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Day 71 How to Lead by THE BOOK: The Power of Getting Started!

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Last night I finished editing the preface for, How to Lead by THE BOOK on a flight from Chicago to LA. It came in at 2400 words, which is right where I had hoped it would be. I laid out eight trends of moral corruption in society that affect your business, and then listed six consequences these trends are having and will continue to have on your business’ culture, people and results. I know I’m biased, but I believe this is the best job I’ve done in the eleven books I’ve written of clearly laying out the book’s purpose. Now, as long as my publisher doesn’t mind the number of politically incorrect observations I’ve made in the preface concerning the downward spiral of society’s morals which evokes the need to apply biblical principles like never before, then we’ll be in business!

While I was in Chicago I had dinner with a family member who has written several books over the years, but has failed to get any of them published. While I understand his frustration, I give him credit for actually writing and finishing the books! Most folks don’t even get that far. Dozens of people have told me over the years, “I’ve got an idea for a book” or, “I’m getting ready to write a book”, but years later it’s still on “the drawing board.” Their #1 excuse is “how busy they’ve been.” But everyone I’ve ever met who has written a book is also busy! They just develop a stronger desire, discipline and commitment to finish. While being a finisher is important, starting is even more vital since one cannot finish until he has begun. To that end, I’ve long been inspired by this quote by Goethe: Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!

I was reminded of a key area of life most people never begin during the seminar I taught in Chicago. While discussing the topic of personal growth, one of the attendees asked me to share more about my own personal growth program. When I explained that my personal growth program had four aspects: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual, the conversation that ensued made evident that many of the attendees had long planned on beginning to develop a spiritual discipline in their life like Bible study or scripture memorization, but life crowded it out and they never “found the time.” I suggested to them the same thing I’m recommending to you if you’re in the same situation: you must schedule your time for spiritual disciplines and work the rest of the day around them, rather than trying to squeeze a spiritual discipline into your schedule. This, I believe, is why Christ is repeatedly reported as rising early to spend time with His Father. Follow His example! It’s time to stop thinking about it and get started!