You Won’t Believe What the News Is Doing to You

5 powerful reasons to shut off the news

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Bet you pick to hear the bad news first—most of us do, but why?

News Reading

We are wired to sense danger. Our brains are equipped with an early warning detector—the amygdala. The amygdala is part of the limbic system within the brain, which is responsible for emotions, survival instincts, and memory. The amygdala is always on high alert. 

It’s Stealing Your Future

The inability to focus is limiting your success

May I have your attention please? Please, can I have your attention for a brief moment? In a world of digital distractions, brief is sometimes not even long enough for someone to read a headline. Today, the ability to get and maintain focus is waning and it is robbing you.

Stealing Future Focus

Our inability to focus and concentrate on important relationships and goals is a critical! It may be the primary obstacle to creating and sustaining meaningful personal and professional impact.

Wisdom for College Students

You never stop being a parent.

What are the five greatest days of your life? If you are a parent—with few exceptions—your list will most certainly include the day you welcomed a child into the world. Welcoming a child into the world is woven together with amazing, magical and scary.

College Students, WSU, GoCougs

A day engrained in your memory and brought back to life every time you think about the flood of emotions that swept over you the first time you held your son or daughter.

Are You Crazy Enough to Change the World?

10,000 PB&Js

To even think about it would be bold—bordering crazy. Did he really say what I thought he said? Surely, I must have misunderstood—maybe he is bit crazy?

PB&Js a Crazy Path to Impact

I arrived at Hudson National with high expectations about playing one of the finest golf courses in the country. For a golfer few things can be grander than walking 18 magnificent holes of golf with a good friend and not having to carry your own bag.

How Do You Respond to Being Busy and Overwhelmed

Five Tips for Focusing on the Wildly Important

What would be different in our lives, relationships, performances and contributions if we focused on the wildly important? You know the people and goals that we plan to focus on when our feet hit the floor in the morning—maybe after the first cup of coffee.

Focusing on the wildly important

I knew this was the right question after hearing my friend describe his past week as, “Crazy, busy, overwhelming and out of control.” Ever feel this way—maybe all the time?

6 Leadership Insights From the Global Leadership Summit

Bill Hybels and Melinda Gates Talk Leadership

Everything rises and falls on leadership. The impact leaders can have on the people they love and the teams they lead is immeasurable. At the Global Leadership Summit I had the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest leaders in the world.

Bill and Melinda Gates

I was quickly and profoundly reminded why leadership is an essential key to changing the course and trajectory of the world we live in.

Three Keys to Youthfulness

5 Questions to Break Out of Your Daily Routine

What is the best age of life? I was pondering this question because my niece turned 18 this week. What a great time of life—exciting new opportunities and challenges await.

Youthfulness— a woman next to a fountain

So, was 18 the best age of your life? You might not call it the best, but most of us were filled with great hope about the future and had ambition to match.

5 Qualities You Need to Be a Great Encourager

How to Breathe Life into the People You Love and Lead

As I walked up, I could see she was fighting back tears. A well of emotion rising up after hearing a message of encouragement. “I can’t remember the last time I felt truly encouraged—thank you,” she said.  She wasn’t alone—not today or any day.

Man breathing courage into the heart of a man walking over a bridge

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Our chief want in life is to find someone who will make us do what we can.” Life is breathed into the “can” we can do by the right person, with the right word, at the right moment, delivering an essential truth in a loving and gracious way.

The Secret to Being a Great Encourager

You've Got to Get this Ratio Right

Encouragement is a simple word with powerful potential. Encouragement improves relationships and raises performance. Encouragement is the coming along side of someone and instilling in them the courage to act when they are stuck.

Man giving helping hand to friend to climb mountain rock cliff

Two good friends sit down to have lunch and start talking about their work. One of the men expresses concern that his boss never encourages him and maybe he should look for another job. He asks his friend what he thinks he should do. 

Two Questions You Need to Answer Today

So you can raise your impact with the people you love and lead

The context of a great question can sometimes elicit a simple response. I asked my friend, “What time is it?” My friend quickly looked at his watch and responded with the time of day. I smiled and replied, “Not what is the time of day, but what is your time in life?” Leo Tolstoy said, “There is only one time that is important–now! It is the most important time because it is the only time we have any power over.”

Question mark heap on table concept for confusion, question or solution

My question was really curiosity about the direction of his hope and ambition. Kyle Idleman in his book Not a Fan tells a story about a young girl who was killed in a car accident. Brittany was only 17 years old when she died. Shortly before the accident, Brittany had opened a checking account. When her father went to the bank to close the account he noticed she had only written one check—Compassion International to sponsor a child.