Saturday, June 29, 2013

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“Success depends on getting good at saying no without feeling guilty. You cannot get ahead with your own goals if you are always saying yes to someone else’s projects. You can only get ahead with your desired lifestyle if you are focused on the things that will produce that lifestyle.”



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“Whatever The Mind Of Man Can Conceive And Believe, It Can Achieve.”



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STOP WORRYING STAY PRAYED UP & KEEP IT MOVING!!! #FOCUS #PROGRESS #success #dontgiveup






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“Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”



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Motivation

motivationdemotivator I am sitting here and wondering what success is really all about.  I've spent 20+ years poking at it, climbing the so called corporate ladder and still I don't find myself where I thought I would be by now. So, what went wrong? My motivation was what was wrong. 

Negative vs. positive motivation.  When we talk about motivation and success we usually talk about positive motivation.  We read positive mental attitude books.  We dive into the “atta boys”, learn how to give them to people and expect others to give them to us.  This is true in the work place as well as any other facet of life.  Whether we are trying to lose 30 pounds, gain the next promotion or “make a success” out of ourselves.  We compare ourselves to those we surround ourselves with.  We look at them and say to ourselves “I’m not doing so bad”.  Well, is this a true statement or is it a statement to justify where we are at knowing full well it is not where we expected to be?

When we talk about negative motivation we think it is people yelling at us, pointing out what we did wrong, getting in our head to enforce their point of view.  Having gone through Marine Corps Boot Camp, I too had this idea.  And since so many of us have this idea we behave as if this was a true statement.  I want to take a little deeper look in the average life to see if there is something more.

motivation-motivation-demotivational-poster-1276385776If you read my previous post you will start to get a very small look into my thinking.  I am in the midst of tweaking my thinking so I can enjoy life to the fullest.  It is a hard road for me as I bought into the same line as all of you:  Get a good education, get a good job and you will be successful!  Now I will ask; compared to what?  Compared to my coworkers, some who are behind a payment or two?  Compared to my next door neighbors who are either busy raising kids or trying to survive their golden years?  Am I really correct in thinking I am doing great compared to them?  Or am I just comparing my average life to those around me who have settled for the same average life.  Does that make me the best of the worst, the worst of the best, or the cream of the crap?

So, I ask myself, if I don’t like the 40-40 grind; you know, 40 hours a week for 40+ years of my life, sitting in rush hour, building a company that will pay me the least it can to keep me; what do I like?  What do I want?  How do I want to live life?  So I am taking a look at my motivation as an employee.  And this is what I am finding.  Why do I go to work?  I tell everyone I love my job.  The truth of it though is I go to work for the paycheck.  What does the paycheck provide?  It provides a certain level of living.  It pays my mortgage, my car payment, my utilities, food to eat and the very occasional vacation.  *IF* I have anything left over it goes towards a retirement fund.  So far that is looking bleak!

Ok, fine, what does this have to do with motivation?  Let’s take a test case.  My wife wants me to stay home for the next 3 (work) days.  She would love to rekindle our romance.  I am all for that so I call my boss and he says NO, I need you at work.  So now I have a decision to make.  Do I stay home anyways knowing I will probably lose my job or do I say no to my wife?  If you are like me I say no to my wife.  Why you might ask?  It is easy. If I lose my job then I can’t pay the bills.  If I can’t pay the bills then I stand to lose my house, car and possibly my wife.  Lack of finances is the leading cause of divorce you know.  So, is the motivation for my job positive or negative?  If we are ABSOLUTELY honest with ourselves it is that negative motivation that gets us out of bed in the morning, plops our butts in the cars and drives it to work.  And that is a downward spiral when you’ve done it long enough.

Stay tuned as I am not done yet. 

Peter Attia: Is the obesity crisis hiding a bigger problem?

I just watched this great TED talk.  And yes, I am recently into health and fitness.  On top of that I am now also a rep for the best nutrition supplements on the planet.  Nutilite.

As a young surgeon, Peter Attia felt contempt for a patient with diabetes. She was overweight, he thought, and thus responsible for the fact that she needed a foot amputation. But years later, Attia received an unpleasant medical surprise that led him to wonder: is our understanding of diabetes right? Could the precursors to diabetes cause obesity, and not the other way around? A look at how assumptions may be leading us to wage the wrong medical war.
Both a surgeon and a self-experimenter, Peter Attia hopes to ease the diabetes epidemic by challenging what we think we know and improving the scientific rigor in nutrition and obesity research.
I am not going to talk about how polluted our food sources have become.  Instead, I would highly encourage you, dear reader, to research it for yourselves and form your own opinions.  There are several great resources out there, not just on Type 2 Diabetes, which is what part of this talk is about, but also on our metabolism and what impacts it.  Pick up Jillian Michaels’ book “Master Your Metabolism”.  It may well set you on your way to thinking for yourself where your health is concerned. 
An educated man is an armed man.

Live, Laugh, Love, Inspire, Serve

If I had to explain my vision, my mission statement, my passion in a very small handful of words I would simply say "Live, Laugh, Love, Inspire, Serve".  More than just five words; these are attitudes, values, principles and the core of my beliefs.
Quite awhile ago a new show hit the air.   The theme song was different than all the others in a long series of shows known as Star Trek.   I've always liked the song.   To me it is a very powerful song. Today, I will start living this song.   Here are the words:
It's been a long road
Getting from there to here
It's been a long time
But my time is finally near
And I will see my dream come alive at last,
I will touch the sky
And they're not gonna hold me down no more
No, they're not gonna change my mind
Cause I got faith of the heart
I'm going where my heart will take me
I got faith to believe
I can do anything
I got strength of the soul
And no one's gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I got faith
Faith of the heart...
I already understand that this journal entry probably won't make sense to a lot of you who read this.  What is important is it makes a deep and profound sense to me. And that is my main audience right now. I am 52 years old and it is time I take what was given me and start making a profound impact on those I meet and those I never would have met if I stay the current course of my life.
Helm.   Plot a new course,  warp 10.  Engage!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

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While this is fitness oriented it applies to life.  What are goals?  They are your dreams with a deadline!  What if you miss your deadline?  Look at how far you've gotten, reset your aim and keep moving towards your new deadline.  If the deadline is too far out and you find yourself procrastinating, break your goal into smaller pieces and set monthly, weekly (the best timing IMHO) and daily (sub) goals.
When you have reached your goal - don't stop there!  Set a newer, bigger goal.  At some point, you will realize it is not the attainment of the goal (a point in time) but the journey to attain that goal that has the most impact in your life!
To visualize, post up physical pictures that represent your goals/dreams.  Put them on the fridge, on your bathroom mirror, on your car’s dashboard so you will see them multiple times each day.  You need to build a burn within yourself.  Visualize it constantly.  Focus on it.  And no matter what, just keep going!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
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This is too true. Most people think success is a destination. It is not. Success is the journey towards your goals and it never follows the route you carefully planned to take. Just keep on going!

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How do you define success? For me, I first break it down into major areas of living and life. For instance, I can define success in these areas:
  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Spiritual
  • Financial
  • My Purpose
The “My Purpose" is a larger overarching subject and depend a lot on the other 4 areas all heading towards success. Yes, that is right. You never reach success, you are always on the journey towards success.

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