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How to Thrive in Life and Leadership

Beautiful young woman jumping on  a green meadow with a colored tissueNote: Dave Arnold recently welcomed a baby girl into his family. This week he asked me, Dan Black to post one of my past posts so that he can focus on his family. I chose one that I think would best help you, his readers. I think you will enjoy it. Also don’t forget to sign up to receive Dave’s updates and when you do you will get his book Made To Soar: A Simple Manifesto on Destiny. You can subscribe at the top of this page.

Each of us have been through or will go through a variety of seasons in our life. Some seasons are good while others are hard or difficult. If we want to move through and excel in the different seasons of life it requires self-leadership and the ability to nourish ourselves.

Nourishment can be defined as the “substance necessary for growth, health, and good condition.” I discovered several nourishment centers that if implemented into your life produce magnificent benefits. These centers will:

Produce and keep you fueled and energized.
Allow you to sustain and move through a crisis, difficult seasons, or demanding periods.
Be the catalyst and needed jump start for getting out of a rut and moving you forward.
Allow you to move through and excel in the different seasons of life and leadership.

Below are 2 of the nourishment centers that will help you thrive in life and your areas of influence:

1. Relationships-

In Leadership Beyond Reason author John Townsend said, “Life is essentially about relationships, and it is empty without relationships.” If you want to move through the seasons of life it requires having strong relationships both personally and professionally. People who will be open and honest with you while at the same time be supporting and encouraging are essential. There have been countless times when I was feeling drained, wanting to give up, or in a difficult season of life when a friend supported and lifted me up. This nourishment center is an essential aspect to thriving in life and leadership. Take time to develop an inner circle of people who will support and lift you toward your potential.

2. Music-

The music we hear or play can bring nourishment into our life. This is because music has the power to stir our heart and emotions. Johnny Depp said, “music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.” The music you listen to has the potential to:

Bring restoration and healing from the scars and hard seasons of our life.
Bring encouragement and inspiration into your life.
Bring feelings of joy, happiness, thankfulness, and cause you to feel good.

They key is to find the music that touches you on a deep level and then regularly play or listen to it. The next time you’re going through a trying or demanding season or you need a spark of inspiration just play or listen to your favorite music.

Question: How do you thrive through the different seasons of life and leadership?

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  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

    Congrats again on the birth of your daughter!

    To answer you question, seems like more and more I’m finding the value of staying close to God, of pressing in and not giving up just because I’m weary. It’s not my strength I must rely on but God’s
    Phil 4:13

    • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

      Great addition and source of nourishment. Thank you for sharing.

    • http://www.reflectionsfromthealley.org/ Dave Arnold

      Thanks T.C. Seems a bit easier the 2nd time – ha!… So far :)

      • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

        Think I’ll take your word for that :)

  • http://theregoi.com/ floyd

    Congrats to Dave and his family! My prayers are with them. Relationships and music are at the top of my lists of things needed. The top priority that walks me through the valleys of my life is the drawing nigh unto my Father through studies and prayer. I often wonder if the best times in this life are really the ones where we are forced to draw unto Him. What could be better? Thanks, Dan.

    • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

      Great point, their are several nourishing methods but the main and most lasting is “drawing unto Him.” Thank you for sharing.

    • http://www.reflectionsfromthealley.org/ Dave Arnold

      Thanks Floyd! Means a ton. Hood thoughts you added.

  • http://www.lincolnparks.com/ Lincoln Parks

    Hey Congrats Dave, awesome addition. Well Dan, for me I am in one of those stages as we speak. I have taken steps back in a few areas to regroup and focus so that I can launch effectively. I am taking it in strides because I know what this period is going to mean for me. I am listening, watching, learning and soon implementing.

    • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

      It sounds like your on the right path my friend. Keep doing great work.

    • http://www.reflectionsfromthealley.org/ Dave Arnold

      Thanks Lincoln! Having a little girl – as you know – is amazing. She’s 2 weeks & growing so fast. Thanks for stopping by.

  • http://www.struggletovictory.com/ Kari Scare

    Congratulations on the new baby!
    I love the terms “self-leadership” and “self-nourishment.” In talking with a friend the other day, we noted how people so often depend on others for nourishment and to be led. Taking that further, depending on others for this only brings disappointment & isn’t enough to sustain us. We just can’t go into relationships expecting these. Our purpose in relationships must be what we give, not what we get. With that being said, we certainly do get those things from relationships, but they shouldn’t be WHY we have relationships. We need personal responsibility for nourishing & leading ourselves. We need a center of Truth (Christ) to do this well, a truth that doesn’t change or shift, one that is dependable and consistent. When we base our self-leadership and self-nourishment on this Truth, we are sure to always have everything we need and then some overflow to bring into our relationships (1 Thessalonians 3:11-13).

    • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

      Great points, relationships are a great source of nourishment but we should not rely solely on them for our nourishment. Thank you for reading and adding to the discussion.

      ps. After finishing my next book, the topic self-leadership and self-nourishment will be my following book (My next book should come out in May and the book about nourishment toward the end of the year). :)

      • http://www.struggletovictory.com/ Kari Scare

        Great job on the books! How are you moving through them so quickly? Would love to get some advice on book writing. I’m struggling in that area.

        • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

          Thank you:)

          Last year (before starting to write The Leadership Mandate) I wrote about 50 pages for the nourishment book, I think the title will be Thrive, in life and leadership but stopped to write The Leadership Mandate. Everything I did for the Leadership Mandate I forgot about the nourishing book.

          This year I have been really focusing on my current book, about discovering, developing, and using your personal strengths. I’m about 5000 words until it’s finished (It’s going to be about 13000 words) and want to complete it before moving onto any other project. Thinking about it, I already have 50 pages done in the nourishment book so it makes sense to finish that book once I have completed the strengths book. I’m trying to finish one project before going onto the next.

          I’m going to be reading your book this week/weekend and maybe we can chat over the phone after I read it, I’ve give you some positive feedback about it and talk more about writing books.

          • http://www.struggletovictory.com/ Kari Scare

            Actually, can I send you a revision before you read it? And yes, I would love your advice & help.

            • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

              Please do:) You know my email. Talk to you soon!

            • http://www.reflectionsfromthealley.org/ Dave Arnold

              I’m happy to help, too, Kari. I’ve done 2 books & working on 2 more. Once you do it, you’ll get the hang of it.

              • http://www.struggletovictory.com/ Kari Scare

                That would be great, Dave. Thanks so much! I’ll send you an email.

              • http://www.struggletovictory.com/ Kari Scare

                Tried to use the email link on your site, but I couldn’t get it to work. Might be something on my end, not sure. Anyway, can you try emailing me? I’d like to talk more about the book writing. Thanks!

      • http://www.reflectionsfromthealley.org/ Dave Arnold

        Excited for you Dan!

        • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

          Thank you Dave:)

  • cathy courtney

    Congrats Dave and Angela. I go through rough periods often in life. I am a quilter and seamstress and I find that I am most creative when I need a purpose. I find that giving what I make comforts me because I know my gift comes from God. It lifts me up when I can give a friend something that I made and I am totally thankful knowing I can accomplish something beautiful.

    • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

      That’s great! Helping others is a win-win situation. Glad you shared.

    • http://www.reflectionsfromthealley.org/ Dave Arnold

      Thanks Cathy! Appreciate you sharing.