What Overflows from Your Heart?

I recently finished reading the book “Thinking for a Change” by John Maxwell.  If you have a chance, I highly recommend it.  It walks through 11 different forms of thinking that people seem to ignore, and encourages everyone to think in order to inspire the change they want to see in their life.

What really stood out in the book, however, wasn’t the thinking.  It wasn’t the forms of thinking, how you can get your life together, how you can promote your business, or how you can grow as a person.  Those were all great concepts that I’m working into my life.  What really stood out was his recollection of a conversation with a friend.

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Growing through the everyday “stuff”

Normally I try to sit down once each week and write some brilliant insights.  Generally they are focused on something I have read recently, or perhaps a Bible verse that I found applied to life.  Today… I got nothing.

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I have recently read through the book Chop Wood, Carry Water by Joshua Medcalf.  If you haven’t read it, then I highly recommend it.  The basic premise, at least around the title, is that you have “chores” to do that must be done every day.  If you try to skip them, it throws everything off.  Lately, I have been chopping wood, and carrying water (and taking the morning off to go to the trampoline park with my son).  That means I have been working on these things, instead of exploring insights.

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Get What You Want, Every Time

We all have needs, and we all have desires.  Often, however, we have to put our desires aside because they’re either unattainable, or unattainable at this moment.  But what if I told you that there is an easy way that you can get what you want, every single time, and all you have to do is ask?  It sounds absurd, but we can claim that Biblical promise laid out to us in Mark 11:24

Ask and receive

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24 ESV More »

8 Concepts to Keep Your Focus

If you’re like me, you can easily become distracted.  You plan your day, you schedule everything out, and then you end up spending 37 minutes cleaning up your desk instead of working.  Then you have to use the bathroom, and as long as you’re up you might as well get some coffee, and you’re a little hungry so you grab something to eat.  Then you notice that the mugs aren’t quite straight, so you get them in order.  The next thing you know, you’re 7 projects behind.

Maintaining your focus on what matters takes a lot of self discipline.  It can be tough, especially if you work from home.  Fortunately we do have some guidelines.  And if you’re easily distracted by the garbage that is found online (Facebook newsfeeds, cat video websites, adult sites, and the like) then this is definitely something you need to pay attention to.  8 concepts that you can meditate on in order to keep your focus on what you need to get done.

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Your Successful Career Starts with a Prayer

Whether you are working in a field that you love, or toiling away in a job that you don’t really care for, there’s a good chance that you want to experience success.  Naturally nobody ever sets out to fail; we all want our labor to end successfully.  But did you know there’s a way that you can make sure that your plans will succeed?

How to succeed at work

As we looked at last week, success doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone.  But when you’re ready to experience success, this is how it is done.

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Success is Easier than You Think

Success is something that many people chase after their entire lives.  They dream of fancy cars, big houses, bank accounts with more digits than their phone number, and all the luxuries that money can buy.  They read about success, the imagine success, and they sacrifice important parts of their lives because they are chasing after the elusive success.

The secret to success

But what if I told you that the secret to being highly successful is incredibly easy?  What if I told you it didn’t mean late nights “grinding”, or notices that your utilities were going to be shut off, or even that you had to be highly skilled.  Success, it turns out, is much simpler and easier than you think. More »

Instead, Resolve to Tackle Your Goals

I despise New Year’s resolutions.  It took me quite a few years to realize why, but I finally discovered it is because the majority of resolutions revolve around superficial “stuff” that really doesn’t matter in the long run.  Sure some are noble, some are healthy, and some are good.  But for the most part, resolutions largely revolve around things that look good on paper, but in the end don’t really matter.

Goal Setting to acheive your wildest dreams

Instead, about 20 years ago, I resolved to never again make a New Year’s Resolution.  A few years ago, I sort of broke that resolution and resolved to start setting goals for the calendar year.  Those goals, however, are different than my resolutions.  Those goals involve action steps to make sure I get there.

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Revenue Sharing Sites Still Suck

SEO in BillingsI am always on the lookout for places where I can share knowledge, and hopefully earn a backlink or two.  Unfortunately there are many sites out there that seem promising, but end up being a huge drain on your time.  HubPages is one of those sites: big promises, little delivery.

While I have never been a fan of revenue sharing sites, I am a fan of getting my name out there and earning backlinks.  The promise of “residual income” is enticing, but ends up being far from what you should ever actually work for.

Here are the results of my experiment to see how things went over there.

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Spending Time in the Mountains Near Denver

I have a friend that lives in El Paso, Texas.  For the last several years we would visit each other.  Justin would come to Montana to go on some adventures, and I would go down there to go on adventures (most consisting of hiking, climbing, boating, fishing, and overall getting outside).  But it turns out there is only so much that you can do near us, and after 8 years or so we started running out of things to do (that don’t involve an extensive drive).  We decided to meet in the middle, and explore around Denver, Colorado.

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Neither of us had been to Denver (aside from passing through), so it seemed like a great opportunity to explore an area of the country that a lot of people love.  If you’re into mountain adventures, then here is my advice on things to do near Denver.

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… Let Tomorrow Worry About Tomorrow

As humans, we tend to worry.  We worry about the weather; we worry about our finances; we worry about our loved ones; and we worry about worrying too much.  But how many of us have wasted a whole lot of time worrying?  And how much good has that done?

Don't Worry Trust God

“And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?… don’t be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.” – Matthew 6:27 & 34

Let’s take a closer look to see what we should be doing instead of worrying.

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