Stop Constantly Checking Email!

If you want to be productive, you must do things that produce results. Being busy isn’t the same thing as being productive. Determine one thing you need to accomplish each day and work on it during your most productive hours. The first two to three hours of your workday are your most valuable. Your creativity, focus, and energy are at their best. Don’t squander your best hours on low priority tasks.

Win your morning, and you win your day. We have all experienced days where we felt like we did a lot, only to realize we didn’t accomplish anything meaningful. You’ll discover that you spent the day reacting to others instead of sticking to your plan. I recommend you use your smartphone to check your schedule for the day and ensure there are no legitimate emergencies in your inbox, then ignore it. Don’t even open your email browser until after lunch.

Spend the best hours of your workday on your most impactful task. Devote yourself to something that will produce results. Checking email is addictive, but you must overcome the temptation to continually respond to everyone else’s demands and work on meaningful projects. That is how you become productive. If you want to be more productive than 90% of your colleagues, stop checking emails and start producing.

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DISCIPLINE ISN’T SOMETHING WE ARE BORN WITH

Our behaviors and attitudes are inseparably linked. When we change one, we change the other. Get in the habit of making good decisions, and you’ll become a person that habitually makes good decisions. We don’t do because we are, we are because we do. Habits form our character. Our reputation to ourselves and others is based on our habitual patterns of behavior; our habits.

When we form disciplined habits, we become a disciplined person. We developed character through our actions, not because we innately possess the virtue. We are all born the same, naked, ignorant, unable to even lift our heads. In “The Last Days Newsletter,” Leonard Ravenhill tells the story of a small group of tourists visiting a beautiful picturesque village. One of the tourists asks an old man of the village if any great men had been born in this village. The old man replied, “Nope, only babies.”[i]

Set in place a routine that reflects a disciplined person and you’ll become a disciplined person. When we routinely do difficult things, habit makes the difficult things easy. When the difficult becomes easy, life becomes easier. If we become better, our life’s will become better. Life is designed to give us what we deserve, not what we want. The farmer that doesn’t plant in the Spring cannot expect to reap a harvest in the Fall.

A better life can’t be handed to us. If we want success, we must work hard to become the person that success requires. We must make the necessary sacrifices. Success is simple, but it is not easy. To be successful, you have to give-up what most people are unwilling to sacrifice.

To be successful, you must do all those little things, day after day, that unsuccessful people are unwilling to do. It really is that simple. Life never gets better by chance, it gets better by change. Success is always deliberate. Each day is our life in miniature. How we spend each day, determines what kind of life we are going to have.

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Compound interest makes you wealthy; compound efforts make you successful. Unsuccessful people aren’t mindful of their daily patterns, so they fall into bad habits. They want success, but they don’t want to do what is required. Wanting more, without being willing to develop your skills through diligent effort; fuels disappointment. Looking for an above average job, with average skills is frustrating. Wanting to lose weight without reducing your caloric intake is frustrating. When you lose focus on your goals, you neglect the little decisions. This neglect leads to bad habits.

Bad habits are easy to form if you aren’t mindful of your decisions and patterns of behavior. Albert Einstein described compound interest as the eighth wonder of the world. He said those that understand it earn it while those that don’t pay it. The same is true of habits. Those that understand their importance put a lot of effort into cultivating good habits. The cumulative effects of our habits can be either positive or negative. The accumulated effects of bad habits lead to crisis. Those that don’t understand the importance of habits neglect them. They let them form unconsciously. They sleepwalk through their days, and by extension their lives.

The 5% of people that write down their goals and review them daily achieve more success than the other 95% combined because they keep their goals at the forefront of their consciousness. Reaffirming their goals keeps their actions in line with their values. Reconnecting with their goals activates their reticular activating system (RAS), which causes our minds to search our environment for resources to help us accomplish our goals. Their goals guide their daily decisions and actions. Unsuccessful people get lost in the daily obligations of life and immediate gratifications of making poor decisions. They have some vague ideas of what their goals are, but they don’t really think about them very often and rarely write them down.

Discipline isn’t a character trait, it is a HABIT. Change your habits, change your life! 

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[i] Leonard Ravenhill, PRAYER The Last Days Newsletter/June 1982

 

The Habit: Week-6 (Find Pleasure in the Process)

This week’s challenge is to find pleasure in the process. Discipline is the ability to force ourselves to do what we should do when we should do it. It is something we all struggle with and must develop, but motivation can be a more powerful driver of action. What if you could find pleasure in the tasks you must do. If you can equate pleasure with the task, you’ll be a lot more successful. “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle

If you don’t enjoy what you do, you aren’t really successful. Finding pleasure in the job is our responsibility. Our attitude toward what we do is a choice we make each day. We are responsible for our own happiness. We are responsible for our attitude toward our work, toward our relationships, and toward our life. If we cannot find happiness in our daily routine, we aren’t really successful.

“If you love your work, if you enjoy it, you’re already a success.” – Jack Canfiel

Lasting happiness doesn’t come from our achievements. Happiness comes from finding pleasure in our daily routine. Happiness requires frequent refreshing. It is a tree that requires daily watering to grow and flourish. It is our responsibility to find these pleasures in our daily routines to be happy. So how do we find pleasure in performing work that on the surface isn’t enjoyable?

Our attitude is a choice.This choice begins with a decision. The decision is to decide what things mean. What meaning do you attach to the task? Everything we do has a purpose, a meaning. We must find out what that is. Arnold Schwarzenegger was asked why he smiled during his long, 5-hour workouts.

Arnold’s attitude toward his training separated him from the other bodybuilders. While they seem to dread the long grueling workouts that were required to achieve a massive physique, he enjoyed them. He said he enjoyed the heavy lifting. He looked forward to every heavy set because he knew that each set was bringing him one step closer to his goal of becoming the greatest bodybuilder of all time.

Arnold was able to connect what he was doing with his desired outcome. That is why his attitude was so much better than the other bodybuilders. His attitude towards his training made him one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time.

Pain is weakness leaving the body. I heard this mantra numerous times at West Point and during my career in the military. I knew it was a tool to get us to push harder during physical training, but it wasn’t until years later that I truly understood the psychology behind the mantra. The mantra changed our neuro-association of pain with the pleasure of toughening the body and polishing the spirit. Pain becomes a pleasure.

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CT Fletcher, former powerlifting champion, and fitness motivational speaker can often be heard in the gym saying, “I look for you pain.” He invites pain. He says it is his friend because he equates pain with growth. Muhammad Ali said, “I do not count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting. That is when I start counting because then it really counts.”

To achieve extraordinary results, you must have an extraordinary attitude toward your work. Discipline can only get you so far. Motivation is a greater catalyst for action. If you can find meaning and pleasure in what you do on a daily basis, you’ll achieve excellence. When you find pleasure in the daily disciplines that are required to be successful, success is all but assured.

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn

 If you cannot find pleasure in what you do, I suggest you find something that you can. Our attitude affects our performance. Poor attitude, poor performance. Great attitude, great performance. Most people neglect to cultivate a great attitude. Don’t let that be you. Your attitude affects everything you do. It effects your effort. It affects your smile. It affects your handshake.

Success requires hard work, but it doesn’t have to be drudgery. When you love what you do, work isn’t agony, it’s a pleasure. We achieve more success when we enjoy what we do, but more importantly, you’ll live a more fulfilling life.

If you cannot find happiness in the process of achieving your goals, you aren’t really successful. Achievements that don’t produce sustained happiness produce an unsatisfying life. Most people don’t enjoy what they do. Most people say, “Thank God it’s Friday.” This poor attitude is normal, but you don’t have to be average. “Success is doing what the failures won’t” – Jim Rohn. We should all enjoy our weekends, but we should also enjoy our weekdays. We should enjoy our lives.

The average worker will tell you it is called work for a reason. The prevailing attitude is that work shouldn’t be pleasurable. I suggest that we take another approach to our work. If we want to achieve above average results, we have to cultivate an above average attitude towards our work. If we can make work more enjoyable, why shouldn’t we?

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

One thing that universally makes all of us happy is progress. When we are getting better, in any area of our lives, we feel great. We feel like a winner. “

Progress equals happiness. Progress is the game.” Tony Robbins

 Every small win, every item checked off our to-do list makes us feel great. It releases dopamine. Dopamine is the chemical most closely related to long-term happiness.When our dopamine system is activated,we are more positive, excited and eager to go after goals.

The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work explains how progress improves the inner work life of employees and teams. Improvements in inner work life drive higher levels of performance and engagement; which in turn leads to better progress and enhanced inner work life. The author calls these reinforcing benefits, the “progress loop.” As you make progress, you rack-up small wins. These small wins make us feel great about ourselves, which stimulates the release of dopamine. When we are making progress in any area of our life, it gives us a sense of accomplishment. It gives us a sense of worth.

Hopefully, we can all agree that we have the power to change how we feel about our work by changing our attitude toward it. Here are some simple strategies to take more pleasure in what you do:

1)    Create a list, in your journal, of the reasons you LOVE doing something that the average person would find unpleasant. For example, I have formed the habit of starting each day with 30-minutes of technical reading, by creating a list of reasons. I love starting each day with technical reading because:

  1. It will make me an expert in my field
  2. It will make me more valuable to my company and to myself
  3. It will help me get promoted
  4. It will help me earn more money
  5. It will prepare me for future opportunities

2)    Create a system for tracking small wins. Small wins help us to sustain motivation. Creating a daily to-do list and crossing off items as they are accomplished makes us feel great about ourselves. If you really want to do well at work, make sure you start each day with your most important task. The more impactful the task, the more it will contribute to your success. Don’t mistake being busy with being productive.

3)    Track your consistency. We are naturally more consistent when we track our consistency. If your goal is to make 10 cold calls a day. You could use a habit-forming app like Strides, Streaks, Fabulous, and Toodledo to track your consistency. Each time you record another successful day with the app, congratulate yourself. Celebrate this small victory. Say, “I am proud of myself today, good job!” Every small win activates our dopamine system and motivates us to go after our goals with greater vigor.

4)    When you feel your enthusiasm starting to wane, listen to something inspiring. Cynical people deride motivation because it doesn’t last. Tell me what lasts? Bathing doesn’t last, so should we stop doing it? Brushing our teeth doesn’t last, so maybe we should quit doing it? Coaches give their teams motivational speeches on a regular basis. Why do you think that is? Because it is effective. Motivation is the desire to do. When our desire to do is waining, we need to take action. You can find a ton of great motivational videos on YouTube. These videos are FREE. It doesn’t get much easier than FREE. Download your favorite to your smartphone and reach for it every time your motivation begins to wane.

5)    Force yourself to smile while you’re performing the task. Forcing yourself to smile, will improve your mood. Physiology has been shown to influence our psychology. Some have suggested that the paradigm we have been taught all our lives, that we smile when we are happy is backward. I don’t believe it is backward. I believe that it works both ways. I believe that our psychology and physiology are linked together in a push-pull relationship, with each affecting the other.

In the military, I was taught that false motivation was better than no motivation. I thought it was just a means of getting us to push ourselves harder during tough training, which it did, but I also discovered that it changed my attitude. Pretend motivation, leads to genuine motivation. Our mind seeks alignment between our thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors. The psychological term that describes a disharmony between attitude and behavior is called cognitive dissonance. When there is a lack of harmony between our attitudes and behaviors we seek to reduce that cognitive dissonance. When you force a smile, it signals to the mind that you are happy. Your body reduces levels of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol and increases levels of endorphins and dopamine.[i]

We should enjoy our work. As Steve Jobs said, it is going to fill a large part of our lives. We shouldn’t wait to enjoy our lives. We should enjoy each day, our workdays as well as our weekends. If we can’t find daily pleasure in our life, what is the point? If we achieve great results but don’t find any fulfillment in their accomplishment, are we truly successful?

I hope that you will take what you have learned this week and apply it. We are all responsible for our own happiness. Happiness is a choice we all make, and it begins with what we focus on each day. I hope you will choose to focus on what brings you pleasure.

Until next week, good luck, best wishes and best health!

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[i] JULIETTE SIEGFRIED, Want to Be Happier? Smile More!,

IS DEPRESSION A CHOICE?

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In her book, Depression Is a Choice: Winning the Battle Without Drugs, A. B. Curtiss argues that most people can control the syndrome without the use of drugs and without the burden of endless therapy. In her book, she draws from her own experiences with depression, anecdotes from her practice, and a wealth of information about the history of the treatment of depression.[i] She acknowledges that depression in its most extreme forms is best treated through pharmaceutical and psychoanalytical intervention.

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Clinical depression is a disease. I don’t wish to add to the stigmatization of depression.The stigmatization of depression is why approximately 80% of the people with depression don’t seek treatment.[ii]

If you have depression, I strongly encourage you to seek treatment. If you are unwilling to seek treatment, I hope that the information contained in this writing will help you. Depression is serious and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Tony Robbins says he suffered from depression but was able to snap himself out of it by shifting his physical state and focusing on gratitude. I have found that gratitude is incompatible with negative emotions like fear, anger, frustration, and hopelessness. It is difficult to feel them while simultaneously being grateful.

“People who focus on what they can’t control are usually depressed, frustrated, angry, overwhelmed and lost.” – Tony Robbins

His assertion that we can shift our mental state through changing our physical state is supported by science. Physiology has been shown to influence our psychology. Smiling has documented therapeutic effects. It is linked to lowered blood pressure, reduced levels of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, and increased levels of endorphins and dopamine.[iii]Tony Robbins says that a research study at the University of California, Berkeley, asked clinically depressed people to smile for 20-minutes a day. He claims that after 20 days the study subjects no longer required medication.

Some have suggested that the paradigm we have been taught all our lives, that we smile when we are happy is backward. I don’t believe it is backward. I believe that it works both ways. I believe that our psychology and physiology are linked together in a push-pull relationship, with each affecting the other

Dr. John Ratey, a practicing psychiatrist and clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, presents numerous cases of scientific research and studies to demonstrate exercises ability to treat depression in his book,  Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.

In Britain, doctors now use exercise as a first-line treatment for depression, but unfortunately, it is underutilized in the United States. Many doctors still prefer to prescribe a pill to an exercise regiment.

“If everyone knew that exercise worked as well as Zoloft, I think we could put a real dent in the disease.” Dr. John Ratey

Exercise boosts dopamine, which improves mood, motivation, feelings of wellness and attention. Daily exercise increases dopamine storage in the brain and also triggers the production of enzymes that create dopamine receptors in the reward center of the brain, and this provides a feeling of satisfaction because we have accomplished something.

Serotonin is equally affected by regular exercise. Serotonin levels affect our mood, impulse control, and self-esteem. Frequent exercise improves our mood by making us feel better about ourselves. Exercise has been shown to help lift people out of depression. In many instances, people are able to treat their depression without medication.

Exercise immediately elevates levels of norepinephrine in certain areas of the brain. It wakes up the brain and gets it going and improves self-esteem, which is one component of depression. [iv]

Tony Robbins believes that depression is caused by a habitual pattern of thinking. Focusing on what we cannot control; focusing on what we don’t want, instead of what we already have.

He says he has helped many severely depressed people and has never lost anyone to suicide. He doesn’t have much faith in psychologists. He suggests we can solve many of our own issues. I remember him joking ‘How many psychologists does it take to change a lightbulb? Just one, but it will take a lot of time, cost a lot of money, and the light bulb has to want to change.’

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  • 3 Strategies for Resetting your Body Weight Setpointto Keep the Weight Off
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The Fat Loss Habit: Creating Routines that Make Willpower and Fat Loss Automatic takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger. The program uses high-impact change strategies that make the process of adopting a healthy lifestyle easier. The nutrition and workout program, like the change techniques, have all been proven effective, and are all backed by research and scientific studies.

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[i] John J. Ratey (Author), Eric Hagerman (Contributor) Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,  Little, Brown and Company; Reprint edition (January 1, 2013)

A.B. Curtiss, Depression Is a Choice: Winning the Battle Without Drugs, Hyperion; First Printing edition (October 3, 2001)

[ii] CAITLIN FLYNN, 8 Reasons The Stigma About Depression Needs To End, Because It’s A Disease, Not A Choice, July 7 2015

[iii] JULIETTE SIEGFRIED, Want to Be Happier? Smile More!,

DREAM BIG! Conservative Goals Don’t Inspire

We often fail to dream big because we lack self-confidence. The problem with setting small, realistic goals is that they aren’t very inspiring or motivating. To inspire means to breathe life into, and motivation is the desire to take action. You want to dream big. Big goals inspire and motivate you. Big goals are what get you jumping out of bed. Even if we don’t achieve all of our big goals, we will achieve so much more than if we set small, realistic goals. When setting goals, don’t worry about how; worry about why.

Why-power is more important than know how. When our why is big enough, we will find a way. We either find someone to model, or we’ll discover how through trial and error. It is always best to take advice from someone who has achieved our desired result and learn from them. If we duplicate their actions, we should be able to duplicate their results. Our why-power is what will get us going and keep us going until we achieve our desired result. The problem with most people isn’t that they aim too high and fail; it is that they aim to low and succeed. When self-doubt creeps in, we just need to ask ourselves, “is it possible?” If anyone else has done it, and we do what they have done, why couldn’t we duplicate their success?

Dreaming big, and working consistently toward our desired result is the key to any great achievement. If we let the length of our journey intimidate us, we’ll never begin. Any distance can be covered, if we just keep taking one step after the other. Instead of focusing on the great expanse we must cover, simply focus on the next step. Each step taken is another sign of our inevitable triumph. Don’t be intimidated by big goals, get inspired by them.

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.”

— Jim Rohn

Success isn’t one massive effort. Success is achieved through small efforts repeated daily. The largest tree will eventually fall if you simply took five swings at it each day. Focus on taking at least one action every day. Every day is the key. When we don’t do something every day and we allow ourselves to miss a day; one day becomes two days, and pretty soon we develop the habit of not doing it at all. Consistency is crucial. If you can only spend 15 minutes working toward your goal today, do it. Your daily efforts will eventually compound to produce your desired result.

Dream big, get motivated and focus on taking consistent-daily action.

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  • 7 Change Strategies for Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
  • A Flexible Diet Program that Doesn’t Put Any Foods Off-limit, including Alcohol
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  • 3 Strategies for Resetting your Body Weight Setpointto Keep the Weight Off
  • A Nutrition and Training Program Based on Science, not Bro Science.

The Fat Loss Habit: Creating Routines that Make Willpower and Fat Loss Automatic takes a new approach to getting leaner, fitter, and stronger. The program uses high-impact change strategies that make the process of adopting a healthy lifestyle easier. The nutrition and workout program, like the change techniques, have all been proven effective, and are all backed by research and scientific studies.

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