LOVE PEOPLE, REWARD PERFORMANCE
Educators in the United States have been seeking ways to increase students’ test scores. One popular theory states that the best way to improve children’s ability is to puff up their self-esteem because high-achievers tend to have high self-esteem. However, researchers have found that simply building children’s egos breeds many negative traits: indifference to excellence, inability to overcome adversity, and aggressiveness toward people who criticize them.
Now, I place high value on praising people, especially children. But I also believe that you have to base your praise on truth. Here’s the approach I use to encourage and lead others:
I use that method with everyone, including myself. And no matter where I fail or how many mistakes I make, I don’t let it devalue my worth as a person. As the saying goes, “God uses people who fail—cause there aren’t any other kinds around.”
How do you show people that you value them and praise their performance?
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
1 Timothy 1:15
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.
“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember, that’s where you will find success.” Thomas J. Watson
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein
“Success is just a war of attrition. Sure, there’s an element of talent you should probably possess. But if you just stick around long enough, even
Life is too ironic. It takes sadness to know what happiness is, noise to appreciate silence, and absence to value presence.
Remember that life is full of ups and downs. Without the downs, the ups would mean nothing.
Learn from the past. Prepare for the future. Live for today.
Make your smile change the world, don’t let the world change your smile.
When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, remember that God has given you a thousand reasons to smile.
Before you talk, listen. Before you react, think. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try.
The only people you should try to get even with are those that have helped you.
The past should be the past. It can destroy the future. Live life for what tomorrow has to offer, not for what yesterday has taken away.