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My Three Words for 2017
by Robb On January 3, 2017

I learned about the My Three Words exercise from Chris Brogan a few years back. If you want a deeper background, you can read all about his approach HERE.

Like most folks, I have both succeeded and failed miserably in following the purpose of the the exercise. In an attempt to do the former and not the latter, I am sharing this in hopes that A) my tribe keeps me accountable, and B) I always have another reference point.

So here goes… My three worlds that I am using to guide myself this year:

Smooth
Love
Move

Smooth stems from my desire to enhance my processes related to work. No more stuff falls through the cracks. All my interactions with clients, family, friends and colleagues are easy. It stems from one of my favorite lines to share with clients: “It’s my job to make your job easy.’

Love is somewhat tied to Smooth in that I have set a pretty high goal related to coaching. In the many years I have provided coaching one theme has stood out. The more I can love on my clients the more impactful the work. Less judgement, less soap boxing, more acceptance and embracement. I’m sure my wife will benefit from this as well!

Move. I’d benefit from being in better physical shape. I’ll just leave it at that. Plus, any project I’m working on typically needs some type of action out of me in order to get it done. This is just a great reminder of that.

That’s it. Three simple (or maybe not) words that should help guide me towards achieving my best year ever in 2017. Oh, and if I’m ever off, you have my permission to give me a firm reminder of my three words.

Go get ‘Em!

RZ

You Are Not Your Results
by Robb On July 31, 2014

I was reminded of this quote from my friend Tom this week. I had a weird week. I’ll be honest, I’ve had a weird three months. There is always an ebb and a flow in my business, and for some reason, I’ve been stuck in one hell of an ebb. Cancelled speeches, not booking new speeches, getting hung op on, low numbers of referrals and I managed to pack on about 8 extra pounds on top of it all.

But no matter what happens, there has always been one constant. Whenever I’m asked how I am, I give the same answer, “I’m Awesome!” You know why? Because I believe it.

This Guy Rocks

This guy ROCKS!!

It is easy to tie your attitude and your outlook to your results. It’s easy to start questioning yourself or blaming yourself when things don’t go your way. It’s easy to say, “I didn’t close that deal, I must really suck.” Bottom line; it’s easy to get into a slump.

But here’s the thing. You are not a reflection of the results you get. Your results are a reflection of who you believe you are. No matter how many times I get hung up on or ignored or pounded down or “lifed” as I recently heard it put (thanks, Mike!) I KNOW that I am still awesome. I have the same core values. I’m the same great dad and husband. I’m a good friend and a mediocre golfer and a terrible singer. I still like beer and pizza and working on bikes in my spare time.

There are going to be times when your results totally rock and there are times when your results are going to totally suck. In either case, there’s a common denominator. You. How you treat yourself and how you view your situation is going to make all the difference.

Like I said, I was reminded of this line this week. Before yesterday, I had not spoken on over a month. I had my three biggest potential revenue generating programs cancel on me this week. I was trying to get back into the groove after having been on vacation for 2 weeks. My wife and I had a difficult conversation on finances and I could NOT lay off the take-out food. But you know what? I still believed I was awesome. I showed up to my first program in over a month and ROCKED it. Biggest payday in the last three months. A bunch of referrals. Attendees calling me afterwards to thank me for putting on such an outstanding program.

With all that “bad” going on, how did I pull that off? Easy. I focused on the one good thing I could recently. Me.

Now granted, I felt pretty good after that, but not exponentially better. I was always great. I always believed in myself and THAT approach is what stuck with others.

So the next time you are feeling down about your business, your life, your finances, or your relationships, remember that they aren’t the reason you are down. They might be down because of how you feel about yourself. And if you need help getting that straightened out give me a call. We can talk about the time I kicked a baby in the head and laughed about it. Actually it happened twice, but that’s content for another post.

How Many Days Do You Work a Year?
by Robb On September 19, 2013

If you only worked five days a year, how well would you do your job? I had never thought about this question until this summer when I witnessed something amazing. Ever since Mother’s Day, I pose this question to people everywhere, and I have gotten a bunch of different answers. More on that in a bit, but in the mean time, Let me explain what happened on Mother’s Day. Continue reading ›

Bust Your Slump Instead of Your Rump
by Robb On June 28, 2013

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Life is full of ups and downs. You land the big piece of business; you lose a bigger piece of business. Your relationship is on Cloud 9; you can’t stand to look at, let alone compliment your partner. You have a blast on vacation; you feel like work is a never ending grind. Every day is a new experience, and for a lot of folks that last instance of being stuck in a not so pretty grind can come up often and last for a LONG time. Continue reading ›

My Favorite Speech
by Robb On June 13, 2013

I was invited to be the presenter on the weekly Train Your Brain call last night. The topic was about how to live an exciting life; something I feel like I am an expert at doing!

Grabbing Ass at the Tourmalet vert

The sign didn’t say “Do Not Grab”

We talked about having enthusiasm in everything you do, we talked about clearly defining excitement vs. drama and we talked about the choice Continue reading ›

Keeping Things Exciting
by Robb On March 27, 2013

As I’m getting ready to lead a call on living a more exciting life, the weather gave me a perfect opportunity to showcase one of the points we’ll be discussing on the call. Let go of your expectations and let things come to you. Sometimes the outcome may surprise you!

Bruce Lee Gets (Got) It!
by Robb On January 22, 2013

Last week, I was a guest instructor on the Train Your Brain Weekly Call. I was covering the topic of Managing Rapid Success and one of the first questions Jana asked me was what was my definition of success. I replied that I currently subscribe to Earl Nightingale’s definition that Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal (or something to that effect).

We went on to discuss that the reason I prefer that definition is because there is no finish line. It always leaves me striving to achieve more, and it inspires me to keep pushing to not just hit my goals, but to blow past them. Turns out, I’m in decent company… Today, I found this post talking about Bruce Lee‘s vision of what a goal is. In case you don’t want to click through, here’s his quote,

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It’s the Little Things…
by Robb On July 23, 2012

I’m pretty much drowning in post-Tour de France articles. I’ve been reading all about prize lists and contract speculations, who’s prepping for the Olympics and a TON of (wannabe) tech articles.

Then I found this one about American Tejay Van Garderen.

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