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Your Life Is Perfectly Designed to Produce the Result You’re Currently Getting

If it were possible to narrow down the Johnson Letter Lessons to a list of the top ten, this one would be in the running—it’s that important. No matter where you are in life, no matter what age you are, no matter where you work or where you live, no matter what your family situation […]

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You Are Who You Are And Where You Are Because That’s What You Really Want

Have you ever wanted to achieve something or change something in your life and then a month or six months or a year or five years later realized that nothing has changed? Maybe you wanted to Lose some weight (or get in shape) Get straight A’s Learn a language Become more confident Be a truth-teller, […]

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Dream Big Because Your Ambition is the Glass Ceiling On Your Potential

What do you see for yourself? When you look into your future, what kind of future do you see? For example, what kinds of potential do you see for yourself in relationship to Your grades or academic achievements Your success in your sport or hobby area(s) Your knowledge/wisdom Your future spouse (if you’re not married […]

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Don’t Wish Something Hard Was Easier, Wish You Were Better

Life is hard. Learning a new language is hard. Building a new relationship is hard. Getting a big project done in half the time is hard. Learning calculus is hard. Resolving conflict is hard. Finding the right person to spend your life with is hard. Building a great marriage is hard. Starting a new business […]

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If Someone Somewhere Is Succeeding At What You’re Not, Own That You May Be the Problem

As you’re hopefully picking up in these letters, there are only a handful of issues that will hinder your success more than excusitis and blame. Unfortunately, the natural tendency for most people when they’re not succeeding at something is to look for a reason why they’re not succeeding at that thing. For example, I can’t do math […]

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First You Make Your Choices, Then Your Choices Make You

If you were to ask me, “What are the five to ten most important lessons everyone should learn early in life?” one of them would undoubtedly be the title of this post, “First you make your choices, then your choices make you.” Why? Because it would eliminate excusitis and not taking responsibility from the lives […]

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Don’t Fear Critique. Invite and Welcome It Into Your Life

Of all the life lessons, this will probably be one of the most difficult ones for you to implement. Why? Because, like all of us, you have a natural bias/instinct for self-preservation. Whenever someone critiques you (a teacher/parent/friend/boss/coach/rival/enemy, etc.), you’ll probably see it as an “attack” on you. And the natural thing to do when […]

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95% Is 5% Too Short

Most people are content with doing less than a 100%. They’ll do “just enough” and be happy with that—but “just enough” is not enough if you want to be at a top performer (whether that’s at work at home at church or for a non-profit). In fact, let me give you a real life example of this […]

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There Is No Success Without Sacrifice

As I’ve mentioned before, most people like the idea of being better or being more successful or being fit or being happy or being in a great relationship—but they don’t really want those things—despite what they might say. Why do I say that? Because they’re not willing to do what’s necessary to obtain the very thing […]

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