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I need coaches in my life… a lot of them.

I currently have a marriage coach, finance coach, nutrition coach, business coach, writing coach, parenting coach, strength-training coach, and I look to my pastor as my spiritual coach.

Do I pay for all of them? No, but for some I do.

Why? I can’t trust myself. What? You heard me. I am a notorious self-sabotage and famous for self-deconstructing.

It’s ok. I know down deep I was built for community. I need others because iron sharpens iron. I need coaches.

Recently I read The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster and Darren Hardy said,

“The greatest athletes in the world hire the most expensive coaches, consultants, and advisors. The greatest companies do the same, CEO’s and celebrities, too. Why? Because they know that investing in themselves is what got them to where they are, and they know they need to keep doing it to grow and stay at the top of their game.”

I actually just got done paying nearly $1000 to go through a 12-month course called Start Up Camp. I signed a commitment letter and mailed it to Dale Partridge when I first started. I watched every coaching video, took detailed notes, printed off every document, showed up for a few monthly QnA’s, engaged in the private Facebook group, and about to take a 100 question exam to become a graduate.

The #1 thing I learned was that, I don’t need to do everything in my business, but I need to know about everything that’s going on in my business.

It was the best professional and personal development decision I’ve made in a long time, maybe ever.

Here’s five reasons why hiring a coach is worth it. I’m stealing these from Justin Wise but they hold true to my experiences as well.

A good coach…

1. Is a Shortcut to Success

I don’t like making mistakes and believe me I’ve made a ton from leading student ministries, planting a church, starting a triathlon chaplaincy, and several years ago birthing Fit Pastors. I remember hearing Dale Partridge say,

“One hour with me will save you a year.”

Wow. I thought that’s kind of cocky. It was true. I only wish I’d taken the course two years ago.  It has given me a confidence now in coaching pastors that I can save them a year of the vicious cycle in one hour with a new perspective and mindset.

2. Can See Your Blind Spots

So many pastors come to me feeling stuck in their health. Do you know what I see in so many including myself? They want overnight success. They want to plant healthy seeds, skip cultivating, and go right onto harvest. It takes a long time to put on a lot of weight, and guess what? It takes even longer to lose it.

3. Will Hold You Accountable

When I sent that letter to Dale along with hundreds of other entrepreneurs I committed on the dotted line. I will probably never meet Dale and he probably doesn’t even know who I am, but I know me. I committed and I wanted to finish. I’m accountable to the community of campers within Start Up Camp.

4. Will Keep You Humble

I don’t like asking for help who does? I have to swallow a really big glass of pride every single time I reach out. I know though that the Lord gives grace to the humble.

5. Will Expand Your Network

The best part about getting a coach is you get access to their community. This is what I love about Fit Pastors so much. You get to be a part of a tribe of pastors, missionaries, and church planters all on mission to get and stay healthy. You get to hang out with other pastors!

So pastors and leaders who are you allowing to coach you – to ask you the tough questions on a regular basis? In what areas of your life do you need coaches?  The New Year is just a few days away isn’t it time to secure a coach to finally conquer your health?

Check out my spiritual coach and pastor Scott Wilson in this interview as he reached out to Fit Pastors to get health coaching. Skip to the final 5 minutes and listen to what he says about gulping pride.

 

 

If you’re interested in grabbing a spot in an upcoming huddle, gain access to the Fit Pastors Academy course, and have your own personal coach click here.

This article was part three of a series called “Pastors Need Health Coaches”.  Click here to read part one and click here to read part two.

I leave you with this quote from the book Next Generational Leader,

It is impossible to maximize your potential in any area without coaching. You may be good. You may be even better than everyone else, but without outside input you will never be as good as you could be. To be the best next generation leader you can be, you must enlist the help of others. Self-evaluation is helpful, but evaluation from someone else is essential. You need a leadership coach”. Andy Stanley

 

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Hi my name is Ricky and I am an alcoholic, just kidding. I’m actually a sugarholic, but that’s for another time.  Actually since today is Christmas I might have to partake just a little.

Seriously though, you’ve probably heard someone mention that comment before. Why? It’s notorious for “AA”.

In 1935 a New York stockbroker named Bill and a surgeon named Bob catapulted the seed in Akron, Ohio for the largest, most well-known, and successful habit-changing organization in the world… Alcoholics Anonymous or “AA”.

AA doesn’t work for everyone—success rates are difficult to measure, because of participants’ anonymity—but millions credit the program with saving their lives.

AA’s foundational credo, the famous twelve steps, have become cultural lodestones incorporated into treatment programs for overeating, gambling, debt, sex, drugs, hoarding, self-mutilation, smoking, video game addictions, emotional dependency, and dozens of other destructive behaviors.

The group’s techniques offer, in many respects, one of the most powerful formulas for change.

Alcoholism, of course, is more than a habit. It’s a physical addiction with psychological and perhaps genetic roots. AA meetings don’t have a prescribed schedule or curriculum. Rather, they usually begin with a member telling his or her story, after which other people can chime in.

Do you know what the secret sauce is to Alcoholics Anonymous? Do you want to know why it is so effective?

1. The twelve steps
2. A support network
3. A sponsor or “coach”

The greatest reason is that every alcoholic has a coach that knows when they don’t show up for a meeting.

FACT: Pastors need other pastors to help them.

Let me ask you something. If you are a pastor what do you do when someone in your church is drowning in debt or in a marriage conflict and comes to you needing help?

You might counsel them right? Give them a word of encouragement? Toss out a little prayer? You can’t do that for every single sheep though right? So what’s the solution? I would venture to say pointing them to a support network or what we call in the church world “small groups”.

So lets get back to you. Are you struggling in your health? Have you tried and failed over and over and can’t seem to find a way out?

It is time to practice what you preach pastor.

Listen to this interview with my pastor friend Brian Pounds that gulped some pride and joined Fit Pastors. Skip to the 15-minute mark and listen closely you might hear yourself.

 

In his book, Dangerous Calling, Paul David Tripp says this,

“Ministry is a war between the private and public divide. Doesn’t every member of the body of Christ need the ministry of the body of Christ, including the pastor?

Pastor, are you in a small group? One that you don’t lead? Do you let others minister to you? Do you have spiritual mentors? Does your church provide the means for care, refreshment, and counseling for you? Pastors need to be in community. They need the ministry of the body just as much as they needed to minister to the rest of it.”

Recently I heard these words from my friend Earl Creps,

“The greatest need for pastors today is affirmation and encouragement.”

Isn’t it time you find a tribe where you can take off your pastor hat and just be you? You know…. the imperfect you? The human you that struggles just like anyone else?  Give yourself the gift of health this Christmas!

Shepherds aren’t perfect either. We all need a coach.

I’ve even heard it said that family members of alcoholics will send texts at 10pm at night asking, “Hey where are you? Are you at home? Are you ok?”

If you’d like to find your supportive network, your personal coach, and join a tribe that cares that much about you click here. There’s room for you.

If you missed part one of this series on “Pastors Need Health Coaches” go here to read part one.

I leave you with these words from Marcus Aurelius,

“Like a soldier storming a wall, you have a mission to accomplish. And if you’ve been wounded and you need a comrade to pull you up? So what?”

On August 13, 2008 in Beijing, China Michael Phelps won the 200 butterfly for another medal. Big deal right? If you know anything about the Olympics, swimming, and Phelps it was expected.

He did it blind because his goggles were completely filled with water. Yes, he swam lengths of the pool without being able to see and won.

How?  Visualization, deliberate practice, and the genius of his coach Bob Bowman.

Michael Phelps had started swimming when he was seven years old to burn off some of the energy that was driving his mom and teachers crazy. He was very emotional, had problems coping with stress due to parents divorce, and had trouble calming down before races.

Enter Coach Bob Bowman. He purchased a book of relaxation exercises and asked Phelps’s mom to read them aloud every night. The book contained a script—“Tighten your right hand into a fist and release it. Imagine the tension melting away”—that tensed and relaxed each part of Phelps’s body before he fell asleep. Bowman believed that for swimmers, the key to victory was creating the right routines.

Bowman could also see that Phelps, even at a young age, had a capacity for obsessiveness that made him an ideal athlete. Then again, all elite performers are obsessives.

All he needed to do was target a few specific habits that had nothing to do with swimming and everything to do with creating the right mind-set. He designed a series of behaviors that Phelps could use to become calm and focused before each race, to find those tiny advantages that, in a sport where victory can come in milliseconds, would make all the difference.

When Phelps was a teenager, for instance, at the end of each practice, Bowman would tell him to go home and “watch the videotape. Watch it before you go to sleep and when you wake up. The videotape wasn’t real. Rather, it was a mental visualization of the perfect race.

During practices, when Bowman ordered Phelps to swim at race speed, he would shout, “Put in the videotape!

Eventually, all Bowman had to do before a race was whisper, “Get the videotape ready”.

On that day in Beijing the leaking goggles were a minor deviation, but one for which Phelps was prepared. Bowman had once made Phelps swim in a Michigan pool in the dark, believing that he needed to be ready for any surprise.

The genius, wisdom, deliberate practice, and direction of a coach caused a confused, stressed, highly emotional little boy to grow up into the most heroic Olympic athlete this world has ever seen.

What if you as a pastor could reach the greatest potential possible but you’re lacking one thing….. a coach?

According to Raymond Gleason, there’s

5 WAYS THAT A COACH CAN HELP YOU

 1.  Define your current reality by helping you consider – What is my present situation? Where am I headed?

2.  Clarify your vision and goals.

  • Many people continually react to their current reality rather than living and working with purpose. A coach first leads you to define what success looks like so you can set goals toward achieving it.

3.  Identify roadblocks to your vision.

  • This requires that you acknowledge and address areas of comfort and familiarity that are commonly overlooked as barriers to your success.

4.  Test your thinking, opinions, conclusions, and behavior.

  • It’s easy to get stuck in a rut – doing the same things and thinking the same way while expecting different results.

5.  Establish accountability by helping you evaluate – Am I making progress? Am I growing? Am I accomplishing my vision?

  • Many get off track because they confuse intent or busyness with progress. A coach helps you accomplish what you set out to accomplish.

These are reasons why I became a health coach and why we’ve trained nearly 20 others to coach pastors in their health.

So how about you? Are you reaching your full potential as a pastor? Do you have the adequate energy level to fulfill your calling day in and day out? Are you dealing with emotional baggage or stress that is holding you back?

Watch this interview with my friend Mark Entzminger, Senior Director of Children’s Ministries for the Assemblies of God, who reached out and hired a health coach. In the last 10 minutes he shares openly what Fit Pastors did for him and how it could benefit you.

If you’re interested in grabbing a spot in our winter season of coaching huddles click here. The price of admission gets you your own personal coach.

* The excerpts about the Michael Phelps story is from the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

 

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This is me.  I wish.  It is my mindset for 2016.

 

Six months ago I watched this Ted Talk by Brene Brown and it rocked my world.

She basically challenged me to be willing to get naked, per say, and walk into the stadium where all my friends, family, supporters, and lurkers are sitting and put myself out there. Here’s a quote,

“If we want to be courageous and we want to be in the arena, we’re going to get our butts kicked,” she says. “There is no option. If you want to be brave and show up in your life, you’re going to fail. You’re going to stumble. You’re going to fall. It’s part of showing up.” Brene Brown

Thank you Brene Brown.  It goes so much further then her, it is the driving force of my life to be led of the Holy Spirit.  I’m about to get more transparent and vulnerable than I ever have in my life, but will also dare more than I ever have before.

“It’s not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the person who is in the arena. Whose face is marred with dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly … who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly …” President Theodore Roosevelt

Many changes coming in 2016. Why?

I’m on a crusade to not only help pastors, but anyone that stumbles upon this website that struggles with emotional, mental, physical, or spiritual health. To me it is all wrapped holistically. I see the struggles, I hear the voices, I get the emails, I get the texts, and I my heart longs to fulfill my assignment to help.

Moving Forward into 2016

I will be learning, researching, reading, listening, watching, interviewing, gathering, and coaching. I will sift through the piles, clear through confusion, dig into scripture, and pray about how I can then be an instrument and a mouthpiece.

I know pastors don’t have time to read tons of books on health, so I will to save them time and create book summaries.

I will do my best to write two articles a week in 2016 on Tuesdays and Fridays majoring in physical, mental, and emotional health. Within that I will focus on minors, pastoral pain points if you will, that get in the way such as: stress, depression, willpower,consistency, and productivity.

My aim is to not just learn and write about all of this. My focus will be to also experiment in my own life which will bring successes and failures in my own pursuit of health. Perhaps you can avoid my mistakes and learn about my own health philosophy…. the tortoise effect.  You will be able to subscribe via email and opt-in to follow my own journey of health.

I will do my best to post workouts and meals on my Twitter page and Instagram. My personal Facebook profile will transition into a Fan Page so that I can draw a line in the social media sand and not clutter my personal profile with just health stuff.

This website will be getting a new face lift soon, hoping by the start of 2016, and I invite you on the journey with me.

The signature online course Fit Pastors Academy will be completely revised and redone with the new knowledge and lessons learned to create a far premier quality product to focus more on habit formation and lifestyle change.

Once again I will do my best with the greatest of intentions to be of service to you. I don’t want to waste your time or be an annoyance in your inbox.

Please give me grace as I embark to write twice a week and become far more public with my own health journey.

Because I’m perfection? Far from it. Only an instrument that has a heart to come alongside you and encourage you and let you know you’re not alone.

So. I invite you on this epic journey with me and many others to be on a daily pursuit of health so that we can fulfill our assignment on planet earth with as much energy, credibility, confidence, and longevity as possible.

What about you?  Is their something you’ve been holding back?  Has the Lord asked something of you but you are afraid?  Afraid to be vulnerable?  Afraid to get naked in the arena of life?

2016.  Make it your year!  Lets do this together!

 

 

2015 Annual Review

December 11, 2015 — Leave a comment

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I started writing articles or blog posts in 2007. I wrote a post you can read here on the reasons why I started.

In 2007 I wrote an annual review and thought, wow even though I typically do one I didn’t realize that I hadn’t posted one online since. So I’ve decided to do so today.

WHY AN ANNUAL REVIEW?

It gives me an opportunity to look back and see all that happened in my life over the course of a year. It allows me to see what went well, where I was off-track, and what I can do moving forward.

In a nutshell, am I becoming the man I want to become and fulfilling my assignment on planet earth?

I’m not posting this review online to say, “Hey everyone look at what I did!” It is more of, “Hey would you celebrate with me at some cool things that happened in my life” and “Interesting… I think I’ll give this review thing a try.  I thought Ricky was more spot on, he’s more human than I thought.”

One other thing, it’s easy to read another’s review or someone else’s goals and compare.   I’ve had that same temptation as well.  When I do I lean into one of my favorite passages,

“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.” Galatians 4:5-6 MSG

3 QUESTIONS I’M ASKING DURING THIS REVIEW

Here’s the 3 questions I’m going to tackle in this review. Once again I challenge you to do your own review and by all means make it more simple of need be.

  1. What went well this year?
  2. What didn’t go so well this year?
  3. What am I working toward?

Alright. Deep breath. Don’t be afraid. Let’s do this.

1. What went well this year?

FAMILY (I break this into two categories)

When I first started thinking about this I felt that negative vibe of, “You’re not a good husband OR a good father. You struggle.” Been there?  I started believing it until I reviewed my calendar and saw that we created so many memories together including:

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Parenting.

  • Perot Museum and Zoo day during Spring Break
  • Red Sox vs. Rangers game for Cale’s birthday
  • Water park during the summer
  • Field trip to the Ballpark in Arlington with Camden
  • Camden’s URL event in Arlington
  • Camden’s Spelling Bee event at school
  • Cale’s Christmas program
  • Assisted in coaching Cale with t-ball
  • Had lunch with both boys at school
  • Took two camping trips at various lakes
  • Experienced 4 San Antonio getaways to see my family
  • Thanksgiving vacation at a remote location followed by trip to Claremore, OK to be with Amy’s family
  • Amy and I became official Epic kids volunteers at church and also went through an ADHD class to help us be better parents

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Marriage.

  • Celebrated 13 years of marriage at Melting Pot
  • Getaway to Ouray, Colorado at Eagle’s Nest
  • Regular breakfast dates and monthly evening dates
  • Double dates with various couples

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FIELD

As I turn my attention more towards my calling and work it falls under four main roles being: entrepreneur, coach, writer, and speaker.
Entrepreneurship.

  • Nearly 100 pastors were coached via 4 seasons of coaching huddles by our coaches within the Fit Pastors team. We gave away a ton of free passes for our online course Fit Pastors Academy. I led our team to produce another product in Fit Pastors Academy 2.0 and we also developed an automated coaching course to train others to help us with pastors.
  • We established an advisory board of directors and have brought on new team members to help with video, website, social media, and graphic design. After 2 years, my partner Shawn Reine has decided to focus primarily on his church plant and will remain a huddle coach.
  • We started a staff wellness program at The Oaks Fellowship and looking forward to where this will lead. I need to think through how this can be sustainable.
  • This fall our team spent many hours of strategic planning to revise our current systems, products, and coaching. I personally went through an online entrepreneurship course called StartUp Camp to learn better business and marketing skills. We must not just do well at the ministry side but the business side if we will be sustainable financially.  You can click here if you’d like to see our business plan.

Coaching.

  • I personally coached virtually nearly 25 pastors and leaders in their health. I also led a 6am pastor’s workout 4 times a week that was open-ended and recruited my first intern to help promote prevention amongst college students. I made road trips around various parts of north Texas meeting with pastors for encouragement.
  • I secured my NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certification and also went through CPR / AED training to stay fresh.

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Writing.

  • I’ve written 454 articles on my website since 2007 but only managed to write 15 of those this past year.  It was a far cry from what I wanted to do but with the heavy travel schedule I’m glad I was able to keep it going. I’ve received affirmation that I need to continue to sharpen my writing blade.
  • I’ve downplayed this for a really long time because of my hesitation and fear in not being able to write well, being rejected, afraid of criticism, and insecurity with my grammar and punctation.
    I’ve had five close friends and family in the past few months ask me when I am going to write a book. Yikes! I’ve had multiple confirmations and know the day will come, but for now I must put in my writing reps and get more consistent in writing articles on this site.

Speaking.

  • I was a keynote speaker at 8 various venues including churches, leadership luncheons, staff sessions, and conferences. I also gave 7 promotional plugs for Fit Pastors at church planter events and denomination district councils.  After reading Essentialism I elected to cancel 6 engagements to rest and be with my family in the fall.
  • Although I enjoy these opportunities I’m at a season of life now that they no longer fill my ego bucket, but I now gauge them based on different criteria and more on return of investment with time, energy, and finances. I know this will be a huge part of my life in the years to come just not certain yet how much.

Travel.

  • I had the opportunity to visit 10 different U.S. states. If you were to have asked me my excitement level last year knowing how much travel I was going to get to do I was stoked. I learned it isn’t nearly as glamorous as I thought with hotels, airports, fatigue, time away from family, getting out of routine, and so on.

Here’s some cities and the U.S. states I was able to visit:

  • Alamogordo, NM
  • Boulder County, CO
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Sacramento, CA (twice)
  • San Diego, CA
  • Manassas, VA
  • Pittsburg, PA (twice)
  • Denver, CO
  • Hilton Head, SC
  • Green Bay, WI
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Springfield, MO
  • Orlando, FL

FITNESS & HEALTH

Moving forward I next focus on my health and fitness.  I’m trying harder to look at this from a holistic view not separate it isn’t as easy as one thinks. I look at my spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical.

Spiritual.

I was consistent in following a 2-year Bible reading plan, along with Amy, which I loved discussing with her throughout the year. I took 4 short solitude retreats to recharge and attended a Freedom Quest retreat with other men and experienced some personal breakthroughs.

Emotional. 

  • I battled loneliness in spurts and realized that I must become more intentional at relationships because I’m an entrepreneur and don’t go to work place or work for a company.  I also noticed when I have sugar in my system and don’t get enough sleep it effects me in a monumental way.

Mental.

  • I read 35 books in 2015. Now ask me how much of that information and knowledge I applied? I’m learning now that too much knowledge is too much knowledge. What good is a book if it is not applied right? I used to like to brag on how many books I’ve read now I’m looking at how many books I’ve read that how impacted my life and have shaped me to make changes.  I’m planning on cutting the amount back in 2016 dramatically.

Physical.  

I coach and teach that the body is a like a vehicle with 4 tires. In order to stay physically healthy you need to regularly put air in your rest, move, lift, and fuel tires. You also need to have a regular tune-up.

Tuning.

Here’s my notes from my annual health screening that I sent my health coach:

Pro’s

1.  HDL
2.  Cholesterol Ratio (not sure if it going up is good thing?)
3.  Trigs way down!!!!!
4.  Blood sugar down
5.  Body weight went up but due to muscle gain thus BMI down
6.  Blood pressure way better!

Con’s

1.  LDL went up 😦
2.  Total Choles the same 😦
3.  Potassium & Bilirubin little high

Moving.

  • I regularly ran throughout the year as a warm-up for my lift workouts. I put in a ton of laps and cycled in preparation to complete my first off-road sprint triathlon called the Dirty Rock. I participated in a obstacle endurance race called the Down & Dirty. I also participated in the Bolder Boulder 10K in Colorado. I experienced a PR mile at 6:49. I’d like to improve my overall running speed in 2016.

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Lifting.

  • I consistently strength trained the entire year more so than I’ve ever done. I followed multiple plans by Jim Stoppani and used this LIFT log to help me track my workouts and see progress little by little. I’m already creating a new 4-tire tracking tool for pastors to use that will be much like a dashboard.  I want to do better at tracking how many total workouts I do in 2016 and do more compound movements to get a bigger bank for my buck.

Some of my highlights in lifting this year:

  • Bench Press – Started the year at a max of 165 and built up to 205.
  • Incline Press – 4 sets of 140 was a PR
  • Tricep Pulldown – Started at 170 finished at 4 sets of 220.
  • Shoulder Press – Started year with 30 pound dumbbells ended with 55’s.

Fueling.

  • These days I try to eat healthier not for weight loss but for overall health and because I’ve inherited bad cholesterol and blood pressure genes. I have to watch how much animal products and dairy I consume. I could’ve done far better here. I need to continue to monitor my intake with the app Lose It and focus more on clean, whole, and unprocessed nutrition.

Resting.

  • This was by far my worst tire. Because I’ve made a habit of getting up at 5am I struggle to get the 8-9 hours my body needs to function properly. I had attempts at taking naps but it didn’t happen.  My plan is to begin using an app again called Sleep Cycle to track my sleep patterns and go to bed earlier.
  • My Sabbaths were pitiful. They were all over the map and I honestly didn’t allow the Lord to “build the house”. How can I when I’m always on the job site? I’ve got to be more intentional.  After all it is one of the big 10’s!

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS THIS YEAR

  • 3-day backpacking adventure in the Lost Wilderness in CO
  • Got to fly first-class on one my trips (life goal)
  • Accepted God’s grace and gave grace with a childhood wound
  • Performed a wedding and got to baptize a friend
  • Met a legend in the faith Hulda Buntain
  • Stained my own fence
  • Bicycle ride with Leland and a run with my Dad
  • Hosted my sister Shara and her kids for a weekend

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2. What didn’t go so well this year?

Family.

  • I set out with unsustainable goals at the beginning of the year and it has left me feeling more like a failure. I had high hopes but with the amount of travel and me being routine-oriented I flopped.
  • For example: I wanted to do a weekly devotional, schedule more one-on-one times with the kids, and plan a weekly activity. It was hit and miss to say the least. I must simplify and schedule better.

Relationships.

  • If I were to give myself a grade it would be an F. I often blame it on my season of life with small kids and travel. That’s lame and I know it. I had goals of building solid relationships with 4 other guys and 3 moved out of state thus I gave up. I need to get back on the saddle and be intentional and stay in touch better with family.

Note: You can have 5,000 Facebook “friends” and still feel lonely.  Nothing will ever compare to face-to-face spontaneous conversations with true friends.

Management.

  • I’m a pioneer by nature and a starter thus I have struggled at building a sustainable ministry.  I’ve always l loved the starting but stink at the finishing.
  • I coach too many people at once draining me and not providing adequate attention to each of them.  I need to coach fewer and relieve myself of feeling guilty if someone ask.
  • I’m needing another person to come alongside me in a manager role soon.

Writing.

  • Honestly this wasn’t a priority this past year but I’m realizing more and more that when you speak it is only to a select group. When I coach it is usually one-on-one or to a small group. However, when I write it is endless in its reach thus writing will become one of my #1 priorities in 2016.  It also stands the test of time and when you put something in writing it is forever.

Resting.

  • I’ve taken the hit emotionally, mentally, and physically this year. My pace was a 10K and I need it to be an ultra-marathon pace. I’ve got to power down earlier and get adequate sleep and apply my Sabbaths.

3. What am I working toward?

Simplifying.

  • If I am going to accomplish the most important I’ve got to focus in on writing, revising and rebranding our products, and coach multiplication. I must do this with a slow and steady approach.  I just read this book that was perfect in helping me gear up for 2016.

Routines and habits.

  • I’m not looking at setting a ton of goals this year but building in daily routines with habits that will allow me to become who I long to be in every area of my life.

Modeling.

  • As I write and coach I can’t forget that I must take care of myself in my own health. I must continue to model the 4 tires I preach on with a focus on rest.

Creativity.

  • I failed out a hobby or some kind of stress relief this year and thus with my desire to fuel cleaner, keep track of my cholesterol, I am going to make attempts to learn to cook better.

WRAPPING UP

As you can see I’m far from perfect and not an expert even in my own health. I’m still learning and growing and receiving grace from our heavenly father.

I hope that in my sharing you find encouragement in your journey and making improvements along the way.

Thank you for reading and I invite you to ask me along the way how I’m doing in these areas! Feel free to use this as your own template.

Bring on 2016!

Note: Thanks to  James Clear for inspiring me to write this review.