Engraved on the wall of the children’s home Mother Theresa founded in Calcutta, India are The Paradoxical
Commandments. These verses were written by Dr. Kent M. Keith when he was just 19 years old, and they offer us guidance on how to be great with people, even when the people we are with aren’t being great themselves:
The Paradoxical Commandments
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
05 Oct 2016
If the calendar hadn’t clued me into what is looming around the corner, the sporadic snowflakes flying around yesterday in Bozeman would have! The fourth quarter of the year is upon us, and it is time to get focused on ending this year powerfully and gearing up for the new year; seize the day for the opportunities in front of you now and get your plan in order for 2017.
Start by looking at where you’ve been, what you’ve accomplished, and what you haven’t accomplished , and what you still want to accomplish in 2016. It is important while in this process, however, to not make excuses to put things off until the new year. But, "If it hasn’t gotten done by this point in the year, it isn’t going to. So, why bother, right???" Um, think again!
There are almost 3 months until January 1, and for every moment you put off doing what you said you were going to accomplish in 2016, you miss a moment of opportunity. You miss opportunities to grow personally and financially. You miss opportunities to learn what you don’t know. You miss the chance to teach and make a difference for others.
You miss out on the fun that awaits you, and one thing I’ve learned is to not waste a day, a moment, or even a breath. Our time here on this planet is a gift. Don’t waste it! Step out of your comfort zone and get moving.
For more in-depth information on seizing the opportunities before you in the final months of this year, check-out "Fine Tuning Your Focus for 4th Quarter" in my webinar series archive.
26 Sep 2016
Have you noticed that you often don’t have to understand the language someone is speaking in order to get what they are saying? For instance, you are in the stands watching a football game. There are people around you in every shape and size, young and old, English speaking and otherwise. There are fans cheering on their favorite players. There are grandparents cheering on their grandchildren. There are brothers and sisters cheering on their siblings. There are parents cheering on their children.
What is so cool about this is that no matter what language the cheering fans speak, it is clear what they are saying. All one has to do is look at the sparkle in their eyes, hear the sincerity in their voices, and really get the heartfelt way in which they are contributing to the team, and what this so poignantly illustrates is this: Who we are being when we communicate bridges more people than the language we use to communicate.
So, I ask you, what is your team getting when you communicate with them? What does your family see in your eyes when you walk in the door and greet them? What does the stranger in the grocery store learn about you when you are standing next to them in line? Who are you being? It is something for all of us to think about, including me!
Just a thought.
22 Sep 2016
"A vision without a task is but a dream. A task without a vision is drudgery. A vision with a task is the hope of the world."
Most of us live our day-to-day lives on automatic without giving much thought to a larger purpose or meaning for who we are or what we do. Even leaders with the greatest of intentions can fall into this trap too. So, what’s the problem?
Leadership that lacks forward thinking can quickly lead to discouragement and financial failure. Therefore, leadership without vision is actually dangerous! Think about it this way:
Imagine you are traveling in a car with your team, and each of you have your heads buried in your GPS devices. No one, not even YOU, the driver, is looking at the road! In this scenario, it is difficult to see how you could possibly avoid an accident, right? However, when you pay attention, ignore the distractions, take in the scenery, and are present to where you are going, you will have a successful trip! It's the same with being a visionary leader.
19 Sep 2016
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." ~ Will Rogers
As a leader, you undoubtedly analyze (and even over-analyze) why you and your team haven’t produced the results you are committed to producing, and as you’re surrounded by spreadsheets, charts, and other tools, you might even find yourself thinking it best to just wait out whatever is in your way. But, guess what? You have no time to wait. This is not a dress rehearsal. If you want something, now is the time to go for it. Get into action and get into action now. You can spend your time looking for the answer to the question, “Why?” and certainly there are things we can learn from this analysis. However, wallowing in "Why?" won’t change anything about the present, and won’t create anything for the future.