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!


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.

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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.


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!

3 Simple Strategies to Deal With Discouragement

In your opinion, what is the biggest obstacle to people reaching their goals?

A couple of weeks ago I asked this question on Facebook. One of the top answers was: “the discouragement of other people.” David Wilkinson, in his book “The Dream Giver”, identifies four different types of people who discourage us from reaching our goals:

  • The Alarmist: They say, “It’s not safe!” They are motivated by fear and tends to exaggerate the risks.
  • The Traditionalist: They say, “It’s not the way we do it!” They do not like change. They often romanticize the past and they are motivated by custom and routine.
  • The Defeatist: They say, “It’s not possible!” They see problems everywhere. They are certain you cannot achieve your goal or dream.
  • The Antagonist: They say, “I won’t let you!” They use authority or intimidation to block your path. They come against you because they are afraid they will lose money or control. Or they may just not like you or what you are doing. (p. 104).

These can be family, friends, co-workers, bosses, neighbors, and sometimes, complete strangers. For some reason, some people just do not want you to follow your dreams or achieve your goals. So, what do you do about it? I am glad you asked. Here are three suggestions:

  1. Change who you spend most of your time with.

We are typically the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Be intentional about who you are around most of the time. You may not be able to completely control who you are around, but you can to some extent.

Hang around with people who dream and are goal oriented. Look for people to dream with you. Hang around people who support you in your enthusiastic journey toward your God-given potential.

  1. Change your self-talk.

Shad Helmstetter says, “by the time a person is 18 years old they have heard ‘no’ or ‘you can’t do that’ over 148,000 times.” If you hear “no” or “you can’t do that” over 148,000 times you will begin to believe it. Those messages that have been programmed into our minds continue to speak to us.

We must change that negative self-talk into positive self-talk. We must reprogram our minds. The best way to do that is to be more intentional about positive self-talk instead of just using negative self-talk by default.

As we make that change, it will change our thoughts, which will change our beliefs, which will change our feelings, which will change our actions, which will change our results. We cannot always change what other people tell us, but we can change what we tell ourselves.

  1. Hire a coach.

A coach helps you overcome the obstacles in your way so you can better and more quickly achieve your goals. Thomas Leonard put it this way, “a coach helps people set goals, do more than they would have done on their own, and improve focus as to produce results more quickly.” When you are dealing with the discouragement of others, a coach can help you put things in perspective instead of being sidetracked by other people’s negativity.

Here are some statistics on coaching:

  • 80% of people who receive coaching report increased self-confidence,
  • 70% benefit from improved work performance, relationships, and more effective communication skills
  • 86% of companies report that they recouped their investment on coaching and more (source: ICF 2009).

Most coaches offer one FREE introductory session. I would encourage you to find three coaches that look like they may be a good fit for you and schedule a FREE session with each one. Then choose one to work with so you can work past the negative input of other people. A good coach will always be an encourager that helps you stretch beyond your comfort zone. You can sign-up for a FREE coaching session with me here.

Getting past those negative influences is not an easy task. It takes finding more positive people to be around, changing your self-talk, and working with an encouraging coach to break through the negativity into the person God has created you to be. God has not called you to be a part of the mediocre, he has called you to greatness!

Which action will you take today?


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!

 

 

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Top 10 Reasons You Need a Vision Board

Last year my wife, kids, and I created vision boards for 2017. We all made individual vision boards and we also did a family vision board together.  We will do the same thing for 2018!!

Almost every night, we get together before bedtime and each one of us gets to say what we did that day to get us closer to reaching the goals on our vision board. Here’s a clip from a Facebook Live where I demonstrate the first few minutes of our nightly routine. We keep our vision boards where we can see them. I keep mine in my office, the kids keep theirs in their rooms, my wife keeps hers in our hallway (she is brave) where we also keep our family vision board. This way we are constantly reminded of what we want the year to look like.

So, why do I need a vision board? I am glad you asked. There are several reasons, but I have developed a list of my top ten reasons:

#10.  Visualization of Your Goals.
This one is kind of self explanatory…..

#9.  Makes Dreams More Clear.
When you have a picture representing your dream or goal it becomes clearer in your mind.

#8.  Gives Motivation.
Out of sight, out of mind, out of motivation. In sight, in mind, plenty of motivation.

#7.  Increases Imagination.
The most powerful nation in the world is…imagination! As you go through the process of finding the right picture or quote for your goals, it jump-starts your imagination. The more imagination you have the more likely you are to reach your goals.

#6.  Greater Awareness.
When you keep your vision board in a place where it will be seen several times a day it keeps you constantly aware of your goals. This constant reminder will keep you more focused and more likely to accomplish the goals on your board. This is what a map or GPS does for us when we are driving. It is what a vision board does for us while we are dreaming!

#5.  Accountability.
A vision board is a consistent reminder of what you said you wanted. We all need accountability in our lives and a vision board is one more accountability partner. Sure it will not verbally talk, but if you keep it where you will see it several times a day it will speak to you…if you listen! Plus, other people in your home will see it and ask about it. When they do, you want to be able to confidently tell them what you have accomplished.

#4.  Clarity.
The process of developing a vision board will help you get clear on your goals. First, you must simply decide what goals you want to reach. Then go through the vision board making process.

As you seek out the picture, quotes, symbols, etc. to help you visualize your goals it gives you more clarity. As you look at those pictures and quotes daily your goals become clearer. Also, the steps to achieve those goals become clearer as well.

#3.  Increases Success.
Simply stated, you are more likely to accomplish your goals with a vision board. Again, because of the everyday reminder, it helps you to move in the direction of your goals. It is not magical, as some have stated, but it is powerful in moving you toward what you constantly see. They are so effective that many businesses have started using them.

According to Eilene Zimmerman, a writer from Forbes said that TD Bank has surveyed more than 1100 people and 500 small business owners nationwide. And the survey discovered that those who created a vision board that relates to their goals are almost twice more confident they will achieve their goals than those who do not. And the survey also showed that 82% of the small business owners that used a vision board reported that they have accomplished more than half of the goals they included on that board. (Full article found here.)

The success of using vision boards is valid. When the mind has a consistent picture of your future, it works harder to create it. The reason most goals are not accomplished is not that we can’t do it, but because we do not keep the picture in our head.

#2.  Focus.
In my book, GOALS: Godly Objectives Assuring Lasting Significance, I write “Genius has been described as the ‘ability to focus on one thing at a time.’” Where focus goes, energy flows. Without focus, you are very unlikely to accomplish your goals. Almost any significant accomplishment has had intensive focus.

If you struggle with focus a vision board will greatly improve your focus. It creates a stronger visual which will make focus more natural. When focus becomes easy and more natural, you are much more likely to do it. Remember, where focus goes, energy flows.

So, what is the NUMBER ONE reason to create a vision board in preparation for 2018…… (drum roll please…..)

#1. IT IS FUN!
It is just plain fun! It is fun to get together with other dreamers, believers, and achievers. It is fun to dream about the possibilities of 2018. It is fun to find that one special picture or quote that represents your dream.

It is fun to be creative like a kid again. It is fun to create, color, glue, draw, and paste with purpose and meaning!

The environment is fun! Everyone is sharing with one another and supporting each other. Most importantly it is fun to watch how you accomplish new goals through the year and you get to circle that goal on your vision board and celebrate…Have a party!!!

My family and I love doing vision boards. They keep us on task. And they make our upcoming year the best it can be!

When will you be doing your vision board?

Are you within a few hours of London, KY?  I’m hosting a Vision Board Party Friday, December 8th.  Very limited seating. Click here for more details.


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”

Subscribe to the YouTube channel to get notified when new videos are posted! 


_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!

 

 

What To Do With Obstacles

One of the important aspects of achieving our goals is often overlooked. That aspect is…. the obstacles in our way. What role do obstacles play in our journey to achieve our goals?

Obstacles, when looked at correctly, can often help us reach our goals.  “We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us.”  (Romans 5:3-5, NIV).  I think you would agree that having hope definitely helps us achieve those goals.  And what produces hope?  Character!  “The noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.” (Isaiah 32:8, NIV).  Noble means of outstanding character.  And what produces character?  Perseverance.  Perseverance is the ability to continue on after the excitement is over.  Perseverance is being committed no matter what.  And what produces perseverance?  Suffering.  Suffering is what the obstacles in your way often cause.

Now you have to ask yourself this question… “What am I going to do about it?  Am I going to let this obstacle kill my chances of achieving this goal or will it produce in me perseverance, character, and hope?”  The latter choice will “not disappoint us” while the former choice will cause us some level of disappointment for the rest of our lives.

BIRDS AND AIR

Have you ever stopped to think that air is the only obstacle that a bird in flight typically faces?  Yet without the air, the bird falls to the ground instantly?  Often times it is the same way with our obstacles.  So, do not bad-mouth your obstacles too quickly.  They just might be the only thing keeping you going.

Keep in mind you do not want to focus too heavily on your obstacles.  John Maxwell says, “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.”  Do not let your obstacles take your eyes off your goals.  Instead, see them for what they are: stepping stones toward your goals.  Think about it, it is much easier to climb a rough mountain than it is a smooth one because the roughness provides the footholds.  That is what obstacles provide on your journey toward your goals.

We must identify those obstacles that are keeping us from reaching our goals. We must identify at least one action step for each obstacle. When we put those action steps into place we are on our way to achieving our goals.  Need some help?


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”

Subscribe to the YouTube channel to get notified when new videos are posted!


_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!

 

 

 

Organized Dreaming – 5 Real Steps to Turn Your Dreams Into Reality

When I first got into personal development material, 20 years ago, I got frustrated with all the numerous steps that each author or speaker would teach. I decided I would take all the audios and books on goals and try to find the few characteristics that they all had in common. Then, I did a Bible study on goals. I came up with five simple steps to achieving your goals…Sort of…

This is what I call…Organized Dreaming!

Before we get into the five steps of goal achievement, we need to come up with our “Be, Do, Have” lists.  Some people call it their “dream list.”  It does not matter what you call it as long as you make one.  I offer these FREE worksheets on my website or make your own.  Here is how it works.

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Get three sheets of paper.  At the top of the first page write “Be”, on the top of the second, write “Do” and on top of the third, write “Have.”  Then go back to the page labeled “Be” and begin to write down everything you want to “be.”  I mean everything!  Do not hold anything back, just let your imagination run wild.  This is a brainstorming exercise so there are no wrong answers.  Write down the crazy, the mundane; the big, the little; the simple, the far-fetched; the ordinary, the extraordinary… write it all!

When you can no longer think of anything to write on your “Be” list, then go to your “Do” list and write down everything you want to “do.”  Then go to your “Have” list and write down everything you want to “have.”  Remember, there are no wrong answers so let your imagination run wild.  Some of your answers will be comical and others will be inspiring… all because of your imagination, and remember, the most powerful nation in the world is… Imagination!

Once you have finished doing all three pages, keep those with you for at least 24 – 48 hours so that when you get another idea you can quickly write it down before you forget it.  Continue to let your imagination run wild. Write down even the silly stuff, until you just can’t think of anything else you would like to be, do, or have.  Remember, you can always go back and add to this list for the rest of your life.  As a matter of fact, I encourage you to do so.

focus-mattersNow it is time to pick a focus goal! Out of your three lists of goals, pick one from each list.  If you could only keep one, this is the one you would choose. This should leave you with three goals, one from each list. Now, out of the three selected, pick one goal. Once you pick one goal from your “Be, Do, Have” list (or dream list), you are ready to go through the goals program which includes these five steps:

G.O.A.L.S.

  1. Goal: Write down your focus goal.
  2. Obstacles: What is keeping you from reaching this goal?
  3. Action Steps: How do I overcome each obstacle?
  4. Little Bit O’ Help: Who and what is going to help me?
  5. Set a Date: A goal without a date is not really a goal.

That is it! 5 simple steps to achieving your goals. Five simple steps to making your dreams come true!  Now what?

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.

Schedule your free session here.  If you don’t do it now, you may never make this a priority.  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!

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Do You Want to Change the World With Me?

Back in August, in my blog titled, Well-Rounded People Have No Point, I made this statement: “Well-rounded people may be good people. I am not putting them down. They are contributors to their communities. They live stable lives. But intensely focused people…They change the world!” Someone commented that some intensely focused people have changed the world in a bad way.

I have to agree. Some people have changed the world in a bad way. Some people are intensely focused in the wrong direction. However, I would argue that is why we need intensely focused people to change the world in a positive way, people who are intensely focused in the RIGHT direction.

We need people who are so goal-oriented, and intensely focused, that they make this world a better place. They are driven to make the biggest positive impact they possibly can. We need some intensely focused people to change the world…for the better!

keep-calm-and-focus-your-goalsOf course, you have to set the right kind of goals for this to be true.  What do I mean by the “right kind of goals?”  Positive!  Noble!  Godly!  Do not set goals that take you in the wrong direction.  You do not want to set a goal to do anything illegal, immoral, rude or that causes pain to yourself or someone else.  In the Bible (Old Testament) the prophet Isaiah wrote “… the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds, he stands.”  (Isaiah 32:8, NIV)

I also like the way The Message translation words it, “… those who are noble make plans, and stand for what is noble.”  (Isaiah 32:8, The Message).  As I look at that verse, it makes me think about goals.  First, the word noble means of outstanding character.  In other words, if you are a “noble man” or woman, then you are a person of outstanding character.  People of outstanding character make plans (or set goals) that reflect that character.  Then they take the action that is driven by their character in order to accomplish those goals.

Noble people set noble goals that create noble action.  If you are not a noble person, then your first goal should be to become a person of outstanding character.  Until you get that right, other goals will be harder, and oftentimes impossible, to accomplish.

The word “goals” truly does stand for Godly Objectives Assuring Lasting Significance.  Your objectives in attaining your goals must be godly.  If you are going in the direction God wants you to go then your goals must come from God.  God not only wants us to dream up big goals but I believe He actually implants them in our head and heart.  The only way that we can be assured lasting significance is to tap into those goals that God has given to each of us.  There is nothing any more significant than that.

Are you ready?  Are you ready to assure lasting significance through godly objectives?  Are you ready to make some simple changes of habit in order to create dramatic change in your life?

 If you said “Yes!”, then here we go!!

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


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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!

 

Do You Want to be Happier, Healthier and Wealthier?

 

set-goalOn more than one occasion I have been asked, “You are always talking about setting goals and writing down your goals…What is the point?” I used to be surprised by this question but I have been asked so often, I now come to expect it.

The answer is, of course, that people who write down their goals, develop a plan of action and actually work the plan experience amazing results.

You may ask, “What are these ‘amazing results’ of going through a goals program?”  David G. Jensen, Chief Administrative Officer at the Crump Institute of Biological Imaging for the UCLA School of Medicine, did a study and found that those people who set goals and develop a plan of action to reach those goals:

  • Earn an average of $4,000 more per month
  • Are more enthusiastic
  • Are more satisfied with life and work
  • Have happier marriages
  • Have better health and
  • Better performance

Are those good enough results for you?  Is that enough to get you motivated?  Regardless of who you are, I would be willing to say there is at least one of those six benefits you would like to experience in your life.  As for me, I would like to have all six!

Tcoaching with the brain in mindhrough additional research, David Rock and Linda J. Page explain in their book, Coaching With The Brain In Mind, that people who set goals also “exhibit increased self-confidence… and suffer less stress and anxiety” (p. 146). The truth is that setting and achieving goals is a healthy way to live. When done correctly it reduces stress and makes us healthier, happier people.

What is your goal for today? This week? This month? This year? If you want to have less stress and more happiness, start simple.  Write down one goal.  If you message me that goal – you’re more likely to reach it.

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Do You Want to Be A Genius?

One of my favorite places to eat is Cracker Barrel. I cannot remember there being a time that the Cracker Barrel restaurant did not exist. The town I grew up in is actually home to the eighth Cracker Barrel to ever open. It is not the first, but it is still pretty cool.

My wife and I both worked at Cracker Barrel when we were in college. We have fond memories of driving back to the Johnson Bible College campus after we got off work. And yes, even after working there, we still like their food.

peg-gameWe have carried on this tradition with our kids. They love to eat at Cracker Barrel as well. Plus, they love playing that triangle peg game.  You know, that game that determines how smart you are. According to that game, I am only one peg away from being a genius. Although, most of the time when I play, I actually leave three or four pegs, BUT one time, I only left two!!

Therefore, I am only one peg away from being a genius.  Cracker Barrell said so!

I guess Cracker Barrel’s definition of a genius may need some additional research to prove true. Maybe, just maybe, being a genius includes more than learning how to jump pegs on a triangle shaped piece of wood.

Dictionary definition of word genius

But what would really make a genius?

Genius has been described as the “ability to focus on one thing at a time.”  That is the purpose of having a goal.  Do you have goals?  Are they written down?  Have you worked through a goals program?

Actually going through a goals program will help you develop focus in your life in order to do more than you would have done on your own and to achieve results more quickly.

keep-calm-and-focus-your-goalsGoing through a goals program does take time and effort but the results are amazing.  A person who is successful has simply formed the habit of doing things that unsuccessful people will not do.

If you are going to get more out of life you gotta get up and do something.  Stop waiting for your “ship to come in!”  Your “ship” is out there but it is not coming in… you gotta get in a little row boat and row with all your heart to get out to it!  A goals program can help you do just that.

So, if you really want to become a genius learn how to set and take action toward a specific goal. Do not try to accomplish a whole list of goals. Pick one.

Because, even though getting Cracker Barrel’s triangle peg game down to one peg is pretty impressive, leaving one peg does not really define a genius, but perhaps, just perhaps, action toward one focus goal does.set-goal
*Excerpts taken from GOALS: Godly Objectives Assuring Lasting Significance


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Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

Stan McDanielMy college professor had a catch phrase he would use whenever the discussion seemed to get to a point of no resolution. A controversial conversation would be taking place and out of the blue Dr. Stan McDaniel would say, “Keep your eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith.” I think Dr. McDaniel or Stan as most of us knew him, reflected a pretty good philosophy with that statement.

Of course, that line comes straight out of the Bible; Hebrews 12:2, Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (NIV). What a way to look at the world by looking to Jesus. The Voice version of the Bible says “Now stay focused on Jesus.” In the midst of everything going on in the world and everything going on in our personal lives let us simply “Keep our eyes on Jesus.”

Not only is Jesus the “author and perfecter of our faith,” he is the one and only perfect example of how to live, think, feel, and believe. If we keep our focus on Jesus, we know we are moving in the right direction.

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When we get bombarded with social and political issues, when we find ourselves in the midst of a theological and doctrinal debate with others and even inside our own minds, when we are so distraught with the burdens of this life, let us keep our eyes on Jesus. When I am in the right state of mind, my focus is not on whether I am right and you are wrong. My focus is not on my financial situation.  My focus is not on the state of my country. My focus is on Jesus. All of these other issues only matter to me to the extent they are related to my focus being on Jesus.

So, thank you, Dr. Stan McDaniel, for helping me keep my focus where it needs to be in the midst of all the distractions. Thank you for giving me a go to verse in the midst of confusion. Thank you for influencing me to be influenced by Jesus!

As we go through the process of discovering our purpose, setting goals, and answering God’s call on our life, as we read and grow to become the best version of what God created us to be, as we climb to our God-given potential let us remember this:

“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed – that exhilarating finish in and with God – he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God” (Hebrews 12:2, The Message).


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