2018. Think BIG. Achieve BIG. Think Small. Lose It All.

We are solving for the greatest version of ourselves where we get the most out of our life.
“Every new level requires a new version of you.”
Create yourself newly for the New Year!

“Skills, Actions” Version of You.
With nothing more calling to us, we solve from our head and use money as the measure of everything. The focus is to compete by having better skills and actions to accomplish goals. Life is primarily a transactional experience.

In following this “Mechanical” version of yourself, the “who you are” experience of your life can be lost or forgotten.  You may no longer be performing and delivering from the greatest version of who you are and what you want to achieve.

Signs of the mechanical version impacting your success:

  1. Sense of – even painfully aware of – being unfulfilled.
  2. Feel like you are on a “hamster wheel” or on an assembly line.
  3. Criticizing and judging that is turned inward towards yourself, and/or outwards towards others.
  4. Something is calling you and you are struggling to define it and follow it.
  5. Small things are BIG.
  6. BIG things are small.

“If you’re just performing to lifeless goals, you’ll be lifeless about achieving them!”
What may have started as new and exciting has now lost its luster. And, maybe, so has your performance towards achieving goals.

The “Skills, Action” Version of you only focuses on 2 of the 3 elements of success, leaving out the important “Beliefs” or the “Who You Are” part of you.

“We achieve from what we believe.”
Beliefs —the most powerful source of success— are what will create your amazing 2018.

New Year.  “Beliefs, Skills, Actions” Version of You.
“We were not born to live the pre-determined life we were given.  We were born to live the life we create.”

Let’s go on an adventure to create the “Beliefs, Skills, Actions” Version of you.
An adventure to explore your purpose, meaning and mission.
An adventure to discover the source of your greatness from which you can achieve the unimaginable.
An adventure to uncover your New Fulfillment Guidance System to a more fulfilled, self-actualized version of you.
“The greatest adventure of our life…IS our life.”
I call the adventure:  Think BIG. Achieve BIG. Think Small. Lose it All.

In our adventure, we have 3 stopping points to help us explore, discover and create. The 3 points spell BLT.  You can see the 3 points as “Scenic Views” along the adventure, like stopping places on a map.

Point 1. First point on the map: “B” for “Break Away.”
Recognize the human design.  It’s similar for most all of us.

  • To the brain, conserving energy equals safety. Things that are familiar and safe. Nothing new or risky.  Patterns of thought are created and reinforced.  These patterns and pathways conserve energy. And, the use of these patterns makes them deeper, more frequently used, and even more economical. Our mind tricks us into making anything new an effort.
  • In a vacuum, the mind always reverts back to the version of self-limiting patterns and internal noise. Time to create something new!

We have a 2 part mind. And the 2 parts are opposing forces.
The 2 Part Mind:
1.    The Antagonist mind: Analytical mind. The constant internal critic.

  • Driven by conserving energy, optimization, holding to a routine, a pattern, a rut.  Focus on competition and “Human Doing.” Skills and Action drive results.
  • Performance sourced here is usually meets or exceeds. Rarely is excellence or personal best achieved.
  • Our pre-determined life is creating our pre-determined future. Our past is our future.
  • Resource focused and develops Survival Concerns, Scarcity, Competition, Force, Fear, Anxiety and Disconnection.

2.    The greatest good “Belief” mind. Creative mind. Vision focused.

  • Get more life out of life by bringing more Human “Being” into Human “Doing.”
  • Less defined by words, more about growth and your Human “Being.”  The area where you are unstoppable and most natural. Living outside of your head, being in the “Zone.”
  • Leadership. Motivation. Inspiration. Attraction. Feeling of having the reigns of life, controlling your own destiny.
  • Performance sourced here are “Beliefs” based and can deliver Excellence, Unique Ability, Personal Best, even Miracles.
  • Vision focused and creates “Greatest Good” behaviors, Aliveness, Collaboration, Power, Community and Connection.

So, Break Away. Turn the ordinary and routine off.  Step away. Shift away. Let go.
Let’s continue to explore, discover and create…

Point 2.  Next point on the map: “L” for “Look Up.”
“Without vision, the past predicts the future.”

Create your Vision.  Really have an image in your mind. Sharpen your vision until fear is irrelevant.
“I’d rather have challenging and worth it than easy and cheap.”
Think BIG. Achieve BIG.
“Only in being bold do we really live.”
Don’t seek to be challenged less, or, to challenge less…seek out the challenge that expands your capability and reveals your source.  The challenge that Unleashes Your YOU.

Extraordinary results come from knowing who you are and how you powerfully help from who you are.   In your Vision, build your source from your Beliefs.  Beliefs about your Purpose. Knowing your passion.  Your life’s Meaning. Your Mission.

You are now looking to create a greater version of yourself and a higher standard for your life and what you want to achieve. Some say the source is your dream. Some say family. Some say your standards. Some say your word.  Just look at what you have absolute conviction about.  Something you would believe no matter what the circumstances.

Explore and discover with deeper questions…

  1. Who am I? What unique value do I offer expressed from who I am?
  2. What DO I really, genuinely desire?
  3. What is that greatest version of me that moves me through any circumstances that show up and delivers the unimaginable?

EXERCISE:
Create a list, using just one word words.  “Being” words. No sentences. Example: Courage, Empathy, Alive, Bold and so forth.

  • Words that describe you now.
  • Words that described you during Peak Experiences (birth of a child, saving someone’s life, launch of a business, hiking to the top of a mountain, for examples) of your life.
  • Words that described you as a child.
  • Words that describe a hero or someone you admire.

Choose the most powerful words from the list you came up with to design the future you want to create, the person you want to become.  Those are the words that speak from the Greatest Good “Belief” system of your mind. These are the words where you are driven/obsessed/unstoppable to do something new, better or different that makes an impact. These words create the outline of your New Fulfillment Guidance System.  They bring you unwavering clarity, conviction, commitment and action outside of your comfort zone or mere focus on resources.

EXERCISE:
Now create your Visual Vision and your Written Vision. 3 to 5 sentences.  Shape it. Work with it. Feel it. Be it.

This is what you Look Up to always.  You’ve now created a Vision to deliver success sourced by and founded on your “Belief” system.  It is way more powerful than just skills and actions to achieve.

Now, BIG is BIG. And, small is small.  As it should be.

Point 3.  Next point on the map: “T” for “Be at the TOP.”
See yourself at the Top.
This is your mountain.  Be at the top of your mountain.

EXERCISE:
Set goals from your Vision, from your source.  See goals as your MAP (Motivated Adventure Plan!) to achieve your Vision. “Vision is the bridge between knowledge and action that take you to a new place.”
Set goals from your “Beliefs, Skills, Action” newly created version of you.  Think BIG. Achieve BIG.
Remember, Be X Do = Have.  Be your Beliefs, your Vision, your Purpose, Meaning and Mission.

“Only in being bold do we really live.”

Think BIG. Achieve BIG. Think small. Lose it all.

Happy New Year!

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LEAP Ahead of the Pack!

Incremental, optimization and “status quo” growth will eventually land you at the back of the pack.

“IBM found that 58% of market-leading CEOs are pursuing disruptive innovation for growth, not purely incremental improvements.”

Consider these questions:

  1. How risky is your business future at its current level of growth?
  2. Slow to powerfully capitalize on innovation and other growth initiatives?
  3. Are turnover and disengagement undermining your leadership results?
  4. How effective are change initiatives in your organization?
  5. Do you have a growth culture?

Beat incremental growth and “disrupt” the status quo with LEAP growth goals! Here is a new new perspectives to “See the Unseen” so you can Achieve The LEAP Ahead of the Pack!

“Perspective isn’t about new information, it’s about new ACCESS.”

New perspective shift #1:  Seeing goals differently.
Not all goals are the same. And, not all people see and understand different goal types. Consider goals as 4 different types, or, as 4 different goal strategies:

  1. Attract – It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you. This is the activity of many Public Relations, Celebrity or Authority building firms.
  2. Stretch – This is the familiar, look at the past and add X%. These goals are very past-based. Here, the future is the past, plus a little more. This is the most commonly used approach to setting a goal. And is the most incremental type of goal.
  3. Leverage – Having other people, strategy or technology to help you. Engaging professionals, having others as leaders are examples. Processes, vision and culture can all also be points of leverage.
  4. LEAP – Bold, all in, driven from the inside to achieve. People achieve from what they believe! Game changing, world changing, audacious. These goals can be entirely future-based with no grounding in the past. The place of freedom and creativity to discover. Here, we must inspire and sustain greatness in people to achieve LEAP goals. This is more focused on the commitment than the “how” since the “how” is not usually known at the start.

High ambiguity and high commitment usually don’t go together.
This introduces another New Perspective Shift #2: Putting unrelated things together. This is another great new perspective shift for seeing LEAP ideas and opportunities.  More on this shift to come in another post!

Interviews, consulting with numerous businesses, and personal business growth experiences reveal more than a dozen perspectives for LEAP growth. All available soon from my upcoming book “Achieve The LEAP.”

Carl “Leaping” Loop
Video: http://www.carlloop.com/keynotes-and-workshops/

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Give yourself permission to fail.

What if someone says No? Do you crumble into a pillar of salt? Not at all.  Working to please everybody doesn’t serve anybody. A good clear NO is empowering. You know where you stand and it saves everyone’s time.  And, a clear YES gives you a huge opportunity to help someone grow and have great success.  It’s the space of miracles. It is such a privilege when someone wholeheartedly says YES and trusts you to help them. Thank you to all who have given me this privilege.

We’re all human. We all have areas of brilliance and areas less “illuminated.” And, even where we are brilliant the flame will flicker. So what? I’ve “failed” AND I’ve kicked ass and created miracles.  And, the more you want to grow and achieve, the more you will “fail.”  Hell if we had to learn to walk as adults we’d never walk because we’d just give up after falling so much. Really?  Come on!  Crap on that!

I am a recovering thinkaholic.  For decades trying for perfection.  How it sucked!  I was a prisoner of my own mind. Constantly trying to figure out how to do things right, how to be perfect.  I would hardly take action I was so worried about a NO or had such a fear of looking bad.

The path from living so-so to living great is cleared by giving yourself permission to fail.  Today, give yourself permission to fail.

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Is Your “LIFE Switch” Off? Switch It to FULLY ON

Look at yourself right now, and ask: Am I FULLY:

  • At Peace? Greatest-Adventure-of-Your-Life
  • Alive?
  • Fulfilled?
  • Or, just existing…

Time to get out of the mushy middle, out of the ditch, living life so-so, pretending, avoiding, resigned, burned out, uninspired,…..

Knowing that something is missing, or even knowing WHAT it is that’s missing DOESN’T WORK TO TOLERATE ANY LONGER.
NOW is the time to ANSWER YOUR CALL TO ADVENTURE.

Your “Call to Adventure” is the path to shift from “Carrot” or “Stick” thinking.  A shift from the routine thinking that got you where you are now.  A new realm where BIG things are possible.  Where the external factors of material things and circumstances don’t have power over you any more.

But sure, you are getting noise and resistance regarding anything new.  Hard to move off of the radio “pre-set” channel.
Knowing life is falling way short may not be convincing enough.
For you it’s: See, Believe and Achieve.

SO
See this:
Look at your predictable future of staying just as you are right now.  What is happening 1 year from now?  5 years from now? 20 years from now?

Believe this:
Albert Einstein said:  “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Creative BIG thinking, and BIG Passion around WHAT MATTERS TO YOU is the Passport to New Energy and New Life.
Knowing, creating and accelerating Your “Epic Adventure” delivers your “Epic Life.”

Achieve this:
Get WAY more out of life.
Live a WAY Greater Version of Yourself.
Make a WAY Greater positive impact around you.

Life is an ADVENTURE.  Get Your PASSPORT TO A NEW YOU.  Turn the LIFE Switch FULLY ON, and hey, wear comfortable shoes.

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In a Race to be the Richest Person in the Cemetery?

Steve Jobs said:  “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”Headstone1

How big is the gap between who you know yourself to be, and who you actually are right now?  In spite of all the “success” you’ve achieved, is something missing?
Does what started as fulfilling, real and meaningful now fall WAY SHORT of who you know yourself to be?

You wouldn’t believe the version of “me” I lived in for over 20 years.  It started out pretty good and from the outside everything looked great.  But, I knew something was missing.  I felt my life was on an assembly line, every day the same.   I felt like a prisoner of my life and myself.  I had no peace.   I was edgy, agitated, disconnected and angry.  Then, in 2008/2009, I hit ground zero.  Divorce, custody battles, bad economy, and hurricane Ike hit my waterfront house all within a 1 year period.

I rethought my life.  I realized how disconnected from everyone I was.  How spiritually bankrupt I was.  How I had been in the race to be the richest person in the cemetery.

From the breakdowns in my life, I had huge breakthroughs.  Money had been the principle driver in the old version of me that led me to Ground Zero…the version of me that fell WAY SHORT.

I created a new personal growth and development “Life Achievement Model” from which to measure success.  This model emphasizes Non-Financial goals and creating and living Life as an “Epic” Adventure!

Now, I am more “Successful,” a higher “Achiever” and help others with greater impact than I ever have before.  The New Success criteria:

  • Clarity
  • Peace
  • Aliveness
  • Fulfillment
  • Self Actualization

So, I know and can show you:  YOU CAN HAVE “Something Wonderful…”

  • A greater version of you with WAY MORE energy and aliveness
  • A person who gets WAY MORE out of life
  • A person who makes WAY MORE positive impact on the world

What “New Future” Adventure is calling you?  Download Your Free Adventure Map Here

Carl

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I’m Highly Successful, So Why Am I Miserable?

I come from a background where I was highly successful in business, where things looked great on the outside, while inside I was empty and unfulfilled…even miserable.  I know One-Person1there are many executives and business owners who are experiencing the same thing.

What have you lost on your journey to success? Are you now in a place of being disconnected or unfulfilled…even miserable?

I give a talk called “I’m Highly Successful, So Why am I Miserable.”  This talk is taken from my 7 part “Epic Adventure” program where I show people how to get more out of all areas of their lives and soar like never before.

Here are 3 pieces (there are many more) of the puzzle that will take some of the Mystery out of Misery.

1.  Living Life Backwards.  We tend to believe we have to “have” something to “be” something.  So, we go about as human “doings” who have to earn the right to be happy, fulfilled, positive, and so forth.  This is a “Conditional” and “needs” oriented approach which prevents personal growth.  It is an “always falling short” or glass half empty point of view.  Why is this backwards?  We are human “beings” and can choose to “be” joyful, alive, fulfilled, valuable without having to meet conditions.
2. Size of Filter.  Have you reduced your activities to mostly logical, mechanical tasks that don’t align with your passion and drain your energy?  The inner voice gatekeeper makes a tighter and tighter filter, catching smaller and smaller, more and more things to be evaluated and responded to.  This makes your life very “negative” conscious.  Negativity easily feeds more negativity  until you get on a very heavy “Darkness Diet.”
3. Patterns.  Life  experiences have created negative response patterns and behaviors that became a superhighway.  It’s easy to be taken for a ride almost any time.  It becomes an immediate response pattern that is difficult to break, even when recognized.  The pattern is really heavy and loud when you are pushed, but it may be running right below the surface just about all of the time.  This pattern creates big limitations and prevents you from living a fulfilling life or achieving greater goals.

I’ve only listed a few pieces of the misery puzzle, there are many others that impact our well-being and are pulling us into living “small.”

So, here’s the choice:  live an unfulfilling and burdened life, OR embrace the adventure to  awaken and live in your greatness again.   In the “Epic Adventure” program, you will achieve Personal Growth and Development on an Epic Scale.

Answer your “Call to Adventure”…NOW.   Get Started Here.

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