Archives For Self-Improvement

Closing Out The Year

December 31, 2012 — 24 Comments

Today’s the last day of the year. The sun is setting on 2012. Three hundred and sixty six days passed this year. That’s 366 chances to have made a difference in the world.

Did you lead better this year? Did you do the things you desired to do? Did you reach to new heights?

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I hope you did. I know you have the potential to do great things. The world is at your fingertips waiting for you to step out and take the next step. Are you willing to seize the day?

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There’s been a lot of frustration in life as I’ve held back and not stepped forward as much as I should have. There have been work, family, and church situations that called for me to step up and be a better leader and I failed.

Your Gift Is A Gift

November 30, 2012 — 23 Comments

It’s true. We’ve all been given something. Yes, even you.

I know what you’re thinking though…oh great, another lame post about following my dream.

Well, sorta. But mostly it’s about recognizing what has been given to you. Whether you decide to use it not, that’s (sort of) up to you.

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When I was younger, I went through some medical problems and while I won’t dig into the details here, I learned something tremendously awesome from it.

1. The course we have planned for our lives could change at any moment.

2. The gift we get from these situations should never be wasted.

I’ll start with point one. I thought I was on the course to play sports in high school and college. You know, dreams of being a pro athlete…all that crazy stuff. And then came an unexpected heart condition that forced me to stop. But through that, a different plan was laid out before me.

Who You Were Created To Be

November 7, 2012 — 30 Comments

Who’s your hero? The one person you wish you could be?

Is it your father? A role model? An athlete?

I’m sure there’s at least one person you could think of. There’s many people who pop into my mind.

Michael Hyatt, Dan Miller, Dave Ramsey, and a handful of other guys.

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That’s all fine and good. We need to have positive role models to look up to. People who will pour into our lives and help us grow.

Problems arise when we begin to emulate everything they do. And when we desire to become them.

Why?

“But there’s so many great things about our role models,” you may say. True, true, and true.

They’re great people. They’re doing great things. They might even be saving babies.

However, you weren’t created to be Brendan Brouchard or Michael Hyatt. Not even close.

Everyone’s always asking for just a minute of our time. It seems like no big deal. After all, it’s just a minute of your time.

The truth is: When you give someone a minute of your time, it’s more than just a minute.

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Image by Ivan Salas

But that doesn’t sound right, you say. You’re only giving a minute.

Not true. When you give a minute of your time, you’re destroying momentum that has to be made up.

Think back to a time you’ve taken a road trip.

You’re driving along when you or one of your kids have to use the bathroom. Knowing what will happen if you don’t stop to use the restroom, you decide to take the next exit and find a restroom. It should only take a minute to relieve yourself.

We all want to do great works in the world. We want to make a difference that affects the lives around us. We want to be remembered.

My question is “How far are you willing to go?”

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Image by Jon Rawlinson

I know my normal answer. “Not far enough.”

I begin to step out and the doubts come flooding in.

  • What will others think of me?
  • What if I fail?
  • What if I look foolish?

All are valid concerns if I want to live a normal life. But I don’t. I want to live an extraordinary life. And I know you do as well.

If this is what we want, we must change our thoughts. We must be willing to go further.

“Life is either a daring adventure, or it is nothing.”
— Helen Keller