The Scientifically Proven Mindset Behind Success

The Scientifically Proven Mindset Behind Success

An article that was published earlier this year on ScienceDaily.com reads:

“To succeed in modern life, people need to accomplish challenging tasks effectively. Many successful entrepreneurs, business people, students, athletes, and more, tend to be more strategic — and hence, more effective — than others at meeting such challenges.

A new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that one crucial psychological factor behind their success may be a “strategic mindset.”

On today’s episode, we dive deeper into what the article highlights that will help you cultivate a strategic mindset. I’ll give you an easy formula that will help you step into that strategic mindset faster. 

 


According to this article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the good news is that people can implement the findings that a strategic mindset leads to more success in their lives immediately.

In the article, Professor Patricia Chen advised, “As you approach whatever challenging goal you are pursuing, you can ask yourself, ‘What are things I can do to help myself (and others)? Is there a way to do this even better?’ If something you have been working on isn’t going so well, can you step back and ask yourself, ‘How might I go about this differently? Is there another approach I can try to help this go better?'”

I’ve seen this attitude create excellent results in working with many 6 and 7-figure business owners. However, in my experience, I have found that something has to happen before entrepreneurs can step into that strategic ACTION part that these questions pose.

In addition, Co-author Professor Carol Dweck from the Department of Psychology at Stanford University explained, “There are key points in any challenging pursuit that require people to step back and come up with new strategies. A strategic mindset helps them do just that.” You have to step back and then ask those questions. Something important has to happen in that stepping back.

So, what has to happen in that stepping back? 

I call this the secret sauce — the groundwork that will determine how successfully you can see the solutions that those questions are designed to help you see.

To get out of a state of overwhelm or panic and lay that foundation for a strategic mindset — business owners must have a basic understanding of how the mind works and how that influences their actions. 

To understand behavioral patterns, we can, of course, look to the world of cognitive-behavioral therapy (some call it the ABC model.)  There are many articles about this model online.

Here’s a quick summary of the CBT model, according to the Beck Institute:

“Cognitive behavior therapy is based on a cognitive theory of psychopathology. The cognitive model describes how people’s perceptions of or spontaneous thoughts about situations influence their emotional, behavioral (and often physiological) reactions. Individuals’ perceptions are often distorted and dysfunctional when they are distressed. They can learn to identify and evaluate their “automatic thoughts” (spontaneously occurring verbal or imaginal cognition) and to correct their thinking so that it more closely resembles reality. When they do so, their distress usually decreases, they are able to behave more functionally, and (especially in anxiety cases), their physiological arousal abates.”

So, in short: something happens — and your thoughts/beliefs around this will determine your actions, leading to specific results. 

I first learned about this in a book by Jack Pranksy — Somebody Should Have Told Us — and this knowledge saved my life. And over the years, I started adapting this model to specifically help entrepreneurs build a more strategic mindset.  

Over the years, I deduced it to a quick formula, which I dubbed the UP LEVEL FORMULA — and in my forthcoming book The Up Level Project — I dive super deep into the science behind this formula and how it can help get better results. 

This formula (along with the other tools of The Up Level program)  has helped my Up Level Program clients land huge contracts and develop new revenue streams. I love this tool as its something fast and easy to implement to achieve anything you want.

The Up Level Formula works as follows: 

Beliefs + Thoughts + Language + Feelings + Actions = Results

To get different results, you have to upgrade or change one or all of the things in this formula.

Bringing that back to the strategic mindset questions: if you believe that it’s impossible to achieve something, or it’s too late to resolve that problem, then you’re going to have thoughts that line up with that belief, you’re going to use language that suggests that you have that belief, 

For instance, you may say things like “it’s never going to work, it’s too late.”

These specific thoughts will then give you feelings of angst and fear (which will kick up more panicky thoughts), and all of this will then influence your actions. 

You don’t want to take action/half-hearted effort — that will influence your results. 

When you implement the Up Level Formula: Beliefs + Thoughts + Language + Feelings + Actions = Results

You’ll be able to step into that strategic mindset faster and give innovative solution answers to those strategic mindset questions that the article poses.

So let’s recap what you now know: 

1 – Science has proven that a strategic mindset is needed to achieve success

2 – You can cultivate that mindset by asking yourself specific questions

3 – To supercharge your results and strategic perspective, you can implement the Up Level Formula: Beliefs + Thoughts + Language + Feelings + Actions = Results

If you want to dive deeper into this work or work with me — be sure to listen to the outro. Thank you so much for listening, and we’ll catch up next time on The Up Level Project Podcast.

Fact Check

In doing some fact checks and further research into both CBT and specifically the work of Dr. Jack Pransky — I discovered that there is a slight (yet significant difference) 

Dr. Pranky is a Three Principles Author, Trainer and Practitioner — The three principles refer to Universal Mind, Consciousness and Thought– and how these three principles work together to create everyone’s unique “reality,” out of which they then think, feel and act.

And CBT’s approach differs from this in that they believe that the outside event is neutral and that you can change your experience/feelings and behavior around that neutral event by changing your thoughts about it. 

So, the way I interpret it in short is that The Three Principles believe that you create your reality by cultivating awareness through Universal Mind, Consciousness and Thought — which is more inline with the principles of The Up Level Formula where I operate on the basis that you can create the results you want by cultivating awareness and adjusting your beliefs, thoughts, language, feelings and actions.

And the CBT only focuses on the idea that you can change your experience of the activating event but not reality itself. 

Like I said, a very slight difference, but I did want to ensure I provide you with the correct facts and insight of where my work and the research behind it comes from.

Thanks again for listening. 

The Up Level Program

Do you want to expand despite the world around you contracting?

Are you ready to step into your highest level of leadership even though you’re so freaking tired?

Is it time for you to innovate in the face of an uncertain future? 

If the answer is yes, then you need to show up, think, and act differently every day.

But how does one do this? 

It takes commitment, it takes awareness, and it takes you implementing certain strategies every day. 

And in the Up Level Project, I’ll share the step-by-step and tailored to your specific needs process with you.

Unlock your full potential and create the freedom and abundance you desire for yourself and others, with joy and ease. Click here to learn more about the course! 


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Reflection as a growth strategy

Reflection as a growth strategy

On today’s episode we are going to discuss how reflection helps you to get better results, and accelerate growth. I’ll also share a powerful resource that you can use to help you cultivate your weekly reflection process.

As Albert Einstein’s famous quote states:

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”

I tend to see that business owners are all geniuses, learning from big mistakes and making sure that they understand them and correct those missteps in the future to get better results.

What about those smaller, less obvious ones? How do you spot those and ensure that you don’t keep making those?

You don’t just have to wait for only big mistakes to happen for you to learn or accelerate business growth.

Drawing from Einstein’s wisdom: we can be geniuses more often.


Suppose you want better/different results because you’re a high-achieving entrepreneur who wants to reach your full potential.

It’s time that you start measuring your progress on a regular basis so you can identify what new actions need to be taken instead.

How?

By allowing yourself time to reflect and debrief regularly.

In my work with clients, I usually help them develop a weekly practice of reflection, using my CEO Power Sheet — which you can download right now.

By doing the CEO Power Sheet regularly, it helps my clients to:

See what’s working? What keeps them motivated?

They can then build on those strategies and amplify them. Allowing consistent action in a direction that will offer the results they desire and eventually create lots of effortless momentum.

Notice what’s not working and make adjustments faster.


When you hold these debrief meetings weekly with your team or when you finish a big project, it allows you to spot inefficiencies, identify where you can improve, and adjust things faster, helping you course-correct with more ease.

Help you stay focused:
Checking in on where you’re at, where you want to weekly, helps you stay focused and consistent. And we all know that consistent action is the secret sauce of building success. 

Saves time and create more freedom:
By bringing focus to actions that give the results you want, you’ll waste less time on energy-draining activities. This will help you create more freedom in your business.

Helps you grow:
In the Up Level League Mastermind and my 6-week Up Level Program, we spend a lot of time cultivating awareness about entrepreneurs’ personal-development and growth

Continuing with Einstein’s theory:
Getting better results means cultivating awareness about those actions that are holding you back.


Fact is: Whether you are doing focused personal development work or not, you’re always evolving as a human; you’re changing. 

And because you’re constantly changing, your needs and desires will be changing as well. These factors will significantly influence how you operate in your business; it will impact your motivation and, of course, your actions too.

When you are aware of this growth, you can harness it to accelerate the results you want. Also allowing you to make adjustments to ensure that you stay fulfilled in your business. 

Taking time to reflect helps you track how you’re changing as a business owner and will help you run your business differently. This will align better with the results you want. 


For instance, in a recent CEO yearly review with one of our Up Level Program members, the client figured out that they had completely changed from who they were when they first started their business. 

Yet, they were still running their business as though they were still the person they were way back when.

Running their business from that vantage point significantly impacted their future vision of what the company could become.

In short, not stepping into who they had become and thinking about their business in that way held back future business growth opportunities. 

So let’s do a quick recap. In this episode, you learned that:

  1. If you want different results, you have to start doing things differently (And stay tuned for next week’s episode to get the formula to help you DO things differently and uplevel your results.)
  2. How reflection helps you to better your results by helping you:
    1. Identify what’s working and what’s not
    2. Save time and create more freedom
    3. Help personal development which accelerates business growth
  3. Remember to download your CEO Powersheet and start holding your weekly CEO meetings with yourself as well!

DOWNLOAD YOUR CEO POWER SHEET HERE.


The Uplevel Project

Do you want to expand despite the world around you contracting?

Are you ready to step into your highest level of leadership even though you’re so freaking tired?

Is it time for you to innovate in the face of an uncertain future? 

If the answer is yes, then you need to show up, think, and act differently every day.

But how does one do this? 

It takes commitment, it takes awareness and it takes you implementing certain strategies every day. 

And in the Up Level Project, I’ll share the step-by-step and tailored to your specific needs process with you.

Unlock your full potential and create the freedom and abundance you desire for yourself and others, with joy and ease. Enrollment and early bird opens in early January.

Click here to learn more about the course and get on the waitlist! 


Gaining clarity that leads to confident and inspired action

Gaining clarity that leads to confident and inspired action

On today’s episode, we continue our conversation from episode 86 and dive deeper into ways to gain clarity that will lead to inspired action. Clarity without action steps that inspire and motivate us will only lead to burnout and frustration. In today’s episode, you’ll learn four foundational ingredients that will have you taking energizing action every day.

When it comes to gaining clarity, I’ve noticed that there are usually three foundational elements that need work first before clarity can spring into energizing action:

And they are: 

  1. Trust
  2. Commitment 
  3. Creating Space 
  4. A weekly reflection on progress

Let’s take a closer look at all three of these. I’ll give a few pointers to help you build on these principles: 

  1. TRUST

When it comes to building a business and creating the vision that you hold for that business and your life there are a lot of things that are out of your control. 

Giving up control is a big hurdle for most high achievers. This tends to keep them stuck and unable to break through to the next level.


As much as we like to pretend that everything is in our control. 2020 has been living proof that actually– we don’t have that much power at all.

Entrepreneurs need to control EVERYTHING that eats up a lot of bandwidth. This creates a lot of inner friction, analysis paralysis that drains energy, and in the most extreme cases, leads to burnout.

Of course, the negative brain chatter that a perceived lack of control condors up, fog your brain, and immediately blocks any clarity and decisive action that wants to come through.

It stalls you and can take any action. It feels like you’re fighting an uphill battle. – messes with your trust

So, how do you silence the chatter: 
  • You work on trusting and having faith that no matter what. You’ll figure out solutions to any problem that your business presents.
  • Focus on what you can control in a situation and let the rest go
  • Having a mantra-like: everything is always working out for the higher good of everyone involved usually helps clients to ground down and silence those doubting thoughts.

2 COMMITMENT 

Creating your vision and having the courage to take the actions required to get you there takes unwavering commitment. 

You have to commit that you’re going to do whatever it takes to achieve your vision. To get to this level of commitment, I usually get my Up Level Program members and Up Level League mastermind to ask themselves:

On a scale from 1 – 10 (10 being extremely committed), How committed am I to this goal? 


If the answer is anything less than an 8, I ask them what will get them eight or higher?

This question helps to create further clarity by assisting clients in reevaluating their WHY/reasons or motivation behind their vision.

It also allows them to see where what they say they want and their actions are not aligned; it also shows us where they may be neglecting self-care/meeting essential needs that are needed to create energizing action. 

3. CLARITY NEEDS SPACE: 

When you started your business, you had to be the Chief Everything Officer — so you did a lot of busywork.

Now that you’re a multiple 6 -7 + figure entrepreneur, it requires you to work in a whole new way. That means way less busy work — which is why, as I mentioned in Episode 86 — I spend a lot of time helping my clients to reframe and shift their mindset around “hard work = success” or “not being busy = lazy.” 

All the busy work has taken a toll and may have sucked your excitement for your business out of you. When we’re uninspired, clarity that energizes us enough to take massive action is impossible to get.

To create more freedom and higher profits require an evident (and exciting) vision —

A vision that will allow you to lead others to places where they would never go by themselves.

This kind of clarity can not happen when you are bogged down in the day-to-day.

The clarity needed to grow beyond where you’re at now requires SPACE. Space to think outside the box, room to play, freedom to be creative, and it’s way beyond problem-solving mode and into expansive and innovative thinking. 

Most of my clients have forgotten how to dream. Dreaming of what’s possible is exactly what’s needed to create more freedom and profits. 

How do you get into this space? 

  • Mediation
  • Journaling 
  • And one of my favorites to set it off:” The what if” game.

The trick here is to set aside time where you’re playing and having fun, knowing that you’re not committing to anything and therefore you don’t have to jump into solution mode just yet.

4: REFLECTION CREATES CLARITY

Finally, to step into inspired action, reflection is needed. You can only get clear on where you’re going when you know where you’re at.

Knowing where you’re at and reflecting on lessons learned will help you bridge the gap between where you are and where you’re going. 


I recommend a weekly CEO review or debrief to help you do this.

During your review you can ask questions that will help you see what you’ve learned, what progress was made, what worked, and what didn’t.

DOWNLOAD YOUR CEO POWER SHEET HERE.

All of the above will help you to stay not only motivated but also gain further clarity on the road to success. 

So to sum it all up: Clarity informs inspired and energizing action. 

The steps you can implement straight away to get you to take confident action are the following: 

  1. Let go of what is NOT in your control and trust yourself and the universe that everything is always working out in your favor 
  2. The more committed you are the easier it will be to gain clarity and see what steps to take to create your vision
  3. Create space and time to dream and allow yourself time to get clearer on your vision and identify creative and fun ways to create success
  4. Start holding weekly CEO meetings with yourself where you reflect on what you’ve learned, what’s working, and what adjustments need to be made.

The Uplevel Project

Do you want to expand despite the world around you contracting?

Are you ready to step into your highest level of leadership even though you’re so freaking tired?

Is it time for you to innovate in the face of an uncertain future? 

If the answer is yes, then you need to show up, think, and act differently every day.

But how does one do this? 

It takes commitment, it takes awareness and it takes you implementing certain strategies every day. 

And in the Up Level Project, I’ll share the step-by-step and tailored to your specific needs process with you.

Unlock your full potential and create the freedom and abundance you desire for yourself and others, with joy and ease. Enrollment and early bird opens in early January.

Click here to learn more about the course and get on the waitlist! 


Three mistakes entrepreneurs make when it comes to gaining clarity and how to overcome them

Three mistakes entrepreneurs make when it comes to gaining clarity and how to overcome them

On today’s episode, we’ll explore the three mistakes entrepreneurs make regarding gaining clarity and how to correct them. We’ll also look at why clarity is so important and why it seems to be so elusive. You’ll also leave with three clear strategies that you can implement straightaway to help you gain clarity in any situation.

When it comes to business, clarity is super important. That’s why it’s the very first section in my book The Up Level Project: Your guide to unlocking higher profits while creating more freedom, and it’s also one of the first modules we cover in The Up Level Program — my 6-week course that’s the companion to my book and this podcast.

Why is it so important: because Clarity lights up the way to success. But not just the general way to that goal.

When you have clarity about your vision, how you work best, and your top leadership qualities, then that clarity lights up your UNIQUE path to reaching your full potential (and yes, that means higher profits and freedom) 

But clarity seems to be one of the biggest struggles for humans in general. And it’s no different for business owners. Clarity can be elusive. 

In my work with dozens of multiple 6 – 7 figure business owners, I’ve identified THREE big mistakes that prevent clarity from shining through: 

1. People are looking for clarity in the wrong place
Meaning: when people think about getting clear, they usually start looking at the steps to achieve a goal. But when we do this — our brains immediately begin to see all the problems and potential things that may go wrong and why a plan won’t work.

These thoughts kick up more fear and other emotions that further blurs our road to success. 

To get the action plan that will lead you to your vision, you have to focus on WHAT YOU WANT.

What is your vision? The more you can stay in vision mode, the easier it will become for your brain to ID HOW to get there.

In the previous round of the UP LEVEL PROGRAM, this was a huge realization for my 7-figure business owners. When we focus on WHAT the how to get there naturally lights up for us.

Which brings us to our second mistake entrepreneurs make when it comes to gaining clarity:


2. Jumping into action too fast
Most of the multiple 6-7 figure entrepreneurs I work with are high achievers; they are extremely driven and impatient. They want results fast. Of course, this behavior is the very quality that helped them grow their business to multiple 6 and 7 figures.

BUT it’s also the same quality that will make it impossible to get to the next level without expending massive amounts of energy.
Stuck in the weeds and spinning one’s wheels but getting no-where.

For entrepreneurs to gain clarity on their vision and see the path to make that vision a reality, while getting inspired and energized to take action with ease vs. action that drains you; business owners have to learn to sit in inaction a little longer, focusing longer on what they want and why they want it. 

When working with mastermind clients and Up Level Program clients on this, we do a lot of work around rewiring old beliefs that doing nothing is somehow lazy or the belief that you’ll somehow fall behind by slowing down. 

3. Fear of getting it wrong

Lots of people have trouble figuring out what they want aka gaining clarity because they’re scared that they’ll somehow get it wrong.

This mentality shows us that there is a lack of trust on the business owner’s behalf. I help my clients to work on their faith muscle a little more…

This is exactly what we’ll get into in our next episode, so be sure to tune back in next week!

For now — remember that there is no getting something wrong, there is only getting it, learning from it, and then upleveling with new wisdom. You only fail when you decide to not get up and try again.

Ok, here are your three takeaways that will help you to avoid making those pesky mistakes when it comes to getting crystal clear on what you want:

1 – Focus on what you want vs how you’ll get there 

2 – Focus on your vision and stay in inaction until you feel inspired to take action

3 – There is no getting it wrong, there’s only learning and choosing to uplevel from where you’re at


The Uplevel Project

Do you want to expand despite the world around you contracting?

Are you ready to step into your highest level of leadership even though you’re so freaking tired?

Is it time for you to innovate in the face of an uncertain future? 

If the answer is yes, then you need to show up, think, and act differently every day.

But how does one do this? 

It takes commitment, it takes awareness and it takes you implementing certain strategies every day. 

And in the Up Level Project, I’ll share the step-by-step and tailored to your specific needs process with you.

Unlock your full potential and create the freedom and abundance you desire for yourself and others, with joy and ease. Enrollment and early bird opens in early January.

Click here to learn more about the course and get on the waitlist! 


The New Uplevel Project Podcast

The New Uplevel Project Podcast

Welcome to The New Up Level Project Podcast formerly known as The Savvy Business Show. 

Today we are going to dive in to my business model and why we are moving to a rebrand, my new book (coming in Spring of 2021), and how I developed The Uplevel Formula-which is my #1 tool I use to help people.

– Changing limiting beliefs or blocks that are keeping them to reach their full potential

– Launch new businesses and revenue streams

– Take their company from 0 – $ 500 000 in 2 years 

Come find out more on The New Uplevel Project Podcast

Before I dive into what the new show will hold for you…

So about a year ago, I decided that I was going to do something that I never thought I’d be able to do: and that was writing a book. — for the record, it’s something that I never thought I’d be able to do — but by using the very strategies I share in my book, I was able to sit down and effortlessly write the first draft of the book in 90 days. 

And We’re currently putting the finishing touches on the book, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

As you can imagine writing a book against the backdrop of the year that has been 2020 has been an extraordinary experience, and yet the more I wrote, the more it became clear that the strategies I share in the book are needed more than ever NOW. Waiting for the book to come out next year – wasn’t going to cut it, and that’s why we launched the Up Level Program — the 6-week companion course to the book and why we’re also here today, launching the new PODCAST: The Up Level Project Podcast.

This podcast aims to give you tangible takeaways and strategies that you can implement to help you shift your perspective, overcome challenges, uplevel your leadership skills, and create more freedom and profits in the process.

Are stories, experiences, and core beliefs from our past. 

In the coming episodes, 

We’ll dive deeper into the principles that I share in my book that will be released in Spring 2021, and we’ll also interview special guests to further help you uplevel your profits and leadership skills.

we’ll explore my Up Level formula ( an equation that originates from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.)→  my number one tool for that is The UP LEVEL FORMULA  — which is my #1 tool I use to help people

– Launch new businesses and revenue streams
– Take their company from 0 – $ 500 000 in 2 years 

  • Have their best revenue year in 2020
  • Secure 6-figure and up investments

This formula that helped me to overcome depression and build two award-winning businesses in under five years (and write the first draft of my book in under 90 days.)  in more depth will help you cultivate more introspection, 

Growing a successful business that will give you both financial freedom and fulfillment means that you have to: 

Assess the quality of your commitment to your goals often.

Gain clarity on your vision.

You have to build awareness about your beliefs, thoughts, language, feelings, and behaviors and uplevel and adjust them to align with your vision.

Hone your leadership and managerial skills

Focus on business development, And always strive to do better than you did yesterday. 

This is our mission and quest that we’re setting out to achieve in the Up Level Project Podcast episodes.


The Uplevel Project

Do you want to expand despite the world around you contracting?

Do you want to step into your highest level of leadership even though you’re so freaking tired?

Do you want to innovate in the face of an uncertain future? 

If the answer is yes, then all you have to do is choose to show up, think, and act differently every day.

But how does one do this? 

It takes commitment, it takes awareness and it takes you implementing certain strategies every day. 

And in the Up Level Project, I’ll share the step-by-step and tailored to your specific needs process with you.

Unlock your full potential and create the freedom and abundance you desire for yourself and others, with joy and ease. Enrollment and early bird opens in early January.

Click here to learn more about the course and get on the waitlist!