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Shaquem The Dream

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAN 01 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - UCF v Auburn

This weekend we witnessed the 82nd NFL Draft. I have personally been a witness to many of these over the years, being that I have been a fan for many years. But what precipitated this Gladiator event, complete with personalities, speed, and finesse?

It was the 1935 bidding war for a popular player named, Stan Kostka, a running back, who led the Minnesota Gophers to an undefeated season and became the salivation of every NFL team. After holding out for the most lucrative offer, the team from Brooklyn New York signed Stan for $5,000 dollars. The Draft was created to cut down on the creative ways of landing players the following year.

There have been a plethora of players, Hall of famers, MVP’s, skilled, and talented players drafted in the 82 years of the draft. This week, Shaquem “the dream” Griffin, proved to all of us, “It’s never too late to be what you might have become.” The 141st pick by the Seattle Seahawks, helped me rekindle my passion for the game that I enjoy so much.

Shaquem’s 20 reps on the 225 pound bench press and 40 yard dash in 4.38 seconds, the fastest by a Linebacker in 15 years, became the best draft choice of our generation. Our draft choice, who with one hand, taught us that determination, desire, and passion, are not defined by physical makeup but by heart. Chuck Swindoll, said it best, “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, 90% of how I respond to it.”

Born just less than two-minutes after his twin brother, Shaquem has proven that not even Amniotic Band Syndrome could impact the heart and soul of a man determined to rise. My favorite pick in the 2018 NFL Draft at number 141, Shaquem Griffin! No protest, no arrest, no domestic violence, no drugs, no drama, just a great kid, with a great heart.

The inspirational story of the year is Shaquem The Dream Griffin. You inspire us all to be better! Keep standing on the Rock!!

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Greatness Doesn’t Start Great

bjw_chair_wordpress2.jpgA great friend of mine made a statement to me a few years ago, that “Greatness starts somewhere but it doesn’t start great.” Great can be defined as unusual or considerable in degree, power or intensity. My thesaurus defines great as abundant, bulky, or colossal. Les Brown one of the world’s greatest speakers, inspires speakers with the admonishment, “You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great!”

The starting point of any great endeavor, is getting started. I believe in the beginning point of any project or goal. The energy and passion to launch out into the unknown, distinguishes those that achieve from those that simply, wish.

Steve Harvey in his “after the show” empowerment session, roused his audience with an inspirational talk about taking the leap. You might be scared, you might be unsure, you may have even failed in the past, but you have to take the leap. The jump into the abyss of the unknown, separates the successful from the doomed to fail; the average from the above average.

That’s why you can never allow someone put a label on you, labels have limitations. You were created with greatness in the mind of your Creator. In fact, “the potency of your potential is so great, God had to give you eternal life to realize it.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, didn’t start great; the Wright Brothers didn’t start great; Lucille Ball didn’t start great; And Helen Keller didn’t start great. Greatness started somewhere, but it didn’t start great. So remember, the dream is not too big! And your not crazy for thinking like that. The promise, the potential, and the potency of your dreams will be a reality in your future.

So, live out of your imagination instead of your memory and keep standing on the Rock!!

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Coaching Tips 101

training-and-coachingIn the world of coaching, a one size fits all mentality is not always correct. Every player or student has perhaps a unique way to be coached that is not common to everyone else. Seeing yourself as a resource for other people’s success, is part of the strategical purpose of coaching. It’s helping others to come into their own.

The legendary Bruins coach John Wooden, was known for reciting a seven-point creed for life, he said he received from his  father:

  1. Be true to yourself; 2. Make each day your masterpiece; 3. Help others; 4. Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible; 5. Make friendship a fine art; 6. Build a shelter against rainy days; 7. Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

If you work with people, you’ve probably come to realize that not all people are the same. Because their not, you coach to bring out the best in that person as someone unique. Remember this, “Greatness starts somewhere but it doesn’t start great.”

My coaching business is designed to bring the best you to the path of your destiny. The power for life change is not found in the coach, but in the person who desires to take control of their life and to be accountable. This life transforming power comes from the individual who wants a life change, which is an inside job.

The word “coach” derives from the horse drawn coaches that were developed in the town of Kocs during the 15th century. The vehicles were originally used to transport royalty, but in time they also carried valuables, mail, and common passengers.

A Coach remains something or someone, who carries a valued person from where they are to where they want to be.

Here’s my tips: 1. We’re better together; 2. “Nobody is a whole chain, each one is a link.” 3. Nobody is a whole team; 4. Nobody is a whole Orchestra.

To help people win is a great mission in life. Zig Ziglar inspired us to remember, “We can have anything in life we want, if we’ll help enough people get what they want.” My Coach and Mentor, John C. Maxwell, instilled in us all, “We’re people of value, who value people.”

You have within you the power to win!

So, Keep standing on the Rock and winning!

 
 

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‘The size of your dream may be the most

‘The size of your dream may be the most accurate measure of the size of your God.’

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Everything is fitting together into a plan

Everything is fitting together into a plan, and God is working the plan, even when it looks like nothing is working.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Repent of small dreams………

Repent of small dreams………

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Harvey and Irma

harvey and IrmaWhat we now know: A solar Eclipse occurred on August 21st, 2017, an event that was described as the “Great American Eclipse.” It was the last total solar eclipse since February 26th, 1979. Scientists have predicted that the next total eclipse in the US will be April 8th, 2024. Wow! The weather prognosticators have been spot on when it comes to predictable weather patterns.

The Gurus of hurricane tracking and predictability, have kept you and I updated on the latest and most powerful hurricanes to visit our generation. Texans and Floridians have braced themselves for two of the most horrific storms to ever pass our way, Harvey and Irma. The National Weather Service has been vehemently urging people to take cover.

In the wake of Irma’s diabolical journey toward the US, I must say, she is not welcome here! Since the start of hurricane season, so far, we have had eight hurricanes baring down on us from all over the place. As well as earthquakes that have caused significant damage as well.

The best story line in the midst of all the atmospheric chaos, is the story Harvey and Irma Schluter, who have been married for 75 years! He is 104 and Irma will turn 93 in November.  The Schluters have been retired for many years, and happily retired I might add. Given the ferocity of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in 2017, this will probably be the first and last time the names appear in tandem.  And that is absolutely perfect with me!

To the Bride and Groom, Harvey and Irma, enjoy your twilight, as we enjoy the daylight and better weather conditions. We give thanks that we are still Standing on the Rock!

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2017 in Uncategorized