Make The Day Count…

Every day is a gift and how we use the day makes a difference not only in our own lives, but everyone we meet along the way. Frank Bucaro said, “This is the beginning of a new day. I have been given this day to use as I will. I will use it for good, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something that I have traded for it. I want it to be gain and not loss; good and not evil; success and not failure; in order that I shall rejoice in the price that I paid for it.”

Please take a moment to read this expression again.

There is no need to comment further on the depths to be learned from the value of each second in every moment of the day we are given.

If leaders learn to follow the implications expressed by Bucaro, their leadership will abound in blessings far beyond what could be summarized in any additional comments.

What Guides Our Thinking?

We all desire happiness, but what determines our happiness? Dale Carnegie once said, “It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.”

The discussion of what it takes to bring happiness is unending. Books, articles, blog posts, along with every other form of social media, tries to provide the answer to happiness.

Sadly, where most look for happiness is in one or more of three areas: 1) what we do (happiness comes with success), 2) what we have (happiness comes with material possessions or money), and 3) what others say about us (happiness comes with image or status).

Happiness is rarely associated with what we think. Yet, even God identifies the need for us to let our minds dwell on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, things of excellence and anything worthy of praise.

Leadership can change the direction of happiness in the lives of others by leading with this mindset and helping others learn how to think on the right things.

Leadership Insight…

The eye is an amazing part of the human body. We do not have enough space to cover the complex intricacies of the eye.

However, as we begin to age, it is fairly common (somewhere around 40-ish) that our arm does not extend quite far enough to read the print on the page.

Two conditions normally occur around this time of life: 1) near-sightedness – the ability to see things up close, but not far away, and 2) far-sightedness – the ability to see things far away, but not up close.

In a spiritual sense, leaders must avoid both conditions. Leaders need the ability to see what is going on up close around them, knowing the present needs that exist. They must also have the kind of vision that makes it possible to see what will occur down the road. Perhaps the appropriate term is “insight.”

Leadership insight demonstrates the ability to see both near and far and makes it possible to address current needs and plan for the future in ways to overcome the obstacles in order to achieve success.

What Can We Do?

Take a moment to read the question with an emphasis on each word separately.

What can we do? What can we do? What can we do? What can we do? 

Anthony Robbins said, “What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.”

What do we really believe about ourselves? Do we limit the power of God because we think too small?

Another thought comes from a sign seen a few years ago: What would we do if we knew we could not fail?

Before answering, think about the implications, because with God we cannot fail. An old Chinese proverb claims “limitations are the boundaries we place in our own minds.”

With God, all things are possible. The difficulty for most leaders involves knowing what they believe about themselves, then recognizing that, with God, we can do all things.

We must not only believe it, but live as though we believe it and infectiously influence the lives of others to believe it also.

This is leadership!

Considerate Leadership…

Leadership material abounds in every bookstore throughout the world. A number of styles, qualities, characteristics, and laws/principles have been discussed in an effort to help others learn the best approach to leading.

The idea of considerate leadership takes into account all four of these areas and indicates the power to direct the future.

Leaders must show consideration to the heart of others. The challenge is not in knowing the heart of others as much as learning to consider the good intention of others first. We have become a very skeptical world. As such, we tend to question the motive or intention of everyone, including those who deserve our greatest trust.

Leaders must also give consideration to the needs of others. The needs are hard to recognize when we are only involved in superficial or surface oriented relationships. Leaders must dig below the surface to learn what is really needed and consider how to be approach providing for the need.

Consideration should be a part of a leaders daily walk in relationship to others, and doing so exemplifies the compassion of great leadership.

What Will We Remember?

To remember is to have an ability to bring to one’s mind an awareness of someone or something that has been seen, known or experienced in the past.

The challenge is how to deal with memories when they come to mind.

Memories are good and bad. There are times, events, and people that we remember fondly because of the joys experienced with them.

There are also times, events, and people we wish we could forget because of the negativity associated with them.

The manner in which we react regarding the recall of those memories influences how we are seen as leaders and the leadership we provide for others.

It would be wonderful if the only memories that came to mind were positive and fond. However, we are all aware it does not work this way.

Memories serve to help us remember both, so we can learn to do a couple of important steps.

1) Repeat what works and is successful.

2) Avoid negative consequences experienced and overcome.

If we can remember to do so, the future will hold greater memories when we recall them.

Godly Counsel…

A contrast of counsel is found throughout the Psalms and Proverbs. We are urged not to walk in the counsel of the wicked in Psalm 1. Later in the Psalms, David expresses the need to wait for the counsel of the Lord, because His counsel will endure forever.

Solomon claims a wise man is one who listens to wise counsel, and one who possess understanding will acquire wise counsel.

One of the best Proverbs about counsel is found in Proverbs 27:9 where we read, “A man’s counsel is sweet to his friend.”

Leadership should always provide a source of counsel that is based on the word of God, designed to provide guidance to spiritual success and an eternal reward.

When leaders provide godly counsel, several beautiful things occur: 1) Above all, God is glorified; 2) His people are built up in the faith; 3) leadership is strengthened in righteousness; and 4) the future is secured.

The consequences of not seeking wise counsel can be seen in the life of Joshua (Jos. 9). Let leaders learn today from his example, then pursue and provide godly counsel.