The “One” You Feed, Wins

One evening a Cherokee elder told his grandson about the battle that goes on inside people.

He said, ‘My son, the battle is between the two ‘wolves’ that live inside us all. One is unhappiness. It is fear, worry, anger, jealousy, self-pity, resentment, and inferiority.

The other is Happiness. It is joy, love, hope, serenity, kindness, generosity, truth, and compassion.’

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, ‘which wolf wins?’

The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.'”

this story from P. 107 of  “Happy For No Reason” continues to support me and pops up at just the perfect time when support is needed.  My desire is that it lifts your wings as well.

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Give Love

I recently heard this great song and saw this great video called “Give Love”.

It immediately warmed my heart and renewed my inspiration to spread some love.  I can’t think of a time when showing some love is more appropriate.  It refuels my loyalty to masterminding because it really cuts to the core of what defines a great mastermind group versus the same old tired group meeting that calls itself a “mastermind group”.

Have a listen.  Be with the words and share what it inspires in you.

With all the hurt going on around me, I’m still infinitely grateful for the blessings I have.  In this moments, it reminds me to show some love; give some love….whatever I define that to be to whomever I’m inspired to give some love.

And yes this IS personal!

And yes, this IS business!

Is it giving:   A client, a job, a hug, kind words, dinner out, a check, a gentle touch, a thank you, please, I love you, I appreciate you, the world is a better place with you….whatever it is, it’s perfect.

Tim Sanders even wrote a book about it called “Love Is The Killer App“.  He calls it “Biz Love”.

Sharing your network, knowledge and most impactful, your compassion.

You want to see change in you?  Around you?  Be the change by showing some love.

And speaking of being the change you wish to see in the world, here is a bonus video in honor of the man who is credited with that beautiful quote “be the change you wish to see in the world”

With Gratitude,

Thomas

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The Reality of Your Life

People talk about the reality of their life as if it is important.  And we want you to understand it's only the temporary indicator.

Do you go to the gas station – your gas gauge is on empty - and look at your gas gauge in horror?  "How did this happen? Why, why, why did this happen to me?"

Do you lay your head on the steering wheel and just sob?  "Oh, look what it's come to. I'm finished.  I've lived all of this life, and look where I am."

Or do you just fill up?

–Esther & Jerry Hicks

courtesy of Paul Jalbert

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The Year In Review

As I reflect on the last year or so….

  1. I'm infinitely grateful for the experiences and learnings.  
  2. I'm achy and stronger.
  3. I'm unsatisfied and happy.
  4. I have more moments of joy…because I choose to. 
  5. I'm unsettled and enjoy the variety.
  6. When I reflect on thoughts, it seems chaotic and crazy
  7. I desire more money, more passion, more juice with my life in general and specifically.
  8. I know that I'm doing the work.
  9. I know that each step reveals the next and often times I don't feel like taking that step.
  10. I'm infinitely grateful for each and every experience even if I had a temper tantrum in the moment.  

There have been ups and downs and the net result is better than before.  I believe being unsettled and unsatisfied motivates me to "do with purpose" and also reminds me to savor the harmony.  

I have a tremendous amount of experience in my short 43 years on this earth.  I have unique abilities that have been identified by a couple special people around me.  

The greatest lesson I've learned…

My deepest desire is to continue to have those abilities and experiences leveraged.  For me, I'm a team player; a connector.  I LOVE it when I'm called into action for the benefit of the team.  I'm a man of service and energy is released when I'm called to serve a cause on a team.    

There is nothing sadder for me than to work alone or be used.  Serving is different.  I feel the difference and my team feels the difference when unique abilities are engaged.  It's the breath of life….truly releasing infinite energy.

Today, I'm not in a place of deep fulfillment. I am in the process and open to a cause and team.  I know I have a purpose, even if I haven't realized it because I'm still getting up and still breathing!

I'm grateful. 

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Masterminding vs. Big Bloated Companies

NOW is the most critical time to come to together; to communicate; to collaborate; to contribute and make a difference in life. 

Sorry Charlie, business isn't coming back.  It's going forward!

I recall what my silent and powerful friend, Greg Hartle, founder of the Financial Happiness Project has said AND witnessed again and again…smart business today is bringing talent together for a project.  When the mission is achieved, dismissing the team and repeating again on the next project.

Consider this:

  • It's good for the organizer whereby they benefit from the unique talents and experience of different people.
  • It's good for the bottom-line of the project whereby it leverages talent only for the time it takes to accomplish the mission.
  • It's good for the talent because it specifically leverages and celebrates the talent and experience they bring.  There is a deep fulfillment in being of service in a specific area that we genuinely like. 
  • it's good for the talent's bottom-line from a financial perspective as well.  Look at this from the abundance perspective versus scarcity perspective.  "Oh my gosh where is my next gig?" vs. "People are calling on me because of my results on the last gig".

What's important here is to

a) believe that you have unique abilities and experience that will benefit others.

b) get some help uncovering those abilities.  If you're like the typical human then you have no clue what your unique abilities are.  Much like seeing that spot on your back from the same perspective another person will, you MUST have the detached perspective of another.

c) engaging with people that celebrate, champion and are an advocate for making best use of those unique abilities.  

bottom line here is It will NOT happen alone!  

It's part of the reason I chose to launch MastermindingNOW!  

  1. To champion the power of Masterminding and the Mastermind Group 
  2. To provide subject matter expertise in the area
  3. To inspire you to come together and quite simply…to START a conversation.  

There are dozens of places to learn the mechanics of mastermind groups and just as many groups called "mastermind groups" paid and free.  The true key where the team at MastermindingNOW! excel is engaging "the 1+1=3 Way"; fostering a place of trust, authenticity, abundance and harmony where "magic moments" aren't elusive, they are guaranteed

I've played a part in the success of some amazing mastermind groups including "one of the most exclusive wealth retreats in the world".  I've collaborated quietly with group after group….in the background.  And more than anything else, it pissed me off that "mastermind magic" is so elusive to the majority of the population and it's there for the asking!

Several business owners and company leaders have consulted me to help them create, accelerate and leverage results through collaboration whether they are called mastermind groups, idea potlucks,  synergy groups, among others.  

There is one common denominator with those that reach out. They believe in the sheer power of collaboration or as I call it, The 1+1=3 Way. They believe and have seen that 1+1=2 is old school, scarcity mentality crap.  

The time has come to stand up and pass forward the knowledge, resources and soul of conscious collaboration.

It truly is time to move from the boring, time-wasting, posturing, mob scene meetings to masterful mastermind moments. 

I'm proud to support you as you support conscious business and create mastermind magic moments.

As with anything in life, it's a work in progress and the only thing to do is START!

Connect NOW!  at  www.MastermindingNOW.com

And Follow Us on Twitter.  www.Twitter.com/MastermindNOW

 

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Risk. It’s Worth The Reward.

  • Maybe this is the day to stop waiting on finding  that perfect mastermind group and starting your own.
  • Maybe today is the day to say “yes” to that opportunity you’re not sure you can do.
  • Maybe today is the day that you earn your GSD degree.

Paul Jalbert, the founder of The Merlin Project gives a perspective on Risk.

Risk

It is said the second most common regret spoken by people in nursing homes is:
“I should have taken more risks.”

I don’t know about you, but I feel better about a risk I take that fails to deliver the experience
I am looking for, than I do about not taking a risk at all.

If you have little to lose in risking, go for it.  You have much more to lose in failing to risk.

Paul Jalbert, founder of The Merlin Project

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SIMPLICITY: Want to Promote Your Cause? Keep it Simple!

Scott Harrison, founder of the organization charity: water, argues that the key to a successful charity is simplicity.

“You can all understand what we do up here in a sentence,” he explains, adding that it’s important to “show, rather than tell.”

What can you do?

Clarify your cause

Join a cause

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Welcome to the World of SOCIALnomics

Connect, Collaborate, Contribute.

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Putting the “Service” back in Service Provider

You’ve heard it time and time again, “get specific, niche it d0wn, etc…”

Ok, I understand the meaning of being a specialist so it’s crystal clear to your target market and niche market what you do and who you serve.

So here is my question… What the heck is so wrong with being a service provider of service providers?

Where I’m going with this is when one is a service provider, provide service whether you DIRECTLY solve the problem or not.

For example, let’s say the owner of a restaurant meets a social media specialist and after an enthusiastic chat with a potential client, the restaurant owner determines that he would best be served by a full service public relations firm versus the social media specialist.  Instead of connecting the owner to a great resource, she moves on.

Isn’t it time for service providers to step up as connectors?

They don’t have to necessarily offer a connection product or service.

Want to earn more business? Solve more problems.

Hey, I’m the first to admit, monetizing isn’t my forte.  I DO know that solving problems certainly yields more opportunities.

What would it look like to let go of that ludicrous hyper-focusing and solve problems quickly when people come to you?

“Oh, but I don’t have the capacity to solve everyone’s problem?”  Why not look at it as sorting?

I personally, know that the more problems, challenges, and “wants”,  I hear from people I come across, I get faster and faster at sorting–that is picking up on which I refer out immediately, other solutions I broker and others I can directly solve.

I strongly feel that especially now we must resources around from those that “have” to those that “want” that resource, versus “this is what I do. Buy my stuff in this way”.

What’s your take on this?

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Doing A 90 Day Blitz

“If you can’t measure it, you won’t change it”

I’ve heard that saying hundreds of times and never really “got” it to the degree I do now.  I can tell you that I absolutely know for a fact this works for me.

It truly doesn’t matter what I want to improve.  If I create a metric that measures progress toward or away from the change, it creates a drama-free, emotionally-unattached measurement of progress. A sorely needed tool for many of us visionaries and creative idea generators.

At the end of May, I chose to do another 90 day blitz–an intense, focused 90 days that stretches me.  My first was this winter and I got stunning results, so let’s do it again!

It all starts with laying out a few intentions I’d like manifested.  In other words, stuff I’d like to see happen!  One example from my actual 90 Day Life Blitz is “I am awake by 6am blissfully happy, full of energy, loving to exercise my body, feeling strong.”  Sure, I have a specific financial intention too along with other intentions that I want to make progress with this next 90 days.

I stack the deck in my favor by setting an intention and creating goals that support that intention being achieved.

It leaves the door open to alternate ways of making the intention a reality.  My INTENTION is what I want to happen and the goals are the things I absolutely CAN do.

Example Intention:

I am awake by 6am blissfully happy, full of energy, loving to exercise my body, feeling strong.

Goal:

Complete every day of the P90X Intense Exercise Workout.

Notice, that the goal is absolutely in my control.  I know that I make the rules, so why not set it up for success.

The fact is if the intention above is the goal, I really can’t just MAKE myself pop out of bed blissfully happy but I CAN do the things that cause that to be a reality.

What absolutely does NOT work for me is where there is allowance for failure from the start.

For example, let’s take a financial goal.  Say you’d like to bring in an extra $10,000 in the next 90 days.  If you’re like most people, you say “My intention is to bring in $10,000 in the next 90 days”, then you get busy, getting busy and then the date gets closer and you’re “Oh crap, how can I make that happen?”.

You start pounding the pavement, make phone calls, doing whatever you can and maybe you achieve, may you don’t.  I mean let’s be honest, it doesn’t matter whether it’s $1, $100, $10,000 or $1Mil, it still relies on someone else and that is something we aren’t able to control.

Why not set it up from the start:

A fresh perspective….

Intention:  Bring in an extra $10,000 in the next 90 days.

Goal:  To attend 20 in-person events with the purpose of networking, to make 20 sales presentations, to make 100 sales calls, etc…..

Now, I get busy doing those things I’ve proven that I can do and that I believe will lead to that intention manifesting into reality.  I tweak it weekly and of course have someone that helps hold me accountable.

Now, it’s your turn.  I’d genuinely like to know your intentions.  What would you like to see change in your life?  What is important enough that you’re willing to share?  Remember that we stand for collaboration around here.

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