Have you every wanted to be the “Other Guy”? Or every felt like the “Other Guy” gets all the breaks? He is lucky!!! That “Other Guy” mentality is what can keep us down a life time. Mostly the “Other Guy” thoughts we have are just excuses that will keep us from becoming all we can become. Take time to listen to today’s message and see if you are the “Other Guy”…….
What will you do with your future? That’s right what will YOU do with your future? It’s YOU that will decide this. As we get up every day and meet the the demands this day will bring we are confronted by multiple choices. Hard choices and Easy choices. As we develop the courage and desire to attack those difficult choices and make tough decisions we begin to change our future for the best. Watch today’s clip over and over again until you have the desire necessary to change. It all starts with YOU….
Take 3 minutes and watch today’s special episode. Who was Martin Treptow? Why do we need more men and women like this great man? Martin Treptow is an example of why America became the country of liberty and freedom. His courage and his resolve are needed more today than ever. Can each of us become determined like Martin? I am humbled by the great men and women who wake up everyday with his resolve. We can all do more to reverence them and this great land we live in. Being an American used to mean something. It used to muster up emotion and pride for the hard work, courage, and resolve to keep it great. I fear in the America I live in today lacks the pride and reverence so deserving of those that gave all so we have so much.
When the USA beat Russia in the 1980 olympics it may be labeled as the greatest TEAM victory ever accomplished. It can teach us all many things but one lesson is in today’s echo. As you recall these young players came from various power house hockey universities. They seemed to focus on their individual team they had come from instead of united as team USA. The great Herb Brooks taught these young men that the name on the front of the jersey meant far more than the name on the back. In life how often do we go through each day only focusing on the ourselves (back of the jersey). Do we involve others? Do we give credit to those around us? Do we realize to really make it we need others? Are we a team player interested in the success of others or only ourselves? When we begin to focus more upon the TEAM we will find out we can accomplish far more than we ever did alone. Contemplate this as you go through today. Notice others and things that are important to them. Verbalize to them how much you appreciate who they are and what they contribute. As we focus on the name on the front of our “proverbial jerseys” more than the back life will be full of much more joy and less stressful.
Many times in life we allow others to determine who we are and what we are about…… Today’s short clip from “Rocky” is an example of how many times we “blame” others and circumstances for our behavior and outcomes. It’s about taking responsibility and becoming who you were meant to become. Look in that mirror and start to BE that person not the one you think others want you to become. STOP using excuses as crutches in life. You are where you are today because of the choices you have made or not made. Watch today’s episode and decide to be YOU….
Today’s short clip is a powerful analogy on how “things that matter least, can get in the way of things that matter most”. In our daily lives our we focusing on the “small” meaningless things of life, or our we keeping focused on the things that matter most….. Just ask yourself when you get sidetracked on meaningless things, “Will this matter 1 year, 5 years, or 10 years from now? Zig Ziglar once said how important setting short term goals were, BUT we must never let short term goals get in the way of the REALLY LONG GOALS.. He went on to day we are going to be dead far longer than we will be alive. Those long range goals are “becoming goals”… Meaning what are you becoming? A better person each day focused on others more than YOU??? Are we learning to be better friends, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, PEOPLE? As you begin this week remember this short clip today as you get sidetracked focusing on things that are trivial and meaningless. Don’t let those small things destroy you and who you are becoming.
Today’s short clip is an interview with a homeless man. It hopefully will make us all more thankful for a home, food, warmth, and many of the things we take for granted. Many times as we travel our daily commutes we cross the path’s of those less fortunate. Do we really know why they have ended up in the condition they are at that time? Do we know the hearts of these men and women? I for one have been guilty of thinking negative thoughts about how they came to their current situation. Years ago a big brother of mine taught me a valuable lesson. While traveling northern Arizona for work we passed by many who would ask for money. On every occasion he would offer that person a meal. Some would take his kindness and as we sat down and talked with the “person” (yes they are human) I saw them as I believe our Savior sees each of us. No different than me or my brother. As valuable and important as anyone. During this time some only wanted money and wouldn’t accept the meal. My brother would ask if they needed diapers, or necessary things for life. If they insisted on money he wouldn’t give it not knowing where it would go. I was surprised thinking many of these people were drunken’s and only wanted money for their habit. Many took him up for the meal and were indeed very hungry and in need of nourishment. As we go through life let us all try a bit harder to heed the these lasting words. “For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?”..
Is our constant search for “Ease” in life why we don’t achieve what we really can? Life was never meant to be easy? A life of “Ease” never allows you or I to grow and “become” what we are capable of becoming. Today’s short motivational speech will hopefully get you out of your “comfort” zone. You have to stretch yourself, do things you don’t like to do. You need to get up when you don’t want to, make the call you don’t want to, eat the foods you know you need to, STOP eating the foods you know you need to. WAKE up and get out of your comfort zone. Time to get UN-Comfortable……
Occasionally on the echo I will highlight a movie or book. Today I highlight the movie “Forever Strong”… Take a peek at this inspiring film. In a day and age of trash and filth on our TV’s, Movie Theatre, and “Netflix” of the world it’s refreshing to watch uplifting movies that inspire us to change for the better. Forever Strong is based on a true story with true events. Make sure and put it on your too do list for your family in the future.