Celebrating wins boosts your drive towards doing more good deeds for others. In this episode, Merrill Chandler takes a deeper look at some of the things that’s been happening recently in his life and how they’re impacting his fundability. Using the journey to publish his book as an example, he talks about how to take the wins. Celebrate more wins with Merrill as he reminds us the importance of people surrounding us to make our successes possible.
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In this episode, we’re going to take a little bit of a deeper look at some of the things that have been happening in my life and how it actually will impact your fundability. It seems like it’s a stretch, but the dominoes fell for me and it was magic. We’re going to be talking about how to take the win.
How many of you, whether it’s in your financial life or your personal life, have worked and worked after a particular goal? Maybe it’s a long-term goal, months or years and all of a sudden you hit that goal and you hit it hard. It isn’t just little creep up on it and it’s like, “Poof.” You nailed it. What happens then? Let me give you a personal example for me in my life. You’ve been hearing me talk about my book for 52 episodes and you may already have a copy of the book or you may have already read it. This is out of context, but we’re going to bring it around to your life and how you deal with the wins.
I woke up and it was the strangest feeling because I filed with the publisher all of the electronic pieces and assets for my book. I’ve been working on the covers for months. I’ve been working on the book itself for over a year. It has been on my to-do list. It’s been a thing in my universe for twenty years and about this time, I set the goal in 2018 to finish the book by the end of January 2019. Here we are at the end of 2019, I came back and I’ve spent literally a year working on this project and I woke up going, “What’s next?”
I’ve got eBooks to finish and bonuses to provide students and clients. We’ve got educational campaigns, we’ve got campaigns for corporate benefit packages so corporations can actually empower and inspire their employees with the right fundability tools. I have a massive mission to accomplish and I woke up and I’m like, “Can’t you take a second to take in the win?” A twenty-year project, fully engaged, psychic drag level engaged, weekly engagement of this project to finish my book. I didn’t even skip a beat too to sit back and go, “I nailed it.”
It’s a great book. My last editor is my dear friend, Stephanie, and she is all things financial. She is bored out of her mind. She’s like, “Whenever I started talking about how well the business is going, this, that and the other, her eyes glaze over.” I had her do the final edit to make sure that how a nonfinancial person would relate. She was like, “This is really good, Merrill.” That’s a really low bar but she’s a great editor. It’s a great book and it’s going it delivers so much amazing, information, knowledge and opportunities for borrowers, for you, to take your lives to the next level.Don't just set the goal; reward yourself for hitting it. Click To Tweet
I wasn’t resting for a second and my to-do lists were like, “What’s next?” I don’t know if you are into this thing or not. I’m a Capricorn, which means to take over the world is my personality. I had to actually stop and take in how beautiful the book is and the work that went in and Michael and Leah and the great work that they did to design it and craft it. All of the editors and Jess and Brad, my partners who did so much to make it pop and make it so that it would communicate these ideas in their edits. Sky helped me with all the graphics and create a visual representation of these things. Many people helped me in so many ways and it wasn’t natural for me to sit back and go, “Mission accomplished.” Not check it off but like, “That was freaking amazing. I am proud and happy that I got this long-term goal done.”
My question is, how do you not take the win? How do you avoid success? Remember a few episodes go, I was up against this Fear of Failure or Success. It was another heartfelt one. I haven’t had one since. That episode was all about, “What’s going to happen? Is it going to blow up? Is it fizzle out?” On a completely up other note, I finished my first book. Millions of people write millions of books, but I’ve never done it. I have something to say. I have something that is not available anywhere else. That’s why the subheading of the book says, The Only Book on Earth that Exposes How to Become Fundable and Get Access to Highly-Guarded Amazing, Inexpensive Loans And Lines of Credit.
Celebrate with me because I’ve been resonating and holding the space for me to be able to like, “I did it.” I sent out texts and emails to friends and family. I’m taking the minute to celebrate the win. Where do you pass by? Where do you say, “Check mark, next thing?” I had asked myself, “Do you deserve the win?” You’ve been working on something for months, days or weeks or months or years like this book represents to me. You’re working on your fundable profile. You get approved for a business credit card of $20,000 or $5,000. Do you take the win or do you say, “That’s not enough? Let’s keep going. I need another bank with a $50,000 credit line but you get a $20,000.” Do you actually sit back and go, “This is a massive win?”
I’m in my team meeting and I don’t think I’ve shared this before but in October of 2018, I went to Ireland one zillion percent paid on my miles. I love my miles, but I chose an instrument intentionally that was a tier one, 100% card that gave amazing benefits. I went to Ireland to visit a friend who was out there because his employment took him there and we had a blast. We went to the Jameson Distillery, Jameson Irish whiskey. Interestingly enough, my daughter named her son, Jameson, like the whiskey because in the past she has been a bartender and loved the name.
I went to the Jameson Distillery and you can actually get custom label bottles of whiskey. I got Jameson Fors a custom bottled label but I also got one for me. What it was designed for is when I came home, when I had massive wins, then me and my executive team or whatever the win was, we did a shot of this whiskey, whoever was participating with me in this experience. What was amazing was when I was in the team, my team was congratulating me for getting the book sent to the publisher but it took Brad to say, “When are we going to do a shot?” I didn’t even think about the win such that I could take a shot. The bottle is in my kitchen. It’s ready to go.
By the way, we draw a line and on every single one of the big wins. We write what it was as the bottle goes down. We did it when we started our bootcamps and that’s the first and only time that we did it. After we had our first bootcamp, it changed our entire educational platform for Get Fundable. It took my partner and friend a reminder that it was a big win, a monumental win such that we would have shots. I was not mindful of it, I was just, “Next.” Do you have a way to celebrate big wins? I chose to get a private labeled Merrill Chandler Jameson bottle of whiskey. What is yours? Do you have a way to celebrate your wins?
Let’s say your building business credit. Your first $100,000, your first $500,000 or your first $1 million. You take down your first property using other people’s money. Do you have a bucket list or a fundability list? In your private life, what constitutes a win? Do you have a way, a formal way, a ritual of celebrating that win? I set one up and I clean forgot about it. That’s not okay for me. It’s not okay for you. We are not automatons. We’re not robots who are check-listing our way through our lives. How do we celebrate this win? I don’t know how much there is to say more than that. You make the effort to create the checklist and to do the work. Are you willing to celebrate the win and do you have a ritual?
I’m talking about a formal ceremony, a thing you do. We’re going to our Christmas dinner with our team and I am going to do that ritual, that ceremony, that win in front of my team because it is a massive positive experience. I want you to figure out how do you want to celebrate your wins? Dinner with a loved one or a purchase of something. What is your celebration for your wins? Don’t set the goal, reward yourself for hitting it. I had to be reminded by my own team members that this was a big deal and not another box to check in my life. While I love to check boxes, I like shots of whiskey. I want to make sure that this is a powerful representation of success.
I want you to do the same thing for you with your partners, your loved ones, your teammates or whatever context you’re operating in. It can be financial wins, it can be personal wins. I’m here supporting you on how to be fundable so at least have a win of the relationships you will build with lenders, the windfalls of profits you get from using other people’s money that your fundable profiles have delivered. Whatever that is, include that as one of them. Take down finances that you have engaged because you are now totally and completely f*able and make sure that your ceremony represents how f*able you are. I will see you next time.
- Fear of Failure or Success – previous episode
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