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Starting A Business On My Knees

Made a short video this morning talking about my own journey and what I’m learning as I prepare to launch Lifelong Leaders. Here’s the three questions I ask at the end of the video: Have you ever taken a huge risk to follow God’s call on your life? When’s the last time you truly listened to your heart? What’s keeping …

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Who are Lifelong Leaders?

When I mention the name of my company, Lifelong Leaders, to someone, they often correct me and say, “you mean lifelong learners?” That’s a phrase we’re more familiar with. “Close,” I reply, “but different.” A lifelong learner refers to someone dedicated to continual learning for the rest of their life. It’s a mindset that refutes the idea that learning ends …

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7 Ways To Battle The Complainer Inside Of You

In his groundbreaking book, The Road Less Traveled, Dr. Scott Peck offers in the opening sentence, what he later identifies as the greatest truth: Life is difficult. He goes on to say, “Once we truly know that life is difficult— once we truly understand and accept it— then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life …

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Self-Discipline Isn’t Convenient

Self-discipline sounds a lot like punishing myself. It’s all about sacrificing what I want to do for what I have to do. It’s “making myself do the thing I have to do, when it ought to be done, whether I like it or not.” (Huxley). Back in June, 2013, Time ran an article that described a study showing that Self-Disciplined People Are …

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Self-Discipline Isn’t Emotional

“But I don’t feel like it.” I don’t know how many times I’ve said that, heard that, or read that when I challenged someone to follow through on their promise. How much of our life is directed by our emotions? How many times do we default to our feelings instead of our commitments? I’m learning that self-discipline challenges me to take …

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Self-Discipline Isn’t Multiple Choice

If I’m going to take a test, I like to take multiple choice tests. That way I know the correct answer is there…somewhere. Even if I don’t know which one is correct, I can still guess. But self-discipline isn’t a multiple choice test. It’s a True / False test. I either have it or I don’t. I either do what …

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Learn To Lead By Leading

One of the reasons people are interested in leadership development is because it so closely aligned with personal development. Working on one’s leadership capacity requires some work in the area of personal growth and an understanding of one’s temperament, personality, and skill set. With that in mind, I am always excited to hear from students who are eager to learn more about …

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You Might Be A Leader…

One question that I’m often asked is whether or not I believe every person can be a leader? My answer: yes and no. I answer “yes” because I think every person has the potential and the responsibility to lead oneself well. I believe leadership does start with you. You and I must learn, practice, and hone our ability to lead …