Global Leadership Summit Day 2 “Nuggets”

“It is in brokenness sometimes that we understand what it truly means to lead.” – Bryan Stevenson 



“What glorious good might God do through your leadership if you were to lead without fear?” – Gary Haugen

Talent counts, but effort counts twice @angeladuckw

Nothing undermines the power and promise of a talented, trained, gifted and promising leader like fear. So be brave! Gary Haugen 

Beware the lollipop of mediocrity. One lick and you suck forever. Julie Funt 

I don’t get to choose who I respect. Everyone is made in the image of God and has intrinsic value. 1 Peter 2:17 

Our troubled world is demanding a better brand of leaders, those who put the needs of others before their own priorities. Bill Hybels 

When God calls me… my job is to show up and say YES. 

Be humble, be a leader not a troublemaker, thank your mentors, encourage young leaders, be civil, pass the baton well Bill Hybels 

Just a few nuggets from The Global Leadership Summit – Day 1

A few takeaways from the The Global Leadership Summit:You don’t get more creative by reading a book. You get more creative by DOING creative things.

“Your greatest contribution to the world may not be something you do, but someone you raise. You need to raise WOW kids.

The moment you criticize what you don’t understand, you stop learning. The moment you stop learning, you stop leading. 

“Keep your eyes and mind wide open.”

7 Habits for Better Life :)

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The benefits of a healthy amount of self-confidence are many. When you’re self-assured, it’s easier to achieve your goals, others are naturally drawn toward your charisma, and you feel more comfortable in any situation. Life is easier with self-confidence.

Add these easy habits to your daily routines and feel the difference.

  1. Dress the part. The way you dress affects your confidence. Research shows that dressing well can boost your self-esteem.

 

You don’t have to spend an enormous amount of money on expensive designer outfits. When shopping, be frugal but buy nice clothes. You’ll have fewer items of clothing, but the ones you have will bring you confidence each time you leave the house. The key is how you feel in an outfit. A rule of thumb that I learned was: always have a blue blazer! If you are laid back like me, just wear the blazer with jeans and then BOOM! People will see you as “dressed up”.

  1. Think positive. Each time you notice a negative thought about yourself, switch your focus to something more positive. Negative thoughts drain your self-confidence. Nugget: It takes the same effort to think positive as it does negative. Only one however is good for you 🙂

For example, if you have a thought about not accomplishing all of your goals, you can counter it with what you have Have ready answers for any negativity.

  1. Speak slower. This may seem like a strange way to increase your confidence, but research shows that those who have higher self-esteem talk slower. Learn to speak slower and pause more often. Your words matter and you don’t have to rush them to express yourself.

James 1:19 let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

People who are not confident in their words or themselves tend to speak very fast.

  1. Volunteer more often. Volunteering can raise your confidence levels in multiple ways:

Volunteering can increase your skills.
It can show you that others value your work and ideas.

It can also help you understand your strengths and weaknesses.

It gives you the ability to give back and earn gratitude from others. You’ll feel better and appreciate life more.

Hebrews 13:16 “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

1 John 3:17 “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”

5. Start a healthy habit. A healthy habit such as exercising on the weekends or eating a fruit at breakfast is an excellent way to boost your self-esteem. You’ll be able to feel confident that you’re following through with your goals.

  1. Focus on your body language. Are you scared to raise your head and look people in the eye? Are you frightened to stand up straight and walk with confidence? Your body language shows the world your confidence – or lack of it.

Mimic strong body language even if you’re not feeling confident. By looking more confident, you’ll start to feel this way. Make lists.

7. Make a List! There are several types of lists you can make to increase confidence:

The first is a list of your accomplishments. Dig deep and include all of the rewards, ribbons, and other prizes you’ve won. Include things from both the past and present on this list.

The second list is the things that you’re grateful for right now. This list will show you that you have many things in your life that matter and make you happy.

Post your lists in a prominent place in your home so you can see them on a consistent basis.

If you incorporate these habits into your daily routines, you’ll enjoy increased self-confidence very quickly. The longer you follow these strategies, the greater your new-found confidence will grow.

What would you do if you weren’t afraid of failing?

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What would you do if you weren’t afraid of failing? That’s a question I like to ask people I know. It’s a question that gets to your core passion. Fear however has a way of paralyzing us. Fear causes us to shrink back…to doubt…. and in many instances, not even try.

Fear is a part of life, and some fear is helpful. You’re afraid to stick your hand into a fire or to jump off a cliff. If you weren’t afraid of anything, you wouldn’t live long. But most fears are crippling and influence your decisions in negative ways.

Imagine you’re walking through the woods and get a thorn in your arm. You would likely remove it and go about your life with little thought of that mild injury. But imagine if you didn’t deal with it.

Eventually, that thorn would affect many of your decisions:

  • It would become infected and sore.
  • You would be careful not to bump anything.
  • You’d avoid most sports.
  • You would protect yourself anytime someone walked to close.
  • Eventually, you might even develop a special cover to tape over it.
  • Then you must worry about finding clothes that fit over it.
  • You couldn’t swim because the tape might come off.
  • It would affect your sleeping position, and so on.

 

Fears are the same way. A fear of talking to strangers affects the decisions you make in your social life and career. We avoid all types of things to ensure we don’t stir up the negative emotions caused by our fears.

The more fears you have, the less freedom you enjoy.

Try these techniques to transcend your fears and claim the level of freedom you deserve:

  1. Become more aware. There’s a big world out there with a variety of perspectives. Yours might not be the best perspective. You might believe that a fear of public speaking is totally normal and justified. But is it? What is the worst that could happen if you make a mistake? No one is going to stone you.
  • Look at all your fears and make a list of them.
  • Decide which are causing your life the most grief. Which fears do you spend the most time working around? Which are the most limiting?
  1. Determine why you’re afraid. What are the possible consequences that cause you to be afraid?
  2. Deal with your fears a little at a time. For example, if you’re afraid of public speaking, try giving a speech to your child, nephew, or niece. Then trying giving it to three of them. Build up your tolerance until you can speak to thousands.
  3. Use techniques to lower your fear. There are many tools for dealing with fear:
  • The Emotional Freedom Technique is popular.
  • So is the Sedona Method.
  • Hypnosis and meditation are also options.
  • You can also use a psychologist if you’re not making a lot of progress on your own.
  1. Use a journal. Writing can often be more helpful than thinking. We take the things we write more seriously than our self-talk. You talk to yourself constantly throughout the day. What will one more thought accomplish? Use a journal to record your thoughts, fears, and your progress.
  2. Develop a new understanding of failure. Many of the silly fears we have are related to a fear of failure. Ask yourself what can happen if you fail? Failure can be a great thing if you learn from it and apply it to your life.

Imagine a life without any irrational fears. Now let me ask you the question: What would you do if you weren’t afraid of failing?

You have a choice. You don’t have to keep your fears. Spend some time each day dealing with your fears and reclaim your life.

Live life to the full!

Stop being afraid!

Just do it!

No pain … no gain.

No risk… no reward.

If you don’t get over your fear, at the end of your life the words “If I only _____” or “I wonder if I ______” will leave you with a feeling of regret.

25 Reasons to Be Grateful Today

It’s sometimes hard to look around us and find something to be grateful for. But there are so many little blessings that make our life worthwhile! Looking for them will help us develop a grateful heart and increase the joy of our blessings tremendously. Need something to be grateful for today? Consider these…

  1. Life itself – The blessing of being alive, of breathing and thinking. Never take it for granted!
  2. Health – This one becomes more precious only when you lose it. But good health is truly a blessing to give thanks for.
  3. Family – Our children, grandchildren, parents, siblings and spouse. Even extended family make life worthwhile and worth living.
  4. Your five senses – hearing, touch, sight, taste and smell. Can you imagine a life without these blessings? Even losing one of them is a heartache. Combined, they fill our lives with… life!
  5. Work – While we sometimes fuss and wish we didn’t have to work, the blessing of a job to provide for our family is definitely something to be grateful for in these uncertain economic times.
  6. Sunshine – Think of the joy of walking outside and letting the sun kiss your face… hmm… can you feel it?
  7. Rain – Although it seldom comes at what we consider the “right” time, rain is so necessary to our very survival. Thank goodness we have it!
  8. Food – So many in the world don’t have enough to eat. What a blessing it is for those who do!
  9. Loving relationships. The old song says, “love makes the world go ’round.” How true it is! Be thankful for the love in your life.
  10. Friends – Friends are the family we choose to love. And how wonderful they are!
  11. Hugs – A loving touch can remove sadness, uplift a spirit and heal a heartache. Definitely something to be grateful for.
  12. Freedom – The freedom to live and breathe and think your own thoughts is one of the greatest joys in the world.
  13. A home. It doesn’t have to be large or even impressive, but a home filled with love and laughter is a comfort for the soul. Give thanks for yours!
  14. Your education. Many people underestimate the value of education but those who’ve acquired it know what a blessing it is.
  15. Kindness – Only when faced with the opposite—unkindness—can we truly appreciate the kindness we’re shown by others.
  16. The future. Hope for the future is what gives us strength for the day. Be thankful for what the future may hold.
  17. Memories – While we certainly don’t want to dwell in the past, an occasional visit down Memory Lane can be a good thing.
  18. Laughter – There seldom seems to be enough laughter in our lives so enjoy it where you find it and give thanks that it touched your life.
  19. Honesty – Truth is hard to come by in the world we live in. That’s why it’s such a blessing when we do find it.
  20. Nature – The trees rustling in the breeze, a gentle stream, squirrels and rabbits scurrying around the yard. Give thanks for the beauty and comfort nature brings.
  21. Music – The sound of music (no pun intended) has an almost mystical, supernatural affect on the human psyche. Think about how good the music you enjoy makes you feel. That’s something to be thankful for.

Living life with gratitude will help you find contentment and comfort no matter what the day may hold. Search for your own reasons to be thankful today… your whole attitude and demeanor will be changed!

How to Make a Fresh Start in 2017

By Jeff Hoglen

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So, here we are on the brink of another new year. The resolutions of years past seem like a distant memory. You either started and stopped or never even took the first step. This year you have determined in your heart that something must change. You’re ready for a fresh start. While your current situation may be challenging, the intention of making a fresh start is a good sign. It’s much better than giving up! Smile… take a deep breath and let’s look at a few things that can help you start and stay on track this new year!

So, what do you need to change? Is it just one area of your life or do you need a complete makeover?

You can make a fresh start in any area of your life:

  1. HOME: Consider giving your living arrangement a makeover. Instead of moving or knocking down walls, let’s start simple:
  • Move the furniture or purchase new furniture.
  • Paint the walls a new color. Maybe even just paint one room, rest and then repeat J
  • Convert a spare room into a room with a purpose. It could be dedicated to music, arts and crafts, or meditation.

2. FINANCES: Look at your current financial challenges and finally address them with a detailed, step-by-step plan you can stick to.

  • Plan for your retirement.
  • Address your debt
  • Find a job with a higher salary.
  • Talk to a financial advisor.
  • Work a second job.
  • Create a budget.

3. SOCIAL LIFE: It’s time to say goodbye to the people in your life that drag you down and replace them with those that provide a boost to your life. Remember: You become like the top 5 people you are around the most.

4. HEALTH: Sheesh….. I’m preaching to myself here.

  • Hire a personal trainer and join a gym if you can.
  • Find a diet that works for you.
  • Address any health issues you might have.
  • Visit the doctor and the dentist.
  • Try a new sport. You never know, you may like hiking or kayaking. Fun + health = win win!

5. CAREER: Here are a few suggestions 🙂

  • Ask for a raise or change jobs.
  • Grab your career by the horns and learn new skills that will make a difference.
  • Consider going back to school.
  • Take a webinar! You wont believe how much you can learn online!
  • Make yourself indispensable. Do so well at what you do…and know more than everyone else… and possess skills that others don’t and you will an asset the company or organization cannot afford to lose.

6. FAITH: Search for truth.

I have found that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and Life. Until I discovered my faith, I had no real purpose or sense of direction. Search for truth, ask good questions and find someone who you can discuss faith. I’m here if you need me. My contact info is below.

These are just a few ideas. You can also address your current relationships, attitude, or fears. It isn’t necessary to change everything at once. In fact, addressing one area at a time will yield better results.

Useful tips for changing your life:

  1. Develop systems that support your desired change. For instance, if you want to meditate daily, create a schedule that ensures you’ll be compliant. Use a timer so you won’t worry about spending too much time or falling asleep.
  2. Visualize the change. See yourself with a healthy body or bank account. Allow yourself to feel successful and proud. Project yourself into the future and enjoy the changes you’ve made.
  3. Be willing to fail from time to time. It’s not easy to change. In fact, your brain is highly resistant to change. You’re doing well enough to be alive, and that’s good enough for your brain. It views any change as potentially dangerous, so it’s not going to allow you to change easily. Expect that you’ll struggle during the process.
  • Commit to persevering. Success will be yours. 
  1. Be kind to yourself. Celebrate each victory, no matter how small. Give yourself a pat on the back when you deserve it. Any progress is great news, so enjoy it.

Making a fresh start can result in a new and exciting experience and even a whole new life. Aim high and be diligent. You’ll be glad you did.