We have some great reading for you this week – enjoy!
When my private world began to implode in early 2007, I was assigned a Mental Health Treatment Plan by my General Practitioner. As my main issue was debilitating anxiety, I was recommended to see a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT).
Through this approach of professional counselling, I discovered how my intense feelings of anxiety were primarily impacted by faulty thinking (cognition) and overreacting (behaviour).
Therefore I saw a therapist because:
- I was traumatised by my first panic attack
- I was stuck in catastrophic thinking patterns
- I had to learn how to change my anxious thinking
- I had to learn how to manage my anxiety through breathing
“A life without a quiet center, easily becomes destructive.”
– Henri Nouwen –
What if I told you there’s a new way to start a blog that’s 20X faster, requires no software or technical expertise, and costs absolutely nothing up front?
You’d think there must be some hidden catch, right?
But there’s not. It’s totally real.
In this post, I’m going to walk you through the newest method for how to start a blog, step-by-step, with screenshots and links to all the resources you need. Let’s jump in…
Should You Even Start a Blog in 2018?
With the dominance of video content on platforms like YouTube and Facebook, you might think the whole idea of blogging is a little… out of date. Research tells a different story, though:
And it’s not just companies who are getting great results from blogging. It also works well for…
Nonfiction authors: Before giving you a book deal, publishers want to know you have a “platform” — an audience who will be happy to buy and promote your book. Blogging is one of the best ways to build that platform, and so it’s no coincidence many popular bloggers also become bestselling authors.
A blog is also helpful when you’re self-publishing. By leveraging your existing audience, you can drive your book up the Amazon bestseller list, giving you the chance to grab the attention of readers who would’ve never heard of you otherwise.
Every year, more and more people are working from home – and whether you’re an entrepreneur, a freelancer, or someone in a remote company like ours, you know that remote work presents some…unique challenges.
(Finding the motivation to change out of yoga pants, for example.)
We’ve written before about some of the most underrated and overrated things about working from home, but today, we’re going deep behind the scenes with our best tips for creating a home office space.
Curious what it’s really like to live that remote work lifestyle?
Want to see how your own work-from-home setup compares?
Let’s take a look at some of Team Edgar’s ACTUAL home offices – and what they can teach us about finding your own remote work sweet spot!
(Just promise you won’t judge.)
As a member of our development team, Alex has designed a workspace that facilitates the exact type of work he does every day.
An addition like a vertical monitor doesn’t necessarily make sense for anyone working from home, but that’s what makes it so useful – it’s tailored to a specific need.
(Like how the framed poster meets Alex’s need to be inspired by one of the hottest bands of the Second British Invasion. We assume.)
One of the biggest perks of working from home – and one of the easiest to forget – is that you don’t have to follow the example of a traditional office.
Your workspace doesn’t have to emulate what you’d expect to find in a cubicle, so feel free to customize it however you see fit!
Case in point: Alex also likes to switch between standing and sitting at his desk, which is why he’s outfitted his office with a chair that extends to 12 feet high.
Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to seek the advice of six gifted Senior Pastors who have led their churches from 1,000 to 5,000 in growth.
Since we are pushing the 2,000 barrier and believe God wants us to impact our region by growing to 5,000+, I sought out leaders who have done what we feel called to do.
I always encourage the Senior Pastors I coach to seek out pastors in churches twice their size and find out what they did to lead their churches in growth. Doing this has allowed me to forge some incredibly encouraging friendships. I’ve always found that pastors are always more than willing to share mistakes, hard-fought lessons, and an encouraging ear.
Since there are so few churches out there that have grown to 5,000, I’ve looked and found very little practical coaching on how to facilitate this kind of growth. That said, I thought you might appreciate reading what each of these leaders shared with me.
Here’s the context of these discussions:
- I sat down with each of them for a conversation that lasted roughly 1-2 hours in length
- I explained that we’ve grown from 0 to 1,700, have remained committed to growing through conversion growth only, and have seen 2,200+ conversions to date.
- I shared how we are in the suburbs of Philadelphia, in a population center of 400,000 in a 10-mile radius, and have a vision of growing to 5,000 on our current site (we have plans to launch 20 other campuses but for this conversation I wanted to focus on how they grew to 5,000 in one location).
- Then I asked them a simple question: “If you took over for me tomorrow, what practical steps would you take to lead CCV from 1,500 to 5,000?”
- Then I took copious notes, later distilling their ideas into the specific action steps below.
- FYI – Please note that I focused on pragmatic questions. Each of these leaders understand that there are more important measures than attendance, that growth comes from God, etc. All are theological astute spiritual leaders.
Thank you to our sources for this week’s blog posts:
Rob Mason – Why I saw a therapist
Smart Blogger – How to Start a Blog in 2018: New Method That’s 20X Faster
Meet Edgar – Behind the Scenes: Creating Your Perfect Home Office with Team Edgar
Senior Pastor Central – How to Grow from 1,000 to 5,000