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i’ve always loved batman.

okay, it was the cheesy technicolour old school batman programme from the late 60’s did it for me.

not so much the newer darker version.

one thing that always intrigued me, apart from those gloves, was his bat belt, his utility belt.

packed full of tools for any occasion, any emergency, any situation.

batarang’s, Grapple gun, Smoke pellets, Concussion mines, Sonic devastator – you name it.  its in there.

Batman was prepared.

the bat belt even has its own wikipedia page!

 

but it reminds me that as a dreamer i need to tool up.  i need to strap on my own utility belt.

i need to have tools at my fingertips that are keeping me accountable, that help me step forward, that are inspiring me.

and i need to keep on collecting tools, up skilling, growing.

 

you need your tools for when dreaming takes a dip.

you need them to get you making forward steps.

you need them to increase your skills capacity so you can step into your dream and LIVE it, really live it!

you need them to put some HOWS into your WHAT, and to make it work smartly.

 

books are one of my favourite tools of the trade.  i love to read.  leaders are readers.

at the moment i’m reading about Steve Job’s phenomenal presentation skills.

 

i also love podcasts, not just for the content, but for how people phrase and say things.  last night was a bad sleep night so i listened to a great podcast by Judah Smith from The City Church and Coffee With Christine Caine.

 

we’re blessed in this tech savvy age to have so many more resources and connections at our fingertips.  there is an app for everything.  want to lose weight – there’s an app that will track your calories and fitness.  want to write more – there’s an app to help you with your word count.  need to create new habits – there are apps that encourage change and new habits.  not to mention blogs and websites.  jon acuff’s website is on my utility belt.  WWJD?  yes, what would jon do?  i can look it up.  i can even ASK him!  like HIM.  things are a lot more personal now, the globe’s distance doesnt make a difference any more.

 

the people that you surround your life with are also tools as you dream and build.  not in a bad way – we’re down for using, but in a good way.  they are your cheering squad, your mentors, your supporters, your encouragers, your wisdom resource.  talk to people and be connected.  and in this day and age you can also find incredible support online, be it in blogs or on twitter or fb.  i love my Leading and Loving It ConnectLIVE group for this very reason.   the people you surround yourself will either support or sabotage you.

get connected.  make it work, make it a tool on your utility belt.

 

and most importantly.

never forget you are never alone and that the real power and the real strength comes from the Holy Spirit within you.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7

“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 2 Corinthians 3:5

 

when i feel like there are no tools in my bat belt.  He is there.  He works through me.  He is my capability.

 

is it really as simple as this?  yes and no.  but be intentional about packing your bat belt full of things you can use.  work smarter not harder.  make use of all the resources out there.  remember the wheel reinvention quote… you don’t need to reinvent the wheel.  but make sure you’re using it!

 

so go on, strap a bat belt on.

 

what are your favourite tools?  

what encouragement do you give yourself when you’re pursuing a dream?

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