How to Manage Your Goals

I was buried in a huge writing project.

I put everything else in my life on hold. All my other goals went off the rails. I was sleeping too little, eating the wrong things, never exercising and spending very little time with my family. When I wasn’t working on my project, I was lost in thought still thinking about it. –Not a healthy way to live….
Now, there are too many important things I have to work at to let this happen again. Here’s what I am learning to do.

Three Genius Brain Hacks to Fight Exhaustion

Ford, Edison and Einstein had some interesting habits that kept their minds sharp and creative. What researchers found is that these same habits also kept them alert and motivated! They didn’t struggled with exhaustion because they learned to do these three things.

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Years ago I read You Don’t Have to Go Home From Work Exhausted by Ann McGee-Cooper. Her book helped me pull out of a slump. It helped me regain energy and enthusiasm for my ministry. There are so many excellent ideas to balance your right and left brain so that you are more able to think, less exhausted and can sleep better at night. Here’s the first idea that really works for me.

4 Powerful Ways That Mindfulness Will Improve Your Life and Ministry

Being all there makes a huge difference…

But recent studies show that most of us aren’t “all there” most of the time! In fact one study by Microsoft shows that most people have a shorter attention span (8 seconds) than a gold fish! Here are 5 powerful ways that practicing mindfulness will improve your life and ministry!

Better Planning for a Better Fall

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Weird right?

Yet we often do exactly that! If you want to have a better fall, now is the time to plan to make the most of each moment. Here are a few enhancements that you can make to your planning that will help your group to do better in the fall.

10 Habits of Mentally Strong Youth Workers

Mental strength is essential for life and ministry.

I’ve learned this lesson and it has been reinforced by Amy Morin’s book “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do.” What are the habits of mentally strong youth workers? Here are ten things mentally strong people do every day.

4 Essential Elements of an Amazing Personal Retreat

You need to do a retreat!

I can already hear you say, “Ugggg, I’m exhausted from the year and have no energy to put on a retreat”.

That’s not the kind of retreat I’m talking about.  You need to go on a personal retreat.  –A retreat where you spend time with God, plan, and fill your empty tank.

In fact I believe an annual personal retreat is a critical piece of your effectiveness and the effectiveness of your ministry.  Think of it as you taking your car to the mechanic or going to the doctor for a checkup.  When these things are done regularly everything runs more effectively and often you can catch problems before they become too big.

Here’s 1 key and 4 elements of a personal retreat a success.

Youth Ministry That’s More Than Hype

I fell into a trap.

It was an honest mistake. I just wanted to get kids interested in my youth ministry. S0… announcements, games, and activities got louder and crazier. For a time we grew like a weed but just like a weed it began to choke all the healthy stuff we had worked so hard to develop. Our Friday youth night had become the place to meet up to go out and party. I wanted a group with energy and enthusiasm but I was done with the hype: Here’s what I discovered.

4 Strategies to Make Next Year Great Today

I know it’s April but the summer is coming.

In fact you might already be feeling the fatigue of the youth ministry calendar. Don’t worry, the summer is coming!  The summer is not just a time to rest.  It’s also a great time to evaluate and plan for changes in your youth ministry and life. However, if you want to maximize your summer, you need to start planning for it now.

Here are 4 simple strategies you can use to make next year amazing.