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Your Systems Suck…

I was working next to my girlfriend on my laptop this morning when I heard her exclaim “Oh crap!”

“What’s up, honey?” I asked, sensing she was really upset?

“I just missed a Skype call with an important client,” she confided.

Tears began to well up behind her eyes and I knew she was beating herself up for missing the call and probably thinking that she had potentially tarnished her professional reputation in the eyes of an important new client…

“What’s wrong with me that I can’t even make a simple call on time?” she exclaimed in exasperation…

This was the second time in one day she had missed a scheduled call and she was understandably frustrated.

Here’s how I coached her back to the point where she was smiling and laughing again…

“Honey, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with you…

Instead of thinking about this as a problem with YOU, let’s approach it in terms of a problem with the SYSTEM you use to schedule calls across time zones…”

It was her 4th week traveling on the road with me and she was still not used to scheduling her business calls across multiple time zones.

“How come you missed the call, honey?”

“Well, he’s on Central Standard Time and I’m on South African time, so I proposed a time to him and then added on 7 hours to figure out the call time here in South Africa… except, I counted wrong and entered the wrong time into my calendar, and then missed the call… Dumb, dumb, dumb!”

I suggested we leave ‘dumb’ out of the equation and just look at the system…

“Where was the point of failure in your scheduling system?”

“In relying on my math to calculate the time difference between CST and South Africa time.”

“So, what could you do in future to ensure that you calculate the correct time?” I asked.

“Well, I guess if I entered the time of the call into my Google calendar in Central Standard Time, Google can display it accurately in my local time zone and I won’t have to do the math…”

“Exactly!” I shouted with delight.

“With that new SYSTEM for scheduling calls across different time zones, you’ll always know the right time for the call in your time zone…”

I could see the color returning to her face and she leaned over and hugged me (I like hugs).

“See how changing an element in the system is a more effective approach to fixing a problem than trying to fix yourself?”

“Yes!” She exclaimed with a grin on her face, “I feel soooo much better.”

So, the moral of the story here is this:

If you approach your everyday breakdowns in terms of a system failure instead of a personal failure, you not only bypass the bad feelings of beating yourself up, but can look at your problems objectively and create solutions that would never have emerged had you given in to the trap of trying to fix yourself.

Trying to fix yourself assumes that something is wrong with you… and nothing could be further from the truth.

Here’s the unconscious logic that occurs in your brain when you try to fix yourself:

  • Something is wrong with me
  • If something is wrong with me, I must be broken.
  • If I’m broken, then nothing I try will ever work…
  • If nothing will ever work, I will always be a failure…
  • If I’ll always be a failure, then what’s the point in trying anything ever again…

THE RESULT: Endless self doubt, depression and no action – not exactly a recipe for success…

Sound familiar?

So, next time you think you’ve screwed something up, STOP – then approach the breakdown in terms of a system fault instead of a personal fault. See if you can fix the system, and then go reward yourself for being so smart!

That’s all for this week…

Your partner in success,

P.S. If you want to create a system for success in the area of money this year, make sure you watch this video about the SYSTEM OF MONEY from my mentor, Eben.

P.P.S. Please leave a comment below and let me know what you learned from this article…

Bryan Franklin Reveals His $10m Secrets…

I just did an action-packed teleseminar with possibly the highest paid executive coach in the world. He has earned more than $10m coaching execs from Apple to Google to LinkedIn and lots more.

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Listen to the recording above to learn:

  • Why trying to stay positive all the time will actually sabotage your success
  • The one thing you need to do to create an abundance mindset fast – and it’s NOT what you think it is – it’s worse!
  • The three essential areas you must master if you want to become successful in business

Listen all the way to the end because Bryan and I dig in with the callers and provide some really valuable coaching for anyone in business or thinking of starting one.

Click here after the call to register for your consultation session with Bryan and get your iPad.


P.S. Please leave your comments below and let me know what you learned form the call…

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It’s called the "Five Chimps" Special Report and in it, I reveal:

  • How to accelerate your success by upgrading your troop of chimps and feasting on bananas…
  • Why learning to speak chimpanzee is so important to your success… seriously!
  • Three easy ways to assess any coach or mentor before you spend your hard earned bananas taking advice from them…

Napoleon Hill in his classic book "Think And Grow Rich" discovered that the 500 wealthiest people in the world (at the time) all had trusted advisers or mentors of some kind. Coincidence? I think not…

If you don’t have a mentor or at least a few trusted chimps in your circle of influence, you’re flushing your chances of success down the toilet.

Read the special report now and learn how. It’s awesome.

Your partner in success,


P.S. This report is my baby. It took me 2 weeks to write and it’s pure gold. Download it or you won’t get any bananas for dinner.

P.P.S. Once you’ve read the report and you’ve have the aha, please let me know what you learned by leaving me a comment.

How To Stay Positive

How To Stay Positive

How To Stay Positive, Even Your Inner Voice Is Trying To Sabotage You

I recently received an email from one of my readers asking me for advice on how to stay positive, so I decided to share what I replied to him.

What follows is my response in the form of a TOP 20 list of all the things I do on a day to day basis to stay positive,  keep myself inspired and make sure that little voice in my head tells me great things about myself and my future…

BE WARNED: This is not your traditional positive thinking crap. These are simple, yet profoundly effective tips for staying in a positive frame of mind.

Lastly, please forgive me for not always going into greater detail on each item on the list. It would take an entire book to do each one justice. However, the tips are self explanatory and you can use your common sense to apply them in your life.

My Top 20 Ways To Stay Positive:

The following is a list of things I do and think regularly (if not daily) to stay in a positive frame of mind. If any of these speak to you, use them and let me know your results… Of course, this list is far from complete, but it contains my personal favorite techniques…

Your Body:

Your state of mind is influenced by your energy levels. The following tips will help your body operate at peak performance and keep your head clear. When your body is running like a finely tuned machine, your mind follows suit.

  • Exercise daily. This increases blood circulation to the brain, giving you more energy and keeping your mind clear. Make sure you choose exercise that is fun for you.
  • Add lots of raw vegetables, nuts and fruits to your diet and stop eating crap. The quality of the food you eat will determine how you feel. How you feel will impact what you think.
    Crap food in = crap thoughts and feelings out…
  • Eat a nutritious breakfast – it’s the most important meal of the day. I make a green smoothie every morning. Here is a link to a video a friend of mine made teaching how to make a green smoothie…
  • Take some time out every day to do an activity that is fun for you. This will release Serotonin in your brain and make you feel good, promoting a clear mind and good feelings.

Your People:

I’ve heard it said that our lives are the sum total of the 5 people we spend the most time with…

  • Hang around with high quality people who support where you are going in life.
  • Share yourself vulnerably with the people in your life. Vulnerable does not mean weak – in fact, it takes a lot of courage to be totally open and honest with people. Being this way regularly will grow relationships built on trust and honesty. These relationships are your support line when you’re not feeling great. Also, don’t pretend that everything is OK if it is not. Just sharing your challenges with another person you trust can get rid of a lot of the anxiety you may be feeling at the time.
  • Contribute to the people around you regularly in whatever way you can. It will make you feel good about yourself. Also, what comes around tends to go around, so by contributing, you can be sure that you’ll be contributed to in some way in the future.
  • Personally, I have made a commitment to myself not to withhold important communications from the people I love. When we don’t say something you know needs to be said, we bottle it up inside, and that pressure causes tension in our mind. This tension often manifests itself in the form of negative thoughts and low energy. So, say what needs to be said (with love of course) and most times you’ll immediately notice a sense of relief.
  • I also have a commitment to love my family. I believe that our relationship to our parents is of FUNDAMENTAL importance to our happiness. Notice that I said our relationship to our parents and not with our parents. Even if your parents are no longer alive, you can still relate to them with love. If you know you are harboring resentment towards a parent, seek counseling or get the issue resolved. Whatever the case, LOVE your parents and you’ll love yourself. I wish I had the space to write more on this topic, but I’ll have to save it for a future post…

Your Thoughts And Feelings:

The way you see the world directly impacts the thoughts you think and how you respond to life. Here’s a list of ideas and beliefs I have. Try them on and see if they fit you…

  • I have a commitment to myself not to judge anything as ‘bad’ or ‘wrong’. It is what it is…
  • I have a commitment to myself to find the blessings in any circumstance. This way, I ALWAYS benefit, even when at first it appears as if life is throwing me a curve ball…
  • I have a commitment to myself to feel grateful as much as possible and I focus on cultivating gratitude.
  • I have learned to trust that the tough times always pass, and that I am always looked after by Life (or some higher power). I consciously cultivate this belief and look for evidence of it, so I see it every day. This is a VERY powerful belief to cultivate and can remove all future based fear.

Your Work:

Given that most of us spend about a third of our life at work, here are some basic, yet powerful tips for staying positive and focused while working:

  • Take regular breaks and if you can, nap once a day for 20 minutes. A nap will recharge you and clear your mind of clutter.
  • Focus on your strengths at work and if possible, delegate your weaknesses… If you’re an entrepreneur, go take the Wealth Dynamics test to find out your entrepreneurial strengths.
  • Complete the tasks you set yourself. Set yourself one important primary priority task to achieve every day and get it done. It will give you a sense of satisfaction and help you experience making progress. Feeling like you are not making progress in life sucks (at least for me it does)!

Habits To Adopt:

Your results in life come from your habits. I have made many of the things on this list a habit, and do them daily. Try some of these out and watch how your state of mind improves magically.

  • Before I go to sleep I run over my day and congratulate myself for everything I did well and let go of any judgment about the things I did not do well. This keeps me feeling like I am making progress and doing a great job in my life.
  • When I’m feeling really low, I pull out a pen and pad and begin writing down my feelings and my thoughts. This helps me get clear on what I am really feeling and seeing it on paper helps me understand what is going on. I don’t stop writing until I feel better.
  • Perhaps most profound for me, I have managed to ACCEPT my life just as it is and as it isn’t. As a result, I rarely get upset. Practice not resisting things the way they are.
  • Perhaps the most powerful habit I have adopted is waking up and immediately visualizing my day going well. I do this to keep my focus on where I am going and why I am going there. It motivates me and keeps my mind in the space I need it to be in order to be successful in my life.  To help me visualize, I use the Relaxation For Manifestation audio program. It’s the best.

Print this list out and try out a different tip each day. Notice the results and keep doing what works for you.

VERY IMPORTANT: Smile, take a break and get outside today and always remember… You are amazing!

P.S. I’d love to hear your ideas to add to this list. Please leave them below. I read each one.

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The Luck Factor: Is Luck By Chance?

If you’re wondering if luck is by chance, then I can wholeheartedly recommend Dr Richard Wiseman’s research on luck in his book The Luck Factor. I took a few minutes to summarize what I learned from it for you…

In this uncut video you’ll learn:

  • The 4 luck principles Dr Wiseman discovered lucky people have in common
  • That even lucky people like me can stumble my words and “Um” and “Uhh” all over the place!
  • How to get lucky at the end…

Enjoy watching…

Can’t see the video playing? Watch it on “The Luck Factor: Is Luck By Chance?” on YouTube.

You can get your lucky paws on one of the last “Luck Bundles” here.

You can listen to the full interview I did with Damien Senn on “How To Get Lucky” here.

P.S. As always, I want to hear what you learned from this video. Please leave your comments below. I read them all.

P.P.S. As of typing this, there are only a few Luck Bundles remaining with the amazing bonus I offered. Don’t miss out…

If there’s one thing that kills relationships, it’s neediness… Even if you’re not needy in relationships, you may be killing your Law Of Attraction success by being needy with Life. This video has the cure…

In this video you’ll learn:

  • Why being needy us the most common mistake people make with the Law Of Attraction
  • THREE breakthrough tips to counteract being needy with Life
  • How I used these tips to manifest winning an Apple iPad


P.S. Check out the Law Of Attraction CD I spoke of in the video.

P.P.S. As usual, your comments are appreciated and welcomed. I read them all.

The Forgiveness Myth – And How To Be Sexy!

Have you ever experienced the frustration of attracting the same negative experience into your life over and over again, and not knowing why or what to do about it?

Perhaps you keep attracting romantic relationships that never turn out the way you’d hoped they would… or business partnerships that always seem to turn sour…

Whatever it is, the technique I’m going to share with you in this article will help you destroy your destructive patterns so they never haunt you again.

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I’ve spent the last 3 days studying the results of a Law Of Attraction survey I conducted recently. One of the questions I was asked the most often was “How do I speed up the process of getting what I want using the Law Of Attraction?”

After receiving this question at least 20 times, I began looking for an answer…

What is the secret? Is it…

  • Visualizing with more clarity?
  • Goal setting more regularly?
  • Creating a detailed plan of action?
  • Letting go and surrendering?
  • Taking massive action?
  • Removing limiting beliefs?
  • Installing positive beliefs
  • etc…

Of course, all these things are beneficial, but I was searching for the ONE single thing that makes the BIGGEST difference – the high leverage action…

After some reflection I soon realized that there are definitely times in my life when it seems like everything I touch turns to gold – when golden opportunities abound – as well as times when nothing seems to happen at all…

So, What Do All The Golden Times Have In Common?

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Is The Law Of Attraction Really A Law?

This is the first of a series of emails busting many of the most common myths around the Law Of Attraction.

Hold on tight, because it’s going to come at you fast and furiously.

MYTH: The Law Of Attraction is a LAW!

Everyone knows that the Law Of Attraction is a law, right?

Well let’s look at this pragmatically…

If the Law Of Attraction was a real law, it would have to be replicable again and again, each and every time it is applied.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I haven’t noticed that each and every time I think a thought that the Law Of Attraction makes it manifest into physical form.

In fact, I’m pretty darn pleased the Universe doesn’t work that way, because I think some pretty weird thoughts 

So what is the Law Of Attraction then?

The Law Of Attraction is a phenomenon – it’s a NAME given to a phenomenon that exists in the Universe. Read the rest of this entry

Are there people in your industry you’d love to meet, but just don’t know how to get their attention?

Eben Pagan

One of my friends and teachers, Eben Pagan, shared an idea with me that he has used many times to build relationships with some of the biggest players in his industry.

I started applying it in my life in 2008 and have quite simply had spectacular results. I want to share it here with you so you can benefit from it too.

The principle is quite simple and goes like this:

Find a way to use your skills or resources to contribute something valuable to the person you want to befriend. Lead with your giving hand contribute freely with NO EXPECTATION of ever getting anything in return.

It a stupidly simple concept and it’s also totally counter-intuitive to most people living in a world where scarcity thinking seems to be the norm – where taking rather than giving seems like the only way to survive.

I had yet another powerful experience of this principle in action recently that I want to share with you.

When I decided to move to Cabarete (where I now live) in the Dominican Republic, I didn’t know anyone here, I had never been here before and I did not speak Spanish.

One thing I did know is that I wanted to create a great community of people to surround myself with when I arrived. I have made the mistake of not doing this in the past and it cost me dearly. So, why is community so important to me? Well…

“Your life is the sum total of the 5 people you spend the most time with…”

I truly believe that…

So, I wanted to make sure that when I arrived in Cabarete, I  befriended the most awake, enlivened, successful, conscious people, who are doing something spectacular with their lives.

Laurel Flying High (click to enlarge)

I set my intention and started searching  for people on Facebook  that matched my requirements (above).

Quickly, I discovered an interesting woman… Her name is LaurelShe was once ranked 4th in the world for Kitesurfing. Laurel owns three Kitesurfing schools around the world and is a very well respected celebrity name in the Kitesurfing community.

I shot Laurel an email on Facebook asking her a few questions about Cabarete wind, accommodation, food availability etc…

Laurel actually called me back and spent 30 minutes on Skype helping me answer my most pressing questions about Cabarete. I was bowled  over. This amazing woman just reached out to me (a total stranger) out of  the blue and contributed her time and expertise to me – with no expectation of anything in return.

A month later I arrived in Cabarete…

I immediately set out to get to know Laurel and began looking for ways to contribute to her life.

After chatting with her, I quickly saw an opening for me to share my marketing expertise, so last week I  asked her if I could help her with her marketing and help her double her profit at her Kitesurfing schools.

She agreed and we spent two lunches together brainstorming marketing ideas for her businesses.

Something magical happened…

Laurel Eastman

As Laurel began to trust that I did not have an agenda other than to have fun and help her double her business profit, she allowed me into her life, and opened up her circle of friends to me – including Sir Richard Branson.

I am sure that there are many people who would love to become a close friend of this Kitesurfing celebrity.

So how did we manage to grow such a strong friendship in only a few weeks?

I suspect that it had everything to do with the way we both contributed to each other with no intention or expectation of getting anything in return.

Can  you do the same thing with powerful people you want to meet in your life?

Of course you can. Just begin looking at how you can contribute to them and then contribute generously, without expecting, wanting, asking, or needing ANYTHING in return other than the pleasure of being able to contribute to a fellow soul on this planet of ours.

You’ll get massively more back than you give – often in a form you don’t expect.

In my experience, this is the most effective way to win best friends and influence influential people.  I mean, who doesn’t want to be friends with someone who gives without needing to get something in return?

In closing, I want to thank my friend and teacher Eben Pagan for sharing this idea with me and Laurel Eastman for welcoming me to Cabarete with such open arms, being such great friend, and quickly putting  into action many of the ideas we came up with.

Talk soon,


P.S. As always, your comments are welcomed and appreciated.

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