Refining Life, on Purpose

Small Steps for Nurturing Progress in Your Personal Growth

Personal Growth and Forward Progress

In 2011, Teresa M. Amabile and Steven J. Kramer shared the results of an in-depth study in the Harvard Business Review entitled, “The Power of Small Wins.” They analyzed several thousand daily diary entries from 238 individuals to learn about their emotions, perceptions and motivations as they experienced each work day. During their analysis, one observation stood out above all else: to motivate creative employees, help them step forward on a daily basis. In other words, their personal growth was connected to progress. Identifying Progress of Personal Growth in Your Best and Worst Days Not surprisingly, the “best days” of […]

Milestone Moments and the Many Mini-Moments in Between

Milestone moments like fortieth birthdays and Columbus Day commemorate a spirit of endeavor, growth, discovery and forging new ground. It’s the pursuit of a refining life, on purpose. A spirit to adopt into life on a daily basis.

Today represents a couple events that might be called milestone moments. The most obvious one is Columbus Day. The other milestone moment is a little more personal. It’s my fortieth birthday. I don’t’ spend a lot of time talking about my birthdays, because I find that it’s often self-serving and really not all that productive. However, because we are currently discussing the Embracing of Small Victories in our Year of Listening Up series, I am prone to ponder the alignment. Milestone Moments: Discovering New Territory Yes, today is Columbus Day. However, let’s resist the urge to hash out all the […]

Facing Fears… and Trying Not to Throw Up

We put off facing fears for many reasons. Those fears come in many sizes. Here's why facing them allows you to gain small victories that can be hugely rewarding in victory.

Facing fears can come in various sizes. There can be enormous fears, like getting out of toxic relationships because a fear of being alone outweighs the alternatives. And we can also be facing fears that some may consider silly, like spiders, clowns or traveling too far from home. Yes, the latter group is silly to some, yet provoking of cold sweats and stomachs in turmoil for others. Here’s my story, how I celebrate small wins and what I learned in the process. Facing Fears: My “Ferris Wheel” I am sharing one of the many low points of my life in this post. It goes back to roughly […]

An Adventure with Christ that Brings the Bible to Life

David Gregory’s book, Open is a very cool little book that brings parts of scripture to life through a relatable narrative packed with adventure.

David Gregory’s book, “Open” is a very cool little book that brings parts of scripture to life through relatable narrative that’s packed with adventure. Because I got a complimentary copy from Tyndale, I wanted to share my thoughts here. Only a few pages in and I was wondering about some really important questions. Questions like: In short, if you’ve ever felt like you’re just going through the motions; that you’re reading the Bible and don’t know why; that your prayers aren’t getting received, Open will balance your spiritual walk and restore your relationship with God. The Adventure Begins In Peculiar Places and Ways In Open, Emma makes a […]

7 Posts for Personal Growth from Planting Small Seeds

Here’s seven posts I’ve curated to help us gain perspective of why it’s personal growth is necessary, how you can apply that wisdom and what it means.

You really never know what life will bring. As an oft said saying  goes, “the  tallest  and  mightiest  oak  of  the  forest began  life  as  a  small  nut  that  stood  its  ground.” Look around you and observe or realize where you are planted. Grow from there. Here’s seven posts I’ve curated to help us gain perspective of why it’s personal growth is necessary, how you can apply that wisdom and what it means. 7 Posts on Spiritual Personal Growth What God Can Do with the Small and Unlikely (Jennifer Rothschild – Living Beyond Limits): Rothschild uses Zechariah 4:10 to remind […]

Pumpkin Spice Church… the Pros and Cons

Pumpkin Spiced Jesus

The first year that Starbucks offered their famous Pumpkin Spice Latte, I probably had ten of them in the first week. So delighted I was with the sugary jolt of liquid autumn, it was love at first sip. And I’m not unlike so many other Americans who took to the flavor so fervently, it spurred countless copy cats and it seemed liked there soon was a pumpkin spiced anything you could ever want. I got to thinking more about this and began to think about it in a spiritual context, using the “me-too” scenarios as an example for common church and […]

When a Window of Opportunity Becomes a Door

Every moment presents an opportunity. We can ignore it or use it to propel us forward. Recognize when God is ordering your life and using your history to establish pathways for what’s ahead.

Opportunity exists all around us, we just have to be active at recognizing and responding. It’s sometimes the result of good planning and it’s sometimes being aware of seemingly random happenings. Regardless, there’s a moment when you have to be decisive, committed, and then have the courage to see it through. I was reminded of this over the weekend while kayaking with friends during an annual trip. At one point in that journey, a kayaker in front of me was heading toward a point in the waterway where there were some logs that created a couple different obstacles. Faced with the decision to […]

Heirloom Seeds – Review of Raising an Original by Julie Lyles Carr

Raising an Original by Julie Lyles Carr

I’m an heirloom, and this post will help show you why that’s the case. It will also show you why each of my kids is an heirloom in their own right, and why you are as well. I gained this understanding while reading Raising an Original: Parenting Each Child According to their Unique God-Given Temperament by Julie Lyles Carr, which releases today. I’ve had the pleasure of being on her launch team, which included a complimentary copy of the book. Get a copy and give it a read if you’re interested about parenting your child toward achieving their own unique, God-given purpose rather […]

Gaining Personal Momentum By Taking Small Steps

Gain personal momentum by taking steps - big and small - toward life and God.

When challenged to find personal momentum, I often think about a scene from my favorite movie, Steve Martin’s “The Jerk.” It’s a humorous way of reminding us about the importance of taking steps forward rather than standing still. In the movie, Martin’s Navin Johnson is a white man who learns he’s adopted by the black sharecroppers he’s lived with his entire life. So, he decides to leave their homestead to experience the world and find himself. After saying his farewells and gaining the advice of his family, he stands near the fence outside the home hopeful that a passer-by will […]

Successful Businesses with Gospel Focused Values

Trying to build a successful business with a Gospel focused mission? While on a family vacation, we visited a little restaurant in where the words of Jeremiah 29:4-7 were visibly on display.

I started this blog intent on seeing 1Glories grow into a successful business with a Gospel focused mission. That specific mission has evolved from being simple inspiration to that of help others are refining life. I fully expect it to continue evolving as God so leads it. However, the overriding vision or primary purpose remains: to glorify God through the work he has done and is doing. In a world of political correctness and easy-to-offend societal customs, I have to confess I’ve worried about how it is perceived and received. I also have worried I’ve pursued for the wrong (read that as “selfish”) ambitions. I’ll get to that latter part in a later post. For […]