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One Simple Step To Never Miss An Important Email

Have you ever had that very important email slip through the cracks and go unnoticed in your Inbox; hopefully not losing a deal or a friendship?

What if I were to share with you one super simple step you can take to ensure that you never miss an email from an important person in your life; personally or professionally?

Good news! There is one simple step you will learn about today here, implement in less than a minute, and ensure that email from the important person in your life (personally or professionally) never ends up missed in the “email Inbox black hole” again.

It’s through a free service called IFTTT which stands for “If this then that.” By following  & creating THIS ‘Recipe’ you will receive a text message for each of the important emails you receive from your important people.

Text me when I get an email from a certain person” is recipe 260694 through IFTTT, and has been extremely helpful for me and thousands of others. NOTE: it is for Gmail Inbox emails received.

Go check it out now, input my email address tom at tombeal.com, and your cell phone number, plus repeat that process for all other important people (personally & professionally) in your life and you will never miss an email from them again.

Make Today Great!
Tom Beal

PS – Reply below with your feedback from this IFTTT recipe, PLUS feel free to share your favorite productivity tip, secret, strategy or hack.

 

 

People DYING Everyday For Attention; Literally

RE: 6 Steps to Protecting Your Self & Family From Texting & Driving

ATTENTION. Businesses are paying BILLIONS for it. People are doing outlandish things for it (that they easily self justify). And yes, people are LITERALLY dying for it DAILY (texting and driving).

If you haven’t noticed, MOST people nowadays have the attention span of a gnat.

Don’t believe me? Count today how many people you are conversing with face to face that are FULLY engaged with you. They are NOT looking around the room, over your shoulder, or at their smart phone while conversing with you. They’re looking you in the eyes, and hanging on your every word.

If I were a betting man, I have a hypothesis that you would be hard pressed to have ONE person PER DAY who is PRESENT in such a manner.

People do NOT even stay present WHILE DRIVING a motor vehicle for goodness sakes. When on the highway next time look to the left and look to the right and notice that generally about ONE out of every TWO cars has an smart phone out, in their one hand…REGARDLESS of the news stories of the fatalities caused and lives ruined by texting and driving.

You know why?

“It’ll never happen to me, syndrome.” or the

“I’m good at texting & driving. I do it safely.”

FALLACY they believe WHILE they RISK their own lives including any passengers in vehicle with them (kids, friends, loved ones, etc.), and the other drivers who are unlucky enough to be near these IRRESPONSIBLE, attention addicted, responsibility shunning people.

FACT #1: As humans, the #1 MOST DANGEROUS act we participate in, is entering a car and the highways of America either as a driver or passenger, and the most dangerous thing a DRIVER could do while at the wheel is TEXT & DRIVE (to include checking social media), which is 2 TIMES more probable to crash than a DRUNK DRIVER. (see image below)

FACT #2: Many people with OCD who will wash their hands NUMEROUS times per hour out of fear of germs that will harm them, have ZERO problems or issues pulling their phone out to text, or check Facebook while driving. IE: putting lots of time & energy towards something that has MINIMAL chance of EVER causing ANY harm to them, yet IGNORING and minimizing the absolute MOST dangerous thing they could ever do. Ironically, many are drivers who text & drive have OCD related to the usage of their cell phone versus addictions to them. http://news.uark.edu/articles/16761/dangerous-mobile-phone-usage-tied-to-ocd-traits 

Bottom line: Humans amaze me. They intrigue me.

Why do we do what we do?

How do we justify all that we do?

That is the Billion Dollar question.

The question I would like to pose is more of a solution based one related to keeping myself, my family, and you reading this as safe as possible while on the roads. So…

  1. “What can be done to ensure I set an example for the rest of my family and choose to NOT use my cell phone while behind the wheel?”
    1. Answer: It must be a decision made in advance to getting into the vehicle each and every time (possibly a sticky note on the dash as a reminder) along the lines of: “I love my life and my family too much to risk it by choosing to text and drive. I choose to take this role as driver and role model seriously, and will not utilize my phone at all while the car is in motion.”
    2. If my kids or other family members see me using my phone while the vehicle in motion, it gives them the ok to use theirs while driving and in motion. Nothing would break my heart more than to get a call saying they are no longer here, especially being that is was in part due to my poor example.
    3. I choose to take full responsibility and not be tempted to pick up my phone for any reason.
    4. My family knows and agrees that if they are reaching out to me and I am not responding, to assume it is due to me being on the road, and that I will reply to them at my earliest convenience. NOTE: Consider having that be standard, “I’ll get back to you at my absolute earliest convenience.” for all family members. We do not want to be Pavlov humans, nor set that as an example of how we want out kids to be, either. Don’t play the “why didn’t you text me back immediately” game. That adds huge amounts of burden to any family member, and would cause them anxiety if they receive or see texts from you if that would be the response they got after getting to their destination, and could cause them to try to text and drive (aka RISK THEIR LIFE and others) as to NOT get BERATED or INTERROGATED later. Don’t be that person.
  2. Have a standard protocol, that all in the family have agreed upon that no one will be using their phones while the car is in motion (texting, checking emails, social media site, etc).
    1. At a stop light, or when pulled over there is a quick & safe way to notify anyone reaching out to you who may want some feedback out of concern. Copy and paste the following from your iPhone, then when stopped simply type “dn” (dn – without the quotations and it will autopopulate the rest). Follow the steps and copy and paste this in proper place: “Driving right now. Text you back when safe & able to. (This created on iPhone by: Settings => General => Keyboard => Add new shortcut. And this all auto-populates when I type dn) Please use this yourself, spread the word, and choose to not text and drive, as it would really sadden me to lose you over a text that could have waited. (Sent to you by typing 2 letters, while not in motion; most likely at a light.)” From your iPhone TEXT: ITCANWAIT to 33444 to receive this dn text copy sent to you.
  3. Agree in advance as a family, that IF a situation is a must for you to send a text or check anything on your phone, safely pull over and park in a safe place to do so. When done, get back on the road, choosing in advance to NOT text & drive.
  4. If there are passengers in your car, utilize them to plugin the map details, search for things online, send a quick text to someone for you, etc. DO NOT risk THEIR LIVES or YOURS.
  5. IT CAN WAIT! Is sending or replying to a text worth your life? How would your life be if you by checking or sending a text ran over and killed a child? Would a text be worth that? In the grand scheme of things, IT CAN WAIT. Your BOSS, LOVED ONE, FRIEND, or anyone who cares about you would understand that you made a choice prior to entering your vehicle that you would NOT text and drive and to wait until you were stopped. If they don’t understand, find new friends or bosses. It’s YOUR LIFE. Treat your SELF with the DIGNITY you DESERVE!
    1. Watch this powerful It Can Wait Video WITH your family & loved ones, and discuss it openly 
    2. Teach YOUR self and FAMILY to be FREE from anxiety or anticipation related to their phone(s). Help them learn that it is a powerful tool that can greatly assist them in many ways, AND it can STEAL their most precious assets of TIME and possibly their LIVES if left uncontrolled. Some Google searches will come up with some ideas. Here’s one from WebMD titled http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/addicted-your-smartphone-what-to-do
  6. Drive DEFENSIVELY. Expect that people ARE NOT paying attention, and WILL NOT make the proper moves and choices that they should. BE PREPARED, VIGILANT & OBSERVANT at ALL times when behind the wheel, and have those in the car with you on the lookout as well.

Whether we know each other personally or not, as I mention in my dn tip above, it would really sadden me to hear that you or someone you care about lost your life due to texting and driving, ESPECIALLY since you were here, and know the dangers is poses.

DO NOT JUST READ THIS. TAKE A STAND! TAKE ACTION! MAKE A COMMITMENT…like your life and the lives of your loves ones is on the line, because it truly is.

My hope is this was helpful to you, and that you make a commitment, chat with your loved ones (friends and family) about this, and make it safer for us all on the streets.

Feel free to share this post to as many people as possible. Together we can make the roads safer.

Make Today Great!
Tom Beal

PS – Please leave me your comments below. Would love to hear your feedback. Which part, if any, did you find helpful?

Statistics of Driving Hazards

Can You Hear The Passion? It is time for us to step up! Are you Ready?

Tom Beal is BACK! Can you hear the passion in my voice in these 51 seconds? Now is YOUR time to step up and into your awesomeness, too! Are you ready? (NOTE: this is an edited audio message sent to one of my clients/friends this AM.)

Leave you comments and feedback below. Let me know if you feel, “I am READY!!!”

Make Today Great!
Tom Beal

7 Minutes of Wisdom & Resources From The Beach by Tom Beal

Tom Beal shares some wisdom, questions, and resources from the beach at Palmetto Park Rd, in Boca Raton, FL, recorded LIVE using the iOS app Periscope, that can take your life and results to new heights.

Be sure to get the iOS app Periscope and look me up @tombeal to be notified of upcoming LIVE stream videos.

Also, here are some of the resources mentioned in the video above:

Make Today Great podcast by Tom Beal  Cost: FREE

SpeedUp app to listen to MP3’s you upload at higher/faster speeds Cost: $2.99

iOS Podcast app helpful resources if you are not familiar with it

How to have the Kindle app read your books to you video shows you steps to take to make this happen on your iPad or iPhone

4 Important Questions mentioned in the video that I ask myself often once I’m clear on what I want and don’t want: 1. What do I need to start doing? 2. What do I need to do more of? 3. What do I need to do less of? 4. What do I need to stop doing altogether?

My hope is that this was helpful to you!

Make Today Great!
Tom Beal

PS – Leave your feedback below via a comment to include some powerful questions you like asking yourself, that i didn’t mention in this video. NOTE: I read all and reply to most.

20 Questions to Ask Yourself Each Week

This was one of those emails that gets passed around from person to person. My friend in the office forwarded it to me after receiving it from his brother-in-law, as he knew I’d love the questions.

So without further delay, below are the 20 questions to ask yourself each week. Not sure who to give credit to, but I do hope you enjoy them and review them.

1. What did I learn last week? – If you have trouble answering this, it?s time for a change. No matter how old you are, you should learn something new every week (if not every day).

2. What was my greatest accomplishment over the past week? – Reflecting on your accomplishments is a healthy and powerful way to raise your self-confidence.

3. Which moment from last week was the most memorable and why? – It helps you keep track of special events, meaningful conversations, and important moments.

4. What?s the #1 thing I need to accomplish this week? – Establishing your number one priority before the week starts helps you stay focused on your objective all week long.

5. What can I do right now to make the week less stressful? – Set reminders in your calendar, get your laundry done, fill the car with gas…organize yourself.

6. What have I struggled with in the past that might also affect the upcoming week? – The idea here is to learn from your struggles and better equip yourself for the upcoming week.

7. What was last week?s biggest time sink? – Knowing how you wasted time during the past week can help you steer clear of them this week as well as the future.

8. Am I carrying any excess baggage into the week that can be dropped? – Mental clutter,

physical clutter, an unfilled obligation weighing on you, etc…

9. What have I been avoiding that needs to get done? – Sometimes we avoid important things that must get done. Calling yourself on it has a powerful way of making you take action.

10. What opportunities are still on the table? – Was there a new opportunity that surfaced last week or earlier that you haven?t gotten around yet to seizing? If so, this question will help you not forget it.

11. Is there anyone I?ve been meaning to talk to? – For a loner like me who?d rather spend his time alone reading, researching and writing, this question keeps me focused on the importance of regular contact with important associates and ensures I solve problems before they fester.

12. Is there anyone that deserves a big „Thank You?? – There?s always someone to thank – sometimes I just need to be reminded of it. And thanking a person each week will do wonders for your relationships.

13. How can I help someone else this coming week? – It?s easy to become myopic about your own goals – this question reminds me it?s important to search out opportunities to help those around me with their goals too.

14. What are my top 3 goals for the next 3 years? – This keeps me conscious of what really matters. It?s easy to lose focus (at least it is for me) if you?re not constantly reminded.

15. Have any of my recent actions moved me closer to my goals? – This is just a check-in question. If my answer is no, I know I need to make some changes immediately.

16. What?s the next step for each goal? – If you don?t know the next step to accomplishing your goals, you can?t take any actions that will get you closer to their achievement.

17. What am I looking forward to during the upcoming week? – This question keeps me motivated, and if I can?t think of anything I immediately schedule something that I will look forward to.

18. What are my fears? – By consciously surfacing my fears each week, it helps me do the personal work needed to resolve them. Often it?s about taking baby steps, small actions that help me push my fears aside.

19. What am I most grateful for? – While I do this every day, I like to highlight one thing each week that really stood out from my daily lists.

20. If I knew I only had one week to live, who would I spend my time with? – A helpful reminder for me that life is short and if someone is on my list I should be spending time with them.

Make Today Great!
Tom Beal

To Do or Not To Do, That is the Question

A question I ask myself numerous times each and every day is, “What is the best use of my time at this moment?”

My answer just a few minutes ago was to write this blog post. I had the choice to do it or not to do it in that moment, and am hoping that my choice to do it will impact you in a positive manner just as it will me.

Let’s face it, we are living in the Information Age and in a “smaller world” than has ever existed in human history. The choices that are available to us have never been so limitless and in many cases have paralyzed so many people who deserve and desire more from their lives but get caught up in this world of confusion and overload/overwhelm.

And they’re not alone. So do I! Yes, I spend time watching useless YouTube videos, TV shows, movies, reading useless news & celebrity gossip, plus a boat load of other non productive activities.

NOTE: There’s a time and a place for fooling around, having fun, or even “wasting time” doing stuff like mentioned above if I feel like doing it. It’s when I’m supposed to be productive and doing those activities is where problems of procrastination and lack of results can arise.

Everyone in this world has access to the exact amount of time each and every day: 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, or 86,400 seconds.

No one gets one minute more or one minute less, excluding the inevitable “last day” that we all share at one time or another in this physical world.

The only difference between each of us, is what we choose to do each of those days we are fortunate to be here and where we choose to invest our most valuable asset: time.

Let me tell you that I have personally squandered this priceless asset of time to the tune of decades at a time on occasion and am not taking a holier than thou approach in this post by a long shot. As a matter of fact, this is a post written mostly as a reminder to me and hopefully will benefit you as well.

You see, this is the year of my 20th Year High School Reunion and to reflect on the fact that it’s been 20 years since graduating high school at 17 years old is just mind blowing to me. Sure a TON has happened since then BUT it has gone by SOOO fast! Literally in the blink of an eye it seems.

At the same time I’m thinking, ” Crap, if that 20 years went by so fast, pretty soon I’ll be going to my 40th reunion and I’ll be 57 years old, and my kids will be 28 and 24.”

It also hits me that my Mom passed away at 52, and my Dad at 56. No one has any guarantees that they’ll be here 20 years from now. The picture from my graduation in 1990 has me, my Dad, my Grandpa, my Grandma, and my Great-Grandpa in it. Me and my Grandma are the only ones still around 20 years later. (see picture above this post)

Bottom line is that I don’t want to wake up 20 years from now looking back on the things I wish I had done, or the things I thought about doing but never took the proper actions to make them happen.

I feel so fortunate and so blessed for all of the experiences I have been able to participate in during my brief 37 years here so far, and look excitedly to the next 20 years and all the amazing and memorable moments I will be certain to create with my family, friends, loved ones, and clients.

A multi-deca millionaire friend of mine told me back on December 31, 2001, that he could attribute ALL of his wealth at that time to one activity and it was the activity of writing something each and every day.

I’ve known the value, I’ve known the importance, yet for some reason have made up thousands of excuses since that incredible conversation to withhold the one key I knew would help me provide value to my audience and clarity for me all in one fell swoop.

Today is the beginning of my next 20 years and I look forward to providing you with extreme value along this journey.

Make Today Great!
Tom Beal

PS – What is something you have known for a long time that you should be doing but you haven’t started doing it yet? (I look forward to reading you comments.)

Saved Time, Money & Hassle

After gaining access to Eben Pagan’s Guru Home Study Course I was contemplating whether or not to use my inkjet printer to print out the three transcribed reference manuals that were a couple hundred pages each or find another option.

Then I asked myself what the other options were for me and I came up with two which both involved me saving the three PDF files to a USB jump drive and going to a print shop at either Staples or Fedex Kinko’s which are both right around the corner from me. 

Neither of those options sounded fun for me because I would most likely stand there or walk around while approximately 600 sheets of paper were printed, plus it would mean I would have to walk away from my desk and other work I could be doing.

Then it hit me. I bet Kinko’s has some type of online solution. Let me go check it out.
Quickly I was at Fedex Office Print Online and was pleasantly surprised at how simple it was to upload the PDF files and then select them to be printed in black and white, 3-hole punched and inserted into 3-ring binders. 

Within minutes the process was completed, I paid for the service (which was approx $25 per 3 ring binder with just shy of 200 sheets each) and they said it would be ready for pickup at the Fedex Kinko’s by 11:00 am the following day.

 
Awesome! I felt good, and I remained productive for the remainder of the day.

To my pleasant surprise I received an email only a couple hours later saying my print job was completed and ready for me to pick it up. When I had a free moment I swung out there and picked up the box containing my three binders. 

See for yourself here:

So, if you are ever in the need of a large print job I give a huge thumbs up to Fedex Kinko’s online service. It definitely saved me a large amount of time and hassle and funny enough probably saved me some money when all is said and done with the cost of the toner had I printed it myself on my little office printer. 

Oh, and I almost forgot. If you don’t live near a Kinko’s or you just don’t have the time to go and pick your job up, you can also add delivery to your doorstep as an option in their online process, along with pretty much any other option you could do at a print shop (binding, tabs, color inserts, etc).
I will be using this helpful service again in the future for sure and I hope it saves you some time, money, and hassle as well.

Make Today Great!

Tom Beal 

PS – If you haven’t got your Guru Home Study course yet, go check out the bonus offer of over $14,000 here now at: Eben Pagan’s Guru Home Study Course