Making This Your Best Year Ever

This past year might have been a year full of struggles. You may have faced overwhelming business challenges. You may have gone through a relationship breakup. Or you might have lost your home due to reasons beyond your control.

Steps for making this your best year ever

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But maybe last year wasn’t so bad. Maybe it was one of your best years ever. You may have finally discovered what you were created to do. There may have been a fantastic job transition which changed your life. Or maybe you welcomed your first child into your family.

Whatever last year brought you, you still want more in this new year. Who doesn’t? We always want to make the future better for ourselves and for those around us.

Don’t be ashamed for wanting more or better. This desire is natural and okay. Your desire for better will drive you to do your best to achieve all that you desire.

What Team Motivation Looks Like

Motivating Your Team

You’re getting ready to bring in a motivational speaker. Someone who will really get the troops riled up. You know this is just the thing your team needs to get motivated.

Find ways to motivate your team

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Then, once the motivational speaker has left, your team’s enthusiasm and motivation return to the levels they were before the pep rally. Maybe their motivation level drops to pre-rally levels. This happens.

The Wrong View Of Motivation

We often think of motivation as a kick in the pants. Something to get us going. But then we find out motivation doesn’t last. Because of this, we believe motivation doesn’t work.

The late, great Zig Ziglar had a great quote about motivation:

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.

Gorgeous bathroom and bath tub with Zig Ziglar quote

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5 Ways To Strengthen Relationships

Relationships Matter

As a leader, you know relationships matter. They’re all around you from your family relationships, business relationships, and friendship relationships.

You can’t avoid relationships. But you can do something. You can ignore the important relationships in your life and watch those important relationships slip away.

You have to strengthen your relationships

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Knowing you, you don’t want that to happen. You want to strengthen those relationships you cherish.

Let’s take a look at how you can strengthen those relationships today.

5 Ways To Strengthen Relationships

1. Lead with integrity:

Integrity means being honest, upright, doing the right thing. Having integrity as the basis of any relationship, whether that’s business or personal or family, is where you need to start when strengthening relationships.

The firm foundation of integrity does more than give you peace of mind. It gives you boundaries for what you are willing to do in a relationship.

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.

Impact The Development Of Your Team

Grow Your Team

The longer someone is on your team, the more they should grow. Reality has shown us this often isn’t the case.

Someone takes the position, and then they stop growing. Whether that’s because they feel they’ve made it or they don’t know where else to go, things need to change.

And there’s good news. You can help your team develop. You can impact their development.

You have the opportunity to help your team grow

Impact Your Team’s Development

Your team members spend a majority of their waking hours at the office. From 8-5 (or maybe longer), they’re in an environment you have authority over. They’re there and they’re working for you.

When they leave the office, they may find it difficult to find the desire to seek out personal or professional development. All they want to do when they exit the doors is to go home and see their families. Learning and growing can seem like another task from the office they’re bringing home.