You Can Make Your Own Motivation By Taking Action - Chris Loper

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Howdy, howdy everyone, Tad Stephens on the Micro Success Secrets podcast where we focus on business psychology and marketing, and how you can use that in your business daily and long term. Today I'm talking with Chris Loper, who is the creator of becomingbetter.org, a blog devoted to the science and practice of self-improvement. Chris also writes for Northwest Educational Services, and he is the owner of South Cove Tutoring in Issaquah, WA.

- Thanks for having me, Tad. Listeners should also know that I'm a behavioral change coach, which means that I help adults quit bad habits, start healthy habits and overcome procrastination.

If you could get in a time machine and go back in time to any point you wanted. And you could change one business or life decision. First off, would you change it? And if you would change it, what would you change it to? 

- I would change it. My approach to business has been the side hustle approach, where I've gradually transitioned away from my day job to working for myself, and creating passive income. And looking back, I think I was overly cautious in that regard. So if I could change what I did, I would have cut back my hours and my day job earlier and more aggressively. Because that's the best way for me to spend my time is not to earn a bigger paycheck this month. The best way for me to spend my time is to invest my efforts in creating things that can grow in the long run.

If you could go back in that time machine again, and you could look at your decisions that you've made. And you could find one or two, that turned out to be super positive. You look back and you think of everything before that, and everything after that. It's kind of a dividing line. Do you have one of those that you'd share?

- Yeah, one for business and one for life. For life, getting sober. I've been sober for about six years now. And it dramatically improved my life. For anyone out there, struggling with addiction, please, no sobriety will actually be much easier than you're imagining it to be. And you will not regret it. For business, the best decision I ever made was raising my prices.

So I used to not charge very much for my coaching, because I was just happy to have clients. And if I was making more than at my day job, it seemed like a good deal. But since they weren't paying very much, you know, they didn't take it very seriously. So now I charge real money, and my clients actually have some skin in the game. And that means they're more committed to doing the work. So it's actually better for both of us.

Some of the decisions that you would have had to make to do that one way or the other at all. Did you have a method of how you approach those decisions dealt with them, and worked through them to get to the other side that you could share? Because a lot of people come to that, I do score mentoring, as I've mentioned here on the show a lot as well, out of Denver, and I talked to a lot of people, especially in score, that just get afraid, they get stuck, and they can't move. But you're obviously on the other side of at least that part. How do you do it?

- Well, one of my practices that's been incredibly helpful for me is to start every day with some kind of wisdom, or some kind of self improvement material. In order to saturate my brain with good ideas, I find that I will make better choices throughout the day, if I've been reminded of something smart or wise. Any other day? Yes. Even if I already knew, I just needed the reminder. 

So the number one idea I have for people is that, you know, when something is really hard when you're facing a tough problem in your life or in your business, you got to remember the problem is not you. If you're struggling is because the problems you're facing are just genuinely hard problems. Here's the good news, other people have already figured out how to solve them. They figured out the mechanical strategic solutions to those problems. So don't reinvent the wheel. Learn from other people. 

If you're serious about changing your habits, if you want to create an extraordinary life, I would love to help you do that. you head over to becomingbetter.org Check out my work. And shoot me an email if you want to connect, chris@becomingbetter.org. 

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