From “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of A Leader” by John C. Maxwell
How can you have charisma? Be more concerned about making others feel good about themselves than you are making them feel good about you. ~Dan Reiland, Vice President of Leadership Development, INJOY
I apologize but I cannot recall from whence I heard/read this statement, but it stayed with me.
“You make the choice to create great habits. Are your leadership habits today on par with your goals for tomorrow?”
#leadership #goals #choices #habits
P.S. I need to apply this to working out. I used to LOVE doing some form of a work out. Will have to ponder my downward trajectory and attitude about the matter and make a decision to be more consistent. Oy vay! Meanwhile, I’ll celebrate having made the decision to consistently eat better a few years ago and staying with it. Gotta celebrate the triumphs while working on improvements.
The below story is borrowed from Dr. John C. Maxwell. Love it!
A man took his young daughter to a carnival, and she immediately ran over to a booth and asked for cotton candy. As the attendant handed her a huge ball of it, the father asked, “Sweetheart, are you sure you can eat all that?”
“Don’t worry, Dad,” she answered, “I’m a lot bigger on the inside than on the outside.”
That’s what real character is – being bigger on the inside.
Dr. John C. Maxwell has shared that while crises do not necessarily make one’s character, they certainly have the ability to reveal one’s character. Adversity is a crossroads that makes a person choose one of two paths: character or compromise. When character is a choice, growth is the result, even if in choosing character, the consequences are negative. The next time you have a decision to make which will have an impact on your role as a leader (within your household, group, school, organization, etc), make the most integritous choice, one that will strengthen your character.
~Taken from The 21 Indispensable Qualities of A Leader
I read the devotional below in Pastor Rick Warren’s Daily Devotional and HAD to share. It is so very on point!
Did you know that the words that come out of our mouths are like a tool? Sometimes they’re like a sledgehammer. We swing away without thinking and end up with a pile of relational rubble. Sometimes they’re like a saw, cutting people down. If we keep using these tools, inevitably our relationships are going to suffer.
One reason we aren’t constructive with our words is we don’t realize how powerful they are; yet, I bet you can still remember things people said to you in a thoughtless way as far back as grade school or college. That’s how powerful words are. They leave a lasting impact. So when it comes to your mouth, think of it as a power tool and be very careful with it.
Here’s how to build instead of destroying with your words —
Stop excusing — Stop saying, “I didn’t really mean to say that.” Realize that what you say impacts everyone around you.
Talk less — If it’s a power tool, you don’t have to use it as much. One of the reasons we get in trouble is we just talk too much sometimes.
Listen more — If I listen more, I can understand people’s needs.
Start building — Think first of all, “What do they need?” How can I use a word of encouragement to build them up? How can I use a word of challenge to make a difference in someone’s life? How can I use my words to build up the people I love the most?
Ephesians 4:29 (ASV): “Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for edifying as the need may be, that it may give grace to them that hear.”
“Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.” Dr. John C. Maxwell
There are many things in life over which we do not have a choice, over which we do not have control. Character development is not one of them. Whoever we are, whatever type of leader we choose to become, it, indeed, is a choice. The positive of that is, if we are not the leaders we want to be, if we do not possess the character that we want to have as leaders, as long as we continue to breathe, we have the opportunity to change. As we become a better version of our selves, we effect positive change in those within our circles of influence, who then effect change in their circles of influence, and so forth and so on.
Saw this on the door of a law professor and had to share. Too cute!
1. If I like it, it’s mine.
2. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.
3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
4. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
5. If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
6. If I am doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
7. If it looks like mine, it is mine.
8. If I saw it first, it’s mine.
9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
10. If it’s broken, it’s yours.