Discipline

Mark Cole: Leadership Seasons

“How do I find balance in my life?” seems to be a very popular question for this generation of leaders. While much has been written and taught on this subject, I think we all desire a sense of balance at home and at work. But the idea of balance is difficult for me to teach…

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Think Like a Leader

Several years ago, I taught a lesson titled, “How Leaders Think.” Like a lot of my older lessons, there is plenty about the content that I would have to change if I were to present it today—after all, I’ve grown over the years, and what I think about thinking has changed quite a bit. But…

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Mark Cole: Perseverance is Absolutely Necessary

No matter how talented people are, there is no success without perseverance. Perseverance is not an issue of talent. It’s not an issue of time. It’s about finishing. Talent provides hope for accomplishment, but perseverance guarantees it. Today, I want to give you four statements about perseverance that I’ve found to be true and ask…

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Mark Cole: The Power of Practice

There’s a myth about highly talented people—that they are simply born that way. Here is what I know: you reach your potential when you are willing to practice. And not just practice often, but practice effectively. That’s because you play to the level at which you practice. Consistently good practice leads to consistently good play.…

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Mark Cole: Preparation Positions Your Talent

What happens when you don’t prepare? Take a minute to think about it—and be honest with yourself. In my leadership, the results of being unprepared are predictable. Things I hoped wouldn’t happen do happen—and occur with greater frequency than the things I hoped would happen. The reason is simple: being unprepared puts me out of…

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Mark Cole: 11 Reasons Why You Will Be a Better Leader This Year

There’s a hunger for leadership in the world today like never before. People have looked to Hollywood, sports figures and politics, all in hopes that leadership will show itself. We’ve all been disappointed in places of business, or faith, or Wall Street. And this has generated confusion about what leadership really means. This hunger produces…

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Consistency: A Wise Investment of Time

Have you ever considered the time investment in some of the world’s greatest achievements? ·      It took 26 months to build the Eiffel Tower. ·      It took Da Vinci 4 years to paint the Mona Lisa. ·      It took Michelangelo 4 years to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. ·      It took Leo Tolstoy…

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The View from the Top of the Hill

Everything worthwhile is uphill. I’ve been saying that a lot lately. Because it’s a fact. Almost everything that has value, almost everything that has purpose, requires work on our part to attain it. We have to put in the effort to get what to where we want to go. Think about it – you want…

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The Secrets of Success, Week One: Health

Why is it some people always seem to get ahead? How has that older couple kept the magic of their marriage alive all these years? What does the fitness instructor at the gym, the one with the perfect biceps, know that you don’t? It’s simple: the secret of your success is determined by your daily…

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Is Your Environment Holding you Back?

When I was much younger, I found myself in a job situation where the environment wasn’t conducive to growth. This frustrated and discouraged me. I had always been focused on growth and improvement. From basketball as a kid to speaking professionally, I was always looking for ways to get better at what I was doing.…

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