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When Dave Brailsford became the Manager and Performance Director for Team Sky, which is Great Britain’s cycling team, no British cyclist had ever won the Tour de France.  He made it a goal to win that race within 5 years.  That was 2010.    He approached the challenge with the belief that marginal gains lead to remarkable results; if you simply improved every area related to cycling by just 1 percent, you would see great improvement. They sought to make marginal gains everywhere, both in the obvious and not-so-obvious places: Nutrition of the riders Weekly training programs Ergonomics of the bike seat Weight of the tires Discovering the pillow that offered the best sleep Best way to wash their hands to avoid infection After all of this effort, Team Sky went on to win the Tour de France in just 3 years, far ahead of their goal!  And at the 2012 Olympics, the British cycling team won 70% of the gold medals. So, what can you tweak by 1%? What if your 1% was taking just 5 minutes of your evening to incorporate this simple discipline?
  • Each night, or at the end of your work day, write down the six most important things that need to be accomplished the next day.  Let go of tomorrow’s worries by prioritizing the tasks the night before.  In the words of Elsa, Let It Go.  Knowing that you have taken the time to think about the next day, and put it on paper, you can relax and get the rest you need to tackle it... tomorrow.  
Let’s learn more tips from Small Business Big Pressure: A Faith-Based Approach to Guide the Ambitious Entrepreneur author Darryl W. Lyons, CEO and CoFounder of PAX Financial Group.  We will also be talking to Krista Evans from Bloom, a ministry for church planters’ spouses.   Seeking those 1% tweaks!
What does a spiritually healthy family look like?    This week on Girlfriendit Radio we have two significant discussions from two passionate leaders: Dr. Michelle Anthony and Pastor Bryan Sands. Dr. Michelle Anthony is the vice president of Learning Resources at David C Cook and the author of Spiritual Parenting, Dreaming of More for the Next Generation, A Theology of Family Ministry and The Big God Story. Pastor Bryan Sands is a veteran of working with students for over fifteen years in the public school system, church and university worlds. He has a passion for students and helping them make wise choices with their lives. Though he has made many poor decisions over the years, the decision he got right was to commit to sexual faithfulness when he was a teenager. He is currently writing the book Everybody Loves Sex: So Why Wait? You will leave our conversation empowered, encouraged and challenged in your parenting style, understanding more clearly patterns of dysfunctional parenting. (BTW - we all can relate!?) You will also walk away with a new appreciation of the significance of terminology when it comes to conversing with teens on the topic of sex. We even go into the danger zone of "casual sex" - is there such a thing???? Questions:
  • On a scale of one to ten with one being highly dysfunctional and ten being a thriving, healthy family – where does you family rate???
  • What is your role in parenting Spiritually Healthy youth?
  • Why is the term, Sexual Faithfulness, so significant when talking about sex?
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When was the last time you did something for the first time?     You have probably heard that quote before but it ‘s worth re-quoting?! Patty and I have tried many things over the years for the first time (the ministry of Girlfriends Unlimited and Girlfriendit, hosting national trainings, speaking at conferences, and a radio show!) Five years ago we were asked to host Girlfriendit on Toginet Radio and today we are still going strong, thanks to you! We feel so blessed and overwhelmed with gratitude for the opportunities over the years. We talk a lot on our radio shows about living unstuck, creating movement and seizing the moments and opportunities. Doing something “new” is risky, uncertain, and can be drenched in fear. The question we must all ask, “How much do I crave stepping into the unknown in quest of “new”? For us, we crave new discoveries, new experiences, and new opportunities. The “new” is what keeps us alive, active, moving. We don’t want to live on memories but live in the pursuit of new dreams and adventures. So, the questions we ask you and ourselves:
  • What do you want to do “new” in the “new” year?
  • How long has it been since you last did something for the first time?
  • What fear do you need to push through?
  • What uncertainties do you need to ignore?
Take a moment right now and write down something you have been thinking about doing (writing a blog, starting a group, leading a group, taking a trip, or learning to juggle (ok, I had to throw that one in as it is something I have always wanted to do?!) What’s it going to take to make it happen? The best time to start is now! A “new” you is waiting . . . a “new” year is here! Run with us into New! Happy 2015 Patty and Lisa

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