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Leadership Thoughts of the Week

“I would not fear an army of lions if they were led by a sheep. I would fear an army of sheep if they were led by a lion.” – Alexander the Great


I would rather live with scars than regrets.


“Don’t pray for promotion. Pray to become promotable.” – Peter Haas


Don’t despise the journey. That’s where God creates the character that will sustain   you down the road.


“The most important thing you can have is a vision or goal of want to become. You can’t just settle for being ‘better’. Must have a clearly defined goal. Then you know when you are making progress. You know when you are slipping. You stay motivated.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Book Reviews, Leadership, Personal Development, Read Everything

Leadership Thoughts of The Week

I’ve always heard it said that,

“leaders are readers and readers are leaders.”

That statement has a lot of truth to it. However, I’ve learned something very ‘common sense’ lately. It doesn’t matter how much we read if it’s not applied. Mind blowing, right? Well for me, it is. I have a goal over the past few years of reading 50 books a year. While that’s a great goal, if the lessons hidden within each book isn’t applied, the time has been wasted. And, let’s be honest. Most books, no matter how great, can usually be summed up into a handful of bit-sized principles. (some less)

Therefore, I now keep a open app on my iphone and when something hits me, I type it in. Then over the following week, when there’s a free moment, I pull those thoughts out and pour over them. Sometimes they inspire a whole new line of thinking never before imagined. Sometimes they are great reminders of what I’ve already learned. Either way, it’s been helpful.

Therefore, as an act of accountability, I’m going to begin listing some of leadership thoughts that spoke to me over the past week  here. Hope they’re helpful:

A winning behavior will not thrive in a culture that does not support it.

-Your ToDon’t list is just as important as your ToDo list.

-Think steps not programs.

-If your habits don’t reflect your dreams and goals, you can either change your habits or change your dreams and goals.

-Do whatever you can to reinforce someone’s confidence by helping him to achieve small victories. So much of leadership comes down to knowing the people you are leading and providing them with what they need to succeed. It is also about making them confident to take risks and make changes.

-When things aren’t going right, the most important thing you can do is slow down, go deep, and figure out why.

-Leadership is more about trust you have earned than the authority you have been granted.

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Leadership, Personal Development, Read Everything

Two Mantra’s I Live By

Someone recently asked me a great question:

“Brandon, what is a phrase you live by?”

What they wanted to know was if I had a personal mission statement or could I sum up my focus into one phrase.

That’s actually a great question. I know too many people who get up every morning without any idea of how they plan to “WIN” that day.

I told this young leader I have two:




The first one is the way I attack every situation. Before I do anything, I pray. Before I send that text message, I pray first.

Before I book that meeting, I pray first.

Before I tell my wife if I liked her cooking, I pray-pray-pray first. (It’s always excellent, by the way.)

It reminds me that our true strength only comes from above so I want His blessing and wisdom in every action of the day.

The second one is what keeps me motivated to do the RIGHT things.

It’s important to realize as a leader you cannot take anyone where you have not been. So, as a leader we must constantly be growing, expanding, and reaching higher. I don’t read veraciously because I always enjoy it. I do it because I’M THE PACK LEADER.

When I don’t feel like working any more, I do it anyway. Why? Because I’M THE PACK LEADER.

These are the two phrases that give me focus and determination. They also help me prioritize what’s important. They guide me in almost everything I do.

Question for you:

Do you have a personal mission statement or phrase that you live by?

Do you have a plan for how you are going to WIN today?

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A Letter to RLC, Read Everything

A Letter to RLC>>>

Hello RLC!
Still celebrating our great weekend and the four people who gave their lives to Christ!!!! It’s such an honor for God to trust us and send people who need Him in our direction.
You’re making a difference RLC.

Here are a few things I wanted to share with you this week:

1. SERIES PREMIERE. This past weekend we began a series that I know is going to change people’s lives forever. It’s impossible to encounter the Word of God and remain the same. We talked about how God specializes in using ordinary people to do extra-ordinary things.

We also talked about the importance of seizing the opportunity of a lifetime during the lifetime of the opportunity.

Big Ideas:

  • Allow your heart to be broken by the things that break God’s heart.
  • Some of the most important time you’ll spend in your life is time spent seeking God.
  • If it’s going to be, it’s up to me.
  • God can turn your misery into your ministry.

To view the message or download the message notes, click here.

2. SUMMER EVENTS. There are still three more RLC Summer Events happening. Make sure you mark you calendars now so you won’t miss anything. Click here to view the upcoming dates.

3. NEW PODCAST. Many of you have been asking when my new podcast “Better Every Day” will be released. We’re working hard on it and have even begun releasing some pilot episodes. Keep checking back to this blog for more information.

That’s all for now.  It’s going to be a great week. See you this weekend.

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Better Every Day Podcast

Episode 3: 3 Tech Hacks to Help You Have A Better Day

1. A Note Taking App. Evertnote or SimpleNote

2. A Todo or Task Management App. Wunderlist or Carrot

3. Remove Notifications from your Social Media Apps.


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