3 Ways to Focus and Get in the Zone

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Illustration of a person's head with gears and wheels and a lightbulb that has the word "Focus" on it

Recently, I was so lost in my thoughts that I actually went right past my turn around point on my walk. As frightening as it may sound, I have had the same kind of experience while driving. If you were to ask my husband, he would say that it also happens when I am working. I get in the “zone” and time flies by! Things can happen around me without me even noticing. That’s focus! When it comes to being focused there are external factors as well as internal factors. You can do everything right to create an environment conducive … Read More

9 Ways to Get More Focused

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As the story goes, there was a preacher who made a bet with a friend that his horse would be able to walk up the stairs in his home. The preacher won the bet with ease! The real challenge was that the horse refused to make the trip back down again. No matter how hard the preacher tried to entice the horse down the stairs he would not move. In frustration, the preacher covered the horse’s head and remarkably, the horse obediently followed the preacher back down the stairs. In that moment, the clever preacher realized that restricting the horse’s … Read More

The Surprising Way Leaders Sabotage Their Leadership

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We often stereotype leaders as “Type A” people – aggressive, hurried types who are out to conquer their goals. They are regarded as accomplished, task-driven workaholics who rarely relax. That image contains some truth; however, not all leaders fit that profile. Some of the best leaders are leaders who may appear less driven, are more patient, and find it easier to make people the priority – “Type B” people. Regardless of your personality bent, leaders find themselves juggling an overwhelming number of responsibilities causing then to scramble to get it all done. On top of the prodigious amounts of work, … Read More

3 Ways To Be A Remarkable Chameleon-like Leader

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Ever thought of the chameleon as a role model for a successful leader? It’s true! Chameleons are fascinating creatures. Thy have the ability to switch up their color, a lightning quick tongue, and a pair of remarkable eyes! Valuable lessons can be learned from the chameleon – it doesn’t matter if you are a parent, head of a Fortune 500 company, or running a ministry. Want to be a remarkable leader? Here’s what you can learn from a chameleon: 1. The value of being able to change colors The most familiar characteristic of a chameleon is their ability to change … Read More

The Unexpected Tipping Point of Your Dream

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Everything changed in a moment. Stepping out of the shower on an ordinary day I discovered my two-year-old daughter with a bloody nose. After an hour of trying all the usual tricks to stop a bloody nose and finding myself in a pool of blood, I phoned a dear friend who lived in our neighborhood to come help me. Thankfully my friend was home! She didn’t waste any time getting to my house. After reacting in shock to the amount of blood, she watched over my daughter while I dressed, and then we sped to the emergency room. Hours later, … Read More

6 Giants You Might Encounter on the Path to Your Dreams

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Brimming with possibilities – that’s how a new dream makes you feel. Even before you have it completely fleshed out. As the details come together, it is motivating to keep moving forward. Your dream captures your thoughts during unexpected moments during the day. Creativity oozes out of you and your energy sky rockets. You want to press forward with urgency. At times, it is even a bit consuming and overwhelming. Things continue in that happy invigorating place, but then all of a sudden things begin to shift. In spite of all your plans and action steps, things don’t turn out … Read More

Do You Have Clone Syndrome?

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God is marvelously creative. The sheer beauty all around me is an indication of that! He does not make molds and pump out duplicates. Instead, He is all about variety and uniqueness. With more than 7 billion people in the world at present, it boggles my mind that each and every person is unique and distinctly different. Taking that thought one step further, every person ever created has been a one of a kind creation. That is almost too big to wrap my brain around. The fact that we are all unique is not new news. It might even seem … Read More

Jump the Tracks and Put an End to Your Circular Patterns

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A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to help with the two and three year olds at church on a Sunday morning. The bulk of my time was spent with an adorable young man with a special affection for trains. We built a circular train track and proceeded to have tons of fun guiding a train round and round. Occasionally the train hopped the tracks, but he was quick to get the train situated in its grooves again and continue the round and round adventure. Later, when reflecting on my new buddy and our train adventure, it struck me … Read More

Why I Need a 48 Hour Day

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Have you ever pondered the number of hours you would need in a day if you were to do absolutely everything you were supposed to do? I am talking about diligently brushing your teeth three times a day, flossing, exercising, stretching, drinking eight glasses of water, getting a full eight hours of sleep, eating healthy meals, sticking to your budget, learning something new, etc.. Don’t forget the things you should be doing regularly, such as check-ups, car maintenance, yard work, changing furnace filters, figuring out the five things you are thankful for today – the list is endless! Add to … Read More

How Green is Your Thumb?

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Do you have a green thumb (or “green fingers” in the UK)? When it comes to gardening, my thumb is a light shade of green. I have had success with flowers and herbs, but spotty results with most fruits and veggies, except tomatoes and jalapenos. In spite of my lack of amazing success, I still enjoy planting seeds and delighting in the beauty of the flowers or the flavor of home grown food. Whether I enjoy gardening or not, I plant seeds everywhere I go. The seeds I sow will not result in beautiful flowers or tasty fruit because I … Read More