Thursday, October 29, 2009

Slipping Into Other's Shoes

Ever notice how easy it is to make negative judgments about other people?

Whether it’s “idiots” we encounter on the road … or “slower than slow” people who serve us … or “losers” who can’t play sports nearly as well as our kids can – many of us have developed the knee-jerk habit of assigning degrading labels to people we don’t know. We don’t really know them, or their situations, or their challenges. But we sure as heck know what they should do. Or at least that’s the way it seems when we spout out phrases that begin with:

They oughtta … Why don’t they just … It’s easy – all they need to do is ….

Nope, we don’t know those folks, but we know what they are; we’re not in their situations, but we know what they should do. Hmmmm. If all that seems illogical, unfair, presumptuous, and disrespectful to you, you are right. And if all that seems like terrible behavior for leaders to exhibit, you are doubly right!

To be sure, situations involving other people – including those that occur in our teams – can seem clear, simple, and very black and white from where we stand. But we need to remember two things: 1) Unless we’re dealing with (or have dealt with) the exact same circumstances, we’re on the outside looking in, and 2) The real world is rarely black and white – it’s usually shades of gray.

Yes, leaders at all levels need to remember those truisms. More importantly, they need to apply them! That requires less presuming and more understanding. It’s about making an effort to see things through the other person’s eyes … about walking awhile in his or her shoes. And that is called EMPATHY – a critical component of quality leadership.

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Holy Alphabet

Although things are not perfect
ecause of trial or pain
ontinue in thanksgiving
o not begin to blame
ven when the times are hard
ierce winds are bound to blow
od is forever able
old on to what you know
magine life without His love
oy would cease to be
Keep thanking Him for all the things
ove imparts to thee
ove out of "Camp Complaining"
o weapon that is known
n earth can yield the power
raise can do alone
uit looking at the future
edeem the time at hand
tart every day with worship
o "thank" is a command
ntil we see Him coming
ictorious in the sky
e'll run the race with gratitude
alting God most high
es, there'll be good times and yes some will be bad, but...
ion waits in glory...where none are ever sad!
"I AM Too blessed to be stressed!" The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor. The one who kneels to the Lord can stand up to anything. Love and peace be with you forever, Amen.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Changing Conditions

When conditions change for the worse, there is no need to despair. For you have the ability to respond. With every new problem there are plenty of new opportunities. Every setback represents a new starting point from which you can raise yourself to higher levels of purposeful achievement. Just because things have changed is no reason to give up. In fact, that makes your worthwhile goal even more valuable. There is always a way to get where you have chosen to go. Each challenge gives you new ways to add value to your dream. Always, life is overwhelmingly abundant. When conditions change, you have the chance to see aspects of that abundance that you did not previously know were there. Pause for a moment, take a deep breath, assess the situation, and re-focus yourself on the path you have chosen. Then step boldly and enthusiastically forward with more positive determination than ever. -- Ralph Marston

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Focus On Your Soul

1) You will find favour with someone you don't expect. Amen

(2) You will be too relevant to be ignored, Amen

(3) You will encounter GOD and will never remain the same, Amen

(4) The grace for completion will come on you, you shall be blessed till the blessed call you blessed, Amen

(5) The hand that will send this message to others shall not labour in vain, Amen

(6) The mouth saying ''Amen'' to this prayer shall laugh forever, Amen.

Very, Very, soon and I say Very, Very, Very soon, GOD is going to do a miracle and lift u up 4 GOOD.
T.D. Jakes

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Tongue Can Be Your Worst Enemy

Your words, your dreams, and your thoughts have power to create conditions in your life.
What you speak about, you can bring about.

If you keep saying
you can't stand your job, you might lose your job.

If you keep saying
you can't stand your body, your body can become sick.

If you keep saying
you can't stand your car, your car could be stolen or just stop operating.

If you keep saying
you're broke, guess what? You'll always be broke.

If you keep saying
you can't trust a man or trust a woman, you will always find someone in your life to hurt and betray you.

If you keep saying
you can't find a job, you will remain unemployed.

If you keep saying
you can't find someone to love you or believe in you, your very thought will attract more experiences to confirm your beliefs.

If you keep talking about a
divorce or break up in a relationship, then you might end up with it.

Turn your
thoughts and conversationsaround to be more positive and power packed with faith, hope, love and action.

Don't be afraid to
believe that you can have what you want and deserve.

Watch your
, they become words.

Watch your Words, they become actions.

Watch your Actions, they become habits.

Watch your Habits, they become character.

Watch your Character, for it becomes yourDestiny.

The minute
settle for less than you deserve,you get even less than you settle for.

Thought I would share this with you.

In the search for Me
, I discovered Truth.
In the search for Truth
, I discovered Love.
In the search for Love
, I discovered GOD.
And in God,
I have found Everything.

Be Blessed

Watch how your
circumstances and situations begin to change when you change the way you speak.

'Life is like melted butter. . .once things cool down, it can be reshaped!'

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