How to Reach Your New Year’s Resolutions (When You Feel Like Giving Up)

Did you promise yourself you’d do some pretty big things in 2018? Of course you did. Because you’re an entrepreneur, and we know no other way of life, fortunately! And no matter how you feel about the cliche “New Year’s resolutions,” they’re really inevitable in some form. But the holidays have passed and suddenly it’s time to turn all that easily found optimism into reality. We’ve got to sit down and do the work. And it doesn’t take long to realize that doing the work isn’t near as easy, as sexy, as inspiring as making all those glorious plans for a six figure business and a vacation every month lifestyle was. Personally, I found myself with a pit in my stomach, scared, anxious, and doubting through most of New Year’s Day. All this at the mere thought of how much work there was to be done starting the next day. Here’s the Good News If you’re already feeling a little self-doubt about whether you can actually make it all happen, I have good news for you. This doubt and fear is merely your subconscious mind acting the way it’s been programmed to act. Fortunately, and you can change that today.  In today’s video I share with you how I was able to kick my fear to the curb the next day using a simple, back to basics process that should form the structure of your daily work habits. Spend four minutes with the video and ten minutes implementing it in your business, and you’ll be back on track. In fact, you’ll probably find that you’ve underestimated what you can...
Forget New Year, New You. Do This Instead.

Forget New Year, New You. Do This Instead.

In theory, new year resolutions are great. They’re nothing more than goals, which are the lifeblood of a successful entrepreneur. But in reality, new year resolutions suck. Here’s why only 8% of us (at best) keep the “new year, new you” plan we so eagerly embark upon every January 1st. (Next we’ll talk about how to become one of the 8%ers). There are two main reasons the gym is overloaded with people in January and back to normal by February. First, we try to make too many resolutions. Somehow, we expect the completely arbitrary date of January 1 to be the day our life does a total 180. When we wake up on this magical morning, every bad habit we have will be gone, replaced by new productive, healthy, happy habits. But the burden of making all these drastic changes at once becomes too much. And with each small failure to stick to the resolution, our resolve gets weaker, our self-talk turns negative, and we slip into the second reason for failure, which has to do with our subconscious expectation. No matter how bad we tell ourselves this is going to be “my year,” chances are great that your subconscious is singing a whole different tune. Our brain knows that year after year we’ve failed to keep these resolutions. And even worse, our brain knows that IT’S OKAY. It’s completely socially acceptable to fail at your new year resolutions. In fact, I bet many of us would be ostracized in conversation with our friends if we were actually  “that person” who isn’t laughing in February at all their failures....
Will You Be Bragging About Your Business on New Year’s Eve?

Will You Be Bragging About Your Business on New Year’s Eve?

Ah, New Year’s Eve. Party hats, Cheap champagne, Half-hearted resolutions  (that often don’t make it to January 2). The “holiday” season, and its culmination on New Year’s Eve, bring back some of my darkest memories as an entrepreneur. This was suppose to be the year. The year it took off, and the passive income ball started rolling into a massive ball of cash. The year I could look my friends and family in the eye and say “I told you so.” The year my business clicked and I became the polished picture of perfection I saw in all those sales videos. I mean, I bought their courses. I tried their ways. Sometimes. Yes, I admit, shinier objects came along and distracted me. But I tried them too. And they all said they were just like me a few years ago. A big ole mess of looming debt, an unkept house, a hidden gem in their market. Before the big house that doesn’t look lived in. Before the glittery outfit with matching jewelry, coordinating eyeshadow and a $300 haircut. Before the $1000/hour video crew that could make the Unibomber look as trustworthy as Larry King . . . New Year’s Eve. Dammit, where’d I even put that list of this year’s goals?? So seriously and optimistically crafted exactly a year ago. I’m an entrepreneur. I’m not like them. They won’t quit smoking, lose weight, stop yelling at their kids, or use that gym membership. But I will. I will build that business. The one that gives me financial freedom to make decisions without concern for money. The one that brings...

How to Form a New Habit in One Day

If you think about why some people seem to be successful at everything they do, while others struggle through life, or never even try to reach beyond mediocrity, you might theorize that the successful bunch is smarter, better educated, born with a silver spoon. You might attribute their success to having good connections, being lucky, or having the right personality. Truth is, the biggest difference between those who achieve success and the rest of the world is that successful people have the best habits. I know it sounds a little simplistic, but it’s true. I’ve seen it. And lived it. But don’t take my word for it. You’ve probably heard this from Aristotle: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. Brian Tracy put it nicely: Successful people are where they are today as a result of their habits.  Your habits determine fully 95% of your behavior.  Everything that you are or that you will ever accomplish will be determined by the quality of the habits that you form. John Maxwell knows it: The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. And similarly, Jim Rohn observed: Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. What Level of Importance Are You Giving “Habits?” Imagine the secret to success being your habits . . . Not the latest SEO strategy to trick Google. Not your number of social media followers, likes and shares. Not even the ability to get endorsements from the gurus in your market. So here’s what I want you to ask yourself >> Do I spend...
5 Reasons You’ll Fail in 2014

5 Reasons You’ll Fail in 2014

Happy New Year! I know you want to change some things this year. Probably a lot of things. Hopefully you’re concentrating on how and why you’re going to succeed, not fail. And while that’s usually what I like to talk about too, as 2014 arrives I find myself frustrated for you. Frustrated because every year everyone vows to make these hugely wonderful changes that are going to make the new year the best ever. And yet by February, at the latest, more than 50% of us have lost that list of things we were going to do to become a picture of success in our business, and our life. Look back for a minute at your 2013. Are you where you wanted to be when you set your vision for the year on January 1, 2013? Probably not. Today is the time to make sure 2014 doesn’t suffer the same fate. Which means that you’ve got to do something different. Most people vow to work harder so they can reach their goals, but that’s never what it’s about. If you want different results, you’ve got to stop trying the same old things that haven’t worked. Here are the biggest 5 failure factors I see. 1. Your Goals are Too Big, Too Many, and Too Vague If you’re setting goals and consistently not reaching them, then you’re doing the goal-setting process wrong. And I’m not going to offer you some new fancy pants system guaranteed to help you finally reach your goals. Such a thing does not exist. Here’s one thing I know about goal-setting — there are a thousand “best” ways...
Why Your Online Business is Better Than Santa Claus

Why Your Online Business is Better Than Santa Claus

This is the moment we’ve all been working towards since the Halloween leftovers went to the 75% off shelf on November 1. At many stores you had until 9:00 last night to come up with the “perfect” gifts for the ones you love (and the ones you have that dreadful obligation to buy for). And today, all will be revealed. Lives will be changed with iDevices, video game consoles, and $100 dolls that require wardrobes more expensive than my own. Or will they? Of course not. Because all this “stuff” that we put so much time and effort into acquiring, isn’t what we really want at all. “Version 4” that we waited in line all night to get our hands on will be so outdated by next Christmas that we wouldn’t take it if you tried to give it away. So thanks for your efforts Santa Claus, but the present we really want, is presence. I admit the stuff can be fun. But what I remember about Christmases past is not the stuff I got, as much as the memories I made. Baking cookies with my mom, hand washing the good china with my aunts and grandma after an unbelievable feast, family game time, playing in the snow. Being together. And that’s where your online business comes in. Your business has the unlimited potential to give you these gifts that keep on giving. How to Claim Your Online Business Gifts While the specifics may vary, the motivating factor behind starting your online business likely had to do with wanting to be more present in your life. For your kids, your...