My “Full Examination of My Game of Life” came in two ways at the same time. After a 30 year sales and client relationship career, I was hit with a sudden and unexpected corporate layoff! BAM! One day I was VP of Client Development having just closed a large and important customer contract renewal, the next day that position was eliminated. BAM! I was devastated, scared, and at a loss for what to do next. So what were the two ways? I was given a test and an assignment at the same time. The test was for my toughness and grit to emerge from this set-back and use it as a set-up for my future. The assignment? Well this was the game-changer.
The morning after this “gut-punch” event, I awoke to a word repeating itself in my head. It would not stop. The word was STRONG. I quickly wrote it on a pad which I always kept on a bedside table. Then, just looking at the letters I wrote Stand Tall Remain Optimistic Now Go for it. STRONG. That day changed everything for me as I looked for ways to be strong merely by having focused on a deeper meaning for the word and how I could use it to help me recover from the devastating blow to my world. But how did this day change everything? This single word on this day started a daily morning ritual of getting a divine download of a word or phrase and writing an uplifting message each day for over 400 consecutive mornings. With each word, I used just its letters, to solve the puzzle of writing a positive meaning upon which to frame my day. Examples include, CALM (Catch A Little Moment), GREAT, (Get Ready Expect A Teriffic day) and, SMILE (Seek More In Life Every day).
What did this little word game have to do with “changing everything”? I quickly learned the power that focusing on a single positive, uplifting word could bring. Simply looking at the upside in any situation started bringing better thoughts, more positive intentions, more confident beliefs, increasingly bold actions and much greater outcomes in my life. Another example, when we are faced with a CHANGE we can look at the situation in two completely opposite ways:
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Since that first day, I wrote and shared every word with friends and family. This led to publishing the collection in a book called “Above The Chatter, Our Words Matter,” international speaking including a spot on the TEDx Speaker’s stage, a corporate workshop program and opportunities to speak to students, in homeless shelters, in hospitals, civic organizations and in front of numerous industry associations. Everywhere I go, the message is the same: Our words matter and the words we choose to speak to others AND to ourselves impact everything.
With every book purchased and with every speaking engagement, I donate copies of “Above The Chatter, Our Words Matter” to organizations helping others through struggles and challenges in life. Recipients include Hospitals, Homeless Shelters, Veterans Support organizations, Orphanages, and more.
Losing that job was in some crazy way a blessing. For not being faced with that challenge, I likely would not have been inspired to write the first word. God’s assignment to take the word each day and create an uplifting message absolutely has changed my life. He gave me the gift of seeing words in this unique want and the challenge to put my gift into action. We all have GIFTS (God Installed Features To Share). I encourage everyone to tap into theirs and use them to give back to the world that so desperately needs us to share them and make the world a better place for all.
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Bruce has Nominated (N) or Introduced (I) the following, Shared (S):
Based on what I learned during incredible experience, I would offer three recommendations for anyone facing a challenge or struggle in their lives.
1) Believe that you ARE enough, you have enough and everything you need is inside of you
2) Make a commitment to living w/positive expectation, then commit to living that commitment
3) Build a strong faith and walk with God because "The things that are impossible with people are possible with God" Luke 18 V 27 (Amplified)
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