I’m convinced that Pastors often preach to themselves and the rest of us just listen. On that, do they listen to their own sermons? I wonder as I wander... from service to service, denomination to denomination... day to day.
We all hear what we choose regardless.
Listening is the key. Talking less helps. It isn’t a coincidence that Silent Night and Holy Night are so impactful. Holiness is most often associated with stillness and listening to God and for God in the still small voices. Do you hear what I hear? ... and bells.
I love bells and candles. The fire and the piercing nature sing into the silence.
Personal, Organization… Change your culture.. use strategy, but change your culture.. repeat.. change your culture… and infrastructure… and culture.. REPEAT
Recognize and confront reality.
Things are not okay. Why? If they ARE okay.. then you don’t need a change.. but awareness is the beginning..
Decide that you will be different.
Say it out loud. Pray about it. Keep saying it. Keep discussing it.
Learn how to be “different”.
Study who is doing it well… and document what they are doing that is different from me? Where am I aligned.. Develop a priority model to enable you to qualify and “score” activities and plans against your new “different:
Enlist friends and colleagues as accountability partners.
neutral voices… to help you assess progress.. honestly.. objectively.
Measure EVERYTHING that you identified in your learning stage.
Constantly reevaluate priorities and actions against results..
Is the needle moving?
Be prepared for successes and setbacks.
Keep an INVEST - MAINTAIN - RETIRE list.
for friends.. activities.. food even jobs, careers, and hobbies.. Your success is about what you say NO to.. It is not possible to do everything.. and/or be everything.. FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS… and then adjust..
Repeat each of the steps
every day… every week.. every month? …
and check progress..
Celebrate your successes.. and learn from your failures…
Intersection of principles and practices...