Living to Your Full Potential – A Personal Growth Lesson from the Farm

Reach your full potentialOne of my biggest lessons in personal growth and how to reach your full potential came from an apple, of all things.

I grew up living next-door to my grandparents’ fruit farm.  They grew cherries, peaches, grapes, blueberries, pears, plums, apples, and more.

One day, my grandfather shared with me the amazing power and potential contained within one solitary apple.  It was a lesson that stayed with me for life.

At the time, I hadn’t really thought much about the apple.

For all I knew, an apple was just a piece of fruit that could be consumed – all except for the seed-laden core, which I would just throw in the garbage.

My grandfather explained that if I planted that apple’s six seeds in the ground, I could grow six apple trees that, when mature, would produce anywhere from 150-250 apples each (depending upon the variety of apple tree).  [Read more…]

Pardon Our Dust While We Remodel

Hi, welcome to Life Compass Blog. On February 10, we started to make some changes in the layout and design of the site. It might take us a week or so until the dust settles. Still need to work on new header design, background color, etc. If you find a link that isn’t working, please let us know. Thanks for reading, and thanks for your patience!

Life Compass Blog

Happy Birthday to Life Compass Blog!

Today, Life Compass Blog turns “1”.  Thank you for reading…and thanks to everyone who has shared a comment or a story from their personal journey over the last year.

I just read about ProBlogger’s 7 link challenge, which is to write a blog post that links to 7 other posts from your blog or other blogs.

Since Life Compass Blog just turned 1, I thought this would be a great time to take up the challenge, so here we go…

  1. Your first post – My first blog post, written one year ago today, was Welcome to Life Compass, and it gave some basic info on why I am writing this blog.
  2. A post you enjoyed writing the most – Wow, I’m having a hard time picking the one I enjoyed writing the most.  Here’s one that I originally wrote as a guest post at FreeMoneyFinance and the posted on my blog: Warren Buffet’s Best Investment Advice:  Invest in Yourself.
  3. A post which had a great discussion – Here are two related posts had great discussion: How to Reach Your Full Potential Part 1:  Take a Good Look at Yourself and How to Reach Your Full Potential Part 2: Clarify Your Purpose in Life.
  4. A post on someone else’s blog that you wish you’d written – Actually, instead of a blog post, this is an e-book I wish I had written:  5 Biblical Keys to Changing Your Life.
  5. Your most helpful post – The Other 8 Hours:  How a Little Change in Your Habits Will Make a Big Difference.
  6. A post with a title that you are proud of – Think You’re Too Young, Too Old, or Too Late to Achieve Your Dreams?
  7. A post that you wish more people had read – Taking Action:  The Miracle of the First Step.

Do you have a suggestion on how to make this site better, or an idea for an article you’d like to see here?  If so, please share it in the comments section below.  Thank you!

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Free Money Finance Readers…Welcome to Life Compass!

Welcome MatToday I’m guest blogging at Free Money Finance, a site that gives a lot of great advice on personal finance, career building, and more.  If you’ve never read it, I invite you to check it out!

If you are a Free Money Finance reader, welcome to Life Compass!  This site exists to help you achieve your dreams and create more freedom, purpose and fulfillment in your life and work.

We cover topics like how to… [Read more…]

Why You Should Not Listen to Me

When I began Life Compass, I put together a list of reasons why you might want to listen to what I have to say on topics like how to change your life, how to maintain work-life balance, and how to achieve your dreams.

I was recently thinking of some reasons why you should NOT listen to me:

  1. I don’t have it all figured out yet; nor do I have all the answers.
  2. I still struggle from time to time with maintaining balance in certain areas of my life.
  3. I still struggle with some habits (like drinking lots of Coke) that keep me from achieving some of my dreams (like weight loss)
  4. I’m not an “expert” or a “guru.”
  5. I’m a slow learner – I’ve had to learn some lessons more than once or twice.
  6. I don’t have a lot of experience.  I’m not quite 40, and I’ve only been pursuing a more balanced and meaningful lifestyle for 10 years.

So, these are some of the reasons why I think you should not listen to me.

But, if you want to ride along with me on the journey to create more freedom, purpose and fulfillment in our lives and work, I’ll welcome your companionship, thoughts, and ideas.

Spirituality & Faith

Today is Sunday, and I’ve decided to borrow an idea from a friend who writes a great blog on personal finance called Free Money Finance.  On Sundays, he writes about “Money & the Bible”.  So I’ve decided that on Sundays I’ll write on “Spirituality & Faith.”

I’m doing it for a number of reasons:

  • It’s a part of my life.  In this blog I’m sharing my journey of how I’m achieving my dreams and finding greater meaning, purpose and fulfillment in my life and work – and how you can too.   My lifestyle design process has been greatly influenced by the Bible, so I’ll share with you what I’ve learned from that perspective.
  • It’s a bit of a different change of pace.  It seems to fit for Sundays.  The rest of the week, we’ll talk about what you want to get out of life and how you can take steps now to achieve your dreams.  On Sundays, we’ll switch gears a bit and talk about “bigger picture” ideas.
  • Some people really enjoy the subject.  I think most people believe there’s more to life than just living for themselves.  People want to know they’re making a difference, that they’re living the life they were meant to live.  We’ll take a look at what the Bible says about this.
  • All of us are spiritual people – one way or another.  It is a part of our lives.  And as such, it makes sense to discuss it since we’ll be talking about how to be balanced in all aspects of life. I think the intersection of one’s faith and their life’s purpose is an interesting one and I enjoy exploring it.  I also like hearing other people’s perspectives on how they integrate their faith into their life and work.

If you don’t care to read posts on “Spirituality & Faith,” that’s OK.  You don’t have to read them.  🙂

But if you do, feel free to share your comments and ideas.  And let’s all agree to respect each other and not belittle another’s views if they differ from ours.