A compass is designed to point us in a specific direction.
A moral compass applies the same concept by using a standard that points us in a specific direction regarding our behavior or conduct.
The standard by which our moral compass must be calibrated is God’s word. If God’s word provides the basis for our moral compass, then personal opinions have no place.
The battle front is everywhere: television, movies, marketing ads, internet, and every direction we turn.
It is challenging, no doubt, but the result will make a difference.
Optimism projects hope and confidence about the future or successful outcome of a specific area.
The contrast between leaders who are optimistic and those who are not seems to be associated with age and experience. As leaders age and encounter negative experiences in life, it can hinder optimistic leadership.
The challenge is how to overcome the pessimistic tendencies and keep hope and confidence alive. Among the many possibilities, here are a few suggestions:
1) Remember, “everyone” is not against us.
2) Stop trying to live in or change the past, because we cannot.
3) Be surrounded by optimistic people who cast a vision of hope.
4) Be realistic about personal expectations.
5) Learn to accept who we are as a person.
6) Express gratitude for what we have physically and spiritually.
7) Reflect more often on the positive areas of life.
The internet is loaded with ways to develop a more optimistic focus in life. As leaders, it is worth the time we take to share optimism with those who follow.
Try it and see how contagious it becomes.
Chances are if you are reading this post, you have a computer or electronic device. If so, there is a familiarity with downloading.
Downloading is a common occurrence with files, programs, or general information from Internet sources.
Think about the concept. Literally, the idea is about transferring information from one source to another in an understandable format. The purpose is to give the receiver beneficial information.
There is also the experienced challenges of downloading a virus. A virus can hinder, shut down, and/or destroy the working function of the computer or device.
Computers commonly download updates for programs we use frequently. These updates are beneficial to the overall performance of our computer or device.
Consider our spiritual leadership.
People who listen and follow are constantly downloading information from us. Is the information hindering, shutting down, or destroying the working function of their service? Are we providing information in an understandable, beneficial format? Does the information received improve the overall performance of the individual or group?
Our leadership can make a difference. Make sure those who follow download the right material.
Traveling on the airlines often means looking for some way to connect to the internet. It is amusing to think how disconnected it feels when there is an extended period without having the internet.
The connection is not about the internet. The internet is the tool through which we connect to family and friends. Without this connection something is missing, even empty.
The world has become dependent on the internet. A culture all its own has been created and it connects people around the world.
Since we are talking about the internet, try a Google search about leaders being connected. Within seconds you will discover seven million plus articles on the subject. We cannot exhaust them all in a few lines.
Leaders must be connected to those who are following, but how? Here are 5 suggestions.
1) Get involved in their lives.
2) Be more transparent.
3) Give others something to believe in.
4) Relate individually.
5) Give genuine compliments.
This connection creates a demonstration of love. It is not easy connecting to others. However, when we find ways to connect, it will work every time.