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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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Chadalyst – Start dreaming BIG and write down who you want to be 5 years from now. Remember, you can change the vision on the way!

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Have a Masters Mindset

For one weekend every year the eyes of the sporting world are looking at Augusta, Georgia. This year was no different and it is one that will be remembered thanks to a little history made at The Masters. Here’s the best part, you can decide which way you will remember this weekend.
Here’s what happened…
masters-logoJordan Spieth collapsed on the 12th hole of the final round of the Masters. He only had 8 holes left in the biggest golf tournament. He had a 5 stroke lead and looked like there was nothing that was going to stop him from winning the event. Jordan, at 22 years of age, is the defending champion and would have become only the 4th golfer to win in back to back years. If he held on to win the sports world would have been asking if he was the next Tiger, the next (Jack) Nicklaus and one of the greatest to play the game of golf. Sadly, this conversation did not occur.
Instead Jordan Spieth got ready to tee off at the 12th hole, a par 3, and after finding the water twice, and a bunker once, he ended the hole with a 7 (4 over par) and he never recovered.
Meanwhile, Danny Willett an excellent golfer in his own right, ranked just outside of the top #10 in the world and someone who most people could not pick out of a line-up took the lead and won the tournament and the coveted green jacket.
Now imagine how that could be you. Things are working well for you. You are having success at work and things almost feel too easy. Everything is moving along and all cylinders are clicking. Then all of a sudden you have a bad day. This bad day could be caused by something outside of work, or maybe it is work related. How do we keep moving forward so we don’t have a collapse that puts an end to an amazing week, month or even year? How do we make sure that we can get back up and are able to get back on top?
It is all about having the right mindset! This is the main focus of The ONE Thing Workshop. Some of the things that you can learn and work on improving is how to create powerful habits, live a counter balanced life and surround yourself with the right people. Find out when The ONE Thing Workshop will be in your area and join me.
How is your mindset? Will you remember The Masters of 2016 as a great come from behind win for Willett or will you remember it as the collapse of Spieth?
Oh and while all of that was happening the Golden State Warriors tied the Chicago Bulls with their 72 win of the NBA season and a chance to set a new record at 73 wins, something that has never been done before.
Don’t forget that while many things can distract us and pull our focus, there is always the chance that someone is coming out of what seems to be nowhere to set records behind you!

 

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Chadalyst – When you are on a plane the Flight Attendant instructs you to put your oxygen mask on first in case of emergency. That way you take care of yourself before you attempt to take care of others and can be the most helpful. Take a moment and figure out what it is that gives you a positive mindset. Is it a walk in the woods? Some quiet time with a book? Is it a great meal that you prepare, and then get to enjoy eating? Whatever it is be sure to know it and when you are feeling down and out, go recharge your mindset!

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Stupid or Smart…You Choose

“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!

 

If you are ready to learn more about this powerful question you can get your own copy of The ONE Thing or contact me to learn how to bring the official The ONE Thing Workshop to youONEThing Certified

 

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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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.

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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.

 

If you are ready to learn more about an environment that supports your goals,  you can get your own copy of The ONE Thing or contact me to learn how to bring the official The ONE Thing Workshop to youONEThing Certified

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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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To-Do Lists. Do they help?

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?

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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!

If you are ready to learn more about this powerful question you can get your own copy of The ONE Thing or contact me to learn how to bring the official The ONE Thing Workshop to youONEThing Certified

 

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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Overcome a Large Challenge by Making it Small

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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