Balancing Gratitude

blog May 07, 2018

It is important to have gratitude in your life because there are very few more humbling actions than being grateful.  When you are grateful, you have more strength and can deal with challenges in a positive way.  Living in positivity demonstrates that life isn’t so bad and gives you the strength to move forward.  Being grateful starts you from a place of service rather than a place of self-centeredness.

The most powerful words in this life are still “please” and “thank you.”  I’m grateful for the people in my world, for my team and that I’m not more disabled than I am.  Still, I have my moments when I don’t subscribe to my previous statement. Whenever I don’t, I’m not productive; I’m angry and I can’t live out my purpose. Another often overlooked benefit of heartfelt gratitude is that it actually feels amazing!

There are people who will walk into an immaculate room and point out that...

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Other People’s Habits

blog Apr 30, 2018

Wouldn’t it be great if we could take our basic raw talents and parlay them into extraordinary success?  I mean, it really does seem like a dream come true. Just imagine that. Your basic talents would be enough to get you the success that you desire.  The truth is that your basic talents are just that – your basic talents. Alone your basic raw talents will produce a low yield. To be successful you need more than your basic raw talent.

A critical factor to amazing success is your habits and your routines.  The better your habits and your routines, the more likely you are to accomplish your goals.  Raw talent and a smile will only get you so far. Your dreams require you to establish a set of habits and routines that will allow you to produce the results once, twice, ten, even hundreds of times.

Another critical factor is your ability to build and leverage a team of people with whom you can create amazing success.  In this case, you are dependent...

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Serving Everybody

blog Apr 17, 2018

It’s a question that is asked often and by many. It is the search to discover the purpose of our lives. We ask, “why am I here? What is my purpose?”

We search for the answer. And we search and we search. But the answer is around us daily. We see the answer in each other’s faces. We hear it in each other’s voices. We see it in each other’s eyes.

The answer is that our purpose is to serve those around us. Our purpose is to in some way improve the lives of other people. The better you can serve or help people the more valuable you are. The more valuable you are, the greater the impact you can have.

Your value is tied to your ability and your willingness to help other people. This can be helping people fulfill a need. It can be helping people fulfill a desire. Perhaps it is helping people through challenges. It could even be helping people experience life through entertainment, religion, spirituality, or fun. Or, perhaps you are providing a sense of...

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The Art of Learning

blog Apr 09, 2018

In order to become amazing, you must always learn. The more amazing a person is, the more they admit that there is much more to learn. If you don’t believe me just ask a fifteen-year-old how much they need to learn. They will tell you that they know everything. On the other hand, if you ask someone with a few more years under their belt, they will tell you that life is one big learning opportunity.

Learning can be divided into two parts. The first part is the process of learning. This involves the taking in of knowledge. It is the acquisition and absorption of information. It does not however, involve the internalization of this information. That occurs during the next phase of learning.

This, the second part of learning, is when one experiences internalizing the information. This is witnessed as one begins to implement what has been learned. Unfortunately, it is often the case that this part of learning just does not materialize. It may be due to laziness, fear, or some...

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Process Killers

blog Apr 09, 2018

For any goal there is a process. The process involves integral steps. Some steps are motivating. Some are inspiring. Some are scary. Some are boring. And, some, you just don’t want to do. However, for the process to work, every step needs to be executed and executed well. For even the most exciting tasks, there are process killers. To become amazing, you must avoid these killers. After all, these killers can destroy your big dreams.

There are several battles that you have to fight in order to make the process work. One of the battles determining where to focus your attention. We are bombarded by so much noise. There is Facebook, texts, alerts on our phones, the media, and many other distractions. It’s really just deafening. All of these distractions prevent the process from being effective.

The key to following through on the process is being productive as opposed to being reactive. Being reactive causes a response to the noise. It takes attention away from the process...

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You are unique.

blog Apr 04, 2018

This is a statement that has been repeated many times in many ways.  But really there is truth in it. So, again, I say, “you are unique.”

Now, let that thought sink in.  I mean really think about this. Let the statement settle in.  Let its power fill you. Let the weight of these words touch you to your core.

Think about it.

You are unique.

There is no one else like you.  There is no one else who possesses your particular set of talents, strengths, and gifts.  There is no one else who can contribute to the world in the same manner as you. You and only you can impact the others in your special way.

You are unique.

Recognize your uniqueness.  Celebrate your uniqueness. Use your uniqueness to propel you to your goals.

The idea of being unique is one that resonates with me.  You see, my entire life’s circumstance serves as a reminder of my uniqueness.  I live in a body that is obviously different for those around me. My movements...

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Don’t Forget the Salt

blog Mar 22, 2018

Is there a Real Key to Success?

 When successful people are asked about the keys to their success they often reply with one or two recommendations, maybe they’ll say building a great team or having a big vision. Those are definitely keys to success, but that’s only part of the picture…The real key is that there are many keys that contribute to one’s success. In other words, it’s not one or two things, but rather a myriad of actions done systematically and strategically. Still, you have to add some flavor!

Any great recipe needs ingredients and a process for preparing the meal. What goes into a good meal is really time & resources (ingredients). You also need a good chef with the vision and the desire to deliver a great meal.

On that note, you can work to prepare the best meal in the whole world, but if you forget one of the most ubiquitous ingredients in the world, even the most elaborate recipe can fall flat. That ingredient is salt; salt...

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blog Mar 14, 2018

Exactly twenty years ago, I was in community college, and I was in my first official funk.  At that age any funk is devastating, and you think it is the end of the world. I must admit that I thought this funk which seems so small now seemed like a serious crisis to my twenty-year -old self.

For the first time I wondered if my disability was a hindrance to my dreams.  Here I was witnessing friends and other people my age, transition into adulthood.  They were experiencing new freedoms such as driving a car, working, dating, and traveling without your parents.  

And me?  Well, I made a limiting assumption that I could not move out of my parents’ house or partake in other activities associated with people in their early twenties because I could not ask other people to help me. I did not just let my fears stop there.  Oh no, I extrapolated these fears onto my entire life. Would I ever get married? Would I ever work? Would I ever be able to live like...

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Mini Whys

blog Mar 14, 2018

Motivation is a big part of an amazing life and success.  However, there are challenges, limitations, bad days, problems, and a slew of other factors that get in the way of amazing success.  Motivation is often about the big picture and looking at what will happen in the future. It’s like a shot of caffeine. It makes you feel good in the moment, but oftentimes when we are faced with the smallest of challenges or just an inconvenience we let that sap our motivation.   It can be something as small as a rude cashier, traffic, a long line, or a tiff with a friend.

One of the goals should be to stay on track and not let these small issues get in the way of productivity.  There is a difference between looking at these instances as a nuisance rather than occurrences that could ruin your day.  We all have nuisances in our lives, but amazing people just leave it as nuisances rather than letting them get in the way of productivity and happiness.


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Reconnecting to Joy

blog Feb 26, 2018

Confusicious was wrong when he said do what you love and you will not to work a day in your life. Work is one facet of a fulfilling life and regardless of your love for your profession, there will always be aspects that you’d rather avoid. Finding time for joy

In all fairness it’s a different world than anything Confusicious may have imagined; a world that comes with an unprecedented level of competition for our psyches, a war over our focus. With the human attention span still lingering in the same general arena of a small fish, the challenge to stay present has never been more daunting. This constant buzz for our eyes, ears…and cash is not what we’re wired for.

While there’s incredible opportunity in our new access to the world around us, there’s also the ever-present danger of losing ourselves in melee of life.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

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