Archive for the ‘Motivation’ Category


July 21, 2018

If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.

– Maya Angelou 



March 10, 2015

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. – Confucius


March 9, 2015

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. – Arthur C. Clarke


March 8, 2015

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days. – Zig Ziglar


March 7, 2015

More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.  – Roy T. Bennett


March 6, 2015

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.
– Alphonse Karr


March 5, 2015

Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.
– Roy T. Bennett


March 4, 2015

Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart


March 3, 2015

Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely. – Roy T. Bennett

celebrate freedom

November 11, 2013

Photo: Thanks to those who have and are serving our country!

Today we Celebrate the work our Veterans have done for us! THANK YOU!!!

change the world

October 23, 2013

Do What You Love…Love What You Do

September 18, 2013

How to Live Like You Mean It

September 13, 2013

We posted an image this week to inspire you to Live Like You Mean It!

Are you just living your life day in and day out?  If you want to change and live life like you mean it, how do you do that? We gave it some thought and have a list of descriptions on how you Love Like You Mean It!

  • Be real.  Don’t be fake.  Don’t pretend.  Be authentic.
  • Be you, not somebody else.
  • Live with purpose.  That means that you have a reason for living live.  You have intention about living life.
  • Be determined about your life.  Make plans.  Don’t let life “just happen”.
  • Choose results that bring the life you want.  Our life is the sum of our choices.  To get different results you have to make different choices.
  • Have all the signs indicate that you are living, alive and well!
  • Your life needs significance to be able to meaning to it and in it.

What will you do to Live Like You Mean It?

Live Like You Mean It!

September 10, 2013

Consistency is Key to Success

July 31, 2013

You will not gain success over night. In order to achieve results, you have to maintain consistency. You must be intentional with little steps to achieve results. This means that you set out daily steps to achieve the goal. Nothing worth while is done in leaps and bounds. There are days you are going to think no progress has been made, but when you look back over the last month or year of effort, you will see that you have made progress. Consistency is key. You have to have a goal in mind. Once that goal is set, you need to set out what needs to happen to achieve the goal. Then you can be consistent at it. You must consistently take action. Do the things that will bring results. Don’t just sit there, keep moving.

What is one key thing you do to make sure you stay consistent?

Lessons Learned from Pool Maintenance

July 26, 2013

I bought a HUD Home February 2007.  After I moved in, it required some professionals to come in and get it repaired and in working order because the house had sat vacant for so long.  I had never been a pool owner before and so there was much to learn about what is required to keep a pool “up and running”.  I was determined to learn as much as I could myself to save the cost of this being maintained by a Pool Servicing Company.  From pool parts, to chemicals, to a routine, and how to balance the PH…there was so much to be learned!  At the beginning, it was very overwhelming and I felt I would never get it right.

One of my girlfriends has a pool [though hers is salt water and not chlorine like mine] and she kept telling me, you can get this.  It will just take time.  Before long, you will know what is wrong with your pool just by looking at it.  I stuck with it and 6 years later, I can tell you she is right!

The other morning I was out tending to my pool and I was reflecting on the fact that there are so many lessons that can be learned by pool maintenance.  If you have a pool, you will relate.  If you don’t, I think you still will relate!

  • No matter what you know in life, you will be faced with something at some point that you don’t know.  Don’t be afraid to ask the experts for help.  They know their stuff and they will teach you if you are willing to learn.  If you haven’t found someone willing to teach you, keep looking, keep searching – they are out there!
  • To learn anything new, you must have a desire to learn, you must be willing to spend the time it takes to learn, and you must be dedicated to the process, no matter how hard or how long it takes.
  • Taking care of your pool on a daily basis avoids issues developing with your PH levels, your equipment, and you are able to spot things quickly that need to be addressed.  Being disciplined to have a routine and stick to it will prevent long hours, money and extensive effort having to be applied later to get it back into shape after it has gotten out of control.  This is true about so many other areas in life including diet, exercise, a financial budget, projects, relationships, business development, and more!  Though at times it is hard to see the benefits of a routine when you only focus on it on a daily basis, when you step back and see the progress you see the results of sparkling bright clear water!
  • When life happens and distracts you from your routine, for instance you went out of town on vacation or a business trip and therefore your pool didn’t get tended to like it should have and now the water is showing signs of being ugly, you will have to spend the extra time beyond your normal routine, exert more effort to get it back on track and make up for lost time, so that you can resume your daily maintenance.  Don’t believe all is lost and that its a done deal.  Jump in and do what you can as quickly as you can so that the problem doesn’t get to a level of needing more help than even you can give it.  You can’t lose heart, you have to stay focused and realize that extreme measures will have to be taken to get things back on track.
  • If even after all the years of experience you get stuck and can’t get the PH levels to be what they need to be, remember that sometimes things are beyond your control and it requires the “big dogs” to come in and take over.  Know who to contact in case of an emergency so that when you need them you can call them to the rescue.
  • Just like pool maintenance takes work, relationships take work.  You have to put something into it to get something out of it.  But your hard effort does pay off and you can enjoy floating in the pool on a warm Texas afternoon, even if it takes time to get to that point!
  • Your pool will have its own characteristics based off of the number of swimmers each week, the amount of sun vs shade, the size of your pool, your water chemistry, etc.  You will have to be in tune with each of these elements in order to “learn” your pool to develop the ability to know what is wrong with it at a glance so that you will know what it needs.  Simply add a bit more chemicals?  Increased water levels?  Each of us can develop these skills with relationships too!  If you spend the time being in tune with what is going on with a person, you will know at a glance what is wrong and how you can be of help.  Sometimes not everything is seen at a glance, but with time, all things become exposed.
  • Once you have learned your pool, there is a risk to not keep learning.  New products come out, the environment changes, things erode slowly over time so you don’t even see what is happening on a daily basis.  We must be willing to continually learn and at times step back and look at it with a harder evaluation to make sure we aren’t missing something.
  • With a pool there are seasons when it requires more work than other times.  In the fall, the process of scooping out leaves is non stop.  In the winter, the PH levels change and you have to adjust your routine.  In the spring, the rains make the water consistency hard to keep balanced and pretty.  In the summer, the PH levels change again and you will be spending more time tending to it and putting chemicals in it, but you also spend more time enjoying it.  Just as with life, there are seasons to each phase.  Learn to make the most of today and enjoy them!  Don’t let a summer go by without making sure you are getting your pool time or in the winter you will wonder why you have it and regret ever buying a house with a pool!

Book Review: The Strangest Secret…by Earl Nightingale

July 5, 2013

Why does a person become the person he becomes?  Why do you grow up to become who you become?

Estimates are that we use 5% of our potential of our entire day.  Most people desire to succeed, but what is success?  Success is nothing more than a progressive realization of a worthy ideal.  Any person working towards a goal is a success…because he knows what he is doing and why.  If you don’t know what you are working towards, you are unsuccessful. 95% of people are not successful.  If everyone is doing it, you probably won’t make a mistake by not.  Check your references, are the people you following going where you want to go?  You are thinking, acting, talking like people around you, and assuming they know where they are going.  Even without trying to or actually thinking about it, you are trying to be someone else.

You need a checklist:
1. A Goal – a man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder
2. Attitude – our attitude toward our world toward all the people in it that will determine the worlds attitude and all the people’s attitude towards us.  People will react to us according to our attitude.
3. Think – Think deliberately and with a purpose.
4. The Law of Laws (by Emerson, Cause and Effects) – our rewards in life will be in exact proportion to our contribution and service.
5. Truth – if it’s not based on truth we are building on sand and you can’t stand
6. Research & Development – your future depends on this; something to make you better, love a little more, hate a little less, do a little better job than a year ago…what are you pumping back into yourself and your future?
7. The Strangest Secret – your genetic pool and environment have influence on you, but you become what you think about most of the time.  This is why thinking is so vital and a goal is so important.  You will become that.  You have to establish goals to achieve them.

A man’s environment will change as he changes.  You must never conform to the big group, be an individual.  Be choosy in whose steps you follow.  Remember to think…imagination is everything.  Put your heart into your work and you will get the supreme joy out of life.

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Are you trying to be a Winner?

September 4, 2012

I have been giving thoughts lately to what it means to be a winner.  What you have to do to win?  Why do some people seem to be winners and others aren’t?  What are the important qualities to be a winner?  Are some more important than others?  Why some people don’t lack the qualities to be a winner and others do?  How do you develop winners?  How do you achieve a winners attitude?  How do you influence people to become winners?

Watch this video here called What it takes to be Number One.  These are the qualities it lists:

  • Commitment
  • Truth
  • Excellence
  • Results
  • Passion
  • Habit
  • Mental Toughness
  • Discipline

What is a character you feel is needed to be a Winner?

I want to be a winner…even if I am not Number One.

The Extra Degree

August 28, 2012

The 212°: The Extra Degree concept is one definitely that is very powerful when you stop and think about it.

If you’re not familiar, here’s the idea:
At 211 degrees…water is hot.
At 212 degrees…it boils.
And with boiling water, comes steam.
And steam can power a locomotive.
And, it’s that one extra degree that…Makes all the difference.

So many times, in business, friendships, family, basically all areas in life, it’s that one extra degree of effort that separates the good from the great.  The 212° idea is one that you can use it to fit your own life, in so many ways. It may be 212° service that you’d like to reinforce, or 212° attitude, leadership, or quality you would like to expound on. Or maybe, you’ll choose to build your entire culture around the 212° concept…to differentiate you from your competition, your neighbor, your coworker.  Maybe its just a reminder of that little bit of extra effort will be just the motivation you need to do more to serve your Savior who gave more than 212° for you.  To reach out and encourage someone to have faith and believe, disregard the mediocre and replace it with excellence.

The real beauty of 212° is the simplicity of the idea. One Extra degree makes a difference.  It separates the good from the great.  In attitude…in kindness…in belief…in focus…in perseverance.  It reminds us that seemingly small things can make a tremendous difference.  Once explained…everybody gets it. And once you get it…it’s hard to forget.  The only aspect of forgetting would be to not implement it.

What is that one extra degree for you?  Please comment below…

Dealing with Change

July 25, 2012

Dealing with change? Ask the following questions:

  1. What can I learn from this?
  2. How can I improve?
  3. What do I want now?
  4. What actions do I need to take?

work willingly at whatever you do…

June 20, 2012

Do you have 10 Commandments of Business?

June 18, 2012

I follow several blogs, some business, some motivational, some spiritual, to continue to grow me as an Entrepreneur, an individual, and follower of Christ.  I particularly like the thoughts of one of the posts recently that was discussing the 10 commandments of doing business a different way. A way that is designed to lead to not just a great career that changed lives, but to the ability to love the work you do in the world, the business you aspire to build and the life you want to live.  You can read the complete post here.  Here are the 10 Commandments of Biz Jonathan Fields posted.

Differences between Bosses & Leaders

June 11, 2012

A Boss vs A Leader:

  • Drives Employees…Coaches them
  • Depends on Authority…Depends on Goodwill
  • Inspires fear…Generates enthusiasm
  • Says, “I”…Says, “We”
  • Places blame for the breakdown…Fixes the breakdown
  • Knows how it is done…Shows how it is done
  • Uses people…Develops people
  • Takes credit…Gives credit
  • Commands…Asks
  • Says, “Go”…Says, “Let’s Go”

Which one are you?  Which one are your growing yourself to be?

Opportunity for Work

June 6, 2012

Love Your People!

June 4, 2012

You can do 8 things to improve your business by loving people more:

1. Contribute – be part of the solution
2. Be Kind – have concern & respect for others
3. Be Patient – give others the time you’d like to be given
4. Be Honest – have truthful conversations
5. Encourage other People – give confidence & support freely
6. Apologize – say you’re sorry, because we all make mistakes
7. Forgive People – accept “I’m sorry”
8. Thank People – enjoy the work of others and show your gratitude

Love your people!

Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012…Patrick Lencioni

May 23, 2012

I attended the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012 Event again this year via simulcast at Morning Chapel CME Church in Fort Worth on Friday, May 4th, 2012.  I really enjoyed the awesome speakers and of course, I always have my own takeaways, nuggets, and favorite quotes from speakers!  I am going to highlight these over the next few blog posts. The topic this year was on Choices.

Patrick Lencioni

Research shows people have to hear things 7 times before they believe it.

The single based improvement and competitive advantage in our organizations is an opportunity that is free, accessible and virtually untapped.  The things you do to build an organization most people think it’s beneath them.  They thinks it’s not sophisticated enough, not enough adrenaline, not able to quantify, not complex enough. If you ignore these things you will transform your organization.  You must be “smart” about finance/money, technology, marketing, business, and education…and “healthy” minimal politics and confusion, high degrees of morale and productivity and encouragement. Be a leader!  These [smart & healthy] must be 50-50%. Knowledge vs a healthy organization…better “smart” isn’t want is needed.  Build amazing culture and you will tap into your knowledge and make better decisions.  This is a rigorous process.

The Four Disciplines of a Healthy Organization

1 – Build a Cohesive Leadership Team

This is a must.  Be vulnerable.  Vulnerability based trust, not predictive trust…I need help. I don’t understand. I apologize…be butt naked with each other.  If a leader is not vulnerable first, then nobody else will.  Product and strategy may be problems but those are results of lack of trust in the executive team.  You can’t be too vulnerable.  The people we lead know what is going on – be the first to acknowledge it and respond.  Embrace vulnerability.  It’s liberating.  They’ll respond with loyalty and trust.

2 – Create Clarity

Have core values and be willing to be punished/stand up for them.  Agree on this stuff at the highest level.  Be intolerant of the things that don’t support your core values.  Go out and be who you are and over communicate the message.  Leaders can’t be tired of repeating themselves.  If your people can’t do an impression of you, you aren’t communicating it enough.  Put some structure in places around processes that involve people.  Simple structures.  Institutionalize your culture without bureaucracy.  Who are you?  What are your values?  Define that by 1 or 2 things.

3 – Over Communicate Clarity

Communicate.  Communicate.  Communicate.

4 – Reinforce Clarity

Institutionalize without commercializing your structure.  Create enough structure to reinforce this.  Not undefined structure. Great leaders are comfortable doing these things even if they are punished for it because that is how they make it real. Great leaders make it real eve if it hurts them.  Great leaders are humble and willing to do the things that lead their organization.  You will change your team, that will change their spouses, their kids, their families, their neighbors, their friends, and they will treat everyone else better.  None of us can look back and say that is beneath us!


Review of my top nuggets:

  • Build amazing culture [high degree of morale, productivity and encouragement].
  • Be vulnerable.
  • Have 1 or 2 core values.
  • None of us can say that this is beneath us!


I was the FIRST to register for the event so I got Patrick Lencioni’s book The Advantage!!!  I was very excited to get this as after his talk, I knew I wanted to purchase it!

A special Thank You to the host & team of the event…you did a great job!!!

Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012…Sheeyna Iyengar

May 22, 2012

I attended the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012 Event again this year via simulcast at Morning Chapel CME Church in Fort Worth on Friday, May 4th, 2012.  I really enjoyed the awesome speakers and of course, I always have my own takeaways, nuggets, and favorite quotes from speakers!  I am going to highlight these over the next few blog posts. The topic this year was on Choices.

Dr. Sheeyna Iyengar

What makes a leader?  The one who is at the top of the ladder?  The one with the big office and big salary?  The one who can get away with anything?  One who speaks softly?  One who speaks loudly?

How do they get the respect?  Are they naturally born with charisma?  Fate?  Chance?  Or is it a choice?  Those critical actions they decided to take at those critical moments.  Choice is the only thing that gives meaning in everything we say and do.  Choice puts control in your hands.  Choice is the most powerful tool in your hands to go from where you are today to tomorrow.  Ultimately you are the sum of all your choices.

We all don’t see choices the same, or to the same extent.  How many choices to have, how to make them, who should make them, what is a meaningful choice, why the choice is important, etc.  Culture and training affect our choices.  Give choices that inspire and motivate others.  Choices given are many times more attractive but not as effective [Jam demonstration example].  Effective leaders see choice through other people’s eyes.  Choices are comparing bundles of information.  We struggle when we are given more than 7.

Too much choice = delay, procrastinate, make worse choices, perform  worse, less satisfied, choice overload

Too much choice makes people ask: What If?

CEO’s make decisions over 50% of the time, in 9 minutes or less; 38% in 9 minutes to 1 hour; and only 12% of those decisions take an hour or more; 5 times as many choices as tasks in a given week.  Be proactive vs reactive in your decisions and choices.  Spend time on the choices that matter most.  Be choosy about choosing.

Make a Choice: Choosing is an art.  It does not look the same to all eyes, nor do we all agree on its purpose.  Though we can learn from other people, there is no simple formula.  We do not experience the same results.  In order to do it well [choose] it requires you to face yourself, you must rummage within yourself, etc.  We don’t all look at the choices the same way.

A great leader must question choices and look for new ways to achieve the goals.  Choices have limitations; you must be willing to relinquish it in order to appreciate its true power.

Face reality of hard work and humility.  Recognize the worth of something even if you have more than you need.  You loose the value of that which is free if you don’t appreciate it.

A leader is someone who can live with nothing, yet have everything.  A dreamer with a plan.

Write your own story, choose with wisdom and compassion.  You are mastering the art of choosing.

Review of my top nuggets:

  • Choice is the most powerful tool in your hands.
  • Spend time on the choices that matter most.
  • Be choosy about choosing.
  • Question choices.