5 Ways to Make your Marriage Matter During the Holidays

Before Vicki and I were married we started a tradition that we have kept for the past 35 years–a Christmas date.  It was usually Christmas light looking and going to a very fancy restaurant and order dessert and coffee (we were[…]

Gratitude is not seasonal

  Gratitude is not seasonal, Gratitude is foundational. I love this time of year.  It is a good time to recalibrate, refocus, and renew our mind, body and spirit around the incredible blessings of life, friendship, faith, and family.  This[…]

The Terrain Determines your Focus

When I run in enjoy running on different terrains.  In my neighborhood there are streets, sidewalks, running track, bike trails, gravel paths, and trails in the woods.  Each terrain causes me to run differently. The terrain determines my focus.  If[…]

Quit trying to figure out ways of saying NO!!!

I have been noticing a trend in leadership lately. The trend is encouraging leaders to say “No” without guilt. I get it…we are all busy and great leaders have a tendency to over commit. If we don’t stay balanced, we[…]

3 Components of Consistent Creativity

I’m convinced everyone is creative. We live in a created place, made by a creator, to have His same creativity. You just have to tap into the creative process. Creativity is a gift to be used to bring about your[…]

You Have a Message-10 ways to find it!!!

If we’re going to say anything at all in life, or be anything at all in life, we have to believe we have something to say. You see, I think everyone has something to say that will or could change[…]

Power of Presence

It was about 7:30am on an amazingly beautiful spring day. My wife was laying on table in an operating room.  Our third child was coming and due to complication with our first, Vicki (my wife) had to have a C-section.[…]

3 habits that will cripple your leadership

The need for fully healthy and strong leaders seems to be increasing. The reason is too many leaders are crippled by their habits. Leaders by nature deeply want to help people, that’s why they are leaders. Yet we get into[…]

Don’t phone it in-Show Up

I was watching one of the singing competition shows the other night and one of the coaches on the show told the contestant to always show up and give 200% and never just phone it in. I thought about that[…]

Speak? Who Me?!?!?!

My first public speaking event was when I was 12 years of age. My Dad was the pastor of a church in Iowa. He asked me to preach a message at one of our services. It was 8 minutes long[…]