Four Ways to Keep Your Dreams Alive

I’m a simple guy. I enjoy the simple things in life. I’m pretty easy to content.

I’ll tell you something. Although I can easily relax and be thankful for what I have, I still have drive.

Do you know why? It is because I have dreams. BIG DREAMS. I know I can achieve them. I’ll keep pushing to achieve them and I’ll enjoy the ride as I go.

Now, I KNOW you’ve had dreams. Big ones. Are they still in you? Do you still believe you can achieve them?

One of the biggest dream killers is to be resigned to the difficulties of your life.

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Why It’s Important to Have an Attitude of Gratitude

SUMMARY

  • Make the decision every day to have an Attitude of Gratitude.
  • Those who are gracious and have a gratitude attitude are attractive people. 
    • Appreciation is positive and draws others in like a magnet.
  • Having an attitude of gratitude attracts like-minded people.
    • You attract those who have similar values–people who are joyful and happy; the do-ers in the world.
  • Make a mental decision to have gratitude. 

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3 Ways to Get Ahead Fast the Right Way

Are you the kind of person who is always looking for a quick fix?

Well hey, guess what: me too!   Like: Oh, that thing broke again? Just throw some duct tape on there and let’s roll. 

I don’t generally take that approach to life but I’d much rather fix problems quickly so I can move on to the next thing. I think most of us would. This approach can work sometimes but let’s face it: most of the time, this approach just doesn’t do the trick especially as it relates to the human person and our own personal shortcomings.

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The Best Business Advice I Ever Got

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The Best Business Advice I Ever Got

  • The best business advice I’ve ever received came from John Maxwell.
  • John taught me how to be bring my faith life into my business life.
  • This enabled me to live a transparent life – being the same in business as I was in my personal life.
  • Another mentor, Norm, taught me how to fuse my faith life with my business life. This led me to dismiss the myth that you have to be broke to be happy or be broke to be close to God.

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Four Great Tips to Give Quality Time to Those Around You  

I was an imaginative kid who played well on my own.  Even though I could play by myself, what I really craved was one on one time with my hero, my dad.

It didn’t matter what we did–play cards, throw around the baseball, run to the hardware store–my ‘Dad Time’ was coveted and special. He was giving his time, his focus, his words and his affection to me.

As I got older and started dating my future wife, my focus on quality time was with her.  Most of our time dating was across long distances. So,

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What Inputs Are and How to Control Them

SUMMARY

INPUTS

  • Inputs are received in the mind – through the eyes, the sense of smell and the ears.
  • All the data collected into the mind are inputs.
  • The sum total of who we are is based on inputs.
  • Take captive of inputs. Control them.

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How to Embrace Failure

Fail Strong!

Luckily, I learned early in my leadership journey that success’ best friend is failure. It was a good thing considering how much failure I’ve experienced!

It turns out to be one of the most prized lessons I have learned.

My daughter thinks that I am the best word searcher ever. She comes home with word search pages from school and if she gets stuck, she asks me. She’s amazed at my abilities!  You know what? Those darned word searched always come with at least one word that is practically impossible to find!

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Forgiveness

SUMMARY

FORGIVENESS

  • Forgiveness is the ability to allow someone who’s been in error to have your blessing.
  • Both your ‘I’m sorry’ and your forgiveness need to be genuine.
    • If not, you are giving unforgiveness a hold on your mind, your heart, your emotions, and living in negative and misery.
  • Often, it’s the little things that get us ticked off and off balance.
    • Talk through it.  Be ready to forgive and to move on. 

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Three Tips to Get out of that Hamster Wheel and Have a Fruitful Life

Trust me, I get it.

I’ve been there. I’ve felt that weight. I’ve been that person who goes through the motions only to feel, at the end of the day, that I’m running in a hamster wheel or traveling on an endless road to nowhere.

What’s the purpose? What are my actions really amounting to? I’m heading somewhere… but where?

Having aspirations to live a fruitful life and have positive outcomes don’t add up to much if we don’t know how to actually do it.

Without knowledge of how to have your days amount to fruitful outcomes or how long it will take to get to where you want to go,

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What is the Biggest Financial Dream that has Come True for You?

SUMMARY

BIGGEST FINANCIAL DREAM TO COME TRUE

  • My biggest dream to come true wasn’t about a dollar value but that the dream was so huge I couldn’t see myself ever getting it. It was so large that it was going to need supernatural power!
  • I always wanted a Porsche,

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