CNLP 553: Craig Groeschel Breaks Down Being Undisciplined as a Younger Leader, The Current Habits He’s Mastering, How to Improve Your Sleep Habits and the Three Habits Every Leader Should Focus On

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Craig Groeschel, Pastor of Life.Church and NYT bestselling author breaks down what being undisciplined as a young leader cost him, the process of becoming a disciplined leader, the current habits he’s mastered, including how to improve your sleep, and the three habits every leader should focus on.  

Welcome to Episode 553 of the podcast. Listen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.

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Again that’s to reach people and engage people more effectively this Easter.

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Conversation Links


The Power to Change: Mastering the Habits That Matter Most By Craig Groeschel

Winning the War in Your Mind: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life By Craig Groeschel

Lead Like It Matters: 7 Leadership Principles for a Church That Lasts By Craig Groeschel

More Craig Groeschel Books

The Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast

Global Leadership Network

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear 

CNLP 543: James Clear on the Backstory Behind Atomic Habits, His Top Tips on Habit Formation, Values and Identity, and His Theory on Selling More Than Ten Million Copies of Atomic Habits

CNLP 447: Charles Duhigg on What Most Leaders Don’t Know About Innovation, the Killer App of Deep Thinking, and How to Develop Better Habits

Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps, and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind by Nick Littlehales

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Next Episode: Richard Blackaby

Richard Blackaby has worked with his dad for decades to bring the message of Experiencing God to the world. In this interview, Richard talks about how arriving at a small church of ten people and seeing God turn it around, the story behind how Experiencing God went on to sell millions of copies, how to find God’s will, and how pastors can disciple business leaders.

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Lead With Confidence and Clarity. Grow Your Church.

As leaders, we tend to see the challenges and roadblocks before other people do.

We've all been there before...

  • You need to refresh your vision for the future but know that change will be an issue for that person.
  • You're overstaffed (or missing a key role) and can't find the right person to fill the role.
  • You aren't reaching enough new people even though you've tried everything that's working for other churches.
  • You can see the issue but aren't confident in what to do about it.

And with another Sunday morning coming up, it'll just have to wait until next week when you have a few minutes to figure it out.

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Whether it's reaching new people, improving your preaching, increasing volunteers, refreshing your vision, engaging your staff, or any of the countless challenges we face as church leaders, The Art of Leadership Academy will equip you to lead your church with confidence and clarity.

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Carey Nieuwhof

Carey Nieuwhof is a best-selling leadership author, speaker, podcaster, former attorney, and church planter. He hosts one of today’s most influential leadership podcasts, and his online content is accessed by leaders over 1.5 million times a month. He speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change, and personal growth.