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Don’t Be A Servant Of Regret

regretLife is full of fears, thoughts and haunting decisions. Often times the most haunting of all decisions are the regretful ones. Regret is like the constant thumping of a drum, over and over and over and over. You ask yourself why, you tell yourself that you should have and wonder what would have happened if you would have.

The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.

~Theodore Roosevelt

I think Theodore Roosevelt was on to something, unfortunately I think in this day and age even those 30-60 year olds are servants to regret. Regret cripples your ability to dream, slows down your ability to move and threatens your ability to succeed.

Whatever regret you have, let it go! Don’t even try to let it be something that fuels you. Regret is to powerful of a constant drum beat to beome your motivation, it will end up being a huge distraction (thump, thump, thump.)

Drop the past, focus on the future! Don’t Be A Servant Of Regret

Your Success Is Found In The Tension

tensionWhen you are in a season of success, you are generally in a season of opportunities. When you find yourself in that season of opportunities you must manage the tension of keeping up with the existing success and managing the new opportunities.

Don’t shy away from the new opportunities, due to fear of hindering your current success.

The truth of the matter is that Your Success Is Found In The Tension, The Stretching, The Pursuing, The Creating, The Hunger and The Desire to succeed.

Listening To The Wrong Voices

success8You problem isn’t the fact that you are unequipped to succeed, your problem is the fact that you are listening to the wrong voices. Stop listening to the naysayers, the haters, the Negative Nancy’s, the doubters and the little negative voice inside your head.

If you want to succeed, you must stop listening to the wrong voices and start listening to the right voices.

Learn to tune out the voices of doubt, discouragement and disappointment. Learn to tune in to the voices that speak to your success. You Can! You Will! and You Did!

Your success depends on your ability to tune into the proper frequencies frequently.

As you are tuning your dial, the 1st voice you need to learn to tune into, is the Voice Of God. He always believes in you and wants you to succeed.

When You Limit Others You Limit Yourself

insecuritySometimes leaders are insecure. Their insecurity causes them to limit those that work around them and those that work for them. They will even limit the  type and quality of individuals they bring on their team. They find themselves hiring people to fit their program instead of hiring the best people.

If you hire the best people they may not exactly “fit” the program, but they will help the program, challenge the program and make the program better.

Sometimes leaders will limit the rise and success of others, for no other reason than the fact that they are insecure.

There is an old Bible proverb that talks about burying talent. If I remember correctly, burying and limiting the talent is not a good thing.

When You Limit Others You Limit Yourself.

3 Easy Steps To Move From Couch Potato To Entrepreneur

couch-potatoWhen you hear the term couch potato, often times you think of a lazy, slouchy individual who sits around on the couch watching television and eating potato chips. There may be some truth to that; however I tend to look at a couch potato as anyone who is sitting on the “couch” or “sidelines” of life and not reaching their potential.

As somewhat of a serial entrepreneur myself, I often end up in conversations with aspiring entrepreneurs. Often times their biggest frustration is getting started and an inability to reach their goals. More often than not, the biggest inhibitor of them reaching their entrepreneurial goals is not ability, it’s the fact that they are sitting on the couch and not willing to take a step. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, here are 3 Easy Steps To Move From Couch Potato To Entrepreneur:

  • 1.) You must demonstrate initiative. (Think)
  • 2.) You must be willing to step out. (Start)
  • 3.) You must agree to take some risks. (Try)

                                      Think > Start > Try

By definition an en-tre-pre-neur: a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.

The definition of entrepreneur says it all. Entrepreneurs must demonstrate initiative and be willing to take some risks. Every successful entrepreneur story began with the decision to try and is laced with stories of failure and risk along the way. Many people have a desire to become a flourishing entrepreneur; however only a small percentage are successful. That large percent is sitting on the couch. If you want to move from Couch Potato to Entrepreneur your first step is to get off the couch. (Mentally and Physically)

5 Powerful Life And Leadership Lessons From Whitney Houston

whitneyToday is the 2nd anniversary of the death of arguably one of the greatest vocalist to walk this earth. It’s crazy to think that it’s already been 24 months since Whitney Houston passed and the world had the opportunity to mourn the loss and witness her Homegoing/Celebration Of Life/Funeral Service. I’m a firm believer that you can find amazing life and leadership lessons in almost every situation and scenario. The good, bad and ugly are all opportunities to learn, if we will just be willing to open our eyes, ears and heart.

I’m reflecting back on some of the thoughts I had captured a couple of years ago during Whitney’s Funeral Service. My thoughts developed into some life and leadership lessons. These lessons echoed true then, today and will for years to come. Below are some lessons from the life of the one that we came to know as “The Voice.” Yes Whitney was called “The Voice” way before the singing competition was even envisioned.

5 Leadership & Life Lessons From Whitney Houston

  • 1. You Have What It Takes – Kevin Costner said that although Whitney Houston was hugely successful, she still asked this question, “Am I good enough, pretty enough & will they like me?”  His response was this, “You were great, beautiful & they loved you.”  You have what it takes, you must truly believe it deep down inside.
  • 2. God Does The Fixing – Whitney Houston was quoted saying these words, “Any way you fix me Lord, I’ll be satisfied.”  There is a lot of power and humility in that quote.  Lord I’m broken, I know I need fixed, not sure what fixed means, but I so desperately need whatever help you can give me.
  • 3. You Have To Step Out To Find Out – As Whitney Houston’s Musical Director Rickey Minor talked about his experience with Whitney Houston singing the Star Spangled Banner.  Rickey said they were trying to figure out how to make it special and they didn’t know what they were doing.  Rickey said you have to step out and he said it this way, “God said Go For It, Go Ahead… We did it and it changed my life.”  You have to step out to find out.
  • 4. Stop Ridiculing & Give Love – Whitney’s death showed how easy it is for people to ridicule instead of seeing the bright side of things.  Many people were quick to point out her challenges and shortcomings instead of the positives of her life.  Whitney’s funeral showed what happens when people point out the positive aspects of someone’s life – It Inspires! Whitney’s bodyguard Ray Watson talked about what performers like Whitney go through just to give people a little entertainment.  His final words were, “Stop Ridiculing & Give Love!”
  • 5. Your Life Can Be A Larger Impact Than You Know – Whitney will go down as one of the best vocalists in modern day history.  Whitney sold millions of records, in addition to making millions of people smile, laugh, sing and dance.  Although she made an impact on this world before she left this earth, it’s arguable that her funeral may have had the most eternal impact of any artist to date.  The world was watching as God’s orchestration of some of the most amazing communicators of the gospel.  During a moment that many thought was going to be a low or sad occasion, God used Whitney Houston’s Homegoing Celebration to lift the name of Jesus High.

We are naive at best if we don’t understand how much Whitney’s life and funeral impacted the world with the Gospel. Pastor Rick Warren said it best during the funeral service when he tweeted this“WhitneyHouston’s funeral shared the Gospel today with more people today than most of us ever will.”

How To Know If You’re In The Will Of God

Pastor @StevenFurtick shares the comforting truth that, no matter where life has taken us or where we have taken ourselves, we still have reason to hope – because one decision can redirect our hearts toward God and drop us right in the center of His will.

This Is Why You Fail

failDo you want to know why you fail?

Look in the mirror.

There is no way around it. We can make excuses, look at various scenarios, evaluate factors, point fingers and make countless excuses along the way. You are the reason that you fail. It’s your thoughts, your beliefs, your decisions and your actions.

Don’t beat yourself up about the fact that you are the reason that you fail. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Here is the light: You Are The Reason You Succeed. Of course you need God’s blessing, help from others, mentorship and opportunities to present themselves. More importantly, you need to understand and tap into the same things that cause you to fail in order to have real success. It’s your thoughts, your beliefs, your decisions and your actions that will lead to your success.

Now Go Succeed.

You Don’t Have All The Answers

answersOften times we never get the opportunity to engage in our full life potential, due to the fact that we find ourselves standing still at the starting line. We never take off and dive into the races of our dreams, opportunities and potential, simply because we are worried that we aren’t prepared enough, good enough and we don’t have all of the answers.

We begin telling ourselves the little lies that lead to big mental roadblocks. Our self-talk sounds like this: “There is no way we could start that business, pursue that degree, take that promotion, change that career or step into our dreams and destiny because we don’t know enough, aren’t good enough and we don’t have all of the answers.”

The best thing you can do is simply look at yourself in the mirror and repeat these words, “You Don’t Have All The Answers” and be okay with it. So What! You don’t have all of the answers, you will figure it out along the way. No successful person had all of the answers when they began down the road of success.

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” ~T.S. Eliot

Nope you don’t have all the answers, but if you want to find out your true potential, you have to step out to find out.

Extremely Awesome and Touching Video Moment Of Will Smith and Uncle Phil

James Avery aka “Uncle Phil” played the roll of Will Smith’s Uncle in the awesome series “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.” James Avery died on New Years Eve at the age of 68 in a Los Angeles from what has been stated as compliments from an open heart surgery.

This clip here is one of the best acting pieces ever by Will Smith and and James Avery. Emotion, authenticity, relevant, believable, touching, educational… all in about 3 minutes. This is a great clip to watch as a parent, a fan of the Fresh Prince and someone who appreciates the awesomeness of television shows from this era that were ahead of their times.

Watch, Enjoy, Share and RIP Uncle Phil/

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