Dec 052008

In all areas of our life from business to relationships it is important to plan our work and work our plan. I really like this statement, but there also must be a time to review what we have done.

Sometimes when a business workout partner of mine and I are brainstorming we will be going back and forth asking each other, “What has been working at your networking events, and in your business to help it grow the most?” Honestly, I am just as guilty as any when I have to fess up and sometimes say, “I really don’t know.”

I am sure many of you will agree with me when say that is a difficult statement to make when you have such high expectations of yourself. Keeping accurate tracking on the results of our efforts may seem like a very mundane activity, but that is just what may be separating you from the success you desire. Success in any area of our life is centered on mastering the mundane.

You want to be thin and healthy? Exercise and eat less. Have a successful business? Model those who have already accomplished it. It always, ALWAYS boils down the acronym KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid!)

I love what Jim Rohn says, “If you can do it, it is easy.” Often when I am out and about I over hear someone say tracking their results is hard, or cold calling is hard, or whatever XYZ is too hard. I laugh to myself a little and simply say, “Yes, it may require more effort than your other activities, but how much better will your results be if you take the extra time to do it?” The answer almost always is, “Well I don’t know exactly, but I know it really would help advance my business.”

If you know something is going to improve the quality of your life, DO IT! It will only be “hard” for a little while, and then you know what? It will become a habit, second nature, and you will achieve far more than you have ever imagined possible!

Good luck and let’s make it happen!

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Nov 182008

There is a never ending cycle in life and it is cause and effect.

Every cause has an effect and every effect has a cause. This is congruent with the Slight Edge principle I recently posted on. In a nut shell, every decision that we make falls either on the success curve or the failure curve.

Our daily actions are either bringing us close to our desired outcome or farther away, there is no way to remain stagnant in life. The masses subscribe to procrastination in hopes things will just work themselves out. They have built a house on the failure curve. This is why by 95% of people by the age of 65 are dead or dead broke. Only 5% of people can live the rest of their life in financial comfort!

Personally, this is just mind boggling to me, with the vast array of business opportunities in the world so many people just settle down into their comfort zone and don’t take advantage of the abundance that is out there. But, I will spend no more time discussing what could be if people changed, as Jim Rohn would say “Why would you signing up for that class.”

I put an extremely high value on education, not a traditional education, a “real education.” The education you get when you get out into the trenches and experience life. Find out the effects of making a certain number of sales calls, attending multiple networking events, meeting X number a people a week, exercising X number of times a week, reading X number of books a year, listening to valuable audio programs from people you find successful. This is the education that will show you an exponential return on investment. These are the causes for many of the effects we aspire to have in our lives.

Stop rolling the dice, success is not by chance. Study success and model the behaviors of those who have achieved what you aspire to and you will never be disappointed as long as you press on never accepting failure.

Good luck and God bless.

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