Sunday, December 31st 2017
Visualization - Jesse Inkster
Initially, we added the “blog” feature to our website to give people one more layer of insight into who we are as people. Social media is an insanely powerful tool, we have thousands Instagram posts, YouTube videos, Facebook posts, and Snapchat stories, all perfect visual indicators of what goes on in our lives. But that’s all these posts are, visual indicators of what goes on in our lives. These blog posts are intended to be a place where our thoughts and ideas can be viewed and understood.
I’ve been telling myself for months,
“Hey I should update the blog pretty soon here - it’s been a while since I’ve done that.”
And as you can clearly see, I have been slacking on this portion of our brand.
With 2018 on the horizon, I want to get my mind on track and visualize what 2018 is going to look like by accounting for the lessons I've learned in the previous year. Here are the ten most important things that this year has taught me:
- Choose your friends carefully - you are ultimately a product of your surroundings. The books you read, the stories you listen to, and the people in your life are a large part of what makes you, you. Perhaps one of the most important lesson I’ve learned this year is that your mindset will be a direct reflection of the people you choose to spend your time with the most. If you are around negative, cynical people, you will become negative and cynical. When you surround yourself with positive, uplifting, and motivated people, your life will begin to change drastically, and amazing things will start to happen. Take a look at your life perspectively, if there are people in your circle constantly trying to bring you, or others down, drop them immediately. The purpose of friends is to lift each other up.
- Be optimistic and open to new opportunities - When I quit my job in June to pursue Lowcals full time, I had no idea what lay ahead. I knew that the leap of faith from the safety of a secure job would have the potential to be either the best or worst decision of my life. But I also knew that I had the power to make it so. The optimism of a “best case scenario” mindset manifested the decision as such. No matter what happened when I walked out of my job, I chose to make the absolute best of the opportunity that had presented itself to me.
- You will never regret the things you did, only the things you did not - 50 years down the road, the absolute last thing I want is to be telling people about all the opportunities I could have had, all the things I almost did, and all the doors I chose not to open. There are going to be many times in life when a door will become available to you, and you are faced with a choice. Either open the door and discover the mystery that lay behind it, or keep it shut and forever wonder where it could have taken you. In my experiences, I have never regretted opening that door, and I highly recommend you to do the same.
- Perspective is everything - Life is 5% what happens to you, and 95% how you react to it. At times, life is going to throw you to the ground and seem to hold you there relentlessly. Don’t be fooled by social media, nobody has a perfect life. Bad things and unfortunate events are all around us, and most of the time, there is nothing you can do to prevent it. This is not intended to be a depressing lesson, what I’m trying to get across is that these events do not define you. It’s how you rise up and overcome these challenges that make you who you are. Refuse to be grounded, and refuse to be held down. It is critical that you search for the lesson in everything, because everything that happens to you is strengthening who you are as a person. Realize this, grieve if you have to - but always overcome adversity.
- Don’t dwell on the past - Ask yourself this about any situation, can you change it? Yes - cool, then you have nothing to worry about. Can you change it? No - cool, then you have nothing to worry about. Let the past die, kill it if you must, but don’t dwell on something that has already happened. Life is one hell of a road, and focusing on what has been going wrong will only bring more of the same in the future. The more energy you direct towards dwelling on negative circumstances, the more those negative circumstances will surface in the future. The energy you waste on worrying about what has happened could be much better spent finding a solution to the issues at hand. You can’t change the past, but you sure as hell have a say in what happens in the future.
- Be grateful for what you have - similar to the lesson above, focusing on all of the things you don’t have and feeling sorry for yourself will get you nowhere. The limits to your potential are created in your own mind. Feeling worried, discouraged, doubtful, envious, jealous and disappointed all stem from a lack of gratitude for what you have, and these feelings will never bring you more of what you want. Realize all of the positivity and blessings you have in your life, acknowledge them all individually and watch what happens to the world around you.
- Manifest your goals - think very carefully about what you want in your life. Whether it’s a house, a dream car, a shop space, wealth, a bigger social media following, etc, it must first be manifested in your mind. Think hard about every detail of what your life would look like if you had it. When I was younger and dreamt of owning a Supra, I watched thousands of hours of Supra videos online. I was the annoying kid that kept asking for rides when I saw them at car meets, because I wanted to know how it felt to experience one for myself. I set nearly every wallpaper and background to my favourite Supra photo’s, played countless hours of Forza (driving only one car), and was eventually given the opportunity to drive one myself - further solidifying my desire for the car. All this time I spent thinking and learning about these amazing cars manifested the concept of actually owning one. It became true in my mind LONG before it became true in my life.
- When, not if - once again tying in to the previous lesson, when you talk about the future, and things that you want to accomplish, use the word WHEN, instead of if. IF implies that it is a possibility of happening. WHEN, implies that it is only a matter of time before it happens. Using words like “when” removes the ambiguity of your mind. It imprints the idea in your brain that you are not only capable of achieving it, but that it is going to happen with absolute certainty. It is a subtle change in the way you go about something, but do NOT doubt the effectiveness of it.
- Time is more valuable than anything - time can be spent, but it is something you can never get back. Some of us will have more time than others, and some will have less - it is absolutely crucial that you make the most of every moment on this planet. As far as we know, we all have but one chance at life - don’t waste it stressing the small things and constantly worrying about what people think of you. You can be, and do whatever you set your mind to. Always live in the present, and live every day as if it’s your last. You will never get yesterday back, but you can create a better tomorrow by starting today.
- Success starts now - adopt the “fake it till you make it” mentality and start living life as if you have already made it. Everybody has plans, goals, and ambitions - whether they know it or not. Today is the day to take action on these things, and make an effort to achieve them. Today is the day to start writing that book, start your blog, your business, or whatever it is that you keep putting off. Life begins on the other side of fear, and amazing things happen outside of your comfort zone. You are the only thing limiting yourself from achieving amazing things, and failure should not be part of your vocabulary. Stop stressing about the “if’s” and the “maybe’s”, it’s time to take action.
That's it for now, hopefully you guys can adopt some of these and apply them to your own lives. 2018 is going to be a massive year of personal growth, best of luck to all of you. Happy New Years!
"This is the beginning of anything you want."