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Bounce or Break?  It's YOUR choice!
Bounce or Break? It’s YOUR choice!

A common misconception about the top 1% in anything is that they are problem-free.  Actually, the opposite is generally true.  The higher up the ladder of success you go, the bigger the problems and the more insurmountable the challenges.

Successful people know that they will face problems and challenges on the way up, yet they press on anyways.  What successful people do differently than everyone else is bounce.  And by bounce, I mean that every time a person, event, circumstance or random occurrence attempts to bring them down, they immediately bounce back up even higher than they were before they started their decent.

Picture a rubber ball being held out in front of you 3 feet high.  If you were to throw the ball down at the ground from that position, the ball is likely to bounce all the way back up to 6 or 8 feet after hitting the bottom.  The same holds true in the lives of successful people.

Regardless of the problems and challenges that you are currently faced with, you must remember that your ticket to the next level of success lies somewhere in solving those problems and overcoming those challenges.  If someone or something is pulling you down, don’t break.  Picture that bouncy ball and rebound back up even higher.

I can tell you from personal experience that the majority of my greatest wins in life came in response to some of my biggest failures.  Problems will always present themselves to you, even when you reach the top.  But your view of those problems and response to them will ultimately determine your success in life.  My advice to you:  Bounce, don’t break!

You were put here for a purpose, you are greater than you realize and your future will be filled with unlimited opportunities when you decide to become unstoppable.

Be Unstoppable!

Mike

Mike Mason, author of Unstoppable Success, is the Founder of Unstoppable Business Consulting, The Elite Training Center and the Clinic Director of The Chiropractic Care Center.  He is considered one of the nation’s premier experts on business and motivation and lectures on success to sports and business groups.  He is reported to be the future of business consulting.

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Tough Mudder, Virginia
Tough Mudder, Virginia: The ceremonial piling of worn-out shoes from finishing the course with your team

Several years ago I joined a business organization led by author and business consultant Loral Langemeier. Her book titled The Millionaire Maker is one that I recommend you read, if you haven’t already.

One of the quotes that she used during her seminar was “You have to do it yourself, and you can’t do it alone”.

I have found that quote to hold true in every facet of life. 

If you are trying to reach the top 1% in anything, you are going to need help along the way. In my book, I have an entire section dedicated to the importance of saying “Please” and “Thank You”. Simply saying please and thank you whenever you require the assistance of someone else will greatly increase your chances of getting additional assistance in the future. I realize the simplicity involved in these words, yet I also know the importance of them and the lack of their use in daily conversation.

Everyone teaches their kids to say “please” and “thank you”, yet very few people practice what they preach. Regardless, this is one ESSENTIAL step that you must take right now to move towards where you want to be.

As Loral says, you CAN’T be successful alone. To reach your potential, you need to not only gain the help of others, but you must inspire them along the way with your vision for what is possible.

At the same time, the real work must still be done by YOU! You have to put in the extra effort. You must be willing to sacrifice your comfort zone to achieve your potential. You need to be willing to go the extra mile each and every day to achieve your goals. And without question, you MUST be willing to Become the person that you need to Become in order to do the things you want to do in life and have the things you want to have.

When faced with your next challenge, or when faced with the possibility of taking action or being complacent, remember Loral’s quote.

Enlist the help of others to help you reach your goals, and at the same time, be willing to take immediate action yourself to do what you are capable of doing in order to reach the top.

You were put here for a purpose, you are greater than you realize and your future will be filled with unlimited opportunities when you decide to become unstoppable.

Be Unstoppable!

Mike

Mike Mason, author of Unstoppable Success, is the Founder of Unstoppable Business Consulting, The Elite Training Center and the Clinic Director of The Chiropractic Care Center. He is considered one of the nation’s premier experts on business and motivation and lectures on success to sports and business groups. He is reported to be the future of business consulting.

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Nov
01

Personal Success: What’s Next?

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Tough Mudder, Wintergreen, Virginia
Tough Mudder, Wintergreen, Virginia

Recently my wife and I (along with my brother-in-law, mother-in-law and father-in-law) completed an event called the Tough Mudder.  It is a 10+ mile obstacle course with 26 different obstacles designed to challenge your courage and willingness to finish the race.

After 4 hours, we were able to complete the course with our entire team accounted for.  After having trained for several weeks prior to the event to make sure that we were physically prepared, the end of the race left only one question in my mind:  “What’s Next?”

What I have learned from some of the most successful people in the world is that they are never finished learning and growing.  As soon as successful people achieve a goal, the next thing they ask themselves is “What’s Next?”

So, immediately after the race was finished, we began planning the next event.  We checked the Tough Mudder off of our list (though we may do it again), and have already moved onto the next challenge.

If you think that you have reached the top in your field and that you have earned the right to become complacent, let me be the first to tell you that there’s always a higher level for which to strive.  The best athletes, the best students and the best businessmen know that there is always room for improvement.  As the saying goes, “If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse.”

Regardless of where you are in your life right now, you can begin this moment to control your own future by simply asking yourself “What’s Next?”  Once you have the answer to that question, begin to do something each and every day to move you closer to the acquisition of that goal.

You were put here for a purpose, you are greater than you realize and your future will be filled with unlimited opportunities when you decide to become unstoppable.

Be Unstoppable!

Mike

Mike Mason, author of Unstoppable Success, is the Founder of Unstoppable Business Consulting, The Elite Training Center and the Clinic Director of The Chiropractic Care Center.  He is considered one of the nation’s premier experts on business and motivation and lectures on success to sports and business groups.  He is reported to be the future of business consulting.

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Oct
13

Personal Success: What’s ahead?

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Sunset in Maui

Sunset in Maui: My picture of success

Your future or your past…  which is more important?

Your past has defined you up to this point.  All of things that have happened to you, all of the people that you have met and all of the decisions you have made have determined who you are right now.  And as we all know, try as we may, we can’t change the past.

Your future however, is unlimited!  If you don’t like what you do, who you have become or what you have, you can change things today by changing the same 3 things that have gotten you to this point.

If you don’t like what you do, then change your path by learning from your past mistakes.  You can do anything in the world that you want to do.  You are bound by nothing.  It doesn’t matter how long you have worked at the same job, how successful or unsuccessful you have been or what anyone else thinks about what you do.  If you aren’t happy, change your path by learning from your past experiences and making different decisions as you move forward.  Past events in your life don’t have to define you and what you do.  Instead, YOU define the past events by continuing with those things that helped your life and learning from/omitting those things that brought you down.

If you don’t like who you are, think about associating with different people.  Don’t be afraid to upgrade you friends.  If the people you are currently spending time with aren’t willing to change their own path and make the same progress that you hope for, then find new friends.  It’s as simple as that.  There are literally thousands of people wanting to become better people.  There are groups and businesses and churches and organizations completely dedicated to bringing people together that want to better themselves.  If you aren’t happy with the person you have become up to this point, change your associations and change your life.

If you don’t like what you have, then change your decisions.  The financial decisions you have made up to this point about how you make money and how you spend money have defined your current status.  If you are broke, guess what… your choices have stunk!  Doubling your income is a great goal for anyone, but if you don’t change your decisions, you will still spend too much and end up broke again.  Cutting your expenses would also be a great goal for anyone, but it you don’t change your ability to earn more money, inflation will pass you up and you will still end up broke.  If you want to have more of what life has to offer, then make different decisions about how you earn money and how you spend your money.

You can be, do and have more.  You deserve to be, do and have more.  You were meant to be, do and have more.

Change your decisions, evaluate the people you spend time with and make sure your are surrounding yourself with the right people and learn from your past to create the future you want.

You were put here for a purpose, you are greater than you realize and your future will be filled with unlimited opportunities when you decide to become unstoppable.

Be Unstoppable!

Mike

Mike Mason, author of Unstoppable Success, is the Founder of Unstoppable Business Consulting, The Elite Training Center and the Clinic Director of The Chiropractic Care Center.  He is considered one of the nation’s premier experts on business and motivation and lectures on success to sports and business groups.  He is reported to be the future of business consulting.

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What do these goldfish have to do with your success?

What do these goldfish have to do with your success?

Did you know that the size that a goldfish will grow to be is completely dependent upon the size of its bowl?

That’s right, if you take a goldfish and place it in a small container, the goldfish will remain small in order to keep from out-growing the container.  But, if you take the same goldfish and place it in a large pond, the goldfish will continue to grow and grow, knowing that it doesn’t have to worry about getting too big.

How big is your bowl right now?  Are you a big fish in a little pond, afraid to step out of your comfort zone and attempt something bigger?  Or are you willing to become a little fish in a big pond in which you can continue to grow and expand your life.

I’ve watched hundreds, if not thousands, of athletes over the years afraid to take the next step.  They are a big deal in their small town, but they are unwilling to take on the risk of stepping out of their comfort zone to take on bigger and better competition out of town or out of state.  So, they continue to hit their ceiling and never really see how much better they could actually be by surrounding themselves with even better competition.

In business, I have watched one business owner after another grow to a certain level and then stop.  They grow to a point where they have maximized their company’s growth with their current knowledge base.  What they fail to do is to step outside of their comfort zone and seek help from larger businesses outside of their immediate surroundings.    If you want to continue to grow your business, you need to realize that you do NOT already know everything there is to know, that there are most likely larger, more successful businesses in your field from which to learn from and that if you want to continually grow your business, you need to expand your learning opportunities in order to grow your own base of knowledge.

It’s a big world out there.

If you are willing to dive into the deep end of the pool now and then, you will find that you are capable of doing much more than you are currently doing.  The real key is to not be afraid of becoming a little fish in a big pond.  Surrounding yourself with more successful people and businesses is the only way that you will continue to grow.  And those big time people that are often called “Big Fish”… where do you think they started?

Every big fish was once a little fish in a big pond.  The little fish continued to learn and grow until eventually they became BIG.

Step out of your comfort zone.  Try something new.  Surround yourself with more successful people than you currently do.  Be willing to become a little fish in a big pond for a while.  Your continued growth requires that you continually expand your boundaries and expectations.  In short, jump into a larger bowl!

You were put here for a purpose, you are greater than you realize and your future will be filled with unlimited opportunities when you decide to become unstoppable.

Be Unstoppable!

Mike

Mike Mason, author of Unstoppable Success, is the Founder of Unstoppable Business Consulting, The Elite Training Center and the Clinic Director of The Chiropractic Care Center.  He is considered one of the nation’s premier experts on business and motivation and lectures on success to sports and business groups.  He is reported to be the future of business consulting.

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Rev. Nate Carr, Olympic Bronze Medalist

Rev. Nate Carr, Olympic Bronze Medalist

One of my favorite people in the world is my former coach Nate Carr.  As a former Olympic Bronze Medalist in wresting, Nate is a true inspiration to people worldwide, both as an athlete and a person.

One of the great lessons that I ever learned from Coach Carr was to “speak the end at the beginning.”  That is, to focus on where you are going and where you want to be instead of where you are currently.  Having been around some of the most successful people in the world, I can tell you that without exception, the ultra-successful spend the majority of their time thinking, speaking and focusing on where they are going.  Their energy is placed on things that will get them closer to what they want to do, what they want to have and who they want to be.

Brian Tracy refers to this as “back from the future thinking.”  Simply picture where you want your life to be in 5 years from now, and then work backwards to develop the plan that you will need to get there.  Break the 5 year plan into one-year increments and the one-year increments into short-term monthly goals.  Before you know it, you will have become the person that you want to be.  You will have the things you want to have.  You will be doing the things you want to do.

Regardless of how your life has turned out up to this point, you can change things in an instant.  And that instant can be right now.  Focus on where you would like to be in 5 years from now, then decide that you will do whatever it takes to get there.

And like I learned from Coach Carr years ago, have fun during the process.  If you want to be a champion, yet you are not one yet, begin to act and smile as though you are.  If you want to be wealthy, but you are currently broke, focus on the feeling you will have when you become rich.  If you want to have the perfect job or own the perfect business, but you are currently unemployed, focus on the joy and freedom that you will one day have when you are doing what you were always meant to do.

All of these things are easy to do when you have confidence in your future.   When you know where you are going.  When you make the decision that failure is not an option.  When you decide that you deserve success.  Regardless of where you are, consider today your new beginning.  5 years from now, when your life is perfect in every way, what will it look like? That is your end.  Now speak the end at the beginning and focus on where you are going.  Your future is now certain!

You were put here for a purpose, you are greater than you realize and your future will be filled with unlimited opportunities when you decide to become unstoppable.

Be Unstoppable!

Mike

Mike Mason, author of Unstoppable Success, is the Founder of Unstoppable Business Consulting, The Elite Training Center and the Clinic Director of The Chiropractic Care Center.  He is considered one of the nation’s premier experts on business and motivation and lectures on success to sports and business groups.  He is reported to be the future of business consulting.

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These in greater supply than you realize!  Read on to find out how you can get more of them.

These are in greater supply than you realize! Read on to find out how you can get more of them.

There’s more than enough money to go around.  The “Poverty Complex” is a term used to describe the feeling that there’s not enough money out there for you to earn, or that other people don’t have enough money to pay for your service or product.  It’s called a “complex” for a reason… because it’s not true.

The fact is that there is enough money floating around in our economy (yes, even in our current economy) for everyone to have their share of the money available.  The difference between those that continue to make money right now versus those that do not is simply their attitude about what’s available.

When I was first starting out in business, I went to every seminar that I could find.  And seeing as how I opened in the fall, I was extremely interested in determining how to spend my marketing dollars in the winter months in order to meet my overhead.  Unfortunately, the consensus from all of the “Gurus” in my field was that you should NOT advertise in the winter.  The reason being that a small business like mine could not compete with all of the larger companies when it came to Christmas-time advertising.

So, as instructed, I pulled all of my marketing through the winter.  And as you might expect, my business declined as I had a decrease in the number of new people coming to my clinic.

By the end of my first year, I began realize that if I were going to be successful, then I needed to have a continual stream of customers throughout the year.  This included the winter months.  So, I decided to try something different during the following winter months.  Instead of pulling all of my advertising, I actually increased my marketing efforts in the Christmas-time months.  And, as you might have expected, my business increased in new customers and profits.

You see, everyone else in my field was all drinking the same Kool-aid.  Everyone else listened to the gurus and removed their advertisements in the winter months as they advised.  When I decided that I was going to continue to attempt to grow my business throughout every single month in the year, including the winter months, I was faced with absolutely NO advertising competition in my field.  My thought process changed to focusing on the potential gains rather than the potential problems.

The same holds true when it comes to your finances.  The moment that you realize that money is always available to anyone that is willing to earn it, you will begin to have more of it.  If you listen to the media telling you that there are no jobs, no money and no hope, that’s exactly what you will get.

But when you realize that there are hundreds of thousands of people that are still making money hand-over-fist in this, and every other economy, you too can share in the action.  Stop listening to the downers and start living the life that you want.  Don’t ever let a poverty “complex” keep you from reaching your financial goals.

You were put here for a purpose, you are greater than you realize and your future will be filled with unlimited opportunities when you decide to become unstoppable.

Be Unstoppable!

Mike

Mike Mason, author of Unstoppable Success, is the Founder of Unstoppable Business Consulting, The Elite Training Center and the Clinic Director of The Chiropractic Care Center.  He is considered one of the nation’s premier experts on business and motivation and lectures on success to sports and business groups.  He is reported to be the future of business consulting.

 

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Sep
27

Athletic Success: Choose to Win

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Bryce Gainer

Bryce Gainer, 2-time State Finalist and Future State Champion

“If you don’t play to win, then why keep score.”

For the past several years there has been a movement to hold sporting events without keeping score.  The premise is that everyone should just enjoy playing the game, without any concern for who wins and who loses.

From my perspective, as a small child, I see nothing wrong with this approach.  It gives kids a healthy grasp on the game and allows every single child on the team to participate in the fun.

However, the movement has also been to have middle school and high school athletes follow the same approach.  They say you should just play the game or sport for a set period of time, without keeping score, then shake hands at the end for all of the fun you shared together.

The problem here is that it is not real life.

The goal of sports (and school) should be to prepare young people for real life.  And as you know, real life can be tough.  Business can be a dog-eat-dog proposition.  Applying for that job can be an extremely competitive event.  Unfortunately, especially in the current U.S. economy, companies don’t post a job opening for an open position and get a single applicant.  In many of the larger cities, a single job opening could account for one thousand applications.  And the one that gets the job will be the one they view as being the best candidate.  That’s right, the BEST candidate.

You must choose to win.  You must decide that you will do whatever it takes to be your best.  You must look develop a plan to defeat your competition.  There’s plenty of room for everyone to have success in something, so don’t be afraid to fight for what you want.  Let those that you defeat find success next time or in a different arena.  If you have worked hard enough to be the best and deserve victory, then why not go and take it?

The simple act of deciding that you will do whatever it takes to be your best will automatically put you ahead of 90% of everyone else because most people are not willing to make the commitment to excellence.  Most people are not willing to compete against you.  Most people are not willing to work hard enough to be the best.  And as a former coach once said, ” it’s a real blessing to winners that most people are unwilling to work hard enough to be the best.  They give us someone to consistently defeat.”

Choose to be your best.  Choose to work as hard as you need to in order to reach the top.  For one day, I believe as Rick Warren wrote in The Purpose Drive Life, that God will ask us:  What did you do with what I gave you?

Maximize your potential and choose to WIN!

You were put here for a purpose, you are greater than you realize and your future will be filled with unlimited opportunities when you decide to become unstoppable.

Be Unstoppable!

Mike

Mike Mason, author of Unstoppable Success, is the Founder of Unstoppable Business Consulting, The Elite Training Center and the Clinic Director of The Chiropractic Care Center.  He is considered one of the nation’s premier experts on business and motivation and lectures on success to sports and business groups.  He is reported to be the future of business consulting.

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Sep
26

Business Success: Over-deliver

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The Greenbrier Hotel. Over-delivering day after day in the hills of West VirginiaThe Greenbrier Hotel, tucked away in the hills of West Virginia, over-delivers to its guests day after day, year after year.

One of the key rules to succeeding in business is to “Under-promise and Over-deliver.”  Whether you own your own business or are employed by someone else, this principle rarely occurs without focused effort.

The two main aspects of the over-delivery process should occur around your clients’ 2 main concerns:  Time and Money.

If you think their product will take 4 days to get to them, tell them 6.  If you think it will take them 4 weeks to see the benefit of your product or service, tell them it will take 6.  If you think their visit to your office will take them 15 minutes, tell them 30.  If you think the benefits of the product or service will last for 4 months, tell them that it will last them 2 months.  Customers, clients and patients take what you say to heart.  Though you may just be making generalizations when you speak to them, they take every single thing you say literally.  Make it a habit to under-promise and over-deliver when it comes to the aspect of time when utilizing your business’ service or product.

Also do the same with the money aspect.  Give your customers, clients and patients more than they pay for.  Make it a habit to always go above and beyond to same them money and over-deliver on your customer service.  Though the habit of giving more than they pay for may cost you a little more initially, you will make it back many times over by creating loyal customers and people that want their friends, family members and colleagues to do business with you.

Remember to always put yourself in your customers’ place.  Would your service or product justify the price you charge for it?  Could it justify twice the price?  Would your service or product justify the time it would take to receive the benefits or the duration of those benefits?  Could it justify twice the price?

When your product could justify twice the fee that you currently charge, your business will begin to explode.  Everyone will know that you over-deliver when other do business with you.

You were put here for a purpose, you are greater than you realize and your future will be filled with unlimited opportunities when you decide to become unstoppable.

Be Unstoppable!

Mike

Mike Mason, author of Unstoppable Success, is the Founder of Unstoppable Business Consulting, The Elite Training Center and the Clinic Director of The Chiropractic Care Center.  He is considered one of the nation’s premier experts on business and motivation and lectures on success to sports and business groups.  He is reported to be the future of business consulting.

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Sep
26

Business Success: Permission Granted

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Permission Granted!

Having learned from some of the greatest athletes, teachers and business leaders in the world, I have found that all of them first gave themselves permission to succeed.  What I mean is, once they made up their minds to go after what they wanted, the opposition that they always thought would hold them back suddenly wasn’t there at all.

Think for a moment about someone that you admire.  Whether it is a professional athlete, a movie star, a successful businessman, an author, etc. … how do you think they got started?  Do you think that any of them started out at the top?  Do you think that there was a gatekeeper at the doorway to their success that decided whether or not they could be successful?  Do you think they needed someone else’s permission before they were willing to go for their dreams?

In case you don’t know the answer to these questions, let me respond for you by saying that ALL of them started out at the bottom of their field, NONE of them asked for permission to be successful and NONE of them allowed anyone else to determine whether or not they were allowed to proceed on their way to being who they wanted to be.

The same holds true for you.  You have already been given permission to succeed.  There’s no one that is going to come to your house, hold you by the hand and tell you exactly what you are supposed to do in life.  It’s up to YOU to decide who you want to be, what you want to do and what you want to have.  It really comes down to you just making a decision as to what you want, then taking daily measures to ensure that you get there.

If you’re anything like me, you can still remember going from grade school to high school.  Most everyone hears the hype from everyone else before entering that first day.  Stories about people getting shoved into lockers, the younger kids being constantly picked on and singled out by the older kids, the teachers being so much rougher on the students, and the list goes on and on.  But what happened when you finally got there?  Nothing!  There was no one waiting to shove you in a locker, the older kids in high school were the same older kids you were around in grade school and the teachers were exactly the same.

No one is going to stop you from going after your dreams.  At the same time, no one else is going to do it for you.  Make the decision right now that you will go after what you want and the person that you are supposed to be like your life depended on it.

And if you have been waiting on someone else to come along to give you the green light for achieving success, then let me be the first to say to you… “Permission Granted!”

You were put here for a purpose, you are greater than you realize and your future will be filled with unlimited opportunities when you decide to become unstoppable.

Be Unstoppable!

Mike

Mike Mason, author of Unstoppable Success, is the Founder of Unstoppable Business Consulting, The Elite Training Center and the Clinic Director of The Chiropractic Care Center.  He is considered one of the nation’s premier experts on business and motivation and lectures on success to sports and business groups.  He is reported to be the future of business consulting.

 

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