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Podcast Opening: Welcome to Do The Hard Thing Episode 15. I am Jason Archer… creator, freedom seeker, leader of self | full time student and part time teacher of self mastery, and today’s theme is “Influence Yourself First”. So, turn up the volume, put down the distractions and let’s kick this off… [NOTE: Insert some intro music here | Insert brief description here] Summary Description: Have you ever started down a path that you felt held a great deal of meaning for you, and then for whatever reason you could not move toward the outcome you wanted to create? Whether it was a Mental, Physical, or Spiritual target you sought, it didn’t matter… there was a part of you that refused to move. This podcast is born from specific idea. Do The Hard Thing is an exploration in human movement. Podcast Content: I have been many things in my life... and ego manic is certainly one of them. Especially as an younger man. I wanted to have an impact on those around me and the world at large, but didn't realize the first step in doing that is dealing with me. Influencing myself positively. And, some of you listening to this right now might want to change the world... when, really you need to change yourself. Everything you want radiates from you. So the process begins inside. This is a process of influencing yourself. When I first started down my path toward personal development and business, I just knew there was a trick to getting what I wanted. Some secret existed outside of me that would magically propel me forward if I only knew what it was... And, I had to find this magic no matter the cost. This put me on the path toward purchasing business courses, marketing courses, and personal development experiences. And, I invested tens of thousands of dollars in these places with the idea that one of them would hold the golden ticket I needed to take everything to the next level. And this thinking was both right and wrong. Here's what I mean by that: When I finally took the plunge and bought into my first course... it was the PSI Basic Seminar. It consisted of two four hour nights followed by two full days of training. The cost was about 600 dollars per person, and I could re-audit the course as many times as I wanted at no cost forever. Sweet deal. Sweet deal indeed if you live in an abundance mindset. Even though I knew this would be a good use of time and dollars, I passed on the opportunity when it was first offered to me. Why? Because I was the king of cheap bastards. I could buy a lot of dirt bike parts with that six bills. And, would routinely do so without batting an eye. After all, what kind of desperate moron spends money to go to a seminar that the internet says is a cult? The internet is always right. Right? Pay money to throw myself into a cult... no thanks. So I passed. Then my phone rang a few days later... and someone on the other end offered me a two for one on the price. Next thing I knew, the girlfriend and I were begrudgingly signed up and all set to attend the Basic Seminar in December of 2008. And, that was the beginning of my formal introduction to human development. I would go on to spend another 20+ grand in the next year alone on advanced courses and travel to and from. Notice what had to happen here. I had to get out of my own way. My scarcity mindset around money almost cost me the last 10 years of accelerated advancement of my self and my businesses and my relationship with my wife. The first person I had to influence was me. And, that is a damn near impossible task when you only see the world through your own set of eyes. Even worse, most people do not even use their own eyes... they simply accept as fact all the stories they get from other people, the news media, or their favorite internet platform. Think about it... how many times to do you hear something from a friend, read a headline or get 30 seconds of soundbites and make up a story in your ...

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