Two quotes for today:
“He who reads leads.” _Jeff Ziegler
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” _Socrates
Don’t waste time wishing things were better, you be better.
You do this by intentionally growing yourself over a lifetime.
My life turned around when I learned this principle.
It was not always that way. I was a poor student. My formal education is pretty dismal. My joke is that I barely graduated from Sunday School.
Then I hit the real world. In my early 20’s I found myself trying to lead a church. I was clueless and I frantically begin trying to learn how to grow a church. But then one day a wise man told me, “David, don’t worrying about growing your church, grow yourself.”
That simple statement changed my life and it will change your life as well.
Your situation will not get better until you get better.
Things will not improve until you improve.
If you hope to grow your organization, bank balance, influence…whatever, the path to doing so is growing yourself in that area.
Here’s a short gameplan:
- Dedicate specific time for personal growth. It can be as little as a few minutes daily or several hours per day. But there needs to be a set time that you sequester yourself away and focus on personal growth. If you are to busy to do this…you are to busy!!!
- Don’t just read, drill down – Reading some excellent material and thinking, “That was good”, and then promptly forgetting it is not good! Take notes, reflect on how to apply what you’ve learned to your life. And review your notes regularly.
- Step three (see below)
Practicing these two steps for the rest of your life will forever change the rest of your life and the lives of those you love and serve…for the better.
The best time to have started this was when you were young. The second best time is today.
The ONE THING for today: The pathway for making anything better begins with you making you better.
You will notice that the reader has a cup of coffee. While technically, reading does not require drinking coffee, it sure does make it sooooo much better. (Step three: He/she who leads…reads and…drinks coffee!)