Episode 13, The AWP: Honest Communication & Affecting Change

Episode 13, The AWP: Honest Communication & Affecting Change

Like campaigning politicians, everyone has a stump speech…

From the mundane:

I promise to pick up the dirty clothes…

I vow never to look at another woman…

I will take you outside to throw the football for a full 30 minutes…

To the grandiose:

I promise 4th quarter earnings will be fixed, stakeholders…

I vow that my employees will always have these benefits…

My administration will turn this country around!

We all do it-business leaders, politicians, husbands and wife’s-we create grand visions and outline broad dreams, but whether they are fulfilled is a different matter entirely!

Now there’s nothing wrong with giving hope and casting future vision, but how do we do this in a way that most effectively serves people AND invites them to be a part of the process??

When it comes to the issues that matter most to us-money, health, security and safety-we all can imagine a brighter future, but who we expect to affect that change is everything!

Everyone wants a savior from their personal circumstance, but few want to stand in the gap themselves.

When we appeal to this base notion in others (that someone else will do it for them!) we are limiting their potential to stand and deliver on the very change they wish to see.

And that’s where I see the place of true leadership stepping in. Real leaders offer an alternative path:

Tough love and careful truth-telling coupled with delegating and empowering people to be the change they wish to see.

Here are the audio files!

MP3

iTunes

Here are 3 application questions to consider:

It’s always easier to talk about “them out there” and balk at the data and trends for “those other types” but HOW DO WE PERSONALIZE THIS?

  1. What is 1 thing you’re currently tolerating/putting up with that you could be a part of the solution for?

  2. What is 1 step you could take to turn you mission, vision or dream into reality: FOCUS ON LOW HANGING FRUIT!

  3. What is 1 person that you could invite (empower, delegate to) who could help go with you?

Here are some resources from today’s episode:

Episode 12, The AWP: Mindfulness & Mastery of Technology

Episode 12, The AWP: Mindfulness & Mastery of Technology

Mobile devices, screen time and social media… while it is far too soon to see the full affect of these forms of technology on communities and history at large, there are some early correlations that should be respected.

There are correlations for anxiety and depression, for ADHD and for a number of neurological dysfunctions.

On a personal level, I feel addicted to my phone going to it for each additional hit of cortisol and adrenaline.

This habit has left me with wasted time and a shorter attention span for my wife and kids. I am interested in taking up a radical challenge in my life to create new habit-forming patterns. Will you join me?

See the actual challenge below and find me on Instagram for updates and accountability!

Please have a listen:

iTunes

MP4

Books:
Friction by Jeff Rosenblum and Jordan Berg
How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott D. Sampson
Simplicity Parenting by Kim Payne and Lisa Ross

Article links:
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/11/the-binge-breaker/501122/?utm_source=wdfb&mbid=social_fb (article on Tristen Harris, founder of HumaneTech)
https://tifwe.org/four-lessons-faith-work-brother-lawrence/ (how to be more mindful all day!)
http://humanetech.com/take-control/ (“Time well spent” organization and further tools!)
https://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/07/technology/07brainside.html (Tech affect on identity)
https://apple.news/AKVy8sR0PQ-GyXywLtFLVog (Article about AI and our kids)

The “No Phone Challenge”
1. In the waiting (use this time-as rob bell says-to think…)
2. During all meals (use this time to connect and commune)
3. Just after waking (use this time to pray, plan and fill) (cortisol is already high in the morning; its when I get my best work done!)
4. As a passenger (enjoy the ride instead)
5. One weekend morning-off limits till noon! (Use this time to be active, learn, rest, sabbath!)
6. Driving (use this time to drive)