Success in the Arena – Leaving a Legacy

 

In honor of the Super Bowl, last month’s article was on The Arena.  The Arena is the placePeyton Manning where legends are born- legends like Peyton Manning.  Most of you know that Peyton just retired from football, after eighteen years of hard work and dedication.  The Denver Post printed an article covering the story called, Peyton Manning’s Legacy Will Need to Be Told By Others. Here is an excerpt from that article,

“At Manning’s retirement ceremony…the final question was in regard to Peyton’s footprint revolutionizing the position of quarterback, and what impact he would have on future quarterbacks. He responded: ‘I can’t answer that myself…’ Peyton would decline to define his legacy. That delineation of influence will be left up to millions of other people…”

Success in the arena has many aspects but, when thinking about the subject, two things really came to my mind.  The first aspect is summed up by this quote from an anonymous author, “Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do.”  Many of you have experienced success in this area.  Whether you have inspired a student to be the father or mother that God had called them to be or an intern to work for a cause that helps others or maybe you have inspired your own son or daughter to follow in your ministry footprints- success has to do with what you influence others to do- this is an important part of your legacy and those that you have inspired, will tell your story.

Secondly, success in the arena has to do, not just with personal “wins,” but with team wins as well.  Read Manning’s definition of success in the arena, “When I look back on my NFL career, I’ll know without a doubt that I gave everything I had to help my teams walk away with a win.”

This is a challenge to all of us- are we doing everything we can so that our team wins?  Yes, we want personal success and legacy but there is nothing more inspiring than seeing a team play for team success.  It brings great glory to God when His people work together for a common cause and a common victory.  When this happens, no one man gets accolades; the accolades rest at the throne of God.

How do we manage this kind of legacy?  How do we gain the success that inspires others and brings both personal and team victories?  Read what Peyton is quoted as saying, “There were other players who were more talented, but there was no one who could out-prepare me. And, because of that, I have no regrets.”

Peyton Manning was not the most talented quarterback the NFL has ever seen but he arguable was the most prepared.  I want to challenge you today to prepare for success.  The most important and effective way to do this is through prayer and the study of God’s Word.  When we put on the full armor of God, we are prepared to expect, fight and win the daily battles that rage in our lives.  As we focus on preparing for success, we will inspire others, see victories in our lives and in the lives of our teammates. It is then we will leave a legacy for others and we will say, like Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

In the Arena Together,

Brice Maddock  (COO, Teen Challenge Southeast)

 

 

Knowing What to Do and Doing It are Two Different Things

Knowing What to Do and Doing It are Two Different Things:Bringing your goals from “the Heavens” to “the Earth”

Please read the following excerpt from Lee Cockerell’s book, Time Management Magic:

How do you feel at the end of a day when you had ten things to get done and you didn’t do any of them, or most of them?  Not very good, right? And how do you feel if you continue to not get important things done day after day and week after week?  This is not a trick question. The answer is simple. You feel depressed, distressed and just plain awful.  And as we know from medical experiments, those feelings are very bad for your health.

Now ask yourself this: How do you feel on a day when you have a lot to do and you do it all?  When you get done all the things that need to be done? Again, this is not a trick question. You feel great, don’t you?  You feel happy.  You feel confident. And perhaps most importantly of all, you feel ready and able to take on more.

Those last four, underlined sentences- look at them again.  That is my prayer for each one of you- to feel great, happy, confident and ready.  You are saying to yourself, “Yes, but he doesn’t know my typical day and my typical to-do list!”  Just read on, my friend.

Cockerell goes on to say this: Knowing what to do and doing it are two different things.  That may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t live as though it’s obvious.  They know what they should be doing, but they don’t have a system, a set of habits or a solid routine for getting those things done…

Do you have a system set in place to make the most of your time? What system are you using to accomplish your professional and personal goals? Here are some suggestions:time_management_intro_diagram

  1. Ever-Present. Have your goals always before you (3-5 goals)
  2. Plan. Every day, etch out some time to plan your next day.
  3. Be purposeful. In your planning for the day, look at your goals carefully, and write micro-goals that get you a step closer to your big goals. For example, if your goal is to have twenty new donors by the end of the year, your day should have at least one call to a potential donor or a coffee meeting with them or a packet of information sent in the mail to them.
  4. Process. Every day, look at how you did. Celebrate or re-evaluate.
  5. Re-Play. Hit the re-play button every day and do it again.

It’s not very glamorous or cutting edge but it really works. You have 24 hours in a day.  Be consistent and intentional.  Those days will turn into weeks, the weeks into months and the months into years.  If you have lived your days consistent and intentional, you will be amazed at all you will accomplish for God’s Kingdom- it will happen one day at a time.

Article by: Brice Maddock – COO, Teen Challenge Southeast

 

Level II – July 2015

Core Courses

Our next Core Course is Ministry Development and our text: From Dream to Reality by Dr. Jerry Nance. Dr. J outlines 21 principles for us to move our dreams from just a dream – to reality. The leader must hear from God, Pray hard, work hard and then pray God blesses your work, cherish and celebrate victories along the way, learning to laugh and much more.  Some of you should have a copy of this book but if you don’t email me at andree.aiken@teenchallenge.cc and I’ll mail one to you.

Your first post for this course will be up on the forum Monday, July 20th. You’ll make an initial post and then respond to someone’s post.