ACTION COMMUNICATES PRIORITIES

Are you someone who talks about priorities, but struggles to show your priorities? How would your wife or family answer this question? Talking about priorities is easy, living them out is where the rubber meets the road.

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Growing up, our parents usually set our priorities. When we graduated, moved out, and went to college or started a life everything changed. We had to start setting our own priorities. Do you remember this time in your life?

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5 BENEFITS TO BEING THE EARLY BIRD WHO GETS THE WORM

I am sure you have heard the proverb, “the early bird gets the worm.” What are your feelings on this? Are you an early bird or a late bird? Do you struggle with getting up early and getting things done? My wife sure does. She loves to sleep and I love this about her!

For me, I believe that the early bird does get the worm. Think about it for a second, say two birds are competing to catch the worm, the bird that arrives early will be successful in catching the worm. And the bird that shows up late staggering in, gets nothing.

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UPCOMING BLOGS FOR WEEK OF 3.28.11

I hope everyone had a very blessed week. I know its tough out there, and things seem to be getting worse. All I can say is keep the faith, stay positive, and all will work out in time – I promise. If you’re feeling down, pick yourself up, put on a smile, and let’s try and have a awesome week!

I’m really looking forward to a week filled with greatness! Lots of interesting blogs coming up.

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13 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO START LIVING OUT YOUR BRAND

Are you walking, living, eating, and breathing your brand? Or are you crawling around complaining, whining, and criticizing others about their brands. Losers do these things. This is not how you build a brand and this is for sure not how you live out a brand. WAY

Think of the Olympic runner training to win the Olympics. Often training for years. Their commitment is stronger than anyone I have ever seen. Daily, they live, eat, and breathe their career as a runner. They are consumed with anything and everything that it takes to win. You will never find an Olympic runner sitting around complaining, whining, or criticizing others. Instead you will find them making things happen by living, eating, and breathing their careers as runners.

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CAN WEEKLY BLOGGING PLANS WORK?

This week, as I was traveling and running all over the country I thought, “What would it look like if I took time every week to take my random thoughts, ideas, notes, prayers, and everything else I write down in my journal every week, and build a weekly blogging plan?” Would this help put some structure and balance into my life? Would this help when I was struggling to come up with something to write about?

I was already filling my journal with stuff all week, why not put that stuff to good use? I didn’t want to lose the realness and get to agenda like. But, I did want to make sure all the stuff I was journaling was getting applied and used. A battle went on in my head. Should I build a plan? Should I not build a plan? It went on and on for hours. Then, I thought, “Lets let the journal decide”.

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WHAT GETS FLAGGED GETS DONE

Where do you capture your ideas? Do you write them down in a journal? Random pieces of paper? Maybe some online tool? The way you capture your ideas doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you capture your ideas.

Now you have all your ideas down. There either on random pieces of paper, in your journal, or online. What happens now? You get busy with other projects, day to day activities, and you forget and loose your ideas in the clutter. Is this sounding familiar? This never happens to you right?

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THREE ROOMS THAT HELP TO BREED THE BEST IDEAS

Leaders struggle daily to breed the best ideas. Maybe you are one of those blessed individuals that have so many ideas that you actually confuse the best ideas. So what do we do? We build our teams, we take notes, we meet, we brainstorm, and still sometimes our ideas really SUCK. Let’s be honest they do sometimes SUCK.

In the midst of pages and pages of notes, diagrams, pictures, and mental foggyness we miss the great ideas. What happened? We scheduled meetings, they were structured, and we had the best of the best in the meeting. Why did nothing amazing come from all this?

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VISIONS IN INK. PLANS IN PENCIL

When I was 15 I got the itch. The itch? Yeah, the entrepreneur itch. Some of you know what I’m talking about. First, it was a power washing company, then a detailing business, lawn mowing, roof shoveling, and…My parents thought I was nuts. What was this kid up too? Where was he going? I was just hungry. Hungry to start. Hungry to build. Then at the age of

Then at the age of 16, I started racing professional motorcycles. This went on until I was about 19 or 20. Then I hit a wall. Life happened. Reality hit. What was I going to do? It all seemed so much fun up to this point.

Growing up racing professional motorcycles and starting little things to make money – it all seemed to come pretty easy. It was all about me.

Then I woke up. It wasn’t about me, but about building something together. My vision moved from me to us. Instead of what can I build, it was what can we build?

It wasn’t about me. It was about us. It went much deeper. My vision moved from me to us. Instead of what can I build, it was what can we build?

I started to craft a vision and mission that went far beyond myself.

Then I really got started.

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