Find time for yourself

We all have talents and ways to make ourselves feel alive. We have habits, hobbies, and traditions. I challenge you to get out and do something you love. Sew, go for a walk with your kids, stop and smell the roses, look at the stars, shoot some hoops.
Whatever makes your heart pump and turns on your smile, do it! Some day I would like to learn how to sew and knit. Until I make time for that day, this will have to do…

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A Tribute to my Godfather

Skip
This is life. Wiser men and women than myself have not been able to understand the mystery of it all and I think I would be wasting precious moments if I began pondering the mystical question myself. Instead, I will get to living. I fear if we don’t find reason to live, this life just might find a reason for us not to…
I was 26 years old when my godfather passed. Life did not dispose of him. He disposed of life. He lived each day to the fullest. He attacked life and pushed its limits, challenging everyone he touched to smile more, love more and become more. He will always be in our hearts and the strength that he carried and instilled in us lives on, more alive now than ever before.
My godfather made this world better. He was a man that believed in joy and happiness, and he showed that in his generosity, loving spirit, and undying will to make people feel welcome. He worked hard, played hard, and did so with only others in mind. Selfless acts consumed his heart and soul. His examples of what it was to be a man is filling my heart and tear ducts with love. With grease under his nails and the weight of a hard days work on his back he was always dreaming of how he could make your life better…not his own.
Whether at the racetrack, on the road, in a camper, around a fire or rocking in the chair looking through the ‘looking Glass’ his main concerns were the people surrounding him. Were they thirsty, hungry, happy, content, at peace, comfortable? If he had anything to do with it, they were taken care of.
Skip and Georgine were in the business of setting hearts to peace and business was good.
I write for the passing of a titan. I write to find hope. I write to remember today and forever more that we must lead by example. We must find time to make others happy. I write because I love my godfather and I will honor him forever more. I will honor what he stood for…Love, celebration of life, and a desire to never stop moving forward, wherever the road may go.
Who was Skip? Simply put…Someone Keeping It Positive

Made vs Make

You are a product of our surroundings. No doubt about it. IMHO, you have the ability to impact our surroundings just as much as they impact us. In order to get the most out of life you must make your surroundings work for you. In other words, make your life, do not be made by life.
Example: you are on the road traveling, it’s been a long day and you are tired. You are staying in a hotel and the beds are comfy, the cable and wireless internet are yours for the using, and the hotel fitness room makes ‘subpar’ look first class. What do you do?
Are you going to be made by your surroundings? Kick off your shoes, use every towel in the bathroom (one for your right arm, one for the left, two for the legs, three for the torso, couple of wash cloths for the under carriage), lay down, log into Facebook, crank up the newest tv show and call it a night…
VS.
Are you going to make your surroundings? Create a wild new workout in the fitness center. Run backward on the treadmill through the commercials and then jump-turn and increase incline (to face the tv) when your show comes back on. Move so fast between random sets that you think you might honk (throw up), and then walk outside to cool your body. Once you regain your composure find a door way and mix in some pull ups and abs before returning to the fitness palace. Just when you want to quit, rep out another 30 crunches stand up check yourself out (you’re earned it). As you shower up, you might think to yourself something like, ‘I feel good, I make this look good.’ You’re right, you do.
Rest up, tomorrow we make it even better.
People are made by their surroundings each day. People are made by things outside of their control, and it becomes easy to find external scapegoats for their lack of growth or success.
People, make the choice to make who they are. Make any hardship or challenge an opportunity for growth and development of your mind, body, and soul. Self improvement means making the surroundings you find yourself in yours to manipulate and utilize. Cause if you don’t, who will?
You make the difference.

The WIN

If you are a coach you understand what people mean when they say something like, “winning is everything.” If you are not a coach, it is a safe bet to say you still have heard something about winning being the most important thing. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t.

I would like to suggest the following about winning: It is not a matter of the scoreboard, or the win column, or a stat sheet that is “everything.” The true measure of a win is the heart, the desire, the passion that is invested into the game, battle, workout, goal, etc. It is the feeling within the individual of maximum effort towards greatness. If we lead with our heart, we cannot lose.
Good old Wiki helps us understand winning as the act of obtaining something, as in a contest or by competition. To win means to defeat or conquer. These are accurate definitions, but somewhere along the line society has made winning a numbers game. There is no stat, rank system, or board that can measure your heart. You are the only person that can measure that.

I would like to suggest a new way to look at a win. In this way there is no room for a loser. There is only room for personal reflection. Which is more important than any win, by a “winning is everything” model. The new way is to see win as the acronym What’s Important Now. If we live in the moment, if we have desire to become better, if our heart is all in…we win. We are focused on the task at hand and fully involved in accomplishing our goal. The WIN.
Whether you are or have ever been a coach is irrelevant. The purpose of WIN is to incorporate everyday life. It is to help you reflect upon yourself, your choices, and where you are leading yourself in life. Focus on What’s Important Now and you will win. Lead with your heart, and you cannot lose.

So, What’s Important Now?