Be In The NOW Moment!

Complacency. Procrastination. Missed Window(s) of Opportunity. One Day. Ready, Aim, Aim, Ready, Aim…(Do you ever “Fire”?). Time Flies….

Well I am sure that the above has described you, I know it has described me at times. So today is a New Beginning. Today is what both you and I have. Today is YOUR Destiny Moment! Sleepers awaken. You know there is no going back. Yesterday ended last night. From the Latin “Carpe Diem” to seize the day. See our moments are passing us by but it is always good to know that it is not too late. The fact that you are alive and reading this indicates that it is not too late to get it done. Our Nike in life “just do it”! The best phrase from Les Brown….”it’s not over till I win”! Dust off that list of things that you always wanted to accomplish in your life and get on with it. The most important thing that people will remember about you is what you did with the dash between your dates. Each of us was put on this earth with unlimited possibilities. Do not disappoint our Creator by allowing those windows of opportunity to pass by. He has established great things and done this in allignment with a Big Picture. Do you hear your calling and purpose….? Well the time is NOW!

Well 1/4th of the year and then some has gone by…where are YOU?!

I think back to New Year’s Eve 2011, New Year’s Day 2012 and ALL the resolutions that we annually make….to eat better, to exercise more, to diet, to read more, to spend more time with family, to become financially free, TO RETIRE! Well all of those resolutions are and were doable. The question is> how much time and effort have we/did we put into them and are they still on the active list. Well, I can safely say that I try each and everyday to cook healthy (although on the rare[weekly] occasion I will grab a burger or some KFC or yes…PIZZA!) Had a bit of a set back earlier in the year when my AF (Atrial Fibrillation) went silly and kept me out of the gym for a month but I am back there for 30-40 minutes everyday. I am reading more but most times it is on an audio while I am driving or exercising. Ya gotta make the most of the 24 hours you are blessed with on a daily basis. I communicate with my kids (well they are in their 30’s now) but still my kids several times a week. Thank goodness for Apple, iPhones, iPads and FaceTime not to mention Skype. I always make a point of telling them before hanging up that “I love them and am proud of them”. Yeah, they drove me crazy when they were kids but that is what they are supposed to do. Did I mention that they are still my kids?. I am retired. Retirement is a mindset. See you get to do what you want to do and what you enjoy doing. That is exactly what I get to do. I am not at the mercy of a “JOB…just over broke” scenario. While I am not monetarily where I want to be at, I am at least at peace with my day. I LOVE IT!

So tell me….WHERE ARE YOU and what are you doing about it? Love to hear from you….Peace.

To Serve or to Lead…Is there a difference?

Today is the anniversary of an event that goes back more than 2000 years ago. The story of a “server” and that of a “leader”. I was going through the 21 Laws of Leadership trying to choose the 1 law that best exemplifies that of “service”. I wonder when Dr. Maxwell was putting these Laws together whether he was thinking about the man who gave up HIS life on this very day as the Laws all seem to tie into one another based on…yes, you got it…Service AND Leadership!

So to bring this home, I will cite several of the 21 Laws. Law #2 The Law of Influence-Leadership is not Title, Position, Power or Stature. It is Influence, nothing more, nothing less. Clearly this man came into the world and left this world with innocense. He certainly influenced many before but certainly many after. Law #4 The Law of Navigation. Anyone can steer a ship but it takes a Leader to chart a course. Well 2000+ years later we are still following a course established. Law #10 The Law of Connection-Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand. Well 2000+ years later, the number of hearts that have been touched on a daily basis….and the number of hands that have reached out to others during this journey. Law #11 The Law of the Inner Circle– A leader’s potential is determined by those closest to him. Who could have guessed that a few “fishers of men” would go on to carry forward the message that would reach the whole world? Law #18 The Law of Sacrifice– The Leader must give up to Go Up. Well there can be no greater love than to give up one’s own life. In our own very lives the best leaders have been those who have been the best servers and have humbled themselves and exalted others.

I could go on and on citing the 21 Laws today. It is my hope that you will get yourself a copy of the 21 Laws. Those who do not live by the laws…well as Dr. Maxwell says “Everything Rises and Falls on Leadership”.

I look forward to your comments. Have a Happy Easter!

Some days your Momentum can come to a grinding halt BUT….

After watching the video (link below) and after a good guffaw of laughter…I could not help but think of the Law of Momentum from John Maxwell’s 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Heck, this video could be linked with several laws but today I choose the Big Mo. Do you ever have times that you have put in so much time, energy and effort and things are really starting to move only for a setback to suddenly drop in? (No pun intended / Watch the video). Well, I don’t know about you, but I have come to learn that a set back is a set up for a come back! ┬áIt is because of the energy put in to establish the momentum that helps to get things back on track. Think of walls of water held back by a dam. The potential energy is always there for if the dam ever gave way….well you know the results. Momentum is so important especially when you are part of a TEAM. Think of the famous race in Ben Hur where the stallions had to harnessed a certain way so that their combined energies would allow the momentum to take them to victory. The long and the short of it is (again after you watch the video) is to not let a small setback completely ruin your vision and goals. Victory is just around the corner.