Dan O’Deens

  1. Err on the side of being inclusive rather than exclusive.  Choose to trust people.

If you give it away, it will always come back to you.  It works with love and relationship.  To be inclusive may bite you in the butt once but the return and reward is far greater than being exclusive.  It’s like a buffet.  If you go through the entire line and never add anything to your plate, you get to the end and look down to realize your plate is empty.   You kept hoping there might be something ‘better’ and you passed on so much good!

  1. Be positive not negative

Meditation is simply ‘focused thinking.’   What we think about becomes ‘bigger’.   Think positive.

  1. Forgive quickly…Keep short accounts

To not forgive is to allow someone else to control your emotional and mental health.  Let it go, forgive and move on.

  1. Be more relational rich and experience poor than experience rich and relational poor

We are too busy.  We move from one even to the next without any time to build the relationship with those who are present with us.  Keep the main thing the main thing and the main thing is relationship.

  1. Take ownership in your leadership development

Leadership is three-dimensional.  As leaders we lead those about us (our Boards), we lead those below us (our Staff), but we also lead ourselves.  Self-leadership is the most difficult.  Are you investing in your own health and leadership?

  1. Create margin and rest in your routine

“Busy’ is the wrong mantra for your life.   If you aim at nothing you will hit it every time.   If you fail to plan you plan to fail.  If you do not plan for rest and margin you will become enslaved to ‘busy.’

  1. Add ‘health’ as the most important tool in your toolbox

Health is the goal.  Have you taken the time to become spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally healthy?   Are you doing all that you can do to be as healthy as you can be?

 What Does God Say?

I can do ‘all’ things through Christ, who strengthens me.  Phil 4:13

A winner is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.  2 Tim 2:5

Do you not know that all runner in a race run, but only one receives the prize?  So run that you may obtain it. 1 Cor 9:24