“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and to change the world.” ~Harriet Tubman
1 year ago, I started feeling a stir in my soul…
A calling to do something bigger than myself.
While discovering the wonderful world of Optimal Living, my head started overflowing with ideas and my heart caught on fire.
Before long, I knew it was time to make shit happen.
On July 4th, 2011 at 3:06pm, TheFeelGoodLifestyle.com was born.
I didn’t know it at the time, but I had just embarked on the most unpredictable, transformative, and inspiring journey of my life…
Today, as we’re coming on the 1st anniversary of The Feel Good Lifestyle, I’ve decided to write a “celebration post”. I want to thank you for your support, and to take you behind the scenes of this project.
Most importantly, I want share with you the most powerful lessons I’ve learned along the way so you too can build a project that will rock your world and improve the lives of others.
Because here’s the deal: mastering yourself is the first step, but wherever you are on your personal journey, there will come a point when you will feel that stirring in your soul too. You will want to create something, make a contribution, make the world a better place…
Maybe you’re already feeling it…
Are you thinking of starting a blog, a business, a non-profit, a mastermind group, a club, or any other meaningful project?
Today, I want to give you the TOOLS and the STEPS to follow to make it happen.
Whatever you’re feeling called to do, I can tell you as someone who built something meaningful for the first time in his life this year, that going for it is the greatest gift you can ever give yourself…
But First, A Few Stats
Before we get into it, I want to share a few mind-blowing stats with you to show you what’s possible when you really commit to something and go for it.
Over the last year, as you can imagine, I’ve put a lot of work into building this website. I’ve spent hundreds of hours in front of my laptop, trance music pumping through my ears, raw cacao pumping through my veins, trying to create epic content for you guys.
I’ve published 81 blog posts, 13 podcast episodes, 1 eBook, and created one unique coaching program.
A couple days ago, I looked at my website stats (which I rarely do), and what I saw astonished me. There’s no other way to put it: the hard work really paid off.
In the last year, The Feel Good Lifestyle has had more than 200,000 views by people from 180 countries.
If you had told me that a year ago, I would have…. Well, I dunno what I would have done, but I would have been super stoked! Yet here we are, it’s very much real and I am so thankful to each of you for helping me make it happen.
And here’s what I TRULY believe: if I was able to do it, you can do it too. For real.
Today, as you read these lines, this could be the start of YOUR mind-blowing journey.
Here are the 7 steps to make something big happen — put them to good use and in one year you’ll be amazed by everything that’s happened.
1a) Figure Out Your Passions
“People say you have to have a lot of passion for what you’re doing and it’s totally true. And the reason is because it’s so hard, and if you don’t, any rational person would give up.” ~Steve Jobs
The most fundamental reason why The Feel Good Lifestyle has been so successful is that I’m truly passionate about what I write (hopefully this shines through!).
I know you’ve heard this before, but if you want to achieve big things in the world and really live your greatest life, it’s primordial that you get clear on what your passions are and start using them.
So how do you figure out your passions?
A great place to start is to journal on the following questions:
1) When do I feel most alive?
2) What could I talk about for hours and hours?
3) What do I love doing so much that I would do it for free?
4) What do I love learning more about?
Really take time to reflect on these questions. It’s the basis for the rest of your life!
Our traditional education system does a lousy job at helping us get clear on our passions, so it’s our personal responsibility to figure it out.
And you’re not going to figure it out while chilling in front of the TV- you have to consciously search within yourself!
1b) Combine Your Passions in a Unique Way
“Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world’s phenomena intersect, only once in this way, and never again.” ~Hermann Hesse
Once you’re clear on what your passions are, the million-dollar question is: how can you combine them in a never-seen-before way?
In May-June 2011, I spent 2 full months trying to figure out how I could combine my passions for nutrition, fitness, positive psychology, spirituality and lifestyle design into one awesome package.
Eventually, on a 12-hour drive through Australia, the concept of The Feel Good Lifestyle came to me. A lifestyle based on its own set of values and principles and on the latest research, designed to give optimal results in all areas of life.
Once again, you’re going to have to consciously work on figuring this out. But when you do, it’ll be magical.
Because no one else in the world has the same set of passions as you, knows the same things you do, and gets inspired in the way you do.
This makes you unique, and therefore gives you an incredible opportunity to create something the world has never seen before.
2) Start Learning…Big Time!
“Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.“~ Jim Rohn
Ok, so once you’re clear about what you LOVE, it’s time to get busy.
You’ll want to pick up at least the 3 best resources you can find on each one of your passions, and really start learning & learning.
Don’t fret — it’ll be fun. Learning about our passions is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves.
In the first few months of 2011, I spent literally hundreds of hours learning about personal development and Optimal Living. Tony Robbins & Brian Johnson became my constant companions as I listened to their tapes every single time I rode my bike, washed the dishes, cleaned my room, walked to class, or even ran on the beach.
Additionally, I read hundreds of blog posts, and many, many books on the subject. I literally gave myself a crash-course, learning as much in 6 months as most people probably do in 6 years.
I became a sponge and soaked up as much as I possibly could.
I truly believe that if you want to shine, going through this process will be immensely beneficial. The more you know, the more you can apply, and the more epic stuff you can create. And let’s face it — it’s never been easier in history to learn… Everything is available within a few clicks.
So get busy, learn, learn, learn, and the possibilities will become endless.
3) Take the Leap of Faith!
“Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”~Goethe
So many people in the world have the knowledge, the skills and the ideas to make big things happen… But they never start.
They let fear, distractions, or “not feeling ready yet” stop them.
They come up with a million and one excuses…blablablabla. Honestly, it’s bullshit.
Here’s the big secret: You’re ready whenever you DECIDE you’re ready. No one is going to come see you and tell you’re ready.
All you need at the beginning is a vision, a burning desire to make things happen, and the flexibility to adjust course along the way. That’s it.
When I started The Feel Good Lifestyle, I had no idea how it would all pan out. But I just went for it anyways and figured I would just figure it out along the way. And it’s worked out better than I could have dreamed.
You’re never gonna have it all figured out before you start. It’s while DOING that you’ll really start to understand how it all works.
And as they say… “when you commit to something, all the universe conspires to help you…” ;)
4) Study Those Who Are Crushing It
“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.” ~Douglas Adams
All right, so now you’re rock & rollin’ and your project is on the way. Awesome!
Now, it’s time to really make things pop. And the fastest way to do so is to study the work of people who are achieving the results you desire. Figure out what makes them so successful, and start implementing some of these things into your project.
When I started the blog, I spent a lot of time reviewing Tim Ferriss’ blog posts to understand what made them so unique and popular. I also drew inspiration from Jordan over at High Existence and Jacob at Sensophy, because I admire what they do, and I know they had figured stuff out that I didn’t know yet.
Whatever field you’re in, look up to the leaders and start studying what they’re doing. Take notes. Figure out how you can combine all these different styles with your personal touch.
Better yet, start developing a relationship with them. I truly believe that in the world we live in cooperation is much more prevalent than competition, and these leaders in your field could very well become your friends in the future.
I haven’t talked to Tim Ferriss yet, but I’ve become good friends with Jordan and Jacob over time, and I have a strong feeling we’ll be working on some very cool stuff together at some point in the future.
5) Promote Your Shit!
“If you don’t believe in your product, or if you’re not consistent and regular in the way you promote it, the odds of succeeding go way down.” ~Jay Levinson
Ok, so now that you’ve studied what others are doing and you’ve created something epic by combining some of their brilliant ideas with yours, it’s time to really put yourself out there. It’s time to promote your shit.
Now for some of you, you might get a weird feeling in your chest thinking about promoting yourself.
Why? Well, I’ve got 2 theories.
1) You feel like promoting yourself and your projects is “show-offish” and boastful.
That’s kinda ridiculous in my opinion.
Look at it this way: if you’re creating something that really adds value to people’s life (which I’m sure you will), you’re actually doing them a DISSERVICE by not promoting it.
There are lots of people out there whose life could be enhanced by your project, but your so-called humility is stopping them from ever finding out about it.
Ultimately, the only way to really stand out in the world is to believe in what you create, and share it with the world loud and proud.
2) You’re afraid of what others will think.
I totally felt like that when I started out. I’ve come to realize that not everyone is going to dig what we do, and that’s totally fine. Some might think it’s lame, but who cares. That’s their own deal, and most likely they’re projecting their own fears and insecurities on what you’re doing.
The goal is not to create something that everyone will like, it’s to create something that some people will LOVE. So don’t worry about what everybody says, focus on those who really dig your work and find more like them.
How do you promote your stuff? Well, the easiest way is obviously Facebook. Create a fan page, create a promo video, ask some people to share your stuff, be original.
Look at what successful people are doing, and adapt it to your situation!
6) Hang out with People on the Same Path as you
“Surround yourself with people who are going to lift you higher.” ~Oprah Winfrey
So now that you’re creating epic shit and promoting it with the world, success will start to find you. It’ll be exhilarating and humbling at once- quite the experience.
But then, something strange will happen. You might start to feel a bit of a disconnect between yourself and your friends. Not that there’s anything suddenly wrong with them, but you’ll realize that you’re on different paths.
The things you’ll think about and dream about will become different, therefore the things you’ll want to talk about will become different too.
This might be one of the hardest things you’ve ever done, but you’ll have to start making a shift in your life and start spending more time with people who are on the same path as you. This doesn’t mean you have to totally let go of your old friends, but you need to start allocating your time differently.
That’s precisely why I moved to California and then to Boulder — and since I’ve made those moves, things have really taken off in ways that I can’t even describe.
7) Hire a Team & Shoot for the Stars
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Finally, it’ll be time to scale your project and take it to the next level. And to do that, you’ll need the right people on board with you. As badass as you might be, it’s impossible to do it all on your own.
On this note, I’m happy to announce that I’ve recently brought on board a team of 6 extraordinary young people to help me take The Feel Good Lifestyle to the next level. I can’t even express how grateful I feel for this influx of energy, enthusiasm and inspiration that they’re bringing to this project.
If I have one regret, it’s that I didn’t bring a team on board faster. So in your project, don’t wait. Find the right people and bring them on, they will only enhance what you’re trying to achieve.
The most important thing I look for when hiring someone is PASSION and ATTITUDE. Skills and knowledge can always be acquired, but you either have passion or you don’t, and attitude will determine whether you enjoy working with that person or not.
So pick wisely, and get ready…because once you have a team, things will SOAR!
Ultimately, here’s the bottom line: if you want to make it big, you have to be relentless. Consistency is the key.
Over the last year, there were many days when I went to bed and I felt like I could have done a bit more. But regardless, I showed up every single day, ready to give it my best.
And as I learned, if you show up every day for a year, you will absolutely amaze yourself.
If your soul is telling you right now is the time, don’t wait any longer. You’re ready. GO GO GO! :)
Thanks again for the support, and here’s to making shit happen!!!
P.S. If you have big dreams and want to achieve results faster, I encourage you to apply to my new coaching program, The Peak Performance Experience.