A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend Catalyst Conference in Atlanta. I heard firsthand from some of today’s most influential Christian leaders, authors, and artists.

I shared a lot of the content from the conference speakers here on my blog, and I hope you all were as inspired and activated as I was to make bold changes to become the leaders God has called you to be.

Catalyst Next Washington DC

Image courtesy of Catalyst

Catalyst also hosts several smaller, more intimate gatherings for leaders who love the Church across country each year. Their next event is Catalyst Next in Washington, D.C., on November 17 at the Lincoln Theater.

October has now come and gone. We’re only 2 months out from the end of the year.

This begs the question: How has the year gone for you so far? Have you made the progress you were hoping for?

If not, you can still make a difference in your life, even if you start late. Get at it and finish out the year with a bang!

Since it’s the end of the month, it’s time to review what happened in October. Let’s get to it!

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My wife used to work in a high-end restaurant in Pentwater, Michigan. She loved working in the kitchen and creating culinary magic.

While watching another movie, her eyes lit up with joy when she saw the previews for Burnt, the new Bradley Cooper movie.

Bradley Cooper's Burnt teaches us leadership lessons

Burnt is about a two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste.

The thought of seeing the roles of those in the kitchen played out on the big screen thrilled my wife. She was beyond stoked to see Burnt.

So, we decided to make it a date day and catch the movie early Saturday.

Caution: Burnt movie spoilers ahead

Part of the leader’s job is to be available to those they’re leading. Or so we’ve been told.

Our culture has taught us that we need to be at the beck and call of those who have our number. After all, what’s a cell phone for except to get in touch with someone?

That’s what we’ve been told. We’ve been hooked with the lie that we need to be reached at a moments notice.

While a timely response should be common place, constant connection is deadly to our health and relationships.

Take a cue from these organizational leaders who know how to disconnect:

Heidi Klum – This woman is a machine. She’s a supermodel, the host and executive producer of Project Runway, a judge on America’s Got Talent, and she runs a fashion line.

Weeks before, I’d been asked to join a pastor and his friend on a day hike. The journey around the Manistee River sounded like a great hike. Not only that, I’d get to spend time with some awesome guys.

As the day got closer, I began to rethink my position on the trip.

Backpacking the Manistee River trail in Michigan

“Would I be able to hike the whole 20-mile loop?” and “I’m not sure I can do this. What if I’m not cut out for a marathon hiking trip?”

My mind kept telling me I wasn’t going to be able to complete the trek.

The hike was too long. I was too unprepared. We didn’t have enough time.

These thoughts came from fear.

Fear was whispering in my ear. And I was listening.