Episodes
Opportunity Discrimination Do you have too many options and are having a difficult time choosing? There is a concept called "Opportunity Cost.” It is simply the value gained or the value lost in deciding what opportunities you will pursue.  I tend to focus on another question entirely - "Does an opportunity provide the fastest and most direct path for me to reach my goals?"  It's easy to look at almost any opportunity and justify a path, especially if you are being persuaded by someone else....
Published 06/13/24
What's Your Long Game? Many years ago a friend passed along a pearl of wisdom that has served me well. Larry was a business person and mentor. I was an eager young man who wanted everything now. That's when Larry said -  "Scott, sometimes you have to hang around long enough for folks to see that you are the real thing before they'll do business with you." He was right. Over the years I've learned that amazing results can happen quickly through hard work and focus. The best results seem to...
Published 06/12/24
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...
Published 06/11/24
4 Types of Clarity You Need Understanding what you want in life is the foundation of all success. There are four types of Clarity: 1) Clarity of Purpose: Knowing what drives your heart and soul is the fuel that will propel you to your dreams. 2) Clarity of Task: What tasks fulfill your purpose? Knowing will reduce stress and create daily satisfaction. 3) Clarity of Process: Ritualistic and consistent dedication to your proven process leads to happiness. Learn what works. Do more of it. 4)...
Published 06/10/24
Steps to Achieve Greatness Do you dream of greatness? Instead of rushing through life, why not change your mindset and actions? It's time to become the person you were meant to be.  Here are a couple of ideas: 1) Use your imagination to form images, thoughts, and sensations in your mind. You don't need anybody's help. Trust yourself. 2) Enthusiasm is living life with excitement and PASSION. Only involve yourself in activities that make you enthusiastic.  3) Persistence is the art of doggedly...
Published 06/07/24
How to Make the Law of Attraction Work for You I've always believed the Law of Attraction should be called Law of What You Think About Most. Like attracts like. What you think about, you get.  If you think, "I won't get it because I never do" - you are correct. Dreaming of a new life while focusing on your current problems is a sure way to keep spinning your wheels. The trick is to focus your attention and actions on what you want to attract. That will require a dedicated effort. Vision...
Published 06/06/24
Starting Over  What actions would you take if forced to start over again? Here’s what I would do: 1) Get absolute clarity and focus. What ONE thing do you want your life and lifestyle to be? 2) Confirm your WHY. Success takes time. Long-lasting success isn’t guaranteed. Owning a strong WHY will allow you the flexibility to persevere forever. 3) Clear the clutter. You can’t move forward with the weight of your past on your shoulders. Debt? Bad relationships? Health issues? Fix them and move...
Published 06/05/24
How to Discover What's Blocking You If you find yourself spinning your wheels, remember this -  You must know where you are before going where you want to be. It's time to inventory your life as it exists today.  Examining your finances, jobs, relationships, responsibilities, and dreams for a few hours can be eye-opening. It's also the only way to deal with many of the demons that hold us back. It can be scary to dig into the dark corners of your life. But I promise, when you shine a light on...
Published 06/04/24
Caring What People Think is Holding You Back Do you know anything about other people?  Not a week passes without us hearing about somebody who did something out of character and caught us off guard. The truth is, none of us know about anybody else, and nobody knows about us. So, have you ever wondered how this knowledge can empower you? Are you dreaming of doing something different? Do you have a case of "Whatwilleverybodythinkaboutmeitis?"  It's time to get over it. Nobody in the world knows...
Published 06/03/24
It’s Time To Be a Good Quitter Has anybody ever said to you, "it's good to be a quitter?” Probably Not. That’s why it’s so important today that you pay attention today. Being a good quitter isn’t an excuse. It should never be an option for making things easier. Instead, quitting is a wise choice. You choose to quit when your progress has you going around in circles or has stopped. That's when things get interesting. Once you are committed to an idea that is important to you, can be difficult...
Published 05/31/24
Stand Up, Take a Step, Repeat Recipe It's the world's most straightforward recipe for success: Stand up, take a step, REPEAT!  A member wrote asking how to use such simple advice best: 1) Stop whatever you are doing. Find a place where nobody will interrupt you for at least 5 minutes. 2) Focus on YOU. 3) Ask, "How is my life going?" Open your mind and let your thoughts flow to the different roles of your life. Bring them into focus. 4) For areas going well, continue your momentum. For areas...
Published 05/30/24
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 simultaneously only delays completing all the projects. 2) When you complete a product, not only is it off your plate, but it begins producing the expected results. This frees up time to move on to your next project. The next time...
Published 05/29/24
Happier No Matter What Would you like to be happy every day of the week? Maybe it's time to start thinking like a happy person. There's no magic to being happier. Rose-colored glasses are not required. Just start looking at your day-to-day life the way a happy person does. Give this a try: 1) Accept that merely being alive means encountering occasional challenges. 2) Realize that dealing with challenges is a privilege that comes with being alive. 3) Welcome frustration. That means that you...
Published 05/28/24
Characteristics of Success Could you find a mentor to help you along the way? Every mentor I’ve ever had has validated that I possessed three characteristics for success.  Would you pass their test? 1) Do you have a burning desire to achieve your goal? 2) Are you open to learning and ready to embrace the wisdom and guidance from a diverse range of voices? 3) Are you willing to undertake all actions to achieve your success? Wouldn’t you want this in someone that was asking for your help?  Walk...
Published 05/27/24
What's Your Life Vision? Do you have an image of what you would like your life to be - except when life gets in the way? There's no doubt that daily life events have a funny way of distracting us from reaching goals. It's just too easy to put them on the back burner. That's why you need to become the keeper of your vision. Every day thousands of opportunities will arrive on your path and detour you from what you want. That's why it's up to you to guard your vision by asking a simple question...
Published 05/24/24
Stoic Philosophy Rules That Apply Today In 300 BC, political life was driving people crazy. To calm the masses, several schools of philosophy popped up. Stoicism was one of them. Many of its teachings resonate today. 1) The mind is your power. It is not an outside event.  2) Time is your most precious resource. There is no time for regrets. 3) Be present. Stop and spend time with yourself. 4) Be grateful for what you have by imagining how much you would miss what you have. 5) Don’t look for...
Published 05/23/24
Every Day is a Do-Over Day Is it me, or does living life these days make you feel like Bill Murray in the movie, Groundhog Day?  When it comes to working toward goals, that can be a tremendous asset. It's also something that will break you free when things don't feel like they are going your way. Everybody has ups and downs. Up days are lots of fun. Down days make you want to crawl under a rock. But like the movie, with the right mindset, you always get another chance to try again. How would...
Published 05/22/24
Transformational Stages Is there something you would like to transform about your life? These days you are not alone. Stop smoking, lose weight, get a better job - or another job? Transformation always follows the same predictable stages: Stage 1: Pre-contemplation. This stage appears when an idea pops into your head for the first time. Stage 2: Contemplation. This middle ground is where most folks get stuck. It can go on for a lifetime. Stage 3: Determination. Moving past contemplation, you...
Published 05/21/24
Three Step Productivity Not a day goes by when somebody doesn't ask me how to manage their time and be more productive. I wanted to share my simple, non-AI approach to getting things done. It's crucial to understand that productivity systems are not one-size-fits-all. They should be tailored to your unique needs and goals, which can evolve with your changing roles and responsibilities in life. I'm now living in the wisdom role and not the get a thousand things done a day role. Still, no...
Published 05/20/24
Reinvent Yourself With No Plan In the last couple of years, I made a decision that changed everything about my life. And no, when I began personal Operation Reinvention, I didn't have much of a plan. I wouldn't say I was winging it, but sometimes you have no idea what kind of plan you need. What I did have was a mindset.   I wondered -  "What single change can I make - a change that would automatically and positivity disrupt everything in my life and put me in a better place?" I followed that...
Published 05/17/24
Non-Optional Time Suckers It happens to all of us. We're going about our day, hot on the trail of checking off items on our never-ending To-Do list. Then, we discovered that we didn't get everything done before time ran out.  When my son was entering the workforce, we would often find time to catch up on weekends. He was trying to navigate the business world while balancing his life. He had a fast-paced job and had become a productivity ninja. He was proud of his color-coded To-Do list and...
Published 05/16/24
How to Set Expectations and Get Results I can’t remember a time in my life when expectations didn’t significantly impact every minute and hour of every day of my life. No matter who you are, you have a million expectations inside your mind — and don’t get me started about expectations that others have for you.  Years ago, I developed an awareness of how expectations control our lives and settled on an engineering model to guide me along my path. The model is called the Feed-Forward/Feedback...
Published 05/15/24
Two Words That Will Change Your Life: Slow Down While recovering from Total Hip Replacement, I engaged with a client on a Zoom call. He shared one of his favorite sayings, “Slow is fast, fast is slow,” which made me angry. Why? First Responders practice “Slow is fast, fast is slow” all the time, so you never see them running to the scene. Pacing themselves is simply safer, more effective, and faster. A more real-life example of why it’s a good idea to experience a risk-taking, lane-shifting...
Published 05/14/24
Total Control: Pre-Planned Responses Imagine if you could always know what to say in any situation.  Having the right thing to say is possible. The trick is to think about all the possible ways a conversation may go and create a Pre-Planned Response. The secret is to work it from every angle until you have covered everything possible. Leave no stone unturned. So, what happens when the conversation arrives? 1) You will be calm and collected. 2) You will not be surprised. 3) You will have the...
Published 05/13/24