October 1, 2012 Comments Off on Just Hold On
Somewhere along the spectrum of time, you reach you a point where you feel like you’re in the unknown- stuck between what you know in your heart and what you see with your eyes and hear with your ears.
Yet, the feeling deep down won’t leave you. Whether it’s your dream job, next promotion, or achievement- it’s the thing that keeps you up late at night.
But somewhere along the lines, someone told you that you couldn’t do it, that it could’t be done, or you weren’t good enough.
For far too many, we depend on others for our affirmation of our own personal call to arms. We allow others to dictate whether we rise or stand, we look to others at our means of going or staying. Yet, we slowly let go of those dreams because we let others slowly take it away from us- we let the dreams fade and we let the harsh reality set in that nobody believes in us.
However, leadership was never meant to be a number on paper, a amount of followers on twitter, or a certain pay grade. Leadership comes from the heart, it comes from being able to push past the nay-sayers- it’s your ability to tune out what the world wants you to believe to chase after what keeps you awake at night.
So whether you’re aspiring to be the next CEO, President, or innovator of our time- just hold on a little longer because you might be on the verge of something great.
More times than not, our greatest setbacks are setups for something huge in our life.
No matter what the haters say, no matter who comes against you- you have destiny on your side. You have your God given appointed time to take this moment and make it great. You can be the difference, step up and step out for what you know to be true in your heart.
Great leaders aren’t simply promoted, they’ve been given a God given ability to lead.
No matter what the haters say, no matter who comes against you…If this is your time and you know it deep down, don’t let anyone take it from you because this is your moment to shine- don’t miss it.
September 23, 2012 Comments Off on Failed Once, Fail Again?
Leadership – Often attributed for being characteristics of inspiring, innovative, creative, successful people. With the greatest of leaders being written down for their stats, accomplishments, and other notable marks to society that sets the standard of how good of a leader they are.
However, the greatest mark of any leader is the ability to fail and get back up. The ability to stay their course when everything else is in shambles and isn’t looking the way they envisioned it to.
Nolan Nawrocki once wrote about draft hopeful Cam Newton “He does not command respect from teammates and will always struggle to win a locker room. … Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness — is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example. Immature and has had issues with authority. Not dependable.”
When Walt tried to get MGM studios to distribute Mickey Mouse in 1927 he was told that the idea would never work– a giant mouse on the screen would terrify women.
As a child, Einstein seldom spoke. When he did, he spoke very slowly – indeed, he tried out entire sentences in his head (or muttered them under his breath) until he got them right before he spoke aloud. According to accounts, Einstein did this until he was nine years old. Einstein’s parents were fearful that he was retarded.
We come to know and love some of our planets most inspiring leaders for their accomplishments and ability to succeed, but very seldom to we realize what they went through to get there. Everyone wants to succeed as a leader, but nobody is willing to go through what it takes to get there.
So what’s the moral of the story?
No matter what you’re going through, no matter who is putting you down, or just how vague your life may seem- don’t give up hope. Don’t give up on yourself, your goals, your dreams, or your visions for the world of tomorrow. Because at the end of the day, each and every person has the ability to be a leader, an innovator, but they have to be willing to fail.
Nobody will ever be able to take away everything that you are inside, don’t ever let anyone take away the passions of your heart because they are the only thing worth getting up for at the crack of dawn- they are what makes you tick and what keeps you tossing in bed at night because they are your God given destiny.
October 18, 2011 Comments Off on L-E-A-D-E-R-S
“And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.” -Galatians 6:9
One of the most important issues to me recently has become leadership and the way it’s done. Too often times I see people leading others to places they have always been, never wanting to change anything. A great leader is never afraid to push the envelope because it causes the team to use their individual potential to the fullest.
Here are 4 leadership concepts to understand and apply to your leadership style:
• Leadership isn’t letting the people around you stay comfortable with the same old process, but thinking of innovations.
• Leadership isn’t being easy on your team, but pushing the limits of each individuals in their strengths and gifts.
• Leadership isn’t speaking in ways that avoid conflict and letting things go by without calling it out, but being honest 24/7.
• Leadership isn’t about not putting yourself in tough circumstances, but where you have to trust your instincts and spirit.
As a leader you cannot have a mindset of accomplishing and upholding everything that was done before you, but attacking what is missing in the world. When you settle for wanting to uphold last years standard, you’re setting yourself up for failure or even worse, successful mediocrity in changing nothing about the world. Wasting your time your potential, and your team.
Jesus didn’t lead by worrying about what the people thought about Him or always trying to satisfy their needs or time constraints. He didn’t prepare them for opposition by making sure they were never overwhelmed.
Instead, Jesus put his disciples in extremely difficult situations with zero resources, high expectations, and a huge opportunity to make an impact. Why? Because He knew what was ahead in their future and that they needed to grasp the concept of great obedience before great opportunities to serve the kingdom.
We want to have great responsibilities and opportunities before we can trust God, but God wants us to have great obedience to earn responsibilities and opportunities. If God is asking you to push the limit, push the limit. If God wants you to do something drastically different, do it. You never know what door God is opening for you because only He can open it, you can’t. Trust Him!
May 11, 2011 Comments Off on Leadership 101.
For many of us, being a leader of a large company or nation is intimidating, but have you ever considered you can be a leader to just the people that you work out with or even sit next to in church on sunday? Being a leader is more than just standing up in front of a camera and giving a speech; being a leader is about synthesizing information and enabling others to understand God. We often confuse leadership with leading in a direction, but being a true leader is also about leading people in a mental/spiritual direction as well.
We use the excuse of not acting as a leader because we feel like we don’t have enough or the right people supporting our cause. We think that if we were on the Oprah show or an influential radio station that more people would help us out. We focus on trying to manipulate the people ahead of us in life, rather than empowering the people around us. Moreover, we seek attention from societal leaders that are above us in society, rather than empowering the people God has blessed us with that are around us to accomplish that same goal. Instead of manipulating someone, which has an awful connotation, we can empower the gifts inside people that are around us to accomplish that same goal and let God be glorified.
Each and every person has a special gift and calling in life. As a leader, it is your duty to call that gift out in someone and enable them to use that gift, rather than focusing on herding people in a certain direction and drawing attention to yourself. Sometimes we pray for a miracle in our life, but God instead wants us to be the miracle in someone else’s life first. If you are a good leader, you have the ability to step out of the situation and recognize that your greatest breakthrough may simply breaking the walls down for someone else rather than having the walls removed in your life.