Is [ Blank ] your First Choice or Last Resort?

OK, there I am praying for an opportunity to speak to my son and God was lining them up. But while we have a God who desires to give us a full life of joy, we have an enemy who desires to steal that joy. I had chosen God first, I had chosen Prayer first, now I must choose to be positive first. My mindset was a priority, because my son (and family) were a priority.  What I did not know then was God was praying for me too. He was lining up men in my life to journey this trial with. I was not alone.

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Three Things I’m Learning From My Mom

Welcome to this special edition of Sunday Coach Connect, my dedication to an amazing, beautiful, and full of life woman I am privileged to call Mom. For 44 years nearly, I have watched my mom model three values which have become an essential part of my life. Thank you, Mom, this posts for you and all moms who inspire, encourage, and lift up their children to Pursue their Potential!

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Caution: Fellowship Will Occur With or Without You

A popular and famous verse from King Solomon is “Iron Sharpens Iron, and one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17

Metal cannot sharpen one another unless it comes into contact and gets connected. However, once connected, it becomes more efficient and therefore mutually beneficial to both connecting parties. Today’s Sunday Coach Connect considers the importance of fellowship and our biblical responsibilities as men.

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Being the "Extra" in an Ordinary Day

You have likely heard of Carpe Diem “Seize the Day” or perhaps Carpe Noctem “Seize the Night,” but have you ever heard of Et Extra Ordinarius per diem “Be the “Extra” in an ordinary day?” This is what HITOP Life is all about for me and what I desire the men of HITOP to bring to our world. Let's take a look at how three young men are bringing the "Extra" in my ordinary day.

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It’s Not Why He Came; It’s Why He Left…It’s The Gospel

Just today, our Pastor (Jason Friesen) delivered a powerful sermon and reminded us that Jesus offers us a life of peace which transcends all our understanding. But do we have to understand to receive it, no? We need to be humble enough to listen to His Truth. Jesus said:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27

If you are not experiencing this peace in your life today, let me ask you this, What are you fighting against?

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Three Mentors, I Have Never Met

Early on in my life, I identified a mentor as someone who would help me be the best at work so I could be better connected and advance within our organization. This definition of mentor falls short in comparison to the immense value a mentor (trusted advisor) can and will have on your life. While your career is a significant value a mentor can serve you in, you want to find someone who will also speak to you as a husband, dad, brother, son, and friend. Someone who can guide you to Truth and hold you CAPABLE of Pursuing Your Potential. For my cousin, he has this. For me, I do as well. What about you? Are there men and women in your life today advising you in a trusted way?

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3 Surefire Ways to Lose as a Leader

A-List leaders like Simon Sinek, Lolly Daskal, Sheryl Sandberg, John Maxwell, and many, many more are connecting with millions of followers as they share their messages and ideas on how to be a successful leader. If you are looking for ideas, you need only watch the numerous Ted Talks, read leadership quotes, or Google “How to be an effective Leader.” The resources are endless, very valuable, and help you reach your leadership goals. Truth is, there is more information available then you will be able to consume in a lifetime. Less information exists however on what not to do, which is good as we should focus on the positive. But, what if for a moment we flip the way you look at something to experience it from different angles.

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