Category Archives: Motivation

The Super Simple Super Treadmill Workout.

The Super Simple Super Treadmill Workout.

Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo.  Spring is right around the corner.  So to celebrate I am going to let you in on a Super Simple – Super Treadmill Workout.

Can you walk on a treadmill?  Do not do this if you are clumsy or do not have good balance.

Can you lift basic weights, 1 pound, 2 pounds or 5 pounds?

OK, this is simple.  Grab some small weights, 1 or 2 pounds.  No more than 5 pounds.  Trust me.

Now, up on the treadmill.  Set the treadmill to a slow pace.  Trust me.

No, while walking on the treadmill, give yourself room, do not get right up on the controls.

While walking on the treadmill, do basic curls and overhead lifts with the small weights.

Do sets of 20, 30, 50 alternating arms and lifts.  Curls, then overhead lifts, and then curls into overhead lifts.

Remember, keep your balance and work at a nice comfortable pace.

You do not need heavy weights or a quick pace to be working up a sweat in 10 minutes.

You will know when you are done if you give it an honest effort.

Remember, easy pace and lightweights.  Trust me.

Just do it.

Start today.

One small step at a time.

Just do it.

Start today.  One small step at a time.  Take five minutes and double check the facts.

Just do it.

Take 15 minutes to practice or meditate or pray on it.

Start today.

Take five minutes to double check the facts.  Look at both sides of the story.

Just do it.

Set aside 15 minutes a day or an hour a week, but stick to it.

Start today.  One step at a time and then build on it.

Just do it.

Start today.

One small step at a time.

Take five minutes and double check the facts, look at both sides of the story.

Build on it, 15 minutes a day and then add a little at a time.

Just do it

Start today

 

It is OK to want to be great.

It is OK to want to be great.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  No one made it to the top by accident.  Sometimes people are born on top and if they are not careful, it can all be taken away.  For the rest of us, we will need to figure out how far we want to get in this life and a strategy to get there.  It is ok to want to be great.

Will you work for it?  Again, getting to the top is not an accident.  Will you do things the right way or will you look for short cuts.  Remember, it can all be taken away.  It takes an attitude, it takes focus, disciple and energy.  There a lot’s of ways to get to the top, not all good and not all bad.  Wanting to be great is not enough.  Are you ready to keep getting better until everyone else says you are great?

You can tell yourself how great you are the livelong day but that does not make you great.  Effort, disciple, focus, practice, coaching are elements that go into being great at anything.  It is OK to want to be great, if you are willing to put in the time and keep getting better.  Then when enough people say you are great; you won’t have to say how great you are, you can just say “Thank you.”

It is OK to want to be great.

Will you allow yourself to be coached?

Do you have something that you love to do and what to get better at it? Will you admit to yourself that you have something missing that you need to learn?  Will you take active steps to find a mentor?

Many years ago, I set out to become a better DJ. I was a freelance DJ doing parties and a few wedding here and there.  I was not able to grow my freelance business through word of mouth.  I did not chase gigs.  I figured if I were good, word would get out.  I was stuck in a never-ending cycle of low paying and low quality gigs.  Keeping up all the equipment was not cheap and decent paying gigs were few and far between.  I swallowed my pride after reading a few books on leadership and looked for a booking agent.

I called a bunch of DJ services and one got back to me in 24 hours; this was the place I wanted to join. The other guys, if you can’t be bothered to call me back in a timely manner, even if it is just to leave a message, well you won’t be my first choice.  After two interviews and an audition gig, I was told to upgrade my equipment.  After spending thousands of dollars on new equipment and doing a second audition gig I was handed a full calendar of bookings after my second week with the company.  Did I have to swallow my pride?  Yes!  Did I have to take notes after each gig?  Yes and that was the reason I was giving a full slate of bookings.  The owner told me pointblank; you did everything I asked you to do.

I had to learn to take coaching input and get better because of it.

Now many years later I have been getting out and doing some public speaking. Trying to motivate others and help people find jobs by volunteering and paying it forward to others.  Would I like to be a full time public speaker one day?  Well I would like the option.  Now because I have helped others find jobs, I have been very fortunate to keep my career moving forward.  Now I am in a position where I am expected to give presentations as part of my job function.  In prepping for presentations, I have been coached and mentored by others in the company.  I have had to swallow my pride yet again, and it has made me better because of it.

Sometimes being coached and mentored is not an easy process. The goal is to get better, so you may have to admit where you are weak.

Now read these lines very carefully. Do not compromise your morals, principals or ethics to be coached.  Sometimes people are put into comprising situations because of money, power or fame.  Do not be one of them.  In each case where I was being coached it was a win / win situation for both parties.  I got a better job, extra money or a better career path and not by selling myself or getting taken advantage of in the process.  Never get caught up in the hype or promise by shady characters.

Coaching and mentoring should be an open and honest process not something that is conducted in the shadows or behind closed doors. Allow yourself to be coached, allow yourself to be mentored; but do not become a target and be baited into a bad situation.

So listen to the inner voice. Allow yourself to become better at what you do.

Learn from everything but focus on the good.

Learn from everything but focus on the good.

The world is full of good and bad.  Learn from everything but focus on the good.  The world is full of darkness and light, learn from everything but spread light.  The world is full of choices, good news and bad news.  Choose to spread good news.

It is simple really, change your focus.  It will not change the world over night, but it will change what you are learning.  What you are learning can change what you are doing.  What you are doing can change your circumstances.  What you are doing and what you are teaching others can lead to success or failure.  If you are successful you may not change the whole world, but it can change your world.

It starts with leaning and where your focus lies.  What you focus on affects what you will learn, what you will say, what you hear, what you do.  Learn from everything but focus on the good.  Spread good news, spread truth, spread light and teach others from what you have learned.  Focus on success and not failure.  Be the person you want others to be like.  Be like the person you want to be.  You are not your circumstance, you are what you learn and what you do and what you teach others.  Learn from everything but focus on the good.

Spread good news.  Spread truth.  Spread light.  Focus on the good and teach others from what you have learned.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Greetings from Cold and Snowy Michigan. I have a pretty long drive to work ever morning. I have driven all over Metro Detroit and South Eastern Michigan for work. I have noticed cars stranded on the road and from time to time. I have noticed enough to where instead of just driving by, I try to say a little prayer for every car I see on the side of the road. I can’t always stop and help, but I can take a minute to pray for there safe passage.

I think we can at least pray for each other. I have tried to keep my transportation running while traveling for work. I try to change the oil at the full service places to make sure they check all the little extras. So when my car acts up a little, I know it is not for lack of tender loving car. So when my car was wobbling a little during a snow fall, I thought it was more because I was not used to the 4 wheel drive more than anything else.

Again, I made it home and later that night, I took out the trash and noticed my rear driver side tire was completely flat. It was cold and dark and I had to take my wife’s car to get some fix-a-flat and then take the car up to the gas station for more air. The next day I had to wait in to get new tires and make up a little extra time, flex time. Yes, it was an inconvenience, but I had to stop myself and remember I was not stranded on the side of the road. I was safe and sound at home. Every cloud has a silver lining.

So when you pass a car on the side of the road, if you can not stop and help. Say a little prayer.

When less is more:

When less is more:

Welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo.  I have been blogging since 2011.  It is now the start of 2017 and I have came off my best two years of views.  The years seem to build on one another.  In the beginning my goal was to blog everyday as much as possible.  The last two years, I have to fight to find the time to post on a regular basis.  But the views continue to grow.  I am building on my past and I am thankful for everyone who has taken time out to check in with 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo.

I do not have editors or writing coaches.  I blog my thoughts and how I am feeling and try to encourage others to tell their stories also.  What have I learned along the way?  Sometimes we try to do too much.  Sometimes we try to overdo it.  Sometimes we get in such a hurry to put down a foundation and start building on it we do not let it set.  Sometimes we forget that slow and steady wins the race.

This blog has grown into part of a Motivational Network.  I have joined together with liked minded people across the internet on LinkedIn and Facebook and we are using social media to spread good news and to encourage others.  We have worked very hard to grow and we have lost some people along the way.  The first impression is to try to do more.  More posting, more calls more encouragement, then today I look back and see that you have to sometimes slow down and let things take root.  It takes time for people to come around and you have to make space so others can grow.

Sometimes we want to do too much.  Sometimes we have to do a little less and help coach and mentor others so there is room for them to do more.  Sometimes less is more.

Thank you for readying this post.  Share your story!

54 Weeks from now

54 Weeks from now.

Happy New Year.  Happy Holidays.  Merry Christmas.  All of those things.  As I sit here on New Year’s Day, I am reminded of my state of mind for the last few weeks.  As much as people like to celebrate where they have been and start a new, I find myself thinking 54 weeks ahead.  When Christmas and New Years roll around I as much as I am grateful for all that I have been through in the past year, I am also looking ahead to where I want to be next Christmas and Next New Years.

I am very thankful for all the oppourtunites I have been given and all the people I have met.  I am thnkful that I am able to keep learning and growing and pushing myself to get better at the things I enjoy doing.  I am more enthused and more optimistic than ever.  I wake up everyday knowing that the sky is the limit.  Thank God for good news, so I choose to spread good news.

Where do I want to be next year?  I want to keep moving forward.  I want to have produced 4 motivational workshops that are also fundraisers and volunteer drives for local charities.  I also hope to help others encourge and motivate and reach as many people as possible together.  I think that if we can learn to work together we can move mountains.  But it will be one brick at a time, so I reach out to people one at a time to spread good news and help others through coaching and mentoring.

Every Christmas and New Years I want to be one step closer to my goals, but I also find myself thinking 54 weeks ahead to the next Christmas and the next New Years.  Where do you want to be next year?  What goals have you set for yourself.  Dream big!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

2017 is a blank page. It is a clear slate.  It is a New Year, a New Hope, and another New Beginning for those who are willing to let it. Let it be new.  Treat every day as a New Beginning.

Everyday of 2017 I wish for you to have hope. Everyday.  Don’t wait for New Year’s Eve, start today.

Tell someone you love them and mean it. Call someone up and listen to them.  Encourage someone.  Teach a kid something new.  Do no harm.  Be honest and set a good example.

We can all start new in 2017 and we can start new every day. We do not have to wait for the New Year, start now.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Greetings from Cold and Snowy Michigan. I have a pretty long drive to work ever morning. I have driven all over Metro Detroit and South Eastern Michigan for work. I have noticed cars stranded on the road and from time to time. I have noticed enough to where instead of just driving by, I try to say a little prayer for every car I see on the side of the road. I can’t always stop and help, but I can take a minute to pray for there safe passage.

I think we can at least pray for each other. I have tried to keep my transportation running while traveling for work. I try to change the oil at the full service places to make sure they check all the little extras. So when my car acts up a little, I know it is not for lack of tender loving car. So when my car was wobbling a little during a snow fall, I thought it was more because I was not used to the 4 wheel drive more than anything else.

Again, I made it home and later that night, I took out the trash and noticed my rear driver side tire was completely flat. It was cold and dark and I had to take my wife’s car to get some fix-a-flat and then take the car up to the gas station for more air. The next day I had to wait in to get new tires and make up a little extra time, flex time. Yes, it was an inconvenience, but I had to stop myself and remember I was not stranded on the side of the road. I was safe and sound at home. Every cloud has a silver lining.

So when you pass a car on the side of the road, if you can not stop and help. Say a little prayer.