Extreme Ownership

3 Key Lessons on why this principle (and book) are essential to life

Ownership is tough.  Extreme Ownership is even tougher.  It is something that most of us if we’re brutally honest, don’t do very well.  We live in a society that applauds and seemingly encourages blame and finger-pointing on everyone and everything other the person in the mirror.  That is why this principle and the book with the same name is so vital today.  (Be sure to watch the short TED Talk below by co-author, Jocko Willink.  You will be captivated and inspired by what he has to say.)

Embracing Extreme Ownership

The book, Extreme Ownership, is written by former Navy SEALs, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.  In it, these American heroes relate their stories and many of the lessons they have learned and demonstrate how this principle of Extreme Ownership is invaluable in all of life and business.

While there are many takeaways that could be pointed out, I want to focus this short blog post on just 3 key lessons that are absolutely essential and can change how you approach life and business every day. (more…)

5 Ways to Honor Your Mother

A Mother's Day Tribute

“Honor your father and mother – which is the first commandment with a promise – so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”   – Ephesians 6:2-3

Honor Your Mother

Since “honor” is not a word that we use very often anymore, a definition is in order.

Honor means:  to regard with great respect.

Indeed, according to this definition, our mothers deserve to be honored.  But how do we do that?

Here are 5 ways.   (more…)

How Optimism Positively Affects Your Health

What Michael Gervais and Jon Gordon suggest we focus on first.

One of my favorite authors and leaders is Jon Gordon.  Jon is a self-proclaimed positive leader and thinker.  At first glance, that doesn’t sound like much of a big deal.  But the truth is, most leaders and most people, in general, are not like this.  So when Jon hosted an online Positivity Summit I was interested right away.

Why Optimism Matters to your Health

There were many speakers from across the country and I listened to a quite a few of them.  But I really enjoyed the conversation from one guy, in particular, who works with the Seattle Seahawks.  His name is Michael Gervais and his title is that of a high-performance psychologist.  Meaning, he helps high achievers (NFL athletes in this case) to reach their peak performance through understanding issues like this one.

Here are a few of the key things that I’m positive you’ll find as interesting and helpful as I did.   (more…)

The Wisdom Ladder

5 levels of wisdom you may not know about.

In ancient times, wisdom used to be celebrated; just like selfies and funky Snapchat videos are celebrated in today’s world.  My how times have changed!  But I am hoping that, together, we can make wisdom trendy and chic once again.

Climbing the Wisdom Ladder

There are many benefits of wisdom.  However, not all wisdom is the same. It is laddered and made up of five unique levels.

But before we look at that, let’s look at the benefits of a wise life.  Here are just a few benefits according to Proverbs 1:1-5 and the man that many scholars consider to be “the wisest man to ever live”, King Solomon:

  • learning how to live a disciplined life
  • for understanding words of insight
  • living a prudent life
  • in order to understand what is right, just, and fair
  • to help simple people become wise
  • to help young people have discretion
  • helping the wise to grow wiser
  • and to provide guidance and understanding as we journey through life

There are 5 levels of wisdom and they are progressive in nature.  Think of them like a ladder with one rung leading upward to the next.  Here’s what I think they are.


Time Management: Addicted to Busyness

How a 15 Minute Meeting Can Energize Your Life and Family.

Time management is tough for a lot of us.  We are non-stop from the moment we get up and feel like there is never enough time to get everything done.  We shake our heads in disbelief and wonder how other people do it.

To-do: Stop.

Think about your own life for a minute.  With your busy schedule and growing To-Do list, does it feel like your life is energetic or draining?  Bustling or flat-out busy?

If you’re more like the latter of those two options, then maybe this post is for you.


4 Reasons Your Business May Fail

HINT: You may want to share this with your teams and business partners.

As a home-based business owner, this conversation is near and dear to me.  I am an entrepreneur (like many of my followers and Tribe).  I love the challenge of trying to grow something from nothing and build it into a successful enterprise.  But it is not easy and most people will, sadly, fail to make it work.

Why Businesses Fail

Whether you have a home-based business or a brick-and-mortar one, it doesn’t really matter.  Owning your own business is really hard work.  It will test your mettle and push you to new limits.  It can be the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.  Often on the same day!  The roller coaster ride that comes with owning a business is simply a reality of what you signed up for when you opened up your shop.

So grab your doggie bags if you’re feeling queasy and pull up your big-boy (or big girl) pants and make sure it’s not your business that is next to fail.

Here are 4 reasons that many do and what you can do to make sure it doesn’t happen to you. (more…)

Helping Children Handle FEAR

3 easy ways to help them out.

When I was a kid, I used to be afraid of everything!  Snakes, darkness, storms, elevators – you get the idea. I was a total wimp!  Rumor has it that if there was a big storm that I’d go to my youngest sister and jump in bed with her.  Ok, that’s actually a true story.  But it was just because I didn’t want her to be scared.  I swear!

How to Handle Fear

Fortunately for me (and my sister!), I’ve grown up a lot and I’m not afraid of most of the things on that list anymore. Not as much anyways.  But as my girls grow up, I’m starting to hear and see some of the same fearful tendencies in them and kids their age.

In fact, one of our nieces (who is 9 years old) stayed the night recently and was telling me about a scary incident at her house. She recalled the events to me in clear detail.  They live out in the country with no houses around them and she and her siblings were home alone.   A car pulled up their long driveway and they saw that there were two younger-looking guys in the car who just sat in the driveway for a long time and stared at the house.  The dog was going crazy.  The kids were panicking and called their parents.  All of them were all afraid.

The next day, one of my daughters was telling me about her and her cousin’s late-night conversations.  She told how our niece is now afraid to be alone (with her siblings) while their parents are gone and how she is concerned about bad things happening.  Fear has taken hold of her.

As parents, what can we say to help our kids (or grandkids) deal with fear?  Here are a few ideas. (more…)

The Worst Advice Ever

How common advice sounds good but is so, so bad!

A while back I wrote about some of the best advice I’d ever received.  You can read it about here.  It is, obviously, some GREAT advice that may be worth implementing in your life right away!  But it got me thinking about how much bad advice is out there, too.  Like some of these doozies.

Worst Advice

“Always look down the barrel of a gun to make sure it’s not loaded.”

“Pull my finger.  You’ll like it.”

“Close your eyes.  Trust me!”

Don’t you wish that all bad advice were so obvious!?  Me too.  However, some of the worst advice can sound deceptively good.  Like the ones I mention next.  It is some of the worst advice ever.

The sad news is: I bet someone has given this advice to you! (more…)

B Vitamins

What they do and why they matter to your health.

B vitamins play an important role in your health.  I had no idea how much this was true until I began to study and research them a little bit more.  What I found was fascinating.

B Vitamins #1-4

Like many things, B Vitamins are a part of a family (known as B Complex Vitamins) of common vitamins that play an important role in your overall health.  (This is a family-focused blog, so I’m a big fan of all things “family”!)  This article will look at 4 B Vitamins in this family and why they matter (and where you can find them).  In general terms, B Vitamins help your body convert food into fuel and gives it the energy to function and operate at its best.

Here are the first 4 B Vitamins in this family and how they can help you and your family to thrive at life.