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Why Setting Goals Isn't Enough

Think about the last time you set a goal. How did it go? Did you end up achieving your goal? If not, do you remember why you didn’t reach it? Chances are if you didn’t hit your goal, you probably didn’t take time beforehand to set yourself up for success. In 1979, Harvard Business School conducted a study. They asked the graduating class one simple question. Have you set written goals and created a plan for their attainment?   Before graduating, it was determined that:   - 84% of the entire class had set no goals at all.   - 13% of the class had set written goals but had no set plans.   - 3% of the class had...

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How to Overcome Any Obstacle

Aaron Fotheringham has always done the impossible. From the day he was born until now, he continues to defy what others see as impossible. Born with spina bifida and given up for adoption, he was told by doctors that he wouldn’t be able to live a normal life. Aaron lives a life that is anything but normal. When he was a teenager his brother and father took him to a skate park where he would learn how to do jumps and tricks with his wheelchair. After continued practice, he got so good that kids started calling him Wheelz. At age 14 he did his first backflip. Then at 18 he landed a double backflip. Most recently, he has been busy touring with...

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4 Ways to Become Your Best Self

1. What is holding you back?   Identify the things in life that are holding you back. It could be food, a relationship, money? Take time to sit down and write these things out. Develop a plan on how to overcome these things. When we have the courage to look our problems face on, they tend to have less power over us. As hard as it is to be brutally honest with ourselves about faults and weaknesses, unless we confront them we can't ever change. Accountability to ourselves is the first step.   2. "Comparison is the thief of joy" Theodore Rosevelt.    With this step, we need to fully commit to ourselves. Discipline yourself to stop looking at other people's accomplishments wishing we had...

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Ever want to be like someone else?

A couple years back, I somehow found out where Todd Pedersen lives. It’s embarrassing to admit this but every once in a while, either coming from or to work I would drive by Todd’s house. I’d dream of what it would be like if I was him. I would think about living in his house, driving his car, and even what it would be like to run Vivint, the company he founded and runs today. I became obsessed with this idea of being someone else. It was getting pretty crazy to the point where I emailed Todd to ask him for some advice. I wanted to know what it was like to be him, to live like him. I wanted...

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Prove them Wrong

Has someone ever told you that you couldn't do something? That you weren't good enough? Not talented enough? That you shouldn't even try cause you won't win?    I have, and the truth is, when you hear that, it sucks. It hurts. It makes you want to crawl into a dark hole and never come out. I believe that who we are is defined by how we act in these moments. Do we choose to let others or bad situations get the best of us, or do we fight back to prove them wrong?   I love the quote by Julian Edelman "There are only two things you can do when someone says you're not good enough. You can prove...

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