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What I have been up to Q1 2018

People are noticing!
Noticing that I have not posted on this site in a couple months.

Yes I am still around! Kicking butt and taking names.
I have been working hard to make my 2018 Vision be, and continue to be, a reality.

How’s it going so far? Nailing It!

Lets go through the four vision statements…

Vision: Become a topnotch, well respected communicator and coach

To date I have completed/am currently doing:

Speaking Engagements 2
Masterminds 3
Coaching Coaching: 27 sessions with 6 clients for 41+ hours!

Just today in fact I spoke for Simply Beautiful Tiny Homes LLC during a Real Estate Investors Association of Washington training day on Team Building and Communication.

There is a lot more coming down the line too! For example, I currently have 528 mastermind sessions planned with clients. Some of those sessions are part of a year long daily growth session.

Vision: Let my money make me money, not me making money

This is my second most actively worked vision, after the next vision which involves my relationship with my wife.

To date I am actively working with startups (new businesses) in the following categories:

In planning phase 2
Pre-launch 1
Self-sustaining 2

Vision: Build an ever improving relationship with my wife that others coming behind can model after

This is the most exciting vision for results!

Alix and I have been growing together exponentially. The last two years have been very busy for us personally and combined. As you can see from above I have a lot going on, so does Alix. She is currently working as a NICU nurse, finishing a Masters in Nursing Education, and running her own clothing business.

At the beginning of the year we read the book How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It. In the book, the authors share the differences between men and women and how we relate to our environment and each other. It walks the reader through the physiological and phycological differences between men and women and provides clear examples on how a situation affects each sex with proven scientific research. This book has opened our eyes to truly be able to see from the other persons perspective and quickly reestablish connection. I 100% believe every dating and married couple should read this book.  If you have not read it already please please please make it top on your list to get a copy and read it. I would love to hear how it changes your life. Drop me a message on the contact form and lets chat!

Vision: Live a slow paced life

Though it may not sound like it from the above I am actually accomplishing this vision too! Sure I have a lot on my plate but it is on my schedule. I have been using Pareto’s 80/20 Rule to analyze and aggressively cut out activities that fall into the 80% category. This has resulted in a much calmer, more peaceful state of being. It has allowed me to expend more time and dedicated energy in communing with Alix and close friends, as well as dialing in the areas of my life that move me towards my goals. As a bonus, I have been able to read again. I set a goal of 80 books this year and as of this writing have finished 18!

Life is good!
I expect it only to continue getting better!

2018 Vision

Q1 Update

I am not a fan of the “new year commitment”. While it may be well intended, the new years commitment is just one more item on your todo list. One more thing to work into an already busy schedule. One more thing to force yourself to do. This year I am creating a vision. Visions create passion and excitement. A vision creates a trajectory and provides momentum that can lead you to achieve far more than a goal will. Goals are stopping points, visions create life long growth. I want to be a known as a person who is constantly growing and chasing a vision.

In 2017 I started laying a foundation for life long growth. In 2018 I want to begin to shape that growth into a long term vision and start taking the steps necessary to get there.

Vision: Become a topnotch, well respected communicator and coach

One of my greatest joys is seeing someone have an “ah-ha!” moment, that lightbulb that goes on when they realize they can be and do more than they thought before. I am passionate about helping people find and reach their potential. In 2017 I became a certified speaker, teacher, and coach through the John Maxwell Team. Already a natural leader, teacher, and encourager, I wanted to take my ability to help people to the next level. My vision is to expand my audience beyond my current job and industry, to impact individuals, hospitals, businesses, and organizations in a truly transformative way. To leave each day behind having added value to everyone I came into contact with.

Vision: Let my money make me money, not me making money

Time is precious and the older I get the more precious it becomes. Time is the only true currency that exists. Once it is gone it is gone. I want to spend more time investing in my family and close friends. More time helping others see their potential. More time transforming others from a poverty mindset to an abundance mindset. In order to do that I need to spend less time making money myself and more time focusing on how my money can make me more money. By studying wealthy people I have found that the best way for money to make more money is by investing in real estate and businesses. I was already on this path, however there was no vision. The vision gives clarity and a focused why statement that provides motivation. This vision will lead me to invest more heavily in businesses and real estate for myself.

Vision: Build an ever improving relationship with my wife that others coming behind can model after

Life is hard to navigate, relationships are harder. Finding someone who has been there already who you can follow is an invaluable resource. Along with my dream to add value to everyone around me, I want to be a relationship model everyone can emulate. No marriage is perfect, and that is the beauty of marriage. Anyone can have a good marriage in good times, but it is when the going gets tough that the quality of the relationship really shines through. I want my struggles and achievements to provide hope, inspiration, and a path to follow for all the other couples out there.

Vision: Live a slow paced life

Our society has a go-go-go mentality. Technology, fast food, kids school activities, work following you home, are all contributors to the idea that our schedule should always be full. Start one thing and then go start the next thing. No time in between to breathe. We have a belief that if we are busy we are productive but really all being busy means is that you are busy. Slowing down and creating space in life allows you to spend time thinking and reflecting. I have heard it said that even one minute of reflective thinking is worth an hour of activity. I want to slow life down so I can relax and enjoy it more as well as making the times I am busy truly more effective and productive. I want to be able to think and reflect more to enhance my relationships and all aspects of life.

2017 Email Stats

Continuing the tradition of posting a yearly (ok I skipped 2016) count of email stats, here are the numbers from this year. These numbers reflect only the emails from my personal email account after being filtered for spam.

Interestingly the sent number this year is identical to the number sent in 2015. I also have a near zero inbox this year!

Sent: 569
Received: 4195
Unread: 40

Visual representation of email since 2009

Books I read in 2017

love reading! When most of my peers were struggling learning to read simple words I was reading full novels, such as the Hardy Boys. By the time I was 10 years old (maybe earlier, my parents might remember) I had amassed a library that covered one entire wall of my bedroom. I noticed that as time has passed there are more demands on my attention and reading books has slowly fallen away. In fact in all of 2016 I did not read a single book! That needed to change. For 2017 I set what I thought at the time was an ambitious goal:

Read a minimum of two books per month; one for education and one for pleasure.

Once I got rolling I blew that goal right out of the water with 45 books!
I want to see if I can nearly double that number to 80 books in 2018.
January
– Piranha by Clive Cussler
– Millionaire Real Estate Investor by Gary Keller
– How’s your soul by Judah Smith
– American Assasin by Vince Flynn
February 
– Vision Blockers by dr Eric Scroggins
– Marine Diesel Mechanics by Nigel Calder
March
– Presidents Shadow by Brad Meltzer. Poorly written
– Emperors’ Revenge by Clive Cussler
– How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
– The Book on Rental Property Investing by Brandon Turner
– Be a People Person by John C Maxwell
April
– Seven habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey
– How to build a website by Greg Rickaby
– *Do not recall the title :(*
May
– Sea Trials by Wendy Hinman
– 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
– The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020
– Tightwads on the Loose by Wendy Hinman
June
– I would like to inform you that tomorrow we will die with our families
– 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C Maxwell
July
– 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C Maxwell *Yes I read it twice!
– JMT training materials
August
– JMT training materials
– 15 Laws of Growth by John C Maxwell
September
– 15 Laws of Growth
– JMT coach training resources
October
– Start with Why – Simon Sinek
– Good Leaders ask Great Questions – John Maxwell
– JMT Coach Training
– The White Mountains by John Christopher
– The City of Gold and Lead by John Christophero
– The Pool of Fire by John Christopher
November
– Extreme Ownership
– Structuring Zero Down Deals with Joe Crump. *Poorly written. Tries to write from the buyer and seller perspective at the same time. Only about lease to own contracts.
– The Bootstrap VA by Lisa Morosky
– 7 Years to 7 Figure Wealth by Brandon Turner
– Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
– How to create your ultimate mastermind team by  Liz Seda & Scott insmore
– Return of Tarzan
– The beasts of Tarzan
December
– Put your dream to the test – John Maxwell
– Son of Tarzan
– The lean startup
– Acres of Diamonds by Russel Conwell
– The Personal MBA

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