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It’s a trap! (Proverbs 29:25)

Life Meets Theology

“How many in here admit to being ‘people pleasers’?”

box trap with pencilMy hand went up halfway.  After all, there were many in my church at which I was Lead Pastor who would say I wasn’t a people pleaser but I knew I struggled with it.

The facilitator of this “Marriage and Ministry Seminar” was quick to call me down, “You KNOW you are!  That’s why you feel like you’re supposed to raise your hand but you’re not sure if you should.”  He laughed.  I laughed.  My friend with me laughed.

The point of this exercise was to prove that all pastors are people pleasers.  After all, “people” is what we do.  Without people, you can’t be a pastor.  And what pastor doesn’t care one iota if his people are happy?

It got me thinking.  And it should you too.

How many of us are people pleasers?  How many of us decide what…

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Why a women-only classroom?

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At Smith College Executive Education for Women we’re asked about our women-only program model a lot. Why a women-only classroom? Don’t women need to work alongside men to succeed? Although our program has been around for nearly 40 years, we realize that single-gender education is still a bit of an anomaly.

So when we read last week’s article “Don’t Fall for the Hype About Leadership Programs for Women,” we felt compelled to intervene. Its author, Karen L. Cates, made some bold assertions about executive education programs for women that need to be addressed.

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Motivate Yourself in 30 Seconds


BY GEOFFREY JAMES, – It’s easy to motivate yourself when you ask your mind (and heart) the right questions.

Getting motivated is easy. All you need do is “connect the dots” between why you take action and what action you must take next. To do this, you ask yourself nine simple questions.

As you ask, don’t formulate complicated answers. Your mind and heart already know what they want; you’re just tapping into that knowledge.

Here are the questions:

1. Who do I care about most?
2. How can I help them be happier?
3. What are my most powerful goals? (Click Here for the Entire Awesome Article)

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