Where do you feel "at home"?
Where do you feel "at home"?
Over the past three months I have been consulting with The 315 Project. Their mission is to help Christians know and share their story. As part of our journey together, I went through their process of knowing and sharing my story.
I have been on quite the journey over my 29 years here on earth. God has continued to demonstrate Himself through me and my story. I share my story to inspire, teach and give hope to others who are struggling in life.
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Have you heard it takes 21 days for form a habit? Perhaps you’re the wiser, having read the details of psychologist Pippa Lally’s research at the University College of London that suggests habits take much longer, up to 254 days, or about 66 days on average. That’s as far as most people get. But to really understand habits, especially why some are so elusive, you must understand the x-factor…automaticity.
Teaching young people to sell is a priceless gift. The confidence and clarity that comes from being able to engage and to cause a transaction is a trait that can pay off for a lifetime.
Are you ever afraid someone will ask you why you believe what you believe? Do you fear someone might question what you believe?
Responding to people's questions and challenges can get complicated. But what if you were confident you had the answer to the most important question about your faith?
If we are not motivated to work hard we are likely missing Purpose and Vision.
Purpose is our why. Why are we working? Why should we get out of our comfort zone to do hard things? Purpose propels us forward. It is what pushes us to do what we need or want to accomplish.
Vision is our where. Where will working take us? Where will we end up when all is said and done? Vision pulls us forward.
In the carrot and stick analogy, purpose can act as our stick (push motivation) where vision can act as our carrot (pull motivation).
When we don't start something, it is likely because we don't have sufficient purpose.
If we have the motivation to start something but not to finish, we likely have an insufficient vision (or confidence in it) for it.
When we combine a strong purpose and vision, we are able to start and finish what we set our mind to. This is the key to becoming an achiever.
Who is Jesus of Nazareth?
Who has had the most impact on your life?
How can this transition framework help your organization?
Have you shared your story lately?
Our first stage in the audit process is where we paint three portraits. The portrait of our past, the portrait of our present and the portrait we want our future to be.
Our past is important because it gives us insight into our origin and where we came from. It also allows us to learn how we succeeded and how we failed. These lessons are invaluable as we move forward.
When we have a clear picture of the present, it allows us to see how we have changed from when we started. It also gives us our starting point in moving towards our future.
Our future is important because it will be the vision which leads our actions. The contrast between the present and the future allows us to see and prioritize the gaps we must bridge in order to arrive at our destination.
Our third stage is where we decide what we will do next. We have seen the portrait of our past, present and future. We have determined we want to keep going, change or stop.
If we chose to change, our process revealed insight which led to ideas for improving what we were doing. Our next step is to create a plan for beginning our journey of change.
If we chose to continue without change, our process ought to have affirmed us that what were doing was in deed the best way to accomplish what we were intending to accomplish. At this point, our next steps is to memorialize the audit process story for future reference.
If we chose to stop, our process has saved us from wasting future efforts and resources in an endeavor ultimately leading to termination.
The Core (Purpose, Vision, Mission & Core Values) is the most important element of our organization. We want our core strong because it will be what holds us together through time and tough circumstances. Auditing the core assess it's strength and accuracy. We follow a process to determine how strong it is. Where elements of the core are missing, we will work together to fill in the gaps.
The Support layer (Departments) is how we segment our organization so we can easily delegate categories of authority to operate within our organizational structure. A support layer audit will focus on a specific department. We will evaluate the structure of the department, its goals, priorities and projects. For a department audit, we would select a department such as marketing and evaluate it. Our intent is to identify elements within this department, but we will restrain from diving deep into individual projects.
The External layer (Projects) is how we segment our departments into tactical actions. These projects tend to directly address a specific gap and are key to bringing the vision of an organization to life. The everyday actions come as a result of a project. For a project audit, we could assess a website, email marketing campaign, new member orientation, or sales process.
Who, in your life, do you need to thank?