Lucky I Am Not

Me and Desert Sage

Desert Sage

My job was off shored to India, my health care was taken away from me, I was attending school full time and a half, I had ZERO income, I had virtually no time, my health was in decline… Does that sound like a ‘Lucky’ scenario? I thought I was cursed actually.

The only stroke of luck that I have is that I was born and raised in America. The rest of my good fortune came from my ambition and a willingness to do the things that most of you out there are not willing to do.

Today I have a handsome cash flow, I can do what I want, I report to no boss, I have time, and I have excellent enough health to enjoy my good fortunes. I was able to gain all this PART TIME.  I’m not sacrificing time for money and I’m not sacrificing money for time. I’m not sacrificing health for anything.  That balance IS success. Rich people in poor health and no time are not successful. People with lots of time and no money are not successful.  Success is found only in balance.

Some say, “Tom you’re lucky!”. I appreciate that people are happy for me but I was not lucky by any means except that I live in America.  I had nearly everything working against me two and a half years ago but instead of retreating, drowning in self pity, waiting till things got better, blaming everything else but myself, I cultivated new ambition and a burning desire to act TODAY without procrastination for as long as it took.  Most of you are not willing to do that and that is why I’ve passed up most of you. I actually started at a place much further behind than where most of you are at and I still passed you up because I exercised more ambition and a willingness to do the things most people are not willing to do than you have exercised. How does that make you feel to know there are people out there much worse off than you who are now doing circles around you while you are still waiting to go after your dreams?  Most of you are willing to procrastinate or let your fears inhibit you from doing things you innately want to do. That’s why most of you are behind on your promises and that isn’t going to change until you change first.

The most meaningful part of being an Independent Team Beachbody coach is bringing other people with me out of average and into extraordinary.  The money I’m making doesn’t out rank the importance of bringing other people with me and up to speed on the promises they’ve made to themselves. I’m not selfish in my success it’s not in me to be that way. It is in me to give till I have nothing left until I get a good night sleep.  I’m not retiring, ever.  The more I have the more I’m able to do for you who are willing.  The Team Beachbody coaches in my team are the beneficiary of my all out giving!

It’s also in me to exercise honest tough love and tell you the honest truth even if it makes you angry. If your philosophy is keeping you back, if your actions are wrong, if your way of thinking is devastating you then you need to know about it so we can begin pulling you out of the mess! If you want out of the mess you’ve gotta have the guts to at least see yourself in the mess even if it’s painful. That’s exactly why some people are able to get out of the mess. They have the guts to see who and what they are TODAY so they can get out of the mess of today by becoming the person they want to be for TOMORROW. That’s how some people are seemingly ‘lucky’. They aren’t lucky. They are just willing to do the things most of you are not willing to do.

IF you are willing to do the things that most people are not willing to do then I’d love to work with you. You can be the beneficiary of my expertise and my willingness to give you everything I’ve got so you can get caught up on your own promises.

Here is a sad reality.  Mostly everyone living in America still has a job, is able to make ends meet, are not very happy, and doing nothing about it.  That’s not really the sad part I was referring to.  The sad part is that every single one of those people live in America and aren’t taking advantage of any opportunity out there to gain the things they dream of having.  Now here is the disgusting part.  Remember where I mentioned having the guts to look at the mess of today so you can take yourself out of the mess for tomorrow?  If you fall into this category of wanting more and doing nothing about it then you have to hear this. There are lots of people in this nations past and present who have known devastation, poverty, and adversity that you have and I  have never ever known who took advantage of opportunity that you let slide by and now those deserving people are running circles around you while you still have nothing more than wishful thinking to show for!!  How can an individual who is worse off than you pass you up and run circles around you while you’re not even in the game yet but still just standing their on the sidelines of your own life??  That individual has more ‘skin in the game’ than you do.  That individual has a philosophy that’s driving them forward and you have a philosophy that’s sliding you backwards. “The laws of sowing and reaping don’t say if you need you will reap.  The laws of sowing and reaping say if you sow you will reap.” – Jim Rohn

How many of you out there wish you were in better shape, you’re able to at least walk on your own two feet but not willing to exercise regularly all the while there are people confined to a wheel chair and still doing whatever they can to be healthy?

How many of you out there wish you had more time and money, you’re able to at least make ends meet, you have a roof over your head, and do nothing to take advantage of opportunities all the while there are people living in the same country as you with absolutely nothing but ambition who are now running circles around you?

How many of you experience an emotional set back and then use that emotional setback to keep procrastinating on your promises; all the while the largest success stories in the democratic world are those who were driven by their emotional pains that are far greater than ANY tragedy you’ve ever known?

Why is that???  The sooner you realize it’s not the blowing of the wind but the set of the sail that determines your destination then the sooner you can begin to change the direction of your life.  Position your daily actions so that both positive and negative events in your life act as a stepping stone toward success.  Or let them push you backwards and remain average.

When looking at my own past I am embarrassed for waiting til I was jobless with zero income, no health insurance, no time, and declining health until I finally did something about it.  Even though it was not my fault my job was off shored to India I was extremely embarrassed and felt shame over my situation. I saw my situation for what it was, as painful as it was to look at, and I replaced some bad habits with good habits.  It would not have been possible if I was not brave enough to see ‘it’ for what ‘it’ was so that I knew what I was dealing with to be able to pull myself out of the mess!  That’s exactly how the truth, albeit some times the painful truth, will “Set You Free!”  Free to correct the errors of the past so you can have a completely different future.   So you can set a better sail this year than you did last year to arrive at a more desirable destination.

I hope this helps you cultivate a burning desire in you to do something.  I don’t even care what it is as long as it leads to a positive impact upon others around you. 

Set yourself on fire and let the world watch you burn!


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