W – Widen your options.
R – Reality test your assumptions.
A – Attain distance.
P – Prepare to be wrong.
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W – Widen your options.
I’m working my way through Decisive, the latest meta-analysis style business book by Chip and Dan Heath. The two come have a fancy academic pedigree with names like Duke, Stanford and Harvard floating around. I also hear that they are people of faith, who have found a place of value in the broader market place. I suggest reading all three of their books.
Decisive explores research in psychology that has revealed that our decisions are disrupted by an array of biases and irrationalities…In Decisive, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases.
Switch asks the following question: Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives? The primary obstacle, say the Heaths, is a conflict that’s built into our brains.
Made to Stick asks why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? …the Heath brothers reveal the anatomy of ideas that “stick” and explain sure-fire methods for making ideas stickier, such as violating schemas, using the Velcro Theory of Memory, and creating “curiosity gaps.”
All descriptions from heathbrothers.com.
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I visited a hipster Church in Austin. The kids sang Father Abraham had Many Mumford & Sons
What do you do when all the excuses for not chasing your dream are gone?
The most depressing hour of the week is Sunday at noon.
The Road to Awesome ow.ly/i/20Ha6
Retirement is dead. Anyone can play. Hope is Boss.
Nobody accidents their way to mastery.
You used to believe you we’re awesome.
How brilliant of fear that it can plant a flag in 2nd grade & it defines our lives.
Covey said begin with the end in mind, not the end in stone.
Christians like to rank honeymoon sex just above the second coming.
Ready is a myth
April’s Top 10 Posts: It’s been another record month at Growth and Mission. I hope you’ve benefitted, and will… bit.ly/12S84U9
Start before you’re ready. You can’t steer from the shore.
Never compare your beginnings to someone else’s middle.
When you start something new, you have permission to be horrible.
Beware what your voices tell you.
The weight of the heroes clothes are often heavier than the fear of the villains.
Inspiration without instruction is useless @DaveRamsey via @JonAcuff
Write your fears down. Follow it with one line of truth. Share it.
We need mirror friends who reflect back the truth to us.
If you can figure out the core of who you are, your job is just execution.
1 Insult + 1,000 Compliments = 1 Insult
Don’t try to turn haters into likers into people who love to support you.
Feedback is for improvement. Hate is to create a wound.
JR Woodward is a fellow graduate of the Fuller MAGL, the head of V3 Church Planting. His book Creating a Missional Culture: Equipping the Church for the Sake of the World, synthesizes much of what we studied in the MAGL with his own philosophy of church planting and leadership.
According to Woodward’s, there is a direct correlation between the forms of church leadership and the spiritual lives of individual believers. He draws on Paul’s teaching in Ephesians 4 that there is a “link between the spiritual maturity of the church and the five kinds of equippers operating in the church: apostles (what I nickname dream awakeners), prophets (heart revealers), evangelists (story tellers), pastors (soul healers) and teachers (light givers)”.
This view of church leadership is occasionally referred to as APEPT. The modern churches obsession with Pastor/Teachers often leads to the joke “where are all the APEs in the church?
Here’s a quick overview, and my response:
A few months after I graduated from college, I learned how utterly unequipped for adulthood I was. My roommate called me up, and tried to be nice as he informed me he was throwing away all the food in our refrigerator. The electricity bill was in my name, and I hadn’t paid for it.
High School and College had provided a clear framework of how life was supposed to work. I just had to show up for class, do my work, and not do anything too stupid. But now I was in the real world. I had to find a job and pay my bills and find my place in community.
Unfortunately, there are no printed guidelines telling us how the game of life works. We have to figure it out, more or less on our own. Scriptures, and most plainly, the Sermon on the Mount, provide an ethical framework of how Christians interact in the world. But how do do you deal with disappointments, find a job, talk to people and get stuff done?
Andy Stanley says that it’s not experience that’s the best teacher, but other people’s experience. Here are five of my favorite resources from other people who have already figured out what it means to act like an adult.
The Road Less Traveled - M. Scott Peck
M.S. Peck’s classic will help you grow up by admitting that life is tough, love is hard, and then getting over it. Peck was not a Christian at the time he wrote it, and it is fascinating to see his thinking on psycho-spiritual issues taking shape. I think of this book everytime I run into a difficulty, or have to fix my car.
Life is Difficult.
This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly see that life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept it – then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.