LYH84: How to Create Your Future


Show Agenda

  • Featured Presentation: How to Create Your Future

Faith in Focus: “Beware False Teachers”

“The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” (1 Timothy 1:5)

Featured Presentation: How to Create Your Future

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” – Steve Jobs

Four Types of Creatives

1. Builders

Builders create products and services. They are called builders because they “build” physical or digital products (e.g., books, software, tools) or provide services (e.g., therapy, consulting) that educate, entertain, or otherwise assist others. Examples include legendary builders like Steve Jobs with Apple or Bill Gates with Microsoft, whose products (e.g., the iPod and Windows respectively) changed the world. If your desire is to influence though products and services that you create, then you are a builder. Y

2. Advocates

Advocates create a conversation or movement. They challenge social assumptions to promote justice, empower the disenfranchised, or otherwise champion a worthwhile cause. Abraham Lincoln (anti-slavery), Mother Teresa (eliminating poverty), and Mahatma Gandi (Indian independence) are each examples of advocates with international acclaim.  Advocates create resistance against apathy, ignorance, and abuses. In doing so, they connect humanity to a transcendent and unifying truth.

3. Aesthetics

Aesthetics create an atmosphere. Atmosphere refers to the emotionality of a setting. Aesthetics personify, within their context, the beauty of the culture. In varied ways, they connect us to our emotional core. Maya Angelou, with works such as “I know why the caged bird sings” and Luciano Pavarotti (dubbed “King of the High C” for his classic aria Pour mon âme) are other examples of aesthetics. Aesthetics create an atmosphere that touches our souls.

4. Networkers

Networkers create social hubs. They apply their gifts to connect people. In his New York Times bestseller, The Tipping Point, author Malcolm Gladwell calls them “Connectors.” Gladwell describes them as the kinds of people who know everyone. This knowledge is used to refer people to the right person or service.


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My Vegetarian Breakthrough: 12 Months, 12 Lessons, 1 Answer (Part 2)

I wanted a breakthrough in my life. But, how desperate was I? This was the question that I faced 12 months ago. While I had been praying for open doors, honestly, they seemed elusive. Yes, I experienced successes on many levels. For that I’m grateful. But, I still felt  trapped—unable to spread my wings. I felt I was putting out a lot of effort. But, the returns were somewhat disappointing. I longed to know what would it take to unlock the door? In Part I of “My Vegetarian Breakthrough”, I explained how this desperation led to my resolution to become a vegetarian as a way of consecration and focusing on what God desires for my life. Over the past 12 months, I’ve learned that breakthrough is not a place. It’s an attitude of commitment for personal and platform development.

breakthrough influence

In Part I, I outlined the six lessons I learned for my own personal development. In Part II, I address the final final six lessons as well as some spiritual insights I’ve gained.

When the fast began I had expectations about what breakthrough would look like. I expected more invitations to speak. I hoped for a windfall of creative ideas to create new products. I looked for new relationships that might be mutually beneficial. After 12 months, some of these desires came to fruition. But, I realized that none of them really define breakthrough for me or anyone else.

I’ll say it again “Breakthrough is an attitude.” So, in a very real way my 12 months as a vegetarian was really about my own attitude adjustment. This adjustment started with three spiritual insights that I have to internalize into my core fabric, not just head knowledge. I’m still working on these. But, I’m trying.

Spiritual Insights for Breakthrough Influence

  • Trust wholeheartedly that God is working everything together on my behalf even when I can’t see or feel it
  • God is not impressed (or moved) by many of the things that impress me
  • The more I do, the less room I leave for God

With these spiritual insights as a backdrop, we can now examine the final six lessons for breakthrough influence. These lessons orient around the unique purpose that I (and you) have on this earth—the reason why we were created.  You and I were created for influence. In this sense, we are each leaders.