Good Morning, Everyone!
Another exciting week is upon us! This morning I realized just how exciting it really is. As I was focusing on what I have to be thankful for in life a couple of things became crystal clear.
First of all, if you’re reading this e-letter, you have an education while so many in the world don’t have the opportunity to learn to read. Sadly, there are some that have the ability to read and choose not to. It also means you have access to the internet, electricity, a computer, the list goes on.
Even with all the negativity in the press, on the TV, across the internet, we still have so much to be thankful for. I encourage my staff to take the first 15 minutes in the morning to just think about what they are thankful for. If you can start your day with an attitude of gratitude, I assure you, you’ll be excited too!
For example, with humility for all of my blessings, I feel blessed to have opportunities this week to serve others. Together, we can impact others who are truly struggling right now.
As leaders, we are dealers in hope. We must be able to give others a reason to hang on and continue battling to become successful. We have to share with them a vision so crystal clear they can visualize all the details. Then we need to give them a map or directions on how we’re going to get there.
Before we can change our results, we must be able to visualize different results. Our imagination plays a large role in this process. From the light bulb to fax machines to emailing pictures by phone, every invention started as a thought, and was visualized in someone's imagination.
The World Wide Web (internet - now high-speed almost everywhere) has awakened the entrepreneurial spirits globally. High-speed internet has created possibilities around the globe only restricted by one's imagination.
This concept applies to every aspect of our lives!
Can the unemployed become employed? Yes! Can a poor person become wealthy? Of course! The unique combination of desire, planning, effort and perseverance will always work its magic. The question is not whether the formula for success will work, but rather whether the person will work the formula. That is the unknown variable. That is the challenge that confronts us all.
“We can all go from wherever we are to wherever we want to be. No dream is impossible provided we first have the courage to believe in it.” -- Jim Rohn
Secondly, it is clear to me before we can find the courage to believe in the dream, we must make sure, we know how to dream and that we can help others dream. Seth Joyner, former NFL Player, said recently, while talking to children at schools, he invariably asks them, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” The kids reply, “I don’t know.” Seth said when he was a kid and someone asked him that question, he had a list of a 1,000 things from policeman, fireman, baseball player, football player, etc. Seth was saddened that kids aren’t dreaming like he once did. Kids’ dreams aren’t materializing because parents have lost their ability to dream.
As leaders, before we can help people get to where they want to go, we have to know where they are. We must deal out hope to jump start the dreaming process.
With an attitude of gratitude, we can take the excitement and use it energize the possibilities in others. We must believe they can work the formula for success. We must believe in them until they can believe in themselves.
I know we can do this. I’m excited and I believe in all of you!
Have an incredible week!
With respect and gratitude,
Bryan M. Balch
Innovator of Human Potential
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