What’s next?

Good morning!

After 2 exhausting days, I can finally breathe and relax with the family.  I have been busy putting the finishing touches on leading my team towards a pretty cool achievement at work.  In the end we were successful and acheived recognition as being ‘Gold Standard’!   So… What’s next?

I can most closely compare this to the first time I lost weight about 6 years ago.   I had lost 100+ pounds and felt amazing the first time I stepped on the scale and saw my accomplishment!  In the following days I asked the same question, ‘whats next?’.  I had formed a belief that I all of my problems would be solved once I lost the weight, and my life would be perfect.   I was successful at becoming  fit, strong and having more energy.  Still, I was in a failing marriage and was in a non-desirable work situation at the time.  I realized that I was focused on only one aspect of my life, and losing another 20 pounds wasn’t going to fix my other problems!  Ultimately, I threw in the towel and gained all of the weight back over the next 2 years. 

So, where am I going with this?  Make sure that you are taking steps(even if they are small steps) every day towards the things you want to improve.  Take time to celebrate your achievements,  then wake up the next day and continue to improve so you don’t  regress.  Set goals for all aspects in your life and stay focused on what you really want the outcomes to be.  As Tony Robbins once taught me, ‘Spend 20% of your time on the problem, and 80% of your time on the solution.’  

Never stop believing in yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

-Dan Sims

Week 6

Good morning!  After a huge weight loss last week, I was just hoping to break even this week.  I’m excited to say that I did just that.  Last time I lost weight, I used to expect that if I had one good week, the next week will be just as good.   It doesn’t work that way.  Wieght can fluctuate due to many factors like water retention and others.   I have still lost and maintained 22 pounds of weight loss in 6 weeks.   

I like to remind myself of a lesson I learned from Coach Phil Jackson.  In his book ‘Eleven Rings’ he talked about a message that he gave to his teams which came from the Zen Buddhists. ‘Chop wood, carry water’.  When things are going well and when things aren’t great, you should chop wood, carry water’.  In other words, keep doing the little things and stay humble matter what feedback life is giving you.   

Never stop believing in yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

-Dan Sims

The Light

Good Morning!ย  I wanted to share a song from my motivation playlist.ย  I stumbled across this song last year, when I needed it most.ย  I was going through a divorce.ย  I’d say that it was an ugly divorce, but there’s probably no need.ย  I’m not sure there’s any other kind.ย  Anyway, despite all I had lost I lost, I still had a quiet confidence that I would weather the storm and come out stronger onย  the other side.

The song is called by ‘The Light’ by the band Disturbed.ย  I would imagine many of you have heard it, but few have probably listened closely to the lyrics.ย  Some of my favorite lines are:

‘Within your darkest memories, lies the answer if you dare to find it’

‘When you think all is forsaken, listen to me now, You need never feel broken again!, Some times darkness can show you the light.’

I have attached the video with lyrics if you’d have 3 minutes to listen and appreciate it,ย  It might not be for everyone, but it’s there if you need it!

Never stop believing in yourself!ย  Talk to you tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

-Dan Sims

Consistency is Key!

A good friend of mine, Jermaine J. Jones often says the phrase, “Consistency is Key”.  More importantly, he lives it everyday!  He is the founder and CEO of ‘Brothers Making a Difference”(www.brosmakingadifference.org), a non-profit charity group in New Jersey that provides meals and supplies to those less fortunate in the inner cities that he grew up in here in New Jersey.  He is also an amazing speaker with a great message to inspire everyone he comes in contact with.  In his speech he talks about going the extra mile and outworking your competition.

I constantly remind myself of the lesson that he preaches, especially on the days when I don’t feel like going to the gym, or working hard, studying, writing, etc.  Jermaine, thanks for inspiring me everyday!

Never stop believing in yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

-Dan Sims

Don’t be too hard on yourself!

I need to keep telling myself to not be too hard on myself.   Life is too short.  Remember to be grateful for the things you do have.  It’s been said that it is impossible to be grateful and unhappy at the same time.  I can’t vouch for whether it is true or not, but it is good advice.  

No one knows that it is easier said than done more than I do.  Tony Robbins says that when you face a problem, you first need to see it as it is… but not worse than it is.  I have a long history of doing just that,  assuming that every situation is going to spiral out of control and I can’t handle it.  You need to be honest with the problem and fully accept it, then make a plan to fix it and move on. 

Never stop believing in yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

-Dan Sims 

One thing at a time!

Have you ever read or listened to something that could really change your life?  Have you ever listened to the same thing 3 years later only to realize that you haven’t put the advise into action?

I’ve done it all the time.  I have listened(I’m an auditory learner) to many programs and books from Anthony Robbins, Les Brown, Zig Ziglar, Coach Phil Jackson, Jim Rohn, and that only scratches the surface.  Many hours listening to many things and gaining good ideas along the way.  But when listening again years later, I am disappointed in myself about some of the changes I failed to make.  It was like I challenged myself to read as much as possible, instead of taking the time to really absorb and take action on the things that I’ve learned to create permanent change.

I’ve decided to challenge myself to do just that.  I will take the time to read, complete exercises, and get the most out of the book before I move on to the next one.  I am starting with the book pictured below.  I will keep this book with me at all times and pull it out whenever I have downtime.

Never Stop Believing in yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

Time for action, not excuses!ย ย 

Today has been another in ineffective day off up to this point.  I accomplished some things that I had planned, but I have a bad habit of procrastinating.  I am good at accomplishing tasks that are both important and time sensitive.  But if there is something that I feel can be put off until tomorrow, I have a habit of doing just that.  This blog is just as much for me as it is for those reading it.  

You need to accept what has happened and commit to taking action right away.  As soon as I publish this post, I am going to get up and get to work.  No excuses!  Just like exercising, being committed enough to do what is needed, even though you don’t want to, is the key to real success.  

Never stop believing in yourself.  Talk to you tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

-Dan Sims