The Excel Still More podcast is designed to help Christians excel in their faith, their relationships, and really every part of their lives. If you are interested in growth in your faith, this is the show for you. If you want to see yourself reach greater heights, achieve powerful spiritual goals, and be a better servant of Christ, we are here to help. Each episode introduces a proven principle for achieving more. Then we show how the Word of God amplifies the idea. Finally, each episode will leave you with at least one practical project so you can put these tools into action today!Thanks for joining! Live your best life in Christ, and in whatever you do: Excel Still More!
Winning In Mind
Lanny Bassham was an olympic gold medalist in rifle shooting. He holds tons of records and is a National champion. Throughout his life, he has interviewed and studied winners. He sought to unlock the mentality within those who reached their goals. The results are a book called "With Winning In Mind." I highly recommend this book, especially for athletes.
As we explore it today, there is one idea that stands above the rest: process not outcome. We will dig in on that, and apply it to long term goals as well as game day performances. It turns out, winners don't always have winning on their minds... they have a mind that knows how to win. There is a huge difference, and that difference will bring your focus in to the daily steps and trusting the process.
- Why do 5% of people do 95% of the winning?
- Is talent the number one factor on winning?
- If all I can focus on is my goal and how it will feel to attain it, will I attain it?
- Why is process infinitely more important than the results?
- How can "execution not results" help me with big goals as well as game day performance?
Bull Named Fumanchu
A friend of mine just learned that he has terminal cancer. He wrote a letter to his church friends and it was tremendous. He doesn't regret what he didn't do. He's only sad that he cannot continue doing what he has chosen for his life. That is powerful to me. Would it be that way for me? How about you?
If you knew this was your last weeks on this earth, what would you do? This episode explores that important territory: how to live like you were dying. Maybe I would ride a bull named Fu Manchu... probably not. But I would certainly love deeper. Let's talk about that and get the main message: Do. Those. Things. Now. While you can.
- Where is the "bull named fumanchu" reference from?
- If you were told you had only weeks to live, what would you do immediately?
- Why do you think so few have the courage to follow their passions?
- Why do we leave love unfounded and words unsaid until it's usually too late?
- How can I live with urgency right now and make relationships richer while there is still time?
Early, Often, Less
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Few topics are more important to us than the wellbeing of our kids. You and I play an enormous role in shaping who they become. We have important work to do. It is not easy. But there is some great news: harder work now will lead to less work, and incredible results, later.
- How important is discipline in your home?
- What happens to children who get what they want when they are little?
- How does infrequent discipline usually just make things worse?
- Why is immediate and repeated attention to a problem lead to long term solutions?
- What about you? Are you employing early + often = less in your own life?
The Zebra Stripes
What's the deal with zebra stripes? They stand out in their environment. So why haven't the lions eaten them all. The answer is important for Christians. We too stand out in the world, at least we should. And the lion is seeking someone to devour - and that means you and me! So what is our best defense against him.
Let's look back at the idea of "taking the stairs" and consider the influence of other is our walk, in the steps we take. Can you do it alone? Are you strong enough to fight the devil by your self? And will digital discipleship bridge the gap?
- Have you been taking the stairs this past week?
- What role do Christians play in your ability to do difficult things that you know are right?
- What is the risk of staying away from Christians and marching the stairs on your own?
- What if a zebra decided it didn't need other zebras?
- What if zebras had cell phones and didn't get together in person?
Take The Stairs (pt. 2)
Let's keep talking about those stairs! This week we dive back in on the concept of personal discipline. Did you pick a quality and apply it last week? If you did, maybe you noticed how hard it was, or how many staircases were around every corning. I want to share a conversation I had with a friend who tried this last week. He found it harder than he thought, but almost immediately rewards. I saw God at work in his life.
But look, you can't do this alone. You need help. Are you willing to acknowledge that? So let's look at two others who might tell you to "take the stairs": people in your life, and the God who loves you more than anyone. They want to see you succeed and you need them to do so.
- How did your growth go last week in the quality you chose?
- Were you mindful, intentional, and directional in your week?
- How important is it to have an inner circle of supporters who push you?
- In what ways does God sometimes eliminate the escalators in your life?
- Do you feel like you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you?
Take The Stairs (pt. 1)
Are you the kind of person who takes the stairs? Or have you been the kind of person who doesn't even think about how important they are? Is the easy way the best way in all things? The world is full of people looking for shortcuts. The problem is, they are shortcuts to nowhere. They don't achieve what they want. They don't get to where they want to go, because they weren't willing to do the little things. They only did what they wanted, so they didn't get where they wanted to be. We can do better. We must. With some simple imagery, and a few tools: M.I.D., you can make each day a part of who you are becoming.
- Why do more people take the escalator over the stairs?
- Do little choices, like a flight of stairs, really matter?
- Do little things we choose to do say big things about who we are?
- How can mindfulness, intentionality, and direction make all the difference?
- Which did you choose this week? (Faith, Moral Excellence, Knowledge, Self-Control, Perseverance, Godliness, Brotherly Kindness, Love)
Our family has thoroughly enjoyed listening to Kris as he presents ideas from God’s word and how they can be applied to our daily lives!
Love listening to these lessons! Kris gives great insight into easy and manageable ways to improve your life and grow in God’s word. Growing is living (and getting closer to God). The positivity is contagious. See for yourself.
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