Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

The most dangerous time for a leader is immediately following the completion of a project, especially if it was a success. Never allow what you do to dictate or define who you are. Failure and success are never the determining factor. The great question of any leader is, ‘Who am I in response to how I win or lose?’

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Monday, June 27th, 2016

Money may buy you a beautiful dog, but it won’t make the dog wag its tail. Leaders don’t have jobs; they are given opportunities. We don’t work for pay; we’re paid because someone gave us the joy and the privilege to work. Integrity and character are the way to get things done. I couldn’t care less about cash – I want a life that lives out Christ. Now that’ll wag its tail.

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Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “You must become the change you want to see.” People will listen to your words, but will follow your life. A dream is not merely something you believe is possible; rather, it’s something you invest your entire life in. You really cannot ask others to give to something you’re not willing to die for.

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Sunday, June 19th, 2016

In the absence of a great dream, pettiness prevails. So dream big – big enough that it will require God to achieve it. I heard a great definition of what vision is: a compelling word picture of a preferred future. A great dream is the destination that we dream of and work for, awaiting the day when….

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Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Mistakes are a part of life. Don’t try to learn to be perfect; just learn. Every opportunity is just that – an opportunity to grow, learn, and try again. You’re going to make mistakes – we all do. The question is in how you will you respond to them. Remember, the life lesson of Edison is that he never failed; he just discovered a thousand ways that light won’t work. Imagine if he didn’t continue learning – we’d be living in darkness.

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Monday, June 13th, 2016

If leadership is a marathon, then the key to experiencing lasting success is to finish. Paul wrote to his church in Corinth, “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever” (1 Corinthians 9:25). He also said, “Run in such a way that you will win.” I’ve heard it said that starters are a dime a dozen, but finishers are one in a million. Finish what you start, and always finish well.

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Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Great leadership is a marathon, not a sprint. You have to learn to think long-term if you want to experience true, lasting success. Remember, we’re building an OAK, not a MUSHROOM. Instant success always equates to the same reward – short-term. Great leadership passes on a long-lasting legacy – one that requires time and patience.

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Friday, June 10th, 2016

These are little quips from Pastor Bill Hybels (lead pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, Chicago). “Take a risk; apologize now; make the tough decision; get help; stop running from God; slow down; show your heart; let others lead; feed your soul; bless the team; make the ask; do something more impactful; pray; come clean; embody the vision; celebrate the victories; end the secret; check your motives; give God your best; get physically fit.”

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Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Salvation is God’s gift to us. What we do with that gift is our gift to Him. What we become is the greatest gift we can ever offer back to God. Paul invites us to “offer ourselves as a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1). Every day give yourself to God, grow in that gift, and then give your life away for another.

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Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Time is one of the most precious things we have been given, and yet, too often, we spend it on things that really don’t matter. Each day is a tick on a clock; each moment of the tick can make an eternal difference in someone’s life. Make each moment matter. Make each tick count.

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