New Lessons, New Learning, New Results

Struggle, effort, and challenge are wonderful things in the mind of an entrepreneur or leader with the proper focus. Even as a mom or a dad, wisdom and experience comes through the challenges that we face and the solutions that we bring.
 
As our mindset today shares, if we only did things that were easy, we wouldn’t actually be learning anything. We would just be practicing things we already knew.
 
It is so easy for us to get down on ourselves when we struggle with something new. Yet, struggle is a fantastic indicator we are learning and growing.
 
Simple and easy is not a stretch for you. You must stretch to get better.
 
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I encourage you to stop for a moment today and write out what you want to see come to reality in next days.
 
If those goals do not scare you to death, chances are they’re not near big enough.
 
More than likely, you will end up spending this year just practicing stuff you already knew but hoping that you get to a different result.
We have to be brutally honest and talk about where we want to go and what it’s going to take to get there, and then sit down and do the work. New lessons and new learning lead to new outcomes. That’s where we get new results.
 
 
Think about that.
 

The Great Fighter

Frank Mir says that the difference between a good fighter and a great fighter is mindset.

 

Now, obviously I believe mindset is one of the single most important things in the life of an entrepreneur and a business professional; otherwise, I would not have built Mindset Engine for you.

 

But the important thing with mindset is to realize that it is not only just a key ingredient. It is a foundation ingredient for those who are successful.

 

The most successful, the greatest fighters in this quote, are those who have the ability to focus, to really hone in on what it is they want, how they can drive, and most importantly how they can strip away distractions that cause them to procrastinate.

 

I have found in my own life that the closer that I get to success, the marker that showed me so was that my mindset became much, much more focused.

 

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I invite you today to stop and look back at your calendar over the last month. Have you been deeply focused on what you’re trying to build? Or has it been a zigzag—off to the left, off to the right—where you’re just swinging at whatever’s in front of you hoping you might get lucky?

 

We need to remember that the best fighters have a very focused goal.

 

That’s what makes them winners and champions. So use that concept today.

 

What do you need to win this round. Do so. And think about the next round.

 

Compounding Investment

We all like nice things. But if you take a look, nice (and expensive) things actually could cost you a whole lot more than you originally thought.

I am not opposed to taking care of ourselves with quality provisions and rewards. However, if we do so at the expense of our health or our mindset, then we could be costing ourselves far much more than thought.

Our health is paramount. Our mental state and focus are equally critical.

That is why I encourage you today to make sure you “budget” for time for your health and your mind time.

We need time to relax, meditate, pray, sit quietly, whatever your practice.

So before you drive through for that next In & Out Burger, remember, your body will be around longer than that expensive handbag, shoes, car, whatever.

Budget wisely.

Think about that.

Wealth and Wisdom

Being broke is something that can be changed. Having a poor mindset is something that could be eternal.

I have the opportunity to network with many of the world’s leading entrepreneurs. I feel very fortunate to be able to have this network of people, but with it, I have to see myself as a student.

I ask myself all the time, “Why am able to have this network of people, and what should I do with this as a steward?”

The benefits are numerous from being around people of this skill and talent. So, to maximize the value, I need to look at their habits and actions of the most successful. What do the most forward thinking and highest performing people in my community do to perform at their level?

One key thing I have noticed is that even when in the midst of failure, they’re always looking at the lesson. They are always looking at the progress.

When you have that outlook and mindset, financial gain is merely a matter of time.

Think about that.

A Success Perspective

Today’s quote is hysterical, but also incredibly tragic.

There are millions of entrepreneurs trapped inside corporate jobs. For many, it is a voice of fear or a voice of uncertainty that keeps them limited and in a corporate job for thirty or forty years. They are frustrated.

An entrepreneurial mind says that, “I’m willing to do the hard things that normal people are not willing to do, so that I can reap the benefit of success that normal people will never see.”

Being an entrepreneur is hard because you have lots of work to do, but you also have the work of structuring and exercising your mind.

Take action.

I challenge you to look at positivity in your life. Look at your words. Listen to your thoughts. Pay attention to what is happening in your heart, and in your mind.

When you do, you’ll quickly realize that your mind, and your mindset either work for you, or work against you.

Think about that.

Beauty and Power in Stillness

I. Love. This. Mindset. I cannot express fully how powerful and freeing this particular Mindset is.

Having the skill to cause yourself to pause and be still is something for which we should all seek.  More times than not, when searching for a solution, I am in scramble mode or spending all my energy looking for a magic bullet.

Instead, what I should do more often is make time to be still.

In the stillness, our heart, head, mind, and soul can connect to our true selves.  This connection, brings clarity and momentum to our problem-solving needs.  In fact, I try to include a time of quiet and stillness in my morning routine.

Being busy and taking action are big tools in the toolbox of an entrepreneur.  However, we all would do well to “sharpen the axe” of being still.

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I dare you to try this for one week.  10 minutes of still and quiet every single morning.  At first it will seem like an eternity.  By the end of the week you will discover that your best thoughts come from that time.  Also, your body will thank you.

Think About That.

Keys to the Happiest Place on Earth

I love Walt Disney, and everything about Disney World and Disneyland. I think it is incredible.

The creativity, the strategy, the gumption that was taken in building a media empire like Disney is nothing short of remarkable.

 

Interesting from our quote today that Walt Disney says, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” This come from a man who was challenged on every side, at every turn, and at several times, at key moments.

 

Just before the release of the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney was required to bet the viability and the future of the company on the success of that film.

 

He knew what his dream was, and he would stop at nothing to make it happen.

 

Now, I certainly understand that we have to be wise. We have to be shrewd in business. But, I also think we have to allow ourselves to dream. We must strategically allow our minds to see the vision and then to go create that destiny and create that future.

 

Your dreams have a purpose. It’s not to frustrate you, it is to inspire you.

 

Think About That.

 

Remembering the Future…

Is all too easy to get caught up in paralyzing thought about your future. Often, we allow ourselves to think that something is outside our reach.

 

I know that as a coach and mentor for entrepreneurs and leaders, it is so common that is almost funny—except it is debilitating.

 

Whatever your passion or goal, remembering today’s Mindset is a HUGE resource that will help you get to where you want to go.

 

In fact, just the other day, I was on an interview call with an entrepreneur with an 8-figure business, and they said, “All of us—every entrepreneur I know—thinks too little of their own worth.”

 

I find that challenging.

 

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So, what do we do about this challenge?  The answer is both simple and difficult. Set your goal and then focus on the process that will get you there—NOT on the goal itself.

 

Let me explain:  If your goal is to grow your business to $1,000,000, that is great.  But if you only dwell on the end result, you will be plagued with setbacks and frustrations.

 

Instead, focus on the actions and the processes that will get you to your goal.  Be excellent at every step, and your goal will come to you.

 

HINT: Get out of your head and take action every single day (with excellence).

 

Think About That.

Your Perception of Personal

We’ve spent several days talking about the power of perception and what it means to your journey. Today is no exception.

In fact, it’s probably the most important principle around perception.

It is important for us to pay attention how other people see us. It helps us clarify a lot about who we are and where we choose to belong.

However, it is even more important for us to focus on how we see ourselves.

If we see ourselves as successful, as powerful, as forward, and as a leader, we are far more likely to be successful than if we see ourselves as a victim, or as someone who is going to suffer hardship.

It is a life changing principle that we have to learn and then master.

Certainly, there are things in life and business that are outside of our control. However, our ability to see ourselves as our best potential self greatly gives us enormous momentum and an advantage in actually achieving our dreams.

A Lifetime Truth

Not that long ago, I was invited to come speak to a young sports team. The coach had asked if I would give a little talk about the greatest truth that I’d ever learned from being an entrepreneur.

 

The choice of what I would share with them was very simple, and it’s contained in our mindset for today.

 

In order to be successful, in order to achieve, in order to excel above those around you, you have to stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and you have to constantly think and dwell upon what will go right.

 

People who see themselves as successful;

 

People who envision what it’s like to win;

 

People who focus on what it will feel like to achieve what you want to achieve;

 

Have a ninety plus percent greater likelihood of achieving their dreams.

 

Once I learned that, I knew that there was nothing in my life or business that was out of my reach.

 

Think About That.