“Life is too short to spend it at war with yourself.” -Ed Mylett. A top business leader, entrepreneur, performance expert, global speaker, and best-selling author, Ed Mylett is someone we should all be talking about; his wisdom and life experience is helping millions of people around the globe.
He went through some exceptionally tough moments in his life, things that made him realize what’s important and what isn’t, leaving behind what’s superficial whilst continuing to search for a more complete vision, feeling of well-being, and purpose. In this article, we’ll discuss Ed Mylett: 4 MORE Things You Can Learn from Him!
1. Before Giving Up, Just Try One More Day
We’ve touched on this one before, but there are several elements to it worth analysing.
Ed’s father was an alcoholic, when he got sober, Ed asked him “Dad, are you going to stay sober for the rest of your life?” and he replied “I don’t know, but I will tell you this, I am going to be sober for one more day.” Years later, Ed was about to give up, nothing was working as he intended, being in that dark place, he called his father for advice, and he told him: Just try one more day.
Ed followed his dad’s advice, and to this day when he feels he is on the line and about to fall, he repeats the mantra ‘one more day.’
There is power in doing one more, on reading one more page, on doing one more rep at the gym, on trying one more time. Our dreams are closer than we think, if we can keep our heads high and keep fighting, we WILL reach them.
It’s okay to think about quitting, it’s part of the journey, but it’s not okay to actually give up. Think about the cost, you will regret it for the rest of your life, and it’s best to reflect that once you reach one goal, it will be easier to reach the next one, and the next one, and so on. Why? Because you’ve developed the magnetic strength of thought power to hold fast to your vision.
2. Nothing is Permanent
You only need to survive temporarily, because no situation is permanent. Ed uses this metaphor: Imagine being at a kid’s party and it’s time to hit the pinata, there is a line of kids waiting to hit it. Hit after hit, kid after kid, strike and nothing happens, then suddenly the last little kid hits the pinata just one time and breaks it, and because all the other kids gave up and left, that kid was able to collect more candies than everyone else.
What he is trying to explain here is that we are going to experience hard times in life, some of them might feel impossible to bear, but as humans, we are not permanent, we all have a ‘deadline’; therefore, these situations are not permanent either.
You can learn the most from these days of struggle, being able to function during chaos will force you to develop resilience. It will make you feel comfortable being uncomfortable, and will give you the mental tools to help you defeat any ‘monster’ of doubt that crosses your path.
And, the reason we have to go through this because only after the storm has passed will we get the ‘candy’. Every fight has its reward, you are already hurt, in pain, so you may as well get something out of it.
3. One More Dance
What if I told you the next conversation with your partner would be the last one? What if I told you the next time you see your family would be the last time? What if I told you tomorrow would be your last day alive? What if we all start treating things in our life as if we only have one more of them? Would that not intensify our sense of awareness and gratitude?
We talked about Ed Mylett before, but I would ask you to think about the above questions; we should be grateful for the good and, even, the bad in our lives, we take things for granted and that is when we start to lose them.
The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, think about how hard it was to get that job and all the people who would love to have it. The next time you argue with your partner, think about how would you feel if you woke up without him or her next to you.
The next time you see your family, hug them as if that would be the last time you see them…because it might be. The key is, don’t take anything for granted. Squeeze the juice out of every moment!
4. Three Truths
Remember and reflect on what Ed said in an interview with Lewis Howes (contributing writer for Entrepreneur and Yahoo Health) Ed talks about 3 truths:
- God loves you
- You were born for greatness
- Do one more
If you do not believe in any God, think of your family and friends instead. Ed defines greatness as your life matching your ultimate, ideal vision whilst living in the service of others, and using your gift to help others.
Ed Mylett is a fascinating individual whom we all ought to learn something from. So take these lessons with you, reflect on them and use them in your life, they will help you reach your goals and realize happiness.
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