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The Velocity Factor

Cheetah running into the wild

Indoor marijuana gardeningI wanna share something with you that has been a key factor in my own success, and can help you not only to be more productive in your growing adventures, but also in your life.

I call it the “Velocity Factor”

Imagine green sugary buds. Beautiful, big, fat sticky ones. As many of them as you want to grow.

That’s what I did 31 years ago.

And then I got busy.

Did I make a plan? Sure. But planning doesn’t attract success. Speed and execution attract success.

No amount of studying, planning, brainstorming, or mentally preparing even come close to the power of just getting to damn work.

A running cheetah in the wild. I’ve known people with all kinds of amazing plans to harvest tens, hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of bright green beauties; or to start their dream business or launch a product line, and their plans are amazing… I mean they’re as prepared as one could be, but the problem is they don’t actually jump in and do it.

They let fear, self-doubt, perfectionism, waiting for inspiration or the “right time” to get started, keeping them stuck in a state of perpetual “gonna do something great” but they never go out and do it.

“I wish to have no connection to a ship which does not sail fast; for I intend to go into harm’s way.”

– John Paul Jones

The key is to dive in headfirst and let the path reveal itself to you.

Action not only alleviates anxiety, but it attracts the answers, tools and momentum you need to be successful.

No book, plan, thought, meeting, insight, partner, blog or forum post can give it to you.  It takes massive action in the direction of what you want.

Sure, study your ass off and make well calculated plans, but all the best information and planning in the world is completely useless without execution.

A moment of NASCAR crashAnd the faster you execute, the more success you’ll attract.

Yes, you’ll also make more mistakes, I spoke about this in-depth my last post actually—How to Become an Epic Grower—but mistakes are good. They’re a necessary component of success.

Be willing to make a mess, break some stuff, spill nutes, kill plants and maybe even get some blood on the floor.

That’s ok, The path is never perfect. It’s dynamic, changing and sometimes a downright pain in the ass.

But if you move fast and fail fast, you’ll also learn fast and attract success fast.

So don’t worry about trying to do everything perfect, especially if you’re just starting out.

In fact, perfectionism is your worst enemy if you want to succeed. It’s a form of fear and control. You have to be willing to embrace the chaos and face it head on.

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
― Bruce Lee

An artistic image with two racing carsThe more successful you become as a grower, in business or at ANYTHING in life, the more chaos, hurdles, and setbacks you’re gonna face.

But it’s all one big test. Success is testing you to see if you have what it takes. To achieve what you want in life, you have to become a person who achieves the kinds of things you set out to do. You have to grow, evolve and prove you can handle yourself under the pressure.

If you currently grow 10 plants and want to grow 10,000, you have become a person who can handle growing 10,000 plants. And to become that person, there will be series of tests every step of the way.

As you pass the tests, you become stronger, wiser, more tenacious and more successful.

However, none of this happens when we sit on our ass. It happens when we get moving, Even if we don’t know where to start, the key is to start. And then once you get moving, opportunities, possibilities and rewards will open themselves up to you.

My entire life as a grower I lived by the principle of velocity.

And yeah, I’ve made mistakes, crashed, burned, blew shit up… the whole deal.

But velocity has allowed me to achieve things that there’s no way I ever could have done had I tried to come up with the perfect plan or waited for inspiration to come give me a swift kick in the butt.

I had to get busy.

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
― Stephen King, On Writing

A running athlete finish off the trackAs long as you can see the first step, take it. You’re never going to figure out all the steps you need to take to get to where you want to go. The first step will lead to the second step and so on.

When I first started the Advanced Nutrients Holiday Heroes Program—to feed hungry families in Bulgaria—from the time of conception until we fed our first 1000 families was just 21 days.

People said it would be impossible. I guess they didn’t understand the power of velocity.

And yeah, we ran into ALL SORTS of problems that we didn’t foresee. But we never would have been able to figure everything out just sitting around waiting for the perfect plan to come together. We got busy and learned as we went.

And before long we were able to feed not only 1,000 families at a time, but 16,000 people at a time.

Just like anything else worthwhile I’ve accomplished in my life, it’s because I started with a goal, got busy taking action in the direction of that goal, encountered all kinds of problems, learned, grew and sometimes had to adjust my course a bit, and finally either reached my destination or one better than I had originally set out to reach.

A biker wins the raceJust like Tyler Durdin said in Fight Club “I don’t want to die without any scars

Whatever it is you want to achieve in life—giant gardens with big fat sugar-coated buds, owning a business, getting into shape, going after your dream life or career, if you just start moving in the direction of it—not tip-toeing around, but taking large and bold strides—the path will reveal itself to you, and you’ll either achieve your goals, or something greater.

And I want great things for you.

Talk soon,

BigMike

“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark would burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”

Jack London

P.S. I’d love to hear your comments down below.

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How to Become an Epic Grower

Ready to harvest marijuana buds

Green road sign nexto a forest saying "weed next 3 exits"I wanna share something with you that all the best growers in the world have in common.

Even though this may seem a bit counter-intuitive (which is why so many growers avoid it all costs), I urge you to embrace it, for it truly is one of the biggest factors in your success as a grower.

I originally experienced it back when I started my first indoor grow at age 23.

I used twelve 1000 watt lights—8 metal halides and 4 high pressure sodiums. I put the plants in 5-gallon buckets with gravel and couldn’t wait to see what they could become. Boy, was I excited.

A picture of little baby making "facepalm" emotionUnfortunately I didn’t ventilate the room properly…doh!

Within 24 hours all the plants were dead as Dillinger. They were like these sad shriveled little green carcasses…seriously, these poor things couldn’t have looked worse off if I had tried to grow them in the middle of Death Valley without a drop of water in sight.

Fortunately, it wasn’t after months of careful nurturing that I lost them. Now I have lost plenty of other crops after months of hard work, especially outdoors (and I’ll be sharing some of those stories with you in the near future), but these little babies were dead right out of the gate.

I mourned their loss for about 5 minutes and then got busy installing proper ventilation and replacing their lifeless remains with some new and eager soldiers.

This is also when switched over the Sea of Green Method.

The point I want to drive home is that we all make mistakes. In fact, the most successful growers I know are actually the ones who’ve made the most mistakes. That’s how they learned to become to the best at what they do—through trial and error…lots and lots or error.

Black and white image of a baseball player Babe RuthIn 1923, Babe Ruth broke the record for the most home runs in a single season, as well as the record for highest batting average. But you know what? In that same year Babe also struck out more times than any other player in the Major League.

You see what I’m getting at here?

If you wanna succeed, you’ve gotta be willing to fail—A LOT. You’ve gotta embrace it as part of the process.

Now I’m not telling you to go out and make stupid mistakes, especially when it comes to the security of your gardens—mistakes like that can cost you not only your entire crop, but possibly even your freedom—depending on your situation.

What I am saying is, be willing to strikeout. Sure, learn all you can from this blog, the forums, magazines, books and mentor growers, but then you gotta get to work. You can only REALLY learn by doing. And when you do, you WILL make mistakes and experience all kinds of set-backs.

The great ones know this.

They aren’t trolling the forums like know-it-alls, talking shit, and spewing hate trying to make themselves look better. Reading about how to do something, or watching videos about doing it, is NOT the same as doing it.

And when you do it, you WILL screw things up. It’s just part of the game.

In fact, in life, if you’re NOT screwing things up, you probably aren’t chasing dreams that stretch you and force you to grow.

Fully grown light green marijuana budSuccess likes velocity and chaos. And sometimes it’s gonna get ugly.

Be willing to get in there and get dirty. Be willing to break a few things, make a mess, and even spill some blood on the floor. THAT’S how you learn.

And when you screw up big, don’t beat yourself up for it. Don’t dwell on how things should be some other way. And definitely don’t quit.

You can ALWAYS turn things around—(Read about the time I got kidnapped in Canada and I how I turned that one around.)

Just accept the situation as it is, see what you can learn from it, make any necessary adjustments to how you’re doing things, and tenaciously move forward.

THAT is how you become an epic grower. Fail a lot and fail fast. Fall down 19 times, get up 20.

Talk soon,

BigMike 🙂

P.S. I’d love to hear your comments below.

Marijuana buds under yellow light

Thanks for the pics T.G.!

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How Something Great Came Out of The Time I Was Kidnapped

Man with handcuffs

A tied man to a chairSometimes in life we need to be broken down before we can get to the next level.

The following is a true story.

Early morning, British Columbia, 2005

Just like I did every morning, I was spending quality time with my daughter—eating breakfast, playing, having meaningful conversations in toddler gibberish, and reading storybooks to her.

All of a sudden, I hear loud voices from outside yelling, “Michael Straumietis, get out here! Come out here right now, Michael!”

I peek out the window and see Canadian Royal Mounted Police Officers standing out the front gate of my property.

Shit.

I open the front door and ask, “Yeah, what’s up?”

A kneeling man held by nomad peopleThey immediately handcuff me, toss me in the back of their car, and tell me that they’re taking me to the border.

You see, four years earlier—in 2001—I was charged with growing marijuana.

The Canadian Government had frozen my bank accounts, seized over $1 million in assets, confiscated both business and personal records, and completely disrupted both my own finances, and the finances of Advanced Nutrients.

But since they had no case, the charges were stayed and my property was returned. In fact, to date it’s the largest forfeiture return in Canadian history.

And because of this, the feds were so pissed they actually decided to kick me out of the country.

HandcuffsSo here I am, being thrown into the back of a cop car and taken out of the country completely against my will. I don’t know what you call it when you’re dragged away from your child, forced into a car, and taken away from your home and loved ones—with no arrest warrant mind you—but I call it kidnapping.

Fortunately, my housekeeper was home so she could stay with my daughter for the time being until her mother got home.

I tell the officers that they can’t just take me out of the country, because I have a young Canadian daughter to care for, that taking me out of the country could be detrimental to her welfare, and that the law states that they have to put the best interest of the Canadian child first. I ask them to please take me to a judge so we can get this all straightened out.

“Mr. Straumieits, we’re not going to be taking you to a judge, we’re taking you to the border.”

And that’s exactly what they did.

When we get to the border, the two officers pause for a moment and look at each other, just like Thelma and Louise did before driving over the cliff.

One cop says to the other, “Should we really do this?”

The other officer just sits there for a moment—knowing that what they’re doing is wrong—and says, “Yeah, we have to.”

I’m taken over the border into the United States and handed over to U.S. border agents—separated from my family, my home, my friends, and my business.

This REALLY bummed me out at first. But if I know anything, it’s that feeling sorry for oneself leads nowhere.

I saw two roads. One where this destroys me, and one where I use the situation as rocket fuel for bigger and better things.

A move scene from Rocky 3I became determined to turn this around into something good—to make life better than ever.

And that’s exactly what I did.

I moved my family to Washington for a few months and then to sunny Southern California.

I doubled-up my efforts, learned everything I could about business, marketing, and making an impact on the world and I networked like never before.

I began working harder, longer, and smarter. I devoured books and courses like sumo wrestlers devour sushi. I resolved that I would use this experience—along with every seemingly negative thing that had ever happened to me in my life—to help others.

Sure, there were still lots of obstacles in my way, challenges to overcome, and dark nights to walk through, but once you get it in your gut that you’re going to do something and that nothing is going to stand in your way, life lines up to help you make it happen.

Look, we all go through our fair share of stuff. None of us are immune. And the more great things you set out to do, the more tests and trials will be thrown at you.

Shelfs with advanced nutrients productsIn the following years I took Advanced Nutrients from a $5 million a year company to an over $100 million a year company.

I started a charity program called Holiday Heroes that feeds thousands of hungry families each year.

I began a movement in Bulgaria called Political Change Now which has actually  grown into a major political party called New Bulgaria.

New Bulgaria is working hard to root out corruption from within the Bulgarian Judicial System, turn around the economy, and help the impoverished citizens of Bulgaria live the kind of life they truly deserve to live—a life where every Bulgarian stands equal in the eyes of the law, and can be prosperous, thrive, and follow their dreams.

I lost over 60 pounds of fat and committed myself to making health and fitness a priority in my life.

And now I share my experiences on this blog with people just like you, who can learn from the challenges, setbacks, and victories from my life.

Very green big BUDSI honestly believe that being kidnapped by the Canadian Royal Mounted Police and thrown out of Canada is one of the best things that ever happened to me—it’s what helped catapult me into the life I have today.

No matter what you’re going through, you CAN turn it around if just decide to, and get busy working to create change.

Napoleon Hill once said “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”

If you can live your life with this in mind, and look for at least some aspect of good in everything you see and experience, life will reward you in GIANT ways.

And often the biggest gifts come from our biggest challenges.

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What you go through makes you stronger, wiser, and more understanding…IF you become determined that it will. The other option is to live an unfulfilled life of fear, suffering, and regret, which in my mind is no option at all.

Just like a muscle needs to be broken down before it can become stronger, sometimes we need to be broken down before we can become stronger as well.

A man rising his hands after workoutThe happiest, coolest, and most successful people I know—the ones who live the most awesome lives—are almost always the ones who went through the most stuff to get where they are today.

Like Bruce Lee said, “Do not pray for an easy life but pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”

My sincere wish for you is that you take your struggles, losses, and challenges and turn them into gold—mentally, emotionally, psychically, spiritually, and financially.

And if this blog post helps you do this even a little bit, then I’ve served my purpose today.

I’d love to hear your comments below

Talk soon,
BigMike 🙂

 

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The Biggest Factor in Your Success as a Grower—And You’ll Never Guess What it Is

A man standing alone on the dark forest road

Deserted road during the night with a man-silhouette on its endDeep in the Backwoods of Illinois

Approx. 4:45am – Sometime in the late 1980s

Just before sunrise, I drove the rented moving van through the early morning fog. The winding road was in the middle of nowhere and the trees and bushes on either side of me were pitch black and all blended together into one big dark blur of forest.

I was headed to one of my gardens that was nestled into a lush green valley just a few miles up ahead of me.

I was young, reckless, and wanted the whole world.

In the back of the moving van I had just under 1150 young plants. The plan was to drop them off at the site at the break of dawn, get out of there as quickly as possible, and come back later with my partner so we could put those little beauties in the ground.

I was focused on the task at hand and thinking about all the cool things in my life I was grateful for—good health, good buds, good friends, a good income, and the ability to do what I love—grow.

Suddenly I came across a big white broken four-wheeler on the side of the road. Its hood was up and the driver was standing in the dark waving his arms in the air trying to get me to stop.

An image of road in the forest during dawnShit…

I better just keep on driving. Who knows what the hell this guy is up to or what’s about to go down.

Just keep on driving, Mike.

But as I passed the truck, I was struck with the thought that if this dude really is broken down out here, he’s screwed. This is a road hardly anyone ever uses and we’re FAR from normal civilization. He’d need to walk at least 20 miles before he could get help, and who knows how long he’s been out here and if he even has any water.

Damn.

So I backed up and got out of the truck and that’s when it happened—something that would change my life forever.

And it has to do with something you NEED to be aware of as a grower.

This will—not can, but WILL—make or break your entire future. It plays a bigger role in your success, or failure, as a grower than anything else.

It’s more important than what nutrients you use, what strains you grow, the size of your garden, your CO2 levels, getting your pH handled, the amount of light you give your plants, or how much you know about growing.

Because without this one key thing, none of that other stuff matters.

Get this right and your future as a grower will be bright green in more ways than one.

Get this wrong, and things will fall apart so fast you’ll never know what hit you.

Recycling Center BuildingLet me take you back 4 years earlier to the mid-80s to explain what I’m talking about…

Every month or so, I used to take all my aluminum cans to the local recycling center. It’s not like I needed the money or anything, it’s just that back then the trash companies wouldn’t pick up the recyclables separately for you, so you had to take ’em in on your own if you wanted to recycle.

So one day I pull up to the recycling center with my trunk full of cans and hand them over to the guy who weighs them and then pays you a few bucks for ’em.

The guy working there had a marijuana leaf tattooed on his left forearm.

It wasn’t one of those cool-looking tattoos like you see today—it looked like one of his drunken buddies had given it to him in his garage after a hard night of partying.

The dude actually looked a little beat, and I could tell he needed the money more than I did, so I said, “Keep the money man, it’s your tip.”

He thanked me, and told me his name was Darren.

He and I got to talking, and before long our conversation turned to our common love of marijuana. Darren told me how it really helped him relax after a hard day’s work, but that he hadn’t been able to afford any lately—so the little bit of money I gave him was gonna help him get a small sack for after work.

Man behind prison bars holding to itThen he tells me how he actually did some time for possession of 5 joints back in Texas in the the late 70s. A time and place where you DID NOT wanna get caught with even one joint, much less 5. That explains the tattoo, I thought.

He told me how ever since he got out of prison he’d been on an unlucky streak—drifting from one dead-end job to another. At now at 31 years old he was living with his mom, making minimum wage, and had no hopes of a future, a family, or any of the good things life has to offer.

He told me how his mom was always on his case to go make something of himself, but he didn’t have the first clue where to start and felt absolutely beaten down by life.

Here’s a young man who was good-looking, physically fit, and struck me as incredibly bright, but who simply was not living up to his potential. He was stuck in a self-defeating mindset and, unless he did something about it, it was obvious that his life was only gonna get worse.

I knew I had to help him.

So I shared a little bit of my own story, including my setbacks and defeats, and that going in and rooting out the garbage from my own mind had made all the difference in the world for me. I then showed him a few simple ways in which I had done this and gave him two books that had a major impact on me a decade or so earlier.

We must have talked for an hour before parting ways, and the next time I brought my recyclables in, Darren was no longer working there.

I always remembered our conversation and wondered how he was doing.

The things I taught him that day had helped me create the exact life I wanted. I just wished guys like Darren could experience their own dream life, whatever that life might look like for them.

I had my health, great friends in my life, was doing well financially, and had a few giant gardens going on. So much to be grateful for.

And that’s what I was thinking about four years later when I was driving to my garden in the middle of nowhere right before I saw that broken-down four-wheel drive.

Walking man shadow on lonely road in the forestLittle did I know that stopping on that dark and foggy forest road—that one-second decision to go back and help the mysterious stranded motorist—was about to alter the entire course of my life.

When I got out of the moving truck, the guy standing there just looked at me, and I could tell he was nervous.

At this point, I about had a panic attack. Like I said, I had almost 1150 plants in the back of the truck. I knew I should have just kept on going.

I start to turn around to get back into the truck and I hear the guy go, “Mike?”

My heart fell through my chest.

“Mike? It’s me, Darren, from the recycling center! What the hell you doing out here, man?”

There he was standing right in front in me. Darren, the dude I met 4 years earlier and hundreds of miles away. And not 5 minutes ago I was actually just thinking about the stuff I had shared with him back at the recycling center that day. Whoa.

All I could do was say —in a very awkward and uncertain tone—”Hey, Darren.”

Turns out Darren’s truck had died just minutes earlier, right on the very same dirt road that led to my garden.

After we said our hellos and tripped out on the situation for a minute or two, I gave him a ride back into town. Now even though I knew Darren loved weed, I wasn’t about to let him know what was riding with me in the back on that truck.

On the ride back into town, we totally hit it off.  I could just tell Darren was a good dude. We laughed about the serendipity of the experience—I mean, we were literally hundreds of miles away from where we first met, and now here we were again, in the middle of friggin’ nowhere.

It’s weird how when you know what you want in life, and your heart’s in the right place, life will line things up for you, put people in your path, and make opportunities available to you in the strangest of ways. There’s a serendipitous flow to life that takes place that is almost beyond words.

Now check this out: For almost the entire drive, Darren shared with me how he had applied what I’d taught him just a few years at the recycling center, and how he used the simple exercises I showed him, and in less than four years he went from being broke, alone, and living with his mother to owning a successful construction business, meeting and marrying his dream girl, and creating a life that he never even thought was possible before.

He said he’d also read the books I’d given him—Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” and Maxwell Maltz’s “Psycho-Cybernetics”—so many times that they were falling apart at the seams and now looked like a dog tried to eat ’em or something.

He said he buys new copies of the books, but always gives the new copies to other people that he thinks they can help.

And here’s where it gets even weirder…

Me and Darren became fast friends and started hanging out together; I even had his construction company do a bunch of work for me.

Marijuana plant growing in the forestSoon Darren shared with me that he was actually a grower. And that since applying what I’d taught him back at that recycling center four years earlier, he now had 3 giant gardens going and about 5 smaller ones.

In fact…that’s actually what he was doing out there on that dirt road that morning. He was heading out to tend one of his own gardens, which it turns out was just right over the hill from mine—not but a mile or two away!

Fours years earlier Darren couldn’t even afford a sack of dirt weed. And now he was a happy family man, a successful businessman, and one of the most successful growers in the Midwest.

Now, Darren’s path wasn’t necessarily easy. In fact, like many of us have experienced, sometimes when you’re chasing your dreams you have to go through all sorts of tests, trials, and dark nights on the way up. And sometimes you’re gonna fall. Darren fell hard.

In the early 90s Darren got cancer.

I remember visiting him in the hospital when none of us thought he would make it. But he DID make it, and beat seemingly insurmountable odds.

Now, Darren did lose a large potion of his business while trying to fight for his life. He simply couldn’t run his construction business or tend to his gardens and ended up going into debt almost to the point of bankruptcy, just so he could pay his medical bills.

But, as I’m sure you’ll agree, none of the material stuff matters when you’re fighting for your life.

And ya know what? Almost the entire time Darren had cancer, he kept a positive attitude, even while his world was falling apart around him.

One man helping another to climb a rockAnd he applied the exact same strategies he used to become a successful grower and businessman—along with the help of an amazing medical team—to defeat his cancer.

And what’s awesome is that Darren became even happier and more successful AFTER his battle with cancer. Not so much from a standpoint of material success. But success as in living a full, balanced, and happy life.

Darren’s success—both before and after his cancer—had to do with what I’m about to share with you right now…

The fact is that the most successful growers aren’t necessarily any smarter or better connected than you.

Trust me—I know many of the most successful growers in the world, and it’s not connections or smarts that got them to where they are.

Sure, those things help, but at the end of the day they’re actually not all that important.

And you can get your nutrients right, light right, CO2 right, pH right, everything right in your growroom environment…

…But if you don’t get this one thing right, the rest of it simply does not matter.

Darren’s success in life—as compared to the depressing existence he had just a few years earlier living at mom’s and working at the recycling center—was because he changed the way he looked at himself and the world.

And beating the cancer further improved his perception of himself and what he was capable of.

It’s the same with the most successful growers I know. It’s a total inside job.

It all comes down to your self-image…

Artistic impression of a man's face in the skyWhat’s going on between your ears—your perception of yourself and the world around you—is BY FAR the most important thing when it comes to how successful you can become as a grower, and in life.

If you don’t get the head stuff right, it can be hard to get just about anything else right for long. And even if you do enjoy massive levels of success for a while, your limiting belief systems will pull you right back down to match whatever your current self-image is.

And the thing is, most of this happens on an unconscious level, so you’re not even aware of what’s going on besides the fact that you’re not getting the results you want.

The reason for this is your internal programming for success all happens on the level of the subconscious. Your subconscious mind is your operating system.

It’s what drives your actions and behaviors—usually without you even knowing it.

A lot of experts believe that up to 99% of all human behavior is conditioned responses. That the actions you take, the experiences you have, and the results you get all come down to the way you’ve been programmed—the settings in your unconscious mind, if you will.

And most of these settings were installed when you were a little kid!

And now, the results you’re getting in your life, both desirable and undesirable, are coming from these programs that are running in your subconscious.

It’s what makes you believe what you’re truly capable of. It’s what makes you feel worthy or unworthy. It’s what makes you confident in one type of situation, but insecure in another one.

Two tall treesThe good news is that you can actually change these settings. 

But first let’s take another look at how they can have an effect on someone’s life.

Let’s take, for example, the guy who’s a naturally good public speaker, but can’t get a date to save his life.

Deep inside he believes he’s great on stage talking in front of people. Yet he also believes he’s not worthy of attracting a female. So he’s terrified around them and stumbles to find the right things to say.

And this all comes from the conditioning he learned as a child.

Maybe he gave a great presentation to his first-grade class and got a ton of validation from it, so ever since then he’s had a positive association with speaking publicly.

And now, because of this positive association, he’s a confident public speaker—which has made him good at it. And since he’s good at it, he delivers great speeches, and because he delivers great speeches, he gets even more positive feedback, which in return, continues to build his confidence at public speaking.

And the snowball to public speaking success continues to grow and grow.

Now, while he may have gotten positive validation as a young boy speaking in front of groups, let’s say he was also laughed at the first time he tried to make a move on little Sally Sue in the 2nd grade. And not only did she laugh at him, her friends laughed at him too.

The humiliation, embarrassment, and feelings of unworthiness he felt for not only being rejected, but also being laughed at, gave him an extremely negative association to making his feelings of attraction for a female known to her.

Close artistic portrait of a human faceSo ever since then he’s shied away from girls. And the feeble attempts he did make were so filled with anxiety, self-doubt, and the expectation of failure that the results he got were less than optimal—further making him feel unworthy in this area of his life.

And now, at 35 years old, while he can deliver a wonderful speech in front of a room full of people, he trembles so bad with fear every time he gets around a female he’s attracted to that he avoids letting his feelings of attraction to be known at all costs.

Can you go onto do amazing things even with a poor self-image? Sure. But typically you’ll end up sabotaging anything that isn’t in line with your belief systems about what you think you’re worthy of.

For example, I knew a guy in L.A., who—because of a little bit of focus, hard work and few lucky breaks—became a successful television actor for a while in a well-known sitcom. Money, cars, women, fame, the whole deal.

But soon his self-doubt and feelings of unworthiness caught up with him and he self-destructed like a suicide bomber trying to get to that holy place where 72 virgins and a never-ending supply of hashish are anxiously awaiting his arrival.

Before long he was alone, out of work, in debt, and had a $700 a day heroin habit to feed.

You see, his level of success in television wasn’t congruent with his beliefs about himself, so he began tearing everything apart…and before long he dragged himself all the way down to where he thought he deserved to be.

A field of marijuana plantationNow let’s look at Darren, on the other end of the spectrum. Darren went from broke, miserable, and living at his mom’s to owning a successful construction business, marrying his dream girl, becoming one of the best outdoor growers I’ve known, beating a form of cancer few people survive from—and, most importantly, becoming happy.

Darren was so broke he couldn’t even afford a small sack of weed at age 30, and just a few years later he was living his dream life.

That’s what the power of improving your mindset can do.

You currently hold a self-image of yourself that drives your actions. This self-image is held deep in your subconscious mind and not only controls the vast majority of your conscious thoughts and behaviors, but also holds the key to your entire destiny. (Not to sound too Tony Robbins on you here, but it’s true.)

Now, while the limits of your current self-image are responsible for your level of success right now, if you want to improve your level of success for the future, you just need to improve your self-image to be in line with the future you want to have.

Right sided profile of a human headSo how do you do that?

By rooting out the negative beliefs and replacing them with new, empowering beliefs.

I call it my “Subconscious Overhaul Strategy.”

You first start by having clear-cut goals you want to achieve.

Next, spend a few minutes each day visualizing yourself accomplishing these goals. Do this two ways. First, see yourself accomplishing these goals in the first person through your own eyes. Like you’re actually experiencing it. And FEEL what it will feel like when you’ve accomplished these things.

Then you ALSO want to see yourself accomplishing, and HAVING accomplished, these goals—like you’re watching yourself from outside your body. Almost like you would if you were watching yourself in a movie.

Stack these two forms of daily visualization with spoken affirmations about your abilities. Even if it’s just 2 or 3 minutes in the shower each morning, speaking empowering truth to yourself about your abilities can do the trick. Now, these things may not be truth when you say them…but if you do enough of this stuff, they will be soon.

An example is saying something like, “I’m smart, successful, have a magnetic personality, and easily attract good things into my life” over and over to yourself, and feeling great about it, while you’re taking a shower or something. I know it sounds kinda funny, but it works!

Or you could repeat something like, “Growing massive amounts of the best marijuana around comes easily and effortlessly to me.”

Your subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between fact and fiction. It just takes in the information and then goes to work to make your reality congruent with what it’s told.

Now, here’s a key part of this equation that most people leave out.

It’s something that the hit movie The Secret left out.

A man chaneling his aura energyYou have to take MASSIVE action to attain the goals you have set for yourself.

And massive action starts with one step. Just put one foot in front of the other and start moving forward.

And when you doubt yourself, remember that self-doubt is usually a sign you’re expanding yourself and you’re on the right path doing something big.

You’re becoming the person you need to become to reach your goals.

Continue to put good stuff into your mind, continue to move forward, learn from your mistakes as you go, and recognize your accomplishments.

Your subconscious mind will take note of all the good stuff you’re feeding it, the actions you’re taking, and the milestones you’re hitting along the way. And your self-image will improve.

And if the actions you need to take make you nervous—GOOD.

A guy who successfully grows two thousand plants does things differently from a guy who grows two plants. Just like a guy who makes $200K a year does things differently from someone who makes $10K a year. Or just like the athlete does things differently from the couch potato. If you’re trying to reach a new level, some of these things are gonna be new and uncomfortable to you.

Just remember, action alleviates anxiety. Feel the fear and trudge through it. Things will get easier, and soon actions that once made you nervous won’t cause you any anxiety at all (and if they do, it will much less than it was before).

Over time your self-image will become stronger and stronger.

And it all starts in the mind.

A girl holding fur toy next to pile of toysRecently I gave a little speech at a function for the Advanced Nutrients Holiday Heroes Charity in Bulgaria, where we bring thousands of toys and meals to needy families over the holidays. This month we’re delivering over 10,000 toys to children who otherwise wouldn’t be getting any, and we’re bringing over 5,000 nice holiday meals to families who can’t afford to have one.

One of the things the Holiday Heroes programs does is bring hope to a country that has very little. Bulgaria is the poorest country in Europe right now, and I’m over there personally working to help them change that. It’s a country filled with so many great people—but they’re really getting a rotten deal from their corrupt government.

Now, because of the way they’ve been treated by their government, the people don’t believe in themselves, their country, and what they’re capable of.

Seeing this absolutely breaks my heart, so I, along with an amazing team of people, are doing what we can to change that.

If we can just get the people to believe in themselves, and to believe in the change that is possible, then they can create that change.

But—just like with my life and yours—it all starts in the mind.

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What you tell yourself, the way you choose to look at situations, and what you read, watch, and listen to—it all goes in, and what comes out is your life.

Man standing on rock edge looking at mountain topJust like you wouldn’t give your plants anything but the best, don’t give your mind anything but the best either.

If you just put the simple exercises discussed above into action in your life and make them habits, you can accomplish just about anything you want in this world. Almost nothing will be impossible for you.

And NOTHING, I repeat NOTHING—not even total crop failure, losing your house, or going bankrupt—can hold you back for long as long as your self-image is strong, your mind is focused on the right things, and you take unrelenting action in the direction of your vision.

Sure, you’ll come across obstacles and experience temporary setbacks here and there. We all do. But you’ll see them for what they are—chances to learn, grow, and become and the absolute best at what you do.

Golden fish jumping out from aquarium Continue to boldly move forward and remain absolutely tenacious, knowing in your gut that nothing can stop you.

And don’t ever let the fact that what you and I do—growing marijuana—isn’t 100% accepted yet by those in charge stop you from giving it your all. Make no mistake, things ARE changing (as we’ve seen in recent years), but we still have a long way to go. Don’t ever let them tell you that what you do is “bad” or “wrong.”

I’m here to tell you that what you’re doing is a good thing.

You’re helping people get the medicine they need. A natural and healthy medicine that’s a much better alternative than what they typically get pushed onto them by the medical community.

The judgmental, hypocritical, and just plain uneducated can have their opinion. But don’t ever let that opinion hinder your success as a grower or in any other area of life.

Your entire life is front of you, my friend. You have the keys to an incredible future of limitless possibility in your very hands right now. I encourage you to use those keys to unlock the power of your subconscious mind and create reality so incredible that no book ever written could explain just how awesome it is. Not even 10,000 books.

Road in the desertOh, and whatever happened to Darren?

After beating the cancer, Darren built his business back up and then retired from the construction industry with some money in the bank. He also scaled down his growing to just enough for his own personal use and for a few friends. Like it is for me, growing is a hobby of love for him.

Darren and his wife became environmental activists, and today he gives about 90% of his time and money to that cause. He and his wife are two of the happiest people I’ve ever known in my life.

And what’s awesome is that Darren has had a major impact on my own life. Over the years, seeing all the happiness and fulfillment that Darren has gotten by giving has further instilled in me the importance of making a positive contribution to the world and giving from your heart, without asking anything in return. And watching him beat cancer showed me what the human spirit is capable of. (Thanks Darren!)

I’d love to hear your comments below.

Talk soon,

BigMike 🙂

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