#246: When Victory Is The Only Option


burn the boats

We are creatures of comfort, craving the familiar and “normal”. We unconsciously defend – even rationalize – our positions and attitudes as a way of avoiding exposure or risk.

Most times, however, you have to leave safety and security behind and risk everything to commit your life and future to your unknown destiny.

How To Schedule Your Success

My schedule is my best friend and my biggest adversary.

There have been several times over the course of my week, I start off knowing the many things I need to do, the appointments I need to keep, the errands I need to run, etc. My mind knows all of it, but it doesn’t always keep track of it for me. There have been times I have completely forgotten about something, simply because it wasn’t written on my calendar.

This goes beyond forgetting, also. There are times I know something needs to get done, but I don’t make time for it. I know I need to dedicate time to writing, but I don’t block off time on my calendar for it, and I fill that available time with other activities.


This brings to mind a simple, yet profound practice: making my calendar work FOR me.

Concentration can be cultivated. One can learn to exercise will power, discipline one’s body and train one’s mind.
Anil Ambani

#245: Monday Mastery – The Investment Mindset


Welcome to our video blog and Monday Mastery Edition of our Strategic Leader Podcast with Brian Holmes! Each Monday, we provide a video & podcast audio segment designed to encourage, motivate, challenge, and develop you as a leader and influencer.

Most people consider the “cost”, and everything they encounter is a consumable. What would happen if we shifted our mindset to an investment rather than a cost, and began to reap the returns from what we’re investing in? This is a critical and crucial shift in how we view how we can improve our influence and impact. Listen in and see if you agree.

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#244: 7 Tough-Love Truths About Relationships


It’s been said one is lucky (and even blessed) if in their lifetime they have a handful of true friends. As you and I grow in life, and pursue the things the Father has for us, we will find not everyone is willing to go where you are going.

I want to share with you a little more about my journey the last few years, and how along the way, it has been necessary to evaluate relationships, and make adjustments in order to continue our progress. In this episode I’ll revisit 7 Tough-Love Truths About Relationships.

The Seemingly Elusive Leadership Fruit

leadership fruit harvest

If you’ve known me for any length of time, I hope it’s clear I’m passionate about leadership development and leadership growth. I’m always talking about how we can apply ourselves and enlarge our capacity to do and be our absolute best. There is always so much to learn and so many ways to advance our cause and our impact.

As leaders, our focus tends to be on what we need to do to grow ourselves, so we can grow our influence. I want to take a slight detour from that for one moment and talk about something I think is important for you to remember: your lasting ripple effect. What you do in your leadership journey impacts the lives and affects the hearts of others for generations to come.

Even, and especially, when we may not realize it.

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
Hans Hoffmann