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When Fear Wears Lipstick

ImageFear is my enemy.  I’ve heard it said that I should keep my friends close & my enemies closer so I like to study my opponent any chance I get.  I discovered something about fear this morning that I never realized.  It turns out that fear can be your loudest cheerleader if that’s what it takes!

If I asked you what fear whispers to you  our answers would, no doubt, be similar:

-Who are you to do that?

-What will your friends & family think if you attempted that?

-You have failed every time you’ve tried that before?

-You’ll do that one day. Now’s just not the right time.

Oh, yes, Fear can be a bully!  Read the rest of this entry

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How a Chiclet toppled the Empire State Building – The Power of Starting Small

Start Small if You Must...But Start NOW!I think many people get discouraged by the SIZE of the impact they are making on the world. I know I certainly get tired from time to time.  I wanted to take a quick minute to encourage you to not lose sight of the SCOPE of the impact you are making!

I came across a video today that gave me a real awakening as to the power of taking small, seemingly insignificant local action on HUGE problems.

It helped me to remember our story. 3 years ago my wife & I decided to take control of our personal health by starting a simple 90 Day Challenge.  That simple decision started a chain reaction that has effected 1000’s of lives!

Watch this brief video & be encouraged!

You just never know whose life you will impact!

The Myth of Motivation – Swallow That Frog

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Activity Trumps Motivation Every Time

I used to have this belief that I needed a healthy dose of motivation before I could take action.  This fallacy found it’s roots in my noble pursuit of personal development.

You may have started reading this blog in your own quest to be motivated.  If that’s you, I’m going to challenge you with a task.  I’ll actually be taking on the same challenge for a 24 day challenge I’ve volunteered for inspired by Jon Acuff’s amazing book, START!

In my life I have discovered that motivation is actually overrated.  The truth of the matter is that I am most productive after I begin taking action on a task.  Here’s my theory:

Action CREATES Motivation

Right now, I want you to identify the task you’ve been putting off as of late.  Chances are this activity is not urgent but it is important.  I want you to commit to completing that task TODAY before you even do any of the other, more urgent, things on your to-do list.  This technique of tackling the BIG stuff is called, “Swallowing the Frog.”

Here’s my theory:  The satisfaction you will feel in having finally completed the 1 thing you’ve been putting off for so long will actually inspire you to bust right through the rest of your list.

Motivation is a trap.  It is quite a shiny and lovely thing and certainly has it’s place in the arena of success but, it is not the main ingredient for winning.  Activity trumps motivation each and every time.  So here is my theory:

Action creates Motivation

Motivation without Action = Frustration

 If you’ve been finding yourself increasingly frustrated and less productive then chances are you’ve fallen into the Motivation Trap.

If you have been inspired by the words I have shared with you that is called motivation.

If you allow yourself to take immediate action that is a victory.

It’s your move…go out there and swallow that frog.

Be sure to share your “Frogs” below and let me know how this concept helped you!

Don’t Let Your Why Become Your Won’t

Everyone has an ultimate reason for deciding to start a business. This is called your, ‘Why’. For many, this why is centered around spending more time with family and, perhaps, having a bit more financial freedom to accomplish this.
This brief video is a warning for Christian Entrepreneurs, however…the enemy knows your why as well and WILL use it against you to his advantage.