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Plan B, C and D!

Hopefully you already have a Plan A in place! What to do to get where you want to go.

  • That could mean you know how many people you need to speak to for your business success.
  • That could mean you know how many days you need to visit your gym to hit the health goal you have in place
  • That could mean you know how many pages you need to read to finish the books you have stacked on your nightstand right now.

What happens when Plan A falls apart. And believe me, it will fall apart!

Over the past few months if you had travel plans that included Delta or Southwest you found yourself looking for Plan B, Plan C and maybe even Plan D as both of these large airlines had major computer issues grounding thousands of flights and leaving people stranded for days.

Did you have a plan for your health and your body fought back with a sprain or just a flu from the new exercise?

Did you have a plan for your new eating strategy and then ended up at an event with only fried food and sweets. Note: This sounds like a great event to be stuck at!

Did you have a plan for making calls to your potential and past clients while at the office and people kept knocking on your door to ask questions.

Our plans are only as good as our back-up plans.

Plan A B or CNext time you build Plan A, take a moment and look at all of the obstacles that could get in your way. Some of them might be so extreme you don’t really need a plan for them and some of them might be so common you already included the contingency in Plan A. There will be many things that will come to mind while you wear your black hat and review your original Plan A.

Don’t take days to build the back up plans, just put together a Plan B, Plan C and even a Plan D if needed and because you have them, you won’t need them!

Some tell us that we should have a Plan A and stick to it no matter what. While we want you to be committed to your plan of attack and not fall back to a Plan B or Plan C, remember what Mike Tyson said…”everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”

Be ready for your success with whichever plan you follow!

 

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Chadalyst – Create and commit to Plan A. Then sketch together a Plan B and Plan C to file away for a rainy day!

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What is a leader?

There I was sitting in a room with people with the title of leader. These leaders are getting ready to work with others that also have a title of leader. This made me ask the question, what makes a leader?

  • Is a leader someone who helps others figure out what to do or figures out what to do and let others witness it?
    Is a leader someone who goes first or goes last?
    Is a leader someone who tells others things or listens to others about things?

The answer to these questions is a simple one…yes.

A leader helps others figure the path and leads by example.
A leader sometimes pulls in the right direction and leads the way and other times pushes in the right direction and follows others.
A leader has answers and is always finding new answers.

Still confused? Here it is summed up in 3 simple points of what a leader does.vision

  1. Set a vision
  2. Clearly communicate that vision consistently
  3. Recruit a team to that vision

1. Set a vision – a leader should have an idea of where they currently are and where they want to go.

2. Communicate that vision – a leader should be able to share the destination with others so they want to go there as well.

3. Recruit a team – through communication a leader should be able to find others that see the same vision, hear the same vision and want to join on the journey to the final vision.

Some visions need a large team to achieve. Then there are some visions the only person you need to recruit is the one looking at you in the mirror!

You might not be a leader in title. That shouldn’t stop you from leading. In the different areas of life, we can all be leaders.

  • Maybe you are a leader in the business world.
  • Maybe you are a leader in your health choices.
  • Maybe you are a leader in the way you parent or the type of spouse you are.

The hardest person to lead is yourself so remember that YOU are a Leader and start there!

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Chadalyst – The best way to lead others is to lead yourself. Find one thing that you can lead yourself to success at, and do it! Then do it again! Soon enough people will be coming to you for the lessons you have learned and the leadership you display!

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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.

 

If you are ready to learn more about time blocking with smart time contact me to learn how to bring the official The ONE Thing Workshop to youONEThing Certified

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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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Play With a Full Deck

New Year’s resolutions…forget about them!
Instead we are here to help make this next year aces! There are 52 weeks in the year and 52 cards in a playing deck. Our goal is to make sure we are all playing with a full deck.

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Often we start the year thinking about how to improve our business or how to improve our relationships or how to improve other external things. Our list gets long and overwhelming and we don’t accomplish what we set out to achieve. All of these things can be improved if we all start from the inside out.

Our goal has and always will be to help our readers grow. Thank you for being one of those readers and subscribers to this blog.

Each of our blogs ends with a Chadalyst, a thing that precipitates an event or change from Chad, and this blog is filled with them.

Let’s get to the challengeThere are 52 things on this list. We assigned a playing card to each one, randomly draw a card from a deck once a week and start working on the matching item. Challenge yourself to achieve as many of these as possible in the next year. These are in no specific order. heart

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Ace of Hearts Run a 5K
A short 3 mile run is something you can get up to speed for quickly. This isn’t a race, it is an experience. Donate some money to a good cause, get some great exercise and feel good inside and out.

2 of HeartsClean your closet
There are so many things in your closet that you don’t wear anymore and probably never will again. If you didn’t wear something over the past 12 months, clean it out of the closet and donate it. You will feel good inside and be able to get some new clothes to look good on the outside.

3 of Hearts Take a yoga class
Get your brain centered, get your body doing things you never thought possible. Yoga will help you get in shape and will help you find peace.

4 of Hearts Unplug for a weekend
We have become dependent upon technology. For a weekend, leave your phone behind. Don’t check in, don’t post, and don’t tweet. You deserve a weekend without the beeps and tweets.

5 of Hearts Help at a homeless shelter
There are others in need. Taking some time to donate time and help those less fortunate will help us all appreciate what we have and what we take for granted

6 of Hearts Read a self-help book
We all think we have it together and no matter how great things are, there are always other ways to look at anything. Take a moment and find a book to help us communicate better, help us understand each other better or whatever challenge you face.

7 of Hearts Read a fiction book and escape
Another way to unplug is to pick up a book and escape. There is nothing as powerful as our imagination and reading a fiction book lets us use that imagination. Who knows what new ideas you might find in a crime novel, a journey through time or a trip to another planet.

8 of Hearts Call someone
There is someone who you have wanted to talk to. There is someone who you haven’t spoken to in a while. There is someone you should pick up the phone and call.

9 of Hearts Send a hand written card
Emails and Facebook messages are great ways to stay in touch with people without much effort. Take a moment and show someone that they are important enough for you to hand write them a note or letter. Plus, isn’t it nice to get something in the mail other than a bill?

10 of Hearts Pay for the person behind you at the drive thru
We often go through the drive thru to start our day, on a busy lunch or to bring home dinner at the end of a long day with no time to cook. That means the person behind us is probably in the same boat. Start someone’s day on a high note, help someone else in a rush or make someone’s evening a little bit better.

Jack of Hearts Eat something new
Don’t ask what it is, just taste something that you have never eaten before. Open your mind and heart and in this case, your palate. You may never know what you enjoy once you get over what it is you are eating.

Queen of Hearts Attend a dance class
Even for those that are rhythmically challenged, this is a great way to connect with your life dance partner and have some laughs.

King of Hearts Learn a language
It is a challenge and will take more than a week to get this one done. Get started on something you have always wanted to do (we all do) and think of how it will make you a better person.

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Ace of ClubsTry a new recipe
We all get set in our ways and make the same 5-10 meals with very little change. Having broccoli instead of green beans is not a different meal. Grab a cookbook, ask a friend or even Google it. Find something new to make and surprise yourself.

2 of ClubsTake a 3 day weekend with someone important
One of the most valuable things you can give to someone is time. It is one of the things that we are limited on having and we never know when we have run out. Take a break and take a spouse, a family member or a friend and get out-of-town together.

3 of ClubsTake a nap
Who doesn’t want one of these? We all go go go and feel that a nap is something we don’t have the time for. Take the time and take a nap.

4 of ClubsBuild something
This could be something small like a(an) ______ all the way up to a new deck on the back of your home. Enjoy the feeling of creation and being able to appreciate your work for years to come.

5 of ClubsNo desserts
For some this is simple and for others a challenge. Go a week and have no desserts. That means no cookies at the office and no samples at the store. This might not be the best item to attempt to check off the list during the holiday season.

6 of ClubsReach 10,000 steps
Looking to improve your health in one of the easiest ways, walk 10,000 steps in a day. Pace back and forth while you are on the phone. Stretch your legs when you have a moment. Take a walk around the block. Reach 10,000 steps on a regular basis and your body will thank you.

7 of ClubsClean your garage
The first thing most people see when they get home is the garage. If you are not seeing yours, it is a good bet that it is too full and too much of a mess for you to use it. Start with one box at a time and after a box a day you will start to see changes in your garage and reclaim an area of your home.

8 of ClubsJournal
Clear your mind at the end of the day. Capture your thoughts, feelings and experiences in a private place for you or in a place that you can one day pass to someone else to know what it was that you were going through. Journaling will capture it all and help you sleep better.

9 of ClubsNo TV
Turn off the tube! Pull out a book (see items #__ and #___) play a board game, go for a walk. Whatever you do if you turn off the television you will quickly reclaim many hours of your week

10 of ClubsBe a kid again
Jump on a skate board. Go play in an arcade. Do something that reminds you of when you were a kid and having happy times. We all have our inner child waiting to come out and play.

Jack of ClubsSave an animal
Want to take a big leap on this one, go adopt an animal. You will wonder if you saved it or if it saved you. If you are not ready to take on the additional responsibility, take some time and volunteer at the local animal shelter. You will feel wonderful at the end of the day.

Queen of ClubsPlant a tree
A tree might be a little big for your space. If you can’t plant a tree, bring something green to your home and pot some flowers. Help nature grow and watch how it makes you feel better

King of ClubsNew hairstyle
Be daring. Got long hair, go cut it short. If you have always have had short hair, grow it out. Losing your hair (we know of what we speak) just take the plunge and shave it off.

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Ace of DiamondsGet extreme
Jump from a plane (with a parachute please) Go Scuba diving. Compete in a marathon. Do something this next year that reminds you the thrill that life can share when you push yourself to something extreme.

2 of DiamondsInterview a role model
Want to grow in many ways this year? Take a moment and interview a role model. Find someone doing something that you want to do. Someone that will be happy to share with you what they know. Remember that you are also a role model to others and be ready to continue to share that information

3 of DiamondsTake a hike
Get outside and breathe in some fresh air while exploring nature and getting some exercise. Sounds like a perfect way to clear your head for a day

4 of DiamondsPerform a random act of kindness
Hopefully you do this often. Hold a door open, help someone with full hands from a store, and shovel a driveway of a neighbor. Whatever it is you do, be intentional about finding someone to help

5 of DiamondsShop local
Support your local stores. Big box stores might have larger selections and it is our local stores that add culture to our towns. Get your coffee someplace local. Buy your next book from a local bookstore. Shop local and help your town.

6 of DiamondsAttend a live sporting event
Support your local team in any professional sport or even at the college level. Get out there, unwind and take in competition at its finest.

7 of DiamondsTake the stairs and skip all elevators/escalators
Use an extra moment and climb the stairs and get your blood pumping that little bit extra. You never know, you might start a trend.

8 of DiamondsDiscover a new band
Get out of your comfort zone of listening to the same groups again and again. Ask friends for suggestions, check out what Pandora shows as similar or dive into iTunes and find something different and push your mind.

9 of DiamondsSubscribe to a magazine for someone
Magazines are great learning tools. They bring information right to your mailbox monthly. Find a magazine you think someone would enjoy and send a subscription to them. They will think of you monthly.

10 of DiamondsTake a vacation
You’ve earned it. OK, maybe you haven’t and you should still take one. Just before a vacation we get focused and busy at work and then on a vacation we can unplug, unwind and create a memory that we otherwise would have missed

Jack of DiamondsLeave a huge tip
Ever work in the service industry? If you have you know that you can change someone’s day with an unexpectedly large tip. Never worked in the service industry, you should and then you would understand.

Queen of DiamondsMake friends with someone new
Meet your children’s friend’s parents. Meet someone you see at the coffee shop each morning. Make a new friend and see what doors open for both of you.

King of DiamondsSay thank you
You do this all the time as second nature (we hope) Be intentional about saying thank you to someone (or a group of some ones) that have impacted your life. Gratitude goes a long way

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Ace of SpadesSing karaoke
You might not be able to sing. You might have stage fright. Don’t worry most of the people who are there can’t sing either. Relax and enjoy a night of getting uncomfortable.

2 of SpadesSupport the arts
Every town has a local theatre. Take in a dance performance or a play that is going on. Encourage those that invest their time and talents and experience something magical

3 of SpadesCreate a work of art
Pull out those paints. Get some pencils and start sketching. You don’t have to make something to frame, just create and find amazing new answers to questions you have been stuck on.

4 of SpadesSpend a day with a child
Take your child for a day of just the two of you. Don’t have a child, borrow a niece or nephew. Children need role models and relationships. Take a day and work on developing yours.

5 of SpadesDownload a new app
Who knows what app. Open up the app store on your phone and download the top suggested or top free or go looking for an app that can help solve a problem you have. Technology is everywhere so embrace it.

6 of SpadesTake a friend out to dinner
Everyone eats. Take a friend and spend a meal together. Catch up, talk about life, and eat great food. You will be happy you did.

7 of SpadesGo on a road trip
Everywhere in the country has someplace close enough to make for a fun road trip. Jump in the car and off you go to create a memory and experience an adventure.

8 of SpadesLearn more about something you are interested in
With the growth of Google there is nothing out of reach anymore. Want to know more about Greek Mythology, Google it. Want to learn more about bridges, Google it. There is something you have wanted to know so take a moment and Google it.

9 of SpadesRepaint a room
Nothing will change a day more than a new color. Paint that bathroom, bedroom or office that you have been thinking about doing. It will give you a new lease on creativity.

10 of SpadesGive a gift to someone for no reason
We all feel better when we can make others feel better (believe it or not) Next time you see something that you know someone you know would enjoy, send it to them!

Jack of SpadesDrink water
Looking to improve your health and eat better, the first place to start is drinking those 8 cups of water a day. Get a bottle that holds 64oz and fill it. Drink it all before the day ends.

Queen of SpadesVisit an art gallery
Savor a moment surrounded by beautiful works of art and explore an art gallery. New thoughts will fill your mind and new solutions found

King of SpadesGo on a picnic
Nature is there for you to embrace and too often we enjoy nature out the window of our car or office. Grab your meal and grab a seat on the grass and enjoy a little time with Mother Nature. When was the last time you visited her?

Just draw one card from your deck a week and it will make for a wonderful year of growth and change. At the end of that year you will never be the same!

This challenge can be started at any time and does not have to start with a new year. Start today and good luck.

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Chadalyst Draw a card and get to it already!

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The greatest gift from Apple

Just as you get ready to start working on your big rock for the day…your phone rings.
Now you are really ready to get to work on that project…a text message beeps and pulls your focus
Finally, this time you have got it! Here you go as you tune out everything and dive into your one big task of the day. You are making a dent, things are going well….buzz, beep, ring, tweet…whatever it is this time that distracts you.

Squirrel Syndrome is something that many people suffer from today. Your phone lights up, beeps, vibrates and you just can’t avoid it. You want to know what it going on in the world that you can’t focus on your work.

Time to thank Apple once again. Not for iTunes, not for the iPhone, not for the iHouse (oh, you don’t have one of those yet? I am sure they will be available soon)

This time, let’s thank Apple for the greatest thing that they have ever given us…

Do Not Disturb

Have you taken a moment to set this up yet?

1) Select the SETTINGS Application

2) Turn on Do Not Disturb. As you can see this is in a very easy to find location on the Settings screen

It is that easy. If you would like to set this up once and schedule it just follow these steps…

1) Select the SETTINGS Application

2) This time, just below the Do Not Disturb option select Notifications

3) On the Notifications page, select Do Not Disturb

4)Now it is time to set your options…

You can turn on Schedule and set times to not be disturbed. This works well if you have some place you should be each day. Set this from bed time until after your morning blocked time and really get some work done

You can allow calls from your favorites to still come through (or you can select a specific group in your contacts) This will allow you to take a call from your spouse, your boss or anyone that you know if they are calling during this key time it must be an emergency

You can even set the Do Not Disturb setting to allow a repeat call to come through. This means anyone that calls you twice within 3 minutes will be let through.

Now you have been able to figure a way to focus better at work and avoid the Squirrel Syndrome that many people suffer from in today’s world of shiny objects. With all of that figured out…Get back to work!

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Chadalyst Take a moment and set up your Do Not Disturb settings

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Skydive into your business

You jump out of a perfectly good plane each and every day…it doesn’t matter if that plane is 13,000 feet in the air or if that plane is your desk at the office or wherever you work.

Have you ever been skydiving? It truly is just like any day in your business. Let’s look at how they compare…

Training: Before you are allowed to get near the plane you have to get some basic training. Just like any new job or career you embark on. It should always start with a little training.

Equipment: The next thing that you do is you put on the correct outfit and equipment. While skydiving this will be a jumpsuit and a parachute or harness if you are planning to jump tandem (highly recommended – you will learn why later) When you are heading to work you get dressed in the uniform of the position and take the needed equipment with you before leaving your home.

Travel: The next step is to get in your needed form of transportation. When heading to work that might not be a plane unless you are a pilot or a skydiving full-time. Get yourself where you need to be.

Getting Ready to Get Ready: This is when you check each harness point on the parachute one last time. Making sure that your equipment is ready for whatever you have coming next. In your job this is getting the store front ready to open, getting that list together of the contacts you are going to reach out to, or whatever you need to do so that you are ready when the time comes.

JUMP: This is just what it sounds like when skydiving, you jump (or if you are diving tandem you sit down and get pushed out basically – this helps you over the fear of the jumping part) At work you jump into your tasks. That could be making calls, it could be greeting people at the door or it could be starting your route for the day. JUST JUMP and get going

Free fall: This is the rush part of the jump. You free fall at close to 125 mph and feel the wind in your face. You take in the beautiful sights, you enjoy the sensation of the fall and you create a memory that will stay with you forever. At work can you feel this same way? Of course you can. Make a sale, help someone, accomplish what it is that you set out to and you will feel that rush. If you don’t feel the rush, find a new job!

Open the Parachute: This is the part that just can’t be explained unless you have jumped and experienced it. Everything changes and quickly! You go from the feeling of falling to the feeling of being lifted in a moments notice. Your world is changed quickly. This sounds familiar to many of you when compared to work. This is when the deal starts to go south. This is when the customer starts to complain about their issue. Everything was going in one direction and now things turn quickly and get your adrenalin going!

Float Back to the Ground: While skydiving this is the peaceful time. The rush is over. Just enjoy the decent. Spin, turn, look around or just enjoy the silence. At work this is when everything is coming together. The deal is happening finally. The client is making that purchase and you are ringing them up.

Landing: The end of the ride. While skydiving this is when your feet (or butt depending on the landing style) hit the ground and you end your experience. For business this is when the check comes in from your company. You get paid and the experience is over.

Hopefully whether you are skydiving or working this is a rush that you look forward to experiencing again and again. Remember that each experience will be different from the last and that is part of the fun!

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Chadalyst – Just jump! Whether it be from a plane or into your work, get to it. If you don’t enjoy the sensation enough, find another line of work!

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8 Things You Should Think Twice About Before Doing on Social Media

It is amazing the things we learn in school and how they can help us in our business life as we grow.

This is a challenging time for many adults as social media was not around as we were in high school and college. There was an article the other day about the 12 Things Students Should Never Do On Social Media and it was interesting how many of those things could apply as lessons in life that adults should learn as well. Future employers and future clients will want to know who they are working with and as of now social media is the place they can quickly check on you.

We have taken the 8 from the student’s list that you should keep in mind. The other 4 can stay in school.

1)Post Illegal Activity
You would think this would be a given and we see many people posting things that could get them in trouble one day. Maybe it is that photo of your speedometer as you attempt to break speed records in a school zone or maybe it is something else that you should think twice about.

2)Bash Your Boss
Just don’t do it! If you are working somewhere why would you bash the person that can make or break your life in the office? If you just lost your job and think who cares anymore, your next boss cares, that’s who.

3)Bullying
This is a concern in the adolescent world right now and the problem doesn’t end there. You might think you are posting generically and all that time people know whom you are posting about and bullying. Think twice.

4)Post Confidential Information
Ever see some of the things that people are posting today? Photos of their driver’s licence, photos of other forms of id and photos of things that they should think twice about. People are posting their confidential information such as their Social Security Number without thinking about it. Pay attention!

5)Lie
Everyone makes their life sound amazing on social media and the challenge is that you can’t keep up the lies. Remember that many of the people you work with, spend time with are also probably your social media friends and followers. Play sick and then post from the golf course…not a good idea!

6)Ignore Company Policy
Depending on where you work you might have a company policy that you should be aware of. Topics you cannot post about, images you cannot share and other restrictions. Learn these!

7)Don’t Trust the Privacy Settings
About 4% of the social media world understand privacy settings properly and even those people can get in trouble. Post an image or a comment to a group that you believe you are safe posting to and see what happens when one of those people downloads, saves or accidentally openly shares your image or posting? If you don’t want your parents, spouse, children or boss to ever see it, don’t post it! Be safe.

8)Post While Emotional
This is the worst mess we can all create. When you are worked up about something many people now turn to social media to vent…once it is on social media it is always on social media so take that moment and breathe…think about it…rethink it…then post if you are still sure.

Follow these 8 simple rules and when you do post you can feel confident that you have learned your lesson without having to go back to school.

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Chadalyst – Figure out which of the 8 things you are challenged with and focus on changing your habits.

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