Your Parents Were Wrong

They were wrong about a LOT.

A young girl walks out of her bedroom down the hall and smells a lovely aroma seeping from the kitchen. She decides to investigate and walks in to the kitchen to see the familiar sight of her mother cooking intently. Her mom opens the lid of the pot on the stove and gives the contents a good stir as the oven preheat temp alarm starts to chime. She closes the lid on the stove and prepares the large ham to go in the oven. Before she places the ham in the oven, she cuts the ends off of the ham and ...

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The Early Bird Doesn't Get The Only Worm

I am not a morning person

I beat myself up for countless years about not being a morning person.  I was taught for what feels like a lifetime that “the sun should never catch you sleeping.” I read countless stories, posts and studies stating that a common trait of all successful people is getting up at before the butt crack of dawn.  I grew up with one sister who is 3 years older than me. When mom went to get us out of the bed, she barely had to wake my sister and “BING!” she was up and out of bed.  Me? Well let’s just s...

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Your Struggles And Circumstances Are Not Unique

Google them and see.

Ten years ago as a broke construction worker by day and a more than full-time college student at night, I used to believe that there was almost nothing I could do to change my circumstances. Tired of construction, I shopped my resume around looking for another job that would pay me the same amount that I was used to making in construction. I couldn't find it. I felt like a helpless victim, one that worked exceptionally hard and very long hours, went to school more than full-time hours on a very ...

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Choose Your Hard - Hard Choices In Life Make Life Easy

It's ALL hard.

I know of a guy who is outstanding to say the least. He is a best-selling self-published author. He has a supportive family. He mentors countless people. He is a phenomenal and highly requested speaker, and a very driven and determined individual. He is not afraid of hard work, gets back up when he is kicked down, and is the image of determination. He can go against insurmountable odds and crush them in order to win. In fact, he coaches other people to do the same. The only fallback he has, is h...

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The Difference In Failing And Being A Failure

There is a difference

Everything is on big display these days in time. Social media and google expose us to the large world in which we find ourselves living. This has increased the fear of failure for many people. However… "There is a big difference in failing and being a failure.”...

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How to make New Years Resolutions that actually WORK

Your plans will succeed when you implement this plan.

Every year, 200 million people set New Years Resolutions, but here's the sad reality about that...1/4 of them quit in a week.1/3 quit in 3 months.Only 8% succeed. You can make YOUR New Years Resolutions come true by planning them Strategically, and as you already know, that's what we are about here... Strategic Life Design. Most people plan their Resolutions in the form of goals, which usually equates to hopes and dreams. Most people also set out to tackle their goals in a way that they cannot s...

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Is your DMO (daily method of operation) leading YOU to the life you want?

If not, design one!

The life you live is one that is created by your daily choices compounded over time. These choices control and shape your destiny. Instead of designing these daily choices, most people just whip through them and do not like where they lead.  I'll prove it to you. Think about this: • The average marriage ends in divorce.• The average household, the husband and wife both work and do not feel they see their children enough.• The average household is $13,884 in credit card debt.• The average college...

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Turning Your Idea Into A Reality

Your idea has little to do with it becoming true.

We all have great ideas. Chances are you have had dozens if not hundreds of great ideas. Many people think it is hard to come up with great ideas. The truth is that good ideas are not what the most successful people in the world had in common. What the most successful people have in common in any area of life (olympic gold medalists, mega entrepreneurs, top CEO's, bodybuilding champions, investors, etc.) are not good ideas, although many of them had some just like we all do... the thing that the...

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Why I Decided To Become An Entrepreneur

People become entrepreneurs for many different reasons. Here's mine.

I originally wanted to become an entrepreneur for a much different reason than most might think. I wanted something different that I only believed could be possible as an entrepreneur. I decided to become an entrepreneur so that I could own my own life. I wanted to call my own shots. I LOVE to live a LOT of life. I love to skydive, scuba dive, travel the world, hunt, fish, spear fish, rock climb, hike, ride motorcycles, you name it. My wife is my best friend and she’s my adventure buddy. We have...

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Guessing One's Future like a Fortune Teller

It was at the crack of 10 O’ clock one morning this week when I found myself catching a plane to go speak across the country. I’ve always preferred flying over driving because, while on the plane, it allows me to concentrate on whatever it is that I wish to concentrate on, be it email, reading a book, typing a blog, writing in my journal, writing notes, reviewing documents, organizing my fast paced life, listening to a podcast, prioritizing tasks, communicating with my assistant or whatever else...

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