Don’t apologize for doing you.

IMG_0413So, I took a break from blogging for a bit.  No reason.  Just took a break.  At first I felt a little guilty, like the people following me would be angry or unfollow me because I wasn’t writing every few days.  Like it’s all about me.  I was trying to figure out how to apologize, then I realized something…

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Set and attain goals like a boss.

img_0238As a boss in the middle, we need to realize that goal setting is an act of looking at an entire situation and figuring out what you want it to ultimately look like.

The next step is identifying gaps and ways to fill those gaps by playing to our strengths and asking for help when we need it.

Then we should make small steps on the way to larger milestones.

The key is to “get started” and work on accomplishing little goals on the way to big goals. Consistency is paramount to your success.

Losing 100 lbs. is easier if you lose three or four at a time consistently. You may need a motivational partner (help) if you aren’t driven enough internally.

Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re weak, it means you are in tune with your strengths.

Stop failure before it happens.

IMG_0396As bosses in the middle, we believe that everyone can do their very best, every day. Part of that belief encompasses another belief, that every issue has a solution. Even though these two things are true, from time to time, we fail. Why? We believe that it’s because people aren’t thinking critically in crucial situations. Every incident investigation I have ever done into a system failure, has some form of human error factored in. Most of the time, it’s communication or the lack of communication. We can’t predict every possible scenario that may happen during a project, but we can teach people how to think through these issues. By empowering our teams and setting expectations, we believe we can get to the core of setbacks before they happen.

We believe this is accomplished through full engagement in the task, while remaining aware of potential obstacles.

I’ll offer 3 things that we as leaders must tell our teams, in order to set the expectation and influence the type of behavior we want to see.

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Don’t waste your focus.

IMG_0375As a boss in the middle of this crazy world, we are always focused on something. Sometimes it’s exactly what we should focus on, sometimes it’s not. But we are always focused. Basically, we need to focus, on what we focus on. I am purposely saying the word “focus” a lot. It should be a focal point. Read on for my perspective of proper and improper focus.

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Setting expectations for high levels of performance.

IMG_0371Some have said, “keep your expectations low and you’ll never be disappointed”.  I think that’s poor advice somebody read on a t-shirt.  As a leader, you must set expectations and yes, they may need to be set high.  It’s a critical part of influencing teams to high levels of performance and accomplishing tough goals.  You can set high expectations, as long as you do it properly.

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Did you remember to ask God?

img_0363God wants us to utilize His power, but sometimes we forget to ask him for it.  Why?  Maybe we think we can handle it.  Maybe we think God doesn’t care.  Maybe we’re afraid.  This list can go for awhile, so let’s get to the heart of this article.  Here are 5 reasons why we should remember to ask God about everything.

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Make your promises count.

img_0354Came across this verse as I was reading tonight.  I wanted to write an article that was short and spiritual.  Something like this:

It is a very rare thing for me to make promises.  I simply don’t want to break them.  I don’t want my words to be taken lightly.  I say something and I’m sincere about it.  As a boss in the middle, we should all follow this model.

That, however, is an irresponsible and untrue representation of the truth.  Let me explain who I really am and what I learned tonight.

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God will help you move mountains, but you need to bring a shovel.

img_0288Christians pray and ask God for help with problems. Some people think that means sitting back and doing nothing, waiting for God to magically work it all out. That sort of faith will get you nowhere. The Bible clearly teaches in James 2:17 that faith without works is dead.

There is no big secret. There is no magic pill. Things in this life worth having require counsel with the Most High, dedication and hard work. That’s it.

Sometimes, we are our biggest opponent to completing the mission. We are blinded by temporary obstacles, unable to see the potential within ourselves. Having faith means that we tie a knot and hold on at the end of our rope. This mindset becomes habitual and success, inevitable.

Getting started isn’t enough. As I recently heard Kai Greene put it, one must string together consecutive days of efficient action on a basic level, in order to achieve desired results. This implies the need for consistent action steps toward your goals, everyday. Personal accountability and follow through are vital.

No matter how big the obstacle, you can surpass it. By the Lord’s grace and mercy, you are a creature made with a spirit of power and not one of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). You just need to talk to God, find your purpose within your spiritual gift and be ready to work.

No weapon formed against you will prosper. (Isaiah 54:17)

Get your shovel ready, God’s waiting.

New Year’s Resolutions or New Year’s Reflections?

img_0286As we prepare for 2017 to roll in, I wanted to take a look at the concept of resolutions. There are folks that make them every year, swearing that “this is the year I’ll do blah blah blah”. Some keep the resolutions, while most fail to do so.

Others don’t waste their time. The thought being that they will break the resolution or that making a promise to do something worthwhile, like eating healthy and exercise, should be lifestyle changes totally detached from a “time of year”. They don’t want to make empty promises to themselves.

So what’s a leader to do?

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