Archive for May, 2012

A Tall Fishing Tale

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Last week the weather here in Washington State took a beautiful turn.

We had sunny days and temperatures in the 70’s.

That being the case, I decided to take some time away from work to enjoy the weather and give my children some one-on-one “daddy time”.

Brock’s been talking about two things lately… bowling and fishing.

Since the weather’s been so nice, fishing definitely topped the list.

Brock had got some new fishing gear for his birthday and was itching to get out there and use it, so that’s exactly what we did last week.

As you can see in the photos, he had a great time.

Even though we didn’t catch a thing, we enjoyed the time together as father and son.

As I sat there with him on the edge of the lake, I couldn’t help but get a little emotional as I thought back to the days when I was a little boy, and my own dad used to take me fishing.

Dad passed away when I was only 16, but I often think about him, and as I sat there enjoying the day with Brock, it was almost as if my dad was right there with us.

Even though we didn’t catch a single fish, Brock never complained once.

We finally decided to call it a day and packed up our gear.

As we were walking back to the truck, Brock says, “Thanks for taking me fishing dad, I had so much fun”.

To which I replied, “So did I Brock… so did I”.

In the end, it wasn’t about catching fish at all.

It was about spending quality time together, enjoying the moment and making memories that will last a lifetime… for both of us.

And though I’m not perfect, I try my best to live my entire life that way.

Whether I’m at work, writing this blog post to share with you, or whether I’m away from work, spending time with my family and friends.

No matter what I’m doing with my time at any given moment, my goal is to be 100% present and engaged in that moment.

Do I always hit the mark?

Of course not.

But much of the time I do.

And who knows how many people’s lives are going to be affected in a positive way, simply because I took the time to share these words.

On the surface, one might think this has nothing to do with business or making money.

There would be some who will read this and say, “C’mon Kevin, get to the point and stop wasting my time with stories about your personal life”.

What they don’t realize is this…

Though I am in fact sharing a fishing story, my real purpose is to expose you to this idea, that when you’re 100% present and engaged in any given moment, incredible things can happen.

The more time you spend engaged like this, the more incredible things happen.

And by the way, this applies to EVERY area of your life.

When you think back to past experiences in your life, when incredible things happened, and they happened almost without effort, you’ll realize that you were 100% present and engaged in that moment.

Go ahead, think about it and you’ll see how true this is.

All you have to going forward from here is be conscious of how engaged you are in any given moment.

By doing so, you’ll automatically become more engaged and cause incredible things to happen in your life.

Try it and see what happens.

Try it with your business.

Try it with your customers.

Try it with your spouse.

Try it with your children.

Try it with your friends.

Spend more time being 100% present and engaged… and be amazed at what happens.

Dedicated to your success,
Kevin Thompson
“The Automatic Income Coach”

A Tribute To My Wife

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Last Sunday was Mother’s Day, which gave me the opportunity to spoil my wife Lisa a little bit.

We spent the day at the beach, and for the most part, I watched over the kids so mom could just hang out and relax with the family.

And yes…

In case you’re wondering, I got her a couple nice things she’d been wanting, one of them being the new movie that just came out on DVD last week… The Vow.

Lisa and I went to see The Vow when we were in Santa Monica a few months ago, and she absolutely loved it.

Our daughter Kaitlynn took the above photos of Brock and Ellie and put them in a nice frame for mom as well.

Kait has always been that way, and prefers to give unique gifts that she made herself.

It just so happens that mom loves those kind of gifts.

So all in all, Lisa had a great Mother’s Day.

But I have to say, after keeping and eye on the kids all day, at a busy beach on a nice sunny day, where there were hundreds of other people enjoying the beautiful weather… I’ve got a whole new appreciation for what she does.

Now don’t get me wrong, I appreciate my wife – to the moon and back.

But I need to tell her that FAR more than I’ve been telling her in the past.

Because the fact is, she’s an amazing woman.

She’s the best wife a husband could ever hope for.

She’s a caring mother to our children.

She’s a friend to so many others, who would give you the shirt off her back.

She’s stuck with me through thick and thin, long before we had things as good as we do today.

Any woman who has the fortitude to be married to an entrepreneur deserves a medal in my book.

Two days ago, my friend Parry Marshall sent out an email talking about his wife Laura, and as I read it, I could have swore he was talking about my own wife.

Our families have so much in common.

Perry talked about a recent interview with his wife Laura, and how it got more positive feedback than anything he’s put out in years.

It reminded me of the first time I shared a video online from my wife Lisa.

It to had more views than anything I’d ever put out.

Lisa’s kind of shy, and it’s hard to talk her into doing that kind of thing, but I certainly know the value she brings to this relationship.

And I certainly wouldn’t where I am today, if it wasn’t for the admiration, love and support of the incredible woman who’s been right by my side through most of it.

I just wanted to take this moment to publicly acknowledge my incredible wife Lisa.

I love you to the moon and back and am honored to be your husband.

Love,
Kevin

Our Daughter Is Engaged

Monday, May 7th, 2012

I feel like a kid in a candy store and had to share the good news.

Yesterday our daughter Michaela got engaged.

She’s been dating this great guy Matt for quite some time now.

Lisa and I have really come to like him, so you can imagine how happy we are for both of them.

Matt wanted to make his proposal really special, and that he did.

We’d panned a family afternoon at a local park along Puget Sound.

Matt made arrangements in advance by hiding at glass bottle with a note inside in the sand on the beach.

He then took Michaela for a walk on the beach, and along the way, she noticed the bottle sticking out of the sand.

Once she picked the bottle up and saw the note inside, she had to find out what it said.

As she stood there on the beach, reading the note, Matt took a knee in the sand, removed the engagement ring from his pocket, and asked Michaela to marry him,

And as she said yes, my wife Lisa took the photo above.

It truly was a moment to remember, and I couldn’t be happier for both of them.

It’s moments like these that give me pause because I’m so thankful for my family, and the fact that I’m able to spend so much quality time with them.

That’s why I do what I do, so you too can have the kind of income that gives you the opportunity to be there for the people who are most important to you.

Dedicated to your success,
Kevin Thompson
“The Automatic Income Coach”