Making Excuses

Making Excuses

People have been making excuses since the days of Adam. Adam & Eve had the first excuses: Genesis 3:11-13 Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”

How often do you come up with an excuse for what you want to avoid (including avoid trouble)? I’m too tired to work out. Or how about this one: It costs too much to eat healthy. Humans in general avoid situations they think will be uncomfortable. The trouble with excuses is it will keep you from experiencing the life you want.

I’m pursuing my dreams. But to do this, I’ve had to drop my excuses. And I’ve chosen instead to find a way. If you want to continue making excuses for why you don’t have the life you want, feel free. But, if you want a life that your dreams become reality, then you will have to drop your excuses.

In choosing to become a leader, I’ve had to quit making excuses. What if Jesus had come up with excuses when He was walking the earth on his earthy ministry? Jesus is my ultimate leader. I look at His works and how He handled all kinds of situations as I learn to do this. One thing Jesus didn’t tolerate at all was excuses. And He didn’t come up with excuses when He didn’t want to do something either.

What if Jesus had come up with an excuse for not going to the cross? I’m thankful that He didn’t! My point is this: stop coming up with excuses. And go after the life you want.

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Martial Arts: In 10 Days!

Martial Arts: In 10 Days!

In 10 days, I’ve got a final doctor appoint for a broken hand which has put me on the sidelines from martial arts since last December. During this time, I’ve made a very conscious decision that when I get cleared from my doctor to go back that I would not quit. Ever. I absolutely love studying martial arts. I also love the friends I’ve made in this arena.

Friends like Dan Ross who practices Tae Kwon Do, Chinese Kempo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Debbie Goodman who does Kung Fu and Tai Chi plus she added that she will hang out at her friend’s schools and practice whatever they are doing.

One of my closest friends is named Bob Judd. He does Shotokan, Shuri Ryu, Dux Ryu, Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do, and good old-fashioned street fighting.

My friend Amanda Meeks has done Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do. Reggie Cochran is one of the leaders for Chuck Norris System.

  • Tang Soo Do
  • Karate
  • Muay Thai
  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Judo
  • Krav Maga
  • Aikido

In total, there are over 150 different styles of martial arts. To see a more comprehensive list, check out this link: Martial Arts Styles. I would also encourage you to follow my amazing friend Andrea Harkins  on her blog to learn more about this amazing activity.

In coming weeks, on Saturday’s I’ll talk further about this. If you have any questions about this, comment here or message me on Facebook. This applies to anything I post on this blog. If I don’t have an answer, I will find out what it is.

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Dreams

Dreams

Dream on, don’t stop.

Don’t give up, keep on going,

You can do this.

I gave up once, but then…

New friends,

New leaders,

They became one…

My friends are my leaders

 

When your friends become your leaders

You discover a drive that wasn’t there before!

It comes from their heart to yours

You wouldn’t want to let them down

So, you can’t quit!

In this you discover a love for something

And within that love you get a drive that pushes you further than you ever thought possible.

 

It becomes a part of you.

You can’t quit dreaming,

You dream more

                And bigger

 

Dream

 

Fact and Fiction: Vegetarian Lifestyle

Fact and Fiction: Vegetarian Lifestyle

One of the things I’ve been learning about is the vegetarian lifestyle. This blog and next week’s blog will focus on this lifestyle. Today, I want to dispel some of the myths surrounding it. There are many, but I’m only going to talk about 6 and answer 3 questions about it.

Myth: You can’t get enough protein from plants.

Fact: lentils, beans, nuts, seeds and almond milk are excellent sources of protein.

Myths: Your workout routine will suffer

Fact: A vegetarian diet will give you the energy you need if you keep your protein and vitamin B12 levels high enough. And my friends Dana Arcuri and Shannon Cleary have told me that they have excellent B12 levels. Both very much die-hard vegetarians.

Myth: It guarantees weight loss

Fact: Being a vegetarian does not guarantee weight loss, if you are eating processed foods the odds of you losing weight is slim. Weight loss occurs when you follow a healthy diet without processed foods.

Myth: Only liberals are vegetarians.

Fact: I have friends who are liberals, conservatives, and in the middle who are vegetarians.

Myth: It costs too much!

Fact: Meat is expensive! And if you eliminate meat from your diet, you will save money.

Myth: It must be all or none

Fact: Trimming your meat habit even a little can cut your risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. On my previous entries on the Mediterranean Diet I talked about this. We would all be healthier if we cut meat (especially red meat) to 2 or 3 times a month.

Questions I have been asked, or I asked myself regarding this:

  1. With the quality of our food today how does one eat healthy enough to actually nourish ones body?

Answer: when the vegetarian lifestyle is followed correctly, you can get all the nourishment you need from it. Next Thursday I will show a 1-week meal plan based on the vegetarian lifestyle.

  1. What about B-12? Can I only get that from meats?

Answer: No, you can get it from fortified foods or from a supplement. There are times and lifestyles where a supplement is absolutely needed. This is one of them.

  1. Doesn’t the vegetarian lifestyle get boring? I don’t want to eat just salad all the time.

Answer:  I’ve been looking up recipes to develop a week-long eating plan, I’ve been surprised to see all the choices available! This lifestyle is anything but boring!

 

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Are you a Winner or a Quitter?

Are you a Winner or a Quitter?

I’m serious. You see me tell names like Reggie Cochran, Andrea Harkins, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Tony Zolecki and many others on this blog. What sets all of us apart from the people who are “the silent majority?” Are we smarter? Or more talented? Or somehow special in a way that you can’t be? You know what, I am smart. And the people I just listed are smart!

But more than that, we are determined! We decided that we were going to follow the Law of Victory I talked about on Monday. If you haven’t read that blog, you need to. Determination will carry anyone further than talent. I’m living proof of it.

In high school, I struggled in science. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more determined. And now I’m in college studying a program dominated by science. And I’m getting excellent grades in it. I’m on track to graduate with honors next year. Do you think it’s become smarter or more determined?

A winner is someone who doesn’t quit. One of the things I know as a fact is that hard work will beat talent every single time. You may have a talent, but if you don’t use it, someone with half the talent you have will come out on top every single time if you don’t use it.

So, here is your challenge: become determined to have the life you want. And be willing to put in the hard work needed to have the life you want. And don’t ever quit! Become QuitProof! You can do it!

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9 Points for a Solid Game Plan!

9 Points for a Solid Game Plan!

Last night I was on a call with my amazing friend & leader: Tony Zolecki who is an amazing husband, father, visionary, and friend and servant leader to everyone who knows him. He told 9 points for setting up a strategy that will lead you to success. His 9 points were well worth repeating.

  1. There is no losing! You are either winning or learning!
  2. You gotta commit to the skills. Learn less, study more. Learn a skill, master it, then apply it!
    1. Habits: Form new habits and become their slaves! (Og Mandino)
  3. Learn a baseline behavior. Move forward.
    1. Get out of I should and move into I must!
  4. Associations & environments: raise your standard! Surround yourself with excellence! Position yourself! Get around people who are striving for excellence. Feed your mind with positivity!
  5. Give yourself radical permission to think bigger! Your potential is limitless! But you have to step into it! Each night ask yourself: What percentage are you operating at? How can you get better? Ignore the masses! Think bigger!
  6. Do the high income producing activities! If you want to know what they are, let’s talk.
  7. Let it go! Don’t hold on to old hurts. Don’t allow others to control your happiness. Make a list of the things that are holding you back. Look at it. Address it. Then let it go! And replace it with the positive!
  8. Create a crazy vision! The one that makes people go wow! And make it crystal clear! If you can see it, you can do it.
  9. Create your game plan! What do you need to do? What does your team need to do? Get some discipline and make the time!

 

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Being QuitProof!

Being QuitProof!

My amazing friend, Tom Jones, is “QuitProof”  I met him through another amazing friend, Dr. Reggie Cochran (who I call “Reg” most of the time). They both exemplify what it means to be Quitproof. These two amazing men don’t quit! This applies to all of my friends who are leaders in martial arts, network marketing, and in school.

Over the weekend I was asked a question that I had a very simple comeback to. “What if reaching black belt wasn’t an option?” My response was “that isn’t an option.” I don’t quit. My response was quick and natural. After that brief conversation, and after thinking about it, I realized that this applies to every area of my life. What makes me any different than you?

I’m not any different! Except that I follow a very simple law in my life from John C. Maxwell: The Law of Victory. This says that anything less than success is unacceptable. And they have no Plan B.  I don’t have a plan b for any of the plans I have. So, success is the only option.

When you decide that success is the only option, you become Quitproof. And quitting doesn’t even enter as a possibility. Jesus said that nothing is impossible. And when you decide that quitting isn’t an option, you will begin to see the impossible become possible.

I’ve not hidden the fact that I am a follower of Christ. Isaiah 55: 10-12 talks about the Law of Victory. Leaders communicate until they see results! I’ve seen this in EVERY leader I know. Both Christians and non-Christians alike. Here’s what it says:

10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth, (His word will get results!)
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater, (His Word will furnish tools & resources)

11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (His Word will meet needs)

12 “For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. (His Word will satisfy the soul of the hearers)

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned over the years is that when you make quitting an option, it gives you a way out. So, simply, don’t give yourself a way out and in doing that you don’t make quitting an option.

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