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.
9 Apr 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
8 Apr 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.
7 Apr 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!
6 Apr 2021
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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!
5 Apr 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!
2 Apr 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.
1 Apr 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.
31 Mar 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. How? 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.
30 Mar 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? That's simple. "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.
29 Mar 2021