Monthly Archives: October 2011

Sharpen The Saw Part 4

The last area of your life that requires sharpening is your spiritual self. When most people think spiritual, they think religion. That definition doesn’t work well for me, because I’ve never really followed any organized religion. I didn’t grow up in a home where we attended church every Sunday. In fact, if we went, it was once or twice a year when my grandparents would visit. That’s not to say I wasn’t raised with many of the beliefs and values practiced by the religion of my parents and relatives.

For me spirituality is more about a connection to myself. It’s quiet time spent in nature, or alone in meditation. I don’t have anything against people who make organized religion a regular part of their life, it’s just not how I choose to express or explore spirituality. I certainly recognize that religion has a place in our society, I just feel that to some degree it has been used over the ages as a way to control or manipulate people rather than empower and inspire them.

I have to admit, of the 4 areas to sharpen this is likely the weakest for me. I have explored meditation and haven’t yet made it a regular part of my routine. I do enjoy being outside, and in fact sitting around a fire under the open sky is about as peaceful a feeling for me as anything I’ve experienced. Spirituality is an area of my life that I’m still exploring and learning more about. I’d love to hear what you find helps you to sharpen your saw in this area of your life. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you find works best for you.

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Sharpen The Saw Part 3

The third area of your life that you can sharpen the saw in is mental. Keeping your mind sharp is one of the most important habits you can develop. Many people think that the end of their school days is the end of their learning, and that’s why they end up in the rat race living paycheck to paycheck.

Your mind is your most valuable asset, and that’s why you need to nourish it just like you do your physical body. Have you heard the quote “a mind is a terrible thing to waste”? Truer words have never been said. So how do you sharpen your mental saw? Any practice that keeps the mind active is beneficial. You can learn a new skill, read a success book or autobiography, teach someone else something you know, write a book or article.

One of my favorite ways to sharpen my saw and keep my mind sharp is to read regularly. I used to read primarily for pleasure reading novels, and legal thriller type books. Thankfully, for the past few years I’ve now taken to reading books that open my mind to new possibilities, give me ideas to implement in my own life, and teach me skills I wouldn’t otherwise learn. I still read novels from time to time as a form of entertainment, but it’s the practice of reading investment, business, personal development and autobiography books that has helped sharpen my saw immensely.

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Sharpen The Saw Part 2

Yesterday I talked about the first area of your life you can sharpen your saw in. I didn’t really even get into nutrition and rest or all the other ways you can revitalize your physical self.

Today, I want to cover your social/emotional self and how to sharpen the saw in that area. You’ve likely heard that you become the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. If you regularly hang out with the doom and gloom, woe is me crowd, chances are the thoughts running through your head all day will be a reflection of that consciousness.

On the other hand, you could spend your time out looking for a mentor, or other inspiring, uplifting individuals who can help you dream bigger dreams or see new possibilities. You could schedule time every week to hang out with people who lift your spirits, make you laugh and in general brighten your day.

Do you have a friend that just makes you laugh every time you talk? One of my mentors has a friend like this. Any time he’s feeling down and needs a boost, he picks up the phone and calls his friend. The two of them laugh and joke every time they talk, so he knows any time he needs to change his state it’s only a phone call away.

What activities could you introduce or enhance in your routine to recharge your social/emotional being?

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Mentors Say Sharpen The Saw!

I have a daily calendar on my desk with short messages taken from the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People book by Stephen R. Covey. I’m sure you’ve heard of the book, but perhaps you’re not that familiar with the contents.

The seventh habit in the book is to Sharpen The Saw, or developing a balanced program for self renewal. This program of self renewal is designed to focus on the 4 areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental & spiritual. In order for you to perform at your best, you must take time to renew and recharge in each of these areas. I’m going to outline some of my practices to regularly sharpen my saw, starting with physical.

There are a number of things you can do to revitalize your physical self, including taking in the right nutrition, exercising regularly and getting adequate rest. I admit, this can be a bit of a roller coaster for me. At times I get gungho and work out every day for a month or more, or I get up early and go for a run every day and then all of a sudden I fall off the wagon and it takes forever to get any sort of routine going again.

One of the simplest solutions to this that I’ve found was to make a small enough commitment that I couldn’t fail. Let me give you an example. Almost 3 years ago now, I was at an all day workshop and heard a number of my mentors speak. One of them, Lee Brower (the gratitude rock guy in The Secret) explained a system he had used to keep commitments to himself (and he learned it from one of his mentors). At the time, he wanted to read more, but was having trouble finding the time. His mentor explained how he made time to read from the bible every single day. Lee asked him how that was possible, and what happened if he missed a day. He said he never missed a day, because his commitment was only to read one sentence (or maybe it was even just one word) and there was always time to do that.

I started the next morning by committing to doing one push-up everyday, and kept that commitment for about 2 years. I don’t think I ever did just one, and it wasn’t long before I was doing 50 or more, and sometimes with my kids sitting on my back! Here’s my challenge to you. What’s one “sharpen the saw” practice you can implement today? Make a commitment to yourself to make it non-negotiable and the secret is to make it something you know you can commit to. Exceeding it every day will just help to boost your belief in yourself, but missing just once can be very detrimental to your self confidence. Start with one commitment, and add a new one every 60 or 90 days. At the end of the year, you’ll be a whole new better version of yourself.

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Do You Work For Money, Or Does It Work For You?

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned through looking for mentors, is that the successful amongst us have learned how to make their money work for them. Our economic systems are designed so that those who don’t figure this out become wage slaves to those who do.

If you ever want to become financially free, most likely you’re going to have to get your money working for you. This is achieved in one of a few ways, all utilizing leverage in one form or another. You can leverage the efforts of others by becoming a business owner. You can leverage money by buying cashflowing investment real estate. You can leverage your time, by developing intellectual property and making it available online. There are other forms of leverage, but these are the big common ones.

Have you noticed how most people that work for others are in similar financial standing (regardless of their income level)? In reality, for most people, the more they make the more they spend which just results in a worse financial standing as their income increases.

On the flip side, people who’ve figured out how to get money working for them understand how the financial system works, and put it to their advantage. They collect compound interest rather than pay it. They find new sources of income to pay for “things” rather than put it on credit.

If you aren’t making money work for you, it’s likely because you just haven’t learned how yet. The information is out there, and it’s my mission to help you sift through it and implement the best strategies to help you reach your ultimate potential.

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Your Own Mentor Dinner Party

I was asked an interesting question earlier today, and it caused me to stop and think. The question was, if you could invite any six living people to dinner, who would they be?

I went with my first instincts with my list, and here’s who I chose.

The first choice was Bob Proctor. I think primarily because it was a short appearance of his on the Ellen show that first brought The Secret to my attention. From there I’ve been on an insatiable quest for more learning about how I and the universe operates.

The next choice was Will Smith. I’ve always been a fan of his work on TV and in movies, but more than that I would like to pick his brain more about his thoughts on success, and what separates achievers from the rest. Here’s a great clip from one of his better movies that I really love.

My third choice was Tony Robbins. I’ve never attended one of his seminars and workshops despite having been to dozens and dozens of them over the years. He certainly seems to be at the top of the heap in personal development and human potential, so I’d like to spend some time with him to learn more from him.

Next I chose a couple of somewhat controversial figures. One of the first “success” books I read many years ago was “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki. Ever since then, I’ve read a number of his books, follow his work online and generally respect his perspective on investing and escaping the rat race. His book “The Rich Dad Prophecy” really opened my eyes to what’s happening in our world, and seeing the world events today just reinforces my respect for his vision.

The last person may not be as well recognized as the others, but he’s certainly gotten my attention the past couple of years. If you’re prone to watching infomercials (and I’m not) perhaps you know him too. His name is Kevin Trudeau, and one of his more popular books is “Natural Cures … They Don’t Want You To Know About” His current work is The Global Information Network (click the banner on the right side of my blog to set up a free affiliate account – use mentoredlife when asked for a referral code), and I’m impressed with the quality of the information they share, and their mission to share secrets formerly reserved for the elite classes with the masses. It’s a mission I have as well, so an opportunity to pick his brain would be fabulous.

Those are my six for now. I’d love to hear your six, and the reasons why in the comment section below.

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A Guide By Your Side

I was having coffee a couple weeks ago with a gentleman that I met at a seminar. When we first met, we started talking at one of the breaks, and he mentioned that he was retired but liked to stay active by investing. He managed his portfolio by trading stocks, options and forex for a bit every day or so, and he was also getting into real estate.

Since we shared some common interests we chatted for quite awhile and then exchanged cards so we could keep in touch. A week or so later he called me up, and asked if I’d have time for a coffee as he’d be in my area in a couple of days. I agreed because he mentioned he wanted to know more about A Mentored Life, and also find out some more information regarding lease options in real estate.

Near the end of our coffee discussion, he said something that stuck in my mind. We were talking about A Mentored Life, and how I envision it being a support system to help people achieve their goals. Something that picks up where many of the other programs out there drop the ball – in the area of mentoring. In my experience, without a mentoring component most people won’t follow through and get the results their looking for in a program without a mentor or coach to help them when they hit a roadblock.

That’s when this gentleman said, “so rather than another Sage from the Stage, they can get a Guide By Your Side”. I immediately wrote that phrase down, and now I’m working on tweaking my business to be more of a Guide By Your Side. That’s where I think the gap is in the wealth creation, goal achievement, personal development industry. Too many people are selling products without the proper support system to ensure their customers get the results they envision when they buy the product.

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Networking For Mentors

Do you have a lot of success going to networking events and drumming up new business or making new contacts? I find myself out in networking situations generally at least once a week, and I’m learning to use a new approach.

You’ve likely been to a networking event in the past and had someone come up and shove a business card in your face practically before saying hello. What did you do with their card after you left. Did you file it in the round filing recepticle (the trash can)? The object of networking is not to hand out as many business cards as you possibly can. The idea is to build and grow relationships.

Relationships are the key to your success. You’ve probably heard the saying “it’s not what you know, but who you know.” I like another version of that saying that says “it’s not who you know, but WHO KNOWS YOU!” What are the chances that someone’s going to want to get to know you if you don’t provide any value to them? If you approach them with the WIIFM (What’s In It For Me) perspective, you’ll turn most people off. If, on the other hand, you focus on learning more about them, and how you can serve them – you’ll be much further ahead.

It’s actually a basic human need to tell others about yourself, so why not give others this opportunity and approach your next networking situation from that perspective. You were given two ears, and one mouth, so use them in that proportion. Give the other person the opportunity to tell you how you can support them, and then look for ways to do just that. I assure you that with this approach, you’ll make much better connections with a network that can take you to new heights that pushing a business card would never do.

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