In our hyper-connected world, you’re expected to be at the beck and call of the organization you lead. This expectation can drain you and take a toll on your weekends.
They’re no longer sacred. They’re no longer set aside for rest.
Instead, you’re worried about what could go wrong.
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You can’t live like this. No one can. At some point, you’re going to crack.
All because you couldn’t disconnect and leave your work behind while enjoying the weekend.
You can change all of that. You can create an environment where you can have a better weekend.
5 Ways A Leader Can Have A Better Weekend
Rest is important. Our bodies were designed to have a regular rhythm. One we often ignore.
So, let’s see what we can do to make our weekends better and more restful. Read more...
I’m writing this post later than I normally would. It’s almost 11PM where I live.
And here I am writing up a new blog post.
Why? Because I slacked.
Here’s the reason:
Our new Vizsla puppy wanted to chill with me tonight. He didn’t want to get off the couch. Truthfully, I didn’t want him to either.
So, we laid there while watching Fear The Walking Dead. Or, as a lot of my friends would say, we were slacking.
But you know what? I’m okay with slacking. Especially when I slack for the right reasons.
When You Should Slack Off
We’re pushed to the extreme. Marketers, leaders, business people are always telling us that we need to be doing the hard work.
Baloney! Read more...
We live in a busy world. Constant ads bombard us with things we need to obtain and places we need to go. Not to mention the constant emails and text messages that dictate our day.
Are you feeling me? You know what I’m talking about here, right?
The world is constantly pulling us in every direction possible. Our days are so filled there’s no time to relax or be still.
With so much going on, we don’t want to stop. We want to be in constant motion. We want to feel like we’re making progress.
But I’ve found that through all the chaotic motion in our lives, we rarely find the time to be still.
The Allure Of Stillness
Stillness doesn’t sound exciting or thrilling. There’s no action moving us forward like there is in playing a game of football or chatting with friends. Read more...
August 23, 2010 was any parents’ worst nightmare. This was the day my wife, Melissa, and I received the results of our daughter’s biopsy.
“I’m so sorry, Mr. and Mrs. Barrett,” said Dr. Thompson. “Kristina has cancer.”
It felt like all the oxygen was sucked out of the room. Our 8-year-old little girl’s future had just become completely uncertain.
By the time of her diagnosis, the rare cancer (Clear Cell Sarcoma) had already spread to her lungs. And her prognosis was listed as “dismal.”
Any time someone is faced with tremendous fears such as this, it’s difficult to control emotions. No, it’s virtually impossible. But one truth we’ve found is that feelings are controlled by our thoughts. Interesting enough is that the Bible doesn’t tell us to control our feelings. It tells us to control our thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5). Read more...