Last Saturday morning I happened to catch a video from Coach Peter Nielsen about the benefits of using KettleBells. I was intrigued at his challenge to switch up my exercise program so that my body would be taken off-guard instead of settling into a routine of diminishing returns.
Tried it. Loved it!!
KettleBell swings are one of the best ways to burn fat, and fat-burning is definitely one of my goals for these next 90 days!
Coach Peter is launching a new Transformation contest in October. My goal is to end that contest at #170ripped. I’m getting a running start on that. Or a swinging start. One way or the other, I’m getting a start. You can too, if you wish…
More information at www.Zurvitacoach.com
As usual, sweet prizes on the line, not to mention a better version of you. Look your best and feel great!
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 🙂
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.
I’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.”
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.
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.
I 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.
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.
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…
I 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
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!
Network marketing isn’t easy. It’s a simple concept but it takes time and tenacity to win in this business. You have to grow and change in order to rise and inspire. I love who I have become in the last two years!
I am a husband, a father, and a network marketing professional. I am putting in the work and I am learning skills that allow me to call greatness out of myself and other people.
Never stop learning; never stop growing.
Be more so you can share more. There is so much in me that I want to share with the world. I love photography, and cooking, and travel, and my wife and kids, and meeting people, and music, and reading. There’s so much to experience, when you have the time and the money to enjoy it.
Zurvita is my opportunity to have that freedom. We are close to that goal, we are moving steadily in the direction of our dreams. You have to take ownership of the opportunity that is yours. Own it, and go to work!
I love what the Cannon family is able to do because of the network marketing industry. That’s gonna be us, the Fleary Family:
Joy, Love, Music, Hope — We did not come here to just survive