How to improve your trust level

When someone is able to admit a mistake, they gain trust with me.

If you can’t admit a mistake, I become skeptical.

To me, it makes sense to admit a mistake and move on together. It’s what we need from the leader.

Fuel your momentum with these seven questions

Carey Nieuwhof shares seven questions to ask yourself to swing momentum in your favor:

1. What’s your sweet spot and how much of your time are you spending in it these days?

2. In your weekly routine, what are you having to manufacture energy to do? Who else could do that?

3. Who are you spending time with that you don’t need to be spending time with?

4. Who are you not spending time with that you need to be spending time with or need to be spending more time with?

5. What areas of your ministry are seeing the most traction these days and what are you doing to further that?

6. What areas of your ministry are seeing the least traction? What is that telling you and how should you respond?

7. If you were an outside consultant, what would you tell you and your team to do?

Good running backs fall forward

A good running backs coach will teach the ball carriers this lesson: Always fall forward.

We’re accustomed to seeing a running back get tackled, it happens often. But his goal is to fall forward to gain every bit of positive yardage from the run.

You may be afraid of falling. There is something holding you back from going after the opportunity you have at your finger tips. Falling is a part of the journey, friends!

How might this “fall forward” principle apply to your life today?

You will be tempted to hide your questions. Don’t.

While eating breakfast last week, Cooba (6) asked, “What is Labor Day?”

Cat, the neighbor girl, teased him by commenting, “You don’t know what Labor Day is!?!?” As if she had passed legislation for the holiday.

“Cat, how about you tell us what Labor Day is,” I challenged.

To make a short story short, she didn’t have the answer. I took a moment to brief everyone about why we have Labor Day, but that wasn’t the point I wanted to make.

“Cooba didn’t know something so he asked a question,” I said in my ‘teacher voice’ to the six kids sitting around the table. “Cat (you’re not in trouble) but you made fun of Cooba for the question he asked. Thing is, you didn’t even know yourself. I want you all to know that if you have a question, it’s important that you ask. Sometimes you might not want to ask because you may think someone will make fun of you. Don’t worry about that, it’s important to ask. That is how we learn. And let’s support each other when someone asks a question. Sound good?”

I was met with stares and a few head nods, but the point was made. If you have a question, ask. And support someone who asks a question.

Products of a highly individualistic culture

Like many of us who are products of a highly individualistic culture, I used to think of my purpose as being nothing more than the fulfillment of my personal dreams and desires. When I came to understand that my relationship with Christ demanded more than this, I started looking for ways to use my talents to serve others.

Purpose isn’t static. It is in motion! Wherever God calls me, my purpose is to fulfill His desire.