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THE BEST WAY TO PREDICT YOUR FUTURE IS TO CREATE IT


Could anything be worse than having your own siblings sell you as a slave in a foreign country?!

Man, that would stink!  But Joseph made the most of it.  He didn’t give up.  He didn’t throw in the towel and acquiesce to a miserable existence.  He was offered an un-lucrative position in slavery, and he decided to be great at it.  He was going to climb up that ‘slavery ladder’ to the top.

Well, just like in the corporate world, there were immoral, conniving individuals who wanted Joseph to compromise his integrity.  He refused.  So should you!

That landed him in a new and exciting position… in a prison cubicle.  Certainly he would give up now.  Who could possibly endure a demotion from slavery?  But no!  He was determined.  He was unstoppable!  Are you?

The path DOWN into the prison was the path UP into greatness.  That is often the case with great individuals.  There are almost always major ‘failures’ along the way.

As you know, after a few years in the lower ranks, Joseph was promoted to ‘Vice President’ of Egypt.  Htriumphrockis path to greatness enabled him to save many thousands of lives, including his own people.

This is one of the greatest success stories ever told.  Never, ever give up.  If Joseph, and others, can rise to greatness from where they started, then most assuredly, you can too!

The problem isn’t whether it’s possible or not, the problem is whether you REALLY want it or not.

There are many good people who are lax and careless, and who continually procrastinate.  They are casual about life and rarely devoted to improving themselves and their situation.  There is always someone or something else to blame… obviously they’re a victim.  They go through the motions in some areas, but are not valiant in their commitment.

These are not bad people doing bad things; they merely fail to do the things required to achieve greatness.

When opportunities are present, they are unprepared to take advantage of them.  They have failed to make themselves ready.  They often remain in the same undesirable circumstances for most of their lives.  Somehow they keep falling for that old lie…that their ‘lucky break’ is just around the corner, that happiness will come with that next stage of life.

No it won’t!  IT WON’T COME UNTIL WE MAKE IT COME.

But there they are, trudging along in circles, busily going nowhere.  The path of mediocrity goes around and around, in a smooth, uninterrupted circle.  That path is well worn.

Somewhere up on the mountain, high in the clouds, lies the path to greatness.  On that rigorous trail, stalwart souls are making sacrifices.  They get up early and stay up late.  They WORK when it’s time to work, but definitely not all the time.  These people know how to prioritize their whole life.

There is very little, if any time for being idle on this path.  These climbers know they can’t waste their time and their future by watching TV, driving around listening to the radio and blowing their money and their potential at ‘happy hour.’  (That name, btw, is one of the greatest contradictions I’ve ever heard.  True happiness will never come out of a bar.)

Instead, they are dedicated to personal and professional growth.  They have learned to focus their efforts on the things that matter most, even when they don’t feel like doing it.  That’s what gets them out of the rat race.  They have a ‘do it anyway’ attitude toward the tasks that must be done.

They are inspired and driven by a vision of their potential and their dreams, allowing neither distractions nor detours.  They are not lured off onto the spurs along the trail.  Oh no, they are determined to succeed… and they will.

Invictus

By William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

Do not leave your future to chance, to wishing things will get better, to ‘well, I guess we’ll see,’ or to ‘I hope it works out’ attitudes.

Life will be precisely what you make of it.  And that demands action.

Samuel Johnson once remarked that ‘hell is paved with good intentions.’   Good intentions don’t get it done; that’s up to you.  Neither God nor the universe, nor anybody else will translate your good hopes and desires and intentions into results.  Each of us must do that for ourselves.  No one else is going to do it for you.  Not the lottery, not the government, not some get-rich-quick scheme, not even your super rich great uncle you hope dies soon and leaves you his inheritance.

“If it’s to be, it’s up to me!”

You want a great future?  Then create it.  Make it happen.

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”

Putting off until ‘tomorrow’ what you could make happen today, is subjecting yourselves to years of bondage.  Bondage to indolence, to bad habits and addictions; bondage to circumstances and weaknesses;  bondage to an okay life.

You can do better than that.

You came to this life ‘trailing clouds of glory.’  You have greatness in you.  YOU WERE BORN TO SHINE!

Do not settle for a humdrum existence.

Decide.  Design.  Create.  Build an epic life!

Do something, anything, right now, that will help you create a life you love!

REACH UPWARD!

Greg

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Living Deliberately:  How to Create a Ridiculously Awesome Life

Identifying Your Values. The Things I Value Most.

IMG_0896 It was a really cold night, but fortunately it had not snowed yet.  We went to a friend’s house with our five kids, for a little dress up party.  It was the night before Halloween and we were living in Homer, AK.

We were only three or four blocks from our house.  At about 9 PM we were tired and loaded up in our minivan to head home.  I was driving slowly down the road and was only about a block from our place when a reckless teenager came racing out of his drive way and t-boned us in the drivers side.  Our car did an immediate 1-80 into the ditch along the side of the road.

I had been an EMT and had volunteered with a county ambulance for two years.  I went right into assess and rescue mode.  I jumped out of my door with the intention of running around to the sliding door on the other side our vehicle to check on my kids.

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To my absolute horror, I stepped out of my van and saw my three year old daughter lying in the weeds on the other side of the ditch.  She had been ejected out of the back window.

I ran over to check her vitals and assess her condition.  She was conscious and alert, but her femur was broken in two.

I began to treat her as best I could, but I was also very concerned for my other children.  My six year old son came walking over to me, covered in blood.  He had been partially scalped.

In the end, my son got some pretty mean looking staples in his head and has some scars that make him look tough.  My daughter got a helicopter ride, a long surgery and a full body cast for 14 weeks.  The rest of us were uninjured.

That was a horrible night of miracles.  As bad as it was, it could have been so much worse.  God was with us that night.  I thank Him often for protecting my sweet, young family.

I share that story because is a great reminder for all of us, as it was for my family that night, about what really matters most in life.

I think we’re safe to say that most people have their values a little mixed up, at least in practice.  Some have never even taken the time to think about what matters most to them.  Those who have, often do not live according to the values they hold dear.

There are so many things to distract us; so many voices beckoning for our attention.

My challenge for each of you is to take some time TODAY to think about what really matters most to you.  Then I invite you WRITE out a plan that will help you live according to those values.
Without a clear plan, the things that matter most are often at the mercy of the things that matter least.  Good people end up with wrested priorities—passionate about the trivial and passive in the critical.

The Things I Value Most

I grew up in a broken home and was out on my own at an early age, struggling to survive and thrive.  Those dark, cold, lonely nights as a teenager, gave me a lot of time and opportunity to think about what was going to be most important in my life.  I made some crucial decisions, and then put them in writing.  Here are a few things that I resolved to value most, throughout my life.

God

He is my Father and my Friend.  I speak with Him often and study His precious words every morning.  His words give direction, focus, clarity and meaning to my life.  I love Him with all my heart and seek to do those things that are pleasing in HIS sight.

All that I am and ever hope to be; all that I do or ever hope to accomplish is because of His kindness, His grace, His mercy, His love and His support.  He helps me to live a life of meaning and purpose, to sing the song that I was born to sing.

How are you drawing closer to God?

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The bitter loneliness I experienced as young man really drove me to value family above all other people and things.  I wanted so desperately to have a WONDERFUL marriage to an incredible woman.  And together we would raise fantastic children.  So far, so good!

My wife is gorgeous and amazing!  She is about to give birth to our SIXTH child.  We love our kids so much.  Because we love them so much, we give them both quality AND quantity time and attention.  I realized early on that what my children needed most was me, not my bank account.  That required some tough decisions and some serious changes.  It is so worth it!  I spend the majority of my time, energy and effort with my wife and children.  We live an AWESOME life!

What will you do this year to prove to your family that they are your top priority?

Education

THERE IS NEVER A GRADUATION FROM EDUCATION!

Any person who desires to accomplish anything of real value in this life, must do so through education.

I don’t necessarily mean schooling here, but learning… REAL learning.

I read voraciously, in many fields, but especially in my chosen fields of greatness.  I get up every day around 4 AM.  Not because I’m cramming for a final; not because I might get a bad grade if I don’t study; and not because anyone makes me, or even pays me.  I study because I love to learn.  I study because I earnestly want to become a better man every. single. day.

How many great books have you read in the last 90 days?  How many will you read in the next 90?

HealthGreg Denning

What do you have if you don’t enjoy great health?  Hey…. don’t keep reading.  Answer the question.  What do you really have if you don’t have great health?

Can you adequately put to use that hard earned money?  So many men have sacrificed their health to earn money, only to wish in vain that they could give back all their money to regain their health.

Can you fully relish your most important relationships?

Can you serve God with your whole soul and body?

Frankly, it’s impossible to become your best self if you do not possess great health and fitness.

From the deepest part of my heart I want to live a long, healthy, vigorous life.  I literally want to be able to wrestle with my grandchildren, without aching for days afterwards.  I fully plan on competing in endurance races with my children for years to come.

Great health enables you to enjoy all the other important things in life.

My relationships with those I love is richer and fuller when I feel physically great.  I can spend money on experiences that I’m physically able to enjoy.  I can serve God and man, using my mind, strength and energy to make a positive difference in the world.

Unquestionably, good health and fitness are of the highest worth, and worthy of every effort to acquire and maintain.

Your sacred body is a temple; the vehicle through which you will experience mortality.  Let’s treat it as such.

What habits will you replace/acquire in order to achieve phenomenal health and fitness this year?

Freedom

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I LOVE freedom!  Freedom from tyrants and tyrannical governments; freedom from bondage and despicable violence; but also freedom from bad habits and addictions, substances and dependencies.  I love freedom from fear and ignorance, from prejudice and a ‘small reality.’

I love the freedom of self mastery!

But true freedom comes with a high price.  Every morning I fight my way out of bed to be free from indolence.  Every morning I fight off the darkness of ignorance with enlightening studies.  I am free from obesity because I fight for fitness, and I fight off the temptation to fill my precious body with garbage foods.  Every day I fight to become a better man; to judge less, to love more, and to see things through God’s eyes.

I fight for freedom.  And freedom begins with me.

So what are your values?

Tolstoy’s Ivan Illych spent his life trying to please other people, seeking to fit in and attempting to do and acquire the things his social circle prescribed.

He was never quite happy, and constantly concerned about what others thought?  As he lay on his early deathbed, in agony he asked, “What if my whole life has been wrong?”  He was acknowledging, finally, but too late, that he had not lived his life according to HIS highest values.

That is one of the greatest of life’s tragedies.

Many people waste their lives pursuing the stuff and things of lesser value; becoming passionate about things that really don’t matter, and passive about the ones that do.

Decide today, right now, what you value most and map out a clear plan to live accordingly.

Reach Upward!

Greg

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Understanding the Bible. Incomparable Isaiah Part 13

Understanding the Bible

Isaiah 1: 28-31

28 ¶And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the Lord shall be consumed.

29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.

30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.

31 And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

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Isn’t fire fascinating?

It gives light and warmth, we use it to cook and have some good time at the fire place too.

And that’s what we talked about in the last class. That the Lord has that fire coming on his Saints and his city of Zion and that his going to purify it and cleanse it. So, he is coming with this promise that he is going to cleanse. So whatever could stand the fire, would survive the judgment.

The distinct object of this was to bring back Jerusalem to the pure metal of its own true nature.

Under such God given leaders, Jerusalem would become what it had once been and what it ought to be. And that leads us right to verse 27.

In one version it reads: Zion will be redeemed through judgment and her returning ones through righteousness.

The king James Version reads: Zion shall be redeemed with judgment,

And her converts with righteousness.

It reads: To compensate for the faults, or bad aspects of something, to do something that compensates for poor fast performance or behavior.

Next one says: To atone or make amends for error or evil.

Next one: To save someone from same error or evil.

To gain or regain position of something in exchange for payment. All those fit and add insight to what we are talking about.

So, Zion that city of holiness is a great place where there;s happiness, peace, and freedom. So, when he comes in and cleanses and makes things right, he does it with justice. And her converts with righteousness are going to be redeemed and going to make up for those past experiences. There are going to make things right. So Zion as a city will be purified and come back to her original medal, and the converts individually with righteousness. And righteousness has the power to compensate for faults to repent and to become new. No more desire to do evil but to do good continually.

Morally right or justifiable virtuous perfectly wonderful and fine. So by being morally clean and pure striving for a form of perfection. Not that we are going to be perfect,  we are going to make mistakes and we are going fall down. But we are seeking to become Crise like. And to live every day in a way that is pleasing to Him. And by doing so according to the definition of the dictionary, we can do something, which is the righteousness, that compensates for poor past performance or behavior.

And so we seek to be like Him, we seek to be redeemed on an individual basis and as a group.

So Israel and Zion through judgment and justice can be redeemed.

Now, that judgment will come in two types.

  1. On the part of the righteousness. It comes in Zion itself and those who are converted or going to be redeemed.
  2. Will be upon the centers and Saints. And that bondage of wickedness is going to be broken.

In the consequence of which those who turn to Jehova, would be incorporated into his true church. So those who are weak would be taken away and those who are righteous will be incorporated into his true church.

So, it will be great for the righteous, it’ll be great for those who want to repent, change and to become purified.  And it’ll be terrible for those who refuse to acknowledge and repent.

In his version, verse 28 reads:

And breaking up of the rebellious and centers together and those who forsake Jehovah will parish.

In King James version it reads:

Under the destruction of the transgressors and of the centers shall be together and they forsake the lord shall be consumed.

I prefer the word rebellious because I think from the context of the chapter it is the rebellion that’s more than just a transgressor.

Often in the scripters, the threat is with the sword, with famine, with fire, and with natural disasters uses many methods and ways to bring justice.

Now, verse 29 is very powerful, so let’s dig into it.

Isiah 1:29 reads:

For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.

Let’s talk about that desire for a second, Dallin Oak said:

“Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions.The desires we act on determine our changing, our achieving, and our becoming.”

So what we desire in our hearts is what we bring about in our lives. It is important to remember that God has said He granteth unto men according to their desires. He also said that he will judge us according to our work. Our actions reveal our desires.

Neal Maxwell said:

“Therefore what we insistently desire over time is what we will eventually become.”

What we desire will come about in our lives and it’ll determine who we become. So, we’ve got to make sure that our desires are righteous because they dictate our priorities, they shape or choices, they determine our actions and who eventually will we become.

Where is our time, tension and energy focused? When you wake up int the morning what you think about first? When you go throughout the day where are your thoughts focused? Is it in doing the Lords will? Fulfilling the major of your creation and doing the things you were born to do? Are you seeking to be truly Christ-like?

It is all about what’s in our hearts and what’s in our desires!

Let’s turn now to Alma 36:14-15. It reads:

14 Yea, and I had murdered many of his children, or rather led them away unto destruction; yea, and in fine so great had been my iniquities, that the very thought of coming into the presence of my God did rack my soul with inexpressible horror. 15 Oh, thought I, that I could be banished and become extinct both soul and body, that I might not be brought to stand in the presence of my God, to be judged of my deeds.

Let’s look at a great example in Malachi 3:13-14.

13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? 14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?

What a horrible attitude! These are the people who find it so hard to be Christien. And it is pathetic and very sad to see this kind of people.

I would like to share some quotes from Neal Maxwell from in book All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience (Click HERE to get the book).

“Let us not be drawn of the straight narrow path of survice, as have some new converst to the religion of selfishness, by misplaced envy of those traveling in other directions whose happiness is the mock happiness of selfish lifestyles. How ironic it is to envy someone who has a pretty figure but who is a spiritual cripple. The fleeing and transitory ‘advantages’ such individuals seem to have dissolve even as the multitude drools over them. Sophisticated selfishness is still selfishness, even when cleverness tries to pose as substance. Glibness by someone who leads a flawed life cannot cover, except cosmetically, the spiritual speechlessness that afflicts that person. Nor can large bank accounts fill the empty vault of the soul.”

That’s so good! The sophisticated selfishness is still selfishness. So where are the great souls, the ones that should be honored?

“In this respect, the young will live to see a certain madness in some majorities in the world . heretofore thought impossible. Pilate yielded Barabbas instead of Jesus to just such a crowd. Someone has recently coined what is called the Gadarene Swine Law, which is, simply put, that just because a group is in formation does not mean that it is ing in the right direction.”

Isaiah 1:30 reads:

For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.

It is all about the mind. The mind is a garden and what you put in is what you get out, what you plant is what you harvest. And our whole lives are gardens. The garden doesn’t care what you put in it, it just returns to you what you put it in. Thus, life is exactly what you and I make of it. Your life and my life is a garden, and if our gardens have no living water, because of our choices, the gardens will drys up and be unproductive.

Isaiah 1:31 reads:

And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

So the idol becomes the spark that sets this mass of fiber in flames so that they are both irretrievably consumed.

By strong, he is not referring to the spiritually strong but perhaps he refers to the one who is politically powerful, who is popular and wealthy. So those who are strong among men but weak among the lord. And yes it is possible to be strong among men and strong with God. You become strong with God and he will make you strong among men.

We need to follow great leaders and lead out ourselves. We need to lead away from this wickedness and this neglect of God and this ridiculous consuming monopoly type care of the world! We must flee out of Babylon and leave her things behind.

Put your heart and mind right. Focus, think about, and care about the things that really matter most. Let’s make sure that our hearts and mind are in the right place and that we are concerned about helping and loving others. That we are not filled with the desires for those oaks.

Let us turn our lives over to the Lord!

REACH UPWARD!

Greg

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If Not Now…When. How To Start Getting Things Done

David and I“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is now.”

Have you ever been guilty of talking about all those great things your ‘going to do’ but never actually get done?  I think you know what I’m talking about.

There are so many people who are forever talking, planning, scheming, and ‘about to’ do something great, but never actually get it done.

You and I have heard this about weight loss, relationships, businesses, travel, organizations, church service and on and on.  People are forever talking about their good intentions.  Very few actually do anything about them.  Be part of the few.

Failure to actually get it done is one of the greatest faults in humanity.

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Personal Growth-You Never Solve Your Problems…

100_2307You Have to Outgrow Them!

Carl Jung has been attributed with this wonderful quote,

“You never solve your problems, you have to outgrow them.”

I love it!

You and I have to, and get to, grow and grow and grow. And as we do, the problems and challenges that once caused us so much grief will shrink into little disturbances that we can easily handle or hurdle.

They become mere practice at the obstacle course.  Mickey Mouse problems.

What an empowering thought! You can outgrow all of your problems! It makes perfect sense. Let me illustrate with swimming.

If you were to take a man, who cannot swim, and drop him 10 meters off shore, he would have a big problem. But you have outgrown that problem and could swim to shore, no problem. Well, what if we took you out 500 meters from shore? Many of you would have a very hard time getting back to shore alive. Can you outgrow that problem? Of course! I have competed in several short-distance triathlons and so I could swim in from around a mile out, but beyond that, I would have a problem. Have others outgrown that problem? Of course! An IronMan triathlete could easily swim in from 2.5 miles out, and count it as a work out.

You see, it’s all about our personal growth and development, our growth rings. How big are your growth rings?

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STOP Trying to Keep Up With The Joneses-Live on Purpose, Not on Pretense

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“A Fox and a Monkey were on the road together, and fell into a dispute as to which of the foxitwo was the better born. They kept it up for some time, till they came to a place where the road passed through a cemetery full of monuments, when the Monkey stopped and looked about him and gave a great sigh. “Why do you sigh?” said the Fox. The Monkey monkeypointed to the tombs and replied, “All the monuments that you see here were put up in honour of my forefathers, who in their day were eminent men.” The Fox was speechless for a moment, but quickly recovering he said, “Oh! don’t stop at any lie, sir; you’re quite safe: I’m sure none of your ancestors will rise up and expose you.”

Boasters brag most when they cannot be detected.”

  • Live on purpose, not on pretense.
  • Stop telling people how good you are and start working on becoming REALLY good.
  • Stop the show and get to work.
  • Stop trying to keep up with the Joneses.  Forget the Joneses!
  • Never look laterally for approval…LOOK HEAVENWARD!
  • Let us be who we and let’s be our very best selves!

There’s so much of social conditioning and so much competition to keep up with “the Joneses” or to compare and compete with anybody else. So we get into this ridiculous little social condition a lot.

Let us leave pretense alone and  get rid of this peacock pageantry.

I am going to define ‘pretense’ for you guys.

  • An attempt to make something that is not the case appear true.
  • A false display of feelings, attitudes or intentions.
  • The practice of inventing imaginary situations.
  • Affected or ostentatious speech or behavior.

So let us leave pretense alone. Why the need to try to cover up and hide what is. If you need help, accept help. If you are not as what you want others to think, so be it. So let’s become our very best selves and stop the pretentious peacocking. And let’s live our lives!

Let’s look upward for approval, let’s look for God’s approval and live according to Him and always do things that please Him.

Let’s live life on purpose, not on pretense.

Let our actions speak, let us spend less time telling people how good we are and more time becoming good people by doing good.

Let’s stop the show and get to work and live our life and live it great.

Be concerned only by what God thinks of you and the rest will take care of itself.

My friends, let’s reach upward to excellence and let’s transcend this mediocrity and this pretentious peacocking pageantry. Let’s live our lives on purpose and sing the song that we were born to sing. Let’s be who we were born to be and live excellent lives.

REACH UPWARD

Greg

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The Consistency Compound

Consistency can have a compound effect in your life… for you or against you.

Listen to this recording (right after a vigorous run) to learn how to leverage this unbelievable power as you reach for greatness.

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Recorded in Kennesaw, Georgia 10/20/09

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Transcript:

The power of consistency and it’s compound results.

If we are consistently improving, and gain 10 or 20% increase in our skill set or talent, then after ten years we are not up 100% or 200%, but we get the compound interest.  We get the 10 or 20% per year on the go from last year.

It Compounds!

In a ten year period we become far, far, far better.

Warren Buffett at one point was the richest man in the world.  He accomplished this nearly impossible feat, noot by having a fantastic year and taking the next year off, or going for the big, huge numbers.  He became the richest by simply being consistent, averagin 25-30% per year for years.  It compounded over time.

We can do the same thing in our lives.  Not that we will necessarily become the very best in our field, but we can easily reach the top 5 or 10 percent of our field by making sure we are consistently improving.

Unfortunately, many of us are experts in inconsistency, procrast-onology, excuse-itis and other ailments.

We think about it wrong.  “I’m going to get in great shape.  I’m going to run a half marathon.” Well, we make it down to the end of street and we are almost dead and they have to offer us mouth to mouth.   Then we say we can’t do it; I’ve got to rest.  So we wait a week or two or three or four. We try it again and have the same result.

Instead, we need to say to ourselves, “I will run everyday.”  That will bring the results we seek.  We will then get to the point where we make steady improvements in one or all of the following three:   speed, distance, elevation.

We can get it done faster.

Go much farther.

Climb steeper hills.

We can do this in every area of our life.   Resolve to make incremental improvements to your life on a consistent basis and you will have phenomenal results!

REACH UPWARD!

Greg

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The One Decision That Determines All The Others

2 pathsThere comes to each of us, a moment in life when we must decide. There are only two options, and there is only one choice.

The first option is to become less than what we are capable of becoming. To live below our potential. To leave our talents and skills undeveloped. To leave our personalities and characters rough and unrefined. To leave self-mastery unattained. To think and read less. To earn less. To serve less. To try less.

Honestly, to Live Less

This options leads to an empty and unfulfilled life. A life of remorse and regret, void of the remarkable experiences that could have been. This option leads to the torment one will feel when the person they are meets the person they might have been.

The other option is the higher road, the one less traveled. This road leads to your full potential, to becoming all that we possibly can be. To do everything within your power to make the most of yourself. To make a significant and positive difference in the world. To read, study and really think. To give and share as much as we can. To transcend mediocrity. To create tremendous value with our talents, skills and abilities. To really sing the song that we were born to sing. To work, to play, to truly get out and live.

This thrilling road is open right before us. No gates, no bars, no guards. Just a decision!

Shakespeare wrote, “To be or not to be.”

To that we add: to think or not to think, to feel or not to feel, to act or not to act, and ultimately, to live or not to live.

This all-important choice is ours to make today!

Why not do everything within our power to do? Why not seek to make a huge difference and expand our circle of influence? Why not strive to become our very best selves, and keep getting better each moment until we leave this life? Why not stretch and grow each year like a tree, achieving remarkable growth rings, instead of having the same unfulfilling experiences year after year?

To become your very best self should be your major, definite purpose in life. Settling for less is simply unacceptable! We were not sent here to fail, nor to merely exist in mediocrity. We are here to LIVE!

“But chief of all Thy wondrous works,

Supreme of all Thy plan,

Thou hast put an upward reach

Into the heart of man.” (Harry Kemp)

So Decide and Act Now

Consistently and vigorously seek results. No excuses. No rationalization. No idle words. Results! And if those results are less than your best, less than your fullest potential, then strive to become better today than you were yesterday. Remember, the greatest value we can bring to those around us, is to make the most of ourselves! Our level of influence will be determined by who and what we have become!

REACH UPWARD!

Greg

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