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Personal Goals by Yves Johnson

ppWe must control what we’re doing to be successful.  As we clarify our goals we are able to help steer our organizations.  It’s easy for a leader to lose her way.  The result will be disastrous.  The same can be said for the individual!

“If you don’t have personal goals, you’re controlled by those who do.” – Garrison Wynn

Imagine if we have no goals, or a list of the ‘things we want to do,’ or ‘things we want to achieve.’ Life would have absolutely no direction. That’s why goals become important — because they give our life a definite direction, force us to think about what we hope to achieve in life, and take the necessary steps to achieve the same. It helps us at several levels because while we set about achieving those goals, we also acquire numerous skills and qualities. All in all, setting goals helps in our growth as human beings.

Here are a couple of suggestions I provide participants in my seminars:

Career – What level do you want to reach in your career, or what do you want to achieve?

Financial – How much do you want to earn, by what stage? How is this related to your career goals?

Once you’ve realized what your goals are, the next step is to list them out. There are a number of ways of going about this. You can list them under categories that pertain to ‘general,’ ‘professional’ or ‘personal’ goals and then further list them out under the ‘long term’ and ‘short term’ goals. Now, you need to put some action to your goals. If you don’t, you’re not going to progress much farther.

One last question.  Are you where you want to be? How far are you away from your goals?

This is your action plan for the week. Simply write out one thing you can do to get closer to your goal. Then, complete the thing you have written down.

I hope this very brief overview can help you get started on the road towards achieving your goals. I am confident you can get there. Now, stop reading this blog and get to work on your goals. I know you can do it.

 

Yves Johnson is a Speaker an Author.  He has written two books and a varied collection of articles and blogs. He is the President of Christ Is My Savior Ministries and CEO of CornerStone Leadership Consulting.  He’s a sought out speaker and offers a wide range of leadership and development seminars for both Faith Based and non-Faith Based organizations. You can find his books at http://ow.ly/B4aGp

Once I put on my glasses by Yves Johnson

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I was trying to read the bible today without my reading glasses. I must rely upon my reading glasses much more now that I have entered the third quarter of life. One thing occurred to me as I struggled to read the words on the pages. I realized that I saw the words but they weren’t clear. As such, I guessed at what some things said. I realized an important life lesson that I’d like to share with you.

As Christians, we must clearly see the Lord in our lives.  We must clearly show people the true Christian life. If not, those who watch us will be looking at a fuzzy image of Christianity. How do you represent Christ in your life? Are you clearly following biblical teaching on financial stewardship, tithing, love of neighbor, marriage, purity, and a host of other things? We must love our neighbor. Love isn’t always agreeing with your loved one. Scripture tells us to comfort our brother when they are in the wrong. If we don’t confront them when they are doing wrong then we don’t love them.

Are you seeing clearly? Are you now following what non-believers say is true? To put it another way, is your life aligned to the Word of God? Remember, we must conform to the bible. Regrettably, some people, even Christians, are conforming the bible to fit their lifestyle and needs.

Prayerfully you will help show people the true image of Christ.

Blessings.

 

Yves Johnson is a Speaker and Author.  He has written two books and a varied collection of articles and blogs. He is the President of Christ Is My Savior Ministries and CEO of CornerStone Leadership Consulting.  He’s a sought out speaker and offers a wide range of leadership and development seminars for both Faith Based and non-Faith Based organizations. You can find his books at http://ow.ly/B4aGp

 

Workplace Spirituality, The New Management Imperative?

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            How can company leaders support their employees’ spiritual needs while simultaneously taking care of the “bottom line” of their business?

Well, let’s take a close look at spirituality. Spirituality seems to be the new “in thing” to do. What is it? I imagine you would receive 15 or 20 different definitions if you polled 30 people. In fact, scholarly research indicates this to be the case. Spirituality is not well defined for a variety of reasons. Chiefly because it is not regulated and not necessarily associated to a particular religion. Hence, its fluidity and its confusion.  Kenneth Pargament posited spirituality is directional, but religion is both directional and goal oriented1. Eric Dale espoused religion provides an end-point answer whereas spirituality does not2. I think that almost hits the nail on the head. Mumphord Kendall stated, in his dissertation on Workplace Spiritualiy, the spiritual “spectrum is extreme atheism, which asserts there is no God or source for higher meaning. At the opposite end of the spectrum is pantheism.” 3 Others feel those claiming spirituality are simply using a lazy excuse to live as they want without any constrictions.  Consequentially, one can easily see implementing spirituality in the workforce can be problematic. Last, there is a paucity of academic research on spirituality. Thus, it is difficult for leaders to assist their employees’ with their spiritual journey while at work. Nor can the leader harness that benefit for their organization. As leaders, the more important thing is to discover how to help your employees express themselves while keeping an eye on work performance and outcomes.

Obviously there are some pitfalls to having workplace spirituality. First, we need to recognize spirituality is compatible but not necessarily dependent or interdependent on religion.  Put another way, an employee can be a religious and not spiritual or nonreligious and still spiritual. The two systems are not mutually exclusive.  Second, the inherent goal of workplace spirituality is the benefit to the workplace, not the individual’s particular religious or nonreligious. In addition, workplace spirituality is not about one employee converting others to their faith. Some may feel it is about proselytizing but it is not. Interestingly, anecdotal and secondary source information seems to attribute proselytizing only to Christianity but not other faiths. Curiously, it appears socially acceptable to discuss belief systems ranging from atheism to Wiccan but not Christianity. This too can be problematic for leaders.

Another issue is tolerance. The catchphrase “coexist” cannot be taken seriously if opposing belief systems are repressed.  Tolerance and understanding should not equate to acceptance.  Some researchers have noted that the push to quiet Catholics and Christians from talking about their faith is an act of intolerance. Most alarming is the acceptance of ambiguous or illogical comparisons that paint Christianity in a bad light. Thus, it would be beneficial for leaders to establish inclusive religious tolerance policies. Further, leaders must be mindful of the impact of implementing workplace spirituality. There is a cache of empirical and open source articles showing Christian religious persecution but a lack of reports of persecutions of other religious beliefs. Consequently, it is difficult to provide a fair comparison as of this date. Nevertheless, it would be reckless to force employees with one belief system to sanitize their conversations while fully embracing non-religious or spiritual conversations. Perhaps an open dialogue would help in paving a pathway to understanding and thus a reduction in the strife. This would be helpful for leaders since many contemporary polls indicate a large portion of society adheres to some Christian values. One author noted the intense emotions and motivations which this subject brings to mind may be a major impetus for the emergence of the study of workplace spirituality.

Leaders should take advantage of the growing trend towards workplace spirituality. They can accomplish this by helping or allowing their employees to express their spirituality at work. Despite the potential pitfalls of workplace spirituality, a growing body of research clearly indicates spiritual workers are hard working, ethical, and happier. To be fair, it remains to be seen which variables are key for these positive impacts to surface. Regardless, it does pose a great management application. Potentially, managers can leverage workplace spirituality to attend to the employee’s needs while benefiting from increased productivity. In sum, workplace spirituality is an emerging phenomenon that is being studied to see the potential pitfalls and benefits. As for this author, I see this as an opportunity for both leaders and employees to come out as winners. It does not matter where you stand on the spectrum of spirituality. Leaders must lead from a position of strength. You can do this by allowing your workers to live out their true selves at work.

  1. Pargament, K. I. (1997). The psychology of religion and coping. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
  2. Dale, E. S. (1991). Bringing heaven down to earth: A practical spirituality of work. New York, NY: Peter Lang.
  1. Kendall, M. H. (2012). Workplace spirituality and the motivational power of meaningful work: An experimental  http://search.proquest.com/docview/1008915951?accountid=7374

 

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Yves Johnson is a Speaker an Author.  He has written two books and a varied collection of articles and blogs. He is the President of Christ Is My Savior Ministries and CEO of CornerStone Leadership Consulting.  He’s a sought out speaker and offers a wide range of leadership and development seminars for both Faith Based and non-Faith Based organizations. You can find his books at http://ow.ly/B4aGp

Come Join Toastmasters by Yves N. Johnson

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Many people are at ease when they’re speaking to their family or friends. However, if they’re asked to speak in front of an audience … well, things change. You’ve probably heard that most people fear public speaking above anything else. Does this describe you? If so, I have a solution for you. Come join Toastmasters.

Toastmasters is a non-profit organization whose chief goal is to teach public speaking. We accomplish this through the use of our communications manuals (think CDCs). Toastmasters has been teaching people how to improve their public speaking since 1924! Raytheon, Pima County, University of Arizona and Casino Del Sol are just a few of the corporate Toastmasters we have in Tucson.

Here are a few quick reasons why you should join us:
• Learn and hone your communication skills
• Learn and hone your leadership skills
• Learn how to improve your listening skills
• Learn how to speak impromptu (“Off-the-cuff”)
• Increase your vocabulary and grammar
• Learn how to make better presentations (it’s time to stop killing people with PowerPoint)

We have two tracks for progression throughout Toastmasters. One track is for communication and the other one is for leadership. In fact our motto is, “Where Leaders are made.” As such, we also have leadership manuals. In fact some of the items on the tracks overlap since communication is integral in being a great leader. Each track steps you through the process of becoming either a better speaker or leader. Integrated in this is a simple process of teaching you how to be a better listener also. Many people know how to talk but few actually listen. We also teach you how to provide positive feedback to speakers.

Did I give you reasons why you should join us? Sorry about that. Here are some reasons:
• Enhance your social skills (gain confidence to speak anywhere at any time)
• Great performance bullets (not that you’ll join just for this)

Don’t you want to be the “go-to”person? Of course you do. Now is the time to become the person your supervisor wants when she needs someone to brief a Distinguished Visitor!

The list of former or current Toastmasters is astonishing. They range from Heads of States, actors, Astronauts, Governor, etc. Hmm, I think their success speaks for itself. Okay, Toastmasters might have helped some. Who knows, it might work well for you!

As you can see, you’ll grow both professionally and personally. It’s time for you to move away from the crowd that is afraid to speak publicly. Become a part of the group that is at ease speaking anywhere. If you’re in Tucson, stop by and visit us. If not, go to www.toastmasters.org to find the closest meeting near you. Drop me a line and let me know if you decide to join.

Yves N. Johnson is the Founder of Christ Is My Savior Ministries, LLC. He has spoken both Nationally and Internationally. His subjects range from personal development to Spiritual Warfare. Yves recently published second book, Outside The Wire: Every Man’s Guide For Spiritual Warfare. His debut book was, There Is No Gray In Moral Failure: A Practical Guide In Preventing Financial and Sexual Abuse.

Me, a Servant Leader? by Yvesn Johnson

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I often get the proverbial “Deer in the headlights” look when I ask people if they are leaders. We all are leaders in one manner or another. Are you a mother? Are you a father? Do you volunteer for any events? Guess what? Yep, you’re a leader. For the purposes of this short article, we will use a simple definition of leadership. Leadership is helping people to do what needs to be done.

There are a myriad of leadership styles and theories. I thought it would be beneficial to talk about Servant Leadership. Admittedly, I thought Servant Leadership was a Christian leadership style. Actually it is not. In 1970, Robert Greenleaf developed this leadership model. A servant leader simply serves the people he leads. In other words, he seeks their best interest over the company’s interest.

You’re probably thinking, “How does this apply to me?” In simple terms, we all can be servant leaders. How can you help your children be better and more responsible citizens? How can you serve your job better than you are currently doing? Is there anything you see that needs to be taken care of in your community? Hmm? Are you waiting for someone to take care of these issues? You might be the person who needs to “do something.” I challenge you by saying, “If not you, then who?”

Admittedly, servant leadership is more a leadership model than it is a lifestyle. But can we not all help one another out? I am amazed at how some exclaim, “This is terrible?” “This is awful!” “We must save the whales!” “We must love everyone.” While those exclamations are wonderful in themselves. They are meaningless unless you put actions behind those words. It is far easier to look like one who cares than it is being one who acts on those feelings.

Obviously, this is not the forum to get into a long dialogue about the virtues of “doing something.” However, I can leave you with a few items as food for thought. They center on a variation of an old saying, “Many hands lighten the load.” As such, I encourage you to see what you can do to help out your community. You can “serve” your fellow man by volunteering a few hours at a Soup Kitchen. You can donate your time reading to children at your local library. Instead of thinking about how the poor single-parent has poor parenting skills … help him out. Show him how to be a better parent. There are countless things we can do to help make this world better. Your mind is the only limitation you have. I have pledged to donate all proceeds from my book, There is No Gray in Moral Failure: A Practical Guide in Preventing Sexual and Financial Misconduct, to charity. It is highly probable that I will not be donating $1 million dollars to charity, but it is a start. Come join me and lets make a positive contribution to our community. “Me, a servant leader?” Yes, you can be a servant leader.

Yves Johnson is an author, consultant and speaker. You can find his books at http://ow.ly/B4aGp. You can obtain signed copies from http://ow.ly/B4aKo. You can follow him on Twitter @YvesJohnson1. Follow him on Facebook at http://ow.ly/B4aWO. Join him on Goodreads at http://ow.ly/B4aPP. Lets do some business together! Yves also welcomes visitors at his blog: http://ow.ly/B4b3l

Path to Professional and Personal Success by Yves Johnson

 

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If you’re like some, you’ve already abandoned  your New Year’s Resolutions.  Hey, it’s been five days already!  What do you expect?  Seriously, let’s take a very brief look at goals for a moment.

A few weeks ago I was honored to present a leadership seminar to two very diverse organizations. One was faith-based and the other not so much.  This wonderful international organization  was holding its bi-annual conference.  The audience was full of leaders from various parts of industry.  As any good speaker who is worth his or her salt, I tailored my presentation to meet the needs of the audience.  To my surprise, nearly all of these individuals had one thing in common.  What was it you ask?  They did not have any personal goals.  They had goals for their corporations but none for themselves.  Do you have any goals?

Before we go any further, let me tell you about the faith-based organization.  The members were great and very professional.  I noticed a striking parallel between  this organization and the international organization.  Yes, you guessed it.  They had goals for their organization but didn’t have any personal goals.  I ask you again, “Do you have any goals?”

There are several types of goals.  If you were in my seminar I’d ask you, “Where do you want to be in the next 3, 6, 12 and 18 months?”   These are immediate goals.  Collectively they help navigate you towards your bigger goals.  For instance, you want to buy your first home.  Your 3, 6 and 12 month goals may be to reduce or eliminate as much debt as possible.  I say  this to help you make  some milestones to  get on track for that particular goal of purchasing your home.  Buying a  home  might be what some call a long term goal. This type of goal might be 5 years away, if not longer.

What goals have you deviated from so far?  Let’s say you planned to  get physically fit in 2015.  But so far you’ve missed two of the last five workouts.   Should you quit and forget about this goal?  Of course not.  Celebrate your victories.  After all, you completed three workouts.  Let’s shoot for completing at least four workouts next week!  Don’t let failure sidetrack you from the goal!

Here are a few things you can do to help with your short-term goals.  Take a few days and think where you want to be.  Think about when you want to achieve that goal.  Think about some of the things that might prevent you from achieving those goals.  Obviously, these are just some mind ticklers for you to consider.

I also encourage you to create milestones to keep you on track.  Milestones are simply some of the intermediate steps that you need to reach before the goal is accomplished.  Don’t forget to  celebrate once you attain each milestone.  This celebration will inspire  you to continue on toward the goal.

What happens if you don’t reach your goals?  This is a possibility and unfortunately some failures, no matter how small, prevent some people from keeping their goals.  If you fail, that’s OK. If you fail, you still will be closer to the goal than you were prior to your march towards it.  Celebrate your victories.  If you follow these few principles  you’ll be on the path to professional and personal success.

Give me some feedback and let me know how you are doing with your goals.  I know you’ll do well.  Also, remember to vote on the poll.

 

Yves Johnson is a Speaker and Author.  He is the author of two  books and a varied collection of articles and blogs. He is the President of Christ Is My Savior Ministries LLC.  He’s a sought out speaker and offers a wide range of leadership and development seminars for both Faith Based and non-Faith Based organizations. You can find his books at http://ow.ly/B4aGp

 

 

Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha by Yves Johnson

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This is a unique time of year since two major religious celebrations converge around the same time. Some purport they’re worshipping the same God and believe the same things. However, if   we peel the onion back some, we can learn a little about three religions and how they are similarly dissimilar.

Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Adha. This Islamic festival commemorates Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) willingness to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Jews will celebrate Yom Kippur, known as the Day of Atonement. It’s a day God forgave His people for their disobedience. You’ve probably identified the difference in these celebrations. One festival celebrates man’s action while the other celebrates God’s action. Although two of the three major religions will be in a time of celebration, Christians will not. Ironically, these two festivals affect Christians. Well, somewhat.

Eid al-Adha is also called the Feast of the Sacrifice and lasts four-days.   It honors Abraham’s submission to Allah because he was willing to sacrifice his first-born son Ishmael (Ismail).   Allah stops Abraham and provides him with a lamb to sacrifice instead. The events are strikingly similar to the Jewish and Christian version.   Remarkably the thread of sacrifice and God providing a “ram or lamb in the bush” is a distinctive event in all three religions. Despite the parallels, Islam’s account differs diametrically from the Jewish and Christian account. In particular, Judaism and Christianity indicate Abraham was going to sacrifice his son to God, not Allah. Also, their Holy Scripture indicates Abraham was going to sacrifice Isaac, second son but was provided a ram not a lamb. Further, they believe in God, not Allah and vice versa. This point alone separates the religions. In fact, this fundamental theological divide prevents the three faiths from uniting as one faith.   Curiously, Abraham’s willingness to do the unthinkable solidified him in the annals of faith in these three religions.

Unlike Yom Kippur, Eid al-Adha differs somewhat depending on the Islamic country. It seems Muslims make an effort to pray and attend a worship service at a mosque. They also conduct a qurbani (symbolically sacrificing an animal). The act is a reenactment of Abraham preparing to sacrifice Ishmael.

Yom Kippur commemorates the day when God forgave the Jews for sinning. The day was commanded to be celebrated forever and was named the Day of Atonement.   It’s a day, roughly 25 hours, for them to atone for their sin. This is perhaps the most important festival Jews observe. It shows the Jews’ special relationship with God despite many personal failings. This is a Holy Sabbath and as such Jews celebrate through repentance and prayer.

Abraham, Ishmael and Isaac are chief characters in these religions. In fact Ishmael and Isaac are half-brothers. Ishmael is more important to Muslims while Isaac is more important to Jews and Christians. To a degree, Abraham ties the three religions together. The differences, as we have seen, quickly emerge after this.

Armed with this little bit of information, you now have a little more information about your friends with differing religious beliefs. While these three religions have some similar background and history, they are clearly miles apart from one another. Yet each is devoted to their beliefs as the other ones are.

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Yves Johnson is currently working on his third and fourth books. One is on applying Jesus’ leadership lessons in our daily life and the other is a leadership book. You can find his books at http://ow.ly/B4aGp. You can obtain signed copies from http://ow.ly/B4aKo. You can follow him on Twitter @YvesJohnson1. Follow him on Facebook at http://ow.ly/B4aWO. Join him on Goodreads at http://ow.ly/B4aPP. Lets do some business together! Contact me at http://ow.ly/B4aZl Yves also welcomes visitors at his blog: http://ow.ly/B4b3l

Having Integrity To Live Out Your Core Values

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What are your core values?  Core values help guide you in your daily life.  They help you navigate through the quagmire of lies, deceit, integrity and even love.  There are a lot of core values but let’s just look at one.  Let’s look at integrity.  Integrity is a big word.  It’s nebulous.  The denotation isn’t always inline with the connotation.  One could say that’s how some of us live.  We say we stand for XYZ but upon examination we find that this is untrue.  Some times our words don’t match our actions.  Integrity.  Yes, it’s a funny little BIG word.

Recently, both the Jodi Arias and George Zimmerman trials gripped the American media.  Sides were drawn and people “knew” whether the person was guilty.  This is ironic since most of us weren’t on the jury.  The media doesn’t know all the information either.  The jury were sworn to do the right thing.  Their integrity was at stake as well as the freedom of the two individuals on trial.  Lawyers, the very people trained and sworn to uphold the law, are some of the very ones looking for legal technicalities to help their client.  In truth, that’s what they are supposed to do.  Yet, when one’s toes are aligned with the outreaches of the “line” of truth, then it’s easy to question their integrity.

We live in a time where many believe there isn’t a “truth.”  Rather, we all have our version of truth.  Personally, I think that is a cop-out.  There has to be a line.  If everything is truth then there is a lot of lies out there.  Integrity calls for one to stick with the truth and stand for it even when others don’t agree. Integrity is hold onto a values system while the other is an “anything goes” lifestyle.  As such, how can you hold onto something if there aren’t any rules?

The Nation was split during the Arias and Zimmerman trials.  Racial tensions were high during most of the events and even afterwards.  Expression of one’s feelings in itself isn’t bad. It becomes destructive once we resort to physical abuse or name-calling because the other side doesn’t agree with “our thoughts.”  Integrity.   Yes, there goes that word again.  Integrity doesn’t allow us to force our thoughts and beliefs upon another person.  This doesn’t mean that we will dilute our stance or belief in order to accommodate the other person.  No, if we’d do that then we do not have any integrity at all.  Integrity allows us to stand our ground on our belief and live the life we proclaim.  Unlike those “brave” people on Social Media who are everything to everyone, we must stand for something.  The individuals who vacillate between beliefs and ideas are the ones without integrity.  I’m certain you’ve met a few.  They believe in everything but not one thing in particular.  This escapism allows them to be stay on the fence.  I encourage us all to live our lives through our core values.  If we do, we will be the type of person people can come to in times of trouble.  If we don’t, we embody the old saying, “Stand for something or fall for everything.”  Let’s take a stand today and live a life of integrity based on our core values. In doing so, lets not tear anyone down.  If we do, we won’t be able to build them up later.

Yves N. Johnson is the Founder of Christ Is My Savior Ministries, LLC.  He’s a National and International speaker.  His subjects ranges from personal development to Spiritual Warfare.  His second book, Outside The Wire: Spiritual Warfare, is due out on August 15, 2013.  His debut book was, There Is No Gray In Moral Failure: A Practical Guide In Preventing Financial and Sexual Abuse.