How do I get out of my comfort zone?

Have you ever seen that scene in a movie when someone is going crazy and the only way to they can be brought back to reality is with a slap across the face? This is very uncomfortable to say the least but it's the only way to bring someone out of their downward spiral.

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Stay on track with a to-do list.

We all have lots to do. It’s sometimes overwhelming to keep track of all the things we have going on. Work, school, family, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t have a full plate. How do you keep track of it all? A simple to do list  will keep you on track. What I use is a plain old legal pad. I get up in the morning and write down all the things I have to do that day. I then start picking them off one by one. I try and get as many as I can done before the end of the day. Whatever is left over I then move to the next day. This might seem a bit simple and unorganized, but it keeps me on task. I found a few other methods that I’d like to share.

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Identify your blind spots.

The staff of a restaurant operate in what looks like organized chaos. Everybody runs around the place like they’re going to run into one another at any time. Hostess, manager, bartender, they all have their job. If you went to a restaurant with a bar but no bartender, you’d die of dehydration before you get your Bloody Mary. That’s because the bartender has a set of skills that fills a role. Non any employee can fill that role. Even if one of them went to school, they might not have the temperament to be a bartender. Having a full bar requires a bartender that is good at his/her job.

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Set Yourself Up For Success.

If you're like me, you're a jack of all trades but a master of none. Most of us a dabblers. We like to try a lot of different things until we find out that we don't like them as much as we thought or get bored. How much time have we wasted during that time? How much money have we wasted on things we don't like. What kind of person could we have been if we would have stuck to one of these things a little longer?

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Podcast Episode 013- Sometimes not doing it is the best option.

Sometimes you just can't do it all. And sometimes leaving something for another day is the best decision. You can't add pieces to your puzzle if they don't fit or if they mess up the rest of the pieces. Sometimes quitting is ok.

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Write yourself a letter

Sometimes when you have to tell someone something bad, you opt to write them a letter, email or text. This way you don’t have to be there when you see their reaction. The fear of making someone angry or sad stops us from telling them the truth. Being able to tell them without having them in from of you removes all fear and you’re free to let them know exactly what you think.

 

With that in mind, you should sit down and write a letter to the most important person you know...yourself. Listen in and find out why using a pen and paper will give you the freedom to be honest with yourself.

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Podcast Episode 010- Clean out that old room!!

Have you ever gone on vacation and had the best wine or had the best glass of wine? And then when you come back home you cook the same meal or find the same bottle of wine and your're disappointed because it doesn't taste the same? Why?

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Podcast Episode 009- Can you change the path you're on?

The Poster asks, "How do I follow my original life plan?"

 

The first thing you have to do is take an inventory of your life. You need to ask yourself "what is good and what needs work?" Write it down and take your time. This should be taken very seriously. Right now you're in a very vulnerable state of mind. You should make sure that you want to go down this road

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Podcast Episode 008- Work Hard and Save Your Money.

So first off, wealth is about how much money you have, not about how much money you make. So that means that the number one tip for not getting into debt is to live within your means. In our house we have a budget and we allocate money for all our expenses. From food to movies to savings, all money is accounted for. There is no extra money of disposal income. Important things like food and mortgage get taken care of first. All other expenses are accounted for after that. Going out to eat and going to the movies are the least important expenses so they're first on the chopping block.

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Podcast Episode 006- Don't let anxiety control your life.

This question came in via Facebook. Silvia asked for tips for coping with anxiety

She commented on a Facebook post where I asked: "If you could go all in and change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

You can submit your questions on Facebook to @thectepodcast if you want them answered.

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Podcast Episode 005- Stop Overthinking Everything

This is something that hampers a lot of people's progress towards their goals. They play out a scenario to infinitude and usually with all the bad outcomes. Most of the time they feel that the outcome will be so bad that they won't be able to recover from it. What's worse, they give the same scrutiny to even the smallest decision.

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Podcast Episode 002- Reading Everyday Can Make Big Improvements

Ep002- Read something to improve your life: In this episode I give you 6 reasons why you should read. This has helped me not only learn new skills but also discover new passions that I didn't know I had.

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Podcast Episode 001- Introduction

This is episode 001 of the podcast and today I guess you guys should know up front that I made this podcast for a completely selfish reason. I needed a reason to keep going. Once you change a few things about yourself and start seeing improvements, you could start to talk yourself into believing that your job is over and that it was successful. This is a big mistake. 

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Santa Barbara Natural History Museum- Memorial Day weekend

The Saturday of Memorial Day weekend we took a trip to the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum. They had a new bug exhibit that was pretty cool. The kids always have fun there. We walked around the "back yard" and enjoyed all the exhibits. 

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