Far too often, people - self included - give up doing the small things because they do not seem to matter. That decision, however, is short-sighted but is rooted in our "results now" culture. Whenever we start or attempt anything, we always need to keep a long-term mindset. This blog shares an example of when a little becomes a lot AND I'll be celebrating a little bit of personal success too! Keep on reading...
Earlier this week, I shared a statement from my book on the Quotes page, with the promise that a more in-depth blog would be coming later. Well, here it is. If you have spent any time looking at leadership, you've heard comments that focus on what takes place when nobody is around because that is who you really are. While that is true, I want to focus that even further and apply it specifically to the home. Please notice what the title does not say - "leadership in the home." While that thought is a small part of it, there is a much bigger issue at play here that looks at both the people and environment in the home. If you want to learn more, then keep reading...
Have you ever selected a "word for the year"? The intent behind that one word is simplicity and focus - its easier to remember than a long list of goals, helps you focus priorities each day, and (in theory) will be more readily attainable. Many people pick those words out of routine but fail in keeping them (just like New Year's Resolutions). In this blog, we'll tackle some thoughts on your one word while I share what mine will be for 2021.
I saw a meme the other day that made me laugh out loud. While not knowing who did this, we can all appreciate the sentiments behind the imagery. Yes, 2020 - the year of "clear and great vision" - was a compilation of multiple messes that has left many people befuddled, frustrated, and out-right anxious with what the future may hold. Will 2021 be a repeat or improvement? Will things in 2021, as many are thinking, be even worse that the year just completed? Honestly, nobody knows; however, we do hold the power of our lives in our hands. Let's look at living life the 2021 way.
We stand at the cusp of closing one year and moving into a new one, and this time often produces reflection and goal setting. Unfortunately, most of the "new year's resolutions" end in abysmal failure - some studies have indicated that as many as 80% of those resolutions fail and then claim that we should abandon any such practice. Let's stop there. Just because there has been failure, does it mean that we should throw the "baby out with the bathwater"? Should we really stop goal-setting or making resolutions? I think not and will explain further below by looking at something that jumped off the page at me from Luke 21.
In seeing the title of this blog, you probably went to the often-quoted mantra of "aim small, miss small." While that may be true, it is NOT the focus of this entry. The critical component is reading the title is understanding the process. We want results but fail in mapping out the steps to get to those results. In other words, if you want to improve the quality of your accuracy, you have to improve the quality of your aim. Keep reading to learn more...
Have you stopped to ever think about the question mentioned above? If not, then pause - RIGHT NOW - and define that "f word" for yourself. Several years ago, I had a leader that sent me the image below. The image says fear has two meanings and we are the ones that personally choose our meaning of fear in our circumstances. Yes, can clearly see the emphasis on the terms above that place it all within our realm of responsibility. That personal nature is where we will focus on today's life and leadership blog.
If you read the first of this new series, then you notice the title is a bit different. You are right because I want to check your historical and Biblical knowledge. Answer this simple question: who was the second king of Israel? I know you just answered in your mind, then looked at the title and thought something like this - "Well, I'm not gonna waste my time here. This author is a way off base because there is no way that David was just a figurehead." I would encourage you to read on because all is not as it seems. A definitive lesson or two can be clearly seen from the second king as he faced challenges stemming from Saul - the Initiator.
This weekend, I missed a shot that should be automatic. Yes, I admit my perfectionistic tendencies and how those are not always beneficial. This one, however, bothered me as in I lost sleep over it. After getting the youngest down for his nap the next day, I went to my normal "thinking place" - for those that do not know me that means I was shooting my bow - and then I had "a moment." Once again, archery taught me a lesson about life.
In Matthew 20, Jesus sheds significant light on the topic of leadership, authority, and greatness as He offers an amazing contrast between what people perceive and what actually is. Far too often, this passage is quoted without the all-important context that is vital for understanding. He concludes a grand discourse that has presented several parables and, most recently, announced to His disciples that He would die at the hands of the Jewish and Gentile leaders. At the end of this teaching, a mother approaches Jesus to ask for her sons to have preferential treatment in His kingdom. She was exhibiting faith that He was the promised Messiah but also betraying a misunderstanding of the Messiah. Needless to say, the other ten were not happy and then we hear leadership gold from Jesus!