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  • How sleeping 8 hours a night unlocks your financial freedom (9:05)

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Do you hate the thought of working past 55 or 60? Do you hate not being able to live the life you deserve today? Do you hate not knowing what your financial future looks like? It's time to stop doing what you hate, here's your host, Mr. Harold Green.

(00:20): Hello everybody. This is Harold Green of breakthrough. Financial group is time to stop doing what you hate. I hope you folks are having a fantastic day. I'm doing okay. It's a Monday for me and had a have a long weekend. And there's some things that happened this weekend that we have to deal with. And it's not fun. It's not pleasant, but sometimes in life you gotta deal with stuff. And today what I want to talk about is how to stay focused. And that's a very important thing because it's so hard in this world to stay focused. I mean, I don't even know where to begin and, but I'll start with this. I think the last time I was with you and I talked to you folks, we were talking about making a stop, start, teach art, where on the left side, you write down the things that you hate, the things that you want to stop.

(01:13): And on the right side, you write down the things that you want to start to replace. It basically it's called a pivot. And so today I want to talk about how to maintain your focus. And there are a lot of things going on in this world right now that that are pretty crazy in nature. And I'm again, sitting out in the car sitting out at the beach here in Honolulu, in Hawaii, on the east side where the parking lot at the beach is pretty empty. And all the tourist are gone back home, starting college or whatever it might be. It's it's August here. And so things are starting to settle down, I think just a little bit, but I'm at one of my places where I go to, to help maintain my focus. And so if I can start off with a number one that is pick your spot, pick your spots, pick your spots, pick places where you can go, that, you know, will put you in a good place, mentally help put you in a good place, spiritually pick your spots.

(02:19): And so right now, I'm at one of my spots out here at a Sandy beach and a lot of locals, you know, they come out relax or whatnot. And I think it's just a good place. You get to watch the waves and different things like that. And then another spot I have is behind a Hawaiian shopping center. Some benches are back there some tables and hardly anybody goes back there to do anything except to eat. But that's only during the day. So early in the morning, there's nobody out there. And so I've, I've designated that as one of my spots, another place I like to go is the driving range or the golf course, all that Hawaii, Kai. That's one of my spots. And I go there and I'll walk the par three and take some irons with me and play some practice rounds and things like that, just to clear my head.

(03:11): And normally there's really nobody out there on the course, but now there's more people out there because less and less people are working, unfortunately. And some by choice, but I mean, it's just like way more people out there than, than ever before. No, some days I used to be able to go out there at three o'clock and wouldn't see a soul except one other lady that I see from time to time practicing or whatnot on the course. But that's one of my spots. That's one of my go-to places. I used to go to a algal park and that was a beautiful place to go to. People got, you know, they get married out there. They take photos out there. It's just a beautiful place, but then it got overrun by the homelessness issue in Hawaii. But I do have my spots that I go to where I can just relax and kind of clear my head and, you know, relaxing and clearing your head is a very big part of staying focused on your goals.

(04:05): Staying focused on the things that you have committed yourself to, because I'm going to tell you straight up, distractions are going to come at you, whether you're ready for a distraction, whether you know how to handle distractions. I mean, I don't care. Distractions are going to come. And I was in a gym one day and this guy was telling me, he's like, yo bro, distractions are a part of life. And I said, yeah, I know they are. But the goal is to try to figure out how to reduce or eliminate distractions. I think some of the most successful people have figured out how to eliminate distractions out of their life. Sometimes they hire other people to manage distractions and or to manage things that come up. Sometimes they just cut off the distraction altogether. I mean, just make sure this thing, whatever you're dealing with, make sure it never happens again.

(04:52): And that's kind of where I'm at right now with the situation that happened over the weekend. You know, today I'll have to go seek out some remedies that may be unpleasant. Maybe some things I have to deal with. I'm not the type of person to, you know, pound my chest with legal rights and different things like that. I do think that if you sign a contract with someone and you know, people are paying their fees, you have an obligation to deliver on your promise. And instead of making excuses and dancing around the issues and you know, it's hard because we live in a world like that, where people, for some reason, they don't do what they say they're going to do. And I don't know if that's just human nature or people are distracted themselves or whatever it might be. But you know, I'm now put in a difficult position to have to put my foot down and say enough is enough.

(05:43): You've had ample opportunity to make these adjustments. You've had six months. The situation has happened four times in the last six months. And you've had ample opportunity to make adjustments or to put things in place to mitigate this, to make sure this kind of thing never happens again. And so now I'm going to have to go and say, all right, so what has been done? You have, you haven't done your job. Now. I got to go seek legal remedy, which I don't want to do because it's, it should not be necessary. But that's why we have the legal system in the United States of America is sometimes you got to go do the things that you don't want to do. And unfortunately, this is a distraction that has happened too many times for me to deal with. And a lot of times distractions, they come up to, you know, to make you make decisions that you ordinarily wouldn't make, just, you know, they get your emotional, they get you all been out of shape.

(06:31): They get you mad as hell. They get you off and then you, and you make the wrong choice. And so a lot of times I've prayed. God, you know, helped me make the right choice here, helped me maintain my level of class. You know, I don't want to show my butt to anybody. I don't want to act a fool. I don't want to go and just turn into a monster over a situation that I need to handle with class. And sometimes distractions will make you make those kinds of decisions and you don't want that. So number one, pick your spots. Number two, and this is a very important one. Get your team, right? Get a team of people that you know, you love and you trust people that you know well to talk to about certain things and get their input. And then to get their advice.

(07:13): You know, Proverbs talks about don't make war without counsel. Don't go into battle without counsel, you know? And if you have good counselors around you, people that are giving you good advice, make sure you, you know, that they're giving you solid advice before you go and tackle these distractions. Because again, distractions come to get you off. Course. You know, I talked about this in my last show storms or one before last can't remember not at this point, storms don't come to make you stronger. You know, storms come to break. You horrible things. They come to to break you. They don't come to make you stronger. Now, if you survive them, that's probably one of the things that will happen is you do become tougher. You do figure out how to handle these things, but they're not coming for that particular purpose. The number one storms they come to to wreak havoc in your life.

(08:04): And by the way, God never sends you storms. And I'm going to tell, I'm going to say that to you right now. God will never send you a storm. It's like you putting your kid out in the middle of the road and saying, okay, figure out how to cross the street. And if you cross the street, you're going to come out tougher and meaner and batter on the other side. No, God does not send you storms. And I know that contradicts what a lot of people have probably heard and their religious back settings and things like that. But in a guy doesn't send the, send the storms. You know, a lot of times we create our own storms. We create our own distractions because of the decisions that we make. And that's a very important thing. So make sure you get your team, your team of people that you trust team of people that you can run things by no matter how crazy or stupid it sounds, you need to have people on your team.

(08:51): Number one, pick your spots. Number two, get yourself a team. I don't think I have a number three because a number one and number two, those are the most important things that you can do. And then if I can say, they say, I do pick a number three, I would say, try to get some breasts. Right? Rest is a very important thing. And a lot of times when we get distracted, we get all wound up and we can't sleep. We can't relax. We can't do what's needed to recuperate and to recover so that we can battle things. And if you're getting one distraction after the other, you got to take a step back and think like, okay, am I the one causing these problems? Am I the one causing these distractions? What, what decision did I make that, that caused this to happen? Okay, look at it.

(09:39): Is there something I could have done better? Is there something that I could have done different? You know, was there an alternate route that I missed? Right? What, what happened here? So take a step back, pick your spot. Then you go to your spot. You, you relax a little bit, you rest and you kind of think through these things and you think through the things that you're going to have to do, and then create an action plan, create a plan of action as to how you're going to deal with these things when they come up. And then if you're married, talk to your spouse about it, say, honey, when these things come up, this is how we're going to handle it. We got the money to do so. It's an unnecessary expense maybe, but for our sanity and for our happiness and to, to focus on the things we need, we really need to focus on.

(10:19): Maybe we need to spend this extra thousand dollars just to buy herself some peace. And that's a very important thing. If I can just touch on that for one minute, having a peace of mind is ultimately extremely important because if you're dealing with something that causes you to perform at a lackluster pace, you got to kind of think about that. All right? So if you can spend money and get yourself in a better position temporarily, just to be able to ride this thing on and to deal with this thing so that you can be fresh mentally, spiritually, and you can think clearly that's something you ought to think about doing, because a lot of times we're looking at him like, oh my God, that's an, you know, I don't want to spend the money for this. And oh my God, I shouldn't have yet. Right.

(11:01): You shouldn't have to, but just think about it. If spending that extra thousand dollars makes you another 10, 15, $20,000, you got to think about it that way. Protect your peace of mind. All right. So how to stay focused, how to deal with distractions, pick your spots, pick the places you can get to. Yeah, it takes time. It will cost you time, but it's very important. Number two, get your team, get your counselors. Don't make war without a counselors. All right. Very important stuff. Number three, try to relax. Right? Peace of mind is one of the most important things you can have. We, you know, I just can't say enough about it. I'll probably do another show about peace later on down the road. But it will definitely help you. So just wanted to rent Reva you folks a little bit about how to stay focused.

(11:48): Another thing is to have a plan and we don't yet have a plan. Get in contact with me, click in the show notes, get on my calendar and they sit down and hammer out a plan to figure out a plan plan plan. And the initial consultation is free. If you just want to talk to me a little bit, but if you want me to analyze your situation, that's $375 an hour. I'll analyze it. Talk it up, give you two hours for the price of one and get you on an action plan. So you can go out there and, and handle these distractions that are going to come up from time to time. Very important stuff. So thanks for allowing me to share with you guys and ladies and gentlemen today. And until next time everybody, 1, 2, 3, let's get it.

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