Why Almost All New Years Resolutions Fail — And What To Do About It!
11Dec 2018
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It’s that time of year where millions of people are caught up in the same old goal setting frenzy…

They’re hoping to get their careers on track…
They’re hoping to finally lose that weight…
They’re hoping to get that raise or promotion…

Yet in a few short months from now, most of them will be no better off than when they started (one study even suggests that 80% of ALL New Year resolutions fail by February).

In this quick 2-minute video, I explain why almost all New Years resolutions are destined to fail, and offer a powerful alternative.

Watch the video below, and find out how you can take your most important goals to the next level by creating a clear and compelling vision for your entire life.

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Lifebook’s Annual Year-End Reflection Ceremony
05Dec 2018
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There’s something absolutely magical about this time of year: the twinkling lights, cozy fires, joyous cheer being spread by everyone, and perhaps most exciting of all, the anticipation of turning the page of our lives to a brand new chapter.

It’s a season of celebration, love, and self-reflection.

In honor of this magical time, we have a reflection ritual here at Lifebook that takes place every December.

Here’s how you can join us…

Light some candles, brew a cup of hot tea or pour a glass of champagne, get cozy by the fireside (perhaps with a loved one) and settle in for a few hours of deep reflection and openhearted honesty.

The ritual is done by answering simple questions, which are designed to call forth mighty truth, inspiration and growth from deep within you.

Enjoy this magical process, and make this New Year a beautiful expression of your wildest wishes and deepest dreams.

And as always, please take a moment share the love with us by commenting some of your favorite answers at the bottom of the post!

Click here to download these questions in Word Document format so you can complete the exercise and keep it in your Lifebook!

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”

-Lao Tzu

Reflecting on 2018

What was your biggest triumph in 2018?

What was the smartest decision you made in 2018?

What one word or phrase best sums up and describes your 2018 experience?

What was the greatest lesson you learned in 2018?

What was the most loving service you performed in 2018?

What is your biggest piece of unfinished business in 2018?

What were the three most significant events of 2018?

Who were the three people that had the greatest impact on your life in 2018?

When did you feel most alive in 2018?

What was the biggest risk you took in 2018?

What was the biggest surprise in 2018?

What was your biggest failure in 2018?

What fears surfaced in your life in 2018?

What is one thing you can forgive yourself for in 2018?

What is one thing you can forgive another for 2018?

What was your biggest learning experience in 2018?

What will you vow to NEVER do again? Do more of?

What one area do you feel stuck in from 2018 that you would like to improve in the coming year?

Is there something from 2018 that you need to let go of?

What important relationships improved the most in 2018?

What compliment would you like to have received in 2018?

What compliment would you like to have given in 2018?

What else do you need to do or say to be complete with 2018?

Embarking into 2019

Review your Life Vision and your Annual Goals and then answer the following questions…

What would you like to be your biggest triumph in 2019?

What advice do you give yourself going into 2019?

What is the major effort you are planning to improve about your financial results in 2019?

What would you be most happy about completing in 2019?

What indulgence are you willing to experience in 2019?

How can you be more open-minded, and open-hearted in 2019?

What are you most looking forward to learning in 2019?

If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you attempt in 2019?

Regarding your work, what are you most committed to changing and improving in 2019?

What is one as yet undeveloped talent you are willing to explore in 2019?

What would you most like to change about yourself, personally, in 2019?

How can you fully nurture yourself first and foremost in 2019?

How can you stand up for yourself more in 2019?

How can you be kinder to yourself in 2019?

How will you move through your fears in 2019?

What currently brings you the most joy, and how are you going to do or have more of that in 2019?

Who or what (other than yourself or your family) are you most committed to loving and serving in 2019? How will you do it?

What one word / phrase will be your prayer, intention or theme in 2019?

47 Affirmations to Energize Your Career
26Nov 2018
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Where you are today is a result of everything you chose to believe in your past.

Where you will be tomorrow is a result of everything you choose to believe today.

So ask yourself…                 

What do you believe about your career, as it is now?

What are the thoughts and feelings that come up when you think about your work?

Are you ready to take conscious control of these beliefs, thoughts and feelings, to create the most empowered, impactful, fulfilling career imaginable — using everything you have in this very moment??

Harness the power of affirmations every day this month, and you will magnetize extraordinary new energy into your career and your life!

Here are 47 Affirmations to Energize Your Life’s Work:

Amazing opportunities exist for me in every aspect of my life

As I follow my heart, I discover my destiny.

All my actions are in perfect harmony with my purpose.

Each day I see my life’s purpose more clearly.

Every day I find more ways to contribute to the greater good.

Every day I follow my bliss.

Every day I further my life’s work.

I am creating a life of passion and purpose.

I am forever motivated and inspired by my life’s work.

I am true to my own path.

I say in my own lane, and honor the pace of growth in my own career and life.

“I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do.” – Helen Keller

There aren’t any problems that don’t have solutions.

“EVERYTHING is figureoutable.” –Marie Forleo

I awake each morning with gratitude for all that I get to do.

I have found my niche in the world.

I make a positive difference in the lives of others.

I love what I do.

I “work to become, not to acquire.” – Elbert Hubbard

I am so grateful to have the opportunity to create value in this world through my daily work.

I am creating the career of my dreams.

Amazing opportunities are appearing in my life out of nowhere.

I have unlimited potential, only good lies before me.

The joy I find in my career is reflected in my overall happiness.

I am appreciated and rewarded well wherever I work.

I am opening my consciousness to a greater prosperity and part of that prosperity is an increased salary.

I am deeply fulfilled by all that I do.

It’s not what I do, but how I do it… I treat every task as an opportunity to create more beauty, abundance and joy.

How I do anything is how I do everything.

My unique creative talents and abilities flow through me and are expressed in deeply satisfying ways.

I feel the fear and do it anyway.

I am grateful for the discomfort of growing in my career, as I expand myself to create all that I’ve wished for.

“The best way to predict my future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

I have everything I need to create my own opportunities.

I am confident radiating who I am in all situations

My mistakes do not define me or dictate my future success.

I have the courage to go after what I truly want

Everyday, I tap into more of my potential

I unselfishly share my gifts with the world and give others permission to do the same.

I choose community over competition in my work and my life.

I am fully myself and completely authentic in my career.

I manifest unexpected opportunities every day because I am aligned with my calling.

Harmony permeates my experience, and my work flows in productive and joyful ways.

I serve others willingly, gladly and gratefully.

I am inspired, creative and productive.

I am calm and comfortable speaking in front of others. I have confidence in myself, and I relate easily with others.

I truly believe that humans exist to bless and prosper each other. I reflect this belief in my daily interactions – Louise Hay

16 Must-Read Books to Ignite Your Career
12Nov 2018
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Wanna know one of the quickest and easiest ways to take your career to the next level?

READ MORE BOOKS!

Reading books (or listening to audiobooks) is one of the single best investments you can make in your entire life (career included)!

With this in mind we’ve gathered together a list of our favorite, most life-changing books in the career category.

If you’re looking to really go the extra mile this month (in work AND in life), pick up one of these books and get inspired!

Now we’d love to know… What’s on your reading list in the career category?

Leave your recommendations for us in the comments below!

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t
By: Jim Collins

Over the course of five years, the author’s team analyzed the histories of twenty-eight “good-to great” companies. After sifting through mountains of data, Collins and his crew discovered the key determinants of greatness – why some companies make the leap and others don’t.

Click here to purchase your copy today.

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done
By: Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan

Whether you’re running an entire company, in your first management job, or just looking to step up your effectiveness… this book will show you how to get the job done and deliver powerful results.

Click here to purchase your copy today.

Lovemarks: The Future Beyond Brands
By: Kevin Roberts

This groundbreaking book injects a powerful dose of vision and emotion into the world of marketing and advertising, and celebrates the central role design plays in creating emotional connection with consumers.

Click here to purchase your copy today.

Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Everyday
By: Todd Henry

Die Empty is a tool for people who aren’t willing to put off their most important work for one more day. The author explains the forces that lead to stagnation, and introduces powerful practices that will keep you on a true and steady course toward fulfilling your soul calling.

Click here to purchase your copy today.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Leadership
By: Stephen R. Covey

Dr. Covey’s book is one of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written. Discover critical lessons about the habits of successful people, and find out how you can easily apply them to enrich your entire life’s experience.

Click here to purchase your copy today.

The Four-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
By: Timothy Ferris

Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, or earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.

Click here to purchase your copy today.

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
By: Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

You want LESS (fewer distractions, commitments and stress)… and your want MORE (productivity, income and fulfillment)! This book shows us how we can have BOTH, by learning to master what matters most and focus on the ONE thing.

Click here to purchase your copy today.

How to Win Friends and Influence People: The Only Book You Need to Lead You to Success
By: Dale Carnegie

This classic book has carried countless people up the ladder of success, and will show you how to take any situation (or relationship) and make it work for you! Get ready to make life-changing connections and achieve your maximum potential.

Click here to purchase your copy today.

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It
By: Michael E. Gerber

Grow your business in a predictable and profitable way by dispelling the most common myths, and avoiding the assumptions that can get in the way of running your business with this eye-opening read.

Click here to purchase your copy today.

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
By: Eric Ries

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable.  The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

Click here to purchase your copy today.

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose
By: Tony Hsieh and Rob Ten Pas

Written by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, Delivering Happiness shows how a very different kind of corporate culture is a powerful model for achieving success-and how by concentrating on the happiness of those around you, you can dramatically increase your own.

Click here to purchase your copy today.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
By: Greg McKeown

The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.

Click here to purchase your copy today.

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALS Lead and Win
By: Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Detailing the mindset and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult combat missions, Extreme Ownership demonstrates how to apply them to any team or organization, in any leadership environment.

Be sure to check out this month’s LifeNote on Extreme Ownership too!

Click here to purchase your copy today.

Outliers: The Story of Success
By: Malcolm Gladwell

In this stunning book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks (and answers) the question: what makes high-achievers different?

Click here to purchase your copy today.

Steve Jobs
By: Walter Isaacson

Based on more than forty interviews Jobs conducted over two years, Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries.

Click here to purchase your copy today.

Do The Work: Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way
By: Steven Pressfield and Seth Godin

Could you be getting in your way of producing great work? Have you started a project but never finished? Would you like to do work that matters, but don’t know where to start? The answer is Do the Work, a manifesto that will show you that it’s not about better ideas… it’s about actually doing the work.

Click here to purchase your copy today.

Expand Your Self-Awareness: A 2-Week Sentence Completion Program (FREE)
09Nov 2018
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Back by popular demand, Lifebook is featuring one of our all-time favorite practices in awareness…

Dr. Nathaniel Branden’s 2-week Sentence Completion Program (FREE).

Click here to download the document now.

Increase self-awareness and improve your self-esteem in just 2 short weeks with Dr. Nathaniel Branden’s free transformational sentence completion program.

Sentence completion is easy – you receive a handful of unfinished sentences, and you complete them yourself to deepen your awareness.

Sentence-completion work is a deceptively simple, yet uniquely powerful tool for raising consciousness, self-understanding, self-esteem, and personal effectiveness.

It rests on the premise that all of us have more knowledge than we are normally aware of, more wisdom than we use, more potential than typically shows up in our behavior. Sentence completion is a tool for accessing and activating these “hidden resources.”

And that is exactly what Lifebook Member Dr. Nathaniel Branden helps us do with his transformational 2-week sentence completion program.

Click here to download the document now.

Why “Good Enough” Never Is
06Nov 2018
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“How you do anything is how you do everything.”
-T. Harv Eker

Whether it’s in work or in life, “how you do anything is how you do everything.”

What we believe T. Harv Eker meant when he spoke these wise words is this…

Every task, every job, every chore, every interaction is another opportunity for you to express all that you are — to convey your values, practice your virtues, and radiate out into the world that which you love most.

For this reason, “good enough” never truly is enough for Lifebook Members, especially when it comes to our life’s work.

Taking the easy way out, though tempting at times, ultimately means compromising our deepest values and missing out on life-changing opportunities to align ourselves with what we want most in life — which (for most Lifebookers) is to realize our extraordinary potential!

Let’s take a look at this visual representation of what it looks like to move from ORDINARY to EXTRAORDINARY in your career…

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Now let’s take a deeper look at some of our favorite concepts in the chart:

Always Being Asked vs. Anticipating Needs Before They Arise

Whether it’s your employer, customer, spouse, friend or child… When you can anticipate the unexpressed needs/wishes of those around you, and then take action to exceed their expectatations, you provide an unexpected and delightful experience and make a loud statement that you care. You prove yourself to be conscious, self-responsible, inuitive and committed. And ultimately, you manifest greater opportunities for your own personal and professional growth.

Doing Bare Minimum (or just enough) vs. Giving It EVERYTHING I’ve Got

If you’re looking to coast along with a mediocre offering so you can make it to a mediocre retirement, then by all means, do the bare minimum. But if you want to create passion, excitement and prosperity (in your life, and the lives of others) you’re going to need to step outside your comfort zone, push yourself to learn, grow and expand, and work toward something bigger. Instead of remaining stagnant and doing bare minimum (and then complaining about how you feel stuck), generate your own positive energy and spread it out to those around you.

Waiting For Approval vs. Proving Value Through Results

Grace Hopper said, “It’s better to ask for forgiveness than it is to get permission.” You have the power to create extraordinary results, but only if you take action. And there’s nothing employers love to see more than their team taking deliberate action to create powerful results — even if it does mean blazing your own trail from time to time.

Being Professional vs. Being Passionately Creative

The time for soulless corporate professionalism is coming to an end, and a new era of passionate, soulful, TURNED ON creativity is taking its place. Now more than ever, the world needs vibrant, uplifted, liberated free-thinkers who are living 12-category smart lives and making an impact on the world simply with the energy of their thoughts, feelings, actions and contributions.

Criticizing Problems vs. Offering Valuable Solutions

“It’s better to create something that others criticize than to create nothing and criticize others.” Instead of directing your energy unconsiously, by complaining, criticizing, and giving your power away — turn the situation around, and consciously direct your energy toward positive, all-inclusive, creative and inspiring solutions.

Generic Interactions vs. Providing Personal Depth

Now more than ever people are seeking authentic human interactions – connectiong with others that feel geniune, down to earth, and deeply real. We all yearn to truly relate with each other in ways that empower, inspire and connect us to something greater than ourselves… and most people can smell fake from a mile away. Every social interaction you have is another chance for you to show up more fully as your true yourself — more accepting, more present, more receptive, more whole. This level of personal depth is moving and deeply affecting to others, and it has the power to completely shift the energy of any situation you walk into.

Creation vs. Innovation

In these exponential times, it’s not enough to simply do, make or create… if we want to set ourselves apart from the rest we must learn to innovate. We must learn to fall in love with experimenting, and find exciting new ways to do things. It’s time to take your creativity to the next level — into extraordinary, revolutionary, fearless cutting-edge works of art (no matter what industry you’re in).

So ask yourself…

Are you doing just “good enough” when it comes to your career?

Which lines in the chart spoke the loudest to you, and how can you implement them in your own career/life?

How can you move from ordinary to extraordinary in your career this month??

Share your answers with us in the comments.

And as always, thank you so much for reading VIPS, and being endlessly committed to realizing your own extraordinary potential!

How Meditation Promotes Life-Changing Financial Habits
30Oct 2018
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Written by Jessi Kohlhagen

We all know the life-changing benefits of meditation.

What many people don’t realize is how revolutionary a meditation practice can be for their financial lives.

This may come as a surprise, since meditation is most associated with eastern religious practices, all of which tend to emphasize spiritual pursuits over material pleasures.

The idea of using meditation to elevate our financial lives may feel foreign or even a bit “mystical” to those of us who haven’t yet committed to a regular meditation practice. It may feel impractical to those of us struggling with real financial problems.

Suffice it to say — for most of us, the topics of meditation and money feel worlds apart from each other.

But Lifebookers know better…

With our deep understanding of the power of interconnectivity, and our absolute belief that WE are the creators of our own reality, we can leverage the power of meditation to shift our money mindset, install life-changing financial habits, and claim our destiny of abundance.

Here are some of the most important ways meditation will transform your financial life: More…

33 Money Mantras to Become a Master Manifestor!
16Oct 2018
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If we are the creators of our own reality (which we are!) then becoming conscious of the reality we choose to create is essential.

When it comes to money, aligning our thoughts, feelings and actions is the absolute KEY To manifesting abundance into our lives.

Here are 33 money mantras to activate your inner manifestor and connect you to the stream of infinite universal abundance:
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13 Books That Will Supercharge Your Financial Life
09Oct 2018
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What is your true relationship with money?

In order to answer this question, we need to look to our daily emotional experience of money. How do we feel about money as we are earning it, spending it, managing it, sharing it? Do we have an empowered, inspired, creation-oriented view? Or do we worry, stress, grasp and withhold?

Regardless of where you land on the financial-emotional spectrum, one of the best ways to empower yourself to create positive change & growth is to educate, motivate and inspire yourself.

With this in mind, we’ve pulled together a short & sweet little list of alllll our favorite financial books.

MAKE IT A GOAL THIS MONTH to invest time and energy in yourself by purchasing just one of these books, and watch how expansive your financial life becomes!

Be sure to share your favorites at the bottom of the post, if you don’t see them listed here! More…

The Mastering Happiness Podcast (FREE)
03Oct 2018
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“Happiness is not something that you have, it’s something that you do.”
-Dr. Joel Wade

As a psychotherapist, life coach, and teacher, Dr. Joel has been working with people for nearly 40 years (including myself, and my mentor and Dr. Nathaniel Branden).

As a result, he’s become a true expert on what it takes to cultivate and sustain authentic states of happiness (a subject Missy and I are extremely passionate about!).

Today, we’re so excited to share Dr. Joel Wade’s incredible new free podcast, “The Mastering Happiness Podcast.”

In “The Mastering Happiness Podcast,” Joel will be covering topics ranging from relationships to work, personal lifestyle and more.

Each podcast will give you tangible things you can practice right now, to establish healthier, happier habits in your everyday life.

For more information about what you can expect from this breakthrough tool, listen to the first episode below!

Click here to download the episode (right click player and “save as”).

To subscribe to future Mastering Happiness Podcast episodes, click the following links:

Click here to find Mastering Happiness on iTunes.
Click here to find Mastering Happiness on Libsyn.
Click here to find Mastering Happiness on Soundcloud.