Courage

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I found the picture with this blog and it really hit home.  This is so incredibly true.  How long to we deliberate over a decisions and then often never even make one, and the opportunity passes us by, or we just delay long enough to where we just give up on he idea.

Making a decisions is an instant decision. It takes no time at all.  Yet making tough decisions in the moment is one of the hardest things we will ever do.  Some decisions are easy to make, some are life altering.

The key is to make a decision.  It might be hard, and it might mean some intense and serious changes, but you have no idea what you might miss out on by not making the decision.  So go after it, and see what great things may come.

I Confess

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I confess that I like doing things the safe way, the way I know.  Things that disrupt my normal schedule have a tendency to freak me out….or rather had.  Over the past couple years I have learned to enjoy the unknown.  While I’m not totally at ease with it, I still find it to be interesting, and more exciting than simply routine on a daily basis.

Routine can be good and we all have to have it to a degree, but it can completely stifle us to where we forget what is important and we forget who we are.  We become robotic people simply going through the motions.

We can’t let the routine stuff and the “little” stuff of life to get us down or get us blind-folded into believing there is nothing more to life than our four walls and our own home. Our home is a great place, but we aren’t meant to simply live inside our four walls and make our castles and raise our children without leaving the house.

We were meant to lead, to create, to inspire, to help, to serve, and to build.  And while some of that can go on in our own home, we are meant to take those things into the world.

Humbleness

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I’ve seen a lot of stuff going around facebook lately involving some famous ministers/preachers.  I’ve read some articles, watched some videos, and heard some things that have disturbed me.

I think there is a certain stance that many preachers take that is extremely dangerous.  This stance isn’t just reserved for preachers, but for a lot of people in leadership.

Somehow many leaders get into this pretense that everything they say is right, nothing is wrong, and they think they are the final say on everything.

I think where most leaders stray is that they begin to think they are right in everything, they lose sight that they need to still learn, they still need to accept that they don’t have everything together.

It’s a lesson we all need to learn. None of us are above reproach, none of us are above falling short.  And when we put ourselves on a pedestal and stop being humble, that is the first step downwards.

We have to stay humble.  There is always more we can learn, and we never have everything figured out.

Take the Leap

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How many times have you said, or heard someone say, “if only I were younger,” or “if only I had done this”.  If only’s are a waste of time.  I say this because I am prone to have this mentality.  I am learning (however slowly), that it is a complete waste of time.

We spend all this time fretting over something in our minds.  We tell ourselves all the reasons we can’t do something rather than all the reasons we can.  We look at the negative first, instead of last.

We have so much potential if we just allow ourselves to dream and dream big. We could truly do anything if we determine to do it.  No matter your age, no matter your circumstance.

George Bernard Shaw said it very well: “The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”

Make your dreams come true today.

 

Have Fun

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I talk a lot about going after your goals and working hard and having determination. But there is another element that has to be there in order for you to hit your goals and dreams.

It’s fun.  If you aren’t excited about it, then it’s not the right thing for you.  When you do the things you love it won’t even feel like work, it will be a blast.  You will look forward to it, and you will have fun.

In fact if you aren’t enjoying it that’s a sure tell sign that you may want to reconsider what you are doing.

We have to enjoy what we do, we have to enjoy life, and have fun sometimes.

So love what you do, even if you aren’t able to fulfill your dream right now, read up on it, and explore it in whatever way you can.  Have fun where you are at.

 

Think Big

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Have you ever had a problem of thinking too small?  I have a tendency to do this.  My wife is great about letting me know when I am limiting myself with small thinking, and pushing me to think outside the box (no pun intended).

I’ve found this is a pretty common tendency among people.  We tend to limit ourselves, to think too small.  We see problems, or have dreams, but limit ourselves because we think they are too unrealistic, or too impossible.

But in truth if everyone thought like that we would be without of a lot of great things.  The automobile, the internet, electricity.  We wouldn’t have tons of great inventions if everyone limited their thinking.

There isn’t something too big or too small to do.  Everything is obtainable if you try hard enough and work hard enough.

Your dreams aren’t crazy and your ideas are not dumb.

 

Asking the Question

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I heard someone make a pretty awesome statement this week.  He said, “If you are continually asking the question you are probably the one who needs to answer it.”

We often ask why something is happening, or “why doesn’t someone do something about this?”

In reality if something is bothering us that much then there is something within us that needs to address it.

We live in a culture that tends to think someone else will take care of it if there is a problem.  But if we see a problem we are meant to take care of it, not someone else.

Anything we are passionate about seeing differently we need to jump in and tackle the problem with both hands.  Problems are meant to be fixed, and we are meant to fix them.  In fact we are not fully alive until we begin to solve problems.

So what do you see that needs to be fixed?  Get after it.

 

New Things

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You may have heard me mention that I am about to start something new in the next couple months that for me is pretty drastic.  While I’m still not at liberty to talk about what it is, I will say that the process is very crazy for me.

I am a very routine person.  I like routine.  A lot.  Sometimes so much that it brings me down.  It keeps me from just starting things and going and doing because I am too worried about breaking out of my routine.

Now don’t get me wrong I am really good at following routine.  But anything in excess can drag you down.

So for me as I start this new process, it’s definitely going to be breaking me out of routine, it’s not something I can completely plan for and I don’t know fully what to expect out of it.  Sure I can find out a lot, but it won’t be the same as once it starts.

While it can be very scary, it is also exciting.  And I can’t wait to share  my news with you in the coming months.

In the meantime, try new things.  I can definitely vouch it’s scary, but it’s exciting too.

Go for it!

Never Stop Exploring

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Travel is not only an adventure it is an experience. It opens up your eyes to see that there is so much more than your own backyard.

My wife and I are travel fanatics, and while we don’t get to travel as much as we would like, we’ve managed to visit five countries in 3 years.

There is nothing like exploring another culture.  Seeing how other people live, getting a glimpse at different parts of the world, finding out what their country is like, what their climate is like, and what the people are like.

Nothing helps open up your eyes to realize that we are but a small portion of the world than traveling to a distant country where you don’t  know the language, and have no idea of what the customs are day to day life looks like.

If you get the chance, travel to other countries.  It is by far so worth it.

Throw Yourself Into Life

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Have you ever really gotten caught up in the in and out responsibilities of life?  You get up, drop your kids off, go to work, go to college, snag some quick meals, get home, spend a few minutes talking to your significant other or roommate and then hit the pillow, only to do it all over the  next day?

Life has a way of getting us caught up in the flow of it.  While we do have responsibilities we need to meet on a daily basis, life isn’t just about those either.  Often we throw ourselves so much in what we have to do that we completely lose sight of what we want to do.

While I can’t just go quit my job and go workout all day, there are things I can do when I do have off time to chase after my interests.  And we all do.  We have time for what we want to have time for.

If we have time to watch Dr. Who every Saturday night, then we also have time to delve into a project we really want to do, or read about something that really interests us.

Life is meant to be lived to its fullest.  Your dreams and passions are not inside of you just so that you can let other people tell you your dumb or crazy, or just for you to ignore.  Pursue them, go after them, don’t let people or time stand in your way.