Brand You Personal Branding

Whether you’re looking to reinvent yourself or simply step into more fulfillment, the greatest disharmony stems from standing at the crossroads between 1. who you are and 2. who you want to be. You’ll often feel like there’s more than one of you. Well, there is.

Introducing The Three You’s:

  • The Present You encompasses who you are right now. You define yourself by the current work you do, the people you interact with, and the activities you engage in. Hello, mirror.

 

  • The Public You is closely aligned with The Present You. It’s the version that is understood by and made accessible to the people around you. If you’ve worked your whole life in real estate, it’s fair to assume that your neighbors know you as “the real estate guy or gal.”

 

  • The Pending You is the person you’re seeking to grow and develop. This is the person waiting in the wings, itching to make his or her debut. This is the person you scream daily self-success affirmations at in the morning shower, and point at in the mirror and shout, “You were made for more! The world is your oyster! You eat dragons for breakfast!”

 

Clearing the pathway for The Pending You to take center stage is vital. You are literally working a transition to present a new “you” to the world. That’s why it’s so hard.

A Few Additional Mindset Shifts:

  • I accept I will never have security. Peace, yes. Security, no.
  • Sometimes you have to move on in order to move up.
  • The credibility isn’t in the teaching, the credibility is in the living.
  • Why I’ve had success in my career: I make ideas happen. It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. Execute.
  • Life is not meant to be a one-player game.

Free Resource:

Get your copy of my Brand You Blueprint. This framework is the basis for my upcoming book, but you can use this distilled version right now to help you navigate some of the challenges and steps to creating a life you love and believe in.

Go to: mikekim.com/brandyoublueprint


EPISODE CREDITS:

If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment. Here’s an article he wrote about the benefits of podcasting:

A Few More Podcasting Benefits

Check it out and then schedule a FREE strategy call with him at the bottom of that page.

Direct download: MKS_Ep019_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

“Be thankful for what you have.”

We’ve all heard that before, but what if being thankful is actually keeping you from what is best? Please allow me to explain.

Life works because of tension. Light and dark. Good and evil. Pleasure and pain. I’m all for encouragement and positive reinforcement, but we can’t deny that conflict, tension, and pain are incredible motivators. Without friction between a tire and the road, your car isn’t going anywhere.

Tension is necessary to move forward. But how do we navigate that when it comes to making a change as big as our residence, relationships, and especially our vocation?

In this episode you’ll learn about the “Sadistic Selfie” -- something I used to navigate the balance between being grateful for the life I had vs. stepping into the life I really wanted.

Free Resource:

Get your copy of my Brand You Blueprint. This framework is the basis for my upcoming book, but you can use this distilled version right now to help you navigate some of the challenges and steps to creating a life you love and believe in.

Go to: mikekim.com/brandyoublueprint

 

EPISODE CREDITS:

If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment. Here’s an article he wrote about the benefits of podcasting:

A Few More Podcasting Benefits

Check it out and then schedule a FREE strategy call with him at the bottom of that page.

Direct download: MKS_Ep018_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

You may have heard of the idea of “practicing gratitude” - but how do you actually do it?

One of the keys in recent years for me has been journaling. Why? The starting point to having the courage to be who you are, no matter the context, is being comfortable with yourself. You have to learn to spend time alone, to self-reflect, and to become increasingly self-aware.

I’ve journaled for a long time, but in recent years (especially after starting my own business) I realized I needed a system that helped me ask better questions and reflect on my own emotions in a deeper way.

Generally, I journal both in the morning and in the evening. In addition to free-writing, I use these two frameworks:

Morning Journaling:

  1. Write 3 things I’m grateful for.
  2. Write 3 things that would make today great (things you can control).
  3. Write 3 personal affirmations.

To keep things fresh, I use 4 sub-categories when documenting what I’m grateful for:

  1. An old relationship or friendship that helped you
  2. An opportunity, current or past
  3. Something great that happened yesterday
  4. Something simple within my sight

Evening Journaling:

 

  1. Write 3 amazing things that happened today.
  2. Write down 1 thing I could have done to make today better.

 

My Tools of the Trade:

 

  1. Gallery Leather Desk Journal
  2. Moleskine Classic Hardcover Notebook
  3. Full Focus Planner
  4. Pilot G2 Retractable Premium Gel Ink Roller Ball Pen


EPISODE CREDITS:

If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment. Here’s an article he wrote about the benefits of podcasting:

A Few More Podcasting Benefits

Check it out and then schedule a FREE strategy call with him at the bottom of that page.

Direct download: MKS_Ep017_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Experiencing pain, loss, or grief sucks (that’s an understatement), yet it’s a normal part of life. In this episode I share some hard-learned lessons on moving through pain, loss, and grief.

 

Pain + Reflection = Progress

 

One of the most important capabilities you can develop in life is the ability to reflect on pain rather that react or avoid it. Most people can’t reflect on their pain while they are going through it. They focus so much on the pain that they aren’t able to consider what is happening, why they ended up in this situation, or how they are processing the pain.

 

Once the pain subsides, they simply move onto something else and never really address the core issues. They medicate, or cope, or distract themselves because it’s too painful to go back and address the core issue.

 

Here are 5 things I’ve learned in the school of hard knocks when it comes to managing and processing pain in order to produce progress:

 

  1. Go to the pain rather than avoiding it.
  2. Write a psalm to God.
  3. Just do the next right thing.
  4. Stop running your tongue over your gums where the tooth used to be.
  5. Ask, “What does this make possible?”

 

If you are going through a difficult time right now, please don’t hesitate to reach out to friends and family. To isolate yourself is often the worst decision you can make when experiencing tremendous pain, loss, and grief.

 

If I can be of help, ping me directly via Instagram at @mikekimtv or email me at mike@mikekim.com.

 

EPISODE CREDITS:

If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment. Here’s an article he wrote about the benefits of podcasting:

A Few More Podcasting Benefits

Check it out and then schedule a FREE strategy call with him at the bottom of that page.

Direct download: MKS_Ep016_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:29am EDT

In this episode, I share the approach to goal setting that I learned at Tony Robbins’ Date with Destiny seminar in West Palm Beach, FL.

Date with Destiny was one of the most powerful and important events I’ve ever attended, and though I can’t do the impact justice through a podcast, I felt one of the best things I could share would be Tony’s approach to goal-setting.

If you’re anything like me, goal-setting is a mixed bag. There are a lot of good goal-setting frameworks out there, but they’re also easy to get tired of. I found myself in that boat and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this one.

The Tony Robbins Guide to Year-End Goal Setting:

  1. Set 4 categories: 1. Things & Stuff, 2. Experiences, 3. Treasure, 4. Contributions
  2. Write down 1, 3, 5, or 10 next to each goal to represent the years
  3. Write down your one-year goals and rank the top 4
  4. Then ask 4 follow up questions for each goal

The 4 Follow-Up Questions:

  1. Why to you want to accomplish this goal?
  2. What is the pain you will feel if you don’t accomplish this goal?
  3. What is the pleasure you’ll get from accomplishing this goal?
  4. How will accomplishing this goal contribute to others?

EPISODE CREDITS:

If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment. Here’s an article he wrote about the benefits of podcasting:

A Few More Podcasting Benefits

Check it out and then schedule a FREE strategy call with him at the bottom of that page.

Direct download: MKS_Ep015_master.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

1