Friday, February 12, 2010

A reason to create your own Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Souper bowl Presentations

As I stated in the preface to the Alphabet Soup messages; It's no surprise that many blogs and articles written today have a motivating and/or uplifting theme. Many authors of said messages speak in front of groups of all sorts and many have concerns that they don't have a consistent core message that they can fall back on when put into an ad lib situation where they are asked to present without much notice.
Alphabet Soup presentations are the answer. What exactly is an Alphabet Soup Presentation?

C hange
U rgency
R esilient
T enacity
I rresistable
S incerity

W hy
E ffort
A ction
V ision
E nthusiasm
R evise

As you can obviously see, my presentation is my name. When given any opportunity to make a presentation it's simple to recall. It becomes an anchor, a confident place to begin at any time. I can do a short message, CURT or WEAVE; a medium length CURTIS or WEAVER; or I can mix and match. The bottom line though is I always have topics handy to speak about. And as you add to your alphabet, in time you'll have a minimum of twenty six topics on the tip of your tongue.

A, B, C , D, E, F, G.................................


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Soup part 4


Tomorrow,………… tomorrow, …………the sun will come up tomorrow! Tomorrow….what exactly will happen the day after today? That day and the one’s thereafter should not only be lived they should be designed. A vision, a plan designed by you and no one else; creating a vision, a future movie if you will, of your life to come. Relax and see your future, see your vision internally; put your vision in writing and then live that vision. Your vision is your dreams, goals and plans; written down and referred to daily as you would any map as you travel to your chosen destination. If you don’t know where you going, how are you going to know when you get there?


Energy for your life comes from inside; your inner belief that you are moving toward your destiny. Enthusiasm for what you’re doing is contagious to those around you; it says you’re serious about life and that it can be fun to go to work. Enthusiasm is a magnet which attracts those likeminded individuals who will help you attain that which you desire. If you’re not enthusiastic about what you’re doing you need to be doing something else. What is it you would do for Free no matter your financial status; that is where your heart lies. It doesn’t mean you have to make a living pursuing this. If you endeavor to do that which your love what you do to make a living will take on a new light. Get excited about your life; no one get’s out alive. You can die in the stands or on the field of play, you chose.


Each week, each month and each year review your plans and goals. In all things “Life Happens” and circumstances change. A revision of your goals is an important process. There are always detours along the way; a change in course may be needed. The important thing is that you’re moving in the direction of your plans and dreams, course correction is not failure. When they launch a rocket towards the moon or Mars; it’s on course about 5% of the time, 95% of the time it’s correcting course. Revise and review as often as possible.


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Alpabet Soup

Alphabet Soup part 3

What is your big why? Your why; is the specific reason, dream or goal of your life. Your why is your drive, it’s the reason your two feet hit the floor in the morning. Think for a moment; “Why am I doing what I’m doing?” Your why should be so large, so huge that it becomes the magnet which pulls you through the tough times, the down times that we know will always come; it is your motivation to keep on keeping on. The most successful “Why’s” are the ones that benefit those other than yourself.


One of biggest fallacies of our times is we can accomplish great things without great effort. Today it’s very popular to name it and claim it; or if we just put it out “To The Universe” and believe it enough we can have whatever we desire. Ancient script tells us; “Faith without works is nothing”. It’s heard all the time about successful individuals; “Boy are they lucky.” Luck is opportunity in work clothes. Effort takes many forms; research, asking for help and getting advice, making a schedule, setting goals, creating a business plan and taking care of yourself mentally and physically are all part and parcel of concentrated effort. A plan with concentrated effort behind it; you will become extremely lucky.


Taking massive action on an idea is the fuel that drives the idea. To be candid, this is one of my personal foibles. Many times it’s a fear of failure or what others may think that stops us. Many of us want to be sure the business or project is going to be one hundred percent before we go for it. Even my own history tells me getting started and moving towards the goal is the most critical action. “Fail Forward Fast” or “Ready Fire Aim” are two phrases to engrave in our consciousness. It’s easier to correct course while in motion then when standing still. When a rocket is on its way to the moon it is only on course about five percent of time. It’s constantly correcting course. Take action and take massive action now.


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Soup part 2


Many times when trying to explain a concept someone in the past or present has done so with such clarity it is ludicrous not to just pass it on. Tenacity in the words of Sir Winston Churchill; “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” Today and forever; Never give in, Never give in; never, never, never give up.


Yes, become irresistible. Is that even possible you ask? To be irresistible is to be conscious at all times of how we may appear to others, both in look and sound. A friend and mentor, Marshall Sylver, calls it “Pretty Pictures”; being conscious of how you look and carry yourself at all times so if someone took a picture of you anytime, anyplace; it would be a “Pretty Picture.” Many people believe they should not be judged by the way they look, and that may be true, but reality is You Are! Dressing well, a constant comfortable smile, being the first to greet someone, looking people in the eye, asking questions about them and not telling them about “me”, uplifting comments, not gossiping, and good hygiene are good starts. Being irresistible is not getting people to like you; being irresistible is liking and supporting others. People don’t care what you know; they want to know that you care.


No one likes a fake. You are a unique creation of God. No one who has ever walked the planet and no one who will come after you will think, talk, or create like you. Put your uniqueness on display, and be yourself. We like you for who you are, not who you think we want you to be. People don’t care how much you know; they want to know how much you care. Be yourself at all times.


Sunday, January 31, 2010

Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Soup part 1
It's no surprise that many blogs and articles written today have a motivating and/or uplifting theme. Many authors of said messages speak infront of groups of all sorts and many have concerns that they don't have a consistant core message that they can fall back on when put into an adlib situation where they are asked to present without much notice.
Alphabet Soup presentations are the answer. This is the first of four messages that comprise my Soup message. In Part 4 you will find the key to having the ability to have your message on the tip of your tounge at any given moment with the ability to shrink or expand it to fit any time frame.
Soup Part 1


Resolutions rarely work. Why? Without change, no change will come. Most resolutions tend to rely on will-power and most of our wills don’t have any power. Jim Rohn says; “For things to change, first I must change”. Begin to PLAN and do those activities which move you toward your dreams and desires and remove those that sabotage. The wisdom of the world is Free and accessible today on the internet and in Libraries. Turn off the TV; read books, listen to CD’s and yes maybe even go to seminars. Change is a decision we make and act on; act today.

Don’t wait, change now. When you have an idea act on it NOW; write it down, you will not remember it in the morning. When opportunity is in sight go for it; opportunity sprouts before us all but few are willing to take the leap. My friend Les Brown says; “Leap, grow wings on the way down!” Fear of failure? Fail Forward Fast; Ready, Fire, Aim. Mistakes are only opportunities for course correction and frankly we learn much more from failure than we do success. Another friend, Giovanna Garcia, has created an entire movement entitled “Imperfect Action”. Her site is a great place to start: ; it’s Urgent, start now!


I have five sports coats; two of them are my favorite ones to ware. Why? These two coats can be thrown in the back seat of the car and worn for hours on end, yet at the end of the day they still look fresh and ironed; in a word they are resilient. Until this writing I’ve never thought of a single word that would describe my life, the word is resilient. Over fifty jobs, started eight business’, four marriages, Vietnam, and surviving seven major car accidents; resilient is an excellent description. Life happens to us all or as many say today “SHIT happens”. Get over it and get on with it, be resilient and your sleep will be blissful.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

"Fabulous At 50 And Beyond"

"Fabulous At 50 And Beyond"

There are 3 kinds of people

Risk taker
Care taker

Kim Clement

Risk Takers; these are the pioneers of life
Care takers; the nay sayers who say to the Risk Takers it can’t be done
Under takers; the walking dead who are not yet in the ground

Interpretations by “CW”

We are going to spend the remainder of our life in the future. No matter our age, the future is where we reside. To be Fabulous At 50 And Beyond, it’s the beyond on which I’d like to concentrate. If you’re 22 yrs old; it’s the years beyond your 22nd year that should to be your focus. Focusing on the future (goals or even better, plans) is what will pull you through the hard present circumstances that occur on your journey.

A journey is rarely a straight continuous route to your destination. The road gets flooded (a tragic death), rock slides (job loss) happen and detours need to be constructed. Detours are not stops. Detours are paths that need to be taken only to go around or through obstacles that pop up along the way. Commit to the journey with the knowledge that Life Happens, and I will not be stopped till the destination is reached.


How do you eat an elephant; one bite at a time? A journey begins with the first step. Something needs to change in our lives to move us from what we have been to where we desire to go. Jim Rohn states; “For things to change, first I must change.” Sounds so simple “CW” how do I start; action; the first bite, the first step? In this journey your initial action is exiting your old thinking.
Exodus; when the Israelites’ needed to change they needed to leave the old life behind and venture out to a new land. The old life was not a good life but the human condition is such that we sometimes choose to stand in squalor because at least we know what to expect when we rise in the morning. Change for the better may be good but it’s still very scary. The care takers and undertakers only see that life could get worse if they venture from the known into the unknown; so they remain in the wash of others who continue to control their life. The Israelites’ exited the old life and followed Moses’, not always comfortably; Moses’ led them to the Promised Land.

God said;”I know Moses’ and “CW” is no Moses’. Ok, Ok, I’m not Moses’. Remember the part about risk taking; there is a risk in following “CW” out of the mundane and into your personal Promised Land. Exodus the land of sameness year after year; remove yourself from the care takers and the undertakers. See yourself at the top of the museum steps, fists punching the sky in victory; you are the Rocky of your life. Give me permission to lead you in your exodus from the old into your Promised Land. And when the journey is at its end and the last liter of air leaves your body, a subtle smile forms on your lips as you say; “That was a frickn’ blast, thank you God”.

Our destination, by definition, lies in the beyond, the future. Fabulous At 50 And Beyond isn’t about age, it’s about preparing one’s self for the journey, the trip to a land where you’re capable of things that may now be unthinkable to you. Follow me into that calm place where all is possible. With a confidence gained by action you will accumulate knowledge and wealth so during the trip you gain the ability to give and support individuals, communities, cities and countries beyond your wildest imagination.


Monday, January 25, 2010

"What's Missing?"

"What's Missing?"

I was just on hold on the telephone and they had a country music station on for hold music.

I'm really not a country music kind of guy, but country get's down to the real things in life except I don't have a pick-up truck or a dog, I digress.

The song "Live like you were dying" played; as I listened to the words I got a bit choked up because I realized for the past three years I have lived like there may be no tomorrow.

What's missing in your life today?

Click on the below. The song and the words at the same time. Listen once and then listen a second time and click on the pause button every time a phrase touches your heart, and a few will.

Tomorrow isn't promised to you or me. Who do you need to call? Who do you need to say I Love you to? Who's day would brighten 1000 times if you walked through their door?

In His Power and Grace;

Friday, January 22, 2010

"For a Fast Life.....Fast"

"For a Fast Life.....Fast"
I live a fast life. My calendar is filled to the max. If I'm not active or in the midst of a decision to invest or build I feel I'm not being productive. I'm in the midst of writing a book and when I take some time to watch a movie or some other activity which my mind is telling me is trivial, I feel anxious.
At sixty years of age I feel good, look younger than most my age and I'm in great physical shape. All of those things are true because for the majority of my life I didn't think and feel like I described above. I worked hard when I worked and I relaxed and enjoyed the day or evening when at home. I've been preaching "For things to change, first I must change". Being anxious when I'm relaxing is not healthy. It's WRONG thinking. I was listening to a preacher (in the background; one must multi task) and he was talking about fasting.
Fasting; to go without, to give up or sacrifice, to abstain from food.
I'm stealing from Pastor Gregory Dicklow. What I described in the opening is clearly WRONG thinking. I'm going to Fast from WRONG THINKING. I going to pay attention, I'm going to analyze my thoughts more closely. Not only anxious thoughts; I'm going to watch negative thoughts and angry thoughts and any type of thinking that's not conducive to my well being all the well being of those around me.
Please join me in this FAST FROM WRONG THINKING for thirty days. Read positive books, poems and affirmations. When a WRONG thought trespasses, correct the mind. Say to yourself, "That's not like me, I don't think or talk that way." If someone cuts you off in traffic use Jim Rohn's method; "Now isn't that fascinating."
I'm more relaxed already.
I add value to peoples lives.
I am confident and charismatic.
I am important.
I have important work to do.
I was sent here for a reason.
I fulfill my mission.
I live my vision.
I make a difference.
I create every moment of my life.
I am true to my own heart.
My word is law.
I don't take anything personally.
I approve of myself now.
Now that's what I talkin' about. Join me for the fast, 30 days, lets do it.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

"The American Dream is Dead?"

The American dream is dead?

Living for the French dream; I’m living for the Italian dream; when we were growing up my parents were living the Mexican dream. We have all heard these stories, right. Of course not, what we do hear when they interview individuals of all ethnicities around the globe who want more for themselves and for their families; they want the American dream. Those of us who have had the good fortune to be born in the US have already won one of life’s big lotteries.

All around this globe at this very moment millions upon millions of people are dreaming of the day they that they can make their way to this country, our country. Why is that? They know once they arrive in the United States of America they have the opportunity to become or to do or to create whatever they can imagine. It is there for them if they just work for it. They know in America, specifically the United States of America, the sky’s the limit. If I can get to the US and work as hard as I do in my country, in America I can become rich.

The American dream isn’t dead, although the American Dreamer may be. Growing up in a land where you have all the necessities of life it becomes quite easy not to see the opportunities right before our eyes. Ever since the sixties and the anti government and anti war movements it has become common place to dump on this country. We are barraged daily by media pundits who cry that we, the US, are the world’s largest problem. The fact is, in the history of the planet there has never been a country which has and continues to invest its bounty and blood for the betterment of all. When calamity happens, who do they call; it’s not Ghost busters.

If you are less than fifty years of age you have been barraged with many negative if not hostile views of our country; even more so if you have received an education in a large metropolitan public school education. Most of what is taught as American History is the human foibles of the founding fathers. The reality that they gambled with their lives and their fortunes to create the only Republic of its kind in human history is deleted from the conversation. Yet the so called modern day hero’s of our times are honored because they have “Good Intentions” and what they do in their personal lives has nothing to do with their character.

This is not a perfect country or government by any stretch of the imagination. I just ask you to do one thing in your life. Spend a minimum of six weeks living in another country. Not a vacation, though it could be; and not in a resort area. Pick anywhere; Paris, London, Hong Kong, Berlin; choose anyplace that appears, through the window of the TV screen, to be just like the US. If you have grown up in the US, upon returning ninety percent of us will kiss the earth when our feet finally stands on sovereign US ground. “Toto, there is no place like home.”

Dream, think, and imagine what is possible. Each one of us lives in a land where if you think you can, you can. The opposite holds true also; if you think you can’t, you’re one hundred percent correct. The American Dream is alive and well for those who want to change the way they live. Anything is possible!

What Is Possible; Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn is a mentor of mine. I am constantly reading and listening to his books and CD’s and I even have a presentation on tape from the 80’s I watch on my VCR several times a year. His message is always the same, and like any masterpiece it never grows old. A few years ago he recorded a CD, Smooth Mix, which excerpts of Mr. Rohn’s presentations with musical back ground. There are sixteen tracts on sixteen subjects;

Imagine the possibilities, turning nothing into something.

The first step is to imagine, imagine the possibilities.
One of the reasons for sermons and the lyrics from songs and testimonials of others is to give us the idea of the possibilities, imagine the possibilities.

Here’s the second step.
The second step is to believe what you imagine is possible for you. We become supported by others testimonials that say; “If I can do it, you can do it.” And we start believing. They tell us,“If it was possible for me than it’s possible for you.” First we imagine the possibilities; second we start to believe what’s possible is possible for us. We might also believe because of our own testimonial.

This is what we might say;”If I did it once, I can do it again. If it happened for me before it can very well happen for me again.” So we not only believe because of other testimonials that say;”If I can do it you can do it, if I can change you can change, if I can start with nothing than you can start with nothing, if I can turn it all around you can turn it all around.” Than we also have the support of our own testimonial;”If I did it once I can do it again. If we did it last year we can do it this year.”

So those two things are very powerful. Now they’re not actual substance though they’re very close. One is to imagine the possibilities, two is to imagine what is possible is possible for you.

Jim Rohn

“It’s Possible”
Les Brown

“My brother from another mother” is what Les said about me in Columbus, Ohio in 2007. A mentor and friend Les does an entire program entitled “It’s Possible”.
Some excerpts;
“If you don’t program yourself life will program you.”

“History is being read but it’s also being written by people with imagination.”

“There are winners and there are losers and there are those who just have never learned how to win. Ones who need just a little insight, a little more information, a little Push.”

“Look at a dream or goal you have. I don’t want you to say, “I can do it”, because deep down you may not believe it. But what you can say with certainty and belief is to say with conviction,
“It’s Possible”.
Say it again and again,
“It’s Possible.”
“It’s Possible.”

My brother from another mother, Les Brown

“What you have done so far in your life is what you
have believed is Possible for you. You have achieved what you have believed
is Possible for you.”

“I want you to operate out of your imagination not your memory.”

“If someone has made their dream to become a reality then it’s POSSIBLE for my
dream to become a reality.”

“Are you using Eyesight or Mind-sight, imagination is Mind-sight!”


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Who Influences You The Most?

Who Influences You The Most?
First an update 3 days into Fast from Stinkin' Thinkin';
I am much more conscious of my thoughts.
Example; we had our lawn aerated and seeded a little over two weeks ago. There was a lot of thatch pulled up and was laying on top of the good grass. I called the contractor and inquired as to whether it was OK to leave it. He said it would help hold in the moisture and help the new seed and not to cut the lawn for two to three weeks; I like professionals who tell me not to cut the grass.
Wednesday, two weeks and two days, I cut my grass. it looked good except for where the thatch layed on the lawn. Immediately the little voice in my head started; "My guy's an idiot; he has no clue about my lawn; I know this is going to turn into a hassle when I call him; blah blah blah, blah, blah".
Then I made a decision to start a different internal dialog as I cut my grass. "The guys a professional, how was he supposed to know we'd get four inches of rain in two days; I'll call him when I finish and he'll take care of the problem; he's done good work all year, he'll treat me right". The first result from the change of thought was I was in a better mood as I finished the lawn. The second was when I called my guy I stated my point calmly and asked if he would stop by and make recommendations. Marilyn called me in the middle of the day on Thursday and said the lawn guys were here raking up all the thatch.
Shrinkin' Stinkin' Thinkin' success.
“I’ve seen many troubles in my time, only half of which ever came true."
Mark Twain
Who Influences You The Most?
This is actually a thread to help in the fast. When thinking of influence it is WORDS, whether written or spoken, that influence. And spoken words from an individual we deem important tends to have more sway with us than others. Words can work miracles; words can also destroy!
I influence me more than anyone else; you influence you. When we speak we also hear and in anything we hear we judge. In speaking critical, demeaning words, subconsciously I'm telling myself I'm a critical, demeaning person. When speaking pleasant, uplifting and positive words and phrases I'm supporting the view of myself that says I'm an individual that helps others and encourages them to do better.
In the last two years I've become very conscious of the times when it's necessary to correct or discipline or even criticize someone. I'm not always successful but I try to adhere to first saying something positive; second to deliver the critique and to finish on a positive supportive note. Words mean things and it's extremely important to choose carefully; ie: instead of "You're stupid", "You're a real asset to the organization; but that was a stupid thing you did and that's really not like you".
Thoughts; Positive thoughts lead to...
Feelings: Positive feelings lead to...
Actions; Positive actions and positive words lead to...
Results; Incredible benefiting results.
I will speak only words which are pure and
good and edifying to the hearer.