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Here I am parked right outside the gym, about to go in for a killer workout, swing some kettlebells, some maces around. I’m really excited and pumped about it. I had a busy day, and busy in the sense that we have people visiting our house. My son just turned one, so all kinds of these activities that are fun stacking on each other. I wasn’t able to fully immerse myself in my daily morning routine. The mindset work that I do and questions I ask myself, and the process that I go through each and every day to get me to my journey. Right? Get me through my journey, I should say, but get me to the endpoint that I’m working on right now.

I want to share with you a trick that I’ve been using for many years, and that is the idea of taking your mindset work or your hour of power or your morning miracle, whatever you want to call it; there are so many names out there these days, it’s ridiculous, but whatever works for you. Condensing it down for a typical commute time. For me, it’s less than 10 minutes, because I just don’t have to drive that much. When I do drive, I’m going 10 hours, because I’m going up to Alaska, or I’m traveling to the east coast for adventures. Whatever it is for you. Some of you don’t commute very much, like myself, very rarely drive, and you enjoy the Author of Your Own Story lifestyle already. Others of you are driving an hour or so one way to work.

What I do is I record it, professionally record it. I say professionally as I use the best recorder possible for myself. I use a nice microphone. I also get myself in the state, and when I say the state, I’m getting myself excited, getting myself kind of pumped up, or in the mood that I want to represent through my voice. On my drive to the gym, it’s about 15 minutes, hitting lights and such, to this particular facility. On my way there, I was able to listen to my morning routine and obviously drive safely, but putting myself in the zone, asking myself the questions. You know, who do I have to be in order to have this 300-plus acre retreat? Who do I have to become?

Because I don’t own one; I’m looking at them. I’m looking at buying a center where my clients can actually fly in from all over the world and stay with my wife and me, and be totally immersed in our coaching. That’s what I’m looking for right now, one of my goals. Who do I have to be in order … Then I pause, and I give myself time to think. I’ve recorded the question, and it depends on your morning routine. If you have questions about morning routines, shoot me a message. I’m happy to share some of mine and ones I’ve used with clients in the past. Then I pause, right? When I’m recording it, I actually answered internally. Right? I give myself that time, a little more seconds, and then I move on to the next question or the next thought process, depending on what that is.

For example, what are five things that I’m grateful for right now? Then, I list them off. I say, well, number one, I’m really grateful for a wife, takes care of my son. Number two, et cetera. I give myself that space and time. Now, why is this significant? Well, one is I’m always in that mindset of gratefulness and who’s the man that I get to become in order to have this high-end retreat center for people to come as coaching clients. I love working with people. It’s my passion. I want this to be the best. Who do I get to be while one is taking care of my health, and that’s why I’m here on a bonus time for the second time of the day. That’s important to me. When I ask that question, it’s that constant question almost like an album. We talk about this a lot in the Daily Growth Hack. It’s constantly playing through my head of who do I get to become to achieve this goal. Right?

I ask you this question, who do you get to become? Can you utilize things like this, recording yourself and then playing it back? Playing it back on your mobile device. Playing it in your car while you’re commuting, while you’re jogging. This actually one I was listening to today on my commute is designed for me to do while running in the morning. The reason I can tell it’s designed for me to do it, not only because I did it, but also because I give myself motivational talks like, “Hey, let’s go pick up the pace. You got this.” I coach myself through the run. I’m human, and I get tired. Oftentimes, it’s cold or whatever in the morning, or it’s too hot. Whatever it may be, and I just don’t want to do it, but I used this going through, and then I go into music. Right? Then, I go into my music or podcast, or whatever it is I’m listening to on the rest of the run, but this sets the tone.

It’s also a non-negotiable for me. What I did is I set up this system to make it easy for it not to be a non-negotiable for me, to make it extremely easy. That’s what I invite you to do. I invite you to do this. Grab your journal, five to thrive, write out key questions and what goals you want in your five to thrive. For example, if you want to be 10% body fat. Who do I have to be in order to be 10% body fat? What are the habits I have to instill? Then, you can list them out to yourself as you’re running or driving, you go, hey, look, in order to be 10% body fat, I need to drink a gallon of water a day. I need to have greens with every meal. I need to have protein with every meal, whatever it is for you. I mean, I’m just using this as an example, but do that for each of your characteristics of your five to thrive.

If you’re a coaching client of mine, of course, you’re going to go with fun, growth and wealth as well. Who do you have to be above and beyond that in the roles of your life, and then record it, and then play it back for yourself on your MP3 player while you’re on the road, on the way to the gym like I am, or whatever it is you’re doing. Whatever you do, make it fun, make it energetic, and I’d love to hear from you. Please share with me your recordings. I’ll keep them between you and I unless you let me share them with other people who are looking for resources and inspiration. On that point, make sure you share this with at least three people so you can build your conversations, build your tribe, so you’re having conversations that matter. Make sure you’re signed up for the Author of Your Own Story newsletter where you can always get tips, tricks, and techniques delivered right to your inbox. That’s it for me today. I’m going to go the mace, and I will see you tomorrow. Take care.

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