Have you ever been reading and the text just slaps you in the face? It just jumps out at you and comes alive. I heard a quote today and I’m not sure who said it, but it went something like this. The point of education is not knowledge but action. Wow! That is so timely for me. You see, I am an education junky. I love books. I love learning, growing and changing. I love going to conferences and sitting down with any leader that will give me time. I’ve been blessed over the past year to learn so much from more experienced leaders that I look back with amazement. I love it all. But I’ve been seeing that all the right information will not change anything. Knowing the answers. Memorizing the principles. Being able to quote the content. It is all great. But it wont change a flipping thing. The only thing that changes things (English professors going crazy with that sentence) is action. ACTION. Action, comes from some other root word that means to act on something. To move. To act. Its about change. Its about taking what you’ve learned and doing something with it.
Its a new year. Its a clean slate. With all that you learned last year, what will you apply this year? What action will you take in 09 to make it the best year of your life? A couple of actions for me are:
1. Focus- I will spend more time on the things that truly matter this year than ever before. I plan my weeks and days in advance. I now block my time. A principle from Andy Stanley goes like this, “The clearer the vision, the fewer the options, the easier the decisions.” When you focus on what matters, its easier to decide where to spend your time.
2. Prayer works, so do it more. I saw God do amazing things last year, so why didn’t I spend even more time begging him to move? I don’t know, but that is changing this year.
3. Leading at home. I’ve learned the best leadership principle out there (by trial and error…mostly error). If you are not leading at home, you are not truly leading. I’m committed to leading at home at the highest level possible.
Its going to be an awesome year. Everyone is predicting a horrible year. I think God has other plans. The bigger the mess, the bigger the opportunity.