Life is comprised of opportunities to create teachable moments if we are intentionally looking for them. This is extremely important if we are parents and/or leaders in other organizations. Now I will start off by admitting I am not impressed by Colin Kaepernick and I do not agree with his recent decision to disrespect our nation’s service men and women by sitting during out National Anthem before his NFL games. It is unfortunate. I am however also disappointed in how so many of my friends whom I agree with have decided to respond to his decision to protest social injustice in this manner.
Have you ever planned on doing something you had plenty of time to accomplish, but somehow managed to not get it done until the very last minute? I know I have. While some people struggle less with procrastination than others I believe it is a constant challenge we are all faced with on a daily basis. I have heard it said, “Work expands to all time available.” In most areas of life we can juggle this and still seem to get by. While delaying action with homework assignments and getting to work on time can certainly create stressful situations they rarely carry life changing consequences. What if there are some areas of our lives where we are procrastinating and could potentially do so for years and years? Is it possible there are some areas that we must take action in now? If so, what could force us into taking action?
Being a husband and father is tough. It is definitely the hardest and most worth-while experience of my life. I am willing to bet all spouses and parents would agree with this. Leading our families requires very intentional thinking and actions to create the outcomes we desire. We face so many challenges, but there is one challenge I see families faced with more and more every day that places a stranglehold on millions of families across America – finances. Perhaps I should say lack of finances. Early on this was a huge struggle for our family. It was the number one stressor in our relationship and often the only thing Beth and I ever fought about. I learned to create and focus on one simple word which has radically transformed our family life and completely removed this stress from our household.
This is a topic I have strong opinions on and I cannot add or subtract anything from this incredibly well thought out blog post from The Gospel Centered Mom. Please visit her blog to gain some incredible parenting wisdom: http://gospelcenteredmom.blogspot.com/2014/12/what-to-do-about-santa.html?m=1
Last night’s Men’s Leadership Call was powerful. This is the most significant contribution I have made for our culture and society to date. You and any man you know will be blessed if you listen to the replay. Please pass this along and share with other men you know WHY they need to listen to this.
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In my last two posts, I Don’t Like To Read & What Are You Feeding Your Mind, I shared some thoughts and insights into the important of reading. As a follow up I figured I would share some of my favorite books in the following categories: Faith, Parenting, Personal Development, Finances, Leadership, & Business. There are several other great books in all of these areas. In fact I would love to hear from you about your favorite books in any or all of these areas. I know of several other great books that have been recommended to me by friends and mentors who I trusts. I only wanted to recommend and endorse books I have personally read and received tremendous value from.
Yesterday I shared Coach Richt’s 3 Point Plan For Fatherhood.
Love your wife
Show the way
I focused on changes we as parents need to make to help our kids grow into successful adults by showing the way. One of the most important areas we need to show the way in is by loving our wives. Now I know we all know this and if any of us were asked we would all respond, “I love my wife.” That is good, but loving our wives goes so much beyond just saying we love them. It really comes down to how we act each day. I am talking about actively loving them.
Andy Andrews says parenting is the most important job on the planet and I 100% agree with him. I realize not all of you who are reading my blog are parents yet, but hopefully you will be one day soon. I gained so much wisdom and insight from All Pro Dad Live this past weekend. Hands down the most powerful speaker to me was University of Georgia head football coach, Mark Richt . I am not a UGA fan, but coach Richt
is a phenomenal leader who has his priorities straight. In the middle of college football season he left practice early on a Saturday to come invest in a group of men who desire to be better fathers. Coach Richt
shared a 3 point plan for fatherhood.
One of the most important lessons I have learned in leadership is the decision to seek wisdom.
Author, Andy Andrews, identified the 2nd decision that determines person success to be, “Today I Will Seek Wisdom”. This is something that sounds good, but is not as easy as we may first think at face value. Seeking wisdom requires more than just reading and studying. Now those are definitely a component of seeking wisdom, but seeking wisdom is a very ACTIVE decision. It requires that we are actively searching.