Monday, July 14, 2014

Confidently Believing...

On a different note,

I often catch certain words & phrases which either get taken out of context or used in the wrong manner in which to capture the true intent. Or certain things get associated with certain topics, and it elevates or decreases the value of the sentiment. The word "Believe" these days seems to primarily be associated with Faith... i.e. Religion. This is absolutely understandable... as it is used more often these days in that field... but why aren't we believing in each other these days? Have we become so cynical that we have lost any bit of trust in ourselves & others around us?
As a Believer, I can grasp the concept of believing. Having trust, faith, & hope in something. As we venture through this life, we choose path's and are then reflected in these choices. You so often hear me speak of "Living on Purpose", which partly speaks to living with belief. We should be committing to our choices & decisions, not just getting caught up in the world or being reactionary. This would in turn give us a sense of confidence. Whether anyone agree's or not, if You have made a thoughtful decision; You should stand by it. Let's take it a step further...
If I choose to invest time as a singer songwriter. I have chosen a path. I should then be confident in that choice, and believe in myself to accomplish or at least put effort, focus, time, and energy into it. Not being reliant on, but aiming towards an expected outcome... even if just the pure enjoyment. have You set your goals? Have you pondered quality? Have you researched or evaluated your plan against previously successful ventures? Are you working on growing that area of your life? If not, why did you choose this path? Are You confident you are willing to put in a sincere effort? Do You believe in this decision?
Example: When You choose a career, You are then expected to perform at a certain level. The job comes with requirements, objectives, compensation, etc... What would happen if you did half the effort? What would happen if you just gave up? What would be the outcome if You didn't believe in that position?
Now... use this in the loves you have in your life... Artists, musician, parent, husband or wife, and so on... You must believe in YOU! And then, by choosing to be That Person on Purpose, you must commit to that decision which brings confidence. Life is waiting on YOU! You can be someone of Belief... who changes the world they live in! Have Faith in the path made for YOU, Believe You can accomplish goals through effort, focus, sacrifice, and perseverance. Once you've take on this role & perspective, take action on your objectives! Let's not waste time on things we do not believe in... I believe in You! I am a man of Faith & Belief in the one Who carries the weight for me! In that I find confidence in His leading!
Let's go Live Life on Purpose!

Good day & God Bless,
Chris

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In Motion...

On a different note,

Ever notice the movement that happens all around us? The leaves blown, the sand disrupted, the clouds coming & going... We are in a world that is constantly changing, progressing, adapting, and flowing. I would imagine that's why we all appreciate the serenity of the Forrest or a vista view... as this world doesn't stop for very long. Every second flies by... We were made in motion!
I've heard many a quip/quote speaking to the continued learning, growing and progressing in life... stepping out in Faith. We are still learning... it doesn't end after childhood... New experiences, new paths, new objectives and so on. If our lives are constantly in motion, so instead of feeling over whelmed, instead of feeling behind, we should try and catch the wave! I look at it like a train... we can get on board or choose to miss out on life. Life is Happening whether we choose to enjoy it or not!
We have so many excuses for being scared, fearful, or intimidated by the Journey of life. Tired, broke, not smart enough, not as talented, and so on... It's a choice we ALL must make! There are children in poverty stricken countries who might eat once a day... have no money for the foreseeable future... Does that keep them from living? No, they make soccer balls out of any material they can find... running, laughing, and feeling the rewards of living this life we've been given! Maybe we're too caught up in the expectations instead of the actual experiences of life. We were put on this earth with opportunity & purpose! Why do so many choose to neglect, defer, and opt out of an opportunity to feel the joy of experiences.
You can be a painted, teacher, singer, artist, dancer, etc... Instead of thinking how long it might take, instead of being worried about what others think, instead of finding reasons Not to do it... Why not try it? Nothing ventured, nothing gained... Imagine being a fish, with no choice... You are born, you swim upstream to lay eggs and die... THAT'S IT! You have options, You have today, and You have endless opportunities. It's choosing to be in the game of life!!
I am Not perfect, I am Not the best at anything I do... yet, I find joy, happiness, fulfillment and seek out the opportunity to inspire, motivate, and affect the lives of those around me. Choosing to LIVE today... it may be my last!! God has a plan for me, and my only decision is whether I'm willing!
What have you neglected or regretted... what will you do with this time that is passing you by? READY, GO!

Good day, God Bless,
Chris

Monday, June 30, 2014

Ready for the World?

On a different note,

This week I am writing on perseverance, hard work, focus and the feeling of Victory! A feeling we all should experience and all have the opportunity to experience. Our lives are but a passing breathe, moments ticking by and we must choose how to use this time in any given moment. So, I ask, If we do not extend or push ourselves to new limits, how will we ever feel a true sense of success?
As a child, we are able to experience new things, new situations, and to learn & grow from these... and we are applauded as such! Small victories are plentiful! As we grow up, the opportunity for "Something New" becomes less prevalent. We are then challenged to come up with goals, objectives, dreams to spur ourselves to Achieve! We must find new paths in life to venture down in search of new horizons. The unfortunate side of this, is not everyone chooses to look or step outside the box. Thus, equating so a safe, mundane, simple, and typically easier life. Not a whole lot of Victory or feelings of success in this regard.
My father grew up with foster families, and was fortunate to seemingly always be around horses. They became his life and allowed him the opportunity to step outside the lonely and abusive world he lived. As he grew it became his career goal, temporarily derailed by Vietnam. Following 3 Purple hearts and time served, He started a 2nd career in Law Enforcement... but horses were never that far away. I remember he worked nights as a police officer, and then worked days on the farm. He took naps when he could, slept on off nights, but never sacrificing that time on His dream. I also remember Him saying to my brother and I, that he was gonna be the best in the World! And we believed Him! He had a fire, drive, and focus I've hardly seen in anyone else I've met. His love for horses never waned, it never faded... why? Cause He constantly invested & sacrificed for it!
Horses did become His primary career and he built a nationwide reputation in the horse world. Training, driving, judging, mentoring, and always giving himself to others... but giving Himself in the area closest to his heart! This weekend he competed in the FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championship... World Cup of Horse Driving... Invitation Only! Representing the USA, a country He proudly served years prior, again but in the area he so cherish and strives for! Team USA took the Bronze, but my Dad Bob Giles took the overall Silver!! At 67 years old... a dream probably 50 years in the making had become reality! There are Not many words to describe my adoration, pride, excitement, and I can only imagine how He feels! AMAZING!
I share this story, as we ALL have dreams, goals, and the opportunity to feel the sweet taste of Victory! How many of us are willing or able to hold on for 50 years? How about 10? 5? Anything of worth takes time, sacrifice, loss, commitment, focus, drive, perseverance, faith, and LOVE & SUPPORT from All those around You!
I personally already thought he was one of the best in the world... Now everyone else does too!

Good day and God Bless,
Chris

Monday, June 23, 2014

I AM ME!

On a different note,

Has anyone else noticed how hard it is not to compare ourselves to The Jones'?! Sadly, based on media, society, and then our upbringing we are thrust into the role of "Am I Good enough?". This becomes a deterring agent, distraction, and defeating weight that will keep us from being the Best we can be! As we walk through this life, hopefully we are seeing the path's of others, and how different they are compared to our own. Look at siblings, and how drastically different they typically are... that in itself is a perfect example of Each of us walking a road made specifically for Us!
We ALL have to account for the "ME" part of our life... meaning, we cannot blame others continually and expect to reach new heights in our life. I will never be Keith Urban, I will never be Tom Brady, so I must wake up each day and ask God for the clarity, strength, opportunity and vision to find My Path! Then I must step out in the effort of finding My worth, value, and mission!
As a singer songwriter, I must compare myself to others in my field as a baseline or benchmark for quality purposes. I can even research & analyze in hopes of learning and leveraging experiences for my journey. The extent of our comparison becomes evident when we begin to feel down, angry, frustrated, worthless, or having those feelings keep us from progressing in our walk. That's when a Light bulb should go off for us... There is Nothing healthy in that regard. For me, I pray for God's hand in my decisions, that I might be re-directed if I am heading in the wrong direction. If I dictate to God what I will do in life, chances are I will run into roadblocks... NOT HURDLES, but roadblocks... Are You willing to give it up? Are You willing to be redirected? I am... if a plan for my success lies elsewhere, why would I choose to stay living in defeat?
We must stop living in the expectations of the World, but finding completion, victory, solace, happiness, and fulfillment in the path made for us! AND... Let's Not keep God in a box either... there might be many things we find success in, as long as He is the one leading! I couldn't begin to tell you the incredible things I have been part of by letting God lead! He uses me in the context of His need & my willingness! Let me say that again... His Plan & My Willingness to follow! At that point, watch out!! We now have the Power of our Creator opening doors!
I am no longer defined by the circumstances, titles, or even worldly success I might experience... I find my worth spiritually, knowing why I am where I am! God brought me into music, He provides me opportunity, inspires me to drive hard to new heights! I still get my feelings hurt in comparing myself, but it is short lived. I AM ME! I can be No other! I am the best Me I can be right now... took me Years to get this way... Guess what, He's Not done with me! LOVE You, and make choice, changes, decisions each day to become better and to follow the plan made for YOU!

Good day & God Bless,
Chris

Monday, June 16, 2014

One of a Kind...

On a different note,

As a singer/songwriter, I leverage my life experiences  to create stories, songs, hooks, etc... If You are an artist, songwriter, pastor, parent, etc. you should also be looking to leverage your life experiences in your day to day lives. It is the individual journey that makes us who we are, also those experiences that allow us the opportunity to bring a different perspective and find our role in the world. We are put on this earth with worth, for a reason, and with a voice & responsibility... How many brush this off or never feel the fulfillment in using our influence?
So often we rush through life, wanting to suppress our past instead of learning, growing, and using those experiences to bring wisdom, truth, hope, insight and perspective to the world around us. My life experiences are on of a kind, never to be compared or repeated, thus I can bring a combination of life lessons that no one else can... As can You! Think about that... we might share 30% of similar experiences, but never will a combination be duplicated. Starting from our childhood, growing into our personal struggles, victories, successes & failures... we are One of a Kind!!
What influence can I bring? What wisdom can I impart? What voice do I choose to use? As we know, we can Lift others up or Tear others down... But doesn't it go even deeper? We are put on this earth for a reason... are we seeking that out? If we just coast through life, how can we expect to feel fulfillment or worth? As an example... we have teachers, who spend as much time with our children as we do... Imagine the indirect, direct, or unknowing influence they will have? How many songs have been written that express hate? Do we not think that will have an affect? We speak words that can create change in the world we live... how will you influence the people in your life?
As you know, I tend to ask rhetorical questions... and in reality, we all must ask ourselves these very questions... one that takes time, reflection, spiritual contemplation, and then action... I bring you this as a positive opportunity for us all to make a choice! Choose Love, and watch it flourish around you! You are One of a Kind!

Good day & God Bless,
Chris

Monday, June 9, 2014

Create Your Dream Team...

On a different note,

As we grow up we tend to become a bit self reliant... We determine a singular path to reach our goals on our own personal Journey. Sometimes we even detach ourselves as we become more focused in the progression of these dreams, or possibly view the rest as competition. Either way, it can become a lonely road and could even be closing off doors to new heights or paths for our specific development!
Spiritually we realize it is our carnal nature that could lead us to a place of separation... Meaning we can stay in a place of self serving, thus focused on our personal objectives or what we'll need to do versus a reliance on others around us. But do we really believe we can go through life on our own? Can we achieve our dreams without support, encouragement, investment, love, grace, opportunity or growth?
Scripture speaks of Iron sharpening Iron, thus people finding support, accountability, shared insight & learning's for the better good of the body. Meaning, we lean on each other to create a stronger opportunity for success. This spiritual concept speaks to people helping people, it speaks to roles & responsibility, it also speaks to a level of honesty, transparency & vulnerability. All of which we will need in order to develop and prosper on our journey!
Look at it as collaboration, the creation of relationships which could be paramount for the accomplishing of our goals. We All have gifts... We are All different... So why wouldn't we leverage the experts in areas outside of ours? Or, wouldn't it be prudent to rely on the wisdom of others who have traveled the same road before us? Pride can be a very lonely road...
Surround yourself with solid, loving, encouraging, experienced and strong people... creating a dream team that are of like mind!! Or leverage persons in your midst that can mentor you... providing feedback & input that could elevate your game and/or progress your goals!
I think we can all empathize with protecting our dreams... but we must also be willing to put aside our defensive natures in order to let others lift up, invest and be included in our leaps of Faith! We cannot do it ALL, we cannot do it alone, and we must make the effort in order to receive intercession. Isn't that journey going to be much more enjoyable with others standing by your side?

Good day & God Bless,
Chris

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Voice Audition...

On a different note,

Well, I decided to audition for the Voice this year, and in all honesty I went in trying to put aside any expectations... but also truly believing I had something to bring to the table. I mean, it is a singing show... But it's bigger than that... It's a TV show... thus lead by money & ratings!! But for those of you who have seen my live show, I definitely could liven up a LIVE broadcast!
My wife was such an Amazing supporter & encourager... She did not want me to regret Not trying... LOVE HER!! So we started planning... determined our best course of travel based on audition locations. We chose New Orleans as we could drive there for half the cost of flying. We then booked a car rental, then a hotel accounting for where the actual location of the audition would be... Seriously factored in walking if needed!! I've learned from previous adventures to account for as many possible obstacles as possible. Don't let some crazy, odd, random act get in the way of a dream Your planing on shooting for!
We left the day prior from Florida, and we were so looking forward to having hours together on the road... quiet, alone, special, & private time... We realize this is the foundation of our marriage... Focus! SO, even though there was a BIG audition sprinkled in this venture, we looked at it as an opportunity to have a wknd away in a cool city to celebrate our love! This comes down to keep things in perspective... the Voice... 1 in a Million chance... My marriage is here, Now, a gift from God... So, You better believe it takes precedence and is a priority!
So, we enjoyed our ride up... was fun, we took pictures, laughed, cried, and cherished each second! And the next morning we woke up with a focus of stepping out in Faith and giving this audition a shot! I have to acknowledge the INCREDIBLE support I received from my friends & family... Honestly, there are no words! My social media sites were Blowing up with LOVE from my peeps!! HOLLA!!
Ok, the audition... it was raining, someone stole our cab, we forgot some of the clothes I was gonna wear, so it was a frustrating morning... BUT, we got there... the line looked half a mile long... Wished we would of went 30 or 45 mins earlier... the day was pretty much being moved from one waiting station to another... the entire process took about 5 hours. The final stage was being broken into groups of 10 contestants. then You are brought into a room with a producer and each one given approximately 30 secs to sing. It was comfortable in a group that size for some new singers, and was encouraging as we clapped before & after each song. Of the 10 in my group at least 6 of us had obvious singing ability. Very cool styles, levels, songs etc... Was a nice experience! The producer was positive, and cut to the chase. "The bar is set high, we have a lot of singers to listen to, so here we go"... He kept 1 of the 10, not me unfortunately. But the one he chose was very talented and actually had experience in these auditions... was not his first time. He also did a great job of arranging His song and making it His own... Bravo! For me, I went in with a thought of choosing a style and owning it... I went the Rocker route, and it seems that was not what they were looking for... sigh!
Needless to say I was disappointed, frustrated and defensive at first... but I also wasn't overly surprised... I realize this is a business, there are Organizations that have a lot of money & vested interest. BUT I did it... I stepped out to allow God to move or not... We cannot expect results unless we make an effort!
My wife and I made the best of our weekend, and went out that day and enjoyed the incredible city that is Nawlins!! hehehe!! So, all in all, this will be an experience I relive forever.. it will change me as an artist, as we all need to realize it is a business when You decide to making singing/music your career. We will not win them all, it's not for everyone... think about it... of the ten of thousands who audition... only 1 winner... Like winning the lottery! You CAN make it, You can make it without being on a reality show! Put everything you got in it, or put that energy somewhere else! And surround yourselves with incredible, loving, encouraging, supportive & positive people... then You always win!

Good day & God Bless,
Chris