22 results for author: Joseph


Healthy, Wealthy, Wise # 4

No fancy introduction needed. Here are the details from the fourth healthy, wealthy and wise meeting. Healthy Sleep is Key Americans are deprived of sleep and part of the reason is our addiction to technology and we fail to shut down the computers, phones and televisions. But optimal health comes from 7-9 hours of sleep. Take a nap. One approach for better naps is to elevate your legs and sleep for 12-16 minutes.  You will fall asleep quickly and you will be completely refreshed. Leg Up Naps What are you filling your mind with in your spare time? Being healthy is more than just the physical benefits, but the mental ...

Healthy, Wealthy, Wise # 3

On March 29th, 2018 Leading Through Service hosted the third Healthy Wealthy and Wise Conference. The goal of the conference was simple; bring like-minded people together to offer tips on how to be healthier, wealthier and wiser.  Below are the notes from the meeting with links to further detail.  The format below will be in bullet points to help you navigate more easily. Healthy: a. The Anabolic Window - Within thirty minutes after your workout, make sure you properly fuel your body with protein, fat and carbs.  Your body is especially open to those nutrients during the thirty minute window. b. Before working out, make sure you have a ...

Healthy, Wealthy, Wise # 2

December 21, 2017 brought us to another Healthy, Wealth and Wise Conference. The goal of the conference is for people to bring ideas and share them in an effort to help one another grow.  Below is a summary of the ideas.  Healthy             With the new year upon us, health tips were simple, yet effective.  We shared  ideas such as using a magic bullet to create smoothies that quickly fill the body with healthy fruits and vegetables.  Another idea was to start each morning with 100 pushups and 100 squats.  This is a great way to change your state, get motivated, and make sure your body is moving in the right direction.  ...

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Conference

On November 30th, 2017 Leading Through Service hosted the first ever Healthy Wealthy and Wise Conference. The goal of the conference was simple; bring like-minded people together to offer tips on how to be healthier, wealthier and wiser.  Below are the notes from the meeting with links to further detail.  The format below will be in bullet points to help you navigate more easily.  Healthy Intermittent Fasting  The notion of fasting has been around for quite some time but recently scientists have been studying the benefits of eating during seven-eight hours of the day, and fasting for the other fifteen-sixteen hours.  I have found ...

Perspective Through Service

Have you ever driven past that house where the lawn was overgrown, the bushes hadn't been trimmed and the windows were dirty?  I have passed several of those homes on my way to and from work, and I often find myself judging how the homeowners can live like that.  My perspective of those homes changed on October 28th when my Leadership Through Service class cleaned, raked and trimmed bushes at twenty-four houses in Elk Grove. In our time serving, we learned about the people in those houses.  Some were elderly, others were stroke victims, cancer patients or wheelchair bound. My students and I quickly learned that the faces behind the walls of ...

Intentional Living

“We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day.”    – Richard G. Scott Do you ever feel like you are an observer in your own life? Do you believe that life happens to you instead of through you? Answering yes to either of those questions most likely means that you are not living your life intentionally. By intentional living I mean that you have a meaningful and significant life that is planned in such a way that you are leading your life instead of accepting your life. “The choices you made are the choices that made you.” – Tim Rhodes Intentional living allows you to gain a level of ...

Forget Resolutions, Focus On Evolution

I remember hearing a story about an eight-year old girl who decided to give up pop for her New Year’s resolution. She lasted four weeks. Then one day, in a moment of weakness, she ordered a pop at the movie theater. One of her friends asked her about her resolution. She laughed and said, “Oops! I forgot, I guess I will have to give it up again next year.” By the middle of February about 63% of all people will have failed at their New Year’s resolution. One of the problems with resolutions is that we assume one decision will fix our lives forever. Real change does not happen with one resolution, it happens when you start thinking long term. ...

Create a Vision, Change Your Life

“We are kept from our goal, not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal.” – Robert Brault          The beginning of a new school year is always met with excitement, anxiety and wonder about whom I will teach and what we will accomplish. Over the past year, I have been focused on developing a personal vision for myself as a teacher. Last year I asked my class what my vision was as a teacher. I received one hundred different responses, and I wasn’t surprised since I didn’t have a vision for myself. So how could I expect my students to know what that vision was? Socrates said: “The quality of a persons life is in direct ...

Accountability and Service

As I conclude the year with my Leadership Through Service Class, I have been conducting exit interviews with each of my students. I asked them what they have learned, how they would change high school, their reflections on the past four years, but most importantly I asked them how I can improve the class for next year. Students overwhelmingly responded by saying that we should do more service and I should hold them more accountable. I want to dive into both of those suggestions with how service and accountability can change the way teachers and leaders help others grow. 1. Service  The premise of the Leadership Through Service Class is to use ...

Overcoming The Familiar

In all of my years of personal growth experimentation, teaching and studying, I have come to one overwhelming conclusion. True change only happens when you overcome the familiar. It has been said that 90% of the thoughts we have today are the same thoughts we had yesterday. How can any of us expect to change when we keep thinking the same things over and over again? I was a habitual e-mail checker. I would check email upwards of forty times a day. It was comfortable, it was familiar, and it was something I did every single day. Two weeks ago, I decided to cut that habit down to three times a day. On my desk it says e-mail 8:30, 12:30, 2:15. For ...