Seek. Adapt. Endure.

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HPP Series, Part 6 A few months ago, I had the opportunity to work out with a group of high school kids and show them some examples of how Special Operations soldiers physically prepare for combat. Per my standard procedure, we started the workout with a warm-up, which included exercises designed to train basic movement patterns. As I told them to shuffle, skip, accelerate, and decelerate at a low relative intensity, I explained that they were doing this for two … Read More

Who Are You, Really?

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 (HPP Series, Part 5) When was the last time you stopped and took a good, long look at yourself in the mirror? Have you ever stopped to think about who you are and what you’re made of? If you see nothing but a face, hair (or lack thereof), arms, and legs, you’re not seeing yourself in full. In fact, you’re only getting a small picture of your robust and intricately designed being. Understanding our design is critical to performing at … Read More

The Real Battle Over Your Potential

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(HPP Series, Part 4) I have two daughters, and both have a bit of daredevil in them (I’m not sure where they got that from). A couple of years ago, their grandpa built a ramp for them to practice “jumping” their bikes on. One day, after watching her older sister and a bunch of neighbor kids use the ramp, my youngest daughter decided that it was time to take on the challenge of doing a bike jump. The whole time, … Read More

5 Steps for Writing Your Life’s Purpose Statement

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(HPP Series, Part 4) Welcome to our fourth installment of the Human Performance Potential (HPP) Series. In this blog, my goal is to give you a few guidelines and steps for developing your own unique purpose statement that will help you live a life of focused service, leadership, creativity, and success. Let’s get started by reviewing four concepts we’ve covered that provide us with the foundation to frame and understand our purpose: Foundation 1: Identity  You are a son of … Read More

3 Guidelines for Aligning With Your Purpose

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(HPP Series, Part 3) Welcome to our third installment of the Human Performance Potential (HPP) Series. In Part 1 and 2 of this series, I laid out some of the foundational concepts that help us see our performance potential and why we must reach it: We were originally created by God to be His appointed rulers and stewards of creation (Genesis 1:28, 2:15). This potential was marred by sin, but then God Himself came in the person of Jesus to … Read More

What’s Your Purpose?

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(HPP Series, Part 2) If I had met you a few years ago, one of the first things I would have asked you is, “What do you do for a living?” And I would have expected you to return the favor by asking me what I did for a living. This is how I wanted you to know me—through my profession. Why? Because though I didn’t fully recognize it, that’s what I had identified my value and purpose in life … Read More

Human Performance Potential

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(HPP Series, Part I) Do any of the following goals resonate with you? To be the best man that I can be. To perform at the highest level at work. To be the best husband and father I can be. To love well and without conditions. To move closer in my relationship with Jesus. To fulfill a great purpose and leave a remarkable legacy. If these are things you want to pursue, then I have good news for you. God, … Read More

Surrender

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A few years ago, I was physically training a Navy SEAL in preparation for his upcoming deployment. The exercise he was performing that day was the back squat; a full-body exercise, and one of the best ways to develop strength and power in the trunk, hips, and legs. To perform a squat, the athlete begins in a standing position with a barbell resting on his shoulders. The athlete lowers his body in a squatting motion by bending his hips and … Read More

What Is Important to Jesus?

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      I once heard author and speaker Danny Silk explain that when Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commands” (John 14:15), He was saying, “Your love for me is going to show up in the way that you care about protecting what is important to me.” As disciples of Jesus, we need to care about what is important to Him. However, I think for a lot of us, it’s easy to slip into thinking that Jesus’ … Read More

Wholehearted

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“Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth;  give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11 Most of the time, prayer for me is a free conversation with the Lord. Every once in a while, however, I’ll craft a prayer in my journal. A while back, I wrote a prayer describing the heart of Jesus and asking Him to give me this heart. Today, I felt moved to share this … Read More