A reader asks: “Jeff, how can you inspire, motivate and educate me?”
Answer: “Is that a question or a challenge?!”
The ultimate answer to your question isn’t up to me. It’s up to you! However, since you’re looking for guidance or a polite nudge in the right direction, here are seven quick “bursts or boosts” to help you ponder, plan and profit.
1. “Oy Como Va!”: When musician Carlos Santana was asked if he knew his “Supernatural” CD would win multiple Grammy Awards and once again elevate him to the top of the music and entertainment world, he exclaimed, “I felt a masterpiece in my belly!” Is there a passion in your gut, a fire in your belly, a sense of excitement in your sinew, to create your next masterpiece? Because guess what, if you aren’t pumped-up, turned-on and psyched about your future, neither is anybody else!
2. Shaq attack!: When Shaquille O’Neal was a superstar center with the Los Angeles Lakers, he had a plaque over his locker that boldly proclaimed: IDGAF, meaning: I Dominate the Game Always and Forever. ”What are you doing, to dominate your game?
3. Hi, neighbor!: In March of 2000 my family and I visited the winter estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford in Fort Myers, Florida. These two innovators, were close friends and winter neighbors. Edison once declared: “All progress, all success, springs from thinking. I find out what the world needs, then I go ahead and try to invent it. My philosophy of life is work and looking on the bright side of everything.”
And Ford exclaimed: “There is no such thing as no chance. Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.”
4. Be a doer!: The person who misses all the fun, Is the one who says, it cannot be done! In solemn pride, he stands aloof, and greets each venture with reproof. Had she the power, she would erase, the history of the human race. We would have no radio or motor cars, no streets lit ... by electric stars. No telegraph or telephone, We would linger in ... the age of stone. The world would sleep if things were run, By folks who said, it cannot be done!
5. Pump some wattage into your cottage: In 1999 when we celebrated our son Chad’s 10th birthday at a local I-MAX theatre, it was your basic evening of popcorn and pandemonium. We tried, with little luck, to corral a dozen hyper-energized 10-year-old boys. However, little did I realize, I’d also learn a valuable life and business lesson from a 3D picture. Yet it’s a lesson that’s applicable to you and your life, especially now. An I-Max system is powered by a 12,000 watt sound system that can produce the equivalent sensation of a jet plane taking off. Plus an I-MAX projector has two 15,000 watt Xenon (Zee-non) lamps which can create enough energy or light to project a spot 225,000 miles away on the moon’s surface. Now that’s focus! And focus is absolutely crucial to your on-going success — especially in any time of change — like today!
Remember, change may initially bring shock, discomfort or even pain. Yet it will also bring opportunity and growth.
While the past is history and the future a mystery, there’s nothing strange or mystical about change. It’s a constant. It’s a reality.
So great things are still to come. Change simply requires your willingness to take a step beyond. Focus. And reach for the moon!
6. Class is always in session: Knowledge is power. If you think you know it all, you’re wrong! You’ll never realize your full-potential and earning-power. You must be a student for life. Be forever curious. Be constantly immersed in your growth and development. Read books. Listen to CDs. Watch DVDs. Attend seminars. Seek counsel. Never stop learning and growing. Profits and earnings will follow.
7. The answer is in the question: What would you do, if you knew it was impossible to fail? Imagine it’s May 26, 2010. As you reflect back on the past 12 months, what will you be most proud of accomplishing?
What brings you the greatest happiness in your life? What will you do to make it happen more often? Is there a relationship, personal or professional, you’d like to develop or enhance? What will you do to make it happen? What will you do, attempt or embark on that you’ve never done before? Remember, it’s always your responsibility to keep yourself accountable. It’s your choices. Your behaviors. Your attitudes. Heck, it’s your life. You can’t delegate it.
So let me ask you two questions: What action(s) will you take? What’s the risk of doing nothing?
Jeff Blackman is a speaker, author, success coach, broadcaster and lawyer who lives part-time on Marco Island. His clients call him a “business-growth specialist.” Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to jeffblackman.com to subscribe to his free e-letter.