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What’s Your Plan of Action?

This is a guest post by Remy Sheppard.

Have you ever stopped, looked at yourself in the mirror and thought, “Man, I’m kind of a piece of crap?”

Well I have some good news and some bad news for you! The bad news first, so we can rip off the Band Aid: you probably are a piece of crap! But the good news is that it is never too late to change yourself into what you want to be. All you have to do is set out for yourself reasonable goals and then set about achieving them.

I know it sounds simple, and its probably something you’ve tried before and it didn’t quite work: that’s why I’m going to help you get started today. You see, not too long ago I wrote a fancy little blog called The Alpha Persona. It was pretty great, and thousands of people managed to stumble their way onto it each day. At the time of writing it, I really was living the life.

Then I stopped writing it.

I got in a serious relationship with this girl (that I’ll probably end up with for the rest of ever, to spit in the face of all you angry manospambots) and the writing became harder. Then I realized that most people wanted me to write, and they wanted me to go out and bang some chicks, all while they stayed home, scratched their balls and laughed at people who didn’t get laid (ironically).

It got me down and I decided I’d quit.

And because I was in a relationship I might as well not work out as much. I might as well stay in more and watch movies and TV, let my posture go to shit, let my diet go to shit: just generally let myself go. Right?

Dead wrong.

I’ve begun to get my act together because I’m tired of being a lazy, useless piece of garbage. I want to make a lot of money, have a helluva lot of sex, and live life to the fullest: and that is what I’m going to do!

So let’s say you want to do the same thing and get your act together. You want to become a better person than you currently are and you want to see massive improvements in your life over all. That’s great! And I’m going to help you get there.

The first thing you need to do is get your goals and a plan of action to reach those goals written down. Once you’ve done that I need you to sit back, close your eyes, and think of something you’ve accomplished. Something specific, something special, something you didn’t think you could do. For me, the very first thing I thought I could never do or learn but did was Tables in HTML coding. I thought they were hard and confusing (because they looked confusing) and I never bothered to learn how to use them. Until I needed them.

Well when I started working out again to get back in shape and get jacked I would think about those Tables in HTML, about how I learned to use them and how they really aren’t hard at all. That’s what got me up my first few weeks at 5am (so I could get things accomplished before work). That’s what got me through that first day at the gym.

In order to get ahead and succeed with your goals, you must first define them. Then you must find something that you’ve done before and are proud of to use as a jumping off point, a hope point. “I’ve done X, Y, Z, I can do this.” Keep it in the forefront of your mind so you don’t get run down. Stay optimistic!

As you move through your goals and get closer to reaching your dreams, you’ll find you naturally shift your hope point. For me, getting up at 5am doesn’t happen anymore because I have a far passed accomplishment; I now get up at 5am because I know that if I do I’ll make more money!

I’ve made money getting up at 5am, and it stands to reason that if I keep getting up early, I’ll keep making money.

I get through my workouts now using the previous day’s workout as a hope point: I did 45 cleans yesterday, I can do 45 squats today. The further along you get, the more progress you make, the easier it is to continue making progress and the harder you work to reach your goal.

I told you the good news was that you didn’t have to be a piece of crap for the rest of your life. I told you that you can start today to make things better. I’m sure you’ve heard it and tried it before, and I’m sure you’ve given up before. We all have. The secret to success is to never give up! The way you keep yourself from getting burned out is to keep your eyes fixed on something you’ve done successfully, giving you the courage and energy to keep going until you see results.

Once you start seeing results in your new lifestyle you’ll find that your success begins to feed into itself. Best of luck to you in everything you do! May your arms stay strong, your feet stay on the right path, and your vision never fail you but instead guide you.

Remy Sheppard used to write at a shindig called The Alpha Persona. He now writes about success, motivation, and freedom over at Check him out, give him a like on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter.

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