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4 Reasons Why Personal Growth Is So Hard

4 Reasons Why Personal Growth Is So Hard

"If it's not growing, it's dying." At least that's what I've heard said, and I think there's a lot of truth to that statement. I like to play the guitar. I've noticed that, if I don't practice regularly, my skill level doesn't stay at it's peak. Instead, it declines...

How to Get Unstuck

How to Get Unstuck

Have you ever felt stuck? I sure have! Once, I spent over 5 YEARS trying to lose 10 pounds. I know that doesn't sound like much, and you might be laughing at me right now for struggling with that for so long. I went to the gym faithfully, I used a calorie counting...

Stop Missing the Mark With Your Goals!

We all do it. We make goals that we hope will change our lives for the better. Lose weight. Write a book. Get out of debt. Launch a business. Lean a new skill. The world is full of people with unfulfilled dreams, goals, and desires. At the beginning of every year,...

My 5 Favorite Books of 2017

Leaders are readers, and readers lead. At least that's what I've always been told. For 2017, I decided to make it my goal to read 15 books. I've read 17 so far and I'm working on number 18. I felt pretty good about myself for that, and then my wife told me she just...

4 Benefits to Having Uncomfortable Conversations

I was recently invited onto a podcast to be grilled by the host for an hour. I don't know why, but conversations like this have always been difficult for me. I don't answer questions "on the spot" very well, and I tend to freeze if the topic isn't something I'm very...

Fear of the Deep End

I remember when I was just a grade-school boy. One of my favorite summertime activities was swimming. If I had a chance to be in the water, I would take it, even if it wasn't terribly hot outside. There was a community pool in our city, called Anderson Pool. For just...

Eight Wisdom Bombs That Will Help You Get Your $#!% Together!

"Get your $#!% together!" Has anyone ever told you to do that? I remember being in my early 20s and having a mentor tell me that. Those weren't his exact words but the sentiment was the same. I complained constantly about my job, I wasted a lot of time watching TV, I...

Win a New Kindle Paperwhite!

Do you love to read? Me too! Over the years, I've read more books than I can name and I look forward to reading many more. A few years ago, I reluctantly bought my first e-reader. It was the first Amazon Kindle. I didn't want to buy it because I enjoyed the tactile...

Autism Relationships Conundrum

My middle son is 19 now. He is autistic. I wrote about him before, and about the lessons I've learned being his dad. He likes to draw. Above is a self-portrait he drew, looking pretty BA. He's actually a pretty nice guy, even though the drawing makes him look like...