I start drinking at 5am every day. Here’s why…
Yesterday I visited my older sister, Anne.
Growing up, we relied on one another.
We laughed, we cried, and we supported each other through some tough times.
Wendy (my wife) and I had a wonderful time visiting and enjoying time with my sister and her family. This morning, as I sat outside at 5am drinking my morning “Bullet Proof Coffee”, I wrote about this experience.
I plugged it into the formula “What, Why, Lesson, Apply”
A success formula I learned years ago from one of my mentors and friends, Garrett J White.
It’s not a formula used only when something hard happens.
I use it daily to pull life lessons about all the wonderful, abundant things that happen in life.
What Happened? I had a wonderful experience visiting my Sister Anne.
Why is that important? (This question took pages in my journal to answer. Very personal, I cried writing. It felt really, really good.)
The lesson: Take the Time! It matters and it’s worth it.
How does the lesson apply to life?
It applies to my #1 Asset. Myself and my ability to produce! My health physically, spiritually, my relationships… “Take the Time! It matters and it’s worth it.”
It applies to my #1 Investment. My business the thing I know the most about, have the most passion in and work the hardest to expand. “Take the Time! It matters and it’s worth it.”
It applies to my #1 Strategy. My VAULT. I take the time to ensure my vault stays Guaranteed, Protected, and Liquid. I do not guess, and I do not gamble with the cash inside of my Vault! I review, adjust, and maintain. “Take the Time! It matters and it’s worth it.”
This isn’t meaningless hyperbole!
At Vault AIS™, we live what we teach, and we teach only what works in our personal lives!
I do this pattern every morning at 5am while I drink my morning coffee!
- What happened?
- Why is it important?
- What lesson can you take from the experience?
- How can you apply that lesson in other areas of your life?
What, Why, Lesson, Apply; set inside of the game of the AIS Triangle™ works and will continue to work for you.
It was just last night that my wife Wendy and I went over to my sister’s house.
I have an older sister, her name’s Ann. We were really close growing up, Ann and I. It’s good to feel the emotion of a sibling, isn’t it? I love my sister.
She is a year and a half older than me, and so she was a year older than me in school. We were really good friends. Did we butt heads? Oh, yes, man. When we were younger, we really went at each other, but then more towards middle school, especially during high school, she was an amazing big sister.
She was cheerleader, popular, all the cute girl. She taught me how to dance. It was a lot of fun because my friends would want to come over to my house and hang out because my sister was there with her friends, the cheerleaders.
It was a good time.
We spent a lot of time laughing and crying with each other growing up.
We were there last night to visit and catch up, my wife and I. They just had family pictures, all the family members in town.
One of her daughters, my niece, Mitzi, is here from Oregon with her husband. She just had a little baby boy. We’re there to visit and see their newborn baby and celebrate that birth with them and their family. Then also their son Caleb who’s our son’s age, had just returned from a two-year Mormon mission in Mexico.
We left there, and I had just this great feeling that I shared with Wendy about celebrating and appreciating our family, and reminiscing about the old times and just how good it felt.
This morning when I woke up, I’ve started back into this habit. I’ve had it before and done in various different ways, in writing in my journal, my memoirs, and thoughts, and feelings, but over the last few months, I’ve been specifically writing about someone and sharing it with them or something that’s going on in my life of gratitude. The basic outline of it is this, and you can apply this in your own life.
What happened? Why was it relevant? What is the lesson within all of that? Then how can it be applied in our life or in someone else’s life?
What, why, lesson, apply?
This one morning I wrote about my sister, and I wrote about the experience that I had with her last night.
The lesson was, take the time, it matters and it’s worth it.
That was the lesson that I felt as a result of taking that time last night with my wife Wendy. It’s worth it and it matters. Many of you are familiar with, have read about or heard me talk about losing all that money at the end of ’07 and really going into isolation for three years, coming back out of that and making a commitment to extract the lesson of losing all of that money and applying those lessons in my life moving forward.
Every morning when I wake up, I make bulletproof coffee. That’s my new morning ritual, make some coffee, put a little bit of grass-fed unsalted butter, MCT oil. It’s called Brain Octane from bulletproof coffee I sip my morning bulletproof coffee, and I gather my thoughts and I write “what why lesson apply”. Most of the time I’m writing about something that’s going on in my life that I want to extract, but other times I’ll do it and share it with other people around me.
#1 Asset is you. #1 Investment has been, will always be something that you control, have the most knowledge, expertise, purpose, and passion in. That’s your business or the career that you’re in. When it comes time to relinquish control of cash, saving or investing that money outside of yourself, your business, or your career, what do you do with that cash?
Are you investing or saving that cash somewhere where you have no knowledge, expertise, purpose or passion? Is that experience stressing you out? Are you able to enjoy all that is in your life as a result of where you’ve invested or saved that cash? Does it take away from your ability to produce at the highest level in your personal life, in your business or your career? What are the costs associated with that? Not just economic costs, but peace of mind costs in your life?
I challenge you today to stop and assess where you’re at today, and 10 key areas of your life and gain clarity about where you’re at, and where you want to go. To commit to extracting the lessons along the way.
It’s either working or it’s not working. That’s the measurement. It’s not “right” or “wrong” about where you put money. It’s either working or not working.
The commitment that I’m challenging you with is to extract the lesson.
It’s either working or it’s not working in your life.
For me, it works to do it when I wake up. You could do it on a weekly basis. You could do it on a daily basis but look at your life, financially, personal life, business life, your relationship, your spirituality, your health and wellbeing, physically, mentally. Look at any area of your life.
What we’re talking about here at Vault AIS™ is just your finances, the economics, the money, how it applies in your life, but you can take this to any area of your life.
That’s what I do. That’s why I shared this whole story about my sister and where I’m at and what’s happening because we all know how much money and finance plays such a major role in our lives. The commitment is to extract the lesson.
What, why, lesson, and apply that lesson in all areas of your life.