CHARACTER BEFORE TALENT
For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD , And He ponders all his paths. His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, And he is caught in the cords of his sin. He shall die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray. PROVERBS 5:21–23
REMIND YOURSELF THAT THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF THE WORLD—WITH ONE MINOR EXCEPTION—IS COMPOSED OF OTHERS.
When it comes to winning with people, everything begins with the ability to think about people other than ourselves. People who remain self-centered and self-serving will always have a hard time getting along with others.
To help them break that pattern of living, they need the big picture. If you would like to improve your ability to see the big picture and put others first, then do the following:
Get out of your “own little world.” To change focus, people need to get out of their own little world. If you have a narrow view of people, go places you have never gone, meet the kinds of people you do not know, and do things you have not done before. It will change your perspective, as it has done mine.
Check your ego at the door. An egotist can be described not as a person who thinks too much of himself, but as someone who thinks too little of other people.
That’s a good description. We often mistakenly believe that the opposite of love is hate. But I believe that’s incorrect. The opposite of loving others is being self-centered. If your focus is always on yourself, you’ll never be able to build positive relationships.
Understand what brings fulfillment. Ultimately the things that bring fulfillment involve others.
A person who is entirely self-focused will always feel restless and hungry.
If you want to live a fulfilling life, you need healthy relationships. And to build those kinds of relationships, you need to get over yourself.
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
1 JOHN 4:7-8
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love
“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.”
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”
Leaders Leading Leaders
When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
One small positive thought can change your whole day.
Don’t let anyone tell you there’s something you can’t do. If you have a dream, protect it. If you want something, go get it.
God only gives three answers to prayer:
2. ‘Not yet.’
3. ‘I have something better in mind.
Stand for what is right, even when it means you have to stand alone.
Strong people don’t put others down, they lift them up. You shouldn’t give up. Fight for yourself and who you are.
You’ve got to go through the worst times in life to get the best.
Remember, the struggle you are in today is developing your strength for tomorrow.
God is the best listener, you don’t need to shout, nor cry out loud. Because He hears even the very silent prayer of a sincere heart.
The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter.
Don’t cry over the past, it’s gone. Don’t stress about the future, it hasn’t arrived. Live in the present and make it beautiful!
When you focus on problems, you’ll have more problems. When you focus on the possibilities, you’ll have more opportunities!
You won’t ever be good enough to the wrong person. But to the right person, you are everything that they need & want in life.
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will rest in the shadow of Shaddai.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers. Under his wings you will take refuge. His faithfulness is your shield and rampart.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day;
6 nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that wastes at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it will not come near you.
8 You will only look with your eyes, and see the recompense of the wicked.
9 Because you have made LORD your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place,
10 no evil shall overtake you; no plague shall come near your dwelling.
11 For he will put his angels in charge of you, to guard you in all your ways.
12 They will bear you up in their hands, so that you won’t dash your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and the viper. You will trample the young lion and the serpent underfoot.
14 “Because he has set his love on me, therefore I will deliver him. I will set him on high, because he has known my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him, and honor him.
16 I will satisfy him with long life, and show him my salvation.”