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Books We Love

Books We Love

Summer gives many of us extra opportunities for reading. Free time to read on the beach, at the cabin, on the boat, or in your own living room. Time to catch up on the fiction we love but don't usually have time for or the non-fiction we wish we had time to study during the year. Personal development is important any time of year, and this summer Live Full Out wants you to join us in our own Summer Reading Challenge.

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Stop the Comparison Game

Stop the Comparison Game
In the latest episode of LiveFullOutTV, I’m talking about how to stop the comparison game. In business, like the rest of life, it’s easy to get caught up in the comparison game. But it’s a losing game! In this episode, I’m sharing with you what I experienced at our daughter’s dance competition and what we can all learn from it.
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Transform the Way You think About No

It’s #TransformationTuesday in the latest episode of LiveFullOutTV, Romi's talking about how to transform the way we think about No. One of the biggest mistakes business builders make is they let No derail them. They take it personally. They start doubting their new business and themselves. They allow the No's to slow them down or stop them altogether. So let Romi teach you how to fall in love with No. Continue reading “Transform the Way You think About No”

Choose Your Word to Kick Off 2017 in the Most Powerful Way

Every year John and I go through a process to prepare for the new year (and ask our team to do the same). It’s about what each of us want out of this year and what we're willing to do to make it happen. And we’re challenging you to do it too.

It’s about setting our intentions to become the best we can be in the year ahead. It requires we be brave enough to reflect on what’s working in our lives and what isn’t. To get really clear on what we want this year to mean for each of us and our place in the world.

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How Husbands Can Help Their Wives This Holiday Season

Despite all the highlight reels on social media of holiday merry-making, December isn’t all mistletoe and eggnog, especially for entrepreneurs. It's easy to feel stressed, anxious and overwhelmed. And most of the stress is experienced by women. According to the American Psychiatric Association, holiday stress has a particular impact on women, who bear the weight of many of the holiday traditions and celebrations and the heavy lifting that goals along with it.

Despite living in a time when there is more gender equality than ever, women are still the main ones who are preparing meals and decorating the home. Doing the gift shopping. Wrapping gifts. Organizing the social calendar. Not surprising, women have a harder time relaxing during the holidays and are more likely to fall into bad habits to manage their stress, like comfort eating. Cheesecake and wine anyone? Or, if you're my wife, a bar of dark chocolate and a jar of peanut butter.

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Not Everyone Will Get Us and Why That’s Ok

I got my first negative Amazon review on my book this week. Ok, so not really negative, but 3 stars instead of 5. She liked the book, but said there wasn’t enough for her mindset. My first inclination was to immediately comment, pointing out that 5 of my 16 chapters are entirely devoted to mindset, and that what’s between our ears is a huge part of all the pages. I wanted to defend the intent of the book, which was not only to teach people the tactical know-how to build a business like ours, but also how to work on our mindset so we can do the really big stuff.

We all put ourselves out there every day, and when we or our work is misunderstood or criticized, it can make us go on the defensive. Writing a book has certainly flexed my vulnerability muscle. This week I resisted my knee-jerk inclination to explain and defend, and it has everything to do with our son Nate.

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The Perfection Myth

How My Wardrobe Malfunction Can Help You Kick Perfectionism to the Curb

I talk to women all the time about what I do and how I do it. And often the response I get is, “Of course you’ve been so successful. You’re so (insert word suggesting I have everything figured out). But I’m (insert word suggesting they don’t).” In other words, the recurring theme is that I’m perfect, my life is perfect and others aren’t and that’s why I’m successful.

In the naiveté of my younger years, I’d try and perpetuate the perfection myth, because that’s what others did. But I've learned that one of the best things we can do for one another (and ourselves) is to be authentic, vulnerable and completely honest about who we are. And it makes life a hell of a lot more fun.

So I must share further proof that I’m often a hot mess who goofs up as much as I hit home runs. Continue reading “How My Wardrobe Malfunction Can Help You Kick Perfectionism to the Curb”

What a Fifth Grade Math Teacher Can Teach All of Us

Romi and I just attended a back-to-school parents’ night at our son Nate’s new school. We’re thrilled with many things in Nate’s new learning environment, but most of all, we’re elated with the mindset the school is promoting.

We sat scrunched into the desks in his new math teacher’s classroom, which was decorated with posters of pearls of wisdom from Einstein and Michael Jordan, as the towering, affable Mr. M explained how he planned on making fifth grade math fun. He talked about how the most common obstacle in a student’s journey in math is the feeling that “This is impossible; I’m never gonna get it.” Continue reading “What a Fifth Grade Math Teacher Can Teach All of Us”

What You Can Learn From Your Exercise Class

When you’re in an exercise class—whether it’s bootcamp or barre or pilates—and you’re reaching the end of the reps your instructor said you’d have to do. And then you hear those words, “Ok, let’s keep going, 10 more!” Fitness experts do that to us because those extra reps make all the difference in how quickly our muscles respond.

In this episode of LiveFullOutTV, I encourage you to incorporate this same, “Just 10 More Principle” into your business. Because the more people we talk to, the bigger our businesses grow. Watch and learn what you should do the next time you’ve finished doing all your planned reach outs. And if I can talk to you on camera in work out clothes, I know you can accept my challenge. Continue reading “What You Can Learn From Your Exercise Class”

Choose One Word to Live Full Out

If you read my New Year’s blog last year, I shared with you a process I went through (and asked our team to do) to prepare for the new year. It’s about what each of us want out of this year and what we're willing to do to make it happen.

Once the ball drops, we’re used to hearing and seeing “New Year, New You.” But I think the greatest growth in life – and the greatest rewards – come from being brave enough to hold up a mirror, acknowledge our challenges and shortcomings, and dedicate ourselves to self-improvement. Continue reading “Choose One Word to Live Full Out”