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Hello everyone! For those who don’t know me, my name is Al, and I am a husband, father and passionate entrepreneur. At any given time I have dozens of projects on the go, and many of you may remember me from my 13 years running Family Kickboxing but more recently I’ve been focusing on building my marketing agency, RYS Marketing.
When Rob asked me to come and talk I was both excited and concerned. Excited because I love talking, and concerned because I usually talk for hours and now I need to squeeze it all in 10 minutes. So keeping that in mind, this is going to be a bit more of a summary/crash course and hopefully you’ll be able to pull some value out of it.
Let’s dive right in. Point number 1 – responsibility
Now I know that this is definitely not the sexiest of topics and unfortunately many people glaze over at the thought of talking about it, but at the base of all areas of life lies personal responsibility. If you don’t live your life in a position of total, absolute acceptance for your own life, you’re going to constantly find yourself limited in everything you do.
Listen, I’m not saying everything is your fault. A lot of people get that confused. But until you take responsibility it’s impossible to take action and make true headway.
There’s always a million directions you can point a figure, but they all take power away from you. It’s only once you take responsibility that you have true power. You see as long as it’s the traffic, the weather, the government, your boss, your clients, your kids, your genes, your neighborhood, your school, or anything else, you’re powerless. It’s only once you accept that change starts and ends with you that real progress can be made. So take your power back. If you don’t like something, do something about it. At the end of the day, your life is 100% yours.
Okay, that’s enough of that right? I usually have a bunch of cute metaphors and examples to really drive the point home but we need to keep moving.
Next on the list, hope.
I went to a wedding a few years ago and the groom was some hot shot military dude, I’m not sure which position he held so I won’t bother guessing, but he was a leader of some sort and in his speech he made a point that really stuck with me. He said that in the military, they often say “hope is not a strategy” and he went on to explain that when he sends a group of troops in, he doesn’t just say good luck I hope you make it back. Now, don’t get it confused. I’m not saying to be hopeless. In fact, being hopeful is a very positive trait, but hope alone won’t get you anywhere. I hope I make a million dollars. I hope I graduate school. I hope my business takes off. I hope this, I hope that. So again, hope is not a strategy, you need to have a concrete plan, a carefully though out strategy, to achieve any goal.
Okay so moving away from hope, I want to talk about vision. Let me ask you something, when is the best time to start building a house? The second you finish it. Let me explain… What if one day you were walking down the street and saw a guy laying bricks, building a foundation, and you asked him what he’s building and he looked up at you and said “I have no idea”. See talk like that’s going to land you in the loony bin.
When ever something of value is built, it’s because someone thought it through first. There’s a famous story about when Walt Disney World finally opened, a reporter covering the event commented to Walt’s brother, Roy, “It’s too bad Walt did not live to see this.” And his brother Roy’s reply was “Walt saw it first. That’s why we are seeing it now.”
So you need to have the vision to see the end picture, you need to see the goal you’re after.
Next I want to talk a bit about direction and destinations. I have a real revelation for you… In 5 years, 5 years will have gone by and you will have arrived. The question is WHERE? You see, barring some unfortunate accident, the time is going to go by regardless. With or without goals, 5 years is going to pass and you can sit and let life take you along and end up where ever, or you can grab the steering wheel of your life and arrive at a destination that you designed. And here’s the beauty about human beings, we have the power of choice. See a goose has no choice. When it gets cold it goes south or dies. But you’re not a goose. You have a choice. You could have lived the past 5 years flat broke and the next 5 filthy rich. You could have lives the last 5 years overweight and unhealthy and the next 5 health and filled with passion and vitality. The choice is always yours. Your past doesn’t equal your future. And I’ll let you in on a little secret… the difference between ending up broke or rich is tiny, the difference between healthy and sick is tiny.
Does anyone play golf here? Picture yourself on the green, about to t-off. You line up straight with the flag, swing back and whack the ball. It takes off, looking great at first, but next thing you know by the time it gets all the way over there it’s 200 yards to the left in the swamp. Now what do you think is the difference between the flag and the swamp? You might be tempted to say 200 yards, but it’s more like 1-2 millimeters. You see, a tiny miscalculation in direction at the very start, over the course of the flight, can be devastating at the end of the balls journey, or your five year plan. Often, it’s minor adjustments that make key differences, not big huge overhauls.
See you can’t change destination overnight, but you can change direction. So if you don’t like the direction you’ve been heading in, make the appropriate adjustments now and reap the rewards later.
Okay 2 points left, next up – consistent action – this ones going to be short and sweet. You need to follow through with your goals, your plan. Far too many people work just hard enough that it sucks, it’s hard work with little to no rewards, not realizing if only they pushed a little bit more they’d hit it big. Remember that guy building the foundation earlier? What if he build a nice, solid foundation, then got up, walked to a different lot and started building another foundation. Then got up, crossed the road and went and build another foundation and never had the grit and hustle it takes to finish the job, to see his dreams through.
And that takes me to me last point – 10X. Rob and I are both big fans of Grant Cardone, and one of his books called the 10 X rule is definitely one of my favorite books when it comes to pump you up and get you going type of stuff, and his philosophy is very simple, do 10 times everything.
My belief has always been “do what ever it takes as fast as you can so you can do what ever you want for as long as you want” and this is amplified by 10X. In his book, Grant goes on to explain that everything in life always ends up taking a lot MORE than you thought. It’ll take more effort than you thought to get in shape, more cash to fund your project, more energy to work the hours needed, and so on.
But here’s the best part, if you 10X everything, you’re sure to win. It’s as close as it gets to a “secret to success”. First, lets start with the goals. Let’s say you have a goal to make 100 thousand this year – why not 10 x that and set a goal to make a million? I mean, if you’re going to fall short on a goal, would you rather fall short on a 100 thousand dollar goal or a one million dollar goal? So dream big and amplify your goals. But it doesn’t end there, let’s say you had a list of 10 action steps you think you’ll need to do to achieve that goal, well, 10X that list and write down 100 action steps you need to do to achieve that goal.
By multiplying your effort you’re greatly increasing the odds of your goals coming together. Massive action is the ONLY option.
And that’s it, my 10 minutes is up! I hope you guy’s enjoyed it and we’re able to pull something out of it! And remember, sitting here at this workshop is great, but nothing is going to come out of it if you don’t ACT.
To your success