3 Words to Light Your Path in 2019

December 27, 2018

In 2014 I adopted the annual exercise of coming up with Just 3 Words for the year. “Just 3 Words” provide a compass, a way to keep yourself on the path of your choosing. The start of a new year and recommitting to live a life unfettered is a perfect time to set one’s focus and direction. This approach […]

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Still in Me …

August 30, 2018

I was given a copy of A Prayer for Stillness (by Ron Rolheiser) followed by 20 minutes to contemplate such prayer. What a gift! I was hit square between the eyes with one particular area of “stillness.” Still my unrelenting need to be busy all the time, to occupy myself, to be always planning for […]

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No More Training Wheels!

August 2, 2018

Within the last couple of weeks, two of my grandsons have discarded the training wheels on their bikes and are “training wheels free!” Wow are they proud. Watching this experience tied in nicely to some work I have been doing with a client on busting through COMFORT ZONES. Discarding one’s training wheels is a beautiful […]

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Inspirational Capital

August 2, 2018

In my work, my services often contain thoughts, ideas, concepts, models, quotes, stories, illustrations, and the like. This bucket of stuff is often called “intellectual capital” or “intellectual property.” It is not *real* property like a car, house, boat … it is *intellectual* property. It is MY thoughts, ideas, concepts, insights, models. I thought it […]

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Radical Discipleship

June 28, 2018

My Dad transitioned to eternal life 10 days ago. I share this post in his memory. My Dad was a suffering servant. In the last 10+ years of his life, he was constantly burdened with health challenges and asked to suffer pain and discomfort. Dad consistently, and without complaint, would offer up his suffering for […]

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Leadership Thru Service

June 14, 2018

Growing up I spent countless hours and days at Reuter, Inc. in Carroll, Iowa. Reuter, Inc. was my Dad’s business — an International Harvester farm implement dealership and an International Trucks dealership. I started out cleaning bathrooms, emptying trash, and sweeping floors. I moved “up” to working the parts counter and assembling equipment. (I never […]

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Like Me or Not Like Me?

June 7, 2018

To WIN … we must see ourselves as a WINNER. To ACHIEVE … we must see ourselves as an ACHIEVER. To PERFORM … we must see ourselves as a PERFORMER. To LEAD … we must see ourselves as a LEADER. You see the pattern … how we behave will always be inline with how we […]

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Thoughts Approaching • Stand Clear

May 31, 2018

“TRAIN APPROACHING” • “STAND CLEAR” • “DOORS CLOSING” On an extended weekend in Washington, D.C., my wife and I heard words to this effect over and over and over again as we rode the Metro throughout the city. There was an orange line, red line, green line, blue line, silver line. Trains would come for […]

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The Idolatry of Self-Reliance

May 24, 2018

I trust you have had this experience … you read or hear a series of words that stops you in your tracks. For example … Thank Me for the difficulties in your life, since they provide protection from the idolatry of self-reliance. (From “Jesus Calling”) The Idolatry of Self-Reliance … thinking it is all about […]

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“C” Change

May 17, 2018

Historically, a “sea change” was a change brought about by the sea. Today, a “sea change” is defined as a marked change, a transformation. Here is another “C” change that is transformational. MOVE FROM REACTIVE TO CREATIVE. Two words with the same exact letters, with just a slightly different – and ever so important – […]

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