personal development

Vic Doss on Losing 50 Pounds, Leading College Students and Why He Loves Oprah

Brief Overview

Matt sits down with Vic Doss from Watkinsville First Baptist Church to talk about leading college students, what’s missing in evangelical politics and the holistic transformation that took place in Vic’s life over the past 12 months.

Listen To Learn:

  • How Vic lost 50 pounds in a year

  • The moment Vic decided to stop using his phone for a month

  • How a church of 200 people has become a spiritual home for more than 2,500 college students since 2006.

  • The one question church leaders should be asking about politics

Choose Health Over Hustle: A Masterclass On Getting The Most Out Of Work

Ever feel like you’re not hearing the whole truth about the benefits of hard work?

In my (Tal) work as a therapist, I tend to hear things differently than other people. I spend almost as much time listening to what is not being said as I do to what is being said. Here’s a great example - when a client walks into my office, I start with very complex question; you know something along the lines of “How’s it going?”

When you ask that question, what are some of the top answers you receive? What is your quick, unedited response to that question? I can tell you that the most frequent answer I get is, “Man, I’m busy.” Is that how you would respond?

Sympathy or Empathy? That Is The Question...

Brief Overview:

In the first of four episodes on how healthy leaders use their smartphones, Matt and Tal show you the possibilities of using your smartphone in a different way. In the face of increased concerns about the holistic impact of smartphone use, healthy leaders are reimagining their relationship with their phone.

Benefits of Better Smartphone Use:

  • Heightened sense of security and gratitude. Research shows that smartphone use increases the risk of loneliness and depression. Mentally healthy leaders limit the time they spend on their phone.

  • Improved sleep. Your phone emits a level of radiation that disrupts the quality of your sleep. Physically healthy leaders keep their phone in another room at night.

  • Better connections in relationships. Our relationships are damaged by decreased eye contact as we scroll our phones. Relationally healthy leaders set boundaries on their phones when they’re spending time with people. 

  • Better able to hear God. Your phone creates an untold number of distractions from the time you spend listening to God through the Scriptures and responding in prayer. Spiritually healthy leaders consider the cost of using your phone to fuel your relationship with God.

  • More productive at work. Your productivity will increase and you will feel better at the end of the day if you are not glued to your phone. Vocationally healthy leaders limit their access to work-related apps on their phone. 

Secret #8 - Lessons Learned From Dr. King

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

Church leaders are notorious for closing themselves off to other leaders with different perspectives. Healthy leaders intentionally build relational bridges to learn and experience a world much bigger than themselves. 

Secret #7 - The Biggest Mistake Leaders Make

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

  • Leadership dies from self-inflicted wounds. Your unhealthy response to conflict and challenges creates a downward spiral of guilt and shame.
  • You need to cover your bases. The Five Factors framework helps you build the resilience, endurance, presence, hope and ambition you need to thrive as a leader.
  • New year, next step. The change you need will be achieved one step at a time. Clarify where you need to grow, simplify your plan and focus on the next right thing.

The Five Factors Framework is designed to take the guesswork out of what matters most. If you want to thrive as a leader, invest in these five areas of personal health.

Secret #6: Why The Enneagram May (Or May Not) Be Right For You

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Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

  • How well do I know myself? The Enneagram is a self-diagnostic tool. Without a basic level of self-awareness, I leave myself open to blind spots in my choice of type.
  • How well do I handle complexity? While the Enneagram’s number system is simple to understand, it is a rather sophisticated tool. Some personality types thrive in exploration; others need results with fewer variables.
  • What do I hope to learn from the Enneagram? Because the Enneagram is multi-faceted, it is easy to find the answers you are looking for only to lose yourself as other avenues of exploration present themselves. 

If the Enneagram is clicking for you, then go with it. Just remember, wisdom comes from a multitude of counselors. The best personality system for you is the one that works for you.

Still have questions? Use this to find the right system for you.

The Enneagram may or may not be right for you. Not all systems are created equal, and no single system is right for everyone. To find out which system is best for you, here’s a simple diagnostic tool you can use to quit guessing and make a fully informed decision. 

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Are Your Relationships Healthy?

Guest post by Tal Prince.

We have all sat through some roll calls in our life, and the more formal authority figures sometimes required us to respond, “present.” 

What did you mean when you answered? Did you mean that you were fully there, or did you mean that you were merely physically in the room? 

For most of us, we meant we were physically there, but that was about it.

Is that true for you during staff meetings and lunches with friends? Is it sometimes true in your marriage or with your children? 

It is so easy these days to be physically present, but mentally and emotionally distracted. Of all the shortages we have in our world, we are not suffering a shortage for distraction.

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