I always say that to gain an unfair advantage in life, you need to be willing to do what few others want to do.
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If you can identify those things and find a way to get excited about doing those things, it’s like unlocking a door to a secret room.
Many years of experimentation have shown me that doing hard things is the quickest way to realise your confidence and self-growth in all aspects.
Here are some ideas:
Write a short book in a weekend.
Don’t work for a week.
This is hard for workaholics but will give you needed rest and time to recalibrate. You’ll return twice as energised.
Go on a road trip by yourself.
Record a video.
I do these several times a week and have published over 350 youtube videos. I don’t edit most of them, rarely feel like doing them, and usually have nothing prepared. This has benefitted my impromptu speaking skills and confidence like little else.
Lift weights and harden your physique.
Give a live talk.
Get on a podcast or interview someone.
Do the thing you fear.
Identify that thing you know you need to do. You know what it is. Go there.
Write an article that makes you nervous.
Purposefully choose stuff you would typically avoid sharing. Be willing to be upfront, vulnerable and honest. These often do better with engagement too.
Write a short fiction story and share it online.
Next, do this daily for a year.
Join a class, tour, or group you usually would not.
Learn a language.
Even if it’s 10 minutes per day. Even if you never use it in conversations, this activity will build your confidence, and it’s great for the mind and staving off dementia.
Aim for mastery.
Take whatever you’re doing up a level by changing your perception around WHY you’re doing it. Are you just doing it ‘because?’ Or are you doing it to become a master? The latter is far more energising and will lead to far better results.
Become a group mentor.
Guide a group or cohort for a few weeks as a coach on a chosen topic that would help them. Start for free, then charge.
Quit TV and social media for a week.
Who said social media was a drug? Well, you’ll know this was true when you try to quit.
Quit high dopamine junk.
This includes porn, caffeine and sugar for stretches as a form of reset or for good. Give your dopamine receptors a rest, and you’ll be amazed at how much added resilience, energy and motivation you will bounce back with.
Go on a long hike or climb a mountain.
Make a hobby out of networking.
Approaching people you don’t know to get to know them isn’t easy for most people. What if you did it so much, in-person and online, that it became second nature? What would that do for your life?
No one is immune from writing as a worthwhile activity. I don’t care if you’re an extrovert or ‘suck’ at writing. Writing is a powerful layer addition to anyone’s life. We live in the self-branding age, and writing is still one of the best ways to transmit your story and build your audience.
Travel to a foreign country by yourself.
Take up wall or rock climbing.
Go to the cinema or restaurant alone.
If you can do this, you’ll realise how much more freedom you have no longer being dependent on others to access and enjoy certain places.
Talk to a stranger or fine piece of ass in the street.
Start side hobby, even when you can’t squeeze it in.
Add 5% to your daily work output.
Always ask: how can I add 5% more output to what I’m doing.
This isn’t about ‘busy’ work. This is about doing more on the things that matter. Inevitably, this will require replacing a time-waster with something that aligns with your purpose.
Do more hard things.
Be astounded at how your life changes.
Now you won’t want to stop doing the hard stuff.
Onward to greatness.
Contributed by ALEX MATHERS
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