Living by Principle

Today, I want to talk to you about overcoming weakness. The reality is all of us have times in our lives where we’re not at our best. Maybe our gifts and skills aren’t operating at their fullest capacity, or we’ve suffered a personal or occupational setback. No matter the reason, every single leader (and human being) will walk through seasons of weakness.

Growth demands that we are our strongest when we feel our weakest. That's easier said than done. When we feel weak, our tendency is often to retreat—to operate at a level of “just enough.” Instead, this is the time we must make the strongest effort to press forward.

How do we do this? One major way to remain strong in the midst of weakness is by embracing the understanding that we have to live our lives based upon principle, rather than emotions. As a matter of fact, when we don't embrace principle, we become too vulnerable to our emotions.

Feelings change. Feelings lie. You’ve experienced...

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Become Indispensable

Here’s a personal development thought for your day. It’s simply this: become indispensable. Most of us are part of a team and/or organization, and the secret to maintaining and growing your leadership capacity on that team is becoming indispensable. The organization has to have you, because of what you bring.

To be indispensable, you’ve got to be a big contributor. A lot of people are big consumers; but it’s the big contributors that truly make a difference. Here are three things that big contributors do:

1: Promote someone other than yourself. Big contributors aren’t concerned about simply promoting themselves; they’d rather promote somebody else. Put in a good word for someone this week!

2: Serve someone other than yourself. Big contributors don’t have a problem with helping somebody else succeed.

3: Give to others secretly. That simply means that other people don’t have to know all the good that you help bring their way. If you do...

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