“Internal motivations create the culture around you. When we have the right motivations & culture, anything we do can be a success.” – Chris Hodges
I’m a student of WHAT great leaders DO. What are their systems, process, best practices? However, recently I’ve been challenged that it’s not all about what I DO that makes me successful. I can plug a great system into a bad culture and fail. Culture is what matters most. To be specific, a life-giving culture matters most.
Chris Hodges recently talked about how our “internal motivations” are the determining factors of the culture around us. He listed out 3 internal motivations he has. These were a challenge to me. Over the next few days I’ll list these out with some of my own thoughts.
1st Internal Motivation: LOVING LIFE.
- I have been guilty of thinking, “One day, when ________ happens, then life will be great!” Truth is, _______ will never happen. I’ll always be looking ahead.
- I need to find joy in TODAY! In my daughter’s soccer game, the meeting that I’m in, the fact that my kids still run to me when I come home, the weather today, the fact that my church is alive, the friends I have.
- Things like WORRY & INSECURITY choke this joy out.
- I too often embrace the “Good Ol Days Doctrine”: Thinking my best days were either the one’s gone by or the one’s ahead…never the one that I’m in.
- I have to embrace the atittude that the best day of my life is right now! “I will enjoy ___________.” Whatever _________ is.
- We love life when we embrace the joy of today.
- Find satisfaction with the day we’re in.
- 2 Corinthians 6:10 “…sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.”
Question: Do I…do you love life? Do we love today? Are we in love with our lives?