May 29, 2017

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 […]
July 1, 2016

What Could Be Different One Year From Now?

Here’s a question worth asking yourself: What could be different one year from today? What could you do between now and then? What habit could you break? What habit could you begin? What could you learn between now and then? Could you play the guitar or begin to learn French? Could you have the ability to run a half marathon? Could you have $5000 in savings? Could you buy your first home? What could be different one year from today? Are you going through the motions—merely surviving, treading water, staying afloat? Or are you progressing, growing, conquering, learning? I love […]
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

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 […]
April 4, 2016

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 […]
March 30, 2016

Dare to Consider the Possibilities

Tonight I sat in my neighbor’s back yard while our kids played superheroes together, and the two babies flirted consistently with serious injury. I was telling them about the feeling I had when I first moved to Nashville from my home town of Cedar Park, just outside of Austin, TX. I said the world felt huge and wide open, that I was struck by the vast possibilities and the endless number of people and paths that I could walk. “I could move to Europe tomorrow and that would be just fine and no one could stop me!” I remembered thinking. […]