Meditate For 2 Minutes In The Morning

david goecke meditation

david goecke meditation

Meditate First Thing

Right when you wake up, clearing your mind can help you be more productive throughout the day. This starts with meditation, which is effortless and leads to a mental state of “thought awareness.”

Focusing on the present moment, clearing your mind of any thoughts, and focusing on mind control leads to relaxation.

Start Your Day With Meditation

I recently read a post about the “Laws of Attraction” on WikiHow and the very first step is to “relax your mind.”

Although the post recommends this as an “optional” behavior, I have to say that it should be recommended for anyone who desires anything.

Meditation Clears Your Mind

The title of my personal blog here is “Success is a mindset” right? So meditation helps clear your mind so that you can have the right mindset that you need to be successful.

To be specific, meditation helps set the state for your day, at the beginning of your day, every day. Learn to meditate and you will be more connected with life and your surroundings. If you want to learn more, I would recommend How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind

Routine Requires Discipline and Accountability

You may have noticed that the blog has not been updated in the past week. I have to say it’s been an extremely busy week for me.

Although I haven’t blogged, I have been thinking about a number of topics to post about and I plan to do that in the next day or two and over the weekend. I’ve been in complete learning mode. I’m learning from my mentors and advisors, my friends and peers, and the people that I follow and listen to. Alongside that I’ve been doing a lot of reading and learning about these topics.

This post is about routine and how developing good habits requires both accountability and discipline. In order to stick to the commitment you need someone or something to keep you accountable. What this means is that someone holds you responsible for the actions that you have promised. Discipline is the effort and perseverance it takes to continue to do those action day in and day out.

Because the United States of America is built on a society of instant gratification, this discipline might be much harder than in a nation where the citizens work hard and regard working hard highly. I was listening to a psychology podcast the other day about business leadership and goal setting. Some bloggers proclaim that sharing their goals on their blog is what keeps them accountable because they are now responsible to their audience to complete the actions they committed to.

However the expert psychologist that I listen to said that the feeling of accomplishment came from talking about the goal instead of actually doing it. For example posting about a goal to complete a marathon is just as rewarding as actually accomplishing the goal itself. As a result people post their goals on their blog but they never actually do the action that they have committed to.

Perhaps that is maybe what happened to me. Although I do not have a large readership or reader base on my blog yet, I realize that the goal setting was primarily for myself. However writing is very difficult and doing something consistently for the same on a time during the same period of the day is very difficult.

What I further realize is that sometimes in order to get something done you just have to get started and that often starting is much more difficult than you ever imagined. In a world where social media and e-mail rule our lives, it is very easy to get distracted in start doing something else when that is less important than the task at hand. .

So instead of striving to make every single post on this blog perfectly written, I will continue to write but I’m learning about business, marketing, start-ups, and finance.


Knowledge Is Power

knowledge is power david goecke

knowledge is power david goecke

I will never forget my my 7th grade Social Studies teacher, Mr. Mitchell. He graded all of our essays in thick red ink and taught us to think on a global scale. He had this thick laugh that resonated throughout the halls with a sense of authority and command.

“Knowledge Is Power” Tee-shirts

Mr. Mitchell liked to be the best at everything. Part of that was teaching 7th grade students to think about the world around them. Another part of that was coaching the Academic Bowl team. I will never forget the dark blue tee-shirts that had our middle school logo on the front left corner–an emblem that represented the school we attended. However, even more noticeable was the bright letters on the back of our shirts in big bold font, “Knowledge Is Power.”

At the time, my shy self thought nothing of the tee-shirt. To me it was just another quote written on the back of a shirt. It was a free piece of clothing that I could proudly display my dedication to my middle school. I had a half a dozen shirts for all the other activities I was involved in so this would sit in my dresser next to all the other shirts. I remember that the sizes were all too big for us so anytime I wore the shirt, it was an over sized mess.

Knowledge Is Everything

Now that I am reflecting upon those experiences in the 7th grade, I realize that knowledge is everything. Perhaps that is obvious but let me be very specific. Who you know is way more important than what you know. But extended one degree, the people who know the people that you know are the most important.

People Are Power

If i were to make another tee-shirt that more accurately reflected my current day view on knowledge, they would say “People Are Power.” In other words, it is not necessarily general knowledge that holds power; it is relationships that are truly everything. So who are the people that you know and how are they influencing the way you think, the way you act, and the future paths you will travel?

Influence Your Peers

Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”  In the 7th grade, we would have called this peer pressure and the academic circles always painted peer pressure in a negative light. “Don’t get peer pressured to try drugs, steal, do wrong” etc. But I challenge you to pressure your peers to step up their game and surround themselves with influential people.

Mr. Mitchell taught me to think and to intelligently express those thoughts in my own words. Even though he tore apart my essays with his red pen he taught me that knowledge is power. Even though I did not understand the importance of the concept in the 7th grade, this simple message sticks with me today. Surround yourself with the right people.

Random Acts of Inspiration


random acts of inspiration

You never know when you will have the opportunity for a random act, but today, I was in the middle of a call. When I finished the conversation and looked up, a colleague of mine was sitting across the room at a Starbucks. I said, “Hi” and the conversation that ensued was specifically inspiring and motivating. That’s why I posted the tweet below.

Random Acts of Inspiration Tweet

So I asked myself, what actually inspires me? And what does inspiration really mean?

What Does “Inspiration” Really Mean?

For me, it’s that moment when you have the right amount of coffee, you have completed your daily meditation, and your mind is free to think about the impossible. It is a strong sense of mental stimulation to do something creative. Growing up in a family with a strong emphasis on faith, I was taught that our Creator was inspired when He created humans. That is the type of inspiration I want to know more about and experience more often.

What Actually Inspires Me?

So the next natural question is obvious, what inspires me? After thinking about this for some time, I think the act of giving inspires me. Specifically, giving value to others in a way that when they receive or experience that value, they smile. In short, I am inspired to make people smile.

But mentorship and learning from motivated and driven people also inspire me. Believe it or not, Wikipedia defines mentorship really well.

Mentorship is a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The person in receipt of mentorship may be referred to as a protégé (male), a protégée (female), an apprentice or, in recent years, a mentee.

In other words, being the apprentice of my mentors is something that inspires me because it allows me to learn from those people who are driven to be successful.

What Inspires YOU?

Deciding to write this blog has been tremendously inspiring. In case you don’t know, I made a commitment to write 365 blogs in 52 weeks and I’m currently on blog number 4. What I really want to do is include my friends, family, and colleagues on this journey as I discover myself and what’s valuable to the people around me. So I must ask. What Inspires You? Please share in the comments below!

What Does FREEDOM Mean To You?

What does freedom mean to you?

What does freedom mean to you?

Freedom means so many different things to so many different people. I tried to be creative and put in a search for “Freedom” at and found a lot of different pictures that convey the idea of freedom. There are photos of chains being broken. Others were signs of free shipping. Another was a picture of a fork in the road with two options: left meant freedom, to the right meant limits. Another image showed a mans hands that once had rope around them had the rope cut.

Freedom is obtaining true happiness and joy. What is happiness? From one point of view, it might be the lack of boredom–in other words, excitement. At some point, I want to write a thorough post about happiness, but for now, the post is about freedom.

Spiritual Freedom. Physical Freedom. Financial Freedom. Personal Freedom. Mental Freedom.

What do all these things have in common? They are breaking the bondage from something that lacks excitement. To many, freedom means political freedom with the right to freedom of speech and freedom from violence. These are two luxuries that I experience in the United States. One of my personal passions is understanding financial freedom and how to manage finances. Part of this starts with understanding currency and value within a community of people that make up a society governed by rules and laws.

True Freedom Requires Revolution

One author, Carey Kinsolving, posted a very interested article of inspiration around the topic of spiritual freedom. Freedom requires soldiers to give up their lives protecting our country. True freedom requires revolution. If you want to be free, you have to revolt against the thing holding you hostage. If you want to travel, aka freedom of location, you have to revolt against the very thing that keeps you grounded in one location. Understanding this fundamental concept is instrumental in starting your journey to freedom.

What Does Freedom Mean To You?

Blogging and writing is one avenue for me to chase freedom and it’s a 52 week commitment I’ve made to myself, to my readers, and public ally. My question to you is simply this, what does freedom mean to you? Please share in the comments below or find me on Twitter, Instagram, or Google Plus for more interaction!