Start 2017 with a Plan For Your Life

If you aim at nothing, that’s what you will hit. And if your life is full of clutter and piles it is difficult to take focused aim on what’s important.

To help you design a plan for your life for 2017, and get your life organized, I recommend two books that are free audiobook downloads until Jan. 31.

My go to book for life planning and refocusing your life is Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want by Michael Hyatt & Daniel Harkavy. Here is the free audiobook download link, which is good until January 31:


The other free audiobook download is the national bestseller: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. This is more about organizing and decluttering your personal space, but it is amazing, when you have a clean and clear work space, how much easier it is to do the creative and important work of life planning. Here is the free audiobook download link, which is good until January 31:


Interested in a Reformation History Tour of Germany in May 2017?

I am leading a Reformation History Tour in Germany May 10-19, 2017 during the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. We will start in Berlin and end in Frankfurt. Our first day in Berlin we will learn about the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

We will also spend a day at Herrnhut, to explore the history and anniversary of the Moravians and their 100 year, 24-hr prayer vigil that many believe launched the modern missions movement.

I will be holding an information meeting this Sunday, January 8 at 10:30a, in the Connection Corner at NCCTK – North County Christ the King in Lynden, WA.

If you can’t make it, but want information on the trip, send me an email at, and I will email you the trip brochure.


Merry Christmas and a Focused New Year in 2017

New Calling Core Workshop Starts this Sunday, Sept. 25

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Are you wanting to discover your Core Wiring and live your Calling? I start a new 7 Week Calling Core this Sunday, Sept. 25 at 6:30p, in the Family Room at NCCTK – North County Christ the King in Lynden, WA.

You can get info or register by clicking here: then clicking on “Calling Core. If you have further questions you can email me at

The Danger of Following (only) Your Passion

I have shared a maxim in my workshops and coaching for years: The marketplace doesn’t pay for passion, it pays for talent.

Whether I am coaching a college student trying to find a major that “fits”, or a Baby Boomer on finding their “dream job”, it never ceases to capture my attention how deeply THE myth has captured the minds of so many. The myth: follow your passion, and the money will follow. Actually, passion can help you think about “where” to focus your time, money and energy, but it doesn’t answer the “what” you will do when you get around your passion. The “what” is your core talents and strengths. Identify your innate talents and develop those talents with discipline and focus. Then, if you are able, use those developed talents in an area of passion.

Watch as Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs, gives his take on the danger of following your passion.


Pete Carroll on Building a Culture of “Grit”

For you Seahawks fans (and non-Seahawks fans) here is an enlightening discussion between Seahawks coach, Pete Carroll, and author/researcher Angela Duckworth about creating a culture of “grit.”

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May 19th 2016 – Town Hall Meeting featuring Pete Carroll and Angela Duckworth

Duckworth is known for her research on “grit” and connected with Pete Carroll early on in his Seahawks’ career. This also provides some alternative insights for assessing and recruiting people and talent to your organization.

Bono & Eugene Peterson | THE PSALMS

Grab a cup of coffee, find a comfortable chair, and take 20+ minutes to enjoy this honest, creative, inspiring dialogue between two of my favorite artist-authors, Bono and Eugene Peterson. If you have been energized by the music of U2 or have been spiritually invigorated by reading Eugene Peterson’s translation of the Bible, The Message, you will savor the interaction between these two as they discuss the influence and impact of the Psalms on their lives. Enjoy.


What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

New research reveals surprising truths about why some work groups thrive and others falter.

Read aboTeam under a microscopeut these findings from Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times, from his new book ‘‘Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Productivity in Life and Business,’’ from which this article is adapted.

What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

7 Week Calling Core Class Starting Sunday Feb. 21…and it’s FREE…if…

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Hey Whatcom County Calling Coach followers: Are you looking for a better “fit” career, or a college major that “aligns” with your wiring, or a Ministry Service role that “matches” your God-wired Core?

If that’s you, I’m starting a 7 week class on Sunday nights from 6:30-8:00p starting THIS Sunday, Feb. 21 at North County Christ the King in Lynden…and it’s FREE! Yep, FREE, and we even have childcare. Here’s the catch, you have to register at the site below by midnight Friday  noon Saturday to secure your spot.

Did I mention that it’s FREE! I hope you’re able to join us on this 7 week journey so you can Discover your Core and Live Your Calling.

Mark Warren – the Calling Coach

iPhone Effectivity Tip #32

     For iPhone users, as well as Droid users, our phones’ operating systems are so robust with features that you have to be a major geek to keep up with them, let alone use them.
     The current iPhoneIOS9 operating system , has a boatload of hidden features that, though not iPhone 6 with handobvious, can be incredibly useful for everyday life. I love shortcuts when it comes to using my phone, especially shortcuts that cut down my inputting words with my fingers, namely, Text Shortcuts.
     For example, I have to type in quite often when emailing and texting people. Instead of typing in this long domain name every time, try this:
     Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement and tap the plus (+) symbol.
     Input in the Phrase field. Then in the Shortcut field right below input some letters of your choice, like mwa . Now, every time you type mwa your iPhone will auto-correct it to
     This works for email addresses, names, cities, phone numbers, or anything that you use commonly that has lots of letters. It’s been a great Effectivity shortcut for me.
     Let me know what you think?