Catholic Commute S02E04: 4 Reasons why your attitude is critical – and how to improve it

You cannot win at life without a good attitude

I’m currently reading the book “Developing the leader within you” by John Maxwell.  The book is fantastic, and one point he really drives home is how important your attitude is to every aspect of your life. It’s not enough to sit back and wait for something good to happen.  Those who succeed at their dreams are the ones who chose to make the best of their lives – every day.

In this episode, I discuss 4 reasons why our attitudes are so critical.  It probably affects more of our day than we realize.  I also add in the 6 steps that Maxwell offers to change our attitude.  With proper motivation and the right steps, we can salvage any attitude and make the impact we want to our lives.

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Catholic Commute S02E01 Book Gates of Fire – 4 Lessons a modern man can learn from the ancients

The real lessons of the 300 spartans who died at thermopylae

New season!  I’m excited to have you all along for this, I hope you enjoy it.  We now have a “Saint of the episode” and some new music.  I’m leading off episode 1 with a review of a truly phenomenal book.  The book is called “Gates of Fire.”  It’s basically a story of the Spartans death by King Xerxes at the battle of thermopylae.  Yes, it is the battle that the movie “300” is based upon – but all similarity ends there.

This books is really great, I strongly encourage you to read it.  It goes into great depth about the meaning of bravery, courage, and sacrifice.  It speaks to the heart of what makes a man, what man is.  I also think it is a great testimony to the truth and power of living a Christian life.

In this episode, I highlight 4 specific truths that I learned from reading this book, and also that all modern men (and women too!) can learn from the ancients.  I hope you like it.

New music is from: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music

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Catholic Commute S01E53 6 Steps to improve the quality of your fruit

"Fresh" isn't enough - we need sacrifice.

Trees that produce bad fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. The message is consistently repeated throughout the Gospel.  Yet, we rarely pause to consider this warning.  Many of my actions are incredibly selfish and lazy – they cannot possibly create good fruit.

Hopefully you listened to last week’s episode and were able to identify the fruit you create.  If you are at all like me, there are probably some areas that need improvement.  In this episode, I try to give some practical advice for different areas of life.  Hopefully you can find a few things that will make a difference.  We all have our rotten apples, but with God’s help, we can start to create fresh ones.

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Catholic Commute S01E51 6 Steps to find meaningful Rest

Real rest isn't laziness, it's essential

In the previous episode I discussed the importance of sleep.  In this episode, I discuss the other side of rest.  When God rested on the seventh day, he wasn’t sleeping.  What type of rest are we supposed to find?  I suggest that this is something deeper – and it requires a connection with God.  Modern science agrees with our need for rest; it can improve the rest of our lives.

In this episode I give 6 steps to finding meaningful rest.  Real rest isn’t just watching 2 hours of TV before bed – often that can actually be draining.  Real rest leaves us with more energy and more enthusiasm for life.  It’s an essential to living life to the fullest.  I tell the story of my discovery of real rest while hunting.

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Catholic Commute S01E50 5 Reasons why we all need to get sufficient sleep

Insufficient sleep is as bad as insufficient food or water.

Today’s world is crazy and busy from sunup to sundown.  As pressure mounts to get more and more things done, it seems impossible not to simply work longer.  Aside from the ever-increasing demands of work, keeping up with the house and the family only seems to get harder.  We know we don’t want to work longer – but what choice do we have?

In this episode I discuss the reasons why we simply cannot afford to cut back on sleep.  Not only does sleep deprivation actually decrease our net productivity, there are a lot of other consequences as well.  Our overall health, our relationships, and even our happiness are at risk.  Getting the proper sleep, however, can make all these things better.  It’s worth the effort!

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Catholic Commute S01E46 7 Steps to get started hunting

There's a lot to learn but it is so worth it!

It can be very intimidating to actually consider starting something new that is as intricate and involved as hunting.  No 30 minute podcast can fully prepare someone for that experience, but my goal is to help give you some big picture perspective on what it will require.  With good preparation and especially a good guide, you can make an easy transition.

The most important steps of starting hunting are to find a good guide and pack well.  I cover these two topics at length, and then discuss several other important tips.  If you get the basics down, you will enable yourself to have a great hunting experience that will help you to find all the benefits I discussed in the previous episode.  Good luck and get out there!

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Catholic Commute S01E45 6 Reasons why you should consider hunting this year

Immerse yourself in nature and you may find God

Hunting may not be the most politically correct activity, but I argue that it is one of the best.  It combines all the greatest of things – nature, hiking, camping, guns, and hope for some amazing meat.  Furthermore, it creates the space and opportunity to really encounter God in a meaningful and significant way.

In this episode I give you 6 reasons why you should consider hunting.  You don’t need to spend a lot of money, and you don’t need to become a hunting fanatic who covers their vehicle with hunting-related bumper stickers.  There is room for modern 1st-world man to gently step into hunting.  Any good hunter will be glad to help you ease into the activity.  I encourage you to listen and consider if this activity makes sense for you.

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Catholic Commute S01E40 6 Reasons you should embrace your season

Change is constant, enjoy it!

There are many types of seasons in life – not only the weather.  There are seasons of good times and bad, seasons of joy and loss.  Each season is given to us by God for a reason.  We can find great benefit and value by embracing that season, even if we don’t see the value initially.

In this episode I give you 6 reasons why you should embrace a season.  Some of the reasons apply to the weather, some apply to other types of seasons.  Regardless of what season you’re in, I really encourage you do slow down and take a deep dive into that season.  You will get great value – because God has a plan for you in each and every season.

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Catholic Commute S01E39 5 Reasons why you should attend a conference this year

Attending a conference can change your life

Sometimes it can seem overwhelming to try to carve out the time it takes to attend a convention or a conference.  In the last episode we had a great discussion with Bill Donaghy about the upcoming Theology of the Body congress.  In this episode, I want to challenge all of us about the importance of setting a large block of time apart for spiritual growth.

Attending a conference isn’t fun or sensational, but it can change your life.  It’s easy to listen to the devil’s distractions about how we don’t have time or can’t find child care – but instead I think we all need to think more carefully about just how much benefit can come.  In this episode, I offer you some reasons to make that time.

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Catholic Commute S01E37 6 Tips to dealing with Change

Making the right change without going crazy

Change is hard, especially sometimes for us men.  Still, God calls us to live our lives and that means change. Making the wrong change can often be worse than making no change – so how do we know what to do?

Recently I’ve gone through a major change in my life as I’ve changed professions, and moved into a much more risky scenario.  Along the way I had to try to figure out what was the right thing to do, am I doing what I want or what God wants?

In this episode I give you the tips that were helpful for me to make this choice.  Hopefully they will help you to make the best choices you can when you hit your moments of change.

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