Dr. Tim Meier: Learning to Become Who You’re Meant To Be

Today’s guest has a powerful story. One filled with hope, love, heart break, pain, and victory.

Dr. Tim Meier has served as the director of Envision. Envision is a ministry that identifies and develops missional leaders who innovate, establish, and strengthen communities of faith in key urban environments. Envision does this through short-term trips, internships, leadership development, and more. Dr. Meier provides oversight for the Envision office team in Colorado Springs, as well as over twenty sites and teams around the world leading ministries. 

Recently announced: Dr. Tim Meier is now moving into a new role as VP for Development of the CMA (The Alliance).  Tim and his wife Rachel have been married for sixteen years. Tim loves to play with his two boys, eat sushi, watch Cleveland sports, and go for runs on the beautiful Colorado trails.

Favorite Success Quote

Helping people become who they’re meant to be.

Key Points

1. Living Intentionally Internationally

Around the age of 27, Tim and his family moved to France.  After a failed venture in Toulouse, France, Tim and his family moved to Paris, France.  Their missions in Paris went quite well.  At the age of 32 Tim and his family moved back to the U.S. six to eight months later.  Originally planning to spend a short break time in the U.S. and return to France, Tim and his wife sensed a new challenge to accept in Envision.

2. Life as a Professional Young Person Is Extremely Difficult

Develop healthy rhythms and habits that will sustain you through tough times.  Tim shares that his faith in God and the spiritual rhythms and habits that he developed sustained him through incredibly trying times.  He also had strong friendships and community.  People were strategically leaning in and showing love to Tim and his family through the rough times.  When going through hard times, assess what you have been neglecting and see if there is anything out of alignment with your life’s vision.  Consider things like sleep patterns, eating habits, and exercise routines to start.

3. The World will Keep Spinning Even If You Take Time To Rest

Taking a day off to rest is empowering.  It requires a large amount of humility to realize that you can take time off and the world will continue functioning.  Tim speaks on observing a sabbath and taking time to rejuvenate which allows him to connect with God, and to sustain long term productivity.  He strives to connect with the deeper purposes of his life.  Times of rest can provide a rich opportunity to do this.

4. Fight Against Loneliness and Isolation by Showing Up

Show up at openings and events.  If a friend opens up a business for example, show up to the grand opening.  Be supportive and genuinely interested in others’ successes.  Even if you are not an extrovert, and meeting people, to become friends with them because you both can add value to each others’ lives.  Isolation is dangerous because it keeps you from viewing the world correctly.
Taking risks outside of isolation and being a part of community is so crucial especially in your twenties.

5. How Can Passionate Entrepreneurs Connect and Create Friendships?

Being transparent is very important.  Assess how willing you are to “live life with someone” and how willing are they to do that with me.  Vulnerability is slightly different from transparency.  Where transparency is being an open book, vulnerability says, “you have permission to speak into my life.”  Be the one to take the first step.  People might discount you and you might face rejection at times, but the more authentic and genuine you are, the more success you will find in building healthy business and life relationships.  Cultivate community spaces where you take time to have coffee and lunch with others.  It must be a part of your life and journey.

Heart Healthy Hustle Round

Heart: What activity do you use to care for and strengthen your internal character?

Journal, read scripture, sit in silence for awhile.  Implement chose a healthy  rhythm to implement.  This rhythm will take you through hard times and help keep you grounded.  These meditative moments of stillness allow Tim to better connect with God and also gain clarity on his life’s purpose.

Health: How do you maintain your physical health and avoid burn out?

Tim runs four to five times per week.  He needs to run about twenty-five to thirty miles per week.  Tim is also committed to resting at this point in his life.  This may look like turning off his phone at a specific time of day, or just going off the grid for a weekend.  In between major life transitions, Tim will take necessary vacation time to truly rest.

Hustle: What’s your main motivation for doing what you do?  Why is it not even an option.. to hustle to the max of your potential?

Tim believes God has a purpose for his life and put him on earth for a reason.  Tim shares, to do less than his absolute his absolute best is to sacrifice the invitation God has given him.  He does not believe anything is neutral.  He believes everything is moving either towards God or instead toward something negative.  It’s important to continue striving to be your very best in each and every moment of your life.  If you neglect your responsibility then you sacrifice the gift and invitation.

Park Bench Paradigm

“If you could sit on a bench with your younger self and put your hand on your own shoulder, what would you say to him, and why?”

Slow down.  See people around you.  Realize this is the long game.  This isn’t the short game.  This isn’t about what you can accomplish in the next 3 to 6 months or year.  This is about who you will be and become over the long term.  Who you are is way more important than what you do.  The person that you are and the person you are becoming should require intentionality and development as much as the skills that you’re learning and what you want to produce for yourself and for people.  See the big picture and slow down.

Influential Books

Leadership On The Line  by Ronald A. Heifetz

The Speed of Trust by  Stephen M .R. Covey

Soul Care  by Dr. Rob Reimer

Connect with Dr. Tim Meier

Twitter: @timmeier

Interested in Envision?  www.weareenvision.com

Learn more about the CMA: www.cmalliance.org

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