MindWolves Re-Mind Program

Purpose: To help adults who feel disturbed and drained by the daily onslaught of negativity by starting and ending their days with gratitude and positivity.

Promise: To unlearn what you have learned by renewing your mind 1% every day. To build new habits, passion, and purpose little by little, drip-by-drip.

What is it? The MindWolves Re-Mind program is a free, private, confidential, enrollment-based program to help adults feel successful. After enrollment, the student receives daily reminders at 6 am and 8 pm EST from the teacher, Coach C, using his proprietary training system. Coach C is the Founder & COO of MindWolves.

How does Coach C define success? Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. The second you enroll in The Re-Mind Program you become successful. Why? Because you are committing to becoming more grateful and positive in life, which is a worthy ideal. Success is peace of mind knowing you’re doing your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. The Re-Mind Program will help you do that.

What’s Coach C’s secret to success? The secret to success is relentlessly winning in your mind every single day. It’s acknowledging that “we become what we think about.” It’s being intentional about feeding your Good Wolf. Like fertile soil, your mind doesn’t care what you plant, but it will return what you plant. Plant corn and it will return corn. Plant nightshade and it will return poison. Therefore, the secret to success is learning to plant gratitude, which will return a grateful spirit. Moreover, learning to plant positivity will return positive thoughts.

Re-Mind Morning Message

What does a Re-Mind morning message look like? Here (right) is a sample from this morning. All messages are sent from Coach C to every student at 6 am EST. Students may reply to Coach C (optional) and only Coach C can see their reply. All replies to Coach C are private and confidential between the student and Coach C.

Re-Mind Evening Message

What does a Re-Mind evening message look like? Here (left) is a sample from yesterday evening. All messages are sent from Coach C to every student at 8 pm EST. Students may reply to Coach C (optional) and only Coach C can see their reply. All replies to Coach C are private and confidential between the student and Coach C.

What’s the cost to join The Re-Mind Program? Re-Mind is free. Coach C offers The Re-Mind Program to serve others humbly in love and does not charge for it. The only paying clients of Coach C are the athletes of his MindWolves Life Coaching system. You can be a student of Re-Mind for $0 in perpetuity after you enroll. You may also cancel at any time with no obligation.

Why is The Re-Mind Program free? Coach C offers Re-Mind because God has been so kind to him. And when God gave up His only Son to save him, Coach C wanted to emulate Jesus’ humble obedience, as his eyes were opened to what servant leadership should look like. Coach C offers Re-Mind because he wants to serve God by serving others. Coach C’s heart has been transformed to love others genuinely, and he has been shaped into someone who considers others as better than himself.

How do I enroll in The Re-Mind Program? You can enroll by clicking on this link: Enroll in MindWolves Re-Mind Program.

Rising Early in Dark Days

It’s hard not to wake up to an onslaught of negative news. Sadly, it’s the norm. Traditional media and social media are ladened with hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, immorality, and impurity. These are the fruit of the Flesh. In fact, they make waking up hard to do.

Contrast that with the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. Now, those are things worth waking up to and rising early for.

Flesh or Spirit? The arena in which they struggle is our life. The field of battle is our mind. The Flesh (our sinful nature) attempts to lure you away from the character of God. The Spirit wants to woo you with the love of Christ. The one whom you yield your mind to will dominate your life.

This is not unlike the Native American story, The Tale of Two Wolves. There is a fight that goes on inside all of us, a terrible fight, and it’s between two wolves that battle in our minds. The Evil Wolf wants to consume us with unhealthy thoughts: anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The Good Wolf wants positive thoughts: joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

The key to winning the battle is understanding your mind doesn’t care what you feed it, but it will return what you feed it. Feed anger and it will return anger. Feed love and it will return love. Therefore, if you want to live in the Spirit, feed your Good Wolf. To live in the Flesh, feed your Evil Wolf. Your mind is agnostic, however, you control the outcome. You have free will. You get to choose what you feed it.

What really matters is feeding your Good Wolf. And when something really matters, it’s easy to rise early for it. Have you ever considered what are the things you’re willing to rise early for? Early morning habits that feed your Good Wolf say a lot about your priorities.

Feed your Good Wolf by giving it the first fruits of each day’s time and attention. Learn to give your best energy to what matters most. The Evil Wolf is energized by the onslaught of each day’s negative news and distractions. Don’t allow it to gain a stronghold that compromises your focus and energy.

Our days are dark with evil. But, we can rise early each day, while it is still dark, and win the spiritual battle over our minds. Your Good Wolf, with the Spirit as its helper, will beat your Evil Wolf and the Flesh … all day, every day.

The Hunter, the Farmer, and the Camper

There once was a Hunter, Farmer, and Camper lost deep in the woods. To survive, they had to rely on each other.

The Hunter said, “I’ll venture out at dawn every day so that we have protein to eat. Whatever I kill, we’ll share. I am gifted with a keen eye and fearless determination and that is the best way for me to help us. I’ll commit to bringing back something every day, no matter how long it takes. I’ll find a way.”

The Farmer said, “I’ll also wake up at dawn every day and tend to the land. I’ll find and nurture a suitable plot that can grow fruits and vegetables. I have an intuition for what can grow and a caring touch. It’s the least I could do to serve us. I’ll commit to producing something safe and nourishing for us to eat. I’ll also clean and prepare the animals the Hunter brings back for us.”

The Camper said, “I’ll prepare and keep a site for us to cook, eat, and sleep. However, I’ll only do this between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm. Outside of that window, I’m going to chill, relax, and do what I feel like doing. Who knows how much longer we have to live, right? So I’m going to enjoy what time I have left.”

All three did what they said they would do. However, only the Hunter and Farmer used their gifts, time, and energy wisely. They each had specific morning and evening rituals to clear and calm their minds and spend time with God. They prayed for strength, guidance, and help to do what they needed to do. They prayed that God’s will be done and worked as though they were working for Him. The Hunter’s love for the Farmer and Camper motivated him to do the best he could to serve them. The Farmer’s love for the Hunter and Camper also motivated him to serve.

The Camper, on the other hand, had a different mindset. He only did the bare minimum he had to do, often sleeping in and starting his day late. He also took many breaks throughout the day. He worked as though he did not care about the campsite or the group. He complained often and did what he had to do begrudgingly. He could not wait for 5 pm to roll around, and usually quit working early. As he did each task, he “checked the box.”

The Camper also liked to gossip. When the Hunter was away, he would express to the Farmer that the Hunter was greedy and ego-driven. When the Farmer was out harvesting, he would tell the Hunter the Farmer was skimming some crops for himself. Everything the Camper said seemed to undermine the trust between the Hunter and Farmer.

But, because the Hunter and Farmer were secure in their relationship with God, they did not let the Camper influence them. They trusted God and each other and kept their focus on the meaningful work they were called to do. They did nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, they valued the others above themselves. They were kind, gentle, patient, and forgiving to the Camper and continued to serve him humbly in love.

Who are you? The Hunter, the Farmer, or the Camper?

Neighborly Love Podcast, Episode 11 – Ron Graziani

Ordinary People. Extraordinary Conversations.

If “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” and “The Parable of the Good Samaritan” collided at an intersection, then the Neighborly Love podcast would be the result. It features casual conversations over coffee in a “virtual coffee shop” that lean into the power of empathy. It’s about feeling heard, valued and understood. It’s about serving others. It’s about depositing money in our relational banks.

Neighborly Love is an original podcast by MindWolves. Host Marc Casciani, author of Craft Your Calling and Neighborly Love, interviews ordinary people about their heart for God and serving other people for the greater good.

Episode 11 – Ron Graziani

Marc interviews Ron Graziani, Senior Vice President and Manager of Property & Casualty at First National Insurance. Ron answers three thought-provoking questions: (1) Tell me about a time when you did something nice for someone?, (2) What would you do for a living if money weren’t an issue?, and (3) Do you have a dream that involves serving others? Ron tells a story about helping Christian, a recent Penn State University graduate, shares his soft-spot for mentoring inner-city youth which was born out of his childhood on the drug-infested streets of Pittsburgh, and expresses his dream of ending voter apathy and the senselessness of racism.

Neighborly Love, Episode 11 – Ron Graziani (7-30-21)

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People-Pleasing

Affirmation feels good. When you’re valued, heard, and elevated, it’s encouraging. It’s uplifting. It’s especially gratifying when you don’t expect it. When you’re aim is to serve, not please, others, without expectation of anything in return, affirmation is motivating.

This does raise the question of one’s motive. To serve or to please? That is the question.

Do you feel the allure of people-pleasing? Whose praise are you tempted to seek? Whose irrational disapproval are you tempted to appease?

Rather than seek approval from humans, seek true humility – a healthy, sober awareness of how small you are under God. True humility is acknowledging all your talents and possessions are on loan from God, for which He entrusts you as a steward. Seeking His approval for serving as a steward is the motive of true humility. Allow His glory to eclipse the people whose approval or rejection seem so large to you.

How does true humility happen in your life? It happens by letting the fruit of the Spirit grow inside you. Let the Spirit take hold of your thoughts, heart, attitudes, emotions, and behaviors.

True humility takes people-pleasing affirmation straight to God in a secret place, laying down any good thing you’ve done back at His feet in gratitude.

You are meant for greatness. You are designed to live a life of pleasing God, not people. Don’t take credit where credit is not due. Then you’ll get the grandest affirmation of all time, “Well done, good and faithful servant!

Love is the G.O.A.T.

Love is the greatest of all time (G.O.A.T.) leadership principle. If you truly understand it, it’s transformative.

You could be the most polished public speaker, but if you don’t have love in your heart, then you’re like a squawking bird.

You could be the smartest person in the room, but if you don’t have love in your heart, then you’re dumb as a rock.

You could give away everything you have, but what is your motive? If it’s to boast on yourself, and not out of love for others, then your motive is misplaced and you gain nothing.

Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not brag. It is not proud. It does not humiliate others. It is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs. It forgives, always.

Love does nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, love values others above self. It does not delight in hurting others.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

Love can combat anything. It is the answer to end discrimination of any type. True diversity , equity, and inclusion (DEI) starts with love, for without love in your heart, DEI is still discrimination.

The only way love is possible is to love in the right order. You must love God first with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Second, you must love other people. Third, you must love yourself.

What makes love the G.O.A.T. leadership principle is the sequence in which love is applied. Many leaders have attempted it out of order, but the results have been disastrous for teams and society.

Love God. Love people. Love yourself. In that order.

Move 1% … A Simple Daily Game Plan

Great people are really just ordinary people with an extraordinary amount of determination. Great people don’t know how to quit. Rather than listen to how they feel and procrastinate doing what they ought to do, they talk themselves into doing what they need to do.

Here’s a simple, transformative question to ask yourself every morning: How will I move 1% forward today?

1% better. 1% smarter. 1% kinder. 1% happier. 1% more empathetic. 1% more compassionate. 1% more loving. 1% more patient. 1% more peaceful. 1% more gentle. 1% more faithful. 1% more in control of my emotions.

Be aware and be intentional. Talk to yourself and then do.

1% over time really adds up. Before you know it, you’ll be a different person. And you won’t recognize your old self.

Here’s another way to look at it. To accomplish something significant, what’s more palatable?

  1. Do 100% in 1 day?
  2. Do 1% in 100 days?

Both get the same result, however #2 is much more attractive. You can approach life with that simple game plan. Because we often feel like we don’t have what it takes today, we need to remember that God gives us strength only as we start doing. He will be with us every 1% step of the way.

As we find the courage to start doing, we then find the strength. God works His strength within us only as we start working. That’s real encouragement.

You can accomplish extraordinary things 1 day, 1% at a time.

DOB = July 4, 1776

Happy 245th birthday, America. I am grateful to be part of the celebration. As we prepare for your 250th, I wanted to share the 1776 Report. The digital copy is free at hillsdaleforliberty.com/1776Report.

I believe we are on the cusp of another great civil war in America. This time, it’s a war being fought over ideas. It’s a war over two competing worldviews, one that seeks to revise the truth about America’s history, and the other that seeks to acknowledge its founding flaws without discrediting its founding principles. Frederick Douglass once said, “The Declaration of Independence is the ring-bolt to the chain of your nation’s destiny; so, indeed, I regard it. The principles contained in that instrument are saving principles. Stand by those principles, be true to them on all occasions, in all places, against all foes, and at whatever cost.” Amen, Mr. Douglass.

Would you mind celebrating America’s birthday with me by downloading and reading your free digital copy today? Read it with an open mind and a pure heart. The more people willing to do that, the more likely we can preserve the founding principles of this great country for future generations.

Let us not shrink in our responsibility to become informed citizens in the arena of ideas. Let us embrace what Ronald Regan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children, what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

I’m “all-in” President Regan. I believe as you believed that “America is, and always will be, a shining city on a hill.

Neighborly Love Podcast, Episode 10 – Jamie Heynes

Ordinary People. Extraordinary Conversations.

If “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” and “The Parable of the Good Samaritan” collided at an intersection, then the Neighborly Love podcast would be the result. It features casual conversations over coffee in a “virtual coffee shop” that lean into the power of empathy. It’s about feeling heard, valued and understood. It’s about serving others. It’s about depositing money in our relational banks.

Neighborly Love is an original podcast by MindWolves. Host Marc Casciani, author of Craft Your Calling and Neighborly Love, interviews ordinary people about their heart for God and serving other people for the greater good.

Episode 10 – Jamie Heynes

Marc interviews Jamie Heynes, Marketing Team Lead at First National Insurance. Jamie answers three thought-provoking questions: (1) Tell me about a time when you did something nice for someone?, (2) What would you do for a living if money weren’t an issue?, and (3) Do you have a dream that involves serving others? Jamie shares a story about her childhood best friend, Meg, who has Cerebral Palsy, and her desire to integrate family, career, and passion to serve kids with special needs. Jamie is one of the most positive people I know, and I promise your heart will be inspired by her heart to serve.

Neighborly Love, Episode 10 – Jamie Heynes (6-30-21)

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Unimaginable: Life Without Dogs

Dozer, our blue boy

Over the past 27 years, my family has had 8 dogs: Rudy (shar-pei), Sassy (shar-pei), Phil (chihuahua), Peri (shar-pei), Bolt (Boston terrier), Lucy (French bulldog), Honey (French bulldog), and Dozer (French bulldog). All but Lucy, Honey, and Dozer have crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and each holds a special place in our hearts. Lucy, Honey, and Dozer start a new chapter for my family, a French bulldog breeding business called Bluecairo Frenchies, French bulldogs that really want to be your pet. Our first litter is due on August 20th.

Yes, Honey has blue eyes

It’s hard to imagine a life without dogs. They embody unconditional love. Their affection has no boundary. Their love does not come with any strings attached. They can teach us, humans, a thing or two about empathy.

Ever since our children were born, they’ve had dogs around. I believe the dogs offered the kids unconditional acceptance, companionship, and emotional attachment that they don’t get from friends. Also, because the kids have such a close relationship with the dogs, its made our relationship much stronger too. As a family, we share our feelings and affections freely and openly.

Lucy with Chonk the hamster

It’s been proven that just hanging out with a dog increases levels of oxytocin in our brains. Oxytocin acts as a chemical messenger and has been shown to be important in human behaviors including recognition, trust, and mother-infant bonding. As a result, oxytocin has been called the “love hormone” or “cuddle chemical.” This may explain why my kids claim the dogs are more supportive and empathetic at times.

Dogs are not judgmental too. You don’t have to justify why you don’t feel like working out or worry that they don’t think you’re cool. They love you just because you’re you, and they just want to be in your presence.

Dozer, Honey, and Lucy taking a nap

If you really think about it, dogs are servant leaders. Their motives are pure, to love and be loved. That, in fact, is also their purpose in life, to love their humans and let their humans love them. Plain and simple, they are here to serve and love. Frankly, that’s not unlike our purpose too, to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love our neighbor as ourselves. Love God, love people.

My hope is that through Bluecairo Frenchies, my family can serve loving families with loving Frenchies and share the love our dogs have nurtured in us for over three decades. It’s hard to imagine life without them.

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