Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (New York: Crown Business, 2014)

I recently finished Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.  Upon finishing the final words I couldn’t help but think, “If only I could live like that!”

At its core, Essentialism is about you and me discovering how to make the highest contribution to the world around us. Although seemingly simple McKeown points out that, “For the first time, the preponderance of choice has overwhelmed our ability to manage it.  We have lost our ability to filter what is important and what isn’t. Psychologists call this “decision fatigue”: the more choices we are forced to make, the more the quality of our decisions deteriorates.”

It’s this diminished decision quality about how to spend our time that’s causing us to fall short of our very best.  Our life’s calling. 

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2012)

If you’re a leader (particularly a person of faith), and you’ve never read anything by Max Lucado, it’s time you dug into one of his most powerful books: Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine.

I recently wrote about Grace…and specifically how it lies squarely at the heart of leadership. In this post I offered that while grace underpins everything good I’ve ever learned about leadership (in my home and the marketplace), it’s often misunderstood.

In his opening salvo, Max Lucado makes a powerful statement…

“We talk as though we understand the term.  The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace.  Musicians speak of a grace note.  We describe an actress as gracious, a dancer as graceful.  We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and premeal prayers.  We talk a though we know what grace means…Preachers explain it.  Hymns proclaim it.  Seminaries teach it.  But do we really understand it?”

Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2016)

If you haven’t invested the time to create a life plan for yourself…do it now! 

Nobody else can do it for you…but this book gives you an easy-to-follow blueprint.  I’ve done it.  I have friends who’ve done it.  And we all agree there’s great clarity, focus and freedom that flows from a life plan.

Question: Have you created a life plan of your own? If so…please take a moment to share some encouraging words about what living more intentionally has meant to you. You can leave a comment by clicking here.