So many of us want to experience passion without perspiration. We want fulfillment and satisfaction without the sweat. We want all the puzzle pieces of our success to neatly fit into place before we begin the journey toward living a fulfilling and truly purposeful life.
Just last week I conducted a poll on Facebook and LinkedIn to find out what time people get up in the morning and got a huge response. I could tell I hit a nerve.
But how many of us make strategies around this subject?
I’ve learned that if I really want to succeed at what’s most important in life, I have to develop strategies.
Do you ask questions like this:
“Am I a good leader?”
“What am I doing or not doing that might be limiting my effectiveness as a leader?”
“Does my team feel good about how they are being led?”
These are legitimate questions that every leader asks at one point in time. Those who seek to get better as a leader probably ask them often.
I can empathize when I hear people say things like...
“Now that I have received this promotion, how am I going to be able to meet the new demands placed on me?”
“If my team doesn’t come through on this assignment, I may lose my job. How can I lead my team better so this doesn’t happen?”
“Can I really meet the sales goals this quarter? The last two quarters have been brutal.”
“Will I ever get promoted?”
These are real concerns that keep real people like you and I up at night.
Napoleon Hill once wrote, “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” Failure can be a wonderful gift of opportunity to grow in character (patience, humility, appropriate grounded-ness, wisdom) and become more resilient.
But how do we do that?
Today's big question.
How many times have you heard someone say, “Wow! Where has the time gone?” Maybe it was after a great evening with friends or when you watched your child graduate from high school or turned 50 (like me…)?
As November kicks off and I look back over another summer that has come and gone, I find myself asking this question once again.
Your time...whatever your perception of it is, whether dragging along (like my son in school right now) or flying by (like I feel at 51) is your life. Your time IS your life.
Although we cannot control the speed at which life approaches, we CAN control our intentionality to be fully present in each moment.
I had a conversation with a very close friend this past week who longs to be able to have more time with her grandchildren. She felt frustrated that her time with them never seemed enough. I could tell that she was feeling a sense of lost opportunity and regret. I told her, “The reality is you have very little control (because of your unique circumstances in life) over how much time you have with them, but you have total control over making the most of the moments you do have. Just embrace those moments. Let your heart be completely open. Be fully present. Make these moments as intentional as you can and be grateful for every interaction you have with them, even if they are brief.”
There is a life to be lived in each present moment.
Tolstoy said it best in his short story called "Three Questions." He said, “Remember then: there is only one time that is important. Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power.”
If being present in each moment is of utmost importance -- how will you find significance in each moment today?
What will you do with your one and only life? How do you want to be remembered? What is your purpose? What’s your plan to achieve that purpose? Do you want to be a true leader who adds value to and has an incredibly positive influence on those you lead? Do you want to get on a pathway that will help you discover and pursue the deepest passions of your heart?
As a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker, I can offer you workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching, aiding your personal and professional growth through study and practical application of John’s proven leadership methods. Working together, I will move you and/or your team or organization in the desired direction to reach your goals.
I joined the John Maxwell Team out of a deep passion to add value to people, and to help them unlock and unleash their passions, potential and influence.
That's what John did for me 20 years ago. While a young and inexperienced pastor who couldn't even spell the word "leader," I attended one of John's conferences. I was so impacted by what I learned over those two days that I could hardly get up from my chair. It was the first time I had heard anyone teach on the absolutely vital importance and power of leadership.
Those two days changed everything for me. I resolved to do for others what John had done for me: to help people pursue their God-given dreams and passions and realize their full leadership potential.
I have discovered, through leading and working with people from all walks of life, that no matter what our background or title or salary, each of us has a unique story. We all possess a one-of-a-kind combination of priceless resources (passions, personalities, gifts, and life-experiences) that God wants us to use to make an irreplaceable difference in this world.
With 20 years of experience in building dynamic volunteer teams in a non-profit organization, coaching people from a broad variety of vocations and backgrounds (business leaders to dairy farmers), and leading and developing the staff of a thriving multi-site church in Northwestern Pennsylvania, I believe that I have the character, passion, and experience to help you unleash your full leadership potential.
Contact Me. I am looking forward to assisting you on your journey to becoming a successful leader.
- Guiding and coaching you through a process of self-discovery that will enable you to unleash the God-given passions, dreams, and intelligence that already reside within you.
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