• Friday (6/14/2013)

    Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. ~Peter Drucker

    Matthew 7:17
    Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.

    Good intentions are not enough to be successful. We need to produce positive results. The world is full of people who make excuses and justify why things are bad and not working out for them. That is common but not productive.

    One of the things that makes a person successful and a good leader is they don’t just talk the talk. They also walk the walk. They do what it takes to produce good fruit (positive results).

    Don’t take this the wrong way and think that there will not be challenges along the way. There are always challenges. There will be times when things are going well and times when things are not. That shouldn’t matter.

    Keep seeking God’s wisdom and direction; keep moving forward and eventually you will produce positive results.

  • Thursday (6/13/2013)

    Change your thoughts and you change your world. ~Norman Vincent Peale

    Isaiah 26:3
    You will keep him in perfect peace,
    Whose mind is stayed on You,
    Because he trusts in You.

    If you are not living the life you believe you should be, you may want to take a look inside. What are you thinking about on a continuous basis? What do you allow to come into your mind?

    Take control of your thinking. As you continue to control your thoughts in a positive way you will start to form new habits of thinking. Change your thoughts and your actions will change. If you do this long enough, your results will start to change.

    Remember what Norman Vincent Peale said, “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

  • Wednesday (6/12/2013)

    Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
    Albert Einstein

    Proverbs 12:22
    Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
    But those who deal truthfully are His delight.

    It is a shame that many of our top leaders have been caught lying about very important things lately. There is so much of this going on that it is a tragedy. I am sure they started out lying about smaller things and then it became easier to lie about larger things.

    When someone has lied to you in the past, how do you know when they are telling the truth? Some people only tell the whole truth when it is convenient. It shouldn’t be this way.

    Even though everyone has lied at one time or another, that doesn’t make it right. We all should take honesty very seriously. Make a decision to be one of the people whose word is your bond, even if it brings you harm or is inconvenient. Make a commitment to be honest in all things. I believe you will be much better off for it in the long run.

  • Tuesday (6/11/2013)

    If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. ~Maya Angelou

    Ephesians 4:31-32
    Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

    Every one of us can choose to have a great attitude no matter what is happening around us. There are some days that this is easier than others. There are some days that we just want to throw up our hands and quit, get angry, feel sorry for ourselves, blame others…….

    If we let our emotions keep us negative, it does no good. It doesn’t help anything. If we stay there, it can harm us severely and it can hurt those we care about.

    Take control. Make a decision. Start speaking differently. Start putting good things into your mind everyday. Start hanging out with more positive people that know how to get things done. When negative things happen or negative thoughts come up inside of you, make a decision to not stay negative and to change. You can do it. With God, you have the ability.

  • Monday (6/10/2013)

    Jealousy is, I think, the worst of all faults because it makes a victim of both parties. ~Gene Tierney

    Exodus 20:17
    No lusting after your neighbor’s house — or wife or servant or maid or ox or donkey. Don’t set your heart on anything that is your neighbor’s. (from The Message)

    The most successful people realize that there is plenty to go around. They are happy for someone else’s good fortune.

    When you see someone living a lifestyle that is blessed make sure you don’t hold any negative thoughts inside of you about them. It isn’t your job or my job to judge them. We are not the success police. However, many people do.

    Here are some of the thoughts that can be harmful:
    They must have taken advantage of someone to get to where they are.
    They have too much. They should give more away.
    They must be greedy or selfish.

    These are just a few of the judgmental thoughts you could have. Some people have judged others so much even though a part of them is jealous and wishes they had those things. What a confusing and dangerous place to be. Learn to be sincerely happy for others’ good fortune. God does want to bless us all, but sometimes we don’t know what to do to receive His blessings.

    Remember this! Jealousy, coveting or lusting after the things someone else has is very dangerous. It can keep you struggling for years if you aren’t careful.