If you allow burnout and stress to run its course, it will leave you like the pictured car.

A shell of a person. Just a body walking through life trying to survive. This is NO WAY TO LIVE!!! Life does not need to be like that! Burnout leads to lack of creativity, poor performance and disengagement. Burnout and stress also affect you physically and can cause the following symptoms; fatigue, lack of sleep,sickness, depression, anxiety, and other physical ailments. Burnout has ruined many careers. Stress has even more negative side effects wreaks havoc on your health.

You can manage and control stress!

You must remember, stress is FAKE! 100% made up from the voices in your head. Telling you stories about what may or may not happen. Throw the voices in a closet and slam the door! Yes! It really is that simple(with proper training)

How do I manage this?

It’s important to regenerate your energy. Without this, you are likely going to flame out. There are 3 steps to regeneration. These are

  1. Exercising some mind control. Think of blissful things. Or think of a time when you were fulfilled
  2. Remember… Your J.O.B does NOT define you! You are MUCH more than your job. You MUST live a balanced life with the following elements.
    1. Career
    2. Family
    3. Financial
    4. Physical health
    5. Learning and personal development
    6. Recreation
    7. Social
    8. Spiritual

If you’re missing something from that list, you’re doing it WRONG. Add that list to your agenda and make some time in your calendar to live a balanced life.

3. Become accountable for your own life!! When I was running my asphalt paving company. I allowed stress to eat me alive. I worried about employees, the economy, unions, etc… All things I can’t control. I took back control of my life by selling my problems to someone else 😉

I am personally accountable for my own life and everything that happens in it. This has helped eliminate the stress from my life.

There area a few other things I have done to eliminate stress and burn out from my life that I recommend for EVERYONE!

  1. Grow!! Always be learning. Read. Take courses. When you are growing, you are focused on the new stuff and not on the stress
  2. Meditation. Meditate at least 10 minutes every day. This is mind control. The ultimate level of personal development and taking control of yourself and your life,  is controlling your own mind. Set a timer for 10 minutes and close your eyes. Focus on your breathing. Every time you have a though, pluck the though from your mind like its a weed. It’s VERY tough to do this for 10 minutes. But your brain needs this! You must rest your brain and clear your mind, so new thoughts and Ideas can have room to grow
  3. Take a personal development course. I recommend Landmark. You can check out a short 10 minute video Here. Landmark was LIFE CHANGING for me and other’s I’ve shared Landmark with. There are MANY  ways this program helped me and enhanced my life. Landmark is for everyone, no matter where in your life or career you are at.
  4. I subscribe to and recommend, a 4 day weekend every 8 weeks. You need to recharge your batteries and remind yourself why you work hard. I’ve had many arguments with my dad on this, but for me, this step is 100% necessary, to avoid burn out
  5. Daily physical activity. Even if its only 15 minutes of sit ups, push ups and treadmill. This is VERY important. You only get 1 body and if you don’t maintain it, you will wear it out. Then you are out of business!

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Often times, people wonder what leadership qualities are preferable.

Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady wrote a book called “Launching a Leadership Revolution” . This book helps us determine what a leader is and more importantly, how to grow and train more leaders!(And MINI Me’s if you’re a business owner) Leadership

Ultimately, leadership is influence. To achieve different levels of leadership, we must understand them first.

There are 5 Levels of Leadership.

These levels are

  1. Learning- Leaders must always be learning and growing
  2. Performing. Leaders must not lack in the performance category. They must get results!
  3. Leading.. Leaders must be able to lead others. These followers must also trust the leader
  4. Developing other leaders
  5. Leaders must be able to develop leaders who develop other leaders

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Leaders must also posses 3 Foundational Leadership Qualities( The 3cs)

  1. Character
  2. Commitment
  3. Coachablitiy

Without the 3 Cs, you will not be a leader at any level. Orrin Woodward does a phenomenal job of covering the core leader qualities in this book and this is a MUST READ for any want to be leader(or current leader). He’s also an amazing speaker and I recommend seeing him in person. I also recommend another book from Orrin  titled “Resolved, 13 Resolution for LifeAnother great book If you found value here, please like, share, comment and TWEET!!!

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That’s a question I’ve been asking myself since I met Ray Higdon in February of 2014.

I was in Fort Myers visiting my parents. I’ve been following Ray ever since I dove into network marketing and I was aware he lived in Fort Myers. I shot Ray a message on Facebook asking if he’d like to get together for a cup of coffee. Ray said sure.

I prepared a list of questions for my meeting with Ray

My main goal was to figure out what I needed to do, to take my business to the top. It was a beautiful morning and I was able to ride my dad’s scooter.

I was able to take many excellent nuggets from that meeting with Ray. The biggest thing I realized, it was clear, I needed to start a blog.

After our meeting Ray proceeded to do two consecutive blogs and podcasts, of which he got the content from our meeting! He’s good! I needed to start doing this too. Through this blog, I would become more influential and be a person of authority in my given subjects. I couldn’t get this thought out of my head. I needed to take the plunge and do this! After only 9 months of planning my blog 😉  it’s now time.

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Lucky for me, I was introduced to an online attraction marketing and business system. and I also watched a Ray Higdon “3 Minute Expert” webinar on Content creation.

I was able to take note of my 3 top places for blog content creation.

  1. Google Search- Often searched for terms or ideas
  2. Books- Discuss books or do reviews. Or cover topics that books on best seller lists are covering.
  3. Headlines from blog related magazines or websites

With a source for content all I need to do is regurgitate what I learn into my own words and I have a blog!

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Have you Ever Had a Friend Hit You With the “Dude,  We need to talk about that blog”

Or maybe for you, it was “that business” or that “girlfriend” Anyways, when we hear that question, we usually know what is coming…No, not a fight!

Nope

I thought I knew what was coming from this friend that will remain nameless (JOE P)..He says “I saw one of your videos, and dude, You Sound Like a Cult Leader”..

The Green Kool Aid
Drink the Kool Aid

I cried, I was laughing so hard. Was my public speaking that bad?

I realized that if a friend that knows me, thinks I sound like a goofball, imagine what others might think! Not that I really care, but the point is NOT to sound like a cult leader. I realized it was time to get to the point. I needed to improve my public speaking and have a quick point or 2 to my videos. And why not read a book that I had already bought! Public Speaking Magic. Nice, short 100 page book. So take out a pen and paper to take notes. You won’t want to miss this part. Public Speaking 101

1) Ask a Question, I did this! 2) Tell a story( I did this too!) 3) Do an exercise.(BOOM!) These 3 methods, especially when used together are GUARANTEED TO WORK!

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What is Integrity? I had wondered growing up.

I’ve since learned, without Integrity, you have nothing and nothing works. It may temporarily, but not for long.

My parents often talked to me about doing what was right and doing things in the proper manner. They didn’t refer to this as integrity, this was just “how things were”. I had never had to ask, What is Integrity?

You did things that were expected of you, whether it was conveyed or not. And you did things the right way. If I was on time, I was late. Be kind to everyone. Be thoughtful. You are a person of your word and this is how you will behave.  This was life. And they were awesome models. Many times later in life, it has shown up for me, in different situations. And I was able to be present to this and reflect back to what my parents taught me. About a year ago, I met with a long time family friend, Katie Hansen. (Check out her blog at http://clingtotherock.blogspot.com/,,, Incorrect address in the video) Katie has an amazing story, make sure you check her out. In preparation for our meeting, Katie painted a rock for me (It’s her thing). She thought of Integrity, when she thought of me. Wow!! This blew me away. I had tears in my eye. I had an “Aha” moment. Recently, I had graduated from the “Self Expression and Leadership Program” at Landmark. What is Integrity? Integrity is the baseline for everything in life and especially in Landmark. Katie reminded me of how grateful I was that my parents had taught me about Integrity.

What is Integrity  Very proud of my rock! It goes everywhere with me in my pocket

What is Integrity

What is Integrity? Integrity is;

  1.  Doing what you said you would do, and doing it on time.
  2. Doing what you know to do and doing it as it was meant to be done, and doing it on time.
  3. Doing what others expect you to do, even if you haven’t said that you would do it, and doing it on time.

Unless you live in a cave by yourself, you will fall out of integrity from time to time

What is Integrity
This guy was at the last Cub World series game!

If you fall out of integrity, it doesn’t make you a bad person. Just out of integrity, a temporary state of being. You can regain your integrity in the following manner; acknowledge you are out of integrity and acknowledge the impact that this has. Then you must put into place a plan to not fall out of integrity in the future. For example; You are late for work. You show up and acknowledge you are late.  You acknowledge the impact that this has on the others at work. Then you put into a framework to not let this happen again(” I will be 10 minutes early, every day, to make sure, that I’m on time”)

What is Integrity?

This is a deep subject related leadership. Without Integrity, Leadership is impossible.

Want to learn more about Integrity and Landmark? I recommend Landmark and have met many amazing people whom are also graduates. Check out the website at www.landmarkworldwide.com.

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The best things in life are on the other side of your comfort zone. Using Self Improvement you can reach this zone

If you’re not growing, you are dieing! I’ve often heard this reading Self Improvement books from Jim Rohn. When you are leaving your comfort zone, you are growing.  The best things in life are to be gained from leaving your comfort zone.

Most of my life I never considered Network Marketing. I also never knew self development was such an important aspect to network marketing.

I grew up in a family that had a traditional business. My parents didn’t know it was called Self Improvement, but my parents often encouraged me to always read and feed my mind, to learn! My mother and father were  Entrepreneurs, as were both pair of grandparents, and many of my uncles and aunts. We were always encouraging business talk in the house. We’d go on family vacations and discuss what business ideas we might come up with, that would work in that location. Always dreaming… But I never considered network marketing. I never knew PASSIVE RESIDUAL INCOME existed!

When the economy crashed in 2008, it hit me hard.

I was crushed, in may ways. Financially I was crushed. Personally, my confidence was shaken. I wasn’t reading. I was just “surviving”. I had fallen off my track of self improvement. But luckily, I noticed this and read a book called “Failing Forward”. I realized I had to make some difficult decisions and quickly. I had to auction off most of our company. This started me thinking about, another way. There had to be something recession proof that I could do.. Then my best friend, Mark Bezik told me about a green energy business, he wanted me to look at. It seemed too good to be true! Do a few simple actions every day and earn PASSIVE RESIDUAL INCOME! I fell in love with this company and network marketing. It didn’t take me long to figure out, I had found a better way! I was going outside my comfort zone in a big way! I had to get back to work at Self Improvement.

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After proving to myself I could work this business, I made a monumental decision to leave my comfort zone.

I went through a personal and professional development course, called Landmark. It was here, I did some deep personal discovery. I realized, I no longer had the stomach to be a professional gambler. Which is essentially what I was. Gambling my life savings, my health, my family on the asphalt paving business.

self improvement

I made a decision to sell my asphalt paving company! I was making a slight career, redirect. I was now going to work on building my FORTUNE and investing in myself via self improvement, while going to work for someone else. I found a way to allow someone else to handle the stress, while I was able to sell asphalt and help transform a company, in need of transformation. Sounded like fun! I sold my company, now I still work in the industry, doing sales and consulting( earning a 6 digit income!)

So while earning my linear income, I was building an income stream, that would be my retirement and eventually allow me financial freedom. Soon, I will be earning dual 6 digit incomes.

Thanks to Landmark, I was able to have complete confidence in my decision. This was by far the best  self impovement course I have ever taken. I made the decision and its been full speed ahead.  I’ve been pushing myself outside my comfort zone on a daily basis, ever since, like the adrenaline junky that I am.  Every day, taking action, to leave my comfort zone. Getting better every day in every way! And modeling self improvement!

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Looking to Transform your life and have more Freedom?

I can help!

What does freedom mean to you? It can mean many different things to different people. For many years I thought freedom was being a small business owner. Hah! That’s a great story we business owner’s tell ourselves. Most small business owners are slaves to their companies. They work 80 hours a week so they can take home a 40 hour paycheck(IF LUCKY) and count on the big payday at the end….that rarely comes.

I always was drawn to freedom. I’ve always hated being told what to do(right mom and dad?) I’ve always loved the freedom motorcycles brought me. I had many years of watching my dad slave over his asphalt paving company, thinking he was free. I thought that was what I wanted also. Then I graduated and joined my father in business and I had the “freedom” I was searching for. Ulcers, employee problems, union problems, banking problems, problems, problems, problems. All I did was put out fires. I should have been a firefighter! After 15 years of this,My mentor, Bob Quintana, recommended a personal and professional development program called Landmark. In  Landmark I discovered what freedom meant to me and I’ve been able to transform my life.

  • financial freedom
  • Free from self limiting beliefs
  • Free from all past experiences
  • Free to live where I want
  • Free to work where I want.
  • Free from concern of what other’s may think or say
  • Freedom to spend time with my boys!!

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Freedom means many different things to many different people at many different levels. When you are free from the past, you have a clearing in which you can create something new. Without being free from the past, you will always repeat the past. The past predicts your future. It takes a transformation to truly put this into play. I’m in search of the ultimate freedom. Freedom from the system. Freedom to choose 100% based on my principles and plan. Freedom to create new, every day.

Related to freedom is stress. I am a serious person and stress had always been a problem for me. In  Landmark I learned that stress comes from the voices in my head, based off the fears of what may or may not happen. I knew I had to make a career path change at some point, but the fear of selling the company and thinking others would think I was a quitter, prevented this from happening. Completely useless thinking! Learning this changed my life. Now, I’m completely stress free and loving life. I am the possibility of freedom.

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“Until the pain of remaining the same outweighs the pain of change, nothing will change” We can use Personal Development along with taking action to make that change!

Just heard Marty Hale repeat that statement on our company, weekly power call. How true it is. Take action! Actions lead to results. New actions lead to new results. Personal development will help you get new results

Many people live according to how they “feel”. I think this is a new phenomena in our culture. Back in hunting and gathering times, I’m sure often, the hunters or gatherers didn’t “feel” like hunting. But they had to. They didn’t choose to take a nap or play a video game, instead of hunting!

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If you live your life according to how you feel, it is a sure way to avoid success, in anything.

Successful people just don’t live their lives according to how they feel. They don’t usually feel like studying personal development, but they do it!  I don’t feel like sitting here right now, typing this blog. I sure as hell didn’t feel like leaving my comfort zone to record this video that I shared with thousands of people. I’m putting myself out there to be judged and criticized. But, I took action anyways, because I knew, that to take my business to the ultimate level, I needed to continue to take the actions that the rockstars(Mark J, Ray Higdon, Eric Worre, Matt Morris, Bob Quintana, Joe Ochiogrosso) of the business take. I am leaving no stones uturned in my search for success at the highest levels. This is why I study the successful people. That’s why I have reached out to and met Ray Higdon and Joe Ochiogrosso(I’m on his team). I get the pleasure to work with Bob Quintana!(how many people do you KNOW that make 6 digits a MONTH) And I will one day get to know Mark, Eric and Matt also. All of these people take action according to what they know they SHOULD do.(according to their principles and their plan)

This morning I listened to one recorded conference call and 1 live call. On my live call(through my MLSP group) the topic happened to be taking action.

Some interesting info. What are the questions that stop people from taking action? What is going through their heads?

  • How do I?
  • What if?
  • If I ___ will I be able to ___?
  • How long will ___take?

Those are the thoughts that freeze people from taking that initial step.  Solution.. FIGURE IT OUT

Take action and get the answer. Replace expectations with appreciation(of what you’re doing, what you’re learning, what you’re apart of!)

There’s also a simple 3 step action formula you can follow.

  1. Action leads to results
  2. Results give us answers
  3. Answers direct us to the next action

IF you don’t get the result you desire, CHANGE THE ACTION

SIMPLE!!!

Interested in Green Energy(wind, solar, natural gas), as a customer or a business? Find the GREEN HERE.  More videos on youtube. Take control of your life and find the freedom  you deserve!! TAKE ACTION NOW!!!Take the plunge! You can watch my video blog #2 here

As a bonus for my #2 blog, I will share a video from a few years ago. We took action(but it was the wrong one) Watch the video, you won’t be disappointed Too Steep

 

 
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I am Phil Cooper,Father & Husband, entrepreneur and adventure seeker. I’m on a mission to bring freedom to those in search of it. I’m sharing my journey with you on my road of Personal Development.

Today my blog will have a theme of personal accountability. This is a blog that will touch on
  • Personal Development
  • Leadership
  • Business and team building
  • Network marketing skills
My father started an asphalt paving company slightly before I was born, in 1974. I was always around the business and working from a young age. My father and mother both taught me much about integrity, work ethic and accountability. He was also, unconsciously teaching me entrepreneurship. As a family, we always discussed business ideas and what was possible! From a young age, my parents taught me Personal Development. I was taught I could do anything I wanted!
I attended Northern Illinois University and received a degree in Business Management, with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship and small business administration. While in college I continued to operate my DJ business that I had started in High School. I worked for fraternities, and for a couple of bars.  I graduated in 1999. My first summer out of college, my father had a massive heart attack. My parents strongly encouraged me to leave the industry. Due to the business and market changing on us, they wanted to sell the company and have me find employment elsewhere. But, I’m stubborn and I thought people would look at me as a quitter. So I took over day to day operations.  I went from being in my 1st year of working full time, to running a multi-million dollar asphalt paving company in the middle of being extorted by local construction unions. I worked as hard on myself through personal development as I did on my business.
I signed up with the local unions and I declared I’d be the industry leader in commercial asphalt paving. The company grew from 2 million to 7 million with me at the helm. I was making great money for my age, but I wasn’t happy. Then 2008 hit us. We were devastated by the recession. We lost close to 2 million dollars. We had to auction off most of our equipment and downsize, quickly! I lost every dollar I had to my name. I was depressed and I even temporarily abandoned personal development. This led me to looking for something else, something recession proof. My good friend and super entrepreneur, Mark Bezik shared with me a green energy company. I was in love with MLM and energy!
After 2 years, I had proven to myself that I could work this brand new industry, network marketing, and do this part time! I also had the belief in my MLM company, so I decided to burn my bridge and sell my asphalt company, after attending the Landmark Forum(more to come on that in later blogs). There was no going back now. I was taking back control of my life! I was back to working on Personal Development, and with mentor’s like Bob Quintana, Bob Florentine and Jason Wolkow, I knew the only thing stopping me was myself!
The theme of today’s blog is personal accountability and personal development.
You may have others that are holding you back(at least in your mind) from growing your home based business,  holding you back from freedom, from enjoyment. This may be spouses, bosses, friends, family, children, etc. They aren’t holding you back. You are holding yourself back with self limiting beliefs, taught to you from the voices in your head. Don’t allow this. Take personal responsibility. Take control of your life!
Today we are holding a kickoff call for my 90 day business blitz. I’ve allowed my MLM company growing pains, personal issues, and lack of time to be excuses for me. Today, they will no longer be excuses. It’s time to take back control of my life, I’m refusing to let others be excuses for me.
I am the possibility of freedom, courage and compassion. I love my life and I live it powerfully.
Everyone has the ability to create the life they want and live it powerfully. You just need to shift your paradigm.
Starting now, I’m going to live my life like the rockstar that I know that I am.

To do this, I’m doing the following actions on a daily basis; reading 10 pages of a good book per day, reading 10 pages of a landmark based article or book per day, holding daily accountability calls for my team, meditate for at least 5 minutes, and repeat my affirmations in the morning and evening(at a minimum!) This will help me maximize Personal Development.

 

 I will also be posting blog entries 3-5 times per week
The impact of this would seem stressful to many, considering I have a full time job and 3 young boys that I spend lots of time with and coach in sports. But stress is ” made up, based off of the fears of what may happen or not happen” coming from the voices in your head. Thanks to Landmark, I no longer have those voices. I no longer have any self limiting beliefs. I am taking full responsibility for the growth(or lack of growth) of my business.

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