Monday, 12 September 2016 16:34

In every workplace, there's always a "go to" guy. This guy or gal is the one that has all the answers.

Everyone respects their opinion. They are often seen as the movers and shakers within the corporate office. They are bold, they are charismatic and they get things done.

Often times, they're either a boss or the right hand man next to a boss. They're the ones that are always recognized at corporate parties for getting things done, producing results and increasing the ROI.

There's a couple of these types of Alpha Dogs running around the offices here. When they enter the room, everyone is looking. When they speak, everyone listens

Monday, 12 September 2016 10:29

It's easy to procrastinate about doing work, mowing the lawn or making that phone call you really didn't want to make.

I struggle with procrastination.

Some things are very hard for me to get around to do while others I'll do right away, and I've found that there's two factors for me that contribute to whether I procrastinate or not.

Friday, 02 September 2016 20:59

Operating on Peak Performance is Essential For Success

Trying to get things done when your mind just isn't into it is a recipe for disaster.

If you're feeling sluggish, tired or just not motivated, it's going to take a massive effort to either find the groove or get the job done.

Getting what needs to be done during your peak performance time is critical to working effectively and getting things done that need to be done.

Saturday, 27 August 2016 04:15

Have you ever pushed yourself to the point where you don't think you can do it anymore?

Take pushups, for example. You start off to do 10, and by the time you reach it, you feel pretty good that you hit your mark, right? 

So you keep going... 20 pushups, 30, 40.... 

You find yourself at the point where you arms are shaking almost uncontrollably and you don't think you could lift up one more time.

You're laying on the floor panting, and you feel like absolute jello. You don't think it's possible to get even one more pushup in, but I have news for you...

It's called the 40% rule and I'm living my life now strictly by this rule.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:59

Keeping Your Promises Is An Important Lesson We're Taught Early On

People toss around phrases like "Do what you say" a lot, especially when it comes to promises made to others.

When it's something important, like RSVP'ing for a wedding, or saying you'll be there for a funeral, people expect you to show up. Most of the time, you do everything in your power to fulfill your promise to be there too.

When it comes to bills, you do everything in your power to make sure you still have a roof over your head when the rent or mortgage is due too, right?

But lets look at it from a different angle:

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 14:37

When it comes to getting things done, being more productive, and increasing the quality of life for yourself and family, it's often better to create a list of things that you need to stop doing rather than the thing that you need to do.

Psychologically for most people, its easier to make massive changes in life when you can just stop doing something in order to help you get there than to try and get the gumption up to do something you know you should do, but aren't motivated to start.

The thought and strategy behind this is very simple: If you take away everything that you shouldn't do, the only thing left is to do what you should do to begin with, and hence, it's easier to get things done mentally.

This extensive list of things that you should remove from your daily routine shouldn't be incorporated in your life all at once. Start off by just not doing one or two things until they are removed from your habits, then do a couple more. Feel free to add or remove from the list as it pertains to you and your life, and if you have a great tip for others, please leave it in the comments below!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 10:12

In the last Lifestyle Design post called "How To Find Time To Get Things Done", we looked at finding times where you could feasibly do things to get closer to your dreams and goals.

We found that some of the times that are all your own are:

  • The commute to work and back
  • In the bathroom "taking care of business"
  • On Breaks and Lunch
  • Rare times when family is occupied and your participation isn't required
  • At night after everyone else is sleeping

Just having the time doesn't get you any closer to your goals, however.

Monday, 15 August 2016 10:06

How many times have we said, "If I can find the time to do that..." Or "I wish I had the time..."?

Finding times to get things done that we need to do in order to progress can be difficult, especially if you have family and work obligations that seem to take all your time, but believe me, if there's one thing that you can do to become more productive, reach your goals and get what you need to do done, it's to optimize your life by finding the time.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 23:12

Small Daily Success Leads To Massive Success

On this site, I usually talk about success in big ways.

When you think of success, you're probably drawn to thoughts of lots of money, big houses, fancy cars and perhaps, even some amount of celebrity status. 

It's not often that we think of success on the daily, or even hourly level.

Intellectually, I think we all know what small, daily successes are. From completing those grueling TPS reports to surviving rush hour to see another day.

Daily successes are so vitally important to you, even if you don't realize it.

Monday, 08 August 2016 13:46

Quitting Smoking Is The Biggest Change I Need To Make In My Life.

I've been a smoker for 26 years. I smoke a pack a day and if there's any change that I need to make in my lifestyle design, it's quitting smoking.

It's a scary thought. REALLY Scary. If you've ever smoked or are smoking, you'll know what this feels like. I had to face the demon sooner or later... I'm freakin' addicted to smoking.

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 15:33

Most guys I know (myself included) love gadgets, tools and toys. 

These items of desire are often mistaken as the prize at the end of saving money, sacrificing a Starbucks coffee every morning, and working long extra hours to buy whatever it is that your heart desires. The problem is that being able to buy things isn't the prize.

For over a year, I was pretty wild about quadcopters and drones. I have ten of them sitting on my shelf at home. I loved saving up and buying them, but about a month ago, I came to a startiling realization... Buying drones wasn't what was making me happy at all. In fact, even though I like them, and like the fact that I do own some now, it never was really what I was looking for.

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 15:01

Are You Working To Accomplish Something, or Just Working Because It's There?

It's funny how many people say they're hard at work but in reality, they're just going through the motions and looking busy.

I'm one of those people. If there's one thing that working in a corporate environment has taught me, it's that looking busy is more important than actually being busy.