New Year’s Resolutions… How to do it this year!

It’s that time again. Every year almost 50% of all Americans will make some type of New Year’s Resolution. Here were the top resolutions of last year>>>

Rank Top 10 New Years resolutions for 2015
Lose Weight
Getting Organized
Spend Less, Save More
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
Staying Fit and Healthy
Learn Something Exciting
Quit Smoking
Help Others in Their Dreams
Fall in Love
Spend More Time with Family

Here is some more interesting facts about New Year’s Resolutions>>>

Type of Resolutions (Percent above 100% because of multiple resolutions) Data
Self Improvement or education related resolutions 47 %
Weight related resolutions 38 %
Money related resolutions 34 %
Relationship related resolutions 31 %
Age Success Rates Data
Percent of people in their twenties who achieve their resolution each year 39 %
Percent of people over 50 who achieve their resolution each year 14 %
Length of Resolutions Data
Resolution maintained through first week 75 %
Past two weeks 71 %
Past one month 64 %
Past six months 46 %

Out of all this data the one thing we care about is this… only 8% of the people who make a resolutions have a statistical chance of having their goal happen. That’s not very good betting odds.

Someone recently did a survey and talked to some of these 8% and found out they all had ONE THING in common… they committed to the KISS principle. What is that, you say? Here it is>>>


That’s right. They all opted out of the 20 different resolutions, which do not make it to the end of January. Instead, they focused on doing one or two things very consistently.

So, how are you going to keep your New Year’s Goal this year? By keeping it simple. Don’t try to do too much. Focusing on one thing this year. This is what I have done for the past few years and I have been in that 8% every year.

Some of my goals have been: run a half marathon, run a marathon, read 100 books, read through my Bible, and read a chapter of Proverbs every day. These may not seem like much to you but these are life-goals I can now place a check mark by. Several of these have now become parts of my everyday life that I continue to do.

Here’s what you can do>>>

1. Find your one thing. This may take a little time. I would suggest making a list of all the things you would like to accomplish then force yourself to narrow it down to one big goal. It needs to be big enough to get you motivated but not too big be discouraging.

2. Make a clear path for success. “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” While it is true that “no plan survives the first encounter with the enemy” it is still vital to have one. This will really depend on what type of resolution you decide but make an actionable plan that will at least help you make it through the first three months.

3. Anticipate set backs. Nothing is perfect. If you are trying to lose weight there will be a birthday party come up and that cake will be impossible to resist. If you are trying to read more there will be that deadline at work which will take up all your time. The important this is to plan for set backs so they just set you back not derail your goals.

4. Plan rewards and celebrate along the way. It’s the journey not the destination that is the true reward. Make a plan to reward yourself along the way and celebrate the little achievements. When I was trying to read 100 books in a year, I celebrated reaching 20 books. At the time, that was the most I had ever read in a year. My celebration was a date night with my wife. That little celebration was very motivating and helped me ultimately reach my goal.

What is your ONE GOAL this year?


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Top 10 Posts I Read The Week Of December 30th

Let me begin by wishing everyone a very, Happy New Year.  I hope you have a great weekend before getting back to the “real world” next week.  The following is this week’s Top blog reading list.

This entire week has been full of finishing up Christmas and beginning the slow, painful task of moving. I still had time to read a little and have a great list for you this week.

So once again, Happy Holidays!  The following are The Top 10 Posts I Read The Week Of December 30th: (These are in no particular order)


1. Five Reasons Why Theodore Roosevelt is Inspiring

2. J.K. Rowling tweeted this heartwarming Christmas message to her fans

3. Where There’s a Huddle There’s a Team

5. 3 Unexpected Ways Reading Personal Development Books Changed My Life

6. The 10 Unmistakable Habits of Irresistible People

7. 10 Things Truly Confident People Do Differently

8. What Is a Leader’s Most Important Job?

9. 7 Steps to Achieving Any Goal in Life

10. 10 Things The Most Successful People Do Every Day

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My Favorite Books of 2016

Up until a few years ago, I could not say I had read more than five books in my life time. Then, one day, I heard someone say, “Readers are leaders and leaders are readers.” That stuck with me and I slowly began developing the discipline of reading more. For the past few years now, I consistently read at least 100+ books a year and believe me, if I can do it you can do it. I’ll write another time on some tips to make it happen. You can also read a great article by Michael Hyatt’s about the importance of reading. For now, in NO PARTICULAR ODERS, here were some of my favorite books of 2016.

DISCLAIMER: These are on a variety of topics from a variety of genres.

The Revenant (Michael Punke)- This book reminds me that I have never really had a bad day.
Mentoring 101 (John Maxwell)- Great for learning about relational mentoring.
Silohs, Politics, and Turf Wars (Patrick Lencioni)- Managing office politics.
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whale Ship Essex (Nathaniel Philbrick)- I’m a sucker for true stories.
Leadership: Zig Ziglar (Zig Ziglar)- I need a good dose of Ziglar in my life constantly.
Lasting Impact (Carey Nieuwof)- Great strategies
Being George Washington (Glenn Beck)- One of the greatest leaders in history but goes unnoticed by many.
Unqualified (Steven Furtick)- Everyone should read this book.
Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success (Steve Harvey)- Steve is really smart about planning strategies to be successful.
The 5 1/2 Mile High Club (Craig Wendel)- Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Read it three times.
It Worked For Me (Colin Powell)- Great leadership principles and stories.
Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices & Priorities of a Winning Life (Tony Dungy)- Who doe not like Dungy?
Unashamed (Lecrae)-  Lecrae’s honestly and journey are worthy of our respect.
Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters (Meg Meeker)- I could sum up this book as, “Be a strong man. Be there for your girls. Let her know she can trust you.”
The God I Never Knew (Robert Morris)- Amazing book on the Holy Spirit. Every believer should read it.
Life Without Limits (Nick Vujicic)- Wow. Heard this guy in person then had to read his book. Brought me to tears more than once.
The Pastor (Eugene Peterson)- One of the true ‘gems’ of our generation. Peterson should be more highly regarded than he is.
Bringing Adam Home (Joe standiford)- I read this book because I was being critical one of day of John Walsh’s no-nonsense attitude. A friend said I would be the same way toward criminals if I had the same story. After reading the story of what happened to Adam, I will never say another word about John Walsh. (No recommended for all readers but something everyone should at least know about. You will never let your kids roam unattended again.)
No One But God- Allah or Jesus (Nabell Qureshi)- Especially with the influx of Islam in America, everyone should read this book about a man who reluctantly realized Jesus was the only way to God.
Heavenly Man (Paul Hattaway)- Every Western Christian should read this book. Then I dare you to complain about being “persecuted” for your faith or complain about the church not offering enough events for you.
Kingdom Man (Tony Evans)- Every man should read this book annually.
Quantum Christianity (Aaron Davis)- Great book about how science is continually explaining God and not the other way around. Made me look more closely at the ‘string theory’. Amazing.
Replenish (Lance Whitt)- Good book about taking a personal sabbath and slowing down.
The Divine Mentor (Wayne Cordero)- Promotes daily devotions.
Failing Forward (John Maxwell)- Book for every leader.
The Long Walk to Freedom (Nelson Mandela)- Amazing story. Amazing life.
Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief (James McPherson)- Great leadership book. Teaches great principles about growing your leadership in less than ideal circumstances.
Chasing the Lion (Mark Batterson)- Encouraging book about pursuing your dreams.
Salt of the Sea (Ruta Sepetys)- Fiction book but was a great read. Good for leisurely reading.
How We Got the Bible (Neil Lightfoot)- Always amazed at how we got our current Bible translations.

If I had to pick ONE BOOK out of them all as my favorite, it would be “The Pastor” by Eugene Peterson. I am a sucker for biographies and it was in his book that I learned the phrase “A long obedience in the same direction.” For me, this means staying right where I am at and growing the Kingdom of God in my city for the rest of my life and not just when it is convenient. “The Pastor” spoke to me in many areas of life.

Do you have a favorite book of 2016? What was it? Share in the comment section below.

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10 Questions to Capture the Year in Your Journal

There’s always a certain degree of anticipation — an excitement in the air — for the turn of the calendar at the end of the year. It’s impossible to look at January 1st and not think about the chance for a fresh start.

By the same token, December 31st offers a tremendous opportunity to reflect. Undertaking a level of introspection — reflecting on the prior year’s accomplishments, failures, surprises, and expectations and how they are currently affecting you — is tremendously powerful. No matter who you are, it’s hard to know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve come from.

There’s no better way to undergo this year-end personal review than by recording it in a journal.

Year-end journaling is a gigantic work-in-progress. I began keeping a journal in 2011 and have kept fairly solid records of my life experiences ever since. But in the grand scheme of things, it takes far longer than five years to look back on your recordings and find appreciation in your own growth. Some people may appreciate self reflections mere months later, but I’ve found that a lifelong learning process is easier to witness in lengthier segments.

A good way to start is a half-hour session in the last few weeks of December. Sit down, brew a cup of coffee, open Day One, and just write. If you can just sit down, you’ve already overcome the most difficult part of this process.

What should you write about? What questions should you ask yourself? Here is a list of 10 questions to contemplate and answer at the end of the year.

(Remember: It doesn’t matter how detailed your answer or how specific your thoughts. The most important part is opening yourself up and writing a letter to your older, wiser, smarter self. Just get started.)

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A Letter to RLC, All

This Week at RLC>>>

Hello. I hope you had a great Christmas. Here are a few things happening over the next few weeks at RLC>>>

1. New Year’s Day ONE SERVICE. Due to the holiday, we will be having ONE WORSHIP experience this coming Sunday at 11:00am. We will then resume our normal worship schedule (9:30 and 11:00am) afterward.

2. First Wednesday. Our next First Wednesday worship experience will be January 4th at 6:30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to worship and experience the presence of God.

3. January 8th- New Series. We will be beginning our new series entitled “It Is Written”.

4. January 8th. 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting Kick off. This is our yearly focus on prayer and fasting at the beginning of the year. We have actually been doing this since before we were a church. We will have daily prayer services in the morning during this time as well.

5. January- Baptism. More details coming soon.

6. LifeGroups. LifeGroups will be kicking off right at the end of January. More information will be coming available soon.

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Merry Christmas 2016

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Carol the Bells (Pentatonix)

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The Top 10 Leadership Posts I Read The Week Of December 19th

Let me begin by wishing everyone a very, Merry Christmas.  I hope you have a Jesus-filled holiday weekend and looking forward to a great New Year.  The following is this week’s Top 10 list.

I am constantly reading blogs, books, and such and thought it was time to start sharing what I find interesting. Hope you enjoy.

So once again, Happy Holidays!  The following are The Top 10 Leadership Posts I Read The Week Of December 19th: (These are in no particular order)

1. 9 Powerful Body Language Tips To Instantly Boost Your Confidence

2. Confident Body Language

3. 10 Questions to Capture the Year in Your Journal

4. 5 Reasons You Need To Stop Imitating Other Leaders

5. Gadgets Are Majorly Damaging Your Spine: Here’s the Fix

6. 5 Essential Time Management Tips to Live By

7. 10 Steps to Becoming a Thought Leader in Your Field

8. 3 Ways You’re Making Church Awkward For Visitors

9. How Some Phrases May Be Costing You A Fortune

10. Pastor, If you Burnout…

Well, that is my Top 10 for the week.  What other great posts did you read?

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A Letter to RLC, All

Christmas Eve

First of all, thank you to everyone for making our Christmas Eve Eve Worship Experience so special.

We had a great time. Here’s a video recap and a message for everyone on for Christmas Eve 2016.

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Simple Gospel

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Good deeds and bad deeds are both contagious. What are you spreading? 

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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

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