Gary Greeno

Motivational Speaker, Coach, Educator

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Dreams are goals with a deadline.

I’m a big believer in dreaming big!  I’m the kind of person that believes anything is possible, and you should never put limits on what you are capable of.

Dreams do come true.  But only if you have a plan – and only if you take action!

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Celebrate the victories – especially the small ones!

As you work towards accomplishing your goals and dreams, you will certainly face adversity.  There will always be mountains to climb, and as soon as you conquer one mountain you will probably find another.

It may even seem at times that everything is going wrong, and victories are few and far between.

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Believing in yourself is not enough.

In order to achieve any great work, you must first believe it’s actually possible. Without belief, you will never get over the fear, and the self-doubt that holds you back.

Belief is essential, but belief by itself will get you nowhere.  Without work you will fall short of your goals every time.

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“5 tips for working with difficult people.”

Years ago I asked the legendary Coach John Wooden a question.  I said, “Coach, how would you handle a player like Dennis Rodman?”  This was during the time period when Dennis Rodman was making headlines with his flamboyant personality and controversial play for the Detroit Pistons.

When I asked coach that question, he looked me right in the eye, pointed his finger at me and said, “Young man, you handle things…you work with people.”

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“Do It Now Mentality!”

Do you want to be more productive?

Doing this one thing will literally change your life:  It’s the “Do It Now” mentality.

Many people have developed a bad habit of procrastination! Psychology Today reports that nearly 20% of all people chronically put things off.   A study done by the American Psychological Association showed that the number of people who procrastinate is on the rise, and that it makes people less healthy, less wealthy, and less happy.

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Cycle of Success!

Think about what you’re thinking about!

The way you think determines everything about the quality of your life.  Studies have shown that your life will naturally move towards what you think about most.

If you think negative thoughts, losing thoughts…then you will get more negativity and losing in your life.  If you think positive thoughts, winning thoughts, thoughts of being a champion…then your life will naturally move in that direction.

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“The Winner’s Circle!”

same mission as you
Who’s in your circle?

It’s been said that you are the average of the five people you hang out with most.   Give thought to who you are with, and if they are people who are helping you get to where you want to go.

Remember, winner’s hang with winners and losers hang with losers.  If you want to win, it is a MUST that you surround yourself with winners.  You cannot be a winner, and have losers in your life.

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Stop Talking About it, and Be About it!

Motivation Minute

 “Stop Talking About it, and Be About it!”


Have you been talking about what you are going to do, rather than just doing it?

If so, isn’t it time to stop talking and take action.

Too many people do not take action on their goals.  They have in their mind something they want to do, but that’s as far as it gets!   They have intentions to “some day” get to it, not realizing that someday will never come until they decide to take action.

They live on a fantasy Island called, “Someday Isle”.  Someday I’ll start working out…Someday I’ll go back to school….Someday I’ll start working on that goal.

If that’s you, then get off of Someday Isle!

Take a moment to evaluate your own life.  What have you been thinking about, dreaming about, talking about….but haven’t yet taken action on?

There comes a time when you have to say enough is enough.  It’s time to get to work.

The graveyard is full of books that will never be written, songs that will never be sung, inventions that will never come to be, dreams that will never be lived out.

Why do so many people fail to take action?

The fear of failure prevents many from going for it.  Les Brown is known for asking this question, “If you had to live your life over again again, do you think you could have done more than what you have done thus far?  What we do, what we accomplish, what we produce in life is only the tip of the iceberg for what’s possible.”

What’s possible for you?

Don’t let the fear of failure sabotage your success.   Be one of the few who has fears, but takes action anyway.

In any situation you have both fear and courage.  Even the most courageous people have fear….but they don’t allow it dominate their thinking.  Instead, they allow courage to rule.  Most people allow their fear to rule over their courage.  However, it’s not the absence of fear that you need, it’s having the fear, but moving forward anyway.  It’s being willing to get out of your comfort zone, and willing to take a risk.

Often people don’t take action because they are afraid of what other people might think.  “What if I try and it doesn’t work?”  “What if I’m not successful?”  These are the wrong questions to ask.  Instead ask, “What if it does work?”  What if I am successful?

Marianne Williamson said, “Our deepest fears are not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fears are that we are powerful beyond measure.”

It’s time for you to realize how powerful you are, and how much you CAN accomplish….but you have to take action.

I often talk about “pain of discipline” vs “the pain of regret”.  In life we have two very real pains we must choose from.  The absent of pain is never the goal, because living a pain-free life is simply not possible.  You must choose between having the pain of discipline to move, to act, to get it done; or you choose the pain of regret.  If you don’t act, you don’t exercise discipline and you put off til later what you should do now, you will pay the price of regret….and the pain of regret is much great than the pain of discipline.

So I want you to do me a favor.  Write down 1, 2 or 3 things you have been putting off.  Determine which one is the most important; which one will give you the greatest sense of satisfaction when it’s completed?  Then take action.  Take action today, no matter how small it may be.  And every day after that take action!

The only thing holding you back is YOU!  Take action today!

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Never Surrender!

Motivation Minute

“Never Surrender!”

It’s been said, “If you are going through hell, keep going.”

Get through it.  Never surrender.

If you really believe in your cause then you won’t let the circumstances around you determine if you keep going or not.   Don’t listen to the negative voices in your life that are telling you to throw in the towel.  Don’t quit.  Never surrender.  It’s that simple.

It may take you a little longer to get there…you may have unexpected adversity to fight through…perhaps you have setbacks you didn’t account for, but just keep going and don’t stop.

Too many people surrender too soon.  That’s not you!  When the going gets tough, the tough get going.  Remember, if it were easy, everybody would do it.

Just get through it.  Never surrender.

Don’t let the pain you are going through overtake you and bring you down.  Pain is temporary. Quitting last forever.

So don’t quit on your marriage.  Don’t quit on that business idea.  Don’t quit on your team.   Don’t quit on the dream you once had.   Don’t quit just because you’re not getting the results you thought you’d get. Don’t quit just because things aren’t going the way you thought they would.

You’ve come this far already so don’t stop now.  You’ve experienced difficulty, hardship, pain….you might as well get a reward from it, so just keep going.

Never surrender.

Check out the little cartoon below, and remember to keep fighting and never surrender.  You don’t know how close you are.  You’re breakthrough could be just around the corner!

Never Surrender.
Keep going and never give up. 

The Big Mo!

The Big Mo!  You gotta have it.

Momentum is an incredibly powerful thing.  The word momentum means, “On the move.”.    Whether it’s a team on the move, a church on the move, a business on the move, or a family on the move, becoming unstoppable requires momentum.

In sports, a team that has momentum is on the move, and will take some effort to stop.  A team with momentum plays “over their head”.   That is, they play better than they really are!

Momentum allows you to do greater things than you ever thought possible, and successful people now how to string together wins that create momentum which makes the next battle easier to win.

Make 2016 the year you want it to be by building momentum.

What are the areas in your life where you struggle to get wins?  Is it in your diet?  Exercising?  Budgeting your finances? Being more disciplined with your time?  Whatever it is, YOU CAN achieve great success this year by using the Big MO to your advantage.

Momentum starts with one small victory.

Your job this week is to get just one small win.  Don’t go for the grandiose all at once.  Don’t expect to lose 25 pounds in one week.  You’re not going to immediately eat healthy all the time when you’ve had months and years of unhealthy eating habits.

You have to start small!

You have to get just one win.  When you get it, celebrate it.  And then tell yourself, “just one more win, and the momentum will start to build.”   One small win will lead to another, and then another.  The only way to really become unstoppable in achieving your goals is to build momentum.

Building momentum builds confidence and confidence breeds more confidence.  When the Golden State Warriors started the 2015-2016 season, they set a record for the most wins in a row at the start of a season.  Each game they won gave them more confidence for the next one.  But their momentum during this stretch was because of the momentum they had when they won the 2015 NBA championship.  More than any other team in history, they used that momentum to begin the new season with 24 straight wins!

There are championships you want to win in your life.  It may not be an NBA championship, but for you it’s just as big.   The way you win the big goals you have set, is to first get one small win, and then another, and another, then ride that wave of momentum as far as you can!

Don’t be like so many people out there.

They get a little momentum and then something happens and they experience a setback.

This is so common for people who are trying to lose weight, for example.  They do great for a while, and then they blow it!  They eat that doughnut at the office….or they miss a work out.  Instead of forgetting it, and moving on and getting back on track, they say to themselves, “I’ve already blown it! And they let one defeat lead to another and then another.”

They let negative momentum overtake them and defeat them.  Don’t let this happen to you!  You can stop the negative momentum with one decision.

I am often telling my team, “There are three things you should do with a mistake:
1.  Admit it
2. Learn from it
3. Forget it

When you fall of the wagon, you get back up!

Don’t let one failure completely defeat you.  Get back on your feet, and get that one win; and THIS TIME your goal is to get more wins than you got the last time.   Stop the negative momentum train before it has a chance to really get going.

Once you learn to get positive momentum, you will live differently.    You will make decisions not based on what you want at the moment, but on what your goals are for the future.   You will build the Big Mo one day at a time,  one moment at a time, one decision at a time, one win at a time.

You know what you are capable of.  You know you are capable of so much more.  Just get that one win today….that’s where it all starts!

Become unstoppable with the Big Mo!

Make your decisions based not on what you want at the moment, but on what you really want the most.

“You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have
to get started to be great.”
-Les Brown


“To get momentum, you must first focus on a s
pecific goal with passion and intensity.”
-Donald Trump


“The Law of Momentum says, ‘An object in motion will stay in motion
until it meets a resisting force.’  Push through and be stronger than any resisting force.”
-Evan Carmichael


“One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.”
-Michael Korda


“As soon as you set your goals, immediately begin to create momentum.”
-Tony Robbins


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