hard question of the month: are you ready to replace your excuses with effort this year?

a note to you

Dearest,

I hope this note finds you well.

You may have noticed that I have not updated this blog since July; I have been working on my first book Back With Infinity™ + have not been able to attend to everything with the same level of commitment as required.

I will be back at it in January 2017.

Until then, I trust you will pursue your ambition with your whole heart.

You are amazing. 

Warmly,
Alicia.

link up issue #1

1. Tony Robbins x Marie Forleo

If you haven’t seen Tony Robbins’ documentary “I Am Not Your Guru” on Netflix {I talked about it in my last post here}, you should definitely watch the film before you watch this amazing episode of MarieTV. Marie Forleo asks Tony a lot of the questions that dig deeper into his work + gets to the useful grit for anyone with heart strong ambition + big dreams.

click here to watch

“our competitive advantage is love”  

 

2. the power of resilience

Harvard Business Review is one of my favourite business journals to read; they put a lot of research + insight in their articles. The reader is always left with clear guidelines + comprehension of the subject matter. As the business world catches up to the holistic wellness world, experts are correlating emotional wellbeing + fitness to success + longevity. I found an old article from a 2002 edition that speaks to the power of resilience; it’s an important read for anyone trying to heal + grow + achieve at the same time. we could all use a bit more.

click here to read

“More than education, more than experience, more than training, a person’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails.”

 

3. Rich Roll x Gary Vaynerchuck

The Rich Roll Podcast is ons of my favourites. Rich does a really great job of getting the best from his guests + giving the listener so much to apply to their own lives + goals. If you haven’t been introduced to Gary Vaynerchuck, his books or his work, this may be a great place to start. I cannot articulate how special Gary is for the world of entrepreneurship + business. He is a lighthouse for anyone that wants to step up to their potential.

click here to listen

“You’ve got to know what you are good at — that’s the game. If I had a potion that could allow somebody to become fundamentally self-aware and know what they’re good at, they would all win.”

you should watch this

 

It’s no secret I am a big Tony Robbins fan. I believe in his work. This documentary is epic. It breaks in. Breaks through. And scratches the surface of our human potential once we cut away + heal all the bull sh*t holding us back.  Somehow this film is not about Tony Robbins. It’s about you.

Unstoppable.
Powerful.
Epic.
YOU.

warmly,
alicia.xx

p.s. it’s streaming on Netflix right now. 

You cannot find true + lasting success if you do not find yourself first. #aliciasays Click To Tweet

hard question of the month: are you going to let your past determine your future?

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself and be lenient to everybody else.

― Henry Ward Beecher

hard question of the month: are you financially independent yet?

I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time. Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.

― Brené Brown

leadership lessons you can learn from the presidential candidates…yes seriously.

life lesson

how to start being a better + more successful human right now

I created this blog to keep your ambition heart strong + sustainable + deeply connected to your highest, grandest vision for your life. I don’t believe you have to lose yourself on your journey to success.

I believe, you have to stay aligned with your authentic self to achieve your full potential. 

I recently discovered the DO Lectures {story + link below} and have fallen in love; I am slowly making my way through the talks but this one by Maria Popova stuck out right away – Build Pockets of Stillness Into Your Life herewith and in summary, her 7 best life learnings…

  1. allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind
  2. do nothing out of guilt or for prestige or for status or for money or approval alone
  3. be generous with with your time and your resources and with giving credit and especially your words
  4. build pockets of stillness into your life {be disciplined about sleep + meditation}
  5. when people try to tell you who you are don’t believe them
  6. presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity
  7. expect anything worthwhile to take time

see below for Maria Popova’s entire talk

about this very special lecture series…

Clare and David Hieatt set out to bring the DO-ers of the world together – the movers and shakers, the disrupters and the change-makers – and ask them to tell their stories. Under star lit skies, in a bind with nature, they would inspire others to go out into the world and DO, too.

to see more of the DO Lectures, click here

Just make up your mind at the very outset that your work is going to stand for quality…that you are going to stamp a superior quality upon everything that goes out of your hands, that whatever you do shall bear the hallmark of excellence.
― Orison Swett Marden

5 TED talks to improve your leadership skills

The first TED talk I ever saw was Brené Brown’s The Power of Vulnerability. At the time I was working on a massive project in Paris with a starting budget of over 80 million euros, the work was high pressure, challenging, empowering but at times deeply isolating. I felt vulnerable all the time and my old programmed thinking made me feel like that vulnerability made me weak. Thankfully, my husband had the insight to share Brené’s powerful words. The talk shifted my perspective on what would become my ultimate gift…to feel everything deeply + clearly.

{Herewith a collection of 5 thought shifting TED talks on leadership extracted from a curated 10 by INC magazine’s Laura Garnett, published on September 14, 2015, all text in original format, link to original article below}

Carol Dweck: The Power of Believing That You Can Improve

Unleash potential in yourself and in those you lead by encouraging a growth–rather than fixed–mindset. In this talk, Dweck discusses the power of students receiving a “Not Yet” grade versus a failing grade–it increased their motivation and ability to succeed. In another talk about mindset, Charlie Reeve found that employees with a growth mindset were constantly looking to adapt and to grow in their professional and personal worlds; they didn’t believe that their talents and futures were predetermined. Think about how you can shift your mindset to be more growth oriented. Now, imagine the results if you helped your peers and employees shift their mindset as well.

Sam Richards: A Radical Experiment in Empathy

This is, as the title suggests, a radical and often misunderstood TED Talk about the importance of putting ourselves in others’ shoes. Not only is empathy a quality of being a good person, it is also key to being a great leader. It helps us understand how to better communicate with and understand our superiors, peers, and employees. Do not underestimate this key characteristic.

Angela Lee Duckworth: The Key To Success? Grit

Duckworth defines grit as “passion and perseverance for long-term goals.” Grit is one of those intangible concepts that we still know very little about, but one thing is clear: The grittier we are, the more successful we become. This is just another reason to find your true passion and purpose in life and truly dedicate yourself to it.

Srikumar Rao: Plug Into Your Hard-Wired Happiness

I attribute my consistent, joyful attitude to what I learned about mindset and happiness from Srikumar Rao. In his TED Talk, Rao discusses how the “if-then” model of happiness is hurting our current well-being and success. Happiness is actually hardwired into us–it’s easier to achieve than you think. Think about the quality of your life and career if you were happy right now.

Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

Moments of vulnerability truly are inspiring, and they make way for the possibility of even greater connection and appreciation. When you are vulnerable, when you put a name to your resistance, it can be addressed, acknowledged, and worked through. When one of my clients opens up and shows his or her vulnerable side in our work together, I know success is guaranteed.

Laura Garnett’s original 10 TED talks are posted HERE

It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises-but only performance is reality.

—Harold S. Geneen

I always love you elizabeth gilbert

how to become famous, part 2

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11. Set up a support team. Find others like you–devoted to becoming the best in the world at their craft. And create an alliance.

12. Keep a journal. Writing in a journal each morning or every night is a superb way to build expertise. It allows for you to reflect deeply on what you’re doing right–and celebrate those wins–and what areas of performance you can most improve.

13. Remember that expertise is a process, not an event.

14. Reward your successes. Staying passionate with your field of expertise and your lofty goals is absolutely essential to getting your through the inevitable failures/plateaus and obstacles on the path to Mastery. By setting up a clear reward structure, you’ll fuel your energy and stay amped to win.

15. Read “Talent is Overrated” by Geoffrey Colvin. Superb book.

16. Stick with the new move for 66 days. According to research at The University College of London, it takes 66 days of practice to wire in a new habit. So as you work on a new element within your field of expertise, do it for 66 days until the “neural highway” in your brain has been installed. The new move will then become automatic.

17. Raise your standards. Our behavior reflects what we’ve settled for. All experts are obsessed with becoming the best there ever was. And so their performance matches that mindset.

18. Know that becoming an expert isn’t easy {otherwise everyone would be doing it}. But it’ll be truly worth it. That I promise you.

19. Clear your mind. A messy mind causes messy results. Make all efforts to have fewer goals, priorities and responsibilities so your mind becomes incredibly centered on the dominant focus of your professional life: the one field you are committed to mastering.

20. Go first-class. If you’re really serious about world-class performance then have the guts to invest in world-class training tools, world-class coaching, world-class instruments, world-class conference, world-class nutrition and a totally world-class environment to support your rise to the top.

21. Watch the uber-inspiring documentary of expertise “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”.

22. Sleep less to achieve more. Yes, sleep is essential for peak results. I get it. But too many people sleep too much. Most of the ultra achievers I work with sleep very little. They’d rather use that time to practice, study, produce awesome work, grow their fortunes, build their families and contribute beautifully to the world.

23. Understand that mastery loves the hardworking.

24. Keep the self-promises you make to yourself. It’s a fantastic way to increase self-discipline.

25. Keep a written daily schedule. The things that get scheduled are the things that get done. Expertise comes from clear and structured effort. A written schedule of your practice times, study times, coaching times as well as a listing of your other essential life commitments will ensure you’re on track.

26. Show up when you don’t feel like it. Experts don’t show up to do the work only when they feel strong, energized and excited. They show up when they’re tired, discouraged and exhausted. That’s what it takes to be the best.

27. Do it for yourself as much as for the world. Becoming an expert is one of the finest methods I know of to move toward self-mastery. The process of expressing your greatest talents and potential develops your character. You teach yourself patience, perseverance and toughen your faith. Yes, you’ll help/inspire/create value for so many people via your inevitable expertise. But don’t just do it for that. Choose it for what this uncommon journey will make of you as a person.

*edited tips; for the full article + more useful tips + tools from Robin Sharma, click HERE.

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