Episode 40: SPARTAN! [from the archive]

Last year I ran a Spartan race.


If you’re not familiar with the Spartan race, go google it and you’ll understand just how nuts it is. It’s mud, dirt, obstacles, stairs, ropes, and just all around insanity.


I’d always told myself that it was a goal of mine, but last summer, a buddy of mine and I did it. We ran just over 4 miles, climbed 88 flights of stairs, and made it out alive.


The whole time I was running the race, it was more about defeating myself than defeating the other folks running the race. I knew they’d beat me, but I was determined not to let me beat myself.


After we finished, I was reflecting and came away with one key realization:


We are all capable of so much more than we think that we are.


No matter what it is that we think we can do, we are capable of more, but more times than not it is our own limitations that keep us from growing.


In my training for the race, the most I could run without stopping was 15 minutes, certainly not enough to finish the race.


But as race day approached, I changed my mindset and decided that I wasn’t going to limit myself before I knew what my limits where.


Now I’m looking at training for a half-marathon Spartan race. Because I know that I am capable of so much more than I give myself credit for.


And if that is true in athletics, how much more true is it in business? Or in my spirituality? Or my family? Or my relationships?


How many places am I limiting myself before I know my limits?


I would encourage you this week, don’t limit yourself. Push your limits and find out what your true limits actually are. Because you are capable of so much more than you think, and so am I.


Episode 83: You are the Best You the World Has Ever Known [from the archive]

I recently had a friend tell me, “I don’t know how you do what you’re doing.”

I give a ton of speeches, travel a bunch, and he was telling me that he had no idea how I did it all. And my response was pretty simple. I simply said, “Nobody can make my impact but me.”


We all have a part to play in this world. We all have a verse to sing in this song we call life, and nobody can sing your part except for you.


So what is your impact? What is the impact that you need to make today that only you can make? Maybe it’s an impact at home, with your spouse or your kids. Maybe it’s an impact at your job, or with your students, or with the barista at Starbucks.


Whatever it is, it is your role to play.


Just like the apostle Paul talks about in the book of 1 Corinthians, we are all members of one body. We all have a role. Some of us are hands, or feet, or ears, or knees, or elbows. And it can be really easy to say “well I’m not as important as THAT person.”

But how well does a body function without feet? Or without toes? Or without lungs?


I’d encourage you. Wake up today and go do everything within your power to make the impact that you need to make, that only you can make.


It’s easy to look at the world and focus on all of the things that are broken, but I would encourage you to look for the good. Look for the people using their impact to make the world a better place, then go out and do the same.


The world is made better when you are you.


Episode 58: Hour 21 [from the archive]

It almost doesn’t matter what you say.


Think about nearly every sports game that you watch. With the exception of a few plays, you don't talk about the individual plays.

You say things like, “the defense was lights out tonight,” or “man it seemed like they completed every single pass.”


You’re telling the story of the game. You are telling the narrative of the game, and the narrative of the game is always greater than the individual plays.


It is the narrative that gets remembered.


Few people can talk about individual plays from the ‘72 Dolphins’ undefeated season. But that is a feat that has yet to be bested.


We have to understand that in sports, and in life, it’s not about what we say with our words, it’s about connecting with the story that is being told with our lives.


The same is true for you. There is something about you and your work that connects to the world on a deep, unseen level, and if you spend all of your time getting the sales pitch, or the process just right, you’ll miss it.


Tell the story of your life, and tell it with passion, and tell it with conviction.

Episode 93: What You Seek is Seeking You [from the archive]

I’ve heard it said before that interesting are those that find the world interesting.


We live in a world of self interest. 20 years ago, the front facing camera on a cell phone didn’t exist. Now we have entire apps dedicated to taking pictures of ourselves.


It’s really easy to get sucked in to the trap of narcissism and self-focus. We are hard wired to think about ourselves.


If you are seeking yourself, if you are only ever focused on you and what’s good for you and what’s best for you, that selfishness is going to find you.

But if you are living a life that is continually focused on others, one that seeks the best for others and seeks to find the interesting things in other people, then those people will in turn seek you out.


I often get asked in locker rooms how I come up with material for podcasts, or the 2Words curriculum.

My answer is simple: I’m not wise because of my age or my education. I’m wise because I look for wisdom everywhere. I seek wisdom out. I’m borderline obsessed with it.


Even if you are not religious in any way, I think the book of Proverbs is one of the best ways to make yourself a better leader, a better coach, and a better person. It’s literally a book of wisdom sayings.


Rest assured, the people in life who have the most answers are usually the people who have asked the most questions. They’re smarter than most people because they ask more from the world.


If all you’re focused on is yourself, all you’re going to get is selfishness.


Live a life focused on finding the best in others, and you’ll find the best for your life as well.


Episode 92: Then What? [from the archive]

What happens once you win?


I spent thirteen years of my life chasing down the dream of bench pressing 500 pounds. When I finally got there, when I finally lived out that dream, the satisfaction lasted about thirty seconds.

Then I wanted to bench press 550 pounds.


Be it in sports, life, your hobbies, or your career, winning can be a greedy mistress, and she always wants more. No matter what we achieve, if our motivation is winning, we will always want more and never be satisfied.


When you watch post game interviews at the Super Bowl, they always ask the players, “What’s next?” and the answers are always the same. They always go something like, “We are gonna take a few days off, then get back in the gym and get ready for next season.”

Winning isn’t enough.


Always chasing the carrot that’s just a little bit out of reach will get you nowhere in life because the carrot will always be there, and you’ll never get it. If the carrot is what drives you, you will spend your life chasing it.


But if we’re not driven by the carrot in front of us, but the purpose inside of us then we don't need the carrot. We’re going to compete because it’s what we love to do.


I would do what i do whether or not i ever got paid for it. Because i love it. In fact, for seven years, I did what I’m doing for free. I spent time in High School locker rooms interacting with coaches and players not because someone was paying me, but because I loved it.


Are you obsessed with the process of your life? Are you obsessed not with winning, but with the process of living life? It doesn’t have to be your work. It could be family, hobby, art, coaching, etc.


I don’t want to live in a “then what” mindset. I want to live every day obsessed with life. Will you join me?

Episode 98: Chance Favors the Prepared [from the archive]

The New Year’s resolution is falling by the wayside.


More and more, people are foregoing resolutions for goals, or goals for a “theme” for the year. Why is that?


Because studies have shown that only 8% of people who set a New Year’s resolution in January see it through until the end of the year. That means 92% of people are making resolutions and failing.


Are people just that flaky?

Maybe, but I think the root of the problem lies simply in our lack of preparation. Success has nothing to do with what you wish, or what you hope, or what you dream. Success has everything to do with what you do.


What are your goals in 2018? What do you need that you didn’t realize you would need? What obstacles are being presented to you that you didn’t prepare for?


What can you do this year to make sure that chance falls on your side? Because chance favors the prepared.


Maybe you just need to stop talking about doing that thing that you want to do and just do the thing. Hit record. Make the deposit. Pay the premium. And prepare yourself and go for it.


Episode 126: Love YOU Too Much

The very best coaches love their athletes so much that they demand perfection.

 

Their standards are high. They expect the absolute best from their players. The small things matter. They won’t accept anything less than the best.

Because they have a vision for their athletes that the athletes might not see. They invest in their athletes with no clear return on investment.


As a result, their athletes would run through a brick wall for those coaches.

 

Which begs the question: do you love yourself enough to demand the best from yourself?

 

Are you willing to keep an eye on what you listen to, what you read, what you watch, and what you let into your mind in order to become the best?

 

Let’s face it, we are really great at loving others, and really awful at loving ourselves. We talk about ourselves using language that we would never dream of using with anybody else. We are our own worst critics.

 

The problem with that is it only takes one person for doubt to be effective.

 

No matter what comes your way, none of it will ever be enough if you don’t love yourself. No accomplishment, no trophy, no promotion, nothing. None of it will ever be good enough

 

If we don’t love ourselves, we can never receive the love of others.

 

As much as you love your athletes, you must love yourself. Love yourself enough to demand the best of yourself.

Episode 125: Make Hay While the Sun Shines

Every day I read a chapter from the book of Proverbs.

 

There are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs, and it just so happens that most months have 31 days. I can think of no other more transformative practice that I have adopted in my daily routine.

 

The book is practical, applicable, and even if you aren’t religious, provides valuable insight and wisdom on the best way to live.

 

Today I read Proverbs 10, and found 6 big ideas that I wanted to share with you, along with a key verse for each of those topics.

 

Honest Life

(v. 2-3, 6, 7, 9)

 

Verse 9 “Honesty lives confident and carefree, but shifty is sure to be exposed.”

 

When we live an honest life, when we have nothing to exposed, we don’t fear being exposed. But what is done in the dark will eventually, always, come into the light.


If your entire life, every decision you made, or social media post you made, was projected on a screen for everybody to see, would you be okay with it?

 

Live an honest life, and you have nothing to fear.

 

Wealth

(v. 4, 15-16, 22)

 

Verse 4 “Sloth makes you poor; diligence brings wealth.”

 

Diligence isn’t just about quantity, but quality. You have to do enough, but you have to do it well.


When we focus on only one or the other, you only live into half of your true potential. You will always be tempted to take the easy way out, or do the bare minimum, but anything worth doing is worth doing well.

 

Wisdom vs. Stupidity

(v. 1, 5, 8, 13-14, 19, 23)

 

Verse 5 “Make hay while the sun shines - that’s smart; go fishing during harvest - that’s stupid.”

 

Life is filled with things that are smart, and things that are stupid.

 

The problem is, even the right thing, done at the wrong time, is still the wrong thing. Timing is everything.

 

If your boss does something that you know isn’t right, the middle of a meeting in front of all your other coworkers is probably not the best place to call him out.

You’re doing the right thing, but you’re doing it at the wrong time.

 

A lot of times we want to try to baptize our stupidity. We try and shoehorn our impatience or our bad decisions into being God’s responsibility.

 

Don’t make that mistake. Do the right thing, and do it at the right time.

 

Good vs. Wicked

(v. 3, 6-7, 11, 20-21, 24-25, 27-28, 30-32)

 

Verse 6-7 “Blessings accrue on a good and honest life, but the mouth of the wicked is a dark cave of abuse. A good and honest life is a blessed memorial; a wicked life leaves a rotten stench.”

 

The problem with being lost, is that nobody starts out lost.

 

You don’t get lost all at once. You gradually make little decisions that get you more and more off track. You make a few wrong turns and before you know it you’re in the middle of nowhere.

 

You make enough small, bad decisions, and before you know it, your marriage is in trouble, you’re in debt, or whatever the case may be.

 

Focus on the good.

 

Words of our Mouth

(v. 6, 11, 14, 18-21)

 

Verse 31-32 “A good person’s mouth is a clear fountain of wisdom; a foul mouth is a stagnant swamp. The speech of a good person clears the air; the words of the wicked pollute it.”

 

How would you describe the impact of your words?

Are you using them to build people up? Or are they being used to destroy people?

The tongue is the deadliest weapon we wield. It can do untold damage to our spouse, our kids our coworkers, and everybody we come into contact with.

 

Keep control of your tongue.

 

Stand Alone

(v. 10, 17, 26, 29)

 

Verse 17 “The road to life is a disciplined life; ignore correction and you’re lost for good.”

Verse 29 “God is solid backing to a well-lived life, but he calls into question a shabby performance.”

 

What you do, and how you do it matters.  

We are all going to be held accountable for the actions that we’ve taken and the decisions that we’ve made.

 

The question is, are you going to be proud of your decisions?

Episode 124: Preparing for the Big Stage

I’ve given hundreds of speeches, but every so often, I get nervous before a big speech.

 

I always get excited before speeches. I always get butterflies. But that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the feeling you get in your stomach when the plane hits turbulence and drops unexpectedly.

 

This is usually the case before I speak on bigger stages, in front of bigger crowds, who are experiencing me and my message for the first time.

 

So what do I do? How do I control the nerves?

 

1. Commit that Stage to the Cold Shower

2. Count Breathing

3. Have a Trigger

Episode 123: Tribe of Mentors Questions Answered

If you’ve been around for any length of time, you know that I’m a big proponent of mentors. I think mentors have the ability to completely change the world.

 

One of my virtual mentors (though he may not know it) is Tim Ferriss. Tim is a podcaster, blogger, and all around pioneer. His books are some of the best selling on the planet, his podcast is consistently ranked in the top 5, and he is a lifelong learner.

 

His latest book, “Tribe of Mentors” finds him sitting down with his own personal heroes and mentors, and asking them each 11 questions to find out more about what makes them tick, why they do what they do, and how they go to be where they are today.


It got me thinking, how would I answer Tim’s 11 questions?

 

These aren’t all 11 questions. You’ll have to go get the book to get the rest of them, but here’s how I would answer 5 of Tim’s questions.

 

What is a purchase of less than $100 that has most improved your life?

A few years back I purchased a tripod with an iPhone adapter. As odd as it sounds, I don’t think 2Words would exist without that purchase.


It allowed me to be able to record talks and speeches that I give, essentially giving me a camera crew without having a camera crew.

 

What do you do when you feel unfocused or overwhelmed?

We all deal with stress. We all lose focus and get overwhelmed. The question is not “how do I avoid stress?” The question is “how do I deal with it?”

 

I decided long ago to put boundaries on my stress (https://apple.co/2uNuDkS)

 

I told my stress, “This is where are allowed to function. You can be present in my car, or in my office. But when I get up on a stage, you have no control. When I am at home playing with my kids, you are powerless.”

 

What is your favorite failure?

A few years back, I lost my job.

 

The summer that followed was one where I donated plasma twice a week. I mowed lawns. I sold boats at a boat show. I did whatever I had to do to keep my family taken care of.

 

I had a mortgage, 2 kids at the time, and was still working on my Masters degree. I decided that I was going to lean into the failure, learn from it, and let it shape me, and it made me stand back and ask myself, “Who am I if all the things I value are taken away?”

What books have you gifted to others the most?

Outside of the Tim Ferriss books, and the bible which I give pretty often, the thing I give out the most lately are podcast recommendations. I am all in on podcasts, because I don’t think there’s a better way to learn on the go. (insert link to episode 120)

 

What are some unusual habits that you have?

Other than taking an ice-cold shower every morning, I have a couple of containers of essential oil that I am hooked on.


Before every speech i give, no matter where I am, I put a few dabs of Northern Lights Black Spruce oil on my wrists and my neck. It’s what go-time smells like. It’s that scent that gets me in the zone and gets me fired up.

 

I’d encourage you to pick up a copy of Tim’s book (link below) and sit down and answer his 11 questions for yourself.

Episode 122: Prominent vs Significant

For too long, we’ve bought into the lie that if something or someone is prominent, they must be significant. And that if someone can’t be significant without being prominent.

 

But all you have to do is open up a celebrity gossip magazine to understand that prominent and significant don't always go hand in hand.

 

Just because you’re on the front page, doesn't mean that you’re changing the world for the better.

 

I love doing what I do. I have a whole crew that works with me to make 2Words happen. From curriculum to videos, from writing to podcasts, there is a whole tribe of folks that are incredibly significant to what I get to do every day, but they’re not front and center.

 

One isn’t better than the other.

 

The best position for you to be in is the one that is best suited for you and your skill sets. The one that will best amplify your impact in the world.

 

Often times we jockey for a prominent position or a significant position because we think it will be good for us. And it may be.


But what if the position on the other side of the coin would be great? What if that were the one that would really amplify your impact on the world? The one that would allow you to unleash your full self?

 

If you find yourself in a significant but not prominent position, don’t look down on yourself. Just because you’re not in the limelight doesn’t mean that what you’re doing isn’t crucial.


And if you find yourself in a position that is prominent, but not entirely significant, always celebrate the folks in the other position. Show them just how important they are.

 

The best player on the field isn’t always the best leader, and the best and most vocal leader isn’t always the best player. Don’t buy the lie that you have to be prominent to be significant, or that aren’t significant if you’re not prominent.

Episode 121: Invitation Vs. Explanation

This week I’m traveling around 1800 miles, and spending nearly 20 hours in the car.


And I brought my 5 son with me.

 

If I had said to him, “Harrison, we’re going to drive something like 1,800 miles, spend 20 hours in the car, give a bunch of speeches, & meet a bunch of people,” he’d have checked out pretty fast.

 

Instead I simply invited him to go to work with me, and he jumped at the opportunity.

 

The moment I switched from explanation to invitation, everything changed.

 

We treat life as a suspect to be interrogated. Always seeking explanation.

 

Why did this happen? What’s the reason behind that thing? How can I fix this? And by treating life this way, we miss the invitation to simply be. To stop doing, and simply be.

 

We miss out on conversations that otherwise we may be too busy to have, and on moments that we may be too busy to notice.


Because “unimportant” moments don’t fit in an explanation, but they fit beautifully in an invitation.

 

As you go through your week, ask yourself not “How do I explain this?” but rather “What’s the invitation.”

 

Look for the invitation, accept it, and go live life the way it was meant to be lived.

Episode 120: Podcasts I Listen To

If you know anything about me, you know that I love podcasts. I’ve replaced music in my car with podcasts, and I spend a LOT of time in the car.

 

The cool thing about podcasts, is that there is literally a podcast for anything. Whatever you’re interested in, whatever you want to learn, there is a podcast for it. So for this Leadership Guide, I wanted to highlight a few of the podcasts that I’ve found impacting, in hopes that maybe you’ll find them impacting as well.

Episode 119: It Takes A Village

Pastor Rick Warren is one of my personal heroes. Regardless of your religious preferences, he’s a master communicator, and an inspiring voice.


He recently gave a talk about the 4 types of people that we all need in our lives to grow into successful, well-rounded people.

 

Models

Models are the people in our life that we want to emulate. They’re the ones that we want to be like. The arc of their life is one that you want for your own life.

Mentors

Mentors are the ones that will help you become like your models. They invest in your life, teaching you what you don’t know, and giving you the tools you need to live the life that you want to life.

Partners

Partners are the people that help you along the way. They help you take the tools that you got from your mentors, and put them into practice.

Friends

Friends are there to love and support you just because they’re your friends. Not because they’re mentors, or role models.

 

Success is never a one person job, and choosing the right people for your “team” is crucial. Most of us understand models, mentors, and partners, but few of us are good at the “friend” aspect of our village.

 

Men specifically, aren’t great at friendships. We tend to keep people at arm’s length, because we think that a close relationship is weak, and more and more men are looking to their spouses to fill more and more roles in their lives.

Yes, your spouse should be your friend, but your spouse shouldn’t be your only friend.

 

Can you point to the people in your life that fill these 4 roles? Or are you lacking one or more of them?

Episode 118: The Extra Mile

We live in a world of “an eye for an eye.”

If someone hits you, you hit back. If someone says something nasty about you, you destory their reputation online.

But real leaders don’t go tit for tat. Real leaders don’t get even. Real leaders understand the value and the impact of going the extra mile.

 

When you go the extra mile, your impact is amplified. In any area of your life, be it marriage, your home, your job, your students, or just someone you meet at the grocery store, when you go the extra mile, your impact is amplified.

 

When people see what you’re willing to do for them, they see that you are different. As you invest in people, the return on your investment comes back in the form of a greater commitment to you, to your vision, and people buy in.

 

They buy in to what it is that you’re about. They want to be around you more, hear what you have to say, read what you’re writing, and join in your mission.

 

We often think of leadership as “going viral.” We think that if we can just get that one big position, or that one perfect podcast, or write the perfect blog post, then I’ll get noticed, and people will want to buy what we’re selling.

 

But the problem with that thinking is that yes, a “viral moment” may get you noticed, but unless you’ve been putting in that “extra mile” effort, there’s nothing under the surface. There’s nothing for anybody to follow.

 

You’ve got to invest in the long term OVER AND OVER. You build buy in with a lifetime of extra mile effort, not buy a quick, flash-in-the-pan viral moment.


So what are you doing this week to go the extra mile? How are you investing in others, so that they will in turn join you on your mission?

Episode 117: You Don't Want It

Can I tell you why you haven’t done that thing that you want to do?

It’s not because you don't have the time. We hear that all the time, don’t we? People saying they just don’t have the time.


The reason you haven't done the thing you want to do is because you just don’t want to.

 

We are all given the same 24 hours in a day. The same 7 days a week. The same 365 days in a year. We don't get to choose the time that we are given, but we do get to choose how we use that time.

 

Maybe you’re working a 9-5 job where you have to be in the office every day. Aside that from the fact that you chose that job, you still get to choose how you use that time. You can be effective, or you can be ineffective. You can accomplish a ton, or you can accomplish nothing.

 

“I don't have time” is just an excuse. You have chosen to spend your time in such a way that doesn't allow you to achieve your goal.

 

You can choose to make time to work out, to journal, to study, or whatever the case may be. When you really want to do something, you will re-prioritize your life in such a way that you will have the time for the thing you really want. You won’t waste your time.

 

When we waste time, we do it because we think we have enough time. We live in a world where we think time will always keep turning. But you and I both know that the reality is one day, we will run out of time.


Sports broadcaster Spence Tillman wears 2 watches. One that tells the time, and one that doesn’t work. It’s stopped. He does this as a reminder that one day he will run out of time, and as such, he must use his time wisely. He has to be selective about what he says yes to.

 

We can’t say yes to everything. The simple act of saying “yes” to one thing means that, in some area of your life, you are saying “no” to something else. You cannot do everything, and we have got to learn to say “no” on purpose, not just simply as a result of saying “yes.”

 

Where are you spending your time? How are you using the time that has been given to you? Are you putting it to good use, or are you squandering it?

Episode 116: Thief of Joy

Comparison is the thief of joy.

We’ve heard this time and time again, but it begs the question: Why? What’s so wrong with comparison?

 

There’s a huge difference between competition and comparison. Competition fuels growth. Two teams go up against each other. They bring their best, leave it all on the field, and when the game is over, they shake hands, and go figure out how to be better.


Comparison is all about who’s better. “Am I better than you, or are you better than me?”


Comparison doesn’t encourage us to get better, it causes us to grow bitter. Comparison lifts one person up, while body slamming the other person to the mat.

It steals your joy, and it steals their  joy

When you compare myself to them, it brings you down, and it cultivates bitterness in you. It doesn't matter that you brought your best. It doesn’t matter how good your PR is. If their PR is better than yours, then yours must not actually be any good.  

Can I let you in on a secret? There will always be someone better than you. No matter what you do. You may be the best today, but by tomorrow, or next week, or next month, or next year, someone else will be better.

When we compare ourselves to others and downplay our good because someone else is better, it steals our joy.

It also steals their joy

When you compare yourself to them, you’re devaluing THEIR effort. THEIR best. Comparison says, “for mine to count, I have to devalue yours”

 

Instead of “it’s either me or you” why not have an “I’m my best, and they are their best” mentality? Let’s celebrate the good in ourselves, so that we can learn from other people’s “better,” so that we can be our best.

Episode 115: Charlie Mike

How many unfinished things do you have in your life?

In the military, often times a unit or a commanding officer will try and throw in the towel. Maybe a mission isn’t working, or he doesn't think he has all the resources. And more often than not, the message that comes down from the top is simple:

Charlie Mike. Which is code for “Continue Mission.”

We are so quick to give up. On degrees, on projects, on marriages, on books, on starting that business, whatever it is. There are so many things that we’ve started, only to quit when things got tough.

 

1. “It doesn’t fit my passions.”

As it just so happens, your passions aren’t as finicky as you might think they are. It’s just that we choose to change our passions when they don’t align with our preferences.


The next time you want to throw in the towel because that thing doesn’t fit your passions, take a step back. Odds are, it’s not your passions that aren’t being satisfied, but your preferences.

 

2. “It’s not fair.”

Not to sound cliche, but guess what? Life isn’t fair, and the quicker you realize that, the better off your life is going to be.


We complain about suffering, that things aren’t going our way, that we got the short end of the stick, or that someone else got that promotion over us. That’s life. What are you going to do about it? Rather than focus on the negative, choose to view your circumstances as invitations. What are you being called into?

 

3. “It’s not my fault.”

The hardest part of struggle is that we don't’ think we should be struggling. We didn’t cause the problem, why should we have to deal with it?

Rather than throw in the towel, choose to make your brother’s/sister’s/spouse/s problems your own. Recognize that no, it’s not your fault, but you can move through the problem.

 

4. “It’s just not fun anymore”

Bloom where you are planted. No, not everything in life is always going to fun. Career, work, marriage, starting that business, writing that book, whatever the case may be.

But things are going to be fun when you make them fun.

 

5. “It’s just not easy”

You thought it would be easier. But guess what? Life is hard. Marriage is hard. Parenting is hard. Starting a business is hard.

The most successful people in the world are the ones who didn't give up in life when things stopped being easy.

So keep going. There are a million reasons to give up when life gets hard, but your impact in your world is worth more than your excuses.

Episode 114: You are the CEO of You, Inc.

In our latest episode, Mackey shares a little bit about legacy and continually pursuing excellence of being in charge of yourself. 

The name that you have been given is a gift to you. Some people get a strong family name. An established legacy. Others aren’t so lucky. Maybe you got a family name not worth much, with a history of falling short and not amounting to much. 

What a gift to be the one who gets to change that legacy. To get to be that fork in the road that says “The buck stops here, and the course of this family name is changed forever, with me.” 

What do the shareholders of your family name think about the way you’re leading? Are you doing a good job investing in your name? 

Do you have everything you need to improve the value of your family name? If not, what’s stopping you? Pride? Asking for help isn’t weakness, it’s strength. If you’re not actively growing to lead better, then you’re actively working to lead worse. You’re either moving forwards or backwards. There is no standing still. 
 

Episode 113: Are you talking to me?

In our latest episode, Mackey is changing things up a bit as we have the first tandem podcast with Luke Newsworthy. 

The way you talk about yourself will eventually become the way that you talk about, and to, others. We live in a culture of negative talk. We say things about ourselves that we would never in a million years say about, much less to, other people. We are our worst critics, and we are relentless. Before Jesus does anything in his public ministry, before he heals anybody, forgives anybody, or preaches one sermon, he is baptized. This culminates with the spirit of God telling him that he is pleased with him. 

Jesus lived out of the knowledge that he was wholly loved and accepted by God. He didn’t have time negativity, especially negative self talk. And neither should we

When you start to live from the knowledge that you are loved and worthy, your entire disposition changes. You begin to be more generous, and gracious, and patient with everybody you come into contact with.