What should you do when your family does not support your dream?

What should you do when your family does not support your dream?

Keep dreaming, keep going, keep learning and keep growing. Welcome to Impact 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo. I was just watching the Super Bowl and the whole world saw Eli Manning’s reaction to Big Brother Peyton Manning winning his Second Super Bowl in four tries. You have to wonder; why Eli who is surrounded by his happy family is so sad.


Don’t let your family or your friends kill your dreams. Keep dreaming, keep going, keep learning and keep growing. Family Rivalries are nothing new. Some of the top Movie Stars and Musicians have gone through it; so learn from it, your dreams are your dreams. Your family may not supportive or may not be happy for you. You may have to be happy for yourself. Your friends may try to hold you back, you may have to find new friends; this is all part of learning and growing.

Alec and Stephen Baldwin

Famous sibling rivalries

The Jackson

Rock’s 12 Most Tempestuous Sibling Rivalries


I am not going to go on and on about the fact that you family and friends may not know who to support your dream, they may not be happy for you. They may be jealous of the fact that you have a dream that is different from theirs; or maybe they do not have a dream at all. Keep dreaming, keep going, keep learning and keep growing.

the Kinks

That scene in Fred Claus nails the whole issue. The only problem is that was a movie. You may not be so lucky to have a Siblings Anonymous Support Group near you.

Fred Claus

What should you do when your family does not support your dream?

Keep dreaming, keep going, keep learning and keep growing.

Mojo Rising:

Mojo Rising:

I started this blog, 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo in 2011: I published twenty posts and waited for people to find me. In 2012 I went from less than 100 views the year before to over 5000 views. I was happy that 10 or 15 people a day were checking in on what I had to say. I tried to post something every couple of days, 3 times a week on average, 185 posts for the year. Did I really have that much to say or was I just saying the same things over and over.

4 Years of Growth

Here I am in 2016 and my blog has continues to grow.  No it has not gone viral and I am not a web sensation or a big time author or speaker. I am just some guy who holds down a corner of social media and even though I have thousands of connections on LinkedIn and Facebook, most people find me via Google.

Now I post once or twice a week and I get more views in a year than when I was posting three times a week. Do I still post the same things over and over? Pretty much, I tell people to think, speak, act and learn from doing. I tell people to give back and make a difference in their community. I believe we can make the word a better place, but it has to be on purpose. It will not happen if we don’t get involved. So get involved. Don’t wait for someone else. Yes invite others, but if they don’t show up; go anyway.

Find a church or a charity and get involved. Spread good news over gossip and try to encourage others. So guess who is the hardest for me to get through to with my message???  The people closest to me. I don’t have a magic wand, I just have big dreams, big ideas and these things take time. So should I just give up?  Yeah that is what all the leadership books say.  All the Leadership Books say if your Family and Friends cannot see your dream you should give up right?

No, they say Dream Big. Learn by doing. Learn by studying and correcting your course of action. That the Overnight Success takes Ten Years; that you should help others be successful and all boats will rise with the tide. That you should listen to your inner voice and follow your bliss and the universe will pour out to you with the same measure that you give to others.  I believe in Seed Time and Harvest so I continue to Plant and Water. I cannot control the harvest. God gives the increase. Not on my time but His Time. So in time, I am thankful for everyone who takes the time to read this blog, but get involved and share your story.

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Let’s make Monday, Super Happy Fun Day!

Let’s make Monday, Super Happy Fun Day!

Monday, Monday.  Monday gets a bad rap.  I say let’s make Monday, Super Happy Fun Day; and the Nay Sayers say “Yeah Right.”  I know this an uphill battle, but why not try?  So if I am going to try to spread good news, why not start with Monday?

Why not make Monday; Fun Day? Yeah Right, All the Nay Sayers can say nay!  I say hey let’s attack Monday and get the week off to a great start!  Some people see Monday as the first day of the new work week, so I say take the week by storm.  Let’s make Monday Fun Day!  That does not mean we have no worries, it means if someone gives us bad news we will keep on keeping on and keep working until we find good news.  If I hear 100 pieces of information in a day and 99 are bad, then at least I have 1 piece of good news to hold on to.

Fun Day Monday, Yeah Right; why not try?  Why have Fun when it can be Super Fun?  Super Fun Day on Monday, Yeah Right.  Why just be a Hero when you can be a Super Hero?  So if we are going to make Monday Fun Day it might as well be Super Fun Day.  Let the Nay Sayers say “Yeah Right.”  There will always be someone trying to rain on your parade.  So believe me when I say that if I try to stick up for Monday, someone else will stand against me.  Not a lot of fans of Monday out there.  If you worked in a Service Industry and had to work Wednesday through Sunday, Monday would be the start of your weekend:  Kind of a tough sell but it is a start.

If Monday is going to be Fun Day it might as well as be Super Fun Day; “Yeah Right!”  Are you still not a believer?  That is O.K.  I am not saying I have nothing to worry about, I am saying worry does not help you find an answer.  I am saying focus on the good news instead of the bad news.  Do not worry for the sake of worry.  Find an answer and be Happy.  Be Happy you have hope; Be Happy that there may be help out there, but you won’t find it by doom and gloom.  So if we are going to make Monday Fun, it might as well be Super Happy Fun.  Let’s make Monday, Super Happy Fun Day, “Yeah Right.”

Let the Nay Sayers Say Nay.  We can be O.K.  We can be alright.  We can start the week off right.  Monday, Monday Super Happy Fun Day; it does not mean everything is perfect, it just means you are not going to let it get you down.  Think about the Rain.  The Rain gets a bad reputation on a nice summer day; but if you are a farmer and there is a drought, you pray for rain.  So it is all a matter of perspective.  Get a ton done on Monday Super Happy Fun Day.  It won’t be easy.  Monday does not have a lot of fans.

So if you are going to dream, dream big.  Why not tackle the day that most people like the least and change the way everyone thinks..  Get things done on Super Happy Fund Day.  Monday is the new Fun Day.  Yeah Right.  Yeah Right!

150 Days a year.

150 Days a year.

Rehabilitation, Rest and Recovery – another installment in my rehab walk series.

It is still early in the year 2106. Just a year ago today I was struggling to walk at a decent pace. I was wearing soft knee braces just to be able to get through the work day. It would take a while for my injured knees to warm up to the task of walking without a limp. So I had to make sure I was getting stronger just to get back to where I was before I was injured.

150 Days a year, 3 times a week.

Just a year ago I would wear ankle weights and do leg exercises. I still remember the day I was riding an exercises bike and I pushed to hard injuring one knee. I also remember the day I was jumping around like crazy and injured my other knee. We live and we learn. If you live an active life, you will have to deal with injuries or nagging pains sooner or later. Sooner or later fitness programs become injury rehab programs.

150 Days a year, 3 times a week.

Any good fitness plan will say to workout at least three times a week, maybe up to five times a week. It will alternate between intense workouts and easy workouts and rest days. You are supposed to Workout, Rest and Recover or in my case Rehabilitation, Rest and Recover. Three times a week I would do my leg exercises with Soft Ankle Weights and then I was able to build up to Walking with Ankle Weights and then up to Power walks. I was pushing myself from three days a week to five days a week or more. Some days I would feel good and workout a little harder or a little longer and the next day I would feel sore; Rehabilitation, Rest and Recovery. Now I am finding as I grow stronger there were times I was over training and not giving myself enough time to “Recover.” Sometimes we get caught up in the Pain part of No Pain, No Gain. I learned the same lesson I have learned time and time again, sometimes you need to let your body recover.

150 Days a year, 3 times a week.

There is a balance between Over-training, Being in the zone and Under-training. Over-training means you are going too hard, too fast, too often and not letting your body recover. This can lead to injury or prolonged injury. Being in the zone means you are at the right intensity with the right amount of rest in between.  Under-training means you are being too easy on yourself. Letting other things get in the way of working out or just plan being lazy. Balance is the key. For me right now, three days a week of rehabilitation by wearing ankle weights throughout the day and taking at least 5000 steps a day and then taking the weekends off is the right amount of workout.

150 Days a year, 3 times a week.

I am getting antsy though. I am getting stronger. I miss my power walks. I want to run. I need to be patient.   My time will come. I need to take the stairs more; I need to get out in the cold and power walk. Not too much, not too little. I need to stay in the zone.

150 Days a year, 3 times a week.

Four years of blogging?

Four years of blogging?

Four years of spreading good news and trying to give quality advice, the kind of advice that I will follow. Four years of trying to build, from the ground up a motivational network of people who will encourage each other. Four years.

And what has it got me? A book deal: No, not yet. Any television n time: No, not yet. A movie deal with options on a sequel: No, not yet. So why do we do this again. Why do I do this again, blog in hopes of finding an audience?

I do this because I believe in seed time and harvest. My harvest may not have come in yet, but I plant seeds of good news and I water by trying and trying again, and encouraging others to try. I get peace of mind in knowing that I am trying to make things better by spreading good news instead of gossip. And I get to learn because I learn by doing, studying and mentoring others who are just getting started. I get to learn by talking to other people who are also blogging or speaking or networking and trying to help others. I learn because it is not enough for me to just blog, I want to make a difference by volunteering hands on so I go and help out when I can.   I want to make a difference so I invite others to join me when I can.

I could tell you that it is raining outside and my car won’t start; but I choose to tell you that no matter what you are going through to hold on, the sun will rise tomorrow.   I choose good news over bad. I choose the lesson over the pity party. I choose to want to make a difference instead of placing blame. I choose to keep blogging.

Four years of blogging and each year I reach more people. If only one person a day finds something I blog worthwhile, then maybe I can reach 365 people a year. If in 4 years 1000 people have found something worthwhile to hold onto from my quest to spread good news, then it is worth it.

No book deal, yet. No television interviews, yet. No movie options, yet. But in 2016 I hope to get out and speak more, I hope I can help produce some motivational and professional networking workshops. I also hope to help find 100 jobs for 100 people. I also hope I can volunteer once a month and invite others to join me. Four years of blogging and it has been worth it.

Thank you for tuning in. See you on the other side.

Lottery Fever!

Lottery Fever!


Everyone wants to hit the Lottery.  One Million, Ten Million, One Hundred Million Dollars and more!  People dream about how their lives would change if they just hit the Lottery.  Have you thought about it twice?  Power Ball, Mega Millions, and Classic Lottery so many ways to win millions.  None of it will matter if you cannot change your thinking.


I like to believe I have hit the Lottery of Life.  My thinking has changed.  I believe that I have a mission of spreading good news and showing people they can make a difference in their community without spending a lot of money.  I tell people that I would start a foundation if I hit the Lottery, then I would grow the foundation to provide scholarships and grants to the people and non-profits who need it the most.  I would make sure I get to know people by leading volunteer drives and working side by side with the community service organizations.


Most people dream of quitting their jobs and the things they could buy and the places they would travel if they hit the lottery.  Others say they would give money to church, family and charities.  Those are all good intentions.  But good intentions only take you so far, you need good execution of those intentions.  You have to see things through from start to finish.  You have to see what people are really doing with the money that you give them.  If someone says they need money for food, why not just buy them some food?  Why not take them to a food bank or a soup kitchen?  Why not volunteer there a few times a year or once a month.  Why not round up some friends and take them with you and see they can give back without spending a lot of money, why not spend some time showing people how they can make a difference.  Hit the Lottery of Life and change your thinking before you hit that jackpot.


Let’s look at the numbers.  Let say I won a Million Dollars, after all the taxes and fees the lump payout may only be half of that.  Now let’s say I want to give $50,000 to charity.  That would be a great way to help right?  But what if I put that $50,000 in the bank and used it to produce motivational workshops, volunteer drives and charity fund raisers.  Maybe after five or ten years, the fund could be worth $500,000 and I could reach a few hundred people who will now volunteer on a regular basis.  How many more people would be helped?


Now let’s make this a much bigger prize.  Say I hit the lottery for Ten Million Dollars.  Most of the people I know or have know would more than likely want to reach out to me for a loan, or a special deal or a hand out.  So let’s say I take that Five Million after tax, lump sum payout and invest half for long term and then maybe take a Million and start a business incubator.  People could apply for small business loans and work with advisers to help grow their future so they would not need a hand out.  Give people a real hand up.


Winning the Lottery does not guarantee a live of endless parties and vacations.  I have said I would work harder after I hit the lottery but I would be working at things I love to do.  To really hit the lottery of life, you must change your way of thinking.  Take all those things you dream about doing, and instead of giving money, give of your time and talents.  If you would buy someone a house, why not volunteer at those community service organizations that build houses and beautify neighborhoods?  If you would give to a church, why not volunteer at church?  If you would pay for someone’s education, why not become a tutor or a mentor?  You do not have to hit the lottery to make a difference.  You just have to change the way you think.


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!


2016, here we are.

So for the New Post for the New Year, I will try to keep it short and sweet.

You have to believe you are made to do something great.

Remember “The Little Engine” that could. “I think I can, I think I can.”

The Little Engine

Well that is the attitude you need. Convince yourself and then your actions convince others. Don’t just stop at “I think I can.” Do the work so you can say, “I know I can.”

You have to believe you are made to do something great.

Leaf Cutter Ant

Do you remember the song “High Hopes?”

Just what makes that little old ant
Think he’ll move that rubber tree plant
Anyone knows an ant, can’t
Move a rubber tree plant

But he’s got high hopes, he’s got high hopes
He’s got high apple pie, in the sky hopes

So any time your gettin’ low
‘Stead of lettin’ go
Just remember that ant
Oops there goes another rubber tree plant


Happy New Year!


You have to believe you are made to do something great.

My Workout Plan by the Numbers

My Workout Plan by the Numbers

My workouts have changed over time. When I was in College, it was all about lifting heavy weights and building as much muscle as I could. As we get older things like time, energy and recovering from injury become more and more of a factor. Sooner or later those nagging little pains add up, hey “No pain no gain?” Right!

OK, so my workout has to answer this question. How much can I get done while power walking to rebuild my knees? How much workout can I pack into those laps around my apartment building or my roughly 3 mile power walks or can I even sneak a workout into my daily work routine. The answer is yes, now let me dive into the numbers and compare the way I used to work out (The Gym Membership Workout) to the way I work out now (The Recovery Plan)

When I work out in a fully stocked gym, I usually do the standards, Bench Press, Lat-Pull Down, Military Press, Squats and Leg Curls, Bicep Curls and Tricep Pushdowns. Let’s look close at the Bench Press – This is one of the classic, go heavy or go home moves the younger me would chase. I would try to lift 225 Pounds – Ten Times. This would give you a total Lift of 2250 Pounds right 225 Times 10. Now the funny thing about the bench Press, I could do 135 Pounds close to Thirty Times. This would be total lift of 4050 pounds, this is close to double the total weight. Now don’t kid yourself, lifting 135 pounds 30 times does not feel the same as 225 pounds 10 times. The heavier you go the stronger you will get and the more muscle you will build, and the more you increase your chance of getting hurt.


Now fast forward a few years, now a days I would much rather lift 135 Pounds 30 times, but I can’t do that while I am power walking. No, when I walk I carry 5 pound, 3 pound or 1 pound soft weights. I do not Bench Press, I Shadow Box in a similar motion. Now I may do 500 to 1000 reps of 5 pounds; or 2000 or 3000 reps of 3 pounds. This gives me total workouts of 2500, 5000, 6000 and 9000 pounds. I am not trying to tell you these workouts feel the same as working out in a gym with hundreds of pounds of weights. Not every close. But if you continue to push and push you can burn you muscle out and be very sore the next day. It is not the same pain, it is a different kind of pain; different pain, different gain.

Why I used to work out in the fully blown gyms, people called higher repetition sets, get cut. This is kind of true and kind of false. Muscle definition is a combination of working out and watching your diet. Now, you can get muscle definition and muscle size by doing lots and lots of low weight high repetition sets. Still have to watch the diet though.

Shadow Box

Now, I have posted that I use 5 Pound and 2.5 Pound Ankle Weights. I shoot for 5000 Steps while wearing the ankle weights. This would mean 25000 pounds of extra pounds lifting while power walking. That does not mean I can go in the gym and leg press 500 pounds, no I would probably lift 100 pounds as many times as I could. Again, Lighter weights and higher weights is a safer workout. I used to have a workout called the century sets, 100 repetition sets of light weights, 10, 15, 20 pound dumbbells or 50 pound barbells. Chasing the heaviest weights possible is a young man’s game. Avoiding injury and recovering from nagging aches and pains is a not so young man’s game. Fitness for life!

So when you combine 5000 steps and 1000 lifts into a single power walk workout I may do a total lifting workout in the neighborhood of 30,000 to 50,000 pounds. Hundreds if not thousands of reps with light soft weights; maybe it is not impressive by the bodybuilder workout magazine standards, but I know how much it hurts the next day. Total Body Pain equals Total Fitness Gain. Life is a marathon in my case, and I want to be renewed like the eagles every day. That is the promise I am chasing. To be well kept into my golden years.

Power Walk

There is no shame in my game. I run through sets of 20 curls, overhead lifts and shadow box punches with 5 or 3 pounds weights while walking 5000 or more steps with 5 pound or 2.5 pound ankle weights; the less weight, the more reps. I go until I can’t go anymore. Do I lose count of how many times I lift? Yes, I just work through the progressions. Do I lose count of how many steps I take? No, that is what my iFit is for!

Ranking the Seven Star Wars Movies:

Ranking the Seven Star Wars Movies:

Ok today I just want to have some fun. I have seen the 7th Star Wars movie thanks to my Step Son buying us tickets. So as a fan I had my own little ranking of the Seven Stars Wars Movie. Now because I tell people to do their homework, I did a little digging also.

Rotten Tomatoes Ranks them in this order.

1: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

2: Star War: New Hope

3: The Empire Strikes Back

4: Return of the Jedi

5: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

6: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

7: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace


Metacritic Ranks them this way:

1: Star Wars: New Hope

2: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

3: The Empire Strikes Back

4: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

5: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

6: Return of the Jedi:

7: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace


Here at 60 Seconds Of Motivational Mojo, I offer this ranking from worst to first and my reasons why.

7: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace


After So much build up for the return of Star Wars, The Phantom Menace felt like a letdown.


6: Attack of the Clones.


Did you spot the Millennium Falcon? You had to love the scene of the Star Destroyers Lifting Off


5: Revenge of the Sith.


Luke vs Obi-Wan, Yoda vs Darth Sidious; but you have to wonder how the Sith planned all that right under the nose of the Jedi.


4: Return of the Jedi.


The 1st Appearance of the Emperor’s Force Lighting and Luke with his eyes turning Red, I rank Return of the Jedi as the Litmus Test


3: Star Wars: The Force Awakens


If you had never seen or lived Star Wars then I can see why you would rank this Number One; This movie is a great mashup of all things Star Wars and a hint at things to come.

2: Star Wars New Hope

New Hope

Listen Movie Fans. It goes like this. There was life before Star Wars and Life after Star Wars. This one started it all.


1: The Empire Strikes Back


You can’t deny: “I am your father!” is one of the most quoted lines of all time!


May the force be with you!

Life In One Day


Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo. Today I hijack the lyrics to Howard Jones’ hit song, “Life In One Day.” So today maybe it is Motivational Hojo-Mojo, I don’t know. I will include a link to the video on YouTube. Why this song? Well today I was going through quite a bit so I cued it up on my CD player and let it rip.

Howard Jones Lyrics in Bold

My Comments are in Italic

Howard Jones – Life In One Day

“The old man said to me
Said don’t always take life so seriously
Play the flute
And dance and sing your song”

Hey so no matter what I am going through I should not take it too seriously?

I need to sing my song!

Try and enjoy the here and now
The future will take care of itself somehow
The grass is never greener over there
Time will wear away the stone
Gets the hereditary bone

I need to remember the future will take care of itself somehow!

Don’t try to live your life in one day
Don’t go speed your time away
Don’t try to live your life in one day
Don’t go speed your time away

Sometimes we need to slow down no matter what we are going through, good or bad!

The old man said to me
Said you can’t change the world single handedly
Raise a glass enjoy the scenery

I can’t do it all myself

Pretend the water is champagne
And fill my glass again and again
While the wolves are gathering round your door

OK so maybe the wolves will be after me, but I should enjoy what I have

Time will wear away the stone
Gets the hereditary bone


The old man said to me
Said don’t always take life so seriously
Play the flute
And dance and sing your song

I need to sing my song!

Try and enjoy the here and now
The future will take care of itself somehow
The grass is never greener over there
Time will wear away the stone
Gets the hereditary bone

I need to remember the future will take care of itself somehow!

I tried to live my life in one day
Don’t go speed your time away

I bit off more than I can chew
Only so much you can do

Ok, I bit off more than I can chew so I need to learn from it!

Wolves are gathering round my door
Ask them in and invite some more

OK so maybe the wolves will be after me, but I should enjoy what I have

I tried to live my life in one day
Don’t go speed your time away

Don’t try to live your life in one day

Howard Jones – Life In One Day Lyrics



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