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Jan 10

Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

BreesDrew Brees had been unemployed, experienced a career-threatening injury, and was filled with self-doubt. Sundays he’s an NFL football player. Here are the insights he gained. 1


“From my perspective, it’s when the rug gets pulled out from under you that you really find your calling in life. Those defining moments don’t have to be tragedies. When they’re viewed through the lens of God’s plans, they can be ‘points of purpose’ in your life.”

Dec 2

Holiday Rest Intentions

Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

half empty half full -141361_640I’m not very good at relaxing.

Like many of you I had some time off of work for the Thanksgiving weekend. Unfortunately, even while I was “relaxing” I was not particularly restful.
– I read for work.
– I studied health and nutrition.
– Felt frustrated with the Chicago Bears.
– I followed my fantasy football players.
I was not particularly “rest-full.”

Is Rest Possible?

I know I’m not “good” at resting, but I know that it’s possible.

Nov 15

Tendulkar, Tyko, and Cricket

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

Sachin Tendulkar – Cricket’s Babe Ruth – is retiring from the great sport of Cricket. I’ve never met Tendulkar, the man known as the “Little Master”, but I do know my neighbor and friend, Tyko Jaddunath. I wrote about Tyko and Cricket last year, but today Tendulkar is retired and Tyko plays on.

My neighbor, Tyko Jaddunath, plays cricket for the Minnesota Windies.
Last summer I went to their Cricket match.

What’s Cricket?

Nov 10


Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

dick-butkusFormer Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus #51 was arguably the most intimidating player to ever play football. Other players admitted that they were flat-out frightened of him.

Besides being a ferocious and determined player, Butkus was an intelligent player. He had great vision, instincts, and effort, but he also studied game film – long before it was common – so that he knew what the opposition was likely to do on offense. At the snap of the ball, Butkus seemed to fly to wherever the play was headed. He played every game as though it were his last… 1

Nov 1

What’s HOT?

Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

fire-76815_640This week I’m focusing on five listening moments.

Monday was Listening to Understand
Tuesday was Listen Deeply
Wednesday was Listen Beneath The Surface
Thursday was Listen, Don’t T.R.I.P.

Listen In

If we listen to the news of the day and the waves of our culture we’d spend all of our time chasing what’s “hot.”

Until 2004 the Boston Red Sox hadn’t won baseball’s World Series in 86 years and this week they won their third in the last ten years. They’re hot!

Oct 26

World Series Reading List

Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

As I write this review, we’re in the midst of the 2013 World Series. The St Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox are battling for the title World Champions.

I have just finished a couple baseball-themed books I think you might enjoy too.

Playing w PurposePlaying with Purpose: Baseball by Mike Yorkey

Playing with Purpose: Baseball by Mike Yorkey takes the readers behind the scenes and into the lives, values and faith of some of the best baseball players who have ever lived including Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, future Hall of Famer Albert Pujoles and Mariano Rivera.

Oct 25

Courage and Faith

Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

jesus_in_the_gardenOlympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas came to TreeHouse this week. I enjoyed learning more about this courageous and determined young woman.

Read # 1 Courage To Fly

Read #2 Courageous Sacrifice

Courage and Faith

Where does Gabby’s courage and faith come from?

Watch this video, Gabby’s faith in God drives her decision making. That kind of faith is sacrificial faith.

…since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship.

Oct 24

Courageous Sacrifice

Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

Gabbys MomOlympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas is coming to TreeHouse today!

I’m enjoying learning more about this courageous and determined young woman.

Who is one of your favorite superheroes, and why? Why do we like stories about superheroes so much?

Many of us admire heroes for the sacrifices that they make for other people.

Courageous Sacrifice

Watch this video.  We admire Gabby for the sacrifices that she has made to achieve her gymnastics goals.

Gabby said, “Life is not easy you have to fight and not quit. I’m gonna fight for my dream.”

Oct 23

Courage To Fly

Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

Gabby-Douglas_webOlympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas is coming to TreeHouse this week! I’m enjoying learning more about this courageous and determined young woman.

Courage To Fly

If you could have one superpower, what would you choose and why?
Many of us have wanted to fly.
Watch this video about Gabby learning to fly.

Shawn Johnson was the gold medal winner and the best gymnast on the planet, but within three years of winning gold she retired because of a knee injury. I don’t know about you, but when I really care about something but I can’t do it I can be very pouty.

Aug 5

Finding the Winning Edge by Bill Walsh

Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

Although many of these factors are discussed in greater detail in subsequent chapters in this text, there are numerous precepts that should be the building blocks of a sound philosophy. As the head coach, you should consider embodying the following points of philosophical counsel:

• Be Yourself

Throughout your career, you will have the opportunity to observe and work with other coaches. While it is important that you learn whatever you can from each one of them, you must recognize the fact that you can’t be any one of them.