Goal Setting 2014

Here’s a quick video I made a couple of years ago. I was watching it earlier today, and I can tell you… it is just as relevant today as it was back then.


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A Thanksgiving Reminder

It’s shaping up to be a beautiful holiday weekend here in CO, and so from me and my family… Happy Thanksgiving.

In light of the holiday, I wanted to talk a little bit about gratitude today… because it is a key ingredient to high performance.

A few years back, researchers at University of California published results of a focused study on gratitude… what causes it… and why it matters.

Some of their findings were fascinating…

For example:

  • In an experimental comparison, participants who kept gratitude journals on a weekly basis… exercised more regularly, reported fewer negative physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more optimistic about the upcoming week compared to those who recorded hassles or neutral life events.
  • Participants who recorded gratitude lists were more likely to have made progress toward important personal goals (academic, interpersonal and health-based) over a two-month period compared to subjects in the other experimental conditions.
  • In a sample of adults with neuromuscular disease, a 21-day gratitude study resulted in greater amounts of positive moods, a greater sense of feeling connected to others, more optimistic ratings of one’s life relative to a control group.

Now I didn’t need a study to tell you that spending time every day reflecting on what you are grateful for is hugely important for maintaining a positive mental outlook. But now, as seen, in the study above… scientists and researchers are backing me up.

So sometime today… perhaps in between seconds of Turkey and pieces of hot apple pie… you can find a second to jot down the 5 things in your life that you are most grateful for. And when you do, leave them as a comment below. I’d love to hear about them.

Once you have your list… over the next five weeks, spend 10 minutes or so per day really contemplating them. I promise, you’ll start 2013 off with more excitement and happiness than ever before.

One last thing…

This Thanksgiving, I just want you to know that I’m grateful for You. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be able to help you learn this business…. and hope that it serves as a springboard to you becoming the financial lynchpin for your family for generations.

Have a great holiday,


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You Can’t Succeed Without It…

Lately there’s been a lot of talk about PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) around here…

And today, I’m going to bring it home, and discuss what it means for us Options Traders specifically!

Over the years, I’ve coached all kinds of people in my membership sites…

  • Small Business Owners
  • Doctors
  • Stay at home Moms
  • VP’s of Fortune 500 companies
  • New college graduates…

    …and traders from all over the US, Asia, and the UK.

    And what’s interesting is that regardless of their background, most traders start out with a distorted concept of what a PMA (positive mental attitude) really is. Most think that a PMA will make you happy, profitable, and successful.

    But it’s not about that at all.

    There is a natural cycle that must be completed to maintain a PMA… here’s an example:

    We are headed in to Winter time, and in Colorado that means many people who have wood burning stoves will depend upon that stove to produce heat during the winter.  It’s pretty common to use wood burning stoves to provide all the heat for the house during the cold months.

    Now – this next point might seem a little ridiculous, but stay with me… because this is how most donors go about trading options in the market.

    Think about this, instead of driving up into the mountains, chopping down a tree and splitting all the wood, stacking it in a place where it will be dry and out of the weather… what if a person stood in front of the stove and said if you give me heat I’ll go get you wood.

    It’s ridiculous I know, but it’s exactly what most donors do in their trading.  They stand in front of their computers and say to the Market, give me the money then I’ll have a Positive Mental Attitude and do the work to really learn this.

    Then they sit back and wonder why they don’t have a PMA.

    Today I give you my second key to maintaining a positive mental attitude.

    You develop a PMA in trading by being PREPARED!

    Understanding the realities of what it takes to succeed at option trading and being good at the necessary techniques that you deploy.

    That is the answer to maintaining your attitude.

    No one has ever gotten the heat before gathering the wood.  There’s a natural cycle that has to be completed before you get the heat, and it’s no different in trading.

    Here’s what I’ve discovered from working with my Power Tribe members in Maximum Control Trading Academy…

    These people are highly motivated to be the best they could be.  Which puts them in the top 5%.  These people realize that their place of employment is never guaranteed and they can’t just bank on the fact that they will have a paycheck next week or next month.

    So they approached trading very motivated…

    What they began to realize is the more prepared they were, the more positive their attitude became which give them a better chance of succeeding.

    You must be prepared.  You’ve got to chop the wood, do the pushups, eat the right foods, get the training if you want to enjoy the benefits of mental clarity and a great Attitude.

    There is no other way around it.

    Get prepared at what you do and enjoy the fruit of a great attitude and what that can produce in your life.

    As always I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!



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    The Real X Factor: Attitude

    This is a follow up to yesterday’s blog post… I told you I’d share my opinion.

    In my house and in my business, ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING!

    I pay constant attention to my attitude indicator because I always want to be ascending.  Not in just one area of my life but all areas: as a husband, father, trader, coach, etc…

    My personal belief is that you can do all things better with a good healthy attitude.

    But, most people aren’t as convinced of my opinion… and they live their lives as a rechargeable battery.

    Here’s what I mean by that.

    I’ve been in the business of coaching and training people for the better part of my adult life… over 25 years now.

    It doesn’t matter if it’s was a salesman back in the day… or today with traders… or even the young little players that I coach in Lacrosse or Football.

    When I’m there helping, encouraging, building them up, they get all charged up and head out into the big hard world. But a couple of bad trades… a couple of lost deals… a couple of bad games, and their battery gradually begins to loose it’s charge and drain. In a couple of days when I see them again their battery is completely drained and needs to be re-charged.

    They have no more power to sustain forward progress and movement in their lives…

    ….and that’s just not a fun way to live.

    What’s funny is that I’ve even had that happen to people that I teach how to sell options.

    I have traders come back to me all the time and ask to be let back into the coaching site simply because they have lost their charge… their battery is completely dead.

    And what blows me away is that these are successful traders.  They don’t need my help, they know how to trade. They know the technical ins and outs just as well as I do because they’ve studied hard.

    But here’s the reality… when one ventures into the trading jungle and gets clawed and kicked, it’s impossible to keep those batteries fully charged all by yourself.

    Now, the reason I mention all of this is today I’m going to give you Key Number 1 to my secret about a healthy attitude.

    This secret is so powerful you can stop living like a battery, today!

    I touched on it the other day when I talked about having a pacer.

    Click here to read that blog post if you missed it.

    A pacer is someone just a couple steps ahead of you.  Who’s been there and done that.

    When you have a pacer you stop living as a battery and you become more like a lamp. You can plug right into the the energy source and have immediate and sustainable power.

    There is no drain… it’s a constant source of juice that you need to function in this crazy world we live in.

    This isn’t just for trading this is for everything in your life.

    Because let’s face it… no one is strong enough to stand on their own day after day!

    Anyone that claims they can are flat out lying. Especially in a trading world that finds joy in kicking our teeth in.

    I know that sounds harsh but that is reality.  Most Professional traders find joy in taking all of your money.  If they had access to your credit cards they’d max those out to, kick you and your family out of your house and move on in.

    The Solution is to surround yourself with PACERS!

    This is my first key to creating unstoppable momentum in your life and an attitude that keeps you ascending regardless of the chaos you may be surrounded with.

    Like always I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Just leave a comment below!



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    The Attitude Indicator

    I just want you to know that what you are about to read has been verified with a close buddy of mine that flew airplanes for the Air Force, and is now a FedEx Pilot.

    Today, we are going to talk about the attitude indicator.

    If you look inside an airplane cockpit, you’ll see hundreds of dials, buttons, and gauges. One of the most important is called the Attitude Indicator.

    It’s an instrument used by pilots that tells them where they are at in relation to the horizon.  So if your attitude is up, that means that you are ascending.  A down attitude means you are descending.  So if you want to change the performance and direction of the aircraft, all you have to do is change the attitude.

    When I first read about this the other day, it really got me thinking about how true this is for our personal lives as well.

    If we want to change the direction or the performance of our lives, all we have to do is change our attitude.

    But is it really that simple?

    And does our attitude even matter as traders? Does it really impact our bottom line?

    And if our outlook needs adjusting, can we change our attitude on our own, or do we need some outside source?

    Can we switch from having a bad attitude to having a great one?

    After reading countless emails from both camps, I have formed my own opinion about attitude… but I’m curious to know how you feel.

    How would you answer the questions above.

    Don’t be shy…share your thoughts in the comments section below.

    I’ll share some of my thoughts tomorrow.

    Have a great day…or should I say… MAKE it a great day!

    Jeffrey Z

    P.S.  The other day I talked about Drew Brees and the record that he was about to break.  What do you think his attitude was as he headed into last Sunday’s game.  BTW…he’s the new record holder.  If your not sure what I’m talking about you can read this blog post.

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