Be The Difference Maker
MAKE THE DECISION TO HAVE A GOOD ATTITUDE TODAY, THEN MANAGE THAT DECISION THE REST OF THE DAY
“Assume a cheerfulness you do not feel, and shortly you feel the cheerfulness you assumed.”
“Be pleasant until 10 a.m. and the rest of the day will take care of itself.”
When you get up in the morning, you need to remind yourself of the decision you’ve made to have a positive attitude. You need to manage your thinking and direct your actions so that they are consistent with your decision.
If you take responsibility for your attitude—recognizing that it can change how you live, managing it every day, and cultivating and developing positive thoughts and habits—then you can make your attitude your greatest asset. It can become the difference maker in your life, opening doors and helping you overcome great obstacles.
Daily Leadership Message
Exhortation is the last of the four F3 Leadership Skills (VAPE).
It is encouragement on steroids. Not to say that encouraging is bad, or that Leaders don’t encourage. They do, but that is not what separates a Leader from everyone else. It’s the Exhortation that does that.
Animals That We Are, We Seek To Avoid Pain
Having Visualized and Articulated a Vision sufficiently that people understand it and are Persuaded to Movement, the hard part really begins. There is a reason why the Status Quo remains as such a compelling place in the heart of the procrastinating man that we all are. It is there, as compared to Movement, that the pain that necessarily results from change can be avoided. And we, animals that we partly are, do not like pain. We are programmed for survival to avoid it. Movement causes change and change results in pain. Thus, the body screams at the brain to stay right the heck where it is. And the brain usually obeys.
Obstacles Cause Pain
What is the source of the pain brought upon by change? Mainly, it’s the Obstacles encountered outside of the protective bubble of the Status Quo. Let’s take the most simple of Movements, that of the Fitness. A man Persuaded that his sedentary life is to his own and his family’s dis-Advantage decides to leave the Status Quo of his bed for an F3 Workout.
Read More EXHORTATION: The ability to passionately encourage people to overcome Obstacles. (Q3.11)
A Song of Ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand
I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
- “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”
- “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
- “The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”
Daily Storytelling Time
Often we wonder, “What did I do to deserve this?” or “Why did God have to do this to me?” Here is a wonderful explanation!
A daughter is telling her Mother how everything’s going wrong, she’s failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.
Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, “Absolutely Mom, I love your cake.”
Here, have some cooking oil,” her Mother offers. “Yuck” says her daughter.
“How about a couple raw eggs?” “Gross, Mom!”
“Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?” “Mom, those are all yucky!”
To which the mother replies: “Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!”