I love questions. Without them, progress is virtually impossible. To reflect is to ask, and information without reflection is a wasteful use of my time. Anything i’m reading needs to land somewhere – I don’t enjoy it enough to class it as relaxation, and with limited time I need full value for it.
So for every book I read/finish I need some questions. They need to cover my person and my responsibilities, have tangible application and be measurable.
I’ll tweak them as I go but these can make for a good start.
- What has it revealed to me about myself?
- How am I going to respond to that? and how can I measure it?
- What has it taught me about leadership/my leadership?
- How am I going to adapt my leadership in light of it?
- How will the affect be felt by those I lead?
Thursday’s child is an experiment; to do something i’ve never done before. To get smart. To get (a little) more serious. Serious about where i’m going. Serious about pursuing God-created and gifted potential. Serious about discipline and living the calling, position and responsibility i’ve been given. I’m 33, an elder, ministry leader, preacher and influencer, yet i’ve shirked, skirted and hesitated; resisting adulthood as if Peter Pan. Child-likeness is a huge strength, Jesus said so, but you can’t live in the sky. Despite internal resistance I need to pick up his shovel and shift some dirt, walk the earth and leave some footprints.
Thursdays will be my coming down – a window of time set apart for deliberate purpose.
I’m going to read, plan, do necessary admin and pray, and purely for my own sake and discipline will track the steps I take.