Are you one of those people who jump out of bed at the last-minute, rush to get ready, and then you’re out the door to a busy day of work? What effects does operating this way have on your life (Have you even thought about this)? Do you ever feel like you’re missing something and if you just slowed down a bit you just might find it?
For as long as I can remember, I would sleep till the last-minute, hurry up and get ready, and then run out the door on my way to where I needed to be. I would forget things, spill all over my shirt, run into something, the list goes on – you know what I’m talking about.
I did this for years (you might be living this way) until I realized that there was a better way to start off my day and the results were totally worth it!
Here is how I start off my day:
1. Pray and mediate: I Thank God for my faith, my family, my friends, and all the wonderful things he has blessed me with. I ask him for wisdom, understanding, and a servant heart.
2. Love: I tell my wife how much I love her and how blessed I am to spend the rest of my life with her.
3. Exercise: I take care of my health so that I can live a long life filled with great experiences. Each morning, I will either run, cycle, stretch or lift weights.
4. Eat: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and if you miss it you will feel it. For me, I try to eat a healthy breakfast that can give me the energy I need to get through my day.
How are you starting off your day?
Don’t wait until tomorrow. Things are never going to be just right. If you are waiting for that perfect moment, you will be forever waiting. Stop waiting and get started now. Drop everything and get going. It will be a journey, but with each step and each day you will be making progress towards your goal. And if you keep at it, you will grow stronger and stronger until that day when you wake up and you’ve made it.
Check out this pretty cool infographic created by oBizMedia.com about the 4th of July, answering every question you ever had about this day. Well, maybe not every question, but it’s still pretty fun!
Red, white, blue, fireworks and parades, stars and stripes, flags, family gatherings, and backyard barbecues, this is how we celebrate our freedom and the 4th of July. Thank God for this beautiful country and all the amazing people that live here today.
Do you realize that happiness does not come from all your stuff? I want to ask this again, do you realize that happiness does not come from all your stuff? It is true.
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For years and years I thought the more stuff I had, the happier I would be: more motorcycles, more cars, more houses, more money, more, more more, I wanted more. What was I thinking? I guess I wasn’t, I was just trying to fit in.
How many of us need to be more like Mother Teresa? Talk about a woman on a mission! She was a Catholic nun of Albanian who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India in 1950. Ministering to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, she guided the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion, all throughout India and into other countries.
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She was as tough as nails and never turned away from doing things anyways. She said, “Feel the fear and do it anyways”.
At the time I stopped racing professional motocross I was a very lost, scared, and confused. The thing that was driving me at this point in my life was my faith and Jesus. Even Though I was lost, scared, and confused I knew deep in my heart that God had a plan (It wasn’t always this way). No idea what that plan was, I started down the road determined to figure it out, and figuring it out was just what I was about to do.
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I thought to myself, what am I going to do with myself? All I had ever known was racing. I started riding at 4 years old and racing at 11. The biggest difference in my life at this time was Jesus. I was born again, and ready to make a difference in the world.
Have you ever read the book “The Tortoise and the Hare”? I am pretty sure we all have right? Who always wins the race? The slow, humble, diligent tortoise, or the loud, cocky, boasting hare? If you have read the book then you know it is the tortoise. Why do you think that is?
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What do you think the writer of this fable was trying to teach us? Who was the teaching for? Was it just for the kids or the adults too? Do you think the writer was trying to communicate to both the children and the adults at the same time? Was there a simple beautiful message that if learned and applied at a very young age could change our lives forever?
Have you reached your happy place? A place in your life at which you feel happy. Maybe this is an easy question for you. For others this is probably a very difficult question.
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I think finding our happy place is something we all struggle with at times, would you not agree? Why do you think that is? Do you think we have the wrong map? And because we have the wrong map we continue to go in circles never to reach our happy place?
Last Sunday, my wife and I were at my parents riding dirt bikes with my brother, his buddies, and our nephews. It was a beautiful hot, sunny, April day, and we were enjoying quality time with family and friends. As we raced around the track together we quickly became tired and thirsty.
We stopped and my wife grabbed us all a water. As we rested, quenched our thirst, and talked about the track, my little nephew who is five years old looked up at my wife and I and says,