2016 February

Get Motivated! Seminar

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Hey Champions!

Recently, I attended the Get Motivated! Seminar. My girlfriend, Dianne de Las Casas, surprised me with platinum front row seating. It was an amazing event and I was able to meet many of the world’s best motivational and inspirational speakers.

Willie Jolley opened the day with an energetic presentation. He says, “A setback is a setup for a comeback.” It’s also the title of his best-selling personal growth book. Willie encouraged everyone to find your defining moment, to “live your faith or live your fears.” Willie also said that everyone has to “decide to show up.” He believes that in order to be a lifelong learner and to grow oneself, everyone should read at least one book a month, twelve books a year. He closed with “Your best is yet to come!”

Willie Jolley
Willie Jolley

Bob Kittell was another fantastic speaker. Bob specializes in teaching people how to sharpen their memories. He gave us a series of silly visual exercises to teach us the states and the amendments, and the exercises worked. Bob says, “Be the student. Find a teacher. Make it happen.”

Bob Kittell
Bob Kittell

Danny Allen was the emcee of the day. He has a great sense of humor and really helped keep things moving. Since we were sitting in front of the stage, we met many of the speakers. It was fun connecting with Danny and really having the chance to speak with him between speakers. He was such an affable guy, the kind of guy I wouldn’t mind grabbing a beer with.

Me with Emcee Danny Allen
Me with Emcee Danny Allen

Dr. Keith Johnson lit up the stage with his fiery message of self-confidence. Keith is known as “America’s Self-Confidence Coach.” Keith says, “Where I am is not where I am destined to be.” He told a funny story about losing his job and all of his self-worth, and then finding it at the zoo. Keith says that “unleashed potential causes pain” and that “confidence takes you to the top.” Three confidence robbers are FUD – 1) Fear 2) Uncertainty and 3) Doubt. He finished with a rousing participatory refrain that the entire audience was encouraged to recite, “I believe with every cell of my body that I will be a success in life.”

Me with Dr. Keith Johnson
Me with Dr. Keith Johnson

Dr. Clarice Fluitt came on after lunch. She is a petite fireball and a great storyteller. She told a story about how she learned how to swim and correlated that childhood lesson to the lessons we learn from life. Clarice says, “Nobody will activate you but you.” She also says that your “conversations and conduct reflect what you want in life” and that in life, “you will have coaches that stroke you and coaches that choke you.” She was funny and endearing, and the crowd loved her.

Dr. Clarice Fluitt
Dr. Clarice Fluitt

Adam Ginsberg really inspired me. He is an Internet millionaire and I can’t wait to take his class on how to make money on the Internet through EBay and Amazon. Adam was funny and truly motivational. He says, “Success is a choice. So is failure. Which will you choose?” Adam believes that “true freedom is to do what you want when you want with whom you want as often as humanly possible.”

Me with Internet Millionaire  Adam Ginsberg
Me with Internet Millionaire Adam Ginsberg

Omar Periu was the seminar’s sales expert. He came to the United States from Cuba and turned a $200 machine part into multi-million dollar business. He believes in the power of mentors who are more successful than you. He says to “take action, NOW, TODAY!” He encouraged everyone to “become the solution” and to be a “PPS – a professional problem solver.” He says that everyone should be practicing the “Prospecting 6 feet rule,” talking to everyone within six feet. Omar says, regarding sales, “Util you create interest, you are an interruption.” He ended by encouraging everyone to “fail forward faster.”

Omar Periu
Omar Periu

Brian Nieves is a former U.S. Senator and a self-publishing expert. He says to “stop living small and start living BIG.” Here are several reasons that every speaker, business owner, or expert should publish a book:

1) You have a moral obligation to write your book.
2) A book is a marketing tool.
3) A book is effective and it builds trust.
4) It gives you instant differentiation.
6) A book makes you an instant authority.
7) A book garners you speaking engagements.
8) A book is never thrown out.

I look forward to taking Brian’s Book Publishing Success Boot Camp, which will feature how to:

1) Plan it
2) Write it
3) Fund it
4) Publish it and
5) Move it

Ruben West is a Les Brown mentee. He told a story of how he built a hugely successful company by working for free, at first. Ruben says, “the highest form of faith is preparation.” He also says, “When it’s difficult, find a way to keep going.” Words to live by.

Dianne de Las Casas, Ruben West, and me
Dianne de Las Casas, Ruben West, and me

The closing speaker was the incomparable Les Brown. Les’ recurring message to the crowd was, “You have greatness within you!” He told a story of how he honored his mother by gifting her with the house of her dreams. It was a touching story that had much of the audience in tears. He was also hilariously funny. Les says, “Program your thoughts. Program yourself for success. Get rid of the weapons of mass distractions such as television. Thoughts have magnetic power.” He also says, “It’s not where you start, it’s where you are going” and that “how we live is the result of the story we believe about ourselves.” Les had so many powerful words of wisdom and had the crowd on its feet when said his infamous, “You gotta be HUNGRY!”

Les Brown
Les Brown

I left so inspired and truly motivated!

Thank you to my sweetheart, Dianne, for this incredible surprise!

Dianne de Las Casas, me, and Dr. Keith Johnson
Dianne de Las Casas, me, and Dr. Keith Johnson

Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

Championship Minute: Strength

Hey Champions!

This week’s Championship Minute focuses on strength. How do we tap into our inner strength? The great Bob Marley once said, “You don’t know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.” Here’s to finding your strength!

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

Refuse to Lose!

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Hey Champions!

In the game of life, challenges are a certainty. We are all faced with hardships and adversity. However, having a champion mindset and a “Refuse to Lose” attitude can be just what you need to pull yourself through.

In one of my most challenging months as a car salesman, I found myself way behind forecast. It was mid-month and I had only two vehicles sold. Usually by this time, I would have had at least seven or eight sold. Living in New Orleans, the business flow can be determined by which festival is happening at that time. Unfortunately for me, it was Mardi Gras season, a solid two weeks of festivities throughout the city. Not only were people participating in the festivities, those that did manage to make it to the dealership were in no condition to drive a vehicle anyway!

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Looking around, I noticed that I was not the only salesman struggling to meet their goals. Some guys were even talking about changing professions. The sales forecast was cloudy, at best. Somehow I knew that the winds of change were fast approaching. At the second of the month, I went back to “square one.” I told myself that there was no going back so why look back? I believe that we should all stop focusing on the rear view mirror since we are not headed that way. I said to myself, “My month starts now!”

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I knew that if I went back to the basics, the puzzle pieces would come together and they did. That day, I sold two cars, the equivalent of what I had done the whole first half of the months. Two days later, I sold two more. The next day, I moved another two vehicles. I had produced more in four days than I had in fifteen. So what was different? Nothing, other than having a “Refuse to Lose” attitude. I then had some of the other salesmen asking me why I was on fire. What was I doing differently?

My answer was, “I refuse to lose. Failure is not an option.” I turned my month around and even inspired those around me. If you find yourself faced with a physical, mental, financial, or spiritual situation wherein you feel yourself losing ground, remember that you have two choices: 1) accept it and ensure that things will stay exactly the same or 2) refuse to lose and change your situation for the better.

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Sometimes, life can be difficult but adopting the mindset of a champion and refusing to give in can carry you through the most challenging of situations. You can do this. You are a champion! Refuse to lose!

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Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

Championship Minute – Courage

Hey Champions!

Today’s Championship Minute video is all about courage. How do you find the courage to keep moving forward? Watch the video as I talk about Lambert the Sheepish Lion who mustered enough courage to make a difference.

Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers!
John

The Most Precious Gift of All… Time

  
Hey Champions!

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day and I went to the grocery store. I witnessed men running into the store to purchase their last-minute gifts of balloons, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, and flowers. Every single man was in a hurry. They were all running out of time.

  
But I wonder… is it truly the gift or the thought that counts? What means more? Is it the time spent selecting the perfect gift or is the perfect gift one of time? I’ve learned over the years, in business and in my personal life, that of all the things that we can replenish, time is not one of them.

  
When we look at photographs of loved ones passed, we all wish that we could have more time with them. When our children grow up and move on with their lives, we reminisce about the time we had with them when they were home. When we go to a reunion, everyone remembers “the good times.” Think about it. Life is about time.

  
No one knows exactly how much time we have left on the clock. So it is important to make the most of every single moment we have. We need to celebrate each other not just on occasion, but on every occasion. Every second of every minute of every day, we need to cherish life and remember that time is the most precious gift of all.

Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

Championship Minute – Personal Growth

Hey Champions!

I have a new video series called “Championship Minute.” I take one minute to talk about ways you can live life as a champion. Today’s subject is “Personal Growth.” What is personal growth? Personal growth is taking where you are today and making some adjustments so you can improve your tomorrow. Here are three ways you can enhance your personal growth:

* Reading
* Exercise
* Meditation

Watch the video for more details. Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

What Does It Mean to Be a Champion?

  
Hey Champions!

All champs in life share some core common traits. Let’s take a look at five of these qualities in the acronym C.H.A.M.P.

C is for confidence. Champions never doubt their ability to win. Whether it is in sports or in life, a champion always knows that the difference between winning and losing is believing.

H is for Honor. Honor is giving someone the utmost respect. Honor is having the utmost respect for yourself and everyone else.

A is for Attitude. A positive attitude is what gets a champion through the toughest of times. When a team is down, the right attitude can lift the team up.

M is for Mastery. When your task becomes your world, mastery is sure to follow. Mastery is exhibiting complete control over your emotions and the task at hand.

P is for Persistence. Win or lose, a true champion does not quit. When they get knocked down, they get right back up.

Congratulations to the Denver Broncos for winning Super Bowl 50. Going into the game, the Carolina Panthers were favored to win while the Denver Broncos were the underdogs. Even though everyone believed that the Panthers would clearly win, Broncos quarterback, Peyton Manning, had the CONFIDENCE to lead his team to victory.   

 
MVP Von Miller embodies HONOR. He said that he could “not have done it without his team.” His respect for his teammates superceded his need to dominate the spotlight. He credited his victory to the guys with whom he shared a locker room throughout the football season.

Although there were turnovers and penalties, the Broncos maintained a positive ATTITUDE all the way through the game. They never lost their composure.

  

The Denver Broncos defense was MASTERY at its best. They controlled the game from the very beginning. Even in the fourth quarter, when the Denver offense made the decision to punt the ball to Carolina, it was because they knew that with the game on the line, the Denver defense would secure the victory.

The PERSISTENCE of the team as a whole was evident throughout the entire game. Even when they were up by 12 points in the fourth quarter, Denver made the decision to go for a two-point conversion to increase their lead by two scores. That two-point conversation sealed the deal and the gatorade began to flow! 

  

Being a CHAMP isn’t just about athletics. It’s about your mindset. It’s understanding that these core qualities are what makes a winner. So, are you a champion?

Keep Breaking Barriers,

John

NEW BOOK COMING SOON! Breaking Barriers: How to Knock Out Adversity and Live Life as a Champion

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Hey Champions!

My new personal growth book, Breaking Barriers: How to Knock Out Adversity and Live Life as a Champion, published by my company, Write Hook Media, will debut this Spring! Here is the unveiling of the book cover. I am beyond excited and can’t wait to share it. While pre-ordering is not yet available, we will let you know as soon as it is. Here is a description of the book:

Why settle for mediocrity? Find your innate power and overcome every obstacle in your way. Breaking Barriers: How to Overcome Adversity and Live Life as a Champion is a hands-on book filled with meaningful exercises, stories, and personal anecdotes written by Write Hook Media CEO, John Couret. He is a dynamic presenter whose personal experiences of adversity have catapulted him to success. This engaging yet purposeful exploration of the mind and spirit will allow you to internalize the 5 Cs that are the foundation of John’s “Breaking Barriers” method of knocking out adversity: Conflict Resolution, Centering Yourself, Confidence, Change, and Communication. You will break barriers and be empowered to live your life as a champion!

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

Don’t Let One Bad Day Ruin a Great Future

  
Hey Champions!
We have all heard of the “Monday Blues” and “A Case of the Mondays.” But why do we always look at Monday with such disdain? In the song by the 80s group, The Bangles, they sing about “Just another manic Monday…” Why not view Monday as a fresh start to the new week? Look at it as a clean slate. You now have the perfect opportunity to make this week better than the last.

  
We all have our “bad days.” We shouldn’t allow one bad day to ruin a potentially great future. How can you appreciate a wonderful day if you don’t have a few rough patches in between? To appreciate the light, you must experience the darkness. Bad days are going to happen. Mondays are going to happen. You can’t control that, however, your reaction is what you can control.

Here are a three quick ways to help you cope with a bad day:

1) Take a knee or a time-out. If you feel the pressure is too much to bear, step away from the situation. Give yourself an opportunity to regroup. Sometimes just a breath of fresh air, literally, can do wonders.

2) Phone a friend. Reach out to someone in your corner. Sometimes, it helps just to “vent” to someone who cares. And, someone else’s view of the situation can give you a new perspective.

3) Get moving! Go for a walk, exercise, or even dance. Get the blood flowing and release those endorphins. Endorphins are a natural stress reducer.

  
To quote another famous song, “Mama said there’d be days like this; there’d be days like this mama said.” We should also remember that mama also said, “This too shall pass.” So let’s give Monday a break. We can turn our manic Mondays into magic Mondays. It’s all a matter of attitude and perspective. There are 52 Mondays in a year. Let’s make the most of them!

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John