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Too many of you are like the living dead; missing out on all the potential happiness and greatness that is within your grasp. Snap out of it! Wake up and make it happen. Write your own story and live while your alive.

Are You Really Alive or Among the Living Dead!

“Most men die at 25 but aren’t buried until they’re 80!”

What a tragedy! Too many people are just existing, are just going through the motions and just spinning their wheels. But this should not be the case! We really need to be ALIVE!

Is every part of your life filled with excitement? Or are you feeling that your life is not going anywhere?

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 I know some elder couples who told me in tears that they wish they had lived when they had the chance. And wish they did a difference in the world when the opportunity was right before us!

DO NOT LET THIS BE YOUR STORY!

Decide today to WAKE UP and make a DIFFERENCE!

It takes action, attitude and consistency to climb the valley of death and start looking around and seeing what you have been missing and really enjoying the greatness that life has to offer.

You Should Have a Life List

I always get shocked when I meet people that don’t have a life list. A list of great things that need to be accomplished before death.

  • Where is the drive to live before you die?
  • Where is the desire to reach your potential?
  • Where is this burning inside to really make a difference?
  • Where is the passion to accomplish something great?
  • Where is that internal fire that lights you up to really go out and do something?
  • Where is your plan to really live?

Most of the people don’t have a list of books they want to read to make themselves better!

If you don’t have a list until this moment, then it is time to make one! Seriously! You need a list.

What Does It Mean to You to Be Really Alive?

I challenge you to rekindle the fire in you and bring it back. Start DREAMING and have a VISION. Don’t let anybody pull , tear or squelch you down! I challenge you to catch a vision of what means to you to really live and then start working on your vision. And you know what! This is going to acquire some improvements. I invite you to get excited about this quest of excellence to get better.

You may not be knowing that experiences that make you uncomfortable cause you to stretch, to reach out and to grow. Because nothing gets better until you DO!

Write your own ticket! Create your own life! Get excited and start getting this drive and passion to reach those heights. Look up way beyond your current view to what you can become!

What can you do with this life?

Get this mentality and mindset:

  • What can I accomplish?

  • What can I achieve?

  • Who can I become?

Remember, you are too great to play small! Your greatness is in you but it is going to acquire great effort to bring it out. Get up and get going and make yourself the very best you can be!

Don’t be like those people who have no goals, no ambitions, and no drives. Instead, work hard on yourself than you do on anything else and guess what! It will affect everything else positively! I promise!

People without a vision, a passion or a drive have no future!

We Live in the Greatest Time of the Whole History! So Make Sure You Get Your Advantage of It

I think we live in the greatest time of the history of this earth! Never before has it been so easy to reach for awesomeness! Greatness is right there within your reach! Never before have had access to so much great information and knowledge. Never before have we had the opportunity to share our message around the world with a click of a button! So don’t allow to be squelched in a time of greatness! Don’t just walk among the living dead! WAKE UP and live a legacy. Get to that point where you live on such a high level.

LIVE WHILE YOU ARE ALIVE!

Here’s What Should Be On Your List

  • What do you want to see?

  • What do you want to experience?

  • What do you want to achieve?

  • What acknowledge do you want to acquire?

  • Who do you want to become?

  • What skills and abilities do you want?

  • How do you want to shape your personality?

Put together that list and start making it happen today!

Don’t go through your life making decisions based on other people’s thoughts!

Don’t get to the end of your life and look back with a whole bunch of “WHY DIDN’T EYES!!!”

Decide today to be really ALIVE!

Go out today and be ALIVE!

REACH UPWARD!

Greg

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Where Do I Begin? How To Live The Life You Love

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to live a live they love.

In fact, one of the most frequent questions we receive is, “Where do I start?  How do I create a life I love?”

How to live the life you love?  That is the question of questions!

Listen to this audio session to learn how to successfully begin that wonderful process of designing and creating the life you love!

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“I am having a difficult time figuring out the direction in my life. I don’t want the 9 to 5 or the many years of college.. I want to do something I truly enjoy. Like you. But I don’t know where to begin. How did you break the chain?”

Let’s be completely honest, Thoreau was right.  “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to their graves with their song still in them.”

 Whatever you do, don’t let that statement describe your life!

Who would honestly want to spend years in quiet desperation, with an occasional burst of happiness and excitement?  Not me.

I’d rather share the music that is inside my soul and spend my ENTIRE life living according to my highest priorities, and doing work that matters and that I enjoy.

The majority of people don’t love their lives, they just accept them.  Most people admit that they don’t really love their jobs, they just get up every day and go to their job because they have to…. for 40 years.

 People dream about being happier, being more fulfilled, being great… but rarely do they make it a reality.

 

Life Doesn’t Have to Be Like That!

You can do work that you love.  You can live an extraordinary life, filled with enthusiasm, fulfillment and peace.

Be advised: it will take work.  You will have to bust your tail to make it happen.  You will have to become a life-long learner, devouring the best books and information available.  You will have to join the quest for excellence and give your very best.  You will have to make sacrifices and pay a price.  And yes, it will be worth it.

There will probably be times when you are broke, when you have to take odd jobs to cover your bills.  There may be things you have to go without while you are creating your ideal family lifestyle.

But if you truly long to live a life that most people can’t, you must be willing to pay the price that most people won’t.

Let me clarify before you begin to think that I am suggesting that you sacrifice your family, your faith and your fitness on the altar of the almighty dollar.  I am NOT suggesting that at all.  Many have done that, to their deepest remorse and regret.  Laying the most important things aside in order to make fortunes is most certainly not what I am talking about.  Those stories almost always end in tragedy, like Larry H Miller.  Read his autobiography, Driven.

No, the price tag that I am talking about–the one I have paid in my own life, and the one I’ve seen many other people pay to design and create fantastic lives–does not sacrifice the most important things in life in exchange for money and honors.  No, it does the opposite.  It requires the protection of those most precious things and the sacrifice of the unessential.

You have to sacrifice social conditioning and conventional thinking.  You have to be willing to dance to the beat of music within you.  You have to handle the ridicule and the scorn.  You have to believe in your dream when few others will.  You have to fall on your face, probably more than once, and then deal with the “I told you so” that follows.

You have to throw away your television,  take a solemn vow to not listen to the radio anymore and instead turn it into an audio university, only listening to the best audio books and programs available.  You have buy great books first, and then buy groceries.

You will want to sell all your crap, because you will come to understand the burden of possession, realizing that everything you own takes up thought, time, energy, effort, space or money.  You’ll want to become a prioritized minimalist, only purchasing and owning the things that will add real value to your life.  The rest of it goes.

You have to commit to using all your time very wisely and stop wasting it on anyone or anything that isn’t on the path to greatness.  You have to learn to say NO.  No to the people and practices that suck time out of your life.  No to killing time idly surfing the internet, texting endlessly and updating your social media feeds.  You will likely have to end some friendships, because who you associate with does influence the outcome of your life.

While others sleep, you will study.  While others eat, you will practice.  While others are out seeking entertainment and stress relief from a life they don’t love, you will be working vigorously to build a life you love.

You’ll get your body out of bed early in morning to study and exercise; really early because you still want to spend quality time with God and with your spouse and children.

There are only so many minutes in a 24 hour day.  If one priority gets added, another one naturally gets removed.  That’s the law of time.  Where most people go wrong is by removing the wrong things.  They stop exercising and start eating fast food, and they pay for later in life.  They neglect their relationship with God and feel the void that leaves behind.  And they spend more time with bosses and coworkers than they do with their family.  They make time for ‘happy hour’ at the local bar and of course for their favorite TV series or sports games–they’ll never miss those.

Don’t do it.  Keep first things first.  Sacrifice the fluff first!

 So Where Do You Start?

We just covered the basic life philosophy that will be a measuring device for your decisions and actions.  Now you need to get the vision.  You cannot hit a target that you cannot see.

What does your ideal family lifestyle look like?  What are you doing to really live, not merely exist? You have to see it and feel it.  The greatest sculptors can see what they are carving out of the raw stone.  Become the sculptor of your life.

  • What are you relationships like?  Do you love like you should?
  • What do you do with your time?  How you spend your days is how you spend your life.
  • What kind of shape are you in?  No matter what else you have in life, you cannot enjoy it if you do not have great health.

What kind of work do you do?  Is it meaningful?  Does it matter? Do you get up everyday excited to do it?  Is it fulfilling to you?  Is it utilizing your God-given talents and gifts?

What are your gifts and talents?  What are you passionate about?  In what field would you love to be GREAT?  What service, knowledge or advice do people come to you for?  What do you love to do so much that you could do it all the time?  What is it that just lights your fire when you’re doing it?  For me it is speaking and teaching; helping others in their quest for excellence.  That just lights me up.  I love it!  I truly feel like that is my mission; it is the song I was born to sing.  What is yours?

You have to clearly answer each of those questions in writing.  Spend some time in thought and prayer.  Think about it.  Pray about it.  Ask God to guide your life.  I believe He has a specific plan for each of us.

Write it all down in detail so that you have absolute clarity about your vision.

Each of those questions and elements are critically important.  I’m creating a 5 week training program around them entitled, The Five Fundamental Factors For a Fantastic Life.

The five factors are: Fitness, Family, Future(education and skills), Funding, and Fun.  Each week we dive deep into the why and the how of each one.  I just can’t emphasize enough how important each of those are.  Make sure you are excelling in every one of them.

The Next Step is That You Have to Want It Enough to Get It.

You remember the story when the young man went to see Socrates and said he wanted wisdom.  Socrates took him out into the ocean.  Then he grabbed the young man and held his head under the water, long enough for him to really struggle.  When he finally let him up, the young man came out gasping for air.  Socrates asked him what he wanted more than anything else.  He wanted to breathe!!!  He wasn’t under the water wondering if he’d gotten any emails or texts.  He wasn’t thinking about updating his twitter feed about his meeting with Socrates.  He wasn’t thinking about the party this weekend.  He wanted to breathe!!!  The wise leader taught him that when he wanted wisdom as desperately and as intensely as he wanted to breathe, then he would have it.

The same holds true for me and for you.  When we want our vision so intensely that we are no longer distracted by trivialities, that we no longer use the lame excuse that ‘life gets in the way’, that we no longer blame others, or our past, or our circumstances, then we will pay the price and achieve what we desire.

And don’t be surprised when you knock on the door of opportunity and Work answers the door.  Opportunity is always dressed in work clothes.  She has her boots on and she’s ready get it done.

Get that level of desire.  Get it until it burns in your bones.  Get it until you eat, drink and sleep it.  Let that vision permeate every cell of your body.  Then get to work.

Write Out a Clear Plan of Action.

In your mind, jump ahead 5 years and see your life.  Then work backwards from that point and identify each of the mile posts along the way.  What will you have to accomplish to have reached each one?  Be very clear and very specific.  Continue working backward until you reach today.  What will you do today to start moving toward your goals?

Make sure your plan has prioritized, actionable steps that you can work on everyday.  Now work on something each day.

One of the biggest inhibitors to success is that people don’t work one their goals each day.  They think about it, they talk about it, they plan on it, but they don’t actually do it.  So weeks pass, then months, then years pass and they have that sad realization that they could have achieved their dreams if they had just worked towards it each day.

So you could break down your plan something like this: 3 five-year goals,  3 one-year goals, 3 monthly goals and 3 specific goals for today.  Breaking it down like that keeps it simplified and forces you to prioritize.

For example, today’s goals could be to choose a business name, sign up for web hosting and buy a domain name.  This month’s goals could be to have a logo designed, have the website designed, and write all the needed content.

Visualize, prioritize, plan and do.

Life is what you make it.  Make it AWESOME.

Please share this with your friends and family who want and need to live a more meaningful life.  Let’s work together to help people be happier!

Please share you comments and questions below.  I look forward to hearing from you.

REACH UPWARD!

Greg

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Look Up And Live

Good morning,sun

good afternoon,

good night,

whatever it is, it’s GOOD!

There are so many things that have to be done. Laundry, dishes, cleaning, cooking.  Meetings, work, errands.  It never ends. That’s why it’s so easy to put your head down and just march onward.

But we have to stop ourselves and look up!

Make sure that during the routine of life you take time to look up and see all the wonderful things that life has to offer.

Take time out to create memories with family and friends, and love them.

Look up and see all the opportunities to make a difference and then do something.

Look up and behold the incredible creations of God, and thank Him for them.

(Recorded while living in the Caribbean a few years ago.)

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bikeI wanted to share some thoughts today. I absolutely love hiking, walking and spending time in the mountains and in God’s creations.  And if you’ve ever read anything that I write, you know that I love getting out and seeing God’s creations and enjoying getting away from men’s creations.

But I noticed something. While hiking in the trials, I used to keep my head down and speed up a little bit. But wait a minute,I haven’t seen anything! I have had my head down the whole time and I missed what I actually wanted to see! For me, I like to go to the mountains to see God’s creations, but if I get my head down, I miss out on a lot of experiences.

When I realized it finally and looked up, I saw an amazing surrounding! I got to stop and take this for granted.nat

For me, I love to keep my head up and look at things and appreciate them.

I can go out every morning and peacefully walk around and be inspired by the beauty that I see, hear and feel.

What a great lesson I learned that day ! To keep your head up.

How often do we get going in life and our heads are drop down and we just go to work?

By putting our heads down, we miss some of the beauty and the wonders of life. We have got to keep our heads up!

Someone said:

“Who is so cut up in getting it done, that they missed out on the joy of actually doing it.”

So, just stop, pick up your head, look up and live!

 Lift up your head and find the joy in the doing and not so much in the getting it done.

Find joy and gratitude all around you.

Look up and find joys and creations,

look  up in the sky, the rains, the clouds, the seasons and live,

get your head off the path,

and look up and live!

In everything you are doing, take that effort to raise your head, where you have a  better perspective, and live your life.

Open your eyes, lift up your head, look up and live! And life will be so much more enjoyable!

Ironically often, as we look up and live, we actually see things that help us get the job done faster, more effective and even better than we could have done it if we just kept our head down.

☛Look up and find that inspiration!

☛Look up and find those other paths!

☛Look up and enjoy the doing and not so much in the getting it done.

REACH UPWARD!

Greg

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