June 28, 2016
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A Powerful Exercise in Writing Down Goals

I’m not the first to say it, and I won’t be the last: Write down your goals! Something happens when you make that transition. It’s no longer a daydream or a neat idea—it’s a goal. As I said a few days ago, you need to make that transition from hoping that something comes to pass, to beginning to solve the problem of how it will come to pass. By writing down your goals, you make that mental transition. It’s a commitment of sorts. We are all wired or conditioned, as Robert Cialdini writes, in his book Influence, to place a […]
June 24, 2016
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Do You Hope So or Ask How?

I was listening to sports talk radio in my car today, as I am wont to do. Since we’re in the middle of Tennessee, they can’t seem to quit talking about the University of… well, Tennesee. So they were talking about a football game between Tennessee and Alabama last season, in which the Vols were winning late, but somehow crumbled and blew the game right at the end. A man called into the radio show who was a Tennessee-born Alabama fan. He very succinctly said, “At the end of the game, Alabama fans didn’t wonder whether or not we would […]
June 20, 2016
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Change Your Financial Future: Stop Trading Time for Money

In high school, I learned about covalent bonds but not about leveraging and investing. I learned all about the isosceles triangle, but I didn’t learn what an ROI is. (It’s a Return on Investment, by the way.) So today I’d like to offer a foundational principle for those wanting to change their financial future. Maybe you don’t want to repeat your parents’ mistakes. Or maybe you want to replicate what you’ve seen your parents accomplish. Maybe you want to pay cash for your kids’ college, or you want to have the freedom to travel when and where you desire. Whatever […]
June 13, 2016
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3 Ways to Gain the Influence You Need

What you want is influence. You may not know that, but you do. You want it and you need it. You want people to do something, say something, buy something, listen to something, share something, hire you, believe you, trust you, pay you, mentor you—you want some kind of influence over people, however subtle it may be. To put it bluntly: we need other people. We need things from them in order to function, grow, accomplish goals. Over the course of time, in every relationship, you slowly earn a position of influence. That’s how you go from, “Can I sit […]
April 4, 2016
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Get Your First Guest Blog Post Published

This week I had my first guest post published by another site. (You can check it out right here!) It was exciting for two reasons: first, it was an accomplished goal, which is always awesome. Secondly, I really liked the article, I felt as though it was really strong, and I was happy to have it out there for people to check out. I thought it was inspiring and made a good impression on those who have no clue who I am. I want to talk to you about how I accomplished that. First, from a practical standpoint, but even […]
April 1, 2016
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Crucial Question: Who Do You Believe That You Are?

  Yesterday I made a short video about how my view of myself had shifted and how that had affected my actions. This morning, as I listened to a local sports talk host whom I enjoy, he began talking about the old adage, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” That tied in nicely. This is a similar concept, but it’s internal instead of external. The concept there is that people will treat you the way they perceive you. Dress like an executive, and after a while, they’ll begin to see you and treat you that […]