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Live in Reality, not Fiction

Live in Reality, not Fiction

Choose to Live in Reality, not Fiction

God promised Joshua that He would be with him, and God guarantees you the same thing. 

An example of God’s presence with Joshua occurs soon after Israel entered Canaan.  Israel was camped at Gilgal, and Joshua was out taking a walk, probably checking out his strategy for the upcoming battle with Jericho.  When Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him.  It happened suddenly.  From where had he come?  One minute he wasn’t there and in the next he was.  In that moment Joshua experienced a change in perspective, so that he could now see the man.  The man had a drawn sword in his hand, which meant that he was prepared for battle.  It was threatening.  Before we get to his question, let’s pause for a minute as Joshua is caught off guard by the sight of this man.

Sometimes what we need more than anything else is a renewed perspective that allows us to see reality.

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As I coach leaders, I often remind them that every day is a battle for perspective. 

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There’s God’s perspective and then there’s mine.  As a leader, I want to see what God sees.  There’s God’s truth and mine.  We need His.  Joshua saw something new in front of him.

Something powerful happens in the human spirit whenever we focus our attention on something outside ourselves and beyond our trouble. 

Whenever I focus my attention on Christ and the eternal life that is beyond this life, I find exceptional joy and abiding peace.  When I focus on joy, I am better able to break through obstacles that life presents.  Not always without pain and not always on the first try.  But that’s life.  We can learn to concentrate on what God says, rather than circumstances.  I wonder how much God wants His kids to look up from their myopic, small, navel-gazing concerns to see Him, standing and ready to fight.  I pray that my kids will always search for what is true and live in what’s real.  We don’t just need a different perspective from the one we already have, we need one that sees what is in front of us, one that sees what is holy and true.  A perspective that can only be seen by faith and beyond the minutia of the moment.

Joshua questioned the man about his loyalties and allegiance because he did not recognize him as a heaven-sent messenger.  Joshua asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” (Joshua 5:13).

Here was the man’s reply and Joshua’s response:

Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.

Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?

The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.

And Joshua did so (Joshua 5:14-15). 

What a scene that must have been.  The commander of Israel’s army is meeting the Commander of the Lord’s army. I don’t want you to miss the Commander’s response to Joshua because it has some solid application for us.  Joshua wanted to know whose side He was on.  Simple.  This is not an unreasonable question between two warrior leaders. “Are you on our side or theirs?”  What does that answer “Neither” mean?  How can someone, especially a warrior, be on neither side in a battle?

God does not show up to gather opinions; He doesn’t come to choose a side.  He comes to take over.  

We are not to ask if God is on our side, although that seems like a common question.  Rather than asking, “Is God on my side?” the more appropriate question is, “Am I on the Lord’s side?”  This distinction is important today as we face many battles – physical, emotional, relational, financial, cultural, and spiritual.

The Commander continued, “…as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.”  And that was it.  There isn’t a clear resolution to this encounter, but the obvious implication is the Lord will fight for Joshua and Israel as long as they maintain the proper priorities, which we saw throughout the preceding chapters.  The Lord was letting Joshua know, in no uncertain terms, that he was not fighting alone.  It wasn’t just that God was with him, but God was for him and would fight for him.  Joshua needed to be able to recognize when he was in God’s presence and that he could trust in Him.  As long as Joshua maintained his priorities, God would fight for him.  This principle still stands today: God wants our undivided loyalty and holiness in our lives.

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We are called to live in God’s presence.  Keep your priorities straight. 

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God had already promised Joshua that He would be with him just as He was with Moses, so Joshua didn’t need to worry about that.  I don’t know about you, but I tend to live better when I am cognizant of God’s presence.

God’s presence is what made that place holy.  In fact, the word “holy” is used as a reminder for Joshua of the seventy-second talk he had with God earlier.  It was a reminder that spiritual concerns, and not military preparations, were of first importance to the Israelites in their mission.  

The principle of holiness is still relevant today.  The concept of holiness: living for God because He is with us, is God’s expectation from the beginning of time.

God is with you right now.  God’s presence calls for holiness and undivided hearts, but the temptation is to see how far we can walk from God and still be okay.   Why would we not rather see how near we could live to Him?

 

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“In 70 Seconds, Dan Holland takes a refreshing look at one of God’s seminal lessons for life and leadership. In today’s world we are often left wondering how to interpret the scriptures God has left for us. In this book Dan does an amazing job of showing us a modern-day biblical perspective that is not only highly applicable, but interesting and entertaining. I encourage you to read it and apply these principles to your life.”

Nick Nanton, Esq., EMMY® Award Winning Director/Producer; Wall St. Journal Best-Selling Author

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Does What I Do in Life Really Matter?

Does What I Do in Life Really Matter?

Does What I Do in Life Really Matter?

The spotlight was turned on Mandy Harvey when she received the golden buzzer on America’s Got Talent in June 2017; sending her straight to the live semi-finals.  I met her when she was interviewed at our church.  She talked about how her dream of being a choir teacher had been shattered when she lost her hearing.  She thought: Now what?  Do I matter now?  What do I do now?

Sometimes we think that when we’re defeated, the right thing to do is to withdraw, especially when we’re beaten.  It happens to all of us.  When we’re doing well, we rarely ask, “Does what I do really matter?” We ask that question when we’re defeated.  That’s the reality.

How can anyone understand the feeling of desperation and the confusing emotions Mandy experienced at that time?  Her father, Joe, encouraged her to sing again.  At first, she was timid about it.  “Okay, I’ll try it,” she said, lacking confidence.  She had to rely on someone else to tell her how she sounded when she sang.  She had known how to sing and even when she lost her hearing, she could still sing.  But she couldn’t hear herself sing, so it felt like it was worthless and pointless.

By relying on others, trusting her pitch, and watching tuning machines, she now sings on key, and keeps time.  Why?  Because she remembered what it felt and sounded like to do so.  We need to remember some things too.  The Lord said to Joshua, “Remember, I was with Moses and I’ll be with you.”

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.” – Hebrews 10:35

Mandy’s deafness didn’t change, but her confidence did.  Sometimes our circumstances don’t change, but our confidence can.  The Lord can give us confidence in any and all circumstances, but we tend to assess ourselves based on what we see, instead of trusting His promises to us and His presence with us.

We ask the question about whether what we do matters or not at the wrong times—usually whenever we’re feeling defeated, not when things are going well.  Because of my deep love for my kids, it would grieve me immensely if they did not live up to their potential.  And God loves His kids more than that.  The amount of love we have for our children pales in comparison to the love God has for each one of us.  We cheer for our children and God cheers even more for us.  Why wouldn’t you make every effort to live up to your God-given potential?  You and I don’t live up to our potential whenever we forget, overlook, or ignore God’s promises.  The reason we can live fearlessly is because God loves us perfectly and eternally.

Every day God votes for you.  Every day Satan votes against you.  You cast the deciding vote. Every. Single. Day. You. Vote.

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To learn how to build your life on the power of belief order a copy of my book 70 Seconds: Stop Wandering; Start Living and Leading!  Visit www.CoachDanHolland.com/

To read Your Life in One Day click here: https://danholland2819.wordpress.com/2018/11/18/your-life-in-one-day/  

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“I couldn’t put it down. What a blessing it was to me! I realized right away that I have been WANDERING for the last couple of months! Reading 70 Seconds has given me a newfound energy and dedication to staying faithful and making sure that I “vote” everyday. I am now thinking that maybe this season of my life is part of God’s plan to give me rest and help me to really listen for His voice to determine what’s next for me and to choose FAITH over fear!”

Joi Williams, former head coach, UCF Women’s Basketball; former asst. coach, WNBA San Antonio Stars

 

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Powerful Questions

Powerful Questions

What Happened Here? And Other Powerful Questions

The story of Joshua is easy to follow because it has a clear beginning, middle, and ending, and is marked by seven specific monuments during the time of the conquest. Like bookmarks in the pages of history, the monuments of Joshua reminded God’s people of important choices. Each monument was—and still is—intended to spark the memory of what happened at that place, to remind God’s people of His faithfulness, and how their choices to live by faith and obedience influenced God’s involvement in their lives. God even instructed that the history and lessons be taught to future generations for their benefit. That includes you and me.

A monument or memorial can mark a victory, like the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devils Hill, North Carolina, marking man’s first flight, or sorrow and defeat like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. All monuments cause us to ask: “What happened here?” That is a powerful question about the past that can influence the way we see the future. On our journey through Joshua, we will tackle some other powerful questions. Powerful questions can potentially disrupt your world because they cause your thoughts to travel new paths.

Although disruptive, these monumental questions can help you gain clarity about your life and break free of the gravitational pull of the status quo, charting a course toward greater meaning, joy, and impact instead. Some of the questions to explore are:

  • How can I stop wandering and prepare to advance?

  • What are God’s promises to me?

  • How can I develop faith instead of fear in unfamiliar territory?

  • Will I be able to handle trouble when it comes my way?

  • Do I have what it takes to persevere during setbacks (because doubt and disappointments are part of the promised life too)?

  • How can I pace myself and listen to God?

  • How can I make effective use of failure?

  • What does it take to lead towards unity and harmony?

  • How will I finish strong and prepare the next leaders?

These questions can powerfully influence the choices you make today.  Is it easy?  Sometimes, but not always.  Is it worth the effort?  Every time; because they potentially can change the direction of your one precious life forever.  

To learn how to build your life on the power of belief order a copy of my book 70 Seconds: Stop Wandering; Start Living and Leading!  For free shipping, visit www.CoachDanHolland.com/

To read Your Life in One Day click here: https://danholland2819.wordpress.com/2018/11/18/your-life-in-one-day/  

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“I have often said that a well-placed question can change the direction of a person’s life forever. In 70 Seconds, Dan Holland walks through the kinds of questions that have the potential to disarm you and disrupt your life. But if you want to move past your past, or you want to avoid making the same mistakes as others, I recommend you think through some of the powerful questions that he poses in this thought-provoking book.”

Rick Bezet, Lead Pastor of New Life Church; Author of Real Love in an Angry World and Be Real, Because Fake Is Exhausting

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The Power of Choice

The Power of Choice

We Have Response-Ability

God has given humans response-ability.  It’s part of our original software design.  Regardless what our circumstances may be, how other people may treat us, or what difficulties we face in life, it is fully within our own power to determine what kind of attitude we’re going to have.  The moment we turn our eyes to God, we realize He is bigger than any circumstance.  Why should we spend time and energy worrying and fretting over the future or even over current circumstances?

God has been good to us and the proper response to God’s grace is to serve Him only, always, everywhere, and in everything.

We see this power of choice all over God’s story to us.  We see it in Joseph while in prison, Daniel while hanging out in Babylon as a prisoner of war and in a lion’s den.  John chose to worship on the island of Patmos, Stephen hoped in God while being stoned and Paul, while in chains, wrote,

“Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear” (Philippians 1:12-14).

The point is that no oppression of man can hold down the praise of God, or the attitude of grace we can access in Christ.  Those people I just mentioned understood one simple, but powerful, truth that many Christ-followers forget.  Praising God does not depend on our circumstances being praiseworthy.  It is not circumstances that are praiseworthy; it is God.  Why not choose to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,” as 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says?

It’s What You Do Next That Counts!

I hope your faith has started shifting from something that is simply available to you, to a faith that beckons you into God’s adventurous will for your life—your promised life.  God still does exactly what He promises, every time.  I pray that hope will grow in you and surround your heart like the wall around the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida.  As the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States, its walls stand thirty feet tall and are fourteen feet thick.  May that kind of wall keep you and make you feel so secure in God’s love, His holiness, and sovereignty that you will cross over into your promised life and lead others with you.

Start today.  With your mind deeply set on and believing in the Lord’s promises, turn your faith in God loose in every area of your life and see what happens.  Now you have been made righteous through Jesus Christ, live courageously, like Joshua, by your righteousness in the Lord.  No matter how good or bad, easy or difficult it may be, I guarantee you will not regret following God faithfully and crossing into the promised life.

To read the Power of Mindset click here: https://danholland2819.wordpress.com/2019/01/06/the-power-of-mindset/

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When the Dust Clears

When the Dust Clears

COMEBACKS.  WE LOVE a good comeback story, don’t we?  Whether it’s the Cubs winning Game 7 of the World Series in 10 innings or the surfer who gets back on the board after being attacked by a shark…comebacks are the best.  At least they are after the fact. It’s not so fun when you are in the middle of them though.

When I was thirteen, I loved dirt biking.  Once I was out in the desert, riding with six other guys.  They were older and had bigger, faster motorcycles than me, so I spent most of my time eating their dust.  Then came my opportunity to pass them.  They were slowing down, so I sped up to over fifty miles per hour.  My plan was to rush through them even though I couldn’t see through the dust cloud.  At the same moment I cleared the dust, everything became clear as to the reason they had slowed down.  There were dirt mounds and valleys created by the wind everywhere, but it was too late for me to stop.

What happened next is still burned into my memory.  My thought going into it was, Hey I’m going to get ahead.  Then time seemed to slow to one milli-second at a time as everyone watched me hit every bump until finally crashing into the dirt.  I had the breath knocked out of me and one of the guys told me, “The best way to get out of here is to get back on your bike and ride out.  But if you can’t, we will find another way.”

My comeback wasn’t that I won that race through the desert, but that I got back on the bike.  Sometimes when we crash, we give up.  Those guys did me a huge favor, advising me to get right back on the bike, so I would not fear riding in the future.  After catching my breath and a minute of rest, I rode out of the desert and continued riding even into adulthood.  They praised me for getting back on and riding the motorcycle out.  That incident has served as a metaphor for other moments in my life when I had to catch my breath and keep going.

For there to be a comeback there has to be failure or at least a falling behind.  Our God is a huge fan of comebacks too!  In fact, He is the ultimate Storyteller and Creator of comebacks. 

All of us will face situations in which we feel like giving up and throwing in the towel.  Not all challenges are the same and not everyone suffers the same challenges.  However, it is remarkable that Christianity produces individuals who, rather than shrink away, respond to the challenges such as slander, threats, abuse, and injury with forgiveness.  God created His people, each one, with the capability to respond like Christ to these difficult, hurtful, and sometimes horrific situations.  It’s not that we always respond to every circumstance all the time in ways that reflect the grace of God in our lives.  It’s that we are capable of responding to everything in a way that reflects our faith in God.

Discouragement following a failure or painful circumstance can cause us to vacillate, meaning we waver on taking any next steps forward.  Feelings of discouragement damage our confidence and strip us of courage.  The quickest way to get discouraged and disillusioned is to look at people and circumstances as the determining factors in your life.

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

Hebrews 10:35

Trials produce people with spiritual stamina.  Why is this true?  Because Christ’s death produces people “who are being made holy” (Heb. 10:14).  That’s why Christians were encouraged not to throw away their confidence.  Well placed confidence may be one of the most valuable characteristics we have.  Healthy leaders look back over life realistically only to discover that painful moments became doors of hope and greater dependence on God.

Never pass up an opportunity to re-examine your beliefs about failure and pain.  Learn from them.  “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”  We’ve probably all heard that famous maxim and if you are a parent, you have probably said that to your children as they learned to ride a bike, tied their shoes, didn’t make the team, or get into their first choice of college.  We encourage others to get back up and try again, but do we really believe that failure isn’t final at the very core of our own beings?  It’s easier said than done.

The truth is that people will fail you and circumstances will falter.  You can depend on that.  However, if we choose to believe that failure and pain are opportunities to learn, then failure and pain take on a whole new meaning.  They have purpose.  Pain gives us the opportunity to practice perseverance.  Failure is never final for the one who learns to persevere.

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Jim Morris knows a thing or two about comebacks.  He’s also a man of faith.  Jim “The Rookie” Morris, who was the inspiration for Disney’s movie The Rookie, endorses 70 Seconds: “In today’s way of thinking faith, love and contentment have disappeared because of a separation from God.  In 70 Seconds, Dan Holland gives a blue print for life, love and leadership.  It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, 70 Seconds reminds us that there are hardships and missteps as seen through biblical history, but you can overcome by faith in Jesus.  Dan conveys, in an incredible and understandable way, with God we can overcome and thrive.”

 

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To read more about the Power of Mindset click here: https://danholland2819.wordpress.com/2019/01/06/the-power-of-mindset/

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God is For You!

God is For You!

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CHOSEN.

WE ADOPTED BOTH our wonderful kids—Micah and Ashley—at birth. Some grieve over the thought of not being able to give birth naturally, but Beth and I believe that, eight years into our marriage, it was God’s will to build our family through adoption. Like all families we’ve had ups and downs, good times and bad, but through it all they are my kids and I love them. It’s difficult for me to quantify just how much. We tell them, “You were born of our prayers.”

When I got the call that Micah had been born, I was at my office, before the days of cell phones. I did have a car phone, so I jumped in the car to go home, but was so excited that I drove in circles as I tried to get a hold of Beth and thought about what I needed from my office. I can recall details about each one. I remember the first time I held that six-pound, ten-ounce baby boy. It was love at first sight. At just two days old he stole my heart as I stared into his piercing blue eyes. From the beginning he has been alert, fun, energetic, curious, and loving—all qualities I love about him.

As I held him, I experienced a kind of love that was new and that has grown deeper and richer through the years. Although I had taught about how much God loves us before this, in that moment I began to understand the sort of love for another that is totally and completely dependent on you. He was my son; I was his dad and he was home.

Then, two and a half years later, God brought Ashley into our lives. She was born on Easter Sunday, two weeks after her original due date. She has always taken her time and it has always been worth the wait. She had beautiful brown hair, brown eyes, and olive-colored skin. When I held her, she held me back. She melted into my arms. On Ashley’s Gotcha’ Day, the day we brought her home two days after her birth, the major news was a freak April Fool’s Day blizzard in the northeastern United States that dumped rain, sleet, and snow from Maryland to Maine, leaving hundreds of thousands without power and as much as three feet of snow on the ground. But at the Holland house the major news was Ashley. Forgetting it was April’s Fool Day, I called Beth to tell her the news of Ashley’s birth. I had to first convince her that this was not a cruel April Fool’s joke. Before her birth, I was scheduled to speak in a citywide outreach halfway across the country. Because Ashley went past her original due date I canceled that speaking engagement. I wanted to be able to tell her and her brother that they have always been more important to me than even ministry and I’m glad that I did.

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In a world of nearly eight billion people, only one boy is my son and only one girl is my daughter. As I held them I knew that I would love them and provide for them, but they didn’t know that.

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“I love you more than anything in the whole wide world,” I whispered in their little ears as I tucked them into bed each night. Micah, holding onto his pacifier with his teeth, would shorten “I love you” and say, “I…you.” Ashley would say, “I love you mucho.” To this day we can say or text, “Mucho!” and we know it means that’s how much we love each other. Today our kids are adults, and I love them more now than the day they were born. Whatever life brings their way, whatever challenges they might face, I want them to know they can always count on me to do the best thing for them. I want them to know they are significant and my love is secure. It’s mucho!

God also adopted us as His kids. John, the beloved disciple of Jesus, wrote,

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” 1 John 3:1

We are His children. God wants even greater and better things for all of His kids, as I do mine. In fact, the more we come to understand and believe that God is for us, the more it will impact the way we think, and the more we will develop a healthy mindset. How you live is a direct response to how you think, and how you think is based on what you believe.

Choose to believe the promises of God. Those promises are for you.

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” —John 15:16

To continue reading about the Power of Mindset click here: https://danholland2819.wordpress.com/2019/01/06/the-power-of-mindset/

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“In 70 Seconds, Dan Holland takes a refreshing look at one of God’s seminal lessons for life and leadership. In today’s world we are often left wondering how to interpret the scriptures God has left for us, in this book Dan Holland does an amazing job of showing us a modern-day biblical perspective that is not only highly applicable, but interesting and entertaining. I highly encourage you to read it and apply these principles to your life.” Nick Nanton, Esq. – EMMY® Award Winning Director/Producer, Wall St. Journal Best-Selling Author

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The Power of Mindset

I find it most interesting that God has given humans the ability to choose. Even when it seems that all ability to choose has been removed, it remains that I can choose my response. We can choose what to think, how to act, and which attitudes we will nurture. The God-given ability to choose must be given away; it cannot be taken. It must be relinquished of our own free will.  

The English Oxford Dictionary defines mindset as “the established set of attitudes held by someone.” To me, the sum of a person’s mindset comes from a person’s beliefs, and those beliefs determine our thoughts. Your thoughts are like the settings on a thermostat because they act as unequivocal set points—the temperature at which the switch is activated. If temperature is below the set point, the heater is on and the temperature rises. When the rising temperature passes the set point, the thermostat switches the heater off and the temperature falls passively.

The Christian is asked to be a thermostat, not a thermometer. We are to set the temperature, not report the temperature. Even when others are unreliable, untrustworthy or unfaithful, we are called to be reliable, credible, trustworthy, steadfast, and in a word, faithful. Why? Because God is faithful to His promise, even when we are not.

Eventually, the temperature falls below the set point and the cycle repeats. What is your setting? Is your mind set to please God or yourself? Who is Lord and Master? The Bible teaches us to take care what we are thinking, since it might, in fact, be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Our direction in life springs from our hearts, so we need to govern our hearts and minds continually. This principle is most clearly stated in Proverbs 4:23:

“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life” (ESV).

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” (NLT).

What you feel and think in your heart is who you truly are. The heart is like a mirror. You are not what you see when you look at yourself from the outside; what you truly are is seen from the inside. You are not who others think you are, but rather who you think you are. Reset your heart as you would a thermostat.

Your mindset is the beginning point for this new life.

To read more on the power of mindset order a copy of my book 70 Seconds: Stop Wandering; Start Living and Leading!  For free shipping until the end of January, visit http://www.CoachDanHolland.com/

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“Regardless of your current circumstances, 70 Seconds will inspire you by revealing sound principles and practical actions you can take to improve your leadership abilities as a Christ follower.  Dan’s book is readable, insightful and provocative for all aspiring leaders who are dissatisfied with the status quo and determined to improve their leadership skills and the lives of believers around them.”  – Bob Russell, Former Senior Minister, Southeast Christian Church

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