Now this dream or vision-one of the most important ways you can tell if a dream or a vision is from God is that it will always be bigger than you are. A vision from God is orchestrated by God. You can undertake extreme measure to see Him and you’re that interested in seeing Jesus, you will see Him not only at a distance, but also up close. He will invite Himself to your house. It will change your life.
When the mantle hits, it is the still small voice of the Holy Spirit that will say, “this is your moment dear. RUN after that prophet! Always be in a state of readiness and expectation. God’s power collides with our potential. DIVINE CONNECTION. ALSO realize that destiny-defining moments take place in ordinary, everyday circumstances. In order to be trusted with a destiny-defining moment, we need to be good stewards of the unique moment we have been given right now.
When you implement Discipline 1 you start by selecting one or at the most, two extremely important goals, instead of trying to significantly improve everything all at once. We call this a WIG-a wildly important goal to make it clear to the team that this is the goal that matters most.
This is the discipline of leverage. It’s based on the simple principle that all actions are not created equal. Some actions have more impact than others when reaching for a goal. And it is those that you want to identify and act on if you want to reach your goal. Whatever strategy you’re pursuing, your progress and your success will be based on two kinds of measures: lag and lead.
Lag measures are the tracking measurements of the wildly important goal, and they are usually the ones you spend most of your time praying over. Lead measures are quite different in that they are the measures of the most high-impact your teams must do to reach the goal. In essence, they measure the new behaviors that will drive success on the lag measures, whether those behaviors are as simple as offering a sample to every customer in the bakery or as complex as adhering to standards in jet-engine design.
Discipline 3 is the discipline of engagement. In principle, the highest level of performance always comes from people who are emotionally engaged and the highest level of engagement comes from knowing the score-that is, if people know whether they are winning or losing.
Cadence is a balanced rhythmic flow. This discipline is where execution really happens. The first three disciplines set up the game, but until you apply Discipline 4, your team isn’t in the game. It is based on the principle of accountability. That unless we consistently hold each other accountable, the goal naturally disintegrates in the whirlwind.
The cadence of accountability is a rhythm of regular and frequent meetings of any team that owns a wildly important goal. These meetings happen at least weekly and ideally last no more than twenty to thirty minutes. In that brief time, team members hold each other accountable for producing results, despite the whirlwind.
Well, how badly do you want to win your race? Well Paul looked at his divine destiny that lay before him like a runner looks at the finish line. Rather than approach his spiritual race lazily and half-heartedly, Paul did everything within his power to preach the Gospel. If it meant getting a job on the side in order to be able to preach, that’s what Paul did (Acts 18:3). If it meant becoming as a Jew in order to be able to preach to the Jews, that’s what Paul did (1 Corinthians 9:20). And if it meant becoming as those without law to win those who were without law, that’s what Paul did (1 Corinthians 9:21). He became all things to all men in order that he might win some to the Lord (1 Corinthians 9:22). Paul suffered hardship, persecution, lack, cold, hunger, nakedness, homelessness, trouble from false brethren, trouble from true brethren-on the city, in the wilderness, and even at sea. Paul never lost sight of the fact that he was called of God and that he would one day account for what he did with that calling. The finish line was always before him! He kept one thing foremost in his mind and preeminent in his thinking: I must obtain the prize. I must fulfill the purpose for which I was born. I must achieve the plan of God for my life.