The Biggest Decision of the Day

A friend of mine joined me for lunch yesterday. As we headed to the car, we were faced with a big decision. The same big decision we are faced with each time we go to lunch. “Where do we want to eat?”

While the lunchtime location is a hard one to decide, it is not the biggest decision of the day.

(tweet) The biggest decision of the day is the first one you make … It is the decision to bring energy and engagement to your work as opposed to holding back and living half-hearted.

(tweet) Leaders who fail to engage at the beginning of the day end up missing out on opportunities to influence others.

Why not make it a practice to ignore your circumstances and focus on the facts?

The truth is, your attitude is a lot more important than you might think.

Focus your mind and heart on being positive in everything you do, and you will be well on your way to a life of greater impact.

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

What other big decisions determine the success of a leader’s day?

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Blur … Overload

Speed, hurry, and noise. All indicators of a life of Blur.

But there is one last indicator that shows up when we lose our focus. It is overload.

Author Richard Swenson says, “Overloading is what we do when we forget who God is.”

Have you forgotten? Not sure?

Take a look at your life. If it is in overload mode, chances are you need to remember.

I pray each of you has a slow and restful weekend.

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

On a scale of 1 to 10, how close are you to overload?

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Blur … Noise

Life is a Blur. There are many factors that cause it to be true.

One of the chief reasons? Noise!

Never has there been so much noise. We live in an age of instant access.

Cell phones. Email. Computers. Digital devices. Blogs. Facebook. Twitter. Television. The list is endless.

The reality? We are bombarded with noise.

Noise increases Blur.

Devices designed to increase communication are actually destroying it.

I see couples all the time who are together, yet far apart. Both with a phone glued to their head, unaware of each other.

Kids and teens are no different, texting their way from one moment to the next.

How loud is your life?

Why not turn off the noise and “go dark” for a few hours?

Believe it or not, the world can live without you for a day.

Being blurred is a choice. A noise choice.

It’s time to turn it down!

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

Where is your life noisy?

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Blur … Hurry

I know a guy who received a speeding ticket on his way to work. Needless to say, the stop put him further behind.

You would think the ticket would have sent a message.

It did not. Fourteen minutes after the first ticket, he received a second one.

Talk about being in a hurry!

A while back, I was walking through a convention center with a real type A leader. I had one of my daughters with me, and the leader was with his wife.

My friends will tell you that I am a fast walker. But compared to that guy, I am a snail.  He walked right off and left our entire group.

His wife, who was walking beside my daughter and me, made the comment, “I am used to it. He is always several steps ahead of me.” She was not smiling.

The Bible warns us about hurry. Listen to these words from Proverbs 21:5 in The Message: “Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind . . .”

For the guy we were chasing, it appeared he was ‘getting ahead.’ I would argue his pace was actually putting him further behind relationally. I imagine his wife would agree.

It was a good lesson for me to see first hand. Too often those closest to me are looking at the back of my head instead of holding my hand.

I hope you are not in a hurry. If you are, you have been bitten by the ‘Blur.’

Why not take someone ‘with’ you this week instead of trying to leave everyone behind?

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

When are you most tempted to hurry?  How do you think it affects others when you are in a rush?

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Blur … Tempus Fugit

Over the weekend I had the chance to hang out with one of my closest friends. He will be 50 in a couple of weeks.

A few days ago he received a surprise in the mail, and he showed it to me. It was an AARP card.

Yikes! Talk about the Blur.

Unless he makes it past 100, he is officially “over the hill.” 

Knowing him, he may fly by 100. Still, just like the rest of us, his days are numbered.

The Roman poet Virgil was the first to pen the phrase “Tempus Fugit” . . . time flies.

The older I get, the more I recognize Virgil knew what he was talking about, and I too am most likely on the backside.

As a runner I can tell you I like the downhills a lot more than I do the climbing. So if indeed I am over the hill, I plan to have some fun. I might even buy myself a bike.

Every day is a gift. The Bible reminds us to relish each one in Psalm 90:12 where it says, “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to the Lord a heart of wisdom.”

Nothing would make me happier than to arrive at the finish line and be able to stand before God with a wise heart.

Tempus Fugit, my friend. You have one shot at life. Don’t be a victim of the Blur.

Leadership Begins at Home,

Randy

Do you think leaders are more susceptible than others to the Blur?  Is so, why?

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