The ultimate challenge is using our talents to achieve what we are purposed to offer mankind. It is the one definite life purpose each of us can truly focus on for the rest of our lives. Are you? Perhaps the oxymoron of that thought is definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement!
Napoleon Hill wrote that the starting point of all achievement is a definiteness of purpose; you should have one high, outstanding goal and always keep it before you. Have clearly defined plans for achieving it. Determine and fix your mind exactly on what you desire! In my words, it is to submit one’s self to God’s purpose for your life and focus clearly on fulfilling it.
For me, the ultimate expression of my life purpose is to develop a movement of people who are seekers of physical, emotional and spiritual wellness, and who share their wellness experiences with others while being reciprocated in money and what money cannot buy. It is the vision behind the launch of TriVita. The desire, passion and vision were birthed when I experienced incredible wellness after a debilitating health crisis. I truly had a life transformation!
Those of you who follow my blogs know I seldom talk much about what TriVita has to offer, but instead attempt to reveal the principles and insights that lead to fulfilling life purpose. It is in the fulfillment of life purpose that the quality of life we desire is truly found.
But today I do want to make an announcement for the Wellness Entrepreneurs in TriVita. Be watching for the WE POWER SYSTEM!! This is the greatest system and tool we have ever developed. It will be unveiled at Galaxy of Stars in July 2013!
In my book, I write about systems as being one of the essentials of wealth. Today huge amounts of wealth (not just financial) are being created in technology in the systematic way of sharing and retrieving information. Twitter and Facebook are just two examples of how many companies and lives are being enriched with systems. If you have a system, it can empower and enhance scope and speed of service. If you are truly interested in creating significant success for your purpose in life, find a system that will support it.
If you are interested in a systematic way of enhancing your wellness business, make plans to attend Galaxy of Stars! Hope to see you there.
Being a person who loves the outdoors, I know there are times when I could be confronted by a bear or mountain lion. In grizzly bear terrain, crossing paths with a momma bear and cubs is certainly a very fearful experience. Not often will you ever see a mountain lion but when it appears at close range the heart pounds. In either case the most natural thing to do is to run from the fearful experience; however, being an avid outdoorsman, I know that is not the wise thing to do.
My wife, Susan, loves to hike at the ranch. On several occasions she has crossed paths with a bear. One time she came around the bend in a small road and straight in front of her was her fear: a bear not intimidated by her presence. The bear stood up on its hind legs, agitated at her presence. Her outdoors training kept her from turning and running from her fear. Later, back at the ranch she shared this with me while still wide-eyed from the encounter!
Obviously the point I am trying to make is this: Are you running away from your fears, whatever they may be? Is it the fear of rejection that prevents you from sharing a great opportunity with someone? The fear of the phone in making a follow-up call? The fear of public speaking? Most would say yes. The comedian Jerry Seinfeld once joked that most people would rather be in the coffin than give the eulogy.
Probably another fear that many have is the fear of failure. In fact, this may be even more commonplace than the fear of public speaking. If you fear failing, is that fear causing you to run from the most worthwhile thing you could do to create abundance and advance quality of life for you and others?
Fear is a powerful force. It can neutralize our greatest strengths and it can compound our greatest weaknesses. It can rob us of great opportunities and worthwhile causes and dreams. It can hold us in its anxious grip at the time of critical decisions. It is so powerful it can bring us to our knees, or it can simply hold us captive as if bound in chains – unable to move in any direction.
One of the greatest examples of fear is in sports. In golf we call it choked or as we age, the yips. It simply is the incapacity to follow through in making a shot under pressure – even in a friendly match with a 3-foot putt to win and no money on the line! The great sport heroes who we all love will deliver the most amazing performances while under pressure, such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in golf. They face their fears and know they have practiced that shot or have hit similar shots so many times they are able to visualize making the shots while under pressure.
This month in the Valley of the Sun it is pro baseball spring training time, when professionals come to do what they have been doing since they were kids: throwing, catching, hitting and sliding into bases. Why does a pro do the fundamentals so frequently? So they can do the same thing under pressure, with peak performance.
The greatest gift you can give yourself is to not run from your fear but rather face it and take the appropriate action. It is our natural tendency to fear anything that looms large in our lives. But the more we practice confronting our fear, the more capable we are of taking the appropriate actions to achieve a better life experience.
While being calm and contemplative, take some time to list your fears as well as appropriate actions you can take to confront and overcome them. Your life is for living and for optimizing the purpose for which you are here on earth. And that purpose will always be centered around enhancing the lives of others as well as your own!!
Do your appetites, habits and yes, addictions, support your life dreams and purpose? It is an intriguing thought if we get really real with ourselves.
Susan and I went to Hawaii last month, which we have been doing for the last 43 consecutive years. We were at a fabulous resort which we truly love with an affluent clientele of interesting people. It has a little general store that is representative of an old Hawaiian building with wood floors and wood plank walls. It is not overly big but is jammed with everything from beach towels to eggs from a local farm. Well, this properly attired, middle-aged woman went to the counter right in front of me to purchase a dozen eggs. The clerk asked her if she wanted a receipt. The woman emphatically said, “Yes, of course, my husband is a CPA and he goes over every receipt. You would be surprised how many mistakes he finds.” I smiled and the clerk smiled, appreciating her sincerity.
She then proceeded to the door but suddenly stopped and said, “I had better open up this carton and count the eggs to make sure that all twelve are there and to make sure there isn’t a broken one.” Now that just blew me away. In my 67 years (and yes, I admit I don’t regularly do the shopping for our groceries but I have purchased many cartons of eggs), I have never thought about opening the carton to see if I had been cheated an egg. But what I found so intriguing is the practice and habitual thinking of this woman; obviously, she and her husband have a life goal of never being cheated.
But it did make me stop and think: Do my habitual actions, appetites and even addictions align with the goals and purpose for my life? The more I thought about it and reflected on so many other people I know, the intriguing thought became worthy of a blog. So many people want to be successful in life. They want to earn a bigger income, they want recognition for their efforts and success – but they think they can go into their closet where no one sees them and indulge in appetites, habits and addictions that really sabotage their goals rather than support them. As I tell our TriVita leadership, your private life can really never be separated from your professional life. We are not chameleons but we are always reflecting who we are inside.
So here are a series of questions that might help you get a better idea of what really drives you and if your goals and purpose align:
• What do you dream about when you are alone?
• What do you talk about when in public?
• What are you happy about?
• What are you sad about?
• What do you want in life… and how badly do you want it?
• WHY do you want it?
You may want to take the time to write out an answer to each one of these along with a description of your appetites, habits and addictions. You may be cringing a little, but if you are honest with yourself in answering the questions, you will gain insight as to what you really want in life – and if you are aligning your everyday actions to reach those goals.
Now some may struggle defining their appetites, habits and addictions. Some may find the word ‘addictions’ to be offensive but it really is a word to describe what we just cannot do without, such as cravings, needs and compulsions that make us feel functional. I have one that is less intense than what it has been in the past, but I am addicted to exercise. If I do not have it regularly in my life, I feel lousy, grumpy, and get down on myself. I am addicted to exercise. Fortunately, that addiction supports my wellness purpose in life! I have another addiction that is not supportive; I am addicted to spending as much time out of bed in a 24-hour day as possible. I fight that feeling and I embrace sleep as my friend, but I am not addicted to sleep. I acknowledge sleep as my friend to rejuvenate me but if it were possible to go 24 hours a day and not have physical consequence, I would never sleep. Life is to be experienced and the more experiences the better. Yes, I know and discovered that sleep is one the essentials of wellness!!
So here is my conclusion: If we can recognize and embrace our goals and purpose in life, be honest about aligning our appetites, habits and addictions with them, we have the wonderful opportunity of living out those goals and fulfilling our life purpose. But if we do not align those appetites, habits and addictions with what we desire in life, the chances of fulfilling those wishes are greatly diminished.
Pursue your dreams, goals and life purpose with passion and intention!
Are your dreams in life supported by your appetites, addictions and habits? Take a real look at where you are going in life!
Posted March 1, 2013on:
Stay tune for Michael’s blog on this topic to be posted March 4, 2013
TriVita Wellness Entrepreneurs came from all over North America for training on the new Daily Detox product and program. The Event Auditorium was packed at the new TriVita Wellness Center. What an exciting time for me.
I had the joy of addressing this passionate group of wellness advocates. I spoke of how Daily Detox is more than just physical; it is understanding that the immune system is intelligent and is compromised when it is overwhelmed with physical, emotional and spiritual toxins. We are all aware of toxins in the air, water and food but there are also emotional and spiritual toxins.
I presented a very simple garbage bag illustration: we go through life stuffing our bag with negative experiences, without dealing with their toxic effects. For me, I always thought it was about trying to forget and move on. What I did not realize was that the toxic effect remained there in my subconscious. I just stuffed the experience in my life garbage bag. Most everyone in the audience began to think of some really tough life experiences that they had not dealt with through forgiveness. Sometimes we even need to forgive ourselves for making toxic bad choices. Forgiveness is one of the most empowering things we can do in our lives to eliminate the toxic effects of a bad experience. We can detoxify our lives!
I shared a prayer I have used; it has worked for me and I have witnessed amazing experiences in others who have used it as a way to free themselves of life’s toxic effects. The prayer should be prayed until the word YOU has no face or person attached to it but is simply a word. I encourage you to just start this by saying you will read this prayer daily for one week. You will be amazed at its power. It is called a Prayer of Blessing:
I forgive YOU right now – wherever you are – whatever you are doing – whoever you are with –whatever you are thinking – whatever you are feeling about me or anyone else. I forgive you and bless you and I let go of all resentment, hurt and pain. I pray this prayer of blessing for your life. I know I have been also set free to be blessed in my life. We are blessed!
The more we are free from life toxins, the more powerful we become. The less our immune system is compromised by dealing with toxins, the more vitality we have in life. The more vitality, the more joyful and rewarding is the life we can live! If you want more wellness, relationship and financial rewards in life, you must learn to live a less toxic life!
Forgiveness is God’s way for us to cleanse ourselves, so be a host to God and not a hostage to self!
Starting off the new year with a written list of goals and the plans to achieve them will get you out front of 97% of all people. Only 3% of people take the time to write down their goals. Which group do you think achieves more in their lives? This reminds me of a humorous quote I heard: “Life is like a dog sled race – if you are not the lead dog the scenery never changes.” I keep this quote by my big relaxing chair where I ponder life and my purpose. It not only inspires me, but I think it is one of the funniest quotes I have ever heard. Stop and think about it: The lead dog gets the full view of not only what is right out front but also the entire horizon, with all its possibilities. Any other dog in the pack simply looks at the rear-end of another dog and follows where it goes. I don’t know about you, but lead dog looks far more appealing to me!
I have named 2013 “The Year of Possibilities.” They are endless for the possibility thinker! Some people seem to think the only option for us all is to run off the fiscal cliff together. I did not plan on participating in the Great Recession and do not intend to follow the pack off the cliff. It does not mean we don’t have to contend with the consequences of poor political leadership choices, but setting individual goals and writing our plans for achieving them will certainly give each of us the opportunity to run as the lead dog in the pack.
For those of you who have heard the “yellow pad” story of how TriVita was launched, you know how powerful written goals are. Written goals are etched in destiny to be fulfilled. It costs nothing but time; it is free except for the cost of a yellow pad and a pen. But you will be amazed by the power of the written word. In every single religious circle I have ever been exposed to around the world, there is something considered sacred about the written word. While I am in no way intending to be sacrilegious, there is something sacred about the written form of goals and the plans to achieve them.
Here is what Brian Tracey writes in his blog about goal setting: “If you follow my work, you probably know the success I’ve experienced by helping millions of people to set and achieve goals. The one thing I have discovered in over 30 years of researching success patterns is that a person of average intelligence who has the ability to set clear goals and has the discipline to maintain a goal-achieving mindset is 90% more likely to succeed than a genius without a plan.”
Start off 2013 ahead of the pack with your first 30-day written goals and achievement plan. The sooner you do this, the closer you are to the success you desire for the new year and for your life purpose.
May you experience a lead dog life in 2013!!
This past month I have taken some time to rejuvenate and refresh. Yes, even CEOs need down time!! I find the outdoors is always where I connect to a spiritual realm through reflection and relaxation. It is a place where I can observe creation but feel no need to respond to, fix, or even enhance the observation. This past week I was down in the Eagle Creek area in Arizona. It was fabulously beautiful with the fall colors in full brightness. The cliffs which rise hundreds of feet above the creek create every imaginable shape in spheres, crevices, ledges and outcroppings. There the eagles and hawks soar above and land where they desire. The Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep do amazing things on the cliffs, like launching themselves onto ledges, seeming to defy gravity in the process.
In a particular case, I watched a mother ewe come to a crevice that had to be 8 feet wide with little footing available on the other side. I watched her look back to her 6-month-old lamb and wait for it to come right behind her, and then launch herself to the other side. She then stood there for a moment and looked back to assure the lamb and then turned and walked away a few feet, only looking back as though to say “you can make it.” I stood there staring, holding my breath to watch the lamb gather itself to launch to the other side. The lamb teetered back and forth, doubting whether it was possible, but seeing its mother on the other side coaxing and never doubting in the direction she was headed, the lamb launched itself into the air. My heart literally raced as it seemed impossible that this lamb could make it safely to the ledge. When it landed on the other side, its hind legs slipped and it starting digging in rapidly to find the footing it needed. What was so incredible was the reaction of the ewe: she calmly stood there until the struggling lamb was secure by her side and then she continued on in the direction she had determined for them.
This incident was on my mind for days and I thought about it in so many ways. You can’t be in that environment and not observe the fact that there had to be a Creator of this magnificent place. What an imagination for such a creation! It was like a miniature Grand Canyon but not so overwhelmingly large; you could feel the cliffs and walk out to their edges to look at the beauty below, or be at the bottom floor and look almost vertically straight up for hundreds of feet to experience what I described with the ewe and lamb.
But it also was inspiring to me to know that the Creator of the plan and purpose for my life was leading me like the ewe did with the lamb. At times, it seems beyond my ability to go from where I am to where I need to go. But it is the knowledge that God would never ask of me something I could not do that inspires me to take the steps I need to launch onto a new ledge in life.
But it also was inspiring to me to think of the mentors we need who have scaled the cliffs of life. Mentors who have been there as lambs but are now surefooted with experience and maturity. What was so remarkable was that the ewe never turned around with doubt, only looking back to ensure the lamb was following and to give it the assurance it needed.
In our lives we need mentors and we need to mentor others. Never creating doubt as to where we need to go – just demonstrating the belief that we can go there together.
As we close out this year at TriVita, we certainly have navigated the cliffs of life. We have accomplished a lot with the opening of the Wellness Center, the opening of our Hong Kong office serving Southeast Asia, and merging Amazon Herb Company with TriVita. At times it seemed the cliffs were steep and the footing not as secure as we would like, but we have made it.
As we look forward to the next great year, I would like to ask you this question: Who are you mentoring along the cliffs of life and wellness? If we all had several people we were mentoring so they in turn could mentor others, would it not be an incredible 2013? Well, the launching of the WE community in TriVita will be exactly that kind of program. Get ready for the greatest year TriVita has ever experienced.
May all of you enjoy the spirit of the holidays and your days be filled with cheer and joy.
Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.