Faith made simple.

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:

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.

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:

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:

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:

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:

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

Be careful whose advice you follow.

Be careful whose advice you follow.

Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo. I hope this post finds you well. I basically try to pay forward good news and the best advice I can find. There is a topic that has been weighing on my brain. Everyone takes advice. Trust me on this one. You will find your results in life are directly in correlation to those whom you surround yourself. You family and friends and co-workers have a tremendous impact on your future. This is why I say, be very careful whose advice you follow.

Maybe my biggest failure in life has been taking advice from people who were not looking for the same results that I am looking for in my life. I let others determine my future, which means I had to learn that hard way that your family and friends may not have the same plans for you as you have for yourself. Be very careful whose advice you follow.

Let’s say you fall in love. Are your friends and family happy for you? Do they know anything about you and the person you love and your plans for each other? If they are not happy in their life and their life choices; they will not be happy for you. I have seen people make many choices between family, friends, career, faith and hobbies. Are you doing what you want to do or are you doing what others want you to do?

You see I try to look at people circumstances before I take their advice. Say you are looking for advice on marriage. The advice you get from single people will be different than the advice you get from newlyweds. The advice you get from people who have been married for a long time will be different than the advice you get from people who have been divorced. The advice you choose to follow will have a big impact on your marriage. Are people happy for you? Are they jealous of you? Are they trying to come between you and your spouse or are they trying to help you work together? The advice you follow will have a big impact on your future.

If you want to be a Doctor; then you should take the advice of Doctors. If you want to be a Lawyer; then you should take the advice of Lawyers. This does not mean that every Doctor or Lawyer you meet will have the same Moral Compass that you have, again; be careful of the advice you take. It seems everyone had advice for me for all of my life’s choices, but few people really wanted to follow the same path I was trying to follow for myself. When I wanted to follow a career in entertainment, I should have taken the advice of people who made a living in entertainment; when I did I was more successful than when I did not. When I was in college, I was more successful when I took the advice of those who were focused on the same classes I was taking; when I followed the advice of people who not focused on a college degree, I was easily led astray. We all have to live with our choices; I am trying to learn from mine. Take the advice of those who are further down the road than you are that have set an example that you can emulate. You have to live with yourself when it is all said and done.

Be careful who you take advice from. Hopefully you will surround yourself with people who are not trying to take advantage of you or distract you from your goals. The best way is to find common ground, common goals and the same moral compass. Be careful whose advice you follow.

Success is a Five Story Building.

Success is a Five Story Building.

Maybe I make things overly simple. Maybe I should try to make this more complicated, but it is just not my nature. Welcome to 60 Seconds Of Motivational Mojo where I see the same things in new and simple ways. I think Success is a Five Story Building. Stay around and let me explain.

I see success as having five levels or layers or like a Five Story Building. I wish I could say Five Steps, but I think each level or layer or story has simple steps, but I don’t want to make it complicated. I want to make this simple. Success has Five Layers, now how many steps each one takes is up to you.

Here are my Proposed Five Stories or Floors of Success. 1st Floor – Do what you love. 2nd Floor – Learn to make money at it. 3rd Floor – Save the money you make. 4th Floor – Teach others how to make money doing what you love. 5th Floor – Grow your Business. Now let me say it again, each Level, or layer, or Story or Floor of this Success Building may have many steps, or there may be just a few simple steps. Why make it more complicated than it needs to be? Let’s look at each Story of Building your success and keep it as simple as possible.

1st Floor – Do what you love. Everyone says this, but really how many of us are doing what we love to do? Most of the time we love our hobbies, but we have this job that takes up a lot of our time. We work the job to pay our bills and with the time and money left over we try to cram in our family, friends and hobbies. So imagine if we could spend more time on our hobbies? Now if you love doing something, hopefully you will get good at it, or at least decent at it; or at the very least, you love doing it. So do what you love, that is the 1st Story or the 1st Floor in building your success.

2nd Floor – Learn to make money doing what you love. If you love playing the guitar, can you make money performing or teaching the guitar? Can you make money selling guitars or hosting guitar clinics with other guitar players? If you can find a way to make money doing what you love it will make a transition from being your hobby to possibly being a business you can build. Now, I hesitate to call it a job, because for whatever reason people do not like to hear job and hobby in the same sentence. This seems to be a major stumbling point for many people. To be able to build a business out of a hobby but not call it a job? So let me say it again, learn to make money doing what you love. It may mean you have to get better at what you do, or you may have to study other people who are making money doing what you love to do; but it can be as simple or as complicated as you make it.

1st Floor – Do what you love; 2nd Floor – Learn to make money doing what you love:

3rd Floor – Save the money you make. I have been pretty good at doing what I love and I have been pretty good at learning to make money from what I love. Now I could be farther along the success ladder if I would have saved more of the money I made. You see, if you want to grow your business, it is better to do it without going into debt. You will see that business comes in waves and if you are saving the extra money during the busy times, it will help you get through the lean times. Save the money you make doing what you love. This way, when you want to expand your business, you can do it without going into debt.

4th Floor – Teach others how to make money doing what you love. This may seem crazy. Why would you teach others to make money doing the things you love to do? Teaching others will help you learn how to grow your business. And if you love doing something, and if you found a way to make money from your hobby and turn it into a business; don’t you think there will be others who want to learn to make money from their hobby also. Especially people who have the same hobby you have; they would want to learn how to make money doing what they love. This is a simple and easy step that a lot of people get backwards. They learn to grow their business before they learn to teach others at doing what they love to do. Learn to teach others as soon as you learn to save you money. 1st Floor – Do what you love. 2nd Floor – Learn to make money doing what you love. 3rd Floor – Save the money you make. 4th Floor – Teach others how to make money doing what they love, which just so happens to be what you love to do also.

5th Floor – Grow your business: There is an old saying that good help is hard to find. Do you know why? It is because people have a way they want things done. People who find success want things done a certain way, their way. Now this is why it is important to teach others before you expand your business. I have worked many jobs where they needed as much help as they could find, but the training systems they had in place were good on paper at best. Good Training, mentoring and coaching is an art and a skill that needs to be learned and developed. You can learn by doing, but you will learn even more by training others. This will help you find more ways to grow your business, because you will continue to learn as you go and learn as you grow. It is easier to grow your business if you have a pool of talent you can draw from that is already trained.

Now I will be the first to admit, each of these Floors, or Stories, or Layers or Levels of Success may have many steps. You can make them simple or complicated. I choose to keep them simple. Do what you love. Learn to make money at it. Save the money you make. Learn to teach others how to make money doing what you both love to do. Then grow your business. You see I believe in this system because I have lived both sides of this system. The people who I have seen and worked with who do what they love and then train others seem to be the most successful.

Success is a Five Story Building. 1st Floor – Do what you love. 2nd Floor – Learn to make money at it. 3rd Floor – Save the money you make. 4th Floor – Teach others how to make money doing what you love. 5th Floor – Grow your Business.

I.C.E. Success!

I.C.E. Success!

Intentionally Communicate Expectations. Dictionary Dot Com defines the words the following way.

Intention:

an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.

Communication:

the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs.

Expectation:

the act or state of looking forward or anticipating.

Intention, Communication and Expectations; these are almost always the keys to success in almost any business relationship. So why not just put them together into on key that forms a snazzy acronym.   What are you Intentions? What are your expectations? How do you communicate each of these things? I am amazed at how bad it seems that I communicate my intentions and expectations to others. The reason I say that I am amazed at how bad I am at communicating is because I see how people react. I want the best for people. I want to challenge people to want the best for themselves. So why would people get mad at me for wanting the win – win for everyone. The only reason I can find is that I am not communicating my intentions and expectations in an effective way for others to receive them.

You see we all have different backgrounds and different experiences. We have different personalities and different ways of learning. So the people who are successful are the ones who can communicate the most efficiently and effectively with the most people. People who are successful clearly state their intentions and expectations. So to be more successful, learn to communicate clearly to the most people possible.

You see, not everyone is going to agree with you. Not everyone is going to agree with me. That is why there are so many options at the Movies, On Television and on the Radio. That is why there are so many entertainment options because not everyone wants to do the same thing the same way at the same time. So, if you want to get things done it is to your benefit to clearly communicate your intentions and your expectations to as many people as possible. I.C.E. Success.

I have spent a lot of my life communicating static. I have made a lot of noise that really did do much more than get laughs or make people mad at me. I have come to realize what was the point I was trying to make? I have come to realize that we need to make a point that is worth making in the first place. I have come to realize that making noise for the sake or making noise is not much of a reason to make noise. I have come to realize we should be communicating something worthwhile, or we should get out of the way so the people who have something worth saying can be heard. So now I try to motivate others to want the very best out of this life we have been given.

So if you want to be successful as yourself, how effectively are you communicating your intentions and your expectations? I am learning by doing. I am learning by trying. I believe we should all try, learn and try again. Efficiency and Effectiveness are keys to measuring how well we are doing and what we are learning. I.C.E. Success! Intentionally Communicate Expectations.

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