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Skip the New Year's Resolutions and Level Up for 2023 with a Solid Plan for Success
Episode 633rd January 2023 • Mesmerizing Marketing™ • Dimple Dang
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Welcome to the Mesmerizing Marketing Podcast, where we take a deep dive

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into the latest marketing trends, tools, and tips, and provide you with

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the top resources you need to thrive and make your marketing mesmerizing.

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And now here's your host Dimple.

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Dang.

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Happy New Year.

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Happy 2023.

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My MES Rising Marketing Tribe.

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Today's episode is really timely for the new year, we're gonna be talking about

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skip the year's resolutions and level up for 2023 with a solid plan for success.

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How many times have you made New Year's resolutions?

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Only to find out that it's not even the end of January and you have not been

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able to keep any of your resolutions.

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Does that sound familiar?

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I'm sure you're shaking your head with a yes.

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So here's the issue with that.

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One is you cannot make resolutions.

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You really have to make goals.

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and if you listen to my episode from a year ago, I will link it about why people

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don't keep their New Year's resolutions.

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That'll give you a little bit more perspective on that, but today

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I'm really focusing on helping you guys level up for 2023.

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with a solid plan for success.

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Okay?

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And that's really important because you know, it's the new year.

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And with the new year come lots of new opportunities.

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And also there's gonna be challenges, and that is just part of life, right?

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So what you have to do is you have to prepare yourself to handle

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anything that comes your way.

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And really just be prepared.

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Right?

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And that is part of leveling up.

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And for those of you who have probably heard the term leveling

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up, but just to really.

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Dumb it down and just say what is exactly leveling up mean?

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Well, basically it's a metaphor that's used to describe personal or

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professional growth or development.

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And it can refer to acquiring new skills, knowledge, experiences,

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anything that's gonna help you improve or advance in some way.

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And there's many different ways that you can level up in your.

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We're gonna talk about some of those in a moment, but what I really want

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you to do is as you go into 2023, don't do things just because you think that

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that's what you're supposed to do.

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Don't jump into that whole societal norm of like, oh, you're supposed

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to make resolutions, so you're just gonna make them because you

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feel like you have to listen.

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You don't have to do anything you don't want to.

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And part of going into 2023 with confidence is really owning the

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freedom to live your life the way that you want to live it, right?

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And that is a whole part of the leveling of process, is that you need

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to take accountability for yourself.

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You need to take accountability for your actions, and you need to have

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the courage to say no to things that don't align with your 2023.

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with the goals of your business, your brand, your personal relationships, and

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it is okay to leave those back in 2022.

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And this can apply to friendships.

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It can apply to jobs, it can apply to family members, it

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can apply to your baggage.

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your baggage is not allowed on flight 2020.

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You gotta leave that baggage back in 2022 because that baggage is something

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that is way heavy and it's gonna break you if you take it into 2023.

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So do not bring that baggage.

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It is not allowed on flight 2023.

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Flight 2023 is all about leveling up.

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, and that is why it rides in the sky.

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The airplane is going higher and higher as the altitude changes.

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And if that alt altitude is changing, you have to change

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to get yourself up there too.

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And that's why I am doing this episode today is to really help you guys level up.

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So let's talk a little bit about some ways that you can level up in your life.

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So just so you can get an idea of what I'm talking about here.

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One example of leveling up would be that you can improve your education

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or knowledge in a particular area.

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So that means you attend more workshops, seminars, you take some

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classes, or even study to learn about a subject that you're interested in.

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Because knowledge is power.

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The more knowledge you have, the more power you will have.

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So, remember,

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The next thing is developing new skills.

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So that means that maybe you've wanted to learn a new language or learn

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how to code or learn how to play the guitar, are the piano or dance?

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Develop new skills if there's something that you've always wanted to.

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. This is a year 2023.

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Do that thing.

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Do that thing.

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You want it to be in a music video.

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Go get that video.

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Go be in it.

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Okay?

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If you wanted to learn how to dance, go do it.

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You wanted to learn how to speak three languages.

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Go do it.

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It's yours for the taking.

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Right?

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another example of leveling up is, you know, career advancement.

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It could be getting promoted, it could be taking on more responsi.

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or maybe it can be even starting a new job, And on that same career

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trajectory, it could also be that maybe you're leaving your long-term career

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to go into entrepreneurship, right?

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But you're doing that because you are leveling up and you're positioning

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yourself to set yourself up for a life of success, of the life that you wanna build.

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Another example is to work on your personal.

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and that means you could be, working towards your personal goals by improving

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your physical health, your wellness, working on being stronger emotionally

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and also mentally, you know, having more of that resilience and that grip factor.

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Cuz that's, that's important.

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That's gonna get you through the year just because we're all

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like, oh, like today's actually January 2nd, I'm recording this.

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We're like excited about the year.

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, it's great, but there will be challenges.

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There's, gonna be things to overcome, and that's just part of life.

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But the more well prepared you are to handle those situations when they come up,

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and also to learn from those situations, the more success you're gonna see.

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So the ultimate goal to leveling up is to identify areas of your life that you

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wanna improve in or develop, and then you have to take consistent and focused

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action to make progress in those areas.

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Okay?

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So what you have to do is you're gonna have to determine how leveling up applies

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to different aspects of your life.

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And this can be in the categories of, business and career.

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That can be one category.

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Another category can be relationships, another category can be health.

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Another category can be, you know, education and development.

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And another category can be personal growth, right?

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So let me break this down for you guys.

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Let me give you guys a little bit more intel on this in terms of these things.

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So when it comes to career and business, what you need to do is you have to set.

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specific Measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals for your career.

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So the acronym for this is called smart, s m a r T, right?

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So specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals

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for your career and business.

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And that's what's gonna help you stay motivated and focused.

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And that's really.

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. Next thing when it comes to career and

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other people in your industry, right?

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And you want to learn about new opportunities and get you know,

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advice from people that are more experienced professionals.

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So instead of being intimidated by them, that they're your competition, actually

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look at them as someone that you can learn from because they are more experienced.

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They've been there, they've done that.

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Maybe they can give you a shortcut and they can save you from going through

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making the same mistakes that they made.

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The other thing that you should be doing is you should be learning new skills.

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It's important to keep up with the latest trends in your industry.

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And also to stay competitive by, you know, earning certifications or taking courses.

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So if you're in marketing, for example, you can get Google ad certified, and, and

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you can do that and you should do that.

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So those are some of the things that I'm talking about right now.

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. So when it comes to career and professional goals, one of the

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other things that's really important is to seek out new challenges.

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And that means that you can even volunteer for projects that are a little bit outside

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of your comfort zone, are even take on additional responsibilities at work.

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And that's really gonna help you grow and develop into your career.

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And if you are an entrepreneur, Again, you can seek out new challenges and

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do things that maybe you've never done before, and just try something new.

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So try to step out of your comfort zone once in a while because

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you'll find that it's really gonna help you grow as a person.

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And when you grow, that's when you're gonna up level and

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elevate in every part of your.

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Okay, so the next part of leveling up is going to be in the relationships

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department, so that means that.

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communicating openly and honestly with your loved ones, and that

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is really important because people are not mind readers.

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A lot of things that go wrong, they're all because of lack of communication.

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So whether it's with friends, whether it's with your husband, whether it's

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with your boyfriend or girlfriend, you really have to communicate

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and let them know what your needs.

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What your expectations are and also be open to listening to what's

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important to them and, and getting to know what their needs are.

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What do they expect out of that relationship?

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Then the other thing is you have to practice active listening, paying

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attention to what other people are saying, and actually asking questions to show them

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that you're engaged in the conversation.

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If someone's talking and they're sharing something that's really important to

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them, it's just courtesy to acknowledge what they are sharing by nodding, by

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looking at them in the eyes, not being distracted on your phone, and even

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repeating back part of what they said so they know that you are actually

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listening to what they're saying.

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And this one should go without say, but make time for the people that you care.

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and you might be busy, but if you are never too busy to make

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time, Everyone has the time.

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It's how you choose to spend your time.

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And if you can cut one thing out, that's not that important, you

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will have time to do more and with more for the people that you care.

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So set aside some dedicated time each week to spend time with your loved ones,

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whether it's going on a dinner date, having a game night, cooking dinner

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together, whatever it happens to be.

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Now this one, the next thing when it comes to relationships is really important.

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This is about practicing forgiveness, and for some people

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it's really hard for them to.

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But if you don't forgive, you're not able to move on.

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So stop holding a grudge because a grudge can damage a relationship, especially

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if the other person has apologized.

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Try to see it from their point of view and let go of those

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negative feelings and move on.

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At least if you wanna be in the relationship.

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That's how you can handle it.

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If you don't wanna be in the relationship, then.

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I guess it doesn't matter how you handle it, but if you are not

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willing to forgive in a relationship, that relationship will never work.

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So that's something to consider

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The next thing we're gonna talk about that is really part of up-leveling

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your life is to up-level your health.

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And that means that you can exercise regularly.

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You can shoot for at least 30 minutes of doing moderate to, intense

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physical activity each day, whether it's walking, jogging, running.

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maybe it's taking a class of aerobics or even doing yoga, but exercise is important

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also for your brain health and for giving you the serotonin that you need.

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The other thing, of course, when this is hard for a lot of people

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when they're busy, but again, you have the power to control your

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actions and to control your life.

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So eating a healthy.

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focus on getting, you know, foods out of your diet that are processed

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and that just are not healthy.

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be more aware and look at the label.

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Look at what you're buying at the grocery store before you put it in the cart,

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because if you're ordering something and it's got 60% sodium, and it's got all

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of these processed foods that are bad for you, then your body is gonna feel bad too.

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So make sure that you're looking for putting in vegetables solid

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protein resources and different types of fruits into your diet.

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and if you don't have time to eat a healthy diet, consider ordering from,

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you know, one of those places that you can get everything sent to you.

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It's healthy diet, healthy ingredients, and you just literally can whip

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up a meal in 15 to 20 minutes.

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The other thing is getting enough sleep when it pertains to your health.

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And this is something that a lot of people have just, abandoned is getting enough.

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. There are people I know that they work literally 20 hours a day

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and they sleep four hours a day and that's not really healthy.

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Like to be healthy, your body needs seven to nine hours of

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sleep to function at its best.

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, and maybe you're used to like six, but at least then you need that

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six hours, not four hours, right?

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So make sure that you are going to bed earlier so that you can get up earlier.

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You're not just idly sitting on TikTok at night for hours.

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Our social media, our clubhouse, you know, we know who we are.

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And just go to sleep because then when you wake up the next day, you

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wanna feel like you have the energy to do everything that needs to get.

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. The next thing when it comes to health is practicing stress management techniques

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because there will be stress in life.

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That's just part of life, but you need to know how you're gonna

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handle that stress, and that can be including activities like meditation.

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or yoga or deep breathing or having even just time for your own

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self-care, like going to the spa or turning your home into a spa.

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When you are turning on some candles with a aromatherapy, you're putting on

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a face mask, you are turning on some relaxing music and that's gonna help you

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get rid of the stress and reset your.

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All right, so the next part of leveling up is education, and that means that you

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should be setting specific goals to learn.

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You wanna decide what you want to learn about, and you wanna

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go about achieving that goal.

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And that's really, really important.

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And if you are, , I guess learning something.

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Let's say you're going to school for real estate or you're just

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taking some extra classes.

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You wanna find out what study method is gonna work best for you because

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some people like to work in quiet environments, and some people like

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to work in a noisy background.

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So for example, even if you're an employer and you're hiring someone,

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It's not for you to dictate to them what type of environment

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that they're gonna work best in.

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If they tell you that they need a quiet environment to really think,

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especially if they're doing tasks that require them to think and use their

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brain, then you should respect that and provide them with an environment

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that's conducive to their success.

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So that's something to think.

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. The other thing is it's also important to take breaks.

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So if you're doing something that's really mentally taxing, or maybe you just had

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a day that was really stressful, you wanna give your brain a chance to rest.

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Process all the information, take a break, and you just need to know

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when to say, okay, I'm not doing anything else today that requires too

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much brain energy because I need to actually soak in everything that I've

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learned and I don't want to overdo it.

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And that's like your call to draw that line when that.

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All right.

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The other thing is to seek out new learning opportunities, right?

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So take a course or a workshop and learn a new skill or subject.

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You never know when that new skill or subject is actually going to

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make you money, and you're gonna be able to use that as a second source

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of income, especially you never.

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Layoffs can happen.

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They're happening all the time.

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You know, clients can cancel, a lot of things can happen.

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So you wanna be well-equipped with the skills that you need to make money.

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All right.

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The other thing we're gonna talk about is personal.

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It's important to really reflect on your personal values and your goals and take

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the time, you know, take the time as we're starting off 2023 to really think

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about what's really important to you and what you want to achieve in life.

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And part of that too means that it's important to practice mindfulness,

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and that means paying attention to the present moment and being

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aware of your thoughts and feeling.

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And if you have a bad habit of being snippy with people, well catch yourself

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by practicing that mindfulness when you're doing it to say, why am I doing this?

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This is something that I need to work on for 2023 and part of Upleveling my life.

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And that's part of it.

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Because if you can sit down and can say, these are my positive

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characteristics, these are my.

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Characteristics and you can take those negatives and you can put a plan

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together, an action plan to really work on that part of yourself, cuz

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that's what's truly gonna make you a better person at the end of the year.

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And sometimes it's taking criticism from other people and taking that feedback

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and instead of being offended by it, just take it for what it is and really

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just try to improve that in yourself.

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If you.

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, and this one I always say is very, very important.

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A part of like, you know, growing personally is really taking care

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of yourself first and foremost, and making time for self-care.

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A lot of people get burnt out because they don't make time for

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self-care, and you have to do that.

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. Whether you go exercise, you do meditation, you go to the spa, you

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take a relaxing bubble bath, you have to take time for self-care.

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Even listening to music while taking a walk for 30 minutes

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is going to be self-care time.

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So always remember to take time for self-care.

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Now this one is really important too.

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As far as personal growth as learning from your past experiences, right?

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So you wanna reflect on both your successes and also the challenges that

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you faced, and you wanna use both of those things as opportunities to learn and grow.

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because if you had certain challenges and you were able to

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overcome those challenges, that's a great learning experience.

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Not just for you, but a learning experience that you can share with

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other people to help them grow, right?

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And if you were successful, that's also learning experience to know

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what you did to get to that success.

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And can you duplicate it?

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Can you replicate it?

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Can you teach someone else how to do it?

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Because if you can go teach someone else how to do that, they're gonna pay.

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and you're gonna be even more successful.

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And you know what?

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Leveling up is not just about achieving external goals or metrics, but it's

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also about becoming a better, more fulfilled and more impactful person.

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. So now I wanna talk about some key factors that can help you level up.

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So, first of all, like I said, it's important to set clear, specific and

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achievable goals for leveling up.

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We're not setting resolutions in 2023 guys, we are setting clear,

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specific and achievable goals.

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The other thing is

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It's really important to identify obstacles and setbacks that are

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gonna keep you from leveling up, and some of those things can include.

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having a lack of motivation or having a lack of skills, or having

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a lack of resources or support.

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The good news is all of those things are fixable because you can have motivation

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if you don't currently have it.

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You can gain more skills if you don't have them.

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Resources are abundant if you know where to look for them.

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Support is all is available if you ask for it, so do not sit back and do nothing.

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go after what you need.

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And if you're not the type of person to ask for help, well make this the

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first year that you do ask for help and see where you end up in 2024 as

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a result of asking for help in 2023.

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Do the things that you haven't done before to achieve the success.

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If you keep doing the same thing you did over and over, you're

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gonna get the same results, right?

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So do something different.

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and if you really wanna level up, you have to be willing to have a mentor, a coach.

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You have to be willing to take courses, go to events, go networking, and be willing

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to get feedback on your business, your brand, whatever it is that you're doing.

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Those are all important things, and what you have to do is you really

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have to adopt a growth mindset.

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And have a attitude of learning that is continuous and you have to

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be open to change and challenges as opportunities to level up.

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Let me say that again.

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You have to be open to change and challenges as opportunities to level up.

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The other thing that I wanna talk about, you know, that's really important.

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The whole leveling up for 2023 is that, . You really have to have

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resilience and grit and perseverance, and you have to know how to cultivate

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these qualities and use them.

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And if you don't know how to best, use.

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, the grit, emotional grit, and you know, the resilience and be resilient.

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All of these things.

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I'm gonna give you guys a couple of book recommendations that I think are

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amazing and you know, that's part of it is like part of Upleveling yourself

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is you should be reading more books.

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So all these books that I'm gonna recommend.

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in the show notes, I'm gonna link them to my Amazon store.

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So feel free to click on the link and it'll take you directly to that book.

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But I wanna tell you a little bit of background about each book, right?

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So the first book I'm gonna talk about is called Grit the Power of Passion

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and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth.

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Okay.

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And this book talks about the importance of grit or the combination of passion

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and perseverance in achieving long-term.

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and Angela argues that grit is a better predictor of success than intelligence.

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Our talent.

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and she also provides practical tips on how to cultivate grit

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in yourself and in others.

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So I would absolutely recommend this book.

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Then the other book I would recommend is called Mindset, the New

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Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck.

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And this book explores the concept of a fixed versus a growth mindset,

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and how one's mindset can affect their ability to achieve their.

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A fixed mindset is the belief that one's abilities are fixed and cannot be changed.

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While a growth mindset is the belief that one's abilities can be developed through

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effort and learning, and Carol argues that adopting a growth mindset is crucial for

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developing grit and achieving success.

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I absolutely agree with that.

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So definitely check out that book as well.

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Again, it's gonna be linked in the show notes, you can link and you can

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directly go to Amazon to get the book.

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The other book that I would recommend is called The Resilience Factor

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Seven Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life's.

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And this is by Karen Reich and Andrew Chate it's gonna be in the show notes.

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Okay.

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And this book provides a practical and science-based approach to developing

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resilience, including the tools and techniques for managing stress,

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managing your emotions and challenges, and finding meaning and purpose in.

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Another book that you probably have heard about, and you may have even read this

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one previously, but it doesn't hurt to go back and reread books again and this one.

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The success principles, how to get from where you are to where

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you want to be by Jack Canfield.

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And this book talks about a set of principles and strategies for

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achieving success in any area of life, including goal setting, decision

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making, action taking, and overall just developing a positive attitude.

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And it also includes exercise and examples to help you apply

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these principles to your own.

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Another book I would recommend is called The Compound Effect Jumpstart

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Your Income, your Life, your Success, and this is by Darren Hardy.

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And this book talks about how small, consistent actions and.

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Can lead to significant and lasting results over time.

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it uses a metaphor of the compound effect, and this one provides practical

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tips and techniques for building good habits and breaking bad ones for creating

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a positive and productive mindset.

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All right, the next book, you know, Tony Robbins, gotta Love Tony Robbins.

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I have read this book before.

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I know I need to read it again, so I'm gonna add it to the list

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cuz I will probably be reading it when you guys are reading it.

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But this one is Awaken the Giant Within How to Take Immediate Control

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of Your Mental, emotional, physical, and Financial Destiny by Tony Robbins.

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And this is really a self-help classic book that offers a wide range

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of techniques and strategies for improving your life and achieving.

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Including being more motivated, communicating better, having

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better relationships, having good health and wealth.

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And the book is actually known for its energetic and inspirational

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style with an emphasis on taking action and making changes.

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All right, so another book is, The Power of Now and Guide to Spiritual

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Enlightenment by Eckhart Toll.

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And this book teaches the importance of living in the present moment and

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how to let go of negative thoughts and emotions so that you can experience

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inner peace and fulfillment.

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And this book uses spiritual and philosophical concepts and practices

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to help its readers find their true selves and connect with the world

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in a deeper and more meaningful.

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Now this book, I have to say, would be great if you are creating a business

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or brand too, that you wanna have an actual purpose to, a meaning to.

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I would highly recommend to read this book

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and this book that I'm gonna recommend.

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I have actually read this before as well, but it was a while back and it is.

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, powerful Lessons in

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Personal Change by Steven Kobe.

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And this book's a bestseller that presents a set of habits that can

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help people become more effective and successful in both their

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personal and professional lives.

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And habits are organized around a principle centered.

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. That includes being proactive, setting goals, prioritizing,

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and communicating effectively.

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All right.

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I've got a couple of other books I would recommend too.

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And this one I don't think I've read, but oh my god, it sounds amazing.

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So I'm gonna be reading this for sure.

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So this one is called.

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No excuses, the Power of Self-Discipline by Brian Tracy.

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And this book discusses a role of self-discipline in achieving success

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and also overcoming obstacle goals.

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And it provides techniques and strategies for developing

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self-discipline in various areas of life.

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Including time management goals, habits and emotions.

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And this book emphasizes the importance of taking responsibility, making

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decisions, taking action, and it also offers inspirational examples of

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people who have achieved their goals through having more self-discipline.

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All right, couple more books to go that are on my list.

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The obstacle is a.

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, the Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holliday.

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So this book draws on the philosophy of doism and real life examples to

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show how adversity and obstacles can be turned into opportunities and strengths.

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This is huge, you guys, because if you can take any adversity and

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turn that into an opportunity, , then you're gonna always win.

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Even through your challenges, you're always gonna win.

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So I highly recommend this book.

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So it teaches people how to embrace challenges, right?

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Overcome adversity, and cultivate a resilient mindset by using principles

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of perception, action, and will

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so when it comes to upleveling for 2023, you don't need resolutions, skip those.

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What you need as a solid plan for success and by having a plan is like upleveling

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yourself in every area of your life.

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So what you need to do is make these categories.

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This is what you do.

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You're gonna get out a notebook and you're gonna put the first category.

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career in business and you're gonna talk about for career in business,

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what is your plan for success?

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How are you gonna uplevel in those areas?

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What are you gonna do differently?

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What skills do you wanna learn?

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What challenges do you wanna seek out?

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What do you wanna try that you haven't tried before?

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Then the second thing is you're gonna write down in

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the notebook is relationships.

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And you're gonna talk about, you know, which type of relationships you want to.

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and how you're gonna improve them.

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You're gonna talk about what you're gonna do differently than you have not

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done in the past, and you're gonna talk about how you're gonna make time for the

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people that you care about and how are you going to put that on the calendar?

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What's the schedule for that?

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How are you're gonna practice forgiveness?

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All those things.

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Then the next category is health.

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So you wanna evaluate where your health is right now and where you want

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it to be, and you want to determine what you need to do to see a differe.

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, do you need to get better sleep?

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Do you need to eat healthier?

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Do you need to cut out smoking?

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Do you need to start exercising?

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Do you need to do stress management techniques?

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Whatever it is, write it down.

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Figure out a plan, know what you're gonna do.

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The next category is education and learning.

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So find out what you want to learn about this.

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Whether it's going back to school, whether it's getting your mba, whether it's just

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taking an online course or being part of some community where you're gonna learn

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about how to do something, and really just write that down too and figure out a plan.

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And then the next category's gonna be personal growth and development.

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So that's where you're gonna reflect on your personal values and your goals.

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And you're gonna, you know, make time to take care of yourself.

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You're gonna practice that mindfulness, you're going to

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reflect from the past challenges and learn from your experiences,

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and that's really important as well.

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So I think this is a lot of information I've shared that and can really just help

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you get started on your journey to having.

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An amazing 2023 where you are leveling up with a solid plan for success for 2023.

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If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends.

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Go ahead and go on Apple and write a five star review with some comments.

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I would truly appreciate it and send this episode to someone that you care about.

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So that they can also become the best version of themselves for

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2023 because nobody's perfect.

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We all need to improve.

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I'm not perfect.

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Never said I was, and there's lots of things I wanna focus on

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for next year as well to promote and you guys can do the same.

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So thanks so much and happy New Year.

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