I love books. In fact, my wife would say books are slowly taking over our home. If there is one major question that has haunted me about learning from books it’s this: How do you best apply what you’ve learned from books? I have a system I hope to share with you someday, but for […]
Did you know you have super powers? It’s true. You have a gift. Your gift is needed in the world. You may not have realized it yet, but the world is waiting to hear from you. I have a simple question for you. I want you to write this question down on a notecard. Dwell […]
How High Will You Climb is a book by John Maxwell designed to help you change your attitude. Many of us just don’t realize how powerful our attitude can be on an everyday basis. Your attitude will directly dictate your performance.
A few questions you will get answers to include:
Why is our attitude all that important to our daily lives?
What exactly are the main ingredients to developing the right attitude in life?
What are the things that cause a negative attitude to develop in us?
What are some practical steps for turning a negative attitude into a positive?
What of my favorite parts of the book is where John talks about limiting beliefs. He shares stories of how other people’s opinions can influence our attitudes temporarily, but we are the only person who can do it permanently. Here is his exact quote: “Others can stop you temporarily, but you are the only one who can do it permanently.”
This is a great book to have on the shelf for those times in life when you feel beat up and need some encouragement.
Have you ever driven the wrong way down a one way street? I used to love family road trips as a kid. When I was 10 years old, our family packed up the station wagon for a two week road trip. We left the Midwest on our way down to Disney World. My parents loved […]
Today’s tips are not about how to better organize the garage or what you should do with your husband’s baseball card collection. I want to talk about you and what’s happening on the inside. Sure it is good to simplify your environment and the areas in which you live. Sometimes living in a messy environment […]
“Clarity helps us prioritize the dream into an achievable goal.”
One of my favorite arcade games as a kid was “whack-a-mole.” Remember that game? You had a club in your hand and the object was for you to stare at 9 holes at the same time, while trying to hit a mole as it randomly popped up. Did I just describe your work day? I […]
In the book Empty Promises, Author Pete Wilson tackles the most common empty promises people in our culture struggle with. The prevailing question is not whether or not we struggle with idols, but “what do we do with our idols?”
If there one big takeaway from the book, it is this: what we worship shapes who we are.
Pete said it best in the book:
Do you like the person you are becoming? If not, might I suggest that you take a look at what’s on the throne of your heart? Because one of the fundamental truths in human nature- and the greatest dangers of idolatry- is that what we worship shapes who we are.
Some of the other fundamental truths about idolatry that the author shares in this book include:
Understanding that we have an idolatrous heart to begin with (something Pete does a great job of explaining)
The exact things we tend to look to give us what only God can give us
Why only God himself is the only replacement for our idols
Understanding the reasons why idols need to be replaced and not just removed.
Do you want to live a fuller life? Do you want better relationships? Do you want to live in better alignment with God’s will for your life. Read this great book and come to a better understanding of the “good” things that can take the place of the “greatest” thing (your personal relationship with God).
What has a tendency to take the throne of your heart?
“Success is waking up in the morning, whoever you are, wherever you are, however old or young, and bounding out of bed because there is something out there you love to do, that you believe in, that you’re good at- something that’s bigger than you are, and you can hardly wait to get at it again today.”
When I was just 22 years of age, I was thrust into a speaking engagement with over 600 church pastors in attendance. What made this challenge even more scary is each had a grading sheet in hand. Talk about pressure. My college degree was in Church Ministries and one of the required classes was Homiletics, […]
When I was a Senior in high school, I spent an entire school day at my Grandfather’s hardware store in Indiana. It was “career shadow day” and I wanted to see what it was like to run a business. Since I was young, I had always been fascinated with what it was like to run […]
Mack rushed off the elevator of the 19th floor toward his cubicle. He arrived without anyone noticing that he was a few minutes late (or so he had hoped). He noticed that his voicemail light was bright red on his phone. Nothing unusual or so it seemed. He punched in his code and it was […]
Every Sunday night, I like to take a few moments and plan out my week. This helps me to establish my priorities and make sure the important things remain the important things. While it is not a super-structured checklist, it usually involves a combination of the following items. A week view of my calendar and […]
I am excited about speaking at the Boost Leader Summit in Dallas. This speaker series has notable presenters like Jeff Goins, Michael Nichols and Dennis McIntee.