Tag: Dr. Reggie Cochran

VISION!!!!

VISION!!!!

By January 31, 2019 I will have my Bachelor’s in Science in Nutrition Science from Kaplan University. This will set me up to be a professional health and wellness coach. I will be providing services to anyone whether they can afford a coach or not. My business already has a name also! But that will be private for a little while.  What I just wrote out is my vision. Proverbs 29:18 says “Without vision, people perish.”

Do you have a vision for your life? Do you know what you want? Your imagination is your vision. There is no right or wrong on this. It is simply: what do you want? If you could do ANYTHING in your life, what would it be? Don’t be afraid to dream to big. I was told a few years ago, by Reggie Cochran that the only difference between dreaming big and dreaming small is the amount of action steps it will take to make it a reality.

You may have a dream to get out of debt. And that is good. But what is better is to get out of debt and have a $1,000,000 in the bank. What would this do for you personally? What would this do for your family? What would this do for your neighborhood/community? Don’t be afraid to dream bigger than you’ve been told you should!

So, call to action: what do you want to do? Contact me and let’s talk and make your dream a reality!

Martial Arts…Just Another Exercise Program?

Martial Arts…Just Another Exercise Program?

Dr. Reggie Cochran, Chuck Norris, Aaron Norris, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, James Wilson, and Esau McKnight: all world famous martial artists. But as I’ve gotten to know several people on this list I’ve seen more to them than just being Masters in martial arts. Which all of them are, and I have a huge amount of respect for all of them. And that is what this entry is about. Martial arts incorporates a different mindset and lifestyle, at least to those who are Masters. And it’s one I’m developing. It’s one of a fierce determination that defines who they are. They decide early on to become a master. And it carries over into their entire lives.

  • They are the ones who reach for the stars and reach them.
  • They set one goal after another and reach them.
  • They do things differently than others around them and it shows up in their relationships.
  • The friends they have realize they are friends, no guessing “am I a friend or not.”

A month ago, today, I was a victim of a hit & run accident while walking. In the subsequent weeks since then it has been my friends in martial arts for the most part than have been there when I was hurting, either emotionally or physically or a combination of the two. I can (and do) go to them for advice without any hesitation at all. I see them as much as friends as leaders. I love calling James, Don, Esau and Reggie friends. All of them are wonderful.

If you want an exercise program, martial arts in FANTASTIC, but as you get involved in it, be aware that a great school will incorporate a lot more than a tough workout. It will incorporate a new mindset as well for you to embrace. Do you want to see what I mean? Check out the movie “The Martial Arts Kid” starring Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, TJ Storm and several other true martial artists. It is available through Traditionz Entertainment, as well as on Amazon and other venues as well. The producers connected to Traditionz are my wonderful friends Anita Clay (who is an AMAZING actress to be watching for as well), James Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, and Don “The Dragon” Wilson. As I talk to James, Don and Anita I have learned that they really want martial arts to be more than just a way to fight. Don Wilson said in response to a comment I made about “The Martial Arts Kid” this: “The Study of the Martial Arts involves more than just the fighting aspect….and the only time to use it is to defend others or yourself. It is not for Bullying others!” And this is so true!

 

 

Being the Best

Being the Best

In life, we have the good, the better and the best. But then we have the best of the best. What sets the best of the best apart? In Martial Arts, we have black belts. Only 1 in 10,000 will reach black belt in martial arts. I don’t know the exact number, but I would be willing to bet that 1 in 25,000 reach the level of Grandmaster in Martial Arts. I have a bunch of friends who are black belts. But I can count on both hands the number of friends I have, that I talk to regularly, who are Grandmasters:

  • Reggie Cochran
  • Esau McKnight
  • Don “The Dragon” Wilson
  • James Wilson
  • Marian Kirby
  • Ted Gambordella
  • Chris Howard
  • Brian Brewer
  • Jay Blanton

Plus a few others. By the same token, I have friends in network marketing that are amazing leaders, but then I have those friends who are those who lead the leaders.

  • Reggie Cochran
  • Christian Gingras and his wife Tammy Sellars-Gingras
  • Alan & Jean Sickman
  • Tony & Sarah Zolecki
  • Rick & Michelle Teague
  • Alex Monterrosa

Did you notice who is on both lists? Dr. Reggie Cochran, he is not only a world champion in martial arts, 8th Degree Black belt in the Chuck Norris System, he is also Diamond in Max International. I am incredibly blessed to call Reggie one of my closest friends. My friend James Wilson, who is also a producer in Los Angeles, California told me as I was researching this idea “A Grandmaster should have many decades of experience, be a good teacher, have a calm, confident manner, and a desire to help others master their art, and perhaps even become better than they are.” James is truly one of the best of the best! And I’ve noticed this about all the people who are the best of the best. All the people I have listed here have been doing their trades, whether in martial arts or network marketing, or both for MANY years. In many cases for over 20 years.  Does this mean you shouldn’t have someone who is new, or only has a year or two of training under them? NO! But you should make sure that he or she has someone who is training them who does meet this qualification. If they are learning from someone who is a “top gun” then he or she will also develop the right skills.

To the leaders who read this: something I posted on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, one piece of advice: don’t quit on someone that you see is trying, even if they don’t accomplish much for a while. Just keep encouraging them to improve and eventually it will pay off. Sometimes the person who partners with you may not accomplish much outwardly, but inwardly he or she is paying attention. And in time, it will pay off in ways that you can’t even imagine! But some advice as well: NEVER tell someone they are not smart enough to be successful. Some things will come from it:

  • He or she will quit your team, but not necessarily your company. That person will find a leader who is willing to take time and teach him or her.
  • He or she may end up quitting your company, but then will probably join another company and be a Rockstar in the next company
    • think about lost profits had you been patient with him or her and given that person the time they needed to grow into the leader he or she wanted to be
    • Also, think about this: who is this person connected to? Even if he or she isn’t a Rockstar, he or she may know people that could be. And those people will join him or her. Which will lead to those Rockstars as he or she grows. And he or she, as a result of the people he or she hangs out with, will become a Rockstar too.

In closing, remember this: you are like the 5 people you spend the most time with. Are you hanging out with leaders, or thos

Are You Caged In?

Are You Caged In?

Mohini was a magnificent white tiger that lived in the US’s National Zoo in Washington DC in the 1960s. Mohini was a special gift presented to the US president Eisenhower, and the US people. The Zoo started a major project to build a large enclosure for Mohini, their star attraction. The enclosure would simulate Mohini’s natural habitat as closely as possible. It would have many acres of lush forest with rolling hills and a large pond. It would be Mohini playground for her to stretch and express her natural self as one of nature’s most splendid and powerful creatures. Meanwhile, while the large enclosure was being built, Mohini was kept in a 12 x 12 feet cage with iron bars and cement floor. Mohini would pace around ceaselessly in this cage while her eventual home was being built. Finally, the enclosure was completed and the big day of releasing Mohini into it had arrived. A large excited crowd had gathered to witness this much awaited event. To everyone’s surprise, instead of frolicking in joy in her new sprawling enclosure, Mohini headed straight for a perimeter wall at the enclosure’s edge. At the wall, Mohini started to pace around in an imaginary cage, just like the way she had while waiting for the enclosure to be build. Mohini stayed in this tiny corner at the wall for the remainder of her life, oblivious to the freedom and choices she had.

How many of us live our lives in a cage like Mohini lived in? We deserve more! A lot more!!! So what can you do? Yesterday in church my pastor talked about this. There are 4 things that can help he taught.

  1. Redeem the routines. What are you doing that allow time to be redeemed? Are you getting ready for the day? Listen to a audiobook. Are you driving  for 20-30 minutes? Same thing. Get creative. And have fun with this.
  2. Reduce the hurry in life. Slow down and make some time in your schedule to just rest. Carl Jung said “Hurry is not of the devil, hurry is the devil.” And he is right on target!
  3. Regularly meditate the Word. Yes, I said the Word. Go beyond meditating on the word to really thinking on The Word itself. You will be amazed at the results you get!
  4. Finally,  review and renew life paths. Is what you’re doing working? If it isn’t maybe it’s time to change some things. Failure is only failure if you quit. You can change how you do things as often as you need to.

 

 

Going After Your Dreams

Going After Your Dreams

In my last blog entry I was talking about how taking care of yourself doesn’t mean that you neglect yourself. And I gave some suggestions that show you how to take care of yourself. But there is more to it than this. You need to get busy and create the life you want so once you get the balance you need, you can keep it. So how do you do this? I’ve got several great leaders in my life that are also amazing friends. One of them I met from network marketing. That is Dr. Reggie Cochran, who is an amazing business coach as well as an amazing friend to me. Others are Tony and Sarah Zolecki, Rick and Michelle Teague, Renae Green, and Steve Rose. Then I have friends like James Wilson and Anita Clay, who are producers for Traditionz Entertainment. And Esau McKnight who is also an actor/stunt man/martial arts master and the list goes on for Esau. And my friend Brian Fulginiti. Who is the leader of a page I’m part of on Facebook called Motivational Stars, as well as a few other motivational pages I’m on. Send me a private message and I will gladly connect you to him. Plus friends like Calvin Moss, Renea Green, Chad Statham, and Herman White. I am incredibly blessed to have these people in my life.  One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from all these people is to work hard, but also play hard. Go after your dreams. You deserve it.  One of the things I’ve learned is that if you want your life to change, then get up and make it happen. It’s the only way your life will change. It starts with a dream. What is something you have only dreamed of doing? From there you need to decide that your dream can happen. From there you have to decide what needs to happen to make this happen. And then just start doing it. We are all going to get older. So, why not get older doing things that will give you the life you desire?

But what if you think all the cards are stacked against you? Well, in that case, you need to start with working on what you believe. One thing I do every morning is affirmations. I have some on my other blog you can use. You must believe that things can change. There are thousands of stories out there of people who have started with nothing, some even homeless, and within 5 years were multi-million dollar earners. Your life can change, but you must believe it before it can before it will. My life has been tough for over 2 decades now. But I made the decision in 2011 to make it change. And now I am 5 years down that road and my life is taking the form that it needs to take. In future blogs I’m going to be talking more about dreams, but for today, I want to start with the basics. What if you’ve forgotten how to dream? I know how that feels, I did. I had dreams that I had completely forgotten about. I became friends with Reggie and Brian in 2013 and 2014 respectfully. Between the two of these amazing friends I’ve learned how to dream again. How did I start? I started by learning to relax. And then daydreaming. Daydreaming isn’t just child’s play. Really think about what would you do if there were no limits?

  • Would you travel?
  • Would you live in a nicer home?
  • Would you have a better car?
  • Would you give more?
  • What can you think of?

If you need help, send me a reply. And I would absolutely love to help you. It’s where my heart is. Next week, I’ll elaborate on this topic further. Clean living is about a lot more than what you clean you house and body with, although that is a factor. It’s about keeping your mind clean also so you can go after what you want. Trash in trash out, good things in, good things out. Be blessed.

Purpose? Why Do I Need That?

Purpose? Why Do I Need That?

“I believe that God has put gifts and talents and ability on the inside of every one of us. When you develop that and you believe in yourself and you believe that you’re a person of influence and a person of purpose, I believe you can rise up out of any situation.” Joel Osteen

At one time or another I think we all ask why are we here. I have asked that question more times than I can count. To get the answer most of the time I go to my mentor, Dr. Reggie Cochran. If we want to have a successful life we have to know what we want. Knowing our purpose will help us define that. I think about it this way, if we know what we want then it will be easy to define how to get it. But maybe you are just thinking about this. So where do you start? What I’ve done is to get input from Reggie. But I also did my own research to work on this myself. And I have asked myself some hard questions.

  • What am I good at?
  • What do others see in me?
  • If I could do whatever I want, irregardless of the cost, what would it be?

Beyond that, you need to ask some additional questions:

  • Am I willing to devote myself to pursuing this in  my life
  • Do my skills, attitude, and desires allow me to do this?
    • By the way, if attitude and desires line up but skills are lacking: you can get training
    • Do I need the training to get skills to pursue this?
  • Am I willing to invest in myself to get the training I need?

So, my blog is about clean living. What does purpose have to do with Clean Living? I define clean living this way: Living in such a way that your mind and body and environment are free from anything dirty. This includes our mindset. If you are living clean then you will have a much easier time determining your purpose.

Until…

Until…

I was on a phone call that was designed to be a rally call and I heard this word…until. The rest of the sentence  was “I will persist UNTIL I succeed.” This has really had me thinking. How many of us really push ourselves and persist UNTIL we succeed? We have 14 days until this month is over. On the 1st of October we are going to enter the homestretch for 2016. How many of your goals have been reached this year? I’ve accomplished MOST of my goals and I’m on track to finish the remainder of my goals. The biggest goal I had this year was to see myself as successful.  The means that I was going to use to have this happen was to  do some things that would push me out of my comfort zone. I was also going to develop healthier friendships both online and in person. My theme for the year has been something I’ve adopted from Kenneth Copeland and that is “The Great Year.” In order for 2016 to be My Great Year I was going to have to make some MAJOR internal changes. I realized that I would be more coachable and teachable. A friend in Texas on the phone  explained to me the difference between the two areas. If someone is teachable they are able to receive instruction. If someone is coachable, they will take action  and do what the coach  says. This is action based, not just learning based. One of the other things that  I was going to have to do is not only make healthier friends, but to develop those friendships. And also work on meeting those friends that are online, whenever possible, in person. And a few have happened. Some others are in the works. Such as some friends I have in Los Angeles, California. That will very likely happen in October. I also have had to become TOTALLY focused on becoming positive. One of my closest friends is Dr. Reggie Cochran. He’s been a part of my life since 2013 and one of the reasons my life is going the direction it’s going.  He has taught me so much about mindset. One of the things he has taught me is I have to develop a positive mindset that no one can disrupt. For a while that meant that I had to get away and get around some strong, positive people. I have been told I am selfish, uncaring, and other things that are just not true. I do care, sometimes too much for the wrong people.

So, what is my point in this blog? My point is this: if you want to see your life get better, you will have to do some things that may not be popular. But if you want a life that is truly a life, you will have to be coachable, teachable, and willing to set goals. One of the most important goals I’ve ever set was the goal to improve myself. Has it been easy? NO!!! But has it been worth it? ABSOLUTELY!!!   Have a great weekend!!!