David Allen is known as the Getting Things Done guy. He’s created a process that will help you get things done but I think there’s another way.

You get things done by doing this

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Right now, I know I need to write a blog post. This one, in fact.

There was a struggle to write. I didn’t want to create a blog post but I knew I needed to.

There’s also days I find myself not wanting to go to church or head into the office. But I need to get those things done as well.

That’s where my strategy for getting things done comes into play.

My strategy is a lot simpler than David’s.

There’s a single key for completing tasks. And you can do it.

That key?

Get to work and get it done.

There’s a million other things I want to be doing right now.

Have you wandered through life wondering what your purpose really was? Do you know who you truly are?

I know a lot of us grow through periods of time when we are completely lost. We don’t know what to do or where to turn.

Be confident. Be brave. Be successful

That’s why I smiled as I read through Jason Pockrandt’s new book, The Confident Father’s Guidebook: 5 Steps To Personal Transformation.

His story mirrors mine closely. Working jobs I didn’t enjoy and not knowing where, or how, to get to where I wanted to be.

His words rang true.

Not only that, Jason’s words were inspiring. They renewed my hope in better things.

1. I don’t live to work. Today I Live To Give.

Jason found a passion he didn’t know he had. He discovered he was created to give.

Give his life. Give his time. Give hope.

The second book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth hit the big screens on Friday. Insurgent begins shortly after the first movie ends.

You can tell things are frantic and fast paced, and this keeps up for the whole movie.

leadership lessons and quotes from Insurgent movie

Watching Insurgent reminded me so much of leadership. Each scene progression provided another leadership lesson we could take away.

So, what are those lessons? Read on and find out.

1. People fear those who are different: Tris Prior is the protagonist of the trilogy. She’s also what is called a Divergent.

In the Divergent universe, there are factions. You will find people fit into either Abnegation, Erudite, Dauntless, Amity, and Candor factions. Unless you’re special.

And then you may fall into the different faction of Divergent.

This is were Tris falls. And this makes her feared and different.

There’s no question about it: Being a leader means having many responsibilities. Others look up to you, and you are expected to perform and execute your responsibilities at an extremely high standard.

You also have the responsibility to self-reflect.

reflection is key to success

What is Self-Reflection?

Self-reflection entails giving serious thought to your character, actions/behaviour, and beliefs. It also involves asking yourself thought-provoking questions so that you can develop a deeper understanding about yourself.

“When you don’t take the time for your own self-reflection you are essentially saying you are perfect as a leader and you no longer need to develop and grow”. ~source

Great leaders practice self-reflection on a regular basis.

They ask themselves questions regarding both positive and negative situations, too.

For positive situations, some of these questions include:

  • Why did I succeed?
  • Why did I succeed this time as compared to other times?

Our world is flawed. Ever since Adam and Eve took a bite out of that scrumptious apple, our lives changed.

With that fateful bite, mistakes were brought into the world. And everyone will make a mistake.

Your failure impacts many

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However, as leaders, mistakes can be much more costly to us. The Bible tells us that leaders are held to a higher standard.

When a leader falls, the impact of our mistakes go much further than if they were made by a lay-person.

You never realize how far your failures as a leader will reach until you’ve experienced a failure or a leader you know experiences failure. Walking side-by-side, you see the devastation that is left when leaders make poor choices.

How Far Leadership Failure Reaches

Seeing a leader I greatly respected choose to walk in moral failure has been devastating. Not only for myself but for the many people he’s led and influenced through his life.