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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” . . .

Code of Ethics ~ Thanks Napoleon Hill

 I was recently reading the book “The Law of Success” by Napoleon Hill (excellent book, I highly recommend it) and I came across his Code of Ethics.

Napoleon Hill’s Code of Ethics

  • I believe in the Golden Rule as the basis of all human conduct; therefore, I will never do to another person that which I would not be willing for that person to do to me if our positions were reversed.
  • I will be honest, even to the slightest detail, in all my transactions with others, not only because of my desire to be fair with them, but because of my desire to impress the idea of honesty on my own subconscious mind, thereby weaving this essential quality into my own character.
  • I will forgive those who are unjust toward me, with no thought as to whether they deserve it or not, because I understand the law through which forgiveness of others strengthens my own character and wipes out the effects of my own transgressions in my subconscious mind.
  • I will be just, generous, and fair with others always-even though I know that these acts will go unnoticed and unrewarded in the ordinary terms of reward-because I understand that one’s own character is but the sum total of his own acts and deeds.
  • Whatever time I may have to devote to the discovery and exposure of the weaknesses and faults of others I will devote, more profitably, to the discovery and correction of my own.
  • I will slander no person — no matter how much I may believe another person may deserve it — because I wish to plant no destructive suggestions in my own mind.
  • I recognize the power of thought as being an inlet leading into my brain from the universal ocean of life; therefore, I will set no destructive thoughts afloat upon that ocean lest they pollute the minds of others.
  • I will conquer the common human tendency toward hatred, envy, selfishness, jealousy, malice, pessimism, doubt, and fear — for I believe these to be the seeds from which the world harvests most of its trouble..
  • When my mind is not occupied with thoughts that tend toward the attainment of my definite goal in life, I will voluntarily keep it filled with thoughts of courage, self-confidence, goodwill toward others, faith, kindness, loyalty, love for truth, and justice-for I believe these to be the seeds from which the world reaps its harvest of progressive growth.
  • Because I know that my character is developed from my own acts and thoughts, I will guard with care all that goes into its development.
  • Because I realize that enduring happiness comes only through helping others find it, and that no act of kindness is without its reward, even though it may never be directly repaid, I will do my best to assist others when and where the opportunity appears.

Great Code of Ethics isn’t it?  Make it your own and share it with others.

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You know, you are never to old to love a Disney Production.

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.

deep endReal Change only happens when you WANT IT, and WANT IT A LOT MORE THAN YOU FEAR IT, and want it a lot more than you fear STAYING RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE NOW. ‘Til then, you will only commit to the level of dipping your toe in the deep end of the “Change Pool” and lie to yourself that this “proves” you are at least “TRYING” to change.


                                                                – Scott Abel

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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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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Inspiration From the Milk Shed

Shane —  September 6, 2012 — 1 Comment

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Inspiration From the Milk Shed

How do you make inspiration happen? What does that look like?

I remember hearing a friend of mine share a story of how his Dad impacted his life. I assumed it would be one of those amazing athlete stories or some real tough guy sort of thing. What he shared was not at all what I was expecting.

My friend’s dad, Mr Winchester, was a dairy farmer and the story took place at the milking shed when my friend was a young kid. Mr Winchester was going about the daily routine of milking the cows when one of the cows pooh-ed on his head and it went all the way down into his boot. (Yeah. I know, gross. Bare with me a moment.) His son shared with us that his Dad said nothing. He didn’t get angry about it, he just walked over to the hose and washed it off as if to say “no worries, Mate”. There was no out burst of anger or frustration, he simply went straight back to work.

I think about how I may have reacted. I think the first words out of my mouth would have been very similiar to what just came out of the cow. “Oh …. Pooh” And that would have been just the begining of my verbal out-burst. Somewhere in the midst of my retaliation I can imagine my pooh filled boot ending up connecting with the cow’s back side.

Mr Winchester’s son was 20 years old when he shared this childhood memory with us. He was inspired by his father, a man who modeled self control and consciously chose his response instead of losing his temper.

This was not a planned event with the intention of teaching his son this life lesson. Rather it came about simply through a man living his everyday ordinary life.

Thank you Mr Winchester for the example you were to your son. Not only did you impact his life but mine as well. And now I am passing on that inspiration.

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