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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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Chadalyst – Go one step farther and create a list of the 5 people you want to spend your time with. Then work on developing those relationships so that you can make that list a reality!

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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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Chadalyst – Pick one of the 3 lessons that spoke to you and implement something in your world today!

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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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Look in the mirror!

Isn’t it interesting how your reticular activating system can really kick in on certain things.

  • Maybe you are looking at buying a car, and you start to see the type of car you are thinking about purchasing everywhere.
  • Maybe you are about to get married and all of a sudden it seems like everyone around you is getting married.
  • Maybe you hear an amazing piece of advice and it keeps showing up everywhere you look.

I found myself in just that situation recently and I wanted to share this advice that kept popping up in my world with each of you.

LOOK IN THE MIRROR!mirror

There are many reasons to look in the mirror and the first reason came from my mother. If your home life was anything like mine, each morning you were reminded to look in the mirror before you left the house. Of course in my home the reminding sounded a little more like, “did you even look at yourself in the mirror?”

Yes, it matters how we present ourselves.

mirror competitionThe second reason to look into a mirror is to beat the best competitor you will ever face (in anything) and that is yourself! Have you noticed how gyms have mirrors everywhere? It is not to make the location look bigger. It is to have you watching your competition, yourself. Personal trainers will tell you again and again that the only competitor that can truly beat you is staring back at you in that mirror!
If you want to be your best, beat the person staring back at you.

mirror self reflectionThe third reason I share with you today is one that Gary Keller reminded many recently and that is “if you want to find someone to blame, just look in the mirror.” This is usually the last place we want to look even though it should be the first.
Before you blame others, figure out where something went wrong and what you can learn from the experience.

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Remember these 3 tips each time you pass a mirror…

1) Dress to impress!

2) Your biggest competition is right in front of you.

3) If you want to blame someone, they are looking right back at you.

 

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Chadalyst – Find a small mirror to place on your desk, hang on the wall near your office phone, or put near the door you use the most when you leave your home. Remember the 3 reasons for a mirror each time you look back at yourself.

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In Like a Lion…

Maybe you have heard the saying “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb?”

What does that saying mean? The official answer, it is referring to the weather and how March usually starts cold and windy and ends with spring all around us as the weather gets warmer.

One thing that I hope is that this saying never applies to you. This saying should never apply to your business life or your personal life. Please do not let a month come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. Instead let’s always be working to make sure that your month starts with a roar of a lion and ends up as a pride. For those wondering a pride is a group of lions.

  • If your month starts strong, keep going and build on it.
  • If your month starts average, then step it up.
  • If you month starts with a whimper just remember that at anytime with some effort you can turn that whimper into a big ROAR!

Stop for a moment and imagine what your business, your relationships, your bank account, your whole life could look like, if each month was a slightly louder roar then the month before. (This is where you stop and imagine before returning to read more…just be sure to come back and finish reading)

It doesn’t take a lot to raise the volume of your roar. Check off these 5 simple things each day:

5 checkmarks

  1. Make 1 more sales call or customer follow up call before you leave work for the day. You will walk out feeling like you did your job and now and then you will walk out with an additional success.
  2. Send a thank you text before during the day to 2 people that you are grateful for from that day. You will see more happiness around you, you will be bringing happiness to other people and you will fill yourself with more happiness.
  3.  Help 3 people a day. These can be things such as holding a door, to buying coffee for the person behind you in line, to things like helping someone move. Do these things without looking for something in return and you will get something in return!
  4.  Take a moment each day and remember what you are doing it all 4. OK we know we reached with the for/4 thing, just go with it. Without knowing your purpose and remembering your purpose you will get derailed.
  5. Read 5 pages of something that will help you grow. One must always be continuing to learn to develop a larger roar!

These activities will keep you working a little harder, thinking a little bigger and becoming a better person. Do these simple steps as a part of your daily activities and your roar will continue to grow and grow until everyone can hear it!

Let your roar be heard!

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Chadalyst – Even if you aren’t ready to do all 5 of the simple steps to raising your roar, pick one and start with that for the next week and watch your volume grow anyway!

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Keep the spirit alive!

The holidays are over and it’s time to get back to “it”. Whatever “it” is for you.

It is time to set new goals for the new year and get focused. It is time to be all about business once again…or is it?

Why can’t the holiday spirit continue all year long? Why can’t we benefit from that energy that we are surrounded with, without the hefty price tag the holidays can sometimes bring?

Imagine the difference in your life if you could find yourself whistling a Christmas carol in April as you dealt with taxes, in August as the heat was making you crave the winter months or even as the kids return to school (isn’t that like a holiday for adults anyway?)

The holiday spirit is not something found in a store, under a tree or wrapped in any size package. The holiday spirit is your mindset and you can change that whenever you desire.

Did you notice between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve that people seem to have a little more patience with each other? Were you more patient this past holiday season?

Did you notice that people smiled more often and offered greetings to people they passed with the holiday energy in the air? Did you find that you were smiling more?

How can you keep the holiday spirit with you all year?

  • Remember to say hello and thank you to those around you.
  • Give small gifts to those that matter.
  • Make some time to help someone in need.
  • Spend a few extra moments with family in person or with video or a call.

The holiday season energy could be just the thing to power you through the tougher times of this year.

The holiday season is just an excuse to be nice, and that is one excuse we don’t need. Be nice all year long and you will be amazed with the results

 

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Chadalyst – The best way to keep the spirit alive is different for each of us. What is it that the holiday spirit means to you and how can you keep it alive outside of holiday season? Great, whatever you just thought about, go do it!

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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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