Morning Motivator – My Christmas Wonder

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.
– John 3:16 (KJV)

Annually we celebrate traditional holidays with family, friends and the sharing of gifts. I most enjoy the opportunity to share in smiles with loved ones and finding happiness in a day (or days) where we find a pure acceptance of people as they are made – perfectly by GOD.

Yet, I wonder… what would the world be like ALL the time if we were TRUSTING, CARING, UNSELFISH, COOPERATIVE creatures?
I wonder… what if we pursued actions that SUPPORTED and DEVELOPED others more than ourselves?
I wonder… what if our daily passion was the discovery of IMPROVING others lives, rather than how many new ways to take advantage?
I wonder.

The Christmas holiday and holiday season of other faiths is one that increases our awareness of WHAT WE CAN BECOME AS A RACE if we make the conscious decision to do so. We are reminded that the world struggles and needs of others are GREATER than our self interests and personal lusts. We are focused on the sacrifices ONE man can make for many and how that act of LOVE can affect the world positively for all days to come. Are we focused on applying these GREAT messages? I wonder.

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas holiday and hope that you find great JOY, PEACE and LOVE in your families and friends. And while enjoying these blessed days… consider what steps you can take to improve in the upcoming year. How great can we all become TOGETHER? I wonder.


For my good friend Alan – May today's quote be a motivation for you to share your message too. I welcome you to share your passions.

Morning Motivator – Why Were Brick Walls Made?

"Remember, the brick walls are there for a reason: to give us a chance to show how badly we want something… the brick walls are there to stop the people that don't want it badly enough – the OTHER people." (summarized)
~ Dr. Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon University Professor & Disney Imagineer

Do you have brick walls in your life? Do you feel limited in your ability to achieve? What things are you "sure" you will never be able to accomplish? Think about what you can accomplish and HAVE accomplished in your life thus far… it is pretty amazing huh? Now think about what else you can do – if you firmly DECIDE you WILL accomplish it.

I have been reviewing a speaking series on YouTube and following a series of videos from Dr. Randy Pausch of Carnegie Mellon University. He presents a session on "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" through a series called Last Lecture. I will not into great detail as I would like you to take a moment and view the lecture itself (best link is at -

The critical ideas I pulled from this series were that YOU are capable of achieving anything you DECIDE you want – even when facing difficult times. YOU are capable to becoming as SUCCESSFUL as you DECIDE to become. YOU are able to turn the worst situations or "failures" into the GREATEST accomplishments, when you DECIDE to learn and apply your knowledge. YOU have an UNLIMITED ability to ACCOMPLISH minor and major feats, once YOU DECIDE to apply your skills.



"Experience is what you get, when you didn't get what wanted."
- Dr. Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon Professor, Inspirational Leader

Morning Motivator – Finding “HAPPY” or Overcoming “EMPTY SUCCESS"

"Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony."
~ Thomas Merton

I struggle daily with a difficult concept – AM I HAPPY? Better question may be - What is HAPPINESS? Ask anyone you know what they want in life and most people reply with "I want to be HAPPY". The challenge is… how do you define "happy"? What does happy look like? Taste like? Feel like? More importantly – how do you know when you have achieved it?

Thanks to the help of a trusted friend, I am developing a seminar on "Empty Success" (which you will understand entirely what that means if you have ever found yourself there). The concept is based around the idea of being HAPPY and how a BALANCED life model will drive you to success and "happiness".

Many of us are Rock Stars professionally or personally or spiritually or physically… yet how many of us are BALANCED in all areas. Do you feel SUCCESSFUL? Do you think you SHOULD feel successful? If you are like me, you may have an outward appearance of SUCCESS and ACHIEVEMENT, with a gnawing question… Why do I not FEEL what others perceive? I encourage you to explore this with me. Here is your first step...

1. Get a large piece of paper or white board.
2. Draw a large circle in the center and write "ME" in the middle.
3. Draw lines from the large circle to smaller circles in which you will put labels of the key areas of your life – work, family, recreation, religion, health, finances, friends, etc.
4. Label the smaller circles in GREEN ink for ones you are BALANCED in.
5. Label in RED ink the ones that you are UNBALANCED in.
6. FOCUS on only ONE of the UNBALANCED areas for the next week by writing down ideas of how you can achieve a greater balance.
7. Take these ideas and implement the ONE that will add the most value and work easiest into your system.
8. Spend 30 days on this and move onto the next UNBALANCED circle and repeat.

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Morning Motivator – Believing Your Way To Success

"As soon as you begin to believe in something, then you can no longer see anything else. The truth you believe in and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new."
-Pema Chödrön, The Wisdom of No Escape

BELIEVE THIS: YOU are the most powerful entity on this planet. Do you know why? YOU have the ability to change the world by yourself. How so? By believing in something so deeply that you are able to make others believe too.
Sounds kind of "hippie" huh? (well forgive me as I am from Southern California). I really want you to think about your ability to BELIEVE. When you truly believe in something – is anyone able to shake your confidence in the belief? Doubtful. When you believe is someone's character or ability – are others able to change your mind about the quality of that person? Unlikely. When you believe that YOU are fully capable of achieving a goal – do you fail? Rarely. So what does this all mean?

Simply put – the BELIEF and CONFIDENCE in yourself, your team and your loved ones is the most powerful of all human strengths. When your mind is laser focused on an achievement you BELIEVE you will accomplish – you accomplish it BETTER, FASTER and with more JOY. So what do you believe? Do you believe you are a SUPERSTAR? Do you believe you are deserving and destined for SUCCESS? Do you believe that you are intended for GREATNESS? If not, why?

Evaluate your belief system in respect to your personal talents. Take out a stack of post it notes and write down the skills you have that are above average. Write as many as you believe you have (do not be modest). Then from that stack of post its – pull out the 3 things you do BEST. These are your CORE attributes that add the MOST VALUE to others around you. Find any and all ways to apply these skills in your business and personal life. Once you have identified the STRENGTHS your BELIEVE most in… you WILL find the drivers of your SUCCESS.

I BELIEVE in you… make today a HUGE success!!


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Morning Motivator – Relaxing Your Way to Success

"Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer."
- William S. Burroughs

Deadlines. Sales goals. Quotas. Meetings. Slow responses. Are these the things causing you stress? Have you ever considered how well you perform when under stress, being rushed to complete a task? Most people UNDERPERFORM when they are stressed and respond in REACTIVE manners. So how do you enhance your success ability?

Simple answer: RELAX. Take a deep breath and focus on the IMPORTANT areas of success in your business and/or life. You are at your BEST when you are relaxed and able to focus on high level, strategic applications of your best talents. When you are focused on just "getting through" something, your goal becomes completion, not quality. So what are things you can do to relax?

Try something, then try the opposite – come in earlier to work, come in later, take lots of notes, take few notes, spend more time at home, spend less time, make more cold calls, make fewer. Interestingly, you will find that certain things will work wonders for you and others will be quickly dismissed. Also – keep in mind that YOUR WAY IS NOT ALWAYS THE BEST WAY FOR OTHERS. This is a challenging concept for business owners, managers, and investors. Keep focused of what is IMPORTANT to your success… and help your teams achieve that goal (in their own ways).

Make this week a great week… RELAX – it will be!!


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