In 1985, I tried my first attempt at college and organized an intramural basketball team at the University of Houston. I recruited 10 men who obtained their experience from their high school leveled basketball teams. As a first time coach and recruiter, I recognized that these 10 men had the talent and drive to win. Each man understood their role, was a team player, and grasped that it was not about them but instead about the team. Babe Ruth once stated, “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”
We had unity, chemistry, and synergy. In one of our first meetings I stated that our goal was to win the championship and nothing less. As the leader of the team, I led with a winning attitude and casted a vision that showed that we could win. Not only did we win the championship, we went undefeated and ended the season with a 13-0 record. This team didn’t have a famous name, a superstar on the team, and no one individual contributed more than the other; it was truly a team effort. Patrick Lencioni stated, “It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.” In my years of leading many different teams, I have observed that teams who work well together always position themselves to win.
Most people work in areas of their weaknesses and not their strengths, thus leaving them feeling frustrated year after year and assignment after assignment. The key to working in your strengths is to find out what you are good at and passionate about. This may require you to take a self assessment test at strengthfinders.com or Myer Briggs personality pathway test at www.personalitypathways.com/type_inventory.html.
Each of us has our own personal makeup. This includes the remarkable ensemble of passions, talents, experiences, temperament, and spiritual gifts that work together to make us who we are. As we discover our strengths and God’s calling on our lives, we will make a greater impact towards fulfilling our Kingdom purpose. If you do what you are good at, then you will begin to transition from good to great. One of the reasons that this happens is based on your willingness to utilize your strengths. When we use our God given strengths, we become the most effective as a person and become God’s best version of what he designed us to be.
Instead of growing in the areas of my weaknesses,I’m growing in my strengths. As I grow in my strengths, I become more consistent and deliver an almost perfect execution in my performances, talents, skills, and knowledge. I get excited about the uncharted territory that I have yet to discover.
God has given us unborn talents and natural abilities; we are wired to do certain things well. Some people are often times out of place or are working in their weaknesses, and most never excel at the jobs or tasks that they have.
Use the story of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger as a prime example: Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but instead, he wanted to play football at Notre Dame. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size of the other players. Despite being an undersized 5’6″, 165 pounds player, Rudy had the drive and spirit of 5 people. He set his sights upon joining the team, and eventually did. The coach put him in on the final play of the game and Rudy made his one and only tackle. Although Rudy’s dream did come to pass, the reason why this was so difficult was based on the fact that he was not truly wired to play football. He was working in an area of his weakness, thus explaining why he needed the drive of 5 people to execute one role. Imagine the major impact that he could have had if he had only discovered and worked in his strengths earlier! Today, Rudy is a motivational speaker…could this have been his fit all along? Maybe.
We all need to discover and identify our God given skills. Exodus 31:3 states that “God gives us ability, skill and knowledge”, and Deuteronomy 8:18 states that “God gives us the ability to create wealth”. As I discover my natural temperaments, strengths, gifts, talents and abilities, I know that I will be able to assist others in discovering theirs as well. This, which is described as being faithful, fruitful, and fulfilled, is bigger than success. This is called significance!
Where are you in your life? Are you where you would like to be? Are you living out your dreams? Is there a lack of faithfulness, focus or faith that has kept you stuck? Are you ready for a breakthrough? Well, I highly recommend that you step out on some old fashioned faith. Many people pray, but do not act on their prayers. In the Bible, Matthew 13:58 states,“ And he (Jesus) did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith”
Often times, it is not our lack of faithfulness and focus, but instead, our lack of faith. When our dreams are delayed and deferred, we lose faith. Faith is a game changer. It changes circumstances and situations. It opens doors, moves mountains, defeats giants, heals sick bodies and makes men walk on water. No matter what you are facing, remember to always include faith in the equation of your life. Your dreams can come true and you can live out God’s calling, even during the tough seasons of life, but you must “faith it til you make it”.
Keep praying and laying your dreams and plans before God, and always remember to act on your prayers. Prayer is asking and acting in faith. I believe that when we ask and act in faith, then God will answer our prayers according to our faith.
It’s All Started on Pike’s Place Street, With One Cup of Coffee.
Founded in 1971, in Seattle as a local coffee bean roaster and retailer, the company has expanded rapidly. In the early 1990’s, Starbucks opened a new store every workday, a pace that would continue on into the 2000’s. The first store outside of the United States and Canada opened in the mid-1990s, and currently, overseas stores constitute for almost one third of Starbucks’ stores.
By 2008, after years of focusing on rapid expansion, the traits that made Starbucks successful were in jeopardy and their sales began to slide at a distressing rate; the stock price was falling and the company’s survival was at risk. That’s when former chief executive officer, Howard Schultz, returned as CEO to oversee the day-to-day operations. Once he did, the company stabilized and was transformed by refocusing on core values and reigniting the required innovation in order to thrive in a dramatically shifting marketplace. All of this was done while fending off harsh critics and huge competitors. In his book “Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul”, Howard Schultz stated, “Starbucks has always been about so much more than coffee. But without great coffee, we have no reason to exist. There is a word that comes to my mind when I think about our company and our people. That word is “love.” I love Starbucks because everything we’ve tried to do is steeped in humanity.”
Starbucks continues to soar in the second decade of the 21st Century, and “It All Started with a Cup of Coffee”. Today, it’s a brand, culture and an experience.
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Happy Birthday to a Precious Jewel-My Mom
I would like to give a shout out to the Greatest Mom in the world. My Mom, Mrs. Jewel D. Lindsey is truly a Jewel. Her price is far about rubies. I praise her today for her strength, wisdom, leadership, and love and for being an example of what a godly woman should be.
There’s nothing like a mother’s love. There’s nothing like being favored by a mother who loves you, loves the Lord and loves equally loves all of her six children. Today, my Mom turned 75 years young. What a blessing from the Lord.
You are an amazing woman, one in whom I praise and adore. I love you so much and thank God that out of all your six children, God has chosen me to share the same birthday with you. Jan. 28th– Now that’s a special blessing of favor to be able to share your birthday and I’m honor to be your youngest son.
For the times you taught me how to fear God
For the times you taught me how to be respectful and responsible
For the times you help me through school
For the times you help me through the death of my father and your husband
For the times you model leadership and courage as a widow/single parent
For the times you support me in my ministry when others doubted my vision
When you add it all up the full cost of your love is NO CHARGE!
I thank God that he allowed my Mom, Mrs. Jewel Lindsey to see 75 years. Your leadership is resilient and your strength is amazing! You are my rock, the wind beneath my wings. You are a precious Jewel.
Love you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much Mom-
Happy Birthday and many more!
It’s a new year and every year we should have one word that motivates us or pushes us to the next level. Every New Year, 87 % of adults create new goals and resolutions, only to experience the same frustrating results: false starts and failure. In fact, 50% of resolution makers will fail by the end of January! Imagine if you only had one word to focus on that would help you become the best version of you.
This year, my one word is DISCIPLINE. I will keep this word before me so that I may be consistent in my daily devotions, healthy eating habits, regular excising and the management of my time. This is the year to improve the totality of my whole being and it won’t happen with wishful thinking.
“The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do.”– E. M. Gray
Discipline is the difference between winning and losing or victory and defeat. It’s doing what you don’t want to do, when you don’t want to do it. Discipline is really about choosing what you want the most and now. It’s the difference between good and great.
In 1999, co-authors Dan Britton and Jimmy Page discovered a better way to start the New Year and the solution to failed resolutions and unrealized goals. Instead of creating goals and resolutions, they found one word that would be their driving force for the year. No goals. No resolutions. Just one word. Their book, “One Word that will Change Your Life”gives focus, clarity and the drive that you need to start on a new path for the New Year. My one big word will inspire and motivate me to start the process of becoming the best version of me that God created me to be.
What will your one word be for 2013? Remember mine is DISCIPLINE!
What will your personal theme be for 2013?
What one word will drive you to be your best version of you?
Life is moving fast and the time that we possess won’t be any more. There’s no better time than right now to start living a life of discipline, drive and determination. Nor is there a better time to live for God, develop your mind, build wealth or live a life of faith. This is your year and now is the time to break free from the status quo and maximize your life. If you don’t do it now, then the chances are that you never will. Don’t let this season pass you by- create a sense of urgency and live your best life NOW! Now is the time to become God’s best version of you by maximizing your potential and breaking through your mental limitations.
- Change the way you think.
- Spend time with life-long learners.
- Read good books, especially the Bible.
- Write down your goals.
- Make a photo album of your dreams.
- Find a mentor.
- Don’t forget to say your prayers.
There aren’t any valid excuses for staying stuck and stagnant. This is your time, this is your season. It’s Now! Or Never.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it”. Proverbs 22:6.
How are children wired? However they are wired is how you should train them.
My son who plans to attend New School in NYC plays the trumpet and loves music- Jazz in particular. So as parents, my wife and I pushed him towards his passion and the way that he should go based on his giftedness and interests. This may very well change the trajectory of his life. Support your child in what they love and not what YOU think is best. Never try to live your dreams through your children, but rather let them live their own dreams through their own unique personality. When parents support and push their children towards their God given passions, then they in return will help them become God’s best version of what He has destined them to become.
Leadership is the capacity to lead. The main job of a leader is to lead. It is the leader’s job to impact, influence and inspire his or her followers. In order to do so, the leader must first conduct a reality check of the organization. This will include where the organization has been, currently is, needs to go, and the totality of the organization and leadership. This requires an honest assessment. Max Depree stated, “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” Leadership at its core is servant-hood. Leadership is not just about leading others, but also about serving. It is more about who you are than what you do
- Find their identity in Jesus and not in their title.
- Are servants who have been given an opportunity to lead.
- Are teachable.
- Are team players.
- Are self-leaders.
- Help empower their followers.
- Are good in and under authority.
- Are big vision people.
- Are accountable.
- Have ownership of the vision (vision carriers)
- Are aligned with the vision, mission, values and the culture of the organization.
- Reproduce themselves.
- Are excited and passionate
- Leaders are excited about the future.
- Are life-long learners.
Leaders are always growing in their spiritual, personal and professional lives.
Jeff O’Leary stated, “One of the great secrets of becoming a great leader-never stoping.
Leaders are always growing and developing their leadership skills. -These are the things that leaders do.