DON’T MISS OUT
People miss many opportunities for connection and the chance to build deeper relationships because they do not make themselves approachable. And notice that I am purposely using the phrase “make themselves.” Approachability has little to do with other people’s boldness or timidity. It has everything to do with how you conduct yourself and what messages you send to others.
Sooner or later, a man, if he is wise, discovers that life is a mixture of good days and bad, victory and defeat, give and take. He learns that it doesn’t pay to be a too-sensitive soul, that he should let some things go over his head like water off a duck’s back. He learns that he who loses his temper usually loses out, that all men have burnt toast for breakfast now and then, and that he shouldn’t take the other fellow’s grouch too seriously . . . He learns that most others are as ambitious as he is, that they have brains as good or better, that hard work, not cleverness, is the secret of success. He learns that no man ever gets to first base alone, and that it is only through cooperative effort that we move on to better things. He realizes (in short) that the “art of getting along” depends about 98 percent on his own behavior toward others.
If you want to make yourself agreeable and approachable to others, then you need to put them at ease.
—Winning with People ARE YOU MAKING YOURSELF APPROACHABLE?
A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid
The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love, and loyalty.
– Zig Ziglar
Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.
– H. Jackson Brown, Jr
Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn’t blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won’t cheat, then you know he never will.
– John D. MacDonald
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ALARM BELLS FOR LEADERS
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Invite others to ask you tough questions, such as the following:
• Is my personal walk with God up-to-date?
• Am I keeping my priorities straight?
• Am I asking myself the hard questions?
• Am I accountable to someone in authority?
• Am I sensitive to what God is saying to the whole body of Christ?
• Am I over-concerned with building my image?
• Do I put more stock in “events” rather than “process”?
• Am I a loner in my leadership and personal life?
• Am I aware and honest about my weaknesses?
• Is my calling constantly before me?