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 Sep 9, 2019
the stuff is good but half of the episode is advertising so you might as well skip to the middle


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Power of ONE Idea


Are you the kind of person who is searching high and low for anything that will make you happy, get you married, bring in more money, or allow you to ignore the crazy world we live in today?

If I may, it’s time that stop searching and do this -

Accept that ONE good idea, ONE good realization, or ONE good action can and will change your life instantly.

Before I continue, I'm not saying to focus on ONE thing as you'll find in Gary Keller's book. Nope. The ONE thing I'm talking about comes way before that. It has nothing to do with productivity, and it has everything to do with mindset and being specific.

You don’t have to listen to me, but I’ll give you a pat on the back if you at least consider it.

You see, everything gets easier when you develop, understand, and trust that ONE idea combined with day-to-day committed action will lead you to your dreams.

And that's not 16-hour, hair on fire, run as fast as you can, bend all the rules, shatter relationships, and get what you want at all cost days. No. It's the exact opposite.

When you buy into the mindset that ONE idea can and will change anything, you give yourself kick in the butt that launches you in a mindful and disciplined approach to find that ONE idea… or things… that you need. After that, steady plodding is all it takes.

Hmm… where did I hear before?

Another I hear came from Zig Ziglar. He said, "Most of us are walking generalities. What you need to be is a meaningful specific."

Owning a ONE idea mindset makes you and your journey meaningful. All you have to do is specifically target the actions required to get what you want every day, and the rest will take care of itself.

Oct 19, 2021
Are You Standing On The Edge of Your Dreams?

Are you standing on the edge of your dreams that haven’t become reality?

Steve Harvey is a funny man. He is also a wise man.

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 success you deserve.

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, and you will get bumped and bruised, but your parachute will open.

You must jump.

Look, let me get real.

If you want success, you must jump to your dreams so your parachute will open. If you don't jump, it will never open.

If you are standing on the edge of your dreams, the question is simple. You either you do or don't. If you do, JUMP. If not, find another edge - but make it one that makes you excited to jump.

Oct 18, 2021
Change Your Stories, Change Your Life

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Change Your Stories, Change Your Life

Today we begin with a truth that on the surface may not seem very motivational. However, accepting this truth will be the singularly most freeing and motivating thing you can do for yourself.

We live in a world dominated by agendas. These 'plans of others' are broadcast to propagandize your mind into believing in a way that will pull you off your path and put you on the path of another.

Worse, the stories you tell yourself, your Personal Propaganda, is doing the same thing.

That's not good. That's not bad. That's the truth. It has always been, and it always will be.

In choosing to live life your way and experience freedom at its highest levels, there is a rule that I have always followed -

The truth is the most motivating power you can access. If you dare to see and accept the truth in all areas of your life, you will then have the power to respond and act in ways that will change your life - instantly and for the long term.

Living your life on your terms isn't about fighting the good fight until you get what you want. It's about accepting the truth of who you are, ignoring the agendas of others, re-writing the stories you tell yourself, and acting in alignment with who you are on the inside.

It's simple.

When you change your stories, you change your life. That begins by accepting the truth.

Oct 13, 2021
Responding To Your Inner-Voice

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Responding To Your Inner-Voice

Inside all of you right now are dreams, desires, and visions of your future. If you pay attention, you can hear your inner voice nudging you in that direction. Something it’s been doing for years. 

Whether your inner voice is whispering for you to begin moving toward your dreams or stop a behavior that’s holding you back, it will never stop reminding you until you take action. That is where challenges happen.

It’s common for a person who finally listens to their inner voice to react eventually. They spring into action mode and begin moving as if it were an emergency, and they are driving the rescue vehicle 70 miles per hour to their destination. The result of reacting is almost always ending in disaster and making the problem worse.

There’s a reason they don’t call them ‘First Reactors.’

If you’ve ever observed a first responder in action, you have noticed that they are trained, equipped, follow a plan of action, and never react. They always respond in a thoughtful and calculated manner and are entirely focused on their mission and outcome.

The next time your inner voice provokes you to move, take a minute, think long-term, and respond with actions that will move toward your outcome. That’s how you build never-ending momentum.

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Oct 11, 2021
Formula For Finding Purpose

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Over the year’s the most popular question I get from the MOVERS around here is -

“How do I find my purpose and face my passion?”

If I were to expand on that question, it would be -

“What can I do today to find my purpose and overcome the fear of living my passion?”

In other words, it’s one thing to find it; it’s another thing to get yourself to do it.

Today we’ll focus on finding it.

In my quest to always be passionately living, I always turn to a 5-step process for discovering and facing your passion. It has never failed me.

1) Explore the possibilities that are available to you. The more, the better. Many things will interest you, and you should be willing to allow them into your life. 

2) Pay attention to what gets and keep your attention. Don’t fight the feeling. Just follow the urge to explore.

3) Deep dive into the things that are shoving themselves into your life and immersing yourself.

4) When you find yourself fascinated and nearly obsessed, even if it makes no sense at all, you are heading a new path. Don’t be surprised if it is nothing you’ve ever considered before.

The formula is simple: Exploration + Fascination = Facing Your Passion

While there can be several strategic steps within the steps above, the more significant challenge is to allow yourself to follow what you find. 

Once you find it, be sure you live it.

Oct 05, 2021
Are You Self-Sabotaging Your Success

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Are You Self-Sabotaging Your Success

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 night's sleep.

Oct 04, 2021
How To Rid Yourself of Burnout

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From time to time, almost everybody will feel as if they can't do IT anymore - whatever IT is. Something has to change, and they have no idea how. It's called burnout.

The good news is that you don't ever have to get burned out. The better news is that it's easy to keep yourself motivated, energized, and looking forward to every new day.

But what happens if you feel burned out today?

Let's start with something that may not be obvious to you. If you just figured out you were burning yourself out, everybody around you knew it a long time ago. We can always see burnout in somebody else before we can see it in ourselves. So, now that you've joined the burnout party, let's dig in a bit more.

People get confused about burnout and tend to blame it on working too many hours, with too much stress, not enough respect, and the feeling there is no way out. When that happens, dreams die, and you feel stuck. You may indeed find yourself in a burnout crisis, but you don't have to stay there. In fact—

You don't have to get more sleep…

You don't need to ask for a raise…

You don't need a long vacation…

While all of those things are good and will improve your life, the secret to not getting burned out, getting out of burnout, and never burning out again is simple; switch your activity's focus to things that excite and drive you.

How many times have you been dead tired yet found time to do something you love?

How many times has an old friend called after a long day, and your mood was instantly brightened?

How many times do you remember being in so in the groove that nothing else mattered?

You're not burned out. You are doing stuff that you don't like, and it's time for a change.

But what?

But when?

But how?

All good questions and the answers will arrive the minute you focus your mind and actions on meaningful and exciting thoughts and ideas - and start doing something about it.

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Sep 27, 2021
Two Hour Project Productivity Rule

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If you're spending any time trying to create a more fulfilling life, have you ever found yourself unable to work on meaningful projects?

Of course, we all have. Here's what usually happens:

1) We make a decision, conscious or unconscious, to spend an entire day or week charging through your project.

2) We "chunk" our project into 15-30 segments that we work on throughout the day.

The challenge happens when we never seem to be able to focus our attention for days or weeks at a time. Years pass, and nothing happens.

Changing our approach to short chunks is equally frustrating because it never allows enough time to get into a flow. That leads to stopping, starting, and not wanting to start again. Years pass, and nothing happens.

A better approach is to block your time into creative chucks and focus on a single project. After that, you can move on to less important items, take a break, and fire up another two-hour block. You could continue your previous focus, or switch to an entirely different project. In any case, days pass, and lots happens.

Without getting too deep, the process works because our focus will naturally diminish in two hours. With practice, you may be able to attain four to six hours. After that, you’re toast.

If you want to get something meaningful done, focus on it two hours a day, every day, and it will be done before you know it.

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Sep 21, 2021
How To Get Motivated Again

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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—

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.

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.

Setting big ass goals with further fuels your focus while it also serves to define your purpose. There's nothing more motivating than having a goal to pursue.

When life gets in the way, remember that the words you say create the emotions you feel. Negative self-talk will drag you, and everybody else, down. Everything changes when you make the words you say to yourself, internally and externally, positive and uplifting.

In the end, you're human, and your brain isn't wired to stay motivated all the time. However, when you give it a helping hand, it will always help you get what you want.

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Sep 20, 2021
Does Change Happen Instantly?

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You’ve likely heard that “Changes happens in an instant” - which is entirely accurate. But…

Is there one ‘instant’, and when will it happen?

Are there more than one ‘instants” required to get what you want? If so, when will they happen?

If you’ve ever worked toward a goal, you’ll find there are usually a series of small changes that happen in sequence. Whether they are slight shifts in your mindset or actions, or actual physical changes in your life, one thing usually leads to another.

Over the years, I have noticed a predictable one, two, three patterns that clients always follow in seeking change.

1) Step one is the clarity and figure things our phase. It is a time when you decide that you want to change something about your life. You may not know what or how, but you are now searching with a specific mission in mind. You are no longer looking backward. You have changed.

2) Once clarity emerges it is accompanied by excitement. This is the time to map out a path and choose strategies that move you closer to your goal. This could be called the ‘How’ stage. You being to create your roadmap. You have changed.

3) At this point, you are approaching the natural starting point. You know what you want, how to get it, and the time has come time to execute your plan with daily action. You are now committed to moving forward. You have changed.

It doesn’t matter what you want to change, you will always follow those three steps.

Whether it’s a goal that will take a day to accomplish or a year, you'll always get what you want if you sequentially move through the process.

The more action you take, the more you get small changes leading to your eventual goal.

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Sep 14, 2021
How To Keep Things Simple

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Last week in Daytona Beach, I noticed the seasons were changing. It may be too early for the leaves to change colors, but the license plates of our winter residents are beginning to take over the roads - and they sure are busy.

I like to keep life simple, so I notice when, even while beginning an exciting adventure, people seem to lose all common sense, embrace complexity, and lose track of how simple life can be.

My mind drifts in observational moments like these—

"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

And possibly the most appropriate.

"Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough." ~ Charles Warner

Your life will get more complicated without even trying so why not…

1) Practice the rule of "Good Enough."

2) Say No. Repeat it even if it's to yourself.

3) Remember, you're supposed to be happy.

Today, why not make an effort to simplify everything that crosses your path. It will make you and everybody around you happier.

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Sep 08, 2021
Mission-Focused Influence

How are you going to influence the world today?

What do you think about starting with yourself?

Getting what you want in life begins when you know what you want and believe that you can accomplish your goal.

Does that sound like you?

Simon Sinek calls it "The Golden Circle."

If you're like most folks, you spend a reasonable amount of time focusing on "What" you want and "How" you're going to get it.

Your "Why" tends to arrive last.

When you think that way, you'll find yourself wandering in the direction of what you think you want. And, nobody can help you because there is no belief and passion behind what you are doing.

On the other hand, when you begin with Why, the How becomes automatic, and the What tends to define itself.

When you know your Why, you become an inspiration to yourself and everybody who crosses your path.

That's how you influence the world.

Sep 07, 2021
What Matters in Life

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Have you noticed how few things in life require absolute attention?

Sure, occasionally, you will be served a little more than you think you can handle, but you always manage it.

Sometimes you will worry a little more about things than you should. No matter how detailed you cook up and plan your worry in your mind, you always get through it.

Does somebody looks at you the wrong way or, worse, say something that hurts your feelings?

You might freak out a bit but always get back on track.

Today, and nearly every day of your life, virtually everything that crosses your path will have no long-term impact on your life.

It simply doesn’t matter.

John C. Maxwell said it best, “You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.

In most cases, almost any reaction you have to the actions of others never amounts to anything.

So, why not stop reacting like it’s important?

Why not stop carrying the worry that often comes as part of the package.

Why not just keep an eye on YOUR prize of a happy life instead of worrying about others? After all, that’s about all that matters.

Sep 06, 2021
Planning Your Life Like a Business

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For most of the last two decades, I've made my living my passion - a dream most people have. That doesn't mean it's been easy, but it does mean that I've learned a few things about how to create what you want.

Let me begin by saying that most folks have difficulty breaking free from past limiting beliefs and creativity, creating a compelling future. I believe that happens because all of us are thrust into being "common folks" who must fit into society. Abe Lincoln may have said—

"God must have loved the common people, for he made so many of them." He was wrong. There is no "common man"—no standardized, common pattern. He would have been nearer the truth had he said, "God must have loved uncommon."

If uncommon is your normal state, how do you create a different life from anybody else?

While there are many behavioral subcategories and skillsets allow us to achieve our dreams, it all begins with deciding to script your success — just like we do in business.

Now, if you're not in business, hang in there for a minute while I explain a simple strategy that can change your life.

A business person will succeed or fail based on their ability to do business with a certain customer, with a certain product in a certain way. Certain meaning "free from doubt or reservation, confident, and sure. In other words,

1) They choose the perfect avatar for their perfect customer.

2) They select the perfect product and solution that would solve their customers' problems.

3) They fulfill their promise to their customer via a product, service, or plan.

Just for grins and giggles, what if you did the same for your life?

1) Dig deep inside yourself and script the perfect avatar that reflects the real and future you?

2) What if you took the time to determine the exact solution that would create the life of your dreams?

3) What if you scripted a series of beliefs and actions that would lead you to your perfect life?

Frankly, if you held yourself to the same return on investment standard as a business, your life would change instantly. That's what happens to a business when customers realize they must have the solution they offer.  Sales explode! The same thing will happen to you.

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Sep 01, 2021
S.M.A.R.T Goals Are Not Realistic


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.

Excuse me?

Since when did big-ass goals seem achievable and realistic? If that were true, you would already be doing them. Anytime you're 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.  Being specific and measurable is all it takes.

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Aug 31, 2021
Purpose and Happiness

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You might not be surprised to hear me say that everybody I know has moments when they ponder their purpose in life and wonder if they are on the right track.

You might also agree with me that everybody wants more happiness in their life.

There’s no doubt, the twin pursuits of searching for purpose and happiness are baked into our DNA, but there is a better way to think about it. A better mindset, if you will.

Purpose is simply expressing yourself fully throughout your lifetime. You are likely doing that now in some capacity. If you are unfulfilled, you only need to find a new way to express yourself. Or, as I’ve said for years—

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

When you feel as if you are expressing yourself fully, you are living within your purpose.

Now, about happiness.

Most folks tend to define happiness as something that arrives “because” of something else. They make their happiness conditional. When you get a new job, home, relationship, you’ll be happy. But it’s easier than that.

Happiness is in and of itself a mindset that you choose to hold. It’s nothing special and it lives within you. You are happy, or you are not. It’s that simple.

When you choose the happiness mindset, you form a happiness habit that becomes part of your personality, and you wear throughout your life. No matter what happens, you choose to be happy.

If happiness results from conditions that you choose, choose the condition of being alive.

In the end, there is no need to pursue your purpose or happiness as if it’s a goal. Both are within you right now if you choose to recognize them.

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Aug 30, 2021
Balance of Personal Power

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If you've ever found yourself struggling to stay on track every day, your personal power is out of balance.

Before I go on, let me say that personal power is more than a slogan and, it is not automatically activated upon birth.

Rising into your personal power is a personal choice. It is a decision followed by discipline to become a complete person instead of a narrowly focused human stumbling through life.

It is a power that arrives when you realize that the sum is better than the parts.

It’s not about your health, relationships, or how much money you make.

It's not about your spiritual beliefs, values, or your integrity.

It's not about how you treat your children, spouse, or friends.

Personal power is about mastering every important aspect of your life into one thing call YOU.

Every characteristic of your life is important. When you balance them with focused synchronicity, your power rises, and you become the person you were meant to be.

Aug 24, 2021
Productivity. Your Number One Success Tool

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If you talk to any successful person and ask how they got that way, it boils down to three things:

1) They decided what they wanted life and success to be.

2) They decided to say “No” to everything else and “Yes” to themselves.

3) They decided to embrace and practice maximum productivity toward their goal.

I suppose that if I said it another way, it would be that life always leads you to a crossroads of decision. Stay on your current path, and you get what you’ve always had. The problem is we don’t know if it will last forever or come to a dead end. Success requires a directional choice.

When you say “Yes” to yourself, you choose to take control of your destiny and not trust fate. Making a choice gives you power. It also energizes the true secret of success—productivity.

Successful people are masters at focusing massive productivity directly on their goals and charging toward what they want. They don’t spend time discussing what they want. They spend time making it happen with every waking moment.

Unsuccessful people are frozen, unable to turn their dreams into reality and wonder why they can’t get what they want.

Don’t get caught up in the drama of getting what you want in life. Make a decision and get busy. The more productive you are, the faster you get what you want.

Aug 23, 2021
Returning To Your Dreams

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Returning To Your Dreams

Can you remember a time when you filled your thoughts with dreams and ambitions? 

That’s how most of us live our early lives - until the real world splits into two distinct periods:

1) BEFORE life gets in the way. Anything IS possible. It’s a beautiful time when you run as fast as you can toward your goals. Even if your parents disagree.

2) AFTER life gets in the way. Anything WAS possible. Life is good, but it’s not what you expected. Your parents would have said, “I told you so.”

What if it was possible to remember what you wanted and why you wanted it?

What if you could stand on a foundation of wisdom and experience?

What if you combine what you have now with what you want? 

That would be a great new life, wouldn’t it?

Wait. It is possible. 

All you have to do is remember what you wanted all these years and start running after it again.

Run fast. You’ve waited long enough.

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Aug 16, 2021
Breaking Bad Habits Now or Later

How many times have you heard it takes 21 days to create or break a habit? Probably as many times as you've tried to make a change to your life.

Creating a new lifestyle is nothing more than applying a different set of actions day-to-day. In doing so, you are forming a mental link that strengthens each time you repeat the action.

The guys in the white coats call this "context-dependent repetition." It's a dynamic automatic behavior that saves your brainpower in a busy world. Research has also found that while the common habit-forming time is 66 days, it's also possible to form a new habit instantly if your belief and desire to change are strong.

How cool is that?

That means you can set a new habit in the next few minutes. If you want bad enough, you can change right now instead of taking 66 days to do it.

I say 21 days is for Blackjack, and 66 days is for ordinary people. You are not ordinary. Why not get it done now and keep moving?

Aug 09, 2021
Steps to fulfillment

I often run across a lesson that makes a difference in my life. This one came from the time I spent with Tony Robbins in 2006. When it comes to building Momentum, it's still relevant today:

1) Get Clear. Confusion creates paralysis.

2) Get Certain. You must believe it is possible.

3) Get Excited. Light your hair on fire, kick yourself in the butt and take on your life.

4) Get Focused. Distraction is the result of a lack of focus. Avoid it at all cost.

5) Get Committed. You are going to do it or not. Decide today.

6) The hardest part is starting. Get Momentum. Once you get moving, never lose that Momentum.

7) Get Smart. Trust your gut. You know what's right for you. If you're not getting what you want, use your brain and change direction.

Aug 06, 2021
Is it Time to MOVE Faster?

Is your hair on fire for success? 

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 05, 2021
Choosing Good People in Your Life

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

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

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

It's less than you think.

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

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

Aug 04, 2021
Mindset for Success (Part Two)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 03, 2021
Mindset for Success (Part One)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 02, 2021
Why You Need WHY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He didn't buy my answer.

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

Wow! Boom! Bang! KaPOW!

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

Jul 30, 2021
Doing Nothing is Better Than Doing Something


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

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

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

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

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

Doing nothing looks like this:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 29, 2021
Aiming For Success

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

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

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

Jul 28, 2021
How to Find Your Purpose and Passion

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

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

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

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

So, how do you do that?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 27, 2021
Purposeful Goal Setting 

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

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

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

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

That leads me to the two definitions of goals:

1) The end toward which effort is directed.

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

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

But what's the real difference?

What "end" do you place your focus on?

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

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

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


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

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

What I can say is this.

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

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

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

Now, let me be clear...

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

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

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

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

So what counts?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 23, 2021
Does Your Book Have a Happy Ending

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

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

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

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

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

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

As the conversation continues, I make these points:

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

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

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

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

Speaking of simple…

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

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


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

Simple enough.

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

Life is averagely good.

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

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

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

Somebody else imagined building the city you call home.

Somebody else imagined designing the car you drive.

Somebody else imagined the phone in your pocket.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 20, 2021
Don't Let Simple Get Complicated


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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 20, 2021
The Best Change is Self-Inflicted Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 19, 2021
Time to Focus Bigger?

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

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

The solution is to think bigger.

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

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

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

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

Jul 16, 2021
How To Make Your Luck

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 15, 2021
Manufacturing More Time to Reach Your Goals


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 13, 2021
Prepare For Greatness

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

What does greatness take?

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 12, 2021
Start Living Your Perfect Day

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

If you build it, they will come!

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

Here’s how:

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

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

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

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

Jul 09, 2021
What if Today Was Your Last

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

How about a week, month, or year?

What would be necessary for you?

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

How will you live today?

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

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

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

Jul 08, 2021
Keep Your Plans a Secret

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 07, 2021
Keeper of the Vision

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.

Jul 06, 2021
Don’t Be Who You Are Not


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

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

My advice was simple.

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 05, 2021
How to Maintain Momentum

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

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

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

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

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

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

5) Repeat until you get what you want.

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

Jul 02, 2021
Removing Blocks That Get in Your Way

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 01, 2021
Good Habits Good Life

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

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

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

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

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

Good habits, done daily, create success.

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

Settled habits maintain success.

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

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

Jun 30, 2021
Stages of Changing Your Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winston Churchill said something else -

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

Keep that in mind as you speed forward.

Jun 29, 2021
Creative Productivity

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 28, 2021
Minimum Viable Actions

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

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


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

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

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

Jun 25, 2021
3 Question Goal Setting

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

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

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

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

It’s simple.

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

Jun 24, 2021
Life is About Experience and Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 23, 2021