Embrace the Power of the Underdog

Are you facing a challenge of some type? If so, should you feel good about being the underdog?

It’s likely you should …

There are advantages to being an underdog — we’re forced to be creative and innovative. We step out of that limiting “box” to hopefully rise to a new level.

power of the underdog, david and goliath

The almost 3000-year-old account of David and Goliath is the perfect underdog touchstone. The ginormous Philistine arrogantly presumed how the contest would be played. He had no way of knowing what was coming at him.

Even more, he was absolutely clueless about who he was dealing with.

David was clearly seen by everyone as the quintessential underdog. But he operated in the sphere of his genius and shocked everyone. And we can too.

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Success: Living with Mission in Mind

I’ve been challenged recently with upgrading to a higher way of life … a life more accurately aligned to mission. Tune-ups along the way are always a good thing.

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What prompted this? Well, I recently heard something (a message/teaching) which triggered some thoughts. Different pieces then came together — previous impressions, maybe things I’ve read, teachings I’ve benefited from, and so on.

This opened the window to a fresh perspective. I’ve found that many times, this is how a new level of understanding surfaces.

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How I Will Lose 25+ Pounds of Body Fat in 10 Weeks (update: a fond farewell to 26-27 lbs of body fat)

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This is not a promo for a product … just a friendly blog post. I’m engaging a “slow-carb” eating plan, developed by Tim Ferris. I’ve lost 5 pounds the first week. And the eating plan has been manageable — I don’t feel deprived. I’ll add some updated notes to this post each week. (Read on to see the updates.) 

CURRENT UPDATE: I’ve bid a fond farewell to 23.5+ pounds of body weight in 10 weeks. I’ve likely actually lost  approximately 26-27 pounds of body fat (conservatively estimating), because I’ve been adding lean muscle tissue through consistent resistance training each week (machines, dumb bells, push-ups). Motivated. Also, see below for week-to-week updates.

There are several things I’m looking for in a successful weight loss initiative:

  • My weight loss should be fast enough (and healthy) to keep momentum and motivation at a high level.
  • Have you noticed that life does not slow down while losing body fat! I have to eat for high energy.
  • Feeling chronically deprived of food can kill a weight loss run. I don’t want to be distracted by feeling hungry all the time.

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Beauty Can Kill You

Men, beauty, whatever it is — natural beauty, a woman, music, art — arouses and puts us in touch with deep longing. A deep, instinctual longing for something much larger, something above and beyond the beauty presenting itself to us.

Beauty is powerful and mysterious. We need it. We long for it. Yet, beauty can kill you if you don’t understand it.

beauty can kill, crator lake

Often, we settle and attach our longing to the face of beauty, not understanding that it is calling us to something more.

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