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“Writing your own Life Plan can be both a frightening and hugely rewarding experience. But until you actually commit the time to doing it, you will never fully understand the power of such an exercise or benefit from the resulting living document you create. Writing a Life Plan is nothing short of getting a bucket and lowering it deep into the well of your heart and pulling out its life-giving water.” – Steve Scanlon Coach Building Champions, Inc.

For modern-day “Barbarians at the Gate“, coaching others at work seems like a labor intensive act of leadership love. Almost too daunting even to think about adding more to an already packed to-do list. Many high level executives have discovered the need to seek guidance as the realization that company blood no longer keeps and empty heart beating. What they need (what we all need) is more life.

This is where many seek help from coaching companies like Building Champions. I was introduced to the Building Champions organization last year as I attended the 2011 Building Champions Experience. While I had already initiated my Life Plan, I was hungry for something more. Some way of focussing my gaze and taking advantage of the time God has given me – instead of wasting it on less than worthy pursuits.

I was amazed at the turnout, and for me, the experience proved powerful. Daniel Harkavy, CEO and Head Coach of Building Champions, Inc., said it best when he urged us to pull someone else into our life raft. “When you connect to your purpose you know that each and every one of you were designed to contribute.”

I believe that element of contribution is in direct proportion to the time spent leading others with loving intentions. This type of laser like focus is imperative to building a great business and life.

However, what I heard was something different. Yes, we all long to be ridiculously successful at our labor but my question is what about the leadership of the people God placed in our direct sphere of influence. What about our families? Am I willing to invest the same amount of energy into them as I do my business and teammates?

I decided that I would become a coaching leader of the family first. That I would step whole heartedly into the role, God designed for me. The role of dad.

While all of this leadership strategy may seem a bit daunting I want to direct your attention to a resource worthy of your time. Daniel Harkavy’s book titled: Becoming a Coaching Leader (The Proven Strategy for Building Your Own Team of Champions.)

In this book, Daniel reveals the secret of his coaching success. From changing your title to understanding the Core 4 Success Puzzle. The Core 4 consist of Life Plan, Business Vision, Your Business Plan and Priority Management. While this material is dynamite for leading at work, it’s even more practical when leading at home.

I believe we are called to lead. First, at home then at work. It should not be one or another; Rather it should be an intentional outpouring of desire towards the things that matter most to God. I find this idea confirmed in Scripture.

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” – Deuteronomy 6:4-9

No matter what I find myself leading it’s crucial for me to take a moment to reflect. Reflect and ask myself a simple question – What can I do to pour myself more fully into the things that matter most to God?

And…when you get an answer why not share your journey with a friend.

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  1. Daniel Harkavy
    Daniel Harkavy01-22-2012

    Hey Mark, I am so glad you were able to join us at last years Experience. Your doing great work brother. Keep giving away the good stuff and striving to make a difference in the lives of all those He brings your way!


    • Mark Mathia
      Mark Mathia01-22-2012

      Thanks Daniel, with much gratitude to you and your team!

  2. cinhosa

    “I decided that I would become a coaching leader of the family first. That I would step whole heartedly into the role, God designed for me. The role of dad.”

    Awesome, Mark! I think the Holy Spirit has placed us in virtual proximity because we are on a similar path to embrace our vocations as husbands and fathers.

    I am fortunate to begin the second semester of That Man is You! – a men’s leadership program that defines this model of Christian fatherhood.

    Also, Thank you for sharing the coaching resources!

    • Mark Mathia
      Mark Mathia01-21-2012

      I am always amazed at how God works! Thanks for your kind words and I couldn’t agree more about our virtual proximity. I enjoy your blog and am grateful for your walk with God and willingness to share. Best of luck in your studies, I look forward to learning more about it through you.


  3. Roger

    What if everyone, every day asked Him to show them how to dedicate and devote their day to Him, while they do whatever it is that they do?

    • Mark Mathia
      Mark Mathia01-20-2012

      What if? Your on to something Roger…My best guess is they would change the world for good.

  4. pastorjeffcma

    Excellent post. While I am a bit of a student of leadership, the book you mention is not one I am familiar but I will certainly check it out. You are sharing some real practical stuff. Thanks

    • Mark Mathia
      Mark Mathia01-20-2012

      Thank you Pastor Jeff I am glad you gleaned a little something. Daniel’s book is awesome he shares a lot of practical ideas.

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