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Whom you associate with is more important than you could ever imagine. Surround yourself with people who are better than you; they will bring out the best in you. Drop the negatives. Hang around positive people. And most importantly, believe in—and expect more of—yourself.

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Look back at a mistake you made this week. Don’t regret it. Instead, learn from it. Ask yourself, “How could I have acted better? What must I do next time?” Learn, change, improve. Turn defeat into victory.

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Lean into rejection. Dare someone to say “no” to you. Get no after no after no and realize it’s not bad. It’s good. You learn when you lose. No = good. No = growth. No = being better next time.

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When anger strikes, defeat it with love. When fear is felt, defeat it with love. When envy rises, defeat it with love. Nothing has the power to change your life like love. It heals hurt. It mends wounds. It brightens paths. Love is the answer. It is the only answer.

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Every Monday gives us a FRESH start to begin again—and also to help others start anew. Go out and do what is right for you. Don’t hold back on giving others the same opportunity. The world needs you now more than ever.

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We all struggle on the way to the top—every champion, every self-made millionaire, and everyone who turns their life around. But those who succeed persist, and they never, ever give up on what is important to them. Persistence comes before success in the dictionary—and in life.

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You have all of the resources and support you need to succeed. Your time is now. The clock is ticking. Get to work. Ask for help when needed. Make one big move towards your ONE big goal today.

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Do an end-of-day brain dump to end your work day. Switch your mind from job to family, and separate work time from non-work time. Grab some paper, scribble out all work-related thoughts, and put them away until tomorrow. Stick to this hard “quitting time” for your day. Then play an “anchor” song that transitions your mind from work to play. Now go live your best life for the rest of the night.

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How will you measure your life? It will not be by money or stuff. It will be measured in relationships, experiences, love, and legacy. Look at how you are living and the future you are chasing. Are you doing the right things with your time for your “right life measurements”? Make the right changes for your family, friends, health, and how you build your wealth. Fix what matters. Forget what doesn’t.

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Detach. Decompress. Lie down, preferably outside in the sun. Let go. Let it ALL go. Close your eyes. Breathe. Meditate, pray, or practice gratitude. Don’t get up until you’ve accomplished detachment—whether it takes 5 minutes or 25. When you get up, you’ll be completely recharged. But don’t rush into anything stressful. Sit for a few moments in this clarity. Let a big “a-ha” come to you.

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And perhaps most importantly…

Want less. Need less. Give more. Love more. Never forget that the best memories in life include more people than stuff. The ones who truly love you don’t do so because of the money you have. Appreciate the things that really matter: family, health, friends, experiences, and the wonderful life you live.

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Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift to high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he'll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at craigballantyne.com

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