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5 Ways To Get Unstuck And Back On Track

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You know how sometimes as you are on the road to achieving your goals you can sometimes get stuck.

This can happen for many reasons. Often it is because of a fear, like the fear of the unknown.

When your logical mind cannot see a clear path to the end result it will often stop or slow down. This is how your subconscious mind acts, automatically. It is at these times when the creative mind, the conscious mind, must jump in and I clarify, or create the path.

Once the subconscious mind has clarity around the path (direction) it is going, and can see the end result, it can once again begin to be motivated.

Here are 5 ways to get yourself unstuck and back on your path to success.

1.  Create a list of action steps, and get 3 or 4 of the easiest steps done. This will cause dopamine to be released into your blood stream, which will make you feel good, and give you the motivation you need to get back on track.

2.  Write out a plan of action steps to create the result you want. I have found that there are an infinite number of solutions that will work to create your success. The problem is usually not with the plan.  The problem is that people don’t execute the plan. Create your plan from start to finish, and then execute. You’ll find that it will be easy to get motivated once you have a plan.  NOTE: include as many detailed action steps as possible so your plan is easy to follow.  You subconscious mind does not want to create.  It just wants to follow directions.

3.  Find someone to hold you accountable. It’s easy to make a promise to yourself and not follow through. Heck, most people do that all the time, and who will know if you made a promise to yourself except for you? However, when you have someone else who is taking the time to listen to your promises, and then following up with you, you are more likely to keep your promises. That is just normal human behavior, so you might as well use it to your advantage to propel you to success.  NOTE:  One great reason to have a coach or mentor is to provide accountability.

4.  Invite other people to participate in your project. Just like in number 3 above, when you invite people to participate in your project, they will often provide a certain amount of accountability to your project.  Additionally, because they often work on their own parts of the project, they will move the project forward by creating their own results.  When your partners create results it can motivate you to produce more as well. This is why partnerships can work so well. They can provide the aspect of accountability, along with stuff getting done even when YOU are stuck.

5.  Take some time off. Some people will work so much they’ll find themselves getting stuck in a rut.  Others may simply fail to take the time to reflect on what they’ve accomplished, reflect on what their grateful for, or just be in a creative space to allow new ideas to come through. New ideas can often be a motivating, and can jump start your to get back on track.

6. Read a new book. Books about topics that relate to your project can be very motivating.  However, don’t pick just any book. Do some research and find out what content has great reviews in your area of focus. Even if you think know it all, this can stimulate your creativity and help you get you moving forward when you feel stuck.

7.  Shift your mindset. All 6 of these previous modalities are all designed to help you shift your mindset. However, they don’t deal with the root cause many of us have that gets us stuck in the first place; Our beliefs about ourselves and the world. Most of our believes are hardwired in our brain by the time we are 8 years old. These beliefs or thoughts we have can move us forward, and make us stuck. There are 3 ways we can shift limiting beliefs;  through repetition, by creating new experiences, and or by initiating Super Learning Techniques to burn new neuro pathways in your brain. The first two modalities can’t take years to accomplish. However, by using Super Learning Techniques you can shift and old beliefs and burn new neuro pathways in just about 10 minutes.

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Jewel’s Brilliant Handmade Christmas

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I really love musicians with amazing voices. That’s why I’ve always loved Jewel. Her voice quality is unmistakable, and so amazing to listen to.

Jewel was introduced to the mainstream music scene in the 1990’s when a lot of amazing female musicians were coming out (no pun intended). Powerful women like Alanis Morissette, Melissa Etheridge and Indigo Girls really made their mark during that time, and so did Jewel.

Her early hit songs from the Pieces of You CD became iconic anthems, I think because they just seemed so raw, and real. Her lyrics just had a way of connecting with you, and making you feel like you were in the room with her.

For those of us who lived in San Diego, Jewel was a hometown treasure. Even though Jewel is from Alaska, her story about living in her car in San Diego and is quite memorable, and really likens her to this Southern California crowd. I mean, talk about starting at the bottom. Jewel’s rags to riches story resonates with most people because it’s so inspiring. With a combination like that, no wonder Jewel is so incredibly popular.

Of course Jewel had many other hits after that debut album, and if you’re a Jewel fan like me, and attend a Jewel concert like I did, you probably want to see Jewel sing all her greatest hits. You can imagine the thoughts I had when I failed the read the title of the show, and I showed up to Jewel’s Handmade Christmas. Now, I’m no Scrooge (ok, maybe I am), but I was really looking forward to hearing more of Jewel’s hits.

With that said, this was an amazing show. These Christmas songs really gave Jewel the opportunity to stretch her voice to limits that I had never heard before. After seeing this show I have to say that I’m so glad Jewel chose to do this concert in this way. I still got to hear my favorite hits, so I was happy, but I also got propelled into the Christmas spirit thanks to Jewel. It was so good!!

Another super special aspect to this event was that she was traveling with her family and singing on stage with her father and two brothers. I love biographies. I find them very inspiring. In this show, Jewel shared pieces of her past, so the audience and I were able to connect more deeply with this lovely person, singer, mom, icon…

Jewel also shared that she had a six-year-old son, who rushed out on the stage at the end of the concert, and she talked about how her goal is “just to be happy.” She truly looks like she has accomplish that. Yet another inspiring aspect of this great woman.

Bottom line is that this was a fantastic show, and although I entered skeptical because my own jadedness about Christmas, this was an excellent show and I’m so happy I caught it.

On behalf of San Diego, and all your fans, from the bottom of our hearts we say: Well done Jewel. We love you, and we thank you!

By Bob Dietrich


Posted by Bob Dietrich on Monday, December 4, 2017

Posted by Bob Dietrich on Monday, December 4, 2017


Posted by Bob Dietrich on Monday, December 4, 2017

Matchbox 20 Races Into San Diego

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Last year, Rob Thomas opened for Counting Crows at the San Diego StateOpen Air Theater, and it was not a great experience. Although Rob Thomas was good, and played many of his Matchbox 20 hits as well ashis solo hits, the Counting Crows just don’t have enough hits, or a big enough following to headline this show.

This year I was surprised to see them basically repeat this tour. I mean, yes the whole band Matchbox 20 was now involved, but for the most part it seemed like it was going to be about the same show. But this was not the case, and this switch seemed to make all the difference.

The Counting Crows did a good job as an opening band. They played their 3 or 4 recognizable songs, and got the crowded excited and ready for the multi-platinum band Matchbox 20.

Matchbox 20 didn’t seem to have any new music to offer. They weren’t promoting new songs or anything like that. They were just playing the hits their fans love so much.

They opened their set with Real World, Girl Like That, and How Far We’ve Come. The show was not sold out, but the fans were going crazy. After all these years I have kinda forgot how many great original songs Matchbox 20 has written and recorded. As the night went on they played other hits like Bent, If You’re Gone, Back To Good and Unwell. They played 19 songs in all, with their big encore that included 3 A.M., Long Day and my personal favorite Bright Lights.

Bright Lights holds a very personal memory for me. It reminds me of a very special relationship I had, and a trip we took together to St. Bart’s in the French West Indies. We got in an argument during the trip, and she left. As I sat their lonely and missing her, I played this song. Songs have a way of locking in memories, making them easy to recall later. That could actually explain my deep love for music.

I want to give a special thanks to Rob Thomas and Matchbox 20 for keeping the music alive and touring just for the sake pleasing their fans. Respect!

Written by Bob Dietrich
Photography by Jeremy Johnston

Music Legend Neil Diamond Celebrates 50 Years

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Music Legend Neil Diamond Celebrates 50 Years

On August 8 music legend Neil Diamond stormed into San Diego and what a treat it was! Neil has been on the road for so long I had forgot how many songs I actually knew. Songs such as Forever In Blue Jeans and Play Me. It was such a great trip down memory lane.

I remember a more simple time when the music was deeper and more melodic, and songs of love and relationships we common. Neil Diamond was an icon, even back then, and his songs really captured the feeling of the times. Songs like Sweet Carolina and America were instant classics and even young people seed to know every word.

Neil Diamond created the kind of music you share with your family and pass down to the next generation like a family heirloom. The audience was a reflection of that sentiment, and although there were plenty of people in their 60’s and 70’s there, there were also several kids with their parents and grandparents sharing this experience.

It was certainly a night to remember. Neil sounded like he always had, in spite of being 80. A few cracks in his voice were easily forgivable as he performed over 20 songs. On stage he worked the crowded and moved side to middle to side and seemed to address each person as he sang. What a pro!

This type of music made me remember what music is really all about; generating emotion and capturing the feeling and memory of an era.

Thank you Neil for your outstanding career and all the memories your wonderful tunes have stirred up on my soul!

Written by Bob Dietrich and Gary Nicholas

Standing Room Only As Comic-Con 2017 Hits Muggy San Diego

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When Bob Dietrich, Kym Piekunka, and I descended on Comic Con this year, we weren’t sure what to cover. There were three of us and so much of Comic Con. In a crowd of over one hundred and thirty thousand people who were constantly entertained by things inside and outside the convention center, it was impossible to cover everything. We waited to go until Friday and we decided to set up a camera and tripod in the lobby of Hall C then just outside Hall C. While Bob donned his Ron Burgundy costume (he’s the fictional San Diego news anchor from the comedy, Anchorman and Anchorman 2), Kym lined up the shot, and I pulled cosplayers (people who dress up as characters or interpretations of characters) out of the crowd.

Before this, I was the only one of the three of us who had been to Comic Con (I attended for 3 decades) so I knew the characters and could give Bob a little information on the characters. Working together we interviewed over a dozen individuals and groups. As I talked to people, I heard great stories about patience (i.e. camping in line) leading to great successes and people being in the right place at the right time. Comic Con is a treasure trove of opportunities both expected and unexpected.

On Saturday Morning, Bob and I went through The Blade Runner 2049 experience sans Kym who was caught in the Gaslamp gridlock of the most heavily attended day of the Con. It’s a virtual reality ride that resolves into an immersive environment with actors adding to the reality of the surroundings. It would have been easy to get lost in that word (there were free noodles to eat so it wouldn’t have been out of the question) but we exited and met Kym to do something Bob and Kym had never done before – enter the exhibit hall.

As the one with the experience, I warned that there would be places where traffic would be difficult to navigate but I was hoping I’d be proven wrong. We were passing the DC Comics booth while they were introducing the stars of the Justice League for the most anticipated signing at Comic Con. Bob and Kym tried getting their cameras above the crowd to take photos while security yelled for the crowd to keep moving. We were close to the stage and to the line of people waiting for autographs which was a huge problem. I knew from experience that people farther out would start pushing in to see what was happening so we managed to fight the flow of people coming before clearing them and being able to move freely again while the crowd of people solidified behind us.

As we enjoyed the sights of the Comic Con, Kym in particular was struck by the different sizes of the booths and imagined that everything would have been more uniform. To those who haven’t been inside, booths like Warner Bros., are two story structures while the DC Comics’ booth was a single story but seemed to occupy more square footage and contained a stage. There were T-Shirt towers at different intervals with walls that were 2 stories high to make them more visible and display more of their product. There were booths like the X-Box booth that had realistic props that you could interact with. In X-Box’s case, it was an impressive, full scale dragon that people could take photos on to help them promote the upcoming “Middle Earth: Shadow of War” video game (available October 10th).

When people talk about Comic Con, they talk about the costumes. People wearing costumes are instant celebrities as they are stopped for photos often. And costumes are useful disguises for Daniel Radcliffe, Bryan Cranston, and Justin Timberlake who are among the many celebrities who have walked the exhibit hall taking photos with fans who didn’t know who was underneath the mask. If you’re a fan of anything, chances are you’ll be able to take a picture with someone dressed as a character you love.

There isn’t anywhere you can look without seeing someone in costume whether it’s accurate or entertaining like someone dressed as the new Wonder Woman or someone in a Boba Fett costume with red, white, and blue paint and a cape calling himself “Elvis Fett.” In fact, Bob Dietrich interviewed a woman dressed as Quicksilver from the X-Men films. Quicksilver is a man in the films but this doesn’t stop the woman from going as the characters. We also spotted a group of men dressed as Sailor Moon characters so gender is off the table as reason not to go as your favorite character Comic Con was, at one time, laid out more like Disneyland where different themes were together. The video game publishers and consoles were over here, the toy companies were over there, the comic book companies were right there, etc. Now they seem to be strewn throughout.

It might be that returning companies are getting their same spots while newer exhibitors are taking the places of those that didn’t return. It’s made for a slightly reduced experience because if you’re trying to avoid the thick crowds around movie studio booths with A-list Hollywood talent signings, you’re not stopping at the booth next door selling toys and comic books. Which probably means that booth is going to have a new tenant next year.

America’s largest comic book retailer, Mile High Comics pulled out of the Comic Con for the first time in 44 years. Their reason is more complex, but I’m going to give you the short version: they decided it wasn’t worth this expense or hassle to travel from Colorado to San Diego if the foot traffic around their booth wasn’t going to justify it. It’s hard to argue with that but, as a comic book fan, it’s also hard not to be drawn to all of these signings and panels.

The last few years I attended as a fan was not spent buying comic books but accumulating all of these experiences with celebrities. When I started going to Comic Con, there weren’t any online comic book retailers or eBay. Now when I want a current or back issue, I have a million options for how to get it from the comfort of my keyboard but I have no mechanism to shake Ben Affleck’s hand and thank him for the many years of entertainment from the same said keyboard. And if you can do all of that while dressed up like Batman, I bet it makes Ben’s (we’re on a first name basis) face light up and becomes ingrained in that fan’s mind forever.

That experience continues to be the focus for many people in the convention center. Even someone dressed like a celebrity, like Ron Burgundy, attracts a crowd.

Written by Chris Hammell
Photography by Bob Dietrich and Kym Piekunka

Comic-con Origins Unites for 25th Anniversary Reunion

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In 1992, Image Comics exploded into existence. At its core was 7 of the most popular artists in the comic book industry. The idea was that artists could own the things they created and many of them created their own companies which would create the books then Image Comics would publish them. One of these companies was WildStorm Comics formed by Jim Lee. Jim Lee, whose popularity has never dimmed, was the artist behind the 1991 spin-off of the Uncanny X-men simply titled, X-Men. X-Men #1 remains the best-selling comic book of all time according to Guinness World Records. Eventually he sold WildStorm Comics to DC Comics became its co-Publisher.

In the nineties, comic book creators were rock stars at San Diego Comic Con, drawing large crowds that waited in line for hours and Saturday July 22nd, it felt like the nineties again. Even though the WildStorm 25th Anniversary Reunion didn’t start until 7:30pm, there were already over 30 people in line at the San Diego Art Gallery in Liberty Station when I arrived at 5:30pm.

The Facebook event said there would be a commemorative item at the signing but we didn’t know what that might be. On Twitter, Jim Lee had teased some rough pencils of Deathblow the anniversary but I still didn’t know if those pencils would be in a comic book, a hardcover book, a poster, or a print. All I knew was that I was likely to buy one and be grateful that I was getting to enjoy one last taste of a comic book company I was a big fan of…at least until the next reunion.

As it neared, someone came out to talk about the commemorative comic book that the creators would all be signing and laying out the limits on signing items. You were allowed 3 signatures per person and the commemorative item didn’t count. That was great news for the line considering there were 22 people to get signatures from: Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, J. Scott Campbell, Scott Williams, Carlos D’Anda, Lee Bermejo, Alex Garner, David Baron, Eddie Nunez, Jason Johnson, Jeff Mariotte, Livio Ramondelli, Mark Irwin, Mat Broome, Richard Friend, Ryan Benjamin, Ryan Odagawa, Sandra Hope, Shannon Eric Denton, Trevor Scott, Francisco Herrera, and Humberto Ramos!

The line was slow moving but seeing all of these folks in one place together isn’t something I would have expected even at the Comic Con so it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. They were clear that the commemorative item would only ever be offered that night and never again. It was a great experience, just one of the many that the San Diego Art Gallery has hosted. For those who haven’t found this gem in Liberty Station, it is located on the first floor of the comic book company, IDW Publishing and across the lawn from comic book store, Comickaze.

Written by Chris Hammell and Bob Dietrich
Photography by Kym Piekunka

Def Leppard, Poison and Tesla

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I remember growing up watching MTV and seen Def Leppard dominate the airwaves. They were so good, so fun, and so representative of the 1980s. With songs like Rock of Ages and Pour Some Sugar On Me, Def Leppard cast themselves as legends in rock history.

Now they’re back, as many 1980s bands are, on a retro tour with fellow 1980s bands Poison and Tesla. These guys attract a very interesting crowd because they each have their own fans, and the fans a just different enough to stand out. Tesla lead off the concert, and their fans, who are a little more hard rock than the rest, gave a raging cheer as Tesla played their most popular songs.

Poison was next, and had even more fans in attendance than Tesla on this night. The Poison fans seem to be a bit more flamboyant, and often dress in the 80’s garb to show their support for the band. It was a bit muggy for a June evening, and the seats were filling up as the night closed in, and the 9 o’clock start time for Def Leppard grew closer.

As Def Leppard took the stage, I remembered that the drummer, Rick Allen, had lost an arm in a car accident in 1984. And sure enough, he was still sitting firmly in back of his drum set inspirationally keeping time with the music. Simply amazing!

You know, after all these years, I kind of expected Def Leppard to miss a few beats, and not sound quite as good as they used to, but that was not the case. Joe Elliott, Def Leppard’s lead singer, was fantastic! His voice is still solid and he certainly knows how to excite an audience.

I’m not sure how I missed it through all these years, but I never realized that Joe Elliot is English. Born in England in 1959, he was part of the British invasion of the 1980s. I guess Def Leppard always seemed American to me.

What’s funny about these retro bands is that sometimes you forget how many hits they actually had until you see them again in concert. It seem like every song was a hit, and Def Leppard perform them like true professionals.

As Joe Elliott took time between songs to speak to the crowd, I was reminded about a story professional speaker James Malinchak told me about working with Joe and the band to help them keep their connection to their fans. I guess even the biggest superstars can use coaching from a great speaker like James Malinchak.

As we all get older we begin to realize that there will be a day soon when we can’t see bands like Def Leppard anymore. I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to see them now. If you get a chance, check them out online, find out their tour dates, and see them while they’re still touring with bands like Poison and Tesla. These are fun times that will eventually end, and you’ll want to see them while you still have the chance!

By Bob Dietrich and Brandy Pamintuan

Brad Paisley Rocks The House In San Diego

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When Luke stepped on the stage you would have thought it was Brad Paisley himself, based on the crowds reaction. Lune Bryan is super high-energy and really worked the crowd well as he got them involved in most of his songs with this smooth country style.

This was definitely a show for all ages, although the ladies dominated the open air venue in Chula Vista. Everyone was super excited for the main attraction that was about to begin, and they went wild as Brad Paisley stepped on the stage. His onstage background graphics were fun to watch, and included everything from South Park excerpts to psychedelic patterns. It reminded me a lot of a Toby Keith concert.

I have noticed a lot of bands have paid tribute to Prince this year, and so did Brad Paisley, as he open the show with a combination of his own song “Last Time For Everything” and Prince’s song “Purple Rain.”

The show had a mixture of fast-paced country songs and soft ballads that Brad is so well-known for. Most of the crowd stayed till the very end has he close the show with his hit song “Alcohol.”

This is the third time I’ve seen a Brad Paisley show, and it was just as good as the rest. Brad is a solid performer, and the shows are always top notch. If you get a chance, grab a couple tickets to see Brad Paisley next time you see him in concert. You won’t be disappointed.

By Bob Dietrich and Jeremy Johnston