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Here we are coming to the end of the month, the end of March and the end of the first fiscal, or first quarter, in 2018. So if you’re watching this while these are released live, this is a perfect time for you to go right now and mark your calendar, mark off time to go back and reflect on this past quarter, these past three months. What have you been doing? Here’s what I would suggest. Now, obviously, if you’re a business owner, this should be a practice that you’re doing in your business to look at three stages. So your net, your gross, and your take-home pay. Those are three numbers that you want to be looking at each and every week when you’re actually doing a review.

Now, we’re looking at this quarterly review. Where are you compared to the goals that you set? Now if you’ve done our 90 Day Game, and if you haven’t go ahead and reach out to me personally, I’ll make sure that somebody gets you a link to the 90 Day Game and gets you an access code for free, and this 90 Day Game is a game that we set up with our coaching clients all over the world, so they can actually achieve results. And oftentimes, what people will say is even after just a few days of the 90 Day Game, they’ve achieved more than they had in years. Now the part of this 90 Day Game is the review. So many of our coaching clients start from scratch the 90 day game on January 1st, the beginning of the year, not because it’s the New Year, but it is that date that we look back at the next 90, the first quarter, because that really ties in with our business.

So, even if you’re not a business owner, here’s what I would like you to do. Grab your journal, and then what I want you to do on the top of each page this time is write the categories, so mind, body, soul, relationships, and yes, business. And the top of each page … At the bottom what I want you to do is journal what were the past 90 days like? What are your wins, your successes? Did you hit your goals and your outcomes that you wanted? When you go to my Facebook page, my private page over there, you’ll actually see some people on there, there’s a gentleman named Eric, and he’s not only hit his quarterly goals, but he said he already hit his goals for 2019. Amazing Eric, great job. And so what I wanted to know, is have you? And there’s no judgment around that, and maybe you set just such astronomical goals that they’d be impossible to reach, but it’s the journey that gets you there. There’s different philosophies on how to do that. That’s not my style, my style is reaching goals. Goals that are almost impossible, but not quite. They’re doable if you really put forth the effort. That pulls you into it and pushes you a little bit more as well.

So what I want you to do again, is now you’ve got these five categories across there. Now you can add a sixth one, and the sixth one that I do is either fun or wealth. So where am I in my financial wealth, that’s the one I utilize, in my last 90 days? How much money did I make? As a business owner, and I run multiple businesses, I’m looking at my gross, my net, and then also my take home pay for my family. Is that increasing? Is it decreasing? Where is that stabilizing? And that way I’m making sure that I’m reaching the goals that I have set for myself. And then fun. Fun’s an area I always like to look back. It’s easy for me as somebody that’s running multiple businesses, has a family, to make sure that I’m having fun. I mean, that’s what I’m here for. It’s one of the things I’m here for. And so listing all the fun things that I’ve done.

Now, when I go through these five categories, I like to share them. I’m going to be sharing them with my family, so in particular, my wife because my son’s too young to understand, but sharing all the things that we’ve done. And I just recently had a birthday and my wife lovingly put a book together of pictures from the past year. And even going through those pictures, even though it’s only been a year, I was like so many memories that I had forgotten, and looking through that book it just brought back a flood of memories. And that’s what I want to do for you with each of these five categories, or six if you choose to go for fun and wealth. Fun or wealth.

So again, you’re going to start writing. So the area of mind. What did you learn? What are the big lessons from the past quarter? What books did you read? What videos did you do? What podcasts or shows did you watch? Did you actually watch these Daily Growth Hacks each and every day? If you did, I applaud you and I know your life is unrecognizable if you did the work, from your former self. So fantastic, you’re on the way. If you haven’t, maybe that’s something you can go back to do and set a goal for the next quarter. Go back and listen to some of the other Daily Growth Hacks. We’re almost at our goal of 365, which was my personal commitment for the Daily Growth Hacks. That’s coming up in just a couple months, it’s amazing.

So what else did you learn? Now, what were those lessons? What are the lessons you can take away to help you grow, become the author of your own story? What are the things that are really the nuggets that you could take home for yourself and those around you, that you got? And, I list a few shortcomings maybe, if there were any. But don’t list a lot of them. Limit yourself to five shortcomings or things that you just didn’t hit. But I want you to really emphasize the wins. This is going to train your mind. Just like we do anything else or hear that song, when you emphasize the wins, you’re going to recognize the wins in your life more often, and you’re going to start winning more often. It’s often said that it’s easy for winners. Winners are winners. And the reason is it’s because they’ve gotten used to winning, it’s just become a habit. And I want that habit to be there for you.

In all of your categories, remember we chose the Five to Thrive because way back when I was seeking mentors and coaches, way back in the early 2000s, I seemed to only find somebody who was focused on one or two of these categories, and so I realized my life wasn’t personally fulfilled unless I had all five of these working really well. At least an eight or above on a scale of one to 10, 10 being the best. At least an eight. So that’s what I want for you. So list that.

At the end I want you to rate the quarter for you in each category. So in your mind, body, soul, relationships, and business, what would you give yourself on a scale of one to 10? What would you give yourself looking back at all these wins in the quarter, versus where you want to be? Now, if you notice that you’re below a six or something like that, reach out. Reach out to myself, someone on our team, or the Author of Your Own Story community on Facebook, and we’d be happy to work with you and try to help you out there. Remember, I started the Author of Your Own Story experience, this project was a passion project of mine, because I was traveling around the world, running my businesses, and people kept reaching out to me on social media, on my phone, old friends telling me, “Oh, I wish I could do what you’re doing Doug. I wish I could have that lifestyle.” And I’m here to tell you, you can, and I want that for you. And that’s why I do this, I’m just giving back. People have given me so much in my life, and I want to give to back to you. I want to impact over a million people in a positive way. I think that’s how we make our world a better place and I want that for you.

So let me know how this review goes for you. I highly encourage you to set aside at least 90 minutes for this review. It’s 90 days, 90 minutes. I just happened to pick that correlation, but that’s what I do. I set myself a couple of hours and I actually go some place where I can be inspired and just journal and really write down all those memories. I’ll look back at pictures on social media and see some of the things that I’ve done, or I’ll look at this beautiful book my wife gave me and look back at those memories.

That’s it for me today. I encourage you to reach out and go over to the Author of Your Own Story community on Facebook and introduce yourself. That’s where you’re going to find other like minded people on their journey, just like you. They’ll be supporting and encouraging you along the way. And of course, go over to and make sure you get on that email newsletter list. That’s the way you find out about these events and courses and free giveaways that we’re doing, like the 90 Day Game or the Bridge the Gap course, that we’re constantly giving away to our listeners and subscribers for free. Just one other way that we’re giving back to allow you to get a little closer to your own journey.

All right, that’s it. I will see you tomorrow. Go out and inspire someone simply by being the author of your own story.

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