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Filmmakers from all over have to make the choice at some point to move to one of three places: L.A., New York, or Atlanta. These three places are the main hubs of film and T.V. and although the most popular option is L.A. I’m going to make a case for why living as a filmmaker in Atlanta is the best option for those who are starting off.

L.A. and New York have great potential for the later part of your career, but when you’re just starting off, you’re just another drop in the ocean. Therefore, here are my 3 top reasons why you should move to Atlanta in order to start your film career.

Living in Atlanta as a Filmmaker

Atlanta has a relatively low cost of living. Especially compared to the other two options for filmmakers.

This was the main appeal for me when I was deciding where to move because as a filmmaker who is just starting off, you’re going to have to work an hourly job and do free film work for a while. Once you build your network and have a name for yourself, the paid work will come regularly, but until then you will have to support yourself with another job. Now this isn’t to say that’s not possible in the other two locations, but it’s definitely going to be harder with the higher costs of living.

I promise it doesn’t happen overnight either. Don’t go into this move thinking you’ll be working part time and doing free film work for only six months, it takes a while to make connections.

Oversaturation

One of the reasons I love L.A. is that the city eats, breathes, and sleeps movies. The whole culture of the place revolves around everyone trying to make it big and it’s fun to be a part of. That being said, it makes the competition much harder.

When you’re in L.A. you’re just a drop in the ocean of everyone trying to do the same thing. In Atlanta, however, there are far less people competing for work. There are enough people and studios here for work to be consistent, but much less than the over saturated L.A. and New York. Additionally, if you’re trying to get your name out there, it’s much easier if you’re one in one hundred rather than one in a million.

Growth

Atlanta has been growing ever since the film incentives were introduced. For a while, Georgia had more film work than L.A. and it’s industry has been growing ever since.

This really goes hand in hand with my previous point. Atlanta is in a phase of growing, and if you get in early while it’s still getting its footing, you’ll be at the top while others are just starting to get in. L.A. on the other hand, doesn’t need to grow. It has been solidified as the main hub for creative minds for years now. So, like I said before, if you get in early, there’s less people you’ll need to compete with and much more work to get done.

Clearly, Atlanta is growing in terms of the film industry. As the area continues to get more recognition, the industry will change and mold itself into something nice. Either way, Atlanta is a great place to be, a great place to film, and a fun place to call home. I would say, there are still plenty of great opportunities in this city for making it big. As long as you do not mind traffic, welcome to Atlanta.

Filming in Atlanta

To wrap this up, Atlanta is the perfect place to make a name for yourself. You’re not just a drop in the ocean or a fish in the sea, not to the degree of the other options anyway.

In Atlanta, the potential to grow is huge, there’s plenty of work to be done and not many people to do it. So take those opportunities and start working on your career. Once you have a name and an impressive resume you can go wherever you’d like, but in the meantime, get your start in ATL.

Skipping through all the bad parts of life to go straight to the happy ones sounds pretty nice. Especially if you are in one of those bad periods right now where nothing seems to cheer you up, you just want to sleep all day, and you could care less who is around you.

We all go through these seasons in life. Unlike most physical injuries where people can see them on the outside and track the healing progress with their eyes, it’s hard for people to understand what phase of healing you are at.

The most important thing is healing. Day by day, hour by hour, and even sometimes breath by breath, you have to move on and heal.

Learning to move on

Learning to move on in life is simple to say, but it takes a lot of effort and courage. Maybe you have lost a job, or had to move away from your home, or possibly even had to lose a loved one.

There is no magical answer to how to move on, you just have to find strength. You have to find the strength to say no, or the strength not to pick up that phone, or maybe find the strength to just walk away. It is never easy. We have all had to do it at one point in our lives, trust me it sucks.

But strength only comes with courage. If everything was easy, then you wouldn’t need to be courageous to seek out something better. You see, courage is leaving what is easy, and going after what is hard, something better.

That could be a better life, a better relationship or maybe just a better opportunity. Find your courage to muster up the strength to go after something better for yourself. You deserve it.

It Takes Time

Once the deed is done, all it takes is time.

People think that there is a quick fix, but time is the healer of all wounds. It is amazing how little someone can mean to you after a year away from them. Not that you don’t still love them, but the connection is dead. That spark, that will to go and be with someone, it dies.

Sad as it sounds, it is great. When you finally let go of what was holding you back, you can see the world in a different perspective.

Once you stop missing that which is behind you, you can start looking forward to what is in front of you. You will get those feelings of excitement that once cluttered your head. It will allow you to dream new dreams and set new goals you never even imagined.

Let time do its work, and soon, you will see things you’ve never seen before.

Learn to Trust Yourself

Once time has done it’s work, there is one last step to becoming a new person.

You have to re-learn to trust yourself.

For me, this was learning what I truly wanted. Even though I had some amazing opportunities in front of me or possibly an amazing person to date, I really could not trust myself. I always wondered if it was what I wanted. I would always ask other people I knew, is this what I want?

What do you think about this job?

What do you think about her?

I wanted someone to confirm my thoughts and feelings. Over time this too will come back. You will learn to trust your decisions, one step at a time. It might be on small decisions first, but after some time, the big decisions will seem simple as well. You will know when you know.

No one can tell you when you’re ready, you will just know. It will be like thinking clearly for the first time again. My only advice is to keep growing, keep learning, and always keep moving forward.

Cheers

To be honest, right now things have been all over the place. One moment I am happy, and five minutes later, I am sad and don’t even feel like moving.

Finding Happiness

Sometimes I just sit upstairs at my computer and think, what am I even doing? Am I wasting my time? Why am I not happy?

Where I am at Now

Right now I am sitting at the beach in Mobile, Alabama writing this. Funny enough I currently have a good job, money in the bank, my health, and plenty of things going for me. Although, the things that matter most to me like friends, love, and faith all seem to be struggling.

I guess this is what it looks like to be successful on the outside, but feel empty on the inside. I hear about it all the time right? It is that cliche story about a man who has it all, but has nothing at the same time.

Never did I think that would be me, but here we are. I have everything I want, but not what my soul needs. I am completely satisfied on my physical needs, but my spiritual needs are lacking. Those connections and people that mean so much, all seem so far away when I need them.

It’s funny because, I’ve always been so proud to have such a strong inner circle. For years I had people texting me daily who cared about me and loved me just talking to me all the time. We talked about anything and everything. Their day, their feelings, my day, my feelings, what they had for lunch, just anything.

It was nice having people constantly there supporting me and communicating with me who I trusted and cared for.

Now that’s all gone.

Either through friends getting married or just distance, my support system has slowly started to slip away. It happened over a few years, but I realized it all at once.

Feeling Lost

Sometimes I question everything.

Why am I working so hard to not have anyone to share this success with?

What’s the point of having the world if I do not have someone to enjoy it with?

I really don’t know. That is basically what I am trying to discover. How do I do things for just…. me? Throughout my life I have always leveraged my relationships and social circle to encourage myself to push for more, be more. I told myself – I will become really successful and make everyone proud!

I want to change their lives, and give back to those that gave so much to me. Not that I still can’t do that, but it’s different when those people are not as close or really in your life very much. It is also different when you do not have someone to love.

Naturally, I am a lover. I put that person first and try everything in my power to support and give that person the world. Without that person, it almost feels like there’s not a lot of purpose to being successful. Funny enough, it almost feels selfish to chase success without someone to share it with.

Finding my Happiness

While that may be silly, it is just how I truly feel. I was made from love, and I am made to love. It is my nature, my human nature. It’s in my DNA.

Even so, I must still find my happiness. But how do I find happiness, or joy, when none of my needs feel met?

That is the battle I have been fighting lately. How do I tell myself to be happy, when I clearly am lacking the desires of my heart?

To be honest, I am not completely sure. There isn’t an easy answer to that expect maybe prayer and patience. Apart of all of these feelings and emotions is a lack of trust and a lack of self love. It has started to really make me think – Do I love myself?

The easy answer is yes, but when I really think about it, I love other people more than I love myself. I always have.

I will do just about anything for the people I love, but for myself I usually will do very little. That is why I need them to feel driven. That is why when my relationships in my inner circle or with my significant other is off, things seem to collapse all around me and the world just stops.

I might love myself, but I do not love myself fully or properly. It is weird to think about it, but it is true.

Therefore, I am starting to re-learn how to love myself. Day by day I have to ask myself, what do I want? Do I want success? Do I want to work 12-14 hours a day just to move the dial a little bit or increase my chances for a new lifestyle, or do I want a simple life? Additionally, what do I truly value? Is it loyalty or money or maybe I value effort. I really don’t know.

Leaning to Love Myself

In this journey to properly learn to love myself, I first had to let a few things go.

A few of those things were friends, some bad habits, and even a lover. I had to let those things go, in order to figure out what I was really holding onto. There were too many things covering up what I was gripping onto.

I didn’t know what mattered most to me until everything else was out of the way. What was left was what I held onto.

Some of those things are fears and doubts about myself. I can’t love myself if I doubt myself. Ironically, I know I am capable of anything, but not doing it for myself. There are clearly some internal issues that I need to work out, and I will work out. With prayer and patience, I will find out what my heart desires for me and what I want for myself. This is my life, and I need to start living it for me.

There is something magical and divine about Italian cuisine served like it is at the La Grotta Ristorante in Atlanta. It makes one feel as if they experienced the food straight out of Italy.

La Grotta Ristorante

The La Grotta Ristorante is situated in a majestic courtyard garden, right in the heart of the beautiful district of Atlanta, Buckhead. Specifically, this restaurant is recognized and applauded for serving the most delectable Italian cuisine since 1978, with absolutely no changes in its absolutely top-notch quality, taste, and services.

La Grotta offers an unmatchable fine dining experience in a serene courtyard setting for its guests. Perhaps, my personal experience and words full of praise are not enough to convince you to visit this restaurant. Although, you will surely be convinced after discovering that the restaurant has been voted as the best Italian restaurant for eighteen consecutive years by the Atlanta Magazine.

Also, since the last 25 years, the restaurant has been the AAAA four-diamond ward’s recipient and a consistent winner of the DiRona Award for years. Need I say more?

Ambiance in La Grotta

When we imagine a dine-out session, we always envision doing it in style but comfortably and cozily. The clientele of the La Grotta is always given the experience of upscale dining in a cozy atmosphere, making it the perfect little evening getaway during a hectic routine.

Among the highlights of the atmosphere are the romantic birch archways and the plush banquettes. Specifically, the Peachtree patio here is known for transporting the diners to a private and secluded garden oasis. It comes complete with lush green scapes, fountains, and everything that symbolizes style, elegance, and romance.

La Grotta History

The La Grotta restaurant is a family-owned and operated business and one of a kind in the food industry. In particular, the restaurant proudly boasts of staff, including many waitstaff, who has been with the restaurant for more than thirty years now. Their chef, Antonio Abizanda, has reached the peak of his Northern Italian cuisine expertise, ever since he became a part of La Grotta in 1978.

Antonio joined hands with his partner Christian Favalli, who used to hang coats in the coatroom till 1978. Today, the pair of them are the owners of a large food business right in the heart of the thriving Atlanta.  Although, you can find Christian even today buzzing around the dining room, in his most charming usual manner, making memories with old and new guests alike. When I say La Grotta gives you the dining experience of a lifetime, I am not exaggerating in the least.

Italian Menu

The menu at La Grotta, as well as its wine list, is nothing short of extensive. In particular, it boasts and showcases the true essence of Northern Italian cuisine and wines from all across the world. Furthermore, if you have a favorite in mind but cannot find it on La Grotta’s menu, they promise to happily create it for you if they have all the required ingredients in the house. Can it get any better than that?

Now coming to the most important part, the highlights of their menu:

Cold Appetizers- Antipasti Freddi

  • Bresaola Valtellinese- these are air-dried Piemontese beef tenderloin served with an arugula salad, shavings of parmesan cheese, and in addition black olive vinaigrette.
  • Capaccio All’Italiana- includes aged manchego, beef tenderloin carpaccio, grilled artichokes, arugula, and served with a black truffle dressing.
  • Mozzarella di Buffula- mozzarella made out of fresh buffalo’s milk, Ashland farm’s basil, Georgia tomatoes vine-ripened, aged balsamic and EVOO.

Hot Appetizers

  • Calamari con Pesto- white wine, seared calamari with garlic, chili flakes, and basil pesto.
  • Cozze al Vino Bianco e Crema al Curry- Mussels sautéed in white with shallots, garlic, and curry cream.
  • Zuppa del Giorno- Soup of the day served at the market price
  • Chiocciole Aglio Olio con Spinaci- these are snails sautéed in butter, fresh herbs, garlic, white wine, and in addition served with creamed spinach.

Specialties

  • Grilled veal chop cooked in red vine veal jus and in addition served with vegetables.
  • Veal cop parmesan- these are pounded and lightly breaded veal chop with melted mozzarella and marinara and in addition served with Linguini Marinara.
  • Wild mushrooms served with veal loin scaloppini served with a creamy marsala wine sauce.
  • Chicken breasts, pan-roasted and stuffed with prosciutto, fontina cheese, sage, are served with a lemon butter caper sauce.
  • Grilled beef tenderloin, served with a topping of gorgonzola cheese in a Barolo, with a Pommery mustard sauce and served with seasonal vegetables and roasted garlic mashed potatoes.

Side Plates

The side plates consist of a choice of:

  • Pasta- Linguini, angel hair, fettucine, spaghetti and penne
  • Sauce- Agli Olio, alfredo cream sauce, carbonara and Amatriciana, Tomato Basil, Puttanesca, Primavera, Marinara and Fradivola.
  • Vegetables- Creamy polenta, asparagus, roasted fingerling potatoes, sautéed mushrooms, sautéed spinach and in addition vegetable of the day.

Desserts

  • Tiramisu – The house specialty served with layers of mascarpone cheese, ladyfingers, espresso, marsala, and amaretto cookies.
  • Crème Brulee – Vanilla custard homemade and glazed to order.
  • Panna Cotta – Gram Marnier panna cotta served with pistachio
  • Fruta Fresca di Stagione – Fresh seasonal berries including blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and in addition served with a scoop of vanilla gelato.
  • Gelati e sorbetti Misti – Assorted Italian sorbets and in addition ice cream served with chocolate, pistachio, vanilla, mango, and raspberry.
  • Private Events

La Grotta also offers its services to host your special events. You can use their main dining hall or the complete patio for private dinner events. Among other options for hosting your dinner parties include private tables in their main dining area, which is just the ideal option for casual and professional gatherings.

The restaurant also offers a selection of private events beverages and menus personally curated by their time to please you and your guests. Furthermore, if you do not have time to organize all the million details that go into hosting a dinner party, you can get in touch with the private events team at La Grotta and allow you to provide you with one-on-one assistance in executing your event to perfection.

La Grotta Ristorante in Atlanta Contact Information

Address: 2637 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

Phone number: (404) 231-1368

Hours:

Days of weekOpen hours
Saturday5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
SundayClosed
Monday5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Tuesday5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Wednesday5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Thursday5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Friday5:30 PM – 10:30 PM

People out of state are always asking me if Atlanta is any fun. They really don’t know what people do here besides ironically sit in traffic all day. Well, that’s not completely untrue – we do spend a lot of time in traffic.

That’s besides the point though! Lets look at what there is to do in Atlanta, and how people like to have fun around here.

Is Atlanta A Fun Place To Live?

To answer this quickly, yes. Atlanta is one of the best places to have a night out on the town, see a sports game, or watch a concert! From sports teams, to bars, to music venues, there is always something going on in the busy city at all times of the year. There might not be the best options for things like hiking or outdoor adventures, but there is plenty to be done in the city or just outside of its limits.

Some of the most popular things Atlanta natives do year round are:

  • Go watch a sports game
  • Have a night out in Buckhead or Midtown
  • Go see a concert
  • Go to a festival

Now, lets go over each of these things and talk about some of the ways Atlanta Folk love to get down.

Go Watch A Game

One of Atlanta’s most prominent features is its stadiums.

Specifically, the Mercedes Benz Stadium that hosted super bowl 53. The other grand structure to mention would be the new Braves stadium that is just outside of the city limits along interstate 75.

The Mercedes stadium hosts plenty of events, concerts, and of course sports. The two main teams you can see play here are the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta’s football team, and Atlanta United, Atlanta’s soccer team.

Both teams have pretty strong records, but the soccer team really came out swinging into the league by winning their first ever season. They since have been doing quite well, and great things are expected to continue. From personally experiencing watching both of these teams at the stadium, I can say it is like entering a space ship this thing is so big. I highly recommend checking it out. Not to mention the people in Atlanta really like their teams, so maybe don’t talk negatively about them while your here.

If I had to choose between football or soccer, I would probably agree that seeing a soccer game in the Mercedes Benz Stadium is worth the effort over a football game.

On the other hand, the Braves stadium offers plenty of allure to go along with its new location. The new-ish stadium opened its doors in 2017 and since them has done very well. I have plenty of friends that hardly miss a game and love the atmosphere. The area is like it’s own mini city, so there is plenty to experience.

Although, if you aren’t a sports fan then you might want to just have a night out with some friends – we’ve got you covered.

Have Night Out With Friends In Buckhead Or Midtown

The two best areas to have a night out with friends in Atlanta is Midtown and Buckhead.

Midtown is one of the most hip and happening places in Atlanta. This is pretty much the place all of the hipsters go to live life in the peachy state and do what they want.

In addition, around this area there are plenty of small hidden venues along with massive ones like the Fox theater that are constantly putting on shows. These shows range from concert halls to comedy gigs that are sure to brighten up anyone’s day.

This area is also well know for it’s nightlife and cultural events. You can see just about anything in this area at certain times of the year. Not to mention the plethura of bars that hounds this area which means there is plenty for you and your friends to do late into the night in Midtown.

Buckhead on the other hand, sort of takes it to the next level.

Buckhead would probably be more for groups of people looking to stay out the entire night at a club and hit multiple bars right beside each other. I would say Buckhead would definitely have a little more class than Midtown at certain times, while still maintaining a high level of fun.

The allure of Buckhead rests in the wealth and celebs that like to visit this area. Occasionally you can see celebs at the clubs and bars in this area casually getting their drink and party on with some of the richest in Atlanta. Make sure to dress up a little bit though. Some of these areas are also known for having dress codes just to get in.

Between the two areas, you are bound to have a great time. What about concerts though?

Concerts In Atlanta

One of the absolute best things about Atlanta is it’s presence in the music and entertainment industry.

Living near the city, you are bound to get the opportunity to see all of your favorite artists at some point. There are some amazing venues in the city for all kinds of musical shows that will blow you away.

There is plenty of talent that passes through this city almost every weekend at some of the more popular spots. A few to look into are:

There are plenty of other smaller venues that you can find around the city. The best ones, are the most difficult to find.

Festivals And Events In Atlanta

Last on the list for things to go to in Atlanta are festivals!

There are festivals in Atlanta all throughout the year. Some of my favorite are:

There are festivals and events for everything you can imagine. There are even some huge events like Dragon Con every year that shut down parts of the city.

So, if you ask me Is Atlanta A Fun Place To Live? I will quickly answer yes every time. There is never nothing to do in this southern city of fun.

Welcome to Part 2 of my, How to start a Gwinnett Blog, series. If you have not read part 1, and you are new to blogging, I highly recommend reading that post to learn some important basics. There are some great tips in that post, and just to summarize it, in that post we discussed:

  • Why you should start a blog in Gwinnett
  • Buying Domains – My favorite place to purchase domains and things to consider
  • Hosting Providers – This is extremely important. I gave you two great places to get hosting from
  • WordPress review – We talked about WordPress and why it is great for bloggers.
  • Website Theme – I gave you some great themes to look into and even a marketplace where you and find new ones

If you need information on any of those topics, then definitely go check out the first post. Afterward, make sure to come back to read this one and continue to grow your knowledge as a blogger!

Blogging Strategies – Part 2

For the second phase of this tutorial process, I want to go into some of the fundamentals of blogging. You see, once you have your website up, there is still plenty of work to do. In particular, you need to then start working on your website ranking right away.

Website ranking, otherwise known as domain authority, is extremely important. This is what determines how you are ranked against other websites, how much exposure you receive organically, how often google scrapes your website (checks it for new posts), and how you appear in searches.

Quickly check your websites domain authority here at Ahref’s free backlink checker.

Google Search Engine Ranking

Your domain authority is determined by the amount of traffic your website gets over time, to show growth performance. It is also determined by the amount of backlinks your website has and gets over time, and the amount of content on your site that you rank for.

The reason there is an “over time” at the end of those sentences is because of all the black hat SEO people that boost websites. Historically, you could just backlink thousands of sites to your site and immediately get a huge domain ranking. Although, Google has gotten smarter and changed their algorithm to weight links and traffic over time higher than spikes in links and traffic over shorter periods.

Therefore, it is best to grow your links and traffic over time organically to not get penalized for huge spikes in these areas that make your site look inconsistent.

What Are Website Backlinks

Let’s take a step back though. What are website backlinks?

Backlinks are basically links that take people back to your site from other places across the internet.

For instance, if you post a link on your own website to my website, you are providing me a backlink. (Thanks boss!) The weight or relevancy of backlinks are determined by the site that is actually backlinking to you, the correlation to that site’s content has to yours, and that sites own domain ranking.

Let’s break this down.

Let’s say you own a website about puppies. Oh, everyone loves puppies.

Well, if someone like the humane society backlinks to one of your articles or your website for your great work with puppies, then you will probably get a small boost in your domain authority from this.

Now, say the casino down the street (assuming you live in Las Vegas…. just go with it) backlinks to your puppy site just because they thought something you posted was funny or meme worthy.

This backlink (from the casino) would not help you as much because the casino’s content is not relevant to the keywords YOU rank for (which in this instance would be puppies not something like poker chips for the casino’s site).

The back link still helps you getting a high domain authority over all, but not as much as the humane society. This is because the humane society ranks high for keywords like puppies similar to your own site.

What are Website Keywords

If you read closely, I was using the term keywords.

Keywords are anything that someone can search in the google search bar.

For instance, I can search for “Tasty Donuts Nearby” or I could search for “Wooden Tables for Sale“.

Both of these examples are considered keywords. You create your site’s keywords by using header tags throughout your text with H1, H2, H3, H4, and onward tags. These header tags will essentially be your keywords that you rank for. To see one of MY keywords or header tags, scroll up and read the large text like “Blogging Strategies – Part 2” or “Google Search Engine Ranking”. These are keywords that this post specifically will be ranking for.

There are tons of strategies on how to rank better, but the simplest method is to create long-tail keywords.

What are Long-Tail Website Keywords

Long-tail keywords are just like normal keywords, except you add the word tail at the end. Just kidding, that is not what they are.

Long-tail keywords are simply just keywords with….more words. For instance, let’s use the examples above.

To make the keywords above into a long-tail keyword format we can add more specific words that we want to rank for.

If you are searching for “Tasty donuts nearby” in Maine, then simply make your header,

“Tasty Donuts nearby in Maine”.

Likewise, if you are searching for “Wooden Tables For Sale” in Georgia, then change your header to say,

“Wooden tables For Sale in Georgia”

What this does is decrease the competition your website will have when ranking for these keywords. You may not get as much traffic, but this is how you slowly start to build up your organic traffic of your website. You will in fact get more traffic through long-tail keywords starting off then short-tail keywords because you can not possibly out rank all the other sites competing for those words.

Long-Tail Keyword Research

A difficult thing to do is find the best long-tail keywords to rank for.

Although, there are plenty of useful tools to help you in that endeavor. My two favorite are:

Both of these sites can help you find out what the best keywords are to use. Ideally, you want to find high volume keywords that have low competition and high volume. These are the best headers to include in your blogs relative to the content you write. Although, make sure to post every blog you write on your social media platforms to gain even more exposure than organic reach.

Social Media Influence For Bloggers

Now that your site is up, you are starting to rank organically, and you are doing the necessary research, its time to develop a social media following.

Over time, your posts will organically start to become ranked and found naturally through google search, but the fastest way to gain traffic and increase exposure is to gain social media presence. This is also the easiest way to get your posts to go viral, get helpful tips, and meet some amazing people.

Blogging on Facebook

The first platform I would utilize is obviously, Facebook. You probably already have hundreds of friends on this platform, and usually people like to click on things and share them.

For Facebook, I would start a page for your blog. Invite people to like it, post your new blogs there, and share them through your personal profile. Add as much life and character to the page as you can! Over time, the likes will accumulate and more people will end up finding your website through Facebook!

Twitter For Bloggers

Twitter is the second platform I would use. Although, it is important to know each platform is different from the other.

Twitter is more about engaging. Specifically, engaging on other people’s posts. Therefore, you can post your blogs, but make sure to retweet other blogger’s posts, and similar topics that you blog about. This will make the Twitter community of that topic start to notice you over time. Remember, comments are the most powerful tool on Twitter. leave meaningful and engaging comments on as many posts relative to your topic everyday that you can.

Slowly, you will start to gain influence and Twitter will give your Tweets more exposure and ultimately your blog. Twitter is probably the best chance a blogger has of going viral organically out of all the social media platforms. Speaking from experience here.

Pintrest Blogs

Pintrest is one of those, either you get it or your don’t platforms. I suggest trying it out regardless.

People who are successful on this platform can generate tons of traffic from it, but it really takes care, dedication, and understanding of the platform. Sadly, I am not an expert in anyway on this platform, but I have seen its potential from friends blogging.

Linkedin Pages for Bloggers

Linkedin is another great option that most people probably do not consider.

On Linkedin, you can create a page for your business or blog. You can then market your posts from the page and again share them from your personal profile. A great thing about Linkedin is you can add almost anyone and send plenty of friend requests.

Find the people in your industry or relevant to your topic you blog about, then add them and share your posts. I easily get extra views on this platform since I have over 4000 connections. Remember, social media is all about opportunity. As a new blogger, you need to take every opportunity you can to get recognized.

Instagram Influencer Blog

The last platform I will recommend using is Instagram.

Almost everyone around the globe is familiar with this platform, and Instagram has changed the lives of thousands of people by giving them exposure they could not get on other platforms. Like Facebook and Instagram, you can create a page specifically for your blog. Since you will probably use a cover photo for each blog post, this is a perfect place to duplicate the photo and post it.

Make sure to put your blogs link in the information section at the top, and like Twitter, start engaging with other people in the same industry as you.

Blogging Strategies in Gwinnett

I hope this post about blogging strategies in Gwinnett has helped you in some way. If it has, make sure to share so that other people can learn, grow and develop their skills.

In addition, there will be a part 3 to this series, so be on the look out for that! Now, go start that Gwinnett Blog and start growing your sales, following, and impact.

I can not tell you how many people ask me, how can I start a Gwinnett Blog? I like to write, should I start a blog? Well, because of all of those questions, I am going to make a post on it! This post is mainly targeted towards small businesses, young entrepreneurs, or anyone looking to be creative! Therefore, I want to discuss the common question I get all the time, How do I start a Gwinnet Blog?

For this post specifically, we will be going over some of the basics of blogging. In later posts, we will discuss strategies to developing your blog, how to gain more traffic, and how to monetize your blog. Although, the basics are important to start with. Therefore, let’s dive into the basics on how to start a Gwinnett blog!

Gwinnett Blogs

Although, you might be thinking why Gwinnett?

While Gwinnett has almost a million people living in it alone, most people would not think of it as a marketing opportunity due to its proximity to Atlanta. Although, those people would be wrong because Gwinnett is a perfect place to start a business. In particular, it is the perfect place to start a Gwinnett Blog!

Over the years, I have learned that every single business would like the same exact thing. That is, more business! There is no better way to achieve this than to start utilizing one of the best tools of the 21st century, the internet. Likewise, everyone would like to make a little more money on the side, and entrepreneurs love additional exposure for their projects.

Now that we are all set, lets discuss the basics of blogging. Specifically, I am going to explain domains, hosting, wordpress, and even discuss some of the top themes on the market.

Blogging Basics

Before we get too ahead of ourselves, we need to understand that blogging can increase traffic, but it will take time. I am talking 6 to 9 months of time. That is why, you need to start today and not wait any longer! Also, there are a ton of things to learn involving websites, domains, hosting providers, SEO, Social media, and marketing besides just the basics.

While there may be a handful of you reading who have prior experience with some of this stuff, most people do not. Therefore, we are going to go over each aspect individually and discuss what the purpose is, how to get the best option, and what to look out for.

Buying a Domain

While this might seem obvious, purchasing domains can be quite tricky. A majority of people, including myself, prefer to buy domains off of GoDaddy. I personally have over 50 domains on this platform, and continue to purchase more as I find a need.

GoDaddy, is by far the simplest and most convenient option right now on the market for purchasing domains. All you need to do is set up an account, search for your desired domain, and purchase it.

Although, this is where I must warn you of a few things. For one, domains do not last forever. You must set your newly purchased domain to auto-renew yearly in order to not accidentally lose it.

In addition, most domains are inaccurately priced on the website due to the algorithm set up to price each domain. For this reason, I highly recommend contacting GoDaddy support and building a relationship with one of the representatives if you plan on buying domains frequently. Another good thing about developing a relationship with a GoDaddy rep is domain availability. A lot of domains may not be readily available for purchase but they will be “parked”. Make sure to reach out and inquire on these domains because more often than not, you can purchase them.

If you are looking to just purchase one domain for your shop or blog, do not get over your head. Most people think they need to have the “.com” option of their domain, but sometimes those can be in the thousands of dollars. Do not spend thousands of dollars on a domain. It is honestly a waste of money, and there is no real difference between “.com”, “.net”, or most of the available options. There are a few exceptions like the “.app” option, but that’s not important right now.

Blog Hosting

Once you have your domain, you will need to get a hosting provider. This is where costs can also add up. To start, I used HostGator which was friendly, easy to use, and cheap. HostGator is by far one of the cheapest options on the market. Although, if you are a serious blogger or serious about growth, you can quickly out grow HostGator. I out grew my plan within the first 9 months of blogging, and they disabled one of my websites due to the high traffic and CPU usage.

I had to spend weeks migrating all of my files to a new hosting provider, which is now NameHero. NameHero is not only faster than HostGator, but it also scales much easier for all of my growth needs. I went ahead and got their largest plan, and so far I am very happy.

Hosting is extremely important for several reasons. First, your hosting provider really dictates your page speed, available traffic size, and the up-time of your website.

You definitely do not want a hosting provider with multiple outages a month, and you do not want one that will take your sites down. Therefore, I highly recommend going with either NameHero or Siteground. Both are great options and easy to use.

WordPress

For those of you who are brand new to blogging, you will want to use WordPress for the backend of your website.

WordPress is essentially a backend platform for your website or blog that you can use to post, make adjustments to your site, create ads, manage subscription lists, place photos, and many more things. WordPress is a great platform, and I actually still use it for most of my blogs since it is so simple.

A few reasons why I love WordPress:

  • Endless plugins (updates and products that you can install or customize at any time to suit your needs)
  • Easy to navigate platform for new bloggers
  • Did I mention that WordPress is free?
  • Endless themes that pretty much build your website for you
  • Easy integration for things like Mailchimp to store and collect emails
  • Great SEO functions like Yoast SEO to make sure your content is ranked well online
  • Basically it does everything you could need a backend to do while keeping it simple and user friendly

Really though, WordPress is a blessing for all beginners. Spend only a few hours on it, and you will easily be making posts, adding photos, and enjoying yourself.

WebsiteTheme

The last thing we are going to discuss for blogging basics is themes.

Themes are pre-made websites or basically templates for your website. I highly highly recommend purchasing a theme you find appealing and using that to start off. There are multiple things to consider when doing this though!

First, you want to make sure to purchase a LIGHT WEIGHT theme. I made the mistake of purchasing AVADA when I started blogging. While the theme is amazing and has a ton of cool features, my website was horribly slow. It would take 10-20 seconds to load. Google and other search engines will penalize you for a slow website, so make sure to use a light weight theme.

My advice is to keep it simple. Find a nice clean website theme that has a decent rating and following. My theme was made by Kresi and it is called Enfold. Personally, I do not like it. It has a good amount of bugs, and it can be difficult to navigate. I have personally wasted hours and hours trying to adjust things like the logo or site colors. You really do not want to waste your time on things like logo size. The good thing is that it comes with native widgets to promote your social media sites on the side of your posts and ways to share posts on almost any platform for people reading your content.

I suggest taking some time to shop around on ThemeForest which is sort of a marketplace for website themes. There are plenty of awesome options for website themes on there.

Most importantly, you need to love your website. Pick a theme that represents your content, purpose, and artistic style. My style is clean and simple, but yours might not be! If you are really creative and want to customize every part of your website, then I recommend checking out DIVI website builder. Divi is currently the best fully customization theme on the market.

Gwinnett Blog Post

Well, I hope some of this helps you start your own Gwinnett Blog! This post was mostly to cover the basics, give you some good places to start, and encourage you. Now get out there and start your own Gwinnett Blog, but make sure to check out part 2 of the post to learn more!

Recently, I have been talking with several people about life. Each person I spoke with has gone through a rather rough set of circumstances only to come out on the other side to find, they are not where they want to be in life.

Either they got caught up in a job to support their lifestyle, a bad relationship constantly trying to fix things to make it work, or simply they just did not put forth enough effort to focus on their real goals in life. No matter what the reason was or the thing they blame, the outcomes are all the same. They did not create the life they wanted to live. They did not work for it.

Because of hearing this song sung over and over with the same tune maybe just in a different key, I want to go through my tips on how I daily try to build my dream life. Therefore, let’s dive into my top 5 ways to create the life you want.

Create the Life You Want

In order to create the life you want, there needs to be a strong, solid foundation. That foundation is commonly referred to as your purpose. When is the last time you honestly asked yourself:

What is my purpose in life?

The easiest way to answer this question is to look at what you do daily. If you are running to work, trying to chug coffee to get past the lunch sleeps, hurrying home to watch a tv show, and staring at your phone for hours just to wait for someone to like a post, then I have bad news for you. You do not have a strong purpose.

You see, reality, when put into perspective, can either save you or crush you. More often than not, in order to save you it must first crush you. The reality of your daily life, is your purpose. It doesn’t matter what you do on some Saturdays once a month, or what you think about doing, or what you even tried to do at one point. What you do everyday is representative of your purpose.

Therefore, once you have realized your purpose, or lack there of, its time to change that into what it needs to be. For that, we need to start with a dream.

Start with a Dream

In order to truly be passionate about something so that you do it every single day, it needs to make you feel alive.

Here is how you tell what your dream is or what you are really passionate about.

If you are tired, I am talking end of day, been up for 16-18 hours, its raining out side and the pillow is calling your name tired, and you think of doing this thing and it makes you not want to lay down, then that is your dream.

Whatever makes you want to dance when you feel too heavy to move, whatever makes you want to run when you don’t even have shoes on, whatever makes you want to not miss a second of it, that is your dream.

If you truly do not have anything that makes you feel this way, don’t worry. That just means you have not found your dream yet. It is still out there waiting for you, waiting for you to discover it. You will know when you find your dream, when you find your real passion. It will be like a light bulb went off that will not turn off even if you unplug it, unscrew the bulb, or cover it up.

Find your dream and hold on to it.

Access Your Dream

The next part is incredibly important for this whole thing to work. If you truly want to create the life you want, you need to make sure those wants are reasonable.

This is one of those, reality check moments again.

Just because you get excited to watch the superbowl does not mean you can make it in the NFL. Likewise, just because you see a gymnast preform a triple back in the Olympics and think, that would be amazing, does not mean you should buy a trampoline and start chunking it.

What I am trying to say is, make sure your dream is out of your current grasp, but still obtainable or physically possible.

Maybe your dream is to be a writer? Fantastic, then you have a long way to go and many years of practice and exposure to gain. It is obtainable for just about anyone that is determined and willing to learn. Possibly your dream is to buy the New York Jets one day like Gary Vee. Then you sure as heck better start getting good at business, investing, and work your face off every moment of your life to do so.

The main thing here is, the bigger the dream, the more of a reality check you need to have with yourself about the expectations and outcomes. Maybe you want to buy the New York Jets, work your face off but only end up as a millionaire. You have to learn to savor your wins with your losses. Even if you do not accomplish your ultimate dream, the journey is what is important. For that journey, you are going to need to chart a path to success.

Chart a Path to Success

For every dream, every single dream, there needs to be a meditated and deliberate plan of action. Specifically, you need to chart a path to success.

Now that you have found your dream and you’ve accessed it for attainability, its time to start planning. This is the best part about the process. It is the part where you get to not only dream but plan. Maybe your dream is to become that writer. Then you better chart out the top schools in your area for writing, read some books, watch some tutorials on how to write better, and slowly start to immerse yourself in the culture and writing industry.

Once you have a heading of the general path to your dream, it is time to break it down into your milestones and daily routine.

Milestones are those big moments or breakthroughs where you can look back and say, wow how did I already get here? You will be amazed at how fast those milestones come and go as you build your dream life.

The most important part in charting a path to success is getting the daily routine down. You see over a year, there is plenty of time to get work done, develop skills, or change your life. Although, day by day, it is a different story. You see the real success in creating a life you want comes in the daily struggle. The daily grind decides on if you will create your dream life, or if you will just be a dreamer.

Be Open to Changes in the Path

With the main path laid out, your milestones set in your mind, and your daily routine fully functional, you still need to prepare for some hiccups along the way.

I can not remember one idea I had where the starting path and the finished path looked exactly alike. Almost every single time there were things I did not consider, things I did not know about, or things I learned that shifted the goal ever so slightly. You are going to always hit some road blocks along the way as well that can change your course, but always keep pushing forward.

Sometimes, your dream may even completely change, but that is okay as long as you are comfortable with the new direction and just as passionate. More often than not, what we want and expect is not always what we receive or get once we get there. Therefore, you need to be flexible but also determined to push through whatever obstacles come your way and whatever changes need to be made.

Work on it Everyday

This was mentioned before, but I want to focus on it again. It is absolutely, incredibly, without a doubt, the most important thing of all these steps.

No matter the dream, goal or focus, daily work has to be apart of the process. If you are not actively pursuing your dream every single day, then it probably will not happen.

In order to keep myself on track, I have a daily check list. The check list has all the actions or items I have to finish everyday to work toward my goals. Sometimes I stay up till 2am, 3am, or even later just making sure it gets done. If you are not completing your checklist everyday, then you will not see the results you want. You might not even achieve your dreams.

To prevent this, and to give yourself the best opportunity for success, keep the checklist short. It is more important to be morally strong, confident and determined then to get beat down everyday from not completing your checklist. For those reasons, keep it short and sweet and make sure it covers the necessary bases for your long-term success.

Building the Life You Want

Thanks for reading my post on how to create the life you want. Make sure to share it if you enjoyed, and have a blessed day.

Cheers

There are a million and one things that you could possibly do in your life time work wise.

Think about it, just about every single thing around you was made by someone. From your desk, to your keyboard, to the website your reading this post on, it was all made by someone.

You can practically create or do anything in the world you see or imagine. With a never ending list of options, it can be extremely hard to pick just one thing to focus on. I mean how could you possibly pick only ONE thing to work on the rest of your life?

How can people expect students or even people in the work force to perform just one task repetitively for years without giving them a avenue to expand, to grow.

It is quite crazy because – that is how a majority of people live today. They preform one task over and over again for 30 years without ever pushing to develop an array of talents instead of just one.

Finding Your Talents

That is why, I never tell anyone to focus on just one thing. It is silly to simply put all of your eggs in one basket and bet it all on the success of one skill or trade. You can never predict the future, and there is absolutely no way to know if you would not be better at something else.

That is why, it is always wise to try multiple things in your life.

Really, you should try multiple things yearly. I would say just about every year I try several new things.

I did that from the age of 19 until about 25, and now I have a handful of talents that I can choose from.

Along the way, I chose a few of those talents to expand upon. These talents I am constantly diving deeper into to seek their potential limits. I want to figure out how far they could actually take me.

One of which is clearly blogging! It was only a year and a half ago that I took up the habit. Since then, I have established several successful blogs, and developed a slew of ideas to further progress the nature of web platforms. The entire process is a never ending circle of learning skills and developing traits to better myself and my future.

I suggest that every person does the same. It takes 5 to 10 years to fully get used to a certain skill set, and even longer to master one. Although, if you spend the first 3 to 5 years searching for your talent by trying a ton of different skills and experimenting, you could have a whole list of skills to expand upon and build upon.

Skills Build Upon Each Other

You see, the more you experience the further the dots connect. Lets think about it for a minute.

To use as an example, lets take building successful blog!

In order to build a successful blog, what skills are required?

Well, for starters you probably need some experience about a topic to write about. So, it takes some sort of experience or knowledge about a specific topic to start a blog.

That or you will end up doing a ton of research and the blog will turn into work extremely fast. No one likes that.

Next, you probably need to be able to write in a format that not only properly conveys your point, but that also ranks well for SEO.

You see, content on the web needs to be concise and easily digestible. If you can not effectively communicate your ideas to the audience, you are wasting your time. In addition, your content needs to be what is called SEO friendly.

SEO is search engine optimization. it is something I had to learn about to further my blogs Google presence. Every single thing I write on my blogs is reviewed by Google bots and then categorized based on the clarity of the writing, style, and the content it contains.

Blogging takes multiple skills that I had to develop, and that I am still developing.

Not to mention, the most obvious next skill I had to learn was building websites.

Let me just say, I am not adapt in technology, nor am I a natural with computers.

It was extremely hard for me to learn the different platforms you need to build a stunning site, and about the industry as a whole in order to maximize my impact.

Pick Skills That Compliment Each Other

As you can see, as I picked one skill off my list of talents, writing, I had to pick other skills that would complement it to build an effective blog.

After a while you start to see the big picture of things. Not only do you need to figure out what you are good at talent wise, but you need to figure out how certain skills will build off each other.

For example, you might be a stunning artist. You might be able to create masterpieces by painting and sealing wooden sculptures, but you have a problem. You lacking the proper material to service some clients. Lets say custom wood pieces would be the material you need. I know this is random, but there is a simple solution.

Learn to carve your own custom pieces! Clearly painting and sealing pieces will never be enough to sustain that market, you have to adapt and learn a skill to compliment your ability.

Taking wood shop classes and learning the different types of wood, the strength of each kind, and the tools necessary to build what you want will expand your possibilities. Those two talents would go hand in hand giving you limitless potential to your real talent of painting.

The first idea in picking your talents is to unhinge your limitations.

Another clear example would be for photographers. Lets say you take amazing photos, but never publish or post them across social media.

Well, you might want to take some marketing classes and learn to build effective portfolios online. Simple, clear and effective to take your craft to the next level.

Build a Portfolio of Talents

Thanks for reading my short post on Finding Your Talents. Please do not forget that there are millions of possibilities in this world for people to try. Everyday you could attempt a new talent if you really wanted to.

Set your sights on spending a few years experimenting. Fail at things, succeed at a few, and learn most importantly. No one in this world will be good at everything naturally, but everyone in this world can learn to be good at anything over time.

Find your natural talents, and build upon them with other skills you develop over the years.

When going through life, there are always times where it ends up seeming pointless.

We can reach these moments which feel like brick walls. Sadly, sometimes we get these feelings quickly after being highly motivated and pushing our self to new heights. Because, after a while the momentum starts to die down.

These are what I like to call – the rainy days.

Those days when sleep is more attractive then another hour working at your craft. Those days when Netflix is just a click away to help you escape the lack of enthusiasm.

These are the days when we search for motivation in our soul and come up empty handed, so we turn to searching Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube for anything to draw us away. We ultimately end up finding nothing but solitude.

These are the rainy days of life.

Not Everyday Is Exciting

It’s not glorious or what everyone wants to hear but not everyday can be exciting.

There, I said it. Not everyday for anyone is exciting. No matter how rich, famous, powerful, or determined, there is just a limited amount of things in this world that will spark our soul, ignite our curiosity.

There’s a limited amount of things in this world for a reason though. It is because that feeling of “inner fire” and drive is supposed to be a natural reaction to certain situations. Those feels are a prescribed human conditions that we try to control.

It is a feeling that we long for, push for, and end up abusing substances for. That high, that affinity of life. Can you feel it?

It’s better than a million dollars, it’s better than winning an award, it’s better than anything in this world that you can physically obtain. That feel is a blessing, and sadly, it is also a curse.

So much so that the lack of that feeling drives people into what we call depressions.

What is Depression

When someone is going through depression, they are really living without a inner fire.

They are living without that inner motivational fire that only exists with those who believe in themselves.

You see depression has an easy definition – It’s ones acceptance of giving up.

It’s not ones acceptance of giving up on life or a job or a relationship, it is definitively the act of giving up on one’s self.

You probably didn’t realize it, but right now if you are happy, driven, or even just content then a part of you believes in yourself. You believe in your actions, your intentions, your mental state, and most importantly you believe in your life. Your life has meaning.

Depressed people do not feel that their life has meaning anymore. They fundamentally lack the ability to believe in their selves.

Every super villain knows what the best way to conquer a country or a population is. The best way to conquer is to remove – what from the population?

The best way is to remove their hope and belief in them selves.

Once you do that, you have won. There is no coming back after someone truly loses to their inner being. Once you lose your inner fight, the world doesn’t have to keep hitting you. You’ll do that yourself.

Even better, the Devil can retire! His work here is done he says. His mark is placed,

and you are no longer in his way. Most of the time the Devil doesn’t want you to do anything bad in life, he just wants you to give up…

He wants you to give up and…

stop trying to help the world, you’re not good enough.

Stop trying to love people, they don’t like you.

Don’t fight for your well being, just let people walk over you and take it.

Find Your Triggers

You see, the Devil knows better.

He doesn’t need to beat you, he wants you to beat yourself. It is the ultimate victory.

That is why you need to be able to climb out of the depths of your inner recesses. If your mind slips into this state of desolate isolation of your own self, then you need to know how to get out.

But how?

How do you fight when you’re own hands are against you? How do you try and run your feet won’t move.

That is where somethings greater than our capabilities come in. That is where our inner mental triggers need to be primed.

A very easy trick to use, and I suggest using it, is to find your triggers. The things above all else that will reset you.

For some people, these might be repetitive actions they do everyday to get their mind right. Similar to doing yoga or meditating. Others might have a prayer they recite, while others might blare a song that reminds them of who they are and why they’re there.

We’re not alone. You’re not alone. Use your resources, use the people around you, find your triggers to bring your mind into it’s present state of here and now, AND THERE you make your stand. Use your triggers to fight your inner doubts, use them to battle your demons, and use them to escape your own mental undoing.

What Are Mental Triggers

You might think this is silly.

What a joke right? – How could a song or a phrase, or an action reset my mind into a present state?

I’ll give you two examples. One from a famous author/speaker, and another from my personal journey as an elite gymnast.

First from the speaker.

3…2…1.. Lift Off

This speaker was a lady that had struggled all of her life to do just about anything with it. She had cheated on her husband and caused her divorce, been laid off several times, and failed several start ups. At this point in her life, she was depressed beyond a measure of doubt.

She was so depressed that she could not even get out of bed anymore in the mornings. It got so bad, she would just plan to stay in bed and tried to work out of bed instead of leaving it.

Finally, she said enough as she cried out in prayer clawing anything to help her. I will find my mental trigger to get out of bed whatever it is, whatever it takes.

One day as she woke up, she paused. She breathed slowly and closed her eyes.

She started to count out loud.

10………………………….

9………………………

8…………………

7…………….

6…………

5………

4……

3…

2..

1.

“Lift off”, she said.

At once she rose up as quickly as possible pretending she herself was a spaceship taking off from Earth. Fighting the forces of gravity, the atmosphere, being propelled through space and sky, through her depression, through her doubts.

Something about putting herself in another situation all together allowed her to execute the most difficult task in her life at the time – getting out of bed.

She found her mental trigger. She still does this to this day to get out of bed every morning. The woman is now a successful person that goes around the world preaching and teaching about the goodness of God and life.

3, 2, 1, lift off.

Personal Mental Blocks

In my own journey, I was faced with extreme mental blocks in my sport of gymnastics. There was never a day in the gym when this was not a problem for me.

These mental blocks would drive me absolutely crazy, keep me from performing certain skills, and ultimately held me back from accomplishing my full potential. There were many days I went home crying because I felt I could not overcome these fears.

Nevertheless, there was a time when I figured my own mental triggers to enabled myself to overcome these blocks.

My Mental Trigger

Ironically, in a competition the gloves came off. Never in my life did I step back from a competition, and when that hand raised to step onto the floor, the fears were no where to be found. It was game time.

It was a gift really, the art of competing near my full potential regardless of the the fears that held me back in practice. The problem was, I was never getting the proper amount of training to push my abilities further because practice was terrible. Even so, I was one of the top gymnasts in my state with hardly ever trained most of my skills.

it one day became too much for me to handle. I wanted to push to the next level. I needed a mental trigger to overcome these fears.

Luckily, I found it.

Compete Everyday

From reflecting on my situation I realized that if I would not practice my skills – then I needed everyday to be a competition.

Stupid as it sounds, it worked.

Instead of doing just a few skills in practice to train things in sections or parts, I would do full routines every single day – nearly non stop.

I would treat them as if I was stepping onto the floor in front of a thousand people, raising my hand to a real judge, and putting my mind set in the place of what took me to my next level – game time.

Shortly after figuring this out and executing it daily in the gym, I went from a top gymnast in my state to one of the top in the nation for a while.

Using a simple, and honestly stupid, mental trigger changed my entire career for a while. It changed my life and my understanding of how the mind really works. Sometimes, we need mental triggers to overcome mental barriers. We need the things that force us into a present state of mind, game time.

Use This Skill To Overcome Mental Barriers

This skill is ultimately invaluable.

Imagine being able to work every single day at your peak. Imagine being able to overcome your greatest fears, not once, but daily. This is the power of using a mental trigger effectively. Mental triggers can change everything.

No one’s triggers are the same though. You have to know yourself well enough and try enough things, to find what really works for you. It could be something as simple as counting down from 10 every morning.

You never know until you try.

Go find your mental triggers. Go take back the world that is yours to conquer. And go overcome your mental barriers preventing you from happiness, success, and the life you want.

Tell the Devil he can suck it while you’re at it. This is your life.

3..2..1.. lift off.