5 Tips to Avoid Burnout

April 15, 2014 — 1 Comment
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On Monday, I wrote about the need to avoid burnout, especially when pursuing your dream. Our culture tends to idolize the busy — making heroes out of those who sacrifice everything in order to achieve their dream.

There was so much chatter about the post — on Facebook and LinkedIn —mostly from people asking how to avoid burnout. Knowing the need to avoid burnout is great, but taking the steps to build a life that is burnout-free doesn’t come easy to most.

We live in a society that is all about go-go-go-go-go. We’re constantly plugged into email, social media, and the latest news. Down time is deemed laziness in our new culture.

Avoiding burnout isn’t part of our world.
So we need to be proactive.

Here are five tips on how to avoid burnout:

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Avoiding Burnout

April 13, 2014 — 4 Comments
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Ask anyone who has actively pursued a dream and they’ll tell you — it’s a lot of work.

Early mornings.
Late nights.
Down time on weekends.
Producing, creating, constantly being “on”.
Working while waiting on an oil change, riding the bus, or watching TV with the family.

Work, work, work, work, and more work.

Pursuing a dream isn’t always fun. But it needs to be done.

So we lace up our boots, put our gloves on, and get to work.

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Take Courage

April 8, 2014 — Leave a comment
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Fear. Attempt anything new or great in your life, and it’s bound to show up with one ultimate goal in mind.

Getting you to stop in your tracks.

It will whisper thoughts of failure.
Point out why you can’t do it.
Run a series of what if’s in your mind.
Emphasize the worst case scenario.
Bring up past insecurities.

All to convince you to sit on the sidelines and avoid change.

As comforting as the sidelines can be, we were never created to avoid life – to bury our heads in the sand and avoid any form of risk.

You were created for more.

It’s why fear attacks.
It can sense the greatness within you and does all it can to stop you.

Fear is a powerful indicator that God is calling you to something great.

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April 6, 2014 — 2 Comments
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The desire of just about every Christian is to have an encounter with God.

We want to hear Him, sense Him, feel Him.
We want Him to heal our hurts and pain.
We want guidance and direction in our calling.
We want to know He’s there, have Him eradicate all doubt, and prove to us once and for all just how powerful He is.

One encounter with God can truly change your life.
It’s why we want more of Him.

But the funny thing about having an encounter with God is that it’s really not about you.

Sure, that encounter can heal your hurts and pains, free you from addiction, get you over the insecurities in your life, and help you discover your calling. But ultimately, it’s not about you.

Just about time a biblical character encountered God, it was followed by a command.


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Reading books. It’s a discipline many people, especially 20-somethings, don’t really practice anymore. Who has time with all the Facebook updates, tweets, vines to watch, Netflix to catch up on, and selfies to take?

The average young adult forgoes reading for just about anything else.

But as the old adage says: leaders are readers.

If you want to get ahead in the world, if you want to make a difference, you need to read. It stirs up creativity, expands your brain power, and teaches you lessons to apply in just about every area of life.

Here are a list of 5 books every 20-something should read:

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