Danger—Don't Drift!

What do you want your life to look like in the next three months? Six months? A year from now? We think about these questions. We picture a bright future. Yet how to get there from here?
Through NCM Life & Leadership Coaching, I help pastors, church leaders, and Kingdom laborers—people like you—ask and answer these questions.
In fact, I just returned from our annual “Coach Camp,” which featured special speaker Daniel Harkavy (at left), co-author with Michael Hyatt of Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want.
Why are we (yes, even Christians!) prone to “drifting”? Daniel observed that the drift happens to so many of us because of the following reasons. We're . . .

  • unaware
  • distracted
  • overwhelmed
  • deceived
And what are the consequences? He unpacked the following:

  • confusion
  • lost opportunity
  • pain
  • regrets
  • not to mention the financial toll of it all!
“If you don’t know where you’re going,” Daniel quoted Yogi Berra, “you’ll end up someplace else.” This is why we all need to have and review regularly a “Life Plan.” I walked through the process of developing one several years ago and reviewed it at Coach Camp. A valuable tool indeed!
In fact, Daniel had the original concept of the “Core 4” we focus on in NCM Life & Leadership Coaching:

  1. Life Plan
  2. Ministry Vision
  3. Ministry Plan
  4. Priority Management
He passed along this invaluable content to The Navigators because he believes we’re in the best position to bring coaching into the church arena.
With intense passion in his voice, Daniel spoke of his great heartache whenever he hears another story about a Christian brother or sister “drifting” into sin. This reminded me of the song “Slow Fade” by Casting Crowns. (Watch it here if you have an opportunity!)

Key takeaways from this year's Coach Camp included:

  • Strive to please an audience of One (God)
  • Self-leadership precedes team-leadership
  • Ask, “What do I need to keep, stop, and/or start doing?”
  • Do the “right next thing”
  • “Add value” to coachees; LOVE IT when they grow!
On a personal note, I was especially jazzed to see one of the young men I’m coaching attend this year's Coach Camp—he is preparing to be a certified NCM Life & Leadership Coach as well!
It’s all part of my longing to pass the baton of faith and ministry to qualified others—as Paul did to and through Timothy, evident in 2 Timothy 2:2: “and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”

Let's return to the questions at the opening. What do you want your life to look like in the next three months? Six months? A year from now? What do you think, is now the time to get serious about the possibility of life and leadership coaching?

If you would like to learn more about Dean's ministry with The Navigators, or if you would like to connect with him, please click here.