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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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Values Based Leadership

Leaders need to have a good sense of their most important values. If you are unclear about your most important values you may be left wondering what direction you are headed towards or even why you want to get there. Last month, I took a values assessment put together Dr. John Demartini on his website:https://drdemartini.com/ The goal of the values assessment is to help people identify which values are the most important. By evaluating what you spend the most time thinking about, what your surround yourself with, and eleven other indicators, you quickly realize your ...

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Leading vs. Managing

There is a difference between management and leadership. Managers try to maintain the status quo, while leaders try to break through barriers. Manager’s say, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Leaders say “when is it going to break, or how can we make it better.” Managers try and make themselves feel important, while leaders make others feel important. Leaders need to help others succeed. People will succeed, if we make them feel capable and we allow them to make choices. Here are two ways that leaders can help others grow. 1. Make others feel capable...

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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 ...

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