Friday, March 19, 2010

The Two-Minute Warning

It is interesting to watch football teams on a Sunday afternoon. They spend the first fifty-eight minutes routinely following the game plan they thought would result in victory. Then something rather remarkable happens. An official walks onto the center of the field and announces what has come to be known as the "Two-Minute Warning."

What happens the following one hundred and twenty seconds is frequently awesome. We often witness more intensity, more cleverness, more expended energy and more action compacted into those two final minutes that occurs in the previous fifty-eight. Why?
A sudden awareness of the sense of imminent defeat, and the birth of a new and sharpened sense of urgency. The players know that the clock will show no favoritism. The clock will merely do what a clock does: it will tick away the seconds until the game is finally over.

Same with the human life. We have the potential and the opportunity to outscore "ourselves" early in the game. But sometimes, despite our intentions, we the players make only an average effort until it is too late. The seconds slip into minutes, and the minutes into hours, and the hours into days until we awaken one morning to discover that the moments of opportunity are gone. We spend our final years reliving dreams that might have been, regretting all that never was and now never will be.
Most are afraid to leave this earth with their music still in them, having not ever lived. When the game of life is finally over, there is no second chance to correct our errors. The clock that is ticking away the moments of our lives does not care about winners and losers. It does not care about who succeeds or who fails. It does not care about excuses, fairness or equality. The only essential issue is how we played the game.

We must challenge ourselves right now with a new level of thinking, and drive ourselves toward a new level of achievement. We must impose upon ourselves a new discipline, and develop a new attitude about life that motivates us and inspires others.

Have you ever found yourself at the end of the month, working yourself like the "Two Minute Warning?" How about at the end of the year? Have you ever asked yourself where did all the time go?

I would love to hear some of your comments. What did YOU do to change that?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Lesson Taken From The Movie "Alive"

Masterminding and gathering information from successful people is no doubt enriching all of our lives. I wanted to share a lesson from my friend Lilith Nix on what she got from watching the movie "Alive."

In October 1972 a plane carrying a Rugby team of 45 from Uraguay to Chile crashes in the Andes. The survivors fend for themselves amidst the cold, in spite of injuries, and with a very limited supply of food. For 72 days they struggle to survive with only 16 actually surviving to be rescued in December.
The weaker survivors of the crash died first and only the strong were left to survive.

The story goes, that they called off the "search and rescue team." This was great news! Great news? Well you might thinking, how can that be great news when the survivors ended up having to eat their teammates just to survive? When the rescue team was called off, this caused the survivors to "think creatively."

Many of us are still "waiting" for the search and rescue team to come and save us. Save us from the economy, hand me a bailout, how's about some entitlement from some disability, how's about you owe me this, and you owe me that? "Come and rescue me" we shout out.

The good news is no one is coming to rescue us. We must now rescue ourselves and take matters and our futures into our own hands.
As entrepreneurs we deal with this daily. We believe "if its meant to be, then it's up to me." And we have adapted the "values" and the "mindset" of an entrepreneur versus the values and the mindset of an employee. This list was shared by my mentor Kellie Hosaka.

Employee Mindset
-Values Security
-Values Money
-Values Survival
-Believes in Struggle
-Believes in Scarcity
-Believes in Competition
"I'll Contribute One Day"
-Looks at the External
-Lives in The Past
"I Must Do It Myself"

-Values Freedom
-Values Time
-Values Joy, Happiness
-Believes in Ease
-Believes in Abundance
-Believes in We Are One
"I Will Contribute Now"
-Looks Within
-Lives in The Present
-Trusts the Journey

With this to think about and to decide upon which "mindset" we will shift from and into daily, I'd like to leave you with a quote...
"Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you."

May love and light continue to guide your path...

Shannon Tecson

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Amongst Other Gifts You Can Gain Through A Home Based Business

I have been researching many social media blogs and making many new like minded friends in our industry and it has been nothing short of inspiring, mind-boggling, and with so much to learn.
I have been thinking to myself, "Well what can I contribute to this world of blogging?" The answer came to me: Blog about the benefits and value you have gained Shannon from taking the leap into entrepreneurship and leadership. So here we are.
I can tell you one thing that money cannot buy, and it is the value of a person that you become when you decide to join this industry. The shaping and molding of personal circumstances and the challenge to succeed is what makes the journey so sweet. If you're in for the short run, it's not purposeful. You must commit to the long haul. Experts say to commit three to five years or longer in my case. It takes courage to go through the struggles, to experience the process, because it is...a process. Most give up and give in when they haven't really gotten started. It has taken me six years of constant growth to be where I am at today, something that I am very proud of myself for. But the changes you make within yourself impacts everyone and everything around you. The relationship you have with yourself affects all others. It is when you believe in your heart that your personal happiness makes everyone else around you happy.
I have studied many great leaders who research energy. They say when your energy is good, peace flows in all your surroundings. And when your energy is not, chaos is constant and shows up as things in your immediate environment breaking down including ourselves. That is where I was six years ago. And there is always an opportunity to begin change.
I believe today though that spiritual essences or gifts are the greatest to collect in this lifetime. And I've learned this from having the flexiblity of being a home business professional with the time to study and being around successful and like-minded friends.
Gifts that I believed I gained through this process is the gift of love, gratitude, patience, forgiveness, compassion, relationships and kindness all of which was so foreign to me. Locked up within with no awareness that it existed. I have awaken to many things and essences about me. And it is there with all of us. These gifts are priceless and will take you far beyond the journey of this life. These are the things you want to have too. For everyday when you embark towards your goals and dreams, remember, it is these kinds of gifts that no one can ever take away.