empowerment

What Does It Take To Be 100% Committed To Your Dreams?

I love asking people how committed they really are to achieving and living their dreams on a scale of 0 to 10.

I used to think I was a 7 to 8 myself when it came to my commitment to my dreams.

Then the epiphany hit me hard, right between the eyes... in the teeth...  in the gut... right where it counts!

There are really only two correct responses to the question, "On a scale of 0 to 10, how committed are you?"

You are either a "0" or you are a "10".

Yep, you're either a big fat zero, or you are 100% committed to do whatever it takes, to BEING the person you need to BE, to take action in spite of your fears, to have absolute Clarity of Your Destination and to be so incredibly filled with Inspiration, that you will consistently and persistently do something every day no matter what, undeterred by any obstacles or challenges that may arise (particularly when it comes to your fears).

I now understand why I had not been making progress toward my goals. I was only half-assed committed.

It wasn't until the pain got so severe, when I realized that deep within my heart and soul I'd had enough and it was time to make the ultimate choice and to be 100% committed, that things started to shift and I could feel my life starting to transform.

It's onward and upward baby... to do whatever it takes. This means I have to BE whomever I Need to BE in the moment, day by day... to live principle by principle each and every day... to espouse The 7 Principles of COURAGE so you, so others, will see the impact these step-by-step principles have on you and your life when you 100% Commit to COURAGE, so you will have the COURAGE To Commit to be your true, most Authentic Self.

How badly do you want it? Can you smell it, taste it, feel it, hear it, touch it, sense it??

Do you know what you want and what inspires you to jump out of bed in the morning and delve right into the Priority Actions that will get you ever closer to your dreams?

The 7 Principles of COURAGE... Commit to COURAGE so you have the COURAGE to Commit... 100%.

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Acumen for COURAGE

Everyone has the capacity and acumen to choose to have COURAGE in their life.

What's your choice... COURAGE or fear?

The challenge is turning this into true COURAGEOUS Action to get the desired results.

There are many theories and approaches. I believe the following are the starting points:

1. Get crystal clear on what you really want. This means having CLARITY OF DESTINATION. When what you want is bigger than you, you will be more committed to following through. (Bigger than you means making a difference in the lives of others, in the world).

2. Figuring out what really inspires you, what it is that will get you up energized and excited each morning. Knowing your ORIGIN OF INSPIRATION will not only ignite your internal FIRE, but it will set you apart from the masses. (According to my online www.amistuck.com quiz, the biggest challenge faced for most people is feeling energized and excited to get going when the alarm clock goes off...).

3. Work on yourself DAILY... Recognizing your UNREALIZED POTENTIAL is a huge first step. Developing true unwavering BELIEF IN YOURSELF is essential.

4. Taking RESPONSIBILITY and actually Being RESPONSIBLE instead of blaming yourself or someone else when things don't go your way is a life-changing value and attribute. The only person actually RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS/INACTIONS is... YOU!  It's vital to Develop and Implement a well thought out dynamic, COURAGEOUS ACTION PLAN (I call this your CAP) and to follow through consistently (as in no matter what).

5. Develop AWARENESS and work on truly BEING AWARE! What does this really mean? For starters it means becoming aware of yourself, your environment (is it empowering?), others you surround yourself with, your target audience, and whether or not your choices are getting you closer to or farther away from your desired DESTINATION.

6. For me, the most impacting principle is Being Filled with GRATITUDE. GRATITUDE allows you to:  i. Find the opportunity to learn and grow from each and every challenge; ii. Learn to shift your perspective from a place of being reactive to being proactive (This is truly life impacting and changing not only for you, but for those you interact with); and iii. Immediately get out of the Vicious Cycle of Subconscious Fear, a cycle that rules the decision making and choices of most people (Because fear and GRATITUDE cannot coexist simultaneously).

7. Living with EXCELLENCE!  This translates to being your best self. Everyone has their moments, so when you're not quite there, give yourself a break and Be Grateful for the Opportunity to Learn and Grow instead of getting caught up in anger, frustration, self-doubt, hesitation, procrastination, worry, stress or anything else that serves as an obstacle to living the life you really want.

Anyone can choose to live with COURAGE. The key is having the desire and commitment to do what it takes.

Note that it is impossible to help or support anyone who does not want to help themselves to grow and transform into the amazing, incredible person they have the potential to become.

So... What's it going to be for you? It is after all... Your Choice... COURAGE, or fear...

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Is The Tide Of Your Life Still Rising... Or Shifting?

...There are always obstacles and challenges. I can continue to allow these to create a seemingly overbearing, unconquerable barrier... or I can shift my perspective to see the opportunity to learn and grow that is always there in every single moment of every challenge...

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100 Day Challenge: Post # 5, "Prioritizing Actions"

Wow, what a nonstop week it's been... yet again!

For my job as Executive Director of Hope Happens, I've been working on our first Donor Proposal Packet. I finished it late last night and shared it this morning. What a great feeling to have gotten this done!

Now it's time to focus on gaining clarity for my passion, for my burning desire and to wrap up some additional details of my Courageous Action Plan.  There's some irony here as I'm reading Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and the chapter I just finished last night is all about the driving force of "Desire" and how it changes everything.

To me, this burning desire comes from passion.

I've been honing in on consistently being aware of my mindset, my thoughts, to paying attention for how I'm setting my intentions, for how I'm being.

In the past I've fallen into the self-defeating trap of feeling overwhelmed. As I describe it, "Up until recently, I felt like I was hanging on to the cliff of overwhelm by my fingertips."

I purposely say "Up until now..." to release that demeaning and draining energy. This literally means I've turned the corner (and this has everything to do with my mindset).

I've realized the past few days with so much going on, that prioritizing my actions is essential. And though I have an overall plan laid out for the entire 100 Day Challenge, there are a few things I have not included at this point such as completing my Getting Unstuck Video Course and having my website redone (I think this site is okay, but would like to have one that is more dynamic, more connecting to the people finding it, and easier for people to peruse and find what they're looking for). There are a few other components as well that I need to accomplish to make sure I have the most empowering 100 Day Challenge possible.

I'm heading to San Diego soon to present the trait of Curiosity to 7th, 8th and 9th graders at Clark Middle School and have been working on my presentation.

There is definitely never a dull moment these days!

Yes, this seems like a lot on my plate. The good news is that I am feeling more focused, driven, determined and excited to make daily progress than ever before.

I could go into some additional details like the fact I had to take my computer into the Apple Genius Bar today and then to the Mac HQ store to order a new battery for my computer as it's not holding a charge, which took almost 3 hours tonight after leaving the office... and I'm going to be traveling a bit coming up and absolutely need to be able to use my portable brain (yes, my computer).

One of the exercises I'll be delving into over the next few days comes from my personal success coach. I'll be delving into where and how I'm spending and using my time. I have a feeling this will be very revealing and open my eyes (and my heart) as far as my passions go and how effectively and efficiently I've been using my time and whether or not this is moving me closer to or farther away from my goals.

It's all about prioritizing my actions based on my burning desire to impact lives... the lives of individuals with neurological disorders through my position at Hope Happens for Neurological Disorders and for people who want to get unstuck and move past their fears via The 7 Principles of COURAGE.

It's also simply about giving of myself to those I care about and to those who need my support the most.

This boils down to focusing on the solution, not on the problem. Focusing on the solution completely changes my thought process and subsequently my energy and my actions.

This really is my priority action # 1... plain and simple. And this brings me back full circle to why I'm doing this 100 Day Challenge.

Boom!

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Challenge Post # 3: Focused Action Changes Things

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I saw the acronym "ACT" for Action Changes Things and immediately realized the importance of making sure the action is Focused. Here's why I came to this epiphany...

The past two weeks have been one of the most non-stop and pressure packed times I can remember in my life.

In early February I became the Executive Director of Hope Happens for Neurological Disorders (www.hopehappens.org), a public charity started by my brother Chris in 2003 before he succumbed to ALS in 2005.

Two weeks ago we had a Hope Happens Board of Directors meeting and this past week we had our Annual Evening of HOPE, a wonderful celebration for "Sharing the passion to find cures, improve quality of life and for music".

Yesterday was a scheduled day for me to write an article and post it on my 100 Day Challenge Blog. Yesterday, the morning after our annual event, I attended a Cancer Research Symposium and went on a tour of The Hope Center for Neurological Disorders in the afternoon.

By the end of yesterday, I was completely exhausted.

As I sat with my daughter for a few minutes (before starting to grill some amazing bison ribeyes (prepared with a light coating of cold pressed coconut oil, sea salt, fresh chopped garlic and leeks, sweet potato strips and asparagus), I found myself thinking about the article I was scheduled to write for the day.

I knew I was spent. I realized the past few days had been amazing and that we (HOPE Happens) had just had what may have been the best Evening of HOPE ever during our 11 years. So, though whipped, I felt great about what we had done and about what I had done.

I started thinking that I really had to force myself to sit down and take the action necessary to get the article written. Why? Because in the past I'd typically feel into the proverbial procrastination mode and chilling was the easier option. I also now understand the impact for what it means to "Take Action Now".

In that moment I realized how important it is to have Clarity for the message to be imparted via the article. This meant I needed to be able to focus.

In other words, simply taking Action and ending up with a so-so article to post, would not nearly have the impact as it would if I was energized, reflective and focused.

Yes, it is important to make sure you "Take Action Now", yet it is every bit as important to make sure you "Take Focused Action Now".

I knew I could really use some down time and intentionally chose to spend the time with my daughter after a grueling two weeks and not being able to spend time with her.

This morning I began to feel bad about not having taken the action needed the day before… and immediately became aware that this was a self-defeating thought process. Being aware in the moment, I chose to return to a state of self-empowerment and take focused action right after my weekly Saturday morning Google Hangout that I've been doing for a year and a half with a group of intentionally committed individuals.

So here I am, completing the task a day behind schedule, but completing it nevertheless and in what I believe in a much more focused and empowering way.

My personal takeaway is that it is vital to remember the "FACT"… that "Focused Action Changes Things" is so true and so vital for consistently moving forward.

And as of now, I am still on track, on target, for my personal 100 Day Challenge.

It feels fantastic to "Get 'er done"… with focus... and with additional Clarity!

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Go Ahead... Jump Into Your Fears! Otherwise...

... You will never experience SUCCESS or be able to live your Dreams.

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