A dear friend sent me this picture...and I just had to share it. It is very important to remember this in these times when people are all about "having it all." (Keep reading you'll see the picture soon)
As we make our plans (and resolutions) for things we want to attain in our careers this year we need to ensure that we have the right priorities and take the right actions at the right time.
I like to describe myself as a "Risk taker" because I believe that if you never try something different, you may never know what other options exist. People who know me well know that I'm not afraid of failing because the fact that one instance didn't turn out as expected means that I've learnt at least one thing which is how not to do something or something that I should not even do.
As I type this, the Holy Spirit reminded me of a time I took on a job because it seemed attractive - exposure to Senior Management etc. I took a risk that didn't pan out as I expected for various reasons so now I know that I should not just look before I leap - but also ask God if I should leap.
The other part to this is being extremely successful in your career and not having a family and/or friends to enjoy the success with. If you ask me, I'd call any such person a "Successful Failure" - paradox intended.
Even as I pray and plan out my year, I ask you to take the following advice to heart - they came from the wisest man that ever lived. I'm confident that if you do, you'll be a Successful Success.
5 Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. 6 In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way]. (Proverbs 3: 5-6 AMP)
Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance]. (Proverbs 16:3 - AMP)
"Value-add" has been a common term for several years - such that in some countries there's the tax for value-added (i.e. VAT). Well, it's not enough to mouth these phrases so we "sound" as if we're in tune with current phrases...we need to know what they mean and how to be part of that movement i.e. live it.
I like Albert Einstein's recommendation: Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
John Maxwell takes it one step further in saying that: To add value to others, one must first value others. Hence you must seek and know what is of value - knowing that one person's trash is another person's treasure and vice versa.
The easiest way to check if you know what's of value is how you manage your time - and what you do with it.
Until you add value to yourself,
you won't value your time.
Until you value your time,
you won't do anything with it.
~ M. Scott Peck
“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, b…
“Life happens” – that’s
a phrase that I have heard so many times in the last 5 or so years and wonder
why some people use it as an excuse not to step up and be more.
No one can control what happens to them in life. You can
only control your response to what happened to you. You always have a choice to
become better or bitter when “negative” things happen to you. The fact that
someone else got the job or promotion that you had always wanted is not a
reason to become bitter. It should motivate you to keep working towards your purpose
in life which is bigger than one job. Have you ever wondered why you are here – at this time? Why
were you not born decades earlier or later? “The
two most important days in your life are the day you are born and
the day you find out why.” ~ Mark Twain Discovering why you were born requires a lot of digging and is hard work. For this valuable work to be rewarding and sustainable, you need to be
committed to discovering your purpose and pursuing it with passio…