You never know what’s right around the corner…

Do the right thing.  That’s my best recommendation.   At the same token, don’t expect others to respond in kind.   It’s just not how the world works.   Sometimes things might happen like:

– You say ‘Good Morning’ to a stranger and he or she doesn’t even aknowledge you.

– You are dating someone who you go out of your way to treat well and they ultimately decided to leave you. 

– You get passed up for the job that you are certain that you are the best candidate for.

Life sucks sometimes.  It can be easy to use that disappointment as an excuse to stop trying.  After all, you worked hard and showed dedication and commitment(the proverbial blood, sweat, and tears).  And for what?  Why put in all of this extra effort?

Because having the right attitude is everything!

For all you know, the next job offer will come before you know it, and it will be even better then the job that turned you away!  Maybe you will find someone who is so much better than the one that got away;  Maybe the next person you smile at will be grateful that your positive energy brightened their day!

The catch is, the good fortune will only come if you continue to give the same passionate energy to everything you do.  No one wants to hire the guy that has a chip on his shoulder and comes across angry.  No one wants to date the guy who is depressed and not confident in who they are and what they have to offer.   The person stuck in ‘whoa is me’ mode will miss out on the opportunities that are all around him(or her)!

Never stop believing in yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow 🙂
-Dan Sims

Stop talking yourself out…

Here’s a quick tip, once you have decided to commit to self improvement, take action on it right away!  If you are anything like me, you will start to talk yourself out of it as soon as you hesitate.   You mind will always drive you to the path of least resistance.   

For example, if you decide to work out after work, don’t go home and sit down.  Once you sit down on the couch and relax, your mind will give you all of the reasons why you can put it off.  And of course, you will tell yourself that you will do it tomorrow (but you won’t). 

Same rule goes for writing a blog/book, completing a home improvement project, etc.   Once you’ve made the commitment, take the first step immediately.  You’ll feel better about yourself afterwards!

Never give up on yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow 🙂

-Dan Sims

Everything matters!

Good morning!

I am sitting in the car about to enter the gym.  I’ve spent too much time this past month excessively eating and not exercising.   Just as important, I haven’t blogged in awhile or been reading and studying.   Yesterday I finally took action to get back on track.

It’s amazing how once you neglect one part of your goals, the rest seem to fall in line right behind.  I once learned the following lesson from Jim Rohn:

“Everything Matters”

Of course somethings are more important than others, but they all matter.   As you can see, as soon as I decided to let my diet slide, my writing and studying stopped.   My whole life was on pause in the same bullshit, ‘Tomorrow I will get back at it’ phase.  I was able to stay focused on family and work, but I was losing my momentum towards my goals!  

Today that ends.   No more excuses!

Never stop believing in yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow 🙂

-Dan Sims

Don’t stall!

Today when I woke up, I spring out of bed and decided I was going to the gym early.   I then proceeded to sit around and catch-up on what I had missed on my cell phone.   After spending about 45 minutes checking my Facebook news feed and other internet news that really didn’t matter, I came up with a whole lot of excuses to skip the gym.  Eventually I told myself to go and I started to change into my gym clothes before my mind could start making excuses to talk me out of it.  I just finished my workout and I feel so much better than I would’ve had I allowed myself to push it off until tomorrow.  And as many of you know, you’ll find a reason to quit tomorrow as well if you let yourself.  

Always remind yourself to immediately take the first step when a good idea hits you.  It creates momentum towards the change you desire. 

Never stop believing in yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow 🙂

-Dan Sims

Don’t beat yourself up!

Here’s a thought that I had many years ago that I haven’t shared until now…

Success is like working out.

What is the point of weight training?   How do you build a muscle?  The most simple answer is that you work your muscle until failure over and over again.  Again you work yourself until you can’t do even one more rep, then you take time to recover, then come back even stronger next time.  

So why then are we so hard on ourselves about our failures.  With the right mindset, you can continue to bounce back and learn from your failures and take on the next challenge as a smarter, experienced, and humbler version of yourself.  Don’t waste time beating yourself up.  Acknowledge that you have failed and plan a different approach to be successful next time.  

Never stop believing in yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow 🙂

-Dan Sims

Settling in…

It’s been a very busy week of settling in to the new house.  Between unpacking and organizing the house, I haven’t had time for much else.  Weight loss has not been my main priority.  Luckily, after about 2 weeks of neglect to my weight loss plan, I have only gained back 2 pounds.  So I’m still 20 pounds better than where I started.  I am ready to resume the program this week!

I will continue to report on my weight loss throughout my blog as it serves as a tangible measure of how much progress I am making.   Showing pictures to illustrate my progress is powerful and one day will tell the story of how far I have come.   However, I have grown so much personally in the past 3 months that can’t be measured in pounds, inches, etc.   My personal growth has been amazing, and those close to me can’t help but notice the changes. 

In the past, I wouldn’t have had the patience or organization to handle the move effectively.   I would get frustrated and throw some sort of counterproductive adult tantrum whenever I got overwhelmed.   Not this time!  I am proud of how well I was able to stay focused and put systems and organization in place to make life clean and easy.  I was able to laugh throughout the entire process and spend more quality time with the kids.  That progress goes way beyond a number on a scale.  

Never stop believing in yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow 🙂

-Dan Sims