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THE PUZZLE 6 THE PUZZLE T hink of your life as a puzzle made up of thousands of puzzle pieces. The middle part of the puzzle is your core. It’s where your self- image is made up. It’s where your consciousness is. It’s where the deepest work is done and the deepest part of you resides. FOCUS Yet, most people work around the edges of their puzzle. People will spend thirty minutes or an hour in front of a mirror every morning, doing their hair, putting on makeup, picking out the “right” clothes, and so on. People will try and accessorize themselves. There is a multi-trillion dollar industry in accessorizing. Makeup, clothes, jewelry, cars, watches, and more. These are all outer edges of the puzzle. All the external materialism—the houses we live in, our image, our status, job title, personal branding, even working out at the gym to build muscle—it’s all outer-edges activity. Contrast this with an activity—like attending a 12-step group or therapy—that goes right to the middle of your puzzle and rips your psyche apart. For example: doing the steps, getting a sponsor, and cancelling your Internet connection if you’re addicted to the Internet is dealing directly with your foundation. The reality is most people don’t go to the core. They don’t rip out the inner parts of the puzzle. They don’t unlearn. They spend their whole lives on the outer edges of the puzzle. They go from one seminar or book to the next, and they don’t deal with the core issues. All core change is complicated, but when you go the middle of your puzzle, it’s one decision that solves one hundred decisions. GENIUSNETWORK.COM BY: JOE POLISH Joe Polish is the founder of Genius Network and GeniusX, president of Piranha Marketing, and cofounder of and ILoveMarketing. com, two highly popular free podcasts on iTunes. Joe’s marketing expertise has been utilized to build thousands of businesses and has generated hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients. To layer your capabilities with free training from Joe on Business Mindset Mastery and to get Joe’s new Anatomy of a Successful Business info-graphic, please visit Capabilities.