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Excel Still More
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The Excel Still More podcast is designed to help Christians excel in their faith, their relationships, and really every part of their lives. If you are interested in growth in your faith, this is the show for you. If you want to see yourself reach greater heights, achieve powerful spiritual goals, and be a better servant of Christ, we are here to help. Each episode introduces a proven principle for achieving more. Then we show how the Word of God amplifies the idea. Finally, each episode wil ...
 
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You Call This Yoga
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Welcome to the You Call This Yoga podcast, with your host Howie Shareff, founder and executive director of the nonprofit You Call This Yoga based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. In these episodes, taken from their internet TV show, Howie will be joined by informative and inspiring yogis to discuss the many yoga practices that are accessible to all regardless of physical ability.
 
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It is great to celebrate achievements. Reaching goals feels great. But beware, present position is only that: a fleeting moment of stature and accomplishment. While position can indicate good behavior, it is not a behavior of itself. But direction, now that's all together different. Direction isn't focused on where I am, but where I am going. D ...…
 
"The purpose of education is to know God and make Him known." Do you believe that? I think when it comes to spiritual education, like Bible reading and sermons, we would say so. And there are important applications of this phrase upon how you and I are using the things we learn in study and at a church. But would you say this phrase holds true ...…
 
When we live our lives with behavior aligned with beliefs: peace happens. We get to have this tremendous peace in Jesus Christ, when we believe in His word and live like it. But when our behavior departs from our beliefs, the peace is taken away. In its place are things like anxiety, stress, worry, discouragement, hopelessness and fear. God doe ...…
 
The island of Icaria is an amazing place! Not just because of its beauty, but because people there "forget to die"! Yep, that's a quote from a resident there. This small island in the Aegean sea has the highest percentage of residents living on into their 90's and beyond! A full 1/3 of them do so. And they live fun, active, involved, and joyful ...…
 
I love great conversations! It feels awesome to listen and be heard. I love walking away feeling like I learned something and contributed. We are better friends now because of that interaction. HOWEVER, not all conversations go that way. In fact, many times they aren't rewarding at all! Why is that? Well, it turns out, there is a big difference ...…
 
I heard a powerful story recently. A woman was rich and influential. She had great success in her life. However, there were a few things that she hadn't done. These were things she'd put off and things of great value. As the story was told to me, there were 3 things "she was gonna" do, and soon. Her story is a reminder to us all: if it matters ...…
 
Uncle Ben told Peter Parker: "With great power comes great responsibility." It took Spiderman a while to figure out what that meant. How about you? Do you understand what it means to have power? Have you figured out one of life's most unfair and critical lessons? That the strong does most of the heavy lifting. That's just the way that it is. Th ...…
 
September 11, 2001 changed our country forever. But it also changed me forever. How about you?By Kris Emerson.
 
Is anybody else sporting a terrible memory? Oh man, I'm probably the worst I've ever met, but I can't remember. Seriously, forgetting names, ideas, points, tasks, the names of my children... it's a big deal. But, the work still needs to be done, you know? Names still need to be recalled. Duties still need to be carried out. The Lord's work stil ...…
 
We all have things in life we'd like to do, experiences we want to have, places to see, skills to learn, and horizons to behold. But there comes a time in life when it hits you: "I'm not going to be able to do all of that." How does it feel to realize that there are experiences and accomplishments beyond your scope, that may always be beyond yo ...…
 
Okay, you may not agree with me on this one, but hear me out. We traditionally view comparing ourselves in a negative light. And, to be fair, comparing yourself with people you view as "better than you" can cause some serious deeds of the flesh outcomes, like jealousy and strife. Also, comparing your self to people perceived to be "worse than y ...…
 
Are you a 90 or a 52? The difference is huge! The difference is not 38. The difference is more like 32,800! The difference is generational lethargy (vs) changing your life in less than two months. What's it gonna be? Let's examine the story of Nehemiah. What the people of God had failed to do for generations, Nehemiah got done in 52 days. He ha ...…
 
Please and Thank You are the magic words! We all learned that as kids, but do you know it still stands? Maybe we will look at Please in a future episode. Today our focus is on that second term. The truth is, in nearly EVERY situation, there is room for a Thank You. It is often a much better choice than what might awkwardly or negatively be said ...…
 
Where is Jesus? With reference to where you are right now, where is He? Is He in heaven? Is He far away? Is He right there with you? How we see Jesus and where we see Jesus will have a huge impact on His imprint on our everyday lives. The Bible helps us see His presence, and asks us to acknowledge that He is always in the room. Let's explore th ...…
 
Welcome to the You Call This Yoga podcast with your host Howie Shareff, founder and executive director of the nonprofit You Call This Yoga based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. In these episodes, taken from their internet TV show, Howie will be joined by informative and inspiring yogis to discuss the many yoga practices that are accessible to a ...…
 
Solomon writes a lot about how unfair things are in the book of Ecclesiastes. Things don't always work out and there are always a million things we don't know and/or cannot control. However, he ultimately prescribes daily optimism and a willingness to cast your bread on the waters, even if you don't know what will happen after. If our attitude ...…
 
This is our Back to School special episode! Even if school is not a part of your life, consider this a Back to Reality message for all of us transitioning from Summer into the Fall. We have travelled, enjoyed the season, loosened up on bed time and morning alarm time. In some ways it may mean a bit of a fall off in the excel still more developm ...…
 
We all have to deal with negative thoughts and potentially dangerous little lusts that pop up in our head. If you are waiting on those to go away in order to build a better life... well, it just will never work out like you plan. It's not about eliminating negative internal injury or temptations. It's about HOW you choose to deal with them. The ...…
 
50 Episodes ago we talked about "Eat That Frog." Well, let's catch up on that 25 weeks later. Are you still knocking out annoying things, one per day, as early in the day as possible? I've been at it since February. I want to share how that has gone, some of the specific things accomplished, and it's affect on my life and even my family! If thi ...…
 
Guess how many holes it takes to sink a boat? Yep. Just one. More importantly, one hole left unfixed will do the damage. It would be nice in life if there were never any holes in our boat. If we could just float along excelling still more and have no issues. Such is just not to be. The question is - are you willing to go about plugging that hol ...…
 
In C.S. Lewis's famous book, The Screwtape Letters, demons discuss how to win a Christian back to sin. A major point of emphasis is the need to get him dwelling on the unchangeable past and the uncontrollable future! These will keep his attention from the two things that are real, certain, guaranteed: Eternity and Today! God knows you need to c ...…
 
In 1992, Gary Chapman wrote the book, "The Five Love Languages." Do you remember what they are? What would you say are your top two love languages? What about your spouse? This episode explores what is possible when we identify what pleases the other person, how they comprehend and acknowledge love, and then share with them in that way. We'll a ...…
 
Let's talk about a story from the 1800's, where a tragic crisis arose. A man tried to fix it: he changed everything and everyone around him, to no avail. Finally, one day, he asked the fateful question: "Is it me?" It was. And with just a small personal adjustment, many lives were saved! How many of us go through the blame cycle of other people ...…
 
Seven billion dollars is a whole lot of money! For most of us, it is next level inconceivable really. Could you imagine what it would be like to have that much money ... in debt? What if you owed it to someone. Would you just give up on life? Would you beg for mercy? Let's talk about how that connects to Jesus. And, just as importantly, how Jes ...…
 
It is great to set your course and stay on it. Deciding on goals and pursuing them, no matter what, can really bring great results! There are lots of cool Olympian stories of athletes who were big winners, because they wouldn't give up. Some were losers, but they never took their eye off the finish line. However, sometimes it isn't about reachi ...…
 
We all love to be appreciated. Most of us enjoy accolades and cheers for what we do. But really life isn't fueled by that, or is it? If we feed off of support as a means to carry on, what will we do when the crowds stop cheering? Are you equipped to have a deeper purpose than recognition by others? And if this is something you have struggled wi ...…
 
This year I have become convinced of two things, beyond a doubt. Firstly, Christians are to be Givers. We ought to be the most generous, helpful, service-filled people on this earth! Secondly, habits take wisdom to put into place. You can't just get good at something. You have to lay out a course of action in order to see results. SO... what if ...…
 
We all have issues in our lives. You know, things we don't like, troubles, problems, stress producers. However, we do not have to let bad situations rob us of our peace as children of God. Prayers are helpful. But they won't be enough. Life will push itself back in between you and God. If you want to see things be at peace, you must examine thr ...…
 
In June of 1924, George Mallory ascended to the top of Mount Everest. He and his friend Andrew Irving were the very first to do so! At least, that's what I believe. It was a true mountain top experience. Unfortunately the story does not end well, teaching us that the climb down is always the hardest, and that the mountain top experience only re ...…
 
I sometimes get annoyed at things other people do... even though I do them myself. This is part of life. The real revelation is when I discover that it was my influence that led to their behavior! Yes, we all cast a shadow. It is inevitable and powerful. You have an impact, an influence, on every person you are around. Taking ownership of that ...…
 
Most of us struggle with overuse of electronic devices. They are so convenient and address so many issues all in one place. But most of us also know that such things can become addictive and keep us locked in to them and away from the walk God has planned for us. But we can't just put the cell phone in the drawer for a month. We need it everyda ...…
 
We all make mistakes. We do things we wish we did not do. We say things we wish we had not said. But do we understand where those issues begin? It is not about the moment the thing is said or done, it goes back to the very first concession. Sometime earlier a mental allowance gave the tiniest of inner green lights, leading to poor behavior. We ...…
 
Did you know that the word "priorities" was rarely known or used before 1940? It doesn't really makes sense when you think about it. How can you have most important things? How can there be multiple things that come first. By definition, they wouldn't be most important. Instead, people used the word "Priority." That is, the most important thing ...…
 
Welcome to the You Call This Yoga podcast with your host Howie Shareff, founder and executive director of the nonprofit You Call This Yoga based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. In these episodes, taken from their internet TV show, Howie will be joined by informative and inspiring yogis to discuss the many yoga practices that are accessible to a ...…
 
No matter who you are, there will be stretches when things don't come together. Streaks get broken. Outside influences distract. We don't get the frog eaten. We don't fulfill our daily highlight. There is no one great hour. For some, this means the end. Great progress is abandoned by "setbacks." Listen, don't worry about days that don't go well ...…
 
Everybody is trying to persuade someone. In fact, most of us are trying to shape other people's thinking every single day, and in many relationships! And each of us has some skill or two that God gave us to bring other's around to our way of thinking. However, most of us don't have all three! I'm talking about the big three Greek words Aristotl ...…
 
We all know the importance of daily prayer. But what are you praying for daily? Most of us do a great job of praying about our daily bread. That is, daily provisions like health and safety. But we may be missing some things from "The Lord's Prayer" in Matthew 6. If we model our prayer after what He taught us, we can keep physical things like da ...…
 
You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. There is power in your relationship with God, and you are hopefully experiencing that every day. However, God's plans and Christ's power may demand that you ask for help. There are some things so difficult, so challenging, so transformative, that you simply cannot do it alone. This is ne ...…
 
I'm excited to share this! It really captivates what the Excel Still More journey is all about for me. Firstly, this is about optimism, redemption and hope EVERY single morning! Every day we are new, God's mercies are new, opportunities refresh and we can make that day great. You guys know what a great week is, right? It's seven great days, eac ...…
 
We should always make the most out of any situation. If this is where you are now, then make the most out of this. This applies directly to location. Wherever you work, work well. Wherever you worship, worship well. Wherever you life, live well. With whomever you spend your time, use it well. And so on. However, sometimes things aren't going we ...…
 
Well, we all have to grow up sometime, right? I turned 40 last December and made the decision to make some fairly dramatic life changes. Maybe dramatic isn't the right word, but there were some internal struggles I'd been very hit or miss about. It was time to say, "Hey, I'm 40. I'm done with that inconsistency. I will give myself wholly to Chr ...…
 
Every parents wants obedient kids. This is a challenge, since all kids are different and they change quite frequently as they grow. Parents who try the same approach, no matter the child, or the age, or the outcome desired... well, they don't get great results. But if parents learn to work backwards: to analyze the effect desired and then study ...…
 
Welcome to the You Call This Yoga podcast with your host Howie Shareff, founder and executive director of the nonprofit You Call This Yoga based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. In these episodes, taken from their internet TV show, Howie will be joined by informative and inspiring yogis to discuss the many yoga practices that are accessible to a ...…
 
Self centered living is lonely. Some may be successful. Some may make a mess of things. But all wonder, "Is this what it is all about?" I just focus on me. Everybody else just focuses on themselves? And somehow our life has value, meaning? When we learn to be second to Christ, we instantly learn the purpose of life. We still take care of oursel ...…
 
Okay, first of all, this episode is NOT about 30 days without food. I've never done that and don't plan on trying it any time soon. However, it is about two important ideas. 1) 30 days. It is the decision to commit to something for 30 days. After you have "Tried Three Times" and determined that something is doable and valuable to you, it's time ...…
 
No tricks, illustrations, or planning here: just Be An Encourager! The best way to make even day worth while, and to grow as a person, is to uplift the people God puts in your life! We have to get over our own issues, and certainly pop the me-bubble, in order to fulfill our purpose of brightening other peoples' day. But when we do... life gets ...…
 
There is an awesome secret to daily peace! If you master this one thing, then you will have much less strife in the day. And if you repeat it day after day, boom, anxiety will disappear from your life! There is a strategy of planning your day: eliminating non essential plans, spreading out essential elements, and journalling for success, that w ...…
 
Everyone is interested in a stress free life. No one wants to live with worry, anxiety and mental exhaustion. There are some great daily practices that can eliminate most worries, and we'll discuss that in the next episode. But first, let's talk about 4 big things that have got to go if we want to see the stress go away. Sometimes there are big ...…
 
James Clear wrote an article titled: "The Science of Mental Toughness: Talent is overrated, mental strength is critical." It includes research proving that success is based more on grit than inherent ability or intellect. People who are passionate about something and persistent accomplish more. People who are committed to something in which the ...…
 
It is great to set big goals. But beware, they are not what this is about. This is about the process. This is about you becoming the kind of people who can achieve goals. The problems with grading ourselves by goal's reached is 1) if we, for whatever reason, don't reach them, we are crushed. 2) we do reach them and they didn't satisfy or we sto ...…
 
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