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How Bad do you really WANT your Dream ? !

Hi Folks,

Been traveling, but wanted to share something REALLY motivating with you that I always use to get that Inspiration and Determination flowing….Hope it does it for you too 😉

Here’s a short video to help get your motivation flowing and your excuseds going bye – bye !

.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BKs4E4Bul0

 

How Bad to You Want your Dream ? !

How Bad to You Want your Dream ? !

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You Really CAN get more from doing Less ~ Here’s How….

Enjoy-Life !

Enjoy-Life !

Hi Folks,

Would like to share a great post by one of my very favorite writers….Craig Ballantyne.

Here it is in its entirety…..

Get More From Less

By Craig Ballantyne

Does this sound familiar? You hit the ground running at 6 a.m. (almost literally) and you don’t stop until midnight.

That’s the prototypical busy executive’s schedule these days. And it’s virtually all wrong.

Up at 6 a.m., they drag themselves out of bed to hit the road for an hour of jogging. That’s followed with a rushed breakfast, often full of caffeine, sugar, and other processed foods, and then it’s rush, rush, rush off to a traffic filled commute. Then it’s a full day of back-to-back email sessions, marathon meetings, and of course, more email.

These “warriors” are in for a rude awakening.

Why?

Research shows the non-stop action, no-rest-for-the-wicked lifestyle is going to be their undoing.

Start early. Work late. Go home. Drop dead… literally.

The Japanese have a term for this phenomenon called “karoshi,” which means death caused by overwork.
All in the name of getting more done, I suppose. But as mentioned, research shows this approach is not the optimal path to success.

In fact, it may be one of the worst ways to tackle work, fitness, and almost all other aspects of living.

In health and fitness, the marathon approach to exercise has set back weight loss research and program design by decades, keeping many doctors and trainers stuck in the 1970s with their ineffective long, slow cardio approaches.

Today you’ll see “all night hack-a-thon” business building weekends popping up, which rarely leads to good ideas, but has become a badge of honor for wannabe entrepreneurs. This too is the wrong approach to optimal performance.

Finally, there’s the “no vacation” culture that is infecting America, and other countries around the world. Creating an oversupply of burnt out, frustrated employees that have no chance to recharge, rejuvenate and regenerate.

Short-term results may be achieved this way, but it’s certainly at a cost of long-term progress.

Fortunately, there is a better way.

I first read about this better approach to successful living over a decade ago in the book, “The Power of Full Engagement,” by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. The authors proposed something radical (back then), insisting that our workday should be a series of sprints, not a marathon. Within your day there should be recovery periods. These should also occur within your weeks, months, and calendar year. There must be built-in time for rejuvenation, much like an athlete takes rests and has a pre-ordained off-season schedule.

But this book and the several similar theories that have come from other experts have failed to make a dramatic impact on the American culture of work. We’re still a continent of nose-to-the-grindstone and don’t stop until you’re dead employees.

But something’s gotta give. And it will.

Schwartz recently published an excellent article in the “NY Times” about his concept of energy management being more important than the ubiquitous idea of time management. It’s a concept that I’ve followed since 2003, when I first contacted his co-author, Jim Loehr, to review one of my earliest books, “The Executive Lifestyle Manual.”

In his research of corporate employee performance, Schwartz has uncovered startling facts about the common ways companies sabotage their results. In one study, employees sleeping less than six hours per night were found to have the greatest on-the-job burn-out. A Harvard study suggested that this on-going sleep deprivation accumulated by American companies costs the economy over $63 billion in lost productivity each year.

Furthermore, the anti-vacation culture that has seeped into corporate America is also hurting our economy. We mistakenly believe that less vacation time will help us keep our jobs, but Schwartz quotes a 2006 study that found, “for each additional 10 hours of vacation employees took, their year-end performance ratings from supervisors (on a scale of one to five) improved by 8 percent.” Yet our actions in regard to this knowledge border on depressing. Schwartz writes, “a recent survey by Harris Interactive found that Americans left an average of 9.2 vacation days unused in 2012 — up from 6.2 days in 2011.”

All of this might be killing our performance, if not literally killing us at the same time.

“Relax! You’ll be more productive,” Schwartz wrote in the NY Times article. Amongst the techniques Schwartz recommends for improving employee performance and health are “daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office, and longer, more frequent vacations.”

As I mentioned earlier, my workday is only eight hours long, yet to be frank, it feels longer. That’s because it’s interrupted several times by dog walks, a visit to the gym, meals away from the desk, and even short bursts of watching comedy videos from Netflix. These strategically scheduled breaks foster my creativity and enhance my energy, allowing me to get more done while feeling like I’ve done less.

I have been – albeit unwittingly – following the advice from K. Anders Ericsson at Florida State University who suggests that working in 90-minute focused increments is best for enhancing performance. This helps avoid exhaustion while supporting quality work.

While I’ve yet to include an afternoon nap in my schedule (although I do meditate for approximately 20 minutes each day), Schwartz has uncovered research that supports the performance enhancing benefits of a simple 19 minute nap on mental activities. Alas, instead of harnessing the powers of a healthy nap, corporate America employees instead choose to over-caffeinate and prop themselves up throughout the day with other artificial means.

Like taking on too much financial debt, this energy debt becomes a ticking time bomb. At the minimum it likely leaves you sick with bed rest a couple of times each year, while at worst it culminates in a heart attack in your late 40s or 50s. But it doesn’t have to be this way if you’re willing to insert a few research proven, healthy renewal habits in your life that support energy management.

As Schwartz concludes with his secret to success: “When we’re renewing, we’re truly renewing, so when we’re working, we can really work.”

You might not be in a position of strength (yet) to implement these suggestions. But you must change what is in your control. Start with better nutrition – eliminating excessive caffeine and processed foods – and adding short, burst bouts of bodyweight exercise to your day. With the Home Workout Revolution System that I’ve designed, you now have access to 4-minute no-equipment workouts that you can do anytime, anywhere – perfect for an energetic quick-start to the day or mid-day break to enhance your performance.

As you begin to reap the benefits from these healthy habits, work on improving your sleeping schedule, and experiment with the 90-minute blocks of focused work. Slowly yet surely you’ll become more productive – and you might even feel confident enough to start using up more of your vacation time.

Here’s some more information about Craig…..

Craig Ballantyne
Craig Ballantyne is the editor of Early to Rise and the author of Financial Independence Monthly and Turbulence Training. His most recent innovation, the Home Workout Revolution System makes it easy to use only use your body weight to get into great shape with 4-minute workouts. Learn more in the Home Workout Revolution Livecast where Craig will interview nutrition expert Joel Marion and show you how to develop the body you desire.Join the Livecast here.

 

Work LESS ~ Play MORE !!

Work LESS ~ Play MORE!!

Happy Mother’s Day !!

Happy Mother's Day !!

Happy Mother’s Day !!

Give more to Get More ~

Give the Gift of Generosity

Give the Gift of Generosity

Hi Folks,

Wanted to share a great post by one of my favorite writers, Craig Ballantyne.

Here is his wonderful story unedited, in its entirety.

How Giving Can Make You Rich

By Craig Ballantyne

Not too long ago, I watched a fascinating presentation by the inimitable Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary was born in the former Soviet Union and his father brought their family to America where nine family members lived in a studio apartment while his father pursued the American Dream.

Gary eventually grew the family business, Wine Library, from $3 million to $80 million per year, and he now runs a social media company helping large corporations optimize the use of Twitter, Facebook, and other Internet marketing channels. Gary’s latest book, “The Thank You Economy,” argues that the new economy is being shaped by the use of real-time insights from social media.

The presentation I watched was Gary’s keynote speech from last year’s Inc. 500 conference, and while not for delicate ears (warning: excessive cursing), Vaynerchuk delivered a non-stop tour de force and extreme value in his hour. Usually I can’t stand to watch video (I much prefer to read), but Gary’s presentation held me spellbound in front of my computer because it was both entertaining and delivered “a-ha” moment after moment.

Gary will be the first to tell you that giving extreme value to your customers is an essential part of building your business or career (just read his book, “Crush It,” for the full story on how he used the delivery of tremendous value to build Wine Library).

But where do you, someone who doesn’t have a wine store or 900,000 Twitter followers like Gary, start delivering value in your ‘just-starting-out’ or ‘have-not-even-started-yet’ business?

Well, it’s simple. Begin at the beginning and go on ’til you come to the end.

You start with one person. One reader. One viewer. One customer. You deliver value to them, learn lessons from the interaction, and you improve your system.

You write your first newsletter, asking for reader feedback on how you can make it better.

You create your first product by hand and sell on e-bay or at a local swap meet for a profit, getting constructive criticism from your customer on what you can improve.

You go to your first seminar, meet some people, share what you know to add value to their lives, and you leave them better off than you found them.

The next step is to write a second newsletter for the seven or twenty or thirty-five new subscribers you attracted. Or you sell your 5th, 10th, and 100th product on E-bay or at the next swap meet.

Or you go to another seminar, make more friends and contacts, help more people, and go home to find more ways to help those people.

You ride in, help a bunch of people, and leave them saying, “Who was that helpful person?” And then they talk about you – in a good way. You build a reputation as a giver, a value-adder, a problem solver, and you become the person everyone else wants to connect with. You’re invited into deals. You’re asked to be a guest expert on websites. You get collaboration requests. You are rewarded for delivering excessive value.

This is the mentality I had when I created myalmost daily free email newsletter from, InternetIndependence.com. Each day I would provide extreme value to readers, so much so that they kept on asking, “When are you going to sell something?” My email list grew almost exclusively by word of mouth, because I had no affiliates (there were no products to promote) and I wasn’t buying advertising.

I also created something that I called, “My blog post of a lifetime,” and you can do this with a speech, presentation, or report, too. In my “post of a lifetime,” I delivered all the content and value my readers would need to get started, and I wrote it from the perspective that “if I could only write one message for the rest of my life, what would it be?” You can read that blog post of a lifetime here.

The surest path to success is to help others. Solve problems. Design your product to provide the greatest value in the marketplace. Add value to someone’s life. Follow the golden rule.

As my friend and mentor Yanik Silver is fond of saying, “I firmly believe you cannot out-give the universe. Anything you give out comes back to you in kind multiple times.”

Don’t you think you could build successful business relationships with others by being the most helpful, giving, and caring person in your industry? It’s so easy. Just help as many people as you can, starting today. The more you help others and the more they succeed, the more success you will achieve. Don’t hold anything back.

Can you ever give too much help to someone? I doubt it. I’ve yet to be accused of helping too much, and my three main businesses reach over 450,000 people on almost daily basis with advice that helps people move forward towards their goals.That’s why I give my Virtual Mastermind members everything I produce. It’s my latest attempt at “out-giving the universe.”

Here’s what you need to do in order to start helping and giving value today.

First, identify that problem in your industry that you can solve.
Second, become part of the conversation, online through social media, forums, and your own newsletter, or offline through attending seminars, trade shows, or swap meets – wherever your marketplace congregates.

Third, deliver value. Prove your worth. Take action and attract friends, fans, and followers into your life.

Give excessively. Give dangerously. Give so much value that other people think you are crazy to be giving that much value away.

The world needs entrepreneurs and problem solvers today more than ever. It needs you to go out there and give value to people. Make the world a better place. I dare you.

You can do it.

And we’ll be right here at Early to Rise to support you every step of the way.

How are you going to attempt to out give the universe today?

Here’s to Truly being Boundrylessly Rich ~ Through Giving  !!  🙂

Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward

Finding the Right Person ~

One Person

One Person

Hi Folks,

Don’t worry, we haven’t turned into a dating page.

What the title means is have you found good people to enrich your life, surround yourself with the Power of Positive People.

Well, here is a great read by one of my all time favorite writers as well as coach, Craig  Ballantyne.

Hope this helps you as much as it did me.

How to Find Good People

By Craig Ballantyne

This is one of the most important articles I could ever write for you.

Recently we had a discussion on my Facebook page about whether or not it was difficult to find good, positive, supportive people in your life.

Frankly, I don’t believe it is hard if you are willing to stand up for what you believe in, live in a way that is congruent with your beliefs, and put some effort into looking.

Who you associate with makes all the difference in your life. I once heard the incredible speaker, Dr. Nido Qubein, describe the impact of your social network using the example of the Koi fish. “The Koi fish grows in proportion to its environment. If you keep it in a pail of water, it grows only 2 inches. But if you let loose in the wild it can grow up to 2 feet,” Dr. Qubein explained. So are you like the Koi fish that has been kept in a pail? Is your environment and social network stifling your growth?

If you believe this to be so, then Dr. Qubein has a suggestion for you, “Make a list of the 10 people you spend the most time with and your top 5 goals and top 5 values. Compare the lists. Are the people you spend the most time with congruent with your values and goals? If not, you might be held back by this association.”

You need to spend more time with positive people and in a positive environment. In the weight loss world, study after study have shown that when you spend time with others who have the same goals as you, and who are making progress towards these goals, that you too will have greater success.

To help you attract the right people and positive support into your social network, here is the EarlytoRise.com Ultimate Guide to Finding Good People in Your Life

Step 1) Identify what you value in people.

Step 2) Identify where this type of person spends time.

Step 3) Go there.

Whether it is a church, gym, beach, dance lessons, bootcamp fitness class, Chamber of Commerce meeting, local lectures, weekend seminars, weekly group meetings, or a positive Internet forum, you don’t meet good people by watching TV…but good people ARE out there. Go forth and find them.

Let this quote give you some inspiration:

“When you take action, particularly bold action, the boundaries of what you believe to be possible (your belief system) expand. Which, in turn, gives you the capacity to consider new ideas, new possibilities, and new concepts that you previously thought to be impossible.” – Robert Ringer

Listen, I’m a lucky man.

The people I know and surround myself with, from my best friends from high school to the most inspirational fitness experts in the world to amazing entrepreneurs from all around the world, are people that I’ve met because I’ve lived my life with purpose and clarity.

I will not settle for less. I will not live my life according to anyone else’s expectations. I get ridiculed, called names, and criticized a lot, but it’s not going to stop me from living the way that attracts the RIGHT people into my life.

The decision to do so has been the most important I’ve made.

That’s why I’m surrounded by positive, high-energy people who are always trying to improve themselves, and who support me in my quest to be a better man.

There is my friend, Isabel De Los Rios, a woman who has shown hundreds of thousands of people how to eat better (at last check her site has over 208,000 members and over 7744 questions answered on her forum). And she did it by not settling for less and through living by example without fear of what others thought of her.

Another one of my great friends is Bedros Keuilian, who has overcome being a poor immigrant from Armenia, who didn’t speak a lick of English in 1980, and who had to “dumpster dive” for expired food to help his family eat. He too lives by example.

Then there are all the men and women in my businesses, from my business partner Matt Smith who challenges me every day to defend my arguments (we have great debates) to my Marketing Director Amy who helps me run the ship here at Turbulence Training.

All of them inspire me, and all were attracted into my life by my decision to live by example.

You may have people resist you at first, but they will come around. Many of my best friends from high school resisted healthy living, but many of them now live even healthier than me (but not by much, and we make a great friendly competition out of it).

Live and lead by example. Attract the right people into your life, both in the ‘real-world’ and on the Internet. Take full responsibility for your social network.

After all, you are responsible for your results in all areas of life. When you accept your results without casting blame and you learn from your mistakes so as to not make the same mistakes again, only then will you achieve what you want and have the right people in your life. That is how you must live and that is why you will succeed.

If what you are doing now is not working, then you must change. Don’t rely on doing “normal” things to get extraordinary results, because it doesn’t work that way. Normal and average behaviors only get you average results, and those just aren’t very good these days.

Many of the great people in my life have found me and my newsletters because I put my mission out there. I was proud of it, and I don’t care who disagrees with me. All that matters are the good people who are attracted to the mission of helping others.

Live by example and stay strong.

What qualities are you looking for in the people that you would like to spend more time with?

A little about Craig….

Craig Ballantyne is the editor of Early to Rise and author of Financial Independence Monthly and Turbulence Training. He is also the co-creator of the Early to Rise $100,000 Transformation Contest. Though this round of the Transformation Contest has closed it’s not too late to get access to all the helpful tools and advice that has helped many people make a positive change in their lives.

 

Here’s to enjoying a Boundryless Life with the Power of Positive People in your Life !!

Power of Thnking

Power of Thnking

Happy New Year Everyone !!

Wishing everyone a prosperous Boundryless Happy New Year of Dreams coming True as you fully awaken your Potential !!

Happy New Year of Dreams Come True and Potential Realized !!

Happy New Year of Dreams Come True and Potential Realized !!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !!

Merry-Christmas and Happy New Year ! :-)

Merry-Christmas and Happy New Year ! 🙂

Hi Folks,

Wishing everyone a happy – healthy Merry Christmas followed by a prosperous Happy New Year too !!