Month: December 2010

Christmas Hiatus (2 Weeks of Quiet Time)

Kenny Silva
Merry Christmas, Y'all

Friends, Fans, and Frenemies,

Christmas time is here! I hope you’re all excited. I know that I am ready for the break.

Part of my plan for the holiday is retreating to Connecticut for 2 weeks to visit my family (whom I haven’t seen in almost 6 months.) I’ve been looking forward to this for a while. I know I’ll have to work a little bit here and there during the vacation, but I won’t be doing too much writing.

That said, things are going to be pretty quiet on the blog front. Get ready for a blog-tastic 2011, however. You’ll want to go ahead and subscribe for that so that you don’t miss out.

I want wish each and every one of you a peaceful and relaxing holiday season. I pray that hope, joy, and love will permeate everything you do. Rejoice in Christ; He’s the reason for the season!

Mucho Love,
Kenny

What's Your Internal Script?

Internal Script and MindsetI’ve been taking part in a daily training program over the past few weeks at Keller Williams Realty. It’s geared towards REALTORs; specifically the areas of lead generation and business development. A large component of the course has to do with motivation and self-affirmation.

The program’s facilitator asked each of us to come up with our own personal script/affirmation/prayer. This is the statement that you make to yourself several times a day. It can be a little cheesy, especially when you say it in the mirror, but is an extremely powerful tool.

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Are You Running on Empty?

Pouring OutI was having a cup of coffee with a good friend the other day. He is a fellow small group leader in Cross Point’s young adult community; Stretch. The job he does pouring into and leading his small group members is simply amazing. He is one of the most encouraging people I know.

This friend had just had a rough day at work and was venting about his struggles and frustrations. It seemed like he was at the end of his rope. I’ll spare you all the details, but at one point I asked him, “Who’s pouring into you? Who’s directly investing in your life in the same way that you do with others?”

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3 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

Giving Back This Christmas

We’ve been talking about servant leadership and pride this week. In my life, the only way I’ve found to combat my pride is to seek out opportunities to be humbled. Serving others with our time, talents, and resources is the way to do just that. Most importantly, it’s simply the right thing to do.

Not only is service what God has called us to do with our lives, but it is the most enriching experience that we will ever take part in. Let’s look at a few ways to give back to our communities and fellow man today. You’ll be surprised at what you learn about yourself along the way. I always am.

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Why Pride Will Ruin Your Life

Prideful Lion - Pride Will Ruin Your LifeI’m writing today’s post because pride is the sin I struggle with the most. It lays heavy on my heart. Pride has caused me to stumble numerous times in my life and I fear it will do the same to each and every leader who succumbs to its subtle embrace…

Here’s what pride will tell you:

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Servant Leadership – A Devotional

Servant LeadershipI wanted to share this week’s devotional with everyone because I think we all need to be reminded of the importance of servant leadership.

“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”

-Philippians 2:3-7 ESV

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The Power of Casting Vision

Casting Vision

Yesterday, I shared my vision for the ideal Christmas morning:

I will be living in a beautiful historic home in either the Edgefield or Lockeland Springs neighborhood of East Nashville. It will be modest in size, yet loaded with charm. I’ll be laying in a queen size bed next to my beautiful wife. Our two children come running in at 7 AM and startle us both awake.

The family then goes downstairs to find a fireplace with a Christmas tree not too far off. There is a train-set assembled and ready to go, circling the tree and the modest number of presents below it. After a time of honest and thankful prayer, we exchange gifts.

The rest of the day is spent telling stories by the fire, preparing Christmas dinner, and enjoying the company of friends and family.

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An Exercise in Creating Vision

Creating and Casting VisionToday, I facilitated a discussion on vision and purpose for some fellow real estate agents. It was a great experience in which we shared the ‘Big Why’ that motivates each of us. As a part of the class/discussion, I posed the following exercise:

Please describe your ideal Christmas morning.

I’m asking each of you to do the same below in the comments section. Come back tomorrow or subscribe to see what the next step in the exercise is.

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5 Lessons Learned About Leadership From an Orchestral Conductor

Leadership Development from an Orchestra ConductorI had the privilege of attending a student concert at Lipscomb University last night. I was there to hear a friend, but couldn’t help but observe the conductor; waiving his arms passionately in front of 30 college-aged musicians.

In college, I majored in music education and took several courses in conducting, so I know the mechanics. I’ve learned how to hold the baton, form the patterns, interpret the music, and so on.

What I learned for the first time tonight, however, is that conductors have quite a bit to teach us about leadership:

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How Giving Will Get You Everything You Want

I am reposting this blog that I wrote on an old website last year. After reading Courtenay Rogers’ post on unselfish networking today, I decided that I should chime in on that discussion.

Leaders Developing RelationshipsSo there I was, using this snowy day as an excuse to stay home and feed my Facebook addiction when a complete stranger starts up a Facebook chat with me. Not sure how we’re friends, but that’s cool; I actually enjoy talking to strangers. I’ll spare you the entire discourse, but suffice it to say:

  • His first line (in place of “hello”) was “What kind of contacts do you have?
  • His response to my confused reply was “I want to be a model. Do you know any famous people?

The ensuing conversation was silly to say the least, but it got me thinking about how many of these type conversations I’ve encountered here in Music City. You know what I’m talking about…

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