The Daily Boost | Motivation To Help You Clarify Your Purpose

The Daily Boost | Motivation To Help You Clarify Your Purpose Podcast

The Daily Boost is for people who aspire to live a better life and find themselves confused, frustrated and not knowing what steps to take. We help you find clarity, create your plan, and get motivated. As one of the first to embrace podcasting, Scott Smith has been bringing his unique, straight talking, and humorous, coaching and speaking style to a worldwide audience since 2006. With over 26 million downloads, the Daily Boost is the most popular daily motivation program in history. The Daily Boost is available Monday through Friday to give you the motivation you need to clarify your purpose, eliminate confusion, create your plan - and become unstoppable!

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....

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 peop...

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.   ...


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) Li...

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...

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...


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 beginni...

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?   W...

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...


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...

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...

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...


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 ...

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 ...

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...


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 becom...

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 thems...

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 m...


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 f...

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 n...

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 integrit...


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 unnecessar...

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...

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 ...


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 i...

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 ...

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 ne...


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 real...

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, mo...

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 f...


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....

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!...

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 “acro...


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 ...

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....

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-pla...


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. ...

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 s...

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, ...


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 ...

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, ...

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 d...


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....

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....

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....


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....

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 impos...

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...


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 c...

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...

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 qu...


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 ex...

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. What...

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 y...


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....

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 ...

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 wi...


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...

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 y...

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 won...


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 V...

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 ...

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 o...


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 busines...

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...

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 oppo...


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 ...

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 foundat...

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-pl...


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)  Est...

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 ...

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 t...


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...

Cut and Control Your Clutter
Are you overwhelmed with the clutter in your life?  It's time to take a different approach. Clearing clutter from your life a big and never-ending challenge. Clutter will never stop building.  There will always be more.  Instead of stressing about all the stuff you need to unload from your life, why not curate your clutter. Emotional, physical, relationships or your job, everything in your life has some importance.  As Curator of your Clutter, your job is to prioritize and organize.  Your goal is to maintai...

Be Your Best Every Day
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's 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 Va...


Required Traits for Success
I've had many mentors in my life.  All of them 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 wisdom and guidance of others? 3) Do you have the willingness to undertake all actions to achieve your success? Think about it. Wouldn't you want this in someone that was asking for your help?  Walk your talk.  Talk your walk.  That's a great life....

Endless Opportunity Mindset
Sometimes I remember the beginning of my career.  I was young, eager, driven, and intimidated.  How can I reach my dreams with all the people and competition in the world?  Here's what I learned: 1) Somewhere in those crowds is a person who needs my help.  I'm sure they feel frustrated, desperate, and 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.  I bet they're nervous I won't accept their offer.  3) I always remember to be grateful, humble and...

Nothing Happens Without Motivation
A long time ago, Zig Ziglar said, "Without Motivation, Nothing Happens."  Doesn't that make you want to read another book, go to a seminar, or listen to a podcast? Yes, doing that will make you feel better, but will it get you what you want? A more sustainable way is to get excited about what is possible.  True motivation comes from inside of you. Take the smallest step in the direction of your dreams and feel the excitement in your heart.  Keep moving and it becomes motivation....


Career Success Mindset
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....

Building Confidence and 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 your daily experience. Remember - Everything you do today is an opportunity to become a more self-confidence person.  A person who appreciates you and has self-respect. There is no secret to building self-estee...

Multiply Your Action
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 required to through you off track.  That’s okay.  You can harness this power to get what you want. Don’t get stuck.  Sharpen your focus, shift gears and accelerate yourself into massi...


Life Changing Questions
You should answer these questions every few months. Your ability to focus is crucial as you move forward.  Answering these questions will help: 1) What do you want to do? 2) What do you want to have? 3) Where do you want to go? 4) What contribution do you want to make? 5) What do you want to become? 6) What do you want to learn? 7) Who do you want to spend my time? 8) How much money do you want to earn, save, invest?...

Stairway To Success
I’m a fan of the television show, Shark Tank.  I love their realistic approach to success.  On a recent episode, Lori Greiner made a quick comment that caught my attention.  She said, “There are no express elevators to success.  Everybody has to take up the stairs.” That’s some old-school, been there done that advice.  Something you don’t hear too often these days - except folks who have already walked your path. If you want quick success, take the stairs.  You’ll arrive long before those who are still wait...

The Myth of Balance
The Myth of Balance I always hear, "My goal is to balance my life better." As if balancing is static and can be achieved and maintained once you have it. Balance is dynamic, fleeting, ever-changing, and always challenging. Sure, it feels good when you reach equilibrium, but what about all that fun you had on your way there? I learned about balance when I worked in radio. My job was to balance the new music everyone wanted to hear old music folks love to remember. We balanced male, female, bands, duo's, and...


Closing Doors to Open Others
Closing Doors to Open Others Are you the kind of person who requires that your ducks be in a row before you getting something new? The standard advice is never stopping one thing until you have another. Don't quit your job. Don't buy a new house. Don't change your school major. Don't, don't, don't. Is that making you happy? Are you unsatisfied with what you have?  Is your complaining speaking louder than your actions? Maybe it's time to dump what's not working and go for what you want? Life is much too shor...

Replace Yourself
Have you noticed that there is never enough time in the day to soak up everything that life has to offer? It's time to replace yourself.  No matter what you do in life, getting some help might be your best choice.  From the most mundane to the exciting, there are lots of people who would love to help you enjoy your life. Why?  Because doing so helps them enjoy their life. The rule is simple - Do what you love; do what you do well. Just because you have done something for your entire life does not mean that ...

Busy With The Buzz
Are you getting caught up in the buzz of life while running crazy toward your goals?  Friends, family, co-workers, society - all would make you believe that you need to run faster to get what you want. That's not true.  Moving at 1,000 miles per hour is fun - especially when it is fueled by your passion.  However, it's only okay when you focus on your dream life.   Take a moment and evaluate your progress today.  Are you buzzing for the sake of buzzing?  Or, are you busy creating your dream life?...


Stop Learning. Start Doing.
Have you ever felt something was holding you back?  Maybe you're spending too much time learning. What is going on? Your mind can't tell the difference between perception and reality.  It's confusing learning and doing.  That's why it's so easy to get caught up stuffing your brain with new information - not working toward your goal. Keep this in mind: 1) Learning is fun and required to make a better life. 2) Learning alone will not create results. 3) At some point, you must apply what you learn. Don't get s...

Are You Willing To Jump?
Are You Willing To Jump? Steve Harvey is a funny guy. He's also a wise man. Have you seen his teaching on the one thing you must do if you want to be successful? 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...

Getting Excited About Everything
Accelerating Goal Achievement I'm feeling the need to pass along a way achieve your goals faster than you thought possible. If you are ready for success to arrive, here are three simple rules to help you realize your dreams: 1) Play to your strength. Do what is comfortable for you. 2) Only to commit to activities that will lead you to your goal. 3) Never let a day pass without reminding yourself of your strengths. Consciously direct your focus. You can reach your goals faster when you avoid the distractions...


Massive Imperfect Action
Massive Imperfect Action Do you love the feeling you get when an exiting idea pops into your head? The most appealing aspect of anything new in your life always happens at the beginning. When it’s still a dream inside your head. It’s only when it’s time to take actual action that folks slow down - fast! Here’s how to break free: 1) Dreams only come true when you take massive action and establish momentum. 2) Fear of the unknown will stop you. What do I do? Where do I start? Will it work? No worries. One wor...

Reinventing Yourself Instantly
Why do folks get so stressed out about reinventing themselves? It's so simple when you understand - Getting something different in life always requires taking a different action.  Those actions are "change" that you are applying to your life.  All change happens in an instant.  A simple course correction alters your life journey. Yes, it's that easy. There's no need to sit around waiting for your future.  Take a different action and be on a new path.   Stand up.  Take a step.  REPEAT!   You know you want it...

Reinventing Your Perfect Day
What if every day, for the rest of your life, was perfect?  You know what they say?  "If you build it, they will come." The sub-conscious mind is a beautiful thing.  You can engage its power to create your Average Perfect Day.  Here's how - 1) Write down an exact, event-by-event vision of what your perfect day would be.  Yes, it's a bit of a fantasy - for now. 2)  As you write, there are no rules.  No limitations.  No consequences.  Don't be shy.  Be honest about what you want. 3)  Believe it can be y...


Value Drive Life Reinvention
Values are a funny thing.  Values live inside you and guide you.  They are who you are as a person.  Whether you think about them or not, you express your Values every minute of your life. If you want to know the secret to using Values to create change in your life - it's your lucky day. The person you are on the inside is a direct result of the millions of life experiences you've had since you were born.  They form your Identity.  If you want to reinvent your life, choose different experiences while you go...

Reinventing Yourself
Is it possible to reinvent yourself?  Sure!  After all, you've been doing it your entire life.  Imagine what would happen if you did it on purpose? Here's something to think about during your personal Operation Reinvention: 1) If things are not satisfying, accept it and move toward something new and exciting. 2) Focus your energy on the future.  Pushing harder to make what you don't like better will only give you more of what you already have. 3) Concentrate on long-term goals.  If you don't, you will find ...

Focusing On Yourself First
Not a day goes by that I don't have conversations with people who want to make the world a better place. I smile and ask, “What kind of work are you doing on yourself to make that happen?" There is usually silence - then. “Work on me? Why? I want to help others, not myself?” Socrates said, ”Let him that who would move the world first move himself." Smart guy. Focus on taking care of yourself first. Your positive energy will radiate into the word. We all need that....


How Bad Do You Want Your Dreams
You have the opportunity to begin new relationships every day.  Some are random. Some you choose.  When you follow the rules of the networking game, things always work out better. 1) It isn't about you. 2) You will always come from a place of trust. 3) You won't have an agenda. 4) You will listen first. 5) You will focus on the person - not the opportunity. 6)  Everything you need to know will come soon enough. 7)  Your posture dictates theirs. 8)  You will not worry about the outcome.  9)  Consider how you...

Networking Power Tips
You have the opportunity to begin new relationships every day.  Some are random. Some you choose.  When you follow the rules of the networking game, things always work out better. 1) It isn't about you. 2) You will always come from a place of trust. 3) You won't have an agenda. 4) You will listen first. 5) You will focus on the person - not the opportunity. 6)  Everything you need to know will come soon enough. 7)  Your posture dictates theirs. 8)  You will not worry about the outcome.  9)  Consider how you...

Are Your Friends Holding You Back?
The success and happiness that you in your life is a direct result of something your Mom was always asking - Who are your friends? If they are positive, you will be positive.  Are they negative?  You will be negative.  If they have money, you will have money.  Are they broke?  You get my point. Your life will become exactly like the people that are closest to you.  Choose wisely....


Better Relationships. Better Life.
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 pla...

Essential Life Goals
Over the years most folks have concluded that setting goals are the beginning of all success.  However, too many goals can also stop you in your tracks. Huh? The experience of working toward essential life goals will always make you happier.  Too many goals will distract you from your real purpose.  Most successful folks I know have three to five "important" goals at any time.  Keeping it simple allows you to focus on what's important with little to no effort.  Anything more is nothing more than a someday/m...

Give Up What You Are NOT
Are you striving for something different and confused about where to begin? I have a client who, after years of poor eating habits, had become over 100 pounds overweight.  She decided to get healthy.  She also had no idea how. My advice was simple. If your mind is telling you something you are doing is NOT who you are - just give up what you are NOT. In her case, she knew lousy food because she had been eating it for years.  She gave it up.  She didn't have time to go to the gym.  She gave up what was stopp...


Building Your Bridge to Change
Not a day goes by that I don't hear about one of my clients building a bridge to a new life. They are following a simple truth. If you want to change your life; you must accept that there is a gap between where you are, and where you want to go. Before you can have new, you must build a solid foundation to support your current life.  There's no running from reality.  No quitting your job.  No ditching your lease. You also must build a solid foundation for your future.  Learning, saving, planning, acting. As...

Productivity of Simplicity
Productivity of Simplicity I flew to Amarillo, Texas for a client visit a few years ago.  He picked me up at the airport and said, “I hope you don’t mind riding along - I have three things to do today.” Three things?  That’s it? The first was a bank deposit.  The second was my payment.  I was waiting for the third when he said, “That’s it, my friend.  The rest of my day is all about you. Yes, our project for the day included a thousand tasks.  It didn’t matter.  In our minds, we only had one thing left on o...

Journey. Destination. Repeat.
Life is a long and winding road.  It has many ups and downs, and a few surprises along the way. Here's what you can expect: 1)  Follow your passion and the money will arrive.  It may take longer than you think.  It may be less than you think.  It doesn't matter.  You'll be happy. 2) Nothing will happen until you move from daydreaming to daily action. 3)  The road will be rough.  Then it will smooth out.  Then it will be rough again. 4) Whatever path you thought you would travel will change. 5)  You will fin...


No Monkey On Your Back
Sometime today, a well-meaning person is going to detour you from your dreams.  They are going to solve a problem for them.  Sure, you want to help.  But, what about your problems? You have enough monkey's on your back already without taking on those of others.  Right? Before you say, "Yes," consider how much it may take you off track.  It's okay to say, "No thanks." The only person protecting your goals, dreams, and daily action is YOU.  Stay focused on YOUR plan....

Goal Setting Refresher Course
In 1979 interviewers asked potential Harvard MBA candidates - "Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?" 3% answered yes. 10 years later that 3% was earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97 percent combined. Goal setting is simple: 1) State exactly WHAT you want. 2) State WHY you want it. 3) Imagine how you are going to feel when you reach your goal. 4) Plan the steps you will take. 5) Take continuous action. 6) Measure your progress. 7) Be flexible ...

Separating Un-important From Important
Have you noticed that life can be busy?  It seems that you never have time for what is important. I'm sure you find time to eat, sleep, pay bills, feed the dog, take care of your family - among dozens of "important" tasks.  Here's the truth - No matter how much you accomplish today - there will be more stuff to do tomorrow.   That will never end. Since the Universe gives you 24-hours a day to do as you please - why not spend some time working on your dreams? That other stuff can wait while you play....


Traits of Greatness
Are you having a difficult time being YOU? Keep these greatness traits in mind: 1) Use your imagination to form images, ideas, and sensations in your mind.  Do it without the help of others.  Trust yourself. 2) Be enthusiastic and live with excitement and passion.  Only do things that feel right for you. 3) Practice persistence.  Life is long.  Learn to love being persistent.  It will serve you well. 4) Have faith.  Live your life in complete trust and confidence.  Have faith in yourself.  A life well lived...

Formula For Getting What You Want
Are you living intentionally? You are one-third of the way to getting what you want.  Would you like it all? Everything begins with intention.  However, even though you can win a trophy for having good intentions, you will rarely win the game of life.  That takes a formula: Intention + Decision + Action = Happy life. When an exciting thought pops into your head, decide to get into action mode and make it happen.  That's a happy life....

Living a Life of Goal Setting
Are you excited to be alive today?  If not, it might be time to become an intentional goal setter. Goals are the heartbeat of your life.  They are tangible expressions of the values you hold and how you act out what you feel inside.  Goals create the experiences of your life. Goals are also automatic.  If you don't set them for yourself, the Universe and every person you meet will set them for you. You get to decide what you want.  You get to set your goals.  You get to create your life experience.  Always ...


Don't Be a Negotiating Underdog
Life is series of negotiations. The progress you make.  The success you enjoy.  The happiness you experience.  Everything is a direct result of your negotiation skill. Since you negotiate for everything, why is it that you sometimes feel like you won't succeed? Here's a little secret. Whenever two or more folks negotiate, everybody is hoping to find common ground.  Everyone knows they can only get what they want if others do too.  Everybody feels like the other person has an advantage. Now you know that eve...

Get More done With Less Stress
It's a new week.  I'm sure you have a lot to do.  If you use a To-Do list, I'd like to pass on some advice that will make your days much more fun. LOSE your "To-Do List."  Replace it with a "Did I Do It List." To-Do Lists make you a slave to the checkmark.  They cause more stress the longer they get. A "Did I Do It List" assumes you know what must be done.  Instead of chasing, you are checking to make sure you did it. An un-focused path produces additional task to fill your day.  Using a "Did I Do It List" ...

Quantum 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...


Amending Your Constitution
I was on the phone with a client when she mentioned that she uses a personal constitution to guide her life.  She wrote the document 25 years ago.  It has never seen an amendment.  She's is not very happy either. By definition, a constitution never changes.  Your most important beliefs and core values should change easily.  Yet, you grow wiser, you should be willing to consider amending and updating how you feel about the world. Your core values alter with your daily life experiences like it or not.  Taking...

Golden Circle of Influence
Are you going to influence the world today? Getting what you want in life usually begins by knowing what you want and believing you can get it.  That influences others to help you. Simon Sinek calls it, "The Golden Circle." If you're like most folks, you spend a good amount of your time focusing on "What" you want and "How" you're going to get it. Your "Why" tends to arrive last. That might be why you find yourself wandering in the direction of what you think you want. And, nobody can help you get there bec...

Power of Pain and Pleasure
They are two forces that rule everything you do.  Pain and Pleasure. Included in Stoic Philosophy in 300 BC, it's three rules are easy to understand and apply: 1)  Most decisions you make and actions you take have the goal of attracting pleasure into your life. 2)  When things get challenging, decision and actions become focused on avoiding pain.  Your mission is to get back to pleasure. 3)  Avoiding pain will always overrule seeking pleasure. Before you take action, acknowledge what is driving your behavio...


Stand Up. Take a Step. Repeat.
It's the world's simplest recipe for success; Stand up, take a step, REPEAT!  A member wrote asking the best use of such simple advice.  Here's how to get started in 5 minutes or less: 1)  Stop whatever you are doing.  Block out everything. Focus on YOU. 2)  Find a place where nobody will interrupt you for at least 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, ...

Daily Rules of Happiness
Did you know that happy people see the world differently? No, they don't wear rose-colored glasses.  They have a better way: 1)  Happy people realize that being alive includes challenges.    2) Happy people accept that challenges are a privilege that come with being alive. 3) Happy people get frustrated but don't give up.  Challenges mean everything is normal. 4) Happy people accept responsibility for solving challenges. 5)  Happy people deal with everything life can throw at them, get a great night’s sleep...

Get Clear on Your Choices
The most common question that crosses my desktop is, "How do I decide what to do?"  Common sense would say, "you can't move forward when you don't have clarity in your direction."  Are your choices are getting in the way? Are you focusing on your options or are you paying more attention the consequences?  That can be dark and scary. The secret is to realize that you are out of your comfort and feeling naked. The consequences of your choices are not always evil.  The grass is usually greener on the other sid...


Take Command of Your Life
I like flying little airplanes. Over the years I've learned a lesson; I don't have to ask permission to go where I want to go.  It's always up to me to choose my destination. I'm what the FAA refers to as the Pilot in Command - the Boss of the airplane.   I have total control to decide on my goal and plan my journey.  I'm also required to tell Air Traffic Control where I'm traveling.  Their job is to make sure I arrive safely. There is no requesting permission and no negotiating.  I call ATC on the radio, t...

Problem Solving The Natural Way
Problem Solving The Natural Way Have you ever noticed how many tips, tricks, and strategies you keep using to get what you want? Are you running faster and faster, getting less done, with more frustration? You are living in "Tactic Mode." Everybody tackles everyday tasks using tactics. They are perfect for getting things done, but not ideal for living your purpose. For that, you need to spend more time living and acting according to Values. Tactics are short-term, always changing, and never-ending. Values a...

Choosing Good People in Your Life
Choosing Good People in Your Life With 7.4 million people on the planet, how many will you need to meet to get the success you desire? Yes, that’s a trick question. You should be asking - How few people can you meet to get what you want as fast as possible? It's less than you think. You can speed your progress by refining your target. Seek to attract people and opportunities that you believe would be a good match. Then, sift and sort until only those relationships that are a perfect match remain. Let all ot...


Master Your Motivation. Master Your Life.
No matter how long-term your goals, mastering your daily motivation skill set is a must. That's how you create momentum and success. Your first goal is simple. Accept that you are responsible for the daily discipline of moving yourself forward. Big goals get completed with continuous and focused daily actions. 1) Having the motivation to progress every day is a foundational skill. Do whatever it takes to "stay in the game." 2) Daily Motivation Mastery is easier when you define your big picture. What are you...

Today Not Possible. Tomorrow Possible.
Today Not Possible.  Tomorrow Possible. American Taekwondo Grand Master, H.U. Lee gave volumes of advice during his life of service.  In my view, his best was also his shortest: "Today Not Possible.  Tomorrow Possible." Today is a new day.  Yesterday prepared you for today.  If today doesn't go as planned - you always have tomorrow....