Posts tagged spiritual
Six Signs You're Headed In The Wrong Direction

This past week while reading the words of an ancient Hebrew prophet I was reminded of how easy it is to wake up one day and find yourself heading so far down the wrong track that you don't recognize yourself or the direction you are going in life. The world we live in puts so much pressure on us to perform at a certain level and live up to others expectations, while at the same time deceiving us that this is all being done for own good.

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KEYNOTE: FILLING THE SPACE

Not long ago, I wrote a post entitled, Filling the Space Between Where You Are and Where You Want To Be. The space between our current reality and where we want to be never has a shortage of activities, feelings, or people waiting to fill it up. I am often reminded of how important it is to be mindful of what I allow into this space. The choices we make have immediate and long term consequences that either widen this gap or bring us closer to the life we want to live and the goals we are striving to achieve.

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A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO PLEASING GOD

A 2011 USA Today/Gallup Poll found that 92 percent of Americans believe in God. If any of that 92% are like me, I bet they wonder how they can actually please God in their careers and personal life. Is it possible to bring joy to the creator of the universe? As I go through life each day, is there anything that I can do that really helps me connect with the Almighty? I believe these types of questions have been asked for thousands of years and many of us are still searching for the answer.

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DO YOUR ACTIONS SUPPORT YOUR BELIEFS?

Have you ever reflected on your actions and discovered that they go completely against everything you've always stood for? Its difficult to have the words we say and the things we do always be a positive reflection of our values and convictions. In my experience, it does not just happen naturally once you state your guiding principles in a vision or mission statement. Rather, it takes dedication, discipline, and hard work to stay faithful to what you believe in and hold true. What do we do then when we find our actions do not match our beliefs?

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7 Steps To Avoid An Undisciplined Life

One of my greatest struggles is to remain disciplined and focused on the priorities in my life and business. There are so many “things” calling out to me during the day that take me away from being fully engaged in what I need to be doing. The ability to stay focused and disciplined at work and in life, in my opinion, has never been more difficult.

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OVERCOMING THE OBSTACLES TO YOUR VISION

I believe two of the most difficult disciplines in life are being patient and persistent. We want success right away. We want to achieve our goals on our timeline. Instant gratification is the strongest conviction and temptation in our culture today. Life sometimes has a different agenda. Unexpected obstacles show up in our pathway to achieving our goals or living our purpose. When this happens we are left with a choice. We either give up or patiently persist. When you read those words and examine the two choices, you might think, well that’s easy, just keep pressing on and moving towards your goal. Like many things in life though, that is easier said than done. Fighting through the discouragement that comes from seeing your vision so clearly but just not being able to grab hold of it can take its toll on your emotions, personal relationships, self-confidence and focus.

So how does one patiently persist when obstacles arise between you and your vision for success?

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The Key Moments in Our Life

Going through life there are key events, decisions, and relationships that shape us into who we are. In the past, people would often retell their life stories and family history over dinner or on special occasions to remember these pivotal moments. They did this in the hope that their stories would remind them, and future generations, of the courage, faith, and sacrifice it took to get through certain seasons of life.

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The Desire To Be Known

To be known is everyone’s deepest desire. Why? Because, when we are known we feel a sense of completion and wholeness that brings inner peace. To be known requires not only a level of transparency on our part but an act of engagement on the part of those we wish to be known by. When we are recognized for whom we are – no masks, no titles, no judgment - we experience a freedom to grow and develop in all areas of our life. Being known gives us the freedom to be all we are destined to be.

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Leadership Lessons from the Christmas Story

As a leader, I’m always looking for leadership lessons in the lives of other leaders, books, articles, and my own life experiences. With us approaching Christmas, I recently read the different biblical accounts of the arrival of Jesus' on earth. While reading these Christmas stories, a few leadership lessons jumped out at me that I thought were worth sharing. I did not find them in the usual biblical stories that you hear at a Christmas church service. Rather, these insights came from the first chapter in the book of John.

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