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About Ed Nix

Leadership is the difference maker and the deal breaker. It’s how we grow organizations.  It’s how we impact lives. But, as you also know, leadership cannot be an idea we simply talk about; leadership is the action we must live out.

As a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker, I can offer you workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching, aiding your personal and professional growth through study and practical application of John’s proven leadership methods. Working together, I will move you and/or your team or organization in the desired direction to reach your goals.

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The Lion's Den

On a recent road trip to Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois and elsewhere, I drove over 2,000 miles in a week.  During my drive I had a lot of time to think and reflect, and for a lot of the journey I just left the car radio off, and communed with God.  During my reflection I prayed and recalled the grace that I have been shown over the years.  I thanked my Lord and Savior, and enjoyed the magnificent landscape and scenery that he has created.


Of course, when you are traveling on the interstate, not all of it is beautiful scenery.  One of the things that I could not avoid seeing was the various Adult XXX Stores.  It seems that there were at least 3-5 of them scattered throughout the trip.  They always have big signs on the side of the interstate, and they warn you that the exit is coming for you to get off at.  There have been times in my life, when I might have followed the signs.  Thank God that I am no longer so inclined.
 

In Scripture (1st Peter 5:8) we are cautioned to “Be sober, be vigilant, your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”  This scripture came to me as I noticed the name of the pornography shops.  Apparently these shops are franchises, and they are called “THE LION’S DEN”!

Go Figure!!  In our culture, we don’t have to wait for our enemy to find and devour us; we can walk right into ‘the lion’s den’.  Do you think the founders and owners are aware of scripture, and how appropriately they named their business?

Living to Your Purpose

One of the things that has really 'hit' me lately is the need to take a long view of life and live to my purpose. I agree with John Maxwell that, "the two most important days in a persons' life are the day he is born, and the day he figures out why." Having gone through a process at my church to figure out my own calling has changed both the quality and trajectory of my life. Once you have a solid WHY that you are 100% sold on and invested in, life takes on a completely new flavor.

In my case, it is all about the spiritual. My personal mission statement says that:

"I am trusting God to use my Learning, Teaching, Speaking, and Leadership skills to impact and serve others in order to help them succeed and Glorify God."

I have been living both with and for this mission for almost four years now, and let me be very clear in stating that my life is still evolving.  Having a "purpose" or "mission" does NOT stop the variety and change in life, but instead helps to focus and direct life. My life has become more of an adventure, and I look forward to the future.

Developing and clarifying your purpose is not an easy thing to do and it's probably not something that you can do in a short period of time. It takes prayer, reflection, review of your past, assessment of your talents, skills, knowledge of your abilities and shortcomings, and a good honest self appraisal. It also takes a certain amount of life experience and wisdom. The process has a lot to do with knowing your values, as well as knowing what it is that you're willing to fight and die for. Don't be fooled - it's not an easy process.

I urge you to begin pondering your life's mission and purpose. Once it is revealed to you, your time will be more manageable, your choices will be easier to make, and focus will become more natural. I believe you will find that there is not an important life purpose or mission that does not have a spiritual component.

You see, at the end of the day, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

Lessons

At the end of the day, life is all about lessons.

Lessons that need to be learned.

Some are new, and some are the same old lessons that just keep coming around. If we fail to learn them the first time, then we wind up revisiting them later on. Ironically, when those lessons reemerge time and time again, continuously being replayed in our lives, we tend to respond by redoubling our efforts NOT to learn them.

We fight.

We look for a way to run away.

We seek someone else to blame.

In the long run, none of those tactics will work and the lesson will, inevitably, return.

Curious as to what the take away in all this is? Well, honestly, it's pretty simple - the only thing that actually works is to LEARN THE LESSON THAT LIFE IS TEACHING US! Fighting just makes us tired and mad, running is impossible because all we do is wind up taking our struggles with us, and blaming someone else just assigns the power over to them that we thought we had.

Learning all of our life lessons makes growing up a real adventure.

So...what lesson is life trying to teach you?

Manage vs Lead

Many people that I observe suffer from the misconception that they can manage people - ie, controlling those around them to achieve a desired end, such as the creation of profit and/or increased customer satisfaction.  Now, while there are many things that can be controlled in this world that we live in, people are NOT one of them.

Why?

Well, because people are, by and large, essentially unmanageable.

The reality that we live in is that we can, at best, influence others.  In fact, while it may not be realized or tangible at the time, we are always influencing those around us.

"Leadership is influence, nothing more, and nothing less."

The question then becomes, if we can't manage people, what do we do with them?  The answer, my friends, is lead.  Although many of us do not consider ourselves leaders, our live are peppered with people that we are influencing in ways that are - potentially - completely unbeknownst to us.

The concept of true leadership really boils down to whether or not we are influencing others in an '"intentional" way; meaning, are we leading them to a desired, pre-determined end.  People that suffer from the misconception that they can, in fact, control others typically have little to no desire in even considering the development of their skills of influence (leadership).

Why would anyone want to spend the time and energy necessary to learn to influence people if they already believe that they should be able to control them?

Because, in the end, becoming a great leader that people want to follow - as opposed to feeling as though they have no choice but to follow - provides you with the tools necessary to achieve your mission together.

Knowing Your Business IS Your Business

As I work with business owners I am continually amazed at the answers that I receive when I ask someone what their revenue is for that particular year because, often times, the answer is nothing more than mumbling and fumbling.

Now, there's always the chance that some people might think that that particular information is none of my business and, therefore,  purposefully fumble as a stall tactic simply because they don't want to tell me. Now, if that's the case, then I certainly shouldn't be coaching them. There's really no way for me to be of much assistance in regards to coaching without communication, honesty, and forthrightness.

Often, however, I think they fumble because they have no clue as to the answer of the question that's being posed to them, which never fails to astound me! It's YOUR business so, honestly, how can you not know? We always seem to know the numbers associated with all the other facets of our lives - how is this any different? For instance, when you go bowling do you not know your score at the fourth frame? Or, for that matter, would you go out for a round of golf and NOT know your stroke count after each hole?

The answer to each of these last two questions is {typically} a resounding NO. So, what is it about YOUR business - YOUR livelihood - that's any different? One of the primary ways that we keep score in business is REVENUE! If you don't know the score, how can you hope to win the game?

If you're looking for additional information regarding anything you've seen here, please don't hesitate to give me a call! My goal is to help you achieve your goals.