Mindset may be the most important element to a focused family or individual. We look at a wide variety of issues pertaining to our mindset, view of the life, perspective, how to think, and much more.

2 10, 2017

What to do when you’re scared?

By | 2017-10-02T08:56:33+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Mindset|0 Comments

Have you ever been asked to do something and it scared you to death?  I don’t mean dumb or dangerous things either.  Like the time we had school called off when I was in high school because of an ice storm that rolled through.  A few friends and I decided to drive around on the backroads and “skate” by rolling down the windows and standing outside of the car and holding on while someone drove slowly around.  Needless to say, that was very dumb and something we should have been scared of.   But that’s not what I’m talking about here. What I’m talking about are those moments in life when you know you should do something that will help you to grow but it scares you to death.  Things like speaking in front of an audience, taking the lead on a project, speaking up for a friend when they’re getting bullied, or standing up for your rights. Wouldn’t it be nice, in fact, if God didn’t make us go through all of those scary moments for the rest of our lives?  I mean, isn’t once or twice enough!? Sadly, that’s not the way that life works.  Fortunately for us, though, every time we’re confronted with things that are scary, we get the opportunity to grow stronger.  That’s why these challenges will never leave us alone and it’s why we have to learn how to handle them when they do show up. So here are 3 things that you need to remember when you’re facing something scary in your life. […]

11 09, 2017

What you feed grows. (updated with video)

By | 2017-09-15T14:04:14+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Mindset|0 Comments

As I look outside the window of my home office, I can see the effects of what I’m about to share with you.  Directly in front of me, I can see a window full of weeds.  Tall, big, overgrowing weeds of various kinds.  It almost appears as if they were purposely planted that way by the previous owners.  Maybe they were just big fans of weeds.  But just past the weeds, on the other side of the yard, sits a large, strong pear tree as well.  Its fruit has already blossomed and they are falling to the ground.  As I view these contrasting images each morning, here’s what I have learned:  What you feed grows. It’s true, isn’t it? In both cases, the environment in which the weeds and the pear trees grow determines if they prosper and flourish.  But it makes me wonder, why do we even have weeds?  What was God thinking when He caused them to grow, too?  Maybe it was for a good reason (I’ll always give God the benefit of the doubt!).  Or maybe it was simply to show us, since the beginning of time, this important lesson.  That whatever you feed, good or bad, is going to grow. […]

4 09, 2017

Suffering: Why we suffer, what we learn, and what to teach.

By | 2017-09-04T10:41:14+00:00 September 4th, 2017|Mindset, Spiritual Life|4 Comments

Suffering.  It’s everywhere we turn.  On television, across the country, across the world. No one can escape it.  It does not discriminate.  We all will suffer in one way or another.  But why?  Why is there is so much suffering and what are we supposed to learn from it all? As a father or mother, what should you teach your kids about suffering? As a friend consoling another friend who is suffering, what should we say? As a Christian, what does God say? There is no iron clad, cookie-cutter answer that is perfect for every scenario.  Sometimes, no words are the best words.  But we must wrestle with the issue of suffering and land somewhere with it.  It is an escapable truth that must be dealt with. Watch the short video below for a few of my thoughts then share yours with me.  I’d love to hear.  Tweet me at @natejwhitson or find me on Facebook at natejwhitson and let me know where you’re at with the issue of suffering.  What are you learning and teaching about it? […]

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. […]

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. […]

27 03, 2017

Guard and Grow Your Mind

By | 2017-07-31T17:58:57+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Key Relationships, Mindset|0 Comments

Our mind is a lot like an oak tree.  They are full of potential and hold the possibility for greatness.  But there are enemies and obstacles that get in the way of reaching that potential.  In this two-part series, (you can read Part 2 here) I will explain how this is true and how we can learn to guard and grow our minds more carefully. Here’s what I mean. Each year, an oak tree produces thousands of acorns.  In fact, a huge oak tree can produce close to 10,000 in a mast year.  There are so many acorns, in fact, that one tree has the potential of populating a decent-sized forest all by itself!  But it doesn’t ever happen that way.  Why is that? There are two main reasons and, as you’ll see, these reasons are not so different from what keeps you and I from our potential for greatness as well. The reasons?  Squirrels and the hard ground at the foot of the tree. In this short conversation, I want to look at how this relates to us and give a few, simple ways that we can change this. […]

15 03, 2017

The Best Advice Ever

By | 2017-07-31T18:01:59+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Mindset|0 Comments

Ask someone for their advice.  What will you get?  A person more than happy to give it to you!  People LOVE to give advice and opinions.  Think about how you feel whenever someone asks you for advice.  How does it make you feel?  Flattered!  We all love to share our opinions and give advice to listening ears. As someone who prides himself on gathering wisdom from others, this made me wonder: What is some of the best advice that I’ve ever heard? Here’s one that I think can be life-changing for you. […]

13 03, 2017

How to Create A Life You Love

By | 2017-07-31T18:02:58+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Mindset|1 Comment

I was recently asked to speak at a local high school on the topic of entrepreneurship and what it’s like to work from home and own your own business.  It was an eye-opening experience for me.  I had forgotten what it was like to be in high school and to be at that place in life where you have the whole world at your fingertips.  It is a magical time.  But it also reminded me of something else. Seeing the kids’ (mostly) disinterested faces reminded me that the majority of people are sleepwalking through life.  It starts in high school for so many of us and just never seems to end.  I spoke to them of the opportunity to create a life that they loved, enjoyed, and would be proud of.  I told them stories of people who had settled for less than an awesome life they loved and how un-awesome that experience turns out to be! What was their response? “That’s nice.  When’s lunch?” Okay, full disclosure:  no one said that.  Not out loud anyway.  But I swear that all but a few of them were thinking it! It made me a bit sad, to be honest.  So much is at stake and so much opportunity lies in front of them.  But as I thought more of it, it also made me think about the opportunity that I have to influence and impact people who are truly ready to change their future.  It made me wonder:  What would I say to an audience of adults? What would I tell them if they were desperate for change and serious about creating a life that they loved? Here are 3 things that I thought of. […]

1 03, 2017

3 Ways to Create Lasting Change

By | 2017-07-31T18:09:05+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Business Principles & Best Practices, Mindset|0 Comments

I’m going to make an assumption.  I am going to assume that there are things in your life that you would like to change.  Maybe about your finances, your business, your health, or your marriage.  Be it big or little, I bet change would be welcomed in certain parts of your life.  But creating change can feel like trying to move an immovable object, can’t it? How do I know?  Because I have things that I’d like to change, too!  So I’ll let you in on a little secret that I have discovered.  I hope this helps. It is not going to be easy! Change is hard!  If it wasn’t, we’d all be exactly how we want to be and where we want to be in life.  But obviously, this is not the case.  (otherwise, why read something like this, right?!) To understand why change is so difficult for us (and more importantly, how to do something about it that works!), we have to understand a few important things.  […]