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The Top 2 Foundational Keys to Success

If you’ve been following us long enough you know I believe that "Mindset" is the foundation to optimal health, happiness and success!

Today, I want to talk about the role your environment/community plays on your mindset. I believe that your environment is the 2nd most important thing for everything you want out of life.

Think of Mindset as your internal compass. It's your foundational layer that guides and directs you.

Think of environment/community as the external foundation. It nurtures your goals, ambitions and relationships.

Environment is 'what' you are surrounded by.

Community is 'who' you are surrounded by.

Let's start with environment first. The modern day human is continually steering away from what nature would call the optimal environment. I personally like to be in alignment with the laws of nature, and for thousands of years we have been bipedal creatures built to move, be outside, sleep in alignment with light, breathe fresh air, adapt to extreme temperatures, etc.

Now, let’s be real.

The modern day human sits on their ass all day.

Of course, we know that depending on your career your work may require this but because of this social change...

...The modern day human never sees the sun.

...The modern day human sits behind toxic blue light screens all day.

…stays up late watching screens

…adjusts the temperature the minute they’re uncomfortable

…breathes the same stagnant air inside their home or office.

When looking to optimize your health, vitality and longevity, one of the best steps you can take is getting outdoors! But it's often dismissed and considered non-essential.

We have to remember that the earth has healing powers.

The sun, the fresh air, the ocean, the trees and the earth itself – all hold healing properties that influence our health.

The sun provides vitamin D for your bones, muscles and immunity.

The ocean provides your body minerals and trace elements necessary for cellular metabolism.

The fresh air cleanses your lungs and helps create focus and energy.

The trees release antimicrobial essential oils that provide humans with ahost of health benefits.

There's a reason depression is on the rise.

A recent article reported that staying indoors for prolonged periods of time leads to anxiety, lowered vitamin d levels, lower immunity, weight gain - to name a few.

Now when talking about community, this ranges from the people you spend time with, the music you listen to, the social media/media you follow, etc. You get the point.

We’ve all heard that you are a direct outcome of the people you spend the most time with.

You wanna’ be rich? Hang out with successful business men/women.

You wanna’ get in shape? Hang out with people working out (FYI our fitness community is rated #1 in Palo Alto).

You want adopt healthier eating habits? Hang out with people who care about what they put in their body.

You wanna’ get smarter? Hang out with people who discuss ideas and think differently than you.

You wanna’ get to the next level in life? Hang out with people who challenge, inspire you and support you.

You get the point!

Most of us operate on auto-pilot. Following others without making decisions for ourself.

This is not a bad thing, unless you don't have the discipline to follow the right things/people. Pick the right people, friends, jobs, music, and media. The better you can shape the environment/community around you, the more likely you are to have success with your goals and most importantly your overall happiness.

And when you can't change your environment. Remember, to keep that mindset strong and focused. Everything else is just noise.

It still cracks me up on how many people are stressed the f^$k out, yet still spend time with people who annoy or the advantage of them, watch the news, follow 1000+ people on social media and work at jobs they hate.

YOU HAVE THE POWER TO SAY NO!! Stop blaming everything else and everyone around you, when you are the one that has the decision-making power on what to consume and who to listen to.

Understand that less is more in life.

Quality almost always outweighs quantity.

“Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.” – Steve Jobs

I personally don't watch the news, I choose to only follow my closest group of friends and family on social media, and by doing this I've disconnected so much from all the drama going on in this world and with other people's lives.

Your energy is valuable.

Be careful on who and what you give that too! I personally want to give my energy to my family, my job (you guys) and my own personal health. All the rest I can live without.

I can't stress this enough. Pay attention to your environment and the community you surround yourself with.

- Corey

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