The Real Reason You’re Afraid to Fail

How to Get Past the Hurt and Into the Next Step

Why are you often afraid to fail? Why does it paralyze you from continuing to pursue your dream, take the next right action, or act on your calling? For most of us, failure is devastating and demoralizing. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

The Real Reason You're Afraid to Fail

A Lesson in Failure from my Father

I’ll never forget the day my dad taught me how to handle failure. When I was growing up playing competitive golf, my dad often served as my caddie. He was also a teaching professional who’d played in more PGA Tour events (two) than I ever did (none). So he knew a thing or two about the game.

On this particular day, I’d just hit a miserable putt and immediately hung my head in shame. I knew as soon as I’d hit it that the ball would not go into the hole.

So I muttered something sarcastic to myself, complained out loud about my effort, and pouted while the ball rolled past the hole. That’s when my dad asked me, “What are you paying attention to right now?”

The Worst Four-Letter Word of Them All

There is a single word in the English language that will bury you. It’s the worst four-letter word of them all (psychologically speaking). It’s the word “don’t.”

The Worst Four-Letter Word of Them All

The problem with this word is that your subconscious mind doesn’t understand the word “don’t.”

To illustrate, try this:

Don’t think of a piping hot pizza. Don’t picture it coming out of the oven with steam rising off the top of the bubbling cheese and glistening pepperoni. Don’t think of the amazing smells wafting from the kitchen.

Just writing that caused me to drool on my keyboard. If you are reading this at approximately 10am, my apologies. Treat yourself to a mid-morning snack.

You thought of the pizza, didn’t you? That’s how our minds work.

12 Proven Strategies to Get Your Focus Back [PODCAST]

Distractions and depressions are a normal part of a productive person’s life.

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A blog reader of mine recently asked:

Some weeks I’m pumped, focused, energetic, and productive. Life is good and I am checking off my goals one by one. Then I have a week when it feels like I get nothing done. I have no energy or focus. I’m watching TV, reading the news, and sleeping in. What do I do? How do I get consistent?

Have you ever lost your focus and wondered, “How can I get it back?” That’s what today’s episode is all about.

World Changer Show BONUS Episode: John Lee Dumas on One Thing and One Thing Only: FOCUS [PODCAST]

What does it mean to truly FOCUS?

Today’s guest, John Lee Dumas, is an expert on the subject. His FOCUS helped him to grow Entrepreneur on Fire from non-existent to a business doing more than $200,000 a month. In the process, he has inspired countless others to follow in his footsteps.

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John shares a bit of his journey in this episode, but in the spirit of the topic, we kept this focused on one topic: FOCUS

His acronym is:

Follow

One

Course

Until

Success

Find out what that means in today’s episode and learn how to stay focused until you reach success.

World Changer Show Episode 020: 6 Ways to Help You Get in the Zone [PODCAST]

To this day the sound of velcro tearing on a golf glove draws me to attention and puts me in a zone.

Why is that? Well, in a way, that’s what today’s episode is all about.

Today, I’ll share with you six ways to help you get in the zone.

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What is “the zone” exactly? Perhaps in 2014 terminology, we could call it a “flow state” or just “focused.”

I’ve always liked the phrase “in the zone” though because it conjures up an image of being in a physical and mental place (the zone) that I can actually go to.

So, how do you get “in the zone?” Listen below to today’s episode to find out the six strategies and techniques I use to get in the zone and really focus.

Are You Fighting Battles You Shouldn’t be Fighting?

Are you tired of not achieving your goals?

Sick of getting off course or losing focus? Ready to reach your full potential?

Then stop fighting battles that shouldn’t be fought, at least by you.

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Who Else Wants to Stop Leaving Projects Half-Finished?

“I’m full of ideas, Matt. I start out great and then…I can’t seem to finish.”

Are you like this coaching client of mine? Always leaving projects half-finished? Or, even worse, 80% or 90% done?

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One of my coaching clients recently brought this up on one of our calls.

He is like so many world changers. Full of ideas and passion. Short on seeing things through to the end.

He has “Shiny Object Syndrome.” I can relate as, I am the president of the Recovering Shiny Object Syn–hey, I have an idea.

This client, like so many, is missing out on using one powerful tool that all successful finishers use.

What Really Happens When You Write a Thank You Note

Do you know what really happens inside of you when you write a thank you note?

What if I told you that thousands of years of scientific research showed me that one note, once a week can change who you are? Would you join the Thank You Revolution then?

What gratitude does to the brain

When you force yourself once a week to write a thank you note, here’s what happens:

1. Recall

You recall the event and person for which you are thankful.

When you sit down to write that note and require yourself to think of something from the previous week for which you are thankful, you will recall certain events. Think of them and then allow yourself to progress to step two.

Mid-Week Motivation: Handling Downtime and Loss of Focus

Distractions and depressions are a normal part of a productive person’s life. Someone recently asked: The first thing you have to do is realize that this is normal. No one is fully motivated, pumped up, and focused 24/7/365. It’s impossible. I don’t know what you are going through in life, but if there is something […]