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5 Overlooked Habits to Burn Fat & Skyrocket Energy


All this month there are thousands of people with a resolution of “getting back in shape” or “losing weight”.  They try a variety of methods including cleanses, to extreme fitness programs, group workouts and the latest diets.  Every year we get a flood of new clients wanting these very things.  Among all the demands for the best exercise, the cleanest foods and the special supplement there are key habits people often overlook that eventually kill there progress.  This includes all of the above, especially diets.

Let’s take a look at why people fail diets more than they succeed:

  • Diets are strict, rigid and expect you to be perfect. When’s the last time you did a diet that was fun, simple or allowed you to explore? Never. Ever.
  • Diets have deadlines such as 21 days, 6 weeks or 90 day challenges. Perhaps this is why they’re called diets…because the results DIE when the deadline hits.
  • Diets require and instant 360 degree flip from your present lifestyle. Science shows you only have so much willpower and trying to make too many changes at once not only drains your willpower, but increases stress, kills focus and drains your energy. Even the smallest of changes seem tough.
  • Diets don’t teach you much. Your energy level, personal preferences, stressors, metabolism and more are constantly changing and cookie cutter programs do not adjust to the individualized programming needed for these fluctuations.

What You’re Overlooking

You already know you need to eat veggies, lean meats, fruits and whole grains, etc. You already know you need to walk, lift weights and mix in cardio and some fun activities each week.   You already know you need an average of eight hours of sleep.  So why are you still not where you want to be?

From my over 15 years of experience with thousands of clients, true long term health, fitness, fat loss, lean muscle gain, energy and more start with a few critical elements. The formula is all dependent upon how much a person E.A.T.S.:

  • Education– Your body and environment are ever changing and no matter how precise a plan or program is one of the best habits for sustainable success is by learning how you respond to these changes.   By being the scientist,  detective and researcher for your own body you’ll begin to grasp which plans & programs work best for you.  Also learning more on topics like macronutrients, metabolism and hormones from a professional will help you understand your body even more.
  • Attention– Your body is always communicating to you, but over time it’s easy to have stopped paying attention to it. How many times have you been hungry, but ignored it to do work? How many times have you felt energized, but you didn’t get out and do something active? How often are you stressed, but never take a break to rest and rejuvenate?  The habit of paying attention to & listening to your body’s biofeedback and natural intuition allows you to make better decisions.
  • Testing– Many people begin to diet and exercise at the New Year, some even see results.  Where they fail is they don’t track those results and therefore never learn what it was that was working for them.  Once you learn what works and what’s not you can test and explore new methods to find even better ones.   Everyone is different and the habit of testing allows you the opportunity to know your which foods, what exercises and how much sleep is best for you. Do you know what foods drain your energy, how much exercise sparks your cravings and how much sleep makes you feel rested?
  • Tolerance– (I know, I snuck in an extra “T”.) One of the top reasons people fail is because they’re sold on the crazy marketing claims of diets and programs that promise six pack abs in 7 days. In other words, instant gratification.  True transformation in anything occurs when you learn to tolerate the ups and downs and twists and turns while creating the behaviors needed to sustain the change long term. This is a process takes time and tolerance is the key habit for fulfilling it.
  • Streamline– Over time, as you follow the steps and learn what works best for you, then integrating your “wins” and streamlining your grocery shopping, meal planning, and when to eat and exercise within your schedule is the finishing touch. If you fail to make these changes the fabric of your daily and weekly schedule then you’re likely to find they become inconvenient, stressful and you quit. This is arguably the most important habit.

Conforming to the confines of a strict diet or the “perfect” program may help you get a few short term results, but often without the above habits your success will come crashing down. Your body and life are constantly in flux and a “band aid” program doesn’t adjust to the ever-changing demands of your work, family, illness, aging, stress, etc.

Learning these five habits will provide the mortar that helps build better personal success systems for burning fat and increasing energy, but more importantly they hold a healthy lifestyle together for the long run.

Which E.A.T.S. principle is your achilles heal?

Until next time. Be bold,



How To Work Smarter and Enjoy More Time


Hello and welcome back.  We’ve all heard the saying work smarter, not harder.  I’ve used it for years now, but recently it’s taken on a new meaning for me.

Do you ever worry about missing out?  I do.  Don’t we all wish we had more time?  We don’t want to miss out on the many festivities that come along with the summer time fun.  But this summer is a little different.

This past winter we welcomed a new baby girl into our world and the game changed.  For years I vowed to myself that I wouldn’t miss out on creating wonderful memories with my kids like my family missed when I was young.  After all, time is the only commodity that truly matters and investing it into those we love will show the greatest return.  Isn’t it true?

Here are four keys why studies are showing utilizing reflection just may be the smartest way to work:

  • Learning is more effective if you take the time to reflect on, meaning to synthesize or articulate, the important points.
  • Take 15 minutes at the end of a training, meeting or your day and reflect on the main things you learned.
  • Use a journal to deepen the reflection and your learning.  Write, document and track 2-4 key points through out your learning time.
  • Teach to enhance learning.  By sharing or teaching newly acquired skills or subject matter you are essentially reflecting on the material therefore enhancing learning and boosting performance.

Although you can’t stop or even manage time, you can increase productivity.  Completing tasks and responsibilities more effectively will help you do more work in less time.  Reflection is a smart way to “make it stick” to the brain and conquer important goals so that you can share more meaningful moments with your loved ones.

Whether your taking on a new project, mastering a new skill or going through some innovative change at work, if you want to learn faster grab a journal, note card, digital recorder and share what you’ve learned with others today.  Don’t hesitate, choose a method of reflection and implement it after your next meeting.

Which of the four areas are you finding to be most difficult for gaining more time?

Live inspired, Lead Bold,

Brandon Sobotka


3 Keys to Success in Entrepreneurship


If you asked me a few years ago what the key to success in entrepreneurship was, I might have told you that it was training and development in the beginning.  A little later I would have responded with the answer of recruiting.  In the middle of this journey I would’ve said sales and marketing.

Later, after some struggles, I thought if you have great leadership and systems you can manage all of the above.  A more recent response would’ve been if you don’t have a strategy what good are those.  And right now I can hear you saying (probably screaming) adamantly that the most important element is financial acumen.

The truth is that these are all correct and I don’t disagree that these areas are all vital to the growth of an entrepreneurial endeavor.  However, in my recent experience and taking all past experiences into consideration there are three key elements I’ve found to separate you from the red and often your competition.

Making The Shift

The keys are all personal…Not business related.  After all personal development is business innovation.

Heard this before? Not like this you haven’t, don’t stop reading yet.  The number one complaint I hear from Entrepreneurs, Executives, and other industry experts (not to mention working moms, coaches, authors, speakers, etc.).  I just don’t have enough time.

Does this sound like you?… “I need more time or I can’t get it all done right now.”

I understand.  I’ll tell you, no matter how hard I worked it seemed like I worked 12, 16, 20 hrs a day repetitively.  We know a successful business takes great ideas, creativity, collaboration and a bunch more, but actually making those ideas happen is the hard part.

Spending more time working is no longer the answer.  We’ve missed enough time with family, friends and enjoying the other fruits of life to spend more time at a desk.  The reason so many are not achieving enough is not actually a shortage of time anyway.  I mean, who isn’t working at least 50 to 60 hours a week these days?  It’s a deficiency in these three keys and it’s time for a shift.

Purpose in Entrepreneurship

The true importance of a purpose is not in having one, but in the clarity of yours.  In today’s highly competitive world if you’re not explicitly clear on why you’re doing what you do you’ll eventually fail.  There are many crossroad to come and mountains to climb and a lack of clarity is like traveling without a map.

No map leaves you guessing or with too many questions.  Your confusion and fears create a slow grind of indecision slowing any sense of progress.  Once you’ve clearly defined your purpose you will know, with greater confidence, what path is best for you and many of the intricate details needed to excel along it.

Clarity of purpose streamlines your focus and also engages others in the process.  They are able to clearly understand what you are trying to accomplish and why it’s meaningful.  That’s magic for business…it makes it easy to define job roles, responsibilities and skills on the inside and easy to communicate customer solutions and strategies on the outside.

Purpose creates a feeling of fulfillment because it clearly defines an understandable path, a meaningful result and represents a fully expressed you with which others can relate to and align with.

Progress in Entrepreneurship

Not everyone is aroused by purpose alone.  A sense of progress is also highly important to inspire action within your company.  Action, however doesn’t necessarily mean you are being productive and progressing forward.

Identify behaviors that provide confidence, motivation and move you closer to achieving the goal.  We often under-appreciated and overlooked the small victories, but it’s important to take time to notice these and you’ll waste less time, money and precious personal “juice”.

Your ability to push through the “dry times” of startup (low traffic, leads and customers) will separate you from the competition in the long run.  Appreciating these small wins will help you execute projects with greater efficiency from the point of inspiration to implementation.

Eban Pagan believes the “Speed of Implementation” is the number one key to long term success.  Maintaining this feeling of progress can build the momentum you need to complete the book, online course or partnership strategy you can leverage in your business for the long term.

Performance in Entrepreneurship

We all know there are varying levels of performance.  In this case I am speaking of high human performance…your ability to sustain high levels of energy, enthusiasm and engagement and elevate to a higher level you.

There will be times you overcome big challenges and don’t get the results you want and there are even times you are highly effective and still “lose”.  These challenges will consistently occur throughout entrepreneurship, but it’s your ability to face them and finish without “falling off” that will you succeed.

High human performance is the knowledge, skills and resources to get the job done well more often than not.  And better than you did it the last time.  Your daily performance provides a feeling of accomplishment at the end of each day and a sense of fulfillment along the journey.

Instead of a little, quick spark here or there, this is continuous and magnifies confidence,  instills courage and helps you stay committed to your biggest, most meaningful goals despite new and more daunting challenges.

The Multiplier

If you’ve made it this far then you truly are student of your craft and I reward you with a 4th key.  Key #4 is Urgency.  Urgency is the multiplier (I know, I know, it doesn’t start with a P.)  We could use Parkinson’s law which is a tactic for creating a greater sense of urgency (we’ll save that for a later date).

Urgency is the true difference between an entrepreneur and highly successful entrepreneurship.  With urgency you will find out how well you defined, prepared and fulfilled the first three keys.  You will learn what you are truly talented in and how passionate you are about your purpose.  Urgency, brings out true human potential and can create real levels of high performance.

Urgency is the one thing that drives people, projects and businesses forward quickly.  Being truly urgent in your actions will help you gain a significant advantage over your competitors and sustainable success in Entrepreneurship.

Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you think about your current business status…

  • Can you clearly (I mean with crystal clarity) define your purpose?
  • What have you been thinking about for too long? (What if I told you you only have 60 minutes to choose?)
  • How effective are you at performing the tasks needed for successful execution?  Can it be done better?
  • Are you demanding enough? On others, or better yet, yourself?
  • Who owes you something (a report, product or idea)? How much time have you given them? Do they really need that much time?

I’ll leave you with this…

To achieve greatly, you must master the three keys first and then cultivate great urgency in a way that channels your significant purpose. We must not view ourselves as time stressed, but as highly time sensitive beings.  Our time on earth is short and the lifespan of an average entrepreneurial business is even shorter.  Only when we view life & ourselves this way are we likely to generate the energy and drive to make things happen fast and in a meaningful way.

Which of the three keys is deficient most in your business?  Begin or join the conversation by leaving your comments below.