It’s Okay To Not Be Good

It’s easy to look at someone else and think “Man, they’re good. They always do the right thing. They always make the right decision.”

It’s easy to think everyone else is good while you’re not.

We get this way in our hobbies. We don’t want to pick up a pencil to try our hand at sketching. The fear becomes your first time trying won’t be good.

Maybe you’re scared to write a song. You think it won’t be good. It probably won’t.

You may not want to put pen to paper or keyboard to screen and write something because you think no one will like it.

We’re all fearful of starting something new. We know we may struggle to get good at what we want.

Why Every Leader Needs A Hobby

With so much of our day spent dealing with the problems that arise from leading others, it is easy to think you don’t have time for a hobby. It’s a fallacy many leaders fall into. Failing to have a hobby is also one of the reasons many leaders stumble and face burnout.

I was reminded of this as I listened to Adam Grant’s new book Power Moves. In it, one of the Davos attendees he talks to David Solomon, the CEO of Goldman Sachs.

Person fishing in a lake with a silver and black fishing pole

Photo by Alan BishopDavid Solomon isn’t the straight-laced CEO you might think of when you think of Goldman Sachs. Outside of work, David spends his free time on his hobby: DJing at clubs and events. He goes by the name of DJ D-Sol and rocks clubs all around the world.

He found an outlet for the stress of his job. Using his hobby of DJing, he is able to relax and decompress to avoid burnout.

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

There are times when we struggle to figure out what to do next. How do you put one foot in front of the other when you can’t even take the next step? That’s life sometimes.

We are hit with unexpected life circumstances. Your spouse decides to leave you. A child (or dog) dies. You get laid off.

Confused man sitting on the couch not knowing what to do

Photo by Nik Shuliaahin

These life circumstances make your next decision difficult. How do you continue forward after such a blow?

Life Isn’t Rosy

You’ve been hit by a bad life circumstance. Maybe you’ve experienced one of the ones I’ve already mentioned. Maybe you’ve encountered a life circumstance worse than one of those.

Whatever situation you’re currently in, it might not be so rosy. You may feel like God has abandoned you. Or your friends and family have turned their back on you.

Choosing Your Open Door

It’s often been said that when God closes one door, He opens another. We see this as people lose jobs, get demoted, or choose another path.

I wholeheartedly believe God opens doors. It’s what He does. He gives us opportunities to move into new territories.

But, today, I want to issue you a warning.

Choosing Your Open Door

There are plenty of open door opportunities that are not God-ordained. These are doors of convenience, happen-stance, or “luck.” These doors are open and waiting for you to walk through them.

However, we know leaders need to be discerning. They need to look at the doors in front of them and choose wisely.

Today, I want you to ask yourself 3 questions the next time a door opens in your life.

Make Ripples

We all want to make a difference in our families, the organizations we work for, and our churches. The problem is that we fall into the trap of thinking we have to make all the differences ourselves.

Our desire to see change, to be change results in us trying to take on too much. We see the problems in front of us and we tackle them.

Something dropped in the water made ripples

Photo by Omar Gattis on Unsplash

Instead, I want to encourage you to make ripples.

Make Ripples

I was listening to On Fire by John O’Leary. In his book, he mentions Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa once said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.”

Hearing this, I pictured myself skipping rocks with my family. You find a nice, smooth stone. You look out at the lake. Then, you swing your arm and let loose. The rock skips across the water, creating ripples along the way.