Seek Clarity – Post 512

Most of us have the desire to either improve or we have a need or challenge in one or more areas in our life. My goal for this blog going forward is to bring valuable information on topics such as time management, money, faith or belief, developing new skills and habits, leadership development, health and wellness, and building better relationships.

Successful people are always the first to act on their desire to continually grow in all areas of their life. So on this blog I’ll be covering topics such as High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard; Goal building, journaling, and time management skills from Jim Rohn; How to achieve Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey; and many, many more topics from folks like Robert Kiyosaki, John Maxwell, Bob Beaudine, Anthony Robbins, Napoleon Hill and many others.

My goal is to empower you to grow and continually transform yourself through personal development. My invitation is for you to get on this personal development road with me and the invitation is extended to everyone, but, few will join me.

Today we will be discussing Seeking Clarity.

Brendon Burchard in his book “High Performance Habits” says that one of the first habits to reach a higher level of performance personally and professionally is to Seek Clarity. To seek clarity on who you want to be, how you want to interact with others, what YOU want, and what will bring you the greatest meaning.

I invite you to take a sneak peek at what is possible when you seek clarity. I want you to think about those rare questions that most people simply don’t ask themselves. What kind of person do I want to be? What are my intentions and objectives? What if I decide to set and reach higher goals? What if I decide to go for my dreams? What if I can change certain unpleasant things about myself? What if I can significantly make a difference in the lives of others? What can I focus on that will bring me a sense of connection and fulfillment?

It’s from these questions that a new life begins to evolve. Satisfaction in life doesn’t come from focusing on what is automatic, easy or natural for us. It is the result of how we strive consciously to meet life’s harder challenges, to grow beyond our comforts and to deliberately understand, love, serve and lead others.

Personal Development opens up a whole new world of potential and possibilities. I believe the first step in personal development is to find clarity in your life so you can develop a roadmap on how to get from here, where you are today, to where you want to be.

I’ve been a pharmacist now for many years and I have been successful at it and I have a lot to be grateful for. I’ve put my kids through private school, I’ve built my dream home, and we’ve taken nice vacations over the years. It’s just that something inside just doesn’t feel right. I have this sense of frustration and a restlessness that even though life has been good there is something more out there. That I haven’t really found my “thing.” When the lights go out, after all these years of pushing hard in pharmacy my internal chatter starts scratching at my reality and I am sure that many of you have asked yourselves these same or similar questions.

Is all of the complexity I’ve created in my life even worth it?

Is this new direction I want to pursue the right direction for my family and me at this stage of our lives?

Things are good, so if I try something new will everyone think I’m crazy? Am I just being stupid or ungrateful?

I’m stretched pretty thin. Can I really give any more right now?

Am I really good enough to play at the next level?

Why am I starting to feel so distracted?

Why do my relationships feel sort of blah?

I’ve had so much success in my life why am I not more confident at this point in my life?

When these questions go unanswered for too long, an unraveing begins. Day-to-day motivation wanes. You begin felling restrained or unfulfilled. Your passion isn’t at the level it used to be but at least everyone at home and at work is fairly happy.

Ultimately the dissatisfaction spreads into relationships at home or work and others begin to notice. The stress of disappointment imparts a hard edge that loved ones begin to feel. Contribution at work falls off. Calls don’t get returned. Excitement, joy, and confidence are gone and with them goes performance.

I have some questions for you to reflect on.

Are you ready, really ready? Are you tired of being where you are and excited to get where you want to be?

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Will you make the commitment to read? Thin about one great book you have read and the changes it brought about in your life. Now imagine what this next year is going to do for you!

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If personal development is whole life, then which are of your life is in the best shape? Which is the worst? Take some time to think through where you are so you can evaluate where you stand and how you are going to grow in the next year.

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How disciplined are you? Is it something you struggle with, or is it a strength?

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Which are you more focused on: Intake (learning, gathering information) or output (doing, taking action)? We all have a bias, so to speak. The answer to this will determine how you need to make adjustments over the coming year.

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ACTION POINTS:

Any or all of these are great ideas to get you moving toward your goal.

  1. Write down three great books you have read and three great books you want to read. Now, buy one – or pull it off the shelf and start. We recommend Jim’s The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle, his The Seasons of Life, and Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich. If you have already read these books or just have something else in mind, that’s fine. Just start the process of reading daily. We recommend reading the Bible or a book that will spiritually enhance your life in the morning and reading what is on your recommended reading list at night.
  2. Take at least one tangible action to make yourself stronger in the following area that you are weakest in: Physical, Spiritual or Mental. For example, if you are weakest in the physical area, then walk a mile three times this week.
  3. Take an area you lack discipline in and set up a pattern for yourself to follow this week and then do it!
  4. Celebrate the fact that you have accepted the invitation to go on the journey of self-growth and personal development. Regardless of the challenges you may be facing, today is a new day, the beginning of infinite possibilities. As Jim said, “You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction.” Congratulations on taking that step.
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You Don’t Have to Love What You Do… – Post 505

Rohn: You Don’t Have to Love What You Do……but you have to love the opportunity.

Jim Rohn September 20, 2015

You have to love what you do, that’s what people say. But that’s not necessarily true. What is true is that you have to love the opportunity—the opportunity to build life, future, health, success and fortune. Knocking on someone’s door may not be something you love to do, but you love the opportunity of what might be behind it.

A guy says, “I’m digging ditches. Should I love digging ditches?” The answer? No, you don’t have to love digging ditches, but if it is your first entry onto the ladder of success, you should be thinking, I’m glad somebody gave me the opportunity to dig ditches, and I’m going to do it so well, I won’t be here long.

You can be inspired by just having found something, even though you are making mistakes in the beginning and even though it is not ideal, taking on a new discipline that you haven’t learned yet. You don’t have to love it, you just have to learn to appreciate the opportunity—and the person who believed in you before you believed in yourself, the person who brought you the good news, who found you. 

If you will embrace the disciplines associated with the new opportunity, you will soon find that your self-confidence starts to grow, that you go from being a skeptic to being a believer. And, soon, when you start talking to people, you will find it to be the most thrilling opportunity in the world. Every person you meet, what could they be to you? It’s unlimited! Maybe a friend for life, an open door to retiring, a colleague for years to come. This is big, and sometimes, in the beginning when we are just getting started, we don’t always see how big it really is.

So before you are tempted to give up or get discouraged, remember that all success is based on long-term commitment, faith, discipline, attitude and a few stepping stones along the way. You might not like the stone you are on right now, but it’s sure to be one of the stones that leads to great opportunities in the future.

Why Hire a Coach? – Post 490

It has been quite some time since I posted on a regular basis. Hopefully I haven’t lost very many followers these past few months. I just want to take a few moments to explain what has been happening before I get into today’s topic on coaching and why you should have a coach if you want to take your business to the next level.

As most of you know I have a pharmacy consulting business in addition to my marketing endeavors. In order to keep myself marketable in the pharmacy world I found it necessary to continue my education so toward the last half of 2015 I enrolled in an educational program to obtain a certification in medication therapy management. After I completed the program I needed to continue to devote extra time to my pharmacy business. Since there are only so many hours in a day I had to back away a bit from some of my other  pursuits.

On the home front, my daughter is getting married on Sept 17 so I have spent a lot of time in preparation for that event. Thank God for my network marketing business. Even though I have not been able to give it the attention the business deserves, the check continues to come in month after month so it has been a great help with funding this wedding.

I just recently started another venture. Robert Kiyosaki, my virtual mentor, in his book Rich Dad Poor Dad teaches the concept of multiple streams of income. To accomplish this I am starting David Allen Capital of Kentucky and I am looking for someone to head up that sales team (for more info on the opportunity click here). I hope to have it up and running asap.

I also am re-launching my network marketing business as soon as the wedding is over. Last year I hit a plateau in that business and no matter what I tried, I just couldn’t seem to get the momentum started again. The momentum that is necessary to take my business to the next level. Over this past year I have spent considerable time contemplating what’s standing between me and my ultimate business and life goals. No matter how many courses I took or how much personal development I did I just couldn’t seem to get renewed traction.

Have you ever reached a certain level of success but found your business growth hit a plateau? Do you have a great business but not enough time to enjoy your life? I found myself in those exact circumstances and many other folks, once they reach a certain level of success, find themselves in the exact same positions. Why does it happen?

Whatever gets us to our current level of success isn’t usually enough to take us to the next level. Many of us know what to do to build our business but we find that we just don’t have the skill set to leverage the folks that are in our organization so  we can continue the growth of our organization.

Tom “Big Al” Schreiter said that “Personal development is important. We have to have a good attitude, be positive, have goals … but most people who join networking already have that. They are missing the skills to get the job done.” In order to move from where we are to where we REALLY want to be WE must change. We all have “blind spots” (limiting beliefs, sabotaging behaviors and unconscious habits) that keep us from moving forward. It’s challenging (if not impossible) to spot these issues on our own. This is where having s “personal coach” can make all the difference.

Why Hiring a Coach Can Be the Most Life-Changing Decision You’ll Ever Make.

Partnering with a coach can be like lighting a fire under your business and maybe even adding some gasoline! This kind of relationship can spark your business and get it moving faster than any other kind of support.

Why?

Because a great coach has the experience, strategies, skills and insights that can save YEARS of struggle and frustration. Rather that working blindly on your own (like I have been) – a coach can step you through a proven road-map. A coach can be a trusted guide to help identify exactly what’s missing in your business, and give the support to making the needed changes.

Besides solid business knowledge a great coach also has the ability to SEE you; your strengths, your weaknesses, and to suggest how to shift and grow so that the success and results you want happen easily. Creating a fun, fulfilling business that provides a great income, more free time, and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.

A few months ago I decided to hire a coach to guide me through; to take a non-biased look at what I am doing right and wrong and to get me moving in the right direction again. Starting next week, as I relaunch my business, I will share my coaching journey on this forum so be sure to subscribe or follow me as we take this journey together.

Success is About Self Education – Post 487

We’re taught all of our life to go to school, get a good education, go to work for a good company. The reality is that that’s not how you create wealth.

 


It’s about self education.

Jim Rohn once said, “Formal education will make you a living. If you become self educated you can create a fortune.”


Over the years I have attend a lot of different seminars. I’ve met a lot different people that have done extremely well and have become financially independent in different niches in all types of different markets and the only thing they have in common is that they became personally educated and not just formally educated.


Over the past year I’ve met more than a dozen people that we’re all making over $1,000,000 and I was just trying to define, what’s the common denominator? 


Here’s what I think the number one thing in common was. The people that made it had reasons for making it. Strong driving reasons. But the other thing that I found just as fascinating was that of the ones that had a college degree, none of them were making their fortune in the field that they had studied in college.


Whether they went to school or not, every one of them realized that you have to do something different. You have to pay a price maybe, that society doesn’t tell you that you have to pay. 


There’s a lot of people that go to school, get a good education, go to work for a good company and they have this attitude of entitlement. “I did what society told me to do now I’m entitled to make a good living and where’s my money?” 


That was me. I worked my tale of to put myself through college to become a pharmacist. That was my attitude afterward. It wasn’t until I lost it and was not able to find permanent employment for two years that I realized that success, financial freedom, was up to me and not to my job or my degree.


I’ve heard it said that all the “A” student’s end up working for the “C” students and it’s really true. Over my lifetime the people who have had the most success hired people to work for them that were all sharper than they were. The people that they hired all had skill sets that they didn’t have themselves. They hired a lot of people, highly intelligent people to work for them. Really highly intelligent people that were “A” student’s who ended up working for them.


During the world war, a Chicago newspaper published certain editorials in which, among other statements, said Henry Ford was “an ignorant pacifist.” Mr. Ford objected to the statements, and sued the paper for libeling him. When the suit was tried in the Courts, the attorneys for the paper placed Mr. Ford, himself, on the witness stand so he could prove to the jury that he was ignorant. The attorneys asked Mr. Ford many questions, all of them intended to prove, by Mr Ford’s own words, that, while he might have considerable specialized knowledge relating to manufacturing automobiles, overall he was ignorant.


He was asked questions like, “Who was Benedict Arnold?” and “How many soldiers did the British send over to America to put down the Rebellion of 1776?” 


In answer to the last question, Mr. Ford replied, “I do not know the exact number of soldiers the British sent over, but I have heard that it was a considerably larger number than ever went back to England.”


Finally, Mr. Ford got tired of the questions, and in reply to a particularly offensive question, he leaned over, pointed his finger at the lawyer who had asked the question, and said, “If I should really WANT to answer the foolish question you have just asked, or any of the other questions you have been asking me, let me remind you that I have a row of electric push-buttons on my desk, and by pushing the right button, I can summon to my aid men who can answer ANY question I desire. Now, will you kindly tell me, WHY I should clutter up my mind with general knowledge, for the purpose of being able to answer questions, when I have men around me who can supply any knowledge I require?”


There’s a lot of good logic in that reply.


That answer floored the lawyer. Every person in the courtroom realized it was not the answer of an ignorant man. Any man is educated who knows where to get knowledge when he needs it, and how to organize that knowledge into definite plans of action. 


Through the assistance of his “Master Mind” group, Henry Ford had at his command, all the specialized knowledge he needed to enable him to become one of the wealthiest men in America. It was not essential that he had this knowledge in his own mind. 


I don’t care what society has told you. Formal education makes you a living. If you become self educated in the right industry at the right time you can create a fortune. 


You can create a fortune here and it’s not difficult. Just do simple things over and over and over and over and teach others to do the same.


I ask you, “do you want to fail or do you want to succeed?” 

Tools for Positive Thought – Post 002

Have you been practicing speaking to yourself in a positive way? Yes, today we are going to talk about positive self talk. It’s one of the most important success strategies anyone can learn, and it doesn’t come naturally to most of us, so here we go!
Take out a piece of paper and quickly write down three really positive statements about yourself.
Don’t think too hard about it, just do it…now!
Ready-set-go!
Excellent!
When you find yourself reverting back to your old “negative self” language, stop and consider how this affects you and your motivation. It’s so easy to tell yourself how badly you did, how you do not deserve this, and how you are just not strong enough. Consider this: would you talk like this to a friend or family member? Of course not! So, why are you talking to yourself this way?
This is a very powerful question for you to consider.
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Keith Abell, RPh MI
Pharmacist – Executive Recruiter
If I can help you eliminate your two largest monthly expenses would it be worth 45 minutes of your time?