No one wants to get fired however everyone should get fired at least once in their life. As someone who has suffered tremendous business loss and came out stronger on the other side, I know there are several lessons we can all learn from being fired or suffering a big loss. I wanted to share 4 major ones with you!
I connected with a few people in my world who I know are pursuing their God-given dreams, folks who, in many cases, moved away from comfortable positions and careers to chase their dreams. I asked each of them, "Do you have any key lessons you've learned as you have chased your dreams?" As they each told of their pursuits, I found 5 consistent lessons we can all learn from these Dream Chasers!
Recently, I turned 50! This is a BIG milestone! In honor of the Big 5-0 a few people have asked me for 50 lessons learned in life. I don’t know if I quite have 50 but I can certainly give my 5-0. Five for the 5 things I’m glad I did. And -0- for the thing I’m glad I didn’t do!
I recently traveled to a conference with a friend, Scott. Scott has a medical condition which affects his balance and ability to walk without a cane. He made a decision over the last several months to get in better shape. While limited to what he can do, Scott has found lifting weights and walking on the treadmill while holding on to the side rails to be his perfect workout routine. One morning around 6:30 am before the conference started for the day, I sent Scott a text and asked if he wanted to go for a walk. The reply simply stated. “I just finished a 70-minute workout.”
Now that Christmas is over, many of us are thinking about goals for the New Year. Goal setting is such a key activity to ensure we have the results we desire in the New Year. Instead of setting New Year’s resolutions, our family tradition is to take time each New Year to map out goals for the year. My wife and I and each of our four kids take a sheet of paper and answer the following eight questions:
My 20 year old son and I were talking and somehow got on the subject of his future. It didn’t sound like he'd given much thought about how to accomplish the things he wanted to do in life. This gave me an idea to help spark his thinking and I created a chart with 10 questions to answer based on: Today, 1, 5 and 10 years. We both answered these 10 questions about our future.
Many of the most important decisions I ever made were made in my teenage years or early twenties. Whom I would marry? Would I follow God? Where I would go to college? What I would major in? Where I would work? These were critical decisions that have had a huge impact on my life. Fortunately, I had some wise people to help me make the right decision. I refer to them as “my older self.” They are people who have been where I am and are currently where I want to go. Here are just 3 Reasons to Identify and Listen to "Your Older Self."
We were watching the presidential debates this week and it hit me that my son, Donovan, will have a chance to vote in his first election. He turns 18 just weeks before the election. As we talked, I realized he hasn’t registered yet. It hadn't crossed our minds that in the state of Tennessee you have to register 30 days prior to the election in order to vote in this year’s presidential election. We went online immediately to print out a simple half page form and he placed it in the mail the next day. Now he’s officially registered to be as confused as the rest of the country about who to vote for in November. But at least he has a voice.
Who doesn't want to be promoted at work? The decision may be in the hand of others, but there are some things that you can do to help put you in position for that next promotion. There is a story in the Bible where a man named David was promoted from a person who watched sheep to what was in essence an internship for the Kingship. Eventually David was promoted to King. This amazing story of David highlights 5 Key Lessons we learn in order to help us get promoted.
What is the most fulfilling thing you have ever done? This question was asked to the world's wealthiest person, Bill Gates. I can think of many ways he could have answered this question . . . He could have responded: Co-founding Microsoft (which has become the largest PC software company in the world) Topping Forbes list of wealthiest people as the wealthiest person in the world with a net worth of $78.3 billion! Or maybe being named one of the 100 people who most influenced the 20th century by Time magazine. All those accomplishments and you may be surprised at his answer . . .
Unfortunately, many of us are just drifting through life while often facing defeat at every turn. We long to improve our relationships, our health, and our finances, but for many of us it seems as though we are just getting by in life. The good news is that God does not want us just to survive so that we can enjoy eternity. God wants for us the same thing that we all want for ourselves - to win in life. He wants for us to win in our relationships, our health, and our finances. With this post, I wanted to share a complimentary excerpt of my new book, Winning: The Guide to a Life of Peace and Purpose. This book was written to help you do just that, Win in Life! I hope you enjoy and that it spurs you to the next steps of winning in every area of your life!
It's our mandate as Christians to live the best life we possibly can live. This doesn't mean that we will all be rich, drive luxury cars, and live in big homes.