Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. Vincent Van Gogh
Did you know that over the course of the average American’s life, they spend…
3.6 years eating
25 years sleeping
2 years watching commercials
3 months in traffic
1.1 years simply cleaning up after themselves
How much time are you spending on the things you’re energized about?
Contrary to the average American, the purpose driven people use their time differently:
1. Read and learn regularly
2. Build relationships continuously
3. Do work that offers them personal satisfaction
“If you don’t know where you are going, how can you expect to get there?” Basil S. Walsh The Wooden Box by Julio Melara: Momma was always a hard worker. Ever since I was a little boy, my mother would reinforce that I could do anything if I worked hard and applied myself. When I was 12 years old, I started cutting grass to make some money. At the age of 13, my mother gave me a wooden box that would change my life forever. On the outside of the wooden box were the words “The Secret of Success.” When you opened up the box, there was a bold, four-letter word inscribed – “WORK”
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Psalm 143:8 NIV A Little EXTRA Effort Did you know that both of the premier auto racing events, the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, each takes about three to three and half hours to complete? Here is the amazing fact: In the last ten years of each race combined, the winner took the checkered flag by an average margin of 1.54 seconds and took home $1,278,813 in first place money. The average prize for second place was $621,321. If you study Olympic Gold Medal winners you will learn that the difference between a gold medal and no medal at all is extremely small. Regardless, whether you’re running a business, making a sales call, raising a family or preparing for an exam, it’s the EXTRA EFFORT THAT COUNTS and MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Solving Problems Did you know that you were hired to solve problems? It is one of the greatest ways we bring value to our organizations and customers. Creativity is the search for solutions and problems are the catalyst for creativity. If you think about any inventor, for instance Thomas Edison, most of his inventions were created to solve an existing problem. Why did you buy your car? It solved a transportation problem. Why do you read magazines or newspapers? They solve information problems. I can look at any profitable business and attribute their success to the problems they solve in the marketplace. Lawyers solve legal problems, mechanics solve car problems, salespeople solve revenue problems, accountants solve tax problems and the list goes on and on. Today, I want to remind you of a few keys to a successful future: 1. The more problems you solve the more you position yourself for promotion and financial rewards. Are you solving enough problems? 2. Somebody needs you today, and I want to challenge you to grasp your significance and value. You are a solution to someone. 3. The day that you begin to cause more problems than you solve, you become dispensable. 4. You’ll only be remembered for two things in your life (the problems you solve or the ones you create.)
“Little minds… are subdued by misfortune…. Great minds rise above them.” Washington Irving
An oldie but goodie:
The greatest things…
The best day – TODAY
The best policy – HONESTY
The best work – WORK YOU LIKE
The greatest mistake – GIVING UP
The most ridiculous asset – PRIDE
The greatest need – COMMON SENSE
The wisest shortcut – DEVELOP MENTORS
The greatest fault – TO BE AWARE OF NONE
The greatest truth – WE REAP WHAT WE SOW
The best habit – MAKING GOOD ON ALL COMMITMENTS
The best teacher – ONE WHO BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN YOU
The greatest thing in the world – LOVE – Love of family, friends, associates, company and country.
“So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.” Caterina Fake Renew your mind, because the mind is the battleground that determines if you win or lose in life. Every battle that we fight in life first takes place in the mind. So many people in the world have many more problems than you and yet, they succeed and prosper. Why? They have learned that the only barrier between them and anything they desire is the way they THINK! One of the reasons why we get mentally fatigued is because there’s a battle in our brain 24 hours a day. It’s debilitating because it’s intense, and it’s intense because our mind is our greatest asset. So you and I must be intentional about renewing our mind. -Julio Melara
“You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren’t happy in one place, chances are you won’t be happy anyplace.” Ernie Banks Julio Melara on Lessons from Mom: Work Hard at everything you do My mother was a hard worker and that spoke volumes to me. They say “more is caught than taught” and I believe it. The truth as parents is that we teach what we know but we reproduce who we are. Her example of a strong worth ethic is in my DNA. Lesson I remember: Successful people work hard at everything and never cut corners.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2 Julio Melara on Lessons from Mom Don’t whine or complain about things It’s funny but my mother didn’t learn how to drive till almost 37 years old, learned how to speak English by watching the Johnny Carson show and supported us on $13,000 annual salary for years. Life was not easy but I can’t ever remember her complaining or whining about her lot in life. That spoke volumes to me. Lesson to remember: you don’t become successful at anything in life by whining or complaining. In life, you will encounter adversity, you just have to make up your mind you will overcome!
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Imagine walking along an outdoor trail during the middle of a pitch-black night. You’re a few hundred feet from your campground, and you have only a small flashlight to illuminate the path in front of you. Provided you know which way to go, it would be foolish to sit down and wait for the sun to rise—allowing you to see all the way to your campground—before continuing on your way. So long as you’re moving in the right direction, it does not matter that you can only see a few feet in front of you. To get where you want do go, you only have to take one step at a time. As a leader, don’t expect to understand everything that’s required to see your vision come to fruition. Just take the next step. Too many people hesitate to begin because they cannot comprehend the entire journey.
“Your life is influence in motion.” John Maxwell I understand that anyone can have a bad day. It happens to all of us. But how many bad days might you cut out of a year if you recognized that you have the ability to make a difference to everyone you meet? Your capacity to transform someone’s life every day is rooted in your choice to make a positive impact, even in the most fleeting of moments. When you make it your mission as a leader to value people and add value to them, you are planting the seeds for a harvest of positive change. So how do you get started? I recommend you begin with your family. Get up early and make the coffee. Prepare lunch for the kids. Pray over your spouse. Set the tone for them to influence others in a positive way, and you’ll be amazed at just how different the stories around the dinner table will be. -written by: John Maxwell