Fake Wasabi

What, in your industry, are you settling for because the “real thing” is too hard to produce, manufacture or muster?

What differentiates you from the competition?

by Seth Godin

Most sushi restaurants serve a green substance with every roll. But it’s not wasabi, it’s a mix of horseradish and some other flavorings. Real wasabi costs too much.

The thing is, if you grew up with this, you’re used to it. It’s the regular kind. Wasabi

And that makes it real. Real to us, anyway.

Creatures don’t like change, up or down. We like what we like.

The regular kind.

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2 0 1 8 [the Next Level!]

Happy New Year!
What’s the #NextLevel for you in 2018? Bust through that comfort zone & #JustDoIt!

GymThe Gym – where I regroup, de-stress, recharge & reframe . . . (and sweat!)


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Have This Mind in You . . .

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 | from Blackaby.net

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 2:5

Attitudes do not just happen; we choose them.
Paul urged believers to have the same attitude that Jesus had. Jesus was the Son of God. His place was at the right hand of His Father, ruling the universe. No position could be more glorious or honorable than the right hand of the heavenly Father. Jesus’ relationship with the Father gave Him the right Phil_2-5to this honor.

Jesus chose not to hold on to this right. Nothing, not even His position in heaven, was so precious to Him that He could not give it up if His Father asked Him. His love for His Father compelled Him to make any sacrifice necessary in order to be obedient to Him. When the Father required a spotless sacrifice for the redemption of humanity, Jesus did not cling to His rights, nor did He argue that He should not have to suffer for the sins of rebellious creatures of dust (Isa. 53:7). Rather, He relinquished the glory of His heavenly existence in order to become a man. He was born in a cattle shed; he slept in a feeding trough. His life was spent preparing for the day when He would suffer an excruciating execution. All of this He did willingly.

We are tempted to hold tightly to things God has given us. We say, “I would be willing to give up anything God asked of me, but I just don’t think He would ask me to give anything up!” The Father asked His Son to make radical adjustments in His life. Can we not expect that He will ask us to sacrifice privileges and comforts as well?

If you find yourself resisting every time God seeks to adjust your life to His will, ask the Spirit to give you the same selfless attitude that Jesus demonstrated.

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The Have-a-Ball Workout

Go round to get flat!
Leaders know that being physically fit (the Fitness “F”) is essential for top performance. I use a Swiss Ball every time I workout – mainly for doing elevated pushups (draw the alphabet with your elbows while balancing atop the ball).

One look at any gym in the country and you’ll see that everyone is playing ball. That’s because stability balls and medicine balls are exercise’s version of a software upgrade — more tricks, more advantages, faster results. Stability balls keep you unbalanced during most moves — meaning that your core has to do extra work to keep you stabilized (so it’s like an additional ab workout throughout your whole circuit). And the medicine ball — once the staple of the gray sweatsuit–wearing exercisers of the past — serves as a versatile form of resistance in various exercises. This circuit works at home or in the gym. All you need is a stability ball, a medicine ball, and a pair of dumbbells.

 REPETITIONS  REST  SETS  Swiss Ball Pushup  10-20  30 seconds  2  Leg Tuck  8-10  30 seconds  2  Swiss Ball Row Combination  10-12  30 seconds  2  Lateral Lunge  10 each side  30 seconds  2  Uneven Bench Press  6, switch sides 30 seconds  2  Jump Squat and Toss  10-12  30 seconds  2  Swiss Ball Prone Military Press  10-12  30 seconds  2  Hamstring Swiss Ball Curl  8-12  30 seconds  2 Swiss Ball Triceps Extension   12  30 seconds  2http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/swiss-ball___________________________________________________________

Swiss Ball Workouts

Swiss ball workouts are special, in that all of the exercises work your core muscles even when you’re targeting other muscles. You can work out at home with no other equipment. You may know an exercise ball by the name stability ball or exercise ball.


Full Body Workout

Perform a full-body workout by starting with 10 repetitions of the inner thigh crunch, then 10 ball bridges, 10 ball pushups, 10 back extensions and 10 hamstring curls. End the workout with holding a standing ball squeeze for 30 seconds. The inner thigh crunch works the abs and inner thighs. The ball bridges target the hamstrings, glutes and abs. Ball pushups work the chest, arms, shoulders, back and abs. The back extension works the back and shoulders. The hamstring curls work the thighs and abs. The inner thigh squeeze strengthens the lower back, abs, hips and inner thighs.

Core Workout

Swiss balls work the core muscles twice as much as exercises on the floor. The actual movements are almost the same, but balancing on the ball increases the challenge. For a complete core workout, do three sets of the following exercises: eight to 12 balance pushups, 10 to 12 bridge hamstring curls, five to eight hand-to-foot ball passes and eight to 10 knee tucks. These exercises strengthen not just your abs, but your lower back and hips, too.

Swiss Ball Free-Weight Workout

Swiss balls workouts also may incorporate any free weights you have. The Swiss ball can be the base of the workout. Instead of using an exercise bench to do dumbbell exercises, use a Swiss ball. You can do dumbbell chest flyes for the pecs, dumbbell ball rows for the lats, seated dumbbell shoulder raises for the deltoids, seated dumbbell bicep curls, seated dumbbell French presses for the triceps and dumbbell ball lunges for the legs and glutes. If you do not own dumbbells, use water bottles, wrist weights or kettlebells. Perform three sets of eight to 12 reps with the heaviest weight you can safely lift.

Design Your Own Workout

To put together your own stability ball workout, choose one exercise for each muscle group and perform the exercises back to back, starting with exercises for larger muscle groups. Do supersets of opposing muscle groups, such as pairing ball hamstring curls with ball squats so that you target the backs of your thighs and then the fronts. Another example is to do ball crunches and ball back extensions to strengthen the front and back of your waist.




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Wonderful . . . !

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The Lesson of the Unfair Load

Posted on December 19, 2017
The following excerpt was taking from Chris Brady‘s popular book, Leadership Lessons from the Age of Fighting Sail.

To accept the challenge of leadership is to accept responsibility. It is to shoulder burdens that others are unwilling to bear. It is to engage in a relentless pursuit of excellence, to never rest on your laurels, to always strive to improve your performance and results.
A leader cannot blame anyone else for his or her team’s lack of results. The only finger
The Unfair Loada leader can ever point—if he or she wants to be effective—is at him- or herself.

Many people aspire to leadership because of the potential glory it offers while being ignorant of  the certain loneliness it requires. Before a leader can earn great rewards, he or she must first bear an unfair load. While a leader cannot point fingers of blame, there are always plenty of fingers pointed at a leader by other people. Everyone looks to the leader for ultimate responsibility. It’s not fair; nor is it easy.

US President Harry Truman kept a sign on his desk that expressed the lesson of the unfair load well. It said: “The buck stops here.” Effective leadership is an exercise in extreme responsibility. Even when other people are to blame for something that goes wrong, you can’t point fingers at anyone except yourself. A true leader never whines that his or her people “just don’t get it.” Rather, a true leader asks him- or herself, “Where have I failed? What must I learn from this? What more can I do?” Great leaders are hard on themselves and easy on others. That example of extreme personal accountability inspires others to follow suit and creates a culture of accountability.

As a leader, you will be required to deal with things that are unfair. You will be called to shoulder extra burdens. People will blame you for things that really aren’t your fault. You will be criticized and scorned, overlooked and belittled, neglected and rejected. But
…if you stick with it through those hard times, you will also be recognized, praised, and rewarded. You will grow in ability and influence. You will feel the profound satisfaction that only comes from knowing you have made a difference. There’s nothing easy about leadership. But those willing to accept the unfair load “wouldn’t be elsewhere for thousands,” as Lord Nelson put it.

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Three Thoughts on Developing a Theology of Programming

Developing leaders and disciples frequently follow a similar path. Here are some thoughts from Eric Geiger on the structuring of that path.

March 7, 23016, by Eric Geiger

Discipleship is the process of becoming more and more like Jesus. As we behold the glory of Christ, He transforms us into His image with ever-increasing glory. Of this, the apostle Paul wrote:

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Growing through DiscipleshipSpirit. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18)

In this passage, Paul is reminding us of Moses who climbed Mount Sinai to meet with God (Exodus 34). Moses was so impacted by the encounter with God that his face was changed and shone with the presence of God. Each time God and Moses met, Moses put a veil over his face—and the veil covered the fact that the glory of God was fading (2 Corinthians 3:13). We are different than Moses. We have unveiled faces, and the glory does not decrease but rather increases. The glory does not decrease because the Lord lives within us and is continually forming us into His image. Unlike Moses, we never leave the mountain; we never leave the presence of the Lord.

How should a theology of discipleship impact a church’s programming?

Some leaders don’t like mixing the two conversations. There is discipleship and then there are church programs, and the two don’t intersect. But if that is the case, the church wastes a lot of time offering and inviting people to attend programs. A team’s commitment to discipleship should impact programming conversations. Here are three thoughts on discipleship and programming. (I’ll share three more thoughts tomorrow.)

  1. View programs as tools.

When Moses was transformed by the Lord’s presence, the Lord did all the transforming. All Moses did, by walking up the mountain, was put himself in the position to be transformed. At their best, programs are environments that help put people in a place for transformation. For example, the Lord will use a worship service that is rooted in Scripture and points people to Jesus to change hearts. He will use a small group where people shepherd one another and the Scripture is applied to the people’s hearts.

While we must be careful not to equate assimilation with transformation, a wise church leader wants to utilize the church’s programs as tools the Lord will use in the transformation of His people. A church’s programs must be viewed as tools for the people, not the people as tools to run programs.

  1. Program based on your discipleship process.

If you have articulated an overarching discipleship process or strategy, line up your programs with your process. Because you don’t want to create a Christian bubble cluttered with a plethora of programs, consider offering one regular program/environment for each phase of your discipleship process. If you over-program early in your discipleship process, people will not have the time to move to other steps in your process.

  1. As people move through your process, ask for greater commitment.

Because discipleship should result in transformation with “ever-increasing glory,” as people progress through a church’s discipleship process, the level of commitment should increase. In other words, when someone moves from being in community to leading others in the church, there should be higher expectations and training/challenges that accompany the greater commitment.

Leaders who over-separate the discipleship conversation and the programming conversation fail to bring their thinking on discipleship to bear on the programs their church offers.

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