31 Simple Ways To Level Up Your Business And Life, Create More Results…and Have More Fun
Do you want to level up? Let’s define what that means first: for me, it means to live with more fulfillment and results across all the areas of life.
One of the ways I define success on the Resist Average Academy podcast is simple: creating a life I can’t wait to wake up for.
Does this mean every day is full of puppies and sunshine? Well, sunshine maybe (I do live in Arizona.)
But not always.
It means I’m excited to face both the opportunities and challenges along the way.
All while having an absolute blast through it all, and you can do the same.
1. Start and end your day on Airplane Mode — you don’t need to check Instagram for the 37th time.
This is my number one tip when people ask me the easiest habit with the most benefit.
Starting your day on Airplane Mode will give you insane levels of focus, peace and results.
2. Take 5 minutes every single day to reaffirm your vision and remind yourself of where you’re going.
This is your compass, your North Star. Without tuning in to your vision every single day, other people’s agendas and priorities will get in the way.
3. Clap when you wake up, especially if you’re not a morning person — this will anchor excitement to start your day.
I used to do this every day (my fiancee would kill me right now.)
But why did I?
I wanted to anchor in the habit of being a morning person —and while it took time, it worked.
4. Spend 20 minutes in the morning doing something you love and that increases a skill with focused work.
Without turning your phone on or checking email —spend time on the most important project of your business and life.
5. Have some type of routine…there’s a hundred options — pick one and stick with it.
The masters have routines, allowing them to save precious bandwidth and energy on the stuff that truly matters.
6. Say a simple “thank you” and remember over 100,000 die every day.
You woke up today, you’re playing with house money.
Remember —we’re on a spinning rock circling another big fiery rock, rotating around a massive cluster of rocks.
You’re here: embrace the miracle.
7. Do one new thing every single day. Take a different route home, send the message when you normally wouldn’t — break a pattern.
While routines and habits are powerful —Jesse —, entrepreneur and New York Times Bestseller also taught me they can get us in a rut.
Once in a while, break the pattern and do something you’ve never done.
8. Everytime you look in the mirror, hold space. Tell yourself how powerful you are and condition yourself for self appreciation.
When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
If it’s anything except someone who has greatness inside of them —you’ve got work to do.
(I call this the Cool Runnings effect, because I love that part in the movie.)
9. Change your work environment from time to time, we all need need scenery — go to a completely different part of town, or outside.
Don’t tell me you can’t. For my freelancers, solopreneurs and entrepreneurs: change your environment, and try something new.
This will spark your creativity, inspiration and perspective.
10. Spend several time blocks during your day with your phone off and unavailable. You’ll start to cultivate a rare and powerful focus.
Focus, focus, focus. There is no shortage of dreamers out there, but in a world of endless noise —focus becomes your competitive advantage.
11. There’s some stuff in your business or life you simply hate doing. Delegate cleaning your place, scheduling appointments or anything that crushes your energy.
Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should. Delegate the non-essential, and protect your most valuable resource liike your life depends on it.
Because it does.
12. Affirmations are largely ineffective — if you want to believe something, write it down 500 times.
I do this exercise at least once a week. If you follow me on social media, there is no doubt you have seen this.
13. Be honest with yourself — and don’t believe your excuses. Give yourself permission to tell yourself what you really want out of this life.
Do you buy your own bullshit? I don’t, and it’s why I not only surround myself with real friends (not enablers) but practice radical honesty with myself.
I encourage you to do the same.
14. Don’t buy anyone’s version of success — or else you’ll chase something that you never wanted, which is a sinking feeling.
Spend time defining and re-fining your definition of success —and ensure it’s based on what you really want.
For example, cars do absolutely nothing for me. I will never own a fleet of sports cars, because they don’t move the needle for me.
15. Add playing your favorite song to your morning routine. Rock out for a moment, and bonus points for air guitar.
Have more fun —be willing to look dumb, and feel alive while doing so.
16. Read ten pages every single morning. If you don’t touch a book the rest of the day, you’ve got 18 books read for the year and are in the 2%.
Ten pages. You have the time, and you know it.
This simple trick can lead you to read 15-20 books a year —enough to start to become an expert and thought leader in your field, or on your path to personal mastery.
17. Question everything and allow space for a new perspective, but don’t be a cynic. Cynics don’t allow space, they’ve already decided to see the worst…don’t be this person.
There’s a razor’s edge between these two —but you can feel a cynics energy from a mile away.
Be willing to question everything, but for the right reasons.
18. Listen to the hits of wisdom you get every single day — the trip, the business idea, the book…and execute like your hair’s on fire or else you’ll forget.
Your intuition is one of the most powerful sources of wisdom you’ll ever find. Learn to trust it, honor it and listen to it —even if it doesn’t make sense.
Especially if it doesn’t make sense.
19. Spend time learning something you’re terrible at every week. Guitar, salsa dancing, boxing, sharing a message on video…embrace being a beginner.
I love this one. I love being new. Why? Because it’s fun, and teaches you and I countless lessons.
20. Find creative ways to tell the person you love how much you appreciate them. A little effort, goes a long way.
Post it notes, flowers, random gifts —these go a long way to creating a lifetime of connection.
21. You already know the answer. Stop searching for the answer in other people’s content…create 80% of the time, and consume 20% of the time.
I get it —you’re consuming my content. But the truth is, I’m here to help you share the wisdom you have, too.
22. It’s never the right time to hire a coach to help unleash the most powerful version of who you are and set you on a powerful track. Instead of the vacation, invest in making your real life so awesome, it feels like one.
I believe there is no faster, more efficient and powerful way to transform our lives than to hire a coach.
We all have blind spots, including this guy.
Often, people are afraid to invest in themselves for the wrong reasons.
23. It’s never too late, but in life we have windows. Recognize your window, and take the leap that’s been calling you. What’s the worst that could happen?
You and I have windows of opportunity that come and go —and once the door closes, it’s gone forever.
What’s the worst that could happen?
Ask him or her out —okay, you feel the burn of a little rejection, but at least you know.
Quit the job and start the business —okay, you failed and then found a brand new opportunity.
Click recored and ship your message —okay, no one showed up, but you overcame resistance.
BONUS #1: There’s always another dead end job, stop being so grateful for the thing that’s sucking your spirit.
24. Don’t make daily passion a precursor to create. Understand creating and executing creates those feelings.
It’s time to break this cycle once and for all.
Want clarity? Execute.
Want motivation? Execute.
Want energy? Execute.
25. Consistency is everything and more important than intensity. Do something 7 days a week for 15 minutes, instead of 3 days a week for one hour.
Every single day, I write at least 500 words. When I’m in book writing mode, the bar is set at 2,000 words.
When I say every day —it includes Sundays, holidays, vacations and Tuesdays.
26. Book the trip. Ask him or her out. Talk to that stranger. Launch your business now. Regret fucking sucks.
We all need a wake up call.
What are you waiting for?
BONUS #2: Fall in love with rejection…and understand for every ‘no’, there’s an incredible yes waiting.
27. Environment matters 10X more than most people believe. Ultimately, it’ll determine the rate of your growth.
If you want to transform your life with the least amount of friction —shift your environment.
28. Smile, it looks good on you.
Seriously, right now: smiling creates positive energy all around.
29. It’s too late to create space when you’re burned out. Bulletproof yourself by creating space every single day.
White space is essential, no matter who you are.
Create it in advance, or it will be created for you.
(Here’s a snapshot of mine, and no one can schedule anything here without approval.)
30. Make your daily, human interactions less robotic — they’re transactions, but they don’t have to be transactional. Be remembered.
Be that person who makes someone’s day. Tell the grocery store clerk how awesome she is at what she does, and you will be remembered.
BONUS #3: Be the leader in any interaction, people are waiting for someone to give them permission.
31. You can have a down hour, a down day, a down week. But don’t ever give up on yourself.
Please, don’t give up.
We all have moments where we want to give in, but allow yourself some grace and keep going.
Which of these resonated?
Pick a few, and commit to them for the next 30 days, and watch what happens.
I’d love to hear what connected in the comments, and if you have anything else to add.