Success Series Affirmations

 

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5 Tips to Minimize Stress

 

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Stress is a normal and natural part of human life — you can’t avoid it, so how do you manage it?

 

5 Tips to Minimize Stress

We encounter stress every day: in driving through traffic, falling behind schedule and managing big projects. We must learn to how to deal with stress in order to lead a more productive, happy life.

Today I’m going to share a few ways that I manage the stress in my life, and I know these will work for you as well.

Here are 5 tips to minimize stress:

1) Plan Your Day

Plan every aspect of your day and plan your activities in advance, especially if you are going through a difficult time in your life. Having a plan for your day will make you feel more in control. You won’t have to think about or make a decision on what to do next. Becoming an expert in time management will reduce your stress levels enormously. Breaking down every task and activity in your day or week will make the big picture a lot less intimidating.

2) Focus on Your Most Important Task

When you are experiencing a lot of stress, only work on the tasks that are the most important to improving your life. You can use tools that we’ve discussed in the past, like the 80/20 Rule, to make setting and choosing your goals easier. Setting clear priorities for your work each day, before you begin, will relieve much of your stress immediately. Then, discipline yourself to start on your most important task and work on it until it is complete.

3) Get More Rest

It’s amazing how many people suffer greater stress from the same event because they are just tired. Fatigue causes you to experience stress at much higher levels for much longer periods of time. A body well taken care of will serve you much better in the long-run, and will reduce your stress naturally. If you are planning your day properly, then planning for more sleep shouldn’t be a problem.

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A Formula For Achieving Big Physical Goals After Age 40

 

A Formula For Achieving Big Physical Goals After Age 40

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Life Area: Physical

The older one gets the harder it is to achieve our BIG audacious physical goals, like competing in a triathlon or riding a century. Not only because of growing physical limitations but also because of growing responsibilities of family, career and community. Can you still go BIG? OF COURSE YOU CAN! If you follow this system, the only thing that can stop you is YOU.

A Formula For Achieving Big Physical Goals After Age 40

#1 – Assess yourself and what you are asking your body … and your mind … to achieve.

 

First, and foremost, you must believe you can do it. And, I don’t mean just competing in the event, but the needed training as well. Belief is the genesis of all accomplishment. Maintain a realistic perspective during your training and push yourself to excel at a rate necessary to peak at the competition. To help keep perspective, remember these things:

 

Find your why. This is your reason for wanting to achieve your big audacious goal. Without it you will fail when the going gets tough.

 

Go all in. Decide at the onset that you are going to do whatever you need to do to achieve your goal. Sign up for the event, commit to training, and fill your days with positive motivation to keep you going.

 

Know what you are willing to give up and what you aren’t. There are certain things I have on hold when it comes to my training and certain things that I will not give up. I must continue to run my businesses in spite of my training and I want to continue to spend time with my family and friends, so often times it is my leisure activities that must be put on hold if I am in the middle of training for a century ride or other big audacious physical goal.

 

#2 Make a plan.

 

Set yourself up for success with a routine. Figure out your training plan and do not deviate from it unless, or until, you experience a flaw in it. Create a realistic timeline. Many of the athletes I work with get down on themselves when they aren’t progressing at their pre-determined pace because they were unrealistic about how long something would take in the first place. They feel so discouraged that they beat themselves up and their mental-game plummets.

 

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Talk with Tom: Episode #24 | The Ultimate 7 Habits Guide

 

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On today’s episode of Talk with Tom, Tom will be giving us the ultimate 7 habits guide including:

  • 7 great habits of the most successful people;
  • 7 simple habits to keep you consistently happy every day;
  • 7 money habits of the wealthy we can all adopt;
  • 7 habits of people who build extraordinary relationships;
  • And more!

Every month Tom shares topic after topic to Grow Your Life and Build Your Business. If you’re not already a subscriber, join us. Talk with Tom is 100% free, and there are special benefits available only to our subscribers, so be sure you subscribe yourself on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts, and we look forward to seeing you right back here on the last Wednesday of every month with Talk with Tom.

JUST RELEASED – My FREE 7-Day Guided Mindfulness Meditation Audio Series

 

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Life Area: Personal

One of the most valuable things I’ve ever done for myself and my career was to start meditating every day.

The mental, emotional, health, AND SUCCESS benefits of daily meditation are truly amazing.

Unfortunately, traditional meditation can take a long time to master (and even longer to start enjoying the benefits).

But now you can start to reap all the incredible benefits of meditation from the very first day, in only 10 minutes!

Download Tom’s FREE 7-Day Mindfulness Meditation Audio Series

 

I recently produced, and have now gone live online with, my FREE 7-Day Guided Mindfulness Meditation Audio Series recorded personally by me.

When you visit SuccessSeriesLLC.com/wordpress/meditation, you will gain access to seven 10-minute meditation sessions of a simple to learn and easy to follow format of mindfulness meditation personally guided by me. You can access them anytime, from anywhere, from any device, right from that page OR you may download them and listen to each of the seven sessions any time you want.

Download Tom’s FREE 7-Day Mindfulness Meditation Audio Series Today

 

Do yourself a favor. Sit down where you won’t be disturbed and visit my landing page for this valuable FREE resource. There you will also find out:

  • What Mindfulness is,
  • How mindfulness improves our decision-making, and
  • How to meditate.

You can also read my compilation of research on the types of meditation, the many entrepreneurs and celebrities that practice meditation, and its many benefits.

Learn how to meditate

 

Learning how to meditate can help you achieve success faster, because when your mind is clear and focused, and your body is relaxed and calm, you can access information, both internal and external, that can help you make better decisions.

Download Tom’s FREE 7-Day Mindfulness Meditation Audio Series Today

 

Link to its landing page here and listen to or download my valuable FREE 7-Day Guided Mindfulness Meditation Audio Series now!

You can access all the sessions anytime, from anywhere, from any device, right from that page OR you may download them and listen to each of the seven sessions any time you want.

I promise it’ll be worth your time.

 

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The Purpose of Your Business Plan

 

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Many of my business coaching clients first come to me asking me to help them write a business plan. Whether they were just a start-up or had been in business for a number of years and were then seeking a capital investor for the first time, they found themselves, as many entrepreneurs do, unable to describe to outside third-parties the who, what , where, why, when and how of their business.

How To Write A Business Plan

 

Providing an overview of your business can be tricky, especially when you’re still in the early planning stages. If you already own an existing business, summarizing your current operation should be relatively easy; it can be a lot harder to explain what you plan to become.

What I advise them is to project out into the future and reverse engineer.

Think about what products and services you will provide, how you will provide those items, what you need to have in order to provide those items, exactly who will provide those items… and most importantly, whom you will provide those items to.

Sound like a lot? It boils down to:

  • What you will provide
  • What you need to run your business
  • Who will service your customers, and
  • Who your customers are

If you open a restaurant, what you plan to serve will in some ways determine your labor needs, the location you choose, the equipment you need to purchase… and most importantly will help define your customer. Changing any one element may change other elements; if you cannot afford to purchase expensive kitchen equipment, you may need to adapt your menu accordingly. If you hope to attract an upscale clientele, you may need to invest more in rent at a prime location and creating an appealing ambience.

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Success Series Quotes

 

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Take Your Productivity To A New Level

 

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Life Area: Personal and Professional

You’ve heard me talk here about Michael Hyatt’s Productivity Assessment, well here’s another heads-up that I want to send your way.

Hopefully you took me up on the advice to go take your FREE Productivity Assessment and learned what areas of your personal and professional life required more focus. From having done that you may want to enroll in Michael’s online course Free To Focus, registration closes tonight at 11:59pm PT.

For just a few more hours, you can still sneak into registration here:

http://freetofocus.com/WLPROG/2017f2fsales

There’s not a more efficient way to reclaim your time and energy — to invest in the high-leverage and most important things in life.

If you’ve felt like there was something standing between you and the balanced, satisfying life you really want, you need this course.

But this is your last chance to get it before registration closes.

http://freetofocus.com/WLPROG/2017f2fsales

Tonight at 11:59 pm PT, the doors to register for Michael’s course slam shut. So it’s decision time. And it starts right here:

http://freetofocus.com/WLPROG/2017f2fsales

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Talk with Tom: Episode #23 | TwT Motivational Minute: Get Optimum Results Out of Your Day

 

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In this Talk with Tom Motivational Minute, Tom tells us the best way to get the optimum results out of our day and the two reasons why this way is the best way.

Every month, in just 30 minutes, Tom shares topic after topic to Grow Your Life and Build Your Business. If you’re not already a subscriber, join us. Talk with Tom is 100% free, and there are special benefits available only to our subscribers, so be sure you subscribe yourself on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts, and we look forward to seeing you right back here on the last Wednesday of every month with Talk with Tom.

Want To Know How Productive You Really Are?

 

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Life Area: Personal and Professional

 

Want to know how productive you really are?

I am pleased to offer to you this FREE resource from my friend, Michael Hyatt: Michael just came out with a quick self-assessment test to find out how productive you really are. It’s completely FREE, and it only takes a few minutes.

http://freetofocus.com/WLPROG/2017assessment

You may be asking yourself, “Why does this matter?”

Because if you’re like most high-achievers, you want to your spend time well — and live intentionally. This test helps you do just that.

You can only find the path to more time and more freedom when you’re CLEAR about where you are now.

I just finished taking mine and I was surprised with my results. I encourage you to take the assessment for yourself and discover your Productivity Score! Michael explains what it all means and gives you a free summary of your answers.

It’s the ticket to upping your productivity game…

Ready to discover your score? Just click here. http://freetofocus.com/WLPROG/2017assessment

 

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Success Series Affirmations

 

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Why Attention To Exercise and Nutrition Is A Must

 

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Life Area: Physical

In the late 1990s I was 30 pounds overweight due to too many years of entertaining real estate clients at fancy restaurants, private clubs and Laker games. I gained the weight over 10 years and when my mom had a minor heart attack, following my dad having one himself years earlier, I knew genetics wasn’t helping any. So I lost 30lbs in 60 days by eating less and exercising more.

That wake-up call taught me first hand the value of monitoring your exercise and nutrition and I present to you here five reasons why we can’t afford to neglect diet and exercise:

5 Reasons Why Attention To Exercise And Nutrition Is A Must

 

1 – First, our bodies are made to move. Our bodies are literally built to move with muscles, tendons, and bones. Our world of technology has created a sedentary culture where people are sitting and staring at their cell phones, tablets, or computer screens for hours on end. In previous times, physical work was a given.

2 – Second, exercise adds fuel to your gas tank. some people think, “I can’t workout, I’m too tired.” What they don’t realize is that if they would just do it, they would be more energetic for the rest of the day. Exercise not only eliminates toxins from our bodies, but according to the Mayo Clinic, it also improves our circulation and our hear and lung health. It might sound counter-intuitive, but exercise gives you more energy than it takes. Read my blog post here on Natural Ways To Gain Energy.

3 – Third, exercise lifts our mood. According to one survey found in one of my Recommended Reading books by Tom Rath, Eat Move Sleep, just twenty minutes of moderate exercise in the morning has been shown to improve mood as much as twelve hours later in the day. Exercise unleashes neurochemical processes (endorphins) that can leave us feeling exhilarated and happy.

4 – Fourth, exercise helps regulate our blood-sugar level, which directly relates to our energy levels. And, of course, so does food. This is one reason why I generally avoid high-carbohydrate, especially refined carbohydrate, meals. They make me sleepy and lethargic because they spike our blood sugar ramping up our insulin, then send us crashing.

5 – Fifth, eating for convenience instead of health and well-being leads to obesity and a whole range of conditions that sap our energy. Looking at the World Economic Forum’s Human Capital Report, what drives down the U.S. numbers is primarily our bad health. There’s a direct connection to the foods we eat and what we’re able to accomplish.

YOUR ACTION STEPS

Determine to get (and stay) physically healthy. It’s easy to compromise here. You have to decide ahead of temptation that you’re not going to back down from what matters most to your physical well-being.

Next, move! Get intentional about moving. Park away from the entrance and walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Ease into it if you need to. Take the elevator up and the stairs down until you’re in the groove. Eat with conviction not convenience. Go to the work of juicing that morning green drink. Pack your own lunch. Order small portions. Watch what you eat and don’t let that deadline or to do list take you off course with an easy out fast food meal.

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We’ve Lost Another Great One — Louise Hay

 

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A great mentor and great leader in the space of Personal Development has passed away – Louise Hay – at age 90 on August 30, 2017.

If you are not familiar with Louise Hay, she was literally one of the first creators of what we now know of as the Personal Development Community. If you love self-help and personal development, you can attribute its presence in the world to Louise and other pioneers of the industry. You can find out more about her life and legacy here and read a Hay House tribute to her here.

Her books have sold over 50 million copies. You can heal your life was her message and the title of her greatest work. She taught that you can use your mind and affirmations, self-talk self-acceptance, and…love…to change your life. This was Louise’s message…at least what I took from it…and it has influenced my life and all my works.

Serendipitously, Louise passed away on the same day of the year as another cornerstone pioneer, Wayne Dyer, had two years ago (read my post here).

As a tribute to her, I urge you to buy her best seller, You Can Heal Your Life, from my recommended reading list or any of her works, including FREE downloadable Affirmations and other Hay House published books, apps, and resources. You will benefit greatly.

Blessing to her fans, friends and family.

Thank you, Louise, for your great contribution to the world. Your legacy lives on but we will miss you.

Talk with Tom: Episode #22 | TwT Motivational Minute: Taking 100% Responsibility

 

In this Talk with Tom Motivational Minute, Tom shares with us the importance of taking 100% responsibility for our life; successes and failures.

Every month, in just 30 minutes, Tom shares topic after topic to Grow Your Life and Build Your Business. If you’re not already a subscriber, join us. Talk with Tom is 100% free, and there are special benefits available only to our subscribers, so be sure you subscribe yourself on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts, and we look forward to seeing you right back here on the last Wednesday of every month with Talk with Tom.

3 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Skydiving

 

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3 life lessons you can learn from skydiving.

 

When my son turned 13 I told him we would have an adventure of his choosing to move him from childhood to manhood. He chose hiking the Grand Canyon. I did the same with my daughter but by the time she had decided what she wanted to do, she had turned 16…and, gulp, she had decided to go skydiving!!

Now I write that with emphasis because though hiking the Grand Canyon was arduous and entailed multiple days (1 day down, 1 day on the bottom, and 1 day out), my son and I were somewhat prepared having made many hikes over the years. But skydiving? My daughter and I had no experience whatsoever. It was a complete outside-the-box thing with challenges of its own. For instance, my daughter had no idea that I had a fear of heights!

For years I had been developing skyscrapers. Up and down the exterior construction elevator I went showing colleagues, partners, and prospective tenants the city view from 1,000+ feet up. As I would step off the exterior construction elevator I would bee line for the middle of helipad and stay somewhat away from the edge, if I could. And here my daughter was telling me the one adventure she wanted to have was to skydive. So…of course…I had to swallow hard and just say “yes” without skipping a beat.

Life Lesson #1 From Skydiving: Step out of your comfort zone and lean into your fear.

 

The best time to skydive is the first jump of the day. This way you avoid the inevitable weather delays that come later in the day as jump after jump is pushed out an hour, maybe two, maybe even to the next day. So we drove out to the airfield for the 7am tandem jump and took the required orientation training, then off we went with our instructors, a few other novice divers and their tandems, and a couple intermediate and advance solo jumpers.

‘Round about 5,000 feet the solo jumpers step out the door. You see, they were just after increasing their jump count to advance to the next level of their sport. We on the other hand, were going to 10,000’ to be able to experience the free fall as well as gliding to a landing. Well let me tell you, when those jumpers stepped out at 5,000’ my daughter and I, wide-eyed, with pupils-dilated, looked at each other and said, “We’re really doing this!!”  We knew there was no going back, our turn was next.

Life Lesson #2: When you commit to a vision, follow through.

 

Up to 10,000’ we went and sure enough when our names were called we were strapped to our instructors and ready to go. When you tandem skydive, and I hope you do, very little is under your control. Though they tell you how to position your legs and arms, and when to pull the chute, you’re basically going along for the ride.

My daughter went first. She screamed as she went out the door and my heart sank. You see…as a Dad or Mom you must relate…you see, I wanted to help her, comfort her, and assure her that all would be well, but no, she was having to find out that all for herself. I was next, and out we went.

Remember me mentioning the free fall? For the first 5,000’ you have the exhilaration of the free fall. You do some spinning tricks, some aerodynamics. I’m, of course, looking for my daughter hoping all is well with her and that she is enjoying the journey…to no avail. It’s hard to orient to things when you’re going who-knows-how-fricken-fast free falling to the earth. Then the tap on your shoulder comes to pull the rip cord. A little aside if you do go skydiving: don’t worry if you don’t pull the rip cord fast enough, your tandem instructor is watching his/her little altimeter and if you don’t act fast enough, they will. No need for that with me, I was ready and waiting.

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How To Do Your Weekly Review

 

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Life Area: Personal

 

You probably notice on my Ideal Week Sample that I do a Weekly Review every Sunday evening…well, not EVERY Sunday evening, but that would be my ideal 🙂 Anyway, I’m often asked, “How do you do a weekly review?”

A Harvard study found that practicing reflection makes what we’ve learned stick in our minds better, as well as improving our performance. In fact, they proved that we reach a point in our work or training when we’ve learned enough such that reflecting on our experience can actually boost our performance more than further practice.

Reflecting is good for us, whether tracking our progress on goals or taking note of what we’ve learned, reflecting regularly helps us refocus and re-motivate. The weekly review is a chance to tie up loos ends, prepare for the week ahead and monitor short-term goals progress.

How To Do A Weekly Review

 

If you’re just getting started with your own weekly review you’ll probably go through a phase of trial and error to find your sweet spot as to what works for you. What I share here is what I do and it may be a place for you to get started.

Step 1: Sort through paperwork. Some will need to be scanned and digitally filed, some may need action, and others simply tossed.

Step 2: Review meeting notes from the week. When I take notes I use various symbols to depict a personal action item, a delegated item, an in-progress item, etc. During my Weekly Review, I review my notes and find those items that need further action or follow-up next week.

Step 3: Review last week’s Weekly Task List and calendar. As mentioned here before, you all know I keep, and advise you keep, a simple task management system in Evernote which includes a Master Task List, a Weekly Task List, and a ToDo Today list. During my Weekly Review, I review my Weekly Task List and my calendar to cross off items accomplished and find any items needing follow-up…ok, true confession, I don’t wait for my weekly review to check-off items accomplished, I usually do it immediately (and yes, if the item is not on my Weekly Task List, I add it and then check it off!).

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7 Tips On How To Best End Your Workday

 

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Life Area: Professional

I do a ton of reading. These days I listen to about an audio book a week using Audible while I workout or commute. On top of that, I read hardcover books, magazines and other periodicals, and targeted, personalized, responsive online magazines and articles using apps such as Flipboard and Feedly. If I can’t read something I’ve come across online until later, I save it in Pocket. In putting together today’s blog post I used a number of those different resources to compile today’s content:

 

7 Tips On How To Best End Your Workday

 

Do you often find yourself running out of workday before you run out of work? I do! And I find that if I can remember to implement many, if not all, of these 7 tips I find myself able to end the day on a high note and be prepared to hit the ground running tomorrow:

 

Tip #1: Prepare for tomorrow’s workday. Many sources recommend ending your workday by preparing for tomorrow’s. From Forbes.com we learn: be sure to check-off all you accomplished today and set a clear plan for tomorrow’s tasks. Use a task management app such as Todoist or simply a task list in Evernote to organize your ideas, tasks and goals in one place.

Tip #2: Move end-of-day meetings to tomorrow. We are all running out of energy at day’s end. Meetings held late in the day can be unproductive as people’s energy levels wane. In the Huffington Post it was recommended to schedule time to catch-up the next day instead, and explain you’d like to give it your full energy and attention. Often times they will feel relieved themselves.

Tip #3: Say a proper goodbye. We learn on BusinessInsider.com that a friendly goodbye to your team helps build rapport as well as signal that you are gone for the day. Say goodbye once to those around you to minimize distractions for those still at work.

Tip #4: Organize your desk. One of the world’s foremost authorities on time management is my friend and mentor Brian Tracy. Brian tells us, “50% of time is wasted on low-value activities like looking for information. Having an organized desk helps you think clearly and effectively.” I would add: have only on your desk those things that you need for the task at hand; file everything else away to do away with distraction. Continue reading

Talk with Tom: Episode #21 | TwT Motivational Minute: Working With the Right Mentor

 

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In this Talk with Tom Motivational Minute, Tom tells us how we can choose the right mentor – and how to respect their time and the gift they are giving to you.

Every month, in just 30 minutes, Tom shares topic after topic to Grow Your Life and Build Your Business. If you’re not already a subscriber, join us. Talk with Tom is 100% free, and there are special benefits available only to our subscribers, so be sure you subscribe yourself on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts, and we look forward to seeing you right back here on the last Wednesday of every month with Talk with Tom.

The 5 Levels of Delegation

 

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Life Area: Professional

So many of my clients and seminar attendees are entrepreneurs and small business owners susceptible to falling into the habit of doing everything themselves and finding it very difficult to delegate even the most trivial of things to others. That was me too! It was hard for me to hand over something to another when I felt like it wouldn’t be done as good or that it would take me longer to explain to them how to do it than it would take for me to just do it myself!

 

To assist them, and you, I offer up here the starting point of how I began to delegate. There are five levels of delegation and as you work your way up the levels you exercise your delegation muscle more and more. My mantra for last year is applicable here… “Business moves at the speed of trust.” What I found is that I became more and more trusting as my delegates succeeded. Soon you too will find that you have off-loaded quite a bit, leaving you more able to focus on those things that require your unique core competencies.

 

The Five Levels of Delegation

 

Level 1: Do exactly what I have asked you to do. Don’t deviate from my instructions. I have already researched the options and determined what I want you to do.

 

Level 2: Research the topic and report back to me. We will discuss it, and then I will make the decision and tell you what I want you to do.

 

Level 3: Research the topic, outline the options, and make a recommendation. Give me the pros and cons of each option, but tell me what you think we should do. If I agree with your decision, I will authorize you to move forward.

 

Level 4: Make a decision and then tell me what you did. I trust you to do the research, make the best decision you can and then keep me in the loop. I don’t want to be surprised by someone else.

 

Level 5: Make whatever decision you think is best. No need to report back. I trust you completely. I know you will follow through. You have my full support.

 

There’s a big difference in authority between these levels. If you or your delegate are unclear about the scope, then clarify, clarify, clarify.

 

What to Delegate

To decide what to off-load, you must first do a quick self-assessment as to what you like to do and what you are competent to do. Ask yourself these three questions:

 

  1. What am I good at doing?
  2. What do I enjoy doing?, and
  3. Of all team members, what can only I do?

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Know When To Go Organic

 

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Life Area: Personal
If you want to be healthy, wealthy and wise about the fruits and vegetables you eat, you should know when to go organic, as well as when it’s unnecessary. Sometimes I find it worthwhile to pay a little extra for organic…sometimes not so wise.

I came across a study by the Environmental Working Group which ranked produce based on what contained the least and most amount of pesticides. The ones with the most pesticides were strawberries and spinach – so go organic for these two, as well as nectarines, apples, peaches, pears, cherries, grapes, celery, tomatoes, bell peppers and potatoes.

As for least amount of pesticides (making it unnecessary to go organic): obviously the thick skin things such as avocados, pineapple, bananas, eggplant, mangoes, papayas, cantaloupe, kiwi and grapefruit, but also cauliflower, cabbage, onions and asparagus.

On another note, Happy Birthday to my Dad…he’s 84 today! Happy Birthday Dad! I love you <3

One of my missions in life is to move and inspire people to live their highest vision.  It is my honor and privilege to serve you in this way.  I make it an absolute MUST to inspire each and every one of you to STEP UP and live the life of your dreams, NOW, and not settle for less than you can be, do, have, say or believe.

There is no better endorsement than that of a friend, so if you like what you’re reading or are using my many resources, tell a friend to join the Tom Hart Success Series Community, to receive email notifications of new blog posts and Talk with Tom podcast episodes, learn of upcoming events, and other news, by visiting my website  and clicking on the offer to receive my FREE monthly resource by leaving their email address (we respect your privacy and do not tolerate spam and will never sell, rent, lease or give away your information to any third party).

Talk with Tom: Episode #20 | TwT Motivational Minute: Heart Talk to Heal Tension

 

In this Talk with Tom Motivational Minute, Tom tells us how we can use the tool of a heart talk to resolve tension that might have built up over time.

Every month, in just 30 minutes, Tom shares topic after topic to Grow Your Life and Build Your Business. If you’re not already a subscriber, join us. Talk with Tom is 100% free, and there are special benefits available only to our subscribers, so be sure you subscribe yourself on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts, and we look forward to seeing you right back here on the last Wednesday of every month with Talk with Tom.

8 Ways to Gain Energy Naturally

 

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Life Area: Personal

Do you often find yourself running low on energy late in the day? Or, do you occasionally wake up already tired? Energy Management is as key to success as Task Management and Focus but few people realize that. Conventional wisdom taught us that if you slept eight hours a night, ate right and exercised well, you would have all the energy necessary to accomplish a successful day.

We now know that there are many ways to gain energy, both naturally and unnaturally. It can be easy and convenient to grab an energy drink or coffee when you’re feeling tired, but a cheap-and-quick energy drink will leave you feeling even more fatigued than you initially were once it wears off. Try these natural, clean and easy methods for increasing your energy:

8 Ways to Gain Energy Naturally

 

STAY HYDRATED. The more water, the better. Staying hydrated keeps your body functioning properly, which in turn keeps your energy levels up. Here’s the popular rule of thumb my clients have heard me say time and again: Drink half your body weight in ounces every day.

REMEMBER CAFFEINE IN MODERATION. Natural caffeine in coffee, green tea, or black tea is a great way to boost your energy level. Caffeine has also been found to stave diabetes, dementia and migraines.

INCREASE YOUR MAGNESIUM INTAKE. Halibut, whole grains and nuts (particularly almonds and cashews) are rich in magnesium. If those don’t appeal to you, take a daily natural supplement. A Department of Agriculture study found that women who had more magnesium in their diet could workout longer and harder at the gym.

GO SMALL. Eat smaller meals more often. By eating a small meal every two to three hours, you maintain your brain’s steady flow of nutrients and avoid fatigue. If you prefer less frequent, larger meals, make sure you don’t skip any. FYI, a portion is the size of your fist.

ADD ANTIOXIDANTS TO YOUR DIET. Blueberries, artichokes, and tomatoes are great examples of foods full of antioxidants, a clean energy source (meaning they can protect the body from energy swings). Continue reading

Some Alternatives to SMART Goals

 

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Life Area: Personal

You’ve heard me say, write, live SMART goals. That is:

SMART GOALS:

S   pecific
M easurable
A  chievable
R  ealistic
T  ime bound

Here’s three other acronyms I came across for you non-conformists:

PURE GOALS:

P  ositively Stated
U  nderstood
elevant
E   thical

CLEAR GOALS:

hallenging
L  egal
nvironmentally Sound
A  greed
R  ecorded

HARD GOALS:

H  eartfelt
A  nimated
equired
D  ifficult

Tom Hart Success Series 7-Day Goal Setting Challenge

For more on goal setting, check out my recent blog post Mid-Year Goals Check-in and dive deep with my 2016 Goals Series of blog posts: [here’s #1] [and #2] [#3 is linked here] [find #4 here] [and last in the series #5] and read [this blog post from the 2015 archives]. To learn how to write an action plan for goal achievement read [this post].

My crash course for this year is my 7-Day Goal Setting Challenge – A Guide to Help You Set Your Goals, Create a Plan of Action and Begin Achieving Them IN ONLY A WEEK! I describe it in detail in this Talk with Tom podcast episode on the subject [here].

Download my FREE 7-Day Goal Setting Challenge eBook – A Guide to Help You Set Your Goals, Create a Plan of Action and Begin Achieving Them IN ONLY A WEEK! [Download for FREE here].

 

In continuation of a sampling of the 100 Things Successful People Do from the book of the same title by author Nigel Cumberland (but not all 100 🙂 Here’s another 5:

1. Have the courage to fail

2. Seek wisdom and use it

3. Model the best

4. Sleep well

5. Laugh more.

 

One of my missions in life is to move and inspire people to live their highest vision.  It is my honor and privilege to serve you in this way.  I make it an absolute MUST to inspire each and every one of you to STEP UP and live the life of your dreams, NOW, and not settle for less than you can be, do, have, say or believe.

There is no better endorsement than that of a friend, so if you like what you’re reading or are using my many resources, tell a friend to join the Tom Hart Success Series Community, to receive email notifications of new blog posts and Talk with Tom podcast episodes, learn of upcoming events, and other news, by visiting my website  and clicking on the offer to receive my FREE monthly resource by leaving their email address (we respect your privacy and do not tolerate spam and will never sell, rent, lease or give away your information to any third party).

Mid-Year Goals Check-in

 

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Nearly half the year has past to achieve your 2017 goals and I want you to ask yourself the following question: Are you on track to…

  • …make more money?
  • …spend more time with loved ones?
  • …travel as much as you want?
  • …live the life you dream of?

If your answers had you shaking your head or feeling disappointed, might I suggest taking action to get you back on track?

To help give you a little nudge, download my FREE 7-Day Goal Setting Challenge – A Guide to Help You Set Your Goals, Create a Plan of Action and Begin Achieving Them IN ONLY A WEEK!

 

7-Day Goal Setting Challenge

 

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Try Time Blocking Instead of a To-Do List

 

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Life Area: Professional

 

Many of you know my simple time management technique. You start with a brain-dump to create a Master Task List, then from that develop a Weekly Task List, with your Top Three becoming your Daily To Dos.

 

When combined with my Ideal Week time blocking method (found on my FREE Resources page) you may find it easier to manage your time and your tasks.

 

TIME BLOCKING

 

Time blocking is essentially assigning your tasks to different time slots of concentrated work throughout your week.

 

Why Time Block?

Organizing your tasks into time blocks helps you prioritize better. Assign your number 1 task to your number 1 time slot. Your number 1 time slot may not necessarily be your first time slot of the week…make it your best time slot based on the cycles I talk about below.

 

There is also a psychological reason why time-blocking makes more sense. In what is known as the Zeigarnik effect, which basically states that we remember what we haven’t done better than what we have done, an uncompleted task weighs on us, leading to stress and insomnia. However, when we have all of our tasks placed into a specific time slot, we sleep more soundly knowing everything that needs to get done is assigned a time to get done.

 

Cycles and Biorhythms

I’ve written here before about the Pomodoro productivity method which recommends at period of focused work, usually 50-60 minutes, followed by a brief break of say 10 minutes. In spite of having a three hour block of time, be sure to “break” it up.

 

Before you start calendaring your time slots, think about how your energy and work both flow. Are there work cycles that could affect how much uninterrupted time you will have? And what times of day do you have the most energy or are best suited to do the tasks you need to do? “Don’t schedule a hard task in a time of day where you typically lag, and don’t schedule a big task in a small amount of time. Wishful thinking can’t change the reality of your schedule,” Cal Newport adds in his new book Deep Work.

 

Here’s how it works: Remember this: your Master Task List may contain 100 items but you know from previous mentions here that the Paraeto Principle states that 80% of your results will come from 20% of your efforts. The same holds true for your tasks. They will break out like this: 10% will be your highest priorities at any given time (with 20% of those yield 80% of your results). The bottom 10% WILL NEVER GET DONE. And the 80% in the middle will slide up and down, be replaced, drop-off, etc. So here are the numbers from your brain-dump of 100: 10 will be of highest priority (2 will be game changers), 10 will never get done, and 80 will constantly be on the move to completion or deletion.

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Memorial Day Remembrance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Memorial Day remembrance to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country

 

 

Talk with Tom: Episode #19 | TwT Motivational Minute: Your Joyful Career Path

 

In this Talk with Tom Motivational Minute, Tom tells us how we can use our inner skills to guide us on our ultimate career path.

Every month, in just 30 minutes, Tom shares topic after topic to Grow Your Life and Build Your Business. If you’re not already a subscriber, join us. Talk with Tom is 100% free, and there are special benefits available only to our subscribers, so be sure you subscribe yourself on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts, and we look forward to seeing you right back here on the last Wednesday of every month with Talk with Tom.

10 Basics of Personal Finance

 

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Life Area: Financial

Disclaimer: This material is based on my personal experience and has been prepared for informational purposes only. It should not be the only means of your personal finance decision making; please consult a professional advisor before taking action.

 

Some of you have attended my Create The LIFE You Want workshop and you would remember much of these personal finance basics from my Saturday afternoon Money module. For those of you who haven’t attended (you can [sign up here for the next one] held closest to you in either LA, Denver, Dallas or KC) here’s a quick lesson in the basics of personal finance:

10 Basics of Personal Finance

1. Have a reason why money and financial freedom is important to you.

You must know your “Why” to be motivated as to the “What” and “How”.

When I started my first business at age 18, I was motivated to make money because I needed to pay for my college education. When I sold that company, a Southern California-based auto detailing company named Every Last Detail, and went into real estate it was because I was a new father and wanted a more profitable career to provide for my family. Your “why” will motivate you and keep you on track when the inevitable peaks and valleys occur. Continue reading

Seek Out a Mentor or Coach to Accelerate Your Results

 

 Seek a Mentor or Coach

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Life Area: Professional

 

The Power of Mentors. Do you want to know how to cut twenty years off the learning curve in your career or business? It is to learn from people who are already where you want to be, or people who have done what you want to do.  A mentor is one of many ways to accomplish this.

Mentor

A mentor is a person who is interested in your success, happiness, well-being, and future, and wants to make a contribution. A mentor brings insight, feedback, integrity, a willingness to help, and genuine concern for the mentee. One mentor can accelerate your career and two can skyrocket it. I suggest you look through your contacts and see if you can find someone who can contribute to your career or business success, and ask him or her to meet with you. The key is to create a win-win relationship. If the person is at a distance, then call. A mentor/mentee relationship can be accomplished over the phone just as effectively.

Set up ground rules up front for each person’s roles, expectations, agendas, time use, accountability, and feedback.  The right mentor can save you time, energy, and money. He or she can challenge your thinking, hold you accountable, help you reach your goals, share in your successes and failures, and have fun in the process.  Find someone today who can help you further your career in this way.

Seek a Mentor or Coach

Business or Life Coach

An alternative to a mentor is a professional business or life coach. Do your research and find the best fit with your business or personality, define your objectives, and have an initial free phone consultation to determine if he/she is right for you. I have been a business coach and a life coach for over 17 years and am a Certified Master Coach and have provided transformational coaching and Continue reading

8 Habits for Maintaining Work-Life Balance

 

 8 Habits for Maintaining Work-Life Balance

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I’m like you, I struggle with maintaining a healthy balance between my work life and my personal life. I implement many tools and systems to avoid getting caught in the trap of over-doing or under-doing in either category so that I maintain a “being-ness presence” in all that I do.

Many of the tools I use can be found on the Resources page of my website including, my Personal Strategic Plan and Ideal Week templates, let alone my Annual Master Calendar. By now, you’ve probably downloaded my FREE PDF eBooks: Year-End Assessment Tool, 2017 Success Planner, and my 7-Day Goal Setting Challenge guidebook. All these ensure that I keep focused on my goals and that I calendar what I want to accomplish, and when.

I don’t think there is a division of work and life. I know that work is an integral part of all of our lives. The only reason I even used the term “work-life balance” in the title of this blog post is that it has become such a pervasively used term that everyone googles it to find out the very things that I’m writing about here. So, let’s just say I advocate a balanced life, and I’ll tell you here 8 habits to help you in your quest to maintain that balanced life:

Habit 1 – Choose the life you desire.

Many, many of the participants in my Create The LIFE You Want workshop come in the door not having a clue of the life they desire, nor have they ever given it much thought. Many believe “life” dictates their daily activities and that they have little to no influence on it. Of course, if you’ve been a reader of this blog for very long, you know that I believe nothing can be further from the truth and that to the contrary, I believe…I KNOW IN MY HEART…that our lives are not only in our control, but that our future is determined by our actions of today (and, our actions are a derivative of our thoughts of the moment). Now, before I get any email push back, let me acknowledge that oftentimes life will bring us something completely out of the blue – either positive or negative – and that those people, events, challenges, opportunities, etc are not our doing. But be prepared; that preparation is under your control. Continue reading

Talk with Tom: Episode #18 | ENCORE EPISODE: Daily Disciplines

 

In this Encore Episode of Talk with Tom, Tom gives us 6 daily disciplines to support of goal achievement. They include: morning intentions and visualization, using external images of success (Vision Boards), thinking a better feeling thought, having an attitude of gratitude, taking action, and acknowledging that it’s working.

Every month, in just 30 minutes, Tom shares topic after topic to Grow Your Life and Build Your Business. If you’re not already a subscriber, join us. Talk with Tom is 100% free, and there are special benefits available only to our subscribers, so be sure you subscribe yourself on iTunes or GooglePlay, and we look forward to seeing you right back here on the last Wednesday of every month with Talk with Tom.

Creating Effective Affirmations

 

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Tony Robbins calls them “Incantations”; Deepak Chopra calls them “Mantras”; I, and others, prefer to say “Affirmations”. No matter what you call them, they are powerful…and THEY WORK!

Affirmations are one of the most powerful ways to create a vibrational match for what you want to attract into your life.

Every thought you think and every word you say is an affirmation. Your thoughts and words are declarations of who you think you are and how you perceive the world to be. Every time you think a negative thought or make a self-depreciating comment you are actually affirming it as your personal truth. Fortunately, the same holds true for positive thoughts and statements.

Strong positive affirmations are powerful means of self-transformation and are key to creating the life you want. Affirmations replace the limiting beliefs that you have internalized for years with positive statements that “affirm” who you want to be and how you want to experience life.

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Affirmations are a regular part of my day. I listen to Louise Hay’s 101 Power Thoughts Affirmations app as an important part of my morning routine, I cite my own affirmations throughout the day, and I have others in my ear-buds as I’m falling asleep. Stating affirmations aloud can be a powerful deterrent to negative thinking and if written, and spoken, as effectively as I am going to describe here, can be a supportive tool for your sub-conscious and the law of attraction to help you create the life you want.

Creating Effective Affirmations

 

One of my most popular downloads from my Workshop Resources page is my Creating Effective Affirmations handout from my Create The Life You Want workshop. Download it for FREE here. Print it off. Carry it with you or post it nearby for you to refer to as you write your personalized affirmations. In it I outline nine guidelines to follow to create powerful, effective affirmations for use EVERYDAY to help you manifest ANYTHING. The Nine Guidelines for Creating Effective Affirmations are: Continue reading

Talk with Tom Episode #17: 5 Reasons to Practice Mindfulness

 

Tom Hart Success Series 5 Reasons to Practice Mindfulness

In this episode of Talk with Tom, Tom gives us 5 reasons to practice mindfulness, how mindfulness improves decision- making, and why Richard Branson recommends entrepreneurs practice mindfulness.

Every month, in just 30 minutes, Tom shares topic after topic to Grow Your Life and Build Your Business. If you’re not already a subscriber, join us. Talk with Tom is 100% free, and there are special benefits available only to our subscribers, so be sure you subscribe yourself on iTunes or GooglePlay, and we look forward to seeing you right back here on the last Wednesday of every month with Talk with Tom.

8 Ways To Maximize Your Meetings

 

Tom Hart Success Series 8 Ways To Maximize Your Meetings

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Are you, your company, your team or your employer susceptible to “death by meeting”? Absolutely! Here are 8 ways to maximize your meetings and minimize the pain:

8 Ways To Maximize Your Meetings

 

1. Circulate an agenda and supporting documents before the meeting. It always baffles me when I’m invited to attend a meeting and the only clue as to what the meeting is for is the topic in the subject line of an email invite. Respect people’s time by sending a meeting agenda and supporting documents ahead of time, and, ideally, mention the desired outcome you, as the meeting organizer, want.

2. Make sure key people are invited; don’t invite non-essential participants. You ever been in a meeting where the meeting organizer invited people who really didn’t need to be there and ended up contributing little to nothing? Often times, these people try to justify their presence by stating an opinion that ends up being nothing but a distraction. Remember the desired outcome you want and invite only those that are the relevant decision makers to that end. Continue reading

3-Step Guide To Meditation

 

3-Step Meditation

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As I mentioned in my last blog post, The 5 Reasons to Practice Mindfulness, meditation is now a key part of my ideal morning routine after, at first, being one of those individuals that used to poo-poo it saying, “I don’t have time to meditate.” Perhaps you’re like I was and yet…you’re curious.  You ask – “Would meditation reduce my stress, keep me centered, and help me achieve my goals?” You wonder – “Well…it probably wouldn’t hurt, but how do I start?” If that describes you, then this blog post is for you. Continue reading

5 Reasons to Practice Mindfulness

 

Tom Hart Success Series 5 Reasons to Practice Mindfulness

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I, like you perhaps, used to be in the school of thought that I was too busy for meditation. I thought mindfulness, and its cousin meditation, were for folks who were “out there”, practicing some well-meaning but very time consuming, distracting and impractical practice. Boy, was I wrong. Once I was influenced by some successful business people around me, and encouraged to give it a try by my Talk with Tom host Aaron Wilker, I have found a mindfulness and mindful meditation practice to be a very key tool to my daily accomplishments and to manifesting my goals. I soon realized its popularity and that I was actually finally “getting with the program.” Its importance has now grown to a point where it is now part of my ideal morning routine and I am so impressed with my results that I will soon be releasing a 7-day guided mediation audio series FREE for you here on my website.

Of all the ancient and modern practices designed to enlighten us, why has the simple practice of Mindfulness and Mindfulness Meditation come to the fore-front? Why is Continue reading

Talk with Tom Episode #16: 7-Day Goal Setting Challenge

 

Tom Hart Success Series 7-Day Goal Setting Challenge

7-Day Goal Setting Challenge

In this episode of Tom with Tom, Tom walks us through his Goal Setting guidebook The 7-Day Goal Setting Challenge – A Guide to Help You Set Your Goals, Create a Plan of Action and Begin Achieving Them IN ONLY A WEEK! This guidebook can be downloaded for FREE at SuccessSeriesLLC.com/documents/goalsettingchallenge.pdf

Renowned author Antoine de Saint-Exupery said, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Do you often find yourself wishing for something — whether a brand new car, starting a business, or running a half-marathon – but then never work towards that goal? That’s because you don’t know how to properly set goals and create a plan of action.

Tom’s 7-Day Goal Setting Challenge is for anyone who is looking to achieve a specific goal in their personal or professional life, no matter how big or small. If you’re unsure of how to go about starting on a path to achieving your goals, then this challenge is for you. Over the course of 7 days, you will gain clarity into exactly what you want to achieve in every area of your life and determine a clear-cut plan for how to achieve those goals.

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Every month, in just 30 minutes, Tom shares topic after topic to Grow Your Life and Build Your Business. If you’re not already a subscriber, join us. Talk with Tom is 100% free, and there are special benefits available only to our subscribers, so be sure you subscribe yourself on iTunes or GooglePlay, and we look forward to seeing you right back here on the last Wednesday of every month with Talk with Tom.

Try Forming Habits Instead Of Making Resolutions

 

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As I pointed out in my last blog post, our minds often prevent us from accomplishing our New Year’s resolutions and after while, whether from procrastination or lost focus, our resolutions fall by the wayside. For those of you out there who set new year’s resolutions vs concrete goals, I have an experiment for you to try this first quarter of the year: rather than set new year’s resolutions, why not aspire to new habits in each of the seven life areas? After while they will soon become a lifestyle…a happier, healthier lifestyle… by doing little things every day. Continue reading

[Enrollment Closing] Virtual Mastermind Group

 

The window is closing to join the new Mastermind Group personally guided by me via in-person, phone and GoToMeeting!

Join here today!

Almost every day someone asks to “pick my brain.” There are a lot of ways to do that already, including my podcast, book and this blog, but now I am offering for a limited time to a select group, first hand personal guidance from me and a group of your peers, a place to meet, exchange best practices, and solicit advice on business and personal opportunities and challenges.

Click here to learn more.

I know from experience you will learn business and personal strategies that will generate eight-to-ten times your investment in earnings. You will also gain invaluable business and personal contacts.

I am confident anyone who engages in this process with an open mind and an open heart will discover:
– New and proven business and personal life strategies
– Networking opportunities with highly-qualified peers
– Strengths in their leadership they can grow
– Weaknesses in their leadership they can improve
– Insights for greater productivity
– Greater physical and mental energy and creativity
– Clarity about personal and professional priorities

JOIN US TODAY!

FREE 2017 Success Planner

 

FREE 2017 Success Planner

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Hopefully by now you have outlined your 2017 goals. Well, now it’s time to create your action plan for their achievement. A helpful tool to that end is a copy of this FREE 2017 Success Planner.

Download your Success Planner here (no opt-in required).

This is not your average monthly calendar. It’s the Success Principles Success Planner from Jack Canfield, a guided planner that can elevate your life, helping you achieve your biggest dreams and goals.

As a Jack Canfield affiliate, I am privileged to pass-on this planner designed specifically to help you make this your best year yet. Included inside is:

  • A daily, monthly, and yearly planner using Jack’s time-tested, life-changing principles
  • Simple “fill-in-the-blank” templates to help you plan exactly how to increase your confidence and tackle daily challenges
  • Daily guidelines, plus Jack’s favorite inspirational quotes to ensure you live with passion and purpose, while realizing all your ambitions
  • And more…

I urge you to use this FREE success planner to start planning 2017 and your dream life today.

One of my missions in life is to move and inspire people to take action in their own personal development and business building.  It is my honor and privilege to serve you in this way.  I make it an absolute MUST that I inspire each and every one of you to STEP UP and live the life of your dreams, NOW, and not settle for less than you can be, do, have, say or believe.

There is no better endorsement than that of a friend, so if you like what you’re reading or are using my many resources, tell a friend to join the Tom Hart Success Series Community, to receive email notifications of new blog posts and Talk with Tom podcast episodes, learn of upcoming events, and other news, by visiting my website  and clicking on the offer to receive the Introduction and first two chapters of my eBook Getting From Here To There for FREE by leaving their email address (we respect your privacy and do not tolerate spam and will never sell, rent, lease or give away your information to any third party).

Talk with Tom Episode #15: 10 Ways To Make This Year Your Best Year Ever

 

TwT 10 Ways To Make This Year Your Best Year Ever

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10 Ways To Make This Year Your Best Year Ever

In this month’s Talk with Tom, host Aaron Wilker asks Tom his ideas for making 2017 our best year ever. In this episode Tom offers up 10 ways to greatly improve YOUR odds, including assessing last year utilizing his Year End Assessment Tool  SuccessSeriesLLC.com/Wordpress/YearEndAssessmentTool.

Listen in to learn the other nine ways.

If you enjoy this episode of Talk with Tom  SuccessSeriesLLC.com/Wordpress/TalkwithTom, we only ask that you pay it forward so that it might have an impact on someone else’s life as well. Please forward it to your friends, family or followers online. And if you’re new to Talk with Tom, welcome, you have found THE place where hundreds of super achievers come to learn the techniques, tips and tricks for personal and professional development to become better every day.

Every month, in just 30 minutes, Tom shares topic after topic to Grow Your Life and Build Your Business. If you’re not already a subscriber, join us. Talk with Tom is 100% free, and there are special benefits available only to our subscribers, so be sure you subscribe yourself on iTunes or GooglePlay, and we look forward to seeing you right back here on the last Wednesday of every month with Talk with Tom.

Why New Year’s Resolutions Are Hard To Keep

 

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Why New Year’s Resolutions Are Hard To Keep

It dawned on me while reading a recent magazine article why New Year’s resolutions are so hard to keep: it comes down to the way our brains work. A better understanding of your thinking could help you follow through on your goals for 2017. Here’s what I learned: Continue reading

Start Your New Year Strong

 

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5 Things Entrepreneurs Should Do To Start The New Year Strong

Start the new year strong! I hope your 2016 was a prosperous year for your business. Regardless if it was a growth year or a static year for you, I think it’s key to your long-term success to spend intentional time reflecting on this past year and plan for the coming year and beyond.

Here are 5 things every entrepreneur should do now to start the new year off strong. Continue reading

FREE Year End Assessment Tool

 

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As you look to the new year, it’s important to step back and take a look at the year just finished – to take inventory, add it all up and see how you did.

What were your successes, and where did you come up short? What worked? What didn’t? Which were good decisions, and which were bad? It’s important to learn the lessons of life quickly or you will be apt to repeat them. Continue reading

Mastermind Group Invitation

 

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Great News!  Tom Hart and Success Series LLC are once again accepting applications to join in a Mastermind Group guided by Success Strategist and Business and Life Coach Tom Hart!

An Invitation to join my exclusive, guided MASTERMIND GROUP

 

Almost every day someone asks to “pick my brain.” There are a lot of ways to do that already, including my podcast, book and blog, but now I am offering for a limited time to a select group, first hand personal guidance from me and a group of your peers, a place to meet, exchange best practices, and solicit advice on business and personal opportunities and challenges. Continue reading

Talk with Tom Episode #14: ENCORE EPISODE – Mastermind Group

 

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The Power of a Mastermind Group

Hello everyone, this is Tom Hart with Success Series and the Talk with Tom podcast. We had a new episode of Talk with Tom planned for December 2016, however, we have a lot of new things we’re launching in 2017 and frankly, we just got a bit overwhelmed at year end. Among the many things coming in the first quarter of 2017, we will be accepting applications to join a new mastermind group  http://successseriesllc.com/wordpress/2016/mastermind-group-invitation/ guided personally by me. Listen here as Talk with Tom host Aaron Wilker tells you more. You can request an application by linking from my blog post entitled Mastermind Group Invitation and then listen to this encore episode about the power of mastermind groups.

Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever

 

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Best Year Ever

I will make this quick:

Once a year, my good friend Michael Hyatt, of MichaelHyatt.com, offers one of the best goals setting courses out there entitled 5 Days To Your Best Year Ever. Well, Michael just opened up registration for the all-new program for 2017, so I wanted to give you a heads-up so that if you, like me, were interested in signing up at the early bird price of $147 ($50 off the regular price of $197).

About 15,000 people have been through the program, including me, and there are some incredible stories of people experiencing major transformations in their life. You can experience the same. Continue reading

Talk with Tom Episode #13: 15 FREE Online Resources to Build Your Dream Business

 

Success Series FREE Online Resources

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Because Tom spends so much time researching and testing the many and varied products and services out there to start and grow your business, he has become quite a resource for his many Business Coaching clients http://successseriesllc.com/business-consulting.php. In this episode of Talk with Tom, Tom describes 15 of his favorite FREE online resources to Build Your Dream Business. Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving from Tom Hart and the Success Series Team

 

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Happy Thanksgiving! This coming Thursday those of us who reside in the United States will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day, a national holiday primarily celebrated with family and friends in an expression of shared gratitude for our many blessings. As you sit down with you and yours, please remember that we at Success Series are truly grateful for the wonderful support that we receive from all of you. Continue reading

Sharpen the Saw on Sunday

 

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Sharpen The Saw

Sharpen the Saw on Sunday – As entrepreneurs we know we could literally be working 24/7 and never get it all done. The wise ones among us know that if we take the time to refuel we will be far more productive than if we had just kept plugging away at the Task List. It’s what Stephen Covey called Sharpening the Saw. Here then are 6 things you should do every Sunday to help you refuel, plan the week ahead, and look forward to higher productivity: Continue reading

Talk with Tom Episode #12: The Productivity Sweet Spot

 

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In this episode of Talk with Tom, we are reminded that we all have 168 hours in our week. From the most unproductive of people to the most productive of us…we all have 168 hours to be productive, accomplish our goals, and live a fulfilling life. We learn that Productivity is best realized when combining Effectiveness with Efficiency and that productivity resides at the intersection of Time, Energy, and Attention (Focus). Continue reading

A 30-day Guide to Self-Improvement

 

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Self-Improvement . It’s not often that I’ll offer up a quick fix because there’s usually no such thing. But today I’ll try something that you just might like, and if you do, please let me know. I offer up here a 30-day personal development plan. Continue reading

15 FREE Online Resources to Build Your Dream Business

 

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Free online resources. Many of my Business Coaching clients are start-ups, small business entrepreneurs, and solopreneurs. Having founded over 19 companies and partnerships over the course of my 35 year business career, I know the importance of building a business properly, right from the start. The very thing the participants in my Build Your Dream Business course like most is that I go through each business area systematically one-by-one, one session at a time (ie: formation, capitalization, finance, marketing, sales, product development, manufacturing, legal, etc). Continue reading

Talk with Tom Episode #11 ENCORE EPISODE: Influence of the Subconscious Mind

 

Influence of thoughts on outcomes and actions. Your subconscious is a derivative of your True Self, your Authentic Self – your Divine Self.

Talk with Tom is a monthly call-in teleconference and podcast broadcast live on the last Wednesday of the month at 5pm Pacific/6pm Mountain/7pm Central/8pm Eastern. On each call, I field listener questions on various transformational topics to help you and your business reach the pinnacle of success. Please register here for call-in information [link].

Five Steps to a Higher Self-Esteem

 

Five Steps to a Higher Self-Esteem

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“I want to increase my self-esteem”

 

“I want to increase my self-esteem” is a statement I hear quite often from participants in my EmpoweredWoman 101 seminar (soon to be released in its updated and renewed version entitled Goddesses 101). The participant’s asking believe that once they achieve a higher self-esteem, they’ll be able to become more successful. Continue reading

Talk with Tom Episode #10 | Defeating your Limiting Beliefs

 

Our thoughts control our lives. As we strive towards our goals we need to make sure that our thoughts are focused on our success. When we set major goals it is very possible that our mind will create thoughts that are contrary to our success. In this month’s Talk with Tom, Tom Hart discusses how to break the habit of creating these limiting thoughts and move closer to our own successes.

Change and Starting a New Season in Life

 

Change and Starting a New Season In Life

As summer winds to an end, school’s starting, and Fall is right around the corner, we are reminded that seasons – life chapters – come and go.

Something happens to you, and with it something changes. Maybe many things change. At times like that we often default to our innate wiring of either excitement for the coming change, or concern because our status quo has moved. Continue reading

Meditation and the Benefits of Its Daily Practice

 

Meditation and Its Benefits

Meditation and the Benefits of Its Daily Practice

Guest blog by: Aaron Wilker, host of Talk with Tom

 

A quick word from Tom:

Are you interested in meditation, but question its validity since it appears a little too foo-foo for you? Despite its PR problem, mindfulness meditation is a simple, secular, scientifically validated exercise for your brain. Just in case you’re worried, meditation doesn’t require a lot of the things people fear it might. For example, you don’t have to sit in a funny position, light incense, chant, become a Buddhist or believe in anything in particular. Continue reading

The Productivity Sweet Spot

 

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The sweet spot for productivity lies at the intersection of Time, Energy, and Attention

Productivity. I recommended a great book to a business coaching client who replied by saying “I don’t have time to read a book!”. I couldn’t help but think: how can you NOT have time to read this book? It could save you HOURS of time learning the subject by trial and error. Continue reading

How To Form Habits That Stick

 

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“How do I form habits that stick and how long does it take?”

“How do I form habits that stick and how long does it take?” I often get that question from clients and audiences. How long it takes is the easier question to answer because the answer is always “It depends on the person and the desired habit”. There are various schools of thought as to how long it takes to form a habit. Continue reading

Chakra Balancing

 

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Everything is Energy

More and more, what was once foo-foo has become mainstream because of empirical evidence supporting its existence. The powers of meditation and of yoga are good examples. Once believe to be contrary to western traditions, these practices are now considered valuable to one’s peace-of-mind, spiritual practice and overall success, as are other Laws of the Universe such as the Law of Attraction and the Law of Reciprocity. Continue reading

Trust The Process

 

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Expect the Unexpected

When life brings us unexpected things (which is what life is) we sometimes over think or try to force a certain path rather than just trusting the process. Society tells us more, more, more, and has wired us to over think things.  In actuality, the process, higher power, God, the Universe, wants us to relax. Continue reading

Personal Strategic Planning By Brian Tracy’s GOSPA Method

 

personal-strategic-planning-gospa-methodMany of you know the name Brian Tracy, just as you would Tony Robbins or Jack Canfield. The three are what I would consider the godfathers of current day personal development, just as Napoleon Hill, Earl Nightingale, Wayne Dyer and Werner Erhard were back in the day.  I’ve had the occasion to spend more time with Brian lately by virtue of a real estate deal one of my companies is working on. The mention of his latest book, Get Smart!, came up in our conversation yesterday, Continue reading

How to Plan a Productive Week

 

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How to Plan a Productive Week

I just finished planning my week ahead, choosing my Top Ten for the week, blocking out the week accordingly, and getting underway with my top priority of today: this blog post. And, as I sit down to write this post it occurs to me that it may be of interest to you to outline each of those steps that I just went through. So here then is How to Plan a Productive Week: Continue reading

Talk with Tom Episode #4 | Failing Forward … Mistakes Are Great Moments

 

Some of our best learning opportunities come from our biggest mistakes. Feedback is great for building forward momentum. Failing forward is a foundational principle for achieving ultimate success.

Talk with Tom is a monthly call-in teleconference and podcast broadcast live on the last Wednesday of the month at 5pm Pacific/6pm Mountain/7pm Central/8pm Eastern. On each call, I field listener questions on various transformational topics to help you and your business reach the pinnacle of success. Please register here for call-in information [link].

Goals Series: 14 Apps To Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

 

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It’s already happening…my spin class is starting to loosen up. Packed classes once filled with members jazzed about accomplishing their new year’s fitness goals and resolutions are starting to go by the wayside. It happens every year. January is packed, February lightens up, and by March class is half-full (no…not because everyone is riding outside!). Continue reading

Talk with Tom Episode #3 | E+R=O

 

Responding to moments with consciousness and control will bring outcomes that we want in our life. E is the event, R is your response to the event, thereby defining, O the outcome of the event.

Talk with Tom is a monthly call-in teleconference and podcast broadcast live on the last Wednesday of the month at 5pm Pacific/6pm Mountain/7pm Central/8pm Eastern. On each call, I field listener questions on various transformational topics to help you and your business reach the pinnacle of success. Please register here for call-in information [link].

Goals Series: 10 Ways To Make This Year Your Best Year Ever – Part 1

 

In a continuation of my Goals Series, I offer up 10 ways to make this year your best year ever:

The beginning of the year is a special time of year. It’s a time when most of us reflect on the past year and take time to plan the future year. Most of us turn our focus to improving ourselves and our life by implementing new habits for the year ahead. Many resolve (create new year’s resolutions) to make positive changes in the year ahead. Continue reading

Goals Series: 4 Tips For Reaching Your 2016 Goals

 

2016 GoalsDo you want to make 2016 your best and most successful year ever? Stay tuned and I will tell you how to make your 2016 goals a reality with four very practical and easy-to-do tips.

Tips for Reaching Your 2016 Goals

Focus on your most important goal of 2016 and develop the skills necessary to achieve it. Manage your time by prioritizing tasks and develop the habit of completing your most important task first thing in the morning. Continue reading

Talk with Tom Episode #2 | Influence of the Subconscious Mind

 

Influence of thoughts on outcomes and actions. Your subconscious is a derivative of your True Self, your Authentic Self – your Divine Self.

Talk with Tom is a monthly call-in teleconference and podcast broadcast live on the last Wednesday of the month at 5pm Pacific/6pm Mountain/7pm Central/8pm Eastern. On each call, I field listener questions on various transformational topics to help you and your business reach the pinnacle of success. Please register here for call-in information [link].

Goals Series: Five Simple Steps To Achieve Your Body Goals

 

Achieve Your Body Goals

In a continuation of my new year’s goals series, this week I’ll be writing about your body goals and health success (“physical” of the seven life areas).  Typical of New Years resolutions is something about body: lose weight, better nutrition, lower cholesterol, etc.  If you want to transform your body or general health, keep in mind these all important steps. Continue reading

Happy Holidays from the Success Series Team

 

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As we reflect on the past year, we are grateful to have you as a member of our Success Series family. We hope our message continues to inspire you in the coming year. We love hearing from you, so please continue sending us your success stories along the way! Continue reading