Success Tips – Five Ways to Kick Ass Every Day

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Teddy R. No stranger to kicking ass.

In the interest of kicking some ass (remember, I just got re-educated in the field), I thought I’d share some things that I’ve been doing daily with (nearly) religious adherence that have contributed to some asskicking.

None of these things take long, and they’re each going to do what you need to do: Put you one step further ahead.

1. Do soft tissue work. Foam rolling. Trigger Point Therapy. The Stick. Rubbing fuzzy yellow balls all over your body. However you do it, every one of us has tight muscles, knots, adhesions, and trigger points that give us pain, wreck our posture, and limit our mobility. By taking a few minutes every day to work on this stuff you’ll feel better, have better posture, and recover for your workouts more quickly.

2. Have a To-Do List.
Everybody talks about their “To-Do List” but how many people actually have one? Take a few minutes at night before you go to bed and organize everything that you want to accomplish the next day. The simple act of writing all of these activities down and crossing them off will make you more organized and feed your motivation for accomplishment.

3. Have the #1 thing knocked off by noon.
This is kind of a continuation of the “To-Do List”, but it’s a big one. Take the biggest thing that you’re going to accomplish that day and knock that sucker off. Theodore Roosevelt made it a practice to have everything on his desk cleared by noon so that he could spend the rest of the day developing strategy. You might not be able to pull that off, but it is instructive.

If you’ve got the biggest gorilla on your list beaten down early on it will give you momentum to keep rolling through the list and no matter what happens you know that you’ve knocked out a big accomplishment.

4. Thank somebody for something. Doing this one is just as simple as it sounds, but the results are a little complex.

Check it: Someone does something for you every day, I guarantee it. Maybe they’re paid to do it, like the girl that pours your precious Starbucks. Or perhaps it’s just a nice thing, like a coworker hooking you up with concert tickets that they can’t use. Regardless of the motivation, there’s someone who does something for you at least once over the course of a day that deserves a “thank you”.

The unfortunate thing is that there seems to be less and less gratitude and politeness going around these days. Gratitude is becoming a rarity, to be honest. As a culture we’ve developed this sense of entitlement that leads us to expect things to be done for us rather than being appreciative of when they are. This is tragic as a little bit of polite appreciation can go a long way towards brightening someone’s day and making it better for them. The fact that you can do this, free of charge, for someone else is totally awesome!

Now, I know you guys are thinking that I’m getting all “woo-woo” and into the all that “Balance of the Universe” stuff and bordering on the the syrupy “full of shit” area. However, let’s look at what’s going on here from a bit more of a Machiavellian point of view. People generally do things for other people when there’s something to gain (even if it’s only positive feelings about themselves), they like that person, and they feel confident (at least in the intentions), right? By showing them simple gratitude for their action you have given them a positive sign of reinforcement (a stroke), endeared yourself to them (you’re now the guy who gives them strokes), and encouraged them that they were doing the right thing (another stroke). That quickly separates you from the crowd and can put you in a favorable position in their mind and a potentially influential position in their life.

The bottom line is that if you can make people feel better about themselves, they will be much more prone to like and trust you. They’re also a lot more likely to repeat whatever the positive action was that you’re thanking them for to get another stroke. If they like and trust you they’ll also be much more likely to be open to further interaction and influence from you.

This stuff isn’t new. It’s worked for salesmen, dictators, and honest-to-goodness nice guys since the dawn of time. Learn to look past simple human interaction into what’s really going on and you’ll be a leg up on the vast majority of those around you. Whether you have some objective to your conversation or not, it never hurts to be the guy that other people like. That, and it’s polite to say “Thank you”, you ingrate!

5. Compile a “Vision List” and review it multiple times per day. Come up with 3-5 objectives that really mean something to you. These could be your short-term goals (not to be confused with your “To-Do List) if they’re very pressing for you or much longer-term goals. I recommend at least one be a very long-term or horizon-type goal. This will give you a long-range target.

These goals should be specific and measurable somehow, depending on what they are. However, they should also be goals that you KNOW are what you need to do in order to get where you’re going (which should also be on there). You are to write them down and post them somewhere prominent that you can review them several times per day.

Again, no “woo-woo”, “Ask the Universe” stuff here. I’m not telling you to wish hard for these things to happen and that they will miraculously appear. What having this list and reviewing it several times per day WILL do is focus your actions on what’s important. We all get sidetracked. That’s part of life. However, if you can get re-centered multiple times per day on what’s really important to get you to the goals you’re looking to achieve then you’ll be much more likely to make progress than if you’re always chasing the latest thing to cross your vision.

Every day should be about kicking ass and taking names. As much as I hate to say it (which is a bit of a lie, as I like saying this, and often) the vast majority of the people you see every day are just drones wandering through life. They’re simply meat for the grinder. Since you’ve taken the effort to read this post and some others, you’ve shown that you are a cut above that. Use some of these success strategies to show it and fight your way up the food chain.

Drop a comment and write your favorite daily ass-kicking strategy below!

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