When you smile, are happy juices release in your brain? Or do you smile BECAUSE happy juices are released in your brain?
If you guessed the first one, you're partially right.
If you guessed the second one, you're also partially right.
The answer is actually both!
Why is this so important? Because sometimes, when you're going through life, you catch yourself going through the motions.
Why do we do this? You might not be aware that you’re not in the right mood. Maybe you woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Maybe someone caught you off in traffic. Maybe someone pranked you when you got to your workplace.
Whatever it is, you're not feeling the joy that day.
The great thing is that you can change your emotional state by simply smiling! When you smile, your brain releases the happy juices, which cause a positive feedback loop of happiness and joy.
You can use this as a trigger for a way for how you want to show up. When you find yourself going through the motions,...
For today’s Quick Win, I wanted you to reach out to someone you look up to. This could be a role model or someone who has influenced you. Someone who has affected your life in some way.
You might be tempted to email or text them, but try not to.
Call them instead. We’ve become so caught up in texting that calling will add an extra layer of intent and respect.
Even better, meet with them face to face. So much more information can be conveyed with our body language than texting or calling could ever achieve.
Tell them how they influenced you. Make it authentic.
Here are some prompts:
Whatever it is, reach out to that person and share how much you appreciate them being them!
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I was talking with an old friend. We were talking about dreaming and what it is that he wanted. He said, “I don’t know what I want. Isn’t that sad?”
I said, “No! That’s normal.”
He started asking about business opportunities and which direction should he go. Those of you who know me that I cringe at the word “should.”
Beyond that, it’s about being aware of what your dream is.
Let’s say that you’re in a candy store and someone asks what you want. You’ll probably look around the candy store and think that you’ll want candy.
It will take a huge amount of focus to think about something else. To think about cheesecake or tiramisu.
To start dreaming, you have to leave the candy store of your mind.
Think about what you want. Look beyond what is immediately around you.
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Do you want to build your career, strengthen your relationships, and achieve your dreams, but don't know where to start?
Start by locking in your fundamentals!
After you get into a project or a New Year’s resolution, how are you measuring your progress?
A lot of people think that measurement might not be necessary. That the only thing that matters is crossing the finish line. Then May comes around and their resolution or project has failed.
Every long term goal should be broken down into smaller, measurable steps. But there are other factors that go into supporting a goal. Here are three that I use, that you might have missed.
Here are 3 things you can do today to set yourself up for success!
Arianna Huffington came out with a book talking about the importance of sleep. She drew upon 50 years of sleep studies. The evidence is overwhelming and conclusive.
And not just any sleep. Eight hours...
If you’ve spent any time in business, you may have heard of the 80/20 rule, also known as the Pareto Principle.
This initially discovered by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who first noticed in 1896 that 80% of Italy’s land was owned by 20% of the population. When he compared this to other countries, he found nearly the same distribution!
This application soon made its way over to business where it was discovered that many situations followed the Pareto Principle.
When you have a deliverable, (whether it’s for a project, a New Year’s resolution, or a change in your life), you’re going to have a timeline. It may be for a boss, a coworker, or even yourself!
Whatever your timeline, set an personal deadline at 80% of the project timeline. For...
For today’s Quick Win, I wanted to talk about the meaning of the word “win.”
Win comes from the old Germanic which means to subdue and take possession. That’s what I mean when I say to “Go out and Win your dreams, Today.”
It means to go out and TAKE possession of your dreams! It’s something that you have control over, to translate them into goals, and turn those goals into actionable items.
If I’m the first one to say it you, I say this with all respect: it’s not something you deserve. You only get what you earn! Are you willing to put in the work?
It’s been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
We’ve all been there before, right? Maybe it’s the disappointing results from dating the same kinds people all the time. Or it could be the lackluster efforts from leading your team. Or even down to the low grades you get on your homework and tests.
As a coach, I want to tell you that this is actually a great thing!
Let me tell you about a metaphor I learned from the Marine Corps.
When you’re on the shooting range and you’re taking a bunch of shots, you always aim for the center of the target.
Here’s the thing, though: it’s not important to hit the center of the target right away.
What you want is a nice grouping.
There are a lot of variables that go into accuracy. If your shots are grouping nicely, then as a coach we can adjust your aim to get you hitting the center of the target.
Have you ever taken on a new project? How about a completely new hobby?
It can seem daunting, can’t it? When you’re standing on this end looking off into the distance. There are all of these moving pieces, all this complexity.
In the Marine Corps, we called this trying to play tennis with a football bat.
Oftentimes, it can seem so overwhelming that you just want to give up before you even start.
That’s happened to me before. I want to share what I did in order to overcome the initial burden of getting started. The great thing, too, is that these are the same things that can help accelerate your project!
I was 7 months out of the Marine Corps. I was living in a tiny room in my parent’s mobile home in Bozeman. I had just quit my fourth job. I was feeling pretty low. Pretty much the lowest I had ever felt.
I knew something needed to change.
I had just seen the value of celebrating your wins. I decided that I would start with something small: making my bed.
I’m always engaging in introspection to make sure that aligned with my best self, to achieve my best relationships, so that I can create my best wins in my life.
I came across this phrase and it resonated with me deeply:
I use my intellect to guide and direct my emotions.
Again: I use my intellect to guide and direct my emotions.
Ok, now I’m not saying that you have to become like Spock from Star Trek, devoid of emotions and only letting your life be guided by logic and intellect.
No. What I’m saying is that there are going to be times when you’re working on your project, guiding your team, or achieving your dream and something is going to happen. We all know what that’s like.
Something is going to go wrong. Like making a video and the software is not working. Or you left the dishwasher running in the background. Or that you built your presentation in one program, but the computer in the conference room doesn’t...
My friend and mentor Brendon Burchard came up with this concept called the "Confidence Competence Loop." In a nutshell, in order to do anything, especially things you don't know how to do, you need to start from a place of confidence. You go out there and do it - mistakes and all. By starting your journey, you gain experience, knowledge, and competence. You then use this competence to fuel your confidence, turning it into an amazing cycle of growth and achievement!
In this video, I recount the time that I climbed to the top of Highlight Peak. I had not trained for it at all. I was unprepared and out of shape. To put it simply, the hike was miserable! Filled with mosquitoes, horseflies, snow fields, and thin air, this was not easy for me at the time.
The thought crossed my mind. What if there were an easier route to the top? Like a tram or a steady graded path.
But getting to the top changed my viewpoint.
Being up there, on the top of my visible world, made me appreciate the struggle...