Change…..It happens!

For some time I have been considering changing to a  “wordpress.org” site because of the .org’s ability to upload “plugins” and “themes”.  If you think I know what I am talking about – think again!  I am clueless!

BUT here’s what I do know.   I wanted some “bells and whistles” on my website that I was told I could not get on the .com site.  Also, I have combined all of my blogs into ONE blog – with different categories.   So, if you subscribe to “Friday’s with the Farmer’s Wife” it will be a “category” under the “Seven Pillars of Success” blog.

If you would be so gracious to head on over to my NEW site….www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.net to subscribe  I will dance at your wedding!  (or your next anniversary if you are married – or your birthday if you never plan to marry!)  But I do need to warn you that I am not that coordinated and don’t really dance – so it might be more like a jig or something!

And what about you?  Do you have wordpress.com or wordpress.org for your blogsite?  And why are you happy – or unhappy – with what you have?

Step over the Line and COMMIT!

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the  Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.  Some told me I might be disappointed but I was not. I was in awe. I was in awe of the COMMITMENT of the group of men who stood their ground and fought for a principle 175 years ago. One of the definitions of “commitment” is “…..when you are willing to give your time and energy to something you believe in, or a promise or firm decision to do something….”.  I like the phrase “stepping over the line”  when that commitment is made.

It was March 5, 1836, and Colonel William Barrett Travis had known for several days that his situation inside the old Spanish mission called the Alamo was hopeless. Several thousand soldiers under the command of Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna had Travis and 189 others surrounded. Legend has it that Travis gathered his men and shared with them what he thought were their three remaining choices: Surrender, attempt to escape, or “remain in this fort…resist every assault, and to sell our lives as dearly as possible.”

Unsheathing his sword, Travis drew a line on the ground before his battle-weary men, as he described their plight and said, “those prepared to give their lives in freedom’s cause, come over to me.” Without hesitation, every man, except two, “stepped over the line”. One ran away, and the other, Colonel James Bowie, stricken with pneumonia, asked that his cot be carried over.

When men and women make the commitment to join the U.S. military and serve our country – they “step over the line”. They risk everything – their lives, their physical, mental and emotional health – to fight for our freedom.

For several years, our team motto has been to “serve those who serve” because our business is to help military homebuyers with the financing of their new home.  When we became aware of  the Boot Campaign, a group of five women who are COMMITTED to bringing awareness to America of wounded warriors and the organizations which support these causes – we wanted to get involved!  Very simple – purchase a pair of combat boots and a portion of the proceeds goes to wounded warrior projects.  Then WEAR the boots and encourage others to do the same!

We became “Suits in Boots” and challenged other mortgage professionals to “….get their boots on….” with a goal for 1,100 pairs of boots to be purchaed in 2011.

Several companies have “stepped over the line”! Churchill Mortgage (the ONLY mortgage company recommended by Dave Ramsey) has “committed” to encourage and inspire their branches to purchase 100 pairs of boots in 2011.  Our team with Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation has “committed” to 150 pairs of boots.  Dozens of other mortgage professionals, coaches, trainers and speakers have THEIR boots on – and are COMMITTED to encourage others.

What about you and your company?  Is there a cause for which you are willing to “step over the line” and COMMIT – one you are willing to invest your time and energy into?  Tell me about it!

The Book I read at 3:00 a.m……..

Recently I received the book “Go for No:  YES is the Destination – NO is how you Get There” by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz.  The book was from my corporate office as  the “Book of the Month” and I placed it on the “stack” of books I plan to read.  Since I read one or two books per week, I am constantly taking from and adding to the “stack”.

How timely that this book was the next in the infamous “stack”  to read when I was sleepless at  3:00 A.M.

When a message comes to me two or more times in the same 24 hours, I usually think that God has something He wants to say to me!  Just yesterday, I had read Rebekah Radice’s blog, where she made the comment that “…..one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve is the fear of failure”.   I recently met Rebekah at a mastermind event in Chicago and she is one incredible lady and although we were both featured in Karen’s Deis new book “Reinventing the Heel”, it was our first time to personally meet.

“Go for No” is a quick read – less than an hour – and a book you won’t put down once you start.  And the message of the book is is the same message I received yesterday from Rebekah’s blog.  You must feel the fear and DO IT ANYWAY!  Failure is not something I embrace or enjoy but for most of us it IS inevitable, at least in some part of our lives at some time in our lives.  Maybe we are a raving success in business and a flop with our family – or vice-versa.

Some of you know this – some of you don’t.  I have been writing several books for over 20 years.  Yes, several books and yes, 20 years!  Thousands of words have been captured in notebooks on dozens of subjects.  But what has held me back from completion of any of the projects?  FEAR OF REJECTION!

Just recently, I made the commitment to MYSELF that I would finish at least ONE of these books this year.  I set a deadline to have the book completed, plugged in the discipline of writing every day, contracted for the cover of the book, scheduled interviews which will be included in the book, and DAILY I have been pushing forward to finsh.  But it has not been easy!  The fear is always there.   Writing makes me feel…..vulnerable, exposed and well …..fearful!

The blog and the book were timely and affirmation that I am headed in the right direction.  Fail or succeed – the book will be written!  I have decided to embrace my fears and DO IT ANYWAY.  Because I know that as I am building the “Seven Pillars of Success” for my life -the Pillar of Purpose includes writing the book.

What about you?  What is the rejection you fear?  What success has eluded you because of your fear of rejection? I would love to hear from you!

Welcome to Seven Pillars of Success!

I want you to feel totally at home here! Please….sit down, get comfortable, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and explore. I pray you will find something here which will inspire, motivate, educate, and/or uplift you today.

A little about “Seven Pillars of Success”:

A person’s life is comprised of many different areas, and therefore, there may be varying degrees of success for each area.   A person may be wildly successful in one area of their life, and that same person may experience extreme failures in another.  For example, the CEO of a Fortune 500 company may considered a huge success in the business world, but at the same time, his family considers him a failure as a father and husband because he spends so little time with them.

The definition of “success” I am using is  “….the achievement of intention:  the achievement of something planned or attempted….”  If you seek success for your life, you must be able to identify what is it truly counts in your life.  What are the pieces that form the WHOLE you?

In much the same way, in the quest for success, you must get very clear, deliberate and INTENTIONAL with your thinking and with establishing your mindsets or habits of thought to break through mind blocks which can hinder your success.

“Please join us on the journey to building a life of success, significance and satisfaction as we examine the seven mindsets – or habits of thinking – which we call the Seven Pillars of Success:

I.      Purpose

II.    Possibility

III.   Passion

IV.   Plan

V.     Priority

VI.   Perseverance

VII.  Promise Keeper


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Louise G. Thaxton Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. Ph. 866-960-9115 Email. lgthaxton@fairwaymc.com