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I often get asked: “Why are you always so positive when you write?”

Some ask in a curious way. Some ask in a negative way, as though I am doing something wrong. Some ask in a “how can I be more like that?” way.

The reason I stay positive with my tribe is simple: I’m fostering a stereotype of myself and you. The research tells me to. I’ll explain below.

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Let me be clear about something. My natural inclination, for whatever reason, is towards the negative.

That shocks a lot of people not named my wife, my mom, my best friend, my mentor, or anyone who has never worked for me.

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Have you ever thought of yourself as a millionaire?

One of the biggest things I work on when coaching others is mindset. The biggest obstacle to their success is in their own minds.

When I ask if you’ve ever thought of yourself as a millionaire, I don’t mean in the future. I don’t mean catching a vision of your life one day, although that is important. I mean right now.

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“You are already a millionaire, it’s time to start acting like it,” I told a client.

“You mean, like, visualizing the future as reality now?” he asked.

“That’s important,” I replied. “But it’s not what I mean. I mean you already are. Right now. Let me explain.”

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Happy April 15th!

Happy April 15th? Unless you are an IRS agent or accountant, who would dare say such a thing?

Surely, I am delusional. I can feel a few of you clenching your fists at me. At least one of you is thinking up ways to leave flaming bags of poo on my doorstep.

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My wife and I paid a record amount in taxes this year. In fact, we paid more in taxes than most of my family has ever earned in one year.

At first, I was angry. I found myself saying things like, “I really hate the government” and “couldn’t we just flush this money down a toilet instead?” I became bitter at watching all of that money leave my hands and disappear into the vast wasteland that is the U.S. Treasury.

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If you want to influence people, you have to understand them first.

If you want more sales, more followers, or more raving fans, you have to walk a mile (or ten) in their shoes.

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Last year, I ran my first half marathon.

The first two people to take off from the starting line were two soldiers, dressed in full gear. I’m talking camouflage pants and coats, boots, and a nearly 100-pound backpack. For 13.1 miles!

As I passed them near the one-mile marker and then watched them cross the finish line long after me (I’m bragging that I beat two guys carrying the equivalent of my wife on their backs!), I realized something:

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