Learning to Fly

It was a Pink Floyd song back in the late ‘80s. I remember the video. First it showed one of those gliders; then the video showed a young Native American boy in the field working a labor job cutting down high grass. In the middle of the video he puts a few small feathers in his arm band and heads towards a cliff and then it shows him jumping off.

No, this blog is not about building a set of wings and it’s not to tell you to jump off a cliff. But it may be that you need to have that belief that you can make it. With my heart always into personal growth and the different places we find to learn from, it doesn’t hurt to go back to a video from an ‘80s rock group to learn something.

Many of us give up learning, just like a young boy who works a labor job that shows no hope. We have given up hope in so many things. While I’m not going to go and tell you the message of the video, I am going to give you this message today: we need to be open to learning.

The idea behind this week’s theme came to me when I was at the 2% Club last month in Phoenix. The sign on the board that was there during my entire speech was “Rich people are always learning and growing; poor people think they know it all.” We look at this young boy in the video in what seemed like a hopeless place, yet he had a dream of flying.

So I’m going to ask you, what is your fear today? Something is keeping you in the place you are; something is keeping you from being able to get out and take that chance to jump off the edge and see if you can fly. Before we can learn anything we have to learn to leave the fear behind.

Again, I’m not saying to become fearless in life and jump off a bridge to see if you can fly, but think of ways you can fly. Once, a man named A.J. Hackett wanted to jump off a bridge without hurting himself. So he went and created this big cord that you attach to yourself and jump. Once the cord reaches its end it springs you back in place. Thus began the thrill of bungee jumping – because a man wanted to fly.

So if you want to fly, maybe you need to create an idea like that so you really can fly.

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Your Action will build your Faith.

There is a reason that you have made it this far in life. You realize that in all the stories thus far this week. You would not be on the set with all those cameras if you had not taken some sort of action to get that far. You see, we only take action based on the amount of belief we have.

This is why I never suggest to anyone that they can reach that RockStar dream in one week. Instead, I want to get them to believe in themselves for just the next few steps. The reason why so many people are not taking the biggest steps of action is they do not have a belief that big yet.

You see, if you did not believe that you could make a million dollars, you would not take the action needed to get it. You would take action, but just enough to get to what you believe you are capable of.

I have mentioned so many times the faith or fear idea, the fact that you will sit on a chair because you have the faith it will hold you. If you have used that chair hundreds of times, well there is no longer faith needed to sit in it.

But let’s take the idea of acting on a business idea that could increase your profits by, say, 20%. You might be willing to act on faith and take a few extra steps to make that happen. But if I were to tell you: “Do this and it will give you an increase of 80% profit,” if you have never seen that big of a jump in your profits, well you are probably not going to act because you won’t believe.

It is very hard to increase your faith to major amounts if you have never seen that kind of result. But once you have seen that kind of result in your life, well then you will have no problem believing that kind of increase can be done.

To get someone to take action, you need to build their faith a step at a time. Once a large step happens then the belief is there; until that time you will not take any kind of additional action.

We used the example of the director saying “Action,” and the idea that in front of that camera you were daydreaming and could not take action. We also related that to getting distracted and not taking action in your life. Well, to get that part in the first place, you had to have taken some sort of action at some time. Now you need to take the next step in action and see yourself playing the part.

Taking your action steps and building your faith one step at a time will get you to higher and higher leaps of faith, and once you see it happen, you get rock solid faith. You actually see what the Bible term “a mustard seed of faith” is like. It’s awesome, so won’t you join me in taking action? RockStar dreams are ahead for those who do.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Building steps of action and faith will make you the RockStar in your world.

Stop Regrets Now

The director waits and waits for my response; I have a look that is puzzled while looking at the light at the top of camera number two. Why am I looking at the light and not reading the cards below? Then I hear that word that all of you hear when the filming of the movie is screwing up: “CUT.”

Again, my weak attempt to get you to think of that movie set, to think of a TV set or a show that is about to begin taping and you are the star, sitting in front of the camera. But your mind starts to wander, and instead of speaking your lines, you’re thinking of something else – maybe about all the people you have told you were going to do something big this time.

Life is filled with moment like this. People tell everyone in their family how this is the perfect business for them; this is the right path they need to take for their lives. But then you wait to take the action, you wait to start talking to the camera. All you had to do is simply read the cards and sound convincing.

In the real world you have no cameras; you have no team of people giving you the words to say; there is no light person to make it perfect. It’s just you. But you keep waiting and thinking about it. Your mind stays off somewhere else, daydreaming and thinking about whatever. Then it happens, in the movies they would yell “CUT” and come up to you and ask what happened; they try to get you back in the mood and try it again.

Well in life that “CUT” could represent anything that is a stopping point; anything that interrupts you. Imagine losing a parent, maybe losing a grandparent that you loved and cared for so much. That word, “CUT” gets you to thinking even more before you want to consider taking action again. You stop for a moment and get your thoughts together, and then it hits you. “I told my Dad I was going to do this.” Now you’ll never have a chance.

So many in life wait too long to get started on things they dreamed about, goals they set and ways they planned on living by now. The pain of regret becomes part of their thinking now. It’s time to act before more time goes by and you never get started.

Today is the only day you have, yet so many will read this and still will not act. Instead, they will watch another movie; take an evening off from working extra hours that would have helped to make a dream of researching a business. People will go and have another drink with the guys at the bar, maybe get caught up in shooting pool, while their son gets ready to head to bed waiting for Dad to come home and play just one game with him.

Life is too short to live with any regret. I watched a movie years ago where someone achieved a great milestone in his career, and said the only regret he had was that his dad didn’t live long enough to see him do it.

It’s time to take action. Your dream is waiting for you. In a world where many people can come and try to take that dream from you, you are the only one who can lose it. Today look at how many times you have been offered help to get going on your dream. The break is over, the director is about to yell “ACTION” again, are you ready?

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Stop any further regrets, and take action to become the RockStar in your world.

Want a Change? Then You Have to Make Some Changes.

Today I was wishing I had a comfort zone again in my life; I get up and each day I’m not in the same place. This year I decided to get out of my comfort zone and keep moving no matter what. Well some days I wake up sore, tired and wanting to have a familiar routine where I know what to expect.

I spent too many years in my life getting down to a zone of comfort and making a life where I was so in control that I always knew what was coming next. Well getting out of that comfort zone this year was the greatest thing I could have done.

I recall hearing the story from another speaker who told us you need to just do the opposite of what everyone else is doing. I took that advice and decided that if something was not working for me, it was time to change it. That took me from a life in my comfort zone that was making my world smaller and smaller to a life that may seem like it’s out of control. But it’s working; I have things happening that I only dreamed of before. Yes, for those who think I’m already living the dream, I’m making improvements to live a dream that’s even better.

For years, that has been my saying: “I’m living the dream.” I learned to believe it and started to really enjoy where I was in life. I spent more time helping others and less time helping myself. But I still got into a comfort zone where my life was starting to get smaller and smaller. I wanted to do more so I had to get out of that place of comfort and predictability I was in and make some changes.

My brother Ken always used the line: “if you want to change your life, you will have to make some changes.” And he did that. After years of what seemed like a great way for him to earn money working for himself, he went back to school. Ken, like our father went back to school at 40 to get his high school diploma then his Associate and Bachelor degrees and is now working on his MBA in business finance.

Ken is working with some large companies, and in his 40s he was working to land internships where his competition was mostly college-age kids. He made changes that got him out of his comfort zone and moved his life to do something different.

So many people come to me and ask, “How can I live my dream?” What do I have to do to make those changes? Well, start by making yourself a new set of rules that gets you out of that comfort zone. If you want to change, you need to make some changes.

Has your life has gotten you to a comfortable spot? Maybe it’s the income from that job that gives you a comfortable place to live; maybe it’s the home you live in that gives you comfort. If you want to live a dream, you have to make changes that will get you out of a place of comfort. You may look to others like you are living a dream now, but once you have reached a dream or goal, do not set up a permanent home. You need to set new goals and move again.

I remember hearing Robert Schuler talk about building his church. He spoke about writing the book The Peak to Peak Idea. Once you reach a mountaintop, instead of stopping there, you search for a higher one, for a new peak. Then you head down the valley towards that mountain so you can climb the next one.

Today as I was thinking about that speech I heard him make so many years ago. He talked about the struggles he went through in building his church and each point of what seemed like defeat he would go into his office and shut the door and take out his own book to then apply those principles from his book towards reaching the goals he was working towards.

Well the past few weeks have had challenges for me, and I had to pull out my own programs, books and writings to pull myself out and get back to work. Guess we all need to be in a process of growth. Even tonight I worked with another coach in helping her find answers as she worked to find her own direction. We all need to find a path.

So today, find your path. Get out of the comfort zone before it’s too hard to leave; set some new goals, make some new rules to make you change. As Ken would tell me, “If you want change, it’s time to make some changes.”

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Set some rules to make change a part of your life and be the RockStar in your world.

Soul Surfer

If you have not seen the movie, Soul Surfer, I recommend it. When starting to plan out this week, this movie was not on my list of the things I had planned to use as an illustration. But after hearing someone who related their life to the story in this movie, I had to check it out.

The movie is about the story of Bethany Hamilton, a 13-year-old surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack. The movie shows her struggles to live with the new challenge in her life, learning to balance life as a surfer with one arm. It shows her, among other things, learning to help others who are afraid of the water after a tsunami hits.

Her story is a strong one when we think of those who struggle with a loss. They have to overcome some great struggle to succeed. When thinking of her story and the theme for this week, I wanted to add this movie as one to give life lessons on standing out. At the end the movie she is asked in an interview if she could go back to that day would she not go surfing? She replied she would still choose to lose her arm because now she can embrace more people with one arm then she could before with both arms.

In Dallas, we have a similar story happening now. The family of Lauren Scruggs is facing a similar loss. She lost her hand and an eye when she accidently walked into a spinning plane propeller in December. I have known her family’s struggles long before this happened. Her parents have chosen to take the trials they went through with their marriage and make a ministry out of it, helping others restore marriages as they did with theirs.

Some who struggle with a loss will give up the spirit that kept them chasing a dream. Others will take strength in the loss; they will find a new way to pursue the God-given dream that is inside of them. When they are able to see past the struggle, when they watch the dream come true, they will be like Bethany and say, “I would still give up that arm.” You will be able to do far more without the one thing that is taken than you were able to do with all still intact.

So, in your life, what have you lost? No matter what it is, you need to keep two things in mind that will support you to do the purpose you have yet to do on this earth.  It is that purpose that can be your driving force. In my own life, when I set out towards my own purpose I, had things fall into place to take care of things I had lost.

When you have a major loss like the one shown in this movie, there are two things you must keep in mind to keep going. They will help you to perform the purpose you still have on this earth. Remember, if you are still breathing, your job on this earth is not done.

So what are the two things we need to hang on to?

1.  Hope. That’s right. Even through loss, you need to be a person of hope. I have spoken on this subject many times. Those who have hope that a better purpose is coming along and start a journey to look for it with hope succeed and stand out.  I know that every time I had a business fail or when I woke up in the hospital after an epilepsy seizure, it was hope that it was going to be OK that got me back in the game. I knew that something better was coming along. Even when going down some deadend roads that left me having to start over again, hope was the thing I held on to that better days were coming.

2.  Spirit. No matter what it is you have lost, never lose the spirit and drive to find what it is you are to do now. I know when we were younger we were all told “You can do anything you want; if you want to be President of the United States some day you can.” We had that belief for a great life; we started making plans to see a dream of passion of purpose come true. The truth is those who achieve the dreams they had as a child all had to lose a few things along the way. We all had to walk up a few mountains along the path to make that dream come true.

So if you want to stand out, find the ways to keep your balance when life takes something from you. Life is always going to take you on turns that were not in your plan. You will have things taken from you. The way you handle it, the new things that you learn to do will be what make you stand out in a crowd of hundreds doing the same business you are. No matter what you have lost, use it to be the stand-out person in your world.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. It’s how you rebalance life after you lose that thing you thought you needed to be in balance that will make you the RockStar in your world.

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