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Why You’re Stuck in a Rut (And How to Get Out of It)

Albert Einstein once said the definition of insanity was “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

If that’s the case, I’m pretty sure we’re all guilty of occasional bouts of insanity.

As a peak performance and business coach, I see this most clearly in the work I do with my clients. One of the more common phrases I hear is, “I feel like I’m in a rut.” It’s a better way to begin a conversation than, “I think I’m insane.” Either way, the result is the same – people are stuck and they don’t know how to get out.

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The Four Phases of Living Your Mission

There are four phases of living your mission (or dream) that everyone goes through at some point. The key is to learn how to recognize each phase and discover how to progress from one to the next.

In this post, I reveal the four phases and help you identify which phase you’re currently in. I then offer suggestions to guide you through the process of moving between phases and maximizing your impact.

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How to Control Your Thoughts In 5 Simple Steps

Most people, most of the time, are not consciously aware of what they are thinking about – yours truly included.

At the same time, you know the impact that your thoughts can have on you. You can become depressed, angry, frustrated, lonely, disappointed, fearful, worried, sad, and doubtful – just to name a few.

On the positive side, some thoughts can make you smile, laugh out loud, feel a sense of pride, cause you to relax, make you feel confident, or – in the case of passing by a McDonald’s – make you crave an ice cold Coke.

The majority of the time, your thoughts directly control how you are feeling at any given moment – regardless of whether you are consciously aware of it or not.

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Are These 2 Words Sabotaging Your Success?

As some of you know, Lisa and I recently took custody of my soon-to-be-12-year-old cousin and are raising him as our son. We couldn’t be more excited. He’s a great kid and he’s fitting in really well with us.

At the same time, we didn’t raise him for those first 11 years and he has patterns in how he thinks and how he speaks that are the antithesis of what we as a family believe and operate under. I don’t blame him for the things he was exposed to and the habits he developed prior to coming to live with our family. However, we do expect him to take full responsibility for his thoughts, choices, and actions moving forward.

He can’t change what happened to him, but he can choose how he responds to it and he can choose how he lives from here forward.

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The Myth of Readiness

It’s that time of year: New Years. On one hand, it’s filled with excitement as we set out our goals for the year (please tell me you’re setting goals and NOT resolutions). If you’re like most people, you’ll start strong. You’ll be filled with renewed energy and resolve to finally take the steps toward accomplishing that elusive goal.

  • You’re going to start that business.
  • You’re going to go for that promotion.
  • You’re going to start dating again.
  • You’re going to hire that new employee.
  • And so on…

But then something happens. “Reality” sets in and you begin to wonder if you’re really ready to take that next step.

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Are You A Control Freak? The Surprising Truth

Hello. My name is Travis Robertson and I’m a control freak. But I’m not alone.

You’re a control freak too.

Control is a funny thing. We usually associate control with certain personality types. We say that someone has a “dominant personality type” or that they are a “control-freak.” We may even describe ourselves this way.

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11 Ways To Murder Self-Doubt

Self-doubt is paralyzing. It will cripple you and prevent you from taking action or moving forward.

To render someone ineffective, you don’t have to get them to change the core of their beliefs – you just have to get them to doubt the validity of their beliefs. Let me give you an example.

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It’s Not My Fault

“It’s not my fault!”

Anyone who’s spent even a small amount of time around kids – and, sadly, most adults – has heard those words used as a way of trying to shift blame to someone else. But the reason people try to shift fault has little to do with the actual blame for the event.

Instead, what they’re really trying to do is excuse themselves from the responsibility for taking action moving forward.

Don’t confuse fault with responsibility. The ability to understand the difference empowers you to move from a state of victim-hood to a state of victory in life.

Let me explain.

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Train. Don’t Try.

Too often, we “try to do better” in an area of life. The problem is that trying won’t get us any closer to our goals. Only training will do that.

Let me explain. If you want to run a marathon (26.2 miles), “trying” will not get you there. If you woke up every morning and tried to run 26.2 miles, you’d fail at it every time you tried.

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