6 Things I Learned From Finishing the 21-Day Habit Challenge

Over the past few years, I’ve really focused on growing my financial planning practice, my blogs and my other online ventures.

After enrolling in a coaching program and talking with mentors and other successful entrepreneurs, I realized that successful people make strong positive habits part of their daily routine to help them achieve great things.

21 Day Habit Challenge

Dan Sullivan, the founder of the Strategic Coaching Program, developed what he calls the 21-day positive focus. The basic concept fairly simple: focusing for 21 days straight on one key habit that you want to either introduce into your life or get rid of.

I chose two habits to acquire — doing push-ups and reading the Bible — and started the 21-day habit challenge on my blog, hoping to inspire my readers to incorporate new positive habits into their daily lives, too.

I was surprised at the results.
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7 Action Steps to Uncover Your Life’s Possibilities

The following is a guest post from Bert Purdy of IntentionalEmployee.com. I had the privilege of meeting Bert for coffee earlier this year since he was working with some of his clients that are in my area. Bert was very excited to share his message with me and I’m equally excited to have him share this guest post on the blog. Introducing Bert….


The majority of my life has been unremarkably predictable.

Good grades. High school graduate. College graduate. White collar job as an accountant.

Marriage, children, no pets.

It’s been, sad to say, the typical life of a kid from the lower middle class in the Midwestern United States.

It’s been un-extraordinary.

Why has my life been good, but drab? Let’s explore it a bit.

7 Action Steps to Uncover Your Life's Possibilities
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Crushing My 3rd Quarter Goals (like a purple dinosaur)

I am a goal setting freak.

I didn’t always used to be this way.

Ever since I joined the Strategic Coach three years ago, I’ve been more diligent about creating quarterly goals.

Once I started implementing these goals, my productivity and my revenue have shot way up.

Crushing My Goals

I initially posted my goals for the year in my original post here. I then had my second update here.

Last quarter I wrote down my goals, but unfortunately got too busy to post them. Not this time. Here are my goals for the third quarter of 2014.

My intent in sharing my goals with my readers is to hopefully give you inspiration to create your own goals.
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Starting 2014 With a Bang – My 1st Quarter Goals

It’s a new quarter which means it’s time to review my goals from the past quarter and also identify what I’ll be working on for the next 90 days.

In my goal setting introductory post, I shared how setting goals doubled my revenue in three years.

When I wrote that post, I thought it would be a one-time thing.

I didn’t expect to write a new post every quarter sharing my goals, but then it dawned on me, why not?

Writing that post was helpful in me sticking to my goals.  Plus I had a lot of positive feedback from my readers. (yes that’s you and YOU rock!)

I’ve decided that going forward I will be sharing my goals each quarter and hope that you can be inspired to accomplish and conquer your own goals.

goal setting 1st quarter

Before I share this quarter’s goals, let’s reflect back on the goals I had for the previous quarter.

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{Travel Hacking}: How to Get a Family of 5 to Hawaii All With Reward Points

There’s still so many places that I want to visit in the world: Hawaii, Bora Bora, Australia, Europe, Turks and Caicos.

The list goes on and on.

What appeals to me more when I read these amazing travel hacking stories of people touring the globe while paying little fees because they were able to use frequent flyer miles.

This is commonly referred to as “travel hacking” and I’m all about it.

As most people know, traveling can get expensive.

Traveling with 3 kids can get REALLY expensive. When Geoff from Noobtraveler.com contacted me about a guest post I immediately bit….kinda.

My requirement for the guest post was to show me (and my readers) how I could take my entire family to Hawaii for basically free.

How’s that for a tall order for a guest post? :)

Let’s see what Geoff has to say….

free hawaii vacation
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How to Break a Bad Habit in 21 Days (Reader Challenge)

Download The Bad Habit Destroyer worksheet to replace those bad habits with positive ones.

“Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.” -Benjamin Franklin

Have you ever tried to break a bad habit?

What about start a good one?

Sometimes the good ones can be even tougher!

how to break bad habits

Some of the good habits that I’ve struggled with sticking to are: eating clean during the week (stupid late night cravings), waking up at 5am to workout (snooze button is way too tempting) and being distracted by social media (hold up…just thought of something funny I need to Tweet).

One of the worst habits I used to have was that I would always lose my keys after I got home from work.

I’m always in a rush when I get home and for the life of me can never remember where I put them.

My wife, tired of me asking her “Where did I put my keys“, attempted to break me of my bad habit by placing a small box on the counter top by our back door.

This box became the designated spot for my keys and my wedding ring.

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