Hi there, I’m Aubrey McGowan.

Let me introduce myself. I am a writer, speaker, and coach helping people and organizations cultivate the trust they need to do the work they love. I love being a husband and dad. I can easily get lost writing songs or making cool things out of old instruments. I want to be more like Jesus and MacGyver.

If you want to increase your influence, you don’t need more creativity. You don’t need better ideas. You don’t need more time to pursue those ideas. What you need first is trust. I want to help you cultivate the trust you need to do the work you love.

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Don’t Wait Until Your Naked To Decide

Don’t Wait Until Your Naked To Decide

I remember teaching teenagers about abstinence back in my youth pastoring days. It was a challenge to say the least. The pressure to have sex before marriage was immense. I used to tell them, “Don’t wait until your naked to make a commitment to stay pure.” Their best defense was always to make a commitment long in advance of the heat of the moment. In fact, the pact worked best if it kept them as far away from being naked and alone with another person as possible.      It’s kind of funny and then again, not. Why? Because you and I need to hear the same advice today. I love the way Seth Godin put it in a recent blog post,   “The best time to make a pact is right now. And the worst time to re-visit this pact is when there’s a lot of short-term pressure.”     You made commitments at the beginning of this year to do things that set you up for the long-game. You set goals to invest in the long-term health of your business, your church, your family and even your body. But now that 2017 is in full swing there is a lot of short-term pressure trying to push and pull you off the path. You may have even run headlong into it without even thinking. You returned to old ways of thinking or familiar habits. Here you are, naked and trying to decide if those changes were actually worth making.     Go look at those commitments again right now. Get yourself back to where you felt the urgency and importance of what you wanted...
I Made This For You!

I Made This For You!

I am an artist.     Unfortunately over the past year or so I have allowed things to get in the way of showing others what I am making. This year will be different! In fact, I have made something that you will love.   Last year I hesitated, questioned myself, procrastinated, and even shrank back in fear at times. Yes, I know. These are all the things I encourage you not to do, right? I’ve mentioned this before, but my motto this year is,       EMPTY IS FULL     So, no more holding back and waiting for the perfect time to put something out there. My goal is to bring you a lot of awesome and valuable things this year and here is the first.       2017 Year Of Adventure Calendar   I had a vision to create a calendar that was more than a way to track dates. It would be a tool that we could use to help us crush our most important goals this year.       This calendar does it!     Stay with me because I am going to practically give it away to you, but first let me explain what makes it so awesome!           Not Your Grandma’s Calendar     The dates flow together! No annoying empty boxes at the end of each month. The calendar comes with two pages of “Adventure-Themed” decals to help you track important events, goals, adventures and achievements. Use these to track goals with your team or even to teach your kids how to set and achieve goals. It...
Hey People Pleasers, It’s Time To Start A Fight

Hey People Pleasers, It’s Time To Start A Fight

Some people are fighters. For better or worse, they jump at the chance to get in the fray. Most people are avoiders. These people go to great lengths to avoid conflict of any kind. If you are an avoider like me, the people pleasing or peace-loving side of you is a great gift 95% of the time. You have probably developed an ability to empathize with both sides and have the highly developed skill of diffusing situations. This is a good thing… except when it’s not.   Friend, I hate to tell you, but it’s time to start a fight.   I’ve only started one fight in my life. I was in the 4th grade. It was with my good friend and the whole class was going to attend but then something happened.   A friend of mine and I liked the same girl and we decided we would duke it out in the junkyard behind the school one afternoon to see who would win her affection. Everything had been decided and the day of the fight had arrived, but then fate and a young capitalist stepped in. A fellow classmate was caught trying to sell tickets to the event and we were all called to special meeting with the teacher at recess. After a little straight talk from Mrs. Dupre, the fight was off, everything was ironed out and we were back to being friends the next day.   I was saved by wisdom that day. It was a fight that wasn’t worth getting into.   Why It’s Time To Start A Fight Some of us have grown so accustomed to avoiding a...

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