leadership

“We all have a hunger inside for a sense of fulfillment and wonder.”  ~ Laurie Beth Jones  http://gallery.mailchimp.com/bfdeaa1356c279d57dea5e0cc/images/5436c08a-6091-4754-a0d4-23b298126765.jpg

How full is your fulfillment and how wonderful is your wonder?

I (Lisa), being a native of Arizona, have often taken the desert for granted. As a child my family would vacation each summer in the South, and I remember how captivated I was by all the trees and lush greenery. I told myself that I would not live in the desert when I grew up – it was too barren and boring.

Well, life kept me in the desert and I wouldn’t have it any other way. When I see the desert landscape now, I see unique desert flora, interesting rock formations and mountains, various colors of greens, reds, and oranges. I now see its unique beauty! I see beyond the sand and rock and cactus. I don’t just glance, I wonder.

To wonder takes time – time to stop, pause, engage and look beyond.  Are you living life with pause time to wonder and ponder? I have been challenged lately with finding rhythm to my day. It is so easy to get up, get going, get gone, and just glance at life. I am realizing the need to create times to stop and wonder, staying curious and engaged. It’s so easy to let life pass by unnoticed.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Have I lost my sense of wonder?
  • What do I need to do to create times to wonder?
  • Do I have a rhythm to my life that allows for these times?
  • On a scale from wonder-less to wonder–full, where do I land?

Without wonder, life will cease to be a joyful adventure.

We have a great show this week!

Laurie Beth Jones is an internationally recognized best-selling author, speaker, coach, and trainer. You may recognize a couple of her best sellers, Jesus, CEO and The Path. In her most recent release, Jesus, Career Counselor, Jones defines the big difference between a job, a career, and work.

Also joining our show is Sarah Burnett, who leads with Bloom, a dynamic ministry for Church Planters’ Wives. Her husband, Josh, is the Lead Pastor with Revolution Annapolis Church.

Life is wonder-full!

What’s Your Plan?

Do you have a plan for your values and your goals? (Spiritual, Professional, Personal) This question might seem overdone but we constantly need to be reminded of our values, our vision, our purpose and our plan! The busyness and activities of life can easily get us off track and many times we don’t even realize it.

In talking about having a plan – you must first know what you are planning! This requires times of reflection to determine what matters most to you. If you are like us, it is hard to carve out time to be still and even when physically inactive, our minds are racing and taking scenic journeys. It is a discipline to make the time to reflect and identify just what truly matters and then begin the process of framing it all into a plan of action.

How determined are you to put your plan into place to meet your objectives? On a scale of 1 to 10, if your number is not 9 or 10 for being highly motivated, you are probably not ready to move forward with any real success. What is your number?

We want to leave you with three things to keep in mind when it comes to your PLAN!

  • Be determined.
  • Don’t be vague.
  • Write it down.

By the way, on a scale of 1 to 10 we are at a 10+ for encouraging you to listen to our podcast with our special guest, Debbie Jones, Director of Spouse and Family Support with Stadia. (djones@stadia.cc  | www.stadia.cc) She has put a fantastic plan into place for a dynamic ministry for church planting wives called Bloom. You will be inspired and challenged. We promise!

Highly motivated!

Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success. Pablo Picasso

Podcast: http://ow.ly/gUxkU

 

I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore there be any kindness I can show or any good deed I can do for a fellow human being, let me do it now, as I will not pass this way again.–William Penn

How are you leading and influencing?

Is your heart engaged with people and are you willing to put in the obsessive amount of hours it will require to lead effectively?
 
Do you just go through the motions or do you ask yourself questions? Such as: Why am I leading??? Where is my time best spent today???

Author, Malcolm Gladwell who wrote, Outliers: The Story of Success, examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success. Such as:

  •  Why are majority of Canadian Ice hockey players born in the first few months of the calendar year?
  •  How did Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates achieve his extreme wealth?
  •  How did The Beatles become one of the most successful musical acts in human history?

Throughout the book, Gladwell repeatedly mentions the “10,000-Hour Rule”, claiming that the key to success in any field is, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours.

Hours and Heartbeat: Is your heart engaged in the hours?

How are you connecting with the people you lead?

Another great read: Leading Below The Surface by Russell Helwig

Podcast:  http://ow.ly/eLJPY 

Here’s a poem that Mother Theresa had hanging in the orphanage that she started in Kolkata.

People are illogical, unreasonable and self centered; love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives; do good anyway.

If you are successful you will attract false friends and true enemies; succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow; do good anyway. 

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable; be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds; think big anyway.

People favor underdogs, but only follow the top dogs; fight for the underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building can be destroyed overnight; build anyway.

People really do need help but they may attack you, though, if you help them; help them anyway.

Leadership: Inspired to Act

Podcast:  http://ow.ly/eLJPY

On our Girlfriendit Radio Show ( http://ow.ly/eAk9p – October 18, 2012), our topic was No, Never Alone, talking about leading lonely. Our guest was Nancy Beach, who is the author of Gifted To Lead; a speaker; and a strong advocate for women in leadership roles. Since we love bullet points, here are just a few from our time with Nancy.

  • Why don’t women fully embrace their gift of leadership?
  • Why do we think we are the only one?
  • Stop apologizing for your gift of leadership!
  • Be at peace in your own soul as to what God is calling you to do.
  • As women we forget we can flourish!
  • You are not alone.

Nancy sources an article by the late Henri Nouwen that is thought provoking and profound. You can download as a PDF and read by going to our “Resources”.

Moving From Solitude to Community To Ministry by Henri Nouwen

Our Challenge:  Initiate a connection or two or three with other leaders. We’d love to help you with this.

 

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