Success is a habit. Mediocrity and failure are habits. A positive mental attitude is a habit. Debt Free Living is a habit. Exercise is a habit. Not exercising is a habit.
In the game of life. . .you don’t need anyone holding you back as you seek to break free from your comfort zone.
Holding is a penalty in football and it should be in living yourlife as well.
BE A CATALYST
How are you when it comes to crunch time on your team? Do you want the ball, or would you rather it was in someone else’s hands? If there are more talented and effective catalysts on your team, then you should not want to be the go-to player in a pinch. In those cases, the best thing you can do is get an “assist” by helping to put those people into position to benefit the team. But if you avoid the spotlight because you are afraid or because you haven’t worked as hard as you should to improve yourself, then you need to change your mind-set.
Start to put yourself on the road to improvement by doing the following things:
TAKE ONE OF THESE STEPS TOWARD GROWTH TODAY.
• Find a mentor. Players become catalysts only with the help of people better than themselves. Find someone who makes things happen to help you along the way.
• Begin a growth plan. Put yourself on a program that will help you develop your skills and talents. You cannot take the team to a higher level if you haven’t gotten there.
• Get out of your comfort zone. You won’t know what you’re capable of until you try to go beyond what you’ve done before.
If you follow these three guidelines, you still may not become a catalyst, but you will at least become the best you can be—and that’s all that anyone can ask of you.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it
Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.
The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother
- “I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing.”
- “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
- “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”
Leaders Leading Leaders
Author Elbert Hubbard told the story of “letter to Garcia” during the Spanish-American War.
It was imperative that the president get a message to the leader of the insurgents. His name was Garcia and he was known to fighting somewhere in the mountains of Cuba, but no mail or telegraph could reach him. Someone said, “There’s a fellow by the name of Rowan who will find Garcia for you if anybody can.”
Rowan took the letter without hesitation. He sealed it in a leather pouch strapped over his heart. He landed in the dark of night off the coast of Cuba and make his way to the mountains, and after much difficulty, found Garcia. He handed him the letter, turned around and headed home. Hubbard tells his story in the book. Rowan didn’t ask, “Exactly where is he?” or “I doubt if I can do it.” There was a job to be done and he did it.
Instead of making a dozen excuses why you can’t complete the task, think about Rowan. Deliver the goods!