HOW LEADERS THINK ABOUT FINISHING IS DIFFERENT THAN FOLLOWERS

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“To finish first you must first finish.”

It doesn’t matter if you’re racing cars, bikes or lawnmowers; to finish first, you must first finish. These are famous racing words for every team, driver and their fans in motorsports. These words also matter in leadership, faith and life.

I’ve discovered there are three phases to finishing, and finishing first. They are:

1) Preparation. 2) Execution. 3) Processing. Below is a series of questions to ask in each phase. I don’t proclaim these to be the only questions to ask, but I’ve found them useful in fielding a racecar, and also useful in leading The Rock Church.

PREPARATION PHASE.

He who fails to plan; plans to fail. Preparation must be made for any endeavor in life. In fact, scripture even speaks to this forthright when it proclaims, “The plans of the diligent lead to reward.”

Three questions when planning.

1.  What does the “win” look like?

In racing, the win looks like finishing first at the checkered flag, but in life, winning takes on many forms. It could be winning the affections of a new friend or finishing the day with good thoughts when bad circumstances overshadowed the many hours before. Knowing what it means to win helps the preparation. Ask yourself, what will the results of these plans be? Is it finishing first, or first finishing? Define what it means to win, in the phase of preparation, and then examine what is required.

2.  What is required?

At the end of the day we can’t finish on “theory!” We have to do certain things. Theory sounds good when you read it, scheme it or write it; but finishing (in any endeavor) has baselines. For example, a Christian preacher needs to know the Bible, a CEO needs to know leadership, and a salesman needs to know their product.

In racing, a really good set up is required to win. The setup determines how the car responds to weight transfer under acceleration, braking and cornering (I realize this is an abbreviation). When I was a race fan I thought as a fan, I didn’t need to know about setup, but as a driver I’ve realized there are minimum requirements, setup being one of them. These requirements are not theories, but real tangible requirements. In racing these practices, like tightening all the nuts and bolts, are necessary to first finish. Other tasks, like fluids and lubricants, are minimum requirements for the moving parts in the engine and drive train. These are just two very important preparations to first finish, let alone finish first.

When planning, know what’s required. Ask yourself, what is required to fulfill the defined win? And then, examine what might be missing.

3. What is missing?

The planning process requires a constant scrutiny of what’s missing. It’s impossible, if not arrogant; to think a first draft has the ingredients for finishing, let alone finishing first.

For example, if you’ve prepared for a talk you’re going to give, ask yourself, “What’s missing?” Sales presentations, blog posts and vacation plans are all things limited by constraints, like length. With the available space given, make your preparations and then ask, “What am I missing?” Those discovered missing ingredients will be mission critical to the success of the bigger more obvious pieces. From the preparation we move toward the execution of the plan.

EXECUTION PHASE.

I’ve heard this many times, “Plan your work, and work your plan.” It’s good advice. It’s important advice on winning. When we’ve done proper preparation, we can usually prevent poor performance, while executing the plan. By asking the above questions, we can usually remove blind spots, create a culture for success and define the win. The next step is execution.

Execution requires a couple ingredients to finish strong.

  • Confidence in the preparation.

Without a strong sense of confidence in the preparation, it’s hard to execute. If you are like me, you’ve got to really believe, at a heart level; the defined win is worth the work, sacrifice and energy. This is where confidence comes in. Confidence enables us to push through the slow and hard parts of the execution phase, to the finish. Confidence allows us to remain when it’d be easier to throw in the towel.

Ask yourself, “What would it take for me to have confidence in this planned mission?” The answer will help you in the preparation, but also keep you focused during the execution phase, when adjustments need to be made.

  • Adjustments

I lived a long time with the “burn the boats” mentality. I had read there was a general who assaulted the shores with his army. Upon landing, he told the soldiers to “burn the boats.” Upon the command some of the men asked, “Sir, if we need to retreat, what will we use?” His reply, “There is no retreat.” I was so inspired by that story I applied it to everything, but I’ve learned alternatives are acceptable, in good solid execution.

Frankly, like the Spanish General noted above, most of the military victories in the last 100 years have included these do or die moments, where there was no plan b. But let’s face it; winning a race on a racetrack, a sales presentation in a boardroom or a friendship with a new acquaintance usually doesn’t cost us our life, if we lose!

In light of this less-than-dying-if-we-lose perspective, a plan B can be very strategic, if not healthy. You and I need to make concessions to first finish. Many times things don’t go as planned. When that happens, are you willing to flex in order to finish? Making adjustments is a part of any successful endeavor. Remember to execute what’s been prepared, but be ready to make necessary adjustments. It’s completely okay if it doesn’t go according to plan. Sometimes the win is first finishing. Other times it is finishing first! And while you are executing the preparation, don’t give up.

  • Sticktoitivity.

Walt Disney invented this word, but it wasn’t until I was 24 that I discovered it. It affirmed my life in many ways. I grew up knowing if I wanted to win, I had to never, never, never give up.

However, there are times you and I should throw in the towel; here’s how to know the difference. Decide in the preparation phase what is too much to endure for this win. For instance, if I crash the racecar into the fence and the right front wheel is hanging off the car, I will call it good for that day! If you’ve tried and tried and the defined finish is out of grasp, then know when to say, “It’s okay to get off this ride.” Go back to the drawing board and start the preparation phase again.

BUT in all other conditions stick it out! This is why I love the Bible so much. It tells me, “In the end, you will reap the reward, if you do not lose heart.” My relationship with God has principled me in this, I’m only a loser when I quit. As long as I’m committed, no matter the circumstances of life, I will experience my win. And when the sun has settled on the execution, and the event, project or objective is complete processing is next.

PROCESSING PHASE.

There’s nothing worse than climbing the ladder of success to find out it’s leaning on the wrong building. I’ve seen many men do this with their careers. They thought providing material things were the essence of being a man, yet when they got to the top of the money pile, they found themselves with struggling marriages, kids or otherwise.

I like to coach men to take their families with them to the top. Imagine if you climb the ladder of success with your spouse? She gets to the top with you, and then sees brighter horizons for herself. Also, when you take your kids with you to the top of the ladder, they anchor their ladder at a new elevation and begin to climb up from there.

The only way you will know if today is a win is if you take the time to process what happened; how it played out. If life is only about the tangibles of winning, like trophies and prize money, people may find their lives full of stuff, but empty of fulfillment. Even as I write, what is known as Minimalistic Living is gaining ground because we are discovering more money and stuff is not necessarily winning. Square footage no longer determines success anymore, but rather the beholder determines success. To get there, I’d encourage you to process everyday.

In processing ask yourself.

  • What did we do well?
  • What moved us toward a good finish today?
  • What could we have done different that may have given us greater progress toward a strong finish?
  • How were the people surrounding us affected by today’s events?
  • What adjustments to make going forward?

LET’S FINISH THIS POST STRONG.

I’ve found the real victories in life are not necessarily the most obvious. It’s easy to see the degree on the wall, or the trophy on the shelf. But along the way, “finishing first” in the race of life is often less of the objective, and more of the benefit of “first finishing.” It’s often the small daily experiences which bring the greatest victories.

Even in racing cars I love to finish first. The thrill of victory is intoxicating, but I’ve found it’s the preparation, execution and processing, week in and week out, day in and day out, that gives way to first finishing.

And when we first finish, there will be these high moments where first finishing leads us to finish first.

How do you finish strong?  I’d love to hear about your thoughts and additional question in the comments section for this post.

Find Your Voice; It’s Important!

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Have you ever paid attention to the voices around you? I don’t mean the ones in your head, but the sound of those closest to you? Tone of voice is incredible. Like a symphonic harmony, voice can sooth, and like a clanging symbol, voice can rattle. Have you ever considered the effect of your voice?

I think it’s paramount to discover your voice. Will your tone be one of peace or war, resonance or dissonance, helpful or hurtful? It’s becoming clear, in the coming decades, more and more voices will have access to our thinking than ever before.

While people are striving for your attention on social media, through their blog or in the boardroom, I’d encourage you to begin to develop your own voice. To do so will require some consideration on your part. It begins by defining…

WHO IS YOUR AUDIENCE?

When I started revamping my website, jeffknight.com, I was challenged by defining who my audience was. There are so many groups of people I connect with and like to spend time with. For instance, my audience includes people of faith, racers (people of faith who race and racers who have no faith), married people, young people, older people, business people and busy people. You get the point. My audience was everybody! When my audience is everybody, it’s actually nobody.

“When your voice is used on everybody, it’s heard by only a few.”

However, when you narrow your voice many hear it. It seems counterintuitive, but it’s very true. The keys are figuring out who is paying attention to you and then use your voice specifically there. The more you know who is listening, the more your voice will matter. Why? Because people can figure out what you’re about, and when they can figure you out, they will relate even more.

Tip: use a survey like Surveymonkey

Start by asking people (those who are already listening to your voice) about themselves. In an 11-question survey, I find out typical stuff like: age, marital status, income, but I go deeper and asked them to describe their best day and their problems. If I can understand the pain points of who is already listening, I can add real value to my audience. If I can better relate to their best day, I can help them have more of them.

“Ask your audience to describe their best day and their problems.”

For me, my audience is primarily people who are constantly pursuing a better tomorrow! They are mostly married and their best days include exercise, great food, family, great books and winning.  My primary audience makes above $50k annually and describes their problems mostly as “growth opportunities” and “solvable.” Although, there are some challenges that seem insurmountable, they look to me to provide encouragement, inspiration and how to be better at their jobs and lives. I’ve learned they mostly receive their media written and 60% of them have a college degree.

“I’ve learned, my audience likes to win!”

DEFINE YOUR VOICE; KNOW YOUR ROLE

Many times my voice has been drowned out, because I was trying to be someone I wasn’t. For instance, as a Pastor I have used the contents of someone else’s message sermon for a Sunday morning, because it really ministered to me, but, in fact, it wasn’t my audience so my voice was stunted when I repeated their words. You’ve done it also, tried to repeat a joke you heard, but forgot the punch line or the ever important rhythm. If you want to avoid that ever happening again, then define your voice and know the role of your voice.

Here are the possibilities, find what best suits you and talk from there.

The Sage

The Sage is the expert. They are a PhD type who brings huge facts and figures to the discussion. Usually, it’s the Sage who cites prior research, further backing up their point. Sages usually have advanced degrees and even best-selling books. They speak with a voice of authority not given to them by another, but given to them by sound reason.

“A Sage has a voice of authority given by sound reason.”

The Sherpa

The Sherpa has been there and back and can now show his audience the way. In his travels, he’s seen some things and come back to tell the way. When you decide to go to the top of your mountain, you’ll want the Sherpa to go to the top with you, because he’s been there before. His voice of authority is given to him by credible experience.

“A Sherpa has a voice of authority given by experience.”

The Struggler

The Struggler is a fellow road warrior. She’s in the trenches slugging it out, sharing her experiences and challenges along the way. Her audience loves her because they see themselves within her, they relate to her and walk with her as she walks with them. Her voice of authority is given through rapport.

“A Struggler’s voice of authority is given through rapport.”

Finally

 Given these options for our voice, can you define your unique influence and design?

Are you a Sage, Sherpa or Struggler? How do you use your voice to connect, relate and empower your audience? Please share in the comments section below.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Commitment

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“Don’t be afraid of the commitment.” -Joe Knight, aka. my dad

It was the spring between my Sophomore and Junior year of High School. I’d played baseball since the age of 8 and was seriously considering taking a year away from summer ball. As the high school season was winding down I needed to make a commitment to play summer baseball. Usually, this wasn’t even a conversation because I loved sports so much, but in 1986 mom and dad had made some cool plans for our family during the summer, including a sweet vacation, and I was contemplating just taking some time away from sports.

Most of us have, at one time or another, made similar decisions. We take some time away in order to rest, rejuvenate or even simply to go another path. For me, I knew it would significantly impact my future plans to play baseball. I knew, as all athletes do, if you step away from the team there’s a chance you won’t get your spot back on the team!

I sat down with my dad, and he said, “Son, don’t be afraid of the commitment.” I played and had one of my best summers ever.

Everybody wants to quit at some point.

Frankly, there’s been many times where I’ve wanted to quit, step aside or resign from some task or responsibility. Sometimes circumstances dominate, and it may seem easier to throw in the towel, but consider these thoughts as you think about those times when you want out.

Commit your work to the Lord

Proverbs tells us when we commit our work to the Lord our plans will be established. I feel impressed to tell you that anything you commit to God –time, energy, talent, treasure, a listening ear, encouraging word, post on your FB, a sincere heart–is never wasted. You may think you’re in a dead end situation going nowhere, but chances are, there is one person watching your path. Should you remain committed, you are likely to be a light of life to that person. I’m not saying there isn’t time to quit lifeless work, but I am saying, “While you have those opportunities you may as well commit them to the Lord and let him establish your plans.”

Trust in the Lord…

“And lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5

Today I prayed for your trust. I simply asked the Lord to help every person, connected to my world, to trust God at a higher level–personally, professionally and relationally. It’s remarkable to me how we are able to trust God for other people often, but not so much for ourselves. In fact, we will pray and expect God to do great things for our friend, but when it comes to our own need we somehow don’t feel worthy, so we don’t even pray. Never be afraid to ask our Father in heaven for anything. No matter what you need, he is able.

Without faith it’s impossible to please Him

Faith gets a bad rap these days. I think fear gets more publicity. Like the twin brothers in different hemispheres, both faith and fear are rather similar. Fear is the anticipation of something bad, that hasn’t happened, as though it will. And Faith is exactly the opposite, in that, it is the anticipation for something good to happen, that hasn’t happened, as though it will.

It’s funny, I seldom hear people sitting around saying, “Oh man, I just can’t believe it. I am expecting (insert good here) to happen and it’s going to be great.” Mostly people are like, “Yep, there it goes again, always goes to (insert bad adjective here) for me.” I simply think allowing ourselves to more frequently respond in faith instead of fear will solidify our commitments.

So let’s wrap it up

My dad changed my life with that phrase that day. When his plane crashed 13 years later I was standing in the position of the pastor to his church and a substitute father to his daughter. It was then again I heard, “Son, don’t’ be afraid of the commitment.”

In your life you will commit to a lot of important causes. You will commit to people. Hopefully you will have the courage to commit your money and your time and all you do. When the time comes to commit your work to the Lord, lean on the Lord and put your faith in play.

Please share your thoughts or challenges and I encourage you, “Don’t be afraid of the commitment.”

What Achievers Know About Pressure, You May Not

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Are you feeling pressured in most areas of your life? Is your work hindering your ability to enjoy those most important to you, like family? Are those close friends no longer inviting you out, as often? Do those who know you best, tread lightly when speaking with you? If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions, you might be overwhelmed.

Overwhelmed is being buried beneath a huge mass. The mass could be a deliverable, like a new addition to the family; a deadline, like a big proposal at work; or even a project, like a home remodel. Other circumstances might include a loss, divorce or a variety of major life changes. I’ve discovered being overwhelmed is a part of life, work, family and doing what we love. Overwhelmed happens, but it doesn’t have to cripple or hurt. Overwhelmed is treatable.

My Experience:
In the span of 48 months–Oct ‘07 through October ’11–I experienced a roller coaster of emotions and pressures. In that time my wife and I lost a baby, sold a home, moved into a rental, built a home, moved again, encountered major financial losses, adopted our first daughter, moved again, sold the home we built, lost some life-long friends and endured a major change within our core leadership team. During that time I was not myself; I couldn’t admit it, let alone see it for what it was. I was overwhelmed.

In late 2011, on the verge of a breakdown I surrendered. I knew I needed help and I knew I needed new direction, or I would be overrun by this season I was enduring. At the end of it all, life is a series of seasons, and one tough season does not define an entire life.  However, being overwhlemed is an extremely negative way to live.

In early 2012, the negativity stopped. My words turned. I stopped doubting. I stopped arguing and I started building. When the clouds of depression and loss finally subsided my attitude and heart started to change for the better.  I was getting well again. I began to listen more and talk less. I began to understand what had happened, and thankfully, I started to reconcile. It became clear what zapped me.

Sinlge-Minded Expectations
Expectations are the difference between hopes and reality. Often times, in trying to satisfy our hopes, we place unnecessary pressure on ourselves, in the form of expectations. When reality doesn’t match what we hope for it leads to disappointment.

When we only allow for one set of outcomes to define what is good, or what is blessed, or what is right, we feel a sense of loss between what we want and what is reality.  The sense of disappointment increases the longer it takes to fulfill expectations.

Inability to say No
There is a human nature that says, “yes” to everyone and everything, and ultimately, takes on too much. Our instincts of trying to please everyone often lead to displeasing ourselves. We end up filling others’ buckets, and drying out our own much needed water.

When we say yes, it feels empowering to be needed. Yet, when we say yes to the inconsequential, we leave very little time for what is really important—like doing what we dream of, or working on our work, or spending time with our family.

Permitted Heaviness
There is something within our mind that is seldom satisfied. Things can go so right, but we process only what went wrong. We end up weighted under our own criticisms, self-doubt and negative self-talk.

When we use “or else” statements heaviness often lingers right around the corner.  For instance, we set unreasonable goals to “get it all done today, or else.” We tell people, “Change today, or else.” Frankly, no matter what we do, or how much progress we make, there seems to be an endless list of what’s missing, and it weighs upon our mind, heart and spirit.

Striving for Perfection
The same unsatisfied mind tells us we have to be perfect. Perfectionists believe, if it’s not perfect than life as we know it will cease to exist. Even when we intentionally bring awareness to our weakness, we anxiously try to remove it.  The remaining perfectionism still produces fruit, even with the best of intentions to lessen our definition of perfect.

Eventually, it takes too much energy to be a perfectionist. It’s similar to the stress of telling a lie; in that, it takes another perfect performance to uphold the prior. The label of perfect is impossible to live up to.

Control
Control requires verbal persuasion because there is an absence of trust. Strong words are mostly needed to convince. However, trust isn’t a belief to be developed with persuasive speech; it’s an experience to be had. Until we learn to trust others we will hold on to what we deem important; controlling the work, conversation, money or whatever gives us comfort.

Eventually, controlling will lead to a tsunami of tasks the controller cannot complete. A key indicator we are controlling too much is the slowing of progress. We must ask, and ask often, those working with us, “Am I a bottleneck?” We shouldn’t be surprised to learn we don’t have the capacity to do it all.

Overachiever
Ah, yes, the socially acceptable character trait. Overachieving makes us feel accomplished and successful, even revered. These attributes are not bad; in fact, overachievers have long been the catalysts for growth and advancement in society. Therefore, a long list of accolades and trophies isn’t a demerit.

What is troubling to our soul is when one sees no value in themselves without the awards and medals. Sometimes success costs people too much money, integrity, honor and other necessary ingredients of life.  Overachieving causes us to spend more than we make.  Overachieving causes us to over promise and under deliver.  Overachieving is an incredibly pressure packed in this way.

How do we fix it?

Take Inventory
Being overwhelmed comes from a lack of clarity. So step away and take inventory of everything in your world. Get out a piece of paper and a pen and brain dump every thought, task, problem, and idea. Make lists for categories like family, personal and work. I even do one called “fun stuff,” so I plan to do things that recharge myself and my family.

I usually do this by myself, and not at my usual place of work. I try and find a coffee shop, restaurant, park or anywhere out of my normal routine. I get it on paper, and from there, I organize it electronically. I use an app called Todoodled.com to create tasks and groups. I use Evernote to create  projects bigger than a single task.

This simple inventory will bring a higher level of clarity. You don’t have to complete everything, to ease the pressure. Simply having it catalogued helps immediately.

Prioritize
Purposeful meaning is often lost in minutia. When we are overflowing with “busy work” the meaning of our job is lost. It’s the impression we are so caught up in “what we are doing” we forget “why we are doing it.” When someone no longer feels their mission with a sense of purpose, it’s time to ask, “What is most important?”

Work gives a sense of purpose. This is a powerful agent for prioritizing. When we feel what we do matters in the world, it overflows into every aspect of our life. For others, who don’t feel purpose in their work, they work for money. This money then helps them create purposeful value.

No matter what your motive for work, it’s important to ask yourself often, “What is most important?” I usually get help with this. I will ask my wife, “What’s most important for this week, or year, or season of our life?” I want input because my family is most important. When it comes to leadership, I usually ask my team, “Team, what’s most important for us to focus on right now? Are there important shifts and changes we must make to continue growing?”  Finally, there will be those priorities connected to a sense of “calling or mission,” these are sweet spots of life, cherish them.

Letting Go of Control
Releasing control is hard, most hard. At some point things will stop working efficiently. When I first became the Lead Pastor of The Rock Church, I struggled to trust. I delegated work, but everything had to be run across my desk for approval, so it was low-level delegation. Eventually, I could not keep up, and I fell behind. It stopped working, and it was evident in my bad attitude and exhaustion, I needed to change. I asked, “Am I the bottleneck?” Momentum usually slows down and stalls out because of one person. When confronted with this truth, it’s difficult but necessary to accept.

High-level delegation is allowing others to make final decisions. There are some steps in between low and high level delegation, but it starts with trusting people, and ultimately believing they want what is best for everyone.

Asking for help
I am continually surprised how many people are willing to help when asked. I find I am usually the hindrance. I don’t ask because I already think the answer will be no. I disqualify people who would otherwise help me because of my pea brain thinking.

Next time you need help, just ask. Send a few texts, call a few friends, and let them know what you need help with. I think you will be amazed at how many people say yes.

One word of caution, avoid putting a generic call out, like Facebook. Too many times, when you put out a mass call for help, people assume the others invited have said yes, and therefore; they are not needed.

People are incredible. Give them a chance to help and you will be blessed.

Creating boundaries
Let’s talk time for a minute. There are 168 hours in the next seven days. Let’s suppose you can design your life; what will you do with those hours? I’ve never met anyone who succeeded in life without creating some fences to flourish within.

Start with what is most important to you and make a list. For me, my passions center on a few very important components, Melinda and Seven. So the first day of the week I plan is Monday. I usually spend my Mondays dedicated to something in our lives. Maybe it’s working on our house, or going on a drive together. Whatever the case, my Monday is mission critical. When it comes to my work I dedicate Tuesday, as create day; Wednesday, as team day; Thursday, as administrate day. I will usually try and do meetings on Friday. I’ve found I am more focused on other’s needs on Friday, after the heavy lifting for the upcoming weekend is complete. For instance, if the message for Sunday isn’t ready, I’m not the best listener because I am thinking about the message. You get the point.

After you determine what’s most important to you decide how much time you will spend each day. If exercise is important, then make an appointment with yourself. That way when someone calls wanting your attention, you can apologize gracefully by saying, “I’m sorry, I have an appointment.” If spending time with your kids is most important, then decide how much time and what days of the week, and set the appointment.

For instance, as a racer I have to spend a lot of time with the team and the car. Racing is not like a normal hobby, so during race season, I set aside Tuesday night and Thursday night 6:00PM to bedtime to prepare the car. Then on race weekends, Friday also. Determine what is important and then set it on the calendar like it’s a real appointment.

Don’t back down from your calendar. People will chastise you because you’re “too scheduled.” I’ve been called many a name because of how I schedule my life, but I learned a long time ago; either you will schedule your time, or others will schedule it for you.

For those who are married; here’s a secret. Spend the beginning and end of everyday, as many days as possible, with your spouse. Wait a little bit to start it up or shut it down a bit early. Whatever it takes to have 5-15 minutes of real connection. My mom and dad taught me this. They’d get up every morning and share a cup of coffee together. Without fail, their love grew.

Technology Timeout
We live accessible noisy lives. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all social media is clamoring for our time. Email is a never-ending stream. The text machine is firing on all cylinders. There are times to let it sing and be on task, and there are times to shut out the noise.

Most of the time, when I am overwhelmed I want to click on the TV and veg out. It’s not really the best thing I can do. What I really need is a timeout from stimulation. There’s so much coming at me, and I usually read, watch and listen almost everyday.  Because of this, for me, to sit and watch a sunrise or sunset matters.

Go on a hike. Wash the car. Maybe find a quiet place and just meditate on the goodness of life. Pray. Whatever it takes to shut down and reflect.

A little hint: That paper you used to brain-dump, bring it with you. I usually find I can’t get quiet until I get empty. So as you are settling down and things pop into your brain, just dump them onto the paper.

Bedtime
As of this writing, I am totally out of sync, going to bed after 1 AM every night, waking at 7:30. I swear there is something to the hibernation process, because in the spring, I don’t need much sleep, but in the fall, only 9 hours will do. Even though I am messed up right now, it hasn’t always been that way. I have had a schedule before, and it is fantastic.

Whatever you do, find a ritual. Allow yourself to slow down. When you go to sleep slow, you will wake up slow. The opposite is true also. Make time to walk slowly, and simply prepare for bed in a way that chills you out and doesn’t spin you up. I like to read before bed. Sometimes it will get me fired up about something, and then I’ve got to find Evernote to make some notes, but most often it just slows my day to a halt and I fade into Neverland.

Set yourself up for success. I love my Up band for my sleep time. It calculates exactly what I need and wakes me up at the optimal moment, not based on time, but based on my sleep cycle. This band is incredible, and it’s way better than a loud alarm clock scaring me straight out of bed. Besides, I really like to hit the snooze button on that alarm clock.

Final Thought
When you feel overwhelmed, don’t fret. It’s simply a friendly reminder on the dashboard of life to get some service. More often than not, a few small adjustments and the feelings of scarcity will be replaced with fulfillment and meaning again.

And never forget. No matter what battles you are facing today or tomorrow, those days will pass and you will stand in victory once again. Just hang on, redesign a few things, and embrace the beauty all around.

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  • Who Cares?  I am going to find out what you want me to write and speak about.
  • What’s your widget?  Are you building a business, church, family, life, hobby, house or retirement?  In my life I have built a large Church in a small town, a winning race car team, successfully lead my family through tragedy and along the way I’ve gleaned some things you need for every milestone of building your thing.  We are going to talk staffing, leadership, winning and losing.  I’ve done each well, and…ahem…not so well.  I’ve got something to teach you about your platform, business, tribe or whatever “your thing” is.
  • Podcast.  A weekly podcast, where I sit down and discuss the issues you want to talk about most.
  • Coaching. I am going to start a two tiered coaching platform for leaders.  I hope to merge the best people in my world through face to face conversation, webinars, chatrooms and conference calls to add incredible value to the leader who is just starting out or the seasoned veteran who has many lessons to give.

Post a comment and let me know how I can help add value to your leadership.  And thank you again for joining this “thing” I am building.

Jeff Knight

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2 thoughts on “THANK YOU!

  1. Jeff, this site and your purpose with it seems pretty exciting.

    Before I fill out the survey who, besides you, will see it?

  2. Jim,
    Glad you like the platform. I’ve got some big plans, but this is a good start.
    Also, there is no tracking of the survey. I do not have identities for the survey, only the data.

    Thanks!