No matter where you are in life, whether you’re in a great position, whether you’re in a terrible position or any place in between, we’re going to talk about how to turn your life around, to create the life that you truly want.
How I turned my life around
I want to take you back to October of 2010. I had lost everything that I had. My business was failing, I went from having $50 000 in my bank account to a negative figure. I was five months overdue on my car payment and almost lost my car. I was living in a one-bedroom apartment down in Fort Lauderdale with no furniture inside of the house beside a bed in my room, and books that lined the living room floor. For two months, the only thing that I ate was pasta from Walmart. It was 88cents for a can of pasta.
I was probably in one of the worst, if not the worst place in my life. I had this business that had been successful and within less than a year, I’d lost it all. I had to go back home with my tail between my legs and try to start all over again.
About six months later, I went through a terrible breakup, I was working a job that I hated and I remember sitting on my bathroom floor, sobbing like a child because I had no idea what I was doing, why I was doing the things I was doing or where my life was supposed to go. This was my rock bottom.
At that moment, feeling like the world was crashing around me, I vividly remember thinking to myself, “No one is going to come and save you. If you’re going to make something out of your life, it is only on your shoulders. I can’t blame anybody else for my failure and if I can’t blame anybody else for my failure, I won’t be able to blame anybody else but myself for my success later on down the road.”
It was that moment that I decided to take control of my life and fix the things that didn’t suit me.
It’s very easy for you to look at someone who is “successful” and wish you were in their position, but you don’t get to see all of the crap and the walking on glass they’ve done to get to where they’re at. I want you to realise that when you’re looking at someone successful (whatever that means to you), that it wasn’t easy and that the followers, money or accolades are not what truly matters.
The only thing that matters is how you feel about yourself in the moment and about being truly fulfilled with what you do.
You’ve got to become the hero in your movie. Imagine that your life is a movie and you’ve got a crowd that is watching your every move. They’re on your side and they’re rooting for you to create something of yourself. They’re waiting in anticipation of what you’re going to do next. Are you going to tune into Netflix or are you going to go out and have a productive day?
What are you going to do?
I love to use this because it feels like a game, it is a game and to me, life is a game. It begins to force you to think about everything you do with intention. Instead of being on autopilot doing the same thing you’ve done for the past couple of years, you’re now being watched and that’ll force you into creating better decisions for yourself.
Nobody is going to save you, you’re going to have to save yourself.
When I was 19-years old, I hired my first one-on-one coach. I paid $500 a month to talk to him for 30 minutes every week. That was more than I paid in rent, but I wanted to succeed so badly that I was willing to put myself in debt just to be able to get a coach who would help me succeed.
One thing that he taught me was that I was the CEO of my life. If my business failed, it was my fault, if I succeeded it was also my fault. That day I learned the I had to be the CEO of my own life because no one was going to come and do it for me.
Nobody is going to want your success more than you do.
Nobody is going to want your happiness more than you do.
Nobody is going to want your fulfilment more than you.
So you have to get up and you have to put the work in because nobody is going to put the work in for you.
You have to be the CEO of your own life and I hope you choose greatness.