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Based on a powerful book written by successful entrepreneur Holt Condren, Surf the Woods helps people and organizations navigate goals more effectively. 

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Finding Noah in stores March 1

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Preorder Finding Noah  - Winner Best Documentary at 2015 Sun & Sand Film Festival

Preorder Finding Noah - Winner Best Documentary at 2015 Sun & Sand Film Festival

For over 2,000 years, man has been searching for the final resting place of Noah’s Ark. Though there have been many attempts, few have been able to fully explore the one place specifically noted in the Bible: Mount Ararat. Located in Eastern Turkey, Agri Dagh or “The Painful Mountain” is the tallest mountain in the region and lies in the very center of a centuries old, geo-politically unstable hot spot. With constant threats of deadly rock slides, hidden crevasses, and glacial ice falls, the Kurdish Rebel held mountain poses great risk to any explorer, let alone those performing a thorough scientific investigation.

Join director/producer Brent Baum and the FINDING NOAH film crew as they follow an expedition of intrepid explorers on a perilous trek up to Mt. Ararat’s desolate summit. There, using state of the art technology and real-time satellite imagery, this team of archeologists, scientists and professional mountaineers will begin a grid work of exploration unlike any before, hoping to finally resolve the age-old question: did Noah and his Ark actually exist?

Shot in never-before filmed locations and in the harshest of conditions, this unprecedented feature-length documentary shows just how far men are willing to go to discover the truth. Narrated by Academy Award nominee Gary Sinise, FINDING NOAH is more than a quest for answers, it is a testament of the human spirit, where belief and the need for exploration transcend risk and limitation.

Mountaineer Holt Condren exploring Mount Ararat with fellow explorer Kevin DeVries

Mountaineer Holt Condren exploring Mount Ararat with fellow explorer Kevin DeVries

The Trail to Unstuck Starts Here

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Maintaining momentum is a crucial element for navigating this ambitious life connected to Christ.  From time to time I find myself stuck with little momentum.  Life begins to feel mundane and no longer fulfilling.  When this happens, I've come to realize this as a sign that I am no longer exercising faith and have instead settled into "doing what comes easy".  When I settle into the "doing what comes easy" lifestyle; discontentment, discouragement, and depression soon follow.  Are you discontented with your life?  Do you need to get unstuck and back on trail to the extra-ordinary life that God created you for.  Try this.

Ask yourself, "What do I not want to do today that I know I really ought to do?"  Whatever comes to mind, make that your priority that day.  And the next day, do the same.  And the next day, do the same; and on and on and on.  It will normally require some kind of courage, faith, or determination.  As a Christian, when we do what we really don't want to do we are actually exercising faith in a very practical way.  The battle against laziness and fear is a battle we all face.  The Bible says in Hebrews 11:6, that without faith it is impossible to please God.  Faith takes courage and determination.  Are you regularly exercising both courage and determination as you navigate through life?

The trail to unstuck starts here.  Make it a priority each day to act on the answer to the question, "What do I not want to do today that I know I really ought to do?"  

Celebration; The Fuel for God-Inspired Dreamers

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As with any organization, it often seems like you have more problems than positive results.  Once a month at my company, Ink Custom Tees, we gather as a leadership team for a planning meeting.  Years ago the focus of those meetings had a tendency to gravitate toward problem areas.  Problem areas have to be dealt with.  Part of effectively running an organization is not turning a blind eye to the challenges.  But dealing with challenges all the time does drain your energy.  Each week, at the end of those meetings I often felt worn out and discouraged.  I knew we were doing good things as an organization, but it was hard to see those things through the fog of what seemed like continual challenges.

I decided to make a change.  Each week I asked my leaders to bring to the meeting one positive result they were seeing in their area of responsibility.  The positive didn’t need to be a huge victory, because huge victories were often hard to come by.  We started off the meeting taking turns talking about the small victories we saw the previous week.  We called those victories Short Term Wins and nicknamed them STW’s.  It totally changed the dynamics of the meeting.  It was amazing to see the energy that was gained as we each took turns sharing our STW.  Sometimes the entire meeting was spent sharing STW’s.  We found that focusing on the victories gave us the needed energy to respond more effectively to the challenges.  The same is true when you pursue your God-inspired dream.

As you maintain momentum by focusing on the next small step, you are going to see one of two things happen.  You will have victorious moments and clarifying moments.  Both are wins.  When you accomplish a goal, you have experienced a STW.  Take time to celebrate that victory with someone close to you.  When you run up against an obstacle, you are experiencing a clarifying moment.  Don’t treat that as a defeat.  What you have now is actually more clarity about which direction not to pursue.  Or maybe what you have is more insight into what is required in order to continue along your dream journey.  Clarifying moments are also STW’s and should be treated as something to celebrate.  When I encounter clarifying moments, I tell myself that I am more informed than I was before.  Take time every week or so to review your STW’s so that you can experience the satisfaction of knowing that you are creating momentum along the dream journey.  Just remember, short term wins equal progress along the dream journey.  As long as you are making progress, you are living your dream.