Blind Visionary Seeking Vision

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Have you ever experienced a time in your life where the gifts and abilities you have, malfunctioned? I am in a season where a gift I was so familiar with now seems too far from me.
 
I am a visionary. I see into the future. I am able to forecast how things can play out as well as the conclusions of certain pathways. I am able to see what is likely to result.
 
It was a gift, but without understanding, it could distract me from being present. I had a hard time being in the moment. 
 
And then, this gift of vision seemed as if it was gone. For whatever reason I couldn't see forward. On the road to Damascus, the Apostle Paul lost his vision when he met Jesus Christ. From that point on, his life transformed. He spent three days blind before God restored his vision. Being still and praying was Paul's only option. 
 
He had to wait. I had to wait. As I waited I realized what had contributed to losing my vision. 
 
There is an Ipad game called Zombie Highway. The intent in the game is to drive as far as possible without crashing or having our vehicle flip. Our car can crash by running into debris in the road or, it can flip over when there are too many zombies on our car.
 
To be successful, it requires us to look forward instead of at the zombies. Their presence is distracting and it causes us to focus on them instead of the road. In most cases, the zombies never hurt us or flip us over, they just distract us and cause us to crash.
 
There are a lot of zombies on my car now. There are too many for me to handle on my own. I need help. 
 
My help has given me glimpses of the vision I have temporarily lost. Others tell me what is ahead, when I can't see it. My community has acted as a make shift set of eyeballs for this blind visionary. Where I can't see, they can. Where I can't direct, they do.
 
They push me forward with encouragement, direction and counsel. They help me to steer and knock zombies off my car.
 
We can't do this journey alone. In many seasons of our life, we need others to help carry our burdens. 
 
In this season of life, are you being helped by someone or helping others?

February 26th 2014: Best Content Of The Last Week

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I am currently reading The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.

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Best In Faith

Is Your Ability to See God Blinded? By Oswald Chambers

"The people of God in Isaiah’s time had blinded their minds’ ability to see God by looking on the face of idols. But Isaiah made them look up at the heavens; that is, he made them begin to use their power to think and to visualize correctly."

Best In Working Smart

The Inefficiency of Long Hours, by Freakonomics

"The perplexing thing about the cult of overwork is that, as we’ve known for a while, long hours diminish both productivity and quality."

Best In Leadership

A Challenge To Lead, By Keith Eigel

"My hope for all of us is when we find ourselves in the midst of challenges that contradict our current understanding, we will chose to lean into them in ways that give us a new clarity—a self-authored understanding of who we want to be. That’s what the growth that increases our effectiveness is all about."

Best In Thought Provoking

Uninformed or ignorant? By Seth Godin

"The more I think about this, the more I'm aware of just how ignorant I've chosen to be. Not a happy thought, but a useful wake-up call."

Hills and Valleys

Hills & Valleys

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” - Psalm 23:4

Right now, I feel like God is far from me. 

Last year I went through a season of, I would describe as, being on the mountain top with God. Once I got to the top, I took another step, and I fell off and into the valley of darkness. This is the valley I am walking in now. I am grateful, I have not had to walk it alone. I keep moving, and I keep walking. 

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February 19th 2014: Best Content Of The Last Week

In case you missed it, my last post was on fighting, Click here to read it...

I just finished reading Start by Jon Acuff. I am now reading The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.

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Best in Sales & Marketing

The Justice of Price Premiums

"When you neglect to provide options, the client goes in search of something against which to compare your offering and its price point. It might be past experience, similar services from other firms or a host of other comparison points. By offering options, you move the question from “how do I know this is good value?” to “which of these is the better value?” The latter question is the one the brain is equipped to answer; the one you should be enabling your client to answer. (If the enormity of this point hasn’t hit you, you had better read these three paragraphs again.)"

Best in Decision Making

Deciding Not to Decide by Pete Wilson

"Making all of the decisions does nothing to help develop other leaders or make them feel like they’re an important part of the process and furthermore it continues to feed your self deception that you’re actually the smartest person in the room."

Best in Giving

Video: What would you do with $25,000?

Best in Wedding Proposals

Video: She thought they were making a fun video... Instead he proposed

 

 

Fighting On Different Hills

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The other day I was watching our two oldest children, Madison and David. Madison decided to stake claim to the fact, the Ipad was her toy and she was playing with it. 

"It's my toy." She proclaimed.

Apparently, her announcement made David think she was talking about the toy train he was holding, so he responded. "No, it's my toy!"

They proceeded to go back and forth saying to each other, "No, it's my toy!"

This unraveled as they both became angry with each other. It was as if they thought the other was staking claim to their toy when, in reality, they were talking about two different things. At this point they were so distraught, they seemed to fear the other taking their toy away.

Have you ever been in a fight with a team member, spouse or a friend just to realize at the end you were talking about different things? Were you operating with different definitions of the same word? How many of these arguments and fights would be prevented if we sought clarity before we started? 

I remember several years ago debating with my father-in-law for hours only to realize at the end we agreed on what we were arguing about. It turned out we were arguing because we had a few misunderstandings early on in the dialog. Afterwards, I felt like we had wasted so much time. All this effort and energy expended only to realize we were fighting on different hills. 

As I have learned many times over, it is important to seek clarity and seek it early. When we do this, we have a better foundation for our relationships and interactions.

Where do you need to seek clarity to prevent unnecessary discord?

February 12th 2014: Best Content of the Last Week

In case you missed it, my last post was on procrastination. Click here to read it.

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Best in Marriage

Why Your Marriage Needs Fighting, and Lots of It by Selena Frederick

"Sometimes it’s easier to not fight. It’s easier to ignore the problem(s) and just try to get through the day. But this tends to leave us divided and unable to fight for our marriages."

Best in Thinking Different

...different people differently by Seth Godin

"A very long time ago, shoe salespeople realized that shoes that don't fit are difficult to sell, regardless of what you've got in stock. Today, the people you serve are coming to realize that like their shoe size, their needs are different, regardless of what your urgent agenda might be."

Best In Eye Opening

Could Your Brain Be Hacked? by ASAP Science

Best In Learning

The Power of Empathy by RSA

Best in Short Films

PROXiMITY (A Short Film by Ryan Connolly)

Why We Procrastinate

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We procrastinate in life. 

It could be doing a chore, pursuing a dream, starting a business, or writing a book.

Why do we do it? If we are honest with ourselves, it seems we can boil it down to three fundamental reasons. 

  1. We believe if we wait long enough, it won't need to be done. 
  2. We believe if we wait long enough, someone else will do it.
  3. It is not a priority.

Truly facing reality can be difficult, but it's our first step in being proactive.

What, in your life, are you procrastinating? Which is your reason?

February 5th 2014: Best Content Of The Week

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Best in Faith

How I (Malcolm Gladwell) Rediscovered Faith

"I wanted to know where the Derksens found the strength to say those things. A sexual predator had kidnapped and murdered their daughter, and Cliff Derksen could talk about sharing his love with the killer and Wilma could stand up and say, “We have all done something dreadful in our lives, or have felt the urge to.” Where do two people find the power to forgive in a moment like that?"

Best in Fishing

Near World Record Lake Trout - YouTube

Best in Sports

Slam Dunk Edition

Best in Self Awareness

8 Common Thinking Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day and How to Prevent Them - The Buffer Blog

"I was seriously shocked at some of these mistakes in thinking that I subconsciously make all the time. Obviously, none of them are huge, life-threatening mistakes, but they are really surprising and avoiding them could help us to make more rational, sensible decisions."

Best in Leadership

Pave The Way

"What would it take for a leader to feel pride when an employee resigns? It would take a leader who had decided to be intentional about living out his legacy, which then inspired one of his employees to do the same. We made the claim last week that unexpected things can happen when someone lives out their legacy, and a “Lyceum casualty” could be one of those things."

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