Here are two questions from Matt Perman to help you identify your life goal.

1. What would I do if I had all the money I needed and could do whatever I wanted?
2. What would I do if I could do only one thing in the next three years?

The point of the first question is to allow you to think big, without logistical constraints,  so that you can truly identify what fires you up. The point of the second question, then, is to identify which of these things is truly most important to you by forcing you to choose just one thing.

Matt Perman
What's Best Next (Zondervan, 2014), 174

The one thing that will instantly make you a better leader.

time

If you study leadership or you lead in any capacity you should have a drive to be better at what you do. In meeting leaders from around the country I find some leaders that are super sharp and are knocking it out of the park then there are others who are struggling then there is a third leader who thinks they are killing it and they just aren’t. There are many factors that contribute to each of these states of leadership but the older I get and the more leaders I meet that fall into each of these three categories what I find is they have one thing in common.

How they view time. How a leader uses their time and the time of those they lead will tell you much about their short therm and longer term effectiveness as a leader.  Peter Drucker says it this way in his chapter entitled “Know Thy Time” from his book “The Effective Executive.”

Everything requires time. It is the one truly universal condition. All work takes place in time and uses up time. Yet most people take for granted this unique, irreplaceable, and necessary resource. Nothing else, perhaps, distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time.

Effectiveness is not doing more or doing things faster it’s doing what’s most appropriate with the time that you have. It’s understanding your time and the time of others and thinking what is the best use of my time and the time of others. Leaders that are effective start with their time (measuring it and recording it)  then move on to tasks. Leaders who struggle with effectiveness don’t know what tasks that they need to do and therefore don’t use their for the right things -  this leader is in a good place because he knows he needs help. Lastly leaders who think they are effective and aren’t are the most dangerous because they mistake business as effectiveness. They think they are leading well and in the midst of the flurry of activity they produce they end up frustrating themselves and those they lead because they don’t see lasting change or effectiveness from all their efforts. These leaders know what tasks need to be done but don’t manage or see their own time as the valuable commodity that it is as a result they overextend themselves and waste the time of those they lead.

If you want to lead well you have to first manage your time well because if you can’t manage your time well you can’t manage others. If you lead others you have a responsibility to manage your time so that you can be free to help others with their problems and help them see the need to use their time to most effectively mange problems. One of the things I constantly tell our team is we are patient with people and efficient with problems never the other way around. Leaders that think they are busy and don’t manage their time well are typically efficient with people.

If you lead anyone on any level here is a question you need to ask from time to time. “What do i do that wastes your time without contributing to your effectiveness?”

We all want to make a difference. We all want our work to matter. We as leaders at every level and in every field need to remember that we are not the masters of our own fate we are stewards of the grace that we have been given. Love how
1 Peter 4:11 puts it “whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Time is the scarcest resource, and unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed. The analysis of one’s time, moreover, is the one easily accessible and yet systematic way to analyze one’s work and to think through what really matters in it. – Peter Drucker

Want to be a better leader instantly? Manage your time. Let’s use the time the God has given us to be as effective as we can where He has placed us.

Free Bible Lesson Acts: Book of the Holy Spirit

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– Book of Holy Spirit

Key Point – The Holy Spirit helps normal people do Awesome things.
Memory Verse – Acts 1:8 “8 But when the Holy Spirit comes to you, you will receive power.”

Children’s Sermon, Bible Story – Peter preaches and 3,000 people get saved – Acts 2:14-42
Holy Spirit Gives you Power
Holy Spirit Gives you Boldness
Holy Spirit Helps you do all that God wants you to do.

Unbroken and not forgotten

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Last year one of the most unexpectedly powerful books I read was Unbroken the story of Louis Zamporini who was an Olympic athlete who was part of the greatest generation. He went into the air force where he served his country in fighting Natzi oppression.  Zamporini had many close calls and one day as he was flying a reconnaissance mission in his plane in the south pacific his plane was shot down. Zamporini spent 47 days at sea and finally found land in the Marshall Islands. He was taken by the Japanese as a Prisoner of war. He was held for over two years in horrible conditions and was tortured daily. Once freed at the end of the war he was still captive to the painful memories of the things that happened at the hands of the Japanese soldiers. Louis turned to alcohol to drown the painful memories.

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I appreciate everyone who stops by my site and adds to the conversation. I want to take a few minutes to urge you to check out some of the things the people who sponsor this site have to offer. Please click-through and see what they have to offer it will help me out and hopefully help your church out as well.

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