Thursday, May 24, 2012


A traffic jam?!  On top of the world?!  

Who would have ever thought, way back in May 1953 when Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay (Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer) would be the first to successfully summit Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world (29,035 feet), that hundreds would cue up on the same weekend to plant their feet on the top of Mount Everest. 

On the weekend of May 20, 2012 (59 years following Hillary's success) about 200 people lined up on the last push, through the "Dead Zone", to add their names to those who have followed Hillary's steps.  4 people died in that weekend's attempt and several are reported missing.

Now, reportedly, another 208 people are lined up to attempt their ascent. As of 2010, 3,142 climbers from 20 different countries have successfully completed the trek.  The oldest climber was 76 and the youngest was 13.  A blind man has even climbed Everest.

My point of this post today, is not a lesson about Everest, nor a commentary about where people find the funds to do this kind of thing.  What intrigues me is how when one person breaks a barrier, sets a record, it seems to give many others the permission and confidence to achieve the same.

For years, running a mile in 4 minutes was considered unachievable.  "Man was not meant to run that fast."  Yet in 1954, Roger Bannister proved them wrong.  Then in 1964, Jim Ryun, hit the magic mark and he was in high school!  Now, it is considered the standard for all male, middle distance runners.  The current record is 3:43.13.

There is something significant psychologically that takes place when someone breaks a record.  Then it seems that others believe that they can do it as well.  Psychological barriers impact everyone.  A psychological barrier is a limiting belief that prevents someone from reaching their full potential.

Not only am I thankful for trail blazers and record breakers that have shown me a job is doable, a summit can be climbed, a record broken.  I also want to be that for others for whom I can blaze a trail.

As it says in the New Testament:

Hebrews 12:1-3 (MSG)
[Distance Race ] Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

We all deal with limiting beliefs.  What is holding you back?  What do you need to break free from?  Trust God and press forward!

Monday, March 5, 2012


Over the years, I have worked with some great people, and for the sake of clarity, some not-so-great people.
I came across this article in INC - Small Business Resource For the Entrepreneur. Jeff Haden does a great job of presenting this.

A couple of key points:
Remarkable employees are
  • Eccentric -
  • Irreverent -
  • Know when to publicly praise -
  • Know when to privately complain -
  • Like to prove others wrong -
  • Are always fiddling -
Maybe I'll adapt the article to list the "Qualities of Not-So-Great" Employees. Perhaps a good title would be "Good to Not-So-Great."

Here is the article. Be sure and read it.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


One of the things I love to know is the origin of words. It seems to tie together history, languages and culture.
Just found a fascinating word that we all have used or done at some point...


Originally this word had nothing to do with snooping.

Eavesdrop started off literally: first it referred to the water that fell from the eaves of a house, then it came to mean the ground where that water fell.

Eventually, eavesdropper described someone who stood within the eavesdrop of a house to overhear a conversation inside.

Over time, the word obtained its current meaning: "to listen secretly to what is said in private."

So, I guess if you "eavesdrop" you're a big drip!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010, remembering...

In his first Thanksgiving proclamation as president, Ronald Reagan wrote: "America has much for which to be thankful. The unequaled freedom enjoyed by our citizens has provided a harvest of plenty to this Nation throughout its history. In keeping with America's heritage, one day each year is set aside for giving thanks to God for all of His blessings. … "As we celebrate Thanksgiving … we should reflect on the full meaning of this day as we enjoy the fellowship that is so much a part of the holiday festivities. Searching our hearts, we should ask what we can do as individuals to demonstrate our gratitude to God for all He has done. Such reflection can only add to the significance of this precious day of remembrance. "Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people.
A great statement from a great statesman.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


(picture taken by Jill Thornton)

"All Beginnings Are Hopeful"

Dan Miller

This is a quote from the president of Oxford University, spoken to the entering freshman in 1944, in the midst of a world war. This is a concept that we have seen confirmed throughout history. In working with people going through change, I am often struck by the discouragement, frustration, and frequent anger and resentment they share.

I have come to recognize however, that those feelings always tell me that the person is looking backward, at something that has already occurred. As soon as we are able to create a clear plan for the future, those feelings quickly begin to dissipate and are replaced by hope, optimism and enthusiasm. In all my years of coaching, I have never seen a person who has a clear plan and goals who is also depressed. They just don't go together.

We are now in a new "season" as a country. While there are lots of opinions on the political and economic fronts, it seems to me that people are in general more optimistic and hopeful than they were a couple of months ago. Saturday Joanne and I stopped to pick up a video cord at Best Buy, and the crowds were heavier than right before Christmas. I am being overwhelmed with people who want to launch new businesses - releasing ideas they've had for years and they are excited that now is the time.

And the anticipation is not just an American phenomenon. My analytics show that in the past year our website was visited by people from 76 countries. It seems people everywhere are looking for new beginnings.

Viktor Frankl, in his wonderful little book, Man's Search for Meaning, relates his observations of people in the German concentration camps. Age, health, education or ability could not predict those who survived the atrocities there. No, rather it was only those who believed that there was something better coming tomorrow who were able to survive and ultimately walk away from those camps.

Feeling discouraged? Miserable in your job? Just lost your business? Draw that proverbial line in the sand. What appears to be the end is actually a new beginning.

Welcome the new beginning tomorrow! "All beginnings are hopeful."

Published April 29, 2009.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

"We're A Friendly Church!"

Most of the time, I have found that churches that laud themselves for being a friendly church actually aren't.

It seems that their "friendliness" is evaluated by how friendly they are with each other.

All you have to do is walk into that church, as a visitor, and you'll be able to determine quickly if they are indeed the "friendliest church in town."

Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources published an excellent article titled "The Friendliness Factor." You can find the entire article at

Rainer states... "People are drawn to genuineness. They can spot manufactured friendliness a
mile away. Make eye contact. Get their name. Spend a minute with them. We’ve all heard the saying that kids spell love t-i-m-e. Well, so do grown-ups. Spend some time getting to know them. Often, unchurched individuals find themselves at church for the first time because of a personal crisis.
Genuine friendliness can be a huge factor in them returning to the church and, ultimately, accepting Christ as Savior."

This friendliness factor is not automatic. You have to intentionally train and motivate people to identify, approach appropriately and give the
kind of welcome that causes the visitor to feel truly welcomed and genuinely cared about.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Guts to Guard the Gate

Great quote from Larry Osborne...
"The best time to reduce conflict is before it breaks out. The best way to do that is to keep contentious people (and those with an ax to grind or competing ministry vision) off the leadership team. I look at it this way: If I don’t have the guts to guard the gate, I have no right to complain about who’s in the pen."