One of the interviews that I have done was with a man named Ron Glosser. He ran a little company you might’ve heard of called Hershey Chocolate. I asked him what the difference was between the people who come out on top and those who do not. He said something very profound:
“Successful people never make their major life-changing decisions when they are in their valleys.”
I asked him what this meant and Ron said,
“If you think about it, everything is cyclical. You have ups and you have downs. When you have your down periods, like when you are sick, getting a divorce, getting laid off, going bankrupt, or the economy is tanking, how could you make a life-changing decision framed from your lowest point in life?”
Ron mentioned that because everything is cyclical, it is alright to have a low point every once in awhile. What you can do at a low point is push through and ride out the storm until you begin to rise again. When you feel that upswing, or that shift where things start going in your direction again, make a decision then and you will save over 10 years of your life of having to go back and correct the wrong choices you made at your lowest point. This is because those wrong decisions were all based on negative emotions.
One of the ways to make sure you are consistently making the right decisions is to focus on the positive mindset of what you can do rather than focusing on what you can’t do. You may look at a situation and go through all the possibilities of why you can’t do something or complete a task. This may be what you can’t do, but what can you do?
When you surround yourself with positive emotions and you are focused on what youcan do, you can then figure out every necessary path you need to take in order to achieve the goals you want. When you believe in your own ability to do things, you can do more things.
Thinking positive, focusing on the opportunities you can take advantage of, and your decision-making skills are greatly affected by your environment. It is crucial you surround yourself with people who emanate positivity and challenge you to grow and take on new challenges. The decisions and actions you take will be greatly influenced by those you surround yourself with.
One example of surrounding yourself with the right people is attending the event coming up called the Secret Knock. This experience hosts the smartest, action-taking entrepreneurs and leaders from around the world. I created this invite-only event sogreat people could surround themselves with even greater people. The number of seats open is quickly declining and I want to make sure you can apply for your invitation. Go HERE to make sure you have the opportunity to make a decision that can boost your positive emotions, grow your network, and take you towards your goals.
Rather than thinking about what you cannot do, switch your perspective to ask yourself what you can do.
Can you reach your goals?
Can you achieve your dream?
Commitment is being so dedicated to what you are working toward that nothing can throw you off balance.
“Commitment is the key to all personal achievement no matter what it is that we want in our lives.”
Imagine going to a local club and you are a single person. While you are there, you see a person on the other side of the room, you think they are attractive, and you are interested in them. When it comes the time that you two meet up and things do not go so well, you are probably going to quickly leave.
Compare that to someone who meets the love of their life. These two people build a long and lasting relationship, they get married, and they become even more committed. When challenges come their way, which they always do, there is a commitment to make sure things get fixed. When you are in a committed relationship and you have that resolve, chances are you will find unique and creative ways to work through the challenges.
That is the difference between success and failure.
Most people go to a chosen field of endeavor that appears interesting to them rather than what they are committed to in their success equation, what their calling is, or what their purpose is.
Once you find out what you truly desire and want in your own existence, you need to make sure you do not let anyone, or anything, stand in your way. Your level of commitment will have a massive influence on the level of success you achieve in the area of your calling.
One of the most important commitments you can make is to effectively use your time. Your biggest focus should be to commit to not let people sidetrack you and still time away from what you want to do when your own life.
If you have a solid, clarified goal and a clear path to achieving it, you cannot afford to allow others to sidetrack you from what you know you need to do. People often say that time is your biggest asset because it is true.
If you are wanting to commit to becoming one of the greatest individuals you can be in whatever it is that you want to do, you need to apply for your invitation to the Secret Knock. This invitation-only event will bring together many of the brightest individuals from around the world that have achieved an exponential amount of success so they can connect, inspire, and help others reach their next levels of success. Applyfor your invitation as soon as you can because seating is running out!
Are you committed?
You might not know his name directly, but Dave Liniger, Co-Founder of the giant real estate corporation Re/Max, shared a great story with me about not giving in when things got rough.
One day I sat him down and asked him to tell me his story because back in the day he wanted to get into the real estate industry and I was curious if it was easy.
In the 1970’s during the other economic collapse, he went headfirst into something that most people were running from.
He said during the first two years, every phone call that came in was from a bill collector because all of the company’s funding ran out. He said that he was so embarrassed when the phone would ring, that he would run across the hall and pick it up so his secretary was not put on the spot.
By the third year it got even worse when they threw him in jail because they called Liniger a liar, a cheat, and a fraud.
I asked Dave Liniger what he did and he said he took his attitude from trying to prove the entire world wrong to something more admirable and to prove himselfright.
He knew and believed that he was not what others were making him out to be. He had the courage to pick up the phone and call the bill collectors back to tell them he was going to be honest that he did not have the $50,000 to pay them back, and he was sorry. He told them he had $50 in his pocket and he would send it to them that day along with a promise that he wouldn’t quit.
Liniger said, “Don’t give up on me, I won’t give up on my dream.”
He told me he called every bill collector every month until the fourth year when someone finally believed in him and bought their first franchise. That is the story of how Re/Max was made.
The thing that stuck out most to me was that he said, “I am a regular guy and I am unimportant, but how many people’s lives were changed because I would not quit? More importantly, how do we know that someone else who has the next American dream is not about to throw in the towel right now because a bill collector is on their other line?”
“Don’t give up on me, I won’t give up on my dream.”
It may take a day, months, or even years more until you find your next breakthrough success, but do not give up when it gets tough. Success is just around the corner if you keep pushing, but also recognize when those around you go through tough times so you can be the one to help them through.
This is a reason why the biggest companies bring me out to speak at their events. When their team members recognize their breakthrough successes are not far away and they just need an extra push to get through tough times, the companies are able to realign onto their path to success. Bring me to your team and have me speak at your next event to see the power I can bring to your people.
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– Greg Reid, Author Keynote Speaker, Dad
The first mentor I ever had in personal development was a guy named Charlie “Tremendous” Jones – a legend!
He has a great quote where he says, "You are the same today as you will be in five years except for two things: The people you meet and the books you read."
By this he means that your growth and success depend on who you hang out with and what you put in your head because these both help determine your character as a person. How true is that?
I would like to take that even one step further and have you understand this: We are a direct reflection of the five people we hang around the most right now. Our attitude, income, and lifestyle are the exact average of that group. Take a look around and see who you associate with the most and think about how each person affects your life.
Back in high school if you hung around the smoking section, who were you? A smoker. If you were around the jocks you were most likely a jock as well. The same thing applies to your life today.
“The secret of all success is to simply start associating and hanging out with the people that are getting the results you want.” – Greg Reid
This same concept also applies to something I did a few years ago. I decided and followed through with climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the Roof of Africa!
People would ask how in the world I could go from sea level in La Jolla, California to all the way up there. I told them it was simple because I applied the wisdom I am sharing to you right now in this article.
I got on the Internet and looked up the most successful Sherpa – the people that had climbed and summited three or four hundred times. They are the people I hired to help me and guess what happened!
Everywhere they put their boot, I put my boot print in the exact same spot. I knew that they were going to make it to the top, but if I veered off and tried my own road, they probably would be carrying me down in a body bag.
I was smart enough to learn from my mentors because we truly are a reflection of those we hang out and associate with. Bring me out to your next corporate event to speak by going HERE and I will make sure you and your teams learn and associate with the best in the world!
Surround yourself with leaders and you will be one too.
Greg Reid – Author, Keynote Speaker, Dad
No matter where I have gone in this world, there is one thing I have found that people have in common: Everyone has a story to tell.
One of my favorite stories all time came from an unlikely source: Evander Holyfield. Remember the heavyweight champion boxer?
I asked him what made him so special and how he won more heavyweight championships than anyone else in history. He told me it was easy because he had ahigher standard.
He said, “If you have a car and you will not tolerate it running bad or being dirty, you have a higher standard. The chances are that you also have a better car than your next-door neighbor.” In sports he said he showed up early, left late, he even invented his own exercises, and he had the highest standard that led him to winning more championships than anyone else.
He asked, “Where would you be outside the ring, whether you are a pet groomer, stock broker, or an insurance sales executive, if you had a higher standard compared to your competition?”
I saw his point and asked him, “But to be honest, didn’t it hurt being in a fight?”
He said it hurt badly, but when you are in the fight you do not focus on the pain or the punches you take. Once you do focus on the pain, where do you think you end up? On your back, knocked out. That is what people do outside of the ring.
People focus on the gas prices, the war, and the economy, and they wonder why they never became a champion in their own quest.
He pulled me in close and said,
“Do you know what the funny thing is? When you do win the championship, everyone comes to your feet and they chant your name. They raise your hand in victory and the guy puts a big shiny belt around your waist. At that moment, you do not feel even oneof the punches you took along the journey. The guy in the losing locker room however, is going to feel every bruise as he wishes he had a higher standard.”
Are you ready to up your game? Are you ready to bring me to your next event to speak and ignite your team members’ passions? I will help you and your company raise your standards, become champions, and focus on succeeding down your path.
Greg Reid – Author, Keynote Speaker, Dad