Good Advice for “Go-Getters”

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I am a person who likes to keep moving. As a leader I am continually focused on the next challenge, the next hill, the next opportunity. I love to jump into a situation, discover some compelling solutions, stick with it long enough to see real movement and a new trajectory set in place and then move forward from there. It’s fun to keep moving, however, there are some downsides and I want to share with you two practices that I’ve far from mastered, but have been extremely helpful. Are you a person who is continually in motion? Do you find yourself looking at the next thing after accomplishing something? If so, these two practices are going to be “gold” for you…

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Leadership is more than a job

I am around the topic of leadership a lot. I read a lot about it, both receive and provide coaching around it and would probably say it’s the thing God has wired me up with the most. And yet I realize that because of all that exposure to it, I may underestimate or take for granted how critical it is everywhere. I was preaching in the final week of our “Family Drama” series last weekend on the topic of parenting. And as I thought about some of the points like, “be more proactive, less reactive” or “be more strategic, less annoying” etc etc that those are indeed leadership principles. So it all comes full circle: being a parent IS being a leader.

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What if I’m the only one? (marriage)

Last weekend we talked about marriage and God’s design. One of the questions that always comes up when we discuss this subject is “what if I’m the only one?” This question tends to have a variety of forms: What if I’m the only one willing to work on this marriage? What if I’m the only one who is a believer in Jesus? What if I’m the only one serving and the other person is just taking from me? What if they are not worthy of Christlike grace and love? What if they are mean and I’m the only one who is trying to be kind? While there are many different flavors and reasons for the main question, the answers may be similar. (The only exception being a seriously abusive situation where the person is not safe and if that’s the case, they need to get to a place of safety regardless.)

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