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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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Sep
19

Personal Success: Enough is Enough

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Success Coach Anthony Robbins

Anthony Robbins has studied and taught on the subject of motivation for decades now.  All of his research indicates that people will do more to avoid pain than to gain pleasure.

With this information now available to you, you need to start associating “good” with pain and “great” with pleasure.

“Good is the enemy of great.”
The first key to achieving your full potential is to accept nothing less than the absolute best for yourself and from yourself.  If you are not yet where you want to be, it’s time to say “Enough is Enough!”  Enough of just being OK.  Enough of having things that are just OK.  Enough of doing things OK.  Great is what you deserve to be, do and have.  Accept nothing less for and from yourself.
If you can tie the feeling of pain to being good and the feeling of pleasure to being great, you will have the stage set for an unstoppable future.
What I have found in applying this knowledge to my own life is that I must take the time to picture what being good looks like and immediately associate the feeling of pain.
I have done this so much that the thought of just being ok nearly makes me physically ill.  I have also worked to associate tremendous joy with being great at what I do.
By associating these feelings so intensely, I no longer have to think about whether I really want to be good or great.  Complacency is gone!  I will accept nothing less than “great” for myself.  And, the feeling of pain is so associated with being average that I will do almost anything to keep from just be “good.”
Start today with picturing exactly what you want to be, do and have in your life.  Begin to picture how you will feel when you accomplish these things. How will you feel when you ARE great?  How will you feel when you HAVE great things?  How will you feel when you are great at what you DO?
If the feelings associated with your wants are strong enough and the purpose behind your desires are to help others in the process, nothing will be impossible for 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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Our daughter The Dreamer

Our daughter The Dreamer

Children get it!  Each night in a child’s mind there are spectacular visions of what is possible.  But at some point in our youth, the dreaming stops and reality sets in.

But in the minds of the ultra-successful, the dreaming never stops.  The vision of what is possible is constant.

Don’t be afraid to dream.  If you don’t have a dream, it’s hard to turn your dream into a reality.  If you don’t have a vision for what is possible, though it may realistically seem impossible, there’s no way you’ll ever achieve it.  Walt Disney was quoted as saying “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”  Don’t worry about what others say is possible.  Don’t worry about your present reality.  The only thing that matters is the vision of your own possibilities. Don’t be afraid to dream great dreams.  Don’t be afraid to dream of a life that no one else has ever had.  Don’t be afraid to dream of doing something that no one else has done.  Don’t be afraid to dream of having something that no one else has ever had.

Greatness begins with dreams.  Athletic success begins with a dream.  Academic success begins with a dream.  Business success begins with a dream.  Leadership success begins with a dream.  Parenting success begins with a dream.  Financial success begins with a dream.  Everything great that mankind has ever accomplished began with a dream.

If you want to achieve success in your own life and in your own endeavors, you have to go back to dreaming.  Set aside some time each day to dream of the life that you want.  Dream of where you’ll be in 5 years from now.  Dream of where you’ll be in 20 years from now.  And once you have the dream in mind, focus on it daily and become the kind of person that you will need to be in order to achieve that dream.

You did it as a child, and it’s time to do it again!

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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Marathons are run one step at a time!

Marathons are run one step at a time!

Success does not have to be complicated.  When it comes right down to it, success in nearly every area of life is extremely simple.  Simple thoughts and simple actions that require frequency and consistency is all that it takes for you to be, do and have everything that you could ever possibly desire.

Want a great physique?  Everyone knows that the process of losing and/or maintaining your weight is a pretty simple concept.  You must burn more calories than you take in.  How do you do that?  With diet and exercise.  Everyone knows this, yet much of America is overweight.   The missing ingredient?  Frequency and consistency.

Most people can stick to a good diet or a good exercise program for a short period of time.  But most people eventually get out of the habit of maintaining their diets and exercise programs, leading them back to the same out-of-shape and overweight bodies that they had when they began.

Is becoming wealthy complicated?  Everyone knows that you should save a portion of every paycheck for the future.  Yet most of America is broke and living paycheck to paycheck.  The missing ingredient?  Frequency and consistency.  Most people will get excited about saving for a week or two and then stop the habit of setting aside part of the paycheck because the money doesn’t pile up as quickly as we would like.

As a health care provider, my own personal health is of utmost importance to me.  I feel that I must not only provide a great service to my patients, but I must also be an example to them.  I never want to ask my patients to do something that I am not willing to do myself.

With that in mind, I have actively participated in long-distance races over the past several years.  I have run 7 marathons (26.2 miles) over the past few years and continue to plan new races for the future.  If you were to ask any of my friends or family members about these races, they would all tell you that the most amazing part of my having completed these events is that I have never trained for a race.  When they say that, they mean that I have never focused on running extremely long distances prior to the race like most people must do in order to finish.

In reality, what they don’t see is that I’m never NOT training.  As part of my responsibility to remain a role model for my patients, I have decided to exercise every day.  I will typically workout at least 5-6 times every week and have done so for as long as I can remember.  So while it looks like I’m never training because I don’t change my exercise routine before running these races, the truth is that I don’t have to because I have chosen to always stay in decent shape.  Frequency and consistency!

If you will just decide on your major goals and choose to take simple daily action towards their completion, there will be no stopping you.  Take your most important goals, break them down into their most simplistic pieces and work to complete the simple pieces with frequency and consistency and you will soon find yourself moving much closer to your dreams.

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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Change your point of reference and you will change your life.

When I say “reference”, I am referring to whom or to what you are comparing yourself.

Are you rich?  Compared to whom?

Are you smart?  Compared to whom?

Are you intelligent?  Compared to whom?

Are you a hard worker?  Compared to whom?

Are you a good parent?  Compared to whom?

Each person has to define their own success in each individual area.  The easiest way for us to define success and to get a clear picture of success is to use the picture or example of someone else that is already doing what we hope to do.  But in order to avoid complacency, the simple task of changing your reference can change your life.

There’s a story about a group of businessmen that wanted to be successful in their businesses and in their finances.  They began to all hang out together until eventually they were all millionaires.  They continued in their normal ways, thinking they were big shots, until one day a billionaire joined their group.  Suddenly, they realized that there was a whole level of success that they had not yet envisioned.

Hang around with losers and sooner or later, you too will become a loser.  Hang around with winners and you can’t help but become a winner as well.

If you want to become a good parent, make friends with other good parents and do what they do.  Once you become a good parent, begin to use great parents as your new point of reference and work to become a great parent.

If you want to become debt-free, hang out with others that have already worked their way to a debt-free life.  And once you are debt-free, find a millionaire to emulate.  If you think and do what the millionaires do, you too will soon find your own way to a million dollars.

The key is to remember that there is always another level of success that can be yours if you choose to continually update and revise your focus.  Each time you reach a new level, strive for something even greater.  And in attempting something greater, always update and change your reference group if you ever hope to achieve your full potential.

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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