Does Your Heart Beat This?

Does Your Heart Beat This?

I’m grateful you and I are connected. Think about it. Being connected with another human! Connection is a gift. Especially in a hyper-active, tech-crazy world. Life can quickly become preoccupied building a business, chasing a goal, or finding meaning in life. In this pursuit, often the answers we need, the meaning we long for, and the whole reason for business is right in front of us … people.

Gratitude amplifies connection …

But, are we really connecting (deeply) with the people in our lives? See, no one has entered our lives by accident. From this belief exudes a powerful sense of gratitude and amplifies every interaction with your people! Our spouses, kids, friends, business colleagues, and every relationship thrives when they FEEL your heart beat, “WOW! I get to do life with you!”

What about our social presence and following? It’s the new community where most young people are searching for REAL connection. Do we interact with our followers, or are they simply countless avatars and profiles? They’re humans, too, and they follow us for a reason. Let them know this week that you’re grateful for them! 

Gratitude is a powerful force!

Tim Hooper leads Time4Energy, LLC, a professional development firm, helping new CEOs and front line managers bridge the gaps between their vision and team energy. Tim worked 10 years for one corporation where his heart broke for the drag-in that happens on Monday morning. His book, Got Energy? is unconventionally restoring emotional connection between teams and their work.

Caring Enough To Know

Caring Enough To Know

If we are to inspire the best in our team members, the first attitude of heart is caring. Caring enough to know what’s truly going on inside and helping our employees overcome, grow and succeed. Often, we throw the words, “I believe in you” around casually, and in some cases, these words are used to get people to accomplish company objectives.

Annette Simmons stated, “Genuine influence goes deeper than getting people to do what you want them to do. It means people pick up right where you left off because they believe.” Ask yourself this question, 

Does my life – who I am, what I do and the manner in which I do it – inspire belief. Would my team pick up right where I left off because they KNOW I believe in them?”  

Our stated belief only enters the neocortex of the brain. However, when we care enough to deeply know our people, this belief is felt! The beauty of deeply believing in people is our brains literally give emotions the upper hand. They are designed to do this. If we bark off commands, our commands never grace the emotional power of the limbic brain – the part in the back just above the spinal cord that feels. When we breathe belief, however, and give someone hope, we allow them to feel it in their soul. Truly believing in people sends a shock wave of emotional resonance within.

When we truly believe, we emotionally and powerfully inspire! 

Today, more than ever, people need someone to believe in them, and this belief is backed by care – caring enough to get to know them. In a technologically advanced world, the temptation is away from REAL connection. Mark this down.

Genuine care takes real connection. 

Everyone has a story, a background or some past hurt. This is life. Truly believing in them means embracing as beauty what we may see as brokenness. Some have overcome; others haven’t … yet. Our belief could be the very thing that changes their paradigm. Too often, in our motivational circles, we’re writing people off as either too negative, C-players or someone who won’t change.

Four of the most transformational words are, “I believe in you!” So, why do these words often float around lifelessly? No care to back them up. Stating these words in a genuine way means first having the heart attitude of caring enough to get to know your people professionally – and personally. Your genuine belief, especially in a young generation of employees, could be the defining moment of change in someone’s life!

Several have impacted my life in such a way. When I was a 12-year-old, my mom wrote me a note I’ve never forgotten. The red ink, white paper and shape of characters are banked in my memory. Her message of belief in me is etched on the walls of my soul. My piano teacher, Christa; first employer, Jeff; accountabuddy, Kevin; and many more come to mind.

Yet, have you ever been around the person that scrutinizes everybody? How’d they make you feel? Perhaps their own insecurities were being cast on you. These people compare, tear down and don’t make the time to empathize with others. On the other hand, there are those who believe the best in people. They make the time to get to know the good, bad and ugly and CHOOSE to believe the best in you, even when you yourself haven’t … yet.

Energizers master the art of finding the good side of everyone and building on that. McGinnis writes, “The people who like people and who believe that those they lead have the best of intentions will get the best from them.” Are you looking for strengths in people perhaps others have overlooked? Are you able to find the beauty in people? Can you help people articulate their gifts and inspire them to channel that creative energy into usefulness? 

When we truly believe in and care enough to know our people, even when others or they themselves don’t, we are performing the art of the Energizer! 

Energizers care. When analyzing the profound loyalty Col. Douglas MacArthur received from his men during World War I, William Manchester wrote in his book, American Ceaser, “ … he shared their discomforts and their danger and they adored him in return.” He showed his men that he truly and deeply cared for them! 

When your team KNOWS they’re deeply believed in and you care enough to know and love them, they will engage their hearts and emotions into your vision and truly pick up right where you leave off. 

Purpose today to live your life being a change agent for people by truly caring for them! As long as there is breath in our lungs, we can speak redemption and empowerment to those around us. Accept people for who they are and believe the best in them. See the best even when people themselves can’t see it, and back it up by caring enough to tell them what you see – you’ll change someone’s life.

Tim Hooper leads Time4Energy, LLC, a professional development firm, helping new CEOs and front line managers bridge the gaps between their vision and team energy. Tim worked 10 years for one corporation where his heart broke for the drag-in that happens on Monday morning. His book, Got Energy? is unconventionally restoring emotional connection between teams and their work.

Bouncing & Pedaling Contribute to Energized Culture

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October 12, 2017

Bouncing & Pedaling Contribute to Energized Culture

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Team members bounce and pedal at work contributing to the thriving culture and accelerated growth of TwelveStone Health Partners, a premier provider of post-acute chronic care services based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Fitness Ball Energy CultureLarge fitness balls are more than decoration. They’ve replaced several cubicle chairs of the pharmacy’s 150-person staff. Kerstyn M., a registered dietician for TwelveStone, reported her workflow, focus and fitness all increased because of the mobility and slight bounce she enjoys balancing on her fitness ball.

FitDeskJennifer B. works in the billing department of TwelveStone and enriches her day with an “Under Desk Elliptical” from FitDesk, a North Carolina company. Jennifer has two sons and staying strong to fully engage work and then go home with energy for them is important to her.

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She said moving and investing in her health significantly impacts how she feels about her contribution at work and in life.

SponsorTim Hooper, founder of Time4Energy, also based in Murfreesboro, has aligned with TwelveStone as they sponsor the national campaign, “Got Energy?” Tim speaks to teams about passionate, abundant and vibrant living and encourages small changes like those exemplified at TwelveStone. “We were made to move; when we move our bodies, we stimulate our minds,” Tim stated. “I was super encouraged by the modern, and wellness-centered philosophy of Twelve Stone when I toured their state-of-the-art facility.”

20170810_115149Tim noted numerous gym bags lying in team members’ offices. He watched staff members give cold, 17-ounze water bottles to visitors and patients. Chief executive officer, Shane Reeves, has labelled these, “living water.” Additionally, Lee Golden, chief pharmacy officer who miraculously fought and is rehabbing from a raging illness, was supplied a height-adjustable standing desk upon his return to TwelveStone.

Shane Reeves leads by example as an avid member of Murfreesboro Athletic Club; further, Reeves and Hooper share a monthly run discussing business. TwelveStone also sponsors a local, annual 5K race paying registration for team members.

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“They’re not just hype; they truly encourage and invest in the well-being, fitness and energy of their people,” Tim reflected. “When you truly invest in team members’ wholeness, team members wholly invest into your business!”

Last year, TwelveStone Health Partners made its third evolution since their start as a Murfreesboro drug store in 1980. In 2016, Shane Reeves, launched their vision for national expansion. Just last month, Claritas Capital, a Nashville-based private equity firm, announced they will invest 3.35 million in TwelveStone’s expansion. This sort of investor-confidence is driven by leadership’s clear vision and a cutting-edge business plan; and, just as importantly, an energized, enthusiastic and engaged team of people to carry out that plan and propel the business forward!


Time4Energy, founded in 2013 and owned by Tim Hooper in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, transforms overwhelm, stress and burnout into energized, enthusiastic and engaged living through keynote speaking, workshops and coaching. Tim’s book, “Got Energy?” launched an international campaign partnering with corporations and communities to facilitate passionate, abundant and vibrant living. Website:

3 Things to Remember About Affirmations

Affirmations are powerful in a couple of ways. Not only do they affirm something – like their name indicates, they can also be used to overcome fear and past hurts, replace negative voices or limiting self talk, and also stretch one’s faith and vision!

Affirmations are fun to create and can be uniquely customized around what you’re going to conquer for the day. Remember three important aspects as you train your mind to affirm your vision and goals:

  • Positive – always write in a positive tone. Instead of writing “There is too much negative in the world, I’ll try not to be negative today,” you can write it like, “Today, I’m turning up the light; my positive vibes are attracting positive people and things.” The absence of negative in your affirmation is teaching your mind what to focus on and what to shut out.
  • Personal – keep them personal. Say them in the first person; they are your affirmations and not just general statements or quotes. Your subconscious mind will listen up when you address yourself; and, the same phenomenal mind can only answer, “Yes!” More on that later.
  • Present – write them and say them in the present tense. That’s right. Put your mind on the lookout for them right away. Also, watch how you start turning doubt to faith. When you say, “I am going to do…” your mind is waiting for a date and time. Without this, there is no decision. When you state, “I am doing…” your mind says, “Oh, I am? … Sure, let me start right away on that…” See the difference? Today, is also a great starter word for an affirmation.

Your affirmations don’t have to be perfect and no one is grading you on this, so let go of those fears. Just start and you’ll get better and bolder as time goes on. What do you have to lose? Take a minute to create and share one in the comments. Here’s mine for today:

“Today, I’m planting good seeds! Every thought, prayer and action WILL be reaped – sometimes immediately; most times at a future date. My life is a field of the best and most fertile soil; I’m the farmer. It’s understanding this irrefutable principle that causes me to plant with more fervor than ever before! I WILL reap if I simply keep planting.”

igniting energy … tim


Power of Perspective!

Have you heard the proverb, “The dew drop is the ant’s flood”?

It’s all about perspective!

Perspective is a powerful word! Synonymous to mindset and attitude, your perspective defines your point of view – the way you look at life.

Changing your perspective can literally change your life!

Out walking with the kids yesterday, we were just about to peak a small hill in the road when I shouted, “Grass!” Grass is our code-word for stepping off the asphalt into the grass and waiting for daddy due to an automobile sighting.

My son, eager to keep running, steps into the grass and quickly replies, “Daddy, there’s no car…may I run again?” As I caught up, we squatted there together in a “wait for it…wait for it” moment. Then, there it was coming over the rise – a car.

Why spend the time telling a simple story? Here’s why.

My six-foot height versus Jeremy’s three-and-half foot height made all the difference when it came to that hill.

Similarly, a slight change in perspective can shift your entire purpose and motivation in life.

A plane ride will change your perspective pretty quickly. Seriously! We spend thousands of dollars on a speck of real estate? Well, it’s all about how you look at things.

Everyone sees things at different perspectives! How is your perspective on life?

What meaning and purpose do you find in your life? Constantly seek to gain a little better perspective. Welcome different perspectives!

Change your perspective and literally change your entire life dynamic!

igniting energy…tim