My goal is to encourage and inspire you to reach your full potential.

I am on Instagram now so go follow @thenormaljp. I want to use that as a platform to share these messages as well as other encouragement.

I heard a formula for the first time the last couple of weeks that is worth sharing:


Event + Response = Outcome

Every event in our lives requires or initiates a response. The magnitude of the event and how you respond determines the outcome. Today, there is a pretty big event that has changed our lives. How are you going to respond? Your response directly impacts the outcome of your actions, behaviors, and attitude. You may not be able to control your circumstance, but you can always control how you react.

This time is crazy, so it is okay to get upset or down. I have been there, and I think all of us have experienced a time of worry, questioning, or anger while we are social distancing. You have permission to feel and hurt, but don’t live in that hurt all day every day.

For those who don’t know, I work in the banking world. Over the last couple of weeks, a lot of us have been taken out of our traditional roles to work on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications. The program is part of the government stimulus package that helps companies pay their employees due to the impact of Covid-19.

I had people calling me last week asking when the money from the program would be deposited because they won’t have enough money to pay payroll coming up. I’ve seen businesses closing. I’ve seen people lose their jobs or be furloughed.

The world is in a weird place right now and I don’t know what it is like to feel the weight of the events hitting those businesses and individuals. I don’t know what it looks like to respond to an event where you are losing your business or job.

I believe E+R=O doesn’t just refer to individuals responding to the events in their life, but it refers to how we respond to the events happening to others. Right now, some of us are fine in the scheme of things while others are dealing with life-altering changes. How can we respond to help others in need? What can you do to help someone’s business or family?

Coach Cori Close said in the Power of Positive Summit, “Make your ‘R’ so great that it can overcome any ‘E’. Upgrade the ‘R-Factor’.”

How are you going to respond to the events in your life this week?

How are you going to respond to the constant change happening in our world today?

How are you going to respond to people who are hurting and need your help?

Your response determines numbers of outcomes.


I appreciate you.


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