There is a simple formula that you can apply to get what you want, enjoy the process, and ensure that it will last for a lifetime.
1) Get clarity. You must clearly define what you want. When you don’t know your path, you will drift with frustration.
2) Accurate Thinking. Assume that you are not getting the correct information. Double-check and confirm. Then move forward. The more accurate your understanding of your plan, the more comfortable and quicker it will be to get there.
As a child, I remember heading out the door for a day in an endless adventure. It usually concluded with a game of Hide-And-Seek.
Those days seemed to last forever.
These days, most of us are still running until the sun goes down. But there's so much to do that we rarely have time to ponder the bigger picture.
You will always find time for your most important tasks. You will eat, sleep, pay bills, feed the dog, and take care of your children - no matter how crazy life gets.
I'm sure you have a lot to do. If you use a To-Do list, I'd like to pass on advice to make your days much more fun.
LOSE your "To-Do List." Replace it with a" Did I Do It List."
To-Do Lists make you a slave to the checkmark. They cause more stress the longer they get.
A" Did I Do It List" assumes you know what must be done. Instead of chasing, you are checking to make sure you did it.
An un-focused path produces additional tasks to fill your day. Using a "Did I Do It List" will focus you...
Do you remember what it was like to be in 1st grade?
It was when everybody lavished you with encouragement for being YOU - and because you finished your art project without eating the glue.
Those were beautiful times. But you may have noticed things have changed since you were okay to take a nap in the middle of class. You grew up.
Yes, growing into an adult brings many mentors your way. They do their best to motivate and inspire you. But you know in your heart that they can only do so much....
Mapping Your Success
Wouldn’t it be great if you had a plan to help you get what you want?
What you need is M.A.P.S. - a system that gets thinking out of the way and focuses on actions in four areas:
Motivation - Everything begins with motivation and knowing ‘WHY’ you set your goals. Stay motivated.
Accountability: Being accountable and accepting responsibility for your results will empower your success. Saying, ‘If it’s to be, it’s up to me’ is a great way to get started.
I have a saying -
“Next year begins THIS year. Next month begins THIS month. Next week begins THIS week.”
If you want to stay on track, accomplish your goals, and enjoy life more - you MUST take control of your calendar. It’s easier than you think:
1) Life will come at you FAST! Schedule any significant and can’t-miss life event at least one year in advance. Put it on the calendar and block it out. You can always change your mind.
2) Hold your space. Decide in advance what you will be doing...
Turn Obstacles Into Opportunity
Have you ever wondered how much easier things would be if you didn’t have to think so much?
What if the future or your past didn’t matter?
Imagine if you didn’t worry about the possessions, success, or drama of others?
What would happen if you believed that YOU were in control?
Now you are starting to think like a Stoic Philosopher.
Stoicism is about paring down and simplifying. They eliminate unproductive traits that define the majority of the population....
Listening to Yourself First
Growing up, I was an energetic, enthusiastic, and excitable child. I never let a day go by without challenging something - usually with my mouth. Thanks to those responsible for turning me into a good person, I learned a valuable lesson when they said-
“Listen twice as much as you speak. You have two ears and one mouth for a reason.”
You’ve heard that before, and in today’s fast-paced world, knowing when to put a zipper on your lips is critical. But I’ve also...
Hungry Pilots, Hot Donuts, And Your Goals
Have you noticed that airplanes fly crooked? It makes you wonder how the Pilot ever gets where they want to go. Hmm… they must have a great goal!
Here’s what happens when you set a goal or fly an airplane.
In an airplane heading to a destination, winds will do their best to blow you off course. That’s why pilots turn their aircraft into the wind. They call it Wind Correction.
The same thing happens when you set a Goal. While you may prefer a straight...
How To Create More Time
Wouldn’t it be great if you could create more time in your day without giving anything up?
The secret is how you prioritize the projects that are already on your plate. That requires a simple understanding:
1) Working on multiple products at the same time only delays the completion of all the projects.
2) When you complete a product not only is it off your plate, it begins producing your expecting results. It also frees up time to move on to your next project.
Face Your Passion: Building Your Bridge
Changing something about your life is pretty straightforward.
Figure out what you want and change it.
Are you done laughing?
Most folks fall on the way to their dreams because they don't move, move at the wrong time, or move too fast. That's why, once you know what you want, it's time to build your bridge.
1) Fortify your current foundation. Save money, pay bills, do whatever it takes to create a firm and peaceful base to build.
Winston Churchill’s Steps For Change
As we get into the New Year, I've noticed that people are getting back to their old ways.
That's okay. It's a journey.
But what is that journey?
Winston Churchill said, "To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often."
And it helps if you understand the stages of change:
1) Pre-Contemplation. You may intend to take action but are unaware that your behavior is the problem.
2) Contemplation. You recognize the problem and start to debate...
Wisdom Starter Thoughts
Everything you do is guided by what you think is logical in your mind. Just like everything I do is directed by my Scott LOGIC.
Is it common sense? Is it experience-based? Is it how you choose to live? Yes. But mostly, it is the filter in your mind at work.
Here are a few of my filters:
Life is long enough. But not for everybody.
Life goes quickly. But not if you're bored.
Life passes slowly when you are fishing.
Some people are too serious. Others are not serious...
Life in Default Mode
There is a myth floating around that life is more fun when you are spontaneous. That’s true, but not all the time.
Happiness and success are most common among folks who live in a Default Mode.
In other words, they figure out what works for them and keep doing it.
Living in Default Mode makes life predictable for you and everybody around you. It limits decision-making and establishes continuity. It’s a behavior that reduces stress and improves happiness.
Living your life...
How to Get Lazy Success
I have an admission to make.
I'm a bit lazy. Yes, I also like to work harder than most people. Still, I'm lazy when doing things I don't want to be doing.
It's been said that when you do what you love to do, you will never work another day in your life. Frankly, I've found it to be quite the opposite. What I do is difficult and takes a lot of time and effort.
But I enjoy it?
Still, I'm lazy. I want everything to be easy, and I want it now. I don't think I'm...
Steven Covey called it sharpening the saw. If you take a break to sharpen the blade, you will always cut more wood. The same applies to life.
My formula is Ritual, Rest, Rejuvenate, Reactivate. Repeat:
1) Success comes when you perform ritual actions every day. Figure out what works and do it.
2) Running full-out all the time is not sustainable. You must stop and rest.
3) Resting allows your body and mind to rejuvenate and become healthy again.
4) When you are ready, it's...
You Deserve to Say YES to Yourself
Do you ever wish you had a less complicated life?
Even if your job and life are overcomplicated out of necessity, like launching a rocket or performing brain surgery, you can still simplify everything.
How do you do it?
The fact is, the actions you are taking in your life and your job are probably not causing the overwhelm. It's the people and the results that are causing you to feel that way.
The easier way to under-complicate is to begin saying "No" to...
4 Steps to Change Your Life
Creating a difference in your life is a non-stop process that requires simple actions to help you get what you want. And it is, after all, about getting what you want and keeping what you love.
You’ll always go through these steps:
1) Decide. Everything begins with your decision to head off in a new direction. While sometimes you may feel like you’ve made a decision, if you’re not moving, you haven’t.
2) Define. Aimless wandering is fun when that’s what you’ve...
Questions To Ask Before You Begin
Everybody has dreams. Daydreams, dreams while you sleep, and dreams of what you wish for the future.
I’ve always believed that dreams are goals you have nurtured to become real in your life.
But how do you know if the voice speaking to your heart will lead you in the right direction?
Brant Pinvidic’s book, The 3-Minute Rule, has four questions that will help:
1) What is it? Do you understand exactly what you want?
2) How does it work? How will you go about...
Morning Routines That Work For You
You hear a lot about using morning rituals to get more done. But what if you could use your mornings to get more done for YOU?
In the fast-face world, we live in today; there seem to be two groups when it comes to how to use mornings—personal and productive. Once folks remove themselves from the craziness of jumping out of bed, taking care of the kids, and hitting the drive-through, they choose one of the two.
But what if there was a third group that was...
Don’t Break Your Success Chain
I’ll never forget the day a friend called and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse - and I didn’t.
Rob was an event promotor who had snagged the chance to book an up-and-coming comedian named Jerry Seinfeld into a local venue. He needed somebody to warm up the audience and introduce Jerry. I was all in when he agreed to cover my drink tab and let me hang out with Jerry before the show.
It was 1986, and Jerry’s television series about nothing was still in...
Are Smart Goals The Secret?
I'm a big fan of setting big-ass goals. Dreaming BIG is my natural state - which is why S.M.A.R.T. goals are not all that smart.
S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound.
While it may seem like a good plan, I can't wrap my head around not setting goals because they don't seem achievable or realistic.
Since when did big- goals seem achievable and realistic?
If that were true, you would already be doing them....
Your Rules of Success
If you study people who have had success in any area of their life, you will find they have much in common.
Not only do they follow a set of rules, but they also follow those rules no matter how much life gets in the way.
What are those rules?
The person who has the strongest "Why" wins.
The person who shows up wins.
The person who shows up on time wins.
The person who is most persistent wins.
The person show never assumes wins.
The person who is the best at what they...
Are You Choosing a Word For The Year?
Around this time every year, people begin to declare to me the WORD they have chosen to guide their life for the following year.
I like words - especially when combined with wisdom and a few wisecracks - but that might be just me.
Still, I'm always amazed at how excited people get and how much they believe their WORD will guide them into the next year.
I'm jealous. I need a WORD, too - and that's where the trouble begins.
I can't imagine choosing a...