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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


"I am enough, as I am, right now." 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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