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Fatherhood Lessons From a Major League Pitcher

One of the biggest lessons that I learned from my dad was to not let other people’s opinions have an effect on us.

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Excerpted from Lasting Impact: How to Create a Life and Business That Live Beyond You which you can find here.

I have a good friend, Todd Stottlemyre, whose story of his father and then his own children is inspiring because of the impact that his dad had on him and he now has on his children.

You may be familiar with the name Mel Stottlemyre. He is a Hall of Fame New York Yankee who played on some of the best teams the Yankees ever produced. He was teammates with legends like Mickey Mantle. Now Mel even has his own statue at Yankee Stadium. Now that is legendary!

For this chapter, I reached out to Todd to ask him what it was like to grow up with a father who was a legendary player on one of the five greatest franchises in sports history in the biggest media market in the United States. What Todd wrote was eye opening and heartwarming at the same time. Here’s what Todd says about growing up with his dad and the lessons that he learned.

“Our dad taught us a lot of great lessons. One of the biggest lessons that I learned from my dad was to not let other people’s opinions have an effect on us. You can imagine how being a professional athlete in the New York City media market, that there were all sorts of opinions about my dad and the other players. But he never let it affect him. He taught us the same thing and that has been a powerful lesson for us.

“We grew up around legends in what they call ‘the House that Ruth Built.’ We called it the School of Champions. The people that I got to meet made a profound impact on me as a young man.

“My dad was an incredible human being. He wasn’t perfect of course, but he was an amazing father. Even when I failed in many ways in my life, I always had a point to go back to. He was a set point for me that allowed me to know what the standard was, a standard that I live now for my children.

“The day that my father died it was all over the news. They interviewed teammates, his players, managers, and owners, and the one thing that was amazing was that they all talked about Mel Stottlemyre the person, not the ball player. Everybody talked about Mel Stottlemyre the person!

“People love to look up to my father as a person but what we knew as his family was that he was ten times the person privately as he was publicly. Even in fighting the war of cancer he always made sure that everyone else felt better. He was always thinking of other people. It made me want to always ask about how I can leave other people better.

“The biggest lesson that my father taught me was to ask the question is this the best that I can do? Whether it be my role as a dad, husband, brother, friend, or business person, I want to always be the best version of myself that I can, and I learned that from my father, Hall of Fame New York Yankee who was even more so a Hall of Fame father.”

What a great legacy. How can I make the same kind of impact?

Well, first of all we have to be right in order to teach right. The best thing you can do for your children is to be the best version of yourself. Make sure that you are constantly growing and becoming better.

We must also spend time with our children. I know this can be difficult when they are little because of how busy we get with work and life but it is imperative that we spend time with our children in order to teach them the lessons we need to teach them.

There’s always been a debate about quality time versus quantity time. I believe it needs to be both. I’ve always thought it would be funny to see a cartoon where a dad was sitting in his chair reading a book called How to Be a Great Father as his young child is standing there with a baseball glove asking him to go play. The dad tells him that he can’t because he’s reading a book about how to be a great father. Reading and thinking about it is not where it ends. You have to go do it.

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Chris is one of the World's Top 50 Speakers, member of the Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame, and one of Inc. Magazine's Top 100 Leadership Speakers. He considers it a privilege to be able to speak to people, help them lead successful lives, become extraordinary leaders and, masterful salespeople. Chris has authored twenty books with three million copies in print in 13 languages and over 450 articles on success, leadership, sales and motivation.



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Five Principles for Political Christians to Live By

The Bible is very clear in regard to the advice it gives Christians!

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There is a lot of debate about whether or not Christians should be involved in politics. I know there are some Christians who don’t think that they shouldn’t be involved at all, and then there are other Christians who are as involved as anybody else. The question, in my mind, is not whether or not we should be involved but how we should be involved and how we should live and act while we are involved. I believe that the Bible is very clear in regard to the advice it gives Christians in how they live their lives, and this includes includes how they engage with others politically. Check out the video below to see the five principles that every Christian should live by when they engage in politics. The points from the video are listed below the video.

1. We are Citizens and Stewards

2. We are called to love.

3. Our battle is not against flesh and blood but against Satanic forces.

4. We must speak the truth in love.

5. Trust God

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Do you have a Positive Appetite?

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Healthy Appetite
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Superior Thinking!

Someone out there, maybe even you, need to hear this today! Here’s some thought provoking ideas, to help us evaluate ourselves and find out “what’s on your plate?“.

What Are We Feeding Ourselves?

What I mean by that is this: What are we feeding ourselves daily?, Im not just speaking physically which is paramount for our health but emotionally, mentally and spiritually is my focused thoughts today!

Are we feeding ourselves properly to give us the optimal emotional and mental nutrition we need to perform? Is what we are digesting helping us create the fortitude and positive mindset to be successful but also to create a well balanced and peaceful way of living?

Stop Listening to the BS!

The GunLife Coach

Superior Thinking!

If we are consuming negativity and toxic thoughts, how then will we shine? How then will we feel accomplished and complete? Are we not also to be examples to others? I like to tell my students of all walks of life, “We can’t go anywhere positive with a negative mindset!” – SD Powell

How about we scrape off that plate and replace it with encouraging, motivating and a more productive way of loving and living to change our mental trajectory for overall success. Success for our families, friends, our careers and our country….

Shout Out!

What We Feed Our Minds Determines our Appetite

– Tom Ziglar

I have to say that if you aren’t reading or listening to books to help you evolve, I would encourage you to do so! I was on a run listening to Tom Ziglar’s Book “Choose to Win”. When the thoughts from what I was reflecting on compelled me to share in this video.

Checkout His Book “Choose to Win“.

I know for me I have to discipline myself and I need all the help I can get sometimes. So, for my spiritual well being I rely on my faith in God. It’s made all the difference in my life.

John 3:16 God Loves You and He has a plan for you!

Alright, Everyone. That’s all I got for you today! Stay tuned, evaluate your appetite on all fronts and go be a great American today!

Evolve Your Skills, Evolve Yourself..

Stephen D. Powell

The GunLife Coach™

 

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