May 29, 2017
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What if you had the AUDACITY?

Today, I encourage you to consider what goals you would set if you just had the brash audacity to set them. This is an idea I lifted while reading the book The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone. (Highly recommended if you want to get motivated to explore levels of effort that you haven’t experienced before!) We often don’t set truly ambitious goals because, as soon as we think them, our lizard brain tells us not to bother, we can’t do it. In fact, I’ll be the first to confess that when I want something badly, I’m more apt to avoid going […]
January 29, 2016
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How ‘The Resistance’ Prevents You From Creating

In Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art, Pressfield talks about a creative person’s arch nemesis: the resistance. Allow me first to describe to you a creative person. This doesn’t apply exclusively to the traditionally creative, although they are included. No fedoras or recreational drugs or cluttered art studios required, for this to apply to you. Look at the root of the word “creative”—create. Anyone who is trying to create something exceptional in their life—be it building a rich marriage that inspires those around you, writing a rock opera, starting a sweet roll bakery or inventing the world’s greatest board game—falls […]
November 30, 2015
Often fear stands between us and doing something worthwhile, be that starting a small business, taking on a role of leadership, pushing toward success in some form. Here are 4 steps to conquer that fear and take action.

4 Steps to Taking Action In Spite of Fear: Step Four

Part 4 in a 4-part blog serious on taking action in spite of fear. I encourage you to read Parts 1 through 3 first. We’ve spent 3 days looking at how to cope with fear internally. But what about how to actually take action? This is probably my least glamorous post in this series. There is very little magic to this. It’s so straight forward literally anyone can do it. So let’s re-cap: you’ve come to expect fear as an inevitable part of any worthy undertaking. You’ve embraced it as integral to growth, not to mention a good sign that […]
November 29, 2015
Often fear stands between us and doing something worthwhile, be that starting a small business, taking on a role of leadership, pushing toward success in some form. Here are 4 steps to conquer that fear and take action.

4 Steps to Taking Action In Spite of Fear: Step Three

Part 3 in a 4-part blog series on taking action in spite of fear. I’d encourage you to read Part 1 and Part 2 first. Let’s talk about Stairway to Heaven, shall we? You guys know that I’m a big music nerd, and Led Zeppelin is absolutely and unequivocally the greatest band of all time. Don’t bother arguing with me. In Stairway to Heaven, the Zep begins with the simple sparseness of one acoustic guitar being finger-picked. Then they introduce the mellotron flutes. Then ol’ Bobby Plant’s voice enters in a gentle moan. From there, they begin adding layer after layer, […]
November 28, 2015
Often fear stands between us and doing something worthwhile, be that starting a small business, taking on a role of leadership, pushing toward success in some form. Here are 4 steps to conquer that fear and take action.

4 Steps to Taking Action In Spite of Fear: Step Two

Part 2 in a 4-part blog series on taking action in spite of fear. I’d encourage you to read Part 1 first. Yesterday I confessed to you that I am facing some mental opposition to doing something that I know is worth doing, that I’ve been working toward for some time. I love imagining the fear that truly successful people have faced. I think about presidents, CEO’s, inventors, professional athletes, actors and so on, and I consider what they must have felt as they moved forward toward goals they believed worth achieving. Step one, as we discussed yesterday, was to […]
November 27, 2015
Often fear stands between us and doing something worthwhile, be that starting a small business, taking on a role of leadership, pushing toward success in some form. Here are 4 steps to conquer that fear and take action.

4 Steps to Taking Action In Spite of Fear: Step One

Part 1 in a 4-part blog series on taking action in spite of fear. This morning I was listening to a podcast by Michael Hyatt about limiting beliefs. Michael and his co-host mentioned that we rarely see behind the scenes of other peoples’ lives—we simply see the front stage show, the carefully crafted facade. I immediately thought that it would be very important to me to be transparent with you. To reveal my weaknesses, flaws and general humanity. So I’ll start here… I’m experiencing gripping fear. Oddly enough, if you’re reading this, hopefully it means that I’ve overcome it. As […]