My schedule is my best friend and my biggest adversary.
There have been several times over the course of my week, I start off knowing the many things I need to do, the appointments I need to keep, the errands I need to run, etc. My mind knows all of it, but it doesn’t always keep track of it for me. There have been times I have completely forgotten about something, simply because it wasn’t written on my calendar.
This goes beyond forgetting, also. There are times I know something needs to get done, but I don’t make time for it. I know I need to dedicate time to writing, but I don’t block off time on my calendar for it, and I fill that available time with other activities.
This brings to mind a simple, yet profound practice: making my calendar work FOR me.
If you’ve known me for any length of time, I hope it’s clear I’m passionate about leadership development and leadership growth. I’m always talking about how we can apply ourselves and enlarge our capacity to do and be our absolute best. There is always so much to learn and so many ways to advance our cause and our impact.
As leaders, our focus tends to be on what we need to do to grow ourselves, so we can grow our influence. I want to take a slight detour from that for one moment and talk about something I think is important for you to remember: your lasting ripple effect. What you do in your leadership journey impacts the lives and affects the hearts of others for generations to come.
Even, and especially, when we may not realize it.
Last week I shared about the time in life when we, as students, are desperate for a teacher. Tagging along after that, I want to unpack the importance of relationships, and even the importance of a single, strategic relationship.
Everything in life happens because of relationship. We were all created to relate to and with other people. We’re not supposed to be doing this thing called “life” all by ourselves. Every door that will ever open for you, every opportunity that will ever come to you, every promotion you’ll ever receive, every engagement or gig you’ll ever get in your work, if you take a good, hard genuine look, you’ll find all of those doors and opportunities opened because of a certain relationship.
There’s an old saying, though I’m not sure who to give credit to, that goes like this: “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.”
It has nothing to do with universities or teacher shortages. As we go through life and make an intentional effort to develop our gifts, our talents, our skills, our leadership, and we’re becoming more competent in the things we’ve been called and created to do, we’re spending so much time growing.
Contained within a single, tiny seed is infinite potential. One seed planted in the ground produces one tree, but one tree produces fruit every season. Within each piece of fruit are multiple seeds. This is exponential multiplication!
Where we choose to plant our seed is going to bring us a harvest, whether we like it or not. The principle is very simple. If you sow generosity, you will reap generosity. If you sow time into something, someone at some point is going to sow time back into you.
The seed is a powerful thing and can explode your success, take you years forward, and set you up for a harvest for years to come. Let’s talk about the different kinds of seeds.
You’ve heard it said principles will work for you if you apply them, and these are certainly no exception. They may be a little unorthodox, or different from what you’v heard before, but these principles will work on an entirely different level for you. If you apply them, that is.
Want results? Want a roadmap for your next step? It just so happens these principles will provide that – IF – you apply them.
Recently we had a big move, transitioning out of an office I’ve worked from for many years, to a new – yet old – office. Previously, I drove several miles from home to a space I shared with several other people and businesses. Don’t get me wrong – that office led to some incredible relationships with some incredible people and served me so well the time I was there.
It was time, however, for a change. It was time to up the ante. At just the right time, I was introduced to the owner of my new building, and now am in a beautiful, rustic office. I am so grateful for this new office for so many reasons, including it’s close proximity to my home and family, my relationship with the landlord who owns it, and especially his story of how the building came to be.
I wanted to share the history of my new home-away-from-home with you all today, and hope you can apply some valuable life-lessons from its history, as well as its current purpose.
Wondering how on earth you could learn a life-lesson from an office building? Listen in and I promise you, it will be a story well worth hearing.