What will the future be like?

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The power of the future is an amazing force. Right now we have turmoil and uncertainty in the USA. What will the future be like?

It will pretty much be like it has always been. There will be periods of opportunity mixed with difficulty and challenges. We will get through 2020 and put it behind us and move forward. Won’t that feel great! There will be positives that come from this year and the Covid Crisis. New ways of doing business, working from home, people moving from big expensive cites to smaller towns and more virtual communication.

The good news right now is deaths are down 90% since the peak on April 21! 7800 people die each day in the USA and less than 300 “died of the virus” the other day. Did you know that? Cases are up because testing is up. 80% of people are asymptomatic and the average age of those testing positive is plummeting. That is good news. Any deaths are terrible and to put it in perspective in a bad flu year up to 646,000 die and we are still under 500,000 from Coronavirus. We need to take common sense precautions of course and continue to be smart.

I think it is amazing for the PGA Tour to have NO FANS at their first 4 events! If you can have protests of over 100,000 on crowded streets I think there is a safe way to get 10, 20 or 30,000 fans on a 150 acre golf course. Call me a rebel.

The country will heal. It will take time for people to focus less on what divides us and more about what we have in common. We are all Americans and need to remember our common interests. I am shocked by the efforts by some to tear us apart. I do not understand the coming wave of athletes from HS to the pros who are planning to kneel during the National Anthem.

If you start kneeling now, WHEN WILL YOU STOP? What is your metric you will judge progress about your cause and stop? I do not believe we have “systemic racism” in the USA. Are they racists on all sides? Of course AND will that never go away? You can not judge a country of over 328 million based on the beliefs of a few. You can not judge the 800,000 sworn Law Enforcement officers based on the actions of a few.

I want to remind you that the key to a better future is you. What are you going to do to design a future out of possibility and not be paralyzed out of fear and desperation? As you can guess my world was rocked by the shutdown. I have not done a live event since March 11 and my next that is set up is not until September 8th. It has not been easy to pivot to doing virtual/remote events . Now more than ever companies need motivation and the strategies to move forward.

How can you focus on a future that will move you forward and get you switched on by the excitement of it? Focus on what you can control. Last week I talked about how you invest your time, what you focus on and maximizing your energy. You can watch the short video here. How you invest your time, control your focus and manage your energy is essential. 

Ask yourself who you are becoming right now in pursuit of what you want to achieve? Remember, success is not something you pursue, but something you attract by the person you ultimately become. What is possible for you? What you are doing is crucial and who you are becoming is even more so.

Jim Rohn famously said – For things to change for you, you’ve got to change. That is some tough love right there. It is about personal responsibility. A character trait that is lacking and I guess always has been. The BLAME GAME has always been around and always will. it is so easy to blame your circumstances and not look in the mirror. If others have overcome the same adversity then so can you! Remember – TALENT IS OVERRATED! Check out this video with powerful research about that topic – perfect to show kids.

Find a model! Do not recreate the wheel. Tony Robbins always used to say – Success leaves clues. There is so much amazing content out there to give us advice it can be difficult to sort through. 4% of each day is one hour. Invest that time in the right books, podcasts, on line course, mentors and the deliberate practice to improve. I put together a special offer of two amazing books for only $20 to invest in your future. Check it out here.

Work to create what is next for you right now. Here is a post to help you with secret strategy I have used with great success the last 25 years.

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Time, Energy and Focus

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What now? That is a question I have been mulling over quite a bit. As you could guess speaking at my clients events has bee sidelined for now. I am confident by September we will be up and running. I prepared this message to help you right now!

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1 Quick Tip to Help You Increase Your Sales

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How to increase sales

  • Don’t let price be the first number you talk about.
  • Frame the conversation with the right questions.

“Everyone likes to buy, but no one wants to be sold.” 

Have you heard this saying?

The gist of it is that you have to make it easier for people to buy by justifying their purchase. 

If people feel like they’re being pushed they’ll head for the hills.

But you’re in luck because there’s a simple concept to help you show people why making a purchase is in their best interest and will help them solve a problem.

Here’s what you need to know to increase sales.

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4 Ways to Boost Sales Motivation

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Four ways to improve sales motivation

  • Spend time on YOU
  • Reach out to your raving fans
  • Follow up
  • Improve your referral strategy
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How to Overcome Challenges in Your Life

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Life is full of challenges.

It’s what you do with the roadblocks that defines you and sets your course.

As a speaker, my motivation is to help people break through their barriers, limitations and doubts and get to the next level of performance.

The board breaking activity is a way to exemplify this ability to overcome obstacles. It shows people that they’re stronger and more capable than they think.

The activity is a powerful way to close out a conference. Attendees are encouraged to take a moment and write the things that are holding them back on their board. 

Breaking the board is your commitment to making the impossible, possible in your life. 

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Is Your Attitude “Have To” or “Get To”?

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Is your attitude important?

Attitude plays a huge role in your life experience. If you want to feel satisfied, change your perspective from negative to positive. Make the shift from “have to” to “get to.”

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in April 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.

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7 Corporate Event Planner Tips for Guaranteed Success

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Putting on a successful event isn’t easy.

You don’t have to be a corporate event planner for long to know this.

But there are a few tried-and-true tricks that can help.

These event planning tips that will take the pressure off and ensure your audience raves about their experience.

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Get Disgusted – Confronting Brutal Facts

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Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 9/21/18 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.

One of my heroes and mentors, Jim Rohn, used to say that: “Disgust and resolve are two of the great emotions that lead to change.” 

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Why Keeping a Journal Will Change Your Life [Video]

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Are you in the habit of jotting things down when they resonate with you?

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Seamless Meeting Room Solution for Wireless HDMI Plug and Play Presentations

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Do you hold meetings and presenter(s) need to share the screen? Usually that is not an easy task and cumbersome to say the least. BenQ has developed a new wireless technology  – InstaSh0w – to share Full HD presentations from a laptop even a phone with no software set up. You can connect to anything in moments with a HDMI input.

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1 Costly Mistake Meeting Planners Should NEVER Make

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Some mistakes are small.

Others have a much greater impact.

But there’s ONE costly mistake that you should always avoid.

Here’s the deal:

If you’re a meeting planner, you probably have some pressure from several directions: Attendees are expecting a great time, but your higher-ups are demanding that you stick to a tight budget.

Skimping on a speaker to save money is a bad move with dire consequences for your whole event.

Here are four negative outcomes of not hiring a speaker to open and close your event.

1. You won’t have an impactful session that people remember

Without the right speaker – or any speaker at all – you’re not giving the audience a guide.

An engaging speaker will captivate the audience right off the bat, ensuring that the event and the lessons learned there are ingrained in the minds of the attendees for a long time to come.

Here’s what you should look for in a speaker:

  • Fresh content that’s tailored to your audience.
  • A presentation that’s high-energy.
  • Inspiring the audience to take action.
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5 Tips Meeting Planners Need to Choose an Event Theme and Rock Their Next Event

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You’re good at what you do.

But sometimes even the best meeting planners get stumped.

Choosing a theme can be tricky.

After all, you want the event to be meaningful, memorable and motivating.

Here are some tips to help you pinpoint an event theme so that you provide an amazing experience for your team.

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Preserving a Legacy: 98 Questions to Ask Your Parents and Grandparents

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Editor’s note: This post has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.

Jim Rohn taught me, “If life is worth living, it is worth recording.”

Now is the perfect time to capture the legacy of your parents, grandparents and other beloved family members.

Below is a list of potential questions to ask your parents, grandparents or anyone else in your family whose story you’d like to preserve.

Knowing the stories of your family can give you a deeper understanding of your parents and grandparents, but it also gives you greater insight into your own motivations and behaviors.

There are a lot of questions here. You don’t have to ask all of them, but the list is a good guide to get you started.

I used them to interview my dad four years ago. I wish I had done it earlier, BEFORE he was quite sick, going through chemo for lung cancer.

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My mom, Dianne

I did it with my mom (pictured above) when she was in great health. The recordings came out very well and we’re glad we have them.

It would be amazing if I had these recordings from my grandparents! I only have one from my grandmother that was made in the early 1990’s when she was in her prime! She really loved to watch it, too, since she had never seen herself on TV.

It’s important to explain to your loved ones that you want to capture your legacy for future generations.

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Why say “YES” in 2019!

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Finish Strong in 2018!

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I am going for 100! How about you?

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When was the last time you thought about how long you want to live? My goal is to make it to 100…but not just make it to 100. I want to feel good, mentally sharp and still playing and enjoying golf. How great would it be to have more time if you are blessed to have kids, grand kids and great grand kids.

The real question is not life span but I think it is health span or vitality span. If you are not on track right now and you know you need to get it together – WATCH THIS VIDEO now!

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Avoid Your biggest risk of SUDDEN DEATH

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I had another friend die this week of a sudden heart attack out of the blue. The #1 cause of death in America is heart disease and 42% of the time the first symptom is SUDDEN DEATH. The person never makes it to the ER. If you are on that track you need to take action NOW. You are your #1 Asset – the best gift you can give others is by taking great care of YOU!
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11 Ways to Have the Best Summer Ever

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Aruba with my family 2004

You will never get this summer back! I am not sure how old you are, but imagine you live until 80. Do the math. How many do you have left? If you have young children, there are only so many summers before they get so independent you hardly see them.

I have great memories as a kid of the basketball camps I attended, times at my aunt’s lake place, golf with my dad, lawn dart championships in the back yard (yes they did exist, now banned), floating the Little Spokane River in tubes, family picnics with my mom’s fried chicken, and the road trips in the family station wagon to cool places in the Northwest.

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When do you know you will be successful?

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When do you know you will be successful? It really depends on how you are wired internally. Some will need to do something many times before they feel they competent. Others will get that feeling much quicker – in a moment. Remember when you got promoted to a new position or took on a new challenge in the past? Typically there is some fear or doubt for awhile as you struggled to find your way. You can question your ability to succeed. Doubt breeds fear and poor performance.


Then one day something special happens. It could have been a difficult sale you finalized or a project you completed and your boss gave you special praise. It could have been you see your success in advance so clearly you know it will happen. One moment can change everything!

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Breaking Through the Boring Convention

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What was the highlight from the last convention you attended? Can you remember the last one? What about five years ago….ten years ago? It is rare that you can. Would you say there were too many sessions you don’t remember, too many Powerpoint slides and not enough unique experiences that really stuck and got you involved?

I can promise you that when I get the opportunity to do my Breakthrough – Breaking Barriers Experience, it is remembered five, ten or every twenty years later! I just finished my new video about the program with the help of the team at Primeau Productions. I really think it turned out terrific and wanted to share it with you and ask a favor.

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Building Commitment at Conventions and in the Office

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How effective is your team making and living their commitments? Having a culture where people hold themselves and others accountable is essential. I came across a simple yet powerful idea this week that will build commitment and accountability at your next convention and in the office.

I was chosen to customize my Get Switched On program for a large pharma company this week in NJ. They are working to have their managers drive empowerment to their front line teams.  I saw an interesting idea I had seen before. So often at the end of events or conventions there is not a clear call to action. Have a Wall of Commitment created like the one in the picture. Commitment cards are printed for everyone (quality card stock, 3×5/4×6, company logo, room for My Commitment and Why). Talk about this during the event so people can begin thinking about what they will write. Also have them choose an accountability partner to stay in contact with.

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What is UP with your USP? Are you standing out?

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I could not take my eyes off of it! The sparkle was truly exceptional and it made me think. It had been awhile since I gotten my wife a “just because” gift of any magnitude. Luckily I was in the right place! I was chosen by Hearts On Fire diamonds to open their convention in Las Vegas last week. We did an exceptional interactive experience for all 550 – my Breaking Barriers – Board Break Experience. It is one of the few interactive team-building programs for a group that large and they loved it! Here is a picture of everyone.

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What Will You Remember in Your Rocking Chair?

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How many really close friends do you have? You might think about that one day in your rocking chair. Sometimes I envy the people who still live in the hometown they grew up in and they have those long term relationships they have maintained in person. I have been gone from Spokane, to Eugene, to Minneapolis, back to Spokane, to Salt Lake City, to San Diego when I joined Tony Robbins…then almost 6 years traveling to most major cities in the US for two months at a time, to Australia, to the UK, back to San Diego, then Atlanta and now we have settled in Knoxville for the past 16 years.

Wow, I have never written that down before. Needless to say I have friends all over the place but because of the distance between me and them I do not get to see them that often. I have two friends that live in Connecticut. We have gotten together just a few times for a meal and golf the last 30 years. Both are fraternity brothers from my Chi Psi house at the University of Oregon and we were very close. But as often happens, life gets in the way of getting together.

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Buffalo, yes that Buffalo!

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When was the last time you had your preconceived notations about a place blown out of the water? I was hired by Ingram Micro to speak to their Apple Distributors in Buffalo, NY.  Yes that Buffalo! I had been to Buffalo before, but it was a 18 months ago in February with Davis when his travel hockey team qualified for the National Championships. It was freezing when we visited Niagara Falls.

I have always taken our kids over the years a few times a year and this time our youngest Lucas came with me. We arrived on Thursday afternoon and returned home Sunday night. Buffalo can get a bad rap and my experience from the 1000 events and hundreds of cites I have visited is that every city has something unique to offer.

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How many do you have left?

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Summer’s here, I’m for that. Got my rubber sandals, got my straw hat. Got my cold beer, I’m just glad that it’s here.” That is the opening line to a classic James Taylor song. You can listen to it here. If you’re not in a ‘summer mood’ yet,  you will be after listening to that. Virtually everyone I know seems busier than ever. Stress levels are high and summer has arrived just in time….and it will go by quickly.

I want to you challenge yourself to make this summer exceptional.

A good place to start is to sit down and brainstorm by yourself or with your family what will make it exceptional? When was the last time you did a simple search for fun things to do within a few 100 miles of where you live? You don’t have to take a long or expensive trip to have fun. TripAdvisor is an excellent resource to find ideas.

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Honey Can You Please Pass the Prozac? – Depression in America

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Honey can you please pass the Prozac? Maybe not as common as salt and pepper, but the last 20 years has seen a meteoric rise in depression and the use of anti-depressant drugs. The NY Times in 2013 reported that ONE IN TEN Americans and ONE in FOUR women in there 40’s and 50’s are taking the drugs. Are there really that many unhappy people in the USA who can not deal with these feelings on there own and need drugs (legal or illegal) in an attempt to change the way they feel? One in four…one in ten…that is really hard to comprehend. What is “depression”? When should drugs be involved? That article states the primary problem:

“Depression is being overdiagnosed on a remarkable scale.”

Real time update on this story. It is actually worse, NBC News in December 2016 reported – ONE IN SIX adults are taking anti-depressants. Usage has increased over 400% in the last 20 years and overdose deaths have quadrupled! Anti-depressants are the most prescribed drug in our country. Isn’t that amazing! It is a huge business over $13B.  We are blessed in the USA with so much abundance and reasons to be happy and optimistic. We have the richest country and have the highest rates of depression. Nigeria is desperately poor, corrupt in a legendary way, generally filthy and has a shortage of food and water. The depression rate is 0.8%, by far the lowest of all countries surveyed.

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Your ENERGY level is NOT an accident!

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Once I learned I could manage my energy level like a programable thermostat life became easier. How is your energy at work and when you get home after a full day of putting in maximum effort? How about when you roll out of bed? I like to use a simple 0 – 10 scale to gauge it. What number would you give yourself on a typical day? Seriously, what is your number? What is that compared what is possible? 

Some believe that as you “get older” you are just naturally going to put on a few pounds, have more aches and pains and slow down. It is just the way it is. THAT IS GARBAGE!!! Maybe you have been making excuses like that and accepted it. Isn’t it time to change now? When you get out of the shower do you look in the mirror and say “oh yeah” or “oh s!@#”? One of my mentors Jim Rohn used to tell me, “Disgust can be a powerful motivator!”

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Keeping Score and Personal Accountability

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Keeping score is fun! That is a belief that has served me well for my entire life. I think it started with my Dad and the way I was raised. He was a Ford dealer and from a young age I would go with him to the dealership on Saturday mornings to sweep, clean cars and a special pancake breakfast. I would make a few bucks for my efforts too!Dime Kitty crop

We started a savings account and I collected dimes in special holders to take to the bank for deposit. Anyone remember those? I still have about a dozen with Mercury dimes – these were called Dime Kitty. You saved 30 dimes per folder.

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Be Accountable for the New Year

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Starting the new year is a good time take a look at your results and to count a few numbers. Accountable means to count! This video will help you reframe your life span and look at your Health Span. My personal goal is to be healthy and vital until age 100!

When was your last blood test? I just had one for a life insurance policy and the results were terrific and validated that what have been doing works. There are some key numbers you need to be aware of before they get too out of whack to correct easily.

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Meijer Testimonial

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