Don’t worry about how hard it will be to catch your dream!

Don’t worry about how hard it will be to catch your dream!

Wonder and stay focused upon if it is worth it. Chasing your dream won’t be easy. Chasing your dream may mean you have to make some difficult choices. But if your dream is worth it, the effort will be worth it also. Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo. I hope somewhere in all of this my intention gets through, keep chasing your dreams.

So first and foremost; I hope your dream is to do something positive. That is just where I come from with this blog. Positive Motivational is my intention. I hope and pray your dream does no harm to others. So now, secondly; I hope your dream will stretch your imagination and your efforts; dream the big dream. It is OK to be working on small steps as long as the small steps lead to a Big Dream. Dreaming of lying in bed and watching television all day is ok for a day off or a weekend off, but don’t let it turn into a month off or a year off. Stay after that Big Positive Dream! Your Dream must be big enough to be worth it! Now if your dream is big and positive then you should share it with the people you love. At the very least, the people who love you should be supportive of your dream. Even if they cannot give you the money to make your dream come true, or even if they do not know how to help you make your dream come true; the people who love you should respect your dream enough to tell you to keep at it, keep learning and try to comfort you when you are discouraged. If they cannot do that much, do they love you as much as you love them?

Remember, I said you may have to make some tough choices. I am not here to break up any marriages or families. I would not want anyone tampering in my family life. I am saying be able to share your dream with your family, and if they cannot respect your dream, do not let them kill it. Your family and friends may not be able to understand your dream, or maybe they are not in a good enough place to be happy for you. Don’t let them drag you down with them if their dream has died. Keep your dream alive, and take the time and give yourself the space to keep chasing your dream. Again, if your family and friends love you, they will be happy for you. You may have to be happy for them and yourself before they are ready and able to be happy for you. Again, do not let your family or friends kill your dream. Keep your dreams and thoughts positive and big enough to be worth chasing.

Don’t worry about how hard it will be to catch your dream, keep dreaming the dream. Dream big enough to make it worth your while to keep dreaming. Now let’s say your dream is to climb Mount Everest. You may have to break that down into small steps. Find the biggest local hill that you can climb and climb that once or twice. Climb it 10 times and then climb it 10 times a day. You need to set little goals and reach them and then set bigger goals. After you are sure you still want to climb that mountain, maybe you need to find a club that goes on trips to bigger mountains than the ones that are near you. May be you need to work with a team and find out if you can handle the biggest hill or mountain in your state. Maybe you will need to find sponsors, maybe you will need to blog about it or keep a video diary or start and online group, but you have to find a way to keep your dream alive.

It is my dream to host a large scale motivational conference and be able to bring change into communities to help clean parks, feed and shelter the homeless and may even establish some scholarships.   I am working with a few people and we have had to adjust our approach a few different times. People have come and gone, but the Big Dream remains. I am chasing the big dream! This blog and my online groups are each steps along the way. I am working on a Motivational Workshop that I want to turn into a series of events. This series of events will then help launch chapters to get people out and volunteering. These chapters will someday link together to host an annual conference that will rotate through the cities that are holding monthly workshops. I wish I could tell you that it has been easy, but it hasn’t. The more important thing is that the dream is worth it.

That is what keeps me going. The dream has to be worth it. Focus on that, focus on what the dream means not only to you, but others who can also benefit if your dream comes true. If your dream is big and positive, than do you see yourself alone or helping others? Don’t worry about how hard the dream will be to catch. Wonder about and focus on the fact that if your dream is big enough, than it will be worth it!

Selective Emotional Intelligence:

Selective Emotional Intelligence:

Emotional Intelligence, some people say it is the stuff that turns us into leaders. Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to monitor one’s own and other people’s emotions, to discriminate between different emotions and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior. So why did an article in Forbes recently report that EI decreases as Management levels Increase? If Leaders have a higher level of EI, why do some many of us seem to have to work hard to like our superiors?

I believe there is such a thing as Selective Emotional Intelligence. Bear with me. Let me explain. Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo where I try to look at things from a slightly different angle. I have no empirical data to back my opinion in this post. I do not have any Double Blind Studies or Business Journal Case Studies: Walk with me and talk with me for a minute.

I have held a few jobs and I have had the honor and privilege to work for people I really respected. I have also been in situations where my Personality did not mesh with the Personalities of all my superiors. That is fine, I have seen many Leaders’ and Managers disagree. My point is not that they lack Emotional Intelligence, heck for most of my career and most of my life, I can say that I have lacked EI; what I am saying is that people have a knack for turning on and off areas of their personality depending on who is in the room at the time.

I have worked for Managers who were Super Duper Nice when their Superiors were around. They could turn on the charm for the crowd or for their Leadership and then turn it off when dealing with people one on one. Does this sound familiar to any of you? Sometimes it is simple a difference of opinion, other times it is a difference in personality or ideology. My point is not that the Managers or Leaders lacked Emotional Intelligence; it is just what we see of them depending on what they think of us.  I think people can be Selective with what they will deal with and what they won’t deal with from others.

Now I also find this a two way-street, some Mangers treat their Superiors with like Gold and their Subordinates like lumps of coal. I have also seen some Worker Bees think it is wrong to get scammed by the people above them, but it ok for the guy next to them to be scamming people. Everyone has their tolerance levels. Each of us need to be aware of what we are dealing with, and at what levels. Are you equal, fair and try to treat everyone with the highest respect?  Why does it seem that the people who have the Highest levels of being able to read people are the ones who are the most likely to scam people? Selective Emotional Intelligence is the reason; just because people know how to read other people does not make them a Trust Worthy Leader or a Non-Biased Manager.

Just as much as I am trying to harness the power of and increase the level of my Emotional Intelligence, I also try to apply it the same regardless of if you are above me or below me in the Proverbial Food Chain. At the end of the day we are all the same anyway, but how do you treat people from 9 to 5 vs all the rest of your day? Are you only nice when you stand to gain something? Are you sympathetic to those less fortunate than you and angry with those who have more? I think people turn on and off their Emotional Intelligence. This is how I think people can get ahead at a job even though no one likes them or would not follow them unless their job was on the line. Selective Emotional Intelligence:  That’s how!

Would have, Could have and Should have:

Would have, Could have and Should have:

How many times have you heard these before? How many times have you said these before? I would have, I could have, I should have; are they just excuses for what we wanted to do or needed to do but were maybe too afraid or too distracted or just too busy? These words are a trap, they maybe make us feel better for a little while, but nothing changes; we did not do the thing we wanted to do or even worse, we did not do the thing we needed to do.

Stop saying I would have, stop saying I could have and stop saying I should have; start saying I will, and then actually make time to try. It is better to say I tried and failed than to not try. It is even better to say I tried and failed and here is what I learned than to once again not try. It is better to say I tried, I failed, here is what I learned and I will try again than to not try.

Stop saying “Would have” “Could have” and “Should have” they are a trap to make you feel better about doing nothing new or different. If you do not try you will not learn. Start saying I will study, learn, try and learn more by doing. Find the time.

You could have, you should have; these words are piercing when they come from others. No one likes being told what they could have or should have done. How about Try this, or Try that? Why not offer positive advice and take away the negative overtures. You cannot do things for others, they have to learn for themselves. But you can be part of their learning experience through mentoring and coaching. Giving people suggestions is tough; you have to find the way they need to hear it to receive it. Could have and should have are too after the fact. Let’s try this and let’s try that are a more easily received and are before the fact. Time hunts us all, but as long as we are alive we have time. We have time to try something new. Study Learn, Try Learn More and Mentor to learn even more.

We could have, we should have stings a little less, but they are not as strong as we can and we will. We can and we will mean that we are in this together. Are you ready to Mentor, Coach and Team with someone for more than just your success? Are you ready to Try and Fail as a Team or are you only a Team when you Win? I am still looking for the magic formula. I have tried and failed at many things, I have tried and succeed at others. I am trying to learn from my failures and teach others my successes; again, I am still looking how to be a good mentor and a good coach and make sure I am lending a helping hand as often as I can.

Would have, Could have and Should have are weak compared to This is how you do it! Telling people to do something is not often received well, showing people how to do something is always better. Showing people, hands on mentoring and coaching is a win – win situation for everyone involved. The person being coached learns something new and the person coaching learns from another perspective. It may take a little more time than the “do it myself” approach, it may take a little more time in the beginning, but when two people can work together; they can get a lot more done than if they are working separately. Teamwork does not happen by accident, it happens because someone took the time to build the team in the first place. You see teamwork gets a bad reputation when people do not see the efforts of the mentors and coaching in a way they can understand.

Here is how you do it, let’s do this together, try this and I will you help you the best I can; these words are so much stronger than would have, could have and should have. We can and we will, I can and I will mean your will try again. It is ok to try and fail, but it is not ok to not try and it is even worse to not learn. Study, learn, try and learn more and then succeed; “Would have” “Could have” and “Should have” do not lead to success. Here let me help you, Let’s try this, We can and We will are the way to find the success you are looking for! I can and I will, you can and you will, we can and we will; Let’s try this together!

Which story do you want me to tell you?

Which story do you want me to tell you?

Do you want to know of who I am and where I come from? Do you want to know what I have done or what I would like to do? Would you like to know of the good or the bad of my past or my intention for my future? Which story do you want me to tell you?

I am presently a guy who is searching for truth. I am a guy who believes he can make a difference in this life, in my community. I am a guy who is trying to learn from his past and work for a better future. I do not have all the answers, and I am not sure I want all the answers. I really just want to ask the right questions and learn.

I could tell you of all the things I did wrong and all the mistakes that I have made; or I can tell you that I am sorry for the things I did wrong and I am trying to learn from my mistakes. I cannot change the past, but I can do all I can in the present to change my future. I think each of us can do this; I think that you can change your future, you only have to try.

So I could tell you of all the things I did well when I was young. I could only tell you the good things as if I am a running for public office. I am not, I am politically neutral. I think people need to make up their own minds; I just think people should seek the truth. So I have done good and done bad. I have made mistakes and I have done some things well. I hope that I can learn from each of the things I have done in my past. The things more important than knowing my past is knowing my present and my future. I think that is true of all of us, what is your present and what is your future? What are you trying to do?

What am I trying to do? I am trying to learn by doing, learn by mentoring and learn by being mentored. I believe that first and foremost is the search for truth and purpose. I believe that everything we know and believe is based on faith in something, some system of some kind. What you believe is up to you, just know the truth about what you believe. I believe that God is greater than all of our problems, but I also believe that faith takes action. If we leave life to random chance things will get worse. Things get better because we intend them to get better and also act on our intentions. I believe we are here to teach each other; good, bad or indifferent. Don’t be indifferent, that leads to nothing. Don’t be bad, that only leads to evil. We should teach each other the good and do the best we can to leave the world a better place than we found it.

So how do believe I can achieve these things? To teach good things and make the world a better place? First I believe in searching for the truth. Second I believe that mentoring, coaching, team building and leadership development so be grounded in community service. All of us can help out cleaning parks or volunteering at a soup kitchen or a food bank. All of us can learn by teaching and tutoring even if it is helping kids learn the very basics. What do I want to accomplish? Searching for the truth and mentoring, coaching and team building based on community service. This is the very place to develop people to be the leaders they were meant to become. I want to help un leash the leader in all of us. You can be a leader, but you need to see yourself as a leader first. You need to know that you can make a difference and make your community a better place.

That is my intention and this is what I am trying to accomplish. Which story do you want to hear? Do you want to hear of my past or my future? Do you want to hear of the good or the bad that I have done, or what I have learned from my mistakes? Would you like to know where I have been or where I am going? Why not try to make the world a better place by working together to find the truth and serve the greater good in our community? You can do it if you try. That is what I am trying to do.

Common Ground, Common Direction and Common Moral Compass

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Common Ground, Common Direction and Common Moral Compass

What is the meaning of life? What is my purpose? Why am I here? What is the truth? How can I find happiness? What is success? Life has a lot of questions. I am not sure I can lead you to or convince you of any of life’s answers. I think I do know a few things; I am convinced that there is a way to find what you are looking for in life. Find Common Ground, Common Direction and Common Moral Compass before you give you put your faith and trust in people that you meet.

Common Ground, Common Direction and Common Moral Compass: You may have to filter out some of your family and friends; you can still love them and respect them. Don’t let your family and friends keep you from finding what you are looking for in life. You may need to search out new people and find a mentor or coach, but I think if you take a minute and let this sink in you will be just fine. One step at a time let me explain and then see if this makes sense.

Common Ground: Your friends, your neighbors, your classmates, your co-workers, people who have the same likes and dislikes as you; it is easy to find common ground with people. It is the first thing used by marketing agents and politicians to get you to buy what they are selling. Common ground is a great start, but I ask you; is it enough. Should you believe and do what someone else is doing simply because they are from the same neighborhood as you are from, or attended the same school as you? Agai, common ground is a start, but it does not mean you should place your faith and trust in someone for only that reason.

Common Direction: Where do you want to go and what do you want to do with your life? Let’s use this simple example. I live and work in Metro Detroit. I go to work every day and people in my department are on the road on some days and in the office on others. Just because we all live and work in Metro Detroit does not mean we all heading in the same direction all the time. Some people are heading east and some are heading west; some are heading north and some are heading south. For this example I am literally talking about how we travel to and from home and work and when we need to go on the road for business.

Common ground does not equal common direction. Just because we all live and work in the same general area does not mean we are all heading in the same direction. Now if you use this as a metaphor, you will see we may all work in the same area but not live in the same area. Or we may live in the same area but no work in the same area.   We can also have different opinions on how to approach our family, or friends, or profession and countless other areas of our lives. Also, just because we all live and work together does not mean we all went to the same school or were born in the same city. You see common ground and common direction are also dependent on what point in time you are referencing. Not only do you need to find common ground with people, you should also try to find common direction. Your family and friends may not want to go the same places you want to go and do the same things you want to do. This should respect your wishes and not hold you back, but hey more on that later. Hopefully between you family, your friends, your coworkers and acquaintances, you can find some people where you not only have common ground, but you also have common direction.

Now common ground and common direction are a great start, two out of three ain’t bad; but it is not the complete puzzle. To really find what you are looking for in this life; you need a moral compass. There is a constant battle between good and evil, order and chaos, or right and wrong.  You may find that some people are willing to take shortcuts that go against your moral fiber. Finding common ground and common direction are important; but finding common moral compass is the most important thing. One bad move, one bad call by you or the people who are with you can change everything. A series of good deeds by a group of people can be ruined by the bad deeds by a few people in that group. You may find yourself guilty by association because of the moral compass of those around you. Is it fair? No it is not, but if everyone around has their moral compass set lower than yours; you are in danger of them dragging you down.

Common Ground and Common Direction are great, but if you are surrounded by people whose Morall Compass is lower than your yours, you are in danger of them dragging you down with them. Now, if you surround yourself with people work hard, work smart, know the difference between right and wrong and choose to the right thing, you will find they can help raise your moral compass. Isn’t this or at least should this be where we all want to be at the end of the day? Don’t we want to be successful for doing all the right things for all the right reasons? Who is to say, but I think we know the difference between right and wrong, but we may not choose to do right all the time. What if your family and friends choose to do wrong, does that mean you have to choose to do wrong also? What if your coworkers are taking shortcuts, does that mean you also need to take shortcuts? Be very careful when gaging moral compass. Stand back and watch people’s habits and patterns.

I can’t tell you what to choose. I can only hope to help you spot the patterns. Stand back and watch people before you put a lot of faith and trust in them. Watch their habits and patterns. Do they deliver or do they take shortcuts? Do they lie cheat and steal to get what they want, or are they true to their word? Common Ground and Common Direction are not enough. Your future can be made or broken by your Moral Compass and the Moral Compass of those around you. Choose Wisely.

To become a V.I.P. know your V.I.P.

Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo. You were meant for greatness. All of us were. Politicians tell us we are all equal. The last thing most politicians want is for us to be equal. Most of them are used to a life of privilege. Most politicians as used to be treated as and catering to V.I.P.s: Very Important People. I say you can be a V.I.P. (Very Important Person) but you have to know your V.I.P. (Value. Intention and Purpose)

Your Value, Your Intention and Your Purpose will decide how you face the day. How do you value yourself? Do you know your intention? Do you know your purpose? I may have to go about this in reverse order. These may seem like the same concepts over and over. Maybe that just means they are important to me. I think they are the keys to success? Do you see yourself as a Very Important Person? You must know Your Value, Your Intention and Your Purpose.

Your Purpose: Why are you here? Let’s go back to politicians. They are supposed to be public officials and public servants. They are supposed to serve a greater good. I think all of us are supposed to serve a greater good. The question is do we? We are not all equal. We are all uniquely made. We need to understand first how we fit into the greater good. It is hard if not impossible to do anything great without a sense of purpose. So understanding your purpose and how you fit into the greater good should be the first thing you figure out or at least the first thing you seek out. It may take a long time to really come to grips with your purpose, or it can take a day. What did you always want to do with your life, long ago when you were a kid, when you were innocent and did not know how hard life can be on people? What did you want to do? You were born with a purpose; you just need to reconnect with it.

You Intention: How do you go about what you do? Again, let’s go back to politicians. Their purpose is to serve the public and the greater good, but how many of them dress up their self service as public service? Why do we spend so much time and money electing people that we do not trust? Left vs. Right, Democrat vs. Republican; are they there to serve each other or the public that elected them in the first place? What is their intention? What is your intention? To many people believe to be successful they have to be deceitful. I do not believe this way. I think you should be honest and true about your intention and get around people who think the same way. Your purpose and your intention should be to the greater good. Maybe this is why I am not the most popular guy in the room at sometimes. That is ok, I would much rather be honest with you. What is my point? Take your purpose and intention seriously.

Your Value: How do you value yourself? Do you see yourself as nothing more than someone who makes minimum wage? Do you see yourself as nothing more than someone who receives welfare or social security? How I see you cannot override how you see yourself. The way that I value you cannot override how you value yourself. To be seen as an Important Person you have to Value yourself, your purpose, your intention and your talents. You see, the way you see yourself begins with being able to understand your purpose and your intention. Your story and your talents must mean more to you than accepting a life of minimum wage or welfare or any entitlement program that tells us we are all equal and only worth a fixed amount each month. Your own sense of value needs to be justified by your purpose and your intention. Your intention has to be greater than thinking that one day you will win the lottery. Your intention needs to drive you to hone your talents. Your sense of value needs to drive you to want to make a positive difference in pursuit of the greater good.

Now I know that I cannot force you to see it my way. I cannot force you to believe that you are worth more than minimum wage. I cannot force you to believe you are worth more than any government program will tell you to stand in line to receive. Take a moment and decide for yourself. Do you know your purpose? Find it first, or at least get on the path of looking for it. What is your intention? Is it for greater good or does it serve only yourself and a small circle of your friends at the cost of everyone else? How do you value yourself? I cannot convince you of these things, I can only hope to get you to stop and reflect on these things.

To be seen as a V.I.P. (Very Important Person) you need to see yourself as a V.I.P. and know your V.I.P: Know your Value, your Intention and your Purpose! Do you place a Value on yourself as just the bare minimum or something more? Do you know your Purpose and Intention? If your Intention and Purpose align with the greater good, why would you allow yourself to believe we are all equal and you should only receive the minimum amount of anything? I cannot override how you value yourself. I can only hope to get you to stop and reflect on how you value yourself.

Do you see yourself as a Very Important Person? You must know Your Value, Your Intention and Your Purpose.

God moves in the echo.

He wasn’t in the fire He wasn’t in the quake He wasn’t in the wind He’s in a whisper – “Life’s Noise” by Bluetree

There was a drum set that sat on the corner of a stage. I was asked to play that drum set. I was honored and I sat down behind the drums. I remember clearly playing that drum set in a Big Empty Room. I could clearly hear the Boom when I hit the Bass Drum. I also heard the echo of the Bass Drum off the back wall. I would play the basic drum beats. The Snap of the Snare Drum, the Chink of the Hi-Hat. Boom – Chink – Snap – Chink – Boom – Chink – Snap – Chink: I could hear the basic beat and I could the echo of each sound of the back wall. Each Drum and Each Cymbal had their own unique sound, but it was the echo that fascinated me.

As more instruments would join me as I played the Drums; the Piano and the Guitar, I could feel their sounds merging with the Drums. It was not always easy to hear above the Boom and the Snap, but I could always tell what was too loud or too soft by the way everything blended together in the echo. Singers would join in, filling up the sound even more. I had to listen a little closer, but I could still hear that echo off the back wall. As much as I listened to what each person was doing, it was the echo that was the beacon that corrected my course.

I would work with the sound man and the other musicians, because I could tell when someone was not be heard because I could not hear them in the echo. My focus, my attention would peak whenever I knew something was missing. The more we would practice, the closer I would listen. Soon after practice we would play to an audience each Sunday Morning, Praise and Worship songs at the beginning of Church Service. I could hear how much the sound changed as people were singing along. I was so focused from the sound of the practices, just the drums, then more instruments would join in; then the singers and then the audience. Each time we ran through the songs they would change, they would get fuller and richer. Not matter what song or circumstance, I would listen for that echo; that guiding light that would bring me home. I could tell if I was too loud or too soft. I could tell if the piano or the guitar were coming through clearly, I could tell which singers were stronger and which were weaker. I could tell the mix of the songs not through the monitors, but from the echo. I could hear the crowd, though slightly delayed from the rest of the music, right between the monitors and the echo. They would sing along and I could hear them filling in the space between the Stage Monitors pointed at us and the echo that traveled past them on the return trip from the back wall.

No matter how loud or soft, no matter how many people were in the crowd, no matter how many people were playing, no matter how many singers were on stage, I could always rely on the echo. This is when I realized, that God speaks to us in that echo and in that quite space between the noises. God speaks to us with a gentle whisper. It had nothing to do with what I was doing, if I played the Drums, or the Bass, or if I helped run the sound mixing board, or if I was just in the middle of the crowd. I could tell that God was not moving on my terms but on his terms. You may think I am crazy or drunk or on something; I will tell you I am convinced. God moves in the whisper, in the quite space between the noises, God moves in the echo.

This is just my two cents. This is just my take on it. Nothing happened because of me. All of this happened regardless of me. I was just in a place to see it, to notice it, to hear it for myself. He wasn’t in the fire, He wasn’t in the quake, He wasn’t in the wind, He’s in a whisper. God moves in the echo.

Airplanes, Airports and Airlines:

Airplanes, Airports and Airlines:

Which one are you? Which one do you see yourself as? Have you thought about your Personal Brand, your Profession and your Professional Approach? It is great to see yourself as any one of these three entities; I challenge you to see why you should think about yourself as all three.

Air Travel has changed the speed of Business like no other form of travel. Do you see yourself as an Airplane, free to fly on a moment’s notice? Do you see yourself as an Airport, with an endless stream of Airplanes Coming and going to your Destination? Or do you see yourself as an Airline, sending many planes to many locations while you manage the logistics to make meet the people’s demands. Depending on where you are in your personal and professional life, I can see where it would be easy to identify with one of these items.

Airplanes are like worker bees, they carry goods and services from source to destination, from the company store or office to the hands of the customer. Depending on the size of your workload, you may see yourself as anything from a Single Propeller Plane to a Jumbo Jet Liner. Now the thing about being or having an airplane is you need a place to take off from and a place to land. Unless you just want to fly around in circles, Airplanes need Airports. The more Airports that are available to you, the more choices you have and the more chances you have to succeed.

Airports are like stores or business owners.   Good and Services come and go, and hopefully you do enough volume to keep the lights on. The more volume you want to do, the bigger the airport you need. The Bigger the Plane, the Bigger the Airport needs to be and the bigger the runway also. The more planes you want to land, the more runways you need. See how this works. Airplanes need Airports and Airports need Airplanes. Worker Bees need Stores and Offices, and Business Owners need Worker Bees. Again, where do you see yourself?

Airlines are like large companies operating on a national or international level. They need lots of Airplanes (worker bees) and lots of Airports (stores and offices) to keep their business alive. Most Airlines do business with many Airports and Airplanes. Just like most Airports do business with more than one Airline and many Airplanes, Large companies have many stores, many vendors and also have many workers. Now the thing that some people do not realize, is that an Airplane can be in partnership with only one Airline, or may provide support services to Multiple Airlines.

Again, how do you see yourself? Each of us may aspire to different things and different levels of freedom. I say to be a success do not limit your point of view. See how you could fit in to each role, and maybe try each role on for size in a limited basis. Do you want to be an Airplane or worker bee? Do you want to be an Airport i.e. a Store Owner or A Manager in an Office? Do you want to be an Airline or Executive at a Large Company? Can you see yourself in each role? What goods and services would you provide? Will you Intern, or Volunteer or work nights and weekends? What path will you choose to build your Brand or your Business?

Can you see yourself as an Airplane? Can you see yourself as an Airport? Can you see yourself as an Airline? Each one needs the other to be successful. Where do you fit in? What good or service do you provide? Where are your customers? Where are your vendors? How do you bring you goods or services to market? Can you provide the best possible service at the best possible price and still be on time?    Spread your wings and fly! Airplanes, Airports and Airlines: Which one are you?

Attitude, Ability and Altitude all work hand in hand for your success.

Do you want to change you Altitude? Do you want to fly higher than you ever have before? Than you need to focus on your attitude and your ability. Stick with me on this one.

Attitude: I am not talking about some false set of behavior where you think you are better than you really are, or better than everyone else. I am talking about having a “Can Do” Attitude when you are faced with challenges. Don’t let people tell you that you can’t do something and don’t let people tell you that you are better than you really are; don’t tell yourself either. Take a “Can Do” Attitude into every situation that you face. This will help you honestly do your best.

Ability; you can always improve on something. Let’s say I want to be known as the Best Bass Player on the Planet. It always seems to go back to music with me. Let’s face it, not a lot of people know Bass players for just playing the Bass Guitar or the Upright Bass, most people will know the singer, the song writer or some other musician. But for me to be a better Bass Player, I need to practice. I need to believe I can get better or I will not put the time in. I need the right attitude to help me increase my ability. Maybe I will realize that I should also help out writing and arranging songs, or I should learn to sing, or maybe I will get hired to play the bass because I can fix the minivan that a group is touring in and their Bass Player quit. Sounds crazy, but I am sure stranger things have happened. I cannot reach the next level of ability if I do not have an open and honest attitude about what it takes to get better.

Keep a “Can Do” Attitude and Increase your Ability. Then you will see in increase in your Altitude. You will see an increase in your ability to rise to the occasion when the Stakes are high or make good decisions when the Risks are high. When I say Altitude I am not taking about getting High on Drink or Drugs or Yourself or Life in General. I am taking about your ability to fly high with open eyes and an open mind and make the best of any situation. This is the level that will bring you success.

Do you feel like a winner? Did you do anything to justify that feeling? Did you do the work? Did you put your time in? Your Attitude will go a long way in pulling you through tough times. Keep the right Attitude and increasing your Ability will come easy. This increased ability, through checking the facts and putting in honest effort will give you that chance to fly high. This increased Altitude will lead to success. You will be visible because you can rise to the occasion and risk above risk. You will be in demand.

So maybe you don’t want to play the Bass Guitar, maybe you want to write software programs and apps or you want to be a top stock advisor. Do you have the correct attitude and ability so that people are drawn to you and see you as an expert? If you see yourself as an expert, are you reflective enough to go about against the very best without rubbing people the wrong way? Keep a “Can Do” Attitude, Seek to increase your Ability, and watch you Altitude Rise as a result. Attitude, Ability and Altitude all work hand in hand for your success.

Don’t let short term pain block your healing.

Life happens. Sickness happens. Injury Happens. These things are a part of life. I have a new stance. I do not have sickness or injury; I have the power to recover from sickness or injury. This can be a painful process; I am not trying to ignore that fact. I am trying to give you the courage to face this process and win. I am saying; do not let short-term pain block your long-term recovery. Do not let short-term pain block your healing.

Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo. I am here to tell you that life is not fair. Life can be cruel. I am here to tell you that you have a part in your outcome. You can share in the outcome of your destiny. You can be a part in shaping your future.  How you choose to face each day will start to add up, one way or another.   Life can be painful. Your health and vitality can ebb and flow, but you can make up your mind to put your best foot forward every day or just accept what life throws at you.

I have been blessed to see firsthand people battle back from all types of illness and injury. I have seen the effects of immeasurable will power. I have seen people battle strokes, cancer, diabetes and recover from car accidents. These people made up their mind that they would not be defeated and continued to face every day with a will to live. I have also seen people who are paralyzed continue to live their life to the fullest. This decision can be difficult. I am sure there is lots of pain in these processes; the process of fighting different illness’ and injury. But these people have one thing in common. They did not let short-term pain stop their long-term gain. They did not let short-term pain block their recovery. They did not let short-term pain block their healing.

Healing is a choice as much as it is a gift. I know that pain is real. I have battled back from bumps, bruises, pulled muscles and general pains of this life. My pain is nothing compared what I have seen others come through. But each time I face any pain, I face a choice. Choose to do the things that will help me recover or choose to avoid the pain. Recovery, Rehabilitation and Restoration can be a painful process, but I will trade short-term pain for long-term gain anytime.

Whenever I am recovering from injury, I need to stretch and strengthen the injured area so blood can flow and repair the damage. I have been fortunate not to have suffered from any broken bones that I know of, but I have torn some muscles, I am sure of that. I have been able to recover because I am stubborn enough to believe in healing over and through the pain.

Now let me state for the record, some suffering is avoidable. Sometime people force others to suffer for their own personal pleasure or amusement. I think this is wrong. I can only hope and pray that people can endure and escape from these kinds of people. We have to be aware of this, so we can help change this; we all benefit from a world with less suffering. I hope and pray for only the best for my fellow inhabitants of this earth.

I am trying to focus on the fact that our will power and our gift of healing is something we need to hold on to: We need to have the courage to face short-term pain instead of trying to avoid it or lessen it for the long-term. Would you trade a little pain for the rest of your life, instead of a lot of pain today and then a pain-free life? When I put it that way it is an easy choice. Well the choice is not that easy, what about a month of pain for a year of pain-free life? You must be convinced that things will get better. Do the work, recover, rehabilitate, restore and endure. Every time I had to recovery from injury or illness has been a painful process, but I refuse to avoid the pain which really only prolongs the pain. I would rather face the pain, conquer the pain and recover than to avoid it and never recover. This only will lead to an endless parade of pain killers and pain management, not a life at my fullest potential.

I would like to see all of us living to our fullest potential. Do not let injury or illness keep you from being the best you that you can be: Do not trade the pain of recovery for pain avoidance and prolonged suffering. Choose to be free of pain, by conquering and recovery from illness or injury. Do not let short-term pain block your healing!

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