How Many Times Do You Write Your Goals Each Day?

Every personal leadership book I have ever read tells me to write my goals daily. But let’s get real. How many of us actually write our goals daily? I never wrote down my goals daily in the past. I also never achieved much either. One day, I began writing my goals. It seemed like some magical power I had over myself. I suddenly started accomplishing the minor goals I set for myself. It was like magic!

Years ago,  I was writing my goals down on a legal pad. I got up, left my legal pad unattended as I went to the restroom. When I got back a few minutes later, a co-worker was reading my goals out loud to other co-workers and ridiculing me and my goals. It was like a scene from a fourth grade classroom, but with adults…or at least people of adult age. I learned that day that ridicule hurts. I also learned years later that ridicule doesn’t hurt as near as bad as “almost reaching my goals.” I’m also much more protective of my goals than I used to be.

I was also working within organizations that I thought and felt needed entrepreneurs, but really needed lackeys. Since then, I am the most important employee of every organization I work in…because I own those organizations. I am dedicated to the success of my businesses and goal-setting is the driving force behind these future successes.

If you aren’t interested in improving your life, then disregard this post and go on and live your mediocre life. If you are interested in improving your life, then continue reading.

What happens if I don’t write my goals down daily? Nothing. Nothing changes. You don’t advance in your career, your business doesn’t grow, and the bills keep piling up with dwindling resources to pay them with. Your yesterday looks like your tomorrow. You are on someone else’s hamster wheel because you don’t take control of your life. Your life becomes average and you stay average.

What happens if I write down my goals daily? My behaviors start to change. I do different things in different orders. I pay more attention to actions I am taking with regard to these goals. I am directing my life towards my goals. Things start improving.

The question then becomes “What are you willing to do to change your life?” If you don’t take half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the evening to write down your goals, your life will not improve. Your life will become like the movie “Groundhog Day” in which the main character lives the same day over and over.

Here is one of my favorite tools for writing my goals and planning my activities around those goals. This is the 10x Planner from Grant I buy and use Grant Cardone’s products and services to help improve my businesses and my life, and I think you should too. If you are looking for a light and compact day planner to help you achieve your goals, I strongly recommend that you buy and use this planner to improve your business and your life.

How many times do I write my goals down? I write my goals down ten times in the morning and ten times at night before going to bed in a legal pad. Then I use the 10x Planner to write down my goals again and plan the activities that make those goals a reality. Get the 10x Planner today, write your goals down, and start changing your life! The 10x Planner is also available in a four pack.

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The Book That Helped Me Earn My Biggest Paycheck So Far

Alright here’s my confession. I didn’t buy the book The 10x Rule, I bought the mp3 audio, which is even better than the book in my opinion . The audio is also called The 10x Rule by New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur, sales trainer, and real estate mogul Grant Cardone. I bought it from on July 7th, 2014 as a package deal with three other audios (except I spent $179 on those four audios). I immediately got into them. The 10xRule is a fresh, no-holds-barred approach to the subject of success and getting everything successful people want out of life. If you want more success out of life, I highly encourage you to buy this mp3, listen to it often, and 10x your successes. I have used the information in this audio to greatly transform my life, and to get on and stay on a track of success. This information can help anyone who truly wants more success in their lives.  And yes, there are affiliate links in this post.

I was living a below average lifestyle waiting tables at a restaurant in Atlanta that I knew was running out of time. Yet another restaurant was failing beneath my feet. When I began my sales career, there was a telephone and a list, so I went back to telephone sales. I offered my services on Elance (now Upwork). I found that I stumbled on a niche that I was pretty good at and was in huge demand (and still is). After succeeding with several different projects, I found myself running out of business on Elance. Then, my “dream job” came along. It was an opportunity to work from home with a recruiting firm and cold call financial advisers. This was right up my alley. It also led to the largest check of my life (so far) for $41,704.

Every morning without fail, I listened to The 10x Rule to get fired up and get ready to call financial advisers all day long. My mission was to get around the gatekeeper, get to the leader for the financial adviser team (who were most likely multi-millionaires), and pitch them on changing the company they represented. The 10x Rule helped me create the mindset that I had the potential to succeed in this highly competitive field, and helped me develop the perseverance necessary to get paid.

Grant calls The 10x Rule  “the only difference between success and failure,” and he is living proof of it. He started with nothing at the age of 25 and now has a real estate portfolio of at least $500 million according to his Twitter profile. The first quote from the book tells everyone that this isn’t your typical success book.

Anyone who suggests that I do less is either not a real friend, or very confused. -Grant Cardone

Grant goes on to introduce The 10x Rule as “the holy grail for those who desire success.” He goes on to say “The 10x Rule establishes the right levels of actions and thinking that will guarantee your success and make sure that you continue operating at those levels throughout your life and your career.” If you are one of the few who desire success of any kind, listening to The 10x Rule is a must. However, taking action on The 10x Rule is mandatory for your future success.

What is The 10x Rule? “The 10x Rule is the one thing that will guarantee you get what you want in amounts greater than you ever thought was imaginable.” Grant goes on to say that The 10x Rule can be applied to any area of life, whether spiritual, familial (your family), or financial. He also confesses that he failed at the second part of The 10x Rule, which is “adjusting my thinking so that I dare dream at levels previously unimaginable.”

What The 10x Rule did for me was to open my eyes to areas in my life that I was not pushing myself to 10x my present goals. It was easy to get distracted when my goals were small, but when I 10x’d my goals, I put everything I had behind my goals. My goals went from “nice-to-have’s” to “got-to-have’s.”

The 10x Rule also explains why successful people keep working on their businesses and successes long after they have reached a level of success that the most people would call “comfortable:”

Extremely successful people know that their efforts must continue in order for them to realize new achievements and new success. Once the hunt for a desired object or goal is abandoned, the cycle of success ends. -Grant Cardone

This is where I failed on my quest for success, by not staying on a path of future successes. I rested on my laurels and had to start over again. I guarantee you this will be a very rewarding experience for me personally.

What are others saying about The 10x Rule audio? Check out the reviews at the bottom of the page.

After listening to this audio for three years now, my life has been a roller coaster of successes and positive transitions. It has helped me soar to new heights and recover from not doing what I should to continue my successes. Get The 10x Rule, listen to it daily and begin experiencing prosperity!

What can The 10x Rule do for You? Buy it and find out what your next accomplishments are!

Why Getting Rich and Famous are Essential to Your Entrepreneurial Success

Rich and famous woman getting on her plane.

Rich and famous woman getting on her plane.

Getting rich and famous are almost taboo these days.

Like a lot of busy solopreneurs these days, I have a few tools that are in auto-pilot on my Twitter feed @michael_neely. Yesterday, I saw the article “5 Wrong Reasons for Becoming an Entrepreneur” by Jayson Demers on my feed from Entrepreneur magazine and I had to read it. I don’t keep it a secret that I am a big fan of Grant Cardone and his various works on entrepreneurship and sales training.

To be fair to Jayson, it seems to me that he is writing about primary motivations to starting a business and becoming an entrepreneur. I agree with him that starting a business for the sole purpose of getting rich probably won’t work. If you want to get famous, I would turn to Hollywood (or another film-making city like Atlanta), dropping a CD, devoting your time to become a “reality TV” star, or even social media. Even then, it won’t happen overnight.

However, if you have decided to take the leap and start a business, your number one job is marketing. Without effective marketing, your business will quickly become an expensive hobby that could take years to recover from financially. To summarize the goals of an effective marketing strategy, your goal is to become rich and famous. You want to convert as many impressions to sales as possible and get a little closer to being rich every day. You also want to become famous to your target market. You want anyone who wants the type of widget you are selling to know who you are and how to buy from you. In essence, you want to be famous to your target market.

Why take my advice? Because it makes sense. I didn’t come up with this idea either. Grant Cardone is a mentor of mine even though I have not met him (yet), and he is the best mentor I have ever had. I have maintained my attitude under seemingly impossible circumstances from repeating his works in my head. Following his works led me to my biggest paycheck to date. His titles that I own are The 10x Rule, Sell or Be Sold, The Closer’s Survival Guide, If You’re Not First, You’re Last, and The Rules of Success. I listen to these mp3’s regularly, and highly recommend all of them.

Get Rich as Your Set Higher Goals

  1. Getting rich is your obligation.   Of course, the core concept of your business comes first, but a second attention needs to be focused on sales and marketing. The only way to gauge that is by sales numbers and profits. If you’re setting and achieving progressively higher sales goals and achieving those goals, your company is growing. Why not set massively higher goals? That is what The 10x Rule is all about. It introduces the concept of setting goals that are 10 times what you think are high goals and then adding 10 times your usual effort to achieve your goals. Setting regular goals is fine if that’s all you want. But, if your goals are unexciting, you won’t put your full potential into your business. Here is one of my favorite quotes from The 10x Rule:

“A person who limits his or her potential success will then limit what he or she is willing to do to create and keep it.” -Grant Cardone

So why not make getting rich a priority? The 10x Rule would be a great place to begin your 10x journey to success.

Get Famous With Your Target Market

  1. If no one knows you, they can’t buy from you. If you aren’t famous with your target market, that is an opportunity for your target market to buy from someone else. Why? They didn’t know about you.

“Obscurity is the single biggest killer to a business or entrepreneur.” -Grant Cardone

This makes obscurity your number one enemy as an entrepreneur. You will have to pound social media, blogs, the phone, and everything else you can to get your message out that you are open for business. For your business to survive, your target market must know who you are, what you do, and how to buy your services. Your business will fail every time if you do not make yourself famous, at least with your target market.

If you get famous with the people who want and need your services, and set higher goals and back those goals with everything you have, the “get rich” part will take care of itself.

How I Went Backwards in Business…and You Can Too!

Contemporary rendering of a poster from the Un...

Contemporary rendering of a poster from the United Kingdom reading “Keep Calm and Carry On”, created during World War II. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, but that’s all about to change…permanently.

I’ve pursued my business career the wrong way for years. I’ve gotten involved with companies as a sales rep that immediately wanted me to market their way and no other ways. This also limited my potential success. I have worked 1099 “opportunities” that required me to be a certain place and do certain things and said I had the freedom to leave. I have worked opportunities where the company sabotaged my every effort to work hard and earn a living I could springboard from. Then are the government agencies that pose a risk to all business endeavors, such as the IRS.

If there is anyone who has found many ways to fail in business, I’m the guy. I have also never given up, and never surrendered. I am more excited today than at any other time in my life because I am finally moving forward.

I have to get this off my chest first. I attained a level of success as a recruiter for financial advisers. I earned the biggest paycheck of my life by getting on the phones and talking to financial advisers about moving from one company to another while waiting tables at night. Everything went well, then the restaurant started moving in the wrong direction. I struggled to stay in the office  until I could get my big paycheck. I could only get one team to move, as the owner of the business refused to get a website for his business. Then, he wanted me to make calls all day for $11 per hour. My demands were that he build a website, or let me build a website for him for free. He declined. I quit. He’s now out of business (or at least out of that industry).

I was still waiting tables in the restaurant in Buckhead. The restaurant sales declined at night. Markets shifted. My schedule got shorter, and so did my money. I lost the financial gains I made in the last five years and my mere survival became threatened (again). But I still had the lessons I learned from my experiences that led to my biggest success to date, a check I earned in the mid five figures. My next goal is to move on and make that accomplishment seem like small change.

The object is to move forward, not backwards. However, success is not a straight line, and as long I am still breathing and free, I will never stop accumulating success, and avoid failure as much as I can…or at least learn from my failures. But I will never give up. Because I’ll never quit, I’ll never fail.

Here are a few quotes you can use to keep your head straight and focused on getting the outcome you desire in business and in life:

  1. “Never, never, never, never give in.”- These are the words spoken by Winston Churchill when Nazi Germany was attempting to bomb England int submission on the Battle of Britain in 1940-1941.
  2. “Keep Calm And Carry On”- This may sound familiar to you. The motivational poster published in 1939, Keep Calm and Carry On.
  3. “Illegitimati Non Carborundum Est.”- This is how I remember reading it the first time. A few Latin scholars have disposed it as not true Latin, but they miss the point entirely. It was reportedly on the back of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s nameplate when he served as President of the United States, and loosely translated from Latin “Don’t let the bastards wear you down.” The source of this quote is from Britain’s test of survival from World War 2.

Stay tuned, more on the way…soon!

Four Reasons To Begin With Where You Are

BeginWhere Do I Start My Next Project?

My life has certainly not been a straight line of successes. I have met setbacks, obstacles and even had my plans sabotaged by others. Sometimes, I have created my own setbacks and obstacles and sabotaged myself. I have re-started my life and what I am working on repeatedly throughout my life. Some projects and businesses didn’t even get to the starting gate because I didn’t think they were even remotely possible. Sometimes it was because I didn’t think I had the resources to execute the plan. Sometimes I didn’t think I had the capabilities to reach the goal or even to get started.

Don’t wait for conditions to be just right to start your business or your next project. Based on my experience, here are a few reasons to forge ahead and move forward on your next project or business.

  1. The perfect conditions never come.No matter how hard you try, you will never have enough money, enough time, or the perfect resources to get started. Microsoft and Apple were both started in garages, or, at least, that’s the myth. Whether that is true or not, they definitely didn’t begin in the headquarters they have today.
  2. If you are to begin something, you must begin somewhere. Most of the time, it’s not the finish that matters, it’s getting started. The most important thing is taking the raw energy of an idea and creating something with it. This website and all of my websites began as an idea. Then I bought a domain. Then hosted the domain, learned some code, or got familiar with WordPress and updated it as much as I can. No matter, how each website got on the Internet, I had to begin with an idea, then execute that idea. You have to start with where you are and what you have available. Even if the first step is buying a book on writing web code.
  3. There is nothing holding you back, but yourself. Many times when I am starting a new project, I have found myself doubting my capabilities to get something done or to change some aspect of my life. This is normal. It is your brain desperately trying to keep you safe in an unsafe world. It’s these thoughts that keep you at the dead-end job for years because the pay is consistent or because the commute is convenient. It’s the voice that says that you actually like your idiot co-workers and that staying where you are is ok. It’s this voice that originally was to protect you from danger, but these days, the greater danger may lie in staying where you are.
  4. Momentum is what you want. When you start a project, you break the habit of not starting the project. You make a small step to remove complacency from your life and your project. When you do it once, it’s scary. Then you do it again and begin the project, or start showing up repeatedly during your business day.

Many times we are our own worst enemies. We sabotage ourselves into accepting mediocrity or poverty, instead of going for all the successes we can. We settle for where we are and let the media, our co-workers and managers, and our friends and family convince us that it’s ok to settle. There is no better feeling than getting to a goal and setting another more challenging goal right behind it.

But first, you have to get started.

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