A Glossary/lexicon for words on this website

This is a glossary/lexicon for this websites. I thought it should be included because there are so many situations where a misunderstanding happens because a person doesn't know the definition of a word. Or, perhaps they know the definition, but are unaware of the context of that word or phrase.

  • 5 Second Rule - This is a technique created by Mel Robbins to make it possible to do what needs to be done, even when one doesn't want to do it. It's simple: 1) Decide what you want to do 2) Countdown 5,4,3,2,1, 3) Then move. The part of your brain that would normally hold you back doesn't have enough time to interfere.


  • Age of Distraction - Our attentions spans are dwindling. Smart phones are harming our ability to focus our minds for an extended period of time. But success requires mental focus. We must guard our mental focus, or if lost, regain it.



  • Callusing the mind - This is a technique David Goggins talks about a good bit. In essence, callusing your mind happens when you use brute force will power to do something you think will suck. You do it anyway. And every time you do it, you add some callus to your mind making you tougher. The more often you do it, the thicker the callus.
  • Comfort Zone - Like the words indicate, your comfort zone in a place where you feel no pressure, no threats, you feel...comfortable. Here's the problem with the Comfort Zone, if you stay in it, you don't grow, your life stays where it is or it could actually decline because you are not in a growth mindset.
  • Cookie Jar - This is a technique David Goggins invented. It is used to increase your motivation when you are up against great pressure. The imaginary cookie jar contains all the times you were up against the wall and yet found a way to overcome the odds. It reminds you that you are tougher than you realize at the moment.  Here's what you do: 1) Realize you are feeling worn out 2) Reach into the cookie jar 3) Pull out one of item which will be a time you overcame the desire to quit or give in 4) Realize you are not a weak person. You have strength inside to pull from.


  • Daffodil Principle - A principle is a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior. On this website, we talk about the Daffodil Principle. It is a principle that works hand in hand with the Slight Edge Philosophy. The bottom line is how very much can get done even by one person over time if consistent action is taken. The key word is consistent. The reason people fail to do what they should consistently is "What's easy to do, is easy not to do." -- Jim Rohn. It's always a choice.



  • Failure - Everyone knows what failure is. That's the easy part. It's what to do about it that people find difficult. A key to dealing with failure is to look at it as an opportunity. Opportunity? Yes, it gives you a chance to learn what doesn't work so you can figure out what will work. Sara Blakely's father incorporated dealing with failure into his parenting skills.
  • Fight or Flight - There is a part of our brain that causes a particular reaction every time that part of the brain believes we are in danger. The part of the brain is the Amygdala. And it is the oldest part of the brain. Some people call it the reptilian part of the brain. In ancient days, the Amygdala served a good purpose. Humans were not the fastest or strongest animal in the animal kingdom. So a part of the brain had to warn us when there might be trouble. We could be hurt or killed. In modern times, we don't face the amount of danger our distant ancestors did. And yet, the Amygdala is still trying to save us. We have to learn how to deal with Fight-Or-Flight.








  • Mindset - The battle we face everyday going for our dreams is fought within the brain. It is an internal battle. It is so easy to get set in our ways. And by doing so, we remain in our comfort zone. But our dreams and goals require us to go outside our comfort zone. This is why I say, "Change your mindset, change your life." Just know that it's a battle that can be won.





  • Slight Edge Philosophy - Philosophy Includes what you know about life, work and relationships as well as your attitude about what you know. That's the same for all philosophies. An important philosophy for success discussed on this website is the Slight Edge Philosophy. This is where you realize that it is the small everyday consistent actions you take that get you ahead. You make continuous improvement over time. This philosophy was invented by Jeff Olson. He used it to create a few multi-million dollar companies. This philosophy can help you reach your goals.
  • Sustained Mental Focus - This is easy to figure out. It's where you stay focused for an extended period of time. It's important, however, to realize how hard that ability is becoming for most people because of distractions. I think this is the Age Of Distraction. The ability to sustain your focus must be guarded or regained. Your success in life depends on it.




  • Self-Confidence - I believe self-confidence happens as you succeed in reaching goals you have set for yourself. It also happens when you acquire new skills that help you live the life you desire. I don't believe in fake-it-until-you-make-it. There are people who recommend that. Not me.  I never want to lie to myself. I believe in dealing with the truth. Then charting a course to reach my destination.