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Arm Yourself with the Best

iGnite team

The iGnite team during our 2015 summer boat outing

Point to Ponder:
Are the five people you spend the most time with causing you to give up on your dreams, or do they nurture your dreams and your life?

“If we surround ourselves with people who are successful, who are forward-moving, who are positive, who are focused on producing results, who will support us, it will challenge us to be more, do more and share more. If you surround yourself with people who will never let you settle for less than you can be, you have the greatest gift that anyone can hope for.”
– Anthony Robbins

by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann

It was just over nine years ago that my short, yet colorful life journey began making sense. All of the “who, why, and what for” puzzle pieces created a vivid and crystal clear picture of my purpose, which is when I created iGnite. The process wasn’t sophisticated nor predictable. Rather, it consisted of a few meetings with a dear friend and mentor at Starbucks where I revealed my heart’s desire and vision, coupled with challenging questions and critical thinking. Within a few weeks I answered his tough questions, though my business brainchild remained nameless. We both recognized that the name had to be something I loved, and that conveyed an inspirational, energetic and timeless message. As we tossed around different ideas he said, “it sounds like you want to ignite their lives!” “YES!”, I shouted. He smiled, I wrote it down, and the rest is history.

I love to share and reminisce about that story simply because of its spontaneous nature. There are also many more stories like this, all of which have provided me with unforeseeable lessons and growth opportunities over the past nine years. One of the most important pieces of advice that has provided me with the most personal and professional value, is “Be intentional with whom you surround yourself with, and arm yourself with the best.”

iGnite began the first Monday in October of 2006, and by February I had hired a professional business coach, Michelle Ewalt, who I worked with for three years. She was aware of all of my thoughts, plans, and ideas for iGnite, which for a one-woman show was a giant feat. She also knew that Russell and I wanted to have children one day, so during a meeting she suggested I spend my time determining the five, non-negotiable characteristics I wanted in an iGnite leader. I explained that I wasn’t interested in sharing this business with anyone else, simply because I couldn’t imagine another person loving and caring for our members and aligning with the vision as I did. But what she knew that I didn’t know at the time was this; “no branch can bear fruit by itself, it must remain on the vine.” (John 15:4). I realize this verse has much greater meaning beyond my situation, but Michelle knew that on my own, the mission would not be fruitful. She also knew that if I wanted to see my personal goals come true, like having a family, forming a team was essential. And so, that exact day I identified and wrote down the five, non-negotiable characteristics of an iGnite team member. Within one year, the inspiring and wonderful women began appearing, and continue to, which currently make up what I think is the most beautiful, talented and special team in all of Austin and beyond. As a result, our membership is a mirror-image of our team, making up a spectacular community of love, health and kindness. The fruit is rich and we are blessed!

One of the unforeseeable lessons I learned is that in order for me to give my gift, which is the ability to personally and professionally give and be the best Neissa and pursue my dreams and passions, it can’t happen alone, and I must arm myself with the best. Per the words of the late world class track athlete Steve Prefontaine, “to give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” I’ve decided that I don’t want to sacrifice my gift, and so with intention I not only arm myself with those who are the best at what they do (both personally and professionally), but I also arm myself with people who are better than me (personally and professionally) so I can up my game, grow, and become my best. As the late Jim Rohn says, “we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.”

This week I invite you to be intentional with me and arm yourself with the best so you don’t sacrifice your gift. And, so we can be our best, we must constantly be evaluating and asking ourselves the following questions from Jim Rohn: “Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question. Is that okay? Life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.”

Action Item:
Make a short list of the five characteristics of the people you want and need in your life that can help you become your best.

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Arm Yourself with the Best

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the iGnite team

“If we surround ourselves with people who are successful, who are forward-moving, who are positive, who are focused on producing results, who will support us, it will challenge us to be more, do more and share more. If you surround yourself with people who will never let you settle for less than you can be, you have the greatest gift that anyone can hope for.”
– Anthony Robbins

Point to Ponder:
Are the five people you spend the most time with causing you to give up on your gift, or do they nurture your gift?

by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann

It was just over eight years ago that my short, yet colorful life journey began making sense. All of the “who, why, and what for” puzzle pieces came together to create a vivid and crystal clear picture of my purpose, which is when I created iGnite. The process wasn’t sophisticated nor predictable. Rather, it consisted of a few meetings with a dear friend and mentor at Starbucks where I revealed my heart’s desire and vision, coupled with challenging questions and critical thinking. Within a few weeks, I answered his tough questions, though my ‘first child’ remained nameless. We both recognized that the name had to be something I loved and conveyed an inspirational, energetic and timeless message. As we tossed around different ideas he said, “it sounds like you want to ignite their lives!” “YES!“, I shouted. He smiled, I wrote it down and the rest is history.

I love to share and reminisce about that story simply because of its spontaneous nature. There are many more stories like this, all of which have provided me with unforeseeable lessons and growth opportunities over the past eight years. And, because October is iGnite’s birthday month, each week in October I am going to share the experiences that have provided me with the most personal and professional value, with the first being: “Be intentional with whom you surround yourself with, and arm yourself with the best.”

iGnite began the first Monday in October of 2006, and by February I had hired a professional business coach, Michelle Ewalt, who I worked with for three years. She was aware of all of my thoughts, plans, and ideas for iGnite, which for a one-woman show was a giant feat. She also knew that Russell and I wanted to have children one day, so during a meeting she suggested we spend our time determining the five, non-negotiable characteristics I wanted in an iGnite leader. I explained that I wasn’t interested in sharing this business with anyone else, simply because I couldn’t imagine another person loving and caring for our members and aligning with the vision as I did. But what she knew that I didn’t know at the time was: “no branch can bear fruit by itself, it must remain on the vine.” (John 15:4). I realize this verse has much greater meaning, but how it relates to this story is that Michelle knew that on my own, the mission would not be fruitful. She also knew that if I wanted to see my personal goals come true, such as having a family, forming a team was essential. And so, that exact day I identified and wrote down the five, non-negotiable characteristics of an iGnite team member, and within one year the inspiring and wonderful women began appearing, and continue to, which currently make up what I think is the most superior team in all of Austin.

One of the unforeseeable lessons I learned is that in order for me to give my gift, which is the ability to personally and professionally give and be the best Neissa and pursue my dreams and passions, it can’t happen alone, and I must arm myself with the best. Per the words of the late world-class track athlete Steve Prefontaine, “to give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” I’ve decided that I don’t want to sacrifice my gift, and so with intention I not only arm myself with those who are the best at what they do (both personally and professionally), but I also arm myself with people who are better than me (personally and professionally) so I can up my game, grow and become my best. As the late Jim Rohn says, “we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.”

This week I invite you to be intentional with me and arm yourself with the best so you don’t sacrifice your gift. And, so we can be our best, we must constantly be evaluating and asking ourselves the following questions from Jim Rohn: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, who do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay?

“Life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.”


Action Item:
Make a list of the five characteristics of the people you want and need in your life that can help you become your best.

POINT TO PONDER: How Open Are You to Change?

Life Gets Better by Change

Change is difficult, this we all know — but it is a necessity for true life change.

How willing are you to make changes in your life?

Life is Like Flying a Kite

Fly Like a Kite

The worst thing one can do is to not try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something would have materialized – never knowing.        – Jim Rohn

by Neissa Springmann

by Neissa Springmann

There’s no doubt that March has come in like a roaring lion here in Austin, making for ideal kite flying conditions. So, this morning my son and I did just that — flew a Spiderman kite.  As the winds whipped, Spidey enjoyed several joy rides. He soared right, left, up, down and even found himself in a tree (a time or twelve). There were also plenty of times when he took sharp nose dives into the ground, at which we’d pick him up, throw him into the air and try again. It was during our many failed attempts to have Spiderman fly for an extended and uninterrupted amount of time that I began to see the parallels between life and flying a kite.

Life is like flying a kite. We can wait for the perfect conditions to pursue life-long desires, dreams, interests or to simply try something new, however there will always be extreme winds that temporarily throw us off course and even into the ground. We will also experience times of no wind at all, leaving us with little hope that the ideal opportunity will arise for us to fly. The truth is that as long as we are living, flying is a possibility, a choice that we get to make. We can embrace and even appreciate the sharp and unexpected turns and know that they are part of the ebb and flow process, or, we can allow the nose dives to harden our hearts, leaving us with the ongoing and defeated question of ‘what might have been?’  Either way, it is a choice, it is yours, and that’s the good news.

I leave you with this simple yet profound poem. I hope you choose to fly!

“I never can do it,” the little kite said,
as he looked around at the others high over his head.
“I know I should fall if I try to fly.”
“Try,” said the big kite, “only try!
Or I fear you never will learn at all.”
But the little kite said, “I’m afraid I’ll fall.”
The big kite nodded: “Ah well, goodbye:
I’m off,” and he rose toward the tranquil sky.
Then the little kite’s paper stirred at the sky.
And trembling he shook himself free for flight.
First whirling and frightened, then braver grown,
up, up he rose through the air alone,
till the big kite looking down could see,
the little one rising steadily.
Then how the little kite thrilled with pride,
as he sailed with the big kite, side by side!
While far below he could see the ground,
and the boys like small spots, moving around.
They rested high in the quiet air,
and only the birds and the clouds were there.
“Oh, how happy I am!” the little kite cried,
“And all because I was brave and tried.”

Author Unknown

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Point To Ponder:
Are you waiting for the perfect conditions to try something new or chase one of your dreams?

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Action Item:
Just do it! Don’t wait any longer and FLY!

Why I Love IGnite

October is BIRTHDAY MONTH and not only are we going to celebrate iGnite’s 5th birthday throughout the month of October, but we’re also going to celebrate a bevy of Monarch butterfly birthdays too! Exciting month full of celebrating relationships, accomplishments and endless goals we’re headed toward!

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.
— Ryunosuke Satoro

Action Item:
Enjoy iGnite‘s 5th birthday by celebrating in the festivities and embracing life’s sweetest pleasures: your health, family, old and new friendships, nature and making an positive difference in the lives of others.

by Neissa Springmann

by Neissa Springmann

Before I get deep into this week’s Journal I advise you to watch the video first. After the first minute I found myself fidgeting with enthusiasm and covered with goose bumps. You are also going to be shocked at how many times our “word of the journey” comes up. So…go ahead. Scroll down and I’ll see you again in 4 minutes and we’ll fidget and enjoy goose bumps together.

Pardon my Texas accent, but what’d ya think? Are you ready to face your day, week, and life with enthusiasm, fearlessness and no regret while impacting the lives of everyone you see? The words in the video, along with the music, create the same sense of excitement in my soul as when I iGnite with you everyday. Unfortunately I am not at every class, however each day I hear stories from the iGnite Leaders about the shared life and love. Hearing this fires me up, making me eternally grateful to God for planting and growing His special iGnite seed, as well as for filling our lives with such tremendous and awe inspiring women. And, with today marking iGnite‘s official fifth birthday, I feel there is no better time than now to express the top ten reasons why I love iGnite. With a drumroll please…..here it goes:

  1. I love iGnite because……..we are a unique and inspirational mural representing every woman
  2. I love iGnite because……..we welcome everyone with open arms and smiling faces
  3. I love iGnite because……..we cooperate rather than compete
  4. I love iGnite because……..we celebrate life’s blessings together
  5. I love iGnite because……..we enjoy heartfelt conversations
  6. I love iGnite because……..we lift one another up during times of need
  7. I love iGnite because……..we support and embrace our community
  8. I love iGnite because……..we create lifelong friendships
  9. I love iGnite because……..we appreciate nature
  10. I love iGnite because……..we enthusiastically live life

It’s obvious that I love iGnite and I could easily create many more lists, however I am most enthusiastic about the WE. The first words in the video are “Sometimes you can’t make it on your own”. As much as I love the video, I don’t think you can ever make it on your own, which is why WE is an absolute necessary word for every area of our life. When WE combine hearts, minds and skill-sets and go about life together, the impact is immense. I’ll use iGnite as an example…

For the first two years I was the only iGnite Leader and that was exactly how I wanted it. Obviously, I was protective and couldn’t imagine anyone else caring for and nurturing our Monarchs the way I did. Then, it became clear to me that my heart, mind and skill-set alone would prevent growth for the Monarchs, which meant it was time to join forces. As I’ve expressed in previous journal writings, I had to start thinking big and trusting the process, but the actual first step was to put my ego aside and acknowledge that WE is much better than ME. I have no doubt that if ME would not have turned into WE, iGnite would simply be a verb and not a noun. Glance at this week’s Weekly Intention Guide for inspiration how you want to make your positive difference.

As we celebrate iGnite‘s fifth birthday, I celebrate WE, because together, WE will continually impact and iGnite lives in a beautiful assortment of ways. Happy Birthday iGnite– here’s to a lifetime of enthusiastic WE’s!

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Thinking Big & Trusting the Process

Sunrise at Butler Park- Based on the Austin skyline it’s obvious there are plenty of big thinkers amongst us. Just imagine, post 9-11 the Frost Tower was the tallest building constructed. Also, this week we celebrate the Birthdays of Laura M. and Louise P… Happy Birthday to you! We wish you a perfect birthday filled with all things wonderful!

I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.
— Donald Trump

Action:
View everything as possible and eliminate thoughts of doubt and fear. Think big, trust the process and watch your goals, dreams and best life unveil before you eyes.

by Neissa Springmann

by Neissa Springmann

As I wrote in last weeks Journal I love inspirational quotes, movies, books, stories and people that follow their passions and never give up. I’ve determined that I am attracted to these types of things because they inspire me to think big!

I’ve always been a big thinker and dreamer. For as long as I can remember I’ve had extraordinary expectations for my life and never considered anything to be impossible. My mom encouraged me and my sister to shoot for the stars, while my father taught us to participate in sports with the motto “I’m as good as the best and better than the rest.” However, when it came to moving from Riesel (population 850) to live in Austin and attend UT (population 500,000) and then on to New York (population 11,000,000), he wasn’t as enthusiastic about the motto he engraved in my heart and mind; but it was too late and there was no looking back. Thinking big and believing that anything is possible was a lifestyle.

As a professional, thinking big has not been a problem either, as I have a grocery list of BIG ideas, goals and dreams. However, within five months of starting iGnite I concluded that in order to move forward I needed help. You see, while I am a big thinker I am not a strategic thinker, and when the two are combined the outcome often times is “big ideas, no result.” So, as an effort to organize my thoughts and goals I hired a professional coach. Try this week’s Intention Guide to help organize and strategize your goals!  Weekly Intention Guide (PDF)

Michelle helped me in ways I never could’ve imagined. One of the most valuable tools I learned was to ‘trust the process.’ There were many times during our meetings when she challenged me to answer tough questions and think WAY outside of my box, which I thought was impossible. Then, when I finally wrote down my big ideas I would panic because I logically couldn’t understand how everything was going to work out. She taught me to be an intentional thinker and to take action. In addition, I learned that when big ideas, dreams and goals are written down the next most important step is to believe and trust the process. Michelle and I never knew exactly how things would turn out, but they always did and trusting the process was a crucial component.

As a result of a continued effort to think big, set short term goals and be mindful of your dreams, below are more worthwhile nuggets from Jim Rohn:

1. Thinking big forces you to challenge conventional wisdom
Most people have been unconsciously programmed to abide by tradition and a certain mindset. Anything outside this mindset of theirs is termed “impossible or outrageous.” But when you think big, you force your mind to challenge such limiting wisdom and your brain begins to fashion a way out. If the Wright brothers hadn’t thought big and set big goals, humans wouldn’t have been flying today in airplanes. If Columbus had agreed with conventional wisdom that the world is flat, I wonder what would have been of international trade today. Think beyond conventional wisdom and it will be so.

2. It challenges you to go beyond your comfort zone
When I set the goal to become a billionaire in my life-time, I knew I was going way out of my reality. I felt uncomfortable because that goal seems like impossibility. But… I set it anyway, and today, I am on the journey towards achieving such goal. That’s why I love thinking big and setting big goals; it pushes me beyond my own realm of possibilities.

It takes determination and enthusiasm for your goals to get results!

It takes determination and enthusiasm for your goals to get results! Take after iGniter Ryan and push through!

3. Thinking big stirs your passion and enthusiasm
How do you feel when you set a big goal? If you feel awful that you are gunning for something big, then you need to have your head re-examined. But if you feel excited and motivated, then you are on track. A big goal is meant to fire up your enthusiasm regardless of how challenging it is.

4. It unleashes your creative instinct
Thinking big unleashes your creative instinct and helps you uncover ideas that will help you achieve your goal. When the Wright brothers toyed with the idea that humans could fly, their minds came up with the possibility of such idea becoming a reality. When I set the goal to become a billionaire, I initially doubted the possibility. But as my mind began to absorb the goal, I began to see the possibility of achieving it and my mind came up with a lot of creative ideas that will help bring that goal to reality.

5. It challenges you to expand your means, rather than live below your means
Have you heard the statement: “Live below your means?” Well, there’s nothing wrong with such statement but I believe that perception is for small thinkers and average achievers. Big thinkers don’t live below their means; they expand their means to suit the lifestyle they desire. Big thinkers are not content with average results, they aim for excellence. So would you rather be a big thinker or prefer to live in mediocrity? The choice is yours.

6. It eliminates impossibilities
Lastly, the true magic of thinking big is in the breaking of impossibilities. Thinking big makes the impossible possible. That’s why Adidas said “impossible is nothing.” This statement is only true if you think big and go for it. To many, the goal to become a billionaire is out of their reality and an impossible mission. But to me, it’s achievable because I have a perception that accepts big challenges. So when next you think about setting a goal or executing a project, think big and your thoughts will be brought into existence.

I hope you are convinced to join us and ride the Think Big/Trust the Process train. Combining the two actions will take you to unimaginable places and knock your socks off! An incredible true story example is from the movie Dolphin Tale. I saw the trailer for the first time this weekend and I’ve literally watched it at least ten times. Check it out and be inspired! We’ll set an iGnite movie date soon and be inspired together.

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The Power of Now

Lady Bird Lake- Grace and inspiration in our back yard. Wow! We are blessed. This week we celebrate the life birthdays of Leslie P, Kelly G, and JoAnn H. Happy Birthday to each of you and we wish you a week filled with all things wonderful!

Doing just a little bit during the time we have available puts you that much further ahead than if you took no action at all.     — Byron Pulsifer

Action Item:
Consider your goals and dreams, or something you have most recently wanted to accomplish, and take action now. Cut out a picture that inspires you, buy a book on the topic or tell a friend who will hold you accountable… But most importantly use your enthusiasm today to get you to tomorrow.

Use the Weekly Intention Guide (PDF) of the week is the perfect tool to do just that…build enthusiasm to focus in on what you can accomplish this week!

by Neissa Springmann

by Neissa Springmann

I am confident you’ve figured out that I’m a sucker for inspirational stories, quotes and moments. I love to be wowed by words, pictures and courageous people, as they always set my mind into a tailspin of can-do thoughts and ideas. From inspirational leaders like Abraham Lincoln who overcame extreme and adverse life situations yet persevered and never lost faith in his dream and hearts calling, to a regular person such as Jesse. Jesse is a janitor at the University of Texas, who despite his house burning down and living a not-so-easy life, he is never without a smile and or a positive and grateful attitude.

I have decided that I am attracted to these kind of people and stories because despite circumstance, they are enthusiastic! They go about their daily tasks with continuous vigor and despite abundant hard knocks, they never give up and live life enthusiastically.

Don't walk toward your dreams...Run!!!

Don’t walk toward your dreams…Run!!!

Inspiration feeds my mind and spirit, and without it I am easily distracted. Therefore I have filled my office with inspirational pictures, quotes and books, and filled my life with inspirational and uplifting people. I subscribe to multiple inspirational emails and receive daily newsletters, Bible verses and quotes. I unfortunately do not get a chance to read them every day, but when I do I am re-energized to live life enthusiastically and motivated…and then to take action on one or more of my goals or dreams. A recent newsletter by Jim Rohn, a motivational speaker, did just that!

Engaging in genuine discipline requires that you develop the ability to take action. You don’t need to be hasty if it isn’t required, but you don’t want to lose much time either. Here’s the time to act: when the idea is hot and the emotion is strong.

Let’s say you would like to build your library. If that is a strong desire for you, what you’ve got to do is get the first book. Then get the second book. Take action as soon as possible, before the feeling passes and before the idea dims. If you don’t, here’s what happens…You fall prey to the law of diminishing intent.

We intend to take action when the idea strikes us. We intend to do something when the emotion is high. But if we don’t translate that intention into action fairly soon, the urgency starts to diminish. A month from now the passion is cold. A year from now it can’t be found.

So take action. Set up a discipline when the emotions are high and the idea is strong, clear, and powerful. If somebody talks about good health and you’re motivated by it, you need to get a book on nutrition. Get the book before the idea passes, before the emotion gets cold. Begin the process. Fall on the floor and do some push-ups. You’ve got to take action; otherwise the wisdom is wasted. The emotion soon passes unless you apply it to a disciplined activity. Discipline enables you to capture the emotion and the wisdom and translate them into action. The key is to increase your motivation by quickly setting up the discipline. By doing so, you’ve started a whole new life process.

Working out in classes can help keep members like stay motivated to act...NOW!

Working out in classes can help keep members like Jenni T. stay motivated to act…NOW!

Here is the greatest value of discipline: self-worth, also known as self-esteem. Many people who are teaching self-esteem these days don’t connect it to discipline. But once we sense the least lack of discipline within ourselves, it starts to erode our psyche. One of the greatest temptations is to just ease up a little bit. Instead of doing your best, you allow yourself to do just a little less than your best. Sure enough, you’ve started in the slightest way to decrease your sense of self-worth.

There is a problem with even a little bit of neglect. Neglect starts as an infection. If you don’t take care of it, it becomes a disease. And one neglect leads to another. Worst of all, when neglect starts, it diminishes our self-worth.

Once this has happened, how can you regain your self-respect? All you have to do is act now! Start with the smallest discipline that corresponds to your own philosophy. Make the commitment: “I will discipline myself to achieve my goals so that in the years ahead I can celebrate my successes.

Last week during class we passed out new note cards for you to begin writing your short term goals and dreams (August 22-Dec 17). One of the reasons I believe having goals and dreams is important is because of the enthusiasm that is generated from taking action. As we enter week two of our 17-week Journey, I encourage you to take action now. From adding to your goal/dream card in class, to cutting out inspirational pictures, do it now and enjoy a week of enthusiastic living! And while accomplishing our goals and dreams can sometimes feel difficult, there are so many wonderful inspiration tools like this video of the week, “Never Give Up!” to keep us on track when we inevitably fall off!

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