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Who are your 5 people?

Author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur Jim Rohn is known for many great sayings such as:

Never wish life were easier, wish that you were better.

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.

Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.

And then there was this one:

You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

Now for the big question, who are those people?

My dad was either a big fan of Jim Rohn or he understood this lesson at a high level from somewhere in life. Because when I was in grade 10 I spent my time with a specific group of friends. My grades suffered and I almost had the opportunity to repeat some of my classes that year. My dad stepped up and gave me two options. Option one, be grounded for the rest of my high school life and never have a social life. Option two, find new friends!

The friends that I spent time with during grade 10 I am sure are all great people now. At the time they didn’t show the drive that my dad knew was within me and instead of pushing myself, I held back to stay with my friends. Had I remained with this group, who knows who I am today!

Instead of being locked in the house for the next few years, as you can guess I took the second option and I developed other friendships and surrounded myself with a group of guys that had drive, determination and goals in their future. Now one is an author, one an actor, one a lawyer, one a leader in his organization and one a leader in tourism for a major city. All of these friends are like brothers to me and even now, 30 years later we are still just as close.

What did my dad know? He knew that surrounding me with others that were growing, learning and challenging each other would help me to grow, to learn and to take on challenges. At the time I am sure I argued and kicked and screamed about the change. Now all I can say is thank you dad!

Let’s get back to the question that I asked you before sharing part of my story. Who are those 5 people for you?
Write the names of the 5 people (adult children count, otherwise don’t count your young kids still at home) that you spend the most time with.
Then create a column and rate them on a 1-10 scale of, 1) how fun they are 2) their business success 3) their health.
Average up the score for each category, fun, success and health and I bet you find rating of you.

We become the people we spend time with.

Choose your friends wisely!

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Let me introduce you to you

After spending a week at Keller Williams Family Reunion this past week there were many AHA’s that were being shared. One of them kept being repeated and stood out to me was that you are only 5 years from being whomever you want to be. What great news!

Let me share with you what that can look like as we go back in time together and I share my story. Let’s go back 6 years. I know I said 5 years, let’s look at the 5 year gap from 2011-2016 to see what can be done.

I share with you my story as an example and then at the end I will share with you the simple steps you can follow to create your own transformation.

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In 2011 I am not married and in 2016 I have a strong marriage with my amazing wife Nita that is built on trust and honesty. By using strategies of Darren Hardy, I have created a gratitude journal for my wife and shared it with her. It now always has me looking for the things that I am grateful for about her and it has her doing the same. This keeps us growing and strengthening our marriage.

In 2011 I am up to my eyeballs in debt due to irresponsible management of my money and credit and in 2016 I am proud to say I am debt free, except for my home. How does this happen? Following the path put before us by Dave Ramsey for Financial Peace in our lives.

In 2011 I think that I am in shape and in 2016 I am in the best shape of my life. By finding a gym that works for me and a trainer that pushes me and a nutritionist that guides me healthy becomes a way of life.

In 2011 I call Bellingham Washington home and by 2016 I call Atlanta Georgia home.  With growth comes opportunity and with opportunity comes change.

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Now that we are back in the present it is time for you to set your vision for who you will be in 2022. It might sound far away, although it is only 5 years away and will be here before you know it!

How to do it? First thing is the hardest thing as you want to do is decide who you want to be when you get there. If you don’t have a vision you will look up and be the same you 5 years from now, or you might have gone backwards. Sit down and dream big! Do you want your health to look a certain way? How about where you are living? What does business look like for you? Who are you in relationships with?

Second step is what is called Goal Setting to the Now from The ONE Thing and take your written vision of 5 years from now backwards. If you know who you want to be in 5 years, who do you need to be in 3 years to be on track? Who you then need to be in 1 year to be on track? Who will you need to be in 6 months then? How about 1 month? How about at the end of this week? How about as soon as you finish reading this?

Walk the goal backwards and it becomes easier to see the finish line.

Now it is up to you to get started and I can’t wait to meet the 2022 version of you!

PS Did you notice along the way of my path, there was a mentor, a trainer, a coach to show me the path? Find yours today!

 

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Compete or Complete?

It is amazing how powerful a single letter of our alphabet can be. The letter E changes the sound of so many other letters. The letter S can turn one into many. And the letter L can make a huge difference in your results.

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Let’s look closer at this. Years ago many people used to make the sign of the letter L on their head to make fun of others and represent the term loser.

Today it is that same letter L that could be the thing that is keeping you in a cycle of losing and preventing you from becoming the winner that you know you are!

Most people go through the day just to complete everything that they need to do. Check, check and check. People love to check their to-do lists and feel as though they got enough done to call it a day. There are people who even put ‘create to-do list’ on their to-do list, just to complete one task immediately.

Then there are the people out there that compete to bring out the best in themselves. Competition is a powerful tool and does not have to lead to someone being a sore winner. These people might compete with others just as quickly as they might compete with a target that is set. Best of all they might just compete with themselves and grow each and every opportunity they get.

Which one are you? Someone that looks to compete or someone with that letter L that is happy when they just complete a task?

Don’t let a single letter define you.

 

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Here We Go Again

Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday we were saying it was too hot as the summer beat down on us? Maybe it was a week ago that we were excited to see the flowers blooming as Spring started? It couldn’t have been that long ago that we just celebrated the new year and yet here it is again. Before we know it, this new year ahead of us will have come and gone.

What can we do differently this time to make the next year even better than this one? Review it!

Review Most of the time we just press forward thinking that we can and should do the same things we have been doing and this time just do them better. That is rarely the case. If you could just do those things better wouldn’t you have already done that?

Before this year comes to an end go take an hour, a morning, a day and review this past year. Ask yourself some tough questions about the year.

Where did you spend your time?
Were you in your office space or were you elsewhere? Were you on Facebook or other websites too often? Were you with clients enough?
If you can figure out where you were, you can figure out where you should and shouldn’t be in the new year!

What did you do that worked and what did you do that did not work?
There were some events you hosted or attended that did great. There were some that in review were a clear waste of your time. There were some weeks that were extra successful and some weeks that you should have just stayed in bed.
What made these events work or these weeks so great? What was it that made you wish you could run and hide?

Who did you spend your time with and who should you have spent your time with?
Jim Rohn taught us that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Who was that for you this year? Did you choose wisely? Who do you wish you had spent more time with so you could grow into the person you want to be?

They tell us that history is doomed to repeat itself. The same is true for us as well because we are doomed to repeat ourselves unless we learn the lessons and make the changes that allow us to breakthrough and grow!

Take the time to review your year and learn from it. You deserve it!

 

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Lead with revenue even through the holidays

From decorations in the stores to the red cups at Starbucks and everything pumpkin spiced, we know that holiday season is here. The holidays bring so many emotions from joy to happiness to a childlike glee and yes, sadly to stress.

What brings the stress the most? The financial commitment that the holidays can become. From travel to gifts to donations to more gifts to tables full of food and to even more gifts it is easy to turn a wonderful time into one that brings worry.

We have been hearing the lesson of LEAD WITH REVENUE for years in the business world and it should also apply to our personal world!

With many of us putting together our annual budget for next year it is time to stop and think about all of those business expenses that we do not need to have. Time to stop and think about where we are going to put our money next year. Then, making sure we have the income to exceed the expenses so we end the year with profit!

Lead with revenue is not just a business concept and we can use this powerful lesson to make the most of our personal life as well.
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Here is what we have learned to do. We have a jar that we fill following a schedule all year-long. On week 1 we put $1 in the jar. On week 2 we put $2 in the jar, and so on and so on. On week 36 we put $36 in the jar and by now we are sure you have figured the pattern. By the end of the year you will end up with $1378 in the jar. We add a little extra by emptying our pockets of coins into the jar and by the end of the year are in the area of $1500. Now, we take that money, divide it up and have our holiday budget to shop for friends, family, charity and ourselves. No stress, no credit card bills and nobody attempting to out shop anyone else.

This same pattern can be used in your business world as well as you add money to an account once a week or with every check you receive. Build up this account with a target to pay for needed training or a tool you need to add to the business or coaching for  yourself and then you too can lead with revenue and not with hope and stress!

Here’s to a happy holiday season and to a revenue filled year for each of you!

 

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Lessons of the Season

It’s my favorite time of the year! There are so many lessons to be harvested during the month of October. Here are 3 of my favorite lessons, 2 from the world of sports and one from your own kids.

1)Baseball playoffs are happening! The teams that are still battling it out remind us that you have to FINISH STRONG and no matter what challenge is in front of you, find a solution. It doesn’t matter if it is the middle of the game, bring in your best pitcher if it gives you the best chance to win! It is win or go home time!
What can you do to FINISH STRONG as the activities you do today lead to results at the end of the year? What challenge is in front of you and how can you solve that challenge? What must you do that you have never done before?

2)Football is one-third of the way into their season and some teams got off to a slow start and haven’t let that slow them. Some got off to a fast start and rested on their success a little too much. Some teams are looking ahead and remembering there is still time to make changes. A vision is what gives the team a target, internal motivation (also know was a Big Why) keeps them moving forward and coaching makes them better week after week!
What is your Vision? Is it big enough to give you something to move towards?
When was the last time you thought about why you were doing what you do? Do you have a BIG WHY powering you to get there?
Who is coaching you and helping lead you to the next level week after week?

3)This month our kids teach us the power and ease of lead generation. That’s right, our kids. We let them dress up in crazy costumes, we hand them a plastic pumpkin or a pillow case and we send them out into the world to knock on doors, walk through malls into each store and no matter where they are they have to talk to strangers! They might be saying “trick or treat” and receiving a piece of candy for their efforts.
Who are you talking to and asking your own version of “trick or treat?”

The year is far from over and there is plenty of time to FINISH STRONG, recast a VISION and earn the TREATS that come from your chosen form of lead generation!

Happy Autumn!

 

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Are you unique?

From Facebook to Twitter to Friendster to Instagram to MySpace to SnapChat to YouTube and this list can continue to go on and on and on…

Some of these social media sites have vanished while others have taken over the way we communicate and have experiences. What makes one a huge success and one a failure?

  • It has nothing to do with photos versus videos.
  • It has nothing to do with the age of user or when it was launched.
  • It has nothing to with the limited characters or #hashtags.

Well then, what does make the difference? The difference is found in the Unique Value Proposition that each of the products offer.

That is the same thing that helps make YOU different from everyone else.

Have you created your very own Unique Value Proposition (UVP) to share with your potential clients?

Here are some tips on putting together your very own UVP:

  1. Start by figuring out what makes you different from everyone else.
    Is there something in your career history that makes you unique and the best person for your client? Maybe it is something in your experiences that makes you unique? We all have something that makes us the best choice.
  2. Can you prove whatever makes you unique?
    Being honest might be unique, sadly, although it cannot be proven until after the fact. Being someone that will follow up regularly is great, although it cannot be proven until you have followed up. Make sure your unique traits can be proven, such as you have sold a certain number of homes in the past or maybe you have created special marketing that stood out and got the deal done. Make sure you can prove it.
  3. Make sure whatever makes you unique is not just another way to put others down. Be the person that shows off your best side, not proves you are the best match because you pull others down.

Do not attempt to create a Unique Value proposition and then grow into it. Instead, create your Unique Value Proposition from what makes you unique and continue to change it as you and your business grow.

Always remember to stand out from the crowd!pencils

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