Thoughts on proper prayer.

IMG_4356Talking to God through prayer and meditation has many benefits.  As a leader, it’s paramount to our success that we remain vigilant in this effort.  When we falter in our daily communication with Him, we lose focus.  God gives us the proper way to pray in Matthew 6: 9-13.  The Lord’s Prayer is the perfect outline.  Here are three things about prayer that will lead to the proper utilization of this divine interaction.

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Words Matter

IMG_3983You see it everyday in the media.  It’s very apparent, maybe today more then ever, that words matter.  This lesson is learned very young in life and extends into adulthood.  It’s become such a normal part of life to hear negative words, that we often tell people to “have a thick skin” and “just ignore it”.  Even positive words can be dangerous.  That’s when we caution people with phrases like, “don’t get a big head” or “that person only wants one thing from you”.  Having said that, people should develop within themselves a certain level of spiritual fortitude, where they draw their value from God and not man.  But that’s not all we should do regarding positive and negative words.  Read on for some ways leaders can use words more effectively.

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5 things leaders must do everytime.

IMG_0562There are a lot of ways to lead a team.  Usually leaders will develop a style that matches their own strengths, as they pursues goals.  Each goal reached is a victory used to catapult the team to another level.  By utilizing various techniques, good leaders influence their teams to expected ends.  There are 5 things leader must do everytime in order to maximize their effectiveness and be part of a winning team.

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High expectations can be bad. Ask my wife…

IMG_0523You ever hear people say, “keep your expectations low and you’ll never be disappointed”.  I’ve always thought that was a pretty simplistic worldview.  One that if abused, would lead to an average existence.  I’ve also heard people say, “keep your expectations high”, “keep pushing”, “never give up”, “your dreams will fail if you let them”, “sleep is for losers” and my personal favorite, “winners win and losers lose”.  On most days, I totally buy into this thought pattern.  However this mindset, when used cavalierly, can be detrimental as well.  The trick is timing and perspective.  Unfortunately, I learned this lesson the hard way.

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Ever lie on your blog?

IMG_0508I just had a funny thing happen to me last night.  I typed a lie because it sounded more sexy than the truth.  Before I even completed the sentence, I said to myself, “c’mon, get honest”.   Truth is, I want to “keep it real and be totally honest”, but there’s a part of me that doesn’t want to show weakness.  I gotta get over that quick.

So I fessed up and told the truth.

My final thought, if your not being totally honest, your lying.  If you’re going to lie on your blog when you say you’re being honest, what’s the point?

 

Which is the better motivational technique, positivity or reality?

IMG_0504As a leader you’re going to always be searching for ways to empower your people to grab the brightest future possible. you want to encourage and inspire them to levels of performance far above anything they can imagine.  We are of course, supposed to be developing leaders.  One motivational techniques is to let them see the future.  A peek at the future may be a great way to get someone out of their comfort level and enable them to grow. My question today is, should that picture be more positive or realistic?

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Are your expectations causing issues?

IMG_0502We all have expectations. My expectations are probably too high at times. It’s causing issues and came to a head yesterday. Normally, I would think of this as something bad or negative about the person or group that doesn’t measure up.  For example, if people describe what they do as going “above and beyond” and in my mind they are only accomplishing the base expectation, it makes me think this person or group is lazy, which 9 times out of 10 is not the case. I can’t go on like this and expect to lead effectively.  I’m not exactly sure what to do, but here’s where I’m at with it.

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