greatness

When beginning a new year, we often aspire to new goals and resolutions only to be disappointed a few weeks or months later when we fall short.  Well, I am challenging myself and you to something very achievable.  This is something much more mental than physical so it will not take any additional time away from family but will actually enhance your time with your family.  It will not be a new hobby or career but will potentially provide the opportunity for promotion and success.  Okay, now I’m sounding like an infomercial.  Allow me to explain and give a little back-story on this.

Several weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending a Catalyst leadership conference with Andy Stanley and  and Craig Groeschel.   Of the many nuggets I walked away with was one that really stuck out and I’ve taken it a step further.  Towards the end, it was shared whenever you have to make a decision, think, “What would a great leader do?”  As you can probably already glean from this, I accepted this challenge and even took it a step further for me personally.  Just like leaders should ask themselves this question, I believe we should ask ourselves similar questions in different areas of our life.  For example, “What would a great father do?”,  “What would a great employee do?”, “What would a great manager do?” . . . etc.

As we make decisions with this as our initial filter, we will ultimately make decisions motivated by greatness.  One thing that is often an argument with achieving greatness is we sound arrogant or selfish when we think this way.  But, as I see it, quite the opposite is true.  When we make decisions based upon how difficult the challenge is and if we consequently want to tackle it or not is a text book definition of selfishness.  Achieving greatness in whatever you do is a principle that promises to be rewarding.

As a Christian who grew up in the 1980s, this concept was around then with the WWJD campaign.  Whenever making decisions, ask yourself, What Would Jesus Do?  Although a valid filter, I wanted to make this more specific in the areas of my life.  Asking WWJD is still a valid question, but if you ask yourself, “What would a great Christian do?”  then you are applying your personal viewpoint on what that looks and sounds like today into your decision.  My viewpoint may be slightly different than yours and that’s okay.  You don’t have to argue or debate what a great christian is because, in your mind, you already have that definition.

As we begin another year, lets all be challenged with this idea. Fill in the blank with whatever you do during each day.  Ask yourself, “What would a great (fill in the blank) do in this situation? . . .  then do it.

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