Episode #004: OTHERS

Learning to Respond - not React in Key Relationships

Summary:

In today’s Podcast Episode #004, we look at the critical issue of:

How to deal with OTHERS:  Key Relationships in our lives.

We identify who these key relationships are, where many of us go wrong, and what we need to do in order to live by Jesus’ words to:  “Love one another”.

What is our responsibility to this issue when…

  • people are mean
  • family dynamics are messed up
  • in-laws are unreasonable
  • relationships are messy

Resources & Links Mentioned:

Episode #003:  FREEDOM – Health & Finances.

Click here to learn more about me: About Nate

Where to subscribe to the Podcast:

Go to iTunes or click on the links below the audio player at the top of the page.

Want more FOCUS and some really helpful, FREE stuff?

Click here: FREE Family Resources

Not sure where to start?  Click Here

Join our exclusive Facebook FOCUSED FAMILIES group!  Click here to join an amazing group of like-minded people who are serious about wanting to FOCUS on the things that matter most and help each other do it!

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Why it may help you lose the stubborn weight you've been trying to lose.

Intermittent fasting is gaining in popularity.  Although it is not a new concept, it is a conversation that has gained some momentum in recent years.  In today’s post, I want to look at what it is and how it may help people who have struggled to lose weight, tone up, or simply want to live a healthier life.

Intermittent Fasting

Before we get to the details, however, I just want to give a little back-story about me.

Food has almost always been an issue for me.  I am not obese and have not struggled with my weight, per se.  But I have struggled, rather, to have discipline when it comes to eating healthier options and controlling my portion sizes.

If food is sitting out and available to me, I eat it!

Maybe some of you can relate.

A good example of this (or maybe I should say BAD example!) was at a recent birthday party that my family and I attended for a good friend of ours.  She was having a big, surprise birthday party thrown for her.  Everyone was bringing a favorite dish of hers to the event.  The good news-bad news:  she and her family are incredible cooks and they love to eat!  So you know I was excited to pig out … I mean, celebrate her birth!

Although I had been eating fairly healthy the week of the party, I got to the event and completely pigged out! Pulled pork barbecue sandwiches, warm baked beans, potato chips, and more pulled pork barbecue sandwiches. Seriously.  I was a mess and loved every minute of it!

Until that evening, of course.  My stomach reminded me very quickly what a fool I had been.

Which brings me back to intermittent fasting.

Let’s look at what it is, how it has helped me, and how it could possibly help you as well. (more…)

Episode #003: FREEDOM

Financial & Health

Summary:

In today’s Podcast Episode #003, we look at the issue of FREEDOM.  This is the “F” in F.O.C.U.S. and is a key area in of every family’s life.

We discuss how bad habits and bad decisions had lead me to a place of slavery to in my Finances and in my Health and how a conscious decision to change and re-focus had lead me out of it.

We also discuss why FOCUS is so needed in these key areas and why every family MUST get and stay focused on these important topics.

If you are struggling to get FREE in either of these areas (or maybe you know someone who is) – then this Episode will be a great encouragement for you today.

Resources & Links Mentioned:

Click here to learn more about me: About Nate

Where to subscribe to the Podcast:

Go to iTunes and search:  The Nate Whitson FOCUSED FAMILY Podcast – or click on the links below the audio player at the top of the page.

Want more FOCUS and some really helpful, FREE stuff?

Click here: FREE Family Resources

Not sure where to start?  Click Here

Join our exclusive Facebook FOCUSED FAMILIES group!  Click here to join an amazing group of like-minded people who are serious about wanting to FOCUS on the things that matter most and help each other do it!

The End Goal: Why knowing what you’re aiming at makes all the difference.

Why the end goal matters in every key area of your life.

The End Goal.  The finish line.  The result that you’re aiming for.  Do you know what yours looks like?  Can you describe it clearly and simply?  If not, you may have problems.  Or to say it another way, you DO have problems!

Here’s why it matters more than you may think. (more…)

Episode #002: Finding My F.O.C.U.S.

Summary:

Why am I so passionate about helping families FOCUS?  Because I found myself living a good life…having a good marriage…having good kids…but knowing that there was MORE.

I had settled for common, average, and status quo – and I knew it!

In today’s Podcast episode, we discuss my journey to finding my FOCUS and how it has shaped my business, life, and family and most importantly:

How it can help shape YOURS!

Resources & Links Mentioned:

Click here to learn more about me: About Nate

Where to subscribe to the Podcast:

Go to iTunes and search:  The Nate Whitson FOCUSED FAMILY Podcast

Want more FOCUS and FREE stuff?

Click here: FREE Family Resources

Join our exclusive Facebook FOCUSED FAMILIES group!  Click here to join an amazing group of like-minded people who are serious about wanting to FOCUS on the things that matter most and help each other do it!

Failure: How to rebound when you fail as a parent

3 practical steps to get back up.

Failure.  That’s what last night felt like to me.  Do you ever have those nights as a parent where you lay in bed and feel pretty defeated by your day?  I know that I do sometimes and last night was one of those for me.  As I lay there with my thoughts, it dawned on me how much I had let my kids down.

Failure: How to rebound as a parent

This is a particularly painful thing for a guy who is supposedly trying to help other families “focus on the things that matter most”.  But it happens to us all and I am, sadly, no exception.

In fact, one of the truest things about my motivations to start this blog and build a business to help families focus more was birthed out of moments just like last night.  I am so prone to lose my focus – even when I’m writing about it and talking about it every day!  It’s a sad realization but it’s exactly what makes the mission even that much more important to me.

Here’s the story of last night’s failure and how I (and ultimately, you) can learn to rebound from these moments and get better as a parent. (more…)

11 Healthy (and EASY) Snack Ideas

Even a DUDE can make and like these!

I mentioned in a previous post how I am trying to get back in the swing of things and focus on my exercise and healthier eating again.  If you’re struggling to get motivated to do the same, then I suggest you click on that article above and read it.  See what simple trick I used to help me get started and see if it may do the same for you.  I always feel so much better when I am exercising and eating healthy snacks and I know that you will too.

11 Healthy Snacks that are Easy to make

But moving my body more and exercising is only part of my battle to live a healthy lifestyle.  My biggest stumbling block is probably my lack of discipline when it comes to healthy eating.  In particular, finding healthy snacks that I can quickly and easily find or make on my own without feeling like I’m on a diet.

I’m not into diets.  Diets don’t work for the long-term.  What I am looking for are healthy options (that any non-cooking, not comfortable in the kitchen DUDE like me can make) that are quick and easy.

Here are 11 healthy snacks that I have found that I actually enjoy and could easily make.  I bet you could too! (more…)

Episode #001

The Nate Whitson FOCUSED FAMILY Podcast

My Story and Journey to Finding My FOCUS

Summary:

We all say it, “My family is the MOST IMPORTANT thing in the world!”

I get it.  I said it too.

But several tragic deaths and, ultimately, God’s providence brought me to where I am today.

That stage of life showed me that I really wasn’t as FOCUSED as I thought I was.  I knew that my time was now and, although I didn’t know the answers to all of my questions, I knew God was saying:  Go!

That’s part of the story.  If you’re ready to hear the rest (and I hope you are!) – then click on the audio file above and listen now!

Resources & Links Mentioned:

Click here to learn more about me: About Nate

Where to subscribe to the Podcast:

Go to iTunes and search:  The Nate Whitson FOCUSED FAMILY Podcast

Want more FOCUS and FREE stuff?

Click here: FREE Family Resources

3 Big Questions Every Focused Family Must Answer

And the simple Action Step to help you discover and do what's needed.

Your family matters more to you than anything else in the entire world.  There isn’t anything that you wouldn’t do for them.  But if I were to ask you what the end goal for your family was, or the plan you have of how to make that goal happen, or where you can best go to accomplish your goal, you may stumble a bit for answers.  That’s what today’s blog post is all about. Helping you find clarity about 3 big questions every focused family must ask.

3 Big Questions for focused families

If you’ve ever been a part of any goal-setting sessions (with yourself or a team) then you’ll easily recognize this pattern.  In fact, as you do, you’ll likely have the same reaction I did when it dawned on me to finally apply these 3 big questions to our family.

  1. “Why hadn’t I thought about applying this to my family?!  It makes so much sense.”
  2. “These questions are so basic.  Is this it?”

Don’t worry if those aren’t your sentiments.  But they were certainly mine.  As you go through these 3 big questions, ask yourself how clear you are in how they apply to your family.  I think you’ll see why I believe every focused family must ask them. (more…)

How to Create a Crystal-Clear Proposition or Value Statement for your Business

Help your audience know who you are and what you do.

Creating a Proposition Statement is critical to the success of small business owners.  It lets customers or prospects know exactly why they should consider their services or help.  Yet it is one of the most under-valued and unused tools by most entrepreneurs.  Skipping this is kind of like skipping step #1.  It’s a bad idea and creates a bad foundation to build off of.  Not only that, but starting or operating a business without a crystal-clear Proposition Statement creates confusion and unclear expectations for both you and your audience.

Creating a Proposition Statement

All of this, thankfully, can be avoided.

But before we get to that, though, I want to give credit where credit is due.  One of my mentors (I have a few) is a guy in Nashville, Tennessee, named Michael Hyatt.  (Click on his name to find out more about him. He’s awesome!)  No matter what business you are in, you should become familiar with Michael and follow him and his team.  They have helped and guided me so much in my entrepreneurial endeavors and I know they could do the same for you.  He is the one who introduced me to what I’m about to share with you here.  It is easy to understand and can make all of the difference in the world when it comes to sharing what you do and why your audience or customers should care.

So here are the 4 parts to creating a crystal-clear proposition statement for your business. (more…)