In the Walt Disney film adaptation of C.S. Lewis classic The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, the Beavers explain to the Pevensie children why they have come to Narnia and what their destiny is. Incredulous at the Beavers’ insistence that they are somehow the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy, Peter Pevensie (William Moseley) tells the Beavers, “I think you’ve made a mistake. We’re not heroes.” Despite his protests to the contrary, the Beavers remain convinced that the Pevensies are indeed the warriors who will save all of Narnia and one day become its rulers.
Just like Peter Pevensie, in any situation we face, we feel we know ourselves. But in fact, we may know ourselves too well. Like Peter, we think we know who we are. When opportunities for greatness appear, we feel we are not qualified. When the hero’s entrance is announced, we look for someone else. We don’t suppose that it could actually be ourselves.
But Peter’s confession is the seed of true greatness. When we admit that we’re not heroes, we aren’t trying to fool ourselves into believing that we are better than we are. At the same time, we cannot disqualify ourselves from the assignment God has prepared for us. We should admit that we’re not heroes, but we should also believe that God could use us to be more than we believed possible. In other words, it’s fine to say, “We’re not heroes,” but we should also be willing to become heroes.
Becoming a hero is easier than being a hero. But it requires intentional thinking to know where you’re headed. Ask yourself these questions to focus your mind on the direction you want to go.
Most people hate conflict. Especially at work. They don’t want to be seen as someone who rocks the boat or causes problems. They don’t think there’s such a thing as good conflict. But conflict can be a very good thing when used constructively.
Conflict will happen. Where there’s contact between people, there’s conflict between people. Let’s face it: conflict makes meetings interesting. And conflict is what makes stories worth reading.
As a leader, you don’t need to stop conflict at your workplace. In fact, if done correctly, conflict should be encouraged. As long as you do it within certain parameters.
Here’s what good conflict can look like in your workplace.
It’s easy to get off track in your career, in your marriage, in your life. That’s why it is important to evaluate your life direction.
There are many times I have gone into a room and forgotten why I went in the room to begin with. At one point I was aware of the purpose I was to go in the room for, but by the time I got there I forgot what that purpose was.
That same thing can happen in life as well. You might achieve a milestone but forget why it had been important to you.
Take time to consider these ten questions. Think through your life direction so that you can become the person you want to be—while you can still change course.
Have you ever gone into a room before and forgot why you went there in the first place? The same kind of thing can happen in your life. You can wake up one day and wonder how your life became the way it is. That’s why it’s crucial to keep your life focus and avoid life distractions.
In life, there are many options to choose from. And you can get tempted to go down some paths that seem good but don’t end up getting you where you want to go. That’s why it is important to maintain your life focus.
Here’s how you can avoid life distractions and keep your life focus.
In order to have a clear vision for where you are going in life, it is important to first have an accurate handle on your personal identity.
A vision is a picture of a future state from a present vantage point. In order to build the vision for your life, you must first know your present vantage point. And you can establish that starting point by discovering your personal identity.
Here are the three components that go into building your personal identity.
As you live your life, how can you find personal significance in living? How can you make your life count the most?
You want to know that your life was lived for a purpose. So what is that purpose?
Here’s how you can find personal significance in living your life and leave the most important legacy you can leave in the process.
If you are going to become the person you want to be, then you have to look at how you think. How you think will determine how you act. In order to act how you want to act, you must first lead your thinking.
What you believe about yourself will predict what you will become. You cannot consistently act in a way that is inconsistent with what you believe about yourself.
If you want to lead your thinking, here’s the process to follow. Realize this exercise might be more difficult than you think. And be prepared to be brutally honest with yourself.
When you come to a fork in the road, how do you decide what to do? Of course, you need to bathe the situation in prayer. But what do you do next? When you have to make that key decision, it’s good to make a situational self-assessment.
The worst thing to do is to become frozen and not do anything. When you have to make a key decision, it’s good to take some time in reflection and ask yourself some key questions.
When reflecting on your options, there are three core areas to consider. And here’s a checklist of questions for each area you can use in making that situational self-assessment.
In my last post, I discussed what vision is and why it is important. Today’s post will focus on the Scriptural example of Abram’s response to God’s vision for his life.
Since Abram’s response changed the world forever, it’s worth taking a closer look at what Abram did.
What is the purpose of all of our labor under the sun? Why should we get up and do the work that we have to do each day?
Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes 2:24 that there is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink and make his soul enjoy good in his labor. He even said that was from the hand of God.
But then Solomon later says in the same book that all of the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled (Ecclesiastes 6:7).
So why should we labor? And when is it worth celebrating?