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The Journey. . . .

Mike —  March 12, 2017 — 2 Comments

Enjoy the Journey!

Five years ago I wrote a piece on Great Expectation. Little did I know what was about to happen. Many great things certainly and some pretty painful things too.

This is about staying positive in light of big changes. This is about staying in the moment and noticing all the things going on around me even when i would rather bury my head. And this is about needing support to keep my head above water – much less stay positive. So you see, I’m far from having “arrived.”

The big thing that has dominated my life was a vaccination that led to a condition that has caused paralysis of my feet and requires infusions every three weeks to keep it from getting even worse.

And let’s not focus on the “what”? Many people have far worse “whats” – I just wanted you to know mine so that you understood what challenged me.

The real question is what have I learned?

I have learned that l have the grace to get through any situation when the situation occurs and generally not a moment before.

I have learned that my family is incredible. Just like grace, when needed they were immediately there and I couldn’t be more grateful.

I have learned I have amazing friends all over this planet and that their location doesn’t matter, and their love and support matter a lot.

I have learned I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength even when my faith gets challenged and I am less then understanding in that time. He was there and I am humbled by that love and forgiveness.

I have learned that challenging myself to keep my heart grateful and my mind focused are the cornerstones of being relentlessly positive.

Was I always positive? No way – far from it and for those that journeyed with me – well you know that’s a fact. And yet when I got back to a place of gratitude the real me emerged again.

Special thanks to my family and friends who have stood with me, supported me and prayed for me. It’s a debt I can never repay and I am filled with gratitude.

Today, I see life as an amazing adventure and I’m excited for what’s next. It’s fulfilling and fun.

So I will challenge you with this . . . Are you living life looking back at what has happened and what could have been?

Or are you living and loving in the moment with great expectation for “what’s next”?

Let’s do this! Let’s do this together!
“As one” you all . . . “As one” . . .

The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel. ~Steve Furtick

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Here is a cool Disney short to encourage you, even inspire you for Valentine’s Day.

And for our email subscribers, it may not be in your email.  We sure are sorry about that.  AND its worth visiting the website to see.

Enjoy!  And thank you Disney, for years of great entertainment.

Think about these things . . .

Mike —  September 28, 2012 — Leave a comment

Inspiration and Motivation

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
~Philippians 4:8-9

Inspired. . . by You!

Mike —  September 27, 2012 — 1 Comment

Inspired. . .by You!

Inspiration and MotivationSo I asked what inspired you and got awesome answers. I’ll let you go back and read the answers from a few days ago if you missed them. Thanks to Alan, Patty, Norman and Juanita and whoever else chooses to answer after I write this. We appreciate your feedback and answers from the heart.

What I love about the answers is that they are so diverse. So get this. . . The answer to “What Inspires You?” . . . is whatever you want it to be!!! There is no right answer. And the answer might change from day to day, minute to minute. Or the answer might be the same for a lifetime. Only in your heart do you really know the answer. How amazing is that?

The answer for you might be a person . . . a team of people . . . or a sunset . . . a smile . . . or even the sound a screaming unmuffled V8 engine. (See, if you didn’t go read the great responses, you will now!).

I love Alan’s observation that what inspires me, might just be very similar to what I am grateful for. That’s definitely true.

My answers? My family, amazing grandparents, friends for as many as 35 years, driving fast cars, high Alpine lakes, ocean waves, and many amazing coaches and Inspiration and Motivationmentors that I also get to call friends.  Another thing that inspires me every day is . . . all of our readers and fans!  I wonder what you are creating in your life and as we share with you whatever is on our hearts and minds. . . things we may never know. . . but trust that you are creating great things and being inspired.

A great reason for answering this question is to be AWARE of the things that get you inspired. Know who or what gets you excited and motivated so you can focus on it anytime you want.

If you already know, great. If you don’t know, take the time to make a list. Be ready for the next time that inspiration is lacking in your day . . . or your moment. Because the Dan Millman Quote from yesterday is a great way to live your life. . .

This moment is the only thing that matters.

And why would you waste a single moment being uninspired?


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Peaceful Warrior – Millman

Mike —  September 26, 2012 — Leave a comment

Inspiration and MotivationA few of my favorite quotes from the movie. . . 

This moment is the only thing that matters.

There is never nothing going on.

There is only the journey.

~Dan Millman

Who Inspires You?

Mike —  September 25, 2012 — 6 Comments

Who Inspires You?

I have been watching “The Voice” this year. The stories of some of the contestants are heart wrenching, beautiful, exciting, tear-jerking, and yes, Inspiring. I totally enjoy watching people from all types of backgrounds going out and pursuing their dream, no matter what the past looked like, and sometimes because of what it looked like.

Inspiration and Motivation for You!This caused me to ask myself, and now you, this question, Who Inspires You?

The artists of “The Voice” always point back to someone who inspires them in the lowest of low times. Maybe it was a relative, teacher or friend. One thing is certain, they used that encouragement to take themselves on and face their greatest fears. They have a dream and were lifted up by those who inspire them. Nothing will get in their way. . . not even if one of those chairs doesn’t turn around.

I know that I am where I am today because of those who inspired me over the years. I took on challenges because of them. They accomplished much in their lives and I was inspired by their stories. Some are heroes of our time . . . others are heroes just to me, in that moment. All of them were important to me and who I would challenge myself to become.

So how about it? Who Inspires You?
When the chips are down, and the mountain ahead is steep, who comes to mind?
When you need that little extra umph, who do you think about?

I’ll tell you some of the people that inspire me in a few days. I would first love to hear your stories. . .
You can pretty much write as long as you want in the comments below. And if you run out of space, leave an additional comment!


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