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Productivity: How to Gain 21 More Days in a Year (Includes Video)

personal development Apr 23, 2018

As life moves at the speed of Moore’s Law, many of us are vying to discover a rare treasure. Not gold. Not diamonds. Not even Bitcoin. I’m talking about time. The average American gets 6.8 hours of sleep a night. The 17.2 hours we spend awake each day are filled with necessary agenda items like commutes, meetings, work, eating, working out, running the kids to sports practices and more.

We’re over-scheduled and have become victims of time telling us what to do, as opposed to the other way around. There are, however, some areas where we spend unnecessary time. Think gaming, binge-watching TV and getting sucked into your smartphone. I’m going to give you a challenge that will make you 6% more productive, meaning 6% of your waking hours can be reclaimed toward fulfilling your purpose.

By The Numbers

First, let’s take a look at some numbers from ComScore’s U.S. Mobile App Report:

• 2.3 hours How much time we spend on phone apps on an...

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Use This 6-Step Process To Achieve Any Goal

personal development Oct 11, 2017

Goals are crucial to success in business and in your personal life. Yet they are sometimes neglected in both realms, as people often don’t follow goal-setting frameworks that provide continuity for business cycles and personal resolutions.

Over the past few years, I created the VOSTEK model, an acronym for vision, objectives, strategy, tactics, execution and key performance indicators. This is a model I have successfully used for setting goals in my personal life, as well as with Fortune 100 and nonprofit clients. I’ll break down each of the steps and explain how you can apply the VOSTEK model to goal generation in your marketing efforts.

1. Vision

At the top of my office whiteboard are the words, “It all starts with a vision.” It helps me remember that no matter what I do as a marketing professional, I need to keep the big picture in mind. Start with envisioning what it is that you want to accomplish. The vision is big and bold: it’s your blue sky,...

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What to do When Your Passion Isn’t Your Purpose

personal development Sep 18, 2017

In my last blog, I talked about the difference between passion and purpose. I discussed the sweet spot where your passion(s) in life meets your purpose.

But what do you do when your passion isn’t your purpose?

First, you have to recognize whether or not your passion is your purpose. If you don’t realize this key factor, then it will be more difficult to move from where you are right now. However, if you have come to the realization that your passion is not your purpose, then your passion might fall into the category of a hobby. Hobbies don’t have to be things like collecting stamps, building model airplanes, or playing video games. They could also be things like volunteering, traveling, and cooking. While something like volunteering has an outward impact, it may not necessarily fall into the category of “purpose.” Volunteering is the “what,” but purpose is the “why.” If you volunteer because you enjoy helping or serving...

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The Difference Between Passion & Purpose

personal development Aug 22, 2017

Passion = What’s so meaningful to you that you crave it and become enthusiastic about it; an inward impact

Purpose = What you were put on this earth to do; an outward impact

It’s happened to me, and I’ve seen it happen to people around me. We confuse something that’s a passion and believe it’s our purpose. Because we are unconsciously selfish and consumed with our passion, we automatically think that this must be what we were put on earth to do. For example, I have a passion for traveling and seeing the world, so my purpose must be to become a travel blogger, right? Maybe not.

Many Passions, One Purpose

The thing is, we can have many passions throughout our lives, but our purpose is singular. Our purpose is the result of what we do in this world to accomplish God’s vision for our life. People ask open-ended questions like “what are you passionate about?” This can have one or multiple answers. People don’t ask “what are...

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4 Steps to Get Unstuck in Life

personal development Aug 04, 2017

“Getting unstuck is a process. After all, it took you a while to weave the tangled webs that got you stuck in the first place.”

In my last post, I talked about 5 signs that you might be S.T.U.C.K. in life. It was doom, it was gloom, and offered no solution. This was intentional. Sometimes we need to sit with our own self and process where we are before we look for solutions. We need to try to understand our current environment, what caused it, what’s limiting us, and increase our self-awareness. When we do find ourselves stuck, all is not lost. You should pat yourself on the back because you recognize you’re stuck. For real. Without this awareness, you continue the same patterns that contributed to you getting stuck in the first place. Getting unstuck is a process. After all, it took you a while to weave the tangled webs that got you stuck in the first place.

The question is asked, “where do I begin?” Here are 4 ways to kick off the process of...

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5 Signs that You are Stuck in Life

personal development Jul 30, 2017

It happens to the best of us.

One day, you wake up and go through your day and realize that it seems just like the day before. And the day before that. And the day before that. In fact, you recognize that you’ve been kinda walking on this treadmill pattern of life. Taking steps every day, but advancing nowhere. Just going through the motions. You wake up, hop on the treadmill, and check out. Are you feeling like that? If so, here are 5 signs that you may be S.T.U.C.K. right now in life:

Struggling — Struggles can take many shapes. Let’s identify struggling as an ongoing hardship or difficulty. This could be anything from a bad relationship, ongoing difficulty or uncertainty at work, financial setbacks, or anything else that is an ever-present obstacle that’s hindering your forward motion in life. It’s like walking around with your shoelaces tied together. You can get where you’re going, but it’s going to take longer and with more...

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5 Areas of Life Balance You Need Right Now

personal development Jul 05, 2017

Life is a tightrope, a thin line that forms the edges of achievement and failure. And though you can’t see it, gravity is the always-present factor working to keep you grounded. It’s up to your ability to focus on your goal, your steps, and your balance that determine your success.

The most courageous and determined will find success in walking it. The careless and distracted will fall.

We all know what happens to tightrope walkers that lose their balance. If you’re lucky, there will be a net to catch you, allowing another opportunity to get up and try again. The next time you attempt to walk it, you take the learning from the last fall, and try your best to do better. You walk with more caution. You focus harder on your steps. You slow down and recognize that without balance, you will fall again.

As I’ve researched different leaders and examined my own life, I’ve discovered 5 areas of our lives that require balance in order to experience true...

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Personal Update: My New Journey of Purpose

personal development Jun 25, 2017

This is a personal note to my family, friends, and followers.

The Music

Let me tell you about what I’ve been up to. As many of you know, music has been a big part of my life, so much that I moved from Oklahoma City to Atlanta when I was 20 to pursue a career in the music industry. I left everything in my life that was familiar (my family, friends, environment, and security) and took a chance to pursue my dream. I was young and had plenty of time to rebound if things didn’t work out. It was a passion.

I finished college, graduated with a degree in Marketing and minored in Music Industry. Music was my life. I held down a 9–5 job while my nights and weekends were spent in the studio recording music or onstage performing music. It was a passion, and I had a talent.

Music came with some successes for my little independent group. We actually landed a Top 100 Pop radio song, just from the amount of rotations in my home state, Oklahoma. To hear my song on the radio and be...

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