July 11, 2016
What I Chick-Fil-A Taught Me About Excellence

What Chick-Fil-A Taught Me About Excellence

I’m sitting at a Chick-Fil-A having my mind blown. They are proving to me that you can take whatever it is that you’re doing—in this case, fast food—and find purposeful ways to improve the experience of those whom you’re serving, that you can pursue excellence in any setting, however glamorous it may or may not be. The young guy who took my order—I’m almost positive that he can’t legally drive yet—looked me in the eye, made me feel welcome, and asked me unprompted and very sincerely how my day has been so far. I could hear that he was speaking […]
April 1, 2016
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Crucial Question: Who Do You Believe That You Are?

  Yesterday I made a short video about how my view of myself had shifted and how that had affected my actions. This morning, as I listened to a local sports talk host whom I enjoy, he began talking about the old adage, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” That tied in nicely. This is a similar concept, but it’s internal instead of external. The concept there is that people will treat you the way they perceive you. Dress like an executive, and after a while, they’ll begin to see you and treat you that […]
February 19, 2016
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Do You Know the Difference Between Greatness and Talent?

Greatness is not a level of talent. I’ll repeat that: greatness is not a level of talent. Sure, there are people who clearly seem to defy that statement: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lebron James, Michael Phelps, Warren Buffet. But the reality, what we’ve seen of these people is what was exposed to the world after the work was put in. We didn’t revere Michael Phelps when he was training as a young teenager. We didn’t know about his 12-hour days. No one in their right mind can deny the importance of natural talent—I do believe that that is one ingredient to […]
January 25, 2016
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Getting team V Fit to fight (literally), the 30th Force Support Squadron offers a challenging boxing workout on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5-7 p.m. with boxing coach Don Green. For more information, call the Vandenberg Fitness Center at 606-3832. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kerelin Molina)

4 Ways to Combat the Comparison Trap Before it Kills Your Mindset

In my previous post, I talked about the dangers of the Comparison Trap. Comparing yourself, your circumstances or your accomplishments to other people robs you of gratitude, diminishes your perceived value and that of your actions, and places you in a victim mindset. I didn’t want to leave you hanging after delivering such a cautionary message. So here are a few strategies that we can use to combat this trap and continue taking powerful action from a sound mindset. Celebrate your own victories Take the time to celebrate your victories, however large or small. No, I may not accomplish the […]
January 15, 2016
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What I Learned When I Met Michael Hyatt

This post was originally published on OohBother in January 2014. As I alluded to in my last blog post, for years I was a touring musician. I hung out with Tim McGraw and Chris Young and Taylor Swift and a score of others. Careful you don’t trip over those names I just dropped. Don’t worry, I dropped them there for a reason, which we’ll get around to. I’ll pick ‘em up. This morning, I walked into a great little sandwich shop called the Franklin Mercantile in downtown Franklin, TN, and there, at a table off to the side, was a […]
December 9, 2015
Are you confident and mature enough to root for others, to appreciate and enjoy their success without feeling threatened? This sturdy sense of self is a characteristic of a successful leader.

Are You Anti-Success? I Was, Too…

When I was in college I was in a Christian rock band with a lot of potential but a lot to learn. We were as green as the cheese in my dorm room mini fridge. Surprisingly, in our small town of Temple, Texas, there was a fairly vibrant live music scene, dominated by a couple bands in particular (ours was not one). One of these bands was a fierce little outfit called Passerby, and they were just flat out good. Well, sure enough, some time during my sophomore year of college, Passerby, who later changed their name to Flyleaf, signed […]