Van Edwards' talk was about telling the truth. Or, in other words, dispelling “The Swan Effect.” What’s the Swan Effect? It refers to the idea that, on the surface, you see a beautiful swan gliding peacefully across the water, but – just under the surface, ugly feet are paddling like crazy. Because that’s how successful people (or at least the inspiring, relatable successful people) become successful. Their journey has some ugly bits and a whole lot of work goes into propelling them from Point A to B.
Lewis’ unexpected good fortune – striking it big as a travel and language guru – prompted him to speak about “luck.” Also, he’s Irish, so there’s that. But here’s the thing… Benny Lewis a skeptic. He doesn’t believe in the power of luck or fate or destiny.
I ended up at WDS thanks to Live Your Legend (a movement similar to TheMillionTo1Club) that I follow on FB. Live Your Legend said write a FB post. I did. I won a ticket. We had two weeks to figure out how to get to Portland, so Jeff travel-hacked his heart out with scary cheap plane tickets, two Airbnbs, and a $40 yellow Fiat. The rest is history.
For those who don’t know, I recently quit my full-time job to build my writing career, as well as expand my goal-getting network, TheMillionTo1Club.
If you’re new here, MillionTo1 is a new concept, but it’s pretty simple. We provide a variety of powerful, affordable resources for anyone who wants more clarity, structure, and support when it comes to goal-setting.
Don't let another day go by without making real progress on your fitness goals. MillionTo1 Fitness will provide the accountability necessary to help you get a good workout in your schedule 3 times a week. MillionTo1 Mentor Carmen will create workouts for every skill level. We'll focus on total body toning and have tons of fun in the process! Only 7 spots, so hurry and reserve yours!
1. Stop Multitasking (Seriously. Stop it.) When we multitask, what we’re really doing is “task-switching,” according to psychologist Guy Winch, PhD and author. When it comes to a human’s capacity to pay attention, we are either narrowing our attention to focus on details, such as when we study for an exam, or we are skimming the pages to search for key points at the expense of missing those important details.
What I’m Learning at the Moment: Life is happening all the time, not only when I’m accomplishing the things I want to accomplish. Seems obvious, right? As long as you’re alive, your life is happening - it’s part of the story. But I don’t always feel like that’s true.
When many people sit down to watch a movie on Valentine’s Day, they are only thinking of their significant other and the buttery popcorn in front of them. This was not the case for Carmen Schober, a Kansas State graduate, just over one year ago. She said the only thought that was running through her mind was how she could achieve her goals and help others do the same.
At the time, Schober was an expository writing teacher at K-State and a mentor with K-State First. Although she had a passion for teaching, she said she felt as if she wanted more.
The Million to 1 Club helped me to realize the importance of accountability. So many times we set goals on our own as if they are secrets. The classes made you think and give life to your goals. The program inspires you to take the necessary steps now rather than in the future.
Don’t go through life with your head down and earbuds in. See, hear, taste, smell, and feel the details of your day. Essentially, be open to and enthusiastic about the experience of living (even the mundane parts).
In a household of two health-conscious full-time professionals (yep, serious adulting over here), figuring out what to eat for breakfast and lunch can be a pain. You know why. Think about it. Fancy Pinterest recipes meet grocery store shopping meet actual cooking meet washing dishes meet repeat every day for the rest of your life.
A lot of the time, individuals who suffer with a mental illness feel like outcasts. They feel like since they can’t help themselves it is near impossible for them to help others. I was on a mission to overthrow this feeling.
Whether you have a big dream in the back of your mind, a goal you don't know how to achieve, or could use some help defining what it is you're working towards, the MillionTo1 program can help you make a plan, and achieve it.
I’m 32 years old, divorced with two kids, and I live with my parents – and I’ve decided to apply to graduate school. I know, it sounds kind of nuts, but somehow everything works out (most of the time).
If you're anything like me, naps are an essential part of your daily routine. In fact, napping is one of my favorite hobbies because it keeps me relaxed, focused, and more energized throughout the day. But, as I am sure we all know, naps can sometimes make you feel even more sleepy than you did before your head hit the pillow.
That’s why it is extremely important to know the 3 keys to smart napping.
MA: That’s why you are 100% perfect for this. What are 3 goals you’re working on for the first half of 2017?
I’m working on living a better lifestyle for this year, which includes a lot of small goals I’ve made for myself. To start, I want to work out 3-5 times per week. I also want to cut down my alcohol beverages and sugary drinks to 2 per week and monitor my carb intake and do a low carb diet.
SK: I observed the pilot last summer, and enrolled as soon as possible in the fall. I also observed some of the second section. Mostly, I want to be as supportive of MillionTo1 as possible and help it become widespread and well known. I really want to help others achieve their goals - the sustainability is what is most attractive to me, and I want to share that.
CS: That’s because you are true friend and goal-smashing buddy and just a genuinely amazing human being. Speaking of, what goal did you smash in 2016?
CS: Yas to all of that. I’m beyond excited for you to be a mentor. Why exactly do you want to teach the MillionTo1 Goal-Getting Course?
CA: Because I want to inspire people, and I want to change people’s lives for the better. I want to be able to help people achieve the things they never thought they could because I believe in them, and they believe in themselves.
CS: Hellz yeah. That’s what we do. What’s a goal you smashed in 2016?
Give yourself permission to take care of yourself.
This idea is fairly simple but not easy for most of us. I, personally, thrive on feeling as though I have been productive at the end of my day, so I occasionally I go overboard. I’ve had to learn from my mistakes and take time for myself and my well-being.
I recently went to get a massage, and the knots in my neck and back were overwhelming. They could hardly be worked out in an hour.
While I've always been someone who likes her lists (and that's putting it mildly), these lists almost always focus on the day-to-day tasks, or, if I'm feeling particularly ambitious, a week's worth. What I've come to realize, mostly thanks to my time with MillionTo1, is that I had no goals or aspirations for the long-term.