My wife and I love our home.
It sits on a quiet, neighborhood lake just 12 minutes from downtown KC and only 7 minutes from the airport.
Our home is unique, stylish and has sweeping views of the lake.
BUT… there’s a problem!
For several years now, our hot water heater has barely produced enough hot water to fill our bathtub.
I googled possible solutions and some of them ranged in price into thousands of dollars.
Then, a friend suggested something that cost me nothing and immediately solved our hot water problem.
More importantly, his suggestion taught me a great metaphor for improving every area of our lives.
That’s a BIG claim I know.
But check it out for yourself.
See if what I discuss in this message doesn’t have an immediate positive impact on your life.
JumpStart - Struggling with depression (AKA: You don’t think I do all of this exercise for my health do you?)
It’s kind of trendy today for celebs to talk about their struggle with depression.
I’ve talked about my own issues with depression some but in this message, I lay it out and hopefully provide you with some advice for staving off the monster that threatens to eat many of us alive if we're not vigilant.
Here’s some hope and a reason to believe in a happier life fo you and those you care about.
I recently finished a 21-part JumpStart series titled “Masters of Life” in which I celebrated great teachers whose impact had created a lasting, positive impact on my life.
If you missed it, go back and check it out.
One of the Masters to whom I paid homage was Richard Bach, author of Illusions, Jonathan Livingston Seagull and many others and, to be honest, I could do an entire series on just him.
Today I’d like to focus on a quote from Bach’s book Illusions, The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah,
"Argue for your limitations and they’re yours."
Every day now for several years, I’ve been posting 3 little positive sayings on Facebook.
Nothing too profound — just something pithy to inspire, encourage, and motivate my fans.
And, it’s AMAZING how many comments I get that start with, “UNLESS,” “BUT,” “IF ONLY,” “YOU DON’T GET IT,” and “THAT’S EASY FOR YOU TO SAY!”
The person then launches into why he or she can’t do something because of some physical or emotional issue.
Look, I get that EACH of us has limitations in some areas but for the most part, you need to get over your self-destructive excuse-making.
You’re FAR more capable than you give yourself PERMISSION to be!
Today is our second “To You; Love, God” Tuesday based on my daily devotional by the same name.
Which came first?
The smile or happiness?
The answer might surprise you.
There is a dance between our emotions and our bodies where it’s often hard to tell who’s leading and who’s following.
If you feel happy, smile and you’ll feel happier longer.
If you feel unhappy, SMILE, it will fire off the feeling of happiness in your body.
By the way, in case you’re wondering who IS leading the dance?
Why do we set New Years Resolutions and why do we fail at keeping them?
Setting a New Years resolution kicks off a rush of endorphins in our bloodstream— just like a runner’s high.
And, the bigger the resolution (or the more of them there are), the bigger the high we get.
Unfortunately, as with most highs, there’s an inevitable low as we come crashing down to the realization that living up to our resolutions is going to take persistent effort.
Worse, it’s going to take breaking free from the momentum already carrying us in another direction.
Today, learn the one resolution you must make, and keep, to unlock dozens of major, positive changes in your life.
And, how to KEEP your New Year’s resolutions, starting now.
We’re going to close this Masters of Life series with Dr. Gerald Jampalsky, one of the great pioneers in personal development.
A person who has begun to master life is one who is open to perspectives other than his or her own.
In being open, we discover pathways to connecting rather than dividing ourselves across the battle lines of “right” and "wrong.”
Jampalsky asks the question who’s very exploration inspires us to cease struggling and begin to live in peace.
If ever there were words to be emblazoned on your wall, tattooed on your forehead, or at the very least repeated constantly in our mind, it’s this:
“Do I want to be right or do I want to be happy?”
Giving up the need to be right, frees us to be happy, effective, creative, and peaceful.
Ask yourself today, as often as you can today, “Do I want to be right or do I want to be happy?”
Have you noticed that everywhere you look people are talking about the Law of Attraction?
“The Secret“ popularized the term Law of Attraction, but it did not originate it; that honor goes to Brian Tracy, today’s Master of Life.
The Law of Attraction is maligned by a lot of people; but, that’s because it is misapplied by nearly everyone who attempts it.
Not only did Brian Tracy originate the term "Law of Attraction,” he also explains what we need to do to make it work in our own lives.
Nothing in my life prepared me for the role of being a father.
Certainly not my own childhood, which was fraught with abuse and neglect.
Even though I was ill-prepared, I knew fatherhood was the one job I really wanted to do well!
I read lots of books and I talk to a lot of other parents.
However, sometimes I fell short in being Super Dad and it was in those moments that these words from Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet brought me peace:
“Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.”
Sometimes, realizing that we are simply there to be caregivers to the souls entrusted to us lets us relax and enjoy the parenting process - while simultaneously doing an even better job!
I’m super excited to announce a series within a series for 2019.
My book “To You Love God” is a daily devotional with a unique perspective.
In the audio and video of this post, I explain the history of the book but the concept is as if God were speaking directly
to you every day.
Because “To You Love God” is such a powerful way to start your day, I’m going to do “To You Love God” Tuesday JumpStarts every Tuesday in 2019.
The book is divided into 12 monthly chapters each of them reflecting the central ideal.
January is: AWAKEN.
Today, let’s explore awakening on a whole new level.
“You either set goals or you spend your life working for people who set goals.”
A few years ago, I read a book that hit mexx like a wet mop in the face!
The book is “The 10 X Rule“ by Grant Cardone.
thanks “The 10 X Rule“ so inspired me that I gave copies to several close friends.
“The 10 X rule“ will inspire you, motivate you, and kick you in the butt to get moving forward in life.
The author’s core concept is found in the title of the book — most things we desire to accomplish take 10 times more effort than we estimated going in.
This is why most people never accomplish their goals and never become what they themselves would call successful.“
Today, let’s look at how we can add passion and urgency to our lives to be, do, and have more.
And, most importantly, to enjoy life in the process.