I’m finishing up a new book on creativity, chasing your dreams, doing work that matters. I’m looking for some people interested in being on a launch team. Let me know if that’s you.
If anything can get you ahead in the world today it would be this: less talking and more doing.
There are a lot (i.e. everyone!) of people talking. On TV. On the radio. On your Facebook Newsfeed. Twitter. SnapChat. Talking. Talking. Talking.
Don’t do this.
This is right.
This is wrong.
I am right!
You are wrong!
This is how you should do it.
This is what you should care about.
More of this.
Less of that.
Here’s the thing about talkers, they don’t get much done besides talking. The reason is simple, it’s difficult to get anything else done with you’re talking. My goal this year is less talking and more doing. More doing what I’m called to do. More creating. More writing. More learning. More reading. More time with family. More time playing with my kids. More time exercising. More time doing what will actually make an impact.
Talking about problems doesn’t do much to fix them.
Talking about writing a book doesn’t write it.
Talking about getting in shape doesn’t lose pounds.
Talking about your dreams doesn’t fulfill them.
If you have to choose either to talk about it or do something about it, then you should default to doing. This is how you really change the world.
What are you doing this week?
I hope everyone’s New Year is off to an awesome start. I wanted to let you know of some exciting changes. My time at IJM has come to a close. It has been an unbelievable journey these past 5 school years. I have been able to work along side the most passionate students on the planet! I’m so proud of all the work we’ve done with Stand For Freedom, NorthStar, Justice Weeks and all the other crazy things to help bring an end to slavery.
As for what’s next, I’ve got some exciting things coming together. I’ll be doing some non-profit consulting and continuing to speak. My newest book will hopefully launch this spring and I’ll be taking a writing sabbatical to finish a new book after that. All of that will coordinate around a project about finding your calling and how to pursue God’s will for your life.
Because that’s what all this is really about right? Figuring out what we were born to do. Life is short. I know there are moments where it seems long (looking at you 3:00AM kids screaming wake up calls), but those moments fade quickly.
When it comes to pursuing God’s call for our lives, I believe he’s doing multiple things in the process. One of those is helping us realize who we are in him. The other is becoming the person that can accomplish all that he has for us. This is a process that takes time, which is why God doesn’t give us step-by-step instructions on what he has for us. He gives it to us in bits. We learn. We take steps. We get a little more. We take more steps. This both pushes us to accomplish his will for us and puts us closer to him as we walk in relationship with him. This is the part of the way he makes all things new in each one of us.
So, here’s to a new year where he continues to make all things new.
A few ways you could help this year:
If you would like to help with the launch of my new book, send me a message and I’ll add you to the inside team.
I am now booking speaking engagements for Sept-Dec. If you have an event I could help with, please let me know.
In the mean time, let’s go do the work we were called to do.
What do you do when you mess up? When you don’t hit the mark? When you totally screw it up?
What you say, what you do, how you respond plays a huge role in determining the impact that said mistake will mean for you.
Too often we let a mistake hold us back. We use it as an excuse to give up or stop trying. We should do what my kids often do: they will be playing in the kitchen, knock over a drink, say “oops”, and keep playing. Sometimes they’ll clean it up, but never do they consider the option to stop playing all together because they made a mistake (unless so prompted by a parent!).
When you’ve done something stupid:
- ask for forgiveness
- forgive your self
- figure out why you did it in the first place (didn’t do it, said it, didn’t say it)
- find a plan to not make the same mistake again
- say oops and move on!
This election season has shown us plenty of lessons. One of top one’s I’ve seen is this: the world needs less talkers and more doers. And I don’t just mean in candidates.
Lots of the complaining on social media, on TV and even in person with friends centers around an issue the complainer views as important. Trump needs to do more of this. Clinton needs to do less of that. Both candidates need to care more about X. Neither of them should care about Y.
The obvious question is, what about these issues is the complainer doing his self? Because if you’re so passionate about it, then it would make sense to be part of the solution right? What action is he taking to be a part of the solution? Odds are, not much. And this is why so little changes.
We need less talkers and more doers. We don’t need another person talking about the problem of poverty, we need more people doing something about it. There are times when mere awareness is necessary, but if change is desired, then action must follow suit.
If you want to make a difference in society, to make an impact in your community, to change the world, then you need to do less talking and more doing. This is true for any creative or entrepreneurial endeavor as well. Talking about a business won’t do much, you need to start it. Talking about a book, you need to write it.
There’s plenty of people that talk. Plenty of people who sit on the sidelines yelling what’s wrong. There’s a deficit of doers. This is your opportunity.