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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

Abundance

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

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

 

300 Lions

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Eyes glowing in the dark. Silhouettes padding silently through the brush. I see them emerging from the woods. They step into the sunlight, and I watch their eyes adjust to the brightness.  With an air of keen interest, they scan the field in which I’m standing.  Their eyes light upon me and an interesting mix of curiosity and recognition spreads across their majestic faces. One by one, they begin moving toward me, and I am overwhelmed with a sense of awe and wonder. Lions command respect, no matter who you are. I am not their lunch; I am their leader.

Two years ago, I began to visualize this scene, the approach of 300 Lions. I was reading from Judges 6, where God calls Gideon to win an impossible victory against superior numbers.  God selects a small band to go against forces too numerous to count and with only 300 warriors, God defeats the long-standing oppression of an entire nation.

I believe God is sending 300 leaders to spread the word of hope that comes from better health and stronger finances. The company we represent is God-honoring, quickly successful, and poised for international explosive growth.

Zurvita, the company’s name, is a latin word that means “a higher way of living.” Five years after introducing its Zeal for Life nutritional beverage, the company gathered $80 Million in revenue in 2015. We are on track to $100 Million this year. Do your own research. The company website is www.zurvita.com

If you are in the vicinity of McMinnville, Oregon, you are invited to learn more at one of our regular weekly Zeal parties. It’s a fun, no-pressure environment with positive forward-thinking individuals. If you are further away, you can receive information via text and video.

I’m calling for the 300 Lions to come forward.  I am ready to lead. Much like Gideon, not because of who I am, but because of who God has called me to become.  We have much to do, major contributions to make for the people and families that we love. We will help thousands!

Contact me at 323-371-9455 for information.

Blessings,

Lennox

 

 

 

Squadron

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I was present at this powerful moment.

February, 2016, San Antonio, Texas.  Awards Night at the Power of One Conference, approximately 3000 in attendance. The stage is on the left in this shot.  So why is everyone looking past the stage to the far right of the room?

In middle of the Award presentations, there was a medical emergency.  A lady collapsed over at the right side of the room. What happened next was incredible!

CEO Mark took the mic with him, walked off the stage and headed directly over there, staying completely calm and in control. He directed the crowd to back up and give space for the team of Doctors (our Scientific Advisory Board was in attendance) to help the lady and keep her comfortable until the EMT’s arrived.

Then the most amazing thing happened! Without any prompting or direction to do so, the entire crowd turned to the right like a squadron, extended their hands, and began to pray. It was an awe-inspiring sound, the sound of that many voices united in prayer. Some whispered, some shouted, some sang…

This went on for about 30 minutes.

The EMT’s arrived, to thunderous applause. The Awards Ceremony resumed.

I’ll always remember that time I watched 3000 warriors turn on the enemy and call on the name of Jesus!

 

 

A Puzzle with No Picture

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Sage brought home a jigsaw puzzle in a ziploc bag. 1500 pieces. No picture. I haven’t done a puzzle in years.  For some reason I was drawn to the challenge of building without a picture to follow.

It’s an effective metaphor for the major adventures in my life right now. I’m getting married, becoming a father, leading a worship ministry, building a network marketing business, contributing to a phone app team with a potential hit on our hands, and somewhere in the middle of all this, negotiating my journey as a man and a musician. Every single day now, I rely on the reminder at the top of my bathroom mirror: “I am a beloved son of the Most High.”

Uncharted territory, story of my life. I asked God to lead me where my trust is without borders, and that is exactly what He has done. I have no maps for any of these adventures. These aren’t just do or die situations — these are trust or die opportunities!

Here are 3 things I learned in the process of completing this puzzle:

1. Take Inventory. What do you have? The first thing we did was flip every piece right side up, and look for all the edges. In other words, find pieces with a common feature and create a framework from those. When you don’t have a picture of the thing you are building, start by looking at what you have to work with.

2. Pay attention to the combinations that emerge. Those combinations inform the larger picture. The first combination we found is the fish that looks like Nemo. Finding that alerted us to the idea this was an underwater scene and then we began to imagine what it might be.

3. Enjoy the process. Celebrate each new connection you find. It occurs to me that finding 1500 connections that fit, can completely change your life, but it’s not likely you’ll find them all at once. More likely is that you’ll find one or two or three at a time. Celebrate each one.  Every connection expands your picture and helps you connect to the next piece you’re looking for, whether you know you’re looking for it or not.

Off to an amazing start!

So much is happening, and so quickly! And I’m loving it. I am grateful for all the preparation of years past. Habits and routines are so helpful. I’m reading 10 pages a day because it’s a habit. I’m playing my guitar 10 minutes a day because it’s a habit. I’m not yet singing 10 minutes a day. Need to install that habit.

Application for the church venue for our wedding—submitted. They’ll get back to us next week.

New amazing music creation app released to the market. I’m not a part of the development or release. My function is to communicate with the fans of the app. Great launch, we had 40,699 downloads of the app worldwide this past weekend. It’s fun, and it lets anyone make EDM without experience or practice. EDM stands for Electronic Dance Music. I didn’t know what that was 4 months ago. Now, by a lovely stroke of grace, I’m part of a company that created this amazing app that empowers people to create, share and inspire!

Here’s where you can find #remix: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/remix/id370135521?mt=8

Meeting with the members of my worship team individually and as a group. Almost done with the book Taking People With You, which I will read again this year. It’s that important. I think I deserve to engage with these thoughts another time just to let them insinuate into my way of being and leading. Learning so much!

Concurrently reading The Five People You Meet In Heaven. The person you will be in 5 years is based on the books you will read and the people you surround yourself with today. I’ve come to see the truth and effect of this statement, and so I’m rather intentional about it.

Guard your associations and keep your goals in mind as you sort those associations into one of three categories: Deleted Associations, Limited Associations, and Expanded Associations.

Be rid of negative people.

Full Plate

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At my most recent 3-day retreat, I considered the 5 main projects I have committed to, and experienced a brief moment of terror. I’ve taken on a lot. More than I can handle. More than I can out-smart or out-work. The only way all of this gets done is with a team and by the grace of God.  This is Great news, everybody! I cannot do all of this without becoming a better leader! And I can’t do that without becoming a better follower!

Isn’t that a sweet spot? When you’re facing challenges that are bigger than you are, you must rely on the power of God within, and the people of God without. The Power and the People. The People and the Presence. I can do all of this through Christ, and knowing that strengthens me. Routines count now more than ever. Waking up and seeking the Lord early in prayer and scripture and music, that’s foundational because there you’ll find both refreshing of energies and upgrade of heavenly strategies.

The desert of the real

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“Welcome to the desert of the real.” It’s a quote from Morpheus in The Matrix, as he congratulates Neo on seeing reality clearly for the first time.

Do you wish you could be more real with people? Do you find there are unspoken rules in your circle of friends that prohibit you from sharing what’s really going on inside you? Are you afraid that if they knew what you’re thinking and feeling, they might ostracize you from the group?

What if you get a new group? What if you trade quantity of relationships for quality? What if you simply be you and let those who are attracted to the genuine article, take up your banner and journey alongside?

I bet you’d be surprised how many more people than you ever imagined will LOVE the YOU you’re holding back.

What’s your new year going to be like?

FullSizeRender (1)There are only 10 days left in this year! 2015 just sailed by!!

This is an excellent time to think about what you accomplished this year. Even more important than anything you achieved, who did you become? Are you better, stronger, kinder? Are you pleased with who you’ve become?

At the top of the year I created a list of things I wanted to do this year. As we approach 2016, I’m first creating a description of who I want to be, then building my lists of Dreams, Stages, Goals and Activities based on the Identity into which I’m living.

Here comes a fresh one, a year of new beginnings, a do-over.

Who do you want to be?