Archive for the ‘Project 2009’ Category

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It’s been awhile since I first saw you

February 24, 2009

Hmmm… yeah, me and this blog haven’t really spoken in awhile.  That’s a mistake.

Quick update:  Things are going well.  Remember the whole Secret’s to Success blog?  yeah, you do.  Anyway, I hadn’t connected with my business partner and truly set that up.  We talked all about it, but didn’t set an actual date.  From there, it was easy to let it slip and slowly fade to the background as a memory.  Meanwhile, my “disciplines” have become quite the rarety as far as getting up, exercising, and accomplishing the things I need to do each day.

SO, last week, I met again with this man, and we set a date for real and it was yesterday.  Two, count ’em, two days now I have risen early in the morning, got my work out on and then been showered and shaved with enough time for a little quiet time in the morning before work.  Awesome.

Also awesome?  This video, do you remember it?

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21 Days of Fasting

January 11, 2009

So, my church, Bayside Community, is participating in the 21 Days of Fasting to start off the new year.

I was challenged last night to really take this idea to heart and do it myself.  I’ve done fasting before.  In fact, while in YWAM, I fasted before each outreach to prepare myself for what God was going to do.  This year, in many ways is a year of new beginnings for me.  I’ve got two new companies (one of which made this awesome video) and the other of which really pays the bills.  With both, I want God to be first.  This is my desire for every area of my life in 2009.  My intention in this blog is not to be super spiritual, but since I am sharing my life on this thing, you should know this part of it.

I’m going to fast for 21 days from all snack foods/candy.  I’m abstaining from these things as a picture of how I want to live my life this year.  I want to put good things into my body, mind, and spirit and be satisfied with that.  It’s not discipline as punishment, or as a way to work myself into God’s graces, but a pleasure to cast aside the temporary fleeting pleasures in pursuit of something far greater.  To that end I’m also going to fast from any alcohol during this time.  I’m not a big drinker, but for our culture alcohol is a quick, easy way to self-medicate and I have at times been guilty of that as well.  I want to set aside this time to show God (and myself) how serious I am about relying on Him alone to be the leader of my life and the light that guides my path.

What about you?  Have you ever fasted or given something up for a short time?  How’d that go?

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Like Never Before

January 9, 2009

My brother and I were asked to help with a friend’s new year campaign for his church.  We worked for a couple weeks in after effects and the link below takes you to the video.  Sorry, but for now wordpress won’t let me post the actual video here… it’s a bummer, but I’ll be able to host my own blog soon enough I hope.

In the mean time, please do click on the link below and leave comments, tell your friends, rejoice with us, and hire us to do something cool for you.  No, we don’t shoot sweet 16 b-day parties… sorry.

Like Never Before from John Goodbrad on Vimeo.

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3 Steps to Success: Shhh… it’s a secret!

January 8, 2009

Are there secrets to success?  I think maybe there are.  At least, it’s been a secret kept from me (if you know it and haven’t told me, wtf!?)  Anyway, today I was talking with my mentor and business partner about how to be proactive.  Most of what he said was stuff I knew about goal setting and planning, but the last part was new and I thought that it’d be helpful for me to reflect on it a bit and maybe you’d find something new in here too!

1.  Decide what your goal is and what steps you need to take to reach it.  This means creating a plan of action.  Whether you want to make a million dollars in the next year or run a 1/2 marathon it all starts one day at a time.  Figure out what the small steps are to get to your dream and make mid-range (1 year), short-range (3 months) and weekly/daily milestones that you can achieve.  Come up with a daily minimum of what you need to do and can do to see your dream become reality.

2.  Find a person or persons who are willing to hold you accountable to your steps, goals, and especially your daily minimum.  These people need to be willing to call at anytime and check in on your progress.

–so far, these are all things I’ve tried before and everytime I’ve fizzled out before I really got off the ground.  I want to eat healthier.  I want to exercise.  I want to be more successful in business, but while my ideas are good and I implement some support and accountability, it never seems to come in fullness.  Here’s the new step:

3.  Create appropriate reinforcement.  We as humans always take the path of least resistance.  If it’s easier, that’s the route we’re going.  It’s in our nature.  What you have to do is make the pain of failure worse than the cost of success. Here’s an example.  You set an alarm to wake up early to do some pushups.  Your accountability person/team calls you to check in.  If you have not done the pushups, there is a consequence.  Maybe you have to wash your accountability person’s car or maybe you have to mow their yard, or maybe you just owe them $50.  The point is to make it something that is going to cost you.  That way, the pain of failure is worse than the cost of success.  If you’re alarm goes off and you realize that if you don’t get up it’s gonna cost you $50.  Odds are good, you’re going to get up.

That’s it!  As your daily minimums become habit you can increase what you are doing and acheive your mid-range and long-term goals!  This is my new plan.  I’ve got goals and dreams and I’m determined in being proactive.  This time I have a strategy in place to ensure my success.  Failure is not an option.

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What’s in a blog? (And a progress update)

January 5, 2009

So, my first morning routine is complete and if you are pessemistic than  it was pretty much an utter failure.  I prefer to be an optimist so I’m going to look at it as a great first try/learning experience.  I did actually get up (obviously, cause here I am) though it was an hour later than planned… I also did everything on my list of things to do including this here blog, but I spent less than the optimal amount of time on the workout… yeah, that’s gonna take some… work.

But I did attempt it and I feel that having at least done that, I will do better each day from here on out.  How are you doing on your resolutions?

Also, I’ve been thinking about what this blog will be like and what I’ll include in it.  I read quite a few different blogs and some of them are topical and some of them are just personal stuff.  I think this will be more like the latter.  Just a place for me to put up my thoughts/reflections and Jack Handy expressions for the day.

“If God dwells inside us like some people say, I sure hope He likes enchiladas, because that’s what He’s getting.”

But more to the point, how deep do you go on a blog?  How much of your life do you share with the world and how much do you keep private?  I have a couple friends who are ridiculously (and I think that is the appropriate descriptive word here) honest in their blogs about anything and everything that happens.  I have still other blogs that I thoroughly enjoy and it is always surfacy, fun stuff.

I’m thinking my own blog will be somewhere in the middle and if I’m in a deep mood, that’s what you’ll get, but if I’m not, I’m not going to spend time trying to create something that isn’t there.  I guess that leaves us with a stream of consciousness (slightly modified) block of text from my head on a regular basis.  This may appeal to you and it may not, but then you don’t have to be here.

I, however, do still have to wite it.  It’s one of my “resolutions”. 😉