Have you ever thought, what makes that person so successful?

The reality is that there is no secret formula for success.  There are habits that successful people develop that help them function at a higher capacity.  What if youth pastors were known for being high capacity leaders.  In the last 5 years I have seen high capacity youth ministry leaders move on to church planting.  We have some amazing youth ministry leaders currently, but we need more.  We need to constantly be developing at growing as leaders.

Here are a few things that stand out from this infographic called: Good and Bad Habits of Smart People from entrepreneur magazine.

They are persistent.  Top notch leaders don’t give up.  They have a drive that won’t let them fail.  Failure isn’t a bad thing if you are learning how to be better.  Look at Thomas Edison below.  It took him 1000+ attempt before he got the lightbulb.  Better leaders are persistent.

It might take years for you to perfect something.  I heard a few years ago that it takes about 10,000 hours to be excellent at something.  That is a long time.  If you are a preacher, it would take 192 Sundays to be a great preacher.  My first few years in ministry were bumpy.  I didn’t know what I was doing, and I had mentors to help me.  It might be a difficult season for you, but you need to be persistent.

They are readers.   Leaders are readers.  If you want to be a next level leader, you need to read.  I like what the infographic says below.  If you read 15mins everyday you would be exposed to 1,000,000 words per year.

When building a habit like reading every day, all you need to do is 15 minutes.  When you start a habit make sure to reward yourself every time you do it for the first two months.  It could be a small treat, or a tv show.  This little reward will help build the habit of reading into your life.

I have meet leaders who could be exceptional, but aren’t because they don’t read.  Because of their lack of reading they have stayed the same for the past 20 years.

They set goals.  What are the goals for your life?  Do you have them written down?  A few years ago, I felt lost.  I didn’t know what was next.  I just finished up my Masters Degree and I didn’t know what was next for me.  All I knew was school.  So, I stumbled across Michael Hyatt’s life plan.  It was so helpful to write it out and develop life goals.

Now, I am not saying that I have kept all the goals, but it is a target to try to hit.  It has helped me stay focused, and on target.  I try to look over the life plan every month, and once a year I revise it. Our time here is short, and when I look at Psalm 90 I am encouraged to write down plans so that I will be intentional with the short time I have here working towards God’s kingdom.


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