Archive for the ‘Discipline’ Category

How to Read 30 Books in One Year

Friday, March 12th, 2021

Reading a book can certainly be a struggle when TV shows, movies, and social media compete for our time and attention. Reading the right book(s) can make you smarter, help improve your decision making and be a great source of entertainment. As I study people who are successful in business and life, I look for common denominators. I found that many successful people are avid readers; regardless of industry, upbringing, demographic, etc. Leaders are readers. Here are three ways to help you read more: 1. Have multiple books going at the same time This keeps you in the flow of reading as your mood changes throughout the day/week/month. I am typically reading three-to-five books in different genres. I move around between: business, christian inspirational, documentary (biography), finance, and leadership. Find genres that you’re interested in and keep a book open in each one. This way you don’t miss a day or reading, regardless of your mood. 2. Set a realistic daily goal My daily goal is to read at least one chapter a day. Most books are 12 chapters long. Therefore, if I read one chapter a day, I can successfully read 2+ books a month. The key is to keep it simple. One chapter a day is a reasonable request in this ever-busy world that we live in. 3. Hardcover books + E-books + Audiobooks I used to think there was a battle between which format would win out. Instead, I changed my perspective and took advantage of using all three ways to consume content. Hardcover/paperback books: there is something special about having a tangible item in your hand. The crispness of the page turn, the ability to highlight and write in the margins (unless you’re a Type A which means you want the pages to stay nice and…

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My Morning Routine (Timestamp)

Friday, March 20th, 2020

The key to a strong morning routine is to keep it simple and consistent. The first two hours of my day looks like this: 5:35 AM – Opportunity Bell (Alarm) I lay out my clothes the night before so I do not waste time trying to figure out what to wear. It is like elementary school all over again. 5:37 AM – Hygiene  I brush my teeth (duh!) and shave. I use video email to connect with clients and prospects, and a clean shave looks better on camera. Plus, my wife likes me with a fresh shave so it is a win-win. Also at 5:37 AM – Priority Time (Audio)  Last year, I read through the bible chronologically with the Bible Recap (it was fun and super easy to follow). This year, I am doing a deep dive into the New Testament with the YouVersion bible app. Listening to the Word of God as I wake up transforms my heart and my head. It sets the tone for the day. I like maximizing my time during mundane tasks such as toothbrushing and shaving. 5:50 AM – Morning Brew I keep it simple with a nice glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. 5:52 AM – 6:15 AM – Priority Time Continued Enjoying my fresh morning brew, I read my bible plan study guide notes for a deeper understanding of what I listened to during my brush/shave time. I watch any corresponding videos and I pray. Sometimes, I read out loud Zig Ziglar’s Self-Talk Card (but quiet enough not to wake anyone up). I use Zig’s biblical version self-talk card. 6:15 AM – 6:30 AM – Email and Socials I check my email and social media. I have to be intentional not checking my email or socials before Priority Time, otherwise, it turns into Time Suck Time. Have we connected on…

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My Evening Routine

Monday, February 15th, 2021

An evening routine allows you to finish the day strong and positions you for a productive tomorrow. I learned this concept from the book The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. The author ushers in the idea of structuring your day and maximizing your time with bookends. Think of a traditional bookshelf loaded with books.  There is a bookend on the left and a bookend on the right, with all the books standing tall in-between. You can do the same with your day. Create a bookend in the morning and other bookend in the evening, to help hold your day together. My evening routine is not timed stamped like my morning routine, but here is what I do consistently at night. Stretch I have experimented with a few stretching apps and the one I keep going back to is Peloton. It is super user friendly and the customization on what you want to stretch and for how long works great. I do 10 minute stretching sessions with my wife, which makes for a fantastic couples exercise (pun intended). Clothes I layout what I am wearing to workout in the morning and what I am wearing to work. It may sound elementary but it is true. It is one less thing I have to do/think about in my morning and it is an easy win before I call it a night. Read I have an old school Kindle which works great (the newer version looks cool, too). I don’t read business books before bed, otherwise, it will keep me up brewing new ideas. I prefer Christian books as I doze off to dream land. Do you have an evening routine? I would love to hear about it. Send me an email. P.S. Have you seen any of my Mind Gym videos to help strengthen and protect your…

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My Top 3 Book Out of 27 this Year

Monday, January 1st, 2018

I read 27 books in this year. I am down 13 books this year after reading 40 last year. Have you seen my digital library? Each book I read this year had an impact on my thinking and the lense’s I view life through. I enjoyed all 27 books, but there were three that really stuck out and I recommend you read them A.S.A.P.P.D.Q. (As soon as possible, pretty darn quick)! 1. The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be “Why is it that smart people with admirable life goals often end up far from where they intended to be? Why is it that so many people start out with a clear mental picture of where they want to be relationally, financially, and professionally and yet years later find themselves far from their desired destination? Why do our expectations about our own future often go unmet? What if you knew the answer to those questions? What if there was one simple idea that explained why so many people get lost along the way?” –Amazon’s description 2. The Little Things: Why You Really Should Sweat the Small Stuff “Have you ever wondered why we spend so much time and energy thinking about the big challenges in our lives when all the evidence proves it’s actually the little things that change everything?  That’s right…  Absolutely everything. New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews is known for his strong storytelling and unequaled perspective on principles that empower the human mind and spirit. The Little Things embodies his own approach to life and work, detailing for the first time some of the exclusive material that he uses to teach and coach some of the most successful corporations, teams, and individuals around the world. In his unique humorous style, Andy shows how people succeed by actually going against the modern adage, “don’t sweat the small stuff”….

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My Top 2 Books Out of 40 this Year

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

I read 40 books in 2016. All of them were non-fiction. I know, I know, I need to add some fiction books to become a well rounded reader. I plan on including some fiction (a book or two) this new year. Have you seen my digital library? Each book I read in 2016 had an impact on my thinking. I enjoyed all 40 books, but there were two that really stuck out and I recommend you read both. A.S.A.P.P.D.Q. (As soon as possible, pretty darn quick)! 1. The Legacy Journey: A Radical View of Biblical Wealth and Generosity by Dave Ramsey Amazon’s description of The Legacy Journey There’s a lot of bad information in our culture today about wealth―and the wealthy. Worse, there’s a growing backlash in America against our most successful citizens, but why? To many, wealth is seen as the natural result of hard work and wise money management. To others, wealth is viewed as the ultimate, inexcusable sin. This has left many godly men and women confused about what to do with the resources God’s put in their care. They were able to build wealth using God’s ways of handling money, but then they are left feeling guilty about it. Is this what God had in mind? 2. Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now by Max Lucado Amazon’s description of Glory Days We all face them. Strongholds with a strong hold on our lives. Roadblocks to our joy. Obstacles in our marriages. Fortresses of fear blocking us from peace. How can we bring down these walls that keep us from the future God promises? … Need a new battle plan for life? Keep walking, keep believing. These may be your Glory Days. I originally wanted this post to be my #1 read of 2016 but I just couldn’t do it….

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