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Are You Sleepwalking Through Your Day?

Yesterday in my Leadership Through Service class, I took my students through a vision setting exercise called “The History of Your Future.” The activity is credited to Rick Krug. You can watch his Ted Talk here: History of Your Future.  Rick, along with myself, is a member of the John Maxwell Team and has graciously shared his material with the group. Here is a brief summary of how it works and an explanation as to its effectiveness. Step 1 Start by asking students to put themselves ten years in the future.  So the year is 2026 and they are 27 or 28 years of age. Imagining themselves ten years in the future, have them write down all of ...

Weekly Roundup To Help You Grow

I decided to do something different with my blog post this week.  Rather than share only one area of personal growth, I decided to highlight some of the amazing material that is out there in the four areas of life: Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual.  I believe that in order to succeed, people need balance and often times we focus on one area too much while neglecting other areas.  We also focus too much on complex goals when we need to start with simple habits to change our lives. If you want more on that idea, check out my blog: Habits So here is my weekly roundup. Physical - Steve Maxwell is one of the leading experts on movemen...

Find a Mentor – Ask These Questions

The importance of finding a mentor is instrumental to your personal growth. Without mentors we are limited to the knowledge that we have within ourselves. I have found in my life that the most important mentors are the ones that you can sit down with and ask specific questions. Using the questions below from John Maxwell’s book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, I have learned important lessons about life, health, and leadership. Use these questions below to be intentional about your desire to grow. What are their strengths? - This is where I’ll learn most   What are they learning now? - This is how I can catch their passion &n...

What High School Seniors Learned About Leadership

Last week the students in my Leadership Through Service class submitted first semester reflections detailing with the most important lessons and ideas from the semester.  Below are three rock solid lessons that students kept referring to.  If you are in the business of training young leaders, I highly suggest considering these topics to keep them interested, motivated, and growing as leaders. 1. Jump, and Build Your Wings on the Way Down       My students were less than pleased with me when I told them that their final exam was going to be a speech in front of the class.  After all, speaking in front of others is the number one fear in ...

Change Your Habits, Change Your Life

“Our lives change when our habits change.” – Matthew Kelly What are your 2016 resolutions? Do you want to lose weight?  Do you want to have better relationships?  Do you want to grow into the person that you were destined to become?  Your resolutions and goals can only be accomplished as long as you are willing to change your habits. Psychologists say that 90% of our day is habitual. Most of the things that we do are governed by routines. So if you want to change you life, change your habits. Recently I had a conversation with Phil Chung who is the president of Jim Karas Personal Training. (http://www.jimkaras.com/). Phil explained to ...

Intentional Living

“Intentional living brings you daily satisfaction and continual reward as you intentionally make a difference in the lives of others. " – John Maxwell In the past month, I have been putting emphasizing intentional living as a means to increase significance in my life while gaining deeper connections with those around me.   Below are the three strategies I have been using to live an intentional life. 1. Say Something Encouraging to People Within the First 30 Seconds. It takes great intentionality to do this, but it has paid huge dividends. Imagine someone coming up to you and telling you how they love your scarf, or how you knocked that ...

What Do You Love: People or Possessions?

There is probably a stark difference between the gifts of love, patience, kindness, and emotional support, given to you by your loved ones and the list of technological devices you may have remembered in question one. Despite that realization, it’s the possessions in our life that fill our time, while our loved ones are sometimes forgotten. It’s as if we use people and love our possessions instead of using our possessions and loving people. Whether it’s our newest gadget a new car or our next cup of coffee, there is a drive to always want more. Author Matthew Kelly said “you can never have enough of the things you don’t need.” ...

Personal Reflection

Have you ever wondered why children love to play video games? Obviously they are fun, but there is a much deeper reason. Children love video games because the games offer instant feedback. If someone is playing a football video game and he runs a play that keeps failing, he calls a new play. That instant feedback is quite different from what we see in education. For instance if I collect one hundred essays on a Friday, it will take me over a week to return them. By that time, the students are learning something new and the feedback is less important. Change is impossible without feedback and the most important feedback is your own. However, in ...

Environment

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”- Jim Rohn If you want to change, you need to stop and look around at your environment. Who are your friends? What are they like? What do you do with your free time? Who do you surround yourself with? What is your day-to-day life like? Do you wake up full of energy or dread another day? Are you healthy, or do you feel lethargic? When is the last time you prayed for something more than your favorite sports team to win? These are just some of the questions you need to ask yourself before you move forward. If you surround yourself with people who talk behind other people...

What Are You Missing?

"We all have different desires and needs, but if we don't discover what we want from ourselves and what we stand for, we will live passively and unfulfilled" Bill Watterson As a teacher, I often struggle with the students who don't do their homework. For various reasons, assignments don’t get done. One day I asked my students what they were doing instead of their assignments. Some had legitimate excuses, while others said that they had no idea. Apparently time just escaped them. As adults, we don't necessarily have assignments, but we do have goals and dreams that escape us as well. We spend our lives doing things that seem to matter at that ...