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.

RockStarTim Gillette is the Creator of The Rock’N’Roll Keys to Business Success, using music, motorcycles and mentorship to create Entrepreneurs who lead. To find out more about upcoming webinars sign up here .  Free Online Training that Rocks.

Start With the Man in the Mirror

It’s hard to believe that next month it will be three years since we lost Michael Jackson. While he was most known in his last years for eccentric behavior and things he was accused of, I remember him most for his songs from my young teenage years, songs like “Billy Jean,” “Thriller,” and “Bad.” The song that I would say gave me the most to think about would be “Man in the Mirror.”

It’s hard to believe a man who wrote a song about looking in the mirror and making the changes you need to do for yourself, was a man who was accused of so many things. I’m not here to say he is guilty, or to say that he is innocent either. We all will forever hold our opinions of what he did or didn’t do – the same as we will think of OJ and what happened there.

In our lives we are going to make mistakes; we are going to screw up, we are going to fail. It’s what you learn from life when you are down that makes you the strongest. And after you make bold statements like Michael did in his song, “Man in the Mirror,” you will be held to a higher level by those who watch you.

But if you want the world to change you have to make the changes to yourself first. How many will take that look in the mirror to see what has to be changed in themselves before asking others to help change the world?

This week’s theme is about how real change has to start with one person and that person is you. Yes you have screwed up, yes those who are close to you will likely be the first to point it out. Still you make the change to make the world better by first starting to make yourself better.

Many people who come to me for coaching want the changes to happen in life, but do not want to do the work to make those changes happen. True change is a long-term job; you don’t make a change in your life and find that your world suddenly gets better. You make a change, and then you get up the next day and practice that change, sometimes over and over again for years before you are rewarded.

I have said before in my blogs about how the bamboo tree experiences its greatest growth years after it was planted. Think of your garden: if you plant a seed to grow a tomato plant, it does not give you tomatoes the next day.

We just planted a few tomato plants in pots on our balcony at the house. Gwynne put them in about a month ago and they are getting close to a foot tall. We do not have tomatoes from them yet, but we still water them, check on them. By the middle of summer, we will have some great tomatoes to eat. Gwynne’s father planted several grape vines a couple of years ago. Some of them will bear fruit this year but some of them will need to go another season before they produce. And he continues to tend them, knowing it takes time and nurturing.

So many people expect life to give them the fruit right away, but it takes time. To get that fruit you have to plant the seed of change in your life. Take care of the change; water and make it grow in your life. It takes a growing season to harvest what you want. For tomatoes it is a few months, for other things in life it may be a few years.

So what changes are you going to make today? This morning, if you looked in your mirror, you probably took the time to make sure your hair was fixed; you made sure you washed your face. Do this with your life; look into the mirror of who you are and see what is needed to make the change to bring you to that life you want to live. Make a list of what you see that needs to be changed, then start with a plan to live it. Michael Jackson wrote the song, but that didn’t end the change; and after that, he had to live it. He stood out to make a difference when he sang the song;, after that came the hard part.

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. Look in the mirror and make the real change that takes you to being RockStar in your world.

Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone

I want to take the idea of RockStar Crazy to a different level today by using two different songs to show how we lose, how we put off until it’s too late to make the choice needed to make a success, and cause ourselves pain and regret.
Too Late For Love This was one of those early songs from Def Leppard. Today’s blog is not actually about the song, but about the subject in life. How many times do we not take the action needed to build what we want in our lives? We put off and put off until it becomes too late.

Look at the concept of love like it is described in the song. So many people in life act in ways that ruin the relationships they are in. In the last year I have coached and worked with many women who just want out of the unhealthy relationships they are in. As soon as they start to take the steps to get out, then their partner runs to do anything to improve things so he can keep the love he had in his life but by that time, it’s often too late.

With our problems in life we are the same way, we put off and put off getting the help we need until it’s too late. When I was working in debt settlement, I wish I had kept a count of the people I had to tell “It’s time to hire a bankruptcy lawyer and walk away; you are too far gone for our help.”

So many times people come to me for coaching as a last resort. They figure everything else didn’t work so now, when everything they’ve tried alone has failed, they’ll try this. At that point they make some choices and a few changes but within three months they still have not fixed the long list of problems they’ve gotten themselves into and they get discouraged. It took the 10 years to create this mess and it will not go away with a new coach in three months. You will not build a dream income in a matter of six months. You must follow the building concept and create it from the ground up.

There are no miracle cures. The quick fixes are like putting a patch on a tire; the tire is still worn down and it will not last forever. We hope that patch on the tire that cost five bucks will let us avoid buying the $400 tire. But, no, it will only get you a little longer until the rubber wears out someplace else; you will still have to replace the tire.

Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone) This Cinderella song is the second one I want to bring up. Again this is not about the song, but the title. So many people who have started coaching programs leave. Some people who start plans of action walk away with only half the work completed. We need to follow the course of action until it is complete. This is not just about coaching; it’s about other relationships you build. That new friend you just met at this morning’s networking meeting is probably not the instant answer to all your business problems.

People have walked into and out of relationships, jobs, businesses. All kinds of great things in life we quit because we did not see the results right away. Or we felt the course we were taking was getting harder and harder.

My great friend here in Dallas, Rob Skiba, from the TV series, SEED, once gave me a great piece of advice: “If you give up now, all that you just went through was for nothing.” Many times I have told people that as soon as you set a big goal the next thing that comes is a big obstacle. You will face these in life and you must be willing to walk through them if you want big results. Even last week I was given an obstacle to my Las Vegas workshop; but I am not worried as I know the bigger the goal the bigger the obstacle.

The RockStar Crazy ideas are related to songs and as the titles suggest, we need to follow through on our action plans in life. Before we look at the easy way out, think of how what you’re doing may be RockStar Crazy and how that might work to your advantage. We started the week off talking about how crazy we thought Axl Rose seems. Walking away from a dream because it got hard may put you back to ground zero where you have to start over.

RockStarTim Gillette is the Creator of The Rock’N’Roll Keys to Business Success, using music, motorcycles and mentorship to create Entrepreneurs who lead. To find out more about upcoming webinars sign up here .  Free Online Training that Rocks.

For Those About to Rock

It is Friday in a great week of RockStar events. While I have enjoyed traveling this week, it was exciting to get back to Dallas and start connecting with clients who have been scheduling events and times with me over the past year. I spent most of my day yesterday calling clients just to talk with them.

One of the things I wanted to do as soon as I got back to town was to connect with those people I have worked with over the years as a life coach to share the great changes I’ve experienced. I also wanted to give them a chance to be the first to benefit from all the great things I’ve learned.

A key thought I have used with coaching is, “It always gets better.” Each time I come back from events like this, I first call everyone and tell them what I learned, and then talk about how we can help them make changes in their lives to take them to a new level of RockStar.

While I still have a few more calls to make I’m so excited to offer better things, new programs. What is great is those who are existing clients get it at no additional charge. Basically, I learn more but never charge my existing clients more to share it with them. You learn from my wisdom, you gain from my search to better myself.

So what changes are you going to make to your world today? This week has been about getting ready to rock. “For those about to rock, we salute you.” It’s a great AC/DC song, but it also has a great message you are receiving from me. I am excited that not only am I going to be able to help people learn ways to clean up life, help them find what they love to do, but I also teach them the entrepreneurial mindset as part of the coaching program.

In the next two weeks we will be putting together some great events, including several small events in cities and webinars to help you learn in a matter of hours how to make changes to make your world Rock.

We are planning one big event to transform your life in a weekend in September. In one weekend you will get lessons on the RockStar life: how to get rid of what’s not working, find what you really love to do, and build an entrepreneurial mindset to help you go from where you are to living your RockStar dream. We are now scheduling speakers to teach things like writing a book in a short period of time and building business relationships that helps you build your business. So be ready for that event to be announced.

Right now it’s weekend time and I am going to spend time with my family this weekend as it’s been a few weeks since we have sat down to enjoy one of our lake house parties. Here’s wishing you your own RockStar 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. Be ready to become the RockStar in your world.

Let’s Get It Started In Here

That’s right. It’s Thursday and late last night we got back home from our days of driving. It’s time to get started from the home front, fired up and ready to rock. But like any new goal or dream that you are in pursuit of guess what comes with it?

So we were about 200 miles from home last night and we stopped to get gas one more time – the last fill-up after more than 3,000 miles of driving. As I was about to climb back into the truck, I reached in my back pocket to get the keys out and my phone, which I almost never put in my back pocket, fell out. Well, I’m faced with my first challenge. I have to head to the Apple store and get a new glass screen put on my phone.

After it happened, for the first 30 minutes of driving I spent the time worried about how I did it, trying to replay the incident in my mind like I could go back in time and keep it from happening. Then I realized one thing I tell people repeatedly is when you get that big goal, that big dream, you will also be handed a big challenge. This is not that big of a challenge as I’ve broken an iPhone screen before. But still, it distracted me from my important goal of taking charge after last week’s RockStar Boot Camp.

When challenges come up, most people start to face and focus on the challenge and lose focus on the dream (and for most it’s a much bigger challenge than this). This is why so many never reach the dreams or goals they want in life. We are always focused on the problem not the solution and the life beyond the solution. In this case, the solution was easy. But I’d already given the problem – an accidental dropping of my phone – enough time to divert my attention for several hours from the plans I’m making to achieve the dreams and goals I have.

I’m home now and the party is going to get started. I was so excited last night, poor Gwynne was falling asleep listening to me tell all that I learned. So, get ready world. It’s time to get it started in here.

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. Get you dream started, don’t let your focus be diverted by obstacles, and soon you will be the RockStar in your world.

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