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Use Active Optimism to Push Back Fear & Doubt!

What makes people move through tough times? In my last post, I talked about resilience and its importance in being an overcome in life. Resilient, tenacious people make things happen. My friend and mentor, Dr. George Evelry has made it his life mission to understand resilience and the impact it has on people. In his first book Resilient Child (2009), he looked at factors which influenced children on the road to resilience. In 2012, his book Resilient Leadership (Everly, Strouse,& Everly), he was able to identify and explain leadership factors which build resilience in their […]

Resilience: A Must for intentional living.

Resilience began to show up in the workplace and in popular culture in the early 2000’s.  I had the joy of having published an article in Christianity Today’s Woman in 2008, called Bounce Back, which was about applying resilience to relationships Since the term resilience is a relatively refreshed word in our culture, I want to give you a baseline definition of the term. Resilience is defined as the ability to withstand, adapt, or rebound from extreme challenges or adversity. Developing this characteristic will help you have a definite edge in your daily living.  Resilience […]

How To Have a Happy wife!

Angie and I in Israel 2014. ​ For the past few weeks, I have been up to my eyeballs in finishing up my soon to be released the second book, Get a Grip on Fear: A Primer for Entrepreneurs, that is the major reason that I have not posted anything since Holy Week.I have been thinking about my relationship with my wife Angie for the past few weeks, in light of the loss of my parents as well as some of the exciting growth that we as a couple are experiencing I wanted to take […]

Holy Week 2017

  Holy Week 2017 is here, and what a start. As I am writing, the networks are sharing a breaking news story about two attacks on two Egyptian Coptic churches on this Palm Sunday. ISIS (Daesh) is taking credit for the horror. It seems that horror is never far away from you in the Holy Land. In the interest of full disclosure, this will be a different type of blog from me this week. When Jesus rode the donkey into Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday, the Jews were under the Roman Empire’s heel. Zealots […]

Want to Get Ahead?

Recently I attended my first roller derby game in Albuquerque, and was I surprised. My memories of roller derby were from the 70’s and 80’s with the indoor tracks and a bunch of tough looking ladies were put to rest as I observed these athletes in Albuquerque. This event was outdoors and not nearly as rough and tumble as I thought it would be. While it is a very physical sport it is also one that uses tactics in a very strategic way. I took this photo of a young mother of a foiur year […]

Personality Styles-The Compliance Specialist

  Well, this is the final installment on the introduction to the Personality Styles. Once again, Thanks for your emails and other conversations, I am glad that you are finding this helpful. As I have mentioned in the previous blogs, personality is the motor that drives behavior. I have spent the past two decades helping businessmen and women, ministry leaders, as well as service member leaders understand their personality styles as well as gaining insight into the styles of their teammates. I hope you will glean some fresh nuggets of truth as we spend a […]

Personality Styles # 2 – Influence and Steadiness

  Thank you for your comments, emails concerning the Dominant personality style, I am excited to share with you the second personality style, the Influencer, but first a quick review. Personality is the motor which drives behavior. It’s consistent over time and across situations and has been proven to predict our success at work over the course of 50 or more years. I have spent the past two decades helping businessmen and women, ministry leaders, as well as service member leaders understand their personality styles as well as gaining insight into the styles of their […]

Personality Styles: The Lion/Dominant

Living and Leading in Your Strengths; The Lion or Dominant StyleJohn H. Thurman Jr., M.Div., M.A., LCMHC Have you ever wondered why you do the things you do and why other people may or may not get it? Want to understand yourself and your coworkers and teammates better. Then keep reading. Personality is the motor which drives behavior. It’s consistent over time and across situations and has been proven to predict our success at work over the course of 50 or more years.  I have spent the past two decades helping business men and women, ministry leaders, as […]

Shades of Intimacy, Love, and Romance

Shades of Intimacy, Love, and Romance​ ​Fifty Shades Darker is out, and I am sure millions will flock to see it. The book series took the world by storm, and I am certain the movie series will l do the same. But wait a minute. One of the foundational principles of building and repairing a relationship is to understand the foundations of intimacy. It is not about technique, positions, or power, but about getting to know someone deeply. There are so many failed marriage stories in the headlines it can make you wonder, “Is an intimate relationship even […]

A Grief Journey Part 1

Photo (c) 2015 Danny Gilleland                 Dad and I   This will be an intermittent series, in that I will occassionally post to the process that I am experiencing in order to help some of you work through your losses as we journey down thie path together. Reflections on the loss of mom and dad. I’ve been away for a few weeks. Since early December there have been a couple of tectonic shifts in my life, predictable but none this less, life changing. Types of life events that cause […]