In the Loop with Andy Andrews

On this week’s episode, I talk about how to cast a vision for your marriage, family, and finances.

 

Casting a vision is critical.

  • This is a very powerful tool, and if you’re not doing this with your family, you’re missing out.
  • You don’t just stumble your way into greatness and awesome results.
  • I sat down with Austin when he was 13 and asked, “Have you ever noticed how many kids are alike in what they do after graduating school?”
  • There are variations on the theme, but people pretty much do the same (usually average) things and get the same (usually average) results.
  • You must visualize a long-term target to shoot for.

 

A lot of people say “I’m just doing the best I can” when asked where they’re going in life.

  • Doing the best you can is not a standard.
  • That effort and direction can vary by the hour and does not get you anywhere specific.
  • You want your life to instead be an arrow with kinetic energy that will force its way into places that others would not get into.
  • Whatever you believe your potential to be, you’ll never achieve beyond it because that belief is so powerful.

 

Tune in to hear the method and questions to ask yourself that will help you cast a complete vision for all aspects of your life.

 

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On this week’s episode, I answer a listener question on how I’ve chosen not to focus on being a victim and how you, too, can keep away from this mentality.

 

There are challenging things happening in all our lives that give us the opportunity to check out.

  • However, you can choose what mentality you focus on.
  • There isn’t really a how. You either choose your mentality or you do not.

 

Society continues to believe that choice is the foundation of everything we do.

  • That is like flipping a coin if you don’t know the foundation of what a good choice is or why choices yield certain results.
  • Your thinking is the foundation. Every choice you’ll ever make is based on it.
  • Because you have free will, you can choose how you think by deciding who you spend time with, what you read or watch, and what you spend time thinking about.
  • Choosing your thinking requires you to act against your instincts.

 

I have never seen an incredible leader who was not incredible at leading themselves.

  • You have been created with a will that is stronger than your emotions.
  • You have been created with the ability to act a certain way despite how you feel.

 

Tune in to the episode to hear the songs Andy turns on when he needs to hear something that brings up fun memories.

 

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On this week’s episode, I answer a listener question on what to do when someone asks for a letter of recommendation when you wouldn’t recommend them.

 

How authentic are we going to be in our lives?

  • This dials down into who we are as much as who they are.
  • There is pain and confrontation that could be avoided, but should it?
  • There is the opportunity for retreat or deceit. This is an odd situation that many of us have found ourselves in.

 

When we are asked to write a letter of recommendation for someone we absolutely love, were excited and we start thinking of other ways we could possibly help.

  • Think about your
  • Would you like somebody to throw a hand grenade into it?
  • When we write a letter of recommendation and that person fails miserably because of a character flaw or bad habits, it’s not just them who gets the bad mark—it’s you.

 

What kind of people are you wanting to be around, and who are you wanting to become?

  • If this person is someone you would not recommend for a job, they’re probably more of an acquaintance, or at least someone you shouldn’t be spending a lot of time with anyway.
  • You have the opportunity to tell the truth with concern, love, and the possibility of their life being set on a different, more positive course.

 

Tune in to hear how the response you receive from someone you wouldnt recommend ultimately determines whether that person is wise or foolish.

 

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On this week’s episode, I talk about a football player who impacted my life, and a new movie about his life that you should see with your family this fall.

 

When I was in high school, we were across town from another high school named Woodlawn.

  • We had heard about racially motivated riots there and how some of the kids had to be bussed into school.
  • During the football season, I became aware of a student on Woodlawn’s team named Tony Nathan.
  • He was unbelievable—a running back no one could stop.
  • In the fall of my 10th grade year I would get the newspaper every Saturday and read the articles about Tony.

 

They announced that undefeated Woodlawn would play Banks, another undefeated powerhouse, in the playoffs.

  • The game would be played at Legion Field where at the time Auburn and Alabama played each other every year.
  • I talked my dad into going, and when we got there, 20,000 people must have been standing outside the gate.
  • They delayed the game so they could keep bringing people in; once we got in, you could see lines of cars stuck on the interstate.
  • There were 40,000 people in the stadium, 20,000 were turned away, and they estimated another 40,000 were stuck on the interstate.

 

The upcoming movie Woodlawn centers around the whole Woodlawn team’s spiritual awakening around this time and has so many lessons for the whole family.

  • It’s really not a football movie. It’s built around a football team, but it’s a movie about family, decisions, hardship, and overcoming.
  • You will want your teenagers to see this.
  • The only reason I would talk about this on the podcast is because I think it will be a great resource for your family.

 

Click here to learn more about the major motion picture Woodlawn, in theaters October 16, 2015, and tune in to the podcast to hear more from Andy about his personal connection with the film.

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On this week’s episode, I answer a listener question about the “treasure chest” that Polly and I have for our boys.

 

The boys know that we have treasure chests for them, and its something we will probably give them when they are around 21.

  • The treasure chest has things that they will need to know or want to have.
  • They don’t get to go in these chests, but I’ll occasionally show them something that’s going inside, or tease that something has been added.

 

When you have some kind of awesome family moment, take something from that place and write a note explaining what it is. Wrap it up and put it in a box.

  • When you’re gone, instead of having a vague memory of that day, your kids will having something tangible—a treasure.
  • There are very few things that I have of my parents, who passed within months of each other when I was young.
  • I can picture my dad’s handwriting, but I don’t have any of it.
  • It will be very important and comforting for the boys to know how much we loved them; the “treasures” make it obvious that we thought about them all the time.

 

Tune in to hear about some of the books, recordings, and other items we have already addedbut dont tell Austin or Adam!

 

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