Category Archives: Positive Focus

Scottsdale Bible Church: The Irony of Losing

The current series at Scottsdale Bible Church is on “Adjustments.”  This Message is entitled, “The Irony of Losing.”  It almost seems that no matter what I’m going through, Scottsdale Bible always provides me with a great, applicable message that helps me refresh and put things in perspective. I’d recommend it.

Adjustments | The Irony of Losing from Scottsdale Bible Church on Vimeo.

We aren’t here forever

I’ve unfortunately been reminded, far too often, over the past couple years, that we are not on this Earth forever. Time is our greatest resource. There is no “someday.”  There is right now.  Does this mean, live completely hedonistically and Carpe Diem constantly? No. Not to me, at least.  But it does mean that our time is limited.  It’s very important to focus on the things that really matter.  Work hard and contribute to society, but enjoy yourself.  Take chances.  Follow what you are passionate about.  Spend quality time with those family members, friends and significant others that you care about. Don’t take time for granted.  Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can and should do today. Be true to yourself. Spread love. Have faith. Spend your time wisely. There is no time to waste being mistreated, and no time to waste not being 100% committed to the work, activities and relationships you enter into.  We are not here forever.  Focus on what really matters.

I’m the one – Les Brown

Les Brown can deliver a motivational speech.  This dramatized version on YouTube is…dramatized.  But that doesn’t dilute the message.  Attitude, and the things you put into your mind can change everything, period.  If you are a little down, feeling stuck, feeling complacent, feeling stagnant, feeling unmotivated, feeling beaten, listen to this:

If you are looking for the speech itself (and you don’t miss the drama — shout out to the Cars.com commercial featuring my friend, John Ruby, who I won some Westwood Rec Center Basketball League championships with in LA, no big deal), then here is the incredible speech, without the music and editing:

People who know me may be wondering why I keep posting all of this.  Am I trying to be a motivational speaker?  Am I trying to gain fame?  Am I losing it? I’m just being true to myself, the person I know I am, and the person I’m striving to be.  This blog is a great place to build a collection of all of these great things I use to motivate myself.  I’ve come a long way.  I couldn’t have done it by myself.  I still have a long way to go, in my opinion, and I probably will never be satisfied.  But as long as I can share in some success and help just one person in this world, I will be happy.

Pursuit of Happyness – ‘Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something’

“Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something.”

“If you want something, go get it. Period.”

More on The Pursuit of Happyness:

The Pursuit of Happyness Life Lessons

The Pursuit of Happyness – Common Sense Media

Watch this when you want to quit

You ever have a rough day?  Feel like you just can’t get it right?  Things aren’t going your way?  What’s the point?  Life is tough.  Not matter how hard things may get, you just can’t quit. This scene from “Facing the Giants,” (which is a movie I’ve honestly never seen), is something I came across on YouTube.  Sometimes, you need a little push to persevere.

This video will make you cry

One Sunday night, about a year ago, in preparing for my work week, and after a substantial amount of familial tragedy, stress and pain–not to mention the usual work stress–I needed a relief valve. I needed something to let out some emotion, and change my perspective.

I simply Googled, “this video will make you cry.” This was one of the results. I’ve watched it a few times since.

Craig Sager’s Inspirational Speech at the 2016 Espy Awards

Batavia, Illinois product and TNT NBA broadcaster Craig Sager delivered an inspirational speech at the 2016 Espy Awards.  The fight against Cancer continues, and it continues to be a theme at the Espy Awards.  The funding of Cancer research and treatment needs to be a consistent focus in the U.S. society and worldwide, as it has impacted so many of us humans, directly and indirectly.  Cheers to Craig Sager for his message of positivity, faith, love and fight in both pre-Espy’s and Espy speeches.

Mark 8:36

Work hard. As Americans, it’s just what we do.  We are hard workers.  We are driven.  We are ambitious.  Capitalism and the freedoms we are afforded in this country reward us for this.  A lot of the world doesn’t like this.  That’s not our problem.  But as you are working hard and kicking ass (figuratively) in school, business, life, remember to have balance.  Never lose yourself.  Don’t compromise your soul.  At the end of the day, and at the end of your life, money isn’t that important.  It’s necessary, like air, sure.  But remember that your integrity is more important that your net worth.

36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Mark 8:36King James Version (KJV)

Inspiration through Rocky Balboa

By now, this speech from the 2006 installment of the Rocky film franchise, “Rocky Balboa,” has circulated the Internet and made it’s rounds as a solid motivational/inspirational clip.  This version of the scene, posted on YouTube, has 1.4 million views alone.  But I figured I’d post it as well.  I seem to watch this speech, at minimum, once every 6 months to check myself.  It’s been watched in some dark times.  It’s been watched in some lighter times.  But it has definitely cemented it’s place in the foundation of motivational/inspirational material I use on a frequent basis.

Rocky’s motivational speeches could be called simple, but there is no way to argue with the wisdom and important messages they deliver to us as human’s, working to do our best to succeed at this thing called life.

11 Things To Remember When Going Through Tough Times

My family and I have been through a seemingly endless streak of what I’d characterize as extreme traumatic/trying/stressful situations in the past couple years–especially when you list them all together.  But even through all the pain and stress and depression, I hold onto something a friend told me a few years ago when he reminded me, “your life is still better than 90% of the people in the world.”  And it’s true.  No matter how you slice it, I’m blessed. And we are all blessed, just to be here.

So in that vein, when my Mom shared this video in a family Facebook  chat group, I watched it, and figured it was a good thing to post.  These are simple reminders, but things that anybody going through tough times should be reminded of: