[New Post] Mastering the Mundane


Mastering the Mundane

Why does one person lose the thirty pounds and never gains it back and another person will quit and go back to old habits after losing a significant amount?

Why does one person get out of debt and the other stay in debt?

One has learned to master the mundane.

Mundane is described as lacking interest or excitement; dull.

The secret sauce of success is hidden in the mundane. It’s boring to exercise every day. It’s boring to eat right. It’s boring to budget rather than spend money on whatever you want. It’s boring to put in the hard work in to grow your company.

The mundane is not sexy, it’s not flashy, but it’s the boring, consistent behavior day after day after day…that leads to what appears to be an overnight success.

What people see is the picture of the person thirty pounds lighter. What they miss is the hard work, day in and day out that lead up to the weight loss.

To master the mundane, the accomplishment of the end goal has to be stronger than the short term sacrifice of the mundane.

Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous. – Bill Moyers

What do you want to accomplish? What is the end goal worth to you? Is it worth the sacrifice of the short term mundane? The choice is yours.

The mundane is not easy, and it’s never fast. Also, woven into the mundane are setbacks and disappointment. Mastering the mundane is being able to see long term. It may take you longer than your co-worker to lose thirty pounds. It may take you longer than you anticipated to get out of debt.

But what will it feel like when you do?


The end goal IS sexy and flashy. The end goal in one area is the beginning of living a life of conquering the mundane. The mundane never goes away. After you accomplish one goal, you will have even greater confidence to move into another area of your life and follow through until you see the results you are looking for. Remember, you accomplish your goals when you consistently do the same correct mundane things over and over when you don’t want to.

It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.

Question: What mundane thing can you start doing today to move you closer to your goals? Let me know on my Facebook or Twitter

[New Post] The space between

The space in between

On Monday, I made a huge batch of Chili and tonight ( Wednesday ) I had Chili again. It’s been wonderful having the leftovers and having dinner ready in a flash. This morning I worked out before work like I do almost every day, then headed to the office. After a productive day, I came home from work, picked up the house a little and mowed the grass hopefully for the last time this season. Right now, I am snuggling next to my wife blogging while she reads her book and my two youngest kids are playing upstairs in their room while my oldest does her homework. My cat perches above me on the top of the couch drifting in and out of his cat nap while my brindle boxer paces the floor strategically trying to find a place to squeeze in next to my wife and me. But without avail, she sighs, turns a few times in a circle and plops down on the floor.

This was my day.

Nothing spectacular. Maybe even a little boring. I have dreams and goals. Projects I am working on, meetings coming up that help to move the vision of my company forward.

The best part of my life in this midst of everything I want to accomplish through the Life Organized Company are days like today.

Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments. -Rose Kennedy

So much of success is about what you do with the space between accomplishing your goals. There’s more space between than mountain top moments. When we learn how tremendous “the space between” is, we realize how successful we already are. I’m keeping it short tonight. Time to focus on the space between or maybe this is a mountaintop moment.

Question: How do you focus on the moments in between? Leave me a comment on my Facebook or Twitter!

[New Post] The most powerful question to ask to declutter your life

The most powerful question to ask to declutter your life

Everyone has clutter.

Emotional, physical and spiritual clutter fills our life. We have clutter in our garage, clutter crammed under beds, and clutter in our ”junk” drawer.

If we are honest with ourselves, we would admit that we also have clutter in our head and heart filling up our lives and keeping us from reaching our full potential.

Our potential is the seed of what we can become in the future. And our ability to declutter or life is directly connected to our ability to reach our potential.

The more baggage we carry through life, the heavier the weight of life. Imagine an Olympic runner trying to carry four full suitcases on their back while competing. They would be going nowhere fast.

We can’t reach our full potential and still carry the clutter of life.

Why do we continue to try to do both?

What you own can easily blind you to who you are and what you can be.” – Peter Walsh

For most of us, it’s not that we want to ignore our life clutter, it’s that we don’t always know how to address it.

One of the greatest questions I have learned to ask myself on a regular basis is what I have labeled “The freedom question”.

The freedom question is: “Why am I holding on to this?”

Asking “Why am I holding on to this” helps us to look inside and be honest with the clutter that fills our head, home and heart.

Do you have closets full of stuff? Ask: “ Why am I holding on tho this?

Bitterness and resentment in a relationship? Ask: “ Why am I holding on this?”

Negative thoughts and low self-esteem? Ask: “Why am I holding on to this?”

When we ask the freedom question, we are also asking another underlying question that goes much deeper: “Am I holding on to this or does this have a hold on me?”

What has a hold on you? What luggage are you carrying around? What answer comes to mind when you ask: “Why am I holding on to this?

I have a new free resource coming out titled: “How to overcome any obstacle and keep moving forward” in it, I share one of the most difficult obstacles I faced and how I overcame it. I was able to move forward because after I had asked this question, I took action. The freedom question gives you permission to address the clutter that we brush under our emotional, spiritual or physical rug.

Don’t allow life’s clutter to keep you from reaching your full potential.

Question:What is the very next step you can take to declutter that area of your head, home or heart? I would love to hear from you! Click the blue links to leave me a comment on my Facebook or Twitter. 

[New Post] Are you planning for your next setback?



I live in the Midwest. We are weeks away from our first snowfall of the season. I already have my salt, shovel and ice scraper ready to go.

I don’t want to be searching for my winter gear when it’s twenty-seven degrees outside and snowing.

Like winters in the Midwest, you don’t want to be caught off guard when the winter seasons of life come, and they will come.

You have to be prepared.

What are you doing today to prepare for life’s winter seasons?

The definition of Preparation is “the action or process of making ready.”

I love the statement: “the process of making ready”.

There is no way we can prepare for the unknowns of life. But we can make ourselves as ready as possible.

One of the best ways to plan for your next setback is to ask yourself:

“What if…”

Jim Collins in his book “Great by Choice” describes how we should always be preparing for when, not if, the next big disruption is going to happen.

Collins said, “how you perform in bad times depends on how you prepare in good times.”

The “What If” question allows you to consider the worst case scenario before it happens. Having a plan in place before the next big disruption will soften its impact on your life or business.

When we fail to plan for difficult seasons, we are planning to fail. You don’t want to be a pessimist, but you also don’t want to be foolish thinking everything is going to work out perfect every time.

You will experience setbacks, your plans will not always go the way you think.

Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes. – Zig Ziglar

So after you’ve answered the “What if” question, what next?

Don’t waste your season.

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. – John F. Kennedy

Is your organization in “Summertime” and everything is wonderful? Plan ahead.

Do you have enough reserves on hand? Do you have too many employees and are running a little top-heavy? Are there other areas of your overhead you can cut?

What about your physical health? Have you gained a few pounds? Have you asked the “What If” question about your health? What if you don’t take action on your health? What kind of setback are you looking to have?

You can apply the “What If” question on your thoughts, relationships, finances, career or health.

The more you plan for a setback, the better prepared you will be. In fact, preparing for disruptions and setbacks prepare you for handling success in the long run. You learn to take more thought out, calculated risk knowing that setbacks will come.

I will prepare, and someday my chance will come. – Abraham Lincoln

Your chance of success will come. It will come even sooner the more you prepare for the setback too.

Question: How are you planning for your next setback?

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