Who are our hereos? Wait for it...

Posted by Vince Poscente on Mon, Oct 10, 2016 @ 12:36 PM

A funny look at the kinds of heroes in our lives. We have:

  • Iconic Heroes - Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Theresa.
  • Situational Heroes - Sully
  • Societal Heroes - First Responders and Teachers
  • Sports Heroes - Serena Williams and Wayne Gretzky

One minute clip from AMBITION 2016

 

 

Heroes Climb is a new motivational keynote speech on the qualities of EVERYDAY HEROES. Qualities like fearlessness, selflessness, compassion, humilty and persistence. Go to Heroes Climb Keynote for a quick peak at Vince's new inspirational speech on what we can do to become heroes in other people's lives.

Tags: Motivational, Inspirational

Success is Returning Safely - HeroesClimb - Day 9

Posted by Vince Poscente on Wed, Jul 06, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

When people learn you've competed in the Olympic Games the number one question is either "Did you win?" or the more gracious "How did you do?" (which is a veiled version of "Did you win?"). Mountain climbers face a similar question.

As we return back through both advance base camp and base camp toward Dwada valley, we have a question waiting for us. "Did you summit?" (or, Did you fall short?)  At the time of writing this blog post, I am only reporting what we have planned. 

The pictures were taken by our recce (recconaissance) team in May. The actual photos and account of our summit attempt will reveal the truth of a moment in time. But the human experience is far more than a moment. The HeroesClimb was designed to provide a experience for 10 people dedicated to thousands of moments strung together in a remote part of the world. 

We will most certainly reflect on what it takes to climb in life. The obvious metaphors of ups and downs will couple with insights on what it takes to approach and reconcile goals in life. 

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Because we were limited in the peaks we could name, we named sections of our path to the other HeroesClimb finalists. (You may have heard of Hillary Step on Everest. This is the same idea.) We will name appropriate sections after:

  • Hanna France - a force of resilience and joy.
  • Doreen Levin - breast cancer warrior, admired by all.
  • Michael DeMaio - the strength of his character lives in the memory of loved ones.
  • Chad Hymas - a broken neck hasn't held him back from extraordinary heights.
  • Stacy Kimmel - who's words "I love you" echo from his heart.
  • Art Berg - his broken body may be gone but his legacy touches millions.
  • MJ - his premature body and amazing spirit has overcome incredible odds. 
  • Kevin Gosnell - his ALS inspired him past his own life to a find a cure by 2020. 
  • Andy Anderson - a patriarc beyond compare, he lead by example.
  • Mike Buckley - "The world's finest human." His example lives in others. 

Congratulations to all the HeroesClimb finalists and their nominees.

Tags: Self Development, Motivational

Head in the Clouds - HeroesClimb - Day 8

Posted by Vince Poscente on Tue, Jul 05, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

Our adventure at the top of the world continues. As we attempt climb two unclimbed, unnamed peaks at the top of the world. We will be able to report our exact altitudes after we summit.

The idiom, "His or her head is in the clouds" comes to mind. It means the person is not paying much attention to what is happening around them, and has their head filled with unrealistic ideas.

Although a cloud can come rollling up the valley, envelope our entire team, drastically drop the temperature; our "heads" are most certainly NOT in the clouds. Our attention is acutely tuned to our surroundings and safe passage.

Climbing a virgin peak may be unrealistic to some, but we are here. The heroes we climb for supercede obstacles in their own lives. They too are aware of their surroundings but are not held back by circumstance. Moreover, if a passerby or authority says, "that's unrealistic," this only fuels their desire to keep climbing.

Each of us has a hero within.

Heroes climb, that's what heroes do.

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Tags: Goals, Motivational, Inspirational

Base Camp Ahead - HeroesClimb - Day 6

Posted by Vince Poscente on Sun, Jul 03, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

Through the valley, we pass peak after peak on either side of us. These Himalayan mountains are like shark's teeth cutting the sky.

After another acclimatization day we look forward to establishing our base camp. The sound of rushing water coming off the countless glaciers bounces off the cliffs on both valley walls of rock. We are well above the tree line and approach the zone where nothing grows.

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Tags: Goals, Motivational

Resting is part of Climbing - HeroesClimb - Day 5

Posted by Vince Poscente on Sat, Jul 02, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

Acclimatization & Rest Day at Dwada .

As we prepare for climbing peaks and setting up our advanced base camp we need ensure our bodies can comfortably process the thinner air.

There are a few options we face. Divide the expedition into two parties to climb two unnamed peaks. Keep the team together and climb one peak. Then attempt a second peak the next day. Or, turn back due to conditions Mother Nature has in mind.

Any way this shakes out, we will need to acclimatize and rest.

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Tags: Team Building, Motivational

The Trail Head - HeroesClimb - Day 1

Posted by Vince Poscente on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

Our expedition begins into a remote part of the Himalayas.

We will be entering the least explored valley of the Great Himalayan National Park from the Sainj Side with the blessings of Manu Maharaj – One of the most powerful Gods of the Kullu Valley.

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Tags: Motivational, Inspirational

The Ambition Project Show - Reach Your Full Potential

Posted by Vince Poscente on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 @ 04:38 PM

You may enjoy this article by Deirdre Sanborn - drawn from an interview we had recently. Enjoy. (video link below)

I sat down with Vince on The Ambition Project Show to talk about five key ideas from his book, The Ant and The Elephant: Leadership For the Self.  The book is a simple, but powerful metaphor of how to reach your full potential in life.  Vince discovered these keys while on his journey from inexperienced athlete to record-breaking champion and Olympian.

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  1. Clarity

Vince didn’t realize that he wanted to be an Olympic athlete until he found himself as a spectator, watching his friends and peers competing as he sat in the stands.  Vince had a moment of clarity--an emotional bomb went off and he clearly knew that he had four years to defy the odds and compete in the next winter Olympics.

As ridiculous as it sounded, there was no turning back from his ambitious, albeit unreasonable, goal. And, sure enough, Vince would go on to set multiple national speed skating records and would compete in the next winter Olympics.

The determining factor was not that he was mildly interested in being an athlete--he was so fired up about it, it informed the way he lived his life from that moment on.  If you’re not passionate about your goal, you aren’t passionate enough to see it through. *click to tweet*

What sparks a fire in you each time you think about accomplishing it?  Write it down, set in stone, give yourself a tangible goal so the decisions made after that point are run through the filter of what you want to accomplish.

Remember--vague goals don’t count!  Every business leader and manager wants to “increase sales" and "lower expenses”, so set yourself apart--be specific and instead say “increase sales by 35% by the close of the first quarter, while decreasing expenses by 5%.”

Clarity sets a visual end point, while vagueness muddles the finish line.

  1. Commitment

Anyone who has been married for more than five minutes understands that commitment is more than just good intentions set out on paper.  Commitment to anything is a process and often means a significant change in mindset to see it through, day after day.

If you’re committed to this goal, what are you actively doing right now to reach it?  Vince identified four key areas that when commitment and discipline are applied, guarantee success down the track.

Financial - Research what it takes to meet your goal.  Prepare business plans, target budgets, manage cash flow, seek out investors, and align yourself with financial providers that will improve your chances of meeting your growth objectives.

Physical - Even if you’re not training for the Olympics, exercise, drinking plenty of water and getting enough sleep are proven methods to help you stay focused and on track with your goals. Even business leaders need to stay in shape physically since physical health correlates strongly with mental sharpness. Stay on your game!

Technical - Become a student--learn more about what it takes to cross that proverbial finish line.  Read books by people who are leaders in their field who are already doing what you’re passionate to accomplish. Listening to podcasts like The Ambition Project Show that are informative and mind-expanding (shameless pitch) help make learning entertaining and fun!

Mental - The toughest of the four, commitment with your mind requires a unique understanding that delayed gratification is your friend.  Saying “no” to anything less than what you are pursuing takes a sound discipline in staying focused on your goal.

  1. Consistency

At some point in your pursuit, you’re going to want to run away from it, if you’ve dreamed big enough. It’s going to be scary and your commitment to seeing it through will be tested.

Setting habits in place early on will be your backbone when your knees start to shake in fear or doubt. The four areas above (financial, physical, technical, and mental) are the easiest areas to stay consistent and focused.  

Setting a budget, being accountable to a gym partner, or even scheduling reading time into your work calendar all give you a solid foundation to keep going, even when you don’t want to.

  1. Confidence

If your goal is to be the market leader in your industry, you need to be performing at your highest level. Since you’ve already been committed to researching what the current market leaders are doing to set themselves apart, you don’t actually need the experience to be confident to know what direction to take.

The quickest way to poor performance is by letting fear pervade your thoughts.  

High Fear + Low Confidence = Low Performance

Low Fear + High Confidence = High Performance

Vince’s advice is to not let fear debilitate you, but instead let it motivate you.  Fear is always going to ask you “what if”, so take that “what if” and learn from it.  

“What if that new contract falls through?”  Understand now, before heading into it, how you can be prepared so that it doesn’t.  Research the client--why are they looking for a new supplier?  What happened with their previous one?  How can you use it to your unique advantage?

When you’re prepared and proactive, you harness the power of fear and focus it as a powerful motivator.

  1. Control

Even when you’re confidently practicing the other four points, control over meeting your goal may still not feel natural.  

You may even find yourself in a situation where you feel out of control, but that’s never  100% true.  You always have control of what you bring to the situation and your reaction to it.

Vince offers these practical ways to help set you up to be the most confident, high-performing, in-control person in the room.

  • Get there early - Give yourself time to get settled and your work in order.  Being rushed will only make you feel stressed, provoking a fear response.
  • Breathe - Deep breathing is a proven and effective method for physiologically reducing stress.  You’ll feel more relaxed, think clearer, and speak with confidence.
  • Visualize the outcome - Going back to the first point, having a clear picture of your goal in mind will keep focused and motivated to achieve it.
  • “The Vortex Technique” - This is the idea that if you bring your best energy into your mind it will translate into peak performance.
  • Let go and have fun - As trite as this may sound, the more relaxed and comfortable you are, the more everyone around you will be.  The key to feeling in control is to not let stress cloud your thoughts--having fun is a quick way to bring everyone’s stress levels down.

CONCLUSION

There was one point in particular that Vince shared that helped get him on to the ice as an Olympic speed skier--he was willing to more than what his competitors were.  

While most were keenly focused on physical training, Vince threw himself into learning every aspect of speed skiing as he could, which meant investing time and money into reading and understanding his financial requirements.

Take time to really think about what your big goals are and clarify them.  Once that’s done, it’s up to you to do everything in your power to understand what your competitors are doing and what they aren’t willing to do--that is where you will find your springboard to success.

If you enjoyed this content, subscribe to The Ambition Project Show and hear more interviews from inspiring, successful guests.

Deirdre Sanborn is a keynote speaker,  business consultant, and executive coach. She is also the host of The Ambition Project Show. Subscribe to her podcast on iTunes or on the web at www.TheAmbitionProjectShow.com. You can also find her on Twitter at @deirdre_sanborn or on the web at deirdresanborn.com. 

Tags: Motivational

3 Motivational Steps on Making More Money

Posted by Vince Poscente on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 @ 04:41 PM

Want more money? Fear of something is holding you back.

Less fear = More money

Less fear equals More money photo and quote by Vince Poscente

What fears do you associate with money and what can you do to change your mind regarding money?

Step 1. CHANGE YOUR BELIEFS. If you believe: money is the root of all evil or wealthy people are greedy or you're always broke or you don't have enough money or you can never get ahead OR 1000's of other negative beliefs YOUR BELIEFS will be the number one reason you don't have enough money.

  • Sit down and list off the dozens (if not hundreds) of moments in your life where you took a negative financial turn in your life. For example, you didn't join a group for a fun activity because you lacked finances. 
  • For each "negative money moment" identify the decision(s) you made at that time. For example, you decided you didn't deserve to join the fun activity. 
  • Now identify the belief(s) you associate with each decision. For example, by thinking you didn't deserve to enjoy that experience with friends your belief is a general lack of deservability around happiness. 
  • Now picture in your mind's-eye that decision is a poisonous cocktail of fears, negativity, poor decisions and caustic beliefs. Be specific with what you see.  
  • Close your eyes. Picture that poisonous cocktail. In your fertile imagination, pour that crap into a chemical septic toilet. Flush it away.
  • Next, visualize spraying your empty glass with clean, refreshing, loving water.  
  • Finally, fill the glass with a positive mixture of empowering and loving money beliefs.
  • Rinse and Repeat! 

Step 2. CHANGE YOUR LANGUAGE. If you say things like "filthy rich, an ungodly amount of money, unbelievable wealth, stinking rich," etc., you are programming a negative association with money. At a profound level you block money from coming to you by attaching negative association with money. Rejuvinate your money language with "amazingly rich, a Godly amount of money, wonderful wealth, deliciously rich."  

Step 3. CHANGE YOUR REALITY. Here are some tips and tricks.

  • Keep a $100 bill in your pocket at all times.
  • Feel good about doing something creative towards making or saving money. 
  • Exchange your expertise for money.
  • Surround yourself with people who have a winning mindset.
  • Wake up and go to bed with "grateful thoughts."   

Think back to high school. Remember that teacher who said, "no two things can occupy the same space at the same time." Replace the mental space your fears occupy with the above steps.

You will have more money when you have less fear.

What are ways you have CHANGED your beliefs, language and/or reality around money?

Tags: Goals, Self Development, Motivational, Money

Soar High Over the Wall of Uncertainty

Posted by Vince Poscente on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

IMG_2143.jpgBreath deep when facing uncertainty and you will soar to new heights.

It is simple physiology... when you oxygenate your mind/body you perform at a higher level. 

Thank you for sharing this quote and image with your friends. It may be the boost they need.

VINCE POSCENTE

#fullspeedahead #FriendsShareWithFriends 

Tags: Motivational

Is Technology Messing with Your Integrity?

Posted by Vince Poscente on Wed, Nov 04, 2015 @ 03:00 AM

Are you having to endure an increase in canceled phone calls, lunch meetings and appointments? Is society's level of integrity (keeping one's word) devolving into a quagmire of "Something came up and it's more important than you," or is there a mechanism triggering an unsettling trend of cancellations and rescheduling?

It is happening multiple times a week. Clients, suppliers, prospects, friends and colleagues are canceling our set 'appointment' at a disturbing rate. Regarding appointments, there is distinct shift from, "My word is my bond" to "My word is a approximation of a bond I may or may not honor due to unforeseen circumstances."

Excuses are on the uptick as well. These excuses have no set pattern. Our morning meeting ran long. My client called with an emergency and we had to address that first. There was a last minute trip to Chicago to meet a prospect. I didn't expect the vehicle inspection to take two hours.

To understand Cancelmageddon, let's start at the end and work backwards.

4th - When a person cancels or asks to reschedule he basically sends the clear, yet unspoken, message, "Something more important than you came up."

3rd - That person was forced to choose between his appointment and something unexpected.

2nd - The unexpected is often precipitated by either:

  • An overly optimistic sequence of appointments
  • A lack of contingency
  • Unfettered access to each of us through mobile technology

1st - That person plugged appointments in a calendar turning a blind-eye' to the fallout from 2nd, 3rd or 4th above.

How is this happening more today, than ever before? Technology has allowed us to fit more into a day. Efficacy has run amok.

To spell this out in the simplest yet broadest terms, let's use the following Before & After Surge in Technological Innovation scenario as an example:

Get more done in a day, at a cost.

What took an hour to do in the past, now takes minutes. Instead of enjoying all the discretionary time, we fit more in. Why, because we each LOVE to get more done. Instead of one thing accomplished in an hour, let's say we have six things we can now accomplish. In days gone by, one task had a chance of unexpected consequences. Now, we have six tasks with unforeseen results. The shift from 1x to 6x raises the odds of an unpredicted choice by 600%. We are only human. Plans change. Odds are, with technology doing what it is supposed to do, each of us is facing an unfortunate message we are receiving and sending, 

"Something came up and it is more important than you."

Is technology messing with your integrity? Yes... but... don't blame technology, use it.

Start at the end and work your way backwards. Use technology and your intention to:

  1. Send a Clear Message - "You are the most important person" (Especially at 2 pm on Wednesday.)
  2. Eliminate the Chance of Choice - Communicate early and often about the commitments you have made. You always have a choice. People will respect you more when you keep your word.
  3. Always Build-In Contingencies - As a guideline, put a half an hour buffer between calls. One hour on either side of meetings and at least two hours surrounding uncertain activities. Put non-appointment activities (emails, tasks, flexible activities) in the buffer zones.
  4. Direct Your Attention to Possible Fall-Out. For each appointment, quickly imagine three scenarios which could mess with your plans. In turn, plan accordingly for fall-out.

Use technology to your advantage. Turn the tides of (perceived) disintegrating integrity.

Your word is your reputation. 

Tags: Self Development, Motivational, Business Leadership