What’s your definition of a good life? Ask 100 different people, and you’ll probably get 100 different answers.
However, there are also a few universal pieces to a good life. Take happiness and health. We all want it. That’s why we collectively spend billions of dollars a year on gym memberships, supplements, training programs, gear, you name it.
I’m not surprised. Health is everything. Mahatma Gandhi famously said:
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”
To me, health is not only a physical thing. Your mental health is more important than your body because it’s easy to get injured or sick. It can happen to all of us. But as long as your brain functions, you’re still in control of your life.
Another thing that determines a good life is our job. We spend a lot of time working and trying to make a living — we better do something we love.
So if you want to get stronger, fitter, and make a living doing what you love — start with your mind first. The rest will follow by itself.
In this article, I’m going to share three ideas with you that I’ve used to achieve those things.
1. Improve your mindset
Start Creating. Stop Consuming.
There are two types of people: Creators and consumers. Creators are also consumers. But consumers are not creators.
It’s very simple: Decide what you are. And then live up to that decision.
People write 300-page books on happiness and improving your mindset. But reading and consuming MORE information is not going to help you. Creating will.
Take Mike Thurston, a successful online fitness coach. I discovered his videos on YouTube recently. And I interviewed him for my podcast.
Mike told me that he decided to stop asking for business. Instead, he decided to create demand by giving away tons of value.
That’s how I found him. His videos are in depth, enjoyable and useful to people who want to learn more about fitness. And because he started creating, people started following.
The rest followed automatically for him. Now, he has a coaching business, and he’s booked for months in advance.
2. Build strength
Start Training. Stop Exercising.
The problem with most of us is not with going to the gym or exercising. It’s HOW we exercise.
So you might hit the gym four times per week. But if you do it half-heartedly and without focus, you will never see the results you CAN achieve.
So stop exercising. And start training. The former is just something you do; the latter is something you plan.
What are your goals? What are you trying to achieve with your body? Want to get stronger? Lose weight?
When you have a goal, you train. When you don’t have a goal, you just work out for the sake of working out.
It sounds obvious. But I’ve been exercising most of my life. It’s for only the past six months that I’ve started training. And I’m getting stronger by the day.
3. Make a living doing what you love
Just Start, Already.
Mike Thurston told me he started his YouTube channel (that has over 220k subscribers) with only a camera and a laptop. That sounds simple when you say it like that. But most of us over-complicate everything.
You don’t need perfection, big audiences, money, likes, or anything else you think: You need a start.
If you have a day job, start in the evening. If you have kids, start before they are awake. It’s not complicated.
Look, we can go on and on about how important it is to start. You probably think, “I know I need to start. But how?”
It’s easy to come up with excuses. We say stuff like: I don’t have time, money, energy, etc. But that’s easy to say.
- Here’s the thing: Starting is hard.
- Here’s another thing: So what?
If you want to make a living by doing what you love, start working on it. Not tomorrow. Not in a year. Today.
It’s obvious. It’s simple. And yet, it works.