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All successful companies have principles by which they stand. So why shouldn't we as men?
Having a clearly defined set of principles is important as it can guide you through everything you do.
Making decisions becomes easy when you're aware of your principles — you just make the choice that's most in line with them.
Example, if I'm in the middle of an important project that I know will bring in more money, and my friend asks me to go out for drinks. Since one of my principles is 'discipline', then I know that I must complete the work before going for drinks.
Holding yourself accountable to a set of principles can bring great benefits to your life. Everything from self-confidence, how you view yourself, how you interact with other people, and how they perceive you as a man are greatly improved when you're aware of your principles.
When times get tough, I revert to reviewing my principles. I think about whether or not I'm living by them.
The current set of principles below are collected and borrowed from some of the greatest minds. They are ten principles I strive to live by each day. Perhaps you benefit from them too.
Since taking the red pill back in 2012, when I began my journey — my main mission has always been self-improvement.
I hated who I was. So I created goals. Goals to become confident, improve my physique, to improve my whole character.
My missions were being accomplished. I was feeling fulfilled. Like life was worth living. There is great satisfaction to be had in knowing you're doing everything you can to hit your goals.
Now, my mission is Creating Kings, which motivates me to be as great as I can in every aspect of my life.
Take some time to ask yourself — what's your mission? Is it provide for your family? Become a role model to your kids, to the rest of your family? Is it to become more confident for yourself? Whatever it is, set your target, and go after it.
Staying present is by no means an easy task. I'm certainly no exception to this.
With the endless distractions we are all surrounded by in today's age, it's no wonder we're all under a constant state of stress.
Being present means immersing yourself completely in the moment. This moment right now.
Are you really reading this? Or are you just kind of reading this? About to open up a new tab because maybe you get more satisfaction from watching a cat video on Youtube.
Being present means not worrying about the future — not worrying about what hasn't happened yet.
If you're so worried about the future, then you should be using this moment to plan for all possible outcomes.
I used to really struggle with this — hell, I still do.
For me, the best things you can do to maintain a practice of staying present is to (a) have a mission, (b) meditate for 15 minutes a day, and (c) workout every day.
Have you ever been in the middle of doing something important, and for no reason at all you begin randomly scrolling through social media.
Everyday we are bombarded with notifications, distractions, diversions, interruptions that take us away from what's important.
With countless distractions right at our fingertips, we're like kids in a candy store — there's too many options.
The reason most of fail to do what we know we should be doing is because we allow ourselves to be distracted by too much bullshit. So if you want to become more disciplined and take action towards your goals — start by cutting every single distraction.
I have no apps on my phone, no notifications. My phone is on DND for the whole day. I have no notifications on my laptop and all social media and shopping sites blocked. There's literally nothing that can get to me — so I'm focused solely on my mission.
Focus in on the key areas of your life that are the most important to you and your goals, and double down.
Most people are always looking for ways to squeeze more and more into their days.
They think this is the only way to be productive. To just do more. Typically, they forfeit their sleep and mental and physical health just to cram in a few more hours of "work."
I used to do this too. I would forfeit sleep, and end up physically and mentally sick just to cram in a few more hours of what I thought to be product work.
When in reality, if I wanted to be more productive, I could have just stopped watching YouTube for three hours everyday, or stopped wasting my time on Instagram, or established better routines.
Then I began simplifying everything. I got rid of all my apps, all notifications. I blocked distracting websites. I simplified my wardrobe. I got rid of all my extra bank accounts, extra email accounts, unsubscribed from all newsletters. I decluttered everything.
Start by doing the same. You don't need a thousand distractions in your life that only pull you away from your mission.
The biggest giveaway of a weak man is his inability to take responsibility for what happens to him.
When you pass the blame and make excuses, you're refusing to learn from your actions. Because the truth is that everything that happens to us is a reflection of how we view ourselves. If I feel like a victim, I am most certainly going to attract situations that reinforce that belief.
Even if someone played a significant role in a bad situation, we must always take responsibility. Sure it was their fault, but it was your decision to interact with them.
Take responsibility for everything. When you take the responsibility, you take back your power to change the situation. Learn from your experiences.
Men need discipline. Why? Because when discipline is instilled in your life, you begin to think and act with a sense of urgency.
No one's going to knock on your door and hand you your dreams and aspirations. We're all too focused on our own.
The only way you're going to make any progress from being where you are to who you want to become is through disciplined action.
A man must be disciplined if he wants to succeed in the world.
When you've maintained discipline throughout the day, taking nothing but violent focused action throughout the day, you can fall sound asleep knowing you've done everything possible in this moment. You begin to become addicted to the feeling.
In order to become a great man, you must learn how to master yourself. Do this by incorporating discipline into your life.
In business, managing quality is crucial for companies. Quality products help to maintain customer satisfaction and loyalty.
Companies can build a reputation for quality when customers expect quality. If you don't, they will quickly look for alternatives.
In every area of your life, aim for quality. Be known as the guy who maintains immense quality in every area of life.
I notice in my own life that when one are of my life is a real mess, the rest of life begins to become messy. If my clothes are all over my apartment, my mind is a mess and my business is affected negatively.
So, do your best to maintain quality of life in all major areas like; diet, exercise, relationships, sleep and you will find this will spill over to other areas.
How we do one thing, is how we do everything. Remember that.
The human body and mind are inherently linked — more than we can understand.
Aside from the physical benefits of working out everyday, exercise improves your mental health by reducing anxiety and negative thoughts.
I train first thing in the morning. After 10+ years lifting weights, I now mostly focus on bodyweight training. Much of my training consists of handstands, one-arm handstands, pull-ups, one-arm pull-ups, planche, etc. while also training Muay Thai Boxing three times a week.
When I train these skills, and push my body to it's limits, I'm reinforcing my beliefs that I am one bad ass motherfucker. I affirm to myself in the real world through my actions what I am thinking of myself. This creates a feedback loop which spills over to the rest of my day.
If you've never worked out before, start lifting weights — feel strong. If you're insecure, go and learn to fight — feel confident. Do something every day that makes you feel like you're the fucking man.
Do it first thing in morning, and stack wins.
We face our fears for a reason: it helps us grow. It's the most powerful motivator, but it's also a huge pain in the ass.
I've been in tough positions in my life. Many times homeless, unsure of where I was going to sleep that night. Only after those moments did I realise I never wanted to experience that again. So I got to work, getting my shit straight.
When I started training Muay Thai, I had no idea what I was doing. I was fearful that others would judge me, and they probably did — but who cares. I'm there to get better, stronger, more secure in myself and my abilities as a man. I want to become a beast in every form, so I'm going to do it — and I did.
Every time you overcome fear, you get stronger. So make friends with it. Embrace it.
You may have heard the abundance versus scarcity mindset.
It's important to make the conscious effort to focus your attention on what you have, to develop an abundance mindset. The gratitude component of our audios within CONTINUUM helps you achieve this mindset.
Every morning and every evening, remind yourself of 5-10 things you're truly grateful for; relationships, accomplishments, possessions, the food on your plate, anything.
If you're unhappy being single, you're unlikely to attract a women because they will sense your neediness.
If you can't appreciate a single thing in your current job, you're unlikely to advance your career — because you're so focused on the "bad".
The negativity will consume you.
Saturate your mind constantly, remind yourself of what you have now in this life.
The truth is, we don't know what happens after we die, and life can be taken away from us at any moment.
It's best to be grateful for what we have right now, and cherish all the good moments with the ones we love.
I am grateful for all the good and tough times I've experienced, and I wouldn't change a single thing — because everything that I've experienced has made me the man I am today.
Wherever you are in your life. Be grateful for where you are, and know that you have the power to be more.
Take these principles and apply them to your own life. Modify them to suit your current self if need be.
Once you've solidified your own, it's now your job to live up to them as best you can.
Keep up the good work.