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For those of you who have children, you know there’s a special day every parent anticipates and dreads. It’s a day of great joy. It’s a day of great fear. That day? The day your child takes his or her first small step.

You sit back and cheer him on. You tell him he’s doing great. Just a little bit further. He only needs to take a baby step for you to have your world change.

What if I told you that you need to begin to take baby steps? Would that excite you like seeing your child take her first steps?

Baby steps are the steps to success

Probably not. You’d think tiny steps forward in business are not for you. They’re definitely not exciting.

Yet these small steps are what we need to be doing.

Why Small Steps Rock

You have lofty goals. I know you do. You’re the kind of leader who wants to change the world.

Leading a church is difficult. There’s pressure from many sources.

You may see agendas pushed by the church denomination, other leaders within the church, church members, and many other sources.

There’s always something someone wants you to be doing and this causes a conflict of direction within the church. Because of this, we see church leaders making mistakes in areas that are deadly to a church.

1. Church growth: While I believe a church that is spreading the good word should grow in size, there’s also the fact some churches can only grow to a certain size.

To place a demand that a church continues to grow and reach certain attendance goals will not help the church.

Rather than focusing on numbers, focus on the spiritual growth of your congregation. This is what truly matters, not the size of the church but the impact that has been made in the lives of the men and women you teach.

Anyone doing a great work will be faced with a major roadblock. That roadblock known by many different names could be summed up in one word – Criticism.

Criticism, it’s the killer of mighty men. Criticism, it’s what will keep you from doing your greatest work.

We often think that fear is the greatest enemy of progress.

We’re fearful we’ll fail. We’re fearful we won’t be fast enough to market. We’re fearful we’ll look like fools.

Fear is a great killer of progress, yet it’s not the greatest enemy. There’s something far more sinister.

That something is our ability to take criticism.

Why Criticism Is Worse Than Fear

Fear holds us back. Fear tells us we can’t do something. Fear is scary.

But it’s not as bad as we think.

For some, the choice to lead is easy. They’ve felt leading comes naturally and there’s nothing else they could do.

To others, they were thrust into leadership. There was a gap and someone needed to fill it.

And yet others don’t know feel like they could ever lead.

This post is for that last group. The people who are out there thinking leadership isn’t for them.

I’ve got news for you: Leadership may be the thing you need to do today!

If you’re in that boat, here’s 5 reasons you need to be leading…

1. People constantly come to you for advice: When you find yourself constantly being approached by others for advice and guidance, this is a good sign you’re being viewed as a leader.

There are people who are looking up to you. There are people who value your opinion. There are people who know you have skills.

I’ve missed many opportunities in life because I was afraid to speak up.

An uneasy fear rises up when I feel the desire to offer up an idea or oppose a plan. It’s frustrating.

It’s also been holding me back.

Recently, I had the idea to create a video library showcasing what our MRP software could do.

The videos would include demos of placing an order, creating a job, and shipping a product, among other things. I thought it was brilliant.

But not enough to speak up. That was a mistake.

A few months after having the idea to create demonstration videos, another person in our company spoke up. He recommended we create videos detailing our workflow process.

This was right in line with my idea.

Only I never presented it.


I felt my idea didn’t hold merit