What is Energy?

The most basic elements of physics are often the hardest to explain. Let’s simplify.

Energy is in everything and everyone.

It’s potential (stored up), or kinetic (in motion).

Kinetic energy which is “movement” may be miniscule or gargantuous!

Science defines energy like this, “The ability to do work.” Think of a fire (thermal energy). The bigger and hotter the fire the greater amount of wood can be burned (or the more work can be performed).

Note: a roaring fire can even burn wet wood. The ability to do work is greatly increased.


How’s your energy? Is your passion red hot? Is your fire and fervor for life blazing?

Take inventory today. Consider some possible obstacles that are reducing your fire to a few glimmering coals.

Let’s go on a journey together of exploring some of the best ways to increasing and sustaining your energy!



The world needs your fire! You have the potential of being a force for so much good! A force to be reckoned with!

igniting energy…tim


Creative to Creation in Two Steps.

What creative idea do you have that will change your world and the world of those you care about?

Do you believe you can change the world by changing YOUR world?

Does the proactivity of changing from the inside-out and working in YOUR center of influence excite you?

See, changing you is manageable and has huge ripple effects!

Believe you can and you’re half-way there; however, there’s still the other half. Unfortunately, we get bogged down here too often.

We were created with a desire to create. That’s right. From birth we’ve been busy putting things together: blocks, trains, Legos, ABCs, words, sentences, relationships, life, etc.

Figuring out how to put together our basic needs comes most naturally. The dreams of life, the passions of our hearts, our dream jobs, or better life conditions on the other hand somehow seem to evade our ability.

We’re curious about doing something. We think maybe the diet will help us, maybe going for a daily walk will increase our clarity, or perhaps prayer time will reach the hurting friend.

Our creativity kicks in and we start considering, ruminating and thinking. We put ideas together in our minds, we build the house in our minds, we start the diet in our minds, we make the career change in our minds, and then – we shelve the idea.

Couple reasons:

  • We get overwhelmed with all there is to do to achieve this goal.
  • We relive a past failure and fear facing the same failure again.
  • We’re afraid of what people will think.
  • We procrastinate because the urgency isn’t there.

Making the leap from creativity to actual creation is key! Like Mr. Incredible says, “It’s show time!” Take a step of faith.

You’ve planned, and you know you can make a difference! Like my son said, “Dad, I gonna build train.” A minute later, “Dad, I builded train.”

Do this! Comment on this post, or text a trusted friend:

“I’m going to create ____________!”

Say it. Say it over and over. Do it. Create it! Change the world!

Now, comment or text this, “I’m doing this _________ (small, maybe tiny action item) today!” World changers create by daily taking action no matter how small!

igniting energy…tim


The Ross-Pickersgill-Key Relationship.

How do these three names relate? Well, President’s Day was this week and since we’re talking about world changers, it seemed fitting to feature a story containing this theme.

A story of small, consistent, even seemingly insignificant actions that had tremendous, world-changing impact.

I sat contemplating the other night as Jen tediously stitched the final beads on a bridal gown’s bodice.

“Small, consistent actions compound quickly and result in beauty,” I thought, admiring the sparkling beads.

BOOM! That’s when Betsy Ross came to mind. Not a president, yet she was working in her Center of Influence sewing flags for ships when George Washington approached her about a much needed standard for the patriots.

The History Channel reports that Congress had loosely designed the flag, but Ross finalized its brilliance (one of the reasons the stars have five points – not six).

Now, consider Mary Pickersgill who was inspired by Betsy Ross and sewed one of the largest star-spangled banners. Her flag was hoisted atop Fort McHenry where, just outside in the harbor, Francis Scott Key was held hostage aboard a British ship.

During the deadly bombardment of the fort that night in 1812, he watched Mary’s flag “galliantly streaming” as the cannons lit the sky. Deeply inspired,  he penned “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Think of the ball games, ceremonies and grand events you’ve heard opened with our glorious anthem. Did your heart swell up in reverence?

What are you doing today mother, teacher, pastor, doctor, nurse, police officer, business owner? Do the “thread and needles” seem insignificant at times? Don’t be weary in doing well; you’re bound to reap the rewards!

Consistent actions in your Center of Influence will compound greatly! Like Betsy Ross, imagine the enormous ripple effect your actions can have! Let this vision energize you today. Be a world changer!

igniting energy…tim



If we’re not careful, we can catch ourselves thinking outside-in instead of inside-out. That’s right. We want to change the world so we get right to work…

We quickly share the negative political post because, yes, a lot of politics are messed up; and through frustration, our emotions are triggered, and we respond.

We talk about the downfalls or negatives of others instead of looking inside at what we should change. It’s so much easier to “point out” than to “work on.”

Stephen Covey wisely differentiated two catagories of people.

Proactive people focus on their Circle of Influence (things they can change and influence like themselves, their children, their environment, their responses, etc).

Reactive people focus on their Circle of Concern (things they have little-to-no control over like politics, others, the weather, etc).

So, when the next politically-biased post pops up or the gossip-filled text buzzes in, I’m committing to use the emotional trigger to take an inward look and spend my response to text encouragement, or share a positive thought.

Remember the advice to draw a circle around yourself and change everyone in that circle! World changers do this and all the circles their circle touches are better for it!

Simply reacting to life and living in the Circle of Concern drains so much time and energy – sucks it right out of you! Run to the Circle of Influence! Start with you. Change the world from the inside- out!

igniting energy…tim


1 of 7 Billion.

You and I can change the world! Yesterday, we discussed having a firm belief in this concept. Like any dream, though, it’s easy to succomb to the “elephant complex.” It’s just such a big idea – changing the world!

Here are some bite-sized actions you all shared: smiling, complimenting, loving, praying, having manners, being polite, giving, etc.

Some have said, “I’ve tried smiling, it didn’t work.”

Wait, don’t discount you! Don’t discount that you’re one of seven billion. Last time I checked, Fibonacci documented “1” as a counting number! You count! If YOU smile, you’re changing the world.

What example do our kids see? If we discount ourselves, they’ll likely discount themselves. Know this! Changing the world starts with believing you can, and realizing that you only control what you do is vital.

Sure it’s going to have ripple effects, but if you were the only change to ever occur, that would be enough. Smile today.

igniting energy…tim