Preston Smiles is a leading force in the new thought leader movement. He is the best-selling author of Love Louder: 33 Ways to Amplify Your Life and Now or Never: Your Epic Life in 5 Steps. He also founded programs like Stretch 22 and Man Cave, which offer seekers of the world an opportunity to expand and join a like-minded community. Preston Smiles is determined to spread love across the globe by teaching and exemplifying the vital importance of living your truth. In this episode, Preston will talk about his experience disrupting social patterns, learning to love himself through actively changing his mindset, connecting with his authentic self, and how his mindset has helped him succeed in all aspects of his life.
1. Appreciate the Struggle
Sitting in comfort is a way to stunt growth. In order to grow, people need to be willing to make themselves uncomfortable. Preston says that hitting a wall is just a setup for a new breakthrough; it’s where our comfort ends and uncharted territory begins. In order to combat the hesitations that come with pursuing uncharted territory, Preston acknowledges that this discomfort comes from his wounded ego-mind trying to talk him out of something new, exciting, and potentially risky. He disassociates with himself and tells his wounded ego, “I see you, I hear you, and fuck you.”
2. Have Deep Conversations With Yourself
A lot of the time, we like to compartmentalize our transformation: everything that is happening fits neatly into a specific box, without disrupting anything else. Realistically, for real transformation to occur, everything has to touch everything else. Preston knows and acknowledges that whenever he disowns or turns his back on himself, then everything connected to him will be affected. When his ego tries to take over, Preston reframes his mindset and redefines himself. He asks, “Who are you? What are you here for?” The answer is always that he is love, abundance, and sufficiency; he is always there to serve. This removes the toxic fear within, replace sit with a refreshing “game-time” mindset, and opens himself up to new possibilities.
3. Question Everything
One of Preston’s favorite quotes is, “Get your questions answered, and your answers questioned,” from Ernest Holmes’ book The Science of Mind. In other words, never stop at the initial assumption or question. Preston avoids falling into a rut of thinking “of course” in response to answers given to him; most of the time, those answers are not conclusions that he made. Anything that comes into his space that doesn’t fall into alignment, he constantly questions, “Is that really true, though?”
4. Daily Routines
When it comes to daily routines and rituals that help keep Preston tuned in, the first thing that comes to mind is drinking water. It’s easy to let your own dehydration go unnoticed, but it really impacts daily performance. Preston also prioritizes getting into nature and playing. He plays in nature every single day, no matter the weather, temperature, or his busy schedule. Physically and mentally being in nature, away from a computer screen, is incredibly important to Preston.
Preston also doesn’t take everything too seriously. This allows space to rest, grow, and allow others into that space to step into their own genius. Life can be long and beautiful, but every day is not guaranteed. Lighten up and have fun!
For Preston, fulfillment is when impact and income come together. To achieve fulfillment, Preston feels that his impact needs to reach every area of life: himself, family, and his legacy. He strives to do everything possible to help everyone find their own truth. Ultimately, fulfillment is alignment with the truth.
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