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At Pride, celebrations amid a darker national environment
"LGBTQ communities across America are celebrating Pride Month but activists say this year feels different Big crowds are expected Sunday at pride events in places like New York City San Francisco and Denver In a return to large in person events but organizers describe a renewed sense of urgency commemorations that in the recent past have felt like victory parties for civil rights are grappling with a darker atmosphere that includes a rise in hate speech online legislation in Florida and Texas a more conservative Supreme Court in the arrest of 31 members of a white supremacist group in riot gear accused of plotting to disrupt a pride event in Idaho Their real life consequences real people who are affected by this At a Trebek a film festival pride event earlier this month Emmy winning trans producer and actor Laverne Cox talked about the struggle We have to draw on our ancestors and transistors in these moments to know that we can and will overcome Michael Adams is an advocate for LGBTQ elders He says a tax going on around the country are about trying to make them invisible which makes this year's pride events especially important I'm Jennifer King
Utah Governor Caves to the Left's Radical Gender Ideology
"I have warned for some time about Utah. I'm very worried about Utah. Utah is becoming the next Colorado. Good faithful people, largely LDS, who get co opted by social liberalism, fake utopian promises, and outright love of money and commerce. More than principles virtues and values. Utah is one of the fastest growing states in the country. There is something weird going on in Utah, where there are not just fake Republicans, but Republicans that seem to be eager to stab their constituents in the back and do everything they possibly can to try to pander to the needs wants and interests to the radical left. Utah has a growing tech corridor and sector. I've spent a lot of time in Utah. I grew up going to Utah every winter, going to deer valley, and Park City, it's some of the most beautiful places on the planet. It was great skiing until I stopped skiing because last time I went skiing, everyone said I had a great time and I woke up in an emergency room, so we stopped skiing. But you toss a great state, phenomenal people, but there's something rotten happening in Utah. So we know that men should not be able to compete in female sports. Why is this at all controversial? Will the governor of Utah this weirdo by the name of Spencer Cox never saw him in my life before? Said he plans to veto legislation past Friday that would prohibit men from competing against women and women's sports. In Utah. Now, some of my closest friends in the world are LDS. We have a lot of people that work for us on the show that are LDS Latter day Saints or Mormon. I can't imagine this is a popular position in the Mormon community,
Utah governor says he'll veto transgender youth sports ban
"Utah's governor says he will veto legislation passed Friday that would ban transgender student athletes from competing in girls sports with out Republican governor Spencer Cox's support Utah is unlikely to join the other eleven Republican led states that have recently enacted bans on transgender girls wanting to compete in school sports leagues that correspond with their gender identity in vowing to veto the bill **** directly addressed transgender student athletes who he said found themselves the subject of political debate through no fault of their own I just want them to know that it's going to be okay we're going to work through this he said for months the governor work behind the scenes negotiating a compromise between LGBTQ advocates and social conservatives and said he was stunned Friday as lawmakers passed the amended proposal I'm Julie Walker
Peterson's shootout goal leads Stars past Blackhawks 1-0
"The stars pulled out a one nothing victory over the black Cox's Jacob Peterson scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of a shootout I was just thinking about rocks how should issue it out then I knew that has worked before so I thought I was gonna try it again and it worked out it was the only successful shootout attempt after Chicago's Alex DeBrincat and Dallas is Jason Robertson scored in the first shoot out round J. cotton Jr made thirty four saves in his eighth career shutout and first this season Marc Andre Fleury made a handful of impressive saves among his twenty nine stops getting credit for his fourth shutout of the season and seventy first of his career the stars of one for the last five the Blackhawks have dropped two in a row on the ferry
"cox" Discussed on The Horse Racing Radio Network Podcast
"Hey guys, how are you today? Great. How you doing? Good, good. Hey, two questions, Brad, one. How do you handle nerves and superstitious superstition before your races and two, where does mister man fit into the Brad Cox team? The first part, did you say handle nerves? Yeah. Superstitious. Yeah. Yeah, yeah, I don't really get too nervous. We've done this enough now to where I always tell people. I mean, listen, if it's a big huge duration, you're like, two to 5. Yeah, you'll get a little nervous. But yeah, try not to get too nervous and too wound up. So I think I stay fairly calm. Once the race starts or before the race, and superstition I don't. I'm not superstitious or I'm too many horses to be superstitious to be honest with you. You know, I do tell people I watch most of my races on a television. And if I do, run a few horses, I feel like should run well. I will change TVs. But that's the extent of my superstition. All right, how about mister man? That was the second half. Oh, I'm sorry. I'm sorry. Sorry. I'll follow it, Christie. He's like, I guess a mascot, what does a Matt what does a mascot represent? I guess some mascots somewhat like a cheerleader, but mister Mann just kind of gets in everything he's not supposed to be into. So yeah, I don't know. I mean, listen, he does hang around the barn, the horses don't mind him. You know, they say, you know, farm animals, chickens, whatever goats, can have a calming effect on horses. We do see it from time to time with a Philly hill tend to bond with a Philly from time to time. So he and Juliet foxtrot feeling like she's been retired. She really got along with him well. There's been a couple other Phillies through the years that responded really well with having a goat. Right now, I don't think there's any particular affiliate that he'll live in her stall all the time, but you'll see that he kind of gravitates to the Philly so a little more than obviously the coats and the Phillies and Georgia a little more than the coats I do believe this is a fun question, Steve, and appreciate that. 8 8 8 9 6 6 four 7 7 6 that's 8 8 8 9 6 6 HR N, the number of the car we have about two minutes left for you to get your call in, probably time for one more caller with two time champion trainer Brad Cox. Brad, I'll follow up on Steven's question about the superstitions. I think if you're watching the same television or switching televisions, if you think you have a horse that's going to run, that's a superstition, man. Yeah, yeah, no, I agree. I agree. Yeah, no, you're right. It is. But it's not as if I won't ever go back to that TV. If I were like three in a day and I'm like, man, this isn't going on. I've been watching them all that TV is like the hell with this team. I'm going somewhere. That's my superstition. That's the extent of it right there. I am like that with tellers and now I'll go ahead and bet online. Most of the time. But if not, I'll go to a teller when I'm at the racetrack and I have a lucky teller theory and if for some reason I'm going there and I'm winning, I keep going to the same teller. Once I lose, though, that streak is broken, I have to find another teller. Yeah. There you go. There you go. What's the craziest superstition you've ever heard somebody have being around the racetrack? I don't know. I hear people talk about underwear and socks and all that nonsense, but I just always say like, you know, when the horses are out there running and that's another thing like with me like I'm like, well, these horses aren't performing because I'm watching them on a certain TV. They're not at the 8th pole thinking Brad's not watching that race on the TV should be. I'm not gonna win this race, but no, you know, it's one of those things where, you know, I don't know. I think a lot of people maybe keep that stuff guarded too, but you know, I think there is a lot of superstition. I really do with a lot of guys, but I can't say I know of anything that's like crazy crazy stuff. Yeah. Well, Brad, listen, again, congratulations on the second consecutive eclipse award, really appreciate you taking time to be here and answer questions from our listeners. And all the best. Let's go get three in a row this year. Sounds good, like.
Here's How Much California's Recall Candidates Spent per Vote
"This is an article that came out in the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday. Headline, here's how much California's recall candidates spent per vote. Now, John Cox is a Republican who ran against Gavin Newsom when Gavin Newsom was first got elected. And John Cox is a very, very wealthy man. He put in $10 million of his own money. And based on the number of votes he got. He spent $36 in 80 cents per vote. He got 4.1% of the vote, by the way. Then you've got Gavin Newsom. Excuse me, then you have Caitlyn Jenner. Caitlyn Jenner got 1% of the vote. And based on the amount of money Caitlyn Jenner raised and spent, each vote costs $14 31 cents.
Sen. Mike Lee Echoes Gov. Cox: A Vaccine Mandate Creates More Reluctance
"And honestly senator I don't understand this I'm vaccinated I got the booster Now why did I do that To protect Mark right In my view it'll have to protect more So if the guy next to me isn't why do I give a damn I'm just being honest If that guy next to me isn't if I'm wrong then why are we being vaccinated at all What are they peddling here It doesn't make any sense No it makes no sense at all I think I was just listening a few minutes ago to a clip of the president's speech on September 9th when he was announcing all of this nonsense They said we've got to protect American workers from their unvaccinated coworkers Got to protect the vaccinated Trump the unvaccinated But wait a minute The vaccinated are already protected What we want And the other thing mark is our governor Governor Cox and you've got just put out a fantastic statement by the way on this He made the point that if your objective is to encourage more people to get the vaccine this is the dumbest thing you could possibly do All this is going to do is so discontent And Discord and more reluctance on the part of the unvaccinated You couldn't design something More likely to make people more reluctant to get the vaccine than
Hillary Clinton Lied to Her Lawyers, Who Lied to the FBI, of a Collusion Hoax
"Folks the big deal about this indictment yesterday of this Clinton associated lawyer in the collusion, hoax case, the big deal about it. It's not that they lied. All right, Hillary Clinton lies like you know. How do you know Hillary Clinton lying? Right? You know, the Joker mouth is moving. Hillary Clinton lies about everything. Ellery Clinton would lie about her first and last name if she had. I mean, Hillary Clinton hasn't told the truth about anything of significance. At any point in life. That's not the shocker. Oh, they lied and made up the collusion hoax that Trump was communicating with the Russian bank and a secret server that was all made up that that's not shocking, like I'm sorry. It's not. That's not the surprising part. Hillary lies about everything that's just who Hillary is. She's a loser like she lies about everything. The reason they're in trouble is didn't only lie about it making up Trump's quoting with the Russians on the server, they had a lawyer. A bunch of lawyers passed this information. It appears from his allegations in the indictment had that the person the FBI That that opened up this international investigation about collusion hoax that never had a shred of evidence to it ever now. I've been. I've been reading to you Some of the highlights from the indictment and they are stunning, including that there was a tech executive involved in this scheme to frame Donald Trump. We have a good idea who he is. I mean, really, how big was this conspiracy? The media was involved. I've got highlights of that coming up soon. Do you want to see all the media idiots that got caught propagating this obvious hoax and they got caught willingly, folks. They knew they were lying and making it up the meteor liars. They knew it. Let's not pretend like Oh golly, they just happened to get caught by mistake. Natasha Bertrand Moscow, Rachel Maddow. Wolf Blitzer, Um Jake Sullivan, the current national security advisor. They all got their all recorded digitally recorded forever propagating the Alfa Bank Cox that this Russian bank was the secret back channel for Trump and Putin.
"cox" Discussed on Future of the American City
"And i always think of it as a two way street where this might be. Hard of my. You know. live a history of a coming to places where i'm not from and i come as an outsider And as an outsider. This kind of no question that people who have been there no more about the place to do and so it's humbling in this. I'm sure this goes back to being an ex pat. You know living in italy ten years. I know what it's like to be outside of community and having to learn from scratch and having the people in the room be more knowledgeable of the place than i am and so i generally believe it's a knowledge exchange. I come in. They had come to listen. I come to learn. And i hope we come to in part what i've learned and it's You know there's this kind of creative friction there right I don't come in as the resident expert. I you know. I have knowledge in part but i also know that mrs jones lived in her house in forty years has acknowledged to impart to me. And so it's all it's all about kind of transparency of the design and development process. It is about Exposing kind of demystifying the stuff that we do and explaining it ordinary people in china you know. Get out of the lingo that we engage in in our disciplines to try to explain it to your aunt. May i do it every day. And i'm sure some of comes from My political career. Where in my early days in charlottesville. I mean i had to explain this passion that i had for design to just ordinary people who don't think about this every day and i had to listen to a lot of folks who had ideas And unpack it and help them understand what you know the physical aspect of what they were describing in words you hear a hesitancy. My voice Because you know you can only move in our profession at the rate of trust. So if people don't trust you you can't move very fast so you have to build trust and to do that. You have to meet you have to explain. You have to listen commissioner maurice cox. Thanks so very much for joining us. Well it's a pleasure. I love the compensation.
Interview With One-Eyed Pilot, Shinji Maeda
"Sir. Let me interrupt you. Let's go back for a second. Tell us about Losing your eyesight in one i. Yeah so they'll watch the big. My change bent when i was eighteen years old often. I graduate high school bam. I ended up to the union city on two months later they'll was the cox. The guy was the driving car. I was riding on the motorcycle at an intersection. He was not paying attention so Pretty much he ran over me. And george meany run on that day became the my fast soda fright fromm motorcycle to the ground. It's now i can make the kind of you know not joke. That the The accident was pretty significant to change the whole my life because the dow was fifty fifty chance. Either i'm going to abide Being visible so there was no chance to be back like you know like this physical condition in a now. I'm talking to you. i'm waving hands. I you know. I i can fry but at the time was the pretty much The that was cs deal in foxy my parents. My brother and sister oncle anti war informed that. Yeah he you know. Shinji hides the twenty four hours to go eat outside
Biden Gets Support From the Koch Political Network
"Of the cook left. And the Cook, right? I think libertarians But not all libertarians are cooks, of course. But there are kooks. Coke world believes in open borders at the same time, it believes in diminishing our defenses. In other words, it's suicidal in my humble opinion. Suicidal. They weren't always this way. But they're this way now. Coke world comes to Biden's defense on Afghanistan. This is Axios, which is a left wing side. President Biden is getting some unlikely backing for his Afghanistan troop withdraw from a long time nemesis, the Coke political network. They haven't been a longtime nemesis for a long time now. Concerned Voters for America, a foreign policy focus arm of Charles Cox stand together political and policy apparatus is coming to Joe Biden's defense after the U. S would draw Handed control of the country to the Taliban. This week. The Coke political network is one of the foremost antagonists of the Obama administration, in which Biden served as vice president. I think he made the right decision to withdraw, said Dan Caldwell. A senior adviser to C V, a And foreign policy campaign manager for staying together, he told Axios in an interview. This guy is obviously sold out. Caldwell said. There should be a thorough review of how the withdrawal was undertaken. And if they larger, two decade war effort, But I am frankly uncomfortable to Monday morning quarterback decisions made around the withdrawal while it's going on why That's bizarre. If not now, when. It's not us who Keep hope alive. He also rebuked some
Coming of Age During the AIDS Crisis
"New york city in the early nineteen eighty s. There was only one place to go if you wanted to do something to help. In the aids crisis an old brick townhouse on west twenty second street in chelsea when i came here volunteer nineteen eighty-four. It was a very different neighborhood. And i was different to. I'm trying to put myself back in my twenty five year. Old self shoes. I'm retracing my steps. And i'm retracing the steps of hundreds of gmac. Volunteers and staff like bill cook. So i'm here with bill cox in front of colonial house. Em which is a bed-and-breakfast on west twenty second street in new york city and it is nearly forty years. Since this was the headquarters of the game health crisis As a plaque on the outside of the building that notes that it's the i was the first permanent home of the game and tells crisis and bill. Maybe you can describe to me what we're looking at Now we're looking at a beautiful breakfast. That has window boxes flowers beautiful ironwork and it bears no relation to what it was like when i volunteer here. I mean the street was nothing like it is today so it was a lot of working class people and for people living in houses world houses that have been broken up that were single family homes in the nineteenth century. Broken up into single-room-occupancy. With bathroom a bathroom on the hall. That's right. there was a bathroom down the hall. It was a run down. Old ramshackle buildings. So i would i pass by here. I don't know how many times because i was frightened really to go to work to volunteer. I didn't know what i would do. I didn't know if i had any qualifications. I didn't know what what i would find. Really sort of terrified. And i didn't know whether who i would be seeing what i be seeing people people with as pwa's which of course that's what we refer to. When waste i started volunteering. So finally i worked up my courage. You know if. I'm not gonna do it. Who's gonna do
Beth Pascall on the Importance of Finding Your Confidence as a Runner
"I did see something you write. That says for the first time in a big race. I stood on the start line and i thought i could win now. This talks to what you were just saying. That and we don't hit women saying that very much an grunted you set it off to the race note before but we as women tend to shy away from thinking that way allowing ourselves to to think that way. So what gave you the confidence that time to think that and then from there. How can we take more of the upper joe. Do you think more women should be able to say maybe not win. Whatever success means in their world. but why can't we say. I think i can do this. Or i think i can succeed for me So for me. Something up with struggled struggled with not just in running. And i i've lost two years. I kind of came to realize that. I thought my confidence was affecting my results because i truly never thought i could do other race i would always be on the start line thinking maybe i could make top ten and and i feel like i had my results kind of stagnated for a few years night. Felt like us coming. Full all the time and i'm not but what am i doing. I see these girls doing the same training as many like. Why can't i do better and i. I always had this approach to races. Where i would run quite conservatively. I was kind of afraid to sean from the stock. And yeah i'd always be like said full something like that in in big races i i felt that confidence had a lot to do with it by didn't know how to change this. I think of athletes probably fell like that infamy it it was time and experience and results that gave me the confidence I think and i'd also just having like people around me. The really believed in me and gave me that confidence. My coach martin cox is somebody who i've met. Who's always telling me that. I'm better than i thought. I will And i mean it is a coach's job to be like you know that you can win this by never really believed him until the last year or so. I guess and as soon as i started feeling low confidence and she believing what people were saying. I started to win
Radio Host Jennifer Horn on Larry Elder's Chances of Winning Recall
"Where is larry larry's right at the top. But what's even more important because it's all about question number one. Do you want to recall gavin newsom. It's a to question ballot. I one do you want to recall him. And there is such a tightening in the polls. I honestly didn't even expect this but the l. a. times and berkeley got together. They did a pull that found. Forty seven percent of california voters supported recalling gavin. Newsom fifty percent oppose it. But it's a three point margin of error this is this is neck and neck right now. It's split down the middle. And you know these. Pollsters always oversample kratz in the state. So i am very encouraged. And i think a lot of it had to do with the secretary of state trying to keep larry elder off the ballot and we were on the air last week together at this very time when a judge ruled in favor of larry elder he couldn't have purchased better publicity. So larry elder. According to this survey the same survey is ahead of all of the other candidates and he is in. He's got a pretty good commanding lead. Actually he's got sixteen percent of the votes according to this new poll and then he's followed by john cox and kevin faulkner who were tied at six percents. This this is the way thing. And i love it. I mean it's poetic justice for the democrats that you have this system where it's one ballot. That has the recall question. And then all the candidates on the ballot so with a sixteen with a sixteen percent margin or not margin. but we're leading with with twenty other candidates. Larry could win easily. Absolutely all you need is really. I keep going back to about eighteen to twenty percent of the vote.
Eric Metaxas' Book on Dietrich Bonhoeffer Is a Warning for Modern American Christians
"No matter where i go. People wanna talk to me about the bond hoffer book because they keep saying. This is what is happening today. This book is creepy to read. Because it's happening today. And i thought at some point i should mention that on this program because when i was writing the book i was writing in two thousand and eight. No kidding i thought they're curious things about what happened in germany in the twenties and then ultimately in the thirties that they struck me as oddly familiar. But i thought we're not there yet but sure enough as the decade has passed many things that you see happening in the story of bonn hoffer obviously just history just my book version of what happened back. Then but what i what i say and this is kind of my point is that i believe god called me to write that book to tell that story for us today in other words at the time. I didn't realize this. I was just writing a book to show. This was a heroic christian living in a time when it became increasingly difficult to speak freely increasingly difficult to be any kind of a christian To speak the truth. And i know that the people back then did not listen to the warnings of bonn hoffer. So he's like an old testament prophet and people. They weren't ready for it. They kept saying nine out of your too much of a hothead. Now we can. We need to listen to the government. We need to trust the government and the liberals and the conservatives. Both did the same thing. They did it for different reasons but they refused church. I'm talking about refused to stand up to the government. They had different reasons why some people said oh. We wanna preach the gospel. We don't wanna get political. Well you know what when people are going to their deaths in boxcars. It might be time to speak out against that now. That's seems political. who cares. you're speaking up for what is right. So the parallels that i see today we're not there yet but i honestly believe that if we don't heed the warning of what happened in bonn hoffer time so if you have a copy of the book now might be a good time to reread it. If you don't understand that what happened then is happening now and it will go in the same direction. Every won't be the same thing we might not have you know death camps but the point is who cares how it goes. We just know that when freedom gets canceled. It's only because people who have freedom didn't fight while they had the
California Governor Candidate John Cox Believes in Faith and Free Will
"Folks. I'm talking to john cox. The man that i hope will be the next governor of the state of california. Wouldn't that be amazing john You said my faith. I assume you're a christian. And when did that become important in your life. Well i actually adopted my faith as an adult. I didn't have a religion growing growing up. My mom was not religious. One iota and i always questioned where i was from and where i was going. Frankly and so I met my first wife who happen to be catholic and i adopted the catholic religion. I did it without telling her and sought instruction and and was baptized. When i was nineteen years old and now i've been electorate. My church for twenty years taught sunday school. I was don't brag. How did jimmy carter. Okay all right. That's nothing you wanna brag about. Nombre again i just. I'm just head my background. Is i got involved very much church and i felt it was very very important. I believe in my faith. And god's plan for us. I believe in god's love was shown through giving us all free will and freedom and free will is god's gift to us and it's it's in the constitution as the first freedom the the first amendment to the bill of rights is freedom of religion and that's because people came to this country seeking religious liberty and god gave us those that free will because he wanted us to love him. Because of our own choice. I want my children to love me for their own choice not to be forced but see communism. Socialism and big government doesn't want that they want to force you to do things and i think the essence of god's love is free will and that personifies itself in freedom and frankly the us is the greatest country in the history of the world because we celebrate freedom and because we have that firmly a solidified in in the bill of
The Nationalist Right Is No Place for Nick Fuentes' Jealous Anti-Semitism
"I don't know anything about nick fuentes but you've cautioned against him and i sometimes see people on the right praising him who is he he is a nasty little guttersnipe with an iq of one of five who hates the jews who hates the jews. They're kind of like hitler a seriously. Why do we have people on the right. Like nick fuentes. Yeah i don't understand. I don't know anything about them. Okay i'll tell you what because jews on the right to a better job of asserting their priorities than we christians. And that's not their fault they're supposed to so jews on the right who care a lot about israel do a good job of keeping israel on the front burner of american policy. We christians. we don't do such a good job of fighting against abortion or finding religious liberty or fighting for the integrity of marriage so envy envy okay so by but some pointers is. You're saying he's anti semitic. Is there anything else we need to know. I just know that you've brought him up. In the past. I want my audience clear. The or is an unfortunate tendency on the on the nationalist america. First ready of which i'm apart. I was pat buchanan delegate to the ninety six republican convention. There is a nasty element. Rising within the nationalist. Right the america i right. That is resentful of jewish americans success at asserting their particular priorities. What i say is you don't have. It will get better at do better. I care in the middle east. I primarily care about the fate of christian minorities in muslim countries who are religiously oppressed. I think we christians need to do a better job speaking up for that if you think the jews are really good at asserting. Israel's interest go be better at asserting. The interests of christians in the middle east go compete with a
The Left Is Trying to Goad White Americans Into White Tribalism
"Get back to this idea. You said that the left is trying to goad white americans into being the demonic version that they have in their minds. They're voting us into being white tribal us and you and i of course would say no. Thank you go ahead. Yeah the last is is repeating the talking points of the cloud cuts clan circa one thousand nine hundred fifty in one thousand nine hundred fifty. The klu klux klan said this is a white man's country founded on white dominance and watson. Liz ation if you take away segregation and you allow nation between the races. You will save the destruction of america. They'll be pulling down at statutes they'll be burning down at cities they'll be tearing up. Its founding documents and we in the center. We civic nationalists who support the founding principles saying no. No america is accidentally a white man's country. It's more importantly in englishman's country in english political history and resistance to tyranny and moderate form of the reformation and a balance between the king and the parliament all these english virtues are ones that made america what it is. That's why you can't have the same constitution in bolivia and colombia. They tried and they failed because they didn't come from an english political. So that's the point. This is not a a white skin idea. This is not. You have to be an english person idea. This an idea that happens to have come out of those cultures and out of those national traditions. But it has nothing to do with your ethnic identity anyone's world can buy into this idea and that is why america is a nation of nations. But something happened culturally where the people who came to this country in more recent decades. They were not even invited to buy into these ideas. They were allowed to have their own crazy backward ideas from their own nations. They were not asked to be a part of america effectively. Worse than that they were encouraged should be
Radio Host Larry Elder Leads in Crowded California Governor Recall Race
"There's incredible news about my friend and colleague. Larry elder out of california. I wanna share that with you. He is leading the field of candidates. Running to remove governor gavin newsom from office by way of a recall election scheduled to take place. September the fourteenth. There's a new poll released the other day. The inside california politics and emerson college poll shows that california voters fair favor larry by ten points. I mean it's not even close closed. You look at poll. He's got a commanding lead. He's got he's he's sixteen percent. The second place finisher is former san diego mayor kevin falkiner and 2018 gubernatorial candidate. John cox they both only have six percent sixteen percent for larry. He's ten points ahead of anybody else. Reality tv star caitlyn. Jenner came in a distant third with four percent tied with assemblyman. Kevin kiley now. There's a huge percentage of undecided voters. And that's where. I get kind of excited because if larry jumps out of the gate in the lead like this guess there there are people who still don't know much about him. I mean he's very well known in california but as he can get his message out. Wow maybe maybe. Larry elder's the next governor of the state of california.
California's Recall Election Is Set. Can the GOP Oust Newsom?
"Larry elder my former colleague on the salem radio network. He has now left because he has felt a calling. I'll talk to larry. I'll talk to all the candidates including kevin faulkner today All of the steerage candidate. I will talk to them in the course of the next two weeks because i think all of is going to be deeply deeply interested in whether or not a big blue state governor who botched cove ed who washed public education who botched spending in. Ppp and who have not done anything about drought or infrastructure paralyzed. California been paralyzed by Just ten years of jerry brown and gavin newsom. I think they're going to rise up and throw gavin newsom out. I have no idea who's gonna win. I'm not going to be involved in moderating debates and so. I'm not going to be involved in in endorsing anyone but i'll bring everyone along and asked them all the same question. I can be meticulously fair. But larry elder had been tossed off of the ballot by some by that. No nothing no name secretary of state. They're afraid of larry. Juicing turnout obviously and not just in the african american community but across the spectrum larry is a is a great an inspirational figures life stories. Very inspirational if you've seen his movies if you read. His book listened to his show for decades and decades. He's ubiquitous in california. They didn't want him on the ballot. They tried to keep moth. He was ordered onto the ballot at the same time Kevin faulkner wanted accurately to record. His title is former mayor san diego and they wouldn't let him put that on there. I don't know what it is. I'll ask him today. What his title will be coming on today in the last segment of the show. But it's going to be a big race. It is going to be a serious raise at the top is doug osea a former congressman larry elder and kevin falkiner john cox former republican nominee for governor. Caitlyn jenner is a serious factor in the race. Kevin kiley who led the recall petition gathering. Dr kevin kiley is a serious figure in the race. All of them will be invited. On the hugh hewitt show as. I'm sure they will be on every talk. Show throughout california and the debates will tell us a lot but right now the media the mainstream media the blue bubble media the los angeles times and the sacramento bee. They all why either believe there's no reason given coast in that ain't true francis the prop thirteen moment.
"cox" Discussed on Technovation with Peter High (CIO, CTO, CDO, CXO Interviews)
"Just the inherent opportunities. You have when you bring new and unique data sets together in in different ways You you land on foresight insight and that's when you began to make decisions that cannot just transform businesses but can transform how we work. So what i what. I share with our new analytics leader is. I'm convinced that if we can really lean into how we connect data sets across our different divisions and companies. Not only will we lamb on new products. But they're potentially new companies that we could be sitting on. So i get. I get really excited. I think in really three aries are pa Everything related to data analytics in specifically a when you think about what is going on there and just how quickly That area is evolving. It's just unbelievable. That's great the great set of Topics in overviews there. I can only imagine. Richard thinking back to the early parts of the conversation that some of the groundwork that you laid in modernizing some of the practices and technologies perhaps also the processes that the it department across cox enterprises has and uses Has aided your ability to take advantage of some of these things as put you in a better a better circumstance. Such that can you can do so. Is that that a fair assumption. Richard yeah i get it is fair But but it also triggers. A thought is like the first thing i did was get really smart people who have done that before and i feel really good you know across all these different businesses their best practices in different spaces and i think one of the things that we have luxury is being able to identify areas. That are doing well and luckily for me we. We have a process where we can bring. Talent across divisions am bill those foundational practices so that we can leverage those to drive even more efficiency more innovation along the way to your last name. Do people ask you whether or not you're related to governor james cox. The you know. I do get that on occasion Depot are often disappointed. That it doesn't bother me much realized pretty quickly. I am not a family member. Although i do get a lot of requests from people outside of the the company escalations Because my last name so It desert by other than a lot of extra work. Well richard cox thank you so much for joining me. Today it's been a great conversation covering your your time both serving the city. You live in this company that you've been a part of for quite some time as well the steps that you've taken during a very trying time as well as the inspiration that you're clearly are providing to executives and would be executive color as well. Thank you for sharing perspectives on such diverse array of topics today. Well peter thank you. And as i said before we got started. Thank you for what you do for our entire community before i came into this role. I made sure that i was listening to your podcast. Continue to listen to them. Because i i think you really continue to have a pulse on everything that's gone on across our nation as it relates to seattle. So thank you for everything that you do. Thanks for tuning in. Please join me on monday. When my guess we'll be rama The chief technology officer senior vice president of technology at co part..
"cox" Discussed on Technovation with Peter High (CIO, CTO, CDO, CXO Interviews)
"Take a moment. Also <hes> richard. Talk a bit about your purview. Is chief information officer yet. So i'm responsible for all the classical <hes>. Technology across the enterprise. So i a serve our entire enterprise. We have <hes>. Er pre systems that support all fifty five thousand of our employees responsible for that and we also have connected tissue with the cio's across the divisions they are responsible for those respective areas. And we we stay really connected <hes>. In a way so that we provide the support that they need. But we don't get in the way of them are running business and taking care of our customers in and hitting those targets that we have in front of us. It's really interesting richard. As as you know as you went over the different businesses quite a diverse array of businesses as well and i can only imagine that the application of it is a bit different in each of those as you point out. There's the europeans of the world solutions like that. For example that would apply across all of them. No doubt there. There are a number of solutions that apply to only one where a standard for the entire company can't be said perhaps the logic in having a cio over each of those businesses to do that sort of evaluation. Can you talk a bit about that relationship between you. And the business. Units a chief information officers a great question it into to <hes>. Just put a point of emphasis on your point. It is really diverse so you think about how the technology needed to effectively empower the buying is selling vehicles across the us versus <hes>. How do you make sure that you have cable. That is consistent. that doesn't go out. I mean it's two different worlds. And i think because of that is really important. You have the focus that we have in terms of my <hes>. Interaction with the. Cio's is evolving. And what what. I mean by. That is <hes>. Cox in the past. We go so far to say. Hey part of the secret sauce is making sure that we have a huge amount of autonomy in all of our businesses not just our divisions but even in the individual businesses. I think what we've learned over time. As those businesses they enter interact with each other in a more centralized manner and what we also realize is to the extent that we can have that connected tissue and we can share learning. We can share information in begin to plan together. Then that just makes us all better. And so i probably organically speak to the cio's once or twice a week just organically and then we have formal touch points where we thinking about the business in the broadest way possible. Can you talk a bit about <hes>. Some of the aspects of your strategy. And how you think about <hes>. Influencing from the center so so to speak yes. It's a great question. And so i think in order to answer that question. Let me take a step back. So i've been in this role officially for a year and coming into this role you know. I thought the biggest challenge would be figuring out what we should be focused on focused on from a technology standpoint. What are those emerging trends. Which should we be taking advantage of in terms of innovation and look all those things are there. But what i've learned is i was taken over for a cio been in the same role for eighteen years and this guy really created this organization. There was no technology grew. He did a phenomenal job. Coming in in creating it. That make said there's been a lot of change and so the biggest thing that i've had to work through and it's been a surprise. Me is is really changed. Its is transformation at an organizational in addition to those things that are just kind of table stakes today when you think about the digital transformation as an example and so when we talk about the strategy is really been a lot of foundation building so i hired a new team. We we have a few people that that were holdovers from the you know prior leadership but we thought it really important to bring in some new talent and so excited that we actually brought some talent over from cox automotive <hes>. We we brought a some external talent as well. And so what we've been really working on is making sure we take a step back in build a strategy that is holistic because in the past we just had this tendency to work in silos and so we we just did. It just came out of a prep meeting so is really fresh were we are reporting to our. Cfo on our plans for next year in beyon- and what we're finding is a lot of the work is just foundational making sure that we have the systems and processes so that we can provide the value to our customers in a meaningful way. And i think <hes>. Let let me kind of pull that thread. A bit more <hes>. One of the things that idea early on is bringing in a couple of groups that can help us understand what our customers perspective of technology was and we conducted over two hundred interviews <hes>. Just load surveys in front that we formed the foundation of the work that we have in front of us <hes>. There was a call to action to to make sure that we were more connective. So so that we work in their business versus being order-taker waiting to see what they were gonna going to do. And so i think that's part of the path that we're on when we when we talk about what the focus areas for twenty twenty one israeli building those foundational points making sure that we really intentional in terms of our cloud strategy. We've been ad hoc to some extent. And then i think the third one is really leveraging data and analytics
"cox" Discussed on LGBTQ&A
"I want to start with your Time magazine cover if that's okay into dozen fourteen year on the cover of time and the headline, said the transgender tipping point. Wow, I wanNA to know if you knew that that's what the headline was going to be. And what your reaction was, it was a cover. Try so I wasn't. One hundred percent sure I be on the cover. They told me it stem news item happened. That was really big that I would be bumped from the cover so I didn't know that the cover. What's happening until I? Think the night before that was happening for sure. I didn't know what the headline would be. The first time I saw the cover, a friend of mine named Precious Davis. Who's a brilliant activist and human beings? She's in Chicago. She texted me a photo of the cover and then <hes> it was. The editor of time premiered on like think morning America. One of the morning shows that morning. And then it was <hes>, and I think that certainly changed my wow, so, what was your reaction to the transgender tipping point part of it? You know it's I, don't it's hard for me to separate my reaction in two thousand fourteen from the subsequent sort of reaction. That community has had to that title. There was so much. Criticism. From my community of that title, and the suggestion of that tipping point and criticism of the way the article was written, and who was excluded in there was a lot of that. I like about my community, and what I appreciate about activists who are on the ground doing the work is that in their honesty they keep us accountable. They keep us pushing to go further to be more inclusive to think differently and harder about who is being left out and what? We're not talking about so it's hard for me to separate my reaction. Of the tipping point moment from. The criticism and the critical interrogation of that moment my engine Mitchell, it's we did a panel for variety magazine. A year ago about Trans Representation in the media. For Trans Actors, and she what she said, is that that moment in two thousand fourteen, with kind of all about Laverne is the way she framed it. And then she said Post Post because we're probably impose moment, even though poses still in the air. It's about all of us. Jin, Richards contended, and I like that because I think it was always my goal, that was very clear in two thousand, fourteen at that moment was not about me and man it was about. About a community that was part was about all the activist who worked for years to create space for me to have that moment on the cover of Time magazine, and so now that is coming to fruition that more of our voices are being elevated and more perspectives and <hes>. It's taken a lot of pressure me I feel a lot of pressure in two thousand fourteen I gotta tell you reflecting on that moment is. Do you remember the criticism more than the celebration? Of both, they covered with revealed on my birthday, so my birthday now is not only my birthday. Anniversary of me being on the cover of Time magazine, which is pretty dope and I decided that year I said to myself. If I'm going to be on the cover of time, magazine, chiappa Party and so. I wasn't going to be on the cover. If I was bump for any reason I was like well, they could just be a birthday party, and so I had a party that year and Time magazine mistake were so generous that they gave us tons of copies of the magazine and my boyfriend at the time had posters made of the of the magazine as opposed to of my Time magazine, covering my apartment, and I went to my mom, and then we gave one. Away for charity, so we had a party and it was indeed celebration there were tons of Trans People at the Party and some people from orange, new black with the party, and so I have fond memories of the celebration of the moment as well but I think both can exist all about both end that I can be in the celebration, the neck, and also critically effect on the moment
"cox" Discussed on KOMO
"Important today's Cox's are to his campaign these first four states amount to the critical early tests not only the strength of our organization but the strength of our message former vice president Joe Biden addressed the crowd in Dubuque you know it really matters really matters what you do what do you call because for the first time this time out or you've been done in a half a dozen times I don't think it's fair to say not because I'm running but you've never voted more Ford Crocker's in your life senator Elizabeth Warren had more events in Iowa than any other candidate over the last year you Iowa has made me a better candidate and you will make me a better president she and the other senators were running for president had to miss a lot of time here in Iowa though because of the impeachment trial but it didn't stop senator Sanders from gaining ground in the state this thing can that is the most consequential motion in the modern history of America they go first perhaps no one has more depending on these caucuses then senator any club a shark she told people at a Superbowl watch party how important it is for her supporters to get out and caucus for her by one hundred when I couldn't be here all last week that I had a job to do and then they yeah because I wasn't there you just have to double down on your work it's clear though that this is just the beginning of a selection process for the Democrats that may not be decided for several months Michael all right Steve Kassebaum reporting from des Moines for first lies Steve's going to be back with us later on for a closer look at what is happening there tonight nine minutes past the hour China's latest numbers in the corona virus outbreak list at least three hundred sixty one that's almost three thousand new cases in just the beginning and that's bringing the Chinese total alone to over seventeen thousand in the beginning of this week Jim wrote checks and now with more Michael a forty four year old man from the Philippines has died from the Wuhan corona virus which broke out in December the man is one of two cases in the Philippines the other his thirty eight year old female companion the only way we will defeat this outbreak is for all countries to work together that's doctor Ted rose at a non gap basis the director general of the World Health Organization last week when he declared the new coronavirus a global public health emergency since that declaration the virus has spread exponentially reaching some twenty countries including the United States where as of the filing of this report there are eight cases confirmed many say this outbreak could soon be declared a pandemic which is defined as an ongoing epidemic on two continents or more with that however after tendrils reminds us this is the time for facts not fear this is the time for signs north rumors the WHL has been working to dispel rumors and myths surrounding the virus and has been doing so on social media on its Twitter account the WHO's says for one antibiotics do not work as some have suggested for one the corona virus is a virus not a bacteria also it is not true that using mouthwash does protect you from the coronavirus nor does free **** rinsing your nose with saline nasal spray there's no vaccine just yet on.
"cox" Discussed on Digital Leadership with Brandon Cox
"Welcome back to the digital leadership podcasts with Brandon Cox. That's me. And this is where we talk about life leadership digital marketing all kinds of things in between one of focus in today on something that I have been struggling and wrestling with lately. I think this might bless you benefit you because I keep talking other leaders are in the same boat. And so it's just been kind of interesting to me, how many conversations have had just in the last week or two, I don't know if it's the time of year, but we seem to be facing similar kinds of thoughts and feelings about being stuck in leadership. So maybe it's just comforting to know that I'm a leader who sometimes feel stuck, and you wonder perhaps, does miles over feel that way. And maybe you're not in a season like that. Right now, maybe this podcast will come in handy for you. Sometime down the road. But I'm just guessing that if you are in leadership, if you try. Try to lead at all. You are definitely gonna go through seasons where you feel like you've plateaued where you feel like you don't know what to do next where you hit kind of creative roadblock where you can't seem to motivate yourself or others. You feel like you've stopped growing, or you feel like your organization. Your team has stopped growing the staff or the church or the business that you lied. You feel like just not pressing forward. What do you do when you feel like you've stopped? So let me just jump into this topic. Okay. I, I want to bring us back to some basics and sort of remove some excuses because when you're stuck when you're up against a brick wall, the last thing you need is excuses. Alan Redpath said that an excuse is just a lie stuffed. In the skin of a reason we use. Like a reason, but at the end of the day, it's just holding us back. So when I'm blaming something else, or someone else for my lack of initiative, or my lack of integrity or my lack of Dr Malak of motivation. I'm not going to get anywhere because I can't fix all the things that I blame I can't fix the people that I blame I can't fix the circumstances that I blame. So we're going to move away from blame. Stop making excuses and we're gonna remember some basics. Let me remind you of these leadership basics, even though they are sometimes difficult to be reminded of I basic, I wanna just mention is this your either growing or your dying remember that we are growing. We are meant to grow were designed to grow that healthy things grow that, when we're born into this world we grow. And if we don't grow someone takes us to the doctor to find out why what stunting our growth was holding us back from growth. Now there comes a point at which physically we kinda peak out. Out at age seventeen eighteen nineteen and we start to, to, to sort of just move in a different direction, and that's part of the physical life cycle. But spiritually and mentally there's nothing stopping us from continuing to grow. So we're either growing or regarding I'm forty one and I feel like I'm learning new stuff every day. So don't make the excuse of I'm doing okay. I'll just coast along on what I've got maybe there's nothing else for me to learn. No, you're either growing or your dying. Here's another basic truth about leadership. You can always improve. In fact, I believe we were designed to always be achieving to always be improving and when I'm not improving when I'm not a cheating when I'm not taking new ground. I'm not fulfilled. And I think that's that's from God. It's from the creator. I think we're meant to be that way that we are supposed to be improving. We're supposed to be growing. We're supposed to be desiring. To grow and always improving. So this is the basic principle. And so if, if you start to go, well, maybe just maybe I'm just okay. I don't need. I don't really have any growth problems right now. And if people say house, leadership going, and we go is fine. I think I'm just in a sweet spot that maybe sometimes being sweet spot is not a Swedish weakening. It is we're just not improving and we're supposed to here's another basic principle leadership that we sometimes forget, everything rises and falls on leadership. And so, when my organization one might team is not, thriving, when the people around me are not growing. I have to face the fact that maybe I'm not growing or at least the possibility. The maybe I'm not growing that there's a problem in me that, that there's something stunted that if I'm not growing than the people around me, you're not going to be growing in. I can't just complain about the organization that I lead. I can't just complain about the direction. My team is going. If, if I'm not looking at myself and understanding that everything, ultimately rises and falls on leadership. Just today I met with our church staff. And we were talking about a particular thing that, that isn't necessarily anyone's responsibility in particular. And that's one of the reasons why it hasn't gotten done because we all have our own responsibilities. And there's this one thing that just really isn't going. Well, it isn't a strong area for us. And I finally had to go look. This is my responsibility that doesn't mean that long term, I need to be the one who is performing the action and carrying out the duty. It might need to be something that I delegate, but I need to delegate it. I'm the one that needs to set the expectation that gets done. I'm the one that needs to create the map in the strategy. Forgetting it out there to invite help so everything, ultimately rises and falls on leadership. I'm responsible for the people that I lead for my organization, and then here's another. Basic one this one is the probably the harshest of all, you are the lid, you are the lid on your own growth. You are the lid on the people that you lied. And so if you're leading at an eight and you go that seems pretty good scale of one to ten I'm leading at an eight I think I'll just camp out here while the problem is someone underneath you is leading at seven, and they wanna grow to an eight or nine which would be amazing for your organization be amazing for your success, but you're holding them back, because you're the lid, and so when you settle you become a live for the rest of the organization and again, I'm not sharing all of this with you from a position of superiority. I'm sharing this with you as one who struggles in has currently has recently struggled with these very realizations of head to face these things. So what do you do? Now when you realize you've stopped growing, when you feel like you've stagnated, me feel like you're. Growth has been stunted and you've plateaued and you're just not getting anywhere and you're not seeing excellence rise. You're not driving toward success. What do you do in those moments? And by the way, let me make a quick caveat before we get into the things that I think you should do. Let me do just offer this up. It's possible that you're burning out, or that you're exhausted or that you're struggling with perhaps, just an emotional health issue. I do believe strongly, there are times to rest and take breaks and their times to rejuvenate and refresh away from leadership. I took a sabbatical last year an entire month away from my church. It was a healthy very healthy season. It was life, giving and refreshing and energizing. So I do believe those things are possible. But if you're not ready to take a sabbatical if this is not break time for you. If if the rest issue is not, what's the problem, then let's dig into what you can do to go from where you are to a neck. I level in leadership, even if you don't know what that next level is you just know you're stuck, you just know that you've plateaued you just know that you've hit a wall, what he do K here. They are from, from the hip from my heart do a thorough self evaluation. I mean get hard on yourself. Get tough on yourself. I struggle with this because I love to celebrate successes. I love to focus on what I've done. Well in I love to focus on where the organization has come on where my church has grown. And so I sometimes fall behind and forget to be hard on myself. I forget to do a thorough self leagues eminating. And I think one of the ways that we can do this is instead of looking at the four or five things that we do. Well expand our list of what could be done. Well and begin to see what I'm lacking in. So if I'm if I'm a batter in baseball, and I go see my hitting coach I go, I think I got a pretty good swing. And you know my, my body's in the right possess. Mission. The batting coach might go. Well what about these other thirteen factors in making hits? So the same is true leadership. I need to come to a place sometimes where I go. All right. Maybe I'm doing well with four or five things, but there may be ten or twelve things that I can look at smaller things that I'm not doing well at in, if I tweak those areas of my performance, I'm going to get better overall. So do a thorough self evaluation. How doing with people how doing with my time? How am I doing in terms of growing my knowledge, how am I doing in terms of managing things? Do a thorough self evaluation. That's not enough. Obviously, you also need to get brutally honest feedback. You've got to have people in your life that speak, honestly into you. You've got to have people that can open up with you just in the past week. I've had at least four significant conversations with people who were willing to share something with me that wasn't necessarily positive and that doesn't mean they remain to me doesn't mean they were insulting. But they were willing to say, here's where I think you're struggling at least four different conversations if you're not open to that kind of conversation, you're done growing K. You have got to get brutally honest feedback, which means you got to make people feel safe with that. Now, this can't always come from the people that work for you that work under your leadership. But sometimes it can sometimes it can come from colleagues and people that are your parallels people that work alongside you, you can invite that sometimes it's from a coach or a mentor. I'm a strong believer in coaching. I coach leaders myself if you're looking for coaching if you're not sure where to start shoot me an Email, Brandon, Brandon, Cox dot com would love to talk with you about that, about leadership coaching, but get some brutally honest feedback, because you need eyeballs from the outside looking in, I have friends that do, what are called secret shopper visits to churches. So a church leader, reach out. To him. Sara Lee wanna grow we need help with our first impressions and my friend will go in as the secret shopper. And just kind of visit without announcing who he is at all. And he'll.
"cox" Discussed on Digital Leadership with Brandon Cox
"That's one the second pillar would be media. So we think of today, as you know, the internet news television, all of that is media town, formation spreads arts and entertainment is the third so everything from the art that we create two plays and movies and magazines books. All of that would be arts entertainment, business, and marketplace before. And so that is thinking about industries whether the tech industry and the energy industry. The auto industry all of those be business. Marketplace's down to the small business, the mom and pop shops, the retail online business, all of that would be Mark. Place case. That's the fourth pillar. The fifth one is education both primary and secondary. So the public education system, private schools. Colleges universities. Seminaries all of that would fall under educated, religion would be the sixth pillar. So that's the church and other houses of worship all different. Religions would fit under that sort of pillar of society. And in the last one is family. Now, those are not an order of importance. Certainly, I think you make the argument that almost backwards in order of importance. But those are the seven. And so the idea is, if we can influence government media arts business education, religion in family than we can move the Domino's. And we can tip all of society in a certain direction. Now that's a big sort of macro level way of thinking. And let me explain why it is. I think that's so relevant to us that we think about ministry has taken place in the church will that's one pillar and it leaves the other six out. We need to be thinking about. Ministry as a Christian as a believer as being spread across all areas of, of life gay being spread across all areas of life. And here's why I'm gonna get theological with you for a second. I'm gonna go back to the practical side theologically God's kingdom is very subversive stetzer wrote a book some years back called the subversive kingdom, and it's a great book is one of my favorites on the topic, I would pair it right. With Scott mcknight's book, the king. Jesus gospel, those two books really frame. Well, my own viewpoints of what the kingdom is the king Jesus gospel is, basically, Jesus is king. And so the way that you become a Christian is to swear allegiance to the king. And you say he is my king. I submit my life to him. I turn from my sin. I trust in him. I'm part of his family and part of his kingdom now. And so that's the key. The king Jesus gospel and the story that flows around that throughout. History. And then at stetzer talked about how the kingdom of guide is a kingdom. That's not of this world. It's, it's not one of the seven pillars and you might think what isn't it? Religion will. No not. Exactly. Religion is something that is humanly established. It's, it's organized. It's regulated. The rituals are things that we sort of manage from a human perspective. But God's kingdom the bible says within you it's invisible. It's hard to see. It's, it's basically the rule and realm of Jesus. So everybody that says, I follow Jesus. That's the kingdom of God. And so the kingdom of God operates on different principles than the kingdoms of the world around us. The kingdom of God operates on the principles of, of servitude, purposeful willing servitude toward other people that is that, that I am here to serve other people to serve my fellow man. I'm here to love people in Jesus. Name jesus. When you visit people in prison, when you get give somebody a coupla co watered, my name, you have done it, as, though you're doing it to me that you've served in my name, you've represented my kingdom, and the subversive kingdom is the idea that God's kingdom does not come in and dominate people or dominate culture or dominate any of those seven pillars of society. But rather the kingdom of God subversively springs up here and there within those different realms K. So within the school system, you have Christians who say I'm here to serve here to help, and they may influence the educational system by just being there and loving people in Jesus name and saying, I'm here to help, but I'm here to serve, whatever that means and they're, they're therefore their lives influence others. And that's this subversive kingdom. So I believe that we need Christian entrepreneurs and again, I mentioned earlier, I feel particular calling to, sir. Serve and help and coach and minister to people who are church leaders who want to think entrepreneurially and entrepreneurs, who want to think ministerial Kate. So the reason why is because I believe that God has called us to the marketplace that we can make an enormous difference in the marketplace, and what the churches tended to do. Sometimes to kind of lag behind. We just sorta wait and whatever the, the world around us, innovates, and comes up with and does we'll tag along. And we'll we'll catch up about fifteen years later and do things about eighty percent as well. And just sort of take our cues from everything around us. I think you see this Christian film. I think you see in Christian entertainment that a lot of times we give free pass to very poor quality because we figure, well, this is the Christian version. It's not supposed to be as good. And so we kind of lag behind we wait for the marketplace to tell us what to do. I believe we need Christians to step into a leadership role, not a domineering leadership role. Not a we're here to fix everything and show you how to do it our way. But instead it from a standpoint of being a servant to people to come along and say, one affect change in our culture, wanna make a difference in the marketplace, as entrepreneurs wanna engage society and culture and commerce and so forth and so on. Let me give you four examples of where I believe we need Christian entrepreneurs to show up and be present for kinds of people that we need filtering out of the church on Sunday and into the rest of the world throughout the week and throughout their lives in order to make a difference an impact for the kingdom and to improve society and to foster human flourishing among people. So I, I think we need we need people who will live out a Christ, like ethic. In the marketplace. Another words, we need people who will live and serve and do business, the way, Jesus might do business, and I'm not suggesting that Jesus would do business. I'm just saying that Jesus came up with ideas like going, the second mile for people taking the high road being brutally committed to honesty, often Tissot and charity. And giving all of that originated in the mind of God in the mind of Jesus, and so businesses that are committed to solid ethics to honesty to truth to generosity to charity. They make a difference and they stand out in an age of corporate corruption and greed. So in the middle of all of that we get to be counterculture. We get to live out a Christ, like ethic in the marketplace, and we get to do good business. We get to be good at creating products and we get to innovate and we get to shake things, and create new things and. Develop new platforms and softwares and go start things that go big, and that's great. But in the middle of all that we get to demonstrate what it's like to be committed to a Christ, like ethic. Secondly, I think we need people who will serve others in Jesus name in the marketplace. I mentioned this a minute ago, but I want to amplify it for a second. I believe that we need people who are willing to look around and go, who can I help? How can I serve not looking for what I can get out of it, but how it can contribute to the lives of others zig Ziglar, who was very successful and became very wealthy by the end of his life. And yet, still managed to be even though it was a motivational speaker a great salesman managed also very humble and very Christ like in his life zig used to say, you'll get everything. You'll have everything you want in life. If you help enough other people get what they want in life. And what he simply meant was if you just give an value to people's. Lives before you expect anything in return, you're gonna make a difference in your experience success in your own life. The reward comes around the whole idea that it's more blessed to give then to receive an even when you are great at making sales, even when you're great at, at building businesses and leading teams and all of that, even in the middle of that, that you get to say, how can I serve people? How can I elevate people? That if you own a business that has employees, you get to look at your employees and go, how do I elevate you? How do I make your life better? How do I hope you take care of your family? How do I hope you grow professionally that you get to serve other people gay fourthly? We need people who will create wealth from the marketplace to support missions to create wealth from the marketplace to support missions when I hear about Bill Gates or Warren Buffett or so many others who have made millions or billions of dollars. And then have established. Foundations and trusts in their name, whereby they can continue for their legacy to continue to distribute money through charitable causes throughout the years to come. I think that's awesome. I think we ought to celebrate that, and I think we ought to duplicate that, that Christians, if we really have a desire to eradicate aids to improve education to tackle issues, like poverty and health care round the world, and if we really want to plant churches, raise up leaders and share the gospel, everywhere that we possibly can the we need to be creating wealth from the marketplace in order to filter into missions, now that does not mean I get to be money hungry and use as a justification. Well, when I get filthy, rich someday, I'll give a little bit to charity. That's not what I'm talking about K. That's not the kind of heart that I'm describing describing a heart that starts with the motive of giving that says, ultimately I dream of making a difference in my world, even financially being able to give and. Be generous and bless people and change the lives of others in different ways that I can fix problems for some people by, by writing a check, perhaps, because I've been willing to be committed to high Christian ethics been willing to serve people, and I've done. Well at this, and I've created wealth, so that I can give it to missions, number four. I think we need to be able, we need people to be creative thought leaders in the marketplace to be creative thought leaders again. This goes back to the idea that we shouldn't just sit around and wait for the world to invent everything that believers that Christians should feel the freedom to flap, our wings and speaker minds and, and to do so in a loving way, but to be innovative innovators changed the direction of society, when you think about the most influential people in history. So many of them were innovators. We know who Gutenberg was because he invented the printing press and out of the printing press came all of the books in the libraries in the bookstores that we know today. And so you have someone who is innovating and creating and changing the game, and they're sort of breaking the cycle in starting a whole new ark in the story at and bringing about the industrial age in the tech age, and so forth and Christians ought to be right in the middle of that shaping the thought of culture around us that we should be thought leaders that we should be not afraid of science, not afraid of psychology, not afraid of the various disciplines around us. But instead, fully engaging and being creative thought leaders are marketplaces..
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"Eight seven. Fifty fifty or fifty six hours, maybe you sleep, and and the rest, you spend time with family, and you rest, and you get some leisure time in. So we all have that much time you can do huge things with that time or you can lock yourself into doing only small things because you'll believe that time is more limited that for you than for other people. Okay. Here's a third big limiting belief. I just can't be myself because I'll be rejected. This one's extremely common. It is. I can't just be who I am. I can't just be free to pursue my passions. I can't just be you. I am in my personality. I can't just lead the way that I really feel like I'm wired to lead because I'll be rejected. If I do people won't like the real me. And that's a limiting belief. You are you God made you and then he broke the mold. There's never been another one like you. And he looked at you when he got done with you. And he said, you are good and your reflect my nature. So who you are. And who you're cut out to be who you're wired to be by craters good. So don't believe that being. Yourself is just a pathway to rejection K number four, I'll never be loved people believe this because of past rejection, they believe it because of childhood they believe it because they came perhaps from a broken home, or or someone who abandoned or walked out on them when they were young they perhaps believe this because they've been through a couple of messy situations and relationships a couple of divorces. And so we wind up believing that there's nobody on earth that can truly love us. And that's just not true. I believe it's not true. Because I believe God loves you, God is proven that. And he is sent other people in your life to love you. And so the idea that I'll never be loved is a limiting belief that relational holds us back from exploring what it means to love others and be loved in return. Here's number five. It's not my fault now by this. I mean, nothing is my responsibility. When whenever you meet someone who always has someone to blame for all of their problems. You're meeting someone who will never overcome the problems. If I believe that everything that's wrong with my life. As a result of what other people do to me? Then there's nothing I can do to control it. There's nothing I can do to change it. But when I start to look internally, I started take responsibility for my life for my decisions for my relationships or my attitudes. Then I can begin to change things. But as long as I believe that everything is everyone else's fault that I'm just the victim of what other people do to me. And what society has done to me the government's out to get me. My friends are out to get me. My parents are out to get me. My spouses out to get me if it's everyone else's fault. I can't do anything to change my life. And so that is extremely limiting belief K number number six hour up to number six. I can't take risks because I'll probably fail that. Is we go right up to the edge of a big dream of something that we want to attempt or try and we hold back because we might fail and the reality is yes, you might fail. But. If you see failure as an end than you're in trouble. But if instead you start to see failure as a step toward success failure. As a learning opportunity failure is shaping and growing opportunity, then you can take risks, and you can grow you can break out of that limiting
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"Well, Hello and welcome to digital leadership with Brandon Cox. This is my podcast where I talk about life and leadership and some digital marketing, and really whatever all someone talked about in between. It's spits my podcast. So I'll talk about what I want to talk about. But I have been talking about the things that are killing us as leaders the things that are holding us back from our full potential to succeed and to influence the world in leadership. We kinda started off this whole podcast talking about a lack of identity among leaders and how that's holding us back. How it's killing us spent a whole episode on burnout and really it's a lack of rhythm in our lives. That leads us to place of burnout spin another episode on mental health issues on depression shared my own story with depression. So if you've missed any of those shooter, go back and catch those episodes, very important. They're kind of foundational to things moving forward today. I wanna talk about something that is extremely common to leaders. It's another leadership killer. I want to talk about limiting beliefs. This is extremely common in my world. I'm pasture matures leader. So I see this as extremely common among pastors. I want to dig into some reasons why in a few minutes, I believe it's common in the business world, it certainly common among humanity. One of the more important recordings of ever listened. To was Earl Nightingale talk on the strangest secret, I would encourage you to go to YouTube and search that the strangest secret and you'll come up with Earl Nightingale he recorded it back in the nineteen fifties. And it's it's phenomenal. It's extremely important Apass it onto as many people as I possibly can. Because Earl Nightingale pointed out the fact that ninety five to ninety nine percent of people never achieve real freedom or success in life. And the biggest reason why is because of their thinking patterns, they're limiting belief. Chiefs. It's extremely common it's epidemic. So I'm gonna dig in this this particular episode into what I mean by limiting beliefs where they come from what they are. And ultimately how to overcome them? So by the end of this by the end of this episode. I hope we've got a whole new train of thought to run on. I want to see people set free from limiting beliefs because honestly, believe were held back. I believe were held back from our fullest potential for success by thoughts and beliefs that are rooted in error rather than truth. Let me repeat that we are held back from our fullest potential for success by thoughts and beliefs rooted in air were rather than in truth. So beliefs that limit us have to do with money. They have to do with success. They have to do with relationships. They have to do with love. They have to do with our talents. They have to do with criticism from other people limiting beliefs sort. Hamilton to rule our lives, if we're not careful, and I want to dig into for just a second where those limiting beliefs come from believe, they're practically universal among the human beings that I've encountered in my lifetime. I've struggled with limiting beliefs tried to overcome those limiting beliefs throughout my life. And so I know that they're very common. And until you understand where those limiting beliefs come from. Where are eroneous thinking that holds us back comes from it's hard to overcome. It's hard to defeat those thought patterns. So let me just throw out a few sources of limiting beliefs. I one is childhood. I think that a lot of us have carried beliefs since childhood about the way the world works around us. It could be that we we sat around and listen to our parents disparage, those who were successful, you know, they had a negative attitude toward people with money. They had a negative attitude toward Cheever's toward people who were successful. They just kind of had this general negatively, and we picked up on that. Maybe we were told things this sort of seal. A life of mediocrity for us since childhood. We were told things about achievement or about ambition. A lot of our limiting beliefs come from childhood. A lot of our limiting beliefs come from the negative and jealous friends in our lives. So there's the sort of whispering that takes place again about the people down the street with all the money in the nice cars. And oh, I wonder how they got that as those suggestive kinds of questions and criticisms it's the negative and jealous people in our lives that often feed and fuel limiting beliefs at us convince us that we should not seek to be successful. K I think also a culture of mediocrity around us as Earl Nightingale pointed out we live in a system that is built for survival. We live in a system that basically is built to help as many people as possible to not fail. What we try to make sure that everyone can get a mediocre job and live in a mediocre house and a media. For life. We try to make sure that nobody is left out of that equation. And what that creates sometimes as a culture in which everyone tends to settle for mediocrity that ninety five percent of us to ninety eight percent of us never really think outside of the bounds. And the limits of what we've experienced this far, we are settlers were settlers. And so that's from the culture around us believe that a lot of our limiting beliefs, come from bad theology. They come from theology. That says that God doesn't want us to have anything. You really wants us to suffer into hurt. And it's this bad theology of if you desire anything that's bad that coveting applies to everything on the earth. Just don't want. Anything? Don't want more influence. Don't want more affluence don't want more money or success or influence over the culture around you that sort of thing. So there's this bad theology in which don't get me wrong. I believe we need a theology of suffering. We need theology include suffering that. Honors the place of suffering. But if we're honest, some of our theology really limits what we're allowed to believe that God might want to do in our lives. And the biggest one is I believe that we are limited by this culture of criticism by other leaders of other leaders in other words, win anytime. I've been watching this for decades. Now anytime a leader specially church leader, sorta rises to a place of influencing others immediately. There are tons of bloggers and social media, you know, somewhat famous people people with at least a name on Twitter name in the blogosphere starts right negative things about start to pick them apart. And over analyzing I've watched that happened to leaders that I have dearly loved and cherished and when unfair untrue things get said on line. They start to spread like wildfire because negative stuff spreads faster. And so in this culture of quote. Discernment a lot of times not a biblical kind of discernment. But it's this very hypercritical culture of criticizing anybody who wants to influence anybody who makes money anybody that sells books anybody that wants to speak outside of their perhaps their local church or anybody that wants to influence, anyway, we criticize them we make sure we sort of verbally put them in their place at least in our minds. And so out of all of that comes these negative limiting beliefs that hold us back in our lives. I'm going to give you some examples. I wrote down eight these are eight of the most common limiting beliefs that I encounter that I've had to face in my own life that I've encountered with other leaders. I hear these allot or some variation of them. And I want to just throw them out there and tackle them real quick that the limiting beliefs that I come across so much one of them would be I can't afford. It. Another words, it's a it's a scarce. Mindset. I can't afford it resources or limited resources are scarce. I'm gonna run out and his sort of scarcity mentality is a limiting belief second this, I I don't have time. I'm just overwhelmed. So I I can't afford. It is a scarcity of resources I don't have time as a scarcity about time, and we'll say things like just so busy just so stressed out. I'm just so overwhelmed, and we tell ourselves that over and over and over and it limits us because we really believe that we don't have time for anything. Good in life. So we don't ever try anything outside of the norm outside of the routine saying, I don't have time is a limited belief because listen the greatest influencers in history. The greatest in vendors, the greatest leaders in government and military. The greatest leaders in business the captains of industry have all had the exact same amount of time that you have we all get a hundred and sixty eight hours a week period. You work about forty or fifty of them you sleep through. I eight
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"Expand your knowledge and challenge your beliefs. And I'm not talking about changing what you believe about. God. I'm not talking about changing what you believe theologically. I'm talking more about those limiting beliefs that hold us back. So those of us who struggle with the scarcity mindset, or we struggle with fear, or we share it with ourselves a lot of self defeating thoughts. We we believe in repeat and rehearse lies. And limitations about ourselves. I'll never be good at that. I'll never be able to do that. I'll never be as cool as that guy. I'll never be as as great of a leaders him or her those are the kinds of beliefs that shape, our actions that we need to challenge gay because out of our beliefs we act out of our actions come the habits that shape our lives and our destinies K so challenge. Believes ask yourself. What am I believing? That is limiting me and holding me back. Sometimes my limiting beliefs are the lid on my leadership, and I need to punch through those and knock them down with some big truth in order to go on further. So challenge your beliefs Kay. In fact, I'm going to spend a whole episode on this very soon just on the limiting beliefs that that kill us that hold us back as as leaders. Here's a third thing. So expand your knowledge challenger believes. Here's expand your network. Expand your network in other words, you can today you can change the level the capacity of your leadership by meeting new people by networking with people that you don't yet know people from whom you can learn people to whom you can contribute people who will make your life better. The more people. I connect with the better. I'm I've been so excited to meet some of the people I've met just on. The last few weeks who've walked through the doors of our church people who also lead within ministry within business. I'm in a mastermind group every every Tuesday, we get together and talk about entrepreneurship, and and we're all believers, so we're talking about from that perspective. You got to expand your network now. I don't want you to think about this in the old fashioned terms of go joined the chamber of commerce and hand out your business card and try to get business. That's fine. If the kind of business you're in requires that, but I'm not talking about that. I'm not talking about expanding your potential leads list in terms of networking for sales on networking for growth. And there's a big difference. You should eat. In fact, I would even say that you'll do better at networking for sales. If you don't go in looking to sell anything, but if you just go in looking to benefit from people and to benefit people, so if you're just going to give and to learn from other people than that's the kind of networking I'm talking about. And I am a product of the people who've poured themselves into me. So my capacity has been expanded by the people in my life. That have led me that have helped me that have been friendly to me that I've been friends with and so I could rattle off a list real quick. And the people who've influenced me the most, and they're people that I've networked with and they're people that have expanded my leadership capacity K, here's the fourth one, and it's kind of related, but it's a category unto itself. Get a coach I believe so strongly in coaching. I have been coached for years now spent the last eight years ever since we started grace hills church. There's not been a single major decision that I have not talked about with a coach I've not run it by somebody who's been there or somebody that can help me think and sort it out and get organized. And so I'm a big believer. In this coaching to me is not just it's not the same as taking. A course is not the same as hiring someone to teach me stuff. I can learn stuff other places. What I need someone sometimes is someone who will get involved in my situation. Mentally and relational who will help me think through my dreams, and visions the challenges on facing the strategies, I need to overcome those challenges, and then we'll hold me accountable to take action on those strategies. That's what a coach does. That's what I do when I coach people. So if you're in ministry or business, and you're looking for that kind of coaching with love for you to to reach out to me and go to Brandon, Cox dot com slash coaching and watch a little video there about the Cana coaching. I do fell application, and we'll get to talking about it. But you need a coach somewhere, and you always to be coached. And as you grow and your capacity expands, and you lead more people, and you become more effective. I would say you you may need to consider coaching others as well mentoring others as well. So get a coach interestingly enough. Every single person that I learned from that is either a pastor who has done really well leading the church or a CEO or a entrepreneur or business person who has done really well almost universally. They get coaching, and this includes people at the top of organizations, they're people that are CEO's of fortune five hundred companies that get coaching and a lot of us would go. What are they have to learn from someone else? It's not about that. It's about needing another voice. Another perspective someone else to speak into my life into your life about the direction. We're going the strategies we need in the steps we need to take in order to get there. That's what a coach does. So you can today take action on this. You can change this, and you can expand your capacity to lead by inviting a coach into your life to begin to speak into where you are K. Here's the last thing. This is the biggest one you need to take. Make smart risks. So expand your knowledge challenged your beliefs. Expand your network get a coach and take smart risks. Another words, you will only grow as a leader in your capacity as you stretch yourself as you decide I'm going to step outside of my comfort zone. And I'm gonna try things that I'm not used to trying things that seem a little bit scary to me. Now when I say smart risks. I'm using that phrase together on purpose. I don't believe you need to take dumb risks. Another words, I'm not challenging you to run out. And just, you know, flippantly quit your job and launch your dream and not have any education plan or backup. I I don't think that's a worthy kind of risk. I think that sometimes we feel brave and we take a risk, but we didn't do our research. And so the risk is way too much cost and very little guarantee of success. So I'm not talking about that kind of risk. What I mean by? Risk is there is something that I need to do outside of my comfort zone. That's going to cost me my comfort. It might cost me money. It might cost me time. It might cost me convenience. But it's going to cost me something. So so that's the risk. I'm giving up the security of something. I'm giving up the significance of something. I'm giving up something valuable to me in exchange for something more valuable, and that doesn't mean that everything's going to be a guarantee if it's a guarantee it's not a risk at all. But it needs to be a smart risk. It needs to be the kind of risks that I've sort of measured and calculated that I've kind of totaled up and said, yes, this is the kind of risk that I want to take because it'll stretch me as a leader. So that might mean. If you're in a position to hire someone sometimes you take a smart risk when you hire someone that's just outside of your own comfort zone. But you feel like they're going to do. Awesome job for the organization. A smart risk might be enrolling in a course, or in school or getting more education getting more training. A smart risk might be signing up for a program. I have spent sometimes thousands of dollars on educational programs not counting college. This is just a professional training opportunities that I've spent thousands of dollars on and many times they pay off most of the time. When I invest in them, they wind up changing the game for me. They give me knowledge of in have before challenge me. And that's a smart risk that you've got to step out and go places and try things and tweak the business model and try things that you couldn't do before. You've got in your head have kind of an RND department, a research and development laboratory in your mind in which you try. Things that you haven't tried yet. And those things are going to be outside your comfort zone, but success lies beyond them. The blessing the abundance the fullness lies beyond the things that you need to take risks in again, not stupid risks. Not risks that cost you everything in provide you, nothing and destroy everything. But risks in which you have done your research, you've prepared. Well, you've done your praying. You're thinking you're meditating, you're planning you have sought advice, you've listened to testimonials you have checked this out. And in those cases, you take the smart necessary risks in order to expand your capacity. K now here's the beautiful thing about this when your capacity as a leader expands your organization will probably grow. Now. I don't know. I can't guarantee this going to grow in sales or that it's going to grow in the number of people attending those are not things I can guarantee, but I can get. Parenti that it's going to become healthier. It's going to be stretched that the people around you that you lied that you influence they are going to grow, and they are going to be stretched, and that's only gonna occur as you continue to challenge yourself to expand your own leadership capacity. Keep pushing the limits read one more book, take one more step design one more strategy reach out to one more person give something else away put little more skin in the game. Take a little more risk because every time you do the people that you are responsible for grow as well. And I'm convinced that when leaders grow in general when you and I and all of us as leaders who who are leading in worthy pursuits that when we grow our pursuits grow our organizations, grow the the people that we lead grow, and we all get better. It's just like Craig Rochelle says when the leader. Gets better everybody wins. And so I just want to challenge you to expand your knowledge your friendships challenged your beliefs get a coach and take some smart risk. So that you can change your leadership capacity today. If you stay exactly as you are right now, you'll always get the results you're currently getting. So if you want something different if you want something more, if you want something that is beyond what you currently have what you currently enjoy only way to do that is to push yourself and stretch and begin to purposely create change that that stretches in grows us a leader. Let's expand our leadership capacity together. Now, real quick. I want to mention something about this this video or audio whichever one you're listening to or the transcript that you reading. I really would love for this to encourage more people. I have a heart and a desire and vision that that I want to encourage. Dj more and more leaders. And so if if you'd be willing helped me in that and share this maybe posted on Facebook or text it to a friend or forward in Email that may be off sent to you share this blog post with somebody else and definitely hit. Subscribe. If you're looking on YouTube at the subscribe button, if you're listening to a single podcast episode, go back and subscribe to the whole series and consider leaving a review unless you hate me. Don't do that. But believe review leave a comment. Let people know this is something I found valuable and spread the word. Okay. I've got a lot more coming so much more. I wanna share lot of episodes coming down the pipe, and I really really want to take more people on a journey with me. One more thing on my website on Brandon Aycox dot com. You can learn about the coaching and the blog, and you can learn about some business stuff some church leadership stuff. But there is also on every page my website, there's a tab on the right side of the page where you can leave me avoids message. Now, the reason why point that out is because if you've got a question if you've got something that I can answer or talk directly to on this channel in one of these episodes. I would love to do that maven use the recording with your permission would use the recording of you asking the question, and I would be happy to answer that question, but just give me feedback and do that using that little microphone audio button. You can do it by video or audio and it'll Email to me instantly. I'll answer will dialogue would love to hear from you in that way, and between now and next time. Let's expand our leadership capacity a little bit more each day.
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"Changed the game for you and your organization, and the people that you lead over the long haul case. So here they are rapid fire. One after another the first one is today. You can expand your knowledge today. You can expand your knowledge the bottom line is I've never seen a leader excel to greatness or lead an organization to greatness or make a significant impact on the world who was completely self absorbed every leader, I know that's ever been affective was a learner. And a listener they read things they listen to things they took things in. And so a lot of times I come across some. One is how can I make my life better? And I'll say something like well, have you checked out this book, I'm not really a reader, and so often I just want to sort of level this truth become a reader become a reader. I wasn't always a reader. You. Don't think you're a reader, but you gotta give it a shot because without reading you're missing out on so much knowledge. But even if we're not talking about sitting down and flipping open a book and reading page after page, there are other ways to to learn to take in that you can take advantage of today. The the big point is Houston to be feeding your mind with something that's not up there yet. And so you can expand your knowledge by listening to podcasts. K expand your knowledge by subscribing to YouTube channels expand your knowledge by taking an online course expand your knowledge by exposing yourself to information that you haven't had before. And I wanna especially say, what is in rich my life, deeply and expand. Did my own capacity for leadership is to always look for sources of knowledge that are written and created by people who sort of our head of me in my particular field of interest and passion. So if I want to know how to lead a church better. I need to read books by other pastures who have led churches and are now sharing knowledge, I need to read that I wanna read people who have done really well in business people who've done really well in their lives. I wanna read people that challenge my mind in terms of how I think about people and relationships so here lately, I've been reading a books by dean Grozny, OSI, Napoleon hill Bernabei Brown. John Maxwell, Robert Schuler read books by people that I don't necessarily agree with all the way. And it's funny. How when I mentioned an author's name some listeners go he reads him. I can't believe he does that. But the fact is you need to be willing to read things written by people that are just. Outside of your comfort zone that they don't necessarily line up perfectly with your exact perspective because then you get the small world view. So you can expand your knowledge today. In fact, I wanna give you a tip for that. I think you should go to YouTube and find the shows and the channels that are produced by people that you tend to learn from just a little while ago. I was listening to a YouTube show by Ed my let you can go look him up. He's phenomenal. He's a tremendous motivator and leader business guy, and Ed was sharing things that inspired me that made me think about life in ways I hadn't thought about before. So I just watches YouTube videos. They're compelling easy to watch their entertaining, very educational. So expand your knowledge if you don't expand your knowledge, you're done if you stopped listening and stop reading and stopped. Feeding your mind you're at the limit your the limits of you want to. Spain your capacity you've got expand your knowledge K. Here's a second thing challenge. Your beliefs challenge, your belief, so expand expand your knowledge and challenge your beliefs. And I'm not talking about changing what you believe about. God. I'm not talking about changing what you believe theologically. I'm talking more about those limiting beliefs that hold us back. So those of us who struggle with the scarcity mindset, or we struggle with fear, or we share it with ourselves a lot of self defeating thoughts. We we believe in repeat and rehearse lies. And limitations about ourselves. I'll never be good at that. I'll never be able to do that. I'll never be as cool as that guy. I'll never be as as great of a leaders him or her those are the kinds of beliefs that shape, our actions that we need to challenge gay because out of our beliefs we act out of our actions come the habits that shape our lives and our destinies K so challenge. Believes ask yourself. What am I believing? That is limiting me and holding me back. Sometimes my limiting beliefs are the lid on my leadership, and I need to punch through those and knock them down with some big truth in order to go on further. So challenge your
"cox" Discussed on Digital Leadership with Brandon Cox
"Off. Hello and welcome to digital leadership with Brandon Cox. That's me. And this is the space where I get to talk about life leadership and even sometimes some digital marketing. I want this demeaning, courage, meant to you. I have a vision to grow leaders to help leaders to grow for all of us to expand our influence together. Because I've Aleve that the world is a much better place when we do. So I want to dive into something today that has been very personal me over the last few years. And that is I wanna talk about expanding your leadership capacity to expand the capacity for how much you can handle as leader for the level of influence for the size of the organization for the the kind of impact that you want to have. I want us to talk about expanding all of that. How do I grow in terms of my ability to influence people? How do I grow in my ability to lead a larger organization growing or? How do I help the people around me to grow? John Maxwell often talks about the law of the lid. He wrote about in a couple of his books and the law of the lid, basically states that the level of an organization will never excel beyond the level of its primary leader, and then there's some other ramifications of it that whatever spot you lead from whatever your lid is. You'll always struggle to lead other people beyond it. So leadership is all about growing other people. It's all about developing people, right? It's lifting and raising people. It's developing other people to their potential leadership is not about you being the rockstar leadership is about you pouring into others developing others, inspiring others, giving others a track to grow on. And you are a lid for your organization your lid for yourself. You're live for the people that you. Lead. That's true of every last one of us. Another words if I'm leading at a seven I will never be able to take people beyond a five or six I'll always kind of keep people back behind where ama- little bit Jesus was a tin. He took the disciples as far as anyone could ever take anyone because he's just the master leader. But all of us are somewhere below that. We all found ourselves different places at different levels. The question is how do I lift the lid, how do I change my capacity? How do I grow in my ability to influence other people over the last eight years of experience this at grace hills church? We started Grace's about seven and a half years ago. And every time we cross a new milestone every time we enter a new season or a new era or something happens that significantly positive. I'm always faced with the question. Am I going to be able to lead us further? Am I going to be able to take us on from here? To the next level to the next place to the next goal. And you've probably face that as well. I think the answer that question can be. Yes, if we're willing to expand our capacity, if we're willing to grow as leaders, if we're willing to put ourselves in the position of expanding and growing and our ability to lead. No, I want to dig into how that happens. How it is. That you expand your capacity. How it is that you lift the lid on your own leadership. And I'm gonna make a statement here. That's kind of key to all of it to lift the lid and expand your capacity, you must embrace and create change in your life. You must embrace and create change in your life. That's also true organizationally. If you want your organization, your church, you business your ministry to grow. You're gonna have to change things in order to expand the capacity just as. When you have to build a larger building when you have to expand two more locations when you need more infrastructure when you've got gotta move to new software. We have to be able to to grow beyond in in terms of making change happen around us and change is almost always difficult. It's almost always painful, but the fact is growth is change by nature. If you're not willing to change you'll never grow because growth is changed things that change over time grow and not all change is growth, but all growth is change. So if you wanna lift your live, if you want to expand your leadership capacity, you gotta change some things you gotta become the catalyst change in your life. You have to instigate change. And if you're the leader at the top of an organization, if you're the senior pastor, the senior leader, you're the CEO you have to instigate change you have to be the one to make the ripples to make change happen. Doesn't. And you'll be the only one, but you've got to be willing to go first. So let's kind of talk for a minute about the kinds of changes that can and cannot be made in your life, and your leadership in your in your organization, we need to acknowledge it some change cannot be made it all. In other words, you might say today, I could lead better I could lead at a higher level if I had blank, and he kind of fill in the blank with something that is not possible for you to create if I had a different leader over me if I worked for a different business. If I if I had a ton of money, if I whatever the case might be your your sort of filling in that blank with I could lead better if and what goes after if is something that you can't control you you've got to come to peace with those things and find a creative way around them. There's certain things you're not gonna be able to change. You're not gonna be able to control you can't lift certain lids around you. It's the reason why some people wind up changing organizations they wind up going. Somewhere else to work or starting a new business or whatever because they've hit a spot where they can't change what's above them. What's around them? And so you need to acknowledge you can't change everything. And some things are just never going to have control over. And then there's a category of things that you can change, but they have to be changed slowly have to be changed over time. So you might say I want to be wealthy. You know, if I just had a bunch of money about a million dollars to make Akkad really do good for the world. The problem is if you're earning fifty thousand dollars a year now, and you've got twenty thousand dollars in savings. You're a long ways from a million. You can't get that overnight. You you've got to commit to the long term game. You've got to have the patience to to let those things develop over time. Now, you can make incremental changes now, but there are certain things that can only change over long periods of time. What I want to dig into today in this episode. However is what are the things? I. Can change today. What are the decisions I can make right now that expand my capacity as a leader starting in this moment. And I wanna give you five K five ways to change yourself five ways to challenge yourself five ways that you can grow and expand your leadership capacity that make a difference longterm. These changed the game for you and your organization, and the people that you lead over the long haul case. So here they are rapid fire. One after another the first one is today. You can expand your knowledge today. You can expand your knowledge the bottom line is I've never seen a leader excel to greatness or lead an organization to greatness or make a significant impact on the world who was completely self absorbed every leader, I know that's ever been affective was a learner. And a listener they read things they listen to things they took things in. And so a lot of times I come across some. One is how can I make my life better? And I'll say something like well, have you checked out this book, I'm not really a reader, and so often I just want to sort of level this truth become a reader become a reader. I wasn't always a reader. You. Don't think you're a reader, but you gotta give it a shot because without reading you're missing out on so much knowledge. But even if we're not talking about sitting down and flipping open a book and reading page after page, there are other ways to to learn to take in that you can take advantage of today. The the big point is Houston to be feeding your mind with something that's not up there yet. And so you can expand your knowledge by listening to podcasts. K expand your knowledge by subscribing to YouTube channels expand your knowledge by taking an online course expand your knowledge by exposing yourself to information that you haven't had before. And I wanna especially say, what is in rich my life, deeply and expand. Did my own capacity for leadership is to always look for sources of knowledge that are written and created by people who sort of our head of me in my particular field of interest and passion. So if I want to know how to lead a church better. I need to read books by other pastures who have led churches and are now sharing knowledge, I need to read that I wanna read people who have done really well in business people who've done really well in their lives. I wanna read people that challenge my mind in terms of how I think about people and relationships so here lately, I've been reading a books by dean Grozny, OSI, Napoleon hill Bernabei Brown. John Maxwell, Robert Schuler read books by people that I don't necessarily agree with all the way. And it's funny. How when I mentioned an author's name some listeners go he reads him. I can't believe he does that. But the fact is you need to be willing to read things written by people that are just. Outside of your comfort zone that they don't necessarily line up perfectly with your exact perspective because then you get the small world view. So you can expand your knowledge today. In fact, I wanna give you a tip for that. I think you should go to YouTube and find the shows and the channels that are produced by people that you tend to learn from just a little while ago. I was listening to a YouTube show by Ed my let you can go look him up. He's phenomenal. He's a tremendous motivator and leader business guy, and Ed was sharing things that inspired me that made me think about life in ways I hadn't thought about before. So I just watches YouTube videos. They're compelling easy to watch their entertaining, very educational. So expand your knowledge if you don't expand your knowledge, you're done if you stopped listening and stop reading and stopped. Feeding your mind you're at the limit your the limits of you want to. Spain your capacity you've got expand your knowledge K. Here's a second thing challenge. Your beliefs challenge, your belief, so expand
"cox" Discussed on Digital Leadership with Brandon Cox
"Off. Welcome back to digital leadership with Brandon Cox. That's me. And this is where I get to talk about life leadership and even share some digital marketing insights from time to time I've decided to launch this podcast with a series of episodes all about what's killing leadership. I think that we're seeing leaders go down there being taken out leader, sometimes take themselves out, sometimes the cultural dynamics around them tend to eliminate them. But I know that we have never needed good leadership more than we do today. And so it kills me when I see how many leaders are falling by the wayside. And I want to prevent that. I want us to do all that we can to stop that from happening. So the question in this series is what what's killing your leadership. We started out in week went talking about identity issues, and how when a leader doesn't know who he or she is that can be very dangerous in their organization and their life. We also talked about burn out in the problem of living life out of rhythm and just sort of living out of balance over committing ourselves to too many different things that aren't in alignment with our purpose today. I wanna talk about something that is especially dear to my heart. It is maybe somewhat controversial depending on your perspective. I do think some of the things I'm going to say today might alienate some listeners, and I'm okay with that. I feel very strongly about these particular issues. I wanna talk about depression on talk about anxiety. And I want to talk about those related issues that we might struggle with and our mental and emotional health. And I want to start out by just kinda sharing my story with you. When I go back a decade in my life or a little bit more than a decade. I go back to a time when I struggled with depression. I was burning out, but that lead to depression it surfaced at high. Highlighted depression that I was struggling with in my own life. If I'm really honest there were moments where I did not want to go on living where I really thought the world and my family and everybody around we just be better off without me. That was not healthy. That was not correct. That was not a right way of thinking. But it's where I was in certain very low moments of my life. So I've been down this pathway and have fought back have been brought back by the grace of God to a much healthier place now, but I still struggle from time to time, and none of us are immune it to this. And I think if you think you're immune to it, then you are the most susceptible to the most dangerous kind of mental health issue. And that is where we live in ignorance of it, and it takes us out. And we didn't see it coming. Someone talk about this for your benefit and for the benefit of people at large leaders and mental health issues leaders and. Pression either leave some of the greatest leaders in history have struggled with depression. They've struggled with anxiety. They've struggle with personality disorders, they've struggled with mental health and emotional health issues, and that does not disqualify someone from leadership. It doesn't disable someone from leading. Well, it's just a hindrance that we have to learn to deal with in a very honest way where we need a lot of grace and a lot of support and a lot of help. But I believe that we can lead and struggle that we can struggle and that we can lead so want to jump into this issue. Okay. What as I jump in? The first thing I want to tackle is is sort of the elephant in the room. And that is that when it comes to talking about mental health period, but especially in relationship to leaders, and I'm a pastor church leader. So when we start talking about church leaders, and we start talking about depression and mental health issues. There are lots of. Problems surrounding this. A lot of stigma surrounding the issue of mental health, mental health and leaders, mental health, and the church, mental health and the kingdom and those stigmas stem from some very unhealthy ways of talking about this issue that I wanna just address head on first of all some of us may be came from generation or a culture or an atmosphere or a home or an upbringing that kind of taught us and drilled into our minds that we're not supposed to talk about this that you can struggle with that alone. But don't bring it to the forefront. Don't talk to other people about it. Don't get help just deal with just just choose to get by just choose to be happy. Don't even acknowledge that it might be depression or a mental health issue just struggle
"cox" Discussed on Digital Leadership with Brandon Cox
"It's gonna be all about financial freedom and work free. Adam and life freedom. So I really believe my purpose is to help people find freedom, and I do that in in a variety of ways. K it helps me to enjoy what I'm doing more. When I realized the things in my life with my purposes now couple of practical little things that are come out of that. When you re aligned with your purposes redefine what they are. And start to realign your life with your purposes, I think you're gonna have to refocus, and we'd some things out to get rid of some things. There's a lot of power and saying no, and one of the factors that leads to burn out. Sometimes we just we don't like say no to people. So we say yes to everything now at its root and core our unwillingness to say, no Alta comes out of trying to find our identity in the affirmation of people. So if I say, yes to them, the la- firm me, the lightning, they'll appreciate me. And so I got to get over that. I I gotta stop fearing people and stop worrying about their. Level of got it instead served people out of my purpose. But not feel obligated to commit to serving people in ways that don't align with my purpose to be able to say no to some things, and we'd some things out also have to learn to delegate and to trust. If you're in leadership delegation is key. And I don't even like the word delegation like the word empowering that I need to empower others. Giving example of how this worked in my own and my own church my own leadership. I wrote a book about how the church social media. So so that's a big area for me. So letting go of our churches social media was a huge challenge for me took me a long time to come to grips with I need to let someone else kinda manage this. But I did I entrusted. Martha she's on our church staff and Martha ran with our church communications. She does a phenomenal job with social me a better than I would have. Done better than I would be doing. She made. It manages it consistently and gives our church, great voice on social media. So what I found was that. I was afraid to let it go. Because if I don't control it it won't be great. Well, that's a lie. That's a lie, and I was afraid to let go because if I'm not in control of it than I feel out of control. But the fact is by giving it away I got to empower someone else who now gets a lot of fulfillment from it does a great job with it. And so you've got to begin to release things to say, no to things to realizing with your purposes. So sit down after this podcast, sit down and take some time alone to write out a sentence describes what's your life all about what are you gifted to do? What do you call to do? Not just your job. Not just your vocation. I'm talking about as you live through life. What is your shape? What? Is your identity? What are you here to do? Mine is to help people find freedom. What is yours? How has got wire? Jew to serve other people to impact the world. What do you do with all of that? So that's how you recover from burnout. And that's also how you prevent burnout. If you are spending adequate time alone adequate time with people, and you're constantly reaffirming your purposes, you know, you're you're making those declarations that that. We've we've talked about previously talk shared them at the end of the last episodes. If you missed that go back, and listen, especially the last few minutes talk about these declarations that I make every day that remind me who I am who got his how I fit into his plan all of that go back and do those things take some time alone to reaffirm your purpose, and align your life with it K. So another words, I don't think it's about balance. I don't think it's about priorities. I don't even think it's about time management specifically it is about making sure that your day. Your relationships. Your your activities are aligned with guides purpose for your life. And let me just close with a personal word of encouragement. I want you to hear this message loud and clear as we come to draw the close of this first of all you are needed like the world needs. You your people need you the people around you need you. And so if you're if you're place a burnout where you just think I'm just not doing anybody any good. You're wrong. That's a lie. It's a live from the pit hell you are needed. Secondly, you are loved God loves you, your people love you. You are loved in. You got fall back on that. When you feel burn out coming on. You know, you are loved and also you can make a difference. You can do this. Like you have in you what it takes to make an impact on the world. That when you align with your purpose when you discover your purpose, and you start living that outing start serving others and giving giving your life away to others in a way that aligns with your purpose. You're gonna make a difference. You're gonna make an impact you've got a message for people. And I'm glad that you're listening to this all the way to the end to hear you can make a difference one. Last thing if you're not in tune with your purpose. And you don't know what life is all about. You're not sure what the purpose of life is. Or why you're in this thing feel free to reach out to me. Just go to Brandon Cox dot com, click on the contact button and shoot me a note. All right would love to hear from you hope you'll tune in next time, I'm gonna talk a little bit more about leadership and some of the things that that get in the way actually next time. We're gonna dive a little deep talk some mental health issues depression, anxiety shoes. So. Come back and share this with somebody else along the way can't wait to to hang out with you again.
"cox" Discussed on Digital Leadership with Brandon Cox
"Off. E welcome back to digital leadership with Brandon Cox. That's me. This is where I share some perspective and encouragement about life leadership and sometimes even some digital marketing stuff. Hopefully, you're into those things this will benefit you. Maybe you can even share it with others been talking about leadership, and what's killing our leadership. What is it? That's drowning us what is it? That's taking leaders out of the picture when we desperately need. Good leaders last time, I kind of talked about identity, and how the most dangerous destructive force on earth is a man who doesn't know who he is from a leadership perspective. I think there's some other factors. I wanna get into the next few weeks today. I wanna talk about burnout and burn out his actually closely related to identity, but burn out is a huge problem. I think it's misunderstood. I think it's underestimated in terms of. Of what it can do to sort of wreck the trajectory of a good leadership pathway someone get into some solutions. But I wanna talk about the problem. I when I was the editor at pastors dot com. We would sometimes publish articles about burnout how to recover from emotional burn out. And those were always the most popular articles. They got the most clicks that they had the most people reading them than the most people sharing them. They had the most comments had the most people opening up in discussion on Facebook and elsewhere about this is me I needed this. I'm going through this right now, I believe burnout is epidemic. And I think there's some reasons for that that I wanna get into in just a second. But, but this is an enormous issue. It's an enormous issue. And I want you to understand. It's an issue. I have walked through personally that when I go back close to a decade ago in my own life and leadership. I go back to a time when I was taking on too many things too many projects, partly because I didn't know who I was. I don't think that taking on projects is the problem. In fact, I think that can actually be a good thing. If you know who you are. And why you're doing it? If you understand the why. But I was in a period of phase of life where I I was no longer certain of who I was I was no longer comfortable in my own skin. I'd gotten discouraged. I had let of the approval of others become a driving force in my life. I was very concerned about keeping everybody. Happy and getting everything done, right. I was treating my own life kind of a legalistic mentality was a big checklist. And I was failing. And because of that my attention was all over the place trying to fill that void trying to trying to match up. Meanwhile, as a result of all of that, I was hurting in some relation. Ships. I was distanced from friends. I was distanced from my wife, emotionally speaking, I was just going through that sort of time where I began to isolate began to burn out. It was down ruled downward spiral. One of the things that changed was we moved to California and got into a healthy church and healthy community and into a good small group and into lots of situations that really helped me to recover get back on track regained, focus regain clarity. And just re, cultivate, a new passion for the things that mattered the most in life. And so out of that came a big emphasis in our church that we've been planting for seven years, grace hills church big emphasis on reaching out to people who are broken who are hurting are walking through problems and issues like that and who need help. So I wanted to help in this podcast. I wanted to tackle the issue of burnout because it's near and dear to my heart. I love pass. Shire's a love leaders of people who are in leadership and are suffering going to hard time. And I just wanna give you a some practical wisdom as well. As some personal encouragement today. I let me let me just dive in and talk about what I think are some of the misconceptions about burnout. Some of the reasons why we get burnout to begin with our because we miss understand certain things about life. Certain things are culturally popular, we we read books about them. And so we assume that that must be the problem, for example. I think there's a false emphasis today on balance, we talk a lot about the word balance in how you know, you need a balanced life. Don't be a work a holic be more balanced and the problem with balance it it's not as it's not that balances bad. It's that sometimes we misunderstand what healthy balance looks like healthy balance. I think is when you. You look at your life. As who you are. You are physical see have a body. You are mental. You have a mind you are emotional. You have a heart. You are volition all you have a will you have relationships? So if you're talking about I wanna grow in a balanced way. That's fantastic. Like, I wanna grow. Personally. I wanna grow spiritually I wanna grow relational. I want to be healthy physically that is a good kind of balance to seek after. But what we do with balance. A lot of times is we look at all the different areas of our lives. And we go Kay. I need to give make Shrem giving adequate amounts of time and attention to each area of my life. And so in a given week we might go while I need to work forty fifty hours need to do well for my boss needed to do. Good on this job. I gotta do good in my business. And then I've also got a marriage to maintain. So I gotta give some energy there. Get some time and some focused on my marriage got my finances. I need to give some time and some energy to managing my finances. Well, so let me focus on that for a bit. I've got kids. So I need to give some time and some energy to my kids of got the school or the nonprofit of the charity that volunteer with maybe the board I serve on. So I gotta give them some time and some energy and what we wind up doing is. We treat life like a pizza, and we try to give a slice to everything. That's that's grabbing for attention. We try to give a slice to all of the different areas. And the reason why that leads to burn out is because there's not really an emphasis on how much I have to give. There's just a constant demand and pressure to give more to everything and everybody and the problem is I've only got so much energy to give. So. What do you do with that? Then how how do you give to all those things in a way that that's healthy? That makes sense, but doesn't keep you sort of burning out. I believe we need to shift our emphasis from balance to rhythm from balance to rhythm. In fact, I did a whole forty five minute teaching session on this in the digital leadership lab. So if you're interested in going deeper into rhythm just out digital leadership lab dot com. Talk about this a lot there. But basically, it is instead of dividing my life out into pieces and giving a peace to all these different things. I need to respect the rhythm of life. I need to know that they're going to be weeks. They're going to be moments where I'm really busy with kids stuff. You know, like, my my kids might have a couple of programs this week at school some sports things some different things going on. And therefore, I'm not gonna be able to give as much to my job or two maybe managing. In my house, or my finances that week, and that's okay. That it's part of the rhythm that they're in my rhythm that they're moments to take breaks. Pastor. Rick Warren, always says, we need to divert daily withdrawal, weekly and abandoned annually. That is take some time every day take a day off every week take some take a week out of your year two weeks of year. Go on vacation. That's all part of the rhythm. Working hard is part of the rhythm of life being really close to my family and friends that's part of my rhythm in life. So instead of trying to divide myself between all these different areas, I need to find the rhythm another misconception. I think that leads to burnout is a misunderstanding of the word priority in our modern culture, we take priority, and we divide it into multiple priorities. And we kinda come up with his list. And so it's like, you know guy. God family church work. And so those are my number one number two number three number four priorities in life. And so God comes first and priority. And I understand that. There's some sense in that the problem is the word priority is not a plural word. It's a singular word the ancient concept of priority. We get it from our Latin a priority. It's a single thing. It's one thing. And so it's not so much about having your ten or twelve priorities in life ordered correctly. It's about living for one priority. And other words, what is my purpose and out of my one purpose everything else flows. Everything else fits for me as a Christian. I get that. From Matthew six thirty three where Jesus said seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and when. You do that everything else will fall into place. So if I spend my life living for God's kingdom purposes, if that's my priority, then I'm gonna have healthier family, a healthier personal life, a healthier relationship with my co workers and so forth and so on. So it's not about having a bunch of priorities and put them in the right order. It's about living for your purpose and letting everything else flow out of that one purpose for which you live. I also think another big misconception. Another problem that leads to burnout is an over emphasis on busy nece and overwhelm another words. I don't just think we're addicted to business. I think we're addicted to talking about business. I mean, when you know, how is your week and most of us off as busy crazy house life lately. It was busy crazy. The funny thing is when I listened to high influence high impact leaders may be CEO's of corporation that do really well. And they have great family life or people that maybe have written lots of books, and they have, you know, a big ministry to millions or whatever when I listened to people in those scenarios. I don't often hear them talk about how busy they are. There's there's not a lot of talk among really successful people about oh, man. I'm just maxed out all the time. I'm just stressed out all the time. Instead, there's more of a confidence about life. And so I'm not saying that we should ignore business. I think if you're too busy will will come back to that. In a second. You don't need to be too busy. But I do think it's possible to do multiple things in life to have multiple projects and multiple things going on and still not be overly busy and overwhelmed. Part of it is we take we kinda take when moments when we're overloaded with things when we're busy with lots of things and we start telling ourselves, I'm just overwhelmed. I've just got too
"cox" Discussed on Digital Leadership with Brandon Cox
"Off. Hello, welcome to digital leadership with Brandon Cox. This is a podcast where I share some perspective and some encouragement on life leadership and digital marketing. So if you fall into any of those three categories, you're alive, you're a leader or your into digital marketing. And hopefully, if your leader you want to learn about digital marketing, then I think you're gonna enjoy this and get some things out of it. Hope you'll subscribe and pass it along and share it with other people in this inaugural episode as I kind of launched this podcast. I wanna lay a bit of a foundation for the coming weeks. I wanna talk about some things that are killing leadership is really the burden out of which the reason why I'm launching this podcast to begin with is because I I want to speak into the lives of leaders. I believe that leaders are suffering that more than ever before were watching as people of. Influence people who influence their their world or community their church for good are struggling they're failing. They're falling. They're going through hard times, and and quitting and checking out and get knocked out and getting fired and just all kinds of things occurring around us in the leadership world. And I think there's some things that are killing us some some enemies some tactics. Some traps some threats that we need to be aware of and I want to cover those over the next few weeks. I wanna talk about six in particular wanna start off today by talking about a lack of identity, and how that affects us as leaders. Also wanna talk over the coming weeks about burn out about mental health issues about sin and spiritual lethargy and how to get your passion back. I wanna talk about marriage and relationship issues in the life of the leader. And I wanna talk about some limiting beliefs. But I wanna start off today by talking about the issue of identity. How is it that you? You as a leader come to know who you are zig Ziglar guy that I've come to appreciate a lot in the last few years once said and often said that you gotta be before you can do. And you gotta do before you can have what he meant. Was we often define ourselves. We decide whether we're successful not based on what we have. I have possessions. I have prestige have power have a position and the problem with that is you can't have until you do until you do certain things you do something for a living. You take some action. But you shouldn't do until you be until you know, who you are at your core until your identity issue is settled because when your identity issues settled, then you know, what to do. And then you will have the right things a love what zig said, I think he's spot on. Then I wanna just follow that train of thought for a minute and talk about what I think are some wrong. Sources of identity. Annual reports of the largest and fastest growing churches and so forth. And if you don't have a strong sense of identity all that can affect you. By comparison, you start to start to kind of compare your blooper reel to everybody else's highlight reel social media doesn't help. But you know, it's not the problem either. It's it's an identity issue. I think we also route our identity sometimes in our achievements and the danger in that is when my achievements don't stack up enough. I feel a loss of identity or when I walked through failure. I forget who I am. And I m I really am. I really right about this. You know, if all of my achievements, are what prop up my Dimity. I think I'm in trouble. My mom used to work for guy that had what he called an ego wall in his office. And it was a wall that had all of his degrees and certificates and and awards and letters from famous people and all that kind of thing had had it their article. That were written about him because he'd worked on some high profile cases and whatnot. And so whenever he would get down. He look at that wall. And it would remind him of all of his accomplishments. The problem is sometimes what we accomplish we don't necessarily have a lot of visual recognition of, you know, not a lot of certificates and awards for the things that matter the most. And so it's not just it's not just chievements. It's not just comparison. It is it is more than that. I think another source of identity that is unhealthy and wrong. Is that we often identifier selves, according to a tribe. According to the camp that we fall in another words, there's a group guys out there group of fellow peers colleagues, and they all tend to believe certain things, they all tend to say certain things behave in a certain way. And we get worried that if I don't believe or behave or talk. In the same way, as they do if I don't criticize the same people as they do I won't fit in anymore and tribalism is a terrible source of identity because what if the whole tribe is wrong. What if you need to break apart on an issue, you need to have a strong enough identity to go at the end of the day? Their approval is not what drives me so a speech super careful with those false