Your Journey

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Did you know you are on a journey? Maybe its an adventure of discovery. On your journey, you will discover talents and skills you at first did not know you had. You will face trials, battles, riddles and more while figuring out why you are here.

What if I told you that if you lived your life like you were on a quest. One in which the end goals was to come back and teach others what you have learned. That you would embrace the life, you have always dreamed of living.

The power of imagination is incredible. I don’t know about you, but when I turn my life into an adventure, it gets a hell of lot more fun.

Tough times become trials I must endure. Financial ups and downs are small battles to be won. Life gets fun when you know you are battling dark forces trying to keep you from your most significant victory.

So pick up your sword, wand, ax or bow and start living your journey. Start kicking some ass, and the rest of the team will show up to help you come back home and tell of your adventures.

Keep an eye out for the wizard or guide that will show up and start your journey.

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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? 

You Do Not Fail

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First time I heard the phrase you do not fail I Laughed. Confidently I responded, “Everybody fails sometime.”

Then my coach looked at me and said. “You do not fail you give up trying.” It was the uppercut for the knockout I wasn’t expecting. I think I sat there for a couple of minutes before responding. I realized he had described different parts of my life with one sentence.

That conversation changed my life. If you never stop going for it then do you indeed fail? Sure you learn some good stuff along the way. You learn how not to do something and learn how to do something better. That’s called life not failure.

For me, it wasn’t until later in life that I learned this lesson. My lifestyle was if life wasn’t going right then get out.

- At 18 not knowing what to do with my life I ran to the Marine Corps. 
- At 22 with no direction, I ran to Saint Louis, Mo. 
- At 25 with no path and my tail between my legs, I ran back to Texas. 
- At 28 I started a website company, one client complained, and I shut down the company. (We took a job we shouldn’t have in the first place)

Every time life got tough I removed myself from the situation. I thought that if I got out of there, then I would get passed whatever was uncomfortable or at least get away from it.

Now I realize most of those times I was giving up. I gave up on learning experiences I would have to learn later. When life gets difficult, it means you leveled up. It means you now have to learn a new level of badassery. You have to learn new skills and talents. You have to get after it.

The universe will throw things your way to teach you life lessons. It will never throw you more than you can handle so be strong and persevere. When you come out on the other side I promise you will look back and go wow that wasn’t so bad.

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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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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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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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If You Have A Dream Go After It.

 Chase After Your Dream

Chase After Your Dream

Since an early age, I have wanted to speak in front of audiences and bring real value. Inspiring people to take action in their own lives. I loved watching others do it and I always enjoyed watching the light in someone's eyes when something resonated with them. 

The only problem I had with doing this was I thought I couldn't make money doing it and it didn't seem like a real job. That one word held me back for way too many years.

Oh, what word? Job! J.O.B or Just Over Broke.

I grew up with the belief you had to have a job. You had to go work for someone else earn a days pay and rinse wash repeat. It didn't occur to me that I could do something on my own. The thought really never crossed my mind. The word entrepreneur never had a definition I understood and no one around me was doing it. 

Like most people, I went from job to job living a mundane life. It was depressing and gloomy. Don 't get me wrong I have had some great life experiences and done some cool stuff. But most of my life was spent living someone else's dream. Almost like living someone else's life. 

Now that I am chasing my own dream the only regret I have is why didn't I do this sooner. Why didn't investigate my dream earlier? Now I am charging after a 22-year-old dream and just getting started. My patience is crap and I want everything now. Imagine if I had 22 years of already running under my belt. 

Some of us are late bloomers I get that. If you are reading this don't do what I did wait until you are 40 to chase a dream. Do what I did at 40 but do it now whatever age you are. Chase after your dream and go for it. The earlier you start the more you can compound success for the future. If you are like me and have always wanted to chase your dream but now you're older then start. Don't wait any longer, without starting you can't begin the compounding process and you will never see what you are made of.

Chase after your dreams and Run Like Hell. Look at the world and say hold my beer and watch this shit. 

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 Shouldn’t Go With What You Know

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Working with one of my clients will call her Sally. Now Sally was married at 18 years old and had her first child. She wanted to work, wanted a job, so she took the first thing that was in front of her. Sally took a job at a fortune 500 being an admin something she never wanted to do. As she worked at this company, her fears became a reality. Sally hated her job, but it paid the bills.

So for 15 years, she toiled away a job she didn’t love. Why did she stay? It paid the bills albeit paycheck to paycheck. Then she got laid off, corporate downsized. 15 years of work tossed out the window. She learned some great lessons had grown in the company but didn’t survive an economic downturn.

So Sally took a risk and with some friends open a small entrepreneurial business. They ran this company for two years before they couldn’t make enough revenue to keep it going. They had to shut it down. Feeling like they gave it there all.

In frustration, Sally went and got another job for another fortune 500 as an admin. Appling all over the place, but all that Sally could find was a job she did not want.

She hated the job, and for 18 years she went to work not filling fulfilled with her life. She always felt like she had more to give. More to do but could not figure out what that thing was. At year 18 with this company, she was laid off. They moved her position out of state. 18 years she gave her all received several promotions and awards and nothing.
 
Now she found herself in a position of figuring out what the next venture would be. 2 grown kids and husband for over 40 years what was she going to do. By the time she got to me, she was heading down a path of coaching medical device companies how to manage their teams. She had strengths growing middle managers into leaders. It was the world she knew and even though it didn’t excite her, she felt like it was the answer to what she should do next.

As she told me what she was going to be doing I could see it in her eyes there was no sparkle. There was no joy in it. She was creating another job for herself, and she was scared it wasn’t going to be successful, and it wasn’t going to be because her heart wasn’t in it.

I asked her why to go down this path, and she responded like so many others I have coached. “its what I know.” I said, but you don’t love it. She said hell no, but it could be a paycheck.

When people look at their lives they only see whats right in front of them they don’t see the future and the impact they can have on their own life and the life of others. They focus on the now and what is the quickest means to get what they need. Isn’t that frustrating? Doesn’t that wear you out? Just trying to get by.
 
After talking with Sally, we discovered that she wants to keep people from making the same life choices she made. She wants to tell them that they can get out of that lifestyle and do what they love and get paid for it. And guess what? That’s what she is doing. Coaching people and speaking to audiences about how to get out of the cycle of their lives and do what they love.
How awesome is that?

Stop taking the easy path and jumping into what is in front of you. Chase your passion chase your dreams and watch what happens. Being unfulfilled in life leads to a place of sickness and depression. You are built for so much more. Go kick some ass and have fun like Sally is doing.

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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

 Logic Destroys Passion

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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What are you Listening Too?

 Feed Your Mind

Feed Your Mind

Throughout my life, I have had a lot of windshield time. Driving to appointments, going on vacations or running errands. Most of the time I am feeding my mind with knowledge. It could be listening to a Youtube video, an audio book or having an enlightening conversation on the phone. What I find for me is that I get to choose what to listen too. Which sometimes means it is my thoughts that keep me company.

With this windshield time, the badasses of the day influence me. They inspired me to keep pushing farther and harder. They ride with me during the good days and the tough days and make every day easier. I talk all the time about feeding your mind, and the rest will follow, and this is precisely what I am talking about.

Life is a series stories we live then tell or teach later. What makes them spectacular is how we lived them the first time.

If you want to make sure your feeding you mind then change what you listen too. You might discover your destiny along the way and chase after your dreams.

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Without a Dream

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Yesterday I sat with a 22 year old guy that is still finding his way. He was part of a team installing Christmas lights on my farmhouse. At some point, after asking what I did for a living (Coaching Badasses), he was starting asking the big life questions. He wanted advice on what he should do, where he should go and how does he figure out what he wants to be when he grows up.

I was proud that he was asking the questions not enough people do. His entire life he said he had not had to bust his ass and get after it. He went to college and graduated, and his current job was hanging Christmas lights. Not his idea of living the dream.

He wants to fly cargo jets, and he thought it would be the best career. He had spoken to a couple of Air Force guys and was trying to figure out how to get a pilot’s licenses.

I asked him how much time he had spent at two local airports that hobbyist pilots used all the time. He said he had not been to them. Asking him why not he told me the thought had simply not crossed his mind.

When people do not have a real dream, they think about all the time their vision of themselves become fuzzy. They tend to look for a hustle versus a career.

If you have a dream, then get it in immerse yourself in it. We talked about going to these airfields and meeting people in the hangers and getting to know them. Offer to work for free to be in their world. He could even get a job at the diner on one of the airstrips.

Even if the dream is a small glimmer of an idea getting into the world, would quickly help him find out if it is a good fit or not. He can find out if that dream becomes a passion or not. Either way, he will learn some new tangible skills that will follow him for the rest of his journey.

His most significant take away was to pull his head out of his ass or better yet off the screen and get to work. He spends his hours listening or watching all the big names and diving into their stuff. Guys like Gary V., Grant Cardone, and Frank Kern. He was spending his time devouring their shit vs. actually doing something with it.

Here is what he sent me later that night.

“I need to stop googling stuff all day and just get my ass around people that I want to be like!”

That is it! If you have a dream go after your dream if you have a hint dive into it, a see what turns up. If you do not have a hint do something you have not done to help you figure it out.

I hope this helps you find your dream and your passion. Trust me it is in there get to work on you and see what turns up.

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Explode Into Your Destiny

 Go Big and Loud

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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