Tuesday, June 28, 2016

“Nothing can take the place of knowing your purpose.”

A thought by John C. Maxwell (2016-02-02) from his book, 3 Things Successful People Do: The Road Map That Will Change Your Life (Kindle Location 203). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)

Why do you get up every morning?  Is it because you were kicked out of bed and were told, let’s go?   If you read the book of Proverbs in the Bible, it says a lot about being lazy.  Basically it is not a good thing.  But getting up because you have a reason, a purpose is a very good thing.  So why do you get up every morning?

John says, “Millionaire industrialist Henry J. Kaiser, the founder of Kaiser Aluminum as well as the Kaiser-Permanente health-care system, said, ‘The evidence is overwhelming that you cannot begin to achieve your best unless you set some aim in life.’ Or put another way, if you don’t try actively to discover your purpose, you’re likely to spend your life doing the wrong things.”

John then says, “I believe that God created every person for a purpose. According to psychologist Viktor Frankl, ‘Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life. Everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus everyone’s task is as unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.’ Each of us has a purpose for which we were created. Our responsibility— and our greatest joy— is to identify it.”

John gives three question to help start you on this quest…

For what am I searching? All of us have a strong desire buried in our hearts, something that speaks to our deepest thoughts and feelings, something that sets our souls on fire.”

Why was I created? Each of us is different. No one else in the world has exactly the same gifts, talents, background, or future.”

Do I believe in my potential? You cannot consistently act in a manner inconsistent with the way you see yourself. If you don’t believe that you have potential, you will never try to reach it.”

That is a very good place to start.

So do you know your purpose?

Monday, June 27, 2016

“If you work only for yourself, you may not need too many relational skills.”

A thought by John C. Maxwell (2013-02-15) from his book, Be A People Person: Effective Leadership Through Effective (p. 184). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)

But John gives a however.  He says, “However, if you work with people, you must have (or seek to develop) the ability to interact positively with them. Can you talk to people easily? Do you listen to them? Do you have a sense of humor and the ability to laugh at yourself without being sensitive and defensive? Do you enjoy people and working with them? Are you warm and approachable?”

He quotes, Kurt Einstein of Success magazine who says: “87 percent of all people fail, not because of capability but because of personality.” John then says, “People usually don’t fail because they can’t do the job, but because they can’t get along with their coworkers.”

Now of course leaders must get along with people.  John shares, “The leader of any group must exemplify certain relational essentials. First, he must respect his staff. They will not only absorb his respect, they will reflect it back to him. He also needs to provide open and honest two-way communication on all issues. Open communication establishes an atmosphere of trust that is essential if a group of people is to function as a team.”

He goes on, “A leader will be hurt in one of two ways. He can be nontrusting and hold his people at a distance, never sharing or being open with them. Though his feelings may not be hurt because he won’t allow anyone to get close to him, he will be hurt in other ways because no one will ever help him. His will be a lonely trip with no one to hug, love, or share the joy of ministry. On the other hand a leader can choose to be open and transparent and chance the possibility of being hurt by one who takes advantage of that trust. That is a risk worth taking. I would hate to think of the rich, deep friendships I would never have developed had I not risked trusting people.”

So how are your relational skills?