Confessions of a Thief…

I must confess that I have been a thief most of my life. For those of you who know me, does that surprise you?

I recently read a piece by Zig Ziglar that says anyone who does not fully believe in themselves and fully utilizes their abilities is stealing from themselves, their loved ones, and because they do not perform to their best, they are stealing from society. A thief – I confess.

This statement was kind of the straw that broke this camel’s back. You see, for some time now there has been a consistent message that I have been ignoring. I am uniquely me – with all my education, experiences, and feelings. There is no one else like me, and so there is no one else that can share my stories, my struggles, my experiences, my life lessons. God has uniquely created me for a purpose that I alone can fulfill.

So…gloves are off. Game on. No more thieveries!

My coaching will no longer look or feel like everyone else’s. You see, I am a Christian and I coach from a Biblical World View. If you cannot handle that – do not call me – you do not want to be my client.

My leadership experiences are not from some classroom case study. I have lead men in combat – real combat. I earned the coveted Combat Infantryman‘s Badge (CIB) in Dessert Storm. I have also earned a Bronze Star Medal and an ARCOM with a “V” device for valor. I know how to lead when the real bullets are flying and there are no do-overs.

I believe leadership begins with you. If you cannot lead yourself well, why do you think you should lead anyone else? If you are grossly overweight and slovenly dressed – you lack personal self-discipline. You see I know a thing or two about the topic of self-discipline too. I have earned a black belt in Shotokan Karate; I am a marathon runner, and an Army Airborne Ranger. That stuff takes personal discipline.

As for education, I have all the letters behind my name to prove my pedigree as well. More importantly, I have been through the school of hard knocks and have degrees in blood, sweat, and tears. I have friends in high and low places, and know what it feels like to have plenty and be broke. I have studied the writings of the great thinkers, leaders, and philosophers, and those of Calvin and Hobbes.

You see, I have a story. There are people who need help and I have a responsibility to them. The world is waiting for me to tell my story and some will continue to suffer until I step over the line and do that.

For now on, as Zig Ziglar would say, “I’m not gonna ease up, let up, shut up, or give up until I’m taken up. As a matter of fact, I’m just getting warmed up.”

So there’s this thief’s confession. What about yours?

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  1. John,
    It’s so great to see you back online – and with a burning purpose too! Your accomplishments truly set you apart from anyone else. Now I understand exactly where you’re coming from when you speak. That’s quite a background.

    Thanks so much for sharing your decision to stay in total integrity. Again, glad to have you back sharing your message,
    Val 🙂
    Val Wilcox´s last blog post ..A Reason- Season- or a Lifetime…

  2. Thanks Val.

    I’ve had a couple of different opportunities ‘fall’ into my lap. So I am staying busy. I am looking forward to things settling sown some after the first of the year so I can reconnect with the MasterMind Group.

    Have a great weekend.



  3. Over-achiever! Ha! Very nice blog. Glad you’re going “gloves off.” God has so much for you! As Bonhoeffer wrote (my paraphrase), When Christ calls a man, he bids him, ‘Come and die.”

  4. Thanks Scott.

    I think every man is a thief in some way. We are all created for so much more.



  5. Thanks Viv.

    We are all unique and need to step up to the role for which we were created.

    Be the best you that you can be!

    Blessings my Friend,


  6. Hi Dr. John,

    Great article! There was so many different parts that spoke to me. I need to be more disciplined. I’ve been working on being on time because that is such an unprofessional thing and people are going to listen to what I have to say if I’m not respecting their time. Taking pride in my appearance is something else that one can do to step it up. I loved when you said the we are all unique in our stories, struggles, experiences, and life lessons. I have something to offer that no one else can offer! Knowing that is very powerful. Thank you for sharing your insight and knowledge. I look forward to your next post!
    God Bless,
    Trish Kirby
    Trish Kirby´s last blog post ..Principles of Leadership

  7. Trish,

    Thank you for your kind words.
    As a good friend of mine says, “Don’t forget, you have the mark of greatness on you!”


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