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The Super Hero in you!

The Super Hero in you!

I like watching Super Hero Movies. I know they are not real, but it often makes me wonder what I would do if I were a super hero. I also like watching Action Hero Movies. They are similar to Super Hero Movies. I know they are not real, but it does make me wonder, how much of this action is believable? How much of this is something we may be able to do if we were to stretch our abilities to our limits. I think there is a Super Hero in all of us; we just need to be brave enough to let them out.

For the same reasons I like watching some of the fringe sports like American Ninja Warrior and The Cross-Fit Games: I also like watching Tour De France highlights as much as I like the FIFA World Cup as much as the NFL Super Bowl as much as WrestleMania: Each winner of these events is billed as super human, but each of them are vastly different types of athletes. Ninja Warriors have tremendous upper body strength and are very light weight, where Cross Fit winners on average seem to be bigger and stronger. Tour De France Athletes have much more lower-body strength and much more endurance.   For the longest time, the Decathlon Winners at the Olympics were considered the World Greatest Athletes. All in a quest to become Super Human; so if I told you there was a Super Hero in you, would you believe me?

Maybe you have not trained to become a Movie Star, Action Hero or Professional Athlete, but you have a unique set of talents that have been given to you at birth. You just need to get around people who will help you develop your talents. You see Athletes and Actors have Coaches and Trainers that helped them become successful at what they do. All of them have put in countless hours to become who they are, so what are you waiting for? You just have to put in the time. Maybe you need to start small.

The Super Hero in you! First you have to make up your mind what it is you really want to be very good at doing. Then you need to find someone to coach you. Usually this is someone you look up to who is good at what you want to do and has common morals as you have. Never comprise your morals when you pick a coach. You want to be a Super Hero right?

Next you need to separate Fact from Fiction. You have to put some kind of frame work in what is possible and attainable if you give it your best. This is based on your age, your time, your talents and your determination. Some people say they want to be great, but the minute they face a set-back they give up or get easily distracted by something else. It is better to know your limits and to train another day than to go overboard, get hurt, give up or worse. Your best is all you have to give. Do not compare yourself with others best or some legend or myth. Larger than life works in the movies and gets hyped up on television, know your personal limits.

Now you need to stretch your limits. This is where you train in a safe environment and in a controlled setting. Give it your best, track your results and then keep getting better. You may be a fast runner or a strong weightlifter, or you might be a teacher, public speaker or author. There is a saying that “Practice makes perfect.” There is another saying that “Perfect practice makes perfect.” Perfect your practice. Monitor your results and keep getting better at what you do. This is where your coach should be able to help you adjust your training and practice.

If you have picked a coach that does not feed you false promises and take short cuts, and if you have trained yourself and separated fact from fiction and if you have stretched yourself to be your best; then you are ready to make a stand. I am not telling you to patrol the neighbor at night looking to fight crime, but you can start a neighborhood watch and work with your civic and community organizations to help out in your neighborhood. I am not telling you to make a bunch of promises you can keep, but you can invite and lead a team of volunteers to help others who are in need. You can help people learn the things you have learned so they do not feel the need to take shortcuts or feel bad about themselves.

You see the Super Hero in you is up to you. You know what you would like to do in your heart of hearts, now can you make it a reality? Can you be an inspiration to others much like the movies or these televised sporting events, just maybe on a smaller scale? Can you make a difference in just one person’s life? Maybe you will need help, but still you are being a help to others. This is the point of being a Super Hero, helping others. The key to unlocking the Super Hero in you is to help others do the things you always wanted to do. If you are helping others find success, you will also find success. This is your Super Hero Calling. Unlock it. Teach people that they do not have to cut corners to reach their dreams.

I like watching Super Hero Movies. So if I told you there was a Super Hero in you, would you believe me? Unleash the Super Hero In You!

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Teamwork only works when the team works together.

Teamwork only works when the team works together.

What is in it for me? This is the reason most teams fail. Strangely enough this is the same reason why some teams succeed. Teamwork only works when teams work together.

What is in it for me? If a team is established and there are systems of rewards in place, then “What’s in it for me” can work just fine. Think about being the starting quarterback on a top college football team. “What is in it for me” will drive the top players to compete for that starting spot and leading their team to victory and a shot at the pros.

What is in it for me? Think about all the people who hate their jobs, their bosses and their commute to work but they do it 5 days a week or more for a paycheck. They work with people they don’t like, and for a boss they don’t like and complain all the way to the bank each week. They work as a team on a team they don’t like because there are rewards in place that offset the things they do not like about their job.

What is in it for me? People play the lottery and go to casinos and jump on get rich schemes and scams against all odds because they believe they will be the one to hit the jackpot or hit a smaller prize that will at least make it worth their while. And if they do not win, hey they got that little rush that makes it all worth it.

What is in it for me? Have you tried to build a team from scratch simply for the greater good? Have you tried to build a team from scratch to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do? The only way that teamwork works is when the team works together. I know in my heart of hearts that teamwork works. I have seen it work first hand for all the right reasons and all the wrong reasons. I believe in Teamwork. I believe in teams that work together.

This is my search, this is my journey and this is the path I am on. I do not want anyone to feel sorry for me. I will figure this thing out, with help from people who can see what I am trying to do. I am trying to get people to work together without asking “What is in it for me?” I am looking for the people who will say “What can I do to help?” I am not looking for people who will tell me what to do and only help if they get paid. I am looking for people who want to motivate each other to volunteer in their community. I am looking for people who want to clean up parks and volunteer at food banks in their own backyard. I am looking for people who want to speak at workshops and lead volunteer drives and actually go out and do the work without spending or looking to make a bunch of money for their time. I believe if we are doing the right things the right way all those things will work themselves out. When I send out a call for help the most overwhelming response I get is “What is in it for me?”

“What is in it for me?” Seed Time and Harvest, what comes around goes around, you reap what you sow, karma and nirvana: We hear these things but do we really believe them? Team work makes the dream work. You see I believe these things. I also believe, if you build it they will come. So brick by brick, post by post and invite by invite I believe it will all work out one day.

So thank you for reading my post. This is not just a post, it is a commitment. Teams work when teams work together. You know this in your heart to be true. Yes, leadership matters and yes purpose matters; but let’s face it, all of us have seen teams be successful for all the wrong reasons. And sometimes we see thing grow out of nothing for all the right reasons. “What is in it for me?” is the wrong reason! “What can I do to help?” is the right reason.

Teamwork only works when the team works together.

Keep a simple song in your heart.

Keep a simple song in your heart.

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.  It doesn’t get simpler than that; “The little engine that could” kept a simple song in his mind and in his heart when faced with a big challenge.  What do you do when you are faced with a big challenge?

Do you sing the blues?  Do you cry out for help?  Do you wallow in sorry?  I choose to keep a simple song in my heart and try to keep a smile on my face.  Yes, sometimes I get down and frustrated; but still I look for the silver lining inside the cloud.  I keep a simple song in my heart.

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I think I can, I think I can.  Row, row, row your boat.  Just keep swimming.  Simple songs from simple stories we tell our children and then we grow up and stop believing.  So I had to challenge myself to keep believing.  To keep swimming, to keep rowing and like the little engine that could I will take my mountain.

I will take my mountain.  Say it every day!  I will take my mountain.  Do you feel like you are growing older, wiser, or stronger?  Do you feel all of these things?  Do you feel none of these things?  Keep a simple song in your heart and keep your eyes on the prize.  So much of this life is your state of mind and your state of mind is a choice.

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Nobody said it would be easy.  The way I heard it is that if it was easy, everyone would do it.  So make up your mind that you can do the impossible, and then find a simple song a simple phrase you can say everyday and keep it in your heart.  Make it something that makes you feel stronger and wiser.  Make it something that reminds you that you are healed and strong and talented and uniquely made for greatness.   I will take my mountain.  I think I can, I think I can.  Row, Row, Row your boat.  Just keep swimming.

Just keep swimming

We say these things but do we really believe them?  I do, but I rarely see it in others.  People are stressed out and frustrated and living their lives day to day thinking that things will never change.  I believe that things will change; I believe that things will get better; if we can learn to work together.  So I say keep a simple song in your heart and have faith and put that faith into action.  Faith without works is dead.  So put action behind your faith and do the work.  Sing a simple song while you work.

I will take my mountain

I will take my mountain.  Say it every day!

Faith made simple.

Faith made simple.

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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 whether 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.