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Is Now the Right Time for This?

Is Now the Right Time for This?

I’ve been asking myself a simple question lately that has helped me to live a more focused and purposeful life. Here is the question: Is now the right time for this? The idea behind the question is that if we want to live a focused and purposeful life, we should be...
How To Stop Wasting Time

How To Stop Wasting Time

I was having lunch with some friends the other day, and we were all lamenting about how timewasters were taking over our lives. (I define a timewaster as something you spend a lot of time on, but it doesn’t directly contribute to any of your most important goals.)...
The Five Love Languages

The Five Love Languages

One of my favorite books for couples is the Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. The premise of the book is simple, but profound. As people, we give and receive love in different ways. We tend to think our partner will receive love in the same way that we prefer to...
Look for the Need or Problem

Look for the Need or Problem

This blog post is Part 5 in a 14-part blog series on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.) In the next few posts, we will walk through some exercises designed to help you clarify your purpose. In other words, what is the...
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

I recently finished reading an interesting book called The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. The book offers a unique perspective on a problem that many of us struggle with every day. The basic idea behind the book is that we spend too much time and...
4 Lessons From A Week Without My Cell Phone

4 Lessons From A Week Without My Cell Phone

When I was in Minnesota visiting family on my Christmas vacation, I walked into the hot tub with my cell phone in my pocket. I know, not the brightest move. I put the phone in a bag of rice for a couple of days, but I didn’t have any luck. My phone was dead....
The One Change That Will Double Your Productivity

The One Change That Will Double Your Productivity

We all want to be more productive and create more margin in our lives. When I chat with friends about how their lives are going, the #1 complaint is that they are too busy and don’t have enough time. Everyone struggles with this. We want to be great at our jobs, spend...
Gratitude and Scarcity

Gratitude and Scarcity

I think the scarcity mentality is poisonous to cultivating an attitude of gratitude. The scarcity mentality says there isn’t enough. It can be applied to almost anything in life. Maybe you are frustrated with your job, and believe you don’t make enough money. Or...
Mary, Martha, and the Thing that Matters Most

Mary, Martha, and the Thing that Matters Most

There’s a great story in the Gospel of Luke that can teach us an important lesson about how best to connect with each other and with God. Here’s what happened: As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her...
Flowers, Bowling, and the Golden Rule

Flowers, Bowling, and the Golden Rule

When I was little, I loved to watch the Simpsons. One of my favorite episodes focused on Marge’s birthday. Homer got her a present, but when she opened it, it was a bowling ball with the name ‘Homer’ etched into it. Homer bought a present for Marge, but he bought her...
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