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.

Land the Plane

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.

Let Leadership Develop

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.

Do Stuff

This is how we know what love is: Jesus laid down his life for us, and so we ought to do for our brothers and sisters… Let’s not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (Paraphrase from 1 John 3:16-18)

Love God… love people…. and do stuff! We make a difference that counts when we take action, when we get involved with people.

Who are you? What do you want? What difference can you make that no-one else can, right now? Answer those and you will live well, and you will lead well.

In Matthew 5, we are taught to love even our enemies… so that we become like children of God, and become perfect like He is. Struggling with the earlier questions? Try this: Who is God? What does He want from you?

Live life worthy of the calling that YOU have received. Love God, love people, and take action, today.

Adapted from the “Love Takes Action” talk by Bob Goff at the Global Leadership Summit 2013. Part 1.