Be Brave

One leadership trait you must have as a leader is bravery. Leaders are brave people.

Leadership isn’t an easy road to tow. You have to make tough choices and go into the unknown.

To be a leader, you must be brave.

Bravery is the key

What Does Being Brave Look Like?

Being brave is easy, yet hard at the same time. You have to push past your insecurities and do what needs to be done.

To be brave, you have to take action. Be brave by:

Standing up for what is right

Giving others credit

Doing what is right

Showing up

Taking risks

Speaking up

Following through

Giving up your perks

Looking fear in the face

Moving forward when you don’t see how

Being kind

Showing vulnerability

Having strength

Sharing your thoughts

Iron Sharpens Iron

There’s an interesting verse in the Bible. Proverbs 27:17 tells us that As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

I’ve often pondered over the meaning of this verse.

Blacksmith Shaping Metal

What does iron sharpening iron mean? Does iron sharpen iron simply by being in the presence of other iron?

No, not at all. Iron can’t sharpen iron by being next to each other.

The way iron sharpens iron is through conflict.

How Iron Sharpens Iron

The thought behind Proverbs 27:17 is interesting. Iron can sharpen iron.

But how does that happen?

Iron can only sharpen other iron through conflict. When you hit two pieces of iron together, you can sharpen it.

Why then, as Christians, do we strive to avoid conflict? We flee from conflict like it is the plague.

Yet, we know that the conflict iron faces when they clash, provides sharpening.

Your View Of Friendship Is Skewed

One thousand, eight hundred and thirty-seven. That’s the number of “friends” Facebook tells me that I have.

On one hand, it brings joy to my heart. There are 1,837 people that are connected to me on Facebook.

The other hand feels sadness. A longing for intimate relationships that I don’t get from Facebook.

Friendships aren't what you think

Do you have these conflicting thoughts too? One of glee and happiness. One that makes you feel so joyous because you’re connected to SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many people.

And then reality smacks you upside your head and tells you that you really don’t have as many friends as Facebook tells you you do?

Facebook Has Messed Up The Truth Of Friendship

Something odd has happened over the last 12 years since Facebook was created. Our view of friendship has gone from those we’re close to and morphed into a catch-all term for everyone and anyone we’re acquaintances we’re with.

The Reason I Slacked Off Tonight

I’m writing this post later than I normally would. It’s almost 11PM where I live.

And here I am writing up a new blog post.

Know the right times to slack

Why? Because I slacked.

Here’s the reason:

slacking with my Vizsla pup

Our new Vizsla puppy wanted to chill with me tonight. He didn’t want to get off the couch. Truthfully, I didn’t want him to either.

So, we laid there while watching Fear The Walking Dead. Or, as a lot of my friends would say, we were slacking.

But you know what? I’m okay with slacking. Especially when I slack for the right reasons.

When You Should Slack Off

We’re pushed to the extreme. Marketers, leaders, business people are always telling us that we need to be doing the hard work.

Baloney!

There’s times we need to have some down time. We have to break away from the routines and spend time with those that are important.

Get To Doing

So many people talk. And talk. And talk…

We talk so much we forget there’s action to take.

Why We Talk

We talk because talking feels good. We get to express our desires and what we PLAN to do.

Just the action of speaking out our intentions gives us a sense of premature completion. Talking about what we’re going to do actually gives us the feeling we’ve done it!

Isn’t that crazy?

With that, you can see why we continue to talk about how we’re going to change the world. Or how we’re going to search for a new job. Or lead the organization in a new direction.

Get To Doing

While we should be talking about our goals, we can’t let our action stop at the talking. We’ve got to get to doing.