Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Be Happy in All Circumstances

Would you like a simple tip for being happy in all circumstances?  Be grateful.  That's it.  Remember to say thank you for every blessing, every opportunity and every lesson that comes your way.  Be in the moment.  Savor it.  Enjoy the people around you.  Have a great day.  Thank you for visiting today.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

How much opportunity can you see?

I know a lot of Monday morning quarterbacks.  They stand around at the water cooler complaining about all the mistakes others make.  Their hindsight may be 20/20 but these are the same people who never take the field and try new things, especially when the outcome is uncertain.  I stand with the courageous – the ones willing to take risks. 

How much opportunity can you see in your life?  Are you willing to hand off the football to your team-mates or throw a deep pass into the end zone against double coverage?  Phil Rivers, veteran quarterback of the San Diego Chargers, is one of my heroes.  His field of vision extends beyond the game he plays so well this time of the year.  He never appears to be afraid, even when his opponents are piling on top of him.  He's a believer, a man of faith.  If there's anyone on the this planet capable of going one on one with the Evil One, my money is on Phil.  He knows the final score and he knows which side is drawing up the winning plays.  If you want to see the master plan of your life, have courage and your whole life will be revealed while you're huddling in prayer.  Have a great day.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Pace Yourself

The hands of time never stop.  Neither should you.  You have work to do.  Keep going.  The key to winning the race is to pace yourself.  Your mind will go the distance if you commit to feeding it positive thoughts and your body will thrive if you eat properly and avoid pushing beyond your limits.  Whatever you do, don't stop.  I'm cheering for you.  Have a great day.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

How Daily Routines Help You Reach Your Goals

If your road to success is hindered by potholes and roadblocks, you may be missing something that can help you make your journey smoother – daily routines.  For me, it's like having an organized checklist that I repeat daily.  If something isn't working, I delete it from my list of routine habits.

Ask the people around you what if they follow routines.  You may find that the people in your life who are never tardy are the ones who follow organized patterns of behavior.  They may appear calm and relaxed.  The individuals who fly by the seat of their pants don't believe in habits.  Decide which people in your life seem to have it all together and model your behavior patterns after them.  Try this for one year and see if this helps you reach your long-term goals.  Have a great day.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

How to Minimize Your Financial Stress

Imagine you're on a road trip and you notice the temperature gauge approaching the red zone as you climb the mountains.  Your stress levels increase and you feel butterflies in your stomach.  It's the same feeling you get when you're not sure if you can handle the mountain of debt piling up from years of out of control spending.  Ignoring that red light on the control panel won't make the problem go away.  Eventually, you will find yourself stranded on the side of the road.

The best time to fix your financial radiator is right now.  Check for leaks under the hood.  Are you spending money on things you don't really need?  Why not start stashing extra cash in a white envelope that you can tap into the next time you encounter a road hazard?  Treat your finances like monthly car maintenance and don't put of necessary repairs.  Plan ahead for emergencies.  Pay as you go.  Live within your means.  You can stay on the road a long time with proper planning and a little bit of discipline.  Have a great day.

Friday, October 21, 2016

How to Overcome the Challenges of Change

It's impossible to change a person who doesn't want to change.  Show me a miserable person who has no desire to improve his or her attitude and I'll show you a lost cause.  Be careful.  Misery loves company and you may get sucked in if you're betting you can make a difference and you stay too long.  The secret to inspiring change is to get others to want to change.  That's it.  It's so simple.

You may be wondering: How do I get others to want to change?  You need to convince them that the idea you're offering will somehow make their lives better than the current course of action.  The solution must appear more valuable than the cost to make the change.  Make your solution bite-sized, meaning easy to swallow in tiny portions.  I'll share an example from my days as a tennis instructor.  I met people who told me there was no way they could ever learn to play tennis because they were too uncoordinated or the game was too complicated.  I told them something one of my mentors shared, "there are only four mistakes you can make and once you understand how to correct them you can be your own coach and master the game on your own."  The four mistakes are hitting the ball into the net, hitting the ball over the back line called the baseline, or too far to the right or the left.  The tilt of the racket determines if you're hitting in the net or long and the timing of the swing determines if the ball is going left or right.  Adjusting the tilt and/or the timing of the swing allows the ball to remain in play.  Done.  Now you can play tennis.  If you don't believe me, you will never pick up a racket and try.  That's okay.  This story is not for you.  But if you do believe me, I'll see you on the courts.  You are now an overcomer of challenges.  Congratulations.  Have a great day.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Lab Rat Completes 45 Day Caveman Food Experiment

Paige Powers is celebrating today.  She just completed 45 days as a volunteer in the Caveman Food Experiment and checked in 15 pounds lighter.  I asked Paige to keep detailed notes about her food journey so her story can be included in my next book scheduled for release on May 1, 2017.  Paige admits this experiment is challenging, mainly because of the peer pressure.  45 days can seem like a lifetime.  The good news for Paige is she now has a lifetime to enjoy the benefits of her food changes.

The Caveman Food Experiment started over one year ago when my cousin asked me to be his lab rat in Phase I.  I lost 33 pounds of mostly body fat, reduced my bad cholesterol by 50%, doubled my good cholesterol and rid my body of inflammation which caused my blood pressure to enter the danger zone.  In the second phase, I asked friends and family members to give the experiment a try.   They ate mostly fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and seeds.  Two people in the group each lost 13 pounds.  The number one objection was dealing with loved ones who prefer fast food over caveman food.  Paige Powers refused to give in to the intense peer pressure.  Her primary motivation was seeing the results every day when she stepped on the scales.  She commented that her energy levels are higher than ever.  Three of Paige's friends are now joining the experiment.  Stay tuned for the rest of the story.  Have a great day.