How Well Do You Know Yourself?

Being Self-Aware Helps You Develop Your Strengths

Do you know yourself well enough to know what you’re good at? Knowing what you’re good at help you know how to apply yourself.

Know Yourself

Before I committed to writing a blog, I didn’t know that I was a good writer. I thought I could be a good writer, but I didn’t know I was a good writer. That is, until I started writing.

How well do you know yourself? How willing are you to find out how good you are at things that you would like to do? And how much are you willing to invest yourself in doing those things?

Here’s an inventory to use to find what you’re good at—and you can also use it as a blueprint to develop yourself. For this exercise, you’ll need a piece of paper and a pencil—and an eraser in case you mess up.

How to Make Time for Your Priorities

Why Integration—Not Balance—Should Be Your Goal

I once heard someone say, “Priorities are what gets done. Everything else is just talk.” You have the time for all your priorities. You just have to make time. Not by balancing your priorities, but by integrating your life.

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When I say integrating, I am talking about the opposite of compartmentalizing. When you see your life as a whole—and not the sum of parts—then you will better be able to make time for what is important. Besides, you will never be able to achieve balance in your life. Something will always outweigh everything else in your schedule. But if you integrate your life, you can make time for what is important to you.

Here’s how you can integrate your life to make time for your priorities.

Why Having a Coach Helps You Succeed

Three Ways a Coach Will Make a Difference in Your Life

When you were growing up, did you ever have a coach? Someone who pushed you past what you thought you could do? Someone who made you better than you thought you could be? Decades later, I’m sure you still remember their name.


It’s powerful to have someone believe in you, put the time in to help you improve, and rejoice with you when you succeed. It’s also humbling to have someone call you on what you’re doing wrong—but only so that you can become better.

Because of how a coach believes in you, it’s worth believing in yourself enough to invest in a coaching relationship. Here are three reasons why having a coach will help you succeed.

Why You Should Carve Out Time to Have Fun

You are a busy leader. You’ve got demands on your time at home and at work. It’s important to build in time into your schedule to slow down. And it’s all right to want to have fun.

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You don’t have to spend all of your time being productive. It’s good to take time to enjoy the life that God has given you.

Here are three lessons I have learned why it’s important to carve out time to have fun.

Why You Should Prepare a Strategic Plan

A strategic plan is a necessity for any business endeavor.  I have seen the value it provides for client organizations and companies I have worked with.  But don’t take my word for it.  Here’s what Bruce had to say.

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Bruce chairs a nationwide association.  At a panel discussion he and I were on together at their national conference, he talked about the strategic planning process I had led for him and his board.  And he told the members at that session that he would be remiss if he did not encourage all of them to have a strategic plan.

If that still doesn’t convince you, then here are three reasons why you should prepare a strategic plan.

Are Your Priorities in the Right Place?

Do you have your priorities in the right place?  Is what you say is most important to you really what is most important to you?


We all have good intentions.  But we also know that the road to hell is paved with those good intentions.  So are we really putting our priorities into practice?

Here is a quick three-step test to find out if you are putting your priorities into practice.

4 Struggles to Overcome for a Meaningful Prayer Life

by Nathan Tabor,

prayer lifeDo you struggle in your prayer life?  I struggle with the inclusion of prayer in my everyday life. Honestly, everyone does. And everyone could be stronger and more diligent in their prayer lives. I certainly know that I could have a better prayer life.

The first step toward a daily prayer life is simply doing it!

Most of us have the same mental struggles with prayer: not having the time, needing a specific answer, not applying credit when due or just plain feeling guilty about asking for something in prayer or guilty about one’s lack of prayer.

Let’s talk about each of these struggles.

How to Grow Spiritually With a Busy Schedule

When your life is on overdrive, how do you find time to grow spiritually?  How do you spend time with God if your daily schedule is so brutal that it’s hard to find time to catch your breath?

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There is still a way to find peace in the midst of the storm.  You can rest in God even when your schedule is not restful.

Here are three thoughts to consider to help you grow spiritually, even if you have no time.

How to Overcome Distractions and Reclaim Your Productivity

We need to learn how to overcome distractions in order to be as productive as we want to be.  These little time wasters creep into our daily and weekly schedules and steal our productivity.

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When you start your work day or work week, you’ve got all this time to get your to-do list done.  And yet when the day or the week is over, the list isn’t done.  Why is that?  And how do we fix it?

To reclaim our productivity—and our focus—here are three points to keep in mind.

How to Develop the Habits to Live an Intentional Life

Interview with Dr. Randy Carlson, The Intentional Living Center

Randy CarlsonOnce we know the life we want to live, how do we make the changes to become the person we want to be?

Dr. Randy Carlson has helped thousands do just that.

Through the ministry of Family Life Radio, Dr. Carlson uses his doctorate in counseling, his 26 years as a marriage and family therapist, and his daily Intentional Living call-in radio program to equip people to follow through on living purposefully for Christ.

I caught up with Randy at Proclaim 16.  Here’s what he said about the work they do at the Intentional Living Center.