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Overnight Success Isn’t

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It felt like a punch to my gut.

Being told you haven’t put in enough work to be successful is a heart-breaker.  Especially when it’s true …

As a Forging Leaders coach I have a commitment to write articles for the website.  I’ve had some challenges and up till now, none of my work has made the cut.

Each week I meet with Jeremiah (Forging Leaders founder, and my mentor), to review what I’ve written and to get feedback.

At our last meeting Jeremiah gave me critical feedback on a couple articles.  He said I explained too much of the story and left nothing for the reader to figure out.  In his own way, he told me my articles are long and boring and that I needed to start from scratch. Read More


The Three Root Causes of Failure

The Three Root Causes of Failure

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Failure comes in all shapes and sizes.

There are small failures, like the time in college when I had my new girlfriend over for dinner and served her a homemade strawberry milkshake that included chopped up bits of wooden spoon that I accidently blended in. I told her those bits were just strawberry seeds.

And there are big failures, like when I was the President of a mortgage company and lead it into bankruptcy, letting a lot of people down along the way.

But no matter the specifics or scope, all failures are the result of three root causes: lack of strategy, lack of effort, and lack of courage.

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My Box of Needs

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Last Sunday evening, I was getting myself organized for the week. Planning it out, where I needed to go, what I needed to do.

My son said, “Do you have any days free this week?”

“Buddy, probably not,” I told him. “It is pretty full. Why? What do you need?” I won’t lie. I was kind of dreading the answer.

“I just wanted to hang out with you,” he said.

I keep my life pretty full. Between work, CrossFit training and coaching, self-defense classes, combatives classes etc. – my time gets pretty thin. I try to plan time specifically with the family and kids, but I know I am not always successful. Read More



The Three Big Lies That Are Keeping You Stuck

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You are being lied to.

We all have beliefs that hold us back and keep us from building truly remarkable lives. I call these limiting beliefs.

We pick up some limiting beliefs as children: I’m not a good reader, I’m not very smart, I don’t have a good memory, I’m not a good artist, I’m not pretty.

We pick up some limiting beliefs as adults: I don’t deserve to be loved, I could never quit this job and find something better, I can’t dance, I’m a fraud and it’s just a matter of time before my boss/co-workers/family/friends figure it out.

These beliefs are usually developed over time as we experience failures or emotional trauma. Often, we learn them from other people telling us who we are, and what we can and cannot do.

There are three especially destructive limiting beliefs I’ve noticed in just about every client I’ve coached over the last six years.

I call these the three big lies. Read More



Six Questions To Answer If You Want To Turn Your Passion Into A Business

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Turning your passion into a business isn’t easy, but it can be done.

I have this conversation with aspiring entrepreneurs all the time. They show up at our meeting with a lot of energy and a lot of hope. What they don’t have is a lot of clarity about how to get started, or even if it’s an idea worth pursuing. Here are six questions I ask them in order to help them get clarity on both. Read More


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Three Simple Steps To Getting Back On Track With Your Fitness

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“In order for man to succeed in life, God provided him with two means, education and physical activity. Not separately, one for the soul and the other for the body, but for the two together. With these two means, man can attain perfection.” ~ Plato

I am constantly reminded in my own life how connected my mind and body are. As my days fill up with work and other stuff, I tend to sacrifice my workouts. See, much of my work, writing, respond to emails, and coaching clients are quantifiable tasks. It’s easy to see if I’ve completed them or not. Skipping a workout, on the other hand, has no immediate visible repercussions.

What I find though, is that instead of my life getting less frantic when I skip my workouts, it becomes more frantic. Read More



Forging Leaders is a leadership development firm. We help our clients become intentional leaders.

Our guiding philosophy is that everything is a leadership issue. Our clients learn how get better results in business and in life by focusing on the things they can truly control, their own attitude and actions.

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