185. Greatness Awaits

I'm still pumped. It's been about an hour since I left a conference called Greatness Awaits in Houston, TX, and I couldn't wait to share all the information I've received. 

Conferences such as Greatness Awaits are for those willing to invest in themselves. It's for people who are willing to take their game to the next level, and elevate their lives into a space that God had in mind when creating them. It's for those who are ready to unlock the potential stored inside of them, leading them to a place of pure, unadulterated action. 

I have to say it again -- I'm pumped.

Before I share the nuggets from the previous night (considering the fact it's past midnight at this point), I just have to say it's time to stop playing around. It's time to stop flirting around with the dream stored on the inside of you. It's time to stop acting like you have forever in a day to put your dreams into motion. You don't. You only have now. 

I ONLY HAVE NOW.

You would not believe the amount of ideas I have floating on the inside of me. They're like river rafts awaiting that diver gutsy enough to jump. Why haven't I jumped in? What holds me back from taking two step backwards, charging full speed ahead and cannon-balling into my destiny? It's because I'm playing around. We all are.

We're underestimating ourselves. We're too busy waiting for affirmation. We're too busy sniffing at all the distractions. 

It's time to lock in. It's time to focus. It's time to zero in on what we do well and figure out how to operate in the fullness of our gifts. 

Okay, that was a long intro. I know. My fingers are pecking a mile a minute, and it's hard for me to get them to calm down. The burning sensations mean absolutely nothing to me. It's the blaze within my spirit that's got me antsy. 

With that being said, let's get to the nuggets. The speakers I had a privilege of listening to and gleaning information from was the following: 

Lawrence Thompson -- The MC and motivational speaker

Darren Palmer -- Self-Publishing Coach and Co-Creator of Greatness Awaits

Larry W. Brooks -- The Texas Real Estate King, Serial Entrepreneur, and Author

Kevin Hansford -- Mr. Bold Without Apology, Life and Relationship Coach and Motivational Speaker

Isiaha Alejandro -- Professional Development Coach

Matthew Flores -- Master Certified Negotiation Expert, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, and Co-Founder of CiTY LiVN

Brian Thomas (the man behind the vision) -- The Professional Development Trailblazer and Co-Creator of Greatness Awaits

Since I like to take good notes and just be an extreme student (as Matthew Flores would say), I'm going to use the rest of the post to jot down all of the greatness that literally grabbed onto me and marinated within my spirit. Hope you find value in the words. 

 

Darren Palmer

"Somebody needs your story and is counting on you to write it."

"When thinking about creating your story, think of CPR: Capable, Prepared, and Ready. You must first realize that you're capable. Then, you must go beyond believing in yourself and get past the paralysis of analysis, the thing that prevents you from moving forward. Finally, you must be ready to do whatever you have to in order to get the job done."

"You're willing to invest in everyone but yourself."

"Too many people think they have tomorrow or next year. You only have right now." (Convicted on that one)

"You don't have to have everything in order to begin. Start with what you have. Don't be a leader with nothing to show for it. Produce something."

"Separate yourselves from others using creativity."

 

Larry W. Brooks

"It won't always be perfect; just get started."

"No one really has a bad life. Not even a bad day. Just bad moments." This quote by Regina Brett helped Brooks to adopt a different lifestyle mentality. He built a successful business during a time the real estate market was experiencing a crash. He was also able to produce materials such as his book of quotes.

I also took away the importance of speaking life in people, no matter the age. When he was younger, Brooks was teased in school because he had to go to summer school to catch up on his grades. His grandmother gave him a memorabilia item that he kept with him. It says, "You are the most WONDERFULLEST person in the world." We never know how our words will impact another human being. His life was changed in one encounter, through one quote.

 

Kevin Hansford

"What I was going through was for others to get through."

"Get out of your comfort zone to help stretch you."

"When you proclaim something, it starts coming."

"Have a relationship with greatness. Don't have entitlement. Greatness owes you nothing." 

"Don't get too comfortable or be lazy on your way to greatness."

"Faking it 'til you make it is still fake."

"Make dates for your greatness. Go to personal development conferences like Greatness Awaits."

"Commit completely to greatness and don't compare your greatness to others."

"Be humble, be vulnerable, document your journey."

"Be creative. You might be ahead of your time."

"Don't ever forget your why."

 

Isiaha Alejandro

Isiaha begins with quoting one of my favorite scriptures, Proverbs 3:5. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding." (Amen!) 

"Your why is not responsible for your purpose. Don't ask your why (the reason why you are going after your dream in the first place) for information regarding your dream and how to achieve your goals." 

"Remember to breathe."

Isiaha talked about personal moments of experiencing a challenging relationship where he felt a ton of weight was on his shoulders. He was willing to harm himself to deal with the weight added on to him. However, when he ended up in a treatment facility, he refocused. He learned how to drop the weight (both literally and figuratively) in his life and learned breathing techniques through Wim Hoff.

Isiaha also introduced a method for us to use during the week to celebrate our small successes and push us further. It is called '5 up and 5 down.' You are to write down or say 5 celebrations or things that went well and 5 moments that didn't necessarily go the way you planned. This is a way for us all to celebrate the small successes and keep moving forward.

 

Matthew Flores

"Being too humble is actually preventing you from action. When you tell yourself you're too humble to tell your story, write a book, or speak at a conference, you put limitations on yourself."

Matthew was gracious enough to share a valuable technique in sales called 'Always Agree.' It's the process of not pushing back against someone who is pushing you. If both of you are applying pressure to the other, it's almost like a game of tug of war where the rope doesn't move. However, when you begin to agree, see your customer from their shoes, you'll begin to influence their movement.

"Instead of finding people to help you, find people you can help."

HERE'S MY FAVORITE --> "Be an extreme student."

Matthew shared how he has read over 300 books in a year and reads Think and Grow Rich at least twice a month. I understand why. It's life-changing.

"Always ask the question: How am I valuable?"

 

Brian Thomas -- The Anchor

"A dream without action is just an idea. We are not in the business of ideas. We are in the business of execution."

"The formula: I+A=M : Information + Application = Money"

"We all want affirmation, but we must affirm ourselves."

"Keep giving your gift to the world. Don't just consume."

THAT NUGGET: --> "I divorced comfortable. I started dating excellence. I married greatness. We gave birth to relevance."

"A big dream is just a bunch of little ones put together."

"Save your own life by not waiting but creating."

"Greatness is the ability to withstand pain."

"Most of us don't want titles because we don't want the accountability."

"I'm great before anyone tells me I'm great."

"Focus on people and not necessarily the masses."

"The starting process is always zero. Start where you are."

"When others see the change in you, they will buy whatever you're selling."

"Be the best at what you do."

 

Again, I want to thank everyone at Greatness Awaits, especially Brian Thomas for having the vision to put together a conference with awesome, forward-thinking, accomplished individuals. I'm grateful for Breathe University for allowing me to be a part of such an amazing network that I'm able to attend events like these. 

I also want to also send a special shout out to the MC, Lawrence Thompson. His energy was amazing, and I appreciate him sharing his story. The fact that he was able to do whatever it took to make it down to Houston from Memphis, Tennessee with car troubles say a lot about what he's willing to do to see his dream come to fruition. Much respect.

I also want to shout out Breathe U family in the building -- Terrance and Thearon! Nice seeing you both again. #BUStrong #HTown

I hope you have found value in the aforementioned quotes and summaries. I enjoyed every minute of it, and I cannot wait for the next event!