WILL Moore

Ready To Stop Feeling Overwhelmed? A Bear Encounter is Just What You Need

Ready to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed?

A Bear Encounter Is Just What You Need

EVERYONE has bad days, failures, and times when they feel they can’t take one more thing on their plate. I do the things I’ve learned over the years to maintain a growth owner mindset vs fixed victim mindset; I’ve gamified my life in a way that helps me constantly form good habits – like rehearsing my mantra every morning, habit stacking, accomplishing the goals I set, balancing my cores, and running my life like a startup.

But that doesn’t mean life doesn’t kick me in the arse every now and then. It just means I have the tools to know how to get ahead in life – instead of just staying stuck in the dark place – more quickly. And one of these tools is to help me spot when my cores are becoming too unbalanced.

5 Core LIfe Isn’t Just A Gimmicky Phrase – It Can Help You Form Good Habits
A few months ago I recognized an unhappiness creeping in. I wasn’t firing on all cylinders in my 5 cores because my career and finance core was taking up more and more time, leaving less room for my other four. Knowing that all work and no play makes Will a dull boy, I took action. I’d been invited to a guy’s trip in the beautiful mountains of White Fish Montana, but had originally said no because of what I had on my plate. Recognizing I wasn’t following my own advice, I reached out and luckily it was still a go! I made a commitment to myself to form good habits from the start, so I unplugged during the trip to get the most out of it. It was TRULY MAGNIFICENT. There were deer outside our cabin each morning that we named Frick and Frack, biking, hiking, fishing, golfing, and great food and drink. Being in nature really reminded me what’s important in life and that we all come into this world bright eyed and bushy tailed like the rabbits we saw hopping along one of our trails.

Then life gets in the way and we stumble. We let our fears take over and lose that momentum we had when the world was full of wonder and potential. Even though we work hard to form good habits, life steps in and makes it hard to keep up our self-care activities. It’s important to remind ourselves now and again why personal core values are important, and do a hard reset (WITHOUT the electronics). To acknowledge the bear (fear/dwelling/unbalance), what you can learn from it, then move on.

But Were There Real Bears?

Yes there were, but none of them put themselves in my peripheral, and that’s just fine with me. Knowing they were there lurking and could cause some serious damage actually helped me to appreciate even more what was right in front of me. Gorgeous mountains, flowing streams, green forests, my friends’ smiling faces, and a reminder of the meaning of life. My business didn’t fall apart without me, my family survived (God bless my saint of a wife for knowing this is something I needed even though it left her holding down the fort), Tik-Tok didn’t fold without my viewing hours, and the Bachelorette is still sitting right on my DVR (that’s right, no shame in that game). Really connecting with nature, the outdoors, and all that this earth has to offer was a soul fulfilling event. Getting to do it with my friends was the joy I needed to remember the importance of both my relationship and emotional health cores. There’s a reason they are 2 of the five main core values of our lives that lead to our overall happiness.
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Build a Life That Can Survive without You For A Week to 

 Really Balance Your Cores

While I know that ultimately, I’m crucial to the success of my own business and the upbringing of my children, it’s good to know that I can unplug for a week and the systems I’ve put into place, and the people I’ve surrounded myself with, can carry on without me for a week.

I encourage my team and my family to form good habits in their cores, and in return, they encourage and support me when I need some self-care activities in mine. They are my accountability buddies in that way. Some people are flat out threatened by the thought of not being needed. A universal principle for happiness though is to live a wholistic lifestyle by balancing ALL 5 cores, which means not being shackled by any one of them.

So if you’re feeling shackled like I was, get a game plan in place. Make a list of the main areas you’d need to cover and their critical functions needed if you decided to unplug for a week. We’re living in the best time in history to do this because of how racy technology has made it to hire people remotely from all ocer the world (Fiverr, Upwork, etc) and manage them remotely (Asana, Slack, CRM’s, etc). So no excuses to get out there and reconnect with the great outdoors and some overdue quality friend time 🙂

If you need some help figuring out which core areas you need to work on, check out my free core values quiz.

Stop Failing and Start Living Your Best Life

Use Your Mindset to Stop Failing and Start Living Your Best Life

There are some classic combinations that are just meant to be together. Could anything be more comforting than the smooth, creamy taste of salty peanut butter together with cold sweet jelly hitting the roof of your mouth? How about the sound of pencil scratching along on paper while you write your deepest thoughts? Socks rights out of the dryer paired up with your comfiest pair of sneakers. Red wine complementing a tart cheese.

 

And rap group Run DMC mixed with the classic rock melodies of Aerosmith.

 

Say what? (Sound of record player screeching)…

 

Oh my friends, if you aren’t familiar with the classic Run DMC/Aerosmith Collaboration “Walk this Way,” you’re in for a treat.

 

But first, a little history.

We’re Going Back…. Back to the Future

The year was 1986. Aerosmith had been around since 1970 and while they didn’t dominate the classic rock scene, they had held their own. By the end of the decade, they had quite a little following. They also had quite a little drug habit and it led to the kind of self-sabotage so many bands, like the BeeGees, could relate to. They were stuck in a tragically cliche failure loop. Band members were passing out on stage and internal conflict was aplenty.

Hip Hop on the other hand, was just emerging but far from mainstream. We were listening to full-blown 80s pop while playing with our GI Joes and Transformers – Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis and the News, Madonna, Wham!, and these guys were called Flock of Seagulls.

MTV actually played music videos and it was still a fairly new but exploding concept. The videos were taking the music to a whole new level that audiences couldn’t get enough of. And the right song paired with the right video could create sheer magic! Case in point, Aha’s “Take On Me”!

 

Video truly did kill the radio star in that the song alone no longer cut it. Bands needed the look, the outfits, the big hair, and the acting chops to pull it all off so they didn’t look ridiculous.

 

So, how did a drug-ravaged classic rock band and a rap/hip-hop band even stand a chance of releasing a chart topping pop hit in 1986?

 
“This is hillbilly gibberish … Country bumpkin bullshit!” – Run

Alas, this pairing of past their prime rock royalty and up-and-coming hip hop legends was not a peanut butter meets jelly story – at least at first. The two bands bristled at the idea of a collaboration.

 

Producer Rick Rubin knew he had something legendary in Run DMC. But mainstream radio wasn’t buying it. Hip-Hop and Rap were gaining traction but getting their songs played on the popular radio stations was like trying to fit a square in a round hole. It just wasn’t happening.

Rubin, however, had that growth owner mindset I’m always referring to when speaking of those that know they have something special to offer the world and won’t stop no matter what until they do.

 

He knew there could be something magical in bridging the gap between the explosive Hip Hop style taking the world by storm and the classic grunge rock that had dominated for so long. And what better way to build that bridge but than to take the whitest, most cliche “country bumpkin bullshit” band and have Run DMC rap their lyrics.

 

Neither band was down at first. Aerosmith thinking they were too established, too cool for school to bring in newcomers onto an already proven hit they had over a decade earlier. Run DMC not getting the connection between what they were doing and the music they were setting out to replace.

Alas, Rubin and his growth owner mindset pushed through the temporary obstacles and made it happen. He was able to find the golden ticket to bring them together in that drum rift you hear at the very beginning and throughout the song.

 

The two bands begrudgingly joined forces to spend one day in the studio leading to one of the most original and greatest hits of all time.

 

It. Was. Magic.

 

Here it is in all its glory:

Even though Run DMC didn’t want to be known for lyrics like:

 

So I took a big chance at the high school dance

 

With a miss who was ready to play

Wasn’t me she was foolin’ ’cause she knew what she was doin’

When she told me how to walk this wayyyyy

 

In their wildly popular music video, the two bands literally broke down the wall that had been holding hip-hop back from mainstream music. Suddenly Run DMC was on everyone’s lips. Classic Rock and Pop fans were just exposed to a whole new world of hip hop and rap. Run DMC had officially made it. They were a household name.

 

And Aerosmith catapulted back into the spotlight. The hit was the beginning of a very long and fulfilling success loop. They went on to record a multi-platinum record called Permanent Vacation the next year, followed by three more multi-platinum records and their first number one hit. They were rock legends.

The Lesson
(Hint: you’ll need to learn to walk this way to find your own smash hit)

It’s almost impossible to spot lightning in a bottle before it strikes, yet we often say “of course that was gonna blow up, it’s awesome!”

 

So how do we set ourselves up to spot these moments so we can build momentum on top of them ahead of time? We take a lesson from Mr. Rick Rubin who, instead of following the formulaic mold with his head in the sand, stepped back and took a 10k view on what he saw going on in the industry, and anticipated what might work.

 

He bitch-slapped his fixed-victim self telling him it’s too risky, it won’t work, and allowed his growth owner mindset to rise up and say to yourself “Now looky here. This is going to work and we’re not going to give up until we make it happen.”

 

Are you just going through life checking off to-do’s with your head down following some mold that worked for someone else but is having diminishing returns for you? Are you playing it safe vs taking that big chance at the high school dance?

 

So often we look to others for ideas and try to reinvent their wheel and make it our own. But genius lies in having the courage and creativity to break through brick walls and failure loops to look for ways to make OUR dreams and passions, not someone else’s, a reality.

 

Rubin went on to be a legend with that growth owner mindset of his, and Aerosmith and Run DMC must have picked up on some of it because their careers exploded after that. Were there failures for all three along the way? Of course. But they were able to use them as learning opportunities to then pivot so as to ensure continued momentum.

 

How about you?

 

Doing something groundbreaking is never easy. But a failure habit is to tap a brick wall with a mallet and give up when it doesn’t break the first time, and a success habit is to pound at it with a sledgehammer until it gives way and allows you into the life you’ve always dreamed of. Have the mindset and courage to find your own way with your own passions and success will be yours for the taking.

 

Are you ready to walk this way?

Is Your Perception Sabotaging Your Chances To Become A Sexy Millionaire?
Is Your Perception Sabotaging Your Chances To Become A Sexy Millionaire?
You’ve Got All the Power. Just Do What The Bee Gees Did, Then Didn’t, Then Did again.

Aww Sooky Sooky. Just finished watching the Bee Gees HBO documentary and let me tell you, I’m diggin what they were throwin down. It was out of sight, totally groovy man.

 

My 70s slang aside, I am so glad I finally watched it and I highly recommend it not only for the sheer thrill of being transported back to the disco era in glorious fashion, but maybe you’ll learn a thing or two about yourself as you watch with the help of this article.

Here’s the skinny. If I’m dating myself by assuming you know who the Bee Gees are, here’s all you need to know about the brothers:

Got it! Oh, and they sang a flurry of chart topping hits you DEFINITELY know and can sing along to: Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, You Should Be Dancing, and many more. Got it jive turkey? Oh ya, I forgot aboutJive Talkin’

The Momentum Ride of a Lifetime

Their journey was a true nerve testing roller-coaster – not to be confused with the hit song “Love Rollercoaster” from that same era. The Gibb boys followed in the footsteps of their idols, the Beatles, coming out of England to take the world by storm in their teens, but then they became nearly irrelevant, only to shoot to mega stardom years later in 1977 with the soundtrack from the movie “Saturday Night Fever” – solidifying their status as the kings of disco. Something that would later come to bite them in their silky gold pants suits (but I’ll leave out the spoilers).

 

Those Gibb brothers experienced as big a momentum ride as a human can take. Soaring up, up up into the big, bold, beautiful sky, then falling down, down, down back to earth. Then up, up up … well, you get the idea. And throughout the documentary it became crystal clear what failure habits led to their initial demise (hint one of them rhymes with plugs), and what success habits allowed them to stage their epic comeback.

 
Perception Is As Perception Does
The very first scene in the documentary starts with a wide shot of a stunning Miami mega-compound slowly panning towards the silhouette of a sullen figure. Enter the voiceover “I am beginning to recognize the fact that nothing is true, It’s all down to perception.” Barry Gibb, the oldest and arguably most popular Bee Gee who was able to hit those legendary high notes (masterfully imitated by Jimmy Fallon in this Saturday Night Live Sketch), is revealed. I know I’m in for a good one.
“I am beginning to recognize the fact that nothing is true, It’s all down to perception.”

Let that sink in for a groovy sec. This one, my friends, is the difference between living a happy, prosperous, soul-filled life or … a pretty crappy one.

 

Without giving away too many spoilers, as we move through the history of these seemingly lucky, then cursed, then lucky again brothers’ lives, it becomes crystal clear what Barry meant. All that fame, money, and power and this poor guy hardly enjoyed any of it.

The Tale Of Two Mindsets

Why did he suffer instead of bask in the glow of what should have been one of the best lives anyone has ever lived (I mean look at that hair)? He was consumed with a fixed-victim mindset that had him convinced that he was cursed, the world was out to get him, and there was nothing he could do about it. His entire reality was being seen through this lens which crushingly skewed every single moment he had during that time.

 

It’s only now that he realizes what life might have looked like through a growth-owner’s eyes. That higher self we all have the opportunity to tap into and tell ourselves:

“Listen up and listen good. I know I’ve got everything within me to kick ass and take names, I’m going to fail forward learning and growing every step of the way, and obstacles are temporary roadblocks waiting for solutions. Fear, meh, I’ll give it the finger because I know it’s merely an opportunity to help me become the bigger, better, faster, stronger, version of myself.”

Do You Have A Fixed-Victim Or A Growth-Owner Mindset?

What lens are you looking through life with and how has that lens affected where you currently stand today? Where you live, what you do for a living, what direction and with how much velocity you’re headed there with?

 

Which mindset do you think will create positive momentum moving forward? Which will momentify your life so that rather than constantly searching for happiness, happiness gravitates toward you like a moth to a flame – or a Bee Gee to a sequins pant suit.

Learn from Barry, the last remaining Bee Gee (shoot, I did it again, I’m terrible with spoilers) who wishes he could do it all over again. Someone who, on the surface would have been the envy of anyone, but who’s mindset framed that period of his life in mostly misery and pain.

How To Get Your Perception To Make 2021 Your B!#@h

Sadly, the tale of Barry Gibb and the rest of the Bee Gees is not uncommon for celebrities. In fact, they are much more likely to suffer the type of existence that makes for a great HBO documentary, or my fav from back in the day, “VH1’s Behind The Music.” So what shot do little ol’ you have?

 

Ironically, a better one.

 

You don’t have the enormous distractions and temptations that come with having an angel’s voice, golden locks, and a furry chest. So let’s get to work.

 

There are several life-hacks I have to trick your dog-brain into working FOR instead of against you, and they all revolve around your habits. Your habits don’t care if they’re good or bad, working for or against you – in the end they’re going to compound and form who you are either way.

 

The more action you take based on what a growth-owner would do, the more you’ll slowly start to feel and experience the life you’re fully capable of having.

 

A top one of these actions is to write down a list of your top 3 fears. I’m serious, you can’t just think of them. Writing has a magical effect on making things real so that we have to pay attention to them.

 

Next, make a commitment to yourself in the next week to tackle one of these fears head on NO MATTER WHAT. Start small, but keep your promise to yourself and you’ll be on your way to stepping out of your “failure loop” and into your “success loop.” Growth-owner launch initiated!

 
 

Since we’re still at the start of the year, you’ve got plenty of time to make 2021 your B!#@h. Like another one of my favs from back in the day, this one from the 80’s hit “The Goonies” that I just watched with my son this weekend, it’s YOUR TIME. “Our Time” Goonies Clip!

If you need help, DM me. I love rapping one on one with people who are serious about owning their happiness.

 

Peace, love and granola.

Are Failure Habits Crushing Your Happiness?
Are Failure Habits Crushing Your Happiness?

A failure habit is something you do, repeatedly, that sabotages your happiness, health and/or success. We all have them and they’re ingrained into the woodwork of our lives, like termites eating away at the foundation of our happiness. I often talk about how turning failure habits to success habits is a game changer. Habits don’t care if they’re good or bad, helping or hurting us – they do their thing and make a huge impact on our lives either way.

So why not make habits work FOR instead of against you? Changing a failure habit to a success habit takes an accountability system, persistence, and time. Your brain will fight like heck to hold onto that failure habit that’s dug its claws in deep, but the good news is that once you get over that front loaded hump, your newly replaced success habit will be equally hard to break – automatically building momentum for you in the background without having to think about it 🙂

My Top Failure Habit From 2020 And How I’ll Replace It With A Success Habit

The biggest habit that slowed my momentum in 2020 can be found in my emotional health core. I’m a dweller. I’ve always been one, have worked on it and gotten way better, but this year I regressed a bit and let my old failure habit of giving things I had no control over way too much time and attention.

 

Selling my business in 2019 led to a half cash, half stock purchase which had me breaking out into cold sweats every time it would move a couple percentage points. We had a six month hold on the stock where we couldn’t sell it, and in this time I watched it go from $10/share to around $.30. I got caught up in the common trap of worrying constantly about if the stock would recover, and wasted countless hours stressing, adding wrinkles, and losing years off my life only to see it start to bounce back.

 

It’s not back to where it was, but is headed in the right direction, and my first 2021 commitment to myself is to only check it 1X/week since I’m not planning on selling it anyways. Eventually I want to get to 1X/mth and even 1X/year! But baby steps 🙂

Another major area I dwelled on in 2020 was my son’s development. He’s about to turn five, and even though I KNOW comparing him to other kids is just asking for trouble, I found myself doing it. I stopped catching myself in the act like I used to which allowed my brain to start running wildy with irrational theories of why he was behind in certain areas. I found myself falling victim to my fixed-victim self who predicted a bleak future as if my growth-owner self had no say in how the story would end.

 

My commitment in 2021 is to catch myself feeling sorry for Wyatt or myself and replace that feeling with an action to ensure he becomes the absolute best version of himself. I vow to focus on helping him focus on HIS strengths and exploring HIS passions vs dwelling on what it would look like if he had other strengths and passions – stemming from a preconceived notion I developed along the way of what a 4.5 year old should be.

 

One of the actions I committed to taking with my son has already paid off. I started researching ways to help him build his awareness and impulse control, and found a few games that could help him with it: “The Marshmallow Game” and “Red Light Green Light.” The marshmallow game where I give him a marshmallow and tell him I’ll be back in a minute and that if he doesn’t eat it will get another one has been a huge success! He had more impulse control than I thought, and my encouragement when he didn’t eat the initial marshmallow and continually reminding him of how proud I was of his self-control has paid off in noticeable changes in his impulsive behavior.

 

Next game on tap to help gamify Wyatt’s momentum, which he’s already been asking to play, “Red Light Green Light!”

 

Watch out 2021, I’m comin’ for ya!

 
How Can You Turn Your Failure Habits to Success Habits?

First step is to become aware of the biggest momentum killers for you in 2020. Make a list of the top habits that either did the most damage and/or you know will compound to do the most damage in the future. Don’t overthink it, just write them down, and after if you can categorize them into their corresponding core, do so.

 

Next step is prioritize the failure habits that you see would be the biggest game chargers were you able to replace them with success habits. What is #1, and what’s the action you need to take to replace it with its success habit counterpart? Make a commitment to take that action every single day until that pesky habit that’s dug in deep is swatted away and replaced with a little mini rocket automatically propelling you forward each day.

Gamify it by using technology to help remind or encourage you each day, and try giving yourself both short and long term rewards when you succeed. I.e. you reward yourself with taking a half day if you go a whole week without breaking your commitment to yourself, and you treat yourself to a new phone when you feel the habit is in full remission and the success habit is picking up speed daily.

 

In no time you’ll have the success habits you need to kick a$ and take names in 2021!

Let’s gooooooo!

Emotional Health:

Minimizing stressors, proactively incorporating your passions regularly, and making sure the world is better, not worse, for having you in it.

Can Humans Multitask?
Can Humans Multitask?

When you went on that job interview and your future or potential future employer asked you: “Are you a good multitasker?” Did you go, “Yeah buddy, that’s me. I’m all in”?

Hate to burst your bubble, but that’s a bad question and there is no right answer other than: “No, I’m not a good multitasker.”

Multitasking doesn’t exist, my friends. It’s actually a myth.

Turns out we have billions of neurons in our brain that can do lots of pretty cool stuff, but multitasking, doing two things at the same time, straight up is not one of them. Know that myth and use it to help you.

How?

By making sure that when you’re trying to build your habits, you’re not trying to do too many at once.
Why Can’t People Keep Their New Year’s Resolutions?

Leading up to New Year’s, many of us say “I’m gonna be this, I’m going to be that” and then you start taking too many actions. Things like I need to eat well, I need to exercise well, I need to start building my relationships…all of these different cores are trying to be done all at once.



What ends up happening is you get frustrated and you end up quitting because it’s impossible to do!



Your brain hasn’t had time to build that one habit.

Why Is It So Hard To Break Habits?

Remember, habits don’t care if they’re good or bad, helping or hurting us. Once they’re locked in, they’re going to work for or against us.

They’re going to get into our subconscious and start doing their thing so that we don’t have to think about them.

If you have a bad habit that’s hurting you, it’s going to take some front-loaded work. You’re going to have to take those actions, make that commitment, make sure you keep doing them until that failure habit is replaced with a success habit.

If you try to do too many at once, you’re never going to get to that point, and then they’re going to fizzle off and you’re going to find yourself back at square one and all that was wasted energy.

Hope you enjoyed this tip today. Multitasking, “Schmultitasking”. ‘Til next time!
Moore Momentum: How It All Began

Moore Momentum: How It All Began

In college I was your typical victim sure that life was out to get me and there was nothing I could do about it. I was building some serious negative momentum when a serendipitous moment changed the trajectory of my life forever, igniting within me an insatiable desire to find out what it truly means to be happy.

I was extremely fortunate to experience my “rock-bottom” early on enough in life where I could still bounce off it. Many years later, the book is the culmination of everything I wish I’d known all those years ago, and the app is the system I wish I’d been given to make sure all of those things become manifested in your life. Ultimately, I’ve learned that while life is complex, principles are not. Everyone has just five main core areas of their life they need to nurture and take ACTION in on a regular basis to become the best version of themselves.

Read more at: https://www.mooremomentum.com/

Great news! Play is Part of a Balanced Life

Great news! Play is Part of a Balanced Life

I’ve been talking about the importance of play for the last few days. The changing weather and colors of the season have inspired me to spend my time doing whatever I can to soak it all in. That means getting as much “play time” as possible.

Aside from the fact that play is an essential part of living a full, 5 core life, it’s also an asset in any business. It is important to balance your personal life and work-life while maintaining a healthy existence. The balance between the two is fueled by the influence of play within a business. Choosing play will also build momentum in the 5 core areas of your life.

I’m sure you’ve heard the tales of startups and Fortune 500 companies alike that incorporate aspects of play into their companies. Companies like Google and Airbnb design their offices to encourage movement and creativity. Etsy has a “maker’s funhouse” for their employees to experiment in. Pixar takes things even further with a cereal bar, pool, and secret offices.

Around the world, there are many notable companies that have incorporated the aspect of play into their businesses. According to a study done on Indeed.com, top companies such as Google, Dell, Nike, Capital One, and Cisco, to name a few, really strive to create the importance of play in their workplace. In doing so, these companies and many more provide for a healthy work-life balance.

There’s a reason they tie in play with the daily motions of business: it gives their employees the freedom to combine play and work makes them more productive and creative. Being productive and creative makes them happy, and in turn, momentum quickly builds the 5 cores in their lives. People are happy when they can have a good work-life balance because it gives them the pause needed to deal with the daily chaos of life.

It’s no secret that balancing work and life makes you better at both. Luxembourg is the most productive nation in the world, and they focus heavily on getting that balance right. Do you know who is the least productive? Japan. The country known for pulling the longest hours out of its employees also gets the least out of those employees. France, on the other hand, has passed a law that allows employees to ignore emails when out of the office and has 25 federally mandated vacation days. The range of attitudes toward work-life balance is clear in these countries. This gives us a good example of how the absence of play can impact your work and personal life.

So, wherever you are, and whatever you do, make sure you play. Play makes each core stronger. Without it, you will feel unbalanced, unhappy, and left to deal with the chaos of life without a breather. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to all 5 core areas of your life. Too much fuel in one area causes failure in both machines and humans.
Gratitude: The Success Habit To Fuel All Five Cores
Gratitude: The Success Habit To Fuel All Five Cores
Gratitude is something we should actively take part in every day. When our days are filled with gratitude, we’ll feel better both physically and mentally. It can literally boost our immune system and lessen depression. I personally have made gratitude part of the daily mantra I repeat to myself every day. At the end of it, I remind myself of the top 3 things that I’m grateful for. This month I’m so grateful for:

-My family, including their health and mine.

-My creativity and unique lens, through which I see the world.

-My grit, determination, and persistence. The ability to push through where others can’t.

Gratitude involves being able to tap into that “higher growth-owner” mindset where you can see the world from a 10,000 foot view. You are helping to shift your entire perception of the world from the glass half-empty to half-full. From dark to light and bad to good. You’re ensuring you are laser-focused on the things that make you happy and help you feel alive inside; and reminding yourself you have great things going for you and there is only more to come. It genuinely gives you propulsion to help gain the momentum that you’re looking for throughout the day – as opposed to focusing on all the things that make you unhappy (which the 95%ers spend most of their day doing) thus causing friction and causing you to freeze in place, stripping your changes of making progress. The more you take inventory of the great things you have going for you, the more you’ll naturally start having more great things going, and the bad will fade away.

Being grateful also elevates our compassion. We look at others differently, not as obstacles and nuisances in our way, but as allies and opportunities for deep fulfilled connections. And showing genuine gratitude toward others for something you identify as important to them and that they’re proud of, legit spurs miracles
This past year at the gym, there was an individual I was having trouble getting along with on the basketball court. No matter what I tried, he seemed determined to dislike me. One day after playing together for a few games when he was having a particularly good day, I walked up to him and said, “Hey man, glad I had you on my team today. You helped carry us and I’m truly grateful kind sir.” (making it fun so wasn’t awkward). His eyes lit up, he smiled and said, “Thanks man, you too.” Ever since, we’ve had a great relationship both on and off the court, and it’s even helped us gain more wins because we’re working together vs against each other.
Practicing gratitude can be formed into a habit. Through repeated action we can gain the benefits of actively engaging in gratitude. This success habit will allow you to gain positive momentum to fuel each of your 5 core areas. You will be on your way to firing on all 5 cylinders!
Physical Health: How To Stack Your Health Goals For Maximum Success
Physical Health: How To Stack Your Health Goals For Maximum Success

50 years ago, if you saw someone running down the street, you took notice. Truth is, chances are they were either late for the bus or being chased! That’s because people didn’t start jogging until the late 1960’s. And, hold onto your leg warmers because Richard Simmons and Jane Fonda hadn’t graced us with their workout videos yet either; plus there was no Planet Fitness for a quick spin class. Yet, Americans are now about 18% heavier than we were back then. We know our diet is partially to blame. More sugar, more carbs, more calories.


But the other part of the puzzle is that back in those days, people got their exercise in different ways. They walked more and drove less, for one. They were also more active because there were fewer machines to do everyday tasks so they burned more calories just existing. They weren’t too busy to exercise because living life was exercise.


Fast forward to 2020. Despite all of our machines and conveniences, we’re busy. So so busy. And when we think of exercise, we typically think of spending our time at the gym or running. This, of course, leads to excuses about how we don’t have time to make it to the gym while balancing our other 4 cores.


But I have good news for you. The physical health core is one of the easiest cores to habit stack with other cores. With a little bit of thought and planning, you can build more than one success habit at a time while making exercise more enjoyable and fulfilling.


For example, last week in my blog, I talked about how important giving back is to your emotional health core. What are some ways you can give back while getting exercise? Anyone? Buellllllllller?



-You could walk dogs (or jog with them) for your local shelter.

-You can mow the lawn or shovel snow for an elderly neighbor.

-How about signing up to run or walk a 5k that benefits charity?

-Maybe
our local YMCA could use a youth soccer coach.



You can also your stack physical health core habits with your financial goals by:


-Walking from the train instead of taking a cab.

-Washing your own car by hand.

-Mowing your own lawn (bonus points for turning off the self-propel feature)

-Picking up a side gig of walking dogs.

How can you nurture your mindset while exercising?


-When you jog, repeat a daily mantra to yourself that lifts your spirit and sets the tone for your day.

-Read an inspirational book while riding your stationary bike (I replaced basketball with this when I had my ACL surgery and couldn’t believe how fast the time passed).

-Listen to inspirational/educational podcasts (I’m currently listening to Tim Ferris)Use visualization to picture what you’ll look and feel like when you accomplish the physical health goal you set yourself.

You can even habit stack with your relationship goals by:

-Taking a walk on the beach with your partner

-Playing a game of tag football with your kids (let’s not tackle the munchkins)

-Joining a baseball team with friends

And if I really want to blow your mind, I can triple dog dare you to stack habits for all of your cores by:


Setting a daily step goal with your family or friends to train to do a charity 5k together and getting some of those steps by dog-walking as a side gig while repeating your daily mantra to yourself. Whew! Didn’t think I could do it, did ya? But look at you, killing it in all 5 cores!


My point is that physical fitness goals don’t have to be boring or feel time consuming when you stack successful habits with your other cores. This week, give it a try! Think about the type of physical activity you enjoy and how you can pair it with other success habits across your other cores. The feeling of accomplishment from hitting more than one success habit at a time can’t be beat!

How You CAN Be the Person Who’s Awesome
How You CAN Be the Person Who’s Awesome

Hans Selye was an endocrinologist and a pioneer in understanding stress and how it affects our health in the early to mid 1900’s. He actually coined the word “stress.” Back then, stress was fairly anecdotal, and doctors didn’t have a term for it, let alone a grasp of the vast array of effects that negative stress can cause to our health. Among many discoveries, he concluded that, “Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress to a positive stress.”



Simple but so powerful. Our mindset has the ability to convert negative momentum and change it to positive momentum. It reminds me of the time a good friend told me that every day, no matter how he feels, when asked how he is, his response is “I am AWESOME” with actual enthusiasm. His testimonial to this habit was that he might not have started the day feeling awesome, but by the time he said it a few times, he really felt AWESOME, melting away the negative stress that first clouded his day. He used his mindset to create his own positive momentum. True story, I’ve adopted this trick into my own daily habits, and it really does work. Thanks Andrew Brown!



So how is a simple change of habit like this effective? Your day didn’t actually change. You can’t just wish away whatever funk you woke up with in the first place. So is this just hopeful thinking?



Absolutely not. The truth is your mindset should never depend on life being perfect. There will always be moments of adversity and failure. The truly successful 5%ers don’t avoid these storms any better than the rest of us. Instead, they WELCOME them as mandatory parts of growing into a bigger, better, faster, stronger version of themselves. They accept the rain and look for ways to use it to nourish their garden. They wake up every day and say “I am AWESOME and whatever today brings, I’ve got this.”


Over the past few weeks, our storm has been the coronavirus and boy is it a hurricane. But by focusing your mindset on one of resilience, positivity and opportunity, you give yourself the chance to adapt and even improve no matter what’s happening around you. You’ve got the choice to see the world as scary and threatening and yourself as fragile, or alternatively, you can wake up every morning and know that you will be awesome, and you’ll build positive momentum right now working in sync with what the world has to offer, not despite it.

Our parents called this grit. According to Merriam Webster Dictionary grit is “firmness of mind or spirit; unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger.” Having grit means life doesn’t have to be easy because your mindset is resolved to keep moving forward no matter what.


Having grit means resourcefulness instead of panic. It means looking at a situation from all angles and seeing how you can propel yourself to keep moving forward within a new set of guidelines. It’s examining your five cores and adjusting your success habits in each core so that you can excel right now. Grit isn’t waiting for the rainbow; grit is making your own rainbow before the storm has even passed.

 

 

In case you’re wondering, today I really am feeling fantastic. There’s no better day to build positive momentum.

 

 

This Week’s Action Tips:

 

Wake up each day with a resolve to be awesome. Create a catch phrase like “I’m awesome” “Doing fantastic” or if you feel so compelled, you can even use the old stand by “If I were any better I’d be twins!” If you’re not really feeling it, keep saying it anyways until you do – there’s wisdom to the old adage fake it till you make it.

 

And instead of fighting the current state of affairs, look for ways throughout your day to make the best of every situation, no matter how crappy it might first appear. Make it a game to turn lemons into lemonade.