how to get inspired

5 Steps To A Truly Inspirational Life

If someone asked you to describe your life, as it is right now, what’s the first thing you’d say? “It’s OK, it’s average, not bad, good, terrible?” A few years ago I asked myself this same question; I was shocked by the answer that came back. I realized that life was  OK, but I never wanted anything to be just be OK! The reality was, I was bored, I’d gotten comfortable and I’d lost my passion for what I did.

This was my wake up call; it suddenly dawned on me that nothing was going to change, until I changed! One week later I listened to my heart. I handed in my resignation at my job, overriding the feeling of fear. From that moment I can honestly say I felt ALIVE again! Life no longer felt predictable or stale, it felt fresh and exciting.

1. Get Real

It’s true what they say; honesty is the best policy especially when it involves changing your life. Think about the way that you approach your life, do you feel inspired and fulfilled by your job, relationships and lifestyle?  When you meet friends you haven’t seen in a while, do you look forward to sharing all that’s happening or do you begin your conversation with a deep sigh? Are you inspired by your life? When you meet someone who’s truly inspired by life they automatically light up a room with their presence and vibrancy.

2. Take Action

When I left my job the first thing I did was to think about what would really make me feel alive. I really wanted to be challenged, so I starting my own business and pushed myself to go back to university. This went against the advice of many people who suggested it was too much, too late. However, 3 years later whilst working 50 hours a week, I achieved my BA  degree. Here’s the thing, I had more security before I left my job and I was making good money and was set to take over where I worked. What I now know is money, security and status does not lead to fulfillment. Lasting fulfillment only happens when you’re truly inspired by the life your living. What are the challenges that would re-engage you and make you feel alive, connected and inspired again?

3. Raising the Stakes

Raising the stakes means raising our commitment to excellence. That doesn’t mean working harder or longer, but it definitely involves being open to change. If you’re relationship isn’t how you’d like it to be, think about the way you’ve been communicating, how much effort and variety have you invested lately? If your health isn’t great, take a look at your diet and lifestyle; be purposeful about what you do and eat. If you’re struggling with negative thinking, be conscious about what you read, watch and listen to. Be selective about those who influence you. Raising the stakes is about asking the question “If what I am currently doing isn’t achieving the results that I want, what is it that I want and am I willing to raise the stakes in order to achieve it?”

4. Creativity

A common question I often hear is “I’m not sure what I should do differently to achieve the changes I want in life?” With the advance of the Internet, online bookstores and reading devices, YouTube, and blogs (such as this one), it is much easier to find the answers you need. It truly comes down to being creative about finding information. When you want something enough, you’ll find a way! Be creative whom you spend your time, work with a coach or a mentor and keep your eyes open.

5. Adventure

No one said life was going to be easy, but in order to embrace change you need to shift your perspective. When I think about starting on a new journey, it can feel scary, even terrifying, so I change the meaning I associate to this event from the fear of the unknown to the excitement of a new adventure! I found that half the battle of changing your life is letting go and trusting that you are resourceful enough to handle whatever comes your way. If you’re willing to take the necessary risks, the results will show up. You’ll get the job, the relationship, the body and the life style you want. However, I do not under any circumstance believe in quick fixes. If your effort is minimal, you’ll be rewarded accordingly.

On a final note, life is short. Nothing is guaranteed. The clock is ticking! Don’t waste time trying to map out the next five years, start with a basic, comprehensive plan and take action. If something feels right in your heart, use wisdom, but LISTEN to your heart. Remember your mind is programmed to protect you; but your heart is designed to lead you!

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Luke is a life and career coach, author, speaker and founder/CEO off www.lukehavard.com. Luke’s method of coaching is high performance, teaching clients to live and perform with lasting, authentic confidence and excellence. Luke’s client list consists of people from all walks of life: politicians, educators, entrepreneurs, busy executives and major corporate organizations. He is currently working on a book entitled: Punching Above Your Weight, A violent assault on mediocrity. To find out more about Luke’s coaching programms, books and live events visit   www.lukehavard.com

  • http://twitter.com/Mark_Bowness Mark Bowness

    Great blog Luke, real clear, concise and simple steps to gain inspiration. I would also add a 6 step which would be ‘Every now and then, take it easy’. Often we try and focus so hard on a situation, on a solution or a problem that we become obsessed, when this happens we tend to look at the situation from one perspective. It’s important to walk away, have a break, when we do this we allow our sub-conscious mind to dig deep into our resourced and when we are walking, reading, taking a shower, inspiration comes!

    Thanks Luke – I have followed you on Twitter! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Thanks Mark, great point! I totally agree, for the purpose of this post, I wanted to keep it short, sweet, but powerful so didn’t really have enough word count left to add a sixth point, but I agree! Cheers, Luke

  • Chetan

    Great Post  Luke !  You have put down in very simple words…. currently I am thinking of job and doing something else which can motive me more and your post will help me to do that – thanks   

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Chetan! Thanks for your feedback. GO FOR IT! Life is way too short to wonder if something will work! If there is anything I can do to help, please feel free to contact me via my website, just follow the link below the article, Luke

      • Chetan

        Thanks Luke for your kind words and help :)

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

          What ever I can do to help Chetan, just ask! Luke

  • Manndesign2003

    Right on Point

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Thanks Appreciate your feedback! Luke

  • Kallan Archer

    Love This Luke!! Keep blessing people!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Thank you Kallan, will do! Luke

  • Bruce Gutteridge

    That’s really great. You really hit the nailing the head throughout this publication – one I think many will benefit from. Many key lines:
    • “Lasting fulfilment only happens when you’re truly inspired by the life you’re leading”
    • “Be purposeful about what you do”.
    • “Being creative about funding information”.
    • “From the fear of the unknown to the excitement of a new adventure”.
    • “Listsn to your heart. Your mind is programmed to protect you; but your heart is designed to lead you”!

    I especially love this last one because I’m a heart lead person. Keep it up Luke

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Thanyou Bruce, really glad the leading with the heart, resonates with you my friend, Luke!

  • K Wood977

    Wow Luke! well done my freind, a fantastic approach to life, really positive and full of energy!  Love that you have been given such an amazing and powerful testimony to share with others, it is truly inspirational!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Hi thanks! I feel blessed to have the life that I do and theres nothing more rewarding than sharing how blessed I am whilst making a difference in the lives of others! Have a great day, Luke

  • Allgrady

    Awesome blog mate really inspiring and great way to help people achieve what there looking for

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Thanks, glad you liked it! Yes, people need inspiration now more than ever before. Luke

  • Judyhavard

    Clear & concise-good points,confident and inspiring. well done

  • Dave

    Awesome teaching Luke! Truly inspirational and life changing!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Thanks Dave, glad that you found it inspiring!

  • Gavin Iris

    Great advice and practical too. Not just fluffy words but giving an action plan too. Thanks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Hey Gavin, Well I’ve never been into fluffing anything! Appreciate your feedback, ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS! Luke

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002063163985 Zelma Kopocz

     Fantastic blog ,very inspirational and very  helpful.Thank you Luke !

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      My pleasure Zelma, really glad this post served you. Luke

  • Danny Elson

    A thought provoking article. Thanks Luke. Food for thought.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Hi Dan, glad it provoked some critical thinking. Luke

  • mickmooney

    Great stuff Luke. Loved your last sentence: “If something feels right in your heart, use wisdom, but LISTEN to your
    heart. Remember your mind is programmed to protect you; but your heart
    is designed to lead you!” – Awesome thought.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Hey Mick! I believe its the MOST important way to live, guided by our heart! Luke

  • http://www.facebook.com/luke.thao Luke Thao

    It’s so true. Sometimes you get so wrapped up in your security blanket, you forget to live.  Life get pushed off to tomorrow, tomorrow became someday, and someday never comes.

  • Arpita_smart

    It’s fabulous blog, I like the attitude do whatever you want . You never know what’s our future . But whatever is present so why not live today rather thinking and sitting about this happen then I will do .Try to live your life on your risks , so tomarrow you will not blame anybody that because of this I can’t do the things that I wanted to do. Once decision taken you are responsible for your own good or bad. whenever a person actually wants to do something to change his/ her life .He will become more satisfied, more confident , motivated and positive and he knows his own pros and cons. So live your life by own choice . I fully agreed with Luke.

  • Vix

    Great action plan Luke :-)
    Good to read
    Great to do
    Vix

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

    Thanks for all the comments and feedback guys, KEEP IT COMING! Luke 

  • Alexita

    Great blog and so inspiring! I love this sentence: “If something feels right in your heart, use wisdom, but LISTEN to your
    heart. Remember your mind is programmed to protect you; but your heart
    is designed to lead you!” so, so true!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

    Hi Alexita, YES, this has proven to be a really popular quote from this post and I believe its becuase so many people resonate with feeling their heart leading towards their destiny. Used simultaneously wisdom and the heart are unstoppable! Thanks Luke

  • http://selfhelpmadesimple.com/ Jerome Ratliff

    Awesome post, Luke. They are simple but effective steps. Something I believe in heavily. At the end of the day, change is only going to happen if WE decide to change and commit to it. This is the only way we are ever going to bring about that “inspirational” life. Thanks for sharing… Jerome

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Jerome, thanks, really glad it resonates with you. YES, things only change when we commit to change, EXACTLY! Luke

  • http://twitter.com/DonaldSouthey Donald Southey

    I can commend this blog as from (a) someone who knows what he is talking about, and (b) someone who practices what he preaches.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Thankyou for your kind words Donald, really flattered by your feedback. Luke

  • http://www.facebook.com/iritchie70 Irene Ritchie

    Thanks Luke, as always good, common sense advice. Life is short and you only get one kick at the ball – strive for happiness. It can just be about the simple things, not many of us want to rule the world, but it’s important that we try and take care of our own happiness as well as the people we love.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

    Thanks Irene, exactly, if your unfulfilled your not going to be happy! I agree also for some people, they know that they’re playing too small and that makes them feel unfufilled and for others it just getting their priorities in order. Thanks for your comment, Luke

  • Michael Duffy

    Great advice. I’ve also found that changing your outlook from nervousness to excitement is very powerful; it helped me get over my fear of public speaking just a few years ago. Making change is about trusting your instincts and following through with your actions, as nothing worthwhile happens overnight.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Great comment Michael, absolutely! When we change the meaning, we remove the barriers to that we first construct through fear! Thanks Luke

  • Jpeeble

    So when I was about to graduate from Clemson University I could have gotten a regular job in the field of my degree bust something in me wanted more then just a career. In the end through much thought and councle I ened up selling my truck and moving from where I lived in the US to a little town in England to work as a volunteer for a year. I am only a few months in bust so far it has been the most challenging but rewarding thin I have ever done. These points outline closely the process I went through to get where I am now. It is great to see it spelled out like this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Hi J Peebles, an amazing illustration of following your heart! The easy choice is sometimes just too EASY. We are born to live fully and from my experience the best way to do this is learn how to let go of the obvious, easy, choice, in exchange for a life of adventure. Thanks J, Luke

  • http://widism.com/ Clay

    Amazing post! I believe so much in this way of thinking, I’m always glad to hear from someone else who shares these values as well and doesn’t think this is pure craziness!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Hi Clay, if living a life of adventure makes your crazy, then bring on the CRAZY! Keep doing what your doing Clay, follow your heart. Luke

  • http://www.fullestdisclosure.blogspot.com/ Jason

    Between points 3 an 5 it seems like there is an underlying idea of being willing to take risks and do the unexpected to have a worthwhile and inspiration life. That’s makes a lot of sense.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Jason, thats the point, you’ve got it! Our society is geared to keep people nice and civilized and its KILLING people inside because we’re designed to dream big dreams. Thanks for sharing Jason, calculated RISKS =  BIG REWARDS. Luke

  • Wendy

    Love this – it is really inspiring!  Thank you!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Thanks Wendy, your welcome

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

    Hey guys LOVE your comments, if you have any questions or thoughts please feel free to share, Luke

  • Samuel King

    Never fail to impress me with your words of wisdom! Keep it up. Can’t wait for the book to come out! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

    Hey Sam, thanks for the feedback glad you enjoyed the post and let that anticipation build, the book will be released early 2013, so not long to wait now! Thanks Luke

  • Davis Hett

    Inspirational words for an inspirational life!  Let’s get it on!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elaine-Enlightening/100003577333598 Elaine Enlightening

    Thank you for sharing your story and for the good advice. I love how you are embracing a new challenge with such a great attitude and turning fear into hope.

    I certainly resonate with your journey.  Mine is similar in many ways.  To find ones passion is truly a blessing.  To be challenged daily beyond ones imagination is also a gift.   

    I would only add that the idea that “life is short” is limiting in nature as it carries a bit of fear as motivation with it.  I prefer to focus on living in the moment and choosing to focus on eternal life and eternal youth.  If we live our lives as though all eternity depended on it, then we would have no desire to fritter it away.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Hi Eliane, thanks for your feedback! Actually my motivation is driven by the focus of eternity being impacted by the way I lived on earth, so I really believe that what we do here is way more important than our own lifetime. For me personally I feel most fulfilled when I know that I am being proactive everyday, accomplishing my eternal mission! Thanks Luke 

  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    I like your post and especially the final note.  We need to act in every present moment.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Hey Dan, thanks appreciate your feedback, Luke

  • http://www.facebook.com/dantodonnell Dan O’Donnell

    Great stuff Luke. I really agree with you last point, the clock is ticking, take action and adjust as you go! Thanks for all you’re doing to help people out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

    Hey Dan! YES, I absolutely believe that the clock is ticking. Thats not to say that we should live in fear or be controlled by the notion that time is running out, but I do believe we should live with purpose and maximize our time on earth! Thanks Dan its a pleasure to serve, Luke

  • Jack Devereaux

    Great advice Luke! Setting yourself big goals has really helped me move my work forward!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Hi Jack, So happy that you’re living a life that you feel inspired by. KEEP DREAMING Jack! Luke

  • http://twitter.com/me_and_myego Femke Lee

    Luke,

    Such a great blogpost, so inspiring! I’m so happy you’re my coach! :)
    TTYS!

    Greetings,
    Femke

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

    Hi Femke, thankyou! It’s an honour and a pleasure being your coach, especially as your REALLY passionate about RAISING YOUR STAKES in order to pursue your destiny! Luke

  • Jorge

    Simple, clear and to the point! Really good post!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

    Hey Jorge, glad you enjoyed, LIVE LIFE FULLY! Luke

  • Cristofer

    Very profound words and great to implement. Enjoyed it immensely and I thank you for sharing. Cristofer

  • Kirsty Champion

    Fantastic words Luke, as always! You’ve hit the nail right on the head with these points and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it :) I particularly like: ‘If something feels right in your heart, use wisdom, but LISTEN to your heart. Remember your mind is programmed to protect you; but your heart is designed to lead you!’ … In fact, I LOVE this quote! Well done, sir!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

    Cristofer, its a pleasure! YES, it is easy to implement, when your desperate enough to STOP settling for less than life has to offer. The question is, are people desperate? Luke

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

    Hi Kirsty! Yes, the quote is definitely going to be a prominent feature in my new book Punching Above Your Weight, as seen first on PTB! Luke

  • Samiesmilz

    This is rejuvenating.. thanx Luke..for this wisdom!!

  • RoRo Zakaria

    thanks,, Luke for this post
    I completely agree with you 
    your words cheered me up
    you gave me hope and powerful

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

    Hi Thanks RoRo, thats what I’m here for! 

  • Doug

    Hi Luke, great Blog. Very helpful. Well articulated and clear concepts. Ill most definitely be taking these five steps into account as I look at the NEXT season in life. Will be following your work from here on in. Thanks. Doug

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

    Hey Doug, thanks for the feedback! You can find out more about my work by heading over to my website, as mentioned in my bio! Luke

  • Haraniko

    The truth is, without action, nothing will change!
    I love your strategy and the structure in it. 
    Always when I read your words I´m inspired. Its amazing how you get to the point.
    Thanks for all your support in so many ways of my life!
    Bless,
    Yours,
    Simon

  • Simon V.

    The truth is, without action, nothing will change!I love your strategy and the structure in it. Always when I read your words I´m inspired. Its amazing how you get to the point.Thanks for all your support in so many ways of my life!Bless,Yours,Simon

  • Addis Bekele

    Very nice blog.Really it was motivational.Keep it up Luke.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Hi Addis, thanks again! Please share with others, I know they need to read this too! Luke

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

    Hey Simon, THANK YOU, for your kind words! Without action, failth is DEAD. However, action is only ever possible with strategy. When I started out as a youth interventionist, it always amazed me that most professionals working with young people, want to solve a problem, but they were guessing at the actions they thought would help! Strategy is the key to effective execution and delivery. Luke 

  • http://www.facebook.com/rosland.sherrod Rosland Sherrod

    Rosland Sherrod Rosland Sherrod That was such an fantastic article Luke! I truly believe that if you were to ask many people that question they would be shocked by their answer. I’ve come across many people who are not happy or content with their life, but yet they are not willing, or are too afraid to take that step to make it better. So they settle for a life of mediocracy. I agreed that in order for your life to change, you must first change yourself and really take a good accessment of where your life is at and where you want it to go. The five steps that you presented was right on target, and it would inspire anyone who have a desire to change their life to take that first step.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rosland.sherrod Rosland Sherrod

    Rosland Sherrod That was such an fantastic article Luke! I truly believe that if you were to ask many people that question they would be shocked by their answer. I’ve come across many people who are not happy or content with their life, but yet they are not willing, or are too afraid to take that step to make it better. So they settle for a life of mediocracy. I agreed that in order for your life to change, you must first change yourself and really take a good accessment of where your life is at and where you want it to go. The five steps that you presented was right on target, and it would inspire anyone who have a desire to change their life to take that first step.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rosland.sherrod Rosland Sherrod

    Rosland Sherrod Rosland Sherrod That was such an fantastic article Luke! I truly believe that if you were to ask many people that question they would be shocked by their answer. I’ve come across many people who are not happy or content with their life, but yet they are not willing, or are too afraid to take that step to make it better. So they settle for a life of mediocracy. I agreed that in order for your life to change, you must first change yourself and really take a good accessment of where your life is at and where you want it to go. The five steps that you presented was right on target, and it would inspire anyone who have a desire to change their life to take that first step

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      WOW thanks Rosland, I agree. After working with thousands of people, you come to realise that if you ask people a question that they very rarely ask themselves, it literally shocks them to take stock of their life. The world needs to get real! Luke

  • Chanelle & Paul

    Very inspirational Luke!! Well done man! This is awesome! Love how you just know what you want out of life and willing to work so hard to get there. Your work ethic inspires us and many others

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

    Hey Chanelle and Paul, thanks for your comment. Yes work ethic really has a lot to do with the quality of life we have, I don’t believe in quick fix or get rich over night schemes, or instant happiness or fulfillment. To truly live an inspirational life we have to give EVERYTHING. Those people who live a life of their dreams have count the cost. Luke

  • Dannyevison20

    excelent article luke and very time appropriate for me. im going through similar things right now to what happened to you. part 5 really spoke to me. i think we have things to talk about so i look forward to speaking to you sometime and keep up the great work, awesome article :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

    Hi Danny, thanks for your comment. Its so important to have mentors and leaders who you can learn from who have paved the way before you so that you move forward in half the time that it would take going it alone! I look forward to talking with you soon. Luke

  • http://www.facebook.com/lojibebe Loji Freyre

    trruly inspiring i i even the most upbeat person can be down but hearing and surrounding your self with this kind of mentality and attitude will ensure your success in my opinion   with that up beat so called winning attitude theres no stopping you !!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

    Hi Loji! Great to hear that you’ve found my message inspiring and uplifting! Sometimes its hard to know to the extend that people are being impacted by my message, so I am so grateful for any feedback that I receive! Thanks again, great to hear your perspective on life, Luke

  • Tasha

    Great blog and inspiring! I love this sentence: “If something feels right in your heart, use wisdom, but LISTEN to your
    heart. Remember your mind is programmed to protect you; but your heart
    is designed to lead you!”
    Wow so gr8
    Thanks Luke

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Thanks Tasha, I can’t remember how many messages I’ve had telling me that this quote resonated with them! Thanks, Luke

  • Frances Ipock

    my name is Frances Ipock and I can affiliate with you on your theory about life in general. I agree that life is going to get boring if you don’t make a change in what you do and how you are doing it. I am a polio victim from 1941. I had a great romance, love, and marriage with my husband of 52 years and would not trade one memory of it for anything. I was told I should never have any children because it might parallize me for life. well I took that challenge. I had three healthy children that was a blessing from God. Others can call it what they want but I know where my help comes from. I also believe that if you try then God will help you to succeed. After about five years and three children I wished I had finished my schooling. So I started at 25 to go back to school at night to get my high school diploma so I could graduate with a cap and gown like the rest did. It took me three years but I made it. Then I went in to try to get a job at the telephone company. I finally got hired in 1971. The only reason I did was because they had just passed the law about hiring the handicap. I worked for 18 years until the company relocated to another city and I could not commute so I took severance pay and drew unemployment benefits for six months. Two months before that ended I applied for disability because I was having a very hard time trying to get another job. I drew my last unemployment check in August and then my first disability in September of the same year. Then I got a chance of working part time as a care giver for a daycare facility for the next fifteen years. Five years after I started I was hit head on by a truck that almost killed me and I lay in a hospital bed in my living-room for seven months. I had to learn to walk again and get over fear of driving. It took me awhile to get to where I could go back to work with the aid of a wheelchair. three years later one of the children pushed my wheelchair down the ramp too fast and broke the leg that got crushed in the wreck again and I had to have surgery on it again. After that I worked again until my husband on dialysis passed away. Then my son came to me about moving in with him and his wife because they were afraid I would fall and get hurt with nobody to help me, so I did and now I am taking medical billing and coding at Ultimate Medical Academy in Tampa, Florida and I’m 71 years old and the first week I made a C, the next four weeks I made all B’s now the last four weeks I’ve made all A’s. Now how can you ask for any better. Life is good if you make it. God Bless. Frances Ipock

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      WOW Frances, I’m stunned and in awe by your story, YOUR INCREDIBLE! Seriously, you are a HERO! So many people have a “poor me” attitude and perspective on life and haven’t walked even an inch of the miles of struggle and hardship you’ve been through and yet, your so humble, grateful and thankful for your life! PRAISE GOD, I’m a believer and so should EVERYONE who reads your story, just amazing! Thank you for your wonderful example of RAISING THE STAKES! Luke

  • Vincenzo

    You’ve said it right man

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

      Thanks Vincenzo!

  • Tomsalmon12

    Fantastic Advice there, thank you very much :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

    Hi Tom your welcome! Luke

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