It will take all you have to become all you can be!

I first heard this quote from top 10 leadership expert Chris Brady at a Team leadership convention. Isn’t it amazing that when you hear the truth it just makes sense.  So many people skate through life never giving 100%. Is it fear of failure, fear of success, lack of confidence, lack of courage or are they just stuck in todays mediocre mind set?

We have all been given talents and gifts that are waiting to be opened and used. One of my favorite pieces of being part of a leadership team is the community. It is much easier to become a winner when you surround yourself with winners. I love the video Steve placed on his blog. One of the biggest things I noticed was the constant encouragement he received from his coach and teammates to become his best.

Who is in your cheering section? Who is on your mental committee? You will become like who you associate most, choose wisely!

Enjoy this great article from one of the great leaders in LIFE, Steve Leurquin.

God bless, Dan Hawkins

Are You Giving 100% In LIFE?


I was listening to a leadership recording the other day by Top 10 Leadership Guru and best-selling Author Orrin Woodward in which he gave a great example from his youth about doing his best. As a high school senior cross country runner he was content with the status of being the second best runner on the team. Then, the race came where a freshman on the team was attempting to pass Orrin. That didn’t sit well with him as he had a rule that freshman do not beat seniors. He unleashed his best not only holding off the freshman but passing the team number 1 runner finishing first-team all district.

It got me thinking to how many times in my life I have settled for less then my best thinking that was all I had to give. A great movie scene from Facing The Giants shows a young man who because he is holding back his best, hurts the whole team’s performance.

“God’s gifted you with the ability of leadership, don’t waste it.”

Sometimes I shutter in one of those cold, hair standing on the back of the neck feelings, thinking about who in this world I am hurting by playing it small?

I think of Great leaders like Tim MarksDan Hawkins, and BIll Lewis. All men that lead thousands of people now but at one time were faced with the question, do I continue on my current path or do I follow the leadership road less traveled so that my light will give other people the courage to do the same? I’m glad they chose wisely!  Enjoy the journey, Steve Leurquin 

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9 thoughts on “It will take all you have to become all you can be!

  1. Love that scene in the movie. Just think if, as a culture, we applied the same principles to our marriage what a difference in the world it would make.

  2. Thanks alot Dan & Steve! You inspire so many by example and persistance!

  3. I’m so glad to be back!!! Amongst LEADERS who really DO care about helping others!!! I’m so proud of you and Liisa and what you’ve done not only with your own life, but the lives of thousands of others!!! GOD BLESS YOU BOTH DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON & MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

  4. Great article
    I know I feel I could have always given more!
    Thanks for the reminder.

  5. I have to track this movie down, looks great!

    It reminds me of a talk my high school football / track coach, Garry Larsen, gave my senior. He was talking about what I now know as “dream, struggle, victory” and how we find greatness when we are pushed through adversity. Coach Larsen talked about a 250lbs bench press, and how when you lift that bar off the bench you can feel all 250lbs on your arms. It doesn’t feel lighter, it feels like 250lbs! But through training and perseverance your body is able to bring the bar down and push it back up.
    Much like a person’s life, someone keeps adding weight to the bar and unless you’ve been training (read: the LIFE system) your arms will buckle under the weight. It the person who has digs into an awesome support system, filled with amazing leaders and information, that we can not only life the bar, but can lift it over, and over, and over…..

    Zig Ziglar said that, “Motivation is like bathing, it should be done daily.”, and you blog, along with the other TEAM leaders are shining examples.

    1. Thanks for sharing this Greg! Just the reminder I needed.

  6. Thanks for providing another way for my mental committee to include more leaders like yourself! In a society where social networking is common, it’s too easy to get sucked into 95% negativity via the internet. Your blog along with other TEAM/L.I.F.E. blogs helps to network our 5% positivity!

  7. Dan,
    You and Lisa are living examples of doing the death-crawl while blindfolded! Sometimes I think it’s me who you have on your back. I best get to work on that Fitness F so you don’t have to carry as much… No, seriously, thank you both for all you do for the team.
    John and Penny

  8. Dan and Steve,
    Love the movie. Love the qoute; “God’s gifted you with the ability of leadership, don’t waste it.” Pushing past our golith(s) sometimes feels like we are doing the death crawl!! Thanks for encouraging us all to give our best!

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