It’s great if you can discover what you were called to do when you are young. But most people don’t discover what they’re supposed to do until later in life. But that’s okay. Because it’s never too late to begin again.
Life is a journey, not a destination. It’s not about finding your calling. It’s about pursuing your calling once you find it. It’s not up to you when you will discover your purpose in life. The key is to be willing to take the next step when God reveals the next clue.
Here are three examples from Scripture of people who did not discover who they were until later in life. But they still were able to begin again. Because it’s never too late.
As you grow into the person who God made you to be, you will come across obstacles that will hold you back. There will be times when you will not believe what you are capable of doing. That is to be expected. It’s how you handle it that matters.
The enemy of your soul does not want you to become the person who God called you to be. And he will do everything in his power to prevent you from fully developing into the person God designed you to be. The key is to recognize that and be prepared for it.
Here are the three main things that will hold you back from becoming all you are supposed to be—and how you can overcome them in your life.
To be a long-term leader, you must by nature be a lifelong learner. That means you as a leader must be always out of your comfort zone and always ready to learn.
Book learning is important, but it’s not everything. Don’t get me wrong: I read a lot of books (especially business books and leadership books). It is important for you to read regularly and consistently. But that is not the only way to learn.
Lifelong learning is about having the right attitude for learning. Here’s how you can prepare your mind to be a lifelong learner—and a long-term leader.
God created you and you are His workmanship—and He has work He wants you to do (Ephesians 2:10). God would not call you to do something and not come through. So don’t limit yourself by telling yourself lies.
When you are limiting yourself, you are listening more to the enemy of your soul than to God. God is not impressed with the lies you tell yourself, even if they sound holy.
To identify where you may be limiting yourself, here are three lies you should never tell yourself.
As a leader, it is important for you to think through how you can best lead your team. But before you can lead others, you must learn how you can lead yourself. To maximize the impact you can have on the people around you, you must develop your Active Leadership ability.
By Active Leadership, I mean leadership that is fully engaged and intentional. Active Leaders think through the impact they want to have—and the thinking they need to cultivate to achieve it—and they deliberately use every opportunity they have to influence their followers to that end. They take their responsibility as leaders very seriously because they realize all their actions have ripple effects.
As you learn how to better lead your team—and how to lead yourself—here are three areas where you can implement an Active Leadership perspective.
If someone looked at your life, what would they say your priorities are? I’m not asking what you say your priorities are. I’m asking if what you say and what they say would match.
Do you live the way you say is important to you? If you say your family is important to you, would your family agree with that? If you say your team is important to you, would they see it in your actions?
Here’s how you can find out if your priorities match what you say they are—and what you can do if they don’t.
To develop a strategic company culture, you must think through how you want it to look. Only by putting the thought in beforehand, will you be able to have it turn out the way you want it to turn out.
Alternatively, if you don’t put the thought in on the front end, you will not have the kind of culture you want. You will end up with a culture that just happens. And that nearly always is a recipe for disaster.
Here are three areas to think through in order to reap a strategic company culture.
If you have a hard time finding time to read good books, then this is the list for you. These are the top 5 Christian leadership books that you must read—if you read no other in this genre.
I’ve read a lot of books over the past 25 years. And I particularly love reading leadership books from a faith perspective. Since we have more than 3,000 books in our house, it’s hard for me to narrow down any top 5 list.
After going through my books, here is the list of the top 5 Christian leadership books you need to read.
Visionary leadership is about taking what is and turning it into what can be. And it is always trying to help others reach the next level. When it comes to leading with vision, it is important to be a discontented leader.
One caveat: while you should be discontent with the delta between what is and what can be, always be content where you are in the process at any moment.
In order to help others become who they can be, here is the three-step process for becoming a discontented leader.
In your everyday life, how much do you show your faith? Is your faith evidenced by what you do each day? Or do you show your faith only on Sundays?
I’m not asking if you preach the Gospel from the street corner every day. I’m asking if your everyday actions are intentionally a result of your faith.
James says that faith without works is dead faith (James 2:20). James also says that he shows his faith by his works (James 2:18). Here’s how Scripture can help you consider your ways to see how much you show your faith.