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 […]
October 13, 2016
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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 […]
March 21, 2016
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How to Quit Sabotaging Yourself In 3 Easy Steps

This article was originally written for and published on www.oohbother.com. It has since been revised. You don’t care about anyone but yourself. And neither do I. (To clarify, I don’t care about anyone but myself, not yourself.) This is a recipe for disaster, and it was true at one point, until I learned a few things the hard way. Until I was humbled by a difficult and important conversation. When I first quit Love and Theft (that’s right, I was once a D-list celebrity), I was in a tailspin. Not because I had done the wrong thing–I hadn’t–but because I […]
February 22, 2016
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What Does Mitch Hedberg Know About Chasing Dreams?

“I’m sick of following my dreams, man. I’m just going to ask where they’re going and hook up with ‘em later.” This goofy quip was brought to us courtesy of the late Mitch Hedberg. We also have Mitch to thank for remarks like “My fake plants died because I didn’t pretend to water them,” and “I’m against picketing but I don’t know how to show it.” While I know the one-liner about hooking up with his dreams later was, of course, a joke, it seems to reflect a common sentiment about pursuing goals. We don’t particularly like the process. We […]
February 1, 2016
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3 Strategies to Effectively Resist ‘The Resistance’

Last week, I wrote about the nefarious ‘Resistance,’ that terribly cunning, subconscious embodiment of every type of fear, that manages to keep each of us from doing the most important things in our lives. I confess, I did little more than (hopefully) make you aware of this obstacle and implore you to keep an eye out and commit to pushing back. Today, we’re dig in a little deeper though, past the topsoil of awareness and really sink our roots into the richness of proactive work that we can do to fight back. It’s not enough to simply be aware of The […]
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 […]