Doug Smith LiveDoug Smith Live http://dougsmithlive.com Learn. Launch. Lead. Sat, 13 Feb 2016 22:10:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to Deal with Stupid Frustrations & Distractions http://dougsmithlive.com/stupid-frustrations-and-distractions/ http://dougsmithlive.com/stupid-frustrations-and-distractions/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:38:45 +0000 Doug Smith http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=16913 Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Dream Center Conference. Here is my recap of the conference. One of my favorite sessions was Bishop Dale Bronner. In his session, he said something that I thought was extremely significant. He said, “The devil is really after your hope. If he can get your hope, […]

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Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Dream Center Conference. Here is my recap of the conference. One of my favorite sessions was Bishop Dale Bronner. In his session, he said something that I thought was extremely significant. He said, “The devil is really after your hope. If he can get your hope, you won’t be able to carry out what God put in your heart.”

He went on to say that one of the main way he steals our hope is by frustrating us. If he can frustrate us, we won’t be able to focus on God or on what we’re supposed to be focused on.

He said that’s why people talk trash in sports. If they can get their opponent frustrated, they will be distracted and they won’t be able to focus on their strategy or what they’re supposed to be doing. I saw that happen several times in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

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I remember listening to an interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger where someone asked him what made him so much more confident than the other bodybuilders. He said he would get inside their heads. He would see them at the gym and say things like, “You’re looking fat.” or “It looks like you’ve gained some water weight.”

He said they’d brush it off initially, but then he’d see them start to look in the mirror and get conscious about how they look. What he said to them wasn’t even true, but it got them frustrated and distracted enough that they got off track.

I see this happen all the time in my life and in the lives of others. In fact, I’m writing this because too often I get frustrated by the thoughts that come to me either from my own mind, from the enemy, or from people. When I get frustrated, I literally get paralyzed with fear and it’s so easy for me to get off track. In fact, this happened when I woke up this morning!

I’ve determined that if we are going to complete God’s purpose for our lives, then we have to get good at dealing with frustration and deception.

In Mark 4:1-20, Jesus tells a parable about 4 kinds of people who start pursuing God’s purpose for their lives. Three out of the four people end up falling away from God’s purpose for their lives because of frustrations and distractions.

In his session, Dale went on to say that, “Every frustration is rooted in deception.”

‘Every frustration is rooted in deception.’

—DALE BRONNER

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While I haven’t learned how to deal with frustrations perfectly, this is an area I’m continually growing in. Here are some things I have found that have helped:

1.) Do Something with the Frustration – Too often, when we get frustrated, we tend to hold our frustrations in and not do anything with them other than let them build within us. I’m learning more and more that the best thing I can do when I am getting frustrated and distracted is to journal about it and then tell someone. This morning, Laura came down and asked how I was doing, I said not great… I’m getting attacked. She said, “With what thoughts?” I told her what was distracting me. She said, “Those are all lies and all ridiculous. What does God say?” I started speaking the truth about what God says and I felt better almost immediately. In the past I would have let that beat me up all day! If you’re feeling frustrated and distracted, talk to someone about it and let them encourage you!

2.) Recognize the Frustration for what it is: Deception – So often, the things that distract us are simply deceptions from the enemy. Write down everything bothering you in your journal and evaluate it. Recognize how much of what you’re writing are straight up lies. Once you recognize the frustration for what it is, it’s easy to get back on track!

3.) Spend time with God – This should be obvious, but in my experience it’s not! Again, the entire point of getting us frustrated is so we can’t focus on what we should obviously be focused on. I’m grateful that when I get frustrated, Laura will usually say, “Did you spend time with God?” Most of the time my answer is, “Nope.” Then she’ll say, “Go do it!”. Once I spend time with Him, all the frustrations and distractions seem to disappear in light of who He is and what He says.

4.) Get back to Work! – Remember, the main reason satan tries to frustrate us is to distract us from pursuing our purpose. Learn to say what Nehemiah said when distraction comes your way, say,  I knew they were scheming to hurt me so I sent messengers back with this: “I’m doing a great work; I can’t come down. Why should the work come to a standstill just so I can come down to see you?” (Nehemiah 6:2-3). The truth is, God has a great work for you to do. Don’t let stupid frustrations distract you from doing that great work. Forget the frustrations, distractions, and lies. Get back to work!

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Questions:

  • What do you do when you find yourself getting frustrated?
  • What type of things typically frustrate you?
  • What can you do differently next time frustrations and distractions come your way?
  • Do you have any other tips for us when it comes to dealing with frustrations? Comment below!

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2016 Dream Center Conference Recap http://dougsmithlive.com/dream-center-conference-recap/ http://dougsmithlive.com/dream-center-conference-recap/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:44:59 +0000 Doug Smith http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=16887 Laura and I had the opportunity to attend the Dream Center Conference in LA. It was an incredible experience. We’re still processing everything God did in our hearts. In this post, I share my key takeaways from each session. I hope that they’ll add value to your life! Enjoy! Session 1: Matthew Barnett  You’re on […]

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My Highlights from the 2016 Dream Center Conference

Laura and I had the opportunity to attend the Dream Center Conference in LA. It was an incredible experience. We’re still processing everything God did in our hearts. In this post, I share my key takeaways from each session. I hope that they’ll add value to your life! Enjoy!

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Session 1: Matthew Barnett 

  • You’re on act of faith away from seeing the greatest miracle in your city!
  • Response to criticism: thank you, I’m just trying to get better every day!
  • Learn to see a food truck when your heart is broken!
  • You don’t know what God has in your heart…He will not only show your gifts you never knew you had, but he will cause you to love people you never knew you loved and give you ways to reach them!
  • Sometimes the only pro you have is asking, “What if?”

Session 2: Bishop Dale Bronner 

  • Are you willing to carry a vision for 25 years?
  • Don’t let a divine delay turn into a devilish disappointment!
  • Money never starts an idea, ideas start the money! William Cameron
  • God can’t bless nothing, but He will bless something! Do something!
  • Don’t ask your children what they want to be when they grow up. Ask them what problems they want to solve. This changes the conversation from who do I want to work for to what do I need to learn to be able to do that?
  • What’s the problem in this world that God has created me to solve?
  • The faith to step out is worthless without the faithfulness to stick it out!
  • 3 kinds of dreamers:  Those who wish, those who wait, and those who work for it!
  • When did God ever call anyone to do anything easy?
  • Don’t let your dream frustrate you! Every frustration has as a root deception!
  • Don’t ever wonder if God knows what He is doing!
  • God will never ask you to do anhinga for Him that He expects you to without him!
  • When you start doing something, your respect for people doing it goes way way way up! You realize it’s not an accident!
  • There some the that will never click until you start moving!
  • Dreams require risk, risk requires faith, faith requires the word, the word requires your undivided attention!
  • When Joseph became the steward of Pharaoh’s dream, his dreams came true.
  • The clearer your dream, the greater your faith!

Session #3: Leadership Panel:

  • Peer pressure is the avoidance of pain!
  • You don’t get what you critique, you get what you brag on! – Tommy Barnett
  • The best defense is longevity! Outlive your critics!
  • Be known as people that can fix problems in your city. Become the answer to everything!
  • God is the source, people are the resource!
  • Commit yourself to the finish line with consistency and faithfulness… Once you’re committed to the finish line, you don’t get thrown off by the us and downs.
  • Make no provision for failure… Cut the word quit out of your dictionary!
  • Everything rises and falls on leadership
  • You’ll determine what Sunday will look like by what you do Monday – Saturday!
  • People aren’t lazy, they just don’t know what to do!
  • How do you start a food ministry? You find a hungry person and you give them food, and now you have a food ministry,
  • There isn’t a model, find a need and fill it, find a hurt and heal it!

Sessions 4&5: Ministry and Business

  • Don’t expect them to come to you, you go to them!
  • We meet needs in order to speak to peoples potential!
  • Don’t let people leave because they are not getting a chance to use their gifting!

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Session #6: Chris Hodges 

  • God can’t multiply your good intentions!
  • The greatest gift you can get is to go home with more clarity!
  • Gods letting bad things happen because he’s setting you up to be the answer!
  • Our first goal should be to get good at seeing what God sees.
  • If God answered all your prayers, would it change the world or would it change you?
  • Stop telling your people to invite people and go invite someone yourself!
  • The dream is free, but the journey is not! It will cost you.
  • Unforgiveness is the ultimate dream stopper.

Session #7: Luke Barnett

  • The decisions you make today will determine the stories you tell tomorrow!
  • In order to reach your destiny you have to walk away from your security.
  • You’re story will either be God told me to go and I shrank back in fear or it will be God told me to go and I obeyed and looked what He’s done as a result!
  • You don’t have to have faith to finish what God called you to do, you only have to have the faith to start!

Session #8: Judah Smith

  • Our job isn’t to be the best, our job is to be our best!
  • Healthy ministry comes from a healthy soul!
  • Don’t let your preaching get better than you’re living!
  • You can arrive where you want to be and get there and not be the person you want to be.

Session #9: Caroline Barnett

  • What have I told myself I can’t do?
  • What’s on the other side of fear?
  • Ask God to be involved!
  • My level confidence is dependent on how much time I  spend with Him!
  • If you fear God, you have nothing else to fear!
  • Helping others is self-help!
  • Are you pedaling something you’re not experiencing?
  • What will happen if you don’t do it?
  • Don’t look at your fear as what it means to you, think about what will happen if you don’t go.

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Session #10: Tommy Barnett

  • To be used by God is the greatest honor and joy anyone could ever experience
  • You’ll find one quality in every person that has been used by God in an extraordinary way: They were not afraid to trust God completely.
  • Where there is no vision, the people will go to another parish!
  • You can never delegate trusting God, you can’t delegate faith.
  • You have to decide can you believe God for a little or can you believe God for a lot?
  • What would you attempt for God if you could not fail?
  • You grow when you face the impossible!
  • If it’s God, it’s so big you have no idea how it will happen and you won’t have the resources, and you’ll think it’s impossible!
  • Three Stages to Gods will in your life: Impossible, Possible, Done! ~Hudson Taylor
  • You don’t have to know how it’s going to happen, you just need to start!
  • The size of your God should determine the size of your goal!
  • You haven’t believed God until you’ve done something that is bigger than you!
  • Don’t gain the world and lose your family!
  • Once you say you can spend the rest of your life to something, you can dream big!
  • Am I willing to stay here until I die?
  • There comes a time where you have to lay it all on the line!
  • Failure is no big deal, it’s just an experiment that went wrong!
  • Somewhere along the line we have to trust God!
  • Leadership is the ability to hide your panic!
  • Hell would be if God showed me what I could have done if I wasn’t held back by fear!
  • There will be times when the burden won’t keep you going, but the call will!

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Make Your Own Legacy http://dougsmithlive.com/create-your-own-legacy/ http://dougsmithlive.com/create-your-own-legacy/#respond Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:55:06 +0000 Doug Smith http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=16868 Last month, Laura and I went to see the movie Creed. My favorite part in the movie was when Creed is preparing for his big fight. Up to this point, the entire movie is about him trying to get out of the shadow of his father’s legacy. Everybody’s compares him to his father. He feels so […]

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Stop Living in the Shadow of Other's Expectations

Last month, Laura and I went to see the movie Creed. My favorite part in the movie was when Creed is preparing for his big fight. Up to this point, the entire movie is about him trying to get out of the shadow of his father’s legacy. Everybody’s compares him to his father. He feels so much pressure to live up to who his father was and what his father did.

As he is in the locker room preparing for the fight, Rocky gives him a card that is from his mom. He opened the letter and it simply said, “Make your own legacy. Love, Mom.” When I saw that, I started tearing up (I’m sensitive!). There is nothing like the advice of a mom!

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I think we can all find ourselves where Creed found himself. We desperately want to leave our own legacy, but we constantly feel pressure from the world to live in everybody else’s shadow. We feel that we have to live up to the standards everybody has for us or that we at least the standards we think they have for us.

We live in a world where it is so easy to compare our story with everyone else’s. Today, I simply want to encourage you to make your own legacy.

A while back, God put a phrase on my heart for a friend. The phrase was, “Let God be as unique with your story as He is with everybody else’s.” While it encouraged my friend, it’s something that has stuck with me as well.

Rick Warren once said, “When you get to Heaven, God’s not going to ask you why you weren’t more like Billy Graham, John Maxwell, Andy Stanley, or ____ (name your hero). He’s going to ask you why you weren’t you. He doesn’t need another John Maxwell, He needs you.”

In a world where you may feel like others have control over your legacy, I encourage you to turn that over to God and make your own legacy. 

Questions:

  • Have you been living in the shadow of others expectations (real or perceived)?
  • Have you been trapped and paralyzed by comparison?
  • Can you trust God with your story and let Him be as unique with your story as He is everyone else’s?
  • What’s holding you back from making your own legacy?

Challenge: Evaluate your life. Are you truly living the life you were created for? If not, what steps can you take to start making your own legacy? Figure them out and start taking them. Stop waiting for the permission of others to create your legacy.

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How to Stop Having to Start Over Every Year on Your Goals http://dougsmithlive.com/the-fastest-way-to-get-off-track/ http://dougsmithlive.com/the-fastest-way-to-get-off-track/#respond Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:47:09 +0000 Doug Smith http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=16854 My entire life, I’ve struggled with my weight. A few years ago, with the help of Beachbody, I was able to figure out a sustainable way to stay in great shape. I recorded a podcast about what I learned that you can listen to here. To summarize, I learned that the key to losing weight […]

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My entire life, I’ve struggled with my weight. A few years ago, with the help of Beachbody, I was able to figure out a sustainable way to stay in great shape. I recorded a podcast about what I learned that you can listen to here.

To summarize, I learned that the key to losing weight was consistent exercise and consistently tracking what I was eating (and continually learning how to make healthier decisions when it comes to what I was eating.)

However, over the last 4-5 years, I’ve noticed a pattern. From January through August, I usually do a great job of being consistent in exercise and tracking what I eat. As a result, I get the results that I want, which is great, except that from September through December, I usually stop being as consistent with my exercise and I stop tracking what I eat. The result? I gain 5-10 pounds and by January 1st feel horrible and have to start all over again. Have you been there?

Maybe it’s not weight loss for you, maybe it’s something else:

  • Maybe you kill it in sales the first half of the year because you followed a daily routine of making calls, follow-ups, etc. but in the second half of the year, you start to coast and find yourself having to start all over.
  • Maybe you were very intentional with dating your spouse and as a result, your marriage was great, so you started taking the date nights it took to make a great marriage for granted and start skipping them.
  • Maybe you were intentional with using a budget for your finances and you finally got everything in order, so you started taking being wise with your finances for granted, and started treating yourself and sinking back into old habits.

Why does this happen? Because too often, when we start getting the results we want, we start to take the systems and routines that got the results we wanted for granted.

As a result we start to wing it, take shortcuts, relax a bit, and enjoy ourselves. This will inevitably lead to us going back to where we were when we started and require us to start all over.

Too often we overestimate our results and we underestimate the process that got us the results!

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I’ve determined that if we want to be successful in any area consistently and stop having to start over, then we must do the following:

1.) Determine the Habits and Routines You Need to do Daily to Succeed – Take every goal that you are focused on and figure out what you need to do every day in order to be successful. For example, if I’m going to get in and stay in optimal shape, I need to exercise 4-6 times a week and track what I eat every day. No exceptions. If I do that, I know I’ll be in great shape.

John Maxwell often says, “The secret of your success will always be determined by your daily agenda.” Determine what your daily agenda needs to be in order to reach your goals.

2.) Do Them Everyday, Regardless of How You Feel – Just do it! My high school football coach, Jim Rankin, said it best, “Day to day intensity, week to week consistency, builds champions!” No excuses.

Day to day consistency, week to week consistency, builds champions!

—JIM RANKIN

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Steven Furtick said it like this, “Resolutions without routines are like Ferraris without fuel, they may look impressive, but they won’t get you anywhere.”

Resolutions without routines are like Ferraris without fuel, they may look impressive, but they won’t get you anywhere.

—STEVEN FURTICK

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If you’ll be consistent with the habits necessary to achieve your goals and refuse to stop when you get bored with the process or when you think you’re “good to go”, I can promise you that you won’t have to start over again next year.

Questions:

  • What areas of your life do you find yourself succeeding at for a while and then having to start over? Why does that happen?
  • What habits do you need to get back to in order to be successful in an area of your life?

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Last week, I shared my 2016 goals. I love setting goals. Why? Because it’s a lot fun to dream about what’s possible in the future.

However, if you’re actually going to achieve your goals, you have to move beyond the excitement of having goals to the discipline of creating a plan and executing it.

In my experience, I have found that if you want to achieve your goals, you must do the following:

1.) Reverse Engineer Your Goals – Once you have a goal, it’s absolutely essential for you to reverse engineer your goals. Reverse engineering is when you make a list of everything you need to do in order to accomplish that goal. Take each goal that you set and write it on the top of a piece of paper. On the paper, start making a to-do list of every single action you need to take in order to accomplish that goal. Once you have all the action items, put them in the order they need to happen in and go to work on them!

Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.

—PABLO PICASSO

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2.) Learn from People who Have Done it – If you don’t know all the steps you need to take, find people who do! Brian Tracy often says, “Success leaves tracks”. Most likely, there are a lot of other people on the planet who have accomplished what you desire to accomplish. Find them and learn everything you can from them. What steps did they take to achieve that goal? What mistakes did they make? How can you avoid them?

3.) Get Accountability – I believe if you’re going to achieve everything you are capable of achieving, you’re going to need a group of like-minded people to push you and encourage you. That’s why we host Mastermind Groups with L3 Leadership. In 2015, I accomplished more goals than I ever have before. Why? Because of my mastermind group. Who do do you have in your life that is pushing you?

4.) Do it Afraid – I’m willing to bet that 80% of the reason tat you have trouble reaching your goals isn’t because you are not capable of achieving them, but because you are afraid. You are afraid to put yourself out there, you are afraid to fail, you are afraid of rejection, you are afraid of success, you are afraid of what people will think, you are afraid of ________.

If you’re going to reach your goals, you need to learn to pursue them in spite of being afraid. My friend, Lindsey Smith, encourages people to take a walk with fear. I’ve found that once you start to do whatever it is you’re afraid of, fear disappears. Do it afraid!

5.) Schedule Execution TimeChalene Johnson encourages people to schedule 3 hours of execution time for your goals each week. So many people don’t reach their goals because they never schedule time to work on them. What gets scheduled gets done!

6.) Prioritize Your Work ahead of Time – Once your execution time is scheduled, make sure you prioritize how you’re going to use that execution time. Based on the list you created when you reverse engineered your goal, what are the 3-5 most important tasks you need to complete during your execution time? If you’ll prioritize and execute 3-5 tasks toward your goal each week, you’ll find yourself achieving more than you ever thought possible!

7.) Learn and Adapt – As you make progress, always be learning and adapting your plan. Ask yourself questions like: How could I better use my time next week in order to make progress on my goals? What steps towards my goals am I still unsure about that I need to do some research on? Why didn’t I do everything I set out to do last week? Is there a better way to do this?

I believe if you’ll follow these seven steps with all of your goals, you’ll find yourself accomplishing more than you ever thought possible. So, what are you waiting for? Go crush it!

Questions:

  • Which of these steps do you need to take in order to achieve your goals this year?
  • Which steps do you struggle with?
  • What other steps do you use you reach your goals?

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My Goals for 2016 http://dougsmithlive.com/2016-goals/ http://dougsmithlive.com/2016-goals/#comments Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:03:00 +0000 Doug Smith http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=16535 Last night, we had our first L3 Leadership Mastermind group of the year (if you would be interested in joining a mastermind group, e-mail me at dougsmith@l3leadership.org. We all shared our top ten goals for 2016. It was a very inspiring night. Personally, this is my third year going public with my goals. While it was […]

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Last night, we had our first L3 Leadership Mastermind group of the year (if you would be interested in joining a mastermind group, e-mail me at dougsmith@l3leadership.org. We all shared our top ten goals for 2016. It was a very inspiring night.

Personally, this is my third year going public with my goals. While it was good to share my goals publicly on my blog in 2014, it was even better to share them publicly with a small group of people in 2015.  I achieved more than I ever thought I could last year and a big reason for that was our mastermind group.

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While it can be a little scary to share your goals with others publicly, I believe the it’s worth it! Why?

  • Sharing Your Goals Publicly Takes Courage – Sharing your dreams with others takes vulnerability and courage.  Sharing them in a safe environment has the ability to reinforce and strengthen your belief in your dreams.
  • Sharing Your Goals Publicly Creates Accountability – When you share your goals with others, there is more pressure for you to actually achieve them!
  • Sharing Your Goals Enables You to Dream Bigger – One of my favorite things about sharing our goals with each other in our mastermind is when people “steal” goals from each other! When we hear the dreams of others, it allows us to dream bigger for our own lives.
  • Sharing Your Goals Publicly Allows Others to Encourage Your Dreams – My favorite part of sharing with a group is watching the members listening to other people’s goals and getting excited about them. We’ve created a community of leaders that encourage each other to pursue our dreams.
  • Sharing Your Goals Allows Others to Give You Feedback – When we were sharing our goals last night, several group members gave feedback to each other. Sometimes it was giving them resources they could use to achieve their goals, other times, they were challenging them to make their goals more specific. As Ken Blanchard once said, “Feedback is the breakfast of champions!”
  • Sharing Your Goals Publicly Allows Others to Help You Reach Your Goals – In order to achieve most of our goals, we’re going to need other people’s help. People can’t help you if they don’t know what you’re trying to accomplish! When people do know what your goals are, they naturally look for ways they can help you.

When we finish sharing our goals, I challenge everyone to help at least one person in the group to achieve one or more of their goals. 

Zig Ziglar said, “You can get everything you want in life, IF you just help enough other people get what they want.” I believe helping others achieve their goals should be one of our biggest goals!

Before I share my goals, I want to challenge you:

  • I challenge you to set and share your goals with someone
  • I challenge you to ask people to share their goals with you
    • Once they do, I challenge you to encourage them and keep them accountable for their goals!
  • I challenge you to help one or more people achieve one or more of their goals this year.

If you are interested in my goal-setting process, I recorded a podcast and provided notes that walk you through my process here. In this post, I just tell you what my goals are. Once I set my goals, I reverse engineer them listing all of the steps necessary to accomplishing them on a separate document. I then transfer those steps to folders in my to-do list app.

Here are my 2016 Goals: 

Top Ten Goals:

  1. Consistent Date nights with Laura twice a month
  2. Prepare and Adapt well to being a father before and after baby – This is my “Push” goal. That means that this is my #1 goal and that all of my other goals are contingent on me hitting this goal! Ultimately, this is my top priority for 2016.
  3. Raise $X with MD file at Light of Life by Sept. 30th
  4. Create membership for L3 and have 50 members by the end of the year
  5. Host 1 seminar and 1 webinar each quarter
  6. Have 5-10 Mastermind groups around the city by the end of the year
  7. Write a book by December 31st
  8. Create 2 eBooks by the end of the year
  9. Finish funding our 3-6 month emergency fund
  10. Set aside 1-2 hours of think and preparation time weekly

Those are my top ten goals for 2016. Here are additional goals for each area of my life:

Goals with Laura:

  • Consistent Date Nights – Twice a Month
  • Go through a Bible Reading Plan together
  • Daily Prayer
  • Retreat in Chicago
  • Trip to San Diego
  • 1 Trip in the Fall
  • Vacation Together
  • Create a great working relationship together with L3 Leadership
  • Have a baby and adapt well
  • Give $X away!

House Goals:

  1. Paint the house
  2. Get the baby Room Ready
  3. Furnish Office – Studio
    1. Desk
    2. Hang stuff on walls
    3. Book shelf
  4. Pull-up bar in basement
  5. Finish basement?
    1. Storage/Office/Workout room?
  6. Have someone clean the outside of the house
  7. Redo Bathrooms to make more current and valuable

L3 Leadership/Doug Smith Live Goals:

  1. Create Video Curriculum
  2. Create a Young Leader Program
  3. Duplicate L3 Leadership in other parts of town
  4. Record 12 leadership lessons for the podcast
  5. Create 2 e-books and start to sell them after 3 months of offering them for free
  6. Make over $X
  7. Get 1,000 e-mail subscribers to the L3 Leadership
  8. Host 5-10 seminars/webinars throughout the year
  9. Have 50 speaking engagements
  10. Have 5-10 Mastermind Groups throughout the City (by December 31st)
  11. Speak at TedX Pittsburgh
  12. Interview All-Stars – Create a National worthy podcast
    1. Get 100+ ratings and reviews on the podcast
  13. Have several bloggers on the L3 Leadership website
  14. Outgrow Bistro to Go – Average 50-100 leaders/month
  15. Have 26 well prepared small group sessions
  16. Write a Young Leader book
  17. Develop a mentoring program
  18. Plan 2017 conference or retreat
  19. Develop partnerships around Pittsburgh
  20. Create Sponsorship fees, speaking fees, etc.
  21. Develop 4 special leadership events
  22. Have 6-12 service opportunities
  23. Develop teams
  24. Go through John Maxwell’s training program!

Light of Life Goals:

  • Raise $X in MD file by September 30th
  • Raise $X through Church support by September 30th
  • Expand Outreach Program at Light of Life
  • Speaking team in 25-30 churches
  • Have 3-4 church lunches
  • Develop great non-profit and agency relationships
  • Raise over $110,000 through the Marathon
  • Raise $X in sponsorships
  • Develop an ambassador program 

Growth Goals:

  • Becoming a Dad
  • Running a Business
  • Building a Team
  • Delegation
  • Having an opinion
  • Crucial Conversations
  • No Gossip
  • Speaking/Writing/Business/Platform
  • Finances
  • Marriage
  • Management
  • Spiritual

Spiritual Goals:

  • Pray intentionally 365/365 – Circle things in prayer
  • Intentional Quiet Time

Financial Goals:

  • Increase my life insurance to $X
  • Max out Roth IRA’s
  • Start 529 plan for our daughter in May
  • Create a Will in May
  • Invest 10% of our income into Retirement
  • Get our Emergency Fund up to $X
  • Save $X into our Vacation Fund
  • Save $X toward house fund/car
  • Budget gifts!
  • Give away $X
  • Structure streams of revenue!

Writing/Speaking Goals:

  • Join NSA – Maybe?
  • Write a book
  • Blog 3 times a week
  • 12 podcasts – 12 Interviews – 12 Breakfasts
  • 25 Speaking opportunities in church
  • 25 Speaking opportunities outside of church
  • Free Year-End Review Book
  • Making the Most of Your Year
    • How to have your best year ever!

Health/Fitness Goals:

  • Run the Pittsburgh Marathon in under 3:40 and raise $25,000 for Light of Life
  • Get down to 180 lbs and 6% bodyfat and stay there

Bucket List Goals:

  • Speak at TedX
  • Become 40 under 40
  • Have a baby girl
  • Travel somewhere we’ve never gone
  • Create a profitable business

Friends Goals:

  • Bless 1 couple of friends each month in an intentional way

Statistic Goals:

  • 1,000 subscribers to L3 Leadership e-mail list
  • 1,000 Facebook Fans for L3 Leadership & Doug Smith Live
  • 2,000 followers on Twitter
  • 2,000 followers in Instagram
  • 3,000 connections on Linked In
  • 25,000 listens to the podcast
  • 20,000 visits to Doug Smith Live
  • 10,000 visits to L3 Leadership

 What are your top ten goals for 2015? Comment below! 

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A podcast episode of the top lessons I learned in 2015

This episode is one of my personal leadership lessons. I’ll be sharing the top lessons I learned in 2015. I’d love to hear about what you learned in 2015, you can share with us your top lessons learned in the comment section below.

Episode #81: The Top Lessons I Learned in 2015

Episode- #80

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Notes:

1.)Dream Bigger

“If you know you can accomplish a goal, it’s not a BHAG!” -Jim Collins

2.) The Honor of God giving me a Mission

  • I Chronicles 17: – I took you from tending sheep and selected you to be the leader of my people – I’ve been with you wherever you’ve gone and now I’ll make you famous. Who am I God and what is my family that you have brought me this far?
  • “Few of you were wise, powerful, and wealthy, when God called you. God chose things counted as nothing at all and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. If you want to boast, boast about the Lord.”
  • Anything God asks you to do is a big deal!

3.) Being bold about vision

  • Our biggest fear is that we can’t do what we’re called to do
  • The first person that has to be convinced of the Mission is you!
  • There are 6.1 billion people on the planet who want nothing to do with your Mission, go find the ones that do! -Pastor John

The moment one definitely commits oneself then providence moves too. All sorts of things help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way.” William Murray

4.) The Importance of Character Development 

  • Luke 22:31 – Peter, satan has asked to sift you like wheat, but I have pleaded for you that your faith shall not fail.
  • II Corinthians 2:11 – Lest satan should take advantage of you, we are not ignorant of his devised.
  • Man’s greatest enemy is most present when we are most certain he is not! -James MacDonald
  • Let God be the architect of your growth!
  • Thank God He doesn’t leave you alone! –Joyce Meyer
  • Repent:
  • The message of every major messenger in the Bible was simple: Repent! Repentance isn’t a place you visit, it’s a place you live in.
  • Character is more caught than taught
  • Who do you have that you can be honest with? You’re only as strong as you are honest!
  • Who can tell you no that you’ll actually listen to?

5.) Confidence 

  • Our greatest weakness is lack of self-confidence
  • You’ll never outperform your self-image
  • If you only place a small value upon yourself, rest assured the world will not raise the price!
  • If your value is in anything you can lose, you’re in danger! 

#6.) Be a Great #2:

  • “If I would have known about being a #1, I’d have served other #1’s twice as hard.”

#7.) The Importance of Launching 

  • Most Christians miss it because they don’t ever start doing what they talk about – Denny
  • Stop coming together to talk about what you already know, come together to assault hell and pray and make a difference in this world. If not us, then who?
  • Launch early enough to be embarrassed by your product’s first version! -Seth Godin

8.) Fail More Often

“Some of your greatest mistakes, are the mistakes you’re not making.” -Steven Furtick 

  • Formula for success: Double your rate of failure

9.) Crucial Conversations

Book: Crucial Conversations

10.) The Power of a Plan

  • Riches don’t respond to wishes, they respond to plans, backed by desires, through constant persistence.
  • A company never outgrows the strength of it’s systems

11.) The Power of a Mastermind Group

12.) Helping people and getting no credit for it

  •  Those who fail in action are frequently exposed here on earth, but those who do right things for the wrong reasons are not often discovered until the next life.
  •  Matthew 6:1 – Watch out! Don’t do your deeds to be recognized publicly, to be admired by others, for you wil lose your reward! Give your gifts in private and God will reward you.
  •  Isaiah 58:3 – God’s not impressed when we do something for Him to please ourselves!
  • Romans 8:16 – Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people
  • Luke 14:12-14 – When throwing a party, invite those who can’t repay you
  • Galatians 6:3 – If you think you’re too important to help someone, you’re only fooling yourself, you’re not that important.

13.) Don’t forget Why

  • Luke 12:15 – Guard your heart against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.
  • God dealing with my heart: Don’t forget WHY I put this stuff in your heart
  • Rick’s advice to young leaders: it’s not about you
  • If you’ll walk with God long enough, you’ll get to a point where nothing matters to you other than the people you help! Pastor John

Questions:

  • What were the top lessons you learned in 2015? Comment below!
  • What lessons stuck out to you? What did you learn? Comment below!

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Reflections from my life in 2015

At the end of each year, I do a year-end review. I go through all of my journals and calendars and reflect on everything that happened that year. I then type a report of everything I reflect on. You’ll see a lot of the categories I reflect on below. The main goal of the review if to celebrate what God did, to evaluate what areas I grew in, what areas I need to grow in, what I am going to do about the areas I need to grow in, and then to dream about the upcoming year. In this post, I shared a lot of the categories from my year end review. You’ll see:

  • Tough questions I asked in 2015
  • Lessons Learned
  • My 2015 Goal Assessment
  • Things I need to work on
  • My top read blog posts in 2015
  • My top listened to podcasts in 2015
  • A list of what I read in 2015
  • Places I traveled
  • Bucket list items checked off
  • Questions for you

I hope this will challenge you to reflect and review on your year. If you’d like to know more about my process, you can listen to my podcast episode on it here.

Tough Questions from 2015:

  • Marriage: Ask your spouse, where are you on a scale of 1-10 in marriage and what do I need to do to get to a 10?
  • What areas of my life have I forgotten about the ability to choose?
  • What would my schedule look like if God were in charge of it?
  • What in Pittsburgh is God weeping about?
  • What are the areas you would be most embarrassed for friend and family to have knowledge of your thoughts and actions?
  • What am I going to do today to move the needle forward?
  • What does dreaming as big as Google, Facebook, etc. look like for me? They all started with thoughts and dreams!
  • Where do I need to be 3 years from now to be personally and professionally in order to be satisfied with my progress?
  • What would I do if I had a million dollars?
  • What is my action plan for raising great kids and being an awesome husband to my wife?
  • Is my fear of criticism greater than my desire for success?
  • What unauthorized expenditures and unauthorized events do I do? –Keith Moore
  • What would I go for if I knew I could not fail?
  • How can I add ten to fifteen times more value to people?
  • How do people respond when I ask for commitment or change?
  • Who is the essence of what you think young leaders need to know?
  • When are you going to start taking your leadership gift seriously?
  • What are the barriers to tell each other the truth?
  • Is God speaking anything to you that you’re ignoring?
  • Am I thinking about what’s going to happen 10 years down the road?
  • How long can you maintain focus, even if the crowd is not responding?
  • What game are you watching that you’d rather be playing?
  • What’s the price if I don’t pursue the vision in my heart?
  • Can I serve without bragging about it?
  • Can I do something without anyone knowing about it?
  • Why am I posting what I’m posting?
  • Do I really love the people I’m serving or do I love that I’m serving?
  • Am I trying to give glory to God or myself?
  • What would L3 Leadership and Light of Life look like if it were 10x better?
I got to be on the KDKA morning show for the Pittsburgh Marathon

I got to be on the KDKA morning show for the Pittsburgh Marathon

Lessons Learned

I will be recording a podcast this month of my top lessons learned in 2015. Stay tuned! Here are a few things I learned:

  • You’ll hang with people who confirm what you believe about yourself
  • The most embarrassing moments are when I get on stage, and forget why I’m here
  • Man’s greatest enemy is most present when we are most certain he is not!
  • Define Yes for People
  • People love when the bar is high
  • Stop waiting for permission!
  • If you took your life plan to the county, what would they say?
  • You’ll never outperform your self-image
  • People talk, so your life has to be better than the rumors
  • Jesus had 132 public appearances – 92% of them were in the market place – He went where the people were!
  • Riches don’t respond to wishes, they respond to plans, backed by desires, through constant persistence.
  • The fastest way to become a billionaire is to help a billion people
  • Nothing tastes as good as fit feels
  • A phone call is worth 1,000 e-mails
  • 85% of people become leaders become leaders because of the influence of other leaders
  • People don’t buy products, they buy better versions of themselves!
  • Character is more caught than taught
  • If you know you can accomplish a goal, it’s not a BHAG!
  • The pathway to your greatest potential is to take steps right through your greatest fears!
  • You’ll learn more from critics than those who adore you
  • A company never outgrows the strength of it’s systems
  • If you only place a small value upon yourself, rest assured the world will not raise the price!
  • Once you taste significance, success will never satisfy you!
  • A city famous for a God is a city where vulnerable people are no longer vulnerable, no more injustice, isolation, poverty, drugs, etc.
  • Your humility protects you from deception
  • Don’t want to be anything other than what God called you to be!
  • Anything God asks you to do is a big deal! Don’t ever pray about obeying God!
  • Stop dismissing what God put in your heart and start taking it seriously. You never know what God will do!
  • Our biggest fear is that we can’t do what we’re called to do
  • If you could live the people’s lives you envy, you’d be miserable, because it’s not your life!
  • There are 6.1 billion people on the planet who want nothing to do with your Mission, go find the ones that do!
  • When you choose to do something for God, it can feel like nothing. The secret to greatness is to act o God’s word without any feeling.

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We bought our first house!

2015 Goals Assessment

Goals Set in January 2015:

  • Give away at least 12% of our income
    • Complete
  • Buy a House or a townhouse
    • Complete in April
  • Go away for my 30th birthday 
    • Laura threw a surprise party
  • Go on Vacation with Laura
    • Complete in September 2015
  • Raise $X in the Major Donor File for Light of Life
    • Complete!
  • Run the Pittsburgh Marathon or Fall Marathon in 3:30 (8 minute mile)
    • Ran it in 3:34, shaved 9 minutes off my time from last year
  • Make at Least $X 
    • Complete
  • Have a baby or at least be pregnant!
    • August!
  • Create a product that I can sell or at least use for e-mail sign-ups
    • Yes, completed on December 31st
  • Get between 6-7% bodyfat and weigh under 180 lbs.
    • Did not accomplish – Wasn’t as consistent as I needed to be
  • Turn Learning to Lead into an actual business or non-profit
    • Complete in July of 2015
I published my first eBook!

I published my first eBook!

Goals set in August 2015:

  • I will develop my e-book freemium by August, 31st, 2015
    • DECEMBER 31st
  • I will save 3-6 months savings in our Emergency account
    • On our way
  • I will start a leadership program for young leaders by January 1st, 2016
    • Did not accomplish
  • I will start investing 15% of our income into retirement by January 1st, 2016
    • Did not accomplish
  • I will start building relationships with and guest blogging for other like-minded entrepreneurs online. At least 1-2 guest posts per month.
    • Did not accomplish
  • I will create/host the following by December 31st, 2015: Create 36 Learning to Lead podcasts, host 12 breakfasts, 24 small groups, and post 3 blog posts each week, and 12 serving opportunities
    • Created 30 podcasts, 11 breakfasts, 24 small groups, 4 serving opportunties
  • I will create one memorable experience each month with my family
    • Didn’t get every month in, but did pretty good
  • I will build my e-mail list up to over 500 people
    • Got it up to 327
  • I will host and teach one seminar by December 31st, 2015
    • Did not accomplish due to fear and not putting it on the calendar!
  • I will raise 50% of my fundraising goal in the first quarter of our fiscal year at Light of Life (October – December)
    • (I’ll know soon)
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My 30th birthday surprise party!

Things I need to Work On:

  • Checking Social Media – Schedule time to check this
  • Gossip vs. Crucial Conversations
  • Not finding my value in anything outside of Christ
  • Have video & phone call meetings with people
  • Planning in Advance
    • Calendar
    • Execution Time
    • Calls
    • Curriculum
    • Batching
  • Scheduling think time
  • Being Present –Turning phone off
  • Character
  • Always Evaluating My motives
  • Not acting so impulsively
  • Delegating!

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Top Read Blog posts in 2015:

  1. How Buying a House Changed our Lives
  2. The Hand You Have Been Dealt
  3. My Journey to Freedom
  4. Reflections on the 2015 Pittsburgh Marathon
  5. A City Famous for God
  6. Wax On, Wax Off
  7. I Don’t Want To
  8. The Law of Averages
  9. 7 Amazing Things about Being a Christian I take for Granted
  10. Stop Undervaluing the Influence You have

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Top Ten Learning to Lead Podcasts of 2015: 

  1. Rachel Cruze 
  2. John Nuzzo 
  3. Larry Bettencourt 
  4. Larry Bettencourt 
  5. Rick Wellock 
  6. Dave Profozich 
  7. Im 30 and Thriving
  8. Dean Owrey Interview 
  9. John Stanko 
  10. Mike Steidel 

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My Top Ten Listened to Messages in 2015: 

  1. My Journey to Freedom
  2. Getting After Your Purpose by Laura
  3. How to Make 2015 The Best Year of Your Life 
  4. God or Money 
  5. No Excuses 
  6. The Explosion that Changes Everything 

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Books Read:

  1. The Membership Economy
  2. Destiny by TD Jakes
  3. Think and Grow Rich
  4. Act Like Men by James Macdonald
  5. The Slight Edge
  6. Entreleadership
  7. When Heaven Invades Eart
  8. Procrastinate on Purpose
  9. Creativity Inc
  10. Simplify by Bill Hyebels
  11. Intentional Living by John Maxwell
  12. How Google Works
  13. Jab, Jab, Jab Right Hook
  14. What Got You Here Won’t Get you There
  15. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts
  16. Crucial Conversations
  17. The Power of Habit
  18. The Hard Thing about the Hard Things
  19. Money: Master the Game
  20. Hidden Power
  21. Changes that Heal
  22. Die Empty
  23. Eat that Frog
  24. How to be an All Star at Work

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Places Traveled to:

  • Toronto
  • Tofino
  • Seattle, WA
  • Whistler
  • Vancouver
  • Ucluelet
  • Rainier
  • Victoria
  • Prague
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Bucket List Items Complete:

  • Visited Mt. Rainier
  • Visited Whistler
  • Visited Prague
  • Visited Tofino
  • Visited Seattle
  • Visited Vancouver
  • Own our own home
  • Have children!
  • Ran another Marathon 3:34
  • Speak at Victory Family Church
  • Start a Company (July 2015)
We're having a baby girl!

We’re having a baby girl!

Questions for You:

  • How was your 2015?
  • What lessons did you learn?
  • What areas do you need to grow in?
  • What were some of your main themes for the year?
  • What were some of your highlights?
  • How did you do with what you set out to do in 2015?
  • What do you need to start doing in 2016?
  • What do you need to stop doing?

Comment below and let me know about your year!

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Get my book, Making the Most of Mentoring, for Free! http://dougsmithlive.com/mentoring/ http://dougsmithlive.com/mentoring/#respond Sun, 03 Jan 2016 23:02:26 +0000 Doug Smith http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=16486 I’m so excited to share with you my first eBook, “Making the Most of Mentoring: My Step-by-Step Guide for Attracting and Cultivating Mentors.” When I was 17 years old, I had two mentors come into my life that changed my life forever. Since then, I’ve always been extremely intentional about pursuing mentor relationships. Over the […]

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My Step-by-Step Guide for Attracting and Cultivating Mentor Relationships

I’m so excited to share with you my first eBook, “Making the Most of Mentoring: My Step-by-Step Guide for Attracting and Cultivating Mentors.”

Making the Most of Mentoring

Making the Most of Mentoring e-Book!

When I was 17 years old, I had two mentors come into my life that changed my life forever. Since then, I’ve always been extremely intentional about pursuing mentor relationships. Over the last thirteen years, I’ve had the privilege to spend time with a lot of incredible people.

In 2011, I noticed that a lot of my peers were asking me how I got to spend time with so many great leaders, so I would walk them through the process I use. I kept having that conversation over and over again and quickly recognized that so many young leaders are desperate to get mentored, but aren’t sure how to actually attract and cultivate relationships with leaders. That is why I created this book. It is my step-by-step guide for how to attract and cultivate mentors in your life. 

I hope that this book will help you get meetings with people you never dreamed of spending time with before. I pray that those meetings turn into meaningful mentor relationships. Craig Groeschel once said, “You are one relationship away from changing your destiny.” I hope that this book will play a small role in helping you develop that relationship.

And yes, this e-Book is totally free! Just enter your e-mail in the list below and you will get instant access.

If you use the process outlined in the book and it helped you, I would love to hear about. Feel free to e-mail me at dougsmith@l3leadership.org or leave a comment below.
I wish you the best!
Best regards,
Doug Smith

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Episode 80: Patty Beard, VP of Leadership Development http://dougsmithlive.com/episode80/ http://dougsmithlive.com/episode80/#respond Sun, 20 Dec 2015 17:16:00 +0000 Doug Smith http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=16449 This episode comes to you from our interview series, in which I interview great leaders and try to extract their best leadership practices. I had the privilege of interview Patty Beard, Vice President, Leadership & Organizational Development at Dick’s Sporting Goods, a company that consists of over 37,000 employees! She has been in leadership development throughout […]

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My Interview with Patty Beard, VP of Leadership Development at Dick's

This episode comes to you from our interview series, in which I interview great leaders and try to extract their best leadership practices. I had the privilege of interview Patty Beard, Vice President, Leadership & Organizational Development at Dick’s Sporting Goods, a company that consists of over 37,000 employees! She has been in leadership development throughout her entire career, both at Dick’s and GE. I enjoyed my conversation so much with Patty that I asked her to speak at an upcoming Learning to Lead breakfast. I know you’ll love this interview. Below you’ll find Patty’s bio, ways to connect with her, and more. Enjoy the interview.

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Episode #80: Interview with Patty Beard

Episode #80- Patty Beard, VP of Leadership &Organizational Leadership at Dick's Sporting Goods

Patty’s Bio:

Highly accomplished Learning & OD leader with a comprehensive background that includes over 15 years of domestic & international experience in HR/Organizational Development supporting business strategies through the successful application of performance development, training and facilitation, project management, internal consulting, coaching and Six Sigma quality improvement methodologies. Recognized as an accomplished, effective leader and change agent possessing a strong, customer-centric focus and proven experience collaborating with senior management to conduct strategic planning to support and further business goals.

Specialties:- Training and Development
– Talent & Leadership Development
– Facilitation and Public Speaking
– Consulting, Coaching and Mentoring
– Strategic Planning/Budgeting
– Assessment and Analysis
– Project Management
– Six Sigma certified (Black Belt)

Connect with Patty:

Questions Asked:

  • Tell us about yourself, your family, your passions, and what you do.
  • What’s one thing about Patty Beard that people would be surprised to know?
  • When you think of success, who is the first person who comes to mind?
Personal Leadership:
  • Walk us through your leadership journey… When did you first realize you were a leader?
  • How did you learn to lead? 
  • Can you name a person or two who have had a huge impact on your life as a leader? How did they person impact your life?
  • What are you doing and what have you done to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
  • What books have you read that have made a great impact on you that you would recommend? 
  • How do you structure your days and your life so that you are as productive as possible?
  • Could you talk about one or two of your greatest leadership failures? What did you learn from them?
  • What did you learn about leadership at GE? What have you learned about leadership at Dick’s?

Organizational Leadership: 

  • In your experience, what is the best way to develop leaders?
  • In today’s fast paced world, what qualities would you say are absolutely critical for every leader to develop?
  • What is Six Sigma quality improvement? How can leaders apply it to their lives?
  • Can you discuss the importance of feedback in an organization?
  • How should leaders view feedback?
  • How can leaders get better at giving it? 
  • What qualities do you look for in up and coming leaders?
  • What can young leaders do to set themselves apart in their organizations?
  • What separates the leaders who continually rise through the ranks verse the ones who don’t
  • What does mentoring and development young leaders look like in your organization?
  • What advice would you give young leaders when it comes to picking the “right” career?
  • In your leadership experience, what have you learned about building a great team?
  • What do you think is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?
  • What are you most proud of up to this point in your life?
  • What do you want to be remembered for?  What do you want your legacy to be?
  • Any closing advice for young leaders?

Learning to Lead Announcements: 

1.) Learning to Lead Breakfast Series Our next leadership event will be a lunch on Saturday, January 16th, 2016 at 8 a.m. at Bistro to Go on the North Side. Our speaker is Russell Livingston, President of Babb, Inc. Register here for this event!

2.) Learning to Lead Small Groups – We have a small groups of young leaders that get together twice a month to discuss leadership, hold each other accountable to our goals, and to build a community of leaders passionate about making a difference in our city. If you’re interested in attending, e-mail me at dougsmith@l3leadership.org.

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