Daily Boost | Daily Coaching and Motivation

By Scott Smith

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 Sep 9, 2019
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Get the Coaching you need, the results you want, and the success you deserve with the Daily Boost. Every 9-minute Daily Boost will help you Clarify your purpose, breakthrough obstacles, and stay motivated. You’ll get everything you need help you get what you want in life. Discover your purpose and WHY... Take control of your schedule... Get focused... and Eliminate distraction... Stop procrastinating... reduce stress and find more happiness. As the Host of the Daily Boost, Scott Smith brings a unique, straight talking, and humorous, coaching and motivation style. He make listening fun, interesting - and with over 30 million downloads, the Daily Boost has proven to be highly effective. Listen to the Daily Boost is available every Monday on iTunes, Spotify, Radio.com and others. Join our Daily Boost Premium Coaching program and get it Monday through Friday at https://motivationtomove.com.

Episode Date
Is it Time to MOVE Faster?
10:42

Is your hair on fire for success? 

There's a phrase that sums up what it takes to find whatever you're looking for. The faster the speed of the leader, the faster the speed of the pack.

It's a simple truth; success likes speed. It's very sexy and especially attractive to others.

Knowing your goals and taking massive imperfect action always speed up success. Why?

People get caught up in the belief their leaders cast. When you crank up your energy and urgency, others will follow and support your mission.

Whatever your dreams, it is time for you to fire up your inner supercharger and get ready for the ride of your life.

Aug 05, 2021
Choosing Good People in Your Life
11:50

With over 7 billion people on the planet, how many will you need to meet to get the success you desire?

That's a trick question. You should be asking…

How few people can you meet to get what you want as fast as possible?

It's less than you think.

You can speed your progress by refining your target. Seek to attract people and opportunities that you believe would be a good match. Then, sift and sort until only those relationships that are a perfect match remain. Let all others go on their merry way.

Do it, and you'll remove noise and frustration from your life. Your day-to-day journey will become much more enjoyable.

Aug 04, 2021
Mindset for Success (Part Two)
12:21

Let's continue with a few more mindsets for success:

1) Start using a "Good Enough" approach. Perfectionism is doing nothing to move you forward.

2) Use your ONE mind to do ONE thing. Multitasking is splitting your focus and energy. It's also delaying your success.

3) Let go of control. Some things are not up to you. Figure out what they are and move on.

4) Say NO to anything that does not directly support your goals. Don't do something in hopes of getting what you want. Do what you KNOW will get you what you want.

5) Hang out with supportive, positive, and nurturing people. Let toxic people create their own group.

6) Be willing NOT to be liked. If you're avoiding making folks unhappy, you're not moving toward your dreams.

7) Focus on the story of YOU. Minimize social media and television. When you do, you also minimize the influence others have on you.

Aug 03, 2021
Mindset for Success (Part One)
14:35

“On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.” — Anonymous

Here are a few ideas to help you rise to your full potential:

1) Live a good lifestyle. Eat good stuff and exercise. Simple.

2) Think long-term. Find your groove. Stick with it.

3) Play BIG. Small thinking is not why you were born.

4) Be responsible. No more excuses. They are not helping you be happy.

5) Learn to be more flexible. Stop being hard-headed. Go with the flow to get what you want.

6) Embrace hard work. There is no “Magic Bullet.”

When you become the person you want to be, you transform yourself into the person you were meant to be.

Aug 02, 2021
Why You Need WHY
10:44

As I arrive at 4,000 episodes of the Daily Boost on my way to my goal of 5,000, I've been thinking about WHY I do this program instead of what I initially planned.

You have no doubt heard that grand goals require that you completely understand WHY you're going after a goal to succeed.

Folks in my world tend to simplify it by asking, "What's your why?"

The first reason to know WHY you want to do something is that everything is always more complicated than you initially imagine it would be to accomplish. Without a strong WHY, you'll give up.

But, many folks forget that a real WHY may hide from you.

A long time ago, when I was in the first couple hundred or so Daily Boost episodes, I with a mentor of mine. He asked WHY I was focused on a speaking career when I enjoyed the podcast?

I jokingly said, "To get me out of the house?"

Yes, I was half kidding. But frankly, I'm was happy with my life and had nothing to prove by getting on stage. That isn't a driver for me.

He didn't buy my answer.

After a bit more conversation, he said, "You're not excited about the business of speaking. You don't like it. You're excited about the impact you can have on your audience, no matter how you get it. Focus on your result, wherever it may happen.

Wow! Boom! Bang! KaPOW!

Now, if I'm honest, I already knew that. However, it's easy to get caught up in the process and forget - or not admit to yourself what is truly driving you.

Jul 30, 2021
Doing Nothing is Better Than Doing Something
10:41

 

Before begin, I want to define what I mean by doing nothing.

I don’t see doing ‘nothing’ as something unproductive. Instead, I see ‘nothing’ as a protected personal space that lies between your thoughts and your actions.

It is a place that provides a contemplation and planning opportunity before launching into massive and focused action design to reach your outcome and achievement of your goal.

It is a holding space where inspiration, desperation, motivation, even intimidation, bubble up into your consciousness and await your next action.

Instead of moving your thoughts immediately into action mode or never moving at all, both of which cause unnecessary drama, you purposefully quarantine your thoughts until you are assured in your success plan or decide to take a new direction.

Doing nothing looks like this:

1) All thoughts and potential actions arrive in your mind and are held for evaluation.

2) Unless based on a previous decision and cleared for instant action, you always take the time to ensure that your actions will lead you to your vision.

3) If you don’t know the absolute end-game of your journey, you are still on another path. Don’t take a step until you know where you are on your new path.

In the end, doing nothing is a place in your mind where you choose your path, direct your actions, and create your legacy. It is a place of personal respect that is built into you and will allow you to have the most significant impact on yourself and the world around you.

I don’t know about you, but I get a lot of good thinking time when I’m doing nothing. That time is priceless.

If doing something takes you off track, you might be better off doing nothing - at least for a little while.

Jul 29, 2021
Aiming For Success
14:51

Victor Frankl’s ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ is one of the books that I read every couple of years as a reminder of what is important in life. This passage is one reason why -

“Don’t aim for success—the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue that it only does so as a side-sect of one’s personal dedication to cause greater than oneself or as a by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it.”

In other words, do what you’re best at doing and let it happen.

Jul 28, 2021
How to Find Your Purpose and Passion
16:17

“If you don’t know your purpose, your purpose is to find your purpose.”

That simple piece of advice has freed thousands of frustrated people and allowed them to move toward their dreams without fear and anxiety.

“You already know what your purpose feels like and are probably living much of it out right now.”

Another piece of advice that simply requires a look inside for clues that will make you happy.

So, how do you do that?

There are many actionable steps you could take, but I believe what you are looking for is waiting inside of you to be discovered.

Find a few minutes today, grab a journal, tune into yourself and ask:

The purpose and passion I seek begin when I accept what my heart is telling me. What is my heart telling me?

I will always be moving toward a purposeful and passionate life when I have clarity of thought, a defined outcome, and take the time to create a roadmap to reach my goal. What are my thoughts?

It’s okay to admit being fearful, but initiating action and maintaining continuous momentum using faith, courage, and belief will allow you to overcome anything. What belief is driving me forward?

Faith, courage, and belief and the result of having a strong and safe foundation combine with an existing vision. And I strong and ready to go?

The minute you begin to ponder these points, you begin living on purpose and with passion. When you do ponder it every day, your life can become whatever you desire.

Jul 27, 2021
Purposeful Goal Setting 
15:59

I've always believed goal setting is the heartbeat of our lives.

Goal setting is one of the most powerful tools you have to create your best life. My question to you is… do you know what your best life is supposed to be?

I came upon my belief not from a book or a guru but from a realization I had many years ago. I found I was happy when I was chasing something bigger than myself that was also in alignment with how I felt on the inside. I was unhappy when I was checking items off my list and not honoring my true self.

After years of pondering, I concluded that a purposeful outcome would eliminate frustration and boredom and generate excitement and enthusiasm.

That leads me to the two definitions of goals:

1) The end toward which effort is directed.

2) An area or object toward which players in various games attempt to advance a ball or puck and usually through or into which it must go to score points.

Most people treat goals like the number two, a To-Do list with a short-term outlook. People who focus on the first definition are long-term thinkers.

But what's the real difference?

What "end" do you place your focus on?

Heartbeat goal-setters know there are many "ends" before the ultimate termination point we call goal achievement. That's what excites and drives them. They purposely focus on that 'end.' Everything else is a step in the journey that is only needed to get to their pre-determined outcome.

Heartbeat goal setting. It's purposeful goal setting that ignites a fire in your belly, gives you a mission, and makes you happy. Everything else is an item on your To-Do list.

Jul 26, 2021
Is The Universe Ganging Up on You?
16:57

 

I’m not sure how you feel about the Universe and how things work in the world, but does the Universe speak to you?

I can’t tell you if the ‘Universe’ stands alone or if ‘God’ created the ‘Universe’ and runs the show. That’s so far above my pay-grade that it amounts to a pile of cash bigger than Mount Everest. 

What I can say is this.

We live and breathe every day in a world that is ganging up on us and trying to get our attention. The question is, are you listening?

While there are many ways people seek to receive messages of guidance as we make life decisions, my favorite has always been events the occur in triplicate. If something happens three times, I pay attention.

Call me hard-headed, distracted, or set in my ways, but life has taught me that wisdom tends to come in whispers - usually when our thoughts are screaming in our head and drowning out our dreams.

Now, let me be clear...

A friend calling three times to go out on the town doesn’t count in my book.

Snoozing your alarm clock three times isn’t a message from the Universe that you should sleep in more.

The grocery store being out of your favorite chips three times is not a sign that you should go on a diet.

All that is what they call the “stuff that happens while you’re alive.”

So what counts?

If I were to describe messages that resonate with me, it would be…

1) Seemingly random situations and people and happen in quick succession or at the same time.

2) They are different in their approach and appearance, yet each delivers a similar message. At first, it may seem disconnected, but in relation to the other messages, you begin to notice

3) The message you receive is likely something that has been on your mind, keeping you awake a night, and speaks to you. Even though you may not immediately recognize its impact, you find yourself slightly redirected in your search for answers. Your path altered.

While this is undoubtedly only my description of how I know it when the Universe is ganging up on me, I have learned to allow space for a message to arrive. Whether I realize the impact or not, I have also learned that it always motivates my decisions, choices, and future actions. In other words, things change with little effort.

My journey this summer is about breaking from the status quo, exploring the possibilities of life, and going with the flow as we seek a new home, lifestyle, and attitude. I don’t know what journey you are on, but I bet the Universe is ganging up on your right now if you’ll only pay attention.

Jul 23, 2021
Does Your Book Have a Happy Ending
15:01

If you could write a book about the person you have become today, would it have a happy ending?

A good portion of my day is interacting with clients around the world. They are usually upbeat, open to problem-solving, and seeking my advice to help them. Or, as they would say, “help me get out of my way and get my act together. That’s where writing a book comes to mind and a good question from me -

“Okay. Before we begin, if you were to write a book about yourself in the future, would it have a happy ending?”

Their answer is always, ”Yes! That’s why I’m here today.”

My next question is, “If you were to write your book today, what would the answer be?”

“Hmm… I would say average. Not great. Not bad. Certainly not a book anybody would read.”

As the conversation continues, I make these points:

1) All of us get in our own way. That’s how we learn. And we all have our act together until we recognize that we want another act. That’s called growth.

2) People who live an averagely life almost always spend more time chasing squirrels and shiny objects than focusing on actions that create the consistent results they want. It's an exhausting way to live.

3) People who live successfully think more like a business person. They implement actions the get results, are sustainable, and grow the economics of the business. In other words, they figure out what works and keep doing it. There is no drifting in the wind.

Make your own way, figure out what works, do it again. Simple.

Speaking of simple…

If the book you would write about yourself isn’t who you are, you can start making changes today. That’s how you get a happy ending.

Jul 21, 2021
Why Live Your Life in Somebody Else's Dreams?
19:11

 

All I have ever wanted to do is have fun, impact people in a mostly positive way, make them laugh, have a great family and friends, make some money, and not take life too seriously. 

Simple enough.

But in the over-complicated and widely distracting monkey-see-monkey-do world we live in, it's easy to get what you want and still end up with a superficially satisfying life. In fact, I would suggest such a life is easy to achieve and perfect for anybody willing to get out of bed and join the world.

Life is averagely good.

But what if your inner voice is screaming, "there MUST be MORE?"

Well, there is more. But only if you create it. That may scare you, but it won't if you realize and accept one thing -

Someone else has created every single experience you have in your day-to-day life.

Somebody else imagined building the city you call home.

Somebody else imagined designing the car you drive.

Somebody else imagined the phone in your pocket.

That fact is, somebody else woke up and decided to turn their dreams into reality -  so that you could live your life inside of their dreams. While that may be fine, maybe it's time that you let others do the same with your dreams? After all, if they can do it, you can do it - right?

While there is more I can and will cover on this topic, there are three items that a fully actualized adult can do to create any reality of their choosing:

1) Understand that all success begins with internally motivated actions. You get to decide what you want and you can lead the way. The only permission required is yours.

2) The level of happiness and success you attain in life is determined by your ability to mine your thoughts, reveal your inner desires, accept them as your truth, and hold yourself accountable for creating what is essential to you in your life.

3) Every day, you should take time to discern what is important and likely to have a profound effect on your success, survival, and well-being. Then, narrow the focus to what is absolutely necessary and extremely important; essential.

When you dedicate daily focus to build such a strong level of inner-understanding, you will instantly begin creating your new world - and others can start living inside YOUR dreams.

Jul 20, 2021
Don't Let Simple Get Complicated
11:20

 

Way back in 2005, when Motivation To Move began, I found myself focused on creating the world's simplest success recipe when I said, "Stand up. Take a step. REPEAT!" My way of thinking told me that everything else would take care of itself if that's all I did. It has proven me correct again and again.

But, say that you get yourself moving and are having challenges maintaining forward momentum?

In The One Thing, Gary Keller writes, "Success is sequential, not simultaneous." In other words, it's not about doing everything at one time. It's about having one success at a time.

When you Stand up, take a step, and repeat, you are already guaranteed to have more success than the average human. But the magic happens when you define your focus. Gary Keller also has a suggestion that will help. Ask yourself one question…

"What's the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary?"

Yes. It is a simple question, and you may attempt to complicate your answer. Don't do it. Take the time to find an absolute simple focus. The reward for your persistence in simple will be massive progress and satisfaction.

Jul 20, 2021
The Best Change is Self-Inflicted Change
10:34

A year and a half ago, the world changed when we were all introduced to something called CorinaVirus. It was as if we were racing down Interstate 95 at 75 miles-per-hour, slammed on our breaks, and directed off the nearest exit on an undefined detour. It all seemed to happen in an instant.

The pandemic caused real pain and loss for some. Fear and stress for others. Still, as surreal as it was, it wasn't long before most people began to notice the craziness of our previous lives replaced with a 'new normal' - one that felt more like a 'new nothing.'

Much to our surprise, life slowed to a crawl, schedules changed, and we found contentment by not chasing every shiny object that life presented. It turns out the pandemic pause caused people to reevaluate life from the inside out. While it happens all the time, this time, we noticed it.

How many times have you found yourself in an impossible situation that came to an end with one action?

You paid off debt, quit a job, you said goodbye to a bad relationship?

How many times have you decided to try something new, and the past instantly disappeared?

Did you decide to move into a new home, start your own business, or go back to school?

How many times have the worst pains and your biggest joys been the catalyst of an exciting new beginning?

A death, wedding, or the birth of a new child?

While some situations in life are unpredictable, the lessons learned and wisdom gleamed reminds us that anything can and will change in an instant. Knowing that grants you immense power over your destiny - especially if it's self-inflicted and you are in control.

Jul 19, 2021
Time to Focus Bigger?
09:16

The older I get, the more I fiddle with small things that drive me crazy but keep me busy. And I do it with the full knowledge it’s not the best use of my time, below my pay grade, and distracting from big stuff I should be doing.

Over the years, I’ve noticed almost everybody I know does the same thing. I’ve also learned it doesn’t have to do with procrastination as much as getting a quick win and a short-term payoff. Yes, the reward for more significant projects is getting what you want, but check off your list of little stuff is distractingly intoxicating. It makes you feel good all day but keeps you awake a night. 

The solution is to think bigger.

As I work through my day, I focus on the biggest, broadest, and most important mission in my life. Is it family? Is it your health? Do you want to make more money? Is it time to give back more?

When you have a great picture painted in your mind, your mission becomes your focus, and you will do whatever it takes to move closer to that vision. That’s why -

“I work on BIG things I love, not SMALL things that drive me crazy.”

The small stuff is going to get done. If not, it probably doesn’t matter. Big stuff does matter. Imagine the impact you will have on your life and the world by focusing on big?

Jul 16, 2021
How To Make Your Luck
09:44

Have you noticed that some people seem to get luckier than others?

Have you also noticed that they are not just sitting around collecting luck?

Getting lucky is almost always the result of taking action on an opportunity that presents itself. Even finding a twenty-dollar bill on the sidewalk resulted from having the chance to take a walk - and doing it.

There are three rules to attracting more luck into your life:

1) Get in the habit of seeking and recognizing opportunities that cross your path every day. They may be hidden, so keep your eyes open.

2) When you spot one, immediately decide if taking action will move you closer to your goals.

3) If your heart and soul tell you to go for it, jump in with both feet, commit to your action, and get busy turning that opportunity into the luck you’ve been seeking.

In the future, when somebody asks how you’ve been so lucky in your life, tell them that you like to stay busy. The rest takes care of itself.

Jul 15, 2021
Manufacturing More Time to Reach Your Goals
09:49

 

What if I were to tell you "the thing" you want to do or be will happen when you do something else?

With so much happening in everyday life, it's easy to get caught up in the rhythm of the day. It's like engaging the auto-pilot and sitting back and enjoying the flight called life.

But what happens when things get bumpy, and you need to change your trajectory? That's what happened to a client recently.

The first question I asked and somebody seeks advice is, “What are we working on today?”

Keep in mind, as they fill me in on their outcome, I expect my answer will be 180 degrees from what they think they are going to hear.

"You call your company Motivation To Move. Well, I've built a successful company, but I've let myself go. I need the motivation to lose weight and get in shape."

Starting with his outcome, my client's question was reasonable. But being reasonable doesn't always lead you to the result you want. Sometimes you have to dig deeper to find the unreasonable cause. When you do, everything changes, and you start getting what you want.

"Before we talk about exercise, diet, and motivation, why don't you tell me about how your business is going and your daily schedule?"

As he began to outline his success and daily routine, the problem became evident. There was no time allocated for self-care. Without changing the underlying issues, there was no possible way to reach his goal. The solution was simple. It was time to audit and adjust his time and productivity management practices. It was time to manufacture more time in his day.

Success doesn't come from stacking more stuff on top of your stuff. Sometimes you have to toss out what used to be important to make room for what is important now.

Jul 14, 2021
Are Emotional Triggers Getting The Best of You?
08:55

 

Have you ever caught yourself doing or saying something you swore you would never do? 

You are TRIGGERED!

It can be frustrating when you set the rules and don't follow them. Sometimes you put your foot in your mouth. Sometimes you put the pizza in your mouth. In any case, your emotional habits are triggering your actions. Usually, before you can do anything about it.

Controlling behaviors that have been on auto-pilot for years takes:

1) Catching yourself after the trigger, notice your mistake, and stop it sooner next time.

2) Catching yourself while you are being triggered. Get control as soon as you can. You’re getting better.

3) Catching yourself before you ae trigger and avoid it altogether. Your life is now in your control.

Don’t let emotional triggers throw you off track of your goals. Pay attention to your behaviors and make small adjustments until you get what you want.

Jul 13, 2021
Prepare For Greatness
09:57

With the craziness of life, are you having difficulty breaking through to the greatness that is YOU?

What does greatness take?

1) Imagination. Your ability to form images, ideas, and sensations in your mind. Without help from anything or anybody.

2) Enthusiasm. Living life with the excitement of feeling is PASSION. Only involve yourself in activities that you are enthusiastic about.

3) Persistence. Life is long. Things take time. Learn to love being doggedly persistent. It will serve you well.

4) Faith. Live your life in complete trust and confidence in someone or something. Have faith in yourself.

Imagination. Enthusiasm. Persistence. Faith. That's living. Imagine how good it could be with a bit of Gratitude?

Jul 12, 2021
Start Living Your Perfect Day
09:57

What if every day, for the rest of your life, was perfect? 

If you build it, they will come!

Your subconscious mind is a beautiful thing. You can engage its power to create your Perfect Day.

Here’s how:

1) Write down a clear, event-by-event vision of what your perfect day would be. What will you do today?

2) There are no rules. No limitations. No consequences. Don’t be shy. Be honest about what you want.

3) Believe it can be yours. You deserve it. You must believe something is possible before it will become possible.

If you follow these steps, your subconscious mind will seek ways to make your dreams come true. All it needs is a partner willing to take action, and that’s your job.

Jul 09, 2021
What if Today Was Your Last
09:52

If you only had 24 hours to live, what would you do today?

How about a week, month, or year?

What would be necessary for you?

The truth is that we all will move on from this world in the coming days, weeks, months, or years. You can’t escape the escape.

How will you live today?

Will you spend more time with family, write, travel, get famous, make money?

Whatever your answer, you should begin as soon as possible.

Live like tomorrow will never come, and you will always be happy today.

Jul 08, 2021
Keep Your Plans a Secret
10:54

In the last few years, it has become increasingly popular for people to share every little aspect of their lives with others. But, when it comes to getting what you want in life, keeping your plans to yourself is a powerful tool

The 4th of July has just passed, and when I arrived at my desk on Monday, I had two messages from clients that made me smile.

The first said, "I decided to spend my weekend practicing what I do in private so that I will be praised in public." That's something I’ve said and done many times.

The second client told me they had completed a new project over the weekend and heading in a new direction. When I mentioned they had never said a word to me about it, they said, "I know. I'm learning that nobody needs to know what I'm doing to do. I'll do it, and they can catch up."

My heart smiled as I witness three powerful tools impact my client's lives:

1) Practice in private until you are ready to share with the world. Nobody needs to know how you got so good at what you do.

2) There's no need to tell anybody what you are going to do. Just do it and then let them know what you've done later.

3) It's easier to get things done when everybody else is busy doing something else and isn't poking their nose in your business. Long holiday weekends and summer vacations are a great place to begin.

You can do whatever you want with your life, and you don't need anybody's permission or approval to make it happen. Your destiny is 100% up to you.

Jul 07, 2021
Keeper of the Vision
11:20

Do you have an image in your mind of what you would like your life to be - except when life gets in the way?

There's no doubt that daily life events have a funny way of distracting us from reaching goals. It's just too easy to put them on the back burner. That's why you need to become the keeper of your vision.

Every day thousands of opportunities will arrive on your path and detour you from what you want. That's why it's up to you to guard your vision by asking a simple question -

Will this opportunity move me closer to the lifestyle I desire or further away?

Simple.

Know YOUR vision. Defend YOUR vision. Live YOUR Vision.

Jul 06, 2021
Don’t Be Who You Are Not
11:06

 

Are you striving for something different but don’t know where to begin?

I have a client who is 100 pounds overweight and decided to get healthy. She had no idea how.

My advice was simple.

If your mind is telling you something you are doing is NOT who you are - it’s time to make an easy change:

If you know lousy food is NOT who you - give it up.

If your lack of exercise is NOT who are you - give it up.

If lack of focus is NOT who you are - give it up.

Give up anything that is NOT who you feel you are on the inside. You’ll like what remains.

Jul 05, 2021
How to Maintain Momentum
09:46

Steven Covey called it sharpening the saw. If you take a break to sharpen the blade, you will always cut more wood. The same applies to life.

My formula is Ritual, Rest, Rejuvenate, Reactivate. Repeat

1) Success comes when you perform ritual actions every day. Figure out what works and do it.

2) Running full-out all the time is not sustainable. You must stop and rest.

3) Resting allows your body and mind to rejuvenate and become healthy again.

4) When you are ready, it's time to reactivate action mode.

5) Repeat until you get what you want.

It's easier to cut more wood when you take a break to sharpen your saw. A walk in the park on a busy day counts too.

Jul 02, 2021
Removing Blocks That Get in Your Way
09:25

When life gets in the way, do you get frustrated about being blocked? 

I learned a long time ago that getting blocked is an everyday occurrence. The bigger my goals, the more blocks would arrive. I could either live with endless frustrations or find a better way. It came down to understanding:

1) Blocks have nothing to do with who you are. Self-inflicted or caused by others, they still have nothing to do with you as a person.

2) If you want something, there is always a way to get it. Always. You may not like the path. Your ego may get in the way. It may scare you. There is still a way to get what you want.

3) Removing blocks from your life takes nothing more than commitment and action. That’s call passion. No block can stand up to passion.

The next time frustration gets in your way, blow it off and keep moving. There is always a way to get what you want.

Jul 01, 2021
Good Habits Good Life
09:09

Whatever you get in life is a result of your daily habits. What is a habit?

According to the dictionary, it is a settled or regular tendency or practice. It is also something that is especially one that is hard to give up.

Good habits or bad habits are hard to give up. If that’s the case, you may as well choose good habits.

In a survey of 233 self-made millionaires, here’s what people who are successful at anything have in common:

They get up early, read a lot, and spend 15 to 30 minutes each day on focused thinking.

Good habits, done daily, create success.

They make exercise a priority, spend time with people who inspire them, pursue their own goals.

Settled habits maintain success.

They get enough sleep, have multiple income streams, avoid time-wasters.

If you want better results, it’s simple as having a solid list of good habits that you do every day.

Jun 30, 2021
Stages of Changing Your Life
10:23

As we get closer to Independence Day, I've noticed two kinds of people crossing my path. Those who are contemplating making change, and those who are taking action toward change.

Winston Churchill said, "To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often."

If that's the case, it's time to get moving. That means accelerating your progress through the stages of change:

1) Pre-Contemplation. You may are intending to take action but are unaware that your behavior is the problem.

2) Contemplation. You recognize the problem and start to debate the pros and cons of your actions.

3) Preparation. You intend to take action soon. You may even begin small steps.

4) Action. The process of making the specific changes required to create your new life begins.

5) Maintenance. Sustain your efforts for at least six months. You will likely achieve a life-long transformation.

6) Termination. You have zero temptation and are sure you will not return to your old unhealthy habits.

Winston Churchill said something else -

"For myself, I am an optimist — it does not seem to be much use being anything else."

Keep that in mind as you speed forward.

Jun 29, 2021
Creative Productivity
09:58

Over the years, I have personally produced over 10,000 podcasts, and every one of them begins with the written word. Even though that makes my mouth and my fingers my most exercised body parts, it has also given me lots of opportunities to learn to keep my words flowing.

If you're like most people, you have found yourself sitting in front of a blank screen, praying for inspiration. It could writer's block, procrastination, or maybe you stayed up late watching Netflix. In any case, there's a simple solution to always having a starting point.

Any project I need to wrap my head around begins by capturing the ideas that flow into my mind throughout the day. Even turning the radio off on a 20-minute drive can provide a treasure-trove of useable nuggets.

Next, I tuck those ideas away in a safe place, with no organizing, editing, or re-writing. I grab the thoughts out of the air, jot a note or record a memo, put them away, and let them simmer.

When I'm ready to get to work, I take 15 minutes the day before to review my creative genius list, toss out what is not relevant, create a simple outline and walk away knowing I am ready to begin.

The next day, I can't wait to sit in front of a blank screen and let the magic start flowing from my figure tips with complete ease.

Jun 28, 2021
Minimum Viable Actions
09:10

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Motivating yourself to reach your goals is a never-ending process that kicks in several times a year. Most folks have a long list of new routines and actions they want to put into place. But, it may be too long.

Many years ago, I decided to control my mornings by establishing actions that I would take upon waking. Unfortunately, while I had great intentions, I found myself floundering and eventually losing focus.

Why?

I realized that the actions I was trying to establish had no real meaning other than checking them off my list. Instead of feeling motivated and inspired, I felt bogged down. So I decide to make things simple.

These days, I only establish minimum viable actions in my life. In other words, I only commit to the minimum number of behaviors that deliver the results I desire. Anything more is excessive, distracting, and frustrating.

Life is much simpler when you keep it simple. A wise person would spend time on the fewest number of actions that provide the most significant results.

Jun 25, 2021
3 Question Goal Setting
09:57

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There are so many choices in front of us every day. Each has the power to determine when and whether you will achieve your goals. Once you know the outcome you desire, these questions will help:

1) What CAN you do today that will lead directly and quickly to achieving your goal.

2) What SHOULD you do today that will lead directly and quickly to achieving your goal?

3) What MUST you do today that will lead directly and quickly to achieving your goal?

It’s simple.

Make your next action that one that gets the result you want as fast as possible. Everything else can wait. I dare you to try it.

Jun 24, 2021
Life is About Experience and Time
09:03

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Over the years, I’ve learned that success in any area of life is more about failure than winning. Getting what is essential to you in life is always on the other side of the lessons taught by failing. That’s why I like to fail often and do it as fast as I can.

After over a year, I recently enjoyed the old-fashioned fun of attending a stand-up comedy performance. I’m not sure if the comedian or the audience was more nervous and rusty about how the evening was going. But when the lights went down, we found ourselves relaxed and ready for some fun. It didn’t take long to see the joy on everybody’s face.

Comedy is about observation, which is why they call it “Observational Comedy.” Comedians look at the world through a different lens than most folks. They see the good along with the dark. They find funny in boring and laughter in the crazy. They see into our lives and make us laugh about things that stress us out every day. After over a year in hiding, it seems all of us are welcoming their unique take on the world.

After the show, I stopped to say thank you for a great show and comment on how he could capture the essence of what the audience was feeling and make them laugh. I wondered if he would share his secret?

“It’s simple. Comedy is about pain and time. Life is beautiful, but nothing is easy. If you’re willing to go through the pain and give it enough time, you’ll find the beauty. Then you can laugh about it.”

While I’m a realistic person, I’m not one to dwell on the pain. In my way of thinking, life is about experience and time. If you put yourself into the world enough, eventually, the world will fill you with a beautiful life. All you have to do is keep moving.

Jun 23, 2021
Calm. Cool. Kind.
09:48

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I was an Ass, and I was the last to notice. I'm sure that kind of thing has never happened to you - right?

In the world we live in today, it seems everything moves so quickly that we all do our best to keep up. 24-hour news, high-speed internet, grocery delivery in an hour. And who cares if an Amazon delivery driver has to pee in a bottle, I want my stuff, and I want it now!

After living several years in a rural setting, I thought I was heeding the advice I give my clients, "You have to slow down before you can go fast." But, unfortunately, most don't listen to me the first time. It turns out that I didn't either.

Joi and I are traveling full-time in our RV for a few months while searching for our next home. We found out how quickly life can change when we found ourselves at a campground in a dry country with a minimal internet connection. With no wine and no Netflix, we had to slow down and enjoy our fellow adventurers around the campfire. It was refreshing and almost like being a child playing hide-and-seek after dark. We went to sleep happy and relax, but the following day everything changed when Joi's laptop stopped working.

In an instant, I found myself in "get out of my way, I gotta fix it now mode" and heading to Asheville to buy up a new computer. At that moment, only a police escort would have slowed me down.

Once in town, our first stop was lunch before Joi started to get "Hangry," but the minute I step through the door, something was different. People were calm, cool, and kind.

Next was the electronics store with more calm, cool, and kind people. When I was shocked they didn't have the exact computer I wanted in stock, they kindly said, "I would be happy to get it from another store for you. Can you come by tomorrow?"

NO! I can't come back tomorrow! Come on! I'm living the American dream of traveling the country in my RV - I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THIS!

At the pet store, the cashier asked, "How are guys today? Are you having a good day?" It happened at the drug store too. For just a moment, I felt like Micheal J Fox listening to the weather report in the movie Doc Hollywood. Everything sounded so calm, cool, and kind, and I got the message.

On the way out of our last stop, I said to my wife, "I think I'm an Ass, and I should slow down and be nicer. So my new mantra is always to be calm, cool, and nice."

With that, she said, "I thought that was already your mantra. I think we need more practice. Let's do some more shopping."

That, my friend, is what I call the "Wisdom of the Wife."

Jun 22, 2021
Big. Awesome. Motivating. Mission.
10:11

Do you still dream of what you will be when you grow up? 

Do those visions keep popping into your head? 

If that’s the case, what’s your BIG, AWESOME, MOTIVATING MISSION?

  • BAM!

What dreams excite you and give you a feeling of happiness?

BAM!

What scares you - and excites you?

BAM!

What makes you smile and say, “If I could only get myself to…”

BAM!

Take a few minutes and figure out your BAM! Then stand up, take a step, and repeat! Keep going until you get what you want.

Oh - there’s no need to wait. Now would be a good time to start. :)

Jun 21, 2021
There's Always Another Chance
09:08

Is it me, or does living life these days make you feel like Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day?

When it comes to working toward goals, that can be a tremendous asset. It's also something that will break you free when things don't feel like they are going your way.

Everybody has ups and downs. Up days are lots of fun. Down days make you want to crawl under a rock. But like the movie, with the right mindset, you always get another chance to try again.

How would you feel if every day was a chance to tweak, adjust, flex, or reinvent your approach to living?

What if everything got more comfortable as you built your knowledge of what works best for you?

How empowered would you feel if you knew that every day was a do-over day?

As long as the sun rises and the sun sets, it doesn't matter if you succeed or fail the previous day. Today is always a new day for making your dreams come true.

That'll make you get out of bed.

Jun 18, 2021
Choosing To Thrive
09:11

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Thriving in chaos is something we hear a lot about these days. Few words hold the power to ignite fear, excite hope, and get you to click a link like thrive and chaos.

It's time to release yourself from all of that external drama.

As a human, you have something magical inside. It will allow you to ground yourself, stay steady, and move forward.

You can choose how you feel, chart your path, and take any action you desire.

When you were born, you were hard-wired to go beyond surviving. You were pre-programmed with the desire to thrive - no matter what is going on around you.

Is it time to break from dramatic distractions and release yourself?

Have you made the decision not to settle for less than your dreams?

Are you ready to empower yourself, breakthrough any obstacle, and create your reality?

Listen to yourself, trust your thoughts, and take massive imperfect action. Happiness is yours for the taking.

Jun 17, 2021
Why Change When Things Are Good?
09:06

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Growth and change are what most people strive for in their life. It’s what drives you before you create your amazing life. It’s also what drives you to step up to the next level.

In the 15 years, I’ve spent producing the Daily Boost podcast, I’ve had the chance to speak to thousands of people. All of them were in various stages of change, and most had the goal of being happy.

But, there is an issue that keeps popping up.

As people go about living and enjoying the life they’ve built, the natural desire for more growth kicks in, and they find themselves driving harder—usually without thinking about it. It could be about passion, but most times, it’s about making more money.

One day, I talked with a friend about living the good life and how hard people work to mess up a good thing. That’s when asked a great question -

”When life is good, why would you do something else only to make more money?”

It’s not to say making more money is not a very good thing. It’s just important to make sure that you focus on what is right in front of you and remain balanced and happy as you grow.

The happiest people in the world already know that.

Because a powerful force drives humans to grow at any cost, sometimes that costs them in ways they never see coming—both good and bad.

Enjoy what you have and grow to make things better. That’s a recipe for success, no matter how you see it.

Jun 16, 2021
Cycles of Life
09:51

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Been there, done that. It's not my first time at the rodeo, and I have the T-shirt to prove it.

I've been known to say those words often. But, it's another way of saying life is a series of repeating experiences if you think about it. But that doesn't mean you have to do the same thing over and over again.

I spoke with a client recently, and he noticed we were both living in a year of change. There are many. My friend Louis Gates calls it the 9-Year Life Cycle, and it begins at birth.

In year one, we begin deciding what we want next in our life. Our thoughts are now moving us in a new direction.

Year two brings clarity, and we begin to narrow our focus from the millions of options.

In the third year, the tools and resources needed to accomplish our goals begin to arrive.

The fourth year brings it all together as we notice that we have found our purpose and living it every day.

When year five rolls around, we re-evaluate. It's essential to make sure that we are getting what we want. Anything not needed is abandoned.

Year six is when things get fun. We work with the resources we have, and focus intensifies. You are now living your dream.

The seventh year is another chance to take stock and identify what might be missing in the extraordinary life we are creating.

Year eight is a time of clearing—the next cycle is coming. We can feel that something is different, and we need to make space.

In year nine, life is good, but the need to grow and transform is strong. We begin to explore our next chapter in life.

Everything you do in your life is preparing you for what you will do next. What will that be? Enjoy the ride!

Jun 15, 2021
Creating Momentum
10:25

Have you ever found yourself stalled?

A few years ago, I had big plans, and nothing was moving forward. When I say nothing, other people didn't seem to get the memo that I was on a mission.

We've all been in situations where nobody will return your call. Your email gets ghosted. You can’t seem to get support or commitment for your future, world-saving plans.

That's what happened to me and caused me to decide to create my momentum. I called it my "Momentum Freight Train."

My first use of my new mindset was to get my future wife to take our relationship more seriously. Everything was going great - but not fast enough for me. So, before our next date, I said to myself -

"I'm not going to wait for permission. I'm going to build my life, no matter what. If she doesn't join me, I'll ride my momentum to all the way to someone who will."

It's important to understand that creating your momentum is not negative thinking. On the contrary, it's attractive energy that people notice - and she did.

I was off and running with my commitment, and it didn't take long for Joi and others to realize they better get on board before my train left the station.

Everything good begins with YOU. There's no need to wait for others. Create your momentum, and others won't be able to stay away.

Jun 14, 2021
Goals Always Drift With The Wind
09:03

Have you noticed that airplanes fly crooked?

Heading to their destination, winds attempt to blow them off course. That’s why pilots turn their aircraft into the wind. They call it Wind Correction.

The same thing happens when you set a Goal. While you would prefer the straight path, you will likely run into winds that will blow you off course.

Your spouse doesn’t agree with your plans. Your boss demands more hours. Your kids, friends, and responsibilities keep blowing you further away from your dreams.

It’s time to start thinking like a pilot.

Always set goals that factor in winds that will blow you off your course. Keep an eye on your final destination. Make small corrections until you get where you’re heading.

Jun 11, 2021
Law of Attraction Made Simple
09:41

The Law of Attraction should be called the Law of What You Think About Most.

Like attracts like. What you think about, you get. 

If you think, "I won't get it because I never do" - you are correct.

Dreaming of something new while focusing on current problems is a sure way to keep spinning your wheels.

The secret is to focus your attention and actions on what you want to attract. That will require a dedicated effort. Vision Boards, lists of goals, daily journaling are all great ways to stay on track.  

The “Law of What You Think About” is magical and straightforward…

Decide what you want. Believe it is possible. Focus on the future, not the past. Don't stop until you get it.

Jun 10, 2021
Are You Eating The Big Frog First?
10:00

I have a question for you.

What is your ONE most important activity? 

What is the ONE core activity that makes everything else fine?

What is the ONE core activity that if you don’t do causes everything to fall apart?

In Brian Tracy’s book Eat The Big Frog First he recognized that many people focus on anything but the most critical activity in their life. They are usually surprised when things fall apart.

Is it showing up for work on time or doing a great job at work?

Could it be your unflinching attention to your family?

Does your business have ONE activity that causes people to buy from you?

When you focus on your ONE most important activity - and do it first - everything else gets easier.

Jun 09, 2021
Your Accountability Partner
09:45

Over the years, I've witnessed dozens of people set themselves up for failure by following seemingly wise advice -

"When you set a goal, make it public and tell everybody you know so that they can support you."

In my experience, that hasn't worked so well - especially on long-term goals. The reason is that anybody outside of my close relationships doesn't know me well enough to understand why I'm doing what I'm doing. That makes it challenging to provide support in meaningful ways, difficult for me to accept it, and unneeded pressure on everybody.

It doesn't take too much thinking to realize the best accountability relationship needs to be based on respect and a sincere connection to have the most impact. That means there is no need to crowd-source accountability when you only need two people to keep you on track.

The first partner is the one you listen to the most - YOU! Accepting responsibility for your accountability is the most powerful skill own.

But since you are the Boss of YOU and don't always listen to yourself, you need somebody else that you trust, respect, and is willing to call you out on your stuff. Once they agree, let them do their job.

Getting what you want begins and ends with you, but having an accountability partner is a great way to keep you on track in the messy middle.

Jun 08, 2021
Thinking That Will Make Your Day Better
11:16

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Everything we do is guided by what we think is logical in our minds. I call my way of thinking Scott LOGIC.

Is it common sense? Is it experience-based? Is it how I choose to live? Yes. But mostly, it is an endless list of thoughts that make my day better. Here are a few that will no doubt do the same for you.

Life is long enough. But not for everybody. Recognize the difference.

Life goes quickly unless you are bored. Stay busy.

Life passes slowly when you are going fishing tomorrow. 

Some people are too serious. Others are not serious enough. You get to choose who you are.

Standing in another person's shoes before opening your mouth a best.

The reward for hard work is more work. The reward for being lazy is more lazy.

When you turn your phone off, it won't ring.

Most things in life should be in moderation. Excess is good now and then.  

It takes a fraction of the time to read a good book than to write a book. That makes reading a book a good investment of your time.

People who read more earn more. People who don't read don't understand why.

Saying "I don't care" means you do care. Do you know what that is?

Everything you experience is filtered through what you hold as the truth. Make sure you are correct in your thoughts.

 

 

Jun 07, 2021
Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
11:16

The older I get, the more I fiddle with small things that drive me crazy but keep me busy. And I do it with the full knowledge it’s not the best use of my time, below my pay grade, and distracting from big stuff I should be doing.

Over the years, I’ve noticed almost everybody I know does the same thing. I’ve also learned it doesn’t have to do with procrastination as much as getting a quick win and a short-term payoff. Yes, the reward for more significant projects is getting what you want, but check off your list of little stuff is distractingly intoxicating. It makes you feel good all day but keeps you awake a night. 

The solution is to think bigger.

As I work through my day, I focus on the biggest, broadest, and most important mission in my life. Is it family? Is it your health? Do you want to make more money? Is it time to give back more?

When you have a grand picture painted in your mind, your mission becomes your focus, and you will do whatever it takes to move closer to that vision. That’s why -

“I work on BIG things I love, not SMALL things that drive me crazy.”

The small stuff is going to get done. If not, it probably doesn’t matter. Big stuff does matter. Imagine the impact you will have on your life and the world by focusing on big?

Jun 04, 2021
Slam The Door Behind You Before Opening The Next
10:30

People miss one challenge when they decide to pursue the “get what I want life” of their dreams. It’s going to be difficult. That’s the bad news. The good news is that once you accept difficulty, everything else gets easier.

Over the years, I’ve noticed deciding to change creates two pressure points. The first is the circumstances that drive you to do something different. It could be people or situations. Frustration or boredom. Even good-old-fashion fear of missing out. In any case, something has to change.

The second pressure point is the future that is in front of you.

It could be people or situations. Frustration or boredom. Even good-old-fashion fear of missing out. In any case, something has to change.

Did I say the same thing? Yes, and it isn’t a typo.

Although the particulars may be different, the same feeling is there. You are being pushed away from your past and pulled closer to your goals at the same time. Getting closer should make things easier. The actual feeling is driving 100 MPH toward a great abyss that has formed in front of you. Best of all, it is all self-inflicted.

In times of transformation, life can seem at its most brutal and complicated. Once you accept there is difficulty on both sides of the abyss, you will also realize that your change has begun. There is only one thing to do.

Remember when you were racing 100 MPH toward your dreams? Very soon, the time will come when you will reach a point of no return. When that happens, mash the accelerator to the floor, and start racing into your future.

My late Mother-in-Law would say to me, “Scott, sometimes you have to slam the door behind shut and ram the door in front of you open. Get your butt moving, and everything will work out fine.”

I have to say; those are some sage words from a wise lady.

Jun 03, 2021
Roadmap For Success
11:47

Call me crazy, but I've always believed life should be simple - and there's no better way than to follow an uncomplicated structure in everything you do.

I call it MAPSS.

Motivation. Everything begins with the motivation that comes from the inside out. Know your "WHY," get excited, and get moving.

Accountability. The next step is to put benchmarks in place that allow you to keep track of your progress, providing more motivation.

Planning. Plan your work, work your plan. Never begin until you know at least your first and second steps.

Systemization. Routines and rituals will make staying on your path easy. Lock in your process and repeat it unit you get what you want.

Sustainability. You build momentum in life by stacking accomplishment upon accomplishment. Never build a house of cards. Make sure you set yourself up for the long haul.

It’s easier to get what you want when you follow a map.

Jun 02, 2021
Stop. Think. Think Again. Act.
10:41

With everything going on in the world these days, it isn’t easy to make good decisions. Being a former fat guy living in a relatively thin body, I learned a life lesson I still use every day that helps.

As a kid, going out to eat was a special occasion. One weekend my parents introduced me to the concept of an all-you-can-eat steak house! I knew that I would be living in my Husky pants from that day forward until I found a solution. Years later, I did.

In the beginning, I adopted a philosophy when it came to choosing food of “Stop. Think. Order.” If that didn’t work, I employed my advanced version, “Stop. Think. Think again. Order.”

Years later, I streamlined my thinking to “Stop. Think. Think again. Act.” I began using it for everything I do.

One day I mentioned my newfound thinking to my Mom. She said, “That’s kind of like listening before you speak and thinking before you act? That sounds like something I may have said.”

I’ll never admit it.

Stop. Think. Think Again. Act. Today is going to be awesome.

Jun 01, 2021
4-Questions For Goal Success
09:39

Do you have dreams of what you want for the future? Have you ever wondered your inner voice will lead you in the right direction?

These four questions will help sort out everything for you:

1) What is it? Do you understand exactly what you want?

2) How does it work? How will you go about reaching your goal? What will likely be the outcome?

3) Can you do it? Is your plan reasonable? Do you have the time, skills, money?

4) Are you sure? If you are willing to put in the effort, are you confident you can achieve your goal?

Why hold yourself back from turning your dreams into reality? All you need is a little clarity.

May 31, 2021
How Happy People View The World
11:41

Did you know that happy people view the world differently?

They don't wear rose-colored glasses. They have a better way:

1) Happy people accept that life brings problems. 

2) Happy people recognize that problems are a privilege that comes with being alive.

3) Happy people get frustrated but don't give up. Problems are normal.

4) Happy people accept responsibility for solving problems.

5) Happy people deal with anything life throws at them, get a good night's sleep, and do it all over again.

I wonder?

If you view problems with a positive attitude - was there ever a problem? That'll get you thinking.

May 28, 2021
Invisible Appointments With Yourself
10:12

Productivity is a big deal for any high-performance person in today's fast-paced world. Almost everybody's life revolves around how much they can squeeze into their calendar. Something I don't agree with at all.

I was chatting with a client recently when he commented that I must be swamped. He wondered how I kept up with everything I had to do. I decided to share my calendar with him and asked, "So, what do you see?"

"Well, I see that you only have three appointments on most days. That surprises me."

Yes. I average three appointments per day—none on Friday through Monday. So I asked him where he thought I put my focus? On my scheduled appointments, or in the space in-between?

"I assume that you focus on your appointments, but that leaves a lot of time in your day. What am I missing?"

The answer is that I focus on the unscheduled time on my calendar. My goal is to create entire days with no scheduled appointments. I want to own the space between interactions with others. I consider it an "Invisible Appointment" I make with myself to use as I wish. It is also the most valued time that I own. That's the thing about time —

Time is your most valuable asset. It should never be allocated to anything other than what is most important in your life.

Yes, you will still honor your obligations.

Yes, you will still make time for friends and family.

Yes, you will get stuff done. But something else will happen.

When you choose to value the space between schedule time, you enter the world where the most creative, productive, and highest performing people live. It is a place where they focus on their contributions to the world and stay undistracted from day-to-day activities.

People who make and keep "Invisible Appointments" with themselves are the difference makers around us. They're not chasing the crowd. They are leading the way.

Schedule less and you’ll get more - that’s a promise.

May 27, 2021
What’s Your Morning Focus
10:25

I love the quiet peacefulness of mornings, but I'm not too fond that mornings happen so early.

Still, the focus, creativity, and feeling of momentum that comes with getting up before the chickens have such value that I needed getting up a bit easier. My solution to drop the complicated and establish a simple routine.

I begin by deciding the area I’m currently prioritizing and choosing a "first thing" task to move me closer to my goal.

Next, I set myself up for success the night before. Depending on my task, I make notes, organize my desk, get my gym clothes ready - whatever it takes to prepare.

Finally, when I wake up, I get licked by the dogs, take care of my personal needs, read something inspirational for five minutes or less, and start my day. No distractions. No email, social media, or news. Just start.

My goal is to make my primary focus the first thing I do in the morning before life gets in the way. It works like a charm.

There's a reason the Marines do more before 9 AM than everybody else. Now it's your turn.

May 26, 2021
No Plan B
11:08

Over the years, most of us have heard that anything is possible. Our mentors say, "If somebody else is doing it, you can too!"

When Roger Bannister broke the "four-minute mile barrier" in 1954, 1,400 other runners followed in his footsteps.

I was watching American Ninja Warrior recently, female after female climbed the 14-foot warped wall. Something impossible before Kacy Catanzaro did it in 2014.

This past week as we attended the Medical School graduation of my step-daughter. I was reminded of how her journey began nine years ago, sitting on my office floor in tears.

Deciding to do something that seems so far off can feel like an impossible and scary thing. Even if you have an "if they can do it, I can do it attitude." A journey of a thousand miles is always filled with doubt until you arrive at your destination.

After an hour of imagining the scariest things that could happen on her journey, Alayna's tears died up. She took a breath and asked, "What should I do, Scott?"

Since it seemed that she had made up her mind, had assessed all the possible challenges, and wanted it more than anything, the only question I could think to ask was,

"Do you have a Plan B?"

She repeated her answer dozens of times over the years as she navigated the up and downs of achieving her goal. On graduation day, I overheard her saying the exact phrase to anybody who congratulated her on her achievement,

"Thank you. You know - there wasn't a Plan B. There was nothing else I wanted to do or be. I had no choice, so here I am!"

We all know Alyana had a choice. We always have a choice.

No, that doesn't mean that you always get what you want. But you increase your chances of success when you cut off all your other options and go for your dreams.

May 25, 2021