The Importance of a Deep Commitment – Podcast: S02E008

In today’s episode of Monday Morning Moments, we focus on the importance of “sowing” at a deeper level when it comes to relationships in our lives, especially our relationship with God, and the adverse effects when we “sow” at a shallow level. The principle of sowing deeply can be applied to any relationship in our life.

Episode Outline:

  • BIG IDEA: We desire what we cannot have and become complacent with what completes us.
  • Idolatry – when what we admire takes the place in our lives that only God deserves – the idol becomes number 1 in terms of our time, talent, and treasure.
  • A shallow commitment leads to frustration, misplaced expectations, and impatience which results in idolatry.
  • “Sowing at a surface level results in reaping an unfruitful harvest…in our own lives and in the lives of others.”
  • “Every idol makes two simple and extravagant promises. “You shall not surely die.” “You shall be like God.” ― Andy Crouch, Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power
  • Call to Action:
    • Nurture patience in our lives based on who God is and what He has done in our lives
    • Use God’s gifts for His glory
    • Pray and appeal to God on behalf of other people
    • Invest in our relationship with God
    • Know Him, trust Him, walk with Him
  • “I am also practicing cello to wean myself from power and accomplishment, to place myself back in the posture of a learner, cultivator, and creator. To become a bit like a child. To detoxify from the too-ready recognition and privilege that accompany even the most modest forms of success, to become available again for something surprising and new. Just as children flourish by growing into adults, so adults flourish by cultivating childlikeness, avoiding the spiritual hardening of the arteries that comes with competence and experience.” – Andy Crouch, Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power

3 Lessons From The 2017 Houston Astros – Podcast: S02E007

Congratulations to the Houston Astros who defeated the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees to advance to the 2017 World Series! We have been through so much in Houston over the last several months including the damage and effects of Hurricane Harvey. This Houston Astros team has been a breath of fresh air and an example of what it means to be Houston Strong. Their resilience and grit has been inspiring! In today’s episode of Monday Morning Moments, we focus on 3 lessons that we can learn from the Houston Astros in their pursuit of another trip to the World Series including their epic Game 7 win over the Yankees!

You can apply these lessons or principles in any area of life:

  1. What you choose to focus on magnifies in size
  2. Have an I Will Mindset
  3. Be Process-Focused

 

Questions To Start Your Day – Podcast: S02E006

In today’s episode of Monday Morning Moments, you will discover 10 questions that can help you effectively start your day. These 10 questions will help you be more effective as a leader in any role that you play in life. Also, you can consider these questions on a daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis. I have used these questions over time to help me become more self aware and have also shared them with my coaching clients to keep them accountable to fulfilling their purpose and calling in life. While all 10 are great questions, you may want to focus on one or just a few today or this week, and deeply reflect on the answer or action that it reveals.

Enjoy today’s podcast, and make it a great week!

 

Peak Performance Nutrition With Catherine Kruppa – Podcast: S02E005

In today’s episode of Monday Morning Moments, I am honored to interview my longtime friend and peak performance colleague Catherine Kruppa. Catherine and I have delivered workshops together, referred clients to each other, and also shared advice and counsel as we pursue our athletic goals. Catherine is one of the top nutritionists in the country and works with elite athletes, age group amateurs, and everyday people seeking to live a healthy lifestyle. I know you will benefit from today’s podcast.

Catherine Kruppa (MS, RD, CSSD, LD) earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences and Master of Science in Nutrition from Texas A&M University. She is a registered, licensed dietitian, and wellness coach.  She is also Board Certified in Sports Nutrition and specializes in weight management, sports nutrition, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, endometriosis, heart disease, and pediatric nutrition. She served as the Director of Nutrition for US Diving for 11 years.  Catherine was a member of the Texas A&M Varsity Diving Team and is currently an active member of the running community in Houston. She has competed in 6 triathlons, including two ½ Ironmans, 16 marathons, 3 ultramarathons and is a 12 time Boston marathon qualifier. Catherine provides nutrition tips for Houston’s KSBJ FM 89.3 and nationally syndicated KLOVE radio.

Catherine is a frequent speaker for many organizations and businesses. She speaks on various topics in the area of nutrition such as: healthy eating, weight management, disease prevention, nutrition and exercise, and osteoporosis. She has also presented programs for Channel 13 News Health Beat, Channel 2 News, Channel 8 Midday Show and Fox News. She appears regularly on the LiveWell Network, a home, health and lifestyle channel owned by ABC. Catherine worked as the local dietitian for the Dr. Phil Ultimate Weight Loss Program and the dietitian for the 2004, 2008 and 2012 US Olympic Diving Teams as well as for Former President George H. W. Bush, Olympic Gold Medalists Laura Wilkinson and David Boudia.

You can learn more about Catherine and her incredible team of nutritional coaches at Advice For Eating.

Thoughts-Actions-Behaviors

Arise and Lead – Podcast: S02E004

In today’s episode of Monday Morning Moments, I talk about how to engage as a leader of influence and impact. We need transformational leaders now more than ever to step up and step out to make a positive impact within the sphere of influence they have been given! Check out this podcast to discover 4 key things that you need to do to lead more effectively at home, in sports, at work, and in your community.

Episode Outline:

  • Be Aware
    • Self Awareness is the first step to leadership and influence.
    • What do we need to be aware of?
      • Our Strengths
      • Our Passions – what energizes us
      • Our Opportunities
    • “What has become clear since we last met?” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
      • Data Points/Experiences
      • What clarity have you drawn from those experiences?
      • What action does that drive you to?
    • “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” – Frederick Buechner
    • Being aware is where we begin to discover our calling.
  • Be Present
    • “The Legacy You Live is the legacy you leave.” – Ken Blanchard
    • “Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future” – Fulton Oursler
    • We must be present physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally in order to live out our calling and lead in the places that God is leading us.
    • Being present is where we engage.
  • Be a Learner
    • We must appreciate the journey of deliberate practice and mastery in order to excel, grow, and achieve.
    • “I am still learning.” Michelangelo at age 87
    • Call to Action:
      • Meet with mentors.
      • Find the free.
      • Put routines, systems, and habits in place that will help you grow and learn.
      • Be a Lead Learner. Learn/Teach/Apply method from Stephen Covey
    • Being a Learner is where we grow.
  • Be a Leader
    • “Leadership is authentic self-expression that creates value.” – Kevin Cashman
    • Sociologists have estimated that even the most introverted person will impact over 10,000 people in their lifetime. The question is not “Will you influence others?” but How will you influence others?”
    • Call to Action:
      • Seek out leadership opportunities.
      • Don’t become complacent, comfortable, or acclimate for too long.
      • Challenge yourself.
      • Lead authentically from a servant’s heart.
    • Being a leader is where we make a positive impact within our sphere of influence and fulfill our calling.