Month: May 2014

Forgiveness

In life, good intent can do well enough… but it’s not until we deeply connect with others that true change really takes place.

(Goff illustrates this point by telling a story of a Ugandan criminal he worked with who experienced stunning and transforming forgiveness, and the powerful changes that resulted.)

Forgiveness – the saying here would apply that “it takes two to tango”. On the one side, RELEASE: a letting go of your right to avenge, a letting go of the entangling cords that bind you when you’ve are wronged. On the other side, RECEIVE: firstly, acknowledging that you have done wrong, and that you need forgiveness, and secondly, that someone else has the power to forgive (or not forgive) you.

Nothing can stand in the way of God’s love for us (as Romans 8:38-39 so vividly puts it) – His love and forgiveness are ultimate and complete. We’re asked, challenged, even required to live our lives in this same way.

Put others first. Receive forgiveness; be a forgiver! Pursue these, and experience true and lasting change in your life and in the world.

Adapted from the “Love Takes Action” talk by Bob Goff at the Global Leadership Summit 2013. Part 6.

Say Yes

Do you want have power in your leadership and life? If so, learn to say “Yes”.

OK sure – don’t say yes to everything! But do ask yourself: “What matters the most?” Say Yes to that. When you say Yes to some things, you’re also saying No to others.

Goff makes a habit of quitting something every Thursday. Seems to me like a lot of quitting! But saying “No”, obviously helps to bring clarity about what his “Yes” will be.

What opportunities is God opening up for you? What possibilities are presenting themselves? God wants to blow your mind! So, seek out the open spaces, be action-minded, and say Yes to God’s way… and No to everything else.

Adapted from the “Love Takes Action” talk by Bob Goff at the Global Leadership Summit 2013. Part 5.

 

Be Not Afraid

If we weren’t afraid, we could live up to the high calling we’ve received… but all too often we fake it. If we weren’t afraid, we could help others live up to the high calling they’ve received… but all to often we simply pull others down.

Don’t be afraid: be honestly, truthfully, daringly yourself! Don’t be afraid: be strong, be different, be outrageous… and build other people up!

We can choose to see people differently. Not just who they are now, but who they could be! Choose to see the potential in others and treat them accordingly.  An example (from Matthew 16:18) of Jesus speaking to Simon: “You are Peter, a rock”. Jesus sees him as he will be, and speaks this truth into his life.

Don’t be afraid, but choose the different path of speaking life to those around you. Speak into people’s potential and not their failures, and you will blow their socks off!

Adapted from the “Love Takes Action” talk by Bob Goff at the Global Leadership Summit 2013. Part 4.