My Plans for 2011
I was sitting in the Charlotte airport a couple of months ago, getting ready to fly to a meeting with Church Extension in Indianapolis, when I decided to check my Twitter updates and see if I’d gotten recent @ replies.
Sure enough, there was one — and it was even a #FollowFriday recommendation for me from Kevin Beck of Presence International. Kevin is someone I’ve gotten to know through mutual friends (like Mike Morrell) and someone I have a lot of respect for. He wrote (something like this*), “Follow @knightopia because he’s working to transform Christianity.”
Reading that, I thought, “Wow, that’s a little over the top, isn’t it? Wow, talk about pressure! Wow, that’s what I’d like to be doing …”
And as soon as that thought crossed my mind, I had to admit to myself that somewhere deep down in my heart was the desire to be on about that task — as grandiose and arrogant and foolhardy and ridiculous as that may sound. The next question I had to ask myself was: How do I make that a reality?
Living an Unconventional Life
At the time I was in the middle of reading Chris Guillebeau‘s new book, The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World. In it Chris writes, “You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to. You can do good things for yourself and make the world a better place at the same time.”
So I was thinking a lot about what that life looks like for me (and for my family). In order to get there, though, Chris tackles one of the biggest obstacles to realizing our dreams, namely overcoming our fears. He writes, “Most remarkable people are not remarkable by nature. Instead, they make a few key choices along the way that helped them overcome their fears.”
This section of the book reminded me of Seth Godin’s book Lynchpin, in which he talks about “quieting the lizard brain.” Godin quotes Steven Pressfield who talks about this in terms of breaking through “the resistance.” As Godin explains, “The resistance grows in strength as we get closer to shipping, as we get closer to an insight, as we get closer to the truth of what we really want.”
So what do I really want out of life? And what am I really wired to do?
Discovering My Strengths
When I joined Halogen TV in February, I got quickly immersed in studying (and applying) Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Franklin Covey’s 4 Disciplines of Execution, Gallup’s StrengthsFinder survey, and, most recently, Marcus Buckingham’s The Truth About You.
All of these tools have been helpful, especially over these past few months, in helping me discover more about myself (I’m an ENFP), how I’m wired (Ideation, Intellection, Communication, Woo), and got me thinking even more about what I’m doing in my work life — and what I really want to be doing.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed just about every minute since I joined Halogen TV as Social Media Manager. It’s been a sweet gig, getting to work with great people for an awesome company. … But then there was that tweet from Kevin Beck flashing up from my iPhone screen at me, chirping like a little bird in my ear telling me there was something else I should really be doing right about now …
So I got on the plane and flew to Indianapolis, and I laid all my cards on the table with my friends at Church Extension.
My Plans for 2011
I’m excited to tell you that I’ll be wrapping up my time at Halogen TV in December and working full-time in 2011 on what’s being called the “Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation.” I’ll be traveling quite a bit next year, and when I’m not traveling I’ll be working from home, both things I’m really looking forward to. I’ll have much more to say about all of this in the coming weeks, but a big part of what this means is that my work with TransFORM Network will continue and get a lot more of my time and energy, which is an answer to a dream I’ve had since it launched a year ago this month.
And hopefully, somehow, by God’s grace, I’ll be part of seeing Christianity transformed in beautiful and positive and significant ways over this next year.
*Kevin’s tweet seems to be gone from the Interwebs, I’m guessing because he changed his Twitter ID from @transmillennial to @thekevinbeck sometime since he posted it and all of his older tweets are deleted (?). But believe me, it happened!