Are people raining on your parade?

“Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing” – Aristotle

Make 2012 A Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays,

I’m sure that you, like many others, are about to make your new year’s resolutions.  I have just finished doing my own!  I love the feeling of winding one year down and preparing for an improved new year.

There is an unparalleled feeling of optimism in most people.  The key is MAINTAINING that optimism beyond the end of January.  Setting the goals is not the key…..The key is following through and ATTAINING those objectives.

Here is a video that will give you MY KEY to consistently reaching the goals I set in my New Years Resolutions.

Enjoy and have a blessed 2012

Changing the Game You Are In!

My dad grew up a die hard New York yankee fan.  He grew up on the lower east side of Manhattan, so it was a natural thing since he was there for the Yankees glory days spanning the era’s of Babe Ruth and Joe Dimaggio. When I was about 8 years old, he brought me to Yankee Stadium for the first time to make sure I saw the immortal Mickey Mantle play one time in person before he retired at the end of that season.
It was beautiful summer day and the Yanks were playing a double header against the Kansas City Athletics.  They A’s were featuring some young superstars named Reggie Jackson and Catfish Hunter.  The most amazing thing about the visiting team was their uniforms….bright green and Gold……with ‘White” shoes!  That was unheard of in that day and age.  No one wore white spikes.  I was hooked on the A’s!
My dad was not happy!  What the hell was wrong with his son……How could he bring me to the hallowed Yankee stadium to watch the Mick…and have me betray him like that?  But that’s what happened.  The A’s moved to Oakland a couple of years later and won the World Series form 1972-1974.  I have been a die hard A’s fan since that fateful day in 1968.
The ironic thing is that the two players I fell in love with ended up playing for the Yankees years later through Free Agency.  That was definitely karmic payback for my dad!
I have struggled through many lean seasons with the A’s.  The last time we were formidable was about 7-8 years ago when we brought up some young superstars through our organization….Jason Giambi, Miguel Tejada, Mark Mulder, Tim Hudson, Barry Zito and Eric Chavez…just to name a few.
The team almost won it all, but was shortly thereafter decimated due to our pitifully low payroll limitations and the allure of free agency to all those star players.
Thanks God for our GM Billy Bean.  He developed a totally new system of rating players that allowed us to pick up players as great bargins and somehow keep a competitive team on the field.  Now everyone in baseball is following his system.  He truly changed the game.  The new movie MoneyBall staring Brad Pitt tell the amazing story in great detail.
Click this link below and I will explain how Billy Bean’s actions can inspire you to change the game that you are in!

Abundance Thinking and Living

Most of us have a survival mindset. That is why most people are not thriving! Most of us have not amassed enough wealth, or recognition , or accolades, so we live in a place where we are screaming for more all the time. After all, we all know it’s a dog eat dog world. (who thought that one up?). (I know I could Google it, but I’m busy typing this).

Anyway, we really do feel as if there is a scarcity of good jobs, potential soul mates, perfect dream homes, etc. Most of us believe that there is not enough to go around. So we “fight” for what is ours. We always feel as if it’s us against the world. Does that sound like a healthy mindset to you?

Try believing that there is plenty of everything to go around for everyone who is willing to go after it! What a concept! So you don’t have to “beat” people to the pot of gold, because there is a ton of gold in the stinking pot and you don’t have to be the first one there to get a chunk of it?

Its OK to be civil to your competitors. It’s OK to be friends with them. Have you noticed how good of friends the top 3 mens tennis players in the world are? Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Jokavich. They are all very good friends, on and off the court. Why shouldn’t they be? They are all playing the game they love for a living….traveling all over the world in style, they are famous and they are very rich. Why not be happy and like each other?

Many people think you can’t like your competitor if you are going to win at the highest level. Hmmmmm, that means Federer must somehow bought all those trophies that say he is the best tennis player ever!

The point is, it is not healthy to want to get it all for yourself and it’s even less healthy to want others to fail. It creates bad energy for your life, as well as a bad attitude. It certainly won’t make you popular.

Do the very best you can. Know there is plenty to go around for everyone and be happy for your success and the success of others. Heck, the Old Testament of the Bible says we shouldn’t covet other’s  things or their success.

Learn to believe there is a lot of wealth available and that you are more than qualified to get your share, and that it will definitely come to you at some point! Believe that money is constantly flowing to you. Sure you should save some, but don’t hoard it!

Most importantly, be a giver! I strongly recommend giving the first 10% of what you earn to your church…..or if that’s not your deal, then at least give it to someone less fortunate than you. When you do, you are telling yourself that there is plenty to go around and more importantly, lots more coming back to you!

I know it’s not what you are used to doing, but it is definitely the right thing to do. Give generously….believe that there is plenty for everyone….be friends with teammates and competitors alike….

I know it sounds crazy, but I assure you that it works and you will be much happier and wealthier if you adopt this mindset!