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The Day I Almost Died

March 21, 2014 — 35 Comments

Or maybe I didn’t almost die. Maybe I just came close to death in my mind. To me, that’s close enough.

So, what happened to make me come so close to death? What could have made me think that my life was going to end?

I thought I had met Death

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This near death experience happened while I was ice climbing in Munising.

The day started out like any other ice climbing trip I’d ever been on. We arrived at the frozen waterfall. John, our ice climbing guide, setup the climbing routes. And we began to climb.

Then someone saw a perfect place to explore. There was beautiful ice and a way up behind the frozen waterfall.

My near death experience

Only this quick way up wasn’t so quick for me. Instead, it became a trial of fear and dread and the feeling of death crept upon me.

Mentor Like Yoda

March 19, 2014 — 32 Comments

Yoda is a lovable but tough teacher in the Star Wars universe. He took a young farm boy and helped him become a great Jedi.

We seen Yoda guide and mold the remarkable Luke Skywalker into someone who could take on the formidable Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader (the later he learns was really his father, GASP!).

You can be a Yoda to someone today

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A recent blog post by Scott Cochrane inspired these. He said it’s a myth that your leadership mentor is Yoda.

Within the post, he gave great reasons on why he is not like Yoda. Especially the idea your leadership mentor will be all knowing (which they never will be).

I think I have to challenge this notion. Your leadership mentor can be like Yoda. In fact, I think YOU should be like Yoda.

If you want to be like Yoda, I think you can follow his lead by:

Fear Is Just A Message

January 29, 2014 — 16 Comments

Fear is an amazing emotion. Fear causes us to want to stand up and fight or to tuck our tails between our legs and run for the hills.

When you’ve felt fear in the past, you felt one of those two reactions boiling up within you.

In the end, fear is just a message.

Fear tells us we need to do something. Are you listening?

Growing up, I loved to watch horror movies. The movies that would scare the socks off of someone.

If a movie could send chills up my spine, I wanted to watch it.

One such series of movies was Nightmare On Elm Street with Freddy Krueger.

Freddy Krueger came back from the dead to hunt the children of the people who killed him. He had knives for fingers. He haunted the dreams of those children.

5 Fears Young Leaders Face

January 13, 2014 — 34 Comments

Starting out in leadership can be very scary. There’s so many great leaders out there. And you think of yourself as not one.

The intimidation is fierce.

Don’t worry though. Every leader faces fears. Even seasoned veterans.

We’ll discuss 5 fears every young leader faces today.

Fear is the path to the dark side, YODA

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Even after years of being a leader, I still face fears. Some of them are fears I faced when I started out.

The fear isn’t pleasant. It’ll often hold you back from leading well.

That’s why we’ve got to be willing to man up and realize the fear isn’t our own. Everyone feels it. Everyone deals with it. Not everyone survives the fear though.

Today’s post should help you get through fears you’ll commonly face. Especially when starting out in leadership.

I’ve never done this before are words we utter far too often. We feed ourselves the lie that we can’t accomplish something because we’ve never attempted it before.

We put dreams on hold. We stop challenging ourselves. We begin living complacent lives.

All because of 5 words we’ve given power over our lives.

Lock on door

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The Lie

When we begin telling ourselves we’ve never done something before, it begins to limit our potential. The lie tells us we’re inexperienced. Not needed. Or it’s too dangerous for us.

Instead of using I’ve never done this before as a reason to experience new adventures in life, we use it as a crutch to avoid the attempt. And possibility of failure.

It’s really an excuse to cover our fears.

“Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.”
– Dan Brown