Head down & #crushit.
There is so much I love about this photo from the stain washed jeans, mullet, and arguably one of the best 90’s cartoons DUCK TALES.
Fast forward to 2013 insert myself, add Madden to the TV screen, red Magic card deck to the table, CIV 5 figurines hanging, and Tom Brady posters to the wall and you have a carbon copy of my life.
Do you believe that there is something you could specifically do in the next 3 weeks that could make your personal life, financial life, and business life WORSE?
Do you believe that there is something you could specifically do in the next 3 weeks that could make your personal life, financial life, and business life BETTER?
Do you believe that the choice to better or worse your life is yours?
Do you believe that every choice has an end result?
If you answered yes to the above questions then you agree that you can dominate in any economy, any situation, and in any pursuit that you strive to achieve.
Being negative is one of the easiest things that we do. It’s always someones else’s fault and there is always something to be criticized. With so much knowledge floating around there is always a reason why.
When we are constantly searching for answers as to why we never leave enough time to do.
Invest in yourself. Invest for your future and start doing today.
Step one. Watch the below video.
Step two. How do you feel?
If you are like me you got the shivers and the hair on the back of your neck stood up.
In one short minute video Google was able to connect with just about every single one of us emotionally. Jess and Elliot are identifiable for most . The difficulties of being shipped off to college, the introduction of a significant other, good times and bad, and then at the very end they deliver the knockout punch.
They connected all that emotion with their brand. They transferred everything you felt and made you feel great about Google and what they do.
This is the single best piece of marketing I have ever seen or come across. They connected deeper then any other brand I have come across in my twenty -six years on this planet.
Recently my Sister bought my parents a Google Chrome Book as a replacement for their old school Dell laptop. This past weekend I was home visiting and found the shiny new laptop sitting on the table. I picked it up and started checking it out. As I logged on to www.MaddenTips.com (naturally) I blurted out to the room “Mom how do you like this computer? It’s really small and light. Google really cares about their customers especially with this price”.
Immediately afterwards I couldn’t believe the words that came out of my mouth. I didn’t say anything bad but I was completely shocked about one specific thing that I said.
“Google really cares about their customers especially with this price”.
I literally have no idea about what Google cares about nor do I know their intentions. So, why did I say it? What I do know is that they have deeply connected with me on a level that no other brand has because of Jess & Elliot. Is this why I yelled out that Google cares? If so that’s a great thing for Google because word of mouth marketing has a extremely high close rate.
I always like to sit back and analyze just about everything that happens in my life and to summarize this experience I will leave you with this. From an early age we are told that being kind and caring is the most important thing. Taking care of others and treating others how you would like to be treated is how you get ahead in life. Relationships are what matter not the latest trend.
Yet somewhere along the way that message gets distorted. It starts getting cloudy; we start seeing much more negativity surrounding us. We are told by some the exact opposite of what we learn early on in life.
The amazing thing is…what we learned in those early years…is true.
Thank you Google. Thank you for caring.
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I have thought long and hard over the past few years about why we do the things we do. I have also thought about why we don’t do things.
I’m most interested in the second of these two thoughts.
I think it’s easy to understand the reasoning behind many of the things we do. We go to work to make money. We go to the gym for our health. We watch movies to be entertained and we read to be inspired. But what about why we don’t do things? Why don’t we invest more time in ourselves? Why don’t we spend more time creating? Why don’t we go to the gym? Why do we have such a hard time starting ANYTHING?
Fear of the Unknown
Fear of Criticism
Fear of the First Step
We all are creatures of habits. We like things the way we like them. We don’t want change. When taking on new tasks or even goals its hard to follow through with them because we don’t know what’s behind door #1. We don’t know what the outcome of today’s decisions will bring. Instead we feel better to just do what we have always done because we have a better understanding of what to expect. What type of formula for success is that?
A bad one.
Think about all the positive life changing events in your life. Imagine if you didn’t go for that interview? Imagine if you didn’t go on that first date? Imagine if you never took that chance? How different would your life be? Every time fear of the unknown creeps into the back of your head think about all those positive events and remember to at least give it a shot.
I equate Fear of the Unknown to the following. I like hamburgers. In fact I typically shy away from just about everything on a typical menu in fear of not enjoying my decision. So I stick to what I know I like and that’s that. I’m just now starting to realize how pathetic that is. Take a chance dude. Live a little. Think of all the great food I have missed out on because I was to afraid to try something new.
It was better to stick to what I knew, and prohibit further enjoyment, than to risk losing the expected enjoyment from the typical hamburger. Make this decision once in your life and you will be fine. Do this everyday and you can expect to be just as mediocre as that hamburger.
Fear of the Unknown is something that affects every single one of us. It has taken me two years to finally start putting my thoughts down on this blog, but why? Why was it so easy for me to tell the world about Madden but so hard to about anything else?
Fear of Criticism.
I never really thought that this was something that affected me. “I don’t care what people think” but I totally do. Otherwise I would have started this two years ago. Why is criticism such a hard pill to swallow? At a very early age society as a whole tells us that different is bad. We should want to be like this person and we should do things the way they do it. To voice your opinion on anything means that you allow yourself to be judged and in todays world placing judgment on things is bad. Nothing can be better then anything else because then that would mean there is a reason behind it. Not all things are fair and not all things are equal. This opens our thoughts and beliefs up to this wonderful world of Criticism. For me it’s easily the most frightening fear but its something that we all need to overcome. As long as you are doing great work don’t be afraid. Fear of Criticism is also the most upsetting to me. Think about all the great things we don’t accomplish because we are afraid of what others think?
Fear of Criticsm not only prevents us from doing great things but it also robs us of our individual identities. When we are afraid to voice our opinion it makes us all identical to one another. Not sure what I mean? Next time a National Event takes place take a quick look at your Facebook Feed and look at what everyone’s saying ( Super Bowl)
Fear of the First Step.
Is their anything harder then getting up off the couch and heading to the gym in 20 degree weather? How do you feel after the workout?
Taking the First Step always seems to be the last thing that prevents us from accomplishing our goals. I’ll start back up on Saturday. I’ll start that blog once I learn how to use wordpress. I’ll do this and that…once I…
Get the picture?
It seems that we are always waiting on something in order to eventually get to what we want to do. For some reason we are never satisfied with the present. It’s always better to procrastinate. The easiest thing that I have found that helps me with this type of behavior is to give myself only ONE thing to accomplish each day. I will go to the grocery store. I will write that blog post today. I will work on my resume tonight. Allowing myself only one thing per day to focus on makes me not feel so overwhelmed with a million inevitable things. It also makes me feel great that I accomplished today’s goal. Put less on your plate and the stress and anxiety of accomplishing things will diminish.
What I really want is for all of us to start doing the things that we enjoy. Start investing in yourself. Stop thinking you can’t and start thinking I will. Dig deep and think about what’s preventing you from doing some of the things you have always dreamed of.
I don’t just think you can do it.
I know you can do it.