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#1 Reason You Are Pushing Too Hard
Have you ever found yourself in a motivated state of mind and pushing through the day? Do you feel like everybody was hitting you with everything they have?
Blocked. Stalled. Frustrated. It easy to want to push harder.
When I was a teenager, I liked to play football. Not with the school team. Uniforms and protective equipment made that too easy. It was more fun to get together after school for a rough and tumble. A game of shirts and skins with the same guys who typically wear protective gear was much more fun.
One afternoon, in a particularly spirited game, though, I wasn't having as much fun as I usually did.
My attitude that day was one of total domination. I arrived at the field of battle with the absolute intent of pushing are hard as possible and winning the day. The only problem was another player had the same intention. And he was knocking the crap out of me with every hike of the ball.
Play after play, we would crash into each other as much force as we could muster. Neither would back off. We kept hitting as hard as we could and inflicting more pain in a so-called fun game. Finally, in tears from my last pummeling, I said,
"Why are you hitting me so hard? Stop hurting me. We're supposed to be having fun. Stop it!"
I'll let you fill in the more colorful words, emphasis, and emotional craziness. I was in pain, frustrated, cold, and mad as hell. But that's when my opponent made me realized something I had been missing. He said,
"Me hitting you? You've been bashing me all day. What did I do to you? Why are you hitting me so hard?"
The emotions of that moment and the lessons learned are still with me all these years later.
Sometimes when we get pumped and on a mission to achieve our goal, we get lost in our emotions. Not everybody is getting in your way. They are playing the same game, have the same goals, and are fighting to get what they want - like you.
After we realized what was going on, the game continued. This time it wasn't about hurting each other. We stopped pushing too hard and played the best game we could to see who would come out on top.
|Apr 20, 2021|
Mastering Your Mornings By Breaking The Rules
You hear a lot about using morning rituals to get more done. But what if you could use your mornings to get more done for YOU?
In the fast-face world, we live in today; there seem to be two groups when it comes to how to use mornings—personal and productivity. Once folks remove themselves from the craziness of jumping out of bed, taking care of the kids, and hitting the drive-through, they choose one of the two.
But what if there was a third group that was more satisfying?
Before I go on, I need to admit that I didn't use to be a morning person and didn't like getting up early at all. I even quit my first couple of jobs as a morning radio host so I could sleep.
Later in my career, I would hit my desk at 5 AM and pound through my to-do list as fast as possible. I must have been saying, "I…MUST… GET… IT… DONE!" That didn't work well because I didn't see the purpose of getting out of bed early if it was only to work.
For a few years, I spent my mornings reading and meditating before heading off to the gym. I got in better shape, but my bank balance was less, and my future goals were seemingly unreachable.
Then, one day out of pure frustration and sporting a brand-new I don't give a heck attitude, I asked myself a question that changed everything -
"What's the first thing I should do tomorrow morning that, if I do, will allow me to live a life of my design?"
Notice that I didn't ask about work or what was on my to-do list. It didn't have anything to do with getting more done or getting in better shape. I focused on the lifestyle I wanted to live - and it was life-changing.
In the years since I made that decision, I've started my days before 6 AM doing the most important thing I deem required to live the life of my choosing, and I've been happier for it.
I've also come across dozens of morning do-gooders who are getting everything done, except what they dream of doing, and when they realize it's not their fault, everything changes. They got caught up in the buzz of life, and everyone does. But, the minute you choose to focus on YOU before anything else is when you start making real progress.
When you focus on what is important to you, you get what is important to you.
|Apr 19, 2021|
Entrepreneurial Friday - Tech Overwhelm
Entrepreneurial Friday - Tech Overwhelm
I’ve decided to change things ups a bit at the end of the week.
Friday is the day of the week that is 100% unscheduled and freeform. I use them to get things done… or go to the beach.
After receiving lots of emails, I’ve decided that my fellow business owners, and hard workers everywhere, could use to have a few questions answered.
Dan writes -
Hello, I'm a member of Motivation To Move and have a suggestion that is of interest to me.
How do you deal with tech intruding on your life?
I'm not only talking about cell phones, computers, and social media.
I'm talking about when you update your WordPress site, and it crashes.
I’m talking about getting strange emails from random people that immediately demand your attention.
I'm talking about other tech issues that require enormous amounts of time to fix but have little interest to other people but are necessary to complete as a business owner in 2021.
I’m talking about things that take you out of the “real world" and put you into the virtual troubleshooting process. Wasting lots and lots of time out of your control.
Okay, Dan. Here are my thoughts…
I'm going to employ some good old-fashion Scott LOGIC -
On the tech front, cell phones, computers, social media, you need to practice tech hygiene. That is, conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease, primarily through cleanliness. That means to cut your umbilical cord and default to off. Turn things off more often than you turn things on.
How about updates and WordPress crashes?
The first answer is to get somebody else to do it. People everywhere don't see that as a problem; they see it as a paycheck. The second answer, get a good Host who makes sure things don't break. Third, defer to the first.
How about strange emails from random people that immediately demand your attention?
There is no law the requires you to open an email because somebody randomly sent it to you. Set up solid filters, and don't be afraid to use the trash. For everything else, if you are proactive, there is never an email that needs an immediate response. Schedule hours in the day to respond and stick with it.
You get the life that you choose. If something feels unsustainable, it’s not. Choose to focus your efforts on doing what you love.
|Apr 16, 2021|
How To Become a Champion
We all live in a competitive world that makes getting what we want a challenge. If you've ever found yourself missing out because somebody else beats you to the punch, there may be a simple reason.
I've always been a competitive person. Once I set my mind to accomplishing a goal, I will always do whatever is required to win. Still, I've often tripped on my way to winning by others who wanted the same thing but had a different approach.
When I decided to enter the world of dog agility competitions, a new friend reminded me of an essential mindset.
My friends' name is Jaxon. He's a great competitor and is incredibly consistent in his performance. Every time my dog, Levi, and I compete against Jaxon, we know it's going to be our game to lose.
It's not because he's faster, more talented, or works harder. He's slower, a little clumsy, and prefers play over work. He never gets serious or stuffy. Win or lose; he always has a reason to celebrate - usually by taking a nap.
On the other hand, Levi has flashier moves, runs faster, and wins lots of blue ribbons before he takes his nap. He also crashes and burns more often, leaving Jaxon with the prize - but not always.
Jaxon is consistent, not fast, and doesn't care.
Levi is fast and can be consistent if he, WE, cares. That's a little thing called discipline.
Consistency in practice and performance is required to do anything at a high level. Without discipline, you will always lose to the one who has it. However, when you require consistency of yourself and are willing to take a chance and go for the gold, that's what makes a champion.
Both are happy dogs and enjoy the game. That makes them both winners. Levi is the champion.
|Apr 15, 2021|
Building Your Bridge To Passion
How do I get from here to where I want to go?
That's a question you may find yourself asking - especially for the big adventures of life.
What you need is a dam bridge!
A few years ago, I was standing atop the Hoover Dam. It's awe-inspiring—Lake Mead views in one direction and the Colorado River in the other. Below is one of the great engineering marvels in history. But there was something more exciting. New bridge construction high above the canyon walls caught my attention.
Construction was well underway, and I couldn't help notice how the process is the same as getting what you want in life. There are three elements; two foundations and a span.
When you want something new, it's easy to stumble along. If you do that when you're building a bridge across a canyon, you'll be in the river before you know it.
The key to creating anything is to build and fortify your current foundation. That means making sure there is a little drama as possible in your life. Save your money, pay your bills, do whatever it takes to create a firm foundation. The starting side of your new life should be a peaceful base.
The next step is to build your foundation on the side where you intend your adventure to take you. That could mean taking classes, learning a new skill, expanding your network, and researching your plan. The goal is to do everything in your power to build a solid foundation for future success.
Little by little, your foundations get more robust, and your future becomes possible. You will sense the time as come to build a span between your two foundations. It's time to leave the past behind.
Once you have built your foundations and 70% of your span, it's time to leap to the other side.
Too early is a false start. Too late is procrastination. Timing is everything.
Build strong, be patient, and let your momentum build. That's how you turn small steps into significant change.
|Apr 14, 2021|
Hard Rockin' Communication Skills
Have you ever been attempting to communicate with someone and found yourself hitting your head against the wall with frustration?
Communication with other humans can do that to you, but there is a way to your goal.
A few years ago, I was invited to Las Vegas to speak to martial arts school owners. At the time, I was having success helping the schools grow through television commercials and infomercials. Over a thousand Black Belts crowded into the Hard Rock Hotel to hear what I had to say.
As I began, I explained that I have many rules for communicating successfully. One of them is to never use "inside language" when trying to get someone else to understand you. Whether it's technical mumbo-jumbo that nobody but you understands or the actual language you speak. If you want to get somebody's attention, you must speak their language. That was the problem the industry was having.
I asked everybody in the room to stand, and I called out a few, saying, "Stand up and introduce yourself, in your language, and tell us exactly how you help students in your school."
For the next few minutes, a dozen school owners spoke in English, Japanese, Koren, Chinese, and a few others, describing how their program was superior to all others. The only problem was, few in the room understood much of what they said.
As the room began to lose focus because they couldn't understand, I made my point,
"Everybody, please stand, and let's all count to ten together!"
The next few seconds were filled with a thousand voices, speaking dozens of languages, all trying to count to ten. When they finished, everybody broke out in laughter at the craziness.
That's when I said,
"How do you expect anybody to do business with you when they can't understand what you are saying?"
During the next hour, I taught them to consistently meet folks where they are, join the conversation they are having in their minds, and use words and phrases that mean something to them.
If you do that with every conversation you have in your life, today will be very motivating. For you and everybody else you meet.
Imagine how successful that is going to make you?
|Apr 13, 2021|
Decisions Made Easy
Have you ever noticed how forward momentum completely stops when you can't make a decision? There's no doubt; the ability to make a decision is a power skill worth developing. I learned mine from my Mom.
I grew up in the small town of Manassas, Virginia and I couldn't wait to graduate and begin my life adventure. My focus was on becoming a top-rated morning radio host, making lots of money in a big market. But I had a problem...
The day came for me to decide how to begin my career. I narrowed my school choice and had to commit to enrolling - and commitments can be scary. As excited as I was to begin, I was also confused. That's when my Mom stepped in with a solution.
Mom was a Legal Secretary and pulled out a yellow legal pad she kept handy. She drew a line down the middle of the page from top to bottom.
Oh, no. We're not going to do the old Pro and Con thing again? That never works!
Have you ever tried to make a decision using a list of positives and negatives? It only causes more confusion. But that wasn't going to happen this time because Mom had something else in mind. She drew another horizontal line, from left to right, across the middle of the page. Then she said,
"This is different. It's about what is going to happen when you make your decision. Try it."
With that, I made a list of everything that WOULD happen if I DID commit and get myself moving in the top left of the page.
On the top right, I made a list of what WOULD happen if I DIDN'T do anything.
Then, things got interesting…
On the bottom left of the page, I listed what WOULDN'T happen if I DID.
I filled the bottom right with what WOULDN'T happen if I DIDN'T.
Clarity emerged, the fear disappeared, and excitement took over.
If you find yourself needing to make a decision, you can sort out anything, break free, and build fast and massive momentum with those four questions.
|Apr 12, 2021|
Rising Above The Interference
I love tattoos, but I waited until I turned 50-year-old to get my first. There was no deep meaning to my delay, only ScottLOGIC - my way of thinking.
In my mind, it made perfect sense to wait until my body decided it wasn't going to get any prettier as it age. Then I would start decorating it.
My wife and I had talked about my goal of getting a tattoo. For my birthday, she presented me with an envelope of cash to pay for my new body art and asked,
"Have you decided what you want?"
While I was in no hurry, I knew what I wanted to across the back of my shoulders. It was my attitude about rising above the interference and surviving modern life.
If you found yourself behind me at the beach, you would see the tattoo center is an old-fashioned compass. It serves a North Star and points in the direction of my future.
From the center, wings stretch broadly across most of my back. They are lifting me forward and upward toward a large mountain. I am climbing to the highest point on Earth and seeking peace from the craziness below.
For me, life is about soaring above the interference that exists in our daily lives. It's about overcoming the obstacles and thinking for ourselves. It is about living to our full potential.
Below, where most spend their time, it is difficult -- with everybody is pulling us into their world. Starting the day in mud and ending in quicksand is no way to enjoy yourself. And you can't get ahead with everybody else is in your head. Finding a way to rise above the masses' interference is how you become the person you are meant to be.
Seek to rise above what interferes with your dreams. That's where you will find the success and happiness you desire.
|Apr 09, 2021|
Soon, Everything Will Be Okay
Life can be full of never-ending challenges. Even when things are good and going your way, success can get on the most positive person's nerves. We're wired that way.
The buzz of daily activities has the same impact on your emotions. Too much is too much. Good, bad, or in-between, you will feel the strain, especially when things are not going your way.
Many years ago, my daughter found a way to deal with the coming death of her Mother. It was positive, hopeful, grounded, future-paced, and practical.
She wrote a poem titled, "Soon, Too Soon." It became then, and still today, an affirmation that still serves.
Soon we'll all find our way.
Soon we'll know what makes us who we are.
Soon we'll wake up to a day we can appreciate.
Soon we'll know that tomorrow we'll be better.
Soon we'll trust that everything's okay, that the past is gone can't hold us back.
Soon we'll smile about today.
Soon will come too soon.
Don't let it slip away.
By Carlyn Smith - Peterson
|Apr 08, 2021|
Will Showing Up Get You Half Way To Your Goal
Woody Allen said, "Half of success is showing up."
I've thought about that quote many times over the years. There was something about its logic that didn't match up with my day-to-day experience.
Don't get me wrong, no matter what you want to do in your life, showing up is the first step in getting it. But I've shown up many times and ended up going home with the prize that I so much wanted.
I've also seen others convinced that they'll advance toward their goals if they show up. Instead, they end up disappointed with their results.
So, if showing up is getting you halfway, what's the other half?
It's knowledge, work ethic, and communication, and people skills. And let's not forget your ability to commit to doing whatever it takes to get what you want.
Some people don't show up, and some don't commit. Many do. Why don't they succeed?
I remember the words spoken by my Paster moments before my wedding to my first wife, Sheryl. I was a 20-year-old kid, and he asked,
"Do you know what makes a marriage work?"
Without much thought, I said, "It's a 50/50 thing. As long as we show up for each other, it'll work."
His response resonates with me to this day,
"Success in anything is 100/100 thing. You show up and commit to giving it 100% of your effort all the time - and so does everybody else."
So, yes. Showing up will get you halfway to your goal. But if you want to go all the way, you must commit to 100% and doing whatever it takes to get what you want.
|Apr 07, 2021|
It’s Time To Become a Delusion Buster
Deepika, a 19-year-old Pre-Med student from India, sent me an email calling me a "Delusion Buster."
At first, I didn't know what to think. Before I dug too far into my mind, I looked up the definition. A delusion is a belief held with firm conviction, despite superior evidence to the contrary.
I guess I am a "Delusion Buster" - and you should be too.
Living a life of your choosing becomes a reality when you have a vision and a strategic plan. Add in ritualized daily actions and things beginning to go your way. However, it's easy to let the rhythms of day-to-day life influence your efforts and knock you off track. Before you know it, drift, despite superior evidence to the contrary.
I guess that, while you may be blind to what is happening, your gut instincts can feel the drift. I'll also assume that you are very good at spotting the same behavior in others who feel a bit lost.
And what do you do?
You listen, challenge, validate, suggest, persuade—anything it takes to show them the light and get back on track. You draw upon your wisdom and pass on proven strategies and guidance - all or somebody else. But what about you?
If you find yourself drifting, it's time to sit with yourself for a few minutes. Analyze your awareness of your situation. Accept where you find yourself. And shift your perception.
The goal is simple -
How do you go from where you are now to where you want to be?
Ever since I was a kid, I've always believed in the wisdom of Casey Kasem. Anything is possible if you "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching or the stars."
You do that by recognizing where you are—remembering your dreams. And become a "Delusion Buster" of your own.
After all -
Reality is hard to accept. But accepting your current situation and adjusting your path is how you get what you want - and it feels great!
|Apr 06, 2021|
Change Your Life With a Magic Wand
So you know you want something different than what you have. You can’t seem to put your finger on what you want. And, the big one, you don’t know where to begin.
In my years of helping others reach their dreams, I’ve learned a couple of things -
For most of us, our lives are pretty good. They could be more exciting, and you could make more money. Maybe your relationships could sparkle a bit more?
Still, you may feel frozen from a fear of what you might lose. It may be from a fear that you won’t get what you want. Is it possible that you are living in a someday-maybe mindset?
In the business world, things are a bit more clear.
If you want to succeed, all you need to do is offer something your customer wants or needs and provide a solution. It’s simple math. The customer will take you up on your offer, and your business will thrive. Or, they won’t even notice your business, and your competition will succeed.
Your personal life is the same way.
You recognize that your desire is a problem that needs a solution. Or, you stay forever and frustratingly in a someday-maybe mindset.
But, what if there was a magical question you could ask yourself? A question that, if you are willing to accept the answer, would transform your trajectory?
I asked a confused client on a recent call,
“If I could wave a magic wand and transform your life into exactly what you wanted - what would that look like?”
The first few seconds were silent - until the floodgates of her imagination opened. The picture was painted, and she could see the future.
She let out a deep breath, relaxed, and said -
“Thanks for getting me to admit what I wanted finally. I’ve been thinking about it for years. I was afraid to say it out loud. It feels good.”
It always feels good when you release the dream locked inside of you. Now, accept that you want it and get work making it real.
If in doubt, wave your magic wand!
|Apr 05, 2021|
I’m Not Going To Hold You Accountable
I was on the phone with a prospective client and asked if there was anything else she needed for us to work together.
“Yes. Could you hold me accountable? I need help with that.”
Am I’m the only one who feels this way?
Over the years, experience has taught me something. That when a fully-grown human requests I hold them accountable, it never ends well—for me!
Call me silly. I don’t think outsourcing your responsibility is the best way to take control of your life. I said,
“Why would you give somebody else control over your success? If there is something you want, why don’t you believe enough in yourself commit to it? Fire up your mojo, trust that you mean it, respect your decision, and take full responsibility!”
I was just getting started.
“Besides, I know what’s going to happen...
The first time I hold you accountable for not doing what you said you wanted to do, you’ll blow it off and say you’ll try again.
The next time, you’ll get a little angry at me for doing what you told me to do.
And the last time, you’ll tell me that this is not working for you—and you’ll fire me.”
Like I said. It never ends well—for me. If I’m going to get fired for doing what my clients asked me to do, I would prefer not to get hired in the first place. So I suggested something that always turns out to be a better solution.
“Why don’t you tell me what you want to do, and the next time we get together, you can check-in and report on your progress? I’m sure I’ll have plenty of solutions to keep you moving.”
She loved the idea, and it has turned out to be a great relationship.
There’s nothing more empowering than holding yourself accountable. Only you have power over what you get in life. You don’t need anybody else to help, so go for it!
|Apr 02, 2021|
A Recipe For Baking Up Success
Wouldn't it be great if there was a magical method for getting whatever you want in life?
If you could pull up a recipe of sorts on your phone, mix it into your bowl of life, and bake up what you wanted?
Well, there is. Sort of..
My sister-in-law has talent. She says that she can take a bite of any baked food and, within a few seconds, recite a list of ingredients necessary to recreate it. Something she was doing while visiting our home and eating a piece of my Birthday cake. I asked -
"Do you think you can that with my cake?"
"Yes. No problem."
With that, I issued a challenge.
"It takes more than a list of ingredients. Why don't I tell you what to buy and let's see I you can still get the same result?"
Within a few minutes, we arrived at the grocery store. List in hand, she purchased everything needed, and we headed back home. 30-minutes later, ingredients assembled and mixed, she popped the cake into the oven - feeling sure she won the challenge.
That's when things got interesting.
Once cooled, we tasted her creation. My only thought was, "Close, but no cigar."
Yes, it was good, but not exact. I wasn't surprised, but she was stunned. I could tell by the look in her eyes what she was thinking -
"How was it possible? I used every ingredient. Why doesn't taste the same?"
The truth is, what seems simple usually isn't.
Ask anybody who bakes, and they'll tell you it's not the ingredients. It's the amount of each, how you mix them, the oven's temperature, and the time you allow your cake to bake.
Then you think about it…
Baking a cake is a lot like getting what you want in life. Assembling knowledge is only the beginning. Understanding the nuance of how it is put together is how you RISE to the top—pun intended.
|Apr 01, 2021|
The Best Death Ever
You are a goal-setting machine.
That’s not to say you are setting, working toward, and accomplishing more goals than anybody else. It’s the way your brain is wired. If that’s the case, why is it that reaching your goal can leave you feeling lost?
In 2006 I had a life-changing moment that happened in the middle of the night. My wife, Sheryl, was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and my world crashed. Even worse, they told me there wasn’t anything I could do about it.
In my world, those a fighting words.
The following six weeks were a whirlwind of miracle searching activity, including a trip to Costa Rica for alternative treatment. As the weeks passed, the reality of what was coming became real. Sheryl would not survive. We called Hospice.
In the coming days, we settled into a routine that no family ever wants to go through, and that gave me the idea to call a family meeting.
Together with my kids around my wife’s bed, I proposed a new goal.
“If this is going to happen, why don’t we make it the best death ever?”
The initial response was silence - until my wife said,
“Well, if I’m going to go through this, we should enjoy the experience - right?”
From that point forward, even in the most challenging moments, we all lived life to the fullest. Family, friends, everybody in our circle knew the goal and did their part to help us reach it.
Exactly 100 days from diagnosis, Sheryl passed away.
It hurt like nothing any of us had ever experienced. Still, we found ourselves with a warm feeling about how we had handled things. In time, our conversations turned to our goal of making it the best death ever. We realized we had achieved it.
That the thing about goals…
All the excitement of setting a goal happens while you’re in the middle of your journey - and you are always in the middle of your journey.
Easy or difficult. When you choose to pursue a plan, the destination doesn’t matter except that it serves as a starting point for your next journey.
|Mar 31, 2021|
Never Miss a Good Opportunity
Getting what you want always comes down to knowing what it is, deciding to go after it, and not stopping until you get it.
But what happens when you need somebody's help to get it, and they won't step up?
I'll never forget that warm September day I made up my mind to get a membership at a new gym. They had been in pre-sale for months, and I had finally decided to drag myself off the sofa and grab a pre-opening special before it was gone.
When I walked through the door, it was a beehive of activity. People everywhere packing up equipment. They were moving to the new location across the street. At that moment, I thought I missed my chance, but I stepped up to the counter anyway,
"Can I get signed up?"
The young girl behind the counter said something that blew my mind.
"I can't help you. The computer is unplugged. Besides, you've had a couple of months. You're kind of late."
Let me get this straight.
This business, whose only reason for existence is to get members, can't because their computer is unplugged, and it's my fault?
I was picking my jaw up off the floor when the owner saw what was happening. He stopped what he was doing, grabbed a contract, and said,
"Of course we can. We'll do it the old-fashion way and enter it into the computer tomorrow. You can pay when you come to work out."
With that, I walked out with my new membership. I started working out the next day, and the actions of that day changed my life.
I had been working out for a few months and the owner noticed my results. Knowing I had a martial arts background, he asked if I would teach a few kickboxing classes. I agreed, and a few months Motivation To Move was born. Nothing has ever been the same.
I learned a valuable lesson about business and life that day.
Once you decide what you want, whether it's running a business or on a treadmill, never miss out on an opportunity to get what you want. Even if the computer is unplugged.
|Mar 30, 2021|
Reduce Your Stress By Reducing Your Stuff
Every day, we live in a world full of events, challenges, and people that cause us stress in our lives. Sometimes it may seem impossible to eliminate the cause, but that is what you can and should be doing.
Sometimes that takes time.
Your subconscious mind always listens and filters the world around you. That means that you are forming opinions. Thoughts are racing. Actions happening. Usually, without knowing why, you are feeling stressed to the max. When you finally recognize what is going on, it's time to take action.
I spoke with a client when she mentioned she was having challenges with one of her clients. He was stressing her out and had been doing it for years. She was working up the courage to have a conversation to work things out. Something that was stressing her out even more.
When she asked my advice, I said -
"How he is treating you is wrong. Anybody can see that. He's doing it on purpose or is unaware. It is still unacceptable and unsustainable. You need to bring it to his attention, reset expectations, and prepared to move on.
"Move on?” she said.
"Yes, move one, but you won't have to if he values your service. If he's unaware, he'll thank you for pointing it out and change his behavior. If it's purposeful behavior, he'll recognize those days have come to an end and will change his behavior."
"What happens if he doesn't want to change?
"He'll either quit, or you'll replace him with another client who values and respects what you can do for him. You can only win."
My client had that conversation and put everything on the table. They both decided to continue working together, and all is well.
If anything is stressing you, you can and should eliminate the source as soon as possible. Life is too short to be stress out.
|Mar 29, 2021|
Succeed or Do Not Succeed. Both Are Self-inflicted
How would you feel if somebody called you a liar?
When I started my first real business 20 years ago, I found myself stressed, working long hours, missing workouts, sleep, and family. I was determined to be a success - even if it killed me.
I'm not sure it would have done that, but I was a least on my way to wearing myself out since I was in my office at 2 AM on a Saturday, with a big bottle of wine.
Frankly, I was mad that day and was thinking bad things about myself. Feeling a little lost, as well, and a bladder full of wine, I stumbled to the restroom. That's when my reflection in the mirror stopped me in my tracks.
The man looking back was not the man I was on the inside. I could tell by the look in his eyes that he wasn't mad. He was sad. Success was proving harder than he thought it would be, and he was lying to himself about why.
No. I was lying to myself.
In a surreal moment, I realized that I was questioning my commitment.
How could I get up every day and say that I was committed and yet allow myself to self-sabotage?
How could I commit to taking on a difficult challenge and complain that it was difficult?
How could I ever get what I wanted if my commitment was a big lie I was telling myself.
Either I was committed to my goals, or I wasn't.
I looked into the eyes of the stranger in the mirror and saw a glimmer of my old self. I realized that everything I was doing was self-inflicted, and I was ready to stop blaming my challenges.
It was a moment of reckoning, and I could see my commitment returning as a sparkle emerged from my eyes, and relief appeared in my shoulders.
My inner Yoda also spoke to me -
"Succeed or do not succeed. Both are self-inflicted. There is no try. There is only commitment."
After that, I had a very good nights sleep.
|Mar 26, 2021|
Forgetting What You Do For Fun
What do you do for fun?
It's such a simple question that causes people to get a blank look in their eyes.
A few years ago, I visited friends who lived and worked on the Grand Canyon's South Rim. Yes, people live there - thousands of them. The drive into town is too far to commute - but that was okay with my friends. They had recently switched careers, packed up, and moved to become Park Rangers. They were right where they wanted to be.
It was late in the day when we settled into the guest room of their home and headed to the dinner table. I had been driving all day and was feeling a little fidgety.
"So, what do you guys do for fun around here?"
He looked at me like the fast-paced city slicker I was and said,
"I've been having fun all day - even at work."
I didn't get it - yet.
It turns out that his life change taught him that having fun is a sneaky little thing. Fun likes to show up when you are not paying attention and in the moment, whether wasting time or working.
In my career, I've asked people what they do for fun many times -
They are either in a materialistic chase for something our society has told us is fun… or…
They have forgotten that what they do naturally, when they are not paying attention, can be more satisfying than they think.
And, there it is.
When you stop looking down the road for the fun that you think you want to have, you realize that you are already having a good time right where you are.
No chasing required.
|Mar 25, 2021|
Your Future Mentors Are Watching
You've set a goal and are putting in the hours to get what you want.
Why is everything moving so slow?
Larry was a mentor of mine when I was in my twenties. He owned a business, made an exceptional living, and after hiring me to work for him, took me under his wing. It was a relationship that lasted for years - although I'm sure I didn't make it easy.
That's the thing about being a young, bright-eyed dreamer with lots of talent and not much patience. It's easy to see what others have, set an arbitrary date on a calendar, and expect that everything will go your way.
One day, I pinned Larry in his office and was making my best case for a raise. I was sure he had gobs of cash, and I deserved my share.
After all, I was 26 years old, so it's time that I had a big house and a fancy car like him.
That's when Larry said something that changed everything -
"Scott, sometimes you have to keep showing up long enough for the right people to notice. Keep doing a good job, and they'll step up."
Of course, Larry was already stepping up and was being very generous. I'm not sure I knew that, and I wouldn't say I liked his answer. I'm pretty sure that I stomped out of his office and gossiped about him in the kitchen.
Over the years, though, I noticed that there seems to be a hidden layer of successful people all around me. They were keeping an eye out for somebody like me. Larry was right -
The person who can help make your life better is not always the person standing in front of you.
If you give it enough time, no matter what you do, when you least expect it, somebody will say, "We need to talk. It's time we do something together."
|Mar 24, 2021|
Secret Ingredient to Doing What You Love
Have you ever heard anyone say, “Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life?”
The fact is that you’ll work harder than you ever have - but you will LOVE every minute of it. Most people never have that experience because they miss the one thing they must do to live on their terms.
“If you want to do what makes your heart sing, you have to do what makes the bell ring!”
Yes. Making the bell ring means making money. After all, you must fund your fun - right?
Have you ever been inside a Harley-Davidson dealership when a new motorcycle sells? They ring a bell. Not only because somebody’s dream is fulfilled, but somebody is about to be paid.
When my son, Austin, was a young man, all he wanted to do was be a singer in a rock and roll band. He chased his dream for years - between paychecks. When he made the bell ring, he could fund more of his goal.
I have many clients I help build income streams to align with their dreams. While they are eager to do what makes their hearts sing, I know my first goal must be to make the bell ring. It’s a fact of life. If you don’t have the income to support your dreams, dreams stay dreams.
Does that scare you?
It shouldn’t. That’s what you have been doing your entire life. The difference is you’ve been funding what you don’t want instead of what you do.
Say it loud, and say it proud -
“If you want to do what makes your heart sing, you have to do what makes the bell ring!”
|Mar 23, 2021|
Using A Big Stick To Get People Moving
Don't you hate it when you try to get others on board with your vision, and you can't get their attention?
You have all the urgency in the world, but sometimes, others seem to be taking a stroll in the park.
The solution might be using a big stick.
A daily ritual is to take my dogs for a walk on the trails on my property. We've done the same path so many times they know exactly where we are heading. To them, it's what they do every day. They are in no hurry, and the walk becomes their version of a stroll in the park.
Have you noticed that life can be that way too?
Whether you have employees, family, friends - even waiting for a price check at your local Walmart, strolling along with no sense of urgency can be frustrating.
On that day, I decided I needed something to move things along, so I picked up a big stick.
First, I offered to let my dog Chloe grab the stick in her mouth so I could drag her down the trail. That worked until she tired of being pulled.
Next, I used the stick to herd her from behind. That worked until she got tired of being pushed.
Finally, I handed Chole the stick to see what would happen.
Without hesitation, she raised her head, wagged her tail, and trotted down the trail with her new prize. She kept going, without interruption, all the way home.
It's all about self-motivation.
When you figure out how to inspire that in others, not only will your life be less stressful, you will get everything you want. Remember that pulling and pushing will only get you so far. A better option is to inspire others to run on their own.
|Mar 22, 2021|
Achieving Your Most Ambitious Goals
One of the benefits of living in Florida is the abundance of restaurants and sunny Sunday afternoons with friends. On this Sunday, the server asked what we would like to drink, and my friend started -
“I’ll have a Mai Tai and a Diet Coke.”
We laughed because we’ve all done it. Heck, I’ve been known to fall face-first into a basket of french fries and chase it with a pitcher of Diet Coke to feel better about my choice.
As we settled into a fun afternoon, our inhibition dropped, and every entree order seemed to get bigger, richer, and loaded with more calories than any human needs in a day, much less for lunch.
We all agreed that it was okay. We would be starting our diets on Monday.
Isn’t that when all diets begin?
But, in my case, I told them that I had already decided to begin a 30-day sprint to lose a couple of pounds - starting Monday. All this food is me preparing for a good before picture.
There were more smiles and laughs.
That’s when Ms. Mai Tai and Diet Coke asked, “Don’t you think it’s better to start slow?”
No. I don’t.
When you make small changes, you get small results. That’s okay when the overall goal you are seeking is small. But on larger goals, all you are doing is extending the pain of depriving yourself and giving yourself a little pleasure in return. Without the motivation of a big payoff, your mind will eventually choose pleasure over pain, and you’ll be starting over again.
The laughs became nods and raised eyebrows.
If you want to change, why not do it fast? Skip the scenic route, go all in, and get to your destination as soon as possible. You’ll be glad you did.
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|Mar 19, 2021|
You Don’t Need To Ask For Permission
My friend Sid called to tell me he had found his next big thing. He decided to take flying lessons and couldn't wait to get started.
I have always wanted to learn to fly after hearing my Mom's stories over the years. Her father was a contractor in Wilmington, North Carolina. When an airport client couldn't pay, he offered lessons. She was 15-years old.
Her stories of landing on the beaches of North Carolina were thrilling. Flying Solo before an arriving hurricane was captivating. We'll forget the fact that she 3-days short of being legally old enough. Her adventurous spirit took control. With a hurricane coming, she wasn't going to ask for permission. She took command, and it put her in the record books.
By the time I began flying 50 years later, things were more controlled, and speaking on the radio to Air Traffic Control was required - and challenging. Being nervous, I often found myself asking for permission when I wanted to do something. I would say, "This is Cessna 67508 requesting permission to…"
One day, while waiting for their response, my instructor taught me a lesson I could have learned from my Mom, "You're the Pilot in Command. Your seat is moving, and theirs isn't. Don't ask for permission. Tell them what you want and let them work it out."
I don't have to ask for anyone's permission to do what I want to do?
I never asked again, in flying or anything else in life. I decide what I want to do and do it. If somebody else needs to know what I'm up to, I tell them, work out the solution, and keep moving. If not, I keep moving.
Some days it seems like we need permission from everybody else. Don't fall into that trap. Your destiny is your choice, and yours alone.
And what happened to Sid? He asked his wife for permission, and she said "no." He never took a single lesson.
|Mar 18, 2021|
If You Lead They Will Follow
When I was a young man, I never thought I would be a leader. I was highly-driven, knew what I wanted, and willing to do anything to reach my goals. In my mind, that was all I needed to succeed.
As I moved up the radio ranks, doing my own thing wasn't working so well. It wasn't that I stopped working hard. It wasn't unusual to start preparing my evening show at 7 AM. My performance was winning more than ever. But it was also causing frustration among the staff. Not to mention that I also kept getting fired.
In my view, I was making us the top station in the market. In everybody else's opinion, I was a crazy Disc Jockey making a mess for them to clean up. They loved the results, but it was hard to support a guy intent on causing an 8.5 earthquake when he opened his mouth.
I wasn't blind to a problem I was causing, so I called a mentor for advice one day. He said,
"Leaders cast the vision to others and never stop. Your job is to communicate where the team is heading and support them while they support you. Yes, you know what you want, but you are also confusing everybody else. That's something you need to fix."
The next day at a staff meeting, I had a chance to speak, and I decided it might be useful to be humble, respect the team, let them know my vision for success. I also asked for their help.
In the years that followed, we had more fun and made more money. I was never fired again, and I started getting much better offers. And, to this day, I always remember to cast my vision to others and to support them in theirs.
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|Mar 17, 2021|
You’re Not a Negotiating Underdog
I was rushing through Atlanta Airport after an entire day of negotiating with a client. My flight was in 30-minutes, so I was beginning to think the deal was not going to happen. That's when things got interesting.
I've spent many days negotiating over the years and have grown confident in closing deals. I always think I'm going to win. While surprised, I knew today's game wasn't over.
As we approached the Gate area, my client guided me into the Food Court. He pulled out the contract and replaced my fee with a smaller number. Then, he handed me the pen and said, "If you can do it for that, I'll sign right now."
Checking my watch and not wanting to miss my flight, I almost took the deal. After all, winners get deals done. But, experience has taught me something else. Business deals that start poorly rarely get better. I decided to turn his less than classy negotiating gambit on its head.
As humans, we are hard-wired to survive and thrive. As much as I wanted to take the deal to feed my family, I knew I wouldn't be thriving. I also knew my client needed what I would do for him, my price was fair, and more importantly, he was afraid I wouldn't do it.
We all feel like the underdog when negotiating. It goes both ways.
With that I said,
"If you can sign the original deal before I get on the plane, I'll do it. Otherwise, I'll have to pass. I've enjoyed spending the day with you."
He who speaks first loses. I kept my mouth shut.
Thirty seconds later, he signed the original deal, gave me a deposit, and asked, "When can we get started?"
The relationship lasted for years, and we never had that experience again. It turned out to be an excellent deal for both of us.
Always keep in mind that we all feel like the underdog when negotiating. It will serve you well.
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|Mar 16, 2021|
Advice For Strong Relationships
When I first met my wife, Joi, I knew we would be married and live happily ever after. But there was a problem. Joi didn’t see it that way - at least not right away.
If life has taught me anything, it’s that almost nobody is on the same page when they first meet. We might be in the same book but not on the same page.
In the early weeks of our relationship, I was in full-on action mode, and I was on a mission to achieve my goal as quickly as possible. I was also getting frustrated since Joi didn’t seem to share my urgency. She was enjoying our relationship and in no hurry. One day, I decided to take action -
I dragged myself out of bed at 4:30 AM, drove 30 minutes, and waited for Joi to arrive at the gym. I met her when she stepped out of her car, nearly scaring her to death, and said,
“I love you. What do I have to do to catch you? We should…”
Stopped by a kiss, she said, “We’ll know in about 6-months. Let’s enjoy the ride.”
It wasn’t the answer I was looking for, but Joi had given me something even more powerful. She gave me an expectation, I knew her rules, how to play the game, and that she was right.
All relationships, romantic, friendship, or professional, follow the same path. There is an initial spark, a period of trust-building, and finally, commitment. In time, the relationship grows stronger or will fade. Time will tell.
That’s how it works and how it went for us. Exactly 6-Months later, to the day, I asked Joi to marry me, and she said yes.
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|Mar 15, 2021|
Joy of Motivation
Motivation is always lurking around somewhere within our minds. Even if we're not thinking about it, it is still there. My wife, Joi, is a good example.
Take one look at her, and it's easy to see that Joi takes care of herself. She gets up at the same time every day and eats a healthy breakfast. Then, she dresses in her workout clothes; without exception, she exercises. No matter how late she went to bed or how late I sleep in, Joi gets out of bed and heads to our home gym.
Since it's evident that Joi walks-her-walk, it's not uncommon for people to ask, "How do you do it?" — as if she is a member of "The Secret Society of Highly Motivated People Club." You know, the club that requires a password and special handshake to join its ranks. Nope. It's not that complicated.
I joke with Joi that she is my sexy, predictable, exciting, and somewhat boring wife. While that may sound terrible, and I wouldn't say it around Valentine's Day, Joi takes it as a compliment —
"I know. It’s who I am and what I do. I don't think about it. I want to feel and look a certain way, so I do what it takes."
Don't let her fool you. She thinks about it a lot, or at least she did until the magic of motivation arrives in full force.
Her vision of herself becomes her focus. That leads to massive motivation, discipline, and action. As good results arrive, the repetition action transforms into life-long habits and delivers life-long results.
That's how you get what you want.
The pain of exercising your motivational muscle always feels better than the frustration of thinking about what you want for too long.
|Mar 08, 2021|
Why Will Power is Not Your Friend
When will you get yourself to do what you say you want to do?
More people than you know lose sleep over that question. If that sounds like something you have experienced, you’re not alone.
Almost everybody begins their journey when a thought pops into their mind. Then, day-to-day life keeps them busy, and they spend frustrating months fixin’ to get ready. You know, starting to prepare… so you can start to do… so you can do… and say you did.
If that doesn’t work, you summon your friend, Will Power.
Will is not a person, but more like a kind of friend that you don’t know why you keep letting into your life.
They are a bit of a slacker, live rent-free in your mind, say they want to help, and never deliver on their promise. Will’s job description should read -- to force you to do things you say you want to do but can’t get yourself to do. When you give up, Will leaves.
The good news is, there’s no need to force yourself to do anything. Achieving your biggest goals in life has nothing to do with Will Power. Instead, shift your mindset -
“To act at your discretion without constraint.”
That’s the definition of Free Will, Will Powers, good cousin.
Use your Free Will to harness your excitement and choose the path of least resistance. Start making the smallest changes in your life. Those steps will lead to big results sooner than you think.
|Mar 01, 2021|
Climbing The Mountain of Success
I was standing in a parking lot high in the Great Smokey Mountains surrounded by tourists and the smell of hot engines. I was about to take a hike to the Clingmans’ Dome observation tower - 6,644 feet above sea level.
There is a sign at the beginning of the trail that warns hikers that the hike is considered strenuous, the average person will take 30-minutes to complete, and there are places to take a break along the way. While reading the sign, two conversions caught my attention -
A couple that had driven hours to get there said, “They say it might be foggy at the top. Let’s not and say we did.”
Then my wife said, “I think we should do it non-stop and in half the time. Who knows? It might be clear at the top.”
With that, we headed up the hill with thighs ablaze. We passed hundreds of hikers giving up on the trailside benches; even more had turned back as they hiked through the fog, but we kept going.
As we closed in on our goal of 15-minutes, we broke through the fog and found a beautiful day and a 100-mile view in all directions waiting for us when we arrived.
That’s the thing about setting big goals and going for them.
Even if you can’t see the outcome from your starting point, your goals and your mission will carry you to your vision - even if your legs hurt. When you get there, you’ll find that the journey up the mountain and the view from the top are always worth your effort. It’s also less crowded since most people never even start.
|Feb 22, 2021|
3-Steps To Peak Motivation
As a child, I wondered why I couldn't always have my way. Mom and Dad were so mean! I couldn't wait to grow up, move out, and experience being an adult. Everything would be different - or so I thought.
After stepping into the adult world, it didn't take long to realize that not much had changed. It turns out it wasn't my parents. It was life turning down my requests. Life was getting in the way. What was even worse was that I was getting in my way.
I've joked over the years that if I'm the Boss of me, so why don't I do what I say? Eventually, I realized having a big ass goal, being on a mission, and most importantly, motivation on demand was the solution.
Motivation is a powerful, if not fleeting, tool that we all need. But we need to understand how our minds generate motivation:
1) Your physiology dictates your feelings. The easiest way to break free of a slump is to stand up, take a step, and REPEAT. Movement wakes your body up, guides your emotions, and makes anything feel possible.
2) Focus fuels your fire. If you're feeling unmotivated, you are also drifting in the wind with no direction. Shifting your thoughts in a positive direction and toward what excites you will break you out and get you moving.
3) The words you say create the emotions you feel. Negative self-talk will drag you, and everybody else, down. When you make the words, you say to yourself, internally and externally, positive and uplifting, everything changes. Words matter more than you think.
You're human. Your brain isn't wired to stay motivated all the time unless you are willing to give it a helping hand.
|Feb 16, 2021|
Primary Morning Focus
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.
|Feb 15, 2021|
Lifestyle Driven Business
Laurie Greiner schooled an entrepreneur on Shark Tank with a business lesson that shot through the screen and knocked my remote control out of my hand.
He said, “I’m in the lifestyle business.”
She said, “I’M OUT! There’s no such thing as a lifestyle business.”
He looked confused, but I got it. Then again, I wasn’t in the hot seat with my entire QVC future on the line.
If Laurie were to ask me, I would tell her I run a Lifestyle Driven Business. The goal for myself, and those I consult, whether business or career, is to operate in a way that supports a chosen lifestyle in every way. No compromise.
Yes, it’s business first, but your mission should be to earn a living that lets you enjoy life today instead of waiting until retirement.
|Feb 08, 2021|
Is it Time to Take a Talkabout?
For years, I've built a reputation for being a guy that never misses a chance for a good conversation. Sometimes I head out the door for a good old-fashion "Talkabout" - an ode to Crocodile Dundee's "Walkabout."
I'm not sure when it began, but since exploring life's possibilities is a core value, I know why; there is no better way to learn something new than striking up a random conversation with another human.
But, there are rules:
1) You must be focused on exploring and open to following whatever direction the conversation goes. No judgment. No challenging.
2) Your mouth should be open as little as possible. When you speak, everything you say should focus on learning more from the person in front of you.
3) No matter what you hear, remember that you checked your ego; you are here to listen and learn. When you feel the need to make it about you, it's time to move on to the next conversion.
Maybe I should start calling them "Listenabouts."
|Feb 01, 2021|
Are You Keeping Your Vision?
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?
Know YOUR vision. Defend YOUR vision. Live YOUR Vision.
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|Jan 26, 2021|
Stages of Getting What You Want
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 step.
Systemization. Routine 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.
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|Jan 25, 2021|
What's Always Included in Getting Success
There are millions of tips and tricks floating around that you can use to achieve whatever you want in life. But there are a few that are always present.
Acceptance and recognition of the desire to change are where it all begins. Anything less makes your desire only a dream.
Having complete clarity of precisely what you want will separate you from almost everybody on the planet. It will also accelerate your progress. Asking yourself, "If not this, then what?" is an excellent way to begin.
Commitment to success, no matter what gets in the way, is the only way to sure that life doesn't get in your way. Being willing to do whatever it takes is a virtual guarantee that you will get what you want.
Finally, two things are always around: taking as much action and being as flexible as required to reach your goal.
You CAN do much, but success comes faster when you focus on what you MUST do.
|Jan 19, 2021|
Their Goals. Your Goals. Who Wins?
Some goals happen quickly. Others take longer. A lot longer.
How can you keep your goals alive while you make them a reality?
1) Stop falling for someone else's goals. Everybody has something they want to achieve. It's not bad. It could be useful. In any case, it is a distraction. Know what you want and why you want it.
2) Once you are listening to yourself, be sure that you commit to your plan and never, ever, ever, give up.
3) While you make progress, be on alert when others insert their goals into your life. They are tricky little things. They'll distract you without you even knowing.
As you move along, always keep this question in your mind—
"Is this an opportunity that will move me closer to my goal or further away?"
There is only one answer that will improve your life.
|Jan 18, 2021|
How To Get Lucky in Life
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 might 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 just like to stay busy. The rest takes care of itself.
|Jan 11, 2021|
Reach Your Goals Faster with 3 Questions
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?
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.
|Jan 04, 2021|
Easiest Way To Thrive in 2021
It's time to crank up those 2021 goals with a new year upon us. Why not choose a simple way?
One of the easiest methods of achieving success is to stick to tried and true. That doesn't mean you can't move toward something more meaningful. It means that you forgo new knowledge and skill and leverage what you already understand.
The easy way to success assumes:
1) You already have experience and wisdom. You will learn any new skill if, and only if needed.
2) You will choose the path of least resistance. The goal is to get the results you want in the fastest period. No distractions. No zig-zagging.
3) Overthinking burns too many brain calories. If you find yourself confused and stuck, accept that you may need to reevaluate your plan. Do it fast.
Human nature will compel you to clutter your success journey with distraction. Seek the direct route to the results you want. It's easier.
|Dec 28, 2020|
Grateful For The Past Year
It's the time of year when gift-giving is everywhere - but those are not the most important you have received.
Every day that passes, you experience life. The good. The bad. The ugly. Those experiences add up to incredible life lessons that you carry forever.
That leads me to a question -
What experiences did you have last year that you consider a gift?
It is challenging or pleasurable. How you perceive has the power to transform your future.
As you head into Christmas, take a moment and give thanks for the gifts that 2020 produced. That'll make the next year even better.
|Dec 21, 2020|
Why People Fail at Their Goals
Setting goals is a process that can happen automatically or consciously. Sometimes you find yourself on a path. Other times you choose your path, which is the only way to control your outcome.
Why should you choose your path?
Because there are three elements to successful goal completion:
1) Principles are the foundation that supports your belief or behavior.
2) Strategies are your action plan to achieve your goal.
3) Tactics are the steps you take to achieve your final goal.
Think. Plan. Act. That’s the path forward to reach any goal.
Focus on Principles, Strategies, and Tactics. Anything else will cause you to slide backward.
|Dec 15, 2020|
Do you have too many options and are having a difficult time choosing?
There is a concept called "Opportunity Cost.” It is simply the value gained or the value lost in deciding what opportunities you will pursue.
I tend to focus on another question entirely -
"Does an opportunity provide the fastest and most direct path for me to reach my goals?"
It's easy to look at almost any opportunity and justify a path, especially if you are being persuaded by someone else. It’s more difficult to make a choice.
If you want to break free from a stalled life, you must eliminate anything that takes you off course and stay focused on your goals.
|Dec 14, 2020|
2021 is the Year of Decision
I’ve learned the single most powerful way to build momentum is to make a decision. That's why I’ve chosen “Decide” as my guiding word for next year.
When you make a decision, any decision, it can be life-changing - as long as you understand…
Decision making is not about a “Yes or No.” Like Yin and Yang, each is the same as the other, only opposite.
A decision is also not about “Maybe.” Unlike being opposite, it's a confusing mess of everything negative and positive.
What is decision making about?
It’s about cutting off all other options and focusing your energy forward. As you gain momentum, you leave your frustrations behind.
Deciding can be scary. But it can also be exhilarating. It's also a good habit to develop.
|Dec 07, 2020|
Setting Goals The Smart Way
I'm a big fan of setting big-ass goals. Dreaming BIG is my natural state - which is why S.M.A.R.T. goals are not all that smart.
S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound.
While it may seem like a good plan, I can't wrap my head around not setting goals because they don't seem achievable or realistic.
Since when did big-ass goals seem achievable and realistic?
If that were true, you would already be doing them. Anytime you are moving from dreaming into doing you will be living in the land of crazy and scary.
If you hold yourself to what is achievable and realistic, you might as well keep doing what you're doing.
Instead… dream BIG and start taking baby steps. It won’t be long before your goals become real.
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|Dec 03, 2020|
A Different Way of Planning
I was on the phone with a client this morning when he said, ”I don’t know why I have such a hard time planning my day-to-day stuff? I just want my day to be easier!”
I get it. Everybody does. And to make that happen, you need a mindset shift.
First to consider is that non-stop and continuous planning of every task every day is exhausting. It only adds another level of stress to your day.
Instead, planning should be done occasionally with a broader focus on short, medium, and long-term. The goal is NOT to spend your life planning. It is creating containers where you plan to do your work or play.
Once you have your containers, you load them with goals and tasks and get them done. When things require adjustments, make another plan.
Make your plan and work your plan. Don’t keep change things. That’s how you get what you want.
|Dec 01, 2020|
How To Believe in Yourself
It’s the time of year when the world begins to believe.
Children always believe. They don’t know otherwise. Adults view the world with a different set of eyes, so building self-confidence requires a little more focus.
1) Building belief in yourself begins by taking care of yourself. There is tremendous power in taking control of your body, mind, and spirit daily. You will feel yourself get stronger from the inside out.
2) Once you take control of your own life, it’s time to open your horizons and expand your worldview. Be brave and look outside yourself for new ways to explore the world around you. Start with small steps and grow. The more steps you take, the more your belief in yourself will arise.
3) Share what you have learned with others and give them a helping hand. The positive feedback you receive will build the belief and self-confidence that will make you unstoppable.
|Nov 30, 2020|
Why You Should Set Goals
Are you feeling excited to be alive today?
Why not fire yourself up by becoming a goal setter on a mission to maximize your life experience?
I've said for years that goals are the heartbeat of your life. Goals make you feel alive and give purpose to your daily experience - and experience is what life is all about.
You can also consider goals as tangible expressions of your values. Through your daily actions, you express how you feel on the inside.
Goals are also automatic. Set them for yourself, or you'll find that other, well-meaning people will be happy to set them for you.
The meaningful life you desire is a result of setting and pursuing meaningful goals. Never set goals and forget them. Set, pursue, and LIVE them.
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|Nov 23, 2020|
Simple Reset For Maximum Productivity
How would you like to be more productive AND enjoy your day?
I’ve always been the kind of person who believed that life is life. Whether living your personal life, working at your job, or building a business. You are still the same person no matter what you are doing. Leaving yourself behind while you do something else is not a recipe or success.
Instead, as you go about the business of your day, why not have a little bit of YOU tucked in your back pocket?
Do you have a hobby? Do you need to send a note to a loved one? Are you working your way through a romance novel?
Your goal should be to find small breaks between your focus at work to be YOU for a few minutes before getting back to work. Two things will happen:
1) You’ll get more done. I promise.
2) You’ll be living your authentic self.
No matter what you find yourself doing today, YOU are still YOU. Be a happier warrior and bring yourself to every challenge.
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|Nov 17, 2020|
How To Completely Change Your Life - The Easy Way
Have you been running full speed ahead - knowing you’re not heading in the right direction?
It’s easy to get caught up in the business of life and find yourself off track.
Could your experience could be better?
It comes down to awareness and decisions:
1) Everything begins when you recognize that something needs to change - and admit it to yourself. Is the time now?
2) Driving forward will only add to unhappiness. Instead, keep up with life and push the pause button on everything else—no pulling or pushing. You are only pausing.
3) During this time, work your way back to YOU. There’s no hurry. You may have been off-track for a long time.
4) Remember your dreams. Now that you have space, it’s time to explore how everything fits into your life today - and your future. Begin to take action in any direction that makes you happy.
Once you find enjoyment, accept it, and defend it with all your energy. Spend the rest of your days bringing more into your life.
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|Nov 16, 2020|
Think Like a Founder With Vision
I spoke with a client a few days ago about what is expected from his employees while he is in the office.
Like any successful business owner, he hits the ground running and leads be an example. Always available to help, his days were routinely becoming 16-hours long. Vacation days were 8-hours. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see how unsustainable that can be.
And that’s not what anybody wants.
Whether you work with family, staff, employees, or any group of people, they all want the same thing—empathy, understanding, and leadership.
Begin every day by taking a few minutes to see your vision. Spend the day casting that vision; you’ll find that everybody is happier and more successful.
The best leaders are members of the tribe, but they never forget their job is to lead others toward their vision.
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|Nov 11, 2020|
How To Make Sure You Are Living With Gratitude
Here we are again, approaching the end of the year. It is a time when you may find your mindset taking on a feeling of gratitude. This year more than ever. What a wild ride it has been!
Simply put, gratitude is the state of being grateful. It is also a two-way street:
1) When you are appreciative of what you have received, you have gratitude. That’s the only way that you can expect to get more of what you want.
2) When you express gratitude for what you have received, you are living in a grateful state? The only way others know how you feel is to tell them - right?
Receiving and expressing gratitude requires few words. With practice, it requires even less thought. There’s no better way to make your day better than living will gratitude in your heart. Especially when you make sure the world knows it.
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|Nov 09, 2020|