Have you got a crazy on your hands with no idea what to do with them? I’ve been there. In fact, I’ve been there a few times over the years. It’s really a crappy place to be, but also a great learning experience and character builder.
You sit back watching as this infectious disease spreads through your company like a raging fire. And as it is happening you’re thinking what in the world am I going to do about this. You’re the nice guy though hoping that things are going to change and everything will turn around. Keep in mind that 90% of the time this never happens.
You know what I love about video games? They have a reset button. It doesn’t matter where you’re at in the game, or what you’ve done, all you have to do push that little button on the controller and whalla! The game resets and you are off to a whole new start. Now how cool is that?
I’m not a big gamer or anything, but I do love Super Mario Brothers. A few years ago when one of the new versions came out, I literally sat there and played until I beat the whole game. I had blisters on my hands, and my eyes were bulging out of my head!
Lately, I have been watching people and listening to stories of pretty serious unremarkableness. After a few months of this, I have begun to think about the difference between people who live, and people who are living. I wonder which one you are.
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See, I have lived both sides of this. Looking back, there have been times that I was not living, I was just alive. Barely breathing, I would make it through the day wondering if it were ever going to change. There have also been times in my life, including today, that I am living loud and clear. What changed? Me.
Did you run the Fifth Third River Bank Run?
This year was my 5th time running the Fifth Third River Bank Run. After only training for a few months, I decided I would step it up and make the commitment to run the race. I actually needed it too!
Both my sisters and my brother in law also decided to run this year. It was one great big family standing there in the rain waiting to take off. It was awesome! As we waited I was pumping them up, cracking jokes, and cheering them on. I was so proud and thankful to have them there with me.
Have you ever asked what makes a good facilitator? Have you, while facilitating a meeting or a discussion asked, “Am I doing a good job or do I really suck at this”? I can honestly say that I have asked this question several times while leading both meetings and discussions.
Finally I said to myself, “I am going to take the time to find out what makes a good facilitator”. Over the last couple of days I have researched, gathered information, and asked several leaders what makes a good facilitator. With the information, I put together a few thoughts and tips to help you be a good facilitator.
What are your goals? They are different for everyone. For some people it’s loosing weight, for another it’s balance or getting a promotion. But, whatever your goals, the ultimate goal is to never give up on your goals. How many people do you know that set goals and never achieve them? You can probably think of a few.
Every year I set goals for myself. How about you? I was taught early on by my trainers to set goals and never give up on them. Even if that meant your goals had to be moved to the next year. In 2010 I set some very serious goals for myself after realizing how out of balance my life was. I sat down, prayed, and thought about what my goals should be for the year. I came up with three goals.
- Further my relationship with God.
- Better my relationship with my wife.
- Walk slowly through the halls.
It’s been way to long since I attended a conference. I used to attend an average of 2-3 conferences per month. I had mentors that would encourage me to find ways to attend. Even if that meant working extra jobs to make money, sleeping in a room of five guys, or cramming into a car to get there.
I remember them telling me, “There isn’t any better way to be stretched and pushed to be better, than be surrounded by thousands of people who have the same goal”. I love this about my mentors, they are always stretching and pushing me to be better.