Posts Tagged ‘motivation’

Chewable Chunks

July 20, 2011

When you take on life’s challenges it can seem overwhelming at times to even begin.  Looking at the entire project can be so daunting that you shrink from the task altogether.  Vicki and I just started cleaning out the “junk room” in the basement.  We were feeling a little this way, but realized that if we just start and take on small bits at a time, it becomes very do-able.  Take a look at that daunting task that you have been avoiding.  What little piece can you take on now?  Don’t worry about doing everything, just do something!

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.
John Wooden


Just Do It

March 1, 2010

Your mind has the amazing capability to create solutions and opportunities, and at the same time has the equally impressive ability to identify all of the reasons why you can’t do something.  You are naturally endowed with the ability to know what to do in certain moments.  You will know, for example, that someone could use a call or a smile or a kind word.  Your amazing mind then gives you a dozen reasons to not do what you felt and knew to do.  Follow your first impressions, your natural knowing, and watch miracles start to happen in your life and the lives of those around you.  The solutions and opportunities you yearn for are just a relationship and a conversation away – JUST DO IT!!

The heart has reasons which reason cannot understand.

– Blaise Pascal

P.S.  I’ve been practicing this concept of following my impressions and not allowing myself to get stuck in all of the reasons why I shouldn’t or couldn’t do something.  One of these experiences came up for me when my daughter was doing a job shadow assignment for her Junior High class.  Lyndi has an interest in art, and her favorite artist in the whole world is Greg Olsen.  She has admired his art for years, and has several of his prints hanging in her room.  My wife said to me, wouldn’t it be cool if Greg Olsen were the one that Lyndi could shadow for her assignment.  My initial impression was to contact him (didn’t even know him or have any contact with him at the time).  I quickly came up with a dozen or more reasons not to do that, but followed my first impression and thus assisted my daughter to create a “dream come true” experience last week.  The solutions and opportunities you yearn for are just a relationship and a conversation away – JUST DO IT!!  Tune in to Live On Purpose Radio this week for my interview with this kind and generous artist.

Are You Important

November 5, 2008

 As most of you know, I have spent a lot of my career figuring out what makes people tick.  One thing that seems to be very consistent in terms of human motivation is the desire to feel important.  Dr. John Dewey said, “The deepest urge in human nature is the desire to be important”.  Dale Carnegie in his epic book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, dedicated an entire chapter to the subject.  When you understand what it is that helps you to feel important, you gain insight into why you do what you do.  When people feel important, they can beat unbeatable odds, accomplish incredible things, and pull off the impossible.  Discover what makes you feel important.


I’m thinking more about this now because my friend Woody has just finished making an inspiring film about how people overcome enormous challenges, how they live their lives without fear, and how you can to.  With the current economic uncertainty and turmoil in the world, wouldn’t it be valuable to know for yourself how to conquer fear, anxiety, doubt, and how you can find happiness, peace, and hope; as well as to follow your dreams?  The world would have you think you are not important, but you are.  You have the ability within to conquer your greatest giants. 


Last minute note:  Woody is bringing his film “I-ology” to Utah for just two nights.  This Hollywood, Red Carpet Premiere will be on Nov 11th and Nov 12th.  As a thank you to my preferred clients, I purchased the first 100 tickets and want to give them to you as a gift.  Here is the catch…you must register for the Premiere before Friday.  When you register for Nov 11th (Jordan Commons) the coupon code for general admission is “joy”.  When you register for Nov 12th (Thanksgiving Point) the coupon code is “success”.  Using this coupon code will allow you to get in for free.  Claim your free tickets now by going onto  Seating is limited and I only have these 100 tickets for my subscribers.  Go on now and claim your free general admission tickets.  Click here

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