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15 Things You Need To Stop Doing… Right Now!

stop66We live in a world of to-do lists, goals and New Years Resolutions. Everyone is looking forward to starting something, going to the gym, starting the conversation, starting the journey… Instead of focusing so much energy and attention on what you need to start, you should try a different approach. How about focusing on the things you need to stop and awesome life results will be the natural by-product.

Try This! (In no particular order)

15 Things You Need To Stop Doing… Right Now!

  • 1. Stop placing your job above your family.
  • 2. Stop doubting yourself.
  • 3. Stop believing the lies.
  • 4. Stop settling for second best.
  • 5. Stop procrastinating.
  • 6. Stop making excuses.
  • 7. Stop talking so much.
  • 8. Stop trying to please everyone.
  • 9. Stop comparing yourself to others.
  • 10. Stop standing paralyzed in awe of the success of others.
  • 11. Stop tippy-toeing on that line of sin.
  • 12. Stop being consumed with what other people think.
  • 13 Stop worrying about things that really don’t matter.
  • 14. Stop Going, Going, Going without Resting, Resting, Resting.
  • 15. Stop calling God a liar… He’s says “You Can” stop saying you can’t.

How To Effectively Handle Criticism

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Criticism is a one of those words that seems to cut most people like a knife.  Although the knife doesn’t seem as sharp when we put the word “constructive” in front of the word criticism; none-the-less the word still seems to pierce.

When I was growing up my mom would always tell me: “Son, you can’t control or worry about what people say… you can only control what you say and what you do.” Later on in life, as a young leader I had a mentor that would always say “If you’re doing something worthy of people taking shots at you… they will. I would much rather have a leader that people don’t always understand and who are occasionally criticized, than a “leader” that no one ever talks about.”  I’ve heard one of my old pastors say something like, “If you want to find the leader, look for the one with the arrow in their back!”

I tend to view criticism as neutral. As a matter of fact I view it from the perspective of the phrase that no one likes to say or hear and that is this: “It Is What It Is!” I prefer to “Eat The Meat and Spit Out The Bones!” When you are chewing on the meat of life, you might find some pieces that are not cooked to you’re liking, tough, salty and that simply don’t taste right. Although they are not cooked to your liking, it may be beneficial to go ahead and consume them. It’s called life lessons and learning experiences. Again, “Eat The Meat and Spit Out The Bones!”

If you don’t want to be criticized, I have some advice for you: Say Nothing, Do Nothing & Be Nothing!

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

I don’t ever want to find my place with those “Cold and Timid Souls.”

Criticism: “It Is What It Is!”

Why Insecure Leaders Need To Wear Glasses

blindInsecure leaders have a hard time seeing the best in other because their eyes are covered by their own insecurities. Insecure leaders have difficulty seeing the value of taking responsibility and ownership for failures because their eyes are covered by their own insecurities. Insecure leaders will never see or realize their own potential because they are blinded by their own insecurities.

Insecure leaders need to put on the glasses of security and confidence that can only truly be found in Jesus.

Find Jesus, Find Confidence, Find Security and See Again.

Video: Donald Sterling Banned For Life By NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

Very Swift… New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks softly and carries a big stick, he will go far.

Leading On Empty

emptyIt’s a risky proposition to continue to drive your vehicle with the fuel light on and the gas hand on empty. I know “On Empty” is probably not the best word choice for the grammar teachers; however it is a phrase that I think you understand. You can run on empty for a little while, but eventually the car is going to stop. This is also very true for leaders.

Leaders can’t continue to run if they don’t rest, relax, take time off, allow others to pour into them, learn from others, free their mind and refuel. I know this sounds like a novel concept, unfortunately many leaders don’t time to rest and even worse they don’t allow their staff the opportunities to refuel.

If you are a leader and you have the mindset and take the position that I don’t need to rest, YOLO and I can rest when I’m in my casket… you aren’t leading.

Leading on empty! No such thing. If you stay on empty, you are no more than puttering around on fumes  all while putting yourself and everyone around you at risk of a train wreck.

How To Create A Culture Of Movement and Become A Molder Of Consensus

consensus1Trying hard, working hard and managing can often times be confused with leading.  Leadership is about leading people and creating a natural movement.  Leaders lead people, managers manage things.  A leader should be in the business of creating a culture of movement, a culture of action and a culture of success.

You might ask, “How does a leader do this?”  Leaders are either innately gifted at leading or develop an ability to create buy-in to what they’re selling.  They are able to sell their leadership with a compelling vision and more importantly what’s inside of them is compelling.  Leaders don’t sit around and wait on the wind to blow or people to tell them what to do.   Leaders get things done and develop an army of people to get it done with them.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”  That is one of the most true statements about leadership, it’s not about searching for others to provide answers.  Leadership is about pointing towards a destination and walking the walk until you get there.  If you walk the walk and people believe in what you are selling they will follow you.

If you are molding a sculpture into a beautiful work of art, it takes time to shape, create and form.  The same is true for leadership, it takes time to mold, create and shape a leadership culture of success.

Stop searching for consensus and start molding consensus.

How Leaders and Organizations Can Avoid Leadership Blind Spots

blind spotEven the greatest of leaders have blind spots. Often times leaders and organizations make a habit of looking forward towards their goals and they periodically look in their rearview mirror to see whats coming. The entire organization will follow this same pattern unless the leaders truly encourage otherwise.

By encouraging otherwise, I mean encouraging the challenging of the organization’s direction, decisions, culture, things that just aren’t quite right and pointing out the blind spots. More often than not leaders become comfortable as it relates to what they can challenge, what they can say, what’s sacred and what would be considered obvious blind spots become “things we don’t do, things our boss won’t allow or thing that won’t change”

Leaders should encourage new hires to actively point out blind spots during their 1st 90 days of employment. Those fresh eyes and fresh perspectives are invaluable to an organization. Organizations should consider changing up the executive leadership team from time to time. This one is tricky, because there is tremendous value in having a consistent leadership team; however there is also tremendous value in someone new at the leadership table that is more willing to point out the blind spots and bring a fresh new outlook.

Another great way that an organization can begin to see their blind spots is by bringing in a reputable 3rd party consultant or strategist, whose only agenda is to be objective and help the organization reach their desired goals. Lastly, have a blind spot meeting – a meeting where you invite some of the brightest, most critical, outspoken, futuristic, company Kool-aid drinking and play it safe people all in the same room to do nothing more than point out blind spots. (This is fun)

When organizations make it a point to actively point out blind spots the organization will not only drive with the mindset of looking ahead, and periodically looking in the rearview mirror. The organization can tap into the use of the various side mirrors and overhead perspectives to help them see their blind spots.

Blind spots: Every organization has them, only few are willing to point them out.

When You Limit Others You Limit Yourself

insecuritySometimes leaders are insecure. Their insecurity causes them to limit those that work around them and those that work for them. They will even limit the  type and quality of individuals they bring on their team. They find themselves hiring people to fit their program instead of hiring the best people.

If you hire the best people they may not exactly “fit” the program, but they will help the program, challenge the program and make the program better.

Sometimes leaders will limit the rise and success of others, for no other reason than the fact that they are insecure.

There is an old Bible proverb that talks about burying talent. If I remember correctly, burying and limiting the talent is not a good thing.

When You Limit Others You Limit Yourself.

New Executive Pastor Position Opening – Colonial Church

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New Executive Pastor Position Opening. Brief details about this opportunity are below:

Church– Colonial Church

Location– Wichita Falls, TX

Cool Facts About Wichita Falls– Wichita Falls Texas is one of those cities that has the best of both worlds. It’s a mid-size Texas Town of well over 1000,000 that has all of the opportunities of a Big City. Wichita Falls is only a couple hour drive from Texas’ favorite Big City “Dallas” and also a couple hour drive from Oklahoma’s favorite Big City “Oklahoma City.” It’s the home of Sheppard Air Force Base, Mid-Western State University, Minor League Sports teams and lots of other cool opportunities. A couple of Quick Facts About Wichita Falls: People refer to it as “The Falls”, Elvis played there in 1956, It has the “World’s Littlest SkyScraper”, Dr. Phil lived there and attended Midwestern State University.

Cool Facts About Colonial Church- The current Sr. Pastor has been at the leadership helm for just about 18 months. He has brought a fresh new vision, leadership, creativity and passion for reaching people. In this short time, the church has experienced rapid growth (nearly doubling) and has an average weekly attendance of around 1,500. Colonial Church’s vision is helping people find and follow Jesus.

The Role: This Executive Pastor role will come alongside the Sr. Pastor/Leadership Team to provide overall leadership for the church. This person should have strong strategic abilities, great interpersonal skills, a Pastor’s heart and be an organizational developer.

If you are interested or any have questions, please contact NxtLevel Solutions and submit resume here. If you have any additional questions or would like to submit your information via email, please email Nicole nicole (at) Nxtlevel.net. All information and correspondence is held in confidence between you and NxtLevel Solutions. Should your church is interested in this type of search, feel free to contact me personally scott (at) NxtLevel.net or click here.

Pastors Need To Keep Calm And Practice What They Preach

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Pastors often preach about generosity and encourage their attenders to give generously, while paying their staff the minimum they can get away with. Pastors preach about folks stepping into their destiny and calling, while becoming angry when one of their staff members steps into a calling that results in leaving their team.

Pastors often preach about rest, worship and time off, while their team members can’t remember the last time they had a day off, attended a worship service or had a couple free weekends with family. Pastors often preach about not comparing ourselves to one another, while obsessing, comparing and ranking themselves to pastors down the street, around the corner and from around the country.

Pastors preach about a lot of awesome, challenging, encouraging, convicting and life giving things. Each of us should remain forever grateful for what they do, how they do it and why they do it.

Of course the statements above don’t apply to every pastor. Church planters, be aware of it. If it doesn’t apply to you, be mindful of it. If the shoe fits, wear it.

Plain and simple… Pastors Need To Keep Calm And Practice What They Preach.

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