Hey, can you help me move a piano?

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Years before the digital revolution where lightweight, portable electronic keyboards are now common, many of us have had large, and very heavy pianos in our house.

There was no way they could be moved by one individual, so the plea was made to family and friends for help.

I thought about this “getting help from friends” request  because I’ve run into several people lately that have been going through some very difficult, heavy times and when I’ve talked further with them about their experiences, they’ve commented back to me that they are not really close to anyone.  In the midst of being emotionally overwhelmed, they are having to make sense of a very difficult situation on their own.   I feel for them.  Not surprising to me is that each of the people I’ve talked to have been men.  Quite typically, as guys, we just have this “isolate ourselves from others” mentality.  It’s really not a good thing

Guys, that kind of mindset might work in the short-term, actually for years.  However, eventually, there will come a time of crisis where the load is just too heavy to handle on our own.  I’m mentioning this now  in hopes that if you are reading this post and  have no one else in your life that you can be utterly transparent with, I want to strongly encourage you to take a step of faith and try to connect with some other person, of the same gender and have someone to walk through life with you.

Over this past year, I’ve mentioned to you often in posts that I’ve created an app that is meant to not only help you identify your own personal goals,  but also in this app, there is a very cool feature.  It’s a dashboard that allows you to text or e-mail  a friend in a snapshot kind of way how you are doing in all the areas of your responsibilities.

I have used this Dashboard so often with others and found it to be incredibly helpful.   And when I see a “red” area in a friend’s text, we deal with it.   That’s what friends do for each other, right!

If you have been doing life alone, or you understand that a close friend of yours has been doing the “isolate” thing, let me encourage you to try this app.  Do it with a friend.

For less than a Starbucks special coffee, I truly believe you will not regret the cost of using this resource to help you and a friend share in the heavy lifting of life.

To check out the app:

You can visit  either the App Store (for IPhones)     https://appsto.re/us/ejC7fb.I

Google Play Store- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.FoundationsLifeCoach.Foundations&hl=en ;
www.foundationslifecoach.com

 

 

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“Are you really giving your ….?”

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One of the fascinating things I enjoy about being a reader is the common things that tend to surface.  For instance, hard work, having a “serving others first” mentality,  and perseverance are just some that come to mind.
Another great lesson that is often seen in great leadership is to emphasize focusing on the job at hand (our responsibilities), rather than on results.  Too often, whether it’s on a sports team, or a business there can be such a focus on short-term results that excellence and long term health are sacrificed, often at great peril. Do the right thing–today!
With that in mind, I love this quote from John Wooden, hall of fame coach with UCLA’s men’s basketball program:
“STRIVE to always  bring a winning  attitude and steady effort to practice and competition. Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result  of self-satisfaction in knowing  you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming”.
Get the idea here?  If you are doing all you are capable of doing, what more can be expected of you?  Regardless of what others might think, you have the peaceful satisfaction of knowing you gave it your all.   The challenge for each of us though is, are we giving it our all?   Are you really giving your best to become the best you ?
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As a help to being your best, please check out my Life Management App and consider using it with a friend:

You can visit either the App Store (for IPhones) Foundations Life Management app for IPhone devices

https://appsto.re/us/ejC7fb.I

or go to the Google Play Store- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.FoundationsLifeCoach.Foundations&hl=en

Giving your best, but “are you playing for Him?”

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I’ve written a lot of posts over the years – over a thousand.  But I’m really excited about this one.  There’s a sweetness in my heart as I think about writing this post. (I was holding back the tears before it was all done).

This message is about vision and perspective. It’s about re-looking at the way you live your life and your motivation.

Readers of my blog know that my posts often deal with being intentional about striving for excellence in all seven areas of responsibilities. I believe that if a person does, they will generally be happier and more successful than those who don’t .  My Balance Sheet

In a similar way, I believe any person who is faithful, honest, hard-working, and exercises self-control will tend to have a more orderly life with generally less problems than someone who tends not to be faithful or trustworthy, and is selfish, lazy, irresponsible, and is not self-controlled.  Mind you, everyone has their difficulties, but a person who tries to be kind and think of others first will tend to not bring more troubles upon themselves than a person who only concerns himself with his own needs (and wants).  Wouldn’t you agree?

So, with that said, I believe that anyone will benefit from striving for excellence in all these seven areas of responsibilities.  I believe when you are at your best, you will bring others happiness, as well as yourself. But, hear me out as I go on.  But, even when we are at our very best, in and of ourselves, we are never good enough to come to God on our own merits.  We are just too mired in the stain of our selfish and sinful ways to come into the presence of a holy God.

Thankfully, God solved the problem by amazingly giving us His best.  He gave us His Son, Jesus Christ to live a perfect life on earth, then go to a place of judgement (a cross) to die in our place.  Through His sacrificial death, He has reconciled all who will receive this free gift of His kindness.

Now, as an expression of gratefulness to God for all He has done for us and empowered by His Spirit, we can do good works.  So, just to really make this clear,  as believers in our Savior, Jesus Christ, we now desire to do good things,  not to earn His favor, which we can never do, but as an expression of our gratitude for what He has already done for us.

In a similar way to doing good works, I want to encourage you with this rallying cry to strive for excellence in all seven areas of responsibility, but not so that you can boast about how good of a person you are, but as a gift back to God for His transforming work in your life.

As passionately as I can and out of a humble heart filled with gratitude, I want to come to Him and present my life to Him in hopes I have represented Him well. Like the little drummer boy, I want to be motivated to come to Him and honor Him by “playing my best for Him”.

Let me encourage you  (even dare you)  to find a quiet place this day, and with this post in mind, consider how you are doing in the seven areas of your responsibilities and how you can be better. After all, don’t you want to be your best, so that can present your best to Him?


As a further help to accepting responsibility for all the areas of your responsibilities (and building close relationships as you do), check out this new App I’ve created:

You can visit  either the App Store (for IPhones)     Foundations Life Management app for IPhone devices

https://appsto.re/us/ejC7fb.I

or go to the Google Play Store- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.FoundationsLifeCoach.Foundations&hl=en

 

 

How good-looking are you?

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I want you to be successful. I want you to experience a deep satisfaction in your life.  That is what my blog is all about.  It’s about encouraging you to strive for excellence in all the areas of your responsibilities.

 

One of the areas of responsibility I want to address today is Personal Health.   When I’m thinking of Personal Health I’m thinking pretty broadly.  I’m thinking of the following categories:

Rest

Exercise

Enjoyment

Diet

Emotional Health

Relationships

Stress

All of these areas, in some large or small way influence our health and deserve our attention.  One other area that I’m going to now add to this list is our Appearance.

 

Our Appearance is an indicator of how we are feeling about ourselves. For example, when we feel sick, we don’t really care what we look like, right?   However, when we are feeling good health-wise and about ourselves, we take the extra time to make sure our clothes match and fit right. We wash our face. We comb our hair. We put on cologne/perfume. We present our self well. We have energy and confidence (all good things that contribute to our success).

 

As an illustration to further my point, think of a famous chef. When he prepares a meal, he is very careful mixing in all the correct ingredients to make his signature meal. But the chef doesn’t stop there. The chef is also careful to present his special dish in an attractive way. The chef knows that appearance matters.

 

A high-quality standard of our Appearance matters and can impact our success. Sure, there are those exceptions, where a person is so fantastic in what they do that they can break with cultural norms and appear however they want. These people are aware that others are willing to overlook their unconventional appearance because they need what they can offer.

 

But this situation is not normal. For the majority of us, how we come across to others, matters.

 

For example, picture yourself about to go on a job interview and you are wearing wrinkled and dirty clothes.  In addition, your hair is a mess and you have not brushed your teeth (leading to bad breath) in many days. If you were the interviewer and a person came in like this, what would be your first impression of this person?  Would they instill confidence to you?  I don’t think so. I’m sure you would think to yourself that there are others that you should consider for the job before this person.

 

So, a question for you today, “What does your appearance convey to others?”

 

Why not remove all distractions for others as you appear before them, so that you can present your many strengths?  I believe by taking time to appear before others in a fine-mannered way (Not over the top, so that this extreme also becomes a distraction), you will open doors for opportunity and success.

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As a further help to accepting responsibility for all the areas of your responsibilities (and building close relationships as you do), check out this new App I’ve created:

You can visit  either the App Store (for IPhones)     Foundations Life Management app for IPhone devices

https://appsto.re/us/ejC7fb.I

 

or go to the Google Play Store- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.FoundationsLifeCoach.Foundations&hl=en

 

Migrating birds and New Year’s Resolutions

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Like the yearly migration of birds flying south for the winter, so it is at the end of December with people making their New Year’s Resolutions.  It’s going to happen!  People can envision their lives turning out different in their future.migrating-geese

 

However, although so many people have good intentions, the reality is that most will not experience success in meeting their resolutions.  The adjustments necessary to accomplish their goals are just too hard to overcome making a  change in their habits.

Well, recently, I’ve gotten an approval from Apple on an APP that I believe can help you this year.

First of all, it allows you to record your own long-term resolutions AND the short-term goals necessary to experience success.  Then, using the colorful Dashboard screen you can easily monitor your progress.

In addition, rarely is success ever achieved by just an individual’s own efforts–people need support from others.   With your progress in mind,  on the Dashboard screen, you can text your results to a friend for encouragement, accountability, and support,  so that you will have a better chance of accomplishing those resolutions that are most meaningful to you.

There is a minimal $2.99 cost to the app, but please keep in mind, for less than one fancy coffee drink or hamburger sandwich, you can find positive help.

You can visit  either the App Store (for IPhones)     Foundations Life Management app for Iphone devices
https://appsto.re/us/ejC7fb.i

or go to the Google Play Store (for Android devices) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.FoundationsLifeCoach.Foundations&hl=en 

 

This year, take charge of your life: get the app, find a friend to come along side you, and experience a year of fulfilling your New Year’s Resolutions!

 

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This year: the Giver or the gift ?

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Recently, I was sitting on the beach in Ft. Myers, Florida enjoying a beautiful sunny day.  I was admiring the vastness of the gulf in front of me, the splendor of the sandy beach, and feeling the warmth of the sun’s rays upon me.  It was really breathtaking.  My awareness of this awesome scene in front of me led me right away to giving thanks to Almighty God. His creations are truly awe-inspiring.florida-beach

What was interesting about this experience was that as I was marveling at all the sites around me, I looked at many people walking on the beach, many with their heads down.  I thought to myself, “I wonder how many people right now are really enjoying all that is around them.”  I also thought  “I wonder how many are expressing gratitude to a living and loving God who made this all?”

I also got to thinking (I think alot), “what would God be thinking of us, who so often are so unaware and unappreciative for all the good gifts He provides?”

It was a very convicting thought as I recognized how much more grateful I could be toward the Giver of all good gifts.

Shortly after all these thoughts, I got to thinking about Christmas-time and purposed in my heart that beyond any gifts that I might receive, I want to be much more focused on the giver behind those gifts.

Let me encourage you (as I need to be reminded) to not assume you deserve anything in life, let alone during these holidays.  Make the frequent effort to be grateful for all you have and the generosity of others (and God) for all that is bestowed upon you.

Enjoy the holiday season.

Oh, and if I haven’t communicated to you yet about this:  I am really grateful for the completion of a new Life Management APP (and for those who helped in its development):

I think it will be helpful for a lot of people. There is a $2.99 cost to it, but please keep in mind, there is also a cost we pay when we neglect being intentional about striving for excellence in all areas of our responsibilities. Check it out when you can. You can visit either the App Store– Foundations Life Management app for Iphone devices https://appsto.re/us/ejC7fb.i or go to the Google Play Store (for Android devices in the Health & Fitness category) to find Foundations Life Management and look for the Foundations logo

Are you wanting more Balance in your life, here’s an app to help

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I’m excited.

As readers of this blog know, I am all about managing my life’s responsibilities and helping others understand the benefit of having this focus as well.

With the help of many people, I’ve created an app that will help you with your life management.  It can be fun and effective AND is something you can do with a close friend .

There is a cost to it, but please keep in mind, there is also a cost we pay when we neglect being intentional about striving for excellence in all areas of our responsibilities.

You can visit   either the App Store (for IPhones)     Foundations Life Management app for Iphone devices
https://appsto.re/us/ejC7fb.i

or go to the Google Play Store (for Android devices in the Health & Fitness category) to find Foundations Life Management and look for the Foundations logo
Enjoy!