Monthly Archives: January, 2016

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.