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Coming Up Short But Still Going Long
by On June 6, 2012

more time connecting with clients later on.

I found myself stressing about the next week – There is a fair amount of prep that goes into my job and by limiting myself to only planning one week at a time, I found myself constantly thinking about stuff that I hadn’t yet accounted for. I think my experiment in one-week scheduling may come to a crashing halt.

I have a ways to go before I am solid with the 2-Hour Solution – I never physically put in my ReCreation Time or enough Excellence Time. If past experience is any indicator, I start kicking a LOT of butt when I invest in me. Also, I need to plan further out in order to be able to do this effectively. I let my “experiment” get in the way of my productivity.

Overall, I had an awesome week – By consciously scheduling all my mandatory “work”, I was able to open up more play time.

How has the 2-Hour Solution been working for you? How was your first experience? What realizations do you have? Feel free to share them below or email me or mention me in a tweet!

Looking forward to what next week’s Solution looks like!

The 2-Hour Solution from 30,000 ft.
by On May 29, 2012

My first post on getting the 2-Hour Solution back into my life generated a lot of interest from folks.  That is AWESOME!  I’m glad to hear you feel like you have room for improvement.  In the words of Roger Seip, “That FIRES me up!”

The first thing we should do is make sure you have a basic understanding of what the 2-Hour Solution is all about.  In a nutshell, we are talking about taking a chunk of time and dedicating it to laying out how and where you will put forth effort within a specific window of time.  It’s a bit more detailed than that, but based on where we are at in this whole process, that definition should suffice.  For the sake of this post, well be looking at a two week window.

A few things to know and have with you before you start this process (in order of importance):

A One-to-Two Hour Block of Time – Where you can’t and won’t be interrupted

Your Desire to Improve – Because that’s what this is all about.  How much better do you want to be at managing your time?

Your Why – This one is a hot button topic lately, but incredibly important to the process. Why are you here?  Why do you need to be better at managing your time?  Why and where will this effort improve your life?

Your Core Values – What is your foundation; what are YOU all about?

Your Vision – Where do you see yourself a few years down the road?

Your Calendar – It’s the blueprint we’ll work off of to make you super-efficient

If you don’t have all of the above, don’t stress…too much.  To really maximize the process you should have taken the time and effort to identify all of the above.  If you need help with this, a P.A.C.T. course will be a step in the right direction. (Yes, that is a shameless plug for a 100% guaranteed program that will help you identify these things)

The process goes like this: The first thing you do is find a block of time where you can disappear and get unplugged.  No TV, no radio, no social media, no family, no phone, no birds; Angry or otherwise.  This is time to focus on YOU.  Anything that is a distraction during this step of the process will be a distraction in getting things accomplished outside your “bubble”.  Sure, these things probably have importance to you, but like they say on the airplane, you have to put your oxygen mask on before you can take care of others.  Get committed to being 100% focused during this block of time or you’re just setting yourself up for failure when it counts.

Next, take some time to review your Why, your Core Values and your Vision.  Remind yourself what is important to you and why you do what you do.  Reminding yourself of these foundational topics will help as you are prioritizing your activities for the next two weeks.

Next, take a look at your calendar and start to identify, categorize and prioritize all the things you need to do over the course of the next two weeks.  How you do that is up to you.  You might use numbers, colors, pictures, or phrases.  Just keep it consistent and make it mean something to you.  I prioritize my top revenue-generating opportunities and and I use the color green (like $$) to identify them.

Crucial to this step is identifying and prioritizing where you are going to put your efforts.  Meetings, tasks, phone calls, preparation, etc.  It might get overwhelming, and that’s a good thing.  Could be a sign that you are taking on too much.  Here’s a great litmus test to use when identifying and prioritizing your efforts.  Ask yourself the question, “Does doing this move me closer to or further away from my Vision?”

Then identify the time you want to dedicate to personal development.  When are you reading/listening to audio/attending seminars?  This is the time you spend honing your craft and making yourself a better professional.

After that, it starts getting fun.  Once you have all the above items on your calendar, start to look for holes around those activities.  This is your flex time.  This is where you can allow for a schedule change or an unexpected task to get done.  Once you have your flex time nailed down, add your ReCreation (spelled that way on purpose) time.  Daily Exercise, Date Night, Poker Night, Sudoku, whatever.  This is what you do to re-charge and relax.

Sounds like a lot, huh?  It is.  But if you take the time to do this right you will notice something you have even more of than scheduled stuff and that is free time.  By prioritizing and committing to specific times to do the things you NEED to do, it leaves you more time for the stuff you WANT to do.

OK, I realized that we just dropped below 5,000 ft and that was not the point of the post.  If you want to learn a bit more about how others have used this approach, there have been a TON of articles pop up recently.  A couple examples are David Allen’s short video talking about how he takes some time to do this and we recently posted a link on our Facebook page to a distilled 1-hour version of this concept.

Anyone else getting excited about maximizing their calendar?  Considering the fact that summer is right around the corner here in Wisco, I sure am!  Feel free to drop any comments below, or connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Time Management the Second Time Around
by On May 11, 2012

I experienced a VERY embarrassing few minutes last weekend.  At our annual sales meeting, the concept of time management came up and Roger and Eric were reinforcing how effective the 2-Hour Solution was.  When asked how often I used it, I replied, “What’s that?”  Not good.  It’s the basis for our Time Management program.  My answer spurred an impromptu 15-minute “refresher” on the concept.  The bad news is that about 17 seconds into the description, I realized I DO in fact know what the 2-Hour Solution is all about.  At 18 seconds, things went from bad to worse as I realized as a P.A.C.T coach, I have TAUGHT the 2-Hour Solution (successfully, I might add) to clients.  I always just called it the “Time Management Exercise”.  I learned it a while back and have used it (successfully, I might add) in my own life.  At 25 seconds, I reveled in the bliss that was my weeks being laid out well in advance, unexpected tasks not getting in the way of my regular workload, my regular workload getting done and still having plenty of time to exercise and play with the kids.  Then I remembered the size of my checks coming in and how I was starting to feel comfortable in life.

Unfortunately, in that comfort zone, I stopped using it consistently.  Maybe I took it for granted because I have access to our programs every day, maybe I decided to prioritize something else, maybe I just thought I was better than I really was and didn’t need it.  Whatever the case, I was reminded of what a great thing the 2-Hour Solution is and how well it did work for me when I was actively applying it.  All of this happened inside of a minute.  Anyone who has been through the Memory Training knows that the brain thinks seven times faster than other people can speak.  I was easily doubling that.

For the next 14 minutes, my life was a whirlwind of listening, taking notes and brainstorming.  I got to thinking; I’ll bet there are LOTS of folks out there just like me who have a tool in their toolbox, but either let it get dull or even worse, just haven’t put it to use.  So here’s the plan: I’m committed to making the 2-Hour Solution part of my life again, and you are invited to come along for the ride.  This will be the first of a series of posts I’m doing on integrating this AWESOME program into my day-to-day.

Some of you may not have any idea what the 2-Hour Solution is all about.  PERFECT!  You are going to see first hand what effective time management can do for you.  Others of you might know about the 2-Hour Solution, but like me you stopped using it for one reason or another.  PERFECT!  You are going to be reminded how easy it is to re-integrate it into your life and can work along with me to get it back into your day-to-day.  Or you might be a 2-Hour Solution Evangelist.  PERFECT!  You can comment and share where it has helped you and the benefits it has brought to your life.

Feel free to follow the action here by adding us to your reader (click that link on the top right), or connect with me on twitter or Facebook.  I look forward to answering any questions and sharing how I get this crucial solution back into my life.

Be Free!

6 Time-Management Tips From Accelerator Programs
by On May 2, 2012

By Alina Dizik

Want to work work smarter–not longer–hours? Start here with advice from Y Combinator, Techstars, Founder Institute, Excelerate Labs, and Seedcamp.

For startup accelerator programs, teaching wannabe entrepreneurs time management skills is critical. These camp-like incubators have one of the steepest learning curves of any professional environment, and making sure entrepreneurs stay productive is the key to success. For startups, managing time is a matter of sink or swim, and infant companies can only succeed if they stay on task.

Of course, balancing your time isn’t reserved for startup founders tackling the first part of their business plan. It applies to anyone who’s eager to work smarter–not longer–hours. So we asked founders and partners at the world’s top accelerator programs for time management tips they always share with bleary-eyed entrepreneurs. Here’s what they said:

1. Avoid the email time suck.

“Email is my worst enemy, so I only check it three times a day,” says Jonathan Greechan, partner at the Founder Institute, an accelerator program in 13 cities around the world. “Keeping email open all day is the quickest way to kill your productivity.” Instead, he’s developed a schedule when dealing with email: “First thing in the morning I glance over most emails and address only the critical ones. Midday I check progress on the critical emails I addressed in the morning. And before I go to sleep my main goal is to clear volume and smaller or menial tasks. On especially busy days I only check twice a day, cutting out the midday scrub.”

Sometimes taking longer to respond can be even more effective, Greechan says: “It may sound bad, but ignoring emails is a good way to make people not as dependent on you–in most cases, they can find the answers or solutions themselves. If you are always quick to answer, they will get lazy and be always quick to ask.”

2. Choose your most important goal each week.

Techstars chief executive David Cohen tells entrepreneurs to focus on one big goal each week. “This mental exercise makes you figure out what really matters, and focus time and energy on it at the cost of other, less important things,” he says. “Focusing on the right priorities can help you do more faster. I remember when Isaac Saldana of SendGrid decided he wanted to bring in an outside CEO. He focused on this until it was finished as his number one priority, and it accelerated the company more than anything else he could have done. Now SendGrid is on fire, and Isaac contributes as the technical leader, which is further propelling the company. It’s all because he focused on the biggest and most important thing through to completion.”

3. Know your productivity limits.

“Most people have a maximum for productivity,” says Troy Henikoff, chief executive of Excelerate Labs in Chicago. “I had an employee that would produce the maximum amount on 55 hours a week. The rest of us had to work 80 hours to get done what he did in 55; but if he worked more than 55, his total productivity started to drop. Make sure you know your limits and the individuals on your team’s limits.”

In addition, be sure you understand the most important tasks that need attention. “Do not get urgent confused with important–it is easy to get sucked into all those urgent issues, but you really should be prioritizing by what is most important,” he adds.

4. Be like Dorsey: Take breaks to prevent burnout.

“We encourage founders to not underestimate the importance of exercise, sleep, and taking breaks to restore energy and creativity,” says Harj Taggar, a partner at Y Combinator in Mountain View, Calif. “It’s better to average eight solid hours of productivity a day than it is to output 12 hours of mediocre ones. [Twitter cofounder] Jack Dorsey is running two $1 billion plus companies and he finds time to take Saturdays off to recharge.”

5. Skip some meetings.

It’s tempting to take every meeting that comes along, but it can be more distracting than productive, says Y Combinator’s Taggar: “Don’t waste time on meetings,” he says. “Once you’re a YC company, there will be an endless stream of people wanting to meet with you–investors or people offering ‘mentorship’ who will pull you in all sorts of different directions. During YC, block these out and focus on the two things above. One meeting can blow an entire day of productivity.”

Techstars’ Cohen tells entrepreneurs to avoid meetings that last longer than half hour. “Meetings with no goal, also known as ‘coffee shop’ meetings, can be huge time wasters if you’re not efficient with them,” says Cohen. “Always know why you’re meeting, and make sure it’s important–try to keep them to 30 minutes, max.”

6. Say “no” when you need to.

Reshma Sohoni, partner at Seedcamp, a venture accelerator in London, tells entrepreneurs that accepting offers of everything from meetings to seemingly related projects can quickly kill productivity. Sohoni teaches newbie founders the importance of saying no. “Entrepreneurs–especially early on–will say yes to everything. It’s really a hard balance to strike,” she says. “Whether that’s in having too many meetings or taking too much on for the team, entrepreneurs really need to make decisions fast about when and where to say no. It’s a critical skill [we] all need to learn.”

 

Are You Asking For It?
by On May 1, 2012

There goes a saying around my house — Jana wants, and Jana gets.  Not because I deserve it, but because I ASK for it.  There are very few things in this world not worth asking for.  Have you ever complained about not getting something you want?  Have you considered taking responsibility for it because you did not ASK for it?

Perhaps you did not ask for a referral from a client, a raise from your boss, the sale, help from your spouse around the house, the pretty girl on the train for a date, or a refund for airline luggage fees when your luggage was lost?  If you could have asked for something you wanted, and you didn’t…why?

Did you not think about it, or were you scared of getting the answer, “ NO”?

Fear of rejection is a learned fear.  I believe it can be unlearned as well. When did we realize it was so bad to be told ‘no’?  So your parents told you ‘no’ when you were a child, so what…someone told you as a child you could not play with them, get over it…wherever this fear was learned – it is time to challenge the thoughts that are holding us back.  Why are you NOT ASKING FOR WHAT YOU WANT???

The other day I had a meeting that ended up being rescheduled.  Not what I had anticipated for my day, but I still walked out of that office with 5 referrals even though I had not technically conducted business with anyone.  So what if they had said no?  NEXT!

One of my favorite books is The Four Agreements.  If you have not read it, I highly recommend it.  One of the four principles it teaches i

s not taking things so personally.  The word ‘no’ is not going to kill you, in fact – how will you ever get the yeses if you never go for a no?  Anyon

e in sales knows this principle well.  There are many sales leaders that will tell you to go for the ‘no’.  For the law of probability will eventually give you a ‘yes’.

So you have come to the conclusion you are not asking for what you want. How do you begin? Start by asking yourself a few questions…

1. What do you want?

2. Who do you ask for it?

3. What is the best way to approach the person (make sure your intention is kind)?

4. What is the worst-case scenario if you do not achieve the outcome you want? (I guarantee it will not end in — and then I died.)

5. What is the best-case scenario (maybe you get MORE than you asked for)?

6. Is it worth the risk to you?

I have more cajones than most, so I say ALWAYS GO FOR BROKE – but you might not be so risky … maybe it is not worth it to you to be rejected for a simple room upgrade at the hotel. But what do you have to lose? The great news is, once you ask for it, you just might get it! With some self-confidence as an added bonus!

6 Highly Entertaining Activities That Aid in Memory Retention
by On April 5, 2012

Amanda McCarthy
Staff Researcher/Part-time Writer
SeniorCare.net

Memory loss is a natural process that comes with aging. It can be devastating to realize that your mind isn’t as sharp as it once was. However, we don’t have to completely surrender to memory loss. There are many things you can do to slow down memory loss or help prevent Alzheimer’s. Forgetfulness is nothing you can’t overcome by working at it. In fact, bettering your memory can be fun if you incorporate a few simple activities into your daily life.

Recall from images

Pour over your old yearbooks or scrapbooks and recall as many details about each photograph as possible. This stimulates nostalgia, and you may be shocked at the memories you have kept over time. Returning to those same photos after a couple days could reveal even more memories. Periodically returning to photographs of happy moments in the past keeps them fresh on your mind. Look at wedding albums or baby photos to keep your most precious memories.

 

Play scrabble
Playing Scrabble or other word-centric board games is excellent for your memory. It can help you hone your spelling abilities and can enrich your vocabulary. It builds concentration and keeps you mentally acute.
You are also encouraged to employ creative strategies — that is, if you want to win — and place words with scrutiny to achieve the best results. Crossword puzzles are also helpful at keeping you mentally nimble, and can be played solo if you can’t convince others to join in on your game of Scrabble.

Create mnemonic devices
Mnemonics are methods used to help remember something, and can take many different forms. An example would be the song “50 Nifty United States” for remembering the various states in America, or “I before E,
except after C,” as a rhyme to help with spelling. Coming up with mnemonic devices for various things helps you remember them and can be a bit like a game. If you have trouble with names, try to come up with mnemonics to help with recall. Maybe think of someone famous with the same name to help create a link between this person and the memorable celebrity.

Socialize
Throw a party, go bowling, or go out to eat. Any activity that you can do with a group of friends encourages socializing, which is effective at stalling memory loss. Isolation is bad for the brain, as we are truly social beings and crave human companionship. By becoming withdrawn, the brain can lie dormant, unencumbered by the daily challenges of relationships and general communication. Socialization doesn’t have to be with friends; simply volunteering or being with family accomplishes the same goal.

Read a good book
While we may be tempted to watch our entertainment, reading exercises our brain in a much more satisfying way and has been linked to memory retention. The mental energy used to process words keeps our minds at their peak. Next time a film comes out based on a best-selling novel, opt for the novel. It will force you to explore things in a much deeper, intellectual way. Like a muscle, the brain atrophies when inert and grows when it is challenged.

Learn a new language
You can use the aforementioned mnemonic devices to help you learn a new language, which again strengthens the brain and aids greatly in keeping your memory intact. Learning a new language — or a new instrument also works — stimulates creativity and parts of your brain that may be accumulating dust. If you’re a senior with plenty of time on your hands, take advantage of this unique time to garner new skills. Not only will you be more cultured, your brain will thank you with a keener sense of memory.

Roll Out The MAT
by On February 19, 2012

The other day I was forwarded a wonderful question as a result of a recent Weekly Instructor Led Development (WILD) call that I felt was appropriate to address in a blog post. It is my hope that this will be beneficial and provide some insight to all who read this:

“…how can we stay positive when we are around negative people, (specifically) family members and/or co-workers?”

I love this inquiry for two reasons: One, it is specific and two; it is something we can all relate to at least one point in our lives. It’s not uncommon to have that one family member who undoubtedly, by their mere presence sucks the vitality out of us with their negativity. I would go so far as to say nearly all of us have at least one in our family (If you are in complete disagreement than that negative person may be you). It is also not unusual to work with someone who brings us down by his or her constant doom & gloom attitude. I call the people above Positive Energy Sucking Twits (PESTs).

In any scenario I would recommend we simply avoid spending any length of time with that person, but I realize in this situation it poses a challenge since avoiding our family members or co-workers completely is not too likely.

So, what do we do? I have three ideas that I’ve been fortunate to pick up both from wiser individuals then myself as well as trial and error that will be of help. When we find ourselves in this dilemma, I encourage us to roll out (what I’d like to call) the MAT system for them.  (M = Model preferred behavior, A = Avoid engaging & T = Tell them)

1) Model the Preferred Behavior you’d like to see from them. Put another way, be the change you’d like to see. If you would like a different result you must take a different approach and it may mean showing the troublesome family member or co-worker how to behave around you by acting in the manner you wish to see from them. It will require patience and positive encouragement, but is absolutely possible.

2) Avoid Engaging in their Drama. Have you ever found yourself stooping to the level and mindset of the person you are with? When we jump on the “complaining bandwagon” with these PESTs we are encouraging more complaining and tying them closer to us. Conversely, when we stop engaging in their drama and, either ignores the antics entirely or finds something positive to add our PEST will most likely move onto someone else and join their bandwagon.

3) Tell Them. Sometimes we simply need to confront the person and tell them. If they are someone we truly want to be around, rather than subject ourselves to more mental anguish and turmoil, it is essential that we take the time and energy to relate to our difficult family member or co-worker what we are experiencing and would we would like to see happen. Once that is accomplished the “ball is in their court.” It is possible that this person had no idea they were being such a PEST. Most people we care about are not deliberately trying to bring us down and until we have the courage to let them know, they may continue to act in a way that is incongruent with what we would like to occur.

So, when we apply one or all elements of the MAT system then we are maximizing the possibility of having the outcome we desire with regards to our PEST. By applying these steps, it removes the victim mindset that tends to accompany our feelings towards our PESTs. By taking responsibility for our actions and behaviors we have more control and therefore are less subject to erratic emotions and ultimately we feel better more empowered.

I hope this has been beneficial and thank you to our courageous friend for asking such a wonderful question in which to create this blog post. Have a great week.

Be free.

David Shoup

NW Regional Director

Freedom Personal Development

Know What You Want…
by On February 17, 2012

I met a young college man today at a function and noticed some successful characteristics that he exhibited and wanted to share them.  This guy was sharp, great eye contact, nice handshake and always smiling.  I asked a few questions, how old, go to school, girlfriend, college major, etc.  He seemed like a man on a mission in how he was living his life.  So I asked, What do you want to do with your life?  He smiled and said “I want to make a Super Bowl Commercial” in a confident and knowing way.  He proceeded to tell me how excited he was for the day when he is watching the Super Bowl with family and friends and it comes on.

In reflecting on this interaction with this young man, I noticed 4 things that he was doing well and that over time, these 4 things will get him where he wants to go.

KNOW what you want, it’s different for everyone. Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.  Meaning that you are a success when you know what you want and you are working toward it.  It doesn’t matter if you want to be a great parent or a multi millionaire.  Spend some time with this and come up with something that is meaningful to you.  What is your purpose, what are you here to do, what do you want?  Have a solid answer before continuing.

Being quick with you answer to the question, What do you want.  He answered the question without even thinking about it.  It was quick with no hesitation  This is key, you should be able to answer this question in your sleep.

Short and sweet for laser focus. His answer had no fluff.  When your Brain is able to focus on one thing, that focus is like a laser beam.  When your brain focused on many things, that focus is like a radio tower sending frequency in all directions and what you want is not getting enough focus.  Your brain likes specific and condensed information.  If you have different goals for each area of your life, that is great.  See how you can combine and condense them.  Sometimes one goal is a result of another or one would need to happen in order for another to happen.  Give your brain one thing to focus on.

Feel good when you think about it. As he was answering the question, he was smiling, joking, relaxed and confident.  There is what’s called a sweet spot with goal setting and it’s a balance between belief and doubt.  If you feel bad while thinking about what you want, deep down, you doubt you can get it.  When you feel good while thinking about your want, you believe it is yours already.  Find something that makes you feel great when you think about it.

These 4 things will lead him to his dream and they will do the same for you.

Thank you,

Alan Mong

 

Know what you want…

 

I met a young college man today at a function and noticed some successful characteristics that he exhibited and wanted to share them.  This guy was sharp, great eye contact, nice handshake and always smiling.  I asked a few questions, how old, go to school, girlfriend, college major, etc.  He seemed like a man on a mission in how he was living his life.  So I asked, What do you want to do with your life?  He smiled and said “I want to make a Super Bowl Commercial” in a confident and knowing way.  He proceeded to tell me how excited he was for the day when he is watching the Super Bowl with family and friends and it comes on.

 

In reflecting on this interaction with this young man, I noticed 4 things that he was doing well and that over time, these 4 things will get him where he wants to go.

 

KNOW what you want, it’s different for everyone. Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.  Meaning that you are a success when you know what you want and you are working toward it.  It doesn’t matter if you want to be a great parent or a multi millionaire.  Spend some time with this and come up with something that is meaningful to you.  What is your purpose, what are you here to do, what do you want?  Have a solid answer before continuing.

 

Being quick with you answer to the question, What do you want.  He answered the question without even thinking about it.  It was quick with no hesitation  This is key, you should be able to answer this question in your sleep.

 

Short and sweet for laser focus. His answer had no fluff.  When your Brain is able to focus on one thing, that focus is like a laser beam.  When your brain focused on many things, that focus is like a radio tower sending frequency in all directions and what you want is not getting enough focus.  Your brain likes specific and condensed information.  If you have different goals for each area of your life, that is great.  See how you can combine and condense them.  Sometimes one goal is a result of another or one would need to happen in order for another to happen.  Give your brain one thing to focus on.

 

Feel good when you think about it. As he was answering the question, he was smiling, joking, relaxed and confident.  There is what’s called a sweet spot with goal setting and it’s a balance between belief and doubt.  If you feel bad while thinking about what you want, deep down, you doubt you can get it.  When you feel good while thinking about your want, you believe it is yours already.  Find something that makes you feel great when you think about it.

 

These 4 things will lead him to his dream and they will do the same for you.

 

 

Thank you,

Alan Mong

 

Know what you want…

 

I met a young college man today at a function and noticed some successful characteristics that he exhibited and wanted to share them.  This guy was sharp, great eye contact, nice handshake and always smiling.  I asked a few questions, how old, go to school, girlfriend, college major, etc.  He seemed like a man on a mission in how he was living his life.  So I asked, What do you want to do with your life?  He smiled and said “I want to make a Super Bowl Commercial” in a confident and knowing way.  He proceeded to tell me how excited he was for the day when he is watching the Super Bowl with family and friends and it comes on.

 

In reflecting on this interaction with this young man, I noticed 4 things that he was doing well and that over time, these 4 things will get him where he wants to go.

 

KNOW what you want, it’s different for everyone. Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.  Meaning that you are a success when you know what you want and you are working toward it.  It doesn’t matter if you want to be a great parent or a multi millionaire.  Spend some time with this and come up with something that is meaningful to you.  What is your purpose, what are you here to do, what do you want?  Have a solid answer before continuing.

 

Being quick with you answer to the question, What do you want.  He answered the question without even thinking about it.  It was quick with no hesitation  This is key, you should be able to answer this question in your sleep.

 

Short and sweet for laser focus. His answer had no fluff.  When your Brain is able to focus on one thing, that focus is like a laser beam.  When your brain focused on many things, that focus is like a radio tower sending frequency in all directions and what you want is not getting enough focus.  Your brain likes specific and condensed information.  If you have different goals for each area of your life, that is great.  See how you can combine and condense them.  Sometimes one goal is a result of another or one would need to happen in order for another to happen.  Give your brain one thing to focus on.

 

Feel good when you think about it. As he was answering the question, he was smiling, joking, relaxed and confident.  There is what’s called a sweet spot with goal setting and it’s a
balance between belief and doubt.  If you feel bad while thinking about what you want, deep down, you doubt you can get it.  When you feel good while thinking about your want, you believe it is yours already.  Find something that makes you feel great when you think about it.

 

These 4 things will lead him to his dream and they will do the same for you.

 

 

Thank you,

Alan Mong

I met a young college man today at a function and noticed some successful characteristics that he exhibited and wanted to share them.  This guy was sharp, great eye contact, nice handshake and always smiling.  I asked a few questions, how old, go to school, girlfriend, college major, etc.  He seemed like a man on a mission in how he was living his life.  So I asked, What do you want to do with your life?  He smiled and said “I want to make a Super Bowl Commercial” in a confident and knowing way.  He proceeded to tell me how excited he was for the day when he is watching the Super Bowl with family and friends and it comes on.

In reflecting on this interaction with this young man, I noticed 4 things that he was doing well and that over time, these 4 things will get him where he wants to go.

KNOW what you want, it’s different for everyone. Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.  Meaning that you are a success when you know what you want and you are working toward it.  It doesn’t matter if you want to be a great parent or a multi millionaire.  Spend some time with this and come up with something that is meaningful to you.  What is your purpose, what are you here to do, what do you want?  Have a solid answer before continuing.

Being quick with you answer to the question, What do you want.  He answered the question without even thinking about it.  It was quick with no hesitation  This is key, you should be able to answer this question in your sleep.

Short and sweet for laser focus. His answer had no fluff.  When your Brain is able to focus on one thing, that focus is like a laser beam.  When your brain focused on many things, that focus is like a radio tower sending frequency in all directions and what you want is not getting enough focus.  Your brain likes specific and condensed information.  If you have different goals for each area of your life, that is great.  See how you can combine and condense them.  Sometimes one goal is a result of another or one would need to happen in order for another to happen.  Give your brain one thing to focus on.

Feel good when you think about it. As he was answering the question, he was smiling, joking, relaxed and confident.  There is what’s called a sweet spot with goal setting and it’s a balance between belief and doubt.  If you feel bad while thinking about what you want, deep down, you doubt you can get it.  When you feel good while thinking about your want, you believe it is yours already.  Find something that makes you feel great when you think about it.

These 4 things will lead him to his dream and they will do the same for you.

Thank you,

Alan Mong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Day
by On February 16, 2012

Recently, my hometown of Seattle, WA just endured what is being called the Snopocalypse. Record setting amounts of snowfall and ice blanketed the region for an entire week, completely shutting down most business, government, and any routine way of life for most people in the area. It is clear that the history of the weather we normally experience here is changing very rapidly. New records are being broken in the last year or so for snowfall (some areas here had over 16 inches this week), flooding, and number of people without power. And this is SEATTLE. What occurred to me while experiencing this was how great an analogy this is for the rest of our current reality.

Outside my house, if you were lucky enough to slide properly down my driveway to the street, and slowly make your way out to the main roads of our neighborhood, you would find the going extremely slow, slippery, and downright treacherous in some areas,  but some were still driving on it. Now, you might think that I am going to say next that these people showed persistence and drive that made them overcome the obstacle of the Snopocalypse to go about their lives in the same way they normally do. I am not. What I noticed was a deeper thought. On these same streets were a few other people. They were not in their cars. They were on snowmobiles. Some others were on cross country skis. At first, a common reaction to these people could be that of disdain, because these roads are not meant for snowmobiles, and even that it is illegal to operate them on the street. And that would be true with the previous week’s circumstances.

I love this definition of insanity: continuing to do what you have done in the past and expecting different results.  But that would assume the rules are the same now as they were in the past. When the rules change, a whole new level of insanity arises. Not only is doing the same thing expecting different (or better) results insane, so is doing the same thing and expecting the same results when the rules change.

The way we do business is changing. Has changed. If we continue down the road in the same vehicle that has worked for us in the past, the best we can hope for is it might work–we may eventually get where we are going. It won’t work well–at best we will slip and slide over the road while spending more time and effort to get to the same place, or we may slide off the road entirely.

The ones that will survive are those quick to adapt. Those who notice the change, and acclimate to what is given, will continue along the path. However, the ones that will thrive are the ones who embrace that adaptation with joy. As I sat with my cup of coffee and watched the snowmobiler head up our street, I noticed a huge grin on his face. He was not only going to get where he was going faster, with less chance or injury or accident because he was using a vehicle suited for the roads the way they are now, but he was enjoying the ride.

You may not be equipped today for you want to accomplish tomorrow. Look closely at what new skills, technologies, ideas, or qualities you need to learn or develop to play by the new rules. And unlike our situation here in Seattle, the snow is not going to melt anytime soon, if ever. Make steps to change today. And enjoy the ride.

Grinding It Out
by On December 6, 2011

We all know what makes the best succeed in business.  Brilliant with the basics, educate yourself, listen to those who have succeeded, stick to your schedule, smile and bring energy and value to your clients and simply follow proven systems.  When we interview those who have led the charge for the month, the answers always seem to be relatively the same.  The answers that we hear mostly are in line with these same ideas.

What I am going to share with you has helped me get through tough, challenging times repeatedly in our business.  It is the idea of “Grinding it Out”.  I had heard this concept Grinding it out a couple years ago when I was watching The Masters and Tiger Woods was playing injured.  He was scheduled to have some type of surgery soon after this tournament.  So of course all eyes were on him from the beginning.  He was playing in what he later explained to be excruciating pain.  Pain that was so bad that after most shots, he buckled over and was clearly in a lot of pain.  This went on for 4 days of 18 holes a day.  Tiger won the tournament despite all of this pain that he experienced during the match.  He nearly fell to his knees and collapsed when the tournament was over.

By far the most compelling part and the main lesson for me is that when he was speaking about this experience afterwards, he said that he KNEW that his pain was coming.  He just did not know when is was coming.  So in his back swing ( the beginning of his shot) somewhere in his mind, he knew that there was possibly going to be some serious pain to follow.

When interviewed afterwards, he used the phrase “Grinding it out”.   I think what that meant to him was that even with the fierce competition AND his injury, he knew that he was still the best golfer out there and he just needed to play through the it.  He just needed to Grind it out.  Play through the pain and forget the pain he experienced on his last shot.  This is extremely difficult to do.  Mentally, this could be one of the toughest challenges that any of us will ever face.  How do you play on, how do you move forward with pain?

You Grind it out, that’s how.  Play on with pain knowing that you are bending the law of averages in your favor.  Play on with pain knowing that where dry desert ends, green grass grows.  Play on knowing that at the beginning of your day, after all of your HUGE swings, you may experience some pain.  You may experience pain on your next swing and the next one after that. Keep taking HUGE swings, keep swinging.  Grind it out.

Be Free!

Alan Mong
Speaker