Monthly Archives: September 2011
Stop. Pay Attention. Focus. Where Are You?
Where is your heart? Where is your soul?
In a million different places. Mind on a million different things.
Distressed. What needs to be done? Will you finish that project?
Who won the game? Fretting over a to do list that is unfinished.
Talking on the phone. Checking twitter. Updating your status.
Wondering what “they” are doing. What’s going on “out there.”
Will I ever get ahead? The past. The future. Distracted. Out of Control.
Be still and know that I am God.
Take a deep breath. Rest in Him. Be rooted. Immersed.
Get comfortable with silence. Listen. Find your true voice.
Who and what is right in front of you? See things you didn’t see.
Feel things you didn’t feel. Now engage in this moment.
Be. Here. Now.
Pioneer of the strengths movement and author of the new book, StandOut.
In the last decade, millions of people have come around to the idea that we’re better off building on our strengths instead of constantly trying to fix our weaknesses. That change in perspective is due, in no small part, to Marcus Buckingham.
For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, Office Hours is our new radio-ish show in which I open the phone lines for an hour to listeners across the planet who can ask me and a special guest questions about work, business, life, or any other topic. As we say, it’s Car Talk . . . for the human engine.
And for those who really haven’t been paying attention, Marcus Buckingham is among of the world’s top management thinkers — and co-author of Now, Discover Your Strengths, one of the most influential (and top-selling) books of the past decade.
This week, Marcus launched a new book –StandOut: The Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution– which includes a powerful new strengths assessment that builds on what he’s learned in the ensuing years. (I’ve taken the assessment. It’s really interesting. I might even reveal the results on the show.)
Download these powerful songs of prayer and worship from IHOP-KC.
This album includes songs from:
- Misty Edwards
- Merchant Band
- Justin Rizzo
Resource provided by Forerunner Media Group
Download Instructions: To download this resource, log into your free Forerunner Music account. Once you’ve logged in, you can download this album.
1. Behold, the Lord is our mirror. Open your eyes and see them in Him.
2. And learn the manner of your face, then declare praises to His Spirit.
3. And wipe the paint from your face, and love His holiness and put it on.
4. Then you will be unblemished at all times with Him.
Listen or download Mp3
by Aaron Niequest
We all want to change the world. Right? But in spite of the many different movements and individuals and institutions that are fighting for justice and peace on this planet, things seem to get worse and worse. Why is that? Some want to blame it on “bad people” who “hate the light and want to live in darkness”, but I don’t think that is it at all. Check out what Ronald Rolheiser writes about our movement toward justice:
“…to change the world in such a way that people want justice and are willingly willing to live in a way that makes justice possible requires an appeal to the heart that is so deep, so universal, and so moral that no person of good conscience can walk away from it. No human ideology, no private crusade, and no cause that takes its origins in guilt or anger can ever provide that. And so many people walk away from these great causes in good conscience. Why? Because despite the movement’s obvious merit in terms of the truth of the justice they promote, too often the energy driving their quest is not as morally compelling. In simple terms, the truth is right, but the energy often is not.”
The Holy Longing, Ronald Rolheiser (page 173-174)
The school-yard bully pushes kids around to try and make friends. It doesn’t work. Some countries drop bombs to try to bring peace. It doesn’t work. And many of us resort to ugly tactics in the name of creating something beautiful and right. It can never work. Rhetoric is quickly forgotten. Actions only rearrange the surface. But deep change comes from a deep place that’s been changed.
This is so challenging to me. I don’t want to be a person who does some good things; I want to be a good person. I am fully capable of hiding and justifying my brokenness behind the occasional good that comes out of it. But I don’t want to any more. I don’t want to be one of those shiny people who gets uglier the more you get to know them. It’s easy to fool crowds. Oh God, please redeem every part of me, inside and out. And help me to, as Ghandi said, “BE the change that I hope to see in the world.”
Who have you seen that most embodies their beautiful ideas with beautiful energy?
Who have you seen live the good they talk about?
Here are 3 very inspiring conversations extracted from the Liturgy, Music and Space Conference in March. May you be inspired.
Click here to download Greg Thompson’s plenary, “The Order of Worship and the Order of Love.” (this is a must listen)
Click here to download Isaac Wardell’s session, “Five Biblical Practices for Worship.”
Click here to download Bryan Chapell’s sermon, “The Glory That Shapes Our Worship.”
extraction: Michael Hyatt
I have worked with authors for more than three decades. I have also worked with speakers, recording artists, and other creatives. I have had the privilege of working with the best—and the challenge of enduring the worst. Ninety percent fall somewhere in the middle.
What separates them is not talent. Surely, this plays a role. But it doesn’t fully explain why some creatives with marginal talent become successful and others with extraordinary talent never really make it. (I could name names, but I would get myself in trouble on both counts!)
Instead, I think the determining factor is to be found in how they think. Successful creatives think differently than unsuccessful ones. This is evident in seven ways.
- Successful creatives think big. The best creatives think, “Go big or go home.” If they are going to go to the trouble of writing a book, preparing a speech, or recording an album, they might as well make the biggest impact they can. They aren’t naive about the amount of work it will take, but they still dream big. They are always asking, “What could we do that would exceed everyone’s expectations?”
- Successful creatives take responsibility. The best creatives take responsibility for the outcome. They don’t expect someone else to make them famous or successful, though they realize they can’t succeed without others. They own their work and accept responsibility for how it is received by the market.
- Successful creatives listen well. The best creatives are not know-it-alls. They understand that being good at one thing (e.g., writing, speaking, or singing) doesn’t mean they are good at everything (e.g., packaging or marketing). As a result, they listen to those who have more experience. Ultimately, this raises their probability for success.
- Successful creatives seek help. While the best creatives accept ultimate responsibility for the outcome, they enroll everyone they can to help them succeed. They understand they can’t do it alone. As a result, they build a world-class team around them. They are constantly asking, “Who else can I enroll to help get me where I want to go.”
- Successful creatives work hard. The best creatives are not lazy. They don’t assume that their work is done once the book is written, the speech prepared, or the album recorded. In a real sense, their work has only just begun. They don’t display a spirit of entitlement. Instead, they roll up their sleeves and do the work that lesser creatives are unwilling to do.
- Successful creatives remain humble. The best creatives know that success is illusive and fragile. They know that they didn’t attain it on their own, nor will they preserve it on their own. This makes them grateful and humble. Though they face the same temptations to become arrogant, they understand the dangers and comport themselves accordingly.
- Successful creatives give praise. The best creatives take all the responsibility and little of the credit. They are quick to give that away to the numerous people who helped them get where they are. These creatives are especially good at praising in public and shining the spotlight on others.
The bottom line is that you have more control over your success than you may think. However, you must develop a winning mindset and cultivate the habits of successful thinking. This is what separates the best creatives from all others.