My Annual Resolution Rant

There’s a virus that goes around this time of year. I call it the “New Year’s Neurosis.”

It shows itself primarily through one bold and audacious symptom: resolutions.

I’ve been susceptible to the virus in the past. I caught the bug. I started to see signs of it as I opened my last Christmas present, it was a hollow feeling that I needed something more to fill the void in my life. It seemed to flare up during those moments of quiet, calm, and stillness. I noticed it gnawing in the back of my mind – a little voice that kept whispering about how I needed to make a change, how I needed to create a new habit, or how I needed to get healthy.

The most telltale sign that this sickness had taken over is closely tied to its name: I believed everything could and would be different on January 1, New Year’s Day.

P90X…2!

I started P90X2 yesterday.

If you’ve followed my site for any length of time, you probably read about my experience with P90X (the first one). If not, you can read about it here: I Completed P90X.

To sum up my first experience: it was life-changing.

Tony Horton and the gang at BeachBody.com have just released P90X2. It arrived on my doorstep about 10 days ago. Here’s some of my thoughts and plans as I embark on this journey…

7 Habits Of Highly Influential Students On Your Campus

I’m always keeping my eye open for potential student leaders on our campus. I find that most students can do the tasks associated with various positions (they’re smart people), but anticipating their leadership abilities can be trickier.

I tend to look for students who have already developed some level of influence with their peers.

With that in mind, here are seven “influence indicators” you can use to identify your potential student leaders.

1. People gravitate toward them.

2. People listen to and follow their opinions or advice.

3. They have a track record for getting things done.

4. They have a rapport with different student groups.

5. They tend to have a clear idea of where they’re headed (know what they want to accomplish).

6. They are typically ordinary people who find a way to produce extraordinary results.

7. They always lift up others more than themselves (sense of humility).

When it comes to influence, what other characteristics or experience would you look for?

Pay It Backward

This morning, I enjoyed my morning ritual of grabbing a cup of coffee at Starbucks on the way to work. I pulled into the drive thru and got in line with the other cars. Once I got up to the speaker, I ordered my drink along with a scone.  There was nothing out of the ordinary in this process until I got up to the window. The lovely barista stuck her head out and told me the following:

The car ahead of you has paid for your order.

That was so nice. I don’t even think I know them.

Then she said, “They wondered if you would like to pay for the order of the car behind you? Their order is about the same amount as your order.”

I didn’t know the people in the vehicle behind me but I thought…why not?

“You bet!” I responded to the barista. I handed her the money and felt all the great feelings one has when generosity and kindness randomly enter your life for no apparent reason.

But the story doesn’t end there. The barista poked her head back out through the drive thru window and told me one more thing:

Responsibility Is Not A Gift

If you don’t have much time to read this post, remember this:

The first question isn’t “do you want to be a leader?” The first question is “do you want to be responsible?”

Responsibility is a choice. If you’re going to serve others in a leadership role,  you will have the choice to accept it or to take it.

 

Becoming a leader doesn’t start off with the willingness to be a leader, it begins with the willingness to be responsible. Leadership is characterized by responsibility.

Don’t Beat Yourself

We live in a society that is obsessed with winning. If you’re like me, you’d rather be on the winning side of things than the losing side. Winning is fun.

In order to win most any competition, you must beat your opponent. That much is obvious. Yet there’s another opponent to be mindful of. This one doesn’t stand across the line of scrimmage or sit on the other bench. This is the opponent you see when you look in the mirror.

The first rule of winning: Don’t Beat Yourself.*

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching all of the media attention swirling around Tim Tebow. Moving into the role as starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos, Tebow has a current record of 6-1. Most of the comments about Tebow center around four words: He is a winner.