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photo (4)Is there something you have been meaning to do with your life? Learn a new language, read more, volunteer, start a blog, change careers, start investing your money, etc.?  You think about it every day and your intention is always to get started. In fact, most days you believe that today will be that day. But then you get out of bed and the craziness of life happens and before you know it another day has passed and you are no closer to accomplishing that one idea you are passionate about pursuing. Why do we do this?  Why do we allow ourselves to get comfortable with the way things are instead of taking even one small step towards the things we want most? It is so easy to go about our days doing the same thing over and over.  We are creatures of habit and get comfortable with our routines.  This isn't always a bad thing, but when we have a desire to make changes in our lives and start something new, we have to be bold and step outside of our comfort zone.
photo (5)Do you ever wonder how some people get so much done?  They create oodles of content on a regular basis, are out and about connecting with people, building their business, and still make it to the gym and spend quality time with their family and friends. Highly productive people fascinate me.  I love learning what gets them up in the morning and ultimately motivates them to go out and fiercely pursue their dreams and make big things happen.  I recently read an article in Fast Company magazine featuring 11 Expert Tips to Help You Be More Productive in 2014.  It's a good read so check it out and get your productivity on. One tip shared was to put your brain on autopilot for the small stuff.  I laughed when I read that Prerna Gupta, Chief Product Officer of social music app Smule says she’s able to tackle big picture problems by eating the exact same thing for breakfast and lunch every day.  I used to think I was boring for eating the same breakfast most mornings, but now I'll chalk it up to improving my productivity.  Love that.
photo (6)What am I going to do? It's the question that rolls around in our minds when we are faced with certain life situations where the answer isn't as obvious as we would like it to be.  Should I take that job?  Should I break up with my boyfriend?  Is now the time to finally start my business?  Should I invest that much money into a business coach? Oh, it is never ending isn't it?  It's all of these things that make life so much fun.  And it's also the excuse we need to get our girlfriends together with a nice bottle of wine, deep conversation and most likely their thoughtful advice. When we ask for advice, most of the time what we are really looking for is an answer.  We want to know what we should do and since we can't make up our minds, we turn to our friends, colleagues, mentors, etc. in hopes that they can shed some light on the situation and ultimately tell us what to do.  Shame on us for trying to take the easy way out.  We should know by now that the only person who knows what we should do is ourselves.
I will never forget the words of Dr. John Maxwell during one of his presentations. He talked about what it takes to go after your dreams. He shared that after giving a speech one day a young man came up to him and said, "Dr. Maxwell, I want to do what you do. I want to get paid to speak in front of big groups of people." Dr. Maxwell smiled, looked at the bright eyed and clearly excited young man and said, "You want to do what I do, but are you willing to do everything I've done in order to get to do what I do?" Well put, I thought, as I began to think about my career, what I have done, what I still want to do and what else I am going to need to do in order to get there. We all know there is no magic bullet to success, but I think in today's world of instant gratification, sometimes we fool ourselves into thinking we are going to get there quicker, faster and will less bumps in the road than those before us.

After nine hours, two stops, multiple podcasts, phone calls and of course rockin' out to great music, I had finally arrived to the beautiful city of Charleston, SC where I would start what I am calling my life changing trip. Why life changing?  Mostly because...

It's always a good time to change things up a bit.  Try a new exercise class, order something you've never tried at your favorite restaurant, ask your secret crush out on a date or share your brilliant idea with your boss. Change is good.  It's exciting....

We've all been asked the question "If money was no object, what would you do with your life?"  Would you start a business, travel the world, invent something to fix a problem, host a TV show, create a movement or hide away in a cabin...

It seems now, more than ever, people keep saying how busy they are.  Everyone's running into meetings, jumping on calls and being anywhere without your phone is simply unheard of.  I mean, what would we possibly do if we couldn't tweet every moment of our...