Accepting God’s Gifts for What They Are

Guilt also stifles self-confidence.  Perhaps you have been programmed to feel guilty for having special gifts of power or skills.  Those are gifts from God, and you should not feel guilty about them.  Perhaps you feel you constantly fail to achieve God’s high standards.  Perhaps your personal appearance or a physical handicap bothers you.  If you cannot change these things, accept them.  Start by accepting yourself just as you are.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 220

The Influential Leader Does Not Try to be Somebody Else

The influential leader does not try to be somebody else.  You can have true inner authority only if you are at peace with your inner self – if you understand that you are a person worth following.  To reach that point you must first discover yourself.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 219

Authority and Power Are Two Different Things

Having authority and liking to hold power are two quite different things.  Power holders enjoy dominating others.  In some cases they may regard this as more important than discharging the duties of their office.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 211

Authority is an Inner Quality

Authority is an inner quality.  Influential leaders possess it regardless of their job or position in society.  It enables them to command the respect of others, and motivates others to accept their leadership.  It does not depend on any external factors.  You can have exclusive club memberships, outstanding pedigree, high office and good looks – and still lack the authority essential to influential leaderships.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 211

Before the Crisis Hits…

Before crisis moments hit, resolve to make visionary decisions that will build sustainability:

  • Be there at the end by remembering your vision
  • Be there at the end by focusing on your goals
  • Be there at the end by  visualizing the future
  • Be there at the end by knowing how to relax
  • Be there at the end by devouring biographies

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 204-205

The Difference Between Staying Afloat and Going Under

Many things can weaken your determination.  Illness, distraction, financial limitations, difficult family relationships, betrayal, misunderstanding – all of these can make it difficult to stay on track for your organizational goals.

But all of these problems have solutions.  The difference between staying afloat and going under often lies in your staying power.  If you give up, you have already failed.  But if you practice sustainability, you will see great opportunities even in seemingly impossible situations.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 202

Eyes Fixed on the Mission and Relentless Pursuit

The influential leader does not neglect family responsibilities or use work as a way of escaping from difficult relationships at home.  But the tensions that often arise between work and home will not be handled successfully without staying power.  The Leader fixes his eyes on his mission and does not let opposition move him from the path of accomplishing that mission – even opposition from his own family.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 201-202

Why is Psalm 63:1-5 not an Honest Reflection of Our Lives?

There is often a great disparity between how we feel about faith and how we are meant to feel.  Why do so few people genuinely find joy and pleasure in their relationship with God! Why do most people feel they have to either pay God back for all He’s done (by His love) or somehow keep making up for all their inadequacies and failures (prove their love)?  Why are the words of Psalm 63:1-5 not an honest reflection of our lives on most days?

– Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, copyright 2008, page 102