Archives For Mindset

do you have the right focus?

November 27, 2017

Do you have the right focus? This is a question I struggle with, as so often, when my focus is off, it can lead me down paths that are not helpful.

Basically it comes down to is our focus on what we have or what we don’t have?

A focus on ourselves and what we don’t have often leads to discontentment, resentment, bitterness, and a “takers” type mentality.

A focus on others and how we have been been blessed often leads to gratitude, contentment, fulfillment, joy, and a “givers” mentality.

The thing is – it is a simple choice as to what attitude you adopt. What is your choice today?


mindsets of true leaders

February 24, 2014

beautiful shiesGood Monday morning to you! Winter is not quite done here. The snow started melting last week, but the temps have dropped again. It’s 15 with a wind chill of 0. I am about ready for spring!!

Your mindsets are critical to how you live your life.They determine how effective you will be and how you will impact others. Collectively organizations can and do have mindsets that guide how they function and directly impact their long-term success.

Allow me to suggest to you four mindsets that I believe are critical to how well we perform as leaders:

1. Trust – trust is foundational to the well functioning of a leadership trust. Most say that trust is earned and they treat it like an emotion. My contention is that trust is a choice and it is given. Choose to trust people – choose to trust your team.

2. Dependency – that sounds a little odd in our culture does it not? What it means is that we realize that unto ourselves we are insufficient and incapable of accomplishing much of anything. We are all dependent upon God and we are all dependent upon one another. Pretending you are superman and can fly solo in life is an illusion.

3. Humility – this is probably the most foundational and most important mindset of all of life. The choice to walk the path of humility is a life changer. As C.S. Lewis outs it, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less often.” Humility is an outward focus on God and others instead of an inward focus on yourself.

4. Growth – are you continuously learning, growing and becoming a better person? For that is what leaders do.

Mindsets are critical to being an effective leader.

Questions for you – what are your actual mindsets right now? Worry, suspicion, fear, or . . .? Which of the four mindsets listed above are you going to start developing this week?

Peace and grace,


Good morning! Ready for another week? I hope I am.Beautiful shy June 2013

For those of us that lead, maintaining the right mindsets or attitudes is critical to our effectiveness. Yet so many of us struggle to maintain them or at times are unaware of the proper mindsets or attitudes that are necessary to lead effectively. Here are four mindsets that are key to your effectiveness as a leader:

1. Trust – you must choose to be trustworthy and to trust others. Trust is a volitional choice. not an emotion or feeling. You choose to trust those that you work with and as it is foundational to teamwork, you won’t have an effective team until you do decide to trust.  Of course you will be disappointed at times and you will disappoint others – we are human and prone to make mistakes. However, you still choose to trust. I know that this is a tough one for those that have been scarred by things in their childhood, but you still have to choose to trust.

2.  Dependency – you must realize that to do anything of any worth that you and I are dependent on God and others. In truth we accomplish little, if anything, on our own that is of any value. We have to realize that we are dependent on God first and then others. if not, we will lead a lonely and ineffective life.

3. Humility – We must have a mindset of humility. We need to learn to put God and others before ourselves. We must choose to esteem others more than ourselves.  Read Philippians 2: 3-8.

4. Gratitude – Do you have a grateful spirit? Are you truly grateful for what God has done and is doing in your life? Are you grateful for what others have done for you? Are you grateful for what you have or do you grumble and wish for more? Show your gratitude today – write a thank you note to someone, pick up the phone and call someone from your past who had a major impact on you and thank them, and finally go to God in prayer and thank Him for life and His endless love for you.

Have a blessed day today!

What Are Your Mindsets?

March 20, 2013

Good morning. Still cold here in NE Indiana – we are so ready for Spring!!!Lauren - sunlight MAR 2013

What are your mindsets? Or maybe a better question is what are the attitudes with which you approach life?

I am involved in an interesting project here at Ambassador Enterprises where we are working to identify the core 20% of what makes the AE culture unique. One area that we identified was this area of Mindsets / Attitudes and we believe that there are three core attitudes that are important to our culture:

1. Trust – there has to be trust, which is a choice, before you truly have effective relationships, effective community, and high performing teams. It is a choice and it is an attitude in which you approach others. Trust is something that has to be intentionally developed and maintained.

2. Dependency – this is not dependency in the unhealthy sense, this is the realization and living out that fact that we are not truly independent actors in life, but that we are dependent upon God and others in life. We need others and others need us – in a very healthy and real way.

3. Humility – humility and dependency are closely tied together. Humility is the opposite of pride and arrogance. Humility recognizes that we aren’t superior to others, that others have great value in God’s eyes, that we are incomplete and flawed, and that we are in need of God’s grace, His help and the help of others and that we still have much to learn.

I have found these attitudes to be helpful. What are the attitudes or mindsets that guide your life?


What Is Your Viewpoint?

August 20, 2012

Good Monday morning to you! It looks like another beautiful day here in southwest Michigan. You can already begin to fel a little tinge of fall in the air – faint, but it is there.

What is your viewpoint towards obstacles, problems, challenges, setbacks, and new opportunities?

Some of us are really satisfied when we have mastered our job and then work to maintain it in a steady state. Problems or failures become something to avoid and if they fo happen, we lose confidence and begin to consider ourselves a failure.

Others see these very things as a way to learn and to grow. They see failure as a lesson in how not to do something and then apply that knowledge in learning how to do it better. They see obstacles as something interesting to overcome that will help them grow and become more effective. They desire to be challenged and stretched.

Some of us think “That’s just the way we are.”, but it’s not. How we approach challenges, obstacles, failures and so on is actually a choice. We do have the capacity to change our viewpoint. It may not be easy, but it is doable. So what do you choose? Avoid hard things or embrace them as a way to learn and grow?

It is your choice and it will have a major impact on your life – it already has.

Blessings on your day & week!