How to Pick a Diet & Exercise Program

“Long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity.”
Bruce Lee

I suggest you choose a diet and exercise program that is sustainable; because consistency is more important than intensity. If your program isn’t sustainable, your results won’t be either. It is common sense, but how many people have done an extreme program only to revert to their previous condition. You wouldn’t believe how many otherwise intelligent people have told me that the Adkins diet “worked” for them, but they had gained back all the weight. The problem with quick fixes is they don’t last. Continue reading “How to Pick a Diet & Exercise Program”

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Stop Constantly Checking Email!

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.
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.
Learn more, Eliminate Distractions to Reclaim your Focus & Productivity Continue reading Stop Constantly Checking Email!

Stop Chasing Success!

Chasing success is futile. Success is something we attract. Success is looking for a good place to stay. If you want to attract people to your organization that are smart, energetic, and have a great attitude, you must first display those things yourself. “We don’t attract who we want, we attract who we are.” John C. Maxwell
An A player doesn’t want to work for a B or a C player. That isn’t how life works. Eagles don’t fly with ducks. A players are attracted to other A players. We unconsciously model the behavior of the people we spend the most time with, so successful people tend to have successful friends and colleagues. Success is something we attract by the person we become. Instead of chasing success, we should focus on becoming someone that attracts success. “Personal development – the never-ending chance to improve not only yourself, but also to attract opportunities and affect others.” Jim Rohn Continue reading Stop Chasing Success!

The Habit: Week-15 (Actively Seek Associations that Will Inspire You)

“It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours, and you’ll drift in that direction.” Warren Buffett

This week’s challenge is to seek out people that will inspire and influence you in a positive manner. Whatever your goal is, seek out individuals that have achieved it, or are at least further along than you. Seek out associations with groups and individuals you respect and admire.

Warren Buffett says, “The best thing I did was to choose the right heroes.” Bill Graham, was Warren’s hero when he began his career in investment. Bill told Warren when he was a young man he looked around at the people he admired. After studying their character and habits, he concluded that they weren’t doing anything he could not do. He decided that he would mirror the behavior of those successful people he admired until he became someone he could admire. Success leaves clues. Success is a science; if you do what other successful people do, you will be successful.

Many people underestimate the important role of environmental norms and expectations play in our behavior. We all have friends that either bring out the best in us or the worst in us. None of us are immune to the effect. It is often said we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Continue reading “The Habit: Week-15 (Actively Seek Associations that Will Inspire You)”

The Habit: Week-13 (Create a Vision Board)

 Vision board image by Colleen Galvin

“You can’t just visualize it and then go eat a sandwich. It’s about letting the universe know what you want and then working toward it while letting go of how it comes to pass.” ― Jim Carrey

This week, our challenge is to create a vision board. I have one, and I recommend you have one because the law of attraction works. It works, but only if we work. Envisioning what we want to achieve is only the first step toward making it a reality. “Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.”  Robin Sharma

The power of attraction, having a vision and staying connected with it daily, is misunderstood by many people. Its power lies in an area of our brain called the reticular activating system (RAS). Our RAS determines what we notice and what we ignore in our environment. If we didn’t ignore most of what we see, hear, and feel in our environment, we would experience sensory overload.

When we set a goal, and we have strong emotional intent, we trigger the RAS. Our brain becomes incredibly acute at noticing anything in our surroundings that could help us move forward. When we stay connected to our vision, daily, we keep ourselves on course. We don’t get caught up in the momentum of other people’s demands on us. Every day we look for ways to take another step, no matter how small, towards our goal. Continue reading “The Habit: Week-13 (Create a Vision Board)”