025 Live On Purpose

Had breakfast with my buddy Jon this morning. Sorta goal update and revival. We got off on a tangent about “the meaning of life,” living your purpose, and other such things. 025 Live On Purpose [ 6:13 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Living your purpose can be difficult because you may spend your lifetime searching for YOUR purpose – if there’s even such a thing to be found. However, you can live ON purpose right now. Today. This second. Here were some thoughts that came up. Maybe they will strike a chord with you and be helpful to your achievement regardless of you goal. Live ON Purpose. Stop being an accident waiting to happen. I am a firm believer that you should be able to lay down at night and know you added value to the world. This might seem silly, but the tip I left the waitress this morning for example. She’s better off. I left a tip on purpose. A tip she would be grateful for. A tip that lets me rest easy tonight for having made another’s life a little bit better. You don’t have to be Mother Teresa to live a meaningful life. You only have to be intentional with the lives around you. Plan On Purpose. Scheduling your week is not just so the calendar is full. Have purpose associated with every activity/task. “Walk for an hour” is much different than “Walk for an hour, burn 400 calories, and work toward becoming a machine so I can play for hours with my kids without collapsing.” One of those is a...

Found: Your Voice!

The Voice on NBC features blind auditions. This is supposedly waaaaaay better than sight auditions where a person’s attractiveness, or lack of, could cause their vocals to take on a different quality to the listener. It’s crazy how the eyes can override the ears like that. Coaches on sight audition programs like America Idol have been heard to say things like “Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Was he singing?” as they wiped their mouths with a napkin after a good looking contestant gave it all they got. Standard Podcast Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Back to The Voice. Blake, Usher, Adam and Shakira don’t get to use their eyes in round 1, so their choices are pure. Once they turn around, you immediately find out what they think about the rest of the package. When looks enter the picture, questionable calls can happen at any moment. Just because someone can sang good doesn’t actually mean they will get to advance. There are two primary reasons good singers go home – even good looking singers… Number one, they sound like the person who recorded the song they performed for the coaches (and all of America!) Yep, some of these singers have the audacity to reproduce the exact style and tone of the person selling 1.3 gagilllion downloads of the single. Can you believe it? Wanting to sound like someone who has enough money to buy a country and then fill said country with inhabitant based solely on fan base? Crazy, right? For example… Contestant sings “Dude Looks Like a Lady” by Aerosmith. He sounds just like Steven Tyler. On top of...

Everybody Wants Their Life to Count

Everybody wants their life to count. Do you believe that? Do you believe that deep down everyone wants their life to count? They want to get to the end of life and look back and see the difference they made? Well, it’s not actually true. There are plenty of people who live only for the selfish moment. Why would I even tell you this? Because… as you are making a difference… as you attempt to make an impact… as you focus on making your life count… there will be those who just don’t care. We tend to think in terms of fairness. If we are kind to someone they will be kind. If we give our best effort it will be rewarded. If we pour out the love then we will be loved – or at least treated with a bit of respect. But it doesn’t always happen that way does it? You’ve done your best, tried your hardest and at times received complete rejection, right? No every time, but occasionally, right? That’s because everyone does not care about their life counting and they don’t care about yours either. Don’t let that discourage you. Don’t let it make you bitter as it does so many. Instead, accept it and continue to serve. Serving and sharing should never be measured by the return. It’s measured only by the selflessness by which we give. And then, regardless of others, your life will count. Success is NOT an Accident, Paul...

Potential

Potential… one of the most lethal words in the success dictionary. “Why don’t you live up to your potential.” “You’ve got so much potential.” “Don’t limit yourself. Reach your potential. You could do so much more than you’re doing now.” First of all, those phrases make it sound like, “Hey, you’re worthless now, but you could be valuable!” Second, even though words of “potential” sound complementary they’re not always. They can make a person feel like they are not living up to some unseen standard. And because it’s based in potential it’s almost impossible to nail down when a person arrives at the destination. Which is actually impossible anyway. Potential is Fluid. For example… take a person who can’t read. What’s his or her potential in today’s world? Well, you really can’t answer it, can you? We haven’t talked about intelligence, athletic ability, skill set, etc. Most would say his potential to become a successful CEO would be severely hampered if not impossible. His potential in this area is low. But what happens if he learns to read? What happens to his chances then? His potential radically shifts because of a new skill. I’m not saying we shouldn’t shoot for the stars or dream big. But let’s take some of the pressure off and stop encouraging people with their potential. If we see something inside someone and we believe they could achieve great things if she applied herself, then let’s HELP her instead of telling her what she could be. The vast majority cannot see in themselves what others see in them. Let’s help them see by helping them...

You Are The One

The #1 excuse or fear I hear the most from speakers is, “Who am I to speak to this group of people? I’m nobody special.” Ok, I know email is not the easiest way to pump you up and give you a motivational shot in the arm, but I’m going to give it my best. First, you are the one to speak if you WANT to be. Every professional speaker began at level none. But they did one thing: They decided. They decided to be the one. One daythey told themselves, “I am going to be an expert in…” And they did it. You can be an expert for a day if you want. Be THE ONE for the subject wherever you speak. Study it. Absorb it. Make a decision that you will be THE ONE who should give the message of your heart…or the message you were assigned. Second, you are unique. There is no other you. Now then, that sounds like a cliché, but it’s not. The way you view life. The way you drink life. They way you engage life. The way you laugh life. The way you scream life. The way you dream life. The way you sip life. The way you smell life. No one does it like you. The pros rely on their personal experiences to add credibility to their messages. What makes this acceptable is the fact that they deliver value through their lives. You can too. You have valuable experiences to share that can help others learn, stretch, and grow. Let me tell you one of my many stories very briefly. Seventeen years ago my wife died unexpectedly....

5.5.5 Advantages of Being Short

I am officially 5.5.5.; or 65.5 inches; or five feet, five and one-half inches tall. I’d always thought I was 5’6” since that’s what my driver’s license says. (Then I remembered that I gave them that number. Hmmmm.) There are hundreds of advantages why it’s great to be short – here are just 5.5.5. #1 Destiny At some point we all start to get shorter – so it’s part of our genetic design. We grow up to a certain age and then nature says… “Nope! Short is better!” Plus you can’t argue that a short person shrinking seems to go a whole lot smoother than with tall people. #2 Clothes I get to shop in the men’s AND boy’s department. #3 Underestimated Even though dynamite comes in small packages it’s easy for the taller crowd to automatically write off someone shorter. A lot of times it’s said that short folk have a Napoleon complex, but I think we should have a Holmes complex. As Zig Ziglar told it… Oliver Wendell Holmes was a respected barrister and a gifted author with many credits to his name. He was smaller than most of the men and women of his time. Somebody once asked him how it felt to be amid people who were much bigger and taller than he was. Possessing a delightful sense of humor, he smiled and said, “I feel like I imagine a dime must feel when thrown in with a bunch of nickels.” #4 Flights Leg room has never crossed my mind. And after watching tall people bend themselves into a seat with their knees up by...