As I continue to build my newest website and blog at Coach Don Newman I continue to add new content and articles on how to live a victorious and overcoming life. My latest article is one my most exciting of all. I encourage you to take a look at the article below, note if you like it and sign up to receive future postings. In time I will be moving away from this site to my newest website and blog.
Here is the article on “8 Ways to Live On Beyond Your Own Lifetime.”
When I first started writing a book in 2015, I had no idea what it was going to be called. Like every other author, you select a title so you can call it something. My first working title was called the “The Joesph Response.” The title came from the comparison I was forming between the struggles I was overcoming in life and those of Joseph found in the book of Genesis. Later on, I changed the title to “Respond Up.” The common truth “Respond Up” is found in the importance of how we choose to respond in difficult or challenging times. How we choose to respond to those times really does determine where we end up in this life. As many people already know, Joesph moved from the “Pit to the Palace,” due to how we responded to the pit. The great news is that each of us can move forward in life if we will only learn to “Respond Up”, especially when we are in the pit.
When I started writing “Respond Up” in 2014, I didn’t know what year it would be finished. I also didn’t have a clue what our world would be like when it became available for people to read. I now believe God meant this book for now because I can not remember a more difficult year. From the political division to the multiple natural disasters to the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, we need a message of hope and direction.
Here are some endorsements for “Respond Up”
“This book will be a life message for countless people. Don does an incredible job challenging us to live a God-first life despite what the world throws our way. I have been personally inspired to prepare to respond instead of reacting as things come.”
—Justin Dailey, Lead Pastor of Action Church in Orlando, Florida
“Don’s book Respond Up, is a book full of incredible application. Many times we read God’s word but aren’t sure how to apply it to our lives. Respond Up does a great job bridging that gap. Don writes about things we all face in life and then paints a beautiful picture of how to see God at work in the middle of it all. If you’re like me and find it easier to react than respond, reading “Respond Up” will challenge you and equip you for responding up, instead of just reacting.”
Nick Terry, Chaplain, NASCAR and Motor Racing Outreach
“Throughout my career as a high school and college football coach, I have collected and read many books on leadership. I not only sought to be a good leader but I wanted to instill in my players the principles of leadership. In “Respond Up” Don dissects the life of Joseph and shows us how he responded to the difficulties in his life and how God used his circumstances to mold him into a great leader. In his book, Don shares with us his personal stories of how he used Gods principles of leadership and how to “Respond Up” to all of life’s challenges. I highly recommend “Respond Up” to anyone in a position of leadership and to those who mold young lives.”
Coach Rick Smith, Retired College Football Coach, East Carolina Pirates
I really believe that “Respond Up” is the right book for the right time. Our nation needs a message of hope and answers. We need direction on what do we do next and how do we respond to the difficulty that seems all around us.
You order “Respond Up” on Amazon by clicking here Respond Up
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If you have enjoyed my blog site, 365to50, I want to let you know that I will be moving to a new website and blog site. This new site, CoachDonNewman.com will have the same great content as my old site but with a whole lot more. To go to my new site and sign up for my weekly blog post just click Coach Don Newman.
I also want to let each of you know that I finally wrote my very first book and it is really doing well on Amazon. In fact, it got as high as #5 on Amazon’s New Hot Releases List. You can go to Amazon to read about and preorder the book. Just follow this link Respond Up.
I am looking forward to hearing from each of you as I launch my new book and my new website.
As I was on my morning bike ride, I came across this sign. I’ve seen it thousands of times during my lifetime, but today it was speaking to my heart. As I was training for my next triathlon, I was praying about getting through a current rough patch of life. Nothing serious, but aggravating none the less.
As I saw this sign God reminded me that any trouble we experience has a limited lifespan. In short, it will eventually end. Like the road project in your city that may seem like it will never end, it will eventually end. The question God asked me within my heart was this “What will you do during that portion of “Road Work”? “Complain, Doubt, Quit? Or will you keep pedaling”?
I answered that I would keep pedaling because it would eventually end, and I want to enter the “Good Section” of road right on time and not a minute behind. No matter what you are going through today, Keep Pedaling. Happy 4th everyone.
Sometimes life can become challenging! Sometimes things just come up without little or no notice at all. Sometimes life can be like a White Water Rafting Trip!
Many years ago I joined several other men on a trip to attend a Promise Keepers event in Indianapolis Indiana. On the way, we stopped in Tennessee to go White Water Rafting on the Ocoee River. I had never been before and like everyone else I was excited about doing something adventurous with some of my best friends.
The River Guide told us everything we needed to know before we entered the water. He explained how we would sit on the raft and he even gave us a detail of each section or the river and more importantly the rapids we would face together.
The map showed all the rapids in succession, with the worst rapid at the very end. That rapid was called “Hell’s Hole”. Our guide made that one seem like some people didn’t make it out on his last trip down. Believe me he had our attention as he trained and entertained us.
The one thing I really remember that he kept saying again and again was “Whatever you do, Keep Paddling!” “When the water gets rough, don’t stop paddling or we will get sucked into the rapid and we could get turned over.”
I can still hear him saying those words even now.
If life can be like a river, where calm water can quickly become a rough series of rapids, then maybe we need to navigate life like we would navigate a challenging river? Just like that journey on the Ocoee River, when things start to get rough, that’s probably the time to paddle harder and it’s definitely the time to Keep Paddling Through. Sadly we have all seen someone who quit paddling along the way of life. The succession of rapids eventually caused them to quit and just accept was happening to them. Their stories can range from a failed marriage, a failed business to a dream career path that was eventually given up on.
I have heard it said that “Life can happen to us or we can happen to life, That you can ride the waves or the waves can ride you.”
At the Ocoee River they name their rapids with names that describe the experience of going through them. What are the rapids we encounter on the river of life and how can do more than survive them, how can we paddle through them and master them?
- Rapids of Delay. This set of rapids just tries to make you think it is never ever going to happen. You were hoping that the house would sell in 90 days, but now it has been two years. Will you give up on selling your current home and building that dream home one day, or will you keep the dream alive? It could be that you are dreaming of having a child one day and it’s now been 10 years with no signs of hope. Will you keep the dream alive despite the delay? Ask yourself if it’s worth it, if it’s worth the delay and if it is worth it then you must Keep Paddling despite the delay.
- Rapids of Detour. This set of rapids takes you in a direction that you did not want to go. You were set on a career in sports but an injury ended that path and started a brand new one. You had a desire for something in life, but you were moved in another direction that seems to be taking you away from your dream, not towards it! Detours happen and they ultimately are either God’s hand directing us to a new dream that were not aware of yet, or they are a test on the way to the original dream. Either way, the best way to move forward and away from the point of the detour is to Keep Paddling. Who knows, your detour today may be saving you from a really bad decision but at the same time it actually delivers you to the dream you originally had in the first place. Just because you don’t get the dream today, doesn’t mean that you will not get it tomorrow.
- Rapids of Discouragement. These rapids just try to wear you down over time. To get through these rapids we need to remind ourselves that they will not last forever. If we Keep Paddling, they will eventually end and the water will become like glass once again. We also need others to help us fight through and master these rapids. Like my trip on the Ocoee River, you can not go down the river alone. Like that trip, there are times that you can’t paddle and you will need someone to paddle for you. Likewise, you will need to paddle when someone else just can’t. The way we get through the Rapids of Discouragement, is to Keep Paddling and Keep Paddling With Others!
What if you knew that….
- Your best job or a new promotion was just around the corner.
- You were finally going to be able to lose weight and get into better shape.
- The breakthrough you have prayed for has already begun and you are about to see it take place.
- Your about to experience joy so deep that its actually going to make you laugh out loud.
- Your about to receive a sum money that you were never expecting or counting on.
- You are about to find your one true love after searching for many years.
Its amazing how much time we spend imagining what will go wrong in our lives instead of what will go right. Just Imagine if we spent the same amount time imagining what will go “Right” as we do on what will go wrong. The Bible talks a lot about our thoughts and words and how they either lead us into life or death. Into the life we want to live or into the death or destruction of the life we are meant to live.
If you could imagine your future into existence what would you choose to imagine?
Here are three things you should do to change your thinking to think about the right things.
- Read the Bible. God’s word is full of what God thinks about you and your future. Just read Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. God thinks great thoughts about you and you can read them everyday.
- Write it down. Take 10 minutes today and write down all the wonderful things you would like to become or do. Have a positive goal sheet and revisit it often. While it doesn’t mean everything on it will become reality, it does mean that your life will be heading into the right direction. Write it down and revisit it often. Make changes as goals and dreams change over time.
- Talk to yourself. What are you currently saying to yourself? Is it something that you would say to your best friend or to someone you really believe in and admire? You need to be your own greatest cheerleader! Do you know how you can overcome a negative thought that you can’t stop thinking about? Talk out loud to yourself! Your tongue will overrule your mind every single time. Even if it takes several times you can win this battle when you speak positive life giving words to yourself. Your mind has to listen when you speak!
Choose today to start thinking great and mighty thoughts about yourself. God does, and He is always right!