An Eagle who Believed he was a Chicken by James Leath

You can spend a whole life living below your potential, all because of your beliefs.

An eagle had 4 eggs, until one day an Earthquake shook the nest so hard that one of the eggs fell out. It rolled down the hill a great ways until finally it landed in a chicken coupe.

A few days later the eagle emerged from its shell and was immediately cared for by all the chickens. They taught him to eat like a chicken, talk like a chicken, even dance like a chicken. He was happy.

Then one day he saw a convocation of eagles circling high above. He felt his heart jump. He turned to his best chicken and says, “Look at that! I want to be like them, soaring through the air.” His friend laughs and says, “No, sorry buddy. You’re a chicken. Chickens don’t soar through the air like that.” Unhappy with that answer, the eagle looked for a second opinion. He finds another chicken and proclaims, “You see those eagles, one day, I’ll be up there with them, it is what I was born to do!” “Ha!” The chicken laughs. “Look, I know you are taller than every chicken here, your wing span is double any chicken I have ever known, and heck, you even kind of resemble an eagle. But you, friend, are no eagle. You are a chicken.

So the eagle gave up his dreams, and lived the rest of his days, a chicken.

The Moral of the story is that you become what you believe you will become. 

Guard your thoughts, guard your heart, and if you are an eagle, stop hanging out with chickens!

Thinking [poem] by James Leath

If you think you are beaten, you are.If you think you dare not, you don't. If you like to win but think you can't It is almost certain you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you're lost. For out of the world we find Success begins with a fellows' will. It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are. You've got to think high to rise; You've got to be sure of yourself before You can ever win a prize.

Life's battles don't always go To the stronger or faster man; But sooner or later the man who wins Is the man who thinks he can.

~Walter D. Wintle

10 Things I wish my athletes would do! by James Leath

These are the top 10 things I wish were on the list of new year's resolutions for my athletes:

1. Drink more water

2. Take a break from the phone for an hour

3. Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night

4. Eat less processed food

5. Eat 5 servings of veggies daily

6. Eat more protein

7. Get a doctor's physical

8. Eat breakfast

9. Stretch daily

10. Give up sodas

Is the TV on? by James Leath

Two hours of television a day equals 14 hours a week.20130915-212001.jpgThat equals about 60 hours a month. That equals about 29 days a year. That's an entire month, gone, every year. Multiply that by 30 years, that's 2 1/2 years of watching television.

Was it worth it?


Don't judge a book by its cover. by James Leath

In this fascinating reminder that even the “hardened” people of the world often feel deeply under it all, former NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman uses the occasion of his Hall of Fame induction to shed some light on what was really behind the “I don’t give a f*#k” attitude.

It starts slow, but is definitely worth the watch.

All of Life is Sales by James Leath

All of life is sales. As the sales manager of a sales team at a fantastic company, I spend much of my day working with sales people who are working hard to hit their own personal goal. Some set higher personal goals than others, and many times, the ones with the higher standard of achievement end up on top. But you don't have to be in be in sales. Life is sales. Aren't we always selling our ideas to our friends and co-workers? Don't we constantly sell our image to strangers by how we dress, walk and act? Here is a fantastic poem I have set to memory. It reminds me to ask for more out of life.

Poem: "I bargained with Life for a Penny"

"I bargained with Life for a penny, And Life would pay no more, However I begged at evening When I counted my scanty store. "For Life is a just employer, He gives you what you ask, But once you have set the wages, Why, you must bear the task. "I worked for a menial's hire, Only to learn, dismayed, That any wage I had asked of Life, Life would have willingly paid."

AUTHOR: Jessie Belle Rittenhouse (1869–1948)

Should you wait to lose weight? by James Leath

Wait until tomorrow. Wait until after vacation. Wait until you graduate or get that promotion. I spoke with a woman yesterday about weight loss and fitting into some new clothes for the summer. She told me her mom has been encouraging her to wait until things in her life  "slow down" then focus on eating better and exercising.

Really?!? That is horrible advice! What if in the time she waited she develop heart disease? What if she rolls her ankle and exercise gets REALLY tough? The amount of calories she will have to eventually burn is not going to stop accumulating just because somewhere in the distant future there will be some glorious plan set in place.

Listen: DO IT NOW! Don't let ANYONE tell you to stay overweight. Its your body, and the only one you will EVER get. Take care of it...not tomorrow, NOW!

Now let's go and sweat it out!