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Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Blog, Life, Media |

How Do You Find Breakthrough Ideas?

How Do You Find Breakthrough Ideas?

Last week I wrote a post on choices entitled “Don’t Overemphasize the Moment of Choice”.  In it, I mentioned the work of Stanford professor Baba Shiv, and expert in the neuroscience of decision making.  This week I want to highlight a video produced and an article written by Shiv for the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Shiv demystifies the brain chemistry that controls our decision making, and explains how you can regulate it to make better decisions, getting the most out of yourself, your employees, and your boss.  You can read the article here.  Some summary thoughts are below. Watch and read. Take Care of Yourself Research shows that the best way to maximize creativity is to maintain high levels of both serotonin and dopamine, which will keep a person calm but energized.  But how?  Bottom line: take care of yourself.  The three key ingredients here are: Proper rest. Arrive in bed relaxed by taking a hot shower or bath beforehand, avoiding alcohol in the two hours before bedtime, and turning...

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Posted by on Dec 28, 2013 in Blog, Life |

My Latest (Possibly Not So) Great Endeavor

My Latest (Possibly Not So) Great Endeavor

Ok, I’ve been looking for something to break the monotony of my fitness routine, something that would keep me motivated, challenged, and help me establish a functional fitness level that I can carry on for years to come. Soooo, I made a decision that will either be foolish or genius, and only time will tell. I joined CrossFit. This morning I finished my final on-ramp workout session at CrossFit Boom just off 287 and Calendar Rd.  It was capped off by my first AMRAP workout (“As Many Rounds As Possible”), which involved a giant metal ‘yoke’ and a very heavy kettle bell.  I got in 8.5 rounds in 10 minutes. I.  Was.  Gassed. My hands are still shaking a bit as I type this post.  Its been a hour. My plan is to dive into CrossFit for 90 days.  I want to do all that I can, as hard as I can, and then evaluate.  What excites me about CrossFit isn’t Paleo or the striped tube socks, but rather:...

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Posted by on Dec 27, 2013 in Blog, Life |

Why I Stopped Using Advocare for Weight Loss

Why I Stopped Using Advocare for Weight Loss

If you’ve been following me over the past year, you know that my wife and I began using Advocare products at the beginning of the year to lose weight.  We completed a 24-Day Challenge in January, and another in early November, losing somewhere around 35 pounds and even more inches between the two of us.  In addition, we’ve continued using Spark, Catalyst, and Meal Replacement Shakes as part of our regular weight management regimen.  So it might not make sense why, after experiencing such great results, I would stop using these products for weight loss. Because its not about weight loss. I have come to realize that weight loss isn’t a goal.  Losing weight is a side effect, a serendipity, of a healthy lifestyle.  To exercise, take products, or eat certain foods in order to ‘lose weight’ would be like driving a car to ‘look cool’.  I may (and arguably do) look cool driving my car, but the REASON I drive it is to get somewhere, to arrive at...

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Posted by on Dec 26, 2013 in Blog, Life |

Don’t Overemphasize the Moment of Choice

Don’t Overemphasize the Moment of Choice

I recently read an article on the Harvard Business Review website entitled “Stop Worrying About Making the Right Decision”.  Of course, the well-crafted title caught my attention.  Because of my work with leaders, I’m particularly interested in how we make decisions and what can be done to make better decisions.  The article described a mindset in decision making that places the highest emphasis on making the one ‘right’ decision out of fear of the risk of being ‘wrong’.  An inevitable outcome of this mindset is that we overemphasize the moment of choice and lose sight of everything that follows.  However, it’s what happens beyond the decision that ultimately determines whether it was ‘right.’ During my 10 years in youth ministry, I saw this mindset frequently in teens as they anguished over decisions.  While sincerely wrestling with attempts to discern “God’s will” in making a particular choice, they would often overlook their own responsibility in carrying a decision through (not to mention God’s ability to work in and through all...

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Posted by on Dec 25, 2013 in Blog, Life |

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Its a great privilege and a blessing to have come into contact with so many people through family, work, church, and recreational activities.  The stories and experiences represented by those reading this post are diverse, deep, and rich beyond any simple description I could give them.  And regardless of your feelings and beliefs on Christ, Christmas, and The Story that profoundly shapes the narrative we all live by (whether we fully appreciate its power or not), my simple hope is that each of you will take this wish as a representation of the love, respect, and admiration I have for you: Merry Christmas! May the One who came one holy night to bring resolution and reconciliation to a world without either, bring unmistakable hope and peace to you in the New Year. Image credit: http://theimagestock.com...

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