Doing brave things

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My friend just started blogging again after a two year break. It was brave of her to pick up her pen again! It takes courage to do brave things, and most of us aren’t willing to try, or keep trying.

I’ve noticed, however, that something amazing happens when we decide to push aside the fear and questions, and try things. When we step out and start doing brave things we actually start to feel brave! And when we feel brave we have a tendency to do more brave things!

The cycle repeats and momentum builds.

Years ago, I did a brave thing and danced wildly across a stage trying out for the part of a clumsy ballerina in a high school play. I could have never predicted how doing that ONE brave thing would have changed my entire life!

AND our bravery not only affects us, it also affects others. You see, I sat down and wrote this post immediately after reading my friend’s post. I feel braver right now because she was brave! I also started a new project (I’ll tell you about it soon) after hearing the story of this brave couple.

Our courage spreads like ripples on water, and it helps others do brave things too.

What brave thing could you do today?

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Heads with holes

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Do you know why I blog?

I don’t just write here because I want to share my thoughts, I also write to get the words to stay in my own head.

You see, we have heads filled with holes when it comes to thoughts and ideas. When we read or hear something that resonates, we tend to forget most of it within a short amount of time, even if we really want to remember it. But, when we write, the words bypass our holey heads and go deep, they stay, they sink in.

The more I juggle and wrestle with ideas and carve out words from a tree of thoughts and write them here, the deeper the words are carved into my own heart.

The more I write, the more I believe what I say. The more I believe what I say, the more I live it out.

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I’m not that generous

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While getting ready to pay for our groceries today, my son overzealously set some of our items on the counter before the woman in front of us was finished checking out. She immediately pushed our items out of the way so they wouldn’t mix with hers, and said “I can’t pay for those things, I’m not that generous!”

She then started digging through her purse and mumbling (I wasn’t sure whether to herself or me), “I would really like to be more generous but I can’t, the pocketbook only stretches so far you know!” Then she packed up her items and left.

Her comments got me thinking.

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Writing Needed

Friends, it feels good to be back! I stepped away from writing for about 3 months while having our 2nd baby, and I have missed it incredibly!

Being away has only affirmed the importance of writing in my mind. I have heard some say there are eyes in pens and pencils, and how true it is! I am convinced we never truly get to know the deepest part of us (the part which begs to be known) until we consistently put ourselves in a quiet place and write. You can finally hear your soul there.

We become dried up, see through, and crusty individuals when we can’t hear our soul.

Words unwritten pile up inside. And when they find no healthy escape, they take on ugly character traits and leak out. They come out as angry, fearful, restless, and confused words.

They come out as words we don’t really mean, and often regret.

Words, whether spoken or thought, direct our entire life. And if we long to do anything of great value with our lives, or be anyone who leaves a legacy, it is vitally important that we know what words are going through our minds.

Writing gets the real stuff out and onto paper where we can stare it in the face. We need to know what we are really looking at before we can change it or unwrap it.

Writing is by far the best way I know of to get inside your own head and heart and figure out who you are and why you are here. It is the most exciting adventure you will ever embark on!

Question: Do you write? How has it changed your life? 

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Leadership insights: 3 takeaways from #GLS14

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Claudia and me with our friends Meredith and Tim

Recently, Claudia and I attended the Global Leadership Summit with our friends, Tim and Meredith Brunk. It was a wonderful two-day leadership conference filled with great speakers like Bill Hybels, Susan Cain, Tyler Perry, and Jeffrey Immelt, to name a few.

As I was reviewing my notes, I asked myself what my main takeaways were and, perhaps more importantly, what actions I was going to take on them.

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A worry box – A great strategy for banishing worry

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Worry. We all know it zaps our energy, creativity, and resourcefulness, but we often feel helpless to do anything about it. Without taking action, however, worry can grow into an all consuming fog of anxiety and fear.

Personally, I’ve seen triggers that cause me to worry. There are certain situations in my business, for example, that whenever they come up, worry seems to set in like a plague. I get super negative and think worst case scenario – almost immediately.

Thankfully, I have a new practice that has been making a big difference.

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How to remember someone’s name – 10 tips and tricks

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Remembering someone’s name is important. It builds trust and rapport and strengthens the relationship. But many people are not good at it, and maybe they’ve never been, so they don’t even try any more.

I know. This was my story for years.

Thankfully, I’ve gotten much better. What was missing was a simple strategy and a little practice.

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Risking owning it

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We’ve all been giving gifts and abilities, thoughts and ideas. We’ve all been put here with a purpose.

But too many people just kind of go through life coasting along. Not believing they really have anything of significance to offer.

They think that they’re somehow second class. That those who are more successful have been given a greater purpose. There was a time I thought this way too.

But then I realized something interesting.

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How are you talking about that thing you’re doing?

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Not long ago, one of the pastors from our church stopped by to see us and pray for our new baby girl, Evelina. As we were talking, he was telling us about a project he and his family have been working on.

They call it Jesse’s Jar. The project helps children and families affected with special needs by selling quality products which are creatively packaged in Mason jars!

What I loved about our conversation was how he talked about his project. He was very excited and it was clear that he had a real vision for what they were doing.

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Here’s where success starts (with 3 action items)

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Recently, I was listening to an interview with Hal Elrod, author of Miracle Morning. He talked about clarity and how it’s the foundation for all success.

“Clarity is the starting place of all success. And if you think of it, that would mean that extraordinary success requires extraordinary clarity. The problem is, most people go through life with a very mediocre level of clarity regarding specifically what they want for their lives.” – Hal Elrod

It’s just like my mentor, Dan Miller, says how 85% of the process of success is looking inward.

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