Last week I had the chance to attend a Men’s Ministry Network meeting with about 25 other guys from around the country at the Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, AL We had some great conversations and I learned a lot. Two comments by Todd McIntyre, Men’s Minister of Gateway Church, stood out to me: “The first man you need to minister to is yourself” and “You can’t give what you don’t have!” By the way, you might want to check out these two Equip Classes taught by Todd: Spiritual Fitness and Field Manual for Your Home.
With those thoughts fresh on my mind I want to share 3 resources aimed at personal development:
This has been a long-time favorite of mine (I read it in the early 1990’s). Develop these 7 Habits and you’ll not only be a more effective person but you’ll leave a legacy worth following as you make a difference today (as Covey says, “private victories precede public victories”):
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin With the End In Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
PS: If you enjoy this one you’ll also want to check out The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness (written about 15 years after 7 Habits).
John often says, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” With that in mind he has spent the last 40 years writing more than 70 books aimed at developing leaders. Take a spin around his website to see all the resources available and make sure you subscribe to his Leadership Wired Blog. He has written so many good books. You can browse them here (I might devote a future post on my 3 favorites). For today’s topic, I would say check this one out first: Develop the Leader Within You.
This step-by-step guide will help you design the life you’ve always wanted. You can get this free e-book by simply subscribing to Michael’s email newsletter which always contains helpful resources and information. Make sure you subscribe to his Leadership Podcast as well.
Your turn… What are some other personal development resources you would recommend?
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (honeyharman19.wordpress.com)
- Stephen R Covey on: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (timelessbits.com)
- And then there is the 8th Habit, A good friend recommended this, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People! (midnightabbi1eligoldsmith.wordpress.com)
- Three Leadership Podcasts You Should Listen To (resourcesforus.wordpress.com)