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Always Push Yourself

The other day, while on my run, I had a mental battle. I wanted to stop, but I know I needed to keep going. I needed to push myself to go further than I had the day before. This way, it would be easier the next day, and in return, I could push myself even further again.

After this, I began to think back over the past few months at the different scenarios where I pushed myself to do something, and in return, I grew from it.

Things like, working out, trying a project at work that was outside my experience zone, and replacing a part on my car that I had not done before by myself. All of these items pushed me outside my comfort zone. BUT, in return, I grew from it. I learned new things. I improved my physical and mental capacities.

It is important to continually push yourself. If something makes you nervous, that is not bad. In fact, you need those items.

Always keep learning. Always keep pushing yourself to take risks, to learn new things, and to go outside of your comfort zone.

The reward on the other side is amazing.

Don’t waste a second by staying stagnant. Life is too short.

By |2017-03-09T14:33:25+00:00March 9th, 2017|

Microsoft Teams vs. Slack [infographic]

I am a productivity junkie. I love exploring new ways to make better use of the limited time we are given.

Over the past ten years, I have tested every project management / chat / productivity tool I have come across.

There are currently two tools that have been making headlines everywhere – Slack and Microsoft Teams (set to launch this year). TechWyse came out with this cool infographic that is comparing these two products, and I thought you may enjoy it.

Slack vs Microsoft Teams

By |2017-03-08T17:35:29+00:00March 8th, 2017|

The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon [book review]

The Energy Bus by Jon GordonThe Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon is one of my favorite books right now. This book shares a fictional story woven with practical, real-life principles we each should integrate into our lives.

Life is not easy. There are bumps and bruises along the way. But how we handle those makes an incredible impact on our day to day lives.

Positive energy is real. And so is negative energy. We drive our own life every day, and the energy we reflect is the energy that drives our bus.

This book is an amazing book. It will change your thinking if you let it. It is a short and easy read.

I highly encourage you to grab your copy today!

Check out other books I have read recently over at my Book Club page.

By |2017-05-31T14:25:26+00:00March 6th, 2017|

Top 15 Heaviest Coffee Drinking Professions

Prior to starting my career in Marketing, I never drank coffee. I hated the taste of it. Not sure what changed once I started working, but now I cannot kickstart my day until I have made my pit-stop of coffee every morning!

I Love Coffee just posted a great infographic – Which Profession Drinks The Most Coffee. Not surprisingly, Marketing / PR Professional is #2!

How about you, do you enjoy coffee?

By |2017-03-02T21:14:02+00:00March 2nd, 2017|

The Crazy Way We Work [infographic]

We spend a good chunk of our life working. That is certainly not bad. We need it. We need it to gain value and provide for ourselves and our families.

But, we tend to take it too far – working 50+ hours every week and having so many items on our to-do lists that 41% of them never get completed. It is not just a personal issue, it is a cultural issue.

My virtual mentor, Michael Hyatt published the below infographic last week showing some unbelievable stats about the crazy way we work. Take a look at these stats and let me know what you think in the comments below!

The Crazy Way We Work Infographic

By |2017-02-27T15:03:06+00:00February 27th, 2017|

Sunday Quote To Ponder

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” — Frederick Douglass

I love this quote from Frederick.

We LEARN from the struggles. We LEARN from our failures. We LEARN to seek the help and advice of others.

If life were easy, we would never grow.

Struggle helps push us forward and encourages progress.

This quote is a great reminder for everyone, every week. May this upcoming week challenge you and push you in progress.

By |2017-02-27T01:51:31+00:00February 27th, 2017|

The Importance of Goals

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill

A new year is upon us, and for a lot of people, this means New Year’s resolutions. However, many people do not make it past week two with their resolutions.

The reason for this, in my opinion, is that people do not properly set/prepare for their goals.

I learned many years ago the importance of dreams and goals.

Dreams give you things to look forward to. Things to move towards in life. Things to accomplish in life.

Goals help you reach those dreams.

Napolean said it well when he said, “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” And for most dreams, there are many goals that have to be accomplished to reach your dream.

People often think of goals in 12 month periods of time – such as New Year’s resolutions. This is where I have learned to rethink goals.

Yes, long-term goals are important. However, I highly recommend setting shorter goals as well. This is why I set monthly goals that help me reach my yearly goals and dreams.

I set yearly goals to help me ensure I am reaching my dreams – but I need to take monthly steps to get there.

Yearly goals can also feel overwhelming – which can cause people to give up or even forget. Monthly goals break it down into more manageable steps.

I also encourage you to write down your goals. Get them down in front of you, and put them someplace where you will see them often. I am personally motivated when I review my goals every Monday morning. It helps me stay focused on what truly matters each week.

How about you – do you set goals?
What strategies for goal management work for you?

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By |2017-01-10T16:56:22+00:00January 10th, 2017|

Meditation – Does it work?

Recently, I have been listening to a lot of podcasts from lifestyle hackers – people who strive to create the perfect lifestyle. While I know, and they understand, life is never perfect, there are many things that people do daily to improve their lifestyle. I love listening to these podcasts as they try out unique techniques and interview people who are at different stages of life to understand what works and doesn’t work for people.

One thing I have heard a lot about recently on these podcasts is meditation.

At first, I was skeptical. The thought of sitting still and ‘calming the mind’ seemed like a waste of time.

But, in an effort recently to reduce stress, I decided to give it a try. I downloaded an app called “Headspace” that advertised 10 minutes a day leads to mindfulness meditation. Again, skeptical, but willing to try.

Sit down, plug in headphones, and turn on the app. For 10 minutes, it walks you through a meditation process that is focused on breathing and concentration.

After 10 minutes each day for 10 days, though, I am no longer skeptical.

Meditation first thing in the morning has helped me clear my mind and start the day refreshed. It has helped reduce stress levels as I leave the house and have a more focused approach to my to-do list each morning. It surprised me, but it does help.

For those that have trouble falling asleep, meditation for you might be better suited in the evenings.

Mediation is not the key to fixing everything, but it is a piece of the puzzle. It seems to help me, and I think can help you.

Do you meditate? Have you ever tried it?

I would love to hear more about what works or hasn’t worked for you in the past. Leave me a comment below.

Photo by jaxbot.

By |2016-08-08T05:04:26+00:00August 8th, 2016|

Time goes by quickly.

Growing up, you always hear it. Many times. From many people.

“Time goes by quickly.”

When I was in my teens, and hearing people around me say this, it never meant anything. It never truly sunk in.

“Yes, yes, I understand. Time goes by quickly. I get it. Stop reminding me.”

But I didn’t really get it.

As I get older, I begin to truly realize and understand – they were right. Life is short. Very short. You blink and another day, another week, another month have gone by.

On days like today, where I sit back and reflect on the past year, and the past quarter of a century, I am amazed and thankful at where the journey has led so far. From living in five different states, to my beautiful wife, to the opportunities to lead the best teams in the world, to reading powerful books and having the best parents & siblings one could ask for – this journey of life has been incredible so far.

It is hard to grasp that another year is closing. It is hard to let go of it as well.

But I pray that I make the most of year 26 – to do what I can to make a difference in this world.

By |2016-04-13T03:27:18+00:00April 13th, 2016|

2015 – What A Year

It is hard to believe that 2015 is already behind us. The year was filled with a lot of change, adventure, fun, and growth for both Christa and myself. When we think back to January 1, 2015, we had no idea what was in store for us throughout the coming year.

Now, twelve months later, we sit over 2,000 miles away, in a different climate, in a different culture, and in a different ‘normal.’ We have made new friends. We have started new hobbies. We have seen parts of the world we never thought we would have seen.

And we are thankful for all of it.

It has been challenging. It has been stretching. It has been hard.

But, in the end, it has all been worth it, because through it all, we have grown, stretched and matured in ways that will forever impact us. We have seen God use us in ways we never thought possible to impact those around us and bring life change.

As one year has finished, a new year has begun. We welcome 2016 with arms wide open, and look forward to the journey He has in front of us.

There will be new challenges. There will be new changes. There will be new adventures.

We are excited for all of it.

2016 – lets do this.

By |2016-01-01T17:32:26+00:00January 1st, 2016|