The Power Of Goals

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This year has been a crazy year in my house.

I started to blog, my wife quit her job, and we have taken on new responsibilities at our church.

To say this year has been hectic would be an understatement.

I can not wait to see what the new year brings.

Yet I already know some of the things that it will bring. That is because I have set specific goals for my life this year.

Here are a few of my goals for the new year:

  • Blog at least three times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Write a non-fiction book
  • Run a 10K with the possibility of a 15K
  • Participate in a mud run
  • Ice climb
  • Walk with my wife daily
  • Complete 4 books with my wife
  • Read 24 books

What Are Your Benefits?

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When you are asked “What are your benefits?” what do you think of?

You probably think about the benefits your job or position offer you. These are not the benefits I want to talk about today.

I want to talk to you about YOUR benefits.

What benefits do you offer to your organization?

Do you bring something that is of value to the table? Are people benefiting from what you are doing?

A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success.
— Cullen Hightower

Effective leaders benefit the organization. They look for ways to grow the organization. For ways to help it succeed.

They are not out for their own good. They are out to increase others.

Effective leaders benefit their organization by:

A Question Of Ethics

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Do you think it is okay for the president to cheat on his wife?

I hope you do not feel this is okay. Yet there are many who feel this is acceptable.

When Clinton committed sexual acts with an intern, many turned a blind eye. They said it has nothing to do with his leadership ability.

Do you think it is okay for a company to bilk its investors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars?

This happened a few years back with Enron. Many people were up in arms over the misappropriation of funds.

These two examples created vastly different reactions. Yet both were caused by a lack of ethics or a failure of ethics.

A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
— Albert Camus

Ethics is defined as “The moral principles of a person.”

Merry Christmas!

Today is not part of my normal posting schedule but I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas. May your day be blessed as you spend it with your family and friends.

There are two things that I would like to share with you today. I hope you  do not mind.

The first is this beautiful rendition of Silent Night by my friend Brandon. He was kind enough to allow me to embed the song on my page and share it with you.

As you listen to Silent Night please think about the reason for this day. We are celebrating the day of our saviors birth.

I hope you enjoy this treat.

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The other item I would like to share with you is my guest post at I hope you find the post insightful.(Sorry, it looks like the guest post has been delayed. I will updated once the post is live.)

What Christmas Can Teach You About Leadership

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Christmas is only two days away! Can you believe that? It seems like we just finished celebrating last year’s Christmas.

Christmas represents a lot of different things to a lot of different people

To me, it represents the birth of Jesus, my Lord and savior. It is also a time to spend with friends and family in celebration.

To others, Christmas is a time of opening presents. Being kind. Being generous.

To others still, it is just another day. Nothing special to see or do, just keep on moving.

Regardless of how you see Christmas or what you believe, I have learned 3 lessons from the Christmas season.