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Leveraging Through Systems: The 4 B's
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey, it's Greg Schweitzer the Founder and Chief Catalyst here at Catalyst Transformation Institute and I got something special for you today!

I really want to be able to help you gain back more of your energy and your time and your sanity. I want to offer you some rescue today, you’re ready?

Alright, so what I want to talk to you about today is the power of leverage through systems. Yeah I know, I know you've probably heard the word leverage and you've probably heard about systems but I want to show you a powerful way to be able to take a look at this scenario, to take a look at this opportunity to help you get what you want and be who you want to be, do what you want to do and have what you want to have and it's going to look like this.

It's going to look like the 4 B’s of leveraging through systems. First off let's look at some definitions, the definition of leverage. Leverage is basically getting more done with less of your effort and your time, okay. Any time we need to get something accomplished it takes us time to get it done, necessarily and it takes some effort on our part or at least it takes some effort, okay. So, leverage is basically getting more done with less effort and time. Great! Now we've got that down.

Now, let's define a system because we are leveraging through the system, so what we look at... What's a good definition of a system? Here's the best working definition I found of a system, a system is a step by step process that produces a predictable result and this is going to be really important to understand that definition and to remember it because otherwise, systems are not helpful. Systems aren't formal leverage if you're not doing it in this particular way, a step by step process that produces a predictable result. One of the reasons we do something is to get a result but we want that result to be predictable so that the system we're using gets us the same or similar result time after time after time after time.

Now, that particular result hopefully is the ideal result, so how do we do this? How do we leverage to do more with less time and energy and effort through systems which are predictable... Predictable results coming from a step by step process?

So here's how we do it, number one the first B of the 4 B’s is to build a system... Build a system, so how do we do that? How do we build a system? Really easy process with this. Number one you do the work, whatever it is that you need to get done you do it and while you're doing it you're going to document. So you do the work and you document the work, meaning what does it take? What is the tool I use? How long did this take? What was the action that needed to happen? And somehow you documented it, you basically make a checklist out of that.

The third step of this under build a system. First, you do the work then you document the work and then you delegate the work. Hello! There comes the effort, somebody else's effort not yours and the predictable result comes from the system, got it? Okay, now you've been leveraged.

Building a system is simple as do the work, document the work and delegate the work, great! That's the first B... The second B of leveraging through systems is to borrow a system. So at first, we could have the opportunity to build a system if we wanted to do it for ourselves, okay. Or you can borrow a system, so when it comes to borrowing a system the bottom line is that somebody has gone before you and done the thing that you want to get done... Maybe even in a really good way, here are some sources of adopting or borrowing a system. It could be mentors and coaches, it could be books, it could be colleagues or network okay, “Hey! How do you do this?" right, maybe people in your industry or people outside of your industry so you can get a new perspective and borrow from a different industry or a different perspective to be able to borrow a system and so now you got somebody's already doing something, you bring it into your world okay, you borrow it, you adopt it and then you implement it.

Here’s the key, when you're borrowing a system you need to make sure that the system is successful and that it actually gets the predictable result that you're looking for. Remember a system is a step by step process that gains a predictable result, so you find the source, you adopt the process or the system and make sure you implement it and it's successful and then you adapt it as needed. So even if it comes from a different industry or you've got a certain preference or you want to put your own flavour on that system, perfect!

So you built a system by doing the work, documenting the work and delegating the work. You borrow a system by finding a source like a mentor, a colleague, a book or something along those lines, you adopt and implement it and then you adapt it as necessary.

The third B is to buy a system, okay. So you can build one from scratch if you want to, you can borrow one from a colleague or friend or somebody, a book or something like that or you can buy a system. Like I said somebody has gone before you and found out a successful way to do a lot of these... A lot of the things that need to be done in both... By the way, this is really applicable to both your business life and your personal life, right? So the idea in buying the system is you spend some money for someone else to either build you the system or they already have a system that they've been using that they've built that you can buy from them. Alright, you spend money, you purchased it knowing that it's... And again it has to be a successful system, you don’t want to buy somebody's system that doesn't really work, right... Buy a successful system then you implement it in your life and your business and then you adapt it as necessary, You see, how easy it is?

The bottom line is the way that we systematize things so that we can have a predictable result, that system allows us to do more with less effort and less time and there are multiple ways to be able to get a system to work for you. You build one, you borrow one or you buy one, so what's the fourth B?

The fourth B is the benefits, that's the whole reason we're doing all this, that’s the reason why we are having this conversation is that to have the benefits of being able to leverage through systems for you to be able to put less effort and time into getting predictable results in your life and in your business, so what are the benefits? Number one energy... Energy.

So somebody is putting less effort into something because it systematized or they've handed off that system, delegated it, headed off to somebody else... Your energy is going to be... You're going to keep more of your energy because you're putting less of that effort into the system and to the process with the project that you need to get done, so energy is number one.

Number 2 is time, okay. They're not making anymore... Time is something that's interesting and if you're thinking about that “I'm just really good at time management”, no you're not... No, you're not. For 2 reasons, number one, you can't manage time, time is not manageable. Everybody gets the same 86400 seconds in a day, okay the same 24 hours, it's a matter of how you maximize and use that time. And systems are one of the single best ways to maximize your time so you don’t have to worry about how much you have to try to manage time which is not possible anyway.

Why do we spend time doing things we can’t do? Why do we spend time and energy trying to do stuff that we can't do, like manage time? Just maximize the time that you have through a system and some form of leverage okay. What is another benefit? Money, money, money, money, money, money, money , so money is important even if you end up buying a system. What you're doing is you're buying back a lot of your life, your time, your energy, your resources, those kinds of things. So with more time you can make more money, with more time you can save more money, when you delegate to somebody else you're spending a few dollars an hour for that person to do it instead of the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars that your worth per hour putting in the same kind of effort, okay. So money is another way that you're benefiting here which by the way allows you to spend more time making more money if you want to, on money-making activities instead of doing the less meaningful more mundane types of activities okay.

So here's the question and this is what I want to finish up with you today. If you can build a system, borrow a system or buy a system and implement it in your life and in your business buying back your energy, your time and your money... What will you do instead? This is the key question that's going to get you motivated to actually leverage more in your life, it's also the key question that's going to help you be able to be more successful and have more of what you want is what would you do instead. If you're not spending your energy on doing the activities that have now been systematized and were delegated... What would you do with that energy? If you're not spending the time... And you know, try to “Manage your time” okay, what would you do with all that time? What will you do in that extra time? Because everything else or a lot of other things is systematized and or delegated.

What about money? What about the extra money you're going to make and or save, what would you do with that? Listen I'm telling you that some of the main resources that we as human beings rely on are the energy that we show up with every day, the amount of time that we have in a day and the amount of money that we have in our lives and those are the 3 major resources in our lives as human beings. And just through leveraging through a system or systems, you can buy a lot of that back for yourself and the question is what you could do with that? You become infinitely more rich with energy, time and money. What would you do with that?

I want you to do great things, I want you to have great things. So hopefully this is helpful to you and I'm sure that it was okay.

You know that I'm a fan and that I love you. So be great! That's what you are made for!

See 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!
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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.

Handling the Hard
By Greg Schweitzer
Hi! It's me, it's Greg!

Listen, I want to come to you today heart to heart. I want to have a heart to heart with you, about something really important and there was no preparation, there's no script, there are no notes here in front of me which sometimes there are because it's important but today I just want to come unscripted and I want to come real, and I want to talk to you about handling the hard.

Handling hard things, it's so interesting that in life, in the world, in the modern pace that there's this underlying expectation for us to go hard and go fast and I'm not sure why. I'm not sure where that came from but... It's unkind, it's unhealthy, it's not helpful and the fact of the matter is there are a lot of times when things are going really well... You're doing well and you're pushing yourself and you're stretching yourself and you're aiming for your goals and you're living your life and you're trying to grow your relationships and do all those things and that's all good stuff, they really are... It's just that we are competing with more things these days in order to be able to maintain our attention.

And sometimes hard things happen because we’ve either made poor decisions or oftentimes it's through no fault of our own. And that's the part I want to talk to you about is the part that's happening, that's hard, that's through no fault of your own, they're just circumstantial kind of things.

You've heard me talk a lot about how to be able to perform and do well and overcome and be resilient and all of those things are good and right but I want to help you understand, I want to help everybody understand because we really need this point in time to understand that there are at least 2 different ways to approach this thing.

If you know me I believe that 95 percent of all of our life and our successes have to do with our mindset which includes our thoughts and our emotions, right? And there's a lot of talk about the brain... The brain science and mindset, all those kinds of things and a lot of it are good. But here is what I want you to understand is that there’s one approach where you learn especially in the world that I worked in.

In the world of neurolinguistics and even hypnosis and coaching and all that stuff, there are some cool things you can do between everything from affirmations and mindset and thinking rights too... You know mindfulness and all these kinds of things, to help us live better, perform better in those kinds of things and those are good.

Generally, many of those things are intended for you to be able to operate when things are fairly... I'm going to use the word normal, okay not that there is a normal, normal... But just kind of when things are like you plugin around, your pursuing life, your pursuing your goals and then sometimes interference shows up and it kind of gets in the way, you got to navigate around it or through it and you can think you got to get your mindset right and all those things are true.

But then there's the other stuff, the heavier stuff. This is what we would call trauma, this is different than interference, this is different than challenges and you know having obstacles those kinds of things. I'm talking about traumatic stuff and if you don't believe that any of that's happening in your life... Good for you!... I mean if it's true that's amazing. And yet there's been a lot of things that have been happening, you don't need me to tell you.

With the worldwide pandemic and in some of the unrest and those kinds of things in the pace of life that we're expected to live at, it can actually do traumatic damage... Trauma to us.

And I too have been experiencing some of those things myself and it's been really, really hard at certain times. There have been some really great things but there have also been some really excruciating things and here's what I want to tell you is that some of the mindset and techniques will call them, of being able to be resilient are for that time when things are just like I got a few hiccups and road bumps that I need to get through.

But when it comes to when you're dealing with things that are heavier, things that are traumatic like a death in the family or somebody passing or dealing with COVID or a stroke or heart attack or cancer or something along those lines those can be heavier. And by the way, this can include things like maybe somebody crashed and burned their business and their whole way of life and income is gone, those are traumatic experiences and the approach to working through those kinds of hard things is different than what you would expect for a lot of the new more normal kinds of stuff, where you just try to press through obstacles and challenges.

So, what's the difference? The difference is between what I would believe... What I would call resilience versus restoration. You see, resilience is us standing our ground and standing against the current when things seem to be challenging or coming at us or being hard and those kinds of things, the obstacles, the road bumps... That's resilience, okay.

But when we have trauma that happens to us and trauma bleeds the life out of us and actually as a matter of fact puts us in a position where we may not have any reserves left, that's when the strategy, the approach needs to shift from resilience to restoration. Like what we need to do, what are the practices that you need to put in place for you to be able to find a way to create real renewal and restoration so that you are refreshed, renewed and restored to be able to continue, to be able to go out and on top of what you're dealing with still deal with obstacles and the road bumps as well.

So here's my encouragement to you... Do your homework, find out what it is for you that helps you actually restore. Not just kind of like escape okay, this is different. Escaping from road bumps and hard things and pursuit and those kinds of things okay, that's one thing... But in traumatic situations escape is not helpful. What I mean by that is that yes, you may need to take a break, you may need to pull yourself back and not pursue so hard but what are the practices that are going to help you actually receive the restoration.

Here's what I've learned over the course of last year that helps in these particular areas, one of them is beauty. I've heard this from multiple sources, sometimes accidentally and sometimes on purpose in my research but beauty. Like the beauty of being outdoors... I don't live too far from the river and what we call the green belt here and sometimes for me just to go out there and sit by the river and listen to the water... Refreshing! Restoring that kind of thing... Going for a walk, if you're a prayer or meditator those kinds of things can be helpful.

This is different than going and playing and having your hobbies and those kinds of things where you could check out a little bit but which has some restorative elements to it, but I'm talking about the stuff that really actually changes and restore things, feels you back up not from an energy standpoint but from a life standpoint, okay.

I hope I am making some sense to you here but I just want you to know 2 things, number one resilience is important and getting through road bumps are important but then there are heavier things that happen and the approach to those is not to double down... The approach is not to double down and force yourself and push yourself to go through it, sometimes my friend you need to step back, re-approach, rest, restore, disappear from that kind of stuff and stop pushing yourself, okay.

Why is this important? From a guy who coaches people in performance and life in business and like “Go! Get it!” you know, “Put yourself in power!” I believe in that wholeheartedly. Sometimes the way to put yourself in power is to restore your power, not to keep pushing through okay.

So number one it's not your fault, we have so many things coming at us these days. As a matter of fact, if you look at... There's an interesting book called the shallows and in this book, the author talks about the idea that we have more information and more things vying for our attention today than we ever have in all of human history, to the tune that this could crash a laptop inside of a week. I want you to understand that our technologies are pretty hefty and can handle a lot of stuff. And so if the matter of information coming at us as human beings is made it can crash a laptop we were never meant to handle that kind of stuff and so that can be traumatic as well.

So I love you! That’s all I’m trying to say because I love you and I care and when you do what you need to do to restore not just be resilient to push through... This is what’s going to happen, you’re going to enjoy your life better, you're going to feel better physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and you're going to be able to re-approach your goals and your dreams and your desires and have the energy to do it. Have the wherewithal and the life inside of you to do that sort of thing.

Listen, I said I love you and I mean it! And I want you to be great but sometimes being great is not pushing, it's restoring.

And I hope that... I just want to say thanks for letting me share my heart today, okay.

So off scripted right, no script, no preparation but real hard and I'm just encouraging you to receive that and take care of you and then be great it's what you made for!

We'll talk soon. Bye now!

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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.

How Much Is Enough?
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey! It's Greg Schweitzer the Founder and Chief Catalyst here at Catalyst Transformation Institute.

And I want to have a conversation with you about something that becomes a conversation for every single person that I work with, whether I'm training them or coaching them or just encouraging them.

This question, this comment, this conversation always comes up and it usually arises out of a specific situation. Are you ready? Here we go!

The specific situation is... The feeling of... Trying to navigate between, I'm supposed to be ambitious and productive and work hard and do these things and pursue my goals and always be going and always be pushing forward and, and, and... Just me saying that I'm running out of breath but at the same time... At the same time mind you as if that wasn't enough... At the same time, I feel like maybe I'm going to burn out, I'm getting overwhelmed, I'm wearing out, I'm going to crash and burn, do you know what I'm talking about?

Feeling like you always have to be on and you are just one step ahead of something coming crashing down and you are just barely keeping your head above the water because I've got to keep paddling otherwise...

So let's talk about this because this is a terrible place to be. The whole reason I coach people, the whole reason people seek help and pursue dreams and goals because they want a good life but the thing is it never feels like a good life if you're constantly trying to balance and navigate between consistent ambition and activity and at the same time trying not to crash and burn and wear out.

And sometimes we can get to the place where we start beating ourselves up, “Jeez, I guess I just wasn't made for this”, “Maybe I'm just too tired, I’m too weak, I'm not smart enough, I'm not strong enough” and all of those things are lies and what's really missing is a critical element of clarity that I want to get with you.

This moment of clarity comes from one specific question and that's the question I asked every one of the people that I'm working with when this comes up. You’re ready? The question is “How much is enough?”.

Will you feel the weight of that for just a minute here because that question in of itself has some ambiguity to it... But at the same time, you can feel the weight of it.

“How much is enough?”. So this conversation like I said comes up with every single person at some point in time and it's important enough that I've got some specific things that I've been thinking about for time now that I wanted to bring to you. Let's begin with those pieces and I've got him right here in front of me so that I can make sure I stay on track for you.

First off I want to get in touch with that sensation that's like... Believing and feeling like you always need to be on and productive and then wondering maybe even fearing how long can I keep this up. I mean when I’m going to crash, burn, wear out or fizzle out or worse come apart.

How much is enough? How much money? How much time? How much energy? How much exercise? How many calories? How many hours? How much is enough?... And you see, enough is about staying between the lines of too much and too little and I want to talk with you about this for just a minute because this is where things really start to make more sense.

Too much... You know when things are too much when you start to feel overwhelmed, you start to feel tired, feel like you can't keep it up, it's like you don't even care anymore, right? That's what having too much is. And then it’s too little... By the way, this has a lot to do with your motivation, staying engaged with those things that are important to you especially around your dreams and your goals. If you feel like it's always too much... Do you know what is happening? People sell out and they stop pursuing their goals and they start to convince themselves that I guess these weren't that important anyway or I'm not enough to make this happen.

Too little on the other side is about boredom, it's about stagnation, it's about under-stimulation instead of overstimulation... About under-stimulation where you get bored and we have the means were made to be at that level low and we were definitely never meant to be at a place were about ready to crack and so how do you stay between the lines? What does that look like? Is that possible? And I know the thing that's popping up in your head right now because it pops up to every single person I'm talking to about this very conversation, and the question is and the comment is and the thing that's popping up in your head is... But you can never have enough, right?

I want you to know something right now and I want you to get really clear on this, is that idea that you've been sold that you can never have enough is a mindset of scarcity. It's about lack, it's about an underlying fear and belief that there's not enough... For anyone and you better get all you can now because it's never going to be around and yet every day, every month, every year people are still succeeding, people are still reaching their dreams, things are still happening so when we were going to run out.

Here's what you need to do for yourself. Number one, realize that scarcity mindset and that lack mentality is a liar. It's just a lie okay, it's an unfortunate one but it's not about how much you can have it's about how much it makes you fulfilled.

So one of the activities that I do with my clients is I run them through something called an ideal life guide, an ideal life scenario and it helps them do some mental positioning to figure out what's the most important things to them and to have that would represent the ideal life for them and when they really clear on this... Number one, you know how much is enough. Because if you think about this, an ideal life if you really think about it, it doesn't include everything. You're not interested in everything and it does not include all of anything.

Let's say, for example, I want to make a certain income. I don't need all the money, right? I don’t need it all, I just need enough that’s going to be able to fund the life that I want. Let's say I want to have nice vehicles and nice things but I don't need all the things, I can only have some couches, I can only have some cars, I don’t need so many TV's, right? So the question is how much is enough?

What’s going to represent an ideal life for you? From a place of fulfilment and not a place of lack and scarcity. So what I'm encouraging you to do is spend some time defining how much is enough, okay. How much income? How many hours? How much time with your significant other and your kids? And all of those things.

How much is enough that's going to bring the fulfilment... Because when you're concentrating on the fulfilment you don't notice any lacking because there isn't any, okay. Instead of always having to be doing more, having more and being more like kind of stuff, ask yourself the question: how much is enough?

Get really clear on how much is enough and then this is the kicker... And then pursue that and that alone. Don't pursue more than that and don't pursue less, don't settle for less but don't push yourself over the top as well.

I hope this is really helpful to you but I will tell you that this conversation I have with people is a complete pivot, it's a completely different paradigm to start thinking about how much is enough instead of how much do I need to do.

Alright, you know I love you!

Be great, that'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.

Being You: The Pre-Requisite
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey! It's Greg here at Catalyst Transformation Institute and I want to talk with you about some common phrases that have been coming up in the last few years that I really think it's time to get some clarity around.

There are 3 common ways to hear these phrases and I'm going to share them with you really quickly and you're going to recognize them right away.

The first phrase or the first version of this phrase is “Do you?”, “Hey, you! Do you?” or “Be you” that's the second option with that, right? “Be you”, “Just be you”... Yeah? and the other option is “Be authentic”.

Now, this is really interesting because words like this and phrases like this that become popular are really telling about where we are as a human race. And what I mean by that is people are craving, and you probably are too. People are craving to have permission to be who they are and live how they want to live and have a good life, right? And do good things and just the intention with this phrasing is very positive, right... It's a very positive intention.

However, how do you do that? How do you “Be you”? How do you “Do you”? This is the conversation that's not happening right now because everybody's saying do you, be you and yet we have more crime than we've ever had. We have higher suicide rates than we've ever had, we have a morality that's falling apart and we're struggling as a people in a lot of ways. Not in every way, there's a lot of good things are still happening but yet we do have some of these are challenging and yet when people are talking about “Be you” and we're not having the rest of the conversation about how?... Then how will it ever work?

Let's talk about that for a minute. I want to get some real clarity around this and so the whole idea around this concept of “Be you” or “Do you” has a prerequisite to it. It’s the prerequisite that nobody's talking about and the prerequisite is that you must know “Thyself to be thyself”.

You cannot be what you do not know... Right? And on the surface it may seem like “I know myself”, “I know me”. That's because you live with yourself all the time you're familiar with yourself, but that doesn't necessarily mean that we're always in tune with or in connection with our community with our truest self.

So let's talk a little more about what this looks like here. Unfortunately, the reason that it feels like we know ourselves but there's disconnection is because of what I call the practice of non-evaluation...

The practice of non-evaluation. We're so busy living our lives and our days and doing similar things and the habits that we do every single day, day after day, year after year, that we rarely if ever pause to evaluate and might even being my authentic self. Do I even know what that is, so that I can determine if I'm actually being it?

You see, I always work with people and share with them this concept to ask themselves “Hey! is your Kung-Fu working?”... Is your Kung-Fu working means you're taking these actions; you’re doing these things but is it getting you what you want? And if you want to “Be you” and “Do you” and “Be authentic”, how do you know if it's working if you don't know what that authentic you look like?

Let's talk about how to know yourself... I've got some notes right here that I think would be really helpful for us to be able to have this conversation.

In order for you to be yourself you have to know yourself, so how do you know yourself? One of the first things is the elimination of noise.

Noise is going to be a very broad concept in this conversation that we are having here... Noise begins with other voices, other voices that are external that are coming into us telling us about how things are supposed to be and who were supposed to be like, what we're supposed to dress like, what we're supposed to like and how we're supposed to work in exactly how we're supposed to do that, and we were supposed to do that and all of those kinds of things and I don't know about you but just saying that wears me out.

And if we are constantly looking externally for things to tell us who we are... We're going to end up being something we maybe never intended to be. And if we ever wonder why we have different phases or may be long periods of unhappiness, depression and anxiety it can often be because we're not living in congruence with who we actually are.

Eliminating noise, the voices of others. Number one is the media.

Now, don't get me wrong. You know understanding what's going on in the world can be helpful but we don't need to know everybody's everything, and quite honestly you don't need me to tell you that the media has their own agenda. They have their own agenda in terms of what they want to share with you and what they don't, and the spin that they want to put on it and the spin that they don't. Whether it's political or religious or philosophical or, or, or, doesn't really matter. But the fact of the matter is if you're looking to the media to determine who you're supposed to be, you're going to get a lot of varying opinions and very rarely will they ever be authentically who you are... Be careful about your consumption of outside voices especially through the media.

Another voice that's going to be really important for you to eliminate and to reduce as much as possible is fear. Especially if you're paying attention to things like media and news and social media and all that stuff coming at you. It can create a lot of fear and anxiety and unrest and uncertainty inside of you, inside of me. Okay, so how can we eliminate that fear?

Listen, I need you to know... Your fears are poor advisors. They're terrible advisors at telling you who you are because you usually tell you some other version, “You're not good enough”, “You’re not smart enough”, “You can never get that raise”, “You'll never be able to run your own business”, “Your terrible wife or husband”, all of those kinds of things usually come from a place of fear and we need to be able to reduce that fear.

Alright, the third thing to consider when it comes to the voices and eliminating the noise is... Those voices and that noise... That's them, out there telling you. They're telling you who you are and how to be and I'm curious who are “They”? And why are they running your life? That's a really important thing to consider, who are they? Can we even name them and why are they running your life? Maybe it’s time to put yourself back in power on that.

Alright, so the next piece here about how to know thyself. I want you to consider your values, okay. I want you to consider your values, your values aren't going to be the be-all and end-all of determining who you are and how you are but they're very, very good and it can be a very strong indicator.

And when I'm talking about values, I'm not talking about just likes and preferences and those kinds of things. I mean you know if I have a sandwich I prefer mayonnaise over mustard. That's not a value okay, that's just a simple liking or preference.

What I'm talking about is deep-seated subconscious values that sit in the center of who we are and they determine the actions we take or don't take, even to the point of self-sabotage. And what happens is because these values are stored inside of us on a subconscious level which is where all of our memories are stored. We aren't often consciously aware of them when we're making our decisions.

You see, all decision making is done at a conscious level... After the decision is made then it's stored in our memory as a habit. Alright, so if that's not available to us, it's hard for us to make decisions based on those values unless you bring them into our conscious awareness. So, how do you know?

The question that you ask yourself about your true values to be able to determine and pull them out of you in a way to bring in your consciousness is to ask yourself the question, “What's important to me?”. Now, you may need to pick a category of life, like in business or profession or in relationships or marriage or my health. What's important to me about my health?... What comes to mind?... What are the first things? Write those things down, the first thing that comes to your mind, you want to write that down.

Here's a hint about values... You're going to know that it's a true value because when you look at the past, look at your past life you will see that they have consistently shown up time and time and time again in your past... If you have the value of security. You will see in the past how you've taken actions, you put yourself in places and environments and you've created relationships where you felt secure. So look at your history and ask yourself, “What's important to me?” about blank whatever that part of your life is and then ask yourself “Where has that showed up in my life?”. And that's going to be a true indicator as to what your true values are which are going to tell you a little bit more about who you are so that you can “Do you” and “Be you”.

Another thing I want to share with you really quickly. The question to help you determine who you are is “What are your loves?”. Like what are things that make you come alive? Asking this question what are my loves is really a window into your heart, and my friend, your heart is the truest part of who you are. And when you can access those loves, those values that are part of your heart... Only then are you going to get clear to really who you are.

You see, if the window... Excuse me... If love is the window to your heart and your heart is the truest part of you, you need to know that your heart is kind of like a wild animal that if you feel threatened or insecure or scared in any way shape or form is going to go into hiding. It's going to run off into the woods and see the thing is that when our heart runs off into the woods we can't live from our heart and if we don't live in from our heart we are not being “You”... You're not being authentic, you’re not being yourself, you can't.

When your heart is over here and your life's over here... You feel it... And it doesn't feel right.

So, eliminate the noise and the voices. Understand and determine and elicit what your values are and ask yourself the question: what makes me come alive? What are my loves? What are those things that always show up and just things that really make me come alive? So that you can keep your heart close instead of spook it away.

Alright, so here's the last thing how do you know... That whatever it is that you have in your life is you? how do you know that you “Are you”? There are 2 questions you're going to ask yourself and this is going to be kind of the final piece of how to be able to determine that prerequisite of knowing yourself so that you can actually “Do you” and “Be you” and “Be authentic”.

Question number one is if I didn't have this in my life... What would I be willing to do to get it? This is very, very telling. I’ll be going to say the question again, if I didn't have this in my life what would I be willing to do to get it? You see if you can imagine yourself without that thing and there's no real motivation or drive or interest in actually spending a lot of energy or effort to get it, if you didn't have it then maybe it's not truly a part of being you. It's not that important and essential, someone your values or when your loves. Really pretty cool right.

If I don't have this in my life what will I be willing to do to get it? If you have more willingness, chances are it's something that's of true value to you. Now once you determine that, there's a cabbie out. This is a clarifier, there's a clarifying question that comes after this and this is the second question.

So I want to ask yourself if I didn't have this in my life, what would I do, what would I be willing to do to get it? And then you need to ask yourself the next question which is looking into the future and imagining that you do already have it... Would it lead you to fulfilment, to merely pleasure or to pain? One of those 3 options, those are basically the only 3 options. If I was looking forward to my future and you're imagining your future that you already have this in your life if you don't... Would it lead me to fulfilment? Which is by the way what every one of us is after, with everything that we do and whenever we become. Would it lead me to fulfilment? Would it lead me to a mere pleasure? Or would it lead me to pain?

And this is going to help you determine this because if you ask yourself the question If I didn't have this in my life, what would you be willing to do to get it? I can ask that question about... Cocaine or Meth... If I didn't have meth in my life, what would I be willing to do? I will tell you what, from an addict standpoint they're just about willing to do anything... Steal, hurt somebody and that kind of thing to get it. So the next clarifying pieces to help make sure that whatever it is that you are getting, whatever it is you're willing to give yourself for is actually something that's going to help you become happy and the best version of yourself and healthy.

One more time, the 2 questions are if I didn't have this in my life what would I be willing to do to get it? And looking into the future if I already had it... It would lead me to fulfilment, to just mere pleasure or to pain? And you have to decide which of those things you're going to sign up for in your life.

I trust this is helpful. Given our modern society and a lot of the things that can perpetuate to us like “Be you”, “Do you” we can't do that stuff if you don't know what that is, and that clarity is going to be really, really important because we end up doing something that we think we're trying to be ourselves and for some reason, it feels like it doesn't work. And then we have more unhappiness and we feel like we're not good enough because it's like...Wait everybody says “Do you” but I don't feel like I'm doing me because it doesn't feel right and it just becomes an ugly cycle.

So, know thyself to be thyself.

You know I love you! Be great, that's what you made for!

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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.

Your To-Do List is Thwarting Your Success
By Greg Schweitzer
Hi! It's Greg Schweitzer and I am the Founder and Chief Catalyst here at Catalyst Transformation Institute.

And you may not be aware of it but your daily and weekly to-do list is actually thwarting your success. It is actually preventing you from being as successful as you can be.

Now, I know that this sounds counterintuitive. We've been taught over time that it's like, well if you want to get something done and you want to be successful and getting all things done and using your time wisely. You need to make a list and then you need to check it twice and then you need to make sure you get it done and so on.

But I'm here to tell you that I believe that it's completely opposite and I've got a handful of phrases here that I'm going to walk you through that's going to help you see why what I'm saying is true, why your to-do list is actually thwarting your success... To put a cap on this, to put a broad umbrella over this I want you to understand what we're talking about here is something I called “Phantom Productivity”.

Phantom productivity is this idea that we seem to be productive, we feel like maybe we're being productive but the results aren’t shown up whether we recognize it or not. And that's an interesting thing my friends is that we always got to check and make sure that our Kung-Fu is working and we got to check and make sure that we are actually being productive as we think that we are. Because there's a concept in life and in business that comes around people that they are talking about that can be a little bit confusing, and the concept is what's called “Low Hanging Fruit”.

Alright, so what is this? There's this interesting idea that low hanging fruit is the idea of taking the simplest path of going down the route that's it seems the easiest to get to where you want to be able to go... But I believe that this concept is actually quite misunderstood and what I mean by this is, the idea about low hanging fruit is that if you've got a client or more handful of leads of people who seem like they are going to buy from you... The one that seems like the most likely to buy from you... You give your greatest attention to right up front, right? And that's considered low hanging fruit.

The problem with this is that most people or at least a lot of people have taken this low hanging fruit idea and inverted it. They think that it means, do the easiest things first which usually ends up being the least important thing. And see, we’ve got to understand the difference between that which is important and that which is just kind of a waste of time... Even if it is easy.

This is also... Falling in line with the phantom productivity piece that I'm talking about, that low hanging fruit and we're doing things just because we want to get through them because it feels right or it feels like we're potentially productive is really a part of phantom productivity.

So, that brings me to the next piece here... What is that say? (Showing a piece of paper and looking at it).

“Majoring in the Minors”. See, creating a to-do list every single day is really... It's majoring in the minors, is really what it is. Is that we're spending a lot of our time, energy and effort on those minor things that don't actually make major incremental steps towards the goal or the outcome or the ideal life that you're looking for. And you want better than that, don't you?

And so when it comes to making the to-do list... You can still have a list, you can still have things that you need to accomplish but what I'm saying is that if you're majoring in the minors and you're just putting things on the list because it's like I got to get this stuff done... It's good to get stuff out of your head but at the same time if you start majoring in the minors and start focusing on the small things that aren't as productive we start running into problems.

Brings me to the next point (Showing a piece of paper). Oftentimes making these to-do lists and focusing on those is mistaking movement for achievement. Now there's something very interesting about this, is that when we get something checked off of our list we kind of get this little dopamine hit, right? There's actually neurochemicals that will go off in our brain when we get something accomplished and so it can feel really really good to major in the minors and mistake movement for achievement. Because if you feel really really good to knock things off my list even if it means “Hey! I need to take the trash out”, I just knocked it off my list and that feels good, right?... And so we get these little dopamine hits throughout the day of doing these minor things and we start mistaking movement for achievement and they're very different.

This is also what I mean when I'm talking about is your Kung-Fu working? Like you're moving... You're moving but is it making anything happen? Is it achieving anything? Are you going anywhere? Are you building momentum? Are you reaching the goal? ... So, be careful about mistaking movement for achievement.

How are you doing so far? I think this is pretty interesting so far hopefully, you can see that between majoring in the minors and the low hanging fruit and the mistaking movement for achievement is a form of phantom productivity which is telling us why it's true that our to-do list or your to-do list is thwarting your success.

There's one more idea here I want to share with you too. Ever heard this phrase? (Showing a piece of paper) "The Devil is in the Details"... The devil's in the details, this is a very fascinating piece when it comes to our mindset that when we get caught up in a lot of details, a lot of options or possibilities of things that need to be accomplished it gets very detail-oriented and starts listing all the things. It's like you have to get up in the morning and remember to put your pants on, probably I hope so... Hahaha... You don't have to remember to get and put your pants on, but if you put on your to-do list just something to check off... Number one you're getting those dopamine hits that mistaking movement for achievement but then also we've got all these things running through your head all these extra details that burn up energy. They burn up your mental and emotional energy, they burn up your ability to focus and that's why the devil's in the details, and this is another reason why your to-do list is thwarting your success.

I got a couple of other things I want to share with you. See, if we are looking at the idea that the to-do list is messing up success for us and we look at these other options here, what do you do about it? What do we do about it? I want to share with you a couple of concepts, 2 major ones that are going to be really helpful for you.

The first one is this (Showing a piece of paper) “The Priority of the Import”. You see, you have a limited amount of time and you have a limited amount of energy... Welcome to being a human being, this is not a judgment on you this is just recognizing who we are and how we are and recognizing what we have... Everybody's got the same 86400 seconds in a day, right? The same amount of time available to us. It's what we do in that time frame, it's the idea that time management is a misnomer, it's about time maximization... And time maximization is making sure that your priorities are the important things, the priority of the important.

What's important that needs to get done and everything else should just not be on the list or not even be a consideration because it'll get done at some point in time if it's really necessary, and that's another thing is we end up finding out that there are a lot of things that really aren't as important as we think that they are. At first, it feels like it’s important and I got to get it done but you know what, when it doesn't get done... And if you noticed that sometimes the world doesn't fall apart when it doesn't get done, right? Success doesn't come crashing down, your life doesn't come crashing and burning and those kinds of things and so the priority of the importance can be a really really important piece. What it does is it gives you the opportunity to priorities that which is really going to be the most important pieces of getting you where you want to go without having to clog you up with all of the details... All the details of that to-do list.

Alright, one more thing. As you're considering the priority of the important, this is what you want to focus on (Showing a piece of paper) “Only the Needle Movers”. What's a needle mover? When you look at a needle, it's like in a vehicle when the RPM's go up or I mean the engine's spinning faster and faster or when you look at your miles per hour and that needle starts moving towards 50... 60... 70 miles an hour and you went faster and faster, the bottom line is that needle mover are the few critical things that are going to move you to where you want to be. They're going to get you where you want to go faster with less effort, it's about energy over effort, it's about putting the focus on the right things and the right things is the needle mover. And I'm going to tell you, my friend these are few, they're not very many of these needle movers.

You need to get clear what is your 20 percent that gives you 80 percent of the results, you need to get clear on those things and then you need the calendar and schedule those things and then you follow the calendar because your life becomes so much easier. If you were to take your priority critical factors, critical needle movers if you will and then you would put them in your calendar and then you just follow on your calendar every day... It's a game-changer... It's a game-changer and your success is no longer being thwarted.

I have a reminder that shows up every single day in my reminders on my phone. It goes off first thing in the morning and it says “Greg win the day!”... Win the day! And what that tells me to do is get focused on the needle movers and critically focused to get rid of that stupid to-do list that's clogging up my brain and get me busy on the things that don't matter but win the day. And then at the end of the day when the day is over another reminder goes off on my phone and it says “Did you win the day?” and it's a good way for me to review and make sure that I stayed focused on the things that matter, I stayed focused on the needle movers.

Success can be simple my friends and I wish that for you...

So hopefully this is helpful to you. I'm sure that you'll find some great ways to implement this and reach out to me, let me know what you're doing with all the stuff.

Alright, you know I love you. Be great, that's what you made for!

Talk soon.

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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 R's of Self Mastery
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey! It’s me, Greg Schweitzer! Founder and Chief Catalyst at Catalyst Transformation Institute.

And I'm going to share with you a couple of phrases and I want to ask you if you've heard these before?

The first phrase is “You can never have more success than you have discipline”.

The next phrase is “You can never have more happiness than you have discipline”.

And the third phrase is “You can never have more freedom than you have discipline”.

I don't know if you believe these, but in all of my work, in all of my experiences in life I found this to be really, really true and I'm not alone and so I firmly believe these. But what I really want to do today is I want to help equip you with the “How?”.

You see, when we hear these models and phrases and mantras and those kinds of things they are only helpful to a certain degree because knowing these or hearing these sort of things doesn't necessarily help us make it happen. And that's what I am really all about, I want to help you be at cause and put you in power around the results in your life.

Let's talk about the 5 R's of self-mastery.

The 5 R's of self-mastery or how you can be able to leverage discipline to have the happiness, the freedom and the success that you really, really want.

You’re ready?

The first R is called “Right Way”. There's a way things work, there's a right way to do stuff and then there's a way that doesn't work. There's a wrong way if you will okay, it just doesn't make something come together.

What I want you to know is I'm sharing these things with you because I think this conversation is important enough to equip you to be able to have self-mastery which is the key to all happiness and success and freedom. But I also have my notes sitting right here because I think this conversation is important enough that I don't want to miss anything, I don't want to spare any expense, I don't want to hold back and I'm going to give you everything I got! I trust you’re okay with that.

The right way… This is about the prevention of problems. You see, wrong things… Doing the wrong thing equals a difficult future. But doing the right things the right way… Creates a lot less problems.

There are a lot of people who jump out and just take some action and start running in a direction not knowing if they're doing the right thing or if they're doing it the right way but I'm going to get started, and you know what?... As long as that person is okay with a lot of challenges and problems that they have to overcome to get somewhere... They might make it… But I don't know about you? I'm a big fan of doing things the easy way if I can, I'm a big fan of doing the things that create the results so that I can enjoy the results that I get.
It's not about laziness, this is about efficacy.

Efficacy is your belief in your ability to make things happen. It's your ability to make stuff come together. So, starting off by doing the right thing the right way is going to be really, really critical.

Now what I want to share with you, each of these… For each of the 5 R's, I've given them a model. It would be… If the R of the right way could speak, this would be the model that it says. The model of the right way is “Just do the next right thing”. That’s it! That’s it!

If you just figure out what it is that I need to do next and you figure out that it's the right thing the right way, you do that. And then when you're done with that… Guess what you do? You do the next right thing.

Alright, off the 5 R's. R number 2 stands for “Resistance”. You don't need me to tell you this, you probably think of 1000 experiences in your life that once you begin taking action on something… Resistance shows up, right?

Sometimes we run into challenges, hiccups, speed bumps, whatever they are but in some way, shape or form resistance shows up and my friend… Resistance is the refusal to accept or comply with that interference, with that challenge. The truth of the matter is when you want something and you're going to begin with the right thing the right way, you have to fight for it, right? We have to fight for having the life that we want and the success that we want and the freedom that we want and so on. So, we gotta fight for it, that's why we got to resist.

This also puts some in a position to avoid simply rolling over when you receive opposition. Yeah, there’s going to be people, there’s going to be circumstances, there’s going to be things that are going to show up and you may even get in your own way from time to time and create some interference. But simply rolling over and giving up is an abdication of your sovereign authority… “Ohh” fancy term… But I want you to hear that for a minute… An abdication, meaning you're giving up your sovereign authority to direct your life and you'll never win that way, you'll never have freedom and happiness and those kinds of things and I want you to stay in power around your results.

Alright, a little bit more about resistance… Years ago there was a gentleman who wrote a book. He's actually called the father of modern positive psychology, his name is Martin Seligman and wrote a book called learned optimism. That optimism and pessimism are learned traits, learned behaviours and you see it's those people who have a tendency to have learned optimism… I mean, excuse me… learned pessimism that are the ones that have a tendency to give up. So if we do have learned pessimism, we don't resist and I want you to be able to resist.

Alright, you’re ready for the model for resistance?

For the second R, which is resistance, the model is “Resistance is not futile”. For those of you who are Trekkies - Star Trek fans, that'll make some sense for you but most of us have heard the term that resistance is futile. No! It's not! Okay… And you can become stronger at being resistant to the challenges that are coming at you. Resistance is not futile.

Alright, number 3. The third R of the 5 R's is “Resilience”. See, what happens oftentimes is when we are off and running, we're putting our energy towards doing the right thing the right way and we receive a little bit of resistance and we have to fight back on that, it's going to take some resilience and energy and resilience is critical.

Listen, I want to define resilience for you a little bit in a way that's going to help you be able to see it… We have to first begin by accepting the fact that things aren’t always going to go our way. That sounds kind of counterintuitive but one of the keys to resistance or excuse me, resilience… One of the keys to resilience is understanding that things just aren't always going to go our way. And if we can understand that and allow it to be a reality, there are some things we can just let roll off our back. “You know what? That did not go what I wanted to but I'm going to keep going”, and that's a lot about what resilience is.

You see, resilience is about handling setbacks. It's about handling stuff that has come and it is either currently challenging us or has taken the wind out of our sails, right? It's like taking one to the gut - how do I recover from that, right? It's handling setbacks… And be really careful with the meaning that you give… To the opposition or to the resistance, I mean to the interference that is showing up, okay.

This is really critically important because we start giving these weird meanings to the resistance that shows up for us or the interference that shows up for us then… We’ve given meaning like “Ahh! See, this was never meant to happen” or “Ahh! I guess, I'm just not good enough to handle this” or “I'm not strong enough” or, or, or “I'm not smart enough” and that is a terrible way and another way to abdicate your sovereign authority.

Alright, one more thing about resilience is that… Our biggest problem when it comes to resilience is believing that we shouldn't have any… Our biggest problem is believing that we shouldn't have any problems and it's really the fact that… A, the fact of life that problems do show up, things get hard sometimes and interference shows up. And yet as I said before, overcoming interference really makes us feel like we really come through.

The model for resilience in the 5 R's of mastery is “Make meaning, avoid misery”.

Make meaning, avoid misery. When you receive interference and you are going to stand strong against the wind, against the waves, against the current if you will… Give it a proper meaning, it doesn't mean you're weak or broken or any of those kinds of things but what it might mean is like “Hey, I just need to put a little bit more effort”, “Hey, this means I'm on the right track because I'm receiving some resistance and I'm going to go for it”.

The Fourth R of the 5 R’s of self-mastery is “Recovery”. When we begin with doing the right thing the right way and we receive some interference and we resist that interference and then we have some resiliency to handle those things that are going to come out of us, right? And handling those setbacks then it's helpful to have some recovery.

You see, we can't… As human beings were never intended to continue any sort of activity indefinitely, we need rest, we need recovery, we need… Restoration, okay. And so, what's your recovery time like? Give yourself some recovery, some recovery time. What does that need to look like? I don't know… Maybe you need to go for a run or a workout, maybe you need to take a nap, maybe you need to get a little bit of extra sleep, maybe you need to take a vacation, but the bottom line is that in order for us to be able to have the energy… The will power to continue in self-mastery, we need to rest, we need to recover, we need to regain our strength, yes?

There's also an interesting piece here about recovery and it's around the grief cycle because sometimes in the midst of swinging for the fences, in the midst of trying to be our best self to have self-mastery it can be a little bit tiring and… It can feel like… Sometimes it feels like lost, sometimes it feels like it's hard and so there's the grief of understanding that, you know sometimes things are difficult and allow yourself to experience the grief, right?

This whole toxic positivity sort of thing is not working for me or anybody else for that matter, okay. There are times when it makes sense for us to go through grief and understand that there was some loss or some frustration and to acknowledge it… Let it be for a minute… And then we can let go of it, move on the other side. Remembering that letting go is for the purpose of receiving, that's part of recovery…

And also be kind to yourself… Every person's recovery method is going to be a little bit different. The way that you restore yourself to get back at it with life and with mastering your own self so that you can have the freedom and the happiness and the success, it's going to be different for each individual person. Find what works for you and be good to yourself.

The model for this last… I mean the fourth R of the 5 R’s of self-mastery is “Have a 5-minute funeral, get back on the horse”. Grief does not have… I'm sorry not grief, recovery does not have to take a long time. Do enough for yourself whatever that means for you to be able to feel recovered but have the 5-minute funeral over what didn't go wrong… I mean what didn’t go right and then get back on the horse.

Alright, number 5 of the 5 R’s of self-mastery is “Recalibrate”. See, what happens a lot of times is people who are experiencing less happiness, less success and less freedom is that they may go through the 4 of the 5 R’s and get to recovery and never pull themselves out of recovery. It's called quitting, it's called giving up… “I'm so tired this is been so hard, I'm going to take a break”, and then they never get back to the thing, they never get back to self-mastering and help themselves grow and so this is why the recalibration phase is so important.

To recalibrate is… is in relation to a feedback loop. You see, we've gone through this process of the right way and the resistance and the resilience and the recovery and now we have this feedback loop that gives us information that says “Hey! this worked, this didn't. So let's rinse and repeat what worked and let’s edit or pivot around what didn't”, and that's what recalibration is all about. It's making corrections to the process of becoming the best version of yourself, of becoming a master of yourself.

One really good way to do this too, besides your own experience of the feedback loop is to get some advice, get a coach, get somebody who's in your corner cheering you on, flying your flag and singing your song but at the same time holding you accountable to the greatness that's already inside of you.

Sometimes, a lot of times we can't see our own junk, we can't see the stuff it's getting in our own way around self-mastery and it's good to have an insight of another person, for both the stuff that tells us how great we're doing and the stuff that tells us like “Hey, man you're hiding from this, you need to pony up”. I've got a couple of coaches in my life and I also have a wife who likes to coach me sometimes and I receive it as often as I can because it really does give me new insight, new information to pivot and start the cycle back around… By doing things the right way and begin again with self-mastery.

Here's the model for the recalibration phase of the 5 R’s of self-mastery: “Adjust and then do the next right thing”. We began at the very beginning with doing things the right way which is just do the next right thing and then once we get through this process and we recalibrate… Recalibrate is an adjustment and then again we do the next right thing.

So beautiful, right? Simple 5 steps process for you to be the best version of yourself and it's somewhat cyclical, you can rinse and repeat, you can keep going through these process and what's great about that my friend is that it creates progress… And you know that when you're progressing and you're getting better and you're gaining mastery around something it feels good… Progress over perfection.

These are the 5 R's self-mastery, take them, use them and I hope it equips you to be able to make something happen.

Give me some feedback, reach out to me! Let me know how it goes.

And if you want some help in this area, as a coach that's what I do! I would love to cheer you on and help you out.

You know I love you!

Be Great! It's what you made for.

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Strategic Alliances
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey, I’m Greg Schweitzer! I'm the Founder and Chief Catalyst of Catalyst Transformation Institute, and I’m your Coach for all things associated with doing your best work and living your best life.

And I want to ask you, have you ever heard the phrase that says “No Man is an Island”. It's been around for some time and most people don't know the origins of that, but I want to ask you about this because I want to talk about a topic today that I believe is going to be really important in the way that you are able to create change and betterness in your life and your work. To bring some momentum and some exponential growth to whatever it is that you want to make happen. But the phrase “No Man is an Island” actually comes from a poem by a man named John Dunn and this guy was a poet, about 400 years ago he wrote this poem. This is the origin of that phrase “No Man is an Island” and what's interesting here is that we've all… For the most part, most of us have heard the phrase “No Man is an Island” and understand what it means… Different things. I want to kind of share with you the origins and the original meaning and how that can apply to what you're swinging for when you're out there doing your work and living your life.

John Dunn in his poem has this one line that says “Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind”. And I think it's really important for us to be able to recognize the vast importance of having other people in our life, that everything that we do and everything that other people do we affect each other. Even though these things that sometimes we think nobody's watching or nobody knows, in some ways it can come out and affect other people. And if we're going to have other people be that connected to us because we can't help it… It's in our human nature, we want to make sure that we're being very purposeful with the people that we're allowing in our lives because it can be magnificent, it can be glorious.

Just think about the best relationships you have in your life. Think of your significant other or your spouse or your best friend and you're like… That makes my life much more fulfilling, that is a much richer way to be able to live. Maybe it's the people you work with… You've got the people you work with that you just really enjoyed, you guys have a good time while you're there and you get great things done and you cheer each other on, that can be a very enriching part of life. And yet they're probably those people or those experiences in your life where you had those people that they kind of drag you down… They are like energy vampires to you and those relationships.

People have a profound effect on our lives and what I want to do is to share with you some insights today on creating strategic alliances in a way that's going to be fruitful for both the fulfilment of your personal life as well as your personal and business life. Are you ready for that? Good!

Here's the first thing we're going to talk about. Is that when you're looking at creating strategic alliances I want you to think about “Why”, like what's in having a strategic alliance? Obviously, there's the fulfilment of having nice relationships but when you look at the idea of a “Strategic Alliance” that wording, reminds me of… “War”. Now I know that may seem kind of dark but that's not my intention here because the fact of the matter is that we always have challenges and things we have to overcome but when you look at some of the great strategies of war, sometimes opposing forces, opposing sides will come together against the common enemy. When you look at things that happened like in the civil war there were the colonials that were these… A militia basically, they weren't actually trained soldiers but in order to win the war, the soldiers actually had to… And the government had to actually engage this militia and use them in their strategies to be able to battle. So, who are your strategic alliances? How are you battling in a way that's helping you to be able to win?

Let's talk about the important pieces. The characteristics, what you should be looking for to be purposeful with the people that you're allowing into your life and into your work? One of my favourite authors says… And his name is Matthew Kelly by the way… He says that “The world gets out of the way for people who know who they are and where they're going, and then he comes in and says anyone or anything that does not help you to be your best self and live your best life is too small for you”.

So the very first characteristic that I want to share with you is trust. When you're looking about who you're going to allow in your life, who you're going to allow in your business, who is going to be a strategic partner for you, trust is of utmost importance. And see here's the interesting thing about trust… Trust is earned… Trust is also given and what I mean by this is that on the side of the people who want to be a part of your life or you're thinking about allowing into your life, they need to be able to earn that trust. As a matter of fact, if I were you I would start small, what are some small things that you can trust them? Like testing the waters, see how they respond, see how responsible they are with everything that's important to you. Whether it's your heart or your finances or your business or whatever might be… Your kids for that matter, can I trust you with this. So, start small things and that's on our side, trust is something we give… And it's something that they earn.

I also know that sometimes we can give trust to a person without actually having… Was sort of vetted by that person, sometimes like “Oh! That sounds so good, it's going to get so amazing!” we get so emotionally caught up and we just say “Yes!” and we trust the situation. And I know, I know… You have, I have, we've all been burned in some way, shape or form. So just make sure that you're being very purposeful and careful with the level of trust that you're giving to people and make them earn it, right? If they really want to be part of the great thing that you're offering them, which is yourself… By the way, don't ever underestimate that. If you're offering even just yourself in a relationship, friendship or whatever it might be partnership… It's enough, it's enough and you should protect that and you should be able to be in a position where somebody can be trustworthy with that.

Alright, the next thing I want to talk about is personal character. When you're looking at creating strategic alliances with people, their personal character matters, I feel very, very, very strongly about this. Let's talk about what I mean by character because that word sometimes can feel a little elusive. The character really comes down to, how did they behave? How did they show up in certain situations? One of the most important situations that you can ask yourself is, how does this person show up when the pressure is on? We as human beings have values in our life and the ways that we behave, in ways that we show up and sometimes those ways seem to be just fine until… We hit a threshold until we're kind of backed into a corner and you need to know what these people are going to be like when that happens because you are counting on these people. You're counting on this person to be in your corner and if things get a little uncomfortable, a little bit weird and they do at times in life and in business. You need to know are they going to fold up, are they going to throw you under the bus, are they going to back you up or are they going to be able to stand toe to toe with you or side by side with you against the giants, that's what character is all about.

The third piece that I want to share with you is like-mindedness. Now, this is really very interesting because when I think of like-mindedness I'm talking specifically about values, beliefs and modes of thinking. I've shared this before, but we all have personal values… Personal and professional values, things that are really important to us about life and aligning ourselves with people who have similar values really brings fulfilment in a relationship. Plus, when it comes to taking action, making things happen, chances are you're going to land in the same zone when it comes to having values. And by the way, when I say values, beliefs… Beliefs are also a critical part of that and quite honestly values are actually a collection of what we call a high level of beliefs. So beliefs and values are very much intertwined, but that doesn't mean you have to believe everything exactly the same.

I've got people in my life who have strategic business alliances with, that we have some similar values and business but from a perspective of our mindset or psychology or even… Let's say our spirituality has completely different views on that. That can still work okay, so be sure that you're recognizing that.

The third piece I talk about like-mindedness is modes of thinking. You may not always think the exact same things, but how you think it's critically important. I want you to feel the difference, I want you to notice the difference between the two. There's the content or that “What you think” and then there's the “How you think” which is more about the structure of thinking. Positive thinking, when we always talk about… You know being positive and being as positive as we can, is not always as much about content as it is about structure, it’s usually a combination of both. But when you have like-mindedness in terms of thinking, you guys can think similarly and be able to process things similarly in a way that you'll be able to be aligned. Okay, so you're getting the point here.

So far we talked about trust, we talked about character, we talked about like-mindedness. Also comes to strategic partners, I also want to talk with you about the flip side of this and I'm going to call it, unlike mindedness. Now, if we have like-mindedness that's really good and sometimes it's way too easy for us to align ourselves with people who like what we like and want to make us feel good and they never challenge us. They're just like “Oh, it's okay” or “I know you didn't do that”, “You know… You ate the extra doughnuts, okay so no big deal” or you didn't do the work that you were supposed to do in your business and “It's alright, you know we're just going to… You know I love you anyway” and there's a need for that. There's a need for that kind of encouragement and yet at the same time, you need to know that the character… Or the ability of this person… Or at least have some people in your life who are unlike-minded and when I mean by this is specifically in the category of ideas, perspectives and experiences.

So, if we look at ideas being unlike-minded when it comes to ideas… I got to tell you that even in my own life, I'm glad that I have strategic partners, strategic alliances. I'm glad that I have coaches in my life, even my wife sometimes will bring an idea to me that I haven't thought of before and all of a sudden… All of a sudden I have a new open door, a new way to move forward and it gets really exciting.

If you look at history what you'll find is that historically these are some of the greatest inventions of the things that have changed the course of history over time. Was a combination of something traditional that we kind of already thought of and something out there that somebody else came up with a new idea, and we can merge those things together and mix it together and create something completely innovative and new.

So, you need new ideas, you need fresh ideas but we also need fresh perspectives… We don't see things the same as other people, we may have different perspectives, we may have a different point of view. And when I say the point of view it's kind of like, if you see a car accident that happens… You got one person who tells the story of what they saw and another person tells the story of what they saw, and the stories are just a little bit different because their perspectives are different. Having various perspectives gives you a broader view, gives you more data and information from which to make decisions, and having people in your life with different perspectives can be fruitful even if you don't agree with that perspective.

The third piece on being unlike-minded with your strategic alliances is experienced. There are some things I just haven't done and experienced in my life, there are some things that you haven't done or experienced in your life. And when other people come into our lives and they’ve had those experiences and they can share that with us, it enriches our own experience of life and maybe we decide to take that on… I've never been to Africa, but I have friends who have gone to Africa and they said it was an amazing experience and they told me about it. And I was like, it doesn't sound like what I thought about Africa would be and that sounds very interesting. So I may sign up, I may just go to Africa… So, you get the idea here that when people have different experiences and they share those experiences with you it enriches your life but it also gives you more for which to be able to create the life you're looking for as well.

One more piece, we've talked about trust, character, like-mindedness, unlike mindedness and the last piece I want to talk about is a skill. And we're talking about skill, I'm talking about both the tactical kinds of skills and the more ethereal types of skills. Another way to think of that would be the physical types of skills where you're actually physically taking action and psychological skills, modes of thought being able to give us new perspectives to conversational language not necessarily through doing actions if you will.

So when you bring strategic alliances, align yourself with people who are better at something because that's going to either teach you and you can grow and learn it or they can handle something for you that you can leverage off… Or on the flip side, you bring a strategic alliance with somebody whose skill level or whose skill is completely different than yours that you don't have it all and you can bring them into your world as well. So there's one part of learning a new skill but there's another part just leveraging somebody else's genius which is very, very powerful…

We were looking at doing some additions to our house like a deck or maybe put some new siding on it, and if I wanted to I could probably get out there and help somebody to be able to do that but there's no way I can do that on my own. So take a strategic alliance with somebody, who's really good at that stuff… I have a brother who runs a commercial construction company and he's really good at what he does, I could call him if I want to… Have a cousin who does this or I could hire somebody… I think you're getting the idea here.

I've shared with you some key ways to be very purposeful about who you allow into your life and to do it on purpose. I want you to understand, I'm not telling you to be standoffish about people and I'm not telling you to accept everyone in your life but what I am saying is that seek out people and strategic alliances, relationships that are to be fruitful for your life. Fruitful for the experience of a fulfilling life and fruitful for the adventures, in the business and the hobbies and the things that you want to accomplish and achieve.

There's one more thing to this piece and it's very, very important. If you hear nothing else for me today, I want you to hear about strategic alliances and I want to talk to you about the difference between being skeptical and being cynical… When it comes to people in your life and who you're allowing in your life.

You see, a cynic says “I don’t really care what you have to say”. A cynic says “I've already got my mind made up and… No thank you. I don't… Know… You don't… Stop… Don't… I don't care… it's over, goodbye. I don't need that”. It's pre-judging a person or a situation that's what a cynic does. They say to themselves and they say to the world my hallucinations are just fine, and they close themselves off from great people, great experiences, perspectives and ideas. But a skeptic is a person who says “Okay”, I will let you in a little, I will hear what you have to say and then I'm going to decide from here whether not I take that on as my truth or I take you on into my world or if I don't… And see the difference between being a cynic and being a skeptic is that a skeptic has kept themselves in power about who and what they allow in their life, where is a cynic is coming mostly from a place of fear or arrogance and it's cutting off that which is going to make them better as a person and make their life much more experiential. I bet you can agree with that, right!

So be skeptical, don't be cynical. Purposely search out some strategic alliances and make your life that much more glorious, make your success that much more profound because you now know how to do this.

Alright, you know that I love you!

So be great! It's what you are made for.

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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! 
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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.

Test Your Assumptions
By Greg Schweitzer
Hi! I’m Greg Schweitzer the Founder and Chief Catalyst at Catalysts Transformation Institute.

And have you ever had a situation where someone came to the wrong conclusion about you or someone came to the wrong conclusion about something you did or about something that happened? I'm sure you have! As a matter of fact, have you ever come to the wrong conclusion about somebody else or about something they did or about a particular situation even though… Even though that you are absolutely sure, that you are absolutely right about the conclusion? I know, because I have too… But how does this happen?

This is something really important to talk with you about today and I labelled this video “Test your Assumptions” because really what we're talking about here is the difference between coming to a conclusion or to a preclusion, what's the difference?

If you look at the dictionary definition of a conclusion, it is a decision that is reached by “Reason”… Reasoning. But if you look at a preclusion, it means the barring of evidence. What's the difference there? The difference is when somebody comes to a conclusion about something, they have looked at the evidence, they've seen the story, they’ve seen what is really happened, they've checked it all out and by reason right... By the reasoning, they've come to a conclusion or decision about what something means. A preclusion on the other hand is that somebody has raced to some sort of what they thought was a conclusion but they left out some of the evidence… They left out some of the details of the situation. You get this, you understand this, you experience this probably multiple times in your life and it happens on a regular basis.

How is this a problem? Well, this is a problem because when people, ourselves included come to decisions that are a little bit too rash without reasoning or we come to preclusion and we've left out some details it can do things like damage a relationship, it can do things like cost us money because we make a very expensive mistake and the list could go on. But what I want to do is I'm going to share with you why this happens and how it happened so that you can prevent it, so that you can make better decisions, so that you can have situations where things go your way more often because who doesn't want things to go their way? Right!

I want to share with you about this for just a minute here. I use a phrase with people when I'm coaching with them and when I'm working with them and when I’m teaching classes and seminars and the phrase is “Know thyself to direct thyself” and that's what I want to do today. I want to teach you how to know thyself so that you can direct yourself. I want to teach you how to know… How as a human person on average… People process information? How we make meaning from the things that happen in life so that we can do better in using reason to come to a great conclusion, an accurate one, instead of coming to a preclusion where we've left out information and make ourselves look like fools.

Here's how this works. What initially happens is that some sort of event or experience shows up and you can see what I'm doing right here (pointing at the monitor) and we have a perception of what happens. I want you to imagine this, you're standing on a street corner. It is a fairly busy street corner all of a sudden “crashed”, you hear these 2 cars crashed together and you see what happened there. You're standing on one corner and somebody else is standing on a different corner and when the police officer shows up to do the investigation and find out what happened, they get testimonies from people… Why is it that people's testimonies are a little bit different? Sometimes a lot different, you probably experience that to some extent. So what happens is that you have given your testimony and says “Well this is what happened in this person in the blue car you know actually turned too soon and ran into the red car” and then the other person on the other side of the corner says “Well it looks like that the blue car or excuse me the red car is at the right way but the blue car turned into them and...” Maybe it’s a little different story. It doesn't matter what the details are, but the bottom line is we have a perception of what happens when we have some experience.

Here’s what is happening in your brain, we have this perception “This is what I see happening” and then what happens is we have what we call an association (pointing at the monitor) and this is really interesting because your brain already has an idea of how the world works. You've been around on this planet, you've been on earth as a human being for probably several decades at least, and you kind of get an idea of how things work. And when we have an idea mentally of how things work and then something new happened, we have a new perception our brain has to do this integration process where it says “Hey this is how I know the world works and this is the new thing that's happening, how did these things fit?” and we call that association. We ask ourselves… Subconsciously, by the way, this only happens on a subconscious level… When we have this perception we ask ourselves “Have I ever seen anything like this before?” so I can associate it with something. Once we have the perception and then we ask that subconscious question “Have I ever seen anything like this before?” we end up with what we call an interpretation (pointing at the monitor), this is where we decide what something means.

If I were to be driving down the road and all of a sudden I got a flat tire. My perception (pointing at the monitor) is “Huh! My car is kind of lopsided, it's not working right, ohh.” Association (pointing at the monitor) I've had a flat tire before or my parents told me about a flat tire or whatever might be and that means I have a flat tire. But my interpretation (pointing at the monitor) of that could be “God! you see this stuff happens to me all the time, I'm just the most unlucky guy on the planet” or my interpretation could be “Ohh! This is a flat tire, dealt with this before. Change the tires, I’m just going to get out and handle that and be on my way.” So this is where you get your interpretation. This is where things get really interesting and this is where we get into the difference between the conclusion and the preclusion because of what happens next… Is that we form a belief.

Once we have seen the situation we said (pointing at the monitor) “Have I ever seen this before?” with an association, we create an interpretation which gives it meaning and then we form a belief in that, and my friend we always, always, always behave or act on what we believe… And this is what's very interesting so that when that person who came to that conclusion, we're actually a preclusion that was inaccurate about you or something you did or about a situation (pointing at the monitor) it's simply because they formed a belief about what happened before they actually did the homework of finding out the evidence.

Because we've labelled this “Test your Assumptions”, what I want to encourage you to do is that… Because this process happens on a subconscious level and it happens lightning fast because that's how amazing you have been made. You've been made that your brain works lightning fast and that's been so helpful for us in so many different ways in our lives, this is just the process of slowing the… This is just the way to slow the process down and when you slow the process down then you can have more control, more influence over this process (pointing at the monitor). Test that assumption, have a perception, association and when you get in the interpretation phase right in here (pointing at the monitor) you can start injecting… Let's take a look at what's all the evidence, what's really going on here.

I want to share a phrase with you really quickly that was shared with me… This is several years ago now and it really rang true with me and it's going to take all that we've talked about right now up to this moment, and it's going to encapsulate it and put a cap on it for us, put in some conclusion on it if you will. The phrase is “Prescription before diagnosis is malpractice”, and you see when we come to an interpretation (pointing at the monitor) which then forms a belief and then we act on that and if we act too soon that's what we call the malpractice part… We come up with a prescription (pointing at the monitor) before diagnosing what really actually happened back here and then we don't have a diagnosis. And so “Prescription before diagnosis is malpractice”.

To keep yourself from making poor conclusions about other people, about other situations, about your life, about your business, about your career, about everything that's going on in your life. And to make more accurate ones which means you get to make more accurate decisions and when you make more accurate decisions then you have a greater influence over the trajectory of your life and your career, and my friend that's what I want for you.

The whole reason that I do what I do and the whole reason that I talk about being a catalyst is because I want to help you put yourself back in power around the results in your life. You see, I had a conversation last night with a client of mine and one of the things we talked about was that this person was abdicating his sovereign authority over his life by allowing the circumstances or interpretations of circumstances to make him feel a particular way or to behave in a particular way. He learns how to do that a little bit better and now you have to just by understanding this process.

So, be purposeful in how you make meaning in your life. Stop doing malpractice, allow yourself to test your assumptions, make great decisions and when you make great decisions you’re going to have greater results in your life.

Good! Listen, you know that I love you.

Be Great! It's what you made for.

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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.

This is EVERYTHING!
By Greg Schweitzer
This is everything!

What I'm about to share with you is so central to everything that you've ever done, to everything that you've ever wanted. To everything! Period!

This is so central that you'll never find anything that has so much magnitude on the effect of your life. Did I get your attention? I probably do! And I know that it sounds like a really big claim but as long as I've been doing what I've been doing and teaching people and helping people, converting people into high performers and studying human experience I've never found anything more powerful and more potent than what I'm about ready to share with you.

Are you ready? Here it is.

Belief is Everything.

There are so many things that we can talk about what affects life and what affects our performance, what makes success and what helps people make more money, what helps a good relationship but the bottom line is there's nothing more profound and more powerful than belief when it comes to all of those things…

Now, I wonder if you believe that.

If you do believe that, I think you're really going to love what I'm going to share with you in just a minute here. If you don't yet believe it, I think you're going to find this really interesting and I bet it's going to prove to you that I'm right… That I'm right, that belief is everything.

So let's take a look at this here, one of the things that I want to teach you really quickly is what I call the layers of existence. With my teaching and the model that I have called the catalyst model, one of the core pillars is called the layers of existence and really the layers of existence is a model to kind of explain the layers of the human person, a kind of how we function and it's a good metaphor for just kind of understanding a little more about how we feel as human persons.

The first or top layer. By the way, this is a hierarchical list of how we're made up, how our existence if you will. The first layer if you will is called purpose, like one of the things that have the most and actually it's at the top of the list of the things that have been the most power over the trajectory of our life is what we believe our purpose is. In terms of existence, in terms of what's the purpose of our business, what's the purpose of whatever it is that you just decided to be part of your life. Purpose has a trickle-down effect over the whole of our life and it's one of the most potent pieces.

Here's what's interesting. If belief is everything, what you believe your purpose is will have that much more an effect over the whole of your life. And if you were to take a look at this layer of existence it’s kind of like a pyramid if you will, at the very top being purpose and the next one down is identity. Who you believe you are and how you believe you are has a very, very profound effect on virtually everything in your life. As a matter of fact, if somebody were to shift what they believe about their identity it would literally shift everything about their values and their beliefs and their environment and their behaviours and virtually everything in their life, that's how high up on these layers of existence identity is. So, you got a purpose, you got an identity and the bottom line is who you believe that you are… It's how you show up. What you do, how you respond, what you allow in your life it's all based on that belief of your own identity.

Alright, let's look at the third layer. So we got a purpose, we got an identity and then we've got what we call values. Now in the world of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, we speak of values in a very purposeful way because that word is used a lot for a lot of different things. What we're talking about here is values are deep-seated collections of beliefs, it's really interesting that when people value something like say “Family”… Like you know, most people who have a family they value them to some extent… But what I'm talking about is like such a core belief that we would make our decisions from those beliefs of “Family is everything” even to the point of self-sabotage. People will sabotage their own experiences, their own lives because they want to be able to… At least subconsciously… Stick to their values.

So, you’ve got a purpose, you've got an identity, you've got values and now you’ve got we call capabilities or another word of that might be potential. What you believe you have in terms of potential determines how much of it you're going to tap into. We can determine how much you'll be able to access to affect your life.

Alright, so now we've got four layers. Purpose, identity, values, capabilities or potential and then it comes to behaviour. You see, what you believe drives all of your behaviour if you believe that you're a great salesperson you will go out and sell and if you believe that oh, no.. no.. I'm not a salesperson, you probably struggle. If you believe that you are a healthy person you probably eat and act and behave and be active as a healthy person and if you believe you're unhealthy… You probably show up differently, your diet probably looks different… Does that make sense?... That's behaviour.

And then the last layer of existence that I want to share with you is the environment. Another way to think about this is the results that surround you in the environment in which you live. What you believe about the environment that's right for you to live in determines the home you live in, the state you live in, the city, who you live with, determines how you take care of your surroundings and your belongings and all of those things. So, you can already see if those are the six core pillars or core layers of the human person that make up the whole of the human experience… Purpose, identity, values, capabilities or potential, behaviours and environment you can see that every one of those is our belief about those particular layers that really determine this overall experience of life.

Do you see where I’m going with this? Belief is Everything.

Now, let's look at the flip side of this. If that makes up the human person let's talk about this idea that's been around for a while that not everybody seems to completely understand and it's called limiting beliefs. The word gets thrown around quite a bit but I want to get some clarity on this because if belief is everything and it is… Belief is everything and it makes up most of what we are as human person I want you to see how prevalent and how pervasive your belief goes into your life and your performance, in your business, into your relationships in all of the core pieces and areas of your life.

So, here's what I want you to know about limiting beliefs… Well, actually here’s what I want you to know is I want to share with you that there are some certain categories that are going to show up as limiting beliefs that you might not have considered before and what you're going to notice here is that because there are so many other categories of limiting beliefs that… Because belief is everything, if we're being limited in so many different areas how much more living, how much more success is available to you because of this.
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Alright, limiting beliefs. All negative beliefs are limiting, their limiting beliefs. If it's negative and when I say negative I'm looking at a definition of being restrictive in terms of negative… I mean we can have negative opinions on particular things but that doesn't make it bad but this is something that's in some way reductive or reducing for our lives, so all negative beliefs… You get the idea…

The next category is all doubts. Yeah! That's right, doubt is a negative belief showing up before any results actually do. It's really pretty interesting… It's interesting that we can have a limiting belief or negative belief like a doubt, we can have a doubt about something even before it actually happens right, so negative belief about the future if you will. All doubts are limiting beliefs.

Comparisons, any time we make a comparison of ourselves to another person in terms of our looks, our beauty, our health, our ability to perform, whatever it might be all comparisons are actually limiting beliefs because we are actually… Not all comparisons… Certain comparisons… When I compare myself to my next-door neighbour because his lawn looks absolutely amazing and he gets out there, he spends hours and hours and hours a week with it and I’m not interested in spending that much time but that doesn't mean my lawn is bad or that I am bad necessarily but when I start doing a comparison, I was never meant to be him and that he was never meant to be me and that leads to some really uncomfortable and unhealthy things really.

Anything that you can't directly feel is a limiting belief… Pftt… What does that even mean? I know, the first time I heard it when I was studying this made me kind of “What does that even mean? I'm confused, what is that?”. I want you to think of it this way, anything that you can’t directly feel is when you say… When somebody says something like “I am not happy”, “I don't feel loved” … And if there is an absence of something like “I don't feel loved” that's something you can't feel right, it's like I don't feel the love so therefore I'm not feeling it and that's something you can't directly feel. The same thing with “not happy” there is an absence of happiness it is something that you can't directly feel and that feeling itself is a limiting belief. If I were to say I'm not happy, I believe that I'm… The opposite of happy or lacking happiness and that's limiting me in some way, shape or form so that's why that one was a limiting belief.

Next one, negations. Negations are things like, I won't be as good as that other person or I am not... See, won't and not, don't and those kinds of things. Any time we negate something like that we have actually created a limiting belief. We are making this list right, all negative beliefs, all doubts, all comparisons… Most… Many comparisons, anything that you can't directly feel, negation, there's more... 

Do you see where I'm going with this? Belief is everything, even if I just had a slight doubt that's a negative belief and belief weighs a lot in our lives.

This one's going to be… This one might actually stir you up a little bit, this might actually disturb you a little bit… Physiological issues, including sometimes disease. I know, that can be heavy and sometimes including myself experienced… Disease… Experienced hardship and illness and those kinds of things and the last thing we want to think about are like well I made that decision at some point in time to have this limiting belief that led me to being sick as I am. And don’t get me wrong, it’s not going to be everything and there are truly, truly real, real health problems and diseases that are out there. However, our physiology knows this more than we've ever known in history. Now our physiology is absolutely affected by what we think and what we believe. As a matter of fact, a belief is just a thought we have repetitively about how something is. The “is” of things.

Here’s another one, accidents. Believe it or not, we may have a limiting belief that may cause accidents, this happened to me several years ago and I don't want to get too long into the story but the bottom line is that I ended up accidentally taking 2 extra pieces of medication than that I was supposed to one day. Simply because I was having this belief, this limiting belief that I couldn't handle the busyness that was going on in my life at that time, although I've done it before which is really kind of odd and I've done it since but I just have this feeling that like… I just need a break man, I just need a break, I just need a break because I'm so busy and I need a break… And next thing I know… I pop a couple of extra pills and I literally got lucky to find the one person that was there, where I was at work early in the morning who raced me to the hospital and I spent the day in the hospital making sure my heart didn't stop because I had taken this medication... And sometimes that limiting belief can create accidents around us as well.

Here's one more, any negative emotions at effect and when I say at effect what I mean by that is if I feel some sort of negative emotion like sadness because of something somebody else did, I have chosen that particular emotion and it's limiting me in some way, shape or form. As a matter of fact, who wants to feel negative anyway right, and so that's a negative emotion if you will.

All of these things that I just shared with you come up in the world of Neuro-Linguistic Programming around what we called Time Techniques… Time Techniques and we use this to help people to let go of limiting beliefs but because there are so many little different categories here just limiting beliefs in and of themselves, and I've shared with you the layers of the human person, the layers of existence… You can probably see it by now… You can see that belief is everything.

Everything that you know about how the world works you believed it at some point in time and I want to share with you two more things because I just don’t want to leave you hanging with the facts like “Oh my gosh Greg, this is just like whoa! This is a lot of stuff”. But what I want to do is I want to bring these two ahead for you, and so the one thing I want to share with you really quickly is that… Limiting beliefs have a source… They happened for a reason, they have a source and I want to share with you that source because when I do… You're now going to have the awareness of knowing where limiting beliefs come from so that you can be careful not to generate limiting beliefs for yourself. As a matter of fact, you can actually use this to generate much more positive empowering types of beliefs for yourself.

Here it is!

Every single limiting belief from all those categories I just shared with you… Come from limiting decisions… At some point in time, you had an experience… A person has an experience, I've had experiences where my interpretation of that experience… I made a decision about what it meant, I made a decision about what was going to do, how it will affect my life and that decision solidified and anchored in me a limiting belief that has kept me from some other good that I could have in my life… Same thing for you, same thing for every human person…

This is good news! I hope you see that… I hope you see that… This is not a judgment on you saying “Hey! Way to go idiot you made a limiting decision… Aahhh… Fix yourself”. Now, what is this?... This awareness and awareness itself is transformational, we became aware that as you experience life, you're making decisions all the time about what these things mean and how it's going to affect the rest of your life or the rest of your day or whatever might be, you can now have control over this.

So, are you ready for the information that is going to help you be able to actually overcome this? If belief is everything, I want you to be able to create beliefs in your life that make your life glorious that make your success all the better. Here’s what it looks like when we have an experience the first thing that our brain does is it makes what we call an association. An association is your brain going “Hmm…” Have you ever seen anything like this before? So let's say I'm driving down the road and all of a sudden “Powww” I get a flat tire… Alright, I pull off to the side of the road and as a matter of fact, as soon as I hear the sound and I pull off the side of the road and look down there and then there's the tire you know… Flat as a pancake… My brain goes “Hmm…” Have we ever seen anything like this before? Okay, that's an association. In order for us to make sense of the world, we have to be able to take what we currently know with what is currently happening which is new, and you have to find a way to integrate those things otherwise we feel like we're insane like things just don't make sense, so we make an association.

Alright, so we have an experience and we have an association but then from the association… We now have or make an interpretation. So let me share this with you because I think this will be much more valuable for you. Look at it this way, if you look at the cycle right here (Pointing at the paper) there's the experience that happens to you and I have actually the word perception, we experience something, we perceive something happening like the flat tire and then what happens is we have the association “Ooh, have I ever seen anything like this before?”, “Yes, yes I have” or “No, no I haven't” and whatever the answer is, it moves us right into the next phase which is the interpretation of that event. Alright, interpretation is when we give something meaning… Defining moment… This is a defining moment, right? We give it some meaning and from that meaning, we form a belief.

If I haven't seen something before and I make an interpretation which then informs my belief, now my belief determines my “What is that says there?” (Pointing at the paper) Behaviour. All beliefs drive all behaviour, all behaviour drives all your results in your life and then it becomes a cycle. Because we perceive something, we have the association, we form an interpretation or meaning it becomes a belief. What does this mean?… We actually need to keep this, because I think this is going to be really important, what this means is that the key to… Navigating the truth that belief is everything is... The one step that's absolutely critical right here and it's right here (Pointing at the paper) interpretation… Interpretation, some of us have been sitting with beliefs that have been around for decades and they're not serving us anymore, they're past their expiration date and maybe they’re never really very good, to begin with. But you can undo that, you can reframe that by going back and having a new interpretation of the experiences, of the information, of the people that have happened to you over time.

Isn’t that good news? The good news is that belief is everything and it is your interpretation of an event that's going to determine those beliefs, and so you can now in the future be very aware and purposeful about how you interpret circumstances… I could have had that flat tire and got out of my car and interpreted it as like “Oh my gosh! This stuff always happens to me. Do you see how this is? My life is so terrible and I got the worst luck that there ever is”, that's one interpretation… Or I could have, had the experience, got out and saw the flat tire “Ooh… Hmm... I guess it's probably time to get new tires anyway, so it’s probably saving me a little bit of a headache from trying to remember it and I will be going to take care of it now”… Totally completely different scenarios, one was a lot heavier and uncomfortable than the other and all it was a difference of interpretation.

I want you to see how powerful you are, your ability to interpret certain circumstances makes you very powerful about how you're going to experience your life and your business and your relationships and your health.

Now, one more piece. Not only can you be purposeful about your future interpretations, but you can actually go back into your past experiences, back when you made these limiting decisions and from the perspective of who you are and how you are now from what you know now, years, decades later, look at in a new light and reinterpret those experiences. Give them a new meaning and let them anchor a new meaning inside of you and I guarantee you that this will be profound and what you can let go of, what you can reinterpret and let go of.

Listen, I love you! You know that I do! And I want to encourage you to let this be true for you because… Because it is…

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Be Great! It's what you are made for!

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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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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 Do You Define Success?
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey! It’s Greg Schweitzer, your Coach here at Catalyst Transformation Institute.

And I want to take you on a journey today. I want to do something a little bit different here and you can see that this video is titled “How do you Define Success?”, this is a question that comes up a lot with people I work with. As a coach, success is what people are after that's why they hired me, but this kind of more important journey... More of a personal one that I want to take you through. Because when we have a tendency to take a look at success we are flooded with and draped with all sorts of other people's definitions and other ideas of what has come in months, years, weeks and decades before us… Around what success is supposed to be or what it is, what it isn't and on and on and on.

I want to walk you through the journey today. I want you to play along with me because I think you might find some interesting things that come out of this. We're going to go a kind of a little bit into some layers of depth here that will make you think about success in a way that you probably haven't before, and I’m going to promise you that I think it's going to be refreshing… I really do think it's going to be refreshing.

Let's begin with some questions and actually, a lot of this is going to be questions because questions are powerful in that they get us to focus on something different, something new and so when we get to focus on new things, we get new perspectives and when we get new perspectives we understand things differently and we approach things differently. And so let's approach success differently than you had before and just see what it's like.

Here’s the first question, how do you know if you have success?... Think about that for a second…

Is success something you can have? Or success is something that you do? Success is something that you own?...

Have you ever been successful before?

How do you know that was a success? If you feel like you've been successful before, how do you know that it was? How do you know if it wasn’t… success?

Next question, how do you know that when something didn't go well in the past that it wasn't a success?

Here's another question, who are the people that you follow or have followed or admired who are successful? And what tells you that they're successful? How do you know what their success is? How would somebody else know if you were successful? Could they know if you were or if you weren’t?

Success is a really interesting word and I'm curious who did you learn your definition of success from?... These are some very intriguing questions and may not have any answers that come out right away but it gives us an opportunity to kind of take a look at the word or the idea of success from multiple different perceptual positions and wondering who do we get a definition of success from. How do we know that when things didn't go well it wasn't some form of success and who gets to decide what success looks like? And so if I ask you, what is your definition of success? What would you say?

You can probably already see everything's coming up inside of you but here's what's coming for me, when I asked this question about success to people just like I asked you right now “What's your definition of success?”, you know what’s interesting to me is that people start coming up with specifics like “Well I have this kind of car and I live in this particular location”. “I make this kind of money and I have this kind of relationship with these kinds of people” and on and on and on. That's really what success might look like in terms of its specifics but that's not an actual definition of the word success. Think about that for a minute?

When people say “How do you define success?”, most people are going to list off some sort of things that would be part of their life and how those things make them feel in order for them to define success and yet that's not the definition of the word… Why is this important? This is important my friend because your definition of success is actually very foundational. It's very, very critical that when you define what success the word is… It actually will be the foundation to the underlying piece on which you build all the details of how you would live out success.

Let me give you an example of what I mean. If your definition of success is not clear if your definition of success might set you up to pursue something unattainable… It might help you gain something you don't want, inevitably… This is really very fascinating and here's what I'm going to do, I want to submit to you an idea, I want to submit to you a definition of success, a working definition. Now, I'm not telling you what success for your life in terms of the details, maybe it's cars and money and people, maybe it's experiences, maybe it's… I don't know what it is for you and that's okay, that's not the point here... I want to introduce a definition of success as a baseline foundation from which to build your life and your dreams… Because if you don't have this definition, this foundation down and you try to build your house, try to build your dreams on top of something that's kind of weak, well you don't need to tell me and I don't need to tell you what will happen.

What I am going to do is I will show this definition to you and then I'm going to ask you a few more questions and really let this start to churn inside of you. So here's the definition of success we're going to work with, “Success is getting what you want without sacrificing what you need”… Let that sink in for a second here, “Success is getting what you want without sacrificing what you need” the word in linguistics we call this psychology. Is it good for self, is it good for others, is it good for the world as a whole or the environment as a whole? Is there anything that you could lose from having success? So based on this definition… One more time, the definition is getting what you want without sacrificing what you need, I'm going to give you a handful of questions for you to ask yourself any time you're thinking about… How do I become more successful than where I currently am? Or maybe there's another goal that you're after, to help you have great fulfilment in your life… I even took some notes here that I’ll be going to share with you, but you may want to choose to write these questions down because I found them to be incredibly fruitful both from my perspective when I'm deciding what I want in my life and what success will going to look like for me. Because I'll be honest with you I've pursued things in my life that I thought were success only to find out that they weren't a success for me but as a matter of fact, once I got there and I got close I was like “Why am I doing this?”.

Here’s the question, first what it is… What will I lose if I get it? When you think about whatever you're defining success as, what will I lose if I get it? Now, I know! Some of you inside is screaming a little bit because “Wait! We are in goal setting and we're trying to build a big life, Greg we are supposed to be positive but you're asking me these negative questions and no! no! no! no! no!” that's not it at all… Unless we can evaluate that which might not go as well as we'd like it to, how do we avoid it? How will we overcome it? And this is not about being negative, this is about being realistic so that we can overcome that stuff that might get in the way… When you're defining success, what will I lose if I get it? And the question is would you be okay if you lost that when you got it? Because sometimes in order to be successful we have to give up something in order to gain something else. Letting go was for the purpose of receiving.

Here’s the next question. What will I gain? If I'm successful what will I gain? Could I gain something that I don't want to have by being successful in this particular way? That's maybe something we have not thought of before. You see, I've pursued success in a particular way where I was so bent on getting this to happen but I didn't realize who I ended up starting to hang out with. Meaning who I was collaborating with and I found out that a little later on I needed to kind of do some pruning of the people who are in my life because although the pursuit of the particular goal or the particular level of success in or itself was not that really bad, it's just that some of the influence of the people I was around was not right for me and I started to gain something that I didn’t necessarily want.

What won't I get if I'm successful at this? Now, that's an interesting question to look at, a different perspective. What won't I get if I am successful? Are you okay not getting it… Whatever it is? And then lastly, what will I get if I'm not successful? That's an interesting question to ask because if you don't make it happen if you aren't successful in that particular area or in general what will I get from not being successful? Is there any value in getting it? Is it only pain if we don't succeed? I would submit that it's not but you have to decide that for yourself.

Ultimately what I'm working as a coach, when I'm sharing things like this with you and I'm teaching and coaching and I'm doing programs and I'm putting out content and on and on and on it's always to help people live a great life and to do their best work. I speak often and teach often what I called the “Law of Fulfillment” which is about… Everything that we're after in life is about gaining fulfilment, everything that we become, everything that we do, everything that we have is gaining some sort of fulfilment and, or can be likened to success. And yet we don't often pause to think about what is success anyway? What is it to me? Because there may be a certain characteristic of that, but the underlying definition of success that you're going to build all of those particular details on matters.

And I just wanted to share an idea with you that success is getting what you want without sacrificing what you need. We spend as a human being too much of our time pursuing successes and then undoing some of the junk that comes along with the pursuit of those successes that we picked up stuff along the way… That actually prevents and elongates the journey to success. I just want better things for you, I want great things for you and I'm sure you already have great things and those are worthy of celebrating like a pig wallows in slop while at the same time reevaluating what success looks like for me today, this year, this decade... I don't know, you got to decide what that looks like but hopefully, this has been helpful to you.

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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.

A Resilience Inventory
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey! It's Greg Schweitzer the Founder and Chief Catalyst at Catalyst Transformation Institute.

And I'm wondering if you ever feel like you need more to get through. Do you have those times when you feel like your tank is empty like you're constantly pushing but it just doesn't seem to be enough? There's always something coming at you, something trying to get in the way and even the simple things seem heavier than they should be. Do you have those days? I know, because I do and honestly even recently in the last couple of weeks just a lot of things are coming at me, and you know I was wondering how can I get through this? How am I going to get through? And then I remembered some really important things and I gave it a shot… I gave it a shot and I want to share with you what came out of that.

What I'm talking about right now is called resilience… And yes I'm outside, it's beautiful so you can hear cars driving by and I don't care because it's gorgeous out here but I'm sure you can still hear me fine… Now, we're talking about resilience… Resilience is… It's so incredibly important, it's so foundational to just live well and doing well and working well and so let's talk about what this looks like.

What the heck is resilience anyway? Why do we feel like this is constantly pressure coming at us when we're trying to walk in the opposite direction? And actually as funny as I looked up the definition of resilience because I have my idea of what it was like and I was pretty close but I got a kick out of the dictionary definition of resilience. One of the things that it says… It’s actually 2 things that it says that I want to share with you and one of the things it says is that… Might well, let me tell you my definition first and it was your ability to withstand what is coming at you, that's my definition of resilience. Your ability to withstand that which is coming at you.

And now when you look at the dictionary version of this, one of the things that are referred to is recovery time. Their definition included how quickly you can get back to some sort of normalcy, some sort of normal state if you will when things are coming at you or when you feel like you've been taken out or you know the pressure is on… So that’s one interesting piece and I had actually a coach in my life at one point in time and he tells me “Greg, your recovery time it takes” like when something comes at you and it hits you, it takes you a long time to recover from that than is necessary it needs to, and I learned a lot from that… And hopefully, you can too… So you know, with what your recovery time is like.

Here's an interesting thing too with recovery time and with resilience is that we need to have resilience not only for the negative things that are coming at us and trying to take us out and trying to push us down, but we need to have resilience around the positive things too and I know that seems kind of weird… But never heard of that phrase? It says “you can’t have too much of a good thing”… Sometimes there's a lot of energy and things involved in positivity. You ever have those times like… Hey, the friends have called this time you were invited to have dinner, to your neighbours or something like that… But you just, you know what I don't have it in me, I don’t have it in me to be social or to do this… It's great, it's cool, it's positive, everyone has great relationships, it's nice to be wanted, it's nice to be invited but not tonight… And so I want you to know that there's a positive and a negative side to this whole recovery time resilience thing.

Recovery time was one thing that came up in the definition and the other one was the ability to spring back into shape and I got thinking about this, it’s like spring back in shape that's a really good way to look at it because sometimes the things that are coming at us… We are all after really good things and we're wanting to have a good life and want to do great work and we want to run our businesses and our careers and our families and all things and we're going after it. But if you get bent out of shape about stuff it's like I am tired of pushing up against this or it’s just about there, it’s just about there and then something else showed up and you still get there from time to time but sometimes it just feels like there's enough things, enough interference showing up.

So, what I want you to understand is that resilience itself is actually an act of the will. Means you're going to try, means you’re going to put an effort into it, means that you need to decide that you're going to stand against the wind. When the wind is blowing in your face you have to stand against it at least for a time. Any good thing, any great thing that has ever come to a person or a community or a nation or even if you look at the world's greatest inventions it was because somebody had to stand against the wind or stand against the current if you will if something is coming at them but only for a time.

Now, how do we do this? How do we become more resilient? And I know there's a lot of talks... It seems like these days around resiliency but you know what? I'm a big fan of keeping things simple, you and I have enough things going on in our life that we just don’t need to have more complications, we don't need to have more things that we have to give ourselves too and so let's make it simple. Let's make resilience simple and honestly let's make it fun, I mean why does everything have to be such drudgery and have to be so challenging and to push myself so hard if we can make this fun and interesting.

Let's take a look at this, how do we grow resilience? And the reality is it may come from a really uncommon, really unlikely place… The best way to get stronger resilience is from your past problems… This is why I titled this video to remember your change, what do you think about this? What do you think about some past instances where you really had to fight for something where you really have stuff coming at you, had a problem, a challenge, an issue whatever you want to call it?… Think about those things… And then think about that in relation to where you are now.

This is going to be very, very powerful and I want to introduce you to the idea of doing a resilience inventory... A resilience inventory, and yes I just made this up but it's the coolest thing ever, I did this for myself in the last couple of weeks when I was you know… Dealing with my stuff and I said “Hey! You know what? I know about this stuff, I want to try this out” and so I did what I call the resilience inventory.

I want you to know that there are six key areas to the human person that I want you to know about so that you can do your resilience inventory. The six key areas are identity, our own personal identity, our values, our beliefs, our behaviours and our environment... I’ll say that again our identity, values, beliefs, capabilities, behaviours and environment. Now, what's interesting about this is that each level of these things like I did make them in order to have each layer higher, identity higher than values which is higher than capabilities has a more profound effect over our trajectory of our life and the trajectory of our ability to be resilient.

Here's how you do your inventory. I want you to sit down and remember a specific time when you struggled, when things were hard and challenging you needed to dig in and have some resiliency. I want you to remember what that was like. Now, I want you to do is I want you to come back to now and I want you to think about your identity, I want you to ask yourself the question how are you different now? Who do you know yourself to be now that you weren't before? What did you gain from that experience that makes you stronger and more courageous, more adaptable and more able now than beforehand when you didn't know how to handle that when you were facing it for the first time? This is how we do inventory. Then you take a look at your values, look at your values and you look for resiliency. You go back to more of your past experiences and by the way, you can do this with multiple experiences in your memories and in your past history where things are really hard, where you were pushed up against the wall and you're like “I don't know if I can handle this stuff”. Look at your values and ask yourself, what's important to you now more than it was before? What do you value now that you didn't value before because you have to go through that? Values are very, very critical to the human person and if we have anything that asks and requires us to live outside of our values it becomes a real problem in life and so what are your values like now?

The third layer is what we call capabilities this is actually about your potential, that's what capabilities are about and so when you go back and you look at some of the same circumstances where you're required to stand against the current, what do you believe now? What are you capable of doing? What can you make happen now “your capabilities” that you couldn't before? What do you know, how to do now that you didn't before?... We do this with kids all the time, they faced again something they've never done before, “I've never climbed a ladder before Dad, can you hold the ladder” or “Can you carry me up” or other some version that I don't want to do it, and yet “Son, yes you're going to do it”, “Daughter, yes you're going to do it” and you make them do it. But once they have done it in one time or maybe twice now they're like “Oh.. I climbed ladders that’s what I do”. So, what have you gained in terms of capabilities that you can do something now that you wouldn’t be able to do before?

Alright, so we covered identity, we covered values, we covered capabilities, what about beliefs? What do you believe about how the world works that you didn't believe before you had to experience to stand against the wind? What do you believe about yourself? What do you believe about people in the world? And what you believe about what's possible? I can't tell you how critical it is for you to grow in a belief of possibility, many people get stuck because they not believe or they stop believing that things are possible anymore. So, when you came out on the other side and even if it didn't look like you wanted it to look like when you came out on the other side what do you know now? What you know now that's different? What you believe now that's different?

Alright, behaviours. What are you doing now that you never did before? What are you capable of doing that you never did before and are you doing it? And then lastly, your environment. What does the whole of your life look like? Where do you live? Who you hang out with? What do you do for work? Where do you go? What's your home and your car looks like? How is that different from the past times where you were required to be resilient?

Listen, I want to wrap this up and I want to tell you something. You are much more capable, you're much more resilient, you're much more courageous and strong than you are giving yourself credit for. And for you to take some time to go back into your past and remind yourself of when you stood up against that which was coming at you, when you stood up against the opposition and you really held out for yourself regardless of what came. My friend, the victory is not in the outcome, the victory is in choosing to stand against for a time as you need too and then you turn that new skill over into habit. The victory is in the choice to stand against and that's what resilience is all about, it's an act of the will until you turn it over to habit but the bottom line is that you have gone through and you have come through tough things before.

You are resilient, you just got to believe it, you got to remember it and you got to use it.
You see greatness becomes you when you do this inspiration or this resilience inventory because when you look at the resilience that you've had in the past it's inspiring, you like “Yah… I did do that” and you can use that to move forward for whatever is next for you.

Listen, you know I love you.

Be great! It's what you're made for.

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The Next BIG Thing
By Greg Schweitzer
Hey, it's Greg Schweitzer the Founder and Chief Catalyst at Catalysts Transformation Institute.

And I want to have some fun with you today!

So what I want to do for just a minute is I want to read a list of items and I want you to listen to the words. Listen to the list of items and just tell me what you think.

You’re ready? Okay, here we go!

Pet Rocks
Atari
Cabbage Patch Kids
Nintendo
Pagers
Parachute Pants
IPods
GPS
Streaming Video
Minecraft
Cryptocurrency

What comes to your mind? What does that list mean to you? Maybe nothing, but what I will tell you is that at one point in time every one of those things on that list was the next BIG thing. It was like the most popular item or product or idea at any given time and I went back from the 1970s until the 2020s just to kind of take a look at what were the most popular things or some of the things that were the next BIG thing at that particular period of time. And what you'll find is if you look at that list some of them you may recognize, some of them you may not recognize because maybe you weren't even around yet and some of them you may be completely forgotten about, and that's something I really want to talk about today. I want to talk about what's the big deal with the next BIG thing?

You see, what I've noticed over the years is that each one of us or many of us in some way, shape or form is chasing the next BIG thing and sometimes we don't even know what the next BIG thing is, and it makes me wonder what's the big deal with the next BIG thing? Why is there always some sort of BIG thing? And what I want to submit to you today is the idea that chasing the next BIG thing is actually probably pretty fruitless... It's not as fulfilling as we think it might be, and so I'm going to submit to the idea that instead of pursuing the next BIG thing we're going to measure against doing the next RIGHT thing. Aha!... So instead of pursuing the next BIG thing we are going to pursue the next RIGHT thing, and I want to show you the differences between the two and then you can decide from there which you’re going to pursue that makes your life better.

Ready to have some fun? Alright, here we go.

Side by side comparison... If you look at the next BIG thing versus the next RIGHT thing, in the next BIG thing what's required is what we call Hope, this is a hope and a belief that this next thing is going to be it... It's the one that's going to make me rich, is going to make me happy, it's going to give me the relationship and my dreams, it's going to make life better and perfect in some way, shape or form. When we see this in movies and we hear it in some of our favourite music that you know… "Prince Charming comes and the next BIG thing happens and aahhhh" … And we all have hope for that but here's the problem, although hope is foundational and absolutely essential we've got to have hope in order to make it in our life. Hope is also not a strategy, so if we're trying to get somewhere to a particular outcome whatever that ideal life is for you, hope is only the start and hope is not enough, it's not a strategy. That's why pursuing the next BIG thing may not be ideal.

Now, if you look at pursuing the next RIGHT thing what's required for that?... That is right, Purpose… The purpose is required to pursue the next RIGHT thing because without purpose we can't know what the next RIGHT thing is, and if we were to just do the next RIGHT thing and not the next 5 things but just the next RIGHT thing we are that much closer to the outcome, to the ideal life, to the goal, to the purpose.

Let’s take a look at the next thing, what is the function? If you look at the next BIG thing, what is the function of the next BIG thing? Well, when we look at the function here (pointing at the paper) I got 3 different things here, one of them was the Magic Pill... Like when we look at the next BIG thing is the Magic Pill, it's the Secret Sauce, it’s the one Miracle that I'm counting on, it's like buying a lottery ticket every single week and on Wednesday night watching the power ball run off their numbers on TV… I don't know if they're still doing that anymore… Or looking on your device to find out if you won the lottery, it’s the next BIG thing and its function is to have some sort of Magic Pill scenario for you, it's like putting all your eggs in one basket hoping this comes through.

Contrast that with pursuing the next RIGHT thing, see the next RIGHT thing its function is to create focus because if we have a purpose and we're headed in that direction, we need to have the focus and understanding what the next RIGHT thing is and it gives us that focus but it also gives us direction. You see, sometimes with the next BIG thing, we can run in a thousand different directions because one week it's pet rocks… Next week it's parachute pants… And by the way, I had a pair of parachute pants. I won't lie, I fell for the next BIG thing… And I also have paragon hummer pants in case you just wanted to know, you're welcome for that mental picture… Alright, the third thing here (pointing at the paper) is clarity. When we're pursuing the next RIGHT thing it gives us clarity of purpose, clarity of focus, clarity to know where we're at and where we're going.

Am I convincing you yet? The next BIG thing may not be so great.

Let's take a look at another avenue of this. What does the next BIG thing assume? Actually, the next BIG thing does assume that it's true. Like it assumes that it is true that whatever this next BIG thing is, whether it's Minecraft or GPS or iPod or whatever might be or some other idea that it's assumed that it's true that is the right next thing, it is the one glorious miracle that's going to happen, it's going to bring it to us, and that's an assumption that may be dangerous. And I want to tell you, my friend, that although we have great intentions when we pursue whatever the next BIG thing is, I want to encourage you to do is to test your assumptions. Test your assumptions and see if it is true, how would you know if it was or if it wasn't? Because then when you're testing those assumptions you'll know for sure what's true or not. But you see when you pursue the next RIGHT thing, the next RIGHT thing is inherently true. In order to get to a destination the only way you're going to know something is right, is that it's going to get you there and so the next RIGHT thing is it because it's right, it's inherent that is true. And so when you look at the pursuit of the next BIG thing you don't know if it's going to be true or not, you don't know if you get there. How many stories have you heard? How many movies have you watched? How many books have you read? Where somebody was in pursuit of something, the glorious, the golden egg, the golden goose or whatever you want to call it, heading into the top of the mountains and when we got there it’s not just we expected it to be. How many times have you done that in your life?

Getting convinced yet? We still got more! Here it comes.

When it comes to the next BIG thing, what does it perpetuate? The idea of pursuing the next BIG thing perpetuates abandonment, what do I mean by that? Well, the truth of the matter is when we tried pursuing something because I believe it's the next RIGHT thing, it's my miracle, it's my secret sauce and it doesn't turn out to be that I abandon it because I got to go find the next RIGHT thing or society, culture, somebody innovates and comes up with a new idea... I had a conversation with a guy on the phone yesterday about automation in the business and he was just so excited about something like “Hey! We are the big dodge, we are the next BIG thing in terms of automation” and maybe they are, I don't know… But the bottom line is that it makes it abandon whatever is currently doing or participating in or pursuing because that whole BIG thing isn't as cool as the next BIG thing or we're not going to get us there or we lose hope in it. Interesting?... And yet pursuing the next RIGHT thing perpetuates consistency, and my friend if you're ever going to have and pursue the success and the ideal life that you want it's what you do time after time. It's time on task over time, the consistency and the frequency of being involved in doing whatever the next RIGHT thing is that creates progress and I know you can live with progress even if it's not quite to the destination. I know you can live with progress, you know how I know? Because I’m studying this for a while and research has shown us that one of the things that create greater fulfilment and happiness in a person's life is knowing that they're getting better, that they're getting closer to the next pursuit if you will and that's what doing the next RIGHT thing is all about.

Are you ready for one more? Okay, here we go!

I want to give you a defining quote for each of these, the next BIG thing and the next RIGHT thing, and this will kind of put a cap on everything we've been talking about here. If you take a look at this (pointing at the paper) the next BIG thing, there's a quote here from one of my favourite authors and his name is Matthew Kelly and you should look him up because the guy is really, really smart but one of the things that were kind of defining moment is when I started reading some of his works and it started helping me think a little bit different about life... And what he says here is that “You can never have enough of what you don't really need” and my friend whenever the next BIG thing comes around I want you to ask yourself, is this something I really need? Or I am getting caught up in the moment? Am I getting emotionally hijacked and caught up in the wave of like “Hey I'm going to dump money or time or effort or energy into this sort of thing"? Because the truth is we can never have enough of what we don't really need... So, what do you need? Why do you want to pursue that? Because the defining quote for just doing the next RIGHT thing is that “The purpose of life is a life of purpose” and when you have a purpose in your pursuit and when you have a purpose about what you're allowing yourself to engage in then just doing the next RIGHT thing gets you there, gets you closer and so on.

I hope this is making things a little bit more clear for you. Making life a little easier and it’s a kind of fun to talk about the old trends and fun things, and you know I can go back and look at this list that I just read off to you and have some fun remembering having some good memories and reminiscing a little bit and at the same time…. What are you going to do now? What are you going to do now when the next big thing arises? How can you handle it when everybody's talking about it? Listen, the bottom line is that… I'm in your corner and you know that I love you. So, enjoy this and be great, that's what you made for.

Talk soon!

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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!
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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 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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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.

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

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

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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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What Do You Know?
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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!  

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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. 

Get it! It's what you are supposed to do.
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Remembering Struggle Instead of Marinating In It
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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?
 

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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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