Every week I hear the same story. I speak with a leader who’s interested in coaching...and they begin to whine. They whine as they tell me about all the reasons why they can’t grow their ministry or organization because of external factors:
- “We don’t have a lot of money.”
- “We don’t have a large budget.”
- “Our community isn’t growing rapidly.”
- “We aren’t in an affluent area.”
- “We started very small.”
- “Our team is very small.”
- “We don’t have a large staff.”
- “We don’t have an abundance of leaders.”
- “I’m not the greatest leader/communicator in the world.”
- “There’s a lot of competition close by.”
Have you ever heard of something called the poverty mindset? I see it all the time. A poverty mindset allows us to place ourselves in the role of the helpless victim of circumstance. It tempts us to sit back as spectators to our own destiny. We believe everything that happens to us is the result of outside forces. We have no control.
However, honestly, I have never had a leader of a growing organization say to me: “Wow, our fastest growth happened when we began to focus on what we didn’t have.” Never.
Every successful leader I have ever know has refused to give in to the poverty mindset. They refused to play the role of the victim. They refused to focus on what they didn’t have or couldn’t do. They simply maximized what they had on hand. They just chose to be faithful with whatever they had been given.
There is great power in coming to realize that:
We are not responsible for what we don’t have and what we can’t do. We are only responsible for what we have and what we can do. TWEET
What about you? Are you a whining leader? Do you tend to focus on what you are not and what you can’t do and what you don’t have? Or are you simply getting up every day and taking responsibility for what you have and what you can do?
There is an unbridled power that comes in taking responsibility for our own life, leadership, and growth.
Don’t be a whining leader. Today, thank God for the people and the place God has placed you in. Bloom where you are planted. Thank God you have been given what you have been given. Focus on being faithful with what you have now.
Who knows? If you are faithful with what you have now...God may trust you with more!