The Super Hero in you!
I like watching Super Hero Movies. I know they are not real, but it often makes me wonder what I would do if I were a super hero. I also like watching Action Hero Movies. They are similar to Super Hero Movies. I know they are not real, but it does make me wonder, how much of this action is believable? How much of this is something we may be able to do if we were to stretch our abilities to our limits. I think there is a Super Hero in all of us; we just need to be brave enough to let them out.
For the same reasons I like watching some of the fringe sports like American Ninja Warrior and The Cross-Fit Games: I also like watching Tour De France highlights as much as I like the FIFA World Cup as much as the NFL Super Bowl as much as WrestleMania: Each winner of these events is billed as super human, but each of them are vastly different types of athletes. Ninja Warriors have tremendous upper body strength and are very light weight, where Cross Fit winners on average seem to be bigger and stronger. Tour De France Athletes have much more lower-body strength and much more endurance. For the longest time, the Decathlon Winners at the Olympics were considered the World Greatest Athletes. All in a quest to become Super Human; so if I told you there was a Super Hero in you, would you believe me?
Maybe you have not trained to become a Movie Star, Action Hero or Professional Athlete, but you have a unique set of talents that have been given to you at birth. You just need to get around people who will help you develop your talents. You see Athletes and Actors have Coaches and Trainers that helped them become successful at what they do. All of them have put in countless hours to become who they are, so what are you waiting for? You just have to put in the time. Maybe you need to start small.
The Super Hero in you! First you have to make up your mind what it is you really want to be very good at doing. Then you need to find someone to coach you. Usually this is someone you look up to who is good at what you want to do and has common morals as you have. Never comprise your morals when you pick a coach. You want to be a Super Hero right?
Next you need to separate Fact from Fiction. You have to put some kind of frame work in what is possible and attainable if you give it your best. This is based on your age, your time, your talents and your determination. Some people say they want to be great, but the minute they face a set-back they give up or get easily distracted by something else. It is better to know your limits and to train another day than to go overboard, get hurt, give up or worse. Your best is all you have to give. Do not compare yourself with others best or some legend or myth. Larger than life works in the movies and gets hyped up on television, know your personal limits.
Now you need to stretch your limits. This is where you train in a safe environment and in a controlled setting. Give it your best, track your results and then keep getting better. You may be a fast runner or a strong weightlifter, or you might be a teacher, public speaker or author. There is a saying that “Practice makes perfect.” There is another saying that “Perfect practice makes perfect.” Perfect your practice. Monitor your results and keep getting better at what you do. This is where your coach should be able to help you adjust your training and practice.
If you have picked a coach that does not feed you false promises and take short cuts, and if you have trained yourself and separated fact from fiction and if you have stretched yourself to be your best; then you are ready to make a stand. I am not telling you to patrol the neighbor at night looking to fight crime, but you can start a neighborhood watch and work with your civic and community organizations to help out in your neighborhood. I am not telling you to make a bunch of promises you can keep, but you can invite and lead a team of volunteers to help others who are in need. You can help people learn the things you have learned so they do not feel the need to take shortcuts or feel bad about themselves.
You see the Super Hero in you is up to you. You know what you would like to do in your heart of hearts, now can you make it a reality? Can you be an inspiration to others much like the movies or these televised sporting events, just maybe on a smaller scale? Can you make a difference in just one person’s life? Maybe you will need help, but still you are being a help to others. This is the point of being a Super Hero, helping others. The key to unlocking the Super Hero in you is to help others do the things you always wanted to do. If you are helping others find success, you will also find success. This is your Super Hero Calling. Unlock it. Teach people that they do not have to cut corners to reach their dreams.
I like watching Super Hero Movies. So if I told you there was a Super Hero in you, would you believe me? Unleash the Super Hero In You!
Teamwork only works when the team works together.
What is in it for me? This is the reason most teams fail. Strangely enough this is the same reason why some teams succeed. Teamwork only works when teams work together.
What is in it for me? If a team is established and there are systems of rewards in place, then “What’s in it for me” can work just fine. Think about being the starting quarterback on a top college football team. “What is in it for me” will drive the top players to compete for that starting spot and leading their team to victory and a shot at the pros.
What is in it for me? Think about all the people who hate their jobs, their bosses and their commute to work but they do it 5 days a week or more for a paycheck. They work with people they don’t like, and for a boss they don’t like and complain all the way to the bank each week. They work as a team on a team they don’t like because there are rewards in place that offset the things they do not like about their job.
What is in it for me? People play the lottery and go to casinos and jump on get rich schemes and scams against all odds because they believe they will be the one to hit the jackpot or hit a smaller prize that will at least make it worth their while. And if they do not win, hey they got that little rush that makes it all worth it.
What is in it for me? Have you tried to build a team from scratch simply for the greater good? Have you tried to build a team from scratch to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do? The only way that teamwork works is when the team works together. I know in my heart of hearts that teamwork works. I have seen it work first hand for all the right reasons and all the wrong reasons. I believe in Teamwork. I believe in teams that work together.
This is my search, this is my journey and this is the path I am on. I do not want anyone to feel sorry for me. I will figure this thing out, with help from people who can see what I am trying to do. I am trying to get people to work together without asking “What is in it for me?” I am looking for the people who will say “What can I do to help?” I am not looking for people who will tell me what to do and only help if they get paid. I am looking for people who want to motivate each other to volunteer in their community. I am looking for people who want to clean up parks and volunteer at food banks in their own backyard. I am looking for people who want to speak at workshops and lead volunteer drives and actually go out and do the work without spending or looking to make a bunch of money for their time. I believe if we are doing the right things the right way all those things will work themselves out. When I send out a call for help the most overwhelming response I get is “What is in it for me?”
“What is in it for me?” Seed Time and Harvest, what comes around goes around, you reap what you sow, karma and nirvana: We hear these things but do we really believe them? Team work makes the dream work. You see I believe these things. I also believe, if you build it they will come. So brick by brick, post by post and invite by invite I believe it will all work out one day.
So thank you for reading my post. This is not just a post, it is a commitment. Teams work when teams work together. You know this in your heart to be true. Yes, leadership matters and yes purpose matters; but let’s face it, all of us have seen teams be successful for all the wrong reasons. And sometimes we see thing grow out of nothing for all the right reasons. “What is in it for me?” is the wrong reason! “What can I do to help?” is the right reason.
Teamwork only works when the team works together.
Keep a simple song in your heart.
I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. It doesn’t get simpler than that; “The little engine that could” kept a simple song in his mind and in his heart when faced with a big challenge. What do you do when you are faced with a big challenge?
Do you sing the blues? Do you cry out for help? Do you wallow in sorry? I choose to keep a simple song in my heart and try to keep a smile on my face. Yes, sometimes I get down and frustrated; but still I look for the silver lining inside the cloud. I keep a simple song in my heart.
I think I can, I think I can. Row, row, row your boat. Just keep swimming. Simple songs from simple stories we tell our children and then we grow up and stop believing. So I had to challenge myself to keep believing. To keep swimming, to keep rowing and like the little engine that could I will take my mountain.
I will take my mountain. Say it every day! I will take my mountain. Do you feel like you are growing older, wiser, or stronger? Do you feel all of these things? Do you feel none of these things? Keep a simple song in your heart and keep your eyes on the prize. So much of this life is your state of mind and your state of mind is a choice.
Nobody said it would be easy. The way I heard it is that if it was easy, everyone would do it. So make up your mind that you can do the impossible, and then find a simple song a simple phrase you can say everyday and keep it in your heart. Make it something that makes you feel stronger and wiser. Make it something that reminds you that you are healed and strong and talented and uniquely made for greatness. I will take my mountain. I think I can, I think I can. Row, Row, Row your boat. Just keep swimming.
We say these things but do we really believe them? I do, but I rarely see it in others. People are stressed out and frustrated and living their lives day to day thinking that things will never change. I believe that things will change; I believe that things will get better; if we can learn to work together. So I say keep a simple song in your heart and have faith and put that faith into action. Faith without works is dead. So put action behind your faith and do the work. Sing a simple song while you work.
I will take my mountain. Say it every day!
Faith made simple.
Faith is where you place your hope and faith is where you place your trust. Faith is simple, people make it complicated. All of us have faith weather we confess it or not. What you believe in is where you place your faith.
Faith is simple.
People make it complicated. Faith is not a trivia game or a quiz show or a battle of wits. Faith is what brings you peace of mind. Where you put your hope and trust is where you put your faith. Some people blow on dice, some people hoard money and gold. Others believe they can out smart destiny. This is where they place their faith. Some believe that God is in control, others believe they are in control and still others feel they have no control; this is where they place their faith. Faith is simple. Faith is the simplest explanation of what we believe to be true.
Now read these words carefully. I am not telling you what to believe. I am telling you that faith will bring you peace. I will never try to argue and operate from a position of fear. I will always try to find a place that brings me peace and operate from a position of faith. My faith is based on two simple things, a search for truth and a search for love.
Truth and Love go hand in hand. That is why I challenge myself to never operate from a place of fear, or hate or lies. No matter how much power and wealth selling lies and operating from a position of fear may bring others, my duty is to the truth. No matter how much power others can gain through hate my belief is that if you love someone you will tell them the truth. This is where I place my faith.
I believe any advice you give should be advice that you follow and your story should not change from audience to audience. Truth and Love made simple is where I place my faith. Love and Truth create peace. This is where I place my faith.
Faith is simple; people make it complicated. People can be hypocrites, people can be power hungry, and people can be arrogant and greedy. In this quest to appear to be more than what they are, people make things complicated. Complicating faith leads to confusion and confusion is not peace. Faith is simple, people make it complicated.
Faith is simple. Find the simple truths. Find the purest most innocent form of love, like a mother has for a child or when little kids are at play. Aspire to approach love, truth and faith with a child like heart. Find happiness and peace and place your faith there. Faith is simple, people make it complicated.
My Rehabilitation Walk:
I am recovering from a couple of knee injuries. I have to challenge myself to get past the pain of the bad days and appreciate the lesser pain or near pain free good days. This is all part of my rehabilitation walk.
I have to believe in the promise. I was not promised to never be sick or never have an injury. I have been promised that I will get sick and recover from all manner of infirmary. So I continue to believe in the promise. So I do not give into injury, I continue to stretch and strengthen my legs so that my knees will recover. I will take my mountain.
Nay-sayers have told me I should go to the doctor or get surgery, but I believe I can get back to full strength in due time. So you have to be really careful what advice you accept some times. What news do you listen to and what news do you spread? I will recover thanks to the promise, but I have an active role in my recovery.
No Pain, No Gain! You heard this haven’t you? You do not exercise today to be stronger today. You exercise today to recover tomorrow and get stronger as time progresses. So I broke out my ankle weights and put them to good use. First I did leg exercises on weekends and a few week nights while I watched television; leg extensions and leg curls, sets of twenty until I could not stand the pain. No pain, no gain. I would wear soft knee braces on weekdays and walked with a limp. I continued to get stronger and tried to correct my walking, no visible limp on good days. I tried to not use the braces on weekends first, then a little at a time on weekdays here and there. I will take my mountain.
I had good days and bad days. Two steps forward and one step back so it seemed. Yes my faith has been tested, but I believe in the promise; I will recover. As I have been getting stronger, I decided to put on the ankle weights and go for a walk. Slowly, deliberately walking with 5 pound soft weights strapped around each ankle; I walk around our apartment complex. So I started to sweat after the first lap; that is a good sign. Then I started to notice that my muscles began to ache, another good sign. Then I had to challenge myself to keep going on lap 3 and 4 and 5; another good sign. No Pain, No Gain.
After my Rehab walks, I had to take it easy for the rest of the day. Watch Television and stretch, all the while believing in the promise, I will recover. Sometimes I would feel better the next day, sometimes I would feel worse, but by the second day after my Rehab walks I would feel a lot less pain than on the days before my rehab walks. I will take my mountain.
These rehab walks are making my knees stronger. It may look funny to people who see me. They do not know that I have 5 pound weights strapped to each ankle as I do my walks. It probably looks like I am riding a giant bicycle in slow motion. It may look like I am walking in deep snow as I walk around each lap. I listen to music on my trusty MP3 player and my headphones as I smile my way through the pain. But each time I feel I get stronger. Each week, I wear my knee braces less and less. Each week I get a little stronger, short term pain leads to longer term gain. Each week I learn to stay in control and stay the course.
I share this with you because I believe in the promise. I will get sick and recover. I share this with you because I believe in spreading good news. The same promise that has been given to me is available to you. I am not telling you to stop going to the doctor or stop taking any medicine you may be on; I am telling you to believe in the promise, you may get sick but you can recover. I will take my mountain.
The reason I keep blogging.
Most of the things I post in my blog are not new information. Maybe it is just my perspective that is different. I am more than likely not telling you something you have never heard or seen before, maybe it is just something you need to hear or see again with a new take on it. The things I am telling you are to do what right for the sake of doing what is right. I am telling you to believe in yourself and to believe that you can make a difference. I am telling you to learn by doing.
The reason I keep blogging is because I believe these things to be true not only for you but for me. I believe that I have to keep looking for a new take on the same things I have heard before. I believe that I have to do the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing. I believe that I am supposed to believe in myself and believe that I can make a difference.
If I tell you to have faith, I must have faith. If want to motivate others, I have to stay motivated. If I believe that good work is it own reward, I have to do good work. If I believe in seed time in harvest then I must sow seed. I continue to blog because I have to motivate myself as much as I try to motivate anyone else. The reason I keep blogging is because I believe in what I am blogging.
So what am I saying? What comes around goes around? As you sow so shall you reap? Believe in something more than yourself? Do the right thing? Build a team, work together? These are the things I blog. I believe them to be true. And by saying them over and over again, I am learning how to become a better team builder and a better leader. It is not enough to shout to the heavens or stand in the forest and yell at the trees; the point is to make a difference and help others make a difference. The point is to create and maintain a blog that will actually create change in the world that I live in, in my community and in the communities that this blog reaches.
We sit here and say that we are all connected and we all are Six Degrees of Separation from each other. So what are we doing to make the world a better place? If I ask it of others, I have to first ask it of myself. Blogging, mentoring, coaching and training are all things I try to do in my personal and professional lives. At home or on the job, I have to try to keep learning by studying and by doing and by coaching others. So I blog to keep myself motivated and to believe I can motivate others. This motivation will hopeful bring change into my life and to the lives of those who read this blog.
All I can tell you is to stay at it. All I can tell myself is to stay at it. So my promise to you is that I will stay at it. One day, one week, one post at a time; I will stay at it.
The truth about blogging:
Blogging is easy. Blogging is hard. Blogging is worth it.
Thanks to all steady improvement and increase of social media outlets, Blogging is getting easier. Blogging is easy for a little while. The longer you do it, the harder it gets; but it is worth it.
Why do I say this? When an idea is new it carries a lot of excitement and energy. Now, let it grind at you for a while. Try to find something new to say. Maybe the dirty little secret about the mainstream media is that the people behind the scenes are constantly coming and going. The ghost writers and contributing people who are not out in front.
When you have to figure out what you are going to say a few times a week, there will be sometimes you go through some dry spells. There will be some times when you have nothing to say. They will be sometimes when you have plenty to say but do not have the time or the energy to type it all in. There will be some times when you are just not in the mood. It will sometimes be easy and sometimes be hard; but it is worth it.
Hey, don’t feel sorry for me, I am not looking for sympathy. I am just opening up and being honest. I have been a slacker lately. I had a lot of things going on and have not been blogging as much as I should. So, I vow to get back on my horse and get back on track.
Thank you to those of you who have been searching out and finding my blog. If you are thinking about blogging, give it a try. Just keep at it. Sometimes it seems easy, sometimes it seems hard; but it is worth doing.
Make It Happen:
Think it, speak it, act on it. Learn it, teach it, make it grow. This is how you make it happen. So many thoughts to try to type and upload to this blog; Welcome to 60 seconds of motivational mojo.
I have heard it said we are the some total of our actions. I have also heard it said that our thoughts become our words and our words become our actions. I have also heard it said that the same thinking that created a problem cannot solve the problem. So for us to change our circumstance we must first change our thinking. Think it, speak it, act on it.
So if our thoughts become our words and our words become our actions we have to protect our thinking. Positive thinking will create positive words and positive action. Negative thinking will create negative words and negative action. So if we want positive outcomes should we not create as mush positive action as possible? Should we not stay positive in our thinking and our actions and surround ourselves with positive people? Should we not change our words to reflect our thinking? Should we not challenge the words of others? Shouldn’t we engage people with positive words in our speaking and find out who agrees and who disagrees with our thinking? Think it, speak it, act on it.
So now it is not enough to just run around saying we will make things better. Ever heard talk is cheap? So if we are going to say it shouldn’t we at the very least try to do positive things? I often find it amazing that people will say, “There should be a law” or that “People should do the right thing” but then they do not vote or get involved. So want should you do? You should do the things you believe should get done. You should back your words with actions. If you feel that the schools are failing your children, maybe you should volunteer to tutor, or start a homework club with local families. Do you believe that kids need a safe place to play; then maybe you should clean up a local park? Don’t just think it, don’t just say it; act on it!
Think it, speak it, act on it. Learn it, teach it, make it grow. This is how you make it happen. So I am convinced enough to try to grow a system from scratch. I firmly believe that I can change my thinking and change my speaking and act on it by volunteering; but there is more to do. I have heard it said that if you want to be a success, create success in others. All these things that I am typing are things I had to learn. I had to search and open myself to answers. So, here I am trying to learn it for myself and then try to teach it to others. I am trying to teach the things I feel that I am good at and learn what others are good at doing. Learn by doing and learn by teaching. Learn it, teach it and make it grow.
So how do you make it grow? Create a system and teach it to as many people as possible. Create a system and learn from it. Create a system and act on it. Create a system and tell everyone about it. Create a system that you believe in based on your thoughts and dreams. Think it, speak it, act on it. Learn it, teach it, make it grow.
I am not telling you what to do or how to do it. I am telling you to try and learn from your efforts and teach what you learn to others. I am saying you can if you will try, learn and try again. I am saying you can if you will challenge your thinking and your speaking and your actions. Think it, speak it, act on it. Learn it, teach it, make it grow.
A brighter tomorrow:
Do you believe you can help make a better tomorrow? Do you believe that is will be easy? I don’t. I think that things worth doing will not always be easy, but they will be worthwhile. This blog has not been easy, but it has taught me how much work there is to be done.
Try being positive a positive person when things are in chaos. Every day brings good news and bad. Try being the person who encourages without any financial gain. Lots of people are promising to change your life if you will invest in their system. Lots of systems will tell you to invest in yourself by buying their products. I am asking you to challenge your thinking and your actions without spending any money.
This blog is a labor of love. I need the time, the inspiration and the energy to continue to update this blog. I have made many mistakes in my life. I am trying to learn from them and help others avoid the mistakes I have made while trying to stay as positive as possible. What has ever been gained by being negative? What has ever been gained by everyone working against each other and keeping to themselves? What has ever been gained by giving up? So I tell people to find the positive and work together and not give up. So I have to fight for the time to not give up.
I have made a promise to my wife and my mother that I would keep trying to find the answer. I believe in a simple answer that we have all heard before but we have been conditioned not to believe. We need to work together to make things better. If we want the world to be a better place, we cannot be selfish. If we want to make things better we have to put the needs of others before ourselves. So I blog and I volunteer and I try to stay positive and I ask others to do the same. Find the time and then energy to seize the opportunities when they arise.
I am far from perfect. I have a lot more to learn. But I have learned enough to know we must continue to try. So I will keep trying. I will continue to believe that we can make the world a better place. It starts by thinking positive thoughts and speaking positive words and creating positive actions and moments and standing up for what is right. This is why I blog. I have made plenty of mistakes; maybe from here on out, I can make a difference.
Ideas and Implementation:
Welcome to Sixty Seconds of Motivational Mojo. Maybe it is just the way I see the world. Maybe I look at complicated things and see simple things. Maybe I just can’t help myself. But I see what could be and what should be and wonder why we do not do the things we know we should. Anyway basically the world is full of people who have ideas. The world is also full of people who make ideas reality. The world boils down to ideas and implementation.
Having an idea is great. Lots of us have them. We dream up things all day long. But most of us do not get paid for our ideas. We get paid for implementing other people’s ideas. Some us are very good at implementing others ideas, some of us are good at implementing our own ideas; but without implementation ideas never become reality.
You see an idea with no action behind it to make it a reality is only an idea. It will not make you rich, maybe it is a dream, but your idea will only take you as far as the implementation of that idea. The same goes for implementation. You can be very good at developing things. But if the things you are developing are bad ideas, then all the implementation in the world will lead to nowhere. You see both ideas and implementation can be either good or bad. Ideas and Implementation can basically be ranked from 0 to 10. Then you take the two of them and multiply them together and you get a scale of 0 to 100. Now you can see a Great Idea, an Idea that ranks as a 9 or 10 that has 0 Implementation really sums up to 0. Nine times Zero is Zero. The same goes for a Great Implementation of a Bad Idea. You can spend lots of time and energy on a bad idea; A Zero Idea in the hands of the Best Implementers’ that operate at the Nine or Ten Level still sum up to Zero. Zero times Nine is also Zero.
You see Ideas no matter how good are nothing without implementation; and implementation no matter how good is nothing without a good idea. An average idea say a 5 level idea, and average implementation say of 5 leads to below average results; 5 times 5 equals 25 out of 100. Even above average ideas coupled with above average implementation let’s say 7 times 7 sums up to 49; 49 out of 100. You see to really beat the curve you must do an above average job implementing above average ideas. Eight Times Eight equals Sixty Four. Nine Times Nine equals Eighty One.
This blog is an idea. How often and how well I update this blog is implementation. If I am not posting on a regular basis, if I am not posting ideas that people are looking for and if I am not providing quality content then this blog will go nowhere, no matter if I think it is a good idea. A great idea is not enough. Great implementation is not enough. You need both.
A great idea, a perfect idea of a 10 with only so-so or average implementation of a 5 will only yield average results. 10 times 5 equals 50 out of 100. Also Great Implementation of an Average Idea sill leads to average results. 5 times 10 equals 50 out of 100. It is very difficult to have great ideas and be able to implement them all on your own. I blog on Word press and also have updates on LinkedIn and Facebook. Even with thousands of connections most of my views come from search engines. I could not reach 10 or 100 or 1000 people without Social Media. Great Implementation of Great Ideas takes a Team of people doing their best. So I continue to try to get better at generating ideas and implementing them, but I am only as good as the collective efforts of the Social Media Teams. Facebook, Linkedin, Google and WordPress were not the first of their kind. They just improved on good ideas and implemented them better than the previous versions. Great Ideas and Great Implementation require Great Teams working together to make things better than they had been before. Learn to implement your ideas. Learn to do something a little better and a little faster than the next person. Make the world a little better than it was before.
Ideas and Implementation