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 You to Join! Message From the Road #89

It’s time to join the REVOLUTION! Watch this weeks Message From the Road and come join me. Your life will never be the same!

What revolution am I talking about? I’m talking about a health revolution. The whole point of this blog is to encourage adventures in healthy leadership. When I talk about healthy leadership I’m not just talking about getting healthy physically.  When we talk about being healthy we have to look at our entire life.

When I look at leaders I look to see how they’re doing in all aspects of their life. Are they congruent with what they’re saying  and what they’re doing? I believe it’s very important that we analyze the different areas of our lives and ask, “How can I get better? How can I become the best version of myself in every area of life?” Why not utilize all the gifts and talents that God has given us so that we can pay Him back for this magnificent life that we’ve been given?

So as we go through the rest of this week and year, I’d like you to come join me. Just make the decision today, get committed to becoming healthier. Become the best version of you! What would your finances look like? What would your spiritual life look like? What about physically, emotionally, mentally, all your relationships? What would your life look like if you were living at peak performance and living a life of abundance?

The recurring theme is gratitude, abundance and becoming the best version of ourselves. That’s what it means to get healthy and I want to challenge you to come join me on this amazing quest! Let’s do it together! Teamwork makes the dream work! Nobody has ever accomplished anything really great by themselves.

So when you’re looking at how you’re going to become the best version of yourself, ask yourself, “Who’s my coach?” In all the different areas of your life, do you have coaches? Sometimes these coaches come in the form of books, audios or seminars until we have the opportunity to actually meet these people and be able to invest.  We definitely should be investing in ourselves by what we read, listen to, and who we associate with.

Let’s make the choice that we’re going to get healthy. That we’re going to become real healthy leaders, not faux leaders but true healthy leaders. We all know that the first person we have to learn to lead is ourselves, Right? That’s why I get out on the road and work at becoming the best version of me physically. It helps me mentally, emotionally and gives me the energy that I need in order to do what I want to accomplish in life.

So, until next time, keep on growing, keep on learning and keep on leading! Make the decision to become a healthy leader!

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JOIN THE REVOLUTION! IT’S FUN TO GET HEALTHY!

Question: What action, if you do it today, will start you on your journey? Let me know in the comments below.

Your LEGS Are Vital: Message From the Road #88

How important are your LEGS? That was my thought as I was riding today. I’ve been riding hard the past couple of days and so my legs are a bit tired and sore. The pain brought awareness to my body and I started to think of my legs in a different manner. Watch today’s Message From the Road as I explain my thoughts!

How important are your LEGS? No, I’m not talking about the legs I’m peddling my bike with, but something far more important.  The LEGS I’m talking about is the acronym LEGS. I’m reading a book by Allen R. Hunt, Life’s Greatest Memories and he asks his readers to consider LEGS in this manner.

L=Love all you canIn the Bible it mentions, Faith, Hope and Love, and the greatest of these is LOVE. Why not look at our every day life and all the people we come in contact with, and just exude love to all. Remember, we get back what we are becoming so why not be love. We get so wrapped up in our everyday life that we often forget the importance of love and how to treat people.

E=Earn all you can: Money is not the most important thing in the world (love is) but next to air it has a fairly significant impact, right? Most people around the world are struggling due to a lack of money and economic stability. So what action do we need to take to change our circumstances and begin to earn more? If you need guidance, give me a call and I will be happy to coach you.

G=Give all you can: We get back what we put out into the world and we can give with our heart, with a smile, a kind word, or a compliment. It doesn’t have to be with money alone. We can give of ourselves with our time, our energy, and give our love and in return love and abundance will flow to us.

S=Save all you can: We are an over consuming society and we let our emotional wants get in the way of living the kind of life that we really want because we’re not saving enough. There’s a classic book, The Richest Man in Babylon, by George S. Clason and in it he talks about the importance of tithing and paying yourself first, then paying your bills. If you don’t you will never have money in the challenging times.

So get the LEGS that will help you live a life of abundance, live a life of LOVE, have the things in life you want and have the kind of success you desire.

So my friends keep on learning, keep on growing and keep on leading!

Consider this exercise: Look at your life and what can you do starting now, to make your LEGS more attractive?

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You Deserve This Wonderful Gift! Message From the Road #87

Start looking for this and you just might change your life! I believe it will! Hey I was out riding today and I thought I’d share a little habit I’ve created as I’m out on the road. Watch this Message From the Road and let me know how you think it will change your lifestyle.

The habit I’ve created started a few years ago. If I see some money laying on the ground, I’ll stop and pick it up. I did that twice today and in doing so, I found 2 pennies and a dime, 12 cents. WOW! It’s not so much that I collected this massive amount of money, but what I do as I’m picking it up. As I pick up the money, I will say  this little prayer, “Thank you God for this symbol of abundance that continually flows to me.” Each time, as silly as it sounds, I am just so grateful for having spotted those few coins.

Now, abundance can come in a lot of different ways, can’t it? It can definitely come in the form of money. It can come in the form of being abundantly healthy. Abundance in having magnificent relationships, right? Abundance continually flows to us if we’re doing what? Constantly looking for it and being grateful for what we already have.

Abundance will come in its appropriate time. So I want you to start thinking about that. Start intentionally looking for the abundance that’s all around you right now! Abundance that we go right by every day without taking notice. I imagine that hundreds and possibly thousands of cyclists went by this same 12 cents, but never stopped. I saw it, stopped, and picked it up. Why? Because I’ve become aware, and I look for it on every ride and I’m rarely disappointed. It is only a symbol, but I’ve created the habit of looking for it.

That’s the key! When we start looking for the gifts that are out there, you are going to find them. So what are we looking for? Are we focusing on the big picture or are we looking at the small details? The stuff that really is going to allow us to live the kind of life that we want.

So until next week, this is Greg Drolet saying, “Keep looking for the abundance that surrounds you daily, be grateful for what you have in your life, and keep on growing, keep on learning and keep on leading.

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Point to Ponder: What symbols of abundance are around you that perhaps you’ve been overlooking? If you became more aware and intentional, what would you find?

 

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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