In 2014 I was interviewed by Expert Insights Publishing to be featured in Ready Aim Inspire! Book
The following my chapter from the book. You can listen to the interview Here
Daniel Hanzelka is a Life Reset Strategist whose mission is to ignite the purpose and passion in everyone with whom he comes in contact with. He creates unique results with his out-of-the-box mindset and unconventional insight that inspires those with an entrepreneurial spirit and motivation to turn their passion into a profitable business.
“Everyone will end up somewhere, but few will end up somewhere on purpose.” Daniel’s R.E.S.E.T. FORMULA will help you find that purpose. He will inspire you, move you, and motivate you to turn your passion into a work of significance.
He is the author of Financial Reset as well as a co-author of Mastering the Art of Success and Beyond Riches with Income Properties. He is also a public speaker, interviews successful entrepreneurs for his RESET radio and TV show, writes blogs, and has been featured in various media. In an unconventional exercise to help entrepreneurs reach their full potential.
V: How have you come to realize your passion and purpose?
DH: It really has been an incredible journey over the last 40 years of my life; but especially in recent years, when I became fascinated by the question, “What’s the difference between somebody who succeeds in life and somebody who does not?” I discovered that our purpose and our passion is within each of us and has been there from the day we were born. It’s not something that we gain later from outside of us.
One example I like to use with my clients is the acorn. An acorn already has the DNA of an oak tree in it. If I take that acorn and put it on my desk, it could sit there for the next 100 years, and nothing will happen. But if we take that acorn and put it into the right environment, it can grow into an oak tree.
That’s what I have seen happening with me; I knew I had the potential to go and do great things, inspire people, and really help them.
I was in the financial industry for 17 years, and I loved what I was doing but I discovered that I wasn’t in the right environment to really bring out my passion.
When I decided to exit the financial industry, I caught on fire. There is a quote that I love and enjoy from Les Brown, “If you set yourself on fire, people will come and watch you burn.” I have set myself on fire and I want everybody to come and watch me because I want to set them on fire and inspire them to become the person who they want to be.
I believe everybody has great potential inside of them; just like that acorn has the DNA of an oak tree. I have come to know my purpose and my passion and I want to help others to do the same.
V: There’s just no question, Daniel, you are on fire. Tell us how you hope your work and your books and all of the great contribution you’re making will inspire others?
DH: Most people think their passion and purpose is something that is outside of them, something maybe that they have to go and learn how to do. My belief is that passion and purpose is inside every one of us.
I believe the passion I have right now, was always inside of me. Again, I just had to place myself in the right environment. That’s what I can do for others to really inspire them and help them to become the person they’re destined to be.
As I have been studying successful people, one of the secrets is that successful people don’t do one big thing every once in a while. They have a strategy where they do little things on a consistent basis every single day.
One of the habits I have adopted to put me into this state of mind is that every day I do what some people call rituals. I call it celebration. Every day I want to celebrate the day that is coming. First, I sit down and read the scriptures. I read the word of God and I meditate on that. That helps me start my day.
The second thing I do is exercise. It’s not only a mental thing, but it’s also a physical thing where we can change the state that we’re in. After that, I listen to inspiring music or talks from other people who will inspire me.
I fuel this fire that’s burning within me. I start the day off at a fairly high peak physical and emotional level, so when things happen throughout the day, they don’t affect me much because I’m starting high.
Mike Tyson says, “We all have a plan until we get punched in the face.”
We go through the day, and we get lot of punches; but if we can create an environment where we are ready for whatever is going to come, it doesn’t have to affect us.
V: Daniel, how do you spark your creativity?
DH: When I meditate in the morning and when I exercise, I’m actually clearing my mind of all negative thoughts. If we can start from the morning to put ourselves into that peak state of mind physically, mentally, and spiritually, things are going to happen.
I believe that we all get great ideas all the time. Unfortunately, our heads are cluttered. I started to write these ideas down. Instead of saying, “I’m going to try to remember that later on,” as soon as I get an idea, I write it down in a journal I keep. I don’t really have the time to think about it right then, but I download it from my brain onto a piece of paper, and then I can come back to it.
The greatest ideas I have come right after completing my meditating, exercise, and listening to something motivating. I’m not thinking too hard about what the day is going to bring. When I am relaxed most of my great ideas come.
I think we all have thousands and thousands of ideas. The issue is that an idea is only as good as the implementation of the idea. Organize it and have a structure or a system for how to actually process that creativity.
V: What is your favorite idea that you’ve come up with due to this inspiration?
DH: I started what I call a 100 Project Journal. It’s a journal where I list 100 things that I want to do and create. There are really eight different areas of my life that I’m working on to have 100 things that I want to accomplish in these areas.
Family and friends. The relationships we have. What are the 100 things that I’d like to accomplish in this area?
Fun time, travel, and adventure. Where are the 100 places that I want to visit?
Community. What are the 100 ways I can contribute to others?
Personal growth. The 100 things I want to do to better myself.
Business and career. What are 100 things I want to accomplish in my business?
Financial. What are the 100 financial goals that I have in terms of income and investments?
Health and fitness. We haven’t really talked about this, but I have gone through a major transformation in terms of my health, which partly sparked the journey I am now on. At one point in my life, I was 260 pounds. I’m about 170 right now. I lost 90 pounds. It wasn’t about the food. It wasn’t about the exercise. It was all about changing and renewing my mind.
I started looking at things a little bit differently. I started asking the question, “What if everything that I have ever learned turned out to be wrong? When would I want to know?” For me, that’s really the reason I want to go and inspire people.
I was born in Czechoslovakia under communism. I lived there for 13 years. Under those circumstances and with everything that has happened in my life, I felt like I never really knew what the truth was. When I came to Canada, I began the journey. I sought to find out the truth behind everything.
The last area is gratitude and celebration. What are the things I’m thankful for, and how do I want to show that gratitude?
This 100 Project Journal that I’m working on is all about wanting to be inspiring. As I start writing these goals down and I start looking at them, what I find inspiring is that some of these are goals that I want to go and accomplish, and then I realize that I’m already going through the process of accomplishing them, or maybe I have already accomplished them.
We need to put these goals into our minds and start to focus on them. Really it’s the focus that makes us accomplish this. But if we never write things down, we move through life by default. The 100 Project aims to help us inspire ourselves.
For me, that’s really the passion and the purpose that I have, because when I look at my life so far, for the majority of my life, I have lived by default. When I lived in Czechoslovakia, we didn’t have the freedom that we do have living in Canada or the United States or in other countries that offer this freedom.
Even though we live in a free society, I see that a lot of people are living under the bondage of debt and poor financial management. What started this for me was finding out why for some people, it seems like whatever they touch, they attract a lot of success and there are some people on the other side where it doesn’t work that way.
The discovery I made was that the difference is in the mindset that people have. We can inspire ourselves to start thinking about the possibilities as opposed to focusing on some of the negative things that are happening in our life.
We don’t have to go very far to look for negative things. We got rid of our TV five years ago, which I think was the smartest thing that we have done for the whole family. You turn off the TV and the news, and that gets rid of the negativity. For me, inspiration comes from putting myself through my celebration and through the 100 Project Journal and putting myself in a positive state of mind as much as possible.
That’s something I really focus on because when I do that for myself then my family benefits and everybody that I come into contact with will benefit from that as well.
V: How do you balance the creative side and then implement those goals and make them a reality?
DH: I think inspiration is at the heart of planning. First, before we can even plan, you have to be inspired to actually go and do something. When it comes down to balancing, I think planning is very important, but if there is no action, then nothing happens. For me, that’s probably the biggest, most important element.
One of my goals is to be what I call the “Inspirator.” In the past, I was a perfectionist. Whenever I started something, I would want to make sure that it was perfect before I took it any further. Unfortunately, nothing would ever get done, because I never felt like it was perfect. My goal is to just go out there, do things, and put myself out there. I know that when I do that, things are going to get accomplished.
If you have a really great idea, just go out there and do it. If you don’t, somebody else will.
V: If you were looking at your contribution as a legacy, what would that look like for you, Daniel?
DH: I believe that, when I and others around me become our true authentic selves by living out our purpose and passion, we will serve as an example to future generations.
Our problem is not that we are inadequate; our struggle is that we are powerful beyond measure. We are capable of achieving so much more. I believe when our generation stands up and does what we were created to do, the next generation will follow suit. This is how we can change the world and leave a lasting legacy.
GET INSPIRED NOW:
There are two parts to making things happen. The first part has to do with taking action. It really involves giving yourself permission to find and live out your passion. If you’re willing to give yourself the permission to live out your purpose, then you can go out and turn your passion into profit.
The second part involves asking yourself a question: “What do I love to do? What is that one thing that I could do all day long without getting bored? I could do it all day long; and even if I didn’t make money, I’d still go out there and do it.” When we find that something we really love, then we don’t ever have to work again.
Write down a list of 10 things that you love doing and number them 1 to 10. Just let it flow, don’t hold yourself back. Don’t limit yourself by saying I don’t have time, money, knowledge or resources for this. Those things are limits we put on ourselves.
Next, ask yourself what you are more passionate about, number 1 or number 2. If you are more passionate about number 2, then ask the question “Which am I more passionate about, number 2 or number 3?”
Continue through your list. Repeat this process until you have narrowed it down to one thing. This will help you find your inspiration in life and aid you in finding your purpose in life. Visit ResetYourMoney.com for more inspiring ideas.