Five Tips to Grow Yourself this Year

I love the beginning of a New Year. I realize it’s just a date on the calendar, but for some reason it brings excitement. There’s this feeling of a fresh start and endless opportunities that emerge in the month of January. Things you’ve been ignoring for months, like that diet or that budget, all of a sudden become important again.

But the excitement of a New Year can quickly wear off, and if we’re not careful our hopes, our dreams, and our goals will be abandoned before we reach the month of February.

It’s happened all too often in my own life. I’ve never exercised for more than five days in a row. I once stopped drinking cokes for over a year, then I started back up again. I have trouble finishing TV series on Netflix. And I’ve never beaten any of the Super Mario games.

I’m great at starting. I’m terrible at finishing.

And yet, everything that’s worthwhile is uphill. There is no reward without work.

So, with that in mind, let’s look at five tips to grow ourselves this year.

  1. Commit. Not just for a week, or a month, if we’re really serious about growing ourselves it needs to be a lifelong commitment. Success in our lives, will depend on our commitment to learning and growth. You can accomplish great things in your life if you’re willing to commit to the work.
  2. Choose. What are your goals? What do you want to get better at? Pick two or three things in your life to work on. Those who are most successful are those who learn to narrow their focus.
  3. Share. Let other people know about your commitment. The more you share it, the less likely you’ll be to quit it. Avoid spending time with those who don’t get excited about what you’re trying to accomplish. If you’re not careful their negativity will rub off on you and you’ll give up on your goal.
  4. Invest. The only way you get better is by investing your time, and often your money. Growth does not come without an investment. The one thing that separates those who are average at their job, and those who are awesome, is investment. Do you want to rest, or do you want to be the best? (Quick Disclaimer: I’m not talking about burning yourself out. I’m talking about investing, when everyone else is sleeping.)
  5. Invite. Invite others to go on the journey with you. It’s so much easier to stick to a goal when you know you have friends who are doing the same. That’s why groups like Weight Watchers and Alcoholics Anonymous have such a high success rate. We are more likely to keep our commitments when we’re around others who are doing the same.

I hope 2018 is an incredible year for you and your church. If I can ever serve you in anyway, please don’t hesitate to send me an email or visit my coaching page to see the different options I offer. I’d love to connect with you. In the meantime, make sure to subscribe to the blog to get tips on church growth, leadership, and more delivered to your inbox each week.

Top 10 Posts of 2017

A Quick Look Back

Happy New Year! I hope you saw God do some incredible things in your church last year, and I’m sure you can’t wait to see what He’s going to do in 2018. I feel the exact same way. I have some posts coming up in 2018 that I’m really excited about, but before we move ahead, let’s take a quick look back at my most viewed posts of 2017. Enjoy!

My Christmas Wish List – A list of some of my favorite items that have helped my church grow, and I believe could help yours.

One Big Mistake Rural Churches Make – Do you have a rogue sheep that’s killing your flock? In this post I give you five steps to help them straighten up or move on.

Talent Isn’t Enough – One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made as a leader is putting someone in charge based on their talent alone. I don’t make that mistake anymore. Now I evaluate them based on the three areas mentioned in this post.

Some Churches Don’t Need to Change – “I feel like some of us believe our churches need to do a complete 180 in order to reach our community, when the truth is, we just need to get better at the things we already do.”

Five Stages of Church Growth – What do churches and babies have in common? More than you think, as you can see in this post.

10 Tips on Church Growth – You want to see your small town church grow? Start by implementing these tips.

Small Town Church Growth – The post that started it all. If my small town church can see crazy growth, so can yours.

Four Thoughts on Christmas Services – I know, I know, it’s a bit early to be talking about Christmas, but you may want to bookmark this post for next year.

5 Reasons We Made the Switch from CCB to PCO – And I’ve never regretted it. If you’re looking for a church database management system, Planning Center Online is a great option.

5 Elements of a Great Worship Experience – I knew this post caused quite a stir, but I had no idea it would become my most popular post by a very large margin. Read it yourself, and see why it had everyone talking.

Looking back is fun, but I’m more excited about looking forward to 2018. I’m believing this is going to be an incredible year for you and me both. If I can ever serve you in anyway please shoot me an email, or check out my coaching page for the different options I offer.

P.S. I’ve added a store to feature some resources I’m developing this year. Currently you can pick up my 8 Steps to More Impactful Preaching ebook if you don’t already have it, or my new ebook The Basics: 13 Steps to Turn Around Your Small Town Church.