Podcast 008 – Seven Ways to Handle Stress

Practical conversations to turn the dreams for your organization or yourself into a reality! This week we are discussing The 7 Ways to Handle Stress:

Episode Breakdown
Remember to Pray – 1:44
Have an Attitude of Gratitude – 4:28
Keep Safe Outside Voices – 8:36
Have a Healthy Team – 12:25
Be Organized – 17:04
Have Distraction Free Family Time – 21:24
HAVE FUN – 24:58

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Podcast 007 – Consistency is Everything

“Living Beyond the Dream Podcast” – Practical conversations to turn the dreams for your organization or yourself into a reality! This week we are discussing the importance of consistency…

Podcast Questions and Times:
What is the “Flywheel Concept” and why is it important? – 1:00
How do you fall in love with the process – 3:13
How do you communicate consistently to your team without seeming like your micro-managing – 6:48
How do you keep momentum during the hard times? 13:05
What are some actions to keep yourself accountable to consistency? 17:55

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Podcast 006 – Start With the Why

“Living Beyond the Dream Podcast” – Practical conversations to turn the dreams for your organization or yourself into a reality! In this week’s podcast, we are discussing the importance of starting with the why in your organization!

Podcast Questions and Times:
Why is your “WHY” so important? – 0:50
How did you come up with your “why” for Bloom Church? – 2:10
How do you get your team to buy into your “why”? – 3:45
How do you consistently communicate the “why” externally? – 8:30
How has making the “why” a primary focus at Bloom affected your volunteer base? – 13:15
If you have been communicating the “what” more than the “why” how do you turn the ship around? – 20:25

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Podcast 005 – Constantly Be Evolving

“Living Beyond the Dream Podcast” – Practical conversations to turn the dreams for your organization or yourself into a reality! This week we are tackling why as leaders we and our organizations must be constantly evolving.

Podcast Questions and Times:
Why do you think “GROWING leaders make GROWING organizations?” – 0:33
How do you create a culture of continuous development? – 2:15
What is the importance of identifying your most effective learning style – 4:08
What are some personal best practices for continuous development? – 6:55
How do you quiet the noise of excuses? – 9:38
How important is time management when it comes to continuous development? – 14:47
How can success affect development? – 17:38
How do you take your knowledge about personal development and apply it to organizational development? – 22:50

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Podcast 004 – Change Happens One Degree at a Time


Practical conversations to turn the dreams for your organization or yourself into a reality! This week we are discussing how changes in your organization happen 1 degree at a time!

Podcast Questions and Times:
Why is the word “change” scary? – 1:08
Change becomes the new normal – 2:20
What is important to understand about change? – 3:10
How do you decide what needs to change first? – 4:45
How do you avoid internal push back when introducing change? – 6:28 Avoiding external push back when introducing change – 7:36
How do you overcome the fear of making a change? – 10:46
The only constant in a healthy organization is change – 13:35

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Podcast 003: Failure is Not a Bad Word

Living Beyond the Dream Podcast – Practical conversations to turn the dreams for your organization or yourself into a reality! This week in our discussion we are reframing the word “failure” as we learn that failure is not a bad word!!!

Podcast Questions and Times:
Why is failure a negative thing? – 0:30
How do you grow from your failure(s)? – 1:50
How do you identify what isn’t working? – 3:45
How do you communicate that failure isn’t a bad word to your staff? – 8:40
Personally, how have you taken a failure and turned it into growth? – 13:21
A message to the listener that feels in a rut – 18:02
A message to the listener that fears failure – 19:32

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Podcast 002: Self-Actualization

Living Beyond the Dream Podcast – Practical conversations to turn the dreams for your organization or yourself into a reality! This week we are discussing what I believe is the most important trait as a leader and that is self-actualization!!!

Podcast Questions and Times:

* What is Self-Actualization? – 0:30
* How do you assess yourself? – 3:30
* After identifying what areas you need to grow in. What are some best practices around setting goals? – 8:00
* Is self-actualization always a positive thing? If not, what can you do to flip the script? – 19:42
* What are some easy ways to ALWAYS be growing? – 23:10

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Podcast 001: Everyone Has Dreams but Very Few Have Execution

This is the first episode of our Podcast titled “Living Beyond the Dream” In this podcast, our goal is to have practical conversations to turn the dreams for your organization or yourself into a reality! Check out the content below and make sure you share with your friends!

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The Seasons of Organizational Growth

A few years ago I heard a statement that really shifted the way I evaluate and assess Bloom Church. Someone said and I am paraphrasing “Every healthy leader of a healthy organization knows exactly what season their organization is in”. That we should be purposefully understanding where we are at as an organization and what are the biggest needs for us to move forward. Now that may sound like a no-brainer, but if we are honest most organizations are stuck in the day-to-day mindset and the thought to evaluate where they are at as an organization and where they need to go is non existent. What we must understand is that every organization goes through seasons and we never stay in the same season for ever. Now if you don’t understand this concept of organizational seasons you will do one of two things. First, you will think you are the only organizations experiencing what you are experiencing and put yourself in a silo. Secondly, when times are great or when times are not so great you don’t understand that neither season last forever and if you are not looking ahead you will find yourself in trouble.

Seasons in an organization can look a lot like the seasons we experience in a calendar year.

FALL– Fall is the season of change. The leaves change colors, the air gets crisp, and the reality is everything is dying to embrace for winter. The same is true in your organization when you are in the season of fall. This is when change must happen in your organization to go to the next level, but with change, there is a price to pay because the way you used to do it will die. Things will start to look a little different in this phase of the organization, but don’t worry because change overtime becomes the new normal.

WINTER This is the dreaded season because on the surface it doesn’t look like much is happening, but beneath the surface is where new life is forming. Most people quit in this season because they reminisce about how good it was in the past instead of understanding that there are new seasons in their future. With the change of fall we see the dead of winter and sometimes we lose some of our people, but this is the pruning process and cleaning process of your organization. We all need to get rid of the unhealthy areas of our church so we can allow the new growth to take place. Maybe the death is in character flaws, leadership struggles, ineffective ministries, or systems that are failing and it is in the dead of winter that we start building and perfecting those once weak areas.

SPRING– This is where hope starts rising as the temperature starts to change and birds start singing again. You start to see the new colors forming where life is coming back into bloom! This is the stage that you actually start seeing the changes you made have a positive effect on your organization and you start to see some growth take place. This is a much needed relief after a long winter of developing, training, and restructuring and now you are starting to understand that it was worth it.

SUMMER– This is where momentum kicks in and everything is rocking on all cylinders. Everything is in full bloom, relationships are being formed, and sense of joy just permeates your organization. Everyone loves the excitement that the growth of summer brings and the places your organization is going. However, if we just kick our feet up in this phase and not anticipate another year of seasons we will not make the necessary improvements and changes that our organization needs to sustain this growth. Then we will be like one of those summer main attractions that was once so popular in the past, but now is just a ghost town.

We all experience the seasons in our organizations and the length of those seasons all depend on the size of the problems you are facing and/or your willingness to embrace the seasons and change. Remember that if you embrace the season you are in and anticipate the next season you will arrive at the seasons of growth soon enough!

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5 Ways to Win the Battle of Your Mind

I truly believe that life is won or lost in the mind. That too many people set them selves on a negative path because they are consumed with the wrong mindsets.   Paul says in Romans 12:2 “let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” James says that a person that doubts the promises and nature of God is unstable like a wave bouncing back and forth. If we could win the battle of our mind by attaching it to the promises and nature of a good God then we would start seeing victories in our lives in areas that we desperately need them.

Your tomorrow can look differently than your today and you have the ability, through Jesus, to move forward.  Get that understanding running through your mind and watch the places you  will go and the freedom you will experience.  So lets break down 5 ways we can win the battle in our minds…

1. HATE BEING IN A BAD MOOD!

Listen to me you have to hate and I mean despise being in a bad mood.  Most people are ok with having a pity party, being upset, being ticked off, being mopey and they settle for a regressive mindset.  You have to hate being in a negative mindset because if not you will never leave it.  Most people tend to think the worst and believe that the best is just luck.  They get offended all the time because they always think the worst in people.  This is why most relationships suffer because instead of understanding people make mistakes and said or did something that wasn’t right out of emotion.  Their minds automatically go to thinking their spouse, family member, or friend is out to get them and deep down that person is a horrible person trying to hurt them in the most unimaginable ways.  Now we may not come out and say that, but the way we get offended and hold grudges suggests that!  Being in a bad mood is a choice and we have to remind ourselves we are choosing to stay there.  Paul says in 2 Corinthians 10:5 “Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  If it is contrary to the thoughts of Jesus we take it captive and remove it from our minds.

2. BUILD GRATITUDE INTO YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE.

I have found that the most happiest people are the most grateful people.  They treasure the things that mean the most and they physically remind themselves of the immense blessings that their life possesses.  You have a plethora of blessings in your life, but human nature is to focus more on what we don’t have instead of what we do have because of our survival instinct.  However, human nature is not always healthy nature and a scarcity mindset will always leave you empty.  I promise you if you prime your mind with gratitude and physically put yourself in the meaningful moments that you are grateful for that you will start to see a permanent smile grace your face and you will work harder for the things that truly matter.

3. DECLARE THE PROMISES OF GOD.

Declarations are the most powerful tool of the mind because the more you declare the more you believe and what you believe you receive.  However, we need to declare truth and the truth we know for certain is the promises of God.  Fill your heart and mind with Gods word and declare those promises over your life constantly.  Many times when I am struggling I find all the scriptures I can dealing with that area and save them to a note in my phone.  Every time those negative thoughts start to rise up I pull out my phone and start speaking those scriptures out loud over my life!

4. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH LIFE-GIVING PEOPLE.

We don’t need to stay here long but negative people produce negative results and you can always tell where someone is going by who is standing on the right and left of them.  A key component to becoming a successful person is surrounding yourself with people you desire to be like. So surround yourself with positive people and watch your environment change!

5. SET MEASURABLE GOALS.

Nothing is more frustrating than stagnation or the feeling of a lack of progress.  Most people don’t feel productive not because they don’t work hard, but they simply don’t work smart.  Exerting a bunch of energy and not making any progress is extremely frustrating and demoralizing.  You have to know where you want to go and set measurable goals that you can cross off as you are making steps toward your ultimate goal.  Nothing is more exhilarating than working toward a large goal and seeing all the progress you have made along the way and that is what motivates you to keep going!

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