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Our Blog Entries of Inspiration and Motivation on various topics that will support you in moving your life forward!

Choosing Your Attitude!

Finally, Shane back in front of the camera, this time in rainy New Zealand.  And this time.  .  . a challenge about choosing your attitude!  And he does it all in just one minute!  Check it out!


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A Spontaneous Blessing!

Mike —  August 28, 2012 — Leave a comment

A Spontaneous Blessing!!

Inspiration and MotivationHave you ever had a moment when someone you know pops into your head? You know, suddenly, without warning? I am suggesting to you that it is no accident. So the question is, what will you do now?

We have all had it happen. Maybe it’s a best friend, a relative or someone we haven’t seen or talked to in many years. So do you ignore it and go about your day? Or do you realize that we are all connected and that it is a fantastic opportunity handed to you? How will you honor the gift of that thought?

This happens to me all the time now. I think more now that I am tuned into it. If someone pops into my head, I take a moment to connect with that person. Even in the middle of a rushed day, I can send a text, an email, make a quick call, leave an upbeat and encouraging message, etc. I don’t know why they are on my mind, and I am certain it is important. Maybe they are having a fantastic day. . . or maybe just the opposite.

The other day, a friend I have known for 30 years came to mind. We talk pretty often and sometimes for a long time. Well this call turned out to be 30 minutes or so and it was on a specific topic that was on his mind. At the end of the call, he said, “I was going to call you in a day or two, guess right now was the perfect time.” Isn’t that amazing? Certainly no accident.

Inspiration and MotivationOf course there are lots of times when someone is going through something, good or bad, or maybe they were just thinking of me at that moment. The most amazing times are when I think of someone and the phone rings. . . guess who?

So, my challenge to you is this. . . DON’T let those thoughts pass you by, take a moment and connect with the person who came to mind. You never know how much richer your life and theirs can be unless you do it.

Got a great story of a time you called or connected with someone who came to mind? Share it below to encourage others!

This blog is YOURS. . . start writing below! Shane and I thank you in advance!

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Four Steps to Making Things Easy!

Inspiration and MotivationHave you ever looked at a task or upcoming event and thought, “Wow, this is going be hard”?
I am certain you have. OK, I am positive I have anyway.

A year ago, I stepped into a new job and I have found myself easily sucked into this kind of thinking. Most everything I do now is something new. I love learning and the magnitude of the things I am learning is amazing and at times. . . ok, I’ll say it. . . even a little overwhelming.

Thinking things like “it’s going to be hard” or “it’s overwhelming” have come up for me more often than normal. These kind of thoughts can easily stop me in my tracks. However, I have a new tool. I now notice these thoughts as soon as they appear and stamp them out.

Here’s my favorite quote by Henry Ford. . .
“If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right!”

Every thought that you allow into your mind, and focus on, expands and becomes a belief (if only for that moment). We have all heard of the little engine that could. . ” I think I can! I think I can! I think I can!” and sure enough, he did.

The next time a limiting belief pops into your head, practice these four steps. The more you use them the faster you will get at it:

1. IDENTIFY the thought.
2. CREATE the opposing empowering belief.
3. FOCUS on the new statement until you FEEL it.
4. GO take on the task.

How does it work? Let’s take a look at it:

1. IDENTIFY the thought – “this is going to be hard”
2. CREATE the opposing empowering belief – “this is going to be fun & easy”
3. FOCUS on the new statement until you FEEL it – I usually get a smile on my face and then I know I am ready to move forward.
4. GO take on the task – now I am ready for a fun and easy adventure!

Now, pay attention to what you’re thinking.  Use the four steps to turn those limiting beliefs positive.  Soon it will be second nature, and really EASY!

I can promise results if you practice the method.  EXPECT things to be FUN AND EASY!

See what you will create!  And come back and share it with us.


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How to Truly Live Life

Shane —  August 22, 2012 — Leave a comment

truly, live, life

Kids naturally know how to truly live life. Nobody has to teach them this skill, it is second nature to them. It is us that need to be taught by the children. We need to remember how to be truly alive and then to live that way again.

As I came upstairs I heard the laughter and enjoyment; however, something wasn’t right about it. I came into the living room to discover my 4 year old (Jake) and 2 year old (Cade) with toys and water everywhere. So as every good parent would do, I asked the million dollar question (with much disgust in my tone of voice). WHAT IS GOING ON IN HERE?!? Jake, with a huge smile and all excited about their event said, “we were spitting water on each other and all over the place!” Based on the state of the room, he was not kidding.

After reading them the riot act, I informed Jake he was going to clean this up. (One does not give a Cade a rag to clean up a water mess unless you are okay with him washing the TV, DVD player and stereo.)

As I came back in the room to asses the progress, I was still ranting about the flood. “Guys, this is not an okay activity. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?

With immense passion, a huge smile and total excitement Jake answered with, “WE WERE HAVING FUN DADDY!”

That is when the lesson I was trying to teach Jake ended … and mine began.

Here is what I noticed:

  1. As a kid it is all about fun. Being in the moment, fully alive and giving 100% of yourself to whatever it is your doing.When did we as adults grow out of this? And more importantly, WHY? This very attitude that kids have is where fulfillment in life is.
  2. Jake wasn’t phased by the disgusted attitude I brought and the pressure I put on him.I was angry and had been scolding him since I had walked into the room. Yet none of this dampened his spirits. Life was fun and he was alive with it.Why do I allow the pressures of life and attitudes of others to impact how I live? Why do I allow outside circumstances to affect my inner peace?

Thank you Jake and Cade for the reminder to not take life too seriously, but to take truly living very seriously.


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Occasionally, we get the privilege of introducing you to one of our close friends.  Today is one of those days.  Alan Hale is an inspiration to me.  He always has a dose of wisdom for us and incredible insight – usually as he keeps us laughing.  So, today he shares some life experience and great insight.  Read, Contemplate and then tell him what you think by commenting at the bottom of this post!  Mike


Is Fear your Friend? 
by Alan Hale

Inspiration and Motivation for YOU!

I have spent the last 18 months as a full time commissioned salesperson. It’s a brand new world for me. Not the profession I expected, but it’s an incredible opportunity, and even in the face of a challenging economy, it offers promise and potential I never expected either.

My biggest challenge has been getting myself out in front of my customers where sales can happen. I’ve been held back by some mysterious resistance that I haven’t been able to name.

Honestly, it didn’t even occur to me that it was fear.

Fear for me has taken a strange place… most likely because between the ages of 18 and 21 I had four close calls with my own demise so real that I felt as though nothing else could ever scare me. I wore survival like a badge. I believed that having lived through that, nothing could ever scare me. After all, what could be more scary than staring death in the face and coming out on the win side?

What I didn’t realize, however, is that I didn’t anymore allow myself the luxury of being afraid of anything… so I convinced myself that I’m afraid of nothing… well, maybe except for snakes… and really tall buildings… and anyone dressed in a gorilla suit…

Inspirational and MotivationalThen last night, one of my friends posted this on Facebook:

“Go to your fears, sit with them, stare at them. Your fears are your friend, their only job is to show you undeveloped parts of yourself that you need to cultivate to live a happy life. The more you do the things you’re most afraid of doing the more life opens up. Embrace your fears and your fears will embrace you.”
-Jackson Kiddard

…and that’s when it hit me, that of course I’m afraid of stuff…
I fear taking the chance to finish the dream garage that remains an unusable shell.
I fear spending a day chasing leads and not getting anywhere.
I fear wasting time.
I fear disappointing my business partners.
I fear disappointing my parents.
I fear disappointing my children.

…and the list goes on, and I’m pretty sure I’m just as fearful of being wildly successful as I am of anything else, because, really, anything outside the comfort zone of our past scares us all at least a little bit.

Then I saw this quote, and I realized fear isn’t something to avoid or deny or to conquer… it’s something to seek out and welcome and to use as a springboard to the next level… just like the failures I have learned to embrace as opportunity.

Today, I am open to fear. I welcome it. I look for it, embrace it, and employ it to guide me.

Today, I stand taller, because I stand on the pillars of fear and failure.

Today, I soar on the wings of fear and failure.

What are you afraid of?


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Clear Water, Clear Thinking!

It finally happened!  Shane visited Lake Tahoe and was immediately taken by the crystal clear deep blue water.  And that prompted an amazing event. . our first Video Blog!  Short and sweet as we try out a new medium.  Let us know what you think!

Who knows what might happen when Mike visits New Zealand!


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What’s Most Important to You?

Most of the time I am very clear about the answer to this question. I particularly like the times in my life that I dare to ask myself again what’s Most Important . . . and re-examine the answers that I get.  Sometimes, for many years they don’t change.  I am most surprised when something does for a season.

Inspiration and Motivation for YOU!What about you? Do you know what’s most important to you? Have you thought about it lately?

Here’s a couple more good questions. . .
Do you give the things that you say are most important to you, the priority in your life they deserve?
Would other people know what’s most important to you by the way you live your life?
Or maybe better, what would other people say is most important to you based on how they observe you living your life?

What’s Most Important to Me?

Today, my answers are very consistent with most of my life. . .

My Faith, My Family, My Friends

Impacting Others, Travel and Health

In the interest of transparency, I can feel that I have lost a bit of balance in these for the moment.  Great notice for me.

What about you?   What is it that is Most Important to YOU?


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