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Life

The eye of the storm…

By | Life, Motivation

You’ve heard about the eye of the storm being calm, right? It’s hard to imagine any part of a hurricane being calm. I always think about that when life gets crazy. There are times in life that it feels like everything around you is going crazy. If you aren’t careful you will allow everything going on to stress you. It will cave in on you and suffocate you. You’ll be angry. You’ll say stuff you don’t mean. You’ll lose yourself. But if you remain peaceful, the storm around you won’t change you.

In tough times I have to ask myself tough questions. What does it benefit me to stress? What does it benefit me to walk around upset? What does it benefit me to isolate myself from friends and family? There are no benefits to stress and worry. It steals from your energy and it makes your situation worse. On the other hand, if you’re at peace you will attract more peace. Your smile will attract more smiles. Your laughter will make others laugh. With your head up and a smile on your face you will attract blessings. Your demeanor will confuse the enemy and you’ll survive the storm.

There are always lessons that you can’t overlook. Pay attention to anything you may have done to cause this storm in your life. If it’s not of your doing, learn from it anyways. Let the storms in life make you wiser. Don’t go through a tough time just to go through it.

How many storms have you gone through in life? You’re still standing. This too shall pass. Embrace the struggle and keep going.

Blessings,

Tony G.

Consistency…

By | Faith, Life, Motivation

The one thing we lack as humans is the ability to be consistent. The humans who can be consistent are not normal anymore. They’ve elevated to another level of living. We all visit that place at least once, but it’s easier to get there than it is to stay there. Consistency is not common and it does the uncommon in your life.

What do you need to be consistent at? Think on the things you need to be consistent at. Write them down. Make a plan of action and then stick to it. If you can be consistent at anything it will change your life drastically. Every week I see someone “make it.” Rarely are the individuals exceptionally talented. It’s normally the result of a relentless pursuit of their goals. It’s baffling to see less talented people make it while very talented people wonder through life. I’ve suffered from a lack of consistency all my life. It’s not easy. But when I finally was consistent at the things that mattered, my life changed. Now I’m identifying other areas that I need to be consistent in and I’m working on those areas.

Consistency will change your life. You may not be the best. You may not be the smartest. You may not have the most of anything in life, but if you are consistent you will see changes.

Make it a point to be consistent in your life and your life will never be the same.

Blessings,

Tony G.

A Servant's Heart…

By | Life, Motivation

I do customer service for my company and it’s so humbling. It helps me understand what people in the service industry go through. I really respect the people who had to deal with me in my past when I would go-off on the customer service rep. Not understanding they have nothing to do with the company or the product, but they have to get the brunt of everyone’s frustration. Many of us take our life’s frustration out on the customer service reps. When we’re mad with the government, customer service can take it. When we’re mad with the boss, customer service can take it. When we’re mad with our spouse, customer service can take it. Any problems we’re having, we give them to the customer service rep. It’s been amusing and upsetting handling the customer service department for my company. People write in with demands, threats, false accusations, and everything else. They write in as if they are the only person emailing in. They want the entire world to stop and serve their needs. It’s hilarious and it makes me mad all at the same time. Some time back I would forget that I’m customer service and I would respond as an entitled CEO, but under the name of my customer service rep. I really damaged my company a few times because I had to rip some folks. Then after I rip them, all of a sudden they are shocked and appalled at how they are being handled not realizing that I just gave them back what they gave me.

They thought they could write in and go off on the assistant and the assistant just take it, and then move on. Maybe that’s what real assistants and customer service people do. Maybe they don’t take it personal. At least I hope they don’t. I’ve learned a lot doing customer service. I do it for the very lessons I’m learning. It has made me humble. It has made me look at life differently. It has helped me understand how many people are struggling in life. It has shown me how many people are hurting and angry and operating from those places. Very rarely does someone write in respectfully, peacefully, and full of grace and understanding. I can count on one hand how many people can keep a level head and nice attitude when the world doesn’t stop for them. I’ve been guilty of handling situations just as most others do. That’s why I put myself through this training.

To be successful, like real success, lasting success, you must be humble. You must have a servant’s heart. Jesus said, the greatest among you is the servant. If you can be humble, you will be exalted. If you can have a servant’s heart, doors will be opened to you. If you can smile after being cursed-out and talked-down to, you’ll be able to achieve anything. To reach the top you must have the heart of the lowly. Your ego will destroy you.

The next time you have an issue with your phone bill, food order, or anything else remember this post. When you speak to the customer service rep, speak how you’d like to be spoken to. Approach it in a cool and calm manner and watch the sea be parted for you. After going through the fire as a customer service rep in my company I began to change my tone when addressing issues with other companies. I noticed the cool, calm, and collected version of myself got a lot more results than the angry and irate version of my past.

A servant carries the burden instead of dumping it on someone else. A servant is the greatest among us. A servant is a leader. A servant is stronger than anyone else. A servant’s heart will take you where ego can’t.

Grow with me as we try to have a servant’s heart in everything we do.

Blessings,

Tony G.

Count it all joy…

By | Faith, Life, Motivation

I’ve been on a mission to choose happiness no matter my circumstances. It changes everything about life when you count the little things that you’d normally overlook. I used to count my money by the thousand, now I count it by the dollar. If you count your money by the dollar then count it by the quarter or the cent. Give abundance to the things you may feel are scarce. I used to count my problems, now I count my blessings. I used to look for an opportunity to get upset, now I look for an opportunity to laugh at something that used to upset me.

I’ve been creating more time instead of feeling overwhelmed and overworked. I breathe deeper and smile bigger. I realize that 24-hours in a day is a very long time. It hit me when I was outside doing soccer drills with my 10-year-old son. We were doing 10 minute increments and those 10 minutes felt like eternity. I felt every bone, every joint, every vein, then every cell in my legs and back. My body was screaming and asking for a break. In that moment I realize just how long a minute is and how every minute is just as long as the one before, and if we use it the right way we can accomplish a lot. Now I see my work time as abundant and my family time as abundant. I realize now that I don’t have to let my work run over into my family time. If I work 2 hours in a day or 8 hours in a day, it’s enough if I’m focused and driven while working.

Everything in life is in abundance if you choose to look at it that way. There is no lack. Even where you feel there is lack, there is abundance around it. What it all boils down to is, if you’re above the ground you’re blessed. Count it all joy, every problem, every setback, and every failure. You’re blessed beyond measure and it will only get better!

Blessings,

Tony G.

Losing friends and offending spectators…

By | Life, Motivation

I want to confirm with you that it’s not you. As you get better in life and grow into who you’re meant to be, you will lose some people along the way. Your fake friends will become offended by your pursuit of greatness and they will distance themselves from you. They will tell others that you think you’re too good for everyone. You can’t worry about that.

In addition to that you will have spectators who watch you from a distance. They will form biased opinions about you without knowing you. They will dislike you for reasons they make up in their minds because your greatness makes them feel less about themselves. You can’t worry about that.

Be careful of both groups of people coming back around after it seems you’ve made it. If they couldn’t be there in the tough times while you were sacrificing everything to become who you needed to be, they don’t deserve to be there in the good times when you’re reaping the harvest of your hard work.

Understand there will be times that it feels like you only have God to turn to and that’s ok. Greatness is not common so you have to be comfortable being uncommon. Keep pressing. It will make sense to all parties involved one day.

Blessings,
Tony G.