Today Was Hard… But Good – Day 8

My day got off to a very bumpy start to say the least. To give you some context, here is how my workday morning routine usually goes and why I a able to clear half of my Daily 10 before leaving for work:

5:30am- wake up/brush teeth/down water
5:35am- reading 25-30 minutes
6:00am- affirmations/visualizations
6:10am- morning gratitude/journaling
6:20am- meditation/prayer
6:35am- workout prep and warmup
6:50am- strength training (or cardio or whatever is scheduled that day)
7:50am- cool down/shower/protein
8:00am- prep for the workday

I am currently on a 4-day split and today was back/bicep/abs. I warmed up with dead-lifts and then started my first working set of dead-lifts. 5 reps into my last set, I felt a little tweak in my lower back that made me drop the weight immediately. This is the second time this has happened in the last couple months, and I know exactly what it means… Trips to the chiropractor and taking it easy for a few days. I was determined not to let this get me down, so pushed through the rest of my workout and got the rest of the routine knocked off. Anyone with back issues knows that, while I was able to ride the adrenaline to finish the workout, my back was going to get worse as the day went on.

Back pain aside, I had 2 people no-show me on Zoom appointments. Followed by the third appointment of the day rescheduling me when I got there. Amazing how things happen, the first three dials I mad today all set with me, so my vocational intentions played out well. In fact, I still hit ALL of my daily 10 by pushing through the pain.

Maybe I am obsessed with completing what I need to in each domain and if I thought I was truly injured, I would not have pushed through the day. Or at least not the rest of the workout. I keep coming back to this repeating theme that through pain, self discipline, and perseverance, I will achieve my greatness.

This is why I do this

Sunday, Sunday… Day 6

Through out my life, Sundays have always been “a day of rest.” Or a day to rest by going out to eat and walk around car lots when I was younger and going out with my parents. My parents rarely missed Sunday service until the last few years of their life when my mother began having health issues. Even then, I would come visit every Sunday and bring them dinner from somewhere, usually Cracker Barrel. I really miss those days with them, and hope to make some form of that tradition with my family for years to come.

I still completed my Daily 10 today. I did something different for my “vocational domain” though that I will likely start doing each Sunday. I recorded these “voice drops” (which is like those pre-recorded messages that you get in your voicemail) and sent them out to people who have recently applied to independent sales positions that are available though the insurance marketing organization that I partner with. It basically told them to check their email for a corporate overview and link to schedule an introductory call. I know this isn’t as effective as reaching out personally, but if I am going to free the day for family time in the future, I need some form of progress each day in my vocation.

Avocation was another big area for me today. Many of you know I have this Jeep that I call “Janie the Jeep”, and she is one of my hobbies. I am doing different projects on this thing all the time. Avocation is huge part of a balanced life, so today, Janie got a bath…

My 2015 Jeep Wrangler
“Janie the Jeep”

I hope today was an awesome day for you all and I hope each of you are reaching for your goals in every area of your life as well!

Halfway through my first 10-day cycle

…and still going strong! I’ll never name names on anything I do, but someone messaged me and asked “how do you find the time to read, and meditate, and get all 10 things done every day? Honestly, it’s nothing new for a good part of my Daily 10. One of the most valuable lessons I learned was to front-end loss the start of my day with working on myself. Pick up Hal Elrod’s book, “The Miracle Morning”, it will teach you and motivate you to develop your own morning routine. One of my current mentors, Mike Colburn, has said over and over, “if you can control your first hour, you can control the entire day.” Creating the right habits and routines is really what it’s all about. Robert Collier taught many years ago….

Words to live by

Day 4 and my first snag… sort of

First I want to say that I did still manage to hit all my “Daily 10” so I’m not really off track yet. Today did not go as planned at all though. Not to go into great detail, but stomach issues cut my workout time short this morning, so I made up my missed weight training with some cardio. I did get my mediation, reading, visualizations and everything else done before I headed out, so half my Daily 10 was done before leaving the house. I had a no-show appointment but used that time to call a carrier about a claim issue. I did get to spend time with my family mid-day as well as help someone chose a Medicare policy. But because I didn’t lift this morning, I don’t get my usual caffeine jolt from my pre-workout drink, so I came home this evening with an absolutely busting headache. A couple Excedrin and what was meant to be closing my eyes until it kicked in was a 2 hour nap, so I missed the extra prospecting time I had set aside for the day.

This is a complete contradiction to yesterday’s post, and I’ve got to say I’m a little embarrassed to literally slip the day after committing to changing my mindset to “going to failure”. I guess I’m a way I did go to failure today, just a lot sooner than I had meant to. But even the good players get sacked, miss shots, or turnover the ball. It’s always what happens the next play that separate the good from the great though, right?

I did however meet the “minimum” commitments for the day so I have to focus on the positive. I did spend time with my family. I did workout. I did work on myself. I did work on my business. And for all of that, I am grateful. Now to get some rest because tomorrow is a new day and I‘ve got to earn my days off down the road!

Make sure to visit MY PLAN page for ideas on how to create a strategy to grow in every domain of your life. Goodnight and make tomorrow great!

Day 3- Reaching for Failure

If you follow my social media posts, I put up a picture this morning of me sitting in my gym all sweaty talking about, what if we used the “going to failure” mentality in all aspects of our lives? In today’s video I talk about how I am going to start applying this mentality to my business as well as to other aspects of my live. It’s all about giving it all you’ve got and pushing until you can’t push any more. Getting that disciplined mindset to take the hard road knowing that the prize at the end won’t be found with any shortcuts. There is no elevator to success- we have to “Take the Stairs” as one of my favorite authors, Rory Vaden, puts it.

As an update, I got a little caught up in the moment with my video and realized I misspoke… I only need to MEET with 10 prospects a week to accomplish my goals. I don’t even have to take 10 applications. Although that would be even better!

The Journey Begins…

I have been thinking a lot for several months now about what it would take to overcome the mental place that I am in and get more back to my old self. Back to my old self in every area, both personal and professional. I have come up with a plan and will make my implementation of this plan very public. Tomorrow starts day 1 of my 1,000 day journey to reclaim my full potential in every area of my life. To reclaim my own personal greatness. Please take the time to visit my connect page to follow me on social media and join my email list. Come join me in my journey of personal and professional growth!