People often get philosophical at the end of the year. I’m a person, so I thought I’d join in…

Working at church is theoretically one of the most fulfilling jobs in the world. Think about it – what we do truly has eternal implications. God does all of the heavy lifting, and we get to be on the team!!!

However, the reality is that we leaders let ourselves focus on the mundane – the deadlines, the details, the little imperfections that keep our creative visions from coming to life… I’ll use myself as the bad example here. I have spent WAY too much time on things that didn’t make that much of a difference in the long run.

Worse yet, I have forced my teams to spend way too much of THEIR time focusing on things that didn’t make a difference. Burning hours on events that really didn’t have much of a chance of changing anyone’s life in any meaningful way. Redoing projects that were perfectly fine – just not how I had imagined. And – worst of all – making them drop important things they were doing to focus on “brilliant” last-minute tweaks or ideas that I dreamt up…

Here’s a great resolution for 2022. Start with the end in mind. Where do you want to get? What do you want to accomplish? Write it out. Then ruthlessly focus your time and energies on getting there. It’s impossible to do everything. You’ll simultaneously burn yourself out and turn into a jerk if you try. Define the win. Specifically. Then figure out the route – and cast the vision with clarity!

“Determine exactly how you are going to make the world a better place. There are only three ways to do this: create good things, end bad things, or perpetuate existing good things.” – Guy Kawasaki

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