Monday, August 25, 2014

Outside my comfort zone!

 Tonight's saying....

 And I LOVE it!!  I have really been stepping out of mine lately!!  I was listening to my "thinking hero", Paul Martinelli, talk about the way you can tell if you are outside your comfort zone... and know what that is?  It is that you will be failing.  You WILL be experiencing failure!  As long as you are not only ASPIRING to be, do and have more, but are actually GOING FOR IT, you will find there are situations in which you will not succeed.  But that failure can actually become a success if you take the lesson learned and use it for growth.

A few areas in which I am taking a big ol step out of my comfort zone.... I will start a mastermind group on September 9 which will meet every Tuesday morning at 9:00, last for one and a half hours, and will go one for about 6 weeks.  I was originally going to hold it for 10 weeks, but I think I am going to try my first one over a shorter period of time.  If you are local, get in touch with me if you think you'd like to be a part of a mastermind group.  

I have accepted two new speaking engagements.  One will be a 1/2 day workshop for an energy company.  And one will be a two hour inspirational gig to fire up some employees to maximize an upcoming busy season! In both cases, I'll be discussing company culture, helping establish values, look at employees' strengths, and help establish a positive mindset for all involved.

I am also doing some personal life coaching, which I didn't know how I'd like, but I am LOVING IT! It is so rewarding to help someone figure out their own answers, which are always found within, by asking good questions.  As it turns out, I just really, really LOVE people.  I doubt that's any new news to any of you Mojoy regulars, though.

Last thing... I am getting geared up for my upcoming fall retreat.  I am definitely planning to have some personal retreat info included with the art projects.  I am also thinking of opening it up for a much larger crew.  If you are out of towners, my home will be available for you to stay in.  If you are local, there will be a cheaper option if you choose to just partake in the activities of the days!  It will be the first weekend of October.  (Yes, Cherry, that means I am out on the Canton trip... but I do not have another available weekend!!)  If you are interested in being a part of the retreat, send me an email.  I'll keep your contact, so I can send you more details as they arise to help you make up your mind.

That all being said.... let's remember, I am a physical therapist!  So, any of this coaching, speaking, training... well that is ALL new to me.  And very exciting!  But outside of my comfort zone, nonetheless.  Are you doing anything to expand YOUR horizons?!  If not, get on it!!  If so, drop me a line and tell me about it!!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Thoughts vs Contemplation. (Mo is shifting into a higher gear tonight!)

So, one of my favorite "thinkers" is Paul Marinelli.  I just love the way he thinks!  And I find that the more I listen to him, his teachings, his live calls, the more I start to think like him.  It's amazing how growth occurs when we just attune our minds and hearts to let it occur.  

I just loaded some of the gazillion quotes that were on my phone for this blog.  This one, well, this one reminds me of something Paul has taught me.  We all have ideas.  And they come to us from God.  Where else would an idea come from?!  He is the ultimate creator, after all. 
So we get this inspired idea.  In the above quote that idea is a person.  Someone you feel an inclination to be particularly compassionate toward.  Hasn't it happened to you?  I've even picked someone up to give them a ride.  That's not common, but when I have the "idea" it is ok, I do it. The word Inspired comes from the words, "In spirit".  And so when the spirit of God moves through us,  we can ignore the idea and let it move right on past us and onto someone else, who will also have the option of acting on it or letting it continue on to the next person, and so on.  OR... we can act on it.  We can make it physical by manifesting it into writing on paper, expressing it aloud in our speech or actually beginning the process of making it a reality.

If you get the inkling tomorrow or this week that someone has been placed on your heart or in your mind and you should do something to make a difference in that person's life, you should act on it!  And just feel how your energy increases.  You are living the life you are called to lead.

Stay tuned tomorrow for another quote.  I think we'll just make it a quote week.  Whatcha think?  And please tell me how you interpret the quotes.  We are all inspired differently.

During one of Paul's recent teachings, he talked about the difference between a thought and contemplation.  A thought is finite.  It has a beginning and an end. You let it whip through your mind, and it is gone, and you are onto the next thought.  For instance, you read the quote below and say, "ooh, I like that."  and you're done with it.

Contemplation means you dissect it.  You take each line and let it resonate in your mind.  And you let one thought lead to the next.  You stay with it for awhile. For instance, when I reread the quote, I realized I had totally missed the last line.  "Somebody needs what you have."  There's quite a bit of depth in just THAT!  What is it that makes you unique?  What can you give that noone else is uniquely gifted to provide?  And who comes to mind who needs you in their life?  Love is the most powerful emotion there is.  Let it flow through you this week.

Give me some of your examples as they present themselves!!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Last night at the beach

So, I knew I'd be going to the John Maxwell event, and I had told my kiddos that I'd take them with me to Orlando.  As the time got closer, I realized that the undertaking of kids on this trip, where I was supposed to really be networking, thinking and expanding my mind, would be pretty arduous!  And so...
The second to last weekend of the summer, we packed up and hit the road.  I made it up to them by taking them to the beach for a last hurrah!
And of course, I let them take their bestie, Madi, for 24 hour entertainment!
I also asked my friend, Suzy, to go with me, as well as a fairly new friend, Stephanie.
We hit all the fave hangouts, like here, at Tacky Jacks.  It' a dive.  And it is awesome!
I picked out shirts for my nephews, of course, having to take pics and send them to them for their approval.

And for whatever reason, these also reminded me of a college dude.  Did y'all know that Hunter is in college?  Yep!  He is getting some sort of degree in chemical something or another.  It's an associates degree, but he can get a really good job at a local plant, and this still allows him time to hunt and fish, which is what he really, really loves to do!
For the record, both he and Hayden are working at Melanie Massey Physical Therapy these days.
The above, if you can play it, is some sort of story telling situation, with Gabbi holding a stick.
And the above?!  Well... that is me with some seriously cray cray hair!!  And Stephanie had never seen my party trick.  I had to show her.
Suzy had two boys, so I am not sure she knew how to act with all these girlies all over the place.
Especially, when they are all hyped up on smoothies!!
This is quite a different scene than earlier in the summer.  I LOVE when the season starts to slow down and the pools are sparse, and things are just sort of chill.
Somehow or another I am going to have to get Todd the Bod to take me back there in the fall.  When we can just sip coffee on the balcony, swing on the boardwalk swing in the evening, and go out for a little walk on the beach in the evening.  (Am I 85?!)  My how things change as we get older!!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

John Maxwell event. Yep. MORE!

Remember my telling you that there were people from all over the world at this event?!  Well, this is Tosin.  I think she was from Lagos, or Logos?!   Or maybe I have her mixed up with where someone else was from.  I'm just being honest here.
And this is Scott Fay.  He is a member of the teaching team.  His family and John's families have been friends for a long time.
This is when John had us watch the movie, Braveheart.  It was so explicitly leadership at its finest.  I LOVE when we do this as a group.  Makes you really think deeply about something that perhaps you wouldn't have contemplated as deeply without the group in the room.

Would you believe there was a popcorn popper and there was all sorts of boxes of movie candy on the tables?  I thought the touch was priceless!!  In fact, I intend to watch this same movie Friday night with my team.  Any of my crew who wants to come over, I am inviting to watch on the big screen, and then discuss as we did in Orlando.
We've kinda gotten nerdy!  When we get together on the weekends, our conversations sort of migrate toward leadership and personal growth.  Nothing like getting together for a few beers and some self awareness!  I LOVE it!

This is the book table, at which I spent a fortune!
John signed as many books as you could carry to him, and even personalized each one.  So, I had a lot of folks I wanted to have a book from him!

I'll be starting my first Mastermind Group on September 9th in West Monroe.  I intend to have about 10 people in the group, and I want it to be growth oriented people.  We will be doing a study of the 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.  And I will lead and facilitate the discussion.

I invite anyone who is reading this, and is local to call and inquire about the class.  I almost want to offer a money back guarantee to anyone who does not feel they get their money's worth!!  It will be 10 weeks, and we will meet each Tuesday morning for an hour and a half.
I'm looking for folks who are entrepreneurial at heart, desiring to learn more about servant leadership and how to build influence, and how to generally improve the culture of the business they currently lead or are a part of.

This is one of the day's agendas while I was at the live event.  Now THAT is a full day!!
This is John signing books.  He did this for over an hour
And he did this back to back days.
He is also signing 15,000 of his newest book coming out in October, called, "Good Leaders ask Great Questions". The first opportunity to own this book will be at our L2 Simulcast being hosted in West Monroe.  If you are interested, go check out our FB page, L2 Simulcast Northeast Louisiana.  On there, there will be eventually, details of the event, and if you order your ticket before September 15, you can save $20.
The first time I ever heard John Maxwell speak was at a church, on a jumbotron, while he was leading and speaking at a Live Simulcast.  And the rest is history.  I was a F.A.N.!
See all those books up there? !  Yeah, those are mine!  Well, technically, they belong to my leadership team at MMPT, and they are all signed by JM!
When I got to day two of the event, I realized I was supposed to have a five minute speech prepared to share with my table.  WEllllll, I didn't have one!!  AND.. you were pretty much supposed to have it memorized and all that jazz.  I didn't even have one written!  I decided to start my speech, "I LIVE IN HIGH FAVOR!"  I told the story of Jake and getting my girls, and all things working together for the good.... and I ended it with, "see?  I LIVE IN HIGH FAVOR!"

And to further prove i believe that.... there were about 800 people at this event.  We had assigned seating.  And would you just look up there at where my seat was!!  I was front row JOE!  As the speakers spoke, they scanned the room and made direct eye contact with me.  What can I say?  "And he will direct your path"!  He directed mine right up to that front row, yo!
There it was.  Confirmation.
See how cool.... this one is for Suzy's son, Kirk, who was recently engaged.  This is a wedding gift for him.  Becoming a Person of Influence can be in a career or in a marriage!!  I hope he likes it.
This is "uncle Ralph".  He was my neighbor at my table, and is from Maryland. He preached for a long, long time, but is now called to speak and coach.
I'll never get all these names right, but I know that none of them are from America, originally.  They all still live abroad, other then the third one from the left.  She is now in North Carolina.
And wouldn't you know that God put me at the table with this guy!  His name is Orange.  He was just in the Phillipines where he fell head over heels in love with a little baby at an orphanage.  He signed the paperwork and will soon be dad to Jacob!  He was admitting to us that he would have NEVER believed that adoption was the course for him.  BUT, when he saw Jacob, he just knew.
I was able to tell him all about some hurdles and mainly ALLLLLLL the blessings that come with being an adoptive parent.  It was a good match for sure.
Ya know, nothing happens as a coincidence, so I knew I was meant to be at the table with these very people!  Lola on the left was just a big ol ball of positive energy!!  We had a great group.  I already can't wait for next year!!  Thanks for indulging me with yet another post on the JMT live event!!  I think I am officially out of pictures now, so... well... we'll just have to see what comes next!!


Friday, August 15, 2014

More of my John Maxwell weekend!

I am going to let you all in on a little more of the JMT action!  It is very important to Paul Martinelli, the JMT pres that the ENERGY of the room is high and inviting.  Soooo... this is how the alumni of the team welcome the newbies. 
 Everyone is assigned a table when they arrive, with the number stuck on their nametag.  There are eight people at each table, and the alumni are the ones responsible for finding those who are trying to find their tables.  Thus, the waving of the numbers in the air.
 I am not sure why I took so many selfies, but here's another one.  Ha.
 Another privilege of mentorship was to walk out between sessions and to be TOTALLY shocked to see these banners in the foyer of the convention area.
 Seriously.  I was shocked!

 There were several hundred returning JMT members, and each one of us were asked to submit a photo and a quote, however we were not told why we needed to send it.
 I took some pics of a few of the quotes submitted by other members.

 I didn't meet Brian, but thought it was cool that he was a Massey.  Even cooler was that this was his quote, "Where there is no vision, the people will perish.  Prov. 29:18" .  I like that one a lot.
 ANd this guy was one of my favorite dudes at the event.  I actually endeavored to meet him, remembering his very inspiring speech from last year, and would you believe he was the very first person I ran into when I went down to registration.  I  am quite certain that was not a coincidence.  His quote says, "Greatness cannot be locked up!".  True dat!
 To try and give you an idea of the magnitude of the foyer area, here is a long view.
 And then, we all gathered again to listen to the wisdom of 60 years or so of ministry and learning.
 If you follow me on Facebook, you know that these were my two table numbers that day.  I LOVE that they were both 11's.  I was so affirmed of my need to be there that weekend.
 Need a little more inspiration?!

 SO think about it... you are asked to submit one quote... what would it be?!  REALLY... I want to know.  Leave me a message in comments so I can know what resonates with you.  I like, "I live in HIGH FAVOR" too!
 Every time Todd would send me a photo of himself in Wisconsin, I'd reciprocate with one of me in Orlando.  Maybe it's our love language?!  Selfie talk!

 The mentors were invited to come in bright and early Saturday morning to get a behind the scenes view of the set up and strategy behind the event.  Those flags were ironed at 2:30 am when the event coordinator saw that they were wrinkly when she went down at 1:30 am to check the room. They epitomize attention to detail at this event.  One of John Maxwell's five strengths is "maximizer" (as is mine, just sayin!), which basically means he likes things to be excellent.  Par is GREAT!  He likes to take things that are good and make them GREAT!  So. At his event, details are everything!  And I can so appreciate that way of thinking!
Below is our mentorship team, circling the area we would be in for the next three days to pray over and around it.  This was inspired by the book The Circle Maker.

 And then Paul took the stage, and things got HOPPIN'!  He is a barrel of energy.  I hope people think that about me!  It is so inspiring and contagious.
 And this is my buddy, Amy, who was my fellow alumnus at Table 65.  She runs a PBS station in Charlotte, North Carolina and has won SIX Emmys.  So, how bout them apples?!  It was really fun getting to know people who were strangers, but who are now friends, from all over the world.  And particularly because these were like-minded people, there to learn and grow and go out excited and fired up and ready to change the world.
You might think I exaggerate.  But, trust me... there wasn't a person in that room who is now not thinking that transformation is necessary and can only occur one person/ relationship at a time, and it is our/ MY responsibility to get it started!  Can you tell I LOVED the weekend?!

So... what would your one quote be?!  Get in the game!