How I Leverage The "Focus Metric" To Move My Business Forward

How I Leverage The "Focus Metric" To Move My Business Forward

In 2004, I decided to propose to my girlfriend (now wife), Cait Montoya. I wanted to make it an elaborate event, and it involved many of my friends, a local lake, and a snowstorm (that last part was unexpected). I had written and memorized what I wanted to say before I finally made the ask. But, when Cait was in front of me, all of the words disappeared from my mind. I couldn't remember anything, so I did the only thing I could remember. I got down on my knee and asked, will you marry me? Making decisions in crunch time with a load of stress leads our brain to only remember what we've deemed (& practiced) as most important (hopefully!). Thankfully for me and my wife, I still remembered to ask the most important question.

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Are You Ready To Face Your Greatest Fears Head On?

Are You Ready To Face Your Greatest Fears Head On?

This post is personal, in-depth, and, unusually long. I'd love for you to read it, but keep in mind it'll take 15-20 minutes to do so.

Have you ever wondered how our heart and character determine how we see God and ourselves? Jesus tells us the pure in heart see God. What's that all about?
 
I went through a challenging season of personal discovery from 2009-10. The years following are where I had to live out my newly anchored intentions in life, marriage, family, community, and country. Living life with this updated foundation led to multiple revelations about myself and my past. 
 
Contrast has a way of teaching us deep and powerful lessons. As I journeyed through 2012, recognition of my greatest fear came to light.

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This One (Additional) Ingredient Helps Finishes Your Blog Well

This One (Additional) Ingredient Helps Finish Your Blog Well

You've just about finished writing your blog post, and now you're wondering, how the heck do I finish it well? 
 
I've found myself in this position more times than I can count. In fact, finishing a blog post is the hardest step in the writing process. Actually, finishing anything is hard. By the time we get to the finish line of a project or season, we've used up our energy and we wonder how we'll get to the finish line. The last leg of the race is always hardest.

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When We've Got The Details Right, But We've Missed The Big Picture

When We've Got The Details Right, But We've Missed The Big Picture

This post is part 7 of My Leaders Lyceum Experience blog series. I'm writing in exchange for the opportunity to go through the multi-corporate program.

Historically, I've been the one with big ideas, future visions, and a lack of details on the immediate. Battered by the tough realities of life after moving to Atlanta, I was pushed to reminisce about the past and fantasize about the future as a way to survive. During these past seasons, I spent too much time not actually making meaningful progress. I lived in "the dream world", to pull in a Matrix reference. Futuristic, I never expected to struggle with having a larger picture perspective.

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Why We Went Into Debt To Purchase A 2017 Kia Sedona

Why We Went Into Debt To Purchase A 2017 Kia Sedona

In severe pain from an unpleasant sickness, I was driving down the highway in North Carolina when the transmission in our van gave out. It was late in the evening and we were heading to my father-in-law's house after taking my son to the emergency room, which was under lockdown and surrounded by dozens of police officers. The police were there for some threat of violence. My son was there because of a dry drowning incident at the beach. Yeah, it was a series of unfortunate events. Thankfully my wife's dad was able to rescue us as we left the limping van near an auto shop to determine its fate.

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What Is The Twenty Mile March That Will Move You Forward?

What Is The Twenty Mile March That Will Move You Forward?

As I started writing this blog post, it was 10:09 pm. Yep, I've either waited until the last moment, or I've been inspired to do something new!
 
I've actually written two other blog posts today. So, why did I write three posts, when I was only planning to publish one? After completing my first blog, I realized I wanted my words to have a few days to mature into a final published piece (It's ideally part of my writing process for every blog post).

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How to Move Forward When Your Startup Lacks Clear Vision

How to Move Forward When Your Company Lacks Clear Vision [For Startup Nation]

If you've been around me for any amount of time this year, you've probably heard me talking about bricks, walls and building things (What?). The essence of this metaphor is focused on how we can take action today when we don't have clarity on vision, where we're going.

Well, for those of you who have resonated with that message and those now intrigued by it, StartupNation has invited me to write a blog post about it. I'm quite proud of the final version, so check out the article here titled, "How to Move Forward When Your Startup Lacks Clear Vision".  


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The World Ain't All Sunshine & Rainbows

The World Ain't All Sunshine & Rainbows ft. Rocky Balboa

This post is part 6 of My Leaders Lyceum Experience blog series. I'm writing in exchange for the opportunity to go through the multi-corporate program.

Life is hard. Wouldn't it be awesome if someone could help us through it? Like Rocky Balboa? Let me rewind a moment, and bring you along my personal development journey. 
 
Like I mentioned above, I'm going through the Leaders Lyceum development program. This post continues to describe my second of five sessions and what unfolded afterward. While the majority of day two was geared towards understanding and exploring our personality, the end of the second session was geared towards refining our personal and professional developmental goals. We asked ourselves if our GO statement (Growth Objective) and associated action items were actually helping us move forward.

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The Value Of Organically Growing Our Business

The Value Of Organically Growing Our Business

I've been working with business owners for over a decade in a variety of contexts, and one common denominator I've come across is the drive to artificially accelerate the growth of the business by skipping the planning phase, leveraging debt, and/or living off of comfortable income streams. 
 
When business owners get ahead of themselves, they miss the beauty and important lessons that come with intentional organic growth. 

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Personality Test To Help You Better Understand Yourself

Have You Taken A Personality Test To Help You Better Understand Yourself?

This post is part 5 of My Leaders Lyceum Experience blog series. I'm writing in exchange for the opportunity to go through the multi-corporate program.

Have you ever taken a personality test to help you better understand who you are? Over the years I've had numerous opportunities to take tests like these to help me discover behavior patterns and to also give me perspective about the people around me. While the results of this type of test only provide one piece of the full picture, they do give worthwhile insights.

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