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Who's on the bus?

advance the ladder who Dec 27, 2016

In our task-driven, production-oriented culture, we often look at WHAT we want to do, first. However, the greatest thing is not WHAT we do or even HOW we do it... it's the WHO, the people you ride with.

When you get that in order, everything else seems to take care of itself :-)

Let me back my bus up and explain... 

Professor Jim Collins studied what makes some businesses ultra successful while others are simply successful. In his book Good to Great he noticed the “great” companies start from a different point of reference than the “good” companies.

Collins used the analogy of a bus- and likes companies to them. Most “good” companies work through the following process:

* What- they first decide “What” the bus (read: the company) will be like. At this point, they usually define the mission of the organization.

* How- companies that will be successful then move on to not only defining what they will do and what they will be...

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The Imago Dei in you

advance the ladder who Dec 20, 2016


When I was in college, finding "The Will of God" was the buzz phrase of the moment. It seems every few years the Church-as-a-whole cycles through a new trend-

* Like contemporary music vs. hymns

* Doing church "campuses" online

* Social justice

Now, don't misread me. None of these issues are bad- at all. Part of growth and maturation is a willingness to ask questions and wrestle with them honestly. 

So, back in the early 90s (yeah, that long ago), everyone was writing, talking, taking classes, and asking the big questions about "The Will of God." We all wanted to know it. We wanted to find it. We wanted to live it. Certainly, given the option of being "in it" or "out" of it, we wanted in... 

At some point along the way here, a wise pastor told me, “Instead of chasing the will of God simply seek God.”


Turns out, truth is relational

The Bible tells us that truth is embodied- not in facts and figures and data- in a person. Again, truth is...

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Paper Plane

advance the ladder who Dec 13, 2016

I participated in this exercise at a leadership workshop one afternoon in which the facilitator lined us against the back wall of the room, asked us to make a paper plane, and then had us toss them one-by-one, launching them across the room.


* most planes took a quick nose dive...

* a few made a bit of distance and then veered radically to the right or left

* two made it across the room

You read that right. Two made it across the room. Two of, like… 40 or so.


Do it again, but...

The facilitator then did something interesting. He had the two people who launched their planes the farthest each take half the room and show them how to make a plane. It didn’t take long.

In fact, the instructor put a clock on it. We had 60 seconds to be instructed, to make the new planes, and then to get back in line.

When we returned the second time, to hoist our creations into flight, that second time, the majority of the paper...

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The Right People

advance the ladder Dec 06, 2016

If you're a "task-driven" person (I've been told I'm one of them),  this one might zoom right past you. Literally. It's driven by me for years. In fact, I'm just now starting to "get it."

Let me back up.

A few years ago I read where John Maxwell wrote something like, "If you want to go fast, go alone... if you want to go far, go with a team." (I'm not sure which book I read it in- he's written something like 70-plus books and is still cranking out fresh content each day- but this quote is definitely his.)

The problem for me... is that I want to go fast.

* Sometimes, it's because I only have a limited amount of time to get things done (we've got a huge family, so not a lot of wiggle room in the schedule).

* Other times it because I don't want to endlessly discuss something that we're going to decide to do anyway (I hated those group projects we got assigned in college classes, for this reason-  can't we just make a decision and get on with it!?).

* More often that not,...

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What you need + What they teach = Result

- Andy Jenkins



I see people falling into two extreme camps when it comes to using essential oils:

One group thinks you’ve got to have the precise oil that matches the body system you’re to support or the symptom you’re wanting to address. So, this group spends copious amounts of time dog-earing pages in large desk references book, they create color-coordinated codes for their highlighter usage (which often requires a decoder ring to decipher), and they have logs of notes about what they used at which time.

I’m not knocking them. I actually admire this group. I wish I could be more like them.

After attending a healing workshop, a health convention, or speaking at some venue and rubbing shoulders with some of these folks I’ll often think, “Hmmm… I should really be more disciplined. If I could only tackle one new oil a week and learn about it, I’d be SO MUCH MORE knowledgeable in just a few months.” Then I envision...

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PTSD & healing invisible wounds

- Andy Jenkins

PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a relatively new term. In fact, you may not know anything about it unless you actually have it- or unless someone you know does. Its effects have been around for centuries, but the visibilty of our vets is giving us new language and ways to understand it. 

The Mayo Clinic says PTSD is "a mental condition that's triggered by a terrifying event..."

Though common in soldiers, PTSD can show up in anyone, anywhere. In other words, you might find PTSD in...

* Victims of rape or other forms of abuse

* People who endure a tramautic event, such as a car wreck, plane crash, or natural disaster

* Pastors who've been kicked out of churches

* Men & women who've been fired or consisntently overlooked for job advancement

* People who've endured divorce (even relational rifts in your family can give rise to symptoms)

(A few years ago we adopted two boys from Africa. Since that time, we've seen how relationally difficult...

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The Anointing Oil

- Andy Jenkins

One of the big focal points of the Old Testament is the Tabernacle. The Lord gave very specific instructions about the building of the Tabernacle, the furniture and relics that were to be placed inside, and the adornment of the priests who would administer specific sacrifices. And, God gave specific instructions about the Tabernacle and even the oils used in it.

He was clear that those priests were to be anointed with a specific blend of essential oils which He relayed to Moses. And, He directed them how to create the Holy Incense which would be diffused in the Tabernacle, creating an aroma that was pleasant and uplifting.

(Learn more about the Holy Incense here.)

Here’s what God told Moses about the anointing oil, the oil that was to be used on the priests as they were set aside for service:

“Take the finest spices: of liquid myrrh 500 shekels, and of sweet-smelling cinnamon half as much, that is, 250, and 250 of aromatic cane, and 500 of cassia,...

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Here's how to lose weight with essential oils

weight loss Oct 31, 2016

* Note: this contains some of the tips & tricks I used to lose 50 pounds. You'll need Young Living's Premium Starter Kit / Essential Oil Kit to do this. If you don't have yours yet, what are you waiting for?! Go here, now, and get started.

In the Premium Starter Kit you have the following 11 oils, plus a diffuser: Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense, Copaiba, Stress Away, Panaway, Thieves, RC, Purification, and Digize.

I’ll show you how to you use of the above- along with a few additional products- get look better & feel better. With the following step-by-step routine, you will:

  • Lessen your craving for food without being hungry, and
  • Support your body systems (digestive, muscular, etc.), so your body gets stronger as you get healthier 

Each day do the following...


When you wake up

Here's what to do first thing in the morning- before you check your cell phone, before you look at the Facebook feed, before you go eat...

  • Place 2-3 drops of Peppermint in...
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Urgent things are killing you!

priorities time Oct 11, 2016

Sometimes, it's confusing to know what things we SHOULD do and what things we shouldn't even mess with when we get into time management, scheduling, and planning. Here's why in a nutshell: The most important things don't beg for your attention.

The important things-

  • They don't text you
  • They don't chime on social media
  • They don't constantly remind you that they need you NOW!

You have to intentionally set aside time- and stick to the commitment- if you're going to see progress. The most important things in life is that, well... they don't usually beg for your attention.



Stephen Covey writes about a concept he calls the four quadrants in his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. He argues that all opportunities are not equal. Some things are more important than others. Really, we all know he's right. 

To categorize important things from unimportant things, he uses four quadrants. Every activity you do fits in one of the four. No exceptions, no...

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The Domino Effect // Dream Big + Small Actions = Extraordinary Outcomes

advance the ladder Oct 04, 2016

In 1983, Lorne Whitehead wrote (in the American Journal of Physics) that a falling domino- all 2 inches of it- can push over a domino that's up to 50% larger. In other words, 2 inches can topple 3 inches. And, by the same logic, 3 can topple 4.5, 4.5 can topple even more...

A 2001 experiment at the San Francisco Exploratorium confirmed this. They used 8 dominos that looked like this:

* Domino 1 = 2 inches tall, standard size

* Domino 2 = 3 inches...

* Domino 8 = 3 feet tall

And, of course, it fell... they all fell. 

Watch and see a similar experiment in the video above we conducted at the Advance 6.0 event in September 2016. You'll see what I mean.


What if you kept the chain going?

In their book The One Thing, Gary Keller and Jay Papasan argue that, using the logic above, you could continue knocking dominos over indefinitely. And, if you went beyond the sequence of 8, you would have the following:

* Domino 1 = standard size, 2 inches tall


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