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Monday, January 26, 2015

My Journey to a New Passion

really don’t know how I am standing now and not sleeping. Last night I slept only a couple of hours. Do you know what I was doing? I was watching documentaries. It is my new passion now. I remember one of my coaches saying how Netflix could be a dangerous thing when you don’t pay attention. How true were his words! After a movie or a documentary, Netflix always suggests one or two more documentaries similar to what you just watched; and I found myself saying yes to all of them. Before I knew, it was five o’clock in the morning. It is crazy.

However, I learned so much from those documentaries. I went from politics to business, from fashion to music. And from Basketball to…I don’t even remember. I think the last one I watched was on Tony Robbins. It was fascinating.

While browsing the Internet, I bumped into a short video. It was so amazing that I watched it several times, and even sent it to a number of friends. My friend Roger wrote me back to say that it felt like the video was speaking to him.

You know what? I am going to share it with you as well. Aren’t you my friend as well? I have to warn you that some of the vocabulary they use may not be appropriate to some of you. However, I believe you will get the message.

Here it is. Click HERE.

After that, I don’t think I have any other words to add, unless I want to ruin your experience.

Moral of the story? Do you want to spend sleepless nights? Just find a new passion and you will watch documentaries.
Always a pleasure
The Journeyman

Monday, January 19, 2015

My Journey to New Resolutions

As I am writing this blog, it is almost one in the morning.  My wife and I are watching a Bobby Brown interview about his life with Whitney Houston. It is so captivating and my wife keeps asking: "why did she die?". I have heard so many times that Bobby was the reason why all the bad things happened to Whitney. I must say that it is refreshing to hear his side of the story. Regardless of who is right it is a very heart breaking story.
There are always two sides to a story. Always. I always give people the benefit of the doubt and now, more than ever, I understand why.


Back to my promise of writing my blog every week. Here I am again.

It has been a very productive week. I am anticipating a very busy month of February. Do you know why? Because it is the Black History Month. I have been involved in the festivities for many years. Now I work with a Speakers Bureau that has booked me for speaking engagements for the last two years. In fact they have already called me, and the tour begins this Monday. It is always fun.

For many reasons, I am glad 2014 is over. I am starting this year with hope. I am convinced it is going to be my year. The last three years have been challenging. Very challenging. It is a miracle that I am still standing. It took a lot of faith to cope with life.

How did I survive? I knew God was with me. It is that simple. I also relied on true friends; those ones who stick with you when everybody else is leaving you. I also found a church. This church has been a blessing to me and my family. It is beyond what I could hope for.

During my tough times, I learned a few things. Some of them were not new to me, but the biggest thing I learned was that we ALWAYS have a choice. We get to choose how we react to any situation. We can feel sorry for ourselves, or we can choose to believe that this too shall pass.

It is easier said than done, but when we are convinced that everything happens for a reason, that every day that we have is a blessing no matter what is going on, that if we can breath, there is still hope, then life becomes a wonderful journey.

It is my resolution to make 2015 my year, to be the best I can be, to forgive myself often, and to make a difference whenever the opportunity presents itself.

What is your resolution? I am curious to know.

Moral of the story? I really don't know....

Always a pleasure

The Journeyman

Monday, January 12, 2015

My Journey to the New Patrick in 2015 (Part 2)

Last week I was proud of myself and I think you should be proud of me too. The reason why I say this is because I kept my commitment to send you the blog this week.

Some of my friends stepped up last week and agreed to hold me accountable and to make sure that I keep my word. Some others did it in a more informal way. This weekend, I was at a reception, and while I was about to go and serve myself some food, a friend came over and said: ‘remember your promise to eat less food’. Somebody has been reading my blog.

Changing habits is not an easy thing. In fact, last week was a little bit hard for me to keep the lifestyle I promised myself to follow. If I were to grade myself, I would give myself a six out of ten. Needless to say there is a lot of room for improvement. To be honest, when it comes to the food part, I think I can actually increase the score to eight out of ten (just because I am hard on myself).

I have also been catching up with people that I haven’t spoken to for a while (and there are a lot of them). One of them was Martin, a very sharp guy who attended our workshop last November. I asked him if he could share with me his opinion on our workshop.  What he wrote back was simply humbling and amazing at the same time. Check this out:

I attended the 'No Dream is Too Big or Too Small' Workshop organized by Unleashed Possibilities in November. I arrived with Starbucks in hand and was welcomed by Paul, Patrick, and Monica who introduced me to the other participants who had arrived. The feeling was friendly and informal while still being highly organized and professional. 

The great thing about the seminar for me was that it allowed me to revisit some goals I have had 'on hold,' and more importantly reconsider the way to approach them. Rather than listening to a 'canned speech' Patrick and Paul really opened up to us and shared who they were, and the challenges and triumphs that they have had. It was very authentic and inspiring, and it showed me the huge benefit of actually being around like minded people and 'getting the wheels turning' face to face.

Another thing I loved was that personally I don't learn well seated behind a desk for hours, so having group activities, physical movement and music integrated into the experience made it very real and memorable.
As much as I enjoyed the seminar, learned a lot, and met some great people, what brought the benefits into action for me were the personalized follow up sessions that were provided. The specificity of the goals set along with the accountability and support of the coaches, was so valuable and something I feel is missing from many well intentioned people’s plans. As Zig Ziglar said “Some people say that motivation doesn't last. Well neither does bathing. That's why we recommend it daily!'
Our November workshop was a long time coming event. We worked so hard to get there, and faced a number of challenges along the way (that is another story, for another time); however we did it and the feedback from all of the participants was simply amazing. To receive such a message from Martin was music to my ears. We all need some encouragement and Martin's testimonial and feedback came at the right time for me. Now I know that we are on the right track.

Click HERE for more information about our upcoming workshop.

Moral of the story? Do you want me to hold you accountable? Just meet me at a reception and we will eat less food.
Always a pleasure
The Journeyman.

Monday, January 5, 2015

My Journey to the New Patrick in 2015