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July 19, 2014

Good to Great

This week was filled  with activity for me outside of work. Lunch meetings with friends from the past, a breakfast meeting with a new friend, a men’s group meeting, dinner with my neighbor, swimming with my family, skatepark time with my son, and hanging out with friends that came over to our house.

I did a lot of things this week.  Many of the things I did were good.  Some of them were great.  I also said “no” to several other opportunities that would have taken up more time, and required more commitment.

How did your week measure up?  What did you do last week?  Did you do a lot of “good” things?  Anything “great”?

This post is not about the excellent business book “Good to Great” by Jim Collins (which is required reading for anyone that wants to understand what it takes to have a great business in my mind by the way).  It is about making time to do more than just things that are good. I’m not saying we should rule out everything unless it hits the “great” category.  But if we live our lives ONLY doing the good opportunities we will not grow or become even more of the person that we we can become.

Sometimes you have to say no to the good so you can say yes to the great.

You have to put room in your calendar for this.

God has great plans for you, plans to prosper you and and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (paraphrased from Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).  If we continue to stay doing all the good things that are around us all the time (and there are many!) we will never experience the great things that are out there just waiting for us.

2 Comments on “Good to Great

Dan Kopp
July 19, 2014 at 12:01 pm

One “great” thing we did over the past week was set our tent up in our backyard and camp with the kiddos. Some fun family time!

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Brad Poel
July 21, 2014 at 5:43 am

Great post, Don. The ‘good to great’ principles DO apply in our personal lives too. Good is the enemy of great when it comes to personal commitments. One “great” thing we did last week was invest time in family friends that live out of state. We also watched a movie as a family that reminded us how we can live out our faith and ‘save a life’ by showing God’s love to others in real ways.

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