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Momentum Group Read: The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn

If only the world lived by the Golden Rule… How would your world look if everything you did was of service to another person? Maybe your family would feel the love. Maybe your workplace would be more uplifting. Maybe your friends would be inspired. The Fred Factor was a good reminder that everything that we do has an impact on others. We can choose whether that impact can be positive or negative, valuable or forgettable. Whatever you do will leave a mark. What kind of mark do you want to leave behind? The Fred Factor is a quick read with Read More

Momentum Group Read: The Truth About Your Future by Ric Edelman

What does all of this new technology and hyper speed change mean for your financial planning? Does what always worked before still have a chance of working in this new world of digital currency, the sharing economy and identity theft? Ric Edelman, national bestselling financial expert drives home the point that we aren’t in Kansas any more. The Truth About Your Future: The Money Guide You Need Now, Later, and Much Later presents all of the modern advancements that have and will continue to change your life for the better. Though primarily an exercise in opening your eyes to change, Read More

Momentum Group Read: 1000 Gifts by Anne Voskamp

Be Grateful. All the time. At every moment. Every breath, every sound, every touch is a gift. This month we took on Anne Voskamp’s wildly popular 1000 Gifts as our personal journey companion. It is a difficult one to categorize. Is it a spiritual read–or an intellectual one? Is it a general personal growth reference–or simply a personal account. Maybe, it is none of those things yet all of them at once. 1000 Gifts forces you to look at your life in all its complexity and admit that you are missing some of the greatest miracles that are right in Read More

Read less, do more: 7 Ways to Profit From Your Growth Reading

One of the things that has changed in my M.O. over the years is that I rarely read “self-help” and “success” books for fun. I think there was a period of time where reading one  simply felt good–like indulging in a box of chocolates. It was enjoyable and probably motivational, but I oftentimes didn’t put the book to work for me. It stayed a theory instead of an application. I learned something from each one that I devoured, but the reality is that I didn’t get the mileage out of the book that I could have had I taken the Read More

Momentum Group Read: How to Stop Worrying & Start Living by Dale Carnegie

Worry. Fear. Anxiety. How many times do you hear people use these words in conversations? ” I have anxiety.” “I am afraid of what the world is coming to.” “I am worried about the future/my kids/my husband/my income.” There are people with real medical conditions. However, after reading this classic Dale Carnegie treatise on conquering worry, you may look at your life in a different light.  How to Stop Worrying and Start Living will remind you to focus on what you can do, what you can control and how to overcome the limitations that worry and fear create in your Read More

Momentum Group Read: The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia)

C.S. Lewis is one of our regular go-to’s for next level thinking. He has a way of forcing you to consider the eternal and the supernatural in a way that is timeless. This month we grabbed an intellectual read from his Narnia series, The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia). While written at a level that most children would find engaging, The Last Battle is a provocative read for the modern Christian. It is a reminder that our lives are a journey towards the last battle—the final judgment. Set in a future Narnia where Aslan has become but a rumor to Read More

The Weight of a Cross

Sometimes things aren’t as they appear. A small object can be surprisingly heavy and a large object surprisingly light. Think of a marble versus a balloon. The visible size of it does not speak to the actual weight of a thing.  I have always marveled at how some people can bear great burdens in their life and still maintain a peace about it while others carry significantly (apparently) lighter loads and are buckled beneath the weight of it. What I have come to understand in life is that everyone carries a cross. No one is exempt from it. Each person Read More

Momentum Group Read: Resisting Happiness

Every new year seems to bring with it a greater desire to start fresh. Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly is an actionable companion to your renewed journey. Why do you set goals, work hard, make decisions to better yourself? Kelly says that everything one does comes from the belief that a certain activity or choice will make one happy–that whether our choices are good or bad, unconsciously we believe that they will lead to happiness. In Resisting Happiness, you are challenged to look at your life through the paradigm of true happiness. Are your choices bringing you closer to the Read More

What Stresses You Out?

Does it stress you out when people ask you to define what makes you happy? The question everyone seems to be asking is ‘What makes you happy? What are you passionate about?” as if by answering that you will unlock the mystery to your potential. I always find that a hard one to answer definitively because some days, one thing makes me happy and other days, it might be something else. I can be passionate about something for a while, and then it will fade a bit as I lose interest or the passion evolves into some variation of it. Read More

What Does Living With Momentum Have to Do with AA?

Alcoholics Anonymous is the foundation for Living with Momentum. Though not an alcoholic myself, I have seen the power of AA. It transforms people and their lives.  It creates strength where there was only weakness. It builds community where there was once self-destruction. It heals a deep brokenness that the addict carries with him. It makes the wound more bearable and the journey one of joyful advancement. It is a vehicle for personal miracles where only despair existed before. AA saved my marriage and continues to bless my home. AA was developed through a collaboration of psychologists, therapists, medical professionals, Read More