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If you want a motivational kick in the ass and you’re ready to make a change or two, please read on. If you’re easily offended, or if the truth cuts a little too deep feel free to click back to facebook, leave a negative comment because you’re not happy with who you are or watch another video of Miley twerking. OMG can you believe she did that? Move along.

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Procrastination should be taboo, it’s the worst. It’s the death of the lifestyle you want before it even got going, it’s the thief of time and yet here we are drinking cups of coffee joking about it. “Oh, I’m such a procrastinator” “Oh don’t worry, me too” LOL. LOL? Really? LOL at not achieving what you dreamt you could? LOL at forgetting that you wanted to be a doctor/lawyer/explorer/writer yet here you are in a shitty middle office role in a stuffy company in a city making up the numbers, knowing full well that if you didn’t come to work the company would barely miss you? Time to stop the LOLing folks, cos it’s not funny. Not by a long shot.

 

You could be so much more. Deep down, you know it too. It’s never too late to make the change, and it’s certainly not too late right now. Having an idea and shelving it, having an epiphany that lasts shorter than an Irish summer, people are doing it everyday and we’re happy to admit it, to be part of the mire. What’s wrong with us?

We’re too embarrassed to admit that secretly we love One Tree Hill (what?), yet we’re happy to tell people we didn’t live the life we wanted, that we didn’t chase our dreams, that life caught up with us?

That’s f*cked up. We should be mortified by that, we shouldn’t be able to look our loved ones in the eyes. This is our only life, we should be striving with every ounce of our body to live the life we always wanted, but ‘Oh, I’m such a procrastinator’. The unfortunate reason that it’s deemed acceptable is because the vast majority of society is in the same boat, plodding on with their 6/10s. It’s not enough for me, and it shouldn’t be enough for you. You know you want more, so do something about it.

 

 

WHO AM I TO GIVE YOU ADVICE

If you guys follow my site, you’ll see I moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to pause my travels for 100 days of intense productivity. It was tough, but awesome and I learned a lot. When my blog began to get popular I often found myself thinking ‘who I am to impart life advice’, but then I thought I’m a guy who chased his dreams and caught them. Writing this from a train in Uzbekistan (country number 105 for me), in a position to take my awesome mother around the world when I want, to own a property mortgage free and invest 6 figures in stocks and shares all in my twenties, it’s time to forget diffidence and stand up shouting IF I CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU.

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So, loudly and proudly, here are my 5 tips to kickstart your life and they’re actionable today:

 

1) Give up the booze

We may as well start with the one you don’t wanna hear the most. Alcohol is a toxin, it’s a depressant, it hurts your body, your mind and your wallet. I’m not advocating kicking the booze forever (I’m Irish and I love it too so I feel your pain more than most), but cut it out for 3 months or so and you’ll see how much better you function. Your mind will be sharper, your body will bounce out of bed in the morning. Once you’re on track for the life you want, of course you can get loose with your buddies a couple of times a month. But that’s your reward for getting to where you should be, until then keep your eyes on the prize.

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Ok, so I can’t really argue with this! Just reach your goal first…

2) Exercise and eat healthily

If you have time for a long shower, a facebook session, a trip to the movies then you have time to exercise. Take care of your body and it will take care of you. Commit to something positive. One hour, 3 times a week? You can do that, even if it means waking up at 6am instead of 7am. Try it, and watch your body and mind change.

No one should ever be on a diet. We should eat as healthily as possible indefinitely. Sure, we’re all due a pizza now and again, but a healthy body means a healthy mind. Mental health is everything, and if you get this right you’re already on the path to success.

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3) Go to bed before midnight

Sitting in bed with your laptop/ipad knowing that you should hit the sack, but a stupid 30 min youtube session and a bit of social media stalking and suddenly your early night has rumbled on to 2AM again.

Time for a movie to decompress after a long day? Not a good choice. You wanna decompress? Go to sleep at 10.30 and wake up at 7, that’s all the decompressing you need. Late nights help no-one, they’re antisocial, counter-productive and damaging to mental health. Be strict about this one, quality regular sleeping patterns will change your life.

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4) Choose one or two passion projects and hit them so, so hard

Did you read my rant above?! Stop f*cking procrastinating, and stop accepting that because everyone else does it, it’s not so bad that you do it. What makes you happy? You wanna get into politics? Sign up, commit. You wanna be a photographer, online classes, sign up today, commit. Me? I wanna travel the world, be rich and free, be a good son, uncle, brother, friend, and do something positive for the world. I’m open about it, and I’m committed to it. Follow suit and stop procrastinating.

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5) Focus, refocus and cut out everything counter-productive

Counter-productive – that means taking a step back from friends who just wanna get drunk every time you meet. It means making time for things that improve your life, in exchange for things that don’t. More time exercising and preparing healthy food, less time playing playstation. More time on your passion projects, less time in the office after working hours (oh yeah, that’s right – forget selling your time to them, you’ve done it enough. Do what you have to until you’re in a position to gloriously move on. You’re life can be so much more, just focus, your time is coming).

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I read something great online this week, so I’m brazenly stealing it. Take care of the process, the results will take care of themselves. Focus is everything, don’t ever lose it. So every day, re-focus. What are you trying to achieve, are you making progress towards it?

Subscribe to that and you’re well on your way to the life you actually wanna be living.

Screen Shot 2013-10-10 at 5.34.54 PMThat’s my lot. I really wanna know what you guys think of this, and whether you think it’s high handed of me to give this sort of advice, so let me know in the comments below and on my facebook fan page. I hope you can make a positive change. Happy travels!

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58 thoughts on “Motivational Monday: F*ck Procrastination, 5 easy steps to kick start your life

  1. Hi Johnny, I’ve been following your blog for a year now. One year ago I started my own travel blog and I am now gaining a lot of followers. My life has turned 180 degrees. I have now a direction in life and little by little I am becoming the person that I really want for my life. I’m getting there and I know in time I will. Thanks for inspiring me.

  2. I just found your blog, and I’m glad I did. Thanks for the motivation and slap in the face. It is time to wake up and make the life I want to be living.

    1. Your blog is the most kick-in-butt inspiration I’ve read in a long time. I’m going to be 55 years old and I have been in the 9-5 rat race nearly 30 years–always telling myself that I’m going to do what I really want to do some day. Some day never comes because of procrastination and fear. Fear of what people will think, fear of failure (and then what will people think), fear of finances, fear of losing our comfort zone. We are so complacent living our lives the way society expects. Young people beware. I never lost that feeling that I want something else, something I create myself and I am resigning my position next month (already gave notice) to pursue and figure out just what my passion is. I love to write and read and I have so many things started during times when I’m really motivated and have an epiphany but the excitement doesn’t last because I get caught up in life and what is expected. If you get lucky enough to work at what you love at a young age, that’s an awesome thing but we’re all on our own path will find our way in our own time. Life is too short for any more procrastination and complacency. I found your inspiring blog with perfect timing (don’t worry, I gave notice before I read your blog). The signs are everywhere . . .

  3. I just found this site and think it’s great. In my opinion, anyone with a different experience has something to share and offer. This would make it good advice to me. As someone who just entered their 5th decade of life reading this actually depresses me more. In my twenties I went all out trying to build a sizeable real estate business and pursue personal passions that would hopefully pay off one day. Well, I would disagree that anyone can do it at this stage of my life now looking back. In my opinion, you can focus and put in 110% but that has little to do with slam dunk results. I work and sleep now and basically have no desire or energy left for anything else now. I burned out with just this type of focus in my twenties and now would really just rather be dead. You will hear all of the ” Guru’s ” on tv selling their encouragement and touting how we can ” all ” be millionaires. Well truth be told, if it were that good, they wouldn’t be on TV selling books and tapes. I applaud you for your success and I am glad that you are able to live the way that you want, however it really can’t happen for anyone.

  4. Wow, each one of your tips touches on things that I haven’t been doing and need to do!
    I’ve been trying to quit alcohol to save but it tends to find me each weekend..or if I’m really good..after 2 weeks. And exercise, I haven’t exercised in quite a while, I literally sit in front of my laptop from the time I wake up until the time I go to sleep. FB addicted much?

    I think it’s time I finally shut down facebook and commit to at least once month of intense focus on my goals (one of which is running an inspirational travel blog). You’ve got a solid fan now, your advice is all spot on.

  5. Just WOW!
    I found your blog yesterday and today i read this post. I booked my flight to Thai right away after i read about half of this post, really really pushed me to do what i want!. it was just felt right. the post and the time I booked a flight. and got a cheapest price for that!!! Thanks! Great blog by the way!

  6. I have recently committed to 3 months of alcohol once I realised i was on a bad cycle and I must say whilst its only been a week I had the best weekend in a long time! doing active and productive things. grant rant I really appreciate and enjoyed it! always do the right things for your life and it logically would work out in your favour right?

  7. Johnny, you’re a beast. Great post man. I am currently on my way to Indonesia for a month and I don’t plan on drinking for the next three. I am pretty healthy on all fronts but the time wasted from alcohol occasionally is just worthless. I’m reconsidering graduate school in January after continuously being inspired by what you do but that means dedicated focus and I have learned with alcohol, I cannot achieve that. Anyway, that post really resonated with me, thanks for sharing. In the words of the great Notorious BIG, keep bangin’.

    1. cheers Tommy, i’m not saying give up booze forever (no way!), but it’s amazing the focus you can create when you’re not sidetracked by sunrise partyies and epic hangovers! Grad school is cool if it’s what u wanna do, but don’t get pressured into it, choose your path based on your passions 🙂

  8. Such an inspiring post Johnny. I don’t think there is a human on this planet that can’t relate to this. I was just nodding the whole way through as was Mr D 🙂

  9. Hey Johnny,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years now and every time I read something from you or other bloggers such as Leave Your Daily Hell I realise how much my heart yearns for me to get back on the road! You’re all doing great stuff, keep it up! I travelled for a year in Asia back end of 2009/10, and then came back to the UK to try and get a creative/artistic career going in London, but my heart really isn’t in this city, and the mentality that comes with it. Asia is where I felt alive and truly motivated. I’ve since written a 24,000 word travelogue about India that I’m now looking to get published; that’s the next step before I make the move back to Asia and give everything I’ve got to become an overseas journalist/writer. Procrastination has been a problem for me here, as has lack of inspiration, but that’s soon going to change. If you need any help for your site/s please do let me know. I can write and I also shoot video on a DSLR for a living right now and will be looking for opportunities straight away when i come back to wonderful Asia in the new year.

    Cheers, and happy blogging!

    Alex

      1. Thanks mate. I’m considering heading back to India, but feel like Thailand may be a good place to move for work opportunities. I’ll keep you posted.

        Cheers

  10. Hey Johnny,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years now and every time I read something from you or other bloggers such as Leave Your Daily Hell I realise how much my heart yearns for me to get back on the road! You’re all doing great stuff, keep it up! I travelled for a year in Asia back end of 2009/10, and then came back to the UK to try and get a creative/artistic career going in London, but my heart really isn’t in this city, and the mentality that comes with it. Asia is where I felt alive and truly motivated. I’ve since written a 24,000 word travelogue about India that I’m now looking to get published; that’s the next step before I make the move back to Asia and give everything I’ve got to become an overseas journalist/writer. Procrastination has been a problem for me here, as has lack of inspiration, but that’s soon going to change. If you need any help for your site/s please do let me know. I can write and I also shoot video on a DSLR for a living right now and will be looking for opportunities straight away when i come back to wonderful Asia in the new year.

    Cheers, and happy blogging!

    Alex

  11. Hey Motivator. I have been following your blog for nearly an year now. I came here searching for climbing Mount Everest that I now think is a ridiculous dream.

    13th October is my birthday and I intend to give up alcohol and cigarettes till 22nd of March, my late father’s.

    I have bookmarked this entry of yours and shall keep referring to it.

    I have procrastinated for way too long. Not anymore.

    I promise.

  12. Great list – short and to the point. Of course you should be handing out advice. If not those who have made themselves successful, then who?

  13. Hey dude I’m a guy from Australia that found your blog several months ago, love it. It’s always been my goal to build up my realestate till I had enough passive income and I can now say that that is to be a reality ! I leave to go travelling for at least the next 6 months starting in the Phillipines then Thailand etc. I leave in 2 weeks ! I even started a blog with my limited amount of computer knowledge and it’s going ok. Look forward to reading more from you !

  14. Your post is spot on Johnny – a must read for anybody who is still trying to play it “safe” and not living up to their real potential and dreams. After leaving behind a corporate career spanning more than 10 years, I`m now a first time entrepreneur for almost a year, working hard on a project that is close to my heart. Admittedly I have been procrastinating from time to time 😉 – but mostly I´m working mad hours struggling to handle everything from A to Z myself on an everyday basis. I could really use some advise on how to outsource certain tasks…so with your new venture around the corner I was wondering if you´re available as a tutor as well? 🙂

    1. stumbling along the path to success is ok, we’re still moving forward in the right direction! well done Mirela, and good luck with ur projects. As for tutoring, I don’t come cheap! 😉

  15. Good article Johnny. However, being closer to your Mom’s age than your age, the drinking part doesn’t resonate with me but I understand how you’re writing to a cross-section of ages here and if the shoe fits… I don’t see any hypocrisy in your article, it’s called maturity and when you know better you do better and you decided the booze wasn’t assisting in your productivity goals. The great thing about your Motivational Monday blogs are that you never can tell what you’ll write that will inspire someone to stop procrastinating and start setting their life up in a way that will allow them to pursue and achieve their dreams. I for one appreciate the motivation and the little seeds of thought you’ve been planting for me.

  16. Johnny – In 20 months when I graduate and am officially no longer a student bum can you remind me to read this again? Awesome advice, but I just can’t see it working for me yet 😛

      1. Well 😉 can you see a student going to bed early? Waking up at 6am for a work out? Not procrastinating over essays? No. Neither can I. And that’s before you bring up the alcohol issue – student .. give up booze?! I think not.

  17. Great Motivation again. I have traveled a lot, I just need to focus on the financial side of things to get back into traveling again! Time to enjoy the process and not think to far ahead or I’ll just end up daydreaming and get noting done.

    Thanks for this Johnny.

  18. I hear you on the alcohol bit … I’ve slowed down dramatically on it ever since I caught the travel bug 4 years ago and it’s transformed my body almost single-handedly, as well as giving me a much flusher wallet.

    Now, if I can kick my cola habit and stop eating so many white carbs, I might have that six pack by Christmas!

    P.S. Love Malaysia too for being as cheap as Thailand, except for the booze part. Keeps me on track working as a freelance writer, and without the masses of partiers distracting me (nothing against them, just hard to be productive in those types of environments)

      1. Came down here to get my Thai visa for three months (heading back to Chiang Mai mid/late October), but I’m taking my time here in Malaysia just working and travelling at the same time … different than my old mode of travel, but at least its profitable and my daily routine has more of a purpose than it did before this 🙂

  19. It has lots of good advice, that people really should take (inclusing myself!). I have been following this site and your travels for years now, having been doing a mixture of travel and teaching myself. I do feel it is a bit hypocritical of you as I know you were just getting drunk and traveling for so many years. However you have started making a success of your life so its good that you’re giving advice on how to achieve success. Out of interest how did you make your fortune, it can’t just be this site?? Keep up the good work!

    Andy

    1. Hi Johnny,

      I agree with Andy. You mention making all this money etc… But you never mention how you actually do it? I highly doubt this blog would create hundred of thousands per year. Are you an international drug mule? (joking) but it would be appreciated if you would give some real guidance and examples of how your making your fortune online.

      Love your website, would just like some more transparency 🙂

      Hope you are well,

      Jan

      1. hey Jan, it started with this site which i guess made me about $50k in 2012, not sure how much this year. Then i started an online marketing/media company where i outsource all the work. I have some affiliate stuff running and im a partner in findatutor.com.hk amongst a few other start ups 🙂

    2. Hey andy, thanks for reading. I wish i was getting drunk for years! In my broke days, I couldn’t really afford to drink on the road (although in fairness my teaching english days are littered with boozy stories) :S I dont see the hypocrisy tho buddy, my message here is about how to kick start a new level of productivity (which I too have done). Where am I hypocritical? I’m merely saying that to be more productive, people shouldn’t get drunk all the time. That applies to me, you and anyone in my opinion 🙂

  20. Written with prowess and passion! Success won’t just land into your life, you have to go and get it! Up early, start your hustle, set goals, become accountable and surround yourself with positive people.. Good man Johnny!

  21. Your traveling stories inspired me alot. i wish i could travel the world like you do, i do have a lot of bucket list and im starting to fulfill some of them, if only i could stop working and travel every month but i cant. hehe. i can only afford to travel 2 or 3 times a year but thank you for this blog, you’ve introduced me to many countries i haven’t heard i fell like i visited them just by looking at your pictures. hehe. 🙂 Cheers to your 105th country! 🙂

    1. thats cool mate, thanks for reading 🙂 What is it u wanna do with ur life? Are u happy working where u work, doing what u do?

  22. This list is short, sweet and completely relevant!

    I’m currently chasing my dream (I’m in law school) and man is it a tough and tedious process! So thank your for posting this as it gave me a much needed shove to keep going.

    Excellent!

    1. that’s cool Vanessa, if you’re moving in the direction of your dreams, then you’re heading the right way 🙂 Good luck missy!

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