Uncommon describes the fight against being average, ordinary, or just like everybody else. In particular, we want families to be UNCOMMON in their Marriages, in their Parenting, and in their Mindset and we discuss those issues here.

14 08, 2017

Bad advice that MOST parents give to their children.

By | 2017-08-18T12:20:02+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Parenting|2 Comments

Bad advice from good parents is plentiful these days (see my video at the bottom of the page for more ideas).  Unfortunately, bad advice doesn’t just come from the “bad” ones.  Many times it comes from very well-intentioned, nice, and fully engaged parents too.  In fact, the bad advice that we’re looking at today is so common that you have probably not only heard – but you (yes YOU!) have likely given it to your children as well!  It may be one of the worst things you can say and do to your kids. “What bad advice could I possibly have, both, heard and given to my kids?” I’m glad you asked!  Let’s find out. […]

7 08, 2017

My Loser List

By | 2017-08-08T07:57:35+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Business Principles & Best Practices, Mindset, Spiritual Life|2 Comments

Do you consider yourself a loser?  I doubt you do.  In fact, my guess is that you would emphatically say, “NO!  I am not a loser!”  If that’s true (and I agree with you, by the way, that you’re not a loser), then why aren’t you winning more in the areas of your life that matter most to you?  Why aren’t I winning more either? The answer may lie in your list. Or, as you will see, it may be your list that is lying to you. […]

3 08, 2017

Episode #006: UNCOMMON – Marriage, Mindset, & Parenting

By | 2017-08-03T16:02:08+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Podcasts, UNCOMMON|0 Comments

Summary: Common.  Average.  Status Quo.  Okay.  Fine. These are all words that ought to make you uncomfortable when (of if)  they describe your family.  These words all define a person who has settled in these key areas of life: Marriage – Mindset – Parenting In today’s Podcast episode, we look at the what’s at stake if we settle for less than God’s best in these areas of our lives. [...]

3 07, 2017

Failure: How to rebound when you fail as a parent

By | 2017-07-31T14:53:25+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Parenting|2 Comments

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. 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. […]

26 06, 2017

3 Big Questions Every Focused Family Must Answer

By | 2017-07-31T15:26:56+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Marriage|2 Comments

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. 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. “Why hadn’t I thought about applying this to my family?!  It makes so much sense.” “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. […]

7 06, 2017

Why You Should Embrace Adversity

By | 2017-07-31T16:09:50+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Leadership, Mindset|0 Comments

What if I told you that your life could be great but that the way to greatness required continual adversity? Would you still choose it?  I believe that there is something inside each of us that wants to be great.  But the road to greatness is wrought with trouble, doubt, and fear.  When facing adversity a decision must be made; do we shrink back in fear or do we move forward in confidence and courage? I was reading through Andy Andrews book, The Seven Decisions, (which is as good as The Traveler’s Gift -the book where he introduces The Seven Decisions) and he addresses the issue of adversity and it’s correlation to greatness.  Andy’s message is clear: You have a decision to make when it comes to dealing with adversity in your life.  You can let it cripple you (like it almost did him) or you can learn to embrace it. Here’s his story and what he discovered that can change so much for you. […]

22 05, 2017

How we think and how to do it better.

By | 2017-08-07T14:15:58+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Business Principles & Best Practices, Mindset|0 Comments

How you think is rarely discussed.  What to think, however, is everywhere.  Wherever you go there is someone offering their opinions and on what to think.  Self-help books, blogs (like this one), talk shows, celebrity Twitter feeds, news and media outlets, and more.  But what about the process of thinking?  What should we think about that? In his short and engaging book, John Braddock writes about this very topic from his perspective as a real-life spy. The book (which you can read for free with Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program) is called, A Spy’s Guide to Thinking, and is a fascinating read.  John (I doubt that’s his real name) highlights something that I found very helpful and applicable in each of the 7 key areas of life that we discuss here each week in my blog. Here is how John describes how we think and how we can do it better once we know and understand this process. […]

10 05, 2017

5 Ways to Honor Your Mother

By | 2017-07-31T17:34:05+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Parenting|0 Comments

“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 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.   […]

26 04, 2017

Time Management: Addicted to Busyness

By | 2017-07-31T17:43:55+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Health, Marriage|0 Comments

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. 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. […]