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!

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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:

Speak Like Your Voice is Gone Tomorrow 

Speak Like Your Voice is Gone Tomorrow 

Words that have been used to describe my speaking style: “enthusiastic… high energy… contagious… passionate.”

If you want to see if this is true, see for yourself…

What I want people to know is two things:

1, This comes from a place down deep in my heart that longs to be an agent of change in the lives of others and;

2, I act like every time that I’m given an audience, it will be my last.

(3, You can make passionate pleas in your own way too.)

With so much going on in the world today-hurricanes, earthquakes, wars, famine, disease and destruction-I can’t imagine another way of thinking.

I take the realities of our world coupled with the hope that I live for (that there is a Sovereign God that is orchestrating all of history and will send his son again one day AND that he will come “like a thief in the night” Matthew 24:42-44) and I think:

I had better get busy living, spreading life by speaking life.

So when you see my passion, don’t be mistaken-it ain’t mindless hype, it ain’t noise and it certainly ain’t because I think too highly of myself.

It IS however how highly I view our message.

How many of us miss opportunities to speak the word we really feel motivated to bring… every day, hour over hour, text, phone call and face to face meeting with family, friends and coworkers everyday?

One of my greatest irrational fears is that I’ll suffer a traumatic brain injury that will result in lack of speech; inability to formulate and communicate ideas.

I know… irrational. But at the same time, accidents do happen… look no further than the motor vehicle we climb into every day. I don’t live by this fear; this fear is not the motivation; real and present danger isn’t either.

My aim is not to drive fear. That’s not our message. Far from it…

The message is this:

With tomorrow not guaranteed, what are we doing with the voices that God has given us?

Fabulous orator or not, we each have a voice and our time is limited (by eternal standards). You don’t have to be a pastor, prophet or boss either, but I urge you:

  • Today, don’t have regrets about holding back
  • Today, share the word (encouragement, life, hope, truth) you have for another
  • Today, use your voice to be a voice for the voiceless
  • Today, leverage your influence by giving voice to life change