The Energy of Walking Affirmations

Here’s another reason to like habit 3 of the 3 Habits of Growth, walking affirmations.

“When you walk,” writes Dr. Andrew Weil in Spontaneous Healing, “the movement of your limbs is cross-patterned: the right leg and left arm move forward at the same time, then the left leg and the right arm. This type of movement generates electrical activity in the brain that has a harmonizing influence on the central nervous system — a special benefit of walking that you do not necessarily get from other kinds of exercise.”

Walking while saying affirmations aloud creates a joint venture between your body and mind, putting more power [literally -- electrical power :-) ] behind your goals.

Any walking and any affirmations together are better than none, although the program I’ve developed in the 3 Habits of Growth has worked well for many people.

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    Combine Music with Your Vision Board for Better Results

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      3 Habits of Growth Deliver Life-Changing Money for Minnesota Designer

      As the year comes to a close, I want to share with you a recent success story from one graphic designer who’s been using the 3 Habits of Growth program for entrepreneurs.

      3 habits of growth work for one Minnesota designerHe experienced a real breakthrough that is very likely going to put at least $20,000 in his bank account. In his words: “Wow.”

      Below is the transcript of my interview with Damon Lacey from Lacey Creative. That’s him at left.

      Read and discover what it feels like to earn life-changing money in your business …

      Kevin: So, Damon, what’s going on this month?

      Damon: I had been writing out my goals and reading them every morning, and following your techniques. I just picked up one job that took care of my whole entire month, financially. It was the eighth of the month when I got it, and wow!

      Kevin: How does that make you feel exactly?

      Damon: I feel that I can actually do this.

      Kevin: You said you got enough in the first 8 days of the month to make your whole monetary goal for the month, right?

      Damon: Correct, yes, which of course makes me ecstatic. It makes me feel like I’ll just raise my monthly goal and step forward and continue doing that.

      Kevin: When you get a month’s worth of revenue in 8 days, what does that mean for your family?

      Damon: What it means is that the stress level goes down. We’re able to do more things and stuff like that. What it means for my family, wow. There’s just no words.

      Kevin: How do you feel now compared to where you were just a few weeks or months ago?

      Damon: I feel lifted. I feel like I can actually do this. One of the walking affirmations I use is, “I’m worth more than what I’m charging.” It makes me feel like I’m actually getting paid what I’m worth now.

      Kevin: That’s fantastic because that’s what a lot of people struggle with — solo practitioners, entrepreneurs. They undercharge, frankly. We all struggle with that I think no matter where we are in our journey. It sounds like you’re overcoming that.

      Damon: This is making me step out of that whole thing because it’s always like you start working with a client. They say, “Oh, you’re over my budget.” You just end up feeling like you’re making 5 dollars an hour or something like that. I have been struggling to get paid what I’m worth. This certainly has helped.

      Kevin: If you don’t mind my asking about this project that you’re getting, how much revenue are we talking about, in round numbers?

      Damon: $X,XXX (a nice five-figure sum – Kevin :-)

      Kevin: Is there a good chance for repeat or referral business on this project?

      Damon: Yes, there is, and it’s been pretty much – I don’t want to say guaranteed but I’m teaming up with the right people and they’re viewing me as actually somebody that can help them.

      It’s like I met with this client. They were talking about a tradeshow that they want to do at the end of December. Their budget for that is $20,000 or something. It just makes me feel good to be surrounded by good people — the ones who have the budgets and are willing to pay what I’m worth.

      Kevin: If you were to conservatively look into the future, do you think this will lead to another $10,000 or $20,000 in the next few months?

      Damon: Yes, $20,000, and hopefully this is a client that is going to stay around for years, and hopefully I’ll be getting more of these types of clients.

      Kevin: I would say that it’s a realistic assumption because if you do good work, it’s pretty easy to get repeat and referral business, and I’ve seen your work. It’s very good.

      Well, Damon, I really appreciate you sharing your story. You’ve given ideas and encouragement to a lot of people.

      Damon: Thank you. I can’t thank you enough.

      Kevin’s Postscript: The 3 Habits of Growth use 3 keystone habits (little actions with big results) to set off powerful changes in your life.

      I designed the program to be very simple and take only 14 minutes a day. That means the program will fit into any other success system, any other marketing system, anything else that you’re already doing to build your business and improve your mindset.

      The 3HG are like water. You can pour them into your life and they’ll nurture everything else.

      You can learn more here.

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        Walking Affirmations: Change and Harness Your Emotions

        Walking Affirmations: Change and Harness Your EmotionsSee that smile?

        Wait. You can’t.

        It’s 9 below zero outside, which is why I’m bundled up like an Eskimo terrorist.

        But trust me, I’m smiling under that mask.

        That’s because I just got back from my morning ritual, walking affirmations.

        Every morning, rain or shine, sun or snow, I walk around the neighborhood for at least 10 minutes while chanting positive affirmations to myself. It’s Habit 3 of my 3 Habits of Growth.

        We all know that the emotions in our head always trump logic. Emotions run our life. And emotions can ruin our life, if they’re bad enough long enough.

        What is an emotion? It’s a mood, a state of mind. The word emotion derives from the Latin ex (out) and movere (move). A feeling moving throughout your body — that’s what emotion means to me.

        If that’s the case, by putting your body in motion, you change the feelings in your body and, thus, you can change your emotions. Anytime you want.

        Combine the motion of walking, the most natural of all exercises, with affirmations — positive thoughts that you choose — and you get a powerful mix. In my experience doing them over the past 8 years, walking affirmations literally put you in the mood for success. By changing and harnessing your emotions. On demand.

        Any walking and any affirmations will do, although the program I’ve developed in the 3 Habits of Growth has worked well for many people.

        Try it yourself and see.

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          How to Rewire Your Brain in 30 Days

          Tomorrow is the first day of November. It’s the perfect time to set your goals for the new month.

          Before you plan ahead, take time to look back.

          Did you reach your goals for this month? If so, terrific. Do more of that next month.

          Did you fall short? If so, change or stop doing whatever didn’t work.

          In my case, I’m finishing the best, most-profitable month ever in my current business. In fact, I beat my revenue goal for the whole month on the 18th of October. Everything since has been gravy.

          What did I do that worked so well?

          A lot of things. But one thing that really helped was to make a simple change in how I read my goals each day.

          You see, in my 3 Habits of Growth program, I show you how to do Habit 1, reading your goals out loud 5 times each morning, only 5 or 6 days a week. I suggest taking at least one day per weekend “off” from the 3 Habits to give yourself a break from work.

          Now? I’m not so sure.

          That’s because, after reading a tip from success author Jack Canfield, I decided to do the 3 Habits for 30 days straight. And it only took me 18 uninterrupted days to reach my revenue goal.

          Here’s the advice from Jack Canfield, taken from the book, Trade Like an O’Neil Disciple:

          According to the results of a famous NASA experiment, it takes 30 days to permanently rewire your brain.

          Astronauts had to wear goggles that turned everything in their view upside down. After a few days, they were able to learn their new “upside down” environment so they could effectively move about. After 30 days, the rewiring in their brains became permanent so they could go back to a normal view, but then be able to put on the “upside down” goggles and still move about with ease.

          The astronauts who took their “upside down” goggles off after 15 days and then put them back on after a few days had to relearn how to move in their upside-down world. They could not just move about with the same ease that the astronauts who had worn the goggles for 30 days were able to. This proved that it took 30 days to rewire the brain permanently.

          The findings carry a broader message, which is that we are capable of massive change in any area we choose, but we must practice this change for 30 uninterrupted days to make it permanent. Most people do not consistently practice something they wish to change about themselves for 30 days straight, but that is what it takes. Anyone can make positive changes within themselves if they institute whatever it is they wish to change about themselves into their lives for 30 days.

          Now. Scientifically speaking, does this really prove that it take 30 days to rewire the brain permanently? I don’t know. But it’s intriguing, nonetheless.

          Did reading my goals out loud every day for the month of October really make all the difference? I don’t know — yet. But I’m not taking any chances. I’m practicing the 3 Habits all 30 days in November, just to make sure. And I’ll report my results back here on December 1!

          To learn more, check out the 3 Habits of Growth.

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            Keystone Habits Examples

            The promise of keystone habits is this: Little actions can have big results.

            What are keystone habits? And what are some examples?

            According to Charles Duhigg, author of, The Power of Habit: “Keystone habits influence how we work, eat, play, live, spend, and communicate. Keystone habits start a process that, over time, transforms everything.”

            Example: One keystone habit — SERVICE — has propelled Nordstrom, Southwest Airlines, Disney, Starbucks, Zappos, and others to incredible levels of success in business.

            Zappos is literally “Powered by Service” — that’s their corporate motto. And #1 in their list of 10 core values is this: “Deliver Wow through service.”

            If service is a keystone habit for you in your business, it can replace bad habits, like missing deadlines, not returning phone calls, or not improving your products.

            And if service is a keystone habit, it can improve your other habits, like your phone skills or your attention to detail.

            Now. While we’re on the subject of little actions and big results, here’s another keystone habit: GRATITUDE.

            When you’re grateful for what you have, your thoughts and actions help you get more of it. (Read that sentence again. Entire books have been written to expand on that one idea.)

            Since a picture is worth 1,000 words, here’s a picture to illustrate the keystone habit of gratitude …

            keystone habit of gratitudeThat’s a Iroda, a hardworking woman from Tajikistan. And because I take action on my gratitude by tithing 10% of all revenue received by the 3 Habits of Growth program, Iroda just got a loan of $200 from the micro-lending charity, Kiva.

            Here’s a bit of her story: “To bring some money home, Iroda buys and sells children’s clothing and shoes at the local clothing market. Thanks to this business, she makes quite a good income income, which constitutes the family’s main source of revenue.”

            You can learn more and donate to Iroda here

            Small actions, big results. That’s the power of keystone habits, and the basis of the 3 Habits of Growth.

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              Smart Goal Planning, Goal Setting, and Goal Getting

              Here’s an easy way to set smart weekly and daily goals, with an example you can use today.

              All you need is a white board and some paper. Cost: about $20. Value: HUGE.

              Like many offices, I’ve got a whiteboard. But I use it a bit differently than most folks.

              On the left side of my whiteboard are a couple of sheets of paper, containing all the quarterly and annual goals I’ve set for myself.

              On the right side are my Big 3 Goals for the week. Every week.

              Every Sunday night, I write down my Big 3 Goals for the week ahead. Where do I get them? From that long list of quarterly and annual goals.

              This way, I always know what’s most important each week to help me achieve the goals for each quarter.

              The part you don’t see here is my daily to-do list. I decide what to do each day based on my Big 3 goals each week … which are based on my goals for each quarter and year.

              See how this works?

              This simple system, based on my 3 Habits of Growth, is no magic bullet. It won’t replace hard work or thinking.

              But it really makes me more productive. Because I’m never spinning my wheels wondering, “What’s next? What’s important? What should I do today to advance my goals for this month, this quarter, this year?”

              With one glance at my whiteboard, I know exactly what to do.

              Why not try it, or something like it, and see for yourself?

              For more goal-GETTING ideas, check out the 3 Habits of Growth.

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                Written Goal on 3×5 Card: Proven to Work (Again)

                Written Goal on 3x5 Card - Proven to Work Again

                Here’s the back of my Goal Card for August 2013. I carried it in my pocket everywhere, to refer to during the day. That’s why it’s so beat up :-)

                This is the back of the card, with a simple picture and a bit of text to illustrate WHY I’m working so hard to achieve the monthly revenue goal I set for myself. You can use a picture of whatever motivates you — family, new car, sunny beach — but this is what motivates me (for now).

                On the front of the card was my goal itself, written as follows: “I’m easily selling $XX,XXX or more in August — and having FUN doing it — by August 31, 2013!”

                This works for me — it’s the third straight month I’ve beaten an aggressive revenue goal, which puts my business 80% above my annual revenues for the same period last year (which was 90% better than the year before).

                Now. Did this goal card put 5 figures in my bank account all by itself? I think not.

                But did it push my head and body to take the actions that did put that money in the bank? I think so.

                Especially when you realize that the 3 Habits of Growth, of which this Goal Card is Habit 1, take only 14 minutes to do each morning.

                You can learn more about how the right WHY and 3 simple morning habits can help you achieve more in the next 30 days than you have in the previous 6 months, here

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                  Keystone Habits List

                  What are keystone habits?

                  And how can they change your life?

                  Keystone habits are little things that produce big results.

                  Just as keystones are small stones that support a big arches, keystone habits are small habits that support big changes.

                  Keystone habits can “start a process that, over time, transforms everything,” according to The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg.

                  If you want to make big changes in your life (and your business) focus on adopting keystone habits. Because they can “dislodge and remake other habits,” according to Duhigg.

                  Think about that: One habit that remakes other habits. That’s powerful.

                  Adopting a keystone habit is like getting 3 or 4 benefits from a single action. Again, powerful stuff.

                  Fortunately, you don’t need dozens of keystone habits to change your life or your business.

                  Here’s a keystone habits list of just 3 that will start you off nicely:

                  1) SERVICE. This keystone habit has propelled Nordstrom, Southwest Airlines, Disney, Starbucks, Zappos, and others to incredible levels of success and profitability.

                  Example: Zappos, the $1-billion shoe seller, is literally “Powered by Service” — that’s their corporate motto. And #1 in their list of 10 core values is this: “Deliver Wow through service.”

                  When you think about it, if service is a keystone habit for you, it can replace bad habits, like ignoring client complaints, not improving your products, or not returning phone calls.

                  And if service is a keystone habit, it can improve other habits, like your listening skills or your desire to solve problems for customers.

                  2) SAFETY. It helped improve all areas of operations for Alcoa.

                  After it was adopted in 1987, safety created a chain reaction of other good habits and improved outcomes. Productivity and morale rose. Injuries and costs dropped. By 2000, Alcoa’s stock value had surged $27 billion and its stock price was five times higher.

                  3) INNOVATION. This keystone habit helped transform 3M from a sandpaper manufacturer into a $65-billion global powerhouse that now sells everything from Scotch tape to Post-It Notes.

                  So, to sum up: Keystone habits can remake your business, which can remake your life.

                  To learn more, and discover 3 simple habits that let you create more for yourself in the next 30 days than in the previous 6 months, click here.

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                    3 Keystone Habits of Growth Pay Off Big for New Zealand Man

                    Every so often, you get an email that makes you say, “WOW.”

                    Last Saturday morning, I got one such email. It came from Matt Reid.

                    Using my 3 Habits of Growth program for entrepreneurs, the results he’s seen in about 90 days are … pretty amazing:

                    • His business is growing “better than ever.” He’s constantly busy with projects, unlike before, when his cash flow was feast-or-famine
                    • He’s reaching his revenue goal of $10,000 per month (which may or may not interest you, but a 6-figure annual income is okay for most people).
                    • He’s lined up big new projects, including his first Fortune 500 client and first $10,000 project
                    • He also bought his dream BMW a few weeks back — and paid cash.

                    Matt uses the 3 Habits of GrowthThe following interview I did by Skype with Matt will explain how he’s using the 3 Habits of Growth, along with some key lessons learned.

                    As you read, keep in mind two things:

                    1) Matt is young. In his early 20s. You can either be intimidated by that or be inspired. But don’t be jealous.

                    2) Because he’s in New Zealand, he had almost none of the support that North Americans get in my 3 Habits of Growth program, like a my phone number to call with questions, and other assistance.

                    Now, here’s Matt Reid. Enjoy …

                    Can you describe your business?

                    I’ve been working for myself for 6 years. I do Web design, along with some programming and graphics.

                     

                    What was your business like before the 3 Habits of Growth?

                    Before I did the 3 Habits of Growth, I was sort of living on a weekly basis, sadly. I still had a lot of savings, but I was working week by week trying to pay myself and pay my bills. It was working, but I just didn’t have the bank balance slowly stepping up, if you know what I mean. So I had a bit of leeway until I found the 3 Habits of Growth, which sort of helped that.

                     

                    Were you skeptical? Did the program sound too good to be true?

                    I don’t usually buy these, let’s say, so-called get yourself rich or get yourself a million clients sort of things. But your stuff really made me feel comfortable with it and realistic, whereas I find some of them are just dreamy sort of programs and schemes that they want you to buy into.

                     

                    So you gave the program a try. What happened next?

                    Goal Card for 3 Habits of GrowthIn week one, I started with the first habit, which was about making the goal card (see Matt’s goal card above). I did that with a piece of note paper I found, basically, and wrote my goal on the back. Basically, I copied the exact goal you sort of read out in the first audio in our program and I just changed it around to suit how I wanted it.

                     

                    Visualization for 3 Habits of GrowthIn week two, I started the visualizing, looking at the image of your goal. What I did was, I got a check and I wrote on the check the $10,000 I wanted by the 30th of June, I think it was, and I wrote my name on it (see Matt’s check above). Even though it was from myself, of course, but you get the impression. You look at it, you visualize it and you go from there.

                    In week three was the walking affirmations. I picked three of the ones you read out on the audio and I’ve been doing those for the last two months now, coming up on three. They’ve been real good as well. It gets you out of bed in the morning, gets your blood flowing and all that.

                     

                    So it’s a 4-week program. what happened to your business?

                    Mainly, I found that people would start ringing up. My existing clients would even start ringing up saying, “Can we do this or can we do that.” I also took an initiative to manage my business. I was more motivated to get a proper software that I could track all my clients and leads. I started sending thank you notes and, also, even just generic things like little discounts or newsletters to sort of promote my business through that.

                    Basically, my business started to pick up from people I didn’t even know or didn’t have a connection to me in anyway. They just sort of came up from nowhere and just started to contact me saying, “Oh, I like your work. Can you do up a website?” or “Can you do a logo up and some business cards?” And from there it just sort of started to pick up.

                    Probably from the third week into it, it was really noticeable. The first two weeks, Kevin, it probably was all the same, but as my mindset started to change it really started to start rolling along, if you see where I’m coming from.

                    I had a lot of new clients come on board and one is a Fortune 500 company — an international brand — and I’m doing their local New Zealand-based website and even branding in terms of brochures and stuff. It’s amazing.

                    I’m working with big corporate clients. Also, I’ve had luck with another businessman, entrepreneur I believe, who wants to set up a large trading website. That’s valued at over $10,000. That’s doubling my biggest ever job, so it’s quite exciting. I get to work on bigger projects and with bigger clients, of course.

                     

                    Where do you see yourself headed next?

                    I’ll definitely stick with the program. I think if you do start the 3 Habits of Growth, you’ve got to stick to it really. It just keeps your mind trained on the positive side of things and your goals.

                    Goal reached with 3 Habits of Growth
                    Life is definitely better and I feel more motivated. I always enjoyed what I was doing, but I even enjoy it more now. Even though I’m so busy, I can still take the weekend and relax and feel positive about everything. I bought my dream car (see Matt’s BMW above) about a month ago that I’ve been wanting for the last five years.

                    You can get what you want and enjoy it and know you’ve worked hard for it. It motivates you even further to work towards your goals.

                    Thanks for the program, it was excellent and I highly recommend it to anyone that’s looking towards building a business as well as improving their personal mindset.

                     

                    Kevin’s Postscript: The 3 Habits of Growth use 3 keystone habits (little actions with big results) to set off powerful changes in your life.

                    I designed the program to be very simple and take only 14 minutes a day. That means the program will fit into any other success system, any other marketing system, anything else that you’re already doing to build your business and improve your mindset.

                    The 3HG are like water. You can pour them into your life and they’ll nurture everything else.

                    You can learn more about the 3 Habits of Growth here.

                     

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