You will be tempted to resort to your old ways until your new ways are fully accepted and established. You must make up your mind to press forward! This requires a decision of quality. One for which there is no turning back. Even in the face of the temptation to do so.
Many of us seek “success”. We believe our assignment (purpose) is God-given yet we look to others for the plans, details, and strategies for that assignment rather than going back to the one who gave us the assignment. We listen to many different voices hoping they will help us fulfill our God-given assignment. And what do we have to show for it? Confusion, missing information, incomplete, bi-polar success, and little or no money.
We were never meant to follow the crowd. We are called to stand out. We are called to lead. Our success is guaranteed but only if we are on the right assignment. Success in the wrong assignment is failure.
It’s time for a realignment.
What is YOUR assignment? Do you remember? Are you clear on your assignment? Are the details clear?
How do we reconnect with our true assignment?
Take a day, get a notebook and pen and
1. Get somewhere quiet and sit down. Turn off the distractions. Better yet leave them at home.
2. Get quiet. Stop talking. Lean in and listen.
3. Do what you hear in your quiet time. Act quickly.
4. Rinse and repeat weekly.
The thing that makes one stand out successfully is one’s character.
What is character? The New Oxford American Dictionary defines character as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. I will add to that definition.
Character is a commitment to a set of values without compromise. It is the willingness to sacrifice pleasure for principle. Character is dedication to a set of standards without wavering. Character is self-imposed discipline and character is manifested when your values, principles, and morals are tested.
Character is tested under pressure. There are 3 things that test character: appetites, (food, drink, sex) fame and power.
Every time one’s character is proven a deposit of trust is made. Trust is a by-product of character. It cannot be bought or demanded or prayed for, it must be earned.
Trust is built over time. It may have taken 50 years to build but it can be lost in 50 seconds. Just ask Wells Fargo. Founded over 100 years ago in 1852 it recently lost its credibility due to misconduct. They are now in the process of rebuilding what they’ve lost.
Trust is the currency of leadership and it is the reason one is successful. People follow you because they trust you. You buy leadership success with the trust the people give you. Its impossible to lead those who don’t trust you. Trust is testing over time. Only you can protect the trust given to you. This done with your character and integrity.
Points to remember:
Character is what you do when no one is watching.
Character is displayed in public but tested in secret.
A person of character can be trusted.
You cannot buy, demand or pray for trust.
It is given by people in response to character.
Trustworthiness is the currency of leadership
Trust is a product of stability. The successful business/leader must be fixed, predictable, stable.
You can get with this or you can get with that. But you can’t do both.
The world today is filled with many voices all competing for our attention. Books, podcasts YouTube Videos, webinars, meetings and the like are jockeying for position in between our ears or in front of our eyes. Attention is the new commodity according to Gary Vaynerchuck, who day trades attention.
Each of these voices has something significant to offer and each is speaking a truth but is that truth or offering good for you?
Do you follow someone because their words ignite something within you? Do you follow because someone you know follows them? Do follow because they followed you and you are being polite by following them back? Do you follow to get more followers? Do you follow what I’m saying?
Listening to or “following” many different voices can be difficult and confusing. Each voice has a different point of view which may be the reason that many listeners or followers are stuck or unstable in their endeavors. One voice says, “Do this.” Another voice says, “Do that”. The listener/follower is now torn between two opinions. “No one can follow two opinions. No one can follow two voices.
Which voice is right for you? The voice to whom you give your attention must speak truth. Truth that is true for you. That voice must nourish your growth. That voice must help you reach your destination (your destiny) and help you fulfill your purpose.
It’s time to consider and audit the books, podcasts, videos, the meetings, and webinars to whom we give our attention. It’s time to delete and discard those voices that don’t take us where we want to go. It’s no fun realizing that you missed your turn because you weren’t listening to the right directions. Listen to and follow those who are going your way. Do it today. You don’t have time to be on the wrong road. #Whatsonyourplaylist
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