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July 2009

 

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Note From Erik:

I’m back from one of my favorite weeks of the year, co-directing NBC basketball camp in the beautiful Napa Valley in California. It is one of 20+ sites that teach invaluable life skills through the sport of basketball. The theme this summer is ‘Unshakable’, and I learned the most from our third night message, ‘Unshakable Commitment’. On our blog, http://www.nbcpuc.blogspot.com/ , you can see this message, and other fun clips, including me break dancing (no pulled hamstrings, even :) ).

To Living Above the Line,
Erik “E-Funk” Carlson

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"Unshakable Commitment"

By Erik Carlson

Let’s face it…everyone can make a commitment. I can tell you, I can tell my wife, or I can tell myself that I will do something. The problem is, if it’s only spoken, it doesn’t stand as much a chance of being fulfilled as a commitment with action.

Our camp blog wizard, David Cooke (yes, he won American Idol 2 years ago…oh wait, that’s a different David Cooke…), said it best when he instructed the campers to shout “A commitment is not what you say, it’s what you do…” then he didn’t stop there. He had the entire camp repeat that statement, then he added the all important tagline…“With Passion!

That tagline is when I perked my ears at attention. A commitment is not what I say, it’s what I do…with passion! I was reminded that when we spend our days laboring in careers and activities that don’t tap into our passions, that is a horrible way to live, and we were not designed to live that way.

I needed to hear that because that is the fuel that will keep me fighting for my dreams when I hit brick walls. It also inspired me to write down exactly what I will do to reach my dreams.

The campers also did that (I love getting inspired by teenagers!) when many took the opportunity to sign their names on a commitment card. This card said that they will abstain from illegal alcohol use, tobacco, and sexual promiscuity. I saw both teenage boys and girls with tears streaming down their face as they signed the card, because they knew it was a commitment they were going to keep, but it would take great sacrifice.

That commitment will become unshakable, because they took the action step of signing their name to that card. Now, they are doing, not merely saying.

Join me in having unshakable commitment in key areas of our lives. Together, we’ll make a great impacting change!

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About Erik Carlson:

Erik Carlson is a sought after speaker and entertainer. His keynote topics blend the experiences and wisdom from his successful business career, and couples it with side splitting comedy magic that will leave your audience astonished and inspired.

Erik is the author and creator of his pathfinder self study course which is a step-by-step roadmap to discovering true prosperity in your career.

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