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Hey is not just for Horses

By M is Good

These are exciting days for M is Good!
Our current service list includes engagements with dozens of businesses, churches, and ministries throughout the country and the world. Our consulting services have grown in demand over the past couple of years, and in 2014 we’ve seen positive growth in this area of our business.

It’s certainly a win-win when we can help more organizations achieve their visions.
Helping our clients often results from our team reviewing their internal processes, whether it’s building a lead to sales workflow, or building more engagements with their donor and membership base, or developing strategy with practical solutions to help teams rise to a higher level.

Every consulting project is custom-tailored to the unique needs and goals of each client. Our deep experience with all types of industries has afforded our clients the insights and tools to move outside their box and develop a road map for success.

We are very proud of our work, and even more proud of clients who come to us with open minds and hearts, and a willing spirit to grow and change. The rise of exceptional organizations begin their transformations from the inside out. Organizations who rely on others to carry out its vision, will recognize the biggest impact begins with “the team” before any marketing dollars are spent.

Hope Reins of Raleigh is one of those organizations that took on the challenge.
In 2009, Kim Tschirret founded this Christian ministry that pairs rescued horses with children in need to find true hope and healing. The rescued horses provide healing to kids dealing with trauma, abuse, illness, or live in a high-risk environment. New weekly stories of young lives that were impacted is a testament to a growing ministry.

Early this summer, M is Good began working with Hope Reins board and their team to develop a clear pathway forward. Dave Jones our lead consultant, facilitated 10 weeks of intensive coaching in developing the ministry’s vision, mission, core values and brand promise. These “power words” created positive momentum to help accomplish one of their largest fund-raising goals and have become foundational for all future initiatives:

“I was completely blown away with the process and integrity of the M is Good Agency! We sure worked hard but achieved the amazing results that will allow us to move forward with excellence and passion! Thank you so much for your faithfulness to our organization and for helping us to clearly define the specific vision for Hope Reins of Raleigh!”
Barbara Foulkrod, Hope Reins Board Member

Walt Disney once said, “You can dream, create and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality”. When you give your people a powerful cause to work for, and a vision in which to take that cause, you give them purpose. When an organization has a purposeful culture, it has focus.

M is Good is continuing its work with Hope Reins to help achieve their vision of inspiring true hope and healing for every child. This organization has shown a deep passion for their cause and we are looking forward to seeing more of God’s glory revealed.

Our primary focus is to help organizations achieve their vision. Whether it’s through marketing and branding, or developing team culture and strategy. If you’d like to hear more about the solutions we offer, then contact us today. Or if you’d like to read up on some case studies, then visit our website here.

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Cattywampus :: Writing a Compelling Vision Statement

By Dave Jones

Vision statements are a great place for satan to sit and wreak havoc and he is certainly doing a good job of it. This is why I use the word cattywampus to describe how the world sees vision statements, mission statements, core values and the mighty brand promise. So if you happen to be confused, tell Satan to get out of your business. I am praying that this article will help you gain some clarity.

A vision statement is a vivid idealized description of a desired outcome that inspires, energizes and helps you create a mental picture of your future. A vision statement is a short, portable, easy to understand, inspiring, empowering, detailed, people oriented, memorable, destination driven by demographic and a God-inspired target statement. Vision (Hebrew, chazon) is derived from chazah, “to perceive, to foresee.” It is sometimes a synonym for “dream.” The corresponding Greek word in Acts, horaseis, means supernatural visions, usually meant to give a message to the public.

It is an oxymoron to say that vision is big; if it’s not big, then it’s not a vision statement. It is simply a statement or perhaps falls into the mission statement category. Vision is the future while mission statements are the steps to accomplishing the vision. There are actually 7 types of vision categories outside of a vision statement and 6 of them are biblical. These categories include:

  1. Dream or vision in the night - Acts 16:9 God gave Paul a vision at night in his dream. Dream was for him to move on to Macedonian
  2. Trance vision – Acts 10:10-16. Lord tells you symbolically what to do. Most common way God delivers a message to us when He can’t get through any other way
  3. Vision Casting - Seeing outside ourselves with spiritual eyes vision-Acts 7:55. Seeing spiritual world with our spiritual eyes.
  4. Spontaneous Vision - Spontaneous on sought of an inner picture – Dan 4:13 light and gentle mental picture or name on your mind as you are driving home. Most common type of vision
  5. Open Eyes Vision - This is a place and a need to have they eyes of our heart opened by the spirit so we can see the vision of God. Usually happens during prayer and worship. Seeking the Lord and expecting Him To fill you with vision and revelation. Scripture places great emphasis on lifting up your eyes and looking to see.
  6. Eyesight Vision - seeing with your natural eyes “I have great Vision”
  7. Vision Statement - Clearly Written Image of your future. You can’t create anything, if you don’t first have a picture of it. God planted a picture in Abraham’s heart. Gen 15:6. God came with a vision . Habakkuk 2:2 gives us a structure to build the vision statement
  8. Seers Vision - Prophets were often called seers. These were people who saw into the spiritual world and future events. Daniel was a seers prophet as was Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.

As noted earlier vision statements are often confused with mission statements, but they serve
complementary purposes. Understanding the different categories will clarify the context by which people express their comments. A vision statement checklist includes:

  1. Simplicity
  2. Comprehensibility
  3. Portable
  4. Inspiring
  5. Empowering
  6. Detailed
  7. People Oriented
  8. Memorable
  9. Target: Demographically and Destination

The best vision statements transcend a persons lifetime. The statement itself is usually 7-to 12 words with no conjunctions, such as and, but or however. If you can’t remember your vision for your life or your organization then you don’t have a vision statement.

Over the years I have collected some great vision statements. Here are some examples:

  • Oxfam: A just world without poverty (5)
  • Feeding America: A hunger-free America (4)
  • Human Rights Campaign: Equality for everyone (3)
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society: A World Free of MS (5)
  • Alzheimer’s Association: Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s (7)
  • Habitat for Humanity: A world where everyone has a decent place to live. (10)
  • Oceana: Oceana seeks to make our oceans as rich, healthy and abundant as they once were. (14)
  • Make-A-Wish: Our vision is that people everywhere. will share the power of a wish (13)
  • San Diego Zoo: To become a world leader at connecting people to wildlife and conservation. (12)
  • The Nature Conservancy: Our vision is to leave a sustainable world for future generations. (11)
  • Ducks Unlimited: Ducks Unlimited is wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever(13).
  • Anheuser Bush: To be the world’s best beer company(7)
  • Bill Gates: To have a computer in every home(7)
  • Caterpillar: Be the global leader in customer value(7)
  • Chick-fil-A: To be America’s best quick service restaurant(7)
  • DuPont: To be the world’s most dynamic science company(8)
  • Heinz: To be the world’s premium food company(7)
  • Office Depot: Delivering winning solutions that inspire worklife(6)
  • Christian Alliance for Orphans: Until every child has a home.

Since mission statements are the steps to the vision, they can be much longer and you can have multiple statements. The purpose of a properly written vision statement is to create a mental picture of the future charged with inspiration that can serve to energize, clarify and inspire you, your team, donors, clients and the community around your organization. The purpose of mission statements are to provide directional steps to achieving the vision. Mission statements are the “How” while vision is the “Why” and core values are “What” is important to the organization. Core values can come from the executive team or the original visionary. An easy place to start with the core values is to ask the question “What makes you mad”.

Your vision statement should error on the side of inspirational not factional, and stretch everyone in your organization. This stretch will allow the gates of heaven to open up and allow the holy spirit to permeate your body, donors, your organization, and community with clarity and growth. Contrary to popular belief, God and the holy spirit entering your life and organization is a good thing. He will help you see fractions of your vision coming together from the help of people all around the world. I have seen this happen several times, and it’s overwhelming.

When God gets involved, we become aware of what is possible. We begin to realize that dreams can be achieved, challenges can be conquered, and problems can be solved. A properly written vision statement backed by mission statements and core values unifies a team, opens up a completely new set of avenues and possibilities, which by itself is a tremendous source of passion and energy.

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4 Signs Of Burnout In Your Organization

By Dave Jones

It’s not just the mundane nine to five that can leave you physically and mentally drained. Sometimes, even the things you are most passionate about can become the very things that, in the end, lead to your demise.

For me, that was hockey.

It was something that had been a part of my life for the longest time but 15 seasons and 77 games later at age 19, it left me weak. Because of the demands of hockey, I was unable to do seemingly simple things like playing basketball with my friends. I hated hockey and myself. This affected my drive, my performance, and my overall well-being. That one experience made me never want to go back to such an unpleasant state of mind again.

Unfortunately, burnout isn’t something that happens solely in sports-it can happen in your organization too. Even the most dedicated employees can be subjected to burnout. When it happens, be sure to notice the signs.

1: Loss of motivation

When an employee that used to give everything 100% suddenly starts giving only 80%, that is a clear sign of burnout. When certain actions become repetitive, it’s very easy for the human mind to lose focus and discontinue looking forward to them. Nothing is surprising anymore. This leads to prolonging tasks and taking more breaks. Things that used to take half of the work day are suddenly extending into tomorrow.

2: Low morale

Naturally, with a loss of motivation comes a loss of enthusiasm. When your employees no longer seem to express excitement in certain projects, this is another key indication of burnout. Are they laughing, and joking with each other or have they secluded themselves in silence?

3: Unexplained drowsiness

It doesn’t take ten cups of coffee to disperse caffeine through your body. Are you noticing drowsiness in your employees? Think back to those days in school when you could sleep the full ten hours needed and still fall asleep in math. It wasn’t just your teacher’s monotonous drawl (though that probably was a factor) but the redundant nature of waking up, getting dressed, going to each class, doing work, having lunch, back to class etc. Simply put, its boring!

4: Depersonalization

When your employee has turned into a robot, that’s pretty obvious justification for burnout. It’s time for an intervention. The more exposure one has to something, the more desensitized they will be to it. In this case, a job. Too much of a good thing is never good. When I burned out from too much hockey, it was hard to see who I was outside of the sport. I wasn’t hanging out with friends as much and when I did, my conversation was limited to past games.

Helping your employees cope with stress and burnout begins by helping them understand their needs and strategy. How do they work? Are they the type that works better while multi-tasking? Do they need to listen to music while they work or go take a dip in the sunshine in between assignments?

To protect myself, personally, from burnout, I attempt to shake things up every two or three years. For instance, as of now, I am going back to school. This is something I don’t have to force myself to do because there is motivation behind it. There are deadlines for assignments and consequences for not completing those deadlines. This helps because I don’t have to say to myself, “Dave, go read a book.” There is motivation enough in getting every cent I paid for in my education. I would also suggest taking any class in general, if not fully going back for school. There are classes offered in many places from cooking to Crossfit.

Another strategy, I use to protect myself against burnout is to become strategic in my categories of involvement. For instance, I have been coaching clients for ten plus years and I have found that it is the same process over and over again. If I am not careful, I can feel trapped, which leads to frustration and burnout. Therefore, I strategically spend time with family, my wife, friends, hockey, marketing, video production and the Crossfit community.

Both strategies result in a more positive outlook on life. With going back to school, I am able to be better equipped for work, and it enhances my ability to take clients deeper in their strategy, marketing, and video production needs. Being strategic in my involvement not only helps with better time management but it helps me to give each category of my life the time it deserves.

If you recognize the signs of burnout in your organization, I recommend that you sit down and talk with your employees on methods of preventing it. Help them to remember that they are a valuable member of your organization and see if there is anything you can do to help.

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Transactional vs. Transformational

By Dave Jones

I was hit with a slap shot in the face. The puck severed the nerves between my teeth and my mouth, completely closed off my right septum, and broke my nose in three different places.

In one instant, my entire outlook on life was forced to change. For years I only saw myself as a hockey player, but a career ending injury forced me to rethink how I see things. I had to rebuild myself from inside out.

Over the years, I have tried to forget about the accident and move on. It was and is the most depressing time of my life. I had spent my entire life working towards becoming an elite hockey player, making single-minded transactional decisions looking towards only one goal. But with one transformational incident, I was forced to change direction.

Just as with my hockey career, sometimes you are hit with an unexpected blow. Whether it be a sudden slap shot, or a slow steady decline, we must be willing to move from  the transactional to transformational in order to be truly successful.

How Does This Fit Into Marketing?

In the world of marketing, there are countless messages to be shared, but only two paths to get you there: transactional and transformational. Turn on the tv, open a magazine, visit a website and you will see hundreds of marketing messages, all of which fit into these two categories.

Transactional marketing is simple and to-the-point, but also ineffective and all too common today. Transactional marketing focuses on the actual features, benefits and attributes of the product. The message is very linear and usually needs three times the frequency to resonate with the core audience. Transactional marketing campaigns are the easy way out, boring and usually not effective. This kind of marketing is usually a sign of no purpose, vision or strategy.

On the other hand, transformational marketing begins with understanding what truly motivates people and engages the prefered audience. A successful transformational marketing campaign mixes the art and the science of the product. Transformational marketing doesn’t just focus on the basic needs a products meets, but shows how a product is a part of the consumer’s lifestyle. A product is not just a tool, it is an extension of the customer’s identity.

Transformational marketing is backed by a vision to change the world. It focuses on the heart, creating a climate of grace, hope, trust, love, integrity and honesty. Transformational marketing inspires, motivates, and produces positive change in the organization and its potential followers and consumers. Transformational marketing is also acutely mindful of the moral, social, emotional and psychological needs of the desired consumer.

Don’t allow your organization to fall into the visionless pattern of transactional marketing. Transformational marketing will allow you to communicate your true identity, it will yield real results as the organization connects with consumers at their very core.

Below are some great examples of Transactional and Transformational Campaigns:

Transactional


Transformational

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What I learned from Jeremy

By Dave Jones

We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives — getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, or simply feeling more productive each day instead of feeling busy all of the time.

And for most of us, the path to those things starts by setting a specific and actionable goal. This is how I approached my life until I met Jeremy. Before Jeremy my focus was all or nothing goal. I would set goals for the hockey season, personal goals, and revenue goals for my company.

Jeremy’s vision is to be a world class athlete. The first time I worked out with Jeremy, I knew he was in a different league than me, and I am no slouch. When I started to hang around Jeremy he started to reshape my thinking, which later resulted in changing my behaviors. What I started to realize is that he marched to more effective and efficient beat….this beat was called “process”. He doesn’t focus on the goal, instead he focuses on the process.

What’s the difference between goals and process?

If you’re a coach, your goal is to win a championship. Your process  is to put together a perfect practice plans and build team cohesiveness.

If you’re a writer, your goal is to write a book. Your process is the writing schedule that you follow each week.

If you’re a runner, your goal is to run a marathon. Your process is your training schedule for the month.

If you’re an entrepreneur, your goal is to build a million dollar business. Your process is your sales and marketing process.

Jeremy competed at the highest masters track and field level possible, this means he needed to train everyday, regardless of how he was feeling. His process was to train everyday and soak his body everyday. His goal was to be a masters decathlon world champion.  Regardless of the pain or outside circumstances, he was laser locked on the daily process of eating, sleeping, and working out.  Could he ignore the goal to be the masters world decathlon champion and still get the results without the process? Answer is absolutely not. He needed the goal, and he needs the process to attain the goal. So many of us fall short of the goal because we either don’t establish the goal, or we don’t manage the process on a daily basis. The last two years of my professional career has been helping people understand the rigor of the daily process to attain the vision. Most people give up after 90 days.

Here is what Jeremy showed me

1. Be humble it inspires all around you.

No matter how good you think you are, there is someone out there that is 3 times better than you. So leave your ego at home. If you are that good, you don’t need to tell people they already know it. If you suck, they know that too. Talking to them about either situation just makes it worse.

2. Process increases your happiness.

When you focus on the goal, your identity becomes the goal. You may someday reach your goal and your ego gets an immediate but short-lived boost. But what happens when your goal gets taken away?  Depression, anxiety and stress sets in and you’re left with bigger problems.Your goal is not your DNA. Your success is not your goal. When I talk to Jeremy about his training he is always excited about telling me about his effort and commitment to the process. Jeremy knows his story is the process. What he learned through the process is how he calculates success. He doesn’t care about the medals and crowds. His motto “ Who are you when no one else is looking”, this is the real person and how he shapes his identity.

3. Committing to a process, not a goal.

Choosing a goal puts a huge burden on your shoulders. Jeremy isn’t focusing on his discus and javelin distances. Jeremy is committed to the process of throwing every day.

Americans place unnecessary anxiety and depression on themselves to get out of debt or get on the weight loss program (again and again). Let’s think more like Jeremy, keep things simple and reduce stress by focusing on the daily process and sticking to your schedule, rather than worrying about the big weight loss goal or debt we need to clear.  Commit to the process…and make smart daily process decisions.

When you focus on the rigorous practice instead of the goal, you can enjoy the present moment and improve at the same time.

4. Jeremy loves being rigorous.

Hanging out with Jeremy, you realize quickly that rigor is king to his thinking and behavior.

America is the fattest nation in the world, and each year, hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people sign up for weight loss programs and gyms in the months of January, February, and March. Beachbody has become a piranha for millions of Americans to spend $99.97 on a weight loss programs.

Most people don’t get through the second week of the weight loss program, because historically all programs fail. They don’t work. Let me say this again programs are dead they don’t work. wake up folks, you need to let go of 1980.

The first time I had dinner with Jeremy, he talked about throwing the discus. I was irritated beyond belief. He would talk about how many steps and spins down to the smallest detail and how many times he performed the throw. I reflected on that dinner for countless hours trying to understand the psychology of his rigor. I came to the conclusion, that he is passionate about rigor and process. Nothing in his training process was too big or too small for him to learn and relearn. He is humble and rigorous.

5. Jeremy fell in love where others fell apart and gave up.

I was so amazed at Jeremy’s commitment and saw how he fell in love with the process. So I asked him how he stays committed to the process. He said “ What most people hate to do, I learned to love it, this is my opportunity and their demise”.

Once I heard this, I asked myself what exercise I hated to do. The answer was easy “Burpees”. I mentally decided that I would humble myself, commit to the process, and fall in love with burpees. Last week, I accomplished a personal record of 25 burpees in 43 seconds. I love burpees! I am getting better every week at doing burpees. I have not arrived and I will never arrive, I love the process.

Goals can provide direction and even push you forward in the short-term, but eventually a well-designed process will always win. Having a process backed by the goal, will help you create a healthier and happier you. Allow vision to drive your thinking and behavior, and be humble and rigorous as you commit to a process.

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Mind, Body, Spirit

By Dave Jones

The holistic approach to any human being starts and ends with the Mind, Body and Spirit. It’s common in the market place to reference the Mind, Body, and Spirit, and think of it in that particular order. I would like to point out that we actually express these three in the wrong order. It should be Spirit, Mind, and Body. The order is very important as it pertains to our walk in life. Let me explain. If you don’t have your Spirit right, then your Mind and Body will follow.

So, the first priority in our daily walk, is to get our Spirit in tune with our Mind and Body. If we are not happy spiritually, then our mind will be confused, and our bodies will be out of shape. However, it is possible to have your Spirit right, but your Mind out of tune with your Spirit and Body. For example, my wife and I love the show, “The Biggest Loser”. We love watching the eight week complete transformation of an individual. Contestants walk onto the show hundreds of pounds over weight. What is interesting to my wife and I, is it’s really not about eating less and exercising more. This is how ABC promotes the show, and how they tell the story of the overweight contestant that comes to the Biggest Loser ranch at 550 lbs, and leaves the ranch 180lbs. What makes my wife and I emotional almost every episode, is when the trainers get deep down inside the contestants heart and mind, and see what the contestant is going through emotionally. The best trainers on the show will help them identify their dysfunctional inner Spirit problems, and get them to overcome their issues. Once they identify the issue, the trainer then begins to push them where they never imagined going before. The contestants that win every year are not the ones who consumed less calories and exercised more. They are the ones who were able to move past their problems the most. When your Spirit and Mind are right, your Body will follow. It doesn’t work the opposite way. You have to get your Spirit and Mind right before you can get your Body right.

So then, how do you get your Spirit, Mind and Body right? Feeding your Spirit comes in many different shapes and forms such as meditation, time alone, praying, and fasting. When you spend time alone in prayer and meditation, you grow and feed your Spirit. Getting your Mind right, is seeking knowledge. We’ve all pursued knowledge and end up with nothing to show for it. Getting your Mind right, is chasing knowledge inside your passions and skill-set. The Reset agency has an assessment tool called the Reset Meter, which helps to identify your Passion score, Self Determination score, Talent and Skill score. This would be one example of chasing knowledge and assessing yourself.

Thus, getting your Mind right, is processing data inside your passions and skill-set, which has the biggest and most therapeutic impact in your life. When you are chasing knowledge and wisdom and have the ability to apply it; that is when you feel the most free. Confucius once said “What I hear- I forget…What I see- I remember…What I do- I understand.”

Getting your body right is a little more misguided. There are hundreds of thousands of people that work out everyday and try to get their body into shape. Some people workout three days a week, five days a week, and some even workout seven days a week. The health and fitness industry is a billion dollar a month industry. Billions of dollars spent trying to figure out how to lose weight, and stay in shape. Beach Body products like P90x and Insanity, spend 9-10 million dollars a month in infomercial ads. If you are one of these people working out three to five, or even seven times a week on your body, then why are you not working on your Spirit and Mind five to seven times a week as well? The Spirit and Mind are equally as important as the body, yet we spend more money and time on our body. Why? The answer is simple. It’s more popular to work on your body, and more people make money off of you and your fat. Society tells us that our bodies and appearance are the most important things about us. Plus, companies have the added bonus of you coming back to spend more money, because 90% of all diet plans don’t work. Why you may ask? Re-read the above paragraphs. The “committee of they” doesn’t want you to have balance between your Spirit, Mind and Body. They want to keep you fat and out of shape, so they can make more money off of you!

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20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

By Jason Faber

If you are not moving forward, you are moving backwards.

If you are not growing, you’re dying.

If nothing changes, then nothing changes.

All the self-help books and seminars are peppered with these cliches for a reason. It’s because it begins and ends with you. Ever notice how the Bible is filled with stories of ordinary people who were asked by God to do extraordinary things? Notice that God loves to use people to demonstrate his power and glory?

Jules Verne, the author of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, was born in 1825 in Bretagne, France. He has written scores of books and is known around the world as the father of science fiction. He predicted America’s first flight to the moon — 142 years before it happened. He even wrote with amazing accuracy, how fast the rocket must go in order to break out of the earth’s orbit.

Verne also predicted that the America would be the most likely nation to put the first man on the moon. Predicting further that the launch to space would happen in Florida, so the debris could either fall to the west into the Gulf of Mexico, or into the east of the Atlantic ocean.

In my research, I learned that at age 34, Verne was a stock broker and was absolutely miserable in his job. He wrote that as a child, he had a passion for science and adventure. And when he combined two passions (that would appear to be total contradictions to each other) he penned a new style of writing called Science Fiction.

Imagine if Verne listened to his peers when he was at the crossroad of his life pondering his destiny? What if he chose not to follow his passions, and simply chased the easy money.

Fortunately, he chose to pursue his destiny and became the “Father of Science Fiction.”

His first book two years later, was a national best seller. And years later, a handful of scientists at NASA, who were instrumental in launching the first space program, would attest to howVerne’s writings expanded their visions in making the impossible possible.

Imagine if you never take your first step toward your passions. What would you be denying yourself and the world?

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David and Goliath

By Jason Faber

The story of David and Goliath is probably one of the greatest stories ever told. It’s a story that speaks to the heart of anyone who questioned their destiny and purpose.

The story begins with David being ridiculed for his small size when he volunteered to slay the giant. Surely, they thought, this little boy could not slay Goliath. Historians confirmed Goliath was a giant who stood nearly 10 feet tall, wore a garment that weighed over 125 pounds, and the tip of his spear alone accounted for 15 pounds of iron.

It’s no wonder the soldiers feared him, and laughed when David volunteered to slay him.

However, we find out David was no stranger to slaying beasts. He had killed lions and bears with his own hands. When he stepped out from the crowed and his offer was met with sneers, he had to take a step back. It was at this very moment, David had to remind himself of his purpose. That he knew how to slay dangerous animals and Goliath was no different.

David had to embrace his destiny.

As a weapon, he did not choose a spear or bow and arrow, but a small stone to put inside leather pouch of his sling. He then stepped out into the field to face Goliath. And with all of his might, he hurled the tiny stone and hits the center of the giant’s forehead striking him down instantly.

David reflected God’s glory by knowing who he was and by taking action.

The path to your destiny holds the same process. It’s understanding first that you were made in God’s image. He wants you to experience the desires of your heart and see you succeed for His Glory. He chose you because you are not like anyone in the history of humankind.

Your passion is linked to your gift. It’s given to you by God and has always been with you. It’s just a matter of embracing it, and for some, like David, you need to re-discover it.

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Mastering the Arc

By Dave Jones

I came from a hockey background and played for nearly 25 years, and for the past 10 years I have been coaching hockey. I’ve made it a habit to study coaches and teams, and how they perform best.

I’ve come to recognize there’s an art in getting the team to peak during playoff season. Some of the those elements include understanding individuals, instilling team values, and the ability of the coach to relate to his players and build trust within the team. It’s the crucial conversations in the locker rooms that foster the relationships between the players, management, and the coach. The level of trust between each player, their manager and their coach is in direct proportion to the performance of the team.

I’ve learned that trust is a key requirement to get your team to arc at critical times. It’s more important than individual talent or skill on any team at any level of sports. Throughout NHL sports history, we have seen the most talented teams finish last, while 8th place teams make it deep into playoffs. We have watched the least talented teams go on to even win the Stanley Cup.

But this phenomenon is not confined to locker rooms. So how does a CEO lead his team to arc at the right time?

It’s simple. A team must trust their coach and where “the team” is going. It’s imperative to build trust between the management team and employees. According to Gallup Poll 2011, only 10% of the US workforce trusts its management. This is a huge problem.

Bridging the trust gap between management and employees not only creates a happier work environment, but will also significantly decrease employee turnover and disengagement. When there is trust between management and employees, it allows everyone to emotionally invest in the vision of your organization.

So how do you know if your team can arc at the opportune time?

Ask everyone on your team if they know the vision of the organization, and how they see themselves contributing to it. Their answers will surprise you. Even if it’s not what you would expect, it will change the quality of the conversation and set you on the path to building trust.

Ensure the vision is not just being communicated, but is personally embraced at every level of your company. When your whole team embraces the vision and trusts their leadership, your team will be ready to arc for the big games.

 

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Just Quit

By Jason Faber

Yep, you heard me. Quit. Quit more things than ever before. Make each new year your Happy New-less Year!

Every New Year, we fall in the same thought pattern. Looking back at what we accomplished, but more about what we didn’t accomplish. Becoming more determined that this is the year. Yogi Berra said it right, “It’s deja vu all over again.”

Hey, I’m all for having a positive attitude and great expectations, but let’s get real.

We look at our friends on Facebook and we see pictures of their lives and we think, “geez, that’s nice”. Or we stare at crafts and designs on Pinterest, and second guess our talents and abilities. We say to ourselves, “If only I _______ .” And you fill in the blank.

Well, I’m gonna fill it in for you. If only I quit __________.

So, work on quitting more things, than starting new things.

I learned from an expert on productivity that there are three things you need to look at:

1. What do you need to stop doing
2. What do you need to continue doing
3. What do you need to start doing

The first step is most important, but most of us skip it when reviewing our business and personal lives. It’s key to maximizing productivity and happiness. It’s what will get us closer to fulfilling our purpose and vision.

In a 2008 interview with Betsy Morris, Steve Jobs of Apple once said, “People think focus means saying ‘yes’ to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying ‘no’ to the hundred other good ideas that there are.”

You are the CEO of your destiny. So make each new year happen by quitting more things. Say “no” more often.

What will you quit doing this year?