Don’t let things sneak up on you… Check out… Carey Nieuwhof the author of Didn’t See It Coming. He wrote this book because too often we don’t. And even though these seven challenges never really go away, we can create some life habits that keep them at bay.
Nieuwhof writes from a been-there-done-that Christian perspective about the issues as they manifest themselves in our lives and follows up each one with a chapter on how to combat it. It’s not really just for leaders. These issues affect everyone and some you’ll find hit close to home.
The seven challenges are:
Cynicism-Disappointment and frustration often end in cynicism. The antidote is curiosity. “Curious people are never cynical, and cynical people are never curious.” Simple but profound.
Compromise – The little compromises we make every day—the half-truths, the rationalizations, the excuses— “create a gap between who we are and who we want to be.” The antidote to compromise is to “work twice as hard on your character as you do on your competency.”
Disconnection – Nieuwhof notes that technology doesn’t create disconnection, it just reveals what is already going on inside of us. “Disconnection is a human problem. Technology just makes it worse.” So the solution is to deal with what is going on inside of us.
Irrelevance is Next… Followed by Pride, Burnout and Emptiness…. Go here for His Blog, it’s a great read… Al & Kevin