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When the circumstances scream “IMPOSSIBLE,” the level of determination can prove otherwise.

You and I both have read, shared, and rallied behind different motivational statements to encourage us to reach for our dreams, our destiny, our goals.  You and I both know we have the same hours in the day as the richest and most successful people in our world. You and I both understand we are given an opportunity each day to do something that will turn our ordinary lives into an extraordinary life.  What then is the key motivator that will inspire us to rise above our current situation?


This is one thing that can not come from someone else. It has to come from within you. The deeper and stronger the determination, the more likely you will succeed and push beyond your original goal.

Each person’s level of determination will flow out of different motivations. Perhaps it is a desire to show someone up who told you, “You can’t do it.” Maybe you hit rock bottom and don’t ever want to go back to that place. There are those who are sick and tired of being sick and tired. You may just want something so bad that you will not stop until you get it.

A dream will only be a dream and a goal will only be a goal if you don’t have the determination to make them happen. When obstacles present themselves, and they will, this inner fire is what will help you push past, go around, or blow the obstacle up that stands in your way. Search within yourself and find that passion, that sheer driving force of will that won’t be denied. Then, you will move past the majority of people and truly LIVE your dream!

When you believe something is impossible, your mind goes to work for you to prove why. But when you believe, really believe, something can be done, your mind goes to work for you and helps you find the ways to do it.”

David J. Schwartz, Ph.D., The Magic of Thinking Big

One of the key components of achieving success in anything that you set out to do is belief. No matter how BIG the goal, the dream, or the task, if you truly believe it can be done, your mind will begin to create solutions and the steps to achieve it.

When you create an environment where belief is allowed to flourish, you will find ideas are abundant. What becomes even more clear are the steps needed to accomplish the goal or dream. Belief has a powerful influence on the creative part of the mind. When that belief is prevalent in several minds working toward a common goal, you see the power of the mastermind.

We must do all we can to take the word impossible out of our vocabulary. Once that word pops up, our minds begin to formulate all the reasons it is so. It shuts down the creative processes that are necessary to succeed. Only when we open ourselves to the possibility and believe it can be so, do we find the creative energies released.

What is your BIG dream? Are you LIVING your dream? Do you believe you can LIVE your dream? Start believing you can and the doors will begin to open.

“It is one thing to WANT money–everyone wants more–but it is something entirely different to be WORTH MORE! Many people mistake their WANTS for their JUST DUES. Your financial requirements or wants have nothing whatever to do with your WORTH. Your value is established entirely by your ability to render useful services or your capacity to induce others to render such service.”

Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

Successful people have learned how to bring value to the marketplace and to others. They know it isn’t all about the money, it is about WORTH. 

As we continue to look at the next 5 causes of failure that Napoleon Hill shares in his book, Think and Grow Rich, keep in mind, these can be corrected. You can increase your worth and it will increase your level of success as you have defined success.

16. OVER-CAUTION – There is a certain amount of risk you need to take in order to achieve higher levels of success. People who are over-cautious fall into the same category as those who are under-cautious. Both extremes will leave you in the wakes of failure or limited success. There comes a point in time where you have to step forward and risk something to gain.

In the financial world, there are investments that are riskier than others. Safer investments, like a CD at a bank, are low risk resulting in smaller returns. Commodities and options trading are high risk investments with a chance for huge returns but also susceptible to huge losses. The key is finding the middle ground where there is still risk with the chance of making a great return on your investment.

Be willing to step out and take a chance. That next step may be the one that catalyzes your success.

17. WRONG SELECTION OF ASSOCIATES IN BUSINESS – Whether you are building your own business or looking to advance your career in a company, be wise in who you choose to work with or for. If we are the composite of the five people with whom we spend the most time, make sure those people are worth emulating. If you are in a position where your manager or supervisor is holding you back, begin to plan how you can change departments or companies to work with people who will help you succeed.

I have worked in environments where negativity was abundant and it wears you out quickly. I prefer to have the choice of who I will working alongside. For that reason, I have chosen an entrepreneurial path to accommodate this choice. I will be highly selective in who I hire and who I partner with. This is a vital part of success.

18. SUPERSTITION AND PREJUDICE – I have been around people who are highly superstitious and rarely do they succeed. There is always a fear of something and that fear holds them back. Superstitions create failure mindsets that are triggered by some action or event. Once those triggers are activated, the mind begins to play out the upcoming failure. You need to remove superstitions from your life.

Prejudice will also hold you back as you make judgments prior to having the facts. Acting in ignorance is a sure cause of failure. Be willing to withhold judgment until you obtain more facts and information about an issue, a person, or a group of people.

19. WRONG SELECTION OF A VOCATION – Andre Aggassi, a great tennis player, admitted in his autobiography that he hated tennis. The really striking thing about that is he was still able to accomplish great things playing tennis. Not many people become great doing something that don’t like. Imagine if he took all that energy and discipline and applied it to something he truly loved.

Are you doing something you love? Are you able to give a wholehearted effort into your job, your career, or your business? Be sure you are pouring yourself into something you have a burning desire to achieve. Only then, will you truly find yourself on the path of success.

20. LACK OF CONCENTRATION OF EFFORT – At times, I feel like I have become a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none. Here is a partial list of all the things I have done:

  • Carpentry work
  • Dairy farming
  • Landscaping
  • Youth Ministry
  • Sorter at UPS
  • Management
  • Direct Sales
  • Retail Sales
  • Event planning
  • Medical Technician
  • Auto Sales
  • Financial Services

Those are highlights out of my job experiences. Each experience taught me something about myself, and I have learned valuable lessons that I am able to apply to my life and career. What I have come to realize is I have common threads that run through each of my previous jobs that point out where I need to concentrate my efforts.

The key to remember is rather than trying to be everything to everybody, concentrate your effort on one “definite chief aim.” Then you will become a resource and an expert for others in that particular area. This concentrated effort will keep you on the path of success.

If you find any of these causes of failure holding you back, begin to make the corrections necessary so that you can LIVE your dream.

“If you truly, passionately, want to create huge success on every level, if you want to earn major income and create financial freedom for yourself and live a hugely happy and fulfilled life at the same time, five key elements have to be in place. We call them the “Five Musts” of major success:

  • You must find something that stirs your soul.
  • You must become excellent at it.
  • You must recondition your mind to believe you can have it and achieve it.
  • You must understand how to make money at it.
  • You must take daily action.”

John Assaraf & Murray Smith,The Answer: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom, and Live an Extraordinary Life

There are times when a thought pushes its way to front and won’t let go until it is shared. Today’s post is one of those times where the mind is pushing forward one idea. Confirmation came when I opened up the book, The Answer, to the page where the quote above originates. This particular list summarizes what has been circulating in my head the last few days.

I want to share a bit of my story as it relates to having the “Five Musts” in my life. Let me take you back to the summer of 2006 which was a life-changing time for me. We had just started a new church in the St. Louis area 9 months prior and the direction it was going was the opposite of a traditional church. We came to the decision to become an organic community with no paid leaders and have an informal leadership structure. Up to this point in time, my “calling” in life was to be a paid minister (or so was the norm for someone with a “calling”). So when I started to move toward a new way of thinking, I began the search for meaningful work to pay the bills.

In the subsequent years, I searched for something to satisfy my true calling which was buried within me waiting to be uncovered. Through trial and error, I tried numerous things to create income for our family. Some things provided enough, while others sprang up and disappeared in weeks. Each opportunity was teaching me more about myself and leading me to the first “Must,” something to stir my soul.

The year 2011 was when I rediscovered my soul-stirring passion. This passion was something I had been practicing, developing, and mastering since I was 16 years old. I already had the drive to become excellent in this area. It was now a matter of finding a means to make money doing what I had always loved doing.

The key component I have been adding to the mix over the last six months is the reconditioning of my mind to believe I can achieve it. It was easy to do when there was a salaried position available. However, now that I am creating a business to market this skill set, I need to condition my mind to believe I can make money doing what I am passionate about.

What’s next?  I must take action today to bring me one step closer to “major success” or “stratospheric success.”* Tomorrow, I need to take another step. Each and every day thereafter,  taking one more step to making an impact in the world and LIVING my dream.

I would encourage you to examine these “Five Musts” and ask yourself, “Do I have these “Five Musts” in place? Take a step today toward your success by having these elements in your life. When you do, you will be one step closer to LIVING your dream.


*The idea of Stratospheric success comes fromThe Go-Giver, by Bob Burg & John David Mann.

“If you want to get rich, focus on a niche.

If you want to be broke, focus on all the folk.”

James D., shared at Dynamite Live, 2011

I am finding this to be one of those paradoxes I am testing out. When I first decided I wanted to launch out with my professional speaking business, the world was my target. After all, my goal is to inspire 1,000,000 people to dream BIG and LIVE their dream. I want to speak anywhere, everywhere, and to whomever. Do you see the problem with that already? There is no way to market one or two speeches to all the masses to accomplish my goal. What would appeal to corporate executives may not fit a college student. What needs to be said to the college student is not the same message to a stay-at-home mother.

Fortunately, I did see the futility in not having a niche market. As I continue to develop my business model, I am narrowing my focus even more to become an expert or a resource to one particular niche. In doing so, I am finding more opportunities within that market I wouldn’t have known existed had I just broadly scattered my marketing efforts.

If you are going to pursue any entrepreneurial venture, narrow your focus. Become the go-to person in that particular market, or have a product or service for a particular market that is a must have product or service. As a leader, become an expert in your field. Expand your knowledge base to become the resource for your area of interest.

Narrow your focus and you will broaden your exposure.

“…power is a constant in the world. You shape your perceptions, or someone shapes them for you. You do what you want to do, or you respond to someone else’s plan for you.”

Anthony Robbins, Unlimited Power

Power is often a word that comes with both positive and negative emotional attachment. Oftentimes, the television news stations broadcast stories of power being abused. Occasionally, there are uplifting stories of people in power doing great things for the welfare of mankind or the world. How power is perceived depends greatly upon personal experience.

Every person is granted the choice of how much power someone holds over them. Some willingly give up that power to someone else, while others refuse to do so. Numerous stories of prisoners of war who refused to let their captives have power over them have been documented over the years. Martyrs of religious faiths who refuse to deny their beliefs and are executed for not yielding to someone else choosing for them.

Many people do not pursue their dreams because they allow someone else to have power over them. They allow negative, limiting statements hold them down. They choose to follow a plan designed for them by someone else’s choosing.

The time has come to realize the power to choose your own destiny lies in your hands. You must release yourself from the grip of those who would wield their power over you. Free yourself to live YOUR dream. Give yourself the power to change your life, your destiny, so that you can make a positive difference in the world.

Dream BIG and LIVE your dream!

“Feed your passion and it will feed you.” 

Dixie “Dynamite” Gillaspie

Dixie Gillaspie, my entrepreneurial coach, has a deck of cards printed with inspirational words of encouragement for those who want to live their dreams.  This particular one is posted in front of my desk as a daily reminder to feed my passion.

I have chosen to feed my passion three meals a day as the opportunity to do so has presented itself in my life. For those who don’t have that opportunity now, perhaps a regular midnight snack would be a fitting place to start. Throw in a lunch with someone who has a similar passion once a week, and soon your passion will grow and want more. In time, it will start rewarding you with dessert and your passion may become your bread and butter.

Have you fed your passion today?

“Feed your passion and it will feed you.”

Dream BIG and LIVE your dream!