We’ve experienced a lot of trials around the start of a new year. Two years ago, I discovered the youth pastor was removed. This year, my sister’s dog ran away for 3 days and my dog was injured.
To say that the new year brought a lot of stress would be an understatement. My family was stressed.
I’ll be honest with you. I have two modes: Chill and ready to break. I was ready to break this year.
How To Effectively Deal With Stress
While dealing with the stress of the new year, I realized I knew how to deal with the stress. It wasn’t easy but I began implementing these tactics that lessened the stress in my life. Read more...
Listening to those around you, you see people have lost the hope of finding opportunity. They think America is no longer ripe with the chance to succeed.
You’ll hear excuse after excuse. You might even hear some blamed tossed in along the way.
People are bemoaning the fact that there’s no opportunity to be found.
Let me tell you something. Those people telling you there’s no opportunity, they are wrong. DEAD WRONG.
Our world offers plenty of opportunity. But only for those who seek it.
The Secret To Finding Opportunities
I want to share with you where I believe, and have found, opportunity to lie.
Hard Work: Opportunities are often disguised as hard work. You have to dig and seek to find opportunities, but they’re there.
Much like mining for gold, you will seek and seek and seek. Some days you’ll hit a nugget of gold. Other days, you’ll strike out. Read more...
After years of being in a leadership position, we can forget what it was like to be on a team with someone over us.
We forget the frustrations we felt when we thought the boss was being unfair. We no longer remember what it was like to be, as some call it, a peon.
Those days are gone. And that can cause trouble.
We don’t mean to do this. But it happens.
Being away from “the action” can make us ignorant of what is happening where sales are being made, manual labor is happening, or even in church service.
That’s why I want to warn you of what you might be doing to frustrate your team. Read more...
Leaders know there will be days when they no longer want to lead. Leadership is difficult and ungrateful at times. But what can we do about that?
A fellow leader brought this up during a recent coffee outing. He’s finding himself frustrated with his leadership position. There are feelings that things are going no where and he can’t change them.
Upper management doesn’t want to take on new ideas to increase their influence. Those he’s leading aren’t performing up to standard.
This is when he said “Leadership sucks. I’m not liking this.”
I think any leader that’s been around long enough has felt this way. They know there are leadership struggles every leader will face.
So what makes these leaders continue on the leadership journey? Are they superhuman or have some sort of magical power? Read more...
The leadership journey begins differently for every leader. Some are chosen. Others choose themselves.
One way or another, you’ve begun to lead. And that’s fantastic! We need more people willing to step up and lead.
An issue many young leaders face is the temptation to start big and lead big. Feelings of inadequacy arise once they realize their tribe isn’t as big as they’d hope.
I’ve been in this situation before. There’s been times when our youth group was frustratingly small. Subscribers to my blog grew stagnant and growth wasn’t happening.
Truth is, I was frustrated.
Why I Was Frustrated
My problem, along with many other young leaders, was I had a grand vision and expected it right now. Kind of like the Burger King slogan: Your Way, Right Away. Read more...