Making An Investment in Myself

Posted By on Mar 6, 2009 in Leadership | 7 comments


Last Thursday, I attended Catalyst One Day with some folks from Cross Point. I was desperate to get out of the office, network, and have some professional leadership training. And Catalyst One Day was an investment I could afford to make in myself. And I am so glad I did!

Catalyst One Day

Catalyst One Day

Here are just a couple of reasons why:

1. I learned so much from Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel. They both are excellent communicators. (Be on the lookout for Andy’s new book, The Principle of The Path, from Thomas Nelson, March 31.)

The focus of the day was Momentum – something we all need to manufacture in these tough economic times. Here are just a few of the nuggets I walked away with:

  • Momentum is NEVER triggered by tweaking something old. It is triggered by introducing something new.
  • To reach more by doing less, you must focus on what no one else is doing — how can you reach the people that no one else is reaching? You must refuse to keep doing things based on false assumptions.
  • Innovation is born out of limitation. Remember, if you have what you want, you might not see what you need.
  • It is important to be more committed to your mission/vision than your tactics. “Don’t fall in love with a tactic and defend it forever. Instead decide once and for all if you are in market or not.” Seth Godin, The Dip
  • Do the unthinkable. “If we got kicked out and the board brought in a new CEO, what would he or she do? Why shouldn’t we walk out the door, come back in, and do it ourselves?” Andy Grove, Only the Paranoid Survive

2. I had a wonderful time interacting with new friends. I love meeting new people, but I often get stuck in my comfort zone and don’t put myself out there. I made the trip with Jenni Catron, the Executive Director of Cross Point, and her little sister, Jessica. Our trip together was the perfect way to get to know them both on a deeper level.

Have you made any real investments in yourself lately?

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  • John Ireland

    really wanted to attend One Day, but simply woulda cost too much (hotel, etc.) for a singe-day event. :(

    my wife and i will be attending a four-day spiritual formation retreat next month in st. pete. verrry much looking forward to that!

  • Jessica

    It was a great trip! Meeting new people and learning is always a great way to invest in ourself! :)

  • http://jennicatron.tv Jenni Catron

    Catalyst One Day was great and I loved having the time to hang out with you!

  • cornerstonemortgages

    nice post!

  • Cayleigh

    Is Catalyst a spiritual conference or strictly secular leadersship training? ’cause I’m confused. I thought Andy Stanley was a preacher:-)

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    nice blog posts, I’ve read about 2-3 of them, I will follow you more often. Keep up the good work

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  • lindseyreadenobles

    Catalyst is a Christian leadership conference. Mostly churches attend but it is open to anyone.