Are you listening?

Do you know that you are here for a very specific purpose and that God has called YOU to do something incredible with your life?

Do you realize that he created you exactly the way you are for a reason? All those things about yourself that make you absolutely crazy, God has a purpose for.

Often it’s hard to see God’s desire for our lives because we’re so busy trying to fulfil what we think is the best thing for our lives (even if our intentions are 100% good).

When was the last time you stopped to listen to what your heart is telling you about your future as a child of God? He has big things in store and needs you to get on board before He can do anything. God can’t move until you take that first step of faith.

You can become so much more than you think but only because you have a big God living inside of you who has endless resources available to get the job done.

 

How to give a sincere thank-you

Everyone loves being sincerely thanked but did you know there is a right way and a wrong way to do it?

Keys to giving a great thank-you:

1.Smile warmly

2. Look the person you’re thanking straight in the eye

3. Be very specific in what you’re thanking them for

4. Take your time and speak from the heart

That’s it! 

How not to give a thank you: click here

 

Plan the work

So much of executing on a plan is taking the time on the front end to work through the proposed strategy and break it into actionable steps. To claim a goal without any kind of map to follow is a recipe for chaos.

When developing a plan, take as much time as you need to think it through and look at it from all angles. Think the big project through to the end and then break it back into medium pieces and then into small pieces and then into bite-size "to-do today" pieces. 

Do not feel like you’re wasting time because you’re planning and not "working". A leader’s job is to chart the course but if you don’t know which course to chart then what kind of leader are you? Take as much time as you need getting the plan organized and when you feel like you’re 100% clear about the action plan and feel confidant that you can explain it to your team in a simple exciting way then and only then do you start moving toward your team’s goal. 

Action without a plan is a waste of everyone’s time. Remember, there is no award for being the busiest leader – just for getting results. 

Ego-less Adjustment

From almost ten years working in coaching and recruiting, I would have to say that one of the marks of a person with excellent leadership potential is someone who can take constructive criticism and then put it to use without drama, defensiveness, or anger.

How do you handle it when someone tells you something you don’t want to hear (but need to hear)? Do you take it as a slight and get hostile or do you feel an incredible amount of gratitude because they have given you a tool to help you become an even better leader?

We are all imperfect, incredibly flawed people. When someone corrects you it does not mean that they think they’re better than you; it means that they think you can be a better you. Take that correction as a valuable asset and use it. No drama, just progress. 

  

No Such Thing As One Size Fits All

I don’t know about you but I read A LOT  of business how-to books. I love reading about strategy, customer service, employee engagement…you name it. More than just the reading, I love to put the ideas I get from reading to work. When I first started reading non-fiction books, every time I found a great tip, I would immediately start using it. This worked great until I would read a book whose tips contradicted the advice I had previously taken. More than once I have found myself frustrated to the max because of not knowing which answer was the best answer. 

The truth: no one person can give you perfect 100% guaranteed business advice. Everyone’s view is affected by THEIR personality, THEIR experiences, and THEIR agenda (plus endless amounts of other variables). I remember reading a quote by Seth Godin that said something to the effect of  "everyone asks me what the secret to business success is. I have no idea. You just keep at it." Nothing always works. 

When you’re learning something, ask yourself whether the advice makes sense for you and is appropriate for the circumstances you’re facing. Not all advice will work for you. Pray as your read for God to give you wisdom and insight and to see what He needs you to see so that you can grow to the next level.  Look at all books as collections of good ideas that may or may not be relevant to the problems you’re trying to solve.  Trust your gut to tell you which ideas you need to act on and which you need to archive. 

There is no such thing as a "guaranteed one size fits all" solution so don’t even try to look for it.