What strikes me as amazing is that most people of any basic level of intelligence and education already know the basics of success. You can name them…Education (however you get it), Work ethic, Healthy diet, weight and exercise, Sleep, Living within your means, Low debt/no debt, Save your money, Take responsibility.
We’ve all been there: One day, for whatever reason, you’re down, unmotivated, but you’ve got stuff to do. Is it the Nike answer, just do it? Force yourself even though you feel like crap? Well… no. And Yes. I have a solution you may not have considered. First of all and obviously, if there is an important or mandatory task, you have no choice, you have to do it. This is called self-discipline which my friend, Brian Tracy defines as: “Doing what you need to do, when you need to do it, regardless of how you feel about it.”
My wife is amazed that almost every time we go somewhere, on the busiest day, I get a great parking space. The kids even ask, “Dad, how do you do that?” It’s simple: I see it before I get there. And now I believe it will be there waiting for me because it’s happened so often. And nine times out of ten, it is. I imagine most of us have heard of visualization, where you picture the thing you want, exactly as you want it, and it comes to you, or has a greater likelihood of coming to you.
My Least Favorite Word and Why You Should NOT Use It. Starting a fire. The wheel. The Pyramids. Hannibal’s victory over the Romans. Harnessing electricity. The Hoover Dam. The return of a crippled Apollo 13. The 1980 Miracle on Ice. The personal computer. The internet.
This week’s tip comes from the four days I just spent in Costa Rica as a member of the Transformational Leadership Council. Members include Jack Canfield (creator of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series and author of “The Secret”); Dr. John Gray (author of “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”); and many others you may have heard of. Everyone is either a NY Times Best-Selling author, a world-class speaker or coach… some kind of thought leader in personal transformation. (I guess I’m kinda “guitar boy”).
It’s All About the Hair… What Cleaning Bathrooms, the Statue of Liberty and Bohemian Rhapsody Have In Common
Years ago when the first helicopter flew over the Statue Of Liberty they saw something they hadn’t expected. The attention to detail on Lady Liberty’s hair was exquisite, just as amazing as the rest of her.
After two cancelled flights, spending the night at O’hare, a delayed flight the next day, and arriving just one hour before my presentation for Nationwide Insurance, this is photo is what I found when I opened my guitar case.
Umpteen years ago I cut my teeth as an entertainer playing a rough bar in Virginia called the Royal Lee Delicatessen. My passionate, loyal supporters would pack the place every show and I played long sets full of music and mayhem.
OK, New Year’s resolutions don’t work and here’s why: They focus completely on a dreaded process, not a desired goal. “I’m going to diet, exercise, quit smoking, go to church, get marriage counseling, work harder,” that sort of thing.
This Extremely Important, Rarely Taught Virtuoso Tip Can Change Your Life. This week for Christmas I am playing in the band at Verve, our church for people who don’t like church (www.vivalaverve.org), writing and directing our Christmas Eve “Star Wars meets Rudolph” comedy/song/dance bit (it’s a weird church), and delivering my What If…? Keynote as…