Leaders and the Game of Life

This is a guest post by Angela Bisignano, Ph.D.. She has a doctorate in clinical psychology and an M.S. in ministry. She works as a leadership and life consultant. You can read her blog and follow her on Twitter. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

How important is winning to you? I know I like to win. What’s even more important is how I play the game. The process is key to me.

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For many leaders today, life is moving really fast. Contemplating the process of life is not on the top of many leaders “to do” lists. Yet, process is vital in order to do life well and to finish well. To me finishing well implies much more than just a successful career or ministry. How important is life’s process to you?

Far too many leaders today are caught up in the rigors and the demands of their roles and careers, so much so, that contemplating process is not even on their radar screens. Countless leaders won’t even stop to look at their life process until they get into their 50s and 60s.

Extraordinary leadership and finishing well, means going above and beyond the scope of just succeeding in one area of life. Being a remarkable leader means exercising moral and spiritual integrity in all areas of life: personal, family, professional, community, and faith.

Now, I am not talking about being perfect, what I am talking about is being honest. Navigating life with dignity, poise, integrity, and authenticity.

The challenge for many leaders today is that they will not consider the implications of this question until much later in life. I believe this is one of the most important questions leaders should ponder and the earlier the better.

In his research with church leaders over the course of history, Robert J. Clinton came to a startling conclusion: only 1 in 3 leaders will finish well. I wrote about some of his findings in a recent post: ”Leaders Finishing Well”.

When one starts with the goal of finishing life well, it sets them on a great life course. So what’s involved? Leaders can do four things now to help ensure they are on the path to finishing well:

  1. Contemplation: Take time to reflect. Think about your life and what it means to you to finish life well. In his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey says that beginning with the end in mind is key. Fast forward and envision what kind of legacy you wish to leave behind. You won’t be able to take anything with you when you are gone. However, you can leave “deposits of you” and a contribution that may impact generations to come. Write down what’s important to you.
  2. Commitment: Know your core values and stay committed to them. Ask yourself: what are the things in your life that are extremely important to you? Core values are the things that are nearest and dearest to our hearts. They reflect what matters most.
  3. Cost: In any significant endeavor, you need to count the cost. Invite someone that you trust into your journey with you. Be accountable in all areas of your life.  Ask yourself if there are any obstacles in your life such as, wounds, shame, hidden secrets, or character issues that you need to deal with or overcome. Be willing to do what it takes to live your best life.
  4. Courage: Stay the course. Make a decision that you will not compromise. Have the courage to live out your convictions in every area of your life. One of the greatest obstacles people have in life is fear. Overcoming fear was part of my journey. Be courageous and don’t be afraid to live out what you believe God is calling you to.            

Most every major decision I make in life is influenced by what I believe God is calling me to and the legacy I wish to leave behind. When I stop to think about the things that matter most in life, they are the people I love and what God is calling me to do. Sometimes I need a little reminder, to slow down and remember what this game of life is really all about.

How about you, is it time to slow down a bit and look at your life process? Are you more focused on winning or the process?

Question: What are some of the things you can do today to make sure you are on a course to finishing well? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • http://www.godsabsolutelove.com Patricia Zell

    I focus on loving God with everything I have and loving my neighbors as I love myself. My over-riding goals are to please God in what I choose to do and to radiate the power of God’s absolute love to everyone I come in contact with. As a result, I am constantly asking God for knowledge, understanding, and wisdom; I also am asking Him to work everything to the good for the whole human race.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for your comments Patricia. I think if your focus is on pleasing God and loving your neighbors you are well on your way to finishing well. I believe those two things have to be at the core of life’s process.

      • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

        I agree!

    • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

      Amen.

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      Focusing on those things will really give you a great drive and purpose in life. It will help keep you off paths you do not want to be and keep you moving forward and cause you to finish strong. Continue to run the race!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ayomide.akinkugbe Ayomide Akinkugbe

    It’s funny how it’s usually ‘under-emphasized’ that there’s no real progress without process and that the leader is actually becoming. Sometimes, I find myself wanting to happen over night and I know any thing built in a hurry always has a sorry end.I will like to share with you some thoughts that ran through my mind yesterday (which I also shared via my facebook account). And Here it is:
    ” There’s a season called Pregnancy, the waiting period. A mother must wait 9 months to see her expected child. Sometimes I don’t want to wait, with so much gusto I command ‘THIS IS WHAT I WANT’! I WANT MY DREAM NOW. DON’T YOU GET IT? I WANT WHAT YOU PROMISED ME RIGHT NOW!’ .Maybe I don’t know Pregnancy. Maybe I don’t know the waiting. Maybe I don’t Know lil’ bones need forming before they collide with reality. Maybe I don’t know to want to happen overnight is to want to abort a child right before it comes to the world. This is my confession.* Good Morning World :)”

    I’m finding daily that the process is actually the real progress. Thanks Michael :)

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    One thing I could do is finish writing out my life plan.It would give me a finished road map to where I would like my life to go.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      So when would now be a good time to do that? ;-) Seriously, the best way to get it done, is schedule a day to do it. Get away to do it. Even a coffee shop or the library will do. Thanks.

      • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

        I think that is what Ill have to do.

        I’ve tried multiple times to get it done but have never been able to finish. Looking like next week would be a great time to do it.

    • Anonymous

      Joe, I think spending time working on your life plan is an excellent idea. Having one will help you to stay on course to finishing well. In my opinion, life plans are well worth the time investment.

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      I finished mine not long ago. Now I have to make time to review it regularly. It is a great help! 

      • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

        Awesome to hear Brandon. I’m looking forward to getting it done and moving towards a more clear future.

  • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

    So excited you’re guest posting today! I don’t think you can do #1 & 2 without having the courage, and staying accountable. Getting past all the wounds has been key in helping me figure out what kind of legacy to leave.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you Sundi Jo! So glad you stopped by. If you have spent time looking at and processing the wounds (which so many of us have experienced), you are doing yourself a wonderful service. I find that this is an area that many leaders don’t seriously address in life. I believe it is important in doing life well. I appreciate your comments.

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

    Robert J. Clinton came to a startling conclusion: only 1 in 3 leaders will finish well.

    And what’s the proportion of well-finishers among non-leaders?

    • Anonymous

      That’s a great question. Most of Robert J. Clinton’s work has been on leaders and leadership. It certainly would be interesting to research the question among those who don’t consider themselves leaders.

    • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

      That’s quite a confronting question. It just goes to show that there may be so many who will not finish well.

      • Anonymous

        The great news, I believe, is that there is so much we can do today to help keep us on track for finishing well.

      • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

        I’ll finish badly for sure, but I’d feel so much better about it if I were to finish badly against the odds, which is why I’m curious as to the stats about non-leaders. 

  • http://www.theombugroup.com Brad Bridges

    Great post. I especially appreciate the emphasis of process of produce or in other words being or who I’m becoming rather than what I’m doing or accomplishing. Words we all need to hear monthly. 

    How do you help others finish well who are trying to balance the responsibilities of the present with equipping others for their absence? 

    • Anonymous

      Thank you Brad! That’s a great and loaded question. I think encouraging others to finish well is a great place to start. Helping them to be intentional with their calling and commitments, to stay clear on their priorities, and being willing to let go of things that are not as important are all key. If you can help them to do this, I think it will also help them to equip others in their absence. Hope that helps.

  • Timothy Fish

    Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not into thine own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5, 6)

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for sharing this verse Timothy. Certainly, one of the most important things we can do in life is to trust God and acknowledge Him in all that we do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/don.hornsby Don Hornsby

    Thanks for posting this helpful article.  The timing of its posting was key as today is the day when I attempt to conduct a ‘weekly review’.  However, I believe that it is time to include a yearly review – as well as putting together a life plan.  I appreciate the material that you have shared on this website during the past few months.  

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Don! Glad it was helpful for you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eshiet-Etukudo/100001394419931 Eshiet Etukudo

    Thanks for the post you shared with us,it has impacted well with me. Thanks. 

    • Anonymous

      Glad it was helpful for you Eshiet.

  • Doug Weaver

    You have been reading my mail lately.  I am contemplating a career re-start at 41 and what I keep hearing in my spirit is “You are better than this”. I want to finish well in the areas that really matter.  Changes are coming. Thank you for your insights.

    • Anonymous

      It takes a lot of courage to change careers Doug. Many people will opt to stay in careers, even when they sense there is something “better” for them. I wish you well in this important decision making process.

      • Doug Weaver

        I completely missed that this was a guest post today. Somewhat embarrassed, but your post fits perfectly with what Michael has been posting and what God has been saying to me. Thank you for your encouragement and good wishes.

        • Anonymous

          You’re welcome Doug; no worries. I’ve done that, too! 

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Over the years I have realized that success in life is not a destination, but a journey. When you take one day at a time, and focus on the present, life can be much more enjoyable. While goals and dreams are important, learning and mastering what you do on a daily basis is much more important than always being focused on the future. 

    As a prominent speaker once told me… You can’t do anything in the past or the future. You only have today and the only time you can take action is now. When you slow down and focus on today, joy can come back into your life.

    • Anonymous

      Wise words John. Thank you for sharing your insight.

    • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

      Thanks for sharing, John! Great insight on the focus of today.

    • Anonymous

      That’s great John…I would like to be able to attribute that quote.  Are you willing to share the speakers name  who told you that?

  • Enrique Fiallo

    Excellent post. All of the steps you mention are important. The Cost step is an essential one that many leaders avoid. It takes great courage to perform. This is very much like the AA 12 step program where you  come face to face with who you are and what you have done, and you take accountability (and make amends). Finding someone trustworthy and capable to help with this deep introspection is very helpful. Thanks for sharing this, I really enjoyed it.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for your comments Enrique. I am excited to hear you are going to start working on your life plan; excellent idea. I agree, no time like the present to get started.

  • http://twitter.com/MuchClearer Sean Sankey

    Great post. Answering your question – no word of a lie –  today I’m completing Michael’s ebook on writing out my life plan. I guess that would fall under Contemplation and Commitmnet. You write wonderfully, thanks for sharing. 

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for your kind words Sean. Glad to hear you are working on your life plan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/garethmulholland Gareth Mulholland

    Great post!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Gareth!

  • http://www.facebook.com/garethmulholland Gareth Mulholland

    Great post

  • http://www.hope101.net Lori Tracy Boruff

    Thanks Michael for the insight on legacy. Honestly, I have not thought much about that and seem to focus on being a voice of hope for today. I’m asking myself (thanks to your post) What can I do to be a voice of hope for tomorrow and generations to come?  Believing God will give me the vision and provision to make that happen.

    One thing to add to the idea of finishing well. Caring for others is significant. It’s amazing how in the process of living a dream, calling, ministry, outreach, business  to help others, we can get caught up in the ‘process’ and the original vision gets lost.

    I stay aware of the possibility of becoming too self-focused and strive to keep a balance to give and care for others during the process of becoming who God is calling me to be.  It’s a challenge for me to remember I don’t have to be perfect before God can use me. He works his will in spite of me.

    Your post is great. You are a blessing in my life!

    • Anonymous

      Lori, your heart shines through in your comments. I love that you want to be a voice of hope for today, and also, a voice of hope for tomorrow and generations to come. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      • http://www.hope101.net Lori Tracy Boruff

        Angela- I did not see the top of the post to realize YOU are the author. I apologize. Thank you for your insight. I will be tuning into your blog to learn more. God Bless…sorry for the ooops!

        • Anonymous

          Thanks for taking your time to visit my blog!

  • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

    Yesterday I started writing out my goals for the 90 day challenge at the beginning of 2012. 4 months ago I started writing out my ‘personal life plan’. I haven’t used the plan as much but it did help me to define who I wanted to be and what legacy I wanted to leave. I believe my yearly goal and the goal for my life plan are significantly guiding me to the outcome that I am desiring.

    • Anonymous

      Daren, great idea to be working on your life plan. I think having your goals and life plan in place will help guide you. 

  • http://eyesoftheheart.com J. Michael McDade

    Thanks for the challenge today. Leaving a legacy really is the only thing that matters.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Michael. Glad to hear “legacy” matters to you. I am sure you’ll leave the world a better place with that perspective in mind.

  • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

    I had gone a few weeks without review my life plan and I felt the results. I was losing focus and drive. I took time out of my day yesterday to do that review process and I cannot tell you how much change I felt during the process and into today! I need to make sure I set up a weekly review process. This helps me focus on my end goals and weighing the cost of what I am currently doing. 

    • Anonymous

      Brandon, glad to hear that it helped with your focus. Thanks for your comments.

  • Janna Rust

    What can I do today? I was pondering some of your questions (before I even read this post) as I prepared to coach one of my clients on how they are being true to themselves and their core values. My mind wandered and I was actually thinking “Janna…if you were your own client, what would you tell yourself to do?” The answer…do a review of my own life/business plan. Today I will schedule an appointment with myself for an extended version of this.  Thanks for the encouragement in your powerful question.

    • Anonymous

      Janna, I have to remind myself of the importance of this, too. Glad to hear that you will be scheduling a time for yourself. Thanks for sharing.

  • Anonymous

    Michael,

    You are right on target. At 59 I am realising the wasted years focusing on me and my career. The importance of being a good provider over shadowed the importance of making a difference in the life of those in my circle of influence.  A recent Leadership class at church studying John Maxwell’s “Developing the Leader within you” has changed my life focus.  Following John Maxwell and now following you.  Prayer time first thing every morning and then I read your blog.

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom.  You are impacting our world.

    Keep up the good work!

    May God RICHLY Bless you and your FAMILY.

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      I hope that I am able to learn from the example of others who have “been there.” At 23 I am trying to soak up so much that will help me stay on track and finish strong some day.

      • Anonymous

        You seem like a wise young man Brandon. Learning from the experiences of those who have gone before us is a smart thing to do. 

  • Jjames

    Great post. I appreciate what you said. Especially the first point. When I was made an elder I kept asking for help in how I should lead. I kept getting the response, take a theology class or read some books. That is good and I should do that, but I think it was the answer to a different question. I realized that what I was asking was how does one lead out of something more than human wisdom. I discovered the ministry of the Transforming Center and I am actually not spending as much time thinking about leadership but it taking care of my own soul. Can I lead others in being transformed if I am being transformed by the gospel myself? If we are in process of being transformed we will finish well. The risk of losing the way in helping others is so great. Leadership and reflection seem so opposite yet I am finding that they are truly bound together.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for your kind words and especially for your honesty. I really appreciate the question you asked yourself and believe it to be vital and pertinent for every leader. 

  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

    Timely post for me, thank you for following Gods directives. 
    My husband and I are praying about a major life changing event and we have talked about our goals for our family, this helps add some clarity into our decision making.  

    • Anonymous

      Glad that it was helpful and brought you some clarity. 

  • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

    Wow! Your 4 points were great! I think it all comes down to commitment. If can’t commit to our goals, then we aren’t going to achieve them.

    Great stuff!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Brandon, I appreciate your kind words. 

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    For me, that early morning contemplation (also known as prayer) helps re-orient me on a daily basis. I am not a “prayer warrior,” don’t consider my prayer life anything beyond ordinary at best, but it’s more than I had a year ago and less than I hope for a year from now.

    • Anonymous

      It’s great to start the day off with prayer; makes a huge difference in the rest of the day.

    • http://www.distractedbyprayer.blogspot.com Shannon @ Distracted by Prayer

      I appreciate your honesty about where you are in your prayer life, but I just bet that you are more of a warrior than you know, TNeal!

      • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

        Thanks, Shannon, I appreciate your kind words. Judging from your website, prayer is a key component to your passion for and service to the Lord. God bless–Tom

  • http://checkmatesystem.com Mary

    slightly off-topic (I tried your Contact page first – honest!!) I’m leading an on-line discussion of My Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey on the message boards on his site and just read the introduction of the latest edition.  I didn’t know YOU pitched the book idea to Dave Ramsey.  I owe you the deepest thanks for the debt-free lifestyle my husband and I now enjoy and for being able to stay home from the work force after losing my job in 2010.  

    TMMO is one of the most influential books I have ever read; I could never thank you enough!!

    TMMO forum members have ideas for other books we’d love to see Dave write; maybe you could consider dropping in on us sometime (BIG GRIN!)

    If anyone wants to go further and faster with their finances, check out this book!!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks so much. I love Dave Ramsey. He has liberated hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of people from the oppression of debt. His “coaching” is definitely the way to go further, faster in your financial life.

  • http://checkmatesystem.com Mary

    Ack! that last comment was intended for Michael Hyatt ….

  • Guest

    That was interesting Angela. Learning that I am more focused on winning rather than the process.   When you work in business, managers are always looking at how to increase their bottom line and so that is why I’ve been focused on  results. but  how would I convince my boss that it is not all about the bottom line but more about the process?

  • http://www.SpencerMcDonald.net Spencer McDonald

    When I was young I lived by the motto, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” Now, how utterly ridiculous is that motto? I was not in my right mind. 

    Maturity has helped me evolve into something better. When I look forward to the end of my life and what I really want to leave it looks something like this;

    1. I want to leave gifts related to my talent of public speaking. 
    2. I want to leave others a little happier with who they are.
    3. I want to have others recognize me for truly caring about them. 
    4. I want to know that I loved others the best I could. 

    No where in all of that is the golden ring of riches beyond riches. No where in that is a mountain of things or money. I have learned that they are very material and don’t count when it comes to leaving my legacy. 

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for your insightful comments Spencer. You are not alone in once believing that motto. I think you will live a “richer” life and finish well with this greater perspective on legacy and what’s really important to you. 

      • http://www.SpencerMcDonald.net Spencer McDonald

        Thank you so much Angela for your wonderful post and kind words. 

    • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

      A good reminder about how trivial toys really are in the midst of the Christmas season.

  • Jill Farris

    I recently stopped apologizing for taking the time to be alone and reflect. As the mother of 8 children and an introvert who writes and speaks to Christian mothers, I need lots of time just to “percolate” about life. God has sent me the needed time (disguised as insomnia) and I thank Him for it.

    The mother of Jesus “pondered” the events of her life…I choose to do the same.

     

    • Anonymous

      Jill, I am impressed, 8 children! I am glad you are taking the time to be alone and reflect (when you can). It sounds like you are able to use your life experiences as a mother, to encourage other Christian moms. I am sure we could all learn a thing or two from you. ;) Thanks for sharing.

  • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

    I can take time to invest in my wife and children today.

    • Anonymous

      Sounds like a great investment to me Ben!

  • Gal in Malibu

    Great post on leadership and finishing. Well. I hope to see more from the author.

  • http://www.extremejohn.com Extreme John

    This is one very very good post. It has a lot of good points and I think all of them are true. It is very inspirational. Thanks for sharing this wonderful and meaningful article about life and in loving God. This could guide you in your day-to-day life.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you John for your kind words.

  • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

    Angela,
    I thought this was great. Not only do I agree with all your steps, but I would add on having a person in your life that you could share your “end goals” with.  You would want to make sure that this person has full trust and authority to speak truth into your life… not just tell you what you want to hear.  Many powerful leaders today are surrounded with people that tell them what they want to hear and maybe not what they should hear.

    • Anonymous

      Excellent point Barry. I agree with you. “Trust and authority to speak truth into your life” as you mention, are very important. We all need to have people, that we trust, who are willing to ask us the tough questions, to address the areas that we need growth in, and to help us see our blind spots. Some leaders are vulnerable to thinking, “they can do it all on their own.”

      • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

        Yeah, I know I have been vulnerable to that line of thinking and will probably be in the future, too. It’s an ongoing battle to be transparent and authentic with others. 

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  • Anonymous

    “Now, I am not talking about being perfect, what I am talking about is being honest. Navigating life with dignity, poise, integrity, and authenticity.”  Great prompts about the importance of honesty with God, ourselves and those we lead.  It’s been amazing to watch you navigate this and walk it out and lead others into living lives of integrity as well.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you Suzie for your gracious comments. It is my great pleasure to come along side of people and to encourage them to live their best lives. You certainly are a woman who exemplifies all of these characteristics in your own life and leadership. 

  • http://www.distractedbyprayer.blogspot.com Shannon @ Distracted by Prayer

    Thanks for another great post!  Another trap I’ve encountered along the way is saying no to “good” in order to make room for “great”.
    There seems to be a supernatural principle that whenever I start to follow hard after a calling, I am suddenly offered many other opportunities that could easily get me off track.
    I’m wondering if anyone else has had something similar happen?

  • http://struggletovictory.wordpress.com Kari Scare

    There is so much I want to do to make sure I stay on course for finishing well that I can sometimes get overwhelmed by it all. For me, I have to focus on the small things. I feel like small things added together will make a huge difference over time. While I try not to “sweat the small stuff,” I do try to simply focus on what’s next. With that being said, I also need to spend some time focusing on a life plan and long-term goals; otherwise, I will be aimlessly pursuing small things that don’t move me toward those goals. I like the idea of taking a day to map out my long-term goals. I need to put that on my schedule.

    • Anonymous

      Kari, I appreciate your heart and desire to want to stay on course for finishing well. I think it is a great idea to take a day or two to strategize and think about your long-term goals. Having a life plan is like a road map for accomplishing both the smaller day-to-day goals, as well as the larger goals.

  • Carolin Keith Wade

    Hello Angela.  Thanks for introducing us to your post.  Legacy becomes more and more important as we transition into the later chapters of our lives; I’m glad to see you encouraging readers to consider the importance of legacy earlier in their lives.  After all, the earlier we establish a routine (e.g., taking time to reflect), the greater likelihood it will be come a habit for life.  Think of the impact on our lives and our legacy if contemplation were to become a permanent part of our day at an early age….

    • Anonymous

      Carolin, thank you for taking your time to comment. I really appreciate your insight and perspective on legacy. I also think you bring up a good point about establishing a “routine” for reflection. I think this is particularly important given the fast-paced society in which we live. Built into reflection is the wonderful opportunity to just slow down and think. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m learning to eliminate bad habits and establish good habits.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MelissaMashburnMelsWorld Melissa Scarbrough Mashburn

    Fantastic post Angela…I appreciate your insight into finishing well…I can’t wait to go check out the rest of your posts on this! ~ Melissa

    • Anonymous

      Thank you Melissa! I appreciate your kind words and for taking your time to read my post.

  • http://charlielyons.ca Charlie Lyons

    I actually just wrote a blog post about this very thought yesterday. (If I may be so bold: http://www.charlielyons.ca.) I’ve realized of late that I need to focus more on who I am and less on what I do. So often the latter defines the former and it ought not to be so. I need to focus more on my calling and less on my day to day.

    • Anonymous

      Interesting observation Charlie. I agree that often in our culture many do find their identity in “what they do” and not necessarily in “who they are.” Although what we do is important, I don’t think it should be the primary criteria for shaping our identity. I think pursuing your calling will help give clarity to your day-to-day. Thanks for your comments.

  • Scotti Steip

    I loved your article on Leaders and the Game of Life. Now that I am in my 60′s I look at past accomplishments a whole lot different than my values in life today.  My walk with God is on the front burner and look to Him for everything. I love how you spoke about core values being the nearest and dearest to our hearts and as for mine that’s my family; husband, children and grandchildren.  I hope my legacy will be looked on as one with honesty, kindness and compassion and most of all love for others.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you Scotti for your kind words and for stopping by. I really appreciate your point of view regarding  your past accomplishments and what is of value to you today. I can learn a lot from people like you who have the wisdom and perspective of life experience. It sounds like you are investing well, in those who matter most to you. I know you will leave a wonderful legacy.

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    Three things are in the forefront of my mind in regards to leaving a legacy:  my marriage, my kids, my ministry.  Thanks for helping clarify things a bit more for me.

    • Anonymous

      Jeff, those are great things to keep at the forefront of your thinking in regards to your legacy! My pleasure and thanks for your comments.

      • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

        Sometimes hard to maintain though.  Each of them takes an incredible amount of effort, and each in a different way.

        • Anonymous

          Yes, but well worth the investment in my opinion. When you look back on your life someday, you will be more encouraged by the time, energy, and focus you spent here, than not.

          • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

            Absolutely!  I agree wholeheartedly!  And I make the effort, whether I “feel” like it or not.  I’m not saying that I’m excellent at it, by any means.  But I definitely strive for my best in these areas.

  • http://twitter.com/jamespinnick7 James Pinnick

    Courage. Stay the course. Love it Mr. Hyatt! Thanks for the post again!

    James Pinnick
    Author-The Last Seven Pages
    http://www.jamespinnick.com

  • JC Cruz

    I really love the blog. I believe its so true that the process is important because the process will determine the end. I discovered some time ago that we are suopposed to be like God more than we know. The Bible says “He sees the end from the beginning”. We are supposed to be like that. Visualise the end first and then walk/work towards it 

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  • http://specializingintheimpossible.wordpress.com/ Laura Johnson

    I am more focused on the process.
    But sometimes I get caught up in thinking I am  not adequate enough to reach my goals, or life is just to short to make it happen. I remind myself that I may not be enough to get there, but if it’s my purpose, I will strive to make it happen and God will make sure it does. 
    Thanks :)

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    I think it all begins and ends with honesty from our part. It is important to maintain the integrity in all aspects of life. As believers, just like striving to be blameless till His second coming, we need to live of impeccable clean life.

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