Wish in one hand and Sh***d in the other?

There's an expression that conveys the powerlessness of wishing.   "You've got 'wish' in one hand and 'sh*t' in the other."   You can wish all you want.  Until you do something you won't produce anything. 'Should' is worth less than wish.   'Should' is like 'wish' dressed up in intention.  It doesn't lead to much either. I hear people use should all the time.  They use it more often than wish.  It's usually in the form of "I should  start that project to change the world" or "I should … [Read more...]

Finding the Freedom to Make Something Happen

I've been off my schedule the last two weeks (an excuse).  That's why I haven't been writing (an excuse).  My schedule has been ridiculously erratic (an excuse). I was out of town for a few days.  That created massive disruption.  I returned home midweek.  I struggled to get back into a routine.  The work that was on the calendar was different than usual.  All of these things created a set of reasons for me to not write ... too busy, too tired, too unfocused.  I had no structure. I rebel … [Read more...]

How to Keep Cool in the Texas heat

It's getting hot in Texas. The temps are in the high 90s by June.  It happens every year.   At the same time of year people start complaining about the weather.  Here's a question I heard last week:   "Can you believe it's so hot!?"   Yes.  I believe it.  It happens every year.  It's Texas.  It's supposed to be hot. I learned to get used to the Texas heat.  I had a theory: Exercise in the peak heat and I'll feel more comfortable when at rest in the heat.  I tested it.  I started jogging in … [Read more...]

Stand still or step forward

Do you want to succeed?  Of course you do.  Who doesn't?  Even if you have a fear of success, somewhere inside whispers a voice that yearns for success.  I've tried to suffocate mine with a pillow.  But it keeps talking.  I've come to accept it.  Your definition of success might be different than mine.  You still have a definition of success.  You might as well pursue it. You will screw many things up on your way to succeeding.  If you don't, you probably won't be succeeding.  You might as … [Read more...]

Life is Long. Today is Short.

A  journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step. - Lao Tsu A thousand mile walk is about 1,800,000 steps.  Sounds like that would take forever.  I bet it goes by a lot quicker than we'd think.  It goes by one step at a time.  The time will go by whether you take the journey or not.  It all starts with a step. Life is the longest thing you will ever experience in this world.  It goes by quicker than we'd think.  It goes by one day at a time. I want to live the life of a lifetime.  I … [Read more...]

Be the squirrel.

Squirrels gather nuts for the winter.   There's no food in winter.  The nuts are a solution to a problem. Squirrels gather solutions.  They don't grab broken nuts and empty shells and bring them to their squirrel lair.  They bring good, hearty nuts that will keep them fed. Most people gather problems.  "The website is down."  "We can't find the shipment."  "The client can't meet on Friday."  "The customer won't let us do that." Problems don't feed anyone.  Solutions do. What do … [Read more...]

Be smart. Write better.

The screen flashed the report.  It told me that I write at a post-graduate level.  It compared my writing to insurance documents.  I was proud.  I scored high.  No one could follow a single 62 word sentence I wrote.  But the computer told me I was smart.  Truth was I was being dumb.  I made things overly complex to feel smarter. I remember teachers coming to ask me what a word I used meant.  They didn't know the word (It was "Reify").  I thought I was smart.  Truth was I was being dumb.  I … [Read more...]

Want something to blow your mind?

I had just finished a conversation with Jim Denison, a brilliant theologian and wonderful man.  He told me what was happening at the Brooklyn Tabernacle church in Brooklyn, NY.  Ridiculous stuff that comes close to miraculous is going on at BTC.  I asked Jim what was behind all of it.  He said it's a spiritual renewal led by prayer.  So I prayed for spiritual renewal. I left lunch and I prayed for God to create spiritual renewal in me that would blow my mind.  I prayed that prayer for a few … [Read more...]

Who do you think you are?

"What if I turn into one of those really happy people who I can't stand?"   My mom replied "What's it matter?  You'll be happy!"   I had a hard time with that. I was thinking about buying a self-improvement program that promised extraordinary happiness.  I was 19 or 20.   I was angry.  I was depressed.  I wanted to change.   I didn't know how.   I resisted the very change I claimed I wanted.  What a mess ... I wanted something different for myself.  But I wasn't willing let go of something to … [Read more...]

Mirror, mirror on the wall

We design the book cover of our autobiography.  Our cover tells others the essence of who we aspire to be.  People reflect back what they see on our cover.  Then we become more like what is reflected back to us.  So what we project to others grows in our lives at home and in business. We are all autobiographies.  Our books are written by our actions, our thoughts, our feelings and our beliefs.  Your autobiography is the work in progress that is your life.   Most people won't ever get past the … [Read more...]