Set Yourself A Challenge
When was the last time you set yourself a challenge, one that was actually hard-as-fuck to achieve, and would involve a little bit of blood, sweat, tears, or a degree of sacrifice?
For me, its been a little while.
Which is why a few weeks ago I got together a group of 5 folks (yours truly included) for an informal FB group – no cash, just people who are all at about the same level of biz, but in different niches and with different skills.
One of the group suggested we have a weekly challenge and I thought this was a great idea.
Some of us set financial goals…
Some of us set creative goals…
I have 1 week to write 10,000 words.
So today is gone – I now have to write around 1750-2000 words a day.
IS the world going to end if I don’t?
Is it balls?
But I know that each one of us IS holding the other accountable – its why I made the EXTRA accountability group for ‘Espresso With Dan’ as social accountability is SO important.
That, and I think its beyond easy to coast.
People are always looking for the lazy way out.
‘boo hoo this work is too hard’
You are a lazy fuck.
Hard work builds ‘backbone’ – every successful person I have met has gone thought phases of intense graft.
Is it forever?
But it IS a competent of every successful person I know
Hence this little challenge 🙂
I already have enough on my plate, with family duties, PLAT delivery, Espresso commitments, meetings, Live Streams, webinars, coaching, a 3 a day training split (yeah fuck me right), my own coaching (3 x copy coaching, a funnel building course and mindset work), journaling…
So why the fuck not throw in an arbitrary fucking hard deadline and commitment as well eh?
I work best under pressure, and the above is merely keeping me at ‘lightly stressed’
Lets see how much I can take eh?
After all its not forever – but it IS important as it builds character, resilience, mental toughness and If I do it right (in this instance) I’ll have a book at the end of it.
Not bad actually challenging yourself time to time eh?
Whats your take in it?
Are you a steady plodder?
Or do you like periods of being chill then going ‘balls/ovaries to the wall’
For me its the latter.
But whatever the ‘cut of your job’ is?
Why not pick something challenging, make it harder, give it a deadline (crucial) make a public declaration (also crucial ) and see what you can make happen….
I dare ya 😉read more
An Honest And Solid Advice
16 points to making it online – the concept of ‘You, Inc’
Now as my brain is somewhat Swiss cheesed due to all the lack of sleep….this is a great article I saved from Victor Pride who runs bold and determined blog.
Now he does have a polarising style of writing, but if you can look at the content?
The honesty and advice is solid.
Like seriously good!
***Daily Dose Of Dan*** (a success checklist – what’s your score?)
This weekend – if nothing else – has made me realise that limiting beliefs are a bitch.
There are people I have hung out with who simply got out of their own fucking way, committed to getting shit done and didn’t really let anyone tell them they couldn’t do it.
I thought would be fun to give you a checklist of key traits and observations I’ve made from the successful ladies and gents at BBW.
See how many you have?
– have a mentor or coach
– do what they said they would do
– always open to ask for help
– passionate about what they are doing
– multiple failures
– masters of ROR – Return On Relationships
– natural networkers, not forced at all (social)
– playing a long game and willing to lose $ for a greater good
– part of multiple masterminds, groups, networks
– adds value before asks for anything though
– open to change: not fixed mindset
– mastery of their own mindset
– a little bit fucking odd 😉
– filthy bastards too!read more
Because It’s Friday
Today, is THE best day to make good shit happen – I’m talking sales, networking, connections, pitches, problem solving.
Alas, my week is a 7-day affair, but since we have been indoctrinated since school that we ‘work’ M-F, with weekends off -its hard to shake
And that’s a good thing!
Its early morning here in Utah (currently lamented my arse after the ski-tastrophie that is Dan) but fear not my British chums, you still have a LOT of time let
Some of my best sales calls and pitches have been done in the afternoon/early evening
Why make it hard for yourself?
Use human psychology!
People are in a good mood (because its friday and the weekend is near)
And what are people in a good mood like?
Well they are more likely to buy, more likely to invest, more likely to handle shit (so if you fucked up something, might be a good idea to catch them when they are thinking about gin ‘o’ clock eh)
Same with connecting with people
Many are starting to wind down, and the idea of having a call or IM conversation still kinda-feels-like-work-ish so now would be a good idea to reach out to some folks you might want to connect with don’t you think?
DONT pitch if you haven’t met/connected with them
Be authentic (as in have a genuine reason to connect)
So today, if you have:
– pitches outstanding
– sales calls to do
– issues you need to fix
– people you want to connect with
Let us know how it goes?
Ah yes, the ‘thing’
I HATE the term networking, but I have built a very good network – as my friend Justin Devonshire preaches – your NETWORK is your NET WORTH
So would you like to know how to build a network, connect with people in the RIGHT way, and grow your connections without coming across as a desperate bastard?
You know what to do….lemme know 😉read more
Consistency In Action
Really, how far are you prepared to go to ‘make it’ I mean really now?
My online business has seen me travel of 55,000 miles across the pond and back again, as well as Christ knows how many flights internal.
When I went to my first mastermind – I had $400 in my pocket, and an Amex card.
That was it.
I whacked on the card and trusted myself with that focus (worked out to be $11000 ish from memory) I would find the money to make it back.
Did I have any idea how?
Did I fuck
But one thing I’ve noticed as soon as I invested that money my mindset switched from ‘how the hell can I afford this’ to ‘ok now I need to find $11000’
I made around $17,000 that month
Actually could afford to do something AND pay off some debts 🙂
It was not just my online endeavours that I have done this in.
When I was a headhunter, I remember going to trade shows and events that were for my industry (technology, fmcg, defence) and NOT recruiter events – at the bar, by myself – forced myself to shake hands, say hello and make the connections that made my career.
In the gym I would walk the floor 16 hours a day, getting a minimum of 20 contacts per day, 6 days a week = 50+ hours within 5 weeks EVERY time I have done it.
My own facility?
I sold PT door to door.
I found the wealth my streets and knocked on door after door selling my services.
Oh, and me and my little team door stepped every business, school, coffee shop, supermarket and EVERY SINGLE DAY made the effort to get out and meet people even though we didn’t know what would come of it.
And that’s the thing.
Until you TRY you don’t know what’s going to happen!
Anyone one promising to 10X your clients, triple your profit or have you fully booked in X days (talking the ads we see daily on the feed)
Is talking a pile of shit
Be user unless they know you, your business, your needs etc – how can they make such blanket statements?!
You know what does work?
Every single day you need to invest time into your time and business to move the needle further more.
Do this every day, for enough days – and provided you have a service or product people want?
You will achieve a degree of success.
It’s that simple.
Which is why, with my trusty porter 46 in hand I am going to spend 13 hours in the sky, jet lag the shit out of myself, come back next Monday feeling like a bag of dicks JUST to spend 4 days locked away on a mountain top with 100 entrepreneurs.
Do I know if anything good is going to come off it?
Will something good come off it?
One day, I 100% guarantee it.
How can I say that?
Well all I need is one idea, one connection, one little ‘spark’ and I promise you I will add considerable profit to my bottom line.
Because I will take action.
I will make the effort.
I lay it out before you everything that I do, just copy me! Fuck steal away I don’t care – if it improves your life go for it!
So while I’m in the sky, have a ponder – when was the last time you took a bit of a risk, did something that isn’t in your comfort zone and just thought ‘fuck it’ and went for it?
My challenge to you is today, do just that
See you on the flip side…..
GRATITUDE (and a challenge for you, if your game….)
^^^ I see that a LOT online, and people talk about it a lot but I wonder how many ACTUALLY show it – and will explain this turbo-fruity pic in a sec
What do I mean by that?
Well it’s pretty simple really…when did you last take a moment to thank someone, to be grateful, for something they did or for being in your life?
It could be your partner…
It could be a member of your family…
It could be a client (for investing in you)…
It could be your coach/mentor for supporting/helping you…
It could be an employee or contractor for doing a great piece of work…
But why not pick up the phone and call them, send them a message, shoot them a video – your choice
And just thank them for whatever it is they have done
I did this with my parents, mentor, and a few close friends lately. There was NO agenda, I just felt that these people deserved a moment of my time to let them know how much I appreciated them, what they have done for me….and what they have tolerated ha!
Which brings me to this picture, now Pat Divilly is a fair bit deeper than me, but we had a great weekend – honestly It was good to just kick back and have some fun (there wasn’t a work agenda)
But as we were waiting for Big Papa Nige to take us to Bristol airport, he came back upstairs with a bottle of Goose and a thank you card (gloriously pink) to thank me for hosting him
^^^ honestly I was made up by this!
So think how you could make someone else day, and think how that in turn makes YOU feel
This is especially powerful if you are in a little bit of a funk yourself
Let people know
So the challenge?
Pick 5 people
Send ‘em a message WHY you are grateful for them being in your life (in whatever capacity, and it doesn’t have to be all emotional and shit – could just be thanking them for what they have done with/for you)
Let me know what happens?
PS The Pic? Well Pat’s s tough Irishman, so I decided to make it as camp as possible just because it looks deeply wrong….enjoy!read more
An Abundant Mindset
Abundance (and my take on it – episode link at bottom)
Its a word that gets banded around a lot like clarity, passion and what have you
But whats YOUR take on it?
I used to be horrifically scarcity minded, saving for what **might** happen….but often didn’t
As soon as I realised there are more money and opportunities than I could EVER possibly realise is when my life truly changed
Someone sets up a ‘Coffee with X’?
Someone sets up a new Gym in my town near my facility?
One of my clients (copy or coaching) goes to work with someone else?
Because there are MORE than enough people and pennies to go around!
The thing that can’t be replaced is YOU
Thats the ‘secret sauce’
And if someone goes elsewhere?
Then you have served your purpose, and the NEXT person, place or business they go to is what serves THEM better
Bets thing that has happened to me?
I am NOT attached to the outcome
If it goes my way, or not
Im really not worried
BECAUSE MY MINDSET IS ABUNDANT
If I lose a partner, colleague, business opportunity – whatever – its all good! There will be another 🙂
My RAS (reticular activating system) will kick in and Ill soon be spotting the opportunities and connections and will be back on track in no time
There is truly, 100% more out there than you could possible hope to claim for yourself, let go of the issues and go get what is yours
you don’t need permission
you don’t need to ask
there are no forms you need to fill out or committees to get approval
Just go get whats rightfully yours, because I promise you if you approach it with an abundant mindset – you WILL get it 🙂
Listen to Podcast:
Fucking Be More!!!
What do YOU accept?
This is an extract from THE book that flipped my switch almost exactly two years ago:
‘What To Do When Its Your Turn – And Its Always Your Turn’
This page, was one that I have tried to live by since I read it
Can you think up a better list than this?
I know I cant
ME and Pat Divilly chatted about where we were and the journeys that we have both had to get to where we are
Has it been easy?
Has it balls!
But thats the thing, each of us had ‘something’ inside us that drove us forward, to want to make a difference – but could we tell you what it was to start with?
I don’t know about Pat, but I knew I couldn’t
Take a moment
Have you always ‘felt’ you were destined for more, yet right now you arrant realising it?
Well guess what
That’s EXACTLY how I felt for most of my adult life, and still to a degree feel it now. Honestly If I wake up in the night for a pee, find myself in a queue, on hold on the phone, walking to the shops
That comes into my head
It permeates my very ‘being’ as it were, in fact its all I often find myself thinking about
I keep hearing the phrase its not about the destination, its about the journey (and have written a long assed blog post about that Ill share sometime) – but I am inclined to disagree
I want to get to the destination, and I want to get there as fast as possible and have as much fun, and do as much good shit as I can
And when I get there?
I take a few ‘metaphorical moments’ to enjoy myself, get my bearings, plot a new course on my ‘map’ and set course for the nest destination
I don’t see life as a journey, I see it as a series of destinations that I have decided to visit – and its up to me – and me alone to get there
And as long as I can follow these little guidelines, I think Im doing ok
So if there is a little voice inside you telling you to be more
Then fucking be more!
You need NO, zero, none, fuck all permissions to ‘go for it’ – that’s what held me up for years and years; waiting for someone to say ‘its OK, you can do the thing’
You don’t need that
You just need to DO
Today, if you are in this position – take some time to think what you could do if all the perceived obstacles, fears, shitty thoughts and ‘stuff’ that is holding you back was removed
What would you do next?
Write that shit down
Then tomorrow, you do it
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