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I sat in a room full of influencers last weekend and listened to speakers who encouraged and taught us to up-level the influence we have in our circle of friends and business associates. It was an amazing 2 days rubbing elbows with some key speakers. It made me reflect on what I’m doing to be a good influencer.

People of influence make things happen-because they focus on serving others.

Last weekend verified the belief I’ve always had that anyone can be an influence for change either in themselves,

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The term “energetic youth” is not always the best way to equate energy level. Energy is not really a function of age.  It is something that is created from within a person by mental stimuli of happy thoughts, dreams, goals, and objectives.

If you have teenagers you’ve probably noticed how they lose all energy and enthusiasm when you approach them with a job that needs to be accomplished, but one that they’re not excited about.  

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In  business we have a saying “If you want to have what others don’t have, you have to do what others won’t do.” In other words, you must do what others refuse to do.  This one thing can instantly increase your value in your marketplace, in your career or business, with your potential clients, and to yourself.   It takes work, but it’s very simple. Simply do what your peers, co-workers, other entrepreneurs, or even complete strangers refuse to do.

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You’ve heard it. That little voice in your head telling you that fall is coming, the kids will start school, life will get back to a normal routine, and you can get back to creating profits in your business. Maybe you have felt like you’ve dropped the ball, become defocused, or just had too much going on lately with summer life that you haven’t put the time into your business like you’d planned. Maybe you just feel like you’re stuck because summer got the best of you.  

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My dad was my hero and my mentor when I was growing up. We loved doing the same things. He loved raising horses and cattle and I loved riding and herding them. I grew up on a large cattle and horse ranch and my dad was a true cattle and horseman.

We raised Quarter horses and trained them to ride. Through the early period of training, a young horse isn’t fond of a person riding on their back.

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When my children were younger, I was like the mother eagle always nudging them out of their nest…or in other words, their comfort zone.  I now try to do that very same thing with the people I coach. I try to encourage them, even pushing them at times to do things that feel like a risk or challenge them. Because I know that as they try things that were hard or uncomfortable, that soon those things would become easy and even a habit.

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The power of belief is so strong that whatever you put into your mind can happen. So start channeling your belief into what you want. Don’t look at the future for what you see…look at it for what you want it to be.

Early in my career, I flew on commercial flights quite often to speak in different areas of the country. I love to travel, but many times I had the problem of getting sick on the take-off and landing.  

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Your success or failure begins and ends with YOU.  Wow!  Think about that for a minute. What you think and what you believe determines your sucess or failure. That’s why it is so important to create and maintain a proper mindset.  It’s a daily action that can develop into a habit that sustains a positive mindset throughout your life.

If you struggle at times with looking at the glass half “empty” that’s ok.  

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There are times during the year when we evaluate the things we’ve been able to improve and accomplish the goals we’ve been able to meet, and the new relationships we’ve been able to form.  This is different for everyone, but I would suggest at least once a quarter if not once a month. You may ask yourself, “Have I improved on the person I am inside?” For me improving the person inside means improving on some of my habits,

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This post is a little personal. But I wanted to share it with you because it has made such a profound impact on me and how I look at overwhelming circumstances now. I don’t usually struggle with overwhelm too much because I have systems set up to get myself back on top of whatever it is that’s overwhelming me. But just recently I had events that instantly threw my life into chaos and overwhelm that I found myself struggling with.

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