DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS BEFORE STARTING OUT
GET OUT OF YOUR NORMAL ENVIRONMENT TODAY WITH SOMEONE YOU LEAD.
Leaders often make the common mistake of trying to lead others before developing relationships with them.
As you prepare to develop other people, take time to get to know each other. Ask them to share their story with you—their journey so far.
Find out what makes them tick, their strengths and weaknesses, their temperaments. And spend some time with them outside the environment where you typically see them.
If you work together, then play sports together. If you know each other from church, meet with them at their workplace. If you go to school together, then spend some time together at home.
You can even use this principle with your family. For example, if you spend time with your children outside your everyday environment, you’ll learn a lot more about them. It will develop your relationship in ways it hasn’t before, and it will help you grow.
2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,
1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin
“You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” –Epictetus
“Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.” –Robert Braathe
“Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.” –Gertrude Stein
Leaders Leading Leaders
Need something to get you through the week? Read on for 11 inspirational, literary quotes to tie you over until the weekend.
1. “I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”—Alice in Wonderlandby Lewis Carroll
We often forget how far we have come. Use Alice’s wise words as encouragement to keep going.
2. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” —The Great Gatsby by Scott F. Fitzgerald
Contrary to Alice’s motto of looking forward, Fitzgerald reminds us to remember our pasts as we progress into the future.
3. “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”—Paradise Lost by John Milton
Remember to stay in the present and live in the world immediately around you–not in your thoughts.
4. “Not all those who wander are lost.” The Lord of the Rings by J. R. Tolkien
If you feel lost, confused, and like you’re running in circles, fret not. You can wander for a reason, even if just to find yourself.
5. “I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.” — Moby Dickby Herman Melville
Life will throw us curveballs. There’s no reason we can’t catch them and keep running.
6. “Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Only assholes do that.”— Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
A daily reminder that wallowing never gets you anywhere that exactly where you already are.
7. “It is better to look at the sky than live there.”—Breakfast at Tiffany’sby Truman Capote
Dreaming is an easy way out of real life. We need to remind ourselves of that when our heads start drifting up into the clouds.
8. “If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”— Anna Kareninaby Leo Tolstoy
Tolstoy echoes the Buddhist philosophy of achieving nirvana right where we are.
9. “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”— The Alchemistby Paulo Coelho
Don’t undermine your efforts. You never know whose lives they might be changing.
10. “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”— Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fireby J.K. Rowling
Rowling gently reminds us that we are defined by nothing but what we choose.
11. “My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”— David Copperfieldby Charles Dickens
Waste no time, but enjoy every moment to live the fullest life you can every single second.