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3 Life Lessons in 1 minute

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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One Year

one year agoOne year

365 days (at least 75% of the time)

52 weeks

8760 hours

525,600 minutes

You get the idea. A year can be as long or as short as you make it because it never changes on the calendar.

A year ago my life was very different as I lived someplace else, worked someplace else and had many other habits in my daily routine.

What could you do with a year?

  • A home can be built in less than a year
  • Training for a marathon can be accomplished in less than a year
  • A child can be conceived and born in less than a year

According to various studies it takes 66 days to make a habit and that means that in one year you could create at least 5 new habits. You can do more than 5 if you learn more than one habit at a time. Such as working out everyday AND waking up earlier to make the most of each day.

Each year on January 1st we set new goals. We finally make changes for the better. We also make promises that we usually have broken by February 1st. Why wait?

Pick any day and start over, New Year’s Eve doesn’t matter. If you don’t like the path you took today, start again tomorrow and go in a different direction. Just know that if you keep starting over in a different direction you will most likely end up moving in a circle and getting nowhere fast!

Decide where it is you want to be a year from now and step in the right direction.

  • Do you want to weigh less? Start eating right and working out today
  • Do you want to make more money? Start working harder, smarter or searching for the opportunity to earn more.
  • Do you want to get out of debt? Start paying off your smallest debt and working in the right direction.

 

What did your life look like a year ago?

What will it look like in a year?

The Future

 

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Chadalyst – Write down what your life will look like next year. Pick the 3 key words from what you have written and post them someplace for you to see daily. Seal the letter in an envelope and look at it in a year.

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Need help? Recruit it!

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how great you are at something, you still need help to reach the next level.

Bruce the squirrel is one of the most focussed animals I have ever had the chance to observe. Bruce hangs upside down to work the bird feeder and get what he is after. You can learn more about Bruce by reading Focus Found in This, Squirrel.

We solved our Bruce challenge as we moved the bird feeder to a place that no matter what he did he could not reach.Squirrel in tree

  • He jumped and fell
  • He hung upside down and stretched
  • He even bounced on the tree branch hoping to shake the bird feeder loose

Then Bruce finally found the solution he needed. He recruited talent. What does talent look like?

  • Talent has drive of its own
  • Talent has a skill set that you are needing
  • Talent has the ability to think and resolve issues without you

Bruce, found Robin. Robin the Chipmunk came to work with Bruce on solving the challenge of accessing all of the food in the bird feeder. Talent was found.

  • Robin has the same drive to find food and to eat as much as possible
  • Robin was lighter and smaller which allowed him to land on the bird feeder and not fall off
  • Robin was able to figure out the best way to the bird feeder after missing once or twice

Robin is talent and just what Bruce needed to succeed.

Now Robin jumps down from the tree branch and lands on the bird feeder and is light enough and small enough to slip onto the feeding platform without tipping it over. Robin eats until full and then spills extra food to the ground below.

As Robin does all of the hard work, Bruce sits below and waits for the food to fall and eats his unfair share without doing any of the hard work.

What is it in your life that you need to recruit help for?

  • Someone to read books and create summaries for you?
  • Someone to run daily errands and maintain your home?
  • Someone to work with your abundance of clients and make sure your customer service level is kept high?

Talent is out there for you to find. Just remember, talent is probably not sitting around reading online posts for job openings, talent is probably working and if you need help you will probably have to recruit it!

 

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Chadalyst  Make a list of the perfect talent for you. Are they young or experienced? Get at numbers or are they creative types? The more specific you can get, the easier it will be to spot them!

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New Year’s Resolution #Failure

Has your 2014 resolution failed already? Don’t feel badly. Studies show us that 88% of all resolutions that are set, fail and most of them, fail quickly.

We flip the calendar from December to January and two things happen. We write the wrong year on our contracts and checks and we create resolutions that are not based in reality.New Years Resolution Failure

The reason that resolutions fail is that we set an unrealistic expectation of ourselves. We figure that just because the calendar changed from December to January that we will be a new person. Amazingly we don’t think that when we change from May to June, why not?

For us it does not have to be that way. Instead of an unrealistic resolution set a realistic goal for yourself.

  • If your resolution was to workout each day and you didn’t work out last year at all, how about setting a goal to start to work out 3 times a week.
  • If your resolution was to not eat any more sweets, and we know how that worked out last year when we made that same resolution, set a goal to cut your sweets in half (I mean the amount you eat, not cut them in half so you can save some for later)
  • If your resolution was to talk to 50 people everyday about business and last year you didn’t talk to 50 people in a month, just set a goal to talk to 10 people a day for now.

One of the best things to remember is that we do not have to wait for next January to set new goals. Find the success that comes from these small steps and push them to the next level in February by working out 4 times a week, eating half the sweets you are still eating, and talking to 20 people about business.

By the end of this year you will be talking to more people than you thought, working out harder and faster than you originally even believed and eating healthier than ever.

The key is to remember, it starts with realistic goals not unbelievable resolutions.

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Chadalyst – Write down your one habit someplace you will see it each day and don’t end the day without completing it!

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Successful Sales Contests

Business slow? Need to motivate the troops? Looking to figure out the best way to run a successful sales contest?

It doesn’t matter the time of year you run your contest if you can remember these 5 simple steps needed to run a successful sales contest.

We already know the 3 Rs of education. Actually this could explain the state of education in our country when only one of the 3 Rs really starts with R! Sorry for thinking out loud.

Women all know the 4 Cs of diamonds and men should quickly learn them.

By learning the 5 Ss you will understand the best way to build this powerful motivational tool.

  1. Short – The time frame for any sales contest must be short. Depending on your industry that is going to be 30-90 days. Some contests results will need time to show up. Do not plan to run a contest all year long as it will lose energy quickly. Start strong and finish fast!
  2. Simple – To make your tournament work it must be simple to all of the people that it is meant to inspire. That means simple to them to understand and that means choosing one thing for your contest to focus on. Your contest is about new clients, new sales, larger sales or whatever your goal is. Your sales challenge cannot be all in one!
  3. Self-scoring – Whatever the format you are using for your contest at work it must be one that the contestants can score themselves. This will allow them to know where they stand at all times. Of course you have to be able to track the contest as well with something specific for the honest final results.
  4. Synergistic – A contest should never be mano-a-mano. Have people work together and they will motivate each other and encourage each other to reach for the highest level possible. Small teams within your larger team will make your race more fun to run.
  5. Spotlight – Studies have shown that it isn’t the cash, the trip or whatever you are offering as a prize that motivates people. It is the spotlight that they seek in one form or another. Some want it really bright and focused on them. Others want to hide from it most of the time and still want the recognition that comes from winning and being the best. The earned respect is the best way to run a successful sales contest.Of course prizes along the way help

Keep it simple and short, just like this blog post and success will be yours.

You have known about the 3 Rs and about the 4 Cs. Now you know the 5 Ss. Keep them in mind and you will run a successful sales contest time and time again! Run a Successful Sales Contest

 

 

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Your Journey is a Jigsaw

Forget what you have heard in the movies about life being like a box of chocolates and instead imagine that your life journey is a jigsaw puzzle.

If life were like a box of chocolates, it would make you fatter, give you a sugar high followed by the sugar crash and then leave you with the empty box. Nobody wants a life like that.

puzzle piecesThis is why we suggest you consider your journey as a jigsaw.

It starts as a mess
Life does start messy and confusing, just like starting your jigsaw puzzle. When most people go to begin a jigsaw puzzle they open the box and dump all of the pieces on the table. This leaves you with a pile of pieces. Some of these pieces will be upside down, and some are already stuck to another piece. Some of these pieces even manage to fall to the floor where they are hopefully rescued before they are thought missing.

We being to have some order
The first place most people will begin working on a puzzle is by turning all of the pieces face up and separating the edges and the corners from the other pieces. By doing this we begin to get order to the mess that was our puzzle. Just as in life, we start to learn and develop routine and feel like we have some order to everything.

We can start to see the Big Picture
As we create the border of our puzzle we are finally able to see the big picture coming together. We have taken the image on the box and have made it a reality. As we complete this stage of our puzzle we feel that sense of accomplishment and pride before we move on to the next challenge that is ahead of us.

We get to work
Now we dive into the puzzle. Some pieces click perfectly in our puzzle. Some pieces don’t seem to fit anywhere. We go through bursts of success where it just seems that the puzzle is putting itself together, to moments of frustration where we can’t find a piece no matter what we do. Hopefully this isn’t the piece you lost on the floor earlier in the process.

We achieve Success!
Finally that last piece drops into place and with a sigh of relief we look at our masterpiece. What was once trapped in a box, became a mess. From that mess came order and then a big picture. From that order came the magic of bringing everything together.

Now you have success and get to decide your next challenge and maybe start all over again.

  • Will you choose to redo the same puzzle again and again?
  • Will you choose to get one with more pieces or a more challenging image and push yourself?
  • Will you just leave the puzzle you have completed never wanting to take apart your hard work?

In life we find many messes that we can turn into a success.  Remember, life is not like a box of chocolates, life is like a puzzle waiting for you to solve it!puzzle piece

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Time to make a mountain out of a molehill

One of dad’s favorite sayings was that I was making a mountain out of a molehill. While I loved dad, he did have a lot of strange or cliché sayings. I am wondering if there is a book on cliché’s for parenting.

What is usually meant by this saying is that you are turning a little issue into a big problem.This is a great lesson to learn in all areas of life.

mole

  • Are you blowing something out of proportion?
  • Are you taking things to an extreme for no reason?
  • Are you over reacting?

While it is a powerful lesson it is not what we are here to cover.

Today we want to look at taking that little molehill and seeing if we can turn it into our own mountain with a little focus and effort.

Why would we want to take something small and make it into something big? Because that is how success works. This is how change happens in our lives, like it or not.

This is a lesson we have heard many times from many different experts in many different ways. Hopefully today is the day that the message finally hits home with you.

  • Darren Hardy calls it the Compound Effect
  • Gary Keller and Jay Papasan call it The ONE Thing
  • Dr Leo Marvin (played by Richard Dreyfuss in What About Bob) called it Baby Steps

You can call it whatever you want just as long as you are doing it.

Through my most recent coaching opportunities it was clear that people understand how to look at the big picture.

  • We have our vision boards (I bet yours has a car, a house, a few trips and something about being out of debt on it)
  • We have our screen saver set with images (if you are seeing the photo of the beach on your computer it means it is idle, meaning you are not working on getting closer to that trip to the beach)
  • We have the letter we have written to our future self about what we know will happen.

All of these things are great. They are powerful. They are wonderful tools to use in your growth.

I could look at a photo of the United States and know to get from Seattle, Washington to Orlando, Florida I must go east and south. If I want to get from Seattle to Orlando I wouldn’t  just look at a picture, I would look at a map (remember those things before we had GPS.)

Your pictures are great. Our question is where is your road map to get to your target?

Start taking each of those molehills and stack them together day after day and you will have your mountain.

  • Save 10% of each paycheck and put it in something that earns you money and watch it grow
  • Take 5 extra minutes each day and put away your distractions and spend it with your spouse or children
  • Work out just a little more (or work out just a little for those doing nothing yet) and see growth happen
  • Take one less bite at each meal and watch the pounds add up and fall off over time.

Take your molehill and make it a mountain!

If you aren’t doing this on purpose, it is happening anyway. Make sure your mountain is one you are standing on top of and not one you are at the bottom wondering how you will ever climb to the top!

Mountain Top

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Chadalyst – Call one more person for work right now and build that mountain. Get up and walk another 1000 steps right now. Put down that snack you are eating right now. Choose your focus and start moving up your mountain!

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