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Escape From The Steep Gravity Well Of The Mediocre

This is one of those strange sorts of days here at Casa de Dude. By strange, I mean we’re having someone other than Barry or me step in and talk for a bit.

In this case, please welcome Shawn Anderson, author and speaker. Miss-ter Ann-der-son (heh heh heh) sent out an e-mail I quite enjoyed. Instead of adapting it for you dudes, I thought I’d just let the man himself do the talking since I liked what he had to say.

So, take it away, Shawn Anderson.

Wake-up alarm sounds. Hit snooze button. Steal ten minutes more sleep. Groan. Get coffee. Wake kids. Take shower. Get dressed. Yell at kids. Drive to work. Slump into chair. Check email. Check Facebook. Meet deadlines. Waste time chatting. Watch clock. Check Facebook again. Sneak out early. Wait in traffic. Get groceries. Chaperone kids. Shout about homework. Make dinner. Watch TV. Go to bed. Repeat.

Of course, there is no way this sounds familiar. Right? Maybe to our friends, but never to us. Not to worry…this is for them. (The friends.)

To help those “friends” who are stuck in a life rut, motivational guru Shawn Anderson shares three quick rut-escaping tips you can provide to those who need emergency advice and are living the same day over…and over…and over:

TIP #1: Quit living in Mediocreland.

Stuck on mediocrity? Well, look in the mirror at the person responsible. It’s you. You created your average-ness…and you can un-create it, too. Want out of the rut? Quit making excuses, quit pointing fingers, and quit waiting for a miracle to fly you out of Mediocreland. If you’re ever going to leave the world of average, you need to start creating the changes you seek. Cast a vision. Create a plan. Take massive action. Passive residents are not allowed to fly.

TIP #2: Don’t expect an overnight miracle.

It’s impossible to go from “ice cold” (in the rut) to “red hot” (out of the rut) overnight. Massive change just doesn’t happen that way. Don’t expect it. Do expect, though, that you can grow to “red hot” if you hold yourself accountable to take one step a day towards the changes you want in your life. Single steps daily add up to big changes eventually.


TIP #3: Don’t wait for perfect.

Waiting for the perfect scenario to unfold before making changes? Your reasons to wait before taking action might sound good in your head now. The problem is that five years down the road those same reasons will probably still exist…and you’ll probably still be in a rut.

Life is too short to wait for the stars to fall into perfect alignment before we take life action. Live and live now. Otherwise, waiting too long for the right risk-taking moment eventually leads to paralyzing fear…which leads to complacency…which leads to “I don’t care” acceptance.

The author of six motivational books, including A Better Life: An Inspiring Story About Starting Over and Extra Mile America: Stories of Inspiration, Possibility and Purpose, Shawn Anderson lives and breathes all things related to “going the extra mile” in order to live a life we love. Last year, Anderson’s Extra Mile America organization led 444 cities to declare 11/1/13 as “Extra Mile Day”… a day recognizing the capacity we each have to create positive change for ourselves, families, organizations and communities when we go the extra mile.

“My feeling is ‘we get one life’ so why ever choose to live it with anything less than our deepest passion and most ardent dedication? We create the life we live…one way or another,” Anderson says.

Shawn Anderson is a six-time author, keynote speaker and motivational success coach. His book titles include A Better Life: An Inspiring Story About Starting Over and Extra Mile America: Stories of Inspiration, Possibility and Purpose. For more information, visit www.ShawnAnderson.com.

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How Great I Am

Every once in a while I run across something that is so amazing, so wonderful that goose bumps start running up and down my arms and I get that feeling you get when you’re in the presence of something awesome.

The kids in Ms. R’s fifth-grade class at Awesome Elementary School get to experience that feeling at least once a week. Ms. R loves this video for the way it takes the issue of self-confidence and shows these kids in her class that they can achieve great things as long as they believe, and they work to make that belief a reality. Being great is something we all have inside of us. It’s only a matter of finding a way to let it out.

As with so many things, it starts with a video on the internet. There’s this amazing video on youtube called “How Great I Am,” that gets its title from on of Muhammad Ali’s many, many speeches about, well, how great he is.

It’s an amazing piece of work, this video. It uses clips from boxing movies, a motivational speech from Rocky Balboa hisownbadself and parts of a movie about low-achieving students getting out there and achieving something.

The best part, though, to me is the secularized version of a quote from Marianne Williamson, an activist and motivational speaker and used in the movie Coach Carter. It goes something like this: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. . . We are all meant to shine, as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

It’s a brilliant piece of motivation. I’m not a big boxing fan, even thought I’m a huge fan of Muhammad Ali. I loved his self confidence, his sense of humor, and his boundless belief that he could do anything he wanted to do. We can take many lessons, both good and bad, from that man. Off track.

Boxing. Not a big fan, but the sport is used to good effect in this motivational video. You dudes really need to give this video a watch.

After all the talk about how great these different people are, the video asks the question: How great are you going to be? Which, by the way, is a darn good question. It assumes you will be great. All you have to do is start working on it and find the pathway to greatness that lies before all of us. Find a youngish dude or dudette and have them watch this video. It will be worth their while.


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Sunday Serenade: The Fighter

by Richard

Yeah, dudes, it’s still Olympic time.

So I went searching for a little bit of Olympic-level music. I’m sure I’ll go for something inspiring next week, but for today I thought I’d go more modern.

Gym Class Heroes are a nice little hip-hop/punk/pop group with a nice catalog of good music. Their latest music video features Joe Orosco, an American Olympic gymnast. It’s a fantastic, motivational and inspiring song and video.

Go give it a listen. Enjoy!

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