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The key to creating a lifestyle that is both wildly successful and sustainable is simpler than a polar bear doing a belly-flop:

Start with yourself. Start small. Be consistent.

Too bad it took me so long to learn that lesson!

If you bite off more than you can chew, be prepared to choke!

When I was fresh out of college, I was struggling to find meaning in my life. It seems like a pretty common phenomenon for college grads, especially in the last 10 years or so.

I was on a search for purpose, and it wasn’t going well.

I had a lot of big ideas. Huge goals that I either started on right away–and promptly burned myself out—or that I kept putting off until I was “ready.”

I was working too hard without taking care of myself, with the mistaken idea that launching into overdrive would provide some sort of sense of accomplishment and forward motion.

It did, sometimes. And then I’d roll right back when I became too exhausted to sustain my effort.

In short: I was miserable, though it took me a while to realize it.

Things were falling apart.

I had racked up tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt.

I was gaining weight (and it wasn’t muscle).

I was drinking too much.

I was relying on caffeine to get me through the day.

Needless to say, I was also scattered, and unfocused.

It all came to head when I was working at residential camp with at-risk youth. I was trying to teach them how to get their lives in order–when my own was barely functioning.

Eventually, I used myself up. I realized that I was no longer any good to those kids.

I tried for a bit to get myself back together, but the pressure, stress, and working conditions at that job made it impossible—at least for someone in the condition I was in at the time.

I realized, after months of sleepless nights and repressed anxiety, that I was on a path of self-destruction, and I had built up a lot of momentum in that direction. I had to either continue through to the inevitable outcome, or do something huge, something drastic, to shock myself out of it. I had to break the pattern–and then try as hard as I could to build a life far better than the one that I had let the world build around me.

So I made a tough decision. I quit.

I walked away from my attempt to change the world, because I finally realized that first I had to change myself, first.

And that’s what I did. I threw myself into every self-improvement program I could find. Tony Robbins to Guy Finley, Yoga to weightlifting.

I went back to basics and re-learned how to take care of myself.

Back to life

Quickly–very, very quickly–I found myself with more happiness than I imagined was possible. I was stronger physically, mentally, and emotionally. Within a few months, I was able to focus on helping others again. I got trained as a personal trainer. I created a slew of programs for kids and adults at the local YMCA. And finally, the pull that I had always felt toward helping improve the environment had a chance to blossom. I finally had my own affairs in order enough that I could give the world the energy it deserved. And I realized that I had been absolutely terrible to it, so far. But now, with my life on track, with a sense of doing good for the community, I was finally able to make real, positive changes for the environment, as well.

And that’s where my story really gets good…. But more on that some other time.

The simple point for right now is this: In order to be a responsible community member, and in order to have a sustainable positive impact on the world, you must start with yourself.


Here’s how: Gratitude, Grit, Mindfulness, & Time in Nature. Start there, & watch your possibilities explode!

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4 Simple practices that build the foundation of a successful sustainable lifestyle.

I took all of the things that I did on my way back up in the world, boiled them down to the essence of what worked, and came up with the absolute bare-minimum basics for anyone else to do the same thing.

Gratitude, Grit, Mindfulness, and Time in Nature.

I call these the “Four Core Practices

Doing just these simple things, regularly and with heartfelt intention, will make a bigger change in your life than any single program I’ve ever taken.

It’s simple, but it’s not easy. If you’re not ready to make a solid commitment to yourself and your place in the world, then it probably won’t do you any good. If you’re not ready to set aside time every day to make yourself better, then this is probably not for you.

The good news is, it doesn’t actually take that much time. It takes consistency though, and a deep motivation to do something constructive with your life.

Does that sound like you?

These practices are the foundation on which the rest of the things I do are supported. Without this solid framework, my other attempts at positive change would collapse, as they always had in the past.

Interested in learning more?

Visit the new program’s website at and sign up.

As soon as the the program is released just a few short weeks from now, you’ll received a free copy of the basic program, and exclusive preview access to the bonus material that’s still in development.

The whole program takes just 30 days. I’d say I’d give you your money back at that point, but I’m offering this program for free. Just sign up to be a part of the journey with me, do your 30 days, and then decide what it’s worth to you.

Completion of 30 days of the 4 core practices then opens up a library of other material, reports, and customized plans designed specifically for you. A handful of people will even be offered the opportunity to join me in a wilderness retreat designed to firmly engage everything they’ve done so far with a plan for massive achievement going forward.

It’s an opportunity of a lifetime, and getting there starts with these 4 steps.

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