Goodbye 2018 And Good Riddance, Make Green in 2019

2018 was probably one of the worst years of my life as far as finances go. In 2017 I decided to go all in on a different strategy for my construction business. It was a disaster plagued by rain, projects bid too low and the ever presence of Murphy’s stupid fucking law. 2018 was a continuation of that and more. The fucking wheels came right the fuck off. Man, what a shit show.

Anyways. This is a success blog. Nobody wants to hear about my troubles. I should be showing you pictures of my cars or something. Or my rented house that I pretend to own. Well, here you go.

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Redneck ballin’ right there. That truck makes me sick. Every time I drive it I think of how shitty my year was and how I should be driving something which costs half as much. I did the same thing when I lived in Central America and was driving a BMW convertible. I always wanted a BMW and I had it. When things went bad I hated driving that car. It made me ill. I finally sold it.

Anyways. This year sucked. I cancelled our family vacation because of work. I cancelled my spring and fall walleye fishing trips because of work. I cancelled my life. I ate too much. I drank too much. I stressed too much.

Normally I look forward to Christmas. We are usually winding down our year and all my money starts rolling in. I go to some Christmas plays, Mannheim Steamroller and enjoy Christmas Eve at my church listening to Christmas carols. Not this year. As I watched the band at church on Christmas eve, I was thinking of how I was going to come up with a payment to one of my suppliers. I just didn’t know how it was possible and where this money was going to come from. It ruined my Christmas. Worst Christmas of my life. Hands down.

But you know what happened?

A bunch of checks came in. Some that I had no intention of seeing for at least a month. I was able to make my payment. I let it ruin my Christmas for nothing. All that worry for nothing. What a little bitch. I should have just tried to enjoy what I do have during this holiday season. I have a great family. Great wife. Great kids. We are all healthy. I should have focused on that. But I didn’t. I never do. Not when things are going shitty like this.

Worst year of my life. Good riddance.

I would love to tell you how everything is fine now. It ain’t.

I would love to tell you that if you have faith everything works out. Not yet. I will be sluggin this out for a while. I have a river of shit to swim through. I am too old and wise to know better. I wish I didn’t know, but I do. I know how much work I have ahead of me and the thought alone exhausts me.

But. This year is over. A new one is going to start. And I, for one, am ready and excited for the new year.

I am excited about turning things around. I am excited about losing weight and getting my fat ass back in shape. I am excited about this blog and some products I am going to be developing for it.

I am excited and ready for 2019. I am ready for what the future may bring. Who knows. It just might be the BEST year of my life. I am still here. I am still breathing. I know that I can handle pressure better than I thought. I didn’t melt down under the pressure. I fought and am still fighting. The end may be near, but it ain’t fucking here yet.

So to all of you out there. Make 2019 grand. It’s gonna be a hell of a year. My motto for the year is to Make green in 2019. Turn this ship around and make it better, stronger and more resilient.

Use This Trick To Get More Done In Less Time

Get More Done In Less Time.

The key to getting more done is easier said than done. All you really need to do is stop wasting time. If I am working in my office and not in the field, I would say I waste 3-4 hours a day surfing the net. And the crazy thing is I am usually reading about how to be more successful and get more done. Crazy! That is seriously crazy.

I believe it was Zig Ziglar who talked about working like you are going out of town. The day before I leave town for vacation, I get ten times the productivity out of myself. It is because I can’t put it off. I can’t say I am going to do it tomorrow because I won’t fucking be here tomorrow. So I get all my shit done. Every time, I get all my shit done. This never happens on a regular day. Ever! I always put something off until the next day.

Every time I do this, it amazes me. Every time, I think, why don’t I always work like this?Imagine if you worked like this every single day. At the end of the year, you would have done five years worth of work or more. I imagine this is how super driven, high achiever types work. I have a friend who barely works at all and makes a ton of money. Like high 6 figure money. Close to 7 figures. When he works, he works. He is super efficient and an excellent delegator. I strive to be more like this.

How can we trick ourselves into working more like this? Well, I have been thinking about it. The easiest answer is make a list and check off all your items until they are done. Don’t stop. Do this every day and always finish your list.

Work When You Work…

But we need more than this. What we need to do is make sure we work when we work. Always answer your phone. Always return emails and calls because there is no tomorrow. Delegate that which can be delegated. Always. Every day! This is the path to efficient productivity.

This is the reason why motivational speakers like Tony Robbins have such an impact on some people. For some people, nobody has ever told them they can wake up in the morning and be full of energy, life and go out and get what they want.

So the next day they wake up early, go to work and crush it all day. They are amazed. They start to realize their potential. They start to motivate themselves. They start to see results. Then the motivation begins to wear off. Then they look to motivational speakers to give them “techniques” to get them motivated again. But this time, it doesn’t work as well. This is the self help cycle.

This is why a “success routine” is important. A routine of getting and staying in shape, reading and learning and being productive. The routine can keep you out of a slump and moving forward. A routine can make sure you work when you work.

So, make a list. Do everything on the list until it is done. Answer your calls and emails. Work is for work. Then go home and be content with the fact that you did all you could do today.

 

How To Lose 30 Pounds Eating Steak and Eggs

I once lost 30 pound eating only steak and eggs. No kidding. I also would make pudding with half and half and protein powder. Besides that, I ate nothing but steak and eggs for a couple months. And I lost 30 pounds I had put on during the winter. The thought was I was building muscle and when I cut down it would all show. I figured out this doesn’t work very well unless you are taking chemicals (steroids, etc.).

I got the idea for the steak and eggs diet out of an old bodybuilding book called Unleashing The Wild Physique. It was written by a guy named Vince Gironda. Vince had a gym in California where he trained bodybuilders and movie stars. It was called Vince’s gym and was as famous as Gold’s Gym back in the day.

Unleashing The Wild Physique

In the book he called it the meat only diet if I remember correctly. My wife threw the book out for some reason and now they are worth hundreds of dollars as it is out of print. It was basically just meat (any meat), eggs and water. He was also a big fan of liver tablets but that is another story.

I did this diet in the spring, after bulking most of the winter. I had been reading a lot of bodybuilding articles and it sounded like a good idea. I was trying to put on muscle. I did get incredibly stronger when I was heavier but it wasn’t worth it. I think I would have been better just eating the steak and eggs from the get go.

So here is what I did. The local supermarket here in town which is now Kroger would have ribeye steaks on sale for 5 bucks. So, I would buy 3 or 4 of those and cook them up two or three at a time. I would eat one for dinner and slice the rest up into bite sized pieces. Then I would fry eggs in a pan so they were over easy or over medium.

Then I would put the bite size pieces of steak and the eggs into a large plastic container. I would bring these to work with me the next day and just eat an egg or two and some steak whenever I got hungry. For a snack I would eat protein powder mixed with cream or half and half.

When I started this diet, I thought no way this can work. How can I eat steak every day and lose weight? Then the weight started falling off. I would guess I got into the best shape of my life, not counting when I trained for and ran my marathon. The thing is though, I didn’t need to do so much cardio. I didn’t get in six pack shape, but I was lean and muscular.

The funny thing about eating almost zero carbs is that after a few days you aren’t even hungry. Your blood sugar stabilizes and you never get that ravenous hunger. Even if you skip a meal and don’t eat for a long time, you never experience those really strong hunger pangs.

When you eat carbs, your blood sugar spikes. Then when it drops down, you get really hungry. Most of us are perpetually in this cycle. When you cut out the carbohydrate, this never happens. The cycle is broken.

Your body starts burning fat instead of sugar and your energy levels out. The energy is real consistent. You never get that blast of energy like you do from sugar, but you also never get the crash afterwards.

It really is a great way to eat. My only problem with this diet, is I don’t find it sustainable. I can do it for an extended time, but I don’t think I could ever do it for the rest of my life. It just isn’t very satisfying. Certainly not as satisfying as say a baguette with butter smeared on it. Or a bowl of spaghetti carbonara. Some people (like my wife) can eat low carb consistently. I, it turns out, cannot. I just like food too much. I would rather do more cardio to be honest.

So that is the steak and eggs diet. It definitely works for weight loss. It definitely works for energy. It is a great tool for getting in shape. Give it a try. It might be just what you are looking for. And you get to eat ribeye steaks all day!

The Two Things You Need To Discover Your Mission


Self helpĀ  gurus love to inspire you with magical ways to get what you want in life. At one time I bought into a lot of these ideas. Virtually none of them ever panned out for anything with the exception of one.

Vision…

In order to accomplish anything you want in life you must have a vision. A vision of exactly how you are going to accomplish what you set out to accomplish. This vision is a clear, defined idea of what you want your life to look like once you have accomplished a goal. It can be a business, personal or financial vision.

This is a must. Every single successful person I have ever met or read about had a clear vision of what they wanted to do. They could see it long before anybody else believed in them. There is almost always a visionary leader behind any great company or fortune. Warren Buffett. Bill Gates. Steve Jobs. Ray Croc. Ted Turner. All of these guys had a clear vision well before it matured into the success you see today. They believed in their vision.

When I was in my early twenties, I had an idea. I was working as a foreman at my fathers company and wanted desperately to start a real “business”. A business which didn’t involve me being dirty at the end of the day. A business that involved sales and marketing and putting deals together. I had a vision of this in my head. I wasn’t sure what type of business or how I was going to start it. I just had the vision.

One day I read an article in GQ (it wasn’t the garbage it is today) about some guys who went down to Central America and started an offshore bookmaking operation. They started as a phone operation. By now, it was the late nineties and the internet had taken off. So by this time online sportbooks and casinos were beginning to pop up in the Caribbean and Central America. I now had my vision. I wanted in. I wanted to be like these guys in the article.

To make a real long story short: I put some money together, moved to Central America and opened up a marketing company. Just like that. Within a year I had met the guys in this article and I was making over a quarter million dollars a month. A month!

This is the power of a vision. I had no idea how I was going to start a company. I didn’t even know what kind of company I wanted to start. All I had was a vision. This vision allowed me to do something that still amazes me to this day.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves here. Before the vision can work you must do something else.

A Decision…

Before any of this happens you must make a decision. You absolutely must have already decided not only what you want, but that you are going to get it. You must decide. In my case I decided I was going to start a new company. I knew what kind of company I wanted and when the opportunity arose, I took it. I took it because I had already made the decision that I was going to do this some day.

You must make a decision to do whatever it takes to make this vision a reality. You must decide that you want to do something.

This is my formula.

Decision+Vision=Mission

  1. Make a decision to get or have something you want in life. This can be money, fitness, health, women, whatever. Decide that this is what your main goal is right now in life. Decide right now that you are going to do whatever it takes to get to this goal.
  2. Create a vision of what your life or business will look like once you attain the things you decided to attain. Then work towards making this a reality.

This is your mission. You have decided what you wanted and created a vision of how you are going to get it. This is your life mission right now.

In my opinion, this is the only “self help” you ever need. Use this formula to get what you want over and over. Whenever I have not had a clear vision, I have faltered. My current offline business is suffering right now because I didn’t believe in my vision. This blog is now my mission and I have a clear vision of what I want to do with it. I want to help as many people as possible with their business and lives. I want to give people real strategies that work. I also want to share what is bullshit and has never worked for me. This is my mission with this blog.

Make a decision. A real damn decision to get something you have always wanted. Then create a vision of how you are going to attain this something. Now you have discovered your mission. Now you have something to work on every day until it becomes a reality. If you do this, you will be successful. You cannot fail. It will take longer than you think probably. But, it will work if you work on it every day.

This Is The Diet I Used To Lose 40 Pounds in A Few Months

So you want to lose weight? You must because you clicked on this article. You are in luck. This is the easiest diet in the world. It packs and travels well. You will need to prepare a lunch, but that is about it. I started this blog to help people get in shape and be successful in business and life. I am not always in shape or successful, but this diet worked.

This is the diet I used to lose about 40 pounds in a few months. I also was training for a marathon during this time, so it wasn’t entirely due to this diet. I was running four miles on Tuesday and Thursday, and 6-10ish miles on Sunday. Sometimes I would run Saturday as well for four miles. So I was running well over 20 miles per week. I was also working (construction) and started to swim a few nights a week as well. So, I was expending a lot of calories and not taking in very many.

I always like reading about peoples workouts and diet when they are in shape themselves. Well, here is a picture of me five months after eating and running like this.

The diet looked like this:

I would usually skip breakfast and have a coffee with a ton of half and half in it (about a quarter cup). This is a habit I have until this day. If I put the fat in there I don’t get hungry until around ten or eleven.

For lunch I would have a peanut or almond butter sandwich with honey. Sometimes I would have deli turkey with mayo or hummus. The bread I ate exclusively was Ezekiel bread. This stuff is organic and has a good deal of fiber in it. It takes some getting used to as it is very dense and grainy. It was the healthiest bread I could find within my criteria. I was looking for an organic bread with a good deal of fiber and low in sugar. Ezekiel bread fit the bill.

Ezekiel bread made by Food For Life. I ate this stuff every day and lost 40 pounds.

For dinner I would take whatever meat my wife made for dinner and make tacos with it. I would heat up refried beans and smear it on corn tortillas and put the meat on top of that. It was typically chicken or roast, sometimes fish. Then I would add avocado and salsa or hot sauce. If I didn’t eat this, it was usually just meat and veggies.

For snacks, I would usually eat a piece of fruit everyday and some Kashi granola bars. If I was really hungry at night, I would eat a little grape nuts cereal with milk.

Basically, it was a low sugar, high fiber diet. I concentrated on whole grains and getting a good bang for my buck. My thought process was that if I prepared my own food, I could eat a good amount of food and still keep my calories low. I also ate zero fast food. I was drinking 2-4 craft beers almost every night. I am guessing the running allowed me to do this. If I wasn’t doing so much cardio, I would have had to cut out the beer to see results with this diet.

That is it. Simple and easy. I always say my goal with this blog is to give people stuff that works. This diet works. I know it is grain heavy, but it is really healthy. I felt amazing eating like this. Best of all, it doesn’t involve eliminating bread (which I love).

Remember. All you have to do is make a decision to do something. Decide right now to try this diet if you want. Then visualize the way you want to look and make it happen. Make it your mission. Decision+Vision=Mission.

Whatever You Do, Don’t Burn The Boats

 

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A couple of years ago I decidedĀ  to change my construction business. At the time I was doing 90 percent residential construction. I wanted to break into the commercial market. Because of the cash flow problems I knew that would follow if I just jumped right in, I was doing this gradually. Commercial projects usually pay in 60- 90 days. I would have to pay for labor and materials during this 60-90 days. Without a large line of credit and a backlog of work, it is really difficult.

As the beginning of my work season neared, I was trying to figure out how to make this work. The gradual process of switching from residential to commercial was not fast enough for me. I needed things to move faster. I am getting older and have things I want to do in life. At the time, I was listening to motivational stuff, which I tend to do at the start of yet another year. I was listening to our friend Tony Robbins actually. In the recording, he was talking about going all in and burning the boats. The exact quote was, you can’t take the island if you don’t burn the boats. In other words, go all in and give yourself nowhere to go but forward.

It sounds good. It sounds noble and heroic. I have read many biographies where great men have done exactly this and turned out to be hugely successful. In hindsight, I think this may have been the worst advice I have ever taken in my entire life.

The Idea…

The idea was to take out a loan once I landed some commercial jobs. This money would get me through to the first payment period. Then I would be off to the races.

Now, let me explain something. Going into this, I was completely debt free. Zero business or personal debt. I had money saved, investments, real estate etc.

I figured I had some room to take a little risk. My business had been stagnant for a few years and I needed to do something. So I jumped in. I took out a loan for 50k and increased my line of credit.

I bid some jobs a little cheaper than I should have to load up with spring work. I figured I would fire through these jobs, collect money in 60 days and be rolling. In the meantime, I could bid work for the summer at a higher rate.

The Reality…

Here is what happened. Everything started off fine and I finished a portion of the first job I had bid. I started using borrowed money to pay payroll, material costs, etc. I soon figured out I had bid this work much too low. Oh well, I thought. I will work harder, finish this work and move on to more profitable jobs.

Then the rain came. It rained most of the spring. Every week we were rained out.

The cheaper work I was planning on finishing in the spring got pushed into summer. Then we had a wet summer. So instead of finishing higher priced work in the summer, I was slogging through all this cheap work I had bid for the spring.

By the time fall rolled around, the whole year was collapsing and I was learning a really hard lesson.

The Aftermath…

By the end of the year I was in debt. I had burned through the borrowed money and a lot of other personal money. The year was the worst I have ever had. I actually lost money overall. A good deal of money.

My business was in worse shape than ever and having problems paying suppliers, etc.

Fast forward to now (two years later) and I am still working my way out of this mess. Eventually, I will get out of it and move forward. I am going to lose two years or more that I will never get back. Instead of growing or maintaining, I am rebuilding. Such is life I guess.

The Lesson….

The lesson is this. Don’t take advice from anybody when you know better. I knew better.

To be honest, I didn’t do all of this because of some recording of Tony Robbins telling people to burn the boats. I was already basically planning on doing this. But his ra ra style definitely got me fired up enough to do so. I let my emotions get the better of me. This is what people like him do. This is why I started this blog. To give people real business and life help. Not motivational bullshit.

Business should never be emotional. It should always be methodical. Stick to the basics. The goal should be to make money. Or better yet, never lose money. If you are taking money out of your business and it is profiting, stay the course. Gradually move into new areas.

Don’t burn the fucking boats. Your weapons might fail.

You might need them damn boats to keep the natives from slaughtering you!

The One Thing You Absolutely Need To Achieve Your Dreams

It was about six years ago. I was 36 years old. I was about 200 pounds and not in shape at all. I got winded doing the easiest things. I was drinking a six pack or more every night of the week. Business was horrible. My attitude was horrendous.

Then I started having these irregular heartbeats. It felt like my heart was flopping around in my chest. It got to where it was happening most of the day. I would wake up in the middle of the night with my heart racing and me thinking I was having a heart attack.

I went and saw a cardiologist. First he reassured me. Told me I have a feeling you drink a lot of alcohol. I did. Then he ordered a stress test. The stress test came back and they said they wanted to do a catheter up my vein and see my arteries. They said there was a 95% chance of a blockage. The lady kept repeating the 95%. So much so that I felt like she was trying to sell me on a surgery. So much so that I got a second opinion.

Turns out it wasn’t a blockage after all. But it did scare the shit out of me.

So much so that I changed my diet and started running. I lost 40 pounds in a couple months. I ran a marathon 6 months later. I ran a 50k a week after that. I had a six pack.

I remember when I told my neighbor that I was thinking about running a 50k after my marathon. I figured it took me six months to get in shape, I might as well knock out another marathon. The only race that was close was a 50k, so I ran that instead. That is 31 miles in case you didn’t know. When I told him, he said good idea because you never know if you will ever be this motivated again. He was right.

At the time I thought I would be running for the rest of my life. But then I had injuries. Then I figured out some food additives that were giving me the heart beat problem. Fast forward to today and I haven’t ran in quite some time.

So, how was I able to accomplish these goals that would have seemed ridiculous less than a year earlier. I mean a six pack? Marathon? Ultra Marathon? In less than six months? Seems outrageous. But I did it. It is because of one thing…

Leverage…

I had leverage on my self. I had something that pushed me into these accomplishments. Looking back it was somewhat effortless. The training was hard and took some discipline. But overall, I had no problems. I have always had problems with self discipline then and now. But for that year I had no problems. I thought about doing something and did it.

So how can we use this knowledge to propel us into accomplishing our life and business goals? Well, this is where it gets a little tricky. Me thinking I was going to have a heart attack and die, is much stronger than anything I can ever concoct in my mind.

Is there any way we can repeat this “fear” and use it to push us towards our goals?

I believe there is. Nothing will work quite as well as a real life health scare or something like that. But this will get close.

The Fear…

First, you must identify the fear which is keeping you from achieving your goal. This can be a group of fears. In my case my fear was having a heart attack. Your fear might be that you will lose your house or kids or wife or girlfriend. It might be that you will never be successful. It might be that you are going to go broke. It might be that if you don’t get into shape you won’t be around much longer. Whatever these fears are, embrace them. Right them down

Now, decide to take actions to alleviate that fear. Make a list of two or three actions which you can do daily which will move you towards the exact opposite of your fear (this is your goal or what you are trying to accomplish.) Then do those 2 or 3 things every day until your goal is reached. This is it. This is how lives are changed. It happens all the time. When somebody finally reaches their breaking point, they lose the weight. When someone has fear so bad they just can’t take it anymore, they do something about it. All you are doing is consciously making decisions to do this.

The point of this blog and my writings are to simplify “self help” techniques and give you things that work. This works. Try it for yourself. I could go on and on about magic ways to make you successful. I could fill this blog will page after page of “motivation”. But the truth is, you don’t need it. When you finally reach your breaking point and get something done in your life, it is usually incredibly simple. You decide to do something and you do it. Sometimes this can shock the system and turn you into a huge success.

The Real Reason Self Help Programs Aren’t Making You A Success

15 or so years ago I ordered my first self help audio program. It was Tony Robbins Personal Power 2. I finished the entire program. It helped. I got into better shape. I figured out a solution for one of my businesses and was overall much more motivated than before. Suddenly I was in the office at 6:00 am every morning. Employees and other business owners in my building commented on it. Things were rolling.

Then the habits I created with this program started to slowly disappear. I quit working out every morning. I started to not be so motivated and pretty soon I had lost the drive I gained during the program. So I decided to try the program again. But it wasn’t new this time. It wasn’t as good. I remember all this stuff I thought. Even when I did the exercises, I didn’t get the same greatness from it. So I ordered another tape program by Earl Nightingale. Different delivery but a great program. Motivated me a little bit but nothing like the first time I went through the Robbins program. Fast forward to now, today.

I have spent the last 15 years reading and listening to self help or motivational material. I have spent countless hours reading. I have watched thousands of videos and seminars and read hundreds of books on the subject. Whether this was productive or not is debatable at this point. I am not living on the beach, working in my dream business. In fact, I am rebuilding a business, in an area I actually hate very much.

In short, what happened is I became a self help junkie. I became more interested in the next thing, instead of what works. If something works you should keep working it. You should not look for a thing that is better. But this is what I have done over and over. It is probably what you do. Everybody does it. This is partially why I started this blog. I knew it would be successful. Why? Because people would rather read about some new trick to make them successful than do the actual work which they know they should be doing. The internet has made this even easier to do. You can get lost for hours and read new insight from somebody, every minute of every day.

I also started this blog to weed through the bs and give people the only things which actually work and will help you improve your life. I have narrowed this down to a few things and that is my message. I am here to give you the few things which really work.

To be fair to Tony Robbins, his program did work. I saw tremendous value from it. Had I been able to turn around my failing business at the time (which is why I ordered his program), I would be telling anyone who would listen how great he was. The truth is I was in a downward spiral and the business was next to impossible to save. This gave me a reason to stop the good habits, because, at the time, they weren’t working.

So what are these few things that work for success in life?

  1. Get and stay in the best possible shape you can. To be a success you need energy. The easiest way to get it is to exercise and eat healthy. Plain and simple.
  2. Make a decision. Decide! Really decide what you want and what you are going to do to get it. Decide to start the business, get in shape, etc. This is your vision.
  3. Have a vision. This is what you want to do in life. Think about it all day. Move towards this vision of your business, body, life. Visualize it, dream about it and make actions towards it.

So the formula is this. Decision+Vision=Your Mission

Decide what you are going to do. Then do it. Create a vision for what you want and make it your mission to accomplish it. Everything else is just bullshit.

This is it. Don’t become a self help junkie. Make your decision, have a vision and make it your mission. Start immediately. No need to plan anymore. We are all guilty of this. Action is always better than none. Use motivational videos and books to get you to take action, not to keep planning.

This Works Twice As Fast As Goal Setting

Goal setting. The holy grail of the self help world. It really is one of the few things taught by almost every single motivational teacher on the planet in some form. But does it work? Is it really necessary for success in your life? Yes and no. It never hurts to have things to shoot for. But it isn’t the absolute end all be all of performance and success. In fact, I would argue that some people will be hindered by setting arbitrary goals. What happens if you don’t meet or achieve those goals. It might set you back and change a once confident mindset. Besides, I know people who have never written down a goal in their life and make more money than most of these “teachers” or anybody else for that matter.

I can’t tell you how many times I have read the same tired motivational lines. You cannot hit a target unless you have one. A missile has to have a target to hit. Without goals you are just shooting in the dark. And on and on and on.

My Experience…

I ordered and completed a 30 day audio program by a world famous motivator about 15 years ago. One of the audios was about goal setting. The guy talked about how he achieved all these things months after setting the goals to do so. He was very persuasive and believing, so I committed to the course did the exercises.

Basically, he had you lay out all your goals and then pick three things you would do in the next few days to move you towards each of these goals. It really wasn’t a bad or unproductive exercise. In fact, I would say out of the thirty days, this was the most productive exercise of all.

At the time I was running an internet based business offshore and getting new customers was getting harder and harder to come by. This was after the dotcom bust and the economy in general was not that great. So one of the goals I set was to reach and acquire new customers. Out of this exercise I came up with the idea to build some portal websites to drive traffic to my main site. The portal thing turned out to be a huge money maker. We started attracting customers and helped weather a bad storm. When the main business started doing bad these portal sites took over as my main business. So, all in all it was a good idea which came out of this goal setting/brainstorming session.

So just to be honest, I am not bashing goal setting. Like I said, this one exercise gave me a full blown business which at one point was making me 20k a month in profits. I just think there are quicker ways to access the unlimited power of your mind and give you quicker success.

A Better Idea…

Around the same time I did this goal setting session, I started reading about visualizing. This was way before the movie The Secret came out and made the law of attraction so popular. I actually was reading the book Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz. This is what lead me to visualizing. If I remember right, I heard about him from a guy named Matt Furey who sells fitness info online. I also learned about Dan Kennedy from him but that is another story.

Mr. Maltz was a plastic surgeon. This was in the sixties I think and he did surgeries mostly for people who had been disfigured or had some defect or abnormality. It wasn’t so much cosmetic as a plastic surgeon would be today. Well, he noticed that after he fixed the abnormality, most people would still be self conscious about it. This led him to discover that if you changed your self image, you could change most anything in your life. The quickest way to do this is by visualizing. I won’t get into visualizing in this post, but it can be a very powerful and I will get into it in the future more in depth.

So this is my opinion. The vision of something is far more important than a singular goal or group of goals. A vision, a real strong vision will move you closer to what you want than any sort of goal setting or writing down of goals. Every business I have had has come down to vision. When I had a clear vision of what I wanted, the business usually turned out okay. When I had a cloudy or unclear vision, it didn’t do so well. I find myself in this dilemma right now. I keep going back and forth with my current business about what I want to do. I just can’t figure out what it is I want. This stems from the fact that I despise the business I am currently in. I know this but remain stuck. I am working my way out as we speak (or write) with a new, more complete vision.

You must always have a vision. If you have a business you want to start or grow then think about how that will look in five or ten years and make it that way. I have seen many great businesses built from nothing. They all have one thing in common. A owner who has a vision and believes in it.

I don’t believe in my vision right now and my business is suffering from it. So, I am working on a new vision. Instead of setting a bunch of goals which won’t work out because my vision is not congruent, I am charting a whole new course.

My point is this. If you have a vision or mission for your business or life, goal setting is irrelevant. Everything will automatically be pointed towards this vision. But, it must be crystal clear in order for it to work. You must be able to see it and believe that it is achievable. This is, kind of, what I believe the law of attraction really is. It is just a vision.

When you have a clear vision, things begin to happen to you which will help you achieve that vision. I no longer think it is magic or some law. I just think you begin to notice things which will drive you towards your vision, sometimes subconsciously. This can seem like magic or some force, but the force is really just your mind. Your mind is very complex and in a way it can work like magic. We have no idea what the power of our mind really can accomplish.

So get your vision crystal clear in your head of what you want your life and business to look like. Then decide to make this vision a reality. Then visualize this vision until it becomes real to you. Once it becomes real in your mind, reality will catch up real soon.