Friday, February 28, 2020

How To Get "Good Luck"

I guess I've heard it for most of my life. People that look at others that are more successful than they and the less-successful person states that the other has acquired their success by luck.

Many times, the less-successful use this as a way to try to make themselves feel better ABOUT themselves for their lack of success. So, it is easier to try to "tear down" someone else's success than it is for them to actually do the work necessary to achieve similar success.

Thomas Edison said, "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

Some time ago I did an episode on the idea that OPPORTUNITY does not always knock and that, at times, you must go out and find it. At times it will definitely involve WORK along the way.

Here's a quick bit of advice on this thought: Seek success in the area of something that you enjoy  - something that "cries out" YOU and that "work" will not seem like work at all.

And, as you do so, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Winners Habits

I'm not sure if the above quote was said by Dave Ramsey but I do know that I got this graphic off of one of his Facebook posts that came across my news feed.

Let me start off asking you a question - When you look over that list of things a person might desire to "win at" (starting on line 2), is there anything that YOU would add to that list? What is it that you seek and/or desire?

Whatever it is - whether it is on the list that you see in the graphic or not - it will require good habits that create positive results. It will will require a "winners habit" in order to succeed.

Whatever area you desire success, it is important that you find someone else that has been successful in that area and that you study them. Find out as much as you can about that person and about what they did to develop that success in that area. Yes, study their habits...the habits of a winner.

You've heard the phrase about there being no need to "reinvent the wheel", right? When you decide to study and emulate (copy) the habits of a champion, someone that has experienced success, you eliminate the need to "reinvent the wheel". They have "forged a path" for you to follow if you will only study and pay attention.

I would say that's some good advice found in that graphic that I've shared with you today. What are YOUR thoughts? Please take a moment and stop by my Facebook page (link below) and let me know. Thanks, in advance!

Until next time, whatever you do, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

One Decision Away

As I've mentioned in the podcast and the recent videos, I really want to encourage you to have your "eyes and ears open" to things like this that likely cross your path on a daily basis. Two articles ago I shared a picture that I took of a sign that I came across in an office and, in the last article, an image that I cam across during a recent study. This one? It came across my social media feed from a connection that I have through the John Maxwell program.

Why do I say this? Because again, friend, we all need to absorb as much positive information into our mindset as we can, each and every day. What you put into your mind will determine your mindset and your mindset will determine your direction in and for your life. And, if you're not paying attention, many of these opportunities will pass you by undiscovered and unnoticed.

That is one decision that you can make that, indeed, can and will take your life in a different (and better) direction. 

We all face choices and decisions every day of our lives. Some carry greater "weight" than others but, at the same time, even those "small" choices or decisions may have a greater impact than we might first consider. For example, though you may not think of it this way for now, a simple decision about what you will have for lunch may have such an impact over time. 

How so? Choices, and the decisions that follow, easily turn into habits and habits dictate a lot of things in our lives. In the above example, what you choose to eat for lunch ONE day may not be that big of a deal but, at the same time, if you have made a poor choice health-wise and that choice turns into a habit then...well, I think you can come to that conclusion for yourself.

Going back to a previous article this week, you have a choice to make between mediocrity or excellence. Getting into the habit with either of these will take you down two different directions for your life. ONE decision begins that process.

That doesn't mean that you cannot CHANGE that direction but, the longer that decision goes and the longer it has become a habit, the harder it will be to change the direction of that course. But it can be done!

"As long as there is breath, there is hope!" is a quote that I put together back on March 2, 2009 during my very first podcast. It's a quote that I say in my podcasts nearly every time I record a new episode and it is so important to understand. Every day that you are alive and breathing gives you the OPPORTUNITY to change the direction of your life - no matter how impossible it may seem.

I often use the example of a "jet ski" compared to a tanker ship. They BOTH can be turned around but, obviously, the "jet ski" will be able to do so much quicker, taking up less space and time to do so than the tanker. The tanker CAN still turn around and go in the opposite direction, but it will require much more space, time and energy. 

Think about that and determine - CHOOSE - to pay close attention to the choices that you make on a daily basis!

Often I urge you to be sure to also listen to the podcast and watch the video on the day's topic. LET ME POINT OUT that the reason for me doing so is very evident with this article. I recorded the video two days ago and recorded the podcast a few hours ago. I can promise you that this article takes a different path with totally different ideas and examples than either one of the others.

Why not  - while you are "consuming" this information - make a decision to take advantage of ALL that today's topic has to offer. Why not CHOOSE to access all three "avenues" available to you each and every day?

Until next time, whatever you do, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Mediocrity or Excellence?

"Why choose mediocrity when excellence is an option?"

It may be a bit hard to read in the graphic above but, the gentleman featured is the founder of BNI (Business Network International), Ivan Misner. I'm not sure if the quote that you see in the box next to him is actually his but, he did share that statement in the video from which this screenshot came.

A little side note about BNI. I recently joined this organization in order to help my business. If you are looking for an excellent networking group that focuses on referrals then I strongly encourage you to check this group out. You should be able to find a chapter in your area by doing a search online.

The quote can apply to just about any and every situation whether you are talking about relationships, mindset or the workplace. And, by the way, excellence is ALWAYS an option!

The sad thing is what I found in the following graphic...

That literally makes me shudder because I've seen what seems to be this idea lived out in the flesh! YIKES! For too many, it seems that mediocrity is the "norm" and, friend, that's a horrible way to live and go through life. 

It's kind of like those t-shirts that I saw back several years ago. One would state, "I'm #1 - Why Try Harder?" and another would state, "I'm #3 - Why Try At All?". I believe there are too many in our society that are living the "#3 Lifestyle". 
Listen friend, if you choose to improve your life then you MUST understand the importance of determining that you will - at ALL times - seek excellence and NEVER settle for mediocrity.  

Now, listen, I'm not here to say that my sons always did what I advised them to do when they were still living at home but I tried to give good advice about their jobs when they got old enough to work for others. I would tell them to ALWAYS do more than what was expected out of them and that, if they did so, they would never lack good referrals and they would never lack finding a good job.

Why is that so? Because so many others will do ONLY what is expected of them and, many times, not even that! That have settled for mediocrity and, often, these are also the ones that whine and complain about not getting a raise or better jobs. 

My guess (and hope) is that, if you are reading this article, you are not likely a person that would settle for being mediocre and that you seek excellence. Still, be careful and stay aware because it is possible to allow yourself to settle for less or to settle for mediocrity in those that surround us or even in ourselves. 

ALWAYS seek excellence and, as you do so, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Monday, February 24, 2020

So You're Saying There's A Chance?

Earlier this month I came across this sign in the office of a "weight loss center" and I knew I had to take a picture of that sign. I did post it on my FYU Facebook page (link below) either the same day or the day after but I did not make any comments about it at that time.

But, today, in this article, I want to spend a few minutes discussing what you see in the graphic above. I absolutely LOVE what it has to say to and for each of us.

It doesn't really make a lot of difference if you are talking about weight loss, career choices, relationships or making a shift in mindset, all of these things contain a CHOICE if there is a CHANGE that is desired to take place.

Now, to be honest, deciding that you want to lose some weight and get in better shape is not as risky as someone considering making a completely different change in their career path. But, at the same time, there is a CHOICE that has to be made before the CHANGE can take place, right?

Once you have made the CHOICE - or decision - to make a CHANGE in your life, in any area of your life, then you also have another choice - or decision - that must be made. What will you do with your CHOICE or your DESIRE to make the change?

If you truly desire (how strong is your "why"?) for the change to take place then, friend, you MUST take the CHANCE and take action. 

How important is this desired CHANGE for your life? How important is it for you to reach or obtain that CHANGE for your life? That (your "why") will determine, to a great extent, how determined you will be to reach that goal of CHANGE.

Many are afraid of taking that CHANCE in and for their lives due to their fear of failure. They, themselves are afraid of possible failure and they are often also afraid of what others will think or say if they do fail in this effort. 

Sure, you might temporarily fail or have a set back but, again, how determined are you to achieve this CHANGE in and for your life? Is that temporary failure and set back worth the CHANCE?

ANY change...ANY change first and foremost requires that you CHOOSE to finally do something about whatever it is that you are dissatisfied with in your life and then you MUST determine if you are willing to take the CHANCE required for that CHANGE to actually take place in and for your life.

 The CHOICE is yours and yours alone. And, as you consider the CHANGE that you wish for your life, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Saturday, February 22, 2020

No Such Thing As "Self-Growth"

"There is NO SUCH THING as "SELF -growth"...we grow from what we learn from each other and then what we APPLY from what we learn. 
It is literally IMPOSSIBLE to grow alone!" - Mike Spillman

O.k., let me get this "disclaimer" out of the way, right up front. I am NOT knocking the use of the word, "self-growth" and I am NOT "bashing" those who use the word. Get it? Got it? GOOD!

However, I do want to point out that, in reality, there is NO SUCH THING as "self-growth", as I point out in my quote for the day.

I guess I can best compare this "word" to another phrase you have heard before: "self-made millionaire".  Yeah, there's no such thing as one of those, either, though I think I do understand the general idea behind that descriptive phrase.

My guess is that it refers to someone that has gained wealth but not by inheritance, winning the lottery or any other method in which they "came upon" money that they did not actually earn. So, a "self-made" millionaire would be one that earned their money by starting or developing their own business or organization.

Make sense?

Even then, the person - technically - cannot be "self-made" in that they depended on other people to teach, train, mentor and/or advise them along the way. They had to have others with which to do business and they also had to have others willing to work alongside them.


So it is with the word, "self-growth".

I understand what I believe to be the basic thought behind this word. A person is responsible for doing what is needed to grow and it's not going to be provided by others. They are responsible for this themselves. "Personal development" is another good way to put it.

Hey, listen...NO ONE CAN DO THIS FOR YOU! You have to decide - FOR YOURSELF - that you have a need to grow. YOU, and no one else, must then decide that YOU are going to pursue that need. Again, no one can do this for is up to YOU.

In that way, you could say that it is, indeed, "self-growth" but, friend, you can never do it alone. You must have others to teach, train, mentor and/or advise you along the way. The very fact that you are reading this blog article is proof of what I'm talking about in this area.

I continue to seek out and find new "sources" with thoughts that continue to challenge me along the way. These thoughts by these people help keep me moving.

I'm thankful to those that have provided this source of "fuel" for me along the way and I am thankful for you coming here to get some of that "fuel" for yourself. I'll always do my best to do all that I can to help you along your path of "self-growth" or personal development.

Keep CHOOSING to grow each and every day. And, as you do so, whatever you do, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Friday, February 21, 2020

What Makes YOU Happy?

 "In the midst of "doing more of what makes you happy", perhaps more happiness will come when you do more to bring happiness to others."
Mike Spillman 

What makes you happy?

Hopefully, your answer to that question would be different at age 5 compared to age 35 or 55. But, for some in our society that, although the "object" of their answer may change, their "mindset" remains very similar. In other words, what makes them happy still revolves around THEM.

The "pursuit of happiness" is actually one of three "unalienable rights" listed in the Declaration of Independence so, obviously, there is nothing wrong or immoral about doing just that.

You and I have both heard of (or know of, personally) those who sought or pursued happiness in all kinds of ways only to come back "empty" in more ways than one. Many that have done so express the lack of fulfillment in their pursuit. 

What about you? What - in your experience along your pursuit of happiness - have you found to TRULY bring happiness into reality? Are you still searching?

As my quote suggests, "...perhaps more happiness will come when you do more to bring happiness to others." 

My guess is that you and I have also both heard of or seen others that have expressed this very thought. They have found true happiness by bringing happiness to others, by SERVING others. By taking their eyes - their FOCUS - off of themselves. 

Check that idea out for yourself and let me know what you find. I'd love to hear from you about your journey in this way.

And, as you do so, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Thursday, February 20, 2020

Get Your THINK On!

"The only difference between those who fail and those who succeed is the way  they THINK!"
Mike Spillman

"C'mon, Mike, don't you think you are over-simplifying things a bit with that quote?"

Absolutely not! It really IS that simple, friend! Please be sure to listen to the podcast and watch the video on this topic to get some additional material as I discuss this very important topic. 

I really DO mean to say that the ONLY difference between those who fail and those who succeed is the way that they think. It's their mindset! And, yes, there IS a difference in how "these people" think as compared to the "ordinary person" which, many times, describes you and me. 

I've heard SEVERAL wealthy and successful people say that, if for some misfortune, they were to lose all of their wealth that it would not be that big of a setback. Why? Because they KNOW that they can recover that wealth and, likely, even more. Compare that to most of us if we were to get "wiped out" by some unfortunate event. "WOE IS ME! I'M RUINED AND DOOMED TO DESTITUTION!"

However - and this is important - it IS possible for you and me to CHANGE the way that we think and to IMPROVE our mindset and how we think about things. We DO have the ability to learn how to think about and approach roadblocks, set backs and obstacles that get in our way as we try to achieve our goals and/or dreams. We DO have the ability to develop a "never-give-up" mentality as opposed to a mentality that says, "Give Up" at the very first sign of resistance.

How do you develop such a mindset?

Let me answer that question with a few questions: What do YOU do EACH DAY to make sure that you are absorbing as much POSITIVE information as possible? What and who do you read about so that you can study what that person has done to achieve the success that they may have? What do YOU do on a DAILY basis to "fortify" your mindset and to protect it from the negative influences that we all face every day?

It's like someone saying that they want to get in the best shape of their life and, as part of that, they really want to develop a muscular physique but, at the same time, they are unwilling to do ANY exercise or lean anything about weight training. 

How is YOUR thinking? Do you need to refocus your mindset back to the "what IS" side of the equation and away from the "what ISN'T" side? 

As the graphic states, maybe it's time to "Get Your THINK On!" and, friend, spending time here is just one of the ways to help you in that process. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of that process for you.

Drop by my Facebook page (link below) and let me hear from you. Until then, whatever you do, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

More Than One Day

"Good or bad - Don't base your DECISIONS on just one day." - Mike Spillman

I've heard something very similar to this most - if not all - of my life, haven't you? I usually heard it if I found myself in a situation that was not going well and that I had begun to gripe and complain about. 

It wasn't always a job. I remember this actually going back to when I was in Jr. High and High School in dealing with sports teams. My Dad would tell me to take the time to really think things out before I made a decision as to whether I wanted to continue to play or to quit. 

And, as I continued along my path into college and adulthood, I received this advice several more times. I wanted to quit college after my freshman year but my Mom encouraged me to stay for at least one more year and then decide. I did so and ended up graduating after four years of college. 

"Hey Mike, when you say 'good or bad'...what do you mean by 'GOOD'?"

Believe it or not, it IS possible to make a hasty decision when things are going good! There have been many that have worked for themselves in some sort of "work-from-home-opportunity" that did pretty well pretty quickly and made a hasty decision to quit their "regular" job. Oh, sure, they may not have made the decision in just a day but, at the same time, they did not really give the thought deserved by such a major move.  

This type of approach even goes into someone deciding to make a major purchase simply because their job is going well and they've made some good money. Often this leads to a purchase of an expensive automobile or money spent on exotic vacations. And, often, that person ends up losing that job or that position and they end up broke or almost broke. 

We ALL have "bad days" whether it be in connection to our jobs, our marriages or even other relationships. It's easy - as I talked about earlier this week - to find those that are ready to join you in your frustration and griping. This just makes it "easier" for you to make a hasty (and often costly) decision.

Hey, just think about it for a moment. Let's say that you have begun to focus on what all is WRONG with your spouse and you have become so negative toward them and about them that you begin to consider a divorce. Just like the example in the last paragraph, there will ALWAYS be someone of the opposite sex that is willing (and waiting) to "console" you and lend a supportive ear while you gripe and complain about your spouse and your marriage. And yes, they, too, make it "easier" to make a hasty (and often costly) decision.

So, yes - ABSOLUTELY - do NOT allow the course of ONE DAY (good or bad) cause you to make a hasty decision but, at the same time, don't take the words "one day" too literally in today's quote. 


Maybe that's a better, more accurate way to say it...would you agree?

Thanks for joining me today! Please be sure to also listen to the podcast and to also watch the video (links below) and be sure to stop by my Facebook page (link below) and leave some feedback.

Until next time, whatever you do, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Where Do YOU Live?

"LEARN from the past but don't LIVE in the past." - Mike Spillman

Sometimes I love to just sit and listen to older people talk about the past. Now, yes, I DO understand that "older people" is a relative term but I think you know what I mean, right?  What is "older", you ask? "Older" is simply someone that is OLDER THAN ME!

I remember once, while in college, I traveled with a group of college students to a town in Ohio where we were going to spend a week helping "older people" in different ways. When I found out that visiting a nursing home for the week was available, I jumped on the opportunity! 

I am so thankful that my parents made sure that me and my siblings spent time visiting nursing homes, even if we didn't know any of the people there. I believe it gave me the opportunity - early on - to realize what value these people still had for those that would take the time to sit down and listen. 

Anyway, on this particular trip to Ohio, there was one lady that, honestly, could not remember what you had said to her five minutes before but, when I could get her to talk about growing up she could talk to me for hours - in detail - about events that she experienced along the way. I loved getting to spend time with her and listen to her talk about her past.

But, I also discovered somewhere along the way in my life that there are those that, although they may also remember events in their past with vivid detail, they choose NOT to talk about their past. Why? Because the memories are not pleasant and they would just as soon FORGET those memories.

There are many that, indeed, have LEARNED from past events but have NO DESIRE whatsoever to even THINK about re-living their past. But, on the other hand, there are also many others that still seem to focus all of their attention on the past and long for those days. 

Oh, believe me, there are times that I wish I could go back in time and re-live and re-do some things in my past...especially as a parent. I miss the times that I had with my three boys and, like I said, there are many things I wish I could go back and re-do. But, obviously, I cannot. 

There are many that have had great successes in their past perhaps in the business world in whatever profession that they were in or maybe even in athletic achievements. They continue to think about and share stories about their "glory days" to anyone and everyone that will listen. 

But, there is a difference between the little old lady in the nursing home in Ohio and these people. The little old lady was simply "re-counting" information about those events in her past while this other group of people are still trying to "re-live" them.

Good OR bad memories all bring us to the same place with this. YES, be sure that you LEARN from the past but, friend, don't try to LIVE in the past. 

If you went through some horrible things that have left bad memories then I am sure that you HAVE learned some valuable lessons from those experiences. But friend, do all that you can not to dwell on re-living those bad memories. Yes, get the help that you may need to help you get past that in and for your life, but please do all that you can to stop living  in and through your past. 

And, at the same time, if your memories are good and bring about a sense of pride, that's o.k., too BUT do not continue to try to live in the past or try to RE-LIVE those events. They are in the past, they are gone, never to be re-claimed or re-lived. Enjoy them but understand that you still have so much to offer those around you besides those memories. 

Remember: That period ahead of us that we often call "tomorrow" does not actually exist and neither does that past time period that we call "yesterday". Yesterday no longer exists. That being true (and it is!), all we have is right now and the time that we call TODAY

What memories will you make for yourself today? What memories will your words and actions make for those around you today?

Think about that and always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Monday, February 17, 2020

Focus On...

Yeah, I realize that this is something that I have talked about a lot recently but, this is the quote that I had lined up for today so I want to touch base with it again.

Let's get to's EASY to focus on what ISN'T. It's EASY to focus on what is WRONG. It's EASY to focus on what WE WISH WERE DIFFERENT!

It's EASY because doing so is achieved by taking the path of least resistance. 

Think about it...doing so takes NO DISCIPLINE whatsoever! You already know this to be true, right? The easiest thing to do is gripe and complain about what is WRONG ("what isn't") with your spouse, your friends, your job, your family and your country. And, you know that you have experienced the fact that there are plenty of people ready to join you in this approach. 

The discipline comes in focusing on what IS! Especially if you have been accustomed to always focusing on what ISN'T. It will take a lot of discipline to change your outlook, your perspective and - most importantly - your whole mindset. 

So, friend...the choice is yours. What will YOUR focus be?

When you begin to focus on WHAT IS you soon discover that, indeed, you are blessed.

Hey listen, BE SURE to listen to the podcast and watch the video for some ADDITIONAL material that can only be found there. You'll be glad that you did.

Until next time, whatever you do, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Saturday, February 15, 2020

Can YOU Still "Do It"?

 "Never lose the ability to GET EXCITED about something!" - Mike Spillman

I had a little fun with the title for today's topic. I don't know that I really would want to get into all of the different answers that some of you might come up with as an answer to the title's question. It could be interesting, though!

But, as the quote reveals, I'm asking do you still have the ability to GET EXCITED about something in your life? 

My goodness, after the week's discussion that we have had, how can you NOT get excited? By the way, that's your cue if you have not yet read, listened and/or watched the topics for the week, that you need to do so.

When you consider the fact that adjustment does NOT mean failure and that you DO have the choice about changing the direction that you need to take to reach your goals and dreams - THAT'S SOMETHING TO GET EXCITED ABOUT!

When you consider the fact that it IS possible to change your outlook from that of one that is ungrateful to being one that is THANKFUL then, friend - THAT'S SOMETHING TO GET EXCITED ABOUT!

When you consider the fact that, even if you ARE in a rut, you don't have to STAY in that rut - THAT'S SOMETHING TO GET EXCITED ABOUT!

When you consider the fact that even when you face difficult choices, the very fact that you HAVE choices and decisions to make shows that you are ALIVE and that you are not in a rut - THAT'S SOMETHING TO GET EXCITED ABOUT!

When you consider that fact that EVERY NEW DAY is a day of OPPORTUNITY - THAT'S SOMETHING TO GET EXCITED ABOUT!

And, finally, when you consider the fact that, regardless of your age or your situation in life, you CAN find something to get excited about - THAT'S SOMETHING TO GET EXCITED ABOUT!

Get the point?

Do not allow yourself to be so poisoned by ungratefulness that you fail to see all that is before you for which you have to be THANKFUL

Do not EVER lose your ability to get excited about LIFE!

By the way, it's CONTAGIOUS, so be sure to spread that around as much as you can and, until next time, whatever you do, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Be Thankful for Every New Day

"Every new day is a day of new opportunity. Be thankful for every new day."
 - Mike Spillman

If you didn't see the dates on the articles or if you had no idea what time of the year it was when these articles were published, you MIGHT think it was November and we were about to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday as much as we have talked about "being thankful". 

 But listen, as I talked about in an earlier article this week, we MUST beware the "poison" of being ungrateful! Again, it is EASY to slip into that negative habit and we must all understand that we ALL have SO much for which to be thankful!

Once again I go back to one of my original quotes that I spoke in my very first podcast back on March 2, 2009..."As long as there is breath, there is HOPE!"

Every new day is a day of NEW OPPORTUNITY! As long as you are ALIVE and breathing friend, you have the OPPORTUNITY to change the direction of your life - that is a FACT!
What opportunity lies before you TODAY?

How exciting is it for you to consider that question? You are ALIVE, you have CHOICES that YOU can make! Breathe in the air that gives you life and look for that opportunity TODAY!

One other's also important to EXPRESS that thanks. That's right, say it out loud! You don't have to say it out loud to someone else but, even if you are alone, vocally expressing that thanks tends to "cement" that believe in your life.

I want to THANK YOU for taking the OPPORTUNITY to read today's message. I also want to encourage you to take advantage of the podcast and the video that goes along with today's topic. 

Would you do me a favor? Would you stop by my Facebook page and leave some feedback? I'd really love to hear from you. The link for that page as well as the links for the podcast and video can be found below.

Until next time, whatever you do, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Be Thankful for the Choice

"When you are faced with a tough choice, be thankful because it is a part of life that reminds you that you have a CHOICE and a DECISION about that choice! 
(A great sign that you are not in a rut!) - Mike Spillman

If you haven't read, listened to or watched the information from the last topic, PLEASE be sure to take a moment and do so. Why? Because it is directly connected to today's quote and topic.

In that last article I discussed the fact that when a person is in a rut that they have NO CHOICE as far as their path or their direction. The rut, itself, will dictate that for those that are in that rut. It's the very nature of a rut!

But, even in difficult times that we may find ourselves in from time to time, there is GOOD NEWS! Look at my quote again...yes, even when we are faced with tough choices, we can and should be THANKFUL for the fact that we actually have the ability to MAKE A CHOICE! And, along with that, once we make a CHOICE, we also have the ability to make a DECISION as to whether or not we will follow through or not. 

If you have ever listened to my podcast or watched one of my video's you will likely hear me say, "As long as there is breath, there is hope!" That's the very essence of what we are discussing at this point - your struggle is a sign that YOU ARE ALIVE! Do NOT miss that important point!

Don't miss this point either: The very fact that you have a CHOICE is also a good sign that you are NOT in a rut! Isn't that another thing for which to be thankful?

Thank you for making the choice to be with me today. Please take time to also listen to the podcast and watch the video. You can find the links below and, if you don't mind, also stop by my Facebook page (link below) and leave some feedback. Thanks, in advance!

Be thankful, even for the difficult choices that you face and, as you continue on, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Blind CAN Lead the Blind

 "Remember this: the blind can easily lead the blind in a rut. Why? Because, again, a rut controls your path and direction. That's the very nature of a rut." 

You have likely heard the phrase, "It's like the blind leading the blind", right? Basically, the idea behind that statement is the fact that there is no real direction to that group of people because even the person in front - the leader - is blind. They can't see where they are going.

However, the blind actually CAN lead the blind if they are in a rut! As my quote points out, it's possible simply due to the nature of a rut. There is no need for ANYONE to be able to see where they are going if they are in a rut. The rut controls your path and direction. You have NO CHOICE in your path or your direction. You will always go the way of the rut.

So, here's a key thing to thing about: Who do YOU follow and why?

Just because there is a line of people following someone DOES NOT MEAN ANYTHING!! The person in the "lead" may have simply fallen into that rut and hasn't quite figured out how to get out and, along the way, others have fallen is as well and, GUESS WHAT? They really have no choice where they go or even who they follow. That's the very nature of a rut!

Again, they have NO CHOICE! The RUT will dictate their path!

Who do you follow and why? Are you simply following someone because there seems to be a good sized group doing so? Again, go back and understand that this could also indicate that all of those people - leader included - may be in a rut.

So, first and foremost, you must be careful that you do not "fall into" a rut, friend. It is very easy to do, especially if you really aren't paying attention to where you are going. If you have no focus, no plans on how to reach your goal, you likely will fall into that rut. 

Then what?

Getting out of the rut requires effort and energy. You may fall back down into the rut. You may even need to get someone to help YOU get out of the rut and, in turn, you may need to help THEM out as well!

There is some "food for thought" in that last paragraph. If we can help each other OUT of a rut then we also should be able to help keep each other OUT OF the rut in the first place. Right?

My desire is that I can help you avoid the rut but, even if you happen to slip down into that rut, I also hope that you will quickly get yourself out due to what I share with you here.

Hey, be sure to stop by my Facebook page (link below) and leave some feedback, please. I'd love to hear from you. ALSO, please be sure to listen to the podcast as well as watch the video so that you can get the "full impact" of today's topic. The links for those are also found below. 

Until next time, stay "rutless" my friend and always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Beware the Poison

Poison - if not correctly addressed - WILL kill. The longer a person waits to get the needed treatment, the higher the chance of DEATH.

So it is with the "poison" of being ungrateful. Unchecked, it will KILL a person's self-esteem and attitude. The longer a person waits to get the needed "treatment", the higher the chance of this DEATH to their self-esteem, attitude and, likely, relationships.

Listen, it's EASY to be ungrateful! It's EASY to focus on what is WRONG instead of what is RIGHT in your life. It's EASY to focus on what you DO NOT have instead of what all you DO have.

We seem to be fighting this battle in the United States right now. We have many in our society that whine and complain about everything and also want everything given to them. These people are UNGRATEFUL about what OPPORTUNITY is available to them every single day in our country.

When we allow ourselves to be ungrateful - to drink the poison of ungratefulness - we become a negative person in just about every area of our lives.

Why? How?

It's the same as we have talked about many times before. When we focus on the negative we "dwell" in the area of the negative. Believe me, when we become ungrateful we have started to focus on the negative. We can easily fall into being ungrateful for just about everything in every area of our lives.

It's easy to become ungrateful with your spouse and/or your children. The same is true as it relates to your friends, your co-workers, your job and on and on it goes.

But, you know what? Staying focused and positive which, by the way means that you will be "swimming upstream" against what most other people think and do, IS NOT EASY.

However, it DOES become easier the more you "practice" finding and focusing on what is good. It becomes easier once you become a person of THANKFULNESS.

Be sure to listen to the podcast and watch the video (links below) to get the "full impact" of today's topic and, while you're at it, be sure to drop off at my Facebook page (link below) and leave some feedback. Thanks, in advance!

Until next time, whatever you do, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Monday, February 10, 2020

Failure to Adjust

 'Adjustment does not mean failure.
 Failing to adjust will, many times, bring about failure."
- Mike Spillman 

Sometimes - and I'm not even really sure HOW this happens - we can really get some "strange" ideas, can't we? Especially when it comes to the topic of "failing" or being a "failure".

Here, for example, is one of those "strange ideas" that I've heard others state when it comes to failing or being a failure: The idea that, if you have had to "redirect" your focus or your approach on reaching a particular goal then, you have failed and, thus, you are a failure.


To some extent, it's similar to the idea of someone being an "overnight" sensation in any field. Just because YOU or a large group of people have just now heard of this person does NOT mean that their success has been "overnight". Not by a long shot! The following graphic should help illustrate this point:

In much the same way that people mistakenly believe that someone IS an "overnight sensation" they also often are mistaken in their idea that a person sets out on a "journey" to reach their goal and - BAM! - without any struggles, roadblocks, adjustments or delays, they reach their goal triumphantly and successfully, right on target!

It simply DOES NOT happen that way! 

And, if you are thinking that it is how it will be or should be with and for you then, friend, you WILL be frustrated, disappointed and you likely WILL give up along the way.

Determination and persistence means that you WILL make the necessary adjustments so that you CAN continue toward your goals and/or dreams. ADJUSTMENT DOES NOT MEAN FAILURE!

However, as my quote points out, "FAILURE TO ADJUST will, many times, BRING ABOUT FAILURE." 

Keep that in mind as you continue to move forward and, by all means, make whatever adjustments you need to make that will allow you to continue to get closer to your goals and dreams.

Thanks for joining me today. Please be sure to listen to the podcast and also watch the video that goes along with today's topic. The links are found below.

Until next time, whatever you do, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Saturday, February 8, 2020

Significance or Success?

A person of SIGNIFICANCE is always a SUCCESS. 
However, a SUCCESSFUL person is not always SIGNIFICANT.

I don't remember exactly WHERE this came from - book or video - but I do know that it was inspired by something from John C. Maxwell that I came across with my studies. 
Be sure to read all the way through the article before you make a judgement and also be sure to listen to the podcast and watch the video. The links are all found below this article.

There are MANY so-called "successful" people in our world and, really, those designations vary depending on who it is that is discussing that person. When you really think about it (or at least the way I think about it), a person can actually be "successful" in whatever area they excel in but, does that necessarily make them a success? 

Define success. Yes, we could go to the dictionary but different people have their own definition of that word. What is it that makes one a success?

Is it the fact that they have built a business that has remarkable financial success? Is it the fact that someone has moved up through "the ranks" of a company to land at a "high level" of management? Is it the fact that a person can score a lot of baskets in basketball or excel on the football field? Is it the fact that a person can score a lot of goals in a hockey game? Is it the fact that this person has been instrumental in bringing a number of championships to themselves or the team for which they play? Is it the fact that a person has won a lot of awards due to movies in which they have starred?

Some would say "yes" and, again, I would say that they may be successful in their field but that does NOT mean that they are, truly, a success. 

I do know that this does not mean that they are SIGNIFICANT.

A person can be significant and, for the most part, be totally "unknown" as far as the world is concerned. 

Define significant. Again, we could go to the dictionary but, like success, people will have their own different definition as to what makes one "significant". 

Here's what I think of when I consider the word "significant" - what have you done for others? In what way have you touched and/or impacted the lives of others in a positive way?  What have you done to invest yourself into the lives of others in a way that has made a major impact on their lives that will inspire them for the rest of their lives? 

How have you SERVED

Yes, I know that many athletes, for example, are involved in "doing things for others" but we must also understand that, many times, these things are required by their particular team and /or league. That does not make one significant.

HOWEVER, there are some in that arena that go "above and beyond" that which is required and/or expected of them in this area and they DO become significant in and through their actions. 

Again, you can be a SUCCESS but that does not mean that you are SIGNIFICANT.  However, anyone and everyone that is SIGNIFICANT is ALWAYS a SUCCESS even if that person never receives any notice or fanfare. 

Here's why I wanted to have you be sure to read all the way to the end. I do want to clarify this fact: A person CAN be a SUCCESS and, at the same time, that same person CAN be SIGNIFICANT.  But one must take their eyes off of themselves and seek how they might serve others. 

That my friend, is how one becomes a SIGNIFICANT SUCCESS

Thanks for your time today. Until next time, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Friday, February 7, 2020

Mike's Quotes #47: No Vision, No Success

As the above quote states, yes, this is a Biblical truth but it is also a very important FACT that we MUST apply to our individual and personal lives IF we plan to move ahead toward our goals and dreams. 

We have talked quite a bit about vision this week and about what you "envision" for your future life. You MUST have a "goal" or a "vision" that pushes and pulls you - at the same time - through any difficult situation with determination to reach that "goal" or to make that "vision" a reality. 

If you don't have such a plan (a goal or vision) for your life then, friend, you're just spinning your wheels and wasting your time.  Going back to my earlier article from this week, your "dreams" are just "fantasy dreams" that might as well be about jumping over a marshmallow rainbow while riding a unicorn!


I know that you have heard about putting together a "vision board" as a way to "visualize" what it is that you desire in and for your life. This is simply posting pictures of THAT house, car, location, cruise or whatever it is that you desire, on a "board" or wall or wherever, so that you can SEE this every single day. The idea is that, by seeing this every day, you will become to see this desire as a reality until it does, actually, become just that - a reality.

Here is something that you MUST understand about this: A "vision board" is nothing but a bunch of pictures unless you actually TAKE ACTION in order to begin the process of making these things become a reality in your life. It's simply a "day dream" or "wishful thinking" without action.


So, one more time - what's YOUR vision? 

SEE it...MOVE forward toward it...LIVE it and then BECOME it!

And as you do so, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Thursday, February 6, 2020

Mike's Quotes #46: Why Live in Defeat?

"If you know you win, WHY do you live in defeat?"
(Heard in a sermon)

I don't remember how long ago I heard this quote or even who it was that said it at the time. I do know that this is not one of my own personal quotes and I also know that it was said by a "preacher" as a part of his sermon on that day.

Now, again, I don't know who you are or what you do or don't believe and it doesn't really matter because this quote applies to every area of your life.

In context, the message was to those that believe in Jesus for their salvation...their "ultimate win". That being so, the "preacher" was asking the question, "Knowing that, why do so many of us live as if we are defeated?"

Here's what I want you to focus on in all areas of your life...If you are taking action to improve your life then, friend, YOU ARE WINNING!

Think about it. When we begin to actually take action to improve ourselves (to improve the "future you") then, not only do WE win, but those around us also win! EVERYONE wins as we become better, more productive versions of ourselves.

And, as we discussed recently, as we begin to walk toward our dreams, we begin to "live in the reality" or the TRUTH of those dreams and the "version of ourselves' actually improves along the way.

ALL of our relationship will improve! Your relationship with your spouse, your family, your kids, your friends and, yes, even your co-workers will improve because of YOUR determination to become the "best you" that you can become.

BE SURE to listen to the podcast and to also watch the video that goes along with today's topic. I can promise you that you will benefit by doing so since you will always find "additional" information in each of those that you won't come across in this blog article. You can find the links below.

If you haven't done so already, begin taking action TODAY to improve the "future you". And, as you do so, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"