Morning Motivator – The Hard Truth of Honesty

"Each time you are honest and conduct yourself with honesty, a success force will drive you toward greater success. Each time you lie, even with a little white lie, there are strong forces pushing you toward failure."
-Joseph Sugarman

What is the hardest thing about being TRULY honest in your thoughts and actions? I believe it's the FEAR of rejection. When someone is being wholly honest they are, in a sense, making themselves very vulnerable for rejection. When you are honest, nothing is sugar coated and the results are never known to be positive or negative – there can be a lot of anxiety and fear. At the root of it all - No one likes to be rejected and more over no one likes to be vulnerable. Yet, how many successful people have never been rejected? (sound familiar?)

Consider this though – if you are not truthful with someone, how can the results of any actions or discussion be positive? If your ability to ENHANCE a relationship – business, personal or spiritual – is based on half-truths, then what is the FOUNDATION for success? One must understand that success bred from a false beginning will result in EMPTY SUCCESS. You will likely achieve the outward shell of what others think is success – but you will know the truth.

Here is your SUCCESS (action) step – Examine the "SUCCESSES" you have achieved in your life – car, house, money, boats, etc – and write down what about those possessions makes you SUCCESSFUL. Then write down what you define your PERSONAL SUCCESS – business and relationships – looks like and should be. Make sure they align. Next, take any and all steps to secure the BEST fits while quickly disposing of the WORST fits. This will be your first step towards an HONEST feeling of COMPLETE SUCCESS.

Your ability to achieve your dreams is more powerful than your understanding – confidently move forward and enjoy the rewards. Make this weekend a great one!

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Morning Motivator – Giving Advice with ACTION

"He that gives good advice builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example builds with both."
-Francis Bacon
Admittedly, I sometimes feel like an advice columnist in writing the MM.  Most interestingly, guess who is disciplined in providing counsel yet fails to listen to the advice?  Yes… me.
I enjoyed a discussion last night with someone who's opinion I highly value and I revealed that the core motivations of the Morning Motivator are to motivate my most valued relationships … and myself.  Why myself?  Simply put – I am like everyone else and need an occasional "pick me up" and need help to get motivated.  Most importantly – I (like you) MUST take ACTION to be successful and achieve my dreams!! 
I sincerely hope that each of you gain an intrinsic value from this daily emotional supplement and through my passion you are driven to take ACTION STEPS to be successful.  You will notice that every MM has a driver towards ACTION – "Take the first step; try it for 15 minutes; make that call; etc."    Know and understand that talk without action is noise, action without talk is still ACTION!
Today your ACTION STEP is this – identify the ways in which you counsel trusted colleagues, loved ones, associates, etc. and make sure that have a specific action steps DETAILED for them.  If you plan to email advice, make a special section for "Advised Action";  if in a discussion,  ask the person "what is your next step?" – always be mindful that if someone asks YOU for advice, it's because you ARE the perceived EXPERT.  They value your thoughts and more over want to learn from your experience – help them by advising and providing specific examples of action.   You are not crippling or bailing them out – you are EMPOWERING them by providing direction.
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Morning Motivator –Making the Right Sacrifices

"You must be willing to do the things today others don't do in order to have the things tomorrow others won't have."
-Les Brown, Live Your Dreams
Sacrifice (noun)-  the surrender of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher.  Lets break this down a bit.  What is PRIZED/VALUED?  Time, money, convenience, comfort, happiness.  What could be considered HIGHER value?  Freedom, wealth, ownership, relaxation, joy
Do you ever consider what you are holding onto so tightly today that may be better to let go so you can reap rewards later?  How many strategic sacrifices are you making daily, weekly, annually for the betterment of yourself or others?  I am not one to preach at people and surely am not a saint – I do want you to consider the path you are on.  Is your path paved in challenge and growth?  Does it include many uneasy and comfortable moments knowing you will achieve your dreams at the end?  If not… its OK!  You can change that.
Sit today at lunch, tonight at home or sometime this week and spend 20 powerful minutes clarifying your vision for the next year.  Where do you want to be?  What do you want to accomplish?  Who needs to be a part of that vision?  The spend 10 empowering minutes writing out the SINGLE next step.  :: Do not layout the entire process ::  Focus ONLY on the FIRST step and what actions need to be taken.  This will allow you to begin your journey to FREEDOM, WEALTH, OWNERSHIP, RELAXATION and JOY!
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Morning Motivator – The Gift of Difficulty

"Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty."
-Henri Frederic Amiel

Every day we are faced with difficult situations. Some we are unaware of and some we know of the day before they happen. Difficulty make include a stressful meeting, a tough sales call or even having let someone go. All very challenging situations to the mind, body and spirit. However, ask yourself this… What was the last situation that I grew most from? (time to think provided) OK – so? Probably not an easy situation, eh? My best growth has always come from what I thought were the "worst" situations.

So you are facing a tough day … relish in it! This is a great day for YOU to GROW. Take the challenge head on and do not accept defeat as an option. If you are struggling with an associate – talk to them, a project – schedule time to complete and see it through, a personal situation – identify how you overcome it and take the first step forward! I had someone recently advise me by saying, "Don't be afraid to take action. Just take a step. Even if it is in the wrong direction, at least it IS a direction." (very wise)

Don't be afraid to take that step. ACTION is the most vital key to battling through difficulty and uncovering the JOY of accomplishment and overcoming fears. Push your limits and know that you can always take a step in a different direction, as long as you have some direction to begin.


Morning Motivator – Living Through Your Imagination

"Live out of your imagination instead of out of your memory."
-Les Brown

For sports fans, we often hear an announcer say – "that player needs to have a short memory." What this implies is the ability for a high performing athlete to forget a previous play where he/she may not have performed at top level and FOCUS on achieving their goal in the next opportunity. Question: Do you have a short memory or live out of your memory?

As professionals, we are often judged by our past and the actions that have occurred prior to this days opportunity. Admittedly, I agree the past is a good indicator of future behavior, however, I also KNOW that YOU have control of YOUR future. You own your ability to take the ACTION to live out of your imagination – be anything, do anything and achieve everything. It is your mind's eye that holds the limitations of your abilities and also holds the key to the REAL dreams you hope to accomplish.

You have been blessed with many great talents, most of which no other person can duplicate! Live through your greatest attributes, focus on your life visions and achieve the goals you KNOW you can… while you show everyone you are able to be EXACTLY what you always KNEW you could! Make this week a week of imaginative success and accomplishment. Cheers to your SUCCESSES!

- Zach

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