The Change Starts With the Man in the Mirror

mirrorIn the past few years so many people have asked, “How can we change the world for the better?” With our new tools of social media like Facebook posts, Twitter feeds (preaching, as I call it), change is happening. You see it in changed topics at dinner tables and parties.

Our world has become focused on the politics of change. We have all starting thinking globally. But there is one point we have forgotten; it’s the one thing that a successful entrepreneur must never forget.


Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. ~Leo Tolstoy


The world will never change if we do not first look in the mirror and find that change we need to make first. The Michael Jackson song was such an eye opener. Change starts with the man in the mirror.

If you are working hard but making no progress as an entrepreneur the first place you must start is that man in the mirror. What changes are needed to make your world better? If you could make that change and then find a way to help the world do the same, you will become a successful entrepreneur.

What will you do with this information? Do not walk away and say, “Wow, that sounds good” without making the commitment to start applying the words you read in this blog. Then I will have done my job to help change the man in my mirror, and help the world change.

RockStar  Tim Gillette I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, find what you love to do and become highly profitable doing it. Are you ready to make changes to rock your 2013?

Ground Hog Day Loop


“Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today!”groundhog day 1

Phil Connors, Groundhog Day


As we close out this week of making changes to make history, I think back to the memorable movie of the ‘90s, Groundhog Day. It’s a Bill Murray classic, where Phil Connors repeats the same day until he gets it right.

I remember in the old days of VCR tapes from the video store, I watched this one more than once. It was probably the first movie I watched over and over. It was the first movie that I started to watch and use to learn something about myself.

We all look at that movie and can get caught up asking the questions: How many days did he repeat? What were the things he needed to change to make it stop? How long would you keep going if you had to repeat the same day over and over? How many times would you repeat the same mistake before learning from them?

You know that last one was a trick question. Earlier in the week I suggested (sarcastically) that Jennifer Lawrence could make a choice to never make a movie again so she could avoid the mistake of falling on the stairs to receive an award. Some people realized when reading that, bad choices get made after we fall because we’re afraid of repeating the same mistake.

Well, it’s time again for you to think. If you are failing, making the same mistakes over and over in your life, maybe it’s time to look at fixing them? For growth of any kind to happen you must get up, look inside to see what needs to be fixed, and make the change.

This week has been all about those who make changes and make history. They learn from the mistakes, take a different course (make a change) then act again. I talk about his when I share my self-help cycle about repeating the same mistakes.

It hit me years ago when someone told me the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Too many people are doing the same thing over and over, then pointing fingers at their boss, at their spouse, at their brothers or sisters, parents, etc., etc. They are looking to blame anyone or anything else rather than taking a look inside themselves.

While sitting in my favorite Starbucks today, I was in a conversation on and off with the young ladies sitting next to me. Shelby was talking to me about how she feels that she just cannot or will not ever get a boyfriend. She was a 20-year-old, beautiful young lady who is not able to believe she is worthy of a boyfriend.

I bring that up because as we talked, she named mistake after mistake she had made. Repeating the mistakes has driven the boys away. When both her friend and I pointed this out to her, it hit her hard.

She would repeat mistakes without realizing it. Rather than fix her belief in her mind, she let those boys reinforce the belief she has of not being worthy. Then she told herself it was the boys who were the problem, how all men are the same.

If I could put one thing into your mind to finish this week out, it would be this: you have to believe you can have a big impact in this world. You must make changes and believe those changes matter; taking action without the belief will only result in additional failures. Additional failures, without making changes, will then make your next actions those that only help you fail again.

It’s time for you to make changes that make history, just like Danica Patrick did. Plenty of men said she was just another woman trying to make it in a man’s sport. She beat the odds and changed history. Now it’s your turn.

RockStar  Tim Gillette I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, find what you love to do and become highly profitable doing it. Are you ready to make changes to rock your 2013?

These Go to 11. That’s one Louder.

these go to 11I sat watching the short clip from the movie, This is Spinal Tap , today. You know the scene where he shows all the numbers and dials on the amp, and each one has 11 as the highest number. I love the movie, especially this part where he just straight-faced tells us, “But these go up to 11. That’s one louder.”

A part of everyone watching it laughs. It’s funny to think that just making the top number one higher could make it louder. I have thought and thought about that scene for a chance to someday use it for a blog post. Well, today is that day.

More and more people remember that one scene, I know. When thinking of that movie, there are many things that bring laughs. That one scene is my most memorable of the movie. In many movies we often seem to remember the joke lines like that.

In this week of posts, I have featured the theme about making changes and making history. This short part of this movie is a great thing to use for making history as well as talking about changes.

Sometimes if you want to make something memorable, you just make it so funny that it sticks in the minds of people. I recall one of the many times I watched Zig Ziglar speaking. Zig was always telling jokes, always giving you something to laugh about so you could enjoy the lesson. If you have ever heard Zig, I’m sure you’ve heard some of them.

One time at a business network luncheon where Zig was speaking, it was 45 minutes of Zig telling jokes, by far the most memorable speech I ever heard Zig make. I can’t remember all the jokes, but I walked away remembering to laugh.

Another thing about this part of the movie is if you want to make history, sometimes you need to turn up the volume a little more than anyone else in your field.

At my Success Summit we talk about the ways to make entrepreneurs stand out. To be the RockStar in your niche you have to stand out from the crowd; maybe you need to be just a little louder.

When it comes to your business, think of these things to make you stand out like a RockStar; something my coach taught me to stand out in my industry. If you want to make history, you must find a way to stand out. If you are not standing out now it’s time to make changes, so you do stand out. What changes will you make to stand out? How will you turn up the volume in your business? Will you make yourself memorable?

RockStar  Tim Gillette I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, find what you love to do and become highly profitable doing it. Are you ready to make changes to rock your 2013?

Stop the Hangover

rockstar christmas tree As I was driving out to Starbucks tonight to get a cup of coffee and meet with a friend, I looked around at the Christmas lights that were still up. I noticed that more than half of them have come down and things are starting to look normal in our neighborhood again.

I was thinking about yesterday’s story of Charlie who spent the end of 2012 just like he spent the end of 2011: in the doctor’s office in poor health. He did not make changes needed when 2012 started. He kept the same habits up and that gave him the same results as the year before. In fact, research shows that 90% of patients who undergo heart surgery and are told they MUST make changes to their diet and drinking habits in order to live still do not change. No wonder the rest of us have so much trouble making meaningful changes!

We talked about habits, and we are talking about keys of change this week. I am willing to bet that many of those people who took their Christmas lights down are just like a lot of people around the world today: hungover. They decided to party last night and party way more than they should have.

Now I’m not putting down partying or having a good time; we have our share of parties and good times here at our house. But I wanted to use this one thing that I know many of us do to bring up the sad side to those that party and the world we live in today.

A major key to change is changing habits. This year, many did not change their habits even with all the advertising that said do not drink and drive. That is why have to have many police and law officials who work harder on the holidays catching those who cannot make the choice they had too much to drink and still decided to get behind the wheel. That is why we have stricter laws in place on certain holidays.

So today is the second day of 2013. Many are headed back to work; kids are headed back to school and many will be jumping right back into habits that have been set in their lives. While we need to work, and we need to have a daily schedule, we also need to look at how what is involved in that daily schedule involves the same habits that have kept us from changing what we really need to change.

Today’s call to action is this: if you want to lose weight, have you changed what your lunch habits are at work? If your goal is to learn more this year, have you picked up a book to read in your spare time? The major changes in your life will be in the small habits you do in those spare minutes you have each day.

Start today and make small changes; prepare now for the fact you will be tempted to fall into old habits. Set yourself up for success buy the books you need to read to learn. Make the investment in a self help course that gets you taking action. Sign up and invest in attending a live event that will teach you to make the changes you need.

RockStar I’m Tim Gillette. Are you ready to live your dream? It’s time to change, make 2013 the year you rock.

Are You Making the Transition?

This week we started with the story of how everything is in transition from one place to another. It was inspired by the story of George talking about the apple in the movie Phenomenon.

In four days here in America we get to choose a president, and so many people will make choices for this and many other things in life based on what changes others can do for them, not what they can do for themselves.

Last November I started speaking about planning and goals with the idea that 2012 was upon us and many were talking how it would be the end of the world. Well that date for the end of the world is 49 days away. So what have you planned for in your life? Have you reached those goals?

Now is the time to start planning for 2013, even if you believe the Mayan calendar is right and it’s not going to be here. If you look at those people in the news who have passed away this year, each of them had plans to do things. Successful people always plan because we do not know what tomorrow will bring.

So if you want to change your world, it’s time to make a plan to do that. Start planning your 2013 and 2014. It’s time for you to make the changes needed to change your world and those who come into your world.

I was glad to make the statement on my Facebook page to promote an event for someone who does not need me to promote for him. The comment I made to James Malinchak was that I am so glad that my mentor in life attended his event because he reached out with his message and helped me.

What is your message that someone needs to hear? What are your plans to find it and start making the changes in the world for 2013? If you are a coach who needs to incorporate speaking and writing into your business, plan to reach out more in 2013. Maybe you are a speaker who needs to write a coaching plan to help those you reach. Or maybe you wrote a great self-help book and need to build a market around it.

Bottom line you need to make the plan to reach your world with change. If you need to make that plan then you need to be at the RockStar Success 101 boot camp at the end of this month. We have a limited number of seats but if you use the promotional code “RockStar” you will get a large discount.  Want to find out more? Go to this link: See you there.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Are you ready to invest in becoming the RockStar in your world?

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