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First Day of Practice

I remember it like it was yesterday, my first day of practice. I played baseball, football, soccer, and basketball growing up. Every season began with that first day of practice. There are some valuable nuggets within every first day. I think these translate to every area of our lives like the marketplace, socially, and even spiritually.

Team chemistry begins the first day of practice. (more…)

Nine More Thoughts About Vision for 2015


A vision should be visual and capture imagination

Real vision transforms people’s lives. It’s a picture of what life will look like after the encounter. What will this compelling vision mean to people the moment they encounter it? What will it mean in five years?

Use words when writing the vision that show this transformation. Unlock the essence of the vision by showing people how it will transform their life instead of telling them. (more…)

It’s Time for 2015 Vision Preparation

time is now


A Vision Should Be Clear and Simple

I am continually reminded of a passage of scripture my mom would tell me throughout my high school and college years. It’s found in Habakkuk 2:2 and it reads,

write the vision, make it plain on tablets, so that the runner who reads it can carry the correct message.

Clear and simple doesn’t have to mean simpleton. Instead, clear and simple means easy to remember and evokes action. When I read the Bible verse above, I see a scene where a runner is running by and when he sees what is written; he can digest and remember the content to pass it on to those who must know of this vision. (more…)

5 Firsts That Matter in 2015

New Year, 2015, leadership, vision, Jesus, priorities, life

I want to get this post into your mind right now, with some time to spare.  So go ahead, read it now, and when you’re done reading set a calendar appointment next week to spend some time with yourself. Then go enjoy Christmas, and after the eggnog is gone reflect on what 2015 might become!

For some, a New Year symbolizes a pat on the back or a token for a job well done in the previous 12 months. For most, it’s kind of like a smack in the face that says a great big, “What are you waiting for?” I’ve had those moments where I needed to get started on the future, and like they say, there’s no time like the present.

In my own life, I use the time after Christmas to reflect and redirect. It’s a time to ease back on the throttle just a bit and ask some important and legitimate questions.

What’s the Highest Priority?

For me, my highest priority is (more…)