Your thoughts determine your character.
• Be careful of your thoughts; they may break into words at any time.
• Don’t waste your thoughts on those who don’t hunger for them.
• The first person you lead is you, and the first organ you master is your mind.
• Don’t let your mind drift away from God’s truth and into vain envy.
• Stay confident that your vision will come to pass.
• Discipline your thoughts to remain steadfast in what you know is right.
The Maxwell Leadership Bible How is your thought life?
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lordestablishes his steps.
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”
“Happiness is not what makes us grateful; it is gratefulness that makes us happy.”
“Life is really very simple. What we give out, we get back. Every thought we think is creating our future.”
Leaders Leading Leaders
The Q is a Leader who takes responsibility for Outcome
*Leader: a man who is what a Leader is and does what a Leader does
*Outcome: what happens and fails to happen, whether good or bad
Taking Responsibility for the Outcome is a three-step process
The first step in taking responsibility for Outcome is to know what it is you want to happen. Having Vision (seeing the Outcome) is part of what a Leader does. If the Leader does not have a clear destination in mind, how can anyone follow him there?
The second step is to devise a course of action (a COA) that has a substantial likliehood of success. A COA is a planned Movement to solve a Problem or achieve an Outcome. It is the path that will lead to realization of the Vision.
The third step is to demonstrate Commitment, the Leader’s unwavering loyalty and determination to both Mission and the well being of the Members of his Group.
All three steps are necessary. Without Vision, a Leader won’t know where he his going, without a COA he won’t know how to get there and without Commitment no one else will trust him enough to follow him