John Wooden’s 7 Things

John Wooden, head coach of UCLA basketball for many years, reminded himself of 7 things every day.

Here they are:

  1. 1. Be true to yourself.
  2. 2. Make each day your masterpiece.
  3. 3. Help others.
  4. 4. Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
  5. 5. Make friendship a fine art.
  6. 6. Build a shelter against a rainy day.
  7. 7. Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

My favorites are #2 and #7. What are yours?

Ted Talk: Simon Sinek – How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Why Do People Resist Change?

Let’s start with some definitions:

  • Prefrontal Cortex: the energy-intensive part of the brain | used when things are changing
  • Basal Ganglia: the part of the brain requiring less energy to function | functions well without conscious thought | the part of your brain that is used when you develop habits

The prefrontal cortex functions like a manual transmission; the basal ganglia like an automatic transmission.

In brief, when life demands change, it actually takes more energy from our brain to adapt to those changes – at least until those changes become habits. This is why people resist change. It takes more work. And if people aren’t connected to the “why” behind the change, they will resist even more.

The future must become more compelling than the present, in order to pull ourselves and others into something new.

Are you willing to put in the work to create that compelling future for yourself and others?

Is the status quo really that exciting that it is worth staying just because it’s easier? 

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3 Signs You are in a Reality Illusion

Reality Illusion: Believing that your interpretation of reality is all of reality. Assuming everyone sees the world the same exact way you do. Assuming you know everything. Etc.

Three Signs you are living in your reality illusion:

1. You don’t get regular feedback.

2. When people give you feedback, you get defensive.

3. You don’t utilize curiosity.

If you do one thing today

If you do one thing today, take 5-10 minutes and think about what difference you would love to make in people’s lives today.

And then feel free to get creative regarding what it would take for you to make that difference.

Once I started this simple practice, it changed everything for me. Try it for a week and see if it works for you!

The Hot Coal

The other day, I burned a pot of chili.

Real bad.

As in, left the pot of chili on high for 13 hours while we were gone.

No fire, but a whole lot of smoke.

Everything…everything in our house has to be professionally cleaned.

Thank goodness for renter’s insurance.

The hot coal I held at first was how much of an idiot I was for doing this. And I couldn’t get my mind off of it.

And I beat myself up for a good while.

And then I set the hot coal down.


When You feel Stuck

Ryan Holiday, in his book, The Obstacle is the Way, writes, “The obstacle is an advantage, not an adversity. The enemy is any perception that prevents us from seeing this.”

When we see something that appears to be an obstacle, we have the opportunity to choose our response to whatever it is.

We can see the obstacle as something that causes us to be stuck, or we can see it as an advantage.

My guess is that something wants to be revealed that has been hidden. The obstacle is perhaps revealing — bringing to light, a problem we didn’t know we had.

For example, in the past, I realized that I thought that my lack of self-confidence was an obstacle. When I saw it from the angle of being an advantage, I could see that there were some problems I had that I didn’t know I had. From this, I discovered that there were times that I didn’t choose to champion myself and in fact, I was really hard on myself. When I was able to see the self-confidence issue as an advantage, that opened my eyes to see everything God was wanting to reveal to me about my character and identity.

And by seeing the problems you didn’t know you had, you can then address them at their core.

If you notice the same issue coming up over and over again, perhaps you have been dealing with the symptoms rather than the source.

Remember, the obstacle is the advantage. The obstacle will lead you to the source.

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