How to get from failure to success

It's really quite simple... We know how to do it. We do it all the time! We find ourselves in a dark place... In debt up to our eyeballs... and flat broke. Marriage falling apart... Body is weak and sick... So we start doing something about it... Working overtime and/or cutting expenses Taking your spouse … Continue reading How to get from failure to success

Who’s in your circle of five?

Today, I learned a new phrase. It's a concept that I'm familiar with... you probably are too, but it's new phrase, and I like it. The Circle of Five. I'm currently reading Darren Hardy's book, The Compound Effect. In it he talks about the people you spend the most time with and the tremendously formative … Continue reading Who’s in your circle of five?

The key to success – and anyone can do it

Yesterday I swung by Books-A-Million and picked up a couple of books! Lately I've been reading/thinking about this idea, "The important stuff requires daily attention." That's my simple way of saying what lots of really smart people have been saying for a long time. Anyhow, the book I picked up was Coach Wooden's Greatest Secret (The … Continue reading The key to success – and anyone can do it

The top five thoughts this week (week 1 of June 2015)

I've been doing a lot of thinking in preparation for turning 40! One of the things I've been giving considerable thought to is the idea of mental strength. I give a lot of energy and thought to the development of physical strength. Research shows that the brain is much like a muscle... it can develop … Continue reading The top five thoughts this week (week 1 of June 2015)

How to “fit things in”

A couple of weeks ago I was talking with a friend who is trying to figure out "How to fit it all in." That's something I'm fairly conversant with... fitting things in. Sherri (aka "The lovely and talented Mrs. Peterson) and I have this conversation regularly, and overall, we do a decent job of it. … Continue reading How to “fit things in”

The most important person you can care for is…

YOU. This may sound wrong to you... especially if you've grown up within the context of the church, but wait... let me make the case. In the world of nonprofits (e.g. church, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, etc.) we are regularly called to "give yourself." "Give yourself" is great advice if "yourself" is valuable. Seriously, we both … Continue reading The most important person you can care for is…

You can’t grow without this…

Evaluation. Rigorous, systematic, evaluation of yourself. The evaluators can include others, but MUST include yourself... because at the end of the day, you know you best. Right now I am evaluating my prayer life and my performance in the gym, among other things. Sitting over a cup of coffee at Starbucks, talking to no one, … Continue reading You can’t grow without this…

“You’re getting fat.”

I've heard that TWICE today! Once from a friend... and once from the lovely and talented Mrs. Peterson. Now keep in mind that in May I had abs that won second place in a physique show. I've gone from hearing, "You're getting really thin" in May, to "You're getting fat" in October. What's going on?! I'll … Continue reading “You’re getting fat.”