This past weekend I attended Pursuit, an AdvoCare lady’s event, and Lakewood Church, home of Pastor Joel Osteen. If you don’t know by now, I am a professional note taker, and that works in your favor. Here are a few of my takeaways from the weekend. Take what you need, and put the rest in your back pocket for later.
1. Be ready. How often do we pray for something, but are not quite ready to receive the answer? Be ready so when an opportunity comes you’re prepared and don’t have to get ready.
2. Be intentional. This has been my motto for 2014. In relationships, in conversation, in setting goals; be intentional. Don’t just fly by the seat of your pants, but if you do have a reason for doing so.
3. KNOW YOUR WHY? Days will be long and even hard so, if you do not know why you’ve committed to your goal, you may not continue the race. Live and breath your why.
4. As a leader, the greatest gift is the development of self. Who will you become in pursuit of what you want?
5. Often times, we attend these great, big meetings and while sitting in that chair we’re motivated and inspired. Don’t forget that feeling when you walk out of the door. Take hold to it.
6. Either you feed your faith & excitement or you’ll battle with doubt and fear. You have options. Which will you choose?
7. Love people where they are. This is personal to me. I get so excited about things and people just don’t seem to mirror my joy for what I’ve found. That’s okay. Love them where they are. And this is true for everything. I want to see people live their best life. Someone wanted to see me live mine, but loved me where I was until I was ready.
8. Yes or no, it’s not about you. When I got my first no in AdvoCare, I didn’t take it personal. In fact, that very same day I got more yes’. Rejection is not about you. It’s about that person and what they want for themselves.
9. Don’t answer questions to which you don’t have an answer. What! How often I see this in Corporate America? Everyone wants to know it all. I accept that I don’t, but here’s what I do know, I’ll get that answer to you after asking someone that does know.
10. Be willing to step outside of your comfort zone so that others can have their breakthrough. I love to say, “your “been through” could be someone’s breakthrough”. Share your story and share it from the heart. It could very well be what someone needs to hear to move them from where they are to where they want to be.
11. God is BIGGER than the facts. He is not limited by nature, finances, or even science. Nope, He is bigger than all of that.
12. If God put a dream in your heart, He will bring it to fruition. Do your part because you can “take to the bank” that He will do His.
13. When you put God first, He will take care of you. ‘Nuff said.
14. When things don’t go your way, move forward anyway. This is why knowing your “why” is so important. Because it’s not a matter of “if” things don’t go your way, it’s “when”. When it happens, dust yourself off, and keep moving in the forward direction.
15. Forget all of the reasons it won’t work, and run with the reason it would. Time out for excuses. When I live in my “excuse box” I end up with a lot of regrets and “what ifs”. Get up and do it and then you’ll know exactly “what”.
This is an abbreviated version of what I learned or was reminded of over the weekend. I also did some 2015 planning and relaxed a wee bit. I urge you to follow your dreams, dare to be different, and above all put God first.
Let me know what you think. Add to this list and share your takeaways with me.