Today I travel to Waco to see my family. From Waco to Lubbock takes about 6 boring, hot hours.
This time I decided to take a different route. Although I know Texas roads like I know the lines on the palm of my hands, I had to look at a map to make sure I navigated this thing correctly. It's been awhile.
While I looked carefully over the map I thought about leadership and navigation. Good leaders know how to cast a vision and then navigate the way. I'm weak at navigating because I don't like details. But, leaders must navigate. Therefore using the word NAVIGATE as an acronym I thought of my own map for navigating the visionary path.
Now, do not procrastinate. Now is the time to start the journey
Ask your trusted inside circle their take on the matter. King Solomon once declared, "Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed." One key point about George Bush during the Iraqi war was that he listened to his commanders on the ground before he announced a navigation strategy.
Vision must come from seeing the big picture. Great leaders observe in their mind's eye the metaphorical picture entitled, WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE. Then they chart the course.
Insist on reviewing your plans daily.
Give up so that others may benefit from the vision and gain value.
Always point to successes while on the journey
Talk to yourself daily about victory. No negatives.Self talk can make or break your vision.
I'll see you on down the road of growth.
My coaching mentor Christian Simpson tells us why failure is so important to our growth. He encourages us to embrace it.
That's the funny thing about failure - no-one wants it, we dread it and avoid it like the plague BUT....
So does failure really exist? Or are there just a series of painful-but-incredibly valuable learns in our lives?
When you give it some serious thought, we only 'fail' when we don't learn from an experience. Experience teaches us nothing unless we reflect and evaluate it.
When I shared my 'big fat business failure' with you, I was also sharing the most valuable lesson of my entrepreneurial life. As much as it hurt (and it hurt a lot), I run my life and my business very differently today because of the awareness it brought me.
One of the greatest entrepreneurial success strategies to master is to learn how to fail as quickly as possible. It sounds counter-intuitive I know, until you start to look at things from the 'other side of the beach ball'....
Take the entrepreneurial TV show 'Dragon's Den'. Have you ever noticed the reaction of the super-successful panel of entrepreneurs when a business owner discloses that he or she has suffered a monumental business failure in the past?
Some might think it would scare potential investors off, when in fact, quite the opposite is true - it's seen as a positive attribute because the entrepreneur concerned 'failed', got back up and went again. As Mary Pickford observed: 'you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down'.
Simon Woodroffe, who used to be one of the 'dragons', is case in point. He became a millionaire in his early 40's through his restaurant chain 'Yo-Sushi'. But prior to that, he had several businesses fail miserably (and at best had created 'lifestyle' businesses to keep his head above water).
I was in a meeting with him a few years ago, and he was asked the question: what was the different between the 39 year old with the bankruptcies and the 42-year old millionaire with a highly successful global brand?
Belief. He said his failures had taught him that he needed belief in himself, and because of failure, at 41 he saw himself very differently to how he did at 39.
Now that's an interesting shift in itself, is it not? Failure tends to be the reason why most people choose NOT to believe in themselves.
But it actually makes perfect sense, because you have to learn how not to be successful at what you're doing, so you can learn how to be successful at what you're doing.
We learned to walk, talk, catch a ball, ride a bike, drive a car and achieve just about everything else that way.
Think back to when you've 'failed' in your life. How did that 'failure' serve you? How did it contribute to a bigger and better you? How did it improve your life? If you can't see the pay-off initially - stay in the question.
What other examples can you think of?
What should you be failing at today in order to succeed at it tomorrow?
I've been failing miserably and consistently for a long time. I don't like it, it frustrates the hell out of me at times, but I've learned to see it for the gift it is.
I'm still failing miserably in other projects, such as marketing my powerful strategies effectively to reach the entrepreneurs who need it AND are ready to receive it.
But as much as it annoys this impetuous fool, I understand that failure's at the heart of the process that gets it right.
We've all got something we should be failing at that we're not - because we're avoiding the pain of it. What is that 'something' for you? And what will you do about it?
Failure is your friend, not your enemy. Have the courage to embrace it, because failure is the seed from which your entrepreneurial dream grows.
If you are like me you often feel alone, stuck, and simply frustrated in your business endeavors. Sometimes the problem also translates over to the family and relationships. When this happens it can really throw us off our game. At times I feel a sense of deep despair over these matters. Often my salvation emerges through small group involvement.
As a minister I discovered the power of intimate small groups. The founder of the Methodist Church John Wesley, made sure his new converts enrolled in a strict accountability group called a SOCIETY. He even required enrollees to present a ticket. If they did not follow appropriate protocol he kicked them out.
Now I'm not here to preach or convert. That's not what I do as a Maxwell team member. I simply offered some early history to the concept of what many now call The Master Mind group. Author Napoleon Hill, promoted the idea in his classic THINK AND GROW RICH. Concerning the Master Mind Hill opines:
The "Master Mind" may be defined as: "Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people for the attainment of a definite purpose."
The John Maxwell team offers the MMG as a the core of their efforts to add value to others. His groups share struggles, learn to listen intently, and become a confidentail sounding board. Maxwell bases the structure on the philosophy that leaders are made daily and not in a day. He also exclaims, "Teamwork makes the dream work!"
Every Master Mind group I have led or been a part of has been phenomenal in adding value to other leaders. The collective mind stretches us, challenges us to think on a much higher level, and sometimes offers us a painful mirror.
I hope as you consider your growth plans for the coming years that you will sense an urgency of the need to get deeply involved in master mind thinking. Take it from one who has experienced this phenomenon either through Wesleyan influence as a pastor for 34 years, or a member of the Maxwell team, you will not regret it.
Have a great Thanksgiving week.
Lots of folks possess a business plan , but few invest time in a personal growth plan. A personal growth plan adds value and significance to one's own personal life. Below is a blueprint of my plan.
Using character driven principles I deeply desire to help as many as possible raise their level of leadership capabilities, so that they may add supreme value to others, increase productivity, and discover their purpose and passion.
1.SPIRITUAL RENEWAL- Read every morning, 1hr Bible & prayer
2.LIFT THE LEADERSHIP LID
- Continue study JMT for 2 ours per day.
- Offer and complete 2 Master Minds by the end of the month.
- Set leadership goals, institutional goals, list the obstacles and ways to navigate those obstacles.
- Prayer time each day with my family
- One on one time each day with Karen
- Call Sean and Travis once a week. (children )
- Cook breakfast for the family on Saturday. They love it. And, it’s quality time with Karen and Landon.
4. Improve Strengths
- Listen to one speech by great speaker every day.
- 2 hrs per day on sermon
- pay particular attention to connecting aspects; quotes; and dramatization of personal illustrations.
- teaching-find a complicated concept, take it apart and articulate it where others can comprehend.
- Gather resources daily and record them on note cards.
5. Improve time management
- use daily planning sheet from Covey
- use time management sheet from 90 day roadmap. 15 min. miracle. (Covey)
- Read Power of Positive Thinking each year
-Read AS A MAN THINKETH Every year.
-Each day listen to a Minute With Maxwell
7. Maintain a healthy lifestyle
- Daily follow the Paleolithic diet- no bread, sugar, corn, rice, or processed foods. Plenty of meat, salads, and fruit.
- Twice a week aggressive training on weights at the Y. Walk 4 days a week- 1 hr. Each walk. Walk briefly after evening meals. Take Raine with me. She loves to walk.
8. Grow personal finances
9. DAILY THINKING TIME
- Each evening as I wind down I will spend time thinking on paper. Writing thoughts down for the day; interactions with people; ideas for the future.
10. Develop Personal Relationships
While I'm on this new journey of consulting/coaching I'm finding I must continually invest time, thoughts, energy, and emotion. The more I get involved the steeper the mount gets when I climb it.
My mentor John Maxwell offers a few words of wisdom on the matter:
For everything you gain, you must give up something. This is important to remember. Each choice you make will require the sacrifice of something else. I always try to say no to the good so I can say yes to the best. To reach your full potential in any facet of your life—friendships, marriage, parenting, career, hobbies—you must be willing to pay a price. Define the things you want most and then determine what you are willing to sacrifice in time, money, opportunities and relationships in order to achieve them. You’ll be more at peace with your decisions if you have this frank conversation with yourself in advance.
I have now joined the John Maxwell team. I plan to attend the live certification event in August.
I consult with various business and church leaders using character driven principles to raise their level of influence, so they may add supreme value to others, increase their productivity, and embrace deep abiding joy that will change their quality of life.