Categories: Gettin The Mind Right

One Unsexy Yet Highly Effective Tip on Success in Anything

Happy Monday!

Deprivation is most often linked to financial struggle, especially those who are barely making it. But today I am going to ask that you think of it in a different way. Not to say you shouldn’t be empathetic towards those living on the margins. Poverty is a real problem and a serious societal issue.

But deprivation in a controlled environment is actually a good thing.

Let’s be real for a second, let’s step away from what we want and think about what we actually need in real life.

Is it really reasonable to assume we can eat what we want, work out when we feel like it (if at all), do nothing to get at the root of our stress (mental, emotional and physical), take pills or drink alcohol to numb our pain/stress–and then expect to live a long, happy, fulfilled life?

That is an extreme example but I find most people have one or two of those issues but don’t commit to the process (not 21 days, not 6 months, but the journey through life) necessary to make a serious difference, and yet expect things to change.

It’s NOT your fault.

The big problem is that our society has become more coddled and entitled so when we are faced with discomfort, we don’t know what to do.

America was built on abundance, so the mere thought of deprivation is foreign and scary to so many.

But let me tell you something, you should RUN TOWARDS deprivation!

Our definition of deprivation is wrong because its one-sided. But nothing in the world is one-sided; there are benefits & drawbacks to everything.

Take poverty for example. In America, we get bored so quick that during stop lights we take our phone out to check social media or ESPN. I remember when I was in Tanzania, Africa; I was amazed at watching how they would find ways to have fun without technology. Next time you go anywhere in public, look around and you’ll see 99% of people looking down at their phones. In Africa, when groups get together they actually engage each other and have real, present conversations. And despite being poor, they are some of the happiest people I ever met.

What does that mean to you:

  • No added sugar day to day
  • Limit coffee intake to less than 2 per day
  • Drink WATER- not seltzer, not adding some “magical” droplets that make it taste good yet claims to be sugar free (where do you think flavor comes from? It’s fake sugar that doesn’t have to be put on a label).
  • Limit of 1-2 drinks per week OR only for special occasions
  • Getting up earlier to workout or do mobility exercises rather than staying up late watching Netflix
  • Spending time on YOU – but not in superficial ways like shopping, watching your favorite show, or scrolling through social media. It’s amazing how much time we spend on social media yet people tell me they don’t have time to workout or to meditate.

These are just a few examples, but the idea is to deprive yourself of stuff you don’t need (let’s be real, we don’t need any of that stuff) to gain invaluable growth that improves your quality of life:

  • Tremendous Inner Strength
  • Self-Confidence
  • Feeling Good – it bothers me no end that most people walk around feeling tight, anxious, & insecure, and have no idea how good they could feel with just a few minor tweaks.
  • Vitality – this is along the lines of feeling good but when your PH levels are more alkaline (by consuming LOTS of water + produce and getting rid of added sugar, reducing acidity like coffee consumption) you feel enriched like a new person.

I am not here to coddle anyone. If you feel challenged, GOOD. What is one area of your life where you could use some deprivation?

Declare it and do it for the rest of the month. Then check in to let me know how you feel.

And if you are reading this, shaking your head thinking you can’t – PLEASE respond back! I’d love to hop on the phone with you. I’m not going to yell at you (hah!) but I would like the opportunity to teach you how amazing & capable you are.

PS: Could you do me a favor? Forward this to someone who you think could benefit from it.  I would love to help.




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