The Number 2 Principle of Success

Show Notes: If you are aware of this principle, it can lift you up quicker than just about anything else, but if you aren't aware, it can pull you down just as fast. Yikes! Don't wrestle with a pig. You will end up getting dirty. The pig will like it. The bucket of crabs. When one crab tries to climb out of the bucket, the other crabs will reach up and pull that runaway crab back down with the rest of the crowd. This is just like humans.  Misery (and mediocrity) seek companionship - Those who...

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The Gratitude Mindset

Show Notes: The Gratitude Mindset “The greatest thing is to give thanks for everything. He who has learned this knows what it means to live. He has penetrated the whole mystery of life: giving thanks for everything.” - Albert Schwietzer Questions for Reflection: -What is positive and unique about your family?  -What are three of your best memories from your first year with your spouse?  -What is the most magnificent goal you have already accomplished? -What parts of your body tend to work...

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How’s Life Treating You?

Do you tend to feel really blessed about your life as it is today or do you feel bitter about how things have worked out so far? Or, maybe you fall somewhere in between. Would you like to achieve more, earn more and become more? Thoreau once asked, Did you ever hear of a man who has striven all his life faithfully toward an object and in no measure obtained it? If a man constantly aspires, is he not elevated? Did ever a man try heroism, magnanimity, truth, sincerity, and find that there was no...

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Finishing Strong

 Show Notes: In this episode of Achieving Optimal, I talk about Finishing Strong. I want you to finish this year strong and head into the new year with lots of momentum. We always intend to finish strong, but it’s easy to get consumed with busyness and end of year clutter. It’s easy to get to mid-January without having your plans fully developed. I want to give you four ideas that you can put into practice immediately to make sure that you finish strong because finishing strong is key to...

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  Show notes: Clarity is a vital element of success. I sometimes like to joke with my audiences that lack of clarity is the root of all evil. Well… maybe its not the root of all evil, but I do...

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Weekly Planning

 A GREAT life is, more than anything else, an accumulation of GREAT weeks. We can all have an off day now and then, and we shouldn't worry too much about it. But if we have an off...

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Get Back To The Basics

I’ve observed throughout my life that when individuals stray from timeless principles, trouble and adversity of some kind are never far behind. You can observe this for yourself with children and adults alike.  There are unwavering principles that govern each area of our lives as well as principles that govern our lives as a whole. When we attempt to bend, stretch, or otherwise pervert these principles, we set ourselves up for pain and regret in the long run.  The most successful individuals...

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WARNING: You Control The Spotlight!

Based on Philippians 4:8 in the New Testament, the 4:8 Principle states that wherever you focus your attention becomes a bigger part of your experience. This means that the content of your thought life influences your emotional life. The preceding sentence is an understatement. Your devotions most definitely produce your emotions. Consider what happens in a theater or stadium when a spotlight is turned on. Your awareness shifts to the object underneath the light. As you give attention to the...

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National 4:8 Day

We are not limited to thinking in only one way. We have the freedom to choose from an infinite number of potential thoughts. Because our thinking is not fixed, it can constantly be improved when we make the commitment to do so. Remember, each moment is a new beginning. Your future is not defined by your past. Your thoughts can change, and consequently, your future life can become totally different. Watch out. It is easy to get consumed with the obstacles and forget about the goals. It is so...

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