This is going to be short and sweet. I prayed this morning, back in my normal spot at home. It was a very nourishing session of prayer and meditation. God not only spoke to me, but reminded me about a gift He gave me.
I am writing to reflect on my last post. I just re-read it and first of all, I don’t know why I was surprised God could give me a message in 6 minutes. I mean, He’s God. He can do anything. I should have said, “surprisingly, I heard God’s message.”
The other thing I thought about was the fact that I am really tired right now. After traveling through two time zones and having to re-adjust, the thoughts in my mind Have turned negative and angry. I started thinking about going to work tomorrow and every negative thing about my job was pouring into my head. My thoughts ended with me wondering if my local church was hiring…
Right then, I pinpointed my frustrations to me being tired, as opposed to my job being horrible. I have a really good job and career. I am grateful and blessed. My hope is to fall asleep very soon so that I can get back in my “war room” tomorrow morning. And if you don’t get the “war room” reference, please rent and watch the movie. I know that Christian movies can be a little cheesy at times, because they can make any kind of miracle happen. It’s a movie. But I liked this one.
My message for tonight is that leaders need sleep. Only you know how much you personally need. For me, 6 hours gets it done. I can’t sleep longer than that. However much sleep you need, make sure you get it in. Or you may as well prepare to have a sub-par day, with negative thoughts coming out of nowhere.
You’re defenses against the obstacles of this world are not as strong, when your mind is operating like a wet noodle.
So, technically I passed my challenge. Pray for ten minutes at the beginning of the day and see what happens. I wrote a post afterwards, which you can read on my website. Quick summary of the post, God answered my prayer right away and told me to make sure to mind my behavior today because I haven’t had much sleep. I decided to stay quiet and just get through the day. I could do that! I was so proud of myself. I figured, today is gonna be easy! Little did I know, that was only the beginning.
We set ourselves up for failure by not following God’s simple rules for an abundant life. If you’re off track, start off by praying to God for 10 minutes every morning, before you do anything else. See how your week goes and then increase to 15 minutes the next week.
Come back here In two weeks and tell me what happened. I’ll do it to and report the results on my blog. Let’s call this a “prayer challenge”.
This is my day 1 Report:
So, 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…
As 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.
As 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.
As 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.
Some 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.