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The 3rd Deadliest Cause of Failure

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In this series, we’re exploring the biggest causes of failure that are holding people back.  (If you missed number 4, you can see it here.)  Today we look at the third deadliest, which is…

You’re Unable to Demonstrate Your Value


This one is HUGE, for millions of people.  Because in their case (and possible yours), they’ve actually done the work to become good at what they do.  They’ve paid the dues, learned the lessons, and found the right path for themselves.  Meaning they have found something they love to do, and they’re good at it, but they’re not succeeding financially.

At some point in their life they heard the following expression, or something similar: “If you build a better mousetrap, the world will be a path to your door.”

Guess what?  That was probably true in 1950, and maybe even it was still true in the 80s.  Although I doubt it.  Today, the guy who is on Instagram with photos of dead mice is getting all the business.

The world has changed.  There is now so much competition, so much white noise, that simply having a better product or service will no longer guarantee your success.

Many professional speakers tell me, “I need to find someone who can create all my bookings, so I can just appear on stage.”  Hold my beer.

If you’re a speaker, author, coach, etc., you are the main product.  And there is no one in the world who can better articulate the value you can provide than you.

I have an author friend who is one of the most gifted writers alive today.  He’s a modern day Mark Twain.  And he has sold a lot of books.  But when a new book of his is released, he doesn’t even mention it on his Twitter feed or blog.  That’s just crazy to me.  I think he’s sell a whole hell of a lot more if he wasn’t keeping the fact his books come out a state secret.

Sometimes your inability to demonstrate your value is a self-esteem issue.  We won’t look at that now, as it will play huge when we look at the #1 deadliest cause in a few days.  But often, it’s simply a case of the belief your better mousetrap is going to market itself.

It won’t. Here’s the new reality:

  • You have to have true value.
  • You have to be able to demonstrate your value in a compelling way.
  • You have to promote your value in a compelling way.

Sometimes the issue isn’t that you’re afraid to ask, but how much you ask for.  Let me share with you an example from my own life…

I was maybe 23 or 24 years old, working as a manager for a restaurant chain, earning $270 a week salary.  I was approached by another company that I has been recommend to, to see if I was willing to fly to another state and have an interview with them.  I flew up and spent a day with them, sharing my thoughts on how I would handle the food and beverage director position they wanted to fill.  They loved my interview and said the job was mine; name my price.  I summoned all my courage and said I wouldn’t take the job for less than $325 a week.  They agreed instantly and hired me.  A month later I was on the job, doing my first payroll.  That’s when I noticed the F&B Director before me, they one they had fired because they weren’t satisfied with, had been earning $400 a week.  That lesson stayed with me.

Sometimes I’m shocked to see the low prices people set for themselves, whether massage therapists housekeepers, or consultants, coaches and professional speakers.

The mistake they make is setting value in terms of the cost to themselves – not in terms of the benefit to their clients or customers.

You shouldn’t price Moby Dick by the cost of the printing and binding, nor the Mona Lisa by the time it took to paint it.  It’s the same if you’re an employee asking for a raise, an artist setting a price for a piece of work, or an entrepreneur selling a stake in her firm.  You have to do your best to think in terms of the outcome you are providing.

Know your value.  Own your value.  Ask for your value.

For this series, I’ve come to these conclusions, based on my work coaching with some of the most brilliant people in the world through my Breakthrough U coaching program. Due to demand, I am opening up five additional spaces.  If you think you’re ready to operate at that level, apply quickly.

In tomorrow’s post, we’ll explore the 2nd deadliest cause of failure.  And I’m betting it’s the one you’re going to hate, and argue against the most!


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The 4th Deadliest Cause of Failure…

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In this series, we’re exploring the biggest causes of failure that are holding people back.  (See the 5th deadliest here.)  Today we look at:

The 4th Deadliest Cause of Failure…

I’m betting the 4th most deadly cause of failure will surprise many of you.  That’s because it is:

Attempting Success, with a Poverty Consciousness Mentality

I believe the most successful achievers expand their prosperity consciousness in a continually evolving process.  The window they view their world through gets bigger and bigger as their consciousness expands.

Some examples in my own life:

As a gesture of prosperity consciousness, I sent fresh flowers to myself once.  Then I decided I liked having a vase of fresh flowers delivered once a week.  Now I spend more than $1,000 a month having fresh flowers delivered to my home.

There was a time if you would have told me you spent even $100 a month on flowers, I would have tried to get you committed into an insane asylum.  But because I like living and working in a harmonious environment, my prosperity consciousness has grown.

When I started my leveraged sales business at 20, my dream was to earn $10,000 a month.  I picked that number, because if I did that, I would be the wealthiest person I had ever met.  (I figured that anyone who earned that much a month could never spend it!)

Eventually I reached that level of income.  But instead of being complacent, my consciousness expanded and my dream became earning $50,000 a month.  (And of course, thought no one could ever spend that much money.)  But I discovered you can actually earn and spend that much money, and set my sights at $100,000 a month.  After a couple years, I did reach that reality.

But here’s the key: I didn’t get to 100K at the same belief system I had at 50K.  I had to expand the window I was viewing the world through.

And if you want to be more successful, so do you.

So what holds people back from expanding their window?  There are some common things.  First is an unhealthy fear of risk.  Some people are incredibly fear-based.  The idea of earning $1,000 is drowned out by their fear of losing $100.

Other times, it’s because they give a disproportionate weight to other peoples’ opinion of them.  They are afraid they might fail and then people will think less of them.  You have to realize that anyone who sees you attempt something and thinks less of you because you fail is a creep. And no one needs another creep in their life.

Almost any time you’re making a decision based on fear, you’re going to get negative results.  You have to flip the switch to optimism.  People who accomplish great things have a positive vision for their lives.  This takes putting yourself through continuous positive programming, and associating with positive people.

The other issue with fear-based people is their propensity to want to inch forward.  You don’t get to the really great destinations solely by taking tiny baby steps.  Sometimes you simply have to take a leap. Sprint for a while.

People with poverty consciousness get greedy and actually restrict their earning potential.  Let me give you an example…

I was consulting with someone on growing their business.  They had a scenario where they had a famous brand name co-sponsor, a captive audience, and an upside to grow their business 10-20X quickly.  They had the organizational stuff done and the logistics locked up.  What they were missing was the marketing element: social media, copywriting and online marketing.

I offered to come in as a partner, because I saw how we could readily add $10-15 million a year instantly, with what I could do with marketing.  But the owner comes from a poor childhood and still has poverty consciousness.  He didn’t want to give up equity, thinking he could just hire vendors or employees who could do what I was offering.

Six years later, he’s still scuffling along, exactly where he started.  But he saved money in his mind.  You’re better off with 50 percent of $10 million instead of 100 percent of $200,000.

I have categorized these five causes of failure, based on my work coaching with some of the most brilliant people in the world through consulting and my Breakthrough U coaching program.  Due to demand, I am opening up five additional spaces.  If you want to play in that sandbox, act quickly.

In tomorrow’s post, we’ll explore the 3rd deadliest cause of failure.  One I see in all groups: managers, entrepreneurs and sales people.


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The 5th Most Deadly Cause of Failure

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Setting the stage: Through my work, I have identified and categorized the biggest causes that are holding people back.  There are five insidious ones – the ones I see repeated the most often and holding people back the most.   We’re exploring them, one each day for five days.

The 5th Most Deadly Cause of Failure…


The 5th most deadly cause of failure is one that entrepreneurs are particularly susceptible to.  The most elegant way I can describe it is:

The Inability to Make the Main Thing, the Main Thing

Let me give you both a micro and a macro example.  Start with the micro.

Did you see the interview Joe Rogan did with Elon Musk on his podcast?  Brilliant insights provided.  But what were most people were talking about?  The fact that Elon was toking up during the interview.  That’s like getting invited to an orgy and complaining about the guacamole dip.

People chase squirrels instead of being focused on what’s important.  All I need to demonstrate this is a glance at my Twitter feed. I can find post after post about “Emmy snubs,” “the 7 biggest surprises from the Emmys,” and “Emmys Red Carpet.”  Seriously?  I love me some Game of Thrones and Westworld, but I wasn’t watching the Emmys last night; I was watching the live SpaceX webcast.  You can take 30 seconds and see if your favorites won.  Or you can even watch the broadcast if you like that sort of thing.  We all need diversions and entertainment.  But there are people who are spending four hours still today, analyzing who wore what designer, instead of moving closer to their dreams.

To be successful, you set aside time for relaxation and revitalization, and you block off “game time,” which is when you’re working towards your goal.  And when you’re in game time, you have to KILL DISTRACTIONS.

Many of the people who fail to achieve high-level success are the busiest people.  They’re busy all day! But they’re busy reacting to the email bell, SMS messages, and other people’s emergencies.  Successful achievers know how to block off their calendar, become unavailable, and focus on rainmaker activities.

OK, let’s look at the macro…

Some of you know one of my goals is to become a billionaire.  And one of the benchmark goals along the way was building a $300 Million business.  And because I was impatient to do that, I was bouncing around everywhere, looking for lucrative opportunities.

And you know what?

There are millions of lucrative opportunities out there.  Everywhere you look, if you’re looking with the right perspective.  You simply look for situations where you can add, value, solve problems, or foresee opportunities.

In my case, I could see about 300 ways I could make a million dollars.  So I jumped into as many as I could, figuring the cumulative effect would get me to my goal.  Big mistake.  Because if you try to do 300 things to make a million bucks each, you don’t make $300 million.  You don’t even make a million.  Because you’re too distracted.  I realized that in my case (and probably yours), there are only a few possibilities that could take you to the $300 million level.  You need laser focus, dominating your niche and building a strong market share, before you start to diversify.

As I said, this is particularly an issue for entrepreneurs.  We have “blind, hungry dog in a meat locker” syndrome.

CLUE: If you have a “holding company,” and you’re not doing at least $100 million in revenue, you’re getting distracted too early.

Here’s the Key…

When you want to make the main thing the main thing – remember the “main thing” has to be about your customer or clients.  Too many people focus on what they want, not what their market is looking for.

Wrong question: How can I make more money?

Right questions:

How can I solve a problem?  How can I add value to a process?  What possibilities might my customers want in the future, that they aren’t aware of yet?

Want to avoid the 5th most deadly cause of failure?  Know what’s important to your clients and customers.  Know the rainmaker activities that take you closer to your goal.  Then kill distractions and focus.

I have categorized these five causes of failure, based on my work coaching with some of the most brilliant people in the world through consulting and my Breakthrough U coaching program.  Due to demand, I am opening up five additional spaces.  If you want to play in that sandbox, act quickly.

In tomorrow’s post, we’ll explore the 4th deadliest cause of failure. And I’m betting it’s going to surprise you.


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Take Control of Your Destiny

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Allow me to confront you.  Metaphorically grab you by the collar and shake you so hard your teeth rattle.  And know I do this because I care about you…

Please.  Stop whining about your boss, ex-lover, or the people who don’t like your posts on Facebook.  Let go of your fixation on blaming every failure you have on your student loan debt, President Trump, or the economy.

None of those people or things control your destiny, even though you may insist they do.

The reason it’s convenient for you to believe that, is because it absolves you of any blame or responsibility.  You get to perceive yourself as the aggrieved victim, instead of someone who maybe made a poor choice, didn’t take action, or simply didn’t look out for yourself.

And if you ever want to stop being a victim, and begin to become a victor, you have to get over it.

You. Have. To. Stop. Being. A. Victim.

There are babies and young children who were torn from their mother at the U.S. border, their parents deported, and are now alone, with no one is protecting them.  They are truly powerless; lost in a bureaucratic morass.

You are not in this state.

There are people in prisons in the Middle East, sleeping on concrete floors with no blankets, eating food with maggots in it, dying slowly of malnourishment, because they dared to speak up for human rights.

You aren’t in this situation.

I know you’re not in any of those powerless situations because you can access the Internet and read this right now.  You have options; you have choices.

I understand sometimes the choices are not the ones we want.  In fact, they usually aren’t.

There’s all kind of nasty shit you can’t control.  I get it.  You may have lost a child, you may be taking care of an elderly parent with dementia, or you could have received a horrific medical diagnosis.  You might be fighting an addiction, in an abusive relationship, or ten minutes from bankruptcy.

I’m not callous and don’t deny that you probably are facing some serious challenges.  I’m getting in your face right now, not because I don’t have empathy or don’t care about you.  I’m getting in your face because I DO care.  More than you’ll probably ever know.

Because I have faced many of those challenges named above.  And went through many years of victim-hood, believing I was powerless.

But the reason I was powerless was because I allowed my negative programming, dysfunctional beliefs, and low self-esteem to give away my power.  Like many of you are right now…

Stop it.  Stop allowing others to take your power.  Take it back.

One thought, one step, one day at a time.

You are incredibly powerful.  You live in the greatest time in human history.  You have the Internet, smart phones, social media, and technology that is the ultimate equalizer.  You can accomplish amazing things.  You don’t need a college degree.  You don’t need investors.  You don’t need to come from a family of wealth and power.

But you do need to decide.  You have to decide that you’re done being a victim.  Done giving away your power.  Done playing weak and meek.

There are people who really are utterly powerless right now.  People that desperately need our help.  But guess what?  You can’t help anyone from a situation of victim-hood.

They best way to help, the poor, the downtrodden, the exploited, and the victimized people in the world – is to not be one of them.

Are you ready to stop being a victim and absolutely, confidently, and forcefully step into your greatness?

One of the greatest challenges of my career (and even life) is working with some of the most brilliant, innovative and successful people on the planet – coaching them to help them achieve even stronger results.

I have worked with millionaires and billionaires, elite athletes and political leaders, start up entrepreneurs and people who run non-profits.  Some of this is done with private consulting and in many cases through my Breakthrough U coaching program.  Over the course of several decades, you notice patterns and commonalities.  Things you see over and over, whether people are young or old, male or female, start up scenarios and established incumbents.  Patterns of doubt and fear, low self-esteem and self-sabotage.

Through my work, I have identified and categorized the biggest causes that are holding people back.  There are five insidious ones that come up the most frequently, and create the worst damage.

The 5 Deadliest Causes of Failure…

So if you are ready to let go of excuses, validation, and being a victim – you’re going to love what is going to happen over the next five days.  I’m going to do something unprecedented…

Staring tomorrow, for five days, I’m going to simultaneous release an essay on my blog, one of my Facebook pages, my Gage on Prosperity newsletter, and my Leveraged Sales Leadership Report newsletter.  I want to reach every person in my world with this information.  Each day I will focus on one of the five deadly causes, so you really understand how you could be falling prey to it.  And give you some ideas on how to breakout and succeed like you really desire.

So here’s your homework until then…

Do some critical thinking now, before the series starts tomorrow.  Ask yourself what you think might be limiting your accomplishments?  What is the ONE area – the one skill, concept or change in your thinking process – that would allow you to have your next (or first) earth-shattering breakthrough?  Please give that some serious mental energy.  Then tomorrow, the journey begins…



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There Is Not Always a Shortcut

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Most people spend the vast majority of their time looking for ways to avoid pain, reduce work, ease effort, eliminate discomfort and uncover a “hack” for just about everything.  But not every place worth going to has a shortcut…

Our culture has become obsessed with entitlement thinking and delusion.  No, you can’t “dream away the pounds,” and your Tesla isn’t going to roll up in the driveway just because you visualized it.

The things that are really worth doing, usually don’t have a shortcut.  If you want a strong marriage, it tales a lot of work.  If you want to climb Mount Everest, you have to start at the bottom and climb all the way up one side.  Having a helicopter drop you off on the summit will not give you the same sense of accomplishment.

Most people think the pain, sacrifice and inconvenience of a goal is a barricade.  But it’s usually a bridge.  It’s the self-discipline that gets you there.

In my experience, the pain of discipline is always less than the pain of regret.

Got any examples in your own life?  Please share them in the comments section below with the community here.


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The Education System is Broken

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August 13, 2024

“Sandy, I just got your progress update, and you’re failing your nine-month online certification!”

“It’s no big deal, Mom.  I’m sure I’ll improve before the final certifications are issued.”

“It is a big deal.  If you don’t pass this, you’re going to have to go to college and get an MBA degree.  If you have to settle for a college degree, you’ll never get a good job, and you’ll make less money for the rest of your life.”

If you read my Mad Genius book, then you’ll recognize the excerpt above.  Education may be the most critical issue we have to deal with: relearning how to learn.  If we actually were able to jump into a DeLorean DMC-12, travel back to the 18th century, and bring back Immanuel Kant, Thomas Jefferson, or Adam Smith, there is one thing they would immediately recognize: our education system.

Three centuries later, we’re still following the same educational model they used back then, one that was designed to train people to work in factories or on farms.

Other than faint flickers of creativity in the movement toward online learning, education is still stuck in thinking that’s three centuries old.  Is it any wonder that the executives who were trained in our business schools exhibit such derivative, herd-mentality, corporate thinking today?

Simply making the leap from training knowledge workers instead of factory workers would be huge, but that’s still not enough.  We have to (get to) rethink the role and value of acquiring knowledge.  And if you’re serious about manifesting prosperity in your life, you’ll stop waiting for institutions to provide for you, and take charge of your own learning.

Will the time really come when a college degree is a fallback option for people who couldn’t cut it in some kind of specific online vocational certification?  Will we reach a point when a six- or nine-month certification in some area from some entity (might be a university, might not be) will be infinitely more valuable than an MBA or even a PhD?

I believe so.

These questions will require thinking much bigger than debating campus versus online learning.  The discussion needs to be on issues such as the definition of learning, how we learn, and what learning is actually useful and necessary.

Colleges as we know them, will go extinct…

And the disruption is spreading beyond higher education.  People are demanding more learning options, and that means online courses offered by experts and professionals are going to become way more than a trend.

They’re the future of education.

So you can imagine how excited I was when I found out my friend Danny Iny was writing a new book all about the disruption of education and why that’s a good thing.  Danny’s a smart guy, and more importantly, a critical thinker.  The book is Leveraged Learning: How The Disruption Of Education Helps Lifelong Learners And Experts With Something To Teach.

If you’re involved in education in any way, as a student, parent, educator, business leader, expert, and especially as an entrepreneur with something to share…

Then you’ve got to read Danny’s book.  He’s posting the entire book online for free, and you can go read it now here.

The education model is broken.  It’s time we take it back.



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Circulate Your Prosperity…

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Last post I told you that true prosperity is infinite, and the more you share it, the more you attract to you.  That is because of an unshakeable law of prosperity…

You can’t out-give the universe.

I know, because I’ve been trying for at least 30 years.  Your good doesn’t always come back to you in the channel you expect.  (In fact, it usually is in a different one.)  But it always finds a way back to you…

You might drop a $20 bill in the violin case of a street musician and someone else pauses to allow you into traffic.  You could support a homeless shelter and your estranged relative decides to make peace with you.  It isn’t about keeping score with a ledger.  It’s simply knowing that the more prosperity you circulate, you more you will attract back to you.

So to manifest more prosperity in your life, stop focusing on what you don’t have.  Focus on what you already have, with gratitude.  Then circulate that prosperity.

Coach a youth team, volunteer at a shelter, become someone’s mentor, encourage a developing artist.  Pay the toll of the car behind you, triple your tip to the waitress, or just perform a random act of kindness.  You really will feel better, live better, and attract more prosperity to you.

Ain’t it great!



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Grow Your Talents and Gifts

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Prosperity is infinite, but it cannot be contained.  When you try to hoard it, you choke off the supply.  When you circulate it, you increase its supply.

Everything that is true prosperity is infinite.  For example, things like hugs, empathy, and love aren’t finite.  They’re boundless.  The more you give away, the more you receive back.

This same principle applies to your talents and gifts.  When you share them, they expand and become stronger.  So write, sculpt, dance, compose, or whatever your gift is.

You’ll only increase the creative genius you possess.

– RG

P.S.  There is a very SEXY topic on the new podcast exclusive coming out Wednesday morning.  And I mean very sexy, because the topic is prosperity and sex.  Download it here.


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Transformation is Usually Either/Or

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I hate getting up at 4:30 to do cardio because I have an early flight.  But I hate being out of shape even worse, so I do it.  And so much about prosperity and success works in equations like that.

Transformation is a continuous incremental process.  Most of what you do for daily habits doesn’t keep you in a static location.  Usually you’re moving closer to your goals, or further away from them.  So it comes down to whether you’re willing to pay the price for what you desire.

You either hate change enough to stay mediocre, or you hate being mediocre enough to change.

How you doing on that?



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Is It Really Your Choice?

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Last post, we looked at the moments in life when you face choices.  And I encouraged you to make the bold choice.  But the other essential variable is to make sure it is your choice.

People make an astonishing number of choices without being aware they’re making them, because of subconscious programming they’re infected with.

We all have people we love, people we’d like to make happy.  But that’s a bad premise, because you can’t “make” anyone happy.  Happiness is a personal choice.  If their happiness Is dependent on you choosing to be a doctor or a lawyer, that’s crazy.  And if you decide to become a doctor or lawyer, to try and keep them happy, then you are acting bat shit crazy.

Here’s the deal, kids…

Their happiness needs to come from what they choose for themselves.  And your happiness needs to come from what you choose for yourself.

Maybe your father, grandfather, and great grandfather were all dentists, so they want you to be.  But if you’d rather be a marine biologist, go frolic with the fishies in the deep blue sea.

Your mother may want you to become the elite athlete she never had the opportunity to attempt.  But if you’d rather be a history professor, live your truth.

Maybe four generations of your family has graduated from Oxford University.  But if you really want to study theater, I hope you go for it.

Making choices to placate others usually leads to a life of regret or misery.  On the big choices, I hope you choose the bold options; the ones you really want.


P.S.  New episode of Prosperity TV is out: Action Is Your Super Power   The video is here.   The audio podcast comes out here.

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Choosing Your Path

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A few days ago, we explored changing your direction and pursuing a different outcome in your life.  You might benefit greatly from such an approach.  And if you do switch your vision of your ultimate destination, please make it a bold one.

There are lots of people shouting advice at you, offering nirvana in a $47 e-book.  But there are few voices of vision.

It’s easy to get pulled into feverish activity.  But if that action isn’t in pursuit of thoughtful purpose, you don’t know where you will actually end up.

Set your intention.  Know the person you want to become.  And take little actions every day toward that end.  Know that every now and then, you’re going to face a bold choice, which requires bold action.

Be bold.

– RG

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Facing Your Fears

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There are lots of quotes, quips, tropes, and motivational posters about facing down your fears.  But there’s a reason for that. Because almost every great breakthrough, is on the other side of your fear.

Of course fear can be scary, that’s why it’s labeled fear.  But every time you face a fear, you actually develop strength, multiply your courage, and increase your confidence.  As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

So what is that thing for you?

– RG

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Choosing Growth

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Last post we looked at why having a congruent philosophy to live by is so important. In a practical application sense, here’s where I believe the biggest benefit is…

The direction and ferocity of growth you experience.

There are a number of options in life.  You can:

  • Move backwards toward unhappiness and lack.
  • Bounce forward and backward, depending on what outside stimuli are influencing you in the moment.
  • Have serendipitous accidental growth, not intentional growth and occasionally move forward.
  • Intentionally move forward, to becoming the person you want to be.


Of course we could break down the groups and I could analyze what percentage of people are in what group, but that doesn’t really get us anywhere worth going.  The only thing that really matters is, understanding what group you are currently in, and mindfully choosing which group you want to be in.

So how you doing on that?



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The Philosophy You Live By

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On a podcast last week, the host asked me about the books that have impacted me the most.  As usual, I mentioned Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.   That book influenced me so deeply, because it crystalized my revelation that in order to become happy, people must live by a congruent philosophy.

And that’s why so many people are unhappy, even miserable.  Because they haven’t done the introspection to discover their own philosophy; what really matters to them.

Until you do that, you usually just react mindlessly to outside stimuli: The latest stupid tweet from the president, a snub in the Oscar nominations, a 40 percent off sale at Sears, or who unfriended you on Facebook.  (If you ever see me get excited because, “It’s pumpkin spice time of year,” please kill me)

Even worse are the people who simply tell themselves they live by a congruent philosophy, but don’t.  It’s really not that important to define your philosophy in a catchy mission or vision statement.  Your philosophy is best expressed by your day-to-day actions; how you live.   And that’s what we’ll explore in the next post…


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Changing Your Direction

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Both here and on the podcast last week, we explored the concept of rebooting your life.  That topic spoke to many people, because we all need and deserve a fresh start now and then.   Some of you expressed frustration with how hard it can be, or how long that can take.  I understand that frustration.  (I only allow myself to feel it about 10,000 times a week.)

Of course you want it to move faster.  Of course you want to be there already.  That’s part of the magic of growth and enlightenment – our desire to make it manifest.

But don’t let that steal away the greatest gift: the thrill of the chase, savoring the process, and the joy of being on the path.  The big step isn’t reaching the destination, it’s making the decision to go there.

You can’t change your destination in an instant.  But you can change your direction instantly.


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15 Actions to Reboot Your Life

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On Wednesday I released an episode of the podcast about how you break a negative cycle and reboot your life.  Since then, I’ve heard from quite a few people that the topic totally rattled their molars and rocked their world.  So let’s continue the discussion.  Please allow me to share fifteen behaviors that I personally found very beneficial, as I rebooted my own life.

  • Spend daily self-development time.
  • Invest in things that actually help you progress, not things to impress other people.
  • Judiciously protect your mental state, by limiting your expose to negative and toxic people.
  • Surround yourself with people who challenge you, and require you to be a little breathless to keep up.
  • Challenge yourself to do one big thing every week that scares you.
  • Schedule at least 45 minutes every week simply to think. (Block it off and do it.)
  • Every time you uncover a belief or fear you can’t do something, question the premise. Ascertain if it is really not possible for you, or if you just have bad programming.
  • Forgive everyone who has harmed you. Start with yourself.
  • Choose to live your life without regrets, anger, or jealousy.
  • Measure habits or behaviors you want to improve.
  • Do cardiovascular exercise every day.
  • Eat and drink to fuel your nutritional needs, not for pleasure and taste alone.
  • Begin and end every day with a prayer of gratitude. Keep your heart in breath-taking awe, at the daily miracles you experience.
  • Be quick to say, “I’m sorry,” “thank you,’ and “I love you.”
  • Find something bigger than yourself that you can serve.

Breaking a negative cycle and reinventing yourself isn’t an instant result.  But it is an instant decision.  And then it becomes manifest by deliberate daily actions like these above.

Got any others that work for you?  Please share them with the community in the comments below.


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Know Your Enemy

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For the last five posts we’ve studied negative and limiting beliefs that can cause you to self-sabotage your own success.  Most people are brainwashed with subconscious beliefs that hold them back, yet they have no idea those beliefs are in their mind.

Those beliefs manifest in believing you are too old, young, stupid, unworthy, untalented, ignorant, dumb, slow, fat, ugly, skinny, weak, or even evil.  Understand something.  You were not born with these beliefs…

Someone programed those beliefs into you.

And the people who did this are your enemy.  Those people and the beliefs they infect you with, prevent you from manifesting and accepting the prosperity that is your birthright.

Here’s the biggest problem you’ll face with these enemies…

They’re probably your parents, siblings and other loved ones.  They’re coaches and teachers, mentors and supporters.  You probably love a lot of them. You might be married to one of them.

And you have to protect yourself from them.

Sometimes your successes will remind them of their failures.  So they become petty and jealous and want to sabotage you, often without even knowing they are doing this.

Sometimes they are trying to vicariously live their life through yours.  So they will push you to become a dentist/lawyer/athlete or other path that would make you miserable.

Sometimes they simply don’t realize the world has changed and what they believe is in your highest good (EX: Going 80K in debt for college and trying to get a “safe” job with a big company) is actually horrible advice for you.

So how does this all play out?

They may want the best for you; they may not want the best for you.  (Usually, they actually do want good things for you.)  It really doesn’t matter.  All that really matters is that you be a critical thinker and analyze what is said and done to you.  Recognize that a lot of the beliefs that people try and program you with are evil.

You’re not obligated to anyone – not even your mom or your kids – to live a life below your potential, or without joy. No one has the right to ask you that.  No one.

Understand that the idea they have for your success and prosperity may not be congruent with your reality.  Don’t let anyone guilt you or shame you into a path that isn’t right for you.  Never accept demeaning treatment or abuse of any kind.  Set boundaries.

The greatest gift you can give anyone you love and who also loves you – is for you to live a life of true prosperity.

– RG

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Kill the Beliefs that are Killing You

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In yesterday’s post we looked at the need to uncover negative and limiting beliefs you may have unknowingly become infected with.   Please understand that beliefs like those are killing you.  And you have to kill them!  You must send them back into the nothingness from which they came.

So the process is:

  • Identify the negative beliefs
  • Recognize how they restrict you
  • Blow them up
  • Replace them with beliefs that empower you

So for example, let’s say you were abused as a child.  Your abuser probably convinced you that you were responsible for bringing this abuse on yourself (a very common tactic from abusers).  From this experience you developed low self-esteem and worthiness issues.  That started a pattern of self-sabotage because subconsciously, you believed you were a bad person and didn’t deserve good things.

Now looking back on this mindfully, you understand that the belief you brought the abuse on yourself was total bullshit.  And you realize that the worthiness issues you developed were caused by this very bad and incorrect premise.  So just as you would take off a poor-fitting jacket, you drop this poor-fitting belief.  Because you recognize this belief was false, it no longer has any power over you.

Now you replace that with a new belief; one that empowers you.  Your new belief is that you do deserve to be healthy, happy and prosperous.  And you will no longer allow people in your life who don’t accept that.

This isn’t a easy as snapping your fingers.  But the transformation can happen just that quickly.  Because once you really understand a limiting belief was bullshit, the power it held over you instantly evaporates.

But you’re not quite done yet…

Because we’re going to need to revisit where this series started.  We have to look again at some of the people who are trying to program you with these negative or limiting beliefs – and how you should deal with them.  Which we’ll do in the next post….


P.S.  A really important topic in the podcast exclusive episode released this morning. How to Stop a Negative Cycle & Reboot Your Life.  If you don’t yet subscribe to the podcast, today is the day to start!

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Uncovering the Negative, Limiting Beliefs You Have

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In the last post I demonstrated how a limiting belief you learn when you are six or eight years old, can still be causing you to self-sabotage at 40 or 50 years old.

This shocks many people because they can’t even imagine that they have this subconscious programming.  All they realize is that on the conscious level – they want to be healthy, happy and prosperous.  And they have no idea that the foundational beliefs they have on the subconscious level, are undermining everything they’re trying to do on the conscious level.

So the critical action to take first is to uncover any limiting beliefs you may have.  Let me give you the three most common and dangerous ones:

Money is Bad/Rich People are Evil

Think back to your childhood.  How did your parents talk about wealthy relatives or other rich people?  What were your favorite TV shows, books and movies?  How were wealthy people portrayed in them?  (Really think about how rich people are depicted in pop culture, in every generation. The Beverly Hillbillies to Dallas, Dynasty to Succession.)

It’s Inherently Noble or Spiritual to Be Poor

Look for your exposure to organized religion first here.  Were you taught that you were born a sorry sinner?  Did your church, mosque or temple teach that your real reward only comes in the afterlife?  If you think you’re paying penance in this lifetime for being a camel thief twelve lifetimes ago, what are the odds you’ll allow yourself to be happy now?

You’re Not Worthy of Prosperity

See organized religion above.  Did a family member, teacher, coach, or other authority figure demean your talents and abilities at a young age?  Did someone tell you that you were no good and you bought the story?  Were you always compared to an older sibling and told you didn’t measure up?  Were you an incest victim or otherwise abused?  Are you a non-heterosexual and were programmed to believe this means something is wrong or broken about you?

If you have any of these three beliefs (and millions of people have all three), you most certainly are subconsciously holding back your health, success and prosperity.

You have to blow up those beliefs and replace them with ones that empower you.  Which is where we’ll pick up tomorrow.  Until then, let us know what you think below.


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How Your Self-Sabotage Gets Started

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Last post we explored how your well-meaning parents (or others) probably screwed up your life.  This is usually done inadvertently, but this doesn’t make the damage any less destructive.  (And possibly more so.)

They give you a potential belief.  You adopt it.  Then that belief becomes a foundation influence on every major decision and action you take for the rest of your life.  Seriously.

Your parents tell you one of the evergreen memes about money such as, “We may not be rich, but at least we’re honest.”

You mentally process this as “rich people must be dishonest. I’m glad we’re poor because that means I’m honest. Rich people are bad people, poor people are good people.”

That is a core, foundational belief about money.  A limiting belief like this one is reinforced literally millions of times for you, by organized religion, the government, pop culture, mass media, and your friends and family.  Then every time you’re exposed to that belief, it’s another impression anchoring it in your subconscious mind.  Now every important decision or action you take (or don’t take) is strongly influenced by the filter this belief creates.

You could actually turn down a job when you’re 20, reject a potential investment when you’re 30, and sabotage a promotion when you’re 40 – all because of a belief that you unknowingly adopted when you were six years old.

And you will continue self-sabotaging yourself when you’re 50, 60 and 70, if you don’t break the cycle.  That’s where we’ll pick up on the next post.  Until then, I’d love to hear your thoughts.


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