GOD, YOUR GUT, AND SLOWING DOWN

You’ve heard it, “listen to God,” right? You’ve probably also heard, “listen to your gut”. These are very common. If you listen closely, you can hear these phrases being used several times a day. You probably say them yourself – I use them daily.

As I was writing this, I started having flash backs to just this past week of my wife saying these things to me. I can’t remember if I listened to her, I was probably going to fast. Sad but true.

Listening to God and your gut isn’t an easy thing to do. It takes time. Especially today with the pace at which our society moves. I’m actually in a plane writing this now (that is packed) and people are actively doing a million things.

At a hundred miles per hour, how can we slow down enough to listen to God and our gut? Can it really be done? The answer is yes. It just takes a serious commitment, disciple, and a daily pursuit to slow down and listen.

Who wants to do that? I mean, we have a hundred and one things to do today. We have kids to run, homework to do, dogs to walk, and houses to clean. When would we have time? We need to be making time. I’m trying to make time daily to slow down and listen to God and my gut.

The fact is, we have to many people moving to fast that we’ve lost the importance of listening to God and our gut? And because of this, we have horrible decisions being made. I am guilty of it and so are you. I am also working on it. Are you?

When you stop and actually tap into listening to God and your gut, you start to make better decisions. Decisions that benefit you, your family, your companies, your team, and your country. You want that right?

Slow down and listen to God and your gut.

 

I WAS BORN RICH

I was born rich. Not with money or even a need for money, but with opportunities and blessings from GOD. You were too. If you think you weren’t, look around you in awe of the beauty and awesomeness!

Because I was born rich and I had a desire to pursue my goals and dreams, I’ve lived an awesome life – and I am just getting started. I have nothing to complain, bitch, or whine about – neither do you.

I’ve had tough times, I’ve lost everything, people have hated me (some still do) but all in all God is good and I’m still rich. And again, so are you. I will get it through to you by the time I’m done writing this.

If you look around you, you probably think, I’m broke, these people are broke, blah, blah, blah. None of that means anything, it’s utterly meaningless. What means anything at all is that you live in a land where you can do anything. Tomorrow morning you could wake up and start a business, learn to fly a plane, go to school, whatever you want. How awesome is that? Pretty fricken awesome!

Just because you were born rich and you can pursue any opportunity doesn’t mean that things are going to be easy. You will have hard times, you may loose everything, people will hate you, it’s all part of it – it’s called life.

Everything that I’ve gotten out of life was obtained through dedication, hard work, and a desire to achieve something greater. You desire to achieve something greater right?

From the time I was born I had a desire for victory and a rich life, meaning victory and richness in life, not as a driver.

Here’s the message for today to all of you who are searching now for something greater. Wherever you may be, whether you’re at your highest or the opposite of that, at your lowest, you must show great strength and determination. Do everything with love and with a deep belief that God created you rich and with a desire for you to do something awesome. One day you’ll achieve your aim and you’ll look back and say, “Thank you God.”

 

FACE TO FACE

As human beings, we are wired toward interacting (in person) and learning from one another, an easy thing to forget these days now that we have technology that can do pretty much everything we need.

Think about it, we have skype, screen share, social networking: linkedin, twitter, facebook, email, iPhone apps, facetime, virtual assistant, you name it it’s been created or it’s in the process of being created.

In spite of all great technology, things get done face to face. Technology may empower us to get more done faster, but the rubber meets the road when people get together and hash things out in person.

You can probably tell, I am a huge advocate of in person interaction regardless of how unproductive it sometimes seems to be. People can say and think what they want, but people have evolved over many, many years to be efficient at working with, arguing, and talking over ideas and pursuits with people, face to face. Without these face to face meetings would we be where we are at today? Absolutely not.

I love social networking tools and remote technology, but they are nowhere near as efficient as meeting up in person and jamming it out.

So the next time you have the opportunity to meet in person over skype or some other tool, grab your stuff and head out the door. You will be surprised with how much more you can accomplish.

Also, as a reminder add an action step to your calendar each week that says, “Talk and interact with humans in person”.

 

SCREW THOSE WHO SAY YOU CAN’T

Do you have people in your life that tell you, you can’t? How does this make you feel?

The reason people will tell you that you can’t is because in reality they are the one’s that can’t. Instead of them getting off their ass and going out there and trying something, they would rather sit around and tell you, you can’t. These people suck in my book. You know what I tell these people? Suck it.

Quit listening to the negative Nancies and dream killers and start listening to God and your Gut. You can do anything that you put your mind to and there is nothing, and I mean nothing that you can’t do in this world.

As we come up on 2012, I challenge you to put all naysayers aside, dream big, and go for it. Yes, you are going to fail miserably (I’ve failed so many times I lost count) but that’s just part of the game. You will get back up, brush yourself off and keep going. And in the end, you can look back and be thankful that you stepped out and did something incredible.

 

LEADING A CREATIVE LIFE OR SUCKING AIR

Are you leading a creative life or just sucking air?

If someone looked at you from the outside what would they say, “wow that dudes life sucks?”.  Maybe, just maybe it’s time to ditch this life for a sweet creative one? Think about it. And until then, check out this awesome guide to making your inner genius your greatest asset on the job by Jason Fiefer of Fast Company. You can Follow Jason Feifer @heyfeifer and @fastcompany on Twitter too!

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Now go and get your creative on!

 

ITS TIME TO PERSEVERE

It’s time to persevere, and there is no better time than now. Why? Well, let me quick tell you why. The new year is just around the corner and it’s time that we rid all challenges, difficulties, and any past failures and move forward with a positive attitude and outlook on the future.

Today, around the world there are thousands if not millions of innovative leaders that are struggling to do good, meaningful work in a time of overbearing bureaucracy, horrible leadership,  and non stop failing solutions.

If you look around, you will see that everyone is working harder, and in most cases, in greater isolation than ever before.

Between the fast pace of work and life, family, balance, and the fear and anxiety, it is becoming almost impossible to have the energy and enthusiasm to keep going. However, this also means that everyone must stand up, brush off the years of good efforts that have been taken away by events beyond our control, and lets continue our efforts to do and achieve great things despite all difficulties, and failures.

What do you say? Let’s go!

 

PAINFULLY OBVIOUS CONCLUSION

Over the years, I’ve learned a painfully obvious conclusion – and this is after God and the people who love me were speaking to me the whole time. What I’ve learned, and maybe you can relate, is that when I try to make things happen on my own, my accomplishments end up being nothing more than insignificant.

Tip and fact: Self made people don’t make much of an impact.

If you want to be a great leader and make an impact while you’re here – for the short time that we are, be sure to surround yourself with amazing people who lift you up and help you be successful. You could be the most talented person in the world, however without the help of others your success is limited.

Whatever you believe, your influence springs from an awareness of your dependence and a willingness to express thanks to those who help you rise up and do great things.

For me, my visions are much larger than my ability, which leaves me two options: give up or go find help – I choose to go find help and go after my visions. More and more each day, I learn how important and thankful I am to have such amazing people in my life that allow me to do incredible things. And without these people I would be nothing. For this I thank all of these people for helping make my dreams a reality.

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What about you?

Are you trying to be self made?

 

 

WHAT WILL YOU DO IF SOMETHING HAPPENS TO YOUR STAR?

Is your company operating on a lone star model? Do you understand the consequences of building a company around this model?

This happens more often than you think – companies that are built around one person and when he or she leaves everything tends to slowly fall apart. Think Apple years ago – there are several others too. You do not want this. Take the time to discover and nurture talent in every area of your organization.

It doesn’t matter how good a strategy or value prop you have, at the end of the day, you will need a well crafted organization filled with talent if you want to execute and build a successful organization.

In today’s knowledge economy, team building is one of the most important risks you need to manage – building a strong team can be difficult too, but possible when made a priority. Are you making it a priority?

Note: A strong team is not one where a single person disproportionally influences the team’s results.

Everyone seems to cherish the company champ, but if you want constant business growth, you better have organizational structures in place to ensure that the other team members are ready to take the lead when something happens to the champ.

What about you?

How are you building your organization?