Friday, January 30th, 2015

You impress at a distance, but you impact up close. Too often, we live our lives at arm’s length. If we really want to leave a lasting legacy, then we have to be willing to get up close and personal. We’re going to have to move against those fears that keep us at arm’s length. The key to authenticity is vulnerability.

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Dreams cut short, are lives cut off. Every person was created by God to make a difference. The question is, what kind of difference are you making? When you’re not living out your God–purposed dreams, it not only affects you, but also those around you. When we’re not living our lives to the fullest potential, others are affected in negative ways.

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Direction requires decision. Nothing happens by chance; everything happens by choice. Everybody is heading in a direction somewhere, and that somewhere lies within the decisions we make. If you don’t like the direction you’re going, then make a choice to change it. As Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland so eloquently stated, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”

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Monday, January 26th, 2015

I heard it said that a successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that have been thrown at him. Criticism is a part of life and is always difficult to receive. But somewhere amidst the pain, you must find that morsel of truth from which to learn. Thus, rather than react, respond. Take the lesson and build with it. You’ll always get better rather than bitter.

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Sunday, January 25th, 2015

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”… Read the rest

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Excitement is the belief of what can be. I love sports, and one of my great joys in life is the pre-game. Every weekend my heart still begins to beat a little faster thinking ofwhat can be. So step out, take a risk, and believe – God’s not finished, and neither are you.

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Every successful leader knows how to make lemonade. There’s no failure except when you stop trying. As we all have heard so many times, “It’s not how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get back up.” Successful people just don’t know when to quit – it’s not part of their vocabulary.

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Every attack has a small kernel of truth. Don’t take every criticism personal; instead, leverage it for future success. Look for that kernel of truth in your attacks. Let the winds that people blow propel you to a better tomorrow. The only thing I’ve really learned about the press is that they waste a lot of ink.

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Empower people at the pace of proven. Release people at the pace of unproven. There’s no quick trip to the top. There’s no easy way to success. As people take steps toward success, reward them. When they look to blame and/or attempt to find an easier way, rebuke them.

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Monday, January 19th, 2015

Dreams cut short are lives cut off. Imagine for a moment if Walt Disney would have never created a mouse. Walt was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” He went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland. In fact, the proposed park was rejected by the city of Anaheim on the grounds that it would only attract riffraff. You have a dream; believe in that dream, and never forget that your dream may be someone else’s launching pad. The Bible says, “All things are possible to those who believe” (Mark 9:23).

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Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Don’t prove you are a good leader; be a good leader. Our self-worth cannot be attained by the opinions of others. It is our sole responsibility to go out and do the right thing. We cannot determine how people will respond to what we do, but at the end of the day, we can know that we led well.

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Saturday, January 17th, 2015

The idea that time heals all wounds is a load of crap. The best time to heal any wound is right now. Don’t delay on God’s way – make the call. Humble yourself. Apologize. Quit waiting for someone to come to you when you have the ability to go to them – the same way God came to us.

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Friday, January 16th, 2015

If you can make it right at all costs…DO IT! If we call ourselves a follower of Jesus, then the ball is always in our court to set things right. If there’s a call to make – make it. If there’s a letter to write – write it. Whatever you have to do to make a relationship right – don’t allow another moment to pass. Just do it.

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015

If the heart is right, the communication is always right. Jesus said, “A good person produces good deeds from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil deeds from an evil heart. Whatever is in your heart determines what you say” (Luke 6:45). Upon waking every day, we need to make sure our heart is pointed in the right direction. Permit me to offer: make the direction toward God.

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

If it is all about you, eventually all you will have is you. So consider the words that you speak today – will they draw attention to yourself, to your accomplishments, or to the growth of another? Ponder what you give your time to – to getting yourself ahead, or to helping others be successful? Great leaders are great servers. I’ve heard it said that a great person is someone who makes you feel greater when you’re in their presence.

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Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Hurting people hurt people – it’s just a fact of life. We need to give high consideration to the people we hang around – and why we hang around them. Paul writes, “Bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33). All great leaders needs to ask themselves, ‘Who am I choosing to call friend?’ and ‘Are they committed to helping me achieve a Godly agenda or simply live a worldly life?’

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Monday, January 12th, 2015

How big is your God? Sometimes I think our faith is bigger than our belief. We like to talk about how great God is, but we fail to live it out in our everyday world. Consider the vastness, the greatness, and the power of the Most High. Start your day with a huge dose of your God – and then spend your day trying to live out that belief.

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Great leaders imprison themselves for the sake of another. I remember reading a quote years ago: “The more you rise in leadership, the fewer choices you have.” Leaders understand the power of influence. Leaders understand that their lives can, and will, make a difference. Thus, their lives, their schedules, and their day-to-day activities are built around making a difference. It’s less about them and more about influence.

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