Over the weekend, I checked out some house/apartment tour videos on Youtube.  One video, in particular, featured a loft style apartment with a modern aesthetic and killer views.  I loved the minimalist decor and monochromatic design.   Everything about his apartment was intentional and perfect.

There was one moment in the video that caused me to pause and reflect.  As he showed us his bedroom, the points the camera out towards the amazing city view.  He then informs us that when laying down on his bed, he has a clear view of the city skyline.  This, he says, was one of his biggest life goals (to wake up every morning to amazing views).  What he said next is what inspired me to write this post.

This exclusive city view, according to the blogger is, "what motivates me to get up in the morning and to do the most."
I let his words marinate in my brain for a few minutes.  This guy, like most of us, dreamed of waking up in a place that's inspiring and representative of achieving a certain level of success.  This "life goal" was such an obsession of his that he worked on his brand until it finally became a reality.

Now that he's arrived, he enjoys the fruit of his hard work.   Even though he's achieved his dream, he's still motivated to keep pushing to reach greater levels.  I'm certain that he wakes up most mornings filled with clear intention.  So I asked myself, "Is there anything I can do to create that level of inspiration when I first wake up every day?

Ideally, motivation should come from the inside out.  But I'm also aware of how our external environment can affect our internal state.  Although I'm certain of this fact, I haven't leveraged it much to my benefit.  One day I too hope to wake up every day in a room with majestic views.  Until then, I can still take steps to create an environment that inspires me into massive action each and every day.

Instead of focusing on my bedroom, I think my efforts would be better utilized by elevating my office.  Currently, I have inspiring images posted on the wall but I can do so much more.  And since the office is where I do all of my work, it makes sense to place all of my attention there.

I realize that I don't have any of the things I love in my current office space.  There are no live plants, no scented candles, no fresh cut flowers, no updated images of future goals.   Nothing that represents where I want to be. Visually, there's not much in my office to stimulate my creativity.  No wonder I sometimes start the day feeling unmotivated.

Back when I wanted to start a multi-six figure business, I was very intentional about my personal space.   I invested heavily in high-quality candles, bought fresh flowers on a weekly basis, and I'd strategically display my designer items in a certain way.  The primary focus was in creating a feeling of abundance since I would soon quit my job causing my income to change drastically.  It was part of my well planned out feel good routine.  Every time I walked into a room, I felt a surge of inspiration. It was a joy to work on building my dream.

Let's never forget the incredible power of our environment.  If you're feeling uninspired, a simple change in our space will immediately alter your mood and outlook and will motivate you to the absolute most.



When I decided to leave corporate America, I set an intention to link up with a mentor that would help guide me through the process.  I envisioned meeting a successful woman who ran a highly profitable business.  She would give me all the advice, motivation and inspiration necessary to carry me through every phase of my business.  I told all of my friends about how badly I wanted a mentor. I wrote it down as a goal.  At networking events, I made my intentions known.  But, in the end, I never found that mentor I was looking for.

Even without the mentor, I still was able to launch a relatively successful business.   Someone once asked me the question of how to find a mentor.  Since I was never able to find one myself, I couldn't really respond.  But after reflecting I realized that we can still gleam the valuable advice from successful people and apply it to your situation to create massive results.
At the start of my journey, I spent most of my time and energy reading or listening to books on success.  They were exactly what I needed at the time.  I took the opportunity to work on my mindset, overcome my fears, build confidence.  But in the end, all that time invested didn't really create any real world results.  Don't get me wrong, I needed to study the fundamental laws of success but it didn't directly impact my financial life.

If you want to launch a venture or build a different type of lifestyle that doesn't involve a 9-5, you need to transition from working solely on your mindset to focusing on skill set.  

How do you know when you're investing too much into mindset based learning?  Take a look at the successful people that you listen too.  How are they primarily making their money?  If they make most of their income from teaching others, chances are that their content is mindset based and will lack the specific advice you need to take actionable steps.  

That's the beauty of working with a mentor. Ideally a mentor has walked down the path that you wish to take.  That allows them to give you clear, specific advice on next moves while helping you avoid blind spots.  Success teachers don't have detailed knowledge of your potential business. They can't help you when you're stuck.  They'll get you excited to launch something new, but can they help you get to six figures or more?

When I quit my job, my goal was to generate six figures in revenue.  The first year out, I nearly reached the multi-six figure mark.  How?  I sought out "mentors" who actually had businesses similar to mine.  Most of them were earning 7 figures.  They shared their strategy and I took action. This happened without me having to engage in a single conversation with them.  Although we didn't speak, I treated their advice as if they were talking to me directly.  Honestly, I didn't do everything they recommended, but taking some action is better than nothing.  And since their advice is so applicable, it really makes an impact.  

Some of these online mentors charge quite a bit for their training.  If you're looking for a low/cost free option, I suggest you head over to Youtube and find people who are where you want to be, and are doing what you want to be doing.  Be advised that some folks will give the appearance like they have made it, when they actually haven't. They just need to make you believe in their success so you can buy their program.  Believe it or not, there are people out there who are giving out advice without trying to get you to buy their program.  Some people are just in a good place in life and are willing to share their wisdom.  

Sometimes, you find someone online who has the lifestyle you want, but they don't talk much about how they built their brand.  My advise for you is become good at studying the behavior of others.  If you pay close enough attention, you can reverse engineer the process they took to produce the results they currently enjoy.  Even if you don't know every step they took, you can still learn a lot simply by paying close attention to what people do.  

Once I got serious about building a business, I veered from typical "success teachers" to people who created built real businesses. Some success teachers started off as entrepreneurs.  But some don't  really talk much about what created their early success.  John Asaaraf, for instance, is known for his appearance in the movie The Secret.  He does a ton of mindset coaching.  But most people don't know that his path to financial freedom started off in real estate. He made a small fortune in his late teens by putting in a ton of MASSIVE ACTION that others weren't willing to do.  Making 100 sales calls a day before noon doesn't sound as sexy as the mindset stuff so you don't hear much about it.

Another thing I look for in "mentors" is who they seek for advice.  Every once in a while, someone I'm following will share that they are receiving coaching from X person.  I'll immediately do a Google search to study their path to success.  I'd like to scale my current results, so I've been seeking out inspiration entrepreneurs who far surpassed my current results.  One thing I've noticed from my 7 figure mentors is that they are always scaling their actions.  They aren't afraid to spend money to have access to the kind of results they now enjoy.  They also work closely with real mentors or they are a part of a group of other successful entrepreneurs (a mastermind group).

Last weekend, I went to a women's business conference. On the panel was a woman who also had an online store.  During her talk she mentioned earning around $500k last year in sales.  When I heard that, my ears perked up and I made a mental note to talk to her one-on-one after the session.  Once the talk was over a group of us formed a line so we can ask the speakers a question.  I observed the people in line in front of me. Most of them were talking about their own businesses and would offer a card to the speaker.  I took a different approach.  It was my opportunity to talk to a "mentor." After briefly introducing myself and thanking her for the talk, I told her that I had a business online and wanted to scale to her levels.  Then asked for the one thing she did that created her current results.

Her response was short and to the point.  She encouraged me to get very focused and intentional with my marketing efforts because that would be the one factor that will give the results I desire.  Once she answered my question, I asked if she offered any mentorship or 1-on-1 coaching.  She informed me that she didn't.  In the end, I'm still without a mentor. But that piece of advice she gave me was invaluable. Although it's not new information, the fact that she clearly told me to focus solely on that was what I needed to hear.  If I put her words to practice, I'm sure I'll be in a different place a year from now.

To sum everything up, if you really, really want to create a different path for your life, seek out and learn from mentors who can help you, even from afar.  Apply as much advice as you can as quickly as you can.  Look for people who have already achieved what you want. That's the easiest way to get to where you want to be in the fastest time possible.  

On Father's Day, I paid my dad a visit.  During my visit, I shared some ideas on how he could make improvements to his store.  As we discussed possible scenarios, I noticed a blank expression on his face.  Eventually, he informed me that he'd been having difficulty executing the things that he needed to do because of a lack of focus.

I knew exactly where he was coming from because I constantly battle with procrastination.  Having been on a personal development journey for years, I've learned countless strategies for overcoming procrastination and getting things done.

But only one method has truly worked.  This technique not only helps you overcome procrastination, it transforms you into a superhuman capable of accomplishing almost anything.
Days after I gave my dad advice, we spoke once again.  He thanked me profusely for my advice and told me how much of a difference it made in such a short period of time.  I bet you're wondering what I told him that completely improved his quality of life.

It's simple. I just explained the process of meditation and convinced him of the benefits he'd experience if he did it for just a few minutes a day.

No other technique to overcome procrastination is as powerful as meditation.  Trust me.

Picture an image of a person standing in front of a huge boulder.  The boulder represents the obstacle that gets in the way of us getting things done.  Traditional advice on overcoming procrastination helps us to climb that boulder to get to the other side.

But with meditation, the boulder is completely removed. Therefore there is nothing stopping us from doing what we need to do.  Let's be real, 99% of procrastination is caused by our own thoughts.  We're anxious & scared about completing a task so we avoid it. We avoid doing what we should because we've created a negative perception of the activity.  Our mind is hard at work trying to convince us of why we shouldn't do it.  That's why meditation is so crucial because it silences the negative thoughts.  Or, at the very least, we become much less reactive.

Another (lesser known) cause of procrastination is that we don't have enough focus to fully complete the task.  Half completed work is procrastination at its finest.

Meditation removes all of the things that get in the way between you and your goal.  When your mind is trained, it doesn't constantly create useless distractions.  Whatever you decide to do, you just do it.  There's nothing really stopping you.  When I meditated consistently, I was pretty unstoppable.  The benefits are too many to list, but let's just say that I felt like I had super powers.

Basically, spending 10-20 minutes each morning focusing on my breathing allowed me to operate in a heightened state of focus throughout the day.  It took a week or two of consistent practice to see the results. But once, they came, it was completely worth it.  After the convo with my dad, I jumped back into my meditation routine.  Within a couple of days, I was back to my old self again.  I've gotten so much done that I've been putting off forever.  All I had to do was spend a little time working on my level of attention.

One thing I notice about myself when I meditate regularly is that I suddenly become the best version of myself. Suddenly, I focus on clearing and decluttering my environment, I start working out again, and I focus on my high priority activities. The difference is like night and day.

Just remember that the source of procrastination is internal.  Unless we work on quieting the inner fears, we'll remain in the same place. I know this isn't your typical procrastination advice but, believe me, it works way better than any other advice because it addresses the root of the problem. If you'd like to read more on the wonders of quiet mind meditation, check out this article.
Lately been playing around with the idea of how to "up-level" my current results.  The urban dictionary defines up-leveling as to "transform or grow in an area that was previously stagnant."  Stagnancy is something I try to avoid because, in reality, nothing really remains stagnant.  As far as I'm concerned, standing still is the equivalent of declining.

For this reason, we must always be moving forward.  Yes, we should always be appreciative of our current blessings but, at the same time, we should move our eyes to the horizon towards our next goal.  Working towards our next goal sounds easy to do.  But no one talks about what to do once you hit your invisible ceiling.

What is the invisible ceiling?  It's what happens when we find ourselves continuing to produce the same results over and over again.  Maybe those results are decent, but for some reason, we can't seem to get to the next level.
I believe that, sometimes, a certain level can not be attained unless a shift occurs in our mindset.  Our pattern of thinking has a direct impact on our current actions (and current results).  Prior to launching my business, I invested a ton of time and energy convincing myself to fully believe that it was possible to earn a living without a consistent paycheck.

Once I launched my business part time, I set pretty lofty financial goals.  In order to achieve those goals, I needed to, once again, do a lot of mental conditioning to prepare myself to manifest those results.  If I simply set a high financial goal without doing the internal groundwork, I probably would not have even gotten close to the results that I enjoy today.

 I've noticed that, for the most part, my results have been pretty consistent.  Consistent is good. But I also classify long-term consistent results as a form of stagnancy.  It's time to create a breakthrough that will lead me to the next level.

The reason why I'm stuck in the same place is because I'm still thinking and operating as the same person that creates my current outcome.

It's time to evolve.

The transformation won't work unless I focus on my subconscious.  Deep down, my mind isn't connected to the new results I want.  It doesn't see my desired goal as a possible reality.  I need to change that.  The first step is to build my belief.  One way I plan to do that is to reinstitute image streaming (a.ka. Albert Einstein's powerful visualization technique) as a habit.

I'm going to partake in a 7-day image streaming challenge and record the sessions on my cell phone.  Once completed, I'll listen to the sessions prior to going to bed.  Listening to your own voice as you describe your vision in detail is a powerful thing.  Your subconscious is more likely to accept what you're saying while you're in a state of total relaxation (right before falling asleep).

Along with image streaming, I plan on searching out real examples of others who currently experience the outcome(s) that I desire.  Unfortunately, I don't know anyone in real life who meets those requirements so I have to find what I'm looking for online.  I like to watch "How I manifested my (fill in the blank) law of attraction videos on Youtube.  Those always add a bit of motivation because I get really excited when I see others doing well.  But I want to dig a little deeper to find people who truly up-leveled (scaled) their business and/or lifestyle in a relatively short amount of time.

Then I'll get to work on inching outwards, away from my comfort zone bubble.  I made the most progress when I took on the mantra described in the book "The One Thing." When I focus on a few high-impact actions,  I don't have to work as hard and the results are magnified.  I need more of that in my life.  I already know what to do to create my current results, it's time to take things to the next level.

One thing I need to remember is how much effort is required to raise our financial thermostat.  It can't just be a wish, I have to be obsessed with my new reality way more than my current situation.  The more it consumes me, the faster it happens.  Napoleon Hill called it our chief definite aim in his book Think & Grow Rich.  It has to be the most important thing to you otherwise your focus will be distracted and little progress will be made.  Anything that works to dilute your progress should be avoided.  It's all about being hyper-focused and maintaining it as long as possible.

There also has to be some type of accountability.  Since I'm not working 1 on 1 with a coach, I try to create accountability in other ways.  In the past, I would have coaching sessions with myself where I provide clear updates on my progress.  I also determined what I need to do to elevate my results.  The more frequent these discussions, the more progress is made.  Another accountability tool I use to is a simple method of tracking my activity.  Instead of putting a lot of time & effort in a to-do list, I focused on a "what I've done list."   I also track my results on a spreadsheet that I update daily or weekly.  When I see my results in black & white, I'm more likely to keep pushing.

The other thing that has worked well in the past is making sure that I expose myself to the reality I want to experience as often as possible.  This energizes me.  It's the fuel I need to power my actions day after day.  Immersion needs to happen otherwise the worries life will get in the way.  Up-leveling isn't an easy process. But it's very doable.  We just need to pursue it wholeheartedly.  And do it long enough to make the vision a reality.

                              





I've worked long and hard on the art of goal setting & achievement.  The longer I've focused on manifesting my goals, the better I've become at it.  One thing I've realized from experience is that certain goals seemed easier to reach than others.  The ones that have taken me the longest (or that I haven't yet achieved) have eluded me because of how I perceive them.

Some of my intentions are viewed achievable and while others seem completely separate from my reality.   We are either working on our goals or fantasizing about them.  The goals that we're working on tend to eventually show up in our lives.  The fantasies, on the other hand, remain stuck in their imaginary never land.

Once I figured out the difference, I changed my entire goal achievement approach.  Instead of continuing to indulge in my fantasies, I contemplated how to draw those desires nearer to me.
 I first started using this approach when I wanted to shift my mindset from lack to abundance. Growing up, we didn't have much money.  We always had what we needed (a roof over our heads and food on the table) but not much else.  In my mind, life was about having very little.  Survival was the first priority.

Once I reached my 20's, things changed. I was introduced to the concept of abundance. This way of thinking was completely contrary to everything I ever knew.  The idea of abundance was not within my comfort zone.  I worked on mentally accepting the concept but eventually, I needed to take big actions that would shatter my entire perception of lack and abundance.  After taking regular, consistent actions to redefine abundance, I decided to make a big move.  For me, the biggest move I could make was to buy myself a Chanel bag. This was a huge move because I was the person who only purchased bags from thrift stores.  Back then, if I spent more than $25.00 on a purse, it was a big deal.

Eventually, I purchased my dream bag without batting an eye.  This was thanks to the work I put in to break my limited thinking around money.  One part of my approach involved to breaking my idea of lack revolved around increasing my income on an ongoing basis.  From there, I utilized my income to acquire, what I determined was a symbol of abundance.

What I was doing was reeling  in my imaginary goal closer to my physical reality.

If I notice that a goal is taking too long to reach, I have to ask myself if I've been reeling it towards my current reality or if I've left it floating in the realm of my imagination.

Drawing an intention closer to you is not all that hard. You just have to do on the following:

1. Spend ample amounts of time daydreaming about the intended outcome. Make sure you see yourself in the visions. Don't separate yourself.

2.  Identify the emotions you experience during those daydreams. And what emotions you will have when you fully experience your desires.

3. Determine how you can bring those emotions into your day to day life.  Example: I experienced feelings of abundance when I treated myself to lunch at a nice restaurant, etc.

4. Take actions that are aligned with the intention that you want to experience.  Example: I would visit the Chanel store and "try on" the bag I wanted. Prior to that, I was afraid to visit Chanel boutiques because I felt poor compared to their other customers.  I also studied the purses in the same way as other designer bag collectors. The more comfortable I became with the idea of having the bag, the faster I manifested.

5.  Map out the real steps involved in achieving your goal.  Spending thousands on a bag required me to create a savings plan and identifying a strategy to make it happen.

Step five is sooooo important.  All of the steps are crucial but step 5 is when you inform your brain of how serious you are about getting what you've dreamed out.   If I'm honest with myself, the goals I haven't achieved remain a fantasy because I've failed to map out an actual plan to get there.  Keep in mind that your initial plan may not actually be what gets you there, but the planning process is critical because it fires neurons in our brain alerting our subconscious that we're really gonna do this!  

The plan will probably shift over time, and that's ok... What matters is that if someone were to ask you how you will reach your goal, you can articulate it.   More importantly, you know your next steps and you can measure your progress.  I have a goal that has been a desire of mine for a very long time.  I can honestly say that part of the reason why I've experienced a lack of progress is because I've neglected to spend time on step 5.

Even if the plan isn't solid, it doesn't matter because you'll adjust along the way.  You'll do more research and seek out stronger solutions.  When drafting a plan, it's important to remember that there's more than 1 way to get where you want to go.  Be flexible and look for alternatives.  But make sure a (detailed) plan is in firmly place.