Wednesday, March 27, 2013

We've Come A Long Way Baby

Check out this sketch by Church On The Move and the Seeds Conference.

What do you think? 
Humorous or inappropriate?

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Resistance Is Futile

We've all been there and felt it. It's the invisible, destructive force that stands in our way when we try to accomplish something significant, or strive to improve on something.

Steven Pressfield calls this 'The Resistance'.
"Resistance is an active, intelligent, protean, malign force—tireless, relentless, and inextinguishable—whose sole object is to stop us from becoming our best selves and from achieving our higher goals."

It's the thing that tells us to sleep in instead of going to the gym.
The thing that has us clean up the kitchen instead of reading our Bible.
The thing that makes us stay home instead of going to the business social with people we don't know.
The thing that makes us quit in the face of adversity.

I want to encourage you this week. When you come up against the resistance, fight back, don't back down, stare it in the face and press on.

Your best self depends on it.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Favorite Things Friday - March 22

Favourite Reads
Creating Small Groups... Outside The Church from Catalyst
What’s That Big Thing God Wants You to Do? from Storyline
What If The Goal Was Surprise? from Stephen Brewster

Favourite 'He Deserved It' Moment

Favourite 'I See Myself In This' Video

Favourite Ode To Dumb And Dumber

Favourite Sharing The Vision Video

Favourite Ad Depicting A Dad As A Normal Guy, Not A Bumbling Idiot

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What Have You Become?

I guess it was a couple weeks ago now that Saturday Night Live ran a sketch that has had me thinking. The idea was a game show, asking each of the contestants "What Have You Become?" Three contestants, who had all been told they’d had great potential when they were younger, had never done anything with it as they grew older.

In fact, they’d all become pretty disappointing.

After introducing each contestant, the host would then ask What have you become? forcing each of them to re-evaluate their life choices, often causing them to break down in tears at the realization that they had done nothing with the potential they’d had 20 years before.

I don't want to be that guy. The guy who could have done something significant with their life, but failed to take the necessary risks to arrive at that place. Yet I find myself going down that path. Where I opt for safe. Ordinary instead of extraordinary.

So how do you break out of it? How do you do something meaningful with your life? How do you make a dent in the universe? How do I avoid becoming the 'wicked and lazy servant'?

Same way you eat an elephant, one step at a time.

Maybe you're feeling stuck, going through the monotony of the day-to-day. Let's try to make a change. Let's start to take some steps out of the muck and start to move towards doing something significant.

Read a book
Send an email
Write a business plan
Have coffee with someone who's in the place you want to be

To quote Dave Matthews and the sing that has resonated with me the last couple weeks:
To change the world,
Start with one step.
However small,
The first step is hardest of all

Friday, March 15, 2013

Favorite Things Friday - March 15

Favourite Reads
How To Create A Life List by Jon Acuff
How To Change A Habit by Donald Miller
12 Ways To Communicate Company Culture from Small Business Trends

Favourite Science Lesson

Favourite Estonian Pastime

Favourite Marketing Stunt

Favourite Cute Animals Video

Favourite Smart Guy Saying Smart Things

Friday, March 8, 2013

Favorite Things Friday - March 8

Favourite Reads This Week
Building Great Teams by Stephen Brewster
Why Your Hobby Will Likely Never Make A Dime by Scott Dinsmore
3 Critical Learning Environments by Ron Edmondson

Favourite Strombo Interview

Favourite Marketing Campaign

Favourite Celebrity Interview

Favourite Hidden Camera Video

Favourite Real-Life Application Of Game Theory (or How To Buy A Car)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Something To Think About

"The canvas you paint first is your life. Then your life becomes the brush with which you paint the part of the world you touch while you are here on this planet." - Erwin McManus

You are an artist, what kind of work will you leave behind?

Friday, March 1, 2013

Favorite Things Friday - March 1

Favourite Reads
Can 30 Minutes Change The World? from Jon Acuff
The Hardest Part Is Getting Started from Skip Pritchard
Building Your Business On Value, Not Pricing from Kyle Chowning

Favourite Upcoming TV Series

Favourite Time Lapse

Favourite 13 Year-Old

Favourite Car Commercial

Favourite Guerilla Marketing Stunt