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Friday, July 31, 2009

Not ready to die

I went today to the memorial service of Trevor Kene Shipley. He was the oldest son of my close friend Mitch. 21 years old. What a horrible shame.

I’ve been to 3 funerals/memorial services in the last 11 years. All of the services were for kids that were 21 or 22 years old. One was from an accident, one from cancer; and one from mysteries circumstances. In the end they were all just kids that were way too young to die. I think back to all I’ve been and all I’ve done in my life and I can honestly say that, at 36, most of it has been after the age of 21. It’s just so sad.

The message I take to heart and I pass along to you is this: Carpe Diem. Seize the day. Life your life like YOU are dying and like tomorrow is in question. Show the ones that you love that you love and support them. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.

I like the old Garth Brooks song “If tomorrow Never Comes”.

“If tomorrow never comes
Will she know how much I loved her
Did I try in every way to show her every day
That she’s my only one
And if my time on earth were through
And she must face the world without me
Is the love I gave her in the past
Gonna be enough to last
If tomorrow never comes cause
I’ve lost loved ones in my life
Who never knew how much I loved them
Now I live with the regret
That my true feelings for them never were revealed
So I made a promise to myself
To say each day how much she means to me
And avoid that circumstance
Where there’s no second chance to tell her how I feel”

Seize the Day. Love life. Be true to your friends and family. Treat yourself and others like tomorrow may not come. For some it does not.

In memory of my cousins Becky and Eugene who both died at 22 years old and Trevor Shipley who died last week at just 21.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

MSG - More Scary Garbage

What a shock! Check out this article.

MSG can cause weight gain. I’ve been saying this for years. I can’t believe that someone would put this on like its some crazy new revelation. Listen, people, say the hell away from MSG. Read your labels! If you see MSG or monosodium glutamate do not, I repeat, DO NOT put it into your mouth. It is so bad in so many ways. Please read up on it hear:

(Article from 1998. Guess this was no surprise to these guys!)

Your Future is Perfect

Your future is perfect. I’ll accept that.

Your current circumstances are a direct result of the decisions that you’ve made throughout your life. (I stole this from Tony Robbins) This one may be harder for some of you to swallow I’ll take this statement well.

Now how do we tie the two together? A better question may be, can we tie the two together or even “should” we? And why?

I say the two statements are interchangeable.

Think back 5 years. Did you visualize in 2004 EXACTLY where you would be in the year 2009? Did you set up a plan and implement that plan or did you kind of go with the flow and float down the river of life like you were a passenger on a boat with no oars? I suspect that some of you will conclude that you did indeed want to be where you are now. Others surely didn’t plan to be overweight, out of work, homeless, divorced or be involved in any number of life’s tragedies. While it’s true that sometimes life goes out of our control, this isn’t always the case.
Your decisions and actions since 2004 have determined your outcome in 2009. What if, in 2009, you planned all your actions for the next 5 years and made better decisions during the same time? Where would you then be in 2014? Wow! Great question!

Your future is perfect. If you honestly believe this and work at it your future life can certainly be perfect as long as you don’t continue to make the same mistakes and excuses.

I always use this example so it may be getting old but it makes so much sense to me. Let’s say that you want to California. This may seem like a challenge and it is. Now do you know how you are going to get there? Are you going to drive? Take a plane? Do you have money? Do you know how to get to the airport? Do you know why you are going to California? Sometimes simple things can start to seem complex when you analyze it to much so I won’t go too much further. My point is this: If you want to have success then all you have to do is make the plan then work the plan. If you just start walking are you going to get to California? Eventually I’m sure you will. You are better off, however, of you develop a plan and work that plan!

Your future is perfect. Your future can be what ever you want it to be as long as you follow a few simple rules:

1. Set your goal. (Make sure its appropriate, challenging, important, time specific and measurable)
2. Make the final result important to you.
3. Design your plan with simple easy to follow instructions for yourself.
4. Set intermediate checkpoints.
5. Keep a positive attitude.
6. Enlist the help of others. (i.e. coach, personal trainer, chiropractor, friend)
7. Don’t ever give up!

Design, and then implement your perfect future. I have faith in you! Now have faith in yourself and get to work getting it done.

With enough desire and planning you literally do anything. ANYTHING!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Start of something special

So I'm here at work just testing out my "blog". Guess it's time to get into the 21st century!