As a Christian leader, you are pressed for time for reading. But if you read no other books, these would be the top 5 business books that you must read.
I’ve read a lot of books over the past 25 years. And I particularly love reading business books. Given that we have more than 3,000 books in our house, I had to think hard about that list.
After going through all of my business books, here is the list of the top 5 business books every Christian leader needs to read.
Whatever your mind focuses on will be manifested in your life. Because you will get the fruit of your thoughts (Jeremiah 6:19).
Your core beliefs will come out in your words and deeds (Matthew 15:18; Luke 6:45). What you say and do will show what you think about more than what you say you think about.
If you don’t like what you see manifesting as the fruit of your thoughts, here’s how you can change.
Plato records Socrates as saying at his trial, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” While that may be an extreme statement, he makes an interesting point. When we rush through life, we don’t pause long enough to “consider our ways,” as the Scripture says (Haggai 1:5, 7). That’s why it is important to cultivate a daily practice of reflection.
Even if it’s only 15 minutes at the start or the end of your day, it is worth making the time for reflection. A survey of people in their 90’s discovered that they would have spent more time in reflection if they could live their lives over again. Anybody who has lived that long is worth listening to because of the wisdom they’ve gained—if only from greater number of mistakes they’ve made.
To get you started on how you can spend your time in reflection, here are three questions you can ask yourself.
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.
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.
Despite what others may tell you, gratifying your personal pleasures will not make you happy. In fact, it will leave you feeling empty. But obeying God will lead to your self-actualization.
God knows you better than you know yourself (Psalm 139:1-4). And God is for you (Romans 8:31). As a result, He knows what will truly make you happy.
Here are three reasons why obeying God will lead to your self-actualization.
If you’re like me, you’ve doubted the plans God has for you. God has told you to do something, but you doubted you could do it. But self-doubt is actually doubting God.
The Scripture says that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13). If God has called you to do something, then He is able to see you through (Philippians 1:6).
Here are three ways that self-doubt is tantamount to doubting God and how you can overcome self-doubt.
Do you ever take inventory of how you’re progressing? I’m not asking if you are happy with who you are. I’m asking if you like who you are becoming.
In life, you are never standing still. You are either moving forward or moving backward. If you’re not progressing, then you are regressing.
It’s important to be in the habit of self-analysis. Here are nine questions you can ask yourself to find out who are you becoming.
This hard-charging culture has lost an appreciation for rest. People don’t think they need rest. They think they can keep going at top speed all the time and not crash. But life doesn’t work that way. People have to carve out time to rest.
Perhaps people don’t rest because they don’t understand what it is. Rest is not going on a vacation. How many times have you come back exhausted after a vacation? And rest is not playing video games. You end up feeling more worked up afterwards.
Rest is more than not working. Here’s what rest really means and why you need rest.
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.
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.
You can have the future God wants for you. You don’t have to be limited by what others say about you. But first you have to take ownership of your mind.
What you think will determine what you can do. How you perceive yourself will influence what you are able to accomplish. Everything you are able to do will start with your thought life.
Don’t make yourself fail even before you start. Here is a three-step process that you can use to take ownership of your mind.