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The Anaheim Weekend

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This past weekend we traveled to Anaheim, California and attended the 2017 Zurvita Success Summit, only a couple thousand yards from Disneyland. Part of the cost of this opportunity was missing out on the wedding of very dear people who are so very important to us.

You become who you hang around. I don’t have millionaires and Kingdom leaders around me every single day but I am learning the power of proximity. We catch every opportunity to get close to the people we admire, collect their thoughts, get on their radar, see them and be seen by them, learn how they think, “get our minds right,” as Brad put it.

This was an amazing trip, no doubt about it. I faced and dealt with some deep-rooted shame, which I can now recognize and articulate because of the work of Brene Brown. More to come on that in another post.

We arrived in Anaheim on Thursday, checked in to our hotel and then headed for the address that was given in our email as the location for the Preparation meeting for Friday’s Feed 500. As Darlene read the address aloud, I thought it sounded familiar and we realized it was Brad’s house. So of course we were very excited to see this amazing dream home and reconnect with Zurvita family that we haven’t seen in a while. I attended national convention in Houston 6 months ago, and Darlene stayed home on that trip, so it had been a year or longer since she’d seen some of the friends we got to reconnect with on Thursday night. Maxwell’s Law of Environment was in full play that evening as we spent time with the leadership of the company learning more of the story behind the formation of Zurvita back in 2008.

Friday after Feed 500 we both felt humbled at how blessed we are. It was a hot day and we couldn’t wait to get back to the car and turn on the air conditioning. We had no sooner expressed it, than we realized the people we had been delivering lunches to, have no air conditioning. It’s just a strong dose of perspective and a screaming call to gratitude. We were also struck by the Defiant Hope of some of the residents of tent city. One tent was enlarged with poles and tarps to include a garden space, beautifully designed and manicured. To plant a garden and nurture a garden when you are living in tent and tarp, that’s someone who has not surrendered their hope or gratitude. They have joy enough to give to others. I certainly did smile with joy at the creativity of the coconut-head man ūüôā

Saturday’s Success Summit was powerful, packed with stories and news. After being in business 9 years Zurvita will be debt-free and completely self-owned by the end of this year. That’s something to be proud of, and also we are very excited to see what new directions will follow that amazing accomplishment.

Darlene and I are on track to win a company trip. We’re also on track to a 6-figure income with¬†time freedom and of course we couldn’t be happier than to do this in the context of a company so closely aligned with our values.

I picked 20 favorites from our photos of the weekend and put them in a gallery below.

Enjoy!!!

Daring Greatly

VulnerabilityI’ve heard a lot about Brene Brown from my wife and from other people in our church community. Until this past week, my only experience of her ideas was this video of her TedX talk, which taught me a lot about the importance of being vulnerable and how that allows us to move past shame.

Last Thursday on my drive to Guitar Center, I started listening to one of her books titled Daring Greatly. Then today I listened to a few more chapters on my way to and back from Portland. I’m in chapter 5 of 12 and already this book is changing my life and allowing me to dispel shame simply by putting words to it. I am learning so ¬†much from her. Here’s a sentence that really stuck out to me: “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like Courage.”

If you don’t listen to audiobooks often, I recommend the app Audible. Here’s a link to the audiobook Daring Greatly:¬†https://www.audible.com/pd/Self-Development/Daring-Greatly-Audiobook/B0096BOG04

Another Brene Brown book that I’ve heard good things about is Rising Strong. I’ll move to that one after I get through Daring Greatly. Lots of time on the road, perfect for listening and learning. Andi Duli refers to his car as his university on wheels. I’m using my car that way too.¬†I’m getting smarter by the mile, or at least becoming more vulnerable.

Do what makes you come alive!

What Makes You Come Alive

“Do More of what you love, less of what you tolerate, and none of what you hate” — John Assaraf.

When I first read that statement, I thought, that’s not realistic. You can’t live that way. Everybody has to do some things they hate, right?

I can’t explain it, but these days I find myself doing none of what I hate doing, less of what I tolerate, and more doors opening up with amazing people inviting me to come do what I love to do in their community!

I think Grace is amazing, and Favor is beyond explaining, and I think those are available to everyone. But why do some of us believe and step in, while others of us remain skeptical? I was skeptical and scared for years.

There are still times (like this morning) when I’m afraid that the dreams in my heart are too outlandish. But with every new door that opens, I believe a little bit more that it is the Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom. And that’s not a spiritualized deferment for a heavenly place to come. I’m talking about life and Joy and Excitement and Enthusiasm right here, right now.

Ironic that I’m writing this at this moment, since this is a mindset I had to fight for today. I spoke promises and affirmations and declarations until my mind was right. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Let this mind be in you that was in Christ. Say what you need to say until you believe enough to come alive.

Believe again if you must. There is a great deal of difference between still believing something and believing it again.

Have an amazing day!

 

#Lion1

 

It Does What It Says!

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Darlene and I have launched our Facebook business page!

Please visit and Like our page at Facebook.com/LennDarZurvita

We have been given an amazing opportunity to share a product we believe in. Thousands of people all over the world have already made it their favorite beverage. It’s called Zeal for Life.

It does what it says on the bottle. Focus. Energy. Health. Who do you know that needs those, right? It’s all natural, vegan, kosher, and contains a whole lot of nutrition. ¬†I am a worship pastor at 2 churches now, one in McMinnville and one in Portland, plus being a newlywed husband and father. You could say I’ve got a lot going on. I drink Zeal two or three times a day, and I have sustained energy all day.

We can’t wait to see what stories will come out of the Pacific Northwest and beyond as more and more people get to try it!

If you live within 50 miles of McMinnville, Oregon, you can even try the first one on us! Just text me at 323-371-9455.

Again, Please visit and Like our page at Facebook.com/LennDarZurvita.

Thanks!

 

The Difference Between Goal-Consciousness and Growth-Consciousness

 

personal-growth-bannerI highly recommend The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by Dr. John C. Maxwell. Whatever your industry, I believe the information in this book will equip you to reach higher levels of success.

I’m in an intense ¬†growth mode right now. Where do I begin?

I’ve been growing incrementally over the past several years simply because of the people with whom I’ve been associated. This year I made a decision to grow exponentially. Why? Because I desire an exponential increase of results in several areas of my life, and for my results to grow, I must grow.

I resonate with the concepts Dr. Maxwell expresses. I was so excited to hear him speak live in Houston a couple months ago, and when offered the opportunity, I promptly enrolled in a 12-week video course by Dr. Maxwell highlighting each of the 15 Laws.

Today I’m submitting for your consideration the paradigm shift from Goal-Consciousness to Growth-Consciousness.

How are they  different?

1. Goal-Consciousness focuses on a destination whereas Growth-Consciousness focuses on the journey.

2. Goal-Consciousness stops when the goal is reached, but Growth-Consciousness keeps you growing past the goal.

3. Goal-Consciousness is seasonal or temporary; Growth-Consciousness is a lifelong pursuit.

4. Goals challenge us, while Growth changes us.

5. Goals motivate us and others, but Growth Matures us and others.

One mindset is about something you accomplish; the other about someone you become.

Make a commitment to grow intentionally. It’s absolutely worth it.

 

 

Massive Accountability

Eric Thomas

Massive success requires massive accountability. The Go-Giver first law of stratospheric success is to give more in value than you take in payment. How many people can you give value to every single day?

I’m a husband, father, worship pastor at two churches, builder and leader of a distribution network. My life is big, going on huge. Many people are counting on me. The great thing about that is I don’t have time to procrastinate. I don’t have time for self-pity. ¬†I don’t have time for indecision. I can’t afford to not show up every day. I must become who I am called to be, if for no other reason than there are more and more and more people counting on me to be that man.

Keep perspective. Keep the main thing the main thing. God first. And I want to admire and inspire myself all the way through this. Having said that, the cloud of witnesses is vitally important. Your kids are watching. Your spouse is watching. Your church is watching. Your community is watching. The world is watching.

Go Big! We need the Best You that you can be!

Have a great week!

 

Love,

 

Lenn

Gratitude

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I love my life! I have been so blessed! Some days are more challenging than others. When those challenging days come, I do something I learned by watching my wife. She has a gratitude journal, just a regular notebook in which she writes down things she’s grateful about. She’s been doing this for ¬†6 years now and she has over 1400 entries in her journal. I’ve caught her just reading through this book. It’s an amazing reminder of the faithfulness of God.

For several years I’ve admired this practice and thought to myself “I should do that!” How many of us have things we should do? I should eat better. I should get more rest. I should be kinder to the dog. Tony Robbins says the only way your life changes is when your ‘should’ becomes a ‘must!’

I have 12 entries in my gratitude journal now. The first one is “46 years of life and health.” I’m very grateful for that. I like being alive and being able to move around and do things and go places and… dance. I can dance. Not saying I’m good at it, but I can do it, and you know what I did this morning? I put on some Rita Marley and danced!

I’m going to put that in my journal now. I get to dance! Now I’m feeling much more alive and excited and ready to rock Friday, which is the point I was making. Gratitude wakes you up and allows you to fight from a place of victory, not toward it. Gratitude says, “look at how good things are, look how we’re winning, look how amazing life is!”

Ok, I’m off to play! See you guys! Have a great day! There is much to be grateful about!

 

Lenn

I Declare!

At the end of each year, I take inventory and evaluate how I did against the goals I set at the beginning of that year. I learned from a mentor the 4-step magic of Plan, Do, Check, Adjust. I repeat that cycle at varying levels of intensity with weekly, monthly and annual targets.

Often out of that year-end process will emerge a word or concept that I feel led to focus on  in the year ahead. My word this year is DECLARATION.

I have observed a different 4-step process to this point.

  1. Hearing.
  2. Believing.
  3. Confessing.
  4. Declaring.

 

One leads to the other. Hearing leads to believing. You can believe quietly for a while, but if you keep on hearing and hearing, then belief fills up and overflows from your lips. The force and emotion of the overflow is the difference between confessing and declaring. I have for a few years now been confessing promises I hold on to, repeating them quietly and almost apologetically as if to reassure myself. Eventually belief reaches another critical tipping point. ¬†I now find myself declaring God’s promises with motion and emotion.

A higher degree of urgency, on a platform of deeper trust. Now more fully assured of His goodness I speak with greater authority from a place of larger calm.

I must thank my friend Becky George for sharing this video tool with me. ¬†In my encounter with this video, I went through the 4 stages, just more quickly. As I listened, belief grew until I quietly read along with the video. These days I’m on my feet, reading loudly and much faster than the video, declaring entire sections from memory, gesturing with my arms, eyes flashing…

These words are from a book titled “I Declare,” by Joel Osteen.¬†

Quietly or aloud, enjoy!

Listen intently; Declare boldly!

Just Do It

img_2366I don’t blog much, pronounced “at all,” anymore, because I’m too busy living life to sit down and write about it.

Wait, that’s not entirely true. I don’t have time to sit and write the perfect, well-thought-out, highly-impacting, carefully-crafted piece that I would like to deliver. So instead I write nothing, since it can’t be perfectly planned and executed with brilliance. Does that ever stop you? Can’t do it perfectly so you don’t do it at all?

My challenge to myself this year is to stop and share an insight in the most polished form that I can muster inside of 10 minutes. The point is that even an unfinished thought expressed carries more power than a perfect thought unfired.

This is taking me to a song I learned when I was but a wee lad (who says that?). I think this off-the-cuff writing may reveal far too much about me, and now it is too late — the ship has sailed, the train is rolling.

Here’s that song that I learned over 30 years ago, and it made such an impression that 3 decades later I don’t need to look up the lyric, it’s still written on my heart:

Brighten the Corner

Do not wait until some deeds of greatness you may do

Do not wait to shed your light afar

To the many duties ever near you now be true

Brighten the corner where you are

 

Love,

Lenn

 

The 6 Basic Fears

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I just finished reading a book that one of my mentors assigned to me. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. It’s almost 11pm and my body is tired, but my mind is fired up! I’m thinking about what 2017 will hold for me and my teams.

Near the end of the book, in chapter 15, Hill describes the 6 basic Fears:

The fear of POVERTY

The fear of CRITICISM

The fear of ILL HEALTH

The fear of LOSS OF LOVE OF SOMEONE

The fear of OLD AGE

The fear of DEATH

As he goes on to highlight some of the symptoms of these basic fears, I see the traces and footholds of fears I had not previously recognized. Once the light is shone upon a fear, you are now empowered with the choice to allow that fear a continued grip on your life-force, or you may eradicate it with the application of truth.

It is time that I must rest for the adventures of tomorrow, but I would not be surprised if I experience and remember vivid dreams this evening. I cannot wait to set about the work of freedom that comes with the dawn.

Today is the 7th Mensiversary of our marriage, and I am pleased to have married my best friend. The Alliance is strong and we are in for an abundant 2017, God willing. I believe Him to be, quite so.

God rest ye, Merry Gentlemen. Let nothing you dismay!