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Will you become The Sword? August 15, 2012

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Has anyone ever faced a challenge in their life? Of course. Physical, emotional, financial and personal challenges abound. Adversity is a part of our lives. I to have been dealing with personal problems of my own that are tough to handle in my own mind.

Without challenge, we never improve and we never learn. Without adversity we will not improve upon ourselves or the world we live in. Thats not to say it will really ever be pleasant. The thing I have noticed about adversity is that often how we see it in our minds determines our ability to cope or overcome the problem. It was not until I thought about the analogy of a sword that this unfortunate fact of life looked a little different.

If you have never seen a movie or read about how a sword is made, I will explain in brief. Essentially a blacksmith will take raw metal from the earth, go through a series of steps including heating the steel, hammering it, cooling it, shaping it. This process is exhausting, its uncomfortable, it takes time. But when its done, you have pure shiny steel. Its cut razor sharp. It has durability, it can last through the elements and sometimes becomes a work of art to those who see it.

If we were to look at the steel as us, and life as the blacksmith, some challenges might be handled mentally and physically a little better. With every fault we have life is putting us through fire. We are repeatedly hit. The difference between us and steel…emotion and pain. These are unique to us. That we can never change. But if we can look at our final result as a fine Steel Sword, it could sharpen our resolve to overcome. It can help us to release the strength within us to endure and overcome. Most importantly, the glimmer of coming through those challenges will serve as a light and inspiration to others.

If you are being challenged now…Strengthen yourself. Draw upon the strength of others for help. Commit to your fight. I shall look forward to seeing a true work of art in the end!

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Dare To Fail March 26, 2012

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” Only those who dare to fail greatly, achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

How do you think and see yourself and your life when you hear these words? Do you ever sit back and say I want this or want to be this or that? There isn’t a soul on earth that hasn’t or doesn’t. But what is that makes certain people succeed so well?

The answer is in the quote. To get the sweetness of personal success in any endeavor lies in your acceptance of failure. The ticket is to expect failures. You MUST fail enough to achieve. Think of baseball. A good batter has a 300 batting or slightly higher. That means 1/3 of the time he is a success. Sounds weird. But think on it…without the failure you can never improve yourself, you cannot learn your limits…or rather the amazing heights of personal success you can achieve…UNLESS YOU DARE YOURSELF.

We will all fail…but HOW many failures you have will determine your success in large part. So think on this. You hate your job. You have always dreamed of running your own business. You have to actually TRY starting one. It will take failures to learn about loans, staff, insurance….BUT YOU CAN. You will need to learn to max your time…but in the end we could have a great company helping others afford a living while providing a service..one you are passionate about.

You love the ocean…You always dreamed of surfing catching killer waves….Will you let those waves stop you? There are a bunch of surfers out there now. CONQUER the failures…fall off the board…GET UP…learn that balance. LOVE the journey…know and have the GOAL in your head. Having the goal AHEAD pulls you forward.

The country is in a state of flux…we need people to DARE themselves. So you fail…SO WHAT!! Wont be the first time or last. Fail enough, we could have new technologies, new ideas, NEW HOPE simply from YOUR dedication and NOT quitting. DARE TO FAIL….and you SHALL ACHIEVE GREATLY!!!

Great Success Story February 21, 2012

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So I came across a great success story reading the paper while waiting for my car to get serviced this morning. It came from a Long Island newspaper. A young lady experienced a real rough patch in life losing her father to colon cancer, then was diagnosed with narcolepsy, and to top it off was raped thereafter. Not a motivating series of events.

As she put it, “there wasn’t a food I did not like to eat.” She ate everything around and hit a staggering 226 pounds on 5 foot 3 frame. YIKES!!! Well, it took a friend at work to help her see the light and she started her change with and action plan. How is this for a REAL simple start to her weight loss: all she did to get herself going was walk at lunchtime at work…and listen to success stories at a local weight watchers meeting.

That simple start led to her starting to eating more vegetables, fish, and brown rice. She starts every morning with a yogurt and now runs, does Bikram Yoga and Boxes…WOW!! To honor her transformation, she tattooed a great saying from Ghandi on her: “Be The Change you wish to see in the world.” That led to her great result…147 pounds! 79 POUNDS Lost. Amazing.

Its great to hear about simple things making such a huge difference even in the midst of severe personal trials. All it took to start…a good friend with good advice and surrounding herself with positive energy and people. I think for many things in life, that combination will work for just about anything.