Achieving Big Goals with Dave Armstrong

In this episode, we talk to Dave Armstrong (Sensei Dave) about how to set and actually achieve your big goals. We also talk about self efficacy, showing up for yourself and impacting the lives of others.

SEP 12TH, 2022

Episode Notes

Memorable Moments:

  • 5:10 There’s a road to anything that we want to do in life. Right? No matter what it is, there’s a road. The road may be long, the road may be short, but there’s a road.
  • 5:20 And so when we talk about self efficacy, we talk about goal setting, and we talk about self confidence, what I see is a lot of people don’t realize that they have to set these small, tangible goals and build to their big goal.
  • 8:06 So self efficacy is “I am able to.” [It’s] what you believe you are able to do.
  • 11:53 There is no one way to make yourself happy. There just isn’t. There’s a bunch of things that you can try that are out there.
  • 13:16 The better physical condition you are in, the more likely you will be happy and healthy and productive and do the things in your life that you want to do, that you deserve to do.
  • 14:28 There’s some grit to it at the beginning. And the grit part is to make it a habit. That’s grit. Like, there’s some tricks to making things a habit, but when it comes down to it, it’s going to just take you going “this is what I’m going to do.”
  • 17:16 Before one seeks a mentor or to be around people that they would like to emulate or positive influences in their lives, they need to recognize the negative influences in their lives. Wow, I want to say that one more time. If someone is bad for you, get them out of your life.
  • 19:43 A lot of people want to succeed in their lives, they want to be happier, they want to be in a better place, yet they keep the negative influences in their lives, and they can’t for the life of them figure out why they keep the negative things or people in their lives.
  • 20:25 So cutting off our negative or limiting if we have to, our negatives, in our environment is just as important as looking at what we can do to surround ourselves with the positives and the people that we need to surround ourselves with.
  • 22:20 I want to have an impact in the world, continue to help people, continue to inspire people and really make a difference in people’s lives.
  • 24:14 But no matter who you are, you’re going to have setbacks, you’re going to have difficulties, you’re going to have losses, you’re going to have breakups, you’re going to have you know, grandparents and parents pass away…these things will happen to us, I don’t care who you are. And we can choose to let those experiences define us. Or, we can let those experiences help us move on to better places in our lives.
  • 27:39 And if you’re in a good place, then I would offer up your services to help others. And this book will inspire you to not just help at-risk youth, but seek to give, because we are all connected, and we can be so much more connected. And when we’re in good places, we can do amazing things for people that we don’t know.
  • 28:33 I wake up in the morning and say, How can I leave a positive impression? How can I help someone, how can I do something to make someone realize that they have some amazing abilities and beauty inside them that they can unleash?
  • 29:12 But I guarantee you, once you make that initial step, everything will get easier. It just takes you showing up for yourself.

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Show Contributors

Dave Armstrong

Sensei Dave is a foster care alumni that grew up as a product of a broken family, in and out of youth correctional facilities, foster homes and group homes, all while dealing with the death of his only parent (his mother) when he was 13 years old.  After overcoming all of these obstacles in life and defying his destiny, he decided served humanity by dedicating 20+ years towards helping people better their lives and their relationships with their children or the children they work with.  After Sensei Dave retired from 24-years of Active Duty Military Service in the U.S. Air Force he decided to open Unlimited Potential Network Academy Coaching, to publish his amazing motivational autobiography to inspire Caring Adults working with our youth, and start a program called “The Speakers Meet-Up for aspiring speakers to find and refine their inner-voice for the world.