The average American drinks over 600 sodas a year. It is, therefore, not surprising that more than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. Every choice has its consequences, either good or bad. And the good news is that there is a way to make it easy to make good choices. I will share the recipe for success with you. Meanwhile…

Good choices will help you achieve your goals, whatever they may be. For example, Elvis Presley got a “C” in his 8th grade music class, but that didn’t stop him from becoming an extremely successful musical entertainer. He made good choices in spite of what his music “teacher” thought. Life is all about choices. If you’ve cut your finger and you know that a shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water, you will be wise to choose not to swim around where you know there are sharks.

Now there are a lot of sharks in life, and the worst kind, the most dangerous kind, are people. Politically “correct” people, for example, are like the Mimic Octopus; it can not only change its colours, but it will mimic the shapes of other animals, like the lion fish, the flounder, and sea snakes. Politically “correct” people are weak and dishonest fakes, liars, and mercenaries: they are not to be trusted. They are like most politicians. So steer clear of them at all costs, and you will be more successful in life.

The fact that the majority of people are politically “correct” doesn’t make it right. For example, the United Sates, Burma, and Liberia are the only countries in the world that have not officially adopted the metric system as the standard of measurements. Yet statistically, most Americans are blissfully unaware of this fact. Not knowing something is as bad as a bad choice. That’s why so many people buy lottery tickets, when the chance of you dying on the way to get lottery tickets is actually greater than your chance of winning.

A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off. Most people seem to live their lives like headless, brainless cockroaches, seeking only immediate gratification and ruining their futures with bad habits and bad choices, justifying it with the weak, childish excuse of, “everyone else does it.” Well, that’s why only 5% of people are really successful at most worthwhile things. In fact, it’s closer to three percent, but I’m being generous.

Any good choice that is made consistently over enough time will beget good results. And most good choices will not be popular with losers, parasites, lazy people, wicked people, posers, and greedy people. Be prepared for that. Successful people say, “I will do what it takes until I can do what I want. I will do what most people won’t do, so that in the future, I will have what most people won’t have. I will pay the price and discipline myself now in order to win and achieve my goals.”

Here’s the simple recipe: Surround yourself with people who share your values and who have already achieved what you wish to achieve, or are in the process of successfully achieving what you wish to achieve, in whatever segment of life that may be – spiritual, financial, business, family, social, physical, hobbies. And only take and follow advice only from those kinds of people. Whatever input you choose: reading, television, Internet, listening – make sure it is aligned with your goals, and make sure all your goals are aligned and working together to support each other.

Robin Elliott            LeverageAdvantage.com