In this episode John and Kelly talk about the importance of one’s morning routine. In fact, John says that a person’s morning routine will determine their success in life. That one thing more than anything else. And he talks about the think it be it 12 minute a day technique. John and Kelly’s morning routine is simply applying the 12 minute a day technique to their respective lives. Reading the succinct articulation of their life from the life GPS template each day. John talks about how simple the concept is. Step one is you create immense clarity about your life. Exactly the person you want to be, exactly what you want to accomplish, and precisely how you can achieve your clearly defined goals. Then step two is feed that clarity to yourself each day – using the think it be it template. That’s what makes everything succinct so it only takes 12 minutes a day to read. And then the third step. After 21 days of feeding that clarity to yourself each day, it then influences your daily thoughts and actions. And those upgraded daily actions then create the life you want. Powerfully simple. John and Kelly laugh about why people can’t get what seems to be so profoundly simple.
About the Hosts:
John’s story is pretty amazing. After spending 20 years as an entrepreneur, John was 50 years old but wasn’t as successful as he thought he should be. To rectify that, he decided to find the “top book in the world” on SUCCESS and apply that book literally Word for Word to his life. That Book is Think & Grow Rich. The book says there’s a SECRET for success, but the author only gives you half the secret. John figured out the full secret and a 12 minute a day technique to apply it.
When John applied his 12 minute a day technique to his life, he saw his yearly income go to over $5 million a year, after 20 years of $200k – 300k per year. The 25 times increase happened because John LEVERAGED himself by applying science to his life.
His daily technique works because it focuses you ONLY on what moves the needle, triples your discipline, and consistently generates new business ideas every week. This happens because of 3 key aspects of the leveraging process.
John’s technique was profiled on the cover of Time Magazine. He teaches it at the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business, which is one the TOP 5 business schools in the country. He is also the “mental coach” for the head athletic coaches at the University of Texas as well.
Reach out to John at email@example.com
Kelly Hatfield is an entrepreneur at heart. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of the ripple effect and has built several successful companies aimed at helping others make a greater impact in their businesses and lives.
She has been in the recruiting, HR, and leadership development space for over 25 years and loves serving others. Kelly, along with her amazing business partners and teams, has built four successful businesses aimed at matching exceptional talent with top organizations and developing their leadership. Her work coaching and consulting with companies to develop their leadership teams, design recruiting and retention strategies, AND her work as host of Absolute Advantage podcast (where she talks with successful entrepreneurs, executives, and thought leaders across a variety of industries), give her a unique perspective covering the hiring experience and leadership from all angles.
As a Partner in her most recent venture, Think It Be It, Kelly has made the natural transition into the success and human achievement field, helping entrepreneurs break through to the next level in their businesses. Further expanding the impact she’s making in this world. Truly living into the power of the ripple effect.
Reach out to Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about Think It Be It at https://thinkitbeit.com/
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We believe life is precious. This is it. We've got one shot at this. It's on us to live life to the fullest to maximize what we've been given and play the game of life at our full potential.John Mitchell:
Are you living up to your potential? Are you frustrated that despite your best intentions, you just can't seem to make the changes needed to take things to the next level. So you can impact your career relationships and health.Kelly Hatfield:
If this is hitting home, you're in the right place. Our mission is to open the door to the exceptional life by showing you how to play the game of life at a higher level. So you're playing at your full potential rather than at a fraction as most people do. We'll share the one thing that once we learned it, our lives were transformed. And once you learn it, watch what happens. Welcome to think it be the podcast. I'm Kelly Hatfield.John Mitchell:
Hey. And I'm John Michell. So the topic today is your morning routine determines your success in life. Kelly, would you buy that?Kelly Hatfield:
Amen to that I buy every I buy it? Two times over.John Mitchell:
Right, right. Well, you know, I tell you this course it's it transformed both our lives, right. Learning the 12 minute they technique that that is our respective morning routine. But, you know, one thing I see that really is enlightening to me today is and this, my eyes first got open to this about three or four years ago. And I told you this story, but I go to I think it was Cleveland for a sort of a mastermind thing over three days. And and Jay Abraham, who is Tony Robbins mentor, was the featured speaker. And as part of the thing I was on the hot seat, you know, I'm on the hot seat, Jay Abraham was, you know, sort of the Master of Ceremonies and so he's quizzing me. And there's, there's 100 people there. You know, they're all entrepreneurs. They're all you know, probably making 100 200,000 a year typically something like that a lot, a lot of solopreneur partners. And so, in the middle of my hotseat thing, I go, well, listen, let me ask y'all a question. And I go, how many people have do anything to impact their mindset each morning? Well, only one in five hands goes up. So 20% and, and I'm like, wow, this is interesting, because, you know, I just spent three days with the people. And I thought they were all pretty damn sharp. And, and I'm like, wow, what don't they get? Now I I understand, my life got transformed and increased my income by 25 times from a morning routine. So sure, I get it. But I see that. And this is so friggin true. Life is a state of mind. And when you wake up each morning, you're innately wired for survival, which causes you to be fear based and reactive. Well, you have absolutely got to fix it. And the only way to fix it is a morning routine. That through that repetition, because again, the subconscious mind is only influenced with repetition. It's that continual repetition every morning that overrides that survival orientation and wires you for success. But I am blown away by how people don't get that their morning routine at the end of the day, determines your success in life. I know you buy this.Kelly Hatfield:
Oh, yeah. 100% agree. And I think John, now more than ever. Yeah, I think the the need to influence our mindset. You know, and framing and starting your day, you know, setting the plate for your day, by having a technique. And a morning routine that sets you up for success is critical with all of the things that we have how fast things are moving right now. Everything's coming out you it puts you into this proactive mode you've got if you're not taking in the right things. So you've got too much of the wrong influences coming into your brain. It impacts things stress impacts things drastically. So when you're just like, you know waking up, you know and go kind of full, you know, bouncing through the day like a ping pong, you know, a ball within a Ping Pong machine, you know, that's what my mind how I see it right now on earth can you expect to, you know, be efficient, you know, have the right mindset to achieve the things that you want to achieve, and be happy, you know, and so anyway, but we're 100% on the same page. And I think more so now than ever, as wonderful as technology is. It also, you know, has the reverse side to it. And I think that now, so more than ever, it's critical that you are, you've got a morning routine, and a mindset practice that sets you up for success. You know,John Mitchell:
I last week, I had a group of 10 entrepreneurs over to my house and so I was explaining, think it be it to him. And about midway through the process, I asked everybody, I go, just close your eyes for a minute. Just close your eyes. And think about your morning routine, whatever that is. And, and, you know, so everybody closes her eyes, and they're thinking about their, their morning routine. And I'm having them think about is are you doing anything to impact your your mindset? And you know, largely, the morning routine, quote unquote, is I get up, I have breakfast, I brush my teeth. I'm out the door. Yeah, that's the morning routine. It's it has nothing to do with mindset. And, and then I go, okay, okay, now that you got your mindset Are you got your morning routine routine in your head, and you're thinking about it. And this is also after I explained that we're innately wired for survival, which is causing you to be innately wired to be fear based and reactive. I go, imagine, if you had a morning routine that took 12 minutes a day, where you fed this a synced articulation of your life to yourself each day, you know exactly the person you wanted to be exactly what you want to accomplish, and precisely how you're going to achieve your clearly defined goals. What if you had a morning routine? Like that? And that was what you're feeding every day? Do you think it would change your life? And, you know, is interesting, cuz I don't know, I guess out of the 10 people, you know, eight of them said, Boy, I want to learn this thing could be it. And I if I had to guess that was the pivotal, pivotal moment when they said, Oh, I'm now I'm connecting the dots that my success in life ultimately comes down to impacting my mindset. Because at the end of the day, life is a state of mind.Kelly Hatfield:
Absolutely. No. And I mean, what a difference maker, you know, we talk about this all the time, I've said it a million times, probably in different settings, about, you know, this morning routine, and being very clear. I mean, you're starting your day, and we talk about the reticular activating system being the filter for your life, basically, right? We're informing it, you know, you are giving it its operation instructions for the day about how you're going to navigate and you know, how you're going to show up and it makes all the difference in the world. Otherwise, you know, one thing and I've talked about this, too, running on that proverbial treadmill numb, kind of sleepwalking through life, Groundhog's Day, rinse and repeat whatever it is, you're not experiencing life, part of this morning routine, too. You know, where you're setting yourself up for the day? We've only got one go around at this right? Do you want to actually experience life? Or do you want to be in the pinball machine? Around? Or do you want to squeeze every bit you can out of each moment at each interaction that you have with people show up in a different way so that you're experiencing life different and the people in your life are experiencing different as a result of how you're showing up? And this this morning routine helps you do that?John Mitchell:
Why? Why don't you think people see this more clearly?Kelly Hatfield:
You know, I think there are, I think just probably a closed, you know, mindset. I think people there are people who from a self awareness standpoint, right? That that's a piece of the puzzle that's kind of missing, do they have that closed mindset, meaning they don't have a growth mindset? Right. So, you know, I think there are just some people on that, you know, and I think to listen, it all has to do with how you're wired. We're talking about your subconscious, and right and rewiring that some people's self subconscious can be, I think so strong with the stories they've told themselves like, oh, I tried that before, it didn't work for me. Okay, why? Did you try it consistently over a period of time? Or did you try it once and the magic didn't happen? You know, you know, right away. And so you just stopped doing it? You know, I think that people get hardwired into this. Oh, I've tried that closed mindset. Oh, I've tried that before won't work for me, or oh, that sounds woowoo? Or, yeah, so they just have that closed mindset. I think that's one of the things what do you think?John Mitchell:
Well, you know, I tell you, you know, and I know you, because you had to put up with me saying it a couple of years ago, you know, I'd go people, what the hell do you not get your you're wired for survival. Which is means you're not wired for success. You know, if you're fear based and reactive, then that's the opposite of how you need to be if you want to be successful. So, yeah, let's just get that out there. So if it wouldn't it make sense to take the st articulation of your life and feed it to yourself every more every morning. And then of course, it would influence your daily actions, and then those improved daily actions, then we'd create the life you want. I'm like, people, this thing doesn't get any simpler than that. Come on, let's get it. And, you know, and then over the last couple of years, I think I've been become more accepting of people. And I go, Well, you know, everybody's, everybody's different. You know, everybody, everybody is simply a function of, of their genetics, what has come into their consciousness to this point, and whether they have testosterone or estrogen flowing through their veins, those are the three factors that, that create each of us. And over the last year or so I'm going, you know, okay, I see why people don't get it. They don't have the same genetics I have. I don't have the they don't have the same life experiences I've had at but I don't know, lately, I'm sort of going back a little too, like I was I'm like, come on. Yes, I get all that. But come on, you gotta have a basic level of intelligence. This is so freakin simple, it hurts. And, and, and, but because I see that what what we've really created is a life operating system for smart people. And, and I hate to say this, but if you're not smart, you probably don't get it. You know. That terrible design.Kelly Hatfield:
I love it's fun just tells it like it is. It's like listen, if you're stupid, stop listening right now.John Mitchell:
You know, you cannot fix stupid, I've cried and you cannot fix stupid.Kelly Hatfield:
And I think, you know, with this idea of this morning routine, and, you know, some things may be coming up, you know, as you're thinking about this, you'll start to feel that resistance, like your brain is designed to protect you. It's designed to keep you in that little comfort zone and everything. And so, you know, the excuses start to fly well, I'm my morning is already packed, I don't have time for you know, 12 minutes a day, well, you have time to scroll up a storm at different different points of your day. You know, your, your, you know, when I ask people with their morning routine is and they're sharing it, it sounds like chaos, you know, they're running around there. And it's like, you know, you can buy time back by, this is the best 12 minutes of your day that you'll spend, and you will win back hours of time by, you know, implementing this practice and doing it on a consistent basis. And, anyway,John Mitchell:
well, I you know, I see that, that a lot of people there if they, if they do anything, they're going well, you know, I do meditation or I do affirmations or I, I exercise and, and those things are better than nothing. But and you know, I again, I'm I meditate a little each morning, but you know, that quiets the mind, the what we do, focuses the mind, that's what our 12 minute a day technique does. And I think a lot of people struggle with deep meditation And, but why people don't see this? More. I'm not exactly sure who I guess I am sure. Because we live in such a shallow thinking culture, we have so many things coming at us that, that it hasn't resonated with people that the morning routine is what determines your success in life. And I think that if you had to condense all that I've learned in my life, it's that that's your morning routine determines your success in life. And the simpler you and I can make it for people to see that. Probably the more powerful, what we have will be, don't you think?Kelly Hatfield:
Oh, 100%? You know, when we're thinking too, about why people don't? I don't know about you, John, but nobody taught me how to think. Right, right. You know what I mean, I didn't learn how my brain worked in school and what I needed to do to, like, we didn't talk about morning routines, or routine or mindset, for that matter, like, none of those things, at least in my generation, I'm, you know, we're an we're part of the youth specifically are part of the educational system now at the University of Texas, you know, and it's just being integrated in, you know, is it something that you learned in high school? Or were a teacher says, Hey, here's how your brain works, you know, and here's how to thrive and here's how to think and get it. Nobody taught me this? Oh, no, I didn't learn this till you taught it to me, you know, and I was, you know, in just coming on 40. To turn 40 At that time, soJohn Mitchell:
yeah, well, and, you know, that's a great point, you know, as, as I, you know, what I teach at the University of Texas, which is no, no different than what we teach entrepreneurs, is purely leadership itself. And just to your point, nobody teaches you leadership of self. And, you know, to me, you know, leadership itself is starts by having the attitude that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to, and then it evolves to, you know, personal responsibility and never being a victim, always owning your results. And if you don't like the results, change the behaviors that are creating the results. And but this whole idea of leadership of, of self is, is something that really is rarely rarely ever taught. But once you go down this rabbit hole, which you know, now, as I mentioned, you know, all the athletes at the University of Texas or are being required to take my course, which is really pretty fun. And, but nobody is really taught them formally, leadership itself. Now with the athletes. The coaches have taught them leadership itself, but they haven't called IT leadership of self. In fact, the coaches have set the foundation, and all I do is take it that next level up and show it, show them how it applies to be successful in the real world. You know, they're teaching them how to be successful at their sport. And so it's a bit it's an easy transition to now take it maybe at a little more scientific level and a lot more a little more formalized and show them how to apply it in the real world. But again, leadership itself ultimately comes down to your morning routine. percent. Yeah. And so that's the power of it. So I hope we got through to everybody today and let himKelly Hatfield:
hear people peopleJohn Mitchell:
know, probably Apple podcast is gonna go you know, those two, you don't want to listen to that, that think it'd be at the podcast. Those two are just abusing their audience. We've got to get them off the air. Okay, until next time, we'll see you.Kelly Hatfield:
Thanks for listening today. If you've had your own aha moment from today's episode, send me or John an email. We'd love to share your epiphany with our audience. So email us at Kelly@thinkitbeit.com or John@thinkitbeit.com. In the meantime, live the exceptional life