Jack Welch, Seth Godin, Bill Hybels, Andy Stanley, Craig Groeschel, Rick Warren, Mark Driscoll – these men are experts at articulating practical steps for better business, leadership, living or scriptural application. They’ve built businesses and churches that have global impact and eternal influence. They speak in sound bites that become axioms for leadership, principles for success and proverbs for practical living.
It’s easy to see the value of practical steps. They are small, achievable goals, relatively easy to understand and attain. The big idea may be challenging. The mountain you intend to climb may seem impossible, implausible, even impassable. But take the right series of practical steps and you’ll find yourself at the top. With practical steps you can accomplish unbelievable things.
There’s also a danger to practical steps. They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Good intentions may be the gravel under you feet, but practical steps are what move you down that road. People have to make a living. Chores have to be done. Dreams give way to the practical step of paying bills. The goal of business is to make money. Cheaper labor, higher prices sounds like a practical formula for bigger profit margin. Yet some companies find that formula failing while others, who choose to give away services for free, make money hand over fist. Christ-followers try to live ‘in the world, not of it.’ They take practical steps to separate themselves from temptation. They become so surrounded by ‘Christian’ people and ‘Christian’ culture they’ve excluded themselves from any real opportunity to be salt and light in a world desperately seeking the answers they hold.
Today, you’ll take practical steps. Will they be practical steps on the road to success or the road of good intentions?
It seems ironic, but here’s a list of practical steps to help you take the right practical steps.
- Know the Word. The Bible says, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and light to my path.” It’s filled with practical wisdom for daily living.
- Know your purpose. There’s a difference between taking practical steps and taking a walk. Knowing your destination determines the difference.
- Surround yourself with smart, godly people. They provide insight and accountability on your road to success.
- Surround yourself with smart, godly people who disagree with you. If they’re smart and they’re godly it’s wise to listen when they push back. They likely have thoughtful, god-centered ideas you should evaluate and learn from.
- Move forward. It’s not really a practical step without the ‘stepping‘ part.
What practical step do you need to take today?