Positive Energy (A Sequel)


Are you an energy enhancer or are you an energy drainer? (I first wrote about this in my 3/17/13 blog.  Since then, I have continued to wrestle with the concept.) Are people happy to see you coming or do they go out of their way to avoid you?  The answers to those questions might reside in the critical question: what do you bring to the party?

I can clearly remember the first time I started to wrestle with the questions of energy enhancement.

I had just encountered a friend at the grocery store. It started as a classic encounter: ‘hi, how you doing’ ‘fine’, ‘how are you?’ ‘life sucks’ and a litany of grey sky perspective poured forth.  It felt like I was encountering Eeyore from Winnie-the Pooh.  The only difference, this Eeyore was in front of me and his personal gloom was on steroids.  I came away from that encounter with a new commitment.  From then on, I committed to seek out and engage energy enhancers.  To this day, given a choice, I will always choose to be with those whose energy is contagious.

That raises the important question: what ingredients do all energy enhancers have in common?

I believe that there are three critical ingredients that a person must have if they are going to be an energy enhancer.

One: energy enhancers are comfortable in their own skin.  They like themselves and they are be committed to being themselves.  Liking yourself is not a narcissistic type of self absorption.  It is a healthy self love/appreciation that develops out of true humility. This is a humility that is based upon who we are and it is girded with an understanding of who we are not.  Therefore, it is an understanding that we are made in the image of God and we are very unique and special in His eyes.  Understanding and appreciating that we are God’s unique creation will, hopefully, fuel our commitment to be 100% authentic.  What you see is what you get.  That sort of authentic humility is profoundly contagious and very empowering.

Second: energy enhancers are excited about their own personal mission and vision.  People that have spent time wrestling with the big question of meaning and purpose, have (quite often) been drawn to the process of discovering why God has put them on the face of the earth and why they have been given the gifts that they have.  This discovery of personal mission & gifting, provides a reason to get out of bed and it provides energy to focus the hours in the day.   Focused, passionate intensity is the empowering gift that comes with knowing the reason for our being, why we are here and where we are going.

Third: energy enhancers choose to live in the present moment.  The drain that comes from yesterday’s memories or the anticipation of tomorrow’s opportunities/challenges distracts us from being all here, right now.  When we can be totally present to the present moment, then we can feel and appreciate all that is happening and we can engage with passion and intensity.  Life is designed to be a contact sport that is lived most vibrantly in contact with the present moment.

Today’s question: are you an energy enhancer or an energy drainer?  Are people excited to see you coming?  What do you bring to the party? Are you bringing it, right now, with an attitude of joy & thankfulness!

May our lives, this day, be a hallelujah from head to toe!



The Tag Line


As I sit here banging away at my key board, I am wearing a Nike t-shirt.  It reads…”Just do it.” This tag line might be one of the most recognized tag lines in the western world.  It summarizes a life style that the Nike corporation promotes and seems to embrace.  If nothing else, it is recognized around the world and it helps them sell action oriented products.  But, most importantly, it is a tag line that resonates with the core of who I am and it helps me get up off the couch.  The interesting question might be….what do I do when I get off the couch?

 Just do it!  Ok…..what should I do?  Why am I doing it?  Those questions seem to grab me and give me pause for reflection.  Those questions have, at times, brought all of my  doing to a complete stand still.  They have haunted me and motivated me to look for an adequate answer.  The questions,  what am I doing and why am I doing it, bring me back to my reason for being……. the reason for my existence.  Those questions drive  me to wrestle with me.

Theologians have said that the chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.  I am convinced that that is exactly what I must do.  How do I do that….in part, I commit to being the best me that I can possible be.  What does that look like?  I must be radically committed to being fully alive and fully engaged with Life.  As I embrace the life I have been given, when I live it with energy, intensity and focus….then I am glorifying Him.

Howard Thurman said this: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs.  Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  So the question might be, what makes you come alive?  What gives you a sense of God’s joy & favor.  Eric Liddell said: “God made me fast. And when I run, I feel his pleasure.”  I have to believe that as we discover that which makes us come alive, then we will understand how we can uniquely Glorify Him. Then we will live into our unique calling, and our lives will have meaning and purpose and we will sense His pleasure.

What is the critical task? Discover that which makes you come alive.  Then, go and do that.  “The glory of God is man fully alive.”

What is  the tag line for your life?  Write it out!  Paste it on the mirror in your bathroom.   Allow your personal tag line to help you get up off the couch and live into the day.  Your tag line must help you define the doing that flows from your core being.  Live your tag line!

My tag line: Live Life-Choose Adventure!

Recently, I have added another tag line: Amp the Joy!

What is the tag line for your life?  Please share it with us!

Please live your tag line with great energy, that He might be glorified this Day!


New Year, New Adventure


It is the beginning of a new year and if you are like many of us, you find this to be a good time to rethink your goals; both the ones you readily share and the ones you’re privately determined to tackle. The new year is a chance to reevaluate where you were last year and where you want to be in the coming one. Hopefully, last year provided you with enough success to have a sense that you are on the right path, and enough struggle to encourage you to learn and grow.

As you think about this next year, have you embraced a BHAG (big, hairy, audacious goal) or two? Do your goals facilitate a bit of fear and excitement? If so, good! Those ingredients are key in a GOOD adventure. But do you need God right in the middle of the equation in order to be successful? If so, that is wonderful! Because then, it is a GRAND adventure.

What would I add to that equation? I would encourage you to enlist the help of a good coach.  Many people ask me about the value of coaching.  My first response has always been ‘perspective’.  A coach helps you see the topography of the territory you are trying to navigate. But, more importantly, a coach helps you to see yourself. A coach dares to encourage you and care for you in ways that allow you, the player, to engage at 100% and to risk greatly.

You see, a really great coach understands the essence of what Paul was saying to the Colossians when he said that it is the Christ in you that brings the hope of glory into a relationship. You and I and our coaches have been called to be ‘Christ with skin’ to the people that we walk with. But we simply can’t! It is truly impossible. However, we know Christ in us is the hope of glory, so we audaciously and humbly reach out to care and encourage others because He first reached out to us.
Be extravagantly alive, that He might be glorified!