Getting Your House In Order – Part 2

“The following blog post is an excerpt from a new book by Errol Lawson called “The 5 Core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders”. Errol is a business coach, best-selling author and youth pastor. The book is written primarily for the Christian community but readers from all beliefs can gain great insights from his writings.”

 

 

PRINCIPLE #2: PLAN FOR THE FUTURE

 

Even though Devin has many skills and successes to his name, he gives all the ultimate credit for his success to faith in Christ. “My faith has been vitally important to me,” he shared. “I draw tremendous strength from it.” Clearly, Biblical principles ought to make up an integral part of our money philosophy.

 

Over and over again, God’s word tells us that saving money is a crucial part of Biblical living. A healthy habit of saving is actually the foundation upon which all the other elements of stewardship can be built. After all, how can you invest responsibly or help others if you don’t know how you will provide for yourself in the long term?

 

In the following passage, the book of Proverbs gives us a wonderful picture of Godly stewardship in nature:

 

Proverbs 30:25

“Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer.”

 

Many passages from Proverbs are quite enigmatic, but this one is easy to figure out: God’s creatures naturally know that they must work hard when work is plentiful in order to save up for more difficult times. Devin stresses that managing your spending is the key to saving responsibly. If you try to grow your investments without paying attention to how much you spend day to day, you’ll always be a step behind. As they say: you need to spend well to save well.

 

So make an effort to keep tabs on your spending. Make a monthly budget and stick to it. Work on paying off your outstanding debts. Don’t spend money that you don’t need to, and pray about major purchases. Take some time to evaluate which items are actual necessities, and which are merely luxuries. Forcing yourself to consider whether or not you actually need the item you’re about to purchase can revolutionise your spending habits for life.

 

Luke 16:10

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.”

 

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Getting Your House In Order – Part 1

“The following blog post is an excerpt from a new book by Errol Lawson called “The 5 Core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders”. Errol is a business coach, best-selling author and youth pastor. The book is written primarily for the Christian community but readers from all beliefs can gain great insights from his writings.”

 

 

PRINCIPLE #1: THINK BIG, START SMALL

 

 

Devin is passionate about young leaders, whom he believes are more focused on solving global problems and serious social issues. The reason why Devin chooses to motivate and train young entrepreneurs is that they’re not afraid to make a bold first step in pursuit of their personal and financial goals.

 

What can the rest of us learn from these inspiring young innovators? “I think the key bit of advice is just to start doing something!” Devin said. “It sounds simple—it sounds overly simple—but there is so much that you will learn by just doing something to solve a problem. As you start doing something and accomplishing milestones, you’re going to naturally draw other people into your sphere.”

 

Luke 16:10
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.”

 

What are some of the small financial decisions that could make a big difference in your life? Here are a few ideas:

  • Cut out one “luxury” expense (like daily coffees or magazine
    subscriptions)
  • Cook more at home rather than eating out
  • Make more than the minimum monthly payment on your credit cards
  • Call your phone or Internet provider and see if you can negotiate
    a lower rate.

 

Luke 16:11
“If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?”

 

Now imagine that everyone in your organisation or business made those kinds of decisions too, and how many lives could be changed as a result. Furthermore, think of what could happen if everyone brought those same ideals of financial responsibility to work with them every day. The impact could be tremendous! Remember that you set the standards of behaviour for the rest of your team. And the movement created by one person’s small decision has the ability to change the world. “But it all starts with that single effort,” Devin shared. “It creates its own momentum.”

 

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Getting Your House In Order

“The following blog post is an excerpt from a new book by Errol Lawson called “The 5 Core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders”. Errol is a business coach, best-selling author and youth pastor. The book is written primarily for the Christian community but readers from all beliefs can gain great insights from his writings.”

 

Getting Your House In Order

 

One of our primary goals as leaders is usually to make sure that our organisation is financially secure and thriving. In their haste to solve their organisation’s money troubles, however, many leaders make a huge mistake: they neglect attending to their own personal financial situation.

 

Why does this present such an issue? After all, shouldn’t the leader’s primary focus be directed toward the funds and people that they are responsible for at work? Of course! But not even the most effective leader can perfectly divorce their personal life from their business or ministry. The simple fact remains that the habits you create at home will follow you into your ministry or workplace. If you are irresponsible with your personal income, you will be irresponsible with your organisation’s funds as well—and vice versa.

 

Luke 16:10
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.”

 

It’s important, then, to consider our personal attitudes toward money and to carefully think about the ways that we manage our finances at home. Devin Thorpe is one of the most financially literate people with whom I have ever spoken, but his ambitions are far greater than simply learning to manage money well. I interviewed Devin for episode 38 of The Rising Generation Podcast. Devin likes to think of himself as a “champion of social good.” When we spoke Devin gave me some solid advice about how he manages his own personal finances, as well as sharing his thoughts on global ministry. During his long and productive career, Devin has worked as an investment banker, CFO, treasurer, mortgage broker, and a member of the United States Senate Banking Staff. And as the founder of ‘Your Mark on the World’, an organisation that works to provide information and empowerment to young financial professionals, Devin understands the challenges unique to setting and achieving your goals. Overall, he is passionate about studying the ways that we can use financial principles to make an impact on some of the world’s biggest social issues, and spreading that knowledge on to others.

 

Devin sees his work in finance as inspired by and empowered by his faith in Christ. He believes that financial stability and bold entrepreneurship can help solve huge social issues like cancer research, homelessness, and global poverty. He has written many books on these topics, including ‘Crowdfunding for Social Good’ and ‘Your Mark On The World’, and has spoken all over the world about topics related to:

 

< Adding Profit by Adding Purpose

< Building a Movement to Change the World

< Crowdfunding for Social Good

 

As a contributor to Forbes Magazine, Devin covers issues like investment and entrepreneurship, focusing on the ways that young leaders can bring positive social change to their communities.

 

Though Devin’s ultimate goals are global, he is adamant that you can only achieve this kind of radical change when you are in control of your own individual circumstances. Being financially secure gives you the stability you need to change the world.

 

Romans 12:2
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

 

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Bigger Than You – Part 4

“The following blog post is an excerpt from a new book by Errol Lawson called “The 5 Core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders”. Errol is a business coach, best-selling author and youth pastor. The book is written primarily for the Christian community but readers from all beliefs can gain great insights from his writings.”

 

 

PRINCIPLE #4: IT LIVES BEYOND YOU

 

 

 

Why have Jon’s books and events resonated so powerfully with so many people? In part, it’s because he offered an understandable message that everyone—regardless of their age or background—could easily relate to some point in their lives.

 

1 Chronicles 17: 3-4, NIV
“But that night the word of God came to Nathan, saying: ‘Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: You are not the one to build me house to dwell in.”

 

That had to sting! Rather than becoming bitter that he would never see the Temple God had shown him, however, David offered up a prayer of thanks:

 

1 Chronicles 17: 3-4, NIV
“And now, Lord, let the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house be established forever. Do as you promised, so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty, the God over Israel, is Israel’s God!’”

 

Much of the time, we feel like a failure if we don’t see our plans come to fruition during our lifetime. On a certain level, that impulse is totally understandable: there’s nothing wrong with wanting to see the results of our hard work and dedication. But sometimes a vision’s longevity is actually the measure of its greatness. The Temple was one of the most important institutions of Israelite culture: it was the heart of the people’s spiritual life, the issuance of God’s voice, and a beautiful foreshadowing of Christ’s future work in our hearts. Count yourself uniquely blessed if you have been given a vision of similar scope and range.

 

“It’s impact, it’s producing a harvest, it’s planting a seed,” Jon said. “I may not see the result, but you truly believe and know that a harvest is coming down the road. Somehow, someway, God will produce it. It’s not about you getting recognition or reward.” The vision bestowed on you may not see fulfillment during your generation, or for many generations yet to come. That means that it is a revolutionary idea!

 

“I believe that God doesn’t pick the best,” Jon told me. “He picks the most willing. If you’re willing, He’ll mold you and shape you to make an impact and do His work. I believe that comes from knowing your purpose.” Have you made yourself available to God? Have you followed His will? Have you trusted Him with your life? Then you can rest knowing that you have made the impact God envisioned for you. In the end, the fulfillment of your vision lies in God’s capable hands. When you’ve done all that you can, rest in the knowledge of His perfect will.

 

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Bigger Than You – Part 3

“The following blog post is an excerpt from a new book by Errol Lawson called “The 5 Core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders”. Errol is a business coach, best-selling author and youth pastor. The book is written primarily for the Christian community but readers from all beliefs can gain great insights from his writings.”

 

PRINCIPLE #3: ITS MESSAGE IS TIMELESS

 

Why have Jon’s books and events resonated so powerfully with so many people? In part, it’s because he offered an understandable message that everyone—regardless of their age or background—could easily relate to some point in their lives.

 

Matthew 5:14
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

 

Let Jon explain his ministry’s ideology in his own words: “The core message was positivity, choosing to be positive in a world of negativity,” he told me. “Having faith and always moving forward. Not Pollyanna positive, and not the kind of positive thinking we do on our own, but moving forward in the face of adversity and setbacks. It’s really about grit. That’s what moves us forward to ultimately be our best and to bring out the best in others.”

 

Powerful, right? It’s a succinct yet moving mission statement, universal enough to resonate with a lot of people but specific enough to be unique. It applies to everyone (after all, who couldn’t use a bit more grit in their lives?), but Jon’s focus on love and service gives it a different perspective from the world’s idea of positivity. In sum, Jon said something everyone needs to hear in a way that no one else was saying it.

 

Romans 10:17
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”

 

And that’s the best way to craft a message that truly inspires a large number of people. As Christian leaders, we don’t want to build a vision that disappears alongside all the other messages out there today. Rather, we should inspire others to study and learn more about God. We should compel them to examine themselves and open themselves up to sacrificing for the Kingdom. By encouraging others to take up our message and pass it on further, we enable it to grow in an exponential fashion.

 

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Bigger Than You – Part 2

“The following blog post is an excerpt from a new book by Errol Lawson called “The 5 Core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders”. Errol is a business coach, best-selling author and youth pastor. The book is written primarily for the Christian community but readers from all beliefs can gain great insights from his writings.”

 

PRINCIPLE #2: IT EXCEEDS YOU

 

Just because your message is personal doesn’t mean that it should be exclusive to you. A powerful and inspired vision has the ability to grow beyond the limits that we impose upon it. Jon started out small. He began by sending out daily encouragement emails to friends and acquaintances, then moved on to giving free speeches at various venues. From there, he started to write bestselling books. But Jon’s passion always revolved around others rather than himself, and his passion seemed almost bigger than he could contain. “For me,” he said, “it was about speaking everywhere and anywhere to share the message that I had inside of me.”

 

Exodus 9:16
“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth”.

 

In the end, that should be our own measure of success. Our visions should be revolutionary and life-changing enough that we cry out to God for his help in carrying them out. Ask yourself these questions:

 

  •  In what ways am I challenging the status quo? Am I encouraging others to think in a new way?

 

  • Am I using my words and actions to combat injustices that I see in the world?

 

  •  Does my message undermine harmful stereotypes and social norms? Do I help people to see the true potential in themselves and others, especially the potential that society denies them?

 

“It’s going to be a struggle, it’s going to be a grind,” Jon said. “But if you love others and you invest in them and make them a priority, as you help them grow you will grow. As you serve others, you improve as a leader. Ironically, when we help others we help ourselves. We grow into the leaders that God has called us to be.” Is your vision big enough that you know you could never do it without God’s help?

 

Romans 8:28
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”.

 

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Bigger Than You – Part 1

“The following blog post is an excerpt from a new book by Errol Lawson called “The 5 Core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders”. Errol is a business coach, best-selling author and youth pastor. The book is written primarily for the Christian community but readers from all beliefs can gain great insights from his writings.”

 

PRINCIPLE #1: ITS PERSONAL

 

 

Jon’s entire life has enabled him to empathise with people who feel spiritually lost and discouraged. “I grew up in a Jewish-Italian family. A lot of food, a lot of guilt. A lot of wine, a lot of whining,” Jon joked. “But we never went to church or temple. I was a seeker throughout my twenties and early thirties.”

 

Later, Jon experienced a very stressful period in his life, when his marriage was struggling, his career was faltering, and he felt utterly lacking in purpose. “My wife was tired of my negativity,” he said. “I opened up a burrito place so that I could fund my writing and speaking. And two weeks before the restaurant opened, I lost my job. I didn’t have insurance for
my kids, didn’t know how I was going to pay the bills. It was during that time that I said, ‘What was I born to do? Why am I here?’ I wanted to live this life that I was meant to live.”

 

During that time, Jon could never possibly have envisioned how this pain would help him to relate to others. God gave Jon exactly the kind of experiences that would allow him to empathise with others going through periods of turmoil. Jon could have easily let his personal background shape him with bitterness and anger. But his intimate relationship with God allowed him to see the deeper value behind his pain.

 

Romans 8:28

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

 

A personal conviction can only come from one place: a passionate and transformational relationship with our Father. “You can’t know your purpose without a relationship with the One who created you for a purpose,” Jon shared. “God has you here for a reason. It’s up to you to say ‘Use me, I’m open! Show me what you want me to do. Make me an instrument of your peace and love. Make me a vessel for your Holy Spirit. Make me a conduit for the miracles you want to see in the world.’ If you’re open to that, then God uses you. That spiritual transformation changed my heart, my soul, everything about me. In the past, it was all about me. But having Jesus in my heart changed me from the inside out.” See, God gave Jon exactly the kind of experiences he needed to be grounded in purpose.

 

Everyone wants to be transformed. We can see this fundamental desire in our society’s obsession with everything from fad diets to self-improvement seminars. This is just a manifestation of our God-given desire for renewal, which can only be fulfilled through a connection with the God who gave you that desire! Is your relationship with the Lord a core aspect of your being? Do you continually look for the empathy-growing experiences He has given to you?

 

Romans 12:2

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

 

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Bigger Than You – Intro

“The following blog post is an excerpt from a new book by Errol Lawson called “The 5 Core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders”. Errol is a business coach, best-selling author and youth pastor. The book is written primarily for the Christian community but readers from all beliefs can gain great insights from his writings.”

 

Bigger Than You

 

You’ve built and communicated a vision. You’ve endured through dis-couragements and setbacks, and kept pressing on even when times got tough. You’ve shared your vision with passion and grace. At the end of all this work, we often find ourselves asking one pesky, troubling question: “Was it worth my time?”

 

Ephesians 5:16
“Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”

If your vision truly came from God and was blessed by Him, then the answer to this question is almost always an emphatic “Yes!” Sometimes, however, it’s difficult to feel that optimism in our hearts. We may not see the full effects of our efforts, since a truly compelling vision’s influence will endure far beyond our lifetime. But how do we ensure that our vision reaches beyond ourselves?

 

To get some insight into these hard questions, I spent some time talking with Jon Gordon. Jon has an impressive business résumé: he bhas worked with clients as diverse as West Point Academy, Northwestern Mutual, and Southwest Airlines, as well as many others. He’s also written a multitude of excellent books, including The Energy Boss and The No Complaining.
Rule, both of which spent long weeks on national bestseller lists. Above all, however, Jon considers himself a servant and follower of Christ. He is passionate about loving others with intention and finding ways to share a message of optimism and hope with everyone around him.

 

In this final chapter, with the help of Jon’s wisdom, I hope to show you some of the main characteristics of a truly long-term, revolutionary vision.

 

Exodus 9:16
“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth”

 

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Fulfilling the Vision – Part 4

“The following blog post is an excerpt from a new book by Errol Lawson called “The 5 Core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders”. Errol is a business coach, best selling author and youth pastor. The book is written primarily for the Christian community but readers from all beliefs can gain great insights from his writings.”
 

PRINCIPLE #4: RESILIENCE

 

One mistake that driven, ambitious leaders often make is mistaking a course correction for a failure. We have a concrete, precise idea of exactly how we want our careers and ministries to turn out, and we do our very best to make that idea a reality. It’s why we’re effective leaders in the first place! However, this mentality can damage us greatly as well. Sometimes, when we feel like we’ve gone off track, we begin to let go, thinking we have failed.

 

Often the course correction comes from God Himself, as a response to our pride or undue ambition. “I came into a church with all the solutions to all the problems in the world,” Mike recalled of his early days in ministry. “I was the next Billy Graham! I came here to cut my teeth on the place and figure out who I was, and then I’d get invited to a bigger church. That was in my head.” But over the next two years, Mike began to sense that maybe God was calling him to remain in his current position.

 

Psalm 31:23-24
“Love the LORD, all you faithful followers of his! The LORD protects those who have integrity, but he pays back in full the one who acts arrogantly. Be strong and confident, all you who wait on the LORD!”

 

At a ministry conference, that sensation sharpened into a message that was impossible to ignore. “I can remember in the vision that I saw that day the altar of Elijah,” he shared, “and on it I saw selfish ambition. I can remember saying, ‘That’s just nonsensical!’ but the moment I tried to move I heard the Holy Spirit say very clearly: ‘Stay where you are. You need to deal with this.’ It just smashed me,” Mike recalled. “I ended up in a real snotty mess, but probably in the best state I’ve ever been in my spiritual life. Have a nervous breakdown — I recommend it!” In that moment, Mike needed a serious course correction. He needed to reposition his motives and attitude in order to best move forward.

 

Sometimes, however, these course corrections come as a result of out-side circumstances. At one point, Mike’s church lost a large number of members because of some changes that he had put into place. “Satan played mind games with me,” he said. “When those people left my church, all I could hear was, ‘You’re the wrong person, you’ve blown it, there’s someone better than you out there.’ All those voices coming in began to cripple me because I wasn’t convinced that I was the right person—which was ridiculous, because I came here
because I knew God had called me!”

 

Philippians 4:13
I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.

 

When you’re discouraged about changing courses, then take some time to remind yourself of why you’re passionate about this vision in the first place. Revisit the scriptures that stuck with you when you first received your call. Speak again with the mentors and friends who encouraged you to pursue your vision, and pour out your questions to God. And above all? “Be confident in Christ,” Mike advised. “Knowing that He’s with me
and has called me here helps me to bulldoze through those obstacles. I know I’m the right man. I can succeed, I can fail, but the reality is this:I am the right person in this place.”

 

To review, here are some of the key concepts that we’ve reviewed in this chapter:

 

  • Anchor yourself to Godly promises, values, and objectives
  • Be patient and trust in God’s power when plans slow down
  • Don’t confuse a course correction with a mistake

 

 

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Newsflash: Errol Lawson named in West Midlands ‘Power 250’

Birmingham based Author, Entrepreneur and Life coach Errol Lawson was named this month as one of the West Midlands most influential people in the Birmingham Post ‘Power 250’.

 

The Birmingham Post feature looks at the most powerful and influential people in the West Midlands from fields as diverse as health and science through to politics, business and the arts. You can see the entire list here https://goo.gl/vHx245

 

Errol is the best selling author of three books:

 

“From the Postcode to the Globe – How to overcome limitations and realise your potential.”
“Teenpreneur – How to build a business in your teens” and
“The 5 Core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders.”

 

Available on Amazon:https://goo.gl/GcHAae

Each year Errol mentors and coaches more than 20,000 students and teachers in schools across the UK. To contact Errol

 

 

Tel: (+44) 7852397747
Email Address: Errol@errollawson.com
Website: www.errollawson.com
Twitter: @errollawson

 

 

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