When you played video games as a kid, you probably often sought out cheat codes to help you gain a competitive edge. Specific cheat codes would help you to get to the next level of the game when you feel stuck.
Out of the blue, this cheat code would unlock a new achievement and save you a significant amount of time. Did you know that there are cheat codes for life that could put you ahead of others?
We’re going to go over 15 cheat codes that will put you years ahead of 95% of the people out there.
1. Get comfortable with rejection. The sooner you stop fearing rejection, the sooner you can become unstoppable.
Every entrepreneur or successful person has gone through a long list of failures. As much as we love to fascinate risk-takers, we can’t ignore how much they’ve failed on the road to success. It could even be argued that the road to success is paved with failures and broken dreams.
The good news is that every rejection or failure brings you one step closer to a yes that could change your entire life. They say that when one door closes, another opens. This may not seem like the case at the moment, but those rejections will help you become more tenacious so that you’re ready for whatever life throws your way.
2. Pay attention to how people treat service workers because that reveals their true colours.
How someone treats those who cannot do something for them accurately indicates character. You can learn a lot from how someone treats service people.
There’s one quote that sums it up best, and we really can’t argue with the greatest of all time:
“I don’t trust anyone who is nice to me but rude to the waiter. Because they would treat me the same if I was in that position. ―Muhammad Ali
3. Embrace adversity because it will help you grow more than get stuck in your comfort zone.
Your comfort zone is the worst place you can spend any moment if you want to see growth in your life. The comfort zone is where dreams go to die because nothing amazing has ever come of playing it safe.
How can you accept adversity?
- Don’t be afraid to suck up on something new.
- Challenge yourself constantly.
- Try a new sport regardless of your age.
- Ask for feedback from people who aren’t afraid to hurt your feelings.
- If it scares you, that means you have to.
- If your goals aren’t intimidating, then they aren’t bold enough.
4. Act first and then figure it out as you go.
Most of us want to know everything upfront before we act. Taking action when you don’t know all the answers is a real superpower. The stars will never align and the universe will never conspire to give you the perfect conditions to get started. You have to act first and then watch how everything conspires in your favor once you start building momentum on your own.
This Ryan Holiday quote from “The Obstacle is The Way” sums it up best:
“We often assume that the world moves as we please. We delay when we should start. We jog when we should be running or better yet, sprint. And then we are shocked – shocked! – when nothing big ever happens, when opportunities never present themselves, when new obstacles start piling up, or enemies finally step in.”
Instead of waiting for perfect conditions to set in, focus on progress rather than perfection. Your future self will thank you for the risks you take today when you don’t feel fully prepared.
5. Know what you want out of life, or you’ll never get what you want.
They say no road will take you there when you don’t know where you’re going. You have to figure out what you want out of life to start planning to make it happen. So many people go through life aimlessly without a plan and wonder why they never seem to get lucky.
Knowing what you want out of life is the ultimate cheat code. Once you know what you’re looking for, you can come up with a plan to go with it. The best part is, whatever it is you want to accomplish, chances are someone out there has already done it, so you can learn from them by buying a book, taking a course, or paying for coaching.
6. Never stop investing in yourself because this is the most important thing you can do.
Making yourself a priority isn’t selfish; it’s actually the most important thing you can do because you can’t pour from an empty glass. Every investment you make in yourself today will pay dividends for years.
How can you invest in yourself right now?
- Learn a new skill. The more you learn, the more you earn.
- Buy a book on a topic that fascinates you. Everything you might want to know has been written. You can spend $20 on a book to acquire a lifetime of knowledge.
- Spending money on your health. Always spend your money on better eating and the best physical training you can get. You want to make sure you are physically and mentally prepared for whatever life brings you.
- Take someone out for coffee or lunch. You can learn something from someone who is a few steps ahead of you by offering to take them out to lunch.
- Attend an event or conference in your field. They say your network is your net worth. You want to do what you can to get around those who are already where you want to be someday.
7. Focus on one thing at a time because multitasking is the biggest pitfall.
Multi-tasking is a recipe for doing mediocre work on a series of random tasks. If you want to see noticeable results, you need to focus on one thing at a time to give it your full attention. When you chase two rabbits, you end up catching none. While social media is filled with people bragging about how much they do, the reality is we’re all better off focusing on one important task at a time.
You owe it to yourself to read Gary Keller’s “The One Thing” if you’re having trouble focusing on one task at a time. Here is a quote that simplifies the entire book into one sentence.
“It’s not that we have too little time to do all the things we need to do, it’s that we feel the need to do too many things in the time we have.”
Most of us have no problems with time management. We have a hard time figuring out the one thing that deserves our attention, so we try to complete several different tasks at the same time.
8. Stop lying to yourself if you want to become unstoppable.
You have to know yourself and be self-aware enough to accept your limitations. There is no point in lying to yourself as you will only set yourself up for disappointment. As tempting as it is to make bold statements about what you plan to do, it’s best to set small, achievable goals that will help you reach the finish line.
9. Focus on quality friendships to build deeper relationships.
How many times have you watched a documentary about an athlete, musician or celebrity who ended up losing everything they had? These people were always surrounded by an entourage, yet they seemed to have no real friends. You don’t want that to happen to you.
A few quality friendships with deep connections are worth more than a lot of acquaintances who don’t care about you. You want to surround yourself with people with a similar mission so you aren’t distracted or brought down by anyone’s misery.
10. If you want to achieve greatness, you must accept suffering.
You will get nowhere in life if you avoid all suffering. There’s a reason why so few people end up building a successful business or can achieve amazing physical fitness. Most of us will give up suffering because we’re not sure if the short-term discomfort is worth the long-term results.
Knowing that today is worth suffering for a better tomorrow is a trick that very few will accept. Whatever you are going through today will be worth it when you get to the other side. Nothing worth doing has ever been easy.
11. How you react is far more important than what happens to you.
Life is not about what happens to you. It’s about how you react to what happens to you. Instead of blaming the world for your problems, you need to get into the habit of taking responsibility for your situation.
You can’t choose what happens to you, but you can choose how to react. How you respond to conflicts and challenges will tell a lot about you.
12. Choose to change your life if you want it to change by tomorrow.
Your life won’t change until you change. This means that you must decide to change your life because no one else can do it for you.
You can hire coaches, pay for mentorship, and join a mastermind, but none of that will mean anything unless you decide you’re going to change. The choices you make today will be reflected in the results you achieve tomorrow.
13. To be successful, you will have to make a lot of sacrifices.
While it’s easy to admire successful people when you see what they’ve accomplished, you don’t know what they’ve been through to get where they are.
A lot of sacrifices are needed if you want to move to the next level. The good news is that every sacrifice you make today will be evident in the rewards you receive in the future.
14. You become more powerful when you don’t care what other people think of you.
So many of us care about the opinions of others when in reality those people don’t even know what’s best for us. It would be best if you didn’t worry about the opinion of those who don’t know what you’re going through.
The truth is, most people will judge you because they’re jealous that you’re not afraid to take risks. You will never be criticized by someone who does better than you. Criticisms tend to come from those who are not doing as well as you.
This quote about caring what other people think always makes me think…
“When you’re 20, you care what other people think. When you’re 40, you stop caring what other people think; when you’re 60, you realize no one ever thought about you in the first place.
This quote was originally attributed to Winston Churchill, but the original author has not been verified. Regardless of who said it, we spend too much time worrying about what other people think of us when their opinions don’t pay our bills.
15. Your atmosphere attracts your tribe.
Smiling may not seem like a big deal at the moment, but your energy will attract many opportunities. You may have heard how your vibe appeals to your tribe, but you don’t realize how accurate it is until you try it. How you present yourself to the world will determine the type of energy you attract into your life. It’s important to remember this as you go out into the world.
These are 15 cheat codes that will help you move forward in life. Save this list and refer to it when you’re looking for inspiration or when you’re feeling stuck.
Work hard to win the game of life
Why cheat at video games? Because you want to win! Old school gamers will remember the days of pressing Down Up, Right, Left, Left, A, B, B, A, B, Up, Down and similar combinations to unlock unlimited health, wealth and more. If you can come up with a cheat code for life, you’re in a better position to find yourself winning your goals.
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