I recently watched "The Sound of Music" for the first time. I am not a fan of musicals but I absolutely loved it. My wife, kids and I sat down and watched it together. It had so many great messages that I think are lacking in our society.
There was one scene that really stood out that I’d like to share. When Maria goes back to the Abbey because she is afraid of falling in love with Captain Von Trapp. Maria thought she had to be a nun in order to love God but Mother Superior tells her, "You have to live the life you were born to live.”
I believe we are all called to live as the greatest versions of ourselves. In order for that to happen we have to do as Mother Superior suggested and live the life you were born to live.
Are you clear on that life you were born to live?
If you don't know the life you were meant to live then how can you create your purposeful and powerful legacy?
Remember the life you live is the legacy you leave.
If you’d like help getting crystal clear on the life you were meant to live put in the comments section put “Let’s do this!"
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Have you ever pushed yourself to the limit and found out there was more?
At the beginning of this year I ran a 50 mile trail race. I was brawling it out with this one guy. We kept yo-yoing back and forth with the lead. I’d feel good, catch up to him and pass him for some miles. Then I’d hit a rough patch and he’d pass me. We did this for the last 25 miles of the race.
With 3 miles to go he had really opened up the distance on me. My legs were dead. I was exhausted and was reduced to walking. Then I saw my son and my father. I remember my dad say, “Come on buddy you have 3 miles to go. You can catch that guy, he’s dying!” I felt a renewed surge of energy. I was filled with focus, drive, and determination. I went from walking and slogging through a 16 minute mile to running 7 minute miles.
My legs let loose.
I could see my prey up ahead on the long dirt road.
I kept getting closer and closer…
I passed him with 1/4 of mile from the finish!
Because I was able to push myself and pass this guy, I won first place in my age group. This was such a powerful experience. It helped me realize that when the body says no, your mind must be committed to move forward. If you can do that, there is no stopping you.
When life pushes you and beats you down; when you think there is nothing left, there is always more. Always. Let loose.
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"I know your time is very limited..."
That is an interesting statement that we hear often. Time is finite but it is equal for all of us - 24 hours per day.
Let me suggest a different perspective to view time. "Your time is prioritized."
How do you prioritize your 24 hours daily?
Look at your actions and you will see your priorities.
Are you purposefully creating the time for the things that matter most in your life or are you letting others dictate your priorities? Your time is a treasure. Invest it in the people and experiences that matter most in your life. Don't just hand this precious treasure over to others to invest it for you.
*A Glimpse Inside*
Have you ever done an inventory of your time?
I did one several months back and I realized that my actions did not show my wife and family as my priority. That was unacceptable and very disheartening because they mean the world to me. After an emotional conversation with my wife, we came up with a plan that made us equally excited to make sure my actions were in alignment with my heart.
I encourage you to do the same.
I am awesome.
Have you ever said that? You should.
In fact, do you know what happens if you say it out loud? More people here it (he, he, he).
Seriously, as a Doctor of Awesomeness I prescribe that you proclaim it 5 times every morning…
I am awesome, I am awesome, I am awesome, I am awesome, I am awesome!
You are a miracle and have something no one else has. YOU.
There is a great quote that says, “You were born an original, don’t die a copy.”
Are you being awesome?
Are you sharing with the world the very essence that is you? Or are you trying to look, be or act like someone else? I think the media what the image ads and commercials is confuse people. They do that with the intent of persuading you to make a purchase. That is why it is important for you to start diving deep inside and ask, “Who am I?”
Once you answer that make sure everyone knows it by the way you speak, write, and connect with others. Don’t hide your gift to the world. Shine brightly for others to learn, admire, and grow from.
Here is what I want you to do. For the next week while driving to work shout out 5 times, I am awesome.. Give it a shot. Shout it proudly and live it daily. You are awesome!
This morning I read a thought by Kute Blackson. He said,
“Your story is just that, a story. You can re-write it at any time.“
Stories can be very powerful. In fact that is how we communicate our past, share our wisdom, teach our lessons, and create our identity. Some stories are great epics that uplift, inspire, and focus the protagonists strength. Unfortunately many people today believe a different story about themselves. Their story usually involves pointing out all the weaknesses of the protagonist. They are written in such a way that the protagonist is now the victim. The protagonist is faced with obstacles that he fails to overcome. The protagonist has no help and no way out of this dire circumstance.
I suggest to you that the choice is yours. You are the author of your story. If you don’t like your story, re-write it.
Going through many drafts is the mark of a masterpiece. Don’t look at the mistakes in your life, the obstacles in your life as failures but as drafts helping you write your masterpiece. Each draft gets you one step closer to your polishing, directing your epic story.
Here is a question I want you to answer:
What 3 ways can you re-write your story so you feel more empowered, more productive, and happier daily?[HINT:] Create the vision of what you want your personal, business, and spiritual life to look like. Once you do that, you will be able to write the epic story built on your strengths.
It has been a while, buddy.
In the past 8 years since we last spoke a lot has happened. First I graduated with my masters in physical therapy and opened my own business. During that time I met my soul mate Christian, Noel’s sister. Anyways, we have been happily married for the almost 6 years and have 2 kids.
Mandy is almost 4 years old and he eats as much as you. I am sad that my grandmother didn’t get to meet him but perhaps since she met you she got a preview of what was to come. He is so smart. He is reading at a 3rd grade level and has a great imagination. He also loves to run. The most he has run with me is 1 mile. The entire time talking, skipping, and jumping.
My little girl Amelie Marie is gorgeous. She melts my heart every time she smiles at me or calls me “daddy”. She is such a girl. Every morning without fail she asks to put on her little bow and her shoes. She gets along great with Mandy and has a certain fierceness about her. I really wish you could have met them both.
Noche buenas have been different without you as there is usually lots more left overs now, LOL. I am sure you and Bola are doing it big up in heaven.
Well I wanted to write this letter because today is Veteran’s Day and I thought you should know that I am truly thankful and grateful for your service, your leadership, and your friendship. Days like today our nation reflects on the many heroes. It is funny Mandy has a thing about superheroes like Captain America, Spider-man, Iron-man, Ice-man…but the real hero is you. It is the many men and women who go to battle to serve and protect our freedom. The men and women who put their lives on the line in order to make tomorrow a little bit safer. The men and women who allow my children not have to worry about tyranny of another nation oppressing us.
I know that it is easy to get caught up in your death mostly because it is so permanent (duh). What inspires me most is not that you sacrificed your life for something you believe (though definitely inspiring) but that you lived. Most people let life happen them. Not you. You lived with honor. You actually made it a great one daily.
It is your life not your death that comforts me.
It is your life not your death that helps me press on further when times are rough.
It is your life NOT your death that has led me to write this letter.
Happy Veteran’s Day my friend.
Fels was my cross country and track teammate at FIU. He was a marine – brave, dedicated, and precise. He was a friend – loyal, fun, and caring. He was a runner – persistent, focused, and man could he run. He was a fan(atic) – ask any team at FIU if Fels went to their game and supported them. they’d say YES! He got thrown out of a few games because of his game day intensity and antics. We will never forget, “Hey ref, YOU SUCK!” Classic.
Marine 2nd Lt. Paul Michael Felsberg died October 13th, 2004.
RIP my friend and thanks for watching over us.
I’m writing a book on Thankfulness.
I want YOU to be in it.
If you are interested please read below and reply if you qualify.
For the past 6 months I have been experimenting with the idea and practice of thankfulness. I started saying out loud 50 things I was thankful for on my way to work or on a run. This soon became known as theDaily50.
What I found was when I was done I felt happier and ready to overcome anything that could and would happen in my day. I was more productive at work and I just enjoyed myself more. After months of experimenting on myself I want to test this on a larger scale so I created the Daily50 Project and I want you to be a part of it if you qualify.
I am looking for cool people to embark on a 21 day journey with me.
Most people can come up with 10-15 things they are thankful for pretty easily but the idea is to stretch yourself and get out of your comfort zone. To dig in and find appreciation and thankfulness in the simple things in life. If you do that for 21 days straight my experience says is your day will go better, make your relationships better, and make you more productive.
I applaud you for taking on this challenge and joining me in this new journey.
P.S. – If you qualify and really want to do this register here.
P.P.S. – To follow some thoughts on twitter search under #Daily50
“I’ve worked 6 days a week for 4 years to improve in a race that lasts 12 seconds.“
– Lolo Jones, US Olympic Hurdler
In 2008 Lolo was leading the field, running the 100m hurdles at the Olympic finals. As she leaped across hurdle 9 of 10, she clipped it with her rear leg. She tried desperately to regain her stride with the finish line within her grasp…
Those agonizing last few seconds seem to drag on as the other runners passed Lolo and left her off the medals podium. As a spectator screaming at the TV I was brokenhearted. After so much time invested into her race, she was the favorite, the fastest hurdler in the world, yet all it took was one moment and the outcome changed…
Have you ever worked hard for something and at the last moment it just fell apart?
What did you do?
Did you give up or did you get back up, dust yourself off, and press on?
I have been guilty of both.
Lolo Jones represented our country again in 2012 and fell short of the medal podium once again. I can bet this is not the last we will see of her. Champions find a way to use their failures as the stepping stones to greater glory. Press on Lolo.
I wanted to share this story of an Olympic competitor because it illustrates the concept of 1%. In order to be a champion or a success in anything you do you must chip away consistently until you get the results you are looking for. Once you get there you have to stay consistent to maintain those results. This concept of the 1% was first introduced to me by business coach Pat Rigsby. Just like that shocking moment watching Lolo clip the 9th hurdle, I had a shocking realization that the concept of 1% is something that everyone can do and you don’t have to be an Olympian.
What is the 1% Concept?
As Pat explained, “Most business owners want to double their business. The problem is you cannot do that in a day…they often get overwhelmed.” He suggests on focusing on getting 1% better every day. It doesn’t seem all that much but it will add up. In a year you will be 365% better than the previous year.
Success then is not necessarily a huge accomplishment, though it can be, but being better than the day before. If you have the vision and patience to stay the course success will be yours. Those are 2 key “if’s”.
How to address the 2 “if’s”…
* First, decide what you want (vision).
* Second, realize that most things that are worth working for are not accomplished overnight. They take patience to see it through over months and years. How long are you willing to work for your goals?
* Finally, take daily action to improve at least 1% closer to your goal.
I Want to Know…
How can you set up a daily action plan to help you get 1% better daily?
I look forward to your answer.
See how this ancient Chinese proverb can help you overcome any adversity that life brings you. I have used it to help guide and push me when I didn’t want to.
“LIFE is not about how many times you get knocked down. It is about how many times we get back up and keep fighting. Quitting is for losers, and quitting ain’t you…” – Rocky