The Greatest Miracle in the World!

I am going to challenge you to do something for me. I realize that we are all busy, but this is very important.

As I spent some quiet time this morning in prayer, the lingering thought on my heart was my child that is rapidly developing in my wife’s precious tummy. God then dropped the following book in my spirit: The Greatest Miracle in the World. Some of you may be familiar with it. Some of you may have never heard of it. Whether or not you’re familiar with it doesn’t matter at this point; my challenge is the same for both groups. I implore you to take 15 measly minutes to listen to the video that I have attached to this post. Og Mandino, the author of The Greatest Miracle is undoubtedly my favorite author. I’ll share some more of his material as we continue our journey together. But today I felt compelled to share this excerpt with you. It’s an audio reading of the incredible climax of the book. At some point, I would strongly encourage you to read this entire book. But for now, I don’t want to let another day pass without getting this messsage to you.

I know we live in an age where most people won’t stop for 15 minutes to do anything. We’re so BUSY that we don’t have time to think, reflect, meditate, pray, read, and refresh our minds, bodies, and spirits. We zoom through our days, oftentimes filling our heads with a bunch of stuff that is simply not that important. Do me a huge favor; give me 15 minutes. If you need to save this message and reopen it tonight after everyone has gone to bed, do it. If you need to wake up a few minutes early tomorrow, do it. I want you to internalize the message that is conveyed in this excerpt.  Trust me, this message is way more important than any email you’ll get at work today. It trumps anything you’ll see on “reality” TV or your favorite show or sitcom. And it is supreme to any stat or highlight you’ll watch or read about on ESPN or the sports page.

I believe that every person alive needs to hear this message. So after you’ve listened, please pass it on, starting with your own family.

Your friend,

Special Delivery

As I told you in the initial letter, my goal with this newsletter is to help you live BIG. We are going to play this game of life, and we’re going to play to win! One thing that we must commit to do daily is feed ourselves the fuel of champions. The reality is your car will never go anywhere without gas. And your body, which is much more important and powerful, won’t leave the station either without the right “gas.” And for you comedians reading this post, I’m not talking about “that” gas! 🙂

We must make the deliberate move to fuel our bodies with inspiration. Inspiration is the oxygen of excellence. It is the life source of champions. It is the bedrock of momentum. We must inspire ourselves DAILY to be our best! I will do my best to share with you some things that inspire me, but I would challenge you to seek out your own inspiration too. The key word is SEEK.

Be hungry for inspiration. Be thirsty for information that can help you move forward today. Be aggressive in the pursuit of your full potential. And one of the simplest and most effective ways to stay on course and on pace is to study those who have done, or are doing, what you aspire to do and be.

I’m reading about one such person right now. His name is Chad Hymas. Involved in a very unfortunate farming accident, Chad was crushed by a one ton bale of hay that left him paralyzed from the chest down. To be honest, I haven’t even finished the book, but I wanted to share one thought that already had me pondering:

“Every waking, breathing moment, we should live our message.”

Many would probably glide right over that sentence, but for some reason that statement stopped me. It rang in my ears. I felt something when my eyes scanned those words. Let me be more specific. I felt inspired!

Do YOU know that your life is supposed to be an inspiration to at least one person? Do YOU realize that you were designed with an incredible story that should be told? Do you realize that YOU were created with a message that is supposed to be delivered?

Sadly, many of us have meandered through life as if we’re a mouse. We’ve tip-toed through our days trying not to make noise. We have turned the volume down our lives so no one can hear the message that we carry. Some of us have tried to change the playlist, replacing the message of hope, encouragement, and love that you were born with to a message of doubt, bitterness, and hatred of self and others. Many of us have accepted the wrong messages of others that tell us that we don’t matter, we’re nothing special, we’re stupid, we’re worthless, yada, yada, yada.

I challenge YOU to listen to the message that is playing in your heart and mind TODAY. Is it a message of inspiration? Or is it a message of excuses, complaining, and cynicism? If I were to write a book about your life up to this point, what message what I take away from your story? Only YOU know the answer to that.

Final thought: If the message would not inspire me or others, CHANGE. You were designed to INSPIRE. Yes, YOU! If the message is inspiration, turn up the volume! Don’t be bashful. Someone needs to hear your message, and they might not be able to hear your whisper.

Don’t just play with life. Play to win!

Win the day!


The Fire Inside

I have been listening to the Blueprint 2 Success Motivational Mixtape by Eric Thomas for the last two weeks. It is power packed from beginning to end! The album grabs you right out of the starting gate with my favorite soundbite:

You may be smarter. Your family might come from privilege. Your daddy may own the company, but you will not outwork me!

As the quote echoes out, the track in the backgrounds moves to the forefront. I have never heard the song before, but I did recognize the voice immediately — Black Thought of the legendary hip-hop group, The Roots. He is laser focused on the verse, and he sounds like a man on mission as reflects on the journey ahead:  the journey from good to great. Add a masterfully sung chorus that seems to pour gas on one’s internal pilot light, and you have spontaneous combustion. What a perfect pick to kick off to the project. The challenge is on the table; never let the flame expire. Instead, turn the flame into an unquenchable blaze. Greatness is unstoppable. Greatness is timeless. Greatness is magnetic.  Greatness consumes average.

The Fire by The Roots, featuring John Legend

[John Legend]
Ohhhh, the fire, the fire
Ohhhh, the fire, the fire

[Chorus: John Legend]
There’s something in your heart
and it’s in your eyes
It’s the fire, inside you
Let it burn
You don’t say good luck
You say don’t give up
It’s the fire, inside you
Let it burn

[Black Thought]
Yeah, and if I’m ever at the crossroads
and start feeling mixed signals like Morse code
My soul start to grow colder than the North Pole
I try to focus on the hole of where the torch goes
In the tradition of these legendary sports pros
As far as I can see, I’ve made it to the threshold
Lord knows I’ve waited for this a lifetime
And I’m an icon when I let my light shine
Shine bright as an example of a champion
Taking the advantage, never copping out or cancelling
Burn like a chariot, learn how to carry it
Maverick, always above and beyond average
Fuel to the flame that I train with and travel with
Something in my eyes say I’m so close to having the prize
I realise I’m supposed to reach for the skies
Never let somebody try to tell you otherwise