October 13, 2016
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Defeating the Self-Perpetuating “Truth”

On our team, we talk a lot about limiting beliefs. A limiting belief is anything that you hold to be true—whether that is the case or not—that you then base you actions upon, and often they preclude you from doing what you are capable of or need to do. There is a particularly sinister type of limiting belief that I’ve run up against recently that I’m going to talk about today: The self-perpetuating truth. The self-perpetuating truth is a belief that is only true because you believe it. Or to say it another way: if you didn’t believe it, it […]
July 1, 2016
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What Could Be Different One Year From Now?

Here’s a question worth asking yourself: What could be different one year from today? What could you do between now and then? What habit could you break? What habit could you begin? What could you learn between now and then? Could you play the guitar or begin to learn French? Could you have the ability to run a half marathon? Could you have $5000 in savings? Could you buy your first home? What could be different one year from today? Are you going through the motions—merely surviving, treading water, staying afloat? Or are you progressing, growing, conquering, learning? I love […]
March 30, 2016
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Dare to Consider the Possibilities

Tonight I sat in my neighbor’s back yard while our kids played superheroes together, and the two babies flirted consistently with serious injury. I was telling them about the feeling I had when I first moved to Nashville from my home town of Cedar Park, just outside of Austin, TX. I said the world felt huge and wide open, that I was struck by the vast possibilities and the endless number of people and paths that I could walk. “I could move to Europe tomorrow and that would be just fine and no one could stop me!” I remembered thinking. […]
March 16, 2016
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How I Know I’ll Be a Millionaire

  It’s an arrogant thing to say. I’m going to be rich. I’m going to be a millionaire. It seems shallow, greedy, perhaps selfish. I recognize, at least, that I’ve been wrongly programmed to think of it that way. Growing up in the Bible belt, I grew comfortable with wrong teachings about money and wealth, any sort of trite generalization to keep me from loving the necessary evil that is money. Life isn’t all about money. Money can’t buy you happiness. The love of money is the root of all evil. Etc, etc, etc. The reality is that money matters. […]
March 7, 2016
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How I Missed Out On 4 Years of My Life

I left Love and Theft in 2010 and walked straight out of a living daydream and into a cloud of uncertainty. Not long before I had purchased a new house in a wonderful area in Nashville called Hillsboro Village, and my wife Kelly and I, newly married, lived there with our baby boy Oliver and a cat named Paul. With that career move (that’s a pretty generous term) came a significant pay cut, so we moved out of that house and into a rental on the west side of town, an old 60’s built ranch home on the side of […]
March 2, 2016
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Do You Have the Courage to Visualize Generosity?

Champions visualize. Pitchers visualize throwing the perfect game. Sprinters visualize breaking the tape. Speakers visualize engaging and dominating a room of awed listeners. Almost unanimously, those who accomplish above average goals engage in some form of visualization. Whether it’s forming a vision for where you’d like to be in two or five or ten years, or it’s visualizing success in the specific tasks that the day holds, visualization is integral to pressing toward big goals. (If you don’t have big goals… GET SOME!) I’m not writing to sell you on visualizing, though. I’m going to skip that step, assume that […]