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Welcome to the Hall of Fame

I have been blessed to be able to visit the College Football Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Hockey Hall of Fame and of course in my opinion the hall of all halls…the Baseball Hall of Fame.

One thing is very clear when you enter a Hall of Fame, only the best of the best get to find a space to call their own. As of this year the Pro Football hall of fame only has 295 members and with over a century of baseball and thousands of players only 310 players, coaches and umpires have been elected.

The best of the best all had a few things in common.

Top athletes don’t just wake up one day and find that they have been blessed with their arm being turned into a thunderbolt. They have dedication to what it is they are looking to master. They work at it again and again. On days where they really want to stay in bed and hide under the sheets, they get up and do it anyway!
Jerry Rice, one of the greatest wide receivers ever (that is a discussion for another time) even in practice always finished each play with a run into the end zone. In the off-season, he worked out 6 days a week in a famous workout that was just called “The Hill” and other athletes would attempt his workout and fail.
Jerry Rice had dedication. Athletes that make the Hall of Fame have dedication. Do you have dedication?

Hall of Famers don’t give up, they are determined to achieve their goal and will do what they have to so they can.
There were days that Cal Ripken Jr was hurt and had slight injuries and his determination found him in each game for 2,632 consecutive games (that is 16 seasons without missing a game)
How important are your goals to you and do you have the determination to achieve them?


Those athletes that get honored in the Hall of Fame had results from what they did. They didn’t just show up and go through the motions and believe they should be honored. They worked for it and they produced! More importantly they produced when it mattered most.
Reggie Jackson was nicknamed “Mr October” for the way he produced in the clutch time of the baseball season. Joe Montana was knows as “Joe Cool” and lead 31 fourth-quarter comebacks and brought results when they were needed.
Do you create positive results from your activities and do you deliver in the clutch?

The different Hall of Fame locations are places to visit, to imagine what could be and to be reminded of what it takes to earn a space to call your own.

There might not be a Hall of Fame in your industry and that shouldn’t stop you from being remembered as one of the best and earning a spot forever in the hearts of others.

MLB Hall of Fame logoNFL Hall of Fame LogoRock n Roll Hall of Fame logo

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Chadalyst – Begin earning your space in the Hall of Fame today and figure out why you are doing what you are doing and why it truly matters. Once you know that the dedication and determination will follow.

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For years now Halloween has been the scariest day of the year in my opinion. What is it that makes it so scary?

  • pumpkinIt isn’t the adorable kids dressed as spooky ghosts and other things that go bump in the night.
  • It isn’t the calories waiting to get us in the bag of goodies that our children bring home and we raid while they sleep.
  • It isn’t the giant spider decorations people put on their homes. (ok this one might scare me, although it isn’t the main reason)

The thing that scares me the most about Halloween is that it is the beginning of the holiday season. In other words, it is the beginning of the end for many independent contractors.

As most people celebrate Halloween and flip the calendar to November they unconsciously begin the act of unplugging for the rest of the year.

First, there is the long weekend to launch November as we celebrate our Veterans. Now let’s be very clear, our Veterans deserve to be celebrated daily not just once. The point is that with this day comes a day away from work and aids in the holiday mindset. The fact that it is on a Wednesday this year it now has the chance to mess up a full week of focus.

Next there is the 4 day weekend that Thanksgiving has become. 4 days might not be enough for some of you that make it a full week break and maybe longer if you work some travel in there.

Next thing you know you change the calendar and all of a sudden it is December. Before we know it the kids get out of school again and the rest of the holidays show up and rush past us.

And then the biggest holiday of them all…New Years Eve. Time to finally flip the switch back on. Here is some advance warning…please skip New Years Resolutions this year and just create good habits instead.

Remember, as Halloween approaches and the year rushes to a close ask yourself these questions:

  • If you were running a race, wouldn’t you push harder and sprint as the finish line got closer? Then why do we let up with the final days of the year ahead of us?
  • If you had to climb a mountain, wouldn’t it be a nice bonus if you could start at least halfway up? That is what finishing strong will do for the start of the next year for you.

Look around the stores you visit, notice anything? That’s right, they skipped Halloween and Thanksgiving and the Christmas decorations are up already. To them, the year is over. How about to you?


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Chadalyst – Time to sprint for the finish line and finish strong so you can start strong next year. Ignore the calendar and remember that much of your competition has started to celebrate the holidays. Take advantage of the opportunity!

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“It takes no more hours in a day to be smart than it does to be stupid!” – Gary Keller


This sounds like something my dad would have said to me, and that is just the way that Gary speaks to anyone smart enough to listen!


While Gary was hitting us with this powerful statement at Keller William’s Mega Camp, what does this really mean?


It means that YOU get the choice of how you spend each moment of your life. Even when it feels like you don’t have that choice, you still have it! You can choose the positive outlook in a negative situation just as easily as you can choose to have a negative outlook in a positive situation. *Editorial note – Why would you do the latter?


It is up to you to fill your calendar with activities that help you continue to grow smarter instead of leading you down the path of stupid.


Are you filling your calendar with powerful growth opportunities such as:
  • Masterminding and Networking with SMART people
  • Goal setting for a BIGGER life
  • Reading for personal GROWTH
  • Focusing on growing your ONE thing to becoming a leader in your industry
Or are you choosing to fill your calendar with lesser choices such as:
  • Watching your favorite soap opera
  • Eating at unhealthy restaurants
  • Sitting around with no purpose or plan and just watching grass grow (another saying my dad always enjoyed to use)
Now, we are not saying that some of those things don’t bring value to your life. Sometimes we all need to unplug and there is nothing better than getting lost in a movie or a show. The real question is how much time do you need for unplugging and how much time are you taking for unplugging?


Are you finding your calendar filled by others and letting them choose what to put on there? Then you can only hope you are surrounded by people filling your calendar with smart time.


The only thing worse that having stupid time on your calendar is not even filling in a calendar to follow. If you don’t fill in a calendar, how will you know what you NEED to do instead of what you think you should do? When presented with that choice we always choose the easy way out.


White SpaceYOU get to choose if your activities and situations are making you smarter or not. Remember that your calendar is your true boss. Make sure you get your goals to show up by the activities on your calendar and then each day remember to ask your calendar what you should be doing. Then, do THAT!


Time block well as you get to choose if those minutes, hours and days are going to be helping you become “more stupid” or smarter.


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Chadalyst – Get out a calendar, any calendar from a day planner to Google, and start filling it in. Remember to add smart time to that calendar today by putting exercise, reading and networking, with the right people. Don’t leave white space!

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It’s NOT one thing

Many of us hear something, then we latch on to it, and then we run with it. Have you ever stopped to wonder if what you heard was accurate?

  • How many times have you heard “it” incorrectly, like a game of broken telephone?
  • Have you ever heard “it” just how you wanted to hear it?
  • Do you believe that you might have heard “it” in a way that is slanted by the person telling it to us?

Have you read the best seller, The ONE Thing? Did you take that to mean ONLY one thing?

That is a thought that can be overwhelming! That will cause paralysis in most people before they are able to move forward. How can ONE thing sum up everything in your life? Simple, it can’t.

It isn’t ONE thing, it’s ONE THING AT A TIME!

The book shows us that there are 7 areas of our lives to focus on. Even though we understand and accept this, we will still attempt to find one thing to fit them all. The 7 areas of focus are:

  1. Spiritual Life7 areas of focus
  2. Physical Health
  3. Personal Life
  4. Key Relationships
  5. Job
  6. Business
  7. Finances

Within these areas we have our ONE thing for each and again, it is one thing at a time.

Maybe your ONE thing with your job is being focused on lead generation. Once that is complete you move on to your job’s next one thing. This might be customer follow up, it might be your website development or maybe it is to meet with a client. Whatever it is, that is what you do next and with the same focus.

Maybe your one thing is to have dinner with the family. If that is what is important for your Key Relationships, then be at the table and be present working on that ONE thing. After dinner you can go check your email, the scores or whatever you just had to check on your phone. Then move to your next one thing with a key relationship. That might be a walk with your spouse, or working on a puzzle with your kids or even some alone time with a book as you change your focus to your Personal Life. You are the only one that can choose what your one thing should be.

While doing whatever it is, be there and be focused on that ONE thing! Once you are finished, then, and only then move on to your NEXT one thing and remember it is ONE THING AT A TIME!


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By finding out what your ONE thing is in each area of your life you will find clarity and focus that you have never had before.


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Chadalyst – Take some time to yourself and write out the 7 areas and then write down what your ONE thing is for each of those areas. Start there and then you can figure out your next one thing as needed.

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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?


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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