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212: One More Degree

At 211 degrees, water is simply hot water. But when water reaches 212 degrees, it produces steam. And steam is a powerful force that has the ability to move multi-ton trains and boats. Just that one more degree…that one small change makes a huge difference. You could be just one degree away from a breakthrough in a difficult relationship. One degree away from a sincere apology to your spouse. One degree away from...
Jan 06, 2020 / Inspirational

How to Set a Vision for Your Life

On December 17th, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright changed the world by making the first controlled flight in a powered aircraft. But success came only after years of experimentation, failure, learning from their mistakes, and trying again. The Wrights persevered because they believed in their dream. They were also encouraged by their loving and supportive family. A monument in their honor reads: “In commemoration...
Jan 02, 2020 / Inspirational

Are You Blind to Your Amazing Blessings?

It’s been said that “The eyes are useless when the mind is blind.” If that is true, I think I’ve approached a lot of Thanksgivings with a dim view of my many real blessings. I don’t always have the awe and wonder that I should. I should be in awe of the simple amazing blessings in my life. I should be really thankful for the simple things we take for granted like running water, climate-controlled homes, a...
Nov 22, 2019 / Inspirational

5 Reasons Why We Don't Want to Change

In November 2010, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology revealed a study about peoples’ fear of change. Students were given a choice between a typical curriculum and a new curriculum. Though the new curriculum required much less work, the students chose the typical curriculum. The study revealed an important truth: we crave the known and fear the unknown. Why do we fear the unknown and resist change?...
Oct 23, 2019 / Inspirational

Living a Life of Significance

Life can be routine, mundane and can feel like a washing machine going round and round. In the cycle of life, how can we make sure we are living a life that’s significant? NFL broadcaster JB Brown says one way to live significantly is to recognize your gift and perfect it. We’ve all been blessed with special gifts and talents and if we perfect them we can impact the world around us for good. By perfecting his...
Aug 05, 2019 / Inspirational

A Leader’s Gift

As a parent, you may feel like leadership in your home is a burden you must carry or a duty you must endure. And the ups and downs of home life can even make you question your ability to lead as a mom or dad. In his book, A Leader’s Gift, Barry Banther says “Leadership isn’t something you just do; it’s someone you become.” This could not be truer in the world of parenting. So don’t just set your mind on the daily...
Jul 12, 2019 / Inspirational

5 Ways to Gut Check Your Priorities in Life

How you spend your time reveals a lot about who you are and what you value. So to find out the truth, here are 3 ways to gut check your priorities in life. First, make a list of your priorities. Write out what you value in life—things like your family, your career, or your hobbies. Second, make a list of how you actually spend your time. Be honest about the functional priorities in your life—things like...
May 24, 2019 / Inspirational

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