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Save a Life: How to Identify a Stroke

I received this via email and thought it could be a blessing to one of my friends:

During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and  took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine  (they offered to call paramedics) .she said she had just  tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got  her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she  appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself  the rest of the evening

Ingrid’s husband called later  telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital  – (at 6:00 PM Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered a stroke  at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a  stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don’t die.  They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition  instead.

It only takes a minute to read  this…

A neurologist says that if he can get to a  stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the  effects of a stroke…totally. He said the trick was  getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the  patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is  tough.


Thank God for the  sense to remember the ‘3’ steps, STR . Read and  Learn!
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to  identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells  disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage  when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a  stroke.

STROKE:Remember  the 1st Three Letters….S.T.R.
Four letters…S.T.R.O.

Now  doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three  simple questions:

S  *Ask  the individual to SMILE.
T  *Ask  the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE  (Coherently)
(I.e. It is sunny out  today.)
R*Ask  him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If  he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call  emergency numberimmediatelyand describe the symptoms to  the dispatcher.

New  Sign of a Stroke ——– Stick O*UT Your  Tongue

NOTE:  Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is this: Ask the person to ‘stick’  out his tongue.. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one  side or the other,that  is also an indication of a stroke.

A  cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to  10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be  saved.


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Summer Success Series: “… it’s because you THINK that way!”

The Summer Success Camp Team and I had a really good one last night.    This was the HOT question:

“Why do you make what you make?”

As in, if you earn $50,000/year – why do you earn $50,000/year?    If you earn, $75,000 – 100,000/year — why?

The burning answer that nobody enjoyed:  “Because you THINK like a person who earns $50,000, $75,000, or $100,000/year!”

The follow-on question was even less fun:  “Why aren’t you a millionaire?”

The less delightful answer:


After letting the team stew and steam on this for a minute, we dug into the deeper explanation.

All of us are where we are because of our THOUGHTS — the way we THINK.  Most of us never realize it, but there is a direct link between the way that we think and the results we get.   It goes like this:

Your THOUGHTS — what you think about all the time — create your BELIEFS.

Your BELIEFS — what you think you KNOW to be True or Not True — determine your ACTIONS.

Your ACTIONS — what you DO or DON’T DO, WILL DO or WON’T DO — create your RESULTS — or lack of RESULTS — which, of course, are also …. RESULTS!

Your RESULTS — are what YOU GET or, you guessed it, DON’T GET!

We often ask the question,

“How did I get to this place?”

Now it’s time to realize the cause … it was your thinking.   And if you sit quietly and reflect honestly over the all the decisions you made (or didn’t make) on the path to your current situation, you’ll realize that it was your fundamental THINKING that lead you to your current results — good or bad.

Most people don’t want to believe this when the current result is a bad one.  They’d like to believe that there are other people and circumstances to blame.  I used to be that way too.   Accepting ultimate responsibility for a lack of results or a bad situation was a tough pill to swallow initially.

But I’ve come to love it this way.  Why?

Well, just think — if it’s SOMEONE ELSE’S fault, then you have to wait on THEM to fix it.   That means YOU are HELPLESS to effect a change in your situation.  And that pretty much makes you a VICTIM.

But if it’s YOUR fault … YOUR ultimate responsibility, then YOU can fix it.  You don’t have to wait on anyone.   The POWER to create change, and the ability to determine WHEN change will begin, rests entirely with YOU!

Now do you see why I like it this way?

So how do you create change?

First, realize that it’s not a Linear equation.   It’s actually a Cycle.  Like this:

This is very important to understand.   Since it’s a cycle, it REINFORCES itself.

Your THOUGHTS determine what you BELIEVE.

What you BELIEVE determines your ACTIONS — what you DO, DON’T DO, WILL DO, & WON’T DO.

Your ACTIONS create your RESULTS — what you GET or DON’T GET.

And your RESULTS either CONFIRM or INVALIDATE your THOUGHTS which determines whether you get more of what you been getting or make changes.

Since it all springs from THOUGHTS, the key is you have to Take Control and Change the way you THINK.

Let’s face it, when it comes to our THINKING, there’s not one of us who couldn’t use an upgrade.

And like I challenged the group, if you THINK BETTER, you’ll get BETTER RESULTS.

If you THINK BIGGER, you’ll also get BIGGER RESULTS.

Why are Millionaires millionaires?  Because they THINK like Millionaires.   Think like a Millionaire and you’ll start to get millionaire results.

So how do you get BIGGER, BETTER THINKING?


Programming is WHY WE THINK WHAT WE THINK.    We all got our initial programming from our parents, school, church, the books we read, the shows we watched, the movies we’ve seen.

It’s actually part of the cycle … like this:

So now that you’re an adult, the solution is simple:

Take Control of Your Programming

Wanna be a Millionaire?  Get some Millionaire programming.   There are tons of books, cds, and dvds out there by Napoleon Hill, T.Harv Eker, Brian Tracy and others that will enlighten you and help you learn new thoughts and change your beliefs.

Wanna be Successful? Get Success Programming!   Wanna be a better husband, wife, parent, friend, employee, gardener, whatever?  UPGRADE YOUR PROGRAMMING.



CHANGE your BELIEFS and YOU WILL TAKE DIFFERENT ACTIONS — you’ll have a NEW set of DOs, DON’Ts, WILLs, and WON’Ts.


And when they ask you why you get what you get, you can tell them ….

… it’s because I THINK this way!



Whew!  That was a lot!   But EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS REQUIRE EXTRAORDINARY ACTIONS … so this whole “Upgrade Journey” is both necessary and worth it!

As you grow and change, you’ll want an outlet for all of your newly developed positive energy.   You’ll want something where your results can truly be commensurate with your Thinking and Actions.

I’ve found such a thing.   We’re having fun.  We’re growing.   We’re making a difference in people’s lives.   And we’re making money.

Might be for you.  Might not be.   Take a look anyway.

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Summer Success Series: Failure Isn’t Final!

Missed me?  Hope you enjoyed your 4th of July weekend!  Let’s jump back into our Summer Success Series with a very important topic … FAILURE!

A friend of mine who’s considering getting involved with my networking business asked me a question this weekend,

“What does the average person make in your business?”

And he was shocked by my answer …. “NOTHING!”

I explained that Average People come into the business with Average People Habits and Average People Work Ethic and Average People Dedication.   This makes them do Average People Things — in spite of the fact that they’re receiving direction from Above Average coaches.

So as soon as they experience a “failure” — a setback, someone says no — or worse, gives them a hard time — what do they do?  They Quit!

Unfortunately, this is true on a widespread basis.   For the masses, Failure is indeed Final.    They’ll step out and give their own achievement one half-hearted try, experience failure, and pull back into their shell like a turtle.

Don’t wanna be “Average”?   Know in your heart and soul that you’ve got GREATNESS welling up inside you?   Ready to break out and truly be ALL that you can be?

Here are some quick words of wisdom:

‘Successful Millionaires have had on average 10 Failed Businesses on their way to Ultimate Success…’ — Rich Dad  (Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad)

Ok, so you don’t actually have to fail 10 times.    You just have to be willing to.  You can’t be willing to succeed ONLY IF IT’S EASY!   You’ve gotta be willing to walk the tough road.   Like a woman who wants to joy of motherhood, you have to be willing to go through 9 months of pregnancy!  After all …

“…throughout human history, The Promised Land has ALWAYS been on the OTHER side of the Wilderness!” — Richard Flint

There’s no Success without Struggle, people.   It’s part of what makes the success SWEET!   You won’t win ALL of the battles on the way to your ultimate victory.   But as long as you keep getting back up, you have another shot at the BIG WIN!

If you follow me on Facebook, you saw this yesterday…

“Greatness lives on the edge of Destruction.” — Will Smith, on Oprah

Exactly, Will!   There’s no Reward without the Risk! You’ve gotta put it out there — put yourself out there — in order to achieve the reward worth having!

The late great, Jim Rohn, cracks me up when he says if you run down an empty football field and cross the goal line, THAT’S NOT A TOUCHDOWN! Like Jim says, “You’ve gotta have the 300 Pounders” trying to squash you in order for it to mean something!

It’s only when you’ve put it all out there … stepped out of your comfort zone … risked it all … and stayed in the game despite failures … that you can score life’s biggest victories!

So if you’ve scraped your knees and been knocked down on the battlefield of life …

… GET UP! 

Failure isn’t Final unless you decide that it is.

You’ve got Greatness in you!  Keep pressing on toward your dream and let’s realize that Greatness together!



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Summer Success Series: The Choice is YOURS!

If you haven’t been listening to Jim Rohn’s stuff, I highly recommend you start yesterday!   This dude is blowing my mind every day.   Ok.  Ok.  I’m sharing…. here’s today’s bomb:

What makes human beings special amongst all living things on the planet?

We alone have the Power to Choose!

Unfortunately, it’s that power to choose that makes us special in another category:

Humans are the only species on the planet that grow to only Half of their full potential!

Ouch!   But it’s true.   Trees don’t stretch their roots halfway — they go as far as they can.  Alligators, birds, dogs, elephants all grow to their full potential.

Humans grow physically to their full potential — but only because that’s the one thing we don’t have any choice over.

However, when it comes to maximizing ourselves and our accomplishments — and doing ALL that we are capable of doing … being ALL that we are capable of being — the majority of us never realize our full potential.

Why?  Because we choose not to.

Now of course, nobody consciously says, “I’m only gonna be half of what I could be”.  (Maybe some do, come to think of it.)    But here’s how we stunt our development — by our Daily Choices.

You see, here’s what success is:

“Simple Disciplines Repeated Daily”

and here’s what failure is:

“Simple Errors in Judgment Repeated Daily”

Each day, we get to make choices — to do the things we should … or not to.   It’s really that simple.

The choice to get up early and exercise … or not to.   (I mess this one up wayyyy too often!)

The choice to listen to audios or read books that empower and grow you … or not to.

The choice to spend time with your children … or not to.

The choice to challenge your children … or not to.

The choice to share your product or your business opportunity … or not to.

The choice to go the extra mile … or to do just enough to get by.

The reality is, doing the things we should is “easy”.   Jim’s definition of “easy” is that it’s something that we can do.   If we can do it, then it’s easy.

We can do all of those things.   That means they’re easy to do.

The challenge is:

“What’s easy to do, is often easy not to do.”

And the thing about those simple errors in judgment is that you don’t get the results right away.   They kinda sneak up on you over time!   It’s like one day you wake up and your 25 pounds overweight … broke … fired … your kids in full blown rebellion … and you wonder how you got there.    Simple Errors in Judgment repeated daily — go back and check the list.

(The good news?   Simple Disciplines work exactly the same way…)

Geez!   What an indictment!

Ok, folks!  Time to get it together!  What do you say we make a pact?  A group commitment to each other?

“From this moment forward, I vow to be ALL that I can be.  To do ALL that I can do.    To choose Simple Disciplines Daily (Success) over Simple Errors in Judgment (Failure).  To make the “Easy” choice of doing the things that will help me realize my full potential!”

I don’t know about you guys, but I feel better, stronger, and more empowered already!  Do you?

Then let’s get back to creating Summer Success!

See ya tomorrow…


P.S., Seriously – Post a Comment — wanna hear what you’ve gotta say… it’s “easy” to do…

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Summer Success Series: Protect Your Mind!

A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste!

Remember that slogan from the Anti-Drug use campaign?   Simple but powerful.

But you don’t have to be on drugs to waste your mind.   Your mind can get wasted just as bad — if not worse — by negativity and bad influences.

The most important asset you have in your success journey is your mind, your psyche.    If you become what you think about all the time … if what you focus on expands … if you’re ultimate results are driven by how you respond and think about what happens to you …

… then your mind and the “shape” that it’s in is critical.

Attitude is everything.

You’ve heard that one a million times.   But what determines attitude?  Your mind.  Your predominant thoughts.   Your beliefs.   Your feelings.    All of which determine your Actions (or Inactions).   Which, of course, create your Results.

But it all starts with Thought.   And when it comes to Thoughts, GIGO is unforgivingly true — Garbage In Garbage Out.

Where does the “garbage” come from?   This list is painfully long — television, movies, radio, music, trashy novels, negative people (friends, family, spouses, co-workers, religious leaders, etc.), negative life experiences that you haven’t put in context, and the list goes on.

The battle for your mind is constantly raging….


Here’s the good news:  Each of us can take control of what goes into our mind.   We can hire a new gatekeeper — a Goalie even! — to keep the Garbage and the Negativity out.   And only let the Empowering and Positive stuff in.

After all, your ultimate outcome in life will be the sum total of the people you associate with and the books/audios/videos you read/listen to/watch.    But YOU are in control!

This Summer I challenge you to Clean House!   Eliminate and/or limit all sources of negativity.   And make an “Active Choice” to identify sources of Empowerment and Positive Personal Development — and FEAST on that!

With a strong diet of Positive & Empowering, you’ll be amazed at your results.    Your life will change almost before your eyes — first, because you’ll be Seeing your world differently, and later because it will actually BECOME different.

You’re world and results will be different because you will be different — more positive, more enthusiastic, more encouraging, more solution-oriented, more possibility-minded — and, ultimately, more attractive.   And that attraction will begin to draw to you the people, circumstances, and opportunities that will create your best results ever!

Protect Your Mind — it’s your ticket to ride!


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Summer Success Series: See It To Believe It!

“You’ve Gotta See It To Believe It!”

True!   When you can see the goal, you can reach it.   When you can see the target, you can hit it.   When you can see the prize, you can obtain it.

But what does “Seeing” it really mean?

The Dream.   You’ve gotta have one.   A Dream.  A Vision.  It needs to live in your mind’s eye first, and then you’ll be able to go for it.

Your dreams can pull you toward your goals.   They provide the daily drive — the daily fire — that will propel you to take the actions necessary for those dreams to become reality.

The problem:   Most people have stopped dreaming.

Remember when we were kids?   We had such BIG dreams!  Nothing was impossible.   Nothing was too grand or too far-fetched.

And then we grew up…

And suddenly there were “limitations”.  Somebody taught us to be “realistic”.  We forgot that we had the power to “create” reality.

It’s sad.  Without dreams — you’re dead.  You merely exist — going through the motions daily until you body catches up with your imagination and …. dies.

So I’m daring you to dream again.   In color.  BIG.  Unlimited.

And as clear as day.

You have to be able to see the future finished in advance.   You have to see the finish line while you’re running the race.   Only then will you be able to pay the price of success.

What is YOUR dream?   I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.  Take a minute to hit the comment button at the end of this article and let me know what you think about the struggle to dream and to make the dreams come true.



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Time to Laugh: Dog For Sale!

How about a walk on the lighter side of life today…

A guy is driving around the back woods of Montana and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house:

‘Talking Dog for Sale’

He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard.

The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.

‘You talk?’ he asks.

‘Yep,’ the Lab replies.

After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says ‘So, what’s your story?’

The Lab looks up and says, ‘Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young..

I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA.

In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.’

‘I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running…

But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger so I decided to settle down.

I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in.
I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals.’

‘I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I’m just retired.’

The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.

‘Ten dollars,’ the guy says.

‘Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?’

‘Because he’s a liar. He never did any of that stuff.

Made you laugh!



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