I’m just playing it safe

Saturday night Joanne and I were strolling down Main Street in beautiful downtown Franklin, TN where we live.  In a window, on a chalkboard, someone had scribbled this quotation: Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. – Cecil Beaton It seems everywhere I turn I’m hearing from people who are recognizing the risks of playing it safe and of doing what is ordinary – what is expected of others. A recent survey showed that when people close … Read More

9 Motivators to Breakthrough a Familiar Routine

9 Motivators to Breakthrough a Familiar Routine [note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Bernard Haynes . He is the CEO of Lead to Impact, a company designed to encourage, equip and empower individuals to realize and live their God designed vision. You can read his blog and explore his website at leadtoimpact.com. You can also follow him on Twitter.  If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note]    “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” Brian Tracy … Read More

Making a Living……or not

How many times have you heard people say about their work, “Well, at least I’m making a living”? Maybe it would be more accurate to say, “I’m making a dying.” The work they describe is unfulfilling, boring, and stressful. They dread going in on Monday morning and every other morning. Often they are embarrassed about their work and admit readily they are doing nothing meaningful, only extracting a paycheck in exchange for their time. Does that sound like making a living? I don’t think so. They may brush it off as just something we all do; work is never going … Read More

Consider the possibility….

“Consider the possibility that our dreams and desires are the voice of our soul, the God-voice awake within us, dreaming of expression and expansion through our daring and our faith.  We walk into that faith, that daring, a step at a time.  As we do so, we pass through the portal into Imagic-Nation.”  –  Julia Cameron, The Vein of Gold  

Planted any watermelons today?

My neighbor has cancer.  He just came home from the hospital on Friday and Hospice begins today.  The doctors have given him 3-6 weeks to live.  He spent Saturday carefully planting 14 watermelon mounds.  Last night he described to me exactly how he carefully put 5 seeds in each mound, then added some organic mulch and cow manure.  The watermelons should mature about the middle of September.   He also showed me the section he reserved for his attempt for the biggest watermelon he’s ever grown.  It requires a special place and care. So what’s up with that?  Planting watermelons he … Read More

Are you “ready” to be more successful?

[note color=”#FDD017″] This is a guest post by Sara Martin.  Sara is an artist and writer based in Knoxville, Tennessee. Learn more ways to maximize your creative life at ModernSentiment.com/blog.  If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] Do you ever think to yourself, “I want to be a better designer. Or writer. Or marketer…”? Insert whatever expert status you crave. I think these thoughts a lot, often in preparation for some big plan I have. I want to be a better writer so I can publish a book. I want to be a better speaker so I can present at … Read More

Do you have what it takes to be a “leader?”

The dictionary defines leadership as “influencing” or “inducing.”  And yes, with that broad definition we’ve seen Hollywood celebrities who offer nothing but glamorous looks, athletes who offer little beyond big bank accounts and company CEOs who manipulate the lives of employees referred to as leaders. At the recent Chick-fil-A Leadercast we heard a continuing theme about a different kind of leadership. Andy Stanley recognizes that as your influence grows it becomes more difficult to give everyone equal time – but to do for one what you wish you could do for everyone. Tim Tebow shared one of his core principles … Read More

Are you “pushed” by pain or “pulled” by passion?

We are told there are two primary motivations that have the potential to move us forward;  Pain and Passion.  We all know pain can be a powerful motivator.  It has the potential to PUSH us, but I also know it can be very temporary.  If I hit my thumb with a hammer I’ll move my hand very quickly.  But as soon as the pain subsides a little the motivation may diminish as well.  We’ve all seen people who are in extreme pain, and yet with just a little relief they back off and stay in a compromised position.  The job … Read More

Can I be a Leader?

Today I had the pleasure of speaking on the Power of Creating a Mastermind Group at the Chick-fil-A Leadercast simulcast in Franklin, TN.  I was surrounded by many great leaders and executives at this event and energized by all the speakers who presented. Andy Stanley told us “every decision we make becomes part of our life story – choose carefully”.  Leadership oftentimes involves tough decisions.  In my own business, one of the key characteristics of finding work I love is aligning it with my values.  Live a life of integrity so you are proud of the story you tell, with no need to hide certain … Read More

Go ahead – astonish me

I just got an endorsement for my upcoming book – Wisdom meets Passion – from Jack Faris, President/CEO National Federation of Independent Business[ NFIB], Retired.  Jack was delighted to see my use of the word “astonish” in several places as I wrote about doing something remarkable. So here’s my question for you today.  What is it you do that is brilliant, amazing, excellent, remarkable, essential, extraordinary, outstanding, noteworthy, incredible or astonishing? What is it that displays your personal best – your personal brilliance? The story is told that one day the great artist, Picasso, was walking in the market.  A woman … Read More