The Law of Navigation

First-rate navigators always have in mind that other people are depending on them and their ability to chart a good course.

Being able to navigate for others requires a leader to possess a positive attitude. You’ve got to have faith that you can take your people all the way. If you can’t confidently make the trip in your mind, you’re not going to be able to take it in real life. On the other hand, you also have to be able to see the fact realistically. You can’t minimize obstacles or rationalize your challenges. If you don’t go in with your eyes wide open, you’re going to get blindsided. Realistic leaders are objective enough to minimize illusions. They understand that self-deception can cost them their vision.” Sometimes it’s difficult balancing optimism and realism, intuition and planning, faith and fact. But that’s what it takes to be effective as a navigating leader. If the leader can’t navigate the people through rough waters, he is able to sink the ship.

Major barriers to successful planning are fear of change, ignorance, uncertainty about the future, and lack of imagination.

Nehemiah Continued (Navigation)

Last week I spoke on the Law of Navigation. In the case of Nehemiah, the report created the burden and the burden led to the vision. Most people desire to name the vision first, but God doesn’t work that way in our lives. Acting on that burden reveals the purpose in your life. Leadership thought for the day: A leader follows the carpenter’s rule: measure twice, saw once. Go to Luke 14:28-30

The walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt because of Nehemiah’s ability to work with people and lead them where they needed to go.

Are you setting aside the appropriate amount of time to focus entirely on planning? Even a relatively simple task may require a few hours of planning. Something major may require a few days.

The Law of Influence

Influencing others is a choice: Many people who experience ineffectiveness as leaders give up and never try to lead again. Fortunately for the children of Israel, Joshua was not that type of person. He desired to become a better leader. And he would later receive a second chance. Meanwhile, he continued to be faithful to God and to learn as much as he could from Moses, who became his mentor.

One thing I have learned is that your influence will grow when you are right. From the beginning, Joshua had tried to do the right thing. He had tried to lead the people in the direction they should go. The first generation missed their opportunity to obey God and prosper.

Not only was Joshua right, but he also tried to model right-living. As a result, he consistently lived beyond his ability as a leader. If you desire to do great things in your leadership, then try to live according to this pattern that Joshua modeled.

Never try to explain God until you’ve obeyed him. The only part of God we understand is the part we have obeyed.

Across the Jordan

You cannot have growth without some un-comfortability on any level- personally, or at the ministry level. The very fact that we have to re-establish some rules and tighten up some areas in this ministry only reveals a ministry that God is exploding. We have endlessly prayed for the Lord to flourish this place with blessings that we cannot contain. He rewards those who diligently seek Him, but sometimes you have to actually get up and walk onto the stage to receive that reward. So receiving takes some effort at times. The Tabernacle was a glorious sight, but the preparation and the measurement alone were extensive. Everything had to be right-the cover for the Ark, the plans for the lampstand, and table, the burnt offering. The Lord’s instructions to Moses were lengthy, but for great reason-the Lord’s glory was about to be revealed.

It’s not what you say, but how you say it. It’s not what you do, but how you do it. There are effective ways to do God’s work. Let’s rejoice with God the rest of the way across this Jordan. We have great reason to.

Surveying the Battlefield in These Times

Believers have been intimidated into silence because of their perception of being in the minority. They have been sucked into the spiral of silence. The truth is more valuable than anyone’s opinion, regardless of how well read or well fed they may appear to be. We, as believers, must never again allow some professor intimidate us because he feels he has some kind of intellectual superiority over us. The believer must stand in possession of absolute truth and never give up his or her ground.

Right Dream

Right Dream, Right Day, Right Destiny

Now this dream or vision-one of the most important ways you can tell if a dream or a vision is from God is that it will always be bigger than you are. A vision from God is orchestrated by God. You can undertake extreme measure to see Him and you’re that interested in seeing Jesus, you will see Him not only at a distance, but also up close. He will invite Himself to your house. It will change your life.

Unlocking God’s Purpose in Your Life

When the mantle hits, it is the still small voice of the Holy Spirit that will say, “this is your moment dear. RUN after that prophet! Always be in a state of readiness and expectation. God’s power collides with our potential. DIVINE CONNECTION. ALSO realize that destiny-defining moments take place in ordinary, everyday circumstances. In order to be trusted with a destiny-defining moment, we need to be good stewards of the unique moment we have been given right now.

The Four Disciplines of Execution

When you implement Discipline 1 you start by selecting one or at the most, two extremely important goals, instead of trying to significantly improve everything all at once. We call this a WIG-a wildly important goal to make it clear to the team that this is the goal that matters most.

Discipline 2: Act on the Lead Measures

This is the discipline of leverage. It’s based on the simple principle that all actions are not created equal. Some actions have more impact than others when reaching for a goal. And it is those that you want to identify and act on if you want to reach your goal. Whatever strategy you’re pursuing, your progress and your success will be based on two kinds of measures: lag and lead.

Lag measures are the tracking measurements of the wildly important goal, and they are usually the ones you spend most of your time praying over. Lead measures are quite different in that they are the measures of the most high-impact your teams must do to reach the goal. In essence, they measure the new behaviors that will drive success on the lag measures, whether those behaviors are as simple as offering a sample to every customer in the bakery or as complex as adhering to standards in jet-engine design.

Discipline 3: Keep a Compelling Scoreboard

Discipline 3 is the discipline of engagement. In principle, the highest level of performance always comes from people who are emotionally engaged and the highest level of engagement comes from knowing the score-that is, if people know whether they are winning or losing.

Discipline 4: Create a Cadence of Accountability

Cadence is a balanced rhythmic flow. This discipline is where execution really happens. The first three disciplines set up the game, but until you apply Discipline 4, your team isn’t in the game. It is based on the principle of accountability. That unless we consistently hold each other accountable, the goal naturally disintegrates in the whirlwind.

The cadence of accountability is a rhythm of regular and frequent meetings of any team that owns a wildly important goal. These meetings happen at least weekly and ideally last no more than twenty to thirty minutes. In that brief time, team members hold each other accountable for producing results, despite the whirlwind.

How Badly Do You Want to Win?

Well, how badly do you want to win your race? Well Paul looked at his divine destiny that lay before him like a runner looks at the finish line. Rather than approach his spiritual race lazily and half-heartedly, Paul did everything within his power to preach the Gospel. If it meant getting a job on the side in order to be able to preach, that’s what Paul did (Acts 18:3). If it meant becoming as a Jew in order to be able to preach to the Jews, that’s what Paul did (1 Corinthians 9:20). And if it meant becoming as those without law to win those who were without law, that’s what Paul did (1 Corinthians 9:21). He became all things to all men in order that he might win some to the Lord (1 Corinthians 9:22). Paul suffered hardship, persecution, lack, cold, hunger, nakedness, homelessness, trouble from false brethren, trouble from true brethren-on the city, in the wilderness, and even at sea. Paul never lost sight of the fact that he was called of God and that he would one day account for what he did with that calling. The finish line was always before him! He kept one thing foremost in his mind and preeminent in his thinking: I must obtain the prize. I must fulfill the purpose for which I was born. I must achieve the plan of God for my life.