Ministry Monday: Introducing a Weekly Conversation

Ministry Monday


Hello, friends! Today is a very exciting day at the Invest Leadership office. Our staff has been buzzing for weeks in anticipation of today’s announcement and we are so excited today has finally arrived.

Invest Leadership Initiative was founded to help people grow by investing in themselves and investing in success. Although personal and professional growth are by no means limited to the church or those who find themselves in vocational ministry, we can’t deny that church ministry has a special place in our hearts. Many of our clients are pastors and church leaders; our workshops and materials work very well in the private sector and non-profit organizations. We love the local church and we love the pastors who lead those communities. It is our desire to see pastors and church leaders grow by investing in themselves and in success. (more…)

Understanding the Four Domains of EQ

Domains of EQ


There are a lot of unique terms we’re going to be using as we delve into Emotional Intelligence over the next several weeks.

Emotional Intelligence or EQ is broken up into four domains: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, and Relationship Management. Each domain comes with corresponding competencies, but we’ll start talking about those more in-depth next week.

Here are the domains broken down in a Harvard Business Review article: (more…)

What is Emotional Intelligence and Why Do You Need It?

Emotional Intelligence


When I was in college, I remember my professors saying, “C students are the ones who become the best pastors.” In the moment, my classmates and I had no idea what they meant by it. But then I came across some research on emotional intelligence and the idea of average intellectual performance leading to success started making more sense to me.

Emotional Intelligence, or EQ, is the ability to understand and manage your own emotions, and the ability to understand and influence the emotions of others. It’s a term created by Psychology Professor Peter Salovey—now President of Yale University—and John Mayer of University of New Hampshire. However, it was made popular by Daniel Goleman. (more…)

Why Self-Reflection Is the Key to Growth



What comes to mind when you think about self-reflection?

According to a Harvard Business article, some of the top reasons even the strongest leaders avoid self-reflection are:

  • They don’t understand the process.
  • They don’t like the process.
  • They don’t like the results.
  • They don’t see the benefit of the efforts made toward self-reflection.

But why is self-reflection so important? And can you be successful without it? (more…)

Enemies of Growth: Leveraging Laziness



No one wants to believe they’re guilty of being lazy. But the trap of laziness and stagnation is one that is very easy to fall into. You will never be able to see growth in your life if you aren’t willing to work hard to pursue it. Your growth journey should be active and moving.

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Easier said than done sometimes, right?

It’s not enough for me to tell you to stop being lazy. I wish it were as simple as turning off the lazy switch in your brain so that you can grow and be more productive each day… sadly, it doesn’t work like that. (more…)

Enemies of Growth: Analyzing Past Success

Past Success


A couple weeks ago, we talked about complacency. I said there were two types of complacency: One that stems from success and one that stems from a lack of success.

You might have wondered, “How could success make me complacent?”

I’ve heard it said that the greatest enemy to your future success is your past success. The thing you’ve accomplished are important, and you should be proud of what you’ve done. But you can’t allow those accomplishments to eliminate your desire for change, development, and innovation. (In comes complacency!)


Enemies of Growth: Handling Distractions



Although you can’t control the things in life that come up and pull your attention, you can control your response to those things. Your ability to refocus and handle the unexpected will be incredibly important to your success. When you allow distractions to rule your emotions, you lose any ability to maintain control over your decisions.

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Distraction is an enemy of growth; here’s the data to prove it, and how to practically handle life’s distractions.

Andy Puddicombe, speaker and Headspace founder, said in his TedTalk that our minds are lost in thoughts over 47% of the time.

Isn’t that crazy?

Almost 50% of the time, we’re thinking about something other than what we’re supposed to be thinking about.

And it’s a wonder how any of us get anything done!


Here are three steps to help rid yourself of the distractions that are keeping you from growth:


Enemies of Growth: Beating Complacency



There are two major types of complacency: Complacency that’s driven by success, and complacency that’s driven by a lack of success.

Sometimes our current success keeps us from recognizing we are no longer growing. (“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”) But if we’re no longer growing, our vision for the future starts to get a little fuzzy.

Sometimes our current success keeps us from recognizing we are no longer growing. Click To Tweet

Other times, a lack of success over a period of time can eventually discourage us from striving for improvement. Maybe I’ll just stop trying. Maybe I’ll stop speaking up in meetings. Maybe where I’m at isn’t so bad after all.

In both circumstances, complacency has a way of immobilizing us, keeping us from both personal and professional growth.

The first step to beating complacency is acknowledging it exists. And in order to recognize it, you have to define it.

What is complacency? (more…)