When we don’t take time to reflect on our previous season, we miss opportunities to grow into new seasons that life affords us.
Few Americans have stamped the collective consciousness of our country like Jonathan Edwards.
I read these great thoughts on teamwork this morning:
“For there to be teamwork, several things must happen. First, team members must genuinely believe that the value of the team’s success is greater than the value of their own individual interests. Second, personal sacrifice must be encouraged and then rewarded – by the team leader and the other members of the team. As this happens, the people will identify themselves more with the team, and they will recognize that although individualism wins trophies, teamwork wins pennants.”
Regardless of how you feel about Ray Lewis, his impact upon his team is indisputable. Like him, or hate him, the Baltimore Ravens would not be World Champions without him.
“The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s so easy to drift in life. When drift happens, we lose sense of our purpose. Goal setting helps to prevent drift by giving you something concrete to focus on. When you have distinct goals, it has a positive impact on your actions. Goals keep us attuned to our purpose and give us a dominant aspiration.
Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. (Joshua 1:7 ESV)
In his book The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player, John Maxwell defines being intentional as working with purpose and making every single action count. Successful leaders are intentional. They know what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. Here are a few principles to help you become more intentional:
Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda doesn’t want his devotion to his beloved franchise to end when his life eventually does. Lasorda, 84, has been affiliated with the Dodgers most of his life. And he wants that relationship to continue — even after he dies.
“I’ve already told my wife that when I do go I want our home schedule attached to my tombstone. I want people who are in the cemetery visiting their loved ones to say, ‘Let’s go to Lasorda’s grave and see if the Dodgers are playing home or away’… I love this organization so much I want to be working for it even after I’m dead,” Lasorda told the Los Angeles Times.
When you know the size of your God, the size of your giants becomes irrelevant.
In my book 13-Foot Coffins, I talked about how God has a coffin for every giant you will ever face, regardless of its size. In my lifetime, I’ve met many giants that I didn’t have the courage or power to face. And in this same lifetime, I’ve also never met a giant that God couldn’t handle or that His grace wasn’t sufficient enough to overcome.
Life is no place for the timid.
When God told Joshua to make a bold move in stepping into his destiny as a leader, He didn’t give Joshua a book of methods, strategies, or outlines on leadership. He didn’t teach him ultimate fighting techniques for taking giants down. He simply told him to be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:1-9).
What is IT? I’m talking about the difference-maker that sets you apart from mediocrity, mundane, and failure.
“IT” was in Joshua and Caleb when the rest of the generation was too afraid to follow God into the unknown. While trepidation filled the hearts of most of the fighting men over what it would cost them to reach their mountain of success, Joshua and Caleb were breeding something DIFFERENT in their hearts. This something different will cause you to rise when others are falling… push forward when others are retreating… aim higher while others are lowering their expectations and faith in God’s promises.
This is not an exhaustive or complete list by any measure, but here are FIVE common traits that keep people paralyzed on the sideline of their dance with destiny:
Criticism is often a cloak for apathy. Sometimes it’s just easier to criticize those on the field because it doesn’t COST you anything to criticize. But it does COST you something to get on the field and make a difference. Theodore Roosevelt said it well, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”