Christmas Wrapping

wrappingIt’s the day after Christmas and presents are unwrapped. Today I wanted to share some thoughts about the song “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses. It’s one of only two songs I know of theirs.

The song is talking about the struggles of a busy year and spending Christmas alone. This 1981 song is not like a lot of other Christmas songs. I have to admit I didn’t originally follow the story in it. I had to sit and listen to the words one day to figure them out.

We live in a world where so many people are trying to stick to some tradition to make their holiday parties and other family events the same as they had as kids. This song just breaks the cycle, showing that sometimes we need to walk away from the ideal, or what everyone tells us we should do.

I hope you find this song a great inspiration when you hear it, an inspiration that we are all different in this world. Sometimes when you walk away from what you hear everyone telling you the world is supposed to be like and embrace who you really are, the world will come together for you.

Most of this song talks about being single, and the troubles from the year. When I listen to it this year, I’m glad I am celebrating this first Christmas with my wife since we got married.

We had a great dinner this year on Christmas Eve that included extended family and friends. I’m so glad I was able to share it with my wife, daughter, and father-in-law, as well as my brother-in-law and his new wife. My step-sons were with their father for the beginning of the evening but finished off with us and we were a large group. What a blessed year!

I hope you wrapped up your Christmas in the way you wanted this year.

RockStar I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those share life with. Get ready to live like a RockStar in 2013.

They say Love is Blind, But hope is not.

So many times in life when we hear the word “hope” — how it is said, how it is used — it leads you to believe that you are to trust when there is nothing to trust. My good friend Jonathan writes about personal security and your life today. He tells so much on his blog of how to protect yourself in a world where there are predators all over. So today, let’s talk about those people who try to lead with a blind hope.

Imagine, if you will, a person selling you on the fact that if you attend their function, church, school, class, event, you will automatically succeed. So many are now under the influence of those who teach such things. Just last week I was sitting with another coach who told me the stories of other coaching programs. This coach was sold an expensive program that had virtually no results. The clients followed with hope that a better tomorrow was coming. So many industries out there have their own set of scam artists. We must never follow on a blind faith that everyone who gives us a sales speech is selling us a complete success.

Many years ago the news was full of television evangelists who were scamming people for money and spending it on fancy cars and homes. They were selling the people who watched their shows hope in a system they had created, and were using the name of God to sell it. Today many people do not attend a church; they immediately cry “phony” to anyone who uses the word “God.”

So what do we do to help us have a true hope again? How do we keep hope alive without throwing a blind eye to those who are out to scam us? I have three things I think you should keep in mind.

First let us get a definition of the word “hope.” I looked it up several places and the best I came up with was: a feeling of optimism or a desire that something will happen.

Yes, we want to have something better happen, but to blindly head in that direction without knowledge that there is any truth behind what is being told is foolish. We need to do a little research before we start to put our hope and faith behind something that is not going to happen.

Next, you want to be well-informed. To do this we need to research those things and make a calculated plan to get the outcome we are searching for. When you set a goal to get healthy you do not sit on your couch and eat unhealthy food and hope a miracle will happen. No, if you have hope that you can be healthy, you get up and take an action to make it happen. If you hope to have a nice home and a nice car, well put the faith into action and find the work to get you there. For years I had hope in a successful business but it was not until I put my faith into action to make that happen that it stated to look that way.

Just yesterday I was talking with my daughter, Jess, about a Bible study she was doing. She said she didn’t like the way that this national Bible expert had written the study sometimes. I know the author and teacher she spoke about, and told Jess that a good Bible teacher advises you to research the Bible for yourself to make sure they are teaching right.

Third we need to be the kind of leaders that we want to follow. Many people have hope in the leaders in their lives, from their business lives, to their church, to their community, to politicians. Too many people in our world have a blind faith and a blind hope in what the leader is saying. Well, stop following anyone who is always selling hope without telling you that you have responsibilities. You should listen to those who speak of hope and then you should have the hope in your own actions; stop waiting for others to provide for you.

When you start to be the person you want your leaders to be then, and only then, will you have something in your own life to hope for. If you have watched others in your industry scam people, don’t get out of the industry and call it a scam; instead pull yourself up, make yourself the honest one in the industry and prove to the world they can have hope in you.

Last when you get to the point of people having hope in you, then it is time to sell them on the idea of having hope in themselves. Tell them exactly what I’m telling you now: “It’s up to you.” Many of you have a hope in what I’m telling you. Well I’m telling you don’t have the hope in me; have the hope and faith in yourself.

It’s up to you to have faith and hope in your own life. It’s time for more people to stand up in faith taking the tools that are here and building a life for themselves. Hope is alive; plant it inside of you.

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. Build a hope in yourself and become a RockStar in your world.

The Self Help Cycle: Getting Started

New Year’s Day 2013 is less than two months away. Right now you may be one of those people who are already planning so many things they are going to change in 2013. Some have realized it’s time to lose those few pounds; it will be time to start an exercise routine. For some it will be a time of getting rid of those bad habits. One of the things that I have always been behind over the years was the National Smoke Out Day. It’s that one day a year people are asked to give up smoking for just one day.

I want you to think of what New Year’s resolutions you wrote for 2012. Think back because I have been big on making changes this year, and started talking about it last year at this time.

New Year’s Day is a great time to start over, to get the feeling of “I can do this; it’s a brand new start.” We all want that a brand new start don’t we? We all have the greatest feeling of hope when we talk about a brand new start.  It reminds me of how the country felt four years ago when President Obama was elected the first time. The message of hope and change was huge in our conversations.

Right now it’s that time in life again. We are discussing the topic of the self-help cycle this week and how to change it from a revolving cycle to a permanent success in our personal life. I want you to think of how many times you have made it to this part of any self-help program you started.

I call this the dating phase of the self-help cycle. The first date is always so exciting and you can’t wait to get that second date. Maybe you attended some events, or finally decided in 2012 to take action and invest in a self-help course; or maybe you invested in some next-level coaching or mastermind.

The first few months of this process are so exciting and wild as we are really feeling like this is going to be easy. I am excited as I watched the last few weeks in the chat room of our mastermind group, which I’m at this week. My new friend Cynthia is posting in the chat room from the back of the workbook, the 52 weeks of action taken from the event we attended in September.

You see, so many are so excited to be making these steps; we see results changing. For my new clients it is so exciting to see the first three months of clearing out clutter in life. I love to see as space opens up in life from changes they made; I love to see how they feel when they find the room to bring in things that will make them successful.

So now comes the challenge: how many programs in your life have you started and not finished? I want you to pull them from the shelf and write down a list of them. Now add to the comment section of this blog the number of programs you started but have not finished.

Come back tomorrow to find out why you have not finished them. See what has kept you and many others from finishing them. Watch as we finish this week on how you can get your life back on track to use those tools and build the success you want in life.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream life, to love what you are doing and those you share life with. Are you ready to do what it takes to become the RockStar in your world?

 

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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Losing Hope in the Change

Good Friday morning to you. As we close out the week of change that matters, our final day is to get you to keep hope alive in a world that shows lack of hope. So many times we make choices based on the fact we have no hope that what we want to see will happen.

Many years ago I had no faith that the world I wanted to see, the life I wanted to live would come to me. That brought me to a point of not making any changes to make what I wanted happen. I had no hope so why make changes? In so many parts of our world people are not making changes because they have no hope in themselves.

The purpose of all these writings about change is to help you believe in a better world. I wish I could give you the hope that the better world is out there. But you must bring that hope and belief alive to make your changes work.

So we finish out a week on changes that matter with one last thought: have hope in a better tomorrow based on what you can do. I have hope in life getting better; and even I have challenges in making it better. I have a belief even despite the fact that I have tried other things that have not worked. This time I’m going to do it better.

I read a story yesterday of a young woman who hoped her long lost love would return. When he did return it was to ask forgiveness as he was dying. Where is the hope in that? I actually ran into the young lady yesterday in the Dallas area who had lost her eye and hand to an airplane accident this past December. Lauren showed me with her smile that hope is still alive. No matter what I may be facing in this world, there is a reason you are still alive. You still have a purpose.

While we may be complaining of what it is we are going through, life could always get worse. We need to have the hope in a better tomorrow and make the changes that matter now while we can. We talked about making the changes early in the week, how you should make the changes while you can; we do not know the challenges we will face tomorrow.

I choose to have hope, so I will make the changes that matter while I still have the chance. How about you? What changes are you going to make that matter? Please leave some comments on how you plan to make changes in your life that matter in the comment section. Have a great weekend.

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. Have hope to make the changes that matter to you, and become a RockStar in your world.

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