It is imperative that leaders have the ability to face the cold hard facts about the state of their organization.
It has been said that, “optimism without realism is simply a pleasant delusion”.
Facts, even difficult facts, are the leader’s friend. Because, you see, leaders must be gripped with how things could be to such a degree that they can no longer accept things as they are. Unless you can embrace the reality of where you are, you will be unable to accurately chart a course for where you desire to be.
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I wish I had a photo of the moment. That moment when I knelt down on one knee, opened a little box with a ring in it and asked Julie Bearden if she would marry me. What did my face look like? I can only imagine…. hope, fear, love, all in one expression. Then she said it, “YES!” that one word changed everything for me.
When I look around at the life God has given me with three wonderful kids, a career I love, an awesome marriage… and just to think it all happened because of one word, “yes”.
I don’t know where you are at in your journey of faith, but I hope you live this day with the realization that everything can change because of one word.
You are one word away from your destiny.
Hang in there – stay positive and optimistic, because maybe, just maybe, this will be the day that you will hear the, “yes” that will change everything.
Passion is the indispensable quality in a leader.
Passion can enable a leader with inferior gifts, talents, or education to surpass a more qualified leader in fruitfulness.
Passion really is the great difference maker. It is the fuel that causes a leader to try harder, work smarter and do whatever it takes to achieve the goal. It is not surprising that the pinnacle moment in the ministry of Christ, where he pushed through the threat of death to achieve his ultimate mission has historically been called, “the Passion of the Christ”.
Here are four things that can enlarge your capacity for passion.
- Passion is born out of burden. If you have ever experienced a soul crushing burden that you could not shake, you need to be aware that the pain of the burden was the birth pangs of passion.The burden becomes the fuel for our passion. Over the long run you will discover that The same thing that burdens your soul, often reveals your destiny.
- Success stirs passion. Being clear on what you consider to be a win is vitally important. As you see wins, both large and small you will feel that your passion is not in vain.
- Proper rest protects your passion. Passion is distinctly emotional, as such it is a limited resource and it can be drained. Proper rest and recuperation is essential to maintaining the passion that you desire to exhibit.
- Strategic relationships charge your passion. We really do become like the people we surround ourselves with. Leaders know that if they are to maintain passion over the long run they must intentionally surround themselves with positive people who exhibit energy and wisdom.