So here is the thing…the last time I wrote on this blog was September at the time I was doing great and making some strides in some areas that were important to me, primarily my fitness. Then October 12 came and I felt a pop in my shoulder and the next day woke up with a swollen shoulder the size of a coconut. On the 18th I had surgery to repair a torn labrum and a torn biceps tendon in my right shoulder that would take me out of commission for 4-6 months, so they said. Needless to say at this time my focus was not on this blog and to be honest my focus was more on my selfish self than anything. How would I recover; what would I look like afterwards; will I be able to do what I like to do. Surgery is not a fun thing and the immediate recovery is rough on the body with all the drugs they give you and the discomfort you are in. Thankfully I had a great support structure with my wife Kathy and some very great friends and family who helped me along the way. I know that I slipped into a bit of depression and abandoned some of my responsibilities as a man, father and husband and I am thankful that my wife challenged me to step up.
One of the things that you learn when you are down and not able to do what you expect is how in tune you are with Gods Will for you. There was a distinct reason I was struck down at that time. There was another focus that I needed to have and that focus was on my family and what was best for them. As much as it hurt my soul being injured allowed me to pour my heart and full effort into our Advocare Team and our business. It took my mind away from myself and the pursuits I had for me and placed them on what could help and impact my family’s life and other families lives.
See many people want to pigeon-hole Advocare into another supplement company that has a lot of unpaid endorsers and some people who “get paid”. Well in what I have experienced in the last 6 months I can wholeheartedly tell you that is not true. Advocare, in our world is an answer to many prayers and it’s a testimony to fellowship, humility and service to others. See in order to be successful you must be willing to want to make an impact. That is not a concept that is only true with Advocare but in life. You live a life of insignificance if you are not positively impacting someone on a daily basis. What Advocare has allowed us to do is positively impact more people than we ever imagined we would ever impact in our entire life. People always ask me HOW, how have you become successful in Advocare is a short time. HOW have you gone from $500 a month to $6000 a month. HOW have you developed a team of people who see what you see. I will answer it this way, and it has been said many times in Advocare, don’t ask me HOW ask me WHY. Why did I decide to make a change in my life that will alter the course of my family’s future forever? Why did I make a decision that I wanted more out of life? Why did I decide to get paid what I was worth and not what someone said I was worth? Why did I decide to do more now to have more later? That’s the right question and the answer is simple: My Family!
My WHY is very simple and I can sum it up in an event that took place one day in October. I was putting my son Grafton down to sleep, as I do every night, and were going through our routine of prayer and discussion. I asked Grafton if he was going to come visit me at work the next day and he said “yes, go see daddy at work!” I said good and then he said something that stabbed me deep in my heart and made my purpose crystal clear with Advocare. He said ” I come see you at work because daddy lives at work.”
Look, I know not everyone reading this is a father and that may not hit you like it hit me but what I knew from that point on was I was going to do whatever God allowed me to do to be able to tell him that daddy’s work is at home with Grafton. Yeah, yeah I know we all have to work, and we need a job to survive and it’s part of the deal that you have to leave your kids to provide for them. But what if that’s not true? What if someone came up to you and told you there was a way to earn the income you earn at your current job, at home helping others be physically and financially healthy?? What if someone made you aware that life does not have to be lived on someone else’s terms and that you can build your own legacy and not someone else’s? What if by reaching out to those you care about and wanting to make an impact their life you could free up time?
We live in a world where society has dictated that we should all be on a level playing field. I simply ask the question why? Why should I work 12 hour days, miss my child’s life, build someone else’s empire knowing I will never move past my current situation. Why not change my perspective, invest in myself and others, become a leader and free up time to raise my child the way God intended me too?
The question always comes back to why, so I ask why not? Why not seek more, learn more, be more, believe more? Why not live the life God intended you to when he put you on this earth? Why not???
When you become a leader in life you realize that you have a responsibility to people and people depend on your for direction, love, encouragement, and praise. You realize that you can dynamically change a persons perspective with one word or one phrase. You enable people to do more in life then they ever imagined because you instill confidence and belief in them. Unfortunately there is not much of that going on in corporate America, so I chose to become the leader that God made me and show people the other side.
This mindset, this shift in my thinking started with a simple surgery and a conversation with a 2-year-old. These instances remind me of the uncommon power of God. He puts us in situations that force us to make a decision either comfortable or uncomfortable. And when we choose the right one, the one that forces us to dream…forces us to believe there is more….that we are GREATER…. he rewards us with blessings.