimate freedom.
But as enticing and seductive as this lifestyle may be, it is not fulfilling.
After a while, the golf course will bore you, relaxing will become a chore, and you will long for the days when you had to wake up early to achieve a purpose.
On your path to success, always put your purpose above every other material measure of success.
You are not successful when you can sleep in and do nothing with your day, you are successful when you are making a difference and living a life that sets you on fire.
3. Make a Difference in Other’s Lives
How will you be remembered when you die?
Will you be remembered by the money you made? The car you drove? The woman you were married to?
Or will you be remembered by the difference you made in other people’s lives?
Life is too short to live selfishly.
Take care of yourself, yes.
But make sure that you are seeking to serve and love others more than you seek to serve yourself.
This is the true path to fulfillment.
This is what will allow you to take your last breath with a smile on your face and a heart full of joy.
4. Learn to Delay Gratification
Nothing can destroy your chances of success more than failing to delay gratification.
Just because you can, does not mean you should.
Learn to make smart decisions and put off the vacations, luxury purchases, and days off until you have truly earned them.
By doing this, you will set yourself up for success in a way that you could never have imagined.
5. Take Risks, But Take Calculated Risks
Most entrepreneurs are risk takers.
It is in our blood.
It’s why we are drawn to the uncertain and “dangerous” world of owning our own businesses and going against the system.
And risk is a great thing.
If you take risks that are calculated.
Make sure that whenever you are making a decision in your business, your health, or even your realtionships, that you have calculated the risks and weighed the potential rewards.
By doing this, you will prevent your personality from ruining your company, your body, and your relationships.
Josh Verne is an entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in starting, growing, and selling businesses and is currently the CEO of Flocku.com.
“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others” ~Johnathan Swift
1. Be a Leader Not a Boss
There are two types of people in management positions.
Leaders and bosses.
A boss uses his title to accomplish his goals, he demands respect, and he does what is his best interest.
A leader earns respect by putting his people before himself and then uses that respect to accomplish the goals that he and his team have set together.
If you want to truly succeed in life and business, then you have to be a leader.
Forget forcing your will onto others and demanding respect.
If you put others first and serve the people following you, you and your team can accomplish anything you set your mind to.
2. Everything Needs to be a Win-Win
Never agree to a deal or follow a plan of action that is win-lose.
Always strive to achieve a win-win situation.
A win for you, a win for your clients, a win for your employees, and a win for society.
No matter how bleak a situation may look, there is always a way to create a win for everybody.
When you stop settling to situations that are not win-win, you will be forced to find the very best solution every single time you are faced with a new client or an unexpected problem.
This will skyrocket your business, your team, and your reputation like nothing else.
3. Speak Less, Listen More
This point is simple and profound.
You have two ears and one mouth for a reason. Use them in that proportion.
The less you speak, the more power your words will have, the more authoritative you will appear, and the more people will listen when you have something to say.
4. You Need to Have Balance in Your Life
Life is a balancing act.
You can have all the money in the world, but if your home life and health are out of order, you will suffer.
Conversely, you can have a loving family and a shredded body, but if you are not making enough money, you and your loved ones will suffer.
Balance is not about spending the same amount of time focused on every area of your life either.
It is about making progress in all areas of your life and ensuring that you improve just a little bit each day in your health, wealth, relationships, and personal growth.
5. Figure Out What You Are Passionate About
If you want to be successful, find something you are passionate about.
While it is true that there are plenty of passionate people who are unsuccessful, there are very few successful people who lack passion.
You need to find something that wakes you up every morning with a fire in your belly.
Something that excites you and makes you want to skip parties, wake up early, and work late.
Otherwise, your life will be a groundhog day of the same boring drudgery and the same uninspiring mess.
Find your passion and you have the keys to the good life.