“I want your life.”

Recently, someone said these four words to me.  He said it sincerely, not in a kidding way.  It was meant as a compliment, but at my core, it rattled me a little.

First off, my life is nothing to envy.  Yes, I’ve had more good fortune than I deserve, for which I literally thank God.  But along the way, I have battled my share of tragedy, failures (business and personal), and health issues.  I’ve done a fair amount of time on the therapist’s couch, and today I dwell far more time on my sins than on my successes.

I write this to point out we all have great lives, even if they are far from perfect.

If you don’t believe your life is great, spend time listening to others.  Attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting (even if you’re not an alcoholic) or walk through a children’s hospital.

Listen to what your clients battle every day.  It not only will remind you to be grateful, but you’ll also develop an incredible admiration for the lives they live.

Yes, you have problems.  Yes, you struggle. Yes, you’d like things to be different.  We all do.

In some areas of life, you are dealt a hand that cannot be exchanged.  I marvel at those who don’t succumb to those challenges, but rather find incredible love and joy in them.  Again…take a walk through a children’s hospital and you’ll see what I mean.

Some challenges can be overcome.  Few are easier to defeat than business.

Business success is incredibly easy to achieve.  We live in a nation full of examples of how to do it.

I did not invent the systems I use every day in my practice.  I have no idea who did.  But they work.  So I simply modified them to fit my company prior to implementation.  And presto…better results.  Tony Robbins (who I loathe quoting), calls it “modeling.”  You find the person who has the success you want and simply do what he does.  Sounds overly simplified?  Not really.

Keep in mind that too often we see only the end result…rarely the process.  Standing on the podium with his 78th Olympic gold medal, Michael Phelps is easy to envy.  What you don’t see are the years of monotonous training, dieting, injury recovery, and setbacks.

I’m often asked how quickly an advisor can expect to see quantifiable results when implementing my systems.  The honest answer: I have no idea.

There is no magic pill.  If there was, Phelps wouldn’t have all those medals.  Someone else would.  But only a handful of people on the planet is willing to do what he did to achieve success.

My system is no different.  Fortunately, it’s not nearly as difficult.

If you’d like to learn more about how a million dollar fee-based practice works, call me at 513-563-7526 or visit AdvisorArchitect.com.