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

The Will to Win Must Come First

Every leader has experienced moments when it seems preferable to abandon a project, give in to detractors, or take the easy road.  Also, a leader will frequently face the opportunity to satisfy a personal desire that, through not bad in itself, nevertheless interferes with the accomplishment of his goals.  Remember, the will to win must come first.  And that takes sustainability.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 199