Be True To Yourself.
As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.
Recently I was at this amazing event that Russell Brunson puts on called Unlock the Secrets.
The amazing thing about this event is that it is 100% for the family.
In fact, we took all 4 of our kids down there with us. And every single one of them took notes and learned TONS over the three days that event went on.
What an amazing experience, right!!!
At this crazy awesome experience, they talk about business, marketing, God, more business, motivation, have some pretty cool things like arcade games and a mechanical bull, and they even brought in a hypnotist to talk about mindset and how we are the ones that get in our way. (but that’s for another devotional. Lol)
They spoke to kids and parents. It was really based towards kids and getting them excited about the business. Jenna and I took a few notes too. So there was a little information for the parents too. (I took over 15 pages of typed notes! Lol)
As I sat down at the pool the day after the event, this verse came to me from Proverbs, As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.
Go ahead and read that again.
Seriously, read it again.
That is DEEP!
When I read it all I could think of was how our actions reflect who we really are.
If we are lazy (I’m lazy some days) then our actions reflect that. A lot of times those people are constantly looking for a get rich quick scheme.
If we are a giver, (guilty too) then we tend to give others more than they deserve.
If we are a do’er, (again guilty with a capital G) then we have a tendency to start lots of projects and are in constant action. This one might be me to most right now. I’m sure that I drive Jenna and the kids crazy with everything that I start.
We could go on and on about this, but I think you get the point.
Our actions show who we are.
Did you know….
That they also show who we are NOT.
Think about it.
If you have someone who will not help another person, even, that shows that they are pretty darn selfish.
Or if you run into someone who talks about everyone else, then you probably don’t want to share any secrets with them. To be 100% honest with you, I refuse to hang around people who talk bad about others. That is just a reflection of who I am.
Are you picking up what I’m laying down here?
Here’s the whole point. Your actions show the person you really are.
There is no way to hide that.
God made it that way for a reason. He gave us all a tattle tale for every person on earth.
Yes every person, that includes you and me.
So here is my challenge to you!
Be the person you were designed to be.
God designed all of us for a reason. It is up to us to live out the reason we were designed for.
Some of us were designed to preach the word, others were designed to be mechanics. While others were designed to change the world, and others were designed to teach.
Again I think you get the point I’m trying to make here.
You were designed for a reason. Are you living it?
After you answer the challenge I want you to do something for me.
Make a list!
That’s right, if you are reading this on your computer I want you to open up a word document, hit the bullet point icon and make a list. If you are a write it down on paper person, then get your journal out and start making a list. Don’t be like my kids, you have to be able to read what you write. (ok that’s me not my kids, except Billy his notes are crazy hard to read. Lol love you son, you got that from me!)
I want you to list out everything you are good at! EVERYTHING!!!! (don’t worry I’ll show you part of mine).
If you’re having trouble getting started I will help you with the first one.
You are an amazing Godly person.
Now turn on a song you love and start writing!
Send that list to me. Take a picture of it or send over the document you created. I want to celebrate with you everything you are good at.
Lord God, Father in Heaven it is amazing the opportunities you give unto us. We are so grateful for every single experience that you bless us with. God today I want to pause and say thank you to Russell Brunson’s team for the amazing experience that blessed so many families with (over 400!). Thank you for helping them to take action and listen when you give them an idea. God, Next I would like to pray for some ambition to be instilled in all of us. Help us all to look at the talents you gave us and take action on them. Help us to first off, give you credit for those amazing talents we all have. Second, we want to ask for help putting those amazing talents into action! Help give us the motivation to act on those amazing talents. God you are so awesome. And we are thankful for that! Lastly God, we would pray that you help us to be the people you designed us to be. Help our actions to be a true reflection of who we are and who you need us to be.
God we would like to ask all these things in your precious Son’s name
A Little More
Oh man, I love this part!!
On the first night of Unlock the Secrets they brought out a hypnotist. He was amazing.
He did something completely different than I have ever seen before.
Instead of taking volunteers, he decided to hypnotize the WHOLE crowd.
He talked about the process and how we could use the process to change our mindset and the mental blocks that we have.
Then he worked amazing magic on everyone.
The first thing he did was tell us that we would not remember our names.
Well, I was sitting next to Brianna and I knew my name so I was pretty sure it didn’t work on me.
Then she kindly asked me, “Dad what’s your name?”
I knew my name but when I went to tell her what it was I could not get the words to come out of my mouth.
Billy was the exact same.
So she encouraged us to go up on stage with the others who could remember their name.
WE got up there and he checked to see if we were really hypnotized. Those of us who were there kept there.
Then we got to have some fun.
I have to say, I have been hypnotized before. A long time ago. But this is by far the best experience I have ever had.
We got to meet bigfoot, give the world’s worst business advice, and meet a celebrity of our choice. He even went invisible for a while. I almost forgot we got to be 5 years old again and have fun, in kindergarten and pose as a statue for the chance to win $$$. Plus a few other things.
During the show, when he became bigfoot I was about the only one who wasn’t scared of him.
He came up and asked me what size shoe he wore. My answer was, “big!” Then before he could leave I asked him if he would be willing to go back to Colorado with us and live a GREAT life in the mountains so that Billy could do guided Sasquatch sightings as a business. Lol
When it came to the “best” worst business advice I could give any entrepreneur mine was right on spot, “never take any action, be lazy, don’t take risk, never listen to anyone smarter than you (because you know it all), and never take any advice from those who are further ahead of you in business, EVER!”
You might be asking why I’m bringing this up here after a devotional that talks about how your actions reflect who you really are.
Well when you are hypnotized, you don’t really get to think about your answers before they come out of your mouth. Just like you don’t get to think about your actions before they happen.
When we were five years old we were coloring our imaginary coloring books and then he made them two times bigger. Then he did it again so they were huge.
The woman next to me looked over and shoved me. I just ignored her. But she was legitimately upset that I colored in her book. While I looked at the girl next to me and said she should color in my book since mine was covering hers up.
Later Jenna said that even in kindergarten I was hitting on girls. Lol
Do you see what I mean by our actions are reflections of who we are.
Under hypnosis, I had the opportunity to get upset when someone was mad at me or I could move on and not worry about it.
I chose not to worry about it.
I want to give a HUGE shout out to Russell Brunson, his family, and his entire team for putting on an amazing family event where kids can learn about business.
Also for not getting upset at me for telling everyone in the room to NEVER take any advice on business (best, worst business advice I could ever give).
Next time you get the chance to do something new.
Lord, today we come to you with HAPPY hearts. We are so grateful that you give us the opportunity to change the lives of those around us. We are grateful that you give us the wisdom to change our lives and the lives of those around us. And you make it so simple. We can do it with a single smile. God today I would ask that you help us to smile more. The next time we see someone down, help us to smile for them. The next time we are down, help us to remember that you gave us the best gift ever. The ability to know you, your son, and the holy spirit. God, we are so grateful for everything you give us.
We ask all these things in your Precious Son's Name
A Little More
The other day I got a call from one of our clients.
I love talking to our clients so I always smile when I answer the phone.
“Hey Dan, one of my drivers is pulled over and they are saying that our permit doesn’t cover what we weigh. Isn’t that why we hire your team to make sure that these things don’t happen!”
My smile immediately vanished.
I was shocked because my team is amazing. and it’s not like them to miss something like 20,000 lbs on a permit.
So, I asked him, “Who have you been working with, and who was the one who called our team to get the permit?”
To get to the bottom of the problem I needed the details.
They gave me the details.
My next call was to my team. Then after I got the details I got them started on getting new permits to get the problem fixed. I’m a solutions guy, not an excuses guy.
But I NEED to know the real reason why it happened so that we can fix the issue.
My next call was to the driver so that I could see exactly what happened.
I knew he was going to be upset. He was pulled over and they were going to give him a HUGE ticket. I wouldn’t be happy either.
I made sure not to smile when I made the call. I had a serious look on my face. As we chatted I learned that he was the person who gave his weight to our team. I asked where he got the weights from and how in the world they were off by over 20K lbs!
That’s when he told me that he might have gotten the wrong scale ticket from the weigh station where he originally weighed.
Immediately my heart leapt with joy, this is NOT our fault!
Now to get the problem resolved and get this driver back on the road was my only goal. I was not going to assign blame or make anyone feel bad.
Hey, we all make mistakes. I do it multiple times every single day.
The owner of the company shot me a text. I'm getting permits from the big guys. They won’t make these mistakes that cost me time and $$$$$.
No problem. Let me know if you need anything. We are here to help.
After they called the “BIG Guys” they called me about 30 minutes later.
Hey, we can’t get an Idaho permit until Monday. It’s Friday night. And we need to drop this load off tomorrow afternoon.
I told him that I would NOT make any promises.
But my team went to work!
We got the permits that the “BIG Guys” couldn’t get.
My team had the Idaho permit in less than 20 minutes. For the right weight this time.
Here’s the point of all this.
When things don’t go right, smile. I have taught my whole team this.
That right there is how we got the permits. They smiled as they worked and it didn’t take any time at all.
Ok, there might be a little knowledge that went into this too. Lol
Next time you need anything DOT, don’t call the “Big Guys” , call the team who can get it done!