Mental quicksand

Mental quicksand

  So, I had an epic fail this week … in front of everybody.   We have a praise day at my congregation a couple of times a year. The praise offerings range from the reading of psalms and other verses that have spoken to the reader to recitations of poems — and then, of course, music.   I had planned to sing and play a special song on my…

Flip the Script

Flip the Script

  As I was going through the TSA checkpoint at Hartsfield International Airport, I got an opportunity to practice some principles I learned from Dale Carnegie in his book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”     As we waited in the crazy long line at the security check, I noticed some of the TSA agents didn’t look thrilled to be at work.   I decided to interfere with…

What direction are you going?

What direction are you going?

  According to a recent article by businessinsider.com, 80 percent of New Years resolutions fail by the second week of February. By the time you’re reading this, it will be the third week of February.   So let me ask you, how are you doing?   Another article I read by Forbes said only 8 percent of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions. That’s staggering.   I’ve never been a…

66 Days

66 Days

  Gary Keller, founder of Keller Williams Realty, wrote a fantastic book called “The One Thing.” In it, he challenges some modern ideas about multitasking, its effectiveness and its impact on the successfulness of your career.     His basic conclusion is that multitasking is a farce. He sights a study performed on college students to determine their effectiveness while multitasking. What the researchers found was that the people who…

A land of abundance

A land of abundance

  I read a familiar story with Ashley and the kids last night out of the biblical book of Numbers. In chapter 13 we read that Yahweh had just led the children of Israel out of Egypt, they’d organized themselves into an army, and were planning to spy out the Promised Land.   They chose 12 men for the recon mission inside of Canaan. Among them was Kaleb, son of…

There is no such thing as failure

There is no such thing as failure

  This morning I watched a video presentation by world-renowned motivator and educator Brian Tracy. He spoke of a study performed by the Harvard Business Review that included interviews of Fortune 500 CEOs. One of the questions asked was, “What was your biggest failure and how did you react to it?”     This question stumped the CEOs. They would often look perplexed and ask what the interviewer meant by…

Who do you surround yourself with?

Who do you surround yourself with?

  One of my greatest real estate mentors, Bill Cook, recently asked me to critique the bio he was putting on his new website. You see Bill is a very private guy. So when he asked me to help with writing something personal like that, you’d better believe I stopped what I was doing and gave it my full attention.   As I was reading through Bill’s bio, it really…

Do you need a trouble tree?

Do you need a trouble tree?

  I came across this story a few years back. It’s one of those that makes its rounds on the internet and social media, but every time it resurfaces, I’ve always needed to hear it again. I’d like to share it with you. The author is unknown, but the title is “The trouble tree” as it appears on inspiration.net.     “The carpenter I hired to help restore my old…

What’s in your head?

What’s in your head?

  I’ve been listening to a phenomenal book called “Mastering the Attitude of Achievement,” by Lou Tice. I’ve got to tell you, I wish I’d found this years ago.   Lou is a motivational speaker, high school teacher and football coach. One of the main points in this book is that the pictures that we formulate in our heads affect what we do in life.   Lou gives a great…

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

You may be thinking that “Happy New Year” is a strange title for this column since we’re in the middle of April. Well it’s not. That’s because I’m talking about the Hebrew New Year. It just started, and we’re currently in the first month, the month of Abib.   The month of Abib is rife with Biblical awesomeness. Yahweh plagued Egypt and brought the children of Israel out of slavery;…