Friday, January 20, 2017

Watch Your Reactions

The way you respond to the world around you affects the quality of your life.  What will it be today?  Rewards or consequences?  You decide.  I'm going to pay special attention to my reactions today.  The world is especially volatile and I'm going to make sure my reactions are polite and respectful.  Have a great day. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Can You Pass the Sustainability Test?

Can you go the distance?  That's what sustainability means – the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level.  It's what separates fad diets from permanent lifestyle changes.  Anyone can lose weight in the short term but what about keeping those pounds off forever?  The same is true with relationships.  Anyone can step up to the altar and say yes.  What about that time period after the honeymoon?  How do long-term couples stay together permanently?

I don't have all the answers.  What I do know is my faith is a big factor in my sustainability.  I believe I was created in the image of an all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving God.  He has no beginning and no end.  As God's creatures, we are designed to live forever.  Sure, there's the growing old part and a death scene we all face, but I believe there is something after that lasts forever.  This belief in eternity makes everything else seem less cloudy.  The uncertainty dissipates.  Sustainability is part of my DNA.  I believe I can go the distance.  How about you?  Can you pass the sustainability test?  Give God a try.  He will get you to the finish line and beyond.  All you have to do is ask.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How You Can Change the World

It's happening.  I thought it was some far-fetched dream at first but it's really happening.  And it can happen to you, too.  It starts with an unshakeable belief that you can change the world.  It doesn't matter where you live, how old you are or what you do for a living.  You can be the difference maker.  Ready?  Here goes:
  • Take an inventory of all the gifts you have.  If you're not sure about this step, ask the people closest to you to identify your best qualities.  Write everything down.  These are the ingredients for your "change the world" recipe.
  • Cultivate your gifts.  They work best when they're used on a daily basis.  Practice, practice, practice.
  • Never give up.
  • Don't listen to the naysayers who secretly want you to fail because they're afraid you may succeed if you keep trying.
  • Learn as much as you can, especially from your failures.  
  • Seek out people smarter than you who are willing to share their life lessons with you.  These mentors will teach you how to survive on days when you think your idea about changing the world is impossible.
  • Change the world.
If you need some re-assurance about today's thoughts, please bookmark this page and put a note on your calendar to come back on May 1.  Or, subscribe to this blog and we can work on this idea together, one day at a time.  Today is your day to change the world.  It's time.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

What an Odd Year We're Experiencing

"I'm supposed to root for the Chargers next year?  Say what?"

Nope. I'm not gonna go there.  I know the door's wide open but I refuse to write about politics, other than to say our world is about to be shaken up big time later this week.  Our political world isn't the only one going through upheaval.  Take a look at what's going on in the world of football.  My favorite rivalry is the Raiders vs. the Chargers.  It got so intense that I refused to buy tickets to these games for personal safety reasons.  The weirdness won't stop.  The Chargers are moving out of town to a soccer field in LA and the Raiders are relocating to Vegas.  As John McEnroe would say, "You cannot be serious!"

Odd year or not, I'm counting my blessings.  They tend to be more lopsided in the odd years.  My odd-year good luck streak began in '87 when I met my wife.  We married in '89 and had three kids in '91, '93 and '95.  My first business venture hatched in '05 and my first book was birthed on St. Patrick's Day, 2011.  The second semester of my latest book writing adventure is almost over and it looks like the due date of 5/1 will keep the odd years memorable.  Stay tuned for the rest of the story.  Have a great day.

Monday, January 16, 2017

When a Chapter Ends

It's not the end of the world in San Diego but if you're a Chargers fan like me, it may feel like it.  My heart aches for all the fans.  It feels like losing a family member.  Even the local moving companies are refusing to participate in the relocation.  It's too painful.  While the book may appear to be closed for San Diego, life must go on for some of my favorite people including Phil Rivers, Antonio Gates,  and Charger newcomer Joey Bosa.  I will never forget the amazing Ladainian Tomlinson or "Lights Out" Shawn Merrimen.  These are the people who inspired me to give my best every day.  Now it's lights out in America's finest city for professional football.

There's always some amount of pain associated with the conclusion of a chapter.  It's okay to feel not okay.  In fact, it's part of the healing process.  My last experience with the Chargers took place at the beginning of the 2016 season when my family traveled to an away game in Kansas City.  We dared to enter Arrowhead Stadium decked out in Chargers gear.  We reveled in the magical play of Phil Rivers and company playing their best football ever in the first half.  The crowd was silenced.  Then it happened again.  The other side interrupted our fairy tale vacation with a surprise ending.  Someone turned the lights out.  It was a foreshadowing of a nightmare to come.  I must remind myself, "if it's not okay, it's not the end."  Have a great day.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Descartes Method for Finding Your Food Solution

There's plenty of doubt out there about what foods are right to eat.  René Descartes doubted everything including his own existence.  He discovered the truth when he stripped everything else away.  That's when he found himself.  The only thing left for Descartes to doubt was his thinking.  And if he could think about doubting his own existence, he discovered he must exist!  That's what the caveman food experiment is all about – doubting everything you eat except for five items your ancestors ate without getting sick – fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and seeds.  Are other foods okay?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  When in doubt, toss it out.  Toss the salad?  No.  The dressing? Only if it contains processed ingredients.  Everything else must go including your own preconceived notions about food you learned in school compliments of the people who deliberately mislead you so you would always buy from them.  It's too bad no one ever doubted these so-called experts. 

I know one thing for certain – something I was eating was causing inflammation in my body and it wasn't fruits, veggies, nuts, beans or seeds.  That's all I ate for 45 days.  There are zero doubts in my mind that these five foods are safe.  I'm glad I stripped all the other foods away and ate like a caveman.  The only doubts you will find may come from others who may not be thinking clearly. Their brains are cloudy from all the processed foods messing with the on/off switches in their bodies.  Pretend these people don't exist and doubt everything you eat until you find the truth.  Have a great day. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

How to Spot a Modern Day Caveman

Although the population of modern day cavemen may appear minuscule to the casual observer, there's evidence of a throwback to the days when hunting and gathering was in style.  People at my day job are asking, "what's going on?"  Paige gasped when I told her chapter one is all hers.  Chris is sending me weekly spreadsheets and they're quite revealing.  Week #2 shows 13.8 pounds released in the new year.  The story is unfolding, one chapter at a time, one changed life at a time.  How do you spot these individuals?  Here goes:
  1. Don't look in the fast food establishments.  They don't hang out there.
  2. They're not standing in line to buy buttered popcorn at the movie theater.
  3. You won't find them in hospital waiting rooms – they rarely get sick.
  4. Try checking out the produce section at the grocery store and look for the shopping carts filled with fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and seeds.  They sometimes eat red meat, chicken and fish but in small amounts.
  5. The best way to spot the modern day caveman is to look at his or her waistline.  It's a give-away.  These people don't carry around excess weight like I did before giving the caveman experiment a try and losing 34 pounds of body fat, mostly in my belly.
Thanks, cousin, for helping me spot a caveman in my neighborhood.  I found him in the unlikeliest of places – my bathroom mirror.  It sure beats finding him in a coffin which is where I was headed before the family intervention.  Hello, my name is Michael and I'm a caveman.  Have a great day.