Rank #1: Maintaining Self Discipline When Bored
Maintaining Self Discipline When Bored
If you ask any successful person what is most important to achieving goals, they will say two things:
1) Self-Discipline is number one. If you can’t get yourself to do what is necessary, nobody will do it for you.
2) The person with the most self-discipline wins.
At the gym, office, school, everywhere. The person who puts in the effort always rises to the top.
Since most of us are in self-quarantine at home, now it might be useful to master self-discipline.
1) Decide on your goal and allow yourself to feel the pleasure and excitement of living it every day.
2) Shift your focus to the pain you will feel if you don’t get it. Get mad. Get upset. Get determined to create it.
3) Prioritize your daily actions so that everything else is less important than your goal.
You will always work harder to avoid pain than to get pleasure. Harness that power to get what you want.
Apr 06 2020
Rank #2: Neutralizing Negative Thoughts
Neutralizing Negative Thoughts
In times like these, it's easy to find yourself with more negative thoughts than usual.
When I was training my Pilot Certificate, I was surprised by the emphasis put on the health of a pilots' state of mind. Negative thoughts are hazardous to flying - and life in general.
The next time you are feeling a negative thought nudging its way into your day, try this:
1) Recognize it. The first step toward neutralizing hazardous negative thinking is to recognize it.
2) Label it. Identify why the lousy thought is coming into your mind and slap a label on it. When you know what to call it, you'll know what to do next.
3) Prescribe an antidote that will make the underlying cause go away and wash away the negative.
It can be easy to get caught up negative and find yourself overwhelmed. Taking a few minutes to follow these steps will make room for more positive in your life.
Apr 08 2020
Rank #3: Change Yourself. Change Everything Else.
Change Yourself. Change Everything Else.
People have always sought change for themselves, their life, or the world.
If you want to change, there is a constant truth; you must change before anything else changes.
Many smart folks agree -
Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Leo Tolstoy, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
What about Albert Einstein?
“The world, as we have created, is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
Do you want to change something about today, tomorrow, or the future? You must change before anything else changes.
Have you learned lessons from past experiences? You have already changed, and your future is better for it.
Rumi said, “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
If tomorrow you want to be better than today and yesterday, something has to change. That something is you.
If you want to make more money, serve more. Do you want to be happier? If you want this life to be well-lived, something has to change today. That something is you.
What if you want everything about your life to be perfect? Listen to Winston Churchill. “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
It’s so simple.
You Must Change Before Anything Else Changes.
Apr 07 2020
Rank #4: Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.
Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.
The Great Pandemic Pause, most folks are finding themselves in a simpler world.
With a few exceptions, everything is slower. There seems to be more time in the day. The rush of what used to be our day-to-day seems distant.
Is that such a bad thing?
When the storm passes, before we reignite our lives, why not consider lessons from a few smart people of the past.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." ~ Leonardo da Vinci
"Life is simple, but we insist on making it complicated." ~ Confucius
"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook." ~ William James
"Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough." ~ Charles Warner
I like it simple. Simple works.
Apr 07 2020
Rank #5: Moment of Change
Moment of Change
A few months ago I wrote the words -
Someday soon, a life event will rock your world.
A trusted friend will disappoint you. Your boss may deny the raise you deserve. A loved one may get sick. A pandemic may strike.
Nothing is by chance.
Most life rocking events have been heading your way for a long time.
They can leave you shattered. They can also open up an opportunity for a life-changing course correction.
What are your dreams? What have you been waiting to do? What’s been holding you back?
A portal for you to step into your dreams has been opened. Hurry and step through!
When everything changes, it’s a good time to make a few changes for yourself. Get moving while nobody is watching.
Apr 10 2020
Rank #6: Productivity While Working at Home
Productivity While Working at Home
You may be finding yourself tweaking your productivity habits in the last few weeks. If you are working from your home with children around you, you are in for some significant challenges.
As a guy who has maintained a home-based officer for the better part of 30 years, I have some advice:
1) Productivity is not about getting more done. It’s about being more efficient. When working at home, you will instantly have more productive hours than commuting to an office filled with distractions.
2) Holding time for what must be done is essential. Be sure to account for every responsibility on your To-Do list. That includes extra time for kids and pets. You’re going to need it.
3) Rituals, schedules, and taking breaks are your friend. Figure what works best and stick to your plan.
4) Be flexible. When life is upside down like it is these days, you can’t expect every plan to go perfectly. There’s no need for frustration. Take a breath. Deal with the issue. Get back on track.
Most folks have more flexibility than ever when working from your home. As long as you get your job done, everything will be fine. Who knows? You might enjoy it more than you think.
Apr 21 2020
Rank #7: Take a Leap of Faith
Take a Leap of Faith
I wanted to revisit what Steve Harvey said that inspires me.
If you have seen his teaching on the one thing you must-do if you want to be successful, you know that he says, "You must jump.
If you want to be successful, you must jump into your dreams, take a leap of faith, and go for it."
Many times we stand on the cliff of life and watch others enjoying the life you desire.
They jumped, their parachute opened, and life is good.
You must jump.
When you finally decide to jump, your parachute will not open right away. You will get bumped and bruised, but, your parachute will open.
You must jump.
If you don't jump, your parachute will never open.
Is today the day you jump?
Apr 13 2020
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Apr 03 2020
Rank #9: Pause. Prepare. Protect.
Pause. Prepare. Protect.
Life is a beautiful and surprising experience, but have you noticed that in good times or bad, there is always be something that will catch you off guard?
It will also require an immediate response.
It could be a potential customer who wants to do business and need prompt attention.
It may be a health emergency.
In any case, a quick response is your friend. But what do you after the initial surprise settles?
1) Pause. Take a step back and take a breath. It’s time to get a 30,000-foot overview and gain perspective on what is going on in your life. This is a time to be more conservative in your actions.
2) Prepare. Whether it’s serving your clients or paying your mortgage, once you have perspective, your next step is to identify what must be done to achieve success. Be a good Scout. Be prepared.
3) Protect. Now that you understand and are prepared, it’s time to identify the areas that will need protection. Your goals is to proactively put in place whatever is required to protect what you’ve built.
Pause, Prepare, Protect, and proactively create what you want out of your life. That how you survive and thrive!
Mar 25 2020
Rank #10: Extraordinary Opportunity Around The Corner
Extraordinary Opportunity Around The Corner
It happens when your daily experience changes.
Bam! What? Mind blown! No worries. I’ll be fine. Really? Hmm. I’m fine. Where was I?
Stoic Philosophy tells us lack of information causes fear. Information overload leads to paralysis. Adequate information allows you to calm yourself. Acceptance leads to planning, action, and re-building better than ever.
Yes, we are in the middle of the storm and have a long way to go.
Look beyond the noise.
Extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime, and life-changing opportunities are beginning to bubble up around you.
Think different. Seek opportunity. Things are looking up - even during the Great Pandemic Pause.
Apr 01 2020
Rank #11: Time To Reinvent Your Life?
Time To Reinvent Your Life?
The past months have created a massive disruption in our lives. Why not taking advantage of the journey back to normal and switch things up?
Whether you want a few tweaks or total reinvention - the process is the same:
1) You must first acknowledge something needs changing. Listen to your gut.
2) Be honest. Your inner thoughts and feelings are real. They are telling you what you desire. Honor them.
3) Clearly understand WHY you want to reinvent. It creates excitement the power that will move you forward.
4) Ask yourself, "What ONE thing can I do, or NOT do, that will have the most significant and immediate impact on my life?"
5) Set an initial sprint goal of at least 90 days.
6) Define what actions you will take to drive your goal and take action daily.
Sometimes you must start a journey without knowing your destination. Begin with what you know. Explore the possibilities until you discover your path.
May 04 2020
Rank #12: Reducing Stress By Changing Influence
Reducing Stress By Changing Influence
Did you know that Influence is causing stress in your day?
Your subconscious mind is listening. Opinions are forming. Thoughts are racing. Actions are happening, Usually without you knowing.
The dictionary defines Influence as; the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others.
We are all influenced by much news. Too many Netflix movies. Non-stop social media, and the most significant - too much time with ourselves. All are causing us to experience stress.
There is a quick way to reduce stress.
Cut off everything that is capturing your attention and filling your mind. Especially if it is with less than motivating thoughts.
When you cut negative, you reduce stress. That will leave time for positive thoughts and more fulfilling experiences.
In crazy times, being your own biggest influencer is a powerful stress-reducing tool.
Apr 27 2020
Rank #13: Checking IN is Better Than Checking OUT
Checking IN is Better Than Checking OUT
My phone rang at 10:18 this morning.
A long-time listener from San Bernardino, California, was calling to check in with me. He said,
"It's in times like these that we need to check in with folks. You're part of my life every day. I wanted to see how you were doing."
I told him I was okay and how much I appreciated his energy boost.
We enjoyed a very neighborly conversion - and we live more 2000 miles apart.
His call reminded me of something I love to do.
Over the years, I've developed a habit of practicing random acts of happiness, especially when somebody is having a hard time. Even better? When they need a surprise.
It could be a cashier working long hours and their feet hurt. Sometimes I buy a cup of coffee for the person behind me in line - and try to escape for I'm busted. My wife gets a random flower that makes no sense at all - but gets a smile.
Random acts of happiness may be difficult for you when you are stuck at home, but I wonder -
Is there a way for you to practice a random act of happiness for someone today?
In the pandemic pause, we're living in, checking IN is far more important than checking OUT.
Mar 31 2020
Rank #14: Operation Reinvention: Better and Beyond
Operation Reinvention: Better and Beyond
I woke up this morning with a thought running through my mind and pulsing through my veins. I couldn't stay in bed any longer.
How many closets can you organize? How many Netflix programs can you binge? How long will people wait for others to say it's okay for them to get with their lives?
Everything you have built in your life happened when you found the courage to rally fear, anger, and confusion into motivation and action.
Since 2006 I have taught one thing; you can create any lifestyle you choose if you can shake yourself free from your cement shoes and get moving. Nothing has changed in 2020.
COVID-19 is real. Some people will get sick. Some people will die. That's life. It's always been like that - only without 24/7 news coverage, we didn’t know about it.
Life can be difficult, but the real casualties of this pandemic will be those who cocoon themselves in the false sense of safety that comes with waiting to see what is going to happen next.
HELL NO! That's not for me - EVER!
The winners will be those who realize this is a new temporary and that we are not going back to normal.
They will figure out how to use lessons learned and honed over a lifetime to build better and beyond!
Nothing will stop them.
Who you will be when this passes begins by who you are today.
It’s time to decide.
We're going to re-launch Operation Reinvention tomorrow with that goal in mind. And we’re doing it LIVE - details to follow.
I dare to jump on the train to better and beyond.
Mar 30 2020
Rank #15: Are You in a Hypnotic State?
Are You in a Hypnotic State?
If you've been feeling upended these past few weeks, there might be a good reason.
In working with clients over the years, I recognized an interesting behavior. When our conversations began, their minds were drifting. They are listening but not paying attention.
To get them to re-focus, I utilized a "Pattern Interruption" to alter their current state of mind. I could tell them a joke, ask a question, or give surprise news. Once delivered, their state of mind instantly shifts into neutral - for a split second. Hypnotherapists use this technique for trance induction.
The same thing happens throughout your day without you knowing. I even use it on my Daily Boost to keep your attention.
It also happened - and is happening to you during our current crisis. Everybody is trying to figure out how to ground ourselves again.
What the solution?
Do everything you can to normalize the abnormal. Avoid pattern breaks by limiting your exposure to anything that will put you in pause mode. Choose your focus, make a plan, establish a routine, and stick with it.
Apr 02 2020
Rank #16: Why Mastery Equals Motivation
Why Mastery Equals Motivation
Motivation is a magical feeling - until you can’t find it when you need it. But in good times or troubled, there is a simple trick you can use to get more motivated.
It’s called Mastery.
Mastery is a purposeful effort to master a skill at a high level. Doing so requires a decision, focus, determination, and lots of practice.
Once you get started on your mastery journey, you will find yourself distracted from day-to-day. You will focus on your outcome. And as you get close to completion, more motivated.
The motivation that comes from Mastery is a direct result of an increase in self-confidence, breaking through obstacles, and getting excited about the future you are creating.
If you are finding yourself not able to power through life, master a new skill. You'll get the motivation to handle anything.
Apr 20 2020
Rank #17: How To Figure Out What You Want
How To Figure Out What You Want
What if there was a magic formula for figuring out what to do next? I prefer to think of it as resetting your mind and re-discovering yourself.
Most people are living in a continual state of craziness. 20 years later, they realize they have no idea what makes them happy.
Worse, they have no idea how to get off the carousel and reset.
If that’s you, try this:
1) Slow down and make space. The secret to finding YOU is spending time with YOU.
2) Take care of yourself and allow the buzz to drain from your daily experience. Claim if for yourself that extra space for yourself.
3) As your mind clears, you may find that you want to rush back to the craziness. Please don’t do it. Focus instead on remembering the things you most enjoy.
4) Explore the possibilities that pop into your mind. Try them on for size. Keep what you like. Toss those you don’t.
5) Finally. Never lock yourself into a commitment or no timeline for figuring things out. You can do that after you know what you want.
Figuring out what you want is about re-discovering yourself again. When you allow time to do that, everything gets better.
Jun 01 2020
Rank #18: Transformation Happens in Stages
Transformation Happens in Stages
Is there something you would like to transform about your life? These days you are not alone.
Stop smoking, lose weight, get a better job - or another job?
Transformation always follows the same predictable stages:
Stage 1: Pre-contemplation. This stage appears when an idea pops into your head for the first time.
Stage 2: Contemplation. This middle ground is where most folks get stuck. It can go on for a lifetime.
Stage 3: Determination. Moving past contemplation, you make up your mind, dig in your heals, and make your plan.
Stage 4: Action. There is no turning back until you get what you want.
Stage 5: Maintenance. This stage is all about keeping what you have acquired - no matter what. This stage may also last your entire life.
May 25 2020
Rank #19: Are You Growing or Dying?
Are You Growing or Dying?
Every minute of the day, your body, mind, and spirit are in a continual state of growing or dying. You are either expanding or contracting.
On the surface, there are two choices:
1) You choose to expand and make your life and world-view bigger, brighter, and better. You decide to grow wiser, more content, and happier.
2) You choose or accept and contract. Everything gets smaller, dimmer, and less satisfying.
If you dig deeper, you will find your choice is more of a combination of the two. In turbulent times and good times.
The secret is to get rid of anything that doesn’t serve you and replace it with everything that does - at the same time.
Yin and Yang.
Open your eyes. Explore the good possibilities in life. Ignore everything that is holding you back. Go for your dreams.
May 19 2020