Amazing????

Is this a sign I am going in the right direction?  As I was completing the final edits on my blog this week, I received this from Keith:

Today, I’d like to send you a thought about being happy with your life after having a stroke.

First of all, I realize that this is a weird time with the whole Covid thing going on. It is tough when you can’t see your family and friends like your used to. Even when you do, you have to be careful and “Social Distance” yourself.

Then, with all of the chaos that is taking place for us right now…anger, injustice, racism, and just a question of our own future, it makes for a tough time.

But, I’d like to talk about your own personal happiness right now.

It’s as if no-one wants to show their good attitude to others due to all of the problems we see in our society today.

We feel guilty when we show a positive attitude, especially after having had a stroke.

We ask ourselves the questions; “Who am I to be happy? How can I be the one who is leading the way by being a positive influence out in the world right now? Should I be depressed and down due to what I have went through?”

Please allow yourself the permission and gift of being happy!

Yes, you can be concerned about all of things that are going on in your life currently.

At the same time you can still work toward making your life, and the life of others, a great place to be.

I’ve been generally happy my whole life.

Not that I haven’t been broke and lost it all in the past, failed many times (more than I want to admit), felt tired and ready to give up, moved around and around trying to find my place.

I’ve been depressed and discouraged, especially after having the stroke.

No doubt I’ve also been very lucky, and blessed with so many great friends and family (not to mention my incredible wife) in my life.

But being positive with all of the STUFF we have gone through is a CHOICE!

It is sometimes very hard to change, I get it. However, you can make this change if you need to. 

I am reminded of my own Dad when I am feeling sorry for myself. He has gone through a ton in his life…Had cancer when he was in his 30’s, lost his business, broke his neck (was shoeing a horse, and got pushed over into a huge tractor tire), had a stroke recently, and yet still has a great attitude at the age of 83. We tease him and tell him he has 9 lives!

He has made the choice to be happy.

I know it’s not always easy! It’s difficult to find happiness in life. Remember, you are not the only one that has gone through tough times. We all do.

However, you can make the choice to work on yourself and grow your own joy.

Don’t be ashamed of being the one who chooses to be happy.

It can be a great power for you, and set a great example for those you care about and love.

Have a great week!

Keith

This is the kind of thing I want to focus on in my blog…and I received it AFTER I wrote my blog. I don’t know about you, but I think this was a sign that I am going in the right direction!

I Know What You Are Thinking….

Wait… didn’t you write to us yesterday?

Yes I did…but I am becoming bored!  Aren’t you?

It is my birthday...and many people are writing to wish me good cheer. So I am sitting by my computer acknowledging the well wishes.

No story would be complete without the mention of the Corona Virus. My guess is that EVERYONE is tired of hearing about it and welcomes when it is over.

You can go back to my very FIRST blog in July 2012 and read how is quickly coming up on my 4 year anniversary of my stroke; that was 602 Blogs ago! Can you believe it has been 602 Blog Posts?

When I started, I figured I can go for 100 of so Blogs; but here I am at 602! My first few year a blogging, I had pictures, but I had to delete them because I was sued.  I guess they don’t appreciate using the photos that other posted on line. Now I pay a licensing fee to ShutterStock so I can use their photos.  I must say, they have some awesome pics.

Anyway, thanks for reading this.

I don’t realize when I am having an impact…..

Impacting others is a theme I have when writing my blog posts.  Each post, I get an overview of how many people read my blog.  When I write something REALLY personal, I get a large number of readers…and I get personal emails of how I impacted that reader.  When I wrote about retirement a few days ago, I got this response and asked if I can use it in my blog.  She graciously said yes:

Gordon,

I met you and your sweet wife at a Portland Executives meeting a couple years ago or more.

I have enjoyed following your blogs and your journey.  I know you can’t speak but does the typing for your blog still bring you joy?  Your thoughts in the blog are an encouragement to so many I’m sure.  

I was treated a year ago for what was initially thought to be a stroke.  It didn’t turn out to be one however it was a migraine acting like a stroke.  Determined probable cause – stress. Imagine that.  I’ve really worked at becoming unhurried and learning how to relax and enjoy the moments in my life.  Patience does not come easily as you know.  I remember some years ago when my husband was dying of cancer I realized everything in life comes from inside ourselves and of course through God in our lives.  Yet it took me years to begin working on the inside.

It’s not that I don’t think you know any of these things, I have seen much of it in your blog.  I just wonder if you are looking too hard for fulfillment in retirement. Please forgive my thoughts if they intrude or are things you’ve already considered.  Retirement is for what we’ve longed for during our lives, time to give to others, time to study something that won’t make us any money but will enrich our soul.  

Think about what you want to retire from – that is important.  But keep the things that still feed your soul.  I will continue to keep you in my prayers as I think of you.  Keep up the good work, your life is an encouragement to others whether we can speak or not.  

With hugs, Jan

# 1 on the BLOG list…

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I had an idea.  What if I looked at the 37 Blog Post Ideas I got from Andrea Sullenger and picked one idea to write about?  Let us see how it goes.

First on the list: What idea that triggered your start?

That’s easy: I had a stroke.

After people learned about what had happened, they all wanted to meet with me when I came back. The problem was that I came back too soon.  I would walk into a meeting, with Jill by my side, and I couldn’t say anything.  I knew what I wanted to say, but it wouldn’t come out.

Then, I had a plan.  I would practice BEFORE the meeting and I felt I really understood the meeting before I arrived.  But when I arrived, the same thing would happen.  I would get stuck after 1 quick sentence.  I couldn’t even get out the information I had practiced.

Then I had another great idea: I would be part of The Olsen Group’s Team.  It seemed like a good idea, but really, I still couldn’t talk.  Jill would fill in where I couldn’t.  It turned out to be Jill 90%, Me 10%!

I had tried it for two years. What could I do?  Stay with the Olsen Group and get paid for something Jill did?

During all this, I was going to deliver a speech to my friends who had helped us though this ordeal.  I practiced the speech for 8 months before I was able to deliver it. Then the night came.  When I was done, the audience stood and applauded!  I couldn’t believe it; each person was moved in a different way.  The response: Tell this story to EVERYONE!

So, you have my 80 friends to thank!

37 Blog Post Ideas

 

                           blogstarter.com

It’s no secret. Blogging is crucial to your business. If you don’t have a blog, get moving and make it happen.

You might be saying, but what am I going to blog about. This is your lucky day, because I’m offering up 37 blog post ideas so you won’t be stuck on a topic.

  1. The idea that triggered your start
  2. A photo showing a positive moment during training or speaking with text
  3. Talk about one positive transition that can happen to a person as a result of implementing one of your ideas
  4. Features of your training or coaching method
  5. One trick you use to stay on track in your business
  6. A video testimonial with transcribed text
  7. 3 reasons not to attend your training session ie. You want to stay in a dead-end job etc.
  8. A review of a book related to your niche
  9. 3 ways you would lose if you didn’t sign up for the newest training
  10. A commentary on how you found your passion
  11. 5 Questions a customer should ask before purchasing your book or training
  12. An audio testimonial
  13. A transcript of a commercial, webinar or interview you did
  14. A review of a movie that has a connection to your topic
  15. Compile a list of pain points which would send a client to you
  16. An interview with one of your satisfied clients
  17. Why you use social media in your business
  18. A written testimonial
  19. A commentary on a seminar you attended
  20. A summary of a periscope broadcast you did or viewed
  21. Create a contest for your clients and explain how it works
  22. An interview with one of your employees, associates or virtual assistants
  23. A review of another blog post (with their permission)
  24. Make a completely incorrect statement about your niche, explain how some people are misled, then set them straight and emphasize the facts
  25. A way to effectively implement one of your lesser-known strategies
  26. Create a challenge for yourself, and then report on your progress
  27. A review of a webinar you watched which was connected to your business
  28. Make a list of reasons why your training or book rocks
  29. Do a survey related to your field
  30. A personal story about a business success in the last week
  31. Ask a question related to your niche and proceed to answer it in detail
  32. A commentary on a news article that ties into your niche
  33. Create a review of an app you use in your business
  34. Come up with a survey about one aspect of your training or coaching
  35. Blog about a celebrity and connect it to your niche
  36. Invite another blogger to do a guest blog, and then write a blog in response
  37. Post a video of yourself telling a story about a win you recently experienced, then transcribe your story

As you write blogs from this list, check them off. As you think of other blog ideas, add them to the list. Keep up your awesome blogging momentum and your business will thank you.

Go write your blog!

See more at http://www.andreasullenger.com

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We were featured on the Radio!

KKPZ featured Jill Viggiano on their recent radio program!  Did you hear it?

If you didn’t to listen, KKPZ gave us a link to the program so more people could hear our talk.  Actually, the talk was mostly Jill speaking.  I had trouble getting my words out!  If you listen closely, you MAY hear me mutter a few things.

When you listen to it, send me a note (back to this blog page) and let me know what you thought of it.  Was it too long, too short, was there good info on it, etc.