3 Pillars Of Self-Sabotage & The Spy Who Avoids Them…

Ian Fleming’s character James Bond 007 has been escaping villainous lairs, femme fatales, outlandish vehicular chases & a wide array of saboteurs for over 6 decades in film.

To accomplish these improbable feats he enlists the help of fellow M16 agents (The fictional British Secret Service Organization that employ 007.), Bond girls, outrageous gadgets created by Q Branch — R&D Department — of M16, extraordinary weapons and a host of other situational tools & techniques.

Bond’s penchant for form, function & utility have allowed him to succeed on the grandest stage. Using all the aforementioned resources to outwit villains with flair & creativity. His creative techniques coupled with a high level of discipline allow him to avoid self-sabotage, which “above all else” insures his victory before the final act in all of the films.

Making Bond the quintessential Swiss Army knife protagonist — equipped with a solution for every obstacle manufactured to antagonize.

That said, mere mortals will never be able to perform on a “Bond Level” — all of the time, but we can mirror his ability to avoid self-sabotage!

When I think about Bond’s uncanny ability to avoid Self-Sabotage multiple characteristics of his personality stand out: These traits allow him to disrupt or topple the 3 Pillars of Self-Sabotage flawlessly.

In a data-driven, highly interactive landscape where we are bombarded with messaging, emails, social media, advertising, etc. — it is easy to lose control of our info intake. Consequently, becoming overwhelmed by data that doesn’t feed our ambition, akin to how junk food impacts our actual diet.

Bond’s Way

One of the quickest was to drive yourself crazy is to look for equity when examining adversity. This time trap will steer you off course, make you envious of others outcomes & in the worst case scenario provoke you to waste time attempting to bring about [what you perceive to be] the “fair” amount of adversity for third parties.

“The Grass is Alway’s Greener On The Other Side.”

Bond’s Way

Everyone has an agenda. Some agendas align with ours but most don’t. Knowing this often leads us to make predictions about what will happen next (I.e. Forecasting Revenue) which tend to help generate positive results. Nonetheless, this also leads us to attack others we assume intend to slight us or threaten our prespective based off of our cognitive bias & self-fufilling assumptions:

Bond’s Way

Call To Action

Identify areas of opportunity in your personal & professional life where you have self-sabotaged. Next, apply the techniques mentioned above to minimize the negative impact of fallacy rich self-sabotaging behavior.

Write Your Own Playbook

I was at a party, “frat boy wasted” you could say… Flirting with a pretty smile in a pencil skirt 💃 while pouring a drink for a wavy haired girl 🧜🏼‍♀️ at the same time.

Man, the room was spinning & your boy was trying his best to keep up with it’s dance.”

(But & there is always a “but.”)

My body wasn’t responding to the rigors of the nightlife like it used too: I had gained a little comfort weight or let’s be honest a lot of fat! Brought about in large part while wrestling with the stress of a high pressure job.

The stress was winning!

Combined with the daunting task of being a leader, trainer, & friend I managed to look satisfied & successful on the outside… While on the inside I was struggling.

My Body needed a Fix Fast in more ways than One.

Fast forward a few days after the aforementioned night when by my normal measure –multiple phone numbers, most ladies enjoyed themselves & no fights — things were great.

The reality of my roller coaster lifestyle was approaching a tipping point internally. My recovery was slower, my energy level had decreased but I still felt confident until…

The moment when my reality check kicked in:

I step out of the shower “thinking” I’m my 21 year old self: The invincibleversion. Still riding the high of a string of eventful days when I do something out of the ordinary…

I take a long look at myself in the mirror. Here is a list of some of the key things I saw:

  • A JollyBelly (I like to laugh 😂 but I’m not jolly!😤)
  • A WeatheredAppearance (It’s like the Youth & Vitality of my face was being stripped away prematurely.)
  • Stress (I had always prided myself on being cool, calm & collected but at this stage — boy was I wrong!)

Life had always been a battlefield but at this moment I realized I maybe losing. For one like myself who had a long list of victories which dated back to childhood…

My perspective had changed in an instance and for the 1st time my confidence was diminished. This all happened in an instance — once I finally took a longlook at myself in the mirror.

What do you do when you are mentally, meta-physically, & physically drained?

In my case, it served as a smack in the face! It felt like life was trying to Beetle Bailey me…

But I wasn’t going out without a fight…. I was going to take a stand. Making money wasn’t enough. I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied until I mastered my destiny & reclaimed the helm of my ship!

To accomplish this, I decided it was time to RewriteMyPlaybook. By challenging myself to make the leap from good to great.

Personal Life 180

I started prioritizing mental & physical health as a part of my pursuit of prosperity & wellness.

This change required me to address the constant fatigue, pre-hypertensive blood pressure, weight induced sleep apnea, high cholesterol & (mostimportantly) for me to reforge my once bulletproof confidence.

“Somebody said it couldn’t be done but he with a chuckled reply, said maybe it couldn’t but he would be one that wouldn’t say so til he tried.”

I tried. I succeeded. I’ll save the details for another post.

(They include a lot of honesty, introspection, a little addition by subtraction, patience, humility, a lot of hard workouts & a few well earned victories!)


Key Takeaway

The monkey slowly climbs on your back — but we usually feel it’s weight in an instance.” — Donte’ A. Bundrent

Don’tSleep! The time is now: The time for you to be the GOAT.

I’ve Got 99 Reasons Why Your Problems Don’t Matter

99 Reasons Why Your Problem's Don't Matter
99 Reasons Why

When I learned how to manage my emotions, I started to master my circumstance — opposed to letting the ebb and flow of my life control me. My life didn’t get any easier, but the excuses were dismissed, leaving only me to take responsibility for my peaks and valleys.

In a sense, it was like I was entering the real world for the first time: acknowledging the full weight of the decision making process without the luxury of accomplices, team mates or “fall guys” to take/share the blame. I had to be fully accountable for my actions.

“Wanting success is not enough, you have to work for it.”

I noticed a shift in how I was responding to adversity. Instead of making a list of reasons why some other person, place, or thing had caused a problem; I was owning the issues and sharing in the successes.

In short, the problems didn’t matter anymore — I had shifted my focus to finding solutions and becoming a better problem solver.

Here are 99 reasons why I suggest you make the shift too:

  1. Everyone has problems, but only a limited amount of people find solutions.
  2. I have yet to encounter a person who hasn’t experienced hardship — period.
  3. The sooner you overcome an obstacle, the sooner you get back to doing the things you enjoy.
  4. Life is unpredictable.
  5. Stress doesn’t have any positive side effects.
  6. If you look hard enough or long enough — you can always find a person worse off than you.
  7. You survived the last crisis.
  8. Problems are a teachable moment.
  9. At the end of the day, the blame game doesn’t accomplish much.
  10. Nothing new under the sun: you are facing a challenge, which others have conquered

12. No one ever said it was going to be easy.

13. If you ignore an issue you are sure to find more that follow.

14. Time is precious.

15. Your goals deserve your attention.

16. You will thank yourself later.

17. Overcoming obstacles builds character.

18. Problem Solvers are rewarded.

19. Short supply of problem solvers: High demand for problem solving.

20. You will feel a sense of accomplishment when you solve a problem.

21. Focusing on your problems will make you bitter.

23. The grass is greener on the other side.

24. Focusing on solutions will make you better.

25. The road to tomorrow is paved with obstacles.

26. You can complain, but 99% of people don’t care.

27. Problems were created for a solution.

28. Tough times don’t last.

29. When you envisioned your future — problems didn’t matter.

30. Somebody said you couldn’t do it.

31. Don’t let them win.

32. Don’t allow yourself to lose.

34. Problems have an expiration date.

35. Life is a game: play to win.

36. You will be remembered by how you responded to adversity and controversy.

37. You are living a dream until you find something that challenges your reality.

38. Winners embrace the challenge of overcoming defeat.

39. Your biggest challenge in a race is yourself.

40. You have to make a choice — fight or flight.

41. The harder life pushes, the harder you will be required to push back.

42. Your problems goal is to take your attention away from your goals.

43. It is a good day to do better.

45. To get better every day you will have to overcome obstacles.

46. There will always be haters — give them something to hate.

47. Your success is the best revenge.

48. Nobody’s perfect: keep moving forward.

49. Leaders are forged during times of controversy.

50. Tests are designed to be passed.

51. You can’t win, if you quit.

52. Your plan doesn’t have a pause button.

53. You can never surrender to the problems, while you are fighting for your dreams.

54. Every great work of art required revisions.

56. While preparing for tomorrow’s challenge you are forced to overcome today’s problem.

57. The thrill of victory is the greatest form of inspiration.

58. Success is measured by the obstacles that you overcome.

59. Wanting success is not enough, you must work for it.

60. No matter how deep the hole — champions find a way to bounce back.

61. Obstacles challenge the brave to improve performance.

62. To succeed you will have to win in spite of adversity.

63. To accomplish anything worth remembering, you will have to overcome adversity.

64. The world is watching.

65. This may be your only opportunity to address the problem.

67. The world breaks everyone, but only a few take the time to complete repairs.

68. You can only unlock your full potential by overcoming adversity.

69. The next step should be better than your current mess.

70. If it hasn’t killed you: You can turn it into a stepping stone.

71. Enduring problems is the price paid for progress.

72. What doesn’t break you — makes you.

73. You are stronger than a tough problem.

74. A single step back can start a free fall.

75. If you can endure: you can succeed.

76. Great works are completed in spite of setbacks.

78. When you look for solutions you get better at identifying problems.

79. Tough people persevere in spite of problems.

80. You have to endure to succeed.

81. Survival requires adaptation.

82. Success is not easy.

83. You will never forgive yourself if you give up.

84. If you want to reach your potential you will have to persevere.

85. Remember why you started.

86. Someone is being inspired by your struggle.

87. Every good plan requires revision.

89. Adversity is as natural as success.

90. Your response to adversity is a measure of your strength.

91. Change is going to come: it is up to you to determine who is in the driver’s seat.

92. Problems arise — problem solvers go for it.

93. The hand you’re dealt or the hand you worked for? You decide.

94. An optimist see’s an opportunity in every problem.

95. The road to success is filled with problems.

96. The capacity to overcome obstacles is at the foundation of leadership.

97. Every great leader possesses the courage to own up to and overcome mistakes.

98. Practical progress requires vision and initiative in the face of adversity.