Saturday, November 30th, 2019

“A growth environment should be a place where growth is modeled and expected” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). What we live truly speaks louder than what we say. We must never forget that vision is caught more than it’s taught. But we must expect it just the same. We cannot excuse another’s complacency. We all must be growing – and expect it.… Read the rest

Friday, November 29th, 2019

“A growth environment should be a place where people desire change” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). A leader is always looking for something fresh and new. We cannot allow ourselves to be content. If we cannot embrace change, it sort of defeats the purpose of our leadership, for we cannot impart what we’re not willing to do ourselves.… Read the rest

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

“A growth environment should be a place where others are growing” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). As leaders, we must be about learning, but we must also create an environment where everybody is learning. If we are learning, then we always have something to pass on – that’s one of the great joys in learning.… Read the rest

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

“A growth environment should be a place where failure is not the enemy” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). Sometimes you win, and sometimes you learn – we need to change our verbiage. Every leader has enemies, but always remember that the enemy is not failure. The reality is this: if you lose, you lose; but if you learn, you win every time.… Read the rest

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

“A growth environment should be a place where we wake up excited” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). Our attitude determines our altitude. Every day is an opportunity, not a drudgery. Think about what God has for us and how that would change us if we embraced each day with a heart and mind to learn.… Read the rest

Monday, November 25th, 2019

“A growth environment should be a place where [we get] out of our comfort zones” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). I contend the great enemy we face is our own personal comfort. Leaders need to be challenged. Leaders want to be challenged. Life is filled with difficult times, and I believe God even allows and endows them. So embrace those moments. Expand your understanding, and watch the results of what God can do.… Read the rest

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

“A growth environment should be a place where my focus is forward” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). As the great prophet Pumbaa, from The Lion King, put it, “You’ve got to put your behind in your past.” The apostle Paul wrote, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me” (Philippians 3:14).… Read the rest

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

“A growth environment should be a place where we are continually challenged” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). Every day should be a mountain we face. Iron cannot sharpen iron if it’s always on the ‘plains’ of platitude and comfort. Look to be challenged. Look to be stretched.… Read the rest

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

“If you’re the head of the class, you’re in the wrong class” (John Maxwell, Keys to a Healthy Growth Environment). A growth environment means you always have others ahead of you. We must learn to surround ourselves with those who are better and more effective than we are. It’s about creating a learning environment for yourself – leaders never leave the classroom.… Read the rest

Monday, November 18th, 2019

If you’re still thrilled with what you did five years ago, you haven’t been growing in the present. We must appreciate yesteryear, but be grateful we’re not there anymore. Growth means I know what I did then and it was good, only to discover that in looking back today, it really wasn’t that good. New discoveries lead to greater victories.… Read the rest

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

Personal growth is always more important than leadership, for it’s one’s personal growth that determines their effectiveness in leadership. James Allen writes, “Most people want to change their circumstances but not themselves, thus, they remain bound.” If we’re going to ask God to expand our territory of influence, then we must be willing to deepen our own personal territory.… Read the rest

Friday, November 15th, 2019

The two greatest days in anyone’s life are the day they were born and the day they discover why. What a privilege that God birthed us into existence – that was a good day! But I contend greater still is when we discover why God birthed us into existence. “‘I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11).… Read the rest

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

One of the great definitions of success comes from John Maxwell: “Those who know me the best love and respect me the most.” A real problem begins when those who know us the least love and respect us more than those who know us the most. When our inner circle doesn’t like us as much as our outside one does, we have a problem. How are you with those closest to you?… Read the rest

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

If everybody were as good as you, you’d be average. It is our job to live above average despite our circumstances. If we choose to react badly, despite the situation, then in all reality, we’re no better than the person we’re reacting to. Jesus said, “If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it” (Matthew 5:40).… Read the rest

Friday, November 8th, 2019

People need to hear our personal stories. However, it’s important to understand that we don’t tell our stories to feel better about ourselves; rather, in hearing our stories, others can be set free. You see, when we tell our stories, we’re really telling God’s stories, and they are privileged to see what God has done and what He can do in their lives as well.… Read the rest