Want a Great New Year? Fight for It.

2017 can be your best year ever. But it won't be easy.

If you’re tired of being stuck in the same old year over and over, this post will help you get ready to make 2017 your best year ever. If you really want a great new year, keep reading.

My youngest daughter Kalyn loves quality time. It’s her love language.

Kalyn and I have a tradition of going to breakfast together. Over the years, those breakfasts have been some of our most special moments.

This was the bookend to the breakfast we had six months ago, the day before she left for Australia and Nepal for her Youth With a Mission training program. It was amazing to see how much she’s learned and grown in such a short time. Her love for the Lord and her heart for people are so powerful.

I hope you have opportunity to make some special moments like that happen with those you love.

One of the things we talked about was how important it is to be purposeful in making plans for next year.

If you don’t approach the new year with purpose, it’s very unlikely that anything will change for the better.

The Path to Richness with Matt Ham [YST Podcast Episode 047]

Matt Ham is dedicated to helping people be rich in all the ways that last.

His own journey through life led him to discover the principles of a truly rich life, and he shares those RICH Principles in his new book, Redefine Rich.

Matt helps people discover true richness, joy and contentment in their lives. Matt and his wife, Liz live in Wilmington, North Carolina and have three sons.

You’ll be blessed and inspired by getting to know Matt Ham.

The Trap of Sameness

April 25, 2015

In our quest to achieve success, we risk falling into sameness.

This post from Seth Godin points out how important it is to maintain the things that set us apart, make us unique, differentiate our voice and story and work from everyone else. 

Ironically, being yourself and whittling down your message to its essence is the true path to broader appeal and success. 

If you want to achieve greatness, don’t try to be like everyone else. Believe so much in what it is you can contribute to the world that everything you do is unmistakably you. We don’t need another Michael Hyatt, Chris Brogan, Marie Forleo, or even another Seth Godin. Those people are successful because they’re following their own paths, listening to their hearts, being true to their purpose. 

That’s what we need from you. You’ve got something the world needs. It’s okay to borrow a theme, copy a recipe, modify something that works. Just make it your own. Michael Hyatt didn’t invent leadership, he’s just teaching us all more about it. But he’s doing it in his own way. And it’s different than Chris Brogan’s way. We need them both.

Take two minutes and let Seth Godin inspire you to be yourself. 

That’s who we really want to follow, by the way. You, not your version of someone else.

Hone your message into its purest version and share it with the world.

That’s the good stuff. Avoid the trap of sameness. 

And start today.

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Your YST Moment (with Irina Baranov) [YST Podcast Episode 033]

Have You Had Your YST Moment Yet?

In everyone’s life, there comes a time when you know you’re supposed to do something.

It’s your moment, the time when your heart tells you it’s time to act, to step out in faith, to take the plunge, to change. Whatever it is, there’s a moment when you know.

I believe that this is God telling us what He wants. My Buddhist friend (who’s not really Buddhist, but he likes to talk about meditation and inner peace and reaching Nirvana) calls it The Universe. You might call it your mind or your inner voice or your conscience. I think it’s God.

But whatever you believe about this, you know I’m right: there are times in your life when your heart tells you something, and if you don’t do it, you know you’ve missed out, messed up, or melted down.

This is what I call your You Start Today moment.

If you go back and listen to the other interviews I’ve done on the YST Podcast, you’ll hear a common theme: every one of them, from Dr. Joe Maroon to Commander Mark Divine to Drs. Guy Winch, Terry Simpson and Jade Teta to Dr. Daniel Amen have had their moment, the time when their hearts told them that something had to change, that it was time to take action.

You can hear it in Fitarella’s story, and in Chris Brogan’s and even in Lisa’s and mine.

I promise, you’ll have yours. The good news is, most of us have a lot of them in life, and God has a way of bringing them back around when we miss them the first (or second or fifth) time.

Today, I’m going to help you prepare for your YST moment.

Life Change Starts in Your Brain with Dr. Daniel Amen [YST Podcast 021]

Dr. Daniel Amen is a bestselling author, internationally renowned psychiatrist, and founder of the Amen Clinic.

Dr. Amen was one of the first neuroscientists to realize that traditional psychiatric diagnostic testing was inadequate for many patients. He began using functional brain imaging to find out what was really happening inside people’s minds, and his work has saved or improved literally thousands of people’s lives. His books and his influence have impacted my life and practice, and he’s an incredibly gracious and inspirational man.

This is a great interview. Dr. Amen is so passionate, and his message is simple: your brain dictates almost everything about how you experience life. You can change it if you try; you’re not stuck with the same old problems and behaviors you’ve always had. Change your brain, change your life.

Are You Ready to Start Today? [YST Podcast 016]

Are you ready to start today? It’s time to get serious about real life change.

Draw a line in the sand.

Take your stand.

Determine what’s holding you back in your life, and make your own Declaration of Independence, starting today.

The Secret to Success: Purpose, Plan, and Presence

Life can be tough. And sometimes the hardest thing to overcome is our own fear of failure if we take a chance. Here are three secrets to sure success at achieving the life change you desire.

The Secret to Higher Performance: Think with Both Hands (Like a Brain Surgeon)

When I was learning how to operate, one of my professors used to ask me to do two things at the same time. Like hold a tiny nerve out of his way using a micro-sized instrument while also using a suction tube in my other hand to clear blood out of his way so he could remove a tumor.

Sometimes I would move the suction tube and I’d have to be careful not to suck out the patient’s brain. While I was concentrating on that task, my other hand would drift a little and the nerve would slide into my professor’s way.

“Pay attention, Lee,” he’d say. “You have to think with both hands if you want to be a brain surgeon.”