I See You

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Hello? 

Are you Listening?

Yes, you.... the one reading this post.

I think we need to talk.

I hear that you are not going as big as you should be and that you are frustrated your not already there.

I hear that you get all fired up that you will go big as hell then life happens. Things get in the way, and then everything just goes to hell in a handbasket.

Guess what, you are not alone. I mean it.

Most people struggle with this. How do I know? Look around. 

What do you see?

A bunch of people walking through life on autopilot. They look lost, confused, and stuck.

But not you. Know how I know? I see you.

I see you dreaming, wishing and hoping. 

I see you looking for more and fighting to go for it.

That's a solid start. Now you have run.

RUN! 

Run like your tail is on fire. Through a log on your internal flame and go for it.

Not sure how? Need a little help? 

It's OK I got you. How about we jump on a call for an hour and we see if we can figure out what you need to run towards?

GO ahead you can schedule it here. Schedule a Call

Know where you want to run to but a little unsure what steps to take. I got you. Lets set up that call. Schedule a Call

Already running and need a kick in the ass. Ya, I got you too. Schedule a Call

RUN LIKE HELL!

Donnie

Are You All In?

Are You All In?

You know you want more. You envision yourself being more. Why not go big as hell and see what happens? 

1 Trick to beat a Mundane Life

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For a lot of my career, I played it very safe. Taking jobs right in front of me instead of taking on my next adventure. I didn’t work to succeed I worked to survive.

It wasn’t until in my 30’s that I realized I was living life by default and not design. My time was not my own it belonged to others. I spent a good portion of my career making others wealthy while I moped through life. I would daydream for better but couldn’t find it in me to go for it.

Society has people pegged as a whole. It knows how to keep you in your station. It knows how to keep you complacent and distracted from your destiny. It knows how to throw shining objects in your path everytime you step out of line.

Not recognizing that you are playing someone else’s game now that’s risky. It’s also scary. It’s like your life is a black & white movie during the depression. Head down shuffling your feet looking for anything that could bring you food. Playing it safe ensures you never go after your dreams it means you never go big.

How do you fix it? Take a different risk. Do something that scares you not just to do it but to learn. Do something that challenges you not to scare you but to learn. A risk is a learning opportunity. It is a chance to become more educated than you were before. It gives you a shot at learning how to do something. Knowledge is power, but it is only power when you do something with it.

This world is full of smart people living mundane lives. Don’t let that be you. Go for it, challenge life and learn every day. Learn skills, processes, and abilities that allow you to go further. Rise up and be the phoenix of your life and watch what happens. If your life is dull, boring and black & white, then shake it up. We get one shot on this rock make it a good one.

Oh and one last thing, you want to really go big then do the biggest thing that scares you. Then look at the world saying hold my beer and watch this shit.

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3 Steps to Success. 2 Steps Forward 1 Step Back

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I learn something new every day. Sometimes its knowledge from books and people. Sometimes it’s from screwing things up. I have found that success is a goal and it steadily moves.

There are absolutes to success. Three significant steps to become successful. Are you Ready?

Step 1: Define Success. What does success mean to you? How does it look? How does it feel? What does it sound like? How does it taste? You must put a solid definition of success to know how to get there. Often people put success as fame and fortune, but they don’t define it for themselves. You must Define success so powerfully that you can already feel like you have achieved it. When you tell others what your success is, they should feel your passion in obtaining it.

Step 2: Work your ass off. I get visioning boards, mantras, and positive self-talk and I won’t say don’t use them. If they work for you, then, by all means, go for it. The truth behind all of that motivational jargon is that if you are not taken massive action and diligently working your ass off, then they will never work. Success is a lot of constant work and continued repetitions. Get after it and go big. Use self-talk, Mantras and anything else you want as long as you are working harder than the persons next to you.

Step 3: Learn to take 1 step back. Embrace that you are going to screw up. You are going to make mistakes, and you are going to break shit. Failure is the nature of success. The harder you go for it, the more you are going to learn. Learn that it is not going to be easy and that you will have to go through the shit to get to the good stuff.

Unless you are will to do the 2-step (2 steps forward and 1 step back) then you will not find success. That’s it three steps, Define Success, Work Hard and Break shit. Now, what are you going to do about it?

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Fail Again, Fail Better. A Secret to Success

I watched the video of Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Peter Dinklage when he delivered the June 1, 2012, Commencement address. This video of Peter who plays Tyrion in the Game of Thrones tv series inspires the hell out of me.

The entire address is great this snippet is my favorite part.

 

Ever Tried Ever Failed. Fail Again Fail Better.

Don’t you just love the thought of failing better? I never thought of it until this speech. I have heard the phrase fail to learn or learn to fail and I have used it most of my career. Failing better has so much more impact.

Failing better means you are going harder, bigger and crazier than you ever have. You are doing explosive things that challenge you to light up this world. Failing better means you are learning from your failures and correcting on the fly and making smarter decisions.

Most people won’t even try for fear of failure. Without putting yourself out there you can never succeed. You can’t chase your dreams if you are playing it safe. Go for it, fail for it and inspire yourself. Become the person you were destined to be and always thought you would become. Live out your daydreams by failing better.

Peter Dinklage drew a line in the sand and bet on himself. He went for it not giving himself and a backup plan. If you go for it then go for it big. Do what scares you and watch your failures turn into victories.

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Be The Fountain. Not The Drain

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Explode With Compassion

I have an acquaintance we call Eeyore. He walks through life as if everything is doom and gloom. It’s Chicken little the sky is falling and that makes it hard to be around him. He is a good guy just a real Debbie Downer.

As we move through life our actions and words tell a story to all the people around us. Do you inspire others or do you bring others down? Do you beat people up verbally or build them up with encouragement.

We are a flame like a torch in a dark cavern. Part of our job in life is to be the point man and light the way for others. We must keep our flame lit and feed it so it grows and explodes with badassery.

Fill your mug with knowledge, spirit, and strength and rise up. Toast to the world and conquer it this is your destiny.

 

Be The Fountain. Not The Drain

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Saturday Morning Pick Me Up

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You are a badass. You were born badass and you are awesome.

Today, is a good day to go kick some ass. Go bigger than you would, and show the world how badass you are.

Your inner flame is lit. Now throw some logs on the fire and explode. Make that fire so big it lights everyone’s fire around you.

Explode into life and run like hell towards your destiny.

You were created to inspire others and to be the flame.

I am proud of what you have accomplished and excited to see how far you go.

Do what you love and the universe will take care of the rest.

3 most motivating words in the world. “You’re Gonna Die” said by Gary Vaynerchuk

Lead yourself to greatness you were not meant to follow.

Chase your passion, chase your dreams and Run Like Hell!

Get regimented with your life, it will change how you play the game.

If you are not journaling you are not succeeding.

Get a mastermind it will help you master your mind

Be More, Be More You, and Kick-Ass

Run Like Hell!

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Anytime Life Gets Hard It Means You Leveled Up.

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Anytime life get hard it means you have leveled up. This statement has been like a warm blanket on a cold day for me. Getting my coaching business going has been successful and trying. Like playing a game where and you just beat a boss and now you have started a new stage. You have all your skills, weapons, and knowledge you are now just taking on bigger bad guys, beasts, and uncovering new areas.

I have leveled up a few times in my life. Promotions in the Marine Corps, promotions in jobs and career changes. Every time I have moved there has been a steep learning curve. I took on jobs that were bigger than I thought I was and every time I figured it out. It wasn’t easy but we all know the saying if it was easy everyone would do it.

I think this is why people stay doing the things they hate. They don’t believe they could handle it if they were to level up. The truth is they can, they are just afraid of whom they will become along the way.

I look at it this way. Each time you level up you know you have bigger more badass weapons coming your way. Stuff that you haven’t even thought of and each level has unique tools to take on its challenges. That stuff excites the hell out of me. It helps me understand that shit is going to get tough. Odds are I am going to get my teeth kicked in a few times. At the end of the day, it’s about the grind of the level and learning to play with your new skillsets.

Your leveling up. Remember at the start of the level shit is tough you have to figure the right lanes and the new equipment. The equipment doesn’t appear you have to break shit and blow some shit up to make it happen. You may even have to start over a few times. Either way, you have to keep moving forward towards the next boss and learn how to kick his ass. Sometimes the right teammates can give you tips to get better at the level this is why we have coaches, masterminds, and mentors.

Go through life trying to hit the max level in your game. Become the #1 in the world of being you. I think you will be surprised how badass you are and what you can accomplish.

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What I Learned From Journaling

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What I Learned From Journaling

For years and years, I fought against journaling. Gurus, coaches, and mentors told me I need to journal. However, no matter what I tried I just couldn’t make it work. Not Journaling continued to frustrate me, so I gave up.

However, we know life happens. At one point when my career had hit a low on guidance from my coach, I decided to change my mindset and figure out journaling. I realized I was journaling to prove it didn’t work. I was trying to write from the mentality of limitations vs. a mindset of self-development.

This slight change of journaling to prove it would work helped tremendously. As I began to journal I found that I had too much crap rolling around in my head. I was bitching and moaning more about life than I thought I was, and I was more frustrated that I realized.

As I began to write, I was able to put a perspective on my gremlins and find unique ways to beat them back. My head trash became less of a thing to slow me down and more of a challenge to conquer.

As I continued to change my mindset, everything began to change as well. My perspective on life got more positive and real, and I became a less negative person. I grew more intuned with myself than I had in years past and ultimately I began to like myself. It was a fresh experience, and I started to explode in my career.

Every day I was journaling I was learning new insights and becoming more genuine and real. Life became fun, and everyone around me saw a vast difference.

What I learned from journaling was life is good. Life is great and every day is a good day. My personal demons are not that scary and I am who I want to be. I challenge you to start journaling, and maybe you can have this breakthrough discovery too.

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Challenge The Day

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Challenge The Day

Challenge the day or seize it. Either way, today is a good day to get after it and go for it.

Often people are waiting for that perfect moment before they decide to move forward. You don’t have that luxury it will never be perfect. It will never be just right. If you keep waiting, then it will be just gone.

Lean down lace up your boots, and let’s get to work. Look forward instead of back and do something. Do anything that gets you taking action. Once you start moving, don’t stop you need the momentum to carry you through the tight spots.

Some people slow down through the holiday season. When you slow down, it destroys growth and attitude. It mentally shuts you down, and it’s like turning off the engine of your car in winter. Once the engine cools off, it can take some time to start. Keep the engine warm with activity.

Activities can be almost anything as long as it focused on growth for you. Growth can be learning, growth can be building, and growth can be helping someone else.

This day is yours to celebrate. Embrace it and go big as you can and watch what happens.

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Why you Should Stay Future-Focused

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Stay Future-Focused

Ever been driving along thinking about your dreams and goals. Picturing yourself in your most perfect life then WHAM reality hits that your broke and living paycheck to paycheck?

This present focus happens to a lot of people. An experiment “the marshmallow test” was conducted years ago by professor Walter Mischel. What he did was bring a bunch of 4-year-olds into a room one at a time. Mischel would then place a marshmallow in front of the child and tell them they were allowed to eat it now, but if they would wait 15 minutes before eating it, then they would be given two marshmallows.

I thought simple enough until I spent time with a four-year-old.

Here were the findings. Something along the lines of 70% of the kids ate the marshmallow immediately while 30% waited the full 15 minutes. What is the point of all this?

The kids that that waited for the 15 minutes when researchers followed up with them 15 years later had some very telling stories. These kids became higher achievers than the kids who ate immediately. In whatever field they chose academics, arts or sports they performed at significantly higher levels than the other children.

The ability to focused on Future gains or delayed gratification is one of the best indicators of success in the future.

People tend to focus on what is right in front of them instead of looking at where they are going. This is why so few people achieve their dreams. If you want to go big and hit your goals, then you have to delay gratification. Focus on the big goals and let the now take care of itself.

Get disciplined as hell knowing that the things you do today, echo in our future. You do the things now not because you must but because of the benefits of the future. Living for today is a sure fire way to go broke quickly and fail at your life’s mission.

The marshmallow study has been duplicated several times you can even find YouTube videos on it. The results remain the same 70% eat the marshmallow instantly while 30% wait the 15 minutes. Learn to delay gratification now and stay future-focused and watch how big your life gets.

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How Logic Destroys Passion

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Logic Destroys Passion

I sat across from a gentleman today who is an awesome guy. He is caring and genuine, and he connects with people. He has been in the real estate game for a couple of years, and he sat down with me to see if I could help him grow his business.

His story was like so many others. There is not enough business coming in to justify the cost going out. Better said he needed to sell more houses. We talked about his business and figured out he didn’t have a sales problem he has a logic problem.

What I mean by logic (which is something I love) his problem was he thought a lot and did a little. Thinking, he needed more business but not taking enough action is putting him out of business.

He was running his real estate business like a part-time job. Half-assing it in hopes that it would grow by osmosis. Now truth be told he didn’t see himself as half-assing it, he thought he was working. But as we dove into it, it was pretty telling he wasn’t giving his all.

The little things he should be doing he wasn’t. They were impacting his business significantly. He has a great contact list of friends, but only 50% know what he does. He has gone to events and met people and never followed up. His social game was lacking he has a great base but not interaction. He wasn’t taking risks and was playing it safe. All of these things he acknowledged when we spoke.

Here is how we discovered it. I asked him to become his own sales manager and ask himself what would his sales manager tell him to do. His response. “Get off your ass and get out there.”

When you don’t look at our job as a business, then you only think you are working.

His thoughts were that he was intruding on people asking them out for a cup of coffee. His thoughts were that he would be seen as a sales guy if he got out there. But what we found is he has a real passion for people and has a very cool niche of people in which he can connect.

His self prescribe prescription was to do more and hold himself accountable for going big and loud. He walked away from our conversation with a mission and a gameplan and a new sense of badassery.

So let me help you out. You are a badass. Stop thinking and start doing. Action drives your attitude and courage creates confidence. If you take action, then motivation will step in and take care of the rest.

You got this, and I am excited to see how far you.

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Jump Into the Fire of Your Destiny

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Jump Into Your Destiny

You want to fly, but don’t want to work at it. You want to run but don’t want to get after it. You want the easy road. You want to sit back and have the riches come to you. Life doesn’t work that way. You have to move towards the flame and jump into the fire.

If you don’t want to work hard, then you better find your passion. Chasing your joy is the only way to get what you without feeling like your working hard. You will work, and you’re going to bust your ass it’s just not going to feel like work because you love what you do.

Right now you get out of bed when you feel like it not when inspiration hits you. See when you chase a dream your thoughts will inspire action which will cause you to churn ideas. Ideas that will keep pushing you towards your ultimate destiny. When you jump into the fire, your thoughts propel you towards your dreams.

Your dreams will wake you up and get you going. If you are not being woke up in the middle of the night because a thought rips through your mind and slaps your brain, then you are not going big enough.

Jump into the fire of your passion and watch it explode into your destiny.

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3 Ways to Play Offense in Life — Instead of Defaulting to Defense.

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Play Offense in Life vs. Defense

One of the things I am learning in my business of coaching badasses is how to play offense. Changing my thought process of playing to win instead of playing not to lose. As an employee in my career, I always had the mindset of how to keep my money vs. how do I get the money.

Playing on offense is not a natural tactic for many people. Primarily if you were brought up in a household, that thrived in the paycheck to paycheck mentality. In our house it was always we will find a way vs. let’s create a method and never have to do this again. We played defense robbing Peter to pay Paul. Paying this bill waiting to hold off the collection calls until the next payday.

How do you play offense, when your entire life had, a defensive mindset. Here are three things that have worked for me.

First get a routine. A routine you do every day that is non-negotiable. Write articles, get on social media (post not read) and get out and meet people. I am still working on how to finish the day right so if you have suggestions for that I would love to hear them

2nd change your circle. Look at the people you hang out with and see if they are the growing as fast as you are. Are they inspiring you to kick more ass? Do you talk about money, investing, creating new companies? Are you discussing the latest trends and where the economy is going? If your circle is not pushing you, then it is hard to play offense, so you default to defense.

3rd get journaling. I am serious get a daily journal going that helps you step up your day and sets you up for an offensive strategy. Ask the question daily how can I play offense today? How do I go big and loud? Need help Journaling check out my free eBook “That’s not How you Journal Jackass.

The best offense beats the best defense every time. Mainly due to the fact of different mindsets. Stop worrying about how do you stop the bleeding in your income. Start thinking about creating a river of revenue.

Instead of how do I pay my bills. Think how can I produce more cash. What can I sell, how do I make this into a revenue stream?

Start playing offense like your in the final game of your career. We are all are playing the only game we get, and if you go on offense, then you got a real shot at winning this thing.

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Explode Into Your Destiny

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Go Big and Loud

Every day is a chance to go bigger than you thought you could. Louder than you thought possible. Each day is a chance to show the world your burning flame of inner badassery. Will you light the fire?

Every day you wake up you get a chance to be thankful for another opportunity and another chance. Don’t waste it on idle thoughts or negative patterns instead rise up and go for it. Look at your day as if it is your last and run. Run so fast that your demons cannot catch you. Run so hard that your momentum carries you through the muck. Go big and loud and crash through the barriers so that when you get to the other side your negative thoughts are exhausted trying to keep up.

Each day set a plan in motion that doesn’t allow you to get complacent. Put so much action in your gameplan there isn’t time for idleness. You must take massive action to beat back your mediocre thinking and heritage. You must challenge your status quo mentality and go bigger than you have gone before.

Today is your day you may not get another one so explode so loud that your legacy echoes for eternity.

Start your day with a routine that sets you up for success. 
Journal
Think Time
Writing Time
Meditation

Schedule the rest of your day with opportunities to get where you want to go. 
Who can you meet? 
Who can you Inspire?
Who can inspire you?
What can you learn?
What can you challenge?

Go Big and Loud. Do the things that scare you and freak you out. Challenge your thoughts to run into your internal flame and explode. Watch the cinders from your fire ignite the fire in others.

That is how you explode into your destiny.

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