January 2, 2013

New Years Resolutions

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I want to make a resolution to follow through on my resolution.

Why do we make them in the first place?

I am dissatisfied with my current reality. Whether it’s weight-loss (most Americans), bad habits (nail-biting for instance), or business success, there is a hunger that is driving me to change. The greater the gap, the greater my hunger level.

Why do we fail them in February or sooner?

When I mismanage my expectations I lose hope. I think it won’t take the effort it really does. I need to expect it to cost more than I thought. I also need to be willing to overpay to achieve that goal. Orrin Woodward gives a very simple formula for achieving big things: What’s the price, pay it. It never goes on sale. The greatest cause for motivation constipation is my simple misunderstanding of what it will take to achieve my goal. I set the goal and then realize that it will take twice the effort to get there. I lose sight of my goal because the obstacle becomes larger than my view of it.

What happens to us when I fail to follow through with them?

I lose confidence. Confidence means “with fidelity”. Fidelity is faithfulness/loyalty/commitment. Confidence is both a mindset and an attitude with definite results. Semper Fidelis is the motto of the Marine Corps. Put simply it means “always faithful”. To live with confidence means to have a mindset that will not give up till the task is complete. To waver in that commitment takes a little bit of truth from my life. The more truth I take from my life, the less I trust myself. The end result is a drop in self-confidence. There is less commitment to the goal I have set.

Should we not make them if we have failed in the past to follow through?

Make the decision, find an accountability partner, create a plan, stick to the plan, expect to fail, make adjustments with your accountability partner as needed.
I’m not going to ask a fellow fat guy to keep me on track for my weight management…there is too much empathy…get a fit guy with a ripped 6 pack to hold you accountable. He’s done it so he knows what it takes…the fellow fat guy either doesn’t know what it takes or doesn’t have the discipline to hold himself or you accountable.

Make a New Years Resolution and find a trusted friend who has accomplished that same goal. Ask them to keep you accountable to reach your goal. When February roles around you’ll be in a better position to achieve your goal.

Make a resolution to follow through on your resolution.


February 14, 2012


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Imagine walking a path in direct pursuit of your mission in life. You’re intrigued by a large trail that’s veering off. There’s temptation to take the trail.

It looks easier. As you stand there, what’s going through your mind? Ease or mission?

Ease would be well…easy.

Mission would be harder by far but worth the struggle.

As Christians we don’t promise easy…we promise worth it. Knowing Christ is worth it.

Explain that to someone who has only known easy and they may not understand.

Tell that to one committed to their mission and the result is a renewed vigor to continue on the “hard” path.

Choose wisely.

January 3, 2012

Splendor and Humility

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October 26, 2011

Free or Slave?

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Free or Slave?

Throughout History there are three types of societies; Marshall, Theocratic, and Economic

Marshall societies exist to make war.  Their success is based on the ability to conquer and subjugate nations in their path.  In its worst form it creates slavery and pain for the people whom it conquers.  Historical examples are Alexander the Great, Ghengis Khan, and Adolf Hitler.  

Theocratic societies exist to spread the “good news” of their god.  They make money to spread their religious beliefs.  In its worst form it creates a theocratic dictatorship and much pain, fear, and slavery for the people whom they convert; typically at the edge of a sword or barrel of a gun.  Historical examples are The Crusades, Ancient Egypt, and modern day Islam.

Economic societies exist for the advancement of the citizens of the nation.  Success is gauged by the level of ease and affluence of the inhabitants.  Economic societies go to war to protect the ability to make money and a decent living.  In its worst form it creates an attitude of lazy, leisure-focused citizens who think everything should be given to them.  They end up in slavery first to their indulgences, then to nations who conquer their fat, lazy citizens. Economic societies are typically overrun by Marshall or Theocratic societies because the people have forgotten how to defend themselves.  Historical examples are Rome, Greece, and The United States of America.

Are we as a society there?  Not yet…but if we do not change something soon, it will be reality.  There has never been a society that has not ended this way without some major changes in the thinking of its people.

At the birth of our nation, there were a group of men who wanted a Theocratic nation.  Thomas Jefferson rejected the idea for its end…a theocratic dictatorship.  He pressed hard for the nation’s documents to reflect an economic society.  “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” ring a bell?

The United States will not see a societal shift unless we get so fat, undisciplined, lazy, and ignorant that we cannot defend ourselves.  Thomas Jefferson is credited with the statement, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects something that never was and never will be.”


It has been said that in 5 years your life will be the exact same with the exception of the books that you read and the friends you make.

  1. Educate yourself. 
    1. Turn off the TV and spend 15 minutes a night reading books to make you think.  Living vicariously through the remote or romance novel will not keep you free.(sorry, I know that stepped on a couple of toes)
    2. Turn commute time into educational time.  CD’s designed to improve thinking have helped countless people and you could be one of them.
  2. Associate
    1. If I choose to hang with bank robbers…what will eventually happen to me?  I will eventually be like them.  Disagree if you want, but you can’t outrun natural law…the law of association.
    2. The same principle works if you would like to be a millionaire by the way.

You have nothing to lose in giving it a try, and who knows, maybe you can have a part in keeping our society intact.

A Trip, a Step, a Fall, a Rise

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The process of growth is both painful and exhilarating.

The painful part is the stumbling that occurs on the way.  Skinned knees are part of the natural process of growing…just ask any 18 month old…yet they continue on…stumbling, falling, flopping, and getting up yet again.

The exhilarating part is learning new principles and re-learning old ones.  You know what I mean.  More often than not, we need reminded than taught.  The new principles get filtered through what I already know.  Old principles re-hashed are almost as exciting as the new ones.

I remember almost every one of our five children’s first steps.  There was one common denominator in the walking of my children…the encouragement of mommy, daddy, and family.  Never discount the encouragement of others.  A word, a cheer, a smile…it moves young and old alike to take the next step.

Interesting point:  Those cheering know there will be falling…yet they cheer on.  Why?  Those cheering have learned how to walk and know it’s worth it.

My part?  Look from both angles…be a learner and a leader.

Learning, growing, and applying truth is all on me.  I will be the best student I know.  Break out the ointment…I’m gonna need it.  My knees will be bloody and bruised, but I will not stop.

Leading is a privilege and responsibility with a heavy final outcome.  I am leaving a legacy for my children, wife, and team.  May that legacy be worthy of admiration.  Cheer on with positive words of encouragement.

I spoke with four 19 year-old men last week and asked them when the last time was that they were told that they could make something great out of their lives.  “Never.”  Sad.  True?  Probably not, but the fact remains that they were not told enough that they were winners and could achieve whatever they wanted.

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