Process Killers

blog Apr 09, 2018

For any goal there is a process. The process involves integral steps. Some steps are motivating. Some are inspiring. Some are scary. Some are boring. And, some, you just don’t want to do. However, for the process to work, every step needs to be executed and executed well. For even the most exciting tasks, there are process killers. To become amazing, you must avoid these killers. After all, these killers can destroy your big dreams.

There are several battles that you have to fight in order to make the process work. One of the battles determining where to focus your attention. We are bombarded by so much noise. There is Facebook, texts, alerts on our phones, the media, and many other distractions. It’s really just deafening. All of these distractions prevent the process from being effective.

The key to following through on the process is being productive as opposed to being reactive. Being reactive causes a response to the noise. It takes attention away from the process...

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You are unique.

blog Apr 04, 2018

This is a statement that has been repeated many times in many ways.  But really there is truth in it. So, again, I say, “you are unique.”

Now, let that thought sink in.  I mean really think about this. Let the statement settle in.  Let its power fill you. Let the weight of these words touch you to your core.

Think about it.

You are unique.

There is no one else like you.  There is no one else who possesses your particular set of talents, strengths, and gifts.  There is no one else who can contribute to the world in the same manner as you. You and only you can impact the others in your special way.

You are unique.

Recognize your uniqueness.  Celebrate your uniqueness. Use your uniqueness to propel you to your goals.

The idea of being unique is one that resonates with me.  You see, my entire life’s circumstance serves as a reminder of my uniqueness.  I live in a body that is obviously different for those around me. My movements...

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Don’t Forget the Salt

blog Mar 22, 2018

Is there a Real Key to Success?

 When successful people are asked about the keys to their success they often reply with one or two recommendations, maybe they’ll say building a great team or having a big vision. Those are definitely keys to success, but that’s only part of the picture…The real key is that there are many keys that contribute to one’s success. In other words, it’s not one or two things, but rather a myriad of actions done systematically and strategically. Still, you have to add some flavor!

Any great recipe needs ingredients and a process for preparing the meal. What goes into a good meal is really time & resources (ingredients). You also need a good chef with the vision and the desire to deliver a great meal.

On that note, you can work to prepare the best meal in the whole world, but if you forget one of the most ubiquitous ingredients in the world, even the most elaborate recipe can fall flat. That ingredient is salt; salt...

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Listening

blog Mar 14, 2018

Exactly twenty years ago, I was in community college, and I was in my first official funk.  At that age any funk is devastating, and you think it is the end of the world. I must admit that I thought this funk which seems so small now seemed like a serious crisis to my twenty-year -old self.

For the first time I wondered if my disability was a hindrance to my dreams.  Here I was witnessing friends and other people my age, transition into adulthood.  They were experiencing new freedoms such as driving a car, working, dating, and traveling without your parents.  

And me?  Well, I made a limiting assumption that I could not move out of my parents’ house or partake in other activities associated with people in their early twenties because I could not ask other people to help me. I did not just let my fears stop there.  Oh no, I extrapolated these fears onto my entire life. Would I ever get married? Would I ever work? Would I ever be able to live like...

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Mini Whys

blog Mar 14, 2018

Motivation is a big part of an amazing life and success.  However, there are challenges, limitations, bad days, problems, and a slew of other factors that get in the way of amazing success.  Motivation is often about the big picture and looking at what will happen in the future. It’s like a shot of caffeine. It makes you feel good in the moment, but oftentimes when we are faced with the smallest of challenges or just an inconvenience we let that sap our motivation.   It can be something as small as a rude cashier, traffic, a long line, or a tiff with a friend.

One of the goals should be to stay on track and not let these small issues get in the way of productivity.  There is a difference between looking at these instances as a nuisance rather than occurrences that could ruin your day.  We all have nuisances in our lives, but amazing people just leave it as nuisances rather than letting them get in the way of productivity and happiness.

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Reconnecting to Joy

blog Feb 26, 2018

Confusicious was wrong when he said do what you love and you will not to work a day in your life. Work is one facet of a fulfilling life and regardless of your love for your profession, there will always be aspects that you’d rather avoid. Finding time for joy

In all fairness it’s a different world than anything Confusicious may have imagined; a world that comes with an unprecedented level of competition for our psyches, a war over our focus. With the human attention span still lingering in the same general arena of a small fish, the challenge to stay present has never been more daunting. This constant buzz for our eyes, ears…and cash is not what we’re wired for.

While there’s incredible opportunity in our new access to the world around us, there’s also the ever-present danger of losing ourselves in melee of life.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

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Opting in to Your Process

blog Feb 26, 2018

Knowing what we react to is the first step in strengthening our resolve- Figuring out what we should react to is how we actually get back our control.

We are bombarded by so much noise, Facebook, texts, alerts on our phones, incoming tweets and most of these take away from our best intentions. Control is fleeting, we get glimpses of it throughout the day, grabbing those moments is what separates the successful people from the utterly disappointed.
Recording a plan and staying faithful to it is one of the best ways I’ve found to stay connected with myself and with my fundamental intentions.

These are my 5 steps to maintain sanity and keep my goals in the forefront of my own ever-distracted mind:
1. Have learning objectives.
2. Take time each week or each day to reflect on what you need to do to take you to the next level.
3. Take time to journal what you do right. What can you improve? And, what are the actionable steps that you can take to get there?
4. What resources are you...

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Narrative of Life

blog Feb 18, 2018

Many of us grew up watching our parents. For some of us that meant hearing our parents complain about life. It meant listening to them complain about their jobs, the economy, or the government. Not only did we hear and listen to complaining. We were also witnesses. We were witnesses to the difficulties of adult life. We witnessed parents and other adults struggle. And, thus, they knew that the struggle was real.

 These difficulties, struggles, and the way with which they were dealt are foundational to who we are and the lens through which we view life. It tells us whether or not life is fair. It tells us about our destiny, the kind of life we will live, and the ceiling of our potential. Ultimately, it becomes an important factor as we form our own narrative about our own lives. Hopefully, the narrative that is created is one that is positive and lays a solid foundation from which one can launch a successful adult life. Unfortunately, this is often the case. And, one must be...

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Time to think

blog Feb 09, 2018

Thinking.

Ah, thinking. It is a simple act of generating and processing one’s thoughts. It can be a creative process. It can be an analytical process. It may require solitude. Or, perhaps, sometimes it is more fruitful as a group activity. Regardless of the process, it is the act of being contemplative that allows us to grow, develop, and ultimately move closer to achieving our goals.

The majority of my professional life is spent coming up with unique concepts around dreaming and creating an amazing life. I’m always thinking about what I can provide the world and how my unique circumstances can teach others how to be amazing. Bottom line is I need time to think, and if you were to look at my routine I might look like a bum.

I completely get why you would think you would look at me and say to yourself, “See that man there? Now, that’s a bum if I have ever seen one.” Afterall, I take many trips with my friends where all we do is hang out and have drinks....

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Split Commitment

blog Jan 30, 2018

Ahh… it’s that time of year again. It’s time for our annual family trip to the sand, the waves, the sun. We are off for our yearly vacation. Everytime we go, we are all completely excited. The children can’t wait to dig in the sand, frolic in the waves, and avoid bedtime. The adults, well, they can’t wait to watch the children dig in the sand, frolic in the waves, and of course, they can’t wait to take a nap.

 As much as I look forward to this trip, I also approach it with a slight sense of trepidation. I fear having to balance the demands of my business and the joys of being with my family. I mean, really, I am extremely committed to my business. I want to and I have to work. But then again, I am just as committed to, maybe even more so, to my family.

Commitment is a huge part of amazing success. Your goals and your dreams need consistent energy, time, money, and other resources. One of the issues with commitment is that sometimes your time...

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