On this episode, I talked about that dirty little word, success, and its cousin, perfectionism. Whether you like that word or not, if you are going to engage in anything creative or risky, you have an internal standard for what success is. The problem is that most of us aren’t completely aware of what our definition for success really is. How we measure success is sadly usually rooted in something out of our control and illusory.
So, let’s talk about success in a different way. One that brings freedom, and laughter, and joy.
Stuff I talked about on the show
I’m preaching at Imago Dei Church in Peoria, Illinois on January 24th. If you’re nearby, I’d love to meet you! I’m preaching on the audacious belief that God is a verb, and therefore, so are we.
Teddy Roosevelt quote: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Brene Brown wrote Daring Greatly, which was inspired by the quote above. Brene Brown is a shame researcher who is doing some of the best work on living courageously and wholeheartedly. I cannot recommend her book(s) enough.
Pre order Matt Bays’ book Finding God in the Ruins
2 Timothy 4:6-7 (NRSV): 6 As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
What’s Blowing My Mind
And finally, Lynne Hybels is such a hero, following her desire to help those who are in desperate need. Click here to access a list of trusted organizations who are doing really good work with Syrian refugees.
Click here to go to a page that highlights what Beginnings is all about, including a video I made, along with a link to read the first chapter for free. Feel free to share this page with friends!
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