Leadership is cultivating in people today, a future willingness on their part to follow you into something new for the sake of something great.
ONCE CONNECTED, MOVE FORWARD
Becoming a Person of Influence
If you want to influence others, and you desire to get them moving in the right direction, you must connect with them before you try to take them anywhere. Attempting to do it before connecting is a common mistake of inexperienced leaders. Trying to move others before going through the connection process with them can lead to mistrust, resistance, and strained relationships. Always remember that you have to share yourself before you try to share the journey. As someone once observed,
Connection creates that willingness.
IDENTIFY SOMEONE ON YOUR TEAM WITH WHOM YOU NEED TO CONNECT.
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise
When it comes to developing character strength, inner security and unique personal and interpersonal talents and skills in a child, no institution can or ever will compare with, or effectively substitute for, the home’s potential for positive influence.
My mother was a great inspiration to me to always do my best. My father has always been my mentor and friend. They taught me the basic principle that guides most all that I do: faith, focus, finish.
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
Daily Storytelling Time
Socrates’ Secret to Success
Once a man asked Socrates what the secret to success was. Socrates asked the man to meet him the next morning and join him for his usual morning bath in the river. When the two men met, they got in the river and walked deeper. When the water was up on their neck, Socrates took the young man by surprise and dunked his head into the water. The man struggled to get his head out of water but Socrates kept him steadily until the man’s face started turning blue.
A few moments later Socrates released his head and the man finally got out of water, gasped and took a deep breath of air.
“Why did you do that?” the man shouted. Socrates asked: “When you were in the water, what did you want the most?”
“Air,” the boy replied.
Socrates said: “You asked me the secret to success. There is only one secret. When you want success as badly as you wanted the air, then you will get it.”
Indeed, if our desire is weak it will not produce great results. We need to have a burning desire to reach success.