MAKE ADJUSTMENTSGo back over your plan. Do you see it? Are you able to feel it? When you look at your plan, is it doable? Can you manage your life and fulfill making this plan happen? Only you can answer that. “If you are at a point where maybe it’s a little overwhelming – rewrite your plan.” Remember: This is not about perfection. It’s about progress. “This is about you,” said Yalden. “This isn’t about me. This isn’t about your friends. This is about you. The workbook says 28 Days, but if it takes you two months, don’t worry about it.” Yalden wanted to let you in on a little secret. He said probably 10 percent of the people that buy this book will actually finish it. “If it takes you two months to create a plan – to have a goal and to achieve that goal – then you are better off than 90 percent of the people that buy the book with all the intentions in the world but never finish it,” he said. Do this on your own terms and at your own pace. Rewrite your plan if you need to. “If you have to go back to Day One and redo this all because now you are starting to feel it – now it’s starting to mean something to you – then stop everything and go back to Day One. When you go back, I want you to commit to doing it. And if Day One takes you two days or three days to do it – I’m OK with that.” But don’t go on to Day Two until you are sure you are ready. Maybe something happened to you yesterday and you need to refocus. Perhaps this new something is a priority. It’s OK to create a new goal. “Whatever that might be, don’t get discouraged. Don’t be disappointed,” he said. “It’s one day at a time, but every single day, focus on where you are going – not where you have been.” “It’s one day at a time – but every single day, you focus on where you are going, not where you’ve been. No matter what happens in our lives, we’re not victims. We rise up. We are victors.” Adopt a new mindset and leave anger and bitterness behind – no matter what happens – and choose gratitude instead. “I want you to start saying ‘thank you.’ Life does not happen to you. Life every day happens for you. Everything we go through, everything we encounter, every obstacle we face or every mountain we climb – whether it’s good or it’s bad – everything shapes us. Everything teaches us.” Learn from your mistakes. Reevaluate your situation daily. Take time for you. Self-care is not selfish. “If you are going to go back to Day One, I still want you to take some time today to reevaluate and reassess your situation.” Find out why Jeff Yalden is North America’s Number One Youth Motivational Speaker. Go HERE. Jeff’s speaking calendar fills up fast. To book him now for your event, organization or school now, call 800-948-9289. LISTEN to this episode of The BOOM Podcast. SUBSCRIBE to The BOOM Podcast. GRAB your copy of The BOOM 28-Day Boot Camp Workbook. ORDER Jeff’s Amazon Bestseller, BOOM! One Word to Inspire Action, Deliver Rewards, and Positively Affect Your Life Every Day. JOIN the BOOM Nation Facebook Group and share your BOOM moments with us!
SMART GoalsYour plan should be SIMPLE, MEASURABLE, ATTAINABLE, RELEVANT and TIMELY. “Have you put goals in place to achieve what you need to do? Am I making sense?” In this episode of The BOOM Podcast, Jeff talked about his friend, author and speaker Jake Ballentine, author of Your Number One Goal [Listen to their earlier conversation in Episode 4]. Ballentine had a goal to run a 5K in under 30 minutes – a SIMPLE and MEASURABLE goal. “He would run every single day and measured his success. He knew where he had to go,” Jeff said, adding that this goal was ATTAINABLE and RELEVANT. Ballentine’s “why” was stronger than his excuses, and this was also TIMELY – he had given himself a timeframe in which to accomplish this. Ballentine did it. What are your goals? What is your plan? “Put the goals in place to achieve the plan, whether it’s a three-month goal, a six-month goal, a one-year goal or a five-year goal. Have a goal in place to achieve that plan, which comes as a result of your dream.,” Yalden said. Remember: Life is not a race. Life is a journey – and we are all on our own paths. Remember: SMART Goals: “You take the dream out of your head. You put it down on paper. Now you have a plan. You re-engineer yourself as if you have already achieved it, and you work from that point backwards. You set a goal to achieve the plan. Is the goal SIMPLE? Is it MEASURABLE? Can you do it – is it ATTAINABLE? Do you feel in your heart that you can definitely do that? Is it RELEVANT? Is your ‘why’ greater than your excuses – and lastly, is it TIMELY?” Do you have a set time in which you can allocate every single day to focusing on your goal? If you haven’t done the last eleven days, go back and do it. “Get off your ass. I’m sorry if that offended you. Get off your ass and start making progress. Not perfection, but progress – and do it every single day.” Find out why Jeff Yalden is North America’s Number One Youth Motivational Speaker. Go HERE. Jeff’s speaking calendar fills up fast. To book him now for your event, organization or school now, call 800-948-9289. LISTEN to this episode of The BOOM Podcast. SUBSCRIBE to The BOOM Podcast. GRAB your copy of The BOOM 28-Day Boot Camp Workbook. ORDER Jeff’s Amazon Bestseller, BOOM! One Word to Inspire Action, Deliver Rewards, and Positively Affect Your Life Every Day. JOIN the BOOM Nation Facebook Group and share your BOOM moments with us!
“What’s wrong is always available, but so it what’s right – and if we focus on what’s right, we’re going to find more of it.” – Jake BallentineThe BOOM Podcast is an opportunity for author Jeff Yalden to drill down on the principles in his book, BOOM! One Word to Instantly Inspire Action, Deliver Rewards, and Positively Affect Your Life Every Day, while featuring folks from all walks of life who have successfully brought the BOOM into their lives. In Episode 4, Jeff welcomes national award-winning motivational speaker, musician and author Jake Ballentine to the show. Jake spoke to Jeff from Idaho, where he and his wife were spending time with her family after the devastating loss of her father, a man Ballentine treasured not only as father-in-law, but also as a strong mentor. From Los Angeles, Ballentine was a contributing author to Jack Canfield’s Living the Success Principles. He is the host of the Focus on the Good podcast and the author of Your Number One Goal. He has reached more than a quarter of a million people over the past five years with his unique motivational presentations, which include his spoken positive messages and music. Not bad for a guy who was considered learning disabled and didn’t read a book until he was 18. Ballentine says Your Number One Goal is a step-by-step guide to reach any goal of any size, but before getting into the meat-and-potatoes of the book, he started with a story. “There was one point in my life that I was a depressed motivational speaker,” he said, adding that most people would look at him or Yalden and automatically assume that they have got everything figured out. Ballentine’s business was going well, but he said his life was a mess because he simply wasn’t taking care of himself. He was 26 and tipped the scales at 280 pounds. “I was in terrible condition and was on what I call the window diet: Everything I ate came from my car window,” he said. “I was just in this horrible place, and my mindset was in negativity – and it really all stemmed from the way that I treated my body.” He knew he couldn’t sustain a lifestyle like that, but what really kicked him into gear was when he and his wife were told that they couldn’t have children. “There was a time where I just got so depressed about this because it was something that we always wanted,” he said. It wasn’t long before Ballentine had his Eureka! moment. “I realized I hadn’t done everything I could. Even though I kept thinking I had done everything – I had seen the doctors – done the things they told me to do – but I hadn’t changed my health. I hadn’t changed my whole life.” One of the principles Yalden lays out in BOOM is that life doesn’t happen to us. Life happens for us. “26 years old and being told that, because of your physical condition, you can’t have kids – is not a good place to be,” Ballentine said This event was the catalyst for change. Ballentine said he suddenly had a why that was so strong that he could push past any excuse. He transformed his life, his health and fitness – and dropped 60 pounds. Eight weeks ago, he and his wife had their first child, Jacob Oliver Ballentine, Jr. “I have learned some things that can help anyone reach any goal of any size – about how to find that motivation – how to be able to push past any excuse – and how to make a step-by-step plan and take action to make it happen. I put it all in the book.” In this episode of The BOOM Podcast, Ballentine and Yalden run the gamut – from how to get motivated and stay motivated – and starting with the end in mind. They discuss the value of breaking goals down into manageable chunks. They talk about the value of purpose – and the power of why. “You’ve got to figure out where you want to be a year from now – five years from now – and then narrow that down to where [you] want to be in five years to what [you] need to accomplish in a year – the next six months – the next eight weeks – and down to what [you] have to do today,” said Ballentine. To Ballentine – everything must point to a person’s North Star – their vision for the future – while paying attention not to neglect the smaller steps along the path. Yalden said this was another way of saying that people need to figure out how to drop the BOOM in their lives. Ballentine said that, to him, family is everything – and finding balance is key. “I think really the biggest challenge comes down to balance – and I think when any change comes in your life – you have got to figure out the new balance and what is the new normal – how you balance things – and it comes down to figuring out the priorities,” he said. Your Number One Goal walks you through three seemingly basic but ultimately very important questions: What do I want? Why do I want it? How am I going to get there? “Those are the three keys to success. You have to know those three things. You’ve got to know what you want, or else you are not going to get there.” Ballentine also explains what he calls “smart goals,” and warns against vague or half-formed goals. For him, a smart goal need to be MEASURABLE, ATTAINABLE, RELEVANT and TIME-BASED. This episode of The BOOM podcast is chock-full of actionable content. Yalden and Ballentine discuss the necessity of mentors, the magic of asking for help and the inestimable value of continuing education and personal development. Ballentine had this to say about constant learning: “There is not a day that goes by that I am not listening to iTunes/podcasts/Audible books. It’s constant. I consume information constantly. I’ve learned more through these earbuds than I did in the whole four years of college,” he said. The point is – there is so much knowledge out there – and it’s available to everybody – in any format you choose. Yalden said this is part of the BOOM for everybody. “You can make excuses that college is too much money or education takes too long – but education is every single day,” he said. For more about Jake Ballentine, go HERE Click HERE to grab a free copy of Your Number One Goal. To subscribe, listen to, or explore to The BOOM Podcast, visit HERE. Get your copy of BOOM! One Word to Instantly Inspire Action, Deliver Rewards, and Positively Affect Your Life Every Day. Find out everything about Jeff Yalden HERE. JOIN the BOOM Nation Facebook Community.