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the true price of anything

So you want a new car, a new career, a new house, new clothes, etc. There’s nothing wrong with any of those things. Having goals helps focus your energies, direct your attention and give you the motivation to take spirited action.

But have you really looked at the true price you’ll have to pay in order to get any of those things or anything you really want.

The true price you’ll have to pay for anything is the amount of time (life) you’ll have to give up for it. So before you blast ahead with your action plans take a moment to really look at the price you’ll pay for what you want.

Ask yourself…

How much time is this going to take away from my family?

How much time will I actually have to trade off in order to get this?

How much time will this steal from what actually is truly important to me?

I remember at one point in my career I was working for a extremely wise man. He was successful in every area of his life. I had been working for him for awhile and we were renegotiating my contract. I was asking for a lot (I knew my worth and the value I brought to the organization so I wasn’t shy about asking for exactly what I wanted).

And one of the key items for me was to have more time off to spend with my family. And in the end I got everything that I wanted – except for the time off.

That’s when I realized that time is the most valuable of all currencies. Money didn’t matter to him as I got a huge bump in salary. But what did matter was time.

Time is the most precious of all currencies so guard it and spend it wisely. It’s the true price you’ll pay for anything.

Keep Being Awesome!

Ian

It’s 6am and I’m thinking of you. Wondering how your year was? Curious to know if it ended the way you wanted it to?

2011 was a year where I began to measure my life in different ways. Trying to get to the core of what truly matters in life.

* How many little perfect moments did I experience with my family?

* How much impact did I have within the world?

* How aware did I become to the unskillful patterns of behavior in my life?

* How often did I speak my truth?

* How much of my time was spent pursuing my passions?

* How many adventures did I go on?

* How many moments did I spend with good friends?

So many of us are living lives of silent suffering. We suffer because we’re not true to ourselves. We don’t take the time to get to know who we are, what we want, and what we’re here on this earth to do.

Makes me think about regrets…

Did you know what the top 5 regrets of the dying are? Well according to Bronnie Ware who worked for years in palliative care, she found that over and over again people at the end of their lives had the following 5 regrets:

The 5 Regrets of the Dying

1) I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2) I wish I didn’t work so hard.

3) I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

4) I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5) I wish that I had let myself be happier.

So as this year comes to a close and you prepare for the next, take a little time to reflect on what matters most to you.

Try to answer the question…

“What does a good year look like for me?”

And once you know – start to create that year bit by bit, thought by thought, action by action.

Thanks for a great year.

Ian

You ever have one of those moments where you just come to a screeching, fishtailing, full-on stop?

You’ve been working on a project, campaign or something that you’ve been pushing forward and putting your time into. And all of a sudden you’re just dead in the water.

And no matter what you do, you can’t move it forward.

Happened to me recently. And it drove me crazy. Then I did something that changed everything. I asked myself “Why?”

Why had this happened?

What was I missing?

Was there a better way to do what I was trying to do?

I looked at it from a bunch of different angles. I stepped back from the project and gave myself some breathing space.

And about 24 hours later the answer hit me like a ton of bricks. It was slick, easier to implement, would save a bunch of money and reduce the risk involved as well.

So the next time something you’re working seems to be going nowhere ask yourself “Why?”.

You may be surprised by the answers you find.

Remember to have fun, make money and change the world.

Ian

avatar and lifeI See You

They’re blue, 10 feet tall and they have a message for you and me.

And what is that message? We’ll get to that in a moment.

When I’m coaching someone I don’t look at what was, I look at and see what is and help to bring out what can be.

Each of us has infinite potential and the big difference is whether or not we’re going to use it.

Because the universe rewards action. Continue Reading…

true to yourselfHow To Be True To Yourself

Sabrina has throat problems.

Tom has stomach problems.

Peter is a pushover.

And Dorothy is a doormat.

All of them don’t know what it feels like to be true to yourself.

And because they’re not speaking, living and breathing their truths they’re suffering.

Being true to yourself is no easy task. And that struggle is part of the journey to discovering your truth and claiming it as your own.

Shakti Gawain said that, “Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.”

And it goes even deeper than this. Continue Reading…

Creating Opportunity

Creating Opportunity“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain

Don’t look back at your life and think about what could have been. Get out there and create what can be now.

Life’s a beta test. Not a finished product.

A work in progress.

A dance between two worlds.

Internal insight and analysis. External expression and creation.

It’s never going to be finished. You’re never going to be finished. Continue Reading…

Personal Development & Zombies

Personal development and zombies don’t usually get brought up in the same sentence. But in my crazy mixed up world somehow they’ve gotten smooshed together.

Me and my wife watched Zombieland last night and we loved it! It stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin. There’s even a cameo by Bill Murray with a huge Ghost Busters reference.

Now I wasn’t watching the movie with the eye to discover real-world life lessons. But as it went on there were a couple of them snuck in there to really take this movie to the next level for me.

If you’re open to it, all things, people, and situations can teach you something and help you with your personal development.

Personal Development Lessons Learned From Zombies

Nut Up or Shut Up
One of my favorite sayings that I heard years ago is, “You can’t complain about what you permit.”

Complaining: We get sucked into it at work, we sit around the table and whine about it when we’re out with our friends, and we grumble about it under our breath when we’re alone. Sometimes secretly resenting a person or situation, pointing fingers and blaming external forces for our crappy life.

Well like Woody says in the movie, “Nut up or shut up.”

We have more power then we give ourselves credit for.

Is there something that’s bothering you about your life?

Why is it bothering you?

What have you done to help create it?

What’s the lesson hidden within it?

And remember the Serenity Prayer, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.” Continue Reading…

Secret To Success

Ian Paul Marshall —  January 26, 2010 — 6 Comments

The Multimillionaires Secret To Success

Secret To SuccessWhen bestselling author and motivational speaker Jack Canfield of the “Chicken Soup for Your Soul” fame had the good fortune to work for the multimillionaire W. Clement Stone, the uber-successful Stone had this to sage advise to pass along to Jack.

Wisdom that will echo throughout time and that you can find in Jack’s amazing book the Success Principles:

“Taking one hundred percent responsibility means you acknowledge that you create everything that happens to you. It means you understand that you are the cause of all of your experience.

If you want to be really successful, and I know you do, then you will have to give up blaming and complaining and take total responsibility for your life — that means all your results, both your successes and your failures. That is the prerequisite for creating a life of success.

Continue Reading…