Posted by: scottepp | May 13, 2011

Follow Your Bliss and Find More Purpose in Life!

Follow Your Bliss and Find Your Purpose in Life!

Follow Your Bliss and Find More Purpose in Life!

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman

Searching for Purpose

Are you searching for a purpose to your life? Well, let me ask you a question: “Do you know what makes you tick?”

Do you know what you want?

It sounds like an easy question, doesn’t it? But for many of us, we have become so disconnected from our own hearts and identities that we don’t even know what makes us excited any more. I am a new dad and I marvel at my son and how he has been created to naturally fulfill his needs.  As babies we are born with an innate and immediate sense of what we want – FOOD! And MOM! And SLEEP! As we grow, we know which toy we want to play with, which food we want to eat and which we do not! But then, we encounter the world of ‘public opinion’ and we are told what we ‘should and should not’ want. How much of who we are today has been moulded by strong individuals around us (parents, teachers, coaches, employers, even pastors) who have told us who they think we are and what they think we should like?

Your internal GPS

This can have a very damaging effect on our sense of purpose – because our internal GPS is our personal joy. The thing that gives us a buzz, that makes us feel alive – this is what we should be doing. For some that might be an activity (sports, writing, teaching) or for others a way of interacting with others (making people laugh, listening to hurt people, inspiring others to be their best selves).

Living the dream

We have to shrug off the ‘shoulds’ and silence the ‘never coulds’ and think about the ‘what ifs’ of life. The dream is to be able to make a living at something you love. Being paid to do something that you would do anyway – that’s the way to make life work for you and to feel purposeful. So get out a pen and paper and start to write down the times when you’ve felt most alive. Then go back and look at them again – what do they have in common? What are the themes? Can you get your internal GPS back on track by tuning into the things that deliver a great big dose of energy straight into your heart?

That’s why I’m a Life Coach

For me, I’m an encourager. That’s my purpose – I love to connect with people and give them a great big dose of positivity so that they can see their own potential and change their lives to experience an abundance of joy and life. That’s why I’m a Life Coach. I can pour my workday energy directly into my purpose in life. Not only does it pay the bills, but it fllls up my energy tank and keeps me buzzing. I love it.

And I believe there are ways for you to get back to the essence of who you are made to be – not what other people think of you, but who you truly know you are. So start making your Joy List – and give me a call!

You can contact me on my website at www.abundancecoaching.ca .  We are nearly ready to launch our fresh and exhilerated new website so stay tunned for that as well.

Live with Passion and Have Abundance in Life! – Scott Epp

Posted by: scottepp | April 15, 2011

Getting Closure

Getting Closure can help you live more Abundantly!

If you don’t get closure at the end of a relationship it can niggle away at you for years. The end of a relationship is a big deal, but there are lots of smaller unfinished deals that can also be niggling away. As you walk through your home what do you notice? Perhaps the picture that still needs to be hung on the wall, the laundry pile that needs to be folded, the tax return that still needs to be completed?

Things left undone on the ‘to do’ list in our mind take up mental and emotional energy that could be put to better use living abundantly! Just think about it the other way round – when you complete something, you feel good. When you finish a study assignment, read the last page of the book, or tuck the kids into bed at night after a long day of running around after them, the sense of accomplishment builds your self-esteem. Getting around to the things we’ve been putting off, is one way to release a whole heap of energy that you can use to live abundantly.

Forgiveness is key to Gaining Closure

One key to gaining closure in relationships, is to forgive. Carrying around past hurts and resentments drains us of present-day energy to enjoy abundance in life. Like being stuck in quicksand the more we wallow in bitterness, the more it consumes us. Nelson Mandela, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize says. “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies”. Forgiveness is a gift to yourself.

To forgive, first you need to acknowledge that you are still angry. Next, be honest about the pain you felt. Admit to the fears and self-doubts that this caused you. Own up to any part that you played in letting the person mistreat you. Admit to yourself what you wanted from that person that you didn’t get. Try to put yourself in their shoes for a moment and understand why they didn’t or couldn’t give that to you. Finally after admitting these feelings, let go and forgive. It will bring closure and release a whole lot of energy for abundant life today.

Live with Passion and have Abundance in Life!

– Scott Epp

Posted by: scottepp | March 15, 2011

Think Big and Plan to Succeed

January is one of those strange months. In most places around the world the weather is grim and yet there is an undercurrent of hope and optimism. The New Year is a fresh chance for change; for putting things right. We joke about making ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ because so often we quickly fail at the things we really want to change about ourselves; losing weight, giving up smoking, spending more time with the kids.

 But these are good goals and we really do want to change – that is genuine – so what is stopping us? How can we be serious about these important changes we truly want to make to our lives? The good news is that there are some simple keys to changing your life for good.

 Firstly you need to be specific. It’s not enough to say “I want to lose weight”. That is a good goal but too vague. It would be better to say “ I want to lose 30 pounds by May 1st 2011.” As soon as you specify your goal, your subconscious mind starts working on a plan of how you can achieve this. Write out your goals – make them as specific as you can setting yourself deadlines. To motivate yourself, picture yourself achieving the goals you have set yourself. Read through your goals out loud, twice a day, to really cement them in your heart and mind. You could even cut out photos or pictures of your goals and paste them on the card with your goal written underneath.

Just this exercise alone – writing out specific goals for the year – will put you in the top 3% of the world’s achievers. To move into the top 1% all you have to do is to write down the action steps that will take you towards those goals – then put them into action!

Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Of course as soon as you start to think about writing down goals and plans, some issues arise immediately – fears and roadblocks. Don’t panic! These fears and roadblocks have already been operating in your subconscious – rattling around your brain for years. They are the reason you haven’t already done what you want to do. All that is happening now is that they are becoming very clear and vocal. Take this as a good sign. You want to identify the fears and the roadblocks that have been preventing you from moving forward. Write them down and start to plan for success anyway. Don’t be intimidated by your fears and doubts. Know that this is normal and everyone has them. The key is to plan for action and not to waste time wondering whether you can do this or not. If you head North out of Santa Barbara and take 5 steps a day eventually you have to end up in San Francisco. So decide where you are headed and what steps you need to take, review your goals everyday…and start walking. You can do this! You can have the Abundance in Life you want.

Posted by: scottepp | January 2, 2011

SETTING SMART 2011 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

SETTING S.M.A.R.T. NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS!!!!

Every New Year million s of people get great ideas that they are going to set as resolutions.  They are inspired by one thing or another and they set out in search of the perfect New Year’s resolution.  Gym managers are busier than ever signing up fresh new resolution setters that intend to lose that extra weight.  Husbands set out to be more attentive to their spouses.  Commitments are made to spend less time at work and more at home.  Instruments are purchased with their new owner’s intent to play them.  Credit card companies quiver in fear because so many people vow to pay them off and never use them again.  Friends get excited at the knowledge that there will be more dinner parties and social outings.  The garage and offices of the world will finally be de-cluttered and organized.

Then something happens!!!  And that something is called Life!

Life takes its course and takes us of our course.  The gym’s empty again in April.  Husbands are once again spending less quality time with their wives.  More and more time is spent at work and less time is spent at home.  Instruments are neatly packed in their cases hiding in the closets.  Credit card companies are once again making record profits.  Friends aren’t getting together as often as they would hope.  And the garage and offices are not de-cluttered in fact there is now more stuff in them.

Wow! Life sure has a way of happening doesn’t it!

But as they say … life goes on.  Another year comes and here we are in January setting new resolutions and resetting old resolutions. Somehow we expect a change!  Unfortunately, the stats aren’t in favour of you getting that change.  “In fact 33% of the people who set New Year’s Resolutions don’t make it past January and 75% are abandoned soon after.” [1] The reason? There is no commitment, foundation or passion behind these resolutions.

IMPORTANT!!! So often resolutions are about what you think you should be doing.  We see a magazine that tells us how to start the ultimate small business or how to get in shape by summer.  So often you buy into other people’s expectations and we even create expectations of ourselves that aren’t true.  You have to forget about what you and other people think you should do and look at what you really want! Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what present conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.

There is hope for you to set SMART Resolutions that work.  And to start with this I have a fantastic question for you to ask yourself.

Do you want to live a full life?

Living a full life isn’t about making half-hearted decisions that don’t really mean anything.  One quality of successful people is that they are confident.  In other words, they trust themselves and know what they want.  People who are confident in themselves have been knocked down but they have something built into them that empower them to get back up and keep going.  Having confidence in yourself also means that you identify with the values and passions deep within your core.  Every man, woman and child can become more confident in themselves and know themselves even more.  What it means to live a full life should be answered individually.  However, those who live full lives have the confidence to make choices based on what really matters to them and then they jump in with both feet.

Best Selling Author Stephen Covey talks about resolutions this way:

“Begin the New Year by setting one New Year’s resolution. Ask yourself, ‘what one thing could I change that would significantly increase my happiness?’ Be honest with yourself and examine your intent, motive and desire for setting your goal. It must align with your deepest values, motivations and with what is most important to you. Otherwise, you won’t have the passion or discipline to stay committed when the going gets tough, especially when there are so many other thi ngs distracting you from achieving your resolution.”[1]

Here is an Action Plan called “S.M.A.R.T.” It is a proven technique in goal setting that coaches and counsellors have recommended for many years.

“S.M.A.R.T.” Is a powerful acronym that if applied will give you success in achieving your goals.  The following is a summarized verion of “Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals.” [2]

First of all you need to minimize your list down to 2 – 7 manageable resolutions.

“George Miller, a 1950’s psychologist, proposed that we can only deal with 7 bits of information at any one time.” Setting 20 goals may not be that helpful to you and you will be likely to become overwhelmed.  However, setting a manageable number like 5 goals may be the right fit.

Specific – A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:

*Who:      Who does the goal involve?
*What:     What do I want to accomplish?
*Where:    Where is the location or place?
*When:     When will you accomplish it? Set a time frame.
*Which:    Which are the things that would hold you back from accomplishing this goal?
*Why:       Why do you want to accomplish this goal?

One common mistake when setting goals is that you aren’t detailed enough. This can cause problems when we need to articulate these goals to work mates, life partners or even to ourselves.  EXAMPLE: A general goal would be, “Get in shape.” A specific goal would be, “Join a Martial Arts Club by January 30th and commit to going three times a week in the current year.”

Measurable – Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal.  To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?

Attainable – When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.

Realistic – To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be.

Timely – A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 lbs., when do you want to lose it by? “Someday” won’t work. But if you anchor it within a timeframe, “by May 1st”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal.

This Weeks Reflect and Apply

You can live a fuller life!  You can walk with more confidence and make choices and resolves based on what really matters to you!  You may not be where you hope to be with your confidence or with living a full life but it’s a New Year.  You can start today to make SMART Resolutions. First ask yourself ‘what one thing could I change that would significantly increase my happiness?’ And then, set your SMART Resolutions that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.

Written by: Scott Epp

Abundance In Life Coaching

[1] http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS132935+18-Dec-2007+BW20071218

[2] http://www.topachievement.com/smart.html

Quote of the Week

“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not disgrace to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to.”
– Benjamin E. Mays
Posted by: scottepp | July 7, 2010

Is Your Attitude Worth Catching?

Is your attitude worth catching?

Your attitude is a little thing, but it makes a big difference

We’re all heard it said “We cannot control our circumstances but we can control our attitude.”  It may be a cliché but it is true.  We cannot control where we are born and to which family.  We cannot control our social economic upbringing or even the school that we were put in as a child.  We cannot control the weather and we cannot control many of the things that happen to us.  But we can control our attitude.  We can have a positive attitude in spite of the difficult things that happen in our lives. 

Is your Seeing a glass half full is having a positive attitude!Cup half Full or Half Empty?

When we look at life we have two choices.  We can see the glass as half full or half empty.  Keeping a positive attitude is relatively easy when things go well, but how about when life doesn’t smile on us?  How can you have a positive attitude then?  Problems, anxiety, difficult circumstances, negative thoughts: it all exists up to the measure that we decide.  You cannot stop something from happening, but you can choose how to deal with any situation.  If you are look at this cup and see that it is half full you are thinking positively.

Your Attitude is everything!

 When you’re feeling glum about something then change your attitude.  If you are in a situation that is not ideal and it doesn’t suit you and your interests then make the best of it.  When discouragement sets in and you become frustrated then draw water from your own well and bring up your attitude.  No, life is not always sunshine and rainbows but it is usually better than we make it out to be.  Sometimes we need to manufacture some sunshine to splash in our lives.  Other times hunting for that pot of gold under the rainbow could be the very adventure your soul is lacking. 

It is your attitude not your aptitude that determines your altitude!

The most successful people in the world are usually people who have a very positive attitude.  It’s no wonder that their attitude has attributed to their successes in life.  I have a friend named Frank  that is very successful in many areas in his life.  Frank always has a huge smile on his face and is ready to give me a big huge when he sees me.  He often tells me how fantastic it is to see me and his wisdom in life is always inspiring to me.  My friend’s attitude determines his altitude. What is the difference between Frank and some other people?  Frank understands the secrets of life and he demonstrates his love and care for others through his inspirational outlook on life and his positive attitude.  Frank has suffered setbacks and failures and he has also lost siblings and close friends.  He is like any other when it comes to his trials but he is like few when it comes to his attitude. 

How can I get a better attitude?

You may be reading this and ask yourself  “How can I get a better attitude?”  It is a valid question and many people want to be more positive.  Well, there are a few things you can do.  Firstly you need to associate with the kinds of people who have the type of attitude that you desire.  If you associate with people below your level you will naturally become more like them.  If you are inspired by people who are positive and going places you will naturally want to adopt the attitudes and motivations they have.  Never underestimate the power of association.  Many people have and they don’t know why they stay stuck.  The truth about association is that you become like who you associate with.  Your folly is continuing to associate with people who bring you down to their level.  Some people have a hard time releasing their friends to become more than they are.  We usually see people pulling their friends down because if there friend changes then a change must take place in them or naturally the friendship will drift away.  My encouragement is to make choices in who you let influence your life.  This may mean that you need to drop some friends and I know this can be hard however necessary.

Here are some Powerful Proverbs to increase your attitude!

  1. Your attitude is a little thing, but it makes a big difference.
  2. It’s your attitude not your aptitude that determines your altitude.
  3. Look backwards with gratitude, upward with confidence and forward with hope.
  4.  It all depends on how you look at things and not how they are.
  5.  What sort of attitude do you have to your work?
  6.  A new attitude might improve your career prospects.
  7. Be strong enough to accept the help of others.
  8. Be flexible. Stiffness is a sign of rigor mortis. 
  9. Enthusiasm is contagious. Is your attitude worth catching?

This weeks Reflect and Apply

You have the power within your to increase your attitude and gain altitude in your life.  It’s ok to be enthusiastic in life, in fact your energy is contagious.  People want to hang around people who are going places and they have excitement in life.  This week I urge you to take some time and reflect on your attitude and ask yourself “Is my attitude worth catching?”  Then look at how you can change your perspectives in life to increase your attitude.  After that look at the people in your life and ask yourself if they are a positive or negative influence on your attitude.  You may want to decide who in your life brings out the best in you and find more people like them to associate with.

Posted by: scottepp | May 21, 2010

Abundance Coaching Website!

It is true and it is exciting!  My Abundance Coaching Website was updated today! Check it out at:

www.abundancecoaching.com

We also have an incredible Essential Core Values Package with 4 bonuses now available! click this link to find about my Essential Core Values Package or any of my other Incredible Coaching Offers:

We are in the processes of building an interactive, resource filled exciting New website in the fall of 2010! Stay tuned on this blog or on Abundance In Life Coaching’s official website for updates on the new website launch.

Have Abundance In Life

Scott Epp

p.s. I am sorry about the recent drop in frequency of my posts.  I have been prioritizing with my new website and my furthered coaching education.  Expect new content and exciting, though provoking and inspiring posts in the coming months.

Eric Schmidt – CEO of Google in this video tells Fortune and CNN that “Everyone Needs A Coach.”

“Every famous athlete, every famous performer has somebody who’s a coach.  Someone who can watch what they’re doing and say ‘Is that what you really meant? Did you really do that?’ They can give them perspective.  The one thing that people are never good at is seeing themselves as others see them.  A coach really really helps.” – Eric Schmidt

I have personally found many benefits in having a coach

I always find it interesting when my coach helps me see things in my life from another point of view.  The perspectives that I have are often perceived differently than the way I intend them to be perceived.  When I bring my ideas to my coach and he asks me questions that cause me to think deeper I often encounter new insights.  My coach challenges me and encourages me to reach my goals and he doesn’t let me off the hook easily when I’ve asked him to keep me accountable to something.  I am more driven and motivated because every week I know my coach is going to ask me about my progress towards my goals.  In some sessions I bring up issues that I find really hard to work through and my coach partners with me to help me find solutions.  My coach gives me a great balance of challenge, support, encouragement, accountability, honest confronting conversations and empowerment.  The environment that is created in our sessions is one of trust, openness and care.  After our sessions I feel motivated to soar higher and work through life’s obstacles.  These are just some of the benefits I have personally found in having a coach.

This week’s Reflect and Apply

Rich or poor, famous or not almost everyone could benefit from a coaching relationship.  Whether you are planning to start a new business and you don’t know where to start or you want to start a bucket list of adventures a coach can really help you.  Are you ready for a coach?  Read the following 6 statements and answer “Yes” or “No” if they resonate with you.

  1. I want to create more balance in my life between the demands of family, work and time for myself.
  2. I want to clarify my personal core values and live my true purpose in life with contentment.
  3. I am ready to step up to the challenge of having open, honest and confronting conversations.
  4. I want to have more fun and enjoyment into my life and I want to make more room to find it.
  5. I am ready to create plans and take massive action to achieve my goals.
  6. I can benefit from a professional who will help me stay on track and hold me accountable.
  • If you answer “Yes” to 1 or 2 of these statements you may benefit from having a coach in your life.
  • If you answer “Yes” to 3 or more of these statements you would most-likely benefit from having a coach in your life.
  • If you answer “Yes” to 4 or more of these statements you would definitely benefit from having a coach in your life.

If you are inspired by what a coach can do for you feel free to contact me at scottepp@shaw.ca


My coaching vision is to support, guide and encourage people to find and action their potential and possibilities.  Coaching is a process of identifying client’s goals and helping them achieve them in an effective way. If you are interested in taking your next step towards achieving your goals and living the life you desire then I invite you connect with me by e-mailing scottepp@shaw.ca or by posting a comment on this blog.

Have Abundance In Life

Scott Epp

Posted by: scottepp | April 16, 2010

We have power in our Thoughts and Words! (Part 1 of 2)

Why you do what you do?

We have power in our thoughts and words!

We have power to uplift someone or to put them down.  Through our words we have the power to give or take from someone, or ourselves.  We have the power in our words to build faith or to destroy it.  We can encourage and edify people and make lasting differences in their lives.  We can be an incredible influence by just saying a few kind words.  A smile and a friendly “Good Morning” can make a difference in that person’s whole day.  Our outlook on life changes with the words we say.  Our words have the power to shape but they are also heavily influenced by our thoughts and our subconscious.  I hope you enjoy my 2 part series on “The Power of our Thoughts and Words.”  Today’s post focuses on the power of our thoughts and my next post will focus on the power in the words we speak.

“No. Try not.  Do or do not. There is no try!” – Yoda

"Do or do not. There is no try."

Yes, I am influenced by Star Wars and I have loved the movies ever since I was a kid.  Here’s proof of my Star Wars Fanatics.  Today I paid $85 for a ticket to listen to an orchestra play Star Wars anthems as C3P0 narrates the saga of movies on a big screen.  Anyway, there is much wisdom that can be derived from Master Yoda.  Yoda tells his apprentice Luke Skywalker to use his ability to lift his ship out of a swamp.  Luke responds by saying “Alright I’ll give it a try.” Yoda wisely counters Luke by telling him “No. Try not.  Do or do not. There is no try!”

You can Check out Yoda by clicking here.

Bad thoughts almost guarantee your failure

I realize that Yoda was a master of the Force.  I also understand that there are times where we do need to TRY THINGS.  The spirit of my point is that saying “I will try” is the minimum that we should say.  You can do more than you can even imagine.  You have the power within you to live out your destiny.  When you tell yourself that “There is no try” you are exercising a belief in yourself subconsciously that you can.  The worst thing that you can tell yourself is “I can’t do that.” When you tell yourself that you can’t do something you will subconsciously believe it.  This entire exercise is about you changing your thoughts.  Bad thoughts almost guarantee your failure, while good thoughts increase your chances for success dramatically.

The words we speak are influenced by our thinking.

“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.” – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

It is not only the words that we speak but also our thoughts that have the power to build up and to destroy.  You have your subconscious mind and the conscious mind.  Your conscious mind is easy for you to recognize as it thinks on the surface with logic.  Your subconscious mind is hard to recognize as it thinks below the surface where your thoughts are hidden.  Some therapists would tell us that the subconscious feeds on negative thoughts. What you really do is based on your subconscious mind and the negative or positive thoughts it has.

Have you ever wondered why you do some of the things you do?

A lot of what you really do is based on your subconscious.  You can take your motivation, your dreams, your desires etc and see how your thinking influences what you tell yourselves .  Sometimes it’s the wrong program that you are listening too.  The process of change involves you speaking the right words to yourself.  What are you telling yourself?  Transforming the way you think also requires that you change your programing.  What programing are you listening to?

This Weeks Reflect and Apply:

Do You Want To Live A Life Filled with Possibilities?

I implore you to live your life thinking about the possibilities of doing great things.  I encourage you to dare to dream about the things that you can do if you overcame your self-doubt and fear.  You are a magnificent creation and the gifts and skills that are naturally within you are Awesome.  You have the power to live in apathy and mediocrity.  Or, you can choose to have abundance in life by tapping into the possibilities that are all around you.  Today consider your thoughts and the ways that you sabotage things in your life with negativity.  What ways can you change the program you are listening to?


My coaching vision is to support, guide and encourage people to find and action their potential and possibilities.  Coaching is a process of identifying client’s goals and helping them achieve them in an effective way. If you are interested in taking your next step towards achieving your goals and living the life you desire then I invite you connect with me by e-mailing scottepp@shaw.ca or by posting a comment on this blog.

Have Abundance In Life

Scott Epp

Posted by: scottepp | March 30, 2010

Finding Joy in the Midst Of Hardships!

Do you ever feel like your completely Free!

In the world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer

I am sure everyone can relate to times in life where the obstacles seemed too overwhelming.  Life is full of turmoil and tribulation.  Life has ups, downs and sideways.  In today’s Column I aspire to give you hope that there is joy in the midst of hardships.  There is a point where you can retrieve hope and happiness even with the burden that you may be going through.  Always know that behind the angry clouds that we see is a beaming sun that will pierce the darkness and shine through.

Focusing on the trouble causes us to lose our joy

Often times, when trouble comes, our natural tendency is to focus on ourself and the problem.  As a result we develop a survival mentality rather than an overcoming mentality. The overcoming mentality is what leads to spiritual growth and maturity in the Lord as well as success in our lives.

Struggles and hardships sift out the impurities in our lives

It is vision that sustains us in the midst of life’s hardships, because it gives us the ability to see beyond that which is taking place in our lives momentarily.  Let’s put this to the test.  I recall some trials that I was going through when I moved to Toronto a few years ago.  I was pursuing my girlfriend (who is now my wife) and I knew that the best if not only way that I could really court her is if I packed up from my home in Saskatoon and move to Toronto.  It was absurd to me in many ways.  I had an established career, a great family, a successful business, network or friends, sports etc.  I liked my life in Saskatoon.  In ways I had fear and making that choice presented many emotions.  However I did choose to see the joy in the midst of this hardship.  I choose to look at the adventure and excitement of courting my wife in a new environment.  I embraced new relationships, new opportunities in finding employment and exploring the grand city of Toronto.  Alas I was only able to catch one Maple Leaf game live, but I did manage to watch a few Blue Jays Baseball games.  There were times where I still felt out of my league and but the adventure kept me joyful and hopeful in the present and that presented well in my future.  Now I look back and I see the benefits of choosing the adventure of moving to Toronto with no regrets and a big smile. 🙂  At the beginning before I moved to Toronto I did not have vision to see through the hardships in the moment.  However as I continued my journey I found a great refining in my life as I embraced the change that was taking place.  Maybe you have a story that you can relate where you’ve been refined as you’ve gone through trials.

About this video

One man who shows joy in life and especially in the midst of hardships is my father in-law Robert Martin.  I have seen this man with patience and understanding towards myself and others in our family.  Dad has seen his share of hardships with departures of siblings and parents.  Dad’s personal operating system is that “he looks at failure as a learning experience.” He shows those around him kindness and compassion and he’s always ready to hear or tell a joke.  In this video I ask my father in-law questions about what joy is and how to have joy in life in the midst of hardships from an extroverted and introverted point of view.  If you choose to watch this video the next 7 minutes will not be a waste of your time.  Enjoy!

This Weeks Reflect and Apply

I shared a story of how I found joy in the midst of a trial.  There are thousands of different turbulence that we face in our earthly lives.  We are born to have some suffering in life.  unfortunately we will find hardships with family, jobs, finances, death, raising children, abuses, habits, anxiety, illness and much more.  The main thrust of this message is not for you to dwell on your current or past trials it is to encourage you with hope that you can have joy in the midst of those trials.  That doesn’t mean we’ll be jumping with gladness inside and it doesn’t mean you’ll be darting for the sun when we suffer a setback.  However it does mean that there is hope and gladness to be found in even the most grieving times.  Today take a moment to reflect on the word joy and ask yourself what it means to you.  How can you take this meaning and apply it the next time you’re in the midst of a trial?  I hope this message is an encouragement to you.  If you would like to be coached around this topic or any number of other topics don’t hesitate to e-mail me at scottepp@shaw.ca

Have abundance in life! – Scott Epp.

Oh Canada! The Anthem that touched millions after Canada won Hockey Mens Olympic Gold!

Team Canada Wins Olympic Gold against USA

As I write this I sit in my in-laws house in Sydney Australia.  I was not in my home country of Canada when the Canadian Men won the Hockey Olympic Gold Medal by beating the United States Men 3-2 in overtime.  I was down the Australian coast on a holiday with my wife our family enjoying my holiday but there was one thing on my mind.  Where could I watch the Gold medal game between Canada and the USA? 

My Dramas in Australia as My Heart Longed to Watch the Gold Medal Olympic Game Between Canada and the USA

A few hours before the hockey game it became very eventful.  A Tsunami warning raged over the airways as the Australian coast was bracing for the impending waves created by the earthquakes in Chile.  We sat and waited on high ground.  Our family took precautions and travelled upland knowing the damage Tsunami waves can make.  Still the number one thing on a Canadian boys mind was still “Hockey.”  The news reports told us that the wave would hit Australia by noon so we waited until the afternoon for the swells to come.  We waited as my brother in-laws and I wished we were on the surf especially on such an ideal sunny day. 

It was plus 30 degrees Celsius and I was wearing my Team Canada Jersey and ball cap.

Any amount of sweat that I shed from wearing the jersey was worth the fact that I was acknowledging Canadian Hockey everywhere I went.  We waited on, until finally… The wave never came.  It had been displaced by the Pacific ocean and if it came with any force at all it wasn’t noticed by us. 

Knowing the safety we now had my brother in-laws and I went to catch the surf on this glorious day.  Now it was Sunday afternoon and by early Monday morning Australia time the Gold medal game was set to be played.  And for this Canadian boy the most important thing I could think about was “Hockey.”  I did love the experience of get out in the ocean and swimming to the swells.  I even caught a pretty good wave and loved the experience. 

That night a storm rushed in on our campsite.  With lightning, and heavy rain, leaking tents, a camp kitchen getting blown away and a 7 month old son to protect for moments the elements took my attention off the hockey game.  It stormed all night making a very eventful camping experience. 

Then it was the morning and I took the first opportunity I could to get a ride to the local town which had a bar and in that bar there were 4 other people scattered around and there was a TV.  And on that TV was a broadcast of the Olympic Gold metal Game between Canada and the United States.  SWEET!!! I exclaimed as I wore my Team Canada Hockey Jersey and ball cap.  I watched the game alone but with the reactions that I gave to the game there may well have been 300 fellow Canadians with me.  My wife, in laws and another friend arrived with only 5 minutes left in the game.  They were into the game but not with the intensity as I watched even as Zach Parise scored with only 23 seconds left in the game.  But then as the Overtime period paid on and Crosby passed the puck to Iginla who quickly passed it back to Crosby.  And Crosby Shoots and Scores!!!! I couldn’t help but yell out for all to hear in a virtually empty Australian Bar because for this Canadian Hockey Fan the ultimate just happened.  Canada Won Olympic Gold over the United States in Canada.  Yes I was in Australia.  And Yes many Australians questioned why I was not in Canada where all the action was.  Yes! I talked to nearly every Olympic watcher and passer byer about our number one sport and our Canadian Hockey team.  Yes, I was happy with the Australian media as they covered nearly every Canadian hockey game and on one network they even prized Michael Buble as a special guest commentator during intermissions.  I was rather impressed with Michael’s passion and excitement even as he deliberated on the early preliminary loss to the USA.  I even watched the Preliminary game with 300 other Canadians at a “Canadians in Australia” event at a downtown Sydney Bar.  I will add a great video of my experience on this post. 

Oh Canada, How an anthem can bring Tears to Our Eyes as Passion Strikes 

After the Canadian Men were awarded their Gold medals my one of our family friends that was at our table enjoying the event asked me to sing along with the anthem as it played.  I sang and as I did I found this grown man choking on the words.  “God Keep Our Land.  Glorious and Free… Oh Canada We Stand On Guard For Thee…” I couldn’t finish the song as tears welled up in my eyes.  I was overwhelmed with joy and patriotism.  The hard work and adversity even the most expected athletes went through to get to this place singing their national anthem with millions of others.  I looked around the room and emotion filled the eyes of my other friends and family as well.  My 7 month old son brought a welcome laugh as he kicked and giggled not knowing what was going on.  It was a magnificent feeling of being proud of two things I am so passionate about in “Hockey and “Canada.”  The pride of a nation stands just as Canada Remains “The true north strong and free.” 

This Weeks Reflect and Apply

Where were you when Canada Won Hockey Olympic Gold in Vancouver?  How did it make you feel to be proud of your country in this game and in all the Olympians?  How passionate where you about the Game, your sport and your country?  It is so vital to have passion in life.  As you can see I am very passionate about hockey and Canada but there are other things in this life that give me incredible inspiration and passion as well.  What things give you passion and inspiration?

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