Need to get more done? Try taking a lunch break.

Lunch Break

 

Do you walk around with the mentality that there aren’t enough hours in the day? Do you often choose to work through lunch, or multitask while you’re eating, just to be able to keep your day going?

According to Psychology Today, breaks are crucial to your productivity. They have the ability to boost productivity, increase motivation, empower innovation, and have a lot of health benefits too.

While it may seem counterintuitive, taking breaks doesn’t take away time from our day. It actually increases the quality of our time because it allows our brain to take a breather and come back to our tasks more focused.
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Are you an Upholder, a Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel?

Upholder, Questioner, obliger, rebel

 

I’m a big believer in habits. I believe habits have the ability to transform the way we live — professionally, personally, physically, and spiritually.

But where do you start when trying to identify what habits you need to replace? Gretchen Rubin, who wrote and article for the Harvard Business Review, recommends identifying your motivations in order to form successful habits. Before you’re able to develop the habits you want, you have to identify your relationship with the idea of habits, and our “aptitude for forming them.”

She starts with the question: How do you respond to expectations?

We all do it differently. But Gretchen breaks our responses down into four categories: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels.

Do you know which one you are? (more…)

Criticism is Crippling Your Influence

 Criticism

 

How do you respond when someone around you messes up? Is it with grace and compassion, or frustration and condemnation?

In his world-renowned book How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie lays out fundamental techniques for “handling” people. In it, he helps readers learn how to communicate in a way that will cultivate influence in whatever they do. First released over 80 years ago, leaders since the 1980s have used this book to transform the way they lead and interact with people.

In the first chapter, Carnegie makes his case for criticism — and why it just doesn’t work.

In it he says, “Criticism is futile because it puts a person on the defensive and usually makes him strive to justify himself. Criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a person’s precious pride, hurts his sense of importance, and arouses resentment.” (pg. 5)

Harsh criticism will cripple your influence, and the people you’re trying to influence. But that doesn’t mean you have to be afraid of providing feedback or correction when it’s necessary. (more…)

Christian Leaders, Personal Success is Okay!

personal success

 

I have spent the last 30 years in pastoral ministry. Something interesting I noticed during that time was many Christians have a hard time talking about professional success.

Many people feel as though they must continually fly under the radar or live in obscurity to please God. This mentality is absurd! Believe God created you with the ability to lead and be successful. He designed you with the ability to lead and be successful. He designed you with talents and skills necessary to accomplish goals and be productive. When we invest in success, we are honoring God by cultivating the gifts and talents we were created with. God has called everyone to work and to work with excellence.

So how do you reconcile with achieving personal success? Here are a few ways to use your personal success in a way that honors God: (more…)

Why Your Spiritual Life is Important for Personal Growth

Spiritual Life

 

When you think about personal and professional success, what first comes to mind?

Is it money? Responsibility? Influence? Growth?

There is nothing wrong with the things I listed above, but there is something even more important that needs to come before we can attain all of those things. It’s a healthy spiritual life. (more…)

How Successful Leaders Handle Transition

successful leaders handle transition

 

Times of transition are some of the most significant and influential moments in life.

I have seen many leaders go through transition, and I have experienced transition myself. The manner in which we handle moving forward determines our success in the next season.

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I have noticed, however, that successful leaders prepare for transition long before opportunities arise. Your level of preparation will determine whether you’re thriving or simply trying to keep your head above water. I believe there are three ways leaders typically handle transition: (more…)

4 Books Every Leader Should Read: Your Journey to Success

books leaders read

 

Nothing challenges your mind, shifts your perspective, or broadens your worldview quite like investing in reading.

Looking at the lives of highly successful people, they all have at least one thing in common: They’re readers! On your journey to growth and becoming better, your commitment to read is a game changer.

So I wanted to give you some book recommendations that have helped me (and some of my coaching clients) in personal growth and success. (more…)

The Importance of Unlearning in Leadership

Unlearning tasks

 

If you were here for our January book club, you may remember one of the most important lessons from Jon Acuff’s book Finish. Dropping the ball where necessary.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this leadership tactic, Jon describes the key to finishing things you start: Choosing what tasks you’re going to drop in order to excel at the tasks that are most valuable.

The idea is to write down all of the things you’re currently doing that will not help you finish your current goal(s). Those are the things you’re choosing not to be good at while you’re working on something more important. Because you simply can’t excel at everything! (more…)