Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Finish This Sentence: In 2014 My Biggest Accomplishment Was…

Finish This Sentence: In 2014 My Biggest Accomplishment Was…



Tell us about your biggest challenge, your journey to overcoming it, or simply something that you are most happy about having overcoming. A.) Its cathartic. B.) Having a success or two under your belt sets a very positive tone for tackling even bigger goals in 2015.



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Monday, December 29, 2014

Practice Any Art by Kurt Vonnegut

Practice Any Art by Kurt Vonnegut



"Practice any art ... to experience becoming." by Kurt Vonnegut



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Friday, November 28, 2014

The 7 Top Goal Setting Lessons from Interstellar

The 7 Top Goal Setting Lessons from Interstellar



Something that blew me away last week was that we watched the movie Interstellar. As a result, today we've got The Top Seven Spark Goal-Setting Lessons from the movie Interstellar. If you have not seen this, go see it. It's a mind blow.



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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

3 Things I Learned at My Florida Polytechnic University Talk

3 Things I Learned at My Florida Polytechnic University Talk



An invite from a friend, Doctor Joe Childs, to speak with his Entrepreneurship MBS students from Florida Poly led to some awesome learning. That is the bonus of being able to speak with higher academic institutions; you encounter some of the most intelligent people around.



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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Reminder: Thoughts Are Things

Reminder: Thoughts Are Things



Imagine if we simply reversed this process? Take the same steps and replace the negative thought with a positive one. Then the unconscious mind becomes a success-seeking machine. Image: How Richard Branson Things



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Friday, November 7, 2014

Meditation is Still Under-Used

Meditation is Still Under-Used



If you have a mission, a purpose that drives you, I recommend that you to return to using the practice of using meditation.



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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Stop Whining and Get Back to Work

Stop Whining and Get Back to Work



The state in which you truly spark your life and others is one where you stop looking for the easy path, you stop expecting the world to just hand you the awards you desire, and you get back to the work that produces the goodness you seek.



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Friday, October 31, 2014

Success-Focus vs Mastery-Focus

Success-Focus vs Mastery-Focus



Another day as a trainer; another encounter with a nihilistic, fatalistic Gen-Y-er at the end of his rope. That guy is now a friend, partner, and fellow Spark Samurai.



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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lessons on Mission from a Conqueror

Lessons on Mission from a Conqueror



Trust a spark samurai, a day conqueror, to meditate on an issue long enough to see through the superficial explanations to eventually cut right to the real issue. JD finally cut to the bone.



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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Goal-Setting Workshop 2015

Tired of making New Year's Resolutions and seeing them go nowhere? Sick of achieving your goals all alone? Victory 2015 has been shaped to help you shape GOALS (not resolutions) and do it with others who can hold you accountable to achieving your dreams.



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Friday, September 19, 2014

Shooting Training Videos

Day in the Life: The goal of the project you are about to glimpse is to do introductory videos to goal-setting. It is for the Goal-Setting Foundations course, to watch before you approach goal-setting. I will give it away for free once its done.



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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Exclusive Contest Worth $75

This is going to be a killer event with guided goal-setting, trainers to discuss the 4 main areas of the Total Life Experience, productive homework, networking with other ambitious people like yourself and more.



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Revelations of Millennial Mentoring

In fact I would call this old-school relationship-building. But, hey, call it what you will, reverse mentoring seems to work as a tool for approaching a mentoring relationship with Millennial mentees.



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Who Was Your Best Mentor or Guide?

Who has been the most influential mentor or guide you have had? Why? Was it something they said? Something they did?



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Monday, September 15, 2014

Goofy Gurus

This week, as you look toward coaches, mentors, or "gurus" for insight on where to go next, choose wisely. Goofy gurus does not mean bad. It sometimes simply means goofy.



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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Big Idea: Practice Listening to Your Inner Voice

Many of us want to know how to "listen to our hearts", "hear the voice of god", or otherwise understand what our conscience is telling us. We want guidance from the great beyond, yet so few know how it operates or how to listen.



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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Guide: 4 Steps to Making an Ignited Dream Board

My creation was a mess. The pictures were not flat. The edges of my cutting was ragged. Glue globbed out around the edges of the construction paper. But I didn't notice any of that.



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Friday, September 5, 2014

Day in the Life: My Bad Day, Nootropics, and How to Deal

Unable to sleep I woke at 1:37 a.m. My sides hurt, reminiscent of my kidney stones. I was having hot flashes. My stomach churned nauseous. Laying in bed, I tried to deny that I was going to have a bad day, but my brain was too foggy.



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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Giving Back: Free eBook

Most teams are performing below their potential. Internal squabbling, lack of knowledge about healthy communication, and poor management all contribute to this.



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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Science! Visualization is Key to Coaching and Problem Solving

I often receive a dismissive response. Clients would much rather "get solutions for their problems" or just be "told what to do." New research is making a powerful case for visualization as a powerful tool for coaching.



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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Worst Business Advice You Have Ever Gotten?

When I had shut people like this out in the past, it turned out that they were further along, more experienced, and would have made great team members. My loss.



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Monday, September 1, 2014

80′s Entrepreneurial Training Video

I just don't think you're ready for it...80's Entrepreneurial Training Video - Grab the Bull by the Horns



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Sunday, August 31, 2014

5 Steps to Goal-Setting Happiness

Some people believe that you cannot be happy by setting goals. Others think that goal-setting should ignore happiness. Both, in my opinion, are off their rocker.



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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Can You Recommend a Book? Spark Reading List

With the Spark 101 - 'How to Think' Reading List, I help you begin down the path of correcting your thinking. Once you can think correctly, you can take correct actions and achieve the results you want.



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Friday, August 29, 2014

How Does a Trainer and His Wife Travel?

I can get so caught up in trying to live life a certain way, I forget to live the life I have in front of me. This is why I love Marissa in my life. She reminds me to enjoy life.



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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Featured Client: Gina Bullock aka The Pet Nanny

She is not afraid to ask questions, put her challenges out there, or share with me whatever is preventing her from succeeding. This makes working with her more than a breeze; it makes it fun.



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Secret to Happiness: Setting Lower Goals. Really?!

The 1st group often accomplish a lot but their long-term happiness is often low. The 2nd group are often found to be happier but continually lack peace of mind because they could have "done more" with their life. Both of these groups are disconcerting lack happiness.



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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What is the Happiest You Have Ever Been?

Can you remember the happiest you have ever been? What were the factors that you enjoyed the most? Were you solving a problem? Were you enjoying the moment? Were you doing both?



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Monday, August 25, 2014

Some goals, well,..

This is when you abandon goals and a.) run for your life or b.) take out the lion. Whatever you most equipped for. Side note: this exact situation is why I encourage all my clients to begin with fitness!



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Sunday, August 24, 2014

How To Ruin Your Own Brainstorms

In actuality, you are afraid that it will work, so you are just avoiding it. Now, being busy with work is, I gotta' grant you, a fairly good excuse. I mean, who's gonna give you grief for being diligently at the helm?



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Saturday, August 23, 2014

What is Principles in the Raw?

Aw, you learned character. Here's a soft clap. But, why did it take so freakin' long to learn that character was the point the whole time? So I wrote a book.



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Friday, August 22, 2014

Day in the Life of a Trainer: Month in the Life

I thought that it may do you some good to see what really goes into being a trainer. Thus, I created this infographic about what it takes to be a goal-coach, and trainer of emerging entrepreneurs.



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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Giving Back $145: Free Coaching Session and Copy of Top 100

I am giving away a free coaching session and a copy of 'The Top 100 Dream Igniter' Edition 01 to the person with the best suggestions for Spark training.



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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Success Coaching Gains Momentum

Success coaching is an educational process that enhances the economic achievements of professionals. - Russ Alan Prince



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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

What Was Your Worst Brainstorming Experience?

Whether at the office, at home, or with friends, we have all had at least one horrible experience with brainstorming meetings. What was your worst brainstorming experience?



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Monday, August 18, 2014

2 Brainstorm Pics that Epitomize Brainstorming

The brainstorm facilitator treats it like a wish-factory where everyone says "yes" to all the ideas and commits to making them happen. "Must...control...fist of death..."



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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Trainers Advice: Talent is a Myth

For those who are giving less than their best to their goals, I have found that they are holding onto this erroneous belief. Take this piece of advice: toss the myth of talent into the garbage. It doesn't help you perform your best.



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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Training Tools: The 7-Day Spark Homework

Training Tools: The 7-Day Spark Homework. What is it and how does it work? Alright, here is the skinny on this Spark tool for you to achieve your goals.



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Friday, August 15, 2014

Day in the Life of a Trainer: Daily Reading

To be a trainer, you gotta' be one of the best trained around. That is why my reading regiment is pretty intense. Here is what is on my desk right now.



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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Giving Back: Goal-Setting Primer FREE For a Limited Time:

FREE For a Limited Time: Goal-Setting Primer. This coupon will expire tomorrow, so download it now.



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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What’s the Secret to Tony Robbins Firewalk

This is really not about fire walking anyway. It never has been. It's been about getting people to break through their fears and limits.



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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Best Success Advice You Ever Got?

What is the best advice you ever received when it came to success at your goals? Marissa tells me that the advice that I recite the most is: Early is on time. On time is late. And late? Doesn’t happen. I had to learn that from Terry a long time ago. That advice has led […]



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Monday, August 11, 2014

The Myth of Talent: Professionals Fail to Success

Don’t think that pros make mistakes like you do? As John Maxwell would say, pros fail their way to success. Here is a nice video clip of the best professional athletes botching, dropping, failing their way to success. Some of the clips are painful to watch. Some are too embarrassing to not watch. Keep it […]



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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Goal-Setting Advice: Brainstorming, 4 Rules

My idea that I had invested at least an hour in which was going to be the premise for my next book; blown to bits. After picking the shrapnel of my ego off the walls of the room, I thought about how much this affected me.



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Saturday, August 9, 2014

What the Crap Does State of the Spark Mean?

That is the name of my company. Why did I name it this? What the heck does it mean? I knew that my message to the world is that they can be sparked. They can get lit on an idea, a goal, that catches them on fire from the inside out.



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Friday, August 8, 2014

My Typical Morning Routine

I have had several people (clients, Spark Citizens, and other trainers) ask what my exact routine is like. I thought that, for a "day in the life" I could share my typical morning routine. This is the coveted time of discipline. As my morning goes, so goes the rest of the day.



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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Bad Habits of Smart People and Goals

It is known that they have similar good habits. But, did you know that smart people also have similar bad habits? They are even more likely to do drugs.



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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Biggest Obstacle to My Major Goal is…

Finish this sentence: The biggest obstacle to my major goals is...



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Monday, August 4, 2014

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Training Tool: The Grid of Success

I recently put on a training at Keller Williams and used a Spark tool that we have been using for some time. The group received the Grid of Success fairly well. In fact, they received it better than most new Spark Citizens who get the free Spark Journey Toolkit and simply download it. So, I […]



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Friday, August 1, 2014

Day in the Life of a Trainer: Manager’s Calendar

A day in the life of a trainer. Since its the 1st of the month, I spend some time preparing what I need to do for the entire month. Here is a snapshot of my calendar. There are some serious leaks and sneak peaks going on here. Although, if you are already a #SparkCitizen, you […]



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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Grant’s Gift 34th

Just a reminder to all you crazy kids out there: For my 34th birthday I gave a coupon discount for 34% off everything in the Spark store. I was looking through my site and saw that it was still active. I’m turning it off through the weekend, so if you wanted to try anything in […]



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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How to Regain Imagination – 10 Steps

Though your brain works very quickly and can visualize your entire day in a short period of time, it will still take more time than you are used to taking.



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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Competitive Jerks and Goals

Have you known any competitive jerks or gotten caught between them and their goals?



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Friday, July 25, 2014

The Mysterious Struggle for Goals and the Forbidden Secret to Goal-Setting Success

Maybe we are over goal-setting in the way we are over Star Trek; yes, we love the ideas behind it but we have just had too darn much. Like eating too much Thanksgiving dinner.



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Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Hidden Power, Independence Day, and Your Spark

People of vision and faith, "the spark" of this power, have removed the barriers of ignorance and superstition which lead to fear, and have create the world we enjoy today.



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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Spark Day 183 – Watching the Flock

Wisdom says that if we are not careful, we can miss things that will cost us dearly. From bills we forgot to a charge on the card we overlook, we can often find ourselves spending more than we earn.



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Friday, May 16, 2014

Spark Day 136 – Your Temperament Doesn’t Matter When It Comes to This

Temperaments don't matter. Personality is irrelevant. Birth order, genetic disposition, skin color, national origin, and wealth status do count for squat. Not when it is about this.



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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Spark Day 058: Art + Spiritual Discipline = Creative

If something is truly creative it points to the artist having connected to a true spiritual discipline. If someone is spiritually disciplined you will eventually discover their creativity.



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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Spark Day 056: Your Words, Truth in Action

The barrier between the invisible and the visible is a thin veil. The brief passage needed to bring the invisible into the visible world is words. Words are truth in action.



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Monday, February 24, 2014

5 Lessons on Goals From A Japanese Mythological Beast

The satori, angry at being ignored, resolved to kill and eat the man. The woodcutter, entirely focused on the felling of the tree had not thought about the satori in some time and was unaware of its presence.



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Monday, February 17, 2014

Art on the Mind

We know that the more vulnerable an artist expresses the better reception they receive. Its now infusing untraditional areas to make them better.



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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Spark Day 037: Ignorance Can’t Save You

They think 'ignorance is bliss' gives them a free pass. Only becoming more enlightened will help us eliminate delusion & work with the Law to make our world better.



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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Spark Day 035: Suffering and Your True Nature

You don't know enough, aren't fast enough, have enough money, or don't know the right people; that's all you. Pro Tip: It's not actually you. It's a sub-human version of you.



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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Spark Day 021: Dreams of Action

There is little value to dreams that are not acted upon. There is little value to actions that lack a dose of dreaming. They are just different steps on the way to creating a better world.



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Monday, January 20, 2014

Spark Day 020: The Artistic Maverick

You know, it was mavericks that settled Australia. It will be those who live on the fringe of their field who will first settle Mars. It will be your artistic and maverick self that conquers your goals.



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Friday, January 17, 2014

Spark Day 017: Making the Improbable Possible

Artistically we create our world. We imagine positive outcomes. We creatively shape desires. We design success with vision statements & dream boards.



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