We use physical pressure to accomplish amazing feats. We can move water uphill, cut steel like butter, and lift thousands of pounds by harnessing the power of pressure.

We can leverage personal pressure and do things that are almost superhuman. Climb snowy mountains in shorts, run 100 miles in a day, write novels, live a virtuous life, and give of our own necessity.

And then there is the power of peer pressure. Good or bad, it can influence us to act out things that are not consistent with who we are or want to be.

Use pressure.
Choose pressure.
Lose pressure.

Every situation requires us to pick one.

And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death;

Judges 16:16 KJV


We can easily see that reading a book to our children helps them fall asleep at bedtime. It takes a while to see the lasting bond it creates.

We can easily see getting drunk at a party gives us instant attention. It takes a while before we believe we have to have alcohol to be normal.

We can easily see weight training increases strength. It takes a while to see the benefits to our overall health. 

We can easily see more work produces more income. It takes a while to realize we allowed our most important relationships to die.

Payments will be made.
Dividends will be collected.

Long term thinkers and goal setters are usually receiving the benefits.


Hurry! There’s only one left at this price!

Limited time offer. 
New lower price. 
Fear of missing out.

The stereotypical used car salesman is a master at pressing all three buttons. That’s why you often feel a sense of remorse as you walk away with the keys. 

Wouldn’t it be better if we marketed our product or service with sincerity?

We can save you time and make your work easier.
We charge a fair price and deliver a great value.
We are here if you need us. No FOMO.

We are getting more and more savvy as consumers.
We don’t like remorse and we don’t like to be lied to.

Inside The Box

When was the last time you saw a football player running through the stands to score? Never. Because every field has an out-of-bounds line. With that constraint in place, the only way to score is to increase your skill as a player. Life is no different.

I’m grateful for boundaries. The yellow tape on the floor, the fence around the high voltage transformer, the signs on the bathroom doors, and the principles I was taught as a child.

Boundaries and constraints breed creativity. It’s amazing! Instead of spending our time trying to figure out where to start, we can better see our problems and available resources. Once we know the constraints of the game, we can quickly get to work on solutions.

Your next breakthrough idea is probably “inside the box”.

What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

Deuteronomy 12:32 KJV

Successful People

The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.

-Warren Buffett

The F-Bomb

FEAR has to be the most over used excuse of all time. I’m not talking about eminent danger fear; I’m talking about the fear we experience most in our daily lives. The fear that when faced… vanishes into thin air and then shows up the next day wearing a different mask. Conquering this elusive beast is not easy, but the odds may be stacked in our favor.

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Sand In Your Box

I was having a debate with my 13 year old son this morning about the importance of school. Of course, he doesn’t want to go because it is stupid and a waste of his valuable time. “How is this going to help me in my future?” he asked. My reply, “Learning is like putting sand in your box. If you want to build a sand castle, you must first have the sand. If you refuse to learn, you cannot build anything.”

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12 Percent Upgrade

Everybody has them; everybody needs them; few take the time and effort to analyze and modify them. They help us make mundane, repetitive, and complex decisions with speed and accuracy. You guessed it – I’m talking about habits. Many of our habits are helpful but some of them can really hurt us when the’re out of alignment with who we want to be. Let’s look at how they are formed and how to improve them.

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