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January 4, 2017
Location: sitting on my couch watching Better Caul Saul on NetFlix in my villa in Bali, Indonesia
Time: 7:51 pm
So it’s the 4th day of the New Year and all over Facebook, you are seeing people posting about their “New Year, New Me” and all kinds of Resolutions…
This is pretty normal if you paid attention to trends over the years. People get all jacked up and excited about the New Year and have all these plans to be the best version of themselves for the New Year.
Hell, I wrote about it in 2011 lol… (You can check it out here –> New Year Activity To Find Your Core Identity, it will open in a new tab)
But, what happens after the drunken stupor from New Years Eve is over? It tends to be back to reality, right…
yeah, I know. The tequila was flowing and those dreams you want to happen just happened to spit out un-filtered. Gotta love the filter eliminator…
Okay so now it’s time for reality to kick in…
It’s time to get real.
Time to actually figure out what your dream life honestly looks like. Plan some action steps to building that life you have always dreamt about, but never wanted to tell anyone about.
Stop what you’re watching on tv, listening to on the radio, tweeting about, or whatever the current distraction is in your life.
and grab a piece of paper and a pencil.
…but Chris, I don’t want to.
Shutup past you. Just do it.
It’s a new year. It’s time for that new you that you’ve always dreamed about…and sometimes it takes some tough love to bring that guy/girl out.
Okay, so now that you have that pen and paper… you’re done!!! You win!
Your dream life is now a reality. You are now a millionaire who lives in the house you’ve always wanted and has the life that you’ve only ever dreamed about.
haha, yeah right.
We know its not that easy.
when you read that, did you think of anything? Maybe about the type of house you are living in now, the type of car you drive, the type of relationship you have, maybe the type of person you became?
There’s a good chance you didn’t. . .
but there’s also a chance you did.
For those of you who immediately thought of something, write this stuff down RIGHT AWAY.
For those of you who didn’t, don’t worry…most people don’t actually know what they want in life.
Only dogs really know what they want… these are 3 puppies that my girlfriend Sam and I were foster parents for 3 weeks here in Bali…
I mean, all they wanted was food, water, shelter and a whole lotta lovin.. (Dukes front-left, Ernie’s in the back, and Gruber on the right)’
Now us humans on the other hand… we’re a little more complicated… and that SUCKS.
Or does it?
Well, honestly. I think it’s awesome because we have the ability to create the exact life we want.
The problem is that no one ever thinks about what it is that they want. They simply go with the flow, just doing what they’re told, day in and day out.
But what if life didn’t have to be this way?
Oh man, Chris. You’re a weirdo.
haha I know, it’s great.
Ok. Here’s where the fun begins.
On the paper you grabbed earlier, you’re going to write out “BE, DO, HAVE” in big lettering and leave some spaces underneath. Ideally, you will have 3 separate pieces of paper, one for each of those words.
Weird uncomfortable moment time…
Who do you want to be?
When you’re brushing your teeth in the morning and staring yourself in the eyes… or looking at your sexy body… who do you want to be when you look yourself in the mirror?
This can be a very uncomfortable thing. But it doesn’t have to be.
Here’s a starter for you..
The beauty of this activity is that no one need to see this. For all I care you could put “the ability to drink tequila without losing all my clothes”. Seriously, it’s up to you. It’s your life.
You can honestly put anything. I really need to hammer this home, because this is your life. Want to be an author? Fuck it! Write it down!
Want to be fluent in another language? Write it down!
Go crazy with this! It’s your life! You could even write “The greatest pizza grenade launching champion of Eastern Europe” if that’s a real thing, I want to try it.
…okay, next step!
What do you want to do?
Want to become the “greatest pizza grenade launching champion of Eastern Europe”? Guess what, that’s something you can do! Or maybe not. I’m still not sure, I hope you’re getting the general idea here.
These are the things you want to do with your life.
Always wanted to see The Empire State Building? Write it down.
Always wanted to dive with sharks? Write it down.
(I highly recommend diving with sharks, it was one of the coolest experiences of my life, here’s the video of it Stuart’s Cove Shark Dive in Nassau, Bahamas )
This is the stuff you’ve always wanted to do. Scared that someone might see the list? Do it while they’re asleep. Write out everything you’ve ever wanted to do. It’s important, so you have something to plan out!
Now this is one of the things that once people see what it is they thought that they would like to have, they’re usually like “oh shit man, I’m crazy”…
and that’s awesome.
It’s good to be a little bit crazy.
But writing it all out allows you to calculate the exact costs of having every single thing on your “have” list.
If you don’t write it out, you’ll never create a plan to have it….and then when you’re all old and dying you’ll think to yourself “damnit, Chris was right… I should have done the activity he told me to”
So, what do you want to have?
Want a Ferrari? Write it down!
Who gives a shit what other people think about what you want. It’s your life remember. You get to choose what it is you want to have.
Want to own your own winery? Write it down!
Hell, when you own your own winery send me a bottle or invite me to visit it and we can sip on some wine while discussing how awesome life is.
Most people don’t know what they want to have. One piece of advice, think about all the stuff you’ve always dreamed of having and looking at it online to see if its still something you would be interested in.
Maybe as a kid you wanted to have your own jetski…
It’s your life, so honestly I don’t know what you want. Only YOU can choose it…
That sentence reminds me of those Smokey The Bear commercials that were on TV when I was a kid… Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires.
As a kid I used to always think “yeah, and I can start them too!”… but that’s not important.
What do you want?
Write it down!!!!
Hey! So a few weeks back I went to Mexico to Mastermind with my buddy Brendan and discuss growing our business and get a new viewpoint as well as visit a new country.
…and we happened to rent a house on the beach.
…and I happened to notice a coconut tree in the backyard!
Which of course meant I had to have fresh coconut juice. Granted, I had never done this before so it was a new experience for me. I figured it would be fun to share with you how it all went down.
Thank you to my girlfriend, Sam, for laughing at me the whole time and getting these pictures.
So the first idea I had was to throw rocks at the coconuts and hope I hit them and eventually one would fall…
this worked for a little while, but there has to be a better way, right?
Next step was to try to hold my buddy Brendan up while he pulled them off the tree…
that didn’t work.
Why not try a chair!
Sure enough, this worked and it was easier than the previous attempts.
Alright so now to open these coconuts…
Step 1 is to break the outer shell.
I found the easiest way was to bang the side of the coconut off of an edge of something strong…in this case, the wall.
You can see in the picture how it’s cracked a bit. We found that by cracking the top and then breaking the sides so they had a deep cut into it, we were then able to peel off the exterior layer.
At this step, you just peel and peel until you have the outer shell completely off.
Sometimes while you are breaking them you go too far and this is what happens..
Although, you’ll see on the table there that one of the coconuts is entirely peeled…the one that’s sitting on the table is fully peeled.
The next step is to find a shell or rock that has a flat edge on one end and comes to a point on the other.
We tried the knife shown in the picture, but in a normal situation you mind not have a knife to use.
So you’ll place the pointed edge of the rock/shell into the top of the coconut and use another rock to hammer it in. The shell will crack a little bit at the point where you hit it. That’s a good sign.
Once that happens, you’ll want to repeat the process and make a circle of these little cracks in the coconut.
This will make it easier for you to pick out the broken shell and get to the inside.
Once you have cracked it a few times, you can start peeling the hard exterior off. Then all you need to do is poke a little hole in the interior (the white part) and you’ll be getting fresh coconut water!
and if anyone is wondering what it’s like to work while in Mexico this is where I spent a good chunk of my days when not hanging out/surfing..
Yes, to have my lifestyle you do have to work your ass off. But it’s 100% worth it.
Well, well, well… I left Costa Rica and am currently in Cabarete on the Northeast coast of the Dominican Republic.
…and you guessed it, I’m doing something else adventurous.
I’m learning how to kiteboard with Kite Club Cabarete.
I invested in the 3 day training course because, well, that is what was recommended that I do.
Day 1 Recap)
You start off getting a brief introduction to kiting, the “windshield” and how the kite reacts to the wind…
How to properly use the wind to maneuver the kite. We started off by using a smaller kite, not as small as the kites I used to fly as a kid, but not nearly as big as the ones you see in the picture below:
According to my awesome instructor, Max, we were supposed to pretty much fly around the small kite the whole day.
If you’re familiar with how I do things, I tend to observe the teacher very well and then implement what they teach relatively quickly. I’ve been blessed to be able to pick things up faster than average.
Which for me, is awesome 😀
So flying around the little kite, I got the concept down quickly and we went through all the basic maneuvers. You’re supposed to picture a clock above you while flying, most of the time the kite will be at 12, so when I explain some of these little maneuvers just picture the clock.
A few of the maneuvers were just moving the kite from 12 to 2, back to 12, repeat. Others were 12 to 10, and back, repeat.
Then it started to get a little more interesting.
SPEED maneuvers. This is where you do the same thing, 12 to 2, but with quicker cut backs to gain speed.
We did this for a bit and Max told me we were going to switch to the bigger kite, excitement immediately came out 🙂
Alright, so now we’ve got the bigger kite.
We did the same activities with the bigger kite to get used to the power difference between the small kite of training and the kite I would eventually use in the water.
It’s quite different. The maneuvers from 12 to 2 would pull you a LOT more than on the small kite.
I could tell that it was about to get fun.. and that’s exactly what happened.
We did some body drags, first where I went and held onto Max’s back to get used to proper form and then we switched…
and then I got to go by myself (without the board still)
We did that and it immediately clicked with me, so we ended up going back to the shop to get a longer cord. (more power)
While switching up the cords I spoke with the manager Dominique who was asking how it was going and then Max told her that I was bad for business because I was learning so quick! haha
Back to the beach we went with the larger cord..we repeated the body drags and it worked the same as the shorter cord, but when I did the power maneuvers it pulled a LOT more. Pulled up out of the water a few times and it was pretty awesome, similar to the feeling I got jetpacking in the Cayman Islands.
Day 2 started off with some of the basic beach maneuvers with the big kite again just to make sure I still remembered it. We then did some body drags in the ocean and it was finally time to take the board out!
This was a little different than just having the body drags without the board… the main reason for this was because I had to figure out how to maneuver the board down to my feet and get my feet into the foot holes before I could attempt standing.
When you start out, they have you hold the board and go against the current holding the board under your arm so you can “carve” against the water to get out far enough.
After a few failed attempts at standing up, basically standing up for a second and not gathering enough speed, thus falling back down.
It was the third time I was out when it “clicked” I stood up and starting riding. I rode for about 20 seconds and then looked back to the beach to see how far I had gone…turns out I went pretty far out so I turned back around and rode back in.
My instructor Max seemed super stoked seeing me do it! It feels the same as riding a wakeboard, but you’re in control of your speed.
I did that about 2 other times and the lesson was over for the day..
Chris Hughes on the beach in the Dominican Republic
Day 3 was entirely in the water and on the board. I’m not going to lie and say I killed it the whole time and was riding like a champ, the wind was a little slower and I ended up face planting about 3 separate times during this… it reminded me of some surf wipeouts.
All in all, it was a fun experience but once it clicked for me and I could ride, it wasn’t as much fun for me as I was hoping it would be. I imagine once I learned jumps and flips and stuff it would be highly entertaining, but for the most part I prefer surfing!
Here’s some other pictures from it!
On to the next adventure!
I’d like to start this blog post off in extreme gratitude for what my life has become. Honestly it’s amazing looking back over the past few years and seeing just how much my life has changed and all I can do is be thankful for everything I have.
Here is a shot from current condo’s upstairs balcony in Costa Rica (I’ll be leaving here next month to go check out the Dominican Republic since my girlfriend and I have never been there)
I am extremely blessed and am living the life that I dreamed about while going to college and when I started building my Internet Marketing business. I spent years upon years re-investing any money I made into my personal education and into growing my business.
I paid coaches, went to seminars, bought products and spent a LOT of money on testing things.
No, it wasn’t easy. But it has been a hell of a ride…
I’m going to show you this picture. The image on the left was a “dream board” type image that my friend Marshall Wayne did for me a few years ago to help me re-calibrate my mind to a wealth mindset. The picture on the right is an Armani suit I bought in 2014 without thinking twice about it. I knew I wanted an Armani suit and once I put it on, it was mine. (I did have to wait for it to be tailored though)
So what is the point of this and why am I showing you these?
The simple answer is ….
These are things that I wrote down as what I intended to have in my life. I didn’t simply “hope” or think that the “law of attraction” would just give these things to me.
No, it wasn’t instant success.
No, every thing I touched didn’t “turn to gold”…
in fact, most of it failed miserably.
But, some of it succeeded.
What made the difference in that?
It’s something that I tell people all the time when they ask me questions and if I offer any type of personal coaching or mentoring.
I ask…. “have you written down your goals yet?”
If any of my friends who I’ve helped with their business are reading this, I’m sure they will say “yep, that’s what he says”…. and the next thing they’ll most likely agree with is me asking my follow up question… “have you tested it? and then tested it again…and again….and again?”
It’s funny, but with marketing it’s all in testing what you’re doing. You test something and it either works or it doesn’t. Then, if it did work, you use that result as your main numbers to beat and you test against it.
It’s constantly testing A vs B, then if A wins, you test A vs C..
You guessed it… if C wins? You test C vs D…
and on and on. This is how you find positive ROI’s and the beauty of it is that once you find something that is giving you a ROI like 200%…you can test something and maybe, just maybe, you can beat the 200%…
and then you test again.
Okay thats a little off the topic of “Have you written your goals down yet?” but you get the idea… testing is very important.
Let’s get back to goals.
One of the best definitions of goals that I’ve heard is…
“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill
While i’m not 100% sure it was only Napoleon Hill who said that, that is who some resources i’ve read credited.
and damn is he correct.
Dreams become realities when you actually break down how you can accomplish them.
I hear people all the time say things like “I wish I could quit my job and travel like you do” or “I would love to build a business that funds my dream life”
and then you hear that word…
the B word…
not bit$H, but….
and that’s when the excuse comes out. …. but I don’t have the time. ….. but I don’t have the extra money…
That’s an excuse.
You do have the time, we all have 24 hours in a day… even Warren Buffett and Sir Richard Branson.
The difference is that they found a way to use that 24 hours in a way that helped them build their business and accomplish their goals.
Sure, they were probably tired a lot when they were getting started… I know I was.
But the thing that they did first was write down their goals.
Some of them probably terrified the writer when they originally wrote it.. but now that it’s become a reality they are glad they wrote them down.
Sure, writing down something like “make enough money to quit my job” might sound stupid to you right now, but if its your dream to quit your job and build a business, it’s something worth writing down and working your ass off to achieve.
Now what exactly should you be writing down?
That is an even better question….and the better questions you ask, the more likely you are to get answers.
When writing down your goals, you’ll want to write down exactly what it is you want and exactly when you want it to happen.
Let’s say you have a job that makes you $50,000 a year.
That’s $4,167 a month or $137 a day of income.
Alright, so we have a starting point of what number we’re going to write down as a part of our goal.
So you can start off by writing something like “My intention is to create a business that makes me $4,200 a month….”
great start! You’re getting clear on the outcome..
now when do you want to have this?
Be reasonable, don’t just expect it to happen overnight. That’s not how it works, initially.
I’d recommend with either a 3 month or 6 month deadline to your goal. Some people might think thats a little too short of time for something like that to happen. I believe differently though.
If you’re familiar with procrastination (I am VERY familiar with it) then you understand that when your back is up against the wall, you make it work.
Have a month to do a paper? Ever done it in a night? I know I have.
You will find a way to accomplish your goal when you have a must hit deadline, it’s just part of being the badass human that you are.
That’s why I like the 3 to 6 months goals instead of 1-5 years. I have a hell of a time thinking that far in the future, I could be a completely different person by then and my goals might change 100% or 100X bigger, who knows.
Okay so let’s get specific on this goal…
“My intention is to create a business that makes me $4,200 a month by DATE (90-180 days away from when you write this)”
The next thing…
Don’t just think this, grab a piece of paper and a pen.
Do it right now, i’ll wait.
okay, now that you have these things get to writing down your goal.
It might not be financial, doesn’t matter.
Write the damn thing down.
You’ve taken the first step towards achieving that goal.
The next thing that is going to happen is that you’re going to have to get to work on finding the right resources and actually get to work.
I know, I know… you wish it just happened when you wrote it down.
(I do too)
But that’s not how it works.
Now is when the Universe separates the talkers from the people who are willing to actually DO THE WORK and achieve the goal.
It’s not going to be easy, but it is actually easier now that you’ve written your goals out.
Want to know why?
Now you know exactly what you need to do and know the deadline. No second guessing of “oh I need to make a few thousand a month” or “I donno, I think it’s like $5k a month to supplement my job income”
Now get to work.