[email protected] | 720-427-2835
Meet Chris Speaking Workshops Coaching Client Resources Blog Contact Store BOOK CHRIS TODAY! Login

People Who Want What's Best for You, Want to See You at Your Best

Jun 28, 2022

“People who want what’s best for you, want to see you at your best.”

                                                                                          - Oprah Winfrey


I was recently watching an inspirational video on YouTube featuring Oprah Winfrey delivering a commencement speech to an auditorium of graduating college students (yes, I think Oprah is the bomb ). 


During her impassioned address, she imparted upon the graduates the words shared above,


“People who want what’s best for you, want to see you at your best.” 


Hearing these words caused me to pause, reflect upon and appreciate all of the amazing people I have had in my life who supported and encouraged me. 


Continue Reading...

Success is Not Something You Achieve in a Day; It’s Something You Practice Daily

Jun 12, 2022

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. That means developing great habits. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments, and that bridge must be crossed every day. Over time that daily crossing becomes a habit. And ultimately, people do not decide their future; they decide their habits and their habits decide their future.”


                                                                                                         - John Maxwell


We are all creatures of habit. 


When we take a close look at our lives, it is usually easy to see how many of the activities we embark upon each day are...

Continue Reading...

He Just Kept Showing Up

Jun 12, 2022

“Success is not final.  Failure is not fatal.  It is the courage to continue that counts.”

                                                                                  - Winston Churchill


In my over four and a half decades of teaching and training in the martial arts, I have witnessed some incredible examples of students overcoming obstacles in their training and in their lives.  Injuries and illness, personal relationship challenges and financial difficulties are just a few of the difficulties I have seen my students be confronted with and overcome. 


While these instances are generally not experiences, we would intentionally ask for in our lives, they invariably are gifts as they help us to become better, stronger and more...

Continue Reading...

It's NOT about being Balanced; It's about BALANCING

May 28, 2022

“Step with care and great tact, remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.”

                                                                                          - Dr. Seuss



Several years ago, I observed one of the most creative ways of making an impactful point by a professional speaker that I have ever witnessed. 


I was attending a National Speakers Association meeting in Denver and the keynote speaker was a man with a unique background.  He had started as a busker or street performer on the streets of San Francisco.  After years of entertaining audiences in the “City by the Bay”, he had now transformed into an outstanding professional speaker. 


Combining his...

Continue Reading...

The Power of Enthusiasm

May 28, 2022

“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success.  When you do a thing, do it with all your might.  Put your whole soul into it.  Stamp it with your own personality.  Be active, be energetic and faithful and you will accomplish your object.  Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

                                                                                                - Ralph Waldo Emerson


A couple of years ago, I attended a concert with my son, Jason to see one of his favorite musical artists, David Gray. 


While not being a particularly big follower of Gray before the event, I left the concert as a huge fan.  Part of that came certainly because of the...

Continue Reading...

A Lesson Learned from My Camino

May 22, 2022

“Solvitur Ambulando ………………..It is solved by walking.”


                                                                                        - Saint Augustine


June 1, 2022, marks my eigth anniversary of completing one of the most remarkable experiences of my life, when I walked the Camino de Santiago


Popularized in the United States by the movie, The Way, starring Martin Sheen, the Camino, or the Way of St. James is a 500-mile trek across northern Spain which begins in western France, ascends up into the Pyrenees mountains and then descends into Spain for the duration of the journey.


For most who embark upon this journey, it is life changing. ...

Continue Reading...

Your Eulogy in Three Words

May 15, 2022

“If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of.  There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”

                                                                                   - Fred Rogers, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood



Impact.  Whether we know it or not, each one of us has the ability to impact others in profound ways. 


This is usually recognized for those who positively affect the masses through speaking to large audiences, television appearances or internet posts that go viral. 


But most of the time it is done in ordinary ways, by ordinary people.  It comes in our...

Continue Reading...

May Your Choices Reflect Your Hopes, Not Your Fears

May 08, 2022

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears”

                                                                                      – Nelson Mandela


I recently watched, for the third or fourth time, the movie Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman and his amazing portrayal of Nelson Mandela. 


The movie chronicles Mandela’s journey after he had been released from a 27-year prison sentence and would then emerge to become president of South Africa, beginning the process of...

Continue Reading...

Leaders Know the Power of Holding Others CAPABLE

May 08, 2022

“Don’t chase after success, chase after capability.  If you are capable of anything, then success will be chasing you.”

                                                                                                         - Meme


I love the distinction from my good friend, Kelly Anne Zielinski, CEO of Self Leadership Global, often shares, “It is much more effective to hold someone capable, than to hold them accountable.” 


In studying attributes of success in the world of leadership, the concept of accountability is often identified for its importance and effectiveness.  Taking personal accountability for the...

Continue Reading...

Self-Care: The Often Forgotten Quality of Leadership

Apr 26, 2022

“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”

                                                                                     – Jean Shinoda Bolen


During many of these blog posts, I have discussed the importance of being of service to living an impactful and fulfilling life. 


Specifically, when one combines what they love doing, with what they are great at and with that, provide a high degree of service to others, a recipe for a truly Championship Life can be realized. 


However, while doing acts of service is an integral part of experiencing happiness and fulfillment in our lives, who is the one person we tend to take care...

Continue Reading...

50% Complete

Subscribe to receive your weekly "Mind of a Champion Tip of the Week" Blog!

Also receive your FREE REPORT, "The Top Ten Big Ideas to Become a Black Belt Leader!