Archive for the ‘Self-Discipline’ Category

Your Family Fuels Your Success

“My family will never be the reason why I can’t succeed. Rather, they’re the reason I must succeed.” Wow, what a powerful idea and a powerful thought, courtesy of Tracy Christman, one of our Southwestern Consulting clients, and one of the multipliers profiled in Procrastinate on Purpose. I’m back home, after traveling, and was thinking about what Tracy shared. We’ve […]

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What Should You Do on Your First Day in Sales – or Recruiting?

This is an important question: What should you do on your very first day in sales? It’s a question we hear at Southwestern Consulting a lot, because we’re growing very fast. Every single day, we’re bringing on new sales and leadership clients who’ve hired new salespeople. And they’re all asking this question.
 
Let’s just pretend for a second you’ve started […]

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The Quality of Life is determined by the Quality of Our Relationships

We all want happiness. We want that secure feeling of real, sustainable joy. All of us – me, our family and friends, our coaching clients – are trying to find happiness. And we all ask, “Where do you find happiness? Where does it come from?” When you look online, you see memes with quotes like, “Don’t worry, be happy” or […]

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Our Struggle is Our Strength

Struggles, struggles, struggles – that’s what life is all about, right? We all experience pain, setbacks and hard times. We all have goals we want to achieve, but haven’t yet. We have big dreams we hope will become real, but aren’t sure if they will. Sometimes, you have to ask, “Why do we struggle?” Right? We all ask these questions: […]

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Confidence Doesn’t Attack

Highlights: A person who is confident in who they are is never compelled to attack other people. Those who are confident and secure are not concerned with fighting others. We only attack when we are trying to feel better about ourselves. If you are angry at someone, maybe it has more to do with you then them. Extend grace to […]

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The Missing Ingredient to Every Success Formula

Highlights: There is one essential, universal ingredient to any success formula. No matter what the formula is, it always requires discipline. Take any formula and just add discipline. Take pride in taking the stairs. Do you have the discipline? What does it take to be disciplined? Every success formula must have the addition of discipline. Do the things you know […]

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Entitlement is a disgusting disease

Entitlement is a disgusting disease that destroys our ability to reach our dreams. You may not even realize it. None of us like to think of ourselves as entitled. Yet, we see all the time that when people don’t achieve their dreams it has nothing to do with not being smart enough or not having access to information or tools. […]

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Triumph Over Excuses

None of us like to think that we make excuses, but we do. One of my business partners, Dustin Hillis, defines excuses in this way: “Any reason you didn’t do what you said you would do.” I love that definition because it’s transparent, powerful, and most important of all, it’s inescapable. It’s inescapable from accountability. There’s no way to dodge […]

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How to Immediately Increase Your Self Discipline

How to Immediately Increase Your Self Discipline

After delivering a keynote speaking presentation last week a man comes up to me and asks, “Rory what could I do immediately to increase my self-discipline?” It’s a good question, and the best answer is pretty simple but before I share the answer with you it’s valuable to understand the context of the answer. I think this particular man, and most […]

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THE PAYOFF OF DELAYED GRATIFICATION

The Marshmallow Test – The Payoff of Delayed Gratification

If you’ve never heard of the marshmallow test, it’s worth knowing about. From Wikipedia: The Stanford marshmallow experiment was a series of studies on delayed gratification in the late 1960s and early 1970s led by psychologist Walter Mischel, then a professor at Stanford University. In these studies, a child was offered a choice between one small reward (a marshmallow) provided […]

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success

2 Part Universal Success Formula

Hard work is not the key to success; it’s merely the price of admission. For the ultra successful, hard work is a given. Hard work is the expectation. Hard work is a mandatory pre requisite for success. But hard work alone doesn’t guarantee success. Because you can be working hard at the wrong things and it won’t produce the fruit […]

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morning

7 Critical Components of a Powerful Morning Routine 

One of the most important habits of developing consistent high performance in your life is to put your self-esteem into your work habits rather than your production. The reason is because we want our confidence tied to things that we can control rather than things we can’t. Production often fluctuates up and down but our effort, work ethic, and intensity […]

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cheat-day

Why Cheat Days Never Work and How to Create Real Change

“Cheat days” don’t work. Because “cheat days” fly directly in the face of what actually creates sustainable behavior change. The concept of a “cheat day” is that you “reward” yourself for one day as the result of “depriving” yourself for all the other days. But cheat days don’t reward you; they ruin you. Not only is it just a waste […]

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You’re Gossiping and You Don’t Even Know It

People say all the time “I never gossip” but unfortunately many of them are mistaken.  They do participate in gossip, they just don’t realize it.  Because we think of gossiping as “telling” secrets we’ve heard; but there’s more to it than that.  To listen to gossip is to participate in gossip.  Why? Because when you listen to gossip you create […]

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The 3 Most Common Mistakes in Career Planning Decision Making

There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to deciding what our next career move is going to be. Things like: How much money will I make? Will my job be safe and steady? Is there opportunity for advancement? Over the years I’ve begun to notice a theme and difference in those who end up both happy […]

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subconcious

The Power of Personal Choice with Stephen Hanselman – Episode 168 of The Action Catalyst Podcast

Stephen Hanselman began his career as a bookseller 30 years ago and refined his passion for publishing at Harvard Divinity School, where he served as director of the bookstore. After graduating Harvard in 1986 with a Master of Theological Studies degree, he founded Divinitas Books, a specialty chain and direct-mail operation. After selling his business in 1991, he joined HarperSanFrancisco. […]

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priorities

How to Solve Your Competing Priorities Problem

The first action step for becoming more productive is to write out your vision. Write out in specific detail what you want your life or business to look like in 5 years. The clearer you see your vision, the more obvious you will see your priorities. Priorities are not a matter of right and wrong or good and bad. Priorities […]

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Matthew Mayberry

Matthew Mayberry: Winning Plays and Game-Changing Goals – Episode 155 of The Action Catalyst Podcast

Matt Mayberry, a former NFL linebacker for the Chicago Bears, is currently one of the most read columnists for Entrepreneur Magazine, as well as an acclaimed keynote speaker and peak performance strategist. He also writes for Fortune Magazine. As the CEO of Matt Mayberry Enterprises, a training and consulting company, he specializes in maximizing the performance of individuals and organizations all over the […]

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don't be a quitter

Don’t be a Quitter

There is a problem with many people in the world today. They are quitters. They quit too easily. They give up too soon. They bail without much of a fight. Sure they create problems for those left behind once they quit. They leave their friends, their teams, their employers, their spouses or whoever behind to pick up the pieces. But […]

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