Be Bold. Be Brash. Be Strong.

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BE BOLD. BE BRASH. BE STRONG…it’s what I tell myself each morning. It’s what I say to myself before I meet with you. It’s not to dominate you, but rather to be the best I can be for YOU. I’m a believer that whatever I tell myself, I will live. I’ll give you an example. I ran track from sixth grade until freshman year in college. I never told myself I was the one to beat. I never told myself that I would be the state champion. And in the end, I wasn’t. Instead, I told myself that I was the number three man. And I was. If I had just told myself that I was number one maybe I would have been.

I came to this conclusion after focusing on my self-awareness for the past seven years. It’s all in what you believe. Change your thinking, change your actions, and you can change your life.

Be Bold. Be Brash. Be Strong.

Believe in Yourself

we-live-who-we-believe-we-are-blog-photoThis is the best quote I’ve heard in a long time.

I have a friend that is really struggling with his position in life. I have watched him struggle with his fears and, unfortunately, he has become half the person he could be. The barrier isn’t other people. The barrier isn’t his job. He is not sick or physically impaired. Quite the opposite. It all comes down to what he believes.

Every morning he wakes with the idea that everyone is judging him. Yet the reality is that no one is judging him and if they are, so what. This person lives every day in fear and dismay because he has the wrong beliefs. If he could change what he believes, his life could change.

Your beliefs provide a map for your life. If you want to have different life, change what you believe about yourself. Build a plan and execute that plan.

“We live who we believe we are” – Tony Robbins

Believe in yourself.

212 Degrees…The Tipping Point

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Everything has a point where change happens. Water boils at 212 degrees, not 211. Most of us want something in our lives to change. Finding a way to make that change is our 212 degrees. How do you find that tipping point? I believe it’s easier than we think. We think too much and don’t take enough action. We must identify the “finish line” or the change and then look back to where we are today.

Here’s an example. Want to have $1,000,000 in the bank in 30 years? Then you need to save $91.32 a day.

When you break things down to their smallest denominator, anything can seem possible. Anything is achievable.

Find the “boiling point” and you will find the change.

One Year…365 Opportunities

one-year-of-opportunities-blog-postI woke up this morning with a sound mind and able body.

If I will just open my mind’s eye…I will see the opportunity.

Every day is filled with opportunities. It may be someone we meet who could take our position in life to another level. It could be pushing through a hard day or taking a chance on the unknown.

The opportunity is there.

We just need to reach out, grab it, and hold on.

 

The Worst Advice You Will Ever Get…Achievement Over Fulfillment

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I was ten years old when he debuted on evening TV. He was amazing. I fell in love with his ability to make me laugh. He went on to become one of the most famous actors/comedians of all time. He won an Oscar for a serious roll, not for comedy, which had made him famous. And then one day on the news they said he hung himself.

After listening to Tony Robbins talk about Robin Williams, I realized the worst advice I could give anyone, especially my kids, is that they need to achieve. That they need to strive for fame or money, or have a big house and drive a Mercedes-Benz. In the end, stuff means nothing. Tony went on to explain that “fulfillment” trumps “achievement.” It made so much sense.

Earlier in the day, a friend had reached out for help. After our talk, I was on cloud nine. I didn’t get any money for my help, but I was fulfilled. I was happy. Helping this person was all I needed.

Later in the day I took the first car I ever had out for a drive. I’m a car guy. The feeling of driving a sweet ride is like the butterflies you got when you saw your first love. I was gone for an hour. I hadn’t felt this way since I got the car in 1985. I was overwhelmed with excitement! I wanted more.

It wasn’t until I was listening to the podcast with Tim Farris and Tony Robbins that it all clicked. I will never be satisfied striving for material items, such as money or fame. I now understand why my priest is a priest and why a husband and wife will adopt ten children. It’s because they get butterflies. They are fulfilled.

It took me 47 years to figure it out. Life is about…butterflies.

Time

Time is the only form of measure that we exist.

Without time we don’t LIVE.

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Recently I was inquiring about trading in my car due to the amount of mileage I keep adding to it each month.  I still want the same brand, model and so on.  I just need to upgrade my seats do to my lower back issue.  While in Destin, I stopped by the dealer and told them my story and asked for a trade-in quote.  They said they could accommodate me and would let me know what they could offer and give me a call when the have a price.  While I was there they told me about the new version of my car model that they have coming in in 3 weeks.  I said I was interested, just give me a spec sheet and price and I’ll look over it and let them know what I want to do.

Now I think I am pretty clear…1) sell or trade my old car 2) buy the same model 3) just give me the facts.  Now, I understand that the procedure is to get you in the seat and hard-sell you.  BUT, in this case there is no sale to be made.  I’m sold!  I’m going to do this!  What do I get from the sales guy via text?  Come on in in the next day or two and we can sit down and talk about it…WHAT?

I had dinner with a friend a couple of weeks ago.  My friend brought a friend of his with him who owns a specialty clothing store.  We were all talking about the economy and potential recession and my friends friend makes this statement…”I could survive a two-year recession by living on the income of eight of my top clients.”  I looked over to him and asked flatly,  “HOW?!?!”  He explained that Steve Jobs wrote about it in his last book…It’s all about “Time”.  Respect a persons time. He went on to say if you can demonstrate to the client you respect and realize that TIME is valuable to them and tailor the relationship to that fact, then they will be customers for life.

If you are wanting to provide a service or product to a higher clientele, focus on their time and you will win customers.  Don’t waste your time and never waste their time.