Short-term thinking

Ask any financial adviser about the phone calls they receive from clients during major market declines like the 2008-2009 financial crisis (or even more recent than that) and most will say that investors often become fixated on just one number: their total portfolio return. (Confession: When I get my investment reports, my eye always goes to the bottom line first.)

While your bottom line gain or loss is an important gauge in evaluating your progress, focusing only on short-term returns without regard for your overall objectives can actually hurt your chances of achieving your goals.

The same is true in leadership. If you’re not careful, you’ll spend too much time focusing on the short-term.

Short-term mentality: I need slot-fillers.
Long-term mentality: I need God-called people.

Short-term mentality: I’m ready to vote my pastor off the island.
Long-term mentality: I’m committed to the team.

Short-term mentality: Parents are problems.
Long-term mentality: Parents are potential partners.

Short-term mentality: We need curriculum that entertains.
Long-term mentality: We need curriculum that prepares kids for life.

Talk to a financial adviser. Short-term thinking almost always leads to poor decisions. All in favor of avoiding this same mistake in ministry?

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  1. 1 Short Term versus Long Term Thinking in Kids’ Ministry | Sites 4 Kids Ministry said at 11:25 am on February 9th, 2012:

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  2. 2 Nathan J. Anderson said at 4:03 am on February 20th, 2012:

    Amen!

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