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People have always sought change for themselves, their life, or the world.
If you want to change, there is a constant truth; you must change before anything else changes.
Many smart folks agree –
Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Leo Tolstoy, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
What about Albert Einstein?
“The world, as we have created, is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
Do you want to change something about today, tomorrow, or the future? You must change before anything else changes.
Have you learned lessons from past experiences? You have already changed, and your future is better for it.
Rumi said, “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
If tomorrow you want to be better than today and yesterday, something has to change. That something is you.
If you want to make more money, serve more. Do you want to be happier? If you want this life to be well-lived, something has to change today. That something is you.
What if you want everything about your life to be perfect? Listen to Winston Churchill. “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
It’s so simple.
You Must Change Before Anything Else Changes.
The Great Pandemic Pause, most folks are finding themselves in a simpler world.
With a few exceptions, everything is slower. There seems to be more time in the day. The rush of what used to be our day-to-day seems distant.
Is that such a bad thing?
When the storm passes, before we reignite our lives, why not consider lessons from a few smart people of the past.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci
“Life is simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ~ Confucius
“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” ~ William James
“Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.” ~ Charles Warner
I like it simple. Simple works.
If you ask any successful person what is most important to achieving goals, they will say two things:
1) Self-Discipline is number one. If you can’t get yourself to do what is necessary, nobody will do it for you.
2) The person with the most self-discipline wins.
At the gym, office, school, everywhere. The person who puts in the effort always rises to the top.
Since most of us are in self-quarantine at home, now it might be useful to master self-discipline.
1) Decide on your goal and allow yourself to feel the pleasure and excitement of living it every day.
2) Shift your focus to the pain you will feel if you don’t get it. Get mad. Get upset. Get determined to create it.
3) Prioritize your daily actions so that everything else is less important than your goal.
You will always work harder to avoid pain than to get pleasure. Harness that power to get what you want.
What if I told you that you could transform anything and everything about your life in a short period. IF you put your mind to it.
It’s called a PUSH – a massive collection of actions focused on a single goal. You shoehorn them into a defined period and get them done.
During the PUSH, you overcome inertia and build immense and unstoppable momentum. The only thing that matters is the successful completion of your goal. You allow nothing to get in your way.
If you want something different in your life, stop waiting for it to arrive and PUSH into existence.
If you’ve been feeling upended these past few weeks, there might be a good reason.
In working with clients over the years, I recognized an interesting behavior. When our conversations began, their minds were drifting. They are listening but not paying attention.
To get them to re-focus, I utilized a “Pattern Interruption” to alter their current state of mind. I could tell them a joke, ask a question, or give surprise news. Once delivered, their state of mind instantly shifts into neutral – for a split second. Hypnotherapists use this technique for trance induction.
The same thing happens throughout your day without you knowing. I even use it on my Daily Boost to keep your attention.
It also happened – and is happening to you during our current crisis. Everybody is trying to figure out how to ground ourselves again.
What the solution?
Do everything you can to normalize the abnormal. Avoid pattern breaks by limiting your exposure to anything that will put you in pause mode. Choose your focus, make a plan, establish a routine, and stick with it.
My phone rang at 10:18 this morning.
A long-time listener from San Bernardino, California, was calling to check in with me. He said,
“It’s in times like these that we need to check in with folks. You’re part of my life every day. I wanted to see how you were doing.”
I told him I was okay and how much I appreciated his energy boost.
We enjoyed a very neighborly conversion – and we live more 2000 miles apart.
His call reminded me of something I love to do.
Over the years, I’ve developed a habit of practicing random acts of happiness, especially when somebody is having a hard time. Even better? When they need a surprise.
It could be a cashier working long hours and their feet hurt. Sometimes I buy a cup of coffee for the person behind me in line – and try to escape for I’m busted. My wife gets a random flower that makes no sense at all – but gets a smile.
Random acts of happiness may be difficult for you when you are stuck at home, but I wonder –
Is there a way for you to practice a random act of happiness for someone today?
In the pandemic pause, we’re living in, checking IN is far more important than checking OUT.
I woke up this morning with a thought running through my mind and pulsing through my veins. I couldn’t stay in bed any longer.
How many closets can you organize? How many Netflix programs can you binge? How long will people wait for others to say it’s okay for them to get with their lives?
Everything you have built in your life happened when you found the courage to rally fear, anger, and confusion into motivation and action.
Since 2006 I have taught one thing; you can create any lifestyle you choose if you can shake yourself free from your cement shoes and get moving. Nothing has changed in 2020.
COVID-19 is real. Some people will get sick. Some people will die. That’s life. It’s always been like that – only without 24/7 news coverage we didn’t know about it.
Life can be difficult, but the real casualties of this pandemic will be those who cocoon themselves in the false sense of safety that comes with waiting to see what is going to happen next.
HELL NO! That’s not for me – EVER!
The winners will be those who realize this is a new temporary and that we are not going back to normal.
They will figure out how to use lessons learned and honed over a lifetime to build better and beyond!
Nothing will stop them.
Who you will be when this passes begins by who you are today.
It’s time to decide.
We’re going to re-launch Operation Reinvention tomorrow with that goal in mind. And we’re doing it LIVE – details to follow.
I dare to jump on the train to better and beyond.
Life is a beautiful and surprising experience, but have you noticed that in good times or bad, there is always be something that will catch you off guard?
It will also require an immediate response.
It could be a potential customer who wants to do business and needs prompt attention.
It may be a health emergency.
In any case, a quick response is your friend. But what do you after the initial surprise settles?
1) Pause. Take a step back and take a breath. It’s time to get a 30,000-foot overview and gain perspective on what is going on in your life. This is a time to be more conservative in your actions.
2) Prepare. Whether it’s serving your clients or paying your mortgage, once you have perspective, your next step is to identify what must be done to achieve success. Be a good Scout. Be prepared.
3) Protect. Now that you understand and are prepared, it’s time to identify the areas that will need protection. Your goals is to proactively put in place whatever is required to protect what you’ve built.
Pause, Prepare, Protect, and proactively create what you want out of your life. That how you survive and thrive!
In a time of crisis, a solid foundation of basic needs is a great way to calm your mind.
In 1954, Abraham Maslow released his Hierarchy of Needs theory. Since everything in life is being turned upside down – it might be a good time to get back to basics. Maslow called them deficiency needs (D-Needs):
1) Provide for your physiological needs. Food, clothing, shelter, money, everything that you need.
2) Make sure you feel safe. Personally, emotionally, financially, health and well-being, and against accidents and illness.
3) Socially you need to feel a sense of loving and belonging. Social media might be finally showing it’s real power.
While you work on your D-Needs, begin moving toward your being needs, otherwise known as B-Needs.
Maslow said, “What a man can be, he must be.”
B-Needs are where I’m placing my focus. I using the power of the CoronaDRIVE US to answer a question.
What CAN I do that will create a better life after this crisis passes.
I have a different Daily Nugget today.
I write and record a week in advance. Since I last reached out to you, all hell seems to have broken loose in America – and around the world.
Yes, it was on its way before. We all saw it coming. But its exponential speed tossed a lot of folks lives into disarray overnight.
Like many folks, I have a full life and run a small business. Other people are counting on my support. I also have the honor and responsibility of tens of thousands of people listening every day. I have not taken that lightly. Everybody has an opinion. I decided to wait until I had a plan.
Before I move on – let’s handle the bad news.
We are only the beginning. That’s enough to scare anybody.
What’s coming? What’s going to happen? Am I prepared?
I don’t know. I don’t know. Yes.
You were born prepared. That’s who you are. A life with no challenges only means challenges are on the way. You have handled every problem you have ever faced. You will do it again.
By the way, that’s hard to see when life is getting in the way.
Now, the good news.
It’s a lot less scary when you realized that your response is just beginning too. Yes, right now you may be shell-shocked, a bundle of nerves, fill with anxiety and a lost feeling. Don’t worry. You won’t be that way for long.
I know that because we are emotional beings.
Eventually, you will begin to find seeds of logic that will calm you emotionally.
Eventually, a new, if temporary normal, will allow you to ground yourself – and find yourself.
Eventually, you will ask, “What CAN I do?”
Eventually, you will stand up, take a step, and repeat.
It gets better.
What if you could make even better?
What if you stopped worrying about rebuilding what you had and focus on building something better?
What if you could change careers if you have always dreamed of something different?
What if, for the first time in years, you find yourself with time to think?
What if you found a way to use this massive interruption to invoke the power of creative destruction? What if you could build a life and lifestyle that you have been putting off for years?
It won’t be easy. It’s never easy to focus when all you want to be is distracted. But you will do it.
Remember, life usually begins right after life gets in the way.
From this day forward, you and I will use the catalyst that we have all experienced to drive us to build a better world. For you, me, and for the common good.
From this day forward, let’s turn the Corona Virus the “Corona DRIVE US.”
We begin tomorrow.
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