How to get from where you are

To where you want to be


How people think success happens


How it actually happens


The Path to Success

Do you have a goal, a dream, or is there anything else you’re focusing on accomplishing right now? Maybe you’re looking to grow your business? change careers? write a book? get promoted at work? Or, something else? If so, then you’ve landed at the right place. This section of the website is all about how to achieve success and significantly improve any area of your personal or professional life, or as we call it around here, UpSpiral. EVERYTHING improved once I understood how to UpSpiral and reach the goals and dreams I had for my life— whether that was graduating from Harvard Law School, paying off my student loans, reaching financial goals, growing my career, making progress through the spiritual journey, and taking the biggest leap of faith to quit my job as an attorney and go after the career I really wanted.

EVERYTHING will also improve for you too when you UpSpiral.


Most people think the path to success is linear. As long as you put in the time, work really hard, execute your plan, your route to success will look like this—a straight path you will move forward on until you finally get to where you want to be.


the path to success actually looks like a big spiral staircase that we climb (like the picture below).

This is the spiral path we must move up anytime we want to successfully pursue a dream or accomplish any goal. Take a look at the spiral. There’s a frontside and backside on each loop of the spiral. 

When you’re on the frontside of the spiral, it feels great. Things are working and falling into place. You feel like you are truly getting somewhere. You’re inspired. Nothing can stop you.

But, inevitably, your journey will turn and you’ll encounter the backside of the spiral. There’s no avoiding backsides of the spiral. It’s how the path to success works. The problem arises when we’re not aware that in order to succeed, we need to navigate around several backsides of the Spiral.


The Backside of the Spiral


When you’re on the backside of the Spiral, it’s easy to think you’re failing or things are not working out. But really you’ve just hit a backside of the Spiral. If you’re aware and know how to navigate around the backside, it’s when you can learn the most, discover important insights, and grow. It’s also when you get even stronger by overcoming challenges and what can feel like defeat.

Creating any success in your life is a dynamic process of navigating around frontsides and backsides of the Spiral. And one of the most essential realizations about the spiral path, is that the overall motion is toward success. Take a look at the picture of the spiral, whether or you’re on the frontside or the backside of the spiral, as long as you’re taking steps forward, you’re making progress and moving up toward success.

Creating any success in your life is a dynamic process…

An infinite loop & A reverse spiral

There are two important patterns that can come up when you’re trying to UpSpiral: Infinite Loops and Reverse Spirals.

It’s important to know how your beliefs and actions cause these patterns to happen and affect your ability to push up your Spiral.

An Infinite Loop is a pattern you can fall into where you either knowingly or unknowingly repeat behaviors and decisions that aren’t working and keep you stuck (see the picture below).

infinite loop

You can break the pattern!

A Reverse Spiral happens (see picture below) as you’re making progress up the Spiral, but you begin to make continual poor decisions that work against you. Your progress comes to a halt and you begin to spin back down the wrong way.

You can break out of every Infinite Loop and Reverse Spiral and get back on the path to UpSpiraling. It’s never too late to learn lessons, make adjustments, and change those thoughts, beliefs, and actions that work against you

Reverse spiral

Now what?

If there are any big goals or dreams you have today, download the Possibility of Today Toolkit which includes the UpSpiral Strategy Plan. Also, you can sign up for the monthly practices. Each month we dig into all of the specifics of how to chart your path on the spiral, create your Inner/Outer Action Plan and progress up any spiral. Are you ready to get started? Let’s go.