Archive for January, 2012

Are You in Shape to Live Your Dreams?

Here is a Big Question for you;Are you in shape enough to live your dreams?

Are you in shape enough to handle all that your dreams and your purpose have for you to do. If you work a 9 to 5 job, are you in shape enough to maintain an excellent performance on your job  for a good length of time?

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For myself, it is exciting to see how the vision of public speaking, online marketing and leadership training are all coming to fruition in a big way. The above question of being in shape enough came to me after a recent speaking engagement where I had been traveling to 3 different states, all in the same week and also pulling a few all-nighters in between travels, developing marketing campaigns.

Like most public speakers, whenever you are speaking to a group, preparation is the key as well as practicing and fine tuning for the stage. You put in a lot of time and hard work and when the moment arise, good speakers usually go all out and give everything they have to their respective audiences.

For me it usually takes an hour or two to calm down and get back to myself but after this particular speaking engagement, I crashed and stayed down for awhile longer than normal. Not just crashing physically, but also in my other phases of being such as; spiritual, emotional, etc… I soon realized that I needed to get in shape!

Toward the end of my travels and workweek, I noticed how easy it was to get a little too relaxed and get away from my “staying in shape” activities that allows me to be able to give my best. These activities include reading and studying my Bible for purpose and direction, listening to webinars and inspirational stories for inspiration and  understanding, physical exercises such as running and lifting weights for stamina and last but certainly not least the mental exercise of reading different books for knowledge and growth.

I realized that no matter where or how many days you are traveling, you really have to devote the time and space for putting in that strong intensity, focus and discipline when it comes to getting and maintaining these areas of being in shape. I have a renewed respect for those Businessmen jetsetting across the globe in meetings after meetings, the Professional athlete performing 2-3 times per week and being away from their families and living out of a suitcase 2-3 times per week.

When the lifestyle you have designed for yourself demands that you give your best on a constant basis and where your efforts are being noticed by the masses, make sure you have the stamina and internal fortitude to keep doing it. It takes alot to give your best, make sure you are in shape enough to give it!

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P. Jackson
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One Beep Away from Leaving My Family!

Hello my friends,

On the surface it is really easy to say that family comes before work and yes I am in total agreement with it. However over the past few weeks, I can admit that sometimes work if not kept in perspective, can take a life of its own and bump family down to that second notch if you are not careful.  First of all, like you, I am really thankful for my family and there is no place in the world I would rather be than to be with them. Secondly, I am really thankful to be working and doing what I enjoy doing everyday, which is being an entrepreneur and spending the bulk of my work time doing internet marketing, leadership and motivational speaking and social/sports activities.

In my speaking engagements and team meetings, I have always said “to invest as much or more quality time with your family than your business”, however, I must admit that I don’t always live by what I teach. That is not a good thing (if it’s good enough for me to teach it well it ought to be good enough for me to live by it) but I am a bit stubborn when it comes to getting work done. I have so many goals, so many aspirations and want so much out of life that sometimes I just push everything aside to make things happen and get everything accomplished. Great idea to get work done however not too good when you set your family aside.

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Now that I have that out of the way, during my “downtime” holiday break, I took some time to not only check myself but watch others to see if I was the only one veering to the left. If you would have said that families were highly engaged with each other then you would be far from it. Because what I noticed and heard from others was that even though the family were all together physically, mentally they were preoccupied with work and other social happenings all over the place .

The way most of us work in these times with all of the latest technologies bringing our world closer, as soon as that “dumb” smartphone or computer BEEPS with the latest email notification, business appointment, news and believe it or not, social media (facebook, twitter, linkedin, etc…) posts, our attention suddenly drifts from our physical conversation with our family or loved one, to that unknown person or newsfeed on the other end of the beep. Has this ever happened to you? Did you answer immediately or did you keep your 100% attention on the family member in your presence?

As a professional marketer, the majority of my time is spent in front of a computer screen working, researching, marketing, listening, talking and watching the latest happenings all over the globe. Recently, I did something that I haven’t done in a long time and that was turn my smartphone off, left my computer at home and went seemingly way back in time, to have an enjoyable 3 day weekend with my family and other family members. The first 24 hours, I was craving and feenin to look at computer screen or hear an email or notification beep; I was like “Pookie” the drug addict character played by Chris Rock on the movie New Jack City, feenin for a drug hit. After I got past that initial 24 hour time period everything became clearer as far paying more attention to (lack of a better word) the outside world and my family.

I can’t tell you how much better connected I feel now listening to all of the “new” stories that have happened all around me, all the while thinking that I am in the know with everything going on in my house. I realize (yet again) that there are far more important things around me than my work, but it’s easy to forget that lesson, if you never let your mind process not just the work you are doing but why you are doing it. These things may or may not be happening in your lives right now and if it is, hopefully this post helps you shut off the beeps from time to time and allow that family time to stay number one so you can really focus on what should be our most important part of your life.

Now if I can just get my wife and my dad to silence their beeps and screens, what a happier family we will be.
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Still Wanting My Toys is the Key to Happiness!

Hello My Friends, I hope you enjoyed the holidays with family and friends and were grateful of the past year.

Now that you have assessed your last year and put down all of your New Year’s Resolutions, if you have kids or know of someone with kids, I want you to pay close attention to them and the gifts they have received during this holiday season. Have you ever notice how during kids birthday, holidays or whenever toys and presents may be given out, how excited our kids are. They tear through the giftwrap and boxes to get to the prize they want so bad. Even with a house full of other kids, you may notice how they may even grab their toys away from others and not share. Fast forward one month later and what happens; those same toys are stacked up in a corner somewhere no longer the object of our child’s desires. Six months before the holidays every time a commercial with a certain toy come on TV, all you would hear is how bad the kids would want that toy. Try taking a stroll through the malls without stopping at the toy store and see how far that will get you. However for some strange reason, as soon as they receive it and get through the holiday season, it is no longer wanted. Is it merely child’s play or something deeper than that.

We can learn a thing or two from our kids when it comes to our grown up toys and many possessions we have at our disposal. Oddly enough, we as adults display similar behavior in many aspects of our lives when it comes to our Grown-up toys or gifts. Think about you or someone you may know when it comes to relationships, careers, new cars or houses, etc… and ask yourself is it the thrill of the hunt to think about the item over and over until we finally get it? Or do we actually use the item to its full use and get the maximum thrill out of it once we attain it. Some of my friends is always giving me a hard time about having over 200k+ miles on my last 3 cars. What can I say,  I love driving and I want to make sure that I am getting the full use of my vehicle.

A BIG Question to ask yourself is how do you keep the excitement and enthusiasm going after you get what you want?  To keep toys and gifts in perspective, I noticed a quote by Dale Carnegie that reads, “Success is getting what you want but happiness is wanting it after you get it.” This may not be the complete answer to being happy however it is a good statement to recall and a way to at least maintain some sense of valuing the things we want, get and maintain after the “newness” wears off.

Before you go out and get that new shiny toy that you just have to have, remember to keep it in perspective of why you want it. Go ahead and take inventory of all of the toys you have earned, bought or were given to you and see if there is still some happiness left over with it, before you buy the new “toys”. Remember to get the full use of it so that youwill not leave any stacked up in the corner somewhere.

Enjoy your toys,

P. Jackson

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