Special Post on “The Leadership Test” for my Equip Leadership friends in Guam

Today’s post is intended specifically for my friends in Guam to supplement my opening session on “The Leadership Test.” Often when attending a conference, it can be a challenge to writie it all down if you’re actually paying attention. So I am sharing a few things I plan to reference tonight to make it easy to follow up for further growth. Of course, I welcome communication directly via social media or e-mail: Bill@BillintheBlank.com if I can be of further assistance during my stay on this awesome island.

We begin with en excerpt from my e-book Finding the Curve: The Secret to Explosive Personal Growth, available for free for a limited time here. More links and quotation will follow. I trust regular FaithWalkers readers will indulge this more focused post and, perhaps, be encouraged to download the entire e-book themselves and enjoy it for free this very weekend.

When the Going Gets Tough

Why is it that when the going gets tough the last thing we think about is the growing we could be doing? It’s weird.

It’s like we’re trying to avoid it or something.

Oh, that’s right. We are.

The greatest potential for the most explosive growth is found only in the curve.

Words of Wisdom

People of faith like me may recognize a similar thought from someone much wiser than I:

If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. ~ Solomon [ Tweet this! ]

It would seem pretty obvious. If when the going gets tough, you get going — out of there — then you must not have been that strong in the first place. But the word used by Solomon translated faint is also translated many other places throughout the Bible as “to let go, release, give up, slacken your grip, or pull back.”

So if the going gets tough — like it always does when you enter the curve — and you simply release your grip, let go of your focus, or pull back your effort, your strength is exposed as not being all it should have been.

As not all it could have been.

But then I began to think — always a dangerous activity, to be sure.

What if the opposite is also true in the curve?

What if instead of pulling back, I press forward in the curve. What if instead of giving up, I redouble my efforts in the curve. What if instead of adversity exposing me as puny, it provoked my strength to grow large?

Try this version:

If you press forward in the day of adversity, your strength is large. Or better, en-larged.

Because growth always increases my capacity to grow even more.

Is the going tough for you now in the curve? It may be just the thing you need to get growing.

If you can’t get out of it, get into it. ~ Jon Ortberg [ Tweet this! ]

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Other helpful links I may have mentioned in the Equip Leadership session or that would be helpful to supplement the topic:

Quotations that might be worth remembering:

  • “Good leaders rarely think in terms of boundaries; instead they think in terms of opportunities.”~ John Maxwell [ Tweet this! ]
  • “Tests make the invisible visible.” ~ Bill Blankschaen  [ Tweet this! ]
  • “It’s easier to move from failure to success than from excuses to success.” ~ John Maxwell [ Tweet this! ]
  • “Who we are becoming now will matter most in the next.” ~ Bill Blankschaen [ Tweet this! ]
  • “Small, seemingly insignificant steps completed consistently over time will create a radical difference. ~ Darren Hardy [ Tweet this! ]
  • “There’s a big difference between doing the right thing and doing the right thing consistently.” ~ Bill Blankschaen [ Tweet this! ]
  • “The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg — not by smashing it. ~ Arnold Glasgow [ Tweet this! ]

More to Come

I’ll likely add more following our two Saturday sessions or perhaps just make another post entirely. If I can be of further help to ministry leaders during my stay here in Guam, once again, just drop a note to Bill@BillintheBlank.com.

About Bill Blankschaen

Bill Blankschaen is a writer, author, and communicator who empowers people to live a story worth telling. As the founder of FaithWalkers, he equips Christians to think, live, and lead with abundant faith.

His next book entitled Live a Story Worth Telling: A FaithWalker's Guide is scheduled for release in May 2015 from Abingdon Press. His writing has been featured with Michael Hyatt, Ron Edmondson, Skip Prichard, Jeff Goins, Blueprint for Life, Catalyst Leaders, Faith Village, and many others who shall remain nameless.

Bill is a blessed husband and the father of six children with an extensive background in education and organizational leadership. He serves as VP of Content & Operations for Polymath Innovations in partnership with Patheos Labs. He is the Junior Scholar of Cultural Theology and Director of Development for the Center for Cultural Leadership. He works with a variety of ministries including Equip Leadership (founded by John C. Maxwell) when he's not visiting his second home -- Walt Disney World.


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