Monthly Archives: February 2013

Truth

For a truth to be heard, it must be spoken with kindness.
Leo Tolstoy

People are not going to follow you as a leader unless you show them that you’re real. They are not going to believe you unless they trust you. And they are not going to trust you unless you always tell them the truth and admit when you were wrong.
Mike Kryzewski

The truth is more important than the facts.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Truth sells itself. Truth gets you through situations nothing else will. Looking dumb is oodles better than lying. The risk of false accusation is one of those risks that accompany success and senior leadership positions. The only way to ensure yourself against this risk is to be publicly, privately and deliberately squeaky clean.
Dave Oliver, Jr.

Vision

Plans are revised – they rarely stay the same. But visions don’t change. Be flexible with your plans; be stubborn about the vision.
Andy Stanley

Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
Habakkuk 2:2 (KJV)

Believe in what you are doing. If you’ve got an idea that’s really powerful, you’ve just got to ignore the people who tell you it won’t work, and hire people who embrace your vision.
Michael Dell

An effective vision, like a good story, draws people in with sight, feelings, even taste and smell. These elements create “whole” experiences rather than thoughts.
Harry Woodward and Steve Buchholz

What always precedes how. You will know what God has put in your heart to do before you know how He intends to bring it about.
Andy Stanley

Worry

Worry makes for a hard pillow. When something’s troubling you, before going to sleep, jot down three things you can do the next day to help solve the problem.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.
Sir John Lubbock

Throughout my life, I have always had the ability to concentrate on what has to be done and not worry about things I can’t do anything about.
Joe Paterno

Our Lord never worried and He was never anxious, because He was not out to realize His own ideas; He was out to realize God’s.
Oswald Chambers

I may be a strange animal but I don’t worry. Whenever I make a decision, I start out recognizing there’s a strong likelihood I’m going to be wrong. All I can do is the best I can. To worry puts obstacles in the way of clear thinking.
Fletcher Byrom

The Power of Laughter

It is pleasing to God whenever you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.
Martin Luther

To enhance my performance, I laugh a lot. I think laughter is the best remedy for everything.
Tracia Byrnes

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road.
Henry Ward Beecher

Trouble knocked at the door, but hearing a laugh within, hurried away.
Benjamin Franklin

Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations. Even in your darkest moment, you usually can find something to laugh about if you try hard enough.
Red Skelton

Stay Focused

Focus on the wildly important. People are naturally wired to focus on only one thing at a time (or at best, very few) with excellence.
Stephen Covey

Focus on what you are moving toward rather than what you are leaving behind.
Alan Cohen

I go at what I am about as if there was nothing else in the world for the time being.
Charles Lingsley

Give me a man who says this one thing I do, and not these fifty things I dabble in.
D.L. Moody

No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.
Harry Emerson Fosdick

The Power of Purpose

True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
Helen Keller

Once you know your purpose, you’ll discover you will no longer be tossed by the waves or carried away by every ill wind that blows.
Todd Duncan

You need to have a statement that explains your purpose in one clear, concise sentence. Until you have that, you can’t be fully effective because your focus will not be sharp.
John Stanko

None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Once you have determined your definite major purpose, you will begin to budget your time and your money and all your day-to-day endeavors so that they will lead to the attainment of your major purpose. Time budgeting always pays dividends because each moment is made to progress toward your goal.
Napoleon Hill

God Gives Us Power

God’s strength behind you, His concern for you, His love within you and His arms beneath you are more than sufficient for the job ahead of you.
William Ward

For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.
Deuteronomy 20:4

I don’t think I could have been so successful if I didn’t have faith in a higher being. There are times when I get so tired. But with God, I know something bigger is driving me, I can do anything.
Claire Prymus

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9

God will never call you to do something unless He also provides the means for you to have the energy and resources to accomplish His task. You may have to work hard, but God never requires that you have a nervous, emotional or physical breakdown in the process.
Charles Stanley