Month: March 2011

Turn and Become Like Children

Turn and Become Like Children

I can’t tell you the past couple of days that I’ve had. I can only attempt to put them into words. The depth of love and wisdom that’s been bestowed on me has just been unreal. For that reason, I’m breaking the chain in my resistance series for today.

It started yesterday with a solid heart to heart with Blake Bergstrom, one of the pastors at my church. He told me some things I needed to hear and encouraged me in some important ways. It continued today with my good friend Travis Robertson, who has been an enormous blessing in more ways than I can count.

Tonight was the perfect culmination. The father of a good friend of mine was in town on business, so he offered to take our mens’ group to dinner. The eight of us gathered and had an incredible meal. I promise you, the food had nothing to do with it.

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Monday Kick In the Pants: Are You Rationalizing the Irrational?

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Kick in the PantsWe’ve got something we want to do; an idea that just has to become real. However, there is this resistance that’s stopping us from moving forward.

The resistance can be irrational; we’ve got negative thoughts kicking around, self-doubt, and limiting beliefs that are holding us down. Or, the resistance is rational; we’ve got a few adverse conditions that need to be resolved before we can carry on. Knowing the difference helps us figure out how to deal with it.

Unfortunately, this happy little distinction is not so black and white. Each and every one of us, myself included, has a nasty tendency of taking irrational fears and masking them as rational. It takes a great deal of introspection and self-discipline to discern the difference.

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43 People Can Get Clean Water Because of You

Hey All,

Thank you so much for your continued support in my campaign to raise money for Charity:Water.

Thanks to 30 very generous people, we’ve raised $865 so far. That’s enough money for 43 people to get access to clean drinking water! You all rock and I am so thankful for your support.

I’ve decided to extend the campaign’s end date to June 1st, so we’ve got 82 days left to raise the remaining $4000 to bring a well to one community. I think we can do it, but I’m still going to need your help:

1. Click on this link to tweet out the following:

“Here’s how you can help 250 people get access to clean water today: http://bit.ly/fVkJHG”

2. Share this post with your Facebook friends:

3. Visit my campaign page on Charity:Water.

Donate as little or as much as you can. 186 folks at $27 is the goal, but is certainly not the minimum (or the maximum.)

Thanks again for your continued support!

3 Steps to Identifying Rational vs Irrational Resistance

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3 Steps to Identifying Irrational vs. Rational ResistanceSo far, we’ve discussed two types of resistance.

The first was physical, in which we experience things such as sleepiness, anxiety, hunger, etc. We can also experience spiritual resistance, which attacks our mental well being and psyche.

Today, I’d like to talk about an external form of resistance that I’ll call rational resistance. I would classify physical and spiritual resistance as irrational, because they are based on emotions. Rational resistance, however, is based upon facts and circumstances.

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What to Do When The Resistance Gets Spiritual

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spiritual resistance

Here I am again, 3 PM and I have some more difficult phone calls to make. In addition to the physical component we discussed yesterday, I’m experiencing a different kind of resistance. This kind is stealthy. Its effects are devastating.

I want to pick up that phone, but a crazy little voice in my head starts talking:

  • Stop trying. They’re going to reject you.
  • Give it up. You’re not good enough for this.
  • Don’t even bother. You’re a failure.

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What to Do When the Resistance Gets Physical

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When The Resistance Gets PhysicalIt’s 3 PM and I’m staring at my to-do list. There are 2 phone calls on there that I really don’t want to make.

Confession. I’m terrified of the phone…
says the REALTOR.

One call is to a potential client who I don’t know too well and may not want to hear from me. The other is to set an appointment to go list a home in an area I’m not comfortable with just yet.

  • I’m feeling a little unsettled, so I put on some music.
  • I’m feeling a little sleepy, so I go and grab a cup of coffee.
  • I’m feeling a little hungry, so I pick up a candy bar.

Eventually, I force myself make the phone calls, but waste tons of time getting there. That’s one of my struggles. Not every day, but some. Your struggle probably looks a little different.

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The Resistance is Real

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The Resistance is Real

If you’ve read Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, you’ll recognize some of these themes.

When I decided to leave the music industry, I expected life to get easier. I was ready to convert my wasted hours on the road into fruitful hours in an office. I thought that I could start my own business, let everyone know about it, lean back and coast from there.

Needless to say, I was wrong.

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Potential vs. Credential: Choosing the Right People

Potential vs. CredentialYesterday I wrote about the importance of choosing your first hire wisely. Today I want to talk about what that looks like.

successful leader is one who is always looking forward. They always have their eye on the long-term vision without losing focus of near-term needs. When faced with a hiring decision, they know that they can either hire a follower or a leader. A follower will simply play the game. A leader will change the game.

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Your First Hire: Choose Wisely

Your First Hire: Choose WiselyCongratulations.

Your business has been growing. Customers are flowing in and you’ve been working 80 hours a week. You know that it’s time to add someone to the team, but you’re petrified. You don’t want to hire the wrong person. I don’t blame you.

This is your baby. You want to do it right.

Don’t give in to the fear. If this truly makes sense for you, then its time to pull the trigger. The whole point of a new hire is to break through your current achievement ceiling. You’re scaling beyond your control and you need someone to come on the team and save you from your 80 hour work week.

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