Archive | July 2014

What Drives You, Emotions or Values ???

What kind of gas do you use in your vehicle? When you go to the gas station, you know exactly what kind of gas your vehicle takes (hopefully). There are a few kinds of gasoline that serve different kinds of engines. Your vehicle needs the right gas type to function properly and to its full capacity. Sometimes, putting in the wrong gasoline can ruin the engine completely. There are a ton of other factors that go into making a vehicle run, but for time sake, let’s stick with the gas example.

 Our lives are run relatively similar to a vehicle. We need to constantly put some form of energy into our bodies. Food aside, what drives YOU? Yes, your car takes gasoline, but what moves you…emotions or value?

 I had a friend that had HIGH levels of energy, which was a good thing in many ways. He was a hard worker and could get a lot done in a small period of time. The issue was that he would burn himself out relatively fast. So for two weeks, this guy would deliver unbelievable results in his business. BUT, (like clockwork) after two weeks he would mope around, fed up, exhausted and complaining about EVERYTHING! What’s the problem? Well, if a project lasted more than two weeks, he would basically sabotage all his efforts into self-pity and depression. The worst part was that it affected EVERYONE on his team, including his family.

 This guy was an emotional roller coaster. One day he was UP and the very next day he was DOWN. It was exhausting to even watch. He would catch a wave (bandwagon) and ride it like it was the most incredible thing. But the moment the emotional high was wearing, the whole project would go south. I believe his motives were right, but he was driving his efforts from the wrong source. His efforts were coming from an emotional place. If the emotions were up that day, so were his actions and vice versa.

 It was immediately clear to me what was going on because I found myself do this same exact kind of mistake in my life. I was acting upon things on emotion instead of VALUE. I would get all PUMPED up about an idea without completely thinking it through and take HUGE action on it. And when I was tired with the idea, I would trash it! That’s because I never tapped into my value system.

 We have to stop and think things through. Run the ideas through our value system FIRST, before WASTING our emotions. I believe the emotions are a great asset if they are in alignment with our values. If my friend was executing his business from a “value” standpoint, I truly believe his business would not only be successful, but would constantly be GROWING. Since values are solid and strong, his life wouldn’t be an emotional roller coaster. When things go wrong or the project exceeds two weeks, he would have the maturity to reevaluate the situation and make adjustments before entering the emotional abyss off failure.

 So, I will ask you again, what drives YOU? Emotions or Values?

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What’s Your Personal Value?

What are your talents, gifts, strengths, skills and abilities? Are you managing them well? I truly believe we ALL were given specific strengths for a reason. It’s our duty to realize, accept and sharpen these strengths.

 Have you ever noticed someone with abnormally gifted skills and thought to yourself, “They are so lucky they were born with that ability.”? This happens every four years for me; watching the Olympics. The most elite athletes displayed in grueling competition for the entire world to see. It’s easy watching the Olympics and think to yourself, “must be nice to be so talented at something.” Or while watching sports, to say, “These people get paid to play!” I find myself being a bit of a hater once in while. But the TRUTH is, we ALL have strengths that we can tap into which will reveal the same results; BUT only if we realize, accept and sharpen them.

 This gives us all tremendous VALUE as human beings. We are ALL valuable is some shape or form. Utilizing our gifts to push humanity forward is one of the highest callings in life. So what’s your value? What do YOU have to offer the world? (If you say “nothing”, I’m NOT buying it!)


Draw a mind map of ALL your gifts, talents and abilities. You are so much more valuable than you think and this mind map will help with this concept. Sometimes we beat ourselves up so much, we undervalue ourselves! Anyone who is competitive does this all the time. WE compare our worse to others best, and beat ourselves up for not being the best. But the truth is, if you are trying to become the best version of yourself on a daily basis, you are the BEST! Put your chin up and chip away at this mind map to show YOURSELF your true VALUE!

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If we are here on earth temporarily, what’s the rush? Are we pausing at crucial moments to experience life’s offerings? Or are we flying through life with a sense of urgency, racing against the clock and craving for the weekend to show its face again.

My wife and I are really cherishing every stage of our son’s life. He’s our only child and has brought tremendous joy to our lives. It’s extremely fun and rewarding to see him develop through each phase. My son is about ready to begin the stage of crawling…or scooting, depending on what he wants his path to be. Whatever he chooses to do, we are here waiting with open arms and camera’s ready. He is our constant reminder to celebrate life; I mean a red “solo” cup can entertain him for quite some time. It’s amazing what small things he finds entertaining. I can’t stop smiling thinking about him.

I can go on for days talking about my son, so I will…just kidding. But in all seriousness, are you cherishing the special moments life tosses your way? “Special moments” are up to your definition and will obviously be unique to each individual. The important part here is the “cherishing”. We should really slow down a bit.

We shouldn’t see life just as an accumulation of things, but of experiences; lessons to grow from and improve on. Moments to grab, stare at, and sulk in. Pull the camera’s out and capture the experiences you wish to treasure forever.

Let’s stop the mad rush and begin to embrace EVERY moment with welcoming arms and an open mind. Slow down my friend…stop and experience the experience…

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How Do You Know What’s Your REAL Potential?

How do we really know what we are made of? What really is potential? If you actually think about it, it’s a pretty vague word. That’s what makes it so special. It’s limitless!

Have you ever pushed yourself through something you never thought you could accomplish? Honestly, for me it was college. Nobody in my family graduated from college and I had this stigma in my mind that it wasn’t in my blood. “Wasn’t in my blood” I guess is a reference to my abilities.

So I questioned my potential. I challenged it. The results? I FOREVER changed my family tree by graduating from college. I know that may sound like “nothing” to some folks, but for me it was an amazing feeling.

It ALL has to do with ACTION! Nothing ever gets done without any action. Ever hear of stagnant water giving off a horrific stench? That’s what your spirit/soul/emotions/mental state give off when you take zero action on something you KNOW you should be pursuing.

So let me ask you…what aren’t you doing, that you know deep down, you should be doing? Release the fear, stretch yourself and see what you’re REALLY made of! What’s your real potential?

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