Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo. Today I am going to impart to you my super secret mystic magic formula for success. Now I am going to tell you that I have studied ancient text and conversed and debated with scholars. I am going to tell you that I have studied many cultures and many hours, days, weeks and months deep in meditation in remote and secluded locations. Yes, I am going to freely share to you the wisdom of the ages. Are you ready for my Super Secret Mystic Magic Formula for Success?
Step one in the reveal is that the Formula for Success is not magic. No it basically has a series of steps that have been proven to work. I will tell you those steps, but I have to come clean, there is no magic involved. Ok, Step one is to connect with your life long dream. It is easy if you let it be easy. It is hard because life has programmed it to be hard. What did you dream of doing when you were a kid and now idea what a job was? What did you want to do all your life, before you ever worked for a living? This is more than likely your life long dream, you just forgot it. Now, before you say it is too late for you to live your dream and you want to go back to watching you dream on television or in a movie; try to at least get around people who are living your dream and ask them how you can help out. It may mean volunteering or earning less than you earn now, but this is something you may be able to do in your spare time. Recap: Step One, connect with your life long dream.
Step two in the reveal of my Super Secret Mystic Magic Formula for Success is that it is not mystic. I am not going to dress up in some crazy robes, or light a bunch of candles and act like I am coming out of a deep trance. I will try to put this as plain and simple as possible. You are going to have to allow yourself to take a look at where you are, where you want to go, and learn from people who already made the change in their life that you are looking to make in you life. You are going to have to find a mentor. You mentor needs to be someone you can trust, some one you admire and someone who agrees to meet with you on regular basis of at least once a month. See that is not mystic, it is just sound advice. Be careful when you pick you mentor. Do not fall for a scam artist. You need to be able to see for yourself, what is going on. Only pick someone you can fully trust, to many people fall for get rich quick scams.
Step three in the reveal of my Super Secret Mystic Magic Formula for Success is that it is not a secret. Everyone walks around talking about living the dream, but it is not a secret. It is really well none that you have to apply your talent to chasing your dream. Unless you dreamed about working in a factory, than working in a factory only help you reach your financial goals, but it may rob you of the spare time to reach your dream. Same thing applies to working in a restaurant, or in an office. If you are basically working in a system where you are trading you time for money, you will more than likely be short of both time and money. To live your dream, you have to spend at the very least your spare time chasing your dream. You need to work in and build a system that will help your reach your goals not just pay your bills.
So what have we learned so far about my Super Secret Mystic Magic Formula for Success? First it is not magic; You have to connect with your life long dream. Second it is not mystic; you have to carefully choose a Mentor you can trust. Third it is not a secret; you have to work in or build a system that will help you reach your goals. So what else is left? Well the formula is not super either. You don’t need Super Powers, Super Size or Super Strength; you only need the courage to try. You are going to face some challenges. You are going to fight some battles. You are going to win some and you are going to lose some; but will you get up dust yourself off and keep trying?
Now I kind of wish my Super Secret Mystic Magic Formula for Success for was Super, Secret, Mystic, and Magic; but it is only a Formula for Success. Does it really need to be anything more than that? Why can’t it just be a Formula for Success? In truth I really can’t even take credit for all of this stuff. It goes back hundreds if not thousands of years. If you were not born to a rich, famous or powerful family; you are going to have to do it for yourself. Get around people who are successful in areas you want to become successful and learn from them. It sounds kind of bland doesn’t it? Remember, get around people you can trust, not people who are trying to scam you. It is really just that simple. No smoke, no mirrors, no magic, no super heroes; just the plain and simple truth.
That’s all I have you today: My Super Secret Mystic Magic Formula for Success. I will try again in a couple of days. Until then I will just keep hacking away at my Proven Formula for Success.
Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo: How would you like to become better at something? How would you like to leave a lasting impact? It is really simple. Proactive Mentoring will not only make the people around you better, but also make you a better leader. What do I mean by Proactive Mentoring? I will try to explain. Proactive Mentoring: Unleash the leader in you!
First let’s define Proactive: Acting in advance to deal with an expected difficulty; anticipatory:
Now let’s define Mentoring: To serve as a trusted counselor or teacher to (another person)
So it is really easy to put the two together: To serve as a trusted counselor or teacher to another person acting in advance to deal with an expected difficulty; anticipatory: This is Proactive Mentoring. Now the reason I say this will unleash the leader in you is because when you teach others you will learn for yourself. Now there is a difference between teaching someone and ordering someone to do something. A wise teacher learns through the eyes of their students. So if you are a trusted counselor and you are helping someone reach their goals, hopefully you will not tell them what to do, but you will show them what to do. Hopefully you have common goals, otherwise why are you their mentor? If you are acting in advance to deal with an expected difficulty, it means you have experience, and you are trying to safely pass that experience to someone else. You are not putting them in harms way, you are trying to show them how to avoid harms way.
Now, how can I cook up a good example for you to better understand? Think about maintenance of your car. Some people wait until things go wrong before they take their car to a mechanic, this is called reactive maintenance. Something goes wrong and then you fix it. Other people check things like their tires and their brakes on a regular basis, this is called Preventive Maintenance. You check and fix things before something goes wrong. Then there are people who take their car into the shop for every oil change and get their brakes done based on the number of miles they have driven if it needs fixing or not. This is called Predictive Maintenance. You use the known history of things that can go wrong and you fix problems before they happen. This is the most Proactive Style of Maintenance.
Ok, let’s say you like to play the guitar and you want o play on stage. It would be wise for you to get around people who have been on stage and ask them what they have been through, but pick your mentors carefully. Now if you are a guitar player and someone came to you and asked you what you have been through, will you give them the best advice possible or will you ignore them and turn them away? Would you help them get ready to perform on stage, practice with them and maybe even loan them the things they might need in case they break a string or break a cord that plugs into their equipment? Will you mentor them through the problems you have experienced? Maybe you are an established musician but you need to warm up act or a song writing partner. Who better to choose from than people you have worked with in advance. Maybe you work with your trainees at smaller shows and open microphone nights to get them ready for their big break. Maybe if they make it big, they will help you out in return. Who knows, but being a proactive mentor helps your chances.
Now how does this apply to leadership and to business? Well if you are going to start your own business, do you want to know who you can trust so you can take some time off? Do you want to know who you could put in charge of a second or third store as your business grows? Why not teach someone how do deal with things that may go wrong before they go wrong. You might learn from them in the process. You may learn there are things you are good at and things the people you are working with are good at that they can teach you.
There is a big difference between being a mentor and being a boss. Bosses like to give orders. Mentors try to create a system where everyone can learn. Servant Leadership is a great start, the Proactive Mentor is even better. Servant Leaders think about others before they think about themselves. A Proactive Mentor can leave things in well prepared hands. It is great to be the magic that makes things happen, but it is even better to teach others the magic also. Teaching others means you do not have to be all things at all times in all places. This is how businesses grow. This is how systems are developed. This is how people learn. By mentoring others and continuing to learn for them selves.
Unleash the leader in you. Teach others how to do the things you do, and also continue to learn for yourself. Be proactive and be trustworthy. Be the type of person you would like to follow. Be a Proactive Mentor and unleash the leader in you.
Seven Easy Steps to Success, yes it is that easy. No this is not a Twelve Step Program, this is 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo. I am here to encourage you. I am here to chase my dreams. I am here to get you to chase your dreams. I am not a carbon copy of someone else’s ideas. I study, I ponder, I resolve in my mind, I add my own voice. These are my Seven Easy Steps to Success: Dream, Ponder, Speak, Act, Practice, Improve, Succeed
Now let me retract that statement about Seven Easy Steps, these steps are easy to say; but it is up to you to do them: Dream, Ponder, Speak, Act, Practice, Improve, Succeed. Start by dreaming, start by seeing what it is you want to be doing. It is not about what you want to have, it is about the dream you had when you were a kid, before you understood work and bills and all the stuff life throws at you. This is about seeing clearly how your talents and purpose line up. You have to see it for yourself first. I can not see it for you, and you can not see it for me. This is the easiest step, and yet so many people can not remember what they have always dreamed about doing.
Seven Easy Steps to Success: Dream, Ponder, Speak, Act, Practice, Improve, Succeed: Ponder, think about your dream. How do you fit into this dream based on where you are right now in your life? Do not attempt to live vicariously through your children, or be lost in a haze of watching other people live their dreams in Movies, on Television, on Stage, in a Book or at a Sporting Event. This is your chance to break your daydreams down into ideas. This is your dream, not someone else’s dream. Ponder, think about how you can spend a little bit of each day or each week living a part of your dream. This about doing not having, remember you have to do this for yourself.
Seven Easy Steps to Success: Dream, Ponder, Speak, Act, Practice, Improve, Succeed: Think before you speak. Simple rules, simple live lessons; if you have spent some time Dreaming and Pondering do not be afraid to Speak about your Dream. Talk to people until you find people who think and dream the same way you do. Do not worry if people make fun of your dream, they may not have a dream they are chasing. Now listen to this one piece of advice, if you speak to someone about your dream and they say you are dreaming; it is a compliment. You are dreaming remember, but now you are in the third step of that dream. You are talking about it.
Seven Easy Steps to Success: Dream, Ponder, Speak, Act, Practice, Improve, Succeed: Act, this may be on of the hardest and most frustrating steps of success. To Act, to be or not to be, that is the question. You have to act, you have to create the action that will attract the right people who can help your reach your dream. None of us do it alone, and none of us do it overnight. You have seen it, you have thought about it, you have talked about it, now it is time to build it. Build it and they will come.
Seven Easy Steps to Success: Dream, Ponder, Speak, Act, Practice, Improve, Succeed: Practice makes perfect. If your dream is worth while, you will have to practice. No one wakes up one day goes to a basket ball court for the first time and sinks a basket and is then immediately called up by a professional team and gets to quit their day job all in one day. If you have seen it or heard of it, it was a movie or television show. If your dream is worth doing, then it is worth practicing. Now, learn to have fun while you practice, learn to work with other people while you practice. You are half way there. This stage is half the battle. You are half way home, do not give up now. Do not let what other people are saying or doing keep you from practicing what it is you want to do. Develop positive habits that will help you reach your dream one day.
Seven Easy Steps to Success: Dream, Ponder, Speak, Act, Practice, Improve, Succeed: Improve; this might be the trickiest step for most people. If you did not need to get better at anything, you would already be living your dream and you would not be reading this post. Can you step back and look at your strengths and your weaknesses? Will you allow yourself to be coached to the next level? Can you coach someone else so they can reach their dreams? Again, this is the hardest step in the process. Do you know where you fit in and where you can get better? Do you know how you can best help your team win? There are many people who work in the background to make other people look better. Are you comfortable working behind the scenes on successful teams or projects? No one can answer this for you; you have to be willing to understand how and where you fit in to the big picture.
Seven Easy Steps to Success: Dream, Ponder, Speak, Act, Practice, Improve, Succeed: Success; so easy to say, so hard to do. The hardest thing to figure about success is how do you measure success? Is it having more free time to do the things you love? Is it being paid to do something you love instead of paying someone to do it as a hobby? Is it making the most money or winning the most games? What is success? To me, success is anything that helps bring you one step closer to your goals and dreams. Success is a series of small wins that lead to big wins. Sports teams do not win a championship at the start of a season. They win and lose games and hopefully put themselves in place to be there at the end when the championship is decided. Life long dreams are not won or lost in one day, they are built upon one day at a time. You will win some, you will lose some along the way. Reward the small wins, improve after small loses; but learn to track your progress. This may take more thinking, more acting, more practice and more improvement. You may have to speak positive and assuring words to yourself and your team; you can not short cut this process. Dream, Ponder, Speak, Act, Practice, Improve, Succeed; Seven Easy Steps to Success
I am just an average guy trying to do above average things. I am trying to learn how to become a Motivational Guru. I have had some hits, and I have had plenty of misses. I am just trying to stay in the game until my hits add up to a quantifiable amount. If I can connect with people one person at a time I am happy.
I try to blog what I believe. I think it is important to do the things you love and to stay in the game: It is what I am trying to do. I have been blogging for over year now. No book deal. No television interviews. No movie deal. It is just me and a bunch of posts that seem to go around and around about Leadership, Motivation, Teamwork and Chasing your dreams. The most important thing is that I am trying to write about what I believe and then live those things. I am trying to follow the best advice I can find, and then I blog about it. I try to put it in my own words; I try to find my own voice.
I believe there will always be a new sunrise: Remember all the doom and gloom about the year 2012. I guess it is not a big deal any more. Why do we scare so easy? Who am I? I am the guy who believes things will be all right if we make them all right. I think you have to get involved. I believe if something is important to you then you will be the pull it out of the fire kind of person. Otherwise you will just blame it on someone else.
Who am I? I have my share of problems like everyone else. I try to plan, but you know things happen: So you plan and then you have to change your plans. You have to change your short-term plans, but those dreams, I think they never die. You have to keep them in sight. I don’t think your dreams die, they fade; and then you wake up one day and wonder what happened?
So we need to keep doing the best we can. I have the same goals as when I started. I keep plugging away. I am not the same guy I was then, but I am the same guy just different. Maybe I am getting better, maybe I am getting worse. Maybe I am just looking back with melancholy. I am just learning by doing, the same thing I would like you to do. Get up and try, and look back at what you have done and say I have tried, now what can I do better? Don’t get frustrated and don’t give up. Just try. If you are doing things you like to do, you will find happiness. If you are chasing money you will find disappointment. So I look back and I find mistakes here and there and try to get better.
There is not a lot I can do other than keep trying. This blog will do what it was meant to do: Who am I? I am some guy looking back at what I have done, trying to get better at what I do. I am some guy trying to get you to do the same thing. Learn by doing and then learn from your doing. Get up and chase your dreams.
Everything you need is already inside of you.
Just find a quite place and pray.
Ask God how you can best help others.
And then listen. Once you have listened, get up and act.
It is that simple.
Quick name your favorite Gandhi or Einstein quote.
Welcome back to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo. I spread a lot of quotes and thoughts and I hope I can motivate people to chasing their dreams. I have noticed, sometimes we all quote the same people to varying degrees of success. Some people give you the same advice I would give you, and you may listen to them and ignore me. This may happen with lots of people. You may listen to your friends and ignore your parents. Now I always challenge you to not take my word for it. Get a second opinion. So today’s topic is: Because “So and So” said so.
How many times have you heard someone say “You know what they say?” Then you wondered who the infamous “They” in “They say” was? “They” are “So and So!” Feel free to us them interchangeably. Notice the following example:
You know what “they” say. = You know what “So and So” says.
I challenge you not to do things because “So and So” says so, but to do things because you truly believe they are the right thing to do. Do things because it aligns your beliefs and your talents and your purpose, not a purpose “So and So” has quoted for you. I have heard a lot of people quote Einstein saying the definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Quoting that does not make me the next Einstein, I could be using that quote over and over and expecting different results. That would then become a paradox? Oh well.
If I sang and danced like Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson, would I become the next Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson? No I would not. So walking around quoting “So and So’ will not make me the next “So and So.” I would have to come up with something new and say it enough times for it to stick. See here lies the problem. I can give you the same advice that a rich person would give you, and I can give you the same advice that “So and So” is quoted as saying, but you will always listen to the other person. I am not trying to tell you what you want to hear, I try to spread the best advice that I truly believe in; and then I will find my own voice.
So again, I ask you not to belief what “So and So” said that another “So and So” said. I challenge you to find out the truth for yourself. Now don’t get me wrong. I am not mad at the famous “So and So” who said so. I have quoted the ever famous “Them” from time to time. Here are some of my favorites: You know what “They” say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. “So and So” says that a penny saved is a penny earned. “They” say a fool and his money are soon parted. “So and So” says that fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
You see the wonderful thing about advice is that you have to be ready to hear it, or else it really does not matter. It does not matter what “They” say or what “So and So” said. You have to be ready to hear the advice that someone gives you. And if you take advice at face value, how do you know if “So and So” is being misquoted?
Now maybe one day, I will be remembered as the guy who gave the advice, “Find out the truth for your self.” Our I will be known as the guy who said “Get off the couch and chase your dreams.” Or how about align your talents with your purpose and thank God who gave you both.” Maybe one day I will be the next famous “So and So” who is forever quoted as saying more than I ever did. Or maybe my life will be defined by one thing I said, those famous last words of the late great “So and So.” So if that is my fate, let be known as the guy who said, don’t do anything because “So and So” said so.
I live to blog and one day I will blog to live.
I have blogged about Leadership: The Five E-s of Leadership:
I have blogged about making a stand: Standing up for what you believe in is the right thing to do.
I have blogged about finding a new job: How to find your dream job?
I live to blog and one day I will blog to live. I believe you should be chasing you dreams, and this blog is part of me chasing my dream. I keep trying to get better. What are you trying to get better at doing?
I have blogged about Life: Life is like a rollercoaster. The question is which hill do we tackle first?
I have blogged about putting others first: The Selfless Leader:
I have blogged about working as a team: Why Teamwork sometimes doesn’t work.
I live to blog and one day I will blog to live. I have to keep on digging, keep on pushing, keep on swimming; I have to keep on keeping on and so do you. So I blog and hope that one day it will connect.
I have blogged about struggles: F.A.C.E. adversity:
I have blogged about fitness: Maximum Muscle Madness
I have even blogged about why it is O.K. to be called crazy: If no one has called you crazy, you are not trying hard enough.
I live to blog and one day I will blog to live. So what is there to fear. I type what I think, I speak what I think, I try to live what I think and learn from doing. So by doing, I am learning and learning fuels more blogging. It is all one big circle. Maintaining an online diary of my thoughts and I invite you along for the ride.
I guess this is my point: Do what you love.
I live to blog and one day I will blog to live.
Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo, where I find Leadership in the strangest places. So you may be wondering how Dodge ball teaches leadership; that is my task for today. To convince you that Leadership is like Dodge ball: You can throw it, catch it or dodge it.
So I assume you know the movie, but if not here is a link Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story: So I am not trying to be a disciple of the Vince Vaughn Leadership School. No my Dodge ball observation goes a lot deeper. So you have to read the Dodge Ball Rules:
So in Dodge ball, you have to be good at Throwing, Catching and Dodging, just like in Life and just like in Leadership you have to know when to throw, when to catch and when to dodge. Now most of the time, Leadership is not about dodging, it is about catching. So ok, here we go. Life will throw lots of things at you. Can you throw it back? Can you roll with the punches? Now before you can throw, you have to catch, you have to track down what life is throwing at you and throw it back. Now I am not talking about how much junk life throws at you. I am talking about adding value to the things life throws at you. Work, School, Hobbies all the balancing acts in life. Can you catch everything that life is throwing at you and can you give back your best?
There is only so much you can catch. Now if you have to dodge, don’t dodge the important things. Your values and your family have to come first. Then you work, work is important to pay the bills. Leaders can not afford to dodge the important things. You have to catch the important things and throw them back at life. Keep rolling with the punches. Now the things that are not important, the things that do not add in value to your life or your work, dodge those. Know when to not try to catch everything.
When I was growing up we played Dodge ball on Basket ball courts, we used a different set of rules: “A variation if the dodge ball game is played on a basketball court is that if a player throws the ball and it goes into the opposing basket, the whole team gets resurrected.” That was the game I got used to playing. I was the player who could throw ok, I could catch ok, I was really good a dodging, but I could hit that half-court shot. I was the guy how tried to get my whole team back in the game. That is the kind of leader I want to be. I want to be the Leader who helps get his whole team into the game.
Now some people on your team are going to be great throwers, some will be great catchers, and some will be great dodgers and some will hit that half-court shot. Know how to get the most out of your team and out of your life. Know what is important to catch and what to dodge. Know how to get the most out of every throw. Learn how to keep your team fully engaged and in the game. Hit that half-court shot and improve your odds dramatically. Leadership is like Dodge ball: You can throw it, catch it or dodge it!
I got 60 Seconds to convince you of this fact. Love and Truth go hand in hand. Now 60 Seconds may not be enough time to work this level of Motivational Mojo, but I will give it a try. People have been lied to about Love and Truth. Love and Truth go hand in hand. They have to, they must. To have one you must have the other.
Define Love: I am not talking about lust. I am talking about true and unconditional love. Now Define Truth: No wishy-washy conditional truth, I am talking about absolute absence of all doubt truth!
Now search out God is Love: Then search out God is Truth: So how can God be only Love or only Truth when God is both Love and Truth. So how can you have Love without Truth and how can you have Truth without Love? You see I only have 60 Seconds to convince you of something you may battle in your mind with for the rest of your life, or you can realize there is no battle.
Love on the most honest and innocent level can be seen in the way a mother loves a newborn baby. Truth on the most absolute level is without waiver, doubt or malice intent. If you truly love someone you will tell the truth. And to tell the truth you must know true love. Now you can leave me 100 replies on why you disagree with my, but you can not change my mind. I am stubborn that way.
So let’s go to the other side of the fence, let me try my best to argue against the fact that Love and Truth must go hand in hand. Can you Love a Lie? Let me ask you, if you gave everything you have to someone because you love them, and you found out that they were lying to you at every turn, would you be happy? Would you? Can you truly Love a Lie? Stop playing the Unconditional, Forgive and Forget Love Card. Can you Love someone with all your might if you know they are lying to you?
Let’s try this: Can you tell the Absolute Truth, without any doubt or malice intent without having Love? What if I told you I knew the secret to a long happy life free from sickness and you could spend eternity in paradise? Could I tell you this secret if I did not truly believe it? Could I tell you this secret with no malice intent and not love you without condition? None of us deserve that level of truth or love, none of us have earned it; that is why it has to be freely shared. It can not be hoarded, it can not be fenced in, and it can be stopped. If you believe in Absolute Truth then you must have Love for everyone you share it with; they must go hand in hand.
How do I know this? Why am I so convinced? I have been fighting this battle in my own mind my entire life. Then I figured it out, then it was shown to me; the battle is already won. There is no battle between darkness and light, light always wins. So why do we fight these same battles between Love and hate, and between Truth and lies? Love is not lust, Love never fails. Once you know the Truth, why would you spread rumors or lies? Once you know the Truth, you will only give people the best possible advice you can.
Search God is Light: No you do not have to believe anything that I have posted here? I chose to believe. Your beliefs are your choice. The things I tell you should not be a secret. The things I post here are what I believe. It does not mean that I do not have my own battles to get through, it just means I am doing the best I can to spread the best news and best advice I can find.
Love and Truth go hand in hand. Love and Truth are the Light and the Way. God is Love and God is Truth. If you Love someone you will tell them the Truth, and if you know the Truth you will do all you can to walk in Love. You can not love a lie, and you can not live in fear and doubt. Love and Truth must go hand in hand.