Have you ever put off doing something you knew would move you forward towards your dreams or the life you want?
Starting that new business? Having that tough conversation with the kids about keeping their room clean?
Same for me.
I spent 5 years on a 2-year plan right out of college, trying to figure out what I wanted to do and building up the courage to actually leave the comfortable corporate gig I had.
Most times people delay because of three things: fear, lack of confidence, and lack of clarity.
I was afraid of leaving my known corporate job because I had over $70,000 of student debt and didn't know how I would keep up with the payments. I was afraid that the next gig I could get wouldn't be fulfilling or would be even more stressful than my corporate IT job.
I was not sure I could get another job, or if I could ever figure out a way to get rid of my student debt.
I had no idea what I really wanted for my career. Up until getting the job at Walmart...
Doubt is part of life. How we respond to doubt determines how successful we are in life.
There are four different ideas to help handle doubt better, and get you back to higher performance:
You are more capable than you know, so get after it!
If you are curious on how to move forward at a more advanced level, check out the video here.
The big goal for me this year is to get into the best health of my life!
How can I make sure that I don't fizzle out two weeks into January? Here are my four best ideas to get clearer on your goals.
Vegan - One who does not partake in food or products that have a face. Or someone who choses not to use animal products.
Paleo - One who strived to eat like a caveman. Or someone who choses to eat mostly vegetables and healthy meats. Strives to not eat processed foods.
First off, I am a natural Einstein... In this weeks live video, I started the live broadcast and had my cast iron seasoning on my stove. Not 1 minute into my video, I smell burning... and decide to take a little journey. Thats why there is some traveling in the early part of the video.
Gotta love live video!
One of the thing I have been thinking about this week has been how sometimes completely different ideas have more in common than they do differently.
A specific example are the vegan and paleo communities. They actually have many ideas in common:
This week I have been struggling with focus for a few of my projects.
It has been tough to keep my mind from wandering from my work, and I started thinking about what other successful people do to increase their focus. I thought to do a FB live video to share what my observations on focus.
Five things I noticed successful people think through to up their focus:
Ever wonder about how to better make sure you "get things done"? Here are four steps you need to make sure you complete your personal or professional project!
Four things to help when you get frustrated:
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I had a thought the other day about what makes a "good day" different from a "bad" day. You know, the days when you feel awesome, energized, and inspired to get things done. Like you are almost invincible when it comes to being productive!
Then there are the days where no amount of kitten pictures, coffee, chocolate, or aspiration can get your butt moving. You feel cruddy, sluggish, and unmotivated.
I realized, for me, many times it comes down to the question, "how did I start my day?" How did you start your day today?
In graduate school, I studied information systems and there is a saying we had - garbage in is garbage out. Meaning, bad information into a system leads to bad information leaving the system. Imagine if you are trying to get directions to your friend house, and you put in a bad starting location. You currently are downtown in Chicago, and you enter Cleveland, Ohio as your starting city.
How are the...
When I first started my career, I had a job where I wore a ton of different hats. Project manager, programmer, support guy, business analyst, customer relationship manager, and sometime, punching bag.
My business degree was helpful, though I felt like I was pulled in 1000 different directions and never made progress on anything.
Eventually, I learned four things that helped me feel more in control of my day, and generated momentum with my work so I didn't feel frustrated.
Reflecting on these things, and implementing them helped increase...
In this week's video, I share three big ideas on how to survive in a startup or corporate envirnoment!
Have you ever struggled with feeling like you did not control your career, or that no matter how awesome you were at your job that you didn't get noticed for promotions?
Having worked the last ten years at corporate offices for Wal-Mart and Apple, I have learned how to effectivly navigate business environments as an individual contributor.
The first idea: Most business, techincal, or engineering problems are people problems. Start-ups expect you to work 20hours a day! If you are not taking care of your body, and more importantly your brain, you effectivly are hurting your creativity, your descions making, and your ability to use your brain to do the most effective work!
So sleep at least 7 hours a night. Eat veggies. Drink tons of water. Stay away from too much caffiene. Do not drink energy drinks.
The second idea: ...