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Input = Output

It’s easy for us to understand that what we eat directly affects how our bodies look and function. What we put in, is what we get back out.

Where we sort of get tripped up is in realizing that this concept of consuming goes much broader than just the meals we set down in front of our faces.

Input is more than just food, it’s what we watch, what we read, who we talk to, and what we listen to.



Input is input. When we are dieting, input is easy to see. We can track the food we’re consuming, what it was, how many calories were in it, and overall if it’s good for us. We can easily relate good input to giving us good output.

When it comes to not food things we don’t seem to make the same connections. We tend to forget that the people we hang around with often times shape us. We forget that the songs we listen to put us in better moods. We forget about that connection of input = output when it comes to things that are not food.

Let’s consider a few different categories of input and look at how they can impact our lives, our health, and our happiness.

What type of social media accounts or news outlets do you use or read? What are the people talking about in those outlets? Do they talk about positive things? Things that build you up or give you confidence? Do they talk about negative things and things to be afraid of? Do they offer you new knowledge that you didn’t have prior, like a ‘How to’ video? Or do they offer you entertainment and a smile?

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Everything that we look at on the internet and on our phones is feeding us some type of content and as we watch that video clip or read that article we are consuming that content. So what do we know about consuming? Well we know input = output and that should be telling us something about what media we’re consuming.

I think there is a very strong relationship to the type of content we consume and the type of output we generate in the world. Sort-of… a Clockwork Orange just maybe not as extreme.

When you’re working through different things in your life and you’re trying to change a situation or change a scenario that you’re in, think about the amount of content you are consuming in regards to that change.

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Do you want to get in better shape? Then not only should you be eating well and exercising, you should be consuming fitness content in that same regard. When you’re on social media, are you following accounts that promote healthy eating and exercise? Or are you laughing at that next meme about eating cheeseburgers?

Do you want to pick up a new hobby? Then find a book on how to do that hobby and a couple of online bloggers who already do it. Most likely a few of them are already showcasing some of their work on some social media platform that you can learn from. Follow them and consume their content.

Do you want to do better with your mental health? Check what content you may already be consuming that is detrimental to your mental health. Do you read a lot of sad stories or watch content that is, by nature, depressing? Try changing up what you’re inputting into your mind set and swap those out with something a little more up beat or positive. See if that change in input doesn’t affect your output.

In most cases than not, a lot of us our products of our environments. Not by choice, but by nature. That’s not to say we can’t change who we are or even go against that nature, but rather it’s very easy for us to simply fall in line with what’s around us.

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One of the best ways to improve your situation, whether it’s a bad situation you want to make better OR a good situation you want to make the best, is to check what you are inputting into that system and understanding that it has a dramatic affect on what you’re outputting.

I’d love to share some ideas others have of how they are taking input and turning it into positive output in their lives. If you have a great source of input I’d love to hear and share it!

Some of my top sources of positive input come from a number of motivational speakers like Inky Johnson and Gary Vaynerchuck. I also love to consume the content of Ray Dalio & Stephen Covey.

What content do you consume that helps give you great output?


Promote Yo Self

This is the first piece to a two part series. It’s critically important that we learn to be strong swimmers for ourselves first, so that we may then help others who cannot be.


You’ve just picked up a new hobby, you’re not sure if it’ll be something you do forever but you’re enjoying it.

You’ve just completed a new project at work and you added in a couple of extra pieces that really put the icing on the cake but you don’t want to brag about it.

You’ve just finished a workout that you really had to push through to get done. But you’re not where you want to be in your fitness journey.

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We all have these great, positive moments in our lives. There are plenty of them. Times where we look at ourselves and the work we completed and we feel like we did a solid job. We feel good about it… but not really good enough to share it with others… we know we did good… but then again, not that good….

We’re afraid that maybe someone will take a shot at our ego or that we’ll share it and not even get noticed at all. We’re afraid we may share something and not follow through on it and that others may judge us for that. We’re afraid of what the world might actually think about us. So we hold back.

I know this because I used to think and feel this way. Often times I would second guess whether or not I wanted to post something because I was worried people might think it was dumb. I was worried people would think, “Why do I even care…” or “OMG… stop posting shit…

So I would try to be very choosey about what I posted and shared. If I knew it wasn’t going to be something really great, I would often times just skip out on sharing it.

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When I really looked back and reflected on this, I realized it all came down to my personal ego. I was afraid my own ego would take the hit. That I would look ridiculous or be judged. What I didn’t realize was how incredibly selfish that was.

This is one of the biggest mistakes people are making on a daily basis. And most of the time, we’re avoiding sharing these personal wins because we’re afraid of criticism.

You see I used to think that I was always posting and sharing for myself. I was sharing things that were funny or that people would want to see because it would be a boost to my own ego.

I wasn’t sharing anything really personal or that even really mattered. I was just sharing what I thought might get me a couple of likes. It wasn’t that I did this intentionally, I think it just sort of happens to most of us subconsciously, but it still happens.

And if not, we see people that never post at all. Never a thing. They’re on social media. They view other people’s posts. But they never put themselves out there. They never really open up and share anything… and this is just as selfish as wanting to do it for our own gain. We all have something we can share with the world… but we still hold back…

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What I’ve come to learn on my journey here is how wrong I was. Not about sharing or posting, but about Why I was sharing and posting. I came to realize that we shouldn’t be sharing and posting things about ourselves on social media for our own gain. We should be sharing and posting on social media for others.

Our sharing shouldn’t be about the great vacation we went on, it should be about setting the example of spending quality time with your family. Our post shouldn’t be about the next thing we want to sell so we can make some extra cash. It should be about the next thing we want to help someone feel good wearing. What we’re sharing and posting shouldn’t be about what we want, it should be about how we can help others. And if there’s a little money in there, that’s okay. BUT it should start with others.

When you start sharing things about your life because you want to share it with others, not because you want to make a few extra bucks or because you want the boost to your ego, your approach completely changes. What you share and how you share becomes something totally different.

And if you want to know how to actually be successful in your life in anything you’re doing, it starts with other people!

So if you’re a dog groomer, post and share about all the dogs that come in! If you sell clothes, post and share about everyone that looks great in what you’re selling! If you play video games, post and share about the best tips and tricks! If you’re into food, share the best recipes and why they’re good!

Whatever it is that you do, FUCKING OWN IT.

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Share it with the world! Be proud of who you are and what you’re doing.

Own your struggles and mistakes and share those with the world. Stop trying to impress others with social media and start trying to help others by showing them your own journey.

You never know when your next post might be the post that inspires someone else to turn their life around. To be courageous like you. To not be ashamed of their passion or journey and to go out and inspire someone else like you did them.