This list I’ve put together is guaranteed to significantly improve your life if you have the courage to implement it.
If you’re stuck, it’s a perfect kick in the ass. If you’re already moving in the right direction and feeling successful and optimistic, this list will help you take things to the next level.
This is serious stuff. These aren’t 15 cute little internet platitudes. These are grown-man and grown-woman action items. Serious shit. Not for the feint of heart.
Am I clear enough? It’s not going to be easy. But real change requires real changes. If you’re ready to start, let’s do it…
#1) Pull out your schedule and find 3 things to cancel next week, even if you feel like nothing can be cancelled.
Modern humanity is suffering an over-scheduling epidemic. But it’s only going to engulf you if you allow it to. Protect your schedule. Defend your time. There are three things in your schedule for next week that don’t have to happen. That’s time you can recover. That’s time you’re going to recover. No excuses.
#2) Say goodbye to someone…for good.
You have someone in your life right now that’s making more withdrawals than deposits into your emotional bank account. Cut off their access. I don’t particularly care how you do it, just do it.
#3) Reach out to someone you haven’t heard from in a while. Schedule a time to meet up and hang out.
There’s someone in your past that you can benefit from a relationship with. It just so happens that you recently closed someone’s account, which means your bank is taking on new members. Reach out to someone.
#4) Invest the time saved from #1 into doing something for you.
Remember those three things in your schedule you cancelled (you did cancel them, right?)? Take that saved time and invest it in doing something for yourself. What do you like to do that leaves you feeling happy and reinvigorated when you’re done? Do that.
#5) Stop being under-f*cked—it’s killing your greatness. Take your good-f*ck medicine daily for the next 14 days.
A good portion of people’s unhappiness comes from being under-fucked. Seriously. Sex is one of the best ways to turn your ship around. And if you’re not on great terms with your spouse/partner right now it’s no problem…fuck them until you change them. Your prescription is now in hand…go fill it.
#6) Eat like you give a shit—reboot one meal every day.
Your body needs nutrition to perform and work well. Of course, I’d love for you to commit to a program like Total Body Reboot and completely change the course of your health and happiness, but if you want to take baby steps, download our complete guide to real food and use it to reboot one meal per day.
#7) Read The 6 Pillars of Self-Esteem. If you’ve already read it, read it again.
Your level of self-esteem is positively correlated with your level of success, health, and happiness. The more self-esteem you have, the more greatness you’ll have. Without self-esteem, everything else is impossible. Get to know the six pillars. And for fucks sake, actually do the exercises in the book (don’t just read over them).
#8) Replace all exercise with DWYLT for the next 30 days.
Why are you constantly beating yourself up with exercise (or with the tought of exercise)? Life’s too short for that nonsense. DWYLT instead.
#9) Sleep like it matters.
Modern society seems to believe that sleeping is some sort of weakness. It’s the opposite. Weak-minded and weak-willed people don’t make time for sleep or rest. You need at least 8 hours in your bed on a consistent schedule. Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. Even on the weekends.
#10) Assess your Freedom Quotient. Find one person, circumstance, or institution to say “fuck you” to.
Life’s too short for slavery. Get in touch with your inner-rebel and find something in your life that’s putting arbitrary rules on your behavior or mindset and end it. Be brave. Give zero fucks.
#11) Stop weighing, counting, and tracking stuff that has to do with food or body.
When it comes to getting a body and life you love, tracking data is antithetical to badassery. Feeding and moving your body should be intuitive and inspiration-driven. It should set you free instead of getting in your way and constantly demanding your time and attention.
#12) Either quit your job, ask for a raise, or reduce your workload…
Want to know another epidemic most modern humans face? Doing work they hate. Having “jobs” instead of passions.
It has a lot to do with the lies we’re fed in school (which is really just an institution that prepares you to be a modern factory worker). Get good grades, get a good “job,” climb the ladder. Shoot me.
Reject all that. You get one life—don’t spend it doing shit you hate. If you have trouble putting things in perspective, read The Parable of the Mexican Fisherman.
So, do one of these three things immediately: quit your job; ask for a raise; or reduce your workload.
Don’t worry, you’ll survive if you quit. If you aren’t ready to quit, at least get more money for your shitty job. And if that doesn’t work, negotiate a way to spend less time doing that shitty job (and invest the difference into starting something better).
#13) Clean and organize the one space you spend the most time in.
Your productivity and happiness is a reflection of your environment. A cluttered environment is representative of a cluttered life. If you want to change your body, change your environment. If you want to change your life, change your environment. This even comes down to genetic potential—environment dictates your gene expression.
#14) Sell $500 worth of stuff.
Hey look, another epidemic. You have too much shit. Sell some of it. It’ll help you tidy up. It’ll help you be happier, especially when you use the proceeds for #15.
#15) Invest the proceeds from #14 into someone else.
Everyone’s afraid to put themselves first because they think it means trampling others. That can’t be further from the truth. Putting yourself first gives you the resources and margin needed to invest in others. Time, money, emotional capacity, and so on. Little else makes one happier than helping out others. Take the money you earned in step #14 and creatively invest it in others. It doens’t matter if you invest it all in one person or a little in a few people—just do it. Make it real. Make it raw. Make it relevant.
We’ve got a thread going in the Rebooted Body Facebook group for discussion on this topic (for those who aren’t just talkers and are serious about taking action). I’m really interested to hear some DETAILS about how you’re going to take action on this list. Oh, and if you enjoyed this article, click here to get more like it. Cheers.
Founder of Rebooted Body and host of The Rebooted Body Podcast. Kevin helps men and women finally get a body and life they love with his unique blend of real food, functional movement, and psychology. To work with him personally, choose a program.