While reading one of my favorite “cyber mentors” blog this morning, Bob Burg discussed having a weak or strong team is a direct result of leadership who surround themselves with superior people. Of course my experience has been extremely positive. As with all good resources, his blog got me to thinking. Trust me, you want to associate with people who cause you to think, not just think tell you what to think. Here was some my response:
Of course Bob you know my greatest examples are Orrin Woodward #6 & Chris Brady #11 on the World Leadership Guru Top 25 List!! Their examples have definitely trickled down & continue to saturate throughout our entire organization. I listened to a CD by Orrin yesterday back to back because it totally resonated in so many areas. Since 2006 I’ve become a hungry student in so many areas. Who would have ever put a conversation about politics or economics with me in the same room, much less contributing to & enjoying it! 😉
I went onto thinking how following such men & women of influence have impacted many areas of my world. Without this association, I don’t want to even begin to imagine where I would be. I would’ve never developed a passion for reading or taught my singles Sunday School class out of “You Don’t Need A Title To Be A Leader” by Mark Sanborn. Through those principles, our band of singles had the most leaders within the adult ministry structure!! This was ministry, what about family? How does something like this affect family? Because our organization has a top 5 book list, I was able to refer “Personality Plus” to my daughter, Summer, in an effort to deal with my beautiful, strong-willed, granddaughter. Shortly after, Summer & husband, Russell, pastored a church in Arkansas where other TEAM biz partners happened to attend. They decided to teach a weekly adult class on personalities in an effort to develop better relationships within the church. This past weekend I suggested my daughter re-read the chapter on cholerics!! Said granddaughter is now 9!
One of my favorite family examples comes from my son. Summer married a few years after my divorce leaving Bryce & I to live at least 14 years discovering the glorious ins & outs of single parenting. My only regret is not having been exposed to all the amazing information I now have access to during those painful experimental years. Anyway….. back to my favorite example right? I was driving to Arkansas to spend Christmas with Summer when Bryce called me. We had celebrated Christmas early & I gave him 3 books with an assignment to read, write book reports & he would get the remainder of his Christmas gift of cash. He wasn’t happy, but loved cash! He chose “The Anatomy of Peace” by the Arbinger Institute as his first book. During this call, his first question to me was, “Did the mom & son characters in this book remind you of me & you?” I spent the next 2 hrs. of my journey conversing with him about the book. This made the trip better not just that the roads were dreary, dark, & icy, but I just loved discussing it with him. He renamed the characters with people he associated with in his every day life enabling him to relate to it better. His full-page book report was amazing & stated everyone in the world needs to read this book. Of course I carefully chose that book because it taught me a valuable lesson on how to communicate with Bryce. I was obviously failing & falling short in that category! Sadly I must admit, I was the character of the mom to a “T.”
Story after story follows in how books, CDs, & associations with quality leaders have helped thousands develop character, integrity & the fortitude necessary to not only cope & survive, but develop other leaders & thrive. Marriages have been restored, families have been strengthened, finances have been controlled, debt irradiated & much, much more. My life has completely changed. I strive constantly & continually to improve developing into the person God designed me to become.
Charlie “Tremendous” Jones (fabulous books too!) stated, “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.– Charles William Eliot
Recently LIFE launched, what we believe to be, the most brilliant expedition yet! The testimonies discussed in the paragraph above are multiplying across the nation. Average people have accepted the challenge & are realizing this is an asset they can use in every area of their lives. I encourage you to take the 90 Day Mental Fitness Challenge. After taking the self-test, order the pack which includes three phenomenal books & thought-provoking CD’s. During the 90 days, you will associate with amazing people through Challenge groups & experience for yourself the opportunity for a lifetime of change. It is only the beginning of change & as I came to realize 6 years ago, will be the greatest decision you ever make. We are quick to engage in fitness for our bodies, while neglecting our most valuable asset, our minds.
I hear people all the time saying, “You can’t change the way things are, just accept them.” This statement tugs on my last reserve of self-control forcing me to answer with emotional intelligence…nicely! Together we can begin to change ourselves & assume responsibility for change within our family. As a family we contribute to the change of our community. The effect of change within communities will infiltrate into our towns or cities. Cities taking responsibility & instituting change are catalysts for causing change within our state. States will reinforce such change through influence with other states. As a whole, states will bind together & foster change within our nation. Nations will unite wherefore changing our world. When we look at the HUGE picture it can be overwhelming. When we practice incremental changes as defined in the book, “The Slight Edge,” change occurs. I didn’t do this purposely, but doesn’t this sound like how our precious United States became the resilient nation it is. A few brave men & women accepted their duty to change so others, you & I, would experience freedom & liberty. Can you institute this challenge in your church? Support group? Book club? Of course you can! As one of my favorite historic characters stated: “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” Sir Winston Churchill. Legacy can begin with you!
Be the ripple & pay it forward.
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