Why Reflection Time is Vital Time!

“I went into the woods because I wanted to live deliberately….I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life…to put to rout all that was not life…and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        -Henry David Thoreau

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Hi everyone! This is Greg, coming to you with the, Message From the Road. I thought I would give you a few minutes to enjoy this beautiful area and it’s silence. It’s truly a magical place to visit.

The question I’d like to ask you is, “Are you taking time out of your day? Are you taking time out of your life to find the silence? Are you taking the time to sit and reflect on what’s going on in your life right now?

We are living in self inflicted times of busyness and we need to take the time to reflect and to think about where we are going, where we’ve been, what our reason for being here is. What is our purpose in life?

I get so inspired when I get out in nature like this.

This has been an intentional trip that I planned after a busy week of working. I wanted to  drive down Pacific Coast Highway and stop off here in the Big Sur area. Let’s just stop and listen for a minute, what do you hear?

Now isn’t that (silence) spectacular? Imagine being able to just go out and enjoy Mother Nature, and to enjoy all of God’s blessings that He’s given us. We have that opportunity, we just need to take the time and plan it.

We have this daily life that we get to live, and we should start planning into our day, into our week or into our year different times when we need to take a break and seek that classroom of silence as Matthew Kelly likes to call it, and find the inner you, your inner peace.

Spend some time with just you, thinking, reflecting and trying to determine where you’re going with the rest of your life.

So make today a masterpiece, enjoy nature, intentionally find times in your day and in your life when you’re going to shut down.

Keep on growing, keep on learning and keep on leading. So until next time this is Greg Drolet.

Ponder this Question: When are you going to intentionally take the time to sit quietly and listen to the messages that are knocking at the door of your mind? 

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Becoming a Beacon of Light

Everyone lights up a room, some when they enter, some when they leave! Be that beacon of light that this world so desperately needs.

Today’s Message From the Road is coming to you from Central California in the Big Sur area. It is one of my favorite places in the entire world! It’s gorgeous, it’s spectacular and there really aren’t enough words to explain the beauty of this area.

As I was driving south from Monterey, I stopped here at the Point Sur Lighthouse. I love this place and if you ever have the opportunity to come into California and travel down our beautiful coastline, this would be a great place to stop and take a tour of this wonderful old lighthouse. It is one of the most historical landmarks along the California coast and I know you will be stunned by the visual beauty of the area and the Point Sur Lighthouse.

As I was driving, I saw the light flashing and I was struck by the fact that all of us have the opportunity to be a beacon of light that takes people through their day in a way that is extremely positive.

The point of a lighthouse was to guide the sailors through dangerous waters so that they would get to their destinations safely, right?

We can be that kind of light as well. We should ask ourselves everyday, “What’s the attitude that I bring to my life and to people’s lives I have an opportunity to touch on a daily basis. Am I that beacon of light that is able to guide people through this adventure we call life?

I know that most of you are that beacon of light!

I like to reference back to the works of John C. Maxwell, and his wonderful book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. The first two laws he discusses are the Law of Intentionality and the Law of Awareness. They are extremely important laws for us to consider.

We should be more aware of what’s happening within us when we’re connecting with people throughout our day. Are we just communicating or are we truly connecting and being a beacon of light? Do we give a sense of safety and security or chaos and insecurity?

What are our attitudes? What are our emotions? How are we going to touch the peoples lives? Then we must intentionally take the actions to be that beacon of light that will allow people to #1 be attracted to us and #2 want to follow us on the journey. If we will ask ourselves these questions we can more effectively guide, encourage and help people through these challenging adventures of life.

So until next time, be a beacon of light to somebody in your life. Do it intentionally and make today a masterpiece!

And remember, keep on growing, keep on learning and keep on leading! Also the next time you’re in Central California, take a tour of the Point Sur Lighthouse.

Point to Ponder: Who is in your life right now that you can be a beacon of light to? Be intentional with spreading your light!

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Why You Need to Build Your Brand!

Branding-img-1071-200x200In today’s busy world there’s a lot of chatter and noise and your message may be getting lost in the shuffle. Who’s brand are you building?

Now you may be saying, “What brand and what message are you talking about. Little old me doesn’t have anything important to say.”

Everyone has their own personal brand and people need to know about it. Whether you work for a corporation or as an entrepreneur, you are worth branding! In fact, whether you know it or not, every day you are promoting your brand. Every day you are making an impact on the lives of others.

Your brand is who you are, what values you hold, your character and your message.

In the business world it’s called your value proposition. This might very well be the years of experience that you have in an industry or the wisdom you bring to the lives of others.

Recognize that you have gifts that no one else has or will ever have. You have been given talents and strengths that have a purpose in this world. If you will begin to explore these gifts and live them by example, you will soon find that the value you bring into the lives of others is needed and sought after.

Many of us spend countless hours, weeks and years building the brand of the corporation we are affiliated with just to collect a paycheck, just to get by. Yet if you would spend just a fraction of that time building your own brand and recognizing that you have a voice that needs to be heard, you would receive amazing compensation.

This may not come in the form of finances but it would surely come back to you in love and respect.

Begin to distinguish yourself from the corporate brand and your personal brand and watch how much more fulfilled your life becomes.

Start getting noticed in this noisy world by identifying your strengths, talents and passions. Let everyone know who you are and what your purpose and passion in life is. Be bold and live life at full tilt! Make each day a masterpiece and a daring adventure.

You are an important brand and the world needs to hear from you and what you represent. My purpose is to help you define your life’s purpose and be a resource for helping you define your personal brand. In the comment section, let me know how I can help you be a leader who is seeking to live to your maximum potential.

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This Message Should Be Shared!

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood.  Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard.

So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World.


Great video on Louie Zamperini

Please share this blog with your family and friends because this is an inspiring story. The book is titled: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and we highly recommend it and be on the look out for the movie coming out in December 2014.

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Why You Need to Hit Reset!

I’m back and excited about The Message From the Road!  Most of you know I’ve been off  getting a brand new hip and now after 2 months of rehab, I’m heading out to start my training again.

What’s happening in your life right now? Are you on track to achieve all your dreams? Maybe now’s the time to hit the RESET button and make a direction change! Half of 2014 is now behind you, how are you doing?

In this message you’re going to have the chance to watch my video and I’ll be expanding on the video in the text portion with some helpful hints on how to make this your most spectacular year. I also look forward to any comments and questions you may have, so don’t be shy.

Be sure you read this section below!

The balance of 2014 is going to be an amazing year! It’s now time to review, revisit and reset whatever your objectives were 6 months ago. Let’s get with it and make the rest of the year the best of the year!

How are you going to do that? By getting a real grip on your dreams, goals and visions. By putting in the action instead of just wishing, hoping, dreaming and praying (sounds like a song)!

You know what to do, just hit RESET and override the FEAR! Recognize that you are a genius with God-given talents that NO ONE else possesses or ever will posses. You are unique!

Just own your dreams and realize that if you RESET your action plan nothing is impossible. In fact just say, “I’m possible and so are my dreams. All the experience, or youth that I possess serve me in my quest for abundance.”

So here’s the questions to ponder: What aspect of your 2014 plan needs to be reset? What have you done exceedingly well this year? What can you improve upon to make this the best year of your life?

Now don’t be shy, let us know in the comment section what changes you’re going to make or what’s been working for you. Commenting is important to the tribe, so we can all benefit. My focus has been on hitting reset on my health and regaining the physical and emotional energy required to live at peak performance.

So leave a comment and share the blog with your family, friends and business associates. Encourage them to join our community so they don’t miss any of the words of wisdom! It’s FREE.

A Tribute: A Father’s Lament

This is a dedication to all fathers but particularly my own, Ed Drolet, who worked so hard to give his kids the greatest opportunities and get us all to college. This was an opportunity that his generation rarely saw as an opportunity for themselves. I am so grateful for all that my Mom and Dad sacrificed raising nine children.

A number of years ago, after my dad passed away, I penned this little poem. I write this now to say thank you for all you did for me dad. I love you and miss you so much.

A Fathers Lament

I have all this wisdom, a good life I have lived.

But no one is willing to ask me, about what’s in my head.

I have all this wisdom, now tell me, what do I do?

No one seems to be asking, oh, what should I do?

I’ve lived all these years, and I’ve acquired much knowledge.

But, the young one’s aren’t asking, you see, they’ve all gone to college.

I’ve also gone to school, The College of Hard Knocks!

I’ve done manual labor in the freight yards and docks!

I’ve lived through the Great Depression, the horrors of The Great War!

I have all of this wisdom, now tell me, what’s it all for?

I sacrificed for my family, accomplished many hard tasks.

I have all of this wisdom, it’s your’s if you’ll just ask!

Thought to Ponder:

Many a time in the past decade I’ve wished I still had my dad to go to seek counsel. If you still have your father in your life, ask him for his wisdom. If you are estranged from your father, be brave to seek and offer forgiveness. Life is short. I realized after my parents had both passed away, that I was no longer “The Next Generation” I was THE generation. I thank my father for all the wisdom he passed down to me. I continue to pray for more wisdom so I can be more like him.

Love you Dad!

A Little Trip Down Memory Lane

Well, as most of you know, I’m in the midst of rehab for a right hip that I recently had replaced! Yep it was time and I’m excited about the progress and the future looks amazing.

So I thought I’d dig into the archives of The Message From the Road and pull out the very first video that was the genesis of this amazing journey we’ve been taking for the past couple of years.

Yes, I’ve been sending this message now for over 2 years and I want to thank all of you for your on-going interest in this blog. So I hope you enjoy the early stages, before I even started the blog.

I also have a question for you, and I hope you will click on the comment section and join in with some feedback. My question is this, “What can I do to help you move forward with your vision over the next 6 months?”

Also, if you are enjoying these messages, I would appreciate it if you would share and encourage others to join our community.

Well, I’ll be back on the bike soon, and until then, you can expect a lot of different types of messages that will help you become the best leader possible.

The Greatest Gift

It was Sunday, October 5, 1952 in Los Angeles, California when we first met. We were introduced at Queen of Angels Hospital, so you can imagine the anxiety and chaos that was taking place.

The Dodger’s were playing the New York Yankees in game 5 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium and The Red Skelton Show was in its second season.

This was the day I met Muriel, my Mom, face to face. Sure we had been acquainted with each other for the past nine months, but meeting face to face was a magnificent day!

In the coming years she was one of my greatest teachers (my Dad was the other). Many of her lessons I learned as I looked back on my life with this wonder woman. It’s amazing how smart my parents became as I got older.

Mom always told me, “Greg, you can do anything you put your mind to.” She always encouraged me and taught the importance of discipline at the same time.

She fed my creativity in music and the arts by taking all the kids to museums and concerts. And she always had time for those special one on one talks about life.

I had 8 other siblings and Mom taught me how important it was to see the God-given talent other people possess. Each child and person is unique and we need to help people grow based on their unique personalities (I didn’t learn this for many years though).

I probably didn’t say “I love you” enough in my younger years and I hope I made up for it as I grew older.

To this day, I tell my wife and son “I love you” every day. I want there to be no doubt in both my words or my actions.

My Mom gave me the gift of life, but the second greatest gift was being able to help her during her final journey back to God.

For ten years I had the honor of sitting at her side and learning the most important lesson of all–My Purpose in Life!

My greatest growth took place during my greatest failure in leadership (more on that in future blogs) and it was my Mom who acted as God’s instrument. Mom continued to teach me about love, kindness and the direction my life should take.

So thank you Mom! I love you and miss you and I’m still growing and learning. Hopefully becoming the leader you always told me I could be.

Question: What were the big life lessons you learned from your Mom? Love to hear your reply in the Comment section.

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6 Characteristics of a Healthy Leader! Message From the Road #91

” The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd”

Develop an awareness around these 6 characteristics and watch your life and leadership grow beyond your imagination!

Below is a detailed transcript of this weeks message

Hi everybody,  it’s Greg Drolet with today Message From the Road and as you can see it is another gorgeous day. As I was riding today I got to thinking about leaders and  the characteristics of a leader.

The word itself gives us the foundation to explore: A real LEADER does the following:

Laughs: What’s he laughing at? Certainly not his team. No, a real leader doesn’t take himself too seriously. He leads without the need of a title and he has learned to laugh at himself. Laugh at the situations he’s put himself and his team in.  A leader is transparent and has learned to laugh when things don’t go quite the way he expected. He understands that both he and his team are human and mistakes are going to happen.

Encourages: A leader encourages his team, knowing that like him they are not perfect. Stuff is going to happen at times.

Ken Blanchard, talks about the importance of “catching your people doing something right.”

Encourage them, let them know what a spectacular job they did. If they didn’t do it quite right, encourage them and help them learn from the experience by asking “what can you learn from this experience?”

Acts: Real leaders are action driven. They don’t procrastinate. When they know there’s a job to get done they do it, and develop a team of people that also take action. That’s part of a real leader’s job, developing their people.

Determination: Napoleon Hill called it a burning desire! They’ve got a purpose, they’re fueled by their passion and they live their entire life this way. They don’t sit around. They know what needs to be done and do it! They live life purposefully.

Energizes: Real leaders bring an energy to the table, to their team, and their family. They apply the energy to all areas of their life, not just business. The first person we need to lead and energize is ourselves.

Responsible: As John Maxwell likes to point out, a leader needs to be response-able. They respond to situations as they arise and take appropriate action. They also hold themselves responsible for the results they and the team create.

So until next time, keep on growing, keep on learning and keep on leading! Everyone can learn to lead, start with YOU!

What’s happening on your life journey? Feel free to comment below so that we can all share in each others adventures. What areas of your life would you like to become stronger in?

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Why We Need to Share The Road! Message From the Road #90

Life is wonderful, isn’t it? It’s a spectacular adventure, filled with exciting, dynamic and diverse groups of people. Watch this weeks Message From the Road and then let’s discuss this awesome adventure called life.

“Life is a daring adventure or it’s nothing” -Helen Keller

What’s happening on your road? Feel free to comment below so that we can all share in each others journey. 

Below is a full detailed script of this weeks Message From the Road

What a spectacular day! As I was out riding this morning, up hills, down hills, and riding the flats, I encountered a lot of people on the road with me.  Some of them were running, some of them were walking, some of them are out cycling just like me. And the one thing that popped into my brain, was that I was sharing the road with all these different people from all walks of life, doing all kinds of different exercises and everybody was just out having fun.

That’s the thing about life, we have to share the road with people. We’re on this journey and it’s all going to end in the same place, right? So why not enjoy it and recognize that everybody is at a different place on that journey.

We’re all at a different place on that road. So as we’re sharing the road with them, it’s important that we recognize that everybody’s not like us.

Boy, what a boring world it would be if everyone was like me! No, it’s the uniqueness of everybody that makes life so spectacular.

I happen to be blessed with a wife, Christie, who I just love!  She is different from me, but in many ways similar. We have a great time because we recognize our differences as well as our similarities. We recognize our strengths and we recognize where we are weak.

Areas that I’m strong in, she may not be. Areas that I’m weak in, she’s definitely a lot stronger. That’s really a key aspects of life, recognizing that we have to share the road with other people and recognizing the unique talents that everybody has.

I love the quote that says, “The one who has the most information or knowledge, has the greatest responsibility.”

That’s something I remind myself of all the time. As someone who promotes being a resource for healthy leadership, we have to lead ourselves first, and I look at myself to see if I’m being congruent in my talk and action.

I also want to thank you because by doing this video blog and getting your comments, you are helping me become a better, stronger, healthy leader. I hope I can be a resource for your growth as well.

That’s been the point of doing all these crazy little videos. They’re fun, and hopefully beneficial. Life is too short not to have fun, right? Let’s share the road with people. Let’s encourage them to enjoy life and give them a boost if they’re down and out.

So until next time, this is Greg Drolet saying, “Keep on learning, keep on growing and keep on leading!”

What’s happening on your road? Feel free to comment below so that we can all share in each others journey. 

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