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Doing Life With Teamwork

Shane —  March 5, 2013 — Leave a comment

Doing Life With Teamwork

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”― Helen Keller 

In a world of people that sit back on their couches and cheer on players and teams making millions, paying hundreds and thousands of dollars to sit in a stadium and watch, it amazes me that we fail to get the point about teamwork in our own lives.

It is the greatest team/teamwork that wins and earns the millions and the recognition, the rings and the trophies. It amazes me that we are so willing to wear someone else’s jersey…with their name and number and yet so apathetic about creating or wearing our own jersey and team.  We have become islands, isolated and alone and left to our own means to create whatever we can…quite the opposite of teamwork and community.

In the loud, awesome and encouraging words of my coach, trainer and owner of Crossfit WestCo, Kristen Smith, I hear the words, “Fight for it!”. Are you gonna fight for it!? Are you fighting for it today, wearing your own jersey with your own name and number and do you have a team helping you do it, be it!

Whatever team or community it is, or that you create, just make sure that you have or that you go create one! Life is so much easier, joyful, fun, purposeful and rewarding when we have others to do it with. 


Gregory Talyor – Colorado Regional Director at Biz to Biz Network Inc.

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

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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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Occasionally we get the pleasure to turn over the reins of the blog and have a friend of ours tell their story, or something they have been learning in life.  That is the case today!  Keep tabs on our guest bloggers here!  

My friend Norman Young shares a story, very close to his heart, and mine. – Mike


The Vase by Guest Blogger – Norman Young

In 2010 I took a glass blowing class and I made these glass pieces for my wife, Ruth.

The creation of the vessel before you has been an amazing experience!

During the creation process my instructor asked me if I wanted to go big or go small. I asked what was the difference. She said smaller is easier. I told her I wanted to go big.

During the class I was taught that creating a glass piece requires teamwork. A team member helps by assisting wherever she or he can do, such as shielding my arms from the heat and by blowing into the glass piece while I am shaping it.

As I was creating the glass piece my instructor asked if I wanted to go the hard way or the easy way. I asked what is the difference and she said the hard way takes more skill. I wanted to challenge myself so I opted for the hard way.

As I was creating the piece I was getting excited to see that it was turning out beautifully!

Then something happened. Because I was not used to working with a larger glass piece I did not heat it properly and the base started to crack. We were franticly doing our best to save the piece!

She then told me, because of the cooling period and because of the cracks, it may not survive. The instructor then asked if I wanted to continue. Realizing that the piece may not make it, I got bummed out. But a few seconds later my attitude changed and shifted because I knew that the experience itself was incredible! And that I still created a beautiful piece and that I should celebrate that I stretched myself and learned something new!

So even if the piece might not survive I told her I wanted to continue. So I finished the piece.

I was excited to discover the glass vessel did survive and though it has its cracks it is still beautiful. I find the cracks actually enhance the piece.

I have displayed it in my room as a reminder of my choices and how it also applies to my choices in life.

Choice one: Come into class with the expectation of an amazing experience or just show up and have a mediocre one.

Choice two: To create something big and be stretched or do something small and easy.

Choice three: To my best so that I can experience the best in my team and myself or just show up and not care.

Choice four: When something cracks or breaks, do I choose to be bummed out or do I choose to celebrate the experience of growing, learning and creating!

The last day of class I made a bowl. I wanted to go big. It was uncomfortable to go big because of the heat, (the larger the piece the more heat is generated and is also much more difficult to control) But I decided to play big! The piece turned out great!! It is the blue bowl. During the class, one of the instructors saw my piece and said “your piece is big, that’s good! That is the way you learn, by going big!”

I then realize how much this class reminds me of life! How God sometimes allow hardships in our lives so that we can grow and learn!

Some may look at the glass piece and notice it is not perfect. But I find that the imperfections make it beautiful!

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Tammy Linton —  November 24, 2011 — Leave a comment


Shane and I are pleased to have a Guest Blogger this Thanksgiving Day!  We welcome our friend, Tammy Linton and a great word on Gratitude.


Gratitude can have a profound effect on our perspective, altering the way we look at an experience. Gratitude is the prelude to love. It is love in action.   

My son recently received his Eagle Scout, although not without a lot of complications along the way. He struggled with his troop, the unit committee denied him twice, and then the time sensitive project was scraped.  I gave up all hope in ever seeing my son as an Eagle Scout.

As my son and I battled over picking up the pieces and trying one more time.  An amazing man, Craig McHood, stepped up and talked my son into trying one more time.  With an extremely grateful heart, I accepted his help and backed off for a bit. A new project was created and we went again to the unit committee, only to be denied again.  Oh the agony of defeat…

Craig once again, told me that all would be ok and he would take a hold of this broken kid and build him up again.  I was devastated for my son and cried as my heart broke for the agony that he felt in his rejection.  Craig put my son back in front of the unit committee and groomed him to perfection. He was accepted!!!

The next step was approval from the District advancement committee, they denied him.  My son had gained enough confidence that he told them that with or without approval he would move forward with his project, they felt his passion and he left with approval.  His project was a huge success. His passion and drive were rekindled because of Craig. I will forever be grateful to this man.

Expressing gratitude has a healing and cleansing nature. I found that as I expressed gratitude towards Craig, this experience became easier to deal with, and it was very healing towards my relationship with my son.

Vaughn E Worthen, PH.D. Associate Director, counseling and career center, BYU said, “…research shows that cultivating and practicing gratitude can reduce symptoms in cases of mild and moderate depression and anxiety.  Practicing gratitude can also lead to increases in optimism, vitality, happiness, a sense of well-being, and a greater satisfaction with life.”  I experienced more optimism for sure, while Craig supported and encouraged my son to complete his Eagle Scout Project.

Dr. Worthen continues, “Those with higher levels of gratitude are viewed as more empathetic and supportive, more forgiving, and more likely to assist others.  They thus enjoy better quality relationships.”  As I am grateful for Craig, I now see that he is the true example of a person who practicing true gratitude.  Our lives will always be filled with challenges and stresses, no matter what our circumstances.

Let us choose to express and experience gratitude and may we fill our days with the things that matter most, the people around us.  And Thanks again Craig for loving our family enough to support our son in achieving his EAGLE!