Blizzards in North Central Montana can be brutal. My mother grew up on a farm and ranch there. When a massive snow storm would come in they would still need to take care of their animals.
My grandpa tied a guide rope between the house and the barn. The guide rope wasn't there for before or after the storm. After all, once the snow had fallen, no matter how deep, they could see the barn and dig a path.
The rope was there to help guide them during the storm. In the face of such immense adversity, they couldn't just sit inside and hope the animals would be ok. They had to get out there and take care of the animals.
This got me thinking about the challenges I face in my life. I might not be faced with a literal storm (at least not most of the time), but there are definitely things that happen that make me want to stay in the comfort of my home.
What's my guide rope? What gets me through the storm?
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I thought that life was a series of events that I had no control over. That I could only react to it.
Then my dear friend, colleague, and coach showed me a different way of looking at things.
Once I shifted my perspective, my life changed dramatically for the better.
All of sudden, all of these things that I interpreted as tragedies became opportunities.
They weren't things that happened to me. They happened FOR me.
Once I was no longer the VICTIM of these events, I was able to go past the mindset of SURVIVE and truly begin to THRIVE!
How are you changing your perspective in order to accelerate your dreams?
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Have you ever wanted something but didn't know how to get it? Did it seem unattainable? Always out of reach? Just like a mountain in the distance, always towering over you and always out of reach.
It doesn't have to seem so hard.
Consider this: compare a rock to a raindrop. Obviously, the rock is stronger than a raindrop. Except when you apply the power of consistency to the rock.
A single drop seems insignificant. A second drop hardly fares better. But apply drop after drop, over a long enough period of time, and a pit appears. Gouges. Divets. Holes.
Consistency always wins.
And here's the key: we're smarter than a raindrop. We can step back. We can assess. We can collaborate.
Our strength comes not from being one raindrop, but by being part of a mighty storm.
High performers know this. They know that their drive is amplified by being part of a group.
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I recently had an amazing opportunity to present my best self to a neighbor.
You see, I live in an apartment complex with dogs. A LOT of dogs. Some neighbors are very good at picking up after their dogs. In the hot Arizona sun, it can create quite an unsightly mess.
I had just left my apartment and Izzy, my service dog, stopped to pee. While she was peeing, one of my neighbors, an older snow bird asked loudly if I needed a poop bag.
His tone was a little gruff and I was taken aback. In the past, I might have pushed back. I might have said or done something to try to ensure that he would never talk to me like that again.
However, rather than reacting I decided to reflect on the interaction.
Sure enough, the very next day I was out with Izzy. Her pee was immediately followed by a poop. There I was without a bag.
Just then, the same neighbor came out and look over the railing. This was the perfect opportunity to respond to yesterday's encounter.
Should you keep up with the locals? Should you crawl along with the snowbirds?
What if there was a different way? I challenged myself to look at driving differently. For an entire month, I drove the speed limit.
It was difficult at first. I wanted to get sucked back into the breakneck pace of living life in the fast lane.
After a while, though, I gained some valuable insight and this doesn't apply to just driving, but to everything. Going my own pace forced me to plan better. To be more conscious of my intentions and actions. To be more present in the moment.
The other day, a wasp got trapped in the house. It couldn't get back outside. Not for lack of trying, but because it kept trying to fly through the window.
It kept hitting the glass over and over and over again. It saw the goal, but couldn't figure out how to overcome the barrier.
How are we different than a wasp?
Perspective. As humans, we have the ability to see around the barriers in our life.
There are a lot of different ways that we can gain perspective when we hit a barrier.
The easiest way happens when it's a physical barrier. We can just back up! Look at the obstacle. Reassess and find a way around.
But what happens when the barrier is a mental block? That's when an outside perspective becomes invaluable.
Our brain does funny things. It can get caught in loops and cycles. If left alone for too long, it can become a habit.
That's why everyone needs an outside perspective. Especially high performers.
Instead of creating...
You may remember my first video about celebrating wins. I talked about how to celebrate your wins in order to generate momentum. Recently, my girlfriend, Val, and I celebrated a win and then used that momentum to create a domino effect of more wins!
Val had decided to make a bold decision to change the trajectory of her career. It takes a lot of courage to change things up. Too often, we become settled in our lives. We get comfortable. We get complacent.
We start accepting mediocrity rather than striving to achieve our dreams. We start asking, "how can I became more comfortable?" Instead of asking, "how can I become great? how can I meet my goals? How can I achieve my dreams?"
The answer is simpler and harder than anything you thought possible.
That's it. You celebrate every win.
By celebrating each win, no matter what, you'll start creating a positive feedback loop.
It's not voodoo. It's science.
This is a huge thank you and a love letter from me to all of my family, friends, and team. When I see how far I've come this year, not to mention how much I've grown and changed in the last few years, I'm completely humbled and grateful.
All change starts out from a place of dissatisfaction. It comes from the deep-seated knowledge that life can and will be so much greater and amazing than you ever thought. It comes from the place of daydreams. It comes from the place of actualization. From a place of belief. From a place of struggle.
2017 was a struggle for me. It was a fight. I got knocked down. And I got back up. I got knocked down again. And again. And again.
Like the saying goes, "Get knocked down 7 times. Get up 8 times."
It doesn't matter how many times you get knocked down. It only matters that you get back up again....
I was asked one time as a United States Marine Corps Officer, "what are the traits that it takes to be a good leader?" I thought about it, about the things that I saw going into being a unique and effective leader. Here are the three things I consider essential.
First: be a good person. Being a good person comes from introspection, a self development program, journaling, meditating, eating the right foods, and working your body the right way. When you work on becoming the best person you can be, you start to enable others to be the best that they can be.
The second part: take care of your team. Sometimes that means being firm, really pushing to see what they can give. They might have thought that they only had fumes in their tank when you knew they had so much more. Sometimes as a leader, you have to push your team to really test what are the limits of their capabilities.
Sometimes taking care of your team means bringing them together, celebrating their wins,...
Not that long ago, I didn't have a lot of wins. I had just left the Marine Corps and was bouncing between a lot of jobs in Bozeman Montana. Construction. Roofing. Packing. It wasn't for me. Not a good fit. I needed something different.
I didn't know what to do next and I didn't recognize how vital a role that momentum plays in your life. Watch my video up there to see how I used momentum to turn my life around.