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.
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.
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.
For real growth, embrace (or give) real responsibility.
We learn when we’re stretched to our limits (and beyond), and failing is part of the process. Leaders can provide the environment and support for safe risks (what Tim from Endeavor Movement calls “falling forward”), but we must allow room for a real victory. Or a real failure.
Goff tells the story of an extremely difficult plane landing that his son made. In the midst of a life-and-death situation “I didn’t say anything.” Real responsibility was given, and real consequences were held (and handled) in his son’s hands.
Are you stretching to your limits and embracing real responsibility? Are you giving the same opportunities to others?
Adapted from the “Love Takes Action” talk by Bob Goff at the Global Leadership Summit 2013. Part 3.
The leadership gift takes time to develop… kind of like a photo from a polaroid camera. Objects start to develop slowly; you can make out an outline, a face, a smile. With time, the picture gets stronger, and at a certain point it reaches completion.
This truth has a nice parallel to the Christian hope of eternal life, expressed in 1 Corinthians 13:12: Now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
In your own life, and in the lives of those around you, remember: it’s often more important to head generally in the right direction, than it is to have everything laid out and perfect from the beginning.
Set the course for your life, imagine what you’re aiming at, and move steadily and consistently toward it.
Adapted from the “Love Takes Action” talk by Bob Goff at the Global Leadership Summit 2013. Part 2.