Category: Personal Development

I’m fascinated by the way we interact with ourselves. For some this is life design, for others it’s spirituality, but I like to call it innergagement. These are a mix of thoughts rising from my former life as a minister, and my joy of tweaking my workflows and productivity.

Why I don’t watch TED Talks

My short, humorous tale of why I don’t watch TED Talks… because they are bad for my health!

More is not more

More followers does not equal more value. More activity does not equal more result. More stuff does not equal more contentment. It might, but it doesn’t necessarily. By walking the essentialist lifestyle I have discovered all the more (!) that more is not more. In the words of the author Greg McKeeown, I’m on the disciplined ...

In with the Old, out with the New

How do you keep up with it all? I mean all the content, the blog posts, the ideas, the formulas, the “must-read” articles and “must-watch” videos. My answer: I can’t. But for a long time I tried. It was a stark revelation to me when I was a minister, doing what I felt was my ...

Review: The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson

This is my review of The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. I’ll be looking at it’s overall message, and picking out the points that were most relevant to me, in the hope that we can spark some discussion off of that. In late 2015 my friend Robert Clay told the participants of the first Ampersand ...

My Values

On my journey to discover who I am, I have been thinking about my values. By codifying my values, I hope to have a list of criteria for things that I do, then if what I’m doing doesn’t reflect this list of values, it’s the wrong thing for me to be doing. I took me a while ...

The difficult journey of being yourself

Years ago I read that as a leader you will have your own values that you lead by. This was a revelation to me – I had assumed that as a leader who should get rid of your own personality (I was a self-effacing church leader, after all!) Recently I have returned to business after ...

Focussing In

Some say that you should make your goals public, others say you shouldn’t. I probably sit on the keep-it-to-yourself end of the spectrum. But one goal that I will make public is my desire to focus. I was thinking today how what is one person’s inspiring is another’s distracting. I have to be careful about how ...

Any day now, I’ll be a dad for the first time. Then again, I’ve been one for years.

So my wife is 4 days overdue. I haven’t really talked about it here or online much, not because I haven’t wanted to but I just haven’t really go around to it for one reason or another. So here we are – any day now my wonderful wife will give birth to our first wonderful ...

Whether you say you can or you can’t, you’re right.

I was having dinner with some people the other week and no matter what I said, they always retorted with a negative. It reminded of what John Maxwell said: Whether you say you can or you can’t, your’re right. You get the idea here: your attitude determines your action. But the deeper thought for me ...

Keeping A Good To-do List

I used to think that keeping a to-do list was a common thing but actually it is very uncommon. What’s even less common is to have a to-do list that isn’t just a numbered list of things to be done one day. Stress is produced in our lives when we don’t know what to do. ...