The Power of Resilience

RESILIENCE AND POTENTIAL Let’s face it – life is good, yet at times, challenging.  To be successful, we must be able to pick ourselves up quickly after hardship.  Many of us let unfavorable circumstances hold us down and keep us from achieving our potential. How can you ignite the power of resilience? DON’T FEEL DEFEATED In 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, the Bible tells us, “We are afflicted in every way but not crushed, we are perplexed but not in despair, we are persecuted...

Senior Enlisted – Defining Characteristics of a True Professional

SENIOR ENLISTED MEMBER TALKS PROFESSIONALISM I shared a conversation recently with a senior enlisted member of the special operations community, who prefers to remain anonymous. In this article, we'll just call him Senior. He and I were talking about professionalism. I wanted to know the things that make operators respected in the community. As a beloved leader himself, he had some incredible insights, and I can’t wait to share his tips with you. PROACTIVITY Senior says a true professional won’t wait for someone...

How to Nail Your Headshot

Last week on the first episode of her new podcast, Your Story Within, Dr. Jeannine Bennet spoke with professional photographer Laura Hatcher on the role of a good headshot in landing a job. I took notes and have some quick tips for you below. REMEMBER TO RELAX If you’re uncomfortable in front of the camera, you're not alone. Laura recommends that her clients wear clothes that fit well and don’t cause self-consciousness. If you’re constantly tugging at your clothes, you will...

Oh Be Careful Little Ears What You Hear

POWER OF WORDS Don't worry. This isn't going to be one of those "Don't listen to the mainstream media" type posts. (However…oh never mind.) I think this post is going to surprise many readers, but in a good way. Today, I want to open your eyes to the power that not just words, but all sound, has over your health. BE KIND TO YOUR PLANTS Have you ever seen the experiment where people give two healthy plants the same food and water,...

6 Tips for Living a Life of Integrity

Integrity Dictionary.com defines integrity as "adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty. A pretty thorough yet straightforward definition. Another definition of integrity is "a sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition," as in the integrity of a ship's hull. However, this definition has some relevance to the type of moral integrity that this article discusses. Think about it. Our integrity must be sound, as in, based on valid reasoning. Our integrity must not become impaired by difficult circumstances, outside pressure,...

Two Fears to Overcome

Two Fears You Need to Work on to be a Successful Author To be a successful author, there are two fears you need to conquer. Before I jump into what those fears are, let me talk about success.  If you do a quick Internet search, you will surely see success defined in several ways. As an author, success to me is about achieving the desired goal. Today, the desired goal is to make a living writing several books a year. Initially, success...

Writing a Book

So, You Want to Write a Book As a recently published author, I know what it feels like to have the desire to write a book but not know where to start. I envisioned writing a book for years but couldn’t seem to make it happen. I can recall dedicated times sitting in a chair staring at a computer determined to crank out even one paragraph. Hours seemed to creep by slowly with no words to fill the screen. I would start then stop, start...

Make a Change – It’s Never too Late!

I am so incredibly blessed to be surrounded by several brave men and women who have had the guts to make a change later in their lives. Today, after you’ve taken a hard look at your current situation, I want to encourage you to make some big, exciting changes if you so desire. However, before you dive headfirst into the next chapter of your life, I encourage you to do a few things first. DECIDE WHO YOU WANT TO BE You were...

How Your Decisions Indicate Your Direction

While we can’t control what life throws at us, we are in full control of our choices, actions, and responses. We can let "destiny" happen to us as inaction carries us along, or we can make deliberate decisions that will steer our destiny in the direction of our dreams. Below, I will show you how our decisions indicate our direction and how we can be more deliberate in what direction our lives are heading. ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS If your mouth...

5 Simple Ways to be More Intentional

Over the past few months, I have not been intentional with my time. I have often felt like I’m running on autopilot, more than I care to admit. I get up, I clean the kitchen (I am notorious for not doing it after dinner), feed the dog, make coffee, and scroll social media. For hours. Before I know it, it’s lunchtime, and I have completed absolutely nothing. Then I try to work frantically to play catch-up while helping my...