Monday, April 20, 2015

The Responsibility of Leadership

"Many in leadership positions talk about doing what's right. But only the true leaders actually do it." - Simon Sinek

During this weekend in Kansas City, I met so many new people and old friends alike who are celebrating successes with me. I have heard people talk positively about my efforts in the gym, with eating right, time management, traveling the world, leadership development, my business, hope dealing, writing the dissertation, parenthood, reading books, and serving in church.

First, it's humbling to know that so many people actually read and watch what I'm doing. Second, because I know people are watching and applying my lessons and experiences to their lives, I definitely feel the responsibility that comes with it.

To me, this responsibility means knowing what to do, doing it, sharing it with others, and then repeating the process.

As leaders, we are all fallible and bound to fall down, get weak, grow tired, make poor judgments, experience fear, and fail important tests in life, but leaders get back up and find the strength, courage, and fortitude to do what's right for the ones who follow as much as it is for self.

With that written, I want to thank all of you who take the time each day to read, watch, apply, and support. What you may not realize is that YOU inspire me to be my very best self. I know that if I can achieve in each of these areas, so can you.

As a team, I hope to pour life, hope, encouragement, direction, and support your way for when I'm down or off my game, you do the same.

Champions, let's make today a great day and go get what we came for.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Mistakes help us see what needs improvement. Without them, how would we know?


Achievement is earned, not given.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Overcoming Yourself

"Real glory springs from the silent conquest of ourselves." ~ Joseph P. Thompson

Ain't this the truth? Often our greatest adversary of achievement is US. Overcoming our fears, insecurities, bad habits, and negative self-talk can be like trying to battle the Incredible Hulk at his angriest moments. In other words, that's a tough up hill battle. (Laughing)

Celebrate every success, every win, and every effort to bring ourselves under control. It is through the daily disciplines that we slay our laziness, fears, negativity, insecurities, and bad habits.

You are a Champion!

Everything We See Is A Perspective, Not the Truth

Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth

"Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth."

The more I learn to understand people (myself included), the more I find that each of us brings our own eye wear to a situation. Those glasses (or lenses) help us see the world in a very unique way. As a result, we can use our experiences and the understanding of those experiences to be creative and unlock the mysteries of our world.

At the same time, those glasses can lead us to see only what we want or have been trained to see. As my friend Scott Ross​ once said, "We apply meaning where there is no meaning." We take someone's action and assume meaning based on our own perspectives, experiences, beliefs, bias, interests, and known patterns. Unfortunately, our perspectives may seem real, justified, and the truth (as we know it), but I've learned that it's not always the case.

How then do we deal with the knowledge that our perspective is not the entire truth? In my opinion, it requires one to remain open to other views, experiences, and perspectives. It is when we seek to understand the other points of view that what is true becomes clear.

"You are confined only by the walls you build yourself."

Damond L. Nollan, M.B.A.

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