3 Steps to a Year of Enthusiasm

Last week I went on a personal retreat. Every year I go to a cabin out in the middle of the woods. It is so far back in the woods you cannot drive a car to it. You must park about a ½ mile away and then load up an ATV and drive it through the woods to get to this cabin.

The second half of the week my family joined me, but the first part of the week I was completely shut off and focused on God and what he wants me to do in 2018. I have a renewed vision and energy. There is just something about nature that is rejuvenating!

I do several things while I am on this retreat. I watch some of my favorite movies that are inspirational and move me. My family and I always watch a movie called “Snow Day”. I do a whole lot of Bible reading and praying. I start listening to a new audio program that I will listen to 16 times during the upcoming year. It is a great time!

The biggest thing I do is get mentally, emotionally, and spiritually ready for the upcoming year. Here are three steps I took in that process this year:

I Got Clear and Focused

I laid out my “sweet 16” goals for 2018. I started with a list of 32 and narrowed it down to the 16 most important accomplishments for me in 2018. I got extremely clear about my top goals. I not only chose 16 goals for 2018, I actually ranked them so I know which ones are most important. Clarity is power. Where focus goes, energy flows. I got clear and I got focused.

I Created My Vision Board

Second, I made my vision board. On my vision board, I have my goals listed (in order of ranking), I have pictures and visual representations of each goal, and I have quotes and scripture that motivate me toward my goals. I will place this vision board in my office where I will see it every day. It will remind me of my commitments for 2018.

Left With ENTHUSIASM and Determination

Last, I left that little cabin with enthusiasm and determination. I am renewed, refreshed, and recharged. Come on 2018 – I am ready to take you by the horns and ride through the year!

What have you done to get ready for 2018? Are you still playing the resolution game? I have the resolution solution…STOP! Stop making resolutions. They seldom work because nobody expects them to work.

Instead, prayerfully determine your most important goals for 2018.  Create your own vision board, and grab hold of 2018 with ENTHUSIASM! I will be in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday, January 19, leading a Vision Board Party. It is the GoalGetter2018 Vision Board Party. This will help you overcome the resolution syndrome and find the resolution solution. You can find more information here.

What are you going to do to make 2018 the best year yet?
What action can you take right now?
Do not let 2018 be just another year. Make it be the most ENTHUSIASTIC ever!


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_MG_6842cropTommy Lanham is on a mission to break the monotony of the mundane and mediocre by bringing as much enthusiasm to as many businesses, ministries, marriages and individual lives as he possibly can because that is the power of enthusiasm!

He is a dynamic, award-winning speaker who has been training individuals and organizations to ignite their God-given potential for 25 years. With a unique blend of Ziglar motivation and ragamuffin faith, Tommy delivers powerful, life-changing messages filled with humor, hope, and enthusiasm.

Tommy will empower, entertain and energize audiences to achieve extraordinary results and live a life beyond what they ever dreamed possible.

Tommy is dedicated to helping you make your next event the best you’ll ever experience. Your audience will laugh, learn and be inspired as he mixes enthusiasm and humor with motivational stories to deliver a high content message. You will look like a rock star for hiring Tommy Lanham!

The Secret To Success

Often, people say to me, “What if I put all this time and effort into making goals and planning my life and then I fail? It would be easier not to do it at all. If I set a goal and fail that will be embarrassing.”

I do not know if you know the secret of success or not, but I am about to give it to you.  You may want to write this down, put it someplace you will see it on a regular basis, and perhaps even say it out loud.  This is good stuff!  Are you ready?  Here it is!

The secret to success:  If you fall down seven times, get up eight!

Woo hoo!!  Isn’t that amazingly profound?  I hope you didn’t pass out from this amazing chunk of wisdom that I just passed along to you.

I hope you realize I am not being cocky, I am just being funny.  It’s a weakness of mine.  There I go again.

Anyway, the reason I am being so facetious is because this is so simple.  If you fall down seven times, get up eight… if you fall down eight times, get up nine… if you fall down nine times, get up ten…you get the idea.  Almost every person who is successful has been a successful failure.  They have learned how to profit from their failure instead of letting it beat them.  They have practiced what John Maxwell calls “failing forward.”

You see, what you gain and become by developing a plan of action to reach your goals is typically more valuable than actually reaching the goal.  Even if you fail to reach your goal, the person you become by going through a goals program better prepares you to reach your next goal or even the same goal next time around.  You are better prepared, more knowledgeable and most importantly, your suffering has produced perseverance, which produces character, which produces hope.  “And hope does not disappoint us.” (Romans 5:3-5).


I offer one FREE 45-55 minute coaching session, done over the phone at a time that is convenient for you.  In this short call, we will work together to:

  • discover a path you want to take and
  • if I’m the best choice to help you navigate that path.

Take 30 seconds and register for your free session.  It may be the best step you’ve ever taken towards making your life something better than you ever dreamed.


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_MG_6842cropTommy Lanham is on a mission to break the monotony of the mundane and mediocre by bringing as much enthusiasm to as many businesses, ministries, marriages and individual lives as he possibly can because that is the power of enthusiasm!

He is a dynamic, award-winning speaker who has been training individuals and organizations to ignite their God-given potential for 25 years. With a unique blend of Ziglar motivation and ragamuffin faith, Tommy delivers powerful, life-changing messages filled with humor, hope, and enthusiasm.

Tommy will empower, entertain and energize audiences to achieve extraordinary results and live a life beyond what they ever dreamed possible.

Tommy is dedicated to helping you make your next event the best you’ll ever experience. Your audience will laugh, learn and be inspired as he mixes enthusiasm and humor with motivational stories to deliver a high content message. You will look like a rockstar for hiring Tommy Lanham!

Motivation to Move Forward

Next week I am going on a personal retreat to prepare my heart, mind, and soul for 2018. I will take this time to reflect on 2017 and what went well and what are some areas I can improve.

I will set some specific goals for 2018 and begin the process of developing my 2018 vision board. Through this process, I get myself focused for the year ahead. As I celebrate my victories and learn from mistakes of 2017, I will move forward into 2018 with great enthusiasm!

In Philippians 3:12-14 Paul teaches us about forgetting the past and moving forward toward our goals.  “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do:  Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (NIV).

He is teaching us that it does not matter what has happened in the past, but we are to focus on the future.  It does not matter how many times you have failed, messed up, or fallen flat on your face, get up… dust yourself off… keep straining toward the goal ahead of you.  Realize that failure is an event, not a person.  Yesterday ended last night and tomorrow is a brand new day.  It is not going to be easy, that is why Paul uses the word “straining,” but it will be worth it when you press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called you heavenward in Christ Jesus.

As you move into 2018, celebrate your past victories, learn from your past failures and use both as motivation to move forward. Do not let your past hold you back. Keep moving forward!

2018 holds brand new opportunities for you. Will you take hold of those opportunities or will you be too chained to your past to even see those opportunities? My encouragement to you is to forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead, press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called you heavenward in Christ Jesus!


I offer one FREE 45-55 minute coaching session, done over the phone at a time that is convenient for you.  In this short call, we will work together to:

  • discover a path you want to take and
  • if I’m the best choice to help you navigate that path.

Take 30 seconds and register for your free session.  It may be the best step you’ve ever taken towards making your life something better than you ever dreamed.


Click Here for 2 free goal-setting helps: “Dream List” and “Goal-Setting Funsheet”

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_MG_6842cropTommy Lanham is on a mission to break the monotony of the mundane and mediocre by bringing as much enthusiasm to as many businesses, ministries, marriages and individual lives as he possibly can because that is the power of enthusiasm!

He is a dynamic, award-winning speaker who has been training individuals and organizations to ignite their God-given potential for 25 years. With a unique blend of Ziglar motivation and ragamuffin faith, Tommy delivers powerful, life-changing messages filled with humor, hope, and enthusiasm.

Tommy will empower, entertain and energize audiences to achieve extraordinary results and live a life beyond what they ever dreamed possible.

Tommy is dedicated to helping you make your next event the best you’ll ever experience. Your audience will laugh, learn and be inspired as he mixes enthusiasm and humor with motivational stories to deliver a high content message. You will look like a rockstar for hiring Tommy Lanham!

 

Action Steps to Organize Your Pipe Dream Into Reality

Many of us have dreams, but what separates pipe dreaming from what I call organized dreaming? Written down action steps! Once you begin to write down specific action steps toward your dreams, you begin to move from a mere goal setter to goal getter.

Action steps are the steps of action you must take in order to press on toward your goal.  Paul, the New Testament writer, wrote these words to the church in Philippi, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do:  Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 3:12-14, NIV).

Although Paul did not use the term, he is talking about action steps.  When you are “straining toward what is ahead” in order to “press on toward the goal,” you are taking action steps.  And in order for you to take the best action steps, you must write down the action steps you need to take.

Notice Paul did not say he had already reached his goal but that he was “pressing on” to take hold of it.  You could possibly call your “action steps” your “pressing on steps.”  Paul also points out that he is pressing on “to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”  Remember, goals are Godly Objectives Assuring Lasting Significance.  If you know anything about the Bible, church history or you have been to church more than twice, you will know that Paul definitely achieved lasting significance.  His goals were Godly Objectives.

As you approach the end of 2017 I know you have some goals you want to achieve in 2018. How will your next year be any different than your last year? The answer is in writing down a plan of action to achieve your goals…ACTION STEPS!


I bring to the table a set of professional skills to help you identify what you really want in life, design action plans to reach those goals and get those things accomplished.

I offer one FREE 45-55 minute coaching session, done over the phone at a time that is convenient for you.  In this short call, we will work together to:

  • discover a path you want to take and
  • if I’m the best choice to help you navigate that path.

Take 30 seconds and register for your free session.  It may be the best step you’ve ever taken towards making your life something better than you ever dreamed.


Click Here for 2 free goal-setting helps: “Dream List” and “Goal-Setting Funsheet”

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_MG_6842cropTommy Lanham is a dynamic, award-winning speaker who has been training individuals and organizations to ignite their God-given potential for 25 years. With a unique blend of Ziglar motivation and ragamuffin faith, Tommy delivers powerful, life-changing messages filled with humor, hope, and enthusiasm.

Tommy will empower, entertain and energize audiences to achieve extraordinary results and live a life beyond what they ever dreamed possible.

Tommy is dedicated to helping you make your next event the best you’ll ever experience. Your audience will laugh, learn and be inspired as he mixes enthusiasm and humor with motivational stories to deliver a high content message. You will look like a rockstar for hiring Tommy Lanham!

 

 

 

How To Keep Up Your Momentum (Video)

Leaders are lifelong learners. Never stop feeding your mind and your soul.


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_MG_6842cropTommy Lanham is a dynamic, award-winning speaker who has been training individuals and organizations to ignite their God-given potential for 25 years. With a unique blend of Ziglar motivation and ragamuffin faith, Tommy delivers powerful, life-changing messages filled with humor, hope, and enthusiasm.

Tommy will empower, entertain and energize audiences to achieve extraordinary results and live a life beyond what they ever dreamed possible.

Tommy is dedicated to helping you make your next event the best you’ll ever experience. Your audience will laugh, learn and be inspired as he mixes enthusiasm and humor with motivational stories to deliver a high content message. You will look like a rockstar for hiring Tommy Lanham!

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How to Keep Up Your Momentum

2017092895115407[1]As many of you know I went to the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) World Conference in Nashville, Tennessee last week. It was my 5th AACC World Conference. I went to be filled and I came home overflowing.

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I am not a counselor, but there is a life coaching track and a leadership coaching track that I typically attend. It is great to meet with other Christian coaches who are wanting to get better equipped to do what God has called them to do. It is also great to get to learn from some of the best coaches in the field such as Dwight Bain, Georgia Shaffer, Dr. Katie Brazelton, Shannon Ethridge and others.

2017093095100725[1]Every time I go to this conference, I not only get filled with tons of great information, I regain my momentum to help dreamers, believers and achievers discover their unique path to their God-given potential. Not only do I attend the workshops and main sessions, I also purchase books and CD’s to continue that momentum even after the conference is over. I love going to the AACC World Conference! Not only is it great for me it is great for those I serve because I am able to serve them better.

How are you feeding your mind and soul? What conferences are you going to? What books are you reading? What audios are you listening to? What coaches are you working with?

2017093095140655[1]Look for conferences, seminars, and classes to attend to be better equipped for what it is you do. Leaders are lifelong learners. Never stop feeding your mind and your soul.

The AACC World Conference is one of my favorite and most valuable conferences I attend, but it is by no means the only one I attend. As a 2017093095103939[1]minister, I attend the Kentucky Minister’s Retreat almost every year. As a spouse, I am always looking for marriage events to attend. I look for anything that can help me become better at what I do.

What is your next step? Schedule a conference, seminar, or class. Read a book that helps you become better at being who God created you to be.  Hire a coach (click here to schedule one FREE coaching session with me.)

What is your next step?


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Tommy will empower, entertain and energize audiences to achieve extraordinary results and live a life beyond what they ever dreamed possible.

Tommy is dedicated to helping you make your next event the best you’ll ever experience. Your audience will laugh, learn and be inspired as he mixes enthusiasm and humor with motivational stories to deliver a high content message. You will look like a rockstar for hiring Tommy Lanham!

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You Cannot Stay Here (Video)

“Staycations” might be nice. But if we want to climb to our God-given potential, we cannot live our life like a “staycation.” We must be moving forward, climbing upward, and “pressing on toward the goal for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14, NIV).


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Tommy will empower, entertain and energize audiences to achieve extraordinary results and live a life beyond what they ever dreamed possible.

Tommy is dedicated to helping you make your next event the best you’ll ever experience. Your audience will laugh, learn and be inspired as he mixes enthusiasm and humor with motivational stories to deliver a high content message. You will look like a rockstar for hiring Tommy Lanham!

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You Cannot Stay Here

_MG_7632Last week my family and I had a “staycation”. It is where we use our vacation time to stay home. Some people use these to do home improvement projects around the house. However, we used ours to just have a comfortable week with little to no plans.

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Our family did some activities that were close to home. We went to the Ark Encounter in Williamsport, Kentucky; we went to Laurel Lake for a few days and played in the water, went fishing, and learned how to operate a pontoon boat. Sidenote:  I only had to get out in the water and get it unstuck twice!

_MG_7537We had a fun time simply enjoying each other’s company and making memories together. It was relaxed, calm, and serene. It was needed, but…

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I could not wait to get back into the swing of things. I could not wait to continue following my dream. I could not wait to be a productive contributor through my calling. I could not wait to continue leading a rebellion against the mundane by helping dreamers, believers, and achievers climb to their God-given potential through the power of enthusiasm.

I love what I do! This is not something I just do between weekends. Even though I enthusiastically enjoyed my vacation with my family, I could not wait to get back to my calling.

I read a quote one time that said, “Do work you do not need a vacation from.” Although I do believe periodical vacations can help us refuel even when we are doing something we love, I still understand and appreciate the sentiment.

In his book, “Caught Between a Dream and a Job”, Delatorro McNeal says there are three kinds of jobs: 1. Your dream job; 2. Stepping stone jobs; and 3. Dead end jobs. Where are you? Are you doing your dream job? Are you working toward your dream job? Or are you just settling for something that pays the bills? There is nothing wrong with where you are… Just don’t stay there.

There is a church in London, Kentucky that has a motto that goes like this: “We can’t stay here.” Insinuating that they cannot settle. They have decided not to settle with their failures or their successes. They have to move forward. They cannot just stay where they are.

There is an African tribe that uses a phrase they feel puts a horrible curse on people. The phrase is: “May you stay in one place forever.” That truly would be a horrible curse.

DSCF7989“Staycations” might be nice. But if we want to climb to our God-given potential, we cannot live our life like a “staycation.” We must be moving forward, climbing upward, and “pressing on toward the goal for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14, NIV).

Where is God leading you to press on? What is the next step in climbing to your God-given potential? Never settle, live with enthusiasm, and turn the world upside down!


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Tommy will empower, entertain and energize audiences to achieve extraordinary results and live a life beyond what they ever dreamed possible.

Tommy is dedicated to helping you make your next event the best you’ll ever experience. Your audience will laugh, learn and be inspired as he mixes enthusiasm and humor with motivational stories to deliver a high content message. You will look like a rockstar for hiring Tommy Lanham!

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Put the Oxygen Mask on Yourself First

 

Fuel Your Enthusiasm!


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Tommy will empower, entertain and energize audiences to achieve extraordinary results and live a life beyond what they ever dreamed possible.

Tommy is dedicated to helping you make your next event the best you’ll ever experience. Your audience will laugh, learn and be inspired as he mixes enthusiasm and humor with motivational stories to deliver a high content message. You will look like a rockstar for hiring Tommy Lanham!

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Can We Afford Not To? (Video)

No matter who you are or where you are, if you will simply discover what it is that stirs up your enthusiasm and simply spend at least one hour a day on that for at least five years you will become an expert on that subject.


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_MG_6842cropTommy Lanham is a dynamic, award-winning speaker who has been training individuals and organizations to ignite their God-given potential for 25 years. With a unique blend of Ziglar motivation and ragamuffin faith, Tommy delivers powerful, life-changing messages filled with humor, hope, and enthusiasm.

Tommy will empower, entertain and energize audiences to achieve extraordinary results and live a life beyond what they ever dreamed possible.

Tommy is dedicated to helping you make your next event the best you’ll ever experience. Your audience will laugh, learn and be inspired as he mixes enthusiasm and humor with motivational stories to deliver a high content message. You will look like a rockstar for hiring Tommy Lanham!

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