Can you believe that in just a few days, you will start 2022? It’s amazing to me!
What’s even more amazing is how we get another chance every 12 months to clean the slate and start again. We get to leave behind the failures and falls of the last year and move ahead into the next. On top of that, we get to take all the gains from one year and use them as strength and guidance in the new year.
What went poorly in 2021? Now let it go! What went well in 2021? How can we build off that and leverage it in 2022?
Here’s how we start: Stop focusing on things you can’t change. What’s done is done, and the energy we use to look back could be used for new dreams and opportunities.
Start thinking about the potential in front of you in 2022, movements to lead, people to add value to, opportunities to capitalize on.
Write down your plans! Don’t just dream about it, be about it! Set your course. Set your...
We are in the last days of 2021. I am grateful for you and your commitment to growing with CLN throughout this year, and I look forward to 2022 and many years to come. We have grown together, and there is more to come on the other side of this current season.
By now, you have probably mapped out the strategy for 2022, and it’s exciting to see what happens next on your leadership journey.
As you review your Big Rocks for 2022, my encouragement is to be grateful for another opportunity to fulfill your purpose.
I’m also very grateful for the people in my life who help me stay on point, and please look for the same help in your life. It can be a coach/mentor, friend, or even a group of people with similar goals who are working to become their very best.
Above all, be accountable to yourself. Achieving your Big Rocks will require continual growth, encouragement, and a touch of discipline. So wake up daily...
If you are reading this, you should be getting close to giving yourself the best Christmas gift, a plan for approaching the Big Rocks of 2022. We are just a few days away from what could be one of the best years of your life if you approach it with a successful strategy.
When we hear the word strategy, we often think it is only applicable to organizations and businesses, but we need a strategy for our personal lives. The Oxford Dictionary defines strategy “as a plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim.” Your Big Rocks are your major goals for the coming year, and charting an achievable plan to complete them is your strategy.
My first thought for creating a strategy is setting realistic action steps and due dates. When setting a due date for Big Rocks, we take into consideration that things often don’t go as unplanned, especially if that rock is also dependent on other people. This helps us to set a date that...
We are coming down to the end of the year, and our focus is turning to 2022 and all the potential it holds for our lives. Over this past year, we have discovered the power of pivoting from what we may have originally planned to a contingency plan that helped us make progress on our leadership journey. It seems that the barriers often become stepping stones or even launching pads for success!
This year as you begin to write out the Big Rocks of your goals and dreams, don’t be afraid to consider the potential barriers and hindrances. Begin to think about ways to navigate past those expected “unexpected hiccups” along the way. Your ability to be resilient and recover from setbacks, surprises, and stress will be the real determining factor in 2022.
Remember that what seems surprising to you is no surprise to the God who created you and marked your life for a distinct purpose. As a matter of fact, He can take what seems overwhelmingly negative and produce...
Our Leadership Coaching Day was an amazing success, and people who missed it are already asking how they can get the recorded sessions! I am excited because I watched nearly 100 women and men powerfully jumpstart their 2022.
We walked through the idea that many times we fail to succeed because we failed to plan in a detailed way. Together we worked on our goals and objectives, mapped out strategic steps, and assigned dates and names to every step! Whew!
Because the TIME IS NOW if you want to make next year different.
So what will you do to make the year different so you can make a difference?
If you started Friday, then keep it going. If you haven’t started, Well... There is no better time to get started than right now!
Sometimes I wonder if I’ve learned more from making the right decisions or from making wrong ones! I’m certainly not a proponent of making mistakes just to have experience, but I can’t argue with the results that have come from my “maturity by mistake” moments.
For instance, I try to eat right most of the time, but several times a year, I “fall off the wagon.” I really blow it. That usually makes me do three things. Exercise more. Stop eating. Feel guilty. Here’s what I learned.
Exercise more- My trainer often says, “You can’t outwork a bad diet.” So I learned something about inputs. No matter how hard I work as a leader, I can only rise as high as the information and instruction I take in! Check your leadership diet!
Stop eating - In the natural, this can slow your metabolism and potentially make you gain more weight. Take in more leadership material and instruction after you blow it. Like nutrition,...
This June, we shared tips for walking the path of leadership, beginning from understanding that you were born to be a transformational leader for a time like this. You were born to be a light and strength in dark places where so many feel weak. You were born into the world now instead of any other time because you have been wired, designed, and equipped to prosper in the current environment.
It all begins with knowing you were born for this, but to navigate the journey and grow in leadership we must be lifelong learners. Consistent preparation is a core attribute of effective leadership. There will be seasons where we find ourselves doubting our abilities, especially after a failure. When this happens and you begin to question your role as a leader, draw strength by reminding yourself that you were created with a purpose. There will be setbacks and even more challenges, but you will survive and ultimately thrive.
Draw strength from your relationships with other leaders...
I do not believe in coincidences because everything has a purpose, a reason. The fact that you are alive especially at a time like this is not a mistake. You have a purpose and a special gift tailored for this time.
As leaders, every day brings new challenges and decisions that require us to move out of our comfort zones. Now, more than ever, we are being tested by unique hurdles, like global pandemics and social unrest. It is easy to begin to doubt our leadership when there are so many unprecedented challenges. However, I want to remind you that you were placed in the midst of a crisis because you have the ability and skills to lead. In fact, sometimes, a crisis is essential to your growth as a leader and can teach us to trust our gifting.
Knowing that you are born for a time like this is also keeping the faith even when things do not go as planned. Let every setback strengthen your resolve to win and help others win alongside you. Lean on the relationships that you...
As you continue to walk this leadership path, it’s essential to remember that you were designed for this role. Many of us know the feeling of going through seasons where we lack confidence and question our gifts, abilities, and callings. This lack of confidence can often come as a result of comparing ourselves with others.
It can be easy to lose sight of how far we have grown, especially in the age of social media, where we are hounded every day with pictures, quotes, and posts, which give us the illusion that everyone else has it all figured out except us. As someone with over 40 years of leadership experience, I can tell you that reality is much different than what people on social media allow you to see.
When you go through moments of disappointment and begin to question your role as a leader, draw strength by reminding yourself that God created you with a purpose. Avoid unhealthy thinking and know that you are essential for someone’s growth and...
Consistent preparation is a core part of leadership. And though we are all called to lead, it is preparation that helps us navigate through the challenges of leadership. Overcoming these challenges is not a coincidence. Instead, it is the result of hard work and requires discipline and preparation.
Whether reading books, attending seminars, or learning from and with other leaders, preparation demands personal accountability. Taking time to prepare yourself for the task ahead is essential to your personal growth and the development of those you lead. If you fail in your ability to prepare, the vision suffers.
Nonetheless, as you learn and prepare to be a better leader, you also must be confident in your preparation. Sometimes we may find ourselves in moments where we doubt our abilities, especially after a failure. However, we must understand that preparation does not exclude us from failure. It does, however, reduce its chances. And with the proper perspective, you will...