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Two Unconventional Things You Can Start Doing Today to Get Your Life on Track

This is the number 1 question I’ve gotten in the last decade.

What is the secret to my success? 

Most people want to know how I know what I know, especially in business. Did I get it from my parents? Nope. My Dad was a blue collar worker and my Mom a stay at home mom. Do I have a business degree? Nope. I have a B.S. in Psychology which typically gets you a nice job waiting tables (which I did for 8 years!).

But at age 26, I jumped into entrepreneurship, opening three fitness centers in three years. I then bought an existing company and invested in real estate. By my early 30s, I was a millionaire (which was really strange for me to get my head around). To be clear, I was not earning a million, but I had established a nice 6 figure income and had built up assets in business and homes that reached over 1 million.

I also had some pretty significant accomplishments by most peoples standards outside of business. I completed marathons, competed and placed high in triathlons, and running events. I raced in a 36 hour long Adventure Race (biking, running, paddling, navigating carrying all food/water and no sleep!). 

I bought  my second dream home in 2008 and started two new companies all while  raising a young daughter as a single chic-a-dee.

Some folks see me as highly driven. But I’m actually pretty laid back, and I’m motivated entirely by freedom. Freedom to ride my bike, eat good food, read lots of books, and catch some great movies. I love being at home and tend to be quite an introvert.

So even though I’m pretty laid back, I seem to have harnessed some mighty power that has led to some pretty great successes. I have observed that I often experience, expand, risk, and accomplish more in one year than most do in a decade or heck, even their entire lives.

I continually get asked:  How do you do it?

What I’m not laid back about is sharing with others how I can help them get what they want. I’m passionate about that. And the awesome part is that anyone can begin using this stuff right now.

So what’s my secret?

The foundation of all my successes and accomplishments is built  from understanding and working two things.

 #1  I Ask One Question Every Morning. I ask myself (every single day) is this what I want? I mean, I literally wake up and think about my day and if I am not excited to jump out of bed and get going then something isn’t working. And I don’t ACCEPT that. I say, “OK, what’s going on here? What is it about today, I don’t like? What in my life isn’t working? What do I need to do to change?” And I get busy on that. Immediately.

Sometimes I don’t have the answers. I don’t’ know what to do, so I get busy with the search and continually reflect and ask myself questions until I know what the next step is.

I know I’m the creator of my life. Once you create the life you love, it’s easy to tweak here and there and stay on course, so even as life changes and grows, you still wake up with, “Awesome, I love my life.” Or you might just need to dig into one area and course correct.

And yes, if you haven’t asked this question in a long time, you might have A LOT to change. That’s OK, get busy. Pick one area and get going. It’s up to you my friend.

Know what makes you happy. Know what brings you a fulfilling life. Do the work. Check in with yourself every single day.

 

#2  I THINK and LIVE outside of conventionality. Since I was a kid, I have never blindly believed or adopted what my parents (sorry Mom & Dad!) or teachers shared with me or taught. I have never bought into the standards and norms of society. I have never played by anyone else’s rules. Now in my 40s, I still don’t. Living MY TRUTH is the only operating system I use.

Are you creating your own life or living one designed by society?

So how can you begin to use these two principles to accomplish ANYTHING you want?

First, learn to listen to your gut, your internal GPS (this is Divine Guidance or what I call your Inner Spark). We all have it although it may be buried under a lot of shoulds, expectations, and old programming.

To turn on your GPS you must slow down, become aware, tune in, ask the tough questions, listen, and feel. What is it that you really really want? What’s coming up for you? Remember true lasting success is about happiness and fulfillment. It is not about chasing THE dream life, but about building YOUR dream life. Understand the difference. You have the only blueprint that matters.

Second, trust yourself. Stop asking for permission and approval. Stop expecting other people to get you or understand your dreams. Stop collecting votes for the go ahead. You’ll never have enough. You only need one vote…yours.

Get that to be truly successful, you DON’T want to follow the majority or the masses. At least not at this time in history, unless you view the majority as thriving, happy, healthy, and jumping out of their beds each day for another day of passion filled living! If that is what you see out there, then by all means follow. But if that isn’t what you see, know your path isn’t “out there” — it is inside of you. You have all the answers for you IN you. Trust.

Don’t buy into the illusion of security. Good grades, good job, benefits, playing it safe.

Look in, then step out.

The riskiest thing we can do is not live the life we were MEANT to live. So THINK about what you really REALLY want. Spark your passions. Create your own masterpiece. Live your purpose.

That is Success.

 

With SPARK (Spirit, Passion, Adventure, & Rule Breaking Knowledge),

Hollie

The Shocking Thing I Said Last Night

Last night, as I was getting ready to wrap up the day, the 4th of July that is…and head to bed, I said the following to my best friend.  “Whew, what a day. What a weekend. I can’t wait to get back to work tomorrow.”  My friend looked at me like I was out of my mind (I get that a lot) and said, “You know you are probably about the only person in the world who feels that way.”  Well, I know I’m not the only person, but I do know I’m in the minority. And I’m on a mission to change that!

Listen, I’m all for weekends, holidays, & vacations, but I’m even more for loving every single day!

(If you don’t have a lot of time, make sure you hit the Top Ten List below for some life changing tips!)

First, let me just clarify what I mean by that dirty little word “work.”  My definition of work is time when I am free to engage in my passions with lots of action & creativitiy with the intention of providing or being a part of a great service, product, or transformation. And in return I receive one if not all of the following: joy, meaning, and income.

Yeah, seriously, that’s how “work” is supposed to be.  Here’s my dream…bare with me…it gets even more ridiculous.

I dream of a time when we define our days as “passion days” and “rejuvenation days.” Yep, still serious.  Passion days are the days when we are immersed in meaning, growth, productivity, purpose, and are actively engaged in activity that generates cash flow, service, and creativity. And rejuvenation days are when we intentionally set slower paces, rest more, sleep more, take a break from goals and achieving, meditate more, do yoga, read, run, bike or whatever activity or inactivity that is calming, restful and refuels our spirit.

Ok, so yeah…we might not ever get around to the lingo of asking someone at the water cooler, “so how was your rejuvenation?”  or saying “have a good day with your passions”…. but I think it’s possible and it’s time for many more people to move away from  viewing work as a “grind” or time that must be put in just to pay the bills. It’s time to release the “rat race and living for the weekend” kind of mentality and way of  living.  Life is too short folks. And guess what else…life is meant to be easy and fun. Not just for a few select, but for you, for me, for all of us.

I recently came across something very sad to me. My Dad retired (a word I think needs to be “retired” but that’s another note!) last week at the age of 64. One of the well-meaning cards he received read, “Congratulations. Now your life is really your own.”  Yikes! I mean really!?  Should we be  giving “congratulations” to someone who gets to start living the life they want at 64. Better late than never I guess. But, do we have to wait until “later” to start living the way we really want? Don’t spend too much time on that question. Here’s the answer, “NO, we don’t!”  Maybe it’s just me, but that feels like a mighty high price to pay.

This is your life. If you want it to be different, it is up to you!.  No one is going to come along and drop your dream life in your lap. You’ve got to make a decision and go for it!

It is my mission and passion to help others create a life that freaking rocks!

So here is a TOP TEN list to get you started thinking in that direction. Warning: If you choose to really engage these principles…watch out…your life will get EXCEEDINGLY more fun!  

Here goes…

1) If you are living for the weekends or for some other time in the future, it’s time to STOP, reevaluate, and make a change. Yes, now!  Like freaking right now!

2) If you’ve never had anyone say to you, “You’re out of your mind!” then you might want to step up your game a bit.

3)  The more people that don’t “get you” the better you should feel.  You are getting so close my friend! A completely authentic, passion filled, fun, exciting life is right at your finger tips!  Woo-hoo!

4) Learn to embrace the ridiculous…the unbelievable…the silly…it’s where GREATNESS is born.

5) Go for it. Just go. The time will never be right. You will never have enough money. You will never be ready. Just LEAP.

6)  Catch yourself every time you hear yourself begin to say, “I can’t” and instead say “I choose…”

7) Delete “I’d love to, BUT….” from your vocabulary.

8)  Think less. Feel more.

9)  Be YOU.

10) Say “I love….” a lot more often!!!!  I love reading!  I love biking! I love those mountains!  I love a blue sky! I love this day! I love my body!  I love the smell of rain!  Give more love, feel more love…it has the highest vibration and is the most powerful way to manifest the life of your dreams!

Here’s to freedom, adventure, passion, love, and living a life that makes you want to jump out of bed every day! A life that is all your own!

Spark It!

Hollie