I took the #My500WordsChallenge

I Took the Challenge

I love a challenge. I became a man by challenge. Challenge is one of my favorite words. The word challenge means, “a call to take part in a contest or competition, especially a duel.” Ok. the idea of a duel made me laugh. Challenge is also defined as “an objection or query as to the truth of something, often with an implicit demand for proof.” When I think of a challenge I define it like this: getting the wings.

The Challenge to Climb a Rope
aa-1I joined the Army when I was 21 to get off the streets of Jacksonville, Florida. I was a suburban bum with no direction in life other than “what beach should we go to today?” Once in the Army I had a rude awakening. Military life was not beach life. So I went to basic training. Just days before I graduated, I broke my wrist. A 3 month basic training turned into 5 months. I overcame the challenge of having to retake a physical fitness test after rehab of the wrist. Fast forward 9 years. I was then at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. I was a leader and needed to get the “coveted wings.” When in the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division, you have to pass the Air Assault School. It would have been unacceptable for me to lead in the 101st without getting wings. So I got into the school. On day one there is an obstacle course that has to be passed for entrance into the school. Bottom line: I could not climb a rope on an obstacle. I was smoked physically from the exercise they give you before the course. Then as big as I am I did not know that I needed to use my legs. It was bad going back to the unit that day. What did I do? I learned how to climb a 20 foot rope using my hands and legs. I overcame the challenge. I went back a week later and got in. Graduated 10 days later. I took the challenge. I got the wings.air-assault

#My500Words Challenge
I’m taking the #My500Words challenge from Jeff Goins. Here’s why?

  • I like to write but have never mastered the discipline.
  • I have two or three eBooks started but have not finished them. I want to finish a few books.
  • I speak often and know that preparing a manuscript is the best way to internalize and clarity content.

I have a doctoral degree from Gordon-Conwell. I did write a dissertation project on sermon-based small groups. I finished because Jeana told me “God is going to do something when you finish the writing.” I hope that God will do something in me again. He did move when I finished and graduated. May He do it again after I write 500 words a day for 31 days. I already write. I just need to let the challenge define my discipline to write. Do you need a challenge? Whatever that challenge is, take it. Get to the gym. Make the budget. Balance your eating. Read that book. Write that book. Take the #My500Words challenge.

Why you should attend the Global Leadership Summit 2015?

In 2009 I moved from Texas to New Mexico. I had never attended the Global Leadership Summit in DFW as there were many conferences at my disposal. When I got to New Mexico my life slowed to a different pace. I decided to attend the Summit by myself. Within an hour of attending the Summit I said to myself, “I should have brought the staff with me.” Since then I have attended the Summit. Our church staff now attends. We are hosting the Summit. The Summit has made an incredible impact on my life.

What has changed in my life because of the GLS? 

Hearing – My ears are now conduits to have leaders speak into my head and heart on a weekly basis. Rarely does a week go by that I am not listening to a leadership message. This year alone, I have listened to Bill Hybels and Louie Giglio’s messages multiple times. God seems to speak to me through them. I am a firm believer that leaders need to have leaders who speak into their ears the issues related to leadership.

Working I have become a different leader, supervisor, follower and employee because of the Summit. Real world issues are addressed at the Summit that impacts my workplace. I have learned the leverage of encouragement. I have used the “crucial conversations” message from Joseph Grenny many times. I wish I had learned in seminary what the Summit taught me here.

Teamwork The Summit makes all leaders equal at a comfortable level. If you are a boss, you will be challenged with your employees in the room. Yet that has benefited me much. My team realizes I know I am not perfect. They see first hand that I know I need others on the team to be successful. Flip the script though. I have never been to the Summit where the employees where not challenged in front of the supervisors. The challenge comes from content delivered in a loving, humorous way.  Everyone gets better. A team is built.

You should attend. You cannot afford not to attend. You will be better for attending. And so will your team.