Day 22 – I Am Afloat…

Day 22 – I Am Afloat…

Afloat can mean several things. It can mean you are swamped or overwhelmed. It can also mean you have set sail, you have left land behind.

If you look at yesterday’s post, you will see all the boats tied up to the pier. The slips were full of adventures waiting to happen, opportunities ready to grab. Today’s picture is what it looks like when opportunity has sailed.

If you are standing on the shore looking at an empty dock, it’s kind of sickening. Opportunity was there and all you had to do was jump on board. I know this because, it has happened to me, too many times. I played it safe, I stayed on dry land… I did not invest in myself. It was not fear of the water or the unknow. It was not having a vision and a clear plan of action. I did not know where I was or where I was going… I could not develop an intentional growth-plan and take advantage of the opportunities before me.

Since joining the John Maxwell Team, I built a new vision, and I know where I am at. I do not fear jumping on opportunities when they are ready to sail. It’s easy now, I can get on the boat and go…

But, there are those that say, “Marshall, you don’t know how to sail…” True, but I’m casting-off and I will learn as I go. You can’t learn to sail tied up to the dock.

Opportunity has sailed and…. I am afloat…

Marshall Townsend II

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Day 21 – I Am Seeking New Adventures…

Day 21 – I am seeking new adventures.

So, in one day, I have gone from the top of mountains to sea-level… but that is not a negative comment. I am starting new adventures and with new adventures comes new opportunities.

This is a picture from the Boy Scouts Florida Sea Base in 2013. This was an exciting moment. We had just arrived with a crew of eight Venture Scouts for a week of living on a sailboat in the Florida Keys. We had no idea what to expect, what was about to happen, or even which boat we were going to be assigned to. But there they were… all the sailboats lined up waiting for us; waiting for us to start the new adventure.

We all have been there… walking into a room full of people for a new mastermind class, a lunch and learn, or even a speaking engagement. It may be a scary event and you may have to get your feet wet. But every new adventure brings new opportunities to learn and grow. My Dad gave me an old sailor’s quote over 40 years ago, “It’s not where the sea takes you, it’s what the sea makes you…”

I am seeking new adventures…

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Day 20 – I Am Seeing ‘More-More’…

Day 20 – I am seeing ‘more-more’…

On my trip out to Orlando, for John Maxwell’s International Maxwell Certification (IMC) training in August, I was able to capture this picture as we approached Seattle. Yes, I had to fly from Boise, ID to Seattle to get to Orlando. I always love this view and try to sit in a left-side window-seat when I fly to Seattle. The Cascade Range is a line of Volcanoes that runs the west coast of the United States. All part of the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire.

I always look around the plane and see who is observing the wonderful site as we fly by. Normally, only a few. That’s when I take out my phone and take a picture and make a comment along the lines of, “Dude… that is so, … like… totally awesome…” (always use a 1960’s Hippie voice for full effect.)

Before long, all the windows are up on that side of the plane and everyone is looking. Beauty, like opportunities are all around us, yet most people do not see them. Leaders intentionally look for ‘more-more.’ The more they look, the more opportunities they find. Looking and seeing opportunities is part of their DNA. But, people will not see a single opportunity if the window shade is down…

I know, as I fly by, there are at least 8 people on that mountain of opportunity, who would love to join an 8-week Mastermind class on the 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth… They’re right in front of me – I just need to open my eyes…

I am seeing ‘more-more’…

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Day 19 – I Am Setting My Sights…

Day 19 – I am setting my sights…

Looking through the window of the Forest Service Fire-Lookout Station on top of Trinity Mountain, I am reminded of one of my favorite talks from John Maxwell at one of his International Maxwell Certification (IMC)Trainings last year.

Leaders see ‘more’ than others and Leaders see ‘before’ others. If a leader does not see ‘more’ and see ‘before’… well, they are not the leader. They hold the position, but somebody else is leading. Exceptional leaders, however, see ‘more-more’ and they see ‘more-before.’ To do that, the leader must accept the world of abundance. They must expect that there is ‘more-more’ to see, ‘more-more’ to accomplish, and ‘more-more’ to share. They are looking for it. The more they see, do, and share is not an accident. They are intentional in their search for ‘more-more’.

I worked hard to get to the top of this mountain. Some, might just take in the view and start back down. I am going to take advantage of the lessons learned and the height of my growth. I am going to seek out new mountains, new opportunities, new ways to add value to others. I am not worried about how long it will take, I am focused on how far I can go…

I am setting my sights…

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Day 18 – I Am a Writer…

Day 18 – I am a writer…
 
I know I have been flooding you with lengthy posting for the ‘I am’s.’
 
Part of my growth is to get back to writing. Since returning from Turning Paint in March, I have written more than I have written in 20 years. Most of it is linked to the 90-day ‘I Am’ challenge. There have been a lot of spin-offs based on the ideas that comes to mind from looking at a basic meme.
 
The more I look, the more I see; The higher I look, the further I see.
 
I love the view and it gives me strength; I can do this…
Simply put, I am a writer… 

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Day 17 – I Am Fine-Tuning…

Day 17 – I am fine-tuning…

As I get closer to the top of this mountain (Trinity Mountain is 9500 ft), I am fine-tuning. I often ask my coaching clients, when they feel they are stuck and not growing, “Do you know the difference between what you want and what you’re good at?” That’s a tough question. Sometimes, the gap between the two is huge. Most times, the gap is small and just a little fine tuning of what they want, aligns their abilities with their passion.

I love to climb mountains and I love to stand on top and look at the curvature of the earth. Truly, that is the reward I am looking for. When I get wealthy, I can buy a helicopter and fly to all the mountain tops and stand there looking at the scenery. But, you know… ‘mountain standing’ is not what I want. That’s not my passion.

‘Mountain climbing’ is my passion. In fact, helping others to climb mountains and seeing them stand on top and look in amazement at the world around them, is my true passion. And… you know what… I am good at that… Nay… I am excellent at that. I build companies, I build teams, I influence leaders and I have been doing it for over 40 years. I have changed organizations from the bottom-up that have gone on to change the world (someday I will tell you about that…).

My passion is not getting myself to the top but, building teams and leaders so they take themselves higher than they ever dreamed of. That is what drives me, what gives me satisfaction. See, just a little fine-tuning of the mission statement may make the difference between what you want and what you are good at, equal the same thing… Now, it’s time to go after what I am good at!

I am fine-tuning…

 

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Day 16 – I Am Growing…

Day 16 – I am growing…
 
The process of growth changes you. Many people want to change their circumstances but are unwilling to change themselves. This is one of my fights. I, like so many others, want to go, but I am slow to grow. Growth is the only true way to improve yourself.
 
Sometimes the path is steep, or slippery, and you keep sliding back. But even sliding back is an opportunity to grow, if you take the time to learn the lessons.
 
You might have to get off the main trail and make your own. But, don’t let the fact that the tail is tough, and that you seem to be losing ground, slow you down. Growth is a journey and we all need to discover the best path to take to move forward.
 
If you feel like you are stuck, or falling, reach out to somebody and together, you can overcome the tricky parts of your climb. That reaching out, might be the best growth that you do on the climb.
 
I am growing…

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Day 15 – I Am Not on My Mountain…

Day 15 – I am not on my mountain…

I came to a revelation that I am not on my mountain. I am laboring in vain to climb my mountain, but I do not own a mountain. It’s not mine. At best, I could pile-up some rocks and call them a mound. But a mountain? No way. I can make a lot of little obstacles to be in my way, but not a mountain. I surrender to the fact that the mountain belongs to the Grand Overall Designer (GOD) and when I reach the top, it still will not belong to me. I cannot claim it.

Thus, the idea within my head that I created this mountain, that I created the journey up the mountain, and that success is when I own the mountain… is pure arrogance.

The mountain was there before me, and it will be there after me. I know now, that the mountain called me, and not the other way around.

I have been treating this mountain, and this journey, like it was my business. I just realized I don’t own the business, which make me a bad employee because there were days when I did not show up for work with 100%. I thought I owned the business, so I could take a break or go easy. Na-Na, I’m not the boss… I don’t own this business. I must remind myself of one simple fact…

I am not on ‘My’ mountain…

 

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Day 14 – I Am Seeing the World from New Heights.

Day 14 – I am seeing the world from new heights.

The higher you go, the more you know… but knowing is nothing without execution. The two, go hand and hand. I have studied a lot about doing but, doing teaches you more than studying. (Those might be fighting words in some academic communities.)

When you take stock of where you have gone and what you have accomplished, you begin to see yourself and your path from a new perspective. You are no longer a down-hill person, you are no longer a campfire person, you are no longer a person that does not see the value in others as well as yourself.

This new vision, and our enhanced awareness of our abilities, gives us the strength to climb higher. I may not know what to do, but I do know what I can do. What I can do, changes everything…

I am seeing the world from new heights.

 

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Day 13 – I am Looking Up…

Day 13 – I am Looking Up…
 
AC/DC says, “It’s a long way to the top if you want to Rock ‘n’ Roll.” I think we all know that. And, we all know that it gets steeper the higher up we go. Many think it’s going to get easier, but the truth is, it gets harder. That is why I feel it is so important to keep your eye on your target. Hold your image. Keep moving up; keep looking up.
 
Just a little note on this journey… the shortest distance between two points, may be a straight line…true – but, it may not be the best line of march. Straight up, does not always work. Sometimes, we must take the long-way around. No matter what, keep going, keep climbing, keep… well, you know – looking up.
 
I am looking up…

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