Kick-start your heart and become alive involves picking a rock song that gives you passion and courage to jump outside your comfort zone and experience more. We all need a song that motivates us to be our best and sing it every day. Doing so will put you in an emotional and physical state that ensures you make the right decisions and take the actions necessary to design the life and business you love.
It was a few years ago when I first started thinking about a rock song that represented the person I needed to become and the life I wanted to live. I wanted a song that really motivated me and would push me to experience more. I can vividly play that day back in my mind, feeling the relentless and overwhelming need to accelerate my actions to create the income, lifestyle and freedom I wanted.
“I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.” – William Ernest Henley, poet, critic and editor
Up your attitude and drive with your why is key to designing the life and business you love. Attitude and a strong reason why will ensure you persist in creating abundance in your life (the income, lifestyle and freedom you want). If you don’t like where you are in life, all you need to do is make the decision to change, then up your attitude (your beliefs about what you can do), take massive action and push for amazing results –never quit. The key to overcoming adversity is to never give up. It’s that simple!
“Being relentless is like water cascading over the edge of a waterfall — consistent, powerful and by design, never ending.” – HOPE CEO, John Hope Bryant.
Learning how to unleash your entrepreneurial potential is key to designing the life & business you love. Awaken to the possibilities of experiencing more in your life. Then shake up and shake off your chokeholds, fears and limiting beliefs holding you back from unleashing your entrepreneurial potential and creating the income, lifestyle and freedom you want.
But most people never will unleash their entrepreneurial potential and start a business of their dreams. That’s because they fear making a change is too risky… a fact proven by more than 53% of North Americans who have seriously considered breaking free from their job with their own business but give into personal chokeholds. They take the easy route of blaming circumstances and others due to fear and limiting beliefs.
Turn life lemons into lemonade and you will forever design the life you love. Doing it takes patience, persistence and positivity to find new dreams, passion and purpose. In this blog, I share a personal story of my son Shae Howorko, who was destined to live his passion for professional hockey, but one freak accident shattered that dream forever. Shae did come out of his life changing personal crisis, and is now again pursuing a new dream by helping others. The lesson to be learned is that if life gives you lemons, just make lemonade. Don’t give up on finding your purpose and what drives you. If one door shuts, just open another one. If you keep plugging forward and focus on becoming the best version of you, you will eventually turn those life lemons into lemonade. It’s that simple.
The top two sacrifices in building your dream business are critical to designing the life you love. Success requires short term pain for long term gain. If you want to create the income, lifestyle and freedom you want, you must make sacrifices. When you take the jump to build your dream business… in the beginning you will work harder than you ever have. Your life will feel out of balance and a little chaotic. But don’t worry, building a side hustle of your dreams while working full time and looking after your family responsibilities does get easier. Sometimes you have to make a mess to clean up a mess. But believe it does get better.
Your purpose in life is to find your purpose. The biggest barrier for people in finding their purpose, their best life, is that they are stuck on autopilot – spinning their wheels in a dead-end job, in a mundane life, and going nowhere fast. Spinning your wheels fast on one spot for too long will get you stuck in a rut you can’t get out of. You lose the ability to know what you want, and the confidence to act even if you did know. In essence, many people fall asleep at the wheel of their own life.
Become a gladiator and start your passion business and experience the ultimate life you were meant to live. I promised myself I wasn’t going to be defeated by my negative thoughts (fear and limiting beliefs) when it came to starting my passion business. If my dreams were going to fail, they’d have to fail out in the world, not in my head. I asked myself – What’s the worst that could happen when I chase my dreams? I fail? Someone tells me I’m not good enough or smart enough or I’m doing it wrong? Those are bad, but the real horror would be to accept my socially prescribed fate, to sacrifice my happiness eight hours at a time, in exchange for a lousy certainty in a job that didn’t fulfill me.
Embrace personal crisis as opportunity in disguise and your life will flourish! In the Chinese language, crisis is represented by the symbols of danger and opportunity. For our purposes here, crisis is the sign you are alive and want more for your life. When you can see crisis in that way, you can use it as motivation pulling you toward a more magnificent life experience.
Problems are a sign of life. The only people who don’t have problems are six feet underground! Since you are reading this, it’s safe to assume you’re not in the morgue. And that means you will have a crisis at some point to resolve. The issues that come from crisis – the very things you think are holding you back – are what will catalyze you to go forward and become your most magnificent self.
So how do you break the psychological chokeholds strangling your success – holding you back from becoming the best version of you… and design the life and business you love?
The first thing you need to do is understand what a psychological chokehold is! A psychological chokehold is a mental limitation creating fear and limiting beliefs in self, that holds you back from busting into your best life. You have psychological chokeholds when you never take responsibility to change your life. You create excuses and blame others for your circumstances. You get emotionally caught in the overwhelm of busy-ness and lackluster fulfillment. And as a result, you never move from desire – to become more or experience more in life.
The second thing you need to do is a “check up from the neck up” to see if you have any chokeholds that need to be obliterated. When I finally stopped to consider my own situation, I became aware of the chokeholds holding me back. I had strong fears and limiting beliefs holding me back from taking necessary actions to design the life and business I loved. I was zigging around in circles, going nowhere fast, like a rat on a caged wheel (aka, the “Rat Race”).
New entrepreneurs need to beware of the 6 dumbest mistakes. New entrepreneurs will make wrong decisions that can cost money, but too many dumb mistakes will put you out of business. If you want to be on the success side, the fun side of entrepreneurship, you need to avoid the dumb mistakes that will turn a new entrepreneurs business dream into a business nightmare!