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Why You Should Read Every Day

To many people, reading is a waste of time. “Get out, take action, and go!” is what they say. But I think it was Abraham Lincoln that said, “Give me three hours to cut down a tree and I’ll spend 2 hours sharpening my ax.”

There are so many reasons why we should read every day – hundreds of them actually – but today we are going to look at the top three. When I say every day, I mean literally every day. Successful people in any field (business, sports, food, investing, etc.) are never the product of one event that made them successful. Their success is the sum of daily disciplined tasks, rituals, and routines that make up who they are. Reading is one of the most important daily habits. It dramatically correlates with higher education and income, as well as overall happiness.


1. Exercise Your Mind

We regularly obsess over the best ways to exercise our bodies: how to trim or strengthen them and what to feed or keep away from them. According to a study at the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, mental stimulation like reading can help protect memory and thinking skills, especially with age. The authors of the study even suggest that reading every day can slow down late-life cognitive decline, keeping brains healthier and higher functioning for longer.

Another study on the brain benefits of reading fiction was conducted at Emory University. The researchers found that becoming engrossed in a novel enhances connectivity in the brain and improves brain function. Interestingly, reading fiction was found to improve the reader’s ability to put themselves in another person’s shoes and flex the imagination in a way that is similar to the visualization of muscle memory in sports. Reading has been shown to help prevent stress, depression, and dementia, while enhancing confidence, empathy, decision-making, and overall life satisfaction.


2. Constant Education

I liked The Hunger Games as much as the next person, but I’m much more excited about changing the way I live because of ideas that I find. Reading will develop the ideas, thoughts, and processes inside of you. It also helps with vocabulary and allows you to communicate in a way that is more understandable to people.

I’ll use Warren Buffet as an example. Buffet says, “Read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”

I try to read one spiritual, one business, and one other type of book at all times. Many times, the other is a “How-To” book of some sort. At the time of this post, I just finished a book on being a better negotiator.


3. Habit of Millionaires

Want to know one habit ultra-successful people have in common?

They read. A lot.

They believe that books are a gateway to learning and knowledge (see point #2). Take one of the richest men in the world, Bill Gates, who reads 50 books a year, or Warren Buffett, who spends as much as 80% of his day reading. Elon Musk is an avid reader and when asked how he learned to build rockets, he said “I read books.” Mark Cuban also reads more than 3 hours every day.

According to Tom Corley, author of Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individualsrich people (annual income of $160,000 or more and a liquid net worth of $3.2 million-plus) read for self-improvement, education, and success. Whereas poor people (annual income of $35,000 or less and a liquid net worth of $5,000 or less) read primarily to be entertained. Successful people tend to choose educational books and publications over novels, tabloids, and magazines. And in particular, they obsess over biographies and autobiographies of other successful people for guidance and inspiration.


You are not Warren Buffet, nor do I expect you to be. The key to being great is to take the first step. Give yourself a daily reading goal, such as 30 pages, and you will get a ton of wisdom under your belt.

Block it off. Make an appointment with yourself to read daily. I promise you will not regret it.






Why are you LIMITING yourself?

Where in your life are you limited?

Go ahead…answer it.

Is it…
• Your age?
• Your gender?
• Not athletic enough?
• Don’t have enough money?
• No experience?

Now my next question is when did YOU decide that was a limitation.

At some point in your life you made the decision that your reason was a limitation.

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Another question.

Among the people that know you or know of you, are you known as a hard worker?

Not that you are smart. Or that you are a good salesman, or that you make a lot of money.

Are you known as a hard worker?

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There are studies out there in the parenting world that tell you not to compliment your kids in a way of telling them they are smart. But to compliment them on how hard they work.

For example: When your kid spells all their words right on the spelling test, don’t tell them how smart they are, compliment them on how hard they worked to get that good grade.

I say all this to say, you are in charge of your own life. YOU are the one that makes things happen or not happen.

Get out there and make your dreams happen.

You’re not sure about something? Need to learn a new craft?
• Read a book
• Watch a video
• Get a mentor.
You are the controller of your own future go make it happen.


What happens in the middle?

Whenever I bring my 3 year old son a toy home regardless of the size or cost he is usually ecstatic. He is always so happy and so thankful for anything I give him. He gives me a hug and most of the time says “Thanks Daddy” he then goes off and plays with it and most of the time breaks it because he has played with it so much.

Last week I was talking with a guy named Ted. Ted is about 75 years old and works at the church I attend. As I was talking to him last week, I was making small talk, I asked him “How do you like working at the church?”

He immediately perked up and talked about how much he loved it. One of the first things he talked about was how they gave him shirts and stuff. He then went on to talk about how much he loved working and how thankful he was to be working.

Shirts? Really?

This guy is 75 years old. He has lived more than double my years and he is excited about a $12 polo. When he said that, a light bulb went off in my mind. I sat there and thought, WOW this guy has got it.

He is THANKFUL. Thankful for the large and the small. Thankful for his health, thankful what is given regardless of how elaborate or how minute.

When I was driving home I thought of Teagen, my 3 year old, and how similar they are. They are both thankful for the large and the small, and appreciate what is given.

Then I got to thinking about myself.

• Why does a free polo not excite me?

• Why do I expect someone to pay for my lunch when I am asked to a lunch meeting?

• Why when I take a trip somewhere do I expect the passenger to offer to pay for some of the gas?

I don’t totally know that answer. The better question is what happens in the middle? What happens between the age of 3 and 75 to make us unthankful and so expectant or entitled?

Some people think we become unthankful in teen years. The teen years are when most parents give without expecting thanks because they are teens. Then we quit teaching thankfulness and manners.

I believe it also happens as our lives change due to the influences around us. Many say, “We are a product of the people we spend time with and the books we read.” Someone or something influences everyone; my son’s number one influence is ME. I have not taught him to expect anything, but the world teaches him to expect everything.

The message the world is sending is “Get what’s yours. It’s all about you. Do what you feel.” Repetition breeds patterns of belief and the world shoves that ideology thousands of times a day. It is a form of idolatry and rebellion to love ourselves and what we want more than God and people. It’s a product of brokenness that is fed and encouraged by the message that the world sends as we age.

Find value in the little things. This is only done through contentment and not comparing ourselves to one another with what we have and don’t have.

If you are reading this, your problems are 1st world problems and not 3rd world problems. When you understand that your problems are not really problems you are by nature more thankful.

I have 2 Questions I would like for you to answer in the comments.

1. When do we get to that point of un-thankfulness?

2. When do we get back to the point of being thankful?

Best Story You’ve Read in Weeks


This was a story my pastor at church told on Sunday. What an amazing illustration of how words are powerful.



Many years ago, a seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. One morning, they were eating breakfast at a little restaurant, hoping to enjoy a quiet family meal. While they were waiting for their food, they noticed a distinguished- looking, white- haired man moving from table to table, chatting with the guests. The professor leaned over and whispered to his wife, “I hope he doesn’t come over here.”


But sure enough the man eventually did amble over to their table. “Where are you folks from?” he asked in a friendly voice. “Oklahoma,” they answered. “Great to have you here in Tennessee,” the white- haired stranger said. “What do you do for a living?” “I teach at a seminary,” the professor replied. “Oh, so you teach preachers how to preach, do you? Well I’ve got a really great story for you.” And with that the gentleman, uninvited, pulled up a chair and sat down at the table with the couple.


The professor groaned and thought to himself, Great. Just what I need— another cheesy sermon illustration. I bet I’ve already heard it. The old gentleman pointed out the restaurant window and said, “Do you see that mountain over there? Not far from the base of that mountain there was a boy born to a poor unwed mother. He had a very hard time of it growing up, because every place he went he was always asked the same question. “Hey boy, who is your daddy?” The identity of the illegitimate child’s father was a mystery the town gossips were constantly trying to solve.


So, whether he was at school or at the grocery store, people would ask him the same question— “Who’s your daddy, son?” Sometimes the question came innocently from a stranger. But usually it was asked out of meanness and spite. Regardless, he heard that question wherever he went. And he dreaded it. He would hide at recess and lunch time from other students. Many times he would avoid going out in public because those words hurt him so badly.


On Sundays, the boy would always go to church late and slip out early in order to avoid the disapproving stares and the dreaded question. Then, when he was about 12 years old, a new pastor was assigned to his church. And on that day, the pastor finished the benediction so quickly that the boy got caught and had to walk out with the crowd. Just about the time he got to the back door, the preacher saw the unaccompanied child, put his hand on his shoulder and said, “Hi there, son. Who is your daddy?” A sudden hush fell over the exiting crowd. The boy felt his face flush as he sensed every eye in the church looking at him. How would he answer? Now everyone would finally know the answer to the question. The mystery would be solved.


This new pastor instantly sensed the awkwardness of the situation and, following a prompting from the Holy Spirit, quickly followed his question with these words: “Wait a minute,” he said, “I know who you are. I see the family resemblance now. You are a child of God.” With that he took hold of the boy’s shoulders, looked him square in the eye and said, “Son, you have a great inheritance. Go and claim it.”


A smile bigger than anyone had ever seen flashed across the boy’s face. And he walked out the church door a changed person because of the words that were spoken to him that day. From that day forward, whenever anybody asked him about his daddy, he just told them, “I’m a child of God.” The distinguished gentleman got up from the table and said, “Isn’t that a great story?”


Touched by the story, the professor admitted, “Yes, it really is a great story.” As the old man walked away, he turned and offered one final comment. “You know, if that new pastor hadn’t told me that I was one of God’s children, I probably never would have amounted to anything.” And then he walked away. The seminary professor and his wife were stunned and deeply moved to learn that the man had been speaking of himself.


They called the waitress over and asked, “Do you know that older gentleman who just left our table? Who is he?” The waitress grinned and said, “Of course. Everybody knows him. That’s Ben Hooper, the former governor of Tennessee.”

Our words have to power to wound and the power give life. Make sure you are giving life to all you see today.



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All the power you need!

Do you have to urge to tackle something you have never seen before?

How bad do you want to achieve that desire that lurks inside you on a daily basis?


That desire to be better, that desire to lose weight, that desire to leave that job you hate and go do something on your own?


If someone is successful and we want to be successful like they are, we need to tap into their beliefs. I am not talking about the religious or spiritual beliefs. I am talking about the philosophical beliefs and the work habits they possess.

Beliefs are the filter that give us the ability to turn on or turn off any results in life.

You have the ability to achieve what you want. The problem is, to many people have told you to play it safe and do what everyone else is doing.

A close friend of mine that is going through a hard time in life right now, told me she wanted to be a chef.  Back several months ago she told a friend thats what she wanted to do.

The friend looked at her and said

“Be realistic… you can’t do that!”

These words are stuck in her mind, and if she thinks about them long enough she will start to believe it.

jackierobinson_2659978b Jackie Robinson. (everyone told him black people would never play professional baseball)

When you say you can’t do something you are right, because you shut off your brain that says you can do it.

Quit telling your self you can’t.

Because you can.

Question: What do you want to achieve that everyone has told you is impossible?


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What’s the Only PRICELESS Asset on the Planet?

What would you think if I told you that your real wealth is not your MONEY? We spend our lives searching for and striving for things: we work 10- or 12-hour days in search of more money, a larger home, a nicer car, or a vacation spot at the beach.


We work so our wives can have more money to spend on clothes, purses and Botox. And we spend hours working so that we can buy things for our kids in place of our not being there. Why? Because our society has led us to believe that more stuff will make us better or happier. But we’ve been doing it wrong.


As a guy who used to work those 14-hour days and 90-hour weeks, I can tell you it’s not worth it. I came to the realization one day that it was all really pretty futile; I was spending more of my waking hours with people at work than I was with my wife and kids.

Family at easter black and white

I am ashamed to say that it took me a second child and a lot of money spent on babysitters to realize that other than my relationship with Jesus Christ, the time spent with my family and the ones I love is the most valuable asset on the planet.


Time is the only thing where we’re all on the same playing field. The richest person in the world and the guy sitting on the ramp of the interstate asking for money all have the same amount of hours in a day.


Families at the beach

Consider this. If you had 6 months to live, would you:

  • spend as much time as you do on things that don’t matter in the grand scheme of things?
  • hold grudges?
  • need everyone to approve of you or your choices?
  • overreact to things you shouldn’t?


Remember, your real wealth is not your money.


Life is made up of 5 balls that we are constantly juggling:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Health
  • Integrity
  • Career


The first 4 balls you are juggling are made of glass. What happens if you drop glass? The fifth ball is made of rubber—it will bounce. We would all understand that if we were given 6 months to live. So let’s all go out and live life like we have 6 months to live, because your money is not your wealth—your time is.

(Part of the post was taken from Dr. Kevin Elko)


QUESTION: How can you invest your TIME better?


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Face Your FEARS

Lets start off with a question.

Do you every find yourself trying to AVOID certain situations?

That phone call you need to make…..

That awkward conversation that needs to happen……..

It is the fear of unknown outcomes that prevents us from doing what we need to do.

Our thoughts are a powerful thing. We can only be overwhelmed by our thoughts of something. Not the THING itself.

Remember this, if you don’t remember anything else.

What we most fear doing, is what we need to do the most.

Let’s go back to the question at the beginning.

Do you every find yourself trying to AVOID certain situations?

That phone call you need to make…..

That awkward conversation that needs to happen……..

Once you have made that call or had that conversation, the weight of the world is lifted off your shoulders. You can sleep better, think better and be more productive in daily life.

Attack your fears today.

Today’s Decisions…Determine Your Tomorrow

People who opt in for delayed gratification have been proven to be more disciplined in most all areas of their life.


The decisions you say yes and no to today will shape your tomorrow.


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What if you had 6 months to live?

What if you had just one more day?
How much time have you spent worrying instead of doing something you love.

Have you ever seen the movie The Bucket List?

In the move the guy finds out he is dying and he starts doing all the things in life that he once wanted to do.

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There are countless stories of people who were told they had a terminal illness and they went out and did all the things they wanted to do.

Tim McGraw wrote a song; and in the song he talked about his loved one getting the news that they were dying.
The chorus tells about all the things he started doing when he found out.

“I went sky diving, I went rocky mountain climbing, I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fu Manchu.”

What do you want to do? Run a matathon? SkyDive? Base jump? Travel to an exotic land? Go on a medical Mission Trip? Do a tough Mudder?


DO it!

Why do we have to get terrible news or hit rock bottom in order to change?

Tony Robbins says

“Someone should tell us right at the start of you lives that we are dying, then we may live life to the limit. Live every minute of everyday, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.”

We must divorce ourselves of the story in our life where you say “I should change” to tell your self “I MUST change”


I am going to get personal for a second:

I use to coach college football, and when I did, I worked 70-80 hours a week for 6 straight months a year with NO off days. Literally, every day. If you know me you know that I am not afraid of hard work. But I was getting to a point where I was not living life. I was always telling my self that “One day I could do this” or telling my wife that “One day we will be able to do the things we really wanted to do when we wanted to do them”

I got tired of saying “One day”

So, after a lot of prayer I decided to stop coaching. I told my boss that I would not be back next year. The crazy, faith filled part of this whole deal was, I had not found a job yet. My Dad thought I was bonkers, but in a way, bonkers is ok when you know that God leads you and you know you are doing the right thing.

Shortly there after I was offered a job at my church. This was a great opportunity and I was super excited. The only problem was it was a $25,000 pay cut. Read that again…..$25,000 pay cut and we are the poster child for middle class America. (Jackie teaches high school part time, so take a teachers salary and cut it in half)

I knew this was the right thing and deep down I knew God was going to take care of us. 3 moths later the idea of helping people get better at life through nutrition came up and here we are 20 months later. I am doing MealFit full time and could not be happier. Spending more time with my family, doing the things I want, when I want.

3 years ago I thought I would coach football forever. My dad did, so I thought I would also. Never did I think I would own my own business. One of the hardest things I have ever done is walk away from coaching. I made good money, I liked (not loved) what I did and that’s who I was….a coach. Since leaving I have had time to stay home with my kids when they are sick, go help a friend when they are in need, pick up and take a quick trip with the family, or cook lunch for Teagen’s (my 3 year old) class.

We are all going to die.
Maybe tomorrow, maybe in 6 weeks, maybe in 6 months maybe in 60 years. No one knows.
It doesn’t matter how long you live. What matters, is how are you going to live while you are here.

Make a change today to live the life you want and quit saying “One Day”

QUESTION: What do you want to go do but have not done, because you keep saying “ONE DAY”?

Put you answer in the comments below.