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Smart College Career Move #9: Choose Personal Responsibility Over Blame

Posted on July 11, 2016

The one certainty in life is that things will happen–some good and some not. Resist choosing the role of victim, and all of the emotional baggage that goes with it, when you are personally sideswiped by adversity. Instead, take the high road and immediately accept responsibility for your part in what has happened. The most important reason for accepting responsibility for everything that happens in your life is to maintain control of your personal power and energy. Blame gives your power and energy away to the event, leading to feelings of helplessness, feeling out of control, resignation, regret, guilt, despair, and possibly even depression. What’s important to remember is that you can never change anything that’s already happened, only react or respond to it. Accepting responsibility empowers you to accept something for what it is—an event from which you can learn—leaving you free to devise creative solutions, actively work through…..

Get a Grip On Your Fear

Posted on June 27, 2016

In this week’s Zero Adversity Club video, Michael challenges you to recognize and dispell any fear you experience this week. Fear is responsible for the sidelining of more goals, intentions, and dreams than anything else in your life. When you experience fear, and then take notes on what you fear, and why, you suddenly realize your fears have no basis in reality. in other words, they are completely unsubstantiated. The biggest problem with fear is that it takes you out of the present moment, where your life is actually unfolding.

Its All About Trust

Posted on June 20, 2016

As you go about your day, do you fully trust the decisions and responses you have made? In golf, you decide what you want to do and then execute! The key to execution, however, lies in trusting that your effort will produce the desired outcome. If you do not trust you and your abilities, your effort will lack the confidence needed to successfully play the game. In this video, Michael challenges you to trust the decisions you are making along the way to your goals, intentions, and dreams.

Know This Place!

Posted on May 30, 2016

What do you do when you feel out of sorts, in distress, under stress or simply off balance? In this video, Michael touches on the importance of knowing the activity or inactivity that brings you back into balance with the world around you.

Smart College Career Move #4: What Did I Say? The 7 Words That Hold You Back

Posted on May 24, 2016

Your inner conversation, also known as self-talk, exerts more influence over your attitude, achievement, time, success, happiness, relationships, and overall prosperity than you can imagine. Self-talk is best defined as the thoughts and words you use to describe you and what you are doing. Regardless of whether your inner conversation remains in your head or is expressed out loud to others, there are seven words that can hold you back. These words are: hard, difficult, tough, impossible, can’t, try and never, and usually make an appearance when referencing future actions, especially those related to adversity. Why should you stop using these seven words? Aside from focusing on the negative, they generate additional mental adversity to overcome and sow seeds of doubt that prevent you from making a full commitment. Do you occasionally find yourself saying, this is going to be hard, I can never remember names, or it will be…..

Rise to the Level of the Solution

Posted on May 23, 2016

Challenges, unfortunate, and misfortunate events are on the rise. When faced with an event that falls into this category, this Zero Adversity Monday video suggests you Rise to the Level of the solution. The opposite is to default to patterned behaviors that allow you to remain at the level of the drama, embroiled in the emotional residue that often results from events. This video shows you another way to respond.

Smart College Career Move #3: Start Planting the Seeds of Success NOW

Posted on May 13, 2016

I found myself watching the X-Games one summer day and couldn’t help but think about how easy the athletes made things look. The BMX bikes twisted, spun, and cart wheeled with delicate precision, the motocross riders laid out, jumped over, flipped, and let go of their cycles at altitudes that would make me queasy, and the skateboarders choreographed artistic movements with a flat board and wheels that seemed to defy the basic laws of physics. Each competitor would be the first to tell you that the secret to making the movements look so easy is years of massive mental and physical preparation. This would include enough failed attempts and injuries to properly learn the moves, followed by enough success to instill the confidence to do them successfully in competition. If everyone prepared for their life and career like these X-games athletes, this world would be light years ahead of where…..

Focus on Relationships

Posted on May 9, 2016

In this day and age, there is a micro-focus on money–who has it and what they are doing with it. The fascination about millionaires and billionaires causes us to lose sight of the fact that it isn’t money that makes life worth living, it is the relationships we cultivate along the way. In today’s Zero Adversity video, Michael encourages you to take time this week to reignite an old relationship or cultivate a new one. In doing so, you will reconnect with something money cannot buy–the fulfillment and happiness that can come from interacting with another human being.

Clear Out Regret

Posted on May 2, 2016

In continuation of the theme I call, clear out the clutter, my advice this week is to clear out a negative emotion: regret. Regret is an issue because it is fully based in the past. You can do NOTHING about the past, you can affect the present, and you can influence the future. The message here is, stop living in the past. Regret puts you in a dark place that serves no useful purpose when it comes to progressing in life.  If you have done something you regret, if you can’t change it, let go and move on!

Smart College Career Move #2: Connect with Your Why

Posted on April 27, 2016

Being smart about college or university is imperative. Four years of college is a long time to stay focused and connected to a single goal. With this amount of time, it’s easy to drift or become distracted. This is why it’s important to do everything you can to remain driven, motivated, and on track. You can do this by staying connected to the why. Your why is the reason or purpose behind your intention, goal, or vision. Your why is the rudder that keeps your life, actions, and energy focused and on track. Without a real connection to why you are doing something, you become easily distracted and led farther away from what you want to accomplish. In the words of Yogi Berra, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” What is important is to connect passion to your why. When your why…..