Saying No

Posted on Jan 26, 2018 by in Advice, Structure, Success, Success
Saying No

unsplash-logoGemma Evans

Today's assignment is pretty simple:

  1. Write down a list of your top twenty five goals in life. Include here things you are already achieving, like raising your kids.
  2. Circle the top five.
  3. Now consider the other twenty. And then forget them.

These are your distractions. These are the things that will keep you from having what you want. To these you must say no, that is if you want to achieve the top five.

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What Your Life Costs

Posted on Jan 22, 2018 by in Structure, Success
What Your Life Costs

unsplash-logoDidier Weemaels

We'll start with Ben's suggestion: name one thing you can invest in that will amplify each category, figure out what it costs. Go look it up if you have to. Then total it up.

Now, if you're like some of my readers, you might just be saying to yourself, “But Dave, I don't know how I'm supposed to pay what I've got to pay right now.” And maybe you don't really know what your current life costs.

Now try this on. You go to the bank, you ask the clerk how much is in your account, and he says, “Well, that's a good question. I'll have to look into that. Why don't you swing by this afternoon? I should be able to figure it out by then.”

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Posted on Jan 19, 2018 by in Structure, Success, Success

Here's the thing: If you don't know what you want, how are you going to get it? How are you going to know if you won your game this year? And if you want to win your game, you might want a coach to help you do that. And if you can't afford a personal coach, at least find yourself a mentor, even if he's virtual, even if he's dead. One of my gurus is Ben Adkins who, fortunately, is among the living.

I've been growing as I've been watching him grow. He does this annual Better Life Sequence call. It's been getting simpler and simpler. He's been getting more to the point, and making it simpler and simpler to take the first steps.

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The Year

Posted on Jan 16, 2018 by in Personal

I ran across this in my feed, and just thought I'd share:

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That's not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.

We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.

We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.

We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.

We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that's the burden of a year.

Poetical works of Ella Wheeler Wilcox, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Edinburgh: W. P. Nimmo, Hay, & Mitchell, 1917.

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Foundation for a Great Life

Posted on Jan 15, 2018 by in Advice
Foundation for a Great Life

As I mentioned in our last post, I reviewed Jim Rohn's Best Year Ever last week. Here is the essence of that four hour and twenty minute excursion.

According to Mr. Rohn, there are five pieces to life's puzzle. They are:

  1. Your Philosophy
  2. Your Attitude
  3. Your Activity/Discipline
  4. Your Measures
  5. Your Intended Lifestyle

Your assignment is to define these for yourself. Rather than try to explain, I'll show you. Here are some of mine:

  1. My Philosophy: My time is the only thing I can't get back; Always be Making a Difference.
  2. The Attitude: I love how Mr. Rohn puts this "Let the past be a school." Everyone I meet and everything I encounter is there for me to learn and grow from. I will embrace this.
  3. Things I will do: Keep planting seeds: Write, Lead, Coach, Teach
  4. The Measures: Post at least one item a week. Answer at least ten Quora questions each week. Reach out to at least two potential customers each week. Lead or assist at an introduction to the Landmark Forum at least twice a month. Earn $17,809 a month within a year.
  5. Intended Lifestyle: To be constantly moving and meeting new people with a number of modest home bases.

You might also want to note the background conversations that you already have with yourself. My default conversations are nothing like what I've written above. They're usually more like: "You missed your chance. Why bother anyway? Go eat some chocolate. No don't. You're an idiot. Do you want to be useless and fat?"

Feel free to share in the comments below.

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