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The Power of Intuition

This guest post is by my business partner and wonderful wife, Roslyn Rozbruch. 

The Power of Intuition
The first time I remember using my intuition I was 5 years old. A friend who was the same age encouraged me to go into the apartment complex community dryer. I was told it would be “like a ride” to spin around. I may have been young, but something deep inside me said, “Don’t go in.” Luckily for me, I listened to my gut instinct and ran out of the laundry room instead.

Roslyn's Food for Thought: The Power of IntuitionThe Oxford Dictionary defines intuition as “the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.” Simply put, intuition is knowing without knowing. I’m a highly intuitive person, and I use intuition as a guide for making decisions in my life in the same way that I use logic. Intuition is like a muscle: The more you use it, the stronger it gets. The reason intuition plays a big role in my decision-making is because it has, for the most part, always been right. That’s a pretty bold statement, but it’s true. When I get an instinctive feeling about something, I share it with Michael like it is a fact. But I also add as a disclaimer, “I don’t know all of the facts, or I might be wrong, but when was the last time I was wrong about an instinct?” Remember, I’ve been consistently using this muscle since at least the age of 5 — my arm muscles should be this toned!

And to be clear, an instinctive feeling is different than something I wish to be true. Sometimes, a thought will just pop into my mind that is either a solution to a problem, an idea for my business, or something I need to do in my life. Other times, it’s something I feel within myself. Besides using it for saving my life (on more than that one dryer incident), I’ve used intuition for big decisions. One example is the three times Michael and I’ve bought and sold our homes. Three times, we bought low and sold high, and the decision was made in a short window of time — all from a strong hunch I had.

While most artistic people use intuition in their creative process, many successful business people do, too. It played a big role in Steve Jobs’ life, and one of his many quotes on the subject is, “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Here’s the thing: We all have intuition. Some people choose not to use theirs. Instead, they turn it off like a faucet or pull it down like a window shade and ignore it. Those people only rely on logic for making their decisions. Then, there is a group of people who hear their instinctive messages but don’t act on them. Those individuals might want to act on their intuition, but they are afraid to. They are afraid that they might be wrong and the consequences won’t be worth the risk.

Here’s my question for you: What kind of person are you? Do you use your instincts on a regular basis? Have you turned it off or are you afraid to use your instincts even though you want to? It’s something to think about, because if you do decide to tune in to yourself and listen to those flash or instinctive messages, you might be surprised to learn how right they are and how much ‘Knowing without Knowing’ is already inside you.

– Roslyn Rozbruch

Roslyn’s Food for Thought: What’s in Your Lifebook?

This is a guest post from Roslyn Rozbruch, President of Michael Rozbruch’s Tax & Business Solutions Academy™

What’s in Your Lifebook?

Michael and I attended a four-day retreat just outside of Chicago called Lifebook. It was an amazing experience at a place owned by Jon and Missy Butcher, a couple from the mastermind group we belong to. Without going into all the details in this blog post, one of the many  takeaways I came home with is being conscious about my life and how I live it. What’s interesting is that over three years ago when Michael embarked upon starting our business, everything in our life was changing: One daughter graduated college and moved up north to attend grad school; our other daughter also moved and decided to focus more on her stand-up comedy; we sold our dream house (which was too big for the two of us) and decided to rent until we figured out what the right size of our next house would be; and our favorite restaurant that we ate dinner at every Friday night since our second date (over 33 years ago) went out of business. Since that time, I think Michael and I have been very conscious of how we’ve been navigating this chapter of our lives. Attending Lifebook took our consciousness to another level of awareness.

Saying we took our consciousness to another level sounds a little woo-woo, but another way to look at it or define it is to say we learned how to be strategic about the choices we make in our lives. It sounds peculiar to say that after attending a self-improvement retreat I learned how to be strategic in my personal life, but actually it makes total sense. Michael and I are very strategic in our business. We set specific goals and map out a written plan to attain these goals by a specific date. In my personal life, I have set goals for myself: the vacations I want to take, my exercise routine, and the friends I make an effort to spend time with.

So many times, we are on autopilot with our lives. We have an idea of things we want to do, but maybe it’s a fuzzy idea. Attending this event helped us focus and get more clarity on each area of our lives and set specific goals. There are 12 life categories that make you who you are, and some of these categories include health and fitness, relationships and love, parenting and social, and money and career. Within each category, we were asked to reflect on four areas:

  1. Premise: What are our beliefs in this area?
  2. Vision: What do we want for ourselves in this area of our life?
  3. Purpose: Why do we want this for our life? 
  4. Strategy: What are the steps we will take to make this happen in our life?

Michael and I came home not only re-energized and excited for what we have planned in our personal lives, but we also came home with an actual book (our “Lifebook”) with everything printed out and the templates on our laptops to revise whenever we want.

So, here’s my question for you: What are your beliefs, visions, whys, and strategies for your life? Do you have specific, personal goals for yourself with a strategic plan to achieve them? It’s something to think about. If you are interested in learning more about Lifebook, check out their website: mylifebook.com. If you have questions you can reach out to the president, Sandra Garest at sandra@mylifebook.com. If you decide to attend, mention Roz Strategies and you will receive a discount.

– Roslyn Rozbruch

Roslyn’s Food for Thought: Three Words to Change Your Life

Roslyn Rozbruch, my wife and business partner at Tax & Business Solutions Academy is the guest author of this blog post. 

If I were to tell you I knew three words that could change your life for the better, would you want to know what they are? You might be wondering, “How can three words change my life, and what would I need to do to make that happen?”

I learned about these words over a year ago from reading a book called “The Charge” by Brendon Burchard. Brendon is a motivational speaker, trainer, and coach. He has written books, created online training programs, and puts on events like High Performance Academy, a conference where he teaches the same principals he writes about in “The Charge.”

Roslyn Rozbruch Motivational WordsIn his book, Brendon says to pick three words to describe the person you want to be. He writes, “Select and commit to three words that will define the trait of who you are as a person … and by defining the words of who you want to be, you will be more likely to enact that trait in your life.” Think of three words that will set the standard for who you want to be and say them every day. Mine are: focused, disciplined, and confident. I start my day by saying them: “I am focused, I am disciplined, I am confident.” I say this several times, and I say them with intent.

Here’s an important fact for you to remember when choosing your words. Ask yourself, “Why are these words important to me? Once you decide what they are, write them down. I don’t care if you store them in your phone, write them in a notebook, or tattoo them on your body. If you don’t write them down, chances are you won’t remember them, and if you don’t remember them, you can’t say them!

This is a simple and easy practice to do. This might even be the easiest self-improvement technique you will ever learn, and you can do it anywhere, at any time. If you forget to say them in the morning, you can say them as you drive to work. If you forget to say them in the car, you can say them in your head as you are standing in line at Starbucks. If you do a downward dog stance at Starbucks, people will know you are doing yoga. If you say your three words in your head, no one will know.

When I first started saying my words, for the life of me, I couldn’t remember them. I’d wake up, and I just didn’t know what they were. It was like my brain didn’t want to work so hard to be doing all of this changing, so it refused to remember them. Of course, I know them now. In the past year that I have been saying them, I have seen a change in myself. Every day, I am becoming more of the person I want to be, and it’s empowering. Let me share words others have used: present, enthusiastic, authentic, compassionate, helpful, connected, courageous, and fearless.

Here is my challenge for you. Choose three words that define the person you want to become, write them down, and, for the next 30 days, say them every morning — several times, with intent, like a mantra — and I guarantee that after 30 days of doing this, you will see how you are becoming more of that person you want to be, and how your life has changed for the better because of it.


Roslyn’s Food for Thought – Are You Present?

This guest blog post is by Roslyn Rozbruch, my wife and business partner at Tax & Business Solutions Academy.

Michael and I are three years into Roz Strategies and even after a few years, this is still a new experience for me in many ways. I definitely have my strengths, but I’m also aware of my weaknesses and areas in my personal and business life that I want to improve on. I’m constantly working on learning and developing myself more.

Image via Pixabay.comOne of my personal strengths is being present and living in the moment. Being present is a buzzword now, with a lot of talk of it on TV, online, in magazine articles, etc. I noticed that I was good at being present many years ago (before it was a buzzword) when I was Assistant Editor at Los Angeles Magazine. At the time, my two daughters were still in school, and when I was at the office, I would think, “If I spent more time here, I would could move up and become an Associate Editor.” But when I was home with my daughters, I would think, “Gee, too bad I can’t spend more time here with my children.” I was fortunate because I worked flexible hours and a 30-hour work week, so I had the best of both worlds. But I recall so many times hearing a colleague say how they’d rather be somewhere else. And when I heard that, I’d respond, “Where I am is where I want to be.” It’s as simple as it sounds. Nothing can make you more present than enjoying where you are, physically and mentally, in the moment.

On the other hand, a weakness of mine is staying focused. I get distracted easily, especially if I’m working on a project. Michael is the reverse; he’s very focused, but sometimes not good at being present. It’s easy to see when people in general aren’t present or engaged with the conversation you are having with them — especially when they are occupied with their phones!

We all have skills we are good at or need improvement on. Strengthening a weakness is more challenging — and more work, of course. What I’ve noticed is there are three steps I take that are helpful for me for my development: 1) being aware of areas in my life I need improvement on, 2) deciding to make the change, and 3) making little changes every day. You can’t change if you aren’t even aware of what needs to be changed. And you can’t change if you aren’t willing to take action on it. Of course, implementing is the hardest part to improving oneself. But one of my secrets is to make small and simple changes and to be consistent in doing them. The key word is “consistent.” I’m not a runner, but I’m pretty sure if I were to compete in a marathon race, I wouldn’t start to train by running 25 miles to start off. I would work my way up to running the distance.

So here’s my food for thought for you: What are your strengths and weaknesses? Take a moment and jot them down. Which of your weaknesses would you like to make stronger? Do you want to be more present? Focused? Disciplined? Sympathetic? Bold? Thoughtful?

Think about simple steps you can take daily to become more of that person you would like to be. And in next month’s Food for Thought, I will share a simple and easy trick I do every morning that has helped me become more focused.

Until then, enjoy the present moment you are in!

– Roslyn

Roslyn’s Food for Thought – What Challenges You?

This post is from my wife and business partner Roslyn Rozbruch:

This past January marked our third annual Marketing and Technology Conference, which we host along with ASTPS. Coming home from the event, I had a conversation with Michael about the previous MTEs and how it all began back in October 2013. In one week, three people told Michael to read the book “The Millionaire Messenger” by Brendon Burchard. Every so often we like to reminisce (maybe me more than Michael) about our journey, how the seed was planted in Michael’s mind that week in October, and how I encouraged him to “go for it,” telling him I would join him on this adventure.

But let me tell you, it didn’t start off all rainbows and puppies. Starting a new business from scratch was challenging. The idea of teaching, learning online stuff, and creating materials swirled in Michael’s mind for a few years as something he eventually would pursue, but wasn’t sure how. I know it’s hard to believe, but Michael had his doubts about starting all over. I never doubted him, not even for one nanosecond. I knew he was the one that built his first tax resolution company and could do everyone’s job — because he did do everything when he started, and then trained his employees to do everything. And even before Michael had his tax resolution company, I saw him take small companies from failing to profitable when he worked in the corporate world.

The point is, life is filled with challenges. And what I’ve noticed over the past three years, not only with Michael and me, but with my friends and people in our herd, is that it’s human nature and instinctive to either pretend challenges aren’t there, or to consciously turn away from them. There are many definitions of “challenge,” but one of them, as listed in the Free Online Dictionary, is this: “A test of one’s abilities or resources in a demanding but stimulating undertaking.”

Image via Pixabay.comInterestingly enough, I have found when we turn our back on a challenge, it follows us like a shadow and haunts us like a ghost that won’t go away. It’s so easy to say you will face your challenge, but just not today. What I have learned over these past three years of taking on something new is even though I’m uncomfortable with every new thing I’m learning and implementing, it’s so sweet once I’ve confronted what’s in front of me — and now I’m on the other side of it.

We all want to hide from the trials of our lives that face us, personally or in business, because it’s scary to face the unknown; it takes a lot of time, effort, and sometimes money to work through them. There is nothing more empowering than facing the challenge in front of you and working through it.

And here’s my food for thought for you: What challenges are facing you that you want to turn from? Don’t let fear be your guide. Be fearless, and be free. Don’t look back, look forward, and put one foot in front of the other. You’ll be surprised how far you can go.

Roslyn’s Food for Thought – Planning Ahead

This article is by Roslyn Rozbruch, my wife and business partner at Tax and Business Solutions Academy

It’s a new year — yippee! Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? I’m not much of a make-a-resolution-for-the-new-year kind of person. I make changes year-round when I see fit. In fact, I started thinking seriously about 2017 in October of 2016!

Roslyn Rozbruch of Tax Resolution & Business Solutions Academy - Planning AheadMichael and I planned out a lot of 2017 together. And here’s a Michael fun fact — he has a huge yearlong calendar on the wall in front of him in his office, so he can see his year at a glance. Scheduling 2017 was easier than the previous two years because we have so many systems and programs in place now. In our first two years as a “startup,” we worked nonstop, putting in the foundation of our business: the Tax Resolution Domination System and Toolkit, our VIP Insider’s Circle monthly membership, our mastermind group, and our two big events. These two big events are our joint marketing conference with ASTPS in January and our own marketing and sales conference in August. The first two years in business, we thought about all the work ahead of us; now it’s nice to be able to build on the foundation we’ve laid.

With that foundation firmly in place, we were able to sit down and map out the year ahead. We calendared when our events would take place and where, as well as some new and exciting information Michael wants to offer this year to make your practices more profitable! We even scheduled in some personal time off and are going on a vacation! It’s been a while — three years, but who’s counting? — since we’ve taken a “real” vacation.

As always, all of this talk about me brings me back to you. Even though the year has only just started, I want to know if you’ve given any thought to your year ahead. Have you thought about what you would like to achieve this year? How much money you want to make? Do you have any personal goals? Outlining your year is a little like driving; it’s always easier to reach a destination with a map than just getting in the car and guessing your way there — that just leads to aimless driving. Mapping out your year is a great tool to be successful. And I don’t mean a New Year’s resolution. I mean, have you set some reasonable goals for yourself this year? “Reasonable” is an important word here. Don’t set the bar too high, or you might not reach it. Then you’ll end up disappointed.

Everyone has a different way of planning their time, and you know what works best for you. So with the new year now upon us, get to it! Whether you jot your goals down in a book, put them in your Outlook calendar, or put them on a giant calendar on your wall in front of your face, map out your path for the year ahead so at the end of 2017, you can say “Yippee! What a great year I had!”

-Roslyn Rozbruch