In his newly published book, Instinct, Jakes dedicates a chapter to leading. Here are 10 quotes from the book that highlight his philosophy:
1. “Unfortunately, much of what I see today isn’t about fulfilling one’s true potential as much as it is about appearing to fulfill what other people expect.”
2. “We instinctively know how to lead if we allow ourselves. …When instincts are ignored, leaders become followers, and followers become unemployed.”
3. “Anything that we do for years that doesn’t match the inner imprint of our gifting will eventually become monotonous and routine, ritualistic and frustrating.”
4. “The same proclivities that made me an effective pastor didn’t necessarily produce the skill set required for greater leadership of my business team and personal staff. …I had to learn to distinguish ministry from management and potlucks from portfolios.”
5. “Leadership emerges not only when an individual can capably do what needs doing; the real test is passed when a person can implement what needs to be done through others.”
6. “When you operate independently in the midst of your team, it stunts their growth as well as your own. You don’t want to lead a task, run a business, direct a philanthropy, or guide a church if your stakeholders assume you don’t need their help. If you want to lead by your instincts, then you must create a vision large enough that you cannot achieve it alone. …Start pushing something that you can’t carry and watch how people will come to your aid. But pick up a box you can manage, and people will simply watch you carry the load.”
7. “Don’t allow the criticisms of others or the distractions of the urgent to deter you from your destiny.”
8. “I prefer leaders who have been in the trenches. I tend to prefer people who know what it means to rise through the ranks and see the organization from a variety of angles and positions. Because I am admittedly a pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps person who worked his way up, always crawling before walking, I value people who have enjoyed wide and diverse experiences, people who have failed and learned something from what went wrong, people who shrugged it off and kept going.”
9. “Often our drives and tenacity come from the places that stink in our lives. The sweet smell of success is often preceded by the sour stench of past mistakes.”
10. “Many people seem to have trouble identifying their highest passion and gifting. I often tell them, ‘Your purpose is in your passions—not just what you love but what you passionately hate.’ …If you can’t stand to see bad hairdos, maybe you should consider becoming a stylist.”
Everyone has an opinion, just ask them. The problem is not if we have an opinion but what do we do with it. Many people need a place to express themselves so bad they end up on social media saying things that get them and others in trouble.
That’s one of the many things I love about journaling. I have a place to rant, celebrate, and just verbally explode all over a page. The best part is, no one knows about it.
Need a moment to express yourself? Grab your journal and begin writing.
Here are a few statements you can add to get started:
1.”One thing I’m tired of seeing in the world is ___________________.”
2.”If I gave people a secret glimpse into my ___________________, what they’d find inside is ___________________.”
3.”I think people might be inspired by my story about ___________________.”
4.”I have SO many great tips on how to___________________.”
5.”For years, I’ve been saying, “I ought to write a book about ___________________.”
I must confess to being a fan of Mike Rowe for a long time. I couldn’t miss an episode of Dirty Jobs. Mike’s love for what he called the ‘ordinary man’ was infectious. He said in a recent interview the purpose of doing the show Dirty Jobs was to highlight the people who hold our society together. Even though the entertainers (sportsman, actors, singers, etc) get all the publicity, it’s the hardworking men and women who really need to be the superstars.
It’s a great concept. After the show ended, I lost touch with what Mike Rowe was doing until recently stumbling upon his new podcast entitled, “That’s The Way I Heard It.” This podcast highlights stories that many of us have never heard and brings fresh perspective to old ideas.
He has been on a blistering pace of releasing one new podcast a week which most podcasts do not do these days. They only last about 5 minutes each so you can easily hear the story on a quick trip from point A to point B. The stories also tend to be the kind I want to repeat because they are so fascinating.
Give it a shot. You’ll enjoy listening or at least that’s the way I heart it.
Last night was our monthly FIRST WEDNESDAY worship experience.
We had an amazing time. I loved watching everyone worship Jesus as we sang, received communion, and prayed together.
During the message, I mentioned the importance of developing the GRACE GIFT God has given all of us. It’s that divine enablement we all have which gives us the ability to minister to others.
I talked about the ‘personal growth wells” I draw from all the time in order to grow myself. Many wanted to hear them again after church so here it is for everyone:
By the way, I’m hoping to finish book number 12 before the end of the week.
Here are most of the pastors/speakers who are currently in the rotation>>>
This list is constantly changing but this is my current list>>>
1. Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast
2. Matt Keller Leadership Podcast
3. Perry Noble Leadership Podcast
4. Leadership Momentum Podcast
5. EntreLeadership Podcast
6. The Andy Stanely Leadership Podcast
7. Michael Hyatt “This Is Your Life” Podcast
8. The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast
9. Get-It-Done Guy
10. The School of Greatness (Lewis Howes)
What do you do to grow the GRACE GIFT God has given you?