Balance,  Coaching,  Motivation,  Productivity

How to develop your second brain & get more done!

Back in the fall of 2010, I had the opportunity to meet one of the greats of business and personal development. He’s written over 70 books, created over 300 courses, and is considered a top coach and consultant.

His book was one of the first that I read when I started my business – Maximum Achievement (Others – Goals!,The Psychology of Selling, andChange Your Thinking Change Your Life.) I learned so much from him when I started my business.

I was working for a client at his live event, and this man was presenting. I was thrilled when my client gave me the opportunity to meet and connect with this person.

This man was Brian Tracy.

What do you say when you finally have the chance to meet someone whose work helped transform your life and business?

Thank goodness I had done a little rehearsing and wasn’t completely tongue-tied. I was simply genuine and told him how much his work had helped change my business and my life.

He was incredibly gracious and agreed to take a photo with me.
I love when this happens – meeting people that I’ve studied and implemented their books, courses, and teachings into my work and life, and I get to thank them – feels so good.

This leads me to how to develop your two brains.

How do I possibly read up to 30 books or more a year – take several courses, attend events, AND implement what I’ve learned to put it into action?

I’ve created a process that works for me and wanted to share it:

1. Read the book, newsletter, product, etc. Use a highlighter and some post-it tabs to highlight the big ideas that I want to refer back to.
2. Go back and read through my highlights and tabs and pick out the one idea that I think I can implement RIGHT NOW.
3. Take out a piece of paper and create a little action plan of how I will implement it. Or my new way of using Evernote combined with Google Docs to stay organized. And I stay focused on my core values- things that will feed my soul, mental and physical well-being, bring in money for my business, and more.
4. Then I figure out what I will do myself versus what I will outsource to others.
5. Put some dates on the calendar when it will be completed, and I’m done!
6. Then go back to a new source again (book, newsletter, etc.) and find one or two more ideas, and start the process all over again.

A few days ago, when I was doing some research, I came across this prelaunch book site – Building a Second Brain: A Proven Method to Organize your Digital Life and Unlock Your Creative Potential by Tiago Forte.

It inspired me to write about the process of how I build my second brain and explore how I can improve it.

I’ve preordered the book and look forward to discovering more ideas about how I can implement and update my processes.

A side note  I love the title of Tiago Forte’s book. Instead of another book with a productivity title, it’s a book about building a second brain. This is definitely a good example of coming up with a unique idea that stands out from the crowd.

Happy June – here’s to hot days, cool nights, snowballs, and ice cream!

Here’s to Your Soulful Success,


My spouse’s birthday is coming up this weekend so I have cake and ice cream on the brain this week. 🙂
P.SFlying ice cream — hmmm – sounds more like a melting summer debacle…
P.S.S. Speaking of ice cream – how about some cake?! The Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, challenged bakers to recreate any of its 21k works of art as cake – yum.

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