Hey Y’all!

My name’s Joe and I'm a Mental Health Journalist based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Through my struggles with anxiety, depression, trauma and addiction, I wish to show others, that everyone is capable of improving their circumstances.

I'm sharing my story, as an experiment, to see if it is possible live a life of health, wellness, and happiness.

Tips for Success: Tip 1-Double Down on What Works

In a recent post, I  had opened up about guilt in my life and about overcoming past traumas I had been dealing with seemingly forever. My intention was to  connect with people that may be experiencing similar internal struggles. Having said that, I do not want this blog to be a  complete sad-sap, woe-is-me story.

Not All Doom and Gloom

In actuality, my life has never been better - I'm learning and growing everyday, and I feel for the first time in my life I am on the path to living my purpose.

In some upcoming posts, I'd like to share some of the practical techniques I have learned in the past few months, that I have implemented as habits, and as a result, are giving me significant growth in many areas of my life. I'm as productive as I've ever been and thus, my confidence continues to increase (again another first for me). This time period is my renaissance.

The Four Pillars

Tai Lopez's life coaching for beginners dubbed "The 67 steps to health,wealth,love and happiness". introduce the 4 basic premises to leading a fulfilled life- that are, you guessed it Health, Wealth , Love and Happiness.

Just keeping this top of mind has helped me to seek out balance in these areas of life because one cannot be content and fulfilled when these are out of alignment. So often we think of material wealth as the cure all for our lifes troubles. Although, money is the resource -the fuel- to drive our lives and ambitions, in and of itself it is worthless. Gasoline does nothing without a vehicle, an engine, spark plugs and so on.

Doubling Down

Another tip for success I learned early on in the course is to "double down" on whatever is working in your life. In other words, do more of what's bringing you the things you want.

I had already unknowingly been employing this technique prior to figuring my life and career goals out but I knew I wanted a change.

I was very unhappy in my current role as a building maintenance man at a school because I was unsure about my future prospects. I am by nature an intellect and scholar but my career path was heading towards engineering and the trades-both fields I find boring and unfullfilling. Moreover, I'm not mechanically inclined or good with tools.

Still, I was enrolled in the upcoming sister to continue my career as an HVAC Mechanic. It would be another four years before I would have my RED Seal Trade ticket. It was stressing me out thinking of more schooling I was unsure about, while eventually wanting to buy a house with my wife and start a family.

In search of answers, I started reading articles on the SUCCESS magazine website, just to get some ideas on how to figure out my career. It was helping to open my mind to what my potential was so I doubled down... I was on that website reading every dinner break at work (I clean schools at night).

Eventually, I was finding it so helpful I subscribed to the magazine. In one of the first hard copies I received, I read about passive income in an article by Robert Kiyasaki of "Rich Dad,Poor Dad" fame. Soon after, I doubled down and googled passive income and found Pat Flynn's "The Smart Passive Income Podcast." Again I doubled down and started listening to that podcast every day at work. I am still listening almost everyday to that podcast or other online business podcasts.

In essence, I have been giving myself a full post-secondary education in business through these podcasts while I work my maintenance job and it has changed my whole course and outlook in life.

I've continued to double down by reading biographies and listening to business and other enlightening, educating material. I've since become extremely selective about the input into my mind.  I've listened to media, other people and institutions my whole life and it has never worked for me.

I'm getting smart and doubling down on whats working for me and my life keeps getting better and better.

Soon I'll share more tips that can help you feel good about your life and switch you into a forward thinker instead of dwelling in your past and living with your anxieties. Cheers!

Tips for Success - Tip #2 - Todd Herman's Goal Setting Technique

Mental Exercise #3 - 5 Senses