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The Power Of “Not Yet”

Understanding the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset.

From TED: “Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.”

Best #SuperBowl Commercial – Toyota My Bold Dad

This Toyota Camry Commercial was one of the best SuperBowl XLIX Commercials.

“Being a Dad is more than being a father.”

Be Bold, Watch and Enjoy!

Are You Choosing Excellence?

excellence1Excellence – (noun) [ek-suh-luhns] The fact or state of excelling.

Often times Excellence is viewed as this moving, high-level target that only a select group of fortuitous individuals can achieve. Excellence is simply a choice, it’s choice to: study more, practice longer, take that extra step in customer service, spend the necessary time with your children, making sure the restroom in your place of business is spic and span, to say “My Pleasure” instead of saying “Pull around to the second window…”

Excellence is a choice to care more than most think you should, risk more than most are willing to risk, dream bigger than most will ever dream and think more than others are willing to think. Excellence is not about being perfect, it’s about putting the best foot forward every step of the way.

Are You Choosing Excellence?

10 Reasons Why You Should Be Doing The Work That You Love

do loveIt’s been said that if you do the work that you love that you will never work another day in your life. Well, that’s kind of sort of true. I love what I do; however i is work, it’s hard work. It’s a paradoxical tension that I’ve learned to appreciate. I love spending time with family, sharing the Gospel, strategizing, connecting, thinking, dreaming, leading, challenging and helping others win. Fortunately, that’s what I do every day.

I love what I do and you should to. The reason so many people are not able to do the work that they love is because they are fearful of what would happen if they took that step of faith.

“STOP worrying about what would happen if you made those tough decisions and took the big risks. START worrying about the haunting regret you will experience if you never make the tough decisions, take the big risks and your life remains the same.”

10 Reasons You Should Be Doing The Work That You Love

  • 1. It’s what you love… duh.
  • 2. Life is too short to be wasting time doing work that you don’t even like.
  • 3. If you are sharp enough to rise to a leadership role for an organization you are not particularly fond of, you’re definitely sharp enough to successfully do something you love.
  • 4. It’s easier to wake up in the morning, when you’re waking up to do what you love.
  • 5. You are consistently motivated by an inner desire to do what you love and the success of it all is simply a nice bonus.
  • 6. Your dreams can be centered around what you love instead of dreaming about how to get out of a situation that you don’t like.
  • 7. You only live once on this earth. ((repeat))
  • 8. If you find yourself in what you perceive as mediocre work situation – you don’t have much to loose, pursue the work you love.
  • 9. If you don’t feel that you can leave the financial security, ask yourself “Will the money be the most important piece of my life puzzle 5-10-15 years from now?” Better yet talk to someone in the “Car Business” that chased the dollar their entire life.
  • 10. There is a reason something you love is burning deep down inside of you – it’s because it’s what you were created to do.

There are some great lyrics and encouragement for those contemplating, desiring or thinking about pursuing the work they love found in hip hop artist Emimen’s song “Lose Yourself.”

“Lose Yourself”

If you had one shot, one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?

You can do anything you set your mind to. ~Eminem

Maybe it’s time that you “Lose Yourself” or better yet, it’s time that you find yourself, it’s time that you do what you love and love what you do.

Stuart Scott’s ESPYS Speech “Never Give Up”

This is awesome and inspiring. Well done Stuart Scott.

15 Things You Need To Stop Doing… Right Now!

stop66We live in a world of to-do lists, goals and New Years Resolutions. Everyone is looking forward to starting something, going to the gym, starting the conversation, starting the journey… Instead of focusing so much energy and attention on what you need to start, you should try a different approach. How about focusing on the things you need to stop and awesome life results will be the natural by-product.

Try This! (In no particular order)

15 Things You Need To Stop Doing… Right Now!

  • 1. Stop placing your job above your family.
  • 2. Stop doubting yourself.
  • 3. Stop believing the lies.
  • 4. Stop settling for second best.
  • 5. Stop procrastinating.
  • 6. Stop making excuses.
  • 7. Stop talking so much.
  • 8. Stop trying to please everyone.
  • 9. Stop comparing yourself to others.
  • 10. Stop standing paralyzed in awe of the success of others.
  • 11. Stop tippy-toeing on that line of sin.
  • 12. Stop being consumed with what other people think.
  • 13 Stop worrying about things that really don’t matter.
  • 14. Stop Going, Going, Going without Resting, Resting, Resting.
  • 15. Stop calling God a liar… He’s says “You Can” stop saying you can’t.

Kevin Durant NBA MVP Acceptance Speech – The Best Acceptance Speech In The History Of The Award

By far the best acceptance speech in the history of the MVP Award. Kevin Durant started by thanking God, he displayed humility, he never focused on himself, he gave personal credit to every single team member and coach, he reflected on the past, he talked about hard work and sacrifice, he shared stories, he made a special note to talk about Westbrook, he gave his mother the credit due and he ended with thanking God last. God is Alpha and Omega.

As a proud member of the Oklahoma City community and Oklahoma City family, I’m glad Kevin Durant is a part of our framily plan. Seriously this guy is a great example and as he stated, “He uses basketball as a platform to inspire others.”

This video is a must watch for anyone that leads, has children, has a desire to succeed or if you just need to cry some tears of joy.

Michael Jordan Wisdom – Rare Interviews On Life, Success, Failure, Persistence and Sports

Great wisdom, encouragement and inspiration from the greatest ever.

Why You Are Choosing To Fail and Failing To Admit It

fail1You are failing because you are unwilling to run after the things that God has placed in your heart. You are failing because you are settling for a job that you don’t even like. You are failing because you are settling for a relationship that you know is not God’s best. You are failing because you are putting your work over your family.

Yes, there are areas where you are choosing the letter grade of “F.”

Not only are you failing, but you are failing to admit it.

If you admit that you are failing, that would mean that you accept the fact that you have the power to do something about it. That’s a hard truth, a sobering reality and if viewed through the right lens, it’s a dose of motivation.

Stop choosing to fail and failing to admit.

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

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