(from my blog AMOKArts.com, please subscribe) I think I was among the last people to see this amazing film, but I have always been struck by the overarching theme and I think many people need to consider it’s theme in their lives. A despairing, despondent man begins to wish he had never been born and from there the film explores the impact of his life. I hope you are never despairing or despondent…Continue
Did you ever think of yourself as a masterpiece, or work of art? Probably not, but you are. If you thought of your life as a canvas, a picture being formed, you would dream big… really big.
Lean into your dreams and heart desires...…Continue
Preparing for the arrival of a new baby can be scary! Not only do you have to pick a baby name, prepare the nursery, and have multiple doctor visits, you also have to make sure you’re financially prepared for the arrival of your newborn baby.
"We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons." - Jim Rohn
Discipline is defined as "the rigor or training effect of experience, adversity, etc." (Dictionary.com). Let’s face it. Discipline can have some negative feelings or thoughts in our minds. I know when I hear the…Continue
Added by John Miller on September 22, 2016 at 6:38pm — No Comments
Is your life characterized by significance and satisfaction? Does your life have enough margin so each key area of life is in a healthy place? Do you know where you want to be in five years and how to get there? Life planning allows you to answer "Yes" to these…Continue
Added by Justin Gentry on September 18, 2016 at 5:51pm — No Comments
There is nothing worse than the defeat felt when giving up on a dream.
I'm not saying life is always pie in the sky; but incorporating our dreams into our daily lives is healthy and transformative.
In our imperfect, daily lives, we need to experience the triumph of purpose and…Continue
As summer is fading into fall, I have begun to hear lots of people say things like, "It's almost fall? Where did summer go? Or where has the time gone?" Questions like these always make me smile because I stop and think to myself, "Time hasn't gone anywhere." Time is a constant thing in our lives-so constant that we schedule and plan things according to specific time slots. So, if you find yourself like many others wondering where the time went, start asking these questions…Continue
Added by John Miller on September 8, 2016 at 6:19pm — No Comments
Have you ever found yourself swimming under a sea of paperwork, emails, and projects? Whether you work for another company in an office building or for yourself at home, it can be such a challenge trying to finish all of the mounting tasks you have each day. How can you finish anything if you can barely keep your head above water? Well, here are four ways you can start winning your day at the office.
1. Organize Your Work Space
Are you struggling to find…Continue
Added by John Miller on August 25, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments
When you’re on the trail for 8 days, hiking 6-10 miles per day, you have a lot of time to yourself to think about your life and your life’s choices. And when you’re “off the grid”, you can’t help but assess and evaluate all the things in your life that you no longer have access to and that you take for granted. Read on for my top 10 list of things that I was missing and appreciating more... (continue)
How about you? What do you…Continue
Added by Brian Evans on August 24, 2016 at 2:31pm — No Comments
With the 2016 Summer Olympics being broadcast almost all day long, we have had the opportunity to witness some incredible, world-class talents compete for the chance to win a Gold, Silver, or Bronze medal. It is amazing to think that they spend 4 years training for their "one" chance at a medal. As spectators, we marvel at their athletic capabilities and think, "Wow, how can they do that?" Well, they all began their journey the same way we can begin any journey ourselves: just…Continue
Earlier this week, I lost about 4,000 words from an e-book I'd been penning when my backup drive unexpectedly failed and couldn't be recovered.
Well, the bad news is, I had to rewrite a manuscript.
The good news is, I got to rewrite a manuscript.
I'm sure you've had it happen, too. Whatever it is, when something you've worked tirelessly on gets unexpectedly trashed, your heart seems to go with it. I used to freak out about this sort of thing, sometimes deleting what…Continue
This past week I spent some time in the Denver, CO area with a great friend of mine who lives out there. My wife bought me the plane tickets for my birthday saying that I needed to "go have the adventure of a lifetime!" Boy, did I ever have the adventure of my life! If you…Continue
Added by John Miller on July 28, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Have you ever had a long list of things you just needed to get done but lacked the motivation to actually do them? Why is it so difficult for most people to achieve their goals? Even if you do not write down your goals, most of us would probably confess that it is so much easier to sit on the couch and watch our favorite TV show or movie than it is to get up and unload the dishwasher, a generally simple task. We feel that we need the motivation to do anything and often exclaim, "I have no…Continue
Some of us are ready, some of us are firing, and some of us have taken aim. Where are you? Have you gotten ready for change? Are you aiming for your next accomplishment? Are you launching or firing your next big thing? Or are you in the group of people who are still trying to decide what to do?
For the past 7 years I had been following this path: Ready Aim Wait, turn and look at that new idea and Ready Aim Wait! Over and over again, I would get myself ready to jump into a new…Continue
Several years ago, I attended a leadership conference in Fort Worth, Texas where one of the speakers shared his "secret" to becoming a millionaire he had learned from his grandmother as a young boy. She always told him growing up that if he wanted to become something special and great in his life, he needed to go upstairs and make his bed every single day.
Honestly, when I heard this I thought it was ridiculous. How could making my bed be the first step to becoming a millionaire? …Continue
"The journey itself is what prepares you to succeed at what you were born to do. And until you decide to pursue your Dream, you are never going to love your life the way you were meant to." -Bruce Wilkinson, The Dream Giver
One of my favorite inspirational books is Bruce Wilkinson's, The Dream Giver. In this book, he tells the story of Ordinary who is a Nobody living in the Land of Familiar. (Is anyone identifying with Ordinary yet?) Well, one day…Continue
Added by John Miller on June 23, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments
If anyone has played organized sports, taken music lessons, or been in school at all, he or she has probably been told that "practice makes perfect!" Well, as much as I love the idea that all practice should make perfect, I would like to challenge the truth to this saying. So, here are 3 reasons why I believe that practice does not always make perfect.
1. Practice makes HABITS.
When I was a volleyball coach, I often corrected my players numerous times on…Continue
My wife asked me this question the other day, and I really had to stop and think about my answer. What does make me come alive? Not just what makes me "happy" or "enjoy" what I am doing, but what wakes me up and creates life in me?
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself this question or are you so busy in just "getting by" that you cannot even begin to think about what really makes you come alive? Here are 3 strategies for unlocking your habit brain and discovering what makes you…Continue
“Oh, I could never do that because I don’t know enough.” “I don’t have enough money.” “I don’t know anyone.” Those are statements that I had uttered for the past 8 years. The thrill of starting a business and breaking out on my own had always been a strong desire for me, but I always came up with an excuse for why I never seemed to be successful in any of them. I had convinced myself that I was just a “jack of all trades but a master of none.”
Have you ever felt that way? I…Continue
Added by John Miller on May 12, 2016 at 6:48pm — No Comments
"Our greatest challenge in life is remembering who we really are. Life is a cycle of remembering and forgetting." - Ted Dekker, Outlaw
In one of Ted Dekker's great novels, Outlaw, the main character is faced with the task of remembering who he is after he leaves the comfort of the world he has known for his entire life. This situation proves to be extremely difficult when he is faced with new experiences, new people, a new environment, and tragedy. However, he…Continue