It’s nice outside. I have tons to do today. But I made a commitment to blog at least 365 times this year so I wanted to write about something many people don’t think about or give a lot of importance to.

Why Planning?

Perhaps too many people use the phrase strategic planning when they are building a business, at work, or setting goals. The truth is simple, planning helps set you up for success. But there’s also a balance to the amount of time you spend planning versus actually doing actual work.

The reason I’m thinking about planning is that I recently had a 1:1 lunch with the founder of a local consulting firm and one of the key learning was about planning. This is one of the best ways to overcome fear is to plan action.

“Fear Is The Simply The Anticipation Of Pain”

Think about it. What are you most afraid of? Are you afraid of the dark? Are you afraid of snakes? What about heights?

It’s not actually the fear itself, it’s the pain that you might have which is associated to that fear. Is there a scary intruder or viscous monster in the dark? Will that snake actually bite and poison you? Will you fall off the height and die?

So then what exactly are you afraid of?

Action Overcomes Fear

So now that you know what you are afraid of, acting directly in response to that fear is the best way to overcome the fear. For example, turn on the lights and check all your closets for monsters. Talk to a snake owner about the dangers of snakes and venomous creatures. Secure yourself when on top of a skyscraper or a tall mountain.

So what exactly is my point? These are really simply examples of fears; however, doing something immediately response to those fears will help you overcome them. Now, these might relate to innate fears we have as humans against dangerous creatures (like fictitious closet monsters) or fear of the unknown (like what is exactly at the bottom of the ocean).

But take an every day fear like the fear of confrontation, fear of speaking, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of family, fear of relationships. Most of these fears are simply anticipating pain related to those fears. So if you acted in a direct way to those fears, you could overcome and reduce the pain associated with your fear.

Planning Helps You Act

Action is hard. Planning takes time. But setting yourself up in preparation to conquer your fears is the best way to overcome them. So many people undervalue planning, myself included, that when the moment comes for them to shine, they are not ready. When it comes to fear, if they aren’t prepared to act, they experience the pain.

Once the pain point occurs, the fear is greatly lessened and learning occurs. If a mistake happened, then there is opportunity for growth. If success occurred, then reflection and enjoyment occurs.

Maybe this is a long way of saying “plan more to overcome your fears.” And being purposeful about life by planning and setting goals is one path to living a more fulfilled life.

What Do You Think?

If you got this far, than these types of conversations probably spark your interest and you like to think about them. Why not share those thoughts here? Looking forward to hearing what thoughts people are thinking in the comments below!

Life Is All About Perspective



Life is all about perspective.

It’s Friday, it’s sunny.

Today started out in probably the worst way it’s started out in a long time. But if I change my perspective to something positive, perhaps I can look at the start of my day and say “At least it can only get better from here.”

Have you ever looked at something from one point of view and then you rotated the image completely and once you look at it from a different point off view and then noticed something completely different?

For example:

Do you remember this image from your childhood?

old young woman perspective

It was on the back of my milk carton growing up. What do you see when you look at this image? Well, that’s exactly my point. There are two images here so look hard until you see both.

Three Sides To Every Story

You have heard people say, “There are 3 sides to every story.” Well what are those sides? There is “his side” and then there’s “her side” and then there’s “the truth.” So in short, this basically means there is a perspective to every story.

Learning how to understand perspective and tell a good story is really important. This leads to understanding people and building relationships. Would love to hear your perspective on this in the comments below!

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!

The Ultimate Guide to Using Instagram Online

collage of online instagram photos

collage of instagram online photos

Ever since Facebook bought Instagram for 1B dollars, acquisitions have blown up like crazy! You have companies like Snapchat and Whatsapp coming out of the woodwork like nobody’s business and setting outrageous purchase prices. But that’s not what we are here to talk about. We are here to talk about how to use Instagram Online. Over the course of the next year, I plan to continue adding to this guide so that you can understand the ins and outs of Instagram. But first, if you want to follow me on Instagram, check me out @DavidGoecke

What is Instagram?

Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing and video-sharing social networking application that allow you to share your memories with friends. It launched in October 2010 by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger gaining over 100M active users by April 2012. It is primarily used on your mobile phone (Andorid, Apple, Windows) and does not have an online interface.

By April 2012, Facebook acquired Instagram for approximately US$1 billion in cash and stock options. The following year, Instagram grew by 23%. According to an Instagram blog post, the community has exceeded 200 million users sharing over 20 billion photos as of April.

So if you haven’t joined the social network where images and video are the primary means of communication, download the app from your mobile app store and sign up today!

How to Tell a Compelling Story on Instagram?

Just like any other social media presence, every profile tells a story. So how do you tell a compelling Instagram story?

First, use images that create an emotional conversation. Tapping into and resonating with your audience will help you tell a story worth listening to.

Second, answer the who, what, and why aspects of the story, or leave the user answering the question for themselves.

Third, emphasize consistency and support your story with your biography, links, and other social media accounts.

How to Save a Picture from Instagram?

Download OTHER people’s photos:

You can do this one of many ways.

  1. Take a screenshot from your own mobile device.
  2. Open their profile on your computer (laptop, desktop, tablet) and take a screenshot.
  3. Use a tool online like Instagrabbr and simply download a photo by the username.

Download YOUR OWN photos:

You can also do this a couple different ways.

  1. From your mobile device, open Instagram settings and “Save original photos.”
  2. Take a screenshot from your mobile device.
  3. Download all your photos at one time using Instaport, which is a free tool.

What are Hashtags?

The word hashtag is referring to the number sign or the # sign that looks like a tic-tac-toe board. When you put this sign in front of a word, it becomes a “hashtag.” For example, “#design” would be referenced to as “hashtag design.”

So how is this helpful? Well when you post a picture or video on Instagram, you can add categories with hashtags in front of them, and that will tag your image with those categories. Using hashtags creates a link to all the other photos in that category. For example, if I posted a photo of a flower and put “#flower” in the description, then anyone else who uses a hashtag flower will also see my post.

So what do you use it for? Well, if you wanted to look for all the posts with #flowers tagged on them, you could simply search instagram by using the hashtag keyword of #flower to find them.

If you are completely lost, Instagram has a great help center response on the exact question, “How do I use #hashtags?

To find good hashtags, I like to use the following tools.

  • – free tool that shows related hashtags, top influences, and usage patters for hashtags in a visually appealing manner
  • – free list of the top hashtags by number of photos posted on Instagram. You can search for hashtags and then copy a whole block of 30 tags to use for your image. Personally one of my favorites.
  • – list of trending and popular Instagram tags for likes and follows at this very moment

Additional Tools and Resources for Instagram Online

My theory is this: If someone built a tool to help you do something quicker, faster, cheaper well, use the tool. Here are some free tools to help.

  • JustUnfollow – free tool that helps you follow and unfollow Instagram Online users
  • IconoSquare – lets you login, sync your Instagram account and like/unlike photos by mass
  • 52 Tips: How to Market on Instagram – outstanding post I found for business users who want to market and/or promote their personal brand or their business on Instagram.

What Is Your Instagram Username?

Let’s connect. Post your Instagram username in the comments and I will go like a photo!