When You Doubt Your Own Ability…

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous.

Neagle Code Question

Hi David,

My question is around setting goals. I have two different businesses, and I tend to dance back and forth between the two—not really moving forward to the degree I’d like with either of them. I keep thinking to myself, “I’m not taking the action. Why am I not taking the action?”

Is it because I’m struggling with keeping my word and meeting the goals I set for myself? Or am I just not fully committing? Part of it is, I think I’m avoiding what I imagine will be uncomfortable conversations with potential clients—the people I could (or should) be calling.

Any insight you can provide is so appreciated!

Neagle Code Answer

This is happening because you don’t believe you can accomplish the goal. You don’t think it’s really going to happen.

If you believed it, you’d be ready all the time.

It’s not really about a “lack of commitment.”

It’s all about the belief.

Think about this. Ask yourself, “What’s the truth about this?” The fact that you’re not taking action is a secondary cause (i.e., an effect).

What’s the truth about that? Why are you not taking the action? Because you either don’t want it, or you don’t believe it’s really possible.

When it comes to having “uncomfortable conversations” with potential clients, you have to first look at the conversation you’re having with yourself.

  • Are you telling yourself you’re not enough?
  • Are you telling yourself you can’t provide the result they want?
  • Are you telling yourself they won’t want what you’re selling?

What’s the conversation you’re having with yourself? If you’re telling yourself you’re not good enough—it’s because you don’t believe you can do it.

This is a problem of belief, not commitment.

You’re creating a story to validate the belief that you can’t do this.

Here’s a simple 2-part exercise to overcome this. First, spend an hour coming up with every reason in your mind why this won’t work—or why it can’t work. Write it all down on a piece of paper. Then give yourself a break.

Come back to it again the next day. Then write down every reason why it CAN work.

Don’t judge your answers. Don’t change anything. Don’t say, “I know that’s not true.” Just do the exercise. It’s extremely simple.

Write down every reason why it can’t (or won’t) work, then take a long break. Come back and write down every reason why it CAN work.

Then email both of those things to me, and I’ll get back to you after I see it.

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Not hitting my goals — and worried

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous. 

Neagle Code Question

I’ve noticed I have a subtle, mental habit of worrying about whether or not I’ll hit my targets. Sometimes I hit them, sometimes I don’t. Even though I’ve hit certain goals, I didn’t hit my revenue targets.

This has been going on for a while — two years of not hitting my targets.

I’m over it. I’m done worrying. I’m not sure if it’s doubt, or a lack of trust that I can take action? Maybe I distrust my team and their ability to follow through. I’m not the managerial type. Is it that I’m just setting the wrong targets?

Neagle Code Answer

Who or what are you blaming for not hitting your targets?

I know you’re blaming something, because you’re not saying, “I chose not to hit my targets.” You’re saying, “I didn’t hit them.”

You’re either leaving it up to chance, or you’re choosing not to hit your targets.

In some subtle way in your mind, you’re blaming it on something — not enough time, not enough people, something.

If you’re going to overcome this, you have to look at what are you actually blaming.

In order to do something you haven’t done before, you have to take full ownership of the result.

You have to look at what the real issue is…

On some level, you chose not to hit the target.

I’ve always found that if someone sets a goal, and theyre not reaching it year after year — some part of them doesn’t want to look at what the real problem is and make the change.

Whether it’s something you have to do — like firing or hiring new people on the team — there’s something you’re resisting changing. You’re not looking at it, or you don’t want to see it.

It’s either too much work, or it feels risky.

Get really get honest with yourself, so that at least you’re not tormenting yourself.

Worry is a trick of your subconscious mind to make you think you’re doing something productive, when you’re not… and it serves one primary purpose:

To keep you small, and EXACTLY where you are.

Join me this Tuesday for a FREE 60-minute mini-course I’ve created called: Stop Playing Small. I’m going deep on the topic of how our own minds are programmed to stay small, keep quiet and play it safe. I’ll be sharing exactly what you can do to shift OUT of that paradigm and hit those targets time after time.  CLICK HERE to join me!

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Thinking like the Middle Class?

Thinking like the Middle Class?

Most of the world is governed by a “middle class mindset.”

It’s a mindset that creates a value conflict between where you are and where you want to go.

If you were to interview people who were raised middle-class (e.g., working class)…and compare their value system to those of some of the top entrepreneurs in the world, you’d find that they’re vastly different. They’re almost polar opposites of each other.

What one person avoids doing to remain “safe” — the other person will do, and it will make them a multi-millionaire or a billionaire.

How does the middle class mindset stop us from reaching our goal or dream?

Here’s how it works: As we begin to move toward our goal…something interesting starts to happen:

Our subconscious mind sends up a red flag and says, “Wait a minute. Stop. It’s not okay for you to go in this direction.”

Why? Because our value system is in conflict with the direction we want to go.

…We don’t even realize this is going on.

Your subconscious mind does something extremely unique in order to get you to stop:

It literally begins to change the circumstances you’re facing each day…and it gets you to pull your focus AWAY from your goal, by creating “problems” and situations that seem to need your attention.

It’s a value system — based on the middle class mindset — that causes you to start paying more attention to those “problems” or circumstances…instead of keeping your focus on the goal.

This value conflict creates confusion…which leads to the “struggle” or congestion.

Everything begins to slow down or stop. If we’re not aware of what’s happening, we could abandon our goal.

People often ask me, “What do I do when something goes wrong? What do I do when the ‘flow’ seems to stop?”

One of the first things I’ll ask them is, “What are you resisting?”

If you’re in resistance, it’s often because you have a value conflict.

The conflict by itself causes us to go into resistance against what we want. Of course, whenever you have resistance, you don’t have flow.

That’s when people go into fear, doubt, and worry. From there, everything goes to hell in a hand basket…because all that person sees are the things they don’t want to see.

Are you focused on the goal or the “problems”?

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Are Ease and Grace possible?

Are Ease and Grace possible?

Have you ever experienced “ease” and “grace” in your life…where everything seems to be flowing well? Things work well…and everything goes smoothly.

That “flow” is how the universe was designed to be.

In fact, it’s the natural order of the universe.

(It’s also the main idea behind the principle of “more life to all.”)

The universe — and everything in it — operates in perfect harmony…according to the needs of the whole.

If you look in nature, everything fulfills its purpose…and it does so brilliantly. The oak tree becomes the best, most magnificent oak tree that it can become…and it does so without struggle. All animals and plants do the same (unless humans get involved).

If this is the case…then why are so many people NOT living their purpose with ease and grace?

Why are so many creating struggle and chaos instead?

What prevents us from experiencing
the natural flow and ease of life?

One word: resistance.

When we’re in resistance…this brings confusion, chaos, and congestion. Things start to break down. “Problems” pop up in our life, and all hell breaks loose. Nothing seems to work.

That’s why I always ask people who are “stuck”…

What are you resisting?

The universe doesn’t stop us from being, doing, or having anything in our life.

The truth is…WE’RE the only thing that stops the flow in our own life.

Usually it’s something in our subconscious programming that keeps us from flipping the easy switch.

Think about what you might be resisting in your own life?

If you have a goal or desire…what are you resisting being, doing, or having that would help you move closer to reaching that goal?

That’s resistance.

It’s only when we become non-resistant to the ease and grace of the universe…do we start to experience that effortless state of “flow.”

I’ll be talking more about this topic in the next few articles…stay tuned!

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What got me “unstuck”

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous.

Neagle Code Question

Hi David,

I have a goal that I’m excited about. I can see it in my mind, but when I begin to take action, or even think about taking action, I go into doubt. What is this and how can I push past this limiting belief?

THANKS!!

Neagle Code Answer

Great question!

Often when we want to achieve a goal, we focus on the wrong thing.

We focus on the “how” — “How am I going to do it?” — instead of doing the work required to achieve the actual thing.

We look for all the reasons why we can’t do it. We ask questions that don’t help us or move us forward. Or we become focused on what we’re going to “get.”

What we don’t realize is that part of what is controlling our thinking is the idea that, I can’t do it.

This belief has complete dominance over our thinking. It’s our subconscious mind’s way of keeping us stuck, asking questions that aren’t helpful, and never reaching the goal.

The idea itself causes us to focus on the wrong things.

It makes us psychologically look for an answer that doesn’t exist. The idea “I can’t do it” holds us back in paralysis mode…where we ask questions that actually keep us stuck (questions such as, “How do I do it?”)

Years ago when I got sucked through a dam, I was hanging from a tree branch, reflecting on my life.

In that moment, I realized I’d been doing exactly that — I had been letting the idea of “I can’t do it” control my thinking and my life. It ruled nearly everything I did (and didn’t do).

At that point, I didn’t even want much. I just wanted to make enough money to pay my bills and not live in a bad neighborhood.

But part of me believed I couldn’t do any of that. Part of me believed I couldn’t succeed or reach my goal.

I kept looking for an answer that didn’t exist. I thought I needed “something else” in order to make more money…when really, I needed to change my belief about myself.

Begin thinking about how you CAN…make a list…be creative…and open yourself to see opportunities that are around you right now!

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Best advice on goal setting

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous.

Neagle Code Question

David, it’s that time of year… can you give me your best advice on how to set a goal?

Neagle Code Answer

I’d be happy to, but first let me ask you a question.

When you set a goal…what is the thought process your mind goes through?

Do you pick something that you THINK you can achieve? Or do you go after something you really WANT? — even if it seems huge and impossible?

Most people choose goals that are actually too small for them.

Really think about this. When you sit down and write the things that you want for your life, sometimes your brain tries to flip over and say, “But, how are you going to do that?”

Before you’ve even given yourself permission to imagine the goal — you’re already stopping at “How?”

The “How?” question is what stops most people in their tracks.

It makes a person think, “Maybe I ought to adjust this goal lower, so that I’m not taking too much of a risk.”

Because you can’t think of how you’re going to reach your goal right in that moment, you might say, “Maybe I’d better lower it down to something else.”

I’d encourage you not to do that.

That’s “settling” for something small.

When choosing a goal, do it as if you could not fail — as if there were zero possibility of failure.

Design your life as if anything were possible.

Because the truth is, anything IS possible for your life.

When you truly, deeply desire something, that’s a sign that the way to fulfill it is already here. The possibility is already here, AND the way to make it REAL is already here.

Stepping into that goal — even if it seems “big” — is what will grow you as a person. (The “how” unfolds before your eyes, as you take each next step.)

So, don’t just ask for “small” things that you THINK you can get…ask for the big things that you really desire.

Then begin to take actions to make that goal a reality.

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What’s the difference between a goal and a vision?

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous.

Neagle Code Question

Hi David,

I’ve heard you mention goals quite often in your teaching. I’m confused… is a goal like a vision? Can you please clarify for me?

Neagle Code Answer

A vision is a clear picture of what you’d like for your life or business.

When I was just starting out, my vision was pretty simple. I could only see a few things.

I wanted:

  • A boat
  • Property in Central Wisconsin for when I retired

Some people have grander visions like a house in Italy or speaking on huge stages.

The key piece with a vision is that it is not about anyone else.

It’s what you want for you;


and it maybe hidden in your secret thoughts that you’ve never told anyone about.

A goal is a step toward that big vision.

It’s something you need to do that will take you closer to realizing your vision.


My vision was to buy a boat, so I set a goal for myself to double my income.

By increasing my income, I would be closer to having the ability to buy that boat.

Think of goals as the rungs of a ladder that lead to your vision at the top.

Keep in mind that as you take steps toward your vision, it may begin to change.

As your vision changes continue setting goals to take you closer to that vision, and when you see opportunities, always ask yourself:

Is this taking me closer to
my vision or further away?


Let your vision be your guide.


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What to do when unexpected expenses slump your growth

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous.

Neagle Code Question

I'm beginning to feel a bit jaded about my work/life… it seems like, regardless of how hard I try, I always only have “enough.”

You see, I want more for my life/business and it seems like, every time I make some traction, I have an unexpected expense (i.e. owing more in taxes, car trouble, family emergency, etc.). From what I read, this is an “abundance” or “wealth ceiling” problem.

I doubled my biggest annual income in just three months earlier this year so I started paying down debt, investing in my business, saving more, etc.; but then I had a few unsuccessful months since then, and now I'm worse off than before (although still making ends meet, for the time being). I'm at a loss. Help!

Neagle Code Answer

Hi and thanks so much for your question!

First of all, congratulations on doubling your biggest annual income in just three months!

Based on your question, I do not believe you have an “abundance” or “wealth ceiling” problem.

Looks to me like you may have a focus problem.

Here’s the truth:

You’ll ALWAYS have unexpected expenses. What I’m wondering is what were you focused on as those unexpected expenses began to pile up.

As the car trouble happened, were you focused on the car trouble, or were you focused on hitting your monthly financial goal?

When you experienced a family emergency, were you focused on the emergency or on hitting your financial goal?

The truth is that those unexpected expenses were just distractions created by your sub-conscious mind to keep you from growing.

The key to solving this roller coaster is to continually stay focused on what you want and what actions will take you closer to what you want.

There will always be unexpected expenses, but what’s really important is to master your reaction to them. See them for what they are and DO NOT allow them to take your focus off your goal.

If you need to dedicate time to the distraction, do so during non-work time.

You can break this pattern easily if you’ll stay focused on your goal rather than on the unexpected expense.

Just Believe,®

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How to recover from losing a major client

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous.

Neagle Code Question

Hi David!

How does a prosperous business recover from losing a major client?

Neagle Code Answer

Hi and thanks so much for your question!

The real answer to this question is that the line between a prosperous business and a non-prosperous business should never be determined by one major client.

Let me explain.

So many business owners have a mindset of just getting by, and if they are just getting by, that’s good enough.

Then one client backs out or one setback creeps in, and suddenly they are in crisis.

To have a truly prosperous business you need to consistently be selling MORE than you need, always setting money aside and always looking for that next person who needs your product or service.

A prosperous business has a cushion built in, so that if a major client is lost, the business is not devastated.

If you’re in a business that does not have that cushion built in, and you do lose a major source of income because a major client backs out, your solution is clear.

You must bring in the necessary funds to cover your losses. In most instances this refers to making more sales. Sometimes it looks like taking out a line of credit to buy you some time to bring in the necessary sales to close that gap. It just depends on your situation.

But in all seriousness, the solution to this problem is actually to prevent it from happening in the first place by not stopping when you’re in a place of “good enough”.

Set your sales goals high, build in a cushion, and this will never be an issue.

Just Believe,®

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The Difference Between Goals and Having a Vision

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions
for Life”
comes from Ryan.

Neagle                 Code Question


Hi David,

I’ve heard you mention goals quite often in your teaching. I’m confused… is a goal like a vision? Can you please clarify for me?

Neagle                                               Code Answer

Hi Ryan and thanks for the wonderful question.


A vision is a clear picture of what you’d like for your life or business.

Let me explain.


When I was just starting out, my vision was pretty simple. I could only see a few things.


I wanted a boat and I wanted to buy property in Central Wisconsin for when I retired.

Some people have grander visions like a house in Italy or speaking on huge stages.

The key piece with a vision is that it is not about anyone else. It’s what you want for you; and it maybe hidden in your secret thoughts that you’ve never told anyone about.

A goal is a step toward that big vision.

It’s something you need to do that will take you closer to realizing your vision.

My vision was to buy a boat, so I set a goal for myself to double my income.

By increasing my income, I would be closer to having the ability to buy that boat.

Think of goals as the rungs of a ladder that leads to your vision at the top.

Keep in mind that as you take steps toward your vision, it may begin to change.

As your vision changes continue setting goals to take you closer to that vision, and when you see opportunities, always ask yourself:
Is this taking me closer to my vision or further away?

Let your vision be your guide.

Just Believe,®
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PS: The Neagle Code: Directions for Life is a weekly no-cost
program that is open to everyone! Each week, I'll select and personally respond to one question received via the above “The Neagle Code” page that I feel in my heart will help the most people. (You may choose to remain anonymous if you wish, with our full support.) It is my deep, heartfelt intention that ~ in answering your questions ~ I may provide you with the Universal Truths that in committed application, will set you free. Simply submit YOUR burning question at: www.DavidNeagle.com/ask-david to participate.