Early Bird Special on SCORRE Conference Ends Soon

We’re only two months away from the SCORRE Conference in Vail, Colorado, but you can still register today and save $200. But first…

Have you dreamed of being a speaker, writer, or powerful communicator? Do you have a message with the potential to change lives? Are you passionate about speaking in a way that inspires people to action?

If you answered Yes to any of these questions, the SCORRE Conference is for you.

Episode 7: Why Doing Less Is the Best Way to Do More [Podcast]

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this seventh episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about Greg McKeown’s most recent book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

Like cleaning out a cluttered closet, McKeown recommends that we intentionally declutter our lives from the well-intended commitments and activities we’ve accumulated.

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Why Retirement Is a Dirty Word

When I left Thomas Nelson a few years back, it seemed like every other person I met asked if I was retiring. I bristled every time I heard the question.

Why Retirement is a Dirty Word

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In fact, the more I think about the purpose and meaning of work, the more I’m convinced that nothing destroys our sense of purpose and health more than the modern notion of retirement. It’s detrimental to us individually and collectively.

The truth is I’m more creative and engaged now than I’ve ever been. I’m not slowing down any time soon.

Why Wait for Permission? Just Go!

Are you waiting for someone to give you permission to lead, grow, or move in your organization? What if you already have all the permission you need?

Why Wait for Permission? Just Go!

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I was recently invited to sit on a board and observed something there I’ve seen countless times in other settings. Some people around the table had no trouble making themselves heard, while others seemed hesitant, withdrawn, even sheepish.

It was as if the quiet people were waiting for someone to give them permission to speak. But the truth is that their presence on the board was all the permission they needed.

Episode 6: The Top 10 Mistakes Bloggers Make [Podcast]

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this sixth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about the most common mistakes bloggers make.

I have learned the hard way, making each of these mistakes myself. I didn’t know it at the time, but these mistakes were holding me back and kept my blog from reaching its potential.

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Do You Dread Saying Yes But Feel Powerless Saying No?

The two most powerful words in the English language are yes and no. Unfortunately, they’re also the hardest to master.

Do You Dread Saying Yes But Feel Powerless Saying No?

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Like you, I have more opportunities and requests than time and energy. I’m better than ever at discerning the good from the bad, but I still sometimes agree to a project or meeting, instantly realize the mistake, and wish I had a rewind button for my life.

Lysa TerKeurst wrestles with the same thing, and I’m excited to say she’s now written a book on making wise decisions in our crazy world of endless demands.

How to Break Free from Your Day Job and Live Your Passion

This is a guest post from Kary Oberbrunner, author of Day Job to Dream Job. He left his day job to help individuals and organizations discover and live their passion. You can follow him on Twitter.

You might be familiar with The Shawshank Redemption. Remember the storyline? Andy Dufresne, innocent of any crime, is saddled with a life sentence in Shawshank Prison. The experience nearly kills him and his hope for freedom.

How to Break Free from Your Day Job and Live Your Passion

I filtered the movie through my own experience. Stuck in my day job, I felt imprisoned from my potential. Although I loved the people I served and worked with, I felt captive from my creativity. Slowly over the years, I accepted my own life sentence. I thought it was easier to let my dreams die than to keep hoping for freedom.

But that’s not what Andy did. He escaped. And eventually I did, too.

The Power of the Minimum Effective Dose

It’s easy for me to overdo things. I know, shocker. What can I say? I like getting things done. But the problem is that when I overdo, I underperform.

The Power of the Minimum Effective Dose

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For people driven to achieve, it’s a common trap. Even if we pare things down to the essentials, we can plow so deep into those that we’re just wasting our efforts—even while we think we’re making headway.

Instead of being satisfied with an effective level of engagement, we go over the top. It might be exciting at first, but it’s not sustainable and will actually set us back.

Episode 5: How to Create Team Alignment That Drives Results [Podcast]

Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this fifth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about how to create the kind of alignment in your team that drives results.

Unity means different things to different people. There are really three different levels of unity: acceptance, agreement, and alignment. These are distinct and different.

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How to Unplug While You Are on Vacation

For the last few years I’ve taken a short sabbatical each summer. I’m looking to rest and focus on intense relational time with Gail. The challenge is unplugging from the Matrix.

How to Unplug While You Are on Vacation

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Anyone who’s attempted it can relate to the difficulty. I’m at the computer or on another device a large portion of the day, every day. I’m reading, interacting on social media, dealing with email, building my business. Plugging in is second nature. Unplugging is hard.

Don’t Build Your Social Media House on a Rented Lot

Twitter just announced a surge of new users and engagement. That could be good news if you’ve got something to say or sell, but there’s a major risk to consider.

Don't Build Your Social Media House on a Rented Lot

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Before the news, users and commentators alike were worried about a drop in user engagement. I think that’s still a valid concern, and it points to a larger issue.