The Means Are The Ends

It Matters How You Do What You Do in Competition

Competition brings out the best and worst in us. How we compete is just as important as the outcome—in fact, likely more so. The ends do not justify the means. Nicholas Pearce in his book The Purpose Path says “The means are just as important as the ends, and some might go even so far as to say that the means are themselves the ends.” I could not agree more.

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Pearce points out people who have done strange things in competition, revealing cracks in their character. In the 1980 Boston Marathon, Rosie Ruiz disappeared during the course, only to reappear later near the finish line. Lance Armstrong had all of his Tour de France championships revoked after it came out that he had taken steroids. And Pete Rose will likely never be included in the Baseball Hall of Fame because he had gambled on the outcome of games he coached.

But these scenarios remind us that competition is not about winning, as much as we make it about winning. But in God’s economy, that’s not the purpose of competition. As Nicholas Pearce said, the means are just as important as the ends. There is something larger at stake in the process of competing. In God’s eyes, here are three purposes of competition.

What the Future Workforce Is Looking for Now

How you can attract the next top talent today

The future workforce will be looking for something beyond a paycheck. Of course, they want to make money, but they don’t want to just make money. Today’s workforce is realizing that there is more to life than money, and you as a leader need to know what they are looking for if you will be successful in attracting and retaining top talent.

Future Workforce

The Millennial generation is doing the rest of the workforce a favor in bringing these concerns to light. But it’s not just the Millennials that have these concerns. Todd Rose and Ogi Ogas In their book, Dark Horse, explain that even successful and established people are looking at themselves and saying, “This is not who I truly am. There is more to me than this.”

In order for you to attract top talent to your company—and keep them engaged—it is important for you to know what the workforce is looking for. Here are three things the future workforce wants to find in a job or career they will pursue.

How to Determine Your Purposeful Destiny

15 Questions to Help You Follow God’s Call on Your Life

God has a plan for your future (Jeremiah 29:11). He has a plan that He would like for you to follow because you have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). And He wants you to pursue that plan. But first it is up to you to find out what that purposeful destiny is.

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God is still the potter and you are still the clay (Isaiah 64:8). It is His will that you are here to fulfill. But if you delight yourself in the Lord, then He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). Because your desires will be His desires.

God knows you intimately. He even knows the number of hairs on your head (Matthew 10:30; Luke 12:7). And He knows the way that would be best for you to follow (Proverbs 22:6). So His plan for your life is the perfect one for you.

Here are 15 questions you can use to determine what God has planned for your purposeful destiny here on earth.

How to Live up to Your God-Given Potential

This One Thing Will Change the Way You See Everything

Most people don’t discover God’s vision for their lives. Even if they did discover what God’s vision for their life was, they wouldn’t believe that they could do it. As a result, most people are frustrated with their lives. Because they don’t live up to their God-given potential.

God-given potential

Here’s a simple exercise.  Answer the following questions:

  1. Do you believe that God is all powerful?
  2. Do you believe that God can use any instrument to accomplish his purposes?
  3. If God called you to achieve something you thought impossible, could you accomplish it?

That’s why you need to see yourself as God sees you. Here’s how you can find out God’s vision for your life, so you can live up to your God-given potential.

12 Questions to Help You Keep Your Life Focus …

... And Avoid Life Distractions

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.

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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.

How to Develop a Strategic Company Culture

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.

Strategic Company Culture

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.

9 Questions to Help You Find Work Worth Doing

What you do for a living is worth more than a paycheck. The time you spend working doesn’t have to be just time traded for money. You can spend your working hours in a way that will energize you. You can do work worth doing.

Work Worth Doing

To get to that point, you need to understand what motivates you. And that requires a deep dive into what makes you tick.

In order to discover how you can do work worth doing, ask yourself these nine questions.

How to Make Sure You Don’t Quit

Have you ever started something that you didn’t finish? Did you wish later that you had kept at it? You have the ability to take on new things and finish them. You just need to make sure that you don’t quit.

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I know that sounds easier said than done. But you can develop the ability to see things through. You can achieve things you never thought possible. But it requires staying power. And it requires that you don’t quit.

Here’s a three step process to help make sure you finish what you start and not quit.

How to Do More Meaningful Work

Does your work have meaning to you?  Do you get up each day excited about what you get to do that day?  Or are you wishing you had more meaningful work to do?

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Just passing the time at what we do each day can be frustrating at best and deadening at worst.  But the good news is it doesn’t have to be this way.

You can live each day having meaningful work to do.  And here’s how.

20 Questions to Help You Discern Your Calling

God has placed a calling on your life.  He has created you to do something.  But it’s difficult to figure out exactly what that is.  Or is it?

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God has given you ways that you can find out what He wants you to do.  Because He has hardwired you to thrive in certain situations.

The search for your calling in life mirrors your search for the heart of God.  God wants you to seek Him with all your heart and in the process you will learn more about yourself.

Here are 20 questions to consider as you seek out your calling.