Are You Experiencing Overload?

Speed, hurry, and noise. All indicators of a life of out of focus.

But there is one other indicator that shows up when we lose our focus. It is overload.

Author Richard Swenson says, “Overloading is what we do when we forget who God is.”

Have you forgotten?

Not sure?

Take a look at your life. If it is in overload mode, chances are you need to slow down and remember.


How has your pace been lately?


The Thursday Three … Volume 3

For this week’s Thursday Three check out the following …

Waze  … My go to app for directions. Thankfully I was blessed with the direction gene thanks to my mom. However, living near a major city, there are times when traffic warrants taking a different route. It’s hard to know which way to go. With Waze you simply enter the address of your destination and it calculates the preferred route based on real time feedback from the Waze community. I mentioned the app to two leaders I was traveling with this past week and neither one of them had heard of it which shocked me. I’ve been using the app for a few years. If you aren’t using Waze give it a try. It will save you time. Time you can use for an extra few pages of reading or the opportunity to write a thank you note to a friend or coworker.

Walt Before Mickey … The Netflix movie is not likely to win an Oscar, and I don’t necessarily recommend it. It is basically a biographical documentary, and the acting in far from inspiring. But as a leader it was interesting to learn of the Walt Disney backstory. I watched the movie last week and it did foster an appreciation for his perseverance. A line from the movie, Dreams don’t come true without a lot of failure, made me wonder what would have happened if Walt had given up when things appeared hopeless.

Steven Pressfield’s, The War of Art. I had a quote in yesterday’s blog from this book. The War of Art should be required reading for all who lose motivation toward their work … which is everyone. I love his words, “Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” 


The Art of Leadership

Monday night I attended my daughter Katherine’s AP art show. I was blown away by her creativity. I know I’m biased, but her work was amazing!


It was interesting to feel her energy as she explained to me each of her seventeen 3d pieces. Just sixteen hours earlier her energy was different. It was midnight and she was cramming for an important Economics test. Katherine will not be an economist.

As a father I could not care any less about her economics grade. I haven’t asked her about it all year. I have asked her about her art class. I even volunteered to assist her with a project a few weeks ago. I’ve watched, cheered for, and encouraged her almost daily as she has put in hundreds of hours cutting out letters, building mailboxes out of book pages, and repurposing old hardbacks.

When you think about those you lead, have you spent time talking with them about their interests, dreams, and passions? I hope so. Chances are you fall into the trap of expecting everyone to be excited by the things that excite you. Resist. Part of the art of leadership is encouraging people to follow their area of passion.

Who do you need to have a strength conversation with before the end of the week?


Is Your Stamina Equal to Your Talent?

I am inspired by the words of American novelist, John Irving, who said of his writing … “More than half, maybe as much as two-thirds of my life as a writer is rewriting. I wouldn’t say I have a talent that’s special. It strikes me that I have an unusual kind of stamina.”             

Often people ask me how and why I write this blog. For those of you who read it, you know by now it is not because of some special talent that I have. I guess it is a stamina thing with me too. That, and a genuine desire to keep growing as a leader and sharing what I learn.

Most nights, about nine o’clock, I sit down and I write. I have no idea why I do it. Many nights I don’t want to do it. I don’t get paid to do it. Maybe I shouldn’t do it? But to use a well-worn phrase, I “just do it.”

Over the last few years it has occurred to me that much of what is accomplished in this world is due more to stamina than it is talent. That is a good thing for most of us.

As a leader, it is impossible for you to hit a home run every day. But it is possible for you to take a swing. Keep swinging long enough and you are bound to make contact at some point.

Find something you are passionate about and start doing it. Over and over, day after day. Lead, speak, sing, make music, paint, draw, blog, read, or write. The context matters little.  Just do something and do your best.

Thanks for the reminder, John Irving. People all over the world need for us to contribute and to bring endurance.

Let’s do it!


What is one area of interest where you would like to have more stamina?