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Elevation Church Christmas Outreach from Elevation Church on Vimeo.

This video from @stevenfurtick and Elevation Church inspired and encouraged me today…  I hope it inspires you.

Be Strong, Be Courageous, Be Brave…  Believe!

~dream BIG. think BIGGER.

Get Your Tweets On A Billboard!

 

Oklahoma City based Lamar Advertising Company has a cutting edge project dealing with Tweets and their Digital Billboard space around Oklahoma City.  In my opinion it’s one of the smartest examples of a business leveraging Social Media for community connection and Brand/Business awareness.

@LamarOKC has these 14 foot by 48 foot digital billboards around the city. They will screen thousands of tweets a day from their followers and choose 4-5 tweets to place on these monstrous digital billboards.  My tweets have been “Lamar’d” several times.  I always know when one of my tweets have been featured, because I will receive phone calls, tweets, emails, facebook updates and new followers letting me know they saw my tweet on the Big Screen. Early on, I even had people ask me if I paid money to have my tweet on the billboard. I simply chuckled…

This is another example of “How and Why” businesses should leverage Social Media. I am writing, you are reading and people are talking positively about @LamarOKC.

You can watch the 2min. video above for the complete story.  The coolest thing about the story is the last tweet they feature on the billboard.

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Share your thoughts on the Twitter Billboards or any other examples of businesses uniquely leveraging Social Media.

Paradoxical Tension Of Believing In Yourself!

If You Believe That You Can’t… well you are probably right. It’s so easy to get caught up into what we can’t do and what others think we can’t do, that we end up not doing it.  If you don’t believe in you yourself, it’s difficult to get other to believe in you.  On the contrary, if you believe in yourself it’s easy to attract naysayers who think you’re over-confident and Believe That You Can’t.  It’s the Paradoxical Tension of Believing In Yourself.

When people don’t believe in you, let that be motivation to fuel your “can-do” fire.

When you don’t believe in yourself, let that be motivation to fuel your inner “little engine that could” I think I can, I think I can.

Don’t beat yourself up for believing in yourself… it’s the first step to success. If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome. ~Michael Jordan

Even when you don’t believe in yourself… Believe In Yourself!

God Believes In You!

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10 Things That Makes Catalyst Great #CAT10

I have been to many leadership conferences and Catalyst is by far one of my favorites.  Here are 10 Simple Things That Makes The Catalyst Conference Great.

  • 1. The BIGness – There is something refreshing and inspiring to see 12,000+ leaders from around the country pile into Gwinnett Center ready to be inspired, challenged, encouraged and changed.
  • 2. The Hype – Catalyst is a hype machine, if you can’t attend you will still follow the discussions and read the notes of the various talks.  The #CAT10 Twitter stream and The Catalyst Hype Machine go hand- in-hand.
  • 3. The Speakers – Seriously where else can you get Craig Groeschel, Andy Stanley, Seth Godin, Beth Moore, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Christine Caine, Perry Noble and Francis Chan all on on the same stage and all for one single admission price.
  • 4. The Entertainment – Where else can you see a guy break a Guiness Book Of World Record by jumping 3 Stories from 35 feet 9 inches in the air into a kiddie pool with 11 inches of water.  Catalyst is just down right fun!
  • 5. The History – This conference is filled with many years of history and memories.  Catalyst has experienced the longest successful run of any major Christian Conference in recent history.
  • 6. The Connections – Catalyst is a great place to make connection with ministry leaders from every nook and cranny you can imagine.  Catalyst is a social media playground, as you are able to make first time and continued connections with your blogging, Twitter and Facebook friends.
  • 7. The Unexpected – You can always expect the unexpected.  The unexpected will show up in the form of an emotional moment, a speaker not meeting expectations, a speaker making some uncomfortably bold statements, a rising star being born and the list goes on and on.  Expect The Unexpected!
  • 8. The Traffic – Catalyst wouldn’t be Catalyst without attenders being stuck in Atlanta Parking lot they call a highway.  You can try to beat it, but 9 out of 10 times you will come out on the losing side of the traffic battle.  It’s just part of the experience.
  • 9. The Teaching– The teaching is always second to none and you are guaranteed to walk away with some new tools for your life and leadership toolbox.  You will learn or your money back.  I’m not sure about the money back guarantee, but I would be willing to bet not many people would request a refund.
  • 10. The God Moments – There will always be those moments where you will find yourself day-dreaming about the BIGness of God.   It’s awesome to watch God orchestrate the collective hearts of 12,000 people in a room. You will experience those God-Sized whispers challenging you to dream BIG. think BIGGER.

What Makes Catalyst Great?  Share your thoughts and experiences on the Catalyst Conference.

Do You Know What Success Looks Like?

Do You Know What Success Looks Like? That seems like such an easy question, as we immediately begin to think about so and so and the success that they’ve had.  We should look at that question and answer it from a different perspective.

If you want to know what success looks like, begin to view those images of success for you inside of your head. Begin to imagine what it would look like for you to write that book, loose the weight, be the spiritual leader of your home, plant that church, be the CEO of that organization…  We must learn to dream BIG. think BIGGER.

Stop playing the stories and dreaming the dreams of what failure looks like and begin playing the stories of success.   Successful people have played hundreds and sometimes thousands of stories of what success looks like in their head way before they ever achieve the success they envisioned.  Remember thinking is the next step after dreaming and it’s the action step to make your dreams a reality.

Life is about the possibilities — If the only possibilities you know are what it looks like to fail, you are in trouble. If the possibilities that you know are what success looks like, it’s only a matter of time.

Do You Want To Know What Success Looks Like? Start dreaming and thinking about it now.

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You Can’t Be Great Settling For Average!

No one ever achieved greatness by settling for average.  Seriously who wants to be average?   If you want to be great you must at least strive for really good.  Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you will land somewhere in space.

If you are sitting around waiting for greatness to happen, your bottom is gonna get numb because greatness doesn’t just happen.  People who are great work hard and they strive for greatness.  We must learn to dream BIG. think BIGGER.

God gives us dreams a couple of sizes too BIG, so that we can grow into them.  Are you dreaming God-sized dreams?

You Can’t Be Great Settling For Average!  You Can’t Have Great Settling For Average!

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Why do people settle for average?

You Are Not Seth Godin!

You Are Not Seth Godin! Some of you are probably reading this post and thinking, “Duh, state the obvious!”  Seriously, You Are Not Seth Godin and neither am I.  Don’t get me wrong, I definitely consider myself to be a student of the Seth Godin School of Thought.  As a matter of fact, this little ol’ blog BigIsTheNewSmall.com is an Arkansas Kissin’ Cousin of Seth’s book Small Is The New Big.

I think one of the key leadership/life/marketing lessons that we can learn from Seth Godin, is simply this, “You Are Not Seth Godin.” Instead of learning from Seth Godin or learning from [fill-in the blank], people try to be a copy-cat of that person.   Just because Seth Godin has recently Given Up On Traditional Book Publishing, doesn’t mean every other author should.  Instead authors should learn from Seth’s decision and apply those learning’s to their situation.

What makes Seth Godin remarkable is the fact that he’s Seth Godin.  He’s a bald-headed, almost action-figure-looking, brilliant, thought leader and marketer that challenges us to dream BIG. think BIGGER. Seth takes the most simple concepts and makes them profound. He states in 300 words what most people can’t state in 300 pages. He doesn’t Twitter or Facebook in the same fashion that most people do; however in his book Tribes he defines leveraging Social Media as we know it.

What makes Seth Godin remarkable is that he learns from everything and he applies those learning’s through the Seth Godin filter.  He doesn’t learn from so and so and try to become so and so.  Seth learns from so and so and through his God-Given Seth Filter, he makes concepts remarkable.  Who else can make a statement like “Very Good Is Bad” and make it make sense. You might ask, How can very good be bad?   According to Seth in one of the old TED talks, “The trouble with very good is that it’s not remarkable enough and people don’t talk about it. They tune it out.”

You Are Not Seth Godin!  That’s the point…

Focus on becoming the best “You,” because “You Are Remarkable!”

The Employee Death Grip

It always surprises me to see leaders who hold onto their staff with The Employee Death Grip, which happens to be a distant cousin of the iPhone 4 death grip.   The iPhone 4 receives bad frequency, bad performance and drops calls altogether if you hold it with the death grip.  Similarly, death grip employees will have bad performance, a bad connection and will leave altogether.  This grip is a feature of leaders who are unwilling to let their employees out of their grips for fear of losing the employee or losing control.

When I was a young Warden, my mentor and boss would frequently tell me this regarding my staff members. “Scott, hold onto your team loosely, because ultimately they are not yours to hold onto.” That statement has always stuck with me!

If we hold onto our employees loosely, they feel the freedom of the open hands which ultimately increases productivity and develops leaders.  Encouraging your employees to “grow and go” will result in you losing some great ones from time to time.  The harvest of the open hand abundance mentality will always be replenished.  On the other hand The Employee Death Grip scarcity harvest will quickly dry up. My team has lost a harvest of amazing team members in the last year and that harvest has been replenished with some equally amazing team members without missing a beat.

Scarcity Mentality – Not enough good to go around vs. Abundance Mentality – There is more than enough great to go around.

If you are in an Employee Death Grip situation encourage the leader to get a grip and open their hands.

Let Go! dream BIG. think BIGGER.

Share your thoughts and experiences about The Employee Death Grip.

Our Success Depends On This…

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 So if we are created in the image and likeness of God we have an amazing potential for success.

Our Success Depends On This…

We must believe that we will be successful. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 We should embrace the beautiful reality that we are made in the image of God and we can do all things through Christ who gives us the strength to do so.  We can and will be successful if we truly BELIEVE.

Success is the journey, it’s never the destination.  We must keep running, fighting, trying, clawing, scratching, loving, caring and BELIEVING.  We must never let the “Nouns” (person, places & things) get in the way of our success journey.

Our success depends upon our belief and our actions help us realize what we believe.

You were made for more — Go Get It, Go Do It, Go Be It…  Go BIG!

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I Dare You To Risk Something!

The willingness to take a risk is a direct complement to the drive towards success. If you are unwilling to take risks, you are unwilling to succeed.  Some risks may be more calculated than others, however in order to get to the success side of the mountain you have to climb a hill called risk.

We were not created do play it safe, we were created for more.  We were created to be more, get more, give more, do more and risk more.  A person can never know how much more they can be or how much more they can do, unless they are willing to get off the shores of comfort and jump into the waters of dreaming BIG and thinking BIGGER.

I believe the Roman Philosopher Seneca sums it up quite well with this quote: “It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.”

I Dare You To Risk Something! You might just realize that you’re like a box of cereal… there is a prize deep down inside.

Risk Something!

What do you need to risk?  Why are people so unwilling to take risks?

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