“When you focus on 12-weeks as if it’s your whole year, it changes your thinking, it changes your actions and it changes your results.” — Brian Moran

How we think about our lives and how we plan are critical to what we can accomplish. In this episode, Brian Buffini interviews Brian Moran, President and Founder of The 12 Week Year.

Brian Moran shares the concept of being the CEO of your life.  Whether you apply this to your business to earn more money or be more successful, whether you apply it to your personal life to build your marriage or lose weight, there are certain disciplines and principles required to make it all work. Moran shares 5 disciplines and 3 principles you can use to increase your productivity in any area of your life.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s interview: (all from Brian Moran)

“Most people plan on an annual cycle and their plan becomes overwhelming.”

“Let’s be good at a few things instead of mediocre at many.”

“If you don’t know what your vision is and what matters most, you’re going to get more efficient with the stuff that doesn’t matter.”

“Being CEO of your life means you’re living with intention.”

“It’s not about working harder or longer; it’s about working different and it starts with being focused.”

“What do you want your life to look like? What would great look like, not good?”

“Within the 12-week plan, less is more. One goal is better than two. Two goals are better than three.”

“Going it alone, you have about a 10 percent chance of being successful. With peer support, it’s 80 percent.”

 

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“First you go to work on your goals, then your goals go to work on you.” — Jim Rohn

While the most successful people take time at the end of the year to plan for the year ahead, they also take the opportunity to think about past year. In this episode, Brian Buffini outlines three things he does at the end of every year: reflect, reorganize and reload. You’ll learn why it’s important to reflect on your year, how clutter impacts your focus and three ways to reload and prepare for the coming year. If you want to achieve your goals next year, you won’t want to miss this episode.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s podcast:

“The days are long, and the years are short.”

“If you know from whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.” — James Baldwin

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” — Stephen Covey

“Clutter is a physical manifestation of fear that cripples our ability to grow.” — H.G. Chissell

“Early in my career, I thought that organization would destroy my creativity, whereas now I feel the opposite. Discipline is the concrete that allows you to be creative.” — Verna Gibson

“First you go to work on your goals, then your goals go to work on you.” — Jim Rohn

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” — Bobby Unser

“The most successful people will tell you of all the people who helped them.” — Brian Buffini

“Human beings do better together. They do better with support.” — Brian Buffini

 

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“It’s a good life. We can choose to be happy.” — Brian Buffini

Many people want to be happy, but it seems to elude them. In this episode, Brian Buffini gives listeners the tools they need to create a happiness plan for 2017. He delves into the popular misconceptions about happiness, including what it is and what it isn’t, and encourages listeners to participate in a few exercises that will help them focus on happiness in the New Year.

You’ll learn why happiness isn’t a constant state that is reliant upon other people, the five traits that define happiness and the formula for breaking down your 2020 goals. Start the New Year off right with this episode you’ll want to listen to again and again.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s podcast:

“The Constitution only guarantees you the right to pursue happiness; you have to catch it yourself.” — Benjamin Franklin

“If it was a genetic disposition, it couldn’t be promised as a right.” — Brian Buffini

“Happiness requires toughness.” — Brian Buffini

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” — Heraclitus

“Some people chase happiness, some people choose happiness.” — Robert Holden

“I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.” — Paul Simon

“Folks are as happy as they make their minds up to be.” — Abraham Lincoln

“Wealth is like happiness. It’s never attained when sought after directly.” — Henry Ford

“Happiness is in the daily attempts to live an inspired life.” — Brian Buffini

“We can’t see our own growth.” — Brian Buffini

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Some achieve great success as proof to all that they can achieve it as well.” — Brian Buffini

“Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.” — W.P. Kinsella

“Count your age by friends not years. Count your life by smiles not tears.” — John Lennon

“Part of your past is the fuel for your future.” — Brian Buffini

“I did it before, I can do it again…and better.” — Brian Buffini

“It’s a good life. We can choose to be happy.” — Brian Buffini

 

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“Your Character Is Your Destiny” — Joe Niego

Webster’s dictionary defines character as, “The traits and features that form an individual.” Your character is, then, you who are. In this episode, Brian Buffini interviews Joe Niego, who’s not only America’s top listing agent, but also Brian’s best friend. Joe delves into the concept of character, outlining the three endangered character qualities—discipline, endurance and courage.

You’ll learn why character is created a choice at a time, the role planning and accountability play in the process, and the importance of breaking through quitting points. This episode will help you make wiser choices every day.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“A person’s character always works its way to the surface.” — Joe Niego

“When the character problems are looked at truthfully, a whole host of problems will go away.” — Joe Niego

“Your character is your destiny” — Joe Niego

“The essence of discipline is delayed gratification.” — Joe Niego

“A process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure by meeting and experiencing the pain first and getting it over with.” — M. Scott Peck

“Become a millionaire not for what you get out of it, but what you can become by it.” — Jim Rohn

“Goals are the tools you use to cultivate an unshakable character.” — Joe Niego

“Endurance is a muscle, you cultivate it one choice at a time.” — Joe Niego

“The same muscle that pushes through a quitting point in your business is the same muscle you’ll have to exercise more patience with your loved ones.” — Brian Buffini

“Courageous people are everyday people who’ve decided intentionally at some point in their lives to drive the stake in the ground and face their fears as opposed to run from them.” — Joe Niego

“A commitment to live the good life is a commitment to the constant reoccurrence of the experience of fear.” — Joe Niego

 

Mentioned in the episode
The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck

 

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“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” — Cicero

In this episode, Brian Buffini delves into the spirit of gratitude. Sharing his philosophy through anecdotes and powerful quotes, Brian inspires listeners to show more gratitude in their daily lives.

You’ll learn why an attitude of gratitude is so important, the reason gratitude changes the heart and how the act of writing it down can transform your mindset. This is not just an episode to listen to during the Thanksgiving season; it’s an episode to revisit throughout the year.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s podcast:

“Principles don’t change, tactics do.” — Brian Buffini

“Lives that are built on principles tend to do well.” — Brian Buffini

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” — Cicero

“A life of character that is full of virtue is one that will stand the test of time.” — Brian Buffini

“Gratitude as an attitude of the heart has nothing to do with what you have or what you don’t have.” — Brian Buffini

“Kids don’t listen to what you say; they’re too busy looking at what you do.” — Brian Buffini

“It costs nothing to say ‘please’ or ‘thank you.’” — Therese Buffini

“Gratitude not expressed is the same as ingratitude.” — Brian Buffini

“Gratitude stands for ‘great attitude.’” — Zig Ziglar

“Gratitude brings energy to the spirit.” — Brian Buffini

“We miss out on the good life because we miss out on the spirit of gratitude.” — Brian Buffini

“Gratitude can turn common days into Thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” — Henry Van Dyke

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” —Melody Beattie

“When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” — Kristin Armstrong

 

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“Sales is a process of helping people to make decisions which will add to the quality of their life and their business.” — Steve Shapiro

Listening is central to communication and it’s also key to selling. While we may think we’re good listeners, those who we communicate with the most might feel otherwise. In this episode, Brian presents one of his most practical interviews from the past – with “Listening for Success” author, Steve Shapiro. Together they explore why we listen and don’t listen and offers tips to help us improve not only our listening skills, but how we communicate overall.

You’ll learn the difference between hearing and listening, why listening in essential to selling, and what to listen for when we speak with our clients, loved ones and everyone in between. Most importantly, you’ll discover timeless tips for listening more effectively and the nine behaviors that define poor listening. If you want to improve your relationships and close more sales, don’t miss this episode.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“You have to listen to find out what’s most important to the client.”— Steve Shapiro

“It’s rare to meet a listener and it’s more rare to meet a listening salesperson.” — Steve Shapiro

“It’s impossible to serve when you don’t know how people want and need to be served.” — Brian Buffini

“It’s a supremely mature act. One of the marks of adulthood is to listen and to accept what the other person is saying and at least consider it, even if you don’t like or agree with what you’re hearing.” — Steve Shapiro

“Ask and listen are two sides of the same coin.” — Steve Shapiro

“A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” — Steve Shapiro

“You can’t fake listening. It’s not a set of techniques.” — Steve Shapiro

“People know when you’re using a technique on them.” — Steve Shapiro

“The space between the words is where the real reasons lie.” — Steve Shapiro

“By telling you what they don’t want, they’re also telling you want they want.” — Steve Shapiro

“If you’re doing most the talking, you’re not learning anything.” — Steve Shapiro

“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would rather have been talking.” — Aristotle

“The most important part of learning is to unlearn errors.” — Zeno

“Where did we get the idea that in order to help someone we have to solve their problem for them?” — Steve Shapiro

“There’s nothing more destructive in human relations than saying ‘I know what your intentions are or were.’” — Steve Shapiro

 

Mentioned in this episode:
Listening for Success by Steve Shapiro

 

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“You can do it, but you gotta have your mind made up.” — Therese Buffini

What do all successful people have in common? They’ve made up their minds to win long before the first victory. In this episode, Brian discusses the power of a made up mind and shares inspiring stories from his own life and the lives of people who’ve defied the odds.

You’ll learn five benefits of harnessing the power of your own made-up mind, how to turn negative feedback into lessons, and the importance of making a decision, no matter how big or small.

Brian also asks the two questions to consider when you want to make up your mind to live the life you’ve always dreamed of. Whether you’re struggling to reach your goals or you just want to get motivated to thrive in 2017, this is an episode you don’t want to miss.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s podcast:

“You can do it, but you gotta have your mind made up.” — Therese Buffini

“Inside all books of success and all stories of victories, there are chapters of failure.” — Brian Buffini

“Even though you may stop for a while, when your mind is made up you never, ever give up.” — Brian Buffini

“If you’re giving up, your mind is not made up.” — Brian Buffini

“A human being whose mind is made up is a force of nature in this world.” — Brian Buffini

“The feedback we get from making those decisions becomes part of your story.” — Brian Buffini

“If you have a strong enough “why,” you can endure any “how.”” — Viktor Frankl

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

 

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“I did it before, I can do it again.”

In Part 1 of this two-part series you learned the benefits of living an inspired life, and gained the tools to start anew. In this episode, Brian delves into the role of affirmations in living an inspired life. You’ll learn internal and external affirmations to repeat every day, get the formula for turning your vision into reality and discover how to be victorious in your life. Brian also walks listeners through an exercise designed to get them thinking about the character qualities that inspire our daily lives. Want to live an inspired life? Listen to this episode.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s podcast:

“Everything starts with a vision.” — Brian Buffini

“I see every shot I’m going to take in my mind before I get my body involved in it.” — Jack Nicklaus

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” — Albert Einstein

“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.” — Laird Hamilton

“The more successful you become, the more impactful your words become.” — Brian Buffini

“The things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart.” — Matthew 15:18

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest, until your ‘good’ is better and your ‘better’ is best.” — Tim Duncan

“I’m into dreamers that do.” — Brian Buffini

 

Mentioned in this episode:
What to Say When You Talk to Yourself by Shad Helmstetter, PhD.

 

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“If you want to have a successful business, you have to care as much about the person you want to sell your product to as yourself.” — Alan Taylor

Hailed as a “great connector of people,” entrepreneur, author and automotive expert, Alan Taylor learned from an early age the business skills that would take him far in life, including the importance of honesty and building relationships.

In this episode, Brian Buffini interviews Alan Taylor. Alan shares his story, from young entrepreneur painting cars to becoming a well-known national broadcaster and car expert. You’ll learn why people trust the advice of the common man, the importance of connecting people with one another and why the unexpected extras are everything in business.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“Everything in life is connected.” — Alan Taylor

“My dad taught me how to be quiet and how to think about things a little more.” — Alan Taylor

“What are we here for?” — Alan Taylor

“I wanted to always give more than what was expected; to where they weren’t just happy, they were delighted.” —Alan Taylor

“So much of what I do, I do because I love.” — Alan Taylor

“Some people are good fits for others. When I see people who are a good fit, I just open my mouth.” — Alan Taylor

 

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Business & Burgers http://businessandburgers.com/
If by Rudyard Kipling http://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/poems_if.htm
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BT0ISHQ/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

 

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“Inspiration is built into you.” — Brian Buffini

Are you living an inspired life? If you’re like many people, you may feel stuck, overwhelmed, and frustrated—the most common symptoms of living an uninspired life. In this episode, Brian offers timeless tips for living an inspired life. You’ll learn about the symptoms of an uninspired life, the benefits of being inspired and you’ll get the tools you need to incorporate inspiration into every day. You’ll also learn the seven sources of inspiration to tap into to start your journey to a happier life. If you’re feeling stuck in a rut, this is an episode you don’t want to miss.

 

Inspirational quotes from today’s podcast:

“If you fix the foundation, the cracks in the walls stop appearing.” — Brian Buffini

“I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” — Denis Waitley

“We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you have zest and enthusiasm, you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.” — Norman Vincent Peale

“Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Nelson Mandela

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” — Henry David Thoreau

“There is so greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” — Maya Angelou

 

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Guinness Commercial: Empty Chair https://youtu.be/WnYgRJ2Z6IQ

 

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