One of my big takeaways from doing my annual review of 2013 was evaluating how I rest on my day off. I discovered in late 2013 that the way I was resting was actually not very restful and did little to replenish me for the week ahead. I made three changes in 2014 and I am seeing a lot of benefit from these simple adjustments.
I work six days a week with my workweek being Sunday through Friday. That means that Saturday is my one day off a week and if I’m not purposeful with it, it won’t take long before I’m sucking wind and burnt out from not replenishing my system with proper rest.
Do you consider yourself a joyful person? For me, I had never really given it much thought until recently. That is, until I stepped foot in Ethiopia and my view on joy moved from just thoughts to actual application. I hope what I found in Dilla, Ethiopia inspires you to search and find for yourself. And hopefully it won’t cost you a trip around the world…or maybe it will.
I spent the last week in Ethiopia teaching at a conference for church leaders and laying the foundation for leading multiple trips to this country with the church that I serve. Our flight from Seattle had a stop in Dubai where we spent the night before flying to Ethiopia. The contrast between the city of Dubai, one of the richest in the world, and the country of Ethiopia, one of the poorest in the world, could not be more stark.
Ready? Set. Action. This week we are talking about the three components that help us set goals and vision, our head, heart, and hands. Today, we finish up this series looking at how our hands, or actions, carry us to the completion of our goals and vision. Without action, we sit on the dock, dreaming about the great voyage, but never tasting the wind and the sea.
Many people think about their future. In their youth they dream big dreams but without actions they will be the ones looking back on their life with regrets. Let’s look at the way our thoughts and feelings lead us to meaningful actions.
Yesterday, we talked about using our head to set the direction and framework for our goals and visions. Today, I want to talk about the value of aligning your heart to what is going on in your head in order for you to push through the challenges and the struggles you will face.
The first image that comes to mind when I think about heart is Rocky Balboa. I’m not sure there has ever been a fictional character with more heart. That guy just doesn’t stop believing and striving and pushing himself to accomplish his vision.
“Use your head, dummy!” Everyone has heard it and many of us have probably uttered it, unless you are the quite type, and then you just thought it…really loudly. If you want to achieve goals, accomplish a vision, and leave a lasting legacy you need to begin this work between your ears. You need to use your head. Or more specifically, the thing rolling around inside your head. Today, we are going talk about how to take in information and how to use it once it’s there.
As humans, we are learners. I know, you might not fancy yourself a “learned” person and you might even struggle with the subject of learning, especially in a scholastic setting, but I want to remind you and encourage with three things about who you are as a learner.
Two words that are in frequent rotation in my vocabulary are trajectory and legacy. One of my great joys in life is helping people think through the legacy they want to leave behind and then assisting them in setting the trajectory of their life to get them there. This week, I will be writing on the three categories to work through when thinking through things like your legacy, your personal vision statement and your life core values.
The three primary categories I work through when creating something like a personal vision statement are head, heart, and hands. While these concepts should not necessarily be new to you, I would like to work through them to make sure you have a clear understanding of how they will help you bring definition, passion, and determination to your goals.
Have you ever sat down with your monthly bank statement and asked it to tell you what you love? Or have you taken a scavenger hunt through your garage and closets and asked the possession you found to tell you what your deepest values are? Are you the type of person that looks at the receipts that have piled up on your desk or countertop at the end of the month and ask them to reveal to you what your life mission statement is?
Today, I want to help you find the answers to these questions through examining the treasure of your life.
You are unique. You are also ordinary. And both of these points should inspire you on a daily basis to grow and develop into the person you have the ability to become. Your normality means you have the common tools and abilities to function and develop. Your uniqueness allows you to hone a particular set of skills that allows your passions to bloom into talents and achievements.
Today, I want to inspire you to discover and develop your talents to bring a deeper sense of purpose to your life and to inspire the people around you.
There is one thing that every person has in common, one great equalizer that no one can purchase more of or be robbed of. This resource is time. Everyone is given the same twenty four hours every day of their life until death comes and we enter into eternity. The question you have to ask yourself every day when you wake up and look in the mirror is, “What am I going to do with my time today?”
I want to share with you three things I have recently done to maximize the 24 hours in each of my days. My hope is that they will help you get more out of your time in order to maximize your potential and bring the vision for your life into reality.
When you woke up this morning and looked in the mirror did you realize how rich you were? Three incredible resources were right at your fingertips and it wasn’t a matter of discovering them and putting them to use. You used them. The question is did you use these valuable resources effectively. This week I’m going to talk through in greater detail the three most important resources given to every human being – the resources of time, talent, and treasure.
Discovering your three most valuable resources: time, talent, treasure
These three resources, time, talent, and treasure, are the three primary resources everyone has at their disposal.