Surround Sound

I don’t know about you, but when I’m watching a movie, I like it best with surround sound. I guess it does a better job of making me feel like I’m right there in the middle of all the action; it makes the movie come alive. 

Think about the dream you have for your life and imagine it playing like a movie. Does your surround sound make your dream come alive? If not, it’s time to reevaluate who and what you’re allowing yourself to listen to.  

We all have our own personal surround sound. Whether it’s the voices of the people around us, or our own self-talk, we are constantly absorbing “surround sound.” These voices are critical in determining whether or not we believe we have what it takes to live out our dreams, and it’s why words are so powerful and transformational. 

Take some time today to become aware of the words you’re hearing on a constant basis. What kind of friends do you allow to influence you? What kind of music do you listen to? What kind of words do you speak to yourself throughout the day? Determining whether or not your surround sound is life-giving to you, is a key factor in determining whether or not you’re giving life to your dreams and purpose. 


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Transition vs. Transformation

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” -Romans 12:2 

In our latest podcast episode of Project 26/62, Jordan and I finished part three of our “Rise and Grind” series based off the book by Daymond John. In this episode, we discussed transition vs. transformation and what each of those words mean. We talked about how these words are often used in a similar context, but how their meanings are far from the same. 

So what exactly do they mean?
What is the difference between transitioning and transforming?  

In each of our lives, we will all undergo transitions and transformations…at least we should if we want to grow and become better versions of ourselves. 

Transition comes first: it’s the predecessor to transformation and is absolutely necessary if we want to eventually be transformed. Transition can be looked at as describing a process, while transformation describes the outcome. Transition= “changing” while transformation = “changed.” Can you see the difference? 

When we look at the Romans 12:2 verse above, we can now understand it’s meaning a little more clearly. “..Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The use of the term “renewing” here could be easily substituted with “transitioning”…because it’s referring to the changing process that leads to an outcome: to being transformed. 

What changes and transitions are you experiencing right now in your life? And whether they’re easy or difficult, could they possibly be leading you into a transformation of who you are as a person? If you’re struggling with a change, try looking at it as something that is transforming you into a better version of yourself. 

26/62 Tab is Live

Drumroll please…Project 26/62: Age-old wisdom for young dreams is finally LIVE! Welcome aboard friends—we’re happy you’re here.

In today’s world, I think it’s easy to see that there are many reasons to stand divided. We are living in a period of time where we have more information at our fingertips than ever…as well as the ability to share our opinions with any person, whenever! With our high-tension societal climate, it seems as if the smallest difference explodes into the biggest divide. Project 26/62 wants to help inspire unity…but we want to be strategic. One of the biggest downfalls of anyone aspiring to accomplish a dream, is the tendency to over-promise and under-deliver due to lack of focus. Project 26/62 is focused on unity between generations. With the experiences and wisdom of those who’ve gone before us, along with the passion and energy of youth, we can ignite the flame of creativity and bring dreams to light.

Please visit the Project 26/62 tab on our website, go straight to, or search us on iTunes to listen to the latest episode.

The countdown is on

What do you get when a 26-year-old dreamer and 62-year-old goal-setter meet? The answer is movement…and not just in terms of progress, but in our case, a literal movement.

As we’ve been preparing the roll-out of Project 26/62: Age-old wisdom for young dreams, we’re finding that the road ahead is steeped in possibilities and filled with opportunities.

For you, the audience, it is an oasis of tools and experiences designed to get your dream off the ground, to the finish line, or anywhere in between.

Our hope is that it will equip you, empower you, and inspire you to put one foot in front of the other and take the next small step.

Project 26/62 is coming soon…


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Lace Up

By: Bill Speight

In case you haven’t heard, I’ve recently welcomed Jordan Oliver to iCoachLife. Jordan is 26 and I’m 62…and together, we’re quite the team. (And the way we joined forces is quite the story, too…but that’s for the next post…)

In the world we’re living in today, a team this different wouldn’t look like it stands a chance…and that’s exactly why we’ve partnered up.

Jordan and I may have years between us, but we both have one thing in common: we want to see if unity and healing are possible in such a broken world. One way we’re beginning our experiment, is by launching Project 26/62: Age-old wisdom for young dreams; a creative platform for a 26 and 62-year-old like us to discuss our points of view on relevant topics. The website is currently under construction and will be ready for launch next month.

As we’ve been writing and recording, planning and discussing, we’ve found that although it can be challenging to step into the others’ shoes, it’s necessary.

It’s necessary to have the experience and wisdom of those who walk ahead of us; and it’s necessary to have the passion, energy and relevance of those before us if we want to watch our dreams manifest.

So this is our official invitation to join the journey. Grab your walking shoes, but don’t tie them too tightly…you’ll be trying on a few other pairs along the way.


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Pruning and Blooming

By: Jordan Oliver

Spring has sprung; and as much as we’re anticipating the “May flowers,” there’s no getting around the “April showers,” first—(even though we’d like to skip that part).

As we’re stepping into the first week of April and looking forward to warmer weather, let us be reminded that in order to “reap a harvest” of success in any area of life, we have to be willing to go through the pruning stage—we have to learn to handle the rain. Before we can enjoy the gift of satisfaction, there must be a reason to feel satisfied…and that reason must come from you.

We all have goals, we all have dreams, and we all have our own way of getting there. No matter how different those paths may look, there is one thing that is the same for everyone: there will be trials and stumbling blocks along the way, and it will be up to you, alone, in choosing how to maneuver around them.

As long as we don’t quit despite the “rain”, we will reap the harvest of our efforts. Take one day at a time, and remember that “this too shall pass”…the flowers are only days away.                  


Snow no!

By: Jordan Oliver

I don’t know about you. But I’m ready for Spring.

And just when I thought it was time—just when I caught glimpse of new blooms and buds—I woke up one morning last week to find snow on the ground! (And if you live in Nashville, there’s more this morning…) Really?!

I couldn’t help but think of how symbolic that is of life.

How often do we get our hopes set on one thing, and then just when we think everything is going according to plan, life hands us something completely different?

What I saw despite the snow, however, was that the next day, the sun was back and shining…blooms unharmed by the unexpected interference.

Seasons are specific. Their timing, their colors, the holidays they hold; they’re all part of a continuous cycle that constantly reminds us we’re never “stuck” in one situation or circumstance forever. There’s something about each turning into the next—at just the right time—that can inspire a sense of hope within us if we allow.

One of the keys to staying motivated is giving yourself something to look forward to…something to remind you that you’re never stuck where you are. As we look forward to the changing of seasons, let us be reminded that change is inevitable and good; we’re never “stuck,” for there’s always something to hope for…even if it’s simply a change in scenery.