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June 13th 2011Life Lessons Big Success on Amazon!

Posted by Brian Bartes

Thank you so much for your help on June 9! We almost made it!

When you went to Amazon.com and purchased my book, Life Lessons, you made it one of the top selling success books that day!

On launch day, your act of purchasing Life Lessons moved the book ahead of more than 1,000,000 books available. Congratulations!

Here’s what people are saying about Life Lessons:

Life Lessons is filled with inspirational stories, quotes, and strategies for successful living. Read it today, and give a copy to the teenagers and young adults in your life!”
Mac Anderson, Founder of Simple Truths and Successories

“I love books that inspire and motivate people in a positive way, and Life Lessons is one of those books.”
Dr. Kevin Leman, Author of The Birth Order Book and Have a New You by Friday

Life Lessons is a valuable addition to my success library at home. It is packed with good advice and illustrations that will educate and inspire readers of all ages. Give it a careful read.”
Pat Williams Sr., Vice-President, Orlando Magic, Author of Extreme Focus

Life Lessons is now being read all over the world by people who did not know about it until last week. We’ve had orders on our web site as far away as New Zealand!

I really hope you have received your copy by now and that you have already started reading it.

If you weren’t able to get a copy last week during this special promotion, here is a special offer for you:

I will give you all the same benefits and bonuses I promised you last week in return for your buying a copy of Life Lessons as soon as you can.

When you order your copy today, I will send you 13 free bonus gifts valued at $627.00!! For a complete listing of bonus gifts, click here.

And there’s more! If you order five (5) or more copies of Life Lessons, I will send you a hardcover copy of LifeExcellence Treasury of Quotes. It’s the perfect heirloom for anyone who appreciates the wisdom of quotes! A $12.95 value, it can be yours free by ordering now.

All you have to do is email me a copy of your confirmation of purchase of Life Lessons from Amazon and I will send you a link to all 13 bonus gifts.

Please purchase a copy of Life Lessons: A Guide to Creating and Living Your Best Life today from Amazon.com.

Don’t buy Life Lessons just to help me! Buy it because it will show you how to be more successful in every area of your life! Give it as a gift to everyone you know that recently graduated from high school or college, so it can do the same for them.

HERE IS WHAT YOU DO:

As soon as you get this message, click here, which will take you right to the page where my book is available.

Please pull out your credit card and order it.

Amazon will immediately email you a confirmation number verifying your order. Email that confirmation number, plus your name and number of books ordered to info (at) lifeexcellence (dot) com.

If you purchased more than five (5) copies, then also include your mailing address, so we can send you LifeExcellence Treasury of Quotes.

We will email you back, and send you your link to download your FREE programs.

You can also fill out the form on our launch page, which explains in detail the free bonuses you’ll receive.

I guarantee that you will love my book Life Lessons. If you don’t, I’ll give you your money back.

In addition, you’ll receive 13 incredible free bonus gifts valued at $627.00!!

Please act now and order Life Lessons.

Do it for yourself, as well as to help me.

Kind regards,
Brian Bartes

P.S. Charlie “Tremendous” Jones once said, “You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.” Order Life Lessons today. It’ll change your life!

 


June 9th 2011Brian’s Latest Book Release-Today on Amazon.com

Posted by Brian Bartes

In the last 25 years, I have read hundreds of books and articles about people who have achieved greatness as inventors, artists, scientists, businesspeople, entertainers, and athletes.

I have personally met and learned from Super Bowl champions, Olympic athletes, billionaire businessmen, Hollywood actors, and others who have reached the pinnacle of their professions.

I have achieved tremendous success—in every area of my life—by applying the important strategies I’ve learned.

I have put everything I’ve learned together in the best book I’ve ever written, Life Lessons: A Guide to Creating and Living Your Best Life.

Now I need your help to make it a bestseller today on Amazon.com.

By reading and applying the powerful principles contained in Life Lessons, you will greatly increase your likelihood of achieving success, however you define it.

This book will change your life, and by ordering it on Amazon.com today, Thursday, June 9th, 2011, you can help change the lives of many other people, too.

I hope you will be inspired to give this book to your children, and to the high school and college graduates in your life—that they will learn, embrace and apply these lessons, and that their lives will be better for having done so.

This book, Life Lessons could be the most important book they ever read.

Please help me to make it a bestseller, and bring it to the attention of people all over America.

Here is my offer to you: if you will go to Amazon.com and buy this book today, Thursday, June 9th, 2011, I will personally promise you the following:

First, I will give you a 100% Unconditional Money-Back Guarantee. If you are not delighted with Life Lessons, I will buy it back from you for whatever you paid.

In addition, when you order the book today, I will send you 13 free bonus gifts valued at $627.00!! For a complete listing of bonus gifts, click here.

And there’s more! If you order five (5) or more copies of Life Lessons, I will send you a hardcover copy of LifeExcellence Treasury of Quotes. It’s the perfect heirloom for anyone who appreciates the wisdom of quotes! A $12.95 value, it can be yours free by ordering now.

All you have to do is email me a copy of your confirmation of purchase of Life Lessons from Amazon and I will send you a link to all 13 bonus gifts.

Please purchase a copy of Life Lessons: A Guide to Creating and Living Your Best Life on Thursday, June 9th, 2011 from Amazon.com.

You can be instrumental in making Life Lessons a #1 bestseller at Amazon.com.

Thank you in advance for your help. My book Life Lessons will show you how to be more successful in every area of your life!

HERE IS WHAT YOU DO:

As soon as you get this message, click here, which will take you right to the page where my book is available.

Please pull out your credit card and order it.

Amazon will immediately email you a confirmation number verifying your order. Email that confirmation number, plus your name and number of books ordered to info (at) lifeexcellence (dot) com.

If you purchased more than five (5) copies, then also include your mailing address, so we can send you LifeExcellence Treasury of Quotes.

We will email you back, and send you your link to download your FREE programs.

You can also fill out the form on our launch page, which explains in detail the free bonuses you’ll receive.

I guarantee that you will love my book Life Lessons. If you don’t, I’ll give you your money back.

In addition, you’ll receive 13 free bonus gifts valued at $627.00!!

Please act now and order Life Lessons.

Do it for yourself, as well as to help me.

I’ll be eternally grateful!

Be sure to order the book from Amazon.com today, THURSDAY, June 9th, 2011. This will help me more than you know.


April 25th 2011Life Lessons – New Book by Brian Bartes

Posted by Brian Bartes

I’m so excited to announce that the long-awaited day is almost here – the release date for my newest book, Life Lessons: A Guide to Creating and Living Your Best Life.

www.LifeLessonsTheBook.com

Here’s what people are saying…

Life Lessons is filled with inspirational stories, quotes, and strategies for successful living. Read it today, and give a copy to the teenagers and young adults in your life!”
Mac Anderson, Founder of Simple Truths and Successories

“I love books that inspire and motivate people in a positive way, and Life Lessons is one of those books.”
Dr. Kevin Leman, Author of The Birth Order Book and Have a New You by Friday

In Life Lessons, I share the most important lessons about life I wanted my own four children to learn. Whether you’re looking for the keys to success for yourself or as a gift for others, Life Lessons is a wonderful instruction manual for creating and living a great life. It’s the perfect gift for high school and college graduates!

Whether you are a teenager, a recent high school or college graduate, or an adult looking to improve your life, Life Lessons will greatly increase your likelihood of achieving success… however you define it.

To learn more, go to www.LifeLessonsTheBook.com.

Here is more praise for Life Lessons:

Life Lessons is a valuable addition to my success library at home. It is packed with good advice and illustrations that will educate and inspire readers of all ages. Give it a careful read.”
Pat Williams Sr., Vice-President, Orlando Magic, Author of Extreme Focus

“Brian Bartes’s new book, Life Lessons, will inspire a generation of young people to dream big and follow his excellent principles on how to succeed in life. A valuable tool that will have a great influence for all who read and follow his wisdom.”
Wyland, Premier Ocean Artist

Reserve your pre-release copy of Life Lessons today! Go to www.LifeLessonsTheBook.com.


June 10th 2010John Wooden – Coaching Excellence

Posted by Brian Bartes

When I think about people who exemplify the words success and excellence, John Wooden is certainly at or near the top of that list. After a long life of coaching and modeling greatness, John Wooden passed away last Friday at the age of 99.

 

                    John Wooden

 

As a legendary basketball coach, John Wooden is the most successful coach in history. His accomplishments at UCLA include winning ten NCAA national championships, including seven in a row from 1967 to 1973, and four perfect 30-0 seasons.

 

During his tenure at UCLA, “The Wizard of Westwood” would coach such greats as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton and Henry Bibby.

 

But what few people realize is that Wooden was a model of success not only in basketball, but also in life. Wooden’s non-basketball honors include being named California “Sports Father of the Year” and receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

 

Several traits contributed to his success both on and off the court, and Wooden’s success philosophy is documented in his famous “Pyramid of Success.” But the one that stands out more than any other is the advice given to him by his father when Wooden graduated from grammar school:

 

Make each day your masterpiece.

 

Wooden wanted to end each day thinking that he had done his best. And he instilled this philosophy in his players. As I reflect back on his life, and the difference he made for many, many people, it is clear that Coach Wooden’s life was a masterpiece. He is a wonderful model for living an excellent life.

 

Here are a few of the many nuggets of wisdom from Coach Wooden:

 

If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

 

If you get yourself too engrossed in things over which you have no control, it will adversely affect things over which you do have control.

 

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

 

Failure is not fatal. Failure to change might be.

 

Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

 

It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.

 

Never mistake activity for achievement.

 

Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.

 

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.

 

                    pyramid-of-success


January 6th 2010JUST SAY YES!

Posted by Brian Bartes

As 2010 begins, you have probably taken some time already to reflect on last year and to consider what kind of year 2010 will be for you. If you’re like me, January will be a season in which you continue to look forward and make plans for 2010. Ever the eternal optimist, I believe 2010 will be a great year for most people…including you!

 

Typically, I write about resolutions, goal setting, or strategic planning of some sort in this first message of the New Year. While the theme of the message is the same this year, I’m going to suggest you approach your planning a bit differently this time.

 

I’m just returning from eight days at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. My family and I had a wonderful time, although I don’t recommend the week between Christmas and New Year’s, for a variety of reasons. It was not the “warm weather winter vacation” that we had hoped for, with highs averaging in the low to mid 60s. And the parks were jam-packed. Were it not for the Fastpasses that our Disney Vacation Club representative provided when we arrived, we might not have ridden any of the more popular rides.

 

I’m not complaining, though. I am certainly grateful for the opportunity to get away. 60 degrees is certainly better than 20, and I savor the time that we are able to enjoy together as a family…especially now that our son Andy is in college.

 

I always enjoy the business aspects of Walt Disney World. There are so many lessons I could talk about, as I look at our experience there on two levels—one of having fun and enjoying the experience with my family, and also noticing how Disney conducts its business.

 

I’ll talk more in the future about that second level, because Disney does a lot of things very well…things that you can also apply to your business. Today’s lesson originated not in the theme parks, though, but rather in the pool…at Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

 

It was Sunday evening, our second night at Disney World. The temperature was in the mid 50s, though the water was fortunately much warmer. Typically my children (who must be part polar bear!) insist on swimming the first night. But somehow they waited until Sunday.

 

For some reason, the older I get, the less enthusiastic I am about swimming in what feels like sub-zero conditions. Any more, I’m perfectly content sitting at the side of the pool, heavily dressed in jeans, a long-sleeved shirt, a sweatshirt, a jacket. A bit cold, perhaps, but not freezing.

 

If you have children, you also understand that part of their enthusiasm for the “vacation swim” involves you being in the pool with them. Kids can’t understand why on earth you wouldn’t want to be in the pool.

 

Throughout the evening, I found myself wanting to say “no” to a variety of things that (looking back) were clearly in my best interest to say “yes” to.

 

First, I didn’t want to go in the water at all. Being the “team player” that I am, I reluctantly agreed to swim with my two youngest children. Once I was in, the water was fine, and I was having a great time with Carly and Caleb.

 

But then, Caleb wanted to go down the slide. Of course, that involved getting out of the water, into the now even colder night air. The slide is 20 feet high and 148-foot long. There are probably 40 steps up to the top. Did I mention that the air was cold?

 

Needless to say, we slid down the slide. Then we went down again. Then a third time.

 

After that, the kids wanted to go in the hot tub. Now, that sounded appealing. Thinking ahead, though, I knew we would eventually come back in the pool. Which, on a chilly evening, would mean that the water that once felt warm would feel much cooler after enjoying the 104-degree water in the hot tub.

 

We enjoyed the hot tub, then went back in the pool.

 

In the end, in spite of wanting to say “no” a number of times, I said “yes” again and again. It was the right thing to do under the circumstances. I’ll soon forget how cold it actually was, but I will always remember swimming with my children in the pool at Bay Lake Tower.

 

I could site numerous other “late night swims” we’ve had during cool nights on vacation. They are engrained as tremendously positive experiences not only in my mind, but also in the minds, and memories, of my children.

 

After reading this story, you might find yourself judging my actions related to the experience. You might be one of those dads that is fully engaged, and would never think of not going in the pool in the situation I described above. Or you might think that I’m an idiot for going in the water at all, and perhaps even for allowing my children to swim given the weather. In a more positive light, you might think I’m a pretty great dad for doing what I did.

 

For me, there’s a bigger issue than the swim itself. As I reflected on the great time I had that evening, the following question occurred to me:

 

What are you saying “no” to that you ought say “yes” to?

 

As you plot your course for 2010, I hope you’ll consider this question. Perhaps there’s a decision you’ve been wavering on. Or maybe you’re pursuing a new direction in your career. You might be thinking about starting a new business. This question might also apply to a relationship you’re thinking about starting (or ending).

 

Saying “no” is important, and I’ve written about that before. But for 2010, say “Yes.” To the opportunities that present themselves, both professionally and personally. To the experiences that await you in the coming year. To the possibilities that exist in the world today.

 

Go ahead. Jump in. Say “yes” in 2010.

 

You’ll be glad you did!

 


November 5th 200910 STEPS TO ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS

Posted by Brian Bartes

The ability to set goals and to develop a plan for the accomplishment of those goals is arguably the most important ingredient of success.  Mastering this skill will enable you to achieve your dreams faster than you ever thought possible.

 

The goal-achieving system below is a powerful, yet simple strategy that can be used to help you achieve anything in life that you desire.

 

1. Set your goal. The first step is to find a goal that is big enough to inspire you. Unless you are truly inspired to accomplish the goal, it is just a wish. By calling it a “goal”, you are affirming that (a) you desire it intensely, (b) you truly believe in your ability to achieve your goal and (c) you are willing to pay the price in advance for achieving your goal.

 

2. Write down your goal. Writing out your goal stimulates the “filtering” part of your brain, called the Reticular Activating System (RAS). When you write down your goal, the RAS begins collecting relevant information, then sends results to the conscious part of your mind. It acts “behind the scenes”, causing you to become aware of opportunities that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. Make sure that the goal is positive, is written in the present tense, is action- oriented, and is specific and as detailed as possible.

 

3. Establish a deadline for the achievement of your goal. By setting a deadline, your subconscious is activated to ensure the achievement of your goal within the prescribed time frame. If you follow all the steps in this process, and your projections are realistic, then you will achieve your goal by the deadline.

 

4. Determine how you will benefit from achieving the goal. You will only be compelled to achieve your goal if it is something that inspires you, something that causes such intense desire in you that you are willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish your goal. By writing down the reasons you want to achieve your goal, you’ll discover how intense your desire really is.

 

5. Identify what stands between you and your goal. There will probably be several elements standing between you and your goal.  Make a list of these “challenges”, and rank them in order of priority. Then, begin taking action to remove each of the elements that stands in the way of the accomplishment of your goal.

 

6. Design an action plan for accomplishing your goal. This detailed  plan will encompass everything that you have done in the previous  steps. Write out all the steps that you will have to take, and rank them in order of priority. Assign target dates for each step.

 

7. Visualize your goal as already having been accomplished. Review your goal daily. Also, the more detailed you can make you vision,  more powerful it will be.

 

8. Affirm your goal as already having been accomplished. Every day,  read your goal either silently or aloud. Repeat it to yourself, over and over again.

 

9. Resolve to take massive action toward the achievement of your goal. Persistence and determination will keep you on the success track anytime obstacles try to stand in your way. By taking continuous action, you will eventually reach the point where nothing can stop you.

 

10. Take one specific action every day to propel you toward your goal. By taking continuous action, you develop the necessary discipline and momentum that you will need to achieve your goals.

 

Any worthwhile goal requires sustained effort. By consisting applying the methods above, you will develop the success habits that will enable you to achieve any goal that you desire. 

 


August 13th 2009Why People Don’t Succeed

Posted by Brian Bartes

I know a lot of you want to know what’s holding you back from achieving all that you want in life. While there are more opportunities today than ever, success is sometimes elusive… especially when you’re being held back by the thing I’m going to describe in a minute.

 

Imagine, for a moment, that you could remove the obstacle that’s standing in your way. Since it’s no longer stopping you, you are free to achieve success—however you define it. Like a thoroughbred racehorse when the starting gate opens, you are launched into a new chapter of your life. How will things be different now that you are free to achieve your goals? What will you be, do and have that seemed so elusive before?

 

Like much of personal and professional development, the answer to this question is simple. But don’t let its simplicity fool you. It’s also profound. Once you discover how to overcome this obstacle, all that you desire will be within your reach.

 

What’s the biggest reason people don’t succeed?

 

Because they don’t do the things they know they need to do to be successful.

 

In every area of life, there are about a half-dozen things that make all the difference. Think about it. Let’s take fitness. If you work out five days a week for 30-40 minutes, doing cardiovascular activity three of the days and strength training two days per week, you will be fit, right? Add in some stretching for good measure, and you’re done. You be in great shape in no time!

 

The formula for physical fitness isn’t a secret. If you asked 100 people on the street how to become physically fit, 97 would describe some variation of what I wrote above. So they know what they need to do. But they don’t do it.

 

It’s the same with health. Five fruits and vegetables a day, a proper balance of lean protein and carbs, stay away from junk food and “white poisons” (salt, sugar, white flour), and drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. No news there, either. Pretty much common knowledge, right?

 

I bet you can make a list of activities required to be successful in your business or career, too. Do you have such a list? If so, how are you doing?

 

The concept is simple, yet we don’t always do the things we know we need to do to be successful. “Stuff” gets in the way, doesn’t it?

 

Salespeople get bogged down in paperwork, leaving them little time for calling on new business. Business owners get to the end of their day, and wonder where the time went because they spent the day putting out small fires. Professionals get to the end of the month thinking surely they must have had more billable hours than that!

 

In my coaching practice, my clients and I invest a lot of time determining their highest value activities. We monitor the extent to which those activities are being performed, and identify the stumbling blocks that get in the way. This process isn’t rocket science, and the truth flushes out pretty quickly.

 

In order to achieve success in any/every area of your life, you need to do the same thing. The trick is to figure out what needs to be done, and how to do it. Then, as they say in the Nike ad, “Just Do It!”

 


August 3rd 2009Dale Carnegie – Six Ways to Make People Like You

Posted by Brian Bartes

The most powerful concepts in personal development are often very simple, and easy to apply. Several examples of this can be found in Dale Carnegie’s classic book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. First published in 1937, this timeless classic is just as useful today as it was when it was first published.

Here are Dale Carnegie’s Six Ways to Make People Like You:

Principle 1. Become genuinely interested in other people.

Principle 2. Smile.

Principle 3. Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.

Principle 4. Be a good listener: Encourage others to talk about themselves.

Principle 5. Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.

Principle 6. Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.

(Source: How to Win Friends & Influence People)


July 28th 2009You Asked For It

Posted by Brian Bartes

In the past month or so, I received two emails and one letter from readers who wanted to learn more about me. Not “me the success coach”, or “me the personal development expert”, but me the person.

Each letter approached this topic differently. One reader (and a coaching client of mine) recalled that I had once taken my son Andy to the Super Bowl, and had a question related to an article I had written about that experience. The second letter, from a newsletter subscriber, asked about the work that I had done with Brian Tracy and Tony Robbins.

The third was more general in nature. The woman who wrote that email asked why I don’t talk more about my personal life, and about my family. “I know you have four children,” she wrote. “Since you’re all about LifeExcellence, working less and making more, and living a balanced life, why don’t you talk more about your family?”

I appreciate the questions, and I’ve receive similar questions and comments from time to time.

As I thought about those emails and letters, I realized that I’m guilty of something else. I realized that topic selection for newsletter articles and blog posts involves me and my staff coming up with topics that we think are relevant. I hope we are providing useful information (and the feedback we receive indicates that subscribers are getting value from it), but we should probably get more input from you — our clients, customers and newsletter subscribers.

To change things up a bit for August, I’ve created a theme called “You Asked For It.” Over the next few weeks, I would like you to submit questions that I will then respond to. Your questions can be about me, or they can be about anything else you would like to ask (including the areas of business/career, wealth/finance, relationships/family, health/fitness, spiritual/inspirational, etc.)

You may submit your questions in one of three ways:

1. Send an email to info@jwcgroup.com, with “You Asked For It” in the subject line.
2. Fax your question to our office. (734-254-9973, Attn: Marti)
3. Comment on the Work Less, Make More blog.

I’m really looking forward to this, and I hope you will find it useful, too.

So please so submit your questions now… and then in August tune in to read my response to your questions!
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June 5th 2009Welcome to LifeExcellence!

Posted by Brian Bartes

Welcome to LifeExcellence! If you’ are committed to achieving greater success in your life, then this is the place to be! We hope you’ll find lots of information to help you with your business or career, wealth and finance, relationships and family, health and fitness, and spiritual areas of your life. If life balance is important to you, then you’re in the right place. Our motto at LifeExcellence is “constant and never-ending improvement…in every area of your life!”



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