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“It’s Bigger Than You! by Dr. Jené Walker

Has anyone ever just whined and complained to God? Whew!

“It’s not about you Jené! This is about My kingdom. I’m doing something IN YOU so I can do something THROUGH you that has NOTHING to do WITH YOU!”

We can get a little narcissistic sometimes, caught up in who we are and what we want and how we think it should be. You know you have a major calling – for a huge sphere or a small one. But no matter what, pursue. On this journey, that flesh wants the applause, the support, the “Amens,” the connections and the platforms. Do what you do with or without all that. Do it in excellence! Jehovah is working something in you. Believe that. The reward will manifest. You just pursue!

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“Put a Demand On Your Prosperity” by Dr. Jené Walker

God said He would. He said it was a part of His plan for you. Anything else that we may be going through financially is not in God’s plan. If we’re struggling, living check to check, unable to fund His purpose in our lives, that’s not the plan. Begin to inquire of Him. Begin to seek Him specifically about the plan. “God if it’s anything we’re doing to cause ourselves to miss Your plan to prosper us, please show us. We want to be alignment with Your plan of prosperity in our lives! Amen!”

“It’s Tax Season!” by Dr. Jené Walker

Leaders, it is so important that we have a knowledgeable registered tax return preparer who keeps abreast of the changing laws (e.g., Salt Agreement, Qualified Business Income, 2106 Changes, Moving Expenses, changes, Personal expenses changes, etc.). What helped me tremendously these past two years is Xero Software (this is not an ad). The first year using the software, I hired a CPA to set it up and manage it quarterly. And this year, she trained me on how to use it. It makes it easier to categorize my finances according to tax laws. Simple right? I know you all are probably far more advanced than me.

Here is how I keep things organized.

Organizational Tips:

  • A Physical File Folder labeled by each month (with monthly bank statements, PayPal statements, cash spreadsheet and receipts printed).
  • My scanned receipts in my myEcon CashFlow Manager App along with mileage. This helps in the event that my hard copy receipts that fade and for additional electronic documentation.
  • Xero Software to connect all applicable accounts, including PayPal (not as user friendly as bank accounts). beginning this year, I reconcile weekly instead of quarterly.

Leadership is not a joke! However, tax season doesn’t have to be stressful. It just requires us to be organized all year long with systems in place!

What other tips do you have leaders? I’m sure you have some awesome ones!

“Honor: Earned or Demanded?” by Dr. Jené Walker

I believe honor is something that leaders earn. Honor is something we teach our tribe and our teams through the way we treat our tribe and through the evaluation of our performance as leaders over time.

I have an amazing book entitled Leadership Lessons of Jesus! It’s juicy so far. I’m still in the early chapters but I have yet to read of Yeshua forcing followers to show Him honor.

I remember working hard for my degrees in Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction. But I also remember when people neglected to call me by my hard earned title, Dr. I remember the very first time it happened. Holy Spirit whispered, “Don’t even try it!” I was humbled through and through before I had an opportunity to respond. Geesh! Humility hurts.

Flesh wants respect and honor and reverence. And even if we truly do deserve it based on our positions and titles, our people have to see that we deserve it. How? I believe I have to teach my tribe how to honor and respect me by the following (to name only a few):

1) Show them the same level of respect. I supervised thousands of teachers with titles or credentials. If you want to be called by your title, honor theirs. Thank God I’m good in that area after he stripped me of pride in 3 seconds. The only title I can’t wait to claim is MRS.

2) Demonstrate competency – consistently. Do you know your stuff? Do you have answers? Are you resourceful? Do you know where to find answers?

3) Be trustworthy and reliable. Insecurity made me double minded at times and double mindedness is not trustworthy. After over 15 years of leadership, God has worked that out in me. Your people have to know they can trust in you consistently.

4) Show you care. I’ve worked under leaders as second in command who asked about my son and me. They showed they care. But I’ve also worked for leaders who would just take, take, take. Do you really care about the people you lead.

How do you feel about honor? Is it demanded or earned?

“Work the Plan” by Dr. Jené Walker

How many of you are working the plan? I don’t know about you but I stared at the plan for a minute. God had to send person after person to motivate me to move into action.

And He is sending me now to inspire you to move! It’s time to move beyond the plan that’s in your head. If it’s in your head, write it and work it at the same time. If it’s written, take action.

We’ve been waiting on God but He has been waiting on us to do the work. To be the plan in action. To execute it. And then as the provisions pour in, we will dominate in our field. Are you ready?

Take an action toward the vision every single day. It’s time.

“Do the Work” by Dr. Jené Walker

Leaders, you should feel a constant pull toward your leadership purpose if you are truly called to lead.

The trials, tribulations and cares of this world aren’t enough to hold you back. However, you have allowed circumstances to sit you down temporarily; to distract you; and, to delay you.

But you can’t stop. Get up and do the work. The work, time and effort seem futile at times but do the work anyway.

You think, “No one is listening; no one is paying attention; no one is changing; no one is being influenced by my leadership.” But nothing could be farther from your truth. Keep doing the work.

Leadership is a difficult concept to conceptualize and to define. It’s something planted on the inside of you, pulling on your purpose; making you continue to try to make a difference; making you continue to build; and making you continue to help the people you were created to help. It’s not about the money but like a money magnet, you will attract wealth and money to you as you lead.

Do. Not. Stop. No matter what, do the work. The fruit of your labor will manifest. The transformation in your tribe will occur. The reward for your work will be awarded to you.

Yes, of course, seek God first. Take care of your family. Get your proper rest. But answer the call. Fulfill your purpose. Complete your assignment. Always do the work.

“The Blind Leading the Blind” by Dr. Jené Walker

I know you’ve heard the saying, “The blind leading the blind!” Leaders, you have to be whole and healed in order to effectively lead your people to a healthy place, toward the vision. I’ve seen leaders come in to the workplace or church and not even speak to or communicate with or meet with the people they lead. I’ve seen leaders shun the people who work for them, cut them off and not receive what they have to say. I’ve observed leaders allow toxic people to corrupt their organizations because they’re too stressed out to address it. If you’re not healthy, the organization won’t be healthy, your people won’t be healthy, and you won’t get them to that healthy place.

This is the season for reflection and transformation. Make the necessary changes in you. It’s time to move forward and move the vision forward. It’s time to get everything God has for us, including our healthy place.