man looking out into the distance

Looking for Success in All the Wrong Places

Many of us seek “success”. We believe our assignment (purpose) is God-given yet we look to others for the plans, details, and strategies for that assignment rather than going back to the one who gave us the assignment. We listen to many different voices hoping they will help us fulfill our God-given assignment. And what do we have to show for it? Confusion, missing information, incomplete, bi-polar success, and little or no money.

We were never meant to follow the crowd. We are called to stand out. We are called to lead. Our success is guaranteed but only if we are on the right assignment. Success in the wrong assignment is failure.

It’s time for a realignment.
What is YOUR assignment? Do you remember? Are you clear on your assignment? Are the details clear?

How do we reconnect with our true assignment?
Take a day, get a notebook and pen and
1. Get somewhere quiet and sit down. Turn off the distractions. Better yet leave them at home.
2. Get quiet. Stop talking. Lean in and listen.
3. Do what you hear in your quiet time. Act quickly.
4. Rinse and repeat weekly.

Surfer Van

The one thing that makes all the difference

The thing that makes one stand out successfully is one’s character.

What is character? The New Oxford American Dictionary defines character as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. I will add to that definition.
Character is a commitment to a set of values without compromise. It is the willingness to sacrifice pleasure for principle. Character is dedication to a set of standards without wavering. Character is self-imposed discipline and character is manifested when your values, principles, and morals are tested.

Character is tested under pressure. There are 3 things that test character: appetites, (food, drink, sex) fame and power.
Every time one’s character is proven a deposit of trust is made. Trust is a by-product of character. It cannot be bought or demanded or prayed for, it must be earned.

Trust is built over time.  It may have taken 50 years to build but it can be lost in 50 seconds. Just ask Wells Fargo. Founded over 100 years ago in 1852 it recently lost its credibility due to misconduct. They are now in the process of rebuilding what they’ve lost.

Trust is the currency of leadership and it is the reason one is successful.  People follow you because they trust you. You buy leadership success with the trust the people give you. Its impossible to lead those who don’t trust you. Trust is testing over time. Only you can protect the trust given to you. This done with your character and integrity.

Points to remember:
Character is what you do when no one is watching.
Character is displayed in public but tested in secret.
A person of character can be trusted.
You cannot buy, demand or pray for trust.
It is given by people in response to character.
Trustworthiness is the currency of leadership
Trust is a product of stability. The successful business/leader must be fixed, predictable, stable.

Remember Trust= Test over time.

The Path

Private Environments – A Conversation with BizChick Terrilena Austin

The environment is which grow is critical to our we see ourselves and what we allow to happen to us and those around us.  This conversation with BizChick, Terrilena Austin gives a little glimpse into how certain behaviors are acquired, nurtured and grown into the life we live now.  Give us your feedback after you listen.

 

your new level is your new thought

New Levels

 

Your next level is your new thought. I heard this at a conference I attended.  Casey Treat was the speaker and he talked about renewing your mind.  I’m all about what’s going on in my headsets.  What am I listening to on a daily basis?  The things that we listen to determine where we’re going to end up.  Renewing my mind is important.  What I’m listening to right now has gotten me where I am.  If I’m going to go to a different level I got to get a new thought.  But how do I get a new thought? I’ve got to get new information. I’ve got to change the information that I have been receiving, get different information and apply that information.  I now have a new thought.  I can now go to a new level.  New thoughts . . . New levels.

What new thoughts do you need to go to your next level?  We’d love to hear from you. Share this with someone.  Thanks for tuning in.

 

True Leaders

14 qualifications of a true leader

14 Qualifications of a True Leader: (1 Tim 3:1-7)

Although these qualifications are intended for a leader in the Church, they should be the standard for any person in leadership.  How do you measure up?

  1. Life above reproach
  2. Faithful to one’s spouse
  3. Temperate
  4. Self-controlled
  5. Respectable
  6. Hospitable
  7. Able to teach
  8. Not given to drunkenness (or other controlling substances)
  9. Not violent, but gentle
  10. Not quarrelsome
  11. Not a lover of money
  12. Manages his/her family well
  13. Not a novice
  14. Good reputation