Watch and listen to “The ‘Miracle’ at Experts Academy”

This is why Brendon Burchard is called a motivational speaker. Have you ever been in a situation that called upon you to be present? When it was incumbent upon you to rise to the occasion and deal with an emergency? How did you react? Were you the Henny Penny of the group? Or were you the Brendon Burchard of the group?

I have been both. When I was 20, I dropped out of college and spent a year in Paris. Young, idealistic, broke. It was around 1 a.m., the last metro run of the night. I was riding back with my boyfriend from his sister’s upscale apartment to the very small studio we had had the good fortune of lucking into. The train was all but empty.

At a stop along the way, an attractive couple boarded the train. They looked to be in their forties. The man was in a tuxedo, and the woman in an evening gown. My guess is they had been to the Odeon Theatre. We were in our uniform of the time–ragged jeans and a t-shirt. This was not a fashion statement. This was before such attire was a fashion statement. It was what we had. We probably were a little frightening to them.

We had just pulled out of the station and were picking up speed when all of a sudden, the man dropped to the floor and lay at my feet. The woman was so shocked, she was unable to respond. I started screaming in English, demanding that my boyfriend do something. I don’t know what I thought he should do–just something. No doubt the screaming in a foreign language added to the chaos. He bent down to try to assess his condition. I continued to panic. Finally, the woman reacted by pulling the emergency stop cord. I had never even noticed the cord until then.

We did not stop immediately, But the engineer was now aware that something was wrong.

As the train started to slow, the man came to. When it stopped, my companion helped the woman lead the man off of the train and sat him on a bench. Uniformed men started to approach, and my companion jumped on board. We pulled out of the station wondering what would come of them. And I was humbled by my humiliating reaction.

That night, I learned about the power of one’s reaction in an emergency. Have I since been able to keep my wits about me during an emergency? Well, I have not been able to remain as calm as Burchard did in the experience recorded below, but I no longer wait for someone else to step in. I have been tested since. I did not stand back and scream. The adrenaline kicked in, and I handled the situation. But calm–I’m still working on that.

Our culture, our country is in a state of emergency. How are you reacting? If you want to be inspired, take 1/2 an hour and watch this clip.

I couldn’t find a clip of this video alone. You will have to scroll down to “The ‘Miracle’ at Experts Academy.”

Shades of Desire

“The more we know about the kaleidoscopic worlds of desire the more we are likely to be able to make satisfying choices. Desires range from split-second spasms to lifelong intentions. Some desires lead to action; others linger or wear themselves out in fantasy. Imagine a scale of desire. The weakest desires are fleeting wishes, such as: ‘I wish I could fly, change sexes for a week, eat chocolate every day . . . .’ Wants are one degree stronger than wishes: ‘I really want to have a baby, write a book, learn to ski.” Willing and deciding are manifestations of even stronger desires: ‘I probably won’t become President but I will write a book.’ Action is the final stage in the realization of desire: ‘I decide to write and am typing this paragraph.’ There is no reason to assume that all desires must end in action, but it is helpful to know which of our wishes to ripen into wants, which wants to deepen into decisions, and which decisions to finally actualize.” Sam Keen