Our mindset can make or break us. If we live with a negative mindset long enough, we bring ourselves and those around us down.
We can’t do that. It’s not right for those we care about. It’s not right for us.
But what can we do about this? We can change our mindset. We can become resilient.
Bouncing Back: How to Cultivate Resilience in the Face of Life’s Challenges
Life throws a lot of crap our way. It’s our choice whether or not we allow the crap we get hit with to stick or not.
I think of all the setbacks I’ve had in my life. From being let go from Family Christian Bookstores (this could be one of the best setbacks that set me up for a great comeback) to becoming deathly ill, I’ve had to bounce back. Read more...
A person who doesn’t have a purpose in their life is a wandering generality. They don’t know where they’re going, why they’re going somewhere, and what to do with their life. It’s a sad situation.
That’s why you need to find your God-given purpose for your life. You’ll have a laser-focused destination that you can direct yourself toward.
But how do you find your purpose? What do you do when you don’t know where to go?
Good news, there’s a plan you can follow.
How To Find Purpose In Your Life
I’ll start off with the key to finding your purpose. You have to find the creator of the world and you. God knows you better than you know yourself. Better than anyone knows you. Finding yourself in a relationship with Him will help direct your path. He is the one that created you, after all. Read more...
In today’s day and age, authenticity is a crucial piece of the leadership puzzle. People don’t want fake, inauthentic leaders. They want someone they feel they can relate to because the person they’re following is real.
Sadly, too many leaders in the public arena aren’t authentic. They only claim to be.
Honestly, I’ve struggled with this as I’ve watched bloggers and leaders alike fall from their high horses. These leaders claimed to hold their marriage in high esteem. News breaks that they had an affair or abused their spouse. Some leaders say they value their faith. Only to have their actions betray their words.
These leaders all claimed to be authentic. None of them were. They put on a front they knew would sell books, garner an audience, and make them money. Read more...
As an organizational leader, you have created organizational values. These sayings and quotes are plastered around the office. They’re inspirational. They’re also likely not being lived out.
When we begin to display our core values, ideas, and visions visually, they become routine. We see them every day. Our team sees them every day.
It’s bland and dull after a while. These reminders of what we believe and value fade into the background.
We stop living them.
Live What You Value
What can we do about this? How can we continue to live out our values even when we’re immersed in the minutia of everyday leadership?
We know how easy it can be to drift away from our values. Look at business failures such as Kodak, Enron, and others that have taken the fall. They had values that they failed to live. This won’t be you! Read more...
Megachurch pastor has had an affair and his marriage is in shambles. Multi-billion dollar corporation has filed for bankruptcy, corrupt accounting practices to blame. Employees go on strike after 5th employee injured on the job.
We’ve all seen headlines like this. They’re heartbreaking. They’re terrible. And they’re mostly preventable.
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How can I say this? Because, when you live a life of values you know where you stand. You know where the line is. You know where to stop.
Our world has lost sight of values. They believe they’re buzzwords or hyperbole. Values don’t matter, so they say.
But values DO matter. Values tell you who you are, what you’re willing to do, and what you’re not going to do. When you have values clearly defined in your life, you can withstand the storms coming your way. Read more...