“Resolutions don’t work; you have to work.” — Brian Buffini

Studies show fewer people set New Year’s resolutions now than ever before. Why? They feel resolutions don’t work. It’s not enough to have the intention; you have to put the work in as well. In this episode, Brian Buffini explains why this is the case and outlines three steps to take to launch your year in the right direction toward success. You’ll learn the importance of making decisions, the one thing successful people do to help them achieve their S.M.A.R.T. goals, why forward momentum begins with one step, and why it’s important to get help along the way. By the end of the episode, you’ll be inspired to set goals and motivated to achieve them in 2018.

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Inspirational quotes from today’s podcast:

“Resolutions don’t work; you have to work.” — Brian Buffini

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Destiny and choice collide when you made a decision.” — Brian Buffini

“A goal that’s written is seven times more likely to come about than one that is just in your mind.” — Brian Buffini

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” — Napoleon Hill

Failures act as if they had a thousand years to live.” — Og Mandino

“When a person feels momentum, they start killing it.” — Brian Buffini

“You don’t have to be great to start but you do have to start to be great.” — Zig Ziglar

“If you can do ten days, you’ll feel different. You’ll build momentum and that’s something you can build on.” — Brian Buffini

“Don’t focus on the mountain; focus on the step.” — Brian Buffini

“We have to be humble enough to understand our own best thinking can get us into trouble, so we get help.” — Brian Buffini

 

Mentioned in the episode
The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
The 12-Week Year by Brian Moran

 

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“Everything you’ve done up until now will help you get to where you need to go.” — Brian Buffini

We all have dreams—things we want to achieve or accomplish that will make our lives and the lives of our families better. Many of us, though, lose sight of our dreams for a variety of reasons. In this episode, recorded at Buffini & Company’s MasterMind Summit 2017, Brian Buffini shares the power of dreams. He illustrates his case using the example of legendary American actor, Jimmy Stewart, who dreamed of building airplanes, and eventually, was able to fly in combat during World War II. You’ll learn the five benefits of having a dream and the most common reasons people abandon their dreams. Most importantly, by the end of the episode, you’ll be inspired to reclaim your dreams and devise a way to make them a reality.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s podcast:

“I’ve never known a man worth his salt who, in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline.” — Vince Lombardi

“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” — John Muir

“If we all did things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.” — Thomas Edison

“When you develop yourself to the point where your belief in yourself is so strong that you know that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to, your future will be unlimited.” — Brian Tracy

“Your tomorrow builds upon today.” — Joe Niego

“Everything you’ve done up until now will help you get to where you need to go.” — Brian Buffini

“You have acres of diamonds beneath your feet.” — Brian Buffini

“You don’t have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing, it’ll go.” — Yogi Berra

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” — GK Chesterton

“I’ve had a wonderful life. I thank God for it.” — Jimmy Stewart

 

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“The deeper you dig, the larger the diamond.” — Brian Buffini

The foundation of the personal development field rests upon the work of several people. Although Napoleon Hill is often seen as the grandfather of the movement, Earl Nightingale, Maxwell Maltz and Dorothea Brande have all make their mark in their own ways. In this episode, recorded at Buffini & Company’s MasterMind Summit 2017, Brian Buffini outlines the most important pearls of wisdom from these three influential thinkers. Not only does he share more about their lives, he also explains the meaning behind their timeless wisdom. You’ll learn more about the role our thoughts play in what we become, why failure shouldn’t be feared and why success is often a matter of imagination.

You’ll also learn more about the twelve disciplines Dorothea Brande outlines to become successful.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s podcast:

“The deeper you dig, the larger the diamond.” — Brian Buffini

“The mind moves in the direction of our currently dominant thoughts.” — Earl Nightingale

“Our attitude towards life determines life’s attitude towards us.” — Earl Nightingale

“Everything begins with an idea.” — Earl Nightingale

“People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” — Earl Nightingale

“Whatever we plant in our subconscious and nurture with repetition and emotion will one day become reality.” — Earl Nightingale

“Self-image sets the boundaries of individual accomplishment.” — Maxwell Maltz

“To change a habit, make a conscious decision, then act out the new behavior.” — Maxwell Maltz

“You make mistakes. Mistakes don’t make you.” — Maxwell Maltz

“You can’t be afraid to fail.” — Brian Buffini

“All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right about face.” — Dorothea Brande

“Old habits are strong and jealous.” — Dorothea Brande

“Act boldly and unseen forces will come to your aid.” — Dorothea Brande

“Success leaves clues and it’s the same thing every time.” — Brian Buffini

“Man’s mind is not a container to be filled but rather a fire to be kindled.” — Dorothea Brande

“By going over your day in imagination before you begin, you can begin acting successfully at any moment.” — Dorothea Brande

 

Mentioned in the episode:

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

Wake up and Live! A Formula for Success by Dorothea Brande

 

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“Everything you need is underneath your nose. It’s also in your head and your heart.” — Brian Buffini

The Frank Capra film It’s a Wonderful Life is more than a feel-good holiday classic starring Hollywood icon Jimmy Stewart; it’s main intention is to offer a heaping dose of encouragement to those who are feeling discouraged. In this episode, recorded at Buffini & Company’s MasterMind Summit 2017, Brian Buffini delves into what causes us to feel discouraged from time to time and reveals five encouraging ways to change your perspective and make your life wonderful. You’ll learn how comfort and our society foster feelings of entitlement, the common symptoms of discouragement and the tools you can use to feel more encouraged and optimistic about life. ‘Tis the season for gratitude and reflection; this episode will help you appreciate what you have and encourage you to find your purpose.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s podcast:

“The purpose of the movie It’s a Wonderful Life is to encourage the discouraged.” — Brian Buffini

“Everything you need is underneath your nose. It’s also in your head and your heart.” — Brian Buffini

“Failure is an event, not a person.” — Zig Ziglar

“Every life was designed to do something.” — Brian Buffini

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” — Ferris Bueller

“Happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” — Frederick Koenig

“We’ve become a culture that’s addicted to comfort and with that comfort comes a sense of entitlement.” — Brian Buffini

“When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.” — Viktor Frankl

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” — Abraham Lincoln

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” — Lao Tzu

“The world is nothing but a great desire to live and a great dissatisfaction with living.” — Heraclitus

“Everything you complain about is something you think you’re entitled to.” — Brian Buffini

“Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“We think very little of time present; we anticipate the future, as being too slow, and with a view to hasten it onward, we recall the past to stay it as too swiftly gone. We are so thoughtless, that we thus wander through the hours which are not here, regardless only of the moment that is actually our own.” — Blaise Pascal

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” — Romans 12:2

“Renewing your mind is not refreshing your screen.” — Brian Buffini

“A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger.” — Proverbs 15:1

“Diamond minds; soft hearts.” — Brian Buffini

“It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose yours.” — Harry S. Truman

“Values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same, but you leave them all over everything you do.”— Elvis Presley

“When you get to the end of yourself, it’s good to have something to believe in.” — Brian Buffini

“The more you dig, the bigger the diamonds.” — Brian Buffini

“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” — from The Shawshank Redemption

“Money will buy you a fine dog, but only love can make it wag its tail.” — Richard Friedman

“When you get exposure, your world gets bigger.” — Brian Buffini

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” — John Wesley

 

Mentioned in the episode:
The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern

 

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“In the moment, you’ve got to keep breathing.” — Dr. David Levy

Many people feel stressed and burned out from time to time. Our fast-paced, tech-driven culture makes it difficult to relax and unwind at the end of the day. And, although the holiday season is filled with joy and fun, it’s also one of the most stressful times of the year. Between tying up loose ends before the end of the year at work, planning holiday parties and traveling to visit family and friends, it can leave people feeling frazzled and on-edge. In this Takeover Tuesday episode, Dermot Buffini talks to Dr. David Levy, neurosurgeon and bestselling author of “Gray Matter: A Neurosurgeon Discovers the Power of Prayer…One Patient at a Time.” Dr. Levy discusses why he became a cerebrovascular surgeon and explains the effects of stress on the brain. You’ll learn why stress turns adults into fiery two-year-olds, the impact our phones and technology have on our brains and stress levels, and why breathing is the ultimate stress buster. Dr. Levy shares his tips for eliminating stress and finding calm in our daily lives and also offers great advice for enhancing relationships with our loved ones that we all can use during this festive season. Turn off your smartphone’s notifications, take a few deep breaths and let Dr. Levy help you tackle stress more effectively.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“I’ve always been driven to do the most difficult thing.” — Dr. David Levy

“Confidence helps you know you can do it; you know you can figure it out.” — Dr. David Levy

“In the moment, you’ve got to keep breathing.” — Dr. David Levy

“We’re unaware of how much stress we’re under.” — Dermot Buffini

“When you’re under stress, you want something but you can’t have it; you have to exert your self-control.” — Dr. David Levy

“Be aware of what’s going on in your body and take a few moments to breathe.” — Dr. David Levy

“Long-term living under stress shrinks parts of your brain.” — Dr. David Levy

“The behavioral problems have to do with the fact that we have poor relationships. We’re not handling things as well as we think so we become overstimulated.” — Dr. David Levy

“The brain needs stimulation, but it also needs the quiet.” — Dr. David Levy

“Everyone wants attention and they’re looking for attention from the important people.” — Dr. David Levy

“The reason you have stress, ultimately, is because whatever you’re stressed about means something to you. It’s important that your will works out in that situation.” — Dr. David Levy

“People can’t give you what they don’t have.” — Dr. David Levy

“When we measure grace to our parents, we don’t have to live in shame and guilt anymore.” — Dr. David Levy

“Forgiveness is not saying it didn’t matter; it’s saying I’m not going to look to them to pay that debt anymore.” — Dr. David Levy

“Know your motivations. If you know your motivations, it makes you wise.” — Dr. David Levy

 

Mentioned in the episode:
Gray Matter: A Neurosurgeon Discovers the Power of Prayer…One Patient at a Time by Dr. David Levy
Dr. David Levy website: http://drdlevy.com/
Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

 

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“In order to have a wonderful life, you have to persevere in the moment.” 

— Beverly Buffini

What does it take to live a wonderful life? According to Beverly Buffini, it takes six principles, applied daily. In this episode, recorded at Buffini & Company’s Mastermind Summit™, Beverly shares the six principles that help us lead wonderful lives and offers tips and examples to inspire us to apply them. You’ll learn why it’s essential to persevere in the moment and how it prepares you for the future, the power of choice in any circumstance we face, and why consistency truly is key. Make life wonderful with these timeless lessons.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“A setback is a setup for a comeback.” — Joe Niego

“In order to have a wonderful life, you have to persevere in the moment.” — Beverly Buffini

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” — Galatians 6:9

“We were going to be back because we knew the value of persevering in the moment.” — Beverly Buffini

“When you persevere in the moment, you’re building up for the next moment.” — Beverly Buffini

“Every person has the potential to persevere in the moment.” — Beverly Buffini

“There is light through those dark tunnels.” — Beverly Buffini

“Sometimes we need people to help us through those dark places.” — Beverly Buffini

“May your choices reflect your hopes, and not your fears.” — Nelson Mandela

“We have the power of choice. We can’t control what happens to us, but we still have the power of choice.” — Beverly Buffini

“When we make choices that help other people, we too can live a wonderful life.” — Beverly Buffini

“If consistency can build a family, then consistency can build a business.” — Beverly Buffini

“All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and don’t let the valleys get too low.” — John Wooden

“With consistency there’s trust.” — Beverly Buffini

“If you want joy, be grateful.” — Beverly Buffini

“We all have opportunities to make those choices on how we’re going to see certain situations in our life and when we try to see the best in the situation, it brings joy.” — Beverly Buffini

“It makes you glad that you persevere in the moment.” — Beverly Buffini

 

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“It takes a certain heroic characteristic to be successful in a world that has different views on how to be successful.” — Brian Buffini

Although a person develops their character based on the adversities they face in life, we’re not preparing people, as a culture, to thrive in our current age of entitlement. In this episode, recorded at Buffini & Company’s The Peak Experience seminar, Brian Buffini delves further into the Oz Dynamic and shares strategies to develop three key characteristics sure to help you succeed in a world that is headed toward entitlement. You’ll learn how to develop the giant within, cultivate the heart of a champion and foster a warrior spirit. By the end of the episode, you’ll be inspired to grow your mind, heart and spirit and hone your heroic characteristics.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s podcast:

“People want to be entitled to success. They don’t want to pay the price for success.” — Brian Buffini

“A person becomes who they are based on the adversity they face in their life.” — Brian Buffini

“It takes a certain heroic characteristic to be successful in a world that has different views on how to be successful.” — Brian Buffini

“Learning never exhausts the mind.” — Leonardo Da Vinci

“Once you stop learning, you start dying.” — Albert Einstein

“You should never try to be better than someone else, you should always be learning from others. But you should never cease trying to be the best you could be because that’s under your control and the other isn’t.” — John Wooden

“Most people do no listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” — Stephen R. Covey

“I want to take care of people. I want to help people. The maximum joy that I have is when I can create something that makes someone else’s life lighter, brighter, or better.” — Will Smith

“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” — Muhammad Ali

“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.” —  General Douglas MacArthur

“For a sacrifice to be real, it must cost, must hurt and we must empty ourselves.” — Mother Theresa

“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.” — Plato

“My own experience about all the blessings I’ve had in my life is that the more I give away, the more that comes back. That is the way life works, and that is the way energy works.” — Ken Blanchard

 

Mentioned in the episode
The Go-Giver by Bob Berg

 

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“You can be as rich and successful as you want to be, and be true to yourself.” — Brian Buffini

Like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, we often get caught in the twister of life. Since life moves so fast, we’re only left with time to react, which leaves us wondering which way is up. Although many of us complain about it, we may secretly like the chaos of the twister. In this episode, recorded at Buffini & Company’s The Peak Experience seminar, Brian Buffini discusses life in the twister and the reasons we may crave it. He also delves into the Oz Dynamic; that is, the image we project into the world and the pressure we may feel to live up to it. You’ll learn why it’s important to break free from the twister, how to identity and project your authentic self and how to tap into the strengths of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin man and the Lion in your daily life. By the end of the episode, you’ll look at the beloved book and film, The Wizard of Oz, in a different way.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s podcast:

“Reaction means you live more by your emotions than your values.” — Brian Buffini

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” — Ferris Bueller

“Don’t confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but doesn’t make any progress.” — Alfred Monapert

“Growth can be painful, change can be painful but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong. Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow it only empties today of its strengths.” — Charles H. Spurgeon

“Once you start perpetuating the image, it grows.” — Brian Buffini

“You can be as rich and successful as you want to be, and be true to yourself.” — Brian Buffini

“Great coaching is pulling out of you what’s already in there.” — Brian Buffini

“Just being yourself is good enough to be great.” — Brian Buffini

“Forgiveness is the oil can for the heart.” — Brian Buffini

“An open heart can do great things.” — Brian Buffini

“When you hold an ax against a person, they get to rust you over. They have you stuck in place.” — Brian Buffini

“Even when you’re being courageous, it doesn’t mean you don’t have a doubt or two.” — Brian Buffini

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” — Dr. Seuss

 

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“Life is a process of ailing and transformation.” — Mike Foster

According to best-selling author, speaker and entrepreneur Mike Foster, he’s in the emotional fitness business. Although he has a positive disposition, he has experienced pain, shame and guilt in his past. By working through his pain, he discovered a deeper level of understanding and compassion for others, which helped him help other leaders. In this Takeover Tuesday episode, Mike Foster shares his story, including the experiences that changed his life. He shares how to use negative experiences to heal, why it’s vital to integrate the positive and the negative into our lives in order to achieve transparency, the importance of self-care and why it’s vital to accept our emotions. He also offers his tips to help you start the day with a positive perspective and outlines strategies to help others work through their challenges.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“I get to lean in with people and help them with their not-so-perfect stories.” — Mike Foster

“We learn how life works and how to respond to life when we’re young.” — Mike Foster

“Many parts of our stories land like a big thud; what do you do with that?” — Mike Foster

“Life is a process of ailing and transformation.” — Mike Foster

“I don’t believe in closure. I believe in openings. These are openings to new levels of understanding, compassion and empathy and we’re constantly doing the work within us.” — Mike Foster

“When I can integrate the light and the dark in my life, I live a life of integrity.” — Mike Foster

“Pain and our past create a fog and mystery and it’s hard for us to deal with deeper things because they’re scrambled. When you write things down, your clarity increases.” — Mike Foster

“In leadership, we’re the ones processing and helping others work through their problems. We’re not in a position where we can talk to people about our stuff.” — Mike Foster

“Self-care is not selfish, self-care is strategic.” — Mike Foster

“Be who you are; how you were created and designed to be.” — Mike Foster

“One of the worst things to die with is unused possibility and potential.” — Mike Foster

 

Mentioned in the episode:

People of the Second Chance by Mike Foster
Fun Therapy — Mike Foster’s podcast
Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self by Richard Rohr
Ragamuffin Gospel by Brannan Manning

 

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“If you wish to be great at all, you must begin where you are and with what you are.” —Russell Conwell

Although it was published in 1890, the book “Acres of Diamonds,” by Russell Conwell, outlines timeless principles that help people see and appreciate the opportunities below their own feet. In this episode, Brian Buffini shares excerpts from this work that have had a profound influence on his life, as well as his most important takeaways.

What do the stories of a farmer in the Middle East, a rancher in California, a man in Pennsylvania, and a college professor in Massachusetts have in common? They all sold their homes in search of riches elsewhere, only to find the riches they sought were right there all along. If you learn to see and seize the opportunities in front of you and adopt these enduring lessons, you’ll be well on your way to finding your acres of diamonds.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“Ultimately, these timeless principles are just as true today as when Mr. Conwell first presented them.” — Brian Buffini

“A diamond is a congealed drop of sunlight.” — Russell Conwell

“A diamond is the last and highest of God’s creations.” — Russell Conwell

“There is nothing more foolish than a man who leaves one job before he has obtained another.” — Russell Conwell

“There are some things more valuable than money…the man of common sense also knows there is not any one of these things that is not greatly enhanced by the use of money.” — Russell Conwell

“Money is power; money has powers.” — Russell Conwell

“We ought to get rich if we can by honorable and Christian methods.” — Russell Conwell

“The love of money is the root of all evil. It is the worship of the means instead of the end, though you cannot reach the end without the means.” — Russell Conwell

“When a person makes an idol of the money instead of the purposes for which it may be used; when he squeezes the dollar until the eagle squeals, then it is the root of all evil.” — Russell Conwell

“We must know what the world needs first, then invest ourselves to supply that need, and success is almost certain.” — Russell Conwell

“Find out what the people need and then apply yourself to that need and this leads to invention on the part of people who would not dream of before.” — Russell Conwell

“Greatness consists not in the holding of some future office, but really consists of doing great deeds with little means, and the accomplishment of vast purposes from the private ranks of life.” — Russell Conwell

“To be great at all, one must be great right here, right now.” — Russell Conwell

“If you wish to be great at all, you must begin where you are and with what you are.” — Russell Conwell

 

Mentioned in the episode:
Acres of Diamonds by Russell Conwell

 

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