How to Become World Class-Message From the Road #86

I’ve got a question for you. What if you could become a world class athlete? What if you could become world class-period? What would you want to become world class in and why would you want to become someone that was that great at any one aspect of life? Take a few moments to watch today’s Message From the Road and then let’s discuss these question further.

Well, that’s what I’ve been thinking about as I’ve been out riding on the road as well as watching the 2014 Olympics. It’s always inspiring to watch all the World Class Olympians, they’re amazing aren’t they? And as I’m watching, I’m thinking, “What’s the one area of my life that I really want to become world class in and what’s the formula?”

I thought I would share what I believe is the formula that these athletes and any super-achiever follows. Now, I have to believe that some of you must be looking for that formula as well. Whether it’s becoming a world class father, mother, husband, wife, entrepreneur, or world class in your personal fitness. So, what’s the formula?

Number One: Every one of these Olympian’s had a dream! A massive dream that’s driven them for years. What’s your dream? Do you own your dream? Is it your dream and are you pursuing it with passion?

Number Two: They have a plan! Years ago they laid out a plan for what it would take to become an Olympian, to fulfill that dream. For some of them they’ve had that dream since they were little kids and it was that seed of greatness that they pursued. They had a game plan in place, they worked with coaches to strengthen themselves mentally and physically and they executed the plan of action on a yearly, monthly, weekly and daily basis. They were consistent in their efforts! Over and over again!

Number Three: They have focus! They’re focusing on the dream, focusing on the action plan, and they learn to say, “NO” to things that are going to distract them from becoming world class. They say no to parties. When everyone else is out partying and abusing themselves with alcohol they are at home eating properly, getting sleep so they can perform at peak performance.

So, they have a dream, they have a plan, they focus and they are willing to fail! They know they’re going to fail and often for many years, but the dream is so strong it drives them on to go out and succeed. Failure is a steppingstone to greatness. Each time they fail, they get up, dust themselves off and they go at it again. Now do they get frustrated? Absolutely! Do they sometimes feel like quitting? Absolutely! But they keep pursuing the dream. If they get hurt, they mend themselves, take time to recover, and they workout other areas of their body or mind that they will need to be that world champion.

So what is it you want to become world class at? Identify that right now! What is it and let’s move forward with it together and make your dream a reality! That dream of being a world class father, husband, wife, entrepreneur, or just becoming the Best Version of You is all possible.

Get a strong dream, own your dream, create a game plan, focus on it, be willing to fail, get up and keep moving forward, and ultimately you will become WORLD CLASS!

Stop right now and identify that one area of your life that you have a burning desire to be world class in. Love to hear your comments!

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7 Keys to a HEALTHY Life! Message From the Road #85

Imagine having the health and energy that would propel you to achieve all your dreams and goals! It is possible if you understand the key ingredients and the actions that you need to take. Pay close attention to the video and learn the secrets to a HEALTHY life!

What does it take to truly live a HEALTHY life? If you watched this weeks video I gave you my philosophy which uses the word HEALTHY as the foundation to begin structuring life changing behavior. Let’s see if we can’t break it down a little bit more and help design a method by which you can begin to live life at peak performance.

H-Holistic: Taking a holistic approach simply means looking at all aspects of your life as a whole. Every area is interconnected and impacts the others. As I mentioned in the video, I’ve broken life down into six simple area: Spiritual, Family, Physical, Financial, Intellectual, and Emotional. Now you may decide that you want to add or subtract from this and I encourage you to do so if it is going to help you get a better handle on creating a more effective way of designing your life. If you take a sheet of paper and write each segment of life at the top, you would have six (or more) pages. Now take the time to do a “brain dump” or “mind-map” of free flowing ideas of what this part of your life would look like if you were completely fulfilled. What would the best version of you look like? Remember, this is an on-going process and this is only the beginning.

E-Energy: Where does yours come from and do you have awareness and intentionality around how you create positive energy flow? Do you have boundless energy that allows you to fulfill all your daily goals in a passionate manner?  Or do you come to the end of the day or even mid day and realize your energy has waned and you have no more to give to your family or career. What are you doing to maximize your energy at the physical and emotional levels? Prayer, meditation and exercise are spectacular ways to tap into a positive energy flow, so take time to design a system that works for you. Also, surround yourself with people who have high energy and positive attitudes. We have a choice so let’s make our associations ones that will support our energy expectations.

A-Action: What do you need to stop doing to make room for what you should be doing? Often we try to be everything to everybody and in the process get very little accomplished.  Do you have a comprehensive game plan for life that’s written and specific. A game plan that is specific, measurable, action oriented, results driven and time sensitive? If not, I can help you get where you want to go with my Game Plan For Life Coaching System™  (more on this in future blogs). For now take these simple hints I’m giving you, put your ideas in writing and start taking action. Remember this simple mantra, “motion creates emotion”.  So get out there and Do It NOW! Life is always changing and you will make adjustments along the way.

L-Lifestyle: What is the lifestyle you want to live? What are the dreams you have for your life? Are you still connected to those dreams or have you let life’s circumstances beat the dream out of you? You have within you the power to design and live the lifestyle that has been growing within you. The world is changing and we have so many resources to help us achieve that dream if we will only become that constant learner who surrounds himself with like minded individuals who are passionate and driven by a passion for excellence. The seed of greatness was planted in you at birth, so cultivate, water and fertilize it with a grand vision and that lifestyle you’ve envisioned will appear.

T-Time: We are here for only a short time so what are we going to do with this gift of today that we’ve been given? Let’s take time out of our day to design how we want to live. If you want to get physically fit, how much time are you allocating to exercise? If you aren’t making enough money, how much time are you focusing on learning a new craft or getting better at your current career so you can increase your marketability?

H-Humor & Happiness: We take ourselves way too seriously! Life can be quite funny when we look at all the things that happen on a daily basis. Comedians make careers out of every day events that leave us laughing at ourselves and fellow planet dwellers. I’ve chosen to claim myself as a “Humor Being” it’s a lot more fun. Don’t we all love a good laugh? We love the unspoiled laugh of a child or that gut wrenching laugh we have when something really tickles our fancy. I love to hear my wife laugh! She loves to laugh and we laugh at ourselves and each other many times a day. Laughter is healthy, so let’s all start finding the humor in life! Become a Humor Being! Likewise, choosing to be happy will lead you to success.

Y-You: The life you design and live is all up to who? YOU! So if you don’t design it, someone else will. Join me in becoming HEALTHY HUMOR BEINGS, and I know we will all become the Best-Versions-Of-Ourselves possible!

Keep on growing, keep on learning and keep on leading. The world needs your HEALTHY LEADERSHIP! It’s an adventure.

Action Step: What is the one action that you know you need to take today that will begin to put you on the path to a truly HEALTHY life?

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This One Idea Will Change Your Life!

What if you had an opportunity to change not only your life but the life of another? What if by one random act of kindness you could start moving your life in a whole new direction that would dramatically change the impact you had on the world?

Most people would say, “YES what do I need to do?”  I say, “Let’s have fun and watch this video and then have a discussion.” So click and watch the video now!

What are some of your dreams, goals and strategies that you have a burning desire to fulfill? Let’s get started working on them together. Let me be your vessel assist vehicle and in the turn, you can become one for someone in your life. The principle is simple, learn, do and then teach.

There are two laws that John C. Maxwell has written about in his book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth,  that continually play out as we look to design our lives. The first is the Law of Awareness: This simply asks, “Who are you? Do you have a sense of direction? Are you aware of your strengths, weaknesses, your interests and your potential opportunities?” To reach your full potential you must know where you are, and where you want to be. Being aware of these questions allow us to make the most significant impact in our lives and the lives of others. The second is The Law of Intentionality: Personal growth is not a natural process in most people’s lives, so we must begin to build our futures on the foundation of taking intentional actions.

Through this vessel assist program, we touch the lives of one person at a time, in doing so we use  The Law of Explosive Growth: to add growth, lead followers–to multiply, lead leaders. When you enter the world of leadership, you will find the greatest rewards, the greatest challenges, and fulfillment beyond belief.

Think about this question: What are the two most important areas in your life that if you let me help you achieve change, would have the greatest impact in your life in the next twelve months? 

Let’s team up and begin to change the lives of people, starting with yours.  There are many vessels that need assistance, the world needs your strengths and talents to define a brave new world. Join the Vessel Assist Team!

Rabbi Harold Kushner stated, “We are here to change the world with small acts of thoughtfulness done daily rather than with one great breakthrough.”

Ponder this: Who do you know that needs some kindness, love and assistance that you could engage with TODAY? That’s awareness! Now, what intentional action can you take now, today that will begin your vessel assist program? Don’t be shy, reach out and see how special you can make someone feel.

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My Inner Circle – A Gift to You!

Nobody does anything great alone! A leader and any individual’s potential is determined by those closest to them. What makes the difference is the leader’s inner circle. Leaders have to deliver. There is no substitute for performance. But without a great team, they often don’t get the opportunity. Their potential is determined by those closest to them.

On January 5, 1985, I began to assemble an amazing team. I had actually started about ten months earlier on a trip to Banff Canada where I was headed to ski for a week. It was a “guys trip” or so I thought. Somewhere along the way a member of the opposite sex had weaseled her way onto the team and that was where the adventure began.

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Twenty nine years ago today, January 5, 1985, is the day I married my amazingly wonderful wife, Christie! It has been a truly WOW adventure and I wouldn’t trade one minute of it. She has been my greatest supporter of all the crazy ideas I’ve had over the years and picked up a lot of the pieces along the way. Where I can be impulsive and creative, her greatest strength is rational thought and a phenomenal love of laughter.

I have been extremely blessed to have her in my life as a guiding light, my greatest friend, an amazing business partner, spectacular mother to our son, and a wonderful example of what true love is. Christie is the foundation of my inner circle and the glue that holds my life and team together and I am forever grateful that she “weaseled her way” onto that ski trip so many years ago.

I am a firm believer that teamwork begins at home and if life at home is harmonious, the rest of the world falls into place.  We have been challenged by life as everyone is, but we  collectively looked upon these challenges as ways to learn about ourselves and grow. This is what makes our inner circle so strong, the willingness to analyze how we contributed to the challenge, grow through the chaos and learn to laugh at ourselves.

For more than twenty nine years, I have been graced with the opportunity to live with one of my greatest teachers, my wife. I hope that your life will be blessed with someone who lives in the same spirit of love, laughter and harmony.

So you now have an insight into the power of my inner circle and why I am so grateful. Remember, a leader’s potential is determined by the people closest to them.

Ponder This Question

“Who is the center of your inner circle outside of yourself ?

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A Simple Word That Can Change Your Life!

What if, there was one word that was so emotionally powerful that by consistently verbalizing it you would be inspired to live a life beyond measure. Well my friend that simple word is WOW! My personal proclamation for 2014 and beyond is  that “I choose to live a life of WOW! I live in a World Of Wonderment!”

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If life is an attitude, it only makes sense to have one that has a foundation in fun, laughter  and amazement. Why not choose to be a Humor Being, seeing all the unbelievable greatness in the world? In the land of WOW we master the magnificent, not the mediocre. Let’s have fun with life! It’s just a choice!

My wife and I have fun talking about how I live in “Gregland”. It’s an extremely fun place to hangout and I invite you to come visit. So here’s a little invitation to visit… “Gregland”… a place of WOW!

Come on down to Gregland, the weather’s always great.

You can get up in the early morn, or sleep until it’s late!

If you like to see the sunrise, and start the day off with a bang,

You’ll always find some company, someone with whom to hang!

Now Gregland is a special place, quite unique you will agree.

A place to turn your imagination on, a grand future you will surely see.

What are the dreams you’ve always dreamt? What visions have you created?

All dreamers are accepted here, never criticized or berated.

So come spend some time in Gregland, it’s where laughter and love abound.

Stir up your imagination, in Gregland it can be found.

Now if your imagination, is crying to run wild,

Create your own Land of WOW, and release your inner child.

Silly I know, but hey, I’ve decided to embrace the concept of a Humor Being so it’s got to be expected. Right?

How we choose to live our lives is just a choice isn’t it. We can choose to find the adventure in it, or we can choose to look at the darker side and seek out the chaos and turmoil. Living a life of WOW is a great place to reside and when you do, you will see amazingly energetic and passionate leaders and lovers of life who want to grab hold of the adventure and journey with you. What does your ideal “land” look like? Does it resemble “Gregland” at all?

Thought to Ponder:

What would your ideal Land of WOW look like? Take some time to design it, have fun with it. Then let me know in the comment section.

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How to Make 2014 Your Best Year Ever!

 

How exciting will 2014 be when you decided to make it your best year ever? What if you intentionally designed your life in such a way that you began to lead yourself, your family, your team or your organization to achieve peak performance? Do you have goals? Do you have an action plan? What do the different parts of your life look like? Have you taken the time to truly design your life? If you’re married, have you and your spouse collectively gone through the process of creating the life you passionately desire? Do you have a written action plan?

The vast majority of people walking this planet have no idea what the rest of their life is going to look like. They are walking around as wandering generalities, majoring in minor things, and mastering the mediocre. Why not decide today to live an extraordinary life of fun, happiness and adventure? 2014 will be a spectacular year for you because I know you have made the choice to take the necessary actions to create your desired results.

Now, what areas of your life are you going to prioritize in 2014? Take the time right now to begin the process. Stop reading NOW and write down  the one area of your life that if you focused on it starting today, will have the greatest positive impact. This will only take a few minutes so let’s do this exercise together. Please, STOP and write it down! This is the beginning of making 2014 Your Best Year EVER! it’s simple, let’s do it NOW!

If you’ve raised your hand as a leader, you have a responsibility to lead yourself first. If you can’t lead yourself and have no action plan for the future, how do you expect to lead others? If you have no written action plan, how can you, with integrity expect your team to have one? In fact, if you don’t have a specific written plan, you can’t possibly teach anyone else how to create one. You must lead by positive example.

Another question is, “Who’s your coach?”

Have you identified those individuals who can help you move from where you are today to where you want to go in the next year and beyond? This is NOT your peer group! It’s someone who has been where you want to go, who has the experience to help you grow into your life by asking you the tough questions. Also note, a mentor is NOT the same as a coach. Again, a coach is someone who is going to help you find the answers within yourself, to find your passion, define your purpose and support you in the creation of a life of intentionality.

Again I ask, “Who’s your coach?” If you want to achieve amazing results, live a dynamic, adventurous, purpose driven life that’s fueled by unparalleled passion, and zest for life find a coach who can help you achieve the lifestyle you desire. If you think that I can be that coach for you, just leave a comment in the comment section of this blog and I will be in contact with you.

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Thought to Ponder:

What can you do now to intentionally design your best year ever? Leave a comment below and let’s hear what our community has to say.

 

Welcome To The Message From the Road – 3 Keys to Happiness

Greetings my friends! Welcome to the new edition of The Message From the Road. What you may ask is The Message From the Road all about? The answer is, it’s an exciting new version of our popular weekly video blog that we have been producing since April of 2011. This weeks message is on the 3 Components to Happiness. I hope you will find it not only enjoyable, but also thought provoking.

Good morning ladies and gentlemen! How are you this beautiful day? As you can see it’s a spectacular day, isn’t it? How blessed I am to be out riding, enjoying this beautiful sunshine, blue skies, and white clouds. It just can’t get any better than this can it?  I am one happy camper!

For some of you this might be your first time joining us, so let me welcome you to The Message From the Road. As I’m out riding my bike, up and down different parts of the country, like this beautiful Pacific Ocean, ideas pop into my head and I’ll stop and talk a little bit about them. Hopefully they are things that you will find interesting and ideas that might be food for thought as you move forward in your life or even into the next day or week.

As I was riding this morning the idea of happiness and success, which seems to be a somewhat recurring theme, kept coming to me. So I thought we could discuss the dichotomy between success and happiness.

It’s interesting when you look at this idea of happiness and you’ve got an external and internal driver. The external says, “When I’m successful I’ll be happy. When I’ve got all the money and I’ve got all the status, and I’ve got all the toys, then I’m going to be happy.” But the internal is a much stronger motivator for most people. Studies have shown that the people that are the most happy have some of the following components in their life.

1. They have a personal growth program, they’re excited about growing personally and they’re involved with other people that are growing. Consequently their outlook on life is just far better, more optimistic and full of excitement.

2. The other part is in their relationships. They have a stronger, healthier, and more fulfilling relationships. Why? Probably because they have a personal growth plan that’s in place and their relationships grow as they grow. They have a support system of like-minded friends and family.

3. They have a strong sense of community. Giving back and a sense of being involved with other people are vital to their happiness.

When we look at the cultures that are living the longest, that have the highest sense of happiness, where do we find them? We see them in Okinawa, where they have some of the longest living people on the planet. Denmark, that has one of the highest happiness ratings in the world. Bhutan, who has what they call, Gross Domestic Happiness. That’s how they are measuring the success of their communities, government, and country, on the happiness of the people.

Not one of those I just mentioned has had status or income as part of the driving force. So what’s going to make you happy the rest of your life? Is it the external things? You know, “When I get that car, I’m going to be happy. When I get that promotion I’m going to be happy. When I get married I’m going to be happy.”

Or is it taking a look at yourself and asking, “How can I grow? How can I increase my relationships to the point where they are energized and fulfilling? What am I doing to give back to my community, to the rest of the world, or to the rest of the country?”

So these are just some thoughts for you to consider as we move into 2014 and beyond. I hope that you have enjoyed todays message.  Please pass it along if you believe it’s been valuable. Until next time…

Keep on growing, keep on learning and keep on leading! It’s a choice! Your choice and mine!

Question: How would you grade yourself on personal growth, relationships and community? How would you grade your Gross Domestic Happiness?

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The REAL SECRET to becoming a Super-Achiever

Everyone is looking for “The Secret”! You have seen the movie, read the books, listened to authors by the hundreds who have shared their formula for achieving your dreams. Yet why is it that people are still in a state of confusion around living life with maximum enjoyment and happiness?

I believe it’s because we make it far too complicated! So today I thought I would give you my K.I.S.S. philosophy for success, harmony and happiness.

KEEP IT SIMPLE SILLY!

D x F x A = Success (Whatever that means to you)

Why is it that so few people actually live up to their potential, become the best version of themselves and fulfill their legitimate needs? The reason is that we are too busy pursuing our illegitimate wants. The reality is that you can never get enough of what you don’t really need. Fulfillment comes from having what you need. The whole world is chasing illegitimate wants with reckless abandon. We must learn to move beyond our superficial wants and begin to discover our deepest desires.

D=Desire: A desire is a want with meaning. Our deepest desires are things we want because we know they will help us become the-best-version-of-ourselves. Napoleon Hill calls it a “Burning Desire”. Not an everyday desire but a desire so attached to your heart that it guides you to fulfillment and happiness.

F=Focus: Two stories of Super Achievers made a significant impact on my DESIRE to begin to apply this principle. The first is about Sir Richard Branson who was asked to be keynote speaker at a major corporation for $100,000 for one hour. His people were contacted and they immediately replied that Sir Richard wasn’t interested. Undaunted the corporation came back with $250,ooo and we’ll send a private plane and from the time he hits the ground to the time he’s back on the plane will be no more than an hour. Sir Richard Branson declined. Ok then $500,ooo was the offer! The response…”Sir Richard is not available at ANY price, he is focused on ONLY three projects and won’t be distracted by anything!”

The second example is from billionaire Warren Buffet who says, and this is paraphrased “out of 100 projects that are brought my way, I will only get involved with perhaps one.” How focused are you? What are you willing to say NO to, in order to make room for what you should say YES to? Years ago I heard an acronym for FOCUS which has stuck with me: Follow One Course Until Successful. All Super Achievers FOCUS!

A=Action: Without this key element no success is possible. An old sage once asked the question to his students, “If you had five birds sitting on a wire and three decided to fly off, how many birds would you have left?” All the students chimed in, “You would only have two left master!” The wise sage replied “No, you would still have five. You see the three decided to fly off but they never took the action and actually flew away.”  So many of us go through life making decisions to do things yet we never ACT on the decision!

So very simply, THE SECRET, is to get a Burning DESIRE, FOCUS on that desire and ACT to become the Best-Version-Of-Yourself possible. Success is possible, become a Super Achiever and begin NOW!

What is your answer to these questions? 

1).  I have a burning desire to______________________.

2). I will say NO to _______________, to make room for __________________.

3). I will take action on _______________ to become a Super Achiever

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The World Needs Your Art!

Yes, I will take requests! No not to sing, you guys would not be all that impressed and would probably unsubscribe from my blog (Please Don’t)! The request was for another post that contained another poem. So I combed the archives of my up coming book, The Architect of Dreams, and pulled this one out for your review and hopefully comments.

Many of you know that I often sign off my work with “Make today a masterpiece” and this poem was really the genesis of that sign off. It means a lot to me and gives me direction as I lead my daily life.

My hope is that as you read this little poem, you will ponder how to make your life a masterpiece and take the necessary action to live your life with purpose and passion. So enjoy and I hope to hear from you soon.

THE MASTERPIECE

They supplied me with the canvas,

The colors and a brush.

Set them on an easel,

Out the room they quickly rushed.

I stared upon a massive void,

Only emptiness did I see.

Realizing that the design,

Was completely up to me.

What was the subject of my art?

Which colors would I use?

The patterns that I did paint,

Would be the ones that I would choose.

The tools lay before me,

They all had been supplied.

Would I create a masterpiece,

Or a work that was despised?

As I viewed the pallet,

My eyes danced as they did feast.

Upon all the colors I could choose,

To paint life’s masterpiece.

Questions to Ponder: Are you taking time to reflect on your life? What do you want your masterpiece to look like? What is the legacy you want to leave behind? What does the ARTIST in you want to say, do or become?

Join our community of ARTISTs today! Each of us is an ARTist, someone with A Realized Talent! The ARTIST in you is crying to be heard, the world needs your ART. Share it!

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