MikeRayburn.com https://mikerayburn.com Keynote Speaker, Comedian, World-Class Guitarist, Author Sat, 10 Feb 2018 01:10:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Don’t Follow Your Heart, Lead It https://mikerayburn.com/dont-follow-heart-lead-it/ https://mikerayburn.com/dont-follow-heart-lead-it/#respond Sun, 07 Jan 2018 05:33:20 +0000 http://mikerayburn.com/?p=4410 Years ago after my presentation for the National Speakers Association about how to get bookings, a very sweet woman, an aspiring speaker, shared that she was having problems getting bookings. I asked what she spoke about and she said (I can’t make this up): “The history of aprons.” Yep, the history of aprons. I asked,…

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Years ago after my presentation for the National Speakers Association about how to get bookings, a very sweet woman, an aspiring speaker, shared that she was having problems getting bookings.

I asked what she spoke about and she said (I can’t make this up):

“The history of aprons.”

Yep, the history of aprons.

I asked, “What does that matter to me?”

She looked insulted.

“No,” I said seriously, “that’s your answer.”

“If you can explain how the history of aprons benefits my life, my business or my relationships you might get booked.”

This woman was totally following her heart, acting on her passion, and I love that!

And it wasn’t working.

But why not?

Haven’t we been promised by all the books, movies and fairy tales, “Follow your heart, it will never lead you astray?”

Flash News Bulletin #1: They lied. Your heart will lead you astray.

It happens all the time.

While your heart is beautiful, compassionate and powerful, it is also fickle, undiscerning and lacking in morality.

Your heart wants what it wants when it wants it.

Bankruptcies happen every day for people following their hearts.
Marriages break up every day for people following their hearts.
Countries go to war for people following their hearts.

It is a mark of immaturity to blindly follow your heart.

Please, don’t get me wrong…

Your heart is the most beautiful and important part of you.

Love, passion, desire, caring, kindness, selflessness… all come from your heart.

Your heart is where God connects with you and your heart’s condition is what most concerns God.

So, Rayburn, what are you saying?

I’m saying, don’t follow your heart… lead it.

How???

Well, you also have a brain.

The brain is where we learn and apply wisdom, discernment and judgement.

It is no accident that you have both.

A heart untempered by wisdom is like a fire set in a dry wood… with high winds.

Living purely by heart and passion without applying wisdom and discernment creates a lonely, broken, disappointed life.

Conversely, living purely by thought and reason, denying your heart and passion creates a cold, autocratic, barren life.

Are you in one or the other of these categories? Do you tend toward one or the other?

Here’s the deal…
When someone says, “Follow your heart,” they usually mean do the thing you feel passion for, what you’ve always dreamed of, and I believe in that.

Partially.

You must also apply judgement.

I have had people come to me after presentations and literally blame me for advocating the importance of passion and bold goals, saying something like, “Yeah, I heard what you said but let me tell you what happened… I had a dream, I followed my passion, I had faith, I quit my job, I started my own business, I worked hard, and it still failed… I lost everything!”

Flash News Bulletin #2: Your having a dream does not suspend the laws of business, fidelity, and supply and demand.

It’s still the same old world out there.

The key, the answer, your best strategy is to practice what I call “Practical Passion.”

Practical Passion is a dream with a plan. It’s the willingness to take your passion seriously. It’s passion with a longterm view.

Practical Passion is how you lead your heart.

The Wright Brothers. William Wilburforce. Steve Jobs. Elon Musk. Mother Teresa. Nelson Mandela, Jesus…

… all crazy dreamers with dead serious plans and practices. That’s Practical Passion.

A crazy dreamer willing to lead his or her heart rather than follow it is an unstoppable force of nature.

Indeed, these are the people who change the world.  

Ah, but more importantly for you and me, this is how ordinary people live extraordinary lives… they get practical about their passion.

Lead your heart by practicing Practical Passion.

…to be continued.

Live Truly, Truly Live.

Rayburn

“A passion without discernment is like a Lamborghini without a steering wheel.” – Rayburn

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How To Discover What Others Are Missing… The “What IF? Mindset.” https://mikerayburn.com/discover-others-missing-mindset/ https://mikerayburn.com/discover-others-missing-mindset/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 19:12:43 +0000 http://mikerayburn.com/?p=4402 Here's how to discover what others are missing, how to revolutionize with what's right in fron of you. Every major invention, victory or achievement in human history began in some way or another with a bold, “What IF?” question.

You need the “What IF? Mindset.”

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How To Discover What Others Are Missing… The “What IF? Mindset.”

Michael Dubin revolutionized an industry without inventing anything.

To take over the multi-billion dollar men’s grooming industry one would assume you’d have to out-Gillette, Gillette, right? 15 blades, triple speed vibrating handles, built-in exfoliater, pimple remover and internet browser?

Nope.

You need out-think them.

Dubin took simple, decent quality razors out of the chained, electric vault at the drug store, and offered to mail them to you once a month for a few dollars.

In 2011 Dollar Shave Club was born.

In 2017 he sold DSC to Unilever for, wait for it…

One Billion Dollars.

Michael Dubin didn’t invent anything.

He didn’t offer some crazy, breakthrough technology.

He saw a few simple problems…
*razors are way too expensive;
*they’re locked up and literally chained at the store, which makes the buying process demeaning and the buyer feel like a criminal;
*guys are usually not big shoppers; when they need to shave they’d rather use an old blade than go to the store.

Dubin thought, “What if… we sell good razors for a fair, low price and mail them to you?”

He then took action… and it made him a billionaire.

The entire point of my “What IF? Keynote Experience” is this:

Those same opportunities are sitting in front of you right now!

I want you to discover them.
I want you to see what others miss.
I want you to create abundance.

How? Everything begins with your mindset.

As I have said countless times…

Every major invention, victory or achievement in human history began in some way or another with a bold, “What IF?” question.

You need the “What IF? Mindset.”

So, if you’re with a major company who’s been at least somewhat dominant in your industry, realize that your downfall will be coasting, assuming things will always be this way.

Remember what I always say about coasting… it only happens downhill.

Your real competitor will be that industrious little startup who, from the outside has seen what you don’t about your own business.

Your solution… is to create, right now, a culture of “What IF…?” A culture of innovation, risk-taking and regular, intentional reinvention;

…you need the “What IF? Mindset.”

And if you’re the new guy/girl who notices something about a product or process that others don’t, this is your opportunity, and the solution is the same…

…you need the “What IF? Mindset.”

That idea you’ve always had, that glitch in the market you see… Jump on it!

One quick way to do that is to ask the following questions:
-What is missing from the marketplace?
-What bothers you about a product or service?
-What is everyone else not seeing?
-What industry, business or product hasn’t been updated in years?
-What problems do you have or see and how would you solve them?
-What if you did? And… what if it worked?

And… Why Not YOU?

Please share this on social media with the links below.

Live Truly, Truly Live,

Rayburn

PS Creating the “What IF? Mindset” for organizations is what I do. I have a larger Winter/Spring schedule at this point than I’ve ever had but there are open dates. Please contact my awesome management team at CMI to allow me to inspire your teams. 877-307-7403 or hit “reply” and email us.

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Watch What Others Do, Imitate What Works https://mikerayburn.com/4341-2/ https://mikerayburn.com/4341-2/#respond Tue, 26 Sep 2017 21:42:29 +0000 http://mikerayburn.com/?p=4341 Studying what successful people do, how they do it, and copying them is a great formula for success. I am in the middle of a lot of reinvention so, while I may not be perfect, I've done it a lot... so perhaps you could observe conceptually what I'm doing and try the same for your career.

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Watch What Others Do, Imitate What Works

(My NEW WEBSITE IS LIVE! – click here, see below). 

One of the first messages I learned as I began to embrace personal development is: Success leaves clues.

So follow them. 

Watch and study people who are successful, do what they do, and you’re likely to get similar results. 

In particular, find people who are successful in an area at least similar to what you want to create or achieve.

I don’t mean copy them, and certainly don’t steal from anyone.

But emulating or imitating is integral to art and business. 

And here’s the cool thing about imitating those you respect: 

You can’t do it. 

Though you’ll try you’ll fall short, wonderfully short. 

But what you come up with as you try will in time become your own style. 

Also, I learn from any kind of success so I freely borrow concepts (not specifics) from many different areas.

That said, here’s an idea: Copy me.

If my last two tips about the necessity to constantly reinvent, both as organizations and as individuals, resonated with you and you’re wondering how to reinvent for yourself or your organization, why not watch me; I’m immersed in it right now. 

I don’t say that out of pride or ego, I just know a lot about reinventing myself professionally as I’ve it done more than a dozen times. 

So each week I’ll share what I’m doing to reinvent. 

Each sweeping move will also be part of a much larger change which won’t be evident for a few months.  

I invite you to watch me and learn what you can, even if what you learn is to not do what I just did (which is a valid lesson, by the way). 

I may not do it right, well, or in the same way you would. 

However, I will do it, and that boldly. 

 

Rayburn Reinvention #1…

CMI Speaker Management. Six weeks ago I amicably switched from my agent of 5 1/2 years and signed with CMI Speaker Management. CMI is amazing, the gold standard, and this is the necessary foundation of changes to come. 

 

Rayburn Reinvention #2…

Guitar Giveaway. Now, in every keynote I surprise an attendee who’s willing to speak up and share an a new idea he or she has come up with during my program, with a brand new guitar! Seriously. 

 

Rayburn Reinvention #3… ***

What NOW? …Your What If Action of the Week (or What IF Action Videos). I have created and launched a resource for companies to sustain the excitement from their conferences and really implement my keynote message and supercharge their results. (See below)

 

Now… Rayburn Reinvention #4…

My New Web Site! http://www.mikerayburn.com 

I ask you to:

1. Look at it and share your comments with me. 

2. Share with me your ongoing results as you reinvent yourself or your group. 

3. PLEASE share this blog with everyone on your social media by cutting and pasting this link: 

http://www.mikerayburn.com/blog

Live Truly, Truly Live,

Rayburn

PS Next week I will offer some questions to ask yourself to help you reconsider and reinvent, and share my latest reinvention which happens Thursday. 

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Time Breaks Everything… The Case for Intentional Reinvention. (Part 2) https://mikerayburn.com/time-breaks-everything-case-intentional-reinvention-part-2/ https://mikerayburn.com/time-breaks-everything-case-intentional-reinvention-part-2/#respond Fri, 08 Sep 2017 22:05:38 +0000 http://mikerayburn.com/?p=3366 Do people - people like you - need to reinvent? YES! staying still, even when what you’re doing now is working, will leave you behind because, and again… Time Breaks Everything. To remain relevant in your career you’ve got to update and improve your skills.

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Time Breaks Everything… The Case for Intentional Reinvention. (Part 2)

My wife and I went car shopping last week.

During the first test drive – a used 2014 SUV (I never buy new) – I asked the salesman, who’d been selling this brand for 2 1/2 years, a simple question about the vehicle.

He puzzled over it and said, “I’m not sure, I’ll ask someone about that.”

I was surprised.

I would have thought that after 2 1/2 years he’d know all the basic info about all of his company’s vehicles.

Later, in the showroom, after that pretentious talk they always have with the sales manager, the price he brought to us was so high as to be insulting, and I knew because I’d done my research.

We left and ultimately bought the same make and model, a used 2017, better condition, for the same price.

Ugh.

***

In my last tip I made the case that all companies and organizations must practice intentional, proactive, strategic reinvention.

I shared that I believe this not an important option to consider, it is mandatory – the very life and death of your organization.

So let me ask you this...

What about you?

Do people – people like you – need to reinvent? YES!

The way we do everything – managing finances, communicating with our families, having relationships, listening to music, driving cars, fighting fires, teaching – hasn’t just changed, it is constantly changing.

Again, staying still, even when what you’re doing now is working, will leave you behind because, and again…

Time Breaks Everything.

To remain relevant in your career you’ve got to update and improve your skills, whatever you do.

What I really want you – as part of my Virtuoso Community – to do is see this as an amazing advantage and opportunity.

As much as people look at CE – Continuing Education – as a requirement, a chore, imagine what would happen if you decided to get crazy about learning?

What if you began to read, research, practice and expand in your field, not because you have to but to increase your value?

What if you chose to become the expert – a Virtuoso – in your field?
As I say in every keynote I deliver, “Most adults are coasting; and coasting only happens downhill.”

That car salesman last week was a great example of coasting.

He could have learned all there is to know about his vehicles in 2 1/2 years, and he assumed that I was equally uneducated.

His loss.

I’ll be honest, I fought it for years.

Now, I have done a 180 degree turn, I’m embracing it… learning, technology, improvements on every level.

Important point…
The fact that time breaks everything is not a function of the technological revolution.
 
It is timeless.

2000 years ago the bible said we are to… “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Rom 12:2)

Renewing – Reinventing… same thing.

Let’s get really personal…
Did your marriage start off great, but it’s slowly deteriorated, even to the point of thinking you married the wrong person?

Good news, you didn’t.

You just need to reinvent.

Time breaks everything, even marriages.

How do you reinvent a marriage?

Develop a passion together, go on a mission trip together, get involved with a charity together, go on an amazing vacation, move, but be intentional about it.

And don’t wait until you have to.

Like I said last week…

The time to reinvent is when things are good, don’t give them the chance to go downhill.

So, as Virtuosos I want you to proactively reinvent yourself in your career as well as your marriage, friendships, health and even your spirituality… keep it fresh!

Stop letting life slide by.

Become a Life Virtuoso.

And please share this on Facebook, twitter, wherever you can!

Live Truly, Truly Live,

Rayburn

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Time Breaks Everything – The Case for Intentional Reinvention https://mikerayburn.com/3356-2/ https://mikerayburn.com/3356-2/#respond Sun, 27 Aug 2017 16:50:33 +0000 http://mikerayburn.com/?p=3356 Time Breaks Everything… The Case for Intentional Reinvention. (Pt 1) Why did they computerize my stove? Seriously, was that “Lite-Hi-Med-Lo-Off” thing not working? I’ve said it hundreds of times, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” Right? Well, hold on… as much as I’ve said that, it turns out there is a fatal – yes…

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Time Breaks Everything… The Case for Intentional Reinvention. (Pt 1)

Why did they computerize my stove?

Seriously, was that “Lite-Hi-Med-Lo-Off” thing not working?

I’ve said it hundreds of times, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

Right?

Well, hold on… as much as I’ve said that, it turns out there is a fatal – yes FATAL – flaw in that mindset:

Time breaks everything.

We assume that if we keep doing what is successful it will keep being successful.

That is no longer true, if it ever was. (It wasn’t, it just used to take longer).

Everything around us is changing, including the pace of change itself, which is increasing exponentially.

That includes the environment surrounding you and everything you’re doing.

Therefore, when you perform the same service or make the same product in the same way, just by staying the same you’re falling behind; the world is passing you by rendering your offering broken or obsolete, even though you’re doing what’s working.

Unfortunately, most companies and individuals don’t realize this until it’s too late.

Trains lost to trucks. Network news and local newspapers are losing to cable and internet. TV is losing to cable and internet. Blockbuster lost to Netflix. LPs and cassettes lost to CD’s lost to MP3, as record stores lost to iTunes. Film lost to digital. Cabs are losing to ride-share. Internal combustion will lose to Tesla (a regular automobile has approximately 1000 moving parts; a Tesla has eight. You think that won’t catch on?).

In some of those cases the ones who lost are not gone, but they’ve suffered massive, irreparable loss of marketshare.

Here’s my most important point…

All these organizations that lost were doing exactly what made them successful right up until the bottom fell out.

They figured, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Do you imagine a point where the pace of change will stop?

No, from here it will go exponential.

So, what’s the solution?

Intentionally Reinvent.

This is EXACTLY why I deliver my “What IF Keynote Experience…” to teach organizations how to intentionally and consistently reinvent and get entire organizations, not just leaders, on board with it.

You’ve got to develop a mindset and culture which strategically reconsiders everything, examines the outside landscape, welcomes experimentation and failure, and empowers positive change.

So, while things are successful, instead of saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” think,

“NOW is the time to strategically reinvent, rather than later in a panic.”

If you don’t intentionally reinvent someone else will do it for you, and for you… the end is near.

Time breaks everything. So always be fixing.

Next week we’ll take this principle and get personal… careers and relationships need to reinvent as well.

And please share this. I love sharing good ideas with people and would love to reach more of them.

Live Truly, Truly Live,

Rayburn

PS Just in case you missed it last week, I am now represented by CMI Speakers, Karen Harris – 877-307-7403 or email rayburnbookings@cmispeakers.com

CMI Speaker Management

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How Losing Made Me A Winner! https://mikerayburn.com/losing-made-winner/ https://mikerayburn.com/losing-made-winner/#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 20:31:05 +0000 http://mikerayburn.com/?p=3267 I wish this was a great “David and Goliath” story but it’s not… Goliath won this one.
I spent most of the match on my back, in pain, fighting just to not get pinned.
I lost 17 to 1… they call that a “superior decision.”
The “superior decision” gave McLean five teams points, instead of the six they’d have gotten had I been pinned.
I felt I like an embarrassment to the team, but they welcomed me back to the bench.
But check this out… As a team, we won!

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How Losing Made Me A Winner.   

What are you really made of? 

…Coach Weinhoffer’s dreaded words rang in my ears:  “Rayburn, you go out there.” 

For three years of youth club, four years of high school and briefly in college I was a wrestler.

I was generally above average with a senior record of 16-4-1, but did poorly in the tournaments.

My sophomore year at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, VA I was the starting JV 145 pounder.

One week our varsity team was competing against rival McLean High School and our varsity 155 pounder was sick.

To win the dual team score we could not afford to forfeit the 155 match.

Coach Weinhoffer decided to bring not just the JV 155, pounder, Mark Steward up to Varsity, but me as well, and would decide that evening who would compete with this McLean opponent.

So let me tell you about our opponent, this155-pounder from McLean: He’d been first in the district, second in the region and sixth in the state the year before.

This year he was undefeated and predicted to win state.

Ugh.

Nerves throbbing, mouth dry like cotton, match by match the team score stayed close, and tension surrounding our match grew.

At the 145 pound match Mark and I still warmed up, neither knowing who it would be.

Then those dreaded words from Coach Weinhoffer rang in my ears: “Rayburn, you go out there.”

Here we go…

I started with a surprising level of confidence, going on the offensive and shooting for a takedown.

Then I was on my back.

I don’t even know how but he countered with a move that immediately put me on my back struggling not to get pinned.

Somehow I survived to the end of the period.

I wish this was a great “David and Goliath” story but it’s not… Goliath won this one.

I spent most of the match on my back, in pain, fighting just to not get pinned.

I lost 17 to 1… they call that a “superior decision.”

The “superior decision” gave McLean five teams points, instead of the six they’d have gotten had I been pinned.

I felt I like an embarrassment to the team, but they welcomed me back to the bench.

But check this out… As a team, we won!

We beat McLean by… one point… the point that Coach Weinhoffer said I saved by not getting pinned.

And at the end of the year I got a varsity letter… for losing 17-1.

Here’s the point:

Character is what you’ve got when there’s nothing else left. 

When it seems like all hope is lost, will you give up because it’s easier in the short run?

Or will you give everything you have, even if it’s for only someone else, and even if you can’t see why at the time?

I will tell you this: Losing that match was my finest moment in wrestling because…

* I proved to myself and others that I will do whatever it takes, you can count on my 100% effort.

* I had faith that going all out, enduring the pain of not getting pinned would ultimately, somehow be good. 

Ironically, by losing that match the way I did, I proved I’m a winner… and the real win wasn’t about me, it was about the team. 

What parallels can you draw for your life?

What loss have you sustained that could ultimately be a win? (Hint: Though it might be hard to see, they all can).

Please pass this on…

Live truly, truly live,

Mike

PS As always please share your thoughts about this. Also, I got fantastic responses to my last tip and will respond in my next tip.

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What are three ways you irritate your customers? https://mikerayburn.com/3253-2/ https://mikerayburn.com/3253-2/#respond Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:47:35 +0000 http://mikerayburn.com/?p=3253 No one wants to think they’re irritating their customers, but… if we are… don’t we need to know that?
This is an invitation to revisit your entire business process, your sales process, your customer relations.

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What are three ways you irritate your customers?

I was asked this question by my friend and mentor, Dr. Nido Qubein, and it has begun to transform my business.

I have changed my fee structure, my client communications, and more is coming, all because I answered this question.

No one ever asked me so I’m now asking again…

What are three ways you irritate your customers?

No one wants to think they’re irritating their customers, but… if we are… don’t we need to know that?

This is an invitation to revisit your entire business process, your sales process, your customer relations.

And here’s another question to consider…

Who are your customers?

Obviously those who buy your product or service.

But isn’t your boss your customer? How might you be irritating your boss?

What about your colleagues?

And… what about your spouse? Your family?

What are three ways you irritate your spouse?

Ooh… you want to improve your relationship?

Ask your spouse, “What are three ways I irritate you or could improve for you?” Promise not to defend or even respond, listen to the answer and walk away… make it safe for him or her to answer.

Finally (and this is the fun part)…

What if you changed or eliminated those irritants?

Wouldn’t your business, your job, your family life improve drastically?

Once you identify those three irritants make a plan to immediately eliminate them… and watch your results soar!

It’s a simple question which can be transformational.

Please put this in action today, and forward it, post it, or cut and paste it on social media.

Live Truly, Truly Live,

Mike

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Predicting the Future the Easy Way (Part Two) https://mikerayburn.com/3249-2/ https://mikerayburn.com/3249-2/#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:20:08 +0000 http://mikerayburn.com/?p=3249 Look, unpredictable events, good and bad, will happen. In fact, they happen so often that you could say they’re… predictable? The real variable in predicting the future is you.

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Predicting the Future the Easy Way (Part Two)

Abraham Lincoln said…

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

I believe the future is much more predictable and in our own control than we realize.

The fact is, you are predicting, creating and deciding the future right now. 

Just take an honest look at your actions and habits.

If you’re dedicated to your career, you show up early, stay late, train and learn, if you’re willing to do what others will not, I can predict your future.

If you’re smoking a pack-a-day, I can predict your future.

If you’re humbly dedicated to your marriage, willing to forgive and serve and grow and put your spouse first, I can predict your future.

If you’re drinking too much; eating junk food, heavy carbs and sugars and not exercising… yep, I can predict your future too.

Think about this…

Any time you set a goal to which you are truly committed you are predicting the future.

When you take action on that plan you are literally creating the future.

Most people who might go to a psychic are looking for some special angle or some hope for what’s coming their way, when I just want to say…

That hope is in YOUR hands!

Look, unpredictable events, good and bad, will happen.

In fact, they happen so often that you could say they’re… predictable?

The real variable in predicting the future is you.  

If you are taking full responsibility for you outcomes; if you are proactively (and prayerfully) imagining, designing and taking serious action on your future, you will fare well through the predictable storms of life.

Better yet, when the equally predictable windfalls of life happen you will benefit exponentially!

Take action on this. Today.

Set, commit to and act on a goal right this moment.

Choose a habit to drop and one to add.

Trust me, when you take responsibility for your future and act on it, you and I can both predict your future… and it looks really good. 

If you agree, please share this.

Cut and paste this on Facebook, quote it, or use this blog link:

http://mikerayburn.com/oldsite/blog

Live Truly, Truly Live,

Rayburn

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Predicting the Future the Easy Way (Part 1) https://mikerayburn.com/predicting-future-easy-way-part-1/ https://mikerayburn.com/predicting-future-easy-way-part-1/#respond Tue, 14 Mar 2017 23:15:37 +0000 http://mikerayburn.com/?p=3242 It turns out any of us, even a non-scientific guy like me, can see the future if we’ll learn where and how to look.

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Predicting the Future the Easy Way (Part 1)

The two-hour drive between my college, James Madison University in Virginia, and my parent’s home involves a long, curving hill that comes down from the mountains in one stretch.

At the bottom of that hill in a break between the concrete dividers lies the perfect speed trap.

About every other time I drive there I see a state trooper laying in weight.

Once I got pulled for speeding there but she let me off with a warning.

One day at the top of that hill way above the speed trap, for some reason I looked ahead as far around the curve as I could see from the hill.

To my amazement I could see the trooper… a mile ahead!

He wasn’t hidden at all, until you started down the hill… and what a lesson I learned.

Most people see only what’s right in front of them because… that’s the only place they look. 

And isn’t that true for all of us?

It turns out any of us, even a non-scientific guy like me, can see the future if we’ll learn where and how to look.  

Here is the easiest way to predict the future:

Let someone else do the work. 

There are people who LIVE for studying the indicators of things to come and writing about them extensively.

Of course you need to sift through to find the ones with a respected track record.

My friend and mentor, Daniel Burrus – http://www.burrus.com – is amazing at this.

Back in the 80’s Dan accurately predicted email, eCommerce, smart phones, and many other life staples which didn’t exist at the time. In his more recent book, “Flash Foresight: How Do See the Invisible and Do the Impossible” Dan teaches how he does it and you can, too.

So here’s what you do: find two or three futurists (based on science, not crystal balls or political agendas) and read their blog/LinkedIn posts regularly. Compare them all to get an idea of where things are headed.

It’s as simple as that.

Here’s what will happen after just a few posts: You’ll become the authority. You’ll know about coming trends way before others just because most people don’t do this.

Understanding future trends gives you a competitive edge others won’t have. 

You’ll also get better at whatever you do, especially when you see it in a context that others, including your boss, don’t.

For instance, the explosion of Tesla sales has made the lithium battery extremely important. Past estimates predict that we have a 365 year supply of lithium.

However, if the growth of EV’s continues as it’s current rate, that supply dwindles to… 17 years!

Have you heard of blockchains (and it’s base, bitcoins)? It’s a trend which will completely transform online commerce, and most haven’t even heard of it.

I learn about trends not by being smart, but by being smart enough to read people who are smart.

So, of course I suggest Dan’s books, blog and LinkedIn posts, but

a simple Google search will give you many options.

Begin to check them out, find the good ones and you’ll almost immediately become the knowledgeable one in the room.

Most importantly, you’ll gain the one thing Solomon prayed for which got him everything else: Wisdom.

Next week I’ll share part two of this message about how to predict the future.

Please share this!

Live Truly, Truly Live,

Rayburn

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A Perfect 2017: Part 4: Seven Secrets To Faster Goal Achievement https://mikerayburn.com/perfect-2017-part-4-seven-secrets-faster-goal-achievement/ https://mikerayburn.com/perfect-2017-part-4-seven-secrets-faster-goal-achievement/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 04:41:09 +0000 http://mikerayburn.com/?p=3229 This a proven, mega-successful system you can use forever. By now you’ve got a set of about 10-11 goals listed and you’ve created plans for the larger, more detailed goals. Our final step is to speed up the process, right? This is a list of ways to achieve your goals faster than you ever thought possible.

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A Perfect 2017: Part 4: Seven Secrets To Faster Goal Achievement

So, if you’re following along the past three tips have been the essence of my Virtuoso Goal Achievement System.

If you don’t have them they’re my last three blog posts:  http://mikerayburn.com/oldsite/blog

I suggest copying them each into a document and saving them, adding this post as well. Use them whenever you set goals.

This a proven, mega-successful system you can use forever.

By now you’ve got a set of about 10-11 goals listed and you’ve created plans for the larger, more detailed goals.

Our final step is to speed up the process, right? This is a list of ways to achieve your goals faster than you ever thought possible.

1. Write each goal using the three “P’s” – Personal; Positive; Present Tense. That means use “I” or “My,” make them positive – don’t use “don’t” or “not,” and write them as if they already exist – Not “I will earn $75K in 2017” but “I earn $75K in 2017.” In my live events I explain how this effects the sub-conscious mind but for now trust me, it works.

2. Emotionalize them. “I joyfully earn $75K in 2017.” Emotions drive us even more than results do.

3. Identify the Limiting Step. Then focus your attention on that step. In every plan there is one step that defines how fast (or even if) you will achieve your goal. What step does everything else hinge upon? In my example from last week it would be either landing new clients or learning new skills. Once you do either of those your leverage for either a raise or more commission is stronger.

4. Write down your list of eleven goals every morning. This is one of my favorites because it’s so easy and works so well! Every morning take 3-5 minutes and write down your list of goals. This puts them front and center in your mind.

5. Develop a “30-Second List.” What are your life goals? Can you name your top three life goals in 30 seconds or less? Most can’t, if they have them at all. If you can’t, how in the world can you expect to achieve them? Set three big, awesome life goals and memorize them. Then think about them, keep them as a mantra.

6. Identify the critical goal. From your list which goal, if achieved, would cause the others to happen, too? For instance, if you have goals for a vacation, a new car, a higher income, giving more to charity, etc, focus your time on the higher income because, with a higher income all the other goals are easy.

7. Visualize your goals. This is amazingly powerful. Choose a goal (or an important event) and imagine it complete. In our example goal let’s say you have a meeting next week where you’re asking for a raise. You’re nervous about it. Take ten minutes or so to lay down on your back and relax deeply (don’t fall asleep). Pretend you’re in a place you love. Now, picture this meeting going perfectly. Imagine yourself walking in, shaking hands and feeling strangely confident. Imagine sitting down and then every detail of the conversation going perfectly. And most important, imagine exactly the result you want. Feel the exultation at achieving the goal! Do this multiple times before the event. This technique alone can be worth thousands of dollars and amazing life changes for you.

I have more of these secrets I’ll share at another time.

The important thing is you now have my Virtuoso Goal Achievement System… Use it. It really works!

And feel free to share it.

Live Truly, Truly Live,

Mike

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