As a follower of Jesus, I find that it sometimes feels awkward to set boundaries in my life.
As you can imagine, because of this blog and my podcast I get lots of requests from people for “just five minutes” of my time… to have coffee… to be interviewed… or even to work on a project pro bono, because it’s “for the Lord”.
It’s a mistake I see quite often. A person assumes that because they’ve already read a book, already been trained in a particular area, have a diploma or degree in a subject, they’ve “seen this before.”
I’ve experienced it myself. I’ve gone to a conference, for instance, and listened to a talk about goals, and thought to myself, “I’ve heard all this before.”
This is a guest post by Rob Fischer. I first met Rob when he was the executive pastor of the church I attended. We have since become friends and spiritual partners. Rob is now a Certified Leadership Coach, the author of many fine books, and a freelance writer whose work I recommend highly. Rob offers free resources at the Fischer Leadership Coaching Website
We often employ the phrase, “Going the extra mile,” to indicate stellar customer service. Do you know where that phrase originated?
In the first century, Roman occupation forces controlled Israel. At the time, it was common for a Roman soldier to force a resident into temporary service and carry the soldier’s gear for a distance. The locals were neither keen on the fact that a foreign nation occupied their land, nor that soldiers of this occupation force made such demands on them.
Another way of thinking of your “attitude” is: how you approach things. In other words, the emotional state you are experiencing at any given moment.
The state from which you approach any situation determines what sort of resources you will bring to that situation. Your attitude determines your outcome.
In case you didn’t know, today is Independence Day in the United States.July 4th is the day we commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
By signing that document, our Founding Fathers threw off the yoke of bondage and declared our freedom as a nation.
The declaration was bold. Brave.
And it required commitment to back it up. Signing the document meant you were literally betting your life on the success of this new nation… And you were willing to back up that commitment with your own blood.