Ah, the simple pleasures of life: lemonade on the porch, family reunions, watching your kids splash in the pool on a hot summer day.

While this kind of easygoing existence sounds like pure bliss, I’ve discovered that it takes real effort to strip away the complications, clutter and busyness of modern-day life so you can actually be able to enjoy it. It takes work to calm the chaos in your finances, relationships, work schedule and more.

But once you’ve refined your lifestyle to the low-stress existence you deserve, what’s next?

In their bestselling book, Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World, authors Dr. Dave Braun and Dr. Troy Amdahl provide strategies for de-stressing the critical parts of your life so you can identify your ultimate life purpose and build an extraordinary future from there.

I think of their plan in three words: simplify, clarify, amplify:

    Simplify your lifestyle, relationships, finances and career.

    Clarify your extraordinary life purpose: that passionate pursuit you were put on this planet to do.

    Amplify your skills, opportunities and activities to answer the unique calling that’s been put on your life.

If calming the chaos and pursuing your dream lifestyle is a priority for you, we should talk privately. In fact, I’ve joined forces with Dr. Dave and Dr. Troy to bring my followers the Oola formula via a 10-week coaching experience designed to help you break through busyness and transform your life, your finances, your relationships and more. Message me and we can jump on a call about it.

Then stay tuned for the next few weeks for even more ways to create your amazing life . . . Oola style.

Discipline: The Secret to Your Dream Life

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

Discipline is all about the hustle.

If there’s something you’ve identified that you want in your life—a new job, a beautiful house, vibrant good health, financial independence—realize that steadily achieving smaller objectives on the way to your goal is the only way to get it. Hope is not a strategy.

Luckily, two things will help you be more disciplined: a list of daily tasks you must do and a sense of urgency about the goals that you’re pursuing.

What are some other tips that can help you stay disciplined?

Start Small. The biggest dreams start with the smallest steps. Consistency is actually more  important than the magnitude of your actions. Small action steps every day over time make the biggest transformations in life. Set mini-goals that are easily attained to help you gain momentum and a growing belief in yourself. As confidence builds, move faster. A realistic view of progress and an honest understanding of the challenges you will face will help fuel the discipline you will require to achieve your dreams.

Dial In Your Discipline. Decide what your goals are—whether fitness, your finances, professional or something else—then plan ahead for the discipline you’ll need. Bring in the supplies, schedule the time, and recruit the support. For instance, if your goal is to lose 30 pounds and drop a few sizes, can you clean out the temptation in your fridge, join a gym, create a special drawer for your running gear, and set a daily alarm to get up an hour earlier? As you’re planning the necessary support structure for maintaining your discipline, also plan ahead for what you’ll do when you encounter a lack of discipline. How will you renew your efforts and push through that challenge? It could be an accountability partner who works with you, or a reward you promise yourself for getting back on track.

Challenge Yourself for 21 Days. Experts say it takes 21 days to establish any new habit. By practicing a desirable new behavior every day for three weeks, your brain actually becomes “reprogrammed” to automatically take those steps that will get you to your goal. Well, imagine if you created one new habit a few times a year—like going to the gym three times a week or saving 15% of your paycheck. You would begin to see your goals achieved easier and faster than you thought possible.

Be Persistent. Some goals are so big, they won’t be completed tomorrow. Be patient. But also be disciplined enough to continue doing those things that will get you to your goal. A balanced life doesn’t occur overnight. It occurs over time. It’s composed of seasons when you’ll have to be out of balance. Sometimes your life will have to get a little sideways. Persist through these seasons. Course-correct, if necessary—but be patient and proactive if you want to achieve the balanced life of your dreams.

Of course, finding the discipline to achieve your goals is only a part of the process of creating balance in your life. If you think working with a coach to keep you on track and accountable for results is something that would get you to a balanced life faster, I’m here to help.

Email me at and we can jump on a call to chat about it. You can also go here to check out the Oola Coaching Program I deliver for clients who want more balance, less stress, and more happiness in their lives. It’s based on the international bestselling book, Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World, by The OolaGuys, Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl. Over just 10 weeks, with the OolaGuys as your instructors and mentors, you and I will work on every major area of your life including finances, fitness, family, field (career), faith, friends and fun. Together we’ll face what’s not working for you and create a workable plan for lowering your stress, creating life balance, having more fun, and pursuing major life goals that are important to you. Ready to get your own Oola life? Contact me and let’s get started.