A 4-Hour Lunch Break?

I like it! Entrepreneur Magazine has an article about changing your work day, and I think it’s a great idea. I’ve done similar most of my entrepreneurial career, especially during the summers when it is nice to take an afternoon motorcycle ride.

Of course, starting work at 5am may be a difficult transition, but think about what you do at night. Is it time spend on valuable tasks, or binge watching TV shows while you sit on the couch and eat food you know you should not be eating? I can see many advantages of this type of work schedule.

Run Away!

Fear is one of the most powerful motivators to humans. We “live in fear” sometimes, and advertisers know that producing fear can stimulate buying. the fear of scarcity is common in advertising.

But fear in life, or in business, is counterproductive. Fear will block success, and the path to success is overcoming those fears.

This article in Entrepreneur Magazine is a good read on how to overcome fear, but there are some things I would add:

Point 1: This is good, but in order to face your fears, you need to see the reality of them. Don’t change a Chihuahua fear into a Rottweiler fear (yes, I like dogs), and don’t change a Rottweiler fear into a Hound of Hell fear. See the fear for what it really is. Chances are, that fear is a lot smaller than it seems.

Point 2 is spot on, but point 3 is just an extension. However, a good thing to do is to occasionally step back. I have the habit of finding a direction, laying tracks, and going down that direction like a supersonic train. But, sometimes it’s the wrong direction. Take pit stops, and make sure you are still going the right direction.

Points 4 and 5 are excellent. Never give up. The only way to fail is to not try. Look for my #Webishop on this.

-Dr. Ty

You Are What You Think About

I have heard many times the saying “show my your friends and I will show you your future.” And, I would agree that it is generally true, but why have you chosen those friends? The better saying would be “show me what you think about and I will show you your future.” What you think about will dictate the friends you have, the things you do, and where you go in life.

This article in Entrepreneur talks about how complaining rewrites your brain, and I agree. I work with homeless people, and there is one common theme about 99% of the homeless people I have met: They complain about everything. Try to say something positive about a situation and they will either turn it around or change the subject. Their minds are so set on negativity, so set on knowing that they will never get out of the situation they are in, that they won’t.

Change your life by changing the way that you think. One technique that I have used with some coachees is what I call the “New Me.” Whenever a negative thought comes into your mind; be it complaining, putting yourself (or someone else) down, anything negative, say to yourself “that is the old me. That is who I used to be. I choose not to be that person anymore.” Then follow it up with a positive spin on that thought.

This is not always easy, so, if you are having difficulty with changing the way you think, please contact me. I would be happy to help.

-Dr. Ty

A Simple Tool For Success

There have been many studies on how our brain works, and how we remember. Most of those studies agree that we remember, on average, less than 20% of what we hear, but almost 70% of what we write. In this Inc. Magazine article, Tony Robbins says that writing something down will not help your memory, but will help your commitment to getting something done. And the commitment to persevere is a core value of success.

-Dr. Ty

The Happy Coder?

It seems like application developers (coders) speak a different language sometimes, and they do. Computer languages can be as difficult to learn as a regular language, but knowing some coding skills can make you more attractive to your current, or future, employer. You can’t go onto a single job posting web site without seeing ads for companies almost begging for coders. And, according to this Reader’s Digest article, you could make up to $20k more per year by knowing some coding.

-Dr. Ty