Well, I gotta tell ya…
Fathers Day was FUN!
I’m a pretty low maintenance guy when it comes to that kind of thing. I just want to sleep late and get a little appreciation from my kids, not to mention my wife…for trying my best to be a good dad.
And that’s what I got…plus a new phone. Time to replace the ol’ Blackberry with a brand spanking new iPhone 5.
Anyway, this came to me yesterday…
The traditional roles: Mothers nurture and fathers protect.
Looking around the animal kingdom, that seems to be pretty true.
So now for the next 11 months or so until Mothers Day rolls around…
What are you committed to NURTURING…to raising up and filling with love and care?
What are you committed to PROTECTING…to guarding and keeping safe from people and circumstances that would do it harm?
Find someone or something that’s a product of your ambition and love. Mother it…and father it.
True stuff! Whatever you love enough to take care of and protect are the only things that are going to grow.
Anything else is just gonna get caught up in the day to day details of your life. You already know that.
So…if you want to get ahead – to take care of your baby - do these three things…
1. Feel strong and worthy of having good things happen to you.
2. Figure out what you want.
3. Take care of it and protect it. Let it grow.
You’ll figure out the rest as you go along.
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Well, we do enjoy our celebrities: Kanye West, Kim Kardashian…any Kardashian, I suppose.
And even though I don’t know the first thing about any of them, I hear the names. I don’t click on the stories about them. And I average about five minutes of TV a week (seriously!).
So I don’t know what’s what.
But I do know Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had a baby together. Congratulations!
I know Kim Kardashian gets talked about a lot, usually very unkindly. Did she do something bad to someone? I know she gets a lot of attention. And I think her stepfather is Bruce Jenner, Olympic Decathalon Champion from 1976 and proud member of the Wheaties Cereal Box Club.
She’s not upset because he was on the Wheaties box and she wasn’t, right?
Cuz let me tell you…that was a cool box! I wasn’t a Wheaties eater as a kid, but I remember persuading my mom to buy a box once…just because I wanted the picture.
Anyway, whatever she did or didn’t do, it never bothered me. I’m glad she has a new baby.
From what I understand, Kanye West gets in trouble every once in a while.
And I do remember he cut off Taylor Swift when she was accepting an award.
That wasn’t a nice thing to do. But again, it didn’t hurt me.
And from what I understand, Taylor Swift made a joke out of it on Twitter this week. So she’s got a good sense of humor about this kinda thing.
I’m glad for that. And I’m glad Kanye West had a baby. I’d like for him to give up his bad boy ways, if only to be a good father to his little girl.
And Dude…enough with the crotch grabbing!
This guy’s going to jail….for 15 years. That’s pretty serious!
He’s a Muslim Cleric in Egypt. He got mad at Christians, or he was trying to prove a point.
And he burned a Bible.
In Egypt, that’s a crime. And remember how Egyptians, and pretty much the entire Middle East (except for Israel) went bananas when some guys in the United States were burning Korans.
Well, fair is fair. In Egypt it’s against the law to burn any holy text. It’s blasphemy, pure and simple.
And I appreciate the fact that they’re equal protectors of sacred books. Wondering if the Torah or any of the Indian or Asian religious books get the same treatment.
No, I really don’t care that much.
One guy’s opinion…
It’s pretty much none of our business…just as much as Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s baby.
I only care to the extent that people are suffering because someone else appointed themselves the guardian of what should be important to other people.
It’s not that I don’t like being entertained. And it’s not that I don’t have respect for any religion, or anyone’s attempt to explain what we’re doing here on Earth…or for that matter what Earth itself is doing here.
I just choose to focus on things that make my life better, more meaningful, more fun.
And let other people do the same for themselves.
And that’s all I have to say about that!
I do enjoy myself a Fathers Day!
Two daughters, now 19 and 17 who know how to get creative…it’s usually pretty fun.
And I like knowing I had a part in the whole thing. I wasn’t a perfect father, by any means. But I did my best. And two happy, well adjusted young adults later, well I guess I did something right.
Anyway, it got me thinking about the role of a father. Jim Rohn used to say mothers nurture and fathers protect.
Sounds about right.
It’s the biological role that fathers play in most species. And because humans evolved past other animals (we think), we get to take on both roles…or neither.
I spent lots of time nurturing my daughters, playing, loving, having fun. Kissing boo boos, making lunches, etc.
And that was in a two parent household with a wife who was a magnificent mother.
I was also the protector.
There were a few times I felt like I had to physically protect my family. It wasn’t something I thought about. That’s my treasure. Someone or something threatens them, all bets are off.
And of course the more mundane but important providing for them…financially, emotionally, spiritually, physically.
The usual stuff. Bringing home the bacon, killing bugs when they show up where they’re not supposed to. Cleaning flooded basements.
Learning from mistakes. Had plenty of practice with that one!
And dealing with the occasional teacher or other adult who did my kids dirty. No big deal.
Here’s the point…
Fatherhood means a lot of things. It means making a commitment to take care of a family you brought into the world. That doesn’t mean you do it perfectly. It means you do your best, roll with the punches, and give the kids room to grow.
Kinda like anything else that’s important to you.
Are you a dad? Cool! Happy Father’s Day! Let ‘em take care of you.
Not a dad? Find something that’s important enough to make a rock solid, unbreakable commitment to.
And be a father to it.
Got a homemade breakfast callin’!
One of the first things I learned in my home business career, then in my coaching and training career…
Facts tell. STORIES SELL.
At first I didn’t like that phrase. It made me feel like I was trying to hide something. That I was manipulating the truth.
Then I realized that was more about my insecurity than anything else.
Facts make us feel safe. We can always go back to knowing how much Vitamin B 12 there is in this pill, or how much protein there is in this shake. We can always tell you how much you’ll save with this vacation plan.
We can even tell you why it’s a good idea to date that person…how stable and financially secure they are.
Problem is, that information doesn’t stir the emotion in people.
It might make us feel like we’re standing on solid ground.
But it doesn’t shake up the person or people we’re dealing with.
It’s simple. Think back to what got you started in whatever company you’re in. Yes, you probably sat down, crunched numbers, did a careful analysis of the products, the marketing plan, etc.
You probably had a talk with your significant other about whether or not this was the right thing.
But what brought you to the point where all those things happened was the EMOTION behind the stories.
The testimonials. The results.
The energy of the people who crossed the stage, or got on camera.
The tears of joy from that person who lost fifty pounds.
Or who was able to throw away their asthma inhaler.
Or who could afford to send their daughter to college.
Or who finally got to take their family on vacation.
Or who was able to get his wife a proper wedding ring after 20 years of marriage.
See? You’re instantly putting yourself into those situations.
You’re imagination is going, and I’m not even prospecting you on a product or business opportunity!
It’s just who we are. Advertisers know this. It’s why they don’t recite all the facts about their products.
They show you the emotion of the people using them.
They’re showing you people with a problem, and how the product or service solved it.
Then they use the facts to validate it.
But the facts aren’t the star of the show.
The EMOTIONS are.
It’s OK to use emotion to promote what you do. Just as long as you tell the truth and stay in integrity.
Emotion is what drives us.
Seeing people who have what we want and showing them how they can do the same thing is how
we get most of the good things we have.
Respect the facts. They are your friend.
But if you want to share your business or your life with others in a meaningful way, lead with the stories.
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Looks like I had a collection of Facebook wisdom this past week that had to do with the topic of Getting Paid. Turns out, lots of people were paying attention.
So sometimes the words speak for themselves.
Read more on the topic of Getting Paid.
Do yourself a favor…STOP promoting your product, your service, your biz opp, YOURSELF in this weak ass, groveling position that draws people to you who are afraid of their own shadow…who won’t move toward a good thing because no one’s holding their hand, or a gun to their head, who forgot their sense of play and adventure…who won’t let go of their only two nickels. Is that who you’re going for? Really? Is that your target market?
Stand up straight, clear your throat, put a smile of confidence on your face and tell the freakin’ world what you’ve got. Then hold out your hand and let the people who come from a place of abundance fill it with what your stuff is worth.
You have to expect to pay…and get paid.
It’s nice to do things for free. But if you look around you’ll notice two things…
1. People line up where they feel safe…where they understand the transaction. They expect value for value. You have something they want, and paying for it makes them feel their is wholeness and completion. Money – giving AND receiving – makes you part of a process that makes the world go around.
People who devalue their own contributions by not expecting to receive for them will attract the person in Number 2…
2. People who spend most of their energy looking for free stuff will also spend most of their lives not contributing…to those around them, to the greater good, to their own growth. There’s an entitlement mentality, made worse by lowering the standards a bit for all of us. Too many of them wind up sitting alone in a dark room, wondering why the world has passed them by.
You have to expect to pay…and get paid.
What would you do differently if you were royalty…if you were a king or queen with Divine favor bestowed upon you?
Would you exude an air of quiet confidence? Of expecting to receive graciously and often from people, and give them your favor in return?
What would you no longer be willing to accept, in actions or words?
Well in case you forgot, there IS a king or queen in you. Reach in and find him or her!
Whatever you’re bringing to the marketplace, whether it’s your business opportunity, your job skills, your fierce dance moves and wicked conversation for a Saturday night date, etc….if YOU don’t think it’s valuable enough to share, how will anyone else want it?
You can spend all day encouraging people, coaxing them, inspiring them. It feels good…to a point.
If you keep coaxing but they ain’t moving, it’s either because you’re not emanating the energy of STRENGTH AND CONVICTION, or you’re calling out to the ones who aren’t ready to move.
Love everyone. Put your focus into people who are ready to DO something.
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