Pursuant - Mason Kesner

Pursuant

Today is Halloween. It's a very cold day in Bentonville, but as someone who loves cold weather - today was for me. I got up this morning with the purpose of doing one thing. A digital clean. Those closest to me know that I get inundated with emails, messages, phone calls, as most of us do. I am, however, notorious about realizing that I've received a message then getting sidetracked and forgetting to respond. Today was my day to clean hundreds of emails, texts, voicemails, etc... today was admin day.

As I began to wrap up this process I started thinking about purpose. I've been rereading Power Through Prayer, it's an all-time favorite that I try and read a few times every year. As I began reading, my mind went to the question, "what was the last thing God told me to do?" This question is so important when we think about purpose. Most of us tread idly through life wondering why we were put on this planet. We ask God, or whatever version of god we ascribe to, what our purpose is and what truly is the meaning of life.

Sometimes when I find myself lost or having feelings of loneliness, I ask myself that question, "what was the last thing God told me to do?" If there is one thing I've learned it's that in life, we're only able to take the next step after we've completed the previous one. Those feelings of being lost and not knowing which way to turn are a direct result of not completing the previous step. Sometimes this issue is hard to address. Maybe there is something you know you need to be doing, but aren't doing it. Maybe it's a relationship that needs repairing, or maybe it's something life changing like switching careers. Whatever it might be, that next step won't be evident until you complete the previous one.

This week, as I experience fall in Arkansas, I'm challenging myself, and you, to be pursuant of the last thing you know you should have done – and do it.

 

 

 


Weekend Vibes 0403

It's finally the weekend and I couldn't be more excited! It's been a crazy week filled with nothing but staring at a computer screen. I've been working diligently on client projects, as my email inbox fills to an unmanageable level. It's time to relax and call it a week. Yesterday I spent some time with my headphones in cultivating a weekend playlist. I hope you have a productive and relaxing weekend. It's EASTER, so break out the Pastels (is that even a thing still?) and get to church! 

I've been working hard on cultivating some new content for the blog. I think you're going to like it. Spending the morning with the incredibly talented Tyler Mazaheri editing some photos for an upcoming post. I can't wait to share this content with you! 

Happy Easter, and happy weekend!

Cheers!

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How To Be Excellent When Life Sucks

For an early twenty something like myself, my reality is somewhere between dreaming of the future and trying to pay tomorrows bills. It's hard to answer the question of "What are you doing with your life?" and "Why are you still living here?" I've found it hard recently to be consistent in the excellence of my work because well, sometimes it's hard to be excellent when you don't feel like you're on top of the world.

So how do you combat this? How in your early twenties, when you're still trying to figure out life do we stay focused on the path ahead? How do we maintain excellence when we really don't feel up to it? 

1. It's In The Small Decisions We Make In Our Personal World.

The small decisions affect where we go and who we'll become. Sometimes as we go through colleges or internships we get lost in trying to prepare and create our public, corporate profile. We often forget that the key to a successful public profile is a solid personal stance for character and integrity. Sometimes we don't realize that our stance on character and integrity in our own lives will shape what happens to us publicly.

2. It's In The Small Things We Take Note In Other People.

Have you ever met someone and you immediately thought...wow, I don't want to be anything like them? Maybe you've interned or worked for a company who did it all wrong? Take note. These experiences will help shape how you treat your one day interns and run your company. 

3. It's In The Small Things We Do.

Jesus said it best:

"Jesus went on to make these comments: If you're honest in the small things, you'll be honest in the big things; If you're a crook in the small things, you'll be a crook in the big things. If you're not honest in small jobs, who will put you in charge of the store? "
– Luke 16:10 MSG

It's all in the small things. What we do day in and day out that make us excellent. 

Thoughts About Excellence:

  • Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.
  • Excellence is not perfection.
  • Excellence is an effort, not perfection.
  • While some people have greatness thrust upon them, excellence is learned.
  • The only person who can see if you are striving for excellence, is you.

How to achieve Excellence in your everyday life:

  1. Associate yourself with people of excellence.
  2. Find people to call you out and hold you accountable to excellence.
  3. Don't allow yourself and others to get away with substandard levels.
  4. Give yourself consequences for not achieving daily levels of excellence.