Advice That Every Entrepreneur Needs to Be Successful

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The Key to Entrepreneurship that Only Successful People Understand

When most people imagine themselves becoming entrepreneurs, they think of living with complete freedom without the burden of having a job. Well, those people are right. Being an entrepreneur means that you can work whenever you want for as long as you want. However, entrepreneurship isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, because, without discipline, your business will ultimately fail.
Discipline is an extremely important factor which will determine success in just about any area of your life. Without it, your goals, dreams, and aspirations with never be realized. Even when building a business that you are passionate about, there will be times that you just don’t like working. What people don’t tell you is that you won’t feel like working more often than not, no matter how motivated you are. It takes a lot of energy to get started on something that takes effort, and to consistently activate that energy takes discipline. For more information on how to get started as an entrepreneur, check out How to Start: A Call to Action for Entrepreneurs.
So how do we cultivate discipline? First, we must commit to a goal. Get clear on what you want and decide that you will do whatever it takes to accomplish it. Put this commitment in writing, and for bonus points, review this commitment every morning.
Next, you have to find a way to break the overcome procrastination and take action when you don’t feel like it. The truth is, you’re never going to feel like it, so you have to find a way to push through your emotions and just take action. I do this with a method called the 5-second rule. Here’s how it works.
Notice a thought or instinct to take action on something that aligns with your goal.
Become aware of the doubts and excuses your mind automatically generates such as, “I’ll start fresh tomorrow morning” or, “I’ll just watch one more episode/video.”
Count 5 4 3 2 1, and immediately move your body into action.
As simple as this method is, it works. For more on the 5-second rule and overcoming procrastination, check out 3 Tips to Overcome Procrastination and Get Shit Done.
Let me know how this article was helpful to you in the replies. If you thought this was valuable, please hit that heart button and follow me more posts like this. If you’re wondering who I am, my name is David Miller and I help entrepreneurs overcome procrastination and create the business and lifestyle of your dreams. If you’re an entrepreneur who struggles with procrastination, take advantage of a free, 60-minute, over-the-phone coaching session with me here. Also, feel free to contact me if there’s anything I can do help you at david@davidmillercoaching.com. Thank you for reading!

How to Get Your Shit Together Without Feeling Overwhelmed

joshua-earle-234735If you’re anything like me, you have spectacular ambitions. You want to create your ideal life, but it seems like there are so many changes to make, and so many tasks to complete that you feel overwhelmed. And, when you feel overwhelmed, you tend to procrastinate and slip into a spiral of laziness. If this sounds like you, you know that this pattern is one of the most disappointing experiences of your life, especially if this happens all the time. In this article, I will explain how you can go after your biggest goals without feeling overwhelmed, and therefore without going into procrastination mode.

Tip #1: Give yourself some space

It’s 2017. Chances are, you are virtually attached to your phone. Most people check their phone first thing in the morning, and about half of people check it in the middle of the night! Consider, for a minute, that the notifications you’re constantly receiving might actually be cluttering your mind and causing you to feel overwhelmed.

When we check our phones first thing in the morning, we are being fed information by our notifications before we even have a chance to check in with ourselves. While we sleep, our subconscious minds are still very active, so if you pay attention, you’ll actually wake up with deep new insights. However, when we check our phones, our notifications suddenly become more important than our independent thoughts. What I’m suggesting is, wake up and give yourself 15-30 minutes every morning before checking your phone. Even better, sleep with your phone in another room and don’t check it until after you’ve taken some time for yourself (you might have to find another alarm, I use Google Home).

During these 15–30 minutes, you can pretty much do anything, although I highly suggest it doesn’t involve a screen. Maybe, for you, that’s sitting on your porch swing and enjoying a cup of coffee while remaining present. Or, maybe it’s going for a walk, doing some yoga, or meditating. And it doesn’t have to be the same thing every day, so feel free to mix it up. During this time, figure out the most important things that you can do today. If you prefer, you can also figure this out the night before. Either way, taking some time for yourself each morning without constant stimulation is a sure way reduce mental clutter, increase productivity, and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed. Try it and let me know what you think.

Tip #2: Shut it down

Don’t worry, I’m not talking about your phone again. I’m talking about you. If you can work from sunrise to sunset without burning out, that’s truly incredible. For the other 99.9% of us, we have to take a break or we will feel overwhelmed and start to procrastinate (If you struggle with procrastination check out 3 Tips to Overcome Procrastination and Get Shit Done). This part takes some self-awareness and some true honesty. Decide how long you can work each day, on a consistent basis, without burning out. Maybe you can work until 3, 5, or 8 P.M. I don’t know, only you could answer this question. And feel free to adjust the timing as you start to figure out.

So here’s how your day will look. You’ll wake up, take 15–30 minutes for yourself without any screens or other distractions. You decide what the most important tasks you can work on today are, and you start working. If you want to start a business but you have barely started, and the thought of starting is overwhelming, make you check out How to Start: A Call To Action for Entrepreneurs. Feel free to take a lunch break and maybe even a stretch break every one to two hours. Just make sure you set a time limit for your breaks so you remember to come back to your work. Once you’ve reached your “finishing time”, stop working and do whatever you want. I like to watch Youtube Videos, play sports, hang out with friends, or watch the Cleveland Indians. Whatever you enjoy, give yourself permission to do it. Too many of us spend all of our time believing that we “should” be doing something productive and feeling guilty whenever we take the time to have fun. It’s no wonder why so many people feel overwhelmed! Give yourself a break.

The key here is to find an ideal balance between working hard and relaxing. So, try this, and please let me know what you think. If this was valuable to you, please hit that share and follow me more posts coming soon. If you’re wondering who I am, my name is David Miller and I help entrepreneurs overcome procrastination and create the business and lifestyle of their dreams. I am a certified professional coach and right now, I’m giving away free sessions to the first ten people who contact me. To schedule your free coaching call, click here. If there’s anything I can do to help you on your journey, or if you have any questions for me, please email me at david@davidmillercaoching.com. Thanks for reading!

What I Learned About Success By Becoming a Life Coach

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Two years ago, I decided to become a certified life coach. I figured it would be an amazing way to live my passion of helping people live extraordinary lives. However, I didn’t yet understand that this decision would radically transform nearly every aspect of my life. Becoming a life coach has taught me a lot of valuable lessons. Here are my most powerful insights.

1. The Only Thing in the way of Success is Ourselves

When most people come up with reasons why they don’t succeed, they usually state a reason outside of themselves, such as, “I didn’t have enough time”, “I didn’t have enough money”, “the diet didn’t work”. After all, it feels a little better if you know that your failure wasn’t actually your fault. Well, guess what, it was your fault because all of these reasons are complete crap. If you don’t have enough time, that’s on you. It just means that you didn’t make your goal a priority. If you didn’t have enough money, you could have cut back on some unimportant expenses to create capital for the project that was important to you.

Of course, we can’t change the past, and this article is about moving forward. The bottom line is you need to start taking responsibility for your results. Realize that 99% of the time, what’s stopping you from achieving your goals is not some external circumstance, but an internal block. These internal blocks come in four forms:

Inner Doubt

Assumptions based on the past

Interpretations of what circumstances mean

Limiting beliefs about the world

Discovering and moving past these inner blocks takes some deep introspection and honesty or perhaps some help from a professional coach.

2.Your Subconscious Mind is far More Powerful Than You can Imagine

Have you ever experienced the difficulty of completely breaking your pattern? For, example, have you ever not worked out for three months and then out of the blue you just go to the gym? Whether you have or not, you probably know what a challenging feat this is (not just working out, but anything new you want to try.) This is because 95% of the time, you are pretty much on auto-pilot. To break out of your everyday patterns requires something called “activation energy”. I like to think of this as a fancy name for willpower. Nevertheless, it remains difficult to deploy this energy because our minds are designed to run on auto-pilot.

Have you ever tried to convince yourself do to something to something aligned with your goals after you’ve already decided on instant gratification? For example, if you want to eat healthy food, you might pick up a piece of candy, but at the last second you say “I shouldn’t eat this.” But, then, your doubts start to creep in. You might start to say to yourself, “just this one piece of candy won’t hurt” or, “it’s gonna be so delicious, I’ll give in just one last time”. The only problem is, these destructive patterns take over by default more often than not. Once you fall into one of these patterns, it’s nearly impossible to get out.

That’s why you have to break these patterns before they take over. You can do this by using the five-second rule. When you notice yourself starting to fall into a destructive pattern, count “5 4 3 2 1”, and immediately move your body into action. For more on the 5-second rule, click here.

3. Taking Responsibility for your Environment is Vital for Success

This point relates to my first insight, but it has one key distinction. Blaming aspects of your environment for your failure is one of the most common excuses out there. The main difference with this insight is that although there’s a lot of people who take responsibility for their actions, almost nobody takes responsibility for their environment. If you do this, you will be a huge step ahead of almost everybody.

But why is taking responsibility for your environment so important? Can’t you just take responsibility for your actions? Well, the truth is, at least to some degree, you are the product of your environment. Your environment plays a huge role in whether or not you will achieve your goals.

To illustrate this, let’s pretend you have a goal to eat healthier. Now imagine your pantry and fridge are stocked with nothing but fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. It seems very likely that you would achieve your goal. Now let’s pretend you have the same goal, only this time, there are potato chips, powdered doughnuts, candy dishes, and Cheetos perpetually sitting out on your counter in plain site. Your chances of succeeding are slim to none! Sure, it’s possible to see the junk food sitting in front of you 30 times a day and will your way into not eating it, but it’s just not practical. You may live with someone else, and none of that junk food is your’s, but still, allowing it to sit in plain site is pretty much setting yourself up for failure.

That’s what it means to take real responsibility. So think about your goals. What factors of your environment will help you achieve your goals? Maybe it’s time to start spending time with different people, go out into nature more, or even do something as simple as keeping your phone in the other room when you’re trying to work.

Let me know what part of this article was the most helpful to you in the comments. If you thought this was valuable, please share! If you’re wondering who I am, my name is David Miller and I help entrepreneurs overcome procrastination and create the business and lifestyle of your dreams. If you’re an entrepreneur who struggles with procrastination, take advantage of a free, 60-minute, over-the-phone coaching session with me here. Also, feel free to contact me if there’s anything I can do help you at david@davidmillercoaching.com Thank you for reading!

How to Start: A Call to Action for Entrepreneurs

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If you’re like 99% of the population, your mind is constantly being flooded with fantastic ideas about how to change your life and revolutionize your business. The thing is, your ideas aren’t the problem. Your lack of action is the problem. In this article, my goal is to get you off your ass and explain how you can get started creating a business that you’re passionate about. I’ve broken it down into 3 simple steps that you can follow.

Step #1: Get Clear

When we don’t know what we need to be doing, it becomes a whole lot easier to procrastinate. We can sit around the house all day and come up with ideas and introspect about successful business philosophy, but the fact of the matter is, we need to take concrete steps to actually make something happen!

You may already have a vision for your business, and that’s great, but you always need to know the very next step if you want to turn your vision into reality. This is how you do it:

  1. Visualize the business you want. Your plan will be a bit worthless if you ultimately have no idea where it leads to.
  2. Figure out the essential components you need to have in place in order to realize your vision. This might include things like: a professional website, business cards, a blog, or a youtube channel. Don’t overthink this.
  3. Decide what the absolute first step is to bring one of these components into reality. Ex.) purchase a domain, hire a website developer, learn WordPress, etc. Again…don’t over think this.

By now you should have a very clear first step that will move you closer to your dream business.

Step #2: Stop Trying To Convince Yourself to Act and Just Do it

I know, “Just Do It”. Can it get any more cliche than this? Probably not, but here’s the thing. You will never feel like doing it. If you wait till you feel like taking the first step, it’ll never happen. Our brains are designed to prevent us from trying new things because uncertainty means danger to the primitive brain. So to take action, you literally have to force yourself. Trying to convince your brain to do something you don’t want to do is like trying to convince a six-year-old to eat their least favorite vegetable. They never will! But notice, if a child is forced to eat vegetables by his parents, he usually will. In a severely oversimplified metaphor, we are that child, and we must practice self-discipline in order to get the results that we want in life.

Another tip is to use the 5-second rule, created by Mel Robbins. I won’t go into the details now, but definitely check it out in 3 Tips to Overcome Procrastination and Get Shit Done.

Step #3: Create Lasting Motivation

Taking action one time is a good start, but real results come from consistent action over time. Consistent action comes from creating lasting motivation. Notice, I wrote creating. We can’t rely on motivation to just strike us out the blue and expect ourselves to create results consistently. The truth is, motivation comes and goes naturally. Fortunately, we can leverage the psychology of motivation and take responsibility for how motivated we feel on a consistent basis.

Motivation comes from emotion, not logic. For this reason, we must connect to our vision and truly feel what it would be like to achieve our goal, not just once, but every day. For more on how to create lasting motivation, check this out: Click here to check out the article.

I hope you’ve gained value from this article. More importantly, I hope I’ve inspired you to get off your ass and do something that will move you toward your dream business. If there’s anything I can do to assist you, I would be more than happy to help. If you’re wondering who I am, my name is David Miller and I help entrepreneurs overcome procrastination and create the business and lifestyle of their dreams. If there’s anything I can do for you, feel free to email me at david@davidmillercoaching.com. Also, I’m currently offering a free over-the-phone coaching session here.

3 Tips to Overcome Procrastination and Get Shit Done

Let’s be real. There’s a good chance that you’re procrastinating right now by reading this article. I mean, let’s face it, you know you should be getting work done, cleaning, working out, and checking off your to-do list, but instead, you’re stuck waist deep in this abyss we call the internet reading a random article about procrastination.

Does this seem like a common theme in your life? I know it was for me. In fact, I used to spend weeks at a time watching T.V. and pointless Youtube videos. My to-do list would grow until I felt like I had so many responsibilities that I didn’t even know how or where to begin. This pattern of constantly feeling overwhelmed and procrastinating took a major toll on my life, affecting not only the results I was getting but also my emotional well-being. In this post, I’ll explain how I have overcome procrastination by understanding its essence and applying a few tips that have helped spring me into action.

What is Procrastination and Why do we do it?

Procrastination is avoiding something that we don’t want to do, even though it’s in our best interest. But why would we do this? That doesn’t make logical sense. That’s because the decisions we make are not driven by logic and reason (although these do matter), but rather by emotion. More specifically, at the root of all emotions are pain and pleasure. These are the two forces that determine every decision we make.

Every person has a constant subconscious goal to seek out pleasure and avoid pain. This is due to a basic survival mechanism in the brain. We avoid uncomfortable situations and gravitate toward enjoyable ones.

The reason these forces don’t align with your conscious goals is because pain and pleasure in the future don’t seem nearly as real as pain and pleasure in the present. This is the core reason that we still eat cookies and potato chips even though we know they will make us fat, for example. If you’re someone who often gives into junk food cravings, what feels more real: the pain of being overweight at some point in the future, or the ultimate pleasure of the delicious, wonderful Krispy Kreme doughnut staring you in the face? I’m confident that if you’re honest with yourself, the pleasure feels more real to you. And if you never give into cravings, I would bet that the opposite is true.

I know how it feels to be stuck in this conundrum. The shame, discouragement, and disappointment from giving into your impulses are depressing, and nobody wants to live that way. Luckily there’s a silver lining.

Tip #1: Get Leverage

So many people make the mistake of thinking that following through on their intentions just requires more willpower. Although willpower can be useful, it’s just not sustainable. Think about it. When’s the last time you willed yourself to do something you didn’t want to do every day for a year? Probably never. It turns out that the best way to make a meaningful change in your life is to actually change what you link pain and pleasure to.

This might sound too good to be true. Can we really start to enjoy things like working and exercising and stop enjoying our guilty pleasures? Amazingly, yes! It’s a process known as Neuro-Associative Conditioning, or NAC for short.

Here’s how it works:

First, write down the action you want to take more consistently. Then, make a list of all the things you have to gain by taking this action. Go deep on this list. Rather than only writing the direct results of this action, write how it will affect other areas of your life, and most importantly, how you will feel. Here’s a few guiding question to help you make this list:

  • How will this make me feel?
  • How will this affect my self-esteem?
  • How will this affect my relationships?
  • How will this affect my motivation?
  • How will this affect my business?

The list goes on, but the important thing is that you make this list as meaningful as possible to you. Associate as much pleasure to taking this action as humanly possible. The longer and more detailed your list, the better.

Next, make a list of what it is costing you to not take this action (or procrastinate). This time, your goal is to associate as much pain to not taking this action as you can. This list should be just as meaningful and deep as your first one (bonus points if your feel disgusted while writing it).

When you’re done with this list, read it over. If you’ve done this right, you should already have a ton of leverage, and you’ll be itching to make a change.

Next, let’s take it to the next level. Close your eyes, get comfortable, and center yourself, cause you’re about to do a visualization. Start off with the costs of not taking the action. Don’t just think about the costs, but feel them, and picture the details vividly. Use the list you made in the previous step as fuel (just use what you remember so you can keep your eyes closed). After a few minutes, move on to how this will affect you in 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years (one at a time). This must feel as real as possible. You’ll know the process is working if this visualization becomes extremely painful. You may even notice you body language change. This is a good sign. After five to ten minutes, open your eyes. Take a few deep breaths and come back to the present. Will this be fun? Probably not. If you do this right, this visualization will be extremely painful, but don’t worry, the fun part comes next.

As you’ve probably guessed, the next step is to visualize the benefits of taking your new action. Follow the same process as the negative visualization, and really get lost in the joy of your fantasy.

After this, the hard part is over, and you’ll probably already be extremely motivated to make a change.

Step #2: Break Your Pattern

Dozens of times each day, we feel the instinct to act on something that we know would benefit us. You know, that feeling you get when the alarm clock goes off and you know you should get up, or that voice buried deep inside of you that says “You should go to the gym today.” Regardless of whether or not you act on these instincts, you probably know what I’m talking about. These little reminders come up all the time, however, you can quickly start to fall into a pattern of self-doubt by making excuses for why you shouldn’t act on that instinct. You know, when you say to yourself, “I’ll hit the snooze button just one time and then I’ll wake up” or, “I’m tired today. I’ll start going to the gym tomorrow.”

When you fall into these patterns of thinking, you become a victim of your own psychology. As I mentioned before, your brain is wired to seek out pleasure and to avoid pain, and you create excuses to avoid doing something uncomfortable because it will lead to pain. That’s what happens when you overthink and end up procrastinating. Fortunately, there’s an incredible hack to break this pattern of procrastination and self-doubt and start a new pattern of taking action and building self-confidence.

Invented by bestselling author and speaker, Mel Robbins, I bring you the Five-Second Rule. Here’s how it works:

  1. You get an instinct to act on something that aligns with your goals and values.
  2. You notice that you are hesitating on the action.
  3. You count- 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… and immediately move your body into action.

That’s it! It’s really that simple. Counting down from 5 and moving your body into action is enough to break your pattern of overthinking and get you into action. It’s important to be pulled by your “why” but even when you have every reason in the world to do something, sometimes, you still won’t feel like it. In that case, you just have to push through. Using the five-second rule takes courage. Ignoring your own doubts and fears is extremely challenging which is why you have to interrupt your pattern with the five-second rule before those doubts, fears, and desires for instant gratification paralyze you.

Tip #3: Forgive Yourself and Commit to Your Goal

Committing to a goal can be terrifying. After all, how many times have you committed to a goal in your past, just to end up disappointing yourself? If you’re anything like me, that number far too many to remember. Luckily, the past does not equal the future. To move forward, you must forgive yourself of all of the times you’ve procrastinated and failed to follow through. If you don’t, you’ll carry that doubt and disappointment into the future, and it will hold you back for the rest of your life. So find it in your heart to forgive yourself. You’re worth it.

To commit means to cut off all possibilities other than the goal you have decided on. If you come up with an excuse, however valid it may seem, you are not committed. Commitment means that you will do whatever it takes to achieve your goal, no matter what.

Committing to a goal by writing it down not only increases your chances of following through but also makes the entire process a whole lot easier. Usually, when you make a decision, you subconsciously (or consciously) weigh the emotional pros and cons based on how you feel. I hate to break it to you, but 99% of the time, you’re not going to feel like taking action. If you are committed, however, you don’t even have to think about it. If what you’re about to do is already set in stone, you just act, no thinking involved. You see, thinking is what allows doubt and fear to creep in and grab ahold of us. When you act on a goal before you think, you become unstoppable.

Another point is to commit to reviewing your “why” list daily in order to keep your subconscious mind moving toward your goal constantly.

If you combine these three tips along with some determination and persistence, you will become extremely productive and achieve goals that used to seem like distant, insurmountable dreams. I hope you have the courage to act on these three simple tips, rather than just moving on with your life, like we do so often. Let me know what you thought of this article in the comments below. This is my first article I’ve ever written and I would really appreciate some feedback. Also, what tips have helped you overcome procrastination?

If you’re wondering who I am, my name is David Miller and I help entrepreneurs, who struggle with procrastination, take action to create the business and lifestyle of their dreams. I am a Certified Professional Coach and I’ve been coaching since 2015. For a limited time, I’m offering a FREE, over the phone life coaching session. Just click this link to get your free session now!

Thanks for reading!