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 Sep 9, 2019
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How To Believe in Yourself

It’s the time of year when the world begins to believe.

Children always believe. They don’t know otherwise. Adults view the world with a different set of eyes, so building self-confidence requires a little more focus.

1) Building belief in yourself begins by taking care of yourself. There is tremendous power in taking control of your body, mind, and spirit daily. You will feel yourself get stronger from the inside out.

2) Once you take control of your own life, it’s time to open your horizons and expand your worldview. Be brave and look outside yourself for new ways to explore the world around you. Start with small steps and grow. The more steps you take, the more your belief in yourself will arise.

3) Share what you have learned with others and give them a helping hand. The positive feedback you receive will build the belief and self-confidence that will make you unstoppable.

Nov 30, 2020
Why You Should Set Goals

Are you feeling excited to be alive today?

Why not fire yourself up by becoming a goal setter on a mission to maximize your life experience?

I've said for years that goals are the heartbeat of your life. Goals make you feel alive and give purpose to your daily experience - and experience is what life is all about.

You can also consider goals as tangible expressions of your values. Through your daily actions, you express how you feel on the inside.

Goals are also automatic. Set them for yourself, or you'll find that other, well-meaning people will be happy to set them for you.

The meaningful life you desire is a result of setting and pursuing meaningful goals. Never set goals and forget them. Set, pursue, and LIVE them.

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Nov 23, 2020
Simple Reset For Maximum Productivity

How would you like to be more productive AND enjoy your day?

I’ve always been the kind of person who believed that life is life. Whether living your personal life, working at your job, or building a business. You are still the same person no matter what you are doing. Leaving yourself behind while you do something else is not a recipe or success.

Instead, as you go about the business of your day, why not have a little bit of YOU tucked in your back pocket?

Do you have a hobby? Do you need to send a note to a loved one? Are you working your way through a romance novel?

Your goal should be to find small breaks between your focus at work to be YOU for a few minutes before getting back to work. Two things will happen:

1) You’ll get more done. I promise.

2) You’ll be living your authentic self.

No matter what you find yourself doing today, YOU are still YOU. Be a happier warrior and bring yourself to every challenge.

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Nov 17, 2020
How To Completely Change Your Life - The Easy Way

Have you been running full speed ahead - knowing you’re not heading in the right direction?

It’s easy to get caught up in the business of life and find yourself off track.

Could your experience could be better?

It comes down to awareness and decisions:

1) Everything begins when you recognize that something needs to change - and admit it to yourself. Is the time now?

2) Driving forward will only add to unhappiness. Instead, keep up with life and push the pause button on everything else—no pulling or pushing. You are only pausing.

3) During this time, work your way back to YOU. There’s no hurry. You may have been off-track for a long time.

4) Remember your dreams. Now that you have space, it’s time to explore how everything fits into your life today - and your future. Begin to take action in any direction that makes you happy.

Once you find enjoyment, accept it, and defend it with all your energy. Spend the rest of your days bringing more into your life.

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Nov 16, 2020
Think Like a Founder With Vision


I spoke with a client a few days ago about what is expected from his employees while he is in the office.

Like any successful business owner, he hits the ground running and leads be an example. Always available to help, his days were routinely becoming 16-hours long. Vacation days were 8-hours. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see how unsustainable that can be.

And that’s not what anybody wants.

Whether you work with family, staff, employees, or any group of people, they all want the same thing—empathy, understanding, and leadership.

Begin every day by taking a few minutes to see your vision. Spend the day casting that vision; you’ll find that everybody is happier and more successful.

The best leaders are members of the tribe, but they never forget their job is to lead others toward their vision.

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Nov 11, 2020
How To Make Sure You Are Living With Gratitude

Here we are again, approaching the end of the year. It is a time when you may find your mindset taking on a feeling of gratitude. This year more than ever. What a wild ride it has been!

Simply put, gratitude is the state of being grateful. It is also a two-way street:

1) When you are appreciative of what you have received, you have gratitude. That’s the only way that you can expect to get more of what you want.

2) When you express gratitude for what you have received, you are living in a grateful state? The only way others know how you feel is to tell them - right?

Receiving and expressing gratitude requires few words. With practice, it requires even less thought. There’s no better way to make your day better than living will gratitude in your heart. Especially when you make sure the world knows it.

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Nov 09, 2020
What Kind of Success Action Are You Taking?

Are you a motivated individual? You’ve heard the secret to getting what you want to take action. But what kind of action?

Do you choose “Massive IMPERFECT Action” focused on your goal? Willing to do whatever it takes and clean up your mess when you finish?

Do you choose “How Bad Do You Want It Action” to fuel your efforts?

Do you choose “I Better Do it or Else” ACTION because you see the pain coming if you don’t?

Do you choose “You Better Do It or Else” because somebody else will bring the pain?

Do you choose “I’m Waiting to See What Happens” ACTION and put your fate in something else?

Do you choose “I’m Not Going to Do Anything” ACTION because you don’t know what to do?

Whether your action is passive or active; there is a reward or penalty. You may as well select the one that serves you best.

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Nov 09, 2020
Tidy Up Your Day


No matter how busy your day gets, there are always two things that will improve any day.

First, seek to learn one good thing each day that will make you a better person. You will likely need to carve out a dedicated time to make that happen, but it's worth it. It's time to become the person you are meant to be. Not only will you be happier, but all the other challenges of the day will also become much more manageable.

And since you never know how long you will walk on this planet, be sure to tidy up your day. Making an effort never to have any loose ends provides peace of mind. It also makes for a good night's sleep.

Mindlessly going through your day is for amateurs. Mindfulness is how you make sure every day fulfills your purpose.

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Nov 03, 2020
What You Can Learn From a Happy Dog

I have a friend named Jaxon that is so consistent and successful; he makes me a bit jealous. I know I shouldn’t be that way, but I can’t help it.

Jaxon is not the most talented. He doesn’t work harder. He doesn’t get serious and stuffy. Win or lose, Jaxon always has a reason to celebrate, although he wins most of the time - then he takes a nap.

My dog, Levi, likes Jaxon too. They compete together in dog agility competitions.

Levi runs faster and wins more blue ribbons. He also crashes and burns more too.

While their styles are different, both dogs run because they love it. Both are winners, Both are happy dogs.

You can learn a lot from a happy dog.

Whether you run fast or slow, as long as you enjoy the game, you will be will always be a winner.

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Nov 02, 2020
Clarity is Playing at a Theatre Near You

Clarity is Playing at a Theatre Near You

Have you noticed we live in an age when what you hear and see is not necessarily what is happening?

It seems our shorter attention spans and social media have elevated attention-grabbing to the point where it overtakes clarity of message.

One of my mentors is Donald Miller, the creator of Storybrand. He says, “if you make somebody burn too many calories to understand you, they will never understand you. They’ll move on to an easier choice.”

Another one of my mentors is my son, Austin. He’s a smart young man these days, but I remember when he was five years old and taught me a lesson about clarity - when Disney released a new movie.

Like most kids, Austin was excited and wouldn’t stop talking about it. One day I asked, in a very adult way, “Okay, where are we going to see this movie?” He answered, “At a theatre near you!”

Yes. His answer was correct for a five-year-old who didn’t need to worry about which theatre had the film. After all, that’s Dad’s job.

When your answer to questions creates more questions, everything takes longer to complete.

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Oct 29, 2020
The Journey In Between

The Journey In Between

Have you ever noticed that the most dramatic life changes happen when you are in between life events?

In between jobs?

In between relationships?

In between anything?

Sometimes in between is voluntary, like a vacation. Other times it is forced upon you like a job loss. In between presents an opportunity to change how you do things. Modify your daily experience. Even change your life direction.

Being in between is almost always a pre-curser to change. That can be scary and exciting at the same time.

If you think about your life, in between is where your most important decisions have taken place.

There’s no need to fear change. That’s where the fun stuff begins - eventually.

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Oct 27, 2020
Daily Rules For a Happier You

Daily Rules For a Happier You

Every day we all jump into the craziness of life without much thought to the basic rules we use to run our day. Here are a few of mine. You can borrow then if you would like:

1) Do what makes your heart sing. You'll always feel better when you are dancing down your path.

2) Believe anything is possible. As soon as you believe - everything IS possible.

3) Be nice to others. Expect them to do the same. No further explanation is required.

4) Believe in people and encourage their dreams. When you do, they'll return the favor.

5) Do the right thing. If you mess up, say you're sorry, try again.

6) Meet people where they are in their life and walk with them to where you both want to go.

7) Do what you say you will do. It's always better to under-promise and over-deliver.

8) Make lemonade out of lemons. Everything is fixable if you have the right mindset.

9) Keep things simple. Yup.

10) Relax. Life is short. Double yup.

When you focus on life's big picture, it's easier to enjoy your daily experiences.

Oct 26, 2020
Year of Second Chances

Year of Second Chances

As we get closer to the end of 2020, I’m noticing there are two very different kinds of people in my life:

1) People who are waiting to see what is going to happen next. While they are living in everyday life, they are paused.

2) People who have decided that life is too short to wait for things to happen. They’re starting businesses, buying homes, traveling, and more.

Have you taken advantage of the opportunity to reevaluate your path and live your passion in 2020?

Are you willing to explore the possibilities of a new direction? While reserving the right to do nothing at all?

Do you have desire or fear for things not in your life or anticipated for the future?

Are things presently in your life causing you pleasure or distress?

That should get the juices flowing.

The reset has only begun. If you even want to reinvent yourself, this is the year to make it happen.

Oct 20, 2020
No More Stress By Replacing Your To-Do List

Everybody has a lot to do. If you use a To-Do list to keep up - and it's stressing you - it may be time to replace it with a "Did I Do It List." 

To-Do Lists transform you into an expert at chasing checkmarks. Chasing anything is stressful - and there is a better way:

1) Never commit to more than you can get done in one day. That takes awareness and honesty.

2) Once you know what you need to get done, add it to your "Did I Do It List" and use it for reference throughout your day.

3) Always double-check that you are accomplishing tasks you determined as vital before taking on additional items.

A focused path produces fewer random tasks. Using a "Did I Do It List" will focus you on your goals and create quick results.

Oct 19, 2020
Transitional Relationships

Transitional Relationships

Socrates had it right when it comes to friendship -

“Be slow to fall into friendship, but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.”

Having great friends and healthy relationships is an asset. They give you more energy and make life more enjoyable. But not all relations can or should last forever.

Transitional relationships come into your life for a reason and a season.

They could be a transactional relationship with a Realtor helping you sell your home. A mentor who steps into your life - even be a new romantic relationship after a breakup.

Transitional relationships enter your life to help you go from where you are to where you want to go. Once you’re there, they are no longer needed.

Oct 14, 2020
Controlling Communication and Staying Focused

Controlling Communication and Staying Focused

We live in a world where an open communication line is a significant factor in moving forward. But how do you keep things flowing and stay focused on what is important to you?

There is a method used by improvisational actors to keep the conversation flowing. It involves agreement and modifiers such as "Yes" and "And."

Answering "Yes" removes any block and keeps the flow going. But since you want to control your focus, adding ”If” and “And" allows you to redirect for your benefit.

Here's an example.

Them: "Hey? Do you think you can help me with a project?"

You: "Yes, I would love to help. IF it's okay, I need to finish what I'm doing, AND I can call you later."

All it takes is three words for you to stay focused on the track to your goals.

Oct 13, 2020
Creating More Time For Yourself

Creating More Time For Yourself

We all have lots to do every day. Wouldn’t it be great if you could manufacture more time? 

The trick is how you prioritize tasks and projects already on your plate - and updating how you think:

1) If a task requires thinking, multitasking is a myth. You are switching your focus. That’s time-wasting and tiring.

2) Working on multiple projects that require your brain delays the outcome from every project on your list.

3) When you focus on completing a single project, you begin to get the benefits it produces far earlier - and longer. You will also find more time available for your next project.

The next time you need more time to get things done, ask yourself -

“What project or task can I complete that will begin producing results the fastest?”

Get excited. You are about to build massive momentum!

Oct 12, 2020
Release Stress With Grounded Logic

Release Stress With Grounded Logic

Are you feeling a little more stressed than you usual? I have a time-proven and very human way of releasing or at least managing your stress.

If you can pause your mind from spinning for a few minutes, try this:

1) Recognize that you are viewing your current situation from an emotional state-of-mind. We all do. However, significant decisions rarely come from emotions.

2) While paused, gather all facts that are driving how you feel. The goal is to understand what is going on in your life logically.

3) Once you separate your emotions from the facts, you will see what is causing your stress. You will also see options for removing it from your life.

4) Now, it’s time to commit to taking action to remove what is causing stress - even if it scares you.

Always check your emotions with logical thinking. When you do, a plan will emerge, and stress will disappear. Try it today.

Oct 05, 2020
7 Rules to Life-Long Happiness

7 Rules to Life-Long Happiness

I'm a fan of Stoic Philosophy. While it may be over 2,000 years old, its practicality is still useful.

These rules to live by will help you have a happier life:

1. If you're going to learn and succeed, be humble. There is always someone smarter, more successful, and wiser. 

2. Find the right scene. Choose your friends and situations. If you want to rise in life, you can't allow yourself to be held down by others.

3. Protect your time. Seneca said, "We're tight-fisted with property and money, yet think too little of wasting time, the one thing about which we should all be the toughest misers." Life is short.

4. Never do anything out of habit. Always think about how you can do things better and always question yourself.

5. Keep it simple — do your job. Approach every task as if it were your last because it very well could be.

6. Adapt and learn from failure. Using your success to justify complacency is common. It's also easy, which is why most people do it. You can do more and be better.

7. Live below your means. The more you need work to maintain your needs, the less you will enjoy what you have.

Everything in life comes down to keeping things simple and mastering the basics. That's how you get the success you deserve.

Sep 29, 2020
4-Question To Ask Before Starting Any Goal

4-Question To Ask Before Starting Any Goal

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

These four questions will help sort out everything for you:

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 28, 2020
Self-Made Success Requires No Permission

Self-Made Success Requires No Permission

The year 2020 has proven to be a never-ending challenge for many. It has also confirmed that having control of your mindset and actions are now pivotal traits.

I've worked with thousands of people who find themselves against a wall and stuck in neutral. Two things always happened:

1) Through no fault of their own, everything familiar was no longer. They know they need to pivot but are frozen.

2) Not knowing which way to go, they were waiting for permission to get started - even if it was from themselves.

The solution is to start thinking like a self-made person.

Being self-made means that YOU decide what YOU want, and YOU don't need to wait for anybody's permission. You do it.

You have everything inside of you to make 2020 a great year. Accept that change must happen and take action right away.

Sep 20, 2020
Busting Through Limiting Beliefs

Busting Through Limiting Beliefs

Have you ever had the feeling that something is holding you back? You have limiting beliefs.

You were not born with limiting beliefs. Your experiences have installed a belief system within you. It serves as your guide in everything you do. The next time you find yourself unable to move forward, try these steps:

1) Identify the thought or behavior that is blocking you. In today’s busy world, that can be a challenge. Catch yourself in the act, pause, and identify what you are feeling.

2) Test that feeling by asking WHY you feel that way. Is it real, or is it an automatic response? Is it necessary for you? Would you like to keep it or change it?

3) Validate the answer you gave yourself, and commit to experiences that support your goals. You are now changing the path of your life.

Having limited beliefs is ordinary and necessary. Can you imagine what your life would be like if you had no limits at all? Wait? You don’t!

Sep 15, 2020
Reinventing Yourself Now

Reinventing Yourself Now

Change is one of those things that happens over time for most people. Sometimes you have no choice. If the past few months' events have you thinking about tweaking your life - I have a couple of suggestions to get you started.

1) No matter what dreams you hold, be sure to inventory the good, bad, and ugly of your current situation. You can't move forward if you don't know where you are starting. Don't be afraid. Information is power.

2) Next, decide WHAT you want and paint a picture of your life after your journey. Knowing your destination before you begin assures your success.

3) Now that you have laid the foundation, it's time to understand WHY you want it so bad. Doing the previous two steps should have built your desire and excitement. When that happens, it's time to lock in your WHY and get moving.

Know where you are, what you will create, and WHY you must achieve your goal. Realistic and grounded thinking makes anything possible.

Sep 14, 2020
You Are In Control of Your Happiness

You Are In Control of Your Happiness

What would you say if I told you that being happier is within your control and has nothing to do with your mindset?

A study from Dartmouth College found that most people are happy before they turn 18 and after 60 years of age. In between is where you ride the happiness roller coaster.

How do you get off?

It turns out that being happier comes down to three things:

1) Control. People who have a feeling of control in their lives tend to be happier in general.

2) Education. Whether you earn a college degree or teach yourself, more education means a happier you.

3) Job. You were born to be busy. Having a fulltime or part-time job, even owning your own business will make you a happier person.

Your education and your job enhance your view of the world. So if you want to be happy for the rest of your life, fill your mind with lots of education and work at a satisfying job.

Your reward will be a feeling of control that will put a smile on your face every day.

Sep 07, 2020
Are You a Rock Star or Member of The Band?

Are You a Rock Star or Member of The Band?

I have a question for you - 

Are you a Rock Star or a member of the band?

Either is okay, but it sure helps to know which Role you play while you are moving toward your goals.

I remember talking with my Son after graduation. He had set his sights on becoming a Rock Star. Now, as a Dad who had BIG dreams and hard-won experience, I knew I had to give him perspective. So I asked -

Are you willing to do what it takes to rise to the top? And if you don’t get what you want, will you be happy settling for life in the background?

That’s when he said, “I wouldn’t be happy being a background singer.”

He chased his dreams for a few years until he found a new passion that fits him like a glove. He may not be on stage, but he is a huge fish in a massive pond - and happy as a clam. You might call him a Rock Star!

You will always get what you want if you are willing to do whatever it takes to reach your dreams.

How bad do you want it?

Aug 31, 2020
Happiness is Like Shopping For a New Home

Happiness is Like Shopping For a New Home

Two years ago, a friend called to let me know she found the home she was going to live in forever. Now she’s shopping again. When I heard the story of her search, it sounded familiar.

Whether it’s a home, happiness, or anything else, it always seems to go like this -

You want something different - although you may not know what you mean by that.

You settle into “I’ll know it when I see it” mode and start exploring.

Your search becomes all-consuming and begins to stress you out. You stop.

That’s when the perfect “fill in the blank” opportunity pops into your life.

“See! I can see it now!” You thrust yourself into action mode and turn your dreams into reality.

True or true?

I call this exploring the possibility.

Sometimes you have to see, touch, and feel things before you know if you want it.

Aug 25, 2020
Talk Yourself Into Success

Talk Yourself Into Success

How much better would your day be if you knew what surprises were lurking around the corner?

While you can’t predict everything, you can prepare for most things using “How Do I Feel Strategy Sessions.”

Here’s how it works:

1) Take a few minutes and review what’s going on in your life. Your job. Your vacations. Your relationships. Your goal is to recognize what is likely to need your attention.

2) Now, think through every possible scenario and outcome for each item on your list. Imagine what may happen and craft a plan for handling it in your favor.

3) When the situation arrives, remember how you decided to handle it and stay in control.

Thinking through and forming a pre-planned response will always make you the most powerful person in the room.

Aug 24, 2020
Amping Up Your Productivity

Amping Up Your Productivity

Do you ever run out of day before you run out of To-Dos?

Getting what you want in life if often blocked by simple habits that are getting in your way. There are two that everybody tends to miss:

1) The first productivity super-charger is to understand that tomorrow begins today. Planning ahead and setting your path is vital to reach your desired outcome.

2) The second takes a few minutes in the morning before you get busy. The goal is to ground yourself, review your days' plan, and reaffirm what must be done.

There's one more that is even more important.

Every day has "Non-Optional Activities" that take more time than you think. Non-Opts are taking care of personal needs, like eating and sleeping. They are traffic delays—someone walking into your office or calling you for advice.

Non-Opts are always present and they sap your productivity by robbing you of your time and focus.

Recognizing and allowing time for non-opts is the fastest way to optimize and ramp up your productivity.

Aug 17, 2020
Validating Your Goals

Validating Your Goals

Have you ever found yourself setting a goal and then pushing the pause button?

When my clients are revved up, excited, and not moving, the first thing I do is validate their goal by asking:

1) Do you know what your goal looks like and believe you can attain it?

2) Do you have a roadmap for achieving your goal?

3) Are the steps within your roadmap sufficient to reach your goal?

Number three is the most critical indicator.

An example would be a goal of losing 100 pounds in a year - with a plan that results in a loss of 5 pounds per month. It's a good plan, but you won't reach your goal.

Know your goal. Believe it is possible. Create a roadmap. Validate that your actions will result in success. That's how you do it.

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Aug 10, 2020
Get Momentum With One Question

Get Momentum With One Question

Have you been busier than ever or sidelined waiting for life to continue these last few months?

You’re not alone.

Most people are feeling off-balance, unfocused, and lacking direction and momentum.

When I feel momentum slow, I have a favorite question I ask myself and others who need a boost -

What CAN I do?

Are you willing to ask? Are you ready to accept the answer no matter how small? No matter how big or scary?

If so, you will free yourself from being stuck, and a path will reveal itself.

Experience has taught me the answer will be one of two choices:

1) A minimal adjustment in some area of your life.

2) The realization that something significant must change. Are you ready to toss out the old and go for it?

Ask yourself, “What CAN I do?” - and be willing to accept the answer that you receive.

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Aug 03, 2020
Reach Your Goals Faster

Reach Your Goals Faster

Success in business and life quickly comes down to simple focus and common sense.

Here are three kick-starting questions that will help keep you get there fast:

1) What exactly do you want from your job, business, family, or life? What should it provide you?

2) What is the absolute minimum necessary you need to reach your goal?

3) What is the fastest and easiest path to get it done?

Every day your job is to focus your activity on the next step in front of you, what is essential, and what you want most. That’s living in the moment - and getting what you want.

Jul 27, 2020
Happiness Starts Today

Happiness Starts Today

Do you ever wake up in the morning and jump straight into your To-Do list? 

During times like these, it's easy to lose track of the big picture. Worse, to lose track of where you were heading.

That's why we do our Homework on Monday. It's a powerful way to keep an eye on what is essential in your life while you get the day-to-day stuff done.

Here's how to do it:

1) Check-in with the 'Roles' and 'Goals' you have in your life. Do you like what you have or do you need to make a change? Decide what action you focus on this week.

2) 'Hold Space' on your calendar and fill it with your 'Roles and Goals. Don't let day-to-day challenges toss you off track.

3) No matter how busy you get, review your homework throughout the week. Live in the moment, but make sure those moments are moving in the direction of your goals.

Tomorrow's happiness is a result of your focus today. Focus on the good stuff. Do good stuff. Live good stuff.

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Jul 20, 2020
Setting and Understanding Expectation

Setting and Understanding Expectation

Imagine how your life would improve if everybody in your world understood what to expect.

Expectations are powerful. Pay attention to these three:

1) What do you expect of yourself? You get to decide how you approach the world.

2) What do you expect of others? Clearly, understand what you expect of others. That allows you to avoid surprises - and toxic relationships.

3) What do others expect of you? When you let others know what they can expect of you - and walk your talk - you are living in integrity.

Your life will always be more comfortable when you know what to expect of yourself and others. 

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Jul 15, 2020
Removing Blocks and Frustration

Removing Blocks and Frustration

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.

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Jul 13, 2020
Should You Master Mind?

Should You Master Mind?

In 1938 Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich" popularized the concept of a Master Mind. Not a character in an Austin Powers movie, but the true path to success for anybody who wants it.

According to Hill, a Master Mind is "the coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose."

It gets better.

"No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible, intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind".

And better.

With PERSISTENCE and intelligence, and use discrimination in the selection of your "Master Mind" group, your objective will have been half-way reached, even before you begin to recognize it.

Did he say half-way reached?

Networking and collaboration are like a task on a To-Do list. If you want more, a Master Mind is how you get it.

Jul 06, 2020
How to Dream BIG

How to Dream BIG

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

Do those visions keep popping into your head? 

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


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


What scares you - and excites you?


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


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

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

Jun 29, 2020
How To Stay Focused on What You Want

How To Stay Focused on What You Want

As a child, the most important thing on my mind was heading out the door for an endless adventure. It usually ended in a game of Hide-And-Seek.

As we grow into adults, we tend to have other important items that distract us and our days. Eat, sleep, pay bills, feed the dog, take care of the kids, mow the lawn. We stay busy until we realize -

Since when did day-to-day tasks become more important than life-long dreams?

Steven Covey reminded us of the power of focusing on what's most important in our life. When things get busy, get it done, and get back to focusing on what you want.

I wonder if it’s time to put yourself, your dreams, and your future back on the important list?

Jun 22, 2020
Release Stress With Structure

Release Stress With Structure

Would you like to have less stress in your life and more fun? Of course, you would. But how is that possible in today’s world?

In my life, I’ve encountered two approaches to managing stress that always appear:

1) Many people blow off stress by acting spontaneously and doing something crazy.

2) Others create a constant routine and build a predictable structure into their lives. 

Studies support the effectiveness of choosing either. When you combine both is where the fun happens.

When you take the time to tame the craziness in your life and create a structured day-to-day approach, you will find yourself with more time for spontaneous activity. And you will do it without having the stress of what think you should be doing.

Structure your life for peace of mind. Feed your soul with spontaneity.

Jun 15, 2020
Are You Blocking Your Happiness?

Are You Blocking Your Happiness?

Is there something in your life that you are resisting?

The old saying, "What you resist will persist" is always at play. It is a potent force in both enhancing and debilitating ways.

In my life, I have learned the root cause of anything I resist is either fear of change or misdirected focus. Others say, “I haven't learned my lesson."

In any case, the solution has always been:

1) Identify the unwanted issue that is persisting.

2) Identify what the desire instead of the problem issue.

3) Summon the courage to stop resisting. Accept that you have learned the lesson. Commit to learning a new one.

What you resist will persist. Sometimes the only way to win the fight is to give up the fight.

Jun 07, 2020
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
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
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
Choosing To Thrive

Choosing To Thrive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 18, 2020
Plugging Into Simple

Plugging Into Simple

A couple of days ago, I called a friend in Connecticut. I wanted to catch up and see if we could solve the problems of the world over the course of a phone call.

When he picked up the phone, I asked what he was doing to save the world?

Yes, I was somewhat joking, but his answer didn’t surprise me.

“I only watch 20-minutes of news a day - enough to stay in touch. I write, get my work done, and help my kids with school. In general, I’m doing everything I can to stay grounded. You’re lucky I picked up the phone. How about you?”

I told him that he was lucky that I decided to call in the first place. I’m doing the same - except that I’m playing with my dogs and not kids. I refuse to get on the crazy carousel that most folks are riding right now.

I don’t think we saved the world, but we are saving ourselves and each other.

In this crazy plugged in and agenda-driven world, make sure that you plug into the simple joys of life. It’s good for you.

May 13, 2020
Reducing Your Stress By Increasing Your Hope

Reducing Your Stress By Increasing Your Hope

Unless you are living in a cave, you may have more Stress and less Hope in your life today than you did a short time ago. Pandemics can do that. So can life.

Over the years, I’ve learned that stress is usually a result of fear.

Feeling Stress of never getting off the hamster wheel.

Feeling Stress fear from uncertainty.

Feeling Stress from a lack of adequate information.

It doesn’t matter where your fear originates. The solution is re-framing your mindset to see things as they are. When you can do that, you can see things are that can be.

Having a re-frame mindset will allow you to create Hope, reduce Stress, and become unstoppable.

May 11, 2020
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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