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A Streak Starts with 1 not 21!

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Written Blog | 0 comments


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How quickly can you change a behavior? You have probably heard and seen it written that it takes 21 days. That “fact” has been quoted for decades but there is actually no solid clinical evidence to back it up. Everyone is different. Wait until you see what Lacey has to say after a program last week.

Long term change never happens when you are interested. My belief it that every behavior change comes after making committed decision.  The root word cis and its variants cid and -cide come from a Latin root which means ‘cut’ or ‘kill.’ A decision, for instance, is a ‘cutting off’ of all possibilities except for one; if you are decisive you have ‘killed’ all other options.​ Here is a new belief for you to consider

A Streak Starts with One!

Once you make a true decision and have KILLED all other options, that first day of new behavior starts a streak. At Thanksgiving I made a decision to do at least 10,000 push-ups a year. That is more impressive that it sounds, it is only 28 a day. I downloaded the Push Ups Pro app (Android app, many other options for iPhones) and have not missed a day since. Having a system to remind and measure you is a big help which is of course the beauty of an app. The alarm goes off every night and I do the 5 sets. It reminds me, counts me down, cheers me on, challenges me to increase my set total and records my progress. 

You do improve quickly which is very exciting. I am now up to 81 a day and done 5776 in the last 3 months which is on pace for well over 20,000 a year and only takes 10 minutes a day. My streak started with one decision and one day. I am up to 95 days and if I miss one I will start a new streak. At every convention I speak, I do I ask my audience to make a decision.

What will you resolve to accomplish?

To start something new.

To stop doing something destructive.  

The stories of those decisions and the impact they have made is what continue to drive me and reinforce the belief I am a catalyst who makes a difference. 

It could be a decision to quit smoking, stop drinking your calories, stop drinking soda/diet soda,  no longer be a “seagull” when you get home, start investing more time on self improvement, losing 30 pounds in 6 months, committing to be one of the 3% who lead a healthy lifestyle, workout at least 12 days a month and track it, get better results with a Peak 8  workout session, start a 529 Plan for your kids college, start making the Get Switched On Smoothie...

What decision do you need to make today? Your streak starts now! Let me know what you think. Here is a message I just received from Lacey. 

My name is Lacey and I recently attended your presentation at the PAX conference in my beautiful home state of Arizona.  I absolutely loved it!  While it gave me motivation to be a better coordinator, the greatest inspiration I gained from it was most applicable to my roll as a mother: the most divine and important calling in my life.  With three children ranging in age from 2 months to 6 years, and with a husband whose work keeps him out of state and away from home except on the weekends, I often find myself at a level of frustration that prevents me from ENJOYING my daily life because I’m so focused on merely surviving it.  Up until last Saturday I lived a pretty “shouldy” life with a heaping pile of “should” that overwhelmed me each and every day to the point that I ignored all the “should” because it was too much to confront all at once.  Now, I’m taking one piece of “should” each day and making it a “must”.  It’s a little at a time, but it’s a streak nonetheless.  I’m finally doing what must be done to prevent that frustration which allows me to be happy instead.  Thank you for being the catalyst that stirred up what had been dormant within me!


P.S.  I took a trip to the health food store yesterday and purchased the ingredients to make my very own Switched On Smoothies.  All I have to say is those better be some damn good smoothies!!!


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Are you chopping with a dull axe?

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Written Blog | 2 comments

Are you chopping with a dull axe?

Many experienced professionals don’t see the need for continuous improvement. They often think, “I’ve been doing this for fifteen years, so I must be great.” The number of years experience is not a measure of excellence – any honest golfer knows that. Such thinking can limit you from achieving a higher level of success. It is like the lumber jack who works non-stop and never takes the time to sharpen their axe.

Just because you’ve been doing something for years doesn’t mean you can’t or don’t need to improve. Oftentimes, people get satisfied at just being good at what they do. A sales person who stops doing all the little things that made them great, such as using a pre-call checklist, asking for referrals and testimonials, conducting timely follow-up, and sending thank-you notes. But these little things make the difference between good and great.

In fact, a great chasm exists between good and great performance. Realize, however, that this doesn’t mean you have to work harder. Rather, you need the discipline to execute the little things in an extraordinary way every day. Consider U2 front man Bono’s example of taking something good and making it great.

“An early version of our first single Vertigo was massaged, hammered, tweaked, lubed, sailed through two mixes, and got U2’s unanimous stamp of ‘very good.’ Very good is the enemy of great. You think great is right next door. It’s not. It’s in another country,” Bono told USA Today.

Instead of releasing the song at “very good,” the band returned to the studio and took it apart. They rearranged Vertigo with new melodies and new arrangement and new rhythms. They soon discovered untapped reserves of ideas and fortitude, and the song went on to become a number one hit, win the Grammy for song of the year, off the album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb that won the Grammy too.

Has your performance been “good” or “great”? Have you been on cruise control in your job? When was the last time you went back into your “studio” and reevaluated what you do and how you are doing it? Ask “What Can I Do Better?”

When was the last time you asked a client what you could do to improve his or her experience with you? Years? Months? Never? Some companies like my client PwC have an exhaustive process to make sure they deliver maximum value to their customers. If you want to continuously improve your sales skills, your clients and prospects will have the most valuable insight into how you can become better. So make it a priority to regularly ask them for their suggestions on how to improve and add more value. Sales managers should ask their sale people, “You have worked with me know for three months/three years. What can I do to be a better sales manager? How can I support your more?”

The same question is just as powerful with your family. When is the last time you asked your kids, “What can I do to be a better mommy or daddy?” How about asking your spouse? I guarantee they will have some feed back for you. It take courage to ask and really listen to the answers. You tendency will be to defend yourself. Instead SHUT UP an dd say thank you.

What you often find is that is will be little things they want you to do more often that you did not know where that important. Recently with our middle son Davis the answer came back have more fun. I have been so focused on driving hard as the school year finishes I needed to lighten up!

Although asking “What can I do better?” is an excellent way to continuously improve your performance, asking is really only the first step. The key is to listen when someone offers a suggestion. When a client starts talking, don’t try to defend yourself or justify your actions, just listen to what he or she has to say. Take your client’s/wife’s/husband’s/daughter’s/son’s suggestions seriously and follow up with the them later to ensure you make progress.

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