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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.

Clearing Out the Stink
by Robb On October 8, 2013

Skunks. They smell funny. I’m not sure what purpose they serve, other than to help promote tomato soup sales in the event of a spraying. We have skunks living somewhere around our house. I know this because I have lost several nights of sleep this summer thanks to their odiferous shenanigans. But lo and behold, those color-confused rodents actually taught me something.

After watching a skunk run across our deck one night, my wife and I decided to start narrowing down the list of places they could be. We got it down to two; under the deck and in the forsythia bushes on the side of our house.

Full Forsythia

If I were looking for a good place to hide, this would be it

We decided to make it a zero-sum game for the skunk and since it’s a lot easier to cut down bushes than a deck, we started with the forsythia. For regular readers, you might know that we just moved into a new (to us) home that has no shortage of items on the Honey-do list. We had spent one of our first weekends clearing out the dead branches in another set of bushes earlier in the summer so I had a pretty good idea of what we were in for.

Halfway There

Halfway There

As I was cutting the bushes down, it started looking a bit scary. The growth was so overbearing that it became obvious the only way to manage these things was a full-on hacking.

The Aftermath

The Aftermath – See the other bushes in the background?

 

We were a bit nervous about what a barren side of the house was going to look like until I glanced back and saw the other bushes we had cleaned out earlier in the year. They were flourishing. Any Greenthumb will tell you that in order to make sure your plants grow, you need to clear our the dead stuff. If not, it will just choke out the good stuff and you’ll be left with mediocre landscaping.

What does overgrown bushes and a feral skunk have to do with you? Lots. Often times, we find ourselves “overgrown” in life, in relationships, in money, or in projects. We get there because we just “let it be” without actually doing anything; right or wrong. By nature, your brain will run its course and build up lots of unhealthy ideas. And some of those ideas really stink! Just like the farmer who has to methodically manage weeds in his field, you have to manage your thoughts and beliefs. The best way to do that is to clear out the old growth. And then sometimes, you gotta just slash and burn.

One of the best ways to clear your mind is some form of exercise, but lately I’ve been reading a ton. It’s great to let some new opinions and ideas come in and either supplement or replace old thoughts, beliefs and habits you have formed. I’m personally on a mission to complete 13 books this year. What a difference adding this new information has made in my relationships, my career and my overall happiness. If you are looking for suggestions, give me a shout, but start with Roger Seip‘s Train Your Brain For Success! What do YOU do to help control the unruly growth in your life? We’d love to hear your suggestions. Post something in the comments below.

As for the skunk, I think it is still roaming the neighborhood. But fortunately, s/he doesn’t seem to be spending as much time around our place. Unfortunately, though there’s lots of other “old growth” around us. Looks like lots of us have some work to do.

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 ›

Guest Post – Roger Seip Trains Your Brain
by Robb On March 8, 2013

I asked Roger to be a guest poster on my Blog today for a couple of reasons:

1. He is awesome.

2. I’ve had the privilege of delivering some of his content lately and not only have our audiences gotten a ton out of it, but it has REALLY helped me clarify how and why I have been getting the results I have lately.

3. He still doesn’t have his blog up and running yet (too busy delivering amazing programs based on his book) so I thought it would be fun for him to share some of the web with me!

So without further ado…Heeeeeeeeeere’s Roger!

Train Your Brain For Success- Roger Seip

Are you aware that your mind literally creates your life? Most have heard of this concept, but let’s make it really personal:

Take a moment and identify some problem that you currently face. Any problem will do, just identify it and hold it in your mind for a few moments. Notice how that feels. Now identify one thing that you’re thankful for and hold THAT in your mind…

Notice a difference? Most do- reason being that what goes on in your mind literally creates your emotional experience and then ripples out into every result you get in every area of life. You literally create your world with your mind.

And there’s a problem…

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A Big Day On a Tiny Saddle
by Robb On July 18, 2012

Last weekend, Eric Plantenberg and I accomplished one of my big goals for 2012 when we finished the famed Triple Bypass ride in Colorado. For anyone who knows about it, this is one of the toughest one-day rides (that I know of) in America. It’s pitched as 120+ miles and 10,000+ feet of climbing, going over Vail Pass, Loveland Pass and Juniper Pass (and a few others on the way up to each). I can confirm is it marketed properly. I took inspiration for this post from one I read the other day from John Burke over at Trek. He does a big ride in France every year and I got a kick out of his ride report. I did to Clif Bars what he did to oranges, but more on that in a minute.

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The Power of Owning Your Time
by Robb On June 14, 2012

Not a whole lot to share this week with regards to my use of the 2-Hour Solution. We are out in Bend, OR for Strategic Planning so I cleared my calendar. That being said, I started doing something that didn’t seem like a big deal at the time but in retrospect really helped boost our productivity in the meetings.

I changed the outgoing message on my office phone to reflect my travel plans (go ahead and check it out) and to let people know that the best way to get a hold of me was via my cell. Continue reading ›

Coming Up Short but Still Going Long
by Robb On June 6, 2012

Last week, I gave you an overview as to what the 2-Hour Solution is all about. Hopefully you were able to make sense of that and start to work on the process for yourself. Any realizations yet? I sure have some. But before we get to that, I’ll take you through my first (in a while) 2-Hour Solution.

I made the decision to set aside time on Sunday night to do this. That was tough. It was challenging to go from relaxing weekend mode to business mode and completely block everything out. Continue reading ›

The 2-Hour Solution from 30,000 ft.
by Robb On May 29, 2012

My first post on getting the 2-Hour Solution back into my life generated a lot of interest from folks. That is AWESOME! I’m glad to hear you feel like you have room for improvement. In the words of Roger Seip, “That FIRES me up!”

The first thing we should do is make sure you have a basic understanding of what the 2-Hour Solution is all about. In a nutshell, we are talking about taking a chunk of time and dedicating it to laying out how and where you will put forth effort within a specific window of time. Continue reading ›