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Before I start this one, I literally just read an amazing quote from the late, great, Jim Rohn: “The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.” Take a moment to digest that one and ask yourself if you are a DOER or only a watcher…or in my opinion, something even worse — only someone who talks big but takes no action in doing anything (and I am guilty of this one so I have every right to say that it is worse!). This actually leads right into what I had planned on writing, so it is very cool that I saw that quote. I’m going to talk about using your God-given talents.
I have to give credit where credit is due because this is something I actually recorded on a call that one of my previous mentors, Phil Gentilcore, led one night in June, 2009. I have written ad nauseum about the reasons why you need to have a mentor, and in this case Phil’s mentor was a speaker by the name of Tony Robbins. Mr. Robbins spoke about using your God-given talents and Phil was able to take that information and relay it to us, so I am going to give you the benefit of that powerful training, and I hope you can use it for the benefit of others!
So, I want you to think about your God-given talent or talents for a second. I want you to take 30-60 seconds, close your eyes, and imagine that if you were to meet your Maker tomorrow and He were to ask, “If there was only ONE talent I gave you, what would that be?” Think about it — what God-given talent or talents have you been given? Is it the ability to sing? Is it the ability to teach children? Is it a physical ability? Is it compassion? What were you given? Now, if you can’t think of anything, I can guarantee that your life is not working for you and that there is something missing.
Now, on the other side of that, if you thought about what your talents are, ask yourself this, “am I applying it to serve the world?” The word servant is used in the Bible over 1,232 times, which should give you a clue on the meaning of life and fulfillment. Are you using your God-given talents for the benefit of the world? Someone may ask you, “What do you do?” and you may say “I’m a police officer”, or “I’m a teacher”, or “I’m a stock broker” or “I’m an office manager” etc, etc, but is that really who you are? One of the things that may surprise you is that you might not know what your talents are until you face your deepest fears. I was never a great public speaker in high school; in fact, I sucked at it big time. When I began network marketing (surprisingly enough), they MADE ME do public speaking, and it honestly sounded like something I wanted to do, but needed to develop. So I watched others, and asked them questions, and learned from duplicating what they do. Now I can get in front of a room and keep the entire room focused on me with NO PROBLEM at all! Not only can I do that, but I like to think that I can add value to people’s lives! See, our fears and those things which we fail at in life are our biggest teaching tools. And this, in a way, is one of the problems that people who are “doing okay” will have because they don’t have the capacity to truly go after what they want; it’s like a curse to them. They have no capacity for growth, change, and desire. They hunger for nothing, so they stay mediocre. That’s why if you want to be successful in internet network marketing or in anything, you have to go beyond your capacity. In my old network marketing company, one of the top earners who grossed over $3 million every month in billing volume (so in other words, he makes over $100,000 a month, residually) has read over 600 books on network marketing. That is why he is so successful — he wasn’t okay with reading just 4 or 5 books and “doing okay”. After reading 600 books he said that there are 3 keys that he found. Here are the keys:
Key number 1) You can’t be in what you are doing, it has to be in you. Whatever it is that you are doing, it must be in you. It needs to keep you awake at night just thinking about it. I see people who will become a Beachbody Coach, for example, and then just kind of hang around waiting for something to happen rather than taking initiate. There are people who will learn about me and then decide to work with me during their moment of inspiration, and then they won’t even call me so I can help them! I can’t convince anyone to do anything — it must be IN you.
Key number 2) We accept that most people are not willing to commit to change – Most people will not commit to conference calls, going to trainings every single week, reading personal development books or listening to personal development audio, etc. We can accept that most people are not going to be willing to do whatever it takes to be successful.
Key number 3) Commit to the work ethic. COMMIT to WORK ethic. You need to start being creative and innovative and be ahead of the curve. Why do you think this website works? Because I was creative, I had the right mentors to teach me, and now I don’t have to hunt down people who want to earn money with Beachbody, but instead, hungry people who are looking for an opportunity with the right leader to guide them come to me. I don’t have to convince these people that their life could be better, or they could be financially free if they work with me.
Now, let’s look at you for a moment, shall we? You probably have some talents that are hidden way deep inside of you, and your job is not allowing you to your those talents and therefore your life is probably not working! Think about it: most people are not passionate about something, most people don’t get out of bed and say “Oh, God, THANK YOU for another day, another chance, another opportunity to serve!” Most people are rolling out of bed, hitting the alarm clock and saying, “Well, here we go again, same s—, different day”, looking for an excuse to call in sick. That’s no way to live! So the point is, you should always be doing something a little different than everyone else, being a little more creative than everyone else. FORCE YOURSELF to do the simple little things that successful people do every single day, which are quite easy to do, but also quite easy not to do. By honing in and using your God-given talents to make a difference in your own life, you can find people who are also willing and hungry to change their own lives as well.
Will you accept the work that will be before you? If you aren’t using your God-given talents, then they are not growing, or developing, or multiplying. The one thing we all have the same amount of right now: the present time we are in at this very moment. We all have the same 24 hours in the day. Tomorrow as well, and the next day. So what depends on where you want be in the next 1-3 years from today and how you use that time. Here is a perfect example: On June 14, 2009, the LA Lakers and the Orlando Magic played in the NBA championship. Now, throughout the year, those other teams in the NBA that didn’t play in the championship probably watched the games on television to see the other teams play. However, the Lakers and the Magic used their time in a better way. What do I mean by that? They scored more baskets, they played harder defense, they practiced harder and they did not squander the use of their time. How many people wake up at age 50 or 60 or 70 and they say, “Where did my life go? Is this it?” and their social security check comes in or hopefully they’ve done things well financially — or who am I kidding? Most people don’t. Most people are retiring and hopefully their mortgages are all paid off and hopefully they are a place where they can retire, but that’s not most people. Only 3% of the world controls all the wealth. The problem is, most people blame that 3% instead of doing they things they could have done to actually get their themselves! So the question for you is this: are you going to keep squandering time or are you going to start using your God-given talents and gifts that’s going to allow you to touch the lives of other people, allow you to be a servant, and allow you to use your gifts in a world where there is so much pain?
My friend Phil Gentilcore met a man who earned $5 million on the internet in a matter of 36 hours. The internet is a fantastic way to earn money because it as never felt the bite of a recession (and HINT, HINT, you can learn how to earn money on the internet from ME). The guy who earned the $5 million — his wife spent $2.5 million of it in the first six months of them having it. What did she spend it on? A little small village in Africa where some of the mothers died during childbirth. What a travesty that is, in a world like where we live in, no one should die from childbirth. A lot of the children are born HIV positive there, and they don’t know it, the mothers don’t know it, so to make a long story short, this woman used the money to build a hospital there so that women can give birth there and live and have healthy babies. Why do you think I decided to earn money with Beachbody with network marketing in the first place? I’ve talked about it before — so I can touch many lives. It’s not about what I can receive, but what I can give which is the most rewarding thing for me.
Will you squander your time? Or will you start using your God-given talents to touch the lives of others? Please comment below and if you found this post helpful, please share it with others.
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Fitness has been an incredible outlet for me to deal with some of the emotions and challenges that come up in my life. It is one of several, another one being prayer. We all face challenges, and we all are in the same boat when it all comes down to it in life, though some to much more severe degrees than others. So, when anxiety is too much to bear, we should never feel like we should go it alone. We truly do need each other, even if we find it hard to trust one another at times. I’ve talked to people who have had a hard time dealing with anxiety because they just don’t trust anyone to help them; they have been burned in the past by people and they never want to feel it again. I can empathize with you on that one if you are someone who is reading this and feels that way.
When it comes down to it, if anxiety is too much to bear, the best thing to do is seek help. If you have access to a professional, be open and 100% honest; hold nothing back. They cannot help you fully if you lie or hold back what is bothering you, especially if you are tremendously anxious or depressed. Since I said you should be open, I will lead by example. One thing that I know for me is that the death of my dad was one of the hardest things I had ever had to deal with. I remember the feeling of trying to cope with that and trying to go to sleep that night. Hearing the words of the police officer on the phone telling my mom and I that my dad had passed on…I can still hear it in my head right now as I type this 6 years later. I really had to seek God and be open about my life to not let an event like that wear me down. And fortunately a little after a year and a half, I began using Beachbody’s fitness programs, and those also began to help me.
About my dad — he had an entrepreneurial spirit. Back in the 70′s and 80′s he had his own business fixing alarms and being a repair guy. I guess that same entrepreneurial spirit ignited with me after he died and that is one of the big reasons I began to earn money with Beachbody in the first place. I’m looking for people with the same kind of drive to join our team of Beachbody Coaches.
I know what it is like to feel failure — everyone fails and it is that failure that helps us succeed! Feeling defeated is one thing, but hopelessness is a different story altogether. If you are looking at the future and saying to yourself, “you know what, there isn’t really anything that is going to make life any better. In fact, the future looks worse from here, and there is nothing I can do to change it”, this is when it is time to realize that you need to speak to a professional. You need to know that others can help you — let them.
I know the title of this article is a little strange at first glance. “Choose to Live a Longer Life?” It’s obvious that there are factors beyond our control that can shorten our lives. This hits close to home for me since my dad was hit by a car and was killed. He didn’t see coming, nor did anyone else.
That being said, about 70% of your life span is determined by your own daily choices. What you put in or do not put in your own body, and your actions, whether they be good for you or harmful are controllable. In this sense, you can choose to live a longer life. It’s sort of like putting money away in a saving account — you will see the dividends later in life. But here is the really sad thing…if you live like the average American does, not only could you possibly never reach your potential life span, you could actually cut it by a decade!! This is according to the author of The Blue Zones, Dan Buettner.
As I mentioned in my previous post which featured Darin Olien and Shakeology, Olien searches the globe looking for the most exotic foods that promote longevity by researching the indigenous people of that region and checking out their food source, and this is of course what is then put into Shakeology. Dan Duettner also is a researcher of longevity and reports the findings of long-living populations in his books. Interestingly enough, one of the big factors that determines how you can choose to live a longer life is by having a sense of purpose in life — you get out of bed for a reason and you have self-worth. This, by the way, is the exact opposite to those who think we are here by random chance and life is meaningless. Well, in that case they are indeed right, because their own life is truly meaningless to them. But mine is not, and neither is yours IF you CHOOSE to live a longer life, and make that choice daily.
The other factors to longevity are the more obvious ones…connect with other people and create meaningful relationships, take the time to reduce stress factors in life, continually be active and watch what you eat. Dan Buettner seems to know something most people here in the United States do not and that is how to eat smart. Your SMALLEST meal of the day should be in the EVENING and your largest meal should be in the MORNING. This makes total sense, if you ask me. Doesn’t it seem only right to eat the most nutritious food to replenish your bodies organs and fuel yourself for the day in the morning? If you fuel yourself with stuff a caveman would eat, you’d reduce cravings during the day, especially sweets. And of course, to burn calories while you are resting, and to increase your muscle mass and better your metabolism, exercise with resistance training. Not only will you look and feel great, you’ll more than likely ward off disease.
We make our own choices, then our choices make us. You can choose to live a longer life today, or just sit on the sidelines and watch everyone else live a life.
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