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The Big Leap (HarperCollins Publishing, 2009)

If there is only one book you read this year this book should be it.  It does not matter what your career is or what your life situation is everyone could learn from this book “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks.  I first learned about this book years ago at a Leadership Summit.  Recently I was listening to Cliff Ravenscraft’s Podcast.  He had just discovered and read this book.  The last few weeks this has been the key topic on his podcast.

Since then I have listened to this book again on Audible and read the book cover to cover in a matter of days.  Even taking extensive notes.  This book will give you the motivation and show you how to focus on your greatest strengths.

In this book you will learn about:

  • The Four Main Operating Zones and where you are operating now and how to optimize your work and life
    • Zone of Incompetence
    • Zone of Competence
    • Zone of Excellence
    • Zone of Genius
  • The Four Hidden Barriers that hold us back
    • Feeling Fundamentally Flawed
    • Disloyalty and Abandonment
    • Believing that a Bigger Success Brings a Bigger Burden
    • The Crime of Outshining

These titles might seem a little weird and maybe uninteresting.  I know that is the first impression I had when I flipped through the book.  It sat on my shelf a good 10 – 12 months until I finally picked it up and started reading it.  While their are some obvious observations anyone could learn a lot from this book.  Take notes and reviewing them.

Have you read this book?  What were your thoughts on it?

Click the link above in the title to get your copy today.

Want To Become More Successful In Your Life And Business? Raising This Trait Will Help…

We don't always accomplish our goals but we always get our...

I have been studying goal setting and accomplishing more in your life and business for almost 30 years. I have seen people do and define goals many different ways. Some have worked and some have not. Some might say drive and determination contributes. Some might say that how you define a goal determines how successful you are. I still believe there is one more thing that out weighs all. I started studying Anthony Robbins tactics and principles when I was seventeen years old. I was a young entrepreneur and bodybuilder at that time. I took every opportunity to learn more in these areas of my life. I remember him saying one thing that stuck out more than others. One thing that when I started doing it I was unstoppable.

It is true there are ways that setting goals will help you be more successful in accomplishing them. One thing that stands out that when I have done it I have been success each time.

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The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues (2016)

Have just finished reading this book.  It’s a quick read but full of useful practices and strategies for any team and leader.  Highly recommend this book as well as any of Patrick Lencioni’s books.  This one is by far one of my favorite books.  Be sure to check it out.  Let me know what you think too.

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Don’t let the word Impossible get you down or even used in your vocabulary.  After all the word itself spells I’m Possible.

9 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Personal Trainer To Get In Better Shape

Part 4 of 6 Ways To Exercise More Each Week

I talk to so many people who think personal trainers are too expensive.  I have even felt that in the past.  Health problems that can follow are more devastating and way more expensive if you ask me.  I have a background in health and fitness.   My dad started having heart problems. I realized that I needed to get other peoples input to help me grow and increase my knowledge.  The cost of a personal trainer as great as it might seem is such a great return on investment.  I know some people that charge up to $250 per hour and I know now they are worth every penny.  No wait… I am worth every penny. The money I give to a personal trainer that is going to help me achieve my goals and increase my health is well worth it.

Did you know that even the smartest people in the world use coaches? The fittest people in the world use coaches or personal trainers. I have a background in bodybuilding and even the top bodybuilders in the world have coaches.  The greatest athletes in the world have coaches.  There is a reason why even the greatest and brightest people in the world use coaches.  They work!  But why do they work?  Here are 9 reasons why hiring a personal trainer is worth it.

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8 Reasons Why You Should Wear A Fitness Tracker Like a FitBit, Apple Watch, Polar, or Garmin

Part 3 of 6 Ways To Exercise More Each Week

One of the latest fads are exercise trackers.  Apple Watch, FitBit, Polar, etc.  People are buying these like crazy.  I see people at the mall wearing them, people at work wearing them, and even my kids are wearing them.  Why are they so popular?  Simple… They WORK!  Wearing a fitness trackers is

Couple looking at Fitness Tracker

Two years ago I was 50lbs over weight.  I was lazy, I exercised but not how I should have.  I went through the motions, did my 30 – 60 minutes in the gym and left.  15 months ago I got an apple watch and focused on the health monitoring of the watch.  It was pretty cool.  The apple watch monitors three areas (Active Calories Burned, Exercise time, and Standing).  It fills in a circle as you complete the goal.  I thought it was fun and focused on getting these every day. Within 3 months I had lost over 30lbs and I have kept it off for over a year now.  I contribute most of the weight loss to the method Apple uses.

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5 Reasons to Exercise First Thing In The Morning

Part 2 of 6 Ways to Exercise More Each Week

I don’t know about you but if your like me when I get home from work and had a long day the last thing on my mind is exercise.  If I even sit down for a minute when I get home it’s hard for me to get up and get going.  Exercise needs to be a priority.   For me I have to exercise first thing in the morning or else it’s hard to get the motivation.

Time For Fitness Sign

The benefits to exercise first thing in the morning are countless.  When I exercise first thing in the morning I achieve between 5 – 6 workouts a week.  This is the goal I have every week. I achieve my goal almost 100% of the time every week by waking my butt up an hour early and exercise.

Does not matter if it’s a workout at home or a workout at the gym.  I love my morning workouts.  Even if I do have to go to bed earlier to achieve my goals.

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3 Reasons to Set Goals or New Years Resolutions in November

And a Free Goal Setting Download

It’s getting close to the new year.  You know what that means…  Time for new years resolutions?  We also know new years resolutions don’t work.  Often they are last minute thoughts.  Not something we put much thought or planning into. Or maybe we are just doing it because everyone else is doing it.  I have never been much for new years resolutions but I have set annual goals every year.  I have been setting goals for myself for over 30 years.  I have found the best time to plan for annual goals (January – December) is in November of each year.

Hello November surrounded by pumpkins

Each November I sit down and use a spreadsheet I have developed to plan out my annual goals. I am happy to say that I have been success most of the time at all these goals.

Setting Goals In November are 10 Times More Successful Than Those Set in January.

3 reasons I have found planning your next years goals in November are:

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5 Reasons Why Working Out On Mondays and Tuesdays Rock!

1st of 6 ways to exercise more

If your like me you have a busy schedule.  It’s hard to find time to workout.  I’ve been there… 30lbs over weight, feeling exhausted, feeling like you have no energy to workout.  If you don’t do anything about it it doesn’t get any better.  The past year has been a life changing year.  I dropped the 30lbs of being over weight and have kept it off.  I exercised more and found some key secrets or factors that allowed me to drop the weight and keep it off.  Over the next few weeks I will share the top 6 ways I found ways to exercise more.  For each of those I will give you to top reasons why I feel this way.

Monday Tuesday Workouts Rock

The first and greatest way I found to exercise more is I made it mandatory to workout on Mondays and Tuesdays.  I would do anything not to miss these two days.

The top 5 reasons why I think Monday and Tuesday workouts rock are:

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Sweat is Just Fat Crying