New Year’s Resolutions or Reflections?

img_0286As we prepare for 2018 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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Affecting Mindset

IMG_0465Everyone has an internal mindset.  Some people are positive and some are negative. Some live from a position of fear, while others exist in a state of constant power.  A question leaders often ask is, “How do I transform a person or group’s mindset, into one that can be beneficial to the desired result?  In other words, how do I motivate and influence others toward an expected end?

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3 ways ‘haters’ can help you.

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Jesus has haters.  From before he was born, all the way to now, his haters are all around us.  He reminds us that while living for him, we will experience this fate as well.  Seems like a shame, but there is value in understanding that not everyone is going to like you.  Read on for three specific things haters can do for you. Continue reading “3 ways ‘haters’ can help you.”

Dump the Thanksgiving speech.

IMG_0597Some people spend a lot of time coming up with the perfect Thanksgiving speech or post that expresses their “thankfulness” for this or that.  I think as leaders we shouldn’t fall into that trap.  Time to dump the Thanksgiving speech.

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3 simple ways to discover your purpose.

IMG_0594Many of us get fooled into thinking that our purpose has to be “earth shattering”. We have often psyched ourselves out of finding our purpose, because we associate it with a major task.  Finding our purpose means that now, we have to work hard.  Some people do a lot of soul-searching, questions, countless nights, introspective observation and back-breaking labor to crack the surface of who they are and more importantly, where they are going.  It doesn’t have to be that deep or hard and I offer 3 ways to find our your purpose.

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Turning “stars” into leaders.

IMG_0591In life, we often hear about “stars”. This word is often associated with people like Lebron James or Carson Wentz, rising above their circumstances and performing above and beyond what is normally expected. Or the term is reserved for people like Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Chris Pratt, whose careers and lifestyles seem so far above ours, that all we can liken them to is “stars”. But what might a “star” look like in an everyday situation?

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America got soft after the 80’s.

IMG_0589The United States has become soft.  We have issues telling the truth because we’re afraid we’ll hurt people’s feelings.  We have a tendency to sugarcoat the things, because we feel the truth will crush someone’s spirit.  We are relegated to telling off-color, awkward jokes, which leaves others wondering if we’re serious or not.  This is almost always followed by the line “I was just playing”.  Yeah right…

We also diminish the attainment of goals, by giving everyone a trophy, instead of just saying “you lost”.  These facts are well documented, but I want to know, why?  What the heck happened?  I know one thing, it sure didn’t start in the 80’s.

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