2016 March

Championship Minute – Kindness

Hey Champions!

This week’s Championship Minute focuses on kindness. When was the last time you did a random act of kindness? In this week’s video, I share a story about a doctor in Thailand who does an extraordinary act to repay a kindness from the past. I hope you enjoy the story. Remember, one act of kindness begets another and that, my friends, is how we make the world a better place.

Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

How to Handle Naysayers and Dream Killers

  

Hey Champions!

Do you ever feel like the world is against you? I know I do. There will always be people who try to steal your joy and bring you down but it is up to you to see past that. In my years in the car business, there were many times that I thought about giving up. Thankfully, there were many more times when I thought about pushing forward. It’s okay to get knocked down as long as you are prepared to get back up. 

  

Every once in awhile, you will find yourself in the ring with people who don’t fight fair. They punch “below the belt” and take jabs at you even when you don’t deserve it. When this happens, you can do one of two things. You can handle it in a destructive manner and fire right back at them. Or you can use it as a learning lesson and turn it into something constructive. For example, if you are in a sales environment and someone takes one of your leads, you could get angry and complain about it or you can learn from it. When that happened to me, I took the negative energy and I turned it into a positive by giving my customers the best possible experience I could. I made sure that I treated them the same way I wanted to be treated. By doing this, not only did I increase my sales as well as my customers’ overall satisfaction, but I also took power away from that negativity.

The next time you find you find yourself in a situation where someone is taking a jab at you, stop and think for a moment. Center yourself. Try not to make a hasty decision that you may regret later. The best decisions are those that are thought through. If you find you need more time, give yourself more time. You can always practice your breathing. You should not tolerate any situations that rob you of your peace and your joy.

  

Sometimes, when you take a jab, it can make you feel insignificant, unworthy, and unloved. I know these feelings. I have lived through them. There will always be naysayers and dream killers. Refuse to give power to the negative people in this world and reclaim that power for yourself. You are significant. You are worthy. You are loved. And you are unequivocally deserving.

  

Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

Champion Minute – Mastery

Hey Champions!

This week’s Championship Minute is about Mastery. The definition of mastery is knowing how to perform something so well that you can teach it to others, much like Mr. Miyagi taught Daniel martial arts in the movie, “Karate Kid.” Mr. Miyagi was a master. Are you a master at your work or at something you are passionate about? If so, consider sharing your mastery with others by teaching someone else how to do what you do. I hope you enjoy the video and the story in it!

Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

Secrets of an Internet Millionaire Seminar with Adam Ginsberg

  

Hey Champions!

I recently attended the Get Motivated! seminar and was introduced to several amazing public speakers, one of whom was Adam Ginsberg. Adam is an Internet millionaire who made his millions by selling online. You can read all about the Get Motivated! seminar here.

Adam Ginsberg teaches the class
Adam Ginsberg teaches the class
While at the Get Motivated! seminar, I made the decision to attend Adam’s Secrets of an Internet Millionaire seminar here in New Orleans.

Me with Russ Anderson, an Adam Ginsberg coach and one of the world's strongest men
Me with Russ Anderson, an Adam Ginsberg coach and one of the world’s strongest men
I learned so much about selling online! There was a plethora of information dispensed and I am still processing all that I absorbed. We learned how to sell on both Ebay and Amazon. What was really pivotal was meeting Adam’s fantastic team of coaches and staff, as well as the many very successful seminar attendees. My sweetie, Dianne de Las Casas, and I networked with some incredible people and made new friends. Russ Anderson, one of Adam’s coaches, is such a great guy. Dianne and I totally connected with him and I felt like I had gained a new friend before I left.

Me and my sweetie, Dianne de Las Casas
Me and my sweetie, Dianne de Las Casas
All in all, the experience was both moving and motivational. We are so excited to put what we learned into practice. I left inspired and confident. I recommend Adam’s program to anyone looking to expand their knowledge of selling online. He is the real deal.

Me and the amazing Adam Ginsberg
Me and the amazing Adam Ginsberg
Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

Championship Minute – Leadership

Hey Champions!

This week’s Championship Minute is about Leadership. John C. Maxwell says, “A leader is one who knows the way, shows the way, and goes the way.” Are you a leader? Do you have what it takes to inspire others to action? Do you live by example? Watch this week’s video and learn why Mahatma Ghandi was a leader.

Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

Go Down Swinging (Never Give Up)!

Hey Champions!

What does it mean to “go down swinging?” It simply means that no matter how big of a challenge you face, and even if you feel yourself losing ground, you do not, under any circumstances, give up. Think about every team in professional sports. What would happen if they all gave up the minute they fell behind? You would be able to predict the outcome before the game even became a contest. There would be no comeback stories. Imagine a team saying, “Well, you took the lead. I guess we’ll give up. The game is over.” This negative mindset would remove any possibility of a comeback and people love a comeback. Don’t you?

When you “go down swinging,” you are saying, “I refuse to give up. I am better than this challenge. I will beat it. I am not willing to accept defeat. I will emerge a winner.” Sometimes it takes pushing you to your limits before you “turn the corner” and make the decision to “come back.” Take your pain and turn it into opportunity. Allow your pain to help you find your strength. Bob Marley once said, “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”

Each day, people beat impossible odds. Think about all the people who overcome cancer on a daily basis. That’s “going down swinging.” Whatever your challenge, no matter how hopeless it may seem, fight like your life depends on it. Keep your head in the game. Find that “fire in your belly,” the fuel to help you overcome those seemingly impossible odds. You can do it. Just never give up and you can achieve greatness.


Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

Championship Minute – Perseverance

Hey Champions!

This week’s Championship Minute is all about Perseverance. Do you have the wherewithal to see things through? When something in your life is difficult, do you power through it anyway? If you want to reach the next level and make things happen in your life, it’s not enough to just wish for it. You have to work for it.

Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

Centering Yourself by Managing Stress

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Hey Champions!

Centering yourself and creating balance in your life has many benefits. When you are able to center yourself, you can better resolve conflict, manage stress, and develop overall wellness.

Stress is one of the biggest factors that keep you up “against the ropes.” Stress can cause all types of health issues including anxiety, depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, IBS, panic attacks, ulcers, and self-destructive habits such as overeating, smoking, and drug and alcohol addiction. The World Health Organization calls stress “the health epidemic of the 21st Century.” Stress is considered a “silent killer” as well as “the #1 killer.” The funny thing is that the human body cannot differentiate between a “big stress” and a “little stress.” Stress is believed to kill seven people every two seconds. Those are scary statistics.

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We all face stressful situations in our work lives, our family lives, and our personal lives. The goal isn’t to avoid stress. The goal is to manage it. In fact, stress is nothing more than how you react to a situation. Stress will always be present so you need to get used to it. The good news is that it is manageable. When you learn how to cope, you take away its power over you. By doing this, you empower yourself at the same time. When you are better equipped to handle stress, you can minimize its harmful effects over you. Here are some ways to center yourself by managing your stress.

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Breathing – So many people overlook the significance of breathing. By learning how to control your breathing, especially during times of duress, you can better center yourself and maintain your balance.

Meditation – When you meditate, you allow the noise of the day to pass so that you can focus your attention on simply “being.” The benefit in simply “being” is that it allows you to gain clarity, and in turn, greater awareness of the world around you.

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Prayer – Prayer is a solemn request for help or expression of thanks to your higher power. Prayer can give you hope and provide you with peace when all else seems lost. No matter where you are in life and no matter what struggles you may face, turning to your faith for guidance and wisdom will only improve your situation, even if the answer to that prayer doesn’t come right away. Who better to have in your corner than the Almighty?

Exercise – Exercise is a lifestyle and maintaining that lifestyle requires a change in attitude. It takes you deciding that there is a better way to live and following that thought with action. When it comes to your health, the best time to act is always right now.

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Creativity – Tapping into your creativity can be a great stress reliever. The activity needs to be one that sparks joy. Finding a creative outlet is key in maintaining a healthy balance.

Sleep – A good night’s sleep is necessary for proper rest and rejuvenation. Sleep allows your body to heal and recuperate.

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Leisure Activities – By definition, leisure or free time, is time spent away from work, household responsibilities, and school. It is your discretionary time spent on non-compulsory activities that give you pleasure. Leisure activities such as reading, taking a bath, fishing, and even communing with nature are also important to your health and overall well-being.

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Here’s to centering yourself and managing your stress.

Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John

Championship Minute – Character

Hey Champions!

This week’s Championship Minute focuses on character. Character is defined as “moral excellence.” Do you have character? Can you think of situations where you have seen incredible displays of character? I hope you’re inspired.

Until next time…

Keep Breaking Barriers,
John