My speech yesterday at Gautier High School in Gautier, Mississippi was a very rewarding experience!

Yesterday was one of the most rewarding experiences of my speaking career.  Well… I’ve felt that feeling many times but it was a very rewarding experience.  I spoke to about 900 students at Gautier High School in Gautier, Mississippi.  The speech was in the gymnasium with students filling the bleachers on both sides of the gym.  Because they didn’t want students to know who the speaker was until I arrived, I wasn’t able to “feel” the room like I usually do.  So when I was introduced, it took me a while to become comfortable with the environment.  Once I got the hang of it, I got into a groove and really allowed myself speak from heart to hearts.  Usually, I know exactly what I’m going to say in a speech word for word.  But on this day, I could read the curiousity in the eyes of these kids and knew exactly where they wanted me to take the message.   I hope I did a good job.  Based on the response, I’m pretty sure I did.  I look forward to speaking to more high schools in Mississippi and across America. 

Here’s local TV coverage of the speech. 

Here are some photos from the event with some of the student leaders, faculty, and my son Greg Jr, who was assisting me with my equipment and logistics. 

As a speaker, you want to make a difference in people’s lives, which leads to making a difference in the world.  If you’d like me to make a difference in the futures of your students, call me at 877-331-7563 or email strengthcoach@bellsouth.net.

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When bad things happen, look for a reason to reflect back on it and be happy things turned out the way they did!

They say everything happens for a reason. 

A bad thing happened to me about 45 minutes ago.  As I write this, I am a prisoner of my own carelessness.  I am literally chained to the wall.   Yep, I forgot to plug my power wheelchair into the wall last night for it’s every-other-night recharge.  I guess the kids being home from school for Mardi Gras messed up my internal schedule or something, but right now, I’m glad it happened!  It happened for a reason that I hope you’ll remember the next time  you’re faced with an inconvenience or a seemingly negative circumstance.

I discovered the dying battery moments ago when I attempted to roll my chair up the ramp and into my van, so I could go scope out the room at a local high school where I’ll be speaking tomorrow.  Inches up the ramp, the power shut down and I was stuck.  Luckily, help was available and after getting pushed back into the house and plugging the chair in, I decided to use the time to document this experience in my blog. 

You see, I’m glad the chair was dead.  I called the school and moved the meeting back 45 minutes.  And now, for the second consecutive day, I’ve posted a blog entry! 

I think that’s important.  With this blog, I’ve pledged to myself that I would use it as a platform to share the unique experiences that arise from the combination of characteristics that make me who I am, and to inspire you to apply the lessons I learn to your own life.  Had my chair not been dead, I honestly don’t know if I would have blogged today.  And blogging today and writing these words have reinforced to me the fact that I have a responsibility to teach these lessons to you.

When bad things happen, look for a reason to reflect back on it and be happy things turned out the way they did!

Help comes from various sources, but don’t think too hard. Your “Inner Strength” is instinctual. Go “Beast-Mode!”

I know you don’t need a reminder that we’re in tough times with massive job layoffs, banks failing, and a seemingly impossible job market.  We need HELP!  But we must remember that help can and should come from multiple sources.  

Government is one source.   Our dire need for help resulted  in President Barack Obama’s successful fight for the Economic Stimulus Package and his encouraging message to the nation last night.   That help is on the way as we all sit and wonder how it is going to impact us. 

Religion is another source.  During traumatic times, Americans have always tended to become spiritual. We saw this during the aftermath of 9/11 and other tragedies. This economic slump is no exception.  Church attendance is on the rise.  Even those who claim they are not overly religious are claiming they feel more spiritual. 

Relationships are another source.  People are realizing the importance of love and encouragement from close friends and family in these challenging times.  Have you reached out to people you care about lately?  Perhaps you become re-acquainted with people you haven’t heard from in a while?  I believe there is a good reason why the social networking sites are expolding in membership.  People need encouragement right now from those who care about them. 

But there is another source of help that is often overlooked.   Deep inside our DNA and the DNA of every living thing lies the most basic of instincts… the survival instinct.  It’s the essence of “Inner Strength.”  When our lives are threatened, we have the ability to kick it into a whole other gear and will stop at nothing to ensure our survival.  

When a lioness has hungry cubs, she doesn’t start looking for assistance or encouragement from other lions!  She doesn’t sit and hold optimism that times will improve!  No!  She goes into a different level of being, and she makes the kill.  That killer instinct is the survival instinct.  It’s a fundamental “inner strength.” 

Unfortunately we, as humans, are too burdeoned by our most valued attribute… our powerful brains.  Sometimes, it’s important to get into “Beast-Mode” and harness the inner strength that is anchored within us all.  Unfortunately, we are often too sophisticated to know how to do that.   What we need to do is learn how to build our “inner strength” and tap into the power of our survival instinct.  These days, we should study the process of tapping into our inner strength as if our lives dependend on it! 

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Bring “The Strength Coach” to talk to your group and you’ll create an entire team full of “Beast-Mode” achievers!   
Call toll-free 877-331-7563 or email strengthcoach@bellsouth.net.

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