Success is like growing a bamboo tree

Success is like growing a bamboo tree

Success is like growing a bamboo tree.  That’s because success is a gradual process. It requires tremendous patience, persistence and positivity; and so does growing a bamboo tree. But most people lack these three critical characteristics for success… and because of that, they quit even before they really get started.

You’ve likely heard the famous quote, “SHOW ME THE MONEY!” from the hit movie Gerry McGuire.  This phrase and the mindset that comes with it continues to be adopted more and more to this day.  That’s because we live in an instant gratification society – people feel entitled and expect faster results and success even when they have not done anything to earn them.

To break into your best life and create the income, lifestyle and freedom you want, you must understand that progress takes effort and time. Success is a gradual process; nothing happens overnight without a lot of preparation, hard work and commitment.

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Kick-start your heart and become alive

Kick-start your heart and become alive

Kick-start your heart and become alive involves picking a rock song that gives you passion and courage to jump outside your comfort zone and experience more.  We all need a song that motivates us to be our best and sing it every day. Doing so will put you in an emotional and physical state that ensures you make the right decisions and take the actions necessary to design the life and business you love.

It was a few years ago when I first started thinking about a rock song that represented the person I needed to become and the life I wanted to live. I wanted a song that really motivated me and would push me to experience more. I can vividly play that day back in my mind, feeling the relentless and overwhelming need to accelerate my actions to create the income, lifestyle and freedom I wanted.

 

“I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.” – William Ernest Henley, poet, critic and editor

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Is your personal growht bound by golden handcuffs

Is your personal growth bound by golden handcuffs

Is your personal growth bound by golden handcuffs? If so you are giving up becoming the best version of you for a steady paycheck in a job you dislike. Many people never make the escape from employee to entrepreneur because the golden handcuffs (a steady paycheck in a job they dislike) has made them feel comfortable. They bound themselves from experiencing more – because they fear jumping out of their comfort zone to do what it takes to design a life and business they love.

For many years I always felt that my career was meaningful, so I put all my eggs in that one basket. But over time that became a big mistake for my personal growth and development. And over time, that became my number one chokehold preventing me from creating the income, lifestyle and freedom I wanted. My job provided just enough financial resources and benefits to stop me from going out and fully exploring my true potential in business. Hence, the golden handcuffs that kept me chained to my job.

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How personal chokeholds strangle your success

How personal chokeholds strangle your success

How personal chokeholds strangle your success. A personal chokehold is like having a stranglehold around your neck, but it’s psychological vs. physical. Even so, it has the same power and negative consequences as someone physically grabbing you around your neck, choking you, holding you and preventing you from moving.

The psychological chokeholds we put on ourselves paralyzes and prevents forward momentum. Chokeholds are limiting beliefs that create fear – the fear of failure, fear of success, fear of the unknown, fear of ridicule, fear of making a mistake, fear of looking stupid and so many more.

When caught in a chokehold, people sit on the fence of (in)decision. They choose to do nothing vs. taking responsibility, harnessing courage and taking action. Of course, waiting for the perfect moment means waiting for never.

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How to think big and become a freedom-preneur

How to think BIG and become a freedom-preneur

Learning how to think Big and become a freedom-preneur is critical to experiencing more in life. To design a life and business you love, you must think big. The thinking that got me to where I was in my mediocre life, would not get me where I wanted to go – creating the income, lifestyle and freedom I wanted. So I decided I would not settle for just being good; instead, I choose to be more and live great – and I started to think BIG – what a great life would look like.

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Become a gladiator and start your passion business

Become a gladiator and start your passion business

Become a gladiator and start your passion business and experience the ultimate life you were meant to live. I promised myself I wasn’t going to be defeated by my negative thoughts (fear and limiting beliefs) when it came to starting my passion business. If my dreams were going to fail, they’d have to fail out in the world, not in my head. I asked myself – What’s the worst that could happen when I chase my dreams? I fail? Someone tells me I’m not good enough or smart enough or I’m doing it wrong? Those are bad, but the real horror would be to accept my socially prescribed fate, to sacrifice my happiness eight hours at a time, in exchange for a lousy certainty in a job that didn’t fulfill me.

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How to beat fear and start your dream business

How to beat fear and start your dream business

How to beat fear and start your dream business is a skill I had to learn when it came to designing the life and business I love. I needed a winning mindset to fight limiting beliefs and the made up fear (false evidence that appears real – drama conjured up in my brain) to stay confident in my escape from employee to freedom-entrepreneur.

Research shows humans’ survival instincts are wired for fear, which is helpful when a lion is chasing you. But that same survival mechanism also prevents you from moving outside your comfort zone – doing what it takes to create the income, lifestyle and freedom you want.

To combat this biological protection mechanism, I had to recondition my brain to beat fear by turning fear on itself. I needed to use fear to my advantage, to motivate me, vs. letting it debilitate me. That’s when great things started to happen.

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Break the psychological chokeholds

Break the psychological chokeholds strangling your success

So how do you break the psychological chokeholds strangling your success – holding you back from becoming the best version of you… and design the life and business you love?

The first thing you need to do is understand what a psychological chokehold is!  A psychological chokehold is a mental limitation creating fear and limiting beliefs in self, that holds you back from busting into your best life. You have psychological chokeholds when you never take responsibility to change your life. You create excuses and blame others for your circumstances.  You get emotionally caught in the overwhelm of busy-ness and lackluster fulfillment. And as a result, you never move from desire – to become more or experience more in life.

The second thing you need to do is a “check up from the neck up” to see if you have any chokeholds that need to be obliterated. When I finally stopped to consider my own situation, I became aware of the chokeholds holding me back. I had strong fears and limiting beliefs holding me back from taking necessary actions to design the life and business I loved. I was zigging around in circles, going nowhere fast, like a rat on a caged wheel (aka, the “Rat Race”).

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overcoming negative thoughts

Overcoming Negative Thoughts of Cave Men

Through our experiences in economic development and the media we’ve witnessed something very troubling. Working with many communities we’ve have noticed people are experiencing a deep sense of loss. A feeling of defeat due to challenges in the global economy along with the displacement of jobs due to technology.

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