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I’m a big believer in failing forward.

I have no problem making mistakes; I do it all the time.

I also don’t have a problem with admitting my mistakes. (Although that has taken 30 + years to learn) But, I do my best to take every mistake and learn something from it. 

If you learned something from the mistake, then you didn’t fail.  

If you didn’t get the outcome that you wanted, it just means you’ve got another chance to try.

If it feels like God is shutting a single door, it may mean He’s about to open an entire palace.

Failure is one of life’s best teachers. You’re allowed to feel disappointed and frustrated and upset when you make a big mistake. It’s natural. But what you’re not allowed to do is decide that you’re done trying. You’re also not allowed to let the mistake define you.

We are inching closer and closer to Thanksgiving, and this idea of gratitude and thankfulness seems to be everywhere.

This year, while you are counting your blessings and practicing gratitude for the things that you have and the people that you love, don’t forget to sprinkle a little gratitude over the hard stuff.

Your mistakes have shaped you into the leader you are today. Without them, you wouldn’t know what you know.

The EXPERIENCE IS THE LESSON. The experience is the GIFT.

What’s one mistake you can choose to be grateful for today? 

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Monday was Veterans Day, and when I think about how grateful I am that people I’ve never met and never will meet, stepped away from their lives and their families for my freedom, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. 

If you are a Veteran, thank you. Please know, from my entire family, we appreciate you every day of the year.

Veterans provide us a lesson when we stand back and listen: selflessness can often be the greatest show of gratitude.

If there’s one thing I hear consistently around Veterans Day, its that our service members serve to maintain our freedoms. By their selfless service we, as a society, maintain (and love) our freedoms.

So, my question to you today is, “What can you do for others to show your gratitude?”

The curious thing about this topic is that doing something – mentoring, etc – for others around us actually does help us in the business world. Through elevating and helping others, we also improve our own mindset, set better goals, and strive for increased success.

By showing appreciation and helping others, we elevate ourselves. Our mindset.

As we continue on our pursuit of gratitude and thankfulness this month, we must remember the people who have stepped up in our place so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we do. And we must remember to show our gratitude in our own corners of our lives by giving back, mentoring and supporting those that are most deserving.

What will you do for someone else today?

 

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” – Aesop

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Gratitude is an awesome thing.

Sometimes we get so caught up in how great we are, how much we’ve done, how far we’ve come that we forget that we didn’t do this on our own. Being a strong leader starts with gratitude the people who have helped us get here, and the circumstances and opportunities that led us here today. 

Gratitude helps us stop comparing ourselves to other people. It helps us recognize our past failures as necessary building blocks. It helps us realize that everything we’ve been working on up to this point is all for the big picture.

It helps us forgive ourselves for anything that hasn’t been easy (or successful) in the past. 

Gratitude helps us to be content with what we have, reduces materialism, and gives us the ability to appreciate the good in our lives (and business). 

You have SO much to be thankful for. 

One thing is for sure, I would not be where I am today or who I am today without my team. Antionette, of course, has played a huge role in my success. And there have been others, countless others, who have taken my vision and helped it come to frution. They use their strengths collectively to build us up and keep us moving forward, and I do my best to remind them of how valuable they are to me. This team, this journey… I am so grateful for it all.

Who are these people for you? Your staff? Your team? Your spouse and family? Your friends who have supported you along the way? This week, let them know you are thankful for them.

In letting these people know you APPRECIATE them and are grateful for their support, you open yourself up to the next steps in your journey.

Here are some ways to show your team that you’re grateful for all that they do:

  • Buy them lunch
  • Leave them a handwritten note
  • Send them a gift unexpectedly
  • Give them some time off (if you’re a business owner, paid of course!)
  • Recognize them publicly for all they do for you
  • Throw a team-appreciation party

We are entering a season of family, friends, cooler temperatures (for everyone except those of us in South Florida), and good food. Let’s not forget to show our employees, our teams, our staff, and our friends & family how thankful we are for their dedication and focus on our mission.

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You haven’t quite reached your goals (or you want to squeeze in an EXTRA GOAL) before the end of the year.

What now?

Your next steps decide how your year will end. And… your DECADE. Will it be momentous and worthy of fanfare?

Or will you coast into the new year, fizzling out?

If you follow my work, you know there’s only one option: end the year with a bang!

Here’s how to make this year the most successful one yet… in the next 64 days:

1. Decide. WRITE DOWN no more than 3 goals you will crush in the next 64 days.

2. Analyze. What needs to happen to make those 3 goals happen? Who do you need to speak with? What do you need to implement? Where do you need to go? Write these down under each goal. BE SPECIFIC.

3. Plan. Block time off on your calendar to accomodate all that needs to happen between now and the end of the year. BE INTENTIONAL. If you’re serious about knocking these goals out of the park, make time and SHOW UP. If you block off 2 hours on Thursday, dedicate all 120 minutes to your goal.

4. Take Action. Do the work. This is the area where you’ll be a raving success or you’ll fail to achieve your goals. It happens in the action. DO THE THINGS YOU NEED TO DO.

5. Check In. When scheduling your time on your calendar (#3 above), make sure to allot some of your time blocks to checking in and re-prioritizing. As you inch closer to your year-end goals, you’ll need to recalibrate. If you fail to plan for recalibration, you plan to fail!

6. Celebrate. You WILL meet your goals when you follow this age-old, tried-and-true process. WHEN you reach your goals, make sure to celebrate. Create the muscle memory that your hard work is rewarded by celebration and play. YOU DESERVE A CELEBRATION for what you achieve.

That’s it!

Think it’s over-simplified? You may be surprised that almost 85% of us fail to follow through this very straightforward process, even though we know it works!

Decide. Analyze. Plan. Execute. Recalibrate. Celebrate… and do it all in writing! (It matters!)

You’ve got too much ahead of you to stop now. You’ve got 64 more beautiful days this year. When you take action daily, you guarantee your success.

Here’s to a MEGA year-end celebration for a job well done.

Keep going.

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People that love to visit haunted houses this time of year are always fascinating to me.

The dichotomy of being drawn to something they know they’ll be scared of, but they do it anyway is something even the most experienced psychologists could analyze for eternity.

But haunted houses aside, the fear that is experienced when we’re truly frightened is the same, no matter the event.

Terrifying, paralyzing fear. It keeps us from performing our best, from taking the next big step in business, and it keeps us playing small.

Fear of the future keeps so many business leaders, speakers, and entrepreneurs from taking the risk that could launch them into the next chapter of their lives. I’ve BEEN one of them.

And, I have no doubt, that you’ve been (or are) one of them, too.

But, it doesn’t serve us: our goals, our needs, our journey.

Fear of the future keeps us stagnant and prevents us from reaching our potential. The future is coming, whether you’re ready or not.

Ask yourself one simple question: A year from now, will you be okay being right where you are right now? If not, then you can’t afford to spend one more day scared of the future.

You’ve already stepped into the haunted house.

You can’t go back. The only way through is forward. And even if it’s scary, moving forward is a whole lot better than staying in one place. This fear and discomfort are temporary. You will be so proud of yourself when you finally bust through the other side.

Your future is bright.

It’s a sparkling white EXIT light on the other end of one of those stupid haunted houses. Keep walking towards it, one step at a time. There is a lot of beauty (and success) on the other side of fear.

Keep going.

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I am always very open to feedback. I intentionally surround myself with people who tell me the things I need to hear, even if it’s not always the things I want to hear. I cannot learn or grow if I am not open to feedback and constructive criticism. I’m happy that most of the people who I’ve talked to really are enjoying the book, but I’m even more thankful for the people who have stepped up and given me insightful and honest feedback about how the book has impacted them. These are the three things I wasn’t expecting to hear about the book:

“It helped me see the ways I could be a better parent.”

This is a business fable. It says it right on the cover. It is a book designed to help entrepreneurs and business owners understand the power behind mentorship, leadership, and next level success. So when a friend of mine told me that It helped her see the way she could be a better parent, it caught me off guard. She explained that she could relate a lot to Paul, a bold and dynamic character who has a lot of material things but is lacking when it comes to building organic relationships, especially with his son. She said she was humbled as she read the book, and realized that she was showing her love for her children by buying them things and taking them places, but couldn’t remember the last time she sat down with them to have a conversation or ask them questions about their lives. 

“I didn’t want to see myself and Paul,” my friend told me, “but the more I read, the more I realized that I was doing a lot of the same things that he does. Childhood trauma made it hard for me to open up, and it was my kids who are suffering.” 

We had a long, deep, thoughtful conversation, and at the end of it, she walked away with a few key action steps to help heal her relationship with her children. I was not expecting that, but I am so thankful that Swim! impacted her this way. 

“It helped me feel confident about my career path.”

One of the most impactful comments I received about Swim! was from a childhood friend of mine. He wrote to me to tell me that reading Swim! helped him feel more confident about his career path. All of his brothers were lawyers, his dad was a lawyer, his mom was a school teacher, and he even married a lawyer. But he was passionate about music and dedicated to pursuing music full-time. 

“Sometimes, I feel guilty for choosing this career. I felt like it was not the prestigious career that my family had hoped for me. But as I read this book, I really related to Scotty. He didn’t have a college degree, he didn’t own a Fortune 500, but he did what he loved with purpose. And that’s what I do. I’ve let go of a lot of the guilt that comes from not having the career everyone else expected me to have, and become more confident in the musician that I am.” 

This was a big deal for me. When I wrote the book, I was hoping that everybody could find a character that they relate to. I was so happy to hear that my friend could relate to Scotty, the owner of the AC company, and realize that the key to a happy life is pursuing what sets your heart on fire. Success does not have to mean a penthouse office or a fancy car or an impressive title. Success is doing what you love, challenging yourself daily, and consistently striving to be a better version of yourself.

“Swim! made me realize I’m not the shark I thought I was”

A stranger approached me recently after reading the book, and at first, it felt like he was not a fan of the book. His attitude and body language made it seem like there was something about the book that rubbed him the wrong way. As we discussed the book, it became clear that the book revealed to him some things about himself that he wasn’t entirely proud of.

“I’ve always been proud of the fact that I’ve reached success at such a young age. I’ve watched your videos about having a shark mindset, and I was confident that I was a shark in my industry. But after reading this, I realized I might not be the shark I thought I was.”

We had an hour-long insightful conversation, and at the end, we both walked away with a gentle reminder that there is always more to learn. We can always be better. We can always do better. But we can’t do better if we don’t know better, and I think this book helped him identify some of the things he could work on to truly adopt the shark mindset.

I am so thankful that Swim! is helping small business owners, entrepreneurs, parents, college students, musicians, and so many others learn the importance of mentorship and mindset. I am always open to feedback and input, and would love to hear how Swim has impacted you, your family, and your business! 

My challenge for you: 

1: Order Swim if you haven’t already
2: Reach out to the author of the last book you read and let them know how their work has impacted you. 

 

Mindset. You can build habits and rituals, and you can connect with the right people, you can find a mentor, and work on being more accountable, but all of this will be for nothing if you do not have the right mindset. We’ve been conditioned from the time we were small that mediocrity equals advancement. We’ve been conditioned to believe that our promotion and our success is based on someone else. We’ve got to switch our mindset.

The difference between where you are now and where you want to be is your mindset. To get something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. You must become somebody different. This begins with creating a methodology for everything in your sphere of influence. When you have a plan, a method, a go-to game plan, you are unstoppable. You will not panic in the face of conflict. You will not run in the face of fear. You have a methodology, you will use it, and you will rise.

But you cannot move forward, you cannot get to the next level if you do not change your mindset. Once you truly believe that you are in charge of your future, that the next level is a real, tangible place that you are worthy of reaching, you will do the things you’ve always dreamed of.

Stop saying you’ll get serious about self-improvement once you lose the weight, or have a bigger bank account, or a nicer car, or more experience, or more training. Stop wasting time with all that. The only thing you need today to move yourself into the future you’ve always wanted is a different mindset.

Your weekly challenge:

Part One:  Pre-order Walter’s Bond’s newest book, SWIM, today.

Part Two: Replace the word “if” with “when” when talking about your next level. Instead of saying “If I get this speaking engagement” say “when I get this speaking engagement” A simple change of words, but a giant step in changing your mindset.