Moving to ErikVanAlstine.com

A Personal Note

Hey friends, just wanted you to know I'm moving my active blog over to my personal site, www.ErikVanAlstine.com. Chris and I are still active in promoting Project 28 and Breaking Free as a way to impact our community, and will continue to be active. . . .

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The Androcles Strategy.

As the climate of financial stress continues to cloud our nation's hope, there's a powerful silver lining for discerning church leaders. . .

Knowing and Doing

The Way You Play.

This week I had the privilege of keynoting a main session at the Foursquare Pacific Coast & Valleys District Fall Leader's Conference in Pismo Beach, California. I met a lot of fantastic people, thanks to . . .

Fixed Versus Growth

Saints and Jerks.

Imagine we're in traffic, and someone cuts us off. Our first response is to think, What a jerk. We attribute their behavior to their character. We quickly identify and judge them. They are rude, can't . . .

the building blocks of transformation

The One Hour Rule.

When you look around our site you'll discover a specific structure for learning designed to promote ten times the transformation as typical models. One reason for this approach is an amazing discovery called . . .

Fixed Versus Growth

Four Scary Words.

Whenever I conduct a live Breaking Free workshop, I finish Session 1 with an announcement that some people find really scary:. . .

Leading Change

The Changer in Danger.

I recently finished reading The Prince, a famous book by sixteenth-century philosopher and polticial scientist, Niccolo Machiavelli. It's a controversial book, criticized as . . .

knowing and doing

Ten Times the Power.

Recently I came across this profound and amazing verse in Ecclesiastes 7:19: "Wisdom makes one wise man more powerful than . . .

our collective purpose

A Massive Ambition.

Take a look at our Project 28 logo, and you'll see the slogan, "EVERYONE KNOWING DOING." What's this all about? It is a simplified version of the . . .

putting it to work

The Five Ingredients of Transformation.

If you want to bake a cake, you need at least five ingredients - eggs, flour, sugar, butter, and milk. Same is true for the cake of . . .

knowing and doing

Road Religion.

Last week I wrote about my serious car accident. My wife Sandy is still in recovery, but getting better. I am feeling great except for . . .

knowing and doing

Jesus Loves Driver's Ed.

I'm glad to be writing this blog entry on Saturday, April 24, because Friday, April 16, could have easily been my last living day. . .

the building blocks of transformation

Lost in Lakewood 2.

Last post, I wrote about how difficult it is to get to my house. Lots of twists and turns, confusing road signs, and reasons to get lost in the tall trees of. . .

the building blocks of transformation

Lost in Lakewood.

If you ever get a chance to come over to my house, chances are fifty-fifty you'll get completely lost. The roads wind all over. Many streets have similar names. In the tall trees it's hard to keep your. . .

our teleological nature

The Shower Coach.

I took a shorter shower than normal while staying at a friend's house in Wailuku, Maui this week. Why? I was motivated by a little gadget on the shower wall, called a "Shower Coach.". . .

our teleological nature

The Perfect Place to Pee.

I traveled through SeaTac airport Saturday headed out to a ministry event in Maui (I know, life is rough). Before we flew out I stopped off to use the bathroom in the N-gate terminal. . .

The Motivation Equation

Why I Haven't Purchased a ShamWow.

I have to admit, I like saying the word: ShamWow. So do millions of others, which partly explains it's marketing success. Vince Shlomi, pitchman behind this liquid-soaking wonder, makes an effective appeal. . .

breaking free

Why Money Grows on Trees.

You know what I think is interesting about money? So many have the wrong idea of what it really is. Money is nothing in and of itself. It has no inherent value. It’s simply a. . .

Opportunity Cost

When Ignorance Isn't Bliss.

In Colossians chapter four Paul advises, "be wise in the way you act...make the most of every opportunity." Notice that Paul didn't say, "Make the most of . . .

the building blocks of transformation

Five Steps to Greatness.

If you check out the vision page on this Project 28 website, you'll see a brief analysis of the Great Commission. I'll tell you, calling it "Great" is an understatement. Personally, I stand in awe and marvel at. . .

Putting It to Work

Move over IQ, here comes AQ.

Type in "information overload" in Google, and that's exactly what you get: 2,790,000 results in 0.31 seconds. Anything we want to know, we can find out, in a third of a blink. . .

Understanding Loss Aversion

Effectively Using the Fear of Losing.

Nobody likes to lose. But here's an interesting find from the field of behavioral economics: We hate losing twice as much as we love. . .

Understanding Loss Aversion

Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, Lost Son, Lost Sock.

I get the worst luck in traffic. I switch into one lane, and it slows down. So I switch back. And sure enough, as soon as I do, that lane slows down. No matter which lane I'm in, I'm going slower than. . .

What Makes Me Tick

Dismantling Godzilla in Two Trips to Tahiti.

I've just put finishing touches on a two-year labor of love: a book manuscript with the working title, Two Trips to Tahiti: Understanding and Applying the Universal Laws of Purpose. . .

The Scriptural Science of Self-Regulation

Duct Tape and WD-40.

Someone once told me, "You only need two tools in life: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape." . . .

The Unfortunate Math of Human Nature

Two Thousand Members. Six Treadmills.

A few years ago I was working out in my local gym, a little strip-mall establishment in Gig Harbor, Washington. I thought to myself, "I wonder how many members belong here?" . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Erik is co-founder of Project 28, author of Breaking Free, entrepreneur, teaching pastor at Champions Centre, husband of twenty years, and father of six.