Alden Mills is the former Inc. 500 CEO of Perfect Fitness, co-founder of GoalBud, best-selling author, 3-time Navy SEAL platoon commander, keynote speaker, and missioned to help 100M people Be Unstoppable.
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3 Value Bombs
1) You should set goals that are not just realistic, but also expansive and beyond your current imagination. Dreaming big is vital.
2) Being vulnerable is crucial because many entrepreneurs believe they must do everything themselves to succeed. However, success lies in building a solid team and working together towards a common goal.
3) You have the power to achieve big, audacious goals. So keep dreaming and set sail towards them with the help of your goal team and your own commitments.
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Today’s Audio MASTERCLASS: The Power of Vulnerability in Goal-Setting: Lessons from a Navy SEAL with Alden Mills
[1:37] – Alden shares something he believes about becoming successful that most people disagree with.
- He believes that you should set goals that are not just realistic, but also expansive and beyond your current imagination. Dreaming big is vital.
[2:19] – Alden shares his belief in the power of vulnerability.
- Being vulnerable is crucial because many entrepreneurs believe they must do everything themselves to succeed. However, success lies in building a solid team and working together towards a common goal.
- To achieve this, as an entrepreneur, you must acknowledge your limitations and be vulnerable enough to admit where you need help.
- By recognizing your weaknesses and valuing the strengths of others, you can create a team that complements each other and ultimately achieves success.
[3:45] – Alden talks about how you can unlock the potential of focused social networking for goal setting.
- As a believer in goal-setting for 35 years, he has experienced many successes and failures. However, he has always managed to get back up by relying on a network of supporters, which he calls a “goal team.”
- This concept is similar to how SEAL teams are built, where individuals have a “swim buddy” to rely on.
- This next-generation social network aims to help entrepreneurs unlock their potential and succeed.
[5:40] – What are your three essential actions for achieving goals?
- Define your goal specifically, as if you were telling a genie what you want.
- Build your goal team
- Create daily actionable commitments that you can report to your goal team weekly.
- These three actions form the foundation of the “Goal” app. While the process is simple, it can be challenging to execute. However, by following these steps and using the support of your goal team, you can achieve your goals.
[7:59] – What does this look like in the real world?
- He fulfilled a goal of writing a book called “Unstoppable Mindset” in two and a half years by defining the purpose of completing it by April 15, 2023, with a specific word count of 75,000 words.
- He formed a small goal team
- He created specific commitments, such as submitting 250 words weekly and reporting progress to his team.
[10:30] – A timeout to thank our sponsor!
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[13:57] – What are the common pitfalls most face when trying to harness the power of social networking to achieve their goals?
- One big problem is when you stop being vulnerable and do not admit when you haven’t fulfilled your commitments.
- You need to sacrifice something to achieve your goals.
[16:47] – Alden talks about his app, GoalBud.
- The new app, GoalBud, can help you achieve your goals in three ways:
- It can help you define your goal by linking your passion and purpose.
- It can allow you to quickly build a goal team by emailing or texting on a private network.
- It will help you commit to your team by reporting your actions on specific days of the week.
[17:52] – What can Fire Nation expect from your book, Unstoppable Mindset?
- The book “Unstoppable Mindset” is about taking control of three things in life: where you focus, what you think, and what you believe.
- By learning to harness these three things, you can change your destiny in life.
- The book also draws lessons from SEAL training, which is a powerful metaphor for anyone looking to do something new in life, especially as an entrepreneur.
[18:26] – Alden’s key takeaway.
- You have the power to achieve big, audacious goals. So keep dreaming and set sail towards them with the help of your goal team and your commitments.
[18:44] – Alden’s call to action.
- Goal Bud – Visit, download the app, and start setting your biggest goals!
- Alden-Mills.com – Lead Better. Achieve More. BE UNSTOPPABLE.
[19:19] – Thank you to our Sponsor!
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Who's ready to rock today, Fire Nation? JLD here and welcome to Entrepreneurs on Fire, brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network, the audio destination for business professionals with great shows like No Straight Path. Today we'll be breaking down the power of vulnerability in goal setting lessons from a Navy Seal to drop these value bombs. I have brought Alden Mills into EOFire Studios. Alden is the former Inc 500 CEO of Perfect Fitness, co-founder of Gold Budd bestselling author, three-time Navy Seal platoon commander, keynote speaker, and Missioned to help a hundred million people be unstoppable. And today's foundation will talk about vulnerability, the power of it. We'll talk about goals, unlocking the potential of focus, social networking.
Three essential actions for achieving goals and so much more. And a big thank you for sponsoring today's episode goes to Alden and ours sponsors. Business Made Simple hosted by Donald Miller is brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network. The audio destination for business professionals, business made simple takes the mystery out of growing your business with episodes like how to get out of your day-to-day operations without crashing your business. Listen to business Made simple wherever you get your podcasts. Alden say What's up to Fire Nation and share something that you believe about becoming successful that most people disagree with.
1 (1m 24s):
The biggest thing that I think most people would disagree with is they start setting goals that are just realistic. And I want people to dream way beyond the horizon, how they could even imagine it gonna come true and dream up those kinda big goals.
0 (1m 40s):
Fire Nation, we're talking about big goals, we're talking about the power of vulnerability in goal setting. We're talking about lessons from a Navy Seal and Alden. A lot of people equate showing vulnerability as showing weakness, which they equate as a bad business practice. Can you share your belief and the power of showing vulnerability?
1 (2m 6s):
The reason vulnerability is so important is that what I have discovered along my entrepreneurial journey is that most entrepreneurs think they gotta do it all by themselves. And in fact, the real success lies in building out their team. But to build out their team and get, bring their team to the table to start to dare with them, they have to know that you know that you can't do everything. And when you can't do everything, you've gotta be vulnerable to admit, Hey, this is what I suck at and this is why it's so important for you to be on my team with me because I value what you're great at because I am not great at that.
1 (2m 48s):
That's where I look at the power of vulnerability.
0 (2m 51s):
Fire Nation. I suck at a lot of things and I mean a lot of things. I am great at a couple things and guess what I spend my time doing, those couple things that I am great at. And then I build a team around me who's great at doing all of those things that I suck at. And when you can do the same Fire Nation, you will have the business, have the life that you've been dreaming about. Now Alden, we all know the power of goals, but I wanna talk about the ways that we can unlock the potential of focused social networking when it comes to goal setting.
1 (3m 33s):
I am such a believer in the whole goal environment for the last 35 years. That's basically every single one of the successes, failures, which I failed by way, way more than I've succeeded. But support, support me. If you go back to looking at Seal Team and how Seal Team is built, and by the way, and I know with your background, jld, the Army has the same thing. Who and Seal Team, we have Swim buddies. That's the smallest team for us. It's two people. You know in the Army you've got Battle buddies and Marine Corps uses something similar, but the idea here is that you're never going at it alone.
1 (4m 22s):
And about three years ago I started to hatch the idea that the social networks that were created today were really about feeding somebody's ego and not about helping each other get better and perform at our highest or unlock our potential of going and doing the things that we as entrepreneurs would like to do. And so I took the concept from Seal Team of creating your swim buddy and then using the power of vulnerability of putting yourself out there, of bringing out what your goal is and then creating commitment around it. Now you've a next generation social network that is completely focused on helping people help each other achieve goals.
0 (5m 10s):
I love this concept of helping people help each other Fire Nation. How can you do that in your life, in your business? Now you believe there are three essential actions for achieving goals. Alden, let's go through those one by one by one. I'll
1 (5m 27s):
Tell you. JLD, it's, it's a simple process. Now it ain't that complicated, but as one of my old Seal instructors would say, it can be hard as he'd say in that southern accent. The first one is you've got make that goal and define the goal very specifically. Imagine for a moment you stumbled across a magic lamp and you rub it and the genie comes out and says, tell me exactly what you want and I'll give it to you. That's how I want you to be thinking about when you make a goal. And then after you make that goal, the number two element is selecting your goal team. And I want you to think of selecting your goal team.
1 (6m 9s):
Like you're putting together a team to go win the Super Bowl and who are the absolute best people that you're gonna help, that you're gonna bring along to help you win your Super Bowl. Or from a military perspective on putting together my SEAL team to go help me with my mission and my mission is to accomplish that goal that I've made. And then the third piece is now I'm gonna create commitments and I'm gonna create very specific daily actionable commitments. Not even big ones at first that I'm gonna take action on and I'm gonna report to on my goal team every week.
1 (6m 51s):
And when I think of that initial action that you're creating a commitment around, I don't want you don't let your eyes get bigger than your just go after something that you can start to dedicate a small amount of time to that you can start to build a routine about. So these three actions are define the goal, build the goal team, and then create commitments that you're gonna report on weekly. And all of that is the backbone of our new app called Goal Bud
0 (7m 23s):
Fire Nation. I wanna go through this one more time. Define your goal specifically, and I love that lamp analogy that Alden shared. Build your goal team, then create commitments. Now let's have you Alden, take us through what this looks like in the real world with a goal. Walk us through these three steps with an actual real life goal.
1 (7m 47s):
I've got one that I just fulfilled on Saturday of last week and it had taken me two and a half years to complete. And that was writing my third book, unstoppable Mindset. I am no English major by any stretch of the imagination, but I have such a passion for helping people be unstoppable and I've learned a whole set of things that I think will be helpful to people. But I needed to find time to just create this third book. And what I ended up doing was defining the book, making the goal of when I wanted to to actually be completed, which was on April 15th, 23.
1 (8m 32s):
And the specific number of words was words. I turned in thousand and 11 words be interesting to see if it stays that way, but that was the initial goal. Then created a very small handful of gold team members. Somebody could bounce idea that person lived out in New York City and agreed to be someone that I would report to and give daily updates on. The next person was a team member that had been with me through all the other books and she lived out in Boston and I report to her monthly on the updates along with a publisher and an editor.
1 (9m 18s):
So I had a four person team that helped me at each step of the way and they would remind me when I didn't report on a commitment. So that's a simple example of then breaking down the commitment of working on doing. I would look at first of just submitting two 50 words a week that I would write. Commitments got me the point where I was able to submit 75,000 words worth of a book
0 (9m 54s):
Fire Nation amongst everything that Alden just shared. One thing that I always hammer home to you Fire Nation, is listen, it is so important to have people around you, to have people that you know like and trust that you respect, that are gonna hold you accountable, hold your feet to the fire. You are gonna get so much more accomplished in life when you set a goal, when you share that goal with somebody that's going to hold you accountable to accomplishing that goal, that's not gonna let you slack off. Now we're gonna be talking about some important stuff around this topic. When we get back from thanking our sponsors, I remember back in 2013 when Entrepreneurs on Fire was scaling fast.
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0 (11m 18s):
And with over 1300 flexible apps and integrations, you can customize HubSpot's CRM to the way you do business. Get started for free at hubspot.com. That's hubspot.com Alton, we're back. And I wanna talk about some of the common pitfalls that people face when they're trying to harness the power of social networking to achieve their goals. Talk about those pitfalls.
1 (11m 44s):
One of the biggest pitfalls is that what ends up happening is we start to not be vulnerable. We, I committed to this but then I actually didn't fulfill it and I'm embarrassed and I don't wanna say anything about it so I'm not gonna report on it and I push it off. Your team is only gonna be as good as the actions you put forward on going after your goal. So one of the biggest pitfalls is your own ego getting in the way. You know, I'll often tell people your ego is not your amigo when it comes to trying to push yourself out the comfort zone to do something new.
1 (12m 29s):
When you do a goal, and this is part two, remind yourself of this, you've got to sacrifice something to enable yourself to do the new thing that you're after. All goals are based on daily action that you take. And what will end up happening is we will then take too much of an action in the beginning and get ourselves overwhelmed and realizing, oh, this is too hard. And then we'll realize that we'll give up within the first week. You know, I'll often relate goal achievement to weight loss.
1 (13m 9s):
You know, one of my earliest businesses where we invented the perfect pushup and a bunch of other fitness products, I spent a lot of time helping people take control their bodies. And when someone would say like, I've got a hundred pounds to lose. Well, if you have a hundred pounds to lose, what do you think's gonna work better? Taking incremental baby steps of, you know, I think this week I'll start to just reduce my amount of soda that I start to drink and then next week I'll cut it a little bit more and then next week I'll cut it back a little more. Or do you go cold Turkey and say, I'm gonna work out an hour a day, cut all sugar out of my meals and I'm going to only eat salads in very short order.
1 (13m 54s):
That number of actions will overwhelm you to the point where you'll decide, this is too hard and I'll give up. But if you take incremental actions with your goal team, you'll find that tho, you'll find the progress that comes from that will be fuel for your persistence to keep going.
0 (14m 16s):
Fire Nation, these are some powerful thoughts on how to avoid these pitfalls that people face when they're trying to achieve their goals. And I think this is one area that your app is gonna solve some of these problems as well. So can you take some time Alden and talk about your new app?
1 (14m 33s):
Yeah, the new app, which is called Goal Budd, allows you to do exactly the three things we just outlined for Goal Achievement. They are make that goal and it it'll help you walk you through the defining of that goal process to include linking up like your passion and your purpose behind that. Part two, helping you go out and get very quickly a goal team that you can build on the fly. You can either email them or text them and bring them together to say, listen, I'm putting myself out there. Remember this is the vulnerability piece and I am sharing with you on a private network, your own private network that you get to build on the fly with gold bud, the goal that you're committing to.
1 (15m 20s):
And then third, you're giving them the commitments. Hey, I'm gonna report on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays of this particular action that I'm gonna do in pursuit of my goal.
0 (15m 32s):
You also mentioned a book that you've recently completed. What can Fire Nation expect from this?
1 (15m 39s):
The book Unstoppable Mindset is all about helping people take control of the three things that we can control. There's so few things in life that we can control, but these three things, how we think, where we focus and what we believe in, and they all form a loop, allow us to change our destiny in life. And if you learn to harness them, and I'll give you about a dozen different techniques on how to handle dealing with positive thoughts versus the negative thoughts and how to use the focus to get your fuel to then shift your limiting beliefs that will all work to spiral you upwards to continue to persist.
1 (16m 27s):
And also in that book you can learn a whole bunch of lessons on what they teach you in SEAL training. I find SEAL training to be a very powerful metaphor for anybody looking to do something new in life. Especially as an entrepreneur, you're gonna be doing a whole bunch of things that are unknown to you and you're gonna have to learn how to harness fear as fuel. You're not gonna have to push it aside, you're gonna embrace it. And that's what the Unstoppable Mindset book will help you with.
0 (16m 60s):
Now Alden, you shared a lot of great content today from your app to your book to the three essential actions for achieving goals. What is the one thing you wanna leave Fire Nation with today?
1 (17m 14s):
I want everyone on Fire Nation to know that they always have a choice. You know, my ministry as I like to think of it is helping people be unstoppable. Everyone can be unstoppable, they have that choice. Being unstoppable is a choice that you make and you don't just make it once. You make it during many different decisions each and every day. Understand that unstoppable is a choice and each and every one of you listening, you have the power to be unstoppable. So don't you dare stop dreaming. I want you to dream of big har audacious goals and then I want you to set sail form, but build your goal team and create those commitments.
1 (18m 3s):
Cause that's what's gonna help you get there.
0 (18m 5s):
Now Holden, what is your call to action for Fire Nation? How can they connect with you? The
1 (18m 11s):
Best way they can connect with me is they can go to Goal Budd, download Goal Budd, and start the process of making their own goals. If they want follow up information, go to aldens.com. But by downloading Goal Budd, I will be here to help you anytime of the day.
0 (18m 33s):
Fire Nation, you're the average of the five people you spend the most time with, you've been hanging out with AM and JLD today, so keep up that heat. For links to everything we talked about, visit eofire.com type Alden in the search bar, the show us page will pop right up. And thank you Alden for sharing your truth, your knowledge, your value with Fire Nation today. For that we salute you and we'll catch you on the flip side.
1 (18m 58s):
Thank you so much, JLD, go get 'em. Fire Nation.
0 (19m 2s):
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