Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
If you put in the work, the results will come. –Michael Jordan
Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself. –Paul Bryant
We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, and discipline. –Jesse Owens
Make up your mind that you’re not going to quit until you see the fruit of what God has placed within you.Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. –Leo Buscaglia
Be the best you can be — EVERYDAY!
WHAT CAN I LEARN FROM WHAT HAPPENED?
“There must be a lesson here, but I don’t know what it is.”
That’s the way many people approach adversity. They are so consumed by the events that they become bewildered and miss the whole learning experience. But there is always a way to learn from failures and mistakes.
Adversity is the first path to truth.”
It’s difficult to give general guidelines about how to learn from mistakes because every situation is different. But if you maintain a teachable attitude as you approach the process and try to learn anything you can about what you could do differently, you will improve yourself. When a person has the right mind-set, every obstacle introduces him to himself.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
1 Peter 1:23
Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;
“The successful warrior is the average man, with laserlike focus.”
“Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”
Charles F. Kettering
“If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it–teach yourself to be impatient.”
Leaders Leading Leaders
LEARN FROM A MASTER COMMUNICATOR
Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said,
“Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you.”
In the four sermons that Luke records in the book of Acts, Peter, Stephen, and Paul all practiced the Law of Connection, which says that leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand.
Paul’s sermon connected brilliantly with people from a different culture, showing he understood both Greek society and human needs. Notice how a master communicator connected with his audience:
He began with affirmation.
He bridged his subjects with the familiar.
He enlarged their vision of God.
He used inclusive language.
He gave them encouragement and hope.
He identified with some of their own poets.
He gave them specific action steps.
Only when Paul had built relational bridges with the people, did he issue a clear call to repent.