What is the #1 way you can reduce stress in your leadership life right now? What’s important to remember about how you’re wired as you fulfill basic life responsibilities? What set of habits are critical to you as you lead and live?
Author, entrepreneur, and international speaker Marnie Swedberg and I talk about living out your faith when it’s hard, the one key to leadership, and four habits that will make you a more effective leader. If you wonder how doing basic and unseen tasks like changing diapers or filing reports has eternal significance, this is a must-listen episode for you.Marnie’s Leadership Journey
Currently, Marnie leads womenspeakers.com, an organization she founded that matches Christian speakers with event planners. She also founded and directs Bible Expo, an event that showcases authors of Bible studies. And on top of all that, she continues to speak at international events.How Marnie Got Started in Leadership
Marnie started helping in a four-year-old Sunday school class when she was 11. However, her first leadership position came when she was 17 when she managed an entire health club.
She felt her role there was to cheerlead her team. Now her cheerleading has evolved into mentorship. She enjoys coming alongside different types of leaders to encourage, help, and provide the next step through coaching and counseling.Life Events that Contributed to Marnie Growing in Leadership
Three major life events happened when she was four years old:
Because of these events, she realized she needed Jesus.
Professional and personal coaches have also equipped her throughout her adult life.Marnie’s Mentors
Each year, Marnie selects one person that she’ll learn from. Last year, she selected Brene Brown. When you select a mentor, it doesn’t need to be someone you personally know, but someone you can learn from through books, blogs, and podcasts.How Marnie has Grown in Her Faith Through Speaking Internationally
Traveling to developing and impoverished nations is scary for Marnie. Through 2009, she said no to international travel. Then God gave her a vision of a global map then gave her the opportunity to visit Peru.Leadership Lessons Marnie’s Learned
Practice humility. Elisabeth Elliot defined humility as flexibility. Marnie wants Jesus to be the distinguishing factor in her life. Remember that we are not irreplaceable.Marnie’s Advice for Younger Leaders
Remember that we are all a project and God is so patient to free the beauty He planted inside us. Flow God’s patience and grace to those you lead.How Marnie Discovered Her Wiring
Marnie started kindergarten at age 4 so she didn’t feel ready. In fact, she already felt behind so school was a real challenge. She didn’t learn to read until she was an adult.
After she graduated from high school, she could just relax and read because the pressure was off and nothing depended on reading so she started to love it.
She struggled with why God put her through those treacherous school years so she asked Him. He told her she hadn’t started school when she did, she never would have met her husband. She also struggled with staying at home with her children after so much success in the workplace, and she wondered why she wrote worship songs that no one else could hear.
She wrote the book Flow Through Vessel to share that anything God flows through you has an eternal reward.Dealing with Stress as a Leader
For Marnie, the key to how to deal with stress as a leader revolved around understanding how to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We are earth-dwellers and prayer-breathers. You can turn every emotion into a conscious awareness to talk with God.
The #1 stress reliever is to remember that any emotion is a cue to talk to God.How to Create Healthy Habits
Be kind to yourself and remember that you’ve practiced saying, “No, I’ll do it my way” about a million times since you were a toddler. Focus on making smaller habit changes instead of trying to revamp an entire area of your life. As you practice breaking bad habits, you get stronger at habit-breaking so you can break more habits faster.Marnie’s Habits
Marnie is learning the power of prayer and recommends the life-changing book Enjoying the Presence of God by Jan Johnson.Key Quotes from the Episode:
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