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YOUR Life is amazing; what are you doing with it?

Posted in inspiration, Personal, What is your Legacy? by cdaymude on April 28, 2009

If it is the only productive thing you do today, you HAVE to watch this video. Then subscribe to Michael’s blog, follow him on twitter, spread the word and over all  do what you can to add meaning to his life.

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Secrets of World’s Toughest Questions

Posted in Communication, goals, inspiration, Personal, Save The World by cdaymude on March 26, 2009

Of course, these are not life shattering querries about the top three subjects that people should never discuss. You know, religion, politics, abortion.

No, these are the three most visited questions that I see thrown about in the press, on blogs, on twitter, facebook, infomercials etc. on a daily basis. In fact billions of dollars change hands every year just to solve these issues.

So the saying goes,

You can never be  too thin, too rich or too beautiful !

And people will PAY anything  for even little bits of  information they can get to be in one or all of these categories. But the amazing thing is that you can boil all the advice, all the books, manuscripts, lectures, webinars, infomercials, infotainers etc etc. down to just a few simple solutions.

So if you are ready for the multi-billion dollar solutions then read one.

Question 1: How to lose weight.

Billion dollar answer 1: Burn more calories than you take in.

Question 2: How do I get rich.

Billion dollar answer 2: Spend less than you earn.

Question 3: How do I have good relationships?

Billion dollar answer 3: Give more than you take.

So there you have it; these answers sum up the volumes of crap that people are dishing out now a days. Who da known that its just simple math?  And now you can save all your money. But don’t tell the info marketers that I’m letting these secrets out because some of them are friends of mine and I don’t want them to know that it was me that put them out of business.

Most of you will of course be skeptical and go buy ten MORE books about how to lose weight or what ever. Go for it if it makes you feel better but I’d bet that all the other problems in life can be solved with solutions that are just as simple. Its just that most people want “a magic” pill and don’t want to do the simple math. Or they think that solutions have to be complicated to work. Here’s what Einstein has to say about it all:

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”

Double or nothing; good sales tactic?

Posted in goals, Infusionsoft, inspiration, Personal, Weight Loss by cdaymude on February 18, 2009

Okay so if you had read any of my earlier posts this year you will know that I set a goal to lose 19 pounds by Feb 14th. And to make myself a little more accountable I did the following:

  • kept an exercise and diet log on my blog
  • bet my 11yr old (bet against me) and 7 yr old (he was on my side)
  • I tweeted about it too to make sure people held me accountable

I thought that the public scrutiny would work but really it was betting against my very competitive 11 yr old that was the toughest. I just wasn’t ready for my kids to know that dad was a real person. The kids do find that out eventually and probably when we least expect it!  But there was no way I was going to purposely cause myself to be knocked from the parental pedestal.  And it doesn’t matter that my son can whip me in a 5k already; psychologically he still thinks I can beat him. Most likely because I have avoided a head to head race.

So here we are, just passed the goal line and I failed miserably!  It was a good start–all 4 or 5 days of it. And it doesn’t matter what the excuse is. Irregular schedule, travel, socializing or just good ole fashion lack of commitment.

As a good parent I had to use this as an opportunity to teach the kids a few lessons. At least that’s the spin I put on it!

Lesson number one:   don’t give up. Just because you set a goal and miss it has no relevance to your ability to set a new goal and complete it. Keeping with Edison, I now know one more way NOT to lose the weight that I wanted to. Perseverance is the key. And there is a perfect quote from Edison on the subject:

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. -Edison

Lesson number two: more accountability is better. So I tought my boys about Double or Nothing. The original bet was $5. You’re right, not much accountability in that dollar figure.  So when I went for double or nothing, Caleb said, NO. What? So I upped it to $20 and then $50. Obviously he is brighter than I am because he held out for $100!

The good news is that I haven’t lost the bet, I still have face and I have much more accountability for stage 2.

I now have until March 9th to lose the 19 pounds (yes the starting point is the same!) and I am changing a few things (of course you can’t expect different results without actually doing something differently).  I got my wife to buy in–she’s an awesome baker and I’ll have none of that. You know, lead us not into temptation! Other than that I am doing a much better job of tracking what I am doing daily by using an iphone application called lose it.

More updates on that to come but now to a little business:

I started thinking about how much more accountable I would be with the double or nothing bet. I don’t win anything at the end except what really matters. The weight loss, pride, healthier eating, completion of another significant goal. The $5 would have meant nothing compared to all the intangibles. It really is about the destination.

And that lead me to think about my company, Infusionsoft , and how we have done the same thing. We are the only CRM company (tough to call us that because we are so much more) to offer a guarantee to Double Your Sales. Double or Nothing. If you don’t double your sales, you pay nothing (a complete refund on the set up and consultation).  And if you do double your sales then we all win. But just like my own personal goal, companies who qualify will have to make a significant committment to make it happen. We just provide the tools and the road map; you have to provide the sweat. And that brings me to another great Edison quote:

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. –Edison

Just think of how much more accountable Infusionsoft is now that we have promissed to double the sales of any company who qualifies?

So Double or Nothing; Good Sales Tactic? I think so because we all come out winners. If I lose my weight, my son doesn’t get $100 or even $5. But keeping dad on a pedestal is priceless.

And if you want to join me and the team on our Nationwide Double Your Sales Tour, just click here and register. Its free!

Weight Loss Goal Day 3

Posted in goals, inspiration, Personal, Weight Loss by cdaymude on January 4, 2009

Lost 1.5 Pounds–New weight 202.5 from 209—-6.5 pounds in 3 days—-and not hungry and feel GREAT.

Exercise: 1 hour swim in the am from 7 to 8 while you were still sleeping on a Saturday morning!  I was very tired from the day before and used fins to keep up with everyone–oops then everyone got to use fins adn I was in trouble.  Helped a buddy cut up a white oak tree for most of the day and I’m sore today from it (we cut it and chopped it). So that was alot more exercise than I planned on today but changing things up is a really good idea. Not to mention I had a great time hanging out with a couple of friends, his dogs and horses. Not to mention my firewood pile is once again full. I love the smell of fresh cut wood.

Breakfast:My regular shake. An important part of losing weight is changing things up–not only your exercise but your diet (your body gets complacent easily). But honestly I can eat this shake as one of my meals every day. But I put different frozen fruits in and so it does give it different textures and tastes to keep it interesting.

Snack: You see that I have snacks every day–at least two, if not three times a day. That’s critical. If you let yourself get too hungry then you will overeat on the bad stuff later on. So I had about a cup of nuts and about an ounce of beef jerky. I had to plan ahead and take this snack with me since I knew I would be cutting down a tree and would not have my regular food supplies. Planning is one of the biggest factors in losing weight (or getting anything accomplished).

Lunch: 6 inch turkey and cheese sub from Subway–hey Jared knows what he is talking about. Whenever you have the opportunity to put what equates to a salad on your sandwich, that’s a good thing. No mayo of course–if you don’t have it for a while you will think it is disgusting. Because it is. Mustard may take some getting used to by some people but once you do you will realize that it is not only added flavor, but has essentially no bad calories. And a large diet coke! Yum–this really is dessert. Look at it this way, if you were stuck in the middle of a dessert for a week with nothing to eat or drink, the first thing you would want is a glass of water. So what we crave is all relative. If you get rid of the nasty stuff you have been eating—you will stop craving it and actually realize that it is nasty when you go back and try it later on. I have a huge sweet tooth but I think regular Coke is disgusting now that I am used to Diet Coke (I used to be hooked on regular Coke).

Snack: a few more nuts and beef jerky and a hard boiled egg–cause we didn’t eat until late.

Dinner: a burrito bowl from Chipotle. Yes I cheated on the “white” rule (nothing white) by getting white rice and cheese instead of salad in my bowl. But to be honest, I know i needed the calories and probably the carbs and I had waited too long to eat (had I had a healthy snack with me I would have been able to resist the rice).

Snack—no after dinner snack since it was so late and I was feeling pretty full from the Burrito bowl. Even though it is grilled chicken and salsa (a very good food) that dinner was still probably packed with a ton of calories and not all good ones. But if your hungry–you should eat–just make it something good.

Weight Loss Goal Day 1

Posted in goals, inspiration, Personal, Weight Loss by cdaymude on January 2, 2009

Okay, first day down. 3 pounds lost and Caleb is not too happy. Goal for this week was just 3 pounds. At this rate I’ll be done by the end of the week but I know the losses don’t keep up at this pace….

So here’s how I did it.  First of all I won’t say “diet”–oops I just said it! For me it’s always just being a consistently better, healthier eater. I call it “clean” eating.

I ate clean yesterday. That means nothing white; no sugar, white bread, white rice, mayo etc.

Breakfast:  1/2 cup Steal cut oats with 1/2 cup fresh blackberries and 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

Snack: About 1/2 cup raw cashews/walnuts

Lunch: Suzanne fixed a wrap with whole wheat tortilla, 2 slices of turkey, tomatoes, fresh spinach and spicy mustard (yum).

Snack: we went to see Marley and me so I took about 2 oz of beef jerky that I had bought from Pigeon Forge, TN and some more nuts.

Dinner: a very awesome, yummy shake with 1 cup of mixed berries (frozen so they make the shake thick), flaxseed, spinach, 1 cup soy milk

Snack: a cup of fat free yogurt (blueberry) with a piece of WASA cracker (don’t know what these are but they are bigger than a piece of bread, crunchy, somewhat tasty, whole grain and yummy)

There you have it, completely satisfied all day. If you’re hungry–you should eat. Losing weight is about adding to your diet. Replacing the bad with even more good.

Exercise: I walked 5 minutes, ran 5 minutes over the river and through the woods for 58 minutes.

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2009 Goals

Posted in goals, inspiration, Personal by cdaymude on January 1, 2009

Like everyone I need plenty of accountability. So here goes my 2009 goals–well some of them–in public for everyone to see and keep me foucused.

These are mostly personal as I haven’t yet set my professional goals with the powers that be–although I do have a good idea what I want to accomplish. I’ll give you a taste of my professional goals–just not the whole enchilada.

1)  Lose 19 pounds by February 14th 2009. Remember that goals need to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Bound. Yep I meet all those so I’m good to go. Why 19 pounds  you ask?  I’m starting at 209 pounds so that puts me at 190 and below the “fat guy” label on the BMI scale by a couple of pounds. I have hovered around 200 for the past couple of years but I haven’t been able to get below it and stay there. So this is big deal for me.  I also bet Caleb (my 11 year old) who said he didn’t think I could do it. Caden (7 year old) is on my side and also bet Caleb 5 bucks that I would make it. So I spread out my risk and Caleb is on the hook for 10 big ones.

2) Complete a half Ironman Triathlon. One of the reasons for for goal #1 is to prep me for #2. My body will be really pissed at me if I attempt a half Ironman without losing weight. And at that weight I will actually enjoy it. I also plan to do at least one Century this year but that’s not much of a goal after doing 6 GAP  and 3 State 3 Mountain with very little training.  Just fun stuff and I hope that Caleb will join me in a triathlon or two. He loves the idea of competing but he is not so keen on the training.  In the past with shorter events he could get away with not training but a half  marathon or more is something he needs to prepare himself for.

3) Build a continuity website and have it up and running with shopping cart and marketing sequences byFeb 28th. This is a personal and professional goal. The personal side of it will enable me to help more small businesses grow their business. And that helps me at work. That’s why Infusionsoft is such a great place to work. They know that encouraging us to use the application will ultimately make us great at helping other people. And besides, it’s such a great place to work that even if I get my own site up and making money I still want to keep working with Infusionsoft in everyway I can. I really believe in what the company is doing.  

4) By January 30th I want the foundation and one layer of wall started for the new stone house in the backyard. I want the kids to be able to help build it, stone by stone, so they can always have the pride of completing a project like that. They did help build the stacked stone firepit and flagstone patio but they were really too yound to remember it. I’m not concerned about putting a finish date on the stone house, the process and productive time with the kids is going to be unforgetable for all of us.

That’s enough, life is pretty great and we’re all healthy. Happy New Year

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Silver Dollar Living

Posted in inspiration, Personal, What is your Legacy? by cdaymude on December 23, 2008

Silver Dollar Living

I’ve always known that the most valuable things in life don’t have a price tag but in these tough economic times the message really hits home. The most valuable gift we can give to those around us is the gift of ourselves. The ironic thing is that this gift is the most simple, costs the least and yet is also the most difficult gift of all to give.

So this Holiday season if you really want to give then give the gift of you.

Here’s a little bit of me. I hope it inspires you and I hope you know just how valuable it is. I don’t expect anything in return of course but if you would like to “exchange” with me then please don’t go to the store; make it a little bit of you.

The reason I call this story Silver Dollar Living is because of my dad. He carried this Silver Dollar around in his pocket for years as part of his “pocket change” and other assorted items that

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he liked to keep in his pocket. I remember them vividly. He had a silver pipe cleaning pocket knife and a mechanical key chain; you know the kind that when you push together, they come apart and make two key chains? And come to think of it I can still smell his pipe. He didn’t smoke in that obnoxious way that smokers do when they blow smoke in your face or flick a still lit butt out the car window. It was a pleasant and thoughtful way. And that was the way my dad lived his entire life. Pleasant and thoughtful. He never wanted for anything; oh sure he had his dreams but thinking back, I hope that my brother and I some how filled his life with everything he could have wanted. ……I can’t believe I’m crying for the first time in years…..not just a tear but balling like a like a little kid……just like my two boys are filling my life with the most incredible memories. I know I was selfish and I know I could have done more; I wish I had done more.

My dad really lived the good life. He never really made any money and what he had, he gave to my brother and me. It didn’t matter if it was his last nickel and I wanted a piece of gum out of a machine. Dad was always pleasant and thoughtful.

I still remember the day the phone call came in. I was eating lunch with a friend from work and it was my brother. I love my brother but we aren’t that close so I knew his call was out of the ordinary. We thought dad was the picture of health, always walking and working with the “other” love of his life, his horses and he was wiry too; no fat on that man’s bones. Dad died alone, and suddenly of a massive heart attack. I instantly broke down the second my brother told me. I just didn’t understand. How could this happen and how could I not be there to support him and tell him how much he meant to me throughout my life. How grateful I was that he was always there to give whenever I was ready to take. It wasn’t like kids nowadays who are spoiled with everything; we didn’t have much but we lived better than anyone else I knew. Not with more stuff, but with more value.

Dad was always pleasant and thoughtful. And he carried this Silver Dollar with him for what seemed like 20 or so years. I remember it when he jingled the change in his pocket and when he would just pull it out and rub if for good luck, and I remember it when he put it on the dresser with the rest of the things from his pocket. I found that Silver Dollar sitting on dad’s dresser went I went into his empty house.

Never in a million years could I imagine that I could get a coin and rub it; even all day, every day for a month and see any kind of difference in it. But this Silver Dollar had been rubbed almost completely smooth from years and years of pleasant and thoughtful treatment.

I keep that Silver Dollar with me now and it reminds me that it’s not my occasional actions or thoughts that make an impact on the lives of others, it’s the daily rubbing. Knowing that your actions today, no matter how small you think they may be (like the daily rub on a coin) add up to make you the person you are is what I call Silver Dollar Living. What will your actions be today to make you the person you want to be remembered as tomorrow? I will always remember my Dad as pleasant and thoughtful. He lived that way everyday.