- What problem am I trying to address by making a change? (Do others see this same problem?)
- Have I taken the time to build relational equity so others will trust and follow my leadership through this change?
- Have I enlisted the support of key influencers in the organization to act as ambassadors for the change?
- Have I listened to others opinions and understand the objections to the change?
- Have I made the purpose of the change clear?
- Have my team and I prayed for wisdom and sought godly counsel regarding this potential change?
- Have I laid out a reasonable timetable for the change? (Often leaders try to make changes too fast)
- Do I have a plan for effectively communicating the change?
People will tune Christians out, if all we do is complain.Absolutely. I actually heard a preacher not long ago say something refreshing… if we as Christians are not happy with our society and our culture and our politicians, we should put up or shut up; because the truth is… we have no one to blame but ourselves. When the church is the church; IF the church would be the church; our communities would be transformed. keep reading
Win EarlyThe early bird not only gets the worm, but has a spring in its step all day long. Get something done early, and you’ll get things done all day long.
Change the GameIf you aren’t winning, you may need to change the game. Change the rules, even break them. Do things differently if you want different results.
Celebrate the Small WinsBig wins aren’t going to happen every day. Learn to celebrate the small progress. It’s these little victories that add up over the long-term.
Do Something You EnjoyTo kick up your motivation, do something you enjoy. Find a task that you enjoy doing and use that to get you started.
Connect With Someone PositivePositive attitudes are contagious. Connect with other positive people. Multiple positive attitudes lead to exponential motivation as a group. Read the other 5 here… How do you best motivate yourself?
Josh McFarland writes: Â A few months ago, Lela and I completed a race called the Warrior Dash.Â If you arenâ€™t familiar with the Warrior Dash, here is the base description from their website:
â€œWarrior Dash is a mud-crawling, fire-leaping, extreme run from hell.â€
Pretty awesome, right?!Â The answer is Yes!
We enjoy doing things together and this seemed like a perfect fit; she loves to run and I love to conquer obstacles.Â The downside, she wasnâ€™t pumped about the obstacles and I donâ€™t run unless Iâ€™m being chased.Â While we were both a bit nervous, we knew that the point was to do it together and enjoy the challenge.Â To ease the anxiety of the racers (or increase it for some), the race organizers installed signs all along the course to warn us when we were about to face an obstacle.Â The sign simply read, â€œDanger: Obstacle Ahead.â€Â Semi-random thought: It sure would be nice if we had those in life.Â There were also people along the course encouraging us and letting us know how far we had run and/or how far we had left.
There was a point in the race as we were running up this muddy, torturous hill (2 miles of the 3 mile race were uphill) that I thought to myself, â€œWhat is wrong with you? Why did you think you could do this?Â You big dummy, this hill would be a lot easier to run if you had trained for more than two days.Â This hill is never going to end.Â I think Iâ€™m gonna die.Â If I do die, at least I will be closer to heaven on this mountain.Â Lela, just go ahead and pick up my body at the end.â€Â The fact of the matter is, I didnâ€™t die.Â The funny part is that when we crossed the finish line, I kinda wanted to do it again; not immediately like one crazy guy did, but sometime in the future.Â I realized that as challenging as it was, there was something rewarding about crossing that finish line.
Obstacles in life are inevitable.Â At times, we bring them upon ourselves and yet others are placed in our path.Â The important thing to remember is that obstacles always pass.Â Obstacles are never permanent.Â Some may last longer than others and some have consequences (both good & bad), but the obstacle itself is only temporary.
Obstacles are never easy, but when they come, try to keep a few things in mind:
- Stay Focused.Â Obstacles are only temporary.
- Use the buddy system.Â Obstacles are always easier to face with someone else.
- Donâ€™t quit.Â Everything in life is preparing you for what is coming next; you have the tools to succeed.
- Learn something.Â Try to evaluate things during and after the challenge; this will help you be better prepared for the next one.
- Look around.Â Find others around you to encourage in the face of their obstacles.Â It is amazing how a change of perspective can breath new energy into your battle.
- Smile.Â It never hurts anyone (unless it looks creepy).
At the end of the Warrior Dash, everyone has a medal placed around their neck as a reward/reminder of their accomplishment.Â Each time I walk in my office I see that medal and it reminds me of another obstacle faced and conquered.Â Try doing the same.Â As you pass through an obstacle in life, find some tangible object to keep as a reminder of what you faced and that you survived.
Life is a journey and you arenâ€™t the same person you were 5 years ago, 5 months ago or 5 days ago.Â
Why? Obstacles create change.Â The type of change that occurs is up to you.
You can learn, grow and become stronger or just get old.
â€œAnd the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.â€ ~ 1 Peter 5:10
- The rise of Multi Site churches â€“ multi site changes everything as we say.
- Social Media penetration â€“ I read that 85% of Americans aged 18-29 logged onto at least onon e social media site in August 2009. Thatâ€™s one month not year to date. I think widespread adoption of this communication medium changed how we perceive leadership so I think it changes churches.
- Internet Campuses â€“ Theyâ€™re here and they are about to be â€œin a boxâ€ so any size church can have one if the want. For some this will be a fad but for others this is going to be a big part of their reaching strategy going forward.
- Growth of Teaching Teams â€“ that is a big, accepted change from when I joined Leadership Network almost 15 years ago. Itâ€™s almost like everyone wants to do it now while they may not know quite how to do it.
- New Church Development by young 20/30s. People say this generation is not going to church. They are. They arenâ€™t going to existing churches, they are flooding some new churches.
- Online giving â€“ this number continues to rise and some churches in Europe tell me that they get 80% of their giving through this channel. That is way above US. So I think eventually the number will rise. They tend to get it by automated draft by the way. Probably the most consistent way to get it.
- The iPhone revolution of communications. Probably more accurately called the smartphone revolution with others now coming on market. How will we communicate in the future â€“ lots being driven via these hand held devices. Pay attention to that.
- Big change â€“ Availability of appreciated stock . So what does that matter. Lots of gifts in the past came through that type of giving. When it ainâ€™t around no more its hard to build an extravagant building. Might be a good thing.
- Availability of home equity. Not as much as there used to be. Plus is that it is driving folks to be more fiscally responsible. My guess is that it might have some short term affects on churches in subtle ways.
- More thinking of church â€œbeyond the wallsâ€. In Leadership Network language that means â€œExternally Focused Churchesâ€ being the best church FOR your community. (We have lots on this one)
- Lots more multi racial churches (though perhaps not multi cultural churches). We have been tracking these numbers for some time. What this means? Well if you are in the building and advisement industry, (like these people are ) it means that the committee or team you are working with may have different assumptions within their own team to be worked through.
- Mobility of Americans â€“ I recently read how that total percentages were down. I attribute mobility factors as a big reason for megachurch attraction. If people arenâ€™t moving at least 10 miles away as much, they tend to stay in their same patterns.
- The book/magazine/church conference business â€“ Anything print seems to be suffering so there is a big restructuring going on there. Also in the church conference business, there are going to be a few winners, a few that can survive and a lot that go under. So a restructuring there as well.