Pay Attention to What Makes You Come Alive

Tim Schurrer

I once heard my friend Steve Moakler say, “Pay attention to the people and things that make you come alive.” He was making the point that the stuff that makes us come alive is a great way to learn what to pursue in our own lives. This concept of chasing the things I loved was instilled in me early on, thanks to my Mom. I remember her encouraging me to go wherever I wanted to go when I was looking at colleges. At the time, I wasn’t sure exactly where that was..

What Happens When We Assume The Best About Others?

Tim Schurrer

A few weeks ago, my wife and I locked our keys in the car during church, with the car running. We didn’t realize it until about two hours later as we were about to head to lunch.

So we did the only thing we knew to do. We called a locksmith, who arrived about 30 minutes later. But when he pulled in, we got nervous. As if the idea of breaking into our car wasn’t enough of a concern, when I caught a glimpse of him, my concern grew. He pulled into the parking lot and I swore he was still in high school.

Can Positive Self-Talk Impact Your Physical Body?

Tim Schurrer

Recently, I had to learn how to combat negative thoughts. I joined a gym a couple months ago because I was getting lightheaded doing even minimal physical activity. You’d look at me and assume I’m in shape, but up until this past spring, my days were spent in front of a computer or reading. Neither of those things require being in shape.

Walking into a new gym can be overwhelming. Where do I go? How do these machines work? To minimize my risk of being embarrassed, I […]

Three Simple Steps to Resolving Conflict

Tim Schurrer

We all face conflict every once in awhile. Is there a way to approach these conflicts so they can be negotiated peacefully? Our office is in an alley behind this great little Mexican restaurant in Nashville. We’re right in the middle of a neighborhood, so there are always people on foot, walking to the coffeeshop […]

How to Make Your Dreams Come True

Tim Schurrer

It’s been one of those weeks. We all have them. Each day it seems the task list doesn’t end and the dishes continue to pile up in the sink. I went to sleep last night and dreamt I walked down to the kitchen and all of the dishes were done. “Yes!” I thought, as it meant I wouldn’t have to do them this morning before work. But something strange happened when I walked into the kitchen this morning — the dishes were still piled up in the sink.

Two Ways to Make Everyday Life Feel Like a Vacation

Tim Schurrer

If you’re like me, your phone calls, text messages and emails are coming in throughout the day. When I’m in a conversation and my phone alerts me, it’s hard to stay fully engaged, whether I check my phone or not. “What did I just miss?” I wonder while trying to keep my eyes locked with the person I’m talking to. Our phones are a distraction and often keep us from connecting deeply with one another.

Pay Attention to What Makes You Cringe

Tim Schurrer

DC Talk, a band from the 90s, once sang, “Some people gotta learn the hard way, I guess I’m the kind of guy who has to find out for myself.” While this may be true for most, my approach to life has been the exact opposite. I’ve always learned best from paying attention to the mistakes of people around me.

Turn Your Mistakes into Opportunities to Get Better

Tim Schurrer

While we often view past struggles as the unfortunate parts of our story, I’ve learned to see them as opportunities. I no longer get down on myself about making mistakes as long as I make things better the next time. I don’t know if it’s my optimism or some kind of lesson that’s been instilled in me, but I’ve been operating in this “just make it better the next time” mentality for a long time now.

You May Be Making Your Bad News Even Worse

Tim Schurrer

We share a common struggle — knowing how and when to deliver bad news. My tendency is to delay the delivery, or worse, try to avoid the need for delivery by allowing time to pass. But I’ve found this only makes the inevitable harder.

How To Know If You’re Keeping Score In Your Friendships

Tim Schurrer

A little while back, I woke up at 4:07am to bring a couple of friends to the airport. They were headed to Colorado and had booked an early flight to maximize the amount of time they would spend with their family.

The Best Viral Videos We Found This Week

Tim Schurrer

Last week, the 10-year old washing machine drummer won the majority vote. What about this week?