Sure that is the path to the greatest progress. Trust me, I have read the research and in-part agree with it. (But just in-part.) What the strengths movement fails to recognize is the desires of the human heart.
Setting goals has always been an important element of my leadership style. Not unlike most of the business leaders emerging from the 1990′s goal setting was taught as the means to professional and personal success.
However, as I have become more accomplished in this area of my life I noticed that my goal setting techniques evolved. What used to be an intentional effort directed at accomplishing major objectives has now become something unique. My goals now reflect a bigger world-view that takes into account God.
When my world-view shifted so did my internal priority matrix. This matrix is the foundations that I pull from when I establish goals for myself and the teams I serve. My world-view had a considerable shift. It went from what the educational system taught me, to a biblical perspective.
Owning a biblical world view has completely changed the way I lead professionally, personally and spiritually.
It’s probably me, but sometimes when I am trying to be holy while reading Bible I start to laugh to myself. Not because, the word of God is not amazing and wonderful, it’s just the way my brain works. Seems to me that God created the bible in the only language I could understand. Stories of people doing stupid things – I can’t help but giggle.
Take, for example, the story of King Saul, before he was the King. Before, when he was just another tall guy living on the wrong side of the tracks. The story tells us that Saul’s family lost a few donkeys and he was asked to go find them. But as Saul begins to look around, they are nowhere to be found. He looks through several villages and nothing, nada, zip. Ironically, this is where God comes to meet him through the Prophet Samuel.
For whatever reason, God chose to meet Saul when he was lost in his search. One could say he completely lost his asses. Despite my early success in business I still felt that way, before I met Jesus.
For years, the office joke is that my nickname is “maintenance-free Mark” because I try to make things “maintenance-free” around my house. However, when your house was built in 1965, it seems like all I do is maintain things.
That is if I do it.