Friday, July 25, 2014

Can the World Cup teach us anything about starting something new?

I'm not a soccer fan at all. I'll be honest here. I did not watch a second of the World Cup.  I've never even had a desire to play it, so when I came across this article that had to do with soccer I was ready to skip past it like I normally do. 
Then I saw "5 lessons Entrepreneurs can learn from the World Cup" I decided to see what it was about, and I'm glad I did.

Believe it or not we can actually learn something from soccer and the World Cup. 
  • Talent does not always win. 
Spain won it 4 years ago, and expected to go deep this time around, but they lost to the Netherlands, and two more after that.
The article goes on to say that the lesson we can learn is that talent alone doesn’t guarantee success. It takes more such as effort, innovation and strategy and things like that.
  • The underdog has a role on the big stage.
A lot of the 16 teams that remained on the big stage were not the World's best. The U.S. was one of those teams that had teams like Germany (winners of the World Cup) come out of the same group, and they still came out ahead of some of them. (Italy, Spain)
This should encourage those that are starting something new. You can provide value even if you are the little guy. 

You can find the other 3 lessons by clicking here. 

So weather you're a soccer fan or not there are definitely some lessons we can learn from the World Cup! 

Friday, June 27, 2014

4x4 Goals

How do you set your goals?
How does your organization set goals?
Do you have a system in which to accomplish those in?

A while back I sat down with our lead pastor to work on some of these things for this next season of ministry.

The system that we are implementing now to accomplish this is called the 4x4.
The purpose of the 4x4 is to identify the four.

The purpose of the 4x4 is to identify PROJECTS/TASKS/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT opportunities that will have the most significant impact on moving the needle for the cause and in your position or with you department leadership.

Here are some of the things The 4X4 should be:
  • Specific, Measurable, Attainable.
  • Provide significant movement toward department goals. 
  • Should be a top priority.
What is the top Leader of your organization doing to make you better?
I'm very thankful and appreciative for a leader that I serve with that is consistently trying to help me and our organization get to that next level.

I love this new way of attacking the next four months.

Friday, May 23, 2014

60% of people need this to begin the day.

Maybe the number one reason people drink coffee early in the morning is...

To Wake Them Up!

60% argue they need coffee to begin the day. 

The hormone cortisol that is produced in your body actually makes you feel awake and alert. Cortisol actually peeks in your body between 8:00 - 9:00 am. This means that your body is naturally caffeinating itself during this period. 

The study goes on to say that if you drink coffee during this time the caffeine effect will not have it's normal punch because your already experiencing a spark. 

You can read the whole story in more detail here. 

According to Lisa Evans  drinking coffee at peak cortisol times not only diminishes the energy-boosting effects of caffeine, but it causes your body to build a tolerance to it, meaning the caffeine jolt you get will diminish over time. 

I LOVE GREAT coffee, but I'm always looking for ways to improve my daily routine for optimal performance. I'm going to give it a try.