How To Overcome Your Doubts

December 19, 2014 — 3 Comments

I want to be honest with you. I’ve written frequently on fitness and how leaders should be focused on being fit.

This is something I’ve been utterly horrible at the past year. My running has been infrequent at best. My bathroom exercises pretty much stopped. My motivation was gone.

We doubt our strength when we should embrace it

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The more I thought about my failure to run and exercise, the more down on myself I felt. Then, when I’d get back in the game and actually run, I’d begin to feel doubt creep in.

My mind would tell me things like:

You’ll never run as fast as you used to run.

You’ve taken too much time off. It’s better to give up now.

No one cares if you’re out of shape. By the way, isn’t round a shape?

Setting The Example

December 17, 2014 — 10 Comments

Leaderships is influence. We must be able to inspire others to action.

There are leaders out there who constantly wonder what they can do to garner this action.

What must they do to see their teams respond? What must be said to see action? What must be done for results?

Do what needs to be done, set the example

This Stormtrooper knows how to set the example – Image by JD Hancock

In my experience, there’s one thing that will inspire others to take action. To go the extra mile. To bleed for the company.

What is this one thing leaders can do? It’s setting the example.

What Does It Mean To Set The Example?

Guys, this is fairly easy to figure out. Realizing what setting the example is doesn’t take a lot of work.

Setting the example means showing your team what needs to be done. In all you do, show off the traits of a model employee.

Yeah, yeah… I already know what you’re thinking. Young leaders are innovative. Young leaders have great ideas. Young leaders are seeing things that older leaders can’t see.

You’d be right. Young leaders are all of those things.

Young leaders are innovative. Young leaders generate great ideas. Young leaders have insane vision for the future.

But young leaders can be even more innovative (and influential) with a few tweaks.

You can have great ideas as a young leader

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Thomas Edison was the inventor of the light bulb. But even before the light bulb people couldn’t say Edison wasn’t innovative. He had hundreds, if not thousands, of patents and many ideas that he was still testing.

He was innovative. He was creative. He was the man.

We can see with Edison that even though he was an innovator, he always found ways to be even more innovative.

Where’s Your Focus?

December 12, 2014 — 8 Comments

Many leaders will begin with a clear focus on what’s important. They know the purpose of leadership.

To help others become better. To take others to places they couldn’t have gotten to alone. To show a path.

You can find your focus!

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Sadly, many leaders will lose there way. They’ll lose their focus. They’ll begin to wonder about what really matters.

At some point or another this happens to almost everyone. After you’ve seen success after success or failure after failure, you can easily lose your focus.

Why We Lose Our Focus

Focus can be a tricky thing to maintain for the long run. During the beginning, it’s easy to stay focused.

You have a targeted goal. You know what you’re aiming for. You have clearly defined metrics of success.

Yet after successes the next milestone becomes muddied. You can’t clearly see what the next step should be.

Jonathan Malm is the author of Created For More. The book is a 30 day devotional for anyone who creates or longs to create something.

Having read through the devotional, I thought it would be great to bring Jonathan to the blog and ask him a few questions relating to his new devotional.

Learn what being created for more and leadership have to do with each other

In this interview, you will learn:

What Created For More is all about

Should we separate our spiritual and business life?

How do you find the dreamers and doers and people who see the greatness in you?

Why you should get into conversations with people on airplanes

How do you draw out the dreams and passions of those you meet?

Why is it important for leaders to develop a devotional habit?

The power in filling your cup and powering yourself out to others

Is creativity just for artists?