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You Don’t Have to Have a Big Story – Just a Big Heart!

Fantastic Frank JohnsonHoliday blues got you down? Each year I go through my own version of holiday stress, and I found humor and inspiration in the least likely of places – obituaries!

Some people even write their own obituaries, such as Sonia Todd, who wrote:

“I don’t like the timeline format because, let’s face it, I never really accomplished anything of note….

I also didn’t want a bunch of my friends sitting around writing a glowing report of me which we all know would be filled with fish tales, half-truths, impossible scenarios, and out-right-honest-to-goodness-lies…

The truth, or my version of it, is this: I just tried to do the best I could. Sometimes I succeeded, most of the time I failed, but I tried…

If you think of me, and would like to do something in honor of my memory do this:
-Volunteer at a school, church, or library
-Write a letter to someone and tell them how they have had a positive impact on your life
-If you smoke – quit
-If you drink and drive—stop
-Turn off the electronics and take a kid out for ice cream and talk to them about their hopes and dreams
-Forgive someone who doesn’t deserve it
-Stop at all lemonade-stands run by kids and brag about their product
-Make someone smile today if it is in your power to do so”

To read the full obituary – Click Here

So, if you’re struggling with holiday stress, consider following Sonia’s suggestions. By opening our hearts, we can let the light shine, and make the season sparkle!

 

Magical Start Gone Sour? These Winston Churchill Quotes will Keep You Going!

winston-churchill Fantastic Frank JohnsonDid you ever notice that the universe sends a sort of “freebie” gift when you start something new?

  • Clients at your door before you open business…
  • Honeymoon experience with new love interest…
  • Hit a home run your first time trading stocks…
  • New job and already promoted…
  • Win the lottery with your first ticket…
  • You get big bucks out of no where for your first speaking engagement

What happens next? You know the drill:

  • Your business goes bust after a boom…
  • Your new love turns out to be everyone else’s too…
  • Investments turn to loosing streak..
  • Promotion means longer hours and more stress, which tests your marriage…
  • One year later you have less money than before you won the lottery…
  • Instead of getting paid, you are the now one paying to get on stage…

This is a common phenomena. Don’t loose hope. There are always tests when you shoot for the moon!

For inspiration, let’s turn to the life of Winston Churchill, which you can investigate further at this link: http://www.historyinanhour.com/2013/01/24/churchill-school-education/

Did you know that Churchill nearly died of double pneumonia when he was a child?

That at 18 years old a terrible accident, including a ruptured kidney, required over a year to recover from, and nearly took his life?

Or that he had to apply three times before getting accepted to the Royal Military College at Sandhurst?

One of the most deeply inspiring speeches I know of is Winston Churchill’s “Never Give In” speech, which is often misquoted. For a full account, go to this link: http://www.winstonchurchill.org/resources/speeches/1941-1945-war-leader/103-never-give-in

He gave the speech 10 months into World War II, on October 29, 1941, to his alma mater, the Harrow school. The two parts that hit me the hardest are these:

 “I am addressing myself to the School – surely from this period of ten months this is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

and

“Do not let us speak of darker days: let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days; these are great days – the greatest days our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race.”

So, if your honeymoon with the universe seems over, I hope these quotes will help you take heart and persist.

by Fantastic Frank Johnson

Author of “From Flawed to Fantastic

PS – Do you need an Inspirational Speaker? Check out my site and get in touch to see if I have your dates available inspirational speaker Fantastic Frank Johnson

 

Knowledge Is Power When You Take Action – VOTE!

trump-clinton“Without knowledge action is useless, and knowledge without action is futile.” – Abu Bakr

The other day, I had a lengthy discussion about the upcoming US Presidential Election with a good friend, only to find out that he does not vote!

Please  – Get Out and VOTE! – with this caveat: be informed, and consider the source of your information!

Even if you think the system is “rigged”, by not even showing up to vote, you are abdicating your democratic right – a right which is yours because other people in our nation’s history lost their lives earning it for you.

In 2014 Afghans had the same voter turnout – 58% – as Americans did in 2012…The difference being that Afghan voters were plagued with suicide bombers and threats that their finger would be cut off. Is American complacency leading to the end of democracy?

Don’t think your one tiny vote will make a difference in a country of about 219 million eligible voters? Just recall the 2000 election in which a mere 537 votes in Florida clinched the presidency for George Bush.

And as I write this, the electoral college map is changing day by day as countdown fever ramps up. You can even color your own version of the electoral college map. 

In this particular election especially, many people feel that voting is like rolling the dice…. some people are even betting real money. I am not encouraging you to do so – just pointing it out as a sign of our times.

by Fantastic Frank Johnson

Author of “From Flawed to Fantastic

PS – Do you need an Inspirational Speaker? Check out my site and get in touch to see if I have your dates available inspirational speaker Fantastic Frank Johnson

 

 

 

Fantastic Frank Interviews Scott Gallmeyer About His Groundbreaking New Natural Treatment, the HOPE Formula

Could miraculous healing results in a dog lead to next breakthrough in TBI treatment? Scott Gallmeyer is a material scientist who created the HOPE formula to save the life of his beloved dog, Missy in 2012 – and succeeded! Made of all natural ingredients, the HOPE formula has had positive results treating dementia in Scott’s family members, and has the potential to treat TBI as well. To get the full scoop, listen to Scott Gallmeyer’s invterview on the Flawed to Fantastic Radio Show.

Below are before/after videos of Missy!

BEFORE:

AFTER:

by Fantastic Frank Johnson

Author of “From Flawed to Fantastic

PS – Do you need an Inspirational Speaker? Check out my site and get in touch to see if I have your dates available inspirational speaker Fantastic Frank Johnson

What Every Moment of YOUR Life Has To Do With Jayne Mansfield

Jayne MansfieldThere are great figures who have left world renowned “legacies.” Maybe you will be one of them. Or maybe that doesn’t matter to you.

The thing is, whether you want to leave a legacy or not – you invariably do, because, with every breath, you send a ripple effect through the universe.

You may not even know what your legacy is, until after your death. Take Janyne Mansfield, for example – you may know her has a buxom blond bombshell of Hollywood – but did you know that the way she died inspired a law which requires a semi truck to have a “Mansfield Bar”? This bar saves people from being killed the way Jayne Mansfield was, by preventing cars from running under semi trucks.

Your life is made of countless choices, and you don’t know yet which ones are going to really stick. That’s why it’s so important to embrace your “hero within” and live every single moment conscious that it has to count, because it could be your last. Even if it’s not your last, you have no way of knowing what life-or-death impact a seemingly innocuous choice will make.

by Fantastic Frank Johnson
Author of “From Flawed to Fantastic

PS – Do you need an Inspirational Speaker? Check out my site and get in touch to see if I have your dates available inspirational speaker Fantastic Frank Johnson

 

9/11 – Today’s Not Gonna Be Like Yesterday – Treasure This Moment

 

In what ways were you effected by the 9/11 attacks? It was a traumatic event of such magnitude that a massive number of people – an entire nation – experienced it as a pivotal moment in their life – everyone remembers, in vivid detail, exactly what they were doing when they heard the news.

A line was drawn in the sand that day, and no “tomorrow” was going to be like “yesterday.” That’s why I want to share a song with you today, the 15th anniversary of 9/11, that I wrote 41 years ago called “Today’s Not Gonna Be Like Yesterday.”  It foreshadowed my traumatic brain injury, which occurred 36 years ago, and I think can serve all people as a reminder that we have no idea when, or how, a dramatic life-changing event will occur.

So let’s all treasure this moment. And this one. And this. Open your heart, and love.

by Fantastic Frank Johnson
Author of “From Flawed to Fantastic

PS – Do you need an Inspirational Speaker? Check out my site and get in touch to see if I have your dates available inspirational speaker Fantastic Frank Johnson

Hiroshima and The Power of Voice

 

Hiroshima by John Hersey“Words Have Power” – This is a theme I’ve spoken about for years, and today I want to share a poignant example of what can happen when something is given “voice”.

This week the New Yorker reprinted the story “Hiroshima” by John Hersey, which was originally published 70 years ago, and is  31,000 words in length. It is said to be “one of the greatest pieces of journalism in the 20th century”, because it influenced how people all over the world viewed war, by humanizing the “enemy.”

Reading this article awakened strong emotions in me, and I highly recommend that you take the time to read it yourself. Here’s the link to the online reprint by the New Yorker: click here.   And you can also get it in book form: click here.

One aspect of my emotions relates to my conviction that every heroic act is an act of love, and there can only be love where there is compassion and understanding of the human condition of all people, be they supposed “friend” or “foe.”

I was also reminded of a Simon and Garfunkel song from my youth called “The Sun is Burning”. To listen to it, click here.

by Fantastic Frank Johnson
Author of “From Flawed to Fantastic

PS – Do you need an Inspirational Speaker? Check out my site and get in touch to see if I have your dates available inspirational speaker Fantastic Frank Johnson

Are Both Captain America And Iron Man Right All Along?

FF Captain America Movie

Without giving away any juicy plot twits and turns, the movie title “Captain America: Civil War” itself indicates that when two leading Avengers super heroes have irreconcilable differences, the rest of the group is forced to take sides.

Even if you’re not a super hero aficionado, there are some takeaways from the movie that we can all use to reflect upon our own lives.

After all, with 50% of marriages ending in divorce and its related collateral damage, chances are that you’ve been affected by your own personal version of a “Civil War” – whether it be your own, that of your parents, siblings, close friends, business partner, etc.

Facing the breakup of a relationship or business partnership? Here are some things to consider:

  • If you find yourself at odds with someone you have loved and trusted for years, could there be an outside negative influence that is intentionally driving you apart, and why?
  • Has the secret you’ve been keeping to “save” your relationship become what is tearing it apart?
  • Are you allowing emotional triggers from the past to cloud your present day judgement?
  • Do you really have all the facts, or are you jumping to conclusions?
  • When bombarded with conflicting “advice” are you weighing it against the reliability of all your sources?
  • Have you lost the ability to be vulnerable, to admit your own mistakes, and to feel your love for the other party?
  • How can you gracefully minimize the ripple-effect on friends and loved ones, while allowing each to have their own voice and a healthy means to process what is happening?
  • What is your super-power, and how can you magnify it to handle the situation with dignity and respect?

If you do see “Captain America: Civil War” keep yourself open to experiencing some “Aha” moments – it will make the movie more personal, and enjoyable!

by Fantastic Frank Johnson
Author of “From Flawed to Fantastic

PS – Do you need an Inspirational Speaker? Check out my site and get in touch to see if I have your dates available inspirational speaker Fantastic Frank Johnson

 

Inspiration from Benjamin Franklin and Nelson Mandela

Fantastic FrankBenjamin Franklin is quoted as saying “There are only two things certain in life: Death and Taxes.”

Sounds like a terminal illness! And what should one do with such a diagnosis?

Here’s what Nelson Mandela says:Fantastic Frank “Even if you have a terminal disease, you don’t have to sit down and mope. Enjoy life and challenge the illness that you have.”

Have you heard that focusing on the positive will give you positive results? Or even that you have to “Give to Get” ?

Well, I think it goes much, much deeper than that. To truly embody being positive, one must let go of attachment to the outcomes, and simply be love, with no expectation of receiving anything in return.

This is a tall order, and something that I myself struggle with.  I was talking about this concept on my radio show, From Flawed to Fantastic, with special guest Bob Miller of “Practice Gratitude Success” On the show, Bob gave keen insights that helped me, and can also help you. To listen to the replay, go to this link:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/braininjuryradio/2016/05/06/from-flawed-to-fantastic-with-fantastic-frank-special-guest-bob-miller

by Fantastic Frank Johnson
Author of “From Flawed to Fantastic

PS – Do you need an Inspirational Speaker? Check out my site and get in touch to see if I have your dates available inspirational speaker Fantastic Frank Johnson

“We Create Our Own Demons”

Iron ManHave you ever heard the quote “We create our own demons?”

I heard it from Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, in the movie Iron Man III. I think Oscar Wilde said it originally, but I couldn’t find the quote.

Tony Stark was referring to how people he had rejected many years earlier returned to enact vengeance on him in a lethal plot to take over the world. Even though he had long since changed his ways, his personal transformation did not prevent the past from coming back to haunt him.

I’ve always found comics to be a useful means to reflect on our own lives, and this is no exception.

This got me thinking… part of being human is making mistakes, right? That includes hurting other people’s feelings, starting as early as not sharing your toys, right?  And we can’t really control if the other person reacts as a violent maniac, right?

But then… just where do our responsibilities lie?

Reflecting on my own life, it is very humbling to come to terms with the part I’ve played in creating my own demons. How about you?

Rather than despair, take heart in how far you’ve come. What positive changes have you made from the “old you” to who you are today? Are you able to notice your part more quickly, and be the first to extend an olive branch?

A note of caution – don’t be too hard on yourself. It may feel like you’re constantly screwing up, or feel as if you are actually getting worse. This is just part of becoming more sensitive, which will make you better equipped to handle any situation as it arises.

Remember – although you may create your own demons, you can also have the power to embrace the Hero In You.

by Fantastic Frank Johnson
Author of “From Flawed to Fantastic

PS – Do you need an Inspirational Speaker? Check out my site and get in touch to see if I have your dates available inspirational speaker Fantastic Frank Johnson

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