Have you ever had a moment that drastically altered the way you look at your life? Mine came in November 2010, when I was 35,000 feet in the air.
Looking back, it’s clear that I ignored all of the warning signs. I was working 100 hour weeks building Chilango and playing hard on the weekends. This “grind” mentality was taking a toll on my health.
Although I started having heart palpitations and cramping, I kept going, attributing it to stress — keep pushing and get the work done, right? This was the vicious cycle I was stuck in. Even when doctors diagnosed me with high blood pressure, I kept going.
Fortunately, thanks to a doctor who just so happened to be on the flight, I survived my incident and am able to share it with you today. I can tell you that at that moment 35,000 feet up, I have never felt more alone. That was it. My five-year-old son would be without a father because I literally worked myself to death.
When I woke up in the...
“There aren’t enough hours in the day. I don’t have enough time to spend with my family. I feel busy, not productive. I wish I had more time to do what matters most.”
Well here's another thought for you...
According to research presented in the book The One Thing, the average person loses 28% of their work day to "multi-tasking ineffectiveness".
28% of a single day may not sound like much. It's just a day after all.
But if you string together one average day after another, the results are alarming.
Apply that 28% daily loss to 46 working weeks and suddenly you've lost an entire 13 weeks - every single year!
So it's no wonder people feel behind and over-worked. Instead of playing the game with 4 quarters per year, they're trying to do it in 3.
Now imagine if you could add back these 13 weeks? What would it do for you, your family, your team, and your company if you had a whole extra quarter? Every. Single. Year.
It's not as hard as...
One of the simplest, yet most powerful things I've done, is to follow a morning routine. I like to think of my morning as the time where I “rev the engine” of my day. Or in other words, where I “rev” the “A.M.” Or REV-AM.
Together, these letters prime me for high performance and set my day up for success. I feel as if I'm continually working on and developing myself, and I walk into the day with a greater sense of clarity, control, and vibrancy. It's the difference between feeling like you're driving the train versus hanging on to the back end of it.
Each of the letters stand for a part of the routine, which takes me about 60 minutes to complete:
Being in the trenches is a mindset - and spending time in that mindset gives you a different perspective of the world.
You learn to separate the essential from the unimportant, the mission critical from the nice-to-haves.
All of the great successes I’ve achieved in my career and life have been the result of time spent in the trenches fielding challenges, sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing - but always bouncing back stronger as a result.
When I give keynotes, meet people at events, or spend time with friends and family - the one comment I get more than any other is "Wow, you’ve really been in the trenches."
When something like this keeps coming up again and again, you need to pay attention.
So I’ve decided to start a project that has been a long time coming and share some of my hard-won lessons in business and life through the launch of my new podcast In The Trenches.
The podcast will help you reach your highest potential on the healthfront, the...