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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Up your attitude and drive with your why

Up your attitude and drive with your why

Up your attitude and drive with your why is key to designing the life and business you love. Attitude and a strong reason why will ensure you persist in creating abundance in your life (the income, lifestyle and freedom you want). If you don’t like where you are in life, all you need to do is make the decision to change, then up your attitude (your beliefs about what you can do), take massive action and push for amazing results –never quit.  The key to overcoming adversity is to never give up. It’s that simple!

 

“Being relentless is like water cascading over the edge of a waterfall — consistent, powerful and by design, never ending.” – HOPE CEO, John Hope Bryant.

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How to ride the emotional roller-coaster of change

How to ride the emotional roller-coaster of change

Learning how to ride the emotional roller-coaster of change is critical to designing the life and business you love. But you must really want to change to hang on for the ride. If you’re not ready and committed to stick to it, you will never survive the emotional force from the exhilarating ups and painful downs of making change and achieving a goal.  The emotional roller-coaster of making change cannot be handled by those with impotent goals, a weak desire/reason why,

Making change for yourself, such as achieving an ultimate goal takes time and some dedicated reconditioning of the brain to counteract the strong limiting beliefs of what you can or can’t do. You have to wipe your mind clear and plant positive beliefs to replace your fears. You need to choose to have a beginner’s mind and believe you can do anything.

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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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Turn life lemons into lemonade

How to turn life lemons into lemonade

Turn life lemons into lemonade and you will forever design the life you love. Doing it takes patience, persistence and positivity to find new dreams, passion and purpose. In this blog, I share a personal story of my son Shae Howorko, who was destined to live his passion for professional hockey, but one freak accident shattered that dream forever. Shae did come out of his life changing personal crisis, and is now again pursuing a new dream by helping others.  The lesson to be learned is that if life gives you lemons, just make lemonade. Don’t give up on finding your purpose and what drives you. If one door shuts, just open another one. If you keep plugging forward and focus on becoming the best version of you, you will eventually turn those life lemons into lemonade. It’s that simple.

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2 sacrifices in building your dream business

Two sacrifices in building your dream business

The top two sacrifices in building your dream business are critical to designing the life you love. Success requires short term pain for long term gain. If you want to create the income, lifestyle and freedom you want, you must make sacrifices. When you take the jump to build your dream business… in the beginning you will work harder than you ever have. Your life will feel out of balance and a little chaotic. But don’t worry, building a side hustle of your dreams while working full time and looking after your family responsibilities does get easier. Sometimes you have to make a mess to clean up a mess. But believe it does get better.

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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 unleash motivation using pain and urgency

How to unleash motivation using pain and urgency

Learning how to unleash motivation using pain and urgency was a critical skill in helping me plan my escape from employee to entrepreneur… and design the life and business I love.

Instead of complaining about how unhappy I was with my career… I used this negative emotion as fuel for motivation to create change. It’s at the intersection of pain and urgency where motivation to change – to go for what your want is accelerated.  Instead of giving up on a great life, I learned to motivate myself from the pain of waking up each day with regret – from not being able to live with myself as a chicken-shit by not taking a chance on living my passion… knowing I had so much unrealized potential and experience left on the table of life.  My motivation also came from the feeling of urgency that my life could not continue like it was, because as a middle-aged man, I was running out of time.

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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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