Monday, July 16, 2012
Be Real Contest
Becoming a Professional
Chris Brady & Dario Brose
The Cd I chose was Becoming a Professional. I learned that you have to have your dreams be bigger than your obstacles if you are going to achieve your goals and dreams.
I also learned that never listen to critics or dream stealers. Dream stealers can only take your dream if you let them. Dario never allowed his critics or dream stealers to keep him from achieving his goals and dreams.
The last lesson I learned was you have to put your time in through practice to earn your success.
I recently started playing soccer I know I have to practice hard to be the best soccer player I can be. I want to be a professional soccer player like Dario Brose. I need to keep my dreams big so then the obstacles won’t get in my way.
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Saturday, July 14, 2012
SEE IT AND BELIEVE IT
By: Miranda Millington
I can still hear my dad saying to me “Visualize getting a home run hit!” as I was on deck during our second game of the softball tournament this season. As I stood there taking a few practice swings, I closed my eyes and visualized getting a solid hit into the outfield, hearing the smack of the ball against the bat, and my coach telling me to” go home” as I touched third base! I looked up and it was time for me to bat. I went up to the plate and waited for the pitch. I could hear my teammates cheering me on in the background. First pitch, low but was called a strike. Second pitch, swing and a miss. Third pitch, SMACK, I got a solid hit right in-between first and second! It landed in the outfield and rolled all the way to the fence! As I touched third my coach told me to “go home” and I ran as fast as I could to home plate! THUMP! I had touched home plate and had gotten my second home run of the whole season! I don’t think I could have gotten that hit if I hadn’t visualized it before I was up to bat! The power of visualization is so amazing!
Have you ever imagined yourself doing something you’ve always wanted to do? Have you ever played through a whole event in which you do something great and amazing and it’s exactly how you want to do it in real life? Then when you go to do it, it happens exactly how you imagined it! That’s the power of visualization!
To me, visualization is not only picturing something how you want it to be, but also including all of the senses. For example, in the above situation I heard my teammates cheering me on in the background, I saw the ball soaring in the air to the outfield, I smelled the dust in the air as I was running the bases, I could taste the ice cream awaiting my victory, and I could feel the solid hit when the bat connected with the ball.
Learning about visualization has made a huge difference not just in my softball games, but for future experiences when I want to accomplish something! It showed me that if you visualize something over and over that you really want to do, you can do it! I’m lucky to have had this experience with visualization because as I get older there will be more times when I will use this technique and will accomplish what I want to do. I hope after reading this you realize visualizing something you want to do isn’t silly. It could make the difference on whether you achieve or not. I know that I’ve learned the power of visualization is truly AMAZING!
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Friday, July 13, 2012
Listening to these Edge CD’s have impacted my life a lot. This has changed my way of thinking, and actions toward things. These CD have taught me to not be afraid but to try things out, and that if I didn’t succeed and I tried my very best I would know that I didn’t fail, but that I have only succeeded. It also taught me to keep positive thinking that has made a very big difference in my life.
In seventh and eighth grade I never had lost a race for hurdling, I always won my races, and I beat all of the other Junior high schools. I went into this year thinking I was going to win, but it all changed when I got put on high school varsity. So I had to keep the mindset that I had to do my very best, and that’s what I did.
I’m a ninth grade freshman, and I love track and field. I was a freshman on the varsity team and did the 110 meter hurdles, and the 300 meter hurdles. I never thought that I was that good to be on the varsity team, but I trained and worked hard and tried my best. I always had stayed positive when I was about to run even though I might lose. Even though I never won one race that whole season, I always had that mindset that I’m next year going to beat my hurdling teammates. I’m grateful that I’m able to learn these things now so I will be able to keep this information from the Edge CD’s for the rest of my life.
Joshua Smith – 9th grade going into 10th grade (15 yrs. old)
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Thursday, July 12, 2012
BeReal Writing Event
A few months ago I started running again. I hadn't run since I did track and cross country three years ago, and assumed I would be able to do a six minute mile like I could back in the old days. I started out with a 5k, raising money for our local nature center. Going in I was completely confident, and thought I would be able to finish with a time of about twenty minutes, but realized after the first quarter mile that I hadn't prepared enough for this kind of run. I had to deal with the humiliation of being beaten by my mom, and promised myself that from then on I would never let that happen again.
I started to run again, but would get tired, and end up stopping to walk. Since I wasn't doing my best I wasn't improving, and with out improvement I saw no need to run, and therefore quit after the first few weeks.
Just that day, when I woke up, knowing I should get out of bed and at least take a short jog, the second Edge CD was delivered. My sister and I popped it in and listened to the stories of Orrin selling his candy bars, running laps on the track, and encouraging "Ice Adidas" as he played basketball. He talked about how when he couldn't sell any candy, he realized why he couldn't, and instead of giving up, he problem solved and achieved his goal. I knew the reason I wasn't improving on my runs was because I wasn't running my hardest. Whenever I would get tired, or get a cramp I would stop and walk. I made the decision to start again, and to not to quit, even when my entire body was aching in pain. For a week I would go out in the mornings or evenings and do my best, and eventually it got easier and easier. The CD encouraged me not to give up, but to figure out what was making me quit and run until I hit my goal. I would tell myself I could do it just like Orrin did to the young basketball player.
June 2nd came up. It was the annual church race they held every year. Last 5k I made a promise not to be beaten by my mother. It would have been easy to give up on my goal, and have humiliated myself further, but instead I trained, and came up with a far better time than last (while beating my mom). I'm glad I heard the positive information that kept me going. I look forward to the CDs every month, and appreciate the time that the leaders of Life have put aside to create them for us.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Be REAL Writing Contest
The Results Are In!!!
As many of you know, teaching kids is one of my passions in life. And with the LIFE Edge cd series, I now get the opportunity to connect my passion for kids with my purpose in life! I think that's pretty cool.
Kristine and I love the Edge cd series and what we see it doing in our own children's lives, so we wanted to expand that to include all the kids in our Revolution family. That's when we launched Be REAL. That stands for Revolution EDGE Academy of Leadership. Which is just a really cool way of reminding ourselves, and the young people in our lives to Be REAL: The REAL you inside. We accomplish this through listening to our awesome series of cds specifically designed to present leadership principles packaged just right for those in the younger years of life.
In the spirit of Being REAL, we launched a writing contest to all the kids on the Revolution. We asked them to write about any of the Edge cds and show how they were using the principles in their own lives. WOW! We received a lot of awesome entries. It was a blessing to read how this series of cds is affecting kids' lives.
We broke the entries into 4 categories: Preschool, elementary, middle school and high school. We chose a winner for each category and an overall grand champion! It was very difficult to choose the winners and a lot of time was spent by the judges as they went back and forth on several entries! We'd like to thank our celebrity judges Richard Kroll and Tim and Peggi Kern for taking the time to read each entry. The voting we so close we had to call in the big gun to help us choose the final Grand Champion! A big huge thank you to Laurie Woodward for casting the final vote for our GRAND CHAMPION!!!!
Each of the category winners will be featured on my blog this week. I know you will be impressed and inspired as you see the next generation learning and leading right where they are. There's so much hope, and the Edge series of cds is leading the charge in giving these kids the information they need to be world changers!!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE PARTICIPANTS!
And great job to those who best expressed how the EDGE cds are impacting your life!
it's a tie!
it's a tie!
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