Are you planting seeds?

Photo by Lori Vowels Photography

Photo by Lori Vowels Photography

I grew up on a farm where most of my time was spent with my family working. As I look back over those times I remember the fun that we had. I don’t think much about the work, but more about the time we spent together interacting and just being kids. Playing in the dirt, jumping into silage pits, learning to shoot guns, and exploring all the great things nature showed us. We had a playground all around us and nature was our toy box.

When my dad passed away in 2011, he was 82 years old and at his funeral the priest spoke of how my dad had planted seeds as a farmer. He also spoke of how he planted seeds as a husband, father, and friend. He shared how he planted seeds into his children and how they had grown to be productive spouses and parents themselves.

My parents showed us all how to love, work, be kind, have faith, and show compassion. These are the kinds of seeds I want to sow as well. I think of my blog and upcoming book as a way of planting those seeds. I would love to see people who are needing encouragement and a little push to take these seeds and allow them to grow.

We were all put here with a seed inside of us that holds our purpose. It is our job to find that seed and nourish it, so that it flourishes. It needs love, compassion, encouragement, wisdom, faith, insight, and a little stubbornness at times to help it take root.

Have you found your seed? If not, do you know where to look? Here are some folks that can help you get started. Adam Rico, Joel Boggess, Kathy Brunner, Kimanzi Constable, and Dan Miller. These are people that I looked to when I started my journey to find my purpose and they all helped encourage that desire. I would love to hear how you are planting seeds and how you discovered yours. You can leave a comment below or email me at Find your seed and go out and share it with the world. The world so needs love and support and you are just the person for the job!!!


What are your words saying about you?

Have you ever judged someone by the words they use? I have. When someone starts to talk you can almost instantly form an opinion about their manners, respect of others, empathy, spirituality, and even intelligence. These are exactly the times when I have to start the self-talk about not being judgmental. Being judgmental is one of the areas I am concentrating on improving this year.

The language that we use let’s others know almost immediately what is in our hearts. Our words can are very powerful. In just a few words we can build someone up or tear them to shreds. I have been on the receiving end of that a few times and it is not pleasant. Do you remember a time in your life when someone said something to you that pierced your heart or painfully wounded you? If so, remember how that felt when you get ready to speak to someone. Never do anything while you are angry or hurt, especially go on the attack to someone.

Our words to others should always be pleasant even when we have to give constructive feedback. Whether it is our spouse, children, family member or co-worker, choose your words carefully. We can easily pierce someone’s self-respect and dignity without even realizing it. Our words show the world who we are and what our heart contains. It is wise to fill our hearts with only loving, constructive, positive, and productive thoughts.

Take some time this week to watch your words and see how they affect others. Make it a point to share some encouraging words to others on purpose and see what their response is. Filling our hearts with great and powerful thoughts that encourage and support others is another way to Invite Excellence into your Life. Have a fantastic week and be all that God made you to be.

Success starts in the mind.

We’ve all been there, we have a great idea that we want to pursue, then it happens. The enemy starts the assault. What makes you think you can do that? Nobody will buy that product. No one will come listen to you speak about that. You can’t go back to school now,you’re too old. It’s too late in life for you to accomplish your dreams. Does this sound familiar? This is where the battle begins, in the mind.

Those who are successful and have accomplished their goals in life have done so in spite of the enemies attacks. Don’t think that they have not had the same feelings and thoughts as you, because they have. If you are a human being walking this earth then you have been attacked by negative, fearful thoughts.

Ok, so we know we have them, what do we do about them? The first step is realizing that the thoughts are just thoughts and you can change them. When you come under attack, call the enemy a liar and announce to him the truth. The truth is that you are just as capable as anyone else who has succeeded. Successful people don’t have superpowers that we don’t, they just don’t believe the lies. They believe in themselves, their ideas and they proceed with a plan and do it afraid.

All success starts in the mind. You must be willing to fight the battle in the mind. It is not a one time battle. It is a daily battle. Pick up your knowledge of truth and begin to do battle. You are worth it. You can accomplish everything God has laid on your heart to do. We hold ourselves back from the truth. Don ‘t do this anymore. You are an amazing person who has a purpose, go be your destiny!