We are excited to bring Brad on to the podcast! Dina and Brad have known each other for a decade. She calls him a friend, coach and loves to collaborate with him!
We could have talked to Brad about a lot of things! One of the areas we asked him to focus on was, "What would you tell your 20-year-old self"?
What would I tell my 20-year-old self?
1. The biggest issue people face is a lack of self-awareness. Seek a mindfulness mindset – non-judgmental present moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, and emotions, our focus, and our environment (15 minutes focus, practice all day).
2. Develop a morning routine using the acronym TIME. Ideally, do the first three letters in the 1st half hour of your day. T = Thanksgiving – recite nine things you are thankful for in your relationships, your career, and your personal possessions; I = Inspiration, I believe inspiration is a skill. View the beauty of life each day so you can live the beauty of life each day; next the M = meditation – please Google the 12 medically proven benefits of meditation, then make your decision; the E = exercise – we need between 150-180 minutes of exercise per week (60% strength/40% aerobic).
3. Discover and develop your values and purpose and live by them and you will not need motivation. Practice each day becoming your future self, and stay focused on your dreams. Serve others, work in excellence, be humble yet confident, and always learn. Detach from 6 stuck areas.
4. Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates: is it true, is it necessary, is it kind? Strive to bring truth, light, and life to all.
5. It’s about relationships. Surround yourself with people who make you feel that you were meant to be here. Tell others how you feel/care about them. Your circle of friends will shrink. Friends who are authentic, challenging, humorous, and supportive are keepers. Remove toxic people.
6. Stop overthinking! Most things are not as big of a deal as they seem. Save your energy for the important things. Don't sweat the small stuff.
7. Read/listen 15 minutes per day = 3750 words x 365 = 1,368,750 words/year. Avg. words/page in a book = 275. Avg book = 300 pages = reading/listening to 16.6 books read in a year. Choose topics where you are learning and challenge your thinking.
8. As a parent – Teach your kids critical thinking and to believe in themselves. Give them unconditional love. Not to worry about what other people think of them. Do what is right. Celebrate your wins. Instead of buying your children all the things you never had, teach them all the things you were never taught. Material wears out but knowledge stays. Bruce Lee
9. Take care of your health, eat healthy non-processed foods where possible, sleep well and exercise.
10. Live in the present moment and let things go and understand that stress is your expectations of your demands.
11. Learn to forgive others and yourself.
12. Give more than you get – find a cause. Read the Go-Giver.
BONUS: Seek a coach/mentor that will take you out of your comfort zone, provide feedback, allow you to find your voice, ask tough questions and hold you accountable.
As Emerson once opined, “All life is an experiment, the more experiments, the better.”
The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come.
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