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Maximize Your Energy

Teenagers and Phones As a parent, I always want to be in communication with my children.  So, when my daughter showed she was responsible enough to take care of a cell phone, we bought her an older model phone.  She did not care how old it was because she now had the “holy grail.”  I have learned that a teenager’s cell phone is their life.  As a high school teacher, I often have students coming into my class requesting to charge their phones.  Apparently, if the phone dies, they die…

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Take Your Breaks

Two Careers People ask me all the time how I do it.  How do I teach high school and pastor a church?  Well, I am not sure I always do it as well as I would like.  I try my best but I often feel like the picture on my desk of me juggling.  The only reason that I have been able to manage two careers for the past twelve years is that I understand the huge importance of rest and recovery.  I take a lot of breaks throughout the…

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Build Your Self-Worth

$100 Bill Would you like one hundred dollars?  Of course, you would.  However, what if I crumpled up a hundred dollar bill, threw it in the mud and stepped on it?  Would you still want it?  Of course, because you know that the bill still holds its value.  It is worth the same as a brand new, fresh, clean one hundred dollar bill.  The truth is that you are the same way.  You maintain your value.  Life may crumple you, muddy you and step on you, but you still have…

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Examine Your Motives

Your Motives Why did you eat that for breakfast?  Why do you live in that city?  Why do you work there?  Why are you friends with that person?  Why do you do what you do?  You make decisions all the time, but have you ever really thought about why you made them.  Have you ever examined your motives?  Deep down inside you may be making decisions in life because of a specific motivation.  Some people are motivated by power and control while others just want peace and love.  Some are…

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Master Your Emotions

Sheldon Cooper Perhaps you have watched the comedy show, Big Bang Theory.  On the show is a very intelligent man named Sheldon Cooper.  His IQ is off the charts.  However, his EQ is abysmal.  Sheldon is an intellectual giant but an emotional dwarf.  His lack of emotional intelligence causes his relationships to flounder.  I wonder if that is somewhat true for you as well.  Are your relationships struggling because of your emotions?  Do your emotions get the best of you?  I believe that everyone can improve in this area.  Everyone…

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Train Your Body

Gold Medal Did you ever win a medal growing up?  How about a trophy?  These days it seems that every kid gets a medal or trophy just for participating.  They have kind of lost their luster and uniqueness.  Not the Olympic gold medal, though. If you win that, then you will be a celebrity the rest of your life.  You are the crème de la crème.  Winning the Olympic gold requires hours and hours of training, not to mention lots of talent.  Very few win the Olympic gold.  Perhaps though,…

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Develop Your Relationships

Monkey See Monkey Do One of the great privileges I have as an ordained minister is to perform wedding ceremonies.  I say it is a privilege because of how I approach the actual ceremony.  I won’t just marry any couple without first taking the time to sit down with them and hear their stories.  I love to hear how they first met and what caused them to fall in love.  It is an honor to get to really know them.  I also want to help them establish a foundation for…

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Renew Your Mind

Garbage in = Garbage out I read a couple statistics recently that blew my mind.  The average person in America spends 7 hours EACH DAY being entertained by television, social media, etc.  Contrast that with the amount of time the average person spends learning something new.  It is about 4 minutes a day.  Wow!  7 hours vs. 4 minutes a day.  What is the result of that month after month and year after year?  It is atrophy of the mind.  Not a trophy – atrophy.  Your mind isn’t learning and…

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Utilize Your Stress

Good Stress vs. Bad Stress There is good stress and there is bad stress and both usually originate with a strong emotion.  I enjoy watching funny videos especially the ones of people getting scared.  Their reaction is hilarious.  Some of their facial expressions are priceless.  Most of the time being scared causes a person to run.  Other times it initiates an action response.  You may have heard it called, “Fight or Flight.”  Our bodies are magnificently wired to deal with surging emotions such as fear.  Our brains release Epinephrine which…

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Simplify Your Diet

The Sumo Diet Sumo wrestlers eat two giant meals every day as part of their training.  Lunch is followed by a nap and dinner is right before bed.  The goal is to put on massive amounts of weight.  As they get heavier, they get stronger.  However, their life expectancy isn’t the best. Do you know what the typical daily eating habit is for most people in the United States?  No breakfast, lunch on the go, and a big dinner often late at night before bed.  Most people don’t realize they…

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