An Appreciation Academy Blog by Brad Bizjack
Stop waiting for a better relationship, bigger pay check, or business growth to fulfill you. You have everything you need for true happiness right now. Break through everything holding you back by appreciating the life you already have.
There's only ONE reason you:
You already know what it is. It’s fear.
Self-awareness is the first step to change. You need to understand and have clarity on what you’re being dominated by if you ever want to change.
Your brain doesn’t have any interest in making you happy. Its only job is to protect you. It’s a survival based mind.
2,000,000 years ago, you were a caveman. And you haven’t evolved since then. You haven’t needed to. Back then, your priority was to eat, find shelter, and protect your family against wildlife and the elements of freezing cold. Those were your fears. You were focused 100% on SURVIVAL.
You were worried about the sabertooth tiger in the...
It was full of emotional challenges with people very close to me in my life. It involved:
I craved validation and acceptance because I never felt like I was enough. It wasn’t fun. It HURT.
For the longest time, I HATED my past. I was ANGRY.
I remember making myself a promise that I’d never be like that. I wouldn’t waste my life away. I'd create something amazing that provided us with an incredible life. So I started an online business helping people get healthy from home.
Only one problem: everything I tried didn’t work. I was SO stuck.
I'd need a mindset call to get motivated. Then I’d be hyped up for a couple days, and I’d message my sponsor and say, “I sent 200...
How many years have you reflected on the past year and set your resolutions, only to find yourself 3 weeks later, out of motivation, feeling stuck, and wondering WHY this always happens to you!
I’d either set a goal, look at it, and then think it was silly even to try OR I’d freeze in fear after I set the goal and not know why.
I got to a point where I was so sick of tired of never hitting my goals that I didn’t even set goals for myself because deep down, I didn’t believe that I could achieve them. So why the hell try?
And over the course of time and training my mindset to think differently, I realized why that was. I was setting goals from a fear-based, shitty state of mind.
When you’re in a shitty state, what happens? You set a shitty goal. And a shitty goal creates shitty action. And shitty action creates shitty results. And...
What if you could finally experience that breakthrough you've been waiting for if you ended procrastination and self-sabotage?
Have you wanted your life to change so bad but you don't have the drive to do it? And even when you take action, it feels like nothing's working and you're stuck, right? I've been there. I've also had my breakthrough. So can you.
I could name countless times that I wanted my life to change so bad but I faced procrastination every time I tried. I'd see my laptop staring at me from across the room. But for some reason, I was stuck. Even in the rare cases where I beat procrastination, my goals seemed like they were getting further away.
I have 3 tips to help you end this vicious cycle FOREVER. What would your breakthrough feel like? More peace? More drive? More hunger? Would that be helpful? There are 3 things you can do. The first is...
Persistence. That's it. But it's different than you think.
I went through a period where I wanted "success" so bad. I wanted the money, time, freedom and every single time I tried, it felt like nothing was working and I didn't understand why. I was doing everything that I was supposed to be doing. I was just stuck.
Not a realistic goal. A BIG, SCARY goal?
Fun fact: If you set a bigger goal, you play life on a higher level and will achieve WAY more than if you were to establish a small, realistic target (even if you fail).
Most of the world isn't happy, isn't fulfilled, and is just getting by! They're living status quo lives. Why seek validation from that group of people?
Look at where most of the world is going and...
Today won't be the traditional way that you think. Little story:
For 5 years, I was creating an online network marketing business. That was my vehicle/ my ticket for living a "life by design" (Btw, you don’t need to want to start a business for this podcast to apply to you).
I'd go and try to recruit people to it so I could help them, and so I could create freedom in my life. But the harder and harder I tried, it seemed like it kept getting harder and harder to do. It felt like people started resenting me.
I was held back by something, and I couldn’t figure out what. And to be honest, there were LOTS of things getting in the way that I didn’t realize.
I didn’t understand that my income WAS NOT proportionate to the level of effort I put in.
I’d do my invitations, share on social media, use my product, etc. But something was still off. My income wasn’t growing.
I got so fucking pissed off because I had these big dreams and...
Today is special because I’ll give you one of the exercises that changed my entire life.
Do you have a problem you’re facing in your life that you can’t seem to solve? If you do, GOOD!
All the credit to Tony Robbins here.
The exercise we’re gonna do is something I learned from him. I don’t take credit for it. But it’s so powerful that if you really use it, it’ll make a profound impact on your life. So a HUGE thank you to Tony Robbins for teaching me this and giving me the ability to pay it forward to you.
I used to think this was a crock of shit for the longest time!
You might know it as genuine gratitude.
It's IMPOSSIBLE to feel pain when you’re deeply grateful. Because in your life, you’re going to experience pain. Pain in life is guaranteed....
Business and success don’t cause happiness. HAPPINESS creates success. Loving your life now, as it presently IS, is how you become successful.
You know the words, “fake it til you make it?” They're bullshit.
There’s a fine line between acting like a successful person and pretending you have success when you don’t.
When I started my online business, I WANTED the success and freedom. I put up Facebook posts about living a life by design when in reality, I was almost 6 figures in student debt. It was a load of BS. And these days, people can smell BS a mile away. So if I could go back and give myself advice, it'd be:
What does that mean? Successful people don’t exaggerate. They share their vision for what they want to create and they’re honest about where they’re at now (struggles and...
I can totally relate to stressful families in so many ways. I DREADED the holidays most of my life.
Every time I would come home, it would cause stress and anxiety, and it would emotionally DRAIN me. Janiece and I even had a little joke called, “Operation Make Brad Love Christmas Again,” because I genuinely hated it.
Every year since I was a kid, it’s just STRESS. It’s just ANXIETY. There’s so much blame, anger, and resentment. There’s money stress. When one person isn’t around, someone else talks shit about that person.
It’s endless narcissism. There’s an unrealistically high expectation, and when I don’t meet those expectations, I’m made out to feel like I’m not worthy of love.
Last year, one of my family members completely avoided me the entire time I was home for Christmas, and I remember being in the car with Janiece crying about why that person...
The secret to confidence is WAY simpler than you think.
I was at a Tony Robbins "Unleash The Power Within" conference this past weekend, and I walked across a 2,000-degree bed of coals. I didn’t feel a thing. And I’m willing to guess you’re probably going, “HOW THE HELL DID YOU DO THAT?”
Now obviously there’s a strategy, but in that situation, what would stop most people? FEAR.
What’s the opposite of fear? Confidence.
Confidence can be called like a dog. And if you do it enough times, it’s like exercising a muscle… it’s not something you have to think about. It’s just something that happens.
So Tony Robbins explains something called, “STATE.”
STATE is the source of ALL emotion. STATE is how you go through life. If you’re in a depressed state, will you walk across a fire? No. Will you ask that person out? No. If you’re worried, will you do those things? No. So state is...
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