Responding In The Midst Of A Valley Moment – Podcast: S03E004

We all go through setbacks in our lives. Distractions that deter us from becoming all of who we are. Disappointments that discourage us from impacting those within our sphere of influence. How do you respond in the midst of a valley moment?

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In today’s podcast episode of Monday Morning Moments, I discuss a simple acronym that can help you respond when a crisis occurs as well as when your focus and attention are needed the most. Check out this episode to discover the secret of the best performers in sports, business, and life!


The Gift of Being Present

Being present is a gift that you give to yourself and others. It helps you engage fully in your life, your opportunities, and your sphere of influence. Yet, there are moments when we are not fully present which can lead to feelings of regret, disappointment, and disillusionment.

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To be fully present is to engage mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually in a given moment. I have seen many examples of people who were present physically but not mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. They were there – but not really there – forcing people to question: Where are you?

What does not being present look like?

  • Not giving our best effort in a practice or game
  • Living under the cloud of a bad moment from the past that kills our purpose, steals our joy, and destroys our focus in current and future moments
  • Not engaging emotionally with a family member who needs you to listen and empathize with them
  • Not engaging our strengths and bringing our best talents to accomplish our goals
  • Not recognizing and seizing opportunities
  • Always looking to the future with envy and never being content in the present with gratefulness
  • Not appreciating the roles we have been given in life and making the most of them thereby missing opportunities to influence, lead, and impact others

If you have ever experienced a feeling of not being present, it has probably led to feelings of regret, disappointment, and a debilitating sense of fear and pressure. You are aware that you are not being present but feel trapped by something in your past that is keeping you from moving forward. In my work with high school and college students, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and elite amateur and professional athletes, I have seen many forms of the struggle to be present. I have also witnessed the joy and impact when people are fully present and bring their best to a given moment!

Here is what I believe it means to be present in the moment in the 4 dimensions of your life:

  1. Physically – While we all know what it means to be in a place physically, I have seen a trap that some people fall into regarding this dimension of life. Just because your body is physically in a spot does not mean that you are fully present physically. I have seen basketball players go through a workout and compliantly execute the drills but lack the full commitment it takes to make the most of the practice. The key is to bring energy and effort to everything that you do instead of just going through the motions. Energy and effort are demonstrated through focused eyes, determined steps, and decisive actions that demonstrate faith, trust, and confidence in your stake and impact in the outcome of a given moment.
  2. Mentally – Being present mentally is focusing on the current moment and not getting distracted by past or future thoughts. Our minds think at a rate of 2-3 times the rate that someone can speak. This means that we can miss moments of connection with others, because we are not slowing down our minds to actively listen to what the other person is saying, doing, and feeling. We have to bring our minds into the moment if we want to be present. Sometimes, it is as simple as saying to ourselves: “Be still, listen, and engage in this moment.” Other times, it is considering what we can do to make a contribution to the moment. Every action begins with a thought, and we must focus on thinking about the importance of the moment we are in.
  3. Emotionally – It is very important to be connected to people and moments emotionally as well as mentally and physically. Being present emotionally connects passion and purpose. It bridges the gap between heart and head. It inspires us to make the most of the current moment and leverage the opportunity for impact. It also drives and inspires us when setbacks occur. Emotional connection allows others to sense and feel our presence, knowing we are there for them.
  4. Spiritually – For me, being present spiritually is all about recognizing that God has created me and ordained me for a purpose and plan. Because of that fact, I know that the more I connect my life and the moments within it to His calling in my life, the more joy and fulfillment I will discover and experience. This reality is true for you as well! This dimension of your life defines your Why, which relates to the purpose of your life. When you are fully present spiritually, you achieve and become the person you were created to be. My method of being present spiritually is to begin each day with a time of reflection, prayer, and reading a devotional or Bible verse. The way I begin my day helps to define it. My morning quiet time routine puts everything into its proper perspective, as I see God-ordained moments in the flow of my days and weeks and sense His presence and direction in those moments.

You can be fully present by:

  • Bringing your best to practices, workouts, and games
  • Serving your best (instead of leftovers) to those who mean the most
  • Not being limited by regrets from your past and/or confined by fear of your future
  • Putting down the phone and listening to others’ feelings
  • Recognizing and serving the needs – both spoken and unspoken – of people within your sphere of influence
  • Using your platform to make a positive impact
  • Fully committing to your purpose and calling in life
  • Seizing opportunities and doing the next right thing to advance the ball toward your goals
  • Embracing and engaging fully in the roles you play in life

Be Present Every Day Sign

To be fully present, you need to ask yourself:

Am I fully present and engaged in every role that I play?

If the answer is no, think about how you can fully engage physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually to make more of a positive impact with your life. You would hate to reach the end of your days knowing you could have been more present. You have one life, and others are counting on you to make the most of it while you have the opportunity. Grant them the gift of your presence, influence, and leadership. Be Present!

Be Present – Podcast: S03E003

Being present is a challenge for many people, and technology and social media are not the only culprits that steal ourselves from engaging with others. Many times, it’s the thoughts in our head that keep us from connecting fully to outcomes and others.

In today’s podcast episode of Monday Morning Moments, I discuss what it means to “be present” and reasons why we are not fully present at times. You will also learn the 4 dimensions of your life that you need to engage in if you want to be fully present in the moments of your life as well as examples of how to be present. A great example of this was Nick Foles, backup quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, who seized an opportunity because of an injury to Carson Wentz, the starting quarterback of the Eagles, and led his team to a Super Bowl victory over the Patriots.

You have one life to live, and you don’t want to let it pass you by being absent from the opportunities that you receive every day to make a positive impact in the lives of others!

Advice For Eating in 2018 and Beyond with Catherine Kruppa – Podcast: S03E002

With the start of the new year, we set goals including plans for how to eat healthier in the new year. Yet, sometimes we get off track from the direction we planned due to distractions, a lack of discipline, bad habits, and limited or no accountability. In today’s episode of Monday Morning Moments, I invited Catherine Kruppa, my friend and expert dietitian, nutritionist, and wellness coach, to rejoin us for season 3 to give us some specific “advice for eating” to maintain and promote our health and wellness in the new year and beyond!

Episode Outline:

From today’s podcast, you will learn:

  • Why breakfast is the most important meal of the day
  • How much water you should drink per day
  • How many meals you should eat per day
  • How to achieve your ideal weight
  • How to maintain a consistent energy level throughout the day

Additional Resources:

  • Advice For Eating – Catherine Kruppa’s web site
  • Email Catherine Kruppa – to sign up for her newletter as well as coaching with her or one of  her incredible nutrition and wellness coaches

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Runner with Present Mind Quote

I often work with my clients on being present (in the moment) vs having a divided mind. A divided mind worries about what may or may not happen and circumstances outside of your control and influence. Being present involves focusing on what you can control, influencing what you are able to, and flushing the rest! Be present today in all your meetings, conversations, relationships, workouts, games, races, and competitions.

4 Strategies To Accomplish Your Goals in 2018 and Beyond! – Podcast: S03E001

As you begin the new year, I want you to stay engaged and excited about your goals in 2018 and beyond. And not just for a day, a week, or this month, but for the whole year! The beginning of a new year often brings hope, possibility, and momentum, but some people get distracted and discouraged after a few weeks or months and disown their goals that were meaningful to them at the beginning of the year.

As we begin Season 3 of Monday Morning Moments, today’s podcast builds on a podcast episode from the end of season 2 and offers 4 specific strategies to accomplish your goals in 2018 and beyond!

Episode Outline:

In order to successfully achieve your goals in 2018 and beyond, here are 4 keys to making it happen:
  • Develop SMARTER goals – Michael Hyatt’s system for developing the right goals:
    • Specific
    • Measurable
    • Actionable
    • Risky
    • Time-Keyed or Time-Bound
    • Exciting
    • Relevant
  • Keep Your Goals Visible
  • Align Action to Aspirations
  • Celebrate Success

If you are interested in going further and desire accountability and a coaching relationship in 2018, email me to discover how we can help you and your team grow as a leader and peak performer in sports, business, and life. You can also check out some of the coaching and leadership development programs on my web site.

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Stop Trying, And Start Doing

One of my favorite quotes from the Star Wars series of movies is from the great Jedi Master Yoda. In his effort to instill a mindset of grit, determination, and resiliency within his apprentice Luke Skywalker, Yoda exhorts and challenges young Luke with this epic quote:

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When we try to do things, we are not fully committing to a process that yields the result that we desire. We give a half-hearted effort that often produces an outcome that we will definitely regret. When Yoda was saying, “There is no try!” he was basically telling Luke that you are either going to do it or not do it – a simple concept, but one that we need to understand and act on if we are going to not just set goals but truly achieve them in 2018 and beyond! I want to be more than just a goal setter; I want to be a goal achiever! I want to become the best version of myself every day and leverage my God-given gifts, talents, and platform for His glory.

As you celebrate what you accomplished in 2017 and lament the things you did not do, here are 3 tips to be and do more in 2018 and beyond and become a true goal achiever:

  • Be Present – Don’t live or dwell in the past! It’s easy to become complacent with accomplishments. While we definitely need to celebrate achievements and reward ourselves and our teams for the journey of peak performance, we should not just rest on the results of days gone by and believe that our best days are behind us. We need to build on the past and keep striving for and expecting greater things in terms of goals and growth. Also, we need to be present in the current moment and act on things that are within our control, influence things and people if we can, and flush the rest!
  • Leverage Regret in a Positive Way – Don’t allow regret to chain you to something you can never change. We often lament the things we did not accomplish. Also, regret can be very painful, especially when the opportunity passes us by and can never be reclaimed! You have to remember that you cannot change the past, but you can learn from it to direct your path in a positive way in the future. Regrets can be leveraged in a positive way if you learn from what you should have done in a given moment, and execute a wiser strategy in the present and future moments. This process requires reflection and redirection, which should serve as a catalyst for course correction in your life.
  • Stop Trying, and Start Doing -If you have a massive goal your are trying to achieve, just break it down into actionable and manageable steps and do the next thing to advance the ball toward your goal. Crush today’s workout. Eat a healthy meal. Prepare for your presentation or client meeting. Meet with a mentor. Focus on being the best version of yourself every day, and do the next right thing!

While the word “try” can be a positive word in some contexts, it is often associated with something that you cannot do. It is hard to demonstrate trying. You either do something, or you don’t do it. Take a moment and consider the moments you have before you in 2018 and the goals you have set. Develop a mindset and habits that will allow you to crush your goals! A final key question to consider is:

What can I do today or in this current moment that will advance the ball toward accomplishing my vision of tomorrow?

If we stay focused on the present, we can and will experience the rewards of tomorrow, especially in terms of appreciation, gratefulness, and fulfillment for a life well-lived!

Don’t just make a resolution or set a goal. Go out and do it…and start with today!

Truly Organic: My Interview With Sarah Jones – Podcast: S02E013

Recently, I had the honor and privilege of interviewing my friend Sarah Jones, founder and CEO of Miss Jones Baking Co. and wanted to share our conversation with you in today’s episode of Monday Morning Moments. Sarah is a friend, innovator, and successful entrepreneur who founded Miss Jones Baking on the idea that baking products could both taste great and include healthy and clean ingredients. She has been referred to as the “Millennial Betty Crocker” and is creating a generational movement back to traditional baking. In just over 2 years, she and her team have been able to get their products into approximately 5000 stores including some of the biggest grocery and health food stores in the United States.

I think you will be inspired by Sarah’s journey to start Miss Jones Baking including how she persevered through the challenges of innovating a market space that had not changed drastically in many years. I think you will also enjoy learning how she leveraged her experiences at several companies to finally launch off on her own to pursue her true calling in life. Also, be sure and check out the special contest giveaway below!

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Special Bonus: As a result of this interview, Sarah wanted to offer a gift to one lucky person. She has been gracious enough to provide her Miss Jones Baking Bundle (a package that is worth over $70) which includes:

  • 1 package of every Miss Jones Baking product (including cookie and brownie mixes, frosting and cake mixes, and her Limited Edition Peppermint Frosting)
  • 1 custom Miss Jones Baking spatula
  • 1 pack of recipe cards to get you or someone in your house inspired to bake!

The rules of the contest are as follows:

  1. Follow Miss Jones Baking (@missjonesbakes) on Instagram.
  2. Follow Me (@mvanhoozer) on Instagram.
  3. Leave a comment about why you would want to win the Miss Jones Baking Bundle on my Instagram contest post and tag a friend for extra entries and chances to win.
  4. If you are not on Instagram, subscribe to this podcast through either iTunes or Google Play using the Subscribe buttons on this post, and leave a comment on this post after you subscribe saying why you would want to win the Miss Jones Baking Bundle.
  5. You can also follow me and Miss Jones on Facebook for extra chances to win.

The contest begins on December 18th and will end on December 20th. The winner will be notified by December 22, 2017, and we will coordinate getting your baking bundle shipped out to you!

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How To Be A Goal Achiever – Podcast: S02E012

It’s easy to set goals or make resolutions for the new year, but it takes a special kind of person to actually achieve their goals! In today’s episode of Monday Morning Moments, you will learn how to go from being a goal setter to a goal achiever. While you may have achieved some very meaningful and incredible goals in the past, I am sure there are areas of your life where you have not reached the goal or failed in the attempt and process to reach the goal.

Today’s podcast will highlight some specific reasons why people don’t achieve their goals as well as some key techniques and strategies that you can use to help you achieve your goals in the new year and beyond.

Episode Outline:

Here is a link to a blog post on this topic that will provide a great outline of today’s podcast episode:

Why You Won’t Achieve Your Goal


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What Does It Mean To Give Your Best?

Give me your best! I want your best! You’re not giving me your best! This phrase in its many forms and fashions can be heard on the field, track, and court by coaches and parents. But, what does it really mean? And when an athlete hears this phrase, what should they be thinking, and what should they do next?

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In working with elite amateur and professional athletes on the mental side of their game, this is a phrase and question that I have used in talking to my clients. To me, giving your best is a call to bring everything you have to a given moment.

Specifically, giving your best involves the following:

  • Play with Energy and Effort – This is one of the core values of our basketball academy and for any team I have ever coached. Above all, I demand that my basketball players and the athletes that I work with in other sports bring energy and effort to everything they do! When an athlete in any sport brings energy and effort to their practice, game, event, or match, they greatly increase their chances of success. An athlete must be mentally and emotionally engaged in order to physically impact their performance, and energy and effort engage the mind and heart. Great athletes don’t just go through the motions; they are fully committed to the moment!
  • Unleash Your Talent – In order to give your best, you can’t just timidly unveil your talent; you must relentlessly unleash your talent on the competition. Athletes who do this well know their strengths and trust them in a fearless way to deliver their best performances. They don’t hold back in terms of things they can do to impact the outcome of a game. They bring all of who they are creating value and impact in the process.
  • Compete Fearlessly – When you give your best, you don’t worry about what the competition is doing. You become so focused on YOUR best that you don’t concern yourself with THEIR best. The goal is to compete with a fearless spirit, which means to trust more and fear less. The whole goal of a game, match, or event is to compete. Sometimes, I see players and teams melt down mentally before the game is even played due to the perceived talent of the other team. They lose before they even begin the game, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. We teach our athletes to have a mindset of competition and to compete fearlessly in every situation, which helps them focus on something they can control versus an outcome they can only influence.

Whether you are an athlete, a business leader, or an entrepreneur, I encourage you to “play your game” with energy and effort, to unleash your talent in everything you do, and to compete fearlessly trusting your talents over your circumstances. In short, bring your best…today and every day!

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