Leaders Are Called To Thrive

Thrive (verb) – grow vigorously; make steady progress.

A few years back, I found myself stuck in a rut. It wasn’t that I was living destructively, nor was I unhappy. But I was just drifting.

And the thing about drifting is we don’t just sit there, we go backward not forward.

Leaders are meant to thrive

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When you shut off the engine of a boat in the middle of a lake, the boat drifts – and it usually drifts away from your destination.

If we desire to lead effectively, then we need to be intentional about thriving.

Now thriving does not mean perfection; rather it involves movement and steady progress.

So what are some steps we can take to thrive:

1. Be a reader.

You’ve heard it said: if you’re not reading, you aren’t leading.

Here’s a tip:
As you read, keep a list of quotes that stick out to you. I do this on my notes app on my smart phone.

I’m constantly adding new quotes and then use them in my blogs, writing, or just for personal use.

2. Learn from your failures.

John Maxwell’s leadership principal of failing forward is timeless.

Mistakes are inevitable; it’s what we do about them that empowers us to thrive.

I talk about this idea in my book It’s Possible: How To Thrive, Not Just Survive, which just released last week.

I use the term “Destiny Deterrent.” A Destiny Deterrent are those things that hinder our progress and growth. It could be an emotional issue, time management – you name it.

The key is to identify it and then do something to change.

3. Chose to resolve.

This goes along with my last point. Knowledge, of course, is powerful. But knowledge alone is not enough. We need to take action – to progress – or our knowledge is useless.

The second section of my book, entitled, Refuse to Settle, is all about this idea. We must make a resolve, often several, if we are to see change.

4. Connect with others.

Thriving cannot be done individually. Although Western culture prizes itself on individual effort, it’s simply not effective for growth.

We need others who are a long with us on the journey of life.

Joseph and I, along with a few others, are part of a group where we share ideas, talk about what we’re working on, and encourage each other.

Here’s a tip:
Find one or a few people whom you trust, where you can be encouraged and accountable to grow.

Question: What are some other ways we can thrive? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

This is a guest post by Dave Arnold. Dave writes at Reflections From The Alley and it’s always a guaranteed good read.

Note: Dave’s book came out on Monday, Feb. 17 and the free bonuses he offered officially ended on Sunday, Feb. 23 at midnight. However, Dave will make the bonuses available if you purchase the book and (1) mention in the comment you did so, and (2) write your email in the comments or email Dave at davejarnold16@gmail.com.

By the way, I’m always looking for guest posters. If you would like to guest post, you can find the guidelines at An Invitation To Guest Post.

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  • Great post Dave! I am a huge fan of reading. I couldn’t agree more. I have found that my influence has grown in relation to my personal development. I would add to this list; self care. The idea of eating right and getting sleep, ect. That way our bodies are performing at its peek.

    • Hi Paul – yea, self-care is huge. We aren’t very useful if we’re not healthy. Good thought. Thanks for sharing.

    • Awesome Paul. Your addition is great.

  • I’ve recently gotten back into reading, and it has been huge! I can’t believe I forgot how much I enjoy it. That coupled with libraries having ebook lending programs means that I’ve got enjoyment and education for days. All good points here.

    The other tip I’ve noticed is to not limit yourself. I’ve surprised myself with how much I’m capable of. Push yourself from time to time and you’ll be impressed with how much you can accomplish.

    • Good stuff, Ryan! Glad you’ve gotten back to reading. It’s a huge way to grow. And pushing yourself – and having others who will push you – is essential.

  • Dan Erickson

    Another way to thrive is to write. But in order to write you have to live. Be willing to take chances and have a little fun. Oh, and once in awhile it’s okay to “drift.” We just need to know when to start the engine back up.

    • Agree 100% Dan. Writing helps us thrive. Good point about drifting: if the engine is always on, we’ll burn out.

  • DS

    Fantastic guest post Dave and Joe. I can’t imagine not having the ability to read. Thriving takes on a entirely new meaning when you are doing what you believe you were created to do.

    • So true David! Thriving does take on an entirely new meaning when you are doing what you’re made to do. Thanks for sharing.

    • Not being able to read would definitely be hard to imagine. Yet choosing not to read is the even worse fate, I believe.

      • DS

        I would agree – choosing not to read is certainly a poor choice.

  • Great post Dave. Love the book and love what you are doing:)

    • Glad to hear you’re enjoying Dave’s book Zechariah. He’s a fantastic author.

    • Thanks Zech! Means a lot.

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  • Failure is one of life’s best teachers! And learning from the failures of others is even wiser than having to go through all the failures yourself.

  • Great thoughts, Dave. I think one thing we must do in order to truly thrive is plug into our Creator.

  • I think you cover it pretty thoroughly.
    The only thing I would add is that we have to stay intentional about plugging into God’s Word and not neglect our relationship with Him.

  • Great post Dave! Thriving leaders bring energy and passion to those around them.