We hope you have not been skipping ahead. Motivational speaker and Amazon bestselling author Jeff Yalden has been laying out the principles in his brand-new workbook, The BOOM 28 Day Boot Camp: Creating a Life of Success. Find Motivation. Crush Goals. Overcome Obstacles. Live with Purpose. This BOOM Boot Camp adheres to the material in Jeff’s Amazon bestseller, BOOM! One Word to Inspire Action, Deliver Rewards, and Positively Affect Your Life Every Day. If you haven’t already done so, GRAB your copy now. If you methodically follow the step-by-step, daily instructions, your life will change – and you will be well on your way to bringing the BOOM into your life in an epic way. If you missed any of the previous material, stop reading this and go HERE, HERE and HERE. You must embrace growing and should be able to evaluate yourself daily. Let’s start by being honest with ourselves. Over the past three weeks – day one to 21 – you’ve been given the tools to enable you to self-assess and track your progress. If you have completed all the instructions for the past three weeks, it’s time to move on to week four, which is all about self-care. DAY NUMBER 22: Identify Your Close Circle Sometimes we need to close our circle. We need to take out some of the negative energy – and leave in the people that are supportive and encouraging – the people that have our backs. Identify your circle of friends. “If I were to give you a dollar, would you rather have four quarters or 100 pennies? You probably said you would rather four quarters. Why? Less is more, my friends,” Yalden said. Sometimes if we have too much, we get overwhelmed. We get sidetracked. No drama. Identify your close circle. DAY NUMBER 23: Ask Better Questions Replace “I can’t” with “I can.” “Learn to ask, ‘how can I’ questions. How can I be a better husband? How can I be a better wife? How can I be a better student? How can I improve my grades? How can I be more productive at work? How can I lose weight? How can I be more productive? How can I be more functional? How can I improve my time management? How can I be a better leader? How can I improve relationships?” Ask better questions. DAY NUMBER 24: Create an Attitude of Gratitude “Attitude is huge, my friends,” said Jeff. Keep a gratitude journal. “Here’s my challenge for you: I want you to write down five things you are grateful for today – every day. And the challenge is that no day can be a repeat of the day before.” Jeff said it’s not as easy as it seems. Remember: No repetition. “Try it. You will start to appreciate the little things in your life.” GRATITUDE TIP: Say thank-you at least 25 times a day. “If something bad happens, say thank you – something good, say thank you. Why? Because life doesn’t happen to us. Life happens for us. For everything that happens to us, we grow. We become better. Our life is shaped as a result of what we go through.” DAY NUMBER 25: Choose Forgiveness Many people have crossed you. Forgive them. “I want you to understand this: You are not perfect, and neither am I. We have said things we wish we could take back – but you can’t take back words. We have done things that we regret and wish we could have done differently. We have hurt people. We have done people wrong. As I am asking you to forgive people that may have crossed you – and I am also asking you to forgive yourself.” You are not today who you were yesterday. We grow every day. “We don’t forgive for other people. We forgive for ourselves. Choose to forgive anyone that trespassed against you. Choose to forgive yourself for any wrongdoing.” Who do you need to forgive? DAY NUMBER 26: Create Affirmations This is simple, yet powerful: Do a Google search for affirmations. “Affirmations are basically just positive statements – positive, specific statements that help you to overcome self-sabotage in your negative thoughts. They help you visualize and believe in what you are affirming to yourself – which helps you to make positive changes. Create some affirmations and every day. When you read your plan, you are going to also say your affirmations. ‘I am strong. I am capable. I deserve good things to come my way’– something simple like that. DAY NUMBER 27 – Three Things: Sleep. Eat. Exercise. SLEEP: “The average person needs eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night – and if you’re ugly, you need more.” EAT: “Get away from all of the sugary crap,” Yalden said. “Get away from processed foods. Get away from all the carbs – and learn about sugars. Learn about protein, fats, carbohydrates.” EXERCISE: “Put down your phone sometimes and go out there and get some exercise. I don’t care if you start by walking around the block. Go join a gym or a boot camp.” Jeff used to lift heavy weights, but he no longer lifts. Now, he does about 30-45 minutes a day of body work, getting some sweat going and the blood flowing – getting his endorphins kicking – and feeling good. Healthy sleep. Proper Nutrition. 30 minutes of exercise every day. Make self-care a habit. Exercise for yourself. DAY NUMBER 28 – Discipline Your Time “If it’s important to you, you will find the time.” Create to-do lists for the next day before you go to bed. Check off the items you completed today. “OK – I have to do this. I didn’t get this done today, so I am going to push it over and make that phone call. What isn’t completed carries over to the next day. Get it done.” That’s it. Remember, this will work if your goals are SMART: Simple. Measurable. Attainable. Relatable. Timely. “I don’t want to complicate this,” Jeff said. “Keep it simple. Great things happen if you write it down and make a plan.” For more about Jeff Yalden, go HERE. Order your copy of The BOOM 28 Day Boot Camp: Creating a Life of Success. Find Motivation. Crush Goals. Overcome Obstacles. Live with Purpose. The BOOM 28-Day Boot Camp is a companion workbook to BOOM! One Word to Inspire Action, Deliver Rewards, and Positively Affect Your Life Every Day. Get your copy HERE. LISTEN to The BOOM Podcast here. SUBSCRIBE to The BOOM Podcast. JOIN the BOOM Nation Facebook Group and share your BOOM moments with us!