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.

Unlock the Power of Personal Accountability Questions

Close your eyes & imagine yourself in front of your next target:

Pull with all of your strength, breath from the diaphragm and aim with respect to the wind. If patience is in your repertoire — when the moment is right — you just may hit your target.

The question then becomes were you aiming in the right direction?

This is one of the most important questions that too many refuse to ask themselves.

A premise at the crux of the QBQ method — question behind the question — which aims to determine how one person can contribute more towards the bottom line. By moving away from “surface level” concerns and towards more substantive inquiries, which more accurately reflect ones true feelings &/or aspirations.


Surface Level Questions Vs. Aspirational Questions

Most of us have never been an archer, but many of us have played a game of darts.

Think back to how you prepared for a match.

Did you follow the steps mentioned in the paragraph above or some scaled down variation?

Now imagine if the goal was to hit a target on the other side of the dart board or more practically on the other side of a veil — how would you precede?

If you’re like most people, you would find the request confusing… Then ask yourself something akin to the following:

  • Why would I want to hit a target beyond my aim?
  • Why are you asking me to change?
  • Why would I want to change my approach?
  • Why didn’t you tell me this before?
  • Why would you ask me to do something uncomfortable?

“Change is generally uncomfortable, but often necessary to maximize performance.” — Donte’ A. Bundrent

Q.B.Q. Method

The QBQ method is premised on the observation that our first reactions are often negative reminding us of the incorrect question (iQ). Thus, the one guiding principle of the QBQ is that “the answers are the questions.”

The QBQ method compels us to focus on a particular type of question that forces us to think in a different way.

Shifting ones approach from the pursuit of answers, and towards the habit of questioning preexisting answers and identifying opportunities to take responsibility for future outcomes. A shift towards personal accountability in respect to our lives and organizations.

Apply this approach to your personal / professional life and you will quickly find that you are leaving opportunity for improvement on the table or better yet, underneath the table.

Opportunities that will demand action. Realized by asking yourself personal accountability questions, which illuminate our true targets behind the veil. Targets that in the past would have remained hidden — out of sight and out of mind, like the backside of a dart board.

Finding QBQ answers is the process of peeling back the onion.

With the removal of each layer you will gain a deeper insight into your pain points and goals. With the end result being an escape from victimization, procrastination, and counterproductive blame games.


“Lead from the front and identify pain points.”

The man or woman, who is willing to go towards the problems, is the leader who is capable of navigating the team through the worst storms.

These leaders take responsibility for performance outcomes. By making better decisions and being accountable for improvements while questioning past methodology.

Peel & Shot

“Consistency is way more important than intensity,” — SimonSinek

The perfect shot still has room for improvement. As we continue to hone our craft and ask ourselves probing questions we position ourselves for unfettered growth. The process of digging deeper will expose the roots of our organization and allow us to fertilize our strategic process, and in turn establish new work flows while avoiding potential pitfalls. Removing the mask or veil surrounding our areas of opportunity.

In short, QBQ is a fundamentally straight forward process of asking ourselves “why” & “how” questions until we reach the core issue:

Why or Why Not? How or How To?


Key Takeaways

  • It takes time to reach our core issues, our onions have many layers, some which we have grown over like the rings in a tree trunk, but in the end, if we take action — we will unlock our true potential.
  • Personal Accountability is something you can start working towards today.

Questioning our answers can be tough. Especially when we have grown accustom to a given shortcut or heuristic.

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5 Cheat Codes That Hack Success

From an early age I witnessed the benefits of hard work: Men and women who were dedicated and driven to accomplish goals, which most would assume insurmountable: Individuals who — at the time — seemed to understand a secret or #humancheatcode that allowed them to make the seemingly impossible possible. As I progressed in my career I took with me a few of the lessons learned from these individuals. Lessons that have allowed me to perform at a high level under duress and compete in several different environments.

Cheat Codes

Employ the following human cheat codes to make the seemingly impossible possible:

#AlwaysBeReady

“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” — Confucius

The 1st business owner I was recruited by specialized in event management. At the time — in his market — the competition was at a high level and the events management industry was cut throat. Competitors would sabotage your events and at times refuse to honor contractual agreements. Nonetheless, he always managed to stay relevant by planning his every move — with contingencies — in advance.

This high-level of preparation allowed him to pivot and adjust to adverse outcomes faster than the competition.

#RideTheWave

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” — Bert Lance

Often time’s people try to change systems that are already working. The most successful people I have interacted with — recognize a trend and find a way to compliment the things that people are already tuned in to.

I’ve seen people — with a minimal investment — turn lifestyle businesses that complimented a pre-existing trending topic into seven figure brands in less than two years.

#Location 1st

“Real estate is the key cost… That’s why there’s the old saw: location, location, location.” — Jeff Bezos

If you wear your tuxedo to a barbeque you are likely to receive some strange looks, but if you wear the same tux to a black tie event you have primed yourself for a successful evening. In short, your business model has to compliment your markets demand.

When in Rome, live as the Romans do; when elsewhere, live as they live elsewhere.” — Saint Ambrose

The one human cheat code that every one of the aforementioned people I mentioned earlier realize is — that you have to put yourself and your products in the right place to succeed on or offline.

#StayHumbleStayHungry

“Humility is the true key to success. Humble people share the credit and wealth, remaining focused and hungry to continue the journey of success.” — Rick Pitino

I have never run across a truly successful person who didn’t practice dignified humility. All ambitious people are driven, but the most successful people have an unquenchable thirst: A humble hunger which allows them to persevere — even in the most trying of times.

Closed mouths don’t get feed and greedy people generally get excused from the table. Find a balance between the two extremes.

#GiveBack

“As I give, I get.” — Mary McLeod Bethune

The single most successful person I have ever interacted with made it a mission to — help “up and coming” people who were humble enough to listen. From my interaction with this individual I gleaned the reciprocal value of service. On the surface you have an opportunity to assist others, but at the end of the day — the true value comes from what you learn about yourself along the way.

Some of the best ideas in the world came from everyday people who shared an interaction with an influencer.

#Be About It
@darimusBe #AboutIt
Mental: Physical: Financial: Health & Wealth

* If you remember the Video Game Cheat Code Listed 👆🏼 — Leave a Comment!

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.

Blockchain Your Brain

Wood Blocks Chain & Key | Blockchain Brain

Some of you may not remember the heavy-duty file cabinets that used to be common place in office buildings before the world went paperless.  For all intents and purposes, I barely remember them myself — as a millennial on the other side of my 30th birthday.  However, if memory serves (no pun intended #waitforit) I should be able to give you a history lesson on how the world stored data before jump drives and cloud computing:

1st       You bought a ridiculously heavy metal filing cabinet which generally required a dolly and plenty of muscle to be delivered to a lonely corner of your office.

2nd     You purchased a box of manila folders from your local office supply store.

3rd      You manually labeled each of what felt like an endless pile of tan cardstock folders.

4th      You put the folders into alphanumeric sections divided within the cabinet drawers.

5th      The fun part: You enter hundreds (sometimes thousands!) of sheets of paper into the appropriately labeled folders for future recall.

As tiring as this process sounds, our brains complete similar processes of storage and retrieval in fractions of a second.  Thus, we are capable of remembering a grocery list on our way to the local market as well as memories from our childhood.

Unfortunately, memories are misplaced over time like most of the papers stored in the prehistoric file cabinets I could barely remember above!

“Time moves in one direction, memory in another.”

—William Gibson

I’m sure most of us would agree that technology has provided us with a “better mousetrap” in respect to data storage.  We’ve come a long way from the Library of Alexandria to search engines, linking us to a seemingly endless amount of data.  The heavy duty file cabinets of the 20th Century have been converted to packet data stored on cell phones in heavy duty cell phone cases.

Time & memory have merged in respect to our technology, but what about our actual physical memory?

Over the years, several memorization techniques have been popularized.  I’ll list a few:

  • Associate a memory with an image or story
  • Create a mental memory tree
  • Write the info to be memorized several times
  • Method of loci
  • Take notes on info you aim to remember

6 Ways to a Better Memory | Blockchain Brain

Most memorization techniques are manual, centralized and time consuming like the file cabinet.  In a world where information is readily at our fingertips — this approach seems antiquated.

How much would efficiency, increase if you delegated the responsibility of your memorization?  If you “blockchained” your brain.

A blockchain is a digitized, decentralized, public ledger of all cryptocurrency transactions.  Constantly growing as ‘completed’ blocks (the most recent transactions) are recorded and added to it in chronological order, it allows market participants to keep track of digital currency transactions without central record keeping.

 

BlockchainTechnology has grown beyond the confines of bitcoin accounting to become a virtually incorruptible digital ledger that can be programmed to keep track of anything of value. This flexibility makes blockchain tailor made for logistics and in a lot of ways recollection is the process of moving information from storage to our mind’s awareness.  Instead of relying solely on our cognitive ability — we can create blocks to prompt our memory.

Automating the process by taking advantage of “Ifthisthenthat” applications like IFTT or by implementing more low-tech man powered ledger systems.  The possibilities are endless.

With a little imagination you can come up with a variety of ways to automate the memorization process.  Systems where the initial decision to flag information as pertinent starts a domino effect which prompts external reminders & triggers to activate.  Decentralizing the workload and establishing a chain of accountability. 

A few benefits:

Limited Liability

By spreading accountability across channels we place a greater emphasis on the information we need to remember opposed to focusing on our ability to effectively recall.

Checks & Balances

The goal is to keep our minds aware of a piece of information: What better way to accomplish this then by introducing external agents to the equation.

Efficiency

The BCB approach brings truth to the idiom two heads are better than one.  Couple the external inputs with ledger tracking and identifying areas of opportunity becomes routine.

Increased Productivity

Do you remember the memorization techniques I mentioned above? (pun intended) The major drawback of them all is they require a large amount of time, energy and effort.  The BCB approach when properly implemented feels autonomous.

Editable

Often the information we seek to remember is associated with a forthcoming event, task or activity.  By decentralizing accountability, we free the data we need to access in the future to be edited by third parties. Thus, opening the information our minds will need to recall up to increased specificity and enhancement.

Whether you are struggling to recall a login password, an anniversary or an item on your to do list – the BCB approach will help insure you successful remember the things that matter.  By taking advantage of a proven methodology, you can eliminate the pain from your personal data storage.

Life is too short – to misplace the best parts!

Lead & Grow Fast with my T.L.R.R. Technique


Learn & Grow Fast

In today’s, fast-paced social media driven environment developing systems to sift through the endless flow of data is a critical factor that can determine your team’s success.

That said, I would like to share a system that has served my teams and I well.

This system encompasses some elements of the scientific method, but is not limited to the aforementioned methodology. I will discuss each section in detail below:


Test

After you have established a hypothesis, concept, playbook or approach that you would like to implement within your organization. It makes sense to test your idea before implementation. Initial test will reveal flaws in your original concept; and in the long run can be the difference between your success and failure.

Take Space X for example. Without completing multiple test to land a rocket ship on a stationary target, the space aviation industry would not have eclipsed the following milestone so rapidly:

(Testing may be expensive and / or time consuming on the front end, but in the long run it is the R&D step which will safeguard your team, products or company from future shock.)


Learn

Consider the test to be the research hand and the lessons learned and results of your testing as a call to action. Consequently, leading to new developments and / or approaches aimed at maximizing your team’s success. Both hands – research & development – will clean up the face of your systems and in turn insure that you are bringing the best plan to the table.

Revise

That said, no matter how thorough your R&D you will be forced to make adjustments. Adjustments that will either fix flawed methodology or take your performance, product or output to a new level.
I recommend revising early and often.


Resubmit

After revisions are complete it is important to bring your efforts to life and further safeguard your team’s growth by making adjustments based upon your findings. Resubmission may seem like “common sense” but often times it is the step neglected while teams balance the implementation and growth of the preexisting system.

Repeat

If you want to take your performance from good to great and foster unstoppable results: You will not rest on your laurels, in turn allowing your organization to embrace the idiom:

The world is growing at a rapid pace and the teams that are willing to keep their eyes facing tomorrow in the face of success. Will be right fitted for change and positioned to lead their industry, league, market or sales channel going forward.

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