The Virtues of Simplicity

How many of us have bought that new high-tech remote control to find we really only use the power, volume, and channel buttons? Do any of these scenarios ring a bell: Loaded features in your car? How many do you utilize on a daily basis? Bluetooth capabilities on your phone? How many times a day do you connect … Continue reading The Virtues of Simplicity

The Push Up Tree

The push-up tree is the point in my run where I stop and do 50 push-ups before continuing. The tree represents adversity on the horizon, but I know it's coming. I know when I get there, there's going to be some hard work, yet I run toward it anyway. At first, the push-up tree was an inconvenience … Continue reading The Push Up Tree

Ask More Questions

What's your asking-to-telling (A:T) ratio? Throughout normal discourse with others, how much time do you spend asking questions versus telling them what you know? The answer matters, and your relationships may be negatively affected if your A:T ratio is too low. Let's dig a little deeper: Why do we enjoy being asked questions? It satiates our … Continue reading Ask More Questions

Call to Action

noun an exhortation or stimulus to do something in order to achieve an aim or deal with a problem. (in advertising material) a piece of content intended to induce a viewer, reader, or listener to perform a specific act, typically taking the form of an instruction or directive (e.g. buy now or click here ). … Continue reading Call to Action

Discipline Equals Freedom

Think of discipline as a hot-air balloon, the structure holding together the chaos of daily life, allowing lift. Without the nylon material, the vessel for the air, we would all be grounded. -Daily discipline in budgeting tells you where you in your monthly financial walk, and lets you know what you can do without guilt … Continue reading Discipline Equals Freedom


Studies have shown that there are both positive and negative types of stress. Negative stress is the type we all think about when we hear the word "stress." It can lead to burn-out, weight-gain, sleep disruption, depression, and so on. Positive stress is called eustress, defined as moderate or normal psychological stress interpreted as being beneficial … Continue reading You-Stress

Balance in the Level 1 Life, Defined

bal·ance noun 1. an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. 2. a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions. Remember with this concept: "Correct proportions." In his book, "The One Thing", prolific author Gary Keller proposes that a balanced life is a myth, that there … Continue reading Balance in the Level 1 Life, Defined

The Golden Circle

Expand your mind by watching Simon Sinek's TED Talk on his simple, but powerful marketing message: The Golden Circle His great teaching, while it certainly applies to business, can also be applied to our relationships: "People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it."  

The Best Version of You

We're all hearing it right around this time of year: "Make changes now and become the best version of you!" What a ridiculous statement. The problem with this idea is that it immediately asks us to focus on what we don't like about ourselves. There is no gratitude, contentment, or health in this statement. Instead … Continue reading The Best Version of You