Sharmini Gana of Collective Evolution writes: 

The following is an inspiring video by Joe Rogan. Perhaps best known for his work on reality television show Fear Factor and in standup comedy, Joe Rogan has since come to host one of the most successful podcasts in history, offering a platform for discussing current events, civil liberty, and consciousness.

In this short yet powerful video, Joe offers brilliant tips for staying motivated, even when the pressures of life and the ugliness in our world start to bring us down.

1. “Forget about whatever financial disasters you’ve had, personal failures, relationship failures. What would the hero of your life’s movie do right now?”

All of us have faced such challenges, and too many of us dwell on them, repeating the story in our heads over and over. This does nothing but exhaust us, bring us down, and keep us stuck in victim mode and self pity.

The truth is, each “failure” holds valuable gifts and lessons. How can we truly know what we want unless we experience what we do not want? How do we know happiness without knowing sadness? Or pleasure without pain? The beauty of the Contrast Experience (also known as Duality) can never be underestimated; it is an essential part of our learning here on Planet Earth.

The past is the past, and the future is yet to be written. Drop your past stories and live in this moment –  Take Action NOW.

2. “We define ourselves far too often by our past failures. That’s not you, you are this person right now, you’re the person who’s learned from those failures and you can choose to be the hero of your own movie right now.”

We learn through trial and error. Where would we be without making mistakes, without trying something new, without learning what doesn’t work so we can figure out what does work? Nobody becomes “successful” without “failing” many times along the way.

Think about it: how did you learn to roll over, crawl, and walk? You failed a few times, maybe many times, before you figured it out. Each “failure” taught you something and you used that new knowledge to move forward. When we were babies, no one warned us against failing; there was just love, encouragement, and support. It didn’t matter whether we got it right the first time, or the twentieth time. We just kept trying new things and had fun with it.

Then, somewhere around age 4 or 5, when we started school, we began to realize there might be consequences to trying and not succeeding. We became scared that people would laugh at us or think we’re stupid; we became preoccupied with how others perceive us. We began to seek approval and modified our behaviours to fit these unbalanced fears and thus began a lifetime — for most of us — of trying to fit in and please everyone. We got stuck on the “fear of failure program.” It’s time to finally realize the value of making mistakes. We are not our past — we are only this moment. So stop worrying about “failure” and just take action. Move forward.

3. “Write down your goals, write down things you want to improve, write down things you won’t tolerate from yourself, write down things you’ve done in the past that you never want to see yourself do again.”

Writing down our goals and values — what is truly important to us, what makes time stop when we are doing it, what makes our heart sing with joy — is very helpful. Very few people do this, yet it is a key step towards self awareness.