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The Utter Relief of Gratitude
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey! I just want to say thank you... Seriously, I want to say thank you for being here now. I want to say thank you for being here and in the previous times we’ve had conversations. I want to say thank you for being who you are, for showing up as you are, for your contribution to this world. Isn't being thankful an awesome thing?

I'm Greg Schweitzer and I’m the Catalyst at Catalyst Transformation Institute. I’m the Founder and Chief Catalyst and what that means is my job is to help you live your best life and do your best work. And today I want to talk about a new perspective around gratitude and as a matter of fact, I'm calling this the utter relief of gratitude. Now, you've heard the word gratitude and it talked about more these days than it has been in the past decades and you're familiar with it. What I want to do is I want to talk about a new perspective around gratitude and whether you use the great word gratitude or thankfulness or appreciation the bottom line is it comes down in liking your life... That's what it really comes down to is liking your life and that's what gratitude is all about, and yes we're working towards new things and we still have desires and wants and so on and so forth and yet there is still much to be grateful for.

So let's talk about some new ways to look at gratitude. Number one is I want you to start by looking at yourself… Like having gratitude for you… For who you are. What if you were to be grateful for your choices and your decisions? Because isn't it true that all of your choices and decisions have brought you to where you are today. The good and the bad but there's a lot that you have in your life and that you are as a person that you choose and that you decided on, have you thank yourself for that lately? Pretty interesting idea.

What about thanking yourself for your own heart? Like for the way that you feel about life. Your emotions are indicators of how your life is going and have you thought about being grateful for your emotions? The ones that tell you when things are not quite right so that you can get back on track. Little flags that are raising say “Hey this isn't quite feeling right, how to get back on track?” And what about those great feelings? Those feelings that just feel really good to make life worth living, are you grateful for that?

Here's another idea around being grateful around yourself. What about your strengths? What about the things that you were already really good at? What about your inner strengths and then your skills and your abilities, whether they are physical or tactile or anything else? What about your strengths? And I'm curious, are you grateful for your weaknesses? Oohhh... That's a different perspective, why would I be grateful for my weaknesses? What's grateful about being weak? Here’s the difference, is that the weak doesn't mean that we are staying there, that we have to stay there. What it means is that it's giving us an indication that there are areas of growth and if we always have an opportunity to grow means we always have an opportunity to be good and be better, and isn't that worth being grateful for? Totally it is!

Alright, now we're going to stretch just a little bit here around gratitude around yourself. Are you grateful for your body? Oohhh… I know that one goes a little bit deeper and it doesn't matter whether you're male or female. If you're a guy or girl are you thankful for your body? The body that gets you where you need to go, the body that actually moves and takes action and helps make things happen, the body that keeps moving and operating and functioning day after day for you to live. Every one of us has a physical experience of this life and are you grateful for that piece? Are you grateful enough for your body and toward your body that it actually treats you well? You may not know this but the way that you think and the way that you appreciate or don't appreciate your body affects your overall health, not just your mental-emotional health but I'm talking about the physical operations of your body in your different organs, how's that for gratitude? So my question for you is, have you thanked yourself lately? Have you thanked yourself ever? And isn't it about time? I would encourage you to do that.

Here’s another category about gratitude, what about your circumstances? Can you be grateful for your circumstances? Let's talk about this. Your pains and your struggles, ooh… Can you be grateful for your pains and your struggles? And why would I be? Let me tell you something about myself when I was born, a while ago (smiling)… I was born with the condition, a genetic condition called “PKU'' which stands for Phenylketonuria, and what it meant was that my body was missing an enzyme that basically broke down certain types of food into their usable parts so that my physical body could use those parts appropriately. If this part doesn't break down it becomes a neurotoxin and I wasn't able to break that down very well at all, that's a genetic condition. Therefore it meant that my life is going to be different, I ate differently, I behaved differently, I had to pay attention to things a little bit differently than everybody else did. And then later on in my life, in my early twenties I developed something that they thought was Crohn's disease, turns out to be not quite that aggressive but it's still enough to be able to affect my life and so my body and my digestive system act a little bit differently. And don't get me wrong lots of times it's been excruciating, it’s been painful in my life. I've gone through bankruptcy, I've lost homes to foreclosure, I’ve gone through a divorce and I’m thankful for all of those things? Not really at that time… But now I am. Because it has helped me become who I am, it's helped me to grow and to find ways where I was needing improvement, where I was needing maybe even healing and some help. What about your circumstances?

How about surprise happening? Those are circumstances. What about a birthday surprise? Like a surprise birthday party. “Woah… Hey, Happy 29th Birthday”, those can be joyful and things we can be grateful for surprise happenings. What about a surprise happening of just getting a card in the mail from somebody or a text message that says “Hey just thinking about you, I just want you to know I love you and I appreciate you” that's what being grateful for… Being thankful for. Circumstances, what about where you grew up? I know sometimes we say like “Man, I'm so glad I got out of where I was” or “I want to get out of this town, or this area”, but what is there to be grateful for? And what about where you're living now? That's a circumstance… Can you be grateful for that?

Here's a good one, can you be grateful for seasons? See, think about circumstances and it often we create our circumstances and sometimes we create our troubles, our pains and sometimes we create these great things for us and yet there are things about circumstances that are outside of our control. Like I didn't ask to be born to have any sort of say being born with PKU but there was because it's circumstantial. What about the seasons? Because we can't control the seasons. Just yesterday after doing some work I left to run an errand and I was down by the water, down by the river and the green belt and I said I’ll just go for a walk for a while. I walked away longer and spent more time out there by the water that I intend to do, several hours as a matter of fact but I just appreciate the newness of the spring, the new look, the new life and the water and the warmer temperatures it was really great but what about the winter months? Sometimes there are great things to be grateful for in the winter months, if you're a skier or if you like sports or maybe you just like the beauty of the snow. How can you look at the circumstances of your life and be thankful and be grateful?

I hope you're seeing some new ways to be able to consider ways to be grateful. Studies have shown us that even taking the time once a week, even just once a week to sit down, stand up, walk around, whatever it is and just be grateful. To think about yourself, to think about your circumstances, to think about the things in your life and just have gratitude for what it is. What about other people? How grateful are you for the other people in your life? As for their gifts right, sometimes people give us gifts and they bless us with things, like that little card that came in the mail, maybe it was the holidays, maybe it was just because… We just recently had a neighbour come by and because my kids watch their dogs he dropped by this great yard game. The game that you plant in the yard and it's a new one and we're all excited about being able to play that, and that was just a surprise. We're grateful for having that person in our lives and he's our neighbour, thank god we have a neighbour that we can get along with and he’s a pleasant person.

What about the people in your life and just their presence? Just them being present in your life. This is something that's way too easy for us to take for granted especially in the busyness of our world and how things are going. You know we've got all the responsibilities and activities that we're doing but what about just the presence of somebody? And it may be their physical presence but it just may be their presence. Maybe somebody who lives across the country or in a different country, how about a phone call? How about a zoom call? Gratitude for their presence in your life. How about their example? Who the people in your life had a great effect on you because of their example, because the way they choose to live, because of what they believe, because what they're capable of doing, because of what they taught you. Maybe it was parents, maybe it was grandparents or aunts and uncles, maybe it was people at work who took you into their wing and I've had that happen and it helped me a lot. What about their support? Where have people supported you that you may have either overlooked or you've forgotten for a time and maybe it's time to just reach out to those people and say “Look, I'm maybe I don't have anything specific but I want you to know I appreciate you and I'm thankful for how you've supported me in my life because it means a lot to me”. You see, what would it mean if these people, in these circumstances weren’t there? Maybe we are alone and I know that's not something that any of us wants. When was the last time you thanked somebody for just being part of your life? Isn't it time now maybe?

Alright, so I'm giving you a long list of different ways to take a different look at being grateful. I’m practising gratitude even if it's just once a week for you to be able to have that, but ultimately I want you to take just a minute and I want you to think of just one thing, please do this with me because I think you're going to appreciate it. Think of just one thing that you are really grateful for… Maybe you close your eyes and you just think about what is that one thing?... Now take a deep breath to your nose and just let yourself sit in there and be grateful for what that is…. This is something we maybe don't practice enough or maybe it's something that just you practice often and it just feels good to do it again right now. But see, being thankful reminds us of all the good that we do have… It gives us the opportunity to like our own life… And what an utter relief that is when you sit there in gratitude and you may just find when you do this, you’ve actually got it pretty good.

Alright, you know that I love you...

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About The Greg Schweitzer

Greg Schweitzer is the Founder & Chief CATALYST of Catalyst Transformation Institute. 

As a Record-Setting Master Coach, Certified Trainer and Master Practitioner of NLP, TIME Techniques & Hypnosis, Greg leverages his training, experience and track record to elevate people and organizations to live their best life and do their best work!
About Catalyst Transformation
A Coaching & Training Company

Toward Coming Alive, Finding Fulfillment, Living With Purpose and Rising to Greatness! 
Our Mission
We Create CATALYSTS!

Our mission is to ignite the causal ability of each individual to put themselves in power and stop settling fo less.

To provide game-changing experiences that draw out and activate the vast potential pre-existent in each person.

To equip people to live their best life and do their best work.

To inspire people to discover and carry out their mission.

The Cause & The Cure For Mediocrity
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey! It's Greg Schweitzer the Founder and Chief Catalyst at Catalysts Transformation Institute.

My job is to help you to do your best work and live your best life. And I want to talk to you about something today that's going to fit right in line with this. I want to ask you, have you ever felt like things in your life just feel like “Meh”? Just kind of “Meh”? Have you ever felt like maybe your performance was not high level like you really like it to be? Or your results for that matter? Have you ever felt like things are just mediocre that you just wanted some magnificence instead of mediocrity? Do you have those moments? I know, I have... And one of the thing that is driving me crazy about having that is because it seemed to show up so often, at least so often enough in my life that I started to wonder what was going on.

When I was young under the age of 10, I had the privilege of being able to join a gymnastics academy. I was learning how to be a gymnast and I enjoyed it, I actually felt pretty good about it. It was really fun to kind of get into the zone and do flips, backflips and tumbling in the rings and the other works, I have a good time with it… I do some local competitions and I was taking first and second place a lot of the time. Well… One day I had the owner of the gymnastics academy approach me and my family, my parents, if you will and they invited me to be on a gymnastic traveling team. Which meant that I was going to be able to compete nationally with the gymnastics travel team and maybe even move into Olympic development. Do you know what happened? I got nervous… and scared…I got thinking about some things and I kind of bailed out on it… And I kind of move away from gymnastics altogether which is too bad.

Another time when I was in my high school years I did play a lot of other kinds of sports and decided the sport that I wanted to do with is the martial arts. And I practised and learned American Kenpo and I was moving through the ranks pretty well, enjoying that and even in my early ranks the owner of the school approaches me and says “Greg, you're good enough that you can compete internationally and win… All you have to do is apply yourself and you can go there.” And I didn't… I didn’t apply myself, I didn't go there, I didn't do the work and I came in and out of the martial arts for a few more years.

Then another came along in my early twenties when I had the opportunity to belong to a direct sales company, which's doing some really great things. And as I launched off and I got started, I was having a great time and I was gathering people around me who are going to work with me and I was actually making pretty good money, to begin with. Seeing that there was a great path makes something great out of that… And then I didn't stay with it… And I didn't do the work, and I didn't engage as I could have.

And honestly, one of the most recent times at least 10 to 15 years or so now, is that I started a real estate investment business with my brother. And he and I inside of a year bought the equivalent of about 15 to 18 units in different sizes of buildings because of how we learn to buy properties, which is really exciting. We had over a million and a half dollars with the properties that we're working and we are getting the cash flow and it really moves pretty quickly, but then again I did not stay with it… I didn't stay with it... And so, it felt like or at least I used to feel like there were a lot of times in my life where I was just having mediocrity which is kind of “Meh”, had these exciting moments but then “Meh”.

One day I actually went into this training class, I was listening to somebody giving a speech, giving a talk to us about things in performance and excellence, those kinds of things and it introduces me to something that I'll call a defining moment in my life... The defining moment that helps me understand where these previous mediocrities were showing up and why, and this person introduced me to what they called the 3 Fs of excellence. You see when people get started with any sort of venture whether their business or a nonprofit or a project or anything like that, there are 3 major things that we are after. One of them is freedom, the other one is flexibility, especially when it comes to work and business and the third one is finances like money. And what I discovered at that moment, that those 3 things actually all boil down to the word freedom anyway. 

The first word was freedom but when you think about flexibility it is just freedom to do what you want when you want too. And when we look at the finances piece it is really just a form of freedom that you have enough freedom to live for whatever you want to do, and it boiled down to the bottom line is that the cause of mediocrity in my life was freedom.

I want you to stay with me for a minute here because the cost of mediocrity in my life was freedom. It was because I was abusing flexibility and freedom at the cost of the finances and the excellence that I wanted, and so this is where it gets really interesting we're talking today about the cause and the cure for mediocrity. The cause for me was that I just didn't discipline myself, I didn't stay with it and it was because I wanted my “freedom”. Some of that freedom came from the feelings that I was having inside, that freedom came from the time that I wanted to spend on other things and so I thought I did, I’m not sure actually what I did with the time, but then that led me to the cure. You see freedom is both the cause and the cure of mediocrity and that's why this is sometimes confusing and why sometimes it can feel like we can sit in mediocrity for a long, long time because it's one thing that's both the cause and the cure.

So, how does the cure work? Well, the cure is actually interesting because it comes down to really understanding the distinction between 2 things around you, one of them is called the abuse of freedom. The abuse of freedom is “you know what? I could actually do some work right now and get an extra client but… I think I’ll go surfing on the internet, maybe check some social media”, “you know I can actually go for a walk or hit the gym or something like that right now but I think I'll sit down and just eat a bag of chips anyway”. Terrible that is. You know I got the freedom to be able to not go today, not going to work, not engaging whatever it is that is going to be the next thing and because of that freedom, we give mediocrity. Now, that's an abuse of freedom but what about the use, like the useful use of freedom? You have the freedom to decide whatever you want to do at any given moment, if that's the case what if you decided to use that freedom to do the things that will get you the results? Do the things that move the needle to get what you want, especially in your business and in your life? You see I believe that in freedom there's such a thing as freedom “for something” and there's freedom “from something”. And I think when we get to the point where we abuse freedom is because we're using the freedom to escape “from something”. Maybe it's a skipping from the fear of success, maybe it's the fear of something being painful, uncomfortable or too much work or whatever it might be, that's a freedom “from”. But when you leverage and use your freedom “for” then it becomes a different game, freedom for doing the things to get what you want, freedom for taking that vacation and scheduling it and getting it in the calendar, freedom “for”. Can you feel the weight of the difference there? I know you can. And I know I ask that question a lot, do you feel the weight of the difference? Because when we understand that difference then we can engage choice, you can choose what to do with your freedom.

Here's the deal, freedom is the cause and the cure for mediocrity and the one thing that's going to help you be able to navigate your freedom so that you don't abuse it and use it appropriately is discipline. I know at first that sounds like a bad word because maybe we all raise like “discipline your children…”, “I'm going to discipline your son because… you did something wrong or whatever it is” or “discipline is hard work…“ that is not what discipline is. Discipline is putting yourself in power around the freedom that you've been given to take action and to make things happen, that calls efficacy. 

Discipline is one thing but that doesn't mean that you need to have every single moment of your day in your life to have discipline. It means to discipline yourself around the things that are going to bring you the results that you want, around the income that you want to have, around the help that you want to have, around the relationships you want to have, discipline yourself during those hours and the other hours you can undisciplined yourself. It's true you even have to discipline yourself to have undisciplined time, we call it self-care.

So, what I want for you is to move out of mediocrity, if you're there somewhere in your life. And the way that you do that is you leverage your freedom through discipline and you get what you want.

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Greg Schweitzer is the Founder & Chief CATALYST of Catalyst Transformation Institute. 

As a Record-Setting Master Coach, Certified Trainer and Master Practitioner of NLP, TIME Techniques & Hypnosis, Greg leverages his training, experience and track record to elevate people and organizations to live their best life and do their best work!
About Catalyst Transformation
A Coaching & Training Company

Toward Coming Alive, Finding Fulfillment, Living With Purpose and Rising to Greatness! 
Our Mission
We Create CATALYSTS!

Our mission is to ignite the causal ability of each individual to put themselves in power and stop settling fo less.

To provide game-changing experiences that draw out and activate the vast potential pre-existent in each person.

To equip people to live their best life and do their best work.

To inspire people to discover and carry out their mission.

How to Stay Focused?
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey! It's Greg Schweitzer the Founder and Chief Catalyst at Catalysts Transformation Institute.

And I wonder if you're feeling the same thing that I've been hearing from a lot of people over the last year and that is, why does it seem so hard to focus? Why does it seem like I can't stay focused on something? Keep my attention on something for long enough? And I'm here to tell you that there is a war going on right now and the greatest weapon in this war is for your attention and your affection and we're going to talk about that for just a minute because I want you to win.

You see, it's frustrating to not be able to focus on doing what gives us the greatest pleasure and the greatest success in life and you already know that, you don’t need me to tell you that. But what we need to know is how do we stay focused? Let's talk about that. Number one is to recognize where the trouble is coming from and I call this the attraction of distraction. You see my friend you need to know that it's not your fault, there are so many things vying for your attention and this has been a theme that I often talk about for the last couple of months. But this is where we get into the heart of the matter because what ends up happening with all of this distraction is that it derails us from being able to focus on the things that bring the greatest fulfilment, and it's just time to get past that.

The attraction of distraction. Number one, part of the attraction of any sort of distraction that is showing up in our life looks like news, it looks like marketing that's coming at you, it looks like social media, it looks like notifications and alerts. And on top of that, you are trying to keep your attention on your kids, on your family, on your job and your health and your deadlines and all of that. Do you feel the weight of this? Of course, you do. You live it every day.

Why is it different now than ever before? Well, partially because there's so much coming at us. Recent research has shown us that we receive enough information, data flying at us in any given week, that would be the same amount that could crash a laptop. Do you understand how heavy that is? Laptops now-a-days can do some incredibly powerful things, we can almost run our entire life on this thing and yet we have more information and more things vying for attention and distracting us that could crash the laptop more than any other time in history. So, it's really important for people to notice where it's coming from. Awareness itself is transformational and so for us to be aware of this is going to be helpful. You can't battle what you can't see at least not very well, so this is going to be important for us to win this war for attention and affection.

The other interesting thing is all of these notifications, music, this stuff flying at us are kinds of stuff that triggers neurotransmitters in our bodies and our minds. It grabs our attention because it's interesting and we get this cool little dopamine hit of neurotransmitters, this is the feel-good chemicals inside of our body and minds. They feel really good and so even though we may not be productive, even though it's not helpful, even though it distracts us from a lot of things... we are just kind of like... we feel good about it. It's kind of like when you eat something that's like “Oh, that was so good” and later on you like “I got belly ache” or “you ate too much” and so on.

What do we do about this? How do we stay focused in the midst of all of these things coming at us? By the way, it's almost tax season or it is tax season, have we got that done yet? Do you see what I’m talking about? This is that focus stuff. These are the things that keep vying for our attention.

How do you stay focused? Number one is to recognize that everything is important. If it wasn't important it wouldn't be in your life. If it wasn't important it wouldn't be in your career or your business. Everything is important, the problem is when every moment everything is important. This is about priority and I want you to understand the difference between the tyranny of the urgent and the priority of the important. It's about priorities and if you recognize that everything is important then you don't have to necessarily sell out and get rid of those things that are valuable to you, those things that meet your values and help you feel like you're living a good life, it's just a matter of how.

Let's talk about priority. Priority over importance and priority is about the moment within the day. There are some things that as of right now may have a higher priority of importance and you can handle them now but other things you may leave them till tomorrow or in the next hour or the next week and so on. Let me give you an example, we're about ready to leave on vacation tomorrow and I'm very excited about that and yet they're all these important things that we need to get done to prepare for this. We’ve got to pick up the luggage rack and then I got to mount it on the car and we got to pack and then... by the way our Airbnb cancelled on us... so we have to find a new place to stay. There's a lot of important things to handle and yet at the same time what's important is also for me to get my work done, for me to make this video so that you can have some great resources to do what you want, be what you want and have what you want. So, I need to get that done too. But you know what? Right now at this moment what's important and what is the priority is making this video for you and in about an hour I'll probably get out there and put the luggage rack on and start packing for the vacation. What is it that's in the moment that's going to be the priority and... give that and only that your attention?

How do I do that? Here's the truth. For us to be able to stay focused it's all about saying NO. Focus is about what you're saying NO to, what you're focusing on in that moment or all the different things that you got to focus on. Focus is about saying NO because the only way you can focus on one thing is when you're saying NO and un-focusing on everything else. How do I get to that place? Somebody once told me that you must have a ruthless NO in order to get to a relentless YES. I want you to hear that. We must have a ruthless NO in order to get to a relentless YES. What is that thing that is so critically important at this moment on this day or this week or this month that you cannot focus on because it's relentless, it's so important for you to have accomplished or to have in your life? Everything else you get to say NO too. Everything else for this moment, for this time, is too small for your time and attention. That's how we get really focused.

Also, it's important to understand the definition or the origin of the word focus and the origin of the word decide because it's really what focus is on. In order to have the relentless YES you need to decide what that YES is. You see the origins of the word decide are from the Latin roots and it means to cut or to cut off. Having a relentless YES means having ruthless NOs, which means deciding on what you're going to cut off or to cut out. We have to be able to cut these out of our sight, what's in front of us, what we are visioning, what we are seeing that means our internal visions as well as what's in our environment around us. But it also includes the sounds, what are some of the sounds that are going on right now that might be distracting you from what you need to be focusing on or want to be focusing on. Could be music playing in the background, could be your alerts or alarms going off, could be the kids playing in the other room, it could be a lot of things. So, how do we deal with that?

Focus also has to do with your senses. By the way, these are all your senses - your sight, hearing and feeling. When I say feelings I'm talking about your tactile feelings which are things you can touch, like if there's a lot of things in your environments that are cluttered up or you're tripping on or so on and so forth. That's the tactile feel... but then there's also the internal proprioceptive feels that we have. I know it's a fancy term proprioceptive - it just means the feelings you have inside.. your emotions, what's going on there that's vying for your attention? Maybe you got a call that was like “That's awesome”, like the call I got on Saturday morning saying “Hey! Guess what? “We cancelled your reservation, that you're coming in 2 days to do your vacation, so good luck on your vacation.” All of a sudden that emotion rising-up in me, distracting me from what I intended to do on Saturday. Interesting? There's 2 more, the smell and your taste. The vast majority of what we take in our lives and what's vying for our attention helps us to decide and to focus and have a relentless YES is really those 3 senses. Your sight, your hearing, your feelings or the touch if you will but the smell and taste have a big part to play in this too.

When I was a kid my favourite toy that I got for my birthday was the incredible hulk. When I was a kid, the action heroes that you can buy at the store there were only like this big (gesture of small toy), like Luke Skywalker and several other characters but this particular one was the Incredible Hulk and he was my favourite. He was the absolute favourite, when I got the Incredible Hulk he was this tall (gesture of large toy), this is the first time we saw toys of this size. It is huge, it had a massive brick wall that I could break down but what was interesting is as soon as I ripped open that package there was this pungent, pungent smell of a certain type of plastic, that they made this Incredible Hulk out of. Part of it was bendy and part of it was hard but what is interesting is the pungent smell, I mean like super strong because I was so excited at that moment and that smell was present it triggered in me some sort of feeling of excitement almost overexcited, overstimulated if you will. And even to this day a few decades later, I won’t tell you how many decades, but a few decades later... although it's very rare for that plastic to be around... every once in a while I'll get a quick sniff for the smell of that plastic and I'll instantly go back to my 8 years old self or 7 years old self and the Incredible Hulk, getting the gift of a lifetime! It's amazing but you see just the smell of that plastic distracted me from whatever I'm in or doing in that particular moment, the same thing can happen with taste... so you get the idea.

Focusing is about saying NO. Saying NO is about having ruthless NO to develop a relentless YES and the only way you can do that is to decide, to cut off everything else by paying attention to your senses and what's going to be getting your attention from your senses. We're doing good, let's move into the next piece here because...

1 is about recognizing the attraction of distraction, we need to recognize where this is coming from. Number 2 is to talk about what it all needs to look like, focus, relentless YES and the third part is what I call having a Foxhole. Now if you ever watched war movies or heaven forbid you've been at war there's something called a Foxhole and is a hole in the ground that's been dug out or blown out due to some sort of arsenal. That's when the soldiers go down in there, doing this for safety and so... what happens if a soldier decides to pop his head up to look outside the foxhole? Yes, he gets shot at! Sometimes ends up dying from that and this is what real life is all about. In our foxhole, we can become laser-focused on that which is the most important. The most important priority. But, when we stick our head up to take a look at the distractions, we're getting shot at. It's literally the enemy trying to take us out from focusing on that which is going to help us have our dreams and our goals and we don't want that. Think of it this way, Guy Kawasaki said that “Your environment is always stronger than your will.” When we talk about our senses, what's going on around us, what can you create a foxhole with, to the point where there's nothing that can distract you, no phone calls, nothing can distract you.

I knew a person in business one time that decided that finding clients was so critically important and they created themselves a foxhole. They would go into their office and they would lock the door, close all the blinds, turn off all the phones and hand their device to their assistant and then their assistant demanded that he hand over his trousers, his pants! He would literally stand in his skivvies in his office and make phone calls because he wasn't coming out of his office because he would be exposed, that would be embarrassing and so it made him stay focused. Do you need to be that extreme? I don't know, you have to decide that for yourself.

The last piece here about this foxhole stuff is to consider Sherlock Holmes. If you've ever read any of the stories or watched the television series, I really love the one with Benedict Cumberbatch. Sherlock Holmes had what he called his Mind Palace, his Mind Palace was basically the place that he went to inside himself internally, in his mind where he could actually focus and figure things out. As a matter of fact, he got so good at going to his Mind Palace that he could literally turn off the other senses. Close his eyes so he can basically focus on what he was hearing or other sounds of people talking to someone and that's why he was a genius at what he did. Your foxhole, although it's important to have something physical in your environment for that, you can have a mental version as well, whatever you need to do... especially in a place where it's just not easy to get by yourself.

Look at all this stuff, look at all these resources you're getting for you to be able to focus because there's only one purpose of focusing... and it's getting what you want! That's what focus is all about, that's what success is all about…. getting what you want and so let's help you to stay focused.

The last thing that's going to help you with focus or it's not the last thing but it is the last thing that I'm going to talk about. One more thing with helping you with focus is increasing desire for whatever it is that you want. What is that compelling “Heck YES” outcome that's holding on to you so much that it drives you in that direction?

You can also look at it in terms of raising the necessity of that particular thing or outcome that you're looking for. Think about this in terms of last-minute deals... like you got an offer, or like Black Friday. It's like you're only going to get this today, this pricing is today…. we could run out of these things and it creates what we call a scarcity. So, what do you do to raise the necessity so that you'll not miss out on that deal? Like set yourself a timeline, a due date could help you stay focused. Notice I didn't say deadline. Feel the weight of that? Deadline, what if I don't make this? I'm dead. That's just not helpful and that's not true! But if it's a due date... now it's pregnant with possibility. So, what if you were to get so compellingly interested in a desire such that you couldn’t not have it and then you set yourself a due date, pregnant with possibility…. how much would that drive you to stay focused? Could be pretty powerful.

What if your power is about ready to be shut off and... hopefully you never experience this... but sometimes we often have had times in our finances where they're going to turn the power off and you have to scramble to find the way to keep it on. Because you only got until tomorrow at 5:00 before they shut it off. That's what creates the raise of necessity, the increased desire for accomplishing something.

As a recap, recognize the attraction of distraction are the things showing up that are distracting you, and turn it off, tune them out, do what you got to do with that. Secondly, remember that focus is about saying NO, get your relentless YES, your ruthless NO and decide….cut off... everything else. Then design yourself a Foxhole and a Mind Palace so that you have a place where you can focus. You see this is not about the willpower trying to push out other distractions...you’ll get exhausted… your willpower will wear out because it fatigues like a muscle. What this is about is that we are creating habits so that these distractions don't even show up to begin with. Now, you've got all of your willpower and your energy to focus on creating and doing the thing that's going to target the result in what you want.

Good stuff? I hope you love it and I appreciate you, let me know what you think about this.

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Open Loops & The Necessity of Completing
By Greg Schweitzer
Hi! I’m Greg Schweitzer the founder and the chief catalyst at the Catalyst Transformation Institute.

I wonder have you ever heard a symphony? Have you ever heard the magical sound of an orchestra? What do you think about this? When you go to a movie or when you're binging Netflix or whatever it is. When you go to those movies there are certain parts of the movie where the music is playing fast and wrapping your heart's, beating and you’re into the scene. Maybe it's an action scene or an intense scene or something like that and there are other times where maybe some soft stringed instruments are pulling you into the malaise or the hardship of what's going on with the character or maybe other times there this playful flute playing in the background having a little fun run, maybe a comedians’ moment and so on. We all get caught up in those things and they are very dynamic and music is very powerful in how it pulls us. I want to share some interesting information with you today about the importance of open loops and the necessity of completing and we're going to talk about this in relation to this music and the symphony that sometimes can pull at us in very different directions.

You see, there is a famous musician and of course, these are some of the early musician's Bach, Beethoven, Strauss, all those people. This particular musician wrote a ton of music and their whole life was full of music. They are constantly writing and there are instruments all over their house. This particular musician had a butler, housemaid type person in their house who is always listening and hearing this music playing over and over and over and over again and got to know music quite well. As this particular musician has been writing stuff, why not go take a nap, take a break from writing but the butler would come into the house and would come into the room where they played with the piano and this butler would go over to the piano. And this is where you can hear that famous line of music goes “fah, fah, fah, fah, fah, fah, fah” like that kind of thing. He would go over to the piano while the musician was in the other room, the famous musicians in the other room where they were napping or something like that and this butler went over the piano and he goes “fah, fah, fah,…….” and he wouldn't finish. He wouldn't finish it and he would sit in silence, he stands there, he grins and he would wait because every single time this famous musician would go absolutely nuts, he comes into the room and he would be really ticked off and he has to play that final note “fahhhhhh” just to finish that line and would drive him absolutely crazy. What's interesting about this is the power of what we call open loops and an open loop is just like what you experience in a musical scenario.

In music, you hear certain parts of music that make you feel like it creates some dissonance, it creates energy inside of us like I’m waiting for to finish and they call that anticipation. They do it on purpose in music because you are waiting for that final line to finish and the glorious moment to finish the song or the piece of music.

Anticipation creates greater interest and intensifies that interest. When you're waiting for that “fah, fah,……….., fah” it's very fast and how that happens is that in order for music to feel right, in order for us to feel right, in order for us to feel good about a movie finishing correctly there has to be some sort of resolution, think about that. This is why this famous musician comes running out of his room at the other room frustrated, angry or sometimes just laughing, but he had to absolutely finish that line.

Here's what I want you to know. Any time you have unfinished tasks or unfinished thoughts or unfinished conversations or plans or decisions or movies or songs or books it creates an open loop in your mind, it creates anticipation. Your subconscious part of your brain that helps you take action is constantly looking for a way to resolve it. You see, it looks for resolution because if there's no resolution there's no satisfaction and your subconscious brain, your part of your brain loves to serve. This is so important for us, where we are out there swinging for the fences when you're out there doing the work that you need to do and try to achieve the result and your goals you've got to be able to perform at your very best and this is what completion and open loops are all about, it is how we perform our very best. If you were to remember all those commercials that say " This is your brain on drugs" it would show a picture of a frying pan and you hear the sizzling going on, it's like a pretty visceral picture of your brain on drugs. What's interesting is your brain on open loops is creating a constant energy drain.

If you're like me and you may or may not be, I have a big family. We all live in the same house and one of the things I can't stand is when the lights get left ON all the time. Like everything gets left ON and it's like when I walk in one of the rooms I turn it OFF and turn around, come back and there it is again, it's back ON. And my family probably laughs at me for as much as I talked about it but what's interesting is if you look at the power companies and how they measure this, there's a significant amount of energy being wasted if you will, on lights being ON on utilities or I mean appliances being plugged-in and left plugin or leaving a heater or a fan. When you leave those things ON there's a constant draw on the energy and that draw of energy never used to use for anything else because there's a constant draw on it from an unnecessary source, let’s get that quickly, an unnecessary source. And why do I have to leave the lights ON in every room if I'm in one room at a time. I don't necessarily have to leave all the appliances plugged in or ON for that matter because I'm not using them at the moment and so on. And when you pull that much energy away from yourself because you have these open loops, you have this energy drain on your brain and your heart and your body. You have less of your greatness to be able to apply to that stuff which is the most important to you.

Here's something else I want you to know. Your subconscious brain loves to serve, it loves to serve and make things complete and it also takes the path of least resistance. And this is important because what happens is if we constantly have drained our energy because we have open loops, loops of unmade decisions or unfinished conversations or unfinished tasks. When we do that we create mental fatigue and when we have mental fatigue we are less likely to resist temptations and distractions. When we're less tempted, I mean when we're less able to resist those temptations and distractions because that energy is gone we have a tendency to make poor decisions. We don't stay in the game long enough to complete, to finish, to get the goal, to get the income, to get the health and wellness and so on. How do we complete it? If we know that open loops or something that's a constant drain on us and we know that there's a necessity for completing, what does completion look like? What does closing the loop look like? Your brain needs this, your performance needs this, your productivity, your business needs this.

Here's what this looks like. There are 3 main things I want to tell you about when it comes to closing the loops. Number one is to give yourself to the finishing of that task. If it's that book you haven't completed if that conversation hasn't finished with your partner if it's that business phone call you've been dreading to make, finish the task. Because there's something that happens inside of us, there are dopamine hits that we get when we have accomplished something. We've checked it off the list, that's what you should do is to complete the task and check it off the list because there's satisfaction in that and it's magical. Because now you have a higher level of competence and confidence which makes you want to carry on to do more but you also close the loop, you checked it off the box and you have restored that energy to yourself so you can give it to something else that's important.

Number 2 is to quit. I know, before you get all fired up for a minute “I'm not a quitter”, “I got a work to my mindset” yes you do and I don't want to encourage you to be a quitter around the things that are really important. You see, deleting stuff from your “list” your to-do list can be very beneficial when it's something that’s unnecessary to help you get what you want and when it's unnecessary for you to feel how you want to feel. Just because something made it into a list doesn't mean it's necessarily necessary, that is a mouthful. This is what I call positive quitting. What you're doing is you're releasing that mental space to spend it on something else. That mental energy, emotional energy to spend it on something else but by removing things from your list, things that you think are unnecessary we operate from a daily to-do list and it's miles long that's a lot for the brain to have open loops around that may never get resolved. This is why I make 3 to no more than 5 things on my little list for the day. I get up in the morning, I get myself all ready for the day, spend my time with myself and my great morning routine and then I take a look at what's going on to this day and make 3 sometimes but no more than 5 things and as long as I accomplish does my brain only has 3 to 5 things to focus on for the day or I have 5 open loops if you will, or 3 to 5 open loops and completion is a lot better. I get to the end of the day and go “whooo” I won the day! It's a good day.

Number 3. So far we’ve talked about just finishing the task, getting it done, finished and complete because even if you feel like you may not have time, even though it feels like it's I've got too much to handle you got to finish it. Because you need that space, you need that energy inside of you to be able to carry on the next thing that your brains looping on and then there's the deletion, the positive quitting. And the third piece is just as critical and this is about increasing your awareness around the open loops that you create. You see, you don't have to open a loop for yourself, you don't have to create something that sits unresolved. As a matter of fact, if you are having a to-do list or honey-do list or a checklist or whatever those things are called make sure that you're aware of what you're putting on there because now what's happening is you are opening loops and the more that you open the more that you fatigue and overwhelm the brain. It’s love to surf, it’s loving that, it's super powerful and strong only if we use it correctly.

So listen. Get out there, finish what you started. Finish what you started so that you can have what you’ve always wanted to have so that you can have what you’ve wanted to have when you began. Think about this, when you started your business when you started your new workout routine or joined the gym at the first of the year whatever that was. When you started you had this glorious picture of what it could be, what are the possibilities of what I can create. Can I make more money, can I be more fit, can I lose more weight and this glorious picture but the thing is too many people end up having a picture at the end that looks different than the glorious one they began with. You need to be able to close these loops, you need to be aware of what you're opening and you need to get out there and finish.

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As a Record-Setting Master Coach, Certified Trainer and Master Practitioner of NLP, TIME Techniques & Hypnosis, Greg leverages his training, experience and track record to elevate people and organizations to live their best life and do their best work!
About Catalyst Transformation
A Coaching & Training Company

Toward Coming Alive, Finding Fulfillment, Living With Purpose and Rising to Greatness! 
Our Mission
We Create CATALYSTS!

Our mission is to ignite the causal ability of each individual to put themselves in power and stop settling fo less.

To provide game-changing experiences that draw out and activate the vast potential pre-existent in each person.

To equip people to live their best life and do their best work.

To inspire people to discover and carry out their mission.

Getting Things Off Your Chest
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey!

Can we just be honest for a minute? Can we just be honest with the fact that things have been building up, that things do build up inside of us and around our life and there's so many things that are vying for attention right now, so many things are pulling at us then it just gets built up? Maybe some things are going well, maybe some things are just I I've got a lot of forever long to-do list. The bottom line is these things bubble up inside of us, can we just like everybody raise our hands say “Hey! that happens to me” and maybe happening more to you now that it has been in the past, we have a lot of ugly things that are going on in our world a lot vying for attention, right? Between pandemics and you name it, I don’t need to bring it all up. The bottom line is when it bubbles up inside you and when it gets stacked up in there, what do you do with all that?

And I want to talk to you today about getting stuff off your chest because sometimes it feels like we can’t help it and we just explode, and that's probably not the best way to handle that. Number one we never feel great after we completely exploded, breaking things in our house or yelling at somebody or something like that, we just never feel better afterwards, right? And as a matter of fact, we probably feel worse or not great on top of everything else I just acted like an idiot, not great. Talking about this getting stuff off our chest there can be a value to this and I kinda want to talk with you a little bit about the blessing and the curse of getting stuff off your chest and some helpful ways to do that so that you do get some relief in some reprieve and maybe even some rescue out of this particular process. The bottom line is there's a way things work and there's a good way to do this and it's gonna be helpful and healthy, and there's a way to do this it just might drive you farther in the ground. So let's talk about this.

This is really about the difference between complaining and venting and I want you to feel the weight of the difference between these 2 when it comes to complaining, complaining is really just exploding in some way shape or form from a place of being emotionally hijacked, right? I constantly when I’m teaching people, I teach them this concept called emotional hijackings always bring down the plane and this is really very, very true. When we get hijacked we just don't act in ways that are helpful and fruitful for us. So, complaining is actually interesting in that although we speak it or we do something that you know gets it out there, complaining actually never moves to resolution it never moves us to some sort of resolution. As a matter of fact, after we've complained, we still have the pain, we still have the frustration and what ends up happening is it perpetuates more of that same pain which then perpetuate more complaining and it becomes this vicious cycle that is just unhelpful and I don't want that for you, I want better things for you.

So, if that's complaining then what is venting? Venting can be different and I'm using these 2 words just as a distinction to help you, can seek to find a new mindset around this. So, venting is some way to get something off your chest for the purpose of moving forward, for the purpose of letting go and moving on. One of my favourite phrases is that letting go is for the purpose of receiving, what is out there waiting for us? Instead of this emotional hijacking, instead of this pressure, instead of this stuff that has been building up for so long, that's what venting is intended to help us with, get out of the way so that we can turn our eyes and focus on the next best thing. So I want you to hang on to that concept of the difference between complaining and venting as we talk to the rest of what we're gonna talk about there.

The next most important piece I think to be able to realize when you're talking about, alright I'm getting to that point of feeling like there needs to be a release of the pressure valve here is to understand a different mindset around the idea that there is, there is the necessity of struggle. I know, I know, all boiling up inside you, why? But why do I have to struggle? You know what? Sometimes we just don't know why but when we can latch on to the idea that we know that this is going to happen at least from time to time then were not so blindsided by it when we do get a little overwhelmed, we do have some things that are storing up inside of us or trying to put pressure on us, those kinds of things, to understand there's a necessity to struggle. And when I say necessity it means, it's going to happen whether we want it or we don't and if it's gonna happen whether we want or we don't then we only have the opportunity, we only have the option to choose what we're going to do with it. I can either complain and continue to perpetuate, hide it or self-medicate in some way shape or form or I can vent and put my eyes on the prize and move in a different direction. And so, learning to understand the necessity, the struggles really important and it’s part of the journey because we can't find some toward true peace or personal power without understanding that piece because then it becomes suffering for no purpose, we’re not just made for that. There's a purpose to suffering and it's generally about our growth, it's generally we're being presented with an opportunity to unload something that isn't helping us to be our best self, to function at our very best and to perform well in life and business, okay.

So the second piece here about getting things off your chest complaining versus venting is who you vent to matters. I wanna make the assumption here that we're gonna choose venting because it's healthier and more helpful for us, but who you vent to matters. You see, complainers will find the next closest person to just unload on and number one we never feel good about unloading on somebody which we were talking about and number 2 what's going on with the other person? How do they feel when we just blasted them with all of our stuff? When A. They were not ready for it, B. They didn't ask for it and C. We don't even know if they want to hear or even want to help. This is really interesting because when we get to a place where we complain to people, just complain without purpose then what ends up happenings we actually can damage some relationships and then we don't find the compassion and the hope that we're looking for, what's the point? Okay, who you vent to matters. Now, think of a good friend or a mentor, coach or something like that, you can just get stuff off of your chest for the purpose of getting, A. Somebody who actually cares about you and the fact that this stuff is heavy and hard and we all need that, right? And on the flip side, they just may have some sort of word of wisdom that helps, that changes perspective, that moves us out of that stock state, okay. And sometimes if they're a really, really intelligent, really wise friend they may just let you vent and not say a word. How gracious is it for someone to just hear what we have to say without having to try to fix us or give us suggestions or give us those path things like it'll get better, well a lot of things will get better, I know you understand what I'm talking about that?

Alright, another piece that I would like to share with you quickly is about the power of silence. Our modern world is so fast-paced and don’t get me wrong, we've got things we need to get done those are really important things not everything that we do needs to get done but we're at such a fast, fast pace in our life that we have forgotten the infinite value of silence. I'm not saying anything, I'm just being in the moment of being with the stuff, let me share with you how this works. As a matter of fact, when we look at the U. S. military, complaining is actually not even allowed and they even go in pretty hard stuff the basic training or actually been in battles, in real battles more, I have never done that but I can only imagine I've heard the stories and I've talked to people who I know personally who've gone through these things and it that is weighty, weighty stuff but one of the thing that is not allowed is complaining and so in that when you don't have the opportunity to complain, you've got to figure out some sort of another way internally. The second piece about silence is that, if we are complaining, constantly complaining and just airing the stuff out, can we pause to stop and listen? Seriously, this is huge if you're listening to your own complaints you'll actually hear your own heart trying to bring to your attention that which is need some attention, some TLC, some repair, some healing, those kinds of things. So, how we complain, to begin with? How we vent, to begin with this? Because we're looking for some sort of resolution and some compassion and so what if you were to listen to your own complaints? What if you were to listen and go okay, heart what are you trying to tell me? Could be magical, as a matter of fact, it is probably one of the best things you could do.

Okay, mindset. How are you thinking about the struggle? How are you thinking about problems? Here's what I want you to know, belief is everything. I could say that 1000 times maybe I'll just make a video one day they just I keep repeating that over and over and over again belief is everything because what you believed determines what you do and what you don't do and what you do or don't do determines the results, determine the environment and the experience you have of your life and of your career so that you can live your best life and do your best work. Okay, belief is everything so what if you believed that the challenges there feel like they're putting pressure on you were high-level problems. What do you think about this? We've had problems in life, you've probably had a problem in your life in the past that you no longer deal with anymore and you were grateful to get past it but isn't it great that you don't have to struggle with those lower-level problems anymore, you have actually grown out of that, you've grown past it and so what that means is you can actually grow out of it and grow past the current struggle that you're having as long as you were to allow yourself to believe something like, oh! well, I'm just having a higher level problem, I'm not where I used to be, thank god! I may not be exactly where it tends to be but I'm making progress in moving in the direction those beliefs are going to be absolutely essential, okay.

Now, we've been talking about the word venting and I'd like to introduce you to the word prevent, as in to act ahead of that is really what that means if you look to the dictionary definition of that. The word prevent means to act ahead of and so when we, before we get to that place where things are bubbling up, we're struggling and we're feeling the pressure, what kind of prevention are you doing? What kind of prevention are you thinking about? Because by the time you get to that emotional hijacking it's kind of too late, prevention doesn't really necessarily work but the key to prevention is action. The bottom line is to get out of that stuff that you feel like you need to get off your chest it's going to take some sort of action, some sort of movement and by the way, these actions don't have to be like you think of yourself like I gotta go for a 30-mile run or anybody who runs 30 miles but I can go for a run maybe 5 miles or something like that, maybe that works for you and that doesn't work for me, that's not my thing, okay. But there are some ways sometimes it may just simply mean that I need to move from the inside of my house and from my desk to outside in this beautiful sunshine that's out there today, just soak it in and let it sit there on my face and sometimes I can shift things as well even the bigger things, okay. The truth of the matter is when it comes to prevention when we're invoking the word prevent is, I tell client, people all the time that you can't steer a parked car, like if you're sitting here facing a particular direction, you're looking for the windshield of your vehicle you cannot change the view unless you actually push on the gas, right? So you're no longer on parked, you push on the gas and as you moving forward then you can turn the wheel you can do U-turns if you need too, so beautiful for that but this is a lot about prevention is, it's the action of being able to steer the car because you can't steer a parked car.

Alright, the last piece I want to share with you really quickly is the word invent. So we talk about venting, we talk about preventing, now let's talk about inventing. You see the reason we feel the need to get something off of our chest is because we are laser-focused on that which is painful. Yah, don’t get me wrong sometimes pain is intended to get our attention to say “Hello there's something wrong here, we need to fix this”, okay. Well, the same time creating a compelling alternative like in your mind is where you get to allow yourself to dream and to visualize and to how would you like it to be different? If this is what's feeling so heavy what would you like it to be different? What would it look like? What it sounds like? How would you feel at that particular moment? When you start imagining that your brain will take you there and automatically start shifting you, so create yourself a compelling future in those moments when things aren't looking so good and when you do that keep your eyes locked on it. That compelling future because the truth of the matter is you cannot complain about what you don't notice, that's a huge phrase I want to let you feel the weight of that. You can't complain about what you don't notice and if your eyes on the prize if you've created a compelling alternative can you stare at that and focus on that it's not possible for you to see the junk that you felt like you need to get off your chest and that my friends are what it's all about perspective.

Alright, hope this is helpful for you. Get it off your chest, face the new direction, create a compelling alternative, do great things, be great it's what you're made for! Talk to you soon.

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Greg Schweitzer is the Founder & Chief CATALYST of Catalyst Transformation Institute. 

As a Record-Setting Master Coach, Certified Trainer and Master Practitioner of NLP, TIME Techniques & Hypnosis, Greg leverages his training, experience and track record to elevate people and organizations to live their best life and do their best work!
About Catalyst Transformation
A Coaching & Training Company

Toward Coming Alive, Finding Fulfillment, Living With Purpose and Rising to Greatness! 
Our Mission
We Create CATALYSTS!

Our mission is to ignite the causal ability of each individual to put themselves in power and stop settling fo less.

To provide game-changing experiences that draw out and activate the vast potential pre-existent in each person.

To equip people to live their best life and do their best work.

To inspire people to discover and carry out their mission.

You’re Not the Boss of Me!
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey! It's me, It's Greg Schweitzer.

I’m excited to talk today! Got some really cool things to talk about today!

I’m so excited about today's topic that you're gonna be blown away when you hear what we’re gonna talk about today. You're ready?

Today we're gonna talk about accountability. Oh, come on, right. Think about this, what comes to you? What comes up inside you when you hear the word accountability? For some reason, there's often a negative stigma around the word accountability, around the concept and the idea and I firmly believe that's because people don't have a clear enough understanding of accountability, right. For some people feels like judgment even, right. What about the phrase that says “you're not the boss of me”, right. It's like this is my business, this is my life I do what I want that kind of thing and yes that's absolutely true and that is a misnomer when it comes to accountability, misunderstanding accountability.

So, let's talk about it. Let's get some new perspective on this because I think you're really gonna enjoy what we're gonna talk about today. As a matter of fact, I'm so excited about this, I’ve been working on this for a little bit that I even have my notes sitting right here because I don't want to miss a step when it comes to giving you some really good stuff today. Alright, so why talk about accountability? What's the big deal? We talk about accountability because you want to succeed, that's the bottom line. Think about this for a minute, don't you think of a time when you, to remember back to a time actually. Remember back to a time when you came through when you succeeded when you accomplished, you got it done right, you won. Remember that? What was it that you absolutely had to get done that would make you succeed like that? Think about that for a second. What are all the pieces? My friend, that is a perfect example of you being fully accountable it's not that complicated, coming through for yourself and doing what you said that you were gonna do is really what accountability is all about and here's the interesting thing is when you did it. It felt phenomenal, it felt powerful, like what's the next thing I'm gonna take on? And that's a cool place to be and that's really what I want to talk about today, with a new perspective around the word accountability because too often there's that a negative stigma around it but accountability can feel very powerful and very, very fulfilling. Are you ready?

Alright, so I'm gonna tell you the truth, right here right now. Here it is, you cannot succeed without accountability. It is impossible to succeed without accountability, right? Here's why, the bottom line is nothing changes without accountability, nothing can change without accountability. Think of it this way, accountability begets actions, actions beget results and results begets success. So, accountability is the precursor and the key to opening the door of success. Alright, so that's kind of helping us give a little bit definitions of why we're talking about it because A. we want success and B. you can't get to success without it. So, what is it? What's the big deal about accountability? Really what is it that we can have a better understanding of it? Number one is I want you to understand that accountability is a concept of trust, that's really what it comes down to, right? So, trust is like if you look at Webster's dictionary version, I’ve got it like right here. Okay, Webster's dictionary version of understanding or trust says, it's a firm belief in the reliability or the strength of someone or something. What did you think there about for a minute? Trust is a firm belief in the reliability or the strength of someone or something. So, my question for you around accountability is can you trust yourself? Can you trust yourself to come through? Can you trust yourself to come through for yourself and for those that are counting on you? The bottom line is the answer is yes you can but the question remains are we? are we being accountable to that? are we being accountable in such a way that we get success? This is not a conversation about me trying to charge you with not doing the right thing or placing judgement, this is us getting clear as to what is accountability and what is not because once you're clear you have clarity and distinction your unstoppable, right? So, when somebody says, you're not the boss of me, then who is? You see the boss being the boss of yourself or whoever is the boss of another person is the one who is ultimately accountable for the results that are being produced. If you look at this like inside a corporation you've got we call the CEO or leader who's ultimately responsible for the managers, who are ultimately responsible for the results of the employees and so on. Now, here's the truth of the matter is that, until we switch our mindset around accountability none of that matters. None of that matters. So, trust yourself. Trust yourself with accountability, so let’s talk about how to make this work.

Alright, so the mindset of accountability. Here's what it is, accountability engages your sovereign authority to direct the results in your life. I'm gonna say that again because it's really important I want you to really try this on. Did you ever gone to the store and you see new pants or a shirt that you think you really like or a cap or something like that, what is the first thing you do? That's right, you try it on to see if it's a good fit. I'm asking you to try this one for a minute because it's gonna be a new understanding and it's gonna feel a whole lot different. Accountability engages your sovereign authority to direct the results in your life. That's really what it is, this is about you becoming the king or queen of your destiny, of the direction you're taking your life into and accountability is the key to the kingdom, if you will. Now, anything less than accountability, half accountability, no accountability, weak accountability, anything less is an abdication of power. If you think about this from the old days of kings and queens right, there was the power that the king had and whatever power he asserted to other people but sometimes the king would abdicate his authority. We've all seen those rom coms and those movies out there were for something or it’s even happening in our world today, somebody in the royal family decides they're going to step out, they don't want to be king, they don't want to do that thing at least in the context of what it is. Okay, that's called an abdication of power and really just basically giving it up and this is what happens when we choose not to be accountable when we choose to have weak accountability or not or any lesser version of accountability we are in fact abdicating our power. I don't want that for you, you need to be able to keep yourself on the throne of your life in order to get what you want and to have that success. Okay, so how do we do accountability? Now, some of us are kind of I heard this before, I know how to do accountability but with this new perspective on this I want to share with you a couple of things that simplify accountability so it doesn't feel so heavy and so stressful and really does feel like you're in power, you get to decide. How is that? Okay.

Number one, the first element in accountability is clarity. You might have thought of this before, clarity is absolutely essential and clarity around 2 very specific things what it is that you need to be accountable for? So the “what” and “why”. Why do I need to be accountable for this? Why am I doing what? What I’m getting from this? We’re gonna talk about that a little bit more here just a minute. So, clarity is number one the second element of accountability keeping your life simple is to go public. What? What is that mean? Whatever it is that you’re after, whatever it is that you need to be accountable for if you were to go public in some way shape or form that means tell the world, tell somebody that hey! this is what I'm doing and I plan to get it done by this day and this is what it's gonna look like. Now you're on the hook for it, now you've got somebody who knows what you're up to and that can be so amazing. This could be as robust as going public online, right? Social media or something like that if that's really your cup of tea, hey! everybody got this new thing coming it's gonna be out in 6 weeks, look for it. Now, you’ve got the world looking for this new thing that's coming whatever it is that you're trying to be accountable too. The other option is an accountability partner or what my friend and Coach Ren Sean calls accountability buddies’. Okay, somebody who's there and cares about whether not you make it. Cares enough about you to check-in and see if you're staying on track with those things you need to be accountable too and somebody who cares enough to call you on your junk when you're ain’t doing it because that's helpful accountability. So, the truth in the matter is that only you can hold yourself accountable, only you can follow through. Your accountability partners, your friend, your colleague or other professionals in your industry can only hold you able and my friend you are able you are very able but until you stay accountable, your abilities don't do anything, they don't get you what you want. This is pretty good stuff.

Alright, what is element number 3 to accountability? Well, I call it a cadence of honest evaluation. Okay, when you have an accountability partner they can check in on you but when it comes to, when it comes to checking in, you need to have this cadence meaning some sort of frequency and consistency if you only check on yourself once a year, it's too late to change, it's too late to switch directions and to take a U-turn, okay. So, what's the frequency, consistency around your cadence? And number 2 it's a cadence of honest evaluation, you cannot be accountable without honesty. If you're not willing, to be honest with yourself about what you are doing which means celebrating your wins like a pig wallows in slop, get up and dance, go on a trip, do something you don't normally do but on the flip side being honest with yourself about what you're not getting done and what you're struggling with because only then once you identify it, can you fix it and keep going and stay accountable.

Element number 4 to accountability is what I call the acronym PIVOT. So, once you've got really clear about what and why you need to do and be accountable too and you go public with this in some way shape or form and invoke some sort of cadence of honest evaluation then what happens is you keep in your back pocket the idea of PIVOT. And PIVOT stands for purposely, invoke, viable, options and take action, isn’t that good? It’s so good, it’s so helpful. When this came to me I can basically institute my life, my business and it really does help me because otherwise, we get stuck and sometimes when we're working to be accountable we blow it, it's too easy for us to throw in the towel and to give up and my friend that's not what you signed up for, right? You want more from your life from that, you want more from your career and your business from that. So, PIVOT- purposely, invoke, viable, options and take action, the truth of the matter is you may have needed to be accountable around something that maybe wasn't going to get you the results, to begin with. But if you give up, then you can't remain accountable, if you can't make remain accountable you can’t become successful. So, instead of giving up PIVOT.

So, that is the 4 elements of accountability, the how of accountability. We now know, that accountability is about you putting yourself in power and anything less than that is an abdication of power, we also now know that you are royalty, right? You are the king or queen of your life and your destiny and having a new mindset around accountability is going to be really helpful in that and then now we’ve been talking about how you do it? How do you do accountability?

So, I want to introduce you to the idea right now to wrap this conversation up and I think it's a really important one. So, the idea I want to share with you is what if? What if accountability is motivation? Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. Accountability is always felt like it was some sort of pressure, some sort of getting in my way or something like that, but what if accountability is motivation? And I submit to you it is. It really is, let's talk about this. Human beings in the way that we operate in our life we generally default to one lean to one way or another and we call them one way or another in terms of motivation and we call that being toward motivated or being away motivated. That's really fascinating because you look at people in your life and you look at them you go, you know what? you will able to determine whether there toward or away motivated people. So, what is that look like? A toward motivated person is somebody who sees that the grass is greener, they see the beauty of it, they're drooling over the next thing, they have this compelling future of what they want and they just feel like I can't have it, I cannot do something to get me there, it's pretty awesome. On the flip side, people can be away motivated, in away to motivated it is more like getting away from the flames of hell that are looking at your backside. Like it's painful, it makes you want to move and you know what happens if you move and you get away from the fire, you get away from the pain of the flames of hell but what ends up happening is once you get far enough away from the flames, we go back to our old ways so motivation doesn't remain.

So being accountable helps you to be on track of being toward motivated, you can use away motivation to get started it's great, it just doesn't last. Once you get started you need to latch on to that compelling future which is why we started with the why the what and the why when it came to how we do accountability, okay. So, both will work toward and away, both will work to get you started but only the second one is gonna get you to the finish line and so this is now your new reasons to become accountable, to become more accountable, to make accountability easier for you. Isn’t so good?

Alright, you know that I love you and I want you to be great, swing for the fences because that's what you're made for. Talk to you soon.


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Greg Schweitzer is the Founder & Chief CATALYST of Catalyst Transformation Institute. 

As a Record-Setting Master Coach, Certified Trainer and Master Practitioner of NLP, TIME Techniques & Hypnosis, Greg leverages his training, experience and track record to elevate people and organizations to live their best life and do their best work!
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Toward Coming Alive, Finding Fulfillment, Living With Purpose and Rising to Greatness! 
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We Create CATALYSTS!

Our mission is to ignite the causal ability of each individual to put themselves in power and stop settling fo less.

To provide game-changing experiences that draw out and activate the vast potential pre-existent in each person.

To equip people to live their best life and do their best work.

To inspire people to discover and carry out their mission.

The Four Factors of Getting What You Want
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey! it's Greg Schweitzer, chief catalyst and founder at catalyst transformation institute and I've got a question for you. 

The question is, are you getting what you want? I mean you're putting in effort, you're doing the work, you're trying but is your Kung Fu working? Are you getting what you want? This is such an important question because you don't need me to tell you because you've probably already experienced that when you put a lot of effort in and you're not seeing progress, you're not seeing the results that you want to have that makes a great life and a great business it's debilitating, it's taking the wind out of your sails, it's a lack of motivation and you didn't sign up for that, did you?

Well, here's how wanna help you today. I wanna share with you today the 4 factors for helping you to get anything that you want, okay. This the 4 factors for getting results, the 4 factors for getting what you want and I wanna begin with something that may seem very obvious but I gotta tell you it's probably one of the most critical pieces. 

Let's begin. It's called getting started. Now, here is an interesting concept about getting started. I know it sounds rudimentary, it sounds basic, it’s like no kidding grey but I want to tell you that most people when they are actually trying to begin creating some sort of result oftentimes jump right into action before they give consideration to 2 things, their mindset around getting started coz when that is right then you become over powerful and unstoppable and the second piece is one of the resources that are necessary for me to get this result. The truth is you probably been thinking about getting a particular result for so long that you feel like you've already started because there's been a lot of brainpower and maybe a lot of emotion in that whole piece. But let's talk about what is the key concepts of getting started that will really gonna help you maximize the outcome of the results that you're looking to get when getting what you want.

First one. It's called purpose. It's called purpose, when you, when you see yourself and we think about what is it that you're after? What is the end result? What are the, what is the achievement that you want to have? Ask yourself the question, I want that for what purpose? Because what that does is really digs down into something you've probably heard of called a Why? Okay. Now you've heard the term like the big why? or what's your why? or start with why? And all of those are good things with one exception, people have a tendency to overcomplicate purpose over complicate their big why, they feel like that maybe they have to have this, this massive why that covers the whole of their life and everything involved and I can tell you were around for a really long time and our desires and our whys change from time to time. So, let yourself off the hook, you don’t need to know everything that’s gonna happen and everything that you intend for, for every minute or every year of your life, let it go. But you do know what you want right now and I want you to be very very clear about that because when you look at the next piece of this right here, it says what you want specifically. This is absolutely critical when you're determining what's happening and there's 2 major things that you need to know about. Number one, what your personal values? What are your career values? What are the things that you value? Another way to ask yourself this question is what's important to you about life? What's important to you about career? What's important to you about health and wellness? Right. And when you get really clear on those values, only then can you make great decisions towards what you're going after.

The second piece is actually what is that? what is the ideal life look like for you? Have you sat down? When was the last time you sat down and mapped out like really wrote down all the things are absolutely essential for you to have the ideal life? Like everything you've been working for and pursuing for years maybe even decades, are you really clear what that is? Because until you are, you're aiming at a moving target and that's where we get exhausted and don't see the outcomes. So get really clear, very specific as to what you want? it really saves you in a lot of ways. 

The second piece about getting started that I want to introduce you to is also a key element and friend to us but it has its limitations too it's called willpower. You see as a human person you've already in been endowed with what we call human agency, an agency or willpower is really the ability and the capacity to make things happen, the capacity to choose. Wow! that's really powerful. That means you don't have to be stuck with whatever you have or whatever circumstances you're in or whatever you currently believe, isn’t that awesome? Simply because you're a human person you've been endowed with agency you now have the power to change whatever it is that is not working for you. Awesome! So, how do you use willpower in a way? Number one, willpower is essential for getting started like you can think of all the actions and you can think of all the results that you want and you can even dream on those kinds of things but until you actually begin, until you take the first step nothing's going to happen.

The other piece on here is that you see my rudimentary drawing of a vehicle, car, okay. Now, I don't claim to be the best artist, is not where my geniuses but I have a good time being able to create some stuff and as you can see right here this car is moving, it's moving in the direction and what's interesting is when you get into a vehicle to get started, you got to understand the concept and the concept is that you cannot steer a parked car. It's really good I got to say that again you cannot steer a parked car. Okay, in order for you to change the view if you don't like what you're seeing in your life or in your business in order for you to change the view you've got to change directions and the only way for you to change directions is to push on the gas and get started, right? That makes sense it seems logical and yet there's often times when we're sitting there and we're looking up this view out of our window and we're seeing it we're not totally completely living it or maybe we're not liking at all and we're dreaming about something different but it never changes, right? It never changes, until we push on the gas. Good news life and business allows U-Turns like you literally can swerve and move and change directions but until you get started until you execute your willpower it's not gonna happen. The last key piece about willpower is that willpower fatigues like a muscle. So if I were to say, hey! drop and give me 10, you might be able to get to 10, you might even get to 100. I don't know but at some point in time your body's gonna go, sorry man that's all I got, okay. It's gonna not be able to do anymore and our willpower is very much the same way and so in order to leverage willpower in the most effective way for helping you get what you want you need to use it to begin and then you turn over those processes, those actions and those thought patterns you turn them over to habit which is a very powerful piece. 

So, willpower is the next piece in getting started. So, what you do? Once you got started, right. Use your willpower, you know your why and your purpose and your desired your values and you get started then what? Well it's not enough, getting started does not get you to the end result there have been so many people I've talked to in their life that talk about regretting their life because they got started but they didn't complete, they got started but they didn't continue on, for some reason things didn't work out. This is what I call building momentum. It's beautiful to put the key in the ignition and get the car started but until you push on the gas and how you do that is really critical and I called that building momentum. 

So let's talk about what momentum can look like because you may not know this but if you watch Cape Canaveral and NASA send a shuttle into space it's a magnificent thing to watch the amount of power and energy, and the crazy genius of being able to engineer all this to happen is phenomenal. They spend millions of dollars and years and a time just to be able to get started but they also planned for momentum. If you take a look here and my beautiful amazing artistic Leo, Leo, whatever his name is da Vinci, okay. That's my drawing right there of a space shuttle, if you look right there in the center of this kind of triangular looking thing that's the space shuttle you can imagine your little astronauts in there if you want to, okay. What's interesting is that. That's a place they do all they work, that’s the place where they do all their missions and so on but we look at these 2 major tubes is humongous tubes and if you look this in real life there it’s incredibly massive. Those are full of fuel only, that's their only purpose is to house fuel and the reason is because they need a massive amounts of fuel. Once they start the engine right, they need massive amounts of fuel to get this bird up into orbit as a matter of fact space shuttles, like this scenario will spend 96 percent of the fuel getting the ship up into the sky and into orbit and then with the remaining 4 percent they can do all their work, continue all the rotations in orbits and get safely back to earth. This is so powerful because when you're getting started it's gonna be so important for you to spend the fuel at least at first coz you spend the fuel and you get it going and then you turn it over to have it, then you turn it over to processes and systems right, over to time block schedule so that it maintains and it takes so much less energy, like 4 percent right. So awesome to be able to do! Okay, so allow yourself that ability, allow yourself that time and energy to spend the fuel and get going.

Second piece about building momentum. Time on task over time. I had a mentor in my life, a coach if you will who introduce me into this concept it was a game-changer for me and until you actually give yourself over to this it's hard to see the true value but you see you know what time on task looks like right? It’s like I just gonna do the task and then I gonna show up again and do it later or do it again tomorrow and then do it again the next day and keep doing it for months and months and months of that time on task over the course of time like months, weeks, days, years, hours, whatever it is, is what ends up making momentum happen. Is where you start seeing things come to fruition for you but here's the deal, when you're building momentum if you spent the fuel, if you spent the fuel on something other than the right tasks to spend time on you're gonna build a lot of momentum in a direction that’s not getting you what you want and that's why we're talking today is to help you get what you want. As a matter of fact, it says right here, that you can build momentum in nonproductive activities like you can do the wrong thing and have lots of momentum and speed about it and this is what's the difference between busyness and productivity, we can be busy doing a lot of things and I'm not much to show for that and when you wake up from that, you’re just kicking yourself and it doesn't feel really good so make sure that you have the line to the right activities that are going to result as long as you continue and then allow yourself to spend the fuel and keep going.

Look at that, we’re going down for 2 of the 4 factors of getting what you want number one is getting started, number 2 is building momentum and number 3 is when you begin to put all the effort and spend the fuel I guarantee you coz you probably already know this, coz you've experienced it. Interference shows up right? You're putting your best effort forward you might even feel like you're getting somewhere and all of a sudden you take one of the got, something takes the wind out of your sales or lease gets in your way or tries to cause a hick-up or some version of that right? And overcoming interference is one of the best skills that you can have because you can get started and you might even get pretty good at building momentum but if you can't take the hits if you can't handle the interference that shows up. This is not about strength okay, this is about strategy okay. Too often when we're pushing towards goals whatever they are we feel like we have to be more than we are, we have to be stronger than I don't know if I can be, it's not only about strength it’s oftentimes about strategy so when you talking about overcoming interference you know that this stuff shows up. 

Number one just being aware and acknowledging the fact that, hey, as I get going with this, this thing that's so valuable important to me, this result that I want, something's gonna happen, something's gonna show up and it's gonna challenge me in some way, shape or form, big or small. But you see winnings done by what you can handle not just what you can cause, okay. We can cause a lot of cool things but that doesn't mean it's always gonna get us there so how we do this? Well, one of my favourite ways is what I called Bob and weave, that is probably the best picture I've ever drawn in my life that is a boxing glove hopefully you can tell, okay. That's a boxing glove, but in the world of sports like boxing and martial arts it's not just about your strength and it's just not about the punching with a kicking right, that’s not about the attack or being on the offense you've got to be able to bob and weave right? Move and slip some of those jobs and some of those crosses and those punches and those kicks like that thing because if you take them all it doesn't feel as good and it may make it harder for you to win. So how do you bob and weave? What do you need to do? And just like when we talk about the vehicle that you can't steer a parked car that you can actually be turning left and right, then unless you're bobbing left and right or up and down or whatever might be, you might take on more than you need to take on. So get good at handling interference, deflecting it or getting it to miss you all together for having a foresight, see it coming.

Okay, the next piece here which ties into bobbing and weaving is the concept of being teleological, ohhh, fancy, fancy word being teleological. All this simply means is that, ahh, the best way to describe this, if you take a look at this, this is a we'll call this a rocket, like a bomb, a missile if you will okay. And if a missile is shot off it's been given directions like longitude, latitude or at least a target you know X marks the spot right, at least a target to go for and it's headed for that direction and most of the time it gets there or some of the time it does. Okay, but most people don't understand though is that once that missile shot out into, into the air it's gonna receive interference too, interference like wind or weather or who knows what right? Different things can happen that'll take it off track and so what normally happens when people think that a missile shot to go straight to its target, boom! It's over with. Actually what's happening is this thing is constantly adjusting, it's constantly bobbing and weaving so it's path is actually looks more like this, right? Any given moment it can be off track so it’s come back on, and a little bit adjustment here and a little adjustment here so once you spend the fuel okay, once you spend the fuel in getting started now that 4 percent of fuel is left for you to do just a little bit of this and a little bit of that to weave back and forth and that's what it is to being teleological. You, as a human person are endowed with that ability to being teleological it means good news you are not stuck how you are, you're not stuck with what you have, you're not stuck in your circumstances, you're not stuck with your results, you can then be teleological, adjust and keep moving in the right direction. Don't let off the gas.

Alright, so get started, build momentum, overcoming interference and the fourth one completing, right? What else needs to be said? There's more than needs to be said. Completing it seems like a no brainer, it seems like oh yeah you just finish your thing but how do you do that? And how you do that matters. 

So, let's talk about a couple of things that are gonna help you when it comes to completion because there is nothing worse than getting yourself to get started and spending the fuel, alright, I'm in, I'm in, spending the fuel to build up momentum and get good at bobbing and weaving and being teleological right, avoiding and overcoming interference and then, not finish? Not get it? Really? It's not worth it. 

One of the key yes things for human motivation and human satisfaction coz that’s what you after, right? The ideal life, satisfaction, achieving what you want, all under the same name there, is coming through. Like when you, when I am able to come through there's nothing greater than the satisfaction of having completed something like that. This is about keeping a promise and honestly it's about keeping a promise to yourself. My guess is that you have certain feelings about keeping promises to people like when you make a promise to somebody your full intention is to follow through on that promise right? That's right, how are you doing on your promises to yourself? If this is you going after what you want the 4 factors of getting what you want, how you doing on keeping your promises to yourself? How are you doing keeping your promise to get yourself started to spend the fuel to build momentum to bob and weave and to stay the course until this thing is complete? It's a good question to ask yourself. 

The other piece here is that you get the satisfaction of a job well done and I sort of talk about coming through is that we completed something. When you created result especially something you really wanted to do, you really want to create there is nothing greater than that feeling when you're standing in victory and you're feeling like I did that. Yes, look at that, that's amazing it does so many things for you, it improves your life, it strengthens your motivation, it gives you great confidence, increases your confidence. I mean, you're now more down to be able to go to the next big thing that you want to do, something you might have thought you couldn't do before you now are able too.

One more thing about that, about completing. You need to understand the real purpose of completing and it's really about progress. You see people after particular results and when they don't necessarily get that result right away or there's interference that shows up, they failed to recognize the progress. Like when you begin a project or you begin going after some sort of result that you want, you start here and then if you get going and get about here, interference shows up and it feels pretty scary like it's gonna end. This is the problem, the people won’t look back and notice how far they've come, how far you come already? Are you giving yourself credit for what you've done? Are you giving yourself credit for the progress? When you look at the studies of human behaviour, human satisfaction and happiness right, we'll call fulfilment if you will, flourishing. Progress is one of the major key factors, progress slash mastery right, you should be getting good at something, you're making progress on something, that makes us want to keep going, that makes us believe that we can get there but not if you don't give yourself credit for the progress you've already made.  Incomplete projects and tasks breed on realized goals and that's gonna be one of the worst feelings you've ever can experience. 

So, the 4 factors right. The 4 factors of you getting what you want, achieving the results you want are getting started, building momentum, overcoming interference and completing. And if you’ll follow that process allow yourself to do that it can be that simple to win. It may not be easy but it can be that simple. 

Okay, you know I love you. Be great! it's what you made for!

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About The Greg Schweitzer

Greg Schweitzer is the Founder & Chief CATALYST of Catalyst Transformation Institute. 

As a Record-Setting Master Coach, Certified Trainer and Master Practitioner of NLP, TIME Techniques & Hypnosis, Greg leverages his training, experience and track record to elevate people and organizations to live their best life and do their best work!
About Catalyst Transformation
A Coaching & Training Company

Toward Coming Alive, Finding Fulfillment, Living With Purpose and Rising to Greatness! 
Our Mission
We Create CATALYSTS!

Our mission is to ignite the causal ability of each individual to put themselves in power and stop settling fo less.

To provide game-changing experiences that draw out and activate the vast potential pre-existent in each person.

To equip people to live their best life and do their best work.

To inspire people to discover and carry out their mission.

The 5 Maxims for Making REAL Progress
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey, What you focused on? What you working on? What you swinging for? What are you doing? Listen today I'm excited because I really want to talk to you about what I call the 5 maxims for making real progress. I know you're probably out there you're working hard on whatever is your working on, maybe to give yourself a better shape, maybe it's that the next business project or the next level making money or whatever might be, but the bottom line is, is that how do you know? How do you know if this is working? How do you know if this is worth it? when you're putting a lot of effort on it.

So, let's talk about these 5 maxims and I chose these because they're, they're really quite to the point in being able to help you determine how you to make the best progress you possibly can. One first thing you need to know is that the human person is very interesting in that and you and I, by the way, are both, both humans okay, very interesting in that. It's actually progress that drives a lot of our fulfilment in, a lot of our happiness in life when you feel like you're gaining some mastery over something or you're moving toward something that has value to you it does something inside us for we just feel like yeah, okay, things are going good, things are going right.

I'm getting there so let's talk about how to get there. Alright, the first phrase I want to teach you, I want to share with you really quickly was actually a game-changer for me when but I just feel like I was getting where I want to go at least not fast enough and the phrase is progress over perfection. I know there's that word right that perfection, where it seems to haunt all of us, knows with everything that we do that would be amazing and grandiose and superb and excellent and top of the line and on, on, on, and of course, we want that because it's important because all we want that's how we, we maybe we measure success that's how we help determine significance in our life and so perfection sometimes it gets a little bit away but here's one of this main thing I want to talk about this particular phrase. Okay, progress over perfection the first thing is, is that this phrase is about focus. You don't need me to tell you that when you're focused on something you generally move in the direction of that thing you're focused on and when you're not focused on something your generally not moving on in a direction. Let me give you an example when I was a kid and my dad taught me how to ride a bike for the first time, one of the thing that I was doing was that I would just get on the bike and then I start pedalling and because I was new to it I will actually start looking at my feet or and then it also topples over I guess I couldn't hold it, okay, next thing I get back on the bike and then I start pedalling and I'll be like oh there's that mailbox, right, and I start staring at the mailbox and guess what it did I get to the mailbox right, and so I was never reaching any sort of progress much less perfection because of what I was focused on. So the focus is one of many things about progress over perfection.

The other thing about progress over perfection is that this helps you to begin with the end in mind. Stephen Covey, one of the guys that helped us out quite a bit in, in all of history says that we need to begin with the end in mind when we do that we know what we're after and if we know what we're after then on only then can we making progress because we have nothing to measure against if we don't. If I'm here and I want to get here okay unless I know we're here is, I don't know where I'm going. Right, if you want to get from where you are to California and if you're in California okay you wanna get somewhere else if you, if where you are you want to get there you can get on the road and you can start travelling or start driving, start moving, you can take lefts and rights, you can kick freeways and highways and side roads. But if you don't know where you're going, if you haven’t decided you're going to California and then you cannot get there.

Alright, the third thing about progress over perfection is that this is about priority of the important over the tyranny of the urgent. Too often the menial things, the minued things, the things that are low down activities, the things that aren’t important fell apart in our time because they're easy to the low hanging fruit and we feel like we're getting a win out of it but we never feel like we're making progress isn't that interesting? It's kind of like, eating candy at a gourmet meal. I’m getting full but I'm not feeling fulfilled. This makes sense? Right.

Phrase number 2 that I want to teach you, 2 of the 5 maxims for making progress is perfect is nice, done is better. I know, there's that word perfection again right, I’m purposely driving home protesting around perfection for these first 2 maxims because they are. Perfection is the number one reason that we procrastinate, it is the number one reason why we don't make progress and we get stuck in life and in business and so perfect is nice, done is better. So first thing this is about action instead of thinking. Okay, now the only way for us to gain momentum towards a which is the same thing as progress right momentum is to be able to take actions. Okay, so actions beget results not thinking and we're thinking that we're doing because we're thinking about how to make it perfect, we're actually not doing. Therefore, not making progress, enough said.

Okay, the next thing is you can't make things perfect for others, you simply don't have the power. If you're trying to make your product perfect for the consumer, if you're trying to make your service perfect for the right person to buy, if you try to make yourself perfect for another human being your spouse or significant other for turning to make your house perfect so that the neighbours look upon you correctly you are never gonna be able to get there because you have no idea what their idea of perfection is, maybe they don't either, so now you're both not knowing what's going on and spending a lot of effort to try to do something that's just not possible so let yourself off the hook, give it up.

The third thing about perfect is nice, done is better is that this is about self-kindness. Right, if you're not gonna be kind to yourself nobody else is and when it comes to always constantly aiming perfection you're gonna continue to beat yourself up because you're not getting there. Yeah, that's not kind, that is not kind and so I just wanna give you permission right now to just treat yourself like royalty, be the king or queen that you are treating yourself like it and remember that perfect is nice but done is better.

Alright, maxim number 3 is not fake it till you make it, it believes it till you become it. I need to say that one again, it's not fake it till you make it, it believes it until you become it. You see the reason that progress doesn't happen for you or for me or for anybody else is because we don't believe it's possible, we don't believe that we can get there. Okay, so here's what I want to know about this number one, your heart and your mind the 2 superpowers around your human nature your heart and your mind will always know that you're faking it and when they know that you're faking it they're always inside us that ahhh, this isn't true, this isn't right, this isn't possible. Okay, if your heart and your mind know that you're faking it your heart and your mind never believing it and it isn't until you gain the belief that you'll actually take action which brings me to the next point that I want to tell you about it's not fake it till you make it, it believes it till you become it. And that is the fact that belief drives all behaviour what you believe you're capable of, what you believe it's possible, what you believe you can or cannot do, what you believe others allow you to do or not do that drives the behaviour. You choose to do or what behaviours you completely avoid. Oh, and the second half of that all behaviour drives all progress. Okay, so let me give the whole thing here belief drives behaviour and behaviour drives progress so what do you need to believe so that your behaviours will become what they need to be so you can make the progress you want to make. You see how simple this is. Simple but not easy but absolutely worth it. And so don’t forget that your worth it and so are the people who are counting on you.

Alright, maxim number 4, inspect what you expect. Ohh. Ahh. I know already inside of us there's an accountability topic that accountability thing and so I want to talk to you about this for a minute because I want to be able to see how this can empower you and not frustrate you because I want you to win. Right, you want to win. I want you to win, so let's do it!

Alright, number one tracking and measuring of some sort is the only way that you're gonna know if you're making progress or if you’re not. It's the only way, it's not a feeling most of the time, it's not a feeling like oh I feel like I'm making progress. You have to treat the matter that is there are some days where I will actually be working on something and then I'll get into Facebook for the purpose of making some sort of poster or ad or something like that whether it's Facebook or Instagram or linked in or whatever and the next thing I know I'm reading some yesterday post which leads me to this thing, which I clicked on this other thing and there’s a chain thing and it's so on and so forth and what is happening is that all the progress in the world. I mean, excuse me, all the movement in the world but not necessarily progress. Okay, mistaking movement for achievement. Alright, so we can start tracking this, how do you track? Well, the bottom line is the tracking has to do with too many things we call them lead measures and lag measures and this is really exciting when you look at lag measures. Lag measures what happens after the action and behaviour are already taking place this is where it's too late to do anything about it, this is where you are crossing your fingers hoping that something did happen but only finding out that if it didn't I can't do anything about it because it's already in the past. The lag measures are important because the things that are telling you whether it's working or not, whether your kung fu is working or not, when you're swinging the fences are you hitting enough, did your batting average going upright that's the only way to be able to know this.

Alright, the second piece here is the lead measures piece right. So, if the lag measures are measuring what has already happened or taken place if there's any progress a lead measures is the specific actions or behaviours that you will take that have the highest impact on making progress. Okay, the lead measures are different than movement mistaken for achievement, it's not about the movement it's about lead measures the things that actually move the needle for making progress. So, what's the answer number one you need to know? What your lead measures are? You need to know the things of the highest producing activities that get you closer to the weight loss you want, to get you closer to the income that you want, to get you closer to growing your business the way you want to, to get you closer to the type of marriage relationship that you want to, you gonna know what those lead measures are. One of the key things, by the way, there isn't gonna be many like two sometimes is enough. Okay, there's not gonna be many and when you do those things then you can measure the lag measures and see what's going on.

Alright, the third thing about inspecting what you expect is that this is where you get to hold yourself able. That's right, I said able not accountable. Okay, now I'm not saying accountability is wrong because accountability is ultra-important but your mindset about accountability is going to matter. Too many people look at accountability like you're not the boss of me right, I don’t have to do what you say right, when in fact it's you who’s setting the goal and you're the one that's holding yourself to those expectations and if it's a boss or a partner or something like that then the only, they should only be expecting from you what you agreed to do. Alright, that being said. If you look at accountability as power, it becomes a whole different thing if you're holding yourself able then all you're doing by tracking is proving that you're able. 

Okay, accountability enablesness is not about shaming or guilting or beating yourself up for what you didn't do. It's about being aware and clear of what you did and didn't do and what progress you got or didn't get so that you know what to do next. If you invoke the phrase it says the next time I intend to instead of why didn't I, you're gonna feel a whole lot different and you're gonna be engaged to make the actions happen right. Okay, action over thinking.

Alright, maxim number 5 if you do what you've always done you'll get what you've always gotten. That one has been a huge one for me in my life this came to me about 5 years ago and hit me square between the eyes. Okay, and so let's talk about the main point of this one and again this one is if you do what you've always done you get what you've always gotten. So, number one, the blessing and the curse of habit. This is where this habit becomes invoke here the blessing and the cursing of habit. What did you mean by both blessing and curse? How can that even be possible? Number one habit is a blessing because when you gain the habits by the way a habit is a form of behaviour right, a behavioural habit when you have particular behaviour that becomes a habit, they become broad, they become part of who you are and they’re fruitful for you, they help you feel better, they help you act better, they help you do better, they help you get better, okay, that becomes a blessing right. It becomes a life-giving to you, so awesome! it's so awesome right. What if you take on habits, If you take on habits they're not fruitful, they don't get you where you want to go, they don’t move you, they don't help you as a matter of fact they may actually help you get worse or less or unhealthier, okay those kinds of habits can be a curse. And so I want you to know that you are in doubt with a massive amount of power inside of you and that powers called habit. You see if you measure a person's habits in your life you can tell what their life is gonna be like, tell me what your habits are, I'll tell you what your life looks like. Tell yourself what your habits are and you can be able to take a look and see what your life is like. And so what do you do much about your habits?

Okay, point number 2 that will talk about when it comes to if you do what you’ve always done you'll get what you've always got is to invoke adventure. Okay, invoke adventure what I'm saying to you is I want you to create such a clear and compelling future that you can't do. It's an absolute yes, I'm moving in that direction right, that's what's gonna be critically important. I'm reading a book right now that reminded me of something that Warren Buffett said and it goes like this, the idea is that successful, the difference between successful people and supremely successful people is that supremely successful person say no to almost everything. You can only have a stronger yes, excuse me, you can only have said no if you have a stronger yes. So, what is it that's adventurous, that's exciting, that's interesting that you can't keep your eyes on which is point number 3 to keep your eyes on the prize. Adventure is exciting, it’s going out and trying something new for the sake of excitement, now you need to know this excitement and nervousness or anxiety they reside in the same place in the body. Exact same place in the body so you have to decide for yourself are you going to label excitement and adventure or you gonna label it being bossed around and who to be accountable for. You get to decide, that's how powerful you are.

Okay, so going back to the eyes on the prize piece, now that you determine that you're gonna be adventurous what's the adventure look like? How often are you looking at that? And I say looking at, I mean make a vision board okay, create a mental picture that's so clear and so compelling that you can close your eyes, you can be there. Did you know that you can actually go back to a time in the past and you felt absolutely adventurous and amazing, excited and compelled? And you re-experienced it again because your brain does not know the difference between a vividly imagined experience and a real one. Right, this is why vision works, visualization works are basically you are creating a picture so compelling that we feel like we're already there and we want to draw ourselves in.

Alright, you want to make some progress, do it! Now, you get some cool ideas right so the 5 maxims are Progress over perfection. Perfect is nice done is better. It's not fake it till you make it it's believed to become it. Inspect what you expect and then if you do what you've always done you'll get what you've always gotten. Here’s what I'm gonna say to wrap up this conversation with you and I trust that you’ll take it as it's meant, get It! It’s what you are supposed to do.


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Greg Schweitzer is the Founder & Chief CATALYST of Catalyst Transformation Institute. 

As a Record-Setting Master Coach, Certified Trainer and Master Practitioner of NLP, TIME Techniques & Hypnosis, Greg leverages his training, experience and track record to elevate people and organizations to live their best life and do their best work!
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What Do You Know?
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey, so I was just about ready to jump into something and I started feeling really, really excited about it. Am I getting excited about it because I'm learning some really cool stuff and take some training and some coaching and it's, it's opening my world opening my eyes to a New World of just information and connections and what's possible and as I was about ready to jump into this. I keep thinking about you and so I wanted to share something with you for just a minute because I'm really curious...

How do you do it? 

How do you keep yourself sharp and learn new information and are you doing it? Because if you're not you may be missing out on some of the greatest pleasure. Whether are you reading a book or taking training or listening to YouTube video, like this? What do you take it in? and allow yourself to be able to experience the fascination of learning something new or taking on something new.

I've got 4 kids and there was a day one time where I heard them outside playing, but then all of a sudden I heard them start making all sorts of noise they were, cawing and cawing like they were crows.

"Ka-Kaw, Ka-Kaw, Ka-kaw".

Some of it sounded really real like...what the heck you’re doing? Because it went on for a really long time. So, I went outside to find out the reason part of it sounded real is because there was a real crow out there it was up in the tree and my kids were standing there in absolute fascination looking at this crow.

They decided they were gonna communicate with it, they decided they were gonna talk and so they started repeating noises and sounds that sounded just like it but the fascinating piece was they were fascinated. They were fascinated by something new and learning how another animal functioned and a new way in the world if you will about adding to what they already know.
 
And so there is something really special about taking on some new learnings because you get to see and experience life in a whole new way it gives you more to be able to direct your life in the direction that you want and so as I go moving into my face where I'm gonna go learn something really cool because I'm really excited about that here in just about 2 minutes I wanted to encourage you to do the same.
 
Yeah, we're into a new year so allow yourself this year to do some stuff that helps you not only grow but experience more because there's lots of cool stuff experience and why not. Alright, you know I love you... 

Be Great! It’s What You're Made For!  

See yah!

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The 5 Maxims for Making Real Progress
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey, what do you focused on? What are you working on? What you swinging for? What are you doing? Listen, today I'm excited because I really want to talk to you about what I call the five maxims for making riel progress. 

Now, I know you're probably out there and you're working hard on whatever you're trying to work on. May be getting yourself in better shape. Maybe it's the the next business project or the next level making money or whatever it might be. But the bottom line is that how do you know? How do you know if this is working? How do you know if this is worth it? You're putting a lot of effort in. So let's talk about these five maxims. And I chose these because there the really quite to the point at being able to help you determine how you to make the best progress you possibly can. 

One first thing you need to know is that the human person is very interesting in that, and you and I, by the way, are both both humans.... in that it's actually progress that drives a lot of our fulfillment and a lot of our happiness in life. When you feel like you're gaining some mastery over something or you're moving towards something that has value to you, it does something inside of us where we just feel like yeah, OK, things were going good. Things are going right. I'm getting there. 

So let's talk about how to get there. Alright, The first phrase I want to teach you when I want to share with you real quickly was actually a game changer for me when, um, but I just didn't feel like I was getting where I wanted to go, at least not fast enough. And the phrases progress over perfection. I know there's that word right, that perfection word, it seems to haunt all of us. We always want everything that we do to be amazing and grandiose and superb and excellent and top of the line and on and on and on. And of course, we want that because it's important because we want that's how we measure success. That's how we help determine significance in our life. And so perfection sometimes gets a little bit in the away. But here's the main thing I want to talk to you about this particular phrase, progress over perfection. The first thing is that this phrases about focus you don't need me to tell you that when you're focused on something, you generally move in the direction of that thing you're focused on. And when you're not focused on something, you're generally not moving in the direction. Let me give an example. When I was a kid and my dad taught me how to ride a bike for the first time, one of the things that I was doing was that I would get on the bike and then I start pedaling and because I was new to it, I would actually start looking at my feet. And then all of a sudden I topple over. I just couldn't hold it. Okay, Next thing you know, I get back on the bike and then I start pedaling and I'll be like, there's that mailbox, right? And I start standing staring at the mailbox and guess what I did. I hit the mailbox, right? And so I was never reaching any sort of progress, much less perfection, because of what I was focused on. So focus is one of the main things about progress of perfection.

The other thing about progress over perfection is that this helps you to begin with the end in mind. Stephen Covey, one of the guys that helped us out quite a bit in all of history, says that we need to begin with the end in mind. And when we do that, we know what we're after. And when we know what we're after, then.... Then can we be making progress? Because we have nothing to measure against if we don't. If I'm here and I want to get here, unless I know where here is, I don't know where I'm going. If you want to get from where you are to California, or you want to get somewhere else, if you are where you are and you want to get there, you could get on the road and you can start traveling. You start driving, you start moving. You could take lefts and rights and you take freeways and byways and side roads. But if you don't know where you're going, if you haven't decided, you're going to California, then you're not gonna get there. 

Third thing about progress over perfection is that this is about priority of the important over the tyranny of the urgent. Too often the menial things, the minute things, the things that are low dollar activities, the things that aren't important fill up our day and our time because they're easy. They're the low hanging fruit, and we feel like we're getting a win out of it. But we never feel like we're making progress. Isn't that interesting? It's kind of like eating candy at a gourmet meal. Okay, I'm getting full, but I'm not feeling fulfilled. This makes sense. 

Phrase number two that I'm gonna teach you five of the five maxims for making progress is perfect is nice, done is better. I know, there is that word perfection again, right? I'm purposely driving home this thing around perfection for these first two maxims because perfectionism is the number one reason that we procrastinate. It's the number one reason why we don't make progress and we get stuck in life and in business. And so perfect is nice. Done is better. 

So, first thing this is about is action instead of thinking. Okay, now the only way for us to gain momentum, which is the same thing is progress, is to be able to take actions. Actions beget results, not thinking. And the more thinking that we're doing because we're thinking about how to make it perfect, we're actually not doing and therefore not making progress. Enough said. 

Okay, The next thing is, you can't make things perfect for others. You simply don't have the power. If you're trying to make your product perfect for the consumer, if you're trying to make your service perfect for the right person to buy, if you're trying to make yourself perfect for another human being, your spouse or significant other...f you're trying to make your house perfect so that the neighbors look upon you correctly, you are never gonna be able to get there because you have no idea what their idea of perfection is. And maybe they don't either. So now you're both not knowing what's going on, and you're spending a lot of effort to try to do something that's just not possible. So let yourself off the hook. Give it up. 

Third thing about perfect is nice, done is better; is that this is about self kindness, right? If you're not gonna be kind to yourself, nobody else is. And when it comes to always constantly aiming perfection, you're going to continue to beat yourself up because you're not getting there. Yeah, that's not kind. That is not kind. And so I just want to give you permission right now to just treat yourself like royalty. Be the king or queen that you are. Treat yourself like it and remember that Perfect is nice, but done is better. 

Alright, Maximum number three is It's not fake it till you make it, it's believe it until you become it. I need to say that one again. It's not Fake it till you make it. It's believe it until you become it. You see, the reason that progress doesn't happen for you, or for anybody else, is because we don't believe it's possible. We don't believe that we can get there. Okay, so here's what I want you to know about this.... Number one, your heart and your mind, The two superpowers around your human nature, will always know that you're faking it. And when they know that you're faking it, they're always inside going this is BS. This isn't true. This isn't right. This isn't possible. Okay, If your heart and your mind know that you're faking it, your heart and your mind are never believing it. And it isn't until you gain belief that you'll actually take action. Which brings me to the next point I want to tell you about. 

The fact that belief drives all behavior. What you believe you're capable of, what you believe is possible. What you believe you can or cannot do. What you believe others are gonna allow you to do or not do... that drives what behavior you choose to do or which behaviors you completely avoid. Oh, in the second half of that, all behavior drives all progress. Okay, so let me give the whole thing here. Belief drives behavior and behavior drives progress. So what do you need to believe, so that your behaviors will become what they need to be, so you can make the progress you wanna make?  This is simple, but not easy, but absolutely worth it. And don't forget that you're worth it. And so are the people who are counting on you. 

Alright. Maximum number four. Inspect what you expect. Uh, I know already inside of us...there's that accountability topic, that accountability thing. And so I wanna talk about this for a minute because I want you to be able to see how this can empower you and not frustrate you because I want you to win, right? You want you to win. I want you to win. So let's do it. 

All right. Number one... tracking and measuring of some sort is the only way that you're gonna know if you're making progress or if you're not. It's the only way. It's not a feeling most of the time. It's not a feeling of like, Oh, I feel like I'm making progress. You know, the truth of the matter is there are some days where I will actually be working on something and then I'll get into Facebook for the purpose of making some sort of post or ad or something like that. Next thing I know, I'm reading somebody else's post, which leads me to this thing which I clicked on this other thing. And then there's this flashy shining thing, and so on and so forth and what would have been happening is I have all the  movement in the world, but not necessarily progress. Mistaking movement for achievement. 

All right, so we gotta start tracking this. How do you track? Well, the bottom line is the tracking has to do with two main things. We call them lead measures and lag measures, and this is what's really exciting. When you look at a lag measures, it's what happens after the action and the behavior has already taking place. This is where it's too late to do anything about it. This is where you are crossing your fingers, hoping that something did happen, but only finding out that if it didn't, you can't do anything about it because it's already in the past. Oh, now lag measures are important because they are the things that are telling you whether it's working or not, whether your kung fu is working or not. When you're swinging for the fences, are you hitting enough? Does your batting average going up? That's the only way to be able to know this. 

All right, The second piece here is the lead measures piece. So if the lag measures are measuring what has already happened or taken place and if there's any progress. Lead measures are the specific actions or behaviors that you will take that have the highest impact on making progress. Lead measures is different than mistaking movement for achievement. It's not about movement. It's about lead measures, the things that actually move the needle for making progress. 

So what's the answer? Number one, you need to know what your lead measures are. You need to know the things that the highest producing activities that gets you closer to the weight loss you want, to get you closer to the income that you want, get you closer to growing your business the way you want, to get you closer to the type of marriage relationship that you want to. You got to know what those lead measures are. One of the key things, by the way, there isn't gonna be many lead measures. And when you do those things, then you could measure the lag measures and see what's going on. 

Third thing about inspecting what you expect is that this is where you get to hold yourself able. That's right, I said able, not accountable. Now I'm not saying accountability is wrong because it is ultra important. But your mindset about accountability is going to matter You may look at accountability and go "You're not the boss of me", right? I don't have to do what you say, but in fact it's you that's setting the goal. And you're the one that's holding yourself to those expectations.  Then the only thing they should be expecting from you what you've agreed to do. 

All right, that being said, if you look at accountability as power, it becomes a wholly different thing. If you're holding yourself able, then all you're doing by tracking is proving that you're able. This is not about shaming or guilting or beating yourself up for what you didn't do. It's about being aware and clear of what you did and didn't do and what progress you've got or didn't get so that you know what to do next. If you invoke the phrase that says 'the next time I intend to', instead of 'dang it why didn't I?'; You're gonna feel a whole lot different and you're gonna be engaged to make the actions happen. Action over thinking. 

Maxim number five.... If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten. That one has been a huge one for me in my life. And this came to me about five years ago or so and hit me square between the eyes.. So, let's talk about the main points of this one. 

Number one, the blessing and the curse of habit. This is where this habit becomes invoked here. What do I mean by both blessing and curse? How could that even be possible? Number one, habit is a blessing, By the way, habit is a form of behavior, right? Behavioral habit. When you have particular behaviors that become habit, they become rote. They become part of who you are and they're fruitful for you. They help you feel better. They help you act better. They help you do better. They help you get better. Okay, That becomes a blessing. It becomes life giving to you. It's so awesome. Right? 

But if you take on habits that are not fruitful, they don't get you where you want to go, that don't move you, they don't help you. As a matter of fact, they may actually help you get worse or less, or unhealthier. Those kind of habits can be a curse. And so what I want you to know is that you're endowed with a massive amount of power inside of you, and that power is called habit. You see, if you measure a person's habits in their life, you can tell what their life is gonna be like. Tell me what your habits are, I'll tell you what your life looks like. Tell yourself what your habits are, and you could be able to take a look and see what your life is like. And so, what do you do about your habits? 

Okay, point number two. I'm talking about when it comes to 'If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you always gotten' is to invoke adventure. Okay, Invoke adventure. What I'm saying to you is, I want you to create such a clear and compelling future that you can't not do it. It's an absolute yes, I'm moving in that direction! That's what's gonna be critically important. I'm reading a book right now that reminded me of something that Warren Buffett said and goes like this.... The idea is that the difference between successful people and supremely successful people is that supremely successful people say no to almost everything. You can only say no if you have a stronger yes, So what is it that's adventurous... That's exciting? That's so interesting that you can keep your eye on the prize. Adventure is exciting! It's going out and trying something new for the sake of excitement. 

Now, you need to know this excitement and nervousness (anxiety) reside in the same place in the body, exact same place in the body. So you have to decide for yourself. Are you going to label it excitement and adventure? Are you gonna label it being bossed around and having to be accountable? You get to decide. That's how powerful you are. 

Going back to the keeping your eyes on the price. Now that you've determined that you're gonna be adventurous, what's the adventure look like? How often are you looking at that? And when I say looking at it, I mean, make a vision board. Okay? Create a mental picture that's so clear and so compelling that you can close your eyes... you can be there. Did you know that you can actually go back to a time in the past when you felt absolutely adventurous and amazing and excited and compelled and you'll experience that again because your brain does not know the difference between a vividly imagined experience and a real one? This is why vision works. Visualizations work is basically creating a picture so compelling that we feel like we're already there and it wants to draw us in. 

All right. Wanna make some progress? Do it. Now you've got some cool ideas, right? The five maxims are progress over perfection. Perfect is nice, done is better. It's not fake it till you make it, it's believe it till you become it. Inspect what you expect, and then... if you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten. 

Here's what I'm gonna say to wrap up this conversation with you, and I trust that you'll take it as it's meant. 

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I See You
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Remembering Struggle Instead of Marinating In It
By Greg Schweitzer
I want you to imagine something. Imagine yourself in a conversation with another business professional, somebody around a career conversation, they say, "Hey. How's business?" It's one of the most common questions you get amongst the business community, especially when you're networking, or you meet people at certain places, or whatever it might be, family gatherings. "How's business?" And what's really interesting is what comes up inside when somebody asks you a question like this. What is it? We know that we feel like people want to hear things like, "Oh, we're doing so amazing, and we're making tons of money, and we're growing like crazy," and all those good things that are supposed to be about business. And yet, more often, we feel like if you only knew, if you only knew how hard this was, if you only knew what kind of struggle this is, it can be kind of a pain in the neck.

And so, what do we do with those feelings that are inside there? And is there any value in all of this struggle that's going on? I'm here to tell you there absolutely is. And I want to teach you today, how do you take your struggle and leverage it to success? So, taking your struggle and leveraging it to success. Here's the deal. I believe this is so important because so many people struggle, but never talk about it. And so many people want to know how to get past it and get better, but nobody wants to talk about it. Okay. So I'm telling you about this today. I'm talking with you about this today because I believe it's so critical. As matter of fact, it's so important that I have a list of notes right here in front of me, because I want to make sure that we get the point across today, and I want to make sure you get the help that you deserve to keep going, to keep winning, to succeed higher, and whatever else it is that you're after.

So we're going to talk about the difference between remembering struggle or marinating in struggle. And I want you to feel the weight of the difference as we walk through this. Here's what I want you to know. Remembering struggle has value and learnings that lead to growth, and breakthrough, and success. So a lot of times, people tell us, "Oh, you need to stop living in your past. You need to just forget about your past, just delete it and be done with it sort of thing, and focus on your future." Here's the problem number one with that. The reason that remembering struggle has value is because your story is not complete without the struggle. I want you to think about all the people that you've seen on video, that you've read about in books, that you've seen on TV, who've been successful. And almost every single one of them has a story of how they came from nothing, or struggle, or pain, or frustration, or crashing and burning, and then they finally got it. They finally got there.

So there's a lot of value in the struggle, and I want to talk with you about the value of remembering the struggle. First piece I want to talk about in terms of value is that story piece. Your story is just not complete without it. So stop trying to kill your story, just write a new chapter. Just write a new chapter. The second thing is that remembering the struggle brings clarity about what to avoid in the future. When you've had an experience of something that's uncomfortable or painful, think about those times your past, when you've had that experience, it doesn't take too long for you to learn that, "Hey, I don't want to experience that again." But what's really cool is it sits in your subconscious mind and it reminds you that, "Hey, we need to avoid that in the future." That's value.

The third piece of value I want to talk with you about in terms of remembering the struggle versus marinating in it is that sometimes remembering that struggle can be a source of motivation. This is really important to understand how motivation works. Contrary to popular belief, people think that motivation means positive, exciting things that I want to move towards, that are pleasurable, and interesting, and fun, and exciting, and rewarding, and all of those things. But the fact of the matter is, when you study human beings, we are driven, meaning motivated, we are driven by things that we move towards, but also things that we move away from. In the field of NLP, we study this experience in people, and we have found that people have away motivations just as much as they do toward motivations. All of us seem to think about all the things that we want to have, that we want to move towards when we set our goals and our dreams.

But the fact of the matter is, there are plenty of things inside of us that are things we want to avoid, things we want to move away from. And they motivate us to take actions and to do things just as much as the others do. So when you look back and remember the struggle, it can help be a motivator to keep moving you away from that struggle, or pain, or challenge that you had in the past. Pretty cool, right? All of a sudden, those ugly things that seem from the past, from the struggles, and the frustrations, and the pain, and the challenge now has some real actual value. And this is what beautiful about changing your perception on struggle, is that when you start to see value, then you wonder how can I use it?

Here's another thing I want you to know about remembering struggle. Not just value, but learnings. What are the specific learnings? So what I want you to know is, number one is that when you look at the struggles in the past, you can see what worked, even though you had struggle, you can see what worked so that you can rinse and repeat. This is how beautiful systems and processes are built. These are how incredible skill sets are made, where people get to become world class at what they do and how they do it, because they learned from the struggles in the past.
Here's what's interesting, too, is that when we look at the processes that create success... And by the way, that's an important thing for you to know, is that struggle is not an event. I need to say that again. Struggle is not an event, it's a process. And when we begin to understand that struggle, just as much as success, is a process, then we can stop and take a look at what are the pieces of the process. Because there may be several pieces in the process that work great, that they're even perfect, but there might be one or two that are off a little bit. And you can pull out the ones that are not working well and plug in other pieces into the process that are working well. And look at that, you've got something you can rinse and repeat, and have greater levels of success, and less struggle and pain.
All right. The flip side of learning is to learn what isn't working so you can avoid it again in the future. I mentioned that just a little bit earlier when we were talking about value. I kind of got a little ahead of myself with this. But most people approach their problems, and their challenges, and their struggles with, "What else can I do?" Meaning they leave the struggle in place, and they go to look for something else, and they end up piling stuff on top of stuff, whether it's a intrinsically good or not. Most of the time, some of those things are good, but what it does is it doesn't actually solve the problem. It doesn't actually reduce and/or eliminate the struggle.

So people say things like, "Well, what else can I do," instead of, "What can I stop doing?" You need to know that the process of elimination, eliminating things from your life, eliminating things from your business and your relationships can eliminate struggle just as much as adding things, or doing more, or gaining a new skillset. Just let it go. Also, simplicity is always the best answer. You need to understand that the way that our brain works... By the way, our subconscious brain is the part of us that actually causes us to take the actions. Our conscious brain decides, "All right, what am I after?" Then our subconscious brain helps us to take the actions. And you need to understand that your subconscious brain is very interesting, in that A, it's literal mechanism, meaning that whatever you tell it to do, it's going to do it exactly how you said it. So be specific. But the other thing is that our subconscious works best because it follows the path of least resistance.

And so, if we try to complicate things instead of keeping them simple, the brain is going to struggle a little bit more with that. And if it sees a simple way, even if it's not the best way, or not even a good way, it will take the path of least resistance. So leverage the power of your subconscious mind and be very purposeful about being simple. Pretty interesting, right? So that's, in and of itself, the value around having the struggle. "Okay, Greg. I get that. But what else? What about the marinating piece?" That's what I want to talk about next, is that marinating in your struggles is a whole lot different and much weightier than it is to remember. Remembering gives you an opportunity to dissociate and look back as if you're looking back at a picture, or looking back down the road and seeing what happened then. Marinating means that you have now stepped back into it and you're mentally rehearsing the struggle, you're mentally rehearsing the pain. And you need to know that your subconscious brain does not know the difference between a real experience and a vividly imagined one.

And so, if you're associated into this experience of struggle, if you're associated in it and you're mentally rehearsing it, your brain doesn't even know that it's not happening. It believes that it actually is happening. And that's why we get frustrated, and scared, and angry, and so on. Interesting, right? It doesn't know the difference. Another piece about the marination, too, and marinating in struggle, that you want to avoid is that it starts to fester and create anger. Now, there are a few times when anger is helpful. This is not one of them. Because this breeds the kind of anger and the feelings of, "I've been wronged." And what's interesting about this is when we start focusing on that struggle and we feel like we've been wrong, we take our power away from ourselves. We're no longer at cause for both the struggle and the solution. You've got to be at cause for everything in your life if you want to be able to win.
That doesn't mean you did something bad to yourself, necessarily, on purpose, it just means that you walked into something, and by hanging onto that ability to be at cause, you now can move away from this because you're at cause for moving away or moving into something better. All right? So the other thing that the anger does, by the way, is it gives the sensation of causing one to want to seek justice or revenge. Now, they're very different things. Revenge can be a very, very dark thing, especially when it's fueled by anger, which it almost always is. But justices can be a beautiful thing. Here's the challenge when somebody gets to a place where they're looking for some sort of justice or anger, because of struggles that they've marinated in. What happens here, let me think of the right word here, is that it doesn't solve the problem.
Even if a person gets justice, even if a person gets revenge, that problem, that struggle still needs to be resolved. It's still there in a lot of instances. So there can be good resolution, just be aware of that this can manifest in anger. All right. The last piece that's interesting and dangerous about marinating in struggles is it creates and causes procrastination. Really? How is that true? I want to tell you how it's true. Because avoidant behaviors start to come around because your belief has shrunk. You see, when you're constantly looking at a challenge and a problem, and you're constantly seeing it not work out, and you're mentally rehearsing this stuff going wrong over and over and over again, you start to stop believing that it's possible. You start to stop believing that you can get past it, because all you've ever seen is the countless versions and the countless evidence that you've seen because you've rehearsed the struggle instead of rehearsing the solution.

Is this making sense? I bet it is. I want you to know that people don't allow themselves to desire what they don't believe they can make transpire. That's huge. People don't allow themselves to even desire that which they don't think can transpire. And if you're constantly mentally rehearsing, marinating in struggle, then all you're doing is creating a belief that it doesn't work, that it's not possible. You know what? I think you're worth more than that. I hope that what we're talking about today is helping you to be able to get some distinction between allowing yourself to remember some things and learn from them from past struggles, but not to live there, and marinate, and live in it all the time. Because you won't see any other options, and it is absolutely critical for you to see differently in order for you to have different. Isn't it? Yeah.
 

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If You Pursue All Things...
By Greg Schweitzer
... if we're really on track, if we're not and so on and so forth. So I want to offer you some rescue today. We're going to talk a little bit about, if you pursue all things. Now, the main phrase I want to bring to you today that we're going to unpack says this, if you pursue all things, you won't obtain the one thing that will get you the few things that mean everything. That's really a good phrase. I'm going to say it again and then we're going to unpack it here. If you pursue all things, you won't obtain the one thing that will get you the few things that mean everything. What does that even mean?

Let's start unpacking this with the very first piece that says pursuing all things. If you pursue all things, here's one of the challenges and quite honestly, it's just a flat out problem with pursuing all things. Number one, it doesn't work but let's talk about why. See, pursuing all things actually breeds fatigue, and I'm not just talking about like, "Hey, I feel a little tired. It would be good for me to take a nap." I'm talking about the mental, physical, emotional, and even spiritual fatigue that makes us feel like doing anything is taking all of us. Nobody wants to feel that fatigue because then we don't perform at our best, we don't enjoy our lives and that's not what we signed up for. I bet it's not what you signed up for either.

The other challenge with pursuing all things is that it breaks our focus. When we have so many things that we're trying to accomplish and pursue, it becomes very, very overwhelming for us. It breaks our focus. You see, what you need to understand is that your brain, the brain that God gave you and is so powerful consciously can only handle about what we call 126 bits of information at a time. That's a little bit. What you need to know is that you've got well over 2 million bits of information flying at you every given second of the day. You're like, "I know, I know. I can feel it."

And so, 2 million bits of information flying at you every single day and our conscious brain, which is the one that we focus with, can only handle 126 bits per second. Yeah. Now you know what I'm talking about, right? It steals from us. Speaking of stealing, pursuing all things also steals time. You see, of all the things that take up our time and when we're pursuing all things, we move from the few things that actually move the needle for the results that we want. See, we spend less time with those things that actually move the needle, that get us to where we want to go because we're so busy handling the other things that we feel like we're supposed to or we should, or somebody told me that was the right thing to do or whatever it might be.

How do we handle this? Well, let's move into the next phase because when we talk about pursuing all things, the next part of the conversations says that you won't obtain the one thing. Now, honestly, there's a lot of different ways that you can try to determine your one thing. But I'm speaking about the one thing I'm talking about this in particular. The one thing is your ability to be in power around the results and the happenings in your life and to handle whatever comes at you. You see, it's not about one individual focus, one individual technique, one individual idea, one secret sauce. It really is about you being the secret sauce. You see, in order to get the best from yourselves, you can handle anything that comes at you and then you can put yourself in power around getting the results and the things that you want. That's how winning is done and that's what helps us to keep from pursuing all things. We become the one thing that helps us to be able to pursue the next part, which is the few things.

So, come the one thing that helps us pursue the few things and then when we look at this and we've talked with people over and over and over again, what we find is that when people are asked, they really only have a few things or a few categories that are the non negotiables that represent a full life for them. As often as I have worked with people in large groups and in small groups, and I've been part of surveys and so on and so forth, I ask people, "Hey, what is it that makes you come alive? What is it that matters for you to be able to live your fullest life possible?" And it really comes down to just a handful of things most of the time.

In pursuing all things we never get hold of ourselves, which is the one thing that gives us the few things that mean everything. And when we're talking about the things that mean everything, every choice, every behavior that every person has, including you, is aimed at fulfillment. We might be deciding what we're having for lunch, and we might try to figure out, "Do I want to do this in my business or I do one of that in my business? Or should I take my wife out here this weekend or there or should we not go at all?" All of those things, all of those decisions and questions are aimed at bringing fulfillment to the self and to those that we love.

So this is important for us to be able to know because that's what means everything is fulfillment. It's not even just happiness because happiness comes and goes and happiness is something that doesn't sustain all the time. We do have our moments where we're not as happy as we could be, but we can still be fulfilled in those times.

So, what's the key? The key is you need to know what your few things are. What are the non negotiables for you that says, "This is what I have to have in order for me to have a complete fulfilled life of who I'm supposed to be and how I'm supposed to be." And you got to get laser focused and super clear on that. Otherwise, you become the victim of other people's agendas and other people's dreams, which is the next point I want to make. Knowing which one of these things brings you fulfillment over that which is somebody else's dream. I mean, what have you been told that you should do or what's important to do or it's the right way to do? The reason that most people aren't achieving their dreams, the reason that you may not be achieving yours, is that we're focused on what other people are doing and what other people are pursuing.

I want you to sit with that for a second, focus on what other people are doing and what other people are pursuing and when we have the eyes on somebody else's prize, we're never moving in the direction of our own. I need you to understand that when you look at something, you move toward and you act like that what you focus on. And if you're focused on somebody else's version of what's right, or perfect, or somebody else's dream and what they're doing and pursuing, you never give the attention to yours.

So, if you pursue all things, you won't obtain the one thing that will get you the few things that mean everything. Now you've got something to take with you. Be empowered, be great. It's what you're made for. Talk soon.
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The Secret to Influencing Others
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey, I've got a secret. Want to hear it? Want to know about it? Good. Because today I want to teach you the secret to influencing others. I know we've all heard about influence. We all know that it's important, but what is it really and how the heck does it even work?

Let's begin with a simple definition of influence to talk about this. The simplest definition we can talk about for influence is your current capacity to have an effect over someone or something. That's it. Your capacity to have an effect on someone or something.

Now, to get even clearer about our distinction in influence is to understand the opposite of influence. You see the opposite is being at effect of someone or something else. Which do you think represents success, a better life, good things? That's right. I am so interested in helping you put yourself in power to be influential and be at effect in your life that this is why we're talking today.
I'm going to give you the secret right now and then we're going to talk about it and unpack it a little bit, okay? The secret to influencing others is to have a high level of influence over yourself. How do you get the most from yourself? How do you operate as your best self? How do you get yourself to stop doing the things that are not helpful? Let's start.

God in his infinite wisdom has endowed you with some capacities, and the first one we're going to be talking about is your intellect. Your intellect is your knowledge of what is true and what is not true. You see, when you know what is true and what is not true, you can distinguish between the decisions that you do need to be able to make to run your life. And so understanding that, what is truly a benefit and what is truly a threat in your life, will help you make the best decisions to get the most from yourself and have most influence of yourself; and therefore, help other people through influencing them. All right, so intellect is number one.

Number two is your will. Now, there's been some interesting science come out in the last several years around will and willpower. What we need to understand is that willpower is two things. Number one, it's something that can be strengthened like a muscle and it also has the capacity to fatigue like a muscle. So when we're putting ourselves in a position where we're constantly having to resist that chocolate donut all day long, eventually our willpower is going to fatigue and it's going to take over, okay. But one of the things that's important about willpower is to understand that willpower is what we use to respond to events and circumstances in our lives, whether we cause them or whether we come across them. So how do you use your willpower to be able to make a wise decision about what you're going to do now, before you react? Got it? Okay. All right.

The third thing we need to talk about is your capacity of memory. Memory is absolutely powerful when it comes to helping be able to use our intellect and our will to be able to have the greatest influence of ourselves and with others. Memory is really a recollection of events. This is when you can remember something from the past. Let's say you had a great experience somewhere doing something amazing that you want to now do again or some version of that, that you can do again. You could literally go back into your memory and remember that time that you had that experience and how it felt and what you were seeing and what you were hearing. And you can step back into that particular state from your memory and use that to be able to take the action through your will. Pretty powerful stuff.

You also need to know that when it comes to your memory, you can think back on past events that weren't so good. Maybe they were terrible and they can put you in a state where your willpower doesn't feel strong. And I've got a panic and get out of here because my emotions are driving me crazy right now, and so we take poor actions. Your memory is the third piece that God has given you the capacity for.

The fourth one is your emotions. Emotions, in and of themselves, have no power. And what I mean by this is that emotions are not dictators. They're actually indicators of what's going on. And so just because we feel a certain way doesn't necessarily mean that it's true or it doesn't necessarily mean that we have to act in one way or another. And so in order to influence yourself better, you need to understand your emotions and you need to understand how to be able to control your emotions. That's right. Because emotional hijackings always bring down the plane. They always do.

And so when we get into a particular state of our emotions, we need to know how to be able to react to a particular event. Sometimes our emotions will trigger us into a particular reaction and we can use our willpower and our intellect to be able to recondition our emotions to be more fruitful for us in those times that we need it. Good stuff, right?

Okay, let's move on to the next one. Desire is the next capacity that you have. And desire's really interesting because desire is really about motivation. I mean, most of us have heard about "Know your why. Know your big why." And although most people don't really know it as well as they think they do, this is where this comes from because this is what drives all motivation. What is it that I'm after? What is it that I want? What is it that I value that's a heck yes for my life, and how does that drive me to be able to take the right actions and avoid the wrong ones? Good?

All right, so we've got intellect, we've got will, we've got memory, we've got emotion and we've got a desire; and the last one I want to share you share with you is something that's like instinct, okay. We'll call it instinct, which is really about the preservation of the self. Whether I'm trying to preserve my body or my psyche, whatever it is, okay. This is where oftentimes life invokes the fight, flight or freeze syndrome, right? So if something happens it's like, "I got to run," or we freeze because we're scared or something like that. And so we have to be able to use our higher faculties of intellect and will to be able to navigate those instinctual situations where we feel like we might be at threat.

This is why the intellect is so important because I shared with you that the intellect should be trained to be able to know what is a threat and what is not. Otherwise, the instinct takes over it and it tries to do whatever it can to protect us. And sometimes those methods for trying to protect us from something aren't real great methods, and they cause us problems down the road.

That's it. That's all you got to do. You got to understand that being able to be a powerful influence over yourself is going to make you have powerful influence with other people, to get people to hire you, to get somebody to date you, to get your kids to make their bed. Whatever it is that's important to you, you've got to be able to influence yourself and you do that through your intellect, your will, your memory, your emotion, your desire and your instinct. Go forth and make great things happen. Be great. It's what you're made for. Talk to you soon.
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Interrogating Reality: How Much is Enough?
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey, freedom fighters, it's Greg Schweitzer. Hey, how's it going? Happy Tuesday. Listen, I've just been having a really good day. The sun is out, sun is shining. Been having some great conversations with some great people. And throughout these conversations it just makes me think of you guys. And so I want to share with you what's going on and what I'm finding out.

And so because today is Tuesday, Tuesday's all about interrogating reality. What does that mean? Interrogating reality is really about asking pattern interrupting types of question, disrupting questions that make us shake out of what we've been currently doing in the track we've been on to see if it's working for us. To see what makes sense and also to give us the opportunity to grow. So let's talk about our interrogating question today. Jason, how are you buddy? Good to see you, thanks. John, good to see you.

Hey listen, here's what I want to talk about today is the question of the day. The interrogating question of today is how much is enough? How much is enough? When you're eating your favorite stuff, how much is enough? When you're working really hard in your business, how much is enough? Or in your job, how much is enough? When you're working on your relationship, how much is enough? When you're hitting the gym hard, how much is enough?

Because the truth is is that we can overdo and we can certainly underdo. And so let's talk about why I'm asking this question. And so another way to think about this, how much is enough, is to ask you, what are you aiming at? What are you aiming for? Because if we don't have a specific thing that we're aiming for, you guys, we just continue to run in circles.

Either that or we run out of energy and interest in being able to continue on with what we're doing. So what are you aiming at? What is your goal? What is the ultimate end? Stephen Covey used to say, "Begin with the end in mind." So before you begin working on something and giving your hard-earned money and your energy and attention to it, decide where you're heading.

I used to work with a company where we used to talk about moving targets, because it felt like sometimes the things we were after kept getting changed and we had moving targets. And here's what's the interesting thing about moving targets. A moving target is something that, if it's continually moving, you've got to continually move and change and it feels like you're never going to get there. So just be really careful about that.

What else do I want to tell you and talk to you about when it comes to how much is enough? I want to talk to you about what's called anticipation and resolution. You see, when we're after a goal or an expectation of some sort, we have anticipation that we're going in a direction that of something that's really exciting. Anticipation that we're moving towards something that we're really interested in and that is important to us.

And here's the truth of the matter, is that if we have this anticipation and this anticipation never gets resolved or continues for on and on and on, the anticipation loses real value and interest. We kind of like, "You know what? I'm sick of wanting all the time and never getting." So matter of fact, here's what's interesting about this, I cannot remember if it was Bach or if it was Mozart, but they, Bach or Mozart had a houseperson, a butler, if you will, who used to tease them on a regular basis and drive them absolutely nuts.

And it was around this idea of anticipation. So in music theory, an anticipation is kind of like the note you're waiting to happen. It's a resolution of some sort. So let me give you an example. If I were to go and say bum, bum, bum, bum, you're waiting for it, aren't you? Bum, bum, bum, bum, right? You're waiting for that last piece. Bum, bum, bum. Bum. Right? That's an anticipation.

And so what would happen is this butler would go around the house and he would do something like that on the piano and not play the final note. And it would drive him so nuts that he, eventually, after a minute or five minutes or an hour or whatever it was, as long as he could stand it, he finally had to go over to the piano and hit that final note for the resolution.

That's not any different than our psyche as well. When we're anticipating something, we need some resolution. So how much is enough? Because you need to know because then you can know when you've arrived. And when you've arrived, then you can have that resolution. You can have the, ah, I did that, I caused that, and it's good, and it's done. Okay.

There is this idea when I've asked people in the past, as I'm coaching and working with people, and I say, "Okay, so what do you want to accomplish? And how much is enough? How much income was enough? How much time off is enough, how much vacation is enough?" And a lot of times the response is, "Well, there's never enough. I could never make enough money. I can never have enough vacation time. I can never," right? And here's the truth, is that's a fallacy.
That's something that it's our mind being a little bit lazy and not engaging in what we really, really need to know in order to win at the highest levels, you guys. You deserve to have resolution in your life and you deserve to know how much is enough so you know how much to give and you know when it's time to celebrate. Because the truth of the matter is, is we only do something if we're going to get something from it. And we need to know when we've crossed the finish line and to be able to celebrate.

You're worth celebrating. I love you guys. I hope this was helpful today. Give me a shout out at some point in time. 

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Minute to Win It: Leveraging Systems & Models
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey you guys, it's Greg Schweitzer. Today is Minute To Win It today. And now, here's what's interesting about Minute To Win It is that I normally choose this as a way to talk about high performance. How do we get the most from ourselves? How do we become the best at what we do? And I think we've had a lot of great conversations about this so far. I want to change things or shift them just a little bit today because we are talking about high performance with Minute To Win It.

Okay? We are definitely doing that. But this time, instead of working to maximize how much you get out of yourself, I want to help you to be able to lean in with some leverage. How do I get help with getting the most for myself, for my business or whatever that might be, okay?

So, we're going to talk about that for a minute. And specifically we're going to talk about systems and models. Okay, so let's begin.

What is a system? A system is simply a consistent method of execution. I'm going to say that again. System is simply a consistent method of execution. It's how we do things the same way over and over and over again because that same way always gets the results and we don't have to think about it. We don't have to do much with it. We just basically plug it in or turn it on or do the thing and it's done. So systems can be very, very powerful. Okay, we'll get more to that in just a minute.

A model, what is a model? A model is a complete behavior or strategy that gets results. Okay? And so as I'm looking at this here and how to get the most from yourself, from your business, from your world, from your life, whatever it is you're looking for, we can model other people and strategies and behaviors to be able to get great results and then systematize those particular things, those behaviors and strategies and so on, to be able to make them easy for us to do every single time.

You can liken this to a checklist, right? If every time I want to list something on eBay, I have a checklist for A, I got to take the photos. B, I got to get some nice words to type in and put in there to get people's attention and then C, I got to be able to enter it in. And then D, I got to post it. And then after that, I got to check up on the process. And who's buying it? Who's not buying? You guys get the idea. Okay, so that's what we're talking about.

We're talking about models and systems. Modeling in particular behavior or strategy, and then automating it or systematizing it such that you have a consistent method to consistently get results. All right. What's the big deal about these two things? Let me share with you. These are benefits and different things are going to be involved.

Number one, this helps you to get more done. This is about massive leverage, especially leverage of time. Folks, in this day and age, time management is a given, right? Nobody talks about it anymore because it's a given. It's like you can't show up without it. Okay? But what's the best way to be able to maximize your time? Not just manage it, but to maximize your time? And systems can be a powerful way to leverage that out so that you're getting the most from your time.?

The other thing is is you need to ask yourself a question. When you're thinking about systems, especially in models, you need to ask yourself, how could I make it such that this is the last time I ever have to do this thing? Okay? Because you have far higher value and maybe are worth more money per hour than it would take to, I don't know, type of letter or do some menial activity. And so ask yourself, how can I make it so that this is the last time I ever have to do this?.

Now, next thing I want to share with you is that when we start to automate things and systematize them, please know that there needs to be a maturity involved. Okay? What I mean by a maturity is that this is not an excuse for us to pass the buck and get somebody else to do the hard stuff. That's not what this is about. Because you can leverage people and you can leverage systems, right? But it's not about getting somebody or something else to handle the hard stuff. You've got to be able to have the maturity to know what you need to handle, what you need to pass off to somebody else or something else. All right. Last couple of things here with this.

What is the big deal about, what is the major benefits of systems and models? The first one is, I'm going to say, choice. The more time and the more energy that you free up through using systems and models to make things smoother and simpler, you now have choice with what you can do with your time. You can have choice with what you could do with your money. You have now choice with what you can do with your business or your job or whatever it else is you're working on..

The second one is just the word freedom. You guys know me enough to know as a freedom fighter that that's what I'm all about. And when we are to leverage some things out, okay? We create a lot of freedom for ourselves.
For those of you who have considered this, my wife and I have regular conversations about how can we leverage out some menial things like grocery shopping. I mean, nowadays, most of the major grocery chains are delivering. You can send them a list of your groceries and they deliver it to your house. How many hours could that save you? I don't know about you guys, but I've got four kids, man, that could save me a lot of time. Okay? It's not going to change how much I got to feed these little mouths, but it'll change how much time I spend with that kind of stuff.?

So, think about how that works. How can I create more choice and how can I create more freedom through systems and models? If you want more, I'll talk a little bit more about systems and models. Pick up the phone. Call me. You guys know I'm in your corner. I love you. 

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The Single-Best Way to Handle Objections
By Greg Schweitzer
I hope you are doing extremely well. I'm coming to you live from the Freedom Fighter headquarters. If you know me, you know that I'm a Freedom Fighter. My job is to coach, and help, and train people to be able to fight for their own freedom. And so today I want to come with you something that's going to help you this week, okay? Something that's really going to help you this week. And really, I labeled this the single best way to be able to handle objections. Now here's the thing, whether you're in sales or you're not, you're in sales. Let me say that again. Whether you're in sales or you're not, you're in sales. Whether you've got to sell somebody on the idea of hiring you by printing your resume, doing an interview, or you just sell somebody a particular product, or you going to sell them on a service that you provide, or you just got to sell them on the fact that I need more hours at my job.

It doesn't really matter what it is, but every time you're working to sell yourself or to sell something, you're going to come up with objections. People, when they're objecting, are doing one thing and one thing only. They are simply looking for a reason to say yes, I want that to sink in with you for just a minute here. When people give you objections about whatever it is that you're trying to convince them of, influence them of, or sell them, they're just simply looking for a reason to say yes. They just need to answers to questions that haven't been answered yet by what you're sharing with them. And so, let's get this straight about being able to handle objections. All right?

Number one, you got to have the mindset that people are not just trying to blow you off. They really want answers to questions so they can feel good about making a decision to work with you, or to hire you, or to buy your product, okay? So let's talk about how this works. The single number one way for you to be an amazing at handling objections is to handle your own objections first, thoroughly and completely. I'm going to say that again, because this is absolutely enormous. The best way to be amazing at handling objections of any type is for you to handle your own personal objections thoroughly and completely.

See the fact of the matter is, it's not always just about what ... the words to say. It's about believing that what we're saying has value, that it's of truth. And when we believe that we congruently communicate that to the people that we're working with. So let's talk about how this works. Number one, to answer your own objections completely and thoroughly, number one is about your product, or service, or whatever it is you're trying to sell. You got to know what your objections are personally. If you don't believe in your product or your service, then nobody else is going to believe either. Okay? So answering some objections also has to do with your own personal objections about your ability to be good enough to get your point across, to be good enough to influence somebody to make a move, whether it's purchase your product or your service, or a hire you. It doesn't really matter what that is, okay? So you've got to get those handled inside of yourself.

Let's talk about why this is important. Number one is that when you handle thoroughly and completely your own personal objections, number one is that it eliminates fear. Fear is a nasty thing. It shows up, and it's okay to be afraid, it's just not okay to stay afraid. If you've been in your career any longer than 30 days, then you've got to move past some of those fears, especially these particular fears about talking with people, and working with people in a way that you can handle their objections, all right? So this eliminates fear.
One of the interesting things about fear is that when we have a lack of fear, IE, we've overcome the fear because we've answered our own objections thoroughly, is that we ... our brain works much better. It's unclogged by the fear and the thoughts of what could go wrong, and it's focused on serving that person, and helping them be able to get value from being in front of you. People need to walk away from you feeling like they're a better person, they have a better life, and a better scenario because they met you, because they've worked with you. That's how you got to think about that. This also, eliminating fear, it helps us to get past the fight or flight scenario. We've all heard of this. It's one of our more primitive parts of us, is that when we get in a situation where we're scared, and uncomfortable and fearful, we either want to fight, or we want to flight. And I got to ask you, if you're going to work with somebody to help make their life better through your product, or service, or your efforts, do they want to fight with you about it? Do they want you to run away from them. What kind of help is that? You've got to disengage the fight or flight, and you've got eliminate your own fears by answering your own objections.

Secondly, by answering your own objections thoroughly, you now eliminate projecting. It prevents you from projecting on other people. Your own fears and concerns are things that you're thinking about, and they will show up. You need to know that when you communicate, you're communicating far more with your body language, your facial expressions, and your non-verbals than you are with your actual words. So even if you're saying the right words, if they don't believe it, they're going to sense something is wrong with you. They're either going to sense that number one, "This person is trying to pull one over on me. They're trying to screw me, or do something along those lines. They just going to take advantage of me." Or the other thing they're going to fear is that, "You don't know what the heck you're talking about. You're not very confident. Therefore, why would I entrust myself and my future and my goals to you?" Important. So this helps you to stop projecting those out into the conversation, and really focus on those people, and help them get what they want.

The last thing that's super important about this you all, is that this improves, answering your objections improves your confidence. Who doesn't want confidence? Who doesn't want to feel absolutely great about standing in front of somebody and sharing with them that the right things that are going to help them to buy, or to sell, or to hire you, in some way, shape or form. We all want to feel great about that, and the only reason we don't do those things and talk to people about this is because we have the lack of confidence.

So not only will you eliminate your fear, you'll stop projecting on people, but you're going to have amazing confidence to go do it again. And you've got to do it again to win, don't you? You got to do it again, and again, and again, time after time, time on task over time wins every single time. You've just got to position yourself to be really good at taking that action, really good at being consistent, because you ain't afraid, because you're here to serve, and because you don't need to project. You're going to be okay whether they say yes or no, you've just got to believe in what you're talking about. Not everybody is going to get it, but the ones who do are going to absolutely love you, and I guarantee you there's enough of them out there for you. You know that I love you. Be great. It's what you're made for. Talk soon.
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The Power & Problem of Expectations
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey guys, It's Greg. Happy Wednesday. Here it is hump day, right? Middle of the week. This is my favorite day to talk about freedom. So let's have a freedom conversation today.

One of the interesting things about having freedom is we're always looking for it, and therefore we're always setting some sort of goal or an intention or outcome that we want for ourselves in our lives and in our work, and so on and so forth. And so what goals are really just expectations. And so I want to talk a little bit about today is the power and the problem of having expectations, which is kind of like saying the power and the problem of setting goals, of having goals.

Now, goals can come in any way, shape or form. Expectations can come in any way, shape or form. But let's look at the definition of an expectation. An expectation is the belief that something will happen or be true in the future. So for example, if I decide I'm want to make $100,000 this year, that's my expectation that that will be true or will happen in the future. If I want to have spaghetti for dinner, it's my expectation that come 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 at night, I'm actually having some noodles in my face and that they taste really awesome. So that's what an expectation is. Again, it's the belief that something will happen or be true in the future.
 
Now let's look at the power of expectation, okay? The power of having a goal and in the world of goal setting, there was this fascinating study done by Harvard. What they did is they studied and they looked at the graduating class of a particular year, and prior to graduation it was determined that 84% of the graduating class had no goals at all, no expectations at all of their future when they got out of school.

13% of the class had expectations or goals, but they didn't really have any plans for how they were going to reach those goals. And then only 3% of the population both had goals that they wanted to achieve, but also some concrete plans on how to get there. So what ended up happening?

10 years later, the 13% that actually had written down goals but didn't have any plans were actually making twice as much money as the 84% who didn't have goals at all. Expectations are pretty, pretty powerful. On top of that, the 3% that actually had set some expectations and goals and had plans were making 10 times as much as the entire rest of the class. So this doesn't only apply to income, but it was one fabulous example in Harvard about how expectation works, okay?
So the first piece of where expectations have power is in goal setting. The second piece is in direction. Expectations give us direction. You see, one of my favorite authors says that the world gets out of the way for people who know who they are and where they're going, and there's nothing truer. And actually J.F.K. also said that effort and courage are just not enough without purpose and direction. And when we set expectations, it gives us a direction to head, right? We may not know exactly when we're going to get there, but it does set some direction for us. And if we're directionless, then we're lifeless.
 
The third power that comes behind expectation is hope. Guys, I think we undervalue or underestimate the value of hope in our lives. So here's the truth of the matter. When we have expectation, it gives life to hope. When we have something to look forward to, it gives life to hope. I'm reading for the second time, and I'm almost done reading this book, it's called Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. You've probably already heard of it. But what I'm reminded of in the book was that one of the critical issues for people in the concentration camps was that they would give up about having any direction or any expectation. They're just like, "I don't think anything's ever going to happen with my life. I'm probably just going to die here." And the fact was is they did die really pretty quickly because they had no future expectation of anything different. Those are the three most powerful things about expectation. 
Now let's turn the tables here a little bit and talk about the problem that comes with expectations. Okay, the problem. So, number one is that rules are birthed from expectations. When we set an expectation or an outcome or a goal for the future, we also ended up subconsciously creating a set of rules about how we should get there or how it should happen along the way. Meaning, if I decide I'm going to be a world-class swimmer and compete with Michael Phelps or the sharks, whichever, okay, I might have an expectation, a set of rules of how it should look that I get there, whether that means a certain amount of hours in the pool a day or so on and so forth. And I may be right and I may be wrong. So rules can sometimes get in the way when we set rules that makes us inflexible, right? 
So expectation is the what, the goal, and the rules are the how, or the process. And so number two about problems is the danger of inflexibility, okay? So if these rules create inflexibility in us, this is part of the problem. Inflexibility, if you look at the study of neurolinguistics, one of the presuppositions of NLP is called the law of requisite variety. What the heck does that mean? The law of requisite variety means that he with the most flexibility controls the system.
 
So in order for us to be able to do the process and overcome the rules, we need to be as flexible as possible and not set so many unhelpful rules for ourselves. 
Problem number three, what if it doesn't happen? When we set an expectation or a goal, what if it doesn't happen? Does that mean that I can't get there, that I can't win? What do I do with that? That's very interesting. So here's what I'm going to encourage you guys with. I want you to encourage you to have expectations and be flexible. This is where winning is done. Have expectations, have goals, have direction, but then be flexible on you're going to get there. 
Some of you may be very familiar with the United States Marine Corps, and the Marine Corps has this model and their motto is adapt, improvise, and overcome. We know the Marines get stuff done. So that can be an interesting model to take on. Adapt, be flexible, right, the law of requisite, variety, improvise. Use your intuition that when something doesn't go quite right, turn the car around. You're allowed to make you turns. Okay? And number three, overcome. Don't give up. Keep pressing on until you find the answer. I want you guys to win. I love you. 

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Good Enough? Or Good Enough!
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey there. It is time. It is time, because what I'm about to share with you is going to be one of the most powerful three minutes of your life. That's right, one of the most powerful three minutes of your life. And it's just time to talk about this. So are you ready? Good. Because here it comes. The one thing I want to share with you today is that to be able to understand what all this stuff about being good enough is all about, and it's going to be really, really simple. Okay? Here it comes.

Number one, good enough is the place from which to begin. It is not the destination. I need you to hear that again, because this is the most critical point we're going to make today. Good enough is the place from which to begin. It is not the destination. Do you feel the weight of that? See, here's the truth of the matter, is that you are already good enough to be who you need to be. You are already good enough to do what you need to do, and you're already good enough to have what you want to have.

We have got to stop working so hard at trying to be good enough so then we can actually then do so that we can then actually have. It is a problem. It is a problem, because so many of us are striving so hard to be good enough and the fact is you're already there. So let's talk about this. In the title it says, "Good enough? Or Good enough!" This is the power of the human language, is how it's going to affect your mind and I want you to know right now, right now, stop asking the question, "Good enough?" and start giving yourself the affirmation, "Good enough!" with the explanation point.

Here's the one phrase that comes to mind that I want you to repeat to yourself over and over and over again because everything else in your life will fall into place because of this, and here it is. I want you to say to yourself every day, I want you to say this to yourself every moment you feel insecure, when you feel a lack of confidence, when you feel unsure, when you have uncertainty, you're going to say...


"I am enough, as I am, right now." 


Got it? Let me give it to you one more time. Every time you're feeling a lack of confidence, every time you're feeling afraid, every time you're feeling uncertainty or any other version of not being cool and good with who you are, I want you to say, "I am enough as I am right now," because you are, so go be great. You're already good enough for it. 

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You Gotta Show Up to Go Up
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey, everybody. How's it going today? It's Greg Schweitzer, and look, I am talking to you, and it's been a while. It's been about a week, so I wanted to jump out today, but here's why I wanted to connect with you guys via live video today.

The reason is because I've had several things happen today that have just made me completely aware of something that's just really important for us to talk about, and it's in the title here. It says you got to show up to go up, and I know that sounds like, ooh, a fancy little phrase, but here's what I want you to know with this, you guys. Over the course of this day, I've figured out and I've seen the importance of being able to show up in a way that's going to be fruitful for yourself, for your clients, for the people you're working with, for your family and everything.
So let's talk about what's showing up looks like, okay? The truth is is all of us want something better and greater, meaning it's not that there's necessarily anything wrong with us, but we always want to be our best and to do our best and to have the best for ourselves. But yet in order to go up and have something better, we've got to show up, and what does showing up look like?
Number one, showing up looks like actually physically being there. So whether you've got a networking group or a client that's counting on you, or you got to hit the gym or whatever that looks like, you've got to show up. What do you need to do for yourself so that you can show up in a way that you can actually get done what needs to get done, okay? Otherwise, we just don't get results. We don't get results from thinking about stuff. We get results from doing them, and that begins by showing up. And the truth is, it's about showing up on time. Who have you told that you are going to be somewhere at a certain time, then be there or 10 minutes early, right? Be there. I'm encouraging you guys here because if we don't show up, then it just doesn't happen, and we disappoint people and we disappoint ourselves because we're not showing up as the best we can be.
What else does it mean to show up? What kind of energy are you bringing to whatever it is you show up to, whether it's your marriage or your physical well-being and your health and wellness, whether it's your business or your clients or whatever it is? How are you showing up with people? What kind of energy are you giving off in such a way that lets them know that they are important? You guys, I love listening to Zig Ziglar because he constantly tells me that you can only get what you're going to get by helping others get what they want to get. So what kind of energy are you bringing to a particular situation or particular person that helps them get what they want so that you can have what you want?
This is why I love what I do for a living as a Freedom Fighter and a coach is that I just flat out don't win. There's no way for me to win in my business unless I'm helping other people win at a really high level. So the higher I want to go, the higher I have to help other people go. That's what keeps me accountable and keeps me on track with that, and that's part of showing up too is how accountable am I being.
What is the stuff that needs to get done, and get it done, get it done. We don't have any more room for any more excuses and stuff. We have so many good things that have happened and so many good people in our lives that are around for us to latch onto, to be able to be our very best, and it's just time to do it. It's just time to do it. I'm excited about doing it every day, and some days I wake up and I'm not so excited, but I've got to figure out how do I show up in a way that I get excited and that I'm willing to do it.
Part of this, you guys, is learning to love the process. That doesn't mean you have to learn to love every single piece of work that you have to do, but you got to love the process of getting from where you are to where you want to be. When you fall in love with the process, you're going to show up every single day with renewed energy and interest in such a way that you're going to be making things happen in a big way, and I know that's what you're looking for. Imagine the satisfaction of a job well done. Imagine the satisfaction of knowing that I did that, I caused that. I wasn't even sure I wanted to or that I could, for that matter. This is where good living comes in, you guys. This is when we start showing up in a way where life feels right, feels good. I'm dialed in, and therefore my business is flourishing or my career, my personal life, my health, my everything, right, all the different parts of our life.
So I'm going on and on and on, but I believe in a big way about showing up. How are you showing up? Are you showing up? Where else do you need to show up? Get out there and do it. You guys are totally worth it, and so are the people that are counting on you. I love you guys. Be great. It's what you're made for. Talk to you soon. Bye.
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The Choice is Always Yours
By Greg Schweitzer
I have got a question for you.......

Isn't it amazing to think about all that is possible in your life and in your career? Every single human person is a dreamer and everyone has had, or currently has, dreams and aspirations. I mean, the things that we really want for our lives, right? I mean it's like we can't help ourselves. It's part of our nature and it feels really good to be in power around that, doesn't it? Yeah.

So the question now becomes how do we take what is possible and make it a reality? How do you do that? The key is to remember that the choice is always yours. You see, making dreams and aspirations become real in your life as a matter of choice. There are people out there who falsely believe that making a choice is simply about deciding what you want, but the truth is.... want equals lack.

I mean, as long as you're in the state of wanting something you are simultaneously in the state of lacking it, of not having it. Something to think about. And when you have something, you no longer want it. It's difficult to want something that you already have.

Choosing involves deciding what you want and the commitment to its attainment through action. With that said, let's talk about the two ways that this statement, the choice is always yours, is absolutely true. Some make a choice in wanting something and then have trouble getting started, get interference in their attempts to gain it, and then they believe that the dream has gone outside of their control, and that is absolutely false.

No one has the power to take away your ability to choose!  It's not even possible. I mean, even the power of an NFL player who's a blocker on the front line with his 300 plus pounds of body mass is absolutely powerless against your ability to choose.

Even in situations outside of your control, you still retain the ability to respond to that situation. Do you realize how incredibly powerful you are?

Secondly, any choice is yours because you're the one who chose it. It cannot belong to anybody else. You are the cause for every single choice in your life.... period. Because you made the choice, you have earned both the blame and the benefit. Do you feel the weight of that one? Yeah, that's good stuff. You earning the blame and the benefits of any choice means that you also have the power to change it. All is not lost. And change brings about new results, preferably the results that get you closer to your intended outcome.

What are you after? When you think about all that's possible, what are you after? You don't have to pretend anymore. You are already endowed with what you need to get it. Remember, it's not fake it until you make it, it's believe it until you become it....... It's not fake it until you make it, it's believe it until you become it.

You know that I love you. Be Great. It's What You Are Made For. Have a great day!
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"Bob & Weave"
By Greg Schweitzer
I've got a question for you. How are you doing out there? Really, how are you doing out there? Do you feel like you're winning? Does it feel like a fight? I know it can. It does for me sometimes, and that's what I really want to talk to you about today, winning the fight. I mean, does it always have to feel like a fight?
It's so fascinating how this works out. I want you to think about this. At first, we come up with this glorious vision, "Oh my gosh, I'm going to do this. I'm going to run a business. I'm going to get in better shape. I'm going to get to pull this vacation together," and we get super excited about this glorious vision. And we can see it done. We can see the end result, and we're so excited about what that could possibly be.
Creating a powerful vision is so important, and of course we all know that without a vision, the people perish. So, it's good for us to have a vision. But then, after we get the vision, we get so excited about it that we start planning. We start planning for how are we going to get there? How are we going to make this happen? Because…. “I gotta have it”. We start putting together the pieces of what we are going to do, step by step, to get there.
Then what happens from doing that, because we have such a grand vision, we're so excited about it, and we've got plans for how to get there; we start to get a little tunnel vision. We start to get a little tunnel vision, and we start to believe that, "You know what? This plan that I put in place, how could it not get me there? It's going to be perfectly." So, we go to work trying to force that plan to work. Yes, sometimes we try to force it.
Is it important for us to stay the course, to resist trouble, and hardship? Yes. And yet sometimes getting so focused on the one plan does not leave us the behavioral flexibility to ‘move’ when we need to move and change when we need to change. You see, once we have the plan and the vision, then reality shows up. Think about this. Think about the things that you work on. You come across challenges, right? And distractions. I do ... shiny little things that are getting in your way….and setbacks. You know, things that you didn't see coming, and they set you back a week or two or a month or maybe they set back your motivation and your belief….. those kinds of things. It's coming at you from all sides, right? It just seems to be coming from everywhere.
This can happen sometimes on our way to success and on our way to winning. So, what do you do with all this? You can liken this to the life of a Boxer. Somebody who's a Prize Fighter in the ring. Think of the vision that a Prize Fighter has or a Boxer has. The vision is the belt, the championship belt, right? Heavyweight Champion of the World, who doesn't want to be there? If I'm going to be a Boxer, I might as well be Heavyweight Champion of the World. That's a glorious vision, and the Boxer can see themselves standing there with the big belt, holding it up. The world's cheering their name, and the whole works. Vision's pretty amazing.
Then they put together a plan. The plan for how they're going to jab and cross and shuffle and make all of the moves necessary to be able to take down the opponent and win the belt. But see, here's what's interesting……
Mike Tyson said “Everyone has a plan, and then you get hit!”
See, that's where the game changes. This is where champions are made. Interference shows up, right? You get hit, and how do you handle that?
So, let's talk about this. What is the best strategy for being able to win in the long run, to be able to take the belt, to win the belt?
I want to be able to use the words here, "Bob and Weave."
When you think about this from a Boxer's standpoint, if you stand there and you just get hit all the time, and you stand there and you keep taking it, and you keep trying to force the plan….but you keep getting beat…. man, that's going to hurt. And it's going to wear you out. So, you've got to be able to Bob and Weave a little bit.
Let's talk about what that looks like. The number one way to be able to Bob and Weave is to expect the Interference, expect the challenges, and expect to get hit from time to time. You see, when Boxers condition themselves and they do their training, they're training their body how to be able to take a hit as much as they are training themselves how to give them as well. This is where you start getting really good. So, expect that Interference, expect the challenge….. and expect to get hit.
Number two, condition yourself in the off season. Condition yourself outside of the ring. You see, if you're conditioning yourself to know how to Bob and Weave and move from side to side and get out of the way of hits…. then you're going to get hit less often. And you can pay attention more to how you're going to jab and cross and do the hook and everything else that's going to win you the fight. Hopefully, even have a complete knockout.
The other thing I want to share with you lastly is that the fight is no place to practice. So, be in the fight and stop dancing around. See when people get afraid or they're worried or they don't like getting hit, they start dancing around the ring, avoiding the opponent, avoiding the real challenge.
You got to stop dancing around, and you've got to be able to be in the fight. You see, when you're dancing around you just get tired, and the more tired you get the easier it is for you to be taken out.
The win will come sooner if you learn how to Bob and Weave, and if you learn how to be in the fight and stay in it for the long haul, it will come. That's how winning is done.
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The Curse of Change 
& The Gift of Transition
By Greg Schweitzer
Have you ever noticed that things change? Like, sometimes it feels like things just change on their own, like poof, now it's different. Great. Thanks a lot. Yet, the truth is that often times much of the change in our lives, we're choosing it. We're invoking it. We're asking for it!

I know some of you are going, "No. No. I don't do that because change is uncomfortable." Yet the truth is, that every time you have a goal, every time you have a desire, every time you have a dream, you're invoking change into your life. It makes you pretty powerful.

What's important to realize is that change is actually an outcome. Change is the result. You see, people are always looking for ways to make better results and better outcomes for their lives. We usually call them goals and dreams, but it's invoking change into our life.

I want you to think about this. The changes that happen in our life bring about new results, and new results bring about new experiences. And the truth is, EXPERIENCE IS LIFE! Experiences that we have are our life. How we are experiencing any given moment, any given event in our life, is our life. So who doesn't want greater experiences?

If you look at your memories of your past, whether it was an hour ago or if it was a decade ago; you have memories of experiences that happened. Some of them are great memories that you'll treasure forever. Some of them are memories that you just may not wish were a part of your past, right? 
 
Look at your current moments. Every day is pregnant with possibilities of changes and experiences, and yet at the same time we're constantly working towards those changes and experience in our day-to-day moments. Now look at your future. Your future is it not full of experiences that you want to have? Sometimes we call them a bucket list. It's also full of experiences that we hope don't happen, if you know what I mean, and we work towards making sure those things do and don't happen.

That's experience. Experience is beautiful. 


Change sometimes seems hard, but let's talk about the beauty of transition. You see, people are afraid of change, when in fact they want the change. But what most people struggle with is the transition. The transition that happens from getting a person from point A to point B, which is the goal, the change, the desire, the outcome, the dream. What happens too often is that we are very unkind to ourselves in not allowing transition to take place to get from one spot to another. Let me give you an example.

You've got a busy day going. You've got a lot of things on your plate. You're handling a bunch of things. You're going from one activity to another, and you're just trying to get things done and make it through the day. And it's time for you to get out there and get in your car and make it to the next meeting, and you're off and you're driving. And while you're driving, you're fielding text messages and you're trying to check your email, and then you're listening to voicemails, and you're breathing heavy and you're trying to pay attention to the road, and you're getting exhausted. And then you pull up to the driveway, you pull your car in, you slam it into park before you've even stopped the car. And then you get out, slam the door, run into the building into the meeting. 


Man, that is so unkind.

What if..... what if you were to stop for a few moments, park the car and take a deep breath, and just suck in some air for a minute. Allow yourself the transition of turning off the emails and the text messages and the voicemails, and just take a breath for a moment.... to catch your breath, and to look forward toward what's going to happen next. What's going to happen in that meeting? How do I want that to turn out? Who am I going to be and how am I going to be when I show up to that meeting so that it is grand, so that is amazing when I go in there?

That would be a wholly different experience, wouldn't it? This is where we experience the gift of transition in the midst of change. You see, transition is really a pace of changing that is less disruptive. The change still happens. It's just we give ourselves a moment to prepare for the next thing.

Another thing that's great about the gift of transition is that it's a way for you to be kind to yourself. You see, when you move from one activity to another to another without some sort of transition in between, that's an abrupt change for your brain and an abrupt change for your heart. And you know what it's going to do? It's just going to make you feel like you're going crazy, like you're short-circuiting, and it's going to affect your mood. 
How many of you have ever been interrupted in any particular given moment, only to look at a person, answer them, "What do you want?" Or to get cut off by somebody in traffic to kind of go, "Ah, what the heck?" That's what I'm talking about because it doesn't feel good to ourselves, to our bodies. So this is a way to be kind to yourself.

The other thing about transition is that it makes change less difficult. It's easier to bear those changes, and we can have more confidence in being able to change and move towards those things that we want instead of being afraid of that discomfort that happens in between. Because, you become a master at navigating that transition. And that's how you get really, really good at experience, and the experiences of life.

One last thing. If you were to take time... to allow yourself the time... to have transition time... how would your life be different?
 

You know I love you. 


Be Great! It's What You Are Made For! 


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An Absurd and Unlikely Place to Find Positivity
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey, it's me, it's Greg Schweitzer. Hey, I got a question for you, do you want more positivity in your life? I know, it seems like a stupid question, but when you take even a brief look at the news these days, whether you're getting your news on social media or on television or on the internet, we have a lot of things telling us there's a lot of negativity going on in the world these days.

And so, my question for you is, don't you want more positivity? Well, let's have a serious talk about where positivity shows up. Where does positivity come from? The first thing I want to share with you real quickly is that we need a real understanding that we don't experience the positive absent of the negative. This is so crucial, because we spend so much time trying to run away from negative things, trying to run away from pain and stresses and so on, but we have to realize that we don't experience the positive absent of the negative.

The truth is, we value the positive more by appreciating the negative. Now, I can hear it already, red flags are going up, sirens are happening in your head, and you're like, "Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, I have to appreciate the negative? Doesn't appreciating the negative just manifest more negative," right? We've heard that so many times. And the truth is, no, that's not true. Focusing on the negative will bring more negative.

You see, focusing is an associated activity. What does that mean, associated? Well, our brain doesn't understand the difference, it doesn't even know the difference between a real experience and a vividly imagined one. And so, if we're focused on the negativity, we are really actually getting into the negativity in such a way that our brain feels like we're experiencing that negativity right then and there, even if we're not, because it's a vividly imagined experience.

Now, on the flip side of that, appreciating is more of a dissociated activity, meaning we can look at it from a distance, we don't have to be in it. We don't have to be focused on it. And so, by appreciating the negative, we can appreciate it from a distance for what it does for us. You see, when we appreciate the negative, it gives us the opportunity to be able to appreciate the positive more when it does come, right?

So studies have shown us that gratitude, which is a form of appreciating something or someone, gratitude, even one or two times per week, is more than enough oftentimes to keep negativity away. Why is that good news? Well, that's good news because you don't have to work so cotton-picking hard at being positive and having positivity in your life. Once or twice a week of some real true gratitude and appreciation, and especially of the negative things, can really help us ward those things off.

You see, appreciating and having gratitude around negativity is far from focusing on the negative, because we really only need to do it maybe once or twice a week. I trust that that's really good news to you, because it was to me when I found it out. And by being appreciative and having gratitude around those things in my life, including the negative things, including the things that don't seem to be going in my direction, I can realize that sometimes I need to push through the negative, stretch through the negative, be patient through the negative and appreciate it because of what's on the other side, what's there when I come through the negative and get past it.I can have a greater appreciation there.

So here's to more positivity in your life. And be sure to be great, because it's what you're made for. Talk soon. Bye.
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