If you’re like me, your inner Wild One chanted, Be aggressive! Be, be, aggressive! when you read the title of this article. It might just be my inner overachiever sounding off or the result of too much caffeine this morning, but I think I may well have found the secret to easily having a happy, healthy, kick ass life —
ABH – ALWAYS Be hardcore. It solves everything!
Be Hardcore About Your Career
You may enjoy punching the clock at 9 & 5 every day, blending in, and never having a chance to move forward or even laterally within the company. If that’s the case (which is perfectly fine, you do you) then there’s really no reason for you to continue reading this article.
For the rest of you, when it comes to your career you need to be hardcore. Even being a hostess or server requires you to be hardcore; the better you are, the more money you make. So instead of simply taking their order and serving up drinks, appetizers, and the main course followed by “Did you save room for dessert?” try sitting with them and suggesting specific dishes, compliment them, flirt a little, and make them feel special. Why? Because it can mean a $20 tip instead of $10. Do that on your busiest nights too and you’re likely to rake in even more. That’s hardcore.
If you happen work in the corporate world and don’t have any interest in starting your own business, then you may want to think about moving yourself up the food chain. That dude right above you makes more money… Be hardcore and go after his job.
Be Hardcore About Your Passion
This means that if you’re a writer, you need to write whenever possible. Keep a notepad beside the bed in order to jot down those late night ideas. Starting skipping out on those Sunday Mimosas with the girls, pour one at home and write all day. Being hardcore means giving up the “filler” in your life in order to make your dreams come true.
Be Hardcore About Your Health
They say that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Unfortunately, that means getting a gym membership and going once every other week or barely spending $100 a month on food that’s good for you but spending four times that amount on crap, just isn’t going to cut it, is it? You have to be hardcore about your exercise routine and eating habits… and remain hardcore.
However, being hardcore doesn’t mean that you can only eat celery or that you have to work out six hours a day (unless you’re training to be an athlete); being hardcore doesn’t mean being excessive.
If you want to be hardcore about your health, you need to do it for the right reasons, make it worth your while, and educate yourself. Don’t go all hardcore on your workout just to turn around and gorge yourself on fried chicken and cheesecake.
An educated Wild One that is fit and lives a healthy lifestyle? Totally hardcore.
Be Hardcore About the People In Your Circle
So you’re getting fit, healthy, and working toward a more hardcore work life – great. However, if your boyfriend, family, and friends all suck, that’s not being truly hardcore, now is it?
You need to learn to set standards for your personal life, even if it means that you have to be alone for awhile. Find that special someone that makes you a want to be a better person, who accepts, cherishes, supports, and encourages you. Surround yourself with people who believe in you, make you laugh and will always have your back no matter what.
While it may not be feasible for you to extract yourself from family, you can define how they affect you. Learn to believe in yourself and when to stand up for yourself. Be there when family needs you, but you should never forget that you need you too. Keep in touch with family and show them love and kindness, no matter where you end up in life, but don’t let them smother you and force you into their definition of what your life should be. Define what you want family to mean to you and be hardcore about it.
Be Hardcore About Your Attitude
Stand up for yourself – be hardcore! Want to be different? Be creative! Want to be noticed? Stand out! Want to make a point? Educate yourself! Want to be heard? Speak up!
Don’t let people walk over you, but don’t be ignorant either. Being hardcore doesn’t mean you have to go around acting like an asshole that cusses everyone out, starts fights, puts others down, and is close-minded.
For you to be hardcore about your attitude, you simply need to be strong, confident, and most importantly, yourself.
Always Be Hardcore
Obviously I tried to sprinkle a bit of humor in this article, but that doesn’t mean I’m not serious. If you’re not going to be hardcore, then maybe you should just go ahead living life like you have been, getting fatter, hating your job and love life, and surrounding yourself with toxicity. No one can force you to be hardcore.
When you challenge yourself, you’ll realize that you’re a lot stronger than you’ve led yourself to believe. You know that feeling of, “Wow. That was a waste,” when you only pump out a half-assed workout session?
Don’t waste anything. As my Daddy always said, “If you’re going to do something, do it right.” Work hard, love hard, play hard, laugh hard, and most of all, live hard.
In other words: be hardcore.
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