Why You Should Carve Out Time to Have Fun

You are a busy leader. You’ve got demands on your time at home and at work. It’s important to build in time into your schedule to slow down. And it’s all right to want to have fun.

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You don’t have to spend all of your time being productive. It’s good to take time to enjoy the life that God has given you.

Here are three lessons I have learned why it’s important to carve out time to have fun.

How Complaining Hurts More Than Helps

Do you complain when things don’t go well? I know I do. But I wish I didn’t. Because complaining hurts more than it helps.

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In the moment, complaining feels so good. Something isn’t going right, so you complain about what’s happening. But in the long run, it’s not good for you.

Here are three ways complaining hurts more than helps—and what you can do to avoid complaining.

Why You Are Not Your Mistakes

As a leader, you have other people relying on you. And I know you don’t want to let them down. But recognize that you will make mistakes. And you are not your mistakes.

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I know you want to be a producer. You want to show your team how it’s done. But don’t let yourself be defined by your performance. Because you will make mistakes.

When evaluating your performance as a leader, here’s why you are not your mistakes.

Make Progress: Focus on What’s in Front of You

The other day I went on a hike with my family in the woods. On the way there, it was mostly downhill walking. That was the easy part. But I knew in the back of my mind that meant the return trip would be mostly uphill. On our way back, when I saw the path ahead was all uphill, I did not find that encouraging. In fact, it was downright discouraging—and painful to my knees. But I found I could make progress if I focused on what was in front of me.

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You may have the same scenario. You know what you have to do, and it looks daunting. But if you just focus on the steps in front of you, then it can make the journey easier.

Here are three things to keep in mind to help you make progress and not get overwhelmed.

How to Become More Teachable

You learn more when you are teachable.  As the old adage says, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”  So how do you make yourself ready for the teacher?  How do you make yourself more teachable?

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Being teachable means that we admit that we don’t know it all.  And we are willing to be humble enough to be taught by someone else.

Here are three ways that you can maximize opportunities to be teachable.

How to Cultivate a Lifelong Learning Perspective

At one time in my professional career I thought I had learned everything I would learn.  As you can imagine, I had come to a plateau—or should I say, a valley—in my development.  If I knew then what I know now, I would have realized that I needed to have a lifelong learning perspective.

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If we don’t realize that we need to be constantly learning, then we will end up stunting our personal and professional growth.  As one CEO once said, “I am always operating at the margin of my incompetence.”  We should be doing the same thing.

Here are three things you can do to cultivate a lifelong learning perspective.

START OVER

Dr. Woodrow Kroll, The Helios Projects

Have you had times when things didn’t work out and you wanted to quit?  Woodrow Kroll understands.  And that’s why he penned the poem START OVER.

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Inspired by my post How You Can Pick Up the Pieces and Start Over, Dr. Kroll sent me this poem that he wrote ten years ago while he was the President and Senior Bible Teacher of the international radio ministry Back to the Bible.

After 23 years with Back to the Bible, Wood retired—but not for long.  Within days of retiring, God prompted Wood to invest his 50 years of ministry experience in starting the HELIOS Projects to train untrained pastors in economically challenged countries.

Let Dr. Woodrow Kroll minister to you in these lines of poetry.  Perhaps you will see your situation in one of the stanzas.  Even if your life, your plans, or your friends have let you down, I hope you will find your way to START OVER.

What Would Your Team Say About Your Team Leadership?

The people who you lead often see a side of you that other people don’t see.  That is true for the employees who report to you.  And that is especially true about your children.  So what would your team say about your team leadership?

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Would they say you are a good leader?  Would they say that your actions show how much you care about them?  Or would they say that you talk a good game but you don’t deliver?

Using my 4 T’s of culture building, here are examples of my own team leadership in four different settings—and some questions for you to consider about your own team leadership.

How You Can Keep Your Mind Young

As we get older, we like doing things a certain way.  And our thinking tends to become more fixed.  So how do we keep our mind young?

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We can get stuck in a rut and not even realize it.  Because we have done something the same way for a long time.  Or because we have consistently forged a certain thought pattern.

But our habits and our thoughts might not be healthy.  They might not be contributing to our overall mental health.  So what can we do about it?

Here are three steps for keeping your mind young.

What My Dog Taught Me About Life

I have a very large red Doberman.  She is always happy to see me.  She will often sit and wait for me to pet her.  Looking at her face while petting her, my dog taught me something about life.

What My Dog Taught Me About Life

Sometimes we get so busy and make our lives so complicated that we forget to look at the simple lessons God teaches us.  Even in the face of a dog.

So here’s what my dog taught me about life.