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 14, 2016
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3 Lessons I Learned From a Mentor Just This Morning

This morning I sat at Frothy Monkey, a cozy little coffee shop in downtown Franklin, TN, and spoke with a man about 25 years my senior. Kent has a demeanor that I envy. He has a contentment and calm gentleness that I’d love to emulate. He is sincerely interested in who you are, and commands a genuineness that is rare these days. Interestingly, Kent is a highly successful businessman, despite not being the hard-edged shark that we like to envision. He’s enjoyed some good runs and also been humbled a time or two, and was gracious enough to sit with […]
February 12, 2016
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5 Powerful Benefits of the DISC Profile Test

When I am going through the process of hiring a new rock star to our team, the first thing I do is ask that person to complete a DISC Profile. (If you’re not familiar with this, I whole-heartedly encourage you to click on over and take advantage of this fantastic tool.) If you’re not sold, though, don’t worry. That doesn’t surprise me at all. I can frequently tell that people are thrown off when I ask for this during the hiring process. In fact, I was pretty reticent myself. “You can’t possibly think that you can get to know me […]
January 29, 2016
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How ‘The Resistance’ Prevents You From Creating

In Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art, Pressfield talks about a creative person’s arch nemesis: the resistance. Allow me first to describe to you a creative person. This doesn’t apply exclusively to the traditionally creative, although they are included. No fedoras or recreational drugs or cluttered art studios required, for this to apply to you. Look at the root of the word “creative”—create. Anyone who is trying to create something exceptional in their life—be it building a rich marriage that inspires those around you, writing a rock opera, starting a sweet roll bakery or inventing the world’s greatest board game—falls […]
January 20, 2016
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3 Questions to Leverage Small Change for Big Gain

  A couple years ago, when I first read “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” a single paragraph—which was hardly the meat of Mr. Covey’s message—stuck with me. So much so, that it popped into my head again yesterday morning at random. The idea is simple, but profoundly practical. It is easily implemented immediately. Yesterday morning, our team applied it to each of our personal lives, as well as the habits and systems of our team, and I want to share it with you. Let me reiterate, this is not my brilliance on display here, but simply my paraphrasing of […]