Daily Boost | Daily Coaching and Motivation

Daily Boost | Daily Coaching and Motivation

By Scott Smith

Get the Coaching you need, the results you want, and the success you deserve with the Daily Boost. Every 9-minute Daily Boost will help you Clarify your purpose, breakthrough obstacles, and stay motivated. You’ll get everything you need help you get what you want in life. Discover your purpose and WHY... Take control of your schedule... Get focused... and Eliminate distraction... Stop procrastinating... reduce stress and find more happiness. As the Host of the Daily Boost, Scott Smith brings a unique, straight talking, and humorous, coaching and motivation style. He make listening fun, interesting - and with over 30 million downloads, the Daily Boost has proven to be highly effective. Listen to the Daily Boost is available every Monday on iTunes, Spotify, Radio.com and others. Join our Daily Boost Premium Coaching program and get it Monday through Friday at https://motivationtomove.com.

Episodes

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.
30/07/2110m 44s

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.
29/07/2110m 41s

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.
28/07/2114m 51s

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.
27/07/2116m 17s

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.
26/07/2115m 59s

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.
23/07/2116m 57s

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.
21/07/2115m 1s

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.
20/07/2111m 20s

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.
20/07/2119m 11s

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.
19/07/2110m 34s

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?
16/07/219m 16s

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.
15/07/219m 44s

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.
14/07/219m 49s

Are Emotional Triggers Getting The Best of You?

  Have you ever caught yourself doing or saying something you swore you would never do?  You are TRIGGERED! 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.
13/07/218m 55s

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?
12/07/219m 57s

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.
09/07/219m 57s

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.
08/07/219m 52s

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.
07/07/2110m 54s

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? Simple. Know YOUR vision. Defend YOUR vision. Live YOUR Vision.
06/07/2111m 20s

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.
05/07/2111m 6s

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.
02/07/219m 46s

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.
01/07/219m 25s

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.
30/06/219m 9s

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.
29/06/2110m 23s

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.
28/06/219m 58s

Minimum Viable Actions

Get more of the Daily Boost! 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. Why? 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.
25/06/219m 10s

3 Question Goal Setting

Join Motivation To Move and stay motivated! 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.
24/06/219m 57s

Life is About Experience and Time

Get the commercial-free Daily Boost now! 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.
23/06/219m 3s

Calm. Cool. Kind.

Get more of the Daily Boost! I was an Ass, and I was the last to notice. I'm sure that kind of thing has never happened to you - right? In the world we live in today, it seems everything moves so quickly that we all do our best to keep up. 24-hour news, high-speed internet, grocery delivery in an hour. And who cares if an Amazon delivery driver has to pee in a bottle, I want my stuff, and I want it now! After living several years in a rural setting, I thought I was heeding the advice I give my clients, "You have to slow down before you can go fast." But, unfortunately, most don't listen to me the first time. It turns out that I didn't either. Joi and I are traveling full-time in our RV for a few months while searching for our next home. We found out how quickly life can change when we found ourselves at a campground in a dry country with a minimal internet connection. With no wine and no Netflix, we had to slow down and enjoy our fellow adventurers around the campfire. It was refreshing and almost like being a child playing hide-and-seek after dark. We went to sleep happy and relax, but the following day everything changed when Joi's laptop stopped working. In an instant, I found myself in "get out of my way, I gotta fix it now mode" and heading to Asheville to buy up a new computer. At that moment, only a police escort would have slowed me down. Once in town, our first stop was lunch before Joi started to get "Hangry," but the minute I step through the door, something was different. People were calm, cool, and kind. Next was the electronics store with more calm, cool, and kind people. When I was shocked they didn't have the exact computer I wanted in stock, they kindly said, "I would be happy to get it from another store for you. Can you come by tomorrow?" NO! I can't come back tomorrow! Come on! I'm living the American dream of traveling the country in my RV - I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THIS! At the pet store, the cashier asked, "How are guys today? Are you having a good day?" It happened at the drug store too. For just a moment, I felt like Micheal J Fox listening to the weather report in the movie Doc Hollywood. Everything sounded so calm, cool, and kind, and I got the message. On the way out of our last stop, I said to my wife, "I think I'm an Ass, and I should slow down and be nicer. So my new mantra is always to be calm, cool, and nice." With that, she said, "I thought that was already your mantra. I think we need more practice. Let's do some more shopping." That, my friend, is what I call the "Wisdom of the Wife."
22/06/219m 48s

Big. Awesome. Motivating. Mission.

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? BAM! What dreams excite you and give you a feeling of happiness? BAM! What scares you - and excites you? BAM! What makes you smile and say, “If I could only get myself to…” BAM! 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. :)
21/06/2110m 11s

There's Always Another Chance

Is it me, or does living life these days make you feel like Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day? When it comes to working toward goals, that can be a tremendous asset. It's also something that will break you free when things don't feel like they are going your way. Everybody has ups and downs. Up days are lots of fun. Down days make you want to crawl under a rock. But like the movie, with the right mindset, you always get another chance to try again. How would you feel if every day was a chance to tweak, adjust, flex, or reinvent your approach to living? What if everything got more comfortable as you built your knowledge of what works best for you? How empowered would you feel if you knew that every day was a do-over day? As long as the sun rises and the sun sets, it doesn't matter if you succeed or fail the previous day. Today is always a new day for making your dreams come true. That'll make you get out of bed.
18/06/219m 8s

Choosing To Thrive

Join MotivationToMove.com... Thriving in chaos is something we hear a lot about these days. Few words hold the 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.
17/06/219m 11s

Why Change When Things Are Good?

Get more of the Daily Boost... Growth and change are what most people strive for in their life. It’s what drives you before you create your amazing life. It’s also what drives you to step up to the next level. In the 15 years, I’ve spent producing the Daily Boost podcast, I’ve had the chance to speak to thousands of people. All of them were in various stages of change, and most had the goal of being happy. But, there is an issue that keeps popping up. As people go about living and enjoying the life they’ve built, the natural desire for more growth kicks in, and they find themselves driving harder—usually without thinking about it. It could be about passion, but most times, it’s about making more money. One day, I talked with a friend about living the good life and how hard people work to mess up a good thing. That’s when asked a great question - ”When life is good, why would you do something else only to make more money?” It’s not to say making more money is not a very good thing. It’s just important to make sure that you focus on what is right in front of you and remain balanced and happy as you grow. The happiest people in the world already know that. Because a powerful force drives humans to grow at any cost, sometimes that costs them in ways they never see coming—both good and bad. Enjoy what you have and grow to make things better. That’s a recipe for success, no matter how you see it.
16/06/219m 6s

Cycles of Life

Join us for Operation Reinvention at MotivationToMove.com Been there, done that. It's not my first time at the rodeo, and I have the T-shirt to prove it. I've been known to say those words often. But, it's another way of saying life is a series of repeating experiences if you think about it. But that doesn't mean you have to do the same thing over and over again. I spoke with a client recently, and he noticed we were both living in a year of change. There are many. My friend Louis Gates calls it the 9-Year Life Cycle, and it begins at birth. In year one, we begin deciding what we want next in our life. Our thoughts are now moving us in a new direction. Year two brings clarity, and we begin to narrow our focus from the millions of options. In the third year, the tools and resources needed to accomplish our goals begin to arrive. The fourth year brings it all together as we notice that we have found our purpose and living it every day. When year five rolls around, we re-evaluate. It's essential to make sure that we are getting what we want. Anything not needed is abandoned. Year six is when things get fun. We work with the resources we have, and focus intensifies. You are now living your dream. The seventh year is another chance to take stock and identify what might be missing in the extraordinary life we are creating. Year eight is a time of clearing—the next cycle is coming. We can feel that something is different, and we need to make space. In year nine, life is good, but the need to grow and transform is strong. We begin to explore our next chapter in life. Everything you do in your life is preparing you for what you will do next. What will that be? Enjoy the ride!
15/06/219m 51s

Creating Momentum

Have you ever found yourself stalled? A few years ago, I had big plans, and nothing was moving forward. When I say nothing, other people didn't seem to get the memo that I was on a mission. We've all been in situations where nobody will return your call. Your email gets ghosted. You can’t seem to get support or commitment for your future, world-saving plans. That's what happened to me and caused me to decide to create my momentum. I called it my "Momentum Freight Train." My first use of my new mindset was to get my future wife to take our relationship more seriously. Everything was going great - but not fast enough for me. So, before our next date, I said to myself - "I'm not going to wait for permission. I'm going to build my life, no matter what. If she doesn't join me, I'll ride my momentum to all the way to someone who will." It's important to understand that creating your momentum is not negative thinking. On the contrary, it's attractive energy that people notice - and she did. I was off and running with my commitment, and it didn't take long for Joi and others to realize they better get on board before my train left the station. Everything good begins with YOU. There's no need to wait for others. Create your momentum, and others won't be able to stay away.
14/06/2110m 25s

Goals Always Drift With The Wind

Have you noticed that airplanes fly crooked? Heading to their destination, winds attempt to blow them off course. That’s why pilots turn their aircraft into the wind. They call it Wind Correction. The same thing happens when you set a Goal. While you would prefer the straight path, you will likely run into winds that will blow you off course. Your spouse doesn’t agree with your plans. Your boss demands more hours. Your kids, friends, and responsibilities keep blowing you further away from your dreams. It’s time to start thinking like a pilot. Always set goals that factor in winds that will blow you off your course. Keep an eye on your final destination. Make small corrections until you get where you’re heading.
11/06/219m 3s

Law of Attraction Made Simple

The Law of Attraction should be called the Law of What You Think About Most. Like attracts like. What you think about, you get.  If you think, "I won't get it because I never do" - you are correct. Dreaming of something new while focusing on current problems is a sure way to keep spinning your wheels. The secret is to focus your attention and actions on what you want to attract. That will require a dedicated effort. Vision Boards, lists of goals, daily journaling are all great ways to stay on track.   The “Law of What You Think About” is magical and straightforward… Decide what you want. Believe it is possible. Focus on the future, not the past. Don't stop until you get it.
10/06/219m 41s

Are You Eating The Big Frog First?

I have a question for you. What is your ONE most important activity?  What is the ONE core activity that makes everything else fine? What is the ONE core activity that if you don’t do causes everything to fall apart? In Brian Tracy’s book Eat The Big Frog First he recognized that many people focus on anything but the most critical activity in their life. They are usually surprised when things fall apart. Is it showing up for work on time or doing a great job at work? Could it be your unflinching attention to your family? Does your business have ONE activity that causes people to buy from you? When you focus on your ONE most important activity - and do it first - everything else gets easier.
09/06/2110m 0s

Your Accountability Partner

Over the years, I've witnessed dozens of people set themselves up for failure by following seemingly wise advice - "When you set a goal, make it public and tell everybody you know so that they can support you." In my experience, that hasn't worked so well - especially on long-term goals. The reason is that anybody outside of my close relationships doesn't know me well enough to understand why I'm doing what I'm doing. That makes it challenging to provide support in meaningful ways, difficult for me to accept it, and unneeded pressure on everybody. It doesn't take too much thinking to realize the best accountability relationship needs to be based on respect and a sincere connection to have the most impact. That means there is no need to crowd-source accountability when you only need two people to keep you on track. The first partner is the one you listen to the most - YOU! Accepting responsibility for your accountability is the most powerful skill own. But since you are the Boss of YOU and don't always listen to yourself, you need somebody else that you trust, respect, and is willing to call you out on your stuff. Once they agree, let them do their job. Getting what you want begins and ends with you, but having an accountability partner is a great way to keep you on track in the messy middle.
08/06/219m 45s

Thinking That Will Make Your Day Better

Get the new Operation Reinvention Show at MotivationToMove.com Everything we do is guided by what we think is logical in our minds. I call my way of thinking Scott LOGIC. Is it common sense? Is it experience-based? Is it how I choose to live? Yes. But mostly, it is an endless list of thoughts that make my day better. Here are a few that will no doubt do the same for you. Life is long enough. But not for everybody. Recognize the difference. Life goes quickly unless you are bored. Stay busy. Life passes slowly when you are going fishing tomorrow.  Some people are too serious. Others are not serious enough. You get to choose who you are. Standing in another person's shoes before opening your mouth a best. The reward for hard work is more work. The reward for being lazy is more lazy. When you turn your phone off, it won't ring. Most things in life should be in moderation. Excess is good now and then.   It takes a fraction of the time to read a good book than to write a book. That makes reading a book a good investment of your time. People who read more earn more. People who don't read don't understand why. Saying "I don't care" means you do care. Do you know what that is? Everything you experience is filtered through what you hold as the truth. Make sure you are correct in your thoughts.    
07/06/2111m 16s

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

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 grand 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?
04/06/2111m 16s

Slam The Door Behind You Before Opening The Next

People miss one challenge when they decide to pursue the “get what I want life” of their dreams. It’s going to be difficult. That’s the bad news. The good news is that once you accept difficulty, everything else gets easier. Over the years, I’ve noticed deciding to change creates two pressure points. The first is the circumstances that drive you to do something different. It could be people or situations. Frustration or boredom. Even good-old-fashion fear of missing out. In any case, something has to change. The second pressure point is the future that is in front of you. It could be people or situations. Frustration or boredom. Even good-old-fashion fear of missing out. In any case, something has to change. Did I say the same thing? Yes, and it isn’t a typo. Although the particulars may be different, the same feeling is there. You are being pushed away from your past and pulled closer to your goals at the same time. Getting closer should make things easier. The actual feeling is driving 100 MPH toward a great abyss that has formed in front of you. Best of all, it is all self-inflicted. In times of transformation, life can seem at its most brutal and complicated. Once you accept there is difficulty on both sides of the abyss, you will also realize that your change has begun. There is only one thing to do. Remember when you were racing 100 MPH toward your dreams? Very soon, the time will come when you will reach a point of no return. When that happens, mash the accelerator to the floor, and start racing into your future. My late Mother-in-Law would say to me, “Scott, sometimes you have to slam the door behind shut and ram the door in front of you open. Get your butt moving, and everything will work out fine.” I have to say; those are some sage words from a wise lady.
03/06/2110m 30s

Roadmap For Success

Call me crazy, but I've always believed life should be simple - and there's no better way than to follow an uncomplicated structure in everything you do. I call it MAPSS. Motivation. Everything begins with the motivation that comes from the inside out. Know your "WHY," get excited, and get moving. Accountability. The next step is to put benchmarks in place that allow you to keep track of your progress, providing more motivation. Planning. Plan your work, work your plan. Never begin until you know at least your first and second steps. Systemization. Routines and rituals will make staying on your path easy. Lock in your process and repeat it unit you get what you want. Sustainability. You build momentum in life by stacking accomplishment upon accomplishment. Never build a house of cards. Make sure you set yourself up for the long haul. It’s easier to get what you want when you follow a map.
02/06/2111m 47s

Stop. Think. Think Again. Act.

With everything going on in the world these days, it isn’t easy to make good decisions. Being a former fat guy living in a relatively thin body, I learned a life lesson I still use every day that helps. As a kid, going out to eat was a special occasion. One weekend my parents introduced me to the concept of an all-you-can-eat steak house! I knew that I would be living in my Husky pants from that day forward until I found a solution. Years later, I did. In the beginning, I adopted a philosophy when it came to choosing food of “Stop. Think. Order.” If that didn’t work, I employed my advanced version, “Stop. Think. Think again. Order.” Years later, I streamlined my thinking to “Stop. Think. Think again. Act.” I began using it for everything I do. One day I mentioned my newfound thinking to my Mom. She said, “That’s kind of like listening before you speak and thinking before you act? That sounds like something I may have said.” I’ll never admit it. Stop. Think. Think Again. Act. Today is going to be awesome.
01/06/2110m 41s

4-Questions For Goal Success

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.
31/05/219m 39s

How Happy People View The World

Did you know that happy people view the world differently? They don't wear rose-colored glasses. They have a better way: 1) Happy people accept that life brings problems.  2) Happy people recognize that problems are a privilege that comes with being alive. 3) Happy people get frustrated but don't give up. Problems are normal. 4) Happy people accept responsibility for solving problems. 5) Happy people deal with anything life throws at them, get a good night's sleep, and do it all over again. I wonder? If you view problems with a positive attitude - was there ever a problem? That'll get you thinking.
28/05/2111m 41s

Invisible Appointments With Yourself

Productivity is a big deal for any high-performance person in today's fast-paced world. Almost everybody's life revolves around how much they can squeeze into their calendar. Something I don't agree with at all. I was chatting with a client recently when he commented that I must be swamped. He wondered how I kept up with everything I had to do. I decided to share my calendar with him and asked, "So, what do you see?" "Well, I see that you only have three appointments on most days. That surprises me." Yes. I average three appointments per day—none on Friday through Monday. So I asked him where he thought I put my focus? On my scheduled appointments, or in the space in-between? "I assume that you focus on your appointments, but that leaves a lot of time in your day. What am I missing?" The answer is that I focus on the unscheduled time on my calendar. My goal is to create entire days with no scheduled appointments. I want to own the space between interactions with others. I consider it an "Invisible Appointment" I make with myself to use as I wish. It is also the most valued time that I own. That's the thing about time — Time is your most valuable asset. It should never be allocated to anything other than what is most important in your life. Yes, you will still honor your obligations. Yes, you will still make time for friends and family. Yes, you will get stuff done. But something else will happen. When you choose to value the space between schedule time, you enter the world where the most creative, productive, and highest performing people live. It is a place where they focus on their contributions to the world and stay undistracted from day-to-day activities. People who make and keep "Invisible Appointments" with themselves are the difference makers around us. They're not chasing the crowd. They are leading the way. Schedule less and you’ll get more - that’s a promise.
27/05/2110m 12s

What’s Your Morning Focus

I love the quiet peacefulness of mornings, but I'm not too fond that mornings happen so early. Still, the focus, creativity, and feeling of momentum that comes with getting up before the chickens have such value that I needed getting up a bit easier. My solution to drop the complicated and establish a simple routine. I begin by deciding the area I’m currently prioritizing and choosing a "first thing" task to move me closer to my goal. Next, I set myself up for success the night before. Depending on my task, I make notes, organize my desk, get my gym clothes ready - whatever it takes to prepare. Finally, when I wake up, I get licked by the dogs, take care of my personal needs, read something inspirational for five minutes or less, and start my day. No distractions. No email, social media, or news. Just start. My goal is to make my primary focus the first thing I do in the morning before life gets in the way. It works like a charm. There's a reason the Marines do more before 9 AM than everybody else. Now it's your turn.
26/05/2110m 25s

No Plan B

Over the years, most of us have heard that anything is possible. Our mentors say, "If somebody else is doing it, you can too!" When Roger Bannister broke the "four-minute mile barrier" in 1954, 1,400 other runners followed in his footsteps. I was watching American Ninja Warrior recently, female after female climbed the 14-foot warped wall. Something impossible before Kacy Catanzaro did it in 2014. This past week as we attended the Medical School graduation of my step-daughter. I was reminded of how her journey began nine years ago, sitting on my office floor in tears. Deciding to do something that seems so far off can feel like an impossible and scary thing. Even if you have an "if they can do it, I can do it attitude." A journey of a thousand miles is always filled with doubt until you arrive at your destination. After an hour of imagining the scariest things that could happen on her journey, Alayna's tears died up. She took a breath and asked, "What should I do, Scott?" Since it seemed that she had made up her mind, had assessed all the possible challenges, and wanted it more than anything, the only question I could think to ask was, "Do you have a Plan B?" She repeated her answer dozens of times over the years as she navigated the up and downs of achieving her goal. On graduation day, I overheard her saying the exact phrase to anybody who congratulated her on her achievement, "Thank you. You know - there wasn't a Plan B. There was nothing else I wanted to do or be. I had no choice, so here I am!" We all know Alyana had a choice. We always have a choice. No, that doesn't mean that you always get what you want. But you increase your chances of success when you cut off all your other options and go for your dreams.
25/05/2111m 8s

How To Be Your Own Motivator

Get the Daily Boost Commercial-Free! Have you ever had one of those days when it would be nice if somebody would pat you on the back and pump you up? The only problem is, nobody seems to be stepping up? Relying on others for motivation is a great way to get what you want. We all need the external encouragement of our peers. However, your internal motivation is stronger. Having a quick way to cheer yourself on is even more powerful. My friend, Terry, owns a martial arts school in Memphis, Tennessee. Martial artists are positive people, and Terry was no exception. Especially when leading a classroom filled with young Teens. But what he did at the end of a class was brilliant. As the kids were wrapping up and cooling down, Terry had them stand at attention and hold one arm over their head. Then, he instructed them to lower the raised arm to the opposite shoulder and said, "Never forget that you are your own best cheerleader. Pat yourself your back and say I done good!" The entire class did what he said, broke into an energetic laugher, and headed home feeling great. A few weeks later, I found myself about to enter a meeting and feeling a bit nervous. Before walking into the room, I ducked into a hallway, raised my arm, patted myself on the back, and said, "I've done good to get here. I'm going to walk through doors and get what I want." At that point, I gave myself a hard slap on the back and walked into the meeting. It was a raving success. In the years since I've made it a habit always to be my own best cheerleader. I always hold myself responsible for keeping myself motivated and feeling good. And I gave my little strategy a name— When you need a motivational pick-me-up, slip off by yourself and say, "It's time for a PYOTB!" Then, pat yourself on the back and say, “I done good!" As silly as it sounds, it's will become a secret weapon that works every time.
24/05/2111m 5s

Be The Change You Want

People have always sought change for themselves, their life, or the world. If you want to change something about your life, there is a constant truth; you must change before anything else changes. Many smart folks agree - Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Leo Tolstoy, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” What about Albert Einstein?  “The world, as we have created, is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Do you want to change something about today, tomorrow, or the future?  You must change before anything else changes. Have you learned lessons from past experiences?  You have already changed, and your future is better for it. Rumi said, “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” If tomorrow you want to be better than today and yesterday, something has to change. That something is you. If you want to make more money, serve more, and be happier next year, something has to change this year. That something is you. If you want this life to be well-lived, something has to change today. That something is you. What if you want everything about your life to be perfect? Listen to Winston Churchill. “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” It’s so simple.  You must change before anything rlse changes.
21/05/2111m 18s

You Are Already a Rock Star!

A funny thing happens when we graduate from High School and enter the real world; dreams change.  When my Son was in his early 20's, he announced that he was heading to Los Angles to pursue his dream of becoming a Rock Star. He would be a singer in a rock and roll band, and he was on a mission to achieve his goal. When I heard his idea, I had a question - "What happens if you become a member of the band instead?" He had a perplexed look on his face. I'm not sure if he was angry or confused. It seemed that the concept of playing any other role never occurred to him. I continued. "Would you be okay with that? 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 something different?" That's when he said, "No. I wouldn't be happy. I'm a Rock Star, and that's what I'm going to do.” The following day he began his journey and chased his dreams for a few years. While he had success and enjoyed his Rock Star status, something else began to emerge. He discovered a new passion that fit him like a glove. He started to dabble in graphic design and music promotions and soon found himself loving being in a more supportive role. He wasn't on stage; he was playing in the band. But there was no doubt he was a star in his new world. His life was different than he thought it would be, but he found his day-to-day experience to be a much better fit. You will always get what you want if you are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. But you might be surprised when you find your real passion along the way.
20/05/2110m 52s

Decision Making With Emotions

One of the most potent and respected skills you can own is the ability to make a decision. Having a clear mind is essential. This means using your emotions is not something most people would recommend. However, since you're going to use your emotions anyway, you may as well harness the power of your heart. If you're like most people, your most important and fun decisions have been very emotional. Whether to get married, move to a new home, or buy a new car, emotions are always the first step in decision-making. But, sometimes, you choose to approach your decision-making from a logical point of view. The logical side of your brain kicks, and you dig deeper. You check off all the boxes and do your due diligence—waiting for a clear answer to appear. Whether it's emotion or logic, both aim to find approval, go forward, or disapprove and turn away. But black and white rarely make for a good life. In 300 B.C., Stoic Philosophy first brought to mind that decision-making follows a simple formula; emotions + logic = outcome. That's what happened when my wife and I first discovered the 12-acres the would become our new home and Alpaca farm. When we first discovered the property, we were both excited and overwhelmed at the scope of our new adventure. But it didn't take long before our logical brain stepped. It was time to double-check our intentions and confirm our emotions were on the right track. Once verified logically, overwhelm disappeared, the excitement grew, and we were off on our new adventure. As a human, no matter how hard you try to hide your feelings, you are an emotional person. It's the fire that drives you. Disciplining yourself to follow a formula and confirm your 'gut feeling logically' is how you make great decisions in every aspect of your life.
19/05/2111m 34s

The Day You Decide Everything Must Change

Choosing to take a different path in life can take years and happens in stages. But there is one stage that is always present before you succeed. One joy of doing my work is the relationships I have with thousands of people - many on a one-on-one basis. In most cases, these folks have decided to move away from their old life. They are heading off in a new direction, and most have begun their journey. And that's when things get complicated. Their decision to change is usually the result of repeating behavior that continues to deliver unwanted results. Eventually, they reach a point where there is no choice but to consider something different. That's what happens when you wear yourself out, get your ego out of the way, and decide to get moving. It's an exciting time, filled with dreams, ideas, and energy. But it can also be a time of confusion. As you seek to find the combination of thoughts and actions that will create your success, building a roadmap is your top priority. And that takes patience. One day, you realize that you haven't achieved your goal. Nobody has given you the answer you seek, no matter how well-meaning. Frustration sets in. You almost give up. You find yourself mad as hell and not wanting to take it anymore - and magic happens. When you understand that the only person who can answer your dreams is you, your dreams will become real. Your energy will serge. You will find yourself with all the motivation you need to create the life that you have been wanting all these years. You will break free of whatever is holding you back. You decide you can't go back, you won't hold back, and your time has arrived. What happens next? Since the journey is not the destination, you begin to embrace every step you take along the way. You start getting what you want today and even more tomorrow. It never stops. Frustration is your friend. Stand up. Take a step. Repeat. Keep moving until you create the life of your dreams.
18/05/2110m 5s

Practice Makes Perfect?

Join Daily Boost Premium today... Over the years, many teachers have told me that I needed to practice more. They said, “Practice makes perfect!” Yet, the more I practiced, the more I noticed that something else happened instead. Practicing, it turns out, only produces perfection when you practice perfectly. When everything is correct, you know what you are doing and can catch your mistakes. But, if that were the case, why would you need to practice? Practice does not make perfect. Practice makes permanent.  If you practice bad thinking, you will get all the bad thoughts you could ever want. Do that long enough, and your life is full of bad thoughts. Practice makes permanent. Practice bad manners, and you are sure to get better at being rude to others. You will likely get the same treatment in return. Practice makes permanent. Practice bad relationship skills, and you are guaranteed to miss out on the best life has to offer. Practice makes permanent. However, if you practice being positive, forward-thinking, and believing that life is good, that’s what you will get. Practice makes permanent. Practice being a good person that is always thinking of others. You will find yourself surrounded by good people who think of you. Practice makes permanent. Practice being present, respectful, and loving in your relationships. You will never be alone. Once again, practice makes permanent.
17/05/2110m 21s

Hollywood Dogs Have it Right

Want more? Get Daily Boost Premium! There’s a saying among dog trainers that for a dog, one time is all the time. Whether it’s good behavior or bad, once a dog learns what it can get away with, it’ll do it forever. A couple of weeks ago, I visited a friend who is also a big-time animal trainer for film and television. While I was at her home, she introduced me to her Golden Retriever. I recognized his expressive eyes. It was Duke from the Bush Beans commercials we’ve all seen so many times. My friend is an upbeat and positive person. A trait that works well for training performance animals to shine on command while on the set. While we were chatting, Duke was interactive and well-behaved. I had to ask how she trains him to be such a great actor? Her answer sounded a lot like a lesson in human potential training. “When a client hires me to train a dog for a movie, the first thing I want to know is what the dog supposed to do? Like anything else in life, if I don’t understand what’s required, there’s no way I can get a dog to understand it. Next, I figure out all the actions, behaviors, and skills needed and break them into small chunks. Then we practice until the dog understands how to perform each small step. Finally, I connect the steps into a chain of behaviors one by one until the dog completed the sequence. Once that happens, we reinforce the training so that we get the same performance every time we ask for it.” I suppose it can be said that you can achieve any significant goal in the same way. Ask yourself, “What’s that dog supposed to do?” Then get busy practicing the pieces until you get what you want.
14/05/2111m 15s

Expanding Your Comfort Zone

Get the daily success you deserve! Join MotivationToMove today! One of the most empowering mindsets you can own is knowing that you are never alone in this world. I received an email I wanted to share with you. Hi, Scott - I got something so positive from your message today. You talked about getting out of your comfort zone. I thought that all I have ever wanted was to experience a little Comfort Zone! I realized from today's podcast, people who have enjoyed living in their Comfort Zone have their struggles. It is hard to do scary things when you don't have to. So you stay where you are and feel frustrated. I have had success these last few years, but it has been challenging. I have had to take actions I didn't want to take. Dig deep when all I wanted to do was bury my head in the sand. I wanted a happy, stable life so bad, and it kept me going. With my bad marriage out of my life, selling my big burdensome house, and the bonus of cash in the bank from the sale, I feel a little Comfort Zone on my horizon. And honestly, I am ready. Am I wrong? Isn't the Comfort Zone a completely different place when you have had to fight so hard for it? A new Comfort Zone is not a different place when you fight for it. It's a state where Judith Bardwick said people operate in an anxiety-neutral condition. That's where most people live until you feel the need to change. When that happens, you will feel the need to transition from safe and in control and to something new. First, you enter the Fear Zone. If you keep fighting, you transition to the Learning Zone. Continue to drive yourself, and you will arrive at the Growth Zone. That's where you are now. I've always visualized a Comfort Zone as the bubble I live. As grow and expand, my bubble connects with the bubble next to it. When it does, I arrive in a new safe and in control Comfort Zone. From there, I explore the possibilities of life until I begin the process all over again. Why? Because according to Abraham Maslow's Theory of Human Motivation in 1943, "What a man can be, he must be." I guess we can say you are "musting" right now.
13/05/2111m 38s

Are You Burying The Lead in Your Life

Get the written version of the Daily Boost. Have you ever found yourself setting out on a big mission yet not being able to define what you want? When I was a young man, I trained in journalism as part of my broadcast career. Radio stations would send me to the local town meetings and political events. Anything newsworthy. My job was to write a story and deliver it on the air, and I thought I was doing a great job - until my boss called me into his office. He wanted to know why I wasn't getting to the critical part of the story faster. He said I was distracting from what is important. In my mind, I was doing no such thing. I told the story how it sounded best in my mind, but nobody was listening long enough to hear what I had to say. All these years later, I've learned the "I want to get more out of life" crowd does the same thing. Recently, I spoke with a client when I realized she was very good at shifting to the unimportant—finding more time, learning more, and getting more advice. Even cleaning the garage was more important. In the middle of her wandering story, I stopped her, "Why are you avoiding what is most important to you? Cut to the chase, say what you want, and go do it." Her response came with a few tears. "I thought I was talking about what is most important. Now I realize I'm telling myself a story that is comforting and sounds good to in my mind." She is burying the lead in journalistic terms, busying herself with secondary details, and growing frustrated. How does this relate to improving your life? Do you say, "I can't focus?" Nope. You are focusing on the wrong things. Do you say, "I can't get myself moving?" Truth? You are moving - in the wrong direction. Do you say, "I don't have enough money?" Wrong again. What you need is more money! If something is important to you, give it the honor, respect and focus it deserves. Lose the drama, get to the point, and start getting what you want right now.
12/05/2111m 29s

Mission Beyond Your Why

  Since the beginning of time, successful people have given this sage advice; you must set goals. In the human mind, setting goals are the heartbeat of your life. Setting a goal will harness your focus, give you meaning and purpose, and drive you forward. It gets even better if you place a deadline. If your goal is essential, timely, urgent, you will likely do anything possible to get it. Yes, likely. You may have also heard that understanding WHY you want to achieve your goal is critical to your success. "Knowing your WHY will allow you to deal with every challenge along the way,” is what they said. But sometimes, you fall short. Losing weight is a good example. Every year, millions of people set the goal of losing a few pounds. Most end up failing. But if you think about it, that makes sense. Nobody ever wants to lose anything. That's against every survival instinct you have in your body. When you set a goal that takes something away, your mind will fight you every step of the way. So what's the fix? If your goal is to lose 10 pounds, focus on the real reason and the benefits you will receive when you reach your goal. That will become your mission beyond your why. It's not losing weight. It's feeling better inside and out. It's not losing weight. It's building your self-confidence. It's not losing weight. It's having unlimited energy and stamina. Any goal that focuses on loss alone lacks the positive motivation you need to succeed. No matter how bad you want it. When you think about your daily process as steps on a mission beyond your why, everything changes. More success and happiness are in your future, and your possibilities are endless.
11/05/2112m 0s

What Is Your Intention?

Want more motivation? Go to Motivationtomove.com right now! Do you get out of bed every day, plant your feet on the ground, and start getting things done? Do you do it with intention? If you take a minute, you’ll notice the happiest, most successful, and content people live a life of intention. But having an intention is not a magical force reserved for the special few. It implies little more than what you plan to bring about in your life - something I was about to do. In the months after meeting my future wife, I realized an intention was emerging in my mind. With every passing day, that intention transformed into a goal. Soon, I had a plan along with a timeline. I became obsessed and was on a mission to succeed. I had, as they say, “Good intentions.” But, good intentions are rarely enough to get what you want. In my case, I knew where I was heading; Joi was only beginning to understand what was on my mind. That’s when she asked - “So, Mr. Smith. What are your intentions, exactly?” Without missing a beat, I said - “My intentions are simple. I’m going to do everything I can to get you to fall in love with me, marry me, and spend the rest of our lives together.” Her jaw dropped. She smiled, took a sip of wine, and said - “Well, I guess we’ll keep going and see what happens.” What? We’ll see how things go? I already know where this is going. Why do we need to wait? I know my intention, and I’m to get it! Of course, I didn’t say any of that to her. Yes, getting what you want in life requires knowing your intentions. Transforming them into goals and action is next. But, you and your dreams are not living on an isolated island. If others are involved, you must let them know what you have on your mind. But, because you said your intention, does that mean you will get what you want? No. It means that you now have a partner in your quest. Your intentions are about to merge. If all goes well, your actions will create success for everybody.
10/05/2111m 34s

Formula For Automatic Motivation

Get the Daily Boost commercial-free and more. Visit MotivationToMove.com. Over the years, I’ve learned there is one trait responsible for holding people back. While it lives at the front of your mind and affects everything you do, it is also invisible. You are too vague in your vision. When most people build a successful life, they often do so with a lack of clarity or precise vision of their future. They have a vague idea. The Universe kicks in gear, an opportunity arrives, and life is good and satisfying—until it’s not. A day will come when you desire something more. You may find yourself stuck behind an obstacle of indecision and frustration. Confused, lacking direction, fearful, and seeking the motivation that will drive you forward. It will feel as if there is a cloudy haze over your future with no clear path to success—and no motivation to go for it. But there is no need to worry. Another day will dawn. You will realize that a general and non-specific approach to your future is not the fuel that will power you. Being too vague doesn’t build a vision. A time will come when you choose to be specific in your wants, needs, and desires. You will seek absolute clarity and turn your head away from anything the doesn’t provide a clear path. It may take time, but you will discover your first step. When you do, magic will happen. On the day that you define what you want, vagueness will disappear. Your new focus will create excitement and will manifest into automatic motivation. You will move toward your new experience. If you want something different in life, clearly and precisely express what that means to you. When you do, you will strike gold in time and will be off and running on your new adventure—automatically.
07/05/2110m 0s

Acting On Your Dreams and Goals

Do you have long-held dreams and goals that you need a little motivation to get yourself moving? Laura and I have worked together for over a decade on various projects. Her latest was a move from a long-time career into something she was in which she was more passionate. After several months, her dream transformed into a goal. The roadmap was in place. Action was the only thing needed to turn dreams into reality—then nothing happened. Months passed by with little or no action. It seemed that life was always getting in the way of Laura's dreams. When I asked what was going on, she said, "Oh… I don't know. I always seem to have something more important on my mind." That's common, and what John Lennon meant when he said, "Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans." Over the years, I have found that people tend to ACT and DO what serves them best at the moment. All while dreaming and planning what they want. It's an exhausting way to live, but you can set yourself free by asking yourself a simple question - "How bad do I want it?" Truthfully answering that question will do one of two things. It will propel you into action or have no impact at all. If you find yourself motivated and moving, all is well. If not, you have another question to ask - "If I don't want it that bad, should I drop it and move on?" Everybody has ideas and dreams that enter their mind throughout their lives. The important tend to cause automatic forward action. Your life transforms, and everything begins to go in a new direction. For the others, you may want to consider that it's not as important to you as you thought. The best thing is to get your ego out of the way, scratch it off your list, and make room for something that excites you. When you do, incredible new opportunities that have been hiding from you for years will enter your life.
06/05/2110m 22s

Listening To Yourself Twice as Much as Others

When I was growing up, I was an energetic, enthusiastic, and excitable child. I never let a day go by without challenging something - usually with my mouth. Thanks to those responsible for turning me into a good person, I learned a valuable lesson when they said- "Listen twice as much as you speak. You have two ears and one mouth for a reason." You’ve heard that before, and in today's fast-paced world, knowing when to put a zipper on your lips is critical. But, I've also learned to take that advice to a new level to get what I want. I call it doing “Dark." When you go "Dark," you have chosen to listen to others less. Yes, you are still listening, caring, and interacting with those around you. You've decided to listen to yourself twice as much instead. The world we live in today makes it seem as though it's impossible to get what you want without others. There are endless hours of interacting, Googling, ZOOMing, Texting, and more. It's as if we've lost permission to think and do for ourselves. We can't move forward without the social approval of those around us when the exact opposite is true. When you give yourself space to listen to yourself more, something extraordinary happens. Your creative mind and talents flourish—your positive energy rebounds. You feel more present and find more meaning in your life. Going "Dark" makes your life brighter, and then the good stuff happens. When you take the time to slip away into your own space, you develop into the person you were meant to be. Removing yourself from the buzz of the world gives you a new kind of energy. And you do it without anybody's permission or without anybody knowing. When you emerge, everybody will notice that you are different. They will listen when you speak, seek your advice, and be attracted to you in a new way. Who knew that listening twice as much as you speak works even better when you listen to yourself twice as much as you listen to others?
05/05/2112m 6s

Toss Your To-Do List. This is Better.

There is a significant benefit of growing older and wiser, figuring out what works in most areas of life. The school of hard knocks is a great place to master most areas of life - including productivity. I'm always amazed at how much time people fritter away deciding how to be more productive—always trying to keep up with their never-ending daily list of things. Eventually, though, we all learn that a good life will always offer more opportunities than you can ever use. The day will come when it becomes easier to focus on what’s important and yields consistent results. I ran into that when I learned to fly little airplanes. Aviation is over one hundred years old. That means new pilots experience information overload as their Instructor crams their brain full. And flying airplanes can be unforgiving when you get things wrong. That causes you to micro-focus on little details - especially when performing your Pre-Flight Checklist. One day, while walking to our airplane, I was freaking out. I was finding it impossible to remember the thousands of items that make for a safe flight. I remember saying - "There is so much on my list, and I keep thinking I'm going to miss something and get myself hurt… or worse." My Instructor smiled… "That's not a list of everything you need to do. It's a Checklist for what to do now. I like to think of it as my DID I DO IT LIST. That way, I'm only double-checking that I did the important stuff." Pure brilliance! From that day forward, I embraced the "Did I Do It" philosophy in flying. It also became the mantra for how I go about getting things done. Why does it work? A "Did I Do It List" assumes that you already know what you must accomplish. All you have to do is make sure you've done it. It allows you to release the stress of information overload and enjoy yourself more. Plus, the serotonin boost you get from seeing how much you have accomplished feels great.
04/05/2110m 45s

Why You Hold Back From The Change You Want

  I was sitting at the dining room table of a friend. We had been solving the problems of the world in an hours-long conversation when she asked, “What are you talking about on tomorrow's podcast?" When I told her that I hadn't thought about it yet, she said, "Why don't you talk about why people don't take big chances and stay in their comfort zone for their entire life?" My mind did an instant review of my life and all the areas I had stumbled before I got out of my own way. I also remembered conversations with clients over the years on the topic of life's leaps. Before I could say anything, she said, "I know what it is. People get so comfortable with what they've built, and they don't want to chance losing it. Their money, their home, they wonder what their family will say?" Is there anything else? "Yes. Everybody gets scared and freezes. I'm like that, but I've learned to push through fear and go for it - as long as I'm mostly sure I won't lose what I've built." We talked a bit more about what it takes to make the changes you want in life and came to three conclusions- When you have a growth mindset and believe that anything is possible, you can do anything. Holding on too tightly to what you have sends the wrong energetic message. When you are willing to expand - you will. Next, as a human, you will never be comfortable gambling on the very thing that allows you to dream. The solid foundation that takes care of your personal needs is the very reason you desire to self-activate. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs taught us that. Your foundation must remain while you expand. Finally, fear will always be present when beginning a new adventure. The cure is knowledge. When you know what you have, see your path forward, and have prepared as much as possible for your journey, you will find yourself willing to go for it. Anything is possible when you protect your foundation, respect the challenge, and honor the dreams that are whispering to your soul.
03/05/2111m 38s

Removing Fear of Change

I woke up this morning with the realization that a life-changing event was looming in my future. I needed to wrap my head around the mindset adjustments I would need to make before changing my mind and running the other way. All of us have made decisions in our lives, that if we did, would change our world overnight. Maybe you are heading off to school for the first time? Are you getting married after being single forever? Could it be accepting a new job in a strange town? It doesn't matter how excited you are. It doesn't matter how well you have justified your upcoming change. It doesn't matter how adventurous your spirit. Life-changing decisions can feel like Evil Knievel jumping the Snake River Canyon. But, there's one thing I know for sure - Life is all about getting from where you are today to where you will be tomorrow. It's the transformation from what you have to what you could have that excites growth in our lives. So, what is that uncomfortable feeling that you have in your gut? Every one of us views ourselves as who we are on the inside—our identity. Since current life is real and the future not realized, feeling apprehensive is a natural response. What you need is a "Transitional Identity" to get you from today to tomorrow. "I've always been a hometown person, and now I'm learning to become a citizen of the world." "I've always been single, but I'm becoming the best relationship person I can be. My future spouse deserves that.” "I've never climbed this high on the corporate ladder, now I'm becoming the leader everybody deserves." Transitional Identities are a simple way to smooth the fear of heading into the unknown - even if it's self-inflicted. As your future becomes more real, your Transitional Identity will transition you into the new life, and you will become a new you.
30/04/219m 44s

How To Calculate Your Success

You have big dreams, and you've set your goals. Filled with excitement and setting your fears aside, you are off and running toward your success, but it's more complicated than you thought it would be. What's going on? That's the question that was on my client's mind when I stopped by for a visit. His new business was growing but slower than expected. He was beginning to wonder if their dreams would come true. Stress was high, and time and money were running out. Having seen these situations before, I decided to walk him through three questions that, while would have been better answered before starting the business, it wasn't too late. My first question was, "How long do you think it will take you to learn the skills required to succeed? Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, anything and everything needed to run a successful business. Everything takes time, and you need to be able to survive the learning time. Next, I wanted to know how long he was willing to churn and work at the goal. Was he committed for as long as it takes, or was there a set deadline? Building momentum in anything can be exhausting. How long can you keep going? I saved the most important question for last. How long will it take until you burn through your resources? Cash, credit lines, free rent on your building, favors given by friends and family. Knowing the answer to that question can be humbling and scary. It can also set you free. After several hours of our learn, churn, and burn conversation, he was able to pinpoint exactly how long they had to reach their goal. With a definite timeline, the entire team focused their energy on the minimal viable actions that would achieve success and fit their schedule. Within months they reached their goal and have enjoyed a successful business every since. Whether you own a business or not, any worthwhile project stands a far better chance of success when you are realistic about the process before you ever get started.
29/04/219m 40s

Why You Need To Identify Opportunities From Obstacles

When you boil it down, all the activities that keep you busy every day lead to one destination—happiness. It doesn't take a scientist to figure out that none of us are chasing misery. But what happens when you have too many options and keep choosing those that throw you off course? For the last couple of years, my dog, Levi, and I have had a standing appointment with Mindy. She's a dog agility world champion and knows a thing or two about training champions. She's also very good at teaching us to negotiate a field of obstacles with success while running as fasts as we can. When we begin to run a course, we set a goal to complete it as fast as we can with no mistakes. Follow the numbers from lowest to highest in the correct order, and everything will end well. But, life gets in the way, even in dog agility. Mindy is an expert at setting traps designed to distract and pull us off course. Since a dog can't read numbers, it's up to me to discriminate between the correct and the false path. The wrong choice will cause us to go off course and not reach our goal. If you live an active, growth-oriented life, you will encounter distractions. Many placed in front of you by well-meaning people. They look like opportunities. In reality, they are obstacles that will cause you to veer off course—potentially for years. If you take a job not aligned with your goals, you will go off course. If you negotiate a deal on a new home that leaves you underwater, you are off course from the start. If you enter into a relationship that doesn't match your values, it'll be like having no numbers to follow at all. Setting well-defined goals is the first step in knowing the difference between opportunities and obstacles. It is a skill that will serve you well. Everybody heads down the wrong path from time to time. It takes time to recover. The fewer times you do that, the faster you reach your goals.
28/04/2111m 6s

You Will Change When You Wear Yourself Out

Many have said, "Life is a marathon, not a sprint." But what happens when you find yourself doing both at the same time? If you've been living on this planet for any length of time, you've figured out life is a long game made of day-to-day sprints. If you want a big bank balance, you make small deposits over time. If you want to lose weight, you make small reductions over time. If you want to get a promotion at your job, you do well every day. The challenge happens when you have not defined the marathon you are running. A lack of a specific goal can only lead to daily activity that may or may not get you to your destination. If that is happening to you, you may feel worn out, frustrated, and wondering when things will turn around. There's good news. That kind of thinking means that you are on the right track to success. Certain stamina is required to reach any goal. And society today celebrates your ability to put in the hard work no matter what. There's only one problem. If it's not working for you, it's not sustainable behavior. Sooner or later, you will decide to make a change - usually abruptly. Here's the truth; you will change when you wear yourself out. Reluctant, fearful, or hard-headed, you will only put up with a less than satisfying path in life for only so long. Eventually, when you wear yourself out. When you've had enough, even if the timing is not perfect, you will change when you wear yourself out. You know it. I know it. Everybody knows it. So, what's the fix? The marathon we call life will continue until it doesn't, and there are three things you can do to make it better. The first is to define your destination with clarity. Next, match your daily activity with your goals. Finally, accept that if things don't go your way, you're going to change directions anyway. You will change when you wear yourself out. You may well skip the bad stuff, make an adjustment, and get to the good stuff right now. There's no need to wait.
27/04/2110m 47s

Staying Focused When You Are Lost

When life gets in the way, it can be challenging to know what to do next. No matter how motivated you are to achieve your goal. Thinking like a Pilot can save the day when that happens. A few years ago, I was a 150-hour pilot. I was flying a Cessna 172 to pick up my daughter for a weekend visit from the University of Florida - a trip I’ve made a dozen times. It had been an uneventful flight, then, about 15-minutes from landing, it happened… Maybe it was the heat of the day or the drone of the engine. In any case, I had the sensation that I had no idea where I was. I could see the airport in front of me, so I wasn't lost. But I had no idea how to get to where I wanted to go. It was a terrifying feeling. Knowing I had to call with the Tower in minutes, I turned to my training and followed three rules that any pilot knows will get them back on track. The first is to continue to fly the airplane and stay safe. That may sound simple, but how many times have you wanted to cover your eyes and hide when things got challenging? The second is to break through your confusion and figure out where you are on your journey. If you can keep yourself stable, you'll have time to snap out of any momentary rough spot and get focused. The third rule is to communicate with people who can help. With only a few minutes before entering the airspace illegally, I called Tower and said, "I'm a low-hour pilot, a little South of the field, and am finding myself a little confused. There's no emergency, but I could use some guidance." That simple commutation gave Air Traffic Control everything they needed. In minutes they lined me up with the runway, and I impressed them with a perfect landing. "Not a bad landing for a lost pilot," they said. All I could do was laugh and be grateful. Sure, my ego took a hit. But I learned a lesson, picked up my daughter, and had a great flight home. Aviate. Navigate. Communicate. It'll get you there every time.
26/04/2111m 24s

1 Question. 3 Ways. Big Results.

There are so many choices available to us in the world we live in today. It’s not only confusing; it can be paralyzing. Still, if you want to get what you want, you must decide and get moving. Living on a farm, I interact with many folks who live on farms, too - usually at Tractor Supply. We’re constantly gathering in the isles for the solution to the problem we’re having. It turns out that there are no instruction manuals for farm living. I’ve learned that we all have one thing in common; there is always something to do and never enough time. Having lived in suburbia most of my life, I know I’m not alone. It’s hard enough to keep up with the day-to-day, forget about making process toward your goals. Still, growing and moving forward is the fuel that drives us. What’s needed is a way to focus on what happens next. When I met Jim in the aisle that day, he was trying to figure out where his focus should be the following day. My solution was to ask him the same questions in three different ways - What SHOULD you do that will lead directly and quickly to achieving your goal? What CAN you do today that will lead directly and quickly to achieving your goal? What MUST you do today that will lead directly and quickly to achieving your goal? His answer made me laugh, “Should? Can? Must? You don’t leave a guy any wiggle room, do you?” No. I don’t. It’s a matter of how badly you want to make progress. If you wish to coast long, there’s no need to answer those questions.
23/04/2110m 48s

Stop Fixin' To Get Ready

If you have ever found yourself motivated and excited to move toward a big goal, you may have wondered why you can't get yourself moving. It was a Saturday night in 1993, and I was hosting the 70's Saturday Night on a radio station in Orlando. It was the number one show, and the phones were ringing with over 700 calls per night. One stopped me in my tracks - Since it was a Saturday night, people were in a party mood and getting ready to head out for a night on the town. I answered the phone, and the first thing I asked was what they were doing? "Oh… I'm fixin' to get ready." Fixin' to get ready? What the heck is fixin' to get ready? "Well, we're going out, and I have to get dressed up. I'm thinking about what I'm going to wear, if it's clean, do I have to iron it, and will my date like it?" Why don't you throw on something that you know is ready to go and be done with it? "I don't know. I guess I have time to waste, so I'm wasting it." The truth shall set you free as it did for me. At that moment, I realized how much time I spent thinking, pondering, questioning, researching, and worrying about plans. My mentality was that as long as I showed up and did a good job, my dreams would come true. That wasn't happening, and it was time to kick into gear. As the years passed, I've worked with thousands of clients. The thing that separates those who get what they want from those who don't is their ability to skip the fixin' process. They go to the doin' process as fast as possible. That's not to say that you shouldn't spend time thinking about your future. It would help if you had a roadmap laid out for any new adventure. However, it's always better to get on the road and not idle in your driveway, wondering why you haven't arrived.
22/04/2111m 9s

These Things Are Not Optional

It happens to all of us. We're going about our day, hot on the trail of checking off items on our never-ending To-Do list. Then, we discover that we didn't get everything done before time ran out. When my Son was entering the workforce, we would often find time to catch up on weekends. He was trying to navigate the business world while balancing his life. He had an exceptionally fact-paced job and had become a productivity ninja. He was proud of his color-coded To-Do list and calendar, but he had a problem - "Dad, no matter how organized I am, I still can't get everything done. I writing everything down, and I'm working through it, and I still run out of time. What am I not doing right?" My first thought was how happy I was that he had the clarity of mind to look beyond the obvious solution. Then, I had a few questions - You say you have accounted for everything. How much time did you allocate for eating lunch or running down the coffee shop today? How many times did you visit the restroom, and how long did it take? On your commute, how much time did you spend at the traffic lights? I stopped. "What does that have to do with my getting my work done?" he asked. Nothing, but you still have to get that stuff done. And thanks for making my point. What my Son had discovered is what I call "Non-Ops" — the non-optional things of life. Non-Ops are a never-ending string of activities that require our attention. They never go away and suck up time without you even knowing. If you don't account for the basics of life, you'll never get to the big stuff of life. After all, you can only go so long without eating, drinking, or sleeping - which makes everything else is the real optional things in life.
21/04/2110m 5s

#1 Reason You Are Pushing Too Hard

Have you ever found yourself in a motivated state of mind and pushing through the day? Do you feel like everybody was hitting you with everything they have? Blocked. Stalled. Frustrated. It easy to want to push harder. When I was a teenager, I liked to play football. Not with the school team. Uniforms and protective equipment made that too easy. It was more fun to get together after school for a rough and tumble. A game of shirts and skins with the same guys who typically wear protective gear was much more fun. One afternoon, in a particularly spirited game, though, I wasn't having as much fun as I usually did. My attitude that day was one of total domination. I arrived at the field of battle with the absolute intent of pushing are hard as possible and winning the day. The only problem was another player had the same intention. And he was knocking the crap out of me with every hike of the ball. Play after play, we would crash into each other as much force as we could muster. Neither would back off. We kept hitting as hard as we could and inflicting more pain in a so-called fun game. Finally, in tears from my last pummeling, I said, "Why are you hitting me so hard? Stop hurting me. We're supposed to be having fun. Stop it!" I'll let you fill in the more colorful words, emphasis, and emotional craziness. I was in pain, frustrated, cold, and mad as hell. But that's when my opponent made me realized something I had been missing. He said, "Me hitting you? You've been bashing me all day. What did I do to you? Why are you hitting me so hard?" The emotions of that moment and the lessons learned are still with me all these years later. Sometimes when we get pumped and on a mission to achieve our goal, we get lost in our emotions. Not everybody is getting in your way. They are playing the same game, have the same goals, and are fighting to get what they want - like you. After we realized what was going on, the game continued. This time it wasn't about hurting each other. We  stopped pushing too hard and played the best game we could to see who would come out on top.
20/04/2110m 4s

Mastering Your Mornings By Breaking The Rules

  You hear a lot about using morning rituals to get more done. But what if you could use your mornings to get more done for YOU? In the fast-face world, we live in today; there seem to be two groups when it comes to how to use mornings—personal and productivity. Once folks remove themselves from the craziness of jumping out of bed, taking care of the kids, and hitting the drive-through, they choose one of the two. But what if there was a third group that was more satisfying? Before I go on, I need to admit that I didn't use to be a morning person and didn't like getting up early at all. I even quit my first couple of jobs as a morning radio host so I could sleep. Later in my career, I would hit my desk at 5 AM and pound through my to-do list as fast as possible. I must have been saying, "I…MUST… GET… IT… DONE!" That didn't work well because I didn't see the purpose of getting out of bed early if it was only to work. For a few years, I spent my mornings reading and meditating before heading off to the gym.  I got in better shape, but my bank balance was less, and my future goals were seemingly unreachable. Then, one day out of pure frustration and sporting a brand-new I don't give a heck attitude, I asked myself a question that changed everything - "What's the first thing I should do tomorrow morning that, if I do, will allow me to live a life of my design?" Notice that I didn't ask about work or what was on my to-do list. It didn't have anything to do with getting more done or getting in better shape. I focused on the lifestyle I wanted to live - and it was life-changing. In the years since I made that decision, I've started my days before 6 AM doing the most important thing I deem required to live the life of my choosing, and I've been happier for it. I've also come across dozens of morning do-gooders who are getting everything done, except what they dream of doing, and when they realize it's not their fault, everything changes. They got caught up in the buzz of life, and everyone does.  But, the minute you choose to focus on YOU before anything else is when you start making real progress. When you focus on what is important to you, you get what is important to you.
19/04/2110m 57s

Entrepreneurial Friday - Tech Overwhelm

Entrepreneurial Friday - Tech Overwhelm I’ve decided to change things ups a bit at the end of the week. Friday is the day of the week that is 100% unscheduled and freeform. I use them to get things done… or go to the beach.  After receiving lots of emails, I’ve decided that my fellow business owners, and hard workers everywhere, could use to have a few questions answered. Dan writes - Hello, I'm a member of Motivation To Move and have a suggestion that is of interest to me. How do you deal with tech intruding on your life? I'm not only talking about cell phones, computers, and social media. I'm talking about when you update your WordPress site, and it crashes. I’m talking about getting strange emails from random people that immediately demand your attention. I'm talking about other tech issues that require enormous amounts of time to fix but have little interest to other people but are necessary to complete as a business owner in 2021. I’m talking about things that take you out of the “real world" and put you into the virtual troubleshooting process. Wasting lots and lots of time out of your control. Thanks, Dan Okay, Dan. Here are my thoughts… I'm going to employ some good old-fashion Scott LOGIC - On the tech front, cell phones, computers, social media, you need to practice tech hygiene. That is, conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease, primarily through cleanliness. That means to cut your umbilical cord and default to off. Turn things off more often than you turn things on. How about updates and WordPress crashes? The first answer is to get somebody else to do it. People everywhere don't see that as a problem; they see it as a paycheck. The second answer, get a good Host who makes sure things don't break. Third, defer to the first. How about strange emails from random people that immediately demand your attention? There is no law the requires you to open an email because somebody randomly sent it to you. Set up solid filters, and don't be afraid to use the trash. For everything else, if you are proactive, there is never an email that needs an immediate response. Schedule hours in the day to respond and stick with it. You get the life that you choose. If something feels unsustainable, it’s not. Choose to focus your efforts on doing what you love.
16/04/219m 38s

How To Become a Champion

We all live in a competitive world that makes getting what we want a challenge. If you've ever found yourself missing out because somebody else beats you to the punch, there may be a simple reason. I've always been a competitive person. Once I set my mind to accomplishing a goal, I will always do whatever is required to win. Still, I've often tripped on my way to winning by others who wanted the same thing but had a different approach. When I decided to enter the world of dog agility competitions, a new friend reminded me of an essential mindset. My friends' name is Jaxon. He's a great competitor and is incredibly consistent in his performance. Every time my dog, Levi, and I compete against Jaxon, we know it's going to be our game to lose. It's not because he's faster, more talented, or works harder. He's slower, a little clumsy, and prefers play over work. He never gets serious or stuffy. Win or lose; he always has a reason to celebrate - usually by taking a nap. On the other hand, Levi has flashier moves, runs faster, and wins lots of blue ribbons before he takes his nap. He also crashes and burns more often, leaving Jaxon with the prize - but not always. Jaxon is consistent, not fast, and doesn't care. Levi is fast and can be consistent if he, WE, cares. That's a little thing called discipline. Consistency in practice and performance is required to do anything at a high level. Without discipline, you will always lose to the one who has it. However, when you require consistency of yourself and are willing to take a chance and go for the gold, that's what makes a champion. Both are happy dogs and enjoy the game. That makes them both winners. Levi is the champion.
15/04/219m 3s

Building Your Bridge To Passion

How do I get from here to where I want to go? That's a question you may find yourself asking - especially for the big adventures of life. What you need is a dam bridge! A few years ago, I was standing atop the Hoover Dam. It's awe-inspiring—Lake Mead views in one direction and the Colorado River in the other. Below is one of the great engineering marvels in history. But there was something more exciting. New bridge construction high above the canyon walls caught my attention. Construction was well underway, and I couldn't help notice how the process is the same as getting what you want in life. There are three elements; two foundations and a span. When you want something new, it's easy to stumble along. If you do that when you're building a bridge across a canyon, you'll be in the river before you know it. The key to creating anything is to build and fortify your current foundation. That means making sure there is a little drama as possible in your life. Save your money, pay your bills, do whatever it takes to create a firm foundation. The starting side of your new life should be a peaceful base. The next step is to build your foundation on the side where you intend your adventure to take you. That could mean taking classes, learning a new skill, expanding your network, and researching your plan. The goal is to do everything in your power to build a solid foundation for future success. Little by little, your foundations get more robust, and your future becomes possible. You will sense the time as come to build a span between your two foundations. It's time to leave the past behind. Once you have built your foundations and 70% of your span, it's time to leap to the other side. Too early is a false start. Too late is procrastination. Timing is everything. Build strong, be patient, and let your momentum build. That's how you turn small steps into significant change.
14/04/219m 2s

Hard Rockin' Communication Skills

Have you ever been attempting to communicate with someone and found yourself hitting your head against the wall with frustration? Communication with other humans can do that to you, but there is a way to your goal. A few years ago, I was invited to Las Vegas to speak to martial arts school owners. At the time, I was having success helping the schools grow through television commercials and infomercials. Over a thousand Black Belts crowded into the Hard Rock Hotel to hear what I had to say. As I began, I explained that I have many rules for communicating successfully. One of them is to never use "inside language" when trying to get someone else to understand you. Whether it's technical mumbo-jumbo that nobody but you understands or the actual language you speak. If you want to get somebody's attention, you must speak their language. That was the problem the industry was having. I asked everybody in the room to stand, and I called out a few, saying, "Stand up and introduce yourself, in your language, and tell us exactly how you help students in your school." For the next few minutes, a dozen school owners spoke in English, Japanese, Koren, Chinese, and a few others, describing how their program was superior to all others. The only problem was, few in the room understood much of what they said. As the room began to lose focus because they couldn't understand, I made my point, "Everybody, please stand, and let's all count to ten together!" The next few seconds were filled with a thousand voices, speaking dozens of languages, all trying to count to ten. When they finished, everybody broke out in laughter at the craziness. That's when I said, "How do you expect anybody to do business with you when they can't understand what you are saying?" During the next hour, I taught them to consistently meet folks where they are, join the conversation they are having in their minds, and use words and phrases that mean something to them. If you do that with every conversation you have in your life, today will be very motivating. For you and everybody else you meet. Imagine how successful that is going to make you?
13/04/218m 59s

Decisions Made Easy

Have you ever noticed how forward momentum completely stops when you can't make a decision? There's no doubt; the ability to make a decision is a power skill worth developing. I learned mine from my Mom. I grew up in the small town of Manassas, Virginia and I couldn't wait to graduate and begin my life adventure. My focus was on becoming a top-rated morning radio host, making lots of money in a big market. But I had a problem... The day came for me to decide how to begin my career. I narrowed my school choice and had to commit to enrolling - and commitments can be scary. As excited as I was to begin, I was also confused. That's when my Mom stepped in with a solution. Mom was a Legal Secretary and pulled out a yellow legal pad she kept handy. She drew a line down the middle of the page from top to bottom. Oh, no. We're not going to do the old Pro and Con thing again? That never works! Have you ever tried to make a decision using a list of positives and negatives? It only causes more confusion. But that wasn't going to happen this time because Mom had something else in mind. She drew another horizontal line, from left to right, across the middle of the page. Then she said, "This is different. It's about what is going to happen when you make your decision. Try it." With that, I made a list of everything that WOULD happen if I DID commit and get myself moving in the top left of the page. On the top right, I made a list of what WOULD happen if I DIDN'T do anything. Then, things got interesting… On the bottom left of the page, I listed what WOULDN'T happen if I DID. I filled the bottom right with what WOULDN'T happen if I DIDN'T. Clarity emerged, the fear disappeared, and excitement took over. If you find yourself needing to make a decision, you can sort out anything, break free, and build fast and massive momentum with those four questions.
12/04/2110m 4s

Rising Above The Interference

I love tattoos, but I waited until I turned 50-year-old to get my first. There was no deep meaning to my delay, only ScottLOGIC - my way of thinking. In my mind, it made perfect sense to wait until my body decided it wasn't going to get any prettier as it age. Then I would start decorating it. My wife and I had talked about my goal of getting a tattoo. For my birthday, she presented me with an envelope of cash to pay for my new body art and asked, "Have you decided what you want?" While I was in no hurry, I knew what I wanted to across the back of my shoulders. It was my attitude about rising above the interference and surviving modern life. If you found yourself behind me at the beach, you would see the tattoo center is an old-fashioned compass. It serves a North Star and points in the direction of my future. From the center, wings stretch broadly across most of my back. They are lifting me forward and upward toward a large mountain. I am climbing to the highest point on Earth and seeking peace from the craziness below. For me, life is about soaring above the interference that exists in our daily lives. It's about overcoming the obstacles and thinking for ourselves. It is about living to our full potential. Below, where most spend their time, it is difficult -- with everybody is pulling us into their world. Starting the day in mud and ending in quicksand is no way to enjoy yourself. And you can't get ahead with everybody else is in your head. Finding a way to rise above the masses' interference is how you become the person you are meant to be. Seek to rise above what interferes with your dreams. That's where you will find the success and happiness you desire.
09/04/2110m 7s

Soon, Everything Will Be Okay

  Life can be full of never-ending challenges. Even when things are good and going your way, success can get on the most positive person's nerves. We're wired that way. The buzz of daily activities has the same impact on your emotions. Too much is too much. Good, bad, or in-between, you will feel the strain, especially when things are not going your way. Many years ago, my daughter found a way to deal with the coming death of her Mother. It was positive, hopeful, grounded, future-paced, and practical. She wrote a poem titled, "Soon, Too Soon." It became then, and still today, an affirmation that still serves. Soon we'll all find our way. Soon we'll know what makes us who we are. Soon we'll wake up to a day we can appreciate. Soon we'll know that tomorrow we'll be better. Soon we'll trust that everything's okay, that the past is gone can't hold us back. Soon we'll smile about today. Soon will come too soon. Don't let it slip away. By Carlyn Smith - Peterson
08/04/219m 8s

Will Showing Up Get You Half Way To Your Goal

Woody Allen said, "Half of success is showing up." I've thought about that quote many times over the years. There was something about its logic that didn't match up with my day-to-day experience. Don't get me wrong, no matter what you want to do in your life, showing up is the first step in getting it. But I've shown up many times and ended up going home with the prize that I so much wanted. I've also seen others convinced that they'll advance toward their goals if they show up. Instead, they end up disappointed with their results. So, if showing up is getting you halfway, what's the other half? It's knowledge, work ethic, and communication, and people skills. And let's not forget your ability to commit to doing whatever it takes to get what you want. Some people don't show up, and some don't commit. Many do. Why don't they succeed? I remember the words spoken by my Paster moments before my wedding to my first wife, Sheryl. I was a 20-year-old kid, and he asked, "Do you know what makes a marriage work?" Without much thought, I said, "It's a 50/50 thing. As long as we show up for each other, it'll work." His response resonates with me to this day, "Success in anything is 100/100 thing. You show up and commit to giving it 100% of your effort all the time - and so does everybody else." So, yes. Showing up will get you halfway to your goal. But if you want to go all the way, you must commit to 100% and doing whatever it takes to get what you want.
07/04/2110m 41s

It’s Time To Become a Delusion Buster

Deepika, a 19-year-old Pre-Med student from India, sent me an email calling me a "Delusion Buster." At first, I didn't know what to think. Before I dug too far into my mind, I looked up the definition. A delusion is a belief held with firm conviction, despite superior evidence to the contrary. I guess I am a "Delusion Buster" - and you should be too. Living a life of your choosing becomes a reality when you have a vision and a strategic plan. Add in ritualized daily actions and things beginning to go your way. However, it's easy to let the rhythms of day-to-day life influence your efforts and knock you off track. Before you know it, drift, despite superior evidence to the contrary. I guess that, while you may be blind to what is happening, your gut instincts can feel the drift. I'll also assume that you are very good at spotting the same behavior in others who feel a bit lost. And what do you do? You listen, challenge, validate, suggest, persuade—anything it takes to show them the light and get back on track. You draw upon your wisdom and pass on proven strategies and guidance - all or somebody else. But what about you? If you find yourself drifting, it's time to sit with yourself for a few minutes. Analyze your awareness of your situation. Accept where you find yourself. And shift your perception. The goal is simple - How do you go from where you are now to where you want to be? Ever since I was a kid, I've always believed in the wisdom of Casey Kasem. Anything is possible if you "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching or the stars." You do that by recognizing where you are—remembering your dreams. And become a "Delusion Buster" of your own. After all - Reality is hard to accept. But accepting your current situation and adjusting your path is how you get what you want - and it feels great!
06/04/2110m 30s

Change Your Life With a Magic Wand

So you know you want something different than what you have. You can’t seem to put your finger on what you want. And, the big one, you don’t know where to begin. In my years of helping others reach their dreams, I’ve learned a couple of things - For most of us, our lives are pretty good. They could be more exciting, and you could make more money. Maybe your relationships could sparkle a bit more? Still, you may feel frozen from a fear of what you might lose. It may be from a fear that you won’t get what you want. Is it possible that you are living in a someday-maybe mindset? In the business world, things are a bit more clear. If you want to succeed, all you need to do is offer something your customer wants or needs and provide a solution. It’s simple math. The customer will take you up on your offer, and your business will thrive. Or, they won’t even notice your business, and your competition will succeed. Your personal life is the same way. You recognize that your desire is a problem that needs a solution. Or, you stay forever and frustratingly in a someday-maybe mindset. But, what if there was a magical question you could ask yourself? A question that, if you are willing to accept the answer, would transform your trajectory? I asked a confused client on a recent call, “If I could wave a magic wand and transform your life into exactly what you wanted - what would that look like?” The first few seconds were silent  - until the floodgates of her imagination opened. The picture was painted, and she could see the future. She let out a deep breath, relaxed, and said - “Thanks for getting me to admit what I wanted finally. I’ve been thinking about it for years. I was afraid to say it out loud. It feels good.” It always feels good when you release the dream locked inside of you. Now, accept that you want it and get work making it real. If in doubt, wave your magic wand!
05/04/219m 1s

I’m Not Going To Hold You Accountable

I was on the phone with a prospective client and asked if there was anything else she needed for us to work together. “Yes. Could you hold me accountable? I need help with that.” Am I’m the only one who feels this way? Over the years, experience has taught me something. That when a fully-grown human requests I hold them accountable, it never ends well—for me! Call me silly. I don’t think outsourcing your responsibility is the best way to take control of your life. I said, “Why would you give somebody else control over your success? If there is something you want, why don’t you believe enough in yourself commit to it? Fire up your mojo, trust that you mean it, respect your decision, and take full responsibility!” I was just getting started. “Besides, I know what’s going to happen... The first time I hold you accountable for not doing what you said you wanted to do, you’ll blow it off and say you’ll try again. The next time, you’ll get a little angry at me for doing what you told me to do. And the last time, you’ll tell me that this is not working for you—and you’ll fire me.” Like I said. It never ends well—for me. If I’m going to get fired for doing what my clients asked me to do, I would prefer not to get hired in the first place. So I suggested something that always turns out to be a better solution. “Why don’t you tell me what you want to do, and the next time we get together, you can check-in and report on your progress? I’m sure I’ll have plenty of solutions to keep you moving.” She loved the idea, and it has turned out to be a great relationship. There’s nothing more empowering than holding yourself accountable. Only you have power over what you get in life. You don’t need anybody else to help, so go for it!
02/04/219m 24s

A Recipe For Baking Up Success

Wouldn't it be great if there was a magical method for getting whatever you want in life? If you could pull up a recipe of sorts on your phone, mix it into your bowl of life, and bake up what you wanted? Well, there is. Sort of.. My sister-in-law has talent. She says that she can take a bite of any baked food and, within a few seconds, recite a list of ingredients necessary to recreate it. Something she was doing while visiting our home and eating a piece of my Birthday cake. I asked - "Do you think you can that with my cake?" "Yes. No problem." With that, I issued a challenge. "It takes more than a list of ingredients. Why don't I tell you what to buy and let's see I you can still get the same result?" Within a few minutes, we arrived at the grocery store. List in hand, she purchased everything needed, and we headed back home. 30-minutes later, ingredients assembled and mixed, she popped the cake into the oven - feeling sure she won the challenge. That's when things got interesting. Once cooled, we tasted her creation. My only thought was, "Close, but no cigar." Yes, it was good, but not exact. I wasn't surprised, but she was stunned. I could tell by the look in her eyes what she was thinking - "How was it possible? I used every ingredient. Why doesn't taste the same?" The truth is, what seems simple usually isn't. Ask anybody who bakes, and they'll tell you it's not the ingredients. It's the amount of each, how you mix them, the oven's temperature, and the time you allow your cake to bake. Then you think about it… Baking a cake is a lot like getting what you want in life. Assembling knowledge is only the beginning. Understanding the nuance of how it is put together is how you RISE to the top—pun intended.
01/04/219m 3s

The Best Death Ever

You are a goal-setting machine. That’s not to say you are setting, working toward, and accomplishing more goals than anybody else. It’s the way your brain is wired. If that’s the case, why is it that reaching your goal can leave you feeling lost? In 2006 I had a life-changing moment that happened in the middle of the night. My wife, Sheryl, was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and my world crashed. Even worse, they told me there wasn’t anything I could do about it. In my world, those a fighting words. The following six weeks were a whirlwind of miracle searching activity, including a trip to Costa Rica for alternative treatment. As the weeks passed, the reality of what was coming became real. Sheryl would not survive. We called Hospice. In the coming days, we settled into a routine that no family ever wants to go through, and that gave me the idea to call a family meeting. Together with my kids around my wife’s bed, I proposed a new goal. “If this is going to happen, why don’t we make it the best death ever?” The initial response was silence - until my wife said, “Well, if I’m going to go through this, we should enjoy the experience - right?” From that point forward, even in the most challenging moments, we all lived life to the fullest. Family, friends, everybody in our circle knew the goal and did their part to help us reach it. Exactly 100 days from diagnosis, Sheryl passed away. It hurt like nothing any of us had ever experienced. Still, we found ourselves with a warm feeling about how we had handled things. In time, our conversations turned to our goal of making it the best death ever. We realized we had achieved it. That the thing about goals… All the excitement of setting a goal happens while you’re in the middle of your journey - and you are always in the middle of your journey. Easy or difficult. When you choose to pursue a plan, the destination doesn’t matter except that it serves as a starting point for your next journey.
31/03/219m 44s

Never Miss a Good Opportunity

  Getting what you want always comes down to knowing what it is, deciding to go after it, and not stopping until you get it. But what happens when you need somebody's help to get it, and they won't step up? I'll never forget that warm September day I made up my mind to get a membership at a new gym. They had been in pre-sale for months, and I had finally decided to drag myself off the sofa and grab a pre-opening special before it was gone. When I walked through the door, it was a beehive of activity. People everywhere packing up equipment. They were moving to the new location across the street. At that moment, I thought I missed my chance, but I stepped up to the counter anyway, "Can I get signed up?" The young girl behind the counter said something that blew my mind. "I can't help you. The computer is unplugged. Besides, you've had a couple of months. You're kind of late." Let me get this straight. This business, whose only reason for existence is to get members, can't because their computer is unplugged, and it's my fault? I was picking my jaw up off the floor when the owner saw what was happening. He stopped what he was doing, grabbed a contract, and said, "Of course we can. We'll do it the old-fashion way and enter it into the computer tomorrow. You can pay when you come to work out." With that, I walked out with my new membership. I started working out the next day, and the actions of that day changed my life. How? I had been working out for a few months and the owner noticed my results. Knowing I had a martial arts background, he asked if I would teach a few kickboxing classes. I agreed, and a few months Motivation To Move was born. Nothing has ever been the same. I learned a valuable lesson about business and life that day. Once you decide what you want, whether it's running a business or on a treadmill, never miss out on an opportunity to get what you want. Even if the computer is unplugged.
30/03/219m 45s

Reduce Your Stress By Reducing Your Stuff

Every day, we live in a world full of events, challenges, and people that cause us stress in our lives. Sometimes it may seem impossible to eliminate the cause, but that is what you can and should be doing. Sometimes that takes time. Your subconscious mind always listens and filters the world around you. That means that you are forming opinions. Thoughts are racing. Actions happening. Usually, without knowing why, you are feeling stressed to the max. When you finally recognize what is going on, it's time to take action. I spoke with a client when she mentioned she was having challenges with one of her clients. He was stressing her out and had been doing it for years. She was working up the courage to have a conversation to work things out. Something that was stressing her out even more. When she asked my advice, I said - "How he is treating you is wrong. Anybody can see that. He's doing it on purpose or is unaware. It is still unacceptable and unsustainable. You need to bring it to his attention, reset expectations, and prepared to move on. "Move on?” she said. "Yes, move one, but you won't have to if he values your service. If he's unaware, he'll thank you for pointing it out and change his behavior. If it's purposeful behavior, he'll recognize those days have come to an end and will change his behavior." "What happens if he doesn't want to change? That's simple. "He'll either quit, or you'll replace him with another client who values and respects what you can do for him. You can only win." My client had that conversation and put everything on the table. They both decided to continue working together, and all is well. If anything is stressing you, you can and should eliminate the source as soon as possible. Life is too short to be stress out.
29/03/2110m 0s

Succeed or Do Not Succeed. Both Are Self-inflicted

  How would you feel if somebody called you a liar? When I started my first real business 20 years ago, I found myself stressed, working long hours, missing workouts, sleep, and family. I was determined to be a success - even if it killed me. I'm not sure it would have done that, but I was a least on my way to wearing myself out since I was in my office at 2 AM on a Saturday, with a big bottle of wine. Frankly, I was mad that day and was thinking bad things about myself. Feeling a little lost, as well, and a bladder full of wine, I stumbled to the restroom. That's when my reflection in the mirror stopped me in my tracks. The man looking back was not the man I was on the inside. I could tell by the look in his eyes that he wasn't mad. He was sad. Success was proving harder than he thought it would be, and he was lying to himself about why. No. I was lying to myself. In a surreal moment, I realized that I was questioning my commitment. How could I get up every day and say that I was committed and yet allow myself to self-sabotage? How could I commit to taking on a difficult challenge and complain that it was difficult? How could I ever get what I wanted if my commitment was a big lie I was telling myself. Either I was committed to my goals, or I wasn't. I looked into the eyes of the stranger in the mirror and saw a glimmer of my old self. I realized that everything I was doing was self-inflicted, and I was ready to stop blaming my challenges. It was a moment of reckoning, and I could see my commitment returning as a sparkle emerged from my eyes, and relief appeared in my shoulders. My inner Yoda also spoke to me - "Succeed or do not succeed. Both are self-inflicted. There is no try. There is only commitment." After that, I had a very good nights sleep.
26/03/218m 51s

Forgetting What You Do For Fun

What do you do for fun? It's such a simple question that causes people to get a blank look in their eyes. A few years ago, I visited friends who lived and worked on the Grand Canyon's South Rim. Yes, people live there - thousands of them. The drive into town is too far to commute - but that was okay with my friends. They had recently switched careers, packed up, and moved to become Park Rangers. They were right where they wanted to be. It was late in the day when we settled into the guest room of their home and headed to the dinner table. I had been driving all day and was feeling a little fidgety. "So, what do you guys do for fun around here?" He looked at me like the fast-paced city slicker I was and said, "I've been having fun all day - even at work." I didn't get it - yet. It turns out that his life change taught him that having fun is a sneaky little thing. Fun likes to show up when you are not paying attention and in the moment, whether wasting time or working. In my career, I've asked people what they do for fun many times - They are either in a materialistic chase for something our society has told us is fun… or… They have forgotten that what they do naturally, when they are not paying attention, can be more satisfying than they think. And, there it is. When you stop looking down the road for the fun that you think you want to have, you realize that you are already having a good time right where you are. No chasing required.
25/03/218m 18s

Your Future Mentors Are Watching

You've set a goal and are putting in the hours to get what you want. Why is everything moving so slow? Larry was a mentor of mine when I was in my twenties. He owned a business, made an exceptional living, and after hiring me to work for him, took me under his wing. It was a relationship that lasted for years - although I'm sure I didn't make it easy. That's the thing about being a young, bright-eyed dreamer with lots of talent and not much patience. It's easy to see what others have, set an arbitrary date on a calendar, and expect that everything will go your way. One day, I pinned Larry in his office and was making my best case for a raise. I was sure he had gobs of cash, and I deserved my share. After all, I was 26 years old, so it's time that I had a big house and a fancy car like him. That's when Larry said something that changed everything - "Scott, sometimes you have to keep showing up long enough for the right people to notice. Keep doing a good job, and they'll step up." Of course, Larry was already stepping up and was being very generous. I'm not sure I knew that, and I wouldn't say I liked his answer. I'm pretty sure that I stomped out of his office and gossiped about him in the kitchen. Over the years, though, I noticed that there seems to be a hidden layer of successful people all around me. They were keeping an eye out for somebody like me. Larry was right - The person who can help make your life better is not always the person standing in front of you. If you give it enough time, no matter what you do, when you least expect it, somebody will say, "We need to talk. It's time we do something together."
24/03/218m 28s

Secret Ingredient to Doing What You Love

Have you ever heard anyone say, “Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life?” The fact is that you’ll work harder than you ever have - but you will LOVE every minute of it. Most people never have that experience because they miss the one thing they must do to live on their terms. “If you want to do what makes your heart sing, you have to do what makes the bell ring!” Yes. Making the bell ring means making money. After all, you must fund your fun - right? Have you ever been inside a Harley-Davidson dealership when a new motorcycle sells? They ring a bell. Not only because somebody’s dream is fulfilled, but somebody is about to be paid. When my son, Austin, was a young man, all he wanted to do was be a singer in a rock and roll band. He chased his dream for years - between paychecks. When he made the bell ring, he could fund more of his goal. I have many clients I help build income streams to align with their dreams. While they are eager to do what makes their hearts sing, I know my first goal must be to make the bell ring. It’s a fact of life. If you don’t have the income to support your dreams, dreams stay dreams. Does that scare you? It shouldn’t. That’s what you have been doing your entire life. The difference is you’ve been funding what you don’t want instead of what you do. Say it loud, and say it proud - “If you want to do what makes your heart sing, you have to do what makes the bell ring!”
23/03/219m 11s

Using A Big Stick To Get People Moving

  Don't you hate it when you try to get others on board with your vision, and you can't get their attention? You have all the urgency in the world, but sometimes, others seem to be taking a stroll in the park. The solution might be using a big stick. A daily ritual is to take my dogs for a walk on the trails on my property. We've done the same path so many times they know exactly where we are heading. To them, it's what they do every day. They are in no hurry, and the walk becomes their version of a stroll in the park. Have you noticed that life can be that way too? Whether you have employees, family, friends - even waiting for a price check at your local Walmart, strolling along with no sense of urgency can be frustrating. On that day, I decided I needed something to move things along, so I picked up a big stick. First, I offered to let my dog Chloe grab the stick in her mouth so I could drag her down the trail. That worked until she tired of being pulled. Next, I used the stick to herd her from behind. That worked until she got tired of being pushed. Finally, I handed Chole the stick to see what would happen. Without hesitation, she raised her head, wagged her tail, and trotted down the trail with her new prize. She kept going, without interruption, all the way home. It's all about self-motivation. When you figure out how to inspire that in others, not only will your life be less stressful, you will get everything you want. Remember that pulling and pushing will only get you so far. A better option is to inspire others to run on their own.
22/03/219m 9s

Achieving Your Most Ambitious Goals

One of the benefits of living in Florida is the abundance of restaurants and sunny Sunday afternoons with friends. On this Sunday, the server asked what we would like to drink, and my friend started - “I’ll have a Mai Tai and a Diet Coke.” We laughed because we’ve all done it. Heck, I’ve been known to fall face-first into a basket of french fries and chase it with a pitcher of Diet Coke to feel better about my choice. As we settled into a fun afternoon, our inhibition dropped, and every entree order seemed to get bigger, richer, and loaded with more calories than any human needs in a day, much less for lunch. We all agreed that it was okay. We would be starting our diets on Monday. Isn’t that when all diets begin? But, in my case, I told them that I had already decided to begin a 30-day sprint to lose a couple of pounds - starting Monday. All this food is me preparing for a good before picture. There were more smiles and laughs. That’s when Ms. Mai Tai and Diet Coke asked, “Don’t you think it’s better to start slow?” No. I don’t. When you make small changes, you get small results. That’s okay when the overall goal you are seeking is small. But on larger goals, all you are doing is extending the pain of depriving yourself and giving yourself a little pleasure in return. Without the motivation of a big payoff, your mind will eventually choose pleasure over pain, and you’ll be starting over again. The laughs became nods and raised eyebrows. If you want to change, why not do it fast? Skip the scenic route, go all in, and get to your destination as soon as possible. You’ll be glad you did. Get the Daily Boost five days a week at Motivationtomove.com.
19/03/219m 54s

You Don’t Need To Ask For Permission

  My friend Sid called to tell me he had found his next big thing. He decided to take flying lessons and couldn't wait to get started. I have always wanted to learn to fly after hearing my Mom's stories over the years. Her father was a contractor in Wilmington, North Carolina. When an airport client couldn't pay, he offered lessons. She was 15-years old. Her stories of landing on the beaches of North Carolina were thrilling. Flying Solo before an arriving hurricane was captivating. We'll forget the fact that she 3-days short of being legally old enough. Her adventurous spirit took control. With a hurricane coming, she wasn't going to ask for permission. She took command, and it put her in the record books. By the time I began flying 50 years later, things were more controlled, and speaking on the radio to Air Traffic Control was required - and challenging. Being nervous, I often found myself asking for permission when I wanted to do something. I would say, "This is Cessna 67508 requesting permission to…" One day, while waiting for their response, my instructor taught me a lesson I could have learned from my Mom, "You're the Pilot in Command. Your seat is moving, and theirs isn't. Don't ask for permission. Tell them what you want and let them work it out." What? I don't have to ask for anyone's permission to do what I want to do? I never asked again, in flying or anything else in life. I decide what I want to do and do it. If somebody else needs to know what I'm up to, I tell them, work out the solution, and keep moving. If not, I keep moving. Some days it seems like we need permission from everybody else. Don't fall into that trap. Your destiny is your choice, and yours alone. And what happened to Sid? He asked his wife for permission, and she said "no." He never took a single lesson.
18/03/219m 31s

If You Lead They Will Follow

When I was a young man, I never thought I would be a leader. I was highly-driven, knew what I wanted, and willing to do anything to reach my goals. In my mind, that was all I needed to succeed. As I moved up the radio ranks, doing my own thing wasn't working so well. It wasn't that I stopped working hard. It wasn't unusual to start preparing my evening show at 7 AM. My performance was winning more than ever. But it was also causing frustration among the staff. Not to mention that I also kept getting fired. In my view, I was making us the top station in the market. In everybody else's opinion, I was a crazy Disc Jockey making a mess for them to clean up. They loved the results, but it was hard to support a guy intent on causing an 8.5 earthquake when he opened his mouth. I wasn't blind to a problem I was causing, so I called a mentor for advice one day. He said, "Leaders cast the vision to others and never stop. Your job is to communicate where the team is heading and support them while they support you. Yes, you know what you want, but you are also confusing everybody else. That's something you need to fix." The next day at a staff meeting, I had a chance to speak, and I decided it might be useful to be humble, respect the team, let them know my vision for success. I also asked for their help. In the years that followed, we had more fun and made more money. I was never fired again, and I started getting much better offers. And, to this day, I always remember to cast my vision to others and to support them in theirs. Get the Daily Boost five days a week at MotivationToMove.com
17/03/2110m 9s

You’re Not a Negotiating Underdog

I was rushing through Atlanta Airport after an entire day of negotiating with a client. My flight was in 30-minutes, so I was beginning to think the deal was not going to happen. That's when things got interesting. I've spent many days negotiating over the years and have grown confident in closing deals. I always think I'm going to win. While surprised, I knew today's game wasn't over. As we approached the Gate area, my client guided me into the Food Court. He pulled out the contract and replaced my fee with a smaller number. Then, he handed me the pen and said, "If you can do it for that, I'll sign right now." Checking my watch and not wanting to miss my flight, I almost took the deal. After all, winners get deals done. But, experience has taught me something else. Business deals that start poorly rarely get better. I decided to turn his less than classy negotiating gambit on its head. As humans, we are hard-wired to survive and thrive. As much as I wanted to take the deal to feed my family, I knew I wouldn't be thriving. I also knew my client needed what I would do for him, my price was fair, and more importantly, he was afraid I wouldn't do it. We all feel like the underdog when negotiating. It goes both ways. With that I said, "If you can sign the original deal before I get on the plane, I'll do it. Otherwise, I'll have to pass. I've enjoyed spending the day with you." He who speaks first loses. I kept my mouth shut. Thirty seconds later, he signed the original deal, gave me a deposit, and asked, "When can we get started?" The relationship lasted for years, and we never had that experience again. It turned out to be an excellent deal for both of us. Always keep in mind that we all feel like the underdog when negotiating. It will serve you well. Brought to you by Blinkist.com... Go to Blinkist, start a free 7-day trial AND get 25% off of a Blinkist Premium membership.
16/03/219m 26s

Advice For Strong Relationships

  When I first met my wife, Joi, I knew we would be married and live happily ever after. But there was a problem. Joi didn’t see it that way - at least not right away. If life has taught me anything, it’s that almost nobody is on the same page when they first meet. We might be in the same book but not on the same page. In the early weeks of our relationship, I was in full-on action mode, and I was on a mission to achieve my goal as quickly as possible. I was also getting frustrated since Joi didn’t seem to share my urgency. She was enjoying our relationship and in no hurry. One day, I decided to take action - I dragged myself out of bed at 4:30 AM, drove 30 minutes, and waited for Joi to arrive at the gym. I met her when she stepped out of her car, nearly scaring her to death, and said, “I love you. What do I have to do to catch you? We should…” Stopped by a kiss, she said, “We’ll know in about 6-months. Let’s enjoy the ride.” It wasn’t the answer I was looking for, but Joi had given me something even more powerful. She gave me an expectation, I knew her rules, how to play the game, and that she was right. All relationships, romantic, friendship, or professional, follow the same path. There is an initial spark, a period of trust-building, and finally, commitment. In time, the relationship grows stronger or will fade. Time will tell. That’s how it works and how it went for us. Exactly 6-Months later, to the day, I asked Joi to marry me, and she said yes. Brought to you by HelloFresh - America's #1 Meal Kit... Go to HelloFresh and use code dailyboost12 for 12 free meals, including free shipping!**
15/03/2110m 19s

Joy of Motivation

Motivation is always lurking around somewhere within our minds. Even if we're not thinking about it, it is still there. My wife, Joi, is a good example. Take one look at her, and it's easy to see that Joi takes care of herself. She gets up at the same time every day and eats a healthy breakfast. Then, she dresses in her workout clothes; without exception, she exercises. No matter how late she went to bed or how late I sleep in, Joi gets out of bed and heads to our home gym. Since it's evident that Joi walks-her-walk, it's not uncommon for people to ask, "How do you do it?" — as if she is a member of "The Secret Society of Highly Motivated People Club." You know, the club that requires a password and special handshake to join its ranks. Nope. It's not that complicated. I joke with Joi that she is my sexy, predictable, exciting, and somewhat boring wife. While that may sound terrible, and I wouldn't say it around Valentine's Day, Joi takes it as a compliment — "I know. It’s who I am and what I do. I don't think about it. I want to feel and look a certain way, so I do what it takes." Don't let her fool you. She thinks about it a lot, or at least she did until the magic of motivation arrives in full force. Her vision of herself becomes her focus. That leads to massive motivation, discipline, and action. As good results arrive, the repetition action transforms into life-long habits and delivers life-long results. That's how you get what you want. The pain of exercising your motivational muscle always feels better than the frustration of thinking about what you want for too long.
08/03/2110m 43s

Why Will Power is Not Your Friend

When will you get yourself to do what you say you want to do? More people than you know lose sleep over that question. If that sounds like something you have experienced, you’re not alone. Almost everybody begins their journey when a thought pops into their mind. Then, day-to-day life keeps them busy, and they spend frustrating months fixin’ to get ready. You know, starting to prepare… so you can start to do… so you can do… and say you did. If that doesn’t work, you summon your friend, Will Power. Will is not a person, but more like a kind of friend that you don’t know why you keep letting into your life. They are a bit of a slacker, live rent-free in your mind, say they want to help, and never deliver on their promise. Will’s job description should read -- to force you to do things you say you want to do but can’t get yourself to do. When you give up, Will leaves. The good news is, there’s no need to force yourself to do anything. Achieving your biggest goals in life has nothing to do with Will Power. Instead, shift your mindset - “To act at your discretion without constraint.” That’s the definition of Free Will, Will Powers, good cousin. Use your Free Will to harness your excitement and choose the path of least resistance. Start making the smallest changes in your life. Those steps will lead to big results sooner than you think.
01/03/219m 33s

Climbing The Mountain of Success

I was standing in a parking lot high in the Great Smokey Mountains surrounded by tourists and the smell of hot engines. I was about to take a hike to the Clingmans’ Dome observation tower - 6,644 feet above sea level. There is a sign at the beginning of the trail that warns hikers that the hike is considered strenuous, the average person will take 30-minutes to complete, and there are places to take a break along the way. While reading the sign, two conversions caught my attention - A couple that had driven hours to get there said, “They say it might be foggy at the top. Let’s not and say we did.” Then my wife said, “I think we should do it non-stop and in half the time. Who knows? It might be clear at the top.” With that, we headed up the hill with thighs ablaze. We passed hundreds of hikers giving up on the trailside benches; even more had turned back as they hiked through the fog, but we kept going. As we closed in on our goal of 15-minutes, we broke through the fog and found a beautiful day and a 100-mile view in all directions waiting for us when we arrived. That’s the thing about setting big goals and going for them. Even if you can’t see the outcome from your starting point, your goals and your mission will carry you to your vision - even if your legs hurt. When you get there, you’ll find that the journey up the mountain and the view from the top are always worth your effort. It’s also less crowded since most people never even start.
22/02/2111m 48s

3-Steps To Peak Motivation

As a child, I wondered why I couldn't always have my way. Mom and Dad were so mean! I couldn't wait to grow up, move out, and experience being an adult. Everything would be different - or so I thought. After stepping into the adult world, it didn't take long to realize that not much had changed. It turns out it wasn't my parents. It was life turning down my requests. Life was getting in the way. What was even worse was that I was getting in my way. I've joked over the years that if I'm the Boss of me, so why don't I do what I say? Eventually, I realized having a big ass goal, being on a mission, and most importantly, motivation on demand was the solution. Motivation is a powerful, if not fleeting, tool that we all need. But we need to understand how our minds generate motivation: 1) Your physiology dictates your feelings. The easiest way to break free of a slump is to stand up, take a step, and REPEAT. Movement wakes your body up, guides your emotions, and makes anything feel possible. 2) Focus fuels your fire. If you're feeling unmotivated, you are also drifting in the wind with no direction. Shifting your thoughts in a positive direction and toward what excites you will break you out and get you moving. 3) The words you say create the emotions you feel. Negative self-talk will drag you, and everybody else, down. When you make the words, you say to yourself, internally and externally, positive and uplifting, everything changes. Words matter more than you think. You're human. Your brain isn't wired to stay motivated all the time unless you are willing to give it a helping hand.
16/02/2111m 38s

Primary Morning Focus

I love the quiet peacefulness of mornings, but I'm not too fond that mornings happen so early. Still, the focus, creativity, and feeling of momentum that comes with getting up before the chickens have such value that I needed getting up a bit easier. My solution to drop the complicated and establish a simple routine. I begin by deciding the area I’m currently prioritizing and choosing a "first thing" task to move me closer to my goal. Next, I set myself up for success the night before. Depending on my task, I make notes, organize my desk, get my gym clothes ready - whatever it takes to prepare. Finally, when I wake up, I get licked by the dogs, take care of my personal needs, read something inspirational for five minutes or less, and start my day. No distractions. No email, social media, or news. Just start. My goal is to make my primary focus the first thing I do in the morning before life gets in the way. It works like a charm. There's a reason the Marines do more before 9 AM than everybody else. Now it's your turn.
15/02/2111m 45s

Lifestyle Driven Business

Laurie Greiner schooled an entrepreneur on Shark Tank with a business lesson that shot through the screen and knocked my remote control out of my hand. He said, “I’m in the lifestyle business.” She said, “I’M OUT! There’s no such thing as a lifestyle business.” He looked confused, but I got it. Then again, I wasn’t in the hot seat with my entire QVC future on the line. If Laurie were to ask me, I would tell her I run a Lifestyle Driven Business. The goal for myself, and those I consult, whether business or career, is to operate in a way that supports a chosen lifestyle in every way. No compromise. Yes, it’s business first, but your mission should be to earn a living that lets you enjoy life today instead of waiting until retirement.
08/02/2110m 32s

Is it Time to Take a Talkabout?

For years, I've built a reputation for being a guy that never misses a chance for a good conversation. Sometimes I head out the door for a good old-fashion "Talkabout" - an ode to Crocodile Dundee's "Walkabout." I'm not sure when it began, but since exploring life's possibilities is a core value, I know why; there is no better way to learn something new than striking up a random conversation with another human. But, there are rules: 1) You must be focused on exploring and open to following whatever direction the conversation goes. No judgment. No challenging. 2) Your mouth should be open as little as possible. When you speak, everything you say should focus on learning more from the person in front of you. 3) No matter what you hear, remember that you checked your ego; you are here to listen and learn. When you feel the need to make it about you, it's time to move on to the next conversion. Maybe I should start calling them "Listenabouts."
01/02/2112m 2s

Are You Keeping Your Vision?

Do you have an image in your mind of what you would like your life to be - except when life gets in the way? There's no doubt that daily life events have a funny way of distracting us from reaching goals. It's just too easy to put them on the back burner. That's why you need to become the keeper of your vision. Every day thousands of opportunities will arrive on your path and detour you from what you want. That's why it's up to you to guard your vision by asking a simple question - Will this opportunity move me closer to the lifestyle I desire or further away? Simple. Know YOUR vision. Defend YOUR vision. Live YOUR Vision. Get more Daily Boost podcasts at MotivationToMove.com! Brought to you by... Go to Blinkist.com/BOOST to start your free 7-day trial and get 25% off a Blinkist Premium membership.
26/01/2110m 45s

Stages of Getting What You Want

Call me crazy, but I've always believed life should be simple - and there's no better way than to follow an uncomplicated structure in everything you do. I call it MAPSS. Motivation. Everything begins with the motivation that comes from the inside out. Know your "WHY," get excited, and get moving. Accountability. The next step is to put benchmarks in place that allow you to keep track of your progress, providing more motivation. Planning. Plan your work, work your plan. Never begin until you know at least your first and second step. Systemization. Routine and rituals will make staying on your path easy. Lock in your process and repeat it unit you get what you want. Sustainability. You build momentum in life by stacking accomplishment upon accomplishment. Never build a house of cards. Make sure you set yourself up for the long haul. It’s easier to get what you want when you follow a map. Brought to you by - Today’s Daily Boost is brought to you by LUCY Nicotine - makes of a better and cleaner nicotine alternative - the works and tastes great. Check it out. Go to LUCY.co and use Promo Code ​BOOST ​to get 20% off all products, including gum or lozenges.
25/01/2111m 26s

What's Always Included in Getting Success

There are millions of tips and tricks floating around that you can use to achieve whatever you want in life. But there are a few that are always present. Acceptance and recognition of the desire to change are where it all begins. Anything less makes your desire only a dream. Having complete clarity of precisely what you want will separate you from almost everybody on the planet. It will also accelerate your progress. Asking yourself, "If not this, then what?" is an excellent way to begin. Commitment to success, no matter what gets in the way, is the only way to sure that life doesn't get in your way. Being willing to do whatever it takes is a virtual guarantee that you will get what you want. Finally, two things are always around: taking as much action and being as flexible as required to reach your goal. You CAN do much, but success comes faster when you focus on what you MUST do.
19/01/2113m 44s

Their Goals. Your Goals. Who Wins?

Some goals happen quickly. Others take longer. A lot longer. How can you keep your goals alive while you make them a reality? 1) Stop falling for someone else's goals. Everybody has something they want to achieve. It's not bad. It could be useful. In any case, it is a distraction. Know what you want and why you want it. 2) Once you are listening to yourself, be sure that you commit to your plan and never, ever, ever, give up. 3) While you make progress, be on alert when others insert their goals into your life. They are tricky little things. They'll distract you without you even knowing. As you move along, always keep this question in your mind— "Is this an opportunity that will move me closer to my goal or further away?" There is only one answer that will improve your life.
18/01/2111m 16s

How To Get Lucky in Life

Have you noticed that some people seem to get luckier than others? Have you also noticed that they are not just sitting around collecting luck? Getting lucky is almost always the result of taking action on an opportunity that presents itself. Even finding a twenty-dollar bill on the sidewalk resulted from having the chance to take a walk - and doing it. There are three rules to attracting more luck into your life: 1) Get in the habit of seeking and recognizing opportunities that cross your path every day. They might be hidden so keep your eyes open. 2) When you spot one, immediately decide if taking action will move you closer to your goals. 3) If your heart and soul tell you to go for it, jump in with both feet, commit to your action, and get busy turning that opportunity into the luck you’ve been seeking. In the future, when somebody asks how you’ve been so lucky in your life, tell them that you just like to stay busy. The rest takes care of itself.
11/01/2110m 38s

Reach Your Goals Faster with 3 Questions

There are so many choices in front of us every day. Each has the power to determine when and whether you will achieve your goals. Once you know the outcome you desire, these questions will help: 1) What CAN you do today that will lead directly and quickly to achieving your goal. 2) What SHOULD you do today that will lead directly and quickly to achieving your goal? 3) What MUST you do today that will lead directly and quickly to achieving your goal? 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.
04/01/2111m 27s

Easiest Way To Thrive in 2021

It's time to crank up those 2021 goals with a new year upon us. Why not choose a simple way? One of the easiest methods of achieving success is to stick to tried and true. That doesn't mean you can't move toward something more meaningful. It means that you forgo new knowledge and skill and leverage what you already understand. The easy way to success assumes: 1) You already have experience and wisdom. You will learn any new skill if, and only if needed. 2) You will choose the path of least resistance. The goal is to get the results you want in the fastest period. No distractions. No zig-zagging. 3) Overthinking burns too many brain calories. If you find yourself confused and stuck, accept that you may need to reevaluate your plan. Do it fast. Human nature will compel you to clutter your success journey with distraction. Seek the direct route to the results you want. It's easier.
28/12/2010m 53s

Grateful For The Past Year

It's the time of year when gift-giving is everywhere - but those are not the most important you have received. Every day that passes, you experience life. The good. The bad. The ugly. Those experiences add up to incredible life lessons that you carry forever. That leads me to a question - What experiences did you have last year that you consider a gift? It is challenging or pleasurable. How you perceive has the power to transform your future. As you head into Christmas, take a moment and give thanks for the gifts that 2020 produced. That'll make the next year even better.
21/12/2010m 23s

Why People Fail at Their Goals

Setting goals is a process that can happen automatically or consciously. Sometimes you find yourself on a path. Other times you choose your path, which is the only way to control your outcome. Why should you choose your path? Because there are three elements to successful goal completion: 1) Principles are the foundation that supports your belief or behavior. 2) Strategies are your action plan to achieve your goal. 3) Tactics are the steps you take to achieve your final goal. Think. Plan. Act. That’s the path forward to reach any goal. Focus on Principles, Strategies, and Tactics. Anything else will cause you to slide backward.
15/12/2010m 57s

Opportunity Discrimination

Do you have too many options and are having a difficult time choosing? There is a concept called "Opportunity Cost.” It is simply the value gained or the value lost in deciding what opportunities you will pursue. I tend to focus on another question entirely - "Does an opportunity provide the fastest and most direct path for me to reach my goals?" It's easy to look at almost any opportunity and justify a path, especially if you are being persuaded by someone else. It’s more difficult to make a choice. If you want to break free from a stalled life, you must eliminate anything that takes you off course and stay focused on your goals.
14/12/209m 20s

2021 is the Year of Decision

  I’ve learned the single most powerful way to build momentum is to make a decision. That's why I’ve chosen “Decide” as my guiding word for next year. When you make a decision, any decision, it can be life-changing - as long as you understand… Decision making is not about a “Yes or No.” Like Yin and Yang, each is the same as the other, only opposite. A decision is also not about “Maybe.” Unlike being opposite, it's a confusing mess of everything negative and positive. What is decision making about? It’s about cutting off all other options and focusing your energy forward. As you gain momentum, you leave your frustrations behind. Deciding can be scary. But it can also be exhilarating. It's also a good habit to develop.
07/12/2010m 45s

Setting Goals The Smart Way

I'm a big fan of setting big-ass goals. Dreaming BIG is my natural state - which is why S.M.A.R.T. goals are not all that smart. S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound. While it may seem like a good plan, I can't wrap my head around not setting goals because they don't seem achievable or realistic. Excuse me? Since when did big-ass goals seem achievable and realistic?  If that were true, you would already be doing them. Anytime you are moving from dreaming into doing you will be living in the land of crazy and scary. If you hold yourself to what is achievable and realistic, you might as well keep doing what you're doing. Instead… dream BIG and start taking baby steps. It won’t be long before your goals become real. Sponsored by Jiminy's... To learn more and save 15% on your first purchase, go to Jiminys.com slash BOOST and use code BOOST15 at checkout. 
03/12/2010m 26s

A Different Way of Planning

I was on the phone with a client this morning when he said, ”I don’t know why I have such a hard time planning my day-to-day stuff? I just want my day to be easier!” I get it. Everybody does. And to make that happen, you need a mindset shift. First to consider is that non-stop and continuous planning of every task every day is exhausting. It only adds another level of stress to your day. Instead, planning should be done occasionally with a broader focus on short, medium, and long-term. The goal is NOT to spend your life planning.  It is creating containers where you plan to do your work or play. Once you have your containers, you load them with goals and tasks and get them done. When things require adjustments, make another plan. Make your plan and work your plan. Don’t keep change things. That’s how you get what you want.
01/12/2012m 19s

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.
30/11/2011m 16s

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. Sponsored by Blinkist... Go to Blinkist.com/BOOST to start your free 7-day trial and get 25% off of a Blinkist Premium membership.
23/11/2011m 42s

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. Sponsored by Nutrafol - Get TWENTY PERCENT OFF at Nutrafol.com. Use the promo code MTM.
17/11/2011m 14s

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. Sponsored by TEMPO... Go to TEMPO.fit and use code BOOST for $100 off. 

16/11/2012m 0s

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. Sponsored by Nutrafol... You can grow thicker, healthier hair AND support the Daily Boost by going to NUTRAFOL.com and using promo code MTM. New customers get twenty-percent off. This is their best offer available anywhere. Plus FREE shipping on EVERY order.
11/11/2010m 41s

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. Sponsored by Tri Niagen... Right now, new customers can save twenty dollars on a three month supply by going to TruNiagen.com/boost.
09/11/2011m 31s

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. Sponsored by HelloFresh Go to HelloFresh.com/DAILYBOOST90 and use code DAILYBOOST90 to get $90 off, including free shipping.
09/11/2011m 1s

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. How would you like to learn the key takeaways and need to know information from the best selling books in less than 15 minutes? You need to get Blinkist. Go Blinkist.com/BOOST to find out more - and get 25% off a Premium Membership and a 7-day free trial.
03/11/2011m 47s

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. Our sponsor today is Betterhelp. Join over 1 million people that are taking charge of their mental health - and get 10% off your first month. Visit BetterHelp.com/BOOST right now. 
02/11/2010m 45s

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. This episode is brought to you by Nutrafol.  Get your first month supply with a subscription plan for $10 by visiting Nutrafol.com and using the promo code BOOST during checkout. 
29/10/2010m 34s

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. Thanks to Jiminy's for sponsoring the Daily Boost. To learn more and save 15% on your first purchase, go to jiminy’s.com/BOOST and the code BOOST15 at checkout. Get more Daily Boost episodes at MotivationToMove.com.
27/10/2010m 46s

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.
26/10/2012m 5s

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.
20/10/2010m 14s

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.
19/10/2011m 14s

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.
14/10/2011m 1s

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.
13/10/2010m 3s

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!
12/10/2010m 46s

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.
05/10/2010m 49s

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.
29/09/2010m 29s

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.
28/09/2010m 42s

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.
20/09/2010m 19s

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!
15/09/2010m 39s

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.
14/09/2011m 43s

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.
07/09/2011m 8s

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?
31/08/209m 44s

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.
25/08/2010m 40s

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.
24/08/2011m 12s

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.
17/08/2011m 35s

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. Get the Daily Boost 5-Days a week!
10/08/2011m 35s

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. Get the Daily Boost 5-Days a Week! HERE
03/08/208m 40s

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.
27/07/2011m 35s

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. Get the Daily Boost 5-days a week!
20/07/2011m 5s

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.  Get the Daily Boost 5 days a week!
15/07/2011m 37s

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. Get the Daily Boost 5 days a week!
13/07/2011m 56s

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.
06/07/2010m 53s

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? BAM! What dreams excite you and give you a feeling of happiness? BAM! What scares you - and excites you? BAM! What makes you smile and say, “If I could only get myself to…” BAM! 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. :)
29/06/209m 18s

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?
22/06/2010m 57s

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.
15/06/2010m 8s

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.
07/06/2012m 30s

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.
01/06/2011m 26s

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.
25/05/2012m 29s

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.
19/05/2010m 41s

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.
18/05/2010m 20s

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.
13/05/2010m 38s

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.
11/05/2011m 23s

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.
04/05/2010m 28s

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.
27/04/2011m 1s

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.
21/04/2011m 56s

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.
20/04/2010m 16s

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?
13/04/2011m 19s

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.
10/04/209m 0s

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.
08/04/208m 49s

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.
07/04/2011m 57s

Change Yourself. Change Everything Else.

Change Yourself. Change Everything Else. People have always sought change for themselves, their life, or the world. If you want to change, there is a constant truth; you must change before anything else changes. Many smart folks agree - Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Leo Tolstoy, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” What about Albert Einstein?  “The world, as we have created, is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Do you want to change something about today, tomorrow, or the future? You must change before anything else changes. Have you learned lessons from past experiences? You have already changed, and your future is better for it. Rumi said, “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” If tomorrow you want to be better than today and yesterday, something has to change. That something is you. If you want to make more money, serve more. Do you want to be happier? If you want this life to be well-lived, something has to change today. That something is you. What if you want everything about your life to be perfect? Listen to Winston Churchill. “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” It’s so simple.  You Must Change Before Anything Else Changes.
07/04/209m 8s

Maintaining Self Discipline When Bored

Maintaining Self Discipline When Bored If you ask any successful person what is most important to achieving goals, they will say two things: 1) Self-Discipline is number one. If you can’t get yourself to do what is necessary, nobody will do it for you. 2) The person with the most self-discipline wins. At the gym, office, school, everywhere. The person who puts in the effort always rises to the top. Since most of us are in self-quarantine at home, now it might be useful to master self-discipline. 1) Decide on your goal and allow yourself to feel the pleasure and excitement of living it every day.  2) Shift your focus to the pain you will feel if you don’t get it. Get mad. Get upset. Get determined to create it. 3) Prioritize your daily actions so that everything else is less important than your goal. You will always work harder to avoid pain than to get pleasure. Harness that power to get what you want.
06/04/2013m 57s

Are You in a Hypnotic State?

Are You in a Hypnotic State? If you've been feeling upended these past few weeks, there might be a good reason. In working with clients over the years, I recognized an interesting behavior. When our conversations began, their minds were drifting. They are listening but not paying attention. To get them to re-focus, I utilized a "Pattern Interruption" to alter their current state of mind. I could tell them a joke, ask a question, or give surprise news. Once delivered, their state of mind instantly shifts into neutral - for a split second. Hypnotherapists use this technique for trance induction. The same thing happens throughout your day without you knowing. I even use it on my Daily Boost to keep your attention. It also happened - and is happening to you during our current crisis. Everybody is trying to figure out how to ground ourselves again. What the solution? Do everything you can to normalize the abnormal. Avoid pattern breaks by limiting your exposure to anything that will put you in pause mode. Choose your focus, make a plan, establish a routine, and stick with it.
02/04/2010m 7s

Extraordinary Opportunity Around The Corner

Extraordinary Opportunity Around The Corner It happens when your daily experience changes. Bam! What? Mind blown! No worries. I’ll be fine. Really? Hmm. I’m fine. Where was I? Stoic Philosophy tells us lack of information causes fear. Information overload leads to paralysis. Adequate information allows you to calm yourself. Acceptance leads to planning, action, and re-building better than ever. Yes, we are in the middle of the storm and have a long way to go. Look beyond the noise. Extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime, and life-changing opportunities are beginning to bubble up around you. Think different. Seek opportunity. Things are looking up - even during the Great Pandemic Pause.
01/04/2011m 27s

Checking IN is Better Than Checking OUT

Checking IN is Better Than Checking OUT My phone rang at 10:18 this morning. A long-time listener from San Bernardino, California, was calling to check in with me. He said, "It's in times like these that we need to check in with folks. You're part of my life every day. I wanted to see how you were doing." I told him I was okay and how much I appreciated his energy boost. We enjoyed a very neighborly conversion - and we live more 2000 miles apart. His call reminded me of something I love to do. Over the years, I've developed a habit of practicing random acts of happiness, especially when somebody is having a hard time. Even better? When they need a surprise. It could be a cashier working long hours and their feet hurt. Sometimes I buy a cup of coffee for the person behind me in line - and try to escape for I'm busted. My wife gets a random flower that makes no sense at all - but gets a smile. Random acts of happiness may be difficult for you when you are stuck at home, but I wonder - Is there a way for you to practice a random act of happiness for someone today? In the pandemic pause, we're living in, checking IN is far more important than checking OUT.
31/03/2011m 6s

Operation Reinvention: Better and Beyond

Operation Reinvention: Better and Beyond I woke up this morning with a thought running through my mind and pulsing through my veins. I couldn't stay in bed any longer. How many closets can you organize? How many Netflix programs can you binge? How long will people wait for others to say it's okay for them to get with their lives? Everything you have built in your life happened when you found the courage to rally fear, anger, and confusion into motivation and action. Everything. Since 2006 I have taught one thing; you can create any lifestyle you choose if you can shake yourself free from your cement shoes and get moving. Nothing has changed in 2020. COVID-19 is real. Some people will get sick. Some people will die. That's life. It's always been like that - only without 24/7 news coverage, we didn’t know about it. Life can be difficult, but the real casualties of this pandemic will be those who cocoon themselves in the false sense of safety that comes with waiting to see what is going to happen next. HELL NO! That's not for me - EVER! The winners will be those who realize this is a new temporary and that we are not going back to normal. They will figure out how to use lessons learned and honed over a lifetime to build better and beyond! Nothing will stop them. Who you will be when this passes begins by who you are today. It’s time to decide. We're going to re-launch Operation Reinvention tomorrow with that goal in mind. And we’re doing it LIVE - details to follow. I dare to jump on the train to better and beyond.
30/03/2021m 19s

Pause. Prepare. Protect.

Pause. Prepare. Protect. Life is a beautiful and surprising experience, but have you noticed that in good times or bad, there is always be something that will catch you off guard? It will also require an immediate response. It could be a potential customer who wants to do business and need prompt attention. It may be a health emergency. In any case, a quick response is your friend. But what do you after the initial surprise settles? 1) Pause. Take a step back and take a breath. It’s time to get a 30,000-foot overview and gain perspective on what is going on in your life. This is a time to be more conservative in your actions. 2) Prepare. Whether it’s serving your clients or paying your mortgage, once you have perspective, your next step is to identify what must be done to achieve success. Be a good Scout. Be prepared. 3) Protect. Now that you understand and are prepared, it’s time to identify the areas that will need protection. Your goals is to proactively put in place whatever is required to protect what you’ve built. Pause, Prepare, Protect, and proactively create what you want out of your life. That how you survive and thrive!
25/03/2012m 8s

Building a Solid Foundation During a Crisis

In a time of crisis, a solid foundation of basic needs is a great way to calm your mind. In 1954, Abraham Maslow released his Hierarchy of Needs theory.  Since everything in life is being turned upside down - it might be a good time to get back to basics. Maslow called them deficiency needs (D-Needs): 1) Provide for your physiological needs. Food, clothing, shelter, money, everything that you need.  2) Make sure you feel safe. Personally, emotionally, financially, health and well-being, and against accidents and illness. 3) Socially you need to feel a sense of loving and belonging. Social media might be finally showing it's real power. While you work on your D-Needs, begin moving toward your being needs, otherwise known as B-Needs. Maslow said, "What a man can be, he must be." B-Needs are where I'm placing my focus. I using the power of the CoronaDRIVE US to answer a question.  What CAN I do that will create a better life after this crisis passes. 
24/03/2011m 48s

CoronaDRIVE US!

I have a different Daily Nugget today. I write and record a week in advance. Since I last reached out to you, all hell seems to have broken loose in America - and around the world. Yes, it was on its way before. We all saw it coming. But its exponential speed tossed a lot of folks lives into disarray overnight. Mine too. Like many folks, I have a full life and run a small business. Other people are counting on my support. I also have the honor and responsibility of tens of thousands of people listening every day. I have not taken that lightly. Everybody has an opinion. I decided to wait until I had a plan. Before I move on - let's handle the bad news. We are only the beginning. That's enough to scare anybody. What's coming? What's going to happen? Am I prepared? I don't know. I don't know. Yes. You were born prepared. That's who you are. A life with no challenges only means challenges are on the way. You have handled every problem you have ever faced. You will do it again. By the way, that's hard to see when life is getting in the way. Now, the good news. It's a lot less scary when you realized that your response is just beginning too. Yes, right now you may be shell-shocked, a bundle of nerves, fill with anxiety and a lost feeling. Don't worry. You won't be that way for long. I know that because we are emotional beings. Eventually, you will begin to find seeds of logic that will calm you emotionally. Eventually, a new, if temporary normal, will allow you to ground yourself - and find yourself. Eventually, you will ask, "What CAN I do?" Eventually, you will stand up, take a step, and repeat. It gets better. What if you could make even better? What if you stopped worrying about rebuilding what you had and focus on building something better? What if you could change careers if you have always dreamed of something different? What if, for the first time in years, you find yourself with time to think? What if you found a way to use this massive interruption to invoke the power of creative destruction? What if you could build a life and lifestyle that you have been putting off for years? It won't be easy. It's never easy to focus when all you want to be is distracted. But you will do it. Remember, life usually begins right after life gets in the way. From this day forward, you and I will use the catalyst that we have all experienced to drive us to build a better world. For you, me, and for the common good. From this day forward, let's turn the Corona Virus the "Corona DRIVE US." We begin tomorrow.  
22/03/2021m 18s

Your Reward For Hard Work

Your Reward For Hard Work Gary Vaynerchuk, Wine Library, Crush it, and more made changes in his life. I've always said, "The reward for success is more work." That's what happened to Gary.  When I began MTM, I decided not to base my life as a speaker on the road because my imagination told me it would be fun. I knew better. In Gary's case, he has enjoyed success with speaking, mentoring, and teaching but there was a problem. He wasn't engaging and doing. For a guy who likes to be in the trenches, he wasn't happy. As he would say, "that the way I roll!" Are you doing something that you think is making you happy, but you know it is not? How do YOU roll?
19/03/2011m 22s

How To Break Bad Habits

How To Break Bad Habits Have you struggled to break a habit? Bad habits are not good. They will mess up your day. They are also not permanent. You weren’t born with bad habits, and you are not required under penalty of law to keep bad habits. Since there’s no real reason to keep bad habits, let’s replace them the easy way. Nobody likes to give up what’s comfortable - even if it’s not serving you. Instead, start a new behavior and replace the bad before it mucks up your life again. Breaking bad habits is doing new behaviors instead of old behaviors. No muss. No-fuss. Be consistent and persistent, and you will wipe that old habit away forever.
18/03/2010m 47s

Endless Opportunity Mindset

Endless Opportunity Mindset Can you remember when you were starting in your career? Young, eager, driven, and likely, intimidated? You might have wondered how is it possible to reach your dreams with so many people and competition in the world?  Here's a mindset that has served me well: 1) Somewhere within all those people is a person who needs my help. They feel frustrated and desperate. But they don't know where to find me. 2) My job is to help them find me. When they do, they won't believe their luck. They'll be so excited. 3) When we meet, I remember to be grateful, humble, and come from a place of service. That mindset will create an endless stream of opportunities. Be sure you choose those that provide the most direct path to your dreams.
17/03/2011m 57s

Stop Procrastinating The Easy Way

Stop Procrastinating The Easy Way Are you a member of the Procrastination Club?  Procrastination is the intentional and systematic postponement of an essential task.  Is that what you are doing? Even if you are putting things off, is it possible that you are not procrastinating? You may just be forcing yourself to do something you don't need or want to do.  Yes, you must complete tasks to get ahead in life. That's being responsible. However, if your list of un-done keeps getting longer, it might be time to ask yourself a question - Is what you are procrastinating essential? Do you need to do it at all? It's not always procrastination. If something is essential, you always get it done - right?
16/03/2011m 25s

Great Relationships in Four Steps

Great Relationships in Four Steps Every day you navigate the world - which usually involves other people. Since the quality of your life is dependent on the quality of your relationships, it makes sense to understand how to develop a great rapport. Every great relationship follows 4 steps: 1) Curiosity. Everybody is curious about the people they meet. If you want to meet great people, be interesting. The more curious they are about you, the better. 2) Enlightenment. Once curiosity peaks, interest will be to grow. People want to know more about you. 3) Commitment. With more knowledge connections deepen. 4)  Action. Once you reach commitment, people become open and willing to join your world. Whether personal or business, all relationships follow the same path.  If not, the relationship ends.
13/03/2011m 28s

Calm Your Mind by Closing Loops

Calm Your Mind by Closing Loops Do you have thoughts bouncing around inside your head, keeping you awake at night, and driving you crazy? You are experiencing the attack of the Open Loop. Open Loops happens when a thought enters your mind, with no resolution.  Deadlines.  Lists.  Appointments.  Conversations. Anything that is allowed to sit in your mind will continue to race around like the cars at Daytona Speedway. The fix is to offload those items into a trusted place. You need to download your brain. Gather up those loose ends and enter them into a journal or software app and put it away.  As long as you remember where you put it - those Open Loops will go away.
12/03/209m 38s

Why You Should Focus on ONE Thing

Why You Should Focus on ONE Thing When you apply the world’s simplest success recipe everything else will care of itself.  Stand up.  Take a step.  REPEAT! But how do you propel yourself for maximum forward momentum? In The One Thing, Gary Keller writes; “Success is sequential, not simultaneous.”  When you fuel yourself with focus your life will begin to move forward. Gary also gives a great question you can ask yourself to define your focus. “What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” Your answer may surprise you.   
11/03/2011m 20s

Make Life Longer

Make Life Longer We all have the same hours and minutes in a day, but weeks and months seem to be passing faster than ever. If you want to know why it’s time to put on your lab coat. Einstein's theory of relativity states the rate at which time passes depends entirely on your speed and acceleration at any given moment. But we’re not talking about physics. We’re talking about technology and perception. New evidence suggests that constant use of technology is making your brains more efficient at processing information. It is also tricking you into thinking time is passing faster. Time isn't speeding up. Your brain is speeding up. If you want to perceive life as short - stay busy and spend your time on your computer. If you want to perceive life as long - drop the keyboard, telephone, and binging on Netflix.  When you slow down, life slows down.
10/03/2010m 37s

Law of Attraction

Law of Attraction The Law of Attraction should be called Law of What You Think About Most. Like attracts like. What you think about, you get.  If you think, "I won't get it because I never do" - you are correct. Dreaming of something new while focusing on current problems is a sure way to keep spinning your wheels. The secret is to focus your attention and actions on what you want to attract. That will require a dedicated effort. Vision Boards, lists of goals, daily journaling are all great ways to stay on track.   The “Law of What You Think About” is magical and straightforward… Decide what you want. Believe it is possible. Focus on the future, not the past. Don't stop until you get it.
09/03/2011m 37s

Are you striving for something different?

Be Who You Are Are you striving for something different? I have a client who, after years of poor eating habits, had gained over 100 pounds. She decided to get healthy - and had no idea where to begin. My advice was simple. If your mind is telling you something you are doing is NOT who you are - give up what you are NOT. In her case, not exercising was making her somebody she didn’t want to be. Going to the gym wasn’t top of mind; it was just the first choice in the path to becoming herself. Are you not making enough money? Give up what is keeping you busy and try something new. Are you spending too much time with activities that are keeping you, NOT you? Please give it up and do things that feel you like. Be who you are, not who you are not. So simple.
04/03/2011m 34s

Break The Rules For More Productivity

Break The Rules For More Productivity Getting the most out of your day is a personal thing. Do you impose impossible and unenjoyable scheduling on yourself? It might be time to forget the rules. Frankly, your friends, family, and society don't always know what is best for you. Why go to the gym at 5 AM if that doesn’t work for you?  Is checking your email the first the morning a bad thing? What if you like getting it out of the way first thing? You will be happier and more productive when you schedule in a way that fits your natural rhythm. You’ll also make a lot of folks jealous of your lifestyle. You’ll be more productive when you accept that life is too short to listen to everybody else’s rules. Do what feels right and works for you.
03/03/2012m 14s

Defining Healthy Relationships

Defining Healthy Relationships The quality of your life is a direct result of your relationships. Whether it's a personal, professional, or business relationship. There are three ways to play the relationship game. There is only one way to win. 1) All relationships begin with two independent individuals. If you remain independent, you will never connect. 2) Some relationships become co-dependent. Developing this kind of relationship means losing individuality. Isn't that what attracted you in the first place? 3) The correct way is to merge your skills, passions, and individuality. That creates an interdependent relationship.  The strength of an individual The power of a team. It doesn't get any better than that.
03/03/2010m 27s

Producing More Productivity

Producing More Productivity Are you find yourself needing to get more done? You might consider creating more productivity. The first rule of being more productive is deciding what is important to you. The second rule is to take control of your day. A few simple adjustments can change everything: 1) Say, “Yes” to yourself before you say it to others. Meetings, phone calls, casual conversations. If that doesn’t work, say “No” to anything not currently on your list. 2) Control where you focus your attention.  Including incoming communication like email and social media. Avoid being recruited onto someone else’s To-Do list. 3) No matter how much control you gain, interruptions are always around. You may as well expect, plan, and allow time for them. 4) Only schedule 50% of your schedule. That will allow time for the unexpected. If nothing shows up, stay focused on what you need to complete. 5) Multi-tasking is a myth. If possible, finish one task before the next. You cross the finish line sooner.  What happens next? EVERYTHING! Keep moving forward, and you’ll get everything you want.
02/03/2014m 33s

How Do You Feel Strategy Sessions

How Do You Feel Strategy Sessions How much better would your day be if you always 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) Once a month, 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 require your attention. 2) As you form your list, think through every possible scenario and expected outcome. 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. Using a pre-planned response is a great way never to be surprised again.
27/02/2011m 5s

Get What You Want With Deep Work

Get What You Want With Deep Work I need to pass on a message. Your MIND misses you! I know you’ve been busy. Shopping for food, cleaning the garage, checking Facebook. Not to mention catching up on 500-hours of must-watch television on your DVR. That’s all great and makes time pass. However… If you would like to separate yourself from the masses and make your dreams come true, it’s time to embrace the power of Deep Work. Deep Work is eliminating all distractions and focusing on one purpose for a period. It allows your mind to tap into your inner wisdom, engages your dreams, and expands your potential. Deep Work will change your life and the lives of those around you. All significant contributions in life come about as a result of Deep Work. Amaze yourself. Find the time to use your mind and focus on purpose.
26/02/2010m 28s

3 Steps To Getting The Success You Want

3 Steps To Getting The Success You Want Success is a funny word. Generic yet descriptive, success is different for everyone. Whatever success means to you, there is a fast-path way to get it: 1) Decide. Deciding to move in a new direction is scary - but it’s the only way to establish forward momentum. You must choose to cut off anything that is holding you back and focus on what you want. 2) Build. The rest of the world is living on auto-pilot. You will stand out when you put your head down, dig in, get to work, and build your dream. It may not easy in the beginning, but everything will get much easier once you get moving. 3) Promote. Are you seeking a new job, finding a new relationship, or selling a product for your business? Nothing will happen until you let the world know what you are doing. When you do, everything happens. Decide. Build. Promote. Repeat. That’s how dreams become real.
24/02/2013m 14s

You Can Learn a Lot From a Happy Dog

You Can Learn a Lot 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.
21/02/2010m 46s

Being a Minimalist Might Not Make You Happy

Being a Minimalist Might Not Make You Happy I’ve always believed that less is more. A less complicated life is a good life. If that’s the case, you would think that in an age of tiny homes and minimalist attitudes everybody would be as happy as a clam. Over the years, I’ve learned happiness can be hidden somewhere within the stuff that makes up our crazy life. When you get rid of your stuff - you get rid of something that makes you happy. Is it possible that the things you love to complain about also make the happiest? Here’s a simple rule. If something in your life is making you happy, keep it. When it stops making you happy, drop it. If in doubt, don’t worry about it. You’ll figure it out.
20/02/2010m 25s

Resist and It Will Persist

Resist and It Will Persist 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, "You haven't learned your lesson." In any case, the solution has always been: 1) Identify the unwanted issue that is persisting. 2) Identify what you want instead of the problem issue. 3) Summon the courage to give up the fight. Accept that you have learned the lesson being taught. Close the door as soon as possible. What you resist will persist. Sometimes the only way to win the fight is to give up the fight.
19/02/2010m 20s

How Happy People View The World

How Happy People View The World Did you know that happy people view the world differently? They don't wear rose-colored glasses. They have a better way: 1) Happy people accept that life brings problems.    2) Happy people recognize that problems are a privilege that comes with being alive. 3) Happy people get frustrated, but don't give up. Problems are normal. 4) Happy people accept responsibility for solving problems. 5) Happy people deal with anything life throws at them, get a good night's sleep, and do it all over again. I wonder? If you view problems with a positive attitude - was there ever a problem? That'll get you thinking.
18/02/2011m 28s

What Kind of Motivation Do You Have?

What Kind of Motivation Do You Have? Have you ever wondered why some things and not others motivate you? The evolving Science of Motivation has your answer. In a nutshell, motivation is complicated and layered. If you didn’t already know that, you have felt it many times. But it all begins with 4 kinds of motivation: 1) Extrinsic motivation comes from outside of you. You do it because you are compelled to - usually by someone else. 2) Intrinsic motivation is done for internal and personal reasons. This can be called your WHY. 3) Introjected motivation is similar. The difference is that if something is not done, you feel guilty. 4) Identified motivation is when you know something needs to be done but have not decided to do it yet. What kind do you have?  All of them. All types of motivation can be in play at any time. They can also overlap. However, when you discover your Intrinsic motivation - your WHY- you will find the momentum you are seeking.
17/02/2011m 41s

Journal It and Burn It

Journal It and Burn It Is there something bothering you and you need to let it go? Do you need to forgive someone from your past or that time you put your foot in your mouth? How about finding a way the eliminate negative thoughts? There is a tried and true magical method of clearing your soul: 1) Scribble your thoughts on a piece of paper or fill an entire journal - it’s up to you. Getting your thoughts onto paper will make them real. You can deal with that. 2) Once you’ve dumped your worries, it’s time to burn them into oblivion. Light a match, light a fire and celebrate as they disappear. I promise. This simple act will release the weight you feel and set you free to enjoy the best of every day.
11/02/2011m 58s

Learn. Churn. Burn. Earn.

Learn. Churn. Burn. Earn. A few years ago, I was chatting with a friend about his business. He owned a struggling martial arts school and was crafting a master plan to grow in the coming year. Since every goal requires, learning, churning, burning, and earning - I had four questions: 1) How long do you think it will take to LEARN what it takes to succeed? 2) How long can you CHURN away while you work toward your goal? 3) Do you have resources to BURN? How long will your money last while you move forward?  4) When will you EARN your reward for your hard work?  Be prepared before you begin. Consider those questions before you start. The journey may be longer than you think.
10/02/2010m 31s

Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect It’s been said that Practice makes perfect. That might be true if you were able to practice perfectly. If that were the case, why would you need to practice? Practice does not make perfect. Practice makes permanent.  Practice bad thinking, and you will get all the bad thoughts you could ever want. Practice makes permanent. Practice bad manners and are sure to get better at being rude. Practice makes permanent. Practice bad relationship skills, and you are guaranteed to miss out on the best life has to offer. Practice makes permanent. It is always that way, it will never change, and you can harness its power. Practice being positive, forward-thinking, and believing that life is good. That’s what you will get. Practice being a good person that is always thinking of others. You will find yourself surrounded by good people. Practice being present, respectful, and loving in your relationships. You will never be alone. Yes, Practice makes permanent.
03/02/209m 59s

One Thing You Must Do Every Day

One Thing You Must Do Every Day. I have a question for you. What is your ONE most important activity?  What is the ONE core activity that makes everything else fine? What is the ONE core activity that if you don’t do causes everything to fall apart? Many people focus on anything but the most critical activity in their life. They are usually surprised when things fall apart. Is it showing up for work on time or doing a great job at work? Could it be your unflinching attention to your family? Does your business have ONE activity that causes people to buy from you? When you focus on your ONE most important activity - everything else will take care of itself.
29/01/2012m 16s

Turn Obstacles Into Opportunity

Turn Obstacles Into Opportunity Have you ever wondered how much easier things would be if you didn’t have to think so much? What if the future or your past didn’t matter? Imagine if you didn’t worry about the possessions, success, or drama of others? What would happen if you believed that YOU are in control?  Now you are starting to think like a Stoic Philosopher. Stoicism is about paring down and simplifying. They eliminate unproductive traits that define the majority of the population. One of the most common is by turning obstacles upside down, creating opportunities, and seeing them as teachable moments. For a Stoic, every bad thing becomes a new source of good.  Marcus Aurelius said it this way, “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in your way becomes the way.”
27/01/2013m 11s

Making Space For Your Dreams

Making Space For Your Dreams John Lennon was famous for saying, "Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans." Over the years, I've found that folks tend to do what serves them best - at the moment. One thing I know for sure. Keeping yourself busy with day-to-day is a sure-fire way to make sure dreams stay dreams. It's also an exhausting way to live.  Are you ready to set yourself free? While you may not believe it, if you want something different in your life, all you need to do is start doing it. It's simple as that. Forget limitations, excuses, past experiences, worry, and, most importantly, what others say. Whatever it is you want to do - do it now. I promise. Everything will change for the better as soon as you begin.
20/01/2012m 30s

Living Without Self-Inflicted Drama

  Living Without Self-Inflicted Drama Are you the kind of person who is always running around putting out fires - fires you set?  I think it is time that we take away your matches and lighter fluid. Here are a few things to think about: 1) If your life is non-stop drama, stress, and craziness, there is a chance that YOU are the cause. There is also a good chance that you don’t see it that way. 2) Living with your hair on fire will keep you busy that you can spend years wondering why you can’t get what you want. 3) When you stop doing anything that results in more craziness knocking at your door, you will find that life is pretty quiet. Quiet is where all good stuff happens. It’s a Universal truth. You are 100% in charge of every action you choose to take - or not. Choose good ones. 
13/01/2013m 17s

How To Make Sure Dreams Can Become Real

How To Make Sure Dreams Can Become Real Everybody has dreams. Daydreams, dreams while you sleep, and dreams of what you wish for the future. I’ve always believed that dreams are goals you have nurtured to become real in your life. But how do you know if the voice speaking to your heart will lead you in the right direction? I was reading Brant Pinvidic’s book, The 3-Minute Rule. His approach to better presentations happens to be my approach to goal validation. When an idea pops into your head, ask yourself four questions: 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? Use these next time something is holding you back from turning your dreams into reality. I promise. The clarity you are seeking is around the corner.
06/01/2012m 11s

2020 Success Hacks (Part One)

2020 Success Hacks (Part One) As we begin a new year and decade, I thought I would give a little motivational tough love. Before I get going - No matter what you desire in 2020, remember that life and business are about solving problems. The bigger your dreams, the bigger your problems. If you want what nobody else has, you need to solve problems that nobody else will. So, how do you begin with a bang? 1) Decide what you want in 2020. Be specific. Anything less is what average people do. 2) Decide to pay the price of your success. You’ve heard it before and it’s true. Short-term pain leads to long-term gain. The future value of your life depends on the current value of your effort. 3) Own your goals. You don’t need to ask permission from anybody. You don’t even need to say a word. Put your head down and get to work. 4) Since you’ve decided what you want. Don’t accept your excuses. When it’s time to get to work - 5) Start your day early. Do what is important to you before the day begins. 6) Set your focus and starting point. Pick the first task, finish, and move on to the next. Keep going until you get what you want. 7) Hold space for what is essential for you. 8) Develop the habit of deep work. Two hours of uninterrupted work per day will change your life. 9) Don’t get caught up in believing you need Networking, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Partnerships. Yes, you need some - but not many. Trust yourself and start creating. Let everybody else catch up. 10) Don’t get caught up in learning. If you stumble, find your answer, and get back to work. If another question pops up, repeat. 11) Apply never-ending massive imperfect action. Don’t worry about the mess. You can clean it up later. Tomorrow we’ll chat about how to gain a HUGE advantage while accelerating your success.
01/01/2016m 14s

Why You Should Limit Your Choices

Why You Should Limit Your Choices Do you have too many choices in your life?  In 2005, Barry Schwartz wrote The Paradox of Choice. It challenged the traditional thinking that said, the way to maximum freedom is to maximize choice.  Too many choices are not necessarily a good thing. They can create paralysis. Not to mention, no matter what you choose, you'll always wonder if you could have done better. Here's my advice to you: 1) Limit choices. Narrow your list to items you have already experienced. Having every option won't serve you. 2) Be sure to permit yourself to try other possibilities IF needed - but only after you've vetted your first. 3) Stay in your lane and keep things simple.  Too many choices are part of modern life. If you can't make a decision - shorten your list of what is important. 
30/12/1910m 48s

Do What Makes Your Heart Sing

Do What Makes Your Heart Sing Have you ever found yourself blissfully working for hours while time flies?  You are doing what makes your heart sing! Some folks say, “Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life.”  That’s not true.  You’ll work harder than you ever have.  You’ll love every minute of it.  Your rewards will come like never before. It’s easy to dream of a less complicated life when all you’ve ever done is live a complicated life.  That's not the issue.  In fact, you'll find your perfect life when you discover that there are never enough hours in the day - and you don’t care.  You’ll pick up where you left off tomorrow. 
26/12/1910m 25s

Transitioning Your Life

Transitioning Your Life What’s the most exciting and scary thing you can do in life? Deciding to change everything and turn your dreams into reality will get your attention. What if you believe in your goal but lack the confidence to achieve your goal? Your day-to-day actions are a result of your Inner Guiding Values. They are the principles that define you. If you seek anything outside your routine, you are going to feel uncomfortable.  Transitional Values are your solution. They are how you re-define who you are in small steps.  You may have an affirmation, “I fly airplanes, and I am an awesome pilot.” I bet you are going to feel a little out of your league the first time you step in an airplane. However... “I’m learning to fly airplanes, and I am working toward being an awesome pilot” is very different. It is also less stressful, something you can imagine, and much more doable. Why jump from change-to-change. That is scary. It’s more fun to transition in small steps until you get what you want. Remember - life is a marathon.
23/12/199m 44s

Believe in Yourself

It’s the time of year when the world begins to believe. Children always believe, but the power to believe lies within you too. Believing in yourself begins with basics: 1) Practice self-care. Building belief starts with you. When you spend time improving your life, you will open more doors. 2) Seek to expand. The larger your worldview, the more you will believe in yourself. Look outside yourself and explore what’s possible. It may be just steps from your comfort zone. 3) Test drive opportunities. Keep your eyes open for small opportunities that cross your path - and take the good ones for a test drive. No commitment required. Focus on your highest and best and you will build self-confidence. If won't be long before you believe in yourself more than you ever before. Sponsored By Remrise Do you have trouble falling asleep? Do you have trouble staying asleep? Remrise the solution.  Visit https://getremrise.com/dailyboost and get your first week free when you sign up.
16/12/1913m 19s

Opportunity Discrimination

Do you have too many options that you are having a difficult time choosing? There is a concept called "Opportunity Cost," which some consider a fancy word for "trade-off." In other words, every time you make a choice, there is a trade-off to consider. Another way is to change how you view potential opportunities with extreme discrimination. You can do that with one question - "Does this opportunity provide the fastest and most direct path for me to reach my goals?" Now, before we go on, it's easy to look at almost any opportunity and justify a path. Especially if you are being persuaded by someone else - and know that NEVER happens. If you want to break free from a stalled life, you must eliminate maybe from your life.  Only a yes or no will create the momentum you desire.
11/12/1910m 27s

Living Without Personal Limitations

  What if your life had no limitations and no consequences? What if you could do anything that you wanted without anything holding you back? Here’s the truth. Personal limitations and consequences are useful. Think of them as guard rails alongside a curvy mountain road. They keep you safe while you are on your journey. What if you find that you are playing it a little too safe and holding yourself back from your dreams? Another way is to think of as part of your internal belief and value system. You may need to expand through different experiences. In other words - Take baby steps until you gain confidence and believe anything is possible. Then prove it yourself.
10/12/1911m 9s

How To Be Happier Using Natural Laws

  Personal growth is a journey that is more fun when you follow the rules of Natural Law. 1) The Law of Vibration states that thoughts are things - one of the most potent forms of energy. What you think about, you bring about.  Pay attention to your thoughts. 2) Nothing exists without the opposite according to the Law of Polarity.  Love.  Hate.  Hot.  Cold.  Yin.  Yang.  Opposites are different forms of the same thing.  Embrace them. 3) The Law of Rhythm states life is a pendulum.  What swings left must swing right.     4) Every effect must have a cause; every cause must have an effect.  That’s the Law of Cause and Effect.  Everything in life is perpetual and never-ending. A wise person would find a way to follow the path of least resistance to success. You are a wise person - right?
09/12/1910m 4s

Goal Setting For 2020

Goal Setting For 2020 The New Year will arrive before you know it. Here are a few questions to help with planning: 1)  What do I want to do? 2)  What do I want to have? 3)  Where do I want to go? 4)  What contribution do I want to make? 5)  What do I want to become? 6)  What do I want to learn? 7)  Who do I want to spend my time with? 8)  How much do I want to earn, save, and invest? 9)  How much time do I want for fun? 10)  What will I do to create optimum health? That’ll keep you busy.
02/12/1911m 10s

How To Get More Done

How To Get More Done Have you noticed it?    As soon as you initiate action toward a goal - a million other distractions arrive in your life? Etch this into your mind: Activity creates activity. No matter what you choose to take on, your energy will attract everything you need to succeed. It will also draw everything is necessary to through you off track. Don't get stuck in neutral. Shift gears and accelerate yourself into massive imperfect action mode.  How? Remember that any activity will create more activity. Set your goal, narrow your focus, and get busy living.
25/11/199m 2s

Time To Step Up?

Time To Step Up? Imagine how you would feel if everything is perfect in your life - yet it feels like there is more. Is it time to step up? You’ve spent your entire life rising to the next level in the pursuit of success and happiness. Maybe you have arrived. Maybe you haven’t. In either case, the time will come that things don’t feel the same. Yes. It’s time to step up. No matter what happens in your life. No matter who comes into your life. Everything exists for a reason and a season. Letting one thing go for something better is the process for achieving happiness. It’s time to step up.
20/11/1910m 11s

Set Yourself Free

Set Yourself Free John Lennon was famous for saying, "Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans." Over the years, I've found that folks tend to ACT and DO on what serves them best. And they do it while dreaming and planning for something else. It's an exhausting way to live. You can set yourself free by making a simple decision. If you want something different, do it now!  If you can't get yourself to do it, consider that it may not be as relevant to you as you think. If that's the case, get your ego out of the way and scratch it off your list.  You're going to surprise yourself with new opportunities. They have been hiding for years, waiting for you to make space.
19/11/1910m 48s

How To Succeed With Any Goal

How To Succeed With Any Goal Setting Goals is the most powerful method of getting what you want. It is the power of your mind - activated. Here’s how: 1) Decide what you want and when you want to get it. 2) Decide when you will start and when you will finish. 3) Decide how you will begin and how you will maintain your momentum. Then you must get to work. Limit anything and anybody that has a distracting influence on you. You must get to work. Commit to overcoming any obstacle that gets in your way. You must get to work. The path is long. Start like a sprinter and end like a marathon runner. You must get to work. The only thing stopping you from getting what you want is not you. It is everything that you allow to get in your way.
18/11/1910m 53s

How To Connect With Conversations

How To Connect With Conversations Today you are going to have opportunities to communicate.  Here’s how to create conversations that connect: 1) Meet folks where they are. Pay attention to how their day is going. Step into their NOW. 2) Establishing something in common. “Wow! Has this day been crazy for you too?” 3) Establish an undeniable truth. “I promise it’s going to get crazier with the holidays coming.” 4) Move toward an idea that everybody can agree. “Holidays are coming fast. We should get ahead of it and do some planning.”  5) Bring a new idea into the conversation. “I have a system that will work for both of us. Do you want to see it?”  You will always get more of what you want when your communication moves toward a common goal.
13/11/1911m 33s

Handing Yourself. Handling Others.

Handing Yourself. Handling Others. One of my hobbies is running my Australian Shepard, Levi, in agility competitions. When people see us run, their first comment is almost always - "I love how your dog knows where do go. How did you teach him to follow the numbers on the course?" I always smile. No. Levi does not follow numbers. He relies on me, his Handler, to tell him where to go. If I don't communicate my intention, he will go off course and be eliminated. In the agility world, we like to say, "Every dog has a Handler problem." I've noticed the same thing in the human world. If you think you are being tripped up by someone else, double-check to see if they are having a Handler problem. Know what you want, where you want to go, and effectively communicate your goals. You will be amazed at how almost everybody will follow the numbers.
12/11/199m 7s

4 Questions For Better Decision Making

4 Questions For Better Decision Making Do you ever have difficulty making decisions?  In the next 60 seconds, you can harness the most potent and easy to use decision-making tool I have ever found. Forget the old "Pro and Con" list your Mom and Dad taught you.  It’s time for a new approach. The next time you find yourself challenged use Quantum Linguistics.  Ask yourself these 4 simple questions to solve your problem: What would happen if I DID? What would happen if I DIDN'T? What wouldn't happen if I DID? What wouldn't happen if I DIDN'T? Unusual clarity is around the corner.
11/11/1912m 34s

No More Information Overload

No More Information Overload Are you caught up in information overload that is driving you crazy? Too much information leads to confusion and a lack of clarity - a recipe for frustration. It’s time to embrace Adequate Information in all aspects of your life. Your goal should be to sift and sort until you discover only the information you need to move forward. Ignore everything else. It’s noise. Success comes from clarity, adequate information, leverage, and ritualistically repeating what works.
06/11/1910m 42s

Steps of Change

Steps of Change Happiness in life is about getting what you want and keeping what you love. The process always follows these four steps: 1) Decision: Everything begins with a decision to move in a new direction. The more meaningful your decision, the more likely you will take action. 2) Definition: Aimless wandering toward your dream is no fun. Defining your path will get you there quickly. 3) Deployment: Putting your plan into action separates a truly fulfilling life from a frustrating life. 4) Defense: Once you achieve what you want be sure to develop a plan to defend it so you never lose it. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
05/11/193m 28s

How To Find Yourself

How To Find Yourself Are you the kind of person who can't decide what to do with your life? Are you fearful of pulling the trigger and going for it? It can be scary to start something new - especially if you don't know how well you'll like your new lifestyle. Why not explore the possibilities with no commitment? Instead of charging forward into the unknown, why not take the fear away and test your new experience first? If it's a keeper, keep moving in that direction. If not, test something else. Most everything in your life has happened because you stumbled into it and decided to stick with it. Why change what works?
04/11/1912m 33s

Most Productive Week Ever

Most Productive Week Ever What if you could have the most productive week ever? The solution is simple; get ahead of the game before the game begins. It works like this: 1) List your short and long-term goals.  2) Decide what past achievements you enjoy and that you want to continue as you pursue new adventures. 3) Decide what future goals you are ready to 'activate' and achieve - NOW! 4) Next week begins this week. Thursday is your new planning day. That's when you plan how your goals will fit into next week. 5) Get up on Monday morning, ready to ROCK!
28/10/1911m 22s

9 Personal Development Principles You Need

9 Personal Development Principles You Need You may have heard that you will elevate your station in life to the degree that you elevate yourself. Personal Development is how you do that. Here are some easy ideas to move you forward: 1) Acknowledge that all emotions come from within you. 2) Seek out someone you respect. Use them to stay honest. 3) Recognize there is life after failure. 4) Read purposefully. Apply your knowledge. 5) Challenge yourself to be brutally honest. 6) Reflect on what you spend the most time on. 7) Remind yourself: you weren’t meant to procrastinate. 8) Put the phone away. Be present. 9) Remind yourself that time is your most precious resource. Can you imagine how much you can change in your life when you live by those principles?
24/10/1910m 55s

Don’t Like Who You Are? Change Who You Are!

If you are unhappy with who you have become in life, there is a simple question that will redirect you - What do you want to be different than it is now? Every choice you have made has put you where you are. If you want something different, all you have to do is make different choices. Yes, it is that simple. Different choices mean a different direction. A whole new world is waiting for you. Who will you become today?
23/10/1910m 59s

Emotional Trigger Mastery

Do you ever find yourself emotionally triggered and tossed off track for the entire day? You are an emotional person. When emotions keep you from logically navigating your day, problems begin. How do you control being triggered? 1) Identify what triggers a response that you want or don’t want to experience.  2) Decide how you want to feel when triggered. Make a plan to respond. 3) The next time you are triggered, recognize what is happening and execute your plan. Identify. Decide. Respond. The more you catch what emotionally triggers you, the more control will have over how you feel. That is true power. 
22/10/1911m 32s

Eliminate Distraction The Easy Way

Getting what you want in life requires one thing. Focus. It's a simple fact; you get what you focus on.  But how do you get focused when distraction is everywhere? That’s is easy. If you feel like you are wondering and wobbling on your life journey, there are two questions you should ask: 1) Am I wondering and wobbling because that's what I want to do? 2) If not, what SHOULD I be focusing on right now? Distractions are the same as a focus - only pointed in the wrong direction. A quick adjustment is all it takes to get yourself back on track.
21/10/1911m 15s

Steps of Change

Is there something you would like to change about your life? Stop smoking, lose weight, get a better job? No matter what you choose, you will always climb the steps of change. Stage One: Known as Pre-contemplation. This stage appears when an idea pops into your head for the first time. Stage Two: Contemplation. This middle ground is where most folks get stuck. It can go on for a lifetime. Stage Three: Determination. You’ve made up your mind and begin preparing for what is to come. Stage Four: You get started. You are in action mode. There is no turning back. Stage Five: Maintenance mode. Your job is to keep what you have. This stage may also last your entire life.
15/10/1912m 38s

5-Minute Focus

It's the world's simplest recipe for success; Stand up, take a step, REPEAT!  A member wrote asking the best use of that simple advice: 1) Stop what you are doing. Block out everything. Focus on YOU. 2) Find a place where nobody will interrupt you for 5 minutes. 3) Ask yourself, "How is my life going?" Open your mind and let your thoughts flow into the different areas and roles of your life. Bring them into focus. 4) For things going well, continue your momentum. For areas of concern, ask," What CAN I do to make it better?" 5) Immediately take action based on your answers. Checking in with yourself 5-minutes a day is all it takes to stay focused and on track toward your goals.
14/10/1910m 42s

No Stress To-Do List

Are you spending your day chasing checkmarks? Are you trying to finish your never-ending to To-Do List? Most people tend to add to their list without thinking much about it. Then they check their list to remind them how much they haven’t done. That will ruin your day. A better way is to think of your list as “Did-I-Do-It-List.” While it may seem the same, there is an important difference. Instead of feeling bound to your list, your new mindset is simple. Check your list to make sure you did what you planned. I’ll let you decide. Are you less stressed when you try to keep up with life? Or are you less stressed when you see how much progress you have made? 
09/10/1910m 33s

How To Feel 16 Again

Growing up, sure can get in the way of your dreams. It’s sad how so many goals get pushed aside for daily responsibilities.  Think about this - When you were 16, the only freedoms you enjoyed were what your parents allowed. When you grow up, you have total freedom and complete control. If you could live today like you were 16, it might look like this - You would go to school and educate yourself. Your friends would be real friends. Not just people you met at the office. You would dream about your future. You would be excited about what was to come in life. You wouldn’t be allowed to drink. Your mind would be clear. You would embrace having fun for the fun of it. You couldn’t and wouldn’t get in debt. You would sleep. A lot. The job you have today would have felt like a prison. Does it? You would busy yourself all day with LIFE. You don’t have to 16 again. But imagine how much fun you could have if you knew then…what you know now… and used it all today?
08/10/1912m 40s

Perfect Day. Perfect Life.

What if every day, for the rest of your life, was perfect? Your subconscious mind is a beautiful thing. You can engage its power to design your life to be exactly how you imagine. Here’s how: 1) Write down an event-by-event vision of what your perfect day would be. Yes, it’s a fantasy - for now. 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. If you follow these steps, your sub-conscious mind seeks ways to make your dreams come true. All it needs is a partner willing to take action. Do that, and you’ll create a fantastic life.
07/10/1913m 12s

Figuring Out Your One Thing

In the movie “City Slickers,” Mitch was on a mission to find purpose - as if there was a single solution for everybody.  That’s when he met a cowboy with simple yet straightforward advice - Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is? [holds up one finger] This. Mitch: Your finger? Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that, and the rest don’t mean &*#@. Mitch: But, what is the “one thing?” Curly: That’s what you have to find out. Most folks spend their lives searching outside themselves while what’s important quietly rages inside of them.  Most happily move through their day with little or no thought.  But the search continues - until they finally figure Curly’s secret - The ONE thing is different for everybody - and it’s far less exciting and easier to find than you think.
01/10/199m 37s

Doing More Than You Must For Success

Earl Nightingale produced “The Strangest Secret” to motivate his insurance company sales force.  It is now a motivational standard. The secret is simple: 1) You become what you think. 2) You must pay the prices. 3) You must control your thoughts. 4) Cutaway the limitations of your mind. 5) Set a clearly defined goal.  6) Act promptly when your path is clear. 7) Save at least 10% of every dollar. What do you want more than anything else?  Do more than you must. Do more than anybody else. Do it better than anybody else. Are you ready to make so nobody can ignore you? Commit today to do more than you must to get what you want.
30/09/1913m 47s

Somewhere Leads to Somewhere

Have you ever wondered how to change the direction of anything in your life? If Where you live, your job, your relationship? It doesn’t matter where you are or where you want to go.  The process is the same. And it doesn’t require dramatic contortions in your life to make it happen. It’s simple. You have arrived somewhere, and you want to go somewhere else.  Even if you don’t know how you got where you are, point yourself in a general direction and start taking action. You’ll figure it out. The path from somewhere to somewhere else also includes stops somewhere along the way. What happens is you don’t like where you are? Remember that somewhere will always lead to somewhere else. You’ll get there eventually. One more thing - On your journey to somewhere, you will be doing lots of somethings with lots of someones. That’s what makes it fun.
27/09/1911m 54s

Is Your Future Slipping Away?

Have you noticed how everybody is running so fast these days? Are they living in the moment? Are they dwelling on the past? Are they dreaming of the future - and waiting for it to arrive? Any human would experience a combination of all three every day. That's normal as long as it doesn't get in the way of living. A decade ago, my first wife passed away from Cancer. She was 46 and too young to die. I was too young to be a widower. My children too young to lose their Mom.  While challenging, our family had an unconventional outlook on life - and death. In fact, our goal was to make it the best death ever. Sadly, we achieved that goal.  It was the strangest accomplishment any of us had ever experienced. After she passed, my daughter, Carlyn, wrote a poem that resonates to this day - Soon we'll all find our way. Soon we'll know what. Makes us who we are. Soon we'll wake up. To a day we can appreciate. Soon we'll know that. Tomorrow we'll be better. Soon we'll trust that everything's okay. That the past is gone. Can't hold us back. Soon we'll smile about today. Soon will come too soon. Don't let it slip away. Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping, into the future. Don't let it slip away.
26/09/1911m 52s

Ultimate Time Management

It seems everybody is obsessed with Time Management. Who do we think we are? The Boss of Time? The truth is, there is not one person on this planet who has the power to manage Time. No matter how strong you are, Time will not bend to your command.  Whether you sit around and do nothing or push hard toward your goals, Time will remain constant. What you can manage is YOU. The most successful, relaxed, and happy people understand that it’s up to them to bend themselves to fit Time. They hold space in their life: 1) Always decide in advance the essential activities you will be doing and when you will be doing them. Focus on actions that must get done and will drive you forward.  2) A week in advance, create sacred blocks on your calendar. Choose the activities that will fill the blocks. 3) No matter what gets in the way, keep your appointment with yourself. Complete your activities in the assigned block. Walk away. Follow this simple recipe and you will always be a week ahead. You will be locked into your momentum building plan. You will make never-ending progress.
25/09/1912m 21s

Procrastination Distraction Condition

Do you ever feel like you are procrastinating? What if I were to tell you that you are not, and there is an easy fix. It’s hard to tell how many dreams have are being crushed from the inability to get things done. Procrastination is nothing more than a distraction from current life conditions. Decide that your current circumstances are no longer acceptable, you stop procrastinating. What if there was something deeper? What if you were filling your day with non-stop activities in preparation to reach your goals?  But it feels like you are procrastinating?  You are not, and one day, when you’re ready, you will begin.  You are distracted, happy in your toiling, and filling yourself with growing frustration.  You are not procrastinating; you are Fixin’ to get ready.” You’ll know you are Fixin' when you are working toward your goals yet feel like you can’t get momentum to get started. You are not procrastinating. You are waiting to reach the starting line. Fixin’ happens when you get caught up in details and become overwhelmed. The solution is to simple. Forget the big picture. Choose a starting point.  Begin.  If you are procrastinating, STOP IT. If you are fixin’ to get ready, STOP IT. There is no try. There is only do. Thanks, Yoda.
24/09/1912m 38s

Success Habits

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 habit or bad - they 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 they did that lower-income earners didn’t - Get up early, read, a LOT, spend 15 - 30 minutes each day on focused thinking. Good habits, done daily, create success. Made exercise a priority, spend time with people that inspire them, pursue their own goals. Settled habits create settled success. Get enough sleep, have multiple incomes, avoid time-wasters. If you’re not getting the results you want, there is a high likely hood that you are not giving up your current habits. Until you establish new habits, little will change. When you do, everything will change.  
23/09/1912m 10s

You Must Change Before Anything Else Changes

People have always sought change for themselves, their life, or the world. If you want to change, there is a constant truth; you must change before anything else changes. Many smart folks agree - Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Leo Tolstoy, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” What about Albert Einstein?  “The world, as we have created, is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Do you want to change something about today, tomorrow, or the future?  You must change before anything else changes. Have you learned lessons from past experiences?  You have already changed, and your future is better for it. Rumi said, “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” If tomorrow you want to be better than today and yesterday, something has to change. That something is you. If you want to make more money, serve more, and be happier next year, something has to change this year. That something is you. If you want this life to be well-lived, something has to change today. That something is you. What if you want everything about your life to be perfect? Listen to Winston Churchill. “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” It’s so simple.  You Must Change Before Anything Else Changes.
18/09/1911m 27s

Leadership is More Than Looking The Part

I was speaking with a young man at the gym. He made a comment that made me twist my head sideways like one of my curious Alpacas.  He said, “I’m working so hard to be a good leader. Here I am at the gym, and I’m spending all my time on the phone trying to get my team to be more productive.” I asked, “What is your team doing?” “Oh, some are working in the office and others with clients, but I know they can do more.” I don’t know about you, but that last thing that motivates me is to have somebody else, who is NOT working, tell ME to get to work. That’s what I said.  His response? “I am working. I must look good in my career. My staff should understand that.” Oh - I’m confident they understand completely. Leadership is more than LOOKING the part. It’s about BEING the part. If you are talking more than you are walking, you are not leading.
17/09/1912m 33s

You Are The Engine That Drives Your Dreams

You’ve heard if you want success you must go after your goals with consistency and dedication. You must want it for yourself. More than anybody wants if for you. YOU are the engine that drives your dreams. Others will help, but in the end, your actions are the only thing that will lead to the reward. I remember when my kids got older. I had a talent for manifesting what I wanted in life, and my Son asked, “Dad, how do you always seem to create what you want?” I said, “YOU must make up your mind that you want it before you can get it. You are the engine that drives your dreams.” I had to laugh when he said, “Is that telling me to make my bed when I was a kid?” One more thing. Some people think when they reach their goals they can take a break.  Not so.  Permanent success does not come from temporary actions. Your real reward will be all the new opportunity that arrives in your life.  Everybody loves a winner. YOU are the engine that drives your dreams. Always remember that.
16/09/1914m 39s

Do What Makes Your Heart Sing

Have you ever found yourself working for hours while time flies?  You are doing what makes your heart sing! Some folks say, "Do what you love, and you'll never work another day in your life."  That's not true.  You will work harder than ever - and will love every minute of it. Your rewards will come like never before. It's easy to dream of a less complicated life when all you have ever done is live a complicated life.  That's not the issue.  When you realize that there are never enough hours in the day - and you don't care - nothing else will matter. 
09/09/1911m 34s

What CAN You Do - Right Now?

What CAN You Do - Right Now? I have a favorite question;" What Can I Do?" I ask it when I'm unsure about the next action. It always delivers.  Getting what you want in life sometimes includes random and vague goal setting - something that is not likely to help you make progress. What you need is to be targeted and specific.  But what do you when targeted and specific isn't coming to mind? Ask yourself - " What Can I Do?" Sometimes the answer is not what you want to hear. Then again, when you are stopped in your tracks - it can't hurt. What's next? Stand up, take a step, REPEAT! You'll find your way.
09/09/1911m 46s

Removing Obstacles That Stand in Your Way

Removing Obstacles That Stand in Your Way Have you ever wondered how much easier things would be if you didn’t have to think so much? What if the future or your past didn’t matter? Imagine if you didn’t worry about the possessions, success, or drama of others? What would happen if you believed that YOU are in control?  Now you are starting to think like a Stoic Philosopher. Stoicism is about paring down and simplifying. They eliminate unproductive traits that define the majority of the population. One of the most common is by turning obstacles upside down, creating opportunities, and seeing them as teachable moments. For a Stoic, every bad thing becomes a new source of good.  Marcus Aurelius said it this way, “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in your way becomes the way.”
02/09/1911m 51s

How Happy People See The World

How Happy People See The World   Did you know that happy people see the world differently?   They don't wear rose-colored glasses. They have a better way:   1) Happy people realize that being alive includes problems.      2) Happy people accept that challenges are a privilege.     3) Happy people get frustrated but don't give up. Problems mean everything is normal.   4) Happy people take responsibility for solving problems.    5) Happy people deal with everything life can throw at them, get a great nights sleep, and do it all over again.   Finally, when you think like a happy person, most problems never show up in the first place.
28/08/1911m 44s

Life. Work. Balance.

Life. Work. Balance. A long time ago, you found yourself graduating high school and thrust into real-life. I’m sure you gave lots of thought to your future. Then again, you were young. Twenty years later, things can look very different. Over the years, I’ve learned something about working for a living: 1) Chasing money, advancement, and being significant will keep you busy. It will also blind you from other areas of life you would enjoy. 2) Pursuing passion and mission without considering real-life is a recipe for frustration. Choose career opportunities that allow you to run fast, feel important, make money, and will enable you to serve your passion and mission.
26/08/1914m 27s

Success In The Gig Economy

Living in today’s GIG economy is changing lives for millions.  And, it's only going to get bigger - because it’s all about taking care of people.   Use this equation to open more doors in this new way of life: Problem + Cost = Opportunity.   Everybody has a problem that needs solving. Is it money? Time?Freedom?   Here’s how you convert problems into your success:   1) Recognize the problem that a customer, employee, friend, or family member is having.   2) Identify how much that problem is costing them. It could be financial or emotional.   3) Present a solution and show them how you will help them solve their problem and make the pain go away.   Everybody has challenges. When you can solve them, you create an opportunity for yourself. 
22/08/1911m 39s

How to Make the Law of Attraction Work for You

Get the Coaching you need to take your life to the next level at https://motivationtomove.com. I've always believed the Law of Attraction should be called Law of What You Think About Most.   Like attracts like. What you think about, you get.    If you think, "I won't get it because I never do" - you are correct.   Dreaming of a new life while focusing on your current problems is a sure way to keep spinning your wheels.   The trick is to focus your attention and actions on what you want to attract. That will require a dedicated effort. Vision Boards, lists of Goals, daily journaling are all great ways to stay on track.     The Law of What You Think about is magical and straightforward   Decide what you want. Believe it is possible. Focus on the future, not the past. Don't stop until you get it. Get the Coaching you need to take your life to the next level at https://motivationtomove.com.
19/08/199m 7s

Traits of the Successful

Traits of the Successful   Success leaves clues. Here are a few:   The person who has the biggest WHY wins.   The person who shows up consistently wins.   The most persistent person wins.   The person who never assumes wins.   The person who is the best at what they do wins.   The person who plans and documents their journey wins.   The person who never gives up total control wins.   The person who accepts responsibility wins.   The person who accepts advice yet makes up their own mind wins.   The person who serves the most wins.
12/08/199m 16s

Leadership Skills You Forgot

If you want to figure what you want, learn how to get it, and have support every step of the way - Daily Boost Coaching is for you. It’s time to stop waiting around. Time is passing faster than you think. Go to DailyBoostCoaching.com and get started for just ONE DOLLAR. Leadership Skills You Forgot   There is nothing new in life. If you want to be a great leader, learn from those who know how to lead.  Do what they do.   "Good leaders take a little more than their share of the blame, a little less than their share of the credit." - Arnold H. Glasgow   "Lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate. Take the front line when there is danger. People will appreciate your leadership." - Nelson Mandela   "A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus." - Martin Luther King, Jr.   "Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want to be done because they want to do it." - Dwight D. Eisenhower   "A person who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd." - Max Lucado   "Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected." - Steve Jobs   Have a great weekend!
09/08/199m 4s

Don't Get Stuck In Learning Mode

Don't Get Stuck In Learning Mode   Have you ever felt as if something was holding you back? You might be spending too much time learning.   The challenge begins when your mind gets confused. Since it can't tell the difference between perception and reality, learning feels like doing. You might be getting smarter, but you are not moving forward.   Here are some simple truths:   1) Learning a new skill is fun and required for a better life.   2) Learning alone will not produce results.   3) You don't have to learn everything.  You already more than enough to get started.   When you transform your knowledge into physical action, you will make massive progress. It's time to get moving
05/08/1911m 6s

4 Types of Clarity

4 Types of Clarity   Understanding what you want in life is the foundation of all success.  There are 4 types of Clarity:   1) Clarity of Purpose: Knowing what drives your heart and soul is the fuel the will propel you to your dreams.   2) Clarity of Task: What tasks fulfill your purpose? Knowing will reduce stress and create daily satisfaction.   3) Clarity of Process: Ritualistic and consistent dedication to your proven process lead to happiness.  Learn what works. Do more of it.   4) Clarity of Outcome: Know what prize you are seeking. Always keep your eye on the prize.   I like simple.  Simple works. 
01/08/198m 51s

10 Daily Success Habits

If you want to figure what you want, learn how to get it, and have support every step of the way - Daily Boost Coaching is for you. It’s time to stop waiting around. Time is passing faster than you think. Go to DailyBoostCoaching.com and get started for just ONE DOLLAR.   10 Daily Success Habits   Daily success is a habit. When you figure out what works, and do it every day, the success you deserve is around the corner.   1) Daily Top 3: We all have tons to do. Make sure at least 3 of those items are Goal and Dream oriented - not to-dos.   2) Triage Your List: Because you put it on the list last week doesn’t mean it still needs to be done. Be brutal. 3) Block Your Time: What gets scheduled gets done.   4) Allow Unschedule Time: Leave space on your calendar for unexpected items. Never schedule more than 50% of your time.   5) Personal Development: Take the time to work on your body, mind, and spirit. You will make your World, and THE World, a better place   It’s simple.   Success arrives when you figure out what actions get the results you want and do them every day of your life.
31/07/198m 54s

Simplify With Adequate Information

The success you deserve is just around the corner. Go to DailyBoostCoaching.com right now.   Simplify With Adequate Information   Is your head always spinning with information overload?   It’s easy to do in today’s busy world. It can also be paralyzing and dream stopping.   Instead of soaking in every piece of information and confusing yourself, the secret is -   1) Know your outcome. If you know where you are heading, it’s easier to see which road to travel.   2) Commit to tossing out 80% of the noise and clutter that currently fills your day.   3) Choose to act only on information that you deem adequate. In other words, you don’t need to know everything before you start. Focus on Adequate information, in sufficient detail, that is reasonable and practical. All that counts is moving closer to your Goal.
30/07/198m 26s

How To Achieve Greatness

Get the Coaching and Motivation you need to get what you want at https://motivationtomove.com Do you dream of greatness?   Instead of rushing through life, why not change your mindset and actions? It's time that you can become the person you were meant to be?   Here are a couple of ideas:   1) Use your imagination to form images, thoughts, and sensations in your mind. You don’t need anybody’s help. Trust yourself.   2) Enthusiasm is living life with excitement and PASSION. Only involve yourself in activities that make you enthusiastic.   3) Persistence is the art of doggedly persisting until you get what you want. Stay in the game long enough, and you’ll get what you want.   4) Having faith is living your life with trust and confidence - even when you’re not sure.   Imagination. Enthusiasm. Persistence. Faith. That’s a great life.   Now, imagine how good it could be with Gratitude?
29/07/199m 49s

Jump Into Your Dreams

Get the Coaching and MOtivation you need to get what you want at MotivationToMove.com.   Jump Into Your Dreams   Steve Harvey is a funny and 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. You will get bumped and bruised, but, your parachute will open.   You must jump.   If you want success, you must jump to your dreams so your parachute will open. If you don’t jump, it will never open.  
26/07/1910m 53s

No Limitations. Good Consequences.

No Limitations. Good Consequences.   What if everything you did came with no limitations and good consequences?     Limitations are useful. Staying within speed limits keeps you from getting tickets. That’s good. Limiting yourself to a job that doesn’t serve you? That’s bad.    Is it fear of change that creates limitations?   Is it the fear of adverse consequences?   Imagine what you could do if you never limit yourself, and all the consequences were good?   Exciting - right?   I think you should roll through your day with that in mind. Believe that you are ten feet tall and bulletproof.   I bet the Universe will prove you right.
25/07/1912m 42s

Under Complicating Life

Get the Coaching and Motivation you need to get what you want at MotivationToMove.com. Under Complicating Life   Do you ever wish you had a less complicated life?     Unless you flying an airplane or performing brain surgery, right now, you are likely overcomplicating.     These steps will help:   1) Practice the rule of “Good Enough." Perfectionism is over-rated.   2) Say NO. Repeat it. Say NO a lot.    3) Focus on your daily life experience. Prioritize creating a great day - every day. Leonardo da Vinci said, ”Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”   Why not show everybody how sophisticated you are today?
24/07/1912m 42s

7 Steps to Life-Long Success

Get the Coaching and Motivation you need to get what you what at MotivationToMove.com. 7 Steps to Life-Long Success   I'm a fan of Stoic Philosophy. While it may be over 2,000 years old, its practicality is still useful.   I wonder if these steps will help you get more of what you want?   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, keeping things simple and mastering the basics. That's how you get the success you deserve.
23/07/1913m 8s

Starting Over For The Last Time

Get the Coaching and Motivation you need to get what you want at MotivationToMove.com.   Starting Over For The Last Time   What actions would you take if forced to start over again?   Here’s what I would do:   1) Get absolute clarity and focus. What ONE thing you want your life and lifestyle to be?   2) Confirm your WHY. Success takes time. Long-lasting success isn’t guaranteed. Owning a strong WHY will allow you the flexibility to persevere forever.   3) Clear the clutter. You can’t move forward with the weight of your past on your shoulders. Debt? Bad relationships? Health issues? Fix them and move on.   4) Take control of your schedule and your time. Of everything you own, time is your most valuable asset. Don’t squander it.   5) Massive Imperfect Action. You will never be stuck as long as you keep shaking the trees. Do something. Anything. Notice your results. Do it again. Do it until you get what you want.   It’s not about learning more. It’s about taking control of the basics and using what you already know.
22/07/199m 22s

What's Blocking Your Success And How To Fix It

Get the Coaching you want Monday through Friday with Daily Boost Premium.  Get started today at MotivationToMove.com.   What's Blocking Your Success And How To Fix It.   If you find yourself spinning your wheels, remember this -   You must know where you are before you can go where to want to be.   It's time to take an inventory of your life as it exists today.   A few hours and examining your finances, jobs, relationships, responsibilities, and dreams can be eye-opening. It's also the only way to deal with many of the demons that hold us back.   Yes, it can be scary to dig into the dark corners of your life. But, I promise, when you shine a light on everything you don't want to see, you'll find yourself free and able to move toward to your dreams.   I'll repeat it.   You must know where you are before you can go where you want to be.
15/07/199m 4s

How To Change Your Life in 30 Days or Less

Get the Coaching you need, results you want, and success you deserve with the Daily Boost 5 days a week - commercial free!  Start today at MotivationToMove.com.   How To Change Your Life in 30 Days or Less   Only a crazy person thinks you can change everything about your life in 30 days - right?   Call me crazy, but everything I've ever done had its roots in a 30-day sprint.   Here's how you do it:   1) Set what Napoleon Hill calls a Major Definite Purpose, otherwise known as a Big Ass Goal.   2) Stop negative self-talk. Others may throw sticks and stones; don't throw them at yourself.   3) List all the reasons you CAN be successful. Make it a long list.   4) Decide that you will do whatever it takes to reach your goal. For the next 30 days, nothing will stop you.   When you are focused, willing to take massive imperfect action, and won’t take no for answer, the impossible becomes possible.
08/07/1910m 54s

How to Master Your Mornings

Today's Daily Boost is brought to you buy HelloFresh.  For $80 off your first month of HelloFresh, go to HelloFresh.com/BOOST80 and enter BOOST80.   How to Master Your Mornings   Ask a successful person about the most crucial time of their day, and they’ll say, “Mornings."   How you use your mornings sets the pace for your entire day.  It’s best to keep things simple:   1) Lose your excuse that mornings are out of control madness. That’s how most people think. Decide that you CAN take control and you will.   2) You may not be aware of morning behaviors that are not serving you. Turn off your morning autopilot and be intentional.   3) Reward yourself by taking a few minutes to ponder your life. Consider any changes you may want to make.  Spend your day making them happen.   You will be amazed at how a few minutes will transform your day.
01/07/1911m 24s

Stepping Into Your Success Spotlight

Get all of your Coaching commercial-free! Go to PREMIUM at MotivationToMove.com. Stepping Into Your Success Spotlight 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 move 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 has BIG dreams and hard-won experience chasing them, 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 very big fish in a very big 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?
24/06/1910m 30s

Change How You  Communicate.  Get Better Results.

Thanks to Airbnb for sponsoring The Daily Boost.  Are you looking for some side cash or a steady income?  You should think about hosting on Airbnb.com. Go to airbnb.com/boost to find out more, get started, and learn how you can get a $100 Amazon gift card from airbnb.com just for our listeners. Terms and conditions apply. Unless you live in a cave, effective communication is something you need to master to get what you want in life.   Have you ever been in a conversation and feel you are not being heard?   It's time to step around to their side of the table and see things from their point of view.   Everybody has a different way of hearing and processing conversation. If you consider alter your style to match how THEY communicate, you will both arrive on the same page.   Some people consider this to be giving up control. It's not.    When others can understand what you are saying, you gain control. It's no different than traveling to a foreign country and speaking in their language.    You don't need to change the content of your message.  You only need to adjust how you deliver your message to be effective.
17/06/1910m 35s

Productivity Efficiency

Thanks to Airbnb for sponsoring The Daily Boost.  Are you looking for some side cash or a steady income?  You should think about hosting on Airbnb.com. Go to airbnb.com/boost to find out more, get started, and learn how you can get a $100 Amazon gift card from airbnb.com just for our listeners. Terms and conditions apply. Productivity Efficiency I think it’s time we stop seeking more productivity.  It’s too much work!  I prefer being more efficient and effective.  Here are a couple of ideas that will help: 1) Say, “No” to meetings if possible.  If you must, keep them short and sweet. 2) Delay paying attention to incoming communication.  It’s nothing more than somebody else’s to-do list.  Do your stuff first. 3) Daily interruptions will never go away.  You may as well expect and plan for them. 4) Never schedule more than 50% of your day.  That will give you more time for things that pop up. 5) No more multi-tasking. Finish one task before the next.  The fastest way to be more productive is to make your To-Do list as short as possible.
10/06/1911m 41s

Surround Yourself With Successful People

Thanks to Airbnb for sponsoring this episode of The Daily Boost. Go to airbnb.com/boost and start hosting you’ll receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card if you generate $500 in booking value by July 31. Terms and conditions apply.   Have you ever wondered how the most successful people in the world get that way? Could it be their timing is right?  Do they “know” somebody? Luck? That’s it. They get lucky! Maybe, but I think there is more to it. Every person I’ve ever know who achieved remarkable success did three things: 1) They recognized what they wanted and envisioned themselves living that life. 2) At some point, they commit and go all in.  Their dream IS going to happen.  There is no “Plan B.” 3) No matter what get in the way, they practice never-ending flexibility and perseverance.   They keep going until the get what they want. Yes, it seems that you must pay a price for living the life of your dreams - and it's not money.  It's YOU!
04/06/199m 23s

Operation Reinvention With Scott and Joi

Lose weight, get in shape, and feel great all summer long. This show is about about reaching your fitness goals - and having a good time too!
03/06/191h 5m

Make A Decision or Drive Yourself Crazy

No matter what you desire in your life, everything starts as a thought in your mind.  It will demand your attention. You have three options: 1) Deny it and keep moving. 2) Accept it and put it into action. 3) Delay it and drive yourself crazy. Deny it.  Deal with it.  Delay it.  The quality of your life will be a result of your choice.
03/06/1912m 14s

Never-Ending Perseverance Doesn’t Need Plan B

Thanks to Airbnb for sponsoring this episode of The Daily Boost. Go to airbnb.com/boost and start hosting you’ll receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card if you generate $500 in booking value by July 31. Terms and conditions apply.   Have you ever wondered how the most successful people in the world get that way? Could it be their timing is right?  Do they “know” somebody? Luck? That’s it. They get lucky! Maybe, but I think there is more to it. Every person I’ve ever know who achieved remarkable success did three things: 1) They recognized what they wanted and envisioned themselves living that life. 2) At some point, they commit and go all in.  Their dream IS going to happen.  There is no “Plan B.” 3) No matter what get in the way, they practice never-ending flexibility and perseverance.   They keep going until the get what they want. Yes, it seems that you must pay a price for living the life of your dreams - and it's not money.  It's YOU!
30/05/1911m 54s

A filter of Absolute Focus

My wife and I were having dinner this weekend.  She finally asked, “Are you going to tell me about what you’re doing for Operation Reinvention?  I want to help.” I said, “I won’t need your help. I need your support.” She had a puzzled look.  I don’t blame her.  But, I am locked in on my Goal - and that need two things: 1) The ability to filter out what doesn’t matter and prioritize what does. 2) Accept 100% responsibility for reaching your Goal. As they say, “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.”  Anything less will remove you from control. If you miss either one, you’ll find many well-meaning people offering support.  The problem?  The suggestions they make will be different from how you imagined your journey.  As soon as that happens, you have pulled off your path. If you are setting off on a life-transforming Goal, it’s okay to accept the support of others.  Remember, your most important supporter is YOU!
27/05/1917m 56s

Three Things You Need to Get What You Want

I just got off the phone with a client.  We were chatting about getting moving.  She said, “That’s the hardest part!  I need help getting off my butt.” She’s not alone. Getting what you want comes down to pure physics: 1) An object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. 2) Inertia must overcome your resting state or your current path.  That will require a - 3) Catalyst is what gets you moving - otherwise known as motivation.  What will get you moving today?
20/05/1912m 30s

Keeps Things Simple.  Get Stuff Done.

I’m a fan of David Allen’s Getting Things Done.  His book spawned an entire industry.  It also causes a lot of stress. A few years ago David was speaking at a conference and folks asked how he managed to get things done: 1) Nothing gets done until I process everything.  No cheating.  2) When I have time, I process everything into a single “Trusted” place.  Some folks use a journal.  Others use software.  3) I review my potential work weekly and decide if I still need to do it. Remember - Nothing added to your list is more important than tasks already there.  Processing everything together will reveal the best path.  Stay focused, my friend.
13/05/199m 51s

Get Out of Your Rut At Your Peril

I live by a mantra that says - “Almost everything in day-to-day life should be routine.  Consistent.  Predictable.  Between the lines. Boring.  But, occasionally, it’s good to get out of the box, a little on edge, a bit scared, and a lot excited.” The truth is, you need both.  There is also another truth. Most things that make you happy and successful are pretty mundane — taking care of your home, paying bills on time, spending time with family.  Consistent routines focused on what’s important are how you achieve success.  Have fun and stick to what feels comfortable is working for you.  After all, it’s not a rut; it’s a routine.    Today's Daily Boost is brought to you by Shine - because we're all busy—you're busy, I'm busy. And it can be easy to put yourself last on the list. That's where Shine comes in.  Download the Shine app today on the App Store or Google Play. And go to http://shinetext.com/BOOST to get 50-percent off Shine Premium. That’s http://shinetext.com/BOOST.
08/05/1911m 45s

Supercharge Your Self-Esteem

Do you have goals and dreams?  If so, Confidence and Self Esteem will play a significant role. Confidence is feeling good about your worth or abilities; self-respect. Self Esteem is a feeling of self-assurance.  An appreciation for your abilities or qualities. You need both, and you get them through experience. Yes, it’s possible to fake it until you make it.  It’s better to jump in head first. Everything you do today is an opportunity to become a more self-confidence person.  A person who appreciates your and has self-respect. There is no secret to building self-esteem.  Do what you do.  Do it well.  Acknowledge your success.  Repeat.
07/05/1914m 48s

Improving Your Financial Situation Makes Dreams Come True

When it comes to improving their lives, most people say money is their top concern? Tony Robbins said, “Making money won’t solve all of your problems - but at least you will arrive at your problems in style.” The truth is, making more money, no matter how little, will solve most of your problems.  It is also the magic juice that will fuel your dreams.  If you want enough money to create the life of your dreams: 1) KNOW what kind of life you desire.  Be realistic about how much you need. 2) Making money is about adding VALUE to the person who is giving some of their money to you.  They don’t have to do it.  Make their life better and help them reach their dreams.  They’ll happily help you do the same. 3) Set a financial goal and never lose track of it.  Forward momentum is your friend.  4) Save some for yourself right off the top.  Even 1% will add up over time.  Plus, seeing your “profit’ will motivate you even more. 5) Stop trading hours for dollars.  Once you have momentum, shift your mindset to passive and residual income.  Set a course.  Stay the course. Dreams come true when you have the resources to make them happen.  Make ONE DOLLAR more today than yesterday.  Use it to build a better life.
06/05/1911m 57s

Finding Your True Purpose

There is a question floating deep within your mind that is going to demand your attention very soon.  Is this all there is?  I’m I destined for something bigger than myself? Discovering YOU is not a search.  It’s an acceptance. You will discover WHO you are by accepting your past and present actions. It’s accepting WHAT is not a thing; it's a feeling. If you want to change it.  Change it. WHEN will you become your true self?  When your WHEN becomes today.
29/04/199m 28s

Hierarchy of Needs

Hierarchy of Needs Brought you by Blinkist. Go to Blinkist.com/boost to start your free 7 day trial.   Success in life happens on top of a solid foundation of basic needs.   In 1954, Abraham Maslow released Motivation and Personality. He expanded on his Hierarchy of Needs theory.   Maslow suggested that to reach your full potential:   1) You must provide for your physiological needs.  Food, clothing, shelter, money, and more.    2) You must feel safe.   Personally, emotionally, financially, health and well-being, and against accidents and illness.   3) Socially you need to feel a sense of loving and belonging.   4)  Esteem and the desire for acceptance, respect, and valued by others is your next step.  Maslow said, “What a man can be, he must be.”  Self-actualization requires mastery of your previous needs.   6) Self-transcendence removes you from ego and begins your focus on the greater good. Your best life is built on a sturdy foundation.  Make sure you can eat, pay your bills, feel safe and have friends.  Then you can change the world.
22/04/1912m 3s

How to Focus on Happiness

Bought to you by HelloFresh.   Get $80 off your first month by going to HelloFresh.com/BOOST80 and enter BOOST80.   Have you ever found yourself feeling stressed by the path you are traveling in your life?   Should go this way?   Should go that way?   Who wouldn’t feel stressed when you’re always looking at an uncertain future?    It gets worse when you start comparing yourself to the success of others.  We’ve all heard folks say, “If they can do it - YOU can do it!”    Sure you can.  But is that what you want?   There’s no need to feel stressed over something that seems big and out of reach from you where are now.  All you need to do is ask, “Is that honestly important to me?”  If not, drop it, and your stress will go away.   Remember -   Most folks focus on what is in front of them.  Happy people on what is inside of them. 
15/04/1910m 56s

Tomorrow’s Happiness Starts Today

Do you ever wake up in the morning and jump straight into your To-Do list and forget about what you want?   With so much on our plates, it can be easy to lose track of the big picture and lose track of where you were heading.   That’s why we always do our Homework on Monday.  It’s a powerful way to ‘Overlay’ your what is essential in your life while you get the day-to-day stuff done.   Here’s how I do it:   1) Check in with the ‘Roles’ and ‘Goals’ you have in your life.   Do you like what you have or need to make a change?  Decide the ‘next’ action that you will take this week.   2) ‘Hold Space’ on your calendar to move your ‘Roles and Goals’ in the direction of your dreams.  Don’t let day-to-day challenges through you off track.   3) No matter how busy you get, review your homework throughout the week.  Focus on your future.   Remember -   Tomorrow’s happiness is built on a foundation of today’s focus.   Don’t lose track of that.
08/04/1910m 39s

Fast Path to Success

Success is a funny word.  Generic yet descriptive, success is something different for everyone.  Whatever success means to you, there is one fast-path to get it:   1) Decide what you want.  You’ll need the help of others too so start thinking about building your idea into a form that others will understand.   2) Build your dream. Stop trying to make it perfect. When you are 70% ready to move forward, it’s time to get busy.   3) Sell it. Are you seeking a new job, finding a new relationship, or selling a product for your business?  Nothing will happen if you don’t sell it   So -   Decide. Build. Sell. Repeat. Don’t do anything else until you get what you want.
01/04/198m 57s

Instant Better Communication

What if three words could allow you to communicate better and reach your goals faster?   Here’s how to stay on track no matter who wants to pull you off course:   1) When asked by others to help them reach their goals it’s time to agree and defer.  As an example, say, “Yes, I can help, AND let’s talk about it later when I finish what I’m doing.  Watch how folks leave you alone.   2) Inserting the word ‘Yet’ into any conversation will allow you to stay positive and keep your momentum. For instance, saying “Not yet.  I’ll let you know when I’m ready” will do wonders.   Success and happiness arrive when you stay focused and on track chasing your goals.  Prioritize yourself and defer others.
25/03/1910m 55s

Connecting With The Right People

I'm sure you've heard the saying, "It's not WHAT you know, it's WHO you."   Collecting connections by networking and meeting people is something everybody does.  Most are hoping that someday, maybe, hopefully, those connections will lead to success.   Maybe.  Maybe not.   Most connections only lead to a desk full of business cards from people you don’t remember.  If you want a more immediate return on any contact, you need to ask one question -   “Will having a relationship with this person move me forward and closer to my goals?”   Focus your time and attention on people who will allow to you answer YES.  You’ll release yourself of a lot of frustration and succeed faster.   Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
18/03/1911m 29s

Simple Time Management

Are you having difficulty managing your time?   With millions of years of civilization, you have to wonder why we still struggling with time.   It’s time to keep it simple:   1) Every day has 24 hours.  That’s enough time to do anything.   2) You will always have time for what is important to you.  Focus, my friend.   3) Scheduling space in your day for your tasks is your number one priority.   4) Completing your scheduled tasks is your second priority.  Keeping going until you finish your mission.   5) Avoid people that steal your time.  They will be persistent.  Hide if you must.
11/03/1911m 27s

Start The Week With a NO

Do you ever wish you had a less complicated life?   If you are not flying an airplane or performing brain surgery  - you are likely overcomplicating life.   These rules will help you start the new week under YOUR control:   #1:  Practice the law of “Good Enough."  Perfectionism is over-rated.  It will waste years of productive time that you could use to enjoy life.   Rule #2:  Say “No” and repeat it.  Make that little two-letter word your default answer for everything.  Say “Yes” to what you love.   Rule #3 - Consider that everything in your life is over-complicating your life.  If in doubt, stop, drop, and roll on down the easier road.   Leonardo da Vinci said, ”Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”    Why not show everybody how sophisticated you are.
04/03/1912m 36s

Stop Being Comfortably Miserable

Are you living a life of comfortable misery?   It's easy to settle into day-to-day that is not exactly what you want.  It’s not bad.  It’s not good.   Are you making barely enough income to be comfortable but still struggle?   Is your job okay but not inspiring?   Are your relationships fine but not fueling your dreams?   Most folks are living comfortably miserable.   Don’t let that be you.   Change your path now. Decide to accept nothing less than exactly what you want.  Stand up, take a step, and repeat.  The rest will work itself out.  That’s a promise.
25/02/1911m 33s

What’s Your Big, Awesome, Motivating, Mission?

Do you still dream of what you will be when you grow up?    Do visions still keep popping into your head?    Is there a mission that seems to be calling you?   What’s your BAM?    What’s your BIG - AWESOME - MOTIVATION - MISSION?   What gives you pleasant dreams and a feeling of happiness?   What scares, yet excites you?   What makes you smile and say, “If I could only get myself to…”   Stand up?  Take a step?  Repeat?   There’s no need to wait.  You can start right now.  Really!  Right now.
18/02/198m 57s

Become The Leader Everyone Knows

Become The Leader Everyone Knows   Are you a Rock Star leader or a member of the band?   Either is okay, but it sure helps to know which role you play while you move toward your goals.   Let's define the difference.   In the eyes of the world, a Rock Star is the leader of the band.  Everyone knows their name.  They have the spotlight, and the audience seeks them out.  They also accept the responsibility that goes with the job.   The band may make the entire engine run and get mad respect.  But very few people know the member's names.   If your goals have you in a starring role, it's time to step up.  If you are happier in a support position, accept who you are and become the best you can be.
11/02/1910m 34s

More Productive One Week at a Time

What if you could maintain never-ending momentum while you worked toward your goals?  No matter how long it took?   The ‘MTM Rolling 7’ is the solution you need to get the life you’ve always said you wanted.    It works like this:   1) Set your short-term and long-term goals.    2) Decide what past achievements you enjoy and that you want to defend.  Many current successes must you should maintain while you pursue your new adventures.   3) Decide what future goals you are ready to ‘activate' and achieve.   4) Next week begins this week.  On Thursday of this week, make your plan for how you will defend, activate, and create your dream life next week.   Spend the next few days thinking about your plan.  You’ll amaze yourself at how you begin making progress one week at a time.
04/02/1914m 4s

The Paradox of Choice.  Are There Too Many?

Do you have too many choices in your life?  Is it confusing and making you feel distressed?   In 2005, Barry Schwartz wrote Paradox of Choice and challenged traditional thinking.  He said the way to maximum freedom in your life was to minimize choice.    Too many choices are not a good thing and can create paralysis.  Not to mention, no matter what you choose, you'll always wonder if you could have done better.   Distractions are your enemy and focus is your friend:  Here's how to free up your life:   1) Limit your choices.  Narrow your list to items you have already experienced.  Having every option won't serve you.   2) Be sure to permit yourself to try other possibilities IF needed - but only after you've vetted your first.   3) Stay in your lane and keep it simple.   Too many choices are part of modern life.  If you can’t make a decision - shorten your list of options to what is important.  Ignore everything else
29/01/1911m 45s

Mapping Your Success

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a plan to help you get what you want?    What you need is M.A.P.S. - a system that gets thinking out of the way and focuses on actions in four areas:   Motivation - Everything begins with motivation and knowing ‘WHY’ you set your goals.  Stay motivated.   Accountability: Being accountable and accepting responsibility for your results will empower your success.  Saying, ‘If it’s to be, it’s up to me’ is a great way to get started.   Planning: Plan your work, work you plan.  It’s simple.  If you can’t plan it, you won’t be able to do it.   Systemization: The first steps of any worthy goal are difficult. As you get more comfortable with your process, lock in the actions and repeat them until you get what you want.   Sustainability: Everything takes longer than you think. Momentum is built in life by stacking your accomplishments sequentially. Make sure you set yourself up for the long haul.   The freedom you desire rests on a stable and repeatable foundation. Motivation, Accountability, Planning, Systemization, and Sustainability.
28/01/1913m 45s

Why You Need Interdependent Relationships

The quality of your life is a direct result of your relationships.  Tony Robbins said that.   Whether it’s a personal, professional, or business relationship.  There are three ways to play the relationship game.  There is only one way to win.   1) All relationships begin with two independent individuals.  If you remain independent, you will never connect.   2) Some relationships become co-dependent.  Developing this kind of relationship means losing individuality.  Isn't that what attracted you in the first place?   3) The best way is to merge your skills, passions, and identity.  The result will be an interdependent relationship.    The strength of an individual.  The power of a team.  It doesn’t get any better than that.
21/01/1911m 31s

Happy No Matter What

Would you like to be happy every day of the week?  Maybe it’s time to start thinking like a happy person? There’s no magic to being happier. Rose colored glasses are not required. Just start looking at your day-to-day life the way a happy person does. Give this a try: 1) Accept that merely being alive means you will run into occasional challenges. 2) Realize that dealing with challenges is a privilege that comes with being alive. 3) Welcome frustration.  That means that you are not satisfied and are beginning to make adjustments. 4) Accept responsibility for solving your challenges.  Run forward and fix them as soon as possible. 5) Deal with everything that life throws at you.  Get a great nights sleep.  Have another great day tomorrow. It's amazing how that kind of mindset makes most challenges never show up in the first place.
15/01/1913m 46s

Characteristics of Success

Do you wish you that you could find a mentor to help you along the way?   Every mentor I’ve ever had has made a point of validating that I possessed three characteristics for success.   Would you pass their test?   1) Do you have a burning desire to achieve your goal?   2) Are you a coachable person and prepared to accept the wisdom and guidance of others?   3) Do you have the willingness to undertake all actions to achieve your success?   Wouldn’t you want this in someone that was asking for your help?   Walk your talk. Talk your walk. That’s a great life.
14/01/1912m 41s

It’s All About Your Experience

Happy New Year!   As we begin a new year, I have a question for you.   What experiences will you have this year?   Life is all about the experience. That requires planning, awareness, and setting expectations.   As you go about setting and achieving your goals, be sure to pay attention to your focus. While you take action, shift your focus to the experience you desire. Life will be a lot more fun.   Isn't that what goal setting is all about?   Don't skip over the fun by jumping to the destination. Savor the journey in 2019.
07/01/1910m 35s

Face Your Passion: Building Your Bridge

Changing something about your life is pretty straightforward. Figure out what you want and change it.   Are you done laughing?   Most folks fall on the way to their dreams because they don't move, move at the wrong time, or run too fast. That's why, once you know what you want, it's time to build your bridge.   Here’s how:   1) Fortify your current foundation. Save money, pay bills, do whatever it takes to create a firm and peaceful base to build.   2) Begin constructing the foundation for your new life. Go to school, network, research, and plan. Do everything in your power to assure your success with no regret.   3) When you're ready, leave your past behind, cut off the old, and begin living your new life. Be patient. Wait until you are at least 70% ready to succeed before you cross to the other side.   Success arrives when you move from a strong TODAY to a stronger TOMORROW. Don’t leap too soon, but don’t delay either.   Looking for more?   The Daily Boost produced five days a week to keep you moving toward your goals. The notes you are reading on this page are from today’s Daily Nugget - a shorter written form of the podcast that is sent via email every day at 5 AM Eastern.   You can get additional Daily Boost episodes, The Daily Nugget, and more at https://motivationtomove.com.
04/01/1911m 15s

Face Your Passion: Using Transitional Identities

Have you allowed yourself to become the person you are on the inside?   We all make decisions that change our life trajectory without much thought. That can lead feeling of being lost on you your life path.   Maybe it's time to create a new way of seeing yourself?   Using a Transitional Identity is a great way to feel confident when you can’t believe in your future.   The trick is to focus on the smaller steps on the way to your destination. That will allow you to move away from who you are, yet not jump to who you want to be in one big step.   “I’m running a successful small business and laying the foundation for my empire. All I have to do is keep moving.”   “I’m a great student. Very soon I will be a great teacher to others. All I have to do is keep moving.”   “I’m incredible at losing 1 pound at a time. Soon I’ll hit my goal and weight 100 pounds. All I have to do is keep moving.”   Transitional Identities are temporary and ever-changing. They are useful when destinations are hard to see before you take your first step.   Looking for more?   The Daily Boost produced five days a week to keep you moving toward your goals. The notes you are reading on this page are from today’s Daily Nugget - a shorter written form of the podcast that is sent via email every day at 5 AM Eastern.   You can get additional Daily Boost episodes, The Daily Nugget, and more at https://motivationtomove.com.
03/01/1910m 26s

Face Your Passion: Living According to Values & Goals

A big frustration for most folks is feeling as if other people are getting in the way. =   That will stop the very instant you begin to living according to your Values as you word toward your Goals:   Here's the simple recipe for enjoying every minute of the day:   1) Know, understand, and practice living your Values at all times. While it's not always easy, you will feel happier and in control.   2) Be sure only to set Goals that allow you to practice your Values along the way. Doing otherwise is not being who you are.   3) Prepare for a shock wave from people who wonder why you won't do things their way anymore. And, get ready for the peace of mind you will begin to feel.   Self-directing your life according to your inner-most thoughts is the ultimate power.   Looking for more?   The Daily Boost produced five days a week to keep you moving toward your goals. The notes you are reading on this page are from today’s Daily Nugget - a shorter written form of the podcast that is sent via email every day at 5 AM Eastern.   You can get additional Daily Boost episodes, The Daily Nugget, and more at https://motivationtomove.com.
02/01/1910m 55s

Face Your Passion: Average Perfect Day

How would you feel if every day, on average, was as you wanted?   It's time to make your dreams come true and create your “Average Perfect Day.”   Here's how it works:   1) Find a quiet spot and write a detailed description of your perfect day. Let your fantasies flow onto paper until you've mapped out morning until night.   2) Focus on your daily experiences, not material goods. In other words, if you want a sports car, focus on how you would feel in the driver seat.   3) Fight the urge to judge. The goal is to slow down, tap into your core, and get excited about what's possible.   There is one last rule that you must follow.   There are no limitations and no consequences. Let yourself be free to dream. You are going to be surprised at how many start coming true.   Looking for more?   The Daily Boost produced five days a week to keep you moving toward your goals. The notes you are reading on this page are from today’s Daily Nugget - a shorter written form of the podcast that is sent via email every day at 5 AM Eastern.   You can get additional Daily Boost episodes, The Daily Nugget, and more at https://motivationtomove.com.
01/01/199m 8s

No Brainer Success

  With a new year upon us, it’s time crank up those 2019 goals - simple way.   One of the easiest methods of achieving success is to stick to tried and true. That doesn’t mean you can’t move toward something more meaningful. It means that you forgo new knowledge and skill and leverage what you already understand.   No brainer success assumes:   1) You already have sufficient experience and wisdom. You will learn any new skill if, and only if needed.   2) You will choose the path of least resistance. The goal is to get the results you want in the fastest period. No distractions. No zig-zagging.   3) Overthinking burns too many brain calories. If you find yourself confused and stuck, accept that you may need to reevaluate your plan. Do it fast.   Human nature will compel you to clutter your success journey with distraction. Seek the direct route to the results you want. It’s a no-brainer.   Looking for more?   The Daily Boost produced five days a week to keep you moving toward your goals. The notes you are reading on this page are from today’s Daily Nugget - a shorter written form of the podcast that is sent via email every day at 5 AM Eastern.   Get additional Daily Boost episodes, The Daily Nugget, and more at https://motivationtomove.com.
31/12/1812m 32s

What Can You Do in a Year?

I have a favorite question; ”What Can I Do?"   I ask it anytime I am unsure about my next action.  It always delivers an answer.  But, this time of year, I add some awesome sauce; ”What can I do this year?"   It's time to put an end to random and vague goal setting. It's all about capacity, choices, and prioritizing your actions.  Since you can't do it all, at least at the same time, it's time to force yourself to get real about what is possible.   So, what can YOU do this coming year?   You might not reach all your goals in a month - but in a year?  I think you can do almost anything.   Looking for more?   The Daily Boost produced five days a week to keep you moving toward your goals. The notes you are reading on this page are from today’s Daily Nugget - a shorter written form of the podcast that is sent via email every day at 5 AM Eastern.   You can get additional Daily Boost episodes, The Daily Nugget, and more at https://motivationtomove.com.
28/12/1810m 35s

Transforming When Nobody is Looking

You are living in a magical time of the year and may not even know it.   Have you noticed how busy and self-distracted everybody is?    Most folks are busy running into next years marathon and are not paying attention to their lives - let alone yours.    That presents an opportunity.   Beginning your journey of personal change is always easier on the path of least resistance.    Why not make up your mind and change direction when there is nobody around to judge you?   If they are not looking, will you become a gym rat?  Start writing your first novel?  How about starting a new business?  The possibilities are endless - and guess what?   When you transform yourself when nobody is paying attention - there is nothing they can do or say to stop you when they finally notice.    Why not go for it?   Looking for more?   The Daily Boost produced five days a week to keep you moving toward your goals. The notes you are reading on this page are from today’s Daily Nugget - a shorter written form of the podcast that is sent via email every day at 5 AM Eastern.   You can get additional Daily Boost episodes, The Daily Nugget, and more at https://motivationtomove.com.
27/12/1810m 27s

What’s Your One Thing?

In the movie “City Slickers,” Mitch was on a mission to find purpose - as if there was a single solution for everybody.    That’s when he met a cowboy with simple yet straightforward advice -   Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is? [holds up one finger] This.   Mitch: Your finger?   Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that, and the rest don’t mean &*#@.   Mitch: But, what is the “one thing?”   Curly: That’s what you have to find out.   Most folks spend their lives searching outside themselves while what’s important quietly rages inside of them.  Most happily move through their day with little or no thought.  But the search continues - until they finally figure Curly’s secret -   The ONE thing is different for everybody. When you figure that out, you’ll finally find your ONE thing.   Looking for more?   The Daily Boost produced five days a week to keep you moving toward your goals. The notes you are reading on this page are from today’s Daily Nugget - a shorter written form of the podcast that is sent via email every day at 5 AM Eastern.   You can get additional Daily Boost episodes, The Daily Nugget, and more at https://motivationtomove.com.
26/12/189m 38s

The Christmas Experience

It’s Christmas Day, and the world has paused to celebrate the importance of this special day.      This year, I have enjoyed this season more than most.  I feel very connected - and it started with a shopping trip.   Most years I save shopping for Christmas Eve and always find myself rushing.  Often I end up searching for items given to me on a list.  I was never satisfied - so I changed the experience.   Over the past few months, I dropped the list and focused attention on my loved one's needs.  I opened my eyes and ears.  How could I make their experience better?   I’ve never enjoyed shopping so much - and that got me thinking. If everybody would focus on seeing and hearing what others need all year round - life would be so much better.   That sounds like a great way to live.   Looking for more?   The Daily Boost produced five days a week to keep you moving toward your goals. The notes you are reading on this page are from today’s Daily Nugget - a shorter written form of the podcast that is sent via email every day at 5 AM Eastern.   You can get additional Daily Boost episodes, The Daily Nugget, and more at https://motivationtomove.com.
25/12/189m 10s

Receiving Last Years Gifts

It’s the time of year when gift giving is everywhere - but those are not the most important you have received.   Every day that passes you experience life.   The good.  The bad.  The ugly.  Those experiences add up to incredible life lessons that you carry forever.    That leads me to a question -   What experiences did you have last year that you consider a gift?   Challenging or pleasurable.  How you perceive has power to transform your future.   As you head into Christmas, take a moment and give thanks for the gifts that 2018 produced.  That'll make next year even better.    Looking for more?   The Daily Boost produced five days a week to keep you moving toward your goals. The notes you are reading on this page are from today’s Daily Nugget - a shorter written form of the podcast that is sent via email every day at 5 AM Eastern.   You can get additional Daily Boost episodes, The Daily Nugget, and more at https://motivationtomove.com. 
24/12/189m 35s

Dealing With Bad Experiences

Do you ever get stuck on memories from the past?  Bad memories?  Unpleasant memories? Focusing on good is good for the soul.  Dwelling on bad is bad for everything. The other day my wife asked, “How can you completely disconnect from bad experiences? It’s as if you don’t see them.” Trust me.  I do.  A long time ago I made the distinction nobody can control the past.  I changed how I think: 1) If you dwell on the past, you bring those experiences into your current life.  They become real - again.  You also neutralize positive energy.  You will be stuck. 2) Lessons from the past are valuable.  Even bad experiences yield wisdom when not attached to the negative energy and emotions. 3) Some bad experiences are pesky.  You will have difficulty shaking them from your mind.  The solution is defining actions that will put them to rest - and do it. You become what you think.  Dwelling on past negative experiences will create more of them in the future.  Find the brights spots and let them shine.
18/12/1814m 46s

Living According to Your Core Values

Would you genuinely like to live a content life?  May it’s time to make Values a constant companion? Values are your principles or standards of behavior; your judgment of what’s important in life. Love. Dependability. Family Focused. Loyalty. Commitment. Open-Minded. Consistency. Honesty. All Values you may hold. Your Values arrived through life experience. Now you can use your guide.  You have earned them.  They are your wisdom.  When you choose to make decisions based on your Values - you walk in integrity.  Others may disagree, but you will stand taller for it.
17/12/1812m 1s

ONE Thing Propels Success

When you apply the world’s simplest success recipe everything else will care of itself.  Stand up.  Take a step.  REPEAT! But how do you propel yourself for maximum forward momentum? In The One Thing, Gary Keller writes; “Success is sequential, not simultaneous.”  When you fuel yourself with focus your life will begin to move forward. Gary also gives a great question you can ask yourself to define your focus. “What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” Your answer may surprise you.
11/12/1811m 17s

How To Be a Happy Person

Did you know that happy people see the world differently? They don't wear rose-colored glasses.  They have a better way: 1)  Happy people realize being alive includes challenges.     2) Happy people accept that problems are a privilege that comes with being alive. 3) Happy people get frustrated but don’t give up.  Challenges indicate everything is normal. 4) Happy people accept responsibility for solving problems. 5)  Happy people deal with everything life throws at them, get a great nights sleep, and do it all over again. When you think like a happy person, most challenges never show up in the first place.
10/12/1812m 54s

Singular Focus For The Holidays

Here we are in the most distraction filled time of the year.  Have you wondered?  Is it possible to keep moving toward your goals when everything else is in the way? It is with Singular Focus. Singular is extraordinary, remarkable, and exceptional. Focus is a central point of attraction, attention, or activity. It’s time to be exceptionally focused on one activity that will move you forward.  You won’t have time for everything else. How do you get Singular Focus? 1) Reduce your things-to-do Universe. Chose an essential item and get it done between all of your holiday activities. 2) Remember. You can have everything but not at the same time.  3) Reduce as much interference as possible.  With all the buzz that is coming, plan small amounts of time to work on your goal. It’s a simple truth - When you are busy with life too many extras will bog you down.  Apply Singular Focus to your most important goal.  Save the others until January.
04/12/1810m 23s

Want More? Do More.

Have you noticed?    As soon as you initiate action toward a goal - a million other distractions arrive in your life? Etch this into your mind: Activity creates activity. No matter what you choose to take on, your energy will attract the attention.  You will discover everything you need to succeed.  It will also draw everything is necessary to through you off track.  That’s okay.  You can harness this power to get what you want. Don't get stuck in neutral.  Shift gears and accelerate yourself into massive imperfect action mode.  And remember this - Activity will always create more activity.  Know your goals and focus will allow you to choose the best opportunities that arrive. 
03/12/189m 55s

Turning an Obstacle Upside Down

Have you ever wondered how much easier things would be if you didn’t have to think so much? What if the future or your past didn’t matter?  There was only now. Imagine if you didn’t worry about the possessions, success, or drama of others? What would happen if you believed that you are in control?  Now you are starting to think like a Stoic, a Stoic Philosopher. Stoicism is about pairing down. It is simplifying. They eliminate common and unproductive traits that define the majority of the population.  They do that in many ways.  One of the most common is by turning obstacles upside down, creating opportunities, and seeing them as teachable moments. For a Stoic, every “bad” thing that happens in your day becomes a new source of good.  Marcus Aurelius said it this way, “The impediment to action advances action.  What stands in your way becomes the way.”
26/11/1812m 39s

Ask For What You Want

We all want something. A better job, better relationships, more time off. So what’s stopping you from getting it? If you’re like most folks, you’re tap dancing and beating around the bush. It's simple. If you don't ask, you don't get. You can ask others. You can ask yourself. You can ask the Universe. Here's the simple formula you can use to get what you want: 1) Decide what you want and come right out and ask for it. 2) Tell who you are asking what the benefit is for them. 3) Tell them what they can do next to help you get what you want. Asking for what you want allows others to help you get it - which most folks love to do. Why not make you both of you happy?
19/11/1815m 44s

One Question Stops Procrastination

Procrastination is the intentional and systematic postponement of an important task you should be doing.  Is that what you are doing? Even if you are putting things off, it’s possible that you are not procrastinating.  Is it possible that you might be forcing yourself to do something that you don't want to do anyway? Yes, you must complete some tasks to get ahead.  However, if your list of un-done keeps getting longer, it's time to ask yourself a question - If you are procrastinating on tasks, are they really that important?
12/11/1814m 7s

Connecting Conversations

Connecting Conversations Today you are going to have opportunities to communicate.  Written or spoken.  In an email, in person, on the phone.  Here’s how to create connecting conversation every time: 1) Meet folks where they are. Pay attention to how their day is going.  Step into their NOW. 2) Doing that is as simple as establishing something in common.  “Wow! Has this day been crazy for you too?” 3) Establish an undeniable truth.  “I promise it’s going to get crazier with the holidays coming.” 4) Next, move toward an idea that everybody can agree. “Holidays are coming fast.  We should get ahead of it and do some planning.”    5) Bring a new idea into the conversation. “I have a system I think will work for both of us.  Do you want to see it?”  You will always get more of what you want when your communication with others moves everybody toward a common goal.
05/11/188m 55s

Getting Others To Help You Succeed

Getting what you want in life begins as an idea that bubbles up from the inside.  It becomes reality others recognize your passion and offer help. Here’s how it works: 1) Forget the “What” and “How” of your dreams.  Those will take care of themselves. 2) Focus on “Why” you want change in your life. 3) Know and believe achieving your goal is your destiny. Why does this work? When you believe in yourself, others will believe in you.  They feel your passion and have the desire to help you succeed. Doors open faster when somebody gives you the key. Start believing in yourself.
29/10/1810m 55s

Good ‘Nuff is Good ’Nuff

Good ‘Nuff is Good ’Nuff How much is good enough? I received an email from an MTMer who changed careers to become a Surgical Assistant at an age when most folks are thinking about retirement. Mike, shared a useful saying he's heard many times in the operating room. ”The evil of good-enough is better." Once you've accomplished your goal, stop messing around and move on.  The more you poke around, the better chance you'll have of doing more harm than good. A simple concept.  I like simple.  Simple works.
22/10/1813m 6s

What If Next Week Never Comes

It's a new week. 1) Do your homework. 2) Resolve to take massive imperfect action and make progress. 3) Celebrate your results. The coming week will never happen again. Make the best of it. Work hard. Defend what you've built. Plan for a party next weekend!
15/10/1811m 3s

Strangest Weekend Ever

It’s been a strange weekend. I get it.  I watch television too. Left.  Right.  Middle.  Angry.  Sad.  Numb. Many folks freaking out.  I want to make lemonade out of lemons.  We’re you engrossed in every minute or did you ignore everything?  Personally - My weekend was normal. I spent Saturday morning at a Family Days parade and ate dinner at Texas Roadhouse in Port Orange.  I said hello to my friends at Tractor Supply, Walmart and Home Depot.  My neighbor was bush hogging his pasture, and we had great “across the fence” conversation. Joi and I stopped at Food Truck Night and met lots of cool people. Life was very normal.  I know I’m not alone. Heck, last weekend I even entered the belly of the beast for a class reunion in Manassas, Virginia.  The only words spoken were friends inquiring about friends. Your life and your dreams it’s up to you to decide.  You can’t imagine how many folks are your side. I’ve decided to delay my podcast until sometime Monday to give space.  I hope that’s okay.
08/10/1811m 59s

Running Your Life Like a Business

Not a day goes by without someone asking how to get what they want. I almost always say, “It’s all about return on investment.” After all, it would be a shame to work hard toward your goals and end up with less than you started - right? That’s why you should run your life like a business: 1) Decide what you want and get moving. You should be very specific. 2) Be flexible in your approach. The road is curvy. 3) Set benchmarks and measure your progress. Always know where you are. 4) If you don't achieve your milestones, make an immediate adjustment and get back on track. 5) Repeat what works. Dump what doesn't. Life is better when you get a positive return on your efforts.
01/10/189m 3s

Permission To Be Yourself

It's amazing how many people say they want to be their true selves yet are waiting for permission to begin. Here’s the truth: 1)  You are already yourself.  If you want something different - do it. 2)  Nobody is going to give you permission.  They are too busy waiting for it themselves. 3)  Everything changes the minute you take your first step. I want to save you lots of time and frustration.  YES.  You have permission to be yourself.  Right now.  Let me know if you need me to write you a note.
24/09/189m 6s

How Do I Feel Strategy Sessions

How much better would your day be if you always knew what surprises were lurking around the corner? Why we can’t predict everything, we can prepare for most things using a “How Do I Feel Strategy Session.” 1)  Once a month, take a few minutes and review every possible interaction.  Jobs.  Trips.  Family events.  Everything. 2)  Explore each from every angle.   Imagine what may happen and craft a plan for handling it in your favor. 3)  Go about your day and stick to your plan.  You’re in control now. Pre-planned responses are a great way to stop not-so-good surprises.  I promise.
17/09/189m 4s

Continuity of Change

Creating a difference in your life requires a few simple actions.   It’s all about getting what you want and keeping what you love. 1) Decide:  Everything begins with a decision to transform. 2)  Define: Aimless wondering toward a dream is no fun.  Defining your path will get you there quickly. 3)  Deploy:  Putting your plan into action is the only way to make progress along your route. 4) Defend:  Your goal should be to make your life better.  When you find what you love - defend it, so you never lose it. Simple.  I like simple  Simple works!
14/09/189m 3s

Stop Learning.  Start Doing.

Is something is holding you back?  Are you spending too much time learning? The challenge begins when your mind gets confused.  Your mind can’t tell the difference between perception and reality.  Learning feels like doing.  You might be getting smarter, but you're not moving forward. Here are some simple truths: 1) Learning new skills is fun and is required for a better life. 2) Learning alone will not produce the results you desire. 3) You don’t have to learn everything.   You already know enough to get started.
13/09/188m 59s

How To Be Happy Today

Did you know that happy people see the world differently? They don't wear rose-colored glasses.  They have a better way: 1)  Happy people realize that being alive includes problems.     2)  Happy people accept that problems are a privilege.  3) Happy people get frustrated but don’t give up.  Problems mean everything is normal. 4) Happy people accept responsibility for solving problems. 5)  Happy people deal with everything life can throw at them, get a great nights sleep, and do it all over again. Finally, when you think like a happy person, most problems never show up in the first place.
12/09/189m 5s

Stand up.  Take a step.  REPEAT!

Today the day that you apply the world’s simplest success recipe - and everything else will take care of itself.  Stand up.  Take a step.  REPEAT! But how do you propel yourself into maximum forward momentum? In The One Thing, Gary Keller writes; “Success is sequential, not simultaneous.”  When you fuel yourself with focus your life will begin to move forward. Gary also suggests a great question to help define your focus. “What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” The answer may surprise you.   
11/09/189m 0s

Saying What’s Needed

In Tim Ferris's books the 4-Hour Workweek, he spoke about  Uncomfortable Conversations. Uncomfortable Conversations are great for pointing out the elephant in the room.  The one that nobody wants to acknowledge.  They are about clearing the air, understanding, and knowing where others stand.  Here’s how to master this skill: 1) Be direct and to the point.  Say, "We need to chat.  You might feel uncomfortable at first, but everything will be okay." 2) Ask your question or make your statement.  Keep it real, and don't stop until you've completed your thought. 3)  Once you've said what's on your mind, ask for feedback and head toward a solution. I prefer to call this an ”Uncomfortable Confirmation." From this point forward, everybody knows exactly where the other stands.  You'll feel much better about yourself and your relationships. Daily Click Putting off an uncomfortable conversation?  Remove emotion, stick to facts, and keep it quick. It’s time to stop carrying that monkey on your back.
10/09/189m 5s

Arsonist or Fireman?

Are you the kind of person who is always running around putting out fires - fires you set?  I think it is time that we take away your matches and lighter fluid. Here are a few things to think about: 1) If your life is non-stop drama, stress, and craziness.  Is there is a good chance that YOU are the cause?  There is also a good chance that you won’t see it that way. 2) Living with your hair on fire will keep you so busy that you will spend years wondering why you can’t get what you want. 3)  When you STOP doing anything that results in more craziness knocking at your door - you will find that life is pretty quiet.  Quiet is where all good stuff happens. It’s a Universal truth.  You are 100% in charge of every action you choose to take - or not. Choose good ones.
07/09/189m 9s

Why is WHY So Difficult?

You must know your why! Knowing why allows you to persist and achieve goals.  Without a strong understanding of why it's important, it's not that important. So, why is WHY so difficult? Folks tend to want their why to be fancy and meaningful.  But what if it was because you wanted to be happy?  What if you wanted more money? What if you just felt like it?  As long as you have the belief, it will drive you wherever you want to go.
06/09/189m 5s

Best Things Often Arrive After Bad Things

I asked a client, "What do you think it takes to be a better person during life’s difficult moments?” She had a simple answer: 1) Lead with your internal values.  Stay the course. 2) Seek advice and resources from others with more wisdom. 3) Have faith and courage.  The storm always makes you stronger. Excellent and useful advice for any stage of life.
05/09/189m 5s

The Strangest Secret

Earl Nightingale produced “The Strangest Secret” to motivate his insurance company sales force.   It is now a motivational standard. The secret is simple: 1) You become what you think. 2) You must pay the prices. 3) You must control your thoughts. 4) Cut away all limitations of your mind. 5) Set a clearly defined goal.  6) Act promptly when your path is clear. 7) Save at least 10% of every dollar. What do you want more than anything else?  Commit today to do more than you must to get what you want.
04/09/189m 15s

Defending Your Agenda

A client asked, “Where do you pay attention to keep yourself on track?”  My agenda.  Period. Why? As long as you know what you want in life, it’s only a matter of moving forward a little bit every day - and that can be difficult.    Every person you meet along the way may distract you from your course. Worse, they may recruit you onto theirs.  If you allow that to happen, you will detour yourself from your dreams. Defend your agenda.  Always.
03/09/189m 53s

You Don’t Need to Start Over

There are lots of folks in the world who are seeking change in their life.  They usually say… “I want something entirely new!  I’m tired of how things have been!  I want to start over!” My advice?  Don’t do it! Change doesn’t mean getting a do-over.  It’s more of an iteration or course correction.  Starting at the beginning has two problems: 1) It has taken you too long to acquire the wisdom and momentum you already have. Giving it up will mean losing your most potent tool. 2) All your wisdom makes it impossible to erase the board and start over.  You’re too wise. The solution is to leverage you wisdom as the foundation for everything you seek in the future.  Build on your knowledge base using intent, focus, and direction.
31/08/189m 5s

Traits of Greatness

Are you having a difficult time breaking through to YOU? While you are sprinting through your to-do list, keep these growth-traits in mind: 1)  Use your imagination to form images, ideas, and sensations in your mind.  Do it without the help of anything or anybody.  Trust your vision. 2)  Enthusiasm means living life with excitement and PASSION.  Only involve yourself in activities that make you enthusiastic. 3) Persistence is the art of doggedly persisting until you get what you want.  Stay in the game long enough, and you’ll get what you want. 4)  Having Faith is living your life with trust and confidence - even if you’re not sure. Living is about Imagination.  Enthusiasm.  Persistence.  Faith.  Imagine how good it could be with Gratitude?
30/08/189m 2s

Defining What is Takes To Reach Your Goals

Success in business and life often comes down to simple focus and common sense. I was watching Restaurant Impossible when Robert asked, "When did you last get paid?  Why do you have a business?” The answer? No matter what you do, you're only doing it for money. Don't believe me? What would you do if you didn't have to work?  I guarantee it would be different. Here are three kick-starting questions: 1) What exactly do you want from your business or your Job?  What should it provide you?  When you know, you can set goals to achieve. 2) What is the absolute minimum necessary you need to reach your goal?  Keep it simple and know when you succeed. 3) What is the fastest and easiest path to get it done?  Focus your activity on the next step in front of you. It today’s complex world, simple focus and common sense can get lost.  Slow down.  Ground yourself.  Focus on what is important.
28/08/189m 4s

Better Communication Instantly

Have you ever wished that you could connect with someone fast?  Whether personal or business, getting on the same page is a huge advantage. The secret is simple.  Establish common ground right from the beginning. It's easy to laugh at folks talking about the weather, but isn't that common ground?  How about chatting about a football game or the latest hot movie? It's called a "Point of Connection."  The more points you find, the better will connect. When you find familiar ground with another person, you are no longer strangers.
28/08/189m 6s

Taking Control of Your Life

When I was learning to fly airplanes being in control was essential.  That's why I hated how my instructor never failed to command me to “Go Around” when I had the perfect landing in view.  The same thing happens in day-to-day life.  You can bet that somebody is going to challenge your control today.  Here how Pilots handle it: 1)  Hit the gas, apply full power and build momentum as fast as you can.  Don’t let a bad situation remove the wind from your wings. 2)  Focus your attention on whatever will most quickly get you back on track. 3)  Once you have positive control again, take a breath and turn on the autopilot. When something gets in your way, don’t delay, move into action and fix it.
27/08/189m 3s

Your Anticipation Engine

I love how kids live in the moment while also getting excited about the next fun thing coming.  Maybe it's time we all begin acting like kids again? Since you were young, special events made you so excited that sheer anticipation would drive you all day, and keep you up at night.  The trick is to harnessing the power of anticipation is to keep a steady stream of exciting moments in your future.  I call this the Anticipation Engine.  There two things to keep in mind: 1) Your energy is dependent on getting excited about your future.  Keep your list long. 2) Once an event passes, your excitement will disappear.  Enjoy the moment.  Don't rush ahead, but always have something fun coming next. Living a life of anticipation always gives a natural energy boost.  If your life is monotonous - schedule something fun and get excited again.
24/08/188m 59s

Time to Run Faster

Is your hair on fire for success?  There's a phrase that sums up what it takes to find whatever you're seeking.  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.
23/08/189m 3s

Mindset for Success (Part Two)

How about a few more ways to transform your mindset? 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.
22/08/189m 4s

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.
21/08/189m 8s

Myth of Productivity

I think it’s time we stop seeking more productivity.  It’s too much work!  I prefer being more efficient and effective.  Here are a couple of ideas that will help: 1) Say, “No” to meetings if possible.  If you must, keep them short and sweet. 2) Delay paying attention to incoming communication.  It’s nothing more than somebody else’s to-do list.  Do your stuff first. 3) Daily interruptions will never go away.  You may as well expect and plan for them. 4) Never schedule more than 50% of your day.  That will give you more time for things that pop up. 5) No more multi-tasking. Finish one task before the next.  The fastest way to be more productive is to make your To-Do list as short as possible.
20/08/1810m 15s

Stay On Track With Your Goals

Have you ever noticed that airplanes fly crooked?  At first glance it seems like those shiny tubes in the sky are heading toward their destination.  But look closer.  While flying a straight path, the nose of the plane points at a slight angle into the wind.  It's called Wind Correction. It's the same thing that happens when you set a Goal and head toward your destination.  While you would prefer the straight path, you will likely run into winds that want to push you off course. Your spouse doesn't agree with your plans.   Your boss demands too many hours.  Your kids, friends, and responsibilities keep pushing you further away from your dreams. Is it time for you to start thinking like a pilot? Never set Goals without factoring in the winds that will attempt to push you off course.  Keep an eye on your final destination.
17/08/188m 57s

Mastering Deep Work

I need to pass on a message.  Your MIND misses you! I know you've been crazy busy.  Shopping, cleaning the garage, checking Facebook.  Not to mention catching up on 500-hours of must-watch television on your DVR.  That's all great and makes time pass.  However... If you like to separate yourself from the masses and make your dreams come true, it's time to embrace the incredible power of Deep Work. Deep Work is eliminating all distractions and focusing on one purpose for a period.  Deep Work allows your MIND to tap into your inner wisdom.  It engages with your dreams, and expands your potential.  Deep Work will change your life and the lives of those around you. All significant contributions in life come about as a result of Deep Work.  Amaze yourself.  Find the time to use your MIND and focus on purpose.
16/08/1811m 6s

Making Time For What's Important

As a child, I remember waking up and heading out the door for a day.  It was an endless adventure that usually concluded with a game of Hide-And-Seek.   Those days seemed to last forever. These days, most adults are still running until the sun goes down. But, there's so much to do that you rarely have time to ponder the bigger picture. Remember- You will always find time for your most important tasks. You will eat, sleep, pay bills, feed the dog, and take care of your children. When will you find time for your dreams? The Universe gives you a gift each day when it sets aside 24-hours of time for you to do as you please. Why not do the same? Block out space for your dreams today.   Think of it as school recess.  You have to admit, a playground for your ideas sure sounds like a lot of fun.
15/08/189m 6s

Slowing Down Speeds Success

Are you moving too fast? I know what you're thinking. Isn't that how I'm supposed to get more done and reach my goals?  It depends. The "get motivated crowd" always wants to go faster. You get fired up, confident your plan is going to work, and start running - until you crash and burn again. We've all been there, done that. You do know that those actions are not actions at all, right?  You're spending your days on activity that makes you feel like you are gaining progress. You are buzzing like a bee and wondering why you keep wearing yourself out. Why not let everybody else be the Worker Bee?  It's time for you be the Queen. Slow down until you see your direct path. Not to the end-goal, the direct path to the next action required to achieve that goal.
14/08/188m 42s

Value Driven Life

As you stroll through life, you will find opportunities that will present you with a choice - a VALUE choice.  Your response speaks volumes about your character. There is no right or wrong.  There is only your inner voice guiding you in the direction of your destiny.  One selection moves you away.  Another moves you closer to the person you want to be. Values are your GPS to navigate life.  Rules you choose to follow.  Honesty, integrity, family-focused life, work-life balance are all examples of positive Values.  There are others that are not so positive. My number one Value is to do my best to do the right thing based on my rules.  If I mess up, I say "I'm sorry" and try again.
13/08/1811m 24s

Eliminating Procrastination The Easy Way

Are you a member of the Procrastination Club?  Procrastination is the intentional and habitual postponement of an essential task.  Is that what you are doing? It may be similar to that. Even if you are putting things off, it is possible that you are not procrastinating at all.  In fact, you may be forcing yourself to do something that you don't need or want to do anyway.  Yes, you must complete some tasks to get ahead in life.  That's called being a responsible person. If your list of un-done keeps getting longer, it's time to ask yourself - Is what you're procrastinating essential and do I need to do it at all? It's not always procrastination.  If it means something to you, you'll always do it.  If not, get rid of it.
10/08/189m 5s

Reducing Fear and Anxiety

We're living in one of the most exciting and prosperous times in the history of humanity.  It makes you wonder why so many folks suffer from anxiety. Here's one way to make that go away. Changing your environment will change everything.  It's the power of place. If you have ever said, "I need some air," you already understand the power of place. Are you trapped in your current state of mind and are unable to see the forest through the trees? Are you fearful of change? Are you aware that you may be unaware of what's going on? It's time to step out for some serious air. You may need a small walk in the park or trip to the gym to take care of it.   It's also possible that it's time to change everything.  New job.  New home. New everything. Is your environment stressing you out and causing anxiety?  You must change your environment.  Happiness is only a choice away.
09/08/189m 4s

Success Equation

When I was in school, I never saw the point of being good at Math.  In my mind, success was about people, not about numbers.  But, there is one equation I use every day of my life. Problem + Cost = Opportunity. That little equation will open more doors than you ever thought possible.  It's simple. Everybody has a problem that is getting in the way.  It could be lack of money, time, or freedom.  It could also be an air conditioner has stopped working on a hot Summer day. If you want more personal and business success, here's how: 1) Recognize the problem. 2) Identify what the problem is costing them. 3) Present your solution and show them how you will solve the problem and eliminate the cost. It's that easy. Everybody has challenges.  When you step up to solve them for someone else, you create an opportunity for yourself.
08/08/188m 54s

Starring In Your Own Dreams Come True

All children have dreams of what they will become when they grow up.  Not one of them aspires to live an unsatisfying life.  Every child wants to be the Star of their dream on true. Then life gets in the way.  You find yourself adulting your way through day-to-day life.  Inside you know there is more. Your subconscious knows you are a STAR and is trying to help - while you insist on putting off your dreams. Are you feeling like there’s something more for you in life.  Your subconscious is trying to tell you something.  It it time to listen? You can do whatever you decide to do.  Is today the day you choose to become who you were meant to be?
07/08/1811m 14s

Law of Attraction and More

Law of Attraction and More Personal improvement is a journey that requires attention, rules, and guidance.  If you will open your eyes, the Universe has made them all available to you. The Law of Attraction is one of many Natural Laws.  When you recognize all of them, according to Plato, “They will lead you to act wisely.” Here are a few: Law of Vibration - Thoughts are one of the highest forms of vibrating energy.  What you think about, you bring about. Law of Polarity - Nothing can exist without it's opposite.  Hate. Love. Hot. Cold.  Opposites are different forms of the same thing. Law of Rhythm - What swings left, must swing right.  Everything is either growing or dying. Law of Cause and Effect - Every effect has a cause.  Every cause has an effect.  Starting a new chain of events is impossible.  Everything is perpetual and never-ending. Put your life on autopilot by recognizing how Natural Law is guiding your every step.
06/08/1811m 42s

Entering Someone Else's Story

In coaching calls, I say, "You need to meet others where they are if you want to connect." Which is often followed by, "Why should I do that? I'm trying to get what I want." Seriously.  I hear that.  Let me explain: 1) Every person on the planet plays the Hero in their own story.  You are the star of your own movie. 2)  In day-to-day interactions, everything you do is to serve yourself first.  It is a primitive survival behavior. 3) If you want someone involved in your story, you must first insert yourself in their story.  When they see the connection, they will do the same for you.  That's how relationships are born. Your story.  Their story.  Our story.  That's the way life works.  Any other path goes against human survival instinct.
03/08/189m 31s

Re-Building Your Foundation

Are you the kind of person who is fearful of change?  If that's the case, you are not alone.  Since humans are hard-wired for continuous transition and growth - it doesn't make much sense. What's happening here? Yes, you are seeking a better life.  This life-long effort is to strengthen your foundation.  The same on that has supported you since we were born.  Your desire to change conflicts with your desire to maintain what you have. What's the fix? As you transition to different stages of life your foundation will feel strain.  It will need fortification and updating to match your current desires.  If not, it will crumble, you will feel unsteady, and you will back into your comfort zone.
02/08/189m 19s

Creating Your Plan

Every day I hear the same words from folks seeking to reach their full potential in life. "I'm confused!  All I need is a plan.  Please give me a step-by-step plan.  I'll do it.  Please tell me what to do!"  (No words or emphasis added) Yes, you need a plan.  Most folks have some idea of what they want.  Their confusion arrives from thinking they need only ONE plan.  That's not possible in today's complex world. Every plan always includes many individual decisions and action.  Those likely require a mini-plan.  Don't fight it.  When you get thrown off track take a minute to plot a path that will keep you moving.
01/08/189m 40s

Establishing Your Foundation

Success in life happens on top of a solid foundation of basic needs. In 1954, Abraham Maslow released Motivation and Personality. He expanded on his Hierarchy of Needs theory. Maslow suggested that to reach your full potential: 1) You must provide for your physiological needs.  Food, clothing, shelter, money, and more.  2) You must feel safe.   Personally, emotionally, financially, health and well-being, and against accidents and illness. 3) Socially you need to feel a sense of loving and belonging. 4)  Esteem and the desire for acceptance, respect, and valued by others is your next step.  Maslow said, "What a man can be, he must be."  Self-actualization requires mastery of your previous needs. 6) Self-transcendence removes you from ego and begins your focus on the greater good. Your best life is only possible when built on a sturdy foundation.
31/07/1812m 5s

Automatic Motivation

When the alarm clock goes off in the morning, do you jump out of bed ready to go?  Wouldn't it be nice if you could get all the motivation you needed - automatically?  There are 3 things to understand: 1) While you seek motivation externally, all motivation comes from within.  It's internal. 2) External inspiration is usually the catalyst for motivation - but it must move inward to activate. 3) Motivation is a direct result of clarity.  Once you get clear, you will be motivated. Remember - Motivation is an automatic result of clearly understanding what you want in life.  Get clear, and you will become an unstoppable force.
30/07/1811m 7s

30 Day Foundational Challenge

Only a crazy person says you can change everything about your life in 30 days - right? Call me crazy, but everything I've ever done had its roots in a 30-day sprint - and it's a long time.  A week is easy, crossing several weekends and life events will make it seem like forever.  Here's how you do it: 1) Set what Napoleon Hill calls a Major Definite Purpose, otherwise known as a big ass goal. 2) Stop that silly negative self-talk.  Others may throw sticks and stones; don't throw them at yourself. 3) Start thinking of all the reasons you CAN be successful.  Make a list.  4) Decide that you will do whatever it takes to reach your goal for the next 30 days.  Nothing will stop you. Be focused, willing to take massive imperfect action, and never take no for an answer.  The impossible becomes possible.
23/07/1812m 44s

Master Your Mornings

Ask any successful person about the most crucial time of their day, and they'll say, "Mornings." How you use your morning hours sets the pace for your entire day - and less is more.  Let's keep this simple: 1)  Lose your excuse that mornings are crazy and there is no way to control the madness. Millions of people have lives like yours.  The successful and happy ones are taking a little time for themselves - in the morning. 2) Turn off your morning autopilot.  You might not be aware of morning behaviors that may not be serving you.  You're just getting things done.  It's time to be intentional. 3) Reward yourself with a few minutes to ponder your life.  Consider any changes you need to make.  Fifteen minutes should do it.  Mastering your mornings is about taking time for yourself.  A few minutes will transform your day - and your life.
16/07/1810m 25s