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Do It The Rocky Way

Sylvester Stallone and You have much in common.

We’ve both found a way to dig ourselves out of that hole and do something with our life.

Sylvester’s life mirrors that of his best-known role as the movie character Rocky.

I think that Rocky is one of the most popular movies of all-time because so many people can relate to it—including me.

So many of us find ourselves broke, just needing a break in life.

And there’s a simple formula in the movie that shows ANYONE how to have success in life (it’s not just a boxing movie)!

The 3 Steps I take are Dream, Risk, and Persist.

Let’s look at each one a little more closely:


The first theme in Rocky is that you’ve got to start with a dream, whatever it may be, big or small, realistic or unrealistic…you’ve got to have some idea of what you want to accomplish.

Stallone is a great example of running against the wind and going against the odds for a dream.

He couldn’t get a job acting when he first started out, so he did the hard work of writing screenplays and scripts, learning about cameras, and doing everything around the area of acting.

If your dream is in a space but you can’t yet do that ONE thing you want, just start getting around that space and do things related or near to what you really want to do.

#2 RISK:

The second theme of Rocky is that you’ve got to be willing to risk getting knocked out in order to pursue your dream.

There are no guarantees life will go how you plan or want.

But if you never risk going after your dream, you will for sure NEVER get it.

Rocky is about taking a shot, swinging for the fences.

Life throws a wall at you and you stand up to it.

At some point, if you’re going to be extraordinary in ANYTHING in life, you’ll have to risk something—and it’s going to be scary and NOT comfortable.

For Stallone, the producers at the studio loved the script he wrote for Rocky Balboa and offered $360,000 just for the script, with the condition that he wouldn’t play Rocky… because they wanted a big Hollywood Star.

$360K was tempting to a guy that had literally NO money.

But Stallone knew HE was the guy to play the part of Rocky.

He wouldn’t settle!

In life, it can be RISKY to not settle—it’s risky to go after it ALL.

But I know Sylvester wouldn’t have been happy if he had played it safe and settled for the $360K—which he really needed at the time—in order to let someone else play HIS character.

You must be confident in your abilities and what you want if you’re going to RISK big.


What people admire about the character Rocky is that he GOES THE DISTANCE.

He stood up, took a shot, and went all the way with it.

Don’t quit on your dream!

Know that nothing worth having is EASY.

Many people say they’re going to do what it takes to succeed, become a millionaire, bla bla bla…but when it’s time to train they don’t want to put in the time.

Don’t start down the road of success only to quit.

Life and business are a sprint but it’s also a marathon.

The studio told Stallone they wanted his movie, but NOT him, but he kept persisting that HE WAS THE GUY to play Rocky.

Opportunities will pass you by, just because you are a NOBODY.

Doors will be shut on you.

Can you persist?

Rocky went on to receive nine Oscar nominations and got three wins, including Best Picture and grossed over $200 million.

That movie is a cultural icon and made Stallone a star.

But don’t forget that before all that became a reality, Stallone did all kinds of odd jobs like cleaning out lion cages in the city zoo and working as an usher at cinema halls…working hard just to survive and find a way to make his dream work.

My dreams have also never come easily.

Nobody knows how much I trained to be the best in my field, nobody knows how much I suffered in the early days of my career, and nobody knows how much I had to persist just to win ONE big project.

Much like Rocky, I can relate to these lyrics—can you?

Risin’ up, back on the street

Did my time, took my chances

Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet

Just a man and his will to survive

 So many times, it happens too fast

You trade your passion for glory

Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past

You must fight just to keep them alive

 It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight…


Be Great (because nothing else pays)

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4 Surefire Ways to Grow Your Instagram Followers

In the last several years, Instagram has become a well-loved social media platform with over 600 million active users. If your business can build a more substantial Instagram following,

it can translate to more sales for your business, more traffic to your blog, and a stronger community for your brand. Building a large Instagram following isnÕt hard, but it will take time. Here are four surefire ways you can grow your Instagram followers for your business.

Like Photos in Your Industry

The best way to get your name out there is by liking other peopleÕs photos. Every day, spend some time on Instagram and like five to ten pictures on someone’s account. You should also try and leave them a genuine comment and start following their account. To find users in your industry or niche, check hashtags and view the followers of your favorite Instagram accounts.

Create a Hashtag

Creating a hashtag for your business is a great way to build your community and gain new content for your account. The first step is creating a unique hashtag that isn’t already in use. Next, ask others to use it. Once people start using your hashtag, you can begin to repost the images from your followers. This allows you to build a community by showing your followers that you appreciate their photos and it gives you new content for your account.

Respond to Your Followers

The entire nature of social media platforms like Instagram is to be social. To grow your Instagram followers, you need to respond to any comments that you receive and leave comments for other people. It is important that your comments be genuine, and they should encourage them to post even more photos.

Collaborate with Others

Another surefire way to extend your reach on Instagram and grow your following is to collaborate with others. This can be either through a partnership of sponsorship. A partnership allows both parties to provide value to their followers while expanding their exposure and reaching new audiences.

With high engagement rates and more than 600 million monthly active users, itÕs no wonder getting more Instagram followers is a huge priority for businesses. One of the most important factors to remember when trying to build your Instagram followers is to share great content that is relevant to your target audience, and that provides them with value. If you want to develop your presence quickly, utilize these four tips in your Instagram marketing strategy today.

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3 Ways to Build a Loyal YouTube Audience

Since its launch in 2005, YouTube has become a mainstream social media platform with more than 2 billion unique viewers flocking to the site every day.

Once a small niche market, online video has quickly moved into the mainstream and become a regular part of our media consumption. With online video viewing surpassing some of the largest television ratings, it can be difficult for small businesses to stand out in the sea of content. Here are three ways that you can increase your discovery rate and build a loyal audience on YouTube.

Create Meaningful Content

YouTube audiences are fickle, and they are always just a single click away from jumping over to the next video. So, while the saying, Òcontent is king,Ó still holds true, the key to getting your videos discovered is to create content that will add value to your target audience. It doesnÕt matter which creative format you use, be it interviews, how-tos, news focused, or a scripted web series, you need to make sure they give people a reason to view and share your videos.

Brand and Package Consistently

The most significant challenge that everyone faces on YouTube is getting viewers to come back after they’ve viewed the original video. Having a viral hit is nothing more than short-term success. To get people to go back to your channel, you have to give them a reason to. This is why branding and packaging are so crucial. Your brand serves as a navigation marker in the sea of online videos. Creating content with a strong point of view will help define your brand. This will also help you position yourself as an expert in your industry.

The packaging of your video is the branding that is expressed around your content. For this, you can include graphic intros or end cards that display your URL or YouTube channel name. This helps to reinforce your brand, so people donÕt have to guess what they are watching.

Optimize Your Video

When it comes to being found online, itÕs all about SEO. The same rules that apply to making your website or blog discoverable, apply to your online videos. YouTube has become the second largest search platform, so when people go to YouTube, they are often searching for something specific. Optimize your videos by creating clever titles and descriptions with relevant keywords. This will help viewers find your content.

These three strategies are some of the best ways to develop and build your audience on YouTube. They have proven successful for reaching beyond the hype of creating viral videos and moving toward your business being able to build a consistent and genuine community.

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Belief Is Your Key to Success

If you’re reading this, you’re looking for a way out of the mediocrity or flat out failure you are experiencing in your life. It’s okay to admit it.

There’s no shame in trying to find a solution. What is shameful is to hide the problem and pretend that everything is okay?

Now we’re on the same page, I need you to pay attention to the chair you are sitting on as you read this article. It seems sturdy. Obviously, it’s able to hold your weight. It’s doing its job just fine but did you know right before you sat down to read this article, you had to make a quick snap decision.

In fact, it went by so quickly that you probably were not even aware of it. Still, you need to make that decision. What am I talking about? I’m talking about your assessment of the fitness of the chair. That’s a big deal because if you sat on the chair without thinking and without even considering whether it’s sturdy enough to hold your weight or whether it’s positioned right, you probably will fall flat on your butt.

You might even hurt yourself. Belief is the reason you quickly went through the emotion of sitting before you can read this article. You believe the chair would hold your weight. You believe it’s in good enough shape to take care of you and prevent harm from happening to you.

I’ll walk you through this exercise to bring home the point that belief is crucial to your daily existence. You do it all the time. You operate out of belief. You live in belief. Belief is the glue that ties your life together. It informs your decisions that make your life possible.

If you can believe this chair can hold you up why do you continue to believe in things that hold you down? If you’re struggling in any shape or form it’s because you believed in the wrong things. I know it hurts; I know it stinks.

Nobody wants to hear this because it leads to the ultimate conclusion we all need to wake up. We are the authors of our life. We make that call. We make that decision and nothing stings more than coming face to face with the reality you made bad choices.

If you’re struggling in your relationships, at your job, with your health, how much you weigh, and what you look like, it’s because you made the wrong call. Nobody likes to be wrong. But the good news is that you don’t have to rely on your feelings.

You don’t have to remain trapped or at least you feel trapped. Instead, you can tap into the power of belief so you can make better decisions. You understand that the world doesn’t care about your feelings. It really doesn’t give a hoot about what your emotional state is.

Do you know what it pays attention to? It is your actions. Get your belief house in order and you will make better decisions. This means taking better action which puts your life in a better position.

Belief impacts your expectations and assumptions. Start there. What do you assume to be true about you? It is your life, your place in the world, and your capabilities. What do you expect out of life? This is a belief too.

The good news here is that just as you can accept certain beliefs. You can drop them like a hot potato. Seriously, belief affects how you roll with the blows; it affects your coping mechanisms. Understand how belief works and understand that belief is a choice. Choose better beliefs and you get better results. It’s that simple.

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21 Days to be One with God – Day 13

Joshua, the leader responsible for introducing the people of Israel to the promised land, had very clear and defined the honor that meant serving God alongside his family.

[Shareable] But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15 NIV [/shareable]

A family that has trusted Jesus as Savior and decides to serve him is a family that assures his future and that of his generations to come.

Service is a token of God’s gratitude for all the benefits he has given us. To serve is to live in the purpose of our life as it is part of our spiritual DNA. Jesus established the model of service so that we could imitate him (for not even the son of man came to serve him, but to serve and to give his life in ransom for many. Mark 10:45 NIV). He inspired us to serve as his example and sacrifice. It is necessary that parents follow the model of Jesus and inspire their children with their example to develop an attitude of service to God and others. Remember that in order for you to meet God someone had to serve his purpose. God has your family so today I know one of them for the sake of God!

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21 Days to be One with God – Day 12

We all know that there is strength in the Union, and there is much more strength if you join in believing God with your family.

[shareable]The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. Gen 7:1 NIV[/shareable]
Noah’s family was the only survivor of the Flood (judgment of God). They survived because they believed God as a family. The project of building an ark was something that Noah could not complete alone, he needed from his family. The construction of the Ark that God commanded him to do lasted tens of years (some interpret that it was more than 100 years). During these years Noah’s family had to stand firm in their trust in God even though nothing happened to him that he had said. Surely during the process, they had to overcome moments of doubt and insecurity to continue their mission; But when the flood happened, they were able to experience the joy and satisfaction of believing God as a family.

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21 Days to be One with God – Day 10

Sharing the same DNA is not an exclusive gift for parents and children, also your extended family shares the same blood (grandparents, uncles, cousins, nephews, etc.).

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[shareable]He took him outside and said, Look up at the sky and count the stars if indeed you can count them. Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring Or seed be. Gen 15:5 (NIV)[/shareable]

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21 Days to be One with God – Day 9

Children are a gift from God to parents and in the same way, parents are a gift from God to their children.

[shareable]Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Psalm 127:3 (NIV)[/shareable]

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Knowing that a person “carries your own blood” or said in a more formal way shares your DNA is one of the wonders of God’s plan. The ability of reproduction that God has given to the human being is a miracle. That’s why you get excited when you witness a birth or when you carry a baby in your arms. Life is a miracle that you must learn to value, care for and respect, not only your own life but also your family’s blood.

The relationship between parents and children, children and parents, and the relationship between siblings must be sacred to you (deserves exceptional respect and cannot be offended). Remember that the most valuable treasure God has ever given you on Earth is your family.

[shareable]Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:1-4 (NIV)[/shareable]

And you, fathers, do not anger your children, but críenlos according to the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Make the decision today to be one with those who share the same blood!

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21 Days to be One with God – Day 7

The burning desire in the heart of God the Father is for each person to be free from eternal damnation, which is the consequence of sin.
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[shareable]This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:3-4[/shareable]

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21 Days to be One with God – Day 5

The most important person on the face of the earth is the Holy Spirit of God.

[shareable]And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be you. John 14:16-17(NIV)[/shareable]