I remember as a small boy throwing a rock into a body of water and counting the ripples, it was many years later I understood the power on influence. Influence in an invisible inertia, full of energy and the ability to change the future.
There are those who say we influence a minimum of seven people during our lifetime, others influence seventy, others 700 and others 7000. Influence touches people’s character, development, and behavior.
EVERY DAY YOU CAN INFLUENCE ANOTHER PERSON FOR MORAL GOOD OR MORAL BAD
I call it a tryst. It is that moment in time when you MUST decide. You see yourself fading into the multitude or you rise as a leader. You have met men with positions that once the position was gone – they were gone. It is not the rich, the famous, the popular or the person with a superior position, it is a common man with a vision. He influences people by his life, he mentors people by his words, and he leads people with his integrity.
But what is a tryst? Tryst is an encounter, a meeting, an engagement, or a rendezvous. It is the first step of a journey or to put one foot in front of the other. When I have been asked what is the most important thing, as a young man or young woman, who decides to be a leader, the answer has always been the same, as it was for me as a young man, you must intentionally grow every day.
To grow every day is to learn every day, to listen every day and to push every day. No, I was not perfect, no, I did not achieve lofty heights or gain massive amounts of money but what I did do is grow.
Waiting can be treacherous, I wear my impatience daily, yesterday was not soon enough, three minutes after the hour is late, so how can I deal with the news “delayed?”
If you are the kind of person who wilts when a date has been rescheduled or your plans have been “put off” then you are not alone. In a “hurry, hurry and get it done” world we are met with brick walls of resistance and unforeseen circumstances placing our agenda on the back burner.
We tend to be “fast food” or “microwave” people rather than “slow cook” or “crock pot.”
Maybe this acrostic of WAIT will provide a skeleton schematic for your next delay
It is easier to see when someone else is wrong instead of seeing our own wrong but it is equally difficult to see our strengths when criticism has deflated you. Self-evaluation brings a man to self-realization of his weaknesses and his strengths.
Uncover the power of evaluating ourselves when no one else is looking and how to find not the worst but the best.
Looking inwardly provides powerful gifts for the future.
The current trend is to evaluate the crises and to make drastic and definite changes while planning for the worse. However, what about planning for the best, to evaluate the realities while adjusting and correcting along the way?
Listen for theFour Principles for Bringing Change When the Future is Uncertain
Today’s uncharted territory leaves many wandering what tomorrow may bring. Jim Laudell mentions three red flags as cautions for tomorrow, mentions the greatest asset of the past and points to directional markers for tomorrow in this week’s podcast.
Listen on the Highpoints Podcast
A challenge is an opportunity to prove your previous training
Normal is predictable, secure and sound but people fear “normal” for it is boring, borders on empty and doesn’t inspire dreams. We can’t simply go back, there are too many variables. The old normal was too busy, too crowded and too overwhelming. There must be a change for a better tomorrow and a NEW normal.
If we go back to normal , will we continue on as if nothing happened? Churches and businesses will find new ways to expand and maximize their presence.
The old normal consisted of calendars, events, busyness, crowded lives and let’s just say it, me, myself and I became the main event of our day. Let’s examine the new normal.