What is the pain and suffering of success?

There is a price to pay for success. Only you can define success and determine if you’re willing to pay the price for it.

If you’ve ever paid the price and succeeded then you’ll connect to the message. If you’re wanting success in your life this will give you the reality of what you’ll encounter along the way on getting there.

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The Daily Joy Checklist | Heartwarming Ideas to Create Memorable Joy

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Every man, women and child that ever walked the earth had the primal need to feel joy. Every action you take is in response to seeking it.

Unfortunately you live in a society that is actually doing its best to have you act in ways that would only give others joy. When I watch TV and see a commercial about a casino or restaurant here in Las Vegas where I live makes it sound like I’ll have a lot of fun and enjoyment by spending my money there. They suggest that by dressing up in fancy clothes and taking a chance I’ll win when I place a bet. They go on to even show someone winning, throwing their arms up in the air and hugging a beautiful women. That I can’t lose and thus I’d have joy by going there. Or if I ate their massive steak and lobster dinner and $.99 beer I would be happy and joyful.

The Dream Test; 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It!

I’m fortunate to have completed some big dreams in my life like finishing an Ironman Triathlon. I learned a great deal about the power of having a dream that moved me. I’ve learned that many people need help in clarifying their dream.

When I did my first Ironman triathlon on April 15, 2007 I knew then that I had found something that was important to me. Then I set my sights on one day racing in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. After I had finish several Ironman triathlons I realized that I would have to drastically improve my times to qualify to race in Kona.

But I kept my dream alive.

Then Ironman created a program for passionate triathletes like me, who would probably never qualify by racing fast, be granted a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to race in Kona. To qualify I had to finish 12 Ironman triathlons. My dream was now again a reality. I finished my 12th race, Ironman Boulder Colorado in August 2014, that now qualified me for my invitation to race in Kona.

Lantz_IronmanFinish_IsagenixIn October 0f 2015 I raced and finished the World Championship!

I’ve learned that if you can  own your dream, feeling it, seeing, hearing it, sharing it, sensing it, you can achieve it. Most people frankly do not have a dream and are compelled to follow someone else’s dream.

Below is a dream test to help you define your dream and put it to the test. The test is from John C. Maxwell’s Book, Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It.

My Dream

As stated in the Clarity question I can explain the gist of my dream in one sentence;

To spread joy all over the planet and create health, abundance and peace for every human being

My dream fits with everything I do in life. To end the suffering of my family by loving them and teaching my sons to become their best version of themselves. It has allowed me to reach and help many people and I’ve found a way to exchange value in a unique way to earn my own financial best self. It has led me to discovery that suffering can be ended by helping others outside of physically or financially such as friendship and mentoring them.

THE DREAM TEST

To assist you in putting your dream to the test, I’ve developed this Dream Test. Respond to each of the three statements under the dream questions by answering true or false. Once you’ve completed the test, enlist three people who know you well to help you evaluate yourself. If you have not already told them your dream, do so now. Then ask them to

Dream job or Dream life?

dream-jobWould you rather have a dream job or a dream life? I know when I came out of college in December 1978 I wanted the dream job. I didn’t really think about what a dream life would be. I know today many young people who come out to college are just wishing for any job.

I wasn’t really taught that college was the only way back when I graduated high school in 1974. I don’t think that has really changed. My mom had a two year degree and became a nurse while my dad had no secondary education other than serving 4 years in the US Navy as a SeaBee (C/B for construction battalion). He became a plumber/pipefitter. When I graduated high school dad wanted me to become a plumber. Mom didn’t really care.

It took many years of working, most of the time either for myself or as a partner in a large CPA firm, before I longed for more. The accolades of my peers and clients was not fulfilling anymore and there was something missing in my life.

Upon much study and soul searching, I discovered what was missing; dreaming of much more abundance in my life and leaving a real legacy for others including my sons and grandchildren. I started to feel locked inside a system of deadlines, returning client calls and endless hours during tax season of transferring numbers on a  piece of paper (a form 1040 US Income Tax Return) and sending it in to the IRS to settle up. What a waste of time I thought. I felt bad that my entrepreneurial clients who had to use their hard earned money on this process and getting no return. It would have been much better to invest that money in their business and create wealth. The government settle-up process of paying tax is a huge waste of resources.

A Dream Life

I had to get real with myself and exercise a lot of courage to make some life shifting decisions. Thankfully, the commitment and courage paid off and with much work I’m living my life on purpose and in many ways I’m living my dream.

Everybody’s dream life would be different. However there are some similarities. Here are my top five:

  1. You would embrace who you really were and not be what everyone else wanted you to be. You would accept your imperfections and realize they are really gifts. You would accept yourself and not need acceptance from others for your happiness. You’d be open to all possibilities and would easily be able to discern the truth you needed in order to go after your deepest passions.
  2. You would have superior health. Your health and fitness would allow you to pursue any physical challenge needed to accomplish your biggest desires.
  3. You would be completely free financially. This would allow you to live on purpose and be creative to serve your family and others. The concept of time would never be a constraint upon you.
  4. You would seek creative ways to provide value to others and serve them. Your happiness would grow as you were the instrument for others to achieve their dreams and goals.
  5. You’d live in the moment. You’d make each and everyday an adventure in itself. You’d freely share your knowledge with anyone open to accept it. You’d partner, in a way, with complete strangers and in a moment of sharing, become friends as if you had been friends your entire life

A Dream Job

A dream job would only be what would allow you a dream life.

The Ultimate Transition

Speaking only for myself but having experienced this transition in others I believe transitioning from having a dream job (or really any job) to a dream life is available to anyone. Here are the absolute steps that must be present:

  1. You must see clearly what your dream life would be. You must know how it feels and practice feeling that daily.
  2. You must believe in yourself. You must be authentic; embracing who you really are. You must say and believe, “I am enough!”
  3. You must do the things others are not willing to do to create financial freedom. This will be hard. You must face fear with complete courage before you move forward.
  4. You must express gratitude that everything in your life is a blessing; even your challenges.
  5. You must create a complete healthy lifestyle starting with what you eat.

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Making major changes in your life may be very scary! They were for me too. What made them manageable is that you only need to make small changes every 90 days. Those small changes add up over time.

It will be worth it to you. I’ve asked many millionaires what was more important; the money you earned to become financially free or the person you became in the process. Without exception each has told me the exact same thing; the person they become was more important.

Once you understand this you’ll discover, as I have and many others who have achieved financial freedom, that the money and wealth come ONLY after you grow as a person. With that, working on making you better is key.

Don’t wish your life was easier, wish you were better!

You got this!

How will you change in 2014? Five ways to make 2014 a break through year.

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Seeing a new year come upon you many start to think about a new direction in their life. The end of a year provides an opportunity to reflectively review and decide if a course correction is in order. Here are 5 ways to view this important time in your life.

1. Realize your past has nothing to do with your future

Many people get stuck in life, not moving forward because they have really lost hope that it can ever be better. That is a false view of life. With hope comes faith. Anyone can begin to live the life of their dreams but it has to start with the dream; an attitude of believing that you can accomplish anything in life.

2. One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind

I included Neil Armstrong’s famous line as he placed his foot on the moon before any other man. It’s important that change first starts with belief, hope and faith. Those are really important attributes of change and are a fundamental of living your dream life. Will you all of a sudden be transformed into a dream machine on a beach somewhere in the South Pacific? No. But it does mean that you’re on that beach in your mind and then today start to move toward it with one small step. Perhaps you need extra cash flow. You can begin to explore a new and better way to increase it. That is movement forward. This way of thinking; faithful and with hope, is one giant leap for you.

3. Accept all offerings

Have you ever been disappointed out an outcome that you received? If so, then you were “expecting” a different outcome. Expectation is the enemy! What if you just acted in faith toward your goal as you worked in daily small steps to achieve it and were just “hopeful” that you’d receive your dream want? With being grateful for “any” outcome, i.e. offering, you’d never be disappointed. You’d be happy at what ever the offering was. Gratitude begets more gratitude. Disappointment begets more disappointment. Happiness is a state where you accept that with which you have no control. This shift in your thinking will yield monumental results.

 ” Expectation is the enemy! “

4. Improve your well-being, improve every aspect of your life

A good place to start to make changes in your life is with your well-being. Well-being is the connection between body-mind-spirit. As you make “choices” to eat better, exercise better and sleep better you’ll almost immediately be rewarded with feeling better and less worrisome thoughts. That’s a clue friend! When your health changes because you believed it would, you’ll start to see your thoughts change. You’ll conquer the thoughts created because you have low energy or you have pain. You’ll begin to “feel” better about yourself and that will improve your confidence and help you overcome deep insecurity about how you view how others may be looking at you. Physical health is a key to making lifelong lasting change because you’ll learn about “how to change” other aspects of your life too.

5. Create a vision board

A vision board is nothing more than words or pictures that depict the life you want. Review it everyday and keep those images in your mind’s eye. But the process of creating the vision board is as important as the board itself. The process is a mini-life unfolding. You 1) think about your ideal life and 2) create it on the board. The board itself started in your head. You exercised faith that if you looked in a certain magazine or did a Google search you’d find the photo that equated to your dream that you wanted to paste on the board. That is precisely how to create an ideal life. You see what you want and begin a series of actions to take you there.

Get your AWESOME 2014 started NOW! I know you can do it! Let me know if I can help you in any way!