David de las Morenas is a Boston-based personal trainer, strength coach, bestselling author, and the founder of www.HowToBeast.com – a popular fitness and self-improvement website for men.
“You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this and you will find strength.” ~Marcus Aurelius
1. Don’t Let Growth become a Drug
Whenever we embark on our personal growth journies, it is easy to allow growth to become a drug. It is easy to get addicted to the surges of growth without ever stopping to appreciate them or stopping to realize that they are becoming a crutch.
While constant and never ending growth is a wonderful thing, it can also become how we deal with issues in our lives.
Struggling at work? Just go to the gym!
Relationships suck? Just build your business and ignore it.
Growth is good, just make sure that you focus on making small changes overtime and don’t allow it to consume you.
2. Presence Destroys Anxiety
If you are suffering from anxiety, you are really suffering from lack of presence. Take a few deep breaths, pause, reflect, smile, you will be amazed at how much a little active meditation can change the way you feel about things.
3. Balance is Key
Life is a juggling act, and you have to learn to balance things out to succeed.
It doesn’t matter if you have millions if your health is in the shitter. It doesn’t matter if you are shredded as hell if you can’t get and keep a girlfriend, and it really doesn’t matter if you are sleeping with beautiful women if you have no money and no future outside of meaningless one night stands.
You need to learn to balance all areas of your life, starting with health and relationships. If you can master those two, the money will eventually come, and it’s a lot easier to be broke whenever you have good health and great people around you to help, then it is to be rich and have poor health and bad friends.
4. Share Your Struggles
You must learn to share the struggles you are facing. You have to confide in people that you trust who can asses things honestly for you, help you when you fall down, and admit that they have probably faced the same thing.
Burderns are easier to carry when they are shared, and learning to speak honestly with people you trust will take a huge weight off of your shoulders.
5. The Key to Success is Self-reliance
No matter what you are doing in life, you have to cultivate self realiance. If you cannot be happy with yourself whenever you have nothing, you will not be fulfilled when you have everything.
Learn to love being you, to pursue things yourself, and not to base your validation off of the number of 0’s in your bank account or the girlfriend you have, or the business you are runing.
All those things can be taken away from you, but short of a terrible disease, your identity cannot.
1. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
2. The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
3. Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It by Kamal Ravikant
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