Producing “The Art of Work” With Jeff Goins

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My life is crazy right now. We’re in the middle of packing and moving, there’s big projects going on at work, and intense transitions all around. Today, I don’t have a minute to waste.

So why am I taking the time to write a blog post about a new book by my friend Jeff Goins?

Because this book, “The Art of Work”, is that important.

I’ve had the privilege of not only knowing Jeff personally, but also to record and produce all of his books on audio. Jeff is a great thinker and a very successful author, so when he asked me to work with him again on “The Art of Work”, I was of course excited about the project.

During the sessions, there were moments I was cracking up with laughter and others when we had to actually stop recording because yours truly was brought to tears. And I don’t cry easily.

These stories, and the lessons learned, are that good.

Recording Art of Work With Jeff Goins

The Art of Work Audio Book Recording Session With Jeff Goins

The Art of Work: A Proven Path To Discovering What You Were Meant To Do, is all about finding your calling, that thing you were meant to do. Jeff is still a young guy, so wisely, he did a lot of research. This book is full of inspiring stories, as well as his own keen insights, about how you can take your passion and turn into a lifestyle.

I think this book is for you if you you feel like there’s “something more” to life, want to live with more purpose and clarity, and do work that matters.

It’s a perfect guidebook if you’re seeking a new career path, or reinventing yourself, or just need to get clear.

So right now until March 23, there’s book launch going on before the official publication, and I’m happy to be an affiliate and help spread this great message. You can get a copy of the book delivered for almost free, plus you’ll get an additional $250.00 of bonus content (you’ll pay shipping, but it’s only $6.99). BTW, the bonus content is worth it.

After reading and listening to “The Art of Work” many times, I feel it may be one of the most important self-development books since Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change.  That book changed my life.

Maybe The Art of Work could have the same impact for you.

So here’s a link to get your practically free copy and the bonus stuff. Enjoy! And let me know your thoughts.

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How Do You Manage Intense Transition?

Transition

Are you in a “season” of “transition”? Maybe it’s loss of job, or starting a new job, marriage, divorce, death of a loved one or the birth of a child.

It could be any number of things that have deeper repercussions than just a one-time event.

Right now Ivy and I in the middle of a long relocation process. It has been an season of intense transition. And it’s far from over.

Transition is all about navigating change. Oftentimes the many tasks involved are demanding, disruptive and on tight deadlines. Maybe you’re like me and still have many responsibilities, projects and goals outside of that.

Jesus promises peace to those who rest in Him. So from an emotional and spiritual perspective, His presence offers calm and peace of mind, even in the middle of life’s storm.

But from a practical point of view, how do we manage those seasons of intense transition?

That’s the question I posed to productivity guru Paul B. Evans of ACHIEVE who offered some super insightful advice.

You can adapt these ideas to your own situation and personality. Also, at the end of this post is the full audio recording of his recommendations.

1. Refocus

When things are closing in on you, you’ve got to refocus and ask yourself the questions:

  • “What is absolutely essential?”
  • “What is not going to be compromised?”
  • “What has to remain?”

So first of all, think and determine what is absolutely essential.

Then be willing to cut the rest.

2. Recalibrate

When you’re in transition you may have to renegotiate your timelines, plans and even commitments.

You find new dates to get back or a new beginning date, or even just to reconsider what your next move should be.

Plan A is out the window, time to recalibrate.

3. Reengage

Is it time to re-start or recalibrate again? Revisit your motivation and purpose. Realign with your big”why”. You may need to recalibrate again even farther. But when you do, decide to reengage fully.

4 Steps To Reengage

1. Designate

Whatever remains, you still have to plan the what, where, when and why. Set the time aside when the transition will not disrupt you to think and plan. That may only be 10 minutes a day, but be intentional and grab it.

2. Communicate

In times of intense transition there’s extra emotion and there’s extra stress. There’s a lot of things that go unsaid, but not unfelt. So with your your family or significant others or colleagues  and coworkers, you need to communicate where you are, and you need to communicate the things that are not going to be compromised. Make sure that everybody’s fully aware of everything that’s going on so that you’re not out there all alone.

3. Delegate

If anything can be delegated to others, do it. Because of the intense transition, it’s now time for you to hand off and release and not remain in full control, so that others may step up.

4. Celebrate

Every day when you’re in transition,  there’s added stress, added weight and added “weary.” You’ve got to look for those things you can celebrate either personally or collectively, to say “You know, we’re still making progress! Okay it’s slow, it’s not was planned to begin with, but we’ve not quit!”

Summary

Intense transitions are circumstances that are out of your immediate control, there’s a lot of moving pieces. So, you designate your time, you communicate to all, you delegate to others, and you celebrate the small things.

Question:

What practical advice would you add to this? What has worked (or not worked) for you? Anything you would do differently? Leave a comment below or on my Facebook page. 

Here is the full audio recording from Paul B. Evans.

Send Your Light and Truth to Guide Me

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David’s Song #43 is a prayer of petition asking for God to come through in a big way.

The presence of God, intimacy with the Lover of his soul, was the source of David’s joy and delight.

Two quick thoughts for this passage …

“Send your light”

Jesus, Son of David, is the light of the world. When we pray for more light, we’re asking for more revelation. God’s full revelation comes through Christ.

The more we look at Jesus, the more illumination we will receive.

“And your truth”

Jesus is the truth. He encompasses all truth.

The more we listen to and apply the teachings of Jesus, the more accurate divine insight we will receive.

When we follow Jesus wholeheartedly,  He guides our paths to the destination He has designed for our lives.

May His light and truth guide you today!

Don’t Sacrifice Your Soul for “Success”

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Jesus is saying you can have all the “success” in the world, but in the end, if you lose your “soul”, it’s not worth it.

The idea of “soul” is the immortal part of you that lasts beyond your physical life. We could also say that “soul”  represents your unique self, who “you” really are.

Don’t “forfeit your life”, pursuing, well – anything other than Christ. If Jesus is not at the heart of your ambition, it’s all folly and idolatry, and it’s all gonna burn.

So if you’re like me, a recovering “type A” nose to grindstone workaholic, invest that energy into what really matters and lasts forever.

Live the Jesus way.

Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for? Mark 8:34-37 The Message

Learn from Him. Wherever He leads, that’s the direction to go.

So, if you could make a change, what change would you make?

Live Right = Good Life

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The book of Proverbs is simple, practical wisdom for everyday living. Sometimes we just need to remember the basic truths of life & faith.

There is a reward for loving, following, obeying and serving the Lord.

A good life.

If you live right the reward is a good life;

 

That is no small matter actually. The good life what we all aspire to. No one wants a lifetime of misery.

if you are evil, all you have is sin. Proverbs 10:16

You can’t break the universal law of cause and effect without reaping the consequences. Likewise, when we live God’s way, we can expect His reward.

So just apply that simple principle. Then you will have positioned yourself so that God can bless you.

Love Overlooks Offense

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Conflict seems to be everywhere. In our culture, in our families, even in our churches.

“Love one another” is the simple answer. But not easy to implement.

The spirit of taking offense is a major snare that can develop into cancerous, demonic strongholds. We see this everywhere.

Holding a grudge is like taking poison.

The writer of Proverbs defines the problem, as old as human nature itself:

Hatred starts fights (MSG) and stirs up trouble (CEV). Hatred stirs up dissension (NET) and conflict (NIV).

Then the scripture offers the solution:

Love overlooks the wrongs that others do (CEV). Love pulls a quilt over the bickering (MSG). Love covers all transgressions (NET) and covers all wrongs (NIV).

We can’t always help feeling offended, but we can always chose to just let it go. In the end, that’s the healthiest thing to do.

Love overlooks offense.

Don’t Be Afraid, Just Believe

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The miracles recorded in Mark 5 are astounding. Jesus Restores A Demon-Possessed Man (verses 1-20), then Jesus Raises A Dead Girl and Heals A Sick Woman (21-43).

For the grieving parent, the chronically ill, or the demonically enslaved – the words  “just believe” may seem callous.

But Jesus does not offer insincere platitudes.

He speaks and acts with ultimate power and authority. He transforms loss into victory.  The dead are raised, the sick are healed,  the demons flee.

So, yes, for lovers of Jesus, it is that simple – just believe.

He will do what is best.

Hope In The Lord and Keep His Way

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Hope is the fuel that keeps us going. When our hope is in the Lord, then we have all the resources we need.

Some people have a vague hope that “things will get better”, but this is rooted in nothing.

Actually, things may get worse. But if our hope is in the One True God, we are not dismayed. Hope in the Lord is an expression of trust.

When we have real hope, then it is possible for us to “keep His way”. Then we can obey God in the small things, in the secret times and places that only He sees.

We we hope in God and keep His ways, He makes a promise in the second half of this verse (Psalm 37:24)

He will exalt you to inherit the land (NIV)

He will honor you by giving you the land (NOG)

Before your very eyes you will see the end of the wicked. (VOICE)

He will lift you up!

Whoever Has Ears To Hear, Let Them Hear

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Are you listening, really listening to Jesus? To the Holy Spirit? To the Word of God?

Jesus used this phrase “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear” on more than one occasion.

What he is saying is PAY ATTENTION! This message is IMPORTANT.

May we have ears to really hear and understand what the Spirit is saying to us today.

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 2:7

Preparing For Lent Video

http://www.hyperpixelsmedia.com/sermon-illustration-videos/preparing-for-lent
February 18 2015

I thought this was a good video from Hyperpixelsmedia.com to launch congregations into the season of Lent.

“Lent is a time of prayer, repentance, giving, and self-denial. As Jesus spent 40 days in the desert (Matthew 4:1-11), where He endured temptation by the devil, we follow his example during the season of lent where we deny self, pray, and focus on God. Use this powerful video to prepare your congregation for the celebration and sacrifice of lent.”

The Eyes of The Lord Are On The Righteous

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God sees. God hears. God cares.

This is the good news followers of Jesus (“the righteous”) are to remember and share.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  Psalm 34:17-18

WE’RE MOVING!!!

Moving Annnouncement

Dear Friends, this post is mostly personal. Since going on staff at HFUMC in Hendersonville, we’ve been in the process of praying about, preparing for and finally making the decision to pull up roots in south Nashville and relocate north to Hendersonville.

It was typically a one hour hour commute one-way to the church (on bad traffic days, much longer), which translated into at least 2 hour project every “work” day just to get there and back. After doing that for the better part of 2 years, it just made sense to live closer to the church. Our biggest motivation was to be able to build closer relationships.

This was a tough decision because we have loved our current house and location in Brentioch. We were close to everything and we have a lot of friends nearby. The setting was exceptional, every morning I have a fantastic view of the morning sunrise which inspired the “Sunrise Worship Devotionals” series and my book Resurrection Power: 50 Days That Rocked The World: A Devotional Journey.


I had a wonderful recording studio in a full daylight basement with plenty of space for writing and producing content. I was able to finish record and mix What Words Can’t Say and Joyful! Christmas Praise and Worship, as well as producing several audio books for authors such as Jeff Goins, Allyson Vesterfelt and Tyler Ward.

HOW TO STAY IN TOUCH

I’vestay connected made a private e-mail list just to stay in touch with friends old and new. If you’re in that category, please sign up, I’d love to stay connected. Just click here. 

 

OUR MOVING SALE

Neotek Series III Cutting Rack

  • Ivalene is also posting furniture and a bunch of other cool stuff to her Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ivalene.still?fref=ts
  • We’re having moving sales on Feb 14 and 21. I’ll update a link to the details on Craigslist.

So the packing and downsizing is a HUGE project, but we’ve been blessed to have friends help.The move will be in March. We’re excited about the next chapter God has for us in His story.

The Lord be with you!