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Authenticity trumps authority

By Dave Henning / July 3, 2023

“Demands come across as entitled. . . .  A simple please levels the playing field.  It will get y0u further than your title, your rank, or your credentials.  Authenticity trumps authority, like a royal flush.  The word please demonstrates a posture of humility, and no one did it better than Jesus.”- Mark Batterson “Let this […]


The basal ganglia = the holy grail

By Dave Henning / February 16, 2022

“When it comes to habit formation, the basal ganglia is the holy grail.  It’s the place where habits are stored.  It’s the switch that flips our behaviors. . . . the engine that powers our action selection. . . .  The basal ganglia is our chief executive officer when it comes to everyday decisions.”- Mark […]


Scar tissue – the way to release it

By Dave Henning / April 11, 2021

“The way you release scar tissue, spiritually speaking, is through forgiveness.  If you don’t release that scar tissue, you lose emotional range of motion — the ability to experience joy, the ability to experience intimacy.”- Mark Batterson In Chapter 4 (“Postimagining”) of Win the Day, Mark Batterson begins with a discussion of conditioned reflexes.  Most […]

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