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The great news is this posting has 3 powerful life lessons found within it. The not as great news is that it will take longer than 1 minute to read. The 1 minute in the title refers to the amount of time it took to experience and learn these lessons.

OTFThere I was working out at Orangetheory Fitness for a 5am session and feeling pretty good. It was an endurance day and our trainer for the morning, Jay, had me on the treadmill to start.

Jay would push all of us on the treadmills to a 3 minute block at a pace that was uncomfortable and then reward us with a break at a pace that was more comfortable. He continued this cycle with the reward times getting shorter and shorter.

After 15 minutes it was time to finish this block of running and Jay asked for us to give him 1 minute at our best possible speed and finish strong.

For those of you that know me outside of just reading my postings you know that I am determined and competitive. That being said I cranked the treadmill to the best speed I have ever run at and began my 1 minute ALL OUT!

30 seconds into my sprint I realized that I bit off more than I could chew, as my dad would have told me, and I had to jump off the racing belt of the treadmill as I was unable to continue.

It was at that moment that our trainer Jay leapt onto the back of my treadmill and began to encourage (yell) at me. He told me to get back on that treadmill and not to stop for anything. He told me to stop looking at the clock and just run until he told me I could stop. He told me there was nothing I couldn’t achieve if I put my head down and just ran!

And then finally Jay let all of us that were on the treadmills slow down and walk it out.

In that  minute, to be fair it was in the minutes after when I could reevaluate what had just happened, that I found these 3 powerful life lessons that will change me forever. I hope they help you without the need to go for a run.

1)We all need help to grow

Many of us believe we can do anything on our own. We don’t need help from others. Many of us are right, to a limit. Some of us have strong natural abilities in certain areas of life. Some of us are very entrepreneurial. When we become purposeful and we have someone to push us, someone hold us accountable or someone to care enough about us to tell us what we don’t always want to hear we can achieve breakthroughs and accomplish greater heights than we ever believed. In The ONE Thing this is referred to as Going from E to P. Remember, no one succeeds alone.

E to P

2)You must earn the right to be passionate for someone else’s goals

Jay had built a foundation with me based upon his credibility as a trainer, his authentic nature and his willingness to share. Jay has become a mentor to me in the area of personal health. Because of this he had the right to leap up on that treadmill and demand more from me.

Had Jay jumped up on the treadmill with someone who was in the class for the first time, they probably would have never returned.

Before you can help drive people towards their goals you must earn the right!

3)You can do anything for 30 seconds

If you have seen the movie We Bought a Zoo you heard Matt Damon playing Benjamin Mee tell his son that “sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”

I believe that courage isn’t what is needed. Embarrassing bravery isn’t what is needed. All that is really needed is commitment. Commit to something for 30 seconds can attain it. Some things you might need to commit to for longer. For now, start with just 30 seconds!

Jay, thank you for the push, the all out, and the life lessons!

 

 

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Chadalyst – Go find that person in your world that has earned the right to push you and will do so for your own good. Ask that person to watch over your shoulder and encourage, support and challenge you today!

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Playoff Lessons

This year the NBA Finals brought me a very powerful AHA that I hope you found as well and it has nothing to do with the basketball.

I am not much of a basketball fan although the competitive nature in me has me interested in championship rounds of almost any sport. The NBA season might be too long, might be filled with interesting stories and might be exciting, although it is only the NBA Finals that gets my attention.

NBA Finals

While speaking with a friend during the first 2 games he was convinced that the Cleveland Cavaliers would pull out the win against the odds. Why was he so sure, “because LeBron James has a WHY that is so big he will put the team on his shoulders and win this series.”

LeBron James did have a big WHY and spoke about a secret motivation that was powering him to take his “best player in the world” (his own words) ranking and win it all.

A big WHY is a must if you plan to breakthrough challenges and have successes.

Here is where the AHA came to me.

It doesn’t matter how big your BIG WHY actually is if you don’t have the support system around you. You could be driven by your BIG WHY to be better than you ever thought you could be and still come up short. The real question is, does your environment support your goals?

LeBron could not win the NBA Finals on his own no matter how powerful his motivation or how great a player he is. LeBron needed to have help and support and so do we!

No one succeeds alone.

  • Who are you surrounding yourself with?
  • Do you have the support staff in place to assist you in achieving your goal?
  • Do you have the ability to focus on your most important task while others accomplish theirs?

The most important question to ask of the people around you…Do they have a BIG WHY as powerful as yours or will they easily get distracted?Big Why

Make sure you get your BIG WHY in place or figure one out.  Then make sure you have an environment around you to support you in achieving your goal.

Then, nothing can stop you!

Good luck next year LeBron.

 

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Chadalyst – Take a moment and look at your team (at the office, at home and in your network) and evaluate if you have a team that can help you win. If you do, check your BIG WHY and ask yourself if it is BIG enough!

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You wake up to start the day and your mind naturally starts putting together a to-do list right away.

  • Get breakfast made
  • Feed the pet
  • Workout
  • Prep lunch
  • Answer emails
  • Check what’s happening on Facebook
  • Put gas in the car

The morning list then goes on and on and on and on. You haven’t even gotten to start your work day yet and create that to-do list!

The question we ask, is it good to have a to-do list? Does that help you figure what needs to be done and get through your day?

OR

Does the to-do list slow you down? Does it have you focusing on the things that aren’t really moving you forward?

Many of us like to create to-do lists. That way we can clear all of the thoughts that are running around in our head. By putting them on paper it allows us to stop thinking about them and know we will get them done.

Many of us love to check things off on our to-do list because it makes us feel like we have accomplished something with our day or our time.

A mentor of mine taught me early to create a to-do list each day and then sort the list with the most important thing at the top. He then told me to draw a line between #5 and #6 on the list and my day could not end until the top 5 were complete.

To Do ListAccording to the studies and research shared in The ONE Thing it is time to take that to the extreme. As you create your to-do list, sort it with the most important thing and do the first thing and the first thing only. Once that is done, sort your list once more.

If you have the correct item at the top of your list, completing it should make everything else easier or unnecessary in your world.

Remember that the majority of what you want will come from the minority of what you do.

Turn your to-do list into a success list!

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By asking yourself the focusing question you will find the item that should be #1 on your success list help you work on the right thing!

 

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Chadalyst – Create your to-do list and then ask yourself the focusing question – What’s the ONE thing I can do today such that by doing it everything else will become easier or unnecessary. Now review your to-do list and convert it into a success list. Find that FIRST domino!

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Have you ever found yourself facing a large challenge and not even sure where to start?

  • Have your taxes piled up and it is April 13th?
  • Have you looked up at your annual goal and realized it is already summer and the year is half over?
  • Have you opened your computer to too many emails to even know where to start your day?

 “When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.” – Creighton Abrams

Most of us have heard Mr Abrams’ quote, although it doesn’t solve the question of which part of the elephant should we bite first?

The answer to that question is one that still challenges most people. We learn how to overcome a large challenge by making it small and still we just stare at the challenge waiting for someone to show us step one.

Step one has now been shown to you. It might not be a bright flashing arrow pointing you in a specific direction. Maybe it won’t be as obvious as the yellow brick road was to Dorothy and Toto. Gary Keller and Jay Papasan made it quite simple when they wrote the focusing question in The ONE Thing.

What is the ONE thing that I can do today, such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

If you ask yourself this question at the start of your day or at the start of a project the place to start on the path to success should become clear to you.

Take your large challenge and break it down to the smaller challenges using the focusing question. Remember this might take a few steps to get it to the correct starting point.

As shown in this geometric progression a domino can knock over a domino 1 1/2 times larger. What that means is you can see that by knocking down one 2 inch tall domino you are able to knock over something as large as the Leaning Tower of Pisa with your 18th domino in the progression. Find your starting point by going small. Line up your dominoes correctly and before you know it your large challenge will be falling over!

Overcome a large challenge by making it small

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Asking the focusing question is the best way to clearly find the starting point of your path to success and help you overcome a large challenge by making it small.

 

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Chadalyst – Ask yourself the focusing question – What’s the ONE thing I can do today such that by doing it everything else will become easier or unnecessary. Now ask it again in regards to the answer you received. How small can you go? Find that FIRST domino!

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Binge Business

binge watchingDo you block out the weekend when you hear that the next season of House of Cards, Orange is the New Black or Game of Thrones is going to be released?

Do you get caught up on season after season of Dexter, The Walking Dead, 24, Breaking Bad or any of the other series available on Netflix?

Do you record episodes of your favorite shows and watch a few episodes On Demand when you have the chance to get caught up?

If you do any of these things you are a binge watcher. Welcome to the club!

It might be your desire to know what happens next without waiting. It might be your personality that says “I can have it so I will take it.” It might be that you don’t have the time to commit weekly and want to get it over with.

Whichever reason it is, have you stopped to take a moment and considered Binge Business for yourself?

If you can drop in front of a television screen for hours on end to view a show, what is stopping you from dropping yourself in front of a phone and calling ALL of your database in one sitting or door knocking a whole community in one day?

If you can block off the time to catch up on a show, are you able to give your business the same focus and schedule time to do your business’ most important things?

In the world of sales there are people that tell you to put aside a set number of hours each day to focus on your priority. What if it works better for you to binge? Set one day a week to do nothing other than your priority and get it done for the week. Set all of your meetings on one day and power through like the 3rd season of your favorite show.

It doesn’t matter if you watch your shows non-stop binge style, daily or weekly you have the power to do the same thing with your business!

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Whether you binge or record shows, we know that the main reason you do it is to avoid commercials!Remember that in your business life as well and skip the interruptions that keep you from the action!

 

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Chadalyst – Figure out your preferred “viewing plan” and put it on your calendar. Daily activity or binging?

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On pace?

3 months down and only 9 to go!

The end of the year always feels far away and then all of a sudden we are looking up and wondering where the time went yet again.

Did you set a goal to start this year? If you didn’t how do you know if you are on pace? If you did set  your goal did you remember to set it big enough or did you let yourself off easy?

Take your goal and divide it by 4 because with the end of March comes the end of the 1st quarter. Now the important question to ask yourself is…Are you on pace to reach your goal?

You might be ahead of your pace with a fast start. Great work to not let the start of the year, the winter weather or the sickness that every other person seemed to get, slow you at all. A fast start allows for the chance to handle a bump in the road with more confidence.

If you are ahead of your pace, maybe you should reevaluate your goal, raise it and push harder this year.

No matter if you leave your goal where it is and plan to fly past it, or if you raise your goal for the remainder of this year, just remember to keep the pressure on and run with the momentum you are creating.momentum snowball

You might be right on target of your pace. This is a great place to be after the first quarter because getting started, even though you have the excitement, is often the hardest place to be. Now that you have created momentum and are moving forward don’t stop for anything.  Your goals are within reach and your year will be a success.

Of course there is always the third answer to the question of your goal and your pace. You might be behind your pace with a slow start to the year. Whatever got in your way, it is already behind you. Leave it there and move on! There is still time to get caught up and ahead. It is very rare that a team goes wire to wire (in first place from day 1 through the championship) and that means that you too can still move into first place on the race to your goals.

Leave it and move on

If an obstacle is still in your way, figure out what it is and the best way around it, over it, under it or even through it. If the obstacle seems overwhelming then it is time to figure out why you want your goal. If your why is big enough it will power you through anything. If your why isn’t pushing or pulling you to success, it is time to rethink why your goal is important and not just a number to achieve.

Don’t wait until the year is over to evaluate your progress. Don’t even wait for the year to be halfway over. Evaluate each quarter, each month, each week and even each day to be sure that you are on pace for your goals because you can and will achieve them if you monitor them.

 

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Chadalyst – Before you go on with anything, figure where you stand with your goals. Are you ahead, close or behind? Put a reminder on your calendar to check this monthly!

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REALationships

Anyone can go to a networking event and walk away with a stack of contacts. Anyone can attend a business function and meet new people. Anyone can fill a database with names. How many of you create REALationships though?

What do your relationships look like? Are they relationships or REALationships?

Friend RequestWould you say that you have a few really close friends and that is the limit of it?

Would you say that you have a lot of great friends?

Would you say that you have many Facebook friends?

RE is a prefix and listed at Dictionary.com as meaning; to return to a previous condition such as renew or retrace. It could also be indicating repetition of an action such as remarry

Are your relationships just a repetitive action that continues to return to a previous condition or are you creating REALationships?

When we search REAL at Dictionary.com we find that it means true, genuine and even can be defined as sincere. Another definition that comes with REAL is existing or occurring in the physical world. Again we ask you, are you developing REALationships with others?

A REALationship is one that grows. One that is true. One that is sincere. One that is not focused on what it can provide for you. One that is genuine. One you want to develop. A REALationship is one that is in the physical world, not just online.

It is important to have relationships in your life. These are the people who you know and yet don’t know. You know them from work and enough to ask about their kids, and that’s where it ends. These are the people who you contact when you are looking for sponsorship, helping your daughter sell Girl Scout cookies or looking to grow your business.

How do you create REALationships? You listen, you ask great questions, you come from contribution, you give to give and don’t give to get and you care about the other person. You lift your head up from a screen and give your attention.

Each of us can only have a handful of strong REALationships so make sure you give your time and effort to those that you want to help grow, assist and still learn from yourself. Remember that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, so choose wisely.

Your REALationships are  the people you want to share with, celebrate with and mourn with. These are the people who reach out to you to sponsor you, buy your daughter’s Girl Scout cookies and are always thinking how they can help you grow your business.

REALationships will change in your life as people move, as people change and as people develop other REALationships that impact them. That means to keep it real you must work on it.

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