Each edition of Links to Live Deliberately shares a handful of relevant links to help you “live deliberately” across the topics on this blog: non-profits, personal development, productivity, and social media.
Launching a new project is always exciting. The company is moving and shaking. Great growth is expected. Things are looking good. The team is motivated. They’re ready to take on the project and succeed. There’s only one problem. You’ve done an action that kills enthusiasm more than anything.
Last week, I wrote a post entitled, Start with the End in Mind. It was about the importance of taking the long view when creating a personal development plan. Let’s assume for the moment you do that and craft an amazing plan for the upcoming year. How will you respond when your plan doesn’t come together as you envisioned? Back in the fall of last year, I created a wonderful plan for my life and leadership in 2012. Today, as I begin in earnest to work on my 2013 plan, I realize 2012 did not go as planned – for me, it never does. So how do I leverage my 2012 experience to create a better 2013?
Watching children play can be fascinating. Their vivid imaginations allow them to be almost anything. They fantasize about accomplishing feats far beyond their physical, emotional or mental abilities. The other day I was watching a group of children playing and of course one little boy was the self-appointed leader. They were fighting off all kinds of bad guys and ferocious animals quite successfully, at least in their imaginations. Suddenly, one little girl screamed and pointed in a direction saying, “Oh no, here they come again.” To which the self-appointed leader boldly proclaimed, “Don’t worry…I’ve got this!” Having confidence is a good thing. We all feel better around people who can handle pressures and crises.
Over the course of my life, I have worked with a lot of planners. As a corporate executive, I’ve worked with strategic planners. As an individual, I’ve worked with financial planners. Now, as a speaker, I work with event planners. But I have met few life planners—people who have a written plan for their lives.
Most are passive spectators, watching their lives unfold a day at a time. They may plan their careers, the building of a new home, or even a vacation. But it never occurs to them to plan their life. As a result, when they get into their 40s, 50s, and 60s, many of them are left wondering what went wrong.
[This is] what’s required in leadership today. I realize this brings some unique challenges for spiritual leaders. We have a message and faith that is unwavering… and needs to stay that way. I certainly don’t intend to change my message. As Christian leaders, though, we must understand the context of culture in which we find ourselves. The way we lead, motivate and recruit people has changed. If we don’t recognize that, we will be less successful in accomplishing our God-given assignments.
I trust these links will be what you need today to help you live deliberately. I’d appreciate your comments if they’ve been helpful to you. Do you have any suggestions for the next round of “Links to Live Deliberately”?