UnYielded: Thriving No Matter What – Blog

The UnYielded Blog is dedicated to bringing hope, knowledge and assurance that people can be more successful and more fulfilled if they choose. It’s what I’ve done for the past 20+ years in my career, it’s who I strive to be in my personal life and it’s what I believe I was called to do.

Posts fall into these major themes:

Awareness – own accurate awareness of who we are and who we want to become

Habits and Practices – how we put our values into action

Just Start – finding the courage to risk failure, make a mistake, or push a comfort zone

Mindsets – what we believe to be true and to be possible about ourselves and others

New Paths – seeking new paths; responding at a crossroads; resilience when a challenge forces us off our current path

Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges – often great teachers, they also reveal a better version of ourselves.

You at Your Core – Knowing who we are, absent the shoulds that creep up on us and limit our potential. Coaching – Learning how to learn and how to help others learn

Not everything is a lion!
The brain is a compelling component of our bodies. It’s essentially a supercomputer that’s been developed inside of a person’s body. Even though it’s more complicated than a supercomputer, the human brain has the potential to open the door to limitless achievement and expansion in our lives. On the other hand, our intellectual, emotional, survival, and creative sides make up the four distinct divisions of our brains. To be successful at anything, we must appropriately apply these four components.
Comparison is the thief of our peak performance
Have you ever had an arch-rival? I have. Her name was Sherri. We were in the 6th grade and we battled for everything. Cheerleading Softball Volleyball Top grades I usually won. But one day it was bothering me how when I would go out for a new sport, Sherri would then decide to go out for the same sport. I was complaining to my mom about it. Then she said the following game-changing wise words:
It’s never too late to tell yourself a new story about your past
It’s never too late to tell yourself a new story about your past. The stories we tell ourselves about our past become limits on our happiness and success. They are self-fulfilling prophecies. If you once bombed in a presentation, you might tell yourself the story that you really blew it and that you are just not good at presentations.
How Much Time Does Your Mind Steal From You Everyday?
“Are you in command of your own mind?” I’m not proud of this but when I first heard that question, I thought: “What a stupid question. Of course, I’m in control of my own mind!” And, there may have been an eye roll involved in there as well. But the next question stopped me in my tracks
Is Your Brain Working for You or Against you?
Researchers have identified that for 80% of people, their brains are actually sabotaging them. On a daily basis. To help you avoid that, this is part 2 in our series on building mental fitness. Last week, in part 1, I talked about the first of the 3 core mental fitness muscles: The Saboteur Interceptor.
How to Create a Wanted Poster for Your Inner Saboteurs So You Can Stop the Damage They Wreak in Tour Life
Back when I was a freshman in high school, there was a local scare. There were 6 convicts who somehow escaped from a nearby facility. They were all serving multiple life sentences; they were armed and were considered very dangerous. We lived in a very rural area. A couple of days into the search from the escapees, the local sheriff stopped by our farm.
How mental fitness can restore our excitement for life in 3 short weeks
November 9, 2018 was a pivotal crossroads for me. It started as I stood on the balcony of my hotel in San Francisco reflecting on my journey. I clearly saw that I was successful in my career, but I felt like my life – while good – was incomplete. I felt like I was falling short in some of the important roles that mattered to me.
When our repeated patterns turn against us, they limit our future
Do you want to know the one thing scarier than being told by your doctor that you only have a 3% chance of a full recovery? Being told by a doctor that the very pattern, the very strength that you have always considered your super-power is what made you sick. It went from being my trusted friend to my fiercest enemy and it is working against me.
We are not the sum of our mistakes
Why are we so quick to set aside a proven track record of “good” behavior, and instead trust the aberration of a single misstep? Can anyone survive such a tightrope? Today I share an insight that I’ve learned in having coached more than 3000 people regarding this destructive phenomenon.
Stop Telling Your Brain That You Are Stressed
A couple of months ago, I was talking to Rick about something with my dad. Dad’s getting a little older, and, of course, I want to make sure that he’s as healthy as he can be. I caught myself saying the following: “I’m really stressed about dad.” And then I stopped myself and I thought. Wait a minute. Is that true? “I’m really stressed about dad.” And then I stopped myself and I thought. Wait a minute. Is that true?
Mental fitness for sales pros
I recently joined Tom Stanfill and Tab Norris to discuss mental fitness and its importance for all of us, especially[…]
What a Fight in the Target Parking lot Revealed About Mental Fitness
It turned into a nasty scene. It was completely unnecessary. And, it happened out of the blue. Rick and I were getting ready to back out of our parking space at a Target. That’s when we heard the commotion directly behind us. I quickly turned to see what was going on.

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