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How High is Your Ceiling
Sometimes, I scratch my head when people say something that I can’t believe is true. That has happened over the years when my wife, Joi says silly things like -
“I like to paint. It’s fun. I don’t like to do it all the time, but I like to paint.”
I guess it’s a perspective thing.
I’m not particularly eager to paint and would prefer to pay someone to paint. Joi likes to paint and chooses not to pay something to paint. So, if it makes her happy, I let her paint, which leaves me in an awkward situation of meandering around the house feeling guilty that she is painting and I’m watching paint dry.
I wonder if she hatched this evil plan to make me feel like a lazy husband?
It’s good she works out so she can keep climbing that ladder?
Is that paint on that expensive workout outfit?
Hmm… she does seem to be enjoying it. Oh well, happy wife, happy life - right?
I guess it’s a perspective thing.
One day, Joi was painting my office. I walked into my world domination chamber and she was up on a ladder with a confused look on her face.
“How high do you think this ceiling is? 12 feet? 14 feet?”
No, honey. The ceiling is 10 feet high.
“Really? It looks higher from up here. Are you sure?”
Yes. I’m sure. Everything looks different depending on where you are at the time.
It’s a perspective thing.
Joi continued painting, I started fixing lunch, and my mind settled in on two thoughts…
That experience is going to be a podcast and…
Perspective is everything in life. When you take a second to recognize that not everybody sees the world the way you see the world, everything gets better.
Do You Know Who You Are?
There’s a lot of talk about “ideology” these days, and it’s usually not in a good way.
But what about YOUR ideology?
Do you know who you are?
Before I go on, ideology is simply a creed, culture, dogma, outlook, philosophy, theory, or view. And let’s not forget ideas, principles, and tenants.
At the end of the day, an ideology is what you stand for in this world. And, if you do it well, it’s also how other people know what you stand for in this world. It’s also up to you to decide that for yourself. After all…
If you don’t know who you are and tell the world, the world will decide who you are and tell you who to be.
That’s why I have a living document that establishes who I am, what I believe, and serves as a foundation of growth and change as I live and evolve. I call it my “Who I Am” document. It’s all mine, and I share who I am with the world through my actions.
How do you see yourself?
How do others see you?
How do you act in situations?
What do you believe?
What kind of people do you hang out with?
What are the rules you follow for YOU?
This list is endless and should be. After all, you are a complicated and ever-changing person.
Can I make you a promise?
It’s easy these days to seek sources outside of yourself to find out who you are on the inside.
It’s also easy to let the agenda of others infiltrate your thinking and pull you down a path that isn’t who you are meant to be in this life.
The very instant that you sit down and document who you are and want to be, nothing else will matter. And the more dedicated you are to documenting YOU… the more you will get to be YOU.
How do you do it?
That’s easy too. Just ask yourself who you are in every area of your life, document your answer, and live it every day.
Do You Think Like a Happy Person?
If you were to ask my wife if I was always a happy and positive person, she would likely say, "Hmm… it's complicated… but yes."
As a proud high-maintenance man who has never met a conversation I didn't want to see how deep we could go, I would have to agree. It's complicated. But, the answer is yes. I'm happy every day of the week. Not because I was born that way. Nope. As my Italian friends would say, "I had a good learning."
Many years ago, right after high school and just after entering the adult world, I realized that life is complicated and that it wasn't going to change. I also had another learning…
I noticed that no matter how difficult things were, some people I met were happy as they embraced the suck. I wanted to be one of them. I wanted to be the person that didn't need rose-colored glasses to be satisfied. That meant I needed to think like them…
Can you accept that merely being alive means you will run into occasional challenges?
Can you realize that dealing with challenges is a privilege that comes with being alive?
Will you welcome frustration and be satisfied that it only means you are moving forward?
Are you able to accept responsibility for solving your challenges?
Do you have a "bring it" mindset for everything life throws at you?
Are you expecting to get a great night's sleep, no matter what happened today or will happen tomorrow?
That's how happy people think.
That's how you should think too.
Positive, Practical, and Peaceful
I have to admit that I get in trouble because some of the Scott logic that comes out of my mouth doesn’t sit well with lots of folks these days - and they let me know.
One of the biggest comments…
“You seem like such a positive guy, and then it’s like something clicks in your head and go negative and ruin my day.”
While I don’t think I ever go negative, I’ve heard that many, many times.
Here’s the thing…
It would be easy for me to get caught in the feel-good trap of chasing positivity - if only for the sake of being positive. But I’m not interested in that. I am interested in the results. For me, that is a peaceful, content, joyful, and meaningful life. If you’ve been alive for more than a couple of decades, you know all of that is found lurking in the truth. That’s why I consider myself a practical positive guy, and you should too.
I believe an optimistic attitude is a power in life; I also think that you can never be truly happy until you are willing to dig deep into the not-so-positive challenges in life. Until you do that, you’ll you blocked. That’s why you’ll always hear me cover both sides. Frankly, I’m not interested in what we can and will do in our lives, I’m interested in the millions of interactions, decisions, and feelings we encounter every day that become the life we will have lived someday.
Stephen Fry said, “sticks and stone may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
Almost everything that freaks folks out begins with words that come from others and yourself. Keep that in mind because…
When you choose to be positive, practical, and ground yourself in the truth, you will become at peace with everything around you - including yourself.
Daring To Face Your Dreams
“Please! Can somebody stop the world? I want to get off!”
Okay. Just for you, I pressed the magic button, and the world stopped.
Whatcha gonna do now?
If you don’t have an answer, there’s no need to freak out. It’s common for people to get slowed down, think about what their life could be like, and I have no idea.
But let’s say you are one of the few who decide the time has come to turn directly into the challenge?
Many years ago, I adopted a philosophy that became the driver that would change everything. I decided I would always turn face-first into any challenge that stood between me and my dreams. Yes, I would face my passion head-on and do whatever it takes to make it real.
Do you know what happened next?
I tripped, stumbled, and fell into a pile of my own crumbled dreams. That’s when I realized that deciding to face your passion was only the beginning. Before you can face your passion and live your dreams, a few more things must be faced first.
You must face your stress.
You must face your relationships.
You must face your health, finances, and spiritual beliefs.
You must face your friendships, the clothing you wear, what you eat, what you dream.
Yes, living the “I know there must be more lifestyle” is freakishly simple and no big deal; you do whatever you want whenever you choose to do it. But it doesn’t take long to realize that getting whenever you want requires that you face a few things first.
It’s simple. As scary as it may feel, no matter how much you don’t want to do it, everything becomes possible when you deal with all the stuff in your life and take control.
So, the next time you find yourself trying to figure out what’s stopping you from living your dreams, there might be a few things that you want to handle first.
Success With No Will Power Required
When will you get yourself to do what you say you want to do?
More people than you know lose sleep over that question. If that sounds like something you have experienced, you’re not alone.
Almost everybody begins their journey when a thought pops into their mind. Then, day-to-day life keeps them busy, and they spend frustrating months fixin’ to get ready. You know, starting to prepare… so you can begin to do… so you can do… and say you did.
If that doesn’t work, you summon your friend, Will Power.
Will is not a person, but more like a kind of friend that you don’t know why you keep letting into your life.
They are a bit of a slacker, live rent-free in your mind, say they want to help, and never deliver on their promise. Will’s job description should read -- to force you to do things you say you want to do but can’t get yourself to do. When you give up, Will leaves.
The good news is, there’s no need to force yourself to do anything. Achieving your biggest goals in life has nothing to do with Will Power. Instead, shift your mindset -
“To act at your discretion without constraint.”
That’s the definition of Free Will, Will Powers, good cousin.
Use your Free Will to harness your excitement and choose the path of least resistance. Start making the slightest changes in your life. Those steps will lead to big results sooner than you think.