Message From the Road-June 5, 2016

How Are You Shoring Up Your Life?

Hope you enjoy todays message. Live your life intentionally!

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Keep on growing, keep on learning and keep on leading.

The #1 Secret to Your Success

Secret & Dreams (6)The Number One Secret to Your Success? Yep, you read that right and now you’re here to read exactly how improving this one area of your life will allow you to achieve so many of your goals and dreams. I know you are hoping for that magic bullet, we all are,  and I think you will find that this information is about as close as you can get. So what’s “The Secret?”

Sleep!

There was a time when I lived with the motto of, “sleep when you’re dead.” Then I had an awakening (pun intended). A couple of years ago I had a hip replacement which was a result of numerous athletic injuries.

Oh my! What an epiphany I had. My body had forgotten what it felt like waking up after a pain free night of 8 hours of solid sleep. I was now a convert and started researching the role sleep plays in peak performers. I found that so many of the people we admire, past and present, get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Many habitually take naps during the day.

Comedian Carrie Snow once said, “No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.”

We all know that we should be getting seven or eight hours of shut-eye each night, and yet many of us fail to make sleep a priority. Some even wear their lack of sleep requirements as a badge of honor. If you’ve clocked too little sleep, naps can be a lifesaver.

Napping has many benefits. Science has shown that a short snooze can help you be more alert, see an increase in creativity and productivity, as well as reduce stress, improve your memory and enhance your learning ability as well.

“Sleep makes us more productive, creative, less stressed and much healthier and happier,” HuffPost President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington said on NBC’s “Today” last year. “Even a 20-minute nap in the middle of the day can make a huge difference. I grew up thinking that if you work around the clock, you are going to be more effective, and I realize that is not true.”

Many celebrated historical figures and modern-day successful stories rely on the art of napping to restore their minds and bodies when they’re feeling fatigued.

Here are some highly successful people who are known to rely on naps to power through long days.

  • Thomas Edison. When he wasn’t thinking and inventing items like the light bulb and phonograph, Edison was big on naps and used to say he got much of his energy from them.
  • Leonardo DaVinci.
  • Connie Mack.
  • Winston Churchill.
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • Ronald Reagan.

Sleep plays an extremely vital role in our overall well-being. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times helps protect your mental health, physical health, and overall quality of life.

During sleep, your body is repairing itself and preparing you for the next day.

Sleep deficiency can raise your risk of chronic health challenges and it can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.

Healthy Brain Function and Emotional Well-Being

While you’re sleeping, your brain is forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information.

Studies show that a good night’s sleep improves learning. Whether you’re learning math, how to play the guitar, or how to swing a tennis racket, sleep  helps you focus, make decisions, and be creative.

If you’re sleep deficient, you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotions and behavior, and coping with change. Sleep deficiency also has been linked to depression, suicide, and risk-taking behavior.

Children and teens who are sleep deficient may have problems getting along with others. They may feel angry and impulsive, have mood swings, feel sad or depressed, or lack motivation. They also may have problems paying attention, and they may get lower grades and feel stressed.

Physical Health

Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. Consistent sleep deficiency is linked to increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and obesity.

Sleep helps maintaSleepin a healthy balance of the hormones that make you feel hungry (ghrelin) or full (leptin). When you don’t get enough sleep, your level of ghrelin goes up and your level of leptin goes down. This makes you feel hungrier than when you’re well-rested.

Sleep also affects how your body reacts to insulin, the hormone that controls your blood glucose (sugar) level. Sleep deficiency results in a higher than normal blood sugar level, which may increase your risk for diabetes.

Deep sleep triggers the body to release the hormone that promotes normal growth in children and teens. This hormone also boosts muscle mass and helps repair cells and tissues in children, teens, and adults. Sleep also plays a role in puberty and fertility.

Your immune system relies on sleep to stay healthy. Ongoing sleep deficiency can change the way in which your immune system responds. For example, if you’re sleep deficient, you may have trouble fighting common infections.

Daytime Performance and Safety

Getting enough quality sleep at the right times helps you function well throughout the day. People who are sleep deficient are less productive at work and school. They take longer to finish tasks, have a slower reaction time, and make more mistakes.

Lack of sleep can lead to microsleep. Microsleep refers to brief moments of sleep that occur when you’re normally awake.

You can’t control microsleep, and you might not be aware of it. For example, have you ever driven somewhere and then not remembered part of the trip? If so, you may have experienced microsleep.

Even if you’re not driving, microsleep can affect how you function. If you’re listening to a lecture, for example, you might miss some of the information or feel like you don’t understand the point. In reality, though, you may have slept through part of the lecture and not been aware of it.

Sudies show that sleep deficiency harms your driving ability as much as, or more than, being drunk. It’s estimated that driver sleepiness is a factor in about 100,000 car accidents each year, resulting in about 1,500 deaths.

Drivers aren’t the only ones affected by sleep deficiency. It can affect people in all lines of work, including health care workers, pilots, students, lawyers, mechanics, and assembly line workers.

As a result, sleep deficiency is not only harmful on a personal level, but it also can cause large-scale damage. For example, sleep deficiency has played a role in human errors linked to tragic accidents, such as nuclear reactor meltdowns, grounding of large ships, and aviation accidents.

Don’t let your life become a meltdown. Get plenty of sleep, live with passion and let your body repair itself so you can be the best version of yourself possible. Live your life intentionally, SLEEP!

 

The #1 Key to Successfully Solving Any Challenge

Wow! What a day! You’re driving down the road, enjoying a beautiful Saturday afternoon drive in the country. The weather is spectacular. The flowers are in bloom, the sky is a brilliant color blue and big white clouds explode with a fluffy contrast to blue sky. The emerald green trees sway in the breeze, the temperature outside is just ideal and the warm sunlight washes onto your face as you drive through this idyllic countryside. Then it happens!

6985112-sunny-day-country-roadAll of a sudden your “check engine” light illuminates to break the serenity of your picture perfect day. “What the heck!” is the next sound that breaks the silence and your blood pressure shoots ups! “I knew I should have taken the car in for a service before I left!”

So, what do you do? You pull over and pop the hood to see what the problem might be. You search around for any sign of trouble, but you’re not a mechanic and it all looks quite foreign to you. So you do the only thing that seems rational at the time. You search for the wire that connects the “Check Engine” light and disconnect it. You jump back in your car, fire up the engine and you see that the check engine light is no longer on.

Relief! Now you can enjoy your trip without any further worry, right? NO and we all know better don’t we. We know that we only dealt with the symptom that made us feel better temporarily, but we know that left unattended, the car is going to breakdown and cost us a lot of money to repair the damage.

Amazingly though, the vast majority of people go through life this way. Challenges arise and we deal with “The Symptom” instead of addressing “The Root of the Problem”.

We know we need to get healthy, need to correct our financial instability, or remove ourselves from a toxic relationship.  We change a few behaviors for a short period of time,  with a bit of success, yet we are doomed for failure because we haven’t gotten to the real problem. We aren’t addressing “The Root of the Challenge.”

The root of any challenge is almost always, YOU! We make a lot of excuses blaming others or circumstances for why we don’t eat right, exercise, make more money, or have time to improve our relationships. All of this is looking at the external factors, when we MUST look at the internal in order to minimize or eliminate our challenges.

All too often the root of life’s grief comes from not having a dream that you OWN. A BIG DREAM that will drive you when things get tough. How much time have you taken to really look at your life and define what you really want to accomplish. Napoleon Hill called it a “Burning Desire”. I love the quote, “If the DREAM is big enough the HOW doesn’t matter”.

In today’s world, we have such an amazing opportunity to live a life of abundance. We can all live out our dreams if we will just take the time to look deep into the root system of our lives and feed our dreams with action and a burning desire to succeed and leave a legacy of significance.

 

Enjoy the journey my friends!

Questions to Ponder:

  1. What areas of your life, if you became more intentional in exploring the “root challenges” would you begin to work on?
  2. If you were intentional in exploring where you are, how you got there, and who you need to become, how would you feel?
  3. What would your life look like if you lived more intentionally?

 

The Big Leadership Myth and How to Destroy It!

I am always fascinated when I hear people in a leadership position say, “It’s lonely at the top!”

My immediate thought is, “If it’s lonely at the top for you, you must not have anyone following you!” Great leaders know that it’s imperative to take others along with them on the journey.

As John C. Maxwell states in his groundbreaking book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, “Nobody does anything great alone. Leaders do not succeed alone. A leaders’ potential isleadership determined by those closest to him. What makes a difference is the leader’s inner circle.” If you want to achieve a dream, you have to have a dream team!

Now, I certainly understand how that “lonely at the top” philosophy originated. Back in my early career I was surrounded by Level One leaders who tried to lead by title alone. Their methodology at that time (way back in the 1980’s-the buzz word was “management) was, “I’m the boss and have the title so I have the authority.” That style of leadership thankfully is diminishing as true leaders begin to realize that effective leadership today is all about team leadership, connecting with your team, and letting your team’s voices be heard. In doing so, the team will feel that they have had ownership in providing a solution to the challenge or project.

Twenty-first century leadership is all built on team leadership because nobody does everything well. It’s vitally important that the leader understand his own strengths and weaknesses, know the strength of his team members and inner circle and allows them to each operate in their strength zones. This is how you create a powerful connection with your team that buys in to the leaders vision.

Mother Teresa stated, “You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.” 

John Maxwell also chimed in by saying, “There are no Lone Ranger leaders. Think about it: if you’re alone, you’re not leading anybody, are you?” 

Who are you leading and drawing into your inner circle?

Most people create an inner circle of people. However, they are usually not strategic in doing so. Few people give enough thought to how those closest to them impact their effectiveness or leadership potential. It is imperative that all of us become much more intentional when it comes to building our relationships. What is the purpose, project or mission you are seeking to accomplish? If you take the time to think strategically about the end game, you can then assemble a dream team.

Only if you reach your potential as a leader do your people have a chance to reach their potential. This is why it is so vital that leaders recognize that their own personal growth is mandatory in order to help others grow and as a result help an organization grow.

So, if you believe it is lonely at the top, I would suggest you take someone with you and make the journey exciting. King Solomon of ancient Israel recognized this truth when he said, “As iron sharpens iron, friends sharpen the minds of each other.”

Consider the following:

1. Do you know who your inner circle members are? Take the time to list them now.

2. Can this group of inner circle member get you to where you want to go?

3. How can you develop your inner circle?

4. Do you need to change your inner circle members? 

 

 

 

 

 

Why This One Belief is Inhibiting Your Success!

Goals

It’s January 1, of any year! Christmas is over, all holidays are behind you and your sitting by yourself with a cup of your favorite morning coffee or tea. You have in front of you a beautiful, new, hard bound journal and you’re inspired to finally change your life!

YOU ARE  COMMITTED! RIGHT?

You separate your life into key areas, and then you start defining exactly how your life is going to be different in the next twelve months and you’re starting TODAY! Right?

Fast forward six months, it’s July. What has change? For most of us, nothing!

Why?

Because Goal-setting does not work! OK, I said it and it’s proven time and time again. Goal-setting is an incomplete process.

You set your goals and soon you find yourself  frustrated.

Do you want to know the reason? OK, I’ll tell you.

You have not attached enough emotional capital as to WHY you need to ACT on the goals you set. You’re not emotionally connected to what your life can actually look like if you not only decided, but actually take action to bring them to life.

To make significant change, we need to attach a FEELING of  the dream-fulfilled. You must be able to SEE the change as if it has already occurred. You must SEE and FEEL yourself living the life you have imagined and envision it daily!

So you must not only envision the successful achievement of  the life you want, but you also MUST ACT daily to create the habits to support your vision and feelings!

Now here’s the BIG question!

When are you going to stop procrastinating and start living the life God gave you the talents to achieve?

I love the joke, “Do you know how to make God laugh?” Answer: “Tell him your goals.” Why would that make God laugh, because He knows you are not going to ACT on them! How does he know? Because your life has been one failed New Year Resolution after another.

I’m suggesting we make a quote from Sir Richard Branson our new mantra for the remainder of your life, “Screw it, let’s do it!”

Create a strong, compelling vision for the years you have left, create an inspiring action plan, develop the daily habit of consistent, persistent action, see yourself living that life, and don’t make God laugh, but make him proud that you actually LIVED the life He gave you!

“Where there is no vision, the people will perish.”

A vision is a precise, clearly defined goal with a detailed action plan and a timetable for achieving that goal .

Don’t wait for your ship to come in. Either swim out to it or build your own ship. To save yourself you must have the mindset of Noah!

Don’t be a goal-setter, become a Goal-Getter!

Consider this: If you are serious about using your talents, and committed to changing your life, what actions are you going to take today to begin your life transformation?

Leave us a response in the comment section, we are excited to hear about your new life.

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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.

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What I Learned in Rehab!

Yep, I finally decided I needed to do it! I had procrastinated for so long, denying the facts, not listening to my family and friends, but the pain and suffering had become more than I or my family could stand.

I delayed several times, not feeling ready to commit or admit that it was definitely time to change.  So this is a straight forward discussion and I bare my soul about just some of the lessons I’m learning in rehab.

Gotcha! See what I’m talking about in this weeks discussion.

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A little over a month ago, I finally decided to have my right hip replaced….

These are some of the lessons I’ve learned in the past 30 days!

1. Don’t Procrastinate: This seems to one of the great human conditions that prevents most of us from living the life that we truly desire. What happen is we suffer the pains of mediocrity and regret instead of the joy of success because we settle for average.

I procrastinated in getting my hip replacement surgery for years, making a number of excuses and so my quality of life suffered. If only I had acted on what I knew I had to do earlier. Wow what a difference it has been with no pain!

Be willing to push through your procrastination and do what you know needs to be done. Many times we miss the opportunity to live a better life today, putting off the action that will propel you to excellence.

2. Find a Team of Experts: In my search for the right surgeon I wanted to make sure that I had the best possible in order to get the best results possible and have the active lifestyle that is important to me.

How often though do we seek out advice from someone who has not had the kind of success we are looking for. Be willing to invest in coaching from someone who can truly guide you to create the lifestyle you want.

You wouldn’t want your salesman brother performing a hip replacement surgery would you? Be sure who you choose to coach you has a proven system or a team that can enhance your success.

3. Can’t do it Alone: I found out very quickly how many people it takes to do a successful hip replacement. If I stopped to count all the team members, from pre-surgery to getting home, there were probably 50 people involved in my successful rehab. But when I got home my team was my wife (she’s a saint), my son, my family and friends.

To achieve success in any aspect of your life, you will need a team of qualified individuals who can guide and support your efforts. So make a list of your inner circle and your team and evaluate each person to see if they are qualified to help you achieve the greatness you are pursuing.

4. Less is More: You can only work a muscle so hard before you run the risk of setback, injury or slower progress. Rest is paramount to the success of recovery. Today’s society prides itself on how many hours we can work, how little vacation we take and when we are on vacation, we’re actually working anyway.

If you don’t take appropriate time to recover, your body will force you to take downtime and often it’s through illness.

5. Be willing to work: To get better in any aspect of your life you are going to have to work friggin hard! Rehab is not easy, whether it’s a hip, a relationship or your finances. You are going to need to focus and say NO to many things that probably got you into trouble in the first place. So the secret question is: “What do I need to say NO to, to make room for what I need to say YES to?”

6. Don’t cheat yourself: Change is painful! Rehabing my hip has been downright awful and painful at times. But if I stopped when it hurt, I would never reach the full potential of recovery. You must recognize that the price of progress is the pain of change. Be willing to get uncomfortable. Life begins at the end of the comfort zone.

So what part of your life needs to go through rehabilitation? What one or two areas, if you truly focused on change, would produce massive results, fulfillment and satisfaction? Love to hear in the comments how I can help you achieve your lifestyle goals.

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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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