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 […]
October 13, 2016

Defeating the Self-Perpetuating “Truth”

On our team, we talk a lot about limiting beliefs. A limiting belief is anything that you hold to be true—whether that is the case or not—that you then base you actions upon, and often they preclude you from doing what you are capable of or need to do. There is a particularly sinister type of limiting belief that I’ve run up against recently that I’m going to talk about today: The self-perpetuating truth. The self-perpetuating truth is a belief that is only true because you believe it. Or to say it another way: if you didn’t believe it, it […]
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 […]
January 6, 2016
We all have rough days--the most successful leaders, entrepreneurs and business people learn how to be proactive in combating the doldrums.

5 Ways to Snap Out of a Bad Day

So you’re not on your A-game today, huh? It’s hard coming back from a holiday; instead of feeling rested you just feel fried (and perhaps broke), your kids woke you up like 5 times last night, your spouse doesn’t seem to appreciate how hard you work, or it just seems like your work is in vain. The reality is, not every day is going to be your best. Every day can’t be your birthday, and you accepted that many years ago. Now accept that on some days, you’re going to wake up at 5am with your sneakers already tied, run […]
January 4, 2016
A person truly bent on success, on achieving greatness, must learn to take failure and to learn and grow from it, to use it as a tool to push toward excellence. Failure is empowering to true leaders.

Why I’m Okay With Failure

I’m tired of hype. I’m tired of people telling me how easy it was for them, how quick I can get rich, how I can lose weight without changing anything! You know why I’m tired of it? Because it’s a crock. It’s a bag of lies. For every guy who wins the lottery, there are 2o million who don’t. For every girl who is born the daughter of a hotel magnate, there are several billion who aren’t. The fact is, if you want to do something that can be called anything but “getting by,” it’s going to be hard. It’s going to […]
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 […]