The Importance of Living Your Priorities

Coach John Wooden, former head coach of the UCLA Bruins, was a master at priorities – evidenced in how he approached basketball practice.

He orchestrated every moment of practice and planned each activity with specific purposes in mind. He planned every drill, minute by minute, and had all the information written in a notebook before each practice. Wooden once said that if you asked him what his team was doing at three o’clock on a specific date in 1963, he could tell you specifically what drill he was running.

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The Power of Influence

Peyton Manning. Two-time Super Bowl Champ, Super Bowl MVP, fourteen time Pro Bowler, five time NFL MVP. The list of accolades goes on and on. As an athlete, he was superb, one of the best of all time!

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Perspective Matters

It had rained the night before and now temperatures dipped below freezing, so the ground was more like a block of ice than a soccer field. The wind had picked up to forty miles per hour and was blowing directly against us in the second half.

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Why the Best Leaders are Good Listeners

When we hear without really listening, our leadership will very likely suffer – and so will those we lead. Can you be a leader without being a listener? Yes you can. Can you be a good leader without being a listener? Absolutely not.

The power and importance of listening cannot be overstated.

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How to Avoid the Comparison Trap

The Measuring Stick Principle.

Ann Voskamp has us recall those measuring sticks Mom used with sewing. Do you remember as a kid using these harmless sticks as swords (or light sabers) as you battled for victory? They basically had become a weapon.

This is still true when we become adults, but manifests itself as the measuring stick of comparison - to determine worth, to measure our life against another. It becomes a weapon against our soul and others...

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Are You Playing to Win or Not to Lose?

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold." –Helen Keller

We know the value of training our bodies so that we are physically capable to accomplishing what we want to in competition. But just as important, if not more so, is the mindset we enter in with and maintain.

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