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3 Paramount Yet Simple Rules to Progress in Life

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I'm a big believer in keeping things simple.

Life, as we know, can be complicated and annoying. At times, downright frustrating. That's putting it mildly after the last year too. So, we must live with the KISS principle in mind when we can.

The United States Navy created the KISS principle. It's an acronym for "Keep It Simple, Stupid."

Regarding progress, let's keep things simple and not complicate them further.

If You Don't Go After Your Dreams, You Will Never Have Them

What you want is possible.

However, no one will hand it to you, and it won't fall out of the sky and into your lap anytime soon. So you have to go and get it.

You have to commit. Patience and perseverance are your weapons. It will take sweat, sacrifice, mental tenacity, and intestinal fortitude to see it through.

Life gave you your dreams. And we give back to the universe by giving life to our dreams.

I'm not going to lie. It's going to take time. But, the time will pass anyway.

As Les Brown once said:

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”

Ask yourself: Which path are you on?

Don't die with the music of your soul still left in your heart. The last thing you want is to have every window of opportunity close permanently.

Because, at that point, you will be living with regret. That pain will be with you every second of every day, forever.

Stop making excuses. Take charge of your life and move toward your dream.


If You Don't Ask, the Answer Will Always Be 'No'

I wish I had learned earlier in life to ask.

Not asking and only assuming left so much on the table for me. And I bet it has for you too.

If you like someone, ask them out.

If you're shopping, ask if there's a discount.

Don't hesitate to ask for the deal if you're in sales.

If you're lost, ask for help!

Ask. What's the big deal? What do you have to lose? Nothing. Only something to gain.

Having the courage to ask for the small things will give you the confidence to ask those more significant and daring requests like a potential investor to fund your startup.

Is the answer "No" so terrible? Will it destroy you or break you? Of course not.

You're stronger than that. So don't be afraid to ask.


If You Don't Move Forward, You'll Always Stay in the Same Place

Change takes effort.

It takes commitment to change and consistency to see it through.

It's a choice — one which we must choose daily. Sometimes, you must select it from moment to moment. The desire to sit back, chill, and relax will always be tempting. I feel it constantly. But I already know what happens when I choose that path: nothing. You know it too.

Deep down, you know that giving in to temptation keeps you stagnant.

You must take action if you desire a better life with more favorable circumstances. This topic isn't debatable. At all. No action means no change.

And it doesn't need to be massive action. At least, not at first.

Aristotle said it best:

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

Start small and build.

Take a small action today toward the life you desire. Then, tomorrow, take another step. Eventually, that will become a habit, and you'll be able to build momentum.

This pattern will undoubtedly lead to massive action. Massive action equals massive results. That means tremendous change.


Final Thoughts

These principles might seem simple, but I assure you, they aren't.

When I consciously started implementing these lessons into my life, I experienced drastic changes in all areas of importance.

My health improved, business soared, sales went through the roof, and my relationships became more profound and held more meaning.

I accomplished so much more than I thought possible. And, because I've built these principles into habits, they have become my patterns.

Keep these concepts in mind:

  • If you don't go after your dreams, you'll never have them.
  • If you don't ask, the answer will always be 'No.'
  • If you don't move forward, you'll always stay in the same place.

So take these seriously and let these rules become your creed or modus operandi.

Then? You'll have the fuel needed to progress and be on the path to the life of your dreams, living your greatness. 

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